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4 Ways to Spend Your Lunch Break

4 Ways to Spend Your Lunch Break

Jul 28, 2014

Who says your lunch break has to be for lunch? We know your work week can be draining. This break in the day leaves room for more than just scarfing down a sandwich at your desk! 1. Exercise Physically getting up from your desk can improve productivity (not to mention preserve sanity!) Whether you take a few laps around the parking lot, or take a half hour to run on the treadmill at a nearby gym, you can use your lunch break to improve your wellness and stay active. 2. Plan your weekend Having something to look forward to can drastically improve your week! Take some time during your break to research fun nightlife or travel options for the upcoming weekend. 3. Run some errands Is your to-do list getting longer? Cross off some things during your lunch break! Make that dentist appointment, or run to the drug store to pick up some shampoo. Any little errand can make a difference! 4. Just lunch!  Maybe you’re old fashioned and like to use your lunch break for just that – lunch! Make it interesting. Grab some coworkers and go out to lunch, or see if the office wants to order in something...

5 Questions to Ask When Booking a Hotel

5 Questions to Ask When Booking a Hotel

Jul 21, 2014

1. What’s my budget? The first step in finding the right hotel is to have a clear idea of your budget! Come up with an ideal rate and determine how much wiggle-room you have, and go from there. 2. How many people are coming? Many hotels allow up to four people per room, depending on bed sizes and room type. If you’re in a group of five or more, you may want to consider getting two rooms or a suite! 3. What area suits my group?  Depending on where you’re visiting, certain neighborhoods or areas are suited for particular groups based on age or interests. Do some research and try to find hotels in or near the restaurants, sights, and other places your group wants to visit! 4. How will we get around? Not every city has an accessible public transportation system. If this is the case for your travel destination, make sure your hotel has access to cabs, or that you can park your car for a reasonable price. 5. What amenities are non-negotiable?  The lack of certain amenities can be a deal-breaker! If you can’t live without WiFi, or can’t stand the thought of not having a breakfast buffet, make sure your hotel has what you’re looking...

3 Tips to Enjoy Your Jog

3 Tips to Enjoy Your Jog

Jul 14, 2014

Sure, spinning, yoga, and Pilates classes are fun. They’re fun ways to socialize while you sweat, but between the cost and the time commitment, these fitness classes can put considerable strain on your wallet and your time. Jogging has always been a free and convenient way to stay in shape, but for many it can be difficult and a bit boring. Here are a few tips to actually enjoy your jog so you can save time and money! 1. Plan your route Starting your run without a plan can be risky. Your stamina and motivation can be ruined by something as simple as a crowded crosswalk! Research running paths or parks with accessible trails. Consider scenery as well, which can make your jog that much more enjoyable! 2. Sync your soundtrack According to the U.S. periodical Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, listening to music while you jog increases endurance by 15%. Make a playlist of your favorite upbeat tunes and get going! 3. Grab a buddy Sometimes you need a little motivation! Bring a friend to challenge you, or to provide some company to make your jog more fun and...

5 College Must-Haves for Future Freshmen

5 College Must-Haves for Future Freshmen

Jul 8, 2014

Preparing your child for college can be a daunting task, especially if they’re the first. When making your seemingly endless list, it can be easy to pile on the fun stuff and forget about the practical things! We’ve gathered five college dorm essentials that might not be as fun as the mini-fridge, but will make your future freshman’s stay go much smoother! 1. Mattress cover Two words: bed bugs. Avoid the inconvenience and unsightly bug bites and invest in a mattress cover! Many stores sell covers specifically designed to protect your mattress and keep bed bugs away. 2. Eating utensils While meal plans are a great part of any college freshman’s life, there will be times when they’ll eat in their dorm. Buy one plate, bowl, fork, knife, and spoon to keep in their desk drawer. 3. Laundry Basket Your child doing their own laundry can be a terrifying thought for some parents. Make it easier with a good laundry basket that’s easy to carry through the halls. 4. Flip flops Many dorms have communal bathrooms. If this is the case for your child, make sure to pack a simple pair of flip flips. This makes their daily shower experience a little more hygienic! 5. Stationary This last suggestion might seem archaic, but a nice set of stationary is a fun excuse for your freshman to stay in touch! Pair it with a box of stamps and an address book full of addresses of friends and...

5 Occasions to Eat Cake

5 Occasions to Eat Cake

Jul 2, 2014

To be completely honest, who needs a reason to eat cake? Thankfully, life presents many occasions for which we can justify stuffing our faces. We’ve presented our five favorite reasons to bust out our mixers and create fun AND delicious concoction – not to mention a little irresistible baking inspiration found on Pinterest! 1. The Birthday Cake Is there anything more simple than the birthday cake? Whether you’re turning 5 or 50, there’s nothing better than blowing out the candles and making a wish. Here’s some birthday cake inspiration: two cakes perfect for a little girl or little boy’s big day!    2. The Anniversary Cake Anniversaries are another yearly celebration that deserve a delicious dessert to celebrate. Marking the years with your significant other, a company, or any other achievement is the perfect reason to treat yourself to a slice (or two) of cake! Need a simple idea for an anniversary party coming up? Try this sea shell theme!   3. The Graduation Cake When summer starts, graduation parties will be in full swing. From kindergarden commencements to law school graduations, nothing says “congratulations” like a cake! Are you throwing a grad party, but tired of the same old graduation cap idea? Opt for a simpler option, like this! 4. The Potluck/Holiday Cake Potlucks are a staple of family parties everywhere, and many are centered around a holiday. When everyone is asked to bring a dish, do you volunteer your baking skills? If you have a 4th of July potluck coming up, wow the crowd with this festive red, white, and blue treat!   5. The “It’s Tuesday Night And I Have A Sweet Tooth” Cake  Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be a special occasion to indulge. If you’ve had a long day at work and need your sugar fix, go ahead – bake yourself a cake! For all you chocolate lovers, nothing improves a weeknight like a simple double-chocolate cake, like this!       What is your favorite reason to eat cake? COMMENT BELOW, and start your list of baking places and providers on...