Chef Goals with 51 at Tradan Stillwater Apartments

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The staff at 51 at Tradan Stillwater apartments for rent is back with another blog post! This week, we’re talking about all the little things you can do in your kitchen to get yourself to eat out less and save a little money.

 

You’ve got your favorite things in your cooking corner.

What is a cooking corner, you ask? It’s pretty self-explanatory actually. A cooking corner is your little space in the kitchen, where you have all the essentials within reach, a pair of speakers nearby and a couple of snacks on hand at all times.

 

You create your own cooking corner, and the goal should be to make a space where you actually might want to hang out while you cook your meals. It’s a lot easier to convince yourself to cook a meal if you’ve got a nice place to hang out while you wait for water to boil or chicken breasts to thaw.

 

If you want to get really fancy, you can set your cooking corner up with an iPad or other tablet to keep Netflix on while you play chef. It’s all about creating a space that you can spend time in, so start designing your own cooking corner tonight!

 

You’re able to make your home feel like a restaurant.

What do we like about going out to eat? Besides the food, we usually like the ambiance that restaurants provide, which can be hard to replicate at home. Notice we said hard, not impossible.

 

If you want to get that restaurant experience in the comfort of our Stillwater apartments, you can start by investing in some candles. Keep a few on your dining room table and a few on shelves around the apartment. Next, start searching for an affordable little bar cart to add to your place. When you’re serving drinks or entertaining friends, a bar car makes everything seem a little more luxurious.

 

Finally, make sure you have some speakers around. Whether you get one of those little Bluetooth speakers or a nicer, more expensive set, having some music playing in the background is a great way to create a restaurant-like atmosphere. If you have music and candles to pair with a delicious meal, you’ll start to wonder why you ever spent so much money at restaurants in the past.

 

Entertaining guests is second nature to you

 

Most people automatically decide to go to a restaurant when they want to meet up with a friend. For some reason, few people ever think to just have that same experience at home and pay nothing for it. We’re here to tell you that it’s possible to have just as much fun at home and save that money for some other occasion. All you have to do is invest in some essential snacks and a few drinks to keep around the house in case someone wants to hang out.

 

Two words, folks: Charcuterie boards. If you have the ingredients necessary to whip one up at a moment’s notice, you’ll start to default to inviting friends over to your place when they want to hang out.

 

Your kitchen’s cleanliness is of the utmost importance.

 

Nothing makes people decide to go out to eat faster than seeing a sink full of dirty dishes. If you can keep your stovetop clean and your kitchen crumb-free, you might actually feel like spending some time in the kitchen. Give it a shot!
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History Lessons from your Apartments in Stillwater

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Hello residents, and welcome to another edition of This Month in Oklahoma History from 51 at Tradan apartments in Stillwater. We’re back this week with a jam-packed blog post describing some of the more notable events that have taken place in Oklahoma during the month of May.

 

The story of Oklahoma is really the story of America, as Oklahoma was one of the first states to be settled during the country’s western expansion. St. Louis may have an arch that they call, “The Gateway to the West,” but Oklahoma is truly the start of America’s wild west.

 

Our state’s geographic location means we have tons of cool history like the early settlements that gave rise to the term Sooners, but it also means we have tragic history like that of the Snyder tornado. Read more about Oklahoma’s fascinating history below, brought to you by your favorite apartments in Stillwater.

 

May 2nd, 1890 — Oklahoma Territory is Organized

 

Before we were the 46th state, we were a simple territory. The land that we now refer to as Oklahoma was opened up for settlement in 1890, and people quickly went on land runs to claim their piece of the American pie. Some people came as early as 1889, and they were referred to as Sooners. Sound familiar? People actually got mad about other people coming early, and the “Sooner Clause” was enacted, which, according to Wikipedia, said that “anyone who violated the official start would be denied a claim to the land.” Being a Sooner used to have its drawbacks.

