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The power of goal setting

November 30th, 2020

Now that the year is almost done, it’s time to come up with some new goals for 2021. They don’t have to be big goals or even fancy. They can be simple things to improve your life or the lives of those around you. Setting goals is important because it’s an intention. It’s something to continue to work on and keep us motivated and going in good times and bad. Start writing down some goals for 2021. Get a piece of paper and pen and begin. Writing things down is important because it helps make a goal more concrete. Goals are achieved in a series of small steps like starting a goal list. The great thing about making goals is that you can make them extremely specific or more in general such as,” In 2021, I want to meditate at least three times a week.” Or “In 2021, I want to be more compassionate to myself.” Learn more about goal setting now.


Fun holiday gift ideas

November 29th, 2020

It’s easy to get in a rut with gift shopping. Have no fear, we’ve got some fun ideas to inspire you to mix it up. If money is no object and your loved one wants a fitness routine that can do at home, try The Mirror. It’s like having a personal fitness coach and home gym all in one. If your loved one has a pet, get them gift cards for a local pet groomer to keep their pet looking and feeling good. Or put their pets on some customized socks. They’re warm and pretty adorable. Do your loved ones like candles? Check out reimagined candles from Homesick. Their selection is pretty awesome and will help your loved ones reconnect with the places they adore. How about sweets? Send a Cake has some fun and creative cakes with butterfly explosions that are sure to bring a smile. Or how about a personalized book? LoveBook will create a full color, real book based upon wonderful occasions, and everything love. Hope you got some inspiration from these unique finds!


Purrfect ways to pamper your cat

November 27th, 2020

Pets are the best. They provide consistent, unconditional love that’s incredible. If you’re a cat mom or dad, you know it’s true. Cats deserve some pampering as well. Here are some ideas to be good to your cat right meow. Cats love to have places they claim in every room. So, in the ongoing spirit of “catification,” get an extra bed for your cat. Sprinkle some catnip in there and it’s perfect. Exercise is very important for cats. They love to climb and jump. A cat tree is the ultimate play toy and a good investment. They can be very heavy. You can have one delivered so you don’t strain your neck or back. Making sure to pay attention to your cat’s diet is important too. Check with your local veterinarian to find out what food balance of wet and dry food is correct and what treats are on the healthier side. Here are some more tips on purrfect pampering for your cat.


Inspiration from all sides: Thanksgiving side dishes

November 22nd, 2020

Sometimes the side dishes steal the show! This can be very true of Thanksgiving side dishes. Need some new ideas and insight into turkey day side dishes? We’ve got you. Learn how nutritionists rank these traditional sides. Looking to mix up your menu with reimagined or new recipes? Check out Good Housekeeping’s 85 side dish recipes. Looking for some vegan ideas? The Green Loot has some tasty ideas as well. Country Living also has some savory and sweet ways to jazz up your Thanksgiving menu. Parade even has 101 side dish recipes! That’s a lot of culinary inspiration. On behalf of the entire team at NoHo Senior Arts Colony, have a safe and happy Thanksgiving. We’re thankful you chose us as your community to live, thrive, and stay inspired.


Tips on how to write a book

November 19th, 2020

Everyone has a story to share. Writing a book is an incredible way to share one story or many stories. They can be from your own life or complete fiction. Here are some tips to get you started on your writing journey.

CHOOSE A SUBJECT MATTER THAT MATTERS TO YOU: When you have a passionate interest in the subject you’re writing about, it reveals itself and creates compelling reading! So whatever subject you want to write about for your book, make sure it’s one that truly resonates with you.

RESEARCH YOUR SUBJECT: Now’s the time to dive deep into your subject. Thank goodness for the internet. There’s so much information and it’s just a click away. This is one of the most rewarding parts of writing. Once you start, you’ll continue to learn more about your subject and it’s very meaningful.

