Getting ready for a new season is always a process, one that should include cleaning out your closet. In order to prepare for the impending cooler weather, spend some time organizing your wardrobe. Follow these steps to make the process simple.
Gather your materials. Before you get started, take stock of what you need. Maybe bins for your sweaters would be helpful, or perhaps a shoe organizer to hang over the back of the closet door would cut down on the chaos. Make sure you have everything on hand before the organization begins.
Trim the excess. Next, sort through your clothing. Pack away anything you won’t need until spring, and donate items you don’t wear on a regular basis. A good trick to discern what is and isn’t essential in your wardrobe: turn all of your hangers in the same direction, and then when you wear something, place it back in the closet with the hanger pointing the opposite way. Then you’ll easily be able to suss out the obsolete pieces.
Put together grab-and-go outfits. Now that you’ve either donated or packed away anything that won’t be an autumn essential, it should be easy to put together a few cool-weather outfits. Aim for a mix of styles so you always have something easy to throw on, regardless of the occasion—from a stroll in the park to a day at the home office. Having these outfits ready to go eliminates stress when you’re in a hurry.
Organize everything else by category. Whatever doesn’t fit into your collection of fall ensembles should be stored in an organized fashion. For example, fold all sweatshirts and put them in bins next to each other. Do the same for jeans. Hang blouses or buttondowns together, corral skirts or suits in the same spot, and shuffle dresses to one side of the closet.
One reason why Smoothie King has been so popular in Silver Spring is that it helps to resolve a perennial summertime contradiction. Summer is often the time when people try to establish new healthy lifestyle choices, while at the same time the warmer weather means ice cream, milkshakes, and the like. However, with an enormous selection of frosty drinks made from whole fruits and vegetables, Smoothie King splits the difference between discipline and indulgence.
The menu is organized into five main areas: fitness (protein drinks designed for post-workout recovery), slim (selections with fewer than 350 calories per 20 ounces), wellness (smoothies fortified with essential vitamins), breaktime (for when you want to treat yourself) and kids (for the young and young at heart). If you find all the choices overwhelming, check out the Smoothie King Fuel Finder on the website, which will help generate a taste profile just for you.
Order online or through the app for delivery or contactless takeout.
What could be sweeter than an old-fashioned candy apple? Just the little sweetheart behind the treats at Little Miss Sophia Sweets. Sophia is a real girl, and her love of candy apples inspired the start of the candy shop. In addition to her signature favorite, Little Miss Sophia Sweets has gourmet candy popcorn, chocolate-dipped cookies, and honey-roasted pecan turtles that are as beautiful as they are delicious. And Sophia is so much more than an inspiration for the business. She is hands on: cleaning the apples, coming up with recipes, and hand-decorating her treats.
Little Miss Sophia Sweets can create custom orders for your next event, or just send you a little something sugary to help you through the next few weeks. Visit the website to place an order, and be sure to check out the gallery page. One look at the caramel-coated popcorn, bright cotton candy, and shiny red apples, and you’ll be ready to purchase on the spot.Read More
Pet parents get ready—because if you haven’t been there already, Unleashed by Petco is about to change your life for the better.
First things first, what is Unleashed? According to Petco, “Unleashed By Petco is your nearby spot to shop for high-quality, wag-worthy goods and services for dogs and cats.” The biggest difference between Unleashed and a standard Petco is that this store doesn’t sell live animals. What they do sell, though, is everything you need for your cat and dog, plus everything you didn’t know you need. From food, treats, and collars to vaccinations, training sessions, and a self-service dog washing station, you’ll find everything you need to keep your pets happy and healthy. You can even get your order the same day with curbside pickup or deliver with Instacart or Shipt.
Reviewers agree that this is a great spot. “Absolutely love this place. Staff is resourceful and very attentive. Atmosphere is very suitable to bathe your fur baby. Highly recommended,” writes one customer. And there’s no doubt that, with all the goodies offered at Unleashed, the pets would recommend it just as highly. You and your pet are sure to love it, too!Read More
Summer is in full swing! That means fresh, local food at the farmers’ market, warm walks in the park, and maybe even a picnic or two. It also means you should start thinking about freshening up the decor in your apartment. Here are a few simple decorating ideas to help you welcome summer into your abode.
Fresh citrus fruits and herbs galore. Love the fresh produce that pops up locally every summer? You can actually incorporate it into your decor. For instance, a cute planter full of fresh basil or mint would make the perfect centerpiece for your dining room table. A bowl filled with lemons and limes would also make a colorful statement!
