Meal Prep in College Goes a Long Way

It’s the end of a long day filled with endless class assignments and work, and all you can think about is getting home to eat dinner. However, you then remember you have nothing in your apartment refrigerator to cook and are too tired to go to the grocery store to buy anything. On your drive home you pass a couple of fast food places and decide to pull in, spending yet another $10 to $15 on food that is just mediocre.

This is a daily occurrence for college students who struggle with cooking for themselves, and most importantly, finding the time to do it. However, meal prepping has suddenly become the new craze. Simply searching the words, “how to meal prep” on the internet will lead you to pages of articles, Pinterest recipes and blogs of how to prep your meals throughout the week.
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Fall decorating ideas for your college apartment

Fall is upon us here in Auburn, and what better way to celebrate the season than to decorate your college apartment? You don’t have to spend a fortune to turn your apartment into a cozy, fall retreat. Here are some simple autumn decoration ideas that are great for college students to use in your apartment:

Create a fall display at your front door. Your front door is the first impression people get when they visit your apartment. Sometimes, it’s the only thing they see if they’re just passing by, so creating an inviting, fall display is a great place to start! Look for simple wreaths with orange, brown or red leaves, or even a cute door hanger if you aren’t a fan of wreaths.

Pumpkins scream autumn, so adding a few next to a seasonal door mat adds the perfect finishing touch. Placing your pumpkins on top of hay bales will add even more dimension to your setup.
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Small Space Living

Tips to living in a small space when sharing an apartment with room mates

College life often means you’ll be living in dorm, a small apartment or home by yourself, or sharing a larger space with roommates. Regardless, you’ll likely have to live in a small space – a challenge when you’re collecting more and more textbooks and belongings each year.

Whether you have a tiny house to yourself or just a bedroom and shared living space, small-space living can be a rewarding experience if you go about it the right way. Here are some tips to help you live well and stay sane in your small space:

Use furniture that doubles as storage

Storage ottomans are great for bedrooms and living rooms. They can hold movies, books, blankets, shoes, and more. They also provide an extra seating space or a place to rest your feet.
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Put an End to Moving Madness

Moving TipsAfter finding the perfect place to live, you’ll need to figure out how to get all of your belongings from your current residence to your new one and how to do so efficiently. Whether you are moving across the country or across town, these packing tips will simplify your moving experience.

Chart a course.

Once you know where you’re moving and when you’re moving, you’ll need to figure out if your leases overlap and you can move directly from one apartment to the next or if you need for your belongings to stay in a storage unit for a while.
If there isn’t a gap between when you have to move out of your old residence to your new one, all you need to do is pull up your GPS and find the fastest route from one place to the next. The fastest route in a moving van often means sticking to less crowded, wider streets, giving you more maneuverability and comfort when driving.
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Apartment Living with Pets

Pet Friendly Apartments Apartment Living with PetsOne of the best parts about our properties is they’re all pet friendly, but we know that living with pets in an apartment can be tricky. We’ve come up with a list of tips to help keep us, you, and your furry friend happy.

COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR LANDLORD

Your landlord needs to know if you plan on having a pet in your apartment. They may have rules regarding your pet. Some landlords allow only certain sizes and breeds. Others have rules about cleaning your apartment before you move out. Some landlords require extra deposits for pets. In general, you never know what rules your landlord might have for pets, so make sure you find out.
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Tips for Living with Roommates

RoomMates 300x200 Tips for Living with RoommatesCollege is a time for new and incredible experiences. One of the most nerve-wracking new experiences can be living with a roommate for the first time. However, with open communication, a bit of tidiness, and respect, living with a roommate can be one of those college memories that you’ll cherish forever.

TALK TO YOUR ROOMMATE

It seems simple, but you’d be surprised how easy it is to rant to your mom, significant other, or best friend about all your roommate’s annoying habits and never address the problem with the one person who can actually fix it.

