5 home workouts that will kick your butt

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Get ready to work up a sweat in your Kitchener apartment! Today’s post is packed with home workouts that are pretty much guaranteed to kick your butt, compliments of the fitness enthusiasts at your preferred property management company, Williams and McDaniel.

 

High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) combines periods of high-energy exercise with intermittent periods of rest. HIIT is an incredibly effective and quick type of workout that can be done without any equipment in your home. You can easily find many intense HIIT workouts online like this 12 minute workout.

 

Advanced 7-Minute Workout

Only have a few minutes to spare? The Advanced 7-Minute Workout can easily be completed inside your Newport Towers Apartment (550 Strasburg Road). Please note that this workout requires free weights. Don’t let the short duration of the workout fool you, it will kick your butt, and can be made even more challenging by increasing the weight of your dumbbells.

 

20-Minute Pilates Workout

Skip the expensive class this week and squeeze in a sweaty Pilates workout at home, instead. This intense 20-Minute Pilates Workout activates all areas of your body with dynamic movements that can improve your cardio well-being, your strength and your flexibility.

 

A Killer Arm Workout

Who doesn’t want toned arms this holiday season? You’ll want to get started today with A Killer Arm Workout, completely doable in apartments of any size. To up your game, you’ll want dumbbells for this simple but effective exercise routine.

 

Home Yoga Workout

Condition your body and your mind by incorporating an at-home yoga practice into your daily routine. Not for the faint of heart, yoga requires concentration, perseverance, strength and flexibility. Get started today with this class-length 40-minute Yoga for Beginners video.

 

Select any one of today’s featured workouts—and get ready to sweat! The blog team at Williams and McDaniel is cheering you on. For more information about spacious Kitchener apartments, please visit our website.

Thanksgiving side dishes to savour

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Turkey always hogs the spotlight on Thanksgiving. To put your Thanksgiving feast over the top, you’ll need some top shelf side dishes. The blog team at Williams and McDaniel want your Thanksgiving in Kitchener to be the best it can be, so we’ve put together some suggestions for amazing side dishes to savour.

 

Roasted Mixed Veggies

If you can’t decide on a single vegetable side dish – you don’t have to! This mixed veggie roast of gold beets, parsnip, carrot, radicchio and brussel sprouts has something for everyone. The dish is fragrantly seasoned with black pepper, sea salt, garlic, thyme and rosemary and a fantastic apple cider vinaigrette.  This colourful and flavourful side dish will delight your guests.

 

Honey Glazed Carrots

Turn humble, ho-hum carrots into a fantastic, flavourful side dish with this recipe for Honey-Glazed Carrots. The carrots are glazed with a simple mixture of chicken broth, honey and red wine vinegar. This sweet and savoury side dish can be on your table in less than 30 minutes.

 

Candied Yams

Candied Yams are a Thanksgiving classic. If you’ve never tried them, make this the year. Par boiled sweet potatoes are baked in a buttery (or margarine-y) sweet sauce with brown sugar, marshmallows, nutmeg and cinnamon — pretty sweet!

 

Stuffing

Thanksgiving would not feel complete without stuffing. Don’t be intimidated to make your own Turkey Stuffing from scratch, it’s easy! Just remember to prepare the bread cubes at least a day in advance to let them dry out as dry bread works best. This is a dish that you can personalize and customize. You can add cranberries, sausage or nuts, or remove the celery and add different herbs. The possibilities are endless!

 

Mashed Potatoes

Mashed Potatoes are another Thanksgiving must-have. There are many different way to prepare great Mashed Potatoes, skin on, skin off, creamy, chunky, the list goes on. Many recipes call for starchy russet potatoes, which are great for baking and french fries, but Yukon Gold potatoes have a smooth, almost buttery flavour all on their own. If you’re looking for the creamiest, most buttery mashed potatoes – go for the gold!
Happy Thanksgiving from your friends at Williams and McDaniel. For more information on Williams and McDaniel rental properties in Kitchener, including the conveniently located Newport Towers (550 Strasburg Road), please visit our website.

5 ways to stay active this fall

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Resist the urge to settle in with a good book, a pumpkin-spiced latte and a blanket, and never move again. Stay active this fall to stay healthy and to prevent going stir crazy this winter. The blog team at your preferred property management company, Williams and McDaniel, has compiled five fun fall activities to try near Kitchener apartments.

 

1.Sign up for a run

Fall is full of fun runs and races, many of which raise funds for a good cause. The Official K-W Oktoberfest 5k Fun Run is at 8:00 a.m. on October 10th. Runners will follow the Thanksgiving Day Parade route. Runners are also welcome to stay for the afterparty after they cross the finish line.

