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2019 has officially ended and the new year is eagerly making its way into the world! San Franciscans all over the city are celebrating the new year with parties, dinners, and lots of fun gatherings in order to enter the 2020 with a positive attitude. As a tradition, this holiday also means reaching new ambitions and goals with the opportunity for a fresh start. Whether it is succeeding in a difficult class, living a healthier lifestyle, or even learning a new talent, we know that sometimes it isn’t always so easy to attain a goal that you have always wanted. So here are some secrets to making a new year resolution and sticking to it!

Plan Ahead

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It is always a good idea to write down your goals and have a suitable plan as to exactly what you want to achieve. For example, the most common new year’s resolution is to start eating healthy and exercising. To attain that resolution, it would be helpful to start thinking about the times or days of the week you want to head to gym so that it fits into your schedule, or even about the healthier options that make it onto your grocery list. Having a good plan will keep you on track and give you motivation for following through with what you have written down.

Rewarding Yourself

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It is not a surprise that a person would be more willing to follow through with something if there is a reward at the other end, especially one prepared by the person who knows you the most: your own self! Rewarding yourself can be an excellent motivation for sticking to that new lifestyle you have always wanted and can even be a great encouragement especially for the first few weeks of your resolution. Make some extra time to treat yourself to a spa day or a trip the movies!

Keep Trying

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Making a change to a lifestyle that you have been following for years is challenging, so it is important to always have a good attitude towards your new goals no matter what happens. Remember that small missteps are always a part of reaching new goals, so don’t be discouraged and give up after making a mistake. It is also absolutely fine to start over and recommit yourself to your objective if you have to.

One Step At A Time

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It may be tempting to try to achieve all your goals at once, but it is actually better if you spread out your strategy and aim for one objective at a time. When you attempt to do everything at once, it is a lot easier to get overwhelmed and discouraged, so concentrate on one thing that you believe you will be able to do, and move on to another once you have reached your goal.

Don’t forget to always have a positive outlook on the new year, and we hope that 2020 will be full of fun and surprises!

Happy New Year from all of us at Urbanests!

It’s the end of November already, can you believe it? That also means Thanksgiving is coming up very soon! As the weather gets colder, we know how it is tempting to stay at your cozy San Francisco rooms and snuggle up in some thick blankets. Thankfully, that is what this Thursday is all about! Break is here and you can stay at your warm and cozy San Francisco student or corporate housing while enjoying some yummy Thanksgiving snacks. If you still have not prepared your Thursday feast, we found some wonderful and delicious Holiday dinner and treats to get you going!

For a full list of ingredients and recipe, just click on the title and it will redirect you to it!

 

1. Sweet Potato Casserole

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Savory, sweet, and buttery mashed sweet potatoes topped with Pecans? Now that sounds like a real treat! This desert will truly satisfy anyone that comes over for Thanksgiving dinner, especially if they have a sweet tooth. All you need is some sweet potatoes, brown sugar, milk, butter, vanilla, and eggs to whisk up this delicious recipe!

 

2. Baked Macaroni and Cheese

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Macaroni and Cheese is one of America’s favorite comfort food, but that is not without a reason. You can never go wrong with some good ole’ macaroni on your dinner table, and everyone is sure to love it! This recipe is essentially our traditional macaroni with a little twist. Extra cheese, onions, paprika, and other delicious ingredients are added to the top while the dish is baked to perfection in the oven! Definitely check this recipe out.

 

3. Homemade Cranberry and Orange Sauce

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Sweet and tangy, you can’t forget the bowl of cranberry sauce for your Thanksgiving feast! Skip the canned cranberries and check out this super quick and easy recipe for your perfect homemade cranberry sauce! All you need is: fresh cranberries, oranges, sugar, and a cinnamon stick… That’s it!

 

4. Traditional Apple Crisps

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Do I hear another delicious homemade desert? Old-Fashioned Apple Crisps have been around for ages, and it never loses popularity! This recipe adds some extra flavor to the apple crisps using lemons or oranges so that the desert has a bright and sweet taste. You can also add some vanilla ice-cream on the side to finish off the treat and indulge in the deliciousness of this recipe!

