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9 Apps to Help you Stay Connected While Social Distancing

9 Apps to Help you Stay Connected While Social Distancing

As the coronavirus keeps most of us at home in our apartments, the lack of in-person human contact is less than ideal. Luckily there are many ways to stay connected while social distancing. We have put together a list of nine apps to help you stay-in-touch with family and friends.

Facetime

Facetime is a free app that allows up to 32 people to connect straight from their Apple device. This app is built into every iOS device, so connecting with others is a breeze.

Google Hangouts

Google Hangouts can be used for messaging or free video or voice calls with one person or a whole group (up to 25 in fact). Hangouts is a free smartphone app or Google Chrome Extension. It can be used on any kind of smartphone and even has fun features like photos, stickers, and emojis.

Facebook

Facebook offers a range of virtual connectivity options. In addition to sharing statuses and commenting on someone’s wall, there is Facebook Messaging, which can be between two people or a whole group, allowing for a chat or texting option. Facebook also has a new feature called Watch Party. With this feature, the host can pick out a queue of Facebook videos and line them up for the party. The host invites friends and they can see and hear each other, as well as comment on the videos. Bring on the goat videos!

Marco Polo

Think of Marco Polo as email, but with videos. This app allows you to exchange video messages at your leisure. The app also stores your content, so they won’t disappear after you open them. Even better, it is ad-free.

Skype

An oldie but a goodie. Skype is one of the original (video) chat apps. It’s a great choice for groups of up to 50 people – you can even call landlines for a small fee.

Airtime

Watch YouTube videos, hand-picked TV shows, and movies, or listen and share music with friends in realtime with Airtime.

Houseparty

Use the Houseparty split-screen feature and enjoy hanging out with seven of your closest friends and chat face-to-face.

Netflix Party

Host long-distance movie nights with Netflix Party. Simply install the Google Chrome Extension to start binge-watching your favorite Netflix movies and shows while video chatting with your friends.

Rave

No, this isn’t an actual party – the Rave app allows you to sync video content from YouTube, Reddit, Google Drive, Dropbox and Viki with friends in real-time via chat and voice calls. Even enjoy an in-home karaoke party!

What other apps are you using to stay connected? Comment below!

Published at Sun, 12 Apr 2020 15:53:38 +0000

Free At-Home Workout Videos to Try During Quarantine

Staying healthy and in shape while quarantined is totally doable. Even if you have no equipment or very little time, there are many great options to help you exercise in your apartment. Here’s a list of some of our favorite at-home workout videos. They include yoga, Zumba, CrossFit, Bootcamp-style classes, kickboxing, and barre exercises.

Yoga with Adriene

Find a yoga practice that suits your mood with Yoga by Adriene. If you’re brand-new to yoga, check out the Yoga For Beginners and Foundations of Yoga series. For those of you experiencing back pain, she also features Yoga For Back Pain practices on her channel.

COREPower Yoga

COREPower Yoga is offering free access to a limited collection of online yoga and meditation classes on their website.

POPSUGAR Fitness

POPSUGAR Fitness offers an extensive library of fitness tutorials, workouts, and exercises with celebrity trainers on their YouTube channel, covering the most buzzed-about workout classes and trends, including the Victoria’s Secret workout, Tabata, P90X, Bar Method, and more.

MadFit

A fitness-focused YouTube channel led by Maddie Lymburner, MadFit features free workout videos on everything from no-equipment workouts to apartment-friendly workouts to low-impact ones. Try a full-body HIIT workout or focus on just one area: Whatever your workout preference, MadFit has a heart-pumping video for you.

STRONG by Zumba

Torch and tone with STRONG by Zumba. This high-intensity workout combines cardio and muscle-conditioning moves to the beat of some fantastic music!

Blogilates

Cassey Ho, the fitness guru behind the hugely popular Blogilates YouTube channel and website
continues to offer a massive library of Pilates-style toning classes. In
response to the outbreak, she also created a 14-day quarantine workout plan, a great option
for those looking to add structure to their at-home workout schedules. 

