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Quick Tips to Manage Your Holiday Stress

Thursday, December 26, 2013
The holiday season is upon us. While this time of year is meant to be spent enjoying time with friends and family, the days leading up to the holidays are often filled with stress. These tips can help your holidays go from stress-filled to merry and bright!

Don't Over-schedule Yourself
Adding holiday preparations on top of your already existing schedule can be a recipe for disaster, but not if you avoid over-scheduling yourself. While your intentions may be good, taking on too many tasks can cause
your holiday cheer to go out the window. To keep your holidays happy, learn to delegate or flat out say no. And remember, a 5-hour ENERGY® shot can help keep you going during the busiest time of the year!

Keep Your Expectations Realistic
Just like in other aspects of life, it is important to remember that not everything will be perfect. It is natural to feel like the more you plan, the better things will work out. However, when dealing with other family members and friends, remember that there are some things that are out of your control. So keep your holiday expectations realistic.

The Holidays Aren't About Gifts
Often people lose sight of what the holiday season is about; being with loved ones. Instead of spending endless time and money on the perfect gift for your family members and friends, put a spending limit on gifts. Or if you have a larger group of people, suggest drawing names out of a hat so each person only buys a gift for one person.

Don't Turn To Food
When people are stressed, it's common to turn to eating. Whether you enjoy sweet treats or salty snacks, stress often leads people to seek unhealthy comfort foods. Eating a lot of junk food can make you feel tired, stressed or cranky. With stress levels already higher than normal during the holidays, you should try to avoid a diet that can increase your levels of stress and fatigue.

Don't let stress keep you from enjoying the holidays. If you start to feel overwhelmed, keep these tips in mind and remember that in the end the season is meant for spending time with the people closest to you. Happy Holidays from the 5-hour ENERGY® team!

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10 Ways To Add DIY Holiday Cheer To Your Home

Friday, December 20, 2013
The holiday season is here, and for many that means it’s time to decorate! Some people love decorating while others see it as time consuming and expensive, but it doesn’t have to be! With the help of a few household items and some creative flair, you can add some inexpensive holiday decorations to your home. Check out our list of 10 DIY holiday décor ideas.

  1. Deck Your Door: Wreaths are a festive decoration for any holiday or season. Instead of buying a wreath from the store, you can save money by making your own. Plus you can get crafty and personalize your wreath with your favorite holiday items.
  2. Waterless Snow Globes: Save your pickle jars, mayonnaise jars and any other empty glass jars to create your own snow globes, minus the water. Waterless snow globes offer endless opportunity for creativity, from creating your own winter wonderland to displaying your favorite holiday trinkets. Whether you make one snow globe to feature as a centerpiece or use different shapes and sizes of jars to make your own little village, this DIY item will become an instant favorite!
  3. Frame A Greeting: Have you ever received a greeting card that was too pretty, special or funny to throw away? Instead of tossing your favorite holiday card, stick it in a frame and proudly display it!
  4. Display Sweet Treats: Candy canes, gum drops, decorated cookies and other holiday sweets are not only delicious, but they’re also appealing to the eye, so why not display them? By placing treats into glass jars or clear canisters, you can create  decorations out of things you may have already had in your kitchen!
  5. Bring Frosty Inside: With the help of some construction paper, scissors and tape, you can turn a door or refrigerator into a snowman. Don’t worry, your snowman won’t melt! This is a quick and easy decoration that will make a statement. See an example here.
  6. Simple Scented Candles: If you love the smell of cinnamon, this decoration is a must. Simply put a candle in a vase, surround it with cinnamon sticks and light. Voila, your home will instantly be filled with one of the staple scents of the holiday season!
  7. Glittery Pinecones: Do you have pinecones falling into your yard? If so, you can use them for this DIY project! Collect a few pine cones, drizzle some glue on them and then sprinkle some glitter on top. Once your pine cones are decked in glitter, you can display them in a vaseor  use them to create a string of garland.
  8. Upside Down Candle Holders: Add some pop to your decorations with the help of a few different sized wine glasses and candles. All this simple decoration requires is for you to turn the wine glasses upside down, place the candle on the base and light. For a bit of extra flair, add an ornament or other holiday trinket underneath the glass. These upside down candles are great when grouped together for a centerpiece or displayed in a row on a fireplace mantle.
  9. Wrapped Gifts: Is there a corner in your living room or a space on your steps that you can’t decide how to decorate? Try filling those spaces with a few faux wrapped gifts. A variety of sized boxes will turn those tricky areas from stale to festive. 
  10. Simple Snowflakes: Can you remember the last time you made paper snowflakes? Well, it might be time to make them again! Stringing clear thread or fishing line through your snowflakes and hanging them from a doorway is a great way to get your home ready for the holidays. Find step by step instructions on making paper snowflakes here.