 

May 10th, 1905 — The Snyder Tornado Touches Down

 

Unfortunately, much of Oklahoma’s May history is filled with destructive tornados. Such is life when you live in the middle of Tornado Alley. Oklahomans are accustomed to these natural disasters, but that doesn’t make it any easier to pick up the pieces when a tornado rips through a small town.

 

The Snyder tornado did just that when it flattened the town of Snyder in 1905. This happened before Oklahoma was even a state. The Snyder tornado struck our great state over 110 years ago, but it still ranks as the second deadliest tornado in Oklahoma history.

 

May 16th, 1953 — SONIC opens in Oklahoma, under another name.

 

In the 1950s, a man named Troy Smith had the novel idea to open a fast food restaurant with an intercom speaker system for ordering. He also built a car park and developed customized trays that would fit on car doors. His restaurant was called Top Hat Drive-In and it was built in Shawnee, OK. Later, the restaurant that teenagers loved would be renamed SONIC Drive-In. Tro Smith’s little fast food joint would quickly grow to become the nation’s largest chain of drive-in restaurants.

 

May 26th, 1973 — National Softball Hall of Fame Dedication Ceremony

 

Oklahoma City has its fair share of cool museums. Although a Hall of Fame is technically not a museum, it serves a similar purpose, to preserve and display the legacy of a group of people. Oklahoma City also has the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, so be sure to check out both places on your next educational trip to Oklahoma City.

 

The National Softball Hall of Fame has 394 members, including 2010 players in both men’s and women’s fast pitch softball. If you have a child who loves softball, the National Softball Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City is a must-see.
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Uplifting Quotes from 51 at Tradan Stillwater Apartments

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The staff at 51 at Tradan apartments in Stillwater has a little bit of advice this week for anyone who’s looking to make a career change or apply for a new job. Transitional periods are some of the most stressful times that people go through, and we thought we’d help ease the transition for anyone who’s experiencing that right now. If you’re not going through a transition, you may still find some of this advice helpful.

 

The quotes below are about living with the reality that we must work for a living in order to support ourselves and our families. If you’re passionate and extremely fortunate, you might be able to do something every day that you don’t really think of as work. If you’re still toiling away at a 9 to 5 job that doesn’t inspire you, these quotes might be the spark you need to launch yourself out of that office and into a more empowering career.

 

We didn’t come up with this advice ourselves, of course, but we have sourced it from some pretty successful people. Below, you’ll find quotes from a president, a millionnaire, an award winning actor and a world leader. Here they are, presented by the most resident-friendly Stillwater apartments for rent.

 

#1. “Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.” – President Franklin D. Roosevelt

 

If you’re considering a few different job offers, it’s important to compare more than just the salaries. A high salary won’t matter one bit if you’re quitting in six months because you can’t stand the culture or your boss. Speaking of bosses….

 

#2. “I’ve always been terrified of working for a boss who I didn’t like but who I was in fear of, because I wanted my salary” —Simon Cowell

 

In some cases, you have to take a job because you need the money. However, if given the choice, you should never take a job with an overly demanding or intimidating boss. Our bosses are some of the few people in our lives who have the power to make our lives miserable or spectacular, depending on their demeanor.

 

#3. “There is no passion to be found in playing small—in settling for a life that is less than you are capable of living.” — Nelson Mandela

 

Applying for jobs in a specific field can get stressful when you don’t have early success. It can be tempting to broaden your search to include some positions that you might not be crazy about. Avoid doing this whenever possible, because a job that lacks passion leads to a life that lacks passion.

 

#4. “Family is not an important thing. It’s everything. “ —Michael J. Fox

 

Remember those demanding bosses we talked about earlier? If your boss is keeping you at work late or making you work on the weekends, it’s time to find a new job. A good boss should understand that you need time with your family and friends, and that your work will undoubtedly suffer if you’re deprived of that time.

