Philadelphia Science Festival

PSF_Logo 4C R2The Philadelphia Science Festival is an annual nine-day celebration of any and all things Science that takes place all over Philly. Starting April 21st and ending on April 29th, the festival will have over 80 events, ranging from learning about the science behind making the perfect chocolate chip cookie to learning about how to be a paleontologist. Everyone can find something they’re interested in!

can explosionThe festival will wrap up on April 29th with the Science Carnival at Penn’s Landing. This is a whole day of fun starting at 10am and ending at 4pm which is free to all that want to stop by. Throughout the day there will be exciting demonstrations, live experiments, educational games, and fun for the whole family!

philly sloopsionSo come out this week, bring the family and learn something new! There’s even some activities for adults like the Fishtown Science Crawl, an educational and entertaining bar crawl, a cocktail lab specializing in rum, and a murder mystery party hosted by the famous Mütter Museum. A majority of the events are free of charge, and within 30 minutes from Siena Place by car. More information about individual events, times, places, prices, and more can be found here: http://bit.ly/1keHFbX


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5 Things You Should Experience this Spring in South Philadelphia

Attend a Phillies Game

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It’s a spring tradition in South Philly to attend a home game at Citizens Bank Park. Only a 5 minute drive from Siena Place and with tickets starting from 20 dollars, it’d crazy not to go! If you like cheap food and family fun, the Phillies “Dollar Dog Nights” are perfect for you. All upcoming Phillies promotions can be found here: http://atmlb.com/1pEikdh  Be sure to wear a jersey, or at least something red, and cheer your heart out!

Eat a Cheesesteak

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Getting a cheesesteak in South Philly is akin to seeing the liberty bell or independence hall, it’s just something you have to do at least once in Philadelphia. Try out Pat’s or Geno’s to be able to weigh in on the age old debate about which is better, and try others around Philadelphia to find your favorite!

Visit the Magic Gardens

magic gordenOne of the more famous attractions in South Philadelphia is the Magic Gardens on South Street. The Magic Gardens span three lots of indoor galleries along with a mesmerizing outdoor labyrinth. The mosaic artist Isaiah Zagar moved into the space in 1968 and has since added numerous works of various artists, both local and those from around the world. More information can be found here: http://bit.ly/28WNDAL

9th St. Italian Market Festival

italian morketThe Italian market is the heart and soul of true South Philadelphians and the 9th Street Festival is the best way to take it all in. The festival takes place May 20th and 21st and is open to the public. The Italian market is a hub for some of the best, and freshest food in the city, so if you haven’t been before, head down to South 9th street and get browsing. You can find produce, pasta, fresh meats, and some of the best sandwiches all in one place.

Browse South Street

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South Street is a place that has a little something for everyone, no matter if you live in Philadelphia, or are just visiting, you’ll find something you love here. All kinds of shops can be found, from food, to clothes, to tattoos, and everything in between. Browse shops, eat some delicious food, and even attend a concert at the Theater of the Living Arts, or the TLA.


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Tips to Make Spring Cleaning Easier this Year

Keep only the Essentials

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During spring cleaning you’ll likely be throwing out a LOT of useless stuff you never knew you had in your home. For some it’s easy to get rid of clutter, for others, it’s more difficult because “But what if I need this later?” We all understand the hesitation, but still urge you to try to throw away anything that isn’t absolutely essential.

Don’t Forget About the Small Stuff

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While we love to focus on rooms and parts of the house as a whole, we often forget about small important places to clean. When you’re in the kitchen cleaning, don’t forget about the fridge. Of course the inside, but also the top of the fridge, along with the crevices behind and to the sides of it. Remember to dust the blades of ceiling fans, along with the inside and outside of lampshades.

Clean Your Cleaners

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Before you start in on the dirt clutter and grime we all have in our houses, it’s important to check that your cleaners are clean! Go through your brooms and make sure their bristles aren’t too dirty or bundled up. Take a look at your vacuum cleaner and ask yourself, “when was the last time that thing was cleaned?” If, like most of us, you can’t think of a time, then now is the time. Empty out that bag, replace it with a new one, clean the filters, even replace if need be. Trim those bristles that have clumped together, or if it’s too far gone, purchase a new one.

Clean the WHOLE Bed

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It may seem daunting but cleaning your whole bed (yes that includes pillows and comforter) but it’s something that usually only needs to be done a few times a year, so why not kick off Spring cleaning with it.

Stop Clutter at the Front Door

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Putting a shoe rack and hanging rack for shoes and jackets can prevent a lot of clutter from building up in your home. Stopping clutter at the door indirectly cleans the rest of the house for you, and keeps everything you might need in one place.


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Siena Place Is the Best Place

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Siena Place is a beautiful community located in one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Philadelphia, Packer Park. In one of their lovely 3-story townhomes, you’ll be minutes away from all of the culture and personality the vibrant city of Philadelphia has to offer. If you’re a sports fan, this location was picked just for you – Siena Place is within 10 minutes by car of the Wells Fargo Center, Lincoln Financial Field, and Citizens Bank Park, so whatever your sport of choice, you can watch them all live just minutes from your home!

