Friday, January 9, 2015

New Website!


As you may have noticed, the post here are a bit out of date. Don't worry we haven't stopped blogging, we have just moved to our new site!

In order to view our new blog simply head over to haverkamp-properties.com/AmesApartmentsWP/. From there navigate to the top right of the page and click on Blog. From here you can see the latest post, scroll through past articles, search, and more! In order to view an entire post, simply click on the post's title and there you are!

We hope this was helpful! See you at our new site!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Take A Break With Our Netflix Recommendations

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It’s the weekend; you’ve had a long week and deserve a break. If you’re looking for some great shows on Netflix to watch in your free time, we got you covered. Below are some of our personal favorites that you should check out if you haven’t already!

Arrested Development: 

Originally airing in the early/mid 2000’s, this show was a gem hidden in the same time slots as American Idol and other popular shows. As a result it was ultimately canceled. However, the show was picked up for a 4th season by Netflix just recently, and has delivered another great season with more hopefully to come in the future.

This show is witty and hilarious. The writing and cast is top notch and the on going jokes are fantastic.  I highly recommended this show if you haven’t started watching already. And remember, there's always money in the banana stand.

Parks and Recreation: 

Originally intended to be a spin off of The Office (another great show on Netflix), Parks and Rec turned into something amazing. Ditching the idea of The Office spin off before production, the show turned into what it is today.

The show has a great cast with the main star being Amy Poehler. If you haven’t heard anything about this show or haven’t seen memes of Ron Swanson, then you are probably more productive than most people.

I would recommend this show to anyone looking for a funny show with some depth and a number of episodes to get lost in.

Sherlock: 

Source BBC
The name Sherlock Holmes is one that everyone is familiar with. The character, originally created by Sir Arthur Conan, has had many different adaptions over the years. The show Sherlock though is, in my opinion, the best adaption.

Airing on BBC and available on Netflix, Sherlock stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, both outstanding actors. Cumberbatch’s character is unbelievably entertaining and he and Martin make an amazing duo.

Set in modern day London, the super observant and brilliant Sherlock solves some of the most interesting crimes the city has to offer. I would recommend this to those who love a good detective drama with a hint of humor. Plus, who doesn’t like telling their friends they watch a British show?

Documentaries: 


Netflix can be educational as well as entertaining. The service offers some fantastic documentaries that cover a variety of subjects and issues. Some that you should definitely check out are: Blackfish, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, and Hoop Dreams. These are all fantastic documentaries with a strong message.

Check out their selection and find something that you are interested in. I have yet to be disappointed!


Netflix is a great way to take a break from your busy day and get lost in a good show or movie. Find something you enjoy, but be careful not to waste an entire day saying “just one more episode”. Unless you want to, because it happens and there’s nothing wrong with that.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Back to School: Study Resources



The Internet is a great place to find information you need fast. It can also be a place filled with distractions and cat videos. To help those who are now in full swing of school, we have complied some helpful sites that you can use a resource for studying. These are in no way a substitute for attending class or taking notes, but they are definitely helpful resources to check out.

Study Blue: Study Blue is a great site for studying for a specific class. Classmates are able to share notes and study guides for a specific class or exam. There are various ways to study as well, from flashcards to personalized practice exams. It is a great site and I recommend checking it out. In my experience with Study Blue, I have yet to run into a pay wall and have been able to use all of the features free.

Khan Academy: Khan Academy provides free world-class education for everyone. The site has been around since 2006 and has millions of users from across the globe. Once signing in you can customize your own personalized learning dashboard, take practice quizzes, and watch micro lectures over thousands of subjects.

Crash Course Videos: YouTube can be both distracting and helpful, so be careful how you use it. There are some very helpful channels such as Crash Course, which gives 10-15 minute lectures over various topics. There are also other helpful channels, like asapSCIENCE, Vsauce, and more, which has helpful information in short, and entertaining videos.

Like previously stated, just be careful when on YouTube. You are just one suggested video away from wasting 2 hours of your life and somehow ending up on cat videos (it always ends like this).


Lynda: Lynda offers thousands of video tutorials and courses for software, creative, and business skills. Industry experts teach the videos, so it is a helpful and reliable source. The site offers both free and paid services, although in my experience, the free version has been just fine.


Evernote: Evernote is used mainly for note taking and archiving. Notes can be made via text, voice memos, photos, or handwritten and shared across different computers and phones. This is helpful for keeping track of your notes and having them available on more than just a notebook. The site offers free and premium services as well, but once again the free has worked just fine for me.


Try them out and see which one works for you. Maybe it’s none of these; maybe reviewing your own notes is what works best. Just do what works best for you and helps you retain the most. Like everything else you wish to be good at, doing well in a class takes time and effort. Keep studying and best of luck this school year!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Organization: Cables and Cords


Technology is amazing, we can store thousands of songs in our pocket, can connect with people in many ways, and so much more. The only thing not amazing about technology are the cords and wires that keep them running. They are everywhere and can be an eyesore. So until everything can run and charge wirelessly, we have three options:
 
            1) We can ignore the cords.
            2) We can clean up the cords and wires.
            3) We can just not use technology and live in the woods.
For this post we are fortunately (or unfortunately if you are pumped about living in the woods) talking about option number 2. We will take our home back from the cords!