 

5. Classic Roast Turkey

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Last but definitely not least, Thanksgiving would not be complete without a delicious roast Turkey! Roasting a Turkey at home may sound intimidating at first because of the long lists of ingredients and the seemingly never-ending cook time, but we assure you that it is actually very simple! If you have never roasted a Turkey by yourself, check out this step-by-step recipe on how to roast your own turkey at home!

 

Warm up in your fully furnished San Francisco housing and treat yourself to some delicious dinner and treats this Thanksgiving!

We wish you all a wonderful and happy Holiday!

Halloween just a few days away, which means candy, haunted houses, and scary costumes. With that being said some of you might be wondering, what if I don’t have a costume ready? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! There are tons of spooky costumes that you can make yourself so you won’t have to spend the day sitting at your San Francisco housing, and go have some fun this Halloween! Here are some of our favorite simple and fun DIY Halloween costumes that you can make yourself.

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  1. Paper Doll Costume

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Get creative with this affordable DIY and make a costume out of an everyday essential… Paper! Grab some large paper or even pieces of cardboard and paint on any outfit of your choice and impress your friends with an entire outfit made out of pieces of paper!

 

  1. “Life Gives you Lemons” Costume

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Make the best out of our favorite quote and dress up with a Life Gives you Lemons costume. All you need is a yellow or white outfit and some lemons to recreate this fun and witty costume!

 

  1. Emojis

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Emojis make a fun and quirky costume for Halloween, and the best part is there are so many to choose from! Scroll through the hundreds of different fun emojis to find the one that you would want to dress up as! You could make the costumes out of paper, old T-shirts, or you could even purchase an emoji costume online or at your favorite Halloween store.

 

  1. Mime

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Remember that striped shirt you bought years ago that is now sitting at the back of your closet? You can easily create a mime costume simply with anything that is striped! Simply throw on some white face paint and creative mime-like designs to make your costume come to life. If you don’t have a striped shirt, you can always make your own with some dyes and an old shirt!

 

  1. The Classic Ghost

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Ah.. The classic ghost, it truly never gets old! This costume is one of the easiest and quickest and is suitable for anyone that wants to have a fun outfit without spending too much time or money on it. You can make the canvas out of tablecloths or by sewing pieces of white cloths together and drawing the face on top with markers or sharpies.

 

  1. Sims Character

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Sims characters are easily recognized by their green symbols floating above their heads. If you need a super quick and clever costume, cut out some cardboard pieces and glue/tape them together to make the diamond shaped symbol. Then, simply paint it green and attach it to a headband (you can even make your own out of tin foil) and you are done!

 

We hope these ideas are useful in helping you choose a Halloween costume this year!

 

If you liked this blog, don’t forget to check out some of our other ones too here, and we hope you have a spooky and fun Halloween!

Sweater season is officially here as San Francisco’s chilly weather slowly approaches. We know that sometimes students and workers just want to crawl under a warm blanket at their San Francisco room rental, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t occasionally go out and have some fun!

If you live at one of our wonderful affordable San Francisco housing options, then lucky for you, there are some beautiful beaches within a few minutes drive nearby! Don’t let the weather stop you from exploring all that this exciting city offers and explore the best beaches in San Francisco!

  1. Ocean Beach

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Ocean beach is San Francisco’s widest beach and is the only one that has fire-pits and rings. From the month of March until October, visitors can use one of the sixteen fire rings located around the beach to warm up in the chilly evenings of San Francisco!

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To the northern end of the beach, there is also a cute cliff house that tourists can visit and rest in. There are also restaurants there that can help fill you up after a long walk on this beach!

  1. Baker Beach
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Baker Beach is one of the most popular beaches in San Francisco, and there’s a reason for that! It’s wonderful view of the iconic Golden Gate bridge draws tourists in and is a perfect place for photography. It is a truly representative scenery of San Francisco, and is an ideal place for pictures, picnics, and relaxation.

