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Berry Farms http://www.berryfarmsapartments.com/blog Mon, 04 Dec 2017 21:33:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 DIY Holiday Wreaths http://www.berryfarmsapartments.com/blog/diy-holiday-wreaths/ http://www.berryfarmsapartments.com/blog/diy-holiday-wreaths/#comments Mon, 04 Dec 2017 21:33:23 +0000 http://www.berryfarmsapartments.com/blog/?p=52 Have you decorated your Berry Farms apartment for the holiday season? If not, today’s post can help you out! We’re sharing a list of some great wreaths for you to make at your apartment. Get crafty and creative and enjoy your holiday season here in North Andover, MA!   Natural Seasonal Wreath This natural seasonal […]

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DIY Holiday Wreaths

Have you decorated your Berry Farms apartment for the holiday season? If not, today’s post can help you out! We’re sharing a list of some great wreaths for you to make at your apartment. Get crafty and creative and enjoy your holiday season here in North Andover, MA!

 

Natural Seasonal Wreath

This natural seasonal wreath is so beautiful and will add a touch of the outdoors to your apartment this month. This DIY comes from Treasures and Travels Blog. To make this wreath you’ll need assorted greenery, long flexible twigs, an assortment of twigs, wire, and scissors. Find some of these items at a local floral shop or in the outdoors if you can. This blog post also gives this tip: “We decided to use greenery that would still look nice once it is dried, so that we could leave this wreath up all season long.” Enjoy this pretty wreath this season!

 

New Year’s Eve Wreath DIY

After the major December holidays are over, it’s time to decorate for the celebration of the new year. This DIY is perfect especially if you’re planning to throw a New Year’s Eve party. This project comes from Mom Dot. To make this you’ll need a large wreath (theirs was 3.5 feet across), plastic wine glasses, empty Martinelli’s Sparkling Apple Cider bottles, letters that spell our “New Year”, spray paint, hot glue, flower wire, and other small decor items such as garland, curley cues, and ornaments.

 

Ornament Wreath

This wreath is a great one to hang in your living room as a beautiful holiday decor piece. This DIY comes from Living Artfully. To make this you’ll need an 18 inch evergreen wreath, about 80 large and medium sized metallic bulb ornaments, and a glue gun and glue sticks.

 

DIY Winter Wreath

Here’s another natural looking and beautiful seasonal wreath for your apartment. This project comes from Style Me Pretty. To make this you’ll need floral clippers, ribbon shears, wire, green floral sticks, grape vine wreaths, 2-3 varieties of greens, pine cones, tallow berries, and velvet ribbon.

 

Do you decorate for the seasons? What home decor tips do you have for the winter and holiday season? Share with us in the comments below!

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Express Gratitude in the Month of November http://www.berryfarmsapartments.com/blog/express-gratitude-month-november/ http://www.berryfarmsapartments.com/blog/express-gratitude-month-november/#comments Mon, 06 Nov 2017 17:56:52 +0000 http://www.berryfarmsapartments.com/blog/?p=49 Gratitude is a great value to practice during the month of November. Here on the Berry Farms Blog, we have some ideas of how you can express gratitude this month. We hope you feel more gratitude for all the good things in life this month here in North Andover, MA.   Follow daily gratitude prompts. […]

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Express Gratitude in the Month of November

Gratitude is a great value to practice during the month of November. Here on the Berry Farms Blog, we have some ideas of how you can express gratitude this month. We hope you feel more gratitude for all the good things in life this month here in North Andover, MA.

 

Follow daily gratitude prompts. Find online daily prompts to follow throughout the month of November. Try out this one for example. Sit down and answer the question of what you’re grateful for each day from the comfort of your apartment and notice the increase of gratitude you may feel. Try it out and let us know about your experience!

 

Write a thank you letter. Writing a letter to someone is another great way to express your gratitude for their influence in your life. Think of a friend who has helped you become a better person or who has been there for you through rough times in your life and write them a letter.

 

Start a Gratitude Journal. Starting a gratitude journal can help you to notice good things that happen throughout your day. Start out by writing about what you’re grateful for from that day such as people that helped you, something beautiful you saw, a positive experience, or a blessing you received. Do this each night and notice all the good that continues to come your way.

 

Meditate. Meditation is a great way to connect to your mind and body and a way to notice the good things in life. It can take your mind off stressful situations throughout your day and take you to a place of noticing the simple pleasures in life.

 

Verbalize Gratitude. Practice saying aloud what you’re grateful for. Maybe this means telling yourself in the mirror what you’re grateful for each day or telling a friend or significant other what was good about your day. Saying those things out loud can make your desire to be grateful turn into a reality that is real and genuine.

 

What tips do you have on creating more gratitude in your life? Let us know in the comments below. Thanks for reading and visit the blog again soon!

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Halloween Movies to Watch This Month http://www.berryfarmsapartments.com/blog/halloween-movies-watch-month/ http://www.berryfarmsapartments.com/blog/halloween-movies-watch-month/#comments Mon, 02 Oct 2017 18:52:56 +0000 http://www.berryfarmsapartments.com/blog/?p=46 It’s the perfect time to curl up on the couch at your Berry Farms apartments and watch a Halloween movie. Invite some friends over and celebrate this time of year. Watch one of these suggestions and enjoy your month here in North Andover, MA.   Little Shop of Horrors (1986) “A nerdy florist finds his […]

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Halloween Movies to Watch This Month

It’s the perfect time to curl up on the couch at your Berry Farms apartments and watch a Halloween movie. Invite some friends over and celebrate this time of year. Watch one of these suggestions and enjoy your month here in North Andover, MA.

