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Best Brunch Spots Near Garland to Try This Summer

Stack of Waffles It’s not breakfast, it’s not lunch, it’s the meal that combines the best of both worlds. Whether you are a new resident of our Garland apartments, or a seasoned veteran, there’s a brunch spot that’s worth your time checking out this summer!

5 of Our Favorite Spots for Having Brunch Near Garland

Garland Cafe

With two Garland locations you can’t go wrong with the build your own breakfast option. Have brunch just the way you like it every time.

Hubbard’s Cubbard

The right choice to evoke a classic diner feel. Regulars especially love the fluffy omelets. And yes, number 13 is really lucky when it comes with chili, cheese and gravy over biscuits.

Rosalind Coffee Company

For those who take the roast of their bean very seriously, this Indie coffeehouse will not disappoint. In addition to drip coffee, they also serve espresso and pour over cups. They don’t forget the food either. Go for a breakfast taco or fruit, yogurt and granola, or take advantage of brunch allowing you to eat lunch foods and order a Caprese panini or Cobb salad. Rosalind’s also offers classes in how to join them in pursuit of that perfect cup. So if you want to combine a fun and educational event with your brunch, sign up for a class in latte art or home brewing methods.

Ernesto’s Mexican Restaurant

As Texans, we value our Tex-Mex cuisine, and that means enjoying it for the first meal of the day. There’s no spot better to do that than Ernesto’s.

El Paisa Cocina

When you want to actually head South of the Border, speaking from a culinary sense, then you can’t go wrong with the “serious tacos” that aim for full authenticity. Perhaps, best of all, they craft all of their food fresh each morning, which means by eating first thing in the morning there, you’ll be getting the freshest of the fresh.

Inspired by trying all of these delectable brunch options to trying your hand in the kitchen at creating your own delicious dishes? There’s no better place to do so than our kitchens, many of which feature granite countertops, an island, CleanSteel appliances, and the option of upgraded Washington Cherry, Pear, Wood or Maple finished cabinets. Give us a call to find out more about our amenities here at Parkside at Firewheel.

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How to Enjoy a Staycation at Parkside at Firewheel

Parkside at Firewheel PoolIf the thought of traveling stresses you out or you just want to save some cash, a summer staycation may be exactly what you need. You’ll have time off from work and can just relax, but don’t have to pack anything up or stand in long lines at the airport. Your new Garland apartment couldn’t be a better place to enjoy a stress-free staycation by your design. Here’s how you can make the most of your staycation and really get to enjoy it.

1. Don’t Give in to the Urge of Catching Up on Work

Many people have a hard time separating work from vacation on a staycation, so you have to make an extra effort to do just that. Put a vacation responder up on your email, turn off employer-issued devices, and set hard limits for this. Don’t catch up on work, not even personal projects, until your staycation is over.

2. Do Something Fun You Normally Don’t Get to Do

Dying for that spa day? Don’t get to hit the movies much? Parkside at Firewheel is within walking distance from Firewheel Town Center where you can catch a movie during the day when the theater’s empty and enjoy a meal out while you’re at it because you’re on vacation!

3. Spend Some Quality Time at the Pool

Our community offers an outdoor grilling and picnic area and sparkling pool with sundeck which you can swim in while everyone else is at work. That’s the best way to have a staycation.

4. Catch Up on Your Reading, Exercise and Other Self-Care Activities

Binge-watching all your favorite shows is something fun to do from the comfort of your apartment, but there’s plenty of beautiful outdoor areas to relax with a good book such as our courtyards with fountains. The on-site state-of-the-art fitness center (that even includes a virtual & wellness studio so hitting the treadmill doesn’t have to be boring) is a place where you can get a good workout in uninterrupted, not worrying if you’ll be late for work (and of course, you can always go for a dip in the pool after working up a sweat).

Incredible amenities make a staycation even better and Parkside at Firewheel strives to offer the best in apartment living in Garland. Call us today to inquire about our available floor plans!

