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5 Winter Skin Care Strategies You Shouldn’t Be Without

LotionIt’s no secret that winter weather conditions often result in dry skin. Indoor heating plays a part as well. Fortunately, there are strategies available to residents of apartments in Austin, TX, for keeping their skin soft and supple no matter what the environmental conditions are. Following are five ways you can keep your skin smooth and glowing during winter.

Hydrate From the Inside Out

You undoubtedly already know that keeping the surface of the skin moisturized is an essential part of fighting winter dryness. However, it’s just as important to guard against dehydration by drinking enough water, so make certain that your fill on a daily basis.

Exfoliate Often

Dead skin cells in super dry parts of the body such as the upper arms often collect around hair follicles, causing bumpy skin and rough patches. Using a lotion with salicylic acid to keep this from occurring, and use an exfoliating mitt when you take a shower or bath.

Use Nondrying Cleansers

Using body and hand cleansers that don’t contain alcohol or soap helps keep skin from drying out too much in winter. You can also use alcohol-free sanitary hand sanitizers to help keep hands well-hydrated, and always wear gloves or mittens when outdoors in cold temperatures.

Use Lukewarm Water Whenever Possible

Washing your face and hands, showering, and bathing with lukewarm water is far less drying than performing the same activities using hot water. However, few things are better than relaxing in a hot bath at the end of a cold winter day, so add an ample amount of a good-quality bath oil to prevent skin from drying out while soaking.

Moisturize Immediately After Bathing

Slathering on moisturizer as soon as possible after stepping out of the shower or bath keeps precious moisture locked into the skin. At least once per week, use a spa-quality body oil designed to really sink in.

If you’re looking for a new home in Austin this winter, give us a call today!

3 Holiday Party Dishes

Table SettingPicking holiday dishes can be a puzzle. Everything may look delicious to you, but what will other people like? Everyone’s trying to convince you take a chance and try something new, but aren’t the ‘classics’ classic for a reason? Narrowing down your options is the first step unless you want to serve an over abundance of food in your Austin apartment.

Take a look at a few of our favorite holiday dishes!

Crostini with Thyme-Roasted Tomatoes

This dish is simple, festive and delicious. It’s similar to bruschetta, but with a few key differences. In this dish, you’re using one half of a plum tomato, and you’re getting the irresistible flavor of thyme baked right in. It’s great color on your table, and an appetizer that will go quickly.

Roasted Beef Tenderloin

You don’t always have to go with ham or turkey over the holidays. Instead, try beef tenderloin that has been coated with black pepper, roasted and served with a black olive sauce. This may be slightly pricier, but if you’re only having a few people over for dinner, it’s a good way to get everyone fed without having to try to eat or freeze lots of leftovers.

Chai-Spiced Honey Bundt Cakes

It doesn’t have to be all fruit pies around this time of year. Chai is inherently associated with the holidays, and it gives everyone that warm feeling as they breathe in the spiced air. This cake is going to impress your guests, and the best part is that it’s not all that hard to make. Serve it with coffee or  chai tea as a complement at the end of the night.

The holidays don’t have to be hard or confusing. It’s all about taking your favorites this year and using your second-best choices for next year or even just your next big event. Apartments in Austin are the perfect place to host, and 9500 has the best in the city. Call us if you’re looking for a new spot to call home!

3 Fun Thanksgiving Games to Play

Thanksgiving isn’t just about great food. It’s a time for friends and family to come together. And while sparkling conversation, football and the Macy Thanksgiving Day’s Parade on TV are all great, sometimes it’s a good idea to have a few more things planned on the agenda to be assured that everyone has a wonderful time. Here are three fun games to get you started.

Three Games to Play While Celebrating Thanksgiving

Pass the Nut

This is the perfect game to get things moving after the big feast when you want to get the blood flowing, this will get everyone standing and excited, without any danger of pulling a muscle. The participants are broken into two teams, and a sort of relay race is done by moving small objects, like nuts and cranberries, from bowl to bowl with chopsticks.

Mobile Party Games

While we’ve been celebrating Thanksgiving for a long time, there’s no reason not to bring 21st century party games into the mix by involving your smartphone. Games like Heads Up, created by Ellen Degeneres takes a classic party game like “Who Am I” and adds entirely new layers of fun.

The Best

This game is ideal for large groups of people, making it perfect for Thanksgiving gatherings. It’s also lots of fun for families. The point of the game is to compete for inane categories. By choosing the categories, you can determine how much movement is involved in the game or if you’ll need any special equipment. Categories you could choose are tallest thumb or who can sing the alphabet the fastest.

Whether you’re looking for an open floor plan, or want a spacious private patio to take your party games outdoors, here at 9500 Apartments, we have the perfect Austin, Texas apartment for you. Check our website to find out more about our different floor plans.