Will you try out any of these DIY holiday décor ideas this season? If we missed one of your favorite do it yourself decorations, share it below in a comment or on our Facebook page or Twitter!

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Clint Bowyer’s 2013 Racing Season Recap

Friday, December 6, 2013

Another great season of racing has come to a close! From different paint schemes on the #15 Toyota Camry to Clint Bowyer participating in Yoga on the Track, 2013 was definitely an exciting season for the 5-hour ENERGY® Racing Team and its fans. Let’s take a look back at Clint’s season:

Clint’s Season By The Numbers
After a season of solid racing, we were excited to watch Clint make it to the post season once again. Clint finished the Chase in 7th place, with 10 Top 5 finishes and 19 Top 10 finishes.

Yoga on the Track
Before the 5-hour ENERGY® Benefiting Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC) Nationwide Series race at Dover International Speedway, Clint Bowyer took part in our ‘Yoga on the Track’ event. This event was a spin-off  of LBBC’s ‘Yoga on the Steps’ events which are used to help raise breast cancer awareness. During the race at Dover, thousands of NASCAR fans visited the LBBC booth to learn more about the programs and services they provide for women diagnosed with breast cancer and their families.

Different Paint Schemes
There were two new looks for the #15 5-hour ENERGY® Toyota Camry this season!  The pink Raspberry paint scheme was debuted at the end of September as part of our effort to increase breast cancer awareness. Clint drove this car at the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway and the 13th Annual Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway. The pink Raspberry paint scheme also helped boost our breast cancer awareness efforts because until December 31, 2013, five cents of each bottle of Raspberry 5-hour ENERGY® sold benefits LBBC.

The second special paint scheme unveiled this season was the Sour Apple Camo car. Clint showed off this design at the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. While this paint scheme was for one race only, it was created to promote our new permanent flavor, Sour Apple Extra Strength 5-hour ENERGY® shot. Which of these paint schemes gets your vote, fans?

We would like to thank Clint Bowyer and the 5-hour ENERGY® Racing Team for another great season of racing! We’re looking forward to what the 2014 season brings!


The 5-hour ENERGY® Racing Scavenger Hunt Comes to A Close

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

The conclusion of the 2013 NASCAR racing season had also marked the end of the 5-hour ENERGY Racing Scavenger Hunt Contest, which ran from February through November 18, 2013. While many racing fans were bummed that the season was over, we were able to brighten the day of some of our fans by letting them know they were winners of our Racing Scavenger Hunt Contest!  

To recap, the 5-hour ENERGY® Racing Scavenger Hunt contest invited racing fans to search for 15 5-hour ENERGY® codes scattered across our website, Blog and Social channels, as well the Michael Waltrip Racing and Clint Bowyer websites. To shake things up a bit this year, we added a twist to the contest! We challenged participants to find and keep track of one bonus letter that was hidden each of the nine months that the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Season ran. After finding all nine letters, fans found that they spelled out a secret message which could be submitted for 10 additional entries into the giveaway.  As a bonus for completing this additional challenge, the first 50 people to submit the secret message received a free two pack of 5-hour ENERGY® shots!

This year’s grand prize winner of the Racing Scavenger Hunt Contest was Sherry S. from Alabama. As our grand prize winner, Sherry will receive a one year supply of 5-hour ENERGY® shots! Here’s what Sherry had to say about the contest and being the grand prize winner in a quick interview:

Q: How did you hear about the Racing Scavenger Hunt Contest?
A: My younger sister told me about the contest. She is an even bigger Clint Bowyer fan than I am!

Q: How long have you been a 5-hour ENERGY® fan?
A: I would say at least two years. My favorite flavor is Pomegranate!

Q: When is your favorite time of day to enjoy a 5-hour ENERGY® shot?
A: Definitely that 2:30 feeling®. I don’t even have to look at a watch, I just know! Then when I do check the time, sure enough! It’s usually between 2:30 and 3:00.

Q: How do you plan to use your year’s supply of 5-hour ENERGY® shots?
A: I plan on sharing a little, but for the most part it’s for me!

We want to congratulate Sherry and our bonus code winners again, and thank everyone who participated in the Racing Scavenger Hunt Contest! Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter for upcoming contests, giveaways and more.

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