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3 Ways to Work Out With Your Furry Friend

Dog With a HarnessKeeping up with your exercise routine can be a bit of a chore but when you choose to work out with a friend, it can instantly become more fun. While you can always bring a pal along with you to the gym, working out with your furry friends can be just as much fun and super rewarding. If you’re looking for a great way to get in a quick workout and play with your dog, check out a few of our favorite pet-friendly workouts below!

3 Fun and Easy Ways to Work Out With Your Dog

1. Interval Runs

Your dog will love interval walking because they’ll think you’re playing a fun new game while you enjoy the benefit of a little extra cardio.

  • Walk – 1 minute
  • Jog – 20 seconds
  • Walk – 1 minute
  • Shuffle Sideways – 1 minute
  • Walk – 1 minute
  • Run Backward – 20 seconds

Repeat 5 times for a 20-minute workout.

2. Fetch Tease Ab Workout

Play fetch with your dog while you tone your abs and get in a few crunches. Start by grabbing Fido’s favorite fetch toy and lay down on the floor in a sit-up position. Hold on to the toy as you do a sit-up, pretending to toss it as you reach the top of the move. Your pup will chase after it, only to see you’ve still got it. See how many reps you can get in before your dog stops playing along.

3. The Squat Tease

Help your dog get in a few high jumps while you work to firm your glutes and thighs with this simple exercise. Start by grabbing one of your dog’s favorite toys. Then, stand with your legs shoulder-width apart. Bend down into a squat, teasing your dog to play along. As you rise up out of the squat, lift the toy up above your head and tell your dog to jump.

Have Fun and Break a Sweat With Your Pets

Don’t keep your workout routine all to yourself. Whether you own a cat or a dog, these simple workouts can be a great way to have fun together. Visit our office today for more information about our apartment community and be sure to check out the available floor plans at our pet-friendly apartments in Edgewater too!

Recycling

How to Be More Eco-Friendly

RecyclingEarth Day is quickly approaching on April 22, and may inspire you to embrace an eco-friendlier lifestyle. There are many ways to be greener and more environmentally responsible in our Edgewater apartments. Small changes make bigger impacts than you realize, especially when you encourage other community members to join your eco-friendly endeavors.

Use Less Energy

Change out inefficient incandescent light bulbs in your lamps for energy-efficient CFLs or LEDs to lower your energy usage and utility bill. Plug small appliances into a smart power strip you can turn off. Even turned off, plugged-in appliances still consume power. Avoid running your washer, dryer and dishwasher when they’re not full. Adjust your thermostat when you’re away and before going to bed.

Use Less Water

Besides saving energy, running a full washing machine and dishwasher conserves water. In addition, be sure to turn off the sink when you’re washing your hands or brushing your teeth. To avoid wasting water, report leaky pipes and other water leakages immediately. Our apartment community offers online service requests and on-site maintenance to easily take care of things that need to be repaired.

Reduce & Recycle

Look for nearby recycling centers and drop items off yourself or as part of a team effort with other community members. To reduce your recycling load, avoid using disposable items like paper towels and napkins, disposable dishes and plasticware. Choose reusable products instead. Cut down on your paper usage further by opting out of junk mail, signing up for paperless billing and paying bills electronically.

Location is Key

When scouting for a new apartment, choose a location that’s close to your workplace and/or everyday amenities. Our apartments in Edgewater are within walking distance of restaurants, stores and other essential businesses, allowing you to reduce your amount of driving.

Riello is within walking distance to popular shopping and dining establishments nearby. Our community amenities also include a bike room, so you can safely store your eco-friendly mode of transportation. Also, our community features online rent payments so you can pay rent online and save paper. Call us at (877) 661-5692 to tour our available one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom floor plans today!

Pretzels

Tasty Pretzel Recipes for National Pretzel Day

PretzelsConsidering it seems like there is a holiday for almost any type of food, from cookies and pasta to pizza and marshmallows, it should come as no surprise that there is an official holiday for everyone’s favorite salty snack – the pretzel. To help residents of our apartments in Edgewater, New Jersey, celebrate this tasty holiday, which occurs on April 26, we have gathered some easy, yet oh-so-yummy pretzel recipes you can try.

Peanut Butter Pretzel Cookies

This yummy snack combines scrumptious, creamy peanut butter cookies with the salty, crunchy pretzel. Start by making peanut butter cookies. Right before you have the dough ready to make the actual cookies, add in small pieces of store-bought pretzels. After the pretzel pieces have been added, bake the cookies as you normally would.

Want to sweeten the recipe up? Add M&M’s with the pretzel bites. It adds a subtle chocolate flavor to this tasty cookie.

