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If you desire an exquisite lifestyle with the ultimate in luxury and convenience, look no furhter than Integra Meadows. Throughout every part of our community, you will marvel at the unsurpassed attention to detail and quality. Now it's your chance to enjoy the fruits of our labor and discover the many pleasures of life at Integra Meadows.

Centrally located in the growing town of Davenport, Florida, Integra Meadows is just a short drive to the excitement of Kissimmee and the action of Orlando. We are only minutes away from Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Sea World and all major attractions! Situated just off I-4, Integra Meadows is also convenient to the Tampa Bay area, Lakeland and Four Corners - putting you at the center of it all.

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Summer Bash 2011

You and your friends are invited to our 2nd annual resident Summer Bash cookout! The party will be held at the clubhouse/pool area on Friday, July 29th from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. The office will provide the food and soda. You are welcome to bring any beverage of your choice and keep it in the fridge, however please do not bring any glass containers as they are not permitted in the pool area. There will be drawings for rent giveaways and much much more! We hope you will stop by and say hello– we look forward to seeing you there!

Plants add to a room’s decor and even help freshen the air circulating in an apartment. But if your previous efforts to maintain a plant ended in brown disaster, you may be wary of acquiring a leafy housemate. Fortunately, there are a number of plants that can go leaf-to-leaf with even the blackest of thumbs.

Here are some hardy, hard-to-kill houseplants that just might be right for a green-thumb-challenged apartment.

● The cast-iron plant, or aspidistra elatior, was a favorite in the sooty houses of Victorian England. It can tolerate below-freezing temperatures and low levels of light. This is not a showy plant, as it grows very slowly.

● Certain ivy plants can also thrive under the light of a 60-watt bulb. If you like plants with long, trailing vines, a pothos variety should suit you nicely. You can even prune the plant and place the cuttings in water to start new plants. Note that ivy isn’t a good plant for an apartment with pets: the leaves can be toxic, if eaten.

● Snake plant, also known as “mother-in-law’s tongue,” has long, pointed leaves and can make a striking accent piece. Snake plants prefer bright sunlight and can’t take temperatures below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, but fortunately like drier soil; it’s hard to under-water this plant.

● Zanzibar gem is another low-light-tolerant plant that prefers under-watering to over-watering. Like the ivy, it’s not a good plant if you have children or pets that may try to eat the leaves.

● A cyclamen will go dormant during the summer, but, if you can keep it out of bright light during this dormant period and give it generally high humidity, you’ll be rewarded with a long-blooming flower in winter.

● A jade plant can go up to a month between waterings in the winter, but you will need to give it an annual pruning to keep it healthy.

● If your apartment has room for a tree (and is relatively humid), consider a dwarf umbrella, which can grow four- to five-feet-tall and adapt to different levels of light.

● Finally, for those who really don’t like watering, there are always cacti. These might be best if you have a southern-facing window or a balcony, as they like at least a couple of hours of full sun each day.

How to Keep Cool in Your Apartment For Less

When temperatures are on the rise, it seems like you only have two options: run the A/C until you get goose bumps and a power bill bigger than the national debt, or save your pennies and sweat it out hoping you don’t get heat stroke.

But there are ways you can control the temperature in your apartment and keep your energy bill down. Follow these steps for a cooler apartment and lower bills.

Cool down your apartment
There are many steps you can take to cool down your apartment without blasting the air conditioner.

•Cross ventilation is the key. Open windows on both sides of your apartment to allow air circulation.
•Window fans work best when blowing air out, so put your fan on the sunny side of the apartment and let it expel the hot air while pulling cool air from open windows on the shady side.
•Keep shades or curtains pulled on the sunny side of the house.
•Make your own personal air conditioner by placing a bowl of ice in front of a fan and letting it blow on you.
•If your apartment has a ceiling fan, use it.
•Replace incandescent light bulbs with fluorescent. This will also save energy.
•If you get a lot of direct sunlight, think about window films to block heat. They will also keep heat from going out the windows in the winter.
Act cool
Sometimes what you do in your apartment can raise the inside temperature or make you fell hotter. Take these steps to make you feel cooler.

•Exercise and do strenuous activities in the evening or early morning when temperatures are lower.
•Pace yourself when performing household activities, such as cooking or cleaning, and don’t over-exert yourself.
•Keep wet. Take tepid baths or showers, or go swimming in the community pool.
•Avoid opening and closing the refrigerator and freezer often, as the harder they work, the more heat they put out.
•Put cold cloths or ice on your pulse points, especially on the neck and wrists.
•If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. Spend as much time as possible in the cooler areas of your apartment.
•Instead of an oven, use your microwave or a toaster oven. Or choose meal elements involving items that don’t require baking, such as sandwiches.
Dress cool
Make sure what you’re wearing is not working against these cooling techniques.

