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Finding The Right Pet For Your Apartment Living

When thinking about getting a companion for your apartment, make sure you consider all the factors, especially when thinking about purchasing a dog. Such factors include your lifestyle, your finances and your environment.

You need to consider your daily schedule before you bring a dog into your home. If you are a very active person and are rarely home, it may not be fair to the dog. If you have several kids be sure and take into account the additional demands a dog brings. Once you’ve thought about your lifestyle, you can then think of what type of breed would work best (should you still choose to get a dog). Know the potential problems of getting a dog and the specific breed that may work best, before bringing one home. This will eliminate the possibility of it not working out and having to find a new home for your pet.

Having a dog is a financial commitment. Similar to having a child, a dog has financial needs that rely solely on you!! They have to go to the vet for shots when they are sick, be fed when they are hungry, and be bathed when they are dirty. On top of the necessary items, there are additional expenses such as daycare (if you chose), toys, training, and the cost of your time. So be sure that you are financially able to care for the dog before you bring him/her home. That too will eliminate the possibility of it not working out and having to get rid of it later.

And of course, you need to consider your environment. Make sure you live in a pet-friendly apartment community and check if there are any restrictions with animal breeds and sizes. You don’t want to get a medium size dog if your apartment community only allows dogs below a certain weight! On top of the rules inside the apartment community, make sure that the environment you live in has places for you to take your dog. Research if there are any dog parks near by or certain routes best for taking your dog for walks.

As a dog owner, a two year old Chihuahua named Bailey, I know the demands on my time and finances he makes, but I also know the true joy I experience by having my little guy. So be certain that you have thought about the factors involved of having a dog, or any animal, before bringing your pet to your apartment!


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Shop Til You Drop…Exploring Alamance Crossing Shopping Center!

I love the location of our apartments, we are so close to Alamance Crossing Shopping Center with tons of restaurants and shops…a few shops, I had never heard of before, so I went to check them out.  I will definitely be a regular from now on.  My first stop:


Rocket Fizz Soda Pop and Shops offers one of the largest and craziest selections of glass-bottled soda pops and retro candies for sale in America. They pride themselves on carrying unique and fun products for people of all ages. When a customer enters a Rocket Fizz store they are visually overwhelmed by the amount of colorful inventory.

Next, I went to:


Cork & Cow is a Wine Bar and Retail Store serving over 30 wines by the glass and 30 draft and bottled beers, cheeses, meats, sandwiches, salads, flatbreads, dips and munchies. They also offer  outdoor seating on their beautiful patio.  – Wine Tastings on Tuesdays & Wednesdays 4-7pm.  Cost is $5 for 4 tastes of Wine served with Crackers and a taste of cheese.

Third stop for the day:


We wanted to share a "sneak peek" of our exciting, new store opening VERY soon at Alamance Crossing! Here's a quick look at what we have in store for you!

Posted by Burlington Brands on Sunday, September 7, 2014

So, I think Burlington Brands is my favorite so far, who doesn’t love quality at a great price.  I cannot wait to go back at lunch tomorrow.  I need a few scarves!!  What I love most about this store is the wonderful customer service.

Last but not least:


“Just Be” was born from a love of all things handmade and unique. It is a place where you can come, relax, and just be yourself.   Eclectic and inviting, they are a specialty boutique with an online shop as well as a storefront at Alamance Crossing in Burlington, NC

If you are looking for jewelry, handbags, apparel, home decor, or a gift off the beaten path, they specialize in inspiring U.S. made, fair trade, and handcrafted products.

Next time you are visiting one of these unique shops, stop by Wayfare at Garden Crossing Apartments, we are a stone’s throw away, yet doesn’t feel like you are living in the middle of a shopping center.  Can’t wait to show you Burlington’s Newest Luxury Apartments…see you soon!






New Years Traditions and Superstitions!!

WOW…Can you believe it’s almost 2018!!   I was born and raised in North Carolina, we have a few traditions in our family I wanted to share with you. My earliest memory of New Years Day is the food we eat on this day!! This  includes Greens, Black eyed peas, corn bread, pork and circle-shaped foods, these foods are considered “lucky foods” which symbolizes cycles.


Here are a few other New Year’s Day superstitions I’ve heard about, but don’t  follow on New Year’s day like the traditional lunch items.. I thought they were interesting!

