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3 Home Essentials Worth the Splurge

Posted by on Apr 30, 2015

Finding a good deal is the great, but the best deal isn’t always the cheapest. For these three home essentials, investing in quality can pay off huge in the long run! 1. Sofa You and your family spend a lot of your time on your couch, and it can take a beating. Splurging on a sturdy sofa made with quality materials can be an investment that lasts decades! 2. Lighting The lighting in your home creates an atmosphere and ambiance that can either say “come in, stay a while”, or “get ready for a nasty headache”. Hiring a professional and splurging on quality bulbs and fixtures will make your home (and YOU!) look amazing. 3. Hardware  Much like your sofa, you touch them everyday. Also like your sofa, they can take quite a beating. Avoid the headache of constantly replacing loose doorknobs and hinges and invest in better hardware. There are some beautiful options out there!   What’s on your home list? Recommend your favorite home decor and renovation places and providers on...

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Top 3 Workouts for Warmer Weather

Posted by on Apr 16, 2015

Now that spring is here and the weather is warming up, it’s time to start thinking about breathing some new life into your fitness routine. For the season of new beginnings, we’ve come up with the top 3 workouts you can pick up now that the sun is shining! 1. Jogging An oldie but a goodie! Whether you go for a solo run, or join a group to train for a marathon, there’s nothing better than a jog outside. 2. Swimming It’s the ultimate low-impact workout! If you live in a place where it’s warm enough to start swimming laps in an outdoor pool, you can start right now. If not, you can start in an indoor pool until it’s warm consistently. By the time summer rolls around, you’ll be a pro! 3. Tennis or Golf You may never have given these “country club sports” much thought, but warm weather is the perfect time to bust out your clubs or racket. Whether you’re hustling around the tennis court, or walking 9 holes on the golf course, it’s a day well spent...

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3 Tips for Holiday Travel

Posted by on Nov 23, 2014

1. Bring a Few Forms of Entertainment Whether you’re sitting in an airport or spending hours in the passenger seat, you’ll need something to kill time. Bring a book, some music or a game to pass the time. You might get bored having only one of the above on hand! 2. Keep Comfort in Mind No matter the length of your trip, the last thing you want is to be is uncomfortable in what you’re wearing. Bring layers so you can adapt to the temperature, and opt for that pair of sensible shoes in your closet. (Remember: sensible is does not have to mean ugly!) 3. Pack Light It’s one thing if you’re packing for a week-long trip. But if you’re just visiting family or friends for a long weekend, pack as light as you can. Chances are you can borrow anything you need, or pick it up at the local mall. Plus, you won’t have to add “heavy suitcase” to your list of holiday travel-related headaches!   One bonus holiday travel tip? Use emazeMe.com to bookmark restaurants to try when...

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Top 5 Old School Office Supplies You Need on Your Desk

Posted by on Apr 23, 2015

Though we live in a world where apps, electronics and technological advances make our lives easier, sometimes it’s good to remember the basics. We’ve assembled the top 5 old school office supplies you simply need at your desk! 1. Legal Pads When you’re tired of clicking away on your tablet or staring at a screen, it can be refreshing to take notes on a legal pad. Plus, a legal pad just seems more professional than a regular old notebook, right? 2. Paper Clips Even though we’re in the digital age, most of our workspaces aren’t completely paperless yet. A trusty paperclip can be what separates a cluttered desk from an organized workspace. 3. Number 2 Pencils  This might seem pretty elementary (and by that we mean elementary school) but a cup of sharpened number 2 pencils can make scribbling notes or numbers down while you’re on a call ridiculously effortless – and it beats having to use both hands to type! 4. Highlighters We’re talking a rainbow assortment! It’s crazy how organized a schedule, agenda or really any printed document can be when...

