Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Have a Holly Jolly Christmas!

From all of our Haverkamp Properties locations,
we're wishing our residents and their loved ones
a holly jolly Christmas and happy holiday season!

Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 21, 2012

There's Still Time to Donate to Make-A-Wish Iowa!

For the past couple of weeks, our Haverkamp Properties offices have been raising funds to donate to Make-A-Wish Iowa.  Haverkamp will be matching every donation dollar for dollar to help make spirits bright and wishes come true for children in Iowa with life-threatening illnesses.  

So far, we have Ankeny in the lead with $163 followed by Des Moines with $95, Ames with $11, and Cedar Rapids with $3.  We'll still be accepting donations through the end of today so stop by the Ames Haverkamp office by 5 PM if you'd like to join in on the holiday giving!

Make-A-Wish Iowa Chapter

Ames Haverkamp Properties

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Snow Removal

We held off winter's snow, wind, and bitter cold for as long we could, but there's a snowstorm coming and the rest of of winter ahead.  So let's talk snow removal.

Haverkamp Properties understands that whether you're a student or working professional, you need to be able to get out and to your destination.  It's our intent to make it around to all properties and units within 24 hours of the first snow.  

This first pass serves the purpose of getting you out of your apartment and where you need to go.  Depending on the severity of the snow and wind, we will come back and clean up any necessary areas as needed.

If you have questions or concerns, don't hesitate to contact our office at 515-232-7575.

And with that said... Let it snow. Let it snow. Let it snow!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Te Quiero El Azteca

We love Mexican food.  So you can bet that we were in a hurry to feature the best Mexican restaurant in Ames as the next dining Hot Spot. What makes it the best? Fast and friendly service, a menu full of delicioso Mexican food, the tastiest chips and salsa in the county, and superb sangria and margaritas. Haleigh and I both plead guilty to eating at El Azteca multiple times in a week... and often two or three days in a row.  

El Azteca is easy to find at 2727 Stange Road in Ames' Somerset village north of Iowa State University. Take a seat at the bar or sit down at a table or booth. Mood lighting overhead and colorful Central American art on the walls make for a perfectly cozy establishment to gather with friends or for date night.  

The complimentary chips and salsa arrive right away. (And we highly recommend ordering up some queso blanco to go along with!) I ordered a hard shell chicken taco and chile relleno with rice on the side while Haleigh chose the arroz con pollo.  Muy bueno!  You won't leave El Azteca without being delightfully (and maybe miserably) full.

Monday, December 17, 2012

12 Lovely Gift Ideas for Her

1st Row
The girly silk bows on these finger-less, knit mittens are absolutely darling.
Remind your best friend or sister to be "her own kind of beautiful" with this sweet print.
This gorgeous green pashmina infinity scarf does double duty as a cozy shawl.

2nd Row
Give the fashionista in your life several pairs of knit bootwarmers to peek out of her boots.
Brighten up the decor-lover's space with a colorful pillow cover like this floral beauty.
This red embroidery mini metal frame purse makes a pretty stocking stuffer for any girl.

3rd Row
These blue star flower earrings are lovely---and so is the tiny, handmade tree box they come in.
A burlap feedbag, floral-lined purse is perfect for toting to-and-from campus in style.
Your friend or sister won't dare misplace these too-pretty-to-lose rose bobby-pins!

4th Row
Help the organizer get 2013 off to a fresh start with an ombre dip dye weekly planner.  
The bookworm techie will appreciate this Alice in Wonderland booksi for iPhone or iPod. 
Pamper her spa-style with a set of soothing lavender, sea salt, Macadamia nut bath bombs.

12 Unique Gift Ideas for Him

1st Row
The math-lover in your life will love using this stainless steel Pi bottle opener.
Let him suds up with the men's all-natural, cold process soap set from Right Soap.
This big print maps over 1,000 breweries in the United States for the brew enthusiast.

2nd Row
Give him a new phone cover, like this handsome and sleek leather cover for Iphone.
Have a musician on your hands?  These wooden guitar picks make a classy stocking stuffer.
Know a techie with a taste for chic design?  Opt for this wooden docking station for his desktop.

3rd Row
Sports fan? These baseball cuff links are made from baseballs used during actual MLB games!
Men love bacon. And maybe his kitchen needs a little wall art.  Look no further than this bacon print.
Your man preparing for the zombie apocalypse?  He'll enjoy this "Zombie Repellent" soap.

4th Row
No-Shave November all year round?  Gift this awesome sweatshirt to the bearded fellow on your list.  
Wood grain design and genuine leather come together in this sleek, stylish "wooden" wallet.  
What guy wouldn't want an external hard drive enclosure crafted from an NES Super Mario Bros. game?

