Monthly Archives: March 2019

2019 Wellness Trends

2019 is the year of making healthy choices, working out and creating a solid skincare routine. The year is still new, and it is not too late to jump in and try out some of the wellness trends that are surfacing this year. Straying from the regular routine is beneficial if that means you are making better steps of improving your health and wellness.  

Making mental health a priority

Today, possibilities are endless, and there is no limit to what you can do to help yourself. Having good mental health is something that you should not push to the side. Take time for yourself, practice your craft, take a yoga class, go out and experience nature, or relax and take it easy. Do not let the stress of your day take over too much thought, make time for you. Maintain relationships and talk to your loved ones, keep them in the loop on everything that is going on, and you should start seeing a change in your overall self.   

Meal prepping

You might have heard about this trend for the last little bit, but it is starting to become big, and you will want to jump on it. Meal prepping is perfect for people living in apartments because it saves you from having to clean up after cooking dinner every night while being time efficient. Sundays are the best time for gathering ingredients and making your favorite meals for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The internet has many recipes out there that will help you get started on your meal prepping. You can make overnight oats for breakfast and make a spinach salad with chicken for lunch. You will be ecstatic at how much extra time you’ll have during the week if you stick to your Sunday meal prepping schedule.  

Turn your phone off

These days, technology is practically everywhere, you cannot get away from it. However, even just turning off your phone could be a way of destressing from your day. We are on our phones more and more these days, and the time we spend doing that could be spent doing other things. Getting away from a hard day’s work, relationships and just life, in general, can make you breathe easier and focus more on yourself.

Taking care of yourself

Life gets busy, things get hectic, but you cannot neglect to fuel your body and give it what it needs. A well-balanced body comes from a well-balanced life. Getting enough rest and actually setting aside time to eat a balanced breakfast, and maybe even the dreadful task of making your bed in the morning. These things will set you up for success and put you on your way of being a better and healthier you further beyond 2019.

Minimalism 101

Describing someone as being a minimalist does not mean that they live in a tiny house, or only use a bike for transportation, being a minimalist can mean many different things to different people. Minimalism can be a fearful thing for some, and a sense of freedom for another. It is all about finding that balance on what makes you feel less stressed or overwhelmed. Let’s try to find common ground for a healthy version of this lifestyle.

Finding out what frees you

Minimalism can be a suitable lifestyle for many reasons, the main one being that it is freeing. There is something special about finding what frees you; whether that is downsizing your closet clutter or trying to minimize your carbon footprint. Don’t get me wrong, owning personal possessions is not a bad thing, sometimes people may need certain things that others do not, however, it makes any person feel freer getting rid of things that they may not need anymore. Freeing yourself from your possessions could make more time for your health, exercise, proper food intake or just making more time for yourself.  

Putting minimalism into practice  

Once you have made the choice of channeling your focus more on life itself rather than the things that you own, you will start seeing a change within yourself – and a good change at that. Everyone wants to be a happier version of themselves, and there are always things that can be done to better our emotional selves. This step is where you decide what is essential and what is not, so you can make more room for traveling with friends or enjoying nature.  

Once you’re ready, minimalism can help you:

  • Bring out your creative side  
  • Take back your time.
  • Live in the moment.  
  • Grow more as a person

A little goes a long way, literally

If you have been pondering about making some of these changes for a while, or this advice is new to you, you should know that this lifestyle change cannot happen overnight. Do not exhaust yourself by trying to make large steps of changing your way of life. Just by taking small steps by doing things that make you feel free, can benefit you in more ways than one. Overall, it is just about putting more of your focus toward life experiences instead of consumption of unnecessary things.

Try to figure out what works well for you and run with it. Take that chance at finding a lifetime of happiness and freedom.

Getting Your Closet Ready For Spring

Spring brings many new things, like rain and green grass, it can even bring a new wardrobe and an organized closet. However, before any of these things can happen, you should go through and filter through your winter sweaters and jackets so you can make room for your warmer clothes that have been in hiding for almost a year.  

