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DIY Decorating Ideas for Each Season

DIY Decorating Ideas for Each Season

As the seasons come and go, so do our decorating needs. If you have a revolving door of seasonal decorations that you’re just sick of, and want to change things up, why not try a little DIY therapy? Here are some great ideas that you can make yourself to spice up your home for each season. You might just have some fun while you’re at it.

Winter

Wintertime is a nice time to decorate, because it brings back memories of your childhood and incorporates familiar, cozy aromas that amp up the cozy factor of any home, no matter the temperature outside.

Cinnamon Candle Pillars

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    All you’ll need is some hot glue, some cinnamon sticks of varying sizes, some candle pillars, and some twine, and you’re good to go. A white candle creates a neutral color palette, but choose any color you’d like. Simply glue the cinnamon sticks around the edge of the candles and wrap the twine around the center several times. Tie it with a bow, and voilà! You have a handsome, festively-scented candle modification that’s perfect for the winter holidays. These candles make awesome gifts for the hosts of all the holiday parties you have to go to.

    Starry Branches

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      Starry lights in every tree embody the spirit of the winter season. Bring that mystical feeling into your home with some copper wire LED lights. You can pick them up at most hardware stores. Wrap them around branches you find around your yard and put them in a tall vase. They make great accent pieces to flank fireplaces or entryways.

      Alternate tip: if you can’t find any copper wire lights, spray the branches with gold sparkly paint.

      Spring

      Springtime is a magical time of year when the world renews itself. Bright, pastel flowers and new green buds pop up everywhere. Go ahead, bring that springtime optimism inside.

      Twine Vases

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        Set aside any glass jars you go through in the kitchen, along with wine and liquor bottles, because they make great vases. Just wrap twine around the outside, making sure to glue as you go. You can even wrap a faux-springtime flower bloom into the twine here and there to add a pop of color. Now you’ll have a unique way to store your flowers as they begin to bloom. These vases would look perfect on the mantle of your and your friends new homes in Houston, TX.  Little things like this can really make any new home feel bright and cheery.

        Make Your Own Wreath

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          Wreaths aren’t just for the holidays anymore. Create your own customized wreath with craft store finds. Either choose a pre-shaped one, or choose various sticks from your yard or the local park to create the circular shape yourself. Work in any accent pieces that represent the season, and display it on your front stoop for all to see how wonderfully crafty you are.

          Summer

          Summertime is a great time for DIY crafts. From beautifully blooming flowers to shadow boxing your family vacation, the possibilities are endless in the summertime.

          Scrabble Coasters

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            Make your own coasters using scrabble letters. Just choose a thin but sturdy backing, and glue scrabble pieces together in 4×4 squares. You can spell out words that are relevant to you in the pieces, such as “café,” “tea,” “mugs,” and “java.” You’ll have a wonderfully customized coaster set, and everyone will wonder where you bough it.

            Beach-side Terrarium

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              Bring the beach to your abode with a beach-themed terrarium. Just scoop up some sand the next time you’re at the beach, and collect some of the most unusual shells you can find. They make a great terrarium once you get home. If you’re not near a beach and won’t be going on vacation this summer, you can pick up shells at your local craft source.

              Autumn

              Autumn is one of the easiest times to decorate. With all the beautiful turning leaves falling to the ground, all it takes is a little imagination to bring the brilliance of autumn to your home next year.

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              Fall-Themed Candle Holders

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                Partially fill a glass canister with dried corn or corn seeds and place a candle around them. Once it’s lit, it makes a great homage to autumn. You could do the same with candy corn. Another option is to use twine to tie dried maple leaves to the outside of the canister. Just make sure to keep it away from the flame to prevent fire.

                Gourds, Gourds Everywhere

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                  Gourds make great decoration accents all over the house. Throw several smaller ones in a large vase to create a centerpiece for the table, line them haphazardly along the fireplace mantle, and place larger ones around pumpkins along the main entrance to the home.

                  There you have it: DIY decorating tips for each season. What are your favorite decorating tips for the seasons? Please share any tips and tricks in the comments below.

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                  7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                  7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                  Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

                  Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

                  1. Exercise Daily

                  It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

                  If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

                  Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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                  If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

                  2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

                  Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

                  One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

                  This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

                  3. Acknowledge Your Limits

                  Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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                  Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

                  Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

                  4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

                  Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

                  The basic nutritional advice includes:

                  • Eat unprocessed foods
                  • Eat more veggies
                  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
                  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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                  Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

                    5. Watch Out for Travel

                    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

                    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

                    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

                    6. Start Slow

                    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

                    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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                    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

                    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

                    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

                    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

                    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

                    Final Thoughts

                    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

                    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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