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.


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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?


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: 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!

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!

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


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.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Do It Yourself Organization


Being organized is always a great feeling. Knowing exactly where something is and having a clean home has no negatives. Unfortunately, getting organized can be difficult for some people, myself included; so below we have come up with a list of ways to help us all get a little more organized!

Get Rid of Clutter:

The best way to get uncluttered is to get rid of what you don’t use. Go through what you have and donate or sell anything that you don’t need anymore.

What To Get Rid Of:

The website had an interesting method for finding what clothes you don’t wear. They suggested turning all of your hangers backwards and then whenever you wear an item, hang it back up the usual way. After about 6 months go back through your closet and see which hangers are still left unturned, these are the clothes you should get ride of!

Have A Home For Everything:

This is a good tactic for keeping things neat and organized. If something has a place, then it can always be put back into its place!

Plastic Tubs:

Plastic tubs are great for organizing. Using plastic tubs in cabinets can make grabbing items from the back easier. Sliding out the tub and grabbing what you need is easier than taking everything in front of it out!

Sort things by Function:

Having this mentality can help you keep things together in a way that makes sense to you. With this, you know where to put new items and where to find older things.

Think About Wasted Space:

What space do you have that could creatively be used to store things? Think about under your bed, couch, etc. Under bed drawers, like this example from Martha Stewart’s website, is a great way to store things under your bed while staying organized!
If you have a lack of storage space in your bathroom and have a towel rack that’s not in use, hang a basket from the towel rack! Simply DIY 2 has a great tutorial on how you can get more storage in your bathroom while still looking nice!
Another great place to store items is on the inside of a closet or cabinet door. Using shoe organizers you can hang cleaning supplies, rolled up towels, makeup, and of course shoes! 

Staying Organized:

Ultimately being organized is something that takes time and effort, but undoubtedly pays off. A big part of being organized is staying in the mindset. Making list, using calendars and reminders, and staying positive will help you be organized in both your home and life!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Back to School Series: Snacks for Class

Getting back to the swing of things can be a bit of a struggle. And for college students, finding a way to  fit in meals throughout the day can be a huge pain. If you're anything like me, it's a lot of coffee and whatever I can grab from the on-campus cafes (which--although quite delicious--is far from fulfilling or healthy). Whether you just need something you can throw in your bag and eat quickly or something you can enjoy in-between classes, check out my list of suggestions below!

  • Fruit (I would suggest things like apples, pears, and bananas. Simple. Not too messy, and relatively easy to toss in your bag and run.)
  • String Cheese
  • Mini Muffins (make your own or get some from the store!)
  • Trail Mix or Dried Fruit
  • Granola Bars
  • Roasted Chick Peas (Not quite as complicated as you might think. Check out this recipe!)

  • Cheese and Crackers (This one never occurs to me, but it's a relatively easy to make snack that can fuel you for a long time. Just make sure not to forget it in your bag for too long!)
  • Yogurt
  • Veggies and Hummus
  • Mason Jar Meals (Mason Jars are the best, especially when you are a hungry college student. You can make a salad in them, a yogurt parfait, the possibilities are practically endless!)
  • Quinoa (This one can seem a bit more intimidating, but you can eat it hot or cold and put practically any spice or extra things with it and it will still taste good!)
  • Banana Dog (This was my old standard the year I had back to back lectures over the lunch hour. Really simple; just take a tortilla, spread peanut butter over it, and then toss a banana in the middle! Then you wrap the whole thing up and, vwah-lah, you have a Banana Dog. Add some Nutella to the mix if you want a treat!)
  • Sandwich (When all else fails, you can always make a sandwich!)

  • A Hot Drink (Try some tea, coffee, or hot chocolate! If you have to stay up late, it will help if you stay hydrated, and it's just nice to drink something toasty warm.)
  • Popcorn (This one is very simple. If you want a spicier version, try tossing it with melted butter and Sriracha)
  • Veggies (add some hummus, eat it plain, or try roasting them in the oven for about ten minutes with olive oil, salt, and pepper over them)
  • Cereal (Find one that you like and eat it dry!)

Friday, August 22, 2014

DIY Backpacks

With the school year right around the corner (or already started!), you may be wondering if you're fully prepared for the semester ahead. And if you're anything like me, then you probably aren't. All the books, supplies, etc... it's enough to stress anyone out. So if you're looking for a way to prepare for school and not feel totally bummed out about it, check out these three DIY backpack projects!

1. Sewn Backpack
If you're feeling particularly crafty and have access to a sewing machine, check out this DIY backpack. This one is a little more complicated, but it allows you to have an entirely unique backpack without having to drop a ton of money on it.

2. Recycled Tote Backpack
If you're not feeling quite so crafty, why not try recycling an old tote bag? This one still involves a little skill, but you don't have to use a sewing machine and there's still a lot of room to be creative with it.

3. Simple Backpack Revamp
And if you're hanging out in the laziest group of DIY-ers (like me!), then give this one a shot. This woman did it for her daughter's preschool backpack, but you could apply the same basic tactics to any old backpack!