Set expectations early

Some issues can be avoided if you set expectations with your roommate from the get-go. We all have certain quirks and things around the house we really care about. Does it drive you crazy when people’s clutter is left in a common area? Tell your roommate right off the bat. Are you really cold-natured and need the thermostat to stay above a certain temperature? If your roommate knows from the beginning, it shouldn’t be an issue.
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4 Great Wedding Venues in Auburn and Opelika

wedding venues AuburnThe first hint of autumn is appearing on the leaves, and for many people that means getting ready for the winter ahead. For newly-weds-to-be though this is peak marriage season, and that means getting everything organized as quickly as possible, including your wedding venue of choice. Now, some people plan their marriage months in advance, but not everyone is so lucky. So, you can use this guide as either a blueprint for getting hitched in 2017, or planning your last minute wedding over the next few precious weeks.
Here are four of the best wedding venues in the Auburn/Opelika area:

Marriott Grand National

Sometimes it makes perfect sense to go for a traditional choice of wedding venue, so although the Marriott Grand National might not be quirky and unique, it can deliver a wedding experience you're not likely to forget in a hurry. Part of the Marriott wedding experience is that you get access to your own fully trained Marriott wedding planner who will walk you through each step of planning your big day - including helping you work within a fixed budget. The Marriott Grand National offers a number of wedding reception packages, and their Grand Ballroom can comfortably accommodate up to 500 guests.
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Uber is Returning to Auburn

Uber in AuburnThe growth of Uber has been one of the surprise business success stories of the last decade. Nobody could ever have predicted just how much Uber would change the taxi industry when it first launched way back in 2009, expanding from its home in San Francisco to become a worldwide phenomena worth almost $100 billion.

Uber hasn't always been welcome everywhere it went, especially by taxi drivers who felt that this level of private competition was unfair to their business. In 2015 city officials in Auburn created ordinance which required Uber drivers to have commercial insurance, pay licensing fees, for drivers to have background checks, and also to clearly display signage, as was required by every other taxi driver in the city.

In a surprise move Uber announced they would no longer operate in Auburn, leaving the city behind because of what they felt were regulations which flew in the face of their particular business model, making it impossible for the company, and its crowd sourced drivers, to comply with the city's requirements.

There's good news on the horizon though because Uber is returning to Auburn in the very near future now that Auburn City Council has passed new ordinance to make this possible. The new regulations identify the key differences between a traditional taxi company and a ride-sharing company like Uber, so both can now operate independently of each other, but within strict guidelines set out by city officials.

The regulations which made it impossible for Uber to operate in Auburn included commercial licensing, which has now been replaced by a requirement for Uber drivers to have primary automobile liability insurance, Uber can conduct their own background checks, but which are subject to bi-annual audits by the city, and individual signage and licensing is replaced by Uber paying a single licensing fee of $5,000 each year.

Overall the availability of Uber is good news for the citizens of Auburn for a number of reasons, including the availability of alternative forms of transport, and the simple fact that Uber can provide dozens of families in the city with a flexible, part-time way of earning extra money to cover their bills each month.

Another fringe benefit, which is often overlooked, is that Uber can also have a direct impact on the number of DUIs in any area they operate. Surveys have shown that drivers would prefer to use Uber to get themselves home after a night at the bar, rather than run the risk of getting a DUI. Auburn itself had in excess of 300 DUI arrests in 2015, with 20% of those drivers involved in a serious accident.

Are you looking forward to Uber’s return to Auburn? Let us know by posting a comment below.

Auburn City Council Makes Big Plans to Expand Recreation and Culture

Auburn AlabamaAuburn is one of the fastest growing cities in the United States, experiencing an increase in population of around 6% each year. That growth is placing a growing strain on existing amenities within the city and its environments simply because there are more people living in the city than ever before.

One of the key elements of catering to a growing population is ensuring there are enough green spaces, trails and similar amenities for everyone to enjoy. Cities are judged on the quality of life enjoyed by their residents, and Auburn is no different in that regard. Although the city doesn't feel like it has a shortage of parks or green spaces at the moment, long-term forecasts on the city's population growth indicate there will be a need for far more parks and walking trails than are currently in place.