Hotel Room

Take Advantage of Discounted Rates at Waterton Hotels

Hotel RoomWe know that you love living at Parkside at Firewheel Apartments, but sometimes going on a trip to see family members, booking a romantic weekend away, or taking a vacation with the kids is also just as nice. Thankfully, as a perk of being a community resident, you receive a very special discount at Waterton managed hotels across the country this summer. Here is all the information that you need to save money on your summer getaway.

Enjoy Discounted Hotel Rates This Summer

Are you planning on traveling to California, Massachusetts, Illinois, Ohio, Wisconsin, or Pennsylvania in the next few months? We have deals at some of the best hotels in these areas for you to enjoy a night of quality rest during your getaway that’s almost as good as staying in the comfort of your own apartment. Think top brand names such as Westin, DoubleTree, Aloft, Hyatt Place, Courtyard, Comfort Inn, and Sheraton. Discounted rates are as follows:

Starting from $49.00: Comfort Inn Piqua in Ohio

Starting from $89.00: Aloft Beachwood in Ohio and DoubleTree Pittsburgh Airport in Pennsylvania

Starting from $99.00: Sheraton Needham and DoubleTree Westborough in Massachusetts, Sheraton Madison in Wisconsin and DoubleTree Skokie in Illinois

Starting from $139 weekdays and $99 weekends: Courtyard Boston Marlborough in Massachusetts

Starting from $159 weekdays and $99 weekends: Westin San Francisco Airport and Aloft San Francisco Airport in California, Sheraton Framingham in Massachusetts, and Westin Columbus in Ohio

20% off best available rate: Hyatt Place San Jose in California

Best of all, these specials are easy to take advantage of by simply finding an included hotel and asking for the Waterton corporate rate–no coupon codes or other details to remember! Since each hotel has a unique discount, it is important to speak with them directly before booking your stay. This is because these specials are based on availability and prices are subject to change. Note that special pricing runs from now until 8/31/2017. Take advantage while you still can!

This is just one more way those who live at Waterton communities get the most out of being a loyal resident. Parkside at Firewheel residents also enjoy a cardio strength and fitness studio, a virtual & wellness studio, courtyards with fountains, spacious floor plans, and many more amenities that make everyday feel like a vacation at a top resort.

Not a resident of our Garland apartments yet? Contact our office now to learn more about our floor plans and availability!

Small Yorkie

5 Homemade Treats That Your Dog will Love

Small YorkieWhether you’re relaxing in your Garland apartment or out for a run, you love to do just about everything with your pooch by your side. Your dog is a constant source of support and therefore deserves praise and plenty of delicious treats. Make your dog’s day by giving these recipes a try:

5 Delicious Treats to Make for Your Four-Legged Friend

Cut-Out Dog Biscuits

Begin by preheating the oven to 400 degrees. Whisk one cup of flour, a quarter cup of wheat germ, and a quarter cup of yeast, and a pinch of salt together in a medium-sized bowl. Combine with half a cup of chicken stock and a tablespoon of olive oil. Use your favorite cookie cutter to shape biscuits. Bake for fifteen minutes or until the edges are golden brown.

Peanut Butter Treats

This is essentially the dog version of peanut butter cookies. Mix half a cup of creamy peanut butter with two cups of flour and two eggs. Add a tablespoon of water at a time until the dough can be rolled out. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-18 minutes.

Peanut Butter Flaxseed Treats

This recipe is very similar to the one outlined above, but it includes less peanut butter and more flaxseed. Mix two cups of whole wheat flour with half a cup of oats and half a cup of flaxseed. Add a cup of water. Roll out the dough and use cookie cutters. Bake for forty minutes at 350 degrees.

Cheesy Bone Treats

Combine two cups of flour with a cup of shredded cheese. Stir in 1/8 cup of oil and 3/4 cup of water. Roll out and cut with a bone-shaped cookie cutter. Bake for two hours at 275 degrees.

