Low-Key Date Ideas for Valentine's Day
by Sydney Bottum
If you and your significant other want a low-key and not so expensive Valentine's Day this year, here are six at-home activities to celebrate your love!
Take an online painting class together from PaintingToGough.com! They deliver all the supplies you need to create your masterpiece and provide step-by-step video instruction from artists across the globe. You'll be left with a tangible memory you can display in your home and a fun, new experience!
Curl up on the couch with a bowl of popcorn, some chocolate, and a bottle of wine for a movie marathon. If you have different movie tastes, make a list beforehand with your favorite movie, their movie, and a movie you both like equally. You can even pick movies of significance to your relationship, like the first movie you saw together.
Gather the spa essentials like face masks, massage oil, bath bombs, candles, exfoliator, an essential oil diffuser, and whatever else you associate with relaxing. Apply your partner's face mask, give them a massage, and take a bubble bath!
BAKE A ROMANTIC DESSERT
The first Tiramisu recipe dates back to Italy in the 1800's. It was popular for its sweetness and alcohol-soaked cake, which is why Tiramisu has been considered an aphrodisiac ever since.
REVEL IN MEMORIES
Going through your camera roll or wedding album is a great way to discuss memories with your significant other. It may feel bittersweet, but it is a cute way to show your appreciation for how far you've come together.
ORDER IN YOUR FAVORITE MEAL
Eat your favorite meals in the comfort of your own home by getting them delivered to your front door with a food delivery service! Staying in leaves more time to enjoy the rest of the night.
As previously mentioned, Tiramisu has been considered an aphrodisiac cake, here is an easy recipe you can definitely try.
3 tsp instant coffee granules
3 tbsp coffee liqueur
250g tub mascarpone
85g condensed milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
4-6 sponge fingers
1 tbsp cocoa powder
Mix the coffee granules with 2 tbsp boiling water in a large jug and stir to combine. Add the coffee liqueur and 75ml cold water. Pour into a shallow dish and set aside.
Make the cream layer by beating the mascarpone, condensed milk and vanilla extract with an electric whisk until thick and smooth.
Break the sponge fingers into two or three pieces and soak in the coffee mixture for a few secs. Put a few bits of the sponge in the bottom of two wine or sundae glasses and top with the cream. Sift over the cocoa and chill for at least 1 hr before serving.
WELCOME OUR NEW LEASING COORDINATOR
Terry Del Giorgio
Terry is an enthusiastic professional that was seeking a new challenging career when joining 3G Properties Group. Terry received her BA in Liberal Studies from Cal Poly University after raising her three children. She has over twenty years of experience in the field of education. Terry is organized, self-motivated and a lifelong learner. She enjoys time with her grandchildren, acrylic painting, music, and a good cup of coffee.
NATIONAL RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS DAY
Whether it’s to yourself, your friend or some random stranger, remember to be kind. The fact that this is an actual day speaks volumes.
Random Acts of Kindness Day is a day to celebrate and encourage random acts of kindness and the 'pay it forward' mentality.
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING WORK ORDERS,
WEATHER, HEALTH and SAFETY PROTOCOLS!
The Maintenance Department will begin consolidating work orders to minimize the
amount of trips to your homes and exposure of Covid, Flu and other viruses.
Please ONLY SUBMIT ONE WORK ORDER every TWO MONTHS for non-
emergency/non-essential repairs. This one work order can have multiple items listed.
If multiple work orders are submitted multiple times within 2 months for non-
emergency/non-essential repairs, maintenance will cancel the request.
If you are having any sickness and/or virus symptoms, please inform our Maintenance
Department when they coordinate your work order appointments. Please submit your
repairs that are non-emergencies/non-essentials through your portal. If you have an
emergency, please submit a work order through the portal and call the emergency
maintenance number (713) 352-3768. Messages left will be checked after hours and on weekends.
Maintenance emergencies are:
· Major Water Leak (shut off water immediately)
· Heat is out and it is below 55 degrees
· AC is out and it is above 85 degrees
· Toilets: None are working (not just one)
· Sewage backup throughout (not just a clogged drain)
· Broken windows and doors (not lockouts)
· Electrical: Outages (not caused by the power company or
weather related) that affect major parts of the home
Due to the upcoming freezing weather, please call the emergency
maintenance number (713) 352-3768 if you notice any signs of pipe
breaks and/or water damage. Please adhere to the following:
When temperatures are forecasted to be below 32 degrees F, pipes can freeze, burst, and cause a great deal of damage. Help protect your rental home and belongings by taking these steps during a freeze:
TURN OFF YOUR SPRINKLER SYSTEMS
LEAVE HEAT ON AT LEAST 65 DEGREES
OPEN CABINET DOORS UNDER KITCHEN AND BATHROOM SINKS SO WARM AIR CAN CIRCULATE BELOW THE SINKS
LET BOTH HOT AND COLD FAUCETS HAVE A SLOW DRIP OR SMALL TRICKLE
TO PREVENT PIPES FROM FREEZING COVER AND INSULATE OUTDOOR FAUCETS AND REMOVE ANY GARDEN HOSES
CHECK THE EXTERIOR OF THE HOME FOR YOUR BACKFLOW. NOT ALL HOMES
WILL HAVE ONE. SEE ATTACHED VIDEO FOR STEPS ON WINTERIZING IT.
