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Mar 17

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

Saturday, March 11th, was a day to be a proud Irishman, even if it was just for the day! The parade began in downtown Raleigh around 10 AM and lasted until 12 PM. Green was all around us, so it was only fitting that The Greens represented! For those who didn’t have a chance to join, we decided to share some of our favorite St. Patrick Day highlights below!

Optimized-St. Patrick

“Top of the morning’ to you!” It wouldn’t be St. Patrick’s Day without the good ‘ole leprechaun himself making an appearance.

Optimized-Irish Wolfhounds

Looks can be deceiving! A loyal, sweet-tempered breed from Belgium, Ireland – these Irish Wolf Hounds had their name originate from their purpose – “wolf hunting with dogs.”

Irish Dancers

Girls of all ages from multiple Irish Dance Academies gathered together in beautifully decorated Irish Dance Dresses. This dance academy in particular really caught our eye!

Neuse River Rescue

It wouldn’t be a parade without our furry friends! The Neuse River Golden Retriever Rescue was one of many dog rescue groups that came out to show their Irish pride.

2016 Miss North Carolina

Lastly, National Miss 2016 Kelly Glendenning came out in a gorgeous, emerald green dress showing her support for the Irish!

How are you showing your green today?

Wishing everyone a safe & Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

[All photos: courtesy of Katelyn Bongiorno]

Feb 17

5 Tips For Keeping Your New Year’s Resolution

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[Photo Courtesy of Shutterstock]

You’re already one month into the New Year (crazy isn’t it?) & this may have you thinking about your New Year’s Resolutions. Let’s be honest – you may not always feel encouraged & may have slacked a little… so we’ve put together 5 tips for keeping your New Year’s Resolution.

Be realistic but specific. Don’t be overzealous & overwhelm yourself with a long list. Instead, pick one or a few goals that aren’t too difficult to commit to, which will help make them feel more attainable to pursue.

Set a deadline, which will enable you to better visualize an outcome.

Make a plan & write it down or be creative & make a board. This makes your goal more concrete & reinforces that it’s a serious commitment. And, you’re more likely to fulfill a task that’s written down than one that’s not.

Share with close ones; sometimes, it helps with staying more accountable & it’s also nice to have someone who can support & recognize your accomplishments, however big or small.

Cheat a little. Yes, you read that correctly! It can be difficult to suddenly change an aspect of our lives & stick with it consistently, so if you cheat every now & then – no shame; just pick yourself back up & start again.

Feel free to share tips that help you stay encouraged to pursue your goals for 2017 & cheers to a healthy, happy & positive new year ahead!

Aug 16

How to Celebrate the End of Summer

When people start thinking about the end of Summer, Labor Day and the start of Fall, they always seem to have a slightly bigger smile and a little extra kick in their step… must be that the humidity is finally below 80%, making them slightly lighter on their feet!

Does the end of Summer this year mean the temperatures will drop below 90 degrees and the “feels like” will be back in the double-digits? Will our pool finally have a refreshing feel instead of feeling like a lukewarm bath? The good thing is our pool stays open until shortly after Labor Day, giving our residents a little more time to enjoy relaxing outside in their free time.

Grilled Watermelon

Ahhhh . . . Labor Day. The last unofficial weekend of Summer, usually involving a cookout. Grilled meats… chilled salads… what are your favorite picnic dishes? Try some of these unusual grilled dishes at your Labor Day/end of the Summer barbeque: You Can Grill What? [Photo credit Jennifer Davick for]

Grilling Safety Tips
If you’re not sold on cooking a new dish on the grill, there’s nothing wrong with making a good ol’ steak. When grilling meats, it’s important to cook them at the correct internal temperate to kill any harmful germs. Follow the link to learn about the correct internal temperatures of your favorite meats: Food Safety Chart [Photo Credit:]


Preserving A Taste of Summer
How do you stretch the taste of Summer into the Fall and Winter? Here’s a “How To” about freezing fresh fruits and vegetables so you can remind yourself of the flavor of Summer on those upcoming particularly chilly days. How to Freeze Fruits and Veggies [Photo Credit:]

Consider the following produce types to pick up on your next trip to the State Farmer’s Market:
Seasonal Fruits [August]: Cantaloupes, Honeydews, Nectarines, Peaches, Plums, Seedless Grapes, Watermelons
Seasonal Vegetables [August]: Butter beans, Chilies, Eggplant, Green Beans, Okra, Shallots, Squash (zucchini)

If you already call The Greens home, let us know on Active Building what you’ve made from this site or even share your own personal favorites with your neighbors.