 

Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

“A nerdy florist finds his chance for success and romance with the help of a giant man-eating plant who demands to be fed. Directed by Frank Oz; Stars: Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Vincent Gardenia, Levi Stubbs.”

 

Beetlejuice (1988)

“A couple of recently deceased ghosts contract the services of a “bio-exorcist” in order to remove the obnoxious new owners of their house. Directed by Tim Burton; Stars: Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Michael Keaton, and Annie McEnroe.”

 

Corpse Bride (2005)

“When a shy groom practices his wedding vows in the inadvertent presence of a deceased young woman, she rises from the grave assuming he has married her. Directed by Tim Burton, Mike Johnson; Stars Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Emily Watson, Tracey Ullman.”

 

The Addams Family (1991)

“Con artists plan to fleece the eccentric family using an accomplice who claims to be their long lost Uncle Fester. Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld; Stars Angelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd.”

 

Hocus Pocus (1993)

“After three centuries, three witch sisters are resurrected in Salem, Massachusetts on Halloween night, and it is up to two teenagers, a young girl and an immortal cat to put an end to the witches’ reign of terror once and for all. Directed by Kenny Ortega; Stars Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy.”

 

The Awakening (2011)

“Set in post-World War I England, a writer intent on debunking ghosts is asked to investigate paranormal activity at a boys boarding school, but she just might start to question everything she once believed to be true.”

 

What’s your favorite Halloween movie to watch each year? Let us know in the comments so we can check it out.

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Delicious Desserts in September http://www.berryfarmsapartments.com/blog/delicious-desserts-september/ http://www.berryfarmsapartments.com/blog/delicious-desserts-september/#comments Tue, 05 Sep 2017 19:35:57 +0000 http://www.berryfarmsapartments.com/blog/?p=43 Satisfy your sweet tooth this September by using one of our favorite fall dessert recipes at your next dinner party. The Berry Farms Blog is featuring our favorite cakes, cobblers, breads, and more. Get good use out of your North Andover, MA apartment kitchen this month.   Death by Chocolate Icebox Cake Satisfy your chocolate […]

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Delicious Desserts in September

Satisfy your sweet tooth this September by using one of our favorite fall dessert recipes at your next dinner party. The Berry Farms Blog is featuring our favorite cakes, cobblers, breads, and more. Get good use out of your North Andover, MA apartment kitchen this month.

 

Death by Chocolate Icebox Cake

Satisfy your chocolate cravings with this death by chocolate icebox cake. This chocolate dessert is literally packed with chocolate. The chocolate mousse, chocolate ganache, and chocolate whipped cream make for one of the richest, most decadent treats you’ll ever try.

 

Blackberry Cobbler

Fresh blackberries, sugar, flour, baking powder, salt, butter, and whipped cream (or ice cream) make for a classic fall dessert. Cobblers are easy to throw together and they’re the perfect dessert for any last-minute bakers out there.

 

Pecan Pie Bars

The crust for these pecan pie bars is delectable. You’ll love just how flaky and sweet it is. Make it with unsalted butter, brown sugar, all-purpose flour, and salt. The topping is the perfect mix of crunchy and sweet. The topping is unique — it uses honey instead of caramel.

 

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

This pumpkin chocolate chip bread is flavored with brown sugar, molasses, pumpkin pie spice, pumpkin pie extract, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Toss in your favorite brand of semi-sweet chocolate chips to finish off this treat. You will love having this pumpkin chocolate chip bread for breakfast or for dessert.

 

Cheesecake Stuffed Baked Apples  

Cheesecake stuffed baked apples are our favorite autumn treat. Head to your local farmer’s market for the apples you need to make this treat. Use cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, egg, and cinnamon to make the filling. Finish it all off with graham cracker crumbs and your favorite caramel sauce.

 

What’s your favorite fall dessert? Let us know in the comments. Thanks for reading our post! We hope that you have an excellent month here in North Andover, MA!

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Get a Good Night’s Sleep http://www.berryfarmsapartments.com/blog/get-good-nights-sleep/ http://www.berryfarmsapartments.com/blog/get-good-nights-sleep/#comments Mon, 07 Aug 2017 17:13:57 +0000 http://www.berryfarmsapartments.com/blog/?p=39 We all know the feeling —  you’re trying to get to sleep, but you just can’t. Your pillow is uncomfortable, there’s too much light coming in, or you’ve stayed up the last couple of nights and are having a hard time getting back on a regular sleep schedule. The Berry Farms Blog is featuring four […]

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Get a Good Night’s Sleep

We all know the feeling —  you’re trying to get to sleep, but you just can’t. Your pillow is uncomfortable, there’s too much light coming in, or you’ve stayed up the last couple of nights and are having a hard time getting back on a regular sleep schedule. The Berry Farms Blog is featuring four tips and tricks to help you get a good night’s sleep this month.

 

Make Your Bedroom Comfortable

 

Small adjustments to your bedroom can make falling asleep (and staying asleep) much, much easier. If light creeping in through the blinds wakes you up too early, use blackout curtains. If you have trouble waking up in the morning because your room is too dark, use sheer or light curtains instead. Adjust the temperature of your apartment to be delightfully cool. Limit your exposure to blue light (laptops, televisions, etc) by unplugging and keeping your phone away from your bed.