 

#5. “Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.” — Kofi Annan

 

The best jobs let people continue their education. If your job doesn’t let you educate yourself, it’s up to you to make it happen on your own time. If you never stop educating improving yourself, you’ll be able to get better jobs than your peers who remain stagnant.
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3 Tidy Tips from your Stillwater Apartments

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At 51 at Tradan Apartments in Stillwater, we want to help our residents enjoy apartment life to the fullest. That’s why we stocked the property with all the finest amenities that residents have come to expect out of the luxury living experience. For example, our massive resort-style pool and cabana area is an open invitation for residents to come outside, get to know their neighbors and truly establish a sense of community at the property.

We always try to go beyond just providing a space for residents to live. We want this to be a place where residents can thrive, build a life for themselves and enjoy everything that the surrounding community has to offer.

We’re aware that day-to-day life can get hectic for our residents, which is why we try to provide as many little tips as we can in every blog. Whether you use this blog as a distraction from work or as a resource for apartment lifestyle advice, we’re happy as long as you’re getting something out of it.

In this week’s post, we have some tips to organize your life without really trying. These are basically cheat codes to trick your brain into thinking that you’re organized when in reality, you’re just cleaning a few key areas to look tidier than you really are. Here are those tips, courtesy of our trendy, upscale apartments for rent in Stillwater.

Make Your Bed Every Morning

Alright, we don’t mean to act like your parents, but this is a seriously worthwhile life-hack. The best part of making your bed every morning is coming home to a made bed at the end of every day. The second best part of making your bed every morning is getting into a made bed every night. Think about every picture of every amazing bedroom that you’ve ever seen. The bed is always made in the picture, right? We associate a disheveled bed with messy people and we associate made beds with tidy, organized people. Trick your brain into thinking you’re the latter!

De-Clutter Surface Areas Before Bed

Clutter is the last thing you want to see when you walk into your kitchen or dining room in the morning. If you start your day by dealing with a mess, that mentality will affect your whole day. It’s amazing how our first actions in the morning set the tone for our day. That being said, we have a simple trick to avoid dealing with clutter in the morning. Just clear off only your surface areas at night and put things back where they belong. A clean apartment looks that way because it has plenty of open space, and clearing off surface areas will give you just that.

Invest in Storage Cubes

You know how department stores have those wicker or fabric boxes that can slide into square shaped shelves? Investing in a couple of those will save you from having to look at the clutter that piles up in entertainment centers and entryways. With a few of these, you can look at a nice clean box instead of staring at your collection of DVDs, video games, cords and controllers. The storage cubes also make for great shoe bins if you’re tired of looking at the same pair of Nikes in your hallway every day, or kicking that same boot every time you walk in the door. Head to the nearest Target and grab a few of these today. You won’t regret it!

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April OK History by 51 at Tradan Stillwater Apartments

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A big congratulations to everyone living in 51 at Tradan apartments in Stillwater for making it through another Oklahoma winter. April is here, along with warmer weather, melting snow and a few rain storms headed our way no doubt.

51 at Tradan is back this month with another edition of This Month in Oklahoma History. We haven’t run out of historical events yet, and we don’t plan on it any time soon. April is an especially crowded month when it comes to historical events. We’ve got everything from Bonnie and Clyde kidnappings to the first settlement of Oklahoma City. Without further delay, please enjoy this week’s post from 51 at Tradan Stillwater apartments!

April 6th, 1934 — Bonnie and Clyde Kidnap the Police Chief

“Bonnie and Clyde” are actually Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker. They, along with Henry Methvin, committed numerous crimes on this day in 1934 in the small town of Commerce, Oklahoma. One of these crimes was kidnapping the Commerce police chief, Percy Boyd, and driving him across state borders into Kansas. Once they were out of Oklahoma, Bonnie and Clyde dropped the chief off in the middle of nowhere, leaving him with nothing but a few dollars and a clean shirt.

April 7th, 1959 — Oklahoma (Finally) Ends Over 50 Years of Prohibition

Most of our residents are aware of the fact that Prohibition is considered a failed experiment in U.S. policy. However, did you know that Oklahoma was actually pretty into the idea of prohibition? The state extended it long past 1933, when the federal ban was repealed. In fact, Oklahoma actually left prohibition laws in place until 1959. Finally, the law was abolished by a public vote. Not surprisingly, Oklahomans showed up to the polls en masse to express their displeasure with the law.

