10 DIY Easter Ideas To Get You Ready

10 DIY Easter Ideas To Get You Ready

Decorating for the holidays should be fun for the entire family. Whether you and the kids love edible projects or you’re more of a crafting household, there are plenty of Easter ideas that will get the house ready for a festive, vibrant holiday. These can’t miss craft projects will be a hit with guests and friends during your celebrations this year. 1. Make a Beautiful Easter Egg Wreath Buy a ready-made grape wood wreath from the craft store. Before you dye the eggs, hollow them out with a paper clip. The kids will have plenty of fun by picking the dye colors. Attach the eggs to the wreath with a glue gun. 2. Make Your Own Chocolate Easter Bunnies Invest in one or two plastic Easter bunny molds (you’ll find plenty on the internet or in craft stores). Temper 1 1/2 to two 2 pounds of milk or dark chocolate (yes, chocolate chips work) and then pour the liquid chocolate into the plastic molds. Pour the excess chocolate back into the bowl, and tap the mold to remove air bubbles. Clean the edge of the mold with a knife. Repeat this process two more times. Clip the mold closed so the chocolate seals together. Voila! 3. DIY Metallic Easter Eggs The kids will love to make centerpieces with this shimmering Easter idea. Hollow out eggs first, and then using metallic craft paint, carefully paint the eggs with copper, silver, and gold craft brushes. Make a drying rack with an old polystyrene takeout container and toothpicks. Set them around the mantle, in a basket, or in a clear vase for...
Makeover Your Bedroom into Quiet and Peaceful Zen Retreat

Makeover Your Bedroom into Quiet and Peaceful Zen Retreat

If your home is your castle, the bedroom is your throne room. Studies keep showing that high-quality sleep is the cornerstone of good health. That starts with turning the bedroom into a peaceful retreat where you can’t wait to crawl in between your bed sheets. If you don’t feel a sense of calm wash over you the minute you walk into your bedroom, follow this simple checklist below, and it will become your favorite destination in the house (or maybe even on earth). 1. De-clutter Step one in ensuring you always get a restful night’s sleep: keep your bedroom free of clutter. Go through your closet every season and get rid of any non-occasion clothing you didn’t put on all season. Minimize items on dressing tables, nightstands, and dressers. Devote 20 minutes every day to putting things away so at night, every surface is clear and calmly. 2. Make it Dark Light in all forms is stimulating. When light pollution seeps into your bedroom windows, it messes with your circadian rhythms. Better sleep starts with a perfectly dark room, so invest in blackout shades or reinforced drapes with a light-blocking liner. 3. Repaint A simple coat of paint may be all you need to makeover your bedroom. Choose a soothing tone like gray, blue, or light green. Coordinate with new bedroom accessories like throw pillows or a quilt in a complementary shade. 4. Get New Bed Sheets You don’t need a large selection of bed sheets, but you do want a set that helps regulate your body temperature (which microfiber does pretty well) so you don’t overheat. Microfiber is also as soft as...
Massage at Home: The Right Tools Make All the Difference

Massage at Home: The Right Tools Make All the Difference

A good massage has long been a luxury that relaxes the mind and body. Massage and other such touch therapies have lots of benefits beyond stress relief, however. Studies show regular massage can ease symptoms of common ailments such as back pain, leg tightness and even migraines. Unfortunately, a regular regimen usually isn’t part of health insurance coverage, and expenses often add up quickly. Not to worry — self-care massage has positive impacts on your well-being at a fraction of the cost. At-Home Massage: How It Works When most of us think of getting a massage at home, we picture our partner or best friend trying hard to work out a knot in our back or neck, maybe rubbing our feet. Some of us try to ease muscle tension on our own. All of these gestures are helpful, but unless you or your loved one have professional training, results could range from ineffective to downright painful. You need not sign up for massage therapy certification, though. Often, the main trouble is the lack of pressure you can feasibly apply to your own body parts. You need something strong enough to dig into those muscles to make a real difference. The most budget-friendly option is a lacrosse or tennis ball that you roll under your body weight to apply adequate pressure. This method lacks precision, however, and depending on your physical state it can feel downright exhausting. A percussion massager, on the other hand, allows one-handed accuracy with no extra effort. For taking care of your back and neck, such a tool is advantageous. With the right tools, home massage...
Keep It Simple: Use Multipurpose Kitchenware to Find Peace at Home