For all our Greens residents, don’t forget to check out our calendar on Active Building for the upcoming Food Trucks and other events in the future. For now, stay cool and soak up the remaining weeks of Summer!

Jul 16

Have you ever had a true “Stay-cation”?

You know, where you pretend you’re a tourist and explore all the nooks and crannies of where you live, it doesn’t even have to be that in depth, but just experience the basics of what your city has to offer.Raleigh
Well if not then perhaps it’s time. Rated as one of the fastest growing cities in the country, someone is bound to soon ask you, “What’s there to do for fun around here?”
Well it’s summertime so, outdoor movie in a park anyone? Raleigh Brewing and the Raleigh Little Theatre team up to sponsor “Movies in the Garden” a series of free outdoor movies on the Stephenson Amphitheatre in July and August. Also in Cary, Koka Booth Amphitheatre becomes an outdoor movie theatre during its “Movies by the Moonlight” series, so pack a picnic, grab a blanket for the lawn and relax.Movies By Moonlight
What about visiting a vineyard? Nearby there’s Adams Vineyard and Winery, the Adams’ mission is to sell the best quality wine and revitalize the economy of their family and community. Or check out Chatham Hill Winery and Event Venue in Cary, NC it’s one of the oldest wineries in the state and producer of award-winning, European-style wines such as Chardonnay, Viognier, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Also Cloer Family Vineyards in Apex, NC is a fun place to bring your whole family and enjoy the day wandering through the vineyards or have a picnic lunch with a bottle of wine.Adams-Vineyard-NC
Have you ever been on a Segway? Segway2 Located Downtown is Triangle Glides, not only is this fun but you’ll learn more than you ever thought about this City on this 90 minute tour! Tours such as the “Historic Oakwood”, “Downtown Discovery”, and “Raleigh Explorer”, and if those don’t get you excited perhaps you need the “Raleigh’s Darkest Secret” tour!
Did you know there’s such a thing as “First Friday”? It’s a free self-guided tour of downtown Raleigh’s cutting edge cultural hot spots. Local art galleries, art studios, alternative art venues, and museums stay open late the first Friday of every month to welcome thousands of art-seeking enthusiasts downtown. Second Empire
While you’re there for “First Friday”, grab a bite at one of the many famous downtown eats like 42nd Oyster Bar, or Second Empire and Poole’s for something a little fancier. Although you can’t go wrong waiting in line at Beasley’s Chicken & Honey or head over to The Pit Authentic Barbeque in the Warehouse District among many more you won’t be able to hit in only a weekend! beasleys
On the outskirts of downtown be sure to discover nature’s true beauty. Join one of Raleigh’s hiking groups or explore on your own. umstead2 William B. Umstead State Park covers 5,599 acres nestled between the expanding cities of Raleigh, Cary, and Durham. It offers hiking and biking trails, boat rentals, camping, picnic areas, and educational programs. Grab your backpack, pup and go!Umstead
Be sure to fit in some sporting events! From the Hurricanes to the Bulls to the Mudcats to the Railhawks (we’re partial to these guys!), let’s not forget the Rollergirls and of course NCSU, UNC & Duke. There’s always someone to root for!
Trolley PubFrom trolley pub tours to concerts to festivals to farmer’s markets and so much more, Raleigh Farmer's Market-7 you don’t need to travel to the beach or the mountains (although that’s not far either!); you can stay right here at home and experience something new every weekend! Give it a try… then you’ll at least have an answer to the new-comer or visiting sightseer whom we’re so proud to welcome into this wonderful city we love called Raleigh, the “City of Oaks”.

Mar 16

Showing Some RailHawk Love

In honor of our state’s soccer team, the RailHawks, and as part of our family here at The Greens, we’d like to dedicate this blog to our favorite and the best – sorry we’re a little bias – professional soccer team. After all, the name itself provides the impression of a force we’d rather not reckon with, would you?

