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Forever Tree – Easter

Our Forever Tree is now decorated in celebration of the Easter holiday!

Small Bathroom Storage

Make the most of your limited bathroom space with these storage tips. You’ll be able to keep everything you need right at your fingertips and still keep your counter space!Small Bathroom

1. Glass containers and jar are perfect for holding small items like cotton balls and q-tips. Try mason jars or candle holders that can be found at your local arts & crafts store!

Glass Containers

2. Small platers and plates are great for holding soaps and jewelry items. Yes, we said plates! Traditional plates with cool colors and patterns can be a great addition to decor and double for storage!

Small Plates

3. Baskets are great for storing towels or toilet paper. They can look nice hanging on walls, as well as sitting on shelves. Baskets store multiple items, while still keeping with the theme in your bathroom.


4. Installing floating shelves creates a sleeker spot for bath essentials, rather than a standing rack. It also leaves you with extra floor space in a smaller bathroom. Super high shelves over door frames also add a decorative touch to bathrooms while still providing a spot for more bathroom products.



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Dinner Recipes: 30 Minutes or Less

Life can get a little busy sometimes and there is not always time to cook. If you do find yourself tired of carry-out with extra time this week (30 minutes to be exact), try out these quick easy dinner recipes.

Cajun Chicken Alfredo Pasta

Cajun Chicken Alfredo

Serves 4


8 oz. Bowtie Pasta

1 head of Broccli, cut into pieces

2 Tbsp Butter

3 cloves of garlic, minced

1 lb bonless, skinless chicken breast, cut into pieces

2 – 3 tsp Cajun seasoning

4 oz cream cheese, softened and cut into pieces

1 cup Milk

¾ cup grated Parmesan cheese

½ tsp ground black pepper

½ tsp salt, more to taste


  1. Add pasta to a large pot of boiling water. Cook until noodles are tender, but add the broccoli to the pot of boiling water about 1 minute before noodles are done. Drain and set aside.
  2. In large pot or skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for about 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the chicken pieces and season with Cajun seasoning. Cook for 2-3 minutes. Add the cream cheese, stirring well until melted and smooth, 2-3 minutes. Gradually add milk and stir until it’s fully incorporated into the sauce. Stir in the Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. Stir until the cheese is melted and the sauce is the desired consistency. Add broccoli and hot cooked pasta, stir to combine.
  3. Garnish with Parmesan cheese or fresh parsley and serve!

Asian Inspired Flat Iron Steak

Flat Iron Steak

Serves 4-6


½ cup Soy Sauce

½ cup Sherry

¼ cup Honey

2 tbsp Sesame Oil

2 tbsp Minced Ginger

2 tbsp Minced Garlic

1 tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes

2 Flat Iron Steaks

2 tbsp Green Onions, chopped for garnish


  1. Whisk soy sauce, sherry, honey, sesame oil, garlic, ginger and red pepper flakes together in a bowl to create a marinade.
  2. Place steaks and marinade in a ziplock bag and chill in fridge. (3-6 hours to maximum flavor)
  3. Grill steaks on high hear for 4 minutes on each side. Allow steaks to rest for 5 minutes before slicing and serving.
  4. Garnish with green onions.

Winter Citrus Salad

Winter Citrus Salad

Serves 4


 10 oz. skinless chicken breast

1 orange, peeled and sliced

1 blood orange, peeled and sliced

1 radish, thinly sliced

¼ tsp cilantro

¼ cup red onion, thinly sliced

1 avocado, diced

2 oz. toasted cashews


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Bake chicken on a lined baking sheet for about 20-30 minutes. Let cool and slice.
  3. On a serving platter or deep bowl, combine oranges and radishes. Arrange sliced chicken on top, drizzle with a dressing and garnish with red onions, avocado, cilantro and cashews.

If you’re feeling adventurous and want to make your own dressing, here’s how:

Dressing Ingredients:

1 ruby red grapefruit juice

1 tbsp honey

½ habanero pepper, sliced and seeds removed

1 clove garlic

½ cup of olive oil

Salt to taste


Combine grapefruit juice, honey and garlic in a blender, slowly add in olive oil while blending, continue blending until emulsified. Season with salt to taste.