  1. Clipper Cove Beach

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Clipper Cove Beach is a hidden gem in the big city of San Francisco. It is located on the east side of the beautiful Treasure Island and is mostly protected from the cold winds of the city as it is covered by a cove. The calm waters make this beach peaceful and relaxing, and is a great place to just sit down and enjoy the view of the Ocean.

  1. Fort Funston

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If you are a dog-lover, then this beach will be the one for you! As the name suggests, this beach is a ton of fun for both you and your furry friend! Although many of the beaches in San Francisco allow pets, Fort Funston is no doubt the most dog-friendly beach in the city. Dogs are allowed to roam with or without a leash and you will always see someone playing fetch or just hanging out with their friendly pups.

What are you waiting for? Head over to one of these beautiful beaches over the weekend and enjoy all that San Francisco has to offer with these amazing views of the Bay.

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The weather is cooling imperceptibly as ‘Karl the fog’ has began to coat the city in a blanket of mist. The leaves are turning from their summer green into a pinwheel of warm hues. San Francisco college students don their Uggs and sweatpants and retreat to their San Francisco dorm rooms, like a bear to its cave, only with the intention to hibernate alongside hours of Netflix binge watching. Just like the annual cyclical ritual of a bird’s flight South in the Winter, so does your stomach promptly begin to crave Starbucks’ PSL and candy corn at the stroke of midnight on the first morning of October. Ghouls and ghosts, witches and spiders deck store windows all up and down Union Street, and some stores already have Christmas decorations up. Instagram has become flooded with photos of artfully foamed lattes with #sweaterweather punctuating a caption about ‘Falling for Fall’.

There is no doubt about it: Autumn is upon us.

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Now while you may fret and bemoan the change of season, Fall in your San Francisco housing is a beautiful time of the year. The large selection of San Francisco’s amazing coffee beverages sound extra warm and comforting, and absolutely nothing sounds better than turning on those twinkle lights and settling in for a Harry Potter movie marathon in your San Francisco room rental.

But perhaps best of all, Autumn in San Francisco means pumpkin everything – pumpkin spice lattes, a million pumpkin inspired goodies at Trader Joes, cute pumpkin decorations in every window of the city, pumpkin pie, and, best of all, time for your annual trip to the pumpkin patch! Often, living in a city means few local farms and pumpkin patches to get the full pumpkin picking ~experience~. Luckily for you, the Bay Area has dozens of local farms, farm stands, and seasonal pumpkin patches where you can go to pick out your perfect pumpkin pal! Many of these pumpkin farms patches offer so much more than pumpkins – seasonal fun activities like petting zoos, corn mazes, hay rides, and haunted houses! So whether you are a Bay Area parent taking your child or a student living in San Francisco, grab your ghouls and gals, your PSLs and LOLs,  and head on over to one of these fun little pumpkin patches to get spooky season off to a great start!

 

ABC Tree Farms & Pumpkin Patches

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A few locations – Hours: varies by location – Phone: 408-393-6303

This pumpkin patch chain operates 18 pumpkin patches across the Bay Area, mostly in the city!  This pumpkin patch has a ton of fun games and activities, inflatable carnival rides, photo areas, and a variety of beautiful pumpkin varieties grown on farms in the Pacific Northwest. This pumpkin patch runs from late September through October 31st. Admission is free, but there is an admission fee for children ages 2-12 that wish to play on the inflatable amusements.

 

Arata Pumpkin Farm

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185 Verde Rd., Half Moon Bay – Hours: Monday through Friday, 9am to 7pm and Saturday and Sunday, 9am to 8pm. – Phone: 650-726-7548

Arata Pumpkin Farm is the oldest working farm in San Mateo County, and features a ton of fun activities including the 2-acre Minotaur- inspired Labyrinth Hay Maze, a train ride, and a petting zoo. You can pack your own lunch and enjoy it in the picnic area! Admission is free, but the corn maze and other activities have varied fees.