  1. Nothing goes out of the house, or you will be losing things during the upcoming year. Don’t take out the trash or food or anything, if your trash needs emptying, do it before midnight or on January 2nd. If you have food or anything to take somewhere on New Years day, have it outside or at their house already.
  2. Kissing at midnight. Kiss someone dear to you at midnight, this will ensure affection for the next 12 months. If you happen to be alone at midnight, kissing the dog or cat would certainly work.
  3. Don’t cry, don’t cry on New Years day, this could bring unhappiness for the next year. So don’t cry even if your favorite team loses in a bowl game. Be upbeat and happy as well.
  4. Don’t wash clothes. The dirty clothes can wait until January 2nd. Some super-cautious won’t even wash the dishes on New Years day, I need to go and find the paper plates now.
  5. No bare cupboards, fill up the cupboards before New Years day, otherwise that could be the way of the New Year.
  6. Money, don’t lend money or precious items and don’t pay back loans either. To do so means you will be paying out money all year long. Also fill all of your wallets with money since that ensures prosperity for the New Year.
  7. Open the doors at midnight as this will let out all the bad from the previous year. Now that’s an easy one to do unless its 30 below out, this will let out the bad before the good can come in on New Years day.
  8. Loud noises, make some noise. This will scare away the evil spirits from entering your life in the next year. I like this one, it makes sense and it’s fun but you need to be careful though since too much loud noise and the cops might show up, and that might not be good for the New Year. Maybe just one yell and two firecrackers.
  9. Don’t break anything, you should try very hard to not break anything, especially a mirror, as that could be doubly bad as breaking a mirror on any other day, so try not to break anything. And this is another good reason not to do the dishes on New Years Day.
  10. Work, try and do something work related on New Years Day, just a token or small amount of work, if you do too much work related stuff, then it might not be so good. This one is only for those who have the day off, I wouldn’t think fireman and others would care for this superstition.
  11. First person entering your home, this superstition is about how the first person who enters your home in the New Year will influence the year you’re about to have. Ideally this person should be tall, dark and good looking. This is a real superstition but I think it came out of an old Cosmo magazine article.
  12. Which way the wind blows, there isn’t a lot we can do about the weather, but superstition holds that if the wind is out of the South there will be prosperous times ahead. The wind out of the East means famine and calamities and out of the North means a bad year for weather. A little odd but out of the West means plenty of milk and fish. Calm winds means a prosperous and joyful year for all, that’s just great since I just read there is a high wind warning for my area.


What are your New Year’s Day traditions??  We’d love to hear about them.  I hope everyone has a prosperous New Year full of good health and joy!!


My Favorite Christmas Movies!!

Twas’ the night before Christmas?!?!  Ok, not really it’s actually a couple of weeks before Christmas…but now that Thanksgiving is over, it’s time for Christmas Music, Christmas shopping,  Family time, peppermint flavored everything, and Christmas movies!  I wanted to share a few of my absolute favorites that I have to watch every year

  1. A Christmas Story (1983)
In the 1940’s, in the town of Hammond, 9-year-old Ralphie wants one thing for Christmas — an official Red Ryder BB rifle. When he asks his mother for the BB gun for Christmas, she says, “No, you’ll shoot your eye out”. When he writes an essay about it at school his teacher gives him a C+ with a note saying “You’ll shoot your eye out.” Next he asks Santa for the gun, Santa’s response is familiar, he says, “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid.” Ralph fears that he’ll never get the BB gun for Christmas. But there may be a surprise in store for him.
2.  Elf (2003)
As a baby, Buddy crawls into Santa’s toy bag and is whisked off to the North Pole, where he is raised as an elf. A misfit who grows to be three times the size of his elf family, Buddy ultimately heads to his birthplace of New York City to seek out his roots. Unfortunately, they turn out to be a “Scrooge”-like father and a cynical ten-year-old stepbrother who doesn’t believe in Santa. Worst of all, everyone seems to have forgotten the true meaning of Christmas. But using his simple elf ways, Buddy sets out to single-handedly win over his family and save Christmas in New York, hoping to at last find his true place in the world.
3.  Home Alone (1990)
An eight-year-old troublemaker must protect his house from a pair of burglars when he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation.
4.  National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)
This is the third in the “National Lampoon” series about the Griswold family. In this sequel, the Griswolds must deal with a holiday with their in-laws.  This one makes me laugh no matter how many times I watch it!!
5.  Scrooged (1988)
Murray plays Frank Cross, a ruthless TV executive confronted with the slapstick ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. Will a night of zonked-out horror convince the heartless Frank to change his ways?  This one is a classic!
This small list are my top favorites at Christmas…  Please share your favorites, we’d love to hear from you!  Happy Holidays!!