Chicken and Yogurt Treats

Combine two cups of shredded cooked chicken with an egg and six ounces of plain yogurt. Add 3/4 cup of water. Drop dough on baking sheets and flatten slightly with the back of a spoon. Bake for fifteen minutes at 350 degrees.

There’s nothing wrong with spoiling your dog. Bake a batch of treats and watch Fido devour them! We want you and your dog to feel at home at Parkside at Firewheel. Contact us today to learn more about our pet-friendly apartments.

Parkside at Firewheel Grill

How to Host a Memorable Memorial Day Barbecue

Parkside at Firewheel GrillIf it’s your turn to host the annual Memorial Day barbecue, you’re probably feeling a combination of excitement and apprehension. Hosting can be a fun and rewarding experience, but by the same token, it can be nerve-racking if you’ve never done it before. Following are strategies designed to help residents of our apartments in Garland, Texas throw a memorable Memorial Day barbecue bash at our grilling & picnic area.

Plan a Basic Menu

Hosting your first barbecue isn’t the time to plan for fussy foods or experiment with unfamiliar culinary territory. Stick with traditional favorites such as hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken, and ribs — they’re easy to grill and hard to get wrong. Either do the grilling yourself or designate it to a trusted friend or relative. A free-for-all grill is a recipe for burns and other mishaps, especially if active children are a part of the picture.

Make it a Potluck

Asking everyone to bring a dish helps take the burden off the host and allows you to concentrate on other aspects of throwing a great party. To keep from ending up with an abundance of desserts and very few side dishes, ask those whose last names start with the letters A through N to bring a side dish and those whose names start with the letters O through Z to provide a dessert.

Make it Pet-Free

As a resident of a pet-friendly community, you may wish to include your furry friend or those of your guests in the festivities, but it’s wise to make the event pet-free for the safety and well-being of the animals. Certain standard barbecue foods, such as onions, can be toxic to dogs. Children at the barbecue may be tempted to feed pets items such as chocolate cake, which could result in a trip to the emergency vet’s office. Pets may also inadvertently get loose as a result of people coming and going, and you may not notice they are gone right away. Ask your guests to leave their pets safely at home, and provide yours with a quiet, peaceful room in your apartment for the duration of the festivities.

Please contact our office to learn more about out available floor plans and amenities.

Two Tacos

Places to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo Near Our Community

Two TacosImagine: it’s a beautiful early spring day, and you’re just waking up in your beautiful Garland, TX apartment. You look at the calendar and realize: it’s also Cinco de Mayo! This holiday is well-known for its celebrations: colorful, festive parties studded with great music and mouthwatering foods. Want to explore everything this annual event has to offer? Head to one of these excellent local spots and get ready for excitement:

Main Street, Garland, TX | (214) 734-8197

This year marks the 5th annual celebration of Cinco de Mayo right in the heart of Garland. This family-friendly event has a little bit of everything, from an incredible lineup of bands to fun activities and bounce houses for younger celebrants.

5805 Grandscape Blvd., The Colony, Texas, TX 75056 

A short drive away from Garland, you’ll find this event headlined by Mix Master Mike of the Beastie Boys, Texas Flood and Hip Hop Hooray. General admission tickets to this unique mix of Cinco de Mayo entertainment in a brand new, 28,000 square foot venue are completely free.

5624 Sears Street, Dallas, TX 75206 | (469) 500-0139

Billed as a “Come-as-you-are beer garden and adult playground,” this nearby Dallas tourist destination/food stand is showing some love this May 5th with $5 drinks and a party atmosphere that’s perfect for laid-back attendees. Grab a beer and some delicious food and raise a toast to Cinco de Mayo!

While spending a night on the town is a great way to take in the culture of Cinco de Mayo, there’s also a lot to be said for a leisurely evening at home in your Garland apartment. Enjoy crispy chips and salsa from your nearby Kroger Supermarket on Highway 78. Why not invite some of your neighbors from the community over to chat over homemade margaritas this year? There are few things more rewarding than starting a spring holiday tradition of your very own—except maybe nachos, of course.