TALK WITH OTHER AUTHORS: Gather more information from colleagues from writing groups or literary sites on how they started to write their books. Everyone has their own process. It’s good to find out how others have started their books so you can pick and choose what will work for you.

BUY A BOOK ON HOW TO WRITE A BOOK: Search Amazon or wherever you buy books on a book that walks you through the process. There are a ton of books out there to help you. Plus, you can see the reviews if these books were helpful or not so much.
CREATE AN INITIAL OUTLINE FOR YOUR BOOK: This initial outline may get changed a hundred times but do it anyway. It will be helpful to stay focused on the beginning, middle, and end of your book. That way, your book will have a flow that makes sense to you and most importantly, your readers.

FOCUS ON WRITING THE BOOK, NOT PUBLISHING THE BOOK: Publishing is an entirely different thing. The main work is writing the book. Put aside any questions or concerns you may have about publishing and marketing. That can wait. Don’t worry if you are writing the book with pen and paper or on the computer or other smart device. Just get to writing.

WRITE EVERY DAY EVEN IF IT’S FOR ONLY 15 MINUTES: You would be surprised how much writing you get done when you get into a routine. It’s amazing how you can accomplish when you do a little bit of writing every day.


Local places to donate for thanksgiving

November 16th, 2020

Thanksgiving takes on a deeper meaning this year. While this year is certainly different with its unique challenges, there are many ways to still express gratitude and pay it forward. We found some local organizations in need of monetary donations for Thanksgiving. It’s fast, easy, and maintains social distancing. Every donation will go a long way to help those in need feel less alone and more loved. North Hollywood Interfaith Food Pantry, The Midnight Mission Los Angeles, and LA Family Housing are just a few local organizations that would be incredibly grateful for a donation in any amount. Another way to help locally all year round is to order take out/delivery food from local North Hollywood restaurants. It’s been an especially tough year for them as well. We can lift their spirits by ordering tasty food from them. They feel good and you’ll feel good too.


What’s independent living?

November 14th, 2020

The phrase ‘independent living’ is used a lot these days. But what exactly is it? At NoHo Senior Arts Colony, it’s pretty great. Our beautiful apartment community for 62+ folks was created to celebrate active adults who seek a carefree, maintenance-free living experience. Our spacious apartments include a complete appliance package as well as an in-home washer/dryer. Enjoy the modern kitchens to cook your delicious meals and try new recipes too. Relax. We’ll take care of the maintenance and repairs for these apartments for rent in North Hollywood CA. This gives you more free time to experience life in a more robust, spontaneous, and effortless way. That’s the way it should be. We’ve got everything here to be your best co-pilot including a modern fitness center to maintain a healthier lifestyle, computer/business center to take care of work stuff, a visual arts studio to express yourself and learn new things, a heated swimming pool, and even a Stadium-style, 78-seat performing arts theater, professionally run by The Road Theatre Company. North Hollywood is a very creative city. There’s plenty of nearby shopping, dining, and resources. Your best life begins here! Apply now!


Find your style: NoHo floor plan designs

November 11th, 2020

No matter if you’re looking for a 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom 1 bath, or 2-bedroom 2 bath apartment, we’ve got wonderful and spacious floor plans designed to make you feel right at home. The apartments range from 643-930 sq. ft. Our 62+ independent living community has sophisticated living with hand-selected finishes and features. Everything is already in place to make life easier including a full kitchen appliance package and in-home washer/dryer. Granite countertops, wood-style plank flooring, and designer fixtures create a welcoming and contemporary ambiance that we know you’ll enjoy. Explore our North Hollywood senior apartments for rent floorplans and see what catches your eye. We’re also pet-friendly! Call us now at 855 399-5381 for availability and current specials at NoHo Senior Arts Colony!


Pampering skin tips for cooler weather

November 6th, 2020

We love the crisp Fall weather. But it can do a number on your skin. Winds and low humidity can lead to some very dry skin. But we’ve got your back. Here are some tips to help you stay supple and smoother during this time of year. Plus, it’s always a good thing to do some pampering and self-care.

