Thanksgiving Survival Guide

Shop Early. Don’t get caught shopping on Thanksgiving day. The earlier you shop, the better, so that you can avoid stress and long lines. Make a list so you can check off what you have and reduce the likelihood that you’ll need to make an emergency trip on Thursday.

Avoid Traffic. If you’re one of the 50 million Americans expected to travel this Thanksgiving, be sure you hit the road at the right time. Use a travel app like Waze to keep an eye on traffic and plan accordingly.

Team Effort. No one person should shoulder the burden of preparing everything for Thanksgiving. Divide up the cooking, cleaning, and table setting duties so that everyone has a hand in helping and that everyone can take more pride in the meal they helped create.

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8 Ways to Show Gratitude on Veterans Day

On Veterans Day, we honor the past and present members of our military to thank them for the immeasurable sacrifices they have made for the safety & service of our country. Here are some ways to give back this Veterans Day.

1. Attend an Event. Be sure to attend your local Veterans Day Parade to show your support for our service members. Your presence and support means the world to veterans and their families.

2. Donate. If you are able, please consider contributing to one of the many wonderful organizations that help disabled and struggling veterans find help and healing back home. Check out the following charities below.

Homes for Our Troops – Builds and donates specially adapted custom homes for severely injured post-9/11 veterans to help them rebuild their lives.

Hope for the Warriors – Founded by military families, this organization helps service members and their families through numerous programs focused on transition, health and wellness, peer engagement, and connections to the community.

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How to Make The Best of Labor Day

Savor The Sun. The days are slowly getting shorter, but there’s still some summer sun left to enjoy. Weather permitting, be sure to spend plenty of time outside during the holiday. The sun gives you a healthy dose of vitamin D which leads to better mood, healthier skin, hair, and teeth. Just be sure to use sunscreen, especially between the hours of 10am to 4pm, when the sun is most intense. Continue reading

10 Ways to Feel More Energized at Work

Have you ever fallen victim to the mid afternoon slump? Even the most driven and motivated people can get hit with fatigue at work, causing a loss in productivity and motivation. But fear not, there are ways to combat this.

1. Get Enough Sleep. It may seem like a no-brainer, but don’t underestimate the importance of a good night’s sleep. Your ability to work productively and efficiently goes down exponentially when you don’t sleep enough, no matter how much coffee you drink the next day. So stick to a solid sleep schedule, allowing you the 8+ hours of sleep per night that your body needs to power through your work day.

2. Eat Breakfast. When you’re rushed in the morning, it’s easy to skip breakfast, but you may regret it later in the day. It doesn’t have to be an elaborate meal. Just aim for something light with protein and fiber to get you through the hours until lunch time. Oatmeal, yogurt, whole wheat toast, and cereal are great quick options to keep you fueled.

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3. Turn Your Lunch Break Into a Fitness Break. A mid-day workout might be just what you need to get through the afternoon. A quick 30 minute workout will help boost your energy and burn some calories, and maybe even help you burn off some of the stress from your work day. If you don’t have a gym membership, a lunchtime walk is a great substitute. Continue reading

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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