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Simple Self-Care Tips for 2021

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Last year was a test for mental health for sure! It taught us the value of regular self-care for our mental health. According to a survey by the Samueli Integrative Health Program, “80% of participants intended to be more mindful about regular self-care practices after the pandemic”. But sadly 46% of them reported struggling to find ways to maintain their physical, mental and spiritual health. If you find yourself struggling to maintain a healthy routine, you can fall back on some of these simple self-care tips…

Unplugging From Devices

Modern technology offers us many wonderful conveniences day-to-day, but not a lot of help with down time. For most, just some extended peace and quiet for simple pleasures, like reading a book or taking a nap, is enough to reset. But none of those things can really be enjoyed with your phone, watch or computer continually buzzing you. So try putting some distance between you and your devices. Turn things off or even take your you time outside. Either way, a break from each other lets you both recharge.

Upgrading Your Home Spa

Face masks and bubble baths are an oldie but goodie! However, they may be getting old after many months at home recently. So why not revamp your homemade spa experiences with more pampering? Try utilizing a diffuser to take in the combination of steam and your favorite essential oil while your bath water runs. For men, this would be a great time to give yourself a straight razor shave. And don’t skimp on the simple little things after your bath. Take some time to moisturize well from head to toe with your favorite body lotion (sunless tan anyone?). Then, wind down in bed wearing your softest comfy clothes—maybe even squeeze in a manicure!

Moving Your Body

Outside of physical benefits, many simple activities also reinforce mental health and can easily be achieved, especially with apartment living amenities. Whether it’s a run through the neighborhood,  play-date with your pup, living room pilates or a simple closet clean-out, anything that involves movement helps your body produce endorphins. These feel-good neurotransmitters of the brain have been linked to easing symptoms of depression, relieving anxiety, and even sharpening memory. A little movement goes a long way!

Building A New Skill

Want to learn another language or how to watercolor? In these times, we can learn almost anything for free and from home, thanks to modern apps and online resources. Experiment with poetry or journaling—a nice way to express yourself and exercise your mind. If you’re more into information than arts, you could finally subscribe to that podcast you’ve been eyeing. Just remember to stay engaged and avoid any multitasking.

Connecting With People

We always say “we need to talk more”. Well, self-care is your way make this happen! When you are distant from your tribe, you miss these relationships more than you realize. It’s because humans are inherently social and we need to stay connected. It’s simply good for the soul. Make “just because” calls with friends and family for some good lols, catch up and personal feel-good moments. If you’re tired of your electronics and you live in an apartment community, you literally have company right next door. Invest in your neighbors and you’ll never go without self-care for long!

Enjoy the simple pleasures at Portofino!
We believe self-care is essential to a healthy lifestyle and a happy home. The tight-knit neighborhood, modern apartment homes, and resort-style amenities at Portofino make it easy to build self-care into your daily life.

NOW LEASING FOR SUMMER! Start living all life’s simple pleasures and join the neighborhood today!

Love Letters Giveaway 2021

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Calling all neighbors! We want to know what you love about Portofino.
Show us some love this week by leaving us a Google Business review and you’ll be entered for a chance to win a $150 gift card to Las Brisas Southwest Steakhouse!

A drawing of entries on Valentine’s Day will determine one lucky winner. Get your love notes in quick! This giveaway ends at 12 noon on Sunday, February 14th (Valentine’s Day). Please see the official rules below…

How to Enter

This giveaway is open to current Portofino residents only. To enter, residents must leave a Google review for Portofino at this link: Portofino Google Business Page

Limit of one review per person will be accepted as an entry. If you have previously reviewed Portofino, you are still welcome to participate with an updated review or new information about the simple pleasures of Portofino. We’d love to hear from you!

Official Rules

The Portofino Love Letters Giveaway is hosted by Portofino of Asken Properties and open to Portofino residents only. No purchase necessary. Any related purchases do not enhance chances of winning. Void where prohibited. Entrants must be 18 years or older. In addition to this blog, Portofino will use Facebook to promote this contest. The Portofino Love Letters Giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by or associated with Facebook or Google.  

*To enter you must submit a review on the Portofino Google Business page. Entrants are subject to a limit of one review, per person during the time period of Monday, February, 8th 2021 to Sunday, February 14th, 2021 by 12 noon. Additional reviews submitted by the same person during this time are not counted as extra entries. One winner will be drawn from the pool of entrants and announced on social media on Valentine’s Day (Sunday, February 14th, 2021) via Facebook page and Facebook direct message. Winner announcement time may vary depending on the drawing process. One winner will receive one $150 gift card to Las Brisas Southwest Steakhouse. 

By entering, all entrants give explicit permission for Portofino to use the user-generated content (UGC) submitted in reviews. By entering this contest, you grant the publicity rights of your content to Portofino for this giveaway, therefore giving Asken Properties permission to use your content for future promotions. 

Our Favorite Lubbock Holiday 2020 Attractions

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As the breeze grows colder, Lubbock grows brighter in preparation for another holiday season boasting a variety of family-friendly holiday attractions. This year some of your favorite holiday traditions can be enjoyed safely from the warmth of your car or living room! Get into the spirit and check out a few of our favorite things to do in Lubbock this holiday season.