 

Eat Well

 

You’ve got to eat well to sleep well. Avoid drinking alcohol or taking caffeine before bed — both can disrupt your sleep and make falling and staying asleep more difficult. The Mayo Clinic writes, “Don’t go to bed hungry or stuffed. In particular, avoid heavy or large meals within a couple hours of bedtime. Your discomfort might keep you up.” You can find more sleeping advice from the Mayo Clinic here.

 

Stop Watching the Clock

 

Harvard Medical School’s blog, Healthy Sleep, advises readers to keep their alarm clocks far away from them. Turn your alarm clock so it isn’t facing you, and keep your phone at the other end of the room. This will force you to get up and turn off your ringing alarm in the morning, making getting up mandatory. Also, watching the clock as you’re struggling to fall asleep can make you feel stressed, making it even harder to fall asleep.  

 

Pick the Right Pillow

 

Discomfort can keep you up, as well. Apartment Therapy writes, “Your sleep position (back, side, stomach) plays a huge role in your quality of sleep, particularly if you’re using the wrong pillow for said position.” They go through the best-rated pillows and which pillow you should pick if you’re a back, side, or stomach sleeper.

 

Do you have any tips for us? Let us know in the comments. Thanks for reading our blog and have a great month here in North Andover, MA!

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Thrift in North Andover, MA http://www.berryfarmsapartments.com/blog/thrift-in-north-andover-ma/ http://www.berryfarmsapartments.com/blog/thrift-in-north-andover-ma/#comments Mon, 03 Jul 2017 15:13:42 +0000 http://www.berryfarmsapartments.com/blog/?p=36 The Berry Farms Blog is featuring our favorite tips to help you thrift this month. Thrifted items have the reputation of being old, broken, or out of fashion. We have a few tips to help you pick thrift store items that you’ll actually want to wear. We hope that you get the chance to head […]

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Thrift in North Andover, MA

The Berry Farms Blog is featuring our favorite tips to help you thrift this month. Thrifted items have the reputation of being old, broken, or out of fashion. We have a few tips to help you pick thrift store items that you’ll actually want to wear. We hope that you get the chance to head to your local thrift store in Andover, MA before the month is through!

 

Tip One: Edit Your Cart

 

Apartment Therapy writes, “It’s always funny going thrifting with friends who rarely thrift. You hear things like, ‘Wow! This is so cheap, we should get it!’ I gently ask them if they have room for the item, what they would do with it, if they really like it, and then I remind them to be selective in what they bring into their home. Anyone can go thrifting and fill their home with stuff, and believe me, it’s a slippery slope. But after a few months of practice, it’s pretty easy to develop a sort of trained eye. Be willing to admit when you’ve made a mistake. Don’t keep something in your home just because you used to like it or once spent money on it. If you’re not happy with it, then donate it. And who knows, maybe your thrifting luck with improve with your generosity!”

 

Tip Two: Don’t be Afraid to Alter

 

Alter any items that don’t quite fit. Cut jeans for a new pair of shorts and mend any small tears with a sewing kit. Cut the shoulder pads out of your bulky jacket, and shorten any clothing items that are maybe a little too long for you. Clothesencounters is a Youtube channel run by fashion vlogger Jenn Im. Jenn often hosts “thrifting haul” videos where she shares items she’s found at her local Goodwill, tips for combing through the racks, and ingenious ways she’s altered her thrift store finds. You can find her videos here.

 

Tip Three: Look for Quality Fabrics

 

Skip the polyester and go right for the silk! Quality fabric is the first thing to look for when you’re thrifting. Don’t buy anything that feels like it’s about to fall apart in your hands. Look for fabrics, styles, and patterns that you think will last. StyleCaster.com writes, “If a garment looks like it’s cracking, pulling, falling apart, or fading, it’s probably wise to leave it.”

 

What’s your favorite thrift store in the area? Let us know in the comments. Thanks for reading our post!

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Decorate Your Berry Farms Apartment http://www.berryfarmsapartments.com/blog/decorate-your-berry-farms-apartment/ http://www.berryfarmsapartments.com/blog/decorate-your-berry-farms-apartment/#comments Mon, 05 Jun 2017 22:26:24 +0000 http://www.berryfarmsapartments.com/blog/?p=33 The Berry Farms Blog is featuring several ideas to help you decorate your North Andover, MA apartment this month. We are featuring several tips to help you add some color to your apartment, express yourself, decorate according to the season, and give your apartment a relaxing vibe. We hope that you get the chance to […]

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Decorate Your Berry Farms Apartment

The Berry Farms Blog is featuring several ideas to help you decorate your North Andover, MA apartment this month. We are featuring several tips to help you add some color to your apartment, express yourself, decorate according to the season, and give your apartment a relaxing vibe. We hope that you get the chance to visit your local HomeGoods store for a chance to decorate your North Andover, MA apartment.

 

Add Some Color

 

It can be difficult to know how to introduce color into your apartment home without violating your lease. Instead of painting the walls, paint your furniture. A bright blue bed frame or yellow kitchen chairs will make your North Andover, MA apartment pop. Learn how to paint furniture here. Adding color through your accessories (curtains, throw pillows, etc.) is another great way to introduce color without altering anything on the walls or fixtures.

 

Express Yourself

 

Make your Berry Farms apartment feel like home by expressing yourself through your decor. Hang your own paintings, photography, and art on the walls. Save space for pictures of your favorite memories and a map marked with the places you’ve been (and the places you would like to go!). A bookshelf is a great way to advertise your tastes, and it also acts as a wonderful conversation piece. Discuss your favorite books with your guests.

