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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

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            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 September 18, 2020

            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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