Ballet Lubbock’s The Nutcracker Digital Showings

It’s more than a show, it’s a magical moment! As one of Lubbock’s most loved holiday traditions, Ballet Lubbock’s production of “The Nutcracker” is always on many wish lists. This year all your Sugar Plum Fairy dreams can still come true because The Nutcracker has gone digital! You can catch the performance snuggled up in your car at the Stars & Stripes Drive-In Theatre on Friday, December 11th at 7:30 p.m. or stream it from home beginning December 11th. To purchase tickets, donate, or learn more visit the link here.

Christmas Village at the American Windmill Museum

In West Texas, we love our windmills. We even have a museum to show them off. But this time of year, The American Windmill Museum adds a special treat to the line-up with their Christmas Village display. Exhibited now through December 25th, this festive holiday highlight features the St. Nick Express, a detailed township display and joyous activity for kids and adults alike. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Santa Land 2020

If you live in Lubbock, you likely agree the season is not complete without a trip to Santa Land! Buckle up for the 64th annual Santa Land! Yes, Santa Land is still happening this year, as a drive-thru event from December 10th through the 23rd from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm. With approximately 50,000 people visiting each year, this Lubbock-holiday staple needs to be on your list. To learn more about Santa Land and other attractions provided by the City of Lubbock, follow the link here.

The Lubbock in the Loop Light Map

Nothing serves up holiday vibes quite like Christmas lights! That’s why our friends at Lubbock in the Loop have created the best Light Map in the Hub City. This dynamic map features all the best Christmas light neighborhoods around town to help you keep spirits bright. Load up the car, grab some hot cocoa to-go, and plan your route (or explore aimlessly) to see all the best lights Lubbock has to offer this holiday season. For even more merriment, check out the rest of LITL’s Christmas in Lubbock page!

Join the neighborhood at Portofino!

The people and neighborhoods of Lubbock are gifts that warm our hearts long past the holidays. We are proud to be one of those neighborhoods! At Portofino, you’ll find friendly neighbors and staff, functional floor plans, inviting interiors and entertaining community amenities. It’s a melody of delights that truly make this place feel like home from your very first visit. 

To start living all the simple pleasures of Portofino, schedule a tour, or contact us today!

Tips & Tricks to Prep Your Kitchen for the Holidays

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The holidays are just around the corner and that means your kitchen will soon be working overtime! Fortunately, a little pre-cleaning now can go a long way for later. With these simple tidying tips and tricks, you can give your kitchen a full refresh before the holiday hustle begins.

Organize the Pantry

If you’re constantly playing hide-n-seek with items in your pantry or buying them multiple times unknowingly, it’s time to organize! This four-step guide by Elva Fonseca is everything you need. With Elva’s guidance, you’ll finally find that can of cranberry sauce you knew you had AND an easy way to hassle-free holidays. Luckily the floorplans at Portofino have spacious, walk-in pantries that make the reorganizing process that much simpler! 

Organize the Spice Rack

For most people, the holidays mean lots of cooking, and lots of cooking means your spice cabinet will get a workout! But when your seasonings are fully stocked, clearly distinguishable and neatly organized, your holiday menu stays manageable and merry. Avoid spilling the salt or anything else in your spice cabinet this season and check out these 10 smart ways to store your spices by Brittney Morgan. 

Organize the Pots & Pans

As a kitchen essential, we need them but pots and pans are always causing problems in the kitchen. They are bulky to store, trouble to pull out, and make the whole room look cluttered unless you give them a little more attention. Check out this guide by Rebecca at Mother’s Little Helpers to get them in check with 7 ways to organize pots and pans in your kitchen cabinets

Clean the Clutter

Those granite countertops aren’t just easy to clean, they’re easy on the eye, too! Show them off by clearing away everything that’s piled up in your kitchen, especially before the holidays add to it. Clear counter space is trending in home decor right now and we’re all for it, for good reasons—style and functionality. Stay on-trend and clear off your countertops with these helpful decluttering tips from Jenn Lifford.

Clean the Kitchen Sink

Cleaning the sink might not sound revolutionary, but if you’ve deep cleaned your sink before you know it’s power. Day-to-day cooking causes build up on your sink surface so it will only get worse when you’re cooking full holiday spreads. For the cleanest sink you’ve ever seen, check out this guide by Elizabeth Voyles and limit those future headaches. Also super helpful is this list of 15 things you shouldn’t put down the garbage disposal by Dan Stout, to keep the magic of your garbage disposal alive during the season it’s needed most. 

Enjoy the Simple Pleasures of Portofino!

Use these simple tips to refresh your kitchen now, before your guests arrive, and your holiday feels will last long after they leave. Portofino is a great place to host fun, friends, and family! Enjoy a charming corridor kitchen with stainless-steel appliances, plenty of counter space, an oversized pantry, and more at Portofino Apartments in Lubbock, Texas.

Join the neighborhood today to start living life’s simple pleasures! Now pre-leasing for fall.

