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A Break from the Usual Valentine’s Day Decor

A Break from the Usual Valentine’s Day Decor

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and decorating the home for the occasion is something we all look forward to. Putting up the usual hearts, red roses, and cupids is all well and good, but it can get boring and run-of-the-mill if done every year. When you’re tired of the usual heart-y decorations, create a whimsical yet romantic display for your home with these alternative Valentine’s Day decorating ideas!

XOXO Wreath

Your V-day décor does not have to be all hearts and roses. An easy Valentine’s Day idea is to make use of a holiday wreath. If you have a burlap wreath from the previous Christmas, take it out of storage and put it up on your door or window. Then, pair it with a bunch of branches tied together to form an X. Display your branches above your wreath to complete the XOXO look!

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    You can also hang your white Christmas wreath and decorate it with red baubles. For an even easier Valentine’s Day décor, simply wrap the wreath with red ribbon.

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    Books and Flowers

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      Books can be romantic, too, especially when accompanied by flowers. A simple bouquet of flowers paired with your favorite books can create a lovely Valentine’s display in no time at all. Arrange a few of your most favorite books in a standing position along your mantel, then add a vase of flowers from your garden or local store. You can also add a couple of candles to complete this sweet Valentine’s Day mantel display!

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        Another idea for flowers is to use blooms that aren’t roses. While roses are the ultimate flowers for romance, that doesn’t mean that your choices are limited. If you’re looking for a different type of flower to decorate the house with, try hydrangeas. They’re beautiful and they come in various colors such as white, pink, blue, and lavender. Hydrangeas look perfect when placed all around the house. So put up vases of these blooms in your kitchen, bedroom, entryway, and living room!

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        Valentine’s Day Mailboxes

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          If you’re the type who gives out letters and cards to your loved ones during this special day, then this Valentine’s Day idea is for you. Make February 14 completely special for your kids and loved ones with cute mailboxes. Buy or paint them in red, pink, or lavender, or paste cute cut-outs on them. Label the mailboxes and place them along your entryway so that family members can immediately see them. Afterwards, place your Valentine letter or card inside its respective mailbox for your loved ones to find—a simple and whimsical addition to your V-day décor!

          Valentine Tree

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            A Valentine tree is a great way to bond with your children and have a wonderful display for your home. Invite your children to make paper hearts from cardboard or newspapers, and put strings on them. Afterwards, gather a few dry branches from your backyard, and put them in a vase or Mason jar to resemble a tree. Help your kids hang up their paper hearts on the tree as you would a Christmas tree. You can also ask your children to write simple messages on the paper hearts for every member of your family for a more personalized look!

            With the availability of red, white, and pink artificial Christmas trees nowadays, you could also repurpose your whimsical Christmas tree to take center stage for Valentine’s Day. You can hang the paper hearts on the branches, or wrap a red garland or ribbon around the tree.

            Deck your home with these fun alternative Valentine’s Day decorating ideas! Which do you think makes a great hearts’ day display?

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            Last Updated on March 13, 2019

            How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

            How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

            Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

            You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

            Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

            1. Work on the small tasks.

            When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

            Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

            2. Take a break from your work desk.

            Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

            Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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            3. Upgrade yourself

            Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

            The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

            4. Talk to a friend.

            Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

            Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

            5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

            If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

            Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

            Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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            6. Paint a vision to work towards.

            If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

            Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

            Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

            7. Read a book (or blog).

            The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

            Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

            Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

            8. Have a quick nap.

            If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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            9. Remember why you are doing this.

            Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

            What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

            10. Find some competition.

            Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

            Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

            11. Go exercise.

            Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

            Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

            As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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            Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

            12. Take a good break.

            Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

            Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

            Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

            Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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