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October 31, 2014

Giving Your Home A Rustic And Homey Feeling

Do you feel like your home is lacking something? Many people wonder how they can make their house feel like a home without cluttering it with all kinds of stuff. There are, actually, several things you can do to make your home feel homey and rustic, without adding clutter or even spending a lot of money.

Dressers

That’s right – dressers. These handy little pieces of furniture can serve as everything from entertainment centers to dining buffets to – well – dressers.

Otherwise known as a “chest of drawers” these furniture items lend a sense of belonging to any space. Place one in your entryway, with a lovely bowl or basket atop to receive mail or car keys, and you automatically have welcomed people into your home without saying a word. Not to mention the great storage you have with all of those drawers! Some people will use a dresser behind a sofa as storage and to display candelabras and family photos. Step outside of the box, and think of unique ways to use your dresser, and you will agree that it is a great way to make your home feel homey.

Area Rugs

A rug can knit spaces together. Even if your house is completely carpeted, you can still use a rug to anchor the furniture in the sitting area. For large spaces, the area rug will pull furniture in, giving a sense of intimacy. For small spaces, the area rug will provide a “reason” for being so close together. Rugs just make people feel at home, and can add a rustic touch if you choose the texture and color correct.

 

Lighting

Lighting is crucial to making a home feel homey. The harsh glare from overhead can lights can make an area feel industrial, and you will have a hard time relaxing. Look for pole lamps, table lamps, and uplights will bring a cozy ambiance to any room. Uplights are can lights that actually sit on the floor beneath plants or draperies, casting a glow upwards. This can brighten up dark corners. Add picture lights to paintings hanging on the wall. Often, you can run a discreet extension cord with an automatic switch, and turn all of the lights on with one switch. While incandescent lights may not be available in your area, you can find “warm” toned bulbs for most fixtures.

Decorations

Decorations are often a cause of despair among people trying to decorate their homes. How much is too much? What constitutes a decoration vs. clutter?

To answer those questions, think about anything you look at that makes you happy. This can be a decoration in your home. Think of grouping objects that are similar. For example, photographs look better when they are hung near each other on the wall, or grouped on a shelf. When they are scattered around the room, they get lost and look like clutter. To reduce the random look, frame your pictures in similar frames, such as all silver, or all wood.

With a few details, you can turn your house into a home.

 

October 30, 2014

Work Off Those Calories With Exercise

As winter approaches – sometimes aggressively – we begin to wonder how we can burn off those extra calories. You would think that just staying warm would burn enough calories, but no, it never works that way. For many, personal training is the answer to motivation and variety. Here are some pointers for burning off calories and for exercising during the winter.

Running

Runners seem to be able to run no matter what the season. If you are a runner, congratulations. You can usually maintain your pace regardless of wind and weather. Sometimes, taking your running to an indoor track will make a big difference. This is when gym membership may come in handy, because they often have a track. You can also keep up this form of exercise with a high quality treadmill. The reason I say high quality is that many treadmills are not designed for runners. They are designed for walking, and have a particleboard deck. They also may not have the horsepower to keep up with a runner. Finally, the length of the tread on the treadmill should be sufficient for a jogger. Your running step is much longer than your walking step, and a short deck on a treadmill will change your running stride, causing problems.

Yoga

Yoga has emerged as one of the safest and most efficient forms of inside exercise. It does not require any equipment, unless you consider a mat to be equipment. People of all ages and physical fitness levels can participate in some level of yoga. It increases muscle tone and improves balance. It is good for your circulation, too, often helping to purge the body of impurities. The meditative aspect of yoga is also beneficial to helping people to lower stress levels, improving their overall health.

Cycling

Cycling is another activity that can be maintained through every season. You may enjoy cycling throughout the beautiful countryside, but sometimes, weather just does not cooperate. Gyms have cycling and spinning classes that can give you a thorough workout, working muscles you forgot you have.

