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Fall Produce: Décor From Your Local Grocery Store

Fall Produce: Décor From Your Local Grocery Store

As the season of harvest, fall provides us with wonderful sights, scents, and flavors. With the abundance of colors and textures that fall brings, it’s not difficult to find inspiring ways to decorate your home. In fact, it’s as easy as stepping into your local grocery store! From pumpkins and acorns to fresh fruit, fall produce is a great way to bring the natural beauty of fall into your home.

Pumpkins

A beloved symbol of the season, the pumpkin is a colorful and versatile item that adds striking visual interest and texture to your home design. A trip to the produce section yields a variety of pumpkins of all types, shapes, and sizes.

pumpkins of different sizes and colors stacked atop one another
    Create a warm, welcoming sight by stacking graduating sizes of pumpkins to create a simple yet charming sculpture. Surround them with smaller decorated pumpkins or potted seasonal flowers for a picture-perfect front porch.

    Make your pumpkin display more graphic by choosing different colors of pumpkins and embellishing them in creative ways. A wood-carving chisel or vegetable peeler can be used to create swirls and fancy designs on the pumpkin’s skin. Use black vinyl decals, beads, or craft paint to monogram a single pumpkin or to spell out your family name, your house number, or a cheerful message.

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    white pumpkins, pine cones, tealight candle, and a flower on top of an ikat cloth

      White or albino pumpkins are gaining increasing popularity as a unique and stylish piece of fall décor. For an elegant look indoors, place small white pumpkins on a white platter and decorate the stems with jute string. Line them up on your dining table, or put them on your mantel along with other décor accents.

      Acorns

      acorn pins

        Acorns come in many interesting shapes, colors, and textures, making them a cute and creative material to decorate or craft with. Whether you pick up acorns from the backyard, a local farmer, or the grocer, you may want to bake them at a low temperature for several hours first to remove any insects.

        There are dozens of ways to incorporate acorns into your home decorating. You can place a scented candle on a plate, in a clear vase, or in a mason jar, and surround it with acorns. This décor item can be put on your mantel or on the patio to keep you company on chilly fall evenings.

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        Make rustic and charming napkin rings by drilling tiny holes through some acorns and stringing them onto a wire in alternating top-to-bottom fashion.

        With a square glass vase, some lentils, acorns, and fresh chrysanthemums, you can create a simple yet stunning centerpiece that brings a burst of warmth and color to your dinner table.

        Apples

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        apples of different colors

          With their vibrant colors, cozy scent, and sweet taste, apples are easy to fall in love with. Likewise, it’s easy to use apples to brighten up the look of your home.

          red apples in a basket

            Photo from Katie@! via flickr. CC BY 2.0

             

            For a quick and easy centerpiece, arrange a few red and green apples in a basket along with dry lavender or some wheat stalks. Simply replace the apples if the urge to munch on one or three overcomes you.

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            It really doesn’t take too much work to bring out the beauty of apples. Simply fill three large clear glass vases with varying amounts of water and float four or five green apples in each for an instant, edible decorative piece for your kitchen counter or dining table. Alternatively, you can fill a rectangular glass vase with water and green apples, and top it off with white hydrangeas to sweeten up the dessert table.

            The great thing about decorating with produce is that it tends to last longer than flowers and leaves. Best of all, it can be eaten afterwards. So visit your favorite grocery store now and create bountiful fall displays that are truly a feast for the eyes.

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            Last Updated on July 2, 2020

            Simple Hacks on How to Relieve Neck Pain Fast (and Naturally)

            Simple Hacks on How to Relieve Neck Pain Fast (and Naturally)

            There is very little in life as annoying or distracting as neck pain. Most people find that neck pain is temporary. What can you do if your neck pain seems chronic or if it comes and goes with no obvious source?

            Whether you have simply slept on your neck wrong or you are working late, hunched over a keyboard half the night, neck pain is, well, a pain in the neck!

            What most people are unaware of is that there are little known hacks that can help you find relief from neck pain fast and naturally. This means no pills or expensive exercise equipment to buy.

            How can you get relief from neck pain?

            There are several easy steps to follow to find the perfect hack for solving your neck pain fast and easy.

            How Did I End Up With This Pain in the Neck?

            Neck pain often has an I-was-looking-right-at-it source that we don’t recognize at first glance. Once you identify the source of the pain, you can take the best corrective measure, or several measures if need be!

            Ask yourself these questions to find a possible source:

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            • Do you spend much of the day sitting (desk job, typing, etc.)?
            • How old are your mattress and pillow?
            • How much exercise do you work into an average day?
            • How do you manage stress?
            • Have you been injured or in an accident (no matter how small) lately?

            Perhaps one last question to ask yourself might be, “Is my pain a regular occurrence, or is my neck pain something that has just cropped up?

            Once you know the answers to these questions, you can start searching for answers.

            Remedies for Neck Pain

            Once you know the source, try tapping into one (or several) of these solutions to start healing your neck pain now.

            1. Everyday Activities

            One of the important factors with neck pain will be your everyday activities. Other than an injury or accident, one of the largest factors for neck pain includes working overtime in an office and the stress that work entails[1].

            Due to the coronavirus, many people find themselves working from home, in kitchens, basements, using a barstool, and/or other equipment that was not designed for humans to spend hours on end, typing and looking at a computer screen.