Caramel or Chocolate Dipped Pretzels

Caramel or chocolate dipped pretzels are a snack you can enjoy all year-round. It is quick, easy and delicious. Take long pretzel rods and dip them into the caramel or chocolate sauce. The caramel and chocolate sauce can be homemade or one purchased from the store. Once the caramel or chocolate is on the end of the pretzel rod, take the pretzel and roll it in some toppings. Toppings that go great with this snack include crushed peanuts, M&M’s, sprinkles and toffee pieces.

Cupcakes With a Sprinkle of Pretzel Pieces on Top

Pretzels don’t have to be used all the time as the main ingredient of a recipe. They can be used as a topping. Try making chocolate cupcakes topped with cream cheese or buttercream frosting. Add a sprinkle of crushed pretzel pieces to the top of the frosting to give your cupcake a salty and crunchy twist.

When you decide to call Riello your new home, you will have access to a gourmet-style kitchen that will give you plenty of room to make these pretzel recipes and much, much more. Call our office today to schedule a private tour of our one-, two-, three- or four-bedroom apartments in Edgewater, New Jersey.

Cleaning With a Sponge

Clean Your Place in Under 30 Minutes

Cleaning With a SpongeCleaning is one of those tasks that seems easy until you’re actually in the thick of it all. Suddenly, it may seem as though nothing has been done even after you’ve been at it for an hour. Your apartment may even look worse than when you first started! To speed up the process a little (and save your sanity), use the following tips to get your place tidy in a half hour or less!

Divide and Conquer

Focusing on the areas that see the most traction is one of the best ways to cut down on your cleaning time. This means that living rooms, bathrooms, and bedrooms should get the star treatment. Start with the most blatant problems of the room: a hair-covered floor, unmade bed, or stinky kitchen are all problems that should be attacked immediately. It only takes a few minutes to sweep a floor, make a bed, or spritz an air cleaner (e.g., Febreze) around the room.

Treat the Surfaces

From bookcases to bathtub or shower ledges, there are certain places in the apartment that will accumulate more dust and grime than others. Getting rid of the clutter, either temporarily or for good, is necessary to really get all of the dirt out of the apartment. Trying to work around it may seem like a time-saver, but it will eventually make things worse. It doesn’t have to be absolutely perfect, but it should be enough to ward off potential pollutants in the air. The more dust in the apartment, the more likely it is that someone indoors will develop an allergy.

Don’t Be Afraid to Toss

Your apartment may look messy, but on closer inspection, it’s revealed that it’s just overstuffed with too many knick-knacks and unnecessary objects. If you haven’t used something for over a year, it may be time to get rid of it. The more you get rid of now, the less you’ll have to keep track of later.

Riello offers plenty of space for our residents to keep their things, which is just one way we actively try to help our community members succeed. If you want to learn more about our Edgewater apartments or amenities, give us a call to find out more today!

Sushi Roll

How to Make Sushi in Your Apartment Home

Sushi RollYou don’t have to go to a restaurant to enjoy fresh sushi. Instead, you can have this amazing delicacy in the comfort of our Edgewater apartments. All you need to do is purchase the right tools and delicious ingredients, before following a few easy directions.

5 Steps to Great At-Home Sushi

Thanks to these five simple steps, you can now enjoy delicious sushi in your Edgewater, New Jersey, apartment.

  1. Make the sushi rice. The first step in making delicious at-home sushi starts with the rice. Traditionally, the rice should be seasoned with rice vinegar, salt, and sugar. It should be made so that the rice is a little bit sticky, fluffy, and not overcooked.
  2. Prepare the fillings. For safety and health reasons, you should always use sushi-grade fish. This type of fish can be found at your local Edgewater grocery stores and fish markets. You can flavor the fish with a sea salt rub for 30 minutes before rinsing it off, patting it dry, and lightly sprinkling it with rice vinegar. If you want, you can also fill your sushi rolls with thinly sliced cucumber, carrots, and avocados. Remember that you will need to roll the sushi, so it is best to avoid over-stuffing.
  3. Prepare the nori and form the maki. Carefully fan a standard sheet of nori over a small open flame until it becomes slightly crisp and fragrant. Next, transfer the nori to the bamboo mat. Wet your hands, add approximately half-a-cup of sushi rice to the center of the nori. Using your fingertips, gently spread the sushi rice over the nori to create the base for the maki roll. Leave a quarter inch flap of nori free of rice; this space will be utilized when you roll the maki. Add the fillings to the roll by using one ingredient per layer.
  4. Roll the maki. Begin to roll the bamboo mat away from you by curling it around the rice, nori, and filling. Use the empty quarter inch flap of nori to secure the roll. Gently press on the top and sides of the roll with your fingertips to tightly seal it in a square shape.
  5. Cut the maki roll and enjoy. Carefully lift the roll off of the bamboo mat and onto a clean work surface. Take a sharp sushi knife, wet the tip with a little bit of water and rice vinegar, cut the maki in half, and then with long slicing motions cut the halves into thirds. Re-wet your knife as needed to maintain the integrity of the roll. Serve your sushi with a slice of lemon, fresh ginger slices, a little bit of soy sauce, wasabi, and enjoy!

