Black Friday Is Coming!

Black Friday is quickly approaching and this year’s deals are expected to be even better than they were last year. All major stores will be competing to have the best deals and online sales are expected to be a higher priority for most retailers. Every year, online sales are increasing as fighting the crowds is becoming less and less appealing. It has also become a trend for retailers to have deals going on for the entire week after Thanksgiving as opposed to just on Thanksgiving and Black Friday. Some big-name retailers may even start their deals even earlier than the week before the holiday. So, all that being said, what can you expect for deals this year on some of the big-ticket items? Below are some of the highly anticipated items that are sure to be worth checking out!

The brand-new iPhone 8 models and iPhone X are some of the highest anticipated gifts of the season. The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus have upgraded cameras, HD displays and a new glass exterior. The biggest changes are seen in the iPhone X with a 5.8” entire screen retina display, face ID to unlock your phone and use Apple Pay, improved stabilization on the camera and animojis that give your emojis personality. All three of the new iPhones charge wirelessly for another added convenience.

Deals for the Samsung Galaxy S8 are more than likely going to be as good as they were last year with retailers charging $0 for the phone if you sign a contract. There’s also a good chance that they will throw in some free gift cards and accessories.

The Xbox One X is set to release on November 7th – just in time for Black Friday. The best deals will be on the bundles, which will include games for only a slightly higher price. It’s also worth mentioning that Microsoft gives retailers more room to be aggressive with their discounts, so keep an eye out!

Depending on the game it comes with, and whether or not you will play it, buying the bundle will often times be a better deal than just buying the console itself. In past years, the bundle only costs slightly more than the console alone. Right now, the prices are remaining pretty solid, but are expected to drop later this fall, just in time for when Microsoft releases their new Xbox One X.

As is usually the case for new TVs on Black Friday, you will have to move fast this year if you want to snatch one before they’re gone. If you’re in the market for a new high-end set, but can’t afford the price tag, this is your chance – don’t miss these deals!

Spring 2017 Fashion!

Is it getting harder and harder for you to find something to wear every day? Does your closet need a bit of refreshing? Then it’s time to say out with the old and in with the new! Here are some of the latest trends when it comes fashion this Spring.

Before you hit the stores, be sure to go through your closet to make room for the incoming additions. An easy way to get rid of clothes is to look at each piece individually and decide whether-or-not you have worn it in the last six months. Chances are, if you haven’t worn that shirt in six months, you’re not going to wear it again.

Once you’ve made a nice sized pile of items, the best thing to do is donate them to those less fortunate. If you want to donate your clothes, you are better off taking them to a local homeless shelter or other non-profit charity ensuring that they won’t be sold for profit.

Now that you’ve done some good and made space in your closet, you can search the racks for some new pieces you’ll love! Here are some of the hottest trends this Spring.

It’s Time For Spring Cleaning!

Spring is in the air, so open-up those windows and let that fresh air in. Spring is the perfect time to take care of that cleaning you’ve been pushing off through the winter months. Here are some simple tips to help make your Spring cleaning a breeze!

While opening those windows, go ahead and give them a good scrub as well. The best cleaner to use is either a window spray, like Windex, or just soap and water. To make sure the cleaning solution does not dry before you’re able to wipe it clean, avoid the sun and do your window washing on a cloudy day. Another helpful hint is to purchase a window squeegee (Lowes or Walmart) to get a flawless finish.

The next things that are easily forgotten are the cabinets. Over time they can collect anything from dust to fallen food or grease particles to pet hair and anything in between. An easy way to get rid of the build-up, is to use a wash cloth or towel and a cabinet cream (try Home Depot or Amazon). Wipe down all cabinet fronts and in-between spaces and presto, your cabinets are like new!

Another area of your apartment home that probably needs some love is the carpet. The carpet is often forgotten about when cleaning. It’s a huge pain to pull out the vacuum cleaner and maneuver around the furniture, and it’s only really necessary to do a deep clean three to four times a year. So, skip the fuss and hire the pros to do your Spring carpet cleaning.

