Thursday, November 17 2016
We've set our clocks back an hour and the sun is rising and setting earlier. With this little change it becomes harder and harder to stay motivated to keep our daily routine. We wake up, go to work, and by the time we get home, the sun has set and your body is ready for bed. We come up with so many excuses to not keep up with our everyday exercises, chores, and family activities. By setting a few guidelines, planning family outings and eating right, your post-daylight savings time blues will quickly disappear.
Stick to Your Agenda
As the days grow shorter our daily routine seems to fall by the wayside. This may be due to reduced hours of sunlight which can cause a lack of motivation--or just plain laziness. The best way to keep the whole family focused is to write out a schedule and live by it, literally! By setting a daily regimen for the whole family, you’ll notice how efficiently things get done around the house. Get a large weekly calendar and place it somewhere where the family can see it every day. Map out tasks for each individual, list what time the task needs to be done, and set a reward for that task. By visualizing your agenda and setting up incentives, you’ll be surprised how quickly household tasks are accomplished.
Get Out and Play
Even though there are only about 10 hours of light each day, we need to make an effort to get out and stay active. Most of us are not early risers (especially teenagers), waking up early does not have to be the only way to enjoy the sunlight and keep active. There are so many different ways you can enjoy the outdoors while at work, at night, and on the weekends. Bring your workout shoes and a change of clothes to work! This allows you to go for a nice walk or run on your lunch break. If you can’t find the time to get out while at work, and an indoor gym is not for you, set up lights in your back yard and gather the family for an activity you can all benefit from. Even a simple game of tag will get your family moving around and bonding over a healthy activity. Remember, the weekend is your time to shine, in the sun that is. Pack up a nice picnic, bring a Frisbee, soccer ball, or whichever activity that suits your family best, and get outside and play!
Get Your Vitamin D
After daylight savings time ends, it can be difficult to get your normal daily Vitamin D intake from the sun like we usually do in the summer. This shortage of Vitamin D in your body can bring on the effects of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). There are simple and effective ways you can prevent the onset of SAD, which can be a real drain on your creativity and feelings of wellbeing. First, get as much natural sunlight as you can. As stated before, take a walk on your lunch break, or move your desk to a window and open up the blinds. You’ll feel the warmth of the sun and get natural Vitamin D that your body craves. Next, add some essential foods to your diet: lean proteins, foods containing omega-3 fatty acids, colorful berries, dairy products, bananas, limit your sugar intake, and increase your intake of folic acid. By simply eating the right foods and getting the right amount of sun, you can prevent the onset of SAD and stay motivated to stick to your routine all season long!
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Tuesday, November 08 2016
Add the Perfect Touch of Fall to Your Entryway with These Great Decorating Ideas
So, you have finally taken down your Halloween decorations and the house is looking a bit dull. Now let’s all be honest, it’s a bit too early to start decorating for Hanukkah or Christmas, but you still want to stay in the holiday mood. We have the perfect solution to keep that feel-good holiday spirit flowing throughout your home. By adding a touch of fall to your front porch, you and your guests will continue to feel the holiday love.
Re-Use your Halloween Pumpkins
If you read our previous blogs about “no carve pumpkins,” you may still have perfectly good pumpkins you can use to update your seasonal outdoor decorations. By repurposing your pumpkins with fall themed colors, you can turn your spooky decorations into elegant outdoor pieces for all to enjoy. Head to your local arts and crafts store and pick up a can or two of gold metallic spray paint. Adding a sparkly coat of paint to your pumpkins brings a quick and chic holiday feel to your home. If you want to keep it simple, use ivory paint instead of metallic. This will give you a neutral, yet stylish, addition without overpowering other decorations.
DIY Wreath for the Front Door
Get creative. With the holiday season upon us, many guests will be knocking on your door. First, take a few minutes to wipe down the surfaces of your door and any glass in the entry with a clean soft cloth so your door gleams. Add a touch of fall to your entry door by creating a beautiful wreath that guests will think you spent a fortune on. Pick up a pre-made grapevine wreath in a unique shape or size. Next, add some texture and color to your rustic wreath by securing three or four flowers to the vines with crafting wire—think red, yellow, orange, and white to project that colorful autumn ambience. Hang your wreath directly on a hook, or use a length of ribbon or burlap and let it hang. This project will take only ten or fifteen minutes and your entry door will be holiday ready!
Greet Your Guests with a Sign
Another way to make your home feel inviting for the holidays is to add a little welcome note to your front porch. Head over to your local second hand store and pick up an old frame or serving platter that has a rustic feel to it. Paint the front of your serving platter or the glass of the frame with chalkboard paint and write a personalized holiday-themed welcome message. With this simple addition to the front porch, your guests will feel the holiday vibe before you even answer the doorbell!
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Thursday, November 03 2016
With the fall season well under way, we have experienced a shift from summer heat to cool autumn breezes. Stop hiding inside with the heat blasting; it’s time to step outside and embrace the chilly weather. Impromptu outdoor gatherings will be easy if you just take the time to set up a stylish cozy patio that you can effortlessly enjoy all season long.
Textiles, Textiles, Textiles
Embracing a beautiful fall sunset is a must! The challenge is being able to withstand the cool twilight breezes that come with the pink and orange skies. Prepare your family for a sunset session by having outdoor pillows, blankets, and, of course, a rug to insulate your patio space. By purchasing outdoor items specifically made for harsher weather, you can feel at ease leaving them outside. If you opt for a stylish sheep skin throw, keep it within arm’s reach inside a storage chest on the patio along with your pillows to protect it from water and debris.
Being comfortable is key. Prepare your patio with seating around your outdoor fireplace or fire pit for the whole family to enjoy. Outdoor furniture is great because it can withstand various weather conditions, but it is not always the most comfortable. If you’re looking for something stylish to nuzzle in, opt for a floor pillow or pouf. These fun and decorative seating alternatives are great for both kids and adults. Not only will you be extremely comfortable, but you can reorganize your seating arrangments with ease.
It’s In the Color
You can create a warm and cozy fall patio through the colors you choose to decorate your with. By choosing neutral colors for your textiles and adding darkly stained wooden furniture to your outdoor decor, you can create a sense of warmth that will draw you and your family outside to enjoy your welcoming patio space.
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