Green Living ideas

Some people may think that living green means you have to give up a lot of luxuries and this is quite untrue! Everyone has that one piece of furniture that they claim in the house as “their chair”, and wouldn’t that be great if that piece was Eco-friendly as well. Great ways to make this happen is to go to your local thrift store, friends or even use that old chair that you never thought of using in high-traffic rooms. Step two is to find a fabric and maybe some studs or buttons because you are about to make the chair of your dreams. Take these items to your local reupholster store for less hassle (don’t forget the chair) or be even more proud of your chair by doing it yourself. If you aren’t very good at sewing and still want furniture you can be proud of try reclaimed wood. There are wood pallets everywhere or even old pieces of wood furniture could work (such as old box springs or cabinets). All you need to do is have a few handy man skills and some wood stain or gloss. If this seems like a bit too much work then try Bamboo furniture, it is also an amazingly Eco-friendly product because of its durability and its neutral palette is ideal in any home.

Being Eco-friendly is meant to reduce our carbon footprint but what people don’t realize is that we can do that while still leaving our handprint behind. By this, I mean our creativity. There seems to be a lot more artists these days that are taking this idea and making a great living off of it. Some ideas are to take broken ceramic, glass, etc. and make a mural, vase, drink coaster or spice up that boring picture frame or mirror. If you don’t consider yourself savvy enough then the simplest way to be Eco-friendly is by reusing something old and give it a new life with paint. You can show it off at your home or office or even give it as a gift.

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Relieve Stress

Everyone is consumed by an overwhelming stress in their day to day lives. Whether it’s due to school loans, work, family or your love life, there are many ways to reduce stress and thus give you a better and longer overall life.

A great way to reduce stress is by meditation. Most people overlook this because they feel like sitting and clearing your mind is a pointless act. These people fail to realize that if you remove yourself from a situation; it is easier to come back to that situation with a leveled head and a clearer understanding of how to fix the problem. It is very easy to meditate while doing almost any activity. Don’t buy into the fact that you have to sit alone in your room and do nothing, meditation can be done when you are out walking, waiting for an appointment, or even in the middle of a stressful business meeting. I have personally been taught by many public speakers to close your eyes and take three deep breaths before a speech. This process helps relieve stress or anxiety and physically helps you stand taller.

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Staying Healthy This Summer

There are a lot of ways to stay healthy this summer and we know you want to rock that summer body with confidence.

A good way to start off your health journey is by eating right. Picking up food, especially junk food from restaurants is tempting and easy. Grocery store shopping is daunting task but it can create a positive impact on your life. But what most people don’t realize is that it really isn’t as big as it seems. When grocery shopping you should stick to the perimeter of the store because that is where the fresh foods are located such as fruits, vegetables, dairy, meats and fish. The real hazards that can make you regret your shopping trip is in the center aisles where all the junk food and cereals are.  When buying foods you should look for as natural as you can get such as 100% fruit juice or whole grain items. No over processed foods. Reading the back label is key and if this seems like too much work for you then you can simply head over to a Sprouts or Whole Foods or even your local farmers market. It is very easy to find healthy substitutions in these places.

When you finally have your food, the second and most important part is to know how much to eat. The government issued a health guideline on food proportions called the my plate. This shows a wide variety of items and how much you should eat of each. Fruits, grains, protein (meat or meat substitute), vegetables and dairy. Although the dairy is on the side of this my plate, this does not mean it has to be a glass of milk. You can choose anything from low fat yogurt to calcium fortified orange juice.

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