Each of the 3-story townhomes in Siena Place features 3-4 bedrooms, 2-3 baths and 1-2 powder rooms, and a private driveway with garage. Along with dramatic 9′ ceilings, spacious closets, and personal balconies with a lovely view of the beautiful Philadelphia skyline, these townhomes starting from the upper $400s are sure to impress.

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Less than 15 minutes away from South Philly, Siena Place provides a perfect balance between the hectic city life and the tranquility of the suburbs. You can stay in the community and enjoy your cozy home, or venture into the city and explore everything it has to offer. Within 20 minutes of your home you’ll find an abundance of delicious restaurants, bars, concert venues, art and music stores, and whatever else you might be looking for. If you’re new to Philly be sure to check out every ‘cheesesteak joint’ you can, including the world famous Geno’s Steaks at 1219 S 9th St, Philadelphia, only ten minutes away from Siena Place.

Visit our Sales Center today at 3224 Pietro Way, Philadelphia, PA to learn more and tour our decorated models, open Mon, Tues, Fri & Sat from 11 am – 5 pm and Sunday from 12 – 5 pm. Contact Denise Homich at  215.339.5390 or sales@sienaplace.com for more info.

 

 

 


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The Best Places to Watch the Superbowl in Philly

Varga bar

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At Varga the Superbowl will be on display on several televisions around the bar, but the real event for those at Varga is its annual Super Fowl wing cook-off. Their chef Mike Barnisan will be facing off against another nearby bar’s head chef, Doreen DeMarco, to see who can make the best game-day wings. The two will go head to head cooking up hot wings, non-american wings, and a wild card wing to be determined on Superbowl Sunday.

 

 

Dock Street Brewing Co.

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This West Philadelphia based bar is doing their patrons a true service by screening Puppy Bowl XIII. Start your Superbowl Sunday off watching adorable puppies play on a fake football field and enjoy wood-fired pizza and wings, along with hand-crafted beers. If you get hungry the kitchen will also be open until 9pm serving a variety of wings and buffalo chicken pizza.

 

Chickie’s and Pete’s

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Chickie’s and Pete’s is an essential staple in the Philadelphia sports fan’s life. It is at its core the quintessential sports bar. With an abundance of televisions playing the game, no matter where you sit you will have a good view to watch. From endless beer to the world famous Crabfries, if you’re looking to indulge yourself this Superbowl Sunday, Chickie’s and Pete’s is a must.


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The Rothman Ice Rink at City Hall

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From now until February 26th, everyone can experience the transformation that Dilworth Park undergoes to become the local winter wonderland known as the Rothman Ice Rink.

Enjoy ice skating with friends under the glow of the city lights, and warm up in the Rothman Cabin located at the top of the rink with a delicious hot chocolate in the heated tent. Relax after an entertaining skate in front of the historic City Hall with seasonal cocktails, craft beers, and warm and delectable foods like poutine and chili, courtesy of Air Grille by Brûlée Catering.

City Hall is a quick 20 minute drive from Siena Place and you won’t find an attraction like this one for another year! Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 10 and under, and skate rentals are an additional $10.


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Easy Kitchen Storage Ideas

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Kitchens are a busy area in the house and can be hard to keep organized with all the food and supplies you store there! Here are some easy kitchen storage ideas to get the best use out of your space:

  1. Use magazine files to keep water bottles in a reachable place without them getting caught up in other kitchen supplies in a drawer or cabinet. Stack one on top of the other in the hard cover files for grab and go accessibility.
  2. Baskets can help organize anything from fruit to utensils to cleaning supplies. Hang  baskets above a sink using a metal rod or adhesive hooks for easy access. Wired baskets allow you to see what your grabbing so you don’t have to dig through everything to get what you need, or remember which items are in which basket.
  3. Store lose Tupperware lids in a wall file to avoid a mess of plastic containers. Hang the wall file on the inside of a cabinet wall, or wherever you feel it can be reached easily, with hooks to separate the lids from the bases and have less trouble finding it all in the future.
  4. Create a pot rack with S hooks. They can be hung from the wall, a ventilation hood above the stove, if you have one, or there are racks you can buy. With this, you can display your cooking pieces in style and they are much easier to find and grab then if they were all in a drawer together.
  5. Organize your cleaning supplies with an over the door metal caddy. A good place for this is the cabinet door below your sink, where they will be ready to use and very easy to access. You can use it to hold bottles of suppers, sponges, gloves, scrubbers, etc.

There are tons of innovative and easy ways to make your kitchen run smoothly. Don’t ever be unorganized again and use this simple tips for all of your kitchen storage!


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10 Creative Ways to Declutter Your Home

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The idea of living a simplified, uncluttered life with less stuff sounds attractive to many. They have considered the benefits of owning fewer possessions: less to clean, less debt, less to organize, less stress, more money and energy for their greatest passions. They are ready to declutter but some get quickly tripped up by the very next question… where in the world do I begin?