 

2. Get lost

Race your friends through a corn maze this fall and get a workout without even realizing it. Near Newport Towers (550 Strasburg Road), Shantz Family Farm (1544 Bleams Road) is only a 10-minute drive away. For an added bonus, workout your biceps by picking pumpkins afterwards.

 

3. Go for a hike

Before colder weather sets in, visit Kitchener’s most scenic spots. Huron Natural Area (801 Trillium Drive) is an obvious starting place. Walk or run along Strasburg Creek amidst wetlands, forest and meadows and maybe spot some wildlife along the way. Newport Towers is a five-minute drive from the park.

 

4. Try an outdoor class

If a little group accountability is what you need, Huron Natural Area is also the place to go for outdoor wellness classes. From yoga to guided walks, there are a number of sessions being held here, each of which are centered on the season’s beauty and your wellbeing.

 

5. Explore by kayak


This fall, go kayaking. As leisurely or as high-energy as you make it, this autumn activity gives you up-close views of Ontario’s changing colours. There are many places to go in the area. If you don’t have your own kayak or canoe, Canoeing the Grand (3734 King Street East) has you covered. This local shop is a 10-minute drive from Newport Towers.
Celebrate fall by getting out and enjoying the many activities the season brings, including those featured today by Williams and McDaniel. For more information about spacious Kitchener apartments, visit our website.

 

How to stay cool in a heat wave

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You can have too much of a good thing. With the summer sunshine, comes the summer heat. The blog team at Williams and McDaniel have some tips for how to stay cool in your Kitchener rental property. Read on to learn how to ride out the heat waves that roll in with summer.

 

Breathe yourself cool

This yogic breathing technique promises to cool you down with the power of controlled breathing. Simply stick out your tongue and curl the sides up (like a taco shell). Breathe in slowly through your mouth and curled tongue and breathe out through your nose.

 

Cool your sheets

Sleeping through a hot night can be unpleasant and difficult. Try this simple tip for a better night’s sleep. Fill a clean cotton sock with rice and place it in the freezer for a few hours. Before bed, place the frozen sock between your sheets. Rice holds onto cold for a long time, but if you don’t have any you can also fill and freeze a hotwater bottle.

 

Cool the air

Even without an air conditioning unit, you can make the air in your Kitchener apartment cooler with just a fan and a frozen water bottle. Fill and freeze a few plastic bottles of water in the freezer (you may want to add some salt so they stay frozen longer once removed from the freezer). Place the frozen water bottles in front of a fan and let the cool air blow all over you.

 

Make a keep-your-cool spray


Sometimes you need to cool down fast. This keep-your-cool spray provides some instant relief from the heat. All you need is a spray bottle, some peppermint oil, witch hazel and aloe vera gel. Mix them with water in a spray bottle and keep it in the fridge. When you need to cool down just shake the bottle and spray it on your face, the bottoms of your feet, or anywhere else you need to feel some cooling relief.  You can find what you need at Shoppers Drug Mart (700 Strasburg Road) just a 10 minute walk from Newport Towers (550 Strasburg Road, Kitchener.

 

Try these tips the next time temperatures start to rise. With just a little planning and a few simple items, you can avoid the discomfort of too much summer heat. For more information on Williams and McDaniel rental properties, including Newport Towers in Kitchener, please visit our website.

 

Eat these seasonal foods this summer

 

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Summer isn’t a just about enjoying the weather. It’s also about enjoying the seasonal food the summer weather brings. The growing season may be shorter in the Kitchener area, but it is plentiful. The Williams and McDaniel Property Management blog team wants to help you make the best of all the delicious summer produce available to you. Read on for tips on what to buy right now and how to serve it.

 

Nectarine

A type of fuzzless peach (not a cross between a plum and peach, as is commonly thought) the nectarine is perhaps the most perfect summer fruit. Look for firm nectarines with smooth skin and take them home to ripen in a paper bag. Once ripe, store nectarines at room temperature and eat them within a couple of days. They are best enjoyed all by themselves – you may want to eat them over the sink if they’re juicy. If you have a few left over that you need to use, try making these pork chops with nectarine salsa!

 

Tomato

The humble tomato. You may think this fruit (disguised as a vegetable) as the main ingredient in ketchup and spaghetti sauce, but a fresh, ripe tomato (especially one you’ve grown yourself or one that you’ve purchased locally that hasn’t spent too long a on a truck) is full of flavour and nutrients. This tomato and avocado salad is refreshing, creamy and delicious and it makes the perfect accompaniment to any BBQ dish you plan to serve this summer.

