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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 Eat Healthy: 4 Easy Tips

How to Eat Healthy: 4 Easy Tips

Jan 20, 2015

2015 is in full force, and January is almost over! How are you doing with your New Year’s resolutions? If you wanted to eat healthy this year, don’t give up just yet. We have four easy tips to make eating right become a real part of your lifestyle. 1. Don’t skip breakfast! They don’t call it “the most important meal of the day” for nothing. Eating a healthy, balanced diet jumpstarts your metabolism and can determine your entire day of food choices. Without it, you tend to feel hungry all day, which can lead to overeating. 2. Everything in moderation. Don’t overcomplicate things by swearing off certain foods completely. You’ll end up just wanting them more! Instead, gradually reduce the portion sizes of the junk food you’re eating, as well as how often you indulge in them. Cut it down to once a week, or even once a month if you’re feeling ambitious! 3. Don’t drink you calories. When in doubt, drink water. Not only does it hydrate your body and make you look AND feel better, but it doesn’t have the empty calories and amount of sugar found in drinks like soda. 4. Snack on fruit. Let’s face it – between meals, you sometimes need a pick-me-up. Instead of a sweets or a bag of chips, pick up an apple or banana. The natural sugar will give you the extra energy you need to beat that afternoon grogginess without undoing your whole day....

How to Make Your Home Feel Warmer

How to Make Your Home Feel Warmer

Jan 12, 2015

When temperature goes way down this winter, think twice before you touch that thermostat! There may be a few minor changes you can make to your home to stay warm without the hefty bill. 1. Rearrange your furniture Make sure none of your vents are covered! This one might seem obvious, but making sure they’re not blocked can make a huge difference in the temperature of your home. 2. Put your oven to good use Winter is the best time to make delicious comfort food like casseroles or pot roast. Using your oven on a regular basis will definitely add warmth to your home, and is a great excuse to cook a good meal every week! 3. Seal the cracks Your doors or windows may be letting in a draft, making your home a little chilly. Get a professional to inspect your windows and doors, and offer solutions to making them more energy efficient. Definitely get a trusted professional opinion before outright replacing any windows or doors!...

3 Ways to Simplify Your Work Wardrobe

3 Ways to Simplify Your Work Wardrobe

Jan 7, 2015

1. Go back to the basics. Work wear is all about mixing and matching. To make it seem like your closet is bursting with possibilities, go back to the basics. You can do great things with solid tops and bottoms. You can pair them with almost any kind of accessory, tie or pair of shoes! 2. Clothes should be investments. Especially if you wear them every day! The last thing you want is to be buying a new white button down every couple of months because – surprise! –  it’s worn out already. Splurge on some staples that are quality. You don’t have to spend outrageous amounts, just stop opting for the cheap stuff you know won’t last. 3. Get organized. You may think your closet is organized, but is it really? There’s always room for improvement! If you ever feel frustrated in the morning trying to find something to wear to work, try separating your clothes in two sections: work and… not work! Having a section of your closet dedicated specifically to clothes you only wear to the office puts all your options in one place, and simplifies your decision. Where do you find your work wardrobe staples? Make a list on emazeMe and recommend your favorite...

How to Make (and Keep!) Your New Year’s Resolution

How to Make (and Keep!) Your New Year’s Resolution

Dec 29, 2014

Sick of making sweeping declarations before December 31 about how you’ll change your life, your diet or your lifestyle; only to throw them out the window one week into the new year? We have a few easy tips that will make your goals and expectations for January – and the rest of the year – a little more realistic.   1. Think big. This is this easy part. They are those goals you’ve been putting off all year long, including, but not limited to: eating better, exercising, getting more sleep, traveling more, etc. Write those down. 2. Now think small. You can’t stop there. HOW will you reach those goals, and WHEN? The secret to actually following through is thinking short term. Focus on one week, or one month, and set one small goal to build on to achieve your big resolution. For example: your big resolution is to eat better. So, for the month of January, you’ll cut out one bad item, and add another! Cut out soda and replace it with water. By the end of the month, you will have started a good, healthy habit that you can build upon. 3. Anticipate mistakes.  No matter how realistic your resolution is, you will have days where you stumble or completely fall off course. Decide ahead of time that when this happens, you won’t give up. Being able to embrace temporary failure is part of a successful new year’s resolution....

3 Tips for Holiday Travel

3 Tips for Holiday Travel

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 you reach your travel...

How to Make the Perfect Party Playlist

How to Make the Perfect Party Playlist

Nov 16, 2014

Setting the mood for any party or gathering requires a killer playlist, and making that playlist requires more than throwing together a quick list of good songs! Here are some tips to make a party playlist everyone will love. 1. Have the right technology What technology will you use? Where will this playlist be hosted? There are a number of software downloads that allow you to create playlists accessible on nearly any device. HINT: If all your music is on your phone, remember that you might not want to be without it all night! 2. Find quality speakers They’re not just for volume (though this is important). Make sure you have speakers that produce a clean, quality sound with just the right amount of bass. 3. Reference your plans How long is your party? Where is it being held? These are important things to consider in terms of your playlist length, as well as where you should physically position your speakers. 4. Take requests Don’t be selfish. Consider the crowd and throw in some of their favorites, too. Your guests will definitely notice, and love you for it!   Do you have any recommendations for places to buy speakers or other music equipment? COMMENT...

How to Plan Thanksgiving Break

How to Plan Thanksgiving Break

Nov 9, 2014

The holidays are coming up, and so is Thanksgiving break! Whether your kids are coming home from college, or have a few days off from elementary school, these fun family activities are perfect for this brief holiday break. 1. Mark your calendars Coordinate your schedules. Make sure to set aside times for family dinners, activities, and more! 2. Plan their favorite meals School, work and other responsibilities can make it hard to find time for your kids’ favorite meals. Use the mini-vacation to cook up something special! 3. Get everyone together Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be the only time to get family and friends together! Plan a casual pre- or post-Thanksgiving shindig and celebrate the most wonderful time of year. 4. Something sweet Spend a family day baking Thanksgiving desserts, or get a head start on sweets for the holidays coming up. Your home will smell amazing!   Make a holiday list of favorite places and providers on...

How to Pick the Perfect Restaurant for Your Guests

How to Pick the Perfect Restaurant for Your Guests

Nov 4, 2014

With the holidays coming up, chances are you’ll have some friends and family in town. Entertain them at the perfect restaurant by following a few of these tips! Make a list of options Keeping in mind your guests and their favorite foods and dietary restrictions, make a master list of options in your area! Email your guests beforehand Get their input. Send your guests your master list before they arrive. This will narrow down your choices and make sure they have a great time! Get recommendations  Get a recommendation from your local foodie friends. They might have the suggestion you’re looking for! Make reservations Once you’ve narrowed down your list, make reservations! Even if you have to cancel, it will be good to know ahead of time that you’ll have a place to go with your guests.   The best way to make your list of potential restaurants and get recommendations is with...