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree

Oh, Christmas trees!  There are so many ways to express your personality and decorating taste when trimming the Christmas tree.  Above, we rounded up some of our favorite takes on the traditional Christmas tree.  

Top Row
Think Pink: Feeling extra feminine or have an apartment full of girls this holiday season?  Take advantage and go all out with a glamorous pink Christmas tree decked out in silver, gold, and glittery ornaments.  
Less is More:  A little felt bunting can go a long way.  Red and white bunting makes a simple, old-fashioned, vintage statement for a modern holiday.  Plus, it's a simple project if you like to DIY!
Offbeat Color: Who says you have to stick to traditional red and green this season?  Go off the beaten path and switch up the hues this year.  Hot pink and turquoise are a daring (and quite lovely) duo!

Center Row
Starry Night, Sailor's Delight: At first glance, this tree appears decked out in traditional Christmas stars and snowflakes.  Look a little closer and you'll see starfish and seafaring ship-wheels.  
Ultra Violet: Looking to make a dramatic statement for Christmas?  Go bold and bright with a tree in an unexpected color... like vibrant purple!  
Keep It Classy: A flocked tree trimmed in silver and red ornaments is a classic look that reminds us of candy canes and peppermints.  Take it to the next level with coordinating accessories strewn throughout the room.  (Pops of red are a great idea!)

Bottom Row
Holly Jolly: Why mess with perfection?  Nothing gets everyone in the Christmas spirit like the tried-and-true red and green combination... especially when you throw in candy canes, holly, Santa, and words like "Noel" and "Joy."
Jack and Sally:  Nightmare Before Christmas fans will love this white tree tricked out with black Tim Burton-inspired ornaments.  
White Christmas:  And lastly, we can't help but be delighted by the magic of an all-white tree.  White branches, tinsel, lights, and ornaments have us dreaming of a white Christmas and a little dusting of snow.

Which of these tree themes is your favorite?  

(Image Sources - Row 1: LeftCenterRight. Row 2: LeftCenterRight. Row 3: LeftCenterRight.)

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Christmas Open House: Cookies & Hot Drinks this Friday!

Christmas Open House at Haverkamp Properties

Friday, December 14th from 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

'Tis the season to be jolly and at Haverkamp Properties, we want to share the holiday cheer with you! (How can you not be jolly when finals are almost over and the holidays are right around the corner?!) On this Friday, December 14 we'll be hosting a Christmas Open House. Our office is all spruced up for the season, so come on in for cookies and hot drinks!

See you there!

Monday, December 10, 2012

DIY Snow Globes Using Blue Mason Jars

Over Thanksgiving break, I made Christmas snow globes with my two year old niece. We had fun making them together. It was an easy craft for her to help with and something we will keep for a long time. Once you collect the items you want to put in your globe, its pretty much gluing and adding the snow.

I gathered a few turquoise antique mason jars from Brass Armadillo in Des Moines- you can check out my trip with Jessica here. I knew that I wanted to have a more wintry-vintage look so we included mini evergreen trees and deer in ours. I found all my items at Hobby Lobby: fake snow, mini trees and mini deer figures. I also found two vintage deer at a thrift store in the antique section for $1. (What a steal!)

I love how they turned out! The nice thing about this craft is you can do so many options- change up the jars, add a snow man or Santa in the mix... the possibilities are endless.

Read more about our antiquing trip at the Brass Armadillo here!  And stay tuned to find out what we did with the rest of our antiquing loot!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Making Spirits Bright with Haverkamp Properties

Here at Haverkamp Properties, we believe in the magic and miracle of Christmas giving.  So in the spirit of the season, we're doing something extra special for the next couple weeks.  Our four Haverkamp Office locations (Ames, Ankeny, Cedar Rapids, and Des Moines) have pledged to each raise $200 for the Make-A-Wish Iowa Chapter.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. Making wishes come true, the foundation enriches the human experience and spirit with hope, strength, and joy.  The Iowa Chapter grants the wishes of Iowa children ages 2 1/2 to 18 years who qualify with a life-threatening medical condition... in all 99 counties of Iowa!

You can help our fundraising effort by: 1) Stopping by the Ames Haverkamp office. 2) Making a donation with cash or a check written out to Haverkamp Properties by December 20th.  (We'll be issuing the raised funds to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Iowa in one big check!)  3) "Liking" the Ames Haverkamp office on Facebook to stay up-to-date on our fundraising progress.

