Back to School Shopping Tips!

It's that time of the year again! School will be starting soon and that means back to school shopping. Here are some great tips on how to save money and time while shopping!

1. Make a list before you start shopping.
2. Take inventory.
3. Set a budget and stick to it!
4. Buy in quantities.
5. Compare pricing online (this will save you a lot of time).
6. Host/attend a clothes swap.

For more details on how to save time and money on back to school shopping, click here.

Winter Driving Tips!

Be sure to drive slowly and safely during this time of year. You can visit this website to get some great coupons and driving tips during the snow season!

Three Living Room Must-Haves

When it comes to creating a beautiful, functional living room, there are 3 things that you need. Check out the list of must-haves below that will transform your space instantly!

Great couch
A sofa anchors the seating arrangement in any living room. Choose a piece that is streamlined and relatively neutral in color so that it can transition with the space over time. Add pops of color with accessories like pillows and lamp shades.

Eye-catching art
A statement art piece is a wonderful way to express your signature style. Hang an over sized work (or a collection of smaller "related" pieces) above the couch or fireplace as a focal piece. With art, always go with what you like – you're the one who has to live with it!

Functional tables
As for coffee and cocktail tables, it's best to think about how you use your space before you purchase. Do you want a comfortable foot rest? Perhaps go with a leather bench or ottoman. Do you need extra storage? Go with a table that has shelves or hidden interior storage. Need flexibility? A collection of small stools or cubes can be bunched together to work as a table or separated to use as extra seating.

Potomac Vista Fireplace Safety Tips

Fireplaces are warm and cozy, and add a special touch to your home décor; however they also add safety responsibilities.
When using your fireplace, please keep the following safety precautions in mind:

o Make sure that the flue is open before you start the fire. The flue can be opened by a lever that is located behind the screen.

o ‘Warm’ the flue before igniting the fire. This will start the updraft and prevent smoke from entering your apartment.

o To warm the flue we suggest placing a piece of newspaper in the flue and igniting it.

o Keep a glass or metal screen in front of the fireplace with the opening closed to prevent hot embers from jumping out while the fire is going.

o Use dry, seasoned wood. Never burn green wood, treated lumber or wood that is painted.

o Use a small amount of paper or small pieces of wood to start the fire. If you twist the paper into a compact tube first, it will burn longer, giving the logs a good start. Paper and/or kindling wood placed under the grate containing the log is usually enough to get a nice fire going.

o Never use combustible liquids such as Kerosene, turpentine, lighter fluid, or gasoline to start or accelerate a fire. Invisible vapors from these liquids can cause an explosion.

o Don’t use excessive amounts of paper to build roaring fires in the fireplace. Roaring fires may ignite creosote, a toxic chemical that accumulates on chimney walls.

o If you use artificial logs, carefully follow the directions on the package. Do not break apart an artificial log or use more than one at a time.


o Never close the flue if hot ashes are still burning. Ashes can smolder for many hours and can rekindle to the point of igniting the room.

o After the ashes cool COMPLETELY, please discard of them properly.

o Do not use the fireplace as an incinerator.

o Remember to keep matches out the hands of children.

At your request, Maintenance can be available Monday-Friday between 9:00 AM-4:30 PM to review the proper procedures when using the fireplace to ensure you are using it correctly.
Please contact the management office if you have any questions or would like to arrange an appointment with maintenance to show you how to use the fireplace.

Thank you for your cooperation!

Windsor at Potomac Vista Management

Healthy Living Tips

Changing your eating habits can do more than trim your waistline. With the right ingredients you can lower your cancer risk and potentially increase your lifespan. Learn more about the 5 foods from alternative health expert Dr. Andrew Weil's ultimate eating plan. For Dr. Weil's food pyramid, click here. Added to Articles on Tue 11/02/2010

1. Cooked Asian Mushrooms (Serving size: Unlimited)

Mushrooms contain immune system boosting compounds, helping to prevent illness. At less than 100 calories per cup, they’re good for your diet too. But be careful, you’ll lose the benefits if they’re not cooked well. Here are some varieties to try: shitake, maitake, oyster and enoki.

2. Whole Soy Foods (Serving size: 1-2 servings a day)

When you’re shopping, look for whole soy foods over isolated soy protein powders like fake meats with soy isolate. Try eating tofu, tempeh, soy milk, edamame and soy nuts. They’re good sources of protein and help guard against hormonally driven cancers, such as prostate cancer and breast cancer.

3. Cruciferous Vegetables (Serving size: Unlimited)

Cruciferous vegetables belong to the cabbage family. What’s great about these greens is that they protect against cancer. Look for cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, bok choy, kale and brussels sprouts.

4. Healthy Fats (5-7 serving a day; 1 serving is equal to 1 teaspoon of oil)

Not all fats are bad for you – some types actually protect your heart, like omega-3 fatty acids. If you’re looking to increase your intake of good fats and cut out the bad ones, make sure you add these to your grocery list: hemp seeds, flaxseeds, walnut oil, olive oil, hazelnut oil and omega-3 eggs.

5. Whole and Cracked Grains (3-5 servings a day; 1 serving is 1/2 cup cooked)

The good types of whole grain products are ones where you can actually see the grain or large chunks of grain. These foods won’t raise blood sugar the way products made with flour and sugar do. Stock up on basmati rice, wild rice, brown rice, buckwheat, barley, groats and quinoa.


Healthy Living Tips

Our state of the art fitness center is available for your use 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in our effort here at Potomac Vista to promote a healthy living lifestyle.

Garbage Disposal Tips

Garbage Disposal Do's and Don'ts

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