With busy schedules, gifts to buy, and an abundance of treats to enjoy, the holidays can hit like an avalanche. Use our helpful ideas to keep yourself happier this holiday season!
Exercise, Eat, Repeat: From hot cocoa and pumpkin pie to truffles and eggnog, the holidays are filled with goodies galore. Maintain your healthy goals by starting each day with the 7-Minute Workout app, available for Apple and Android, and then have an extra treat for us!
Say No to Stress: December is full of all kinds of activities, from ice skating, holiday concerts, family visits, and trips to the store, all on top of work and school! Don’t let the hectic holidays stress you out. Stay sane with these 9 ways to keep the holidays stress-free.
Give and Save: Between family and friends, the list of people to buy gifts for can seem endless. Save money with these inexpensive gift ideas. Looking to do some good through your gifts? Give a present that gives back, like Toms or (Red).
With Thanksgiving coming up soon, November inspires us to help others. You don’t have to travel far or spend money to give back to the community around us. The best gift you can give is to share your time, donate unused items, and create memorable moments while helping others.
Share Your Time
Spend a few hours of your time doing something good for someone else, like feeding the hungry. Local soup kitchens are always looking for volunteers to help prepare and serve food, or clean up after a busy meal.
Give Away Unneeded Items
Many of us have clothes we don’t use anymore or household items we don’t need. Don’t let these things go to waste; instead, give them to someone who can use them! The Salvation Army is the perfect place to donate to the less fortunate.
Provide a Memorable Moment
Want to involve your friends and family in the giving? Many places offer activities for a cause. Find an organization nearby and help others while you share memorable times with those you love!
With fall’s tricks and treats upon us, October brings tons of spooky excitement all month long. From haunted houses to family-friendly events, we have the best ways to celebrate Halloween near our community!
A big part of Halloween is the scary movies, costumes, and events. Head to one of the local haunted houses to get in on all the freaky fun.
Looking for something less intense on the spook-o-meter? Look through local community events to find the perfect outing to attend. Use this handy calendar to see what’s coming up soon.
You can’t get truly into the Halloween spirit without a cute or creepy costume to wear. Whether you are preparing early or shopping last minute, Amazon’s Halloween Shop is the perfect place to snag a fun and unique costume.
We’re pleased to announce that Courtney Oaks is being rebranded to Cottonwood Reserve. This new name underscores the dramatic transformation in the works over the last year to upgrade the community’s amenities, as well as the recent completion of our community expansion featuring brand new apartment homes.
Changes in the Works
We have already changed the name on our website, but other exciting updates are also in the works. Temporary covers with the new name have been placed over the monument signs at the front and back entrances. We’re also renaming our social media channels to reflect the new Cottonwood Reserve name.
Stay Tuned for More Updates
We will update you as we complete the rebranding and invite you to a special celebration. It’ll be a big party, and we don’t want you to miss it!
We’re thrilled to continue delivering an exceptional lifestyle and experience to you under the name of Cottonwood Reserve.
Why go to Germany when you can celebrate Oktoberfest right here in our neck of the woods. Every September, Germany continues this 16- to 18-day Bavarian culture celebration with traditional foods, costumes, games, parades, and of course, lots and lots of beer! So grab your lederhosen and get ready to party!
Discover the Drinks
Do as the Germans and grab yourself an Oktoberfest bier, which is a specialty beer made for the festival. Find local breweries nearby to see who is selling the golden lager!
Eat the Treats
Half of the fun of Oktoberfest is the delicious traditional food, including sausages, potato pancakes, cheese spreads, and pretzels. You can easily make an Oktoberfest feast with these fun recipes.
Experience the Tradition
Enjoy your beer and snacks in true Oktoberfest spirit by donning a traditional festival outfit. Learn about the culture and traditions behind clothing, and all things Oktoberfest, with this helpful guide.
Summer is winding down, but you can keep your social media hot with flawless selfies in fresh locations. Explore some of our favorite ideas on how to take that #SummerGoals worthy snap.
Location, Location, Location: Get a fresh take on your regular selfie by changing up the location. Find some of the most Instagram worthy places nearby using Sightsmap.
Picture Perfect: Don’t let the moment get away from you! Use a tripod or lens set made for your phone to take a professional level picture no matter when the moment strikes. See the latest and greatest photo gear here.
Old School: Get nostalgic and snag a waterproof disposable camera and take pictures in the pool, lake, or at the beach. Not being able to see the picture until it develops makes it all the more fun!
One week a year, we dedicate ourselves to the scary excitement that is sharks. Shark Week 2017 is airing July 23rd – 30th with a full schedule of shark themed entertainment. Check out some of our favorite ways to get the most out of Shark Week.
Thrilling Shows: We recommend watching these programs on dry land. Don’t miss any of the action, get the full schedule now from Discovery Channel.
Snack Attack: All those shark bites are making us want to bite into something delicious. Try a Shark Week themed snack like the delicious Shark Marshmallow Pops.
Dressed for the Occasion: True fans know the only way to watch Shark Week is in shark themed pajamas. Grab a shark onesie for yourself and one for your four-legged friends, and cuddle up in style.
Give Back: One way to keep the summer productive and fulfilling is to find somewhere to give back. We recommend Volunteer Match as a great place to match local needs in our area with your interests and skills.
Hit the Open Road: Whether the road calls you for biking, hiking, or camping, we’re big fans of RoadTrippers.com’s easy itinerary builder for just about any adventure you are dreaming of this summer.
Get Outside: Get a little dirt on your shoes and get in tune with nature with AllTrails.com, which suggests any number of nearby trails or routes to hike, walk, and explore.
Wherever you decide to give back or get outside, share your summer stories with your neighbors here by tagging our community Facebook or Instagram.
With Mother’s Day coming up, it’s the perfect opportunity to do something special for the mothers in our lives. From the more traditional charm or necklace, to unique acts of service, here are our top three gift ideas.
Unique Jewelry Items: After years of learning from these special women, it is important to show them that we appreciate their influence. Personalized charm necklaces and bracelets are a wonderful way to show your love! The New Mom Necklace caught our attention with its simplicity and beauty.
Subscription Boxes: Ever heard of subscription boxes? We love the Mommy Mailbox which comes with items such as makeup, jewelry, gourmet treats, fashion accessories, and more! This is the gift that gives month after month.
April showers bring May flowers! Living in an apartment community can make having your own garden tricky, but you can still keep your green thumb happy! Now is the perfect time for porch planting, home spice & herb gardens, and our favorite DIY indoor plant ideas.
Porch planting is becoming popular as less people buy houses and move into apartment-style homes. For your everyday craftsman, health guru, and farmer, these ideas are perfect for creating your own porch garden!
Feeling like adding a little flavor to your garden? These small herb garden kits will be beautiful additions to your window sills or porch planters. With thyme, parsley, and basil in a bag, we are ecstatic for 2017’s planting season!
Let’s take “going green” to the next level! We love this DIY recycled glass bottle planter for its modern look and utility! Check out more ideas for recycled DIY planters here.