MOISTURIZING: Try using a moisturizer in the morning and before you go to bed. Use a simple moisturizer that fewer and more natural ingredients to pamper your face and neck. It’s a simple thing but really works wonders. Your skin gets thirsty in these drier months.

DRINK LOTS OF WATER: Drinking more water will help release toxins and reveal a more glowing skin tone. Plus, it’s a simple way to improve overall health and has zero calories. Drinking 8 glasses of water per day is recommended.

HAND LOTION IS A MUST FOR THE NEW NORMAL: While washing our hands and using hand sanitizer frequently is the new normal, skin can get dried out quickly with all of these new preventative measures. So, it’s important to use hand lotion daily to maintain softness in our hands. Just keep a bottle of lotion by your bathroom sink and kitchen sink and that will make it super easy to get in a routine of using lotion as well.

LIP BALM: Lips often get cracked or dried out in cooler Fall weather. A little dab of Vaseline, Shea Butter, or Chapstick can help restore moisture. They help seal in the moisture from elements like the wind. Make sure to check with your health care provider to ensure you are not allergic to any of the ingredients in any lip balms you’re thinking about trying or buying.


Noir movie greats: original and modern day

November 2nd, 2020

“Film Noir” is a stylish and artistic movie genre based upon suspenseful stories, detective stories, crime dramas, and tragic romances (and many times, all of the above.) They were made between the mid-1940s to the mid-1950s. These timeless films are known for high contrast lighting, acting, gorgeous art direction, and stunning cinematography. They started off in tradtional black and white versions and have grown into sumptuous color versions. Classic film noir films include The Big Sleep with Bogie & Bacall, Double Indemnity, Mildred Pierce with Joan Crawford, In a Lonely Place, The Postman Always Rings Twice, Notorious, Gilda, The Maltese Falcon, and more. Modern-day noir-influenced productions include the comedy Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid, the sci-fi classic Blade Runner, L.A. Confidential (based on the book by acclaimed crime writer James Ellroy), and the reimagined Perry Mason on HBO. Happy viewing!


Apply now & begin a new chapter with us!

October 31st, 2020

There are so many incredible reasons to live at NoHo Senior Arts Colony! This independent living apartment community is really special. Whether you’re downsizing, rightsizing, or just feel like a change, we’re here for you! The spacious, 1- and 2-bedroom residences with special touches such as gourmet kitchens with full appliance packages, in-home washer/dryers, granite countertops, private patio/balconies, and lots more. Our collection of sophisticated amenities is pretty nice too. It helps set the stage for an active and inspired lifestyle. You’ll love the visual arts studio, modern fitness center, resort-inspired pool, onsite stadium-style performing arts theatre, and a wide array of free classes through EngAGE. Apply now to begin the freedom and creative atmosphere at NoHo Senior Arts Colony today!


BOO-tifully tasty: Halloween sweet treat recipes

October 27th, 2020

Sweet treats are hard to deny. October is the perfect time to dabble in some particularly tasty treats for this Halloween season. The kitchens at NoHo Seniors Arts Colony have contemporary features and finishes to make cooking even easier and more stylish. We looked around the internet and found some wonderful recipes to celebrate this time of year. If you have diabetes, we’ve found some diabetic recipes for you that you’ll love and keep you on track. My Recipes has 75 Halloween dessert recipes so there’s something to appeal to everyone including cupcakes, cookies, cakes, bars, cake pops, and much more. Woman’s Day has even more recipes that include pumpkin sugar cookies, donuts, candy cobwebs, haunted cookie house, and more!


