Apartment Life

Sam’s Grilling 101 – The Perfect Hamburger
Sam’s Grilling 101 – The Perfect Hamburger

Sam’s Grilling 101 – The Perfect Hamburger

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Get ready for the 4th of July BBQ. Here are a few simple tips and tactics that take your burgers, and whatever else you throw on the grill, to the next level!  No more bland, burned or over-cooked foods when you follow these basic rules. 1)  Have the right tools.  You don’t need very many…
Apt Security Advice from the Recently Robbed
Apt Security Advice from the Recently Robbed

Apt Security Advice from the Recently Robbed

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
As I wrote last week, Alex and I were recently burgled. It was. . . unenjoyable. But, we did learn some important tips from the Chicago PD. They arrived about two hours after we called and by then we’d gone through the apartment moving items, unaware they would want to dust for prints. Hopefully, you’ll…
Lease Is Up: To Move or Not to Move?
Lease Is Up: To Move or Not to Move?

Lease Is Up: To Move or Not to Move?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Alissa and I just realized our lease is up for renewal. So, do we move, or sign on for another year? The answer isn’t always easy, and it’s a question that many of you will face at this time of the year. To help you with the decision, I’ll break down the different factors you…
What It Feels Like To Be Robbed
What It Feels Like To Be Robbed

What It Feels Like To Be Robbed

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Last Sunday we were newlyweds, recently returned from a gorgeous honeymoon in Greece. My husband, Alex, who often blogs for MFA (and even recently blogged about first apartment safety!) would end the day by laughing and throwing a pillow at me saying in a deep baritone, “The Honeymoon is OVER!!” We were wrapped in a…
How Katherine Got Her Landlord to Fix the Sink
How Katherine Got Her Landlord to Fix the Sink

How Katherine Got Her Landlord to Fix the Sink

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
With this post we bid farewell and good luck to Katherine who has made a big move in her career and has to cut back on her extracurriculars, including blogging for My First Apartment. The good news is that this opens up another blogger slot, so if you are interested, drop us a note to…
Apartment Security 101 For the First-Time Renter
Apartment Security 101 For the First-Time Renter

Apartment Security 101 For the First-Time Renter

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
You’ve put down your deposit and you’re excited about your new place. And you should be: it’s your first apartment and you’re ready to make it your home. However, along with having a home comes responsibility. You need to make sure your apartment is secure. So, here are a few tips: Make sure your smoke…
Sam’s Weekend Brunch 101 – Perfect Eggs and Home Fries
Sam’s Weekend Brunch 101 – Perfect Eggs and Home Fries

Sam’s Weekend Brunch 101 – Perfect Eggs and Home Fries

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
I love eggs in all their diverse, delicious glory. There is an old story about the origin of the pleated folds in our chef hats, or Toques, that claims the 100 pleats represent the 100 ways to cook an egg.  Be that true or not, I still think that all ways of utilizing eggs are worth studying…
Sam’s Weekend Brunch 101 – Perfect Pancakes and Bacon
Sam’s Weekend Brunch 101 – Perfect Pancakes and Bacon

Sam’s Weekend Brunch 101 – Perfect Pancakes and Bacon

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
When people find out that I cook professionally and am attending culinary school they almost all inevitably ask me, “what’s your favorite thing to cook?” Well, that’s a hard question to answer, but I pretty much always come back to the same answer: Breakfast! For many people, especially city dwellers, it is tempting to enjoy…
My Pint-Size Party Wrap-Up!
My Pint-Size Party Wrap-Up!

My Pint-Size Party Wrap-Up!

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Last week, as part of our “Small Space, Savvy Budget: How to Host a Pint-Size Party” giveaway (presented in conjunction with Apartment Guide) I recommended that if you throw a small party at your place, go the dinner party route. Well, mine happened last weekend (See Disclaimer Below), and, as you can guess from the…
Throw A Great Party and Enter to Win our *$50 Giveaway*
Throw A Great Party and Enter to Win our *$50 Giveaway*

Throw A Great Party and Enter to Win our *$50 Giveaway*

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
You may think that throwing a party is too hard. Especially if you don’t have space or money, and don’t know where to begin.  That’s where we can help: in conjunction with Apartment Guide, we here at My First Apartment are participating in the “Small Space, Savvy Budget: How to Host a Pint-Size Party.”  We’ll…