April 9th, 1947 — Woodward Tornado Touches Down

Quick, what’s the first thing you think of when you think of Oklahoma? Some of you probably thought of tornados, and you would not be wrong to think that Oklahoma gets its fair share of twisters. The most destructive twister of all was the Woodward Tornado, which struck Woodward, Oklahoma in 1947. In fact, six tornadoes spun off this tornadic storm, destroying more than 220 miles of farmland and towns from North Texas to South Kansas. By the time it died out, the Woodward tornadic event had caused more than $9,700,000 in property damage.

April 22nd, 1889 — Oklahoma City Area Opens for Settlement

Our state’s capitol city was settled on this day more than 125 years ago. The government opened up the land for settlement and 10,000 people flocked to the area to start their new lives out West. By the turn of the century, the city had a population of 20,000 people and was well on its way to becoming Oklahoma’s bustling commercial hub.

April 30th, 1803 — Signing of the Louisiana Purchase Treaty

This could be the oldest historical event to ever be featured in “This Month in Oklahoma History.” We have to go back over 200 years to get to the signing of the Louisiana Purchase Treaty, which gave the American Government the rights to lands that included what is now Oklahoma. We paid France a small fee of $11,250,000 for this land. If this treaty were not signed, who knows what kinds of cities and people would live in Oklahoma today. Of course, a whole lot more land was included in the treaty, but we love making Oklahomans feel special.
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Naturally Decorating your Apartments in Stillwater

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We pride ourselves on being the Stillwater apartments of choice for Oklahoma residents seeking a more luxurious place to call home. Our gorgeous apartment interiors are just part of our luxury offering. The total package also includes a state-of-the-art fitness center, a sparkling resort-style pool and an expansive on-site workout facility. Plus, we have a bi-monthly lifestyle blog! Today’s topic is foodie decor.

Food can be beautiful, but can it be beautiful enough to act as decor for your apartment? Some might say no, unless that decor is the macaroni art that your kids brought home from class last week. However, we beg to disagree. Some food —and food packaging— is beautiful enough to be put on display for everyone to see. Everyone loves food. So why should it have to hide in the refrigerator and the pantry?

It shouldn’t. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of foods that are attractive enough to be released from the cupboard and set right out on your counter or shelves. Some foods are simply too ugly to be shown to the public. That’s why we left the onions in the pantry and made sure the chicken breasts stay in the freezer where they belong. Without further delay, here is the definitive list of food that can double as decoration, courtesy of 51 at Tradan apartments in Stillwater.

Pears and/or Lemons

Of all the fruit we could have chosen, you’re probably asking yourself, why pears and lemons? Well, pears have a unique shape that looks a whole lot better than your standard spherical orange or the non-uniformly shaped apples. We included lemons simply because they’re bright, and a burst of yellow on your coffee table or dining room table can bring some shine to any room. You’ll never eat an entire bowl of lemons. You might not even eat one, but grab 5 or 6 next time you’re at the grocery store and watch your apartment brighten up before your eyes.

Wrapped Candy, Especially Chocolate

Chocolate on its own isn’t the most attractive food, but chocolate wrappers have gone the way of wine labels in that they are as much about design as they are about information about the product. Check out some of the fantastic wrapper designs in the link above, then tell us you wouldn’t be proud to put that on display in your kitchen.

Olive Oil / Vinegar

You can go one of two routes with decorative olive oil and vinegar. One options is to go to the grocery store and buy the most attractive bottle of olive oil or vinegar that you can find. Having one of these oils around your kitchen will give guests the impression that you’re an expert chef, even if you aren’t. Your second option for olive oil decor is to purchase one of those stylish glass bottles in the link above, then transfer your olive oil into that. It’s very trendy now to take food out of the packaging and put it on display in glass containers. You can do this with oils, coffee beans, rice, or whatever you like!