Let’s explore: NoHo Interactive Vicinity Map

October 22nd, 2020

Having everything conveniently close was our goal at NoHo Senior Arts Colony! North Hollywood has a lot to offer you. That’s why we chose it as the location of choice for our community. Whether you’re new to the area or a seasoned local, we’ve got a convenient tool to help you discover the area instantly. The NoHo Seniors Arts Colony Interactive Vicinity Map is fast and easy to use by design. Everything is sorted in organized categories like dining, shopping, recreation, etc. It has the venue you’re interested in plotted on the map and there’s also a handy link for it to get more specific information. We know you’re going to love North Hollywood as much as we do. Call us today at 855 399-5381 to find out our current specials!


Try something new: learn sign language

October 19th, 2020

Learning something new is always a good thing. It helps our minds stay sharp and it enriches our wellbeing. Thinking of learning a new language? How about sign language?! Sign language is often included at major press conferences to ensure news reaches everyone. American Sign Language goes all the way back to the early 1800s and continues strongly today. Did you know that as many as 500,000 people in the U.S. communicate using ASL. Its goals are to create fluency in speaking, reading, and writing English for those who are deaf. Learn more about sign language right now. Language Door offers classes to help you start you off right.


Rightsizing: what is it?

October 16th, 2020

Rightsizing has become a popular buzzword. We thought it would be a good idea to help clarify what it is. Just like the word ‘right,’ rightsizing for 55+ is creating a life that meets your current financial and emotional needs and feels good. Let’s say you’re an empty nester. The kids have been gone for some time. Taking care of that big house and all that clutter can be exhausting. All the maintenance and yardwork are time-consuming and expensive. With the kids all out on their own, you don’t need all that space or stuff. This is your time to enjoy your favorite things without anything getting in their way.  Rightsizing will help you create the financial life that suits your lifestyle right now. Moving from a house to an apartment at NoHo Senior Arts Colony with to help you celebrate your independent 55+ lifestyle and a new sense of freedom. Our spacious residences have beautiful features like granite countertops, a full appliance package, in-home washer/dryer. And so much more. The atmosphere is creative by design, but you don’t have to be an artist to live here. Our resort-inspired and top-notch amenities are plentiful, and we have a ton of free classes through our EnAGE program. Apply now! Call us today at 855 399-5381 and we can talk more about the freedom of rightsizing and our incredible community in North Hollywood. We’ve got safe procedures in place for tours as well.


Bean there: Tasty chili recipes

October 13th, 2020

NoHo Seniors Arts Colony chili recipes

Nothing beats the taste of homemade chili — especially this time of year. So yummy! It’s the perfect co-pilot while you’re watching sports on tv, movies, or really, any time at all. It’s classic and pretty easy to make. We’ve found some outstanding recipes (including vegan chili recipes from Epicurious) to inspire you to chili greatness. The good thing is you can make as spicy or not spicy at all. It’s all up to you. Check out these tasty recipes from Today, Midwest Living, and Food Network. There are so many toppings you can add to chili like cheddar cheese, sour cream, chopped scallions or onions, crushed tortilla chips or strips, and the list goes on and on. Be creative and create your own chili style. Don’t forget the homemade cornbread! Mmmm mmm! Cooking in your modern kitchen at NoHo Senior Arts Colony is a breeze with a full appliance package, granite counters, and designer fixtures. Experience year-round inspiration right here at these 55+ independent apartments for rent in Southern California!


Ways to relax that cost nothing (or next to nothing).

October 10th, 2020

Life is about enjoyment. It’s also best lived when there’s balance. It’s important to take time to relax. And relaxation doesn’t have to be hard or expensive. There are simple ways to clear your mind and rejuvenate your body. Here are just a few:

DRINK SOME HERBAL TEA: Caffeine is great in the morning but can also add to jitteriness. Herbal tea is a wonderful way to take a moment, slow down, and enjoy the soothing taste of herbal tea. Chamomile is ideal for relaxation. But there is a wide variety of herbal teas that don’t contain caffeine so you can enjoy them anytime.

MEDITATION: Simple meditation done on a consistent basis has some real benefits. Even for 10 minutes at a time, every day is worth it. worth it. Learning how to simply focus on breathing and identify distracting thoughts and let them float away like clouds is very rejuvenating.