Want to have something to celebrate every day? Contact Parkside at Firewheel to ask about our available Garland apartments—each one is a luxe, beautiful home worthy of a fiesta!

Different Food Dips

3 Dips to Make for Your Next Get-Together

Different Food DipsWhether you’re celebrating a special event or inviting friends and family over for a housewarming party at your new Garland apartment, Instagram-worthy snacks are a must. From the sweet to the savory, dips help you nail that #BestHost or #BestHostess hashtag without breaking a sweat, so break out the bowls and try these easy ideas to really wow your guests:

In-a-Snap Chili Dip

Fantastic as a hearty appetizer when dinner’s going to take awhile, your guests will devour this startling easy savory dip. 

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Spread softened cream cheese on the bottom of a glass pie baker or 9×9″ square baking pan in an even layer. Top with one can of your favorite chili—Hormel brand works very well. Sprinkle 8 oz. of shredded cheese, such as sharp cheddar or “taco blend,” over the top of the chili. Bake for approximately 20 minutes, or until cheese is bubbly and golden. Serve with tortilla chips and be prepared to give out the recipe, because you will get a lot of compliments.

Ranch Twist Spinach Dip

While calling it “healthy” may be a stretch, hey – at least it’s got veggies in it, right? Plus you don’t need the oven for this one, making it ideal for summer soirées.

Thaw a 10 oz. package of spinach and incorporate a packet of powdered ranch dip, an 8 oz. can of chopped water chestnuts, and a 16 oz. container of sour cream. Mix well by folding with a silicone spatula, or break out the hand mixer on low speed to save some time. Keep chilled in the freezer until you’re ready to serve, and pair this tasty dip with crisp veggies like carrots and celery for a real crowd-pleasing plate.

Red Velvet Dessert Dip

This dip is so good, you might have trouble sharing it with your guests! Better make two batches to be on the safe side.

In a large bowl, combine 4 ounces each of softened butter and softened cream cheese, 1/4 powdered sugar, 3/4 cup powdered red velvet cake mix and 2 tablespoons of milk. With a hand blender or a whisk, stir briskly until smoothly combined and uniform in appearance. Serve with fresh fruit, such as apple slices, on toothpicks or skewers. Be sure to keep plenty of napkins nearby, too—this dip is delicious, crave-worthy, and unapologetically gooey.

Need a place to entertain and a beautiful kitchen to polish your dip-making skills on demand? The Parkside at Firewheel Apartments in Garland has all that and more! We’re here to help you throw delightful get-togethers that your friends and family will love. Contact us today to ask about exciting amenities and available apartments in Garland!

Flowers in a Vase

How to Decorate Your Apartment for Spring

Flowers in a VaseThe weather is warming up and the first tulips and daffodils are sleepily coming to bloom. Spring has sprung! The decorations that kept your Garland, Texas apartment cozy through the winter might look and feel a little heavy now, so it’s a great time to mix things up a little with a bright palette and a few fresh ideas.

Bring On Spring

  • Stop by nearby Tuesday Morning at 3046 Lavon Drive and pick up a fun glass vase or jar that fits on your coffee table. Fill it with a colorful handful of dried or silk flowers to brighten your style.
  • Green is a color that’s full of energy and life, so take a hint from the trees and flowers and add a few playful faux moss-covered stones to your mantle or shelves to bring the outdoors in.
  • Feathers add an airy touch, but don’t limit yourself to peacock plumes; white and baby blue-dyed selections are an interesting inclusion when tucked into cork-topped glass jars. Both feathers and jars are available at the Michaels craft store on 5325 North Garland Avenue.
  • While reupholstering your couch every season could get a little expensive, a throw is a visually striking and inexpensive way to renovate your existing furniture—no nails required! Experiment with different colors and textures to introduce pastels into your room without a yearlong commitment.
  • Have wall art? Buy a “shabby chic” white frame or two and slide a few brightly-colored or spring print scrapbook papers (also available at Michaels) inside in lieu of photos or paintings. Voila! Instant seasonal art that can easily transition into summer photos with a quick swap.
  • Dark or heavily-patterned rugs can really clash with the beautiful sunshine and bright blue skies outside. Consider adding a small accent rug or throw rug to help define your living room or bedroom area with a dash of bright hues. Match color families with beautiful throw pillows nearby.

