10 Romantic Date Ideas for Valentine’s Day

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10 Romantic Date Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is an excellent time of the year to do some special thing for your spouse, or show how much you care and love to the person you are dating. But the same old candle light dinner, buying roses and presenting gifts seem very outdated and boring. You can try out some unique, yet romantic ideas this Valentine’s Day.

Take a trip down memory lane.

This can be an excellent idea, especially if you’ve been together for a while. Put together a unique scrapbook or video montage of the most memorable parts of your relationship, where you can re-experience the joyous times that make you who you are today. You’ll remember what you love most about each other and be grateful for all the good times you shared.

Picnic in the park…or anywhere your heart desires.

Plan out a romantic dinner of both of your favorite foods and drinks in the park! Enjoy the date underneath the stars where you can find an intimate and more quiet setting than a busy restaurant on this special day.

Appreciate the sunset and each other.

What’s more romantic than enjoying the beautiful sunset with your loved one? Make it even more special by each writing down 10 things you appreciate about each other to remind each other that you are grateful for the impact they’ve given in your life.

Plan a weekend roadtrip.

Regardless if Valentine’s Day falls on a weekday or weekend, plan a romantic getaway on a roadtrip to a place you’ve both always wanted to visit. This will give you the chance to focus on each other and spend quality time with no other distractions. Turn off your cellphones and cherish the privacy that is rare to find in your busy lives.

Cook your partner’s favorite meal.

You can make your partner feel special by cooking her/him the favorite dish. You can set up a restaurant theme right at your home, away from the crowd. This gives the two of you to spend some quality time in a relaxing manner.

Go on a romantic bike ride.

If your partner loves an active life full of thrills and adventures, plan out a special bike ride and map out your own trails—but stay safe! Whether it’s finding secret pathways in your town or traveling down to the beach for a coastal cruise, this Valentine’s activity will be one to remember.

Find a secret spot to stargaze.

We often don’t find enough time to appreciate the universe we’re allowed to be a part of. What better way to give thanks back to this world than being with your significant other? Bring a map of the stars and find constellations and for fun, you can even make your own special constellations together.

Explore the arts.

Instead of going to your local mall movie theatre, try to find an independent theatre where you can find an amazing, valuable independent film that you may never have heard of. Explore your horizons by taking a trip to a museum you’ve never been to or walk around the local arts district. Getting creative with your partner can strengthen your mental relationship as well as your emotional bond as you both appreciate each others individuality and creative appeal.

A spa date.

Sit back, relax, and rewind! We often don’t take enough time to appreciate ourselves and give back to our own bodies and mental health. What better way to give back to yourself AND your partner than treating each other to a spa date?! Enjoy mud baths and couples massages to feel rejuvenated and reenergized.

Take the night in.

Celebrations don’t always mean going all out and planning an elaborate evening to dinner and beyond. Your busy schedules may not allow you to take enough time to appreciate your surroundings and what you have with each other. Plan a night in and cook a romantic meal and rent your favorite movies. Snuggle up with a blanket and a bottle of wine and enjoy the blessing of being able to spend some quality time with each other.

Regardless of what you do, make sure to fill the night with love and laughter, and make it a night to remember. You and your loved one deserve it!

 

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5 Ways on How to Stick to Your New Year’s Resolutions

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5 Ways on How to Stick to Your New Year’s Resolutions

The beginning of every new year is the time we promise ourselves to change for the better and set goals that we’ve wanted to achieve. The first of January is considered, to many, the day we initiate all of the important changes in life and reinvent or discover oneself. One of the most common goals revolves around fitness and health. However, this can sometimes be the most challenging to consistently stick with throughout the year. Here are some helpful tips that can keep you motivated to keeping up with your goals and continue to set higher bars for yourself.

Don’t come up with too many resolutions.

Don’t begin your year with a marathon of goals to achieve. It is always better to choose one or two key resolutions that you have an interest in reaching. Make a list of no more than 3 longtime goals you’d like to see yourself at the end of the year, then set short goals throughout the year to help make that happen. For instance, if shedding pounds has been one of your goals, set a realistic overall weight that you see yourself at the end of the year, and create fitness goals throughout the coming months. Remember, make them realistic and your health is the most important factor!

Write down your goals.