Haverkamp Properties will be matching your donation dollar for dollar!
So join us in making spirits bright and making wishes come true this holiday season!

Make-A-Wish Iowa Chapter: OnlineFacebook

Ames Haverkamp Properties:  Facebook

Thanks for Coming to Our Open House!

The Ames Haverkamp Properties Open House on November 30th and December 1st had a great turnout!  So we want to send a big thank you out to those of you who stopped by.  (We hoped you enjoyed the prize giveaways and walking tacos as much as we did!

Here's a few snapshots of the day's fun:

Thanks again for coming to the Ames Open House!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Stocking Stuffer Giveaway in Ames!

How would you like to win a stocking stuffed full of Ames goodies?  

What kind of goodies, you ask?  Well, we've stuffed this stocking full of candy and then thrown in some perks you'll love.  Like a free Cafe Milo treat, free Tornado Wash car wash, $10 Jiffy Lube oil change,  and koozies.  And on top of that: a sweet t-shirt and $50 Fun Money.

Interested?  Head over to the Haverkamp Properties Facebook page for contest details and how to enter.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

3 Wintry Decor Ideas for Spare Ornaments

We're loving wintry metallic and glitter ornaments this holiday season.  Besides just hang bulbs on your Christmas tree, there are many ways to use them throughout your space.  So round up your spare ornaments... we're highlighting three ideas that get us in the wintertime spirit!

Above, we strung ornaments across a mirror using twine. This nifty idea would also look lovely strung across a doorway, mantle, or over your bed.  Swap out the twine for fishing line and the bulbs will look like they're floating.  Or use brightly colored yarn for a fun, festive feel.  

Display spare bulbs in a dish or bowl as a centerpiece for your dining table or coffee table.  We used this gorgeous copper piece to display white and silver bulbs next to a star ornament, but a fancy dish or glass vase would also look pretty.  

Lastly, we hung ornaments from branches painted white and displayed in a metallic vase.  We love the wintry effect of the white, silver, gray, metallic, and glitter.  You could also do this with un-painted, natural branches for a rustic look or multicolored ornaments for something more festive.  

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thanksgiving Things to Know: Etiquette, Pie, Pilgrims, & Facts

(via beckonmedia.)

Happy Thanksgiving!  Here's some food for thought.  We've rounded up four infographics full of Turkey Day facts you might not have been aware of.  Ever wondered where to put the sherry glass when setting the table?  Wanna know what percentage of Americans eat blueberry pie instead of pumpkin pie?  Curious to compare our modern Thanksgiving meal to the original Thanksgiving meal of the pilgrims?  Like rambling off random facts, such as how much the biggest turkey ever weighed?  We've got you covered.

Inspiration Board: Cabin Fever


With autumn past its peak and winter nearly upon us, there's no better time than now to cozy up your home sweet apartment for the cold months.  And what's cozier than a cabin in the woods?  For this inspiration board, we pulled together natural textures, wintry neutrals, woodsy accents, and a few hints of sparkle to create a rustic, homey retreat fit for fireside evenings drinking hot chocolate.

How can you can get this look for your apartment?

1. Stencil "Welcome" onto a worn, wooden plank for an inviting sign to hang near your door.  Or purchase this Rustic Welcome Sign.  

2. Add creature comfort to your sofa with a pillow featuring the striking silhouette of a woodland species, like this Moose Oblong Pillow.  (A deer silhouette would be charming, too!)

3. Sip on your hot cocoa from a cute critter mug.  This little raccoon mug will steal your heart, but the First and Forest Mug is also available as a red fox, chipmunk, and squirrel.  

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Recipe Round-Up: 8 Scrumptious Pumpkin Recipe

Thanksgiving is nearly upon us. Here at Haverkamp Properties, we're craving pumpkin anything and everything! Whether you're traveling to family or hosting guests at your place, we've rounded up eight pumpkin-based recipes sure to leave your friends and family begging for more.  

Pumpkin Bread: My Baking Addiction  |  Pumpkin Pie Fudge: Family Bites
Fresh Pumpkin Pie: Giant Eagle Market District  |  Pumpkin Pie Dip: Taste of Home
Pumpkin Pie Cookies: Bakers Royale  |  Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal: Good Life Eats
Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes: Une-deux Senses  |  Pumpkin Pie Bites: Bakerella 

Which of these pumpkin goodies are you most tempted to whip up and impress guests with?

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Open House Friday November 30 & Saturday December 1

Hey Ames residents!  Interested in knowing more about our West Towne, Steinbeck, and Walnut Place properties?  We're hosting an open house for our 3- and 4-bedroom apartments.  With prizes to win, walking tacos to eat, and tours to take... this is an event you won't want to miss!