Printed pillows. One of the easiest things to change up at home are your throw pillows. For summer, consider going with bright, bold patterns in the shades you associate with summer. Yellow chevron; orange checks; bright green gingham. You can also play around with nature prints—maybe lemons to match the bowl on your table!
Nature-inspired materials. Take summer as an opportunity to bring different textures into your space. Maybe a jute rug, a few pieces of wicker furniture, or even just some new houseplants.
A framed map. Dreaming of all the places you’ll be traveling to next summer? For now, satisfy your wanderlust with a physical representation of your travel plans. Frame a map of your favorite vacation destination and hang it in the living room or dining room as a reminder of the fun times to come!
Nautical or beachy accents. In place of your shore vacation this year, spruce up your space with natural objects and nautical-themed decor like seashells, coral, or throw pillows in lobster or anchor motifs.
If you love to cook with fresh herbs, there’s a way to do it without running to the store all the time. Simply start your own garden. You don’t need any outdoor space to do it—a kitchen windowsill and a few containers will do the trick. Here’s how to get started.
- Find a sunny spot. First things first: figure out where you want the herbs to put down roots. Most herbs prefer ample amounts of sunshine, so try to find a spot in your apartment that can accommodate their thirst for the sun.
- Pick your plants. While most herbs are relatively easy to grow, some do better indoors than others. For a container garden, basic herbs like mint, chives, parsley, and basil are among the best options. But your selection should depend on your preferences, too. If you rarely cook with basil, don’t bother wasting prime windowsill space on it!
- Choose your containers. No need to run out for planters! DIY containers for your herb garden using items you have around the house. Upcycle empty cans by removing the labels and filling them with potting soil, or try mason jars instead. Even mugs will work! And feel free to decorate your chosen containers with whatever art supplies you have on hand to make your garden a bit more aesthetically pleasing.
- Water and harvest appropriately. When you start your own herb garden, it’s crucial to water each plant just enough, but not too much. You can generally figure out when herbs need more water by simply sticking your finger in the soil. If it feels dry, add enough water to make it moist. You should also do your best to pluck herbs at their peak freshness, which varies from one plant to the next. Check online to find out the best time to “harvest” a specific herb.
Whether you're coming home at the end of a long shift or taking a lunch break while you work from home, the healthiness, affordability, and convenience of CAVA is more important than ever. With opening hours that stretch from 10:45 am to 10 pm, seven days a week, you can order salads, grain bowls, pita wraps, and more for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. You can even order a family meal box that feeds up to six, including protein, greens, grains, dips, toppings, dressings and six mini pitas. Add-on brownies or blondies for dessert at just $.99 each. And now, with the restaurant’s new contactless curbside pickup option, you can pick up your order even faster and more efficiently. Just choose the "Curbside" option at checkout, park in one of the designated pickup spots, and call to have your food brought out to your car. Delivery is also available via UberEats.
Living in Central means being right in the middle of all the conveniences of living. You’re right next to the Silver Spring Library, you have a Sports center next door, and you have access to a number of excellent restaurants like the Mandalay Restaurant and Cafe, the Olazzo, and Buena Vida to name a few.
You may love the hustle and bustle of all that Silver Spring has to offer, but sometimes there are days where you’d like to retreat to your quiet apartment haven. But before you can retreat, you’ll need food - either for home cooking or for a bounty of snack food. This is where the nearby Whole Foods comes in!
This healthy grocery store is just across the way on Wayne Avenue, a short three-minute drive, take a walk over - cutting across Fenton in only two minutes, or if you’re an Amazon Prime member - get it delivered right to your door.
You can find fresh food such as organic vegetables, sustainable meat & fish, and of course all your familiar groceries. They even have food to accommodate any special diets such as dairy-free, gluten-free, paleo-friendly, and vegan options. If you can’t find what you’re specifically looking for, just ask the store’s team leader, Momar Gueye, for assistance.
Whole Foods is open from 8 am to 9 pm every day except on certain holidays.
These days, outdoor community spaces are more important than ever. Public parks like Bullis Local Park in Silver Spring give locals a chance to get some fresh air, enjoy the sunshine, and get a bit of exercise--all of which are important for both physical and mental health. Acquired by the Montgomery County Parks and Trail System in 1976, Bullis Local Park comprises more than 4 acres of outdoor green space just east of downtown Silver Spring. In addition to the soccer, tennis, and playground facilities, you’ll find trails and walkways that create a half-mile loop for running or skating (which can easily be combined with a loop around nearby Nolte Local Park for a longer excursion).
The park's woodland areas are also a popular spot for catching a glimpse of local birds--folks are known to spot orioles, wood thrushes, red-bellied woodpeckers, and the occasional scarlet tanager.