Upon first impression, the term “RailHawk” combines characteristics that create an image of solidary strength and unwavering agility. A winner from the “name-the-team” contest, W. Jarrett Campbell – a soccer blogger and founder of Triangle Soccer Fanatics – chose the name “RailHawk” because it represents the speed and power of the locomotive meanwhile encompassing the unforgiving aggression of the Hawk.

With record breaking attendance this past weekend, rest assured that our Carolina RailHawks will exude swiftness, command, and drive on the playing field. So if you haven’t made plans for this weekend, check out their 2016 Season Home Opener this upcoming Saturday April 2nd at 3:00 p.m. Our Carolina RailHawks will be hosting Minnesota United FC at WakeMed Soccer Park, and our fellow soccer players would appreciate the support, especially from The Greens family.

Stay up to date with the RailHawks via their Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Also, visit for more.

Feb 16

Leaping into March we go!

This year happens to be a Leap Year, the last one we had was in 2012 – yes, we all know it’s every 4 years, but do we really know why?

calendar where it's written february the 29th with a blue thumbtack

calendar where it’s written february the 29th with a blue thumbtack

Well, the 365 days of the calendar year are meant to match up with the solar year, which is the time it takes the Earth to complete its orbit around the Sun, which is about one year – also called a tropical year. But the actual time it takes for the Earth to travel around the Sun is in fact a bit longer than that, it’s about 365 ¼ days (365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 46 seconds, to be exact). Therefore the calendar and the solar year don’t completely match, so every 4 years we add one day.

Although it may not seem like much of a difference, but after a few years those extra quarter days in the solar year begin to add up. After four years, for example, the four extra quarter days would make the calendar fall behind the solar year by about a day, not much, however over the course of a century, the difference between the solar year and the calendar year would become 25 days! So to put that into perspective (especially from a child’s view) instead of summer beginning in June, it wouldn’t start until practically a month later, waiting until July for summer to start? No thank you! So every four years a leap day is added to the calendar to allow it to catch up to the solar year.

Did you also know there’s some less scientific traditions about leap year that are pretty interesting?
Leap Year2One of the biggest is marriage proposals made by women instead of men (granted it’s the year 2016 and not the 5th Century Ireland anymore). Click here for more in depth history behind this fascinating custom.

Jan 16

A Happy New Year it will be.

How does a happier and healthier 2016 sound?

First thing’s first, give your body superior fuel and nutrients it needs to perform its best. After all, you can’t shine on the outside if you don’t feel good on the inside!
Making small daily improvements is a realistic goal; no one is expecting any drastic lifestyle changes. In fact, that’s statistically why resolutions fail; the goal is either not measured or simply impractical. By making one small change such as trading in your afternoon bag of chips for an apple, well that’s technically an improvement from the day before, right? Think small for BIG success.

Here at The Greens, we make it a bit easier on you to start those first strides…
The Capital Area Greenway system has over 100 miles of trails you are invited to explore. There are 28 individual trails that make up the trail system, each with its own unique features, destinations, and character.
Click here to download the map then pick it up right outside your apartment!
Next, for your new and improved snacks, visit the State Farmers Market right at our fingertips for good, healthy local eats!
Need a little convincing before you get out there this winter? Here’s a silver lining to the cold weather that may help:
Greatest things about cold weather!

Someone once said: “When you feel like quitting; think about why you started in the first place.”

Nov 15

Let the Fall festivities begin.

Whether you’re expecting a houseful or keeping it a little more intimate this Thanksgiving here are some clever, charming ideas to add to your home.

1. Make your own cornucopias out of waffle cones. This simple idea is a great addition to the table or gift to send home to your guests. Soak the tip of the waffle cone in warm water for about 20 seconds; put a little water on the inside of the cone too. Remove from water and microwave the wet waffle cone for about 20 seconds. Roll the softened tip of the cone around a clean pencil or straw and hold it in place for about 20 seconds. That’s it! Fill with whatever you desire; trail mix is a festive healthy alternative. cornucopia

2. A decorative reminder for all using cloves and pears. Here’s how: Pears

3. Assign seats for your guests using these easy organic ideas. Use a sharpie on a leaf or make a wreath with rosemary for a fresh fragrant touch. Leaf name tag Rosemary name tag

4. Use walnut halves at each place setting for individual salt and pepper holders. Click here for the simple steps. Walnut

5. Last but surely not least, be prepared to send your guests home with leftovers using these fun packaging ideas. Get your printable labels here: Leftover labels

Oct 15

Welcome back, October!