Eggs

Just in time for Easter, this decorating tip will add some life to any apartment. A bowl of eggs makes a great addition to your coffee table whether you choose to go with the timeless look of a clean white egg or mix it up by dipping your eggs in dye. Eggs are synonymous with new life, and a bowl of them will bring new life to your apartment.

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OK History with 51 at Tradan Stillwater Apartments

OK Events in History February 2017

Welcome to another edition of This Month in Oklahoma History. Historically, March has been an especially eventful month for our great state. We’ve got a little bit of everything in this week’s blog post, so you can get an Oklahoma education without ever leaving your apartment in Stillwater.  From our state’s first female member of congress to its first tornado forecast, March has plenty of historical significance.

 

Tidbits like these are just one of the many perks to living at our apartments for rent in Stillwater. Of course, the other perks include a resort-style pool, state of the art fitness center and poolside cabana. You decide which perks you like best. Now, take a look at the important dates below and be sure to check back in April for another edition of This Month in Oklahoma History.  

 

March 4th, 1921 – Alice Mary Robertson’s First Day in Congress

 

A strong Oklahoma woman, Alice Mary Robertson brought her passion for Native American issues all the way to Washington. She was the first woman from Oklahoma to be elected to the United States Congress, and only the second woman ever to hold the position. Alice Mary Robertson made her home in Okmulgee, Oklahoma where she taught in a Presbyterian boarding school. She also held the distinction of being Oklahoma’s first female postmaster when she held the position from 1905 to 1913. Alice Mary Robertson really could do it all.

 

March 9th, 1965 – Oklahoma Justice Takes a Lie Detector Test

 

After he allegedly received $7,500 for a favorable ruling, Oklahoma Justice N.B. Johnson had to take a lie detector test. He failed the test and was then impeached by the Oklahoma House of Representatives. Finally, Justice Johnson was convicted by the Oklahoma Senate, ending his career as a judge in the state of Oklahoma.  

 

March 16th, 1922 – WKY Becomes a Licensed Radio Station

 

The oldest radio station in Oklahoma and the third-oldest station west of the Mississippi, WKY began as short daily broadcast that took place from noon to 1:30pm, The station barely stayed afloat, and was eventually bought for $5,000 in 1928 by the company that published the Daily Oklahoman. For 15 years, the radio station broadcasted out of the Skirvin Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City. The station went through many changes over the next 60 years, serving as an FM country station, a Top 40 station and an easy listening station. WKY turned into a talk station in 1994, then became a spanish radio station in the mid 2000s. Through it all, WKY has kept the same 3 call letters and Oklahomans can still tune in to 930 AM and hear the nearly 100 year old station.

 

March 18th, 1935 – Nation’s First Shelterbelt is Planted in OK

 

During the devastating dust storms of the 1930s, President Franklin D. Roosevelt commanded that states build “Shelterbelts.” Shelterbelts are lines of trees or bushes planted in on the perimeters of farms to create windbreaks and stop soil erosion and drought. The first shelterbelt was planted in Greer County, Oklahoma. More than 220 million trees were planted in total as part of the Great Plains Shelterbelt project. In total, the shelterbelts covered a 100-mile wide zone from Canada to Northern Texas.

 

March 23rd, 1889 – Birth of the term “Sooners”

 

Any self-respecting Oklahoman should know the origin of the term “Sooners.” That’s why we’re here to inform our residents. The first land run happened in Oklahoma on March 23rd, 1889. This opened up 2 million acres of land for settlement. “Sooners” were the people who cheated by going to the land before it was actually made available. They went too soon. Get it?

 

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3 OKC Events from 51 at Tradan Stillwater Apartments

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Is there a more perfect living situation than coming home to your apartment in Stillwater? We love this city because we love being able to enjoy a small town lifestyle that’s just the right distance from big city attractions. It’s perfect how Stillwater is just far enough north to avoid the overwhelming  summers, but also just far enough south to escape the frigid winters. We also get to live near the beautiful Lake Carl Blackwell, where boaters, hikers, swimmers and other outdoor enthusiasts can get their nature fix. Plus, Stillwater residents can always count on a low cost of living and an eclectic mix of southern and western culture. It’s a totally unique town.