5 Fun Facts About Halloween

What do you think of when you hear the word, “Halloween”? Do you think about cute tots dressed up as ghosts, princesses and the latest super heroes? Are you eager to shop the Halloween candy sales so you have an excuse to eat your favorites before you hand them out to the kids at your Austin apartment? Add a bit of fun to the holiday by learning the following five fun facts.

1. Jack o’ lanterns were not always made of pumpkins.

If carving a pumpkin into a Jack o’ lantern is one of your favorite parts of Halloween, you might want to skip this fun fact. While it is popular to buy pumpkins to carve today, in the past, people bought potatoes, turnips or beets to carve instead.

2. Dance for your treat.

It is without a doubt that many of Halloween’s traditions originated in Europe. Long ago, Europeans used to perform door to door while dressed up in costumes. Their purpose? To get a treat, of course. Experts think that this is how the United States got the idea for trick-or-treating.

3. Cabbage night.

Did you know that some American towns refer to Halloween as Cabbage Night instead? Framingham, Massachusetts borrowed a fortune telling game from the Scots and turned it into a game of throwing cabbages at the homes of their unhappy neighbors.

4. Find the love of your life on Halloween.

Speaking of fortune-telling games, Ireland has a history of people celebrating Halloween by playing them. Their purpose was to predict who might become their spouse. In that day and age, Halloween was one of the few days were the two genders could mingle.

5. Halloween = Irish.

Irish Celts are widely credited with having traditions that lead to Halloween. In order to appease the ghosts, ancient Celts would leave treats out on their stoops after dressing up.

Did you learn anything from the above fun facts? Now you can be the life of the Halloween party with your newfound knowledge.

With their superb location only eight miles from downtown, 9500 Apartments in Austin is the perfect home base for families, young couples, retirees and commuters.

Three Ways to Clean Kitchen Cabinets

Spot cleaning wooden cabinets on an as-needed basis can be done with a soft cotton or microfiber cloth dampened with warm water and maybe a bit of dish soap for hard-to-remove items.

However, when the time comes for a full-on clean, you’re going to want to use something more substantial that won’t damage the finish of the wood. The following are three fabulous options that residents of apartments in Austin can use to clean their wooden cabinets.

White Vinegar

White vinegar provides a natural cleansing solution that is mild enough for porous wooden surfaces yet tough enough to remove buildups of grease and grime that often occur on kitchen cabinets. Vinegar cuts grease easily thanks to a compound called acetic acid. It is inexpensive and can be used in a pinch for a variety of jobs when cleaning cabinet supplies are low. One of the best reasons to use vinegar on wooden surfaces is that it won’t leave a pesky residue.

Traditional Oil-Based Soap

Those who prefer to clean their kitchen cabinets with tried-and-true commercial products from their grocery or home improvement stores should reach for a bottle of traditional oil-based soap. These soaps also do a great job on accumulated grease and grime as well as leave behind a slightly silky finish. The oil content in the soap helps keep wooden cabinets in environments with low atmospheric humidity from becoming overly dry.

A Mixture of Mild Detergent, Baking Soda and Water

If your kitchen cabinets have somehow gotten stained, you’ll want to use a cleaning solution that contains baking soda on them in order to safely and thoroughly remove the stains. For serious stains, make a paste from the baking soda and water and apply it to the affected area prior to cleaning.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us at your convenience for more information and advice on how to keep your kitchen cabinets and other apartment amenities in top shape.

Go to the Bullock Texas State History Museum For A Fun Weekend Trip!

You’ll find plenty to do if you focus your new home search around apartments in Austin, like visiting the Bullock Texas State History Museum. Located on Congress Drive in Austin, this museum has tons to offer every member of the family.

Family-Friendly Exhibits

  • Bullock Imax Theater. Affordable and conveniently located inside the museum, the Bullock Imax Theater features all the latest and greatest new releases in a dramatic and immersive movie experience.
  • Texas History Galleries. Spanning three floors, the Texas History Galleries at the Bullock Texas State History Museum encompass more than 700 artifacts that are pertinent to the story of the Lone Star State, including the reconstructed hull of the genuine French sailing ship, La Belle and the AT-6 advanced flight airplane known as the Texan that was instrumental during WW II.
  • Austin City Limits Theater Exhibition. Learn more about the musicians and the music that defined over four decades of Texas entertainment. With artifacts reaching back to ACL’s inception in 1974, to the large-screen theater experience that captures all the excitement and wonder of Austin City Limits, this exhibit is one music-lovers won’t want to miss.

Modern Apartments in Austin

If you’re planning a move to Texas in the near future, be sure to add 9500 Apartments to your list of places to tour. Its attractive location, just 8 miles northeast of the city, makes for an easy daily commute without sacrificing the appeal of nearby parks and recreation areas.

At 9500 Apartments, you’ll find modern, luxurious rooms, lovely landscaping, private balconies and a pool to while away those summer weekends. This community represents some of the best Austin apartments the city has to offer, but you won’t believe it until you see it for yourself. Schedule a tour today with a member of our friendly and knowledgeable 9500 Apartments staff.