Make a visual list of everything you’d like to achieve on a piece of paper. The act of writing is always great to stimulate the brain and motivate yourself by seeing the words penned out. Have these goals visible to you on a daily and frequent basis, so you will always remember to stay on track of getting there.

Try to achieve the goals in smaller steps.

It is always better to plan out your goals in smaller steps as compared to making a huge transformation all at once. For example, if you plan on going on a raw diet, don’t starve yourself all at once from foods your body is used to. This can be unhealthy and have a huge negative impact on your digestive system as well as functionality. Start with one meal every other day, then transition to everyday, then slowly cut out processed foods as you gradually can adjust your body to be used to sustaining on purely raw foods for the entire day.

Patience is important.

When you make life-changing resolutions, you have to understand that it cannot be achieved overnight. Practical transformations will take time and you need to be patient even when the path to achieve it is full of obstacles. For instance, when you want to achieve a healthy lifestyle, you will face several challenges, but if you have the patience to achieve it, you will be successful.

Let your friends and family know.

Talk about your goals with close friends and family members. Surrounding yourself with a positive support group keeps you motivated in sticking with your plans. They will tend to check in every once in a while to see how your progress is going and who knows, maybe even inspire them to do the same!

Try out these simple steps to keep you motivated in sticking with your New Year’s Resolutions and by the end of the year, you’ll feel accomplished and successful knowing that you did it!

3 Ways To Include A Burst Of Cardio Into Your Busy Schedule

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3 Ways To Include A Burst Of Cardio Into Your Busy Schedule

Finding time to incorporate fitness into your hectic schedule can sometimes be complicated and discouraging. Whether you’re juggling school, work, family, and up-keeping a healthy social life, it is still important to ensure a part of everyday for you. Working out is a good way to give yourself “me-time”. Here are a few tips to help you make sure that you get a healthy dose of dedicating hard-earned time for yourself everyday.

Manage Your Mornings

Mornings can be a challenge when it comes to time management. Whether it is having trouble with wakening from your slumber, or juggling the schedule of your own routine plus your family’s, it still isn’t impossible to squeeze in a few moments for yourself.

A great way to be prepared every morning is to pre-prepare. Set up everything you’ll need for the day the night before. Coordinate a morning meal plan for you and anyone else in need so you won’t have to be creative the last minute. Alternating breakfast ideas will avoid mundane morning meals and also make it easier on yourself thinking of enough ideas to fill out the week. When it comes to what you need, plan your outfit the night before as well and get your things together to avoid forgetting important folders or necessities. A more organized morning will give you plenty of time for yourself to squeeze in a 15-minute workout session consisting of an awakening yoga flow or intense cardio burn to release endorphins and give you that boost of energy you need.

Keep On Moving

We can all agree that probably the first thing we want to do after a full work day is sit back on the couch and watch our favorite show with the perfect glass of wine. How perfect does that sound? We may feel tired, but it’s most likely just a mental exhaustion rather than a physical exhaustion. We are dealing with activity in conversation, scheduling, and maintaining our energy level throughout the day to get our work done, which can easily exhaust your brain. However, it is guaranteed after a quick workout that your mental clarity will be reboosted. Go for a quick jog or power-walk when you get home from work to awaken your muscles and give you that mid-day energy boost you need.

Weekend Workout Warrior

Weather you have weekends off or not, make sure you can get at least one day a week off of work for yourself. Although it may be important to stay on the grind, it’s just as important to give your mind and body a rest of your daily routines. When you do get a day off, make sure you use the time wisely and put aside some time for a rewarding workout. Maybe try something different than the usual visit to your gym or run around the neighborhood. Explore the outdoors on a hike to expand your horizons, or sign up for that dance class with your girlfriends that you’ve always wanted to do. Days off are for fun and it’s great when you can enjoy the freedom while also keeping your body moving and cardio up.

Remembering these three easy tips will make working out less of a burden and more of that time you look forward to in your days.

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5 Perfect Pumpkin Recipes

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5 Perfect Pumpkin Recipes

Have a look at the 5 easy, yet delicious pumpkin recipes that you can prepare and maintain your fitness.