 

Seasonal Decor

 

Decorate your apartment home for the season. Use lighter fabrics and pastels in the spring; weaves and bright colors in the summer; flannels and warmer shades in the fall; and faux fur, wool, and burgundy in the winter. Mix up the look of your home as the weather changes. This is an easy and fun way to switch up the look of your apartment home.

 

Calm Down

 

Give your apartment a relaxing vibe by using these tips from Freshome. Let in the light, give your apartment a natural vibe, and make your home as cozy as possible. Just remember to add relaxing touches without altering your apartment home.

 

Do you have any decorating tips for us? Let us know in the comments. Thanks for reading our post!

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Spring Meal http://www.berryfarmsapartments.com/blog/spring-meal/ http://www.berryfarmsapartments.com/blog/spring-meal/#comments Mon, 01 May 2017 17:57:17 +0000 http://www.berryfarmsapartments.com/blog/?p=30 In this post, we are featuring five of our favorite spring recipes. Celebrate Memorial Day with strawberry watermelon and feta salad or with a barbecue pot roast. We hope that you have a wonderful May here in North Andover, MA.   Strawberry Watermelon and Feta Salad from Foodiecrush Summer is just around the corner. Celebrate […]

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Spring Meal

In this post, we are featuring five of our favorite spring recipes. Celebrate Memorial Day with strawberry watermelon and feta salad or with a barbecue pot roast. We hope that you have a wonderful May here in North Andover, MA.

 

Strawberry Watermelon and Feta Salad from Foodiecrush

Summer is just around the corner. Celebrate the warmer weather here in North Andover, MA by making this strawberry watermelon and feta salad. Strawberries, watermelon, onion, spicy arugula, fresh basil, and crumbled feta cheese are tossed together for a salad that you won’t forget.

 

The BEST Tomato Basil Soup Recipe from One Little Project

Combine tomatoes, basil, parsley, carrots, onions, chicken stock, garlic, butter, and lemon juice for a tomato soup that will make your mouth water. Dip a piece of French bread or a fresh roll in this soup, and top it with cheese, cracker, and chives to finish it off.

 

Grilled Sweet Potatoes from Simply Recipes

These grilled sweet potatoes are easy to make. Season your sweet potatoes with olive oil and kosher salt, and dress them with chopped fresh cilantro, lime zest, fresh lime, oil, and salt. If you’d prefer, you can substitute the lime with lemon.

Barbecue Pot Roast Recipe from The Gunny Sack

Season your roast with olive oil, sea, salt, black pepper, and a 28 ounce bottle of your favorite barbecue sauce. Head to your local home goods store for your very own dutch oven to cook this delicious meal. This is the perfect dish to make for a Memorial Day at home.

 

Fresh Raspberry-Lemon Cheesecake Bars from Kraft

These fresh raspberry-lemon cheesecake bars are sweet, simple, and easy to make. We recommend toting these raspberry-lemon cheesecake bars to your next picnic. Trust us — your friends will love this dessert!

 

What are your favorite spring recipes? Leave your favorite recipe in the comments. Thanks for reading our post!

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Fun Places to Road Trip http://www.berryfarmsapartments.com/blog/fun-places-to-road-trip/ http://www.berryfarmsapartments.com/blog/fun-places-to-road-trip/#comments Mon, 03 Apr 2017 21:57:41 +0000 http://www.berryfarmsapartments.com/blog/?p=23 The Berry Farms Blog is featuring several nearby sites for you to visit this month, plus our best road trip tips. We hope that you have a wonderful April, and that you get the chance to head out of your apartment and onto the road to explore Massachusetts before the month is through!   Take […]

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Fun Places to Road Trip

The Berry Farms Blog is featuring several nearby sites for you to visit this month, plus our best road trip tips. We hope that you have a wonderful April, and that you get the chance to head out of your apartment and onto the road to explore Massachusetts before the month is through!

 

Take the chance to explore the North East this month. Discover New England has a great list of scenic road trips in the area. We especially like the Route 6A, Massachusetts: The Old King’s Highway trip. The site says, “Some of America’s earliest settlements straddle this 34-mile route, where villages sport Old English names such as Sandwich, Barnstable and Yarmouth. The road links historic churches and sea captains’ houses, protected harbors and open beaches. Museums along the way showcase art and glass, vintage cars and even fire engines. There are antiques stores and craft studios: no wonder visitors return year after year. Ideally, you may want to stay two or more days on Cape Cod.”

 

There are plenty more places to visit in Massachusetts this month. Boston, Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, Salem, Nantucket, and Falmouth are all great places to spend a long weekend away from home. Pack up the car and leave for an adventure this spring! You can find more information about each of these locations at Google’s top destinations in Massachusetts page.

 

We have some advice to help your road trip go smoothly. For a healthier trip, consider packing up a cooler of your favorite fruits and vegetables. Bring everything you need to make sandwiches to avoid stopping too often on the road. Give your car a check up before you head out of town and make sure that you have all the documentation you need to get through your road trip. Pack an extra tire and a first aid kit just in case an emergency pops up while you’re on the road.

 

Do you have any road trip tips for us? Let us know where we should go when we leave Andover, MA for a trip this month. Thanks for reading our post!

