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5 Registry Items You Need if Your First Home Together is an Apartment

5 Registry Items You Need if Your First Home Together is an Apartment

For newlyweds who are moving into an apartment together, unnecessary houseware is not always the most practical items to add to your registry. Instead of cluttering your new apartment with extra servingware, use your registry to upgrade to space-friendly and functional items. From new sheets to fun artwork that shows off both of your unique styles, there’s a registry item for every newlywed apartment. Let’s take a look at five of our favorites.

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    1. Essential Upgrades

    Let’s be honest—most of us are bound to have mismatched plates and worn-out towels from our college days. When combining households into a new apartment, register for essential upgrades instead of extra fluff. This doesn’t mean you need to register for everything—pick and choose which items are on their way out or could use the upgrade. A good set of nonstick pans is a fantastic investment for a newlywed kitchen, while a new duvet set and snuggly, higher-thread count sheets will last for years to come. If all else fails, register for a gift card to your local home good store where both of you can add upgrades to your home when the time comes.

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      2. A Quality Compact Vacuum

      Vacuums are essential for apartment living, but aren’t an enjoyable item to buy for yourself. Take advantage of having a registry to get the gift of a shiny new compact vacuum. Living in smaller quarters means your place is bound to get dirtier quicker, so register for one that will allow you to quickly clean up so you can get back to newlywed bliss. With a quality apartment-sized vacuum that can tuck into the closet or under your bed, you can clean with ease for years to come without sacrificing valuable space.

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        3. Artwork

        Moving into a new apartment together not only involves combining household goods, it also involves combining both of your tastes. Space in any apartment is limited, so register for a gift card to get bold statement art or frames for a fun gallery wall that shows off memories as a couple and artwork that’s special to both of you. If you both have a lot of artwork from previous homes, sit down with one another and filter through the pieces. Keep the ones that are sentimental or “must-haves” and donate those that aren’t.

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          4. Versatile Furniture

          Registering for furniture may not be the most obvious choice for newlyweds, but as a group gift, a new dining table or desk chair can pack some serious punch. Versatile furniture that can do multiple jobs and work in a variety of future homes is perfect for compact apartment living. Small dining room sets, for instance, can easily tuck into a nook in a future home or function as a desk down the line. No matter what furniture you add to your registry, use it to replace pieces that are starting to fall apart or that don’t fit into your combined newlywed style to keep your new apartment from becoming too cluttered.

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            5. Newlywed Experiences

            Instead of registering for clutter and items you don’t need in your new apartment, register for gift cards for experiences that you can share as a couple as you start your new life together. If you’ve moved to a new apartment in a new city, try out walking tours or a fun tourist attraction. If both of you crave weekend escapes, a gift card to wine tasting at a local winery or a spa getaway is perfect for curing the post-honeymoon blues. Registering for experiences will not only keep your apartment rid of items you don’t need, but it will be the perfect toast to the start of your new life together.

            Tell us: What’s on your registry?

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            Last Updated on May 21, 2020

            The Top Fad Diets That Are Actually Worth the Hype

            The Top Fad Diets That Are Actually Worth the Hype

            You have probably seen enough fad diets to last a lifetime. Many have become popular overnight and left just as quickly.

            Some fad diets, though, have actually passed the test of time and are making some headway in the nutritional world.

            Outlined below are four fad diets that are actually beneficial for your health and wellness. Read on to find out why you should consider adopting one (or more) of these healthy eating styles today.

            An important concept you should keep in mind is to disregard the term “diet” as it is typically used. The word diet implies the idea of restriction and removal. Instead, think of the word diet in this context as a healthy eating lifestyle.

            Let’s take a look at some of these healthy eating lifestyles that have been categorized, by no fault of their own, as fad diets.

            1. The Paleo Diet

            The paleo diet, or ancestral eating, is simply eating the way your paleolithic ancestors would have up to 10,000 years ago, or when the agriculture age began.

            The advantage now is you don’t have to do this in a loin cloth, unless you want to… The focus of this diet is proteins, vegetables, some fruits, nuts and seeds and some healthy fats.

            In the paleo diet, there aren’t any grains, starchy carbohydrates, sugars, or dairy.

