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Benefits of Planning & Preparing Meals in Advance

Friday, March 28, 2014
With today's busy lifestyles, eating at home can be a challenge. Longer work days, long commutes and increasingly busy after school schedules mean that cooking a healthy meal is often one of the first things we neglect due to lack of time. Here are just a few of our helpful tricks to planning and preparing meals in advance.

One Stop Shop
Planning your meals for the week means only one trip to the grocery store. Lack of planning usually means having to run to the store to pick up ingredients throughout the week which costs time and money. Instead, choose your meals, write down what ingredients you'll need and say goodbye to multiple trips to the store.

Save Money
When you're planning your meals, check what types of sales your local grocery store is offering. Take advantage of weekly deals and coupons by cooking meals based on food that is on sale. If there are really good sales, you may want to stock up now to save money later.

Ditch The Unhealthy Food
When you have a jam packed schedule, the types of food you eat may be the least of your worries. A few trips to the fast food drive through may seem harmless, but eating junk food doesn't do you any good. Fatty fast foods lack the nutrients needed to give you fuel to keep up with your busy schedule. Preparing your meals at the beginning of the week allows you to eat a healthy, home cooked meal even when you’re on a tight time schedule.

Plan Based On Your Week
Do you know your week ahead is going to be busy? If so, this alone is enough reason to prepare your meals for the week ahead of time. Whether you have meetings, late nights at work or finals to study for, cooking meals at the beginning of the week based on your schedule will ensure you have enough time to eat a healthy meal.

Know What You Eat
One of the dangers of fast food or frequently eating out is that you don't always know what you're eating. You might think what you ordered is nutritious, but it could be packed full of fat, calories and sugar. One of the best parts about preparing your own meals is that you know exactly what you’re eating so you can stick to a healthy routine.

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5 Tips for Finding Your Focus

Monday, March 24, 2014

Don't you hate those moments where you're drawing a blank when you need to get work done? How about when you're running late when you were supposed to be at work 20 minutes ago? Isn't it the worst when you have a big exam tomorrow and you can't get your brain into gear? Many of these dilemmas can be tied to a lack of focus, so here are a few quick tips for finding your focus.

Write it Down
Have you ever thought of something you need to do or had a great idea, but when you try and remember it later you can't? Keep all of your thoughts, reminders and to-dos organized by jotting them down or putting them as notes in your phone. This seems simple but when you have everything that you need to in front of you, it'll be easier to stay focused.

Take a 5 Minute Break
When you've hit a rut, one of the best things you can do is take a break. Leave whatever you're doing, get up and take a five minute break. Walking around, stretching or stepping outside are simple but effective ways to clear your mind so you can regain your focus.

Find/Create the Ideal Environment
Whether you're at work or at school, it can be difficult get down to business when you're in a noisy environment. On the flip side, some people find it equally as distracting to work in a quiet space. Whatever type of environment you prefer, it's important for you to find or create it so you can focus.

Eliminate Distractions
When you're trying to accomplish a project, even the smallest thing can act as a huge distraction. Cell phones, email, Social Media, music and the TV can all be distracting, so when you need to hammer down and focus, start by cutting out any possible distractors.

Motivate Yourself
Self-motivation is a powerful tool. It might sound silly, but asking yourself, "Ok, what do I need to do next?" can help keep you stay on track. Then as you're working on projects, tell yourself to stick with it! For additional ways to stay motivated, check out our Blog post on ways you can make the most of motivational quotes.

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Spring Cleaning 101: Back to the Basics

Friday, March 14, 2014
We're thrilled spring is just around the corner! For many of us, the start of spring is the best time of year because the snow is melting, birds are chirping and the days are getting warmer. But with the coming warmth and sunlight we are also faced with the task of spring cleaning, one of the most heinous chores of the year. If you love spring, but hate spring cleaning, you may find our checklist of easily overlooked places to clean helpful. This way you can speed up the cleaning process and spend more time enjoying the great outdoors!

Organize Your Closet
Winter jackets, sweaters and boots can quickly fill up and disorganize your closet. Now that spring has nearly sprung, you can pack away your bulky winter accessories to make room for your warmer weather clothes. Another simple way to keep your closet organized throughout the year is sorting through your clothes to find any that don’t fit or you don’t wear and donate them.

Show Your Floors Some TLC
Your floors go through a lot: dust, dirt, mud, debris, grass and grit. Because of the heavy traffic they face, it's a good idea to give your floors a deep cleaning at least once a year.

  • For carpets, begin by vacuuming to remove loose dirt. Then sprinkle baking soda over your carpet to help remove stains and odors and after about an hour, vacuum again. Finally, clean them with a carpet cleaning machine.

  • For hardwood floors, begin by vacuuming or dusting to pick up loose dust and debris. Dirt and grime build up on your floors over time that regular mopping won’t clean, so use a wood cleaning product to give your floors the deep clean they need.

Clean Out The Fridge
Over time, refrigerators can get really dirty. Smears, spills and dribbles from food unknowingly build up on your fridge's shelves and drawers over time, so it's important to give it a full cleaning every so often. Remove food from your fridge, tossing any that is old or expired, and take out all of the removable shelves and bins. Clean them with a disinfectant and allow them to completely dry before putting them back in your fridge. Be sure to clean the nooks and crannies inside your fridge, too. An old toothbrush works great for this!

Give Your House A Thorough Dusting
Doesn't it seem like dust is something that never completely goes away? Tackle that tricky dander with a deep dusting during spring cleaning. Use a microfiber cloth or mitt to clean surfaces, wall art, bookshelves, knick knacks and any ceiling fans. Drapery and blinds are often overlooked but they are huge dust collectors, so clean them off according to their washing instructions.

Sort Through The Pantry
When you actually stop and take a look at what is in your pantry, you might be surprised. It's easy for food to get pushed to the back of the closet and forgot about over time, so it's a good idea to sort through and organize your pantry. Get rid of all your expired food and organize everything else. Using bins, grouping similar foods together and labeling when food was opened can help keep things organized and reduce food waste.

There is a lot that goes into spring cleaning, but these five tips will help start your cleaning off on the right foot. What are the first areas in your home you tackle during spring cleaning? Share them with us in a comment, on our Facebook page, Google+ page or Tweet us!

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