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Technology and your Weight

The use of technology has left us leading a more sedentary lifestyle then our ancestors. Research has shown that tech users are in worse shape as well. In addition, the light from the device you are using has been shown to interfere with sleep patterns. Lack of sleep can mess with the production of hormones that regulate appetite and metabolism. This in turn causes you to gain weight. However, you can use the same technology to turn things around for your health. There many apps to download that can track exercise and eating habits. Make a competition between friends and family on how many steps are taken every day. 



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House Guest Tip


Set a basket with all the essentials a guest may need such as a phone charger, water, snacks, Tylenol, etc.


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St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick’s Day is a day to celebrate Irish heritage and culture. Many do this by holding festivals, parades, banquets, and dances. The first parade for this green filled holiday was held in America in 1762. You may have wondered where this holiday got its start. St. Patrick’s Day is held on the date of the death of Saint Patrick. Who is Saint Patrick? Well he is the patron Saint of Ireland. Old legend hails him as the one that banished all of the snakes from Ireland. However, this is story is just that, a story. Saint Patrick actually converted Ireland to Christianity in the late 4 century. St. Patrick’s Day was made an official Christian holiday in the 17 century. In Ireland, it is a public holiday. Whether you Irish or not wear some green, put a shamrock on and have the luck of the Irish on this great day. May a pot o’ gold be at the end of your rainbow. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!


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Be Healthy

Try yoga to relieve back pain. Just 90 minutes a week can ease to pain by 56%. That is 40% more relief than those who use standard medical care for back pain. 

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A Penny a Day: Saving Tips That Work


Have trouble with overspending; try the envelope budget system where you use a set amount of cash for most spending. When this allotted amount is spent for the week then that’s it. 



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Technology and your Neck and Back

An average person checks his or her phone around 150 times per day. This constant checking is a form of addiction. In fact, the act actually releases dopamine in your brain every time you look to see if there are any new notifications. Constant checking is also a distraction leading a person to not being present in the moment. This may lead to conflict in relationships and anxiety both of which will lead to overall unhappiness. Being aware is the first step towards changing this habit. Try to aim for at least three tech free waking hours a day. Go for a walk, reconnect with friends and family or read a book during these hours. 



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Trick or Treat Safety Tips

1.       Plan your route.
2.       Go with a group.
3.       Avoid long and/or oversized clothing.
4.       Wear comfortable shoes
5.       Stay well lit by using reflective tape and carrying a flashlight.
6.       Avoid masks that make it difficult to see or breathe.
7.       Always check your children’s candy. 



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Be Healthy


There are many benefits for your brain by exercising. Exercise improves memory, attention span, and boost decision-making skills. It also improves multitasking and planning. So take a walk today for better brain health. 
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House Guest Tip

Make sure to have a stack of comfy pillows, with varying degrees of softness and sizes, with an extra blanket at the foot of the bed.


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A Penny a Day: Saving Tips That Work


Every time you use a coupon place the amount you save into the bank. Over time the savings can really add up.
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Technology and your Neck and Back


Tilting your head forward and down to look at your phone can put an extra 40 to 60 pounds of extra force on your spine. Overtime this puts stress on your ligaments and muscles in your neck and back, in turn speeding up the wear and tear on your spine. All this may lead to a condition called Tech Neck. Tech Neck's symptoms include pain and inflammation of the neck and back. Try to hold your phone or tablet at eye level or as far as your eyes can look down without tilting your head. Also stretch your neck through out the day to relieve some pressure.


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Dahlias

Dahlias have a wide spectrum of colors, having almost every hue except for blue. The newest shade is a shell pink color resembling a water lily. Sizes for dahlias range from petite, one-inch pom-poms, to extra large, ten-inch dinner plates. One great benefit to these flowers is the more you cut the more they will bloom. Meaning you can enjoy this beautiful flower all through their blooming period which runs from the beginning of June till the first hard frost. 




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House Guest Tip


Leave a small basket in the guests’ bathroom or bedroom containing fresh towels and any other essential toiletries.


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Be Healthy



Need helping getting to sleep at night? Try doing yoga. Studies show 45 minutes of yoga helps to fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer



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A Penny a Day: Saving Tips That Work

Deposit any bonus or bump in pay you may get into a savings account. Since you never had the money to spend, you’ll never miss it.