Win Prizes

First, stop by our office to enter to win our door prizes.  What kind of door prizes?  We'll be giving away all sorts of goodies: koozies, free Cafe Milo drinks, Jiffy Lube tokens, Gatorade, candy bars, t-shirts, "Stuff the fridge," VISA gift card, and more!

Walking Tacos

Did we mention that  besides giving away those goodies, we'll be serving up walking tacos, too?!  Yum!  (The walking tacos will be served at our office.)

What's Fun Money?

Just what is fun money?  How do you get it?  Where can you use it?  Not only will we be dishing out the prizes and walking tacos, but we'll also be giving you the details on Fun Money.

Walk Throughs

After entering the giveaways and filling up on a walking taco, take a tour through one of our 3- and 4-bedroom units at West Towne, Steinbeck, and Walnut Place.  It's the perfect opportunity to get a glimpse inside our apartments and get a feel for how a Haverkamp Property suits your lifestyle.

When & Where

Friday, November 30th 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday, December 1st 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

@ Haverkamp Properties Ames Office
4720 Mortensen Suite 105 | Ames, IA 50014

See you there!

Ames HP Office Closed Thursday & Friday for Thanksgiving

Here at Haverkamp, we're ready for Turkey Day!  
(And we're sure that you are, too.)

Just a heads up that all of our offices: Ames, Ankeny, Des Moines, and Cedar Rapids
will be closed Thursday and Friday (22nd & 23rd) of this week for Thanksgiving.

The offices will be open again on Monday after all of us (and all of you)
have recovered from family, feasting, football, and Black Friday shopping.

We hope you have a wonderful holiday!

P.S. Like the "Keep Calm and Gobble On" print above?  It's a free printable from the Salt & Paper blog.  Choose from pre-made palettes or pick your colors, send to your printer, and impress family members with a decorative sign on Thursday.  Gobble up!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Mid-Century | Style Spotlight

For our first Style Spotlight, we're featuring Mid-Century Modern.  Sometimes bygone eras make a big comeback in decor.  Dominated by warm wood tones, bold colors, and clean lines contrasting with curvaceous silhouettes, you may recognize Mid-Century design notes from Mad Men, oldies television shows like Leave it to Beaver, and even The Jetsons.  Retro.  Vintage.  Groovy.  Whatever you call Mid-Century, we've got inspiration for working it into your apartment decor.

(Images via: Left, Center, Right)
Love rummaging through thrift stores, antique shops, garage sales, and your grandma's attic?  Keep your eyes open for classic Mid-Century pieces like curvy chairs, streamlined sofas, and modular storage units.  But don't stop there!  Vintage-inspired pieces reminiscent of "the good ol' days" are available in modern day stores like Target and Ikea, too.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

No Candles Allowed? Add Ambiance & Aroma with 12 Alternatives

Who doesn't love the flickering light and fragrant scent of a burning candle?  Candles add instant romance, coziness, and aroma to a space.  However, candles are more than likely not allowed in your apartment space.  Besides the obvious threat of being a fire hazard, the soot from burning candles can also stain and damage the wall and ceiling surfaces.  So what's a renter to do when in need of a little ambiance and fragrance?  (Febreze only does so much...)

Although we don't allow burning candles in our Haverkamp Properties, we understand your desire to make your space to feel like home.  To help with that, we've rounded up twelve alternatives to candles.  These substitutions won't set your space aflame or leave sooty residue on your walls and ceiling.  Plus, staying out of trouble with the landlord and getting most of your security deposit back doesn't hurt either.  

Alternatives that Add Ambiance

LED & Flameless Candles:  These battery-operated candles are long-lasting, flicker like the real deal, and come in a variety of shapes and sizes sure to fit into any candleholder.  Along with reed diffusers, these are the safest alternative to a candle.  

Reed Diffusers:  A bundle of reeds placed in a bottle of scented oil infuses a space with fragrance.  All you need to do is turn over the reeds occasionally to refresh the scent.  Along with flameless candles, reed diffusers are the safest alternative to a candle.  (The reeds and oil are flammable, so never heat a reed diffuser.)  

String Lights: Christmas lights (white or colored) can add sparkle to your space at any time of the year.    Battery-operated string lights are the safest option, plus you'll free up outlets and avoid forgetting to unplug them. 

Scent Plugs: It doesn't get any easier than simply plugging a fragrance into your outlet and letting electricity do the work.  For safety reasons, check on scent plug-ins often to make sure they don't overheat.  

