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...
6 Ways To Stay Healthy in Honor of World Health Day

6 Ways To Stay Healthy in Honor of World Health Day

The World Health Organization sponsors World Health Day every April and uses it as a platform to discuss common health issues. Since the WHO monitors global epidemics, this annual event typically highlights maladies people in both the developing and developed world face. In honor of WHD, we’ve put together some simple ways that you can keep yourself healthy throughout the year. Lead an Active Lifestyle The body needs to move. Unfortunately, most of us do far too little of it. It’s not entirely our faults, however. Our careers and lifestyles require that we do a lot of sitting: in cars, at a desk, in front of a computer. Too much inactivity can be problematic for both our mental and physical health. When you exercise, your body produces endorphins. Those endorphins in turn signal the brain to produce “feel good” hormones. More and more research is pointing to those hormones as the key to good health, especially when it comes to fighting depression and anxiety. So, even if you need to start gradually, make exercise a part of your daily routine. Talk a 30-minute walk, join a gym, or hire a personal trainer. Whatever you do: start today. Quit Smoking The science has been in for decades: smoking is a common cause of a number of diseases that no one wants. To keep yourself healthy, and avoid cardiovascular disease, put the pack down. If you need help, consult a physician or look into abstinence programs through the American Lung Association. Just like with regular exercise, whatever you do: start today. Get Checkups Meany health conditions don’t have any negative symptoms....
Find Time to Spare for Outdoor Fun

Find Time to Spare for Outdoor Fun

Now that the weather is starting to warm up, being stuck on the job or in a classroom can feel stifling. There’s a good reason for that: science shows being outside improves your mental health, reduces inflammation, improves concentration and might even boost proteins that fight cancer. Despite your busy schedule, you still can enjoy a few free minutes, hours or days outdoors and reconnect with your friends and loved ones in the process. Here are some ideas to infuse your day with outdoor fun. If You Have 15 Minutes, Walk Around the Block Some days feel like they’re never-ending. Those are the days that carving out even 15 minutes to spend time with work friends away from your desks. Keep a pair of walking shoes and with you so you’re always ready to take a stroll. On warm days, bring drinking water with you, too. It takes just a few minutes of exertion on a warm day before you need a bit of water. If You Have 30 Minutes, Try Yoga in the Grass You may not always think of yoga as an outdoor activity, but stretching and connecting to your body while you’re outside gives you a chance to center and soak up some Vitamin D while you’re at it. If you’re worried about messing up your work clothes, stick to gentle standing poses such as Mountain and Tree that improve your balance without working up too much of a sweat. If You Have 1 Hour, Steal Away for a Picnic This might take some planning, but the benefits of spending time outside with someone you care about...
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...
5 Signs Your Body Needs a Detox (And What to Do Next)

5 Signs Your Body Needs a Detox (And What to Do Next)

Do you feel stressed out all the time? Is your digestion not up to its usual efficiency? Before you write off chronic issues with your body as normal stresses, look at your diet and environment. You may just need a detox. What a Detox Is (And Isn’t) A detox is any effort to help your body do its job of cleaning out toxins from your organs, including your liver, kidneys and skin. Traditionally, a detox has had a drug or alcohol connotation, as in going into detox to get the chemicals out of your system. But today, detoxification is a holistic health approach that uses food, water, massage and other acts of self-care to encourage your body to perform its best. A detox, however, is not a cure-all, and effective ones rarely are quick fixes. It usually involves small-but-valuable lifestyle shifts that require commitment. So, how do you know whether you need to take on the effort? Your body tells you, and there are dozens of clues. Here are five of the top signs your body is craving help clearing toxicity. Digestive Issues One surefire way to know anything is amiss in your body is to pay attention to your trips to the bathroom. If you need to detox, chances are, you’re constipated, thanks to the toxins that have built up in your body. Constipation, in turn, can give you a headache or make you sleepy. Of course, the opposite problem can also signify a need to cleanse. Loose stools, indigestion and excess gas all are signs of a need to detox. Basically, if your bathroom habits change, pay attention. Depression...
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...