IF YOU HAVE A POOL, PLEASE CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING TIPS:
Run the filtration pump and all auxiliary pumps continuously (the pool cleaner
pump does not need to run).
Maintain proper pool water level at all times (at the middle of the tile line). If
the water level drops too low, the pump will draw in air through the skimmers
which increases the risk of equipment freeze damage.
NEVER backwash during extremely cold conditions. Filter pressure gauges
can freeze, resulting in inaccurate readings. DO NOT use heater during
extreme cold unless it has been constantly running prior to the drop in
temperature. Manufacturers state heaters should not be run at temperatures
68 and below.
Adjust pool and spa jets upwards to reduce surface freezing.
We also recommend storing additional water if in the event you temporarily lose your water supply.
Be alert! If you see something unusual – for example if your water does not come on, or if you see water leaking anywhere in or around your home, notify us immediately (713) 352-3768
Thank you from your 3G Properties Team!
PLEASE REMEMBER TO KEEP YOUR RENTER’S INSURANCE POLICY CURRENT AND UP TO DATE! All tenants and occupants 18 years and older must have renters insurance.
Please send us a copy of your renewed policy so we can add to your portal:
Maintenance requests MUST be in writing so please use your tenant portal. Photos can also be uploaded to support your maintenance requests. Report any leaks so minor problems don’t turn into major ones.
We have a new process for submitting emergency work orders.
For emergencies only, please call (713) 352-3768. Messages left will be checked after hours and on weekends. Please submit a work order as well. Please make note of this change.
Maintenance emergencies are:
Major Water Leak (shut off water immediately)
Heat is out and it is below 55 degrees
AC is out and it is above 85 degrees
Toilets: None are working (not just one)
Sewage backup throughout (not just a clogged drain)
Broken windows and doors (not lockouts)
Electrical: Outages (not caused by the power company or weather related) that affect major parts of the home
The HVAC systems can only perform within a 20 degree differential. If it's 100+ and you want your house to cool to 70 then you might want to invest in a portable a/c unit that you can move from room to room to create an even cooler environment.
We service each of our rental properties quarterly or semi-annually for filter changes, smoke alarm testing and property walk throughs. This is a requirement of your Landlord and to ensure the safety and condition of your home. If you refuse service, do not allow access to your rental property, do not leave your keyless deadbolt unlocked or do not safely secure your pet in its crate, a $65 trip charge will be added to your rental account.
If you are ever locked out of your rental property, it is your responsibility to contact and pay for locksmith services. This is not a maintenance request (see above).
Do NOT pour oil or grease down any drains including garbage disposals to prevent clogs and repairs being charged back to tenants due to misuse.
“Flushable” Wipes — and Almost Everything Else — Are Not Flushable. Here is a simple truth. Sewer systems were designed to handle two things — human waste and toilet paper. Flushing wipes increases the chances that the pipes will get blocked and cause serious problems for the sewer system in general. Repairs caused by misuse will be charged back to tenants.
Per your Lease Agreement, all tenants and occupants 18 years and older need their own separate Renter’s Insurance Policy or on a combined policy naming all tenants and occupants as insureds. 3G Properties Group should be named on your policy as an “additional interest” so your insurance company will automatically send us your proof of insurance and any changes or updates. If all tenants are not named on the insurance policy or we do not have a copy of your policy on file, there is a mandatory $12.50 landlord’s liability insurance policy charged to your rental property each month to be included in your rent payment. Tenant’s personal property is not protected unless Tenant has their own RENTERS INSURANCE.
DUE TO LIABILITY, UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD ANY TENANT OR OCCUPANT ACCESS THE ATTIC OF THE PROPERTY FOR STORAGE OR ANY OTHER PURPOSE. You are not allowed to change your AC filters if they are located in the attic space or above 6 feet from the ground.
No temporary or above ground pools of any kind or trampolines are permitted on the property per your Lease Agreement, paragraph 12D.
Tenant must kennel or crate pets whenever landlord or landlord’s representative will be on property for a scheduled appointment. If not, there will be a $65 trip charge added to your rental account.
If you have an addition to your family, i.e. new baby, please let us know so we can add them as occupants. We will need their name and date of birth. Any occupants 18 or older are required to complete a rental application for approval prior to them moving in.
Please make all payments through your portal. We do not accept personal checks.
Written communication is best! When you have questions or concerns related to your lease, policies or procedures, please email to firstname.lastname@example.org. 3G personnel will respond within 48 business hours. Thank you!