Carving pumpkins is fun and all, but often the fun is more theoretical.  By the time you’re halfway through, your hands are cramped, your table is covered in pumpkin guts, and a silly jack-o-lantern face is all you have to show for your efforts.  Feel like trying something new this year?  Us, too.  Here are 5 unique ways to decorate with pumpkins this year, courtesy of Pinterest.


Succulent Pumpkin Planters | Decorating With Pumpkins


Unicorn Pumpkins | Decorating With Pumpkins


Moody Floral Moon Pumpkin | Decorating With Pumpkins


Woodland Creature No-Carve Pumpkins | Decorating With Pumpkins


Marbled Indigo Pumpkins | Decorating With Pumpkins


(Via Apartminty.com)


Fitness Equipment That Doesn’t Take Up Much Space

Apartminty is solving your small space dilemmas by bringing you some great fitness equipment that won’t take up too much space in your apartment.  Excuses, be gone!



Small Space Fitness Equipment For Your Apartment | Resistance Loop Bands



Small Space Fitness Equipment For Your Apartment | Sliding Discs



Small Space Fitness Equipment For Your Apartment | Ab Carver Pro Roller



Small Space Fitness Equipment For Your Apartment | Mini Stepper Master



Small Space Fitness Equipment For Your Apartment | Thigh, Butt & Arm Toner



Small Space Fitness Equipment For Your Apartment | In-Motion Elliptical Trainer



Small Space Fitness Equipment For Your Apartment | Multi-Gym Doorway Pull Up Bar



Small Space Fitness Equipment For Your Apartment | Wall Mount Cable System



Small Space Fitness Equipment For Your Apartment | Premium Jump Rope



Small Space Fitness Equipment For Your Apartment | Folding Travel Yoga Mat

Your Guide to Santa Monica Dog Parks


We know dogs are an indispensable source of companionship and friendship for many people, and Santa Monica offers its residents four enclosed parks for off-leash fun and exercise with Fido, (who must be properly licensed by the City of Santa Monica). Rules of use are posted at each park entrance and non-compliance can result in a citation and fine, so take care to review them before taking your pups in for playtime with their pals. (Non-residents may purchase permit tags for the Airport Park site; see the “Dog Park FAQs” box with this story.)

Herb Katz Dog Park at Joslyn Park (633 Kensington Road) offers 1.25 acres, with separate areas for large and small dogs. Maximum capacity: 45 dogs

Airport Park Dog Park (3201 Airport Avenue) has separate areas for large and small dogs. Maximum capacity: 45 dogs.

Pacific Street Dog Park (at Pacific and Main) is a “traditional” dog park. Maximum capacity: 20 dogs.

These three parks are open Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on weekends and holidays. (Note dog park maintenance closures, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Airport Park—Monday and Wednesday; Joslyn Park—Tuesday and Thursday; Pacific Street Park—Wednesday.)

Memorial Park Dog Run (1401 Olympic Boulevard) is open every day from 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. It’s located north of the tennis courts on the west side of the park. Maximum capacity: 10 dogs. (Closed for maintenance Thursdays, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.)

And a reminder for pet parents and caregivers: although you’re bringing your dog(s) to an off-leash area, he or she must be leashed when traveling to and from these sites, with a leash six feet or less in fixed length.

Dog Park FAQs

I’m visiting Santa Monica for a while. How can I get a permit to use a dog park? 

An annual non-resident permit to use Airport Park’s off-leash area is available from the Santa Monica Animal Shelter, so long as you can provide a current, local address and copies of receipts to verify your dog has a valid license and rabies vaccination from your hometown. Our permit fee is currently $20.01. Other requirements and more info on how to obtain the permit are at smgov.net/dogs.

I’m a dog walker—can I bring my canine clients to the dog park?

Each park has a maximum number of dogs allowed at one time (noted at left); each person may bring no more than four dogs at one time.

Do I have to clean up after my dog?

Yes, you are required to visibly carry clean-up materials and use them to pick up after your dog. Can we have a “puppy picnic” in the park? Sorry, neither dog nor human food may be brought into the off-leash areas.

(Via City of Santa Monica)

Top 4 Happy Hour Spots in Santa Monica


The Penthouse at The Huntley Hotel

Take in unmatched ocean views from this upscale bar located at the top of the upscale Huntley Hotel. This hip destination is popular for sunset cocktails and a lively bar scene. Enjoy drinks and bite specials Monday through Friday, from 4 pm to 7 pm.


Bodega Wine Bar

A casual laid back atmosphere meets the fun & exciting beach vibes of Santa Monica.  Bodega Wine Bar offers some pretty killer happy hour deals on drinks and food! The wine bar is chill and perfect for intimate conversation.  Late night happy hour is also available 10 pm to close Sundays – Thursdays!


Lago Santa Monica

Locanda Del Lago

Situated on the famous Santa Monica Promenade, Locanda del Lago aka Lago Santa Monica, offers high-quality service and a Northern Italian taste experience. Lago boasts a premium bar with market-driven, artisanal cocktails, a popular locals Happy Hour Daily from 4 pm – 7 pm, and a wine list awarded Wine Spectator Award of Excellence since 1999.

onyx shangri rooftop

Onyx at Hotel Shangri-la Santa Monica

The view from Onyx Santa Monica, an indoor-outdoor rooftop bar and lounge atop the Hotel Shangri-la in Santa Monica, is unparalleled.  You can see for miles and miles – Malibu to the north, the Pacific Ocean to the west – which just happens to make it the perfect venue for watching the sun melt into the ocean. And with a chilled craft cocktail in hand, you might just think you’ve found your paradise.  Here you’ll find a carefully curated and maintained drink menu, small plates, and a work-week happy hour from 4:30 – 7  p.m. (Via SantaMonicaBeaches)


Guide to Your Santa Monica Summer Hot Spots

In celebration of this summer season, we are excited to kick off the first blog on “Things to do” for our Santa Monica communities!

As a resident at 1410 SM Apartments, the list of entertainment options is endless! From stunning beaches to scenic hikes to the tastiest restaurants, this coastal neighborhood has so much to offer.

Here’s a guide to 4 hot spots you must take advantage of when living in Santa Monica:

Ferris Wheel

Santa Monica Pier

One of the most popular destinations in Santa Monica since 1909 is the iconic Santa Monica Pier.  Get some wind in your hair on a roller coaster ride, explore the aquarium, take your next Instagram pic of the 360- degree views from the Ferris Wheel, and enjoy local music while strolling to the end of the picturesque pier to get some authentic Mexican grub at Mariasol.

Beach House

Annenberg Community Beach House

Whether you prefer a pool or the beach, you can have the best of both at the Annenberg Community Beach House. Conveniently located just north of the pier off PCH, for $10 per adult you can enjoy the pool, splash pad, game room, Yoga classes and beach sports! Take advantage of their “Half Priced Mondays” too! Eat and kick back on the beach, (literally!) at Back on the Beach Cafe.

Farmers Market

Santa Monica Farmers Market

The perfect start to your Wednesday and Saturday mornings! Make your way to the Santa Monica 3rd Street Promenade and smell the fresh flowers (and produce) at the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market.


Arclight Santa Monica

Can you believe the Arclight Santa Monica is the first cinema complex to open anywhere in Santa Monica in over 20 years?! Located steps away from the Pacific Ocean in Downtown Santa Monica, the unique, all-outdoor Santa Monica Place hosts the state-of-the-art Arclight Santa Monica.  Enjoy high-end amenities including reserved seating, black-box auditorium, commercial-free movies, gourmet cuisine and more.