With the help of this guide, you can now enjoy delicious sushi any night of the week at your Edgewater apartment. To discover an apartment with the spacious floor plan and ample counter space needed to host a sushi making night with your loved ones and friends, contact our office today.

Sharing a Bottle of Wine

Quick Tips on Perfectly Paired Wines

Sharing a Bottle of WineNothing satisfies quite like dinner with wine in your Edgewater apartment. If you’re like most people, however, you have yet to master the art of wine pairing. It’s not as difficult as you think; follow these simple tips to ensure an excellent combination:

6 Simple Tips for Pairing Wines With Dinner

  • Stop worrying about color. Throw out what you’ve heard about white wines belonging with fish and red wines reserved for red meat. Weight and flavor matter more than color. Both reds and whites can be sweet, acidic, or earthy.
  • Light foods belong with light wines. When in doubt, select a lighter wine to accompany salad or other veggie-based dishes. Full wines are best reserved for heavier meals such as steak and potatoes. If you’re serving multiple courses, pair wine based on the main attraction.
  • Think about the dish’s most prominent flavors. Contrast creates a great entrée but makes pairing tricky. Instead of taking several flavors into account, determine the most important. Often, the dominant character derives from the sauce or seasoning.
  • Combine acidic and sweet flavors. When you serve a naturally sweet entrée, accompany it with an acidic wine. Conversely, acidic foods pair best with sweet wines. You can also pair acidic wines with acidic foods to great effect — but rarely with tannins.
  • Only drink wines you like. While food can enhance wine, you won’t magically appreciate a flavor you avoided in the past. The same goes for the reverse scenario: your most beloved wine won’t eliminate a food aversion. When in doubt, choose both a meal and a wine that you and your guests actually enjoy.
  • Relax. While the right pairing can elevate your meal, a poor match will rarely destroy it. Some of the best wine pairings are stumbled across by mistake. Experiment to learn what you and your guests enjoy most.

Whether you plan on hosting friends at your apartment or relaxing on your own after work, the right wine can cap off a wonderful day. Refine your wine pairing skills, and you’re bound to impress your guests with your impeccable taste.

Entertaining is truly a joy in our sophisticated Riello Apartments. Contact us today to learn more about our spacious floor plans.

Water Bottle

5 Ways to Drink More Water

Water BottleEveryone needs to drink more water – it’s what you hear all of the time. Water is beneficial to the body in many ways. Your body needs it to remain focused and working at its best. It also helps to flush away toxins. Staying hydrated can be hard to do, though. Here at Riello, we encourage you to stay active and fit, whether you are working out or going for a swim. But, we also know the importance of hydration. Check out these tips.

Five Steps to Drinking More Water

Coffee doesn’t count. So, how can you get more water into your day? These tips can help make it possible.

#1: Fill a Large Reusable Water Bottle to Start Your Day

By doing this, you can gauge how much you are drinking. Challenge yourself to get in 32 ounces or more by the end of the workday.

#2: Choose to Add Some Flavor

Again, while it cannot be coffee, you can find sugar free additives that give the water a taste. This may give you the willingness to drink more often.

#3: Add More Ice

If you have to have that diet drink in the afternoon, fill a large 32-ounce cup with ice first. Then, make sure you let the ice melt and drink all of that water, too. Over time, you will want to start skipping any type of sugar or soda-like drink altogether.

#4: Keep Track on an App

For those who love to use apps, why not use an app to track your water intake? A few include Daily Water and Hydro Coach (you can find both for free on Android and Apple devices).

#5: Get in the Habit of Drinking Water After Moving

If you go to the bathroom, have a glass of water afterward. If you have to walk across the hall, take a water break. Work on incorporating small amounts of water throughout the day.

Ready for a New Home to Love?

For those looking for apartments in Edgewater that give them the opportunity to live a high quality of life, give our team at Riello a call. We are happy to give you more information on the available floor plans we have now.

Sandwich

4 Delicious Sandwich Recipes

SandwichAs residents of Riello Apartments in Edgewater, NJ, you may be wondering how to get the most out of that gourmet-style kitchen and breakfast bar. For casual dining at home, you can’t get much better than a nice sandwich. If you’re looking for something a little more adventurous than a classic PB&J, check out these four recipes.

1. Turkey, Apple and Brie

Using your choice of bread, layer Brie and ultra-thin slices of green apple over sliced turkey breast. Spread on a little honey mustard, and you have a refreshingly sweet and tangy meal. This sandwich is even better grilled or lightly toasted with a panini press.