Pumpkin Ginger Soup (Spicy)

Ingredients:

  • Diced onion
  • Butter Sliced leeks
  • Diced celery
  • Vegetable oil
  • Ground nutmeg
  • Minced garlic
  • Chicken broth
  • Minced ginger
  • Peeled pumpkin chunks or pumpkin puree
  • Salt as per taste
  • Yogurt or cream for dressing
  • Black peeper

Preparation:

  • Take a large saucepan and heat the butter and oil on moderate heat.
  • Add leeks, celery, onion, ginger and garlic and sauté it until they become tender.
  • Pour the broth and add pumpkin and salt and bring it to boil. Simmer for at least 20 minutes in low heat, till it gets thickened. Cool it down.
  • Blender the soup smooth using food processor. Pour the soup into the saucepan and mix, nutmeg and stir it well.
  • Garnish with yogurt and serve.

Pumpkin Honey Rolls

Ingredients:

  • Pumpkin puree
  • Honey
  • Dry yeast
  • Warm water
  • Whole wheat flour
  • Olive oil
  • Pinch of salt
  • Lightly toasted pumpkin seeds

Preparation:

  • Take a large bowl and sprinkle yeast over warm water. Let it get foamy and stir honey in it until it gets dissolved. Mix pumpkin and oil along with the flour, salt and form a dough.
  • Knead the dough smooth and place it in a bowl that is brushed with oil and place it in a warm location for around 1.5 hours.
  • Place foils on the baking sheets and place the dough as rolls and loosely cover with plastic wraps.
  • Bake the rolls in a 400°F preheated oven, until the rolls are golden and puffed with tapped bottom.

Pumpkin Pie

Ingredients:

  • Pumpkin
  • Eggs
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Maple syrup
  • Whipping cream
  • Ginger
  • Butter
  • Brown sugar

Preparation:

  • Cut the lid of the pumpkin and remove the seeds and the fibers.
  • Mix all the ingredients, excluding butter
  • It will expand while baking so don’t fill it till up.
  • Brush the top with butter and close the lid so that the mixtures doesn’t fall.
  • Bakes for at least an hour at 350 till it sets like a custard.

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Ingredients:

  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Seasonings like garlic or onion powder and salt
  • Cooking spray

Preparation:

  • Preheat the oven to 250
  • Spray oil to the seeds and season them
  • Roast for an hour till they are crisp.
  • Stir every 15 minutes until golden brown. Watch out that they don’t burn
  • Cool them before eating

Pumpkin cookies

Ingredients:

  • Cooked pumpkin
  • Flour
  • Egg
  • Sugar
  • Vegetable oil
  • Baking powder
  • Vanilla
  • Salt
  • Cinnamon
  • Diced nuts

Preparation:

  • Mix all the ingredients together.
  • Place a spoonful on greased baking sheet
  • Bake for around 12 minutes at 350 degrees

Try out any–or all–of these delicious pumpkin recipes today to prep for the upcoming holiday festivities!

Back to School Tips to Help You Stay on Track

Back to School Tips to Help You Stay on Track

Going back to school can always be a tough transition after the glorious days of summer come to an end. No matter what grade you’re in, it can always be tricky when it comes to setting goals to help you stay focused after coming back from an awesome trip. Here are some tips that can help you stay on track and ace those courses.

Good Vibes Only.

When you have set academic goals in front of you, it is of utmost importance to stay motivated. Encourage your friends to stay motivated in achieving their academic goals and this will bounce right back to you. Surrounding yourself with like-minded people when it comes to sharing the same ambition for success helps you stay focused on your own. Spreading positive vibes to your friends will only come right back to you and they will also give back the motivational energy that you give off.

Get a group together to meet periodically through the semester to help each other set goals and keep note of which goals you have achieved. When you do surpass on of your goals, be sure to give yourself a little reward. Everyone deserves some fun too, and giving yourself these moments of relaxation to decompress and de-stress will freshen you up to go back at it again.

Take It One Step At A Time.

Focus on your goals one-by-one. This will help you to understand what you actually want and which direction should be followed. Try to analyze the weaknesses that you would like to improve. For instance, missing assignments, no participation in class discussions, procrastinating on projects, and so on. Make a list in order of importance and urgency, then go down each one and check them off. Seeing your goals visually help in organizing what needs to be done and ensures that you handle each task accordingly, without forgetting about anything and having to scramble later.

