Author My First Apartment
Melissa W

After graduating from college Melissa spent a year working at a non-profit while living at home. This fall she is returning to school to pursue a master's degree, while still attempting to work full time. In order to pursue these goals simultaneously she's moving closer to work in an effort to cut down on the 3-4 hours spent crying through Chicago's rush hour each day.
Cooking 101: Storing and Using Sweet Potatoes
Cooking 101: Storing and Using Sweet Potatoes

Cooking 101: Storing and Using Sweet Potatoes

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We’re back with another installment of Your Week in Vegetables, in which we look at being smart about vegetables to increase the amount of veggies we eat while reducing waste. Each installment will focus on one vegetable and will cover what to look for when shopping, how to cut and store it, and a variety…
Cooking 101: Storing and Using Spinach
Cooking 101: Storing and Using Spinach

Cooking 101: Storing and Using Spinach

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Was your New Year’s resolution to start eating a healthier diet? A common complaint by health specialists about the American diet is that we eat far too few vegetables. When I first moved out, I thought I was going to hop right on the health food bandwagon- I was no longer constrained by what my…
Preparing for Friendsgiving
Preparing for Friendsgiving

Preparing for Friendsgiving

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One of the joys of having your own space during the holidays is having the chance to share meals with friends. Once your friends have decided to host a Friendsgiving, after choosing a date, the next step is to decide what everyone will bring. When thinking about what to bring to Friendsgiving, consider the following:…
No Hammer or Nails Needed! Easy Ways to Decorate Walls Damage- Free
No Hammer or Nails Needed! Easy Ways to Decorate Walls Damage- Free

No Hammer or Nails Needed! Easy Ways to Decorate Walls Damage- Free

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In college I was introduced to Command products by a dorm policy that only allowed Command wall adhesives. Now that I’ve been out of that dorm for 5 years, I still am a firm believer in using these products. When looking in the Command aisle at Target, it’s hard to imagine that the little packages…
Cheap and Healthy Work Lunches
Cheap and Healthy Work Lunches

Cheap and Healthy Work Lunches

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Once you have transitioned to a schedule where you no longer can run across the street to a food court, such as when you’re working full time or commuting to campus from an apartment, it becomes important to plan out what you will be eating during the week for lunch. While it’s tempting to grab…
Soup 101: Healthy Eating on a Budget
Soup 101: Healthy Eating on a Budget

Soup 101: Healthy Eating on a Budget

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For many of us, being a first time apartment renter also means cooking on our own for the first time.  Before I moved out on my own, I had never done my own grocery shopping or had to plan for all of my meals and snacks.  It’s been a month since I moved out, and…
What’s Your Moving Style? What’s Your Roommate’s?
What’s Your Moving Style? What’s Your Roommate’s?

What’s Your Moving Style? What’s Your Roommate’s?

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Before my roommate and I began the process of moving in together, we discussed many important details about living together.  We talked about how often we need to do the dishes, how much alone time we’ll need, and how we’ll split bills and share food.  One thing that did not come up, though, was how…
A Year in the Making: My First Apartment Story
A Year in the Making: My First Apartment Story

A Year in the Making: My First Apartment Story

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I’m sure that anyone who has ever gone on an apartment tour knows the feeling. You walk in to an empty room with the building manager and your best friend, and that’s it.   You’re in love.   You just know that your plant would fit on the windowsill perfectly, that your poster collection would…