Garlic Parmesan Roasted Potatoes

Roasted Potatoes

Serves 4


2 lbs red potatoes, halved

3 tbsp olive oil

3 cloves of garlic, minced

1 tsp dried thyme

½ tsp dried oregano

½ tsp dried basil

1/3 cup grated Parmesan

Salt to taste

Pepper to taste

1 tbsp unsalted butter

2 tbsp chopped parsley


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degree Fahrenheit. Lightly oil baking sheet
  2. Place potatoes in a single layer onto the prepared baking sheet. Add olive oil, garlic, thyme, oregano, basil and Parmesan; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Gently toss to combine.
  3. Place into oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown and crisp. Stir in butter until melted, about 1 minute.
  4. Serve immediately, garnished with parsley.

January – Upcoming Events in Philadelphia

We know it’s cold outside and that can be a reason to stay in, but we’ve found a bunch of activities happening in the city this month that will keep you out of the weather. Check out a few of these upcoming events that will be worth leaving the house for!

Center City District Restaurant Week Winter 2016

The always-popular Restaurant Week is back for a winter edition.

When: January 17-22, 24-29

Where: Restaurants throughout Center City

Cost: $20 per person for lunch, $35 per person for dinner

Visit for complete list of participating restaurants


Questlove Surpreme

Legendary Questlove takes the stage Sunday at the Foundry. Staying out late this night will defiantly be worth it!

When: Sunday, January 10

Where: The Foundry at The Fillmore Philly, 29 E. Allen Street



Owlchella with Fetty Wap, French Montana, Wale and Logic

School is back in session and starting off the right way with a multi-star concert. Owlchella is a concert for Temple students and the general students. Headliners include Rap Artist Fetty Wap and French Montana.

When: Thursday, January 14

Where: Liacouras Center, 1776 N. Broad Street




Philadelphia-area photographers bring a new meaning the everyday item – the Mannequin. See their interpretation of window décor.

When: Opening January 6

Where: Da Vinci Art Alliance, 704 Catherine Street







Styling Tips to Make Your Room Feel Bigger

Make the most of your space! A smaller space can be difficult to work with at times, these styling tips will help you open up your living space!

Large Artwork

1. Large Artwork: One of the simplest tricks to making a room feel larger is to play tricks on the eye. The large artwork eludes that the room must be large to fit the piece. Also, hanging artwork lower gives the impression of taller ceilings.


2. Mirrors: The oldest trick in the book! A giant mirror placed on the floor reflects the room, making it look twice as large; while adding style!

Area Rug

3. Rugs: Using a large area rug will expand the floor, while tying the room together. Using patterns will also create contrast in the room.

Clear Furniture

4. Clear Furniture: Glass or Acrylic. The see-through furniture reduces the visual chaos of a room and gives the room a clean finish.


5. High Curtains: Hanging curtains from the ceiling or slightly below will draw the eye up the wall. Try using a wider rod to make the windows feel larger.

Eastern State Penitentiary’s “Terror Behind Walls”


Eastern State Penitentiary’s famous Terror Behind Walls haunted house is back for its 25th season on Friday, September 18th. The frightening production will run during the Halloween season through November.

Terror Behind Walls is a haunted house production that takes place in an already so-called haunted building. The Eastern State Penitentiary was once the most famous and most expensive prisons in the U.S., and has been reported as being haunted since the 1940s. Terror Behind Walls has repeatedly won awards as the one of the most terrifying haunted houses in the U.S. Visitors can choose opt-in to an interactive experience that could include being grabbed, pulled, or even taken away from their groups.

Terror Behind Walls is a quick walk, bike, or drive from Apartments at 1220. Eastern State Penitentiary sits in the middle of Fairmount’s neighborhood in Philadelphia. Buy tickets on Eastern State Penitentiary’s website here. 

2015 Annual Fringe Arts Festival


The Fringe Arts Festival is returning to Philadelphia for its 19th year, beginning September 3rd and running through September 19th. Each Fall, the Fringe Arts holds its Festival to showcase a plethora of progressive arts including theater, dance, spoken word, poetry, music, comedy, and many performances in between. The Fringe Arts is dedicated to challenging convention and stretching the mind.

During the 16 days in September that make up the Fringe Festival, there will be 600 opportunities to see performances and shows put on by Fringe Arts. According to, there could be as many as 80 shows happening in one day!

