Happy Thanksgiving!

We hope everyone has a wonderful day celebrating with family and friends! What are you thankful for this year?

You Don’t Need a Green Thumb to Grow These Easy-Care Houseplants

While the idea of adding houseplants in your home seems nice, it can sometimes be more difficult than it seems. If you’re ready to throw in the towel (or, rather, the gardening gloves) and accept your non-green thumb, don’t quit just yet: these low-maintenance plants are perfect for people just like you.

  1. Pothos. Perhaps the most common indoor houseplant, the hearty pothos plant is almost impossible to kill. It thrives in almost any type of light, and it will even grow in long, trailing stems from the ceiling all the way to the floor.
  2. Spider plant. This plant gets it name because it is shaped like the legs of a spider, and because it works best in medium lighting, it’s ideal for just about any room in your apartment home at Windsor at Contee Crossing.
  3. Areca palm. If you’re looking for a large plant that will make a bit more of an impact, the Areca palm is a great choice. It's very large and vibrant, but it doesn’t require much care.
  4. English ivy. For something with a classic look, English ivy is just as beautiful as it is low-maintenance. This is an especially great choice for homes with air conditioning, because it prefers lower temperatures.
  5. Jade plant. If you love succulents (and going weeks between waterings), the thick, sturdy jade plant is for you.

The 15 easiest indoor house plants that won't die on you [Today]
The 13 Houseplants You Can't Kill [Good Housekeeping]
7 Easy-to-Care-for Houseplants [Woman’s Day]

Windsor at Contee Crossing Annual Holiday Event

Please come and enjoy this holiday season fun, laughter, and giving!

Windsor at Contee Crossing Food Drive

Windsor at Contee Crossing presents "No One Should Go Hungry" Food Drive. Please come out and support!

Luna Bella Ristorante: Where Pizza, Pasta and Good Conversation Meet

When you’re looking for an upscale yet comfortable dinner spot in Columbia, Luna Bella Ristorante is a great choice that the locals love. This old-school Italian eatery serves heaping helpings of fresh pastas, lunchtime sandwiches, and homemade pizzas with your choice of toppings. There are shareable appetizers perfect for starting off the meal, as well as a large wine list with reasonably priced reds and whites.

Inside, Luna Bella is homey and comfortable, with a vaulted ceiling covered in string lights, antique furnishings and lush, green plants throughout. Spacious booths are large enough for the whole family, but you’ll also find more intimate tables perfect for date night. Visit Luna Bella Ristorante and you can get dinner for two, appetizers, wine and dessert all for less than $100!

Reservations are recommended during peak hours.

Luna Bella Ristorante
6420 Freetown Road
Columbia, MD 21044
(410) 531-0250

Happy Veterans day!

Today is a day to honor the men and women who have bravely fought and continue to fight for our country. Thank you for your service!

How to Add Mixed Patterns to Your Apartment’s Decor

Think it takes a decorator’s eye to mix patterns? Think again! With a few smart tips and some simple rules to keep in mind, you can mix patterns like the pros in any room in your home.

  1. Choose a color scheme. First, pick a color scheme that you’ll stick with throughout the room. Whether it’s basic black and white or something brighter, like yellow and blue, this will make your pattern mixing much easier.
  2. Limit the number of patterns. While it may seem overwhelming to mix a dozen different patterns, even the most novice home decorator can work with three or four. Keep things simple, but still incredibly impactful.
  3. Decide where you’ll mix your patterns. Adding a variety of different throw pillows on the sofa or the bed is one of the most popular ways to incorporate a few different patterns in a room, but you might also want to add even more fun prints. For even more depth and dimension, try a temporary wallpaper in a big, bold pattern, or use a funky rug with simpler throw pillows and curtains.
  4. Make your own. If you’re having a hard time finding pillowcases or curtains in patterns that go together, try creating your own! It’s very easy to sew these items at home, and some tutorials don’t even involve any sewing at all.

How to Mix Patterns in a Room [For Dummies]
Learn How to Mix Patterns [Better Homes and Gardens]
10 Easy Ways to Mix and Match Patterns in Your Home [Freshome]

Brunswick Columbia Lanes: Beer and Bowling

Grab a pitcher of beer and a pizza and settle in for a round of bowling at Brunswick Columbia Lanes. As part of the Brunswick Zone chain of bowling alleys, Brunswick Columbia Lanes boasts contemporary technology—including newly installed automatic bumpers—at each of its 32 lanes. With a snack bar that some Yelp reviewers rate as above par, you have everything you need to spend a night at the alley.

Keep an eye out for special pricing and packages to snag a discount on bowling for you and a few friends or the whole family. Try Cosmic Bowling, which features flashing lights and thumping music, if you have some free time on a late night. You can also just grab a drink in the lounge or let your kids take a break in the arcade in between rounds at Brunswick Columbia Lanes.

Brunswick Columbia Lanes
7100 Carved Stone Road
Columbia, MD 21045
(410) 381-7750

Election Day

Today is Election Day. Be sure to get out and vote!

Tips for a Dinner Party Your Guests Won’t Soon Forget

Dinner parties are fun ways to get all of your friends together to bond over tasty foods, but it can be a bit difficult to plan a menu for that many people. Whether you’re hosting a formal sit-down dinner or a casual taco night, these simple tips will show you how to plan a dinner party that no one will forget.

  1. Stick with the basics. While it may seem fun to experiment with a new recipe, this isn’t the best idea when you’re cooking for a group. Stick with something that you already know how to cook, or practice a new recipe at least once or twice beforehand.
  2. Choose a theme. If you’re unsure of what to make for dinner, choose a culinary theme, like Italian or childhood favorites. This will make it easier to choose dishes that go together.
  3. Don’t forget the appetizers. To buy yourself a bit of time in the kitchen, set out simple appetizers that guests can snack on while you put the finishing touches on the meal.
  4. Do some prep work. Prep as much of the food as possible the day before so that you’ll have ample time to visit with guests once the party begins.
  5. Consider seating. Most people don’t have a large, formal dining room, but you should still consider where your guests can sit comfortably.

Top 10 dinner party tips [Good Food]
25 Dinner Party Do's and Don'ts for a Host or Hostess [Bon Appetit]
The Dos and Don'ts of Hosting a Dinner Party [My Domaine]

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