Spring is a time of renewal, so why not start with your Garland apartment? With a little savvy shopping and a few exciting decor pieces, you’ll feel like every day is full of new and beautiful possibilities. To learn more about our community or available floor plans, contact us today!

Earth Day

Where to Celebrate Earth Day in Garland

Earth DayCome celebrate all that is special about the earth at Earth Day Texas 2017! The largest annual forum of its kind, EarthDayTX brings together the latest innovations, policies, discoveries, research, corporate practices and initiatives to promote responsible stewardship of the place we all call home. EarthDayTX takes place over three days in April and features businesses, environmental organizations, academic institutions and government agencies committed to progress in global care and awareness. Combined with food tents, live music and a sustainable beer garden, guests enjoy the fair-like atmosphere while engaging in conversation, education and activities that promote positive change. Garland apartment residents are within an easy distance of the festival, which takes place at Fair Park in Dallas, located 19 miles southwest of the city.

Festival Events

This year’s EarthDayTX events include the Tiny House exhibit, where guests at the fair can learn all about living in tiny, earth-friendly houses that are both kind to the environment and the budget. SCUBA diving in a 20×30 Go-Dive-Now pool is available, as well as a Boho market, farmer’s market and vegan market. The Hydrogen Fuel Cell exhibit features innovations on clean, renewable energy, and the Plasticity Forum will answer the question, “What’s the future of plastic?”

While attending EarthDayTX, be sure and check out the EARTHxFilm choices throughout the event. “Chasing Coral,” “A Plastic Ocean,” and “Bigger Than Water,” are just a few of the offerings during the three-day festival. And there’s also plenty to see and do for families with children. Kids will enjoy “The Hive,” an interactive display about pollinators and native plants, as well the release of newly-emerged butterflies into the Rosine Smith Sammons Butterfly House at the Texas Discovery Garden.

Apartments in Garland

Apartments in Garland are near the heart of it all in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. Our apartment community members enjoy the benefits of a large city while being close to all the shopping and excitement of Dallas-Fort Worth. EarthDayTX is one of the many events throughout the year that make Garland a great place to call home. To learn more about apartment living at Parkside at Firewheel, call us now.

Computer and Coffee

New Hobbies to Try This Year

Computer and CoffeeNow that winter is over, it is time to start thinking of new ways to spice up your life this year. If you are interested in trying something new, then you have come to the right place. These are some good hobbies you should consider trying this year and you don’t even have to spend a lot of money to do them.

New Hobbies to Try This Year

  • Running. If you are looking for a great way to get in shape and also get outside and enjoy the area, running is the hobby for you. You can try going to a few trails around the area. Even if you cannot run long now, you can start by walking and work your way up. You may even feel confident enough in some time to take part in a 5k.
  • Cooking. Everyone loves food and if you want to start mastering the art in the kitchen, now is a great time to start. You can try getting a cookbook and simply trying recipes that look good to you or you can take a cooking class around town with some friends.
  • Learning a new language. You never know when it can come in handy and if you took a language in high school or college, you can start with that one. Relearn what you had before and then go further. You may even want to treat yourself to a trip to a country that speaks the language once you feel comfortable enough with it.
  • Couponing. Whether you are tight on money or just want to save some of your hard-earned cash, couponing is a great way to do that. However, it does take some time so you will need to learn how to do it and then put it into practice.
  • Starting a blog. If you have something to say, you can start a blog. It doesn’t even have to be for anyone else but it can be a good way to get some things off your chest and feel better.

Whatever you have in store this year, make sure you have fun doing it. If you try one of these ideas and it isn’t for you, try something new instead! If you are looking for apartments in Garland, be sure to stop by our office to see what we have available.

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