Friday, May 31, 2013

Hot Spot: Jiffy Lube

Our next Ames Hot Spot is Jiffy Lube! Use your Fun Money on gas, snacks, or tune ups.  

Does your car need a tune up? Head over to Jiffy Lube, they have highly trained technicians who can help you will all your cars needs.  Watch this quirky video and learn more! 

"Jiffy Lube® technicians are highly trained in more ways than one. So to prove it, we made a few highly trained videos showcasing our knowledge and expertise when it comes to preventive maintenance and helping customers Leave Worry Behind. "

Owner Recommendation! 
Signature Service Oil Change: We check and fill all of your under hood fluids, vacuum your floors, check your tire pressure, wash the windows on the outside of your vehicle, change your oil, and offer a free car wash!!!  All of that usually only takes about 10-15 minutes and you are back on the road!

Head over to Jiffy Lube today! Or visit their website at  to get tips and learn more about quality car care.

Ames Jiffy Lube is located at 
220 S Duff Ave
Ames, IA

Hot Spot: China Moon

Our latest Hot Spot in Ankeny is China Moon Restaurant and Lounge.  Located not far from DMACC in Ankeny at 225 Southeast Oralabor Road.  They have a wide range of delicious oriental options as well our classic favorites, like Orange Chicken and Mongolian Beef.  All entrées come with an appetizer, Rice, Soup, and a drink for dine in orders.  With these generous servings you’re sure to leave satisfied.  China Moon also caters! They cater wedding rehearsals, receptions, banquets, meetings, business dinners and large or small events.

China Moon is getting great reviews! Check out what people are saying:

“Their food is the best and most consistently prepared Chinese food I've ever had. They use the best ingredients, and their service and wait people are great!”

“The thing that amazed me the most was the service. I went in expecting to take an hour lunch. It took me 25 minutes total. The food was fresh and came out in like 10 minutes!”

“The lunch special is a great deal. Soup, eggroll, chicken wing and entree for $6.50.”

Hot Spot: Jeff's Pizza

If you live in Ames you’ve heard of Jeff’s Pizza.  Brothers Jeff and Chris Uetz own the corner pizza shop.  They’ve worked in the pizza business since 1994 as delivery boys, managers, and now owners.  The two decided to put up shop here in Ames because of it’s hometown feel. At Jeff’s it’s all about customer satisfaction.

My biggest motivator in the pizza business is the excitement generated by our customers. For me there is no better feeling in the world than seeing a satisfied smile on someone's face.” 
- Jeff

Jeff's Pizza Weekly Specials! 

Monday: Buy any 14" or larger pizza and get a second pizza of the same size for FREE!

Tuesday: Buy any 14" or larger pizza and get a Smotharella Sticks of the same size for FREE!

Wednesday: "Triple Play" 2-12" one topping pizzas and a 12" Smotharella Sticks and a 2 Liter of soda for only 18.95!

Thursday: Buy a 14" or larger Specialty Pizza and get a 10" Smotharella Sticks for FREE!

Friday: "Friday Feast" 14" Specialty Pizza plus a 14" One Topping Pizza and a 2 Liter of soda for only 25.95!

Saturday: Get a 16" Two Topping Pizza and a 14" Smotharella Sticks for only 21.95!

Sunday: Get a 14" Two Topping Pizza and 4 Bosco Cheese Sticks for only 14.95!

Check out what local Ames residents have to say about Jeff's Pizza:

"Best Pizza in Ames. Forget about Great Plains. Wonderful prices too, especially when you go on a special night. I think Monday nights are their "buy any size specialty pizza and get one free". We usually go with the spinache havarti, and an all-veggie, or the four cheese one. Honestly, never had a pizza I didn't like at this place. Pro-tip: Get a spechter's cream soda. I don't care if you don't like soda. This stuff is bomb!"
Bela S.

"Jeff's Pizza Shop is fantastic.  The pizza is great and so are the Bosco sticks, which are breadsticks with cheese inside.  You can't beat the lunch specials - two GIANT slices of pizza, or a slice of pizza and a salad, or a slice of pizza and two Bosco sticks, plus a drink for something like $5.  Yes, the lines are long at lunchtime, but it's worth it."
Haley R.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Color Wheel: Purple

Most people have heard that purple signifies power or royalty.  Why is that? Well, in ancient times purple dye was incredibly hard to come by and was painstakingly extracted from mollusks.  Making is as expensive as it was rare.  Deep purples still hark back to luxury with it's vibrant and dramatic tones.  A purple piece can add drama to any room and create a unique focal point.  To make your shade of purple really stand out, try pairing it with a complimentary color.  Yellow/Gold, or green look great paired with purples.  Light purples, like lilac or lavender, give off a much different feel.  Instead of being a powerful centerpiece they're soft and calming.   

“Purple is divine as an accent or as a wall color,” says New York designer Alex Papachristidis. “I think of purple as a neutral—it looks wonderful with mossy green, a bit of yellow, red, and aqua blue. Purple is rich and lush, and has an incredibly regal quality."

Check out Real Simple's Guide to Decorating with Purple here.