Pumpkins, Pumpkins Everywhere!!

I love exploring Burlington.  On my trip out today, I discovered a farmer’s market less than a mile from Wayfare at Garden Crossing!!   GARDEN VALLEY FARMERS MARKET  located at 1168 St. Marks Church Rd.  In case you didn’t know, I love Fall!!!  Crisp mornings and warm afternoons, changing leaves, fires in the fire pit, pumpkin spice everything and decorating my porch…which is why I was so excited to find rows and rows of all kinds of pumpkins and huge mums!!


Look at the size of these mums!!  These would be great on the front porch..

Of course, they have the regular orange pumpkins…but look at these cool pumpkins!!

And don’t forget the Apple Cider to sip on by the fire pit!!  When you come by WAYFARE AT GARDEN CROSSING, make sure you stop by this place, it’s amazing!!

Happy Fall Y’all!!  🙂



Hometown Find: Stokely’s Barbecue

Food Findings


I had a hankering this weekend for some good, old fashioned southern food…which means I broke out the iPhone and googled barbecue in Burlington, NC!

By now, I’ve learned to trust my gut with these things – Burlington is filled with good food, so if Facebook and Google say it’s good, then trust them!

And boy, were the crowds right!

First, when you walk in to their new location, your nose is enthralled with tantalizing smells. Then, while you’re finding your way to your table, your eyes grow wide with food envy! After all of that, you get to see the menu and wait for the amazing meal that will be yours to come!

It’s just minutes from our apartments here in Burlington – their new location is on Huffman Mill Road, which is super easy to navigate!

Whether wings, seafood, ribs, or barbecue, you are in the right place!

Not pictured? My pecan pie. I ate it too quickly to think about taking a picture!

Visit Stokely’s BBQ here on Facebook!


So…why Burlington? Let me tell ya!

So, you just found out that you’re looking for a new home and Burlington, NC, looks like a good choice.

You’ve heard of Burlington, visited a store or two, and maybe grabbed a bite to eat…but what would you do living here beside that?

Well let me tell you! It’s one thing to have an amazing place to call home (hello granite countertops and stained concrete floors here at Wayfare at Garden Crossing!), but it’s easy to claim a city as cool as Burlington as well!

Maybe you’re looking for outdoor adventure? Got you covered!

The Haw River Canoe & Kayak Company is just a minute down the road from Burlington and lets you get on the BEAUTIFUL Haw River and explore to your hearts content! Whether it’s just you or you’re bringing along others, this is a trip that’s sure to delight!

Fun family rafting happenings on the Haw River!

Maybe you’re looking for something drier but filled with animals? Burlington has got that too!

The Conservators Center, located a short drive north of us, is filled with a plethora of animals just beginning to be seen! Lions, tigers, and ocelots abound!

This is Tres! She’s the resident Ocelot!

After a full day of rafting and visiting animals you’re probably hungry, but you don’t want to eat at a chain restaurant. I get it, same here. Good thing Burlington gives you options!

Meet The Root Trackside! A DELICIOUS eatery just down the street in Elon! This affordable, delicious, and welcoming place is somewhere you will absolutely love to visit and dine at! My personal favorite is the “Foodie Grilled Cheese” but I promise you can’t go wrong!

Okay, now let’s round out this perfect day with some wine!

What day is complete without a little wine? I can’t think of one. Just hop down the road to our friends at Iron Gate Vineyards for a scheduled tour so you can see, smell, and taste the deliciousness that is their wine!

Choose Wayfare at Garden Crossing to be your home and Burlington to be your city, and you’ll live the life you love!

So be brave! Explore! Fall in love with Burlington! We promise you can and will!

Tips for New Residents

Welcome! We are so glad to have you at our community. Let us know if you have any questions or if there are any ways we can serve you. Please remember to break down your moving boxes when you dispose of them so there’s enough room for everyone’s trash. Welcome to our community!

Community Activities

Do you have an idea for an activity you’d like to see here? Whether it’s a game night or a walking group, let us know so we can help facilitate. We are always interested to hear your ideas about ways we can bring neighbors together for meaningful activities. We look forward to hearing from you.