•Think light, both in color and in fabric.
•Natural fabrics like cotton are much cooler than most synthetics, although there are new high-tech synthetics made specifically to keep you cool.
•Loose fitting clothes allow air to circulate, keeping you cooler.
•The fewer clothes, the better; but make sure your apparel is appropriate for your roommates or houseguest.
Eat and drink cool
What you put in your body can have almost as much effect as what you put on your body.

•Dehydration can sneak up on you, so make sure to drink plenty of water.
•Limit caffeinated, alcoholic or carbonated beverages, as they can speed up dehydration.
•Fruit juices and sports beverages can help replace minerals lost due to sweating, but don’t overdo it. They are also full of sugar, which can cause dehydration.
•Eat small, light meals.
•Eat foods high in water content, like fruits and vegetables.
Get out of there
When all else fails, hang out somewhere cool: a movie theater (one reason summer movies do so well), a mall, a library, a museum or even a friend’s house. Spending just a couple of hours in a cool environment will make you feel much better.

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Apartment Grilling Safety

Summer is approaching, and it's time to begin thinking of enjoying more time outdoors and inviting your friends over for a barbecue. The goal is to have fun, so make sure you follow a few safety tips so fun is all you will experience.

When you're ready to grill, make sure your grill is placed at a safe distance away from your apartment, wooden porch or deck railing, low-hanging branches, flammable liquids, and other combustible materials. Some experts recommend at least 10 to 12 feet of distance from anything susceptible to the heat of your grill.

If you have a charcoal grill, one of the most imperative safety measures you can take is to make certain your coals are completely out before you toss them. Just leave them alone – at least overnight to make sure. Sometimes a charcoal briquette can remain active even overnight if it's buried in the middle of the ashes. So even though you may think your coals have gone completely out, remember just one spark can cause a fire. If you need to get rid of the coals, remove them from the hot grill and use cold water to make sure all embers are completely cooled.

If you have a gas grill, you should take the time to make sure there are no leaks in the gas lines – before you light up the grill. You can use a product especially made to test for leaks or you can use dishwashing liquid to see whether air bubbles occur where the gas lines are connected. Play it safe and take just a little extra care and precaution to make sure everyone has fun on the patio and no one is injured from carelessness.

Schools Out Summer Is Here!

Summer is here at last! We just wanted to give everyone a friendly reminder that anyone under the age of 16 needs to be accompanied by an adult resident while in the clubhouse. Please feel free to give us a call if you have any questions reguarding this matter (407) 396-8259. Thank you for your cooperation, have a fun and safe summer!

The Staff at Integra Meadows

Popular Apartment Decorating Styles

If apartment decorating doesn’t come naturally to you, don’t worry: you can still create great-looking apartment decor by modeling your interior after a popular decorating style. Here is an overview of common apartment decorating styles to use as a guide.

A modern or contemporary look has sleek lines, minimal frills and neutral colors with a few vibrant accents. Open spaces are characteristic of this style, as well as furniture made of very light or very dark wood. The contemporary look is all about contrast and a clean, airy feeling. Think Scandinavian decor and Ikea. Those are prime examples of this decorating style that may inspire you.

If you like a cozy feel, then the cottage style might be the way to go. It’s a very warm and personal decorating style that draws inspiration from seaside beach cottages and quaint country homes. Cottage style is a welcoming, lived-in look that reminds you of your grandmother’s house. Traditional cottage colors are green, blue, yellow and white. Think vintage quilts, wicker furniture and great flea market finds.

Transport yourself to another hemisphere with a hot, seductive Mediterranean décor. This style is based on traditional Spanish and Italian decorating. The color palette features red, orange and yellow tones. Add texture with ironwork, terra cotta pottery, and mosaics. Imagine the aged, Old World feel of a courtyard in Barcelona.

Maybe hot and sunny isn’t your thing and you’d prefer a more traditional look pulled from classic French and English styles. The Traditional style is quite romantic with soft tones, floral and patterned fabrics, and intricate architectural details. It is often a very formal and balanced decor, filled with elegant antiques that mirror the look of an English manor house.

Outdoorsy apartment dwellers will love the rustic decorating style. It centers on bringing nature into your home by incorporating elements of the outdoors. This decor uses natural woods, stone and earth tones. It’s as if you turned your apartment into a rustic log cabin. Trek to some online cabin rental sites for a peek into this deep woods decorating style.