Good luck with your upcoming school year and have a great weekend!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Color Wheel: Black


The color black has always been popular. It is great for fashion, decorating, and countless other things. Although popular, some are afraid to use it in their own fashion and décor. Today we briefly go over the color and encourage you to embrace it!

Black, the darkest of all the colors, is the result of absence or complete absorption of light. Black is often paired with white since they are opposites and contrast one another nicely. Throughout history professionals, royalty, and government officials have worn black. Black has been associated with many things over the course of history, but more recently it has been associated with power and elegance.

Recently, black has become the color for high fashion. Because it is associated with power and elegance, you will find black on anything trying to make a statement including dresses, tuxedos, sports cars, and logos. 

Black can look great in the home as well, bringing the elegant high fashion look with it. Most modern looking décor focuses on the high contrast of black and white and works out nicely. Contrast is always needed to make a room really work, and black can help bring that!

Friday, August 15, 2014

A Short Guide to Grilling

Summer and grilling are undoubtedly a great combination. It’s a great way to enjoy the outdoors and make some great food. For the grilling pros, there’s not going to be much here you don’t already know, but for the starters we got you covered with the basics for a good grilling get together.

To get started you obviously need a grill! Some will argue that a charcoal grill is better than a gas grill, or vice versa, but this is completely up to you and what is readily available. Then you need to decide what you want to eat! Grilling is just like any other art; in order to get better you have to try some new things out. Try some weird recipes online, add some herbs and spices, it can be as basic or complex as you’d like. 

Some easy things to grill are steak, chicken, burgers, and hot dogs among other things. These are good foods to start with if you are new to grilling. If you are just starting, well done will probably be the way to go until you get better at judging the meat’s readiness.

Some other things you can grill are vegetables, buns (just for a bit to get a crunchy toasty bun), and even some desserts. I have come across recipes online for grilled banana smores and grilled banana splits.  

Grilling out either by yourself or with friends is just a great way to make a summer dinner. Some music, good drinks, and some outside games will contribute to the fun if you’d like to make it a little bit more. Just enjoy it, try new things, take advice, and grill!

 Happy grilling!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Mediterranean Style

Not going to make it to the Mediterranean any time soon? Don’t worry; we’ll give you some tips on how you can bring that sweet summer feel to your place in this month’s style spotlight.

The Mediterranean style originated in the countries just north of the Mediterranean Sea including Spain, Italy, and Greece. The style has a very laid-back summer feel that uses colors from the sea and sky. Because of this, the palette consists mainly of blue and white with some warm color accents.

If you are considering adding some Mediterranean to one of your rooms, you’ll want a room with a lot of natural light. In the Mediterranean style there is a large emphasis on natural light, natural light can really open a room up and with the soft, natural, colors it gives the room a relaxing vibe. Also, if you have a room with a textured wall this would be ideal as well as glazed plaster or textured walls are a big part of the style too.


For decorating, you can go with a range of furniture. From classy to simple, quite a bit can work. Light color wood furniture or furnishings with carved or ornately turned feet are the popular choices for this style. Urns, vases, and candlesticks make good decorations for around the room.

Overall the Mediterranean style is one of my favorites and can bring a cool summer feel to any home. There are plenty of examples online and the great thing with a laid back style like this is that it can be as expensive or inexpensive as you’d like!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Iowa State Fair

On some level, you aren't really a true Iowan until you've visited the Iowa State Fair. When I was a kid, my family used to go for a day every summer (which is pretty weak, tons of people camp out and go every day). We'd check out the animals, go to the Native American village set up (and I'd try to convince my mom to get me a bow and arrow), and eat a lot of food on a stick. I haven't gone in a few years, but it's gotten even more busy if that is possible.

There's a Midway, a ton of crazy food, art, and tons of agriculture and livestock. There are tons of things to do for everyone. Whether you want to just walk around and stuff your face, play on the Midway, or check out the animals. Honestly, there are too many things for me to tell you about!

The fair is located 3000 East Grand Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa. Even if you aren't located in that area, getting down to Des Moines is worth it for an awesome summer day activity. And this week is the week to go since it won't be the typical August 90-100 degree weather!

If you're looking for something more on the cheap side, here is a link to all the free stuff at the Iowa State Fair.

The fair is open from 7am to 1am. Here is a link to all the details on pricing.

The fair is going on from August 7th through the 17th, so this week is your last chance to get your fill of the fair.

Friday, August 8, 2014

DIY Summer Treats: Popsicles

When was the last time you had a popsicle? The answer is not recently enough!

Recently, I found some old popsicle molds from when I was a kid. And sure, having my mom make popsicles for those hot Iowa summer days was amazing then, but let me tell you, it is even better now. As it turns out, you can make almost any liquid into a popsicle. I've made a ton out of juice and pop, but the possibilities are endless. All you need is a popsicle mold (or some cups and popsicles sticks if you don't want to get a fancy mold!)