 

Yes, Stillwater apartments are the perfect place to call home. However, Oklahoma is a great big state with a whole lot more to offer beyond our city limits. We would be remiss if we did not recommend that our residents get out and explore some of the cultural attractions to be found in Oklahoma’s bigger cities.

 

Just two hours away by car, the museums in Oklahoma City are a great place to start your cultural exploration. You can also explore the state capitol, go to multiple water parks and catch a Thunder game while you’re there. If museums are your thing, there are a wide variety of events coming up that we thought our residents might be interested in. Check out the list below!

 

Hollywood and the American West

 

The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum is just about the most Oklahoman place you can possibly visit. Now through May 14th you can go see their collection of more than 75 photographs from famed Hollywood photographer John R. Hamilton. This is the only place in Oklahoma where you can go to experience the glory days of John Wayne, Paul Newman and Natalie Wood. The Hollywood and the American West collection also includes memorabilia from John Wayne’s personal property.

 

The museum is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. and costs $12.50 per ticket for adults.

 

The Unsettled Lens: Photography from the OKCMOA Permanent Collection

 

If you haven’t been to the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, now is the perfect time to get down there for the first time. The museum curators are limited in their ability to show many items from the permanent collection because of how large it is, but plenty of permanent collection photographs will be on display during this exhibition. The Unsettled Lens is on display until May 14th, and focuses primarily on abstract photographs of nature. According to the museum website, these photographs, “may elicit unsettling sensations and challenge our intellectual mastery of the new.” Sounds intriguing, right?

 

If you’re interested, the OKCMOA is open 6 days a week (excluding Monday) and tickets for adults are $12.

 

Screenings of the 2017 Academy Award Nominated Films

 

We have another event at the OKCMOA, but this time it’s in the theatre instead of the gallery. The OKCMOA is the only venue in town that will be showing all of the 2017 Oscar nominees. When they say they’re showing the Academy Award nominated films, they don’t just mean the ones nominated for Best Picture either. The OKCMOA will be showing films from 4 categories including Live Action Short Films Animated Short Films, Documentary Short Films and Feature Films.

 

Movie buffs will not want to miss this awesome event. If you’re interested, tickets are $5 for OKCMOA members and $9 for non-members. The event only runs through March 18th, so grab your tickets as soon as possible!

 

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6 Ways to Save at Your Apartment in Stillwater

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Your apartment in Stillwater has got your back. These blogs posts are proof of that, and this week, we’re going to help our residents save some money.

Maybe you’re saving up for a big vacation, or you just want to throw a few more dollars into the savings account each month. Either way, these helpful tips from the FiftyOne at Tradan staff can help you spend a little less. Check them out below!

 

  1. Shop at the thrift store before you shop at the mall

We all get urges to splurge on new clothes, but there is a way to get that “new outfit feeling” without breaking the bank. Give your local thrift store a try first, then see if you still want to spend all that money at the mall. There are plenty of thrift stores right by our apartments for rent in Stillwater! Try checking out Rowdy Style or Elite Repeat next time your closet is looking a little bare.

 

  1. Hang your clothes instead of putting them in the dryer

FiftyOne at Tradan does provide in-unit laundry machines to all our residents. However, its no secret that clothes last longer when you hang them up to dry instead of giving them the rough and tumble dryer treatment. You can do an experiment on this next time you buy a couple new shirts. Simply hang one up to dry every time you wash it, and put the the other one in the dryer each time. You’ll notice that the one you hang up lasts much longer, thus saving you money on new clothes in the future.

 

  1. Buy snacks and bring them everywhere you go

You know those purchases you justify because they’re less than $5? Avoiding those kinds of purchases is one of the secrets to saving money. We often buy snacks and fast food when we’re running errands and don’t have time to go home and cook a meal. By carrying snacks everywhere you go, you can avoid those urges with a simple granola bar or  bag of trail mix.