 

Watermelon

It won’t feel like summer until you’ve eaten some watermelon outside on a hot day. When choosing a watermelon there are few tips you may want to take. You can try tapping them, but who’s really sure what they are supposed to sound like? If you’re buying a striped watermelon, the general rule is the darker the stripes, the sweeter the melon. You also want to look at the pale spot (where it laid on the ground when it was growing). The yellower the spot, the sweeter it should be. If you want to make watermelon even more refreshing, try drinking this watermelon-mint cooler

 

Radish

Seasonal summer food isn’t limited to fruit. There a lot of flavourful veggies to enjoy this season. Radishes are full of flavour, spicy and delicious. This herby black rice and radish salad with ricotta highlights and enhances all the natural flavours of this often overlooked veggie.
The summer weather brings quite a bounty. In Kitchener, it’s easy to find great local produce. One option is Bailey’s Local Foods. It’s an online farmers market. You select and place your order online and then pick it up at The First United Church (16 William Street West, Waterloo) – less than a 15 minute drive from Newport Towers (550 Strasburg Road, Kitchener). For more information on Williams and McDaniel rental properties, please visit our website.

 

Check out these patios in Kitchener

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Summer is here and patios are open. The Williams and McDaniel blog team wants to help you make the most of this short-lived, semi-sacred season. Here a few great spots In Kitchener to hit up this summer for some great food and drinks.

 

Borealis Grille & Bar

 

A local establishment committed to locally crafted and natural food, Borealis Grille & Bar uses high quality ingredients from Ontario farmers, breweries and wineries. Their patio provides the perfect spot to share an Ontario craft beer or wine with friends, and enjoy the simple pleasure of summer. The Borealis Grille & Bar is located at 4336 King Street East in Kitchener, just a 10 minute drive from Newport Towers, at 550 Strasburg Road.

 

271 West

 

The elegant, yet casual patio at 271 West (271 West King Street) is great spot for a drink but don’t miss out on the food! Their pizza dough and pasta are made from scratch and they bake their own bread on site. They feature local and regional produce and meats as well as an assortment of desserts – all made in house. Try the boca negra — a flourless chocolate cake, crumbly and perfectly sweet with walnuts baked right in ($8). They are just a 10 minute drive or 20 minutes on #22 bus from Newport Towers.

 

The Bent Elbow

 

Bend your elbow and raise a glass this summer at this craft pub. The Bent Elbow features an

amazing selection of Ontario craft beer, Belgian draft and a rotating cask ale on tap. This bar features over 30 taps that change regularly and an eclectic selection of bottles in the fridge. If beer is not on your dream menu, try their homemade ice cream! Find them at 2880 King Street East, an 8 minute drive from Newport Towers. Closed on Sundays.

 

Bobby O’Brien’s

 

A classic Irish pub with a laid back atmosphere and comfortable patio. Bobby O’Brien’s offers a classic Irish fare and local pub favorites. Round up some friends and head on over! They are less than a 20 minute ride on the #22 bus from Newport Towers.
Summer is short, so make the most of it. Share a few laughs with friends while sharing a meal and a drink or two on the best patios Kitchener has to offer. For information on Williams and McDaniel apartments in Kitchener, please click here. Happy patio season!

Get golfing in the Tri-Cities

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Rockway Golf Course

 

The first golf course to visit this season is Rockway (625 Rockway Drive). This local favourite is located in the heart of Kitchener, just over a five-minute drive from Newport Towers (550 Strasburg Road). The course features 18 holes appropriate for all skill levels. The clubhouse offers food and drink, as well as a fully stocked store where you can buy any equipment or apparel you may need.

 

Doon Valley Golf Course

 

Doon Valley (500 Doon Valley) is a scenic course that runs along the beautiful Grand River. The course includes a championship 18-hole course and a classic nine-hole course, as well as a nine-hole pitch and putt and driving range. The on-site pro shop carries any equipment you may need, from golf balls to sunglasses. To get to this Kitchener course, drive ten minutes from Newport Towers.

 

Puslinch Lake

 

Looking for a new golf course to explore this summer? Try Puslinch Lake Golf Course, a 15-minute drive from Newport Towers. This 18-hole course has been operating since 1962. It features a tree-lined fairway and small greens to challenge players of all skill levels.

 

Upgrade your gear

 

Trade in old golf clubs at Cambridge Golf and Fashions (611 Hespeler Road). If you want to avoid the larger, chain golf stores, give this independent boutique a try. The store is in neighbouring Cambridge, a 15-minute drive from Newport Towers.