 

Farmer John’s Pumpkin Patch

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850 North Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay – Hours: Monday through Friday 9:30am–5:30pm; Saturday and Sunday 9:00am–5:30pm.- Phone: 650-726-4980

Half Moon Bay is the unofficial pumpkin spot, home to the world-famous Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival. Farmer John’s Pumpkin Patch is best known for their wide range of pumpkins and squash – Over 60 varieties! This farm is also one of the only local pumpkin patches that wis dog friendly, so you can bring your canine best friend along for the fun! The pumpkin patch is open mid-September through Halloween.

Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival

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If you really, really, really love pumpkin season and you live in the Bay Area, you won’t want to miss this landmark local festival in Half Moon Bay. Now in its 46th year, the Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival is one California’s most famous fall festivals. The event features the world-championship winning biggest pumpkin of the year, a parade, fall food and activities, live music, and kid-friendly rides, games, and activities. All proceeds from the festival benefit the Half Moon Bay Beautification Committee which funds local community service organizations and civic improvements.

 

Lemos Farm

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12320 San Mateo Rd. (Hwy 92), Half Moon Bay – Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 9:00am-5:00pm. – Phone: 650-726-2342

This farm is best for kids or forever young adults, including a variety of fun activities including hay rides, pony rides, a spooky Ghost Train, a bounce house, a petting zoo, and, best of all, the Scare Zone haunted house! The haunted house has a ‘Halloween Fun’ version for the easily spooked, and a super spooky Scare Zone for the scream enthusiasts. The farm is open every day in October. Admission is free but the activities have varied fees.

 

Perry Farms

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34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont – Hours: Monday through Friday, noon to 7pm. Saturday and Sunday, 9am to 7pm. – Phone(510) 793-6658

Perry Farms is unique in that it is located on the historic Ardenwood Estate in Fremont, which is now an organic farm. All of the pumpkins are grown on site! The farm includes a kids-size corn-maze, character cutout photo ops, a hay pyramid and hay rides.  The pumpkin patch is open every day in October. Admission is free Monday through Friday, $1.00 per person on Saturdays and Sundays. Children under two enter for free.

 

Spina Farms Pumpkin Patch

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Santa Teresa Blvd. at Bailey Ave., San Jose – Hours:  Sunday to Thursday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm,  Friday to Saturday 9:00 am to 7:00 pm.  – Phone: 408-763-1093

Every fall, the cute family-owned Spina Farms opens their pumpkin patch in San Jose. This pumpkin patch features more than 60 varieties of pumpkins and a beautiful bounty of other fall produce, all grown locally in the Coyote Valley! The pumpkin patch includes a train ride, pony rides, a hay ride, and a petting zoo. This patch lets you pack your own lunch and enjoy it in their adorable picnic area, so grab some of Fall’s bounty and a piece of pumpkin bread and enjoy!  The Pumpkin Patch is open starting on the 28h of September and through the month of October.

 

Uesugi Farms Pumpkin Park

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14485 Monterey Rd., San Martin – Hours: Open at 9 a.m. ; close times vary between 5-9 p.m. – Phone: 408-778-7225

This local Coyote Valley farm has so much more than pumpkin picking to offer! This local farm has a large variety of fun activities for kids and San Francisco students of all ages, including petting zoo, butterfly garden, train rides, hay rides, a corn maze, ‘pumpkin blasters’,  the famous Pumpkin Pyramid (a stack of 4,000 pumpkins!), and ‘the Great Pumpkin Weigh-off’, where pumpkin farmers from throughout the west coast can enter their big orange beauts to compete for over $25,000 in prizes. Open October 1-31. Admission is free and parking is free on weekdays. On weekends, there is a parking fee of $5. Cash only.

 

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We hope we helped kick off your pumpkin spirit this October! Happy Fall to all!

Want to read about more fun things to do in the Bay Area? Check out our other blog posts exploring SF here!

Need Fall Housing? Check out all of our San Francisco rooms for rent on our website, www.urbanest.com.

 

Post written by contributor Isabelle Kaplan