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3 Tips for Memorial Day Family Fun

3 Tips for Memorial Day Family Fun

May 15, 2015

Memorial Day weekend is full of food, fun and family! We have 3 simple tips to not only make the most out of your day off, but have fun all weekend long. 1. Red, White and Blue Go all out with your Memorial Day decor. Find some flags for your yard, or buy some festive clothing for any barbecues, parties or events you’re planing to attend. 2. Discover Local Events Chances are, your area hosts parades or festivals throughout the entire weekend! Find what events are going on in your city or town. Bring the whole family to join in the celebration and honor our armed forces! 3. Plan a trip! Whether you want to visit family, or take an impromptu trip to a new destination, Memorial Day weekend is the perfect time to get in the car and get out of town!   What places and providers help you with your Memorial Day family fun? Share your list on...

How to Pick a Restaurant Patio

How to Pick a Restaurant Patio

May 7, 2015

Summer is almost here. That means it’s almost patio season! But not all outdoor eating is created equal. That’s why we put together a few tips to help you pick the perfect restaurant patio. 1. Call Ahead You might be hard pressed to find patio seating in the spring and summer months. Everyone wants to eat outside! Give yourself some room and call ahead and try to reserve a spot – or to see if the patio is even open. 2. Sun Exposure  The last thing you want is to try to enjoy your meal or happy hour with the sun in your eyes, or getting sunburn in the process. Do a quick Google search to see what your favorite restaurant’s awning or umbrella situation is. (Though, if you want the sun, an exposed patio may be just the spot you’re looking for!) 3. Location, Location, Location Where is your favorite restaurant located? Is it on a busy street with cars zooming past? Is it tucked away on a quiet side street? You probably want your patio dining experience to be a relaxing and fun experience, and the physical location will either help or hinder this.   What are your favorite restaurant patios? Make a list on emazeMe and spread the patio...

3 Home Essentials Worth the Splurge

3 Home Essentials Worth the Splurge

Apr 30, 2015

Finding a good deal is the great, but the best deal isn’t always the cheapest. For these three home essentials, investing in quality can pay off huge in the long run! 1. Sofa You and your family spend a lot of your time on your couch, and it can take a beating. Splurging on a sturdy sofa made with quality materials can be an investment that lasts decades! 2. Lighting The lighting in your home creates an atmosphere and ambiance that can either say “come in, stay a while”, or “get ready for a nasty headache”. Hiring a professional and splurging on quality bulbs and fixtures will make your home (and YOU!) look amazing. 3. Hardware  Much like your sofa, you touch them everyday. Also like your sofa, they can take quite a beating. Avoid the headache of constantly replacing loose doorknobs and hinges and invest in better hardware. There are some beautiful options out there!   What’s on your home list? Recommend your favorite home decor and renovation places and providers on...

Top 5 Old School Office Supplies You Need on Your Desk

Top 5 Old School Office Supplies You Need on Your Desk

Apr 23, 2015

Though we live in a world where apps, electronics and technological advances make our lives easier, sometimes it’s good to remember the basics. We’ve assembled the top 5 old school office supplies you simply need at your desk! 1. Legal Pads When you’re tired of clicking away on your tablet or staring at a screen, it can be refreshing to take notes on a legal pad. Plus, a legal pad just seems more professional than a regular old notebook, right? 2. Paper Clips Even though we’re in the digital age, most of our workspaces aren’t completely paperless yet. A trusty paperclip can be what separates a cluttered desk from an organized workspace. 3. Number 2 Pencils  This might seem pretty elementary (and by that we mean elementary school) but a cup of sharpened number 2 pencils can make scribbling notes or numbers down while you’re on a call ridiculously effortless – and it beats having to use both hands to type! 4. Highlighters We’re talking a rainbow assortment! It’s crazy how organized a schedule, agenda or really any printed document can be when it’s color-coded with highlighters. 5. Sticky Notes The ultimate desk accessory is a stack of sticky notes. They range in size, from small enough to use as ear-marks in a long document, to big enough to take down the lunch orders of everyone in the office. The uses for sticky notes are endless!   What is your favorite store to pick up these desk essentials? Make your work list on emazeMe and share it with your whole...

