Thursday, November 22, 2012

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

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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  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!