Make A Map.

What’s your main goal for the semester? Is it to get straight A’s? Join the Honor’s Program? Whichever it may be, figure out a map and create your steps of success that will help you get there. Will it require joining a tutoring program? Will you have to sign up for a club? This will help you with your research in what it takes to get to where you want to be. It may also require you to be more involved with your school, which is always a plus, and there you can meet other students who are just as driven as you are.

Stick To Your Schedule!

No matter what, sticking to your schedule or routine is an essential element that must be practiced day in and day out. Set your priorities and stick by them. This is when you as an individual must be strong-willed in understanding what is important to you versus others. Invited to a party this Saturday night? Remember that you have that 10 page essay that you promised yourself you’d start researching on. Segment your days by the hour of how much you will dedicate to each class. This will prevent you from rushing your assignments and studying, and you will be more likely to stick to your schedule if you’ve designated certain times for certain activities.

Staying motivated is always the trickiest part in going back to school, but as long as you set your mind to it, you can achieve anything. Always remember to reward yourself after a hard day’s work, because you deserve it!

 

5 Exercises You Can Do While At Your Desk

5 Exercises You Can Do While At Your Desk

You absolutely love your job because not only is it interesting, but rewarding as well. However, long office hours at your desk can affect your health and body if not addressed.

Well, have no fear! Thanks to these five effective workout routines that can be executed right at your desk, you can maintain your optimal fitness and blood flow.

The Desk Push-Up

The push-up is a popular exercise that is known to strengthen the shoulders and the triceps. In order to carry out this workout, make sure your desk’s stability is enough to take your body’s weight. For this workout, position your hands firmly on the desk and take steps backwards while lowering your chest at the desk. Do at least 10 reps to get your heart rate going and also allow yourself a quick break to re-energize!

Hamstring Curls

Hamstring curls strengthen your hamstrings and can also tone your hip muscles. Sit up straight in your chair with your albows bent at a 90 degree angle. You can either rest your elbows parallel on your desk or keep them elevated in the air. Make sure your hips are aligned and raise your seat so your feet don’t touch the ground. Bring your legs straight up so they are parallel to the ground. As you bend them back, straighten your arms down as if you are doing a regular bicep curl. At least 10 reps of this is a great way to bring some quick energy throughout your body.

Arm curves

If you really want to utilize your workout sessions in whatever time you get, you should make the most of it. You can store a set of your dumbbells in your office drawers. When you are taking a break from your work for five or ten minutes, you can utilize the time and tone your muscles. Three sets of 10 repetitions will give you effective results.

Stretching

Stretching is a great way to circulate your blood flow and relieve any pain from your muscles and/or joints. For back relief, sit up straight in your chair with your feet flat on the ground and hips aligned. Interlace your fingers and rotate so your palms are facing outward, then straighten them towards the ceiling, pushing as far back as your body allows you to. Repeat this with the opposite interlace of the hands. For a shoulder stretch, straighten your left arm across your chest and hold your shoulder with your right hand. Turn your head to the left and give your shoulder/neck a nice twist. Repeat on the opposite side. Do each type of stretch for at least five deep breaths for them to be effective.

One Leg Squat

For this exercise, stand on one leg with the other extended out in front of you. You can either have your hands on your waist, stretched out in front parallel to the ground, or hold onto your desk for support. With your back straight and hips aligned, slowly go into a squat as low as your body allows you, then rise again at the same speed. Repeat for at least 5 times on each side.

This quick guide to easy and simple workouts are great ideas to give you that fast boost of energy during those long office-hours. Give them a shot and set goals throughout the week to ensure a maintained level of fitness and health regardless of where you are!

 

Recipe: 5 minute Raw Snack Recipe

Recipe: 5 minute Raw Snack Recipe

Looking for a quick raw mid day snack thats satisfying and easy to make?  Here’s a delish recipe that’s quick & easy!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 Roman tomatoes
  • Cilantro
  • Hummus
  • Pepper

Preparation:

  1. Peel cucumber then slice into 1/2 inch circles
  2. Cut tomatoes in cubes
  3. Place a 1/2 a teaspoon of hummus on a cucumber slice, add a tomatoe cube, a pinch of cilantro and a dash of pepper.

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