Check out this Buzzfeed article for some ideas! 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Color Wheel: Emerald


Ah, emerald green. Some might think of this color as more of a St. Patrick's day thing, but with summer exploding all around us, the green seems just as fitting in August.

Emerald is most commonly seen in it's namesake, the gemstone. Shout out the May birthdays here (like me!) for having one of the best birthstones.

Green is the color of growth and rebirth. With school starting up again soon, I think it's a color that everyone can appreciate. Not to get too sentimental here, but school starting is always a big event for me in terms of starting fresh. A whole new school year to grow and learn and push myself.

That being said, I'm sad to see summer on its way out. All the bright green grass and warm days have been a wonderful contrast to the long and cold winter we had here in Iowa. So, here is a big splash of green for the end of your summer. Happy August!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Move In Information


Thank you for choosing a Haverkamp Properties community as your new home!

We’d like to give you a reminder of some of the key things to remember prior to move in!
UTILITIES – TURN ON BY 7/31. You won’t have utilities when you move in if you forget this step!

WELCOME PACKET AND KEYS – Pick up at our office at 4720 Mortensen Rd, Suite 105 in the West Towne apartment community. Pick up time frames are restricted to certain times and days. 
Leases beginning 7/31 can pick up keys on Thursday 7/31 between 3-6pm.
Lease beginning 8/3 can pick up keys on Sunday 8/3 between 12-5pm.
Lease beginning 8/15 can pick up keys on Friday 8/15 between 12-5pm.

MOVE IN SATISFACTIONPlease remember if you signed for a 7/31 move in, you take it as-is. This means you’re responsible for cleaning. You won’t be held responsible for damages if you record them on your inspection sheet at move in. If the unit is extremely bad, please come back to the office immediately and ask to talk to a manager. For 8/3 move ins, we clean and paint, however, maintenance issues won’t be able to be completed. Please put in any maintenance issues online. Instructions are in your move in packet. If you find any issues with the quality of cleaning, please come to the office immediately (before 5pm on 8/3) and ask for a manager. Our goal is to give you a wonderful move in experience!

FIRST MONTH’S RENT – has to be paid at the time you pick up your packet and keys, or they will not be issued. Please have ONE check or money order payment PER apartment ready to hand in. Our goal is to make the process smooth and this will ensure less waiting for everyone.
Please remember if no one from your apartment is going to check in on your lease start date, rent is still due on the first day of your lease. Email if no one will move in on moving day, so we can put a note on your folder.

INTERNAL TRANSFERS on 7/31 – Moving within our communities? Please refer to the move out packet guidelines to determine what hour window is assigned for your new apartment’s inspection. Once you are sure the inspection has been done, the apartment will be unlocked and you can begin moving into your new apartment early. Come in to pick up your welcome packet and keys between 3-6pm on 7/31.

Still need furniture? Interested in renting furniture? Visit for more information!

We look forward to seeing you all very soon!

Haverkamp Properties Management

Friday, July 25, 2014

Tiny Workspace DIY

Minimalism and living small are huge right now (see what I did there?). After reading this post, I have been hunting down ideas for how to make better use of the space that I have. Here are a few tips that I have figured out from my own research.

Weed Out: When you're trying to fit your stuff into a small space, it's important to realize that you can't fit in a gazillion things. Before you try to cram everything into your small space, go through and get rid of anything that's not essential. After that, go back and do it again! 

Organization: Keeping everything organized is an important part of fitting into a small space. It's easy to just keep everything out on your desk, but not having any space to work really ruins a workspace. This is a great way to get creative. Make the things you use the most the easiest things to get to, and tuck the less important things away. One of my favorite ideas for creative organization is to make use of vertical space. It might seem easier to just put everything in drawers, but shelves about your workspace can really make things look interesting, while allowing you to see what you have (because if you're anything like me, you are constantly forgetting about the random miscellaneous things that are tucked into the backs of your drawers). My other favorite idea is this DIY project on Remodelista, which was originally intended for a knife rack, but could be used to store rulers, scissors, and other office tools.

Be Bold: Finally, the best thing about creating your own workspace is to add your personality to it. Put up some pictures that inspire you, use a chair that looks awesome, or make the wall into a bulletin board. The important this is to make it into a space that you enjoy going to get work done, whether that means making it bright and colorful or darker and calming. 

I don't know about you guys, but now I feel bad about all the junk I have laying around in my workspace. Time for a little summer cleaning!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Color Wheel: Red


Contrary to popular belief, the color red was not named after Taylor Swift’s 2012 album Red (sorry T-Swift). The color red has been significant throughout history, being the first color, after black and white, to have a name. It has been used by royalty, brave warriors, and in many countries flags.

Red is usually associated with fire, passion, honor, anger, love, confidence, and joy. Because it is capable of making us feel such strong emotions, the color red really sticks out; most the time in a good way, that’s why it is commonly used in fashion and art.

Check out the top picture for some fashion/décor inspiration and check out the video below for some Taylor Swift, because why not!