 

Upgrade your game

 

Improve your golf game this summer. Sign up for private lessons or adult group lessons at a local golf course. Schedule a trip to the Waterloo Golf Academy (Wilmot Line), a 15-minute drive from Newport Towers, to work on your game on the practice facility here.
Get golfing this summer by using today’s post from Williams and McDaniel to help you start. For additional information about their Kitchener apartments, visit their website today.

 

 

Bring the whole family to Discovery Square this month

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Discovery Square, hosted by the University of Waterloo Faculty of Science, focuses on STEAM — science, technology, engineering, art and math. It’s a summer celebration for children aged 5-12 that features hands-on activities, demonstrations and live performance. The weekly event is hosted by popular children’s entertainer, Erick Traplin, and includes robot demonstrations, dinosaur exhibitions, sand exploration and animation.

 

Discovery Square is held July 6, July 14, July 21 and July 28 from 5-8 p.m. at Carl Zehr Square, rain or shine. The Carl Zehr Square is just a stone’s throw (five kilometres) from Williams and McDaniel’s conveniently located Newport Towers (550 Strasburg Road) — one of Kitchener’s top industry-certified apartment buildings, recommended by the rental housing industry of Ontario.

 

On the way to Discovery Square from Newport Towers, you’ll also be treated to the views and natural surroundings of Kaufman Park and Sandhills Park, as well as the beautiful downtown Victoria Park. The Museum is right around the corner from Discovery Square, so whether you have extra time on the way there or on the way back, be sure to check out some of Kitchener’s coolest exhibits.

 

For more information on Discovery Square, or if you are interested in volunteering, please visit their website.
Our preferred property management company, Williams and McDaniel, hopes you take advantage of this exciting educational celebration here in Kitchener.

 

 

Celebrate the season at the Summer Lights Festival

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Summer Lights Festival 101

 

Did you miss the very first Summer Lights Festival last year? If so, don’t worry. This popular event is back for a second season. The festival is held in Downtown Kitchener. All evening long, the city streets are flooded with fun-filled entertainment, food, artists, music, cultural events and more. Mark your calendar for this year’s event, happening June 20th from 8:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m.

 

What to see

 

There is so much happening as a part of the Summer Lights Festival. No matter where you go in Downtown Kitchener, you are sure to find great food, fun and entertainment. For example, start at the Civic Polis, in and around City Hall (200 King Street West). Less than a ten-minute drive from Newport Towers Apartments (550 Strasburg Road), this area will serve as the heart of the Summer Lights Festival. Find maps and schedules at the Welcome Centre located here. Next, head to the Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery (101 Queen Street North). Kick off your festival experience at this laidback gallery, which will be open late with live music concert, improvisation performances and plenty of eye-catching artwork. The gallery is a ten-minute drive from Newport Towers Apartments.

 

Get involved

 

Follow the Summer Lights Festival Facebook page to stay on top of all the event’s latest news and information. Interested in volunteering? Find more information online about how to make a difference by helping out with the Summer Lights Festival.

The Summer Lights Festival is back this month for one night only. Celebrate the summer at this downtown event, recommended by Williams and McDaniel. For more information about their Kitchener apartments, visit the website today.

 

 

Victoria Day weekend in Kitchener

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In with a bang

 

While there aren’t any fireworks in Kitchener-Waterloo itself, you won’t have to travel too far from Newport Towers to watch the sky light up. The The Conestogo Winterbourne Optimist Club is expected to host their annual fireworks show on Saturday night, and there is a confirmed event happening on Monday in New Dundee. The New Dundee Victoria Day Celebration is just 15 minutes away and features a day packed full of family activities followed by fireworks at dusk. The celebration includes an antique car show, midway rides for kids, and plenty of food booths so you don’t need to pack a picnic.

 

Celebrate International Museum Day

 

Did you know that May 18th is International Museum Day? Many museums in Kitchener-Waterloo are honouring this day with special events or admission rates, so check out this roundup from Grand Social to help you decide which museums you’d like to visit. Leading up to International Museum Day, you’ll find a kid-friendly mystery at Waterloo Region Museum and Doon Heritage Village. Do you know any aspiring Sherlocks who are up to the challenge?

 

Head to Bingemans

 

You can find plenty of special offers for a fun long weekend at Bingemans. Enjoy savings on bowling, mini golfing, and a FunworX package that even includes a pizza. In addition to everything that you’d normally find at Bingemans, they will also be hosting a Psychic Fair at their conference centre. Stop by to learn more about yourself and your future. Bingemans is just 15 minutes from Newport Towers.
You’ll have an extra day to relax this weekend in Kitchener, so why not get out of your apartment and enjoy one of these great local options? For more information about Kitchener apartments from Williams and McDaniel, visit their website.