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            How Your Health Can Change With Paleo

            The paleo diet is a good way to keep your blood sugar under control. It can also have a positive effect on type 2 diabetes, and can lower your risk of cardiovascular disease.

            With this healthy eating lifestyle, people have also achieved good weight loss results and boast improved energy levels. [1]

            It’s not just what’s in the paleo diet that’s important, it’s what’s NOT in it. There aren’t any processed and manufactured foods, junk foods, artificial ingredients or chemical additives.

            Paleo is a way of eating that gets you more in tune with your body and, therefore, can provide a lot of benefits.

            2. Whole30

            The Whole30 diet is relatively new and owes its popularity to social media and the #Whole30 Instagram hashtag that allowed people to share and broadcast their success with the diet.

            With Whole30 you are taking 30 days and focusing on nutritious whole foods such as meats, nuts and seeds, seafood, eggs, vegetables, and fruits.

            During the month you are eliminating:

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            • sugar
            • alcohol
            • legumes
            • grains
            • dairy
            • soy

            Whole30 is similar to paleo, but it goes a bit further eliminating sweeteners such as honey or maple syrup.

            At the end of the 30 days, you strategically reintroduce those eliminated foods back into your diet to discover any possibility of health consequences from them or even potential food allergies.

            Finding Out How Food Impacts You

            Most people eat the same things so often and may not realize that certain foods are causing health consequences, as they’ve become accustomed to feeling lethargic and run down.

            With Whole30 you get the chance to see how these foods may have a negative impact on your body. You’ll also reset your taste buds, which may have become desensitized from processed and artificial “foods” and excess salt.

            This diet will help you regain your love of food… in a healthy way!

            3. The Mediterranean Diet

            The Mediterranean diet has been at the top of the list as a very effective diet for some time now.

            For people in countries like Italy or Greece, this has simply been a normal way of life–along with higher activity levels, sunlight exposure, proximity to water, and lower stress.

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            With the Mediterranean diet, the focus is on heart-healthy foods. It looks like this:

            • Fruits & vegetables
            • Whole grains
            • Legumes & nuts
            • Replacing butter with olive oil
            • Using herbs and spices instead of salt
            • Eating fish and poultry at least twice a week
            • Moderate amounts of red wine

            Help Your Heart & Overall Health With A Mediterranean Diet

            Information from the Mayo Clinic shows that this diet reduces heart disease and lowers your “bad” LDL cholesterol. Studies involving 1.5 million people demonstrated that the Mediterranean diet was associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular mortality, along with overall mortality. [2]

            With all these benefits, this is definitely a “fad diet” that’s worth the hype.

            4. The Alkaline Diet

            The alkaline diet is about changing the foods you eat so that you put your body into an alkaline state and out of an acidic state. When your body is too far on the acidic side it can result in a condition called acidosis. This can lead to issues in your body such as upset stomach, breathing difficulties, headaches, weakness and, fatigue. In extreme cases, it can result in shock, coma, or death.

            The goal is to get your body in a more alkaline state, which results in overall better health. The focus is on including alkaline boosting foods such as fruits, nuts, vegetables, and legumes. You’re also wanting to reduce acidic foods such as low quality beef and poultry, dairy, eggs, grains, and alcohol.

            Pros & Cons With The Alkaline Diet

            The benefits that come from this way of eating is that reduction in inferior quality foods, processed items and alcohol. You may feel improved energy levels, mental clarity and even better joint health.

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            People also report weight loss but again this may come from the reduction in calories from junk and processed foods but this is not a bad thing at all.

            One con with this diet is that the pH value of the food you eat might not have an impact on blood pH, as your body is able to balance this pretty well on a day-to-day basis.

            Follow These Fads for Better Health and Wellness

            There can be a danger in categorizing things as a fad diet because fads come and go. People are always looking for the next big thing or a quick fix.

            The four examples above buck that status quo. These diets, though mainstream, actually can give you benefits and aren’t going to go away anytime soon because they work.

            What makes these diets special is that they boast real whole foods and the eliminate processed and manufactured junk.

            The Big Takeaway:

            Whatever way you choose to eat, the focus needs to be on whole unprocessed foods. Look for the cleanest, local and most natural things you can find for the benefit of your overall health and wellness. Your body and mind will thank you.

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