There's more to purple than just power, let this inspiring hue jump start your creative side! Here's more meaning behind the color purple:
"Violet is a combination of blue and red. Red is a focusing, dynamic and active energy while blue is cooling, calming and expansive. Violet brings a new dynamic to the expansion of blue and the activity of red. Red brings practicality to the undirected expansiveness of the blue, and allows more creative energy to emerge. For this reason, violet is associated with imagination and inspiration."

Here are some purple items we love.  A deep romantic purple can be great for candles, lamps, or bedding.  While lighter a light purple is fun on accessories and appliances.  

Purple - Interior Styling

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Desk Organization

Summer is the perfect time to get your desk in order for the next school year, or maybe even keep it organized for a summer job.  We’ve compiled some advise on how to keep your work space organized as well as some crafty DIY ways to do it.

Access Your Space

The first thing to do when setting up your workspace is to determine what exactly you’ll be doing with it.  Will it be just for homework, or will you be using it for crafts, and other projects? With this in mind consider how much room you have, including desk top and storage potential.  You may have to prioritize so your desk doesn’t turn into a big junk drawer. 

Sort, Sort, Sort

The next thing to do is go through all of your old papers and files to see what you can pitch or recycle.  Do you have stacks of old reports that are already saved to your computer? Save space and recycle your hard copies.  Be sure to organize all of your existing files.  Secondly, go through your items and get rid of anything that should be stored elsewhere.  Your desk is no place for random junk! For this reason it’s a good idea to go though your workspace at least once a month to reorganize the built up clutter.

Invest in Storage

Now that you have everything sorted through, it’s time to invest in storage.  This is where our crafty side comes out.  You can always purchase desk organizers that get the job done, but there are also tons of DIY options for creative storage. 

When organizing your desk make it a fun and inspiring place to work.  Having a clean and friendly space will make whatever you do that much more enjoyable.  Take the time to make your workspace your own. 

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Roommate Interviews

Knowing your roommate is the single most important thing before signing a lease together.  If you and your roommate aren't on the same page living situations can turn sour quickly. It's not a bad idea to interview your roommate before making it permanent.  This is especially important if you're just meeting them for the first time.  These are a few topics we think are important to discuss when finding a roommate.  

Cleaning Habits

This is the most common cause of arguments between roommates.  Be respectful and do your part when it comes to shared chores like vacuuming, dusting, or cleaning a shared bathroom.  Also have an understanding of how dishes will be handled, will each person take care of their own? Or will you split it up by days? Be honest when looking for a roommate.  If your room is usually messy, don’t tell them you’re a neat freak.  Make sure to get on a cleaning schedule that works for both of you.

Sleeping Habits

Speaking from experience sleeping habits are another thing you need to know about your roommate.  Durring the school year my roommate and I both have some pretty late nights preparing for project deadlines.  That can mean coming home late from the studio or working from home all night.  I was lucky enough to live with a student who knows and shares this routine.  In our apartment, one all nighter typically means one day of sleeping afterwards.   Be sure your roommates understand your work/school schedule and how that impacts your sleep. 


It’s important to have a good idea of how often guests will be over.  If your roommate plans to invite hoards of people over every weekend and you're uncomfortable with it, let them know.  It’s better to get those things out in the beginning than to let the tension build.  You can always make a schedule and designate weekends for parties.  Also be sure to give warning if you plan on having a guest over for a few nights.  Letting your guests know the apartment rules can also save you some headaches down the road.

Noise Levels

Do you listen to loud music? It may be a good idea to get headphones if your roommates not into it.  Also consider appropriate noise levels for the time of day.  If you’re an early bird but your roommate isn’t, don’t blare your music or television. This area is a particular problem for me, I have a tendency to sleep through anything, so I forget that others can be easily woken or bothered by noise.  Lesson learned, be courteous.


This can be an issue if you find yourself living with a strict eater.  If you find out your roommate is a vegetarian see if they’re okay with keeping meat around.  Things like this are good to ask because you don’t want to be stuck living with someone who puts restrictions on your diet.  In the same sense if you have a clean diet you might not want to live with someone who keeps junk food around the apartment.  Also be aware of which food’s meant to be shared, and what’s not.  

Energy Consumption

It might not be a good idea to take hour-long showers if your roommate only takes 10.  You both have to divide the bill so be sure that you aren't wasting water or energy.  Let your roommate know if they leave too many lights on too frequently.  Explain that it’s a matter of cost and they should understand.  However also be reasonable, don’t expect your roommate to live in the dark and take two minute showers just to save money. This is also a good opportunity to talk about AC and heating.  Know what temperatures work best for both you and your budget. 

Get Personal

It’s important to know some basic characteristics of your future roommate.  Topics like religion, morals, political views, and stances on social issues are good to touch base on.  Just because you may have opposing views doesn’t mean you can’t live together.  But if you or your roommate have extreme views and living with someone who doesn’t see eye-to-eye is going to a problem, let them know. 
            Also ask your roommate what they like to do in their spare time, hobbies, or clubs they're interested in.  For example, I occasionally oil paint and I drink a TON of coffee. This means some days the apartment might smell like paint thinner, and others the overwhelming aroma of coffee.  I  understand that it could drive some people crazy.  Thankfully my roommates a doll!  So be open about your hobbies and interests. 

All in all the key to finding a good roommate is understanding and cooperation. No one will ever be your perfect match so keep in mind what's important.  If you take some time to get to know your future roommate and work around your differences you'll have a happy living situation.