Candle Warmers:  Candle warmers melt candles rather than burn them.  It releases the same fragrance into the room, but without danger of a flame.  These plug into electrical outlets, so don't forget to turn them off.  The other risk involved is spilling the hot, melted wax.  So keep candle warmers far from the edge and out-of-reach of children and pets.

Using These Alternatives in Your Decor

1. Setting the table for a romantic dinner?  Tall LED taper candles look just as elegant in burnished gold candlesticks as the real thing.  

2. A tiny flameless tea-light sits pretty in this cute bird candleholder, which will look adorable perched on your desk or the edge of a shelf.  

3. Many flameless candles are embellished with patterns and illustrations.  (And the art won't melt into a puddle of wax.)  This owl-printed pillar is a hoot!  

4. Place LED votive candles in holders with a lacy, cut-out design to let the flickering shine through.  

5. With scented oil, a package of reeds, and a pretty bottle (like this mercury glass beauty) you can create a personalized fragrance diffuser that fits in perfectly with your decor.

6. Fragrance diffusers are available in a range of aromas, sizes, colors, and bottles.  (You can even get your favorite Yankee Candle scents in reed diffuser form.)

7. Both LED candles and battery-operated string lights will glow beautifully in a brightly colored lantern.

8. Wad up battery-operated Christmas lights in a simple glass mason jar for easy and pretty sparkle.

9. Illuminate your coffee table or mantle with flameless candles that glisten in metallic gold votive cups

10. This solar-powered sun jar gathers sunlight by day and lights up with a soft glow at night.  

11. Fill your space with scent by plugging in your fragrance to a wall outlet.  (It doesn't get easier than that!)

12. Candle warmers (like this tree-printed one from Scentsy) melt candles, releasing fragrance into the air just like burning them... but without the soot.  

Where to Buy

LED and flameless candles, reed diffusers, string lights, and scent plugs can be purchased inexpensively from major retailing stores like WalMart and Target as well as dollar and craft stores.  You can also score them online at Amazon and other retailers.  Specialty reed diffusers or plug-ins in your favorite Yankee Candle or Bath & Body Works scents can be purchased in Yankee and Bath & Body Works stores or online.  Candle warmers can be found in gift shops, online, and from increasingly popular Scentsy.  

And there you have it!  There's no reason to despair over not being able to burn a pumpkin spice candle when you can infuse the room with pumpkin spice using a reed diffuser.  What's your favorite scent to smell when you walk in your apartment door?  Something seasonal like balsam pine in the winter?  Something mouthwatering like homemade apple pie?  Soft florals?  Perhaps a crisp, clean smell like just-washed laundry?  Or something fruity such as mango?  Leave a comment and let us know!

Monday, November 5, 2012

"Fall" In Love with Autumn Goodies at Cafe Milo

At 4800 Mortenson Road Suite 101 and conveniently located in our West Towne community in Ames, we're taking you inside Cafe Milo as a featured local Hot Spot.  Friendly baristas, tasty eats, coffee treats, local art, plus a cool and cozy atmosphere... this coffee house has it all.  

Autumn is a "hoot" over at Cafe Milo in Ames.  It's the season for pumpkin spice, juicy apples, and comfort food favorites like oatmeal.  The cozy coffee house now carries all natural Umpqua Oats in cups perfect for taking on-the-go or sitting down to stay a while.

Manager Alana Olson serves up lunch with a smile.  A big bowl of hearty chili topped with shredded cheddar warms up a chilly afternoon.  A seasonal special, The Apple Orchard sandwich is a mouthwatering combination of mesquite smoked turkey, smoked gouda, crisp apple slices, spinach, and apple butter on whole grain ciabatta bread.


Need your pumpkin spice latte fix?  Barista Isaac whips up these treats with winning latte art like this foamy, grinning Jack-O-Lantern.  Besides art of the latte sort, Milo also exhibits local artists' works.  Currently pottery created by Brant Weiland is on display throughout the cafe. Interested in purchasing a piece for your apartment decor?  Contact Brant via email at throwingtyrant@me.com.  Want to learn how to make pottery from this skilled artist?  Sign up for pottery lessons taught by Brant at the Octagon Center for the Arts.  


Whether you're settling in for a study session or just seeking a relaxing atmosphere, Cafe Milo offers a range of seating options sure to suit your needs.  Plug in and log on at the laptop-friendly counter to buckle down on homework.  Grab a seat next to the window for a lunch date with friends.  Or settle into a velvet settee for some cozy fireside reading.

Did we whet your appetite?  Give into your cravings, give Cafe Milo a "like" on Facebook, and head over there now!