TAKE A WALK: Even a simple walk to get the mail or around the block is a wonderful and way to help your body help your mind relax. Taking 30-minute walks at least three times a week is a good goal to strive for. It’s great exercise. Perhaps you can walk with a neighbor or friend. Sometimes it’s easier to exercise when you have someone doing it with you.

JOURNALING: Writing your feelings in a journal is a nice habit to get into to release stress and be able to start fresh the next day. If you only start by writing 1 word, it’s worth it. Soon, you’ll be writing sentences and filling pages in no time. There are beautiful journals online to buy or you could use the notes section of your smart device.

READ A BOOK: Sitting down with your favorite books or new books to read is an easy way to get away from the distractions of technology and unwind.

WATCH YOUR FAVORITE MOVIES: These days, everything could use a laugh or the comfort of a favorite movie. See what’s streaming online or watch TCM has on. Distraction is always a good way to put aside the cares of the day and just escape into movie. Streaming services have so many to choose from no matter what genre you like. Make some popcorn, or grab a healthy snack, cuddle up on the couch and enjoy.

TAKE A BREAK FROM THE NEWS: The abundance of 24-hour news can be overwhelming. It can be stressful to watch it every day. Give yourself some non-news days to focus deliberately on yourself. You’ll find some real peace. By turning off the tv and doing other things.

DO SOME DECLUTTERING: Clutter can also be a source of stress. You might some decluttering to create a more tranquil atmosphere for yourself. The less is more philosophy goes a long way in creating a serene environment that pleasing to the eye and the soul. Start out easy. Perhaps a drawer at a time. There’s such a sense of accomplishment by getting more organized at home.

Here are some more relaxation tips you can try.


Rocktober: what music rocks your world this month?

October 6th, 2020

October is affectionately referred to Rocktober by many music lovers. Now would be a wonderful time to bust out some music you haven’t listened to in a while. We bet you have a pretty impressive collection of vinyl records just waiting to be played again. Going to record stores was so much fun. The music will help bring back those fun times from back in the day. You can also go to Spotify and see what new music has been released. Find your favorite artists, discover new artists, and create playlists. It’s kind of addicting. You can listen to music on your computer and conveniently on your smartphone. Listening to music helps improve your mood, improves memory, helps cognition, and it’s just fun.


Zicke Zacke! Zicke Zacke! Hoi! Hoi! Hoi! Oktoberfest traditions

October 3rd, 2020

Oktoberfest is a fun tradition going way back. It’s not just about beer. There are so many other things that make Oktoberfest so much fun! Here are some fun ideas to help you celebrate at home. Those big and tasty, freshly baked pretzels are always good. All Recipes has an easy recipe so you can make them at home. Of course, what’s Oktoberfest without bratwurst. This traditional German sausage is a nice treat. Taste of Home has perfect recipes to create a bratwurst supper. And, last, but not least, did you know that Oktoberfest is a time to savor sweet treats too?! It definitely is! Check out these tempting dessert recipes from Serious Sweets. Take a virtual tour of a German castle. Learn more about German culture via famous German composers like Beethoven, Bach, and Brahms.


Good Gourd! Pumpkin decorating ideas

October 1st, 2020

One of the most creative things about Halloween is decorating pumpkins. There are so many creative possibilities and it’s fun for everyone no matter what age. Don’t get stuck in the gotta carve the pumpkin thing. There are many no-carving ways to decorate Halloween pumpkins:  painting, using markers, glue on embellishing, etc. The possibilities are endless not only for techniques but for overall feeling like happy pumpkins, theme pumpkins, etc. Think outside of the box and surprise yourself. We found some inspiring links to help you get those creative juices flowing. Check out the pumpkin decorating ideas at house beautiful, country living, and good housekeeping. We know they will look awesome at your apartment at North Hollywood Senior Arts Colony!