Top 3 Workouts for Warmer Weather

Top 3 Workouts for Warmer Weather

Apr 16, 2015

Now that spring is here and the weather is warming up, it’s time to start thinking about breathing some new life into your fitness routine. For the season of new beginnings, we’ve come up with the top 3 workouts you can pick up now that the sun is shining! 1. Jogging An oldie but a goodie! Whether you go for a solo run, or join a group to train for a marathon, there’s nothing better than a jog outside. 2. Swimming It’s the ultimate low-impact workout! If you live in a place where it’s warm enough to start swimming laps in an outdoor pool, you can start right now. If not, you can start in an indoor pool until it’s warm consistently. By the time summer rolls around, you’ll be a pro! 3. Tennis or Golf You may never have given these “country club sports” much thought, but warm weather is the perfect time to bust out your clubs or racket. Whether you’re hustling around the tennis court, or walking 9 holes on the golf course, it’s a day well spent in the sunshine – and a great workout, too.   What are your favorite spring fitness places and providers? Add golf courses, fitness shops and more to your list on...

3 Steps to the Ultimate Family Dinner

3 Steps to the Ultimate Family Dinner

Apr 9, 2015

It’s harder than ever these days to gather your loved ones for some family time. Family dinners are a classic, so we’ve come up with three steps to make the most of it! 1. Make it special Get everyone involved. Find a special recipe. You can even make a centerpiece if  you want! Is there a better reason to go all out than for a meal with your family? Didn’t think so. 2. Unplug Put down your phones and turn off the TV. You can afford to unplug for a few hours and be present in the moment! Really taking time to catch up with your family instead of worrying about your latest batch of emails can help you unwind after a long day or week of work. 3. Make it a standing reservation! If you found a time that works for everyone once, you may just be able to do it again. See if you can make it a weekly gathering. It will be something everyone will look forward to!   Where do you find your favorite family dinner essentials? Bookmark places and providers like grocery stores or bakeries on...

5 Fruits and Veggies to Eat this Spring

5 Fruits and Veggies to Eat this Spring

Apr 1, 2015

You just can’t beat fresh produce! With the arrival of spring and warmer weather comes a whole new crop of in-season fruits and vegetables. Which ones should you stock up on in April and May? 1. Purple Asparagus  Purple asparagus is fat free and an excellent source of vitamin C. Tip: Wrap stalks in wet paper in a plastic bag to keep fresh in the fridge for up to 4 days! 2. Honeydew   Honeydew is completely free of saturated fat and cholesterol, not to mention a great vitamin C source. Tip: When buying honeydew, pick ones that have a waxy surface, not fuzzy. 3. Butter Lettuce   With its slightly sweet taste, butter lettuce is a great source of vitamin A and is sodium free. Tip: Store washed and dried butter lettuce in the refrigerator in its original container. 4. Pineapple   Pineapples are fat free, sodium free, and packed with vitamin C. Tip: Eat your pineapple as soon as possible! 5. Snow Peas Looking for iron and manganese? Look no further than snow peas! Tip: When at the store, look for snow peas that are flat and shiny.   For a more complete list of fruits and vegetables that are in season for spring, visit this website: http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/whats-in-season-spring    Where do you go to find the fresh produce? Share your best finds on your fruits and veggies list on...

3 Spring Yard Projects to Start Now

3 Spring Yard Projects to Start Now

Mar 25, 2015

Before you know it, you’ll be spending a lot more time outdoors. We have three projects you can start right now to spruce up your yard just in time for when the weather really starts getting nice! 1. Plant a Vegetable Garden Start planning the veggies you want to grow! Research which kinds will do best in your yard according to your region and sun exposure. Then visit the garden store and stock up on seeds so you’re ready to go. 2. Build a Fire Pit   You can gather ’round this project all spring and summer long; even into fall! It’s perfect for relaxing with friends and family over some great tunes and s’mores. What could be better? 3. Give Your Furniture a Fresh Coat of Paint   Breathe some life into your patio furniture with a fresh coat of paint! Make them look like new with their original color, or try something totally different to mix things up. We’re partial to the lime green color pictured above!   We know home improvement projects aren’t easy. When you need a recommendation for a contractor, painter or more, look no further than...