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Stay Inspired http://www.berryfarmsapartments.com/blog/stay-inspired/ http://www.berryfarmsapartments.com/blog/stay-inspired/#comments Mon, 06 Mar 2017 21:29:49 +0000 http://www.berryfarmsapartments.com/blog/?p=20 This month the Berry Farms Blog has a couple of ideas to help you stay inspired. These ideas will help you foster and spread happiness in your life. We hope that you find these tips useful.   Try something new Sometimes becoming happier is as easy as switching up your routine. Take the bus to […]

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Stay Inspired

This month the Berry Farms Blog has a couple of ideas to help you stay inspired. These ideas will help you foster and spread happiness in your life. We hope that you find these tips useful.

 

Try something new

Sometimes becoming happier is as easy as switching up your routine. Take the bus to work one day, wake up twenty minutes earlier, brush your teeth after breakfast instead of before. Take a pilates class, break out the guitar gathering dust at the back of your closet, or take a cooking class. Do something you’ve always wanted to do but have been too scared to try. It can be frightening to take a risk, but it’s almost always worth it.

 

Read or watch a TED talk

TED talks are known for being inspirational. If you’re having a bad day, put on one of your favorite TED talks to feel instantly uplifted. We’ve included two of our favorite TED talks, with quotes from each, below.

 

The power of vulnerability by Brene Brown

“To let ourselves be seen, deeply seen, vulnerably seen … to love with our whole hearts, even though there’s no guarantee — and that’s really hard, and I can tell you as a parent, that’s excruciatingly difficult — to practice gratitude and joy in those moments of terror, when we’re wondering, ‘Can I love you this much? Can I believe in this this passionately? Can I be this fierce about this?’ just to be able to stop and, instead of catastrophizing what might happen, to say, ‘I’m just so grateful, because to feel this vulnerable means I’m alive.’ And the last, which I think is probably the most important, is to believe that we’re enough. Because when we work from a place, I believe, that says, ‘I’m enough’ … then we stop screaming and start listening, we’re kinder and gentler to the people around us, and we’re kinder and gentler to ourselves.”

 

The 3 A’s of awesome by Neil Pasricha

“…that’s what authenticity is all about. It’s just about being you and being cool with that. And I think when you’re authentic, you end up following your heart, and you put yourself in places and situations and in conversations that you love and that you enjoy. You meet people that you like talking to. You go places you’ve dreamt about. And you end you end up following your heart and feeling very fulfilled.”

 

Meet up with others

Join a group sometime this month. If you enjoy reading, consider starting a book club. Gather friends and neighbors who like to read, pick a book and a theme, and commit to getting together at least once a month. Are you interested in hiking? Join a group of hikers and explore some of the trails around North Andover, MA. Connecting with others through common interests is a wonderful way to connect with new people and learn something new.

 

Do you have any tips for us? Leave your best advice in the comments. Thanks for reading the Berry Farms Blog!

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Dec 17

DIY Holiday Wreaths

DIY Holiday Wreaths

Have you decorated your Berry Farms apartment for the holiday season? If not, today’s post can help you out! We’re sharing a list of some great wreaths for you to make at your apartment. Get crafty and creative and enjoy your holiday season here in North Andover, MA!

 

Natural Seasonal Wreath

This natural seasonal wreath is so beautiful and will add a touch of the outdoors to your apartment this month. This DIY comes from Treasures and Travels Blog. To make this wreath you’ll need assorted greenery, long flexible twigs, an assortment of twigs, wire, and scissors. Find some of these items at a local floral shop or in the outdoors if you can. This blog post also gives this tip: “We decided to use greenery that would still look nice once it is dried, so that we could leave this wreath up all season long.” Enjoy this pretty wreath this season!

 

New Year’s Eve Wreath DIY

After the major December holidays are over, it’s time to decorate for the celebration of the new year. This DIY is perfect especially if you’re planning to throw a New Year’s Eve party. This project comes from Mom Dot. To make this you’ll need a large wreath (theirs was 3.5 feet across), plastic wine glasses, empty Martinelli’s Sparkling Apple Cider bottles, letters that spell our “New Year”, spray paint, hot glue, flower wire, and other small decor items such as garland, curley cues, and ornaments.

 

Ornament Wreath

This wreath is a great one to hang in your living room as a beautiful holiday decor piece. This DIY comes from Living Artfully. To make this you’ll need an 18 inch evergreen wreath, about 80 large and medium sized metallic bulb ornaments, and a glue gun and glue sticks.

 

DIY Winter Wreath

Here’s another natural looking and beautiful seasonal wreath for your apartment. This project comes from Style Me Pretty. To make this you’ll need floral clippers, ribbon shears, wire, green floral sticks, grape vine wreaths, 2-3 varieties of greens, pine cones, tallow berries, and velvet ribbon.

 

Do you decorate for the seasons? What home decor tips do you have for the winter and holiday season? Share with us in the comments below!

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Nov 17

Express Gratitude in the Month of November

Express Gratitude in the Month of November

Gratitude is a great value to practice during the month of November. Here on the Berry Farms Blog, we have some ideas of how you can express gratitude this month. We hope you feel more gratitude for all the good things in life this month here in North Andover, MA.

 

Follow daily gratitude prompts. Find online daily prompts to follow throughout the month of November. Try out this one for example. Sit down and answer the question of what you’re grateful for each day from the comfort of your apartment and notice the increase of gratitude you may feel. Try it out and let us know about your experience!

 

Write a thank you letter. Writing a letter to someone is another great way to express your gratitude for their influence in your life. Think of a friend who has helped you become a better person or who has been there for you through rough times in your life and write them a letter.