Consider this list of 10 creative ways to declutter your home:

1. Give yourself 5 solid minutes. Leo Babauta at Zen Habits recommends 18 different 5-minute decluttering tips. Pick one today that sounds appealing. Or better yet, pick a random number 1-18, read the specific tip, and commit 5 minutes to completing it.

2. Give away one item each day. Colleen Madsen at 365 Less Things gives away one item each day. Over the past several years, she has experienced quite a transformation simply reducing her stuff one day at a time.

3. Fill one trash bag. Early in our journey towards simplicity, one of my favorite decluttering techniques was to grab a simple large trash bag and see how quickly I could fill it. While much of what I collected was trash, this could also be used to fill a bag for Goodwill.

4. Try the Oprah Winfrey Closet Hanger Experiment. While this idea didn’t originate with Oprah, she was the one to help give it notoriety. To identify wardrobe pieces to clear out, hang all your clothes with the hangers in the reverse direction. After you wear an item, return it to the closet with the hanger facing the correct direction. After six months, you’ll have a clear picture of which clothes you can easily discard. This experiment could also be applied to a number of clutter areas in your home (cleaners, toys, linens, tools, hobbies and craft items).

5. Make a list. Dana Byers recommends creating a list of places/areas in your home to declutter beginning with the easiest… which doesn’t sound all that creative until she adds this note, “When you’re done with one area, STOP.” This list could be made as easy or difficult as you desire based upon what areas of your home make up the list (drawers/closets/rooms). And could easily fit into any schedule.

6. Take the 12-12-12 Challenge. A simple task of locating 12 items to throw away, 12 items to donate, and 12 items to be returned to their proper home can be a really fun and exciting way to quickly organize 36 things in your house. On more than one occasion, this challenge actually became a quick competition between my wife and me… and your kids don’t have to be too old to participate as well.

7. Change your perspective. Unclutterer offers a powerful approach to decluttering when they offer a number of strategies to help you change your perspective and begin to notice some clutter you may have missed. Among their ideas: take photos of your house, invite over a toddler, or ask the boss to meet in your office. With all of the examples, the hope is to cause you to see your home in a new light.

8. Experiment with numbers. For example, Courtney Carver invented Project 333 to challenge people to wear only 33 articles of clothing for 3 months. If 33 articles of clothing seems too little, adjust the rules as you need by picking a new number. The important thing is to challenge yourself to live with less and see what you learn from the experiment.

9. Use your imagination. Psychology Today recommends using your imagination to help declutter objects that may seem difficult to remove. Try asking yourself unique questions like, “If I was just buying this now, how much would I pay?” These creative techniques may prove to be very helpful for some with difficulties removing unneeded clutter.

10. The Four-Box Method. As we first set out on our journey to minimalism, this was the technique most often used in our home. As I set out to declutter an area, I brought four boxes: trash, give away, keep, or relocate. Each item in every room was placed into one of the four categories. No item was passed over. Each was considered individually. Some projects took an hour… others took days or weeks. But the technique and principles remained the same.

No matter what you choose to help you get started – whether it be one of these ten or one of countless others – the goal is to take your first step with excitement behind it. There is a beautiful world of freedom and fresh breath hiding behind that clutter. How you remove it is up to you.


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The Mummers Parade 2017

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In Philly, the New Year’s party doesn’t stop after the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve. In fact, some would say it doesn’t even get started until 9 a.m. on New Year’s Day, when 10,000 colorfully costumed Mummers line up to strut, sashay and pirouette their way down Broad Street.

Mummers are men and women of all ages who belong to more than 40 organized clubs that make up the parade participants. The clubs are split into five categories — Comics, Wench Brigades, Fancies, String Bands and Fancy Brigades — that function mainly to stage playful performances on New Year’s Day.

The parade begins at 9 a.m. and continues into the evening, ending approximately at 6 p.m. City Hall marks the starting point, with a judging station situated at 15th and Market streets.

Click Here to read about more things to do on New Year’s Day in Philadelphia. 

 


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Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

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Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest transforms Penn’s Landing into a winterized riverfront park.

A cold-weather version of the rollerskating oasis BlueCrossRiverRink Summerfest, Winterfest houses an Olympic-size skating rink overlooking the Delaware River, a ski chalet-style lodge and winter garden with a majesticly lit holiday tree (over 100,000 LED lights!), an outdoor seating area with fire pits, cozy warming cabins, a kids’ lodge with arcade games and more.

Now in its 23rd year as an outdoor ice skating rink and fourth season as Winterfest, Blue Cross RiverRink is the only outdoor regulation-sized rink in Philadelphia. The experience of Winterfest as a whole is an annual favorite among those of every age, offering plenty of special events throughout the season as well as daily entertainment, food and drinks.

Admission and Hours
Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest is open seven days a week, including all holidays, from November 25, 2016 to March 5, 2017.

General admission to the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest is FREE. Skate rental and admission is not included.

Learn more about RiverRink Winterfest


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