Orangetheory Fitness

ORANGETHEORY is sharing a new 30-minute workout video each day, featuring some of its most popular coaches from around the world

305 Fitness

305 FITNESS is offering cardio dance live streams twice a day on their YouTube channel. The sessions are held at 12pm and 6pm ET.

YMCA

YMCA launched on-demand exercise and youth programs called YMCA 360, including barre, boot camp, yoga and more to support the health and well-being of everyone staying home

Amazon Prime Video

If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you
already have free access to a varied library of fitness videos, including
cardio programs such as 21-Day
Transformation from GymRa
. Just head to
Prime Video and search for “fitness,” then check the
“Prime” box in the left sidebar to see what’s available for
streaming. 

Published at Fri, 03 Apr 2020 16:51:07 +0000

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Amenity Date Ideas in Austin

Amenity Date Ideas in Austin

Done are the days of overcomplicating date night. With so
many versatile and luxurious amenity spaces just outside your door, enjoy a
night in that feels like a night out. Check out these date ideas in amenity
spaces across Austin.

The pool at Ashton Austin Apartments

Beat the Texas heat with a daytime date at the pool! Cozy up
under a cabana, soak up the sun side-by-side in lounge chairs, or marvel at the
expansive views of Lady Bird Lake from seven stories up. As the sun sets, grill
up a meal for two and enjoy each other’s company over dinner at the firepit.

Courtyard at Residences at the Domain Apartments

With a little bit of planning and a quick trip to the store, turn the courtyard at Residences at the Domain into the most romantic dining spot in the neighborhood. Relax under a canopy of twinkling lights, enjoy a glass of wine next to the firepit, and indulge in hours of conversation with your special someone.

Greenbelt Entrance at Barton Creek Landing Apartments

What better way to spend time together than with a sunset stroll along the Barton Creek Greenbelt? Lace-up your tennis shoes, grab water and see where the trail and the conversation take you. When you make it back to your apartment, cool off with a dip in the pool and celebrate a date that went the distance.

No matter how you choose to spend your time together, the unique amenity spaces at your luxury apartment home will help make it a date to remember. Learn more about amenities offered at Ashton Austin, Residences at the Domain, Barton Creek Landing, and more here.

Published at Wed, 07 Aug 2019 16:00:00 +0000

How to Budget for a New Dog

It may take new dogs a while
to adjust to apartment living, but it can be a wonderful experience for both
you and the pup. One thing you need to prepare for is the cost
of caring for a dog
. Between food, grooming, pet insurance and more,
you could easily spend thousands of dollars annually. Luckily, there are ways
to make the cost more manageable as long as you plan ahead of time.

Consider Adoption

A lot of people want a
pure-bred dog. Adoption centers typically have more mutts, but the cost of
adoption is significantly less than purchase a puppy outright. You can save even
more because dogs in adoption centers are usually already vaccinated,
neutered/spayed and microchipped.

 Seek
Preventive Veterinary Care

Another way to cut pet costs
is to take your dog to the vet regularly for routine check-ups. These
preventive visits will be much more affordable than treating an actual problem.
When budgeting for this expense, you need to consider whether you live in a
small or big city. Veterinary costs tend to be higher in larger cities.

Get Pet Insurance

Between one
to two percent of this nation’s dogs have insurance
. It really is a
shame because pet insurance is a major asset when you are trying to budget for
a pet. On average, this insurance costs about $225 annually, which is
significantly less than if you had to pay out of your own pocket for every vet
visit.

Buy Nutritional Food

There are numerous options
for pet food at the supermarket, and you should really opt for the premium dog
food. Although it is more expensive, it has more nutritional value. That means
your dog gets all its nutrients without eating as much.

Dogs are expensive, but they bring years of love and happiness. Share your experiences of living with a dog in an apartment by commenting below.

Published at Sat, 16 Feb 2019 15:00:00 +0000