Tossing out the excess

Whatever you have not worn in a while or things that you don’t even remember why you bought, need to either be sold or donated. Think of this as a positive thing; someone might like that sweater you bought on sale a few months ago that still have the tags on it. Doing away with at least a few items will be beneficial to you when next season rolls around when you have to do the same thing again.  

Getting rid of the bulk

Fall and winter clothes take up a significant amount of space in your closet, so much so that you can hardly see all the other clothes you have. Storing these bulky items in bins that can store under your bed, or your coat closet will give you much more room for other things. Since Lubbock weather is unpredictable, you probably shouldn’t store away all your jackets and sweaters yet but keeping a select few readily available would be a good idea.  

Parting with your boots, at least for a little while

Another thing that takes up an absurd amount of room in your closet is your winter boots, booties, and your Uggs. It’s about time to put them into hibernation until you need them again next fall. There is a way to store them smartly though. You can start by stuffing your taller boots with newspaper or boot forms to keep them in shape, then laying them down flat in a container. Then the rest can just fit in the open areas.  

Organization is key

Once you have your things stored and put away, you can now organize your clothes into categories. Doing this is helpful when you need an outfit for work, going out with friends or just going to the store; having clothes organized by type will allow you to find what you need quickly and efficiently. If you’re like me, you can even arrange the categories further and separate them by color. That last suggestion is optional; the organization mainly depends on the individual and whatever works best for them.

Spring is a beautiful time, personally my favorite season, and is also a perfect time to make these small adjustments within your closet. Parting ways with a few pieces and storing your bulky items away can make you and your wardrobe much happier.

Getting The Most Space Out Of Your Kitchen Cabinets

Keeping your kitchen cabinets organized is not an easy task for most everyone. Putting things back where they belong and being efficient with cabinet space is almost impossible. If this describes you, then these helpful tips on making the most out of your cabinets will give you the confidence in knowing where everything is in your kitchen. So, let’s get organized!  

Step One: Declutter  

You know your kitchen better than anyone, so you know what you use and what you don’t. If you do not see a future need for a certain thing, then the best thing you can do is to part with it. Some of the things that you decide that you don’t need anymore can either be donated or thrown away. I would make rounds to every cabinet and take out everything and sift through it. You will be surprised at the amounts of stuff you do not use!  

Step Two: Space saver tools  

Many things can be added to the inside of your cabinets to provide you with more room on the bottom to store larger items. Durable hooks are not just for hanging wall décor; they can be stuck on the inside of your cabinets to hold your measuring cups and spoons.  

Another thing that can be useful to you is getting a wire rack to store cookie sheets and cooling racks. When these trays on top of each other, it makes it hard to find what you need.  

These days people invent all kinds of different things that people can use to their advantage in the kitchen. There is even now a pan organizer; this helps you find the right size pan you need, without having to remove all the other containers on top to get to it.  

Everyone knows that organizing Tupperware can be a nightmare, but it doesn’t always have to be. Something simple that you can do is purchase a wall mount file holder to place your Tupperware lids in to save you that headache of not being able to find the lid to something.  

Step Three: Labeling and storing  

The last step in the equation for having more organized cabinets is finding jars and containers and labeling them so you can know which item you’ll need for your next cooking project. I would start by getting a few larger jars for things like flour, sugar, brown sugar and powdered sugar, and things like baking soda and baking powder.  

As for storing dishes and cups, you can find wire plate racks and regular wire racks on Amazon. These will help separate your cups from your plates, and that way you wouldn’t have to stack plates or cups on top of each other.

Step Four: Admire your work

Congratulations! You finished your kitchen cabinet transformation! Now the inside of your cabinets will not be an eyesore to look at anymore. After making these small adjustments and tweaks, you and your guests will be able to find the things that were once disguised under a mountain of clutter now with ease.