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Stretching Your Home Decorating Dollar With Simple Changes

Stretching Your Home Decorating Dollar With Simple Changes

Budget is among the first things I check before redecorating, and let’s be honest, it can affect some of my design choices! However, having a well-decorated home can be affordable with just a few changes.

Make the most of your home decorating budget with these amazing, yet affordable, tips.

Move things around

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moving furniture

    Rearranging furniture gives your room an instant update. Moving your furniture around brings a fresh perspective to your space, and the best thing about it is it doesn’t cost a thing!

    Match your accessories with the season

    seasonal accessories

      Another quick and easy way to update your décor is to match your accessories with the season. Change up your pillow covers, throws, duvets, and decorative knickknacks to instantly rejuvenate your space.

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      Rearrange your ornaments

      For your mantels and ledges, rearrange and combine decorative trinkets of different sizes (such as picture frames) to give the space a makeover. Also, leave a small space between your groupings to make your mantel look more spacious.

      Pumpkin

        When thinking up design accents for your home, you can always take advantage of the beauty of each season. Maximize the different colors of the season when considering the decorative pieces you’ll be using.

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        Lighting makes a whole lot of difference

        natural light

          Something as simple as lighting can change the way a room looks. During the day, keep the curtains open to let the daylight in. This quick change brightens up the room and makes it look more spacious. You can also replace your blinds with fresh curtains to create a welcoming atmosphere for your family and guests.

          Arrange a trade

          If you have home décor items that are still in good condition, but you’re tired of them, you can set up a trading system with your friends. Your girlfriends may have amazing pieces that you can trade for your own. You can even make your trading a monthly event!

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          Sales are your friends

          flea market

            Visit your favorite thrift stores and garage sales to pick up some new home décor items for a small amount. You’ll find lovely second-hand items in thrift shops and garage sales that will fit in your home.

            You can have gorgeous home décor without breaking the bank! Let these quick and fun decorating tips bring a fresh look to your home!

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            Last Updated on December 13, 2018

            12 Practical Tips To Stay Fit For Christmas

            12 Practical Tips To Stay Fit For Christmas

            Christmas is approaching fast, and lots of people not only tend to ruin their usual diets, but they also gain a few extra pounds. Based on studies, the majority of people tend to gain additional weight during the holiday season that starts at the Thanksgiving Day and ends with the New Year celebrations. Excessive eating is claimed to be the main cause for the additional weight gain, but it is also due to lack of physical activity and exercise.

            A lot of individuals out there tend to set aside their fitness routines during the holidays since they believe that they do not have enough time to perform their workouts. And because they feel guilty after the holiday season, most of the gyms and fitness centers are packed with fresh members. Always bear in mind that you can still enjoy the holidays and stay fit at the same time. If you want to stay fit during the holiday season, especially during Christmas and the New Year’s Eve, here are some useful tips that might help you:

            1. Eat Before Heading Out

            First, it is best that you eat something before heading out to visits, trips or family dinners. By doing so, you will no longer be tempted to eat a lot or overindulge yourself since you have already eaten. Skipping on meals is not a good idea either, because you will only be forced to eat more later.

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            2. Select The Treats

            Make sure to select the treats that you eat in a wise manner. You should choose something that you can only enjoy during the holiday season and not something that is readily available all the time.

            3. Avoid Skipping Meals

            Don’t skip meals, especially breakfast! Even though it can be tempting to skip on certain meals, believing that it will make up for the treats you consumed in the previous day, don’t do it because it will only lead to counterproductive results.

            4. Drink With Moderation

            It is best to regulate your drinking since alcohol, coke or other juices will only add more calories to the ones you already eaten!

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            5. Be Active

            You should still perform your fitness routine whenever possible and if you can’t do that, simply walk more, park your car some distance away from the store or just use the stairs!

            6. Get Out Of The House

            Make the holidays a family affair and plan outdoor activities where everyone is involved. Even a snowball fight in the backyard will burn a lot of calories and will keep the children entertained.

            7. Don’t Skip Your Strength Workouts

            Always remember to perform your strength training in order to maintain that muscle mass you worked hard to get. You might be tempted to use lightweights and just do some cardio, but you can burn just as many calories by lifting weights. And with all of those extra stakes you had on the holiday meals, you might even gain some extra muscle. And this is much better than gaining some extra fat.

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            8. Set Realistic Goals

            You should set realistic exercise objectives. Aim for at least half an hour per day and you will be very happy when you will achieve that. If you plan one hour or more and not achieve it, you will only end up disappointed.

            9. Enjoy Yourself

            Also make sure to set realistic diet plans! Trying to restrain yourself totally from some foods will only make you eat more. Feel free to enjoy the treats that you really love, but in small portions.

            10. Drink A Lot Of Water

            This can satiate your appetite as well as keep you hydrated at all times. And it will also prevent a possible hangover if you overdo it with alcohol.

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            11. Eat Less And More Often

            Distribute your meals evenly throughout the day, and do not eat everything at once.  Instead of having 2 enormous meals, have 5 small ones.  Eat your dinner earlier and have a nice walk before going to bed.

            12. Prioritize Your Workouts

            Try to do them early in the morning while everyone else is still sleeping. This way you will also avoid remarks like “Oh, come on! It’s Christmas…”

            So there you go! Twelve simple tips that will help you avoid gaining weight during the winter holidays, but will also allow you to enjoy yourself and have a great time with your loved ones.

            Happy Holidays everyone!

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