            If you find that your neck pain has occurred during the past few months due to a job change, or if you suddenly began working from home, your issue may be due to ergonomics. Invest in an adjustable office chair to help make your workspace more neck-friendly.

            2. Age of Mattress and Pillow

            The age of your mattress and pillow should also be considered. Pillows, on average, should be changed every 3 years, and a mattress every 7-10 years. No matter how good or comfortable you think these items are, the truth is that they are hurting your neck and back with a lack of support.

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            A good mattress is well worth the investment, and pillows are always on sale, as well as wallet-friendly. If you haven’t tried them, a water-filled pillow can be comfortable for many people.

            3. Exercise/Movement/Stretching

            It’s that old exercise question that no one wants to hear. This time around, it has been difficult for many people to get in good exercise since they have been housebound due to the quarantine. There are plenty of ways to get in some good, old-fashioned exercise.

            Stretching exercises are even more important than before since many people do not get enough movement while sitting at home. There are hundreds of at-home exercise, dance, and yoga videos that require little to no equipment, so even if you’re a beginner, give it a go.

            4. Stress and Stress Management

            Stress is a hidden danger that robs more people of health than even most doctors realize. While everyone has stress, not everyone recognizes it, nor do they have a means of managing it. Exercise is one of the best ways to release stress, with meditation and yoga being the best ways to manage and relieve stress. All of these will remove tightness in the muscles and relieve neck pain.

            5. Accident or Injury

            If you have been involved in an accident or injured yourself lately (falling down, or having something fall on you, for example) and your neck pain began after this incident, you should speak with your doctor about this as soon as possible.

            6. On-Going Problem or Sudden Occurrence

            Finally, if your neck pain is something that has occurred recently, it could simply be that you slept on it wrong or turned your neck too hard. That will make this a very temporary condition. You can try some easy stretches for pain relief .

            An on-going problem, however, might respond better to some other alternative methods, including:

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            • Slowly moving and stretching your neck. Do not move too quickly or too far. Roll your head from side to side, shoulder to shoulder, to the front and to the back.
            • Ice packs work well for some people, while heat works best for others.
            • Be aware of how you use your cell phone or tablet. If you keep your neck bent downward for too long to look at it, you can develop an annoying pain called text-neck or tech-neck. Take breaks and look up to stretch those neck muscles.
            • Long hours driving can also be hard on the neck. Look from side to side as far as you can, as well as up and down to prevent a stiff neck.

             

            Still Have Tight Neck Muscles? 3 Tips for Finding Relief

            When tight neck muscles are not responding to the typical heat, ice, or massage treatments, you might want to give the following a try:

            1. Gua Sha

            This is an ancient Chinese practice that might seem a bit odd, but it works for many people. In this practice, a trained individual uses a spoon or other object and makes short strokes down the neck. It is believed that poor blood circulation causes it to become stagnant, if you will, and blocks the positive energy needed for life, called qi.

            Fresh blood will indeed allow oxygen and nutrients to feed the tissues in a given area, and one study found that gua sha worked where traditional methods, such as heat therapy, did not[2].

            2. Swimming

            You probably know that swimming is a terrific low-impact exercise that works wonders for those with back and knee pain, but did you know that it also works well for neck pain and tight muscles? It helps if the water is tepid and not cold, but even just floating on your back can offer tremendous relief since most of the body weight is suspended by the buoyancy of water.

            3. Chiropractic Massage

            Not your typical day spa massage, chiropractic massage is performed under the guidance of a chiropractor. A trained massage therapist will still do the massage, but this time, the chiropractor will have discussed your neck pain and any problems you might be having with them. Many people have found real relief from neck pain through chiropractic massage.

            The Best Treatment for Neck Pain

            When you need to find relief from neck pain and nothing you have tried previously seems to give you more than a few minutes of relief, spending some time with a chiropractor often times can fix this issue, and it doesn’t often return if you follow a healthy lifestyle.

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            I’m certain that many of you are thinking about those awful videos with those loud cracking noises you’ve seen on social media, or you are recalling a news story which might have suggested that allowing a chiropractor anywhere near your neck might be a health hazard[3]. Nothing could be further from the truth.

            You should try the other suggestions in this article before you head off to the chiropractor, but when all else fails, don’t let neck pain nag you day in and day out. Take steps to make an appointment, and you will be surprised at the results.

            What Can a Chiropractor Do for Neck Pain?

            Many people mistakenly believe that the only technique a chiropractor will use is a neck adjustment. Chiropractors are trained in a variety of methods that are designed to help you find the pain relief you are seeking.

            A few of the methods a chiropractor might use include:

            • Cervical Manual Traction
            • Flexion-Distraction
            • Cervical Mobilization
            • Ultrasound
            • Cervical Drop Technique
            • Trigger Point Therapy

            There are many more options, but your chiropractor should explain to you which techniques s/he intends to use and why[4]

            The Bottom Line

            If neck pain wreaks havoc in your life regularly, the best way to stop it is to identify the source and attack it from that angle.

            Getting plenty of exercises, having a proper posture, and buying an office chair that provides plenty of support, as well as a regular stretching program, will keep your neck strong and flexible for many years to come.

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            Featured photo credit: Christopher Campbell via unsplash.com

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