Blog :: 02-2019

Got Winter Blues?

10 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues and Feel Great

By Madeline R. Vann, MPH    Medically Reviewed by Robert Jasmer, MD

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1. Lace Up Your Running Shoes and Get Moving

2. Set Your Alarm Clock and Stick to a Sleep Routine

3. Queue Up a Stream of Laugh-Out-Loud Films

4. Warm Yourself Up With a Mug of Real Hot Cocoa - See recipe we found below! 

5. Host a Festive Party-But Don’t Stress

6. Give Yourself a Manageable Task to Accomplish

7. But Don’t Let Your To- Do List Get Too Out of Hand

8. Book a Staycation- Even if It’s a Mini One

9. Consider Light Therapy if You Can’t Get the Sunshine You Need

10. Don’t Hesitate to See Your Healthcare Professional

Simple Hot Cocoa for One

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KEMP MINIFIE  | GOURMET |  DECEMBER 2011

As with hot chocolate, use any milky liquid you prefer, whether it's from a cow, nuts (almond milk), beans (soy milk), or grains (rice milk).

For sweeteners, feel free to substitute maple syrup, honey, or agave nectar for sugar, but start with less, about 1 tablespoon, and taste the combination before adding more.

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

1 to 2 tablespoons sugar (depending on how sweet you like it)

Pinch of salt

1 cup milk or any combination of milk,

half-and-half, or cream

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

PREPARATION

Whisk together the cocoa, sugar, salt, and about 2 tablespoons milk in a small saucepan over medium-low heat until cocoa and sugar are dissolved.  Whisk in the rest of the milk and heat it over medium heat, whisking occasionally, until it is hot. Stir in the vanilla and serve. If you like it frothy, blend it in the blender. This recipe multiplies easily. When you get up to a quart of milk, use 1/4 teaspoon salt.

 

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    School Break - Why not a kids room makeover?

    School Break could be a great time to do a kids room makeover. 

    Below are highlights from a couple articles with great tips and ideas. 

    We also recommend visiting hgtv.com & bhg.com - search “Kids rooms” as additional great sources.

    ROOM TO GROW:

    10 FUN WAYS TO UPDATE KIDS ROOMS ON A BUDGET

    www.livingwellspendingless.com

    Fortunately, switching up a kid’s bedroom doesn’t have to be a budget-breaker. If you plan ahead, you can come in under budget and accomplish a lot in just one weekend. Plus, when we work together and tap into our family’s

    creativity—it can be a lot of fun!  When we get our kids invested in the process, they not only love their new room, but oftentimes they also gain a renewed commitment to keeping toys off the floor and school supplies organized.

    1. GET YOUR KIDS INVOLVED

    2. PLAN IT OUT FIRST

    3. GO SIMPLE, AND CLEAR THE CLUTTER

    4. ADD LOTS OF STORAGE OPTIONS

    5. PICK A NEUTRAL PALATE AND ACCENT WITH COLOR

    6. CREATE ZONES

    7. ADD PERSONAL FLAIR

    8. USE VINTAGE TO YOUR ADVANTAGE

    9. DIY

    10. REPURPOSE AND RECYCLE

     

    5 Tips for a DIY Kids' Room Makeover

    www.parents.com

    The Statement Wall- This big-scale design makes an impact, but easily changes over time: We can hang art inside the shapes or add decals on top.

    The Storage Plan-  I floated crates on the wall to create the illusion of more space. Inside them, bins corral smaller toys.

    A Cozy Corner- Tossed all their stuffed animals into a hardy laundry bag. When it’s totally full, it works as a big floor pillow, but it’s easy to dump out when it’s time to play. 

    Easy Seating- Now I want to make a whole forest of critter stools.

    The Lighting- Blocks and a big shade? Perfect!

    We'd love to see your before and after photos if you take advantage!

     

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      Why You Should Sell Your Home in 2019

      Few people are predicting that 2019 will be a record-breaking year for home prices.  

      But if you're weighing your options to sell, considering selling this year or 

      maybe the year after, don't play the waiting game.

      Here are four reasons to sell your house in 2019.

       

      New buyers are still entering the market.

       As interest rates rise, some buyers will hesitate to make an offer on a home or

      apply for a mortgage, so be ready to see occasional drops in buyer activity. 

      The bottom line: While houses may sit on the market for a few more days on average

      compared with 2017 when the market was white-hot, buyers remain active and

      it's still possible to profit from your home sale.

       

      Interest rates are still low-ish. 

      While rates are at their highest level since February 2011, they remain much lower

      than the historic high of more than 18 percent in 1981.  If you're looking to get the lowest interest rate possible on your next house, try to make a deal sooner rather than later.

       

      You have high equity.   

      Homeowners who bought during the recession or shortly after benefitted from

      historically low interest rates and, up until around 2015, lower home prices that were

      still in recovery mode.  The higher your equity in your home, the more you net from

      the sale, which can easily go toward the down payment on your next house.

       

      Selling in 2019 vs. 2020.   

      If not selling your home in 2019 means putting your house on the market in 2020,

      the sooner option is the best one.  Whether you believe the recession is imminent or

      a long way off, current real estate patterns indicate a sudden upswing

      in activity or prices is unlikely in the near future. 

      For more information from this article CLICK HERE!

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        Make your own Valentine Scratch Cards

        Want to put a little twist on your

        Valentine’s Day card?

         

        How about making it a scratch off.

         

         

        Supplies Needed

        Store Bought Card or Homemade Card

        Clear Contact Paper

        Metallic Acrylic Paint

        Dishwashing Liquid

        Small Paint Brush

        Shape to trace around

        Decide what’s under the scratch off part...

        Scratch off to reveal who it is from.

        Scratch off to reveal a Valentine message. Scratch off to reveal what their Valentine is.    

        So many options.

         

        Make Scratch Off Solution

        Mix 2 parts Metallic Acrylic Paint and

        1 part dishwashing liquid.

        Directions

        Trace shape(s) onto card and fill in with written message(s).

        Trace same number of shapes onto front of contact paper.

        Paint Contact Paper shapes with a thin layer of solution,

        let dry and repeat 2 more times.

        Cut shapes out, peel off backing and apply over shapes on card.

        Tape a coin to the card to use to scrape with.

        35 Cute Valentine's Day Cards to Give to Your Sweetheart

        Valentine Sayings

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