Keep It Simple: Use Multipurpose Kitchenware to Find Peace at Home

If you’re looking to simplify your life, the kitchen is a logical place to start. It’s the hub of your home, and you spend time there at least a few times a day. Whether you’re just starting out or have accumulated years of holiday gifts for your kitchen, reducing clutter often equates to finding a few key tools that fit your kitchen. The biggest space suck in your kitchen is often the pile of spoons, spatulas, turners and graters, plus the unique dishes it takes to serve up a perfect meal. Each one has a specific purpose, and that’s the problem. If you want to open up your storage and find what you need quickly, you need cooking and serving tools that tackle more than one job. Here are three types of kitchenware that solve such issues, plus some of the clutter you can let go of and donate to a local charity. Multifunctional Cooking Tools: The Swiss Army Knives of Cooking The easiest way to cut clutter in your kitchen drawers? Find single tools that take on many jobs. A seven-in-one tool, for example, can replace your can opener, bottle opener, garlic press and more. Imagine the room you can save when you clean out tools you use only occasionally and replace them with one tool you grab every day. Sometimes, the tools you use transcend a phase in the mealtime process. Take condiment holders, for instance. Sure, you can use them to hold fixins at your barbecue, but they handle so much more than that. Before you even start grilling, use each compartment to separate the dry rubs, sauces and a small container...
10 Yummy and Healthy Waist Slimming Foods To Help You Lose Weight

10 Yummy and Healthy Waist Slimming Foods To Help You Lose Weight

Not all foods, calorically speaking, are created equal. The 100 calories you intake from french fries are quite different than 100 calories from an apple. This weight loss food list is not only healthy, it also fires up your metabolism and helps keep you trim. The Inevitable Disclaimer As much as we’d all like a magic pill or singular slimming food that melts away the extra pounds, no matter what you eat, you need to increase your protein intake (low fat, naturally, see below) and your fitness levels. Serious weight loss only happens when you burn more calories than you take in. So, while you’re swapping out chips, sugary sodas, and indulgent desserts with the list below, hit the gym at least 3-4 days per week, get plenty of sleep, and drink plenty of water for the best results. Green Tea Green tea has higher concentrations of polyphenols, aka catechins, than any other type of tea. Catechins, along with the caffeine in green tea, could help burn extra fat. However, to get the full benefit of their fat-fighting power, look for green tea extract tablets. Dark Chocolate The science is in: chocolate is a healthy food. At least, the darker varieties are. The flavonoids in dark chocolate are also found in dark leafy green vegetables. Those all-important nutrients are wonderful at staving off heart disease and can help reduce spikes in blood sugar, the very thing that makes you feel like snacking. The less processed the chocolate, the more fiber it has as well. Also: when you’re trying to lose weight, is there anything better than chocolate? Coffee While...
Refresh Your Palate and Detox Your Body with Delicious Infused Water

Refresh Your Palate and Detox Your Body with Delicious Infused Water

What is it about spa water that is so inviting? Is it because every time you have it, you’re already relaxed and decompressing from a nice soak and a massage? Either way, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy that same luxurious feeling right at home with your own infused water. Check out these recipes below and learn a more about how you can do a little daily detox. How Water Helps You Detox Your body is constantly detoxifying itself through your circulatory system: your blood carries lymphatic fluid and other impurities out through the renal system to keep them from building up in your muscles and other organs. Of course, the more you help that process along with exercise, stretching, massage and hydration, the better you’re likely to feel. Drinking water supports this process and is even more important during the hot summer months or after a workout. Having flavored water around may encourage you to drink more and could also help replenish some of the nutrients your body loses naturally throughout the course of the day. Infused Water That Really Hydrates Every time you work out, your body loses a lot of its natural potassium. Refueling with healthy doses of potassium could help improve regular bowel movements (not a glamorous topic, but a very important one) and prevent muscle cramps. Watermelon is extremely high in potassium. Experiment with watermelon-flavored water by adding 4 cups lightly mashed watermelon and a half dozen (or more to taste) sprigs of mint to a 3-quart water infusion pitcher and let it stand. Drink throughout the day, especially after just before and after a workout and...