2. Eggplant With Peppers and Beans

This sandwich provides a hearty vegan option with a Middle Eastern flavor. Start by baking sliced eggplant and peppers seasoned with a little salt and cayenne pepper. While that’s cooking, mix up a sauce made up of mashed cannellini beans, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, and tahini. Once the vegetables are golden brown, remove them from the oven and layer on top of whole wheat bread with a generous slathering of that tasty sauce.

3. Frisée, Egg and Caramelized Onion

Take breakfast sandwiches to the next level with this simple recipe. On a brioche bun, place caramelized onions and a skillet-cooked egg, topping it with fresh frisée. Finish it up with a thin layer of blackberry or fig jam on the top bun. Make sure to keep the egg yolk slightly runny for a rich, creamy sauce.

4. Beets, Spinach and Goat Cheese

This ultra-healthy sandwich might sound odd, but it’s definitely delicious! Bake the beets to sweeten them up before thinly slicing them. Combine goat cheese, raisins and black pepper in a bowl for the spread. For the spinach, depending on your preference, you can either simply use fresh raw spinach or cook the leaves lightly in a skillet. With the latter method, heat a little oil and cook the spinach leaves with some salt and pepper to taste. Once cooked, stir in about a teaspoon of red wine vinegar per sandwich.

Not yet part of Riello? For luxury Edgewater apartments — complete with ferry services to Manhattan — give us a call or stop by our office today!

Lotion on Hand

How to Soothe Dry Winter Skin

Lotion on HandWhen you live in New Jersey, you expect to deal with cold temperatures and snow. What you don’t want to have to worry about is dry winter skin. It chaps. It doesn’t feel comfortable. At Riello, many of our residents love to spend time outdoors, but that’s when the cold weather makes it hard to enjoy soft skin. If you’ve found your hands feel more like sandpaper than you would like them to, there are a few solutions that can help.

Tips for Dry Skin Treatment

If your skin is chapped and painful, or you have any type of open sore resulting from the temperatures and wind, get in to see your doctor. That’s necessary to ensure your skin remains well protected from infections. For others, try these steps to finding relief for dry winter skin.

  • Stop drying out your skin with hot water. Reduce the length of time you spend in the shower each day, especially with hot water. This removes much of the natural oils in your skin that help to protect it.
  • Use a high-quality, organic moisturizer each day. Apply to your skin after you shower. It is important to choose one that is as natural as possible. And, be sure to apply it throughout the day if your skin seems to feel dry again.
  • Be sure to maintain some level of moisture in your home. Use a humidifier in the winter months. This helps to add more moisture to the area that the furnace pulls out. Run it throughout the night, especially when you are sleeping. This can help you to see less dry skin but also easier breathing throughout the day.

It’s important to pay close attention to your skin. If it starts to become damaged or so dry that it hurts, do not wait to see your doctor. This can lead to an infection quickly. Paying close attention to your skin now ensures it will look beautiful all year long.

Are You Ready to Move Into Luxury?

For those looking for an apartment in Edgewater, we welcome you to give our team a call. Find out which floor plans are currently available and move in just in time to start enjoying the beautiful spring weather.

Breakfast Food

Habits to Ditch in the New Year

Breakfast FoodBad habits often form slowly over time, so why do we try to change everything in one fell swoop? Resolutions start to fly as the ball begins to drop. So many of us were raised to believe that a new year meant a new you, at any cost! Maybe it’s time to look at different areas of life and prioritize which habits we should ditch in 2018.

No More Skipping Breakfast

Breakfast may seem insignificant since many of us power through the morning on coffee or tea. Our bodies need food to replenish the stores of energy depleted throughout the night. Skipping breakfast can backfire when we find ourselves raiding the junk food drawer to satisfy cravings. Our metabolism takes a hit as it tries to limit the amount of energy used for everyday functions.

Stop Focusing on the Negative

People seem to enjoy complaining about the negativity in the media without actively seeking the alternative. Rather than clicking on every headline that makes us question the path down which humanity is headed, choose differently. Seek the stories that share the resilience of the human spirit. Become the person in your circle that points out the positive side of a situation.

Give Up Multitasking

Many employers still view multitasking as an essential trait for job success. Unfortunately, research suggests otherwise. Interruptions tend to lead down the proverbial rabbit hole, causing a loss of productivity. In theory, more work gets done when there isn’t multitasking. In practice, you are better off completing one task before giving your attention to the next.

Avoid Making Too Many Decisions

Our brains do not always distinguish between the weight of our daily decisions. Small decisions, such as the clothing we wear and food we eat, take up mental space. Once enough smaller decisions clog the works, our brains begin refusing to make higher executive decisions, and we become more impulsive. Set yourself up for success by creating routines that require little to no new decision making.

Our spacious luxury apartments in Edgewater, NJ, allow you to step back and focus on the positive. Check out how the amenities at Riello can simplify your life by giving us a call at (877) 661-5692.

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