5 Summer Events You Have To Go To In Austin, TX

Austin, TX in summertime is a bustling place of things to do with the whole family. When you are looking for a way to spend a pleasant day or an evening, you never have to go very far from home. Enjoy great music, fireworks, food and more, all in beautiful settings that will leave you feeling relaxed and peaceful.

Best Summer Events in Austin

  1. Fourth of July Fireworks and Symphony – Taking place at Vic Mathias Shores, you’ll enjoy patriotic tunes played by the Austin Symphony followed by an amazing, colorful display of fireworks over Lady Bird Lake.
  2. Body Mind Spirit Expo – On July 23 and 24 go experience this holistic expo showcasing some of the many examples of global awakening and spiritual development with other kindred spirits interested in these topics.
  3. Zilker Summer Musical – Every Thursday through Sunday evening from July 8th through August 13th, Zilker Hillside Theater will host a free musical performance of “Shrek the Musical” starting at 8:15pm.
  4. Lake Travis Hot Air Balloon Flyover – Come on down to the Mansfield Dam Park on August 6th to watch colorful hot air balloons float above Lake Travis during the early morning hours. Children will love this annual event!
  5. Austin Ice Cream Festival – Another guaranteed hit for children of all ages, Austin’s Ice Cream Festival will delight the whole family with live entertainment, games, activities, contests, and, naturally, lots of ice cream, perfect for cooling off in the hot sun.

A Plethora of Summertime Activities Right Around the Corner

Living in stylish 9500 apartments in Austin, TX gives you easy access to a huge variety of year round activities, with summertime being perhaps the most exciting time of all! As a city known for great cultural events and family friendly venues, you’ll be able to keep the whole family engaged while you enjoy impressive displays of lights, musical talent and more.




How to Introduce Your Cat to Its New Apartment in Austin, Texas

Moving isn’t always easy and the same goes for your cat. A new home takes some getting used to for your feline friend, and without the right strategy, your cat may be in for some serious stress. In order to keep both you and your cat happy, here are 3 tips to introducing your cat to your new apartment in Austin, Texas.

Make A Safe Space For Your Cat

As soon you as move, place your cat in only one room. This will allow your cat to slowly get used to one space before he or she explores the rest of your apartment. Inside, give them plenty of food, water, litter box, and some of their favorite toys. Try to make them as comfortable as possible by providing them with some familiar items, such as T-shirt with your odor on it nearby. It’s also a good idea to leave their carrying case open and on the ground so they can retreat inside if they feel anxious.

Get Them Excited About The New Apartment

Once they’re introduced to the new apartment, it’s time to associate everything new with something good. Give them a treat as soon as they arrive and each time they explore a new room. Place some catnip in a trail leading to each new room you introduce them to.

Don’t Forget About Your Cat At Any Point

It’s easy to get caught up in moving and not give your cat the attention it needs. When you first arrive, make sure you periodically take a break to play with your cat or simply pet them for a while. This will help calm your cat and remind him or her that you’re there for them.

Ultimately, with these tips in mind, your cat will slowly feel at home as you both adjust to your new home. Thankfully, 9500 Apartments, located just a few minutes from downtown Austin is a cat-friendly apartment loaded with amenities like private balconies, ample storage, on-site management, and a community pool.

5 of the Best BBQ Joints Near 9500 Apartments

If you’re from Texas, you know good barbecue. But do you know the best BBQ joints near your Austin apartment? We’ve compiled a list of tasty spots to enjoy brisket, beans and all the trimmings within a few blocks of your northeast Austin apartment complex.

5 Great Austin BBQ Spots

1. Slab BBQ and Beer

Specializing in ribs and sandwiches, Slab offers a fun take on barbecue. With dishes called the Notorious P.I.G., The Donk and Brown Chicken Brown Cow, you know you’re in for a treat. Plus, the green bean casserole is amazing.

2. Stiles Switch BBQ & Brews

You’ll find solid barbecue offerings in a speakeasy-like atmosphere at Stiles Switch BBQ. Try the smoked pork loin with pinto beans on the side. They’re simply divine.

3. Rudy’s Country Store and BBQ

Short lines and friendly service make Rudy’s a favorite BBQ spot. Try the Spicy, a combo of all their smoked meats that have been chopped and drenched in “sause.” If you’re out and about early, try their legendary breakfast tacos.

4. The County Line on the Hill

Go for the good quality barbecue and come back for another chance to enjoy a meal in such a serene spot. With a killer 20-mile view from the patio, you’ll love chowing down on ribs and brisket while taking in the beautiful Texas Hill Country. Don’t miss the white bread. It’s a favorite.

5. Branch BBQ

Yes, it’s in a strip mall, but that doesn’t mean the food lacks flavor. Not in the mood for barbecue? Stop by on a Friday for their famous chicken and dumplins.

Check out one of these tasty eateries when you’re hungry for authentic Texas barbecue. And let us know if we missed one. Tell us: what’s your favorite place to get barbecue in Austin?