Make It & Love It turned a lotion bottle into a cellphone-charging holder. Not only does it look great, but also hides your cellphone charging cord. You can check out their guide here.



If you have a lot of exposed cables from your desk or TV stand, you can use a cable concealer to hide the mess. This is essentially a plastic tube that runs all of your cables through it. It can be stuck to the backside or underneath a desk or placed along a wall to hide the mess of cords. This is also a great way to keep the cords organized.

Bred clips can be used to label yours cords, which is great as some look the same and you don’t want to risk unplugging something you didn’t intend to. You could also tie colored string or around cables to keep things color coordinated.  

Binder clips can be used to prevent cords from falling. A good example of this would be clipping one to the side of your desk and running your laptop charger through the loop. This way when you unplug your laptop the cord won’t fall behind your desk but rather stay in place. 

So there you have it! Some ways to hide those loose cables taking over your home. It can some take some time to untangle everything, but once you get everything organized you won’t have to worry about that in the future. 

Monday, September 22, 2014

Tiny House Style Spotlight

Clean and Simple. Source: onekindesign

Have any of you seen the documentary “Tiny” on Netflix? Neither have I, but I hear it’s good. It got me thinking, although it can seem really luxurious and amazing to have a huge place, why not try and embrace the idea of living minimalistically in a small space?

The idea behind the Tiny House Movement is to downsize the amount of space that we live in. After all, Americans spend ⅓ to ½ their income on their homes. As apartment dwellers, living in a smaller space is already done for you, and the next step is just to cut back on the amount of clutter that you have.

  • The first part of this is to reduce what you own. Go through your clothes, household items, furniture.. How much of it is truly necessary?
  • What you don’t need, either sell or donate! (The extra cash or good deed will feel good)

Now, after you do all that, staying a minimalist can be the hardest part of this whole process.

  • First, organize and categorize the things that you do need to keep.
  • Second, continue the process. The more you think about it, the more you may come to realize that some of the things that you still have are not necessary. If you come across those kinds of things, get rid of them!

Being a minimalist is an ongoing process that you can’t just do once and then forget about. Eventually, you will need to buy something or things will start to accumulate again. When that happens, you just go through this process again! The idea is that you are sort of constantly doing it, so that way you don’t end up with a ton of unnecessary items.

The most important part of this is that when you do go to buy something, it is important to really spend time thinking about the purchase. Do you really need it? How long are you going to use it for? Why do you want it? Is it really worth it?

Another thing you can focus on after having been a minimalist for awhile is the quality of the items that you buy. If you buy fewer things, then you will have more money to spend on higher quality items that will last you longer.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Talk Like A Pirate Day!



Ahoy thar mateys! Today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day! Oregon Residents John Baur and Mark Summers created the annual holiday in 1995. What started out as a joke quickly grew in popularity and is now recognized internationally.

So how can you celebrate today like a true pirate? We’ve made a list to help you out!

Know Yer History!

You can brush up on your knowledge of the holiday by visiting the official Talk Like a Pirate website at: http://www.talklikeapirate.com/. The site has everything you need to successfully talk like a pirate!


Switch Yer Tongue Matey!

Some sites celebrate the holiday with pirate themed Easter eggs, but some, like Facebook, let you change your language to Pirate year round! To change your language to pirate go to setting > language > English (Pirate) and there you are! 

Ignorrre the squiggles!

Autocorrect is a fantastic tool. However, on days like today it will get in the way of yer pirate talk. Make sure yer phone don’t correct yer grammarrrr n ya don’t let the red squiggles bother ye!

Know Yer True Captains!

There have been many famous pirates, both real and fictional, throughout the years. Below are some of the famous real and fictional pirates!

Real:
Captain Kidd - a well known pirate who buried his treasure on Long Island.
Blackbeard – one of the most ruthless pirates ever, who commanded over 300 pirates and a fleet of four ships!

Mary Read & Anne Bonny – the only female pirates recorded in history!

Fictional:
Captain Hook – the villain in the popular Peter Pan story.
Captain Jack Sparrow – played by Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean. Jack Sparrow is one of the most famous and entertaining pirates around.
One-eyed Willy – from the beloved movie The Goonies.
Captain Morgan – the mascot for Captain Morgan Rum. Known for his famous leg resting on a keg pose.
Patchy the Pirate – Of course had to include a pirate from Spongebob SquarePants. Patchy is the pirate used in the live action specials and movies for the show.


So thar ye have it mateys! Yer set to sail the mighty seas of Iowa like a true pirate! Yaarrggghh!!!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Color Wheel: Teal

Teal




As fall is quickly approaching, we bring you back to the early days of summer with deep blue skies and dark green trees with the color teal. Although we can’t prevent summer from ending, we can bring some of those colors into our homes with this weeks color wheel post. 

Teal is the mix of blue and green and can range anywhere from a dark to medium blue or a dark green. The complimentary color of teal is coral, which we did a post about just a few months ago. So if our post encouraged you to add some coral to your home, then this post will compliment your great decision!

Some may be hesitant to bring teal into there homes, as a lot of people use it more as an accent color than a primary, but when done correctly teal can really make a room beautiful. Blue is a calming color and green is associated with good feelings, so the two combined create an equally wholesome feel.

I don’t expect anyone to go crazy with teal and completely redesign your home around it, but adding some color here and there is always nice and can look great.