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Top 10 Ways to Refresh Your Home This Summer

Top 10 Ways to Refresh Your Home This Summer

Jun 24, 2014

1. Repaint your trim If your rooms could use a pick-me-up, grab a paintbrush and some fresh paint and restore your trim! The room will feel renewed and clean. 2. Rearrange your furniture  Tired of the same old furniture layout? Remember, variety is the spice of life! Refresh your home by rearranging your furniture to give new life to any room. 3. Buy fresh sheets  One sure-fire way to recharge your bed (not to mention make it harder to leave in the morning) is to buy new sheets! Give your mattress an update and buy a funky pattern, your favorite color, or stick to classic, crisp white. 4. Clean your carpets If your house has carpeting, giving it a deep clean is a must when the seasons change. Tackle the job yourself with the help of tools you can find at a hardware store, or call a professional! Either way, you’ll be able to feel the clean as soon as you walk in the room. 5. Paint your exterior Curb appeal is important! Your home’s exterior most likely took a beating during the colder months. Hire a professional to give your shutters or siding a fresh coat of paint, or a thorough repair if need be. It’s one way to make your home look its best for the warm weather. 6. Buy fresh flowers To beautify any room, garden, or patio, opt for fresh flowers! Plant some in the ground, in pots on your patio or porch, and put some stems in a vase for your kitchen. 7. Plant a tree Give your yard an update with a new tree. You can purchase saplings at any local nursery or other store that sells plants. Research what kinds of trees would do well in your yard based on lighting and climate. 8. Rearrange your cupboards Cupboards full of glasses, plates, and more can collect dust easily, especially if you don’t use all of them regularly. Empty your cupboards so you can dust them quickly, and wash your dishes. Come up with a new updated system for organizing your cupboards, or stick to one that works! 9. Replace your light bulbs  Good lighting can make a...

5 Ways to Energize Your Workweek

5 Ways to Energize Your Workweek

Jun 16, 2014

Do you ever come home on a Friday evening feeling like a zombie thanks to an exhausting workweek? Challenge yourself to do something each day to feel more energized and and actually enjoy your week! Monday Treat yourself to your favorite coffee! Let’s face it, we all need a little pick-me up on a Monday morning. Stop in at your favorite coffee shop and get yourself that cup of joe. You know it will help you start your week on a more positive note! Tuesday Pack a delicious AND nutritious lunch! It’s often too easy to get in the habit of eating an easy, unhealthy lunch everyday. This Tuesday, pack yourself something that will give you energy to be productive all day long! Try a spinach salad and some apples, bananas, or watermelon – all delicious, energy-boosting options. Wednesday Go for a mid-day (and mid-week) walk! After lunch, get moving. Whether you’re alone or with a buddy, breaking up the day with some exercise can help you clear your mind and relieve stress. Just getting away from your desk for a couple minutes can work wonders! Thursday Rent your favorite movie! Go old school and stop by your favorite local movie store to peruse the aisles. Make some popcorn, put on some sweatpants, and celebrate the fact that tomorrow is Friday! Friday Treat yourself to a fun Friday night! Not only are exciting weekend plans something to look forward to the whole week, but they are a great way to blow off steam. Go to happy hour with some coworkers, or go out on the town with friends you haven’t seen in a while. No matter what you do, just T.G.I.F!   How do you energize YOUR workday? Is it something on this list, or do you have your own secret? COMMENT...

5 Ways to Beat Your Summer Staycation

5 Ways to Beat Your Summer Staycation

Jun 12, 2014

For whatever reason, you didn’t plan a summer vacation this year. Maybe funds were low at the time, or planning ahead just isn’t your style. Regardless, it’s a staycation for you this summer, right? Wrong! You don’t have to book an expensive resort six months out to have a great time when the weather finally gets warm. There are still fun, even budget friendly ways to get out of town and make some memories with the ones you love! 1. The Great Outdoors Camping is a family activity that requires minimal planning. Research nearby campgrounds. Decide whether you want to rent a cabin or bring along tents, and note any activities the campgrounds may offer, like horseback riding or canoeing! 2. Girl’s Weekend Gather your girlfriends for a glass of wine and plan a last-minute girl’s weekend! Visit the nearest big city with great shopping, or road trip to a spa to have a relaxing and rejuvenating weekend. 3. Guy’s Weekend Gather your friends and plan some impromptu guy-time. Drive to see your home team play an away game, or gather some equipment and go fishing! 4. Romantic Getaway Surprise your significant other and whisk them away for the weekend. You can’t go wrong with the traditional quaint bed and breakfast. If you live in a big city especially, it’s nice to get away from the hustle and bustle. Plus, it’s often easier to book B&Bs last minute! 5. Hit The Open Road Take a road trip! Pile your kids or friends into the car and get going. Go see that historical landmark a few hours away that you’ve never gotten around to visiting, or plan a pub crawl across state lines!   What are your last-minute vacation ideas? COMMENT...

Throw a Great Party in 7 Steps

Throw a Great Party in 7 Steps

Jun 5, 2014

1. Decide the day. The first step in planning any party is deciding WHEN the party will be! For larger, more formal celebrations, like graduation parties or anniversary dinners, it is best to choose your date earlier to give yourself time to prepare. 2. Get the group. Your guests are arguably the most important part of the party. Without them, there wouldn’t be one! Make a list of people that would create a fun, diverse crowd and give them two weeks to a month’s notice. Send them a formal invitation in the mail, or a more casual invite through email or Facebook. Make sure to include the time your party starts, the address and directions, suggested attire, and any other information they need to know in order to have a great time! 3. Make the menu. What’s for dinner (or breakfast, lunch or brunch)? This important question must cross the mind of any party planner. Things to consider include any dietary restrictions of your guests, as well as the presentation! One hint? Plan the plate! Whether you decide to serve light appetizers or a five course meal, pick foods whose colors complement each other. Your guests will be sure to compliment YOU when they sit down to eat! 4. Tackle the tunes. What is a party without a playlist? Use your iTunes or download Spotify and make a playlist for your party. Pick songs that everyone (not just you…) will enjoy! To guarantee your playlist will keep the party going, ask your guest for song requests before the party and be sure to include them. 5. Buy the basics. Now that you have your menu, music, and more all planned out, it’s time for the pre-party store run. Make your master list of all the food, drinks, and decorations you need. Go a couple of days before so you won’t stress (as much) on the big day! 6. Set the scene. Before the guests arrive, make sure your home or venue looks great! The night before, put up your decorations, and set the table or food area. Make sure your music works – that means testing your speakers, and making sure everything is charged! Not sure how to set the...

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