 

Start a Gratitude Journal. Starting a gratitude journal can help you to notice good things that happen throughout your day. Start out by writing about what you’re grateful for from that day such as people that helped you, something beautiful you saw, a positive experience, or a blessing you received. Do this each night and notice all the good that continues to come your way.

 

Meditate. Meditation is a great way to connect to your mind and body and a way to notice the good things in life. It can take your mind off stressful situations throughout your day and take you to a place of noticing the simple pleasures in life.

 

Verbalize Gratitude. Practice saying aloud what you’re grateful for. Maybe this means telling yourself in the mirror what you’re grateful for each day or telling a friend or significant other what was good about your day. Saying those things out loud can make your desire to be grateful turn into a reality that is real and genuine.

 

What tips do you have on creating more gratitude in your life? Let us know in the comments below. Thanks for reading and visit the blog again soon!

2
Oct 17

Halloween Movies to Watch This Month

Halloween Movies to Watch This Month

It’s the perfect time to curl up on the couch at your Berry Farms apartments and watch a Halloween movie. Invite some friends over and celebrate this time of year. Watch one of these suggestions and enjoy your month here in North Andover, MA.

 

Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

“A nerdy florist finds his chance for success and romance with the help of a giant man-eating plant who demands to be fed. Directed by Frank Oz; Stars: Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Vincent Gardenia, Levi Stubbs.”

 

Beetlejuice (1988)

“A couple of recently deceased ghosts contract the services of a “bio-exorcist” in order to remove the obnoxious new owners of their house. Directed by Tim Burton; Stars: Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Michael Keaton, and Annie McEnroe.”

 

Corpse Bride (2005)

“When a shy groom practices his wedding vows in the inadvertent presence of a deceased young woman, she rises from the grave assuming he has married her. Directed by Tim Burton, Mike Johnson; Stars Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Emily Watson, Tracey Ullman.”

 

The Addams Family (1991)

“Con artists plan to fleece the eccentric family using an accomplice who claims to be their long lost Uncle Fester. Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld; Stars Angelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd.”

 

Hocus Pocus (1993)

“After three centuries, three witch sisters are resurrected in Salem, Massachusetts on Halloween night, and it is up to two teenagers, a young girl and an immortal cat to put an end to the witches’ reign of terror once and for all. Directed by Kenny Ortega; Stars Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy.”

 

The Awakening (2011)

“Set in post-World War I England, a writer intent on debunking ghosts is asked to investigate paranormal activity at a boys boarding school, but she just might start to question everything she once believed to be true.”

 

What’s your favorite Halloween movie to watch each year? Let us know in the comments so we can check it out.

5
Sep 17

Delicious Desserts in September

Delicious Desserts in September

Satisfy your sweet tooth this September by using one of our favorite fall dessert recipes at your next dinner party. The Berry Farms Blog is featuring our favorite cakes, cobblers, breads, and more. Get good use out of your North Andover, MA apartment kitchen this month.

 

Death by Chocolate Icebox Cake

Satisfy your chocolate cravings with this death by chocolate icebox cake. This chocolate dessert is literally packed with chocolate. The chocolate mousse, chocolate ganache, and chocolate whipped cream make for one of the richest, most decadent treats you’ll ever try.

 

Blackberry Cobbler

Fresh blackberries, sugar, flour, baking powder, salt, butter, and whipped cream (or ice cream) make for a classic fall dessert. Cobblers are easy to throw together and they’re the perfect dessert for any last-minute bakers out there.

 

Pecan Pie Bars

The crust for these pecan pie bars is delectable. You’ll love just how flaky and sweet it is. Make it with unsalted butter, brown sugar, all-purpose flour, and salt. The topping is the perfect mix of crunchy and sweet. The topping is unique — it uses honey instead of caramel.

 

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

This pumpkin chocolate chip bread is flavored with brown sugar, molasses, pumpkin pie spice, pumpkin pie extract, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Toss in your favorite brand of semi-sweet chocolate chips to finish off this treat. You will love having this pumpkin chocolate chip bread for breakfast or for dessert.

 

Cheesecake Stuffed Baked Apples  

Cheesecake stuffed baked apples are our favorite autumn treat. Head to your local farmer’s market for the apples you need to make this treat. Use cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, egg, and cinnamon to make the filling. Finish it all off with graham cracker crumbs and your favorite caramel sauce.

 

What’s your favorite fall dessert? Let us know in the comments. Thanks for reading our post! We hope that you have an excellent month here in North Andover, MA!

7
Aug 17

Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Get a Good Night’s Sleep

We all know the feeling —  you’re trying to get to sleep, but you just can’t. Your pillow is uncomfortable, there’s too much light coming in, or you’ve stayed up the last couple of nights and are having a hard time getting back on a regular sleep schedule. The Berry Farms Blog is featuring four tips and tricks to help you get a good night’s sleep this month.

 

Make Your Bedroom Comfortable

 

Small adjustments to your bedroom can make falling asleep (and staying asleep) much, much easier. If light creeping in through the blinds wakes you up too early, use blackout curtains. If you have trouble waking up in the morning because your room is too dark, use sheer or light curtains instead. Adjust the temperature of your apartment to be delightfully cool. Limit your exposure to blue light (laptops, televisions, etc) by unplugging and keeping your phone away from your bed.

