January 3, 2019

{Guest Post} A New You in the New Year

A New You in the New Year

The vast majority of New Year’s resolutions involve losing weight and exercising. Admirable goals indeed, but often unsustainable with the gung-ho attitude that comes with January 1. This year, make a commitment to yourself by making changes to your lifestyle that won’t get knocked off the calendar come February. Here are a few ideas:

Prioritize your health

Instead of focusing on weight loss and muscle mass, think about the things you do each day that affect your overall well-being. Make a commitment to stick with whole foods, get plenty of sleep, and engage in more physical activity when possible. This doesn’t mean you have to go on a diet or hit the gym.

Keep in mind that your health is also swayed in part by your relationship with your healthcare providers. If you don’t already have a primary care physician, find a doctor and a schedule a wellness exam. Don’t forget your dentist, since your oral health affects everything you do. Poor oral health can diminish your self-confidence and may even play a role in whether you develop cardiovascular disease. If your current dentist doesn’t make you feel comfortable, has an out-of-date office, inconvenient hours, or simply costs too much, don’t be afraid to transition to a provider that can meet your needs. AreaDentist.com is a great resource that can help you make the switch pain-free.

Enhance your career

Your career is part of you. If you aren’t happy at work, you likely won’t be happy at home either. If you find yourself sitting stagnant and going nowhere, it’s time to grab the proverbial bull by the horns. Consider going back to school, which can propel you toward a promotion or career change altogether. If you choose to change professional paths, don’t do so without polishing your skills and refining your resume. Choose a resume style that’s right for your career and level of experience. For example, if you’re transitioning out of service and need a civilian job, a functional resume, which emphasizes your skill set, may be appropriate. If you plan to apply for multiple positions, tailor your cover letter to each; employers can easily tell who’s taken the time to cater their correspondence and who copied text from a template.

Learn about your family history

Who are you and where you do come from? The answer to this question isn’t as simple as it may seem. Invest a few days this year researching your family history. In addition to gaining a better understanding of your lineage, you can also find out information that’s relevant to your health. For example, having your DNA tested can identify whether you have biomarkers that put you at risk of hereditary diseases. Illumina, a global genome research organization, offers more information on inherited diseases and DNA sequencing here.

Make a budget

It doesn’t matter if you make $500 per week $500,000 per year, having a grasp on your spending is the best way to ensure your financial future. Creating a budget isn’t difficult and starts by recording your expenses. This will allow you to identify areas where you can cut back and establish your priorities. Bank of America suggests using an automatic banking transfer and notes that virtually all banking institutes can split your direct deposit.

Spend time with loved ones

Family time is more important than time spent scrolling through your social media accounts or watching TV. And considering the average American parent spends about 40 percent less time with their offspring than previous generations, there is no better time than now to reverse this trend within your own household. Eat dinner with your kids, play games, and make a point to get out of the house together to eliminate distractions. If the kids are old enough, consider becoming involved with local volunteer opportunities, which can improve your mental health and strengthen your bonds.

This year, don’t just make a resolution, make a commitment. By focusing on the things that make you whole and happy, you put yourself in the best position to make 2019 the year you take control of every aspect of your life. And remember, you don’t have to wait until the calendar flips to do any of the above; any day can be the start of a new year.

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Thank you to Stephanie Haywood of Mylifeboost.com | shaywood@mylifeboost.com for writing this guest post. Look for more great inspirational posts from her in the future!

January 1, 2019

{Guest Post} Beat The Heat With These Summer Wedding Food Ideas

What can be more romantic than a wedding under the warmth of the alluring sun? Summer weddings have always been an ideal choice for most of the couples as there is nothing more spectacular and romantic than a summer evening when the sky plays an orchestra of colors as the sun starts to set.

Weddings being the most beautiful and precious ceremony of your lives, both the couple and their families want everything to be special and perfect. While talking about perfections, it’s not just the bride’s wedding dress or the decor that has to be done with complete sincerity.  One very important part of the wedding is the food and menu which has to be given equal significance. We know the struggle of spending days looking out for the ideal menu for the wedding and therefore we have come up with some great menu ideas that you can use for your summer wedding celebration.
Include Fresh Juices, Mocktails and Popsicles Into the Menu
As you are planning for a summer wedding it is vital to focus on the fact that no matter how beautiful the day will be, it is going to be warm. So we need to incorporate fresh juices and cold beverages into the menu. You can even make your own if you have the right blender. The guests will love and devour the summer mocktails as it will add a bit of chill to the hot summer weather. You can order for colorful fruity popsicles as well. Trust me it will be an absolute hit on your wedding event amongst the guests.  
The Main Course
For a hot summer wedding, it wouldn’t be ideal to serve red meat or lamb or pork as these tend to be chewier. Hence, chicken is the ideal choice for a wedding in the warm days. Lemon marinate chicken or bbq chicken goes great for the main courses in this case.

Whenever you are hosting a summer wedding remember that the desserts need to be very light and fresh on flavor rather than something rich and chocolatey. Strawberry shortcakes or cheesecakes are an ideal option when it comes to desserts. These are not too heavy and ha e a tremendous fresh taste to it. If you want to try out something completely unique then you can serve snow cones as a dessert as well. It is unique and equally refreshing and your guests are going to love the fun idea.
A wedding is about the binding of two people and their families and friends. It is where your loved one comes together to bless and celebrate your new beginning and summer is the best possible time for the lovers to start their new life as man and wife. Summer weddings are more fun as you can include so many refreshing food and beverages into the menu which the guests will absolutely love. I am sure that these fun food ideas will enhance the feast at your wedding making it memorable forever.

Thank you to Jeremy of Davids BBQ for sharing this guest post. Jeremy is a father of two who is married to his high school sweetheart. He enjoys spending time with his family, staying active and of course cooking! He grew up in his father’s BBQ restaurant that specializes in pulled pork and wedding caterings.