Now that the carpet has been brightened up, take a look at your closet. How long have you had that striped shirt that still has the tag on it? Have those jeans been on the shelf untouched for years? Well, there’s no time like the present! Clean out that closet and give yourself a fresh start. When putting things back, turn all your hangers the opposite direction. This will make it easier to see what you wear most often and what you should get rid of next time you thin out your clothes.

Pets of the Month!

DOG: My name is Cooper and I live at The Biltmore in Omaha, NE. I was adopted from the Humane Society a little over a year ago. I am a King Charles Spaniel and I’m 8-years-old. I enjoy long walks and long rides on my dad’s motorcycle.Squeaky duck is my favorite toy, and I love to meet new people and furry friends. My dad says I’m the sweetest guy you’ll ever meet!

CAT: My name is Kora and I am 4-years-old. I live in Houston, TX at the Lanesborough Apartments. I love to play fetch with my toy mice, and when I get tired from that, I enjoy sunbathing in the window. I love to cuddle and have my chin rubbed. When my parents fall asleep, I love to pull all of my toys out of my toy box. Sometimes I even leave a few of my toys in my mom and dad’s shoes to show them my love.

Think you have the world’s cutest pet and want everyone to know it? There’s nothing wrong with being a show off! Enter your pet in Richdale’s Pet of the Month contest for a chance to win a BarkBox or KitNipBox for your furry friend. Tell us about your furry friend and if he or she is featured, YOU win! Send pictures and a brief description to: TheLeaf@richdale.com!

Make Every Day Earth Day!

In order to keep our planet green and beautiful for all generations, we must work together. Being informed is the first step to ensuring the future of our incredible planet. The next step is to take action. There are three ways you can help.

Get involved, give to a cause and spread the word. To get involved, you can do something as simple as planting a tree or you can help reduce your ecological footprint by using less disposable plastic. You can also help by giving to a cause of your choice. Some great causes include National Geographic – helping the conservation of our precious wildlife, The Canopy Project – helping to plant trees all around the world, or the Earth Day Network – helping to educate people on the effects of global warming and how to help.
A final way you can take action is to spread the word! Take to your social media accounts and educate those closest to you about their effects on the environment and what they can do to reduce their footprint. If we all come together, we have a greater chance of conserving our beautiful home. To find out more and learn about other ways you can help, please visit earthday.org.

Carrot Patch Pudding Cups

Ingredients:

  • Pudding:
  • 1/4 C Cornstarch
  • 1/2 C Granulated Sugar
  • 1/8 TSP Salt
  • 3 C Whole Milk
  • 6 oz. Semisweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1 TSP Pure Vanilla Extract

Decorations:

  • 15 Strawberries
  • 1 (12 oz.) Bag of Orange Candy Melts
  • 10 Oreos, Crushed to Crumbs

Pudding Instructions:

  • In a medium saucepan, combine the cornstarch, sugar and salt
  • Whisk in the milk slowly until fully incorporated
  • Heat over medium-low heat for 10 minutes until the mixture thickens –
    whisk occasionally to break up any clumps
  • Add the chocolate and continue to stir until smooth, about 5 minutes
  • Remove from heat and whisk in the vanilla extract
  • Pour mixture through a fine-mesh strainer to remove any remaining clumps
  • Portion pudding into individual cups about 3/4 of the way full – place in
    fridge 2-3 hours

Decorating Instructions:

  • Line a cookie sheet with wax paper- Place candy melts in a microwave-safe
    bowl and heat for 30-second intervals – mixing well between each
    interval until smooth
  • Dip each strawberry in the candy melts as far up to the green as you can
  • Place the dipped strawberries on the wax paper
  • Use a spoon to drizzle more orange candy melts for a striped look
  • Place strawberries in the fridge for 5 minutes to allow the chocolate to
    cool completely*When the pudding is ready, sprinkle each cup with a layer of Oreo
    crumbs. Place a dipped strawberry in each cup, submerging the
    strawberry about halfway down. Store in the fridge until ready to serve.