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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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Lifestyle

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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Travel

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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Work

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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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...

How to Pick the Perfect Takeout

How to Pick the Perfect Takeout

Feb 24, 2015

Winter may as well be the season of takeout. However, as easy as sounds to order food to bring home and eat, the process of finding the right place can be unexpectedly difficult. That’s why we’ve listed 3 ways to pick the perfect takeout for when you just don’t feel like cooking, but can’t figure out what to order! 1. What do you NOT want to eat? This is always an easier question to answer than figuring out exactly what you’re craving. Use the process of elimination to find the kind of food you want. 2. Will you pick it up, or have it delivered? If you want to stay home and have your food brought to you, you’re limited to places that are close, and that have delivery options. These limitations may help you better decide! Otherwise, you can go as far as you want to pick up your food. It all depends on your motivation! 3. Exactly how hungry are you?  Did you have to skip lunch at work because of that big meeting? You better pick the place with the big, hearty portions! Or maybe you had a big lunch, and are looking for something light. In that case, cross off the comfort food and opt for a healthier option.   Another good way to find the perfect place for takeout? Keep your list of favorite restaurants on emazeMe.com. Next time you can just pick one and...

How to Get a Head Start on Spring Cleaning

How to Get a Head Start on Spring Cleaning

Feb 18, 2015

We’re nearing the end of February! Though it may not seem like it, the end of winter is in sight. While you’re still cooped up inside, and before the nice weather finally rolls around, why not get a head start on spring cleaning? We have a few home cleaning jobs you can knock out right now! 1. Window washing If you’ve had your curtains closed for warmth all winter, you may have neglected your windows for a while. Let in the light and scrub down those windows! It cuts your spring window washing in half, since you’ll just have to touch up the interior. 2. Heavy-duty dusting Putting in the time to really get rid of the dust in your carpets, on surfaces, and more can make you literally breath better! A quality floor to ceiling dusting can make your home feel fresh after a long winter. 3. Freshening your beds Flip your mattresses, steam and vacuum them, and maybe even invest in some new sheets. You’ll sleep better knowing you’ve gotten rid of any dust or mites that winter may have brought to your bed.   What places and providers do you depend on for your spring cleaning? Add them to your list on...

How to Make Your Morning More Productive

How to Make Your Morning More Productive

Feb 11, 2015

The way you start your morning sets the tone for the entire day. Are you setting yourself up to be successful, or is your slow start weighing you down? We have some tips on how to get up, get going and make your mornings more productive. Unplug tonight Your morning productivity depends first and foremost on your night’s sleep. To truly relax and wind down, decide on a bedtime. Stop staring at your phone or computer screen one hour before! Think of breakfast as fuel  Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Start fueling your body with good, healthy food. Think whole grains and fruit instead of sugary options that slow you down. Write out your routine  Once you get to the office, it can be too easy to get distracted between your first cup of coffee and catching up with coworkers. Start your day by making a to-do list, and make sure to schedule time for breaks. That way you have a something to look forward to… after you get some work done of...

How To Enjoy The Gym

How To Enjoy The Gym

Feb 3, 2015

Let’s face it. Sometimes the very thought of hitting the gym can be excruciating. However, we truly never regret a workout! Here are a few tips to make the whole getting there part a little easier, and actually – dare we say it – enjoyable? 1. Get the gear They say a great outfit can make you feel great. This idea definitely extends to your workout gear. Even something as simple as matching your running shoes to your tank top can make you excited to strut your stuff at the gym. 2. Plan your reward Whether it’s a delicious (and hopefully healthy!) meal, or a really good movie, keeping something special on your mind to enjoy after you get your butt to the gym is great motivation. The thought of your special treat can put you in a great mood and get you ready for a good workout. 3. Perfect your playlists Yes, playlists plural! Make one for pre-workouts to hype you up on the way to the gym. Have another for when you’re actually working out, and one final playlist for when you’re winding down. Make it so good you can’t wait to get going to hear...

How to Have Snowed-In Family Fun

How to Have Snowed-In Family Fun

Jan 28, 2015

Have fun being snowed-in this winter! Here are some ideas for family activities to beat boredom and cabin fever. 1. Get crafty. From scrapbooking to painting, there’s no better time for you and your kids to embrace their inner artist than when the weather outside is frightful. Don’t have a stocked craft closet? Get really crafty and go online and find crafts to do with common household items! 2. Go to the movies… in your own home! Make your own tickets and concession stand, complete with popcorn and all your favorite snacks.The best part? You can stay in your pajamas, and avoid those crazy movie theater prices. 3. Kiss the cook! Get everyone in the kitchen and make something special for dinner. One fun idea? Personal pizzas. Everyone makes their own creation to put in the oven. Mixing and matching is highly encouraged! Where do you go to stock up on food, activities and fun for a snowy day? Make a list on...