To explore the various performances and opportunities, check out the Fringe Festival’s calendar of shows. Whether you’re looking for an interactive performance, comedy, a family show, live music, free performances, outdoors shows, circus, or more… the Fringe Festival really does has something for everything.

Pope Visit Updates: Security Map and School Closings


Pope Visit Security Plan



With just over one month left before Pope Francis visits Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families, Philadelphia officials are releasing plans that will make a significant impact on local Philadelphian’s, including travel, work, and school.

Security Plan

The Security Plan released by Philadelphia outlines three square miles that will only allow authorized vehicles to access between 6PM on Friday, September 25th, and sometime on Monday, September 28th.  Private vehicles will be allowed to leave the designated area, but will not be allowed to re-enter until the traffic box opens back up Monday, September 28th.

School Closings

Philadelphia Public Schools are closed on Friday, September 25th, for World Meeting of Families and Pope visit. The three-day weekend for students and teachers could be extended even more if the Superintendent, William Hite, has his request approved to close schools on Thursday, Septmeber 24th, as well.

Universities in the Philadelphia area are also making adjustments to class schedules. University and Pennsylvania, Drexel University, and Community College of Philadelphia have canceled classes from Friday, September 25th, to Sunday, September 27th. Villanova University and LaSalle University are also making schedule changes.

Temple University has yet to release a modified class schedule for the World Meeting of Families and Pope visit weekend.


Septa will operate on a normal schedule for the World Meeting of Families until the weekend that Pope Francis is visiting. On September 26th and 27th, only 31 of SEPTA’s 282 rail station will remain open. Passengers can buy a 3-day unlimited pass for $10 in advance from SEPTA. 10

Pretzel and Water Ice Giveaway

It is the third week of July and the weather is getting HOT! Given the circumstances, we knew it was time to cool our tenants off with some water ice and pretzels. Check out the photos of our tenants enjoying these yummy treats!21298_10153143733310857_2004707889973520115_n 11232276_10153143733235857_4847096481166539524_n 11745780_10153143733230857_8829007398440645027_n 11751970_10153143733275857_2464473324219003680_n

Let us know what your favorite summertime snack is on Facebook. We love to surprise our tenants on their way home from school and work!

A Guideline to the Pope Visit for the Local Philadelphian


Pope Francis will be making his long-awaited appearance in Philadelphia between September 26th and 27th for the World Meeting of Families. On Saturday, September 26th, the Festival of Families will take place on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and will be open to the public. On Sunday, September 27th, a Papal Mass will be held on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, also open to the public. Click here for a complete itinerary for the Pope’s visit in Philadelphia. 

The Executive Director of Hosts for Hospitals, Mike Aichenbaum, told Biz Journals that “every hotel in a 100 mile radius of Philadelphia is booked”, and according to USA Today, the population in Philadelphia is expected to double for that weekend.

In light of the festivities, we have put together a guideline to help the local Philadelphian navigate the city for the weekend of the Pope visit — whether you are planning to spend the weekend attending every event, or if you are planning to hide from the crowds!

  1. Plan on walking or taking public transportation. SEPTA is selling $10 transit passes for the weekend of Pope visit, and the subway, regional rail, and bus schedules will be altered to accommodate the influx of crowds in the city. Avoid driving. There is expected to be slim to no parking around and near Center City. According to,  your tokens and transit passes will still work, but expect to take the bus rather than the rapid transit.  Septa Map
  2. Thinking about renting your home short-term on craigslist or airbnb? Don’t hold hold your breath. It’s being called the “papal housing bubble burst” by NewsWorks, who is comparing the circumstances  of overrated demand for housing to the 2008 inauguration housing bubble burst. After hotels anywhere remotely near Philadelphia sold out months ago, an influx of ads for short-term home, apartment, and room rentals have been posted with prices as high as $5000 per month… and hopeful listers are receiving no calls. With numerous extreme and inflated prices flooding the internet,  the supply may be higher than the demand.airbnb (480x640)
  3.  Expect massive crowds. The city population could double the weekend the pope is here. If you plan on leaving your home, give yourself extra time to get anywhere in and around the city. Here is one picture of the crowds that surrounded the Pope during his visit to Ecuador in early June 2015. Twitter pope ecuador (800x600)
  4. Be proud. We’re sharing the city we all know and love with upwards of 2 million visitors. Lets be proud of the exciting festivities and changes happening in our city of brotherly love!

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