 

Eat Well

 

You’ve got to eat well to sleep well. Avoid drinking alcohol or taking caffeine before bed — both can disrupt your sleep and make falling and staying asleep more difficult. The Mayo Clinic writes, “Don’t go to bed hungry or stuffed. In particular, avoid heavy or large meals within a couple hours of bedtime. Your discomfort might keep you up.” You can find more sleeping advice from the Mayo Clinic here.

 

Stop Watching the Clock

 

Harvard Medical School’s blog, Healthy Sleep, advises readers to keep their alarm clocks far away from them. Turn your alarm clock so it isn’t facing you, and keep your phone at the other end of the room. This will force you to get up and turn off your ringing alarm in the morning, making getting up mandatory. Also, watching the clock as you’re struggling to fall asleep can make you feel stressed, making it even harder to fall asleep.  

 

Pick the Right Pillow

 

Discomfort can keep you up, as well. Apartment Therapy writes, “Your sleep position (back, side, stomach) plays a huge role in your quality of sleep, particularly if you’re using the wrong pillow for said position.” They go through the best-rated pillows and which pillow you should pick if you’re a back, side, or stomach sleeper.

 

Do you have any tips for us? Let us know in the comments. Thanks for reading our blog and have a great month here in North Andover, MA!

3
Jul 17

Thrift in North Andover, MA

Thrift in North Andover, MA

The Berry Farms Blog is featuring our favorite tips to help you thrift this month. Thrifted items have the reputation of being old, broken, or out of fashion. We have a few tips to help you pick thrift store items that you’ll actually want to wear. We hope that you get the chance to head to your local thrift store in Andover, MA before the month is through!

 

Tip One: Edit Your Cart

 

Apartment Therapy writes, “It’s always funny going thrifting with friends who rarely thrift. You hear things like, ‘Wow! This is so cheap, we should get it!’ I gently ask them if they have room for the item, what they would do with it, if they really like it, and then I remind them to be selective in what they bring into their home. Anyone can go thrifting and fill their home with stuff, and believe me, it’s a slippery slope. But after a few months of practice, it’s pretty easy to develop a sort of trained eye. Be willing to admit when you’ve made a mistake. Don’t keep something in your home just because you used to like it or once spent money on it. If you’re not happy with it, then donate it. And who knows, maybe your thrifting luck with improve with your generosity!”

 

Tip Two: Don’t be Afraid to Alter

 

Alter any items that don’t quite fit. Cut jeans for a new pair of shorts and mend any small tears with a sewing kit. Cut the shoulder pads out of your bulky jacket, and shorten any clothing items that are maybe a little too long for you. Clothesencounters is a Youtube channel run by fashion vlogger Jenn Im. Jenn often hosts “thrifting haul” videos where she shares items she’s found at her local Goodwill, tips for combing through the racks, and ingenious ways she’s altered her thrift store finds. You can find her videos here.

 

Tip Three: Look for Quality Fabrics

 

Skip the polyester and go right for the silk! Quality fabric is the first thing to look for when you’re thrifting. Don’t buy anything that feels like it’s about to fall apart in your hands. Look for fabrics, styles, and patterns that you think will last. StyleCaster.com writes, “If a garment looks like it’s cracking, pulling, falling apart, or fading, it’s probably wise to leave it.”

 

What’s your favorite thrift store in the area? Let us know in the comments. Thanks for reading our post!

5
Jun 17

Decorate Your Berry Farms Apartment

Decorate Your Berry Farms Apartment

The Berry Farms Blog is featuring several ideas to help you decorate your North Andover, MA apartment this month. We are featuring several tips to help you add some color to your apartment, express yourself, decorate according to the season, and give your apartment a relaxing vibe. We hope that you get the chance to visit your local HomeGoods store for a chance to decorate your North Andover, MA apartment.

 

Add Some Color

 

It can be difficult to know how to introduce color into your apartment home without violating your lease. Instead of painting the walls, paint your furniture. A bright blue bed frame or yellow kitchen chairs will make your North Andover, MA apartment pop. Learn how to paint furniture here. Adding color through your accessories (curtains, throw pillows, etc.) is another great way to introduce color without altering anything on the walls or fixtures.

 

Express Yourself

 

Make your Berry Farms apartment feel like home by expressing yourself through your decor. Hang your own paintings, photography, and art on the walls. Save space for pictures of your favorite memories and a map marked with the places you’ve been (and the places you would like to go!). A bookshelf is a great way to advertise your tastes, and it also acts as a wonderful conversation piece. Discuss your favorite books with your guests.

 

Seasonal Decor

 

Decorate your apartment home for the season. Use lighter fabrics and pastels in the spring; weaves and bright colors in the summer; flannels and warmer shades in the fall; and faux fur, wool, and burgundy in the winter. Mix up the look of your home as the weather changes. This is an easy and fun way to switch up the look of your apartment home.

 

Calm Down

 

Give your apartment a relaxing vibe by using these tips from Freshome. Let in the light, give your apartment a natural vibe, and make your home as cozy as possible. Just remember to add relaxing touches without altering your apartment home.

 

Do you have any decorating tips for us? Let us know in the comments. Thanks for reading our post!

1
May 17

Spring Meal

Spring Meal

In this post, we are featuring five of our favorite spring recipes. Celebrate Memorial Day with strawberry watermelon and feta salad or with a barbecue pot roast. We hope that you have a wonderful May here in North Andover, MA.

 

Strawberry Watermelon and Feta Salad from Foodiecrush

Summer is just around the corner. Celebrate the warmer weather here in North Andover, MA by making this strawberry watermelon and feta salad. Strawberries, watermelon, onion, spicy arugula, fresh basil, and crumbled feta cheese are tossed together for a salad that you won’t forget.