Expanding Auburn Education:

Auburn also has one of the fastest growing student populations anywhere in the United States, so there's also a requirement for more schools in the area both now and in the future. $72 million in funding for the construction of a brand new high school has already been approved, with the goal of having it completed for the 2017/2018 academic year.

Long-Term Strategy for Auburn's Growth:

The Auburn City Council are now looking past the short term goals they've set in the past, and instead developing a long-term strategy for the city over the next 10 - 15 years. So, between now and 2030 you can expect to see major developments in and around Auburn, which is all part of the Auburn Parks, Recreation and Culture Master Plan. The overall planning for this project has been outsourced to the Foresite Group because of the scope and complexity of the work involved.

In 2015 a needs assessment for the city's park and recreation was completed, as part of the overall strategy for the expansion of both passive green spaces, and walking trails for Auburn. 2016 will see a similar needs assessment performed on the library facilities for the residents of Auburn, aligning with the construction of the new high school in the provision of additional education and cultural facilities.

The City Council is asking for as much input from the public on the Auburn Parks, Recreation and Culture Master Plan as is possible. This project is set to benefit everyone in the city, so your feedback is critical to the overall success of this plan.

It's worth noting here that the current population growth in Auburn is a sure sign of the city's economic growth, making it one of the very few cities in the United States currently experiencing real and visible prosperity. Auburn has gone from strength to strength, even during the worst years of the recent recession, and that trend doesn't seem set to change.

Upcoming Barbasol Championship At Auburn/Opelika’s Spectacular Golf Course

Auburn golfIf you're a golf fan, and just so happen to be living in Auburn or Opelika, then you're in for a real treat when the Barbasol Championship returns between July 11th - 17th this year. After a very successful debut in 2015, this event is now enjoying its second year, with lots for golfing fans to look forward to. The course itself is 36-holes designed for professional golfers, with an 18-hole short course also available, all making for a spectacular few days of golfing fun.

Some of the biggest names in PGA golf will be showing off their skills on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Grand National. Pro players you can look forward to seeing include Angel "El Pato" Cabrera, Lucas Glover, David Toms and possibly even Trevor Immelman. This is just a small selection of the 130+ golfers who'll be competing in the 2016 Barbasol Championship for prizes totaling US$3.5 million. This championship is attracting competitors from all corners of the globe, including players from Europe, and as far away as Japan.

Attendance last year was a staggering 50,000 people, but that figure is expected to rise to at least 100,000 visitors for 2016. This is despite the fact that July temperatures in Auburn/Opelika often hit 100 degrees on a typical day, which made walking and standing for hours uncomfortable for some. To remedy this the event organizers have catered for the growth in attendance by ensuring that more concession stands are available for people wanting to cool down, rest and rehydrate. So, you can come out to enjoy the event without putting too much wear and tear on your body.

While the main sponsor is obviously Barbasol, the #1 shaving foam, this event has also been sponsored by the Opelika City Council to the tune of $130,000, ensuring that everyone attending enjoys a golfing experience they won't forget in a hurry.

Although the Barbasol Championship officially starts on July 11th, when the media center opens, the first round of play doesn't take place until July 14th from 3pm to 6pm, and then between 3pm and 6pm each day after that. With that being said you can still enjoy the Pro-Am day on Wednesday July 13th, building the excitement towards the first round of play the following day.

In addition to being a world-class golfing event the Barbasol Championship is now also part of the FedEx Cup Competition, expected to contribute somewhere in the region of US$25 million to the local economy. This event is also the first PGA Tour event to ever take place in the State of Alabama, adding to the prestige and pride involved in our city hosting this event.

For those of you who want to get as close to the action as possible, the event organizers are looking for as many volunteers as they can get their hands on. You can get more information on volunteering for this event here:  www.barbasolchampionship.com.

You can book daily tickets, and upgraded packages, online now. This is one of the biggest sporting events to be hosted in Auburn/Opelika in 2016, so it’s something you can’t afford to miss.