Fun Ideas to Fill Your Home with Fall Feels

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It’s almost fall, y’all! Time to get excited for pumpkin spice and everything nice… in your mug AND in your home. If you’re looking for some refreshing new ways to fill your apartment with all the fall feels this season, check out some of our favorites idea below.

Dress Up Your Door

A beautiful display of rich color and texture in a wreath is one of the simplest ways to give your guests a warm welcome. Try to find florals that complement the color of your door to maximize its impact. If you live at Portofino, burnt orange, sienna and saffron hues will pop off our warm grey exteriors. And whether you decide to buy or diy your wreath, try weaving in some fabrics or elements from your home into the wreath, like one of your favorite scarves or some bold artificial stems. This is sure to make your wreath unique and more personal to your style, in turn making it feel more like home.

Go Natural 

One of the best ways to invoke the spirit of fall is to bring the outside in. Make your arrangements unique by pairing traditional fall florals like mums or marigolds with found elements like pine cones, dried vines or pompous grass stems (yes, they are making a comeback). Fresh golden eucalyptus, gourds or even synthetic branches are easy finds that don’t take much effort to look good. Even autumn foods and ingredients like apples, cinnamon sticks, and rosemary in a wooden vase would make for a beautiful, festive table display.

Seek Seasonal Scents

Smell is one of the most delightful aspects of fall. Simply put, if your home doesn’t smell like a Thanksgiving pie is cooking, you’re doing fall decorating all wrong. Wink, wink. Smell is 9/10ths of the experience so it’s best to punch it up this time of year. Plug in a flameless candle or diffuser with your favorite scent to sink deeper into the season. Or good ole’ fashioned fall potpourri will do the trick, just pour it into your favorite West Elm inspired concrete vase or rattan basket for a modern vibe.

Pump Up Your Pumpkin Game

Pumpkins of all shapes, colors and sizes are an autumn must-have. Velvet, fabric or wooden selections are always adorable and give you the most bang for the buck. But if you’re a more traditional fall fanatic, you likely want fresh pumpkins. We’re loving the blue and green shades this year! Stacking pumpkins is a simple yet trendy way to display them. Or for some family fun and a graphic twist, carve your pumpkins with homely sayings, geometric patterns or other styles to match your home’s aesthetic. Life Hack: To lengthen the lives of your fresh fall pumpkins, soak them in a bucket of water and ⅔ cups of bleach. Your front porch will thank us later!

 

Fall for Portofino Apartments… We admire the warmth of the autumn season, but the family friendly lifestyle of Portofino in Lubbock, Texas keeps things this warm and comfy all year long. Our apartment community is comprised of multiple estate-sized family residences for a true neighborhood feel. You’ll fall in love with the simple pleasures of Portofino. 

NOW LEASING cozy one bedroom, one bath Cobblestone floor plans! Take a look around our website or schedule a tour of the community to learn more. 

 

How to Know It’s the Perfect Apartment

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When it comes to apartment hunting, finding ‘the one’ is sometimes easier said than done. With so many design choices and boxes to check, your search can become overwhelming and distract you from what’s most important. Fortunately, there are a few reassuring signs that can help! Let these tips guide you in finding the perfect apartment home, and you’ll know exactly when to take action.

Know Your Numbers

When considering finances for a new apartment, you definitely need to know your numbers. Take a thorough, critical look at your budget before you start looking and be modest in matching that amount. A good rule of thumb is to ensure the total cost of your rent is 30% or less than your gross annual income. This can help you maintain room in your budget for necessities plus savings, allowing for a better way of life in the long run. It’s truly disappointing to have a spare bedroom but not the ability to furnish it. Be sure to double-check your finances before you sign, and respect your limits once you’ve made the move. When you live within your means, it’s so much easier to budget for your best life!

Look for Room To Grow 

More space is one of the most common reasons why people search for a new home, but more efficient space is the real key. So, try to think ahead. Consider different living scenarios and how this space will allow growth or accommodate you during life changes. When in doubt, we reference the rule of ‘number of tenants + one’. By designating extra space for your family, you have room to live comfortably with visitors or additions to your family, even if they are unexpected. Look for features that are easily adaptable, like an oversized pantry that can house storage overflow or a spare bedroom that could convert to a home office. 

Note All The Feelings

Home is not a thing, it’s a feeling, right? If you get good feelings at first sight, that’s a good cue to reach for the keys. However, don’t let the ‘feels’ blind you. No matter how strong your admiration for the apartment, be sure to consider how the full expenses of rent and utilities blend into your budget before you follow through. Also consider the lifestyle this new home may afford you, with amenities or location benefits. At Portofino, a resort-style pool, fitness center, and dog park are sure to bring you priceless conveniences and joys in life. Ultimately, your long-term happiness rests in how well you can live in this new space, so make sure you’re feeling it!

 

If You’re Looking for a Sign, Here It Is…   Portofino is NOW LEASING one and two bedroom floor plans! Friendly neighbors and staff, functional floor plans, inviting interiors and entertaining community amenities make this place feel like home from your very first visit. Portofino is more than an apartment complex, it’s a cozy neighborhood in Lubbock, Texas with all the comforts of home and more. Browse the website for more info or schedule a tour today! 

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