Personal Training

Many people will hire a personal trainer to get their exercise levels up. This is a great way to burn calories, just because of the variety to your workout. Many people have turned to online personal trainers so that they can keep up with their personal training routines no matter where they are. A personal trainer will keep you motivated when you are too sore, too tired, or too apathetic to do it on your own. You have someone who is being paid to keep track of your exercise regimen, and he or she will take that seriously. Your personal trainer is also very inventive in ways to keep you working out. This can devious, at times, but never boring. With some inventiveness and a lot of determination, you can make sure that you get plenty of exercise. You can burn off calories and stay in shape, and feel good year round.

October 20, 2014

Being Social With The Neighbours

I was just reading a story today about one of the best gardens in Yorkshire and a bit of a social problem with the neighbours.

Tucked away in Yorkshire is a lovely garden, with metal garden planters, beautifully maintained trees, and a little gardener who is about to be sentenced to jail.

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Danuta Cross, aged 64, is a past winner of the South Cave Gardening Competition. Her problems arose, she says, when her neighbors, Alexandra Smith aged 65 and David Mayhill aged 59, started stalking her as she gardened. She says that every time she goes out in her garden, they follow her around.

This constant scrutiny has been ongoing for a number of months, and police say they have not been able to collect any evidence. However, Cross said that at one point she was so “upset and shaken” that she began yelling at her neighbors. Mayhill and Smith then pressed charges for harassment.

Neighbors say that there has been an ongoing competition between the two houses to see how could have the most beautiful garden. This, however, has reached a point in which Cross says she wants to sell her house and move to get away from her neighbors’ scrutiny. She does not feel safe, and says she is not typically that angry.

Cross will be sentenced for harassment on October 29.

So let that be a lesson to you, be nice to your neighbours!

October 14, 2014

Exercise Can Make You Healthier And Happier

It probably comes as no surprise to you that exercise can make you healthier and happier. Anyone who has exercised has reaped the benefits of being in shape. But, do you know just how much good exercise will do for you?

Losing weight and happiness

Blood Vessels

Ok, this is just gross, but did you know that for every ½ kilo of weight you gain, your body grows over 11,000 metres of new blood vessels? When you think about how hard your heart has to pump to propel blood through all of those vessels, it is no wonder that heart disease is so prevalent. However, by working out for 15 minutes, three times a day, you can not only lose weight, you can improve your circulation and strengthen your cardio-pulmonary system. The body reabsorbs all of those blood vessels as you lose weight, giving your body a break.

Endorphins

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Endorphins are the chemicals that your brain releases when stimulated in a certain way. These endorphins actually make you feel good. The “extreme” benefit of endorphins is the legendary “runner’s high”, but you do not have to be a runner to trigger endorphins.

Endorphins actually reduce your perception of pain. People with chronic pain often find that moderate exercise reduces the sensation of pain. This is partly because the chemicals of the endorphins bond to the same neurotransmitters that normally bond to pain killers. So, you get the pain killers, without the artificial drugs.

Motivation and Energy

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Many people find that they feel so much better once they start exercising, that they get motivated to fix other things in their lives. The increased circulation that you get with exercise, along with the fact that your body purges itself of toxins, builds your energy level. Many people finally have the energy to take on new projects, or to simply keep up with the ones that have overwhelmed in the past.

Health Benefits

There are other kinds of health benefits to exercise. Moderate exercise will actually lower your cholesterol and stabilize type 2 diabetes.

Scheduling

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When a person starts exercising regularly, it usually means a change in their scheduling priorities. This is often the weak spot in any workout routine, as our busy lives often crowd out things we do that benefit only ourselves. However, when you stick to a schedule, and make your routine something that is flexible, you will find that your life actually becomes more organized. Looming deadlines take on a new significance when you make a priority of meeting your workout commitment. There is an old saying that housework will expand to fill the time allowed for it. Paperwork is the same. And, board meetings operate by the same time-sucking natural law. However, you can stay on task and finish up much more efficiently when you stick to your exercise regimen. Even personal training can be compressed around a schedule, Online Trainers have the ability to be at your fingertips at any time of day, so you can work around things easily.

The benefits of exercise are almost immeasurable. You become physically stronger, emotionally more stable, and your life can become more organized simply because you have decided to get in shape.

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