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Technology & Your Eyes


Staring at a phone or computer screen causes your eye to blink a third less often then it normally would. This can lead to dry worn out eyes. Constant users may develop Computer Vision Syndrome. Some of the symptoms of this syndrome are eyestrain, headaches, blurred vision, and dry eyes. To combat these follow the 20-20-20 method. Every 20 minutes of staring at a screen focus on something else, that is 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
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House Guest Tip



Write your wifi password on some cute notepaper, for your guest, and place it where it will be easily seen. 



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Achoo… Stop the Sneezing 


Temps are finally rising and unfortunately so are pollen counts. Allergy season is fast upon us. Below are some tips to beat the itchy watery eyes and stuffy runny nose. Try not to open your windows early in the morning when pollen counts are at the highest. Late in the evening is the best time to let the breeze blow through your home. When you come back in from being outside wash your face and use couple of sprays of saline nasal solution in each nostril as soon as possible. If you have been outside for an extended length of time, change your clothing and wash the clothes that you were wearing. Two thirds of people with seasonal allergies also have indoor allergies. To kill dust mites and other allergens on sheets and covers wash them once a week with hot water. Dusters send allergens into the air try using a damp rag to dust instead. Invest in a HEPA filter; the ultrafine mesh traps tiny particles in the air. 


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Technology & Your Brain
 
The blue light on electronic devices, i.e. your phone or tablet, stimulates your brain interfering with your brains signals that tell you when it’s time to wind down. The blue light also suppresses production of melatonin a hormone that regulates your sleep cycle. This can cause you to find it harder to sleep at night. There are a couple of ways to combat this technology-induced insomnia. The last time to check your phone should be thirty minutes before bedtime. Also, it is best to check your phone in a room other than your bedroom. Placing your phone on night shift mode may also help. In this mode, the blue light changes to a warm reddish tone that doesn’t disturb brain functions.


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House Guest Tip

Set a nice scented candle on the nightstand along with a box of matches.Have the candle lit when guests arrive.





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Easter Basket Facts

The Easter Bunny is about to bounce his way into our homes so here is some facts about the basket and all the treats contained within it. Easter baskets first made an appearance around the 1700’s but candy didn’t arrive in them until the 1800’s. It wasn’t until about 130 years later, in 1930 that the jellybean showed up in the Easter Basket. There are 100 million chocolate bunnies, of many varieties, made for Easter a year. The number of people who believe that the ears should be eaten first on these chocolate bunnies is 89%. If that sounds like a lot of bunnies then you’ll be shocked to find out that 2 billion Peeps, chicks and bunnies, are made each year just for Easter.

Happy Easter!

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Benefits of Gardening

Spring is almost here and some of us are getting ready to start or have already started our gardens. Did you know that gardening has many health benefits? Read on to discover how planting that bulb or water the tomatoes can help you to be your healthy best.

Just thirty minutes a day of gardening can boost your overall mental and physical well-being. Also, it is a fantastic stress reliever; studies have shown that gardening lowers the stress hormone Cortisol. The feeling of being productive and purposeful boosts your self-esteem and brightens your mood. Furthermore, gardening helps improve focus because it puts you in a calming almost meditative state of mind.
The simple act of watering plants can burn 54 calories per 30 minutes. Research shows that children who ‘play in the dirt’ have healthier immune systems, same goes for grownups too.

Not only are you helping yourself to be a healthier individual but you are helping the environment as well when you grow a patch of fruits and vegetables. When you grow your own produce, you reduce packaging such as plastic wrap, ending up in the landfill. Supermarkets end up with an estimated 15 billion of unsold produce a year. If you grow it yourself, you are more likely to eat it, can it or give it to friends and neighbors than throwing it in the garbage.

So get out, get your hands dirty, and have fun!


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Spring Forward!

On March 12 our clocks are going to spring forward. Here are some tips to make the mornings after Daylight Savings a little easier a whopping 57% of Americans hit the snooze button every morning. A tip to stop hitting the button is setyour alarm for the exact time you want to wake up. Then place that alarm somewhere that you have to get out of bed to turn it off. Once you are out from under the covers you will be ready to start your day.If you are one of the 31 million, people who skip breakfast every morning at least drink a glass of milk before walking out the door. The carbs found in milk will give you energy and the protein will help to keep hunger at bay so you avoid the unhealthy mid-morning snacks. Also, don’t forget about the essential Vitamin D and Calcium contained in milk. To help with sleepiness that 67% of us have the day after setting the clocks forward, prepare by going to bed at least 15 minutes earlier in the week leading up to the change. This way your body will be a little prepared. 


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