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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...

How to Make Your Happy Hour Happier

How to Make Your Happy Hour Happier

Mar 18, 2015

Happy hour often marks the end of a long work day. You don’t have time to waste on the wrong crowd or menu. We have a few tips to make your next happy hour the best yet! 1. Follow your favorite spots on social media Log onto Facebook, Twitter and more to “like” and “follow” you favorite bars and restaurants near the office. Many will post their weekly happy hour specials, making it easy to decide where to go, and when! 2. Plan ahead Sometimes impromptu plans fall apart, leaving you without an opportunity to unwind after a long day. At lunch time, rally the troops and try to set up a plan for the night. By the time 5:00 rolls around, all you have to do is grab your stuff and go! 3. Ask around From your coworkers to your friends, often the best way to find the perfect place to blow off some steam is to ask for a suggestion! Keep in mind who you’re asking, of course, so you know what kind of crowd to expect.   The best way to get a trusted happy hour recommendation? Ask for one on...

How to Have a Fun Spring Break Staycation

How to Have a Fun Spring Break Staycation

Mar 11, 2015

Though the idea of laying on a beach for a week might sound like the ultimate Spring Break, it’s not always the most realistic. From your schedule to your finances, there are a million things that can keep you home while the rest of the world is laying out with a drink in their hand. (Ok, not EVERYONE, but it can definitely feel that way.) That’s why we came up with a couple ways you can celebrate the return of the sunshine at home – and have a great time! Discover new restaurants Go way out of your comfort zone. Pick out at least three new restaurants you’ve never even considered before and immerse yourself in the experience. Who knows, maybe you’ll find your new favorite cuisine! Take a field trip Chances are your town, or a town nearby, has some cool museums, landmarks or parks that you’ve never gotten around to visiting. Be a kid again and take a field trip – see what all the fuss is about! Freshen up your wardrobe Since you’re not dropping thousands of dollars on a beach vacation, you can feel less guilty about an impromptu shopping trip. Browse the racks of new spring styles, and buy yourself something to add to your wardrobe. Nothing makes you feel better than a great new outfit! Throw a party Invite fellow staycationers over for a blow-out. Nicer weather puts everyone in a party mood! Try out a new spring themed dinner or cocktail recipe to make it extra special.   What places and providers are on your ultimate Spring Break Staycation list on emazeMe?...

How to Stay Fit as a Family

How to Stay Fit as a Family

Mar 4, 2015

Staying fit and finding time for exercise can be difficult. Something that seems even more impossible? Getting your family in one place long enough to spend some quality time together! So how do you stay fit and get in some quality family time? Exercise together! Get Organized We’re not above making a color-coded calendar. Keeping everyone’s busy schedules in one place makes it easier to find a time that works for everyone! You’ll be able to find the sweet spot, so you know if you can realistically squeeze in that Tuesday night Zumba class, or Saturday afternoon hike. Get Outside Nothing says family fitness like getting outside! When the nice weather comes, what better way to spend your weekends than with a hike or bike ride? Take advantage of all the parks, trails and natural beauty your hometown has to offer – and that you may have been overlooking. Get Creative Whether it’s a post-dinner yoga session, or a homework break dance party, get creative when it comes to family fitness! Exercising together doesn’t mean you have to break out matching tracksuits and sign up for the next workout class at the gym. (Though if you DO have the time to do this together, more power to you!)   What places and providers help you and your family stay fit? Make a list of your favorite gyms, sporting goods stores and more on emazeMe.com and help other families exercise...