 

  1. Write down which foods you throw away because you didn’t eat them

Do you ever buy something weird from the grocery store in an attempt to expand your palate, but end up throwing it away a month later? Next time that happens, write down the food you threw away. You’ll start to notice that you’re throwing away the same things, time and time again. Once you realize what you don’t need, you can eliminate it from your grocery list or buy a little less next time.

 

  1. Switch to a cheaper brand for at least one product you buy frequently

Pick a common household product like paper towels. Next time you go to the store, buy the cheapest possible version of that product. You won’t notice the savings right away, but you can save around $50 per year if you cut a couple bucks off every paper towel purchase. That may not seem like a lot, but it’s about half of an Amazon Prime membership! Wouldn’t you cut that bill in half if you could?

 

  1. Use those coupons that come in the mail

Companies are sending us free money, and we’re just throwing it away along with the annoying credit card offers! Next time you see a BOGO deal pop up in your mailbox, grab onto that thing and don’t let go. We suggest putting it in your refrigerator so you’ll remember to use it before it expires.

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Swimsuit Season Prep at your Apartment in Stillwater

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Whether you’re exploring the entire state or just looking for a good burger joint near your apartment in Stillwater, the 51 at Tradan blog is your resource for things to do in Oklahoma.

 

Of course, residents of 51 at Tradan don’t need to leave the community to get the most out of life. The Lagoon pool and The Pulse fitness center make it easy to stay active without running all over town. It’s almost March too, which has a couple implications with regard to The Lagoon and The Pulse. First, warm weather is returning to Oklahoma, quickly followed by sunny days spent lounging by the pool. We know you miss it, we do too.

 

Secondly, New Year’s Day was almost two months ago, and by now people are giving up on their half-hearted new year’s resolutions to get fit. After all, almost 80% of fitness-related new year’s resolutions fail. That’s bad news for the resolution-makers, but good news for you, the gym-goer who will find much more space in The Pulse than you found in January. If you found yourself spending more of your gym time waiting than working out, check The Pulse this week to see if things have changed.

 

There’s a reason we brought up The Lagoon and The Pulse in the same blog post. Pool season always comes after “workout until you feel comfortable in a swimsuit again” season. If you’re worried that holiday sweets have done irreparable damage on your once-rockin’ body, The Pulse is ready to welcome you with open arms. The team at 51 at Tradan Apartments in Stillwater has a couple quick workouts for your arms and legs for your first week back at the gym.

 

Total Arm Revolution

 

Step 1. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, arms extended straight out to your sides around shoulder height holding two 3-pound dumbbells.

Step 2. Keeping your shoulders down, slowly do 20 small backward circles with your arms

Step 3. Switch directions and do 20 small forward circles.

Wait a minute and repeat steps 1-3, depending on how badly your are already burning.

 

Split Squats

 

Step 1. Stand with left foot forward and right foot back, in a wide stance.

 

Step 2. Hold a 5-pound dumbbell in each hand at your sides.

 

Step 3. Bend knees, keeping left knee over your ankle and lowering right knee almost to the floor (or as far as you can go) then return to standing.

 

Do 8–10 repetitions on each side, then wait a minute and repeat.

 

Once your develop a routine of going to the gym and doing these workouts, you should be in that lovely state of mind when going to the gym is just another part of your daily routine. Like any habit, working out consistently means carving out a time everyday when you force yourself to just do it.  Luckily, 51 at Tradan residents don’t have to go start a cold car or beat traffic to get to The Pulse. That eliminates two excuses right there!

 

Staying fit while living at 51 at Tradan gets even easier as the weather gets warmer. Playing sand volleyball and basketball on our outdoor courts will leave you with soreness in muscle groups that you didn’t even know you had. Plus, a sweaty game of sand volleyball is the single best way to warm yourself up for a dip in the pool.

 

Thanks for reading, 51 at Tradan residents. We’ll see you out at The Lagoon once the weather cooperates. Until then, enjoy your new workouts!

 

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