 

The BEST Tomato Basil Soup Recipe from One Little Project

Combine tomatoes, basil, parsley, carrots, onions, chicken stock, garlic, butter, and lemon juice for a tomato soup that will make your mouth water. Dip a piece of French bread or a fresh roll in this soup, and top it with cheese, cracker, and chives to finish it off.

 

Grilled Sweet Potatoes from Simply Recipes

These grilled sweet potatoes are easy to make. Season your sweet potatoes with olive oil and kosher salt, and dress them with chopped fresh cilantro, lime zest, fresh lime, oil, and salt. If you’d prefer, you can substitute the lime with lemon.

Barbecue Pot Roast Recipe from The Gunny Sack

Season your roast with olive oil, sea, salt, black pepper, and a 28 ounce bottle of your favorite barbecue sauce. Head to your local home goods store for your very own dutch oven to cook this delicious meal. This is the perfect dish to make for a Memorial Day at home.

 

Fresh Raspberry-Lemon Cheesecake Bars from Kraft

These fresh raspberry-lemon cheesecake bars are sweet, simple, and easy to make. We recommend toting these raspberry-lemon cheesecake bars to your next picnic. Trust us — your friends will love this dessert!

 

What are your favorite spring recipes? Leave your favorite recipe in the comments. Thanks for reading our post!

3
Apr 17

Fun Places to Road Trip

Fun Places to Road Trip

The Berry Farms Blog is featuring several nearby sites for you to visit this month, plus our best road trip tips. We hope that you have a wonderful April, and that you get the chance to head out of your apartment and onto the road to explore Massachusetts before the month is through!

 

Take the chance to explore the North East this month. Discover New England has a great list of scenic road trips in the area. We especially like the Route 6A, Massachusetts: The Old King’s Highway trip. The site says, “Some of America’s earliest settlements straddle this 34-mile route, where villages sport Old English names such as Sandwich, Barnstable and Yarmouth. The road links historic churches and sea captains’ houses, protected harbors and open beaches. Museums along the way showcase art and glass, vintage cars and even fire engines. There are antiques stores and craft studios: no wonder visitors return year after year. Ideally, you may want to stay two or more days on Cape Cod.”

 

There are plenty more places to visit in Massachusetts this month. Boston, Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, Salem, Nantucket, and Falmouth are all great places to spend a long weekend away from home. Pack up the car and leave for an adventure this spring! You can find more information about each of these locations at Google’s top destinations in Massachusetts page.

 

We have some advice to help your road trip go smoothly. For a healthier trip, consider packing up a cooler of your favorite fruits and vegetables. Bring everything you need to make sandwiches to avoid stopping too often on the road. Give your car a check up before you head out of town and make sure that you have all the documentation you need to get through your road trip. Pack an extra tire and a first aid kit just in case an emergency pops up while you’re on the road.

 

Do you have any road trip tips for us? Let us know where we should go when we leave Andover, MA for a trip this month. Thanks for reading our post!

6
Mar 17

Stay Inspired

Stay Inspired

This month the Berry Farms Blog has a couple of ideas to help you stay inspired. These ideas will help you foster and spread happiness in your life. We hope that you find these tips useful.

 

Try something new

Sometimes becoming happier is as easy as switching up your routine. Take the bus to work one day, wake up twenty minutes earlier, brush your teeth after breakfast instead of before. Take a pilates class, break out the guitar gathering dust at the back of your closet, or take a cooking class. Do something you’ve always wanted to do but have been too scared to try. It can be frightening to take a risk, but it’s almost always worth it.

 

Read or watch a TED talk

TED talks are known for being inspirational. If you’re having a bad day, put on one of your favorite TED talks to feel instantly uplifted. We’ve included two of our favorite TED talks, with quotes from each, below.

 

The power of vulnerability by Brene Brown

“To let ourselves be seen, deeply seen, vulnerably seen … to love with our whole hearts, even though there’s no guarantee — and that’s really hard, and I can tell you as a parent, that’s excruciatingly difficult — to practice gratitude and joy in those moments of terror, when we’re wondering, ‘Can I love you this much? Can I believe in this this passionately? Can I be this fierce about this?’ just to be able to stop and, instead of catastrophizing what might happen, to say, ‘I’m just so grateful, because to feel this vulnerable means I’m alive.’ And the last, which I think is probably the most important, is to believe that we’re enough. Because when we work from a place, I believe, that says, ‘I’m enough’ … then we stop screaming and start listening, we’re kinder and gentler to the people around us, and we’re kinder and gentler to ourselves.”

 

The 3 A’s of awesome by Neil Pasricha

“…that’s what authenticity is all about. It’s just about being you and being cool with that. And I think when you’re authentic, you end up following your heart, and you put yourself in places and situations and in conversations that you love and that you enjoy. You meet people that you like talking to. You go places you’ve dreamt about. And you end you end up following your heart and feeling very fulfilled.”

 

Meet up with others

Join a group sometime this month. If you enjoy reading, consider starting a book club. Gather friends and neighbors who like to read, pick a book and a theme, and commit to getting together at least once a month. Are you interested in hiking? Join a group of hikers and explore some of the trails around North Andover, MA. Connecting with others through common interests is a wonderful way to connect with new people and learn something new.

 

Do you have any tips for us? Leave your best advice in the comments. Thanks for reading the Berry Farms Blog!

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