D.I.Y. Mother’s Day Gifts

Nothing says “I Love You” more than a handmade, personalized gift. Make your mother something she’ll love and cherish forever. Check out these beautiful D.I.Y. Mother’s Day gift ideas.

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Managing Stress At Work

Are you feeling stressed at work? Stress can cause a tangled mess of physical and mental symptoms that will take a toll on your wellbeing. Headaches, insomnia, high blood pressure, and difficulty concentrating are just some of the many symptoms of untreated stress. These symptoms can affect you both at the office and at home. If stress is interfering with your job and everyday life, take these steps to eliminate stress in your workplace.

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Find the Source of Your Stress. The first step in addressing any issue is finding its cause. Stress is no different. When do you find yourself the most stressed at work? Is it during a deadline? On specific days? In the mornings or afternoons? Create a diary to track your day to day activities and when you’re feeling the most stressed so you can identify what is causing you stress.

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Modify Your Behavior. Often it’s not necessarily the situation we are in, but how we respond to situations that determine our levels of stress. Your first instinct after a day of dealing with a particularly difficult client might be to treat yourself to a comfort meal or wine after work. But poor dietary choices can actually make stress worse in the long run. Avoid fatty foods, alcohol, and caffeine when you feel the tensions rise and resort to healthier coping methods, like a long meditative walk after work, or some well-deserved “me time”.

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Meal Prep Like a Pro

The benefits of home cooked meals are well known and boundless. It’s healthier, cheaper, and fun to take a sense of pride in the meals you create. But in this day and age, who has time to plan and prepare a meal every night? You do. That’s right, you do! By planning and preparing meals on your day off, you can take the hassle and indecision out of cooking at home.

Make time. Pick a day and set aside a specific time to meal prep. Give yourself a whole morning or afternoon to gather ingredients and do the cooking. Be sure to make it a priority. This may not be what you want to spend your Sunday afternoon doing, but it will make your work week go so much smoother.

Have a plan. The most important part of meal prepping is the planning stage. Variety is the spice of life, so peruse your favorite recipe sites and Pinterest to find fun new recipes to try. Once you have decided on your recipes for the week, use a meal planner that you can hang on your fridge. This will help you during prepping and also remind you and your family or housemates what’s for dinner each night. Check out these free printables!

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How to Have the Best Valentine’s Day Ever

Did you know that Valentine’s Day has its roots in the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia? Valentine’s Day started as a pagan festival, then a feast day commemorating St. Valentine, and has since then grown into a global celebration of love.

However, sometimes we get wrapped up in the expectations and pressures of the holiday, and it becomes easy to lose sight of what truly matters. Picking out the right card, gift, and making dinner reservations can be awfully taxing. It is important to remember that true love isn’t about flowers, chocolates, or candle lit dinners. Of course you want it to be special, but make sure your Valentine’s Day plans revolve around you and your loved one, and what makes the two of you happy.

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Cold Weather Recipes to Warm Your Soul

When cold weather sets in, it may feel like it is impossible to get warm. You crank up the heat, dress in layers, but still warmth eludes you. Sometimes the best way to warm up is cooking up a hot comfort meal. Food nourishes the body and comforts the soul, so try these cold weather recipes and soak up the warmth!

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Spooky & Fun DIY Halloween Costumes

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Arguably one of the best parts of celebrating Halloween each year is dressing up in costume. Sure, candy is pretty nice too, but nothing captures the spirit of Halloween quite like dressing up in something festive and having a good time. If you’re finding yourself stumped on what to do this year, check out these ideas below. Once you’ve got your costume ready to go, be sure to enter our Halloween Costume Contest!

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Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Is your home ready for the cooler months? Get fall ready with this helpful checklist.

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√ Clean The Gutters. Remove leaves and any other debris that have fallen in the gutters. Check for parts that are sagging or need replacing.

Inspect Roof. Look for cracked or missing shingles, and check for signs of leaks such as wet areas in your attic. You’ll want to know you have a problem before winter arrives!

Check Furnace & Chimney. Make sure your chimney is clean and clear and check your furnace or gas heater to be sure that everything is operating smoothly and safely for the coming months.

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