The retro style is one of the most playful, because anything goes. Pick a favorite era or decade and load up your apartment with decorative items from that time period. One of the most recently popular retro styles is 1950s Mid-Century Modern. When a period style gets hot again, home décor companies will start to create new items in that style, so it may be easy to find items that fit today’s retro trend without spending a lot of time at flea market and antique stores.

Did one of these styles stand out for you? Do a little online research to see photos of apartments and homes decorated in that style. Take a look at those examples for ideas that you can reproduce — or use them to fuel your creativity and design your own stylish apartment.

Yummy Summer Dessert!

Mint Chip Ice Cream Pie
Serves 8
Hands-On Time: 10m
Total Time: 2hr 25m


8 ounces chopped semisweet chocolate, melted

4 cups crisped rice cereal (such as Rice Krispies)

2 pints mint chocolate-chip ice cream, slightly softened


1.In a large bowl, combine the chocolate and cereal until the cereal is completely coated. Transfer to a 9-inch springform pan. Press the mixture into the bottom and 1 inch up the sides of the pan. Freeze just until firm, 5 to 10 minutes.

2.Spread the ice cream in the prepared crust and freeze, covered, until firm, for at least 2 hours and up to 3 days.

Lake Ridge Winery's Harvest Festival

Harvest Festival

Friday, June 17th, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Saturday, June 18th, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Sunday, June 19th, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

We invite you to come and join us as we celebrate our harvest at the 21st Annual Harvest Festival at Lakeridge Winery on June 17th, 18th and 19th. The event will be held Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. This three-day outdoor festival will feature live music, over 100 arts & craft vendors, grape stomping and award-winning Lakeridge Wines. A $2 donation will be accepted at the gate to benefit the Hospice Foundation and there is no charge to park.

We will also have a Lakeridge Winery booth on the festival grounds where you can sign up for your chance to snag a great prize! We took a vote and, by much demand, will be giving away a flat screen HDTV! There is no charge to enter the giveaway, so be sure to stop by the booth!

Complimentary winery tours and wine tasting will be held throughout the festival and great specials will be offered in our Wine Shop. Plenty of seating will be available, but you are welcome to bring your own chairs and blankets. No coolers or picnic baskets please, as we have everything you need. There will be a variety of food and beverages for purchase including several domestic and imported beers, along with your favorite Lakeridge wines by the glass.

In honor of this year's plentiful harvest, a special Blessing of the Harvest will take place each day at 1:30 p.m. We will also celebrate with the long-time favorite of grape stomping, which is fun for the entire family! Guests of all ages wishing to test their fortitude and stamina can compete in the sweet and slippery grape stomp arena pits to race against one another and the clock. Winners of each timed 2-minute stomp-off will receive a valuable prize, along with adoration from our cheering crowd.

Music Schedule

Friday, June 17th

10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.: The Dave Capp Project

2 p.m. - 5 p.m.: Blues Train

Saturday, June 18th:

10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.: The Groovemasters

2 p.m. - 5 p.m.: The Committee

Sunday, June 19th:

11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.: Selwyn Birchwood

2 p.m. - 5 p.m.: Bobby Blackmon & the B3 Blues Band

The Heat is ON!

It’s hot outside and your air conditioner will be working overtime. If you find you’re A/C is not working properly, please call in a service request right away and turn off the unit until someone can repair it. Letting the unit operate while not working properly may delay the repair by causing it to freeze up.

Our maintenance team works hard so you don’t have to! They are happy to repair any problems you have, but remember: the summer is their busiest time of year. Service requests will be handled in the order they are received, with emergency repairs taking priority over routine maintenance. Also, please be aware that our Maintenance team will not go in to complete a work request if there is a loose dog in the apartment and the resident is not there, so make sure to put your pets away for the day if you are unable to be present at that time. Be assured that they will get to you as soon as possible. We appreciate you “keeping your cool” over this very “hot” issue!

Presidential Support of Father's Day

Did you know that it took three presidents to make Father’s Day official? President Calvin Coolidge, in 1924, supported the idea of a national Father’s Day. Then in 1966, President Lyndon Johnson signed a presidential proclamation declaring the third Sunday of June as Father’s Day. President Richard Nixon signed the law, which finally made it permanent in 1972. Great men of our country all agreed to recognize the great men in our lives with Father’s Day. Although the celebration comes all the way from the White House, the appreciation comes from all of us. To all you dads, stepdads, fathers, grandfathers and those who fill those shoes, Happy Father’s Day!