The air is different, can you feel it? Crisp and energizing. Shut off that air conditioning and open those windows. There’s nothing like watching nature’s colors transform from day to day while sleeping better at night.

The best part? Grab a sweater and head out to your local farmer’s market (lucky for us, it’s just down the road!) then begin your annual search for this year’s perfect pumpkin to create your ultimate masterpiece. Entering a contest this year? Use these helpful tips to improve your carving skills:

1. Cut the opening in the top at a 45-degree angle so it will have something to rest on. Do not cut straight down, because the lid will fall into the gutted pumpkin.
Pumpkin Hair 2. Why not add a body to your jack-o’-lantern? Stack two pumpkins to give your display more presence. Carve the body to look like a shirt; you can even give him a spiky hairdo.
3. Give ‘em an extra glow with some vegetable oil or petroleum jelly. Apply a small amount to the outer skin with a paper towel after you have finished carving. Vaseline works great to keep intricate cuts from curling up.
4. For a hit at your next party, trade fire for ice! Cut the top from a large, wide pumpkin, and scoop out the seeds and pulp. Line the bottom and sides of the pumpkin with a 2-gallon plastic bag. Fill the bag with ice and your beverage of choice. pumpkin-cooler-m
5. Turn your pumpkin on its side. The stem makes a wonderful nose. Then all you have to do is cut out eyes and a mouth. If the pumpkin is a little too wobbly on its side, cut out some flesh to flatten it. Spaghetti noodles dipped halfway in boiling water for a few seconds make great hair. Stick the uncooked portion into small holes cut in the head.
6. Don’t be afraid to draw directly on your pumpkin, a dry erase market works best so you can correct any mistake before cutting. Sketch out a design freehand, or use a template. Tape the pattern to the pumpkin, and trace it. Press hard enough to leave an impression on the flesh, and follow the lines for cutting.
cookie-cutter-pumpkins-m 7. If your pumpkin begins to look lifeless, revive it with a little TLC. Soak a dried-up pumpkin in a bucket of water for two to eight hours.
8. These cookie-cutter pumpkins are anything but ordinary. They take no time to make and will add a gorgeous glow to your porch or walk. Start by selecting a theme, such as leaves, ghosts, or spiders. The stainless steel cutters work the best and the smaller ones will most likely keep their shape longer. Cut a hole in the bottom instead of the top, and clean out the insides. Place a cookie cutter on the pumpkin. Gently tap the cutter with a rubber mallet until it pushes through the skin. Repeat until you complete your desired design. Then simply place each pumpkin over a small candle, and enjoy the chilling glow. Your power drill could come in handy, too, for another simple design! Pumpkin idea
9. If you love the look of hurricanes lining a front path, put an autumn spin on them by using oversize heirloom pumpkins in various shades of orange and green as bases.
10. Try using glow-in-the-dark paint and masking tape for a fun cut-free option. Pumpkin glow in the dark

Sep 15

Happy Labor Day!!

Happy Labor Day!

Let’s all take a minute to honor the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, success and well-being of our country.

Now a question to ponder… why aren’t we supposed to wear white after Labor Day?

After some research I’ve come to the conclusion that no one really has the answer to that question. In the early 1900s people wore white in the summer months to simply stay cool for the most part (no A/C back in those days!). In the big cities wearing white was viewed as a “look of leisure”, if you ever check out photos from the ‘30s you will usually see heaps of people bustling through the city streets in their dark suits on their way to work. Since Labor Day traditionally marks the end of summer, those leisurely clothes used to get put away for the start of the Fall season.

Either way, I’ll leave you with this video that boosts a fabulous message… that rule is now history! So keeps your shiny bright whites in arms reach for this upcoming post-Labor Day week!

Why It’s O.K. to Wear White After Labor Day _ TIME

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