Showing posts from January, 2016

Healthy Snacking Ideas to Help Ring in a Healthy New Year

Everyone has felt that in between meal hunger attack that sends us grazing for the right "snack" to satisfy us until meal time. Amidst the hunger pains and indecision we can make a not so healthy choice. If you are looking to make a few smarter, healthier snack choices, start by pairing fruit or veggies with a form of protein. The combination of the protein along with foods that are high in fiber and other nutrients will keep you full and satisfied for longer. They also won't break the "calorie bank." Check out a few suggestions below from Real Simple's online magazine . They are a great way to start off your healthy year of snacking. Bagel with Ricotta and Strawberries Spread ½ toasted whole-grain "flat"  bagel with 2 tablespoons fresh  ricotta . Top with ⅓ cup sliced  strawberries . Drizzle with 1 teaspoon  honey  or  agave ne

5 Tips to Organize your Garage

                                      The garage is an area of the home that is often neglected. Many homeowners find their garages to be messy, disorganized and hard to keep clean. The New Year is a great time to start fresh, and bring some organization to this portion of your home. Here are 5 tips for helping you get, and keep, a clean and organized garage.   1.       Buy a set of industrial style shelving from your local home improvement store. This will provide you with durable shelves to stack items and keep them from being scattered in your garage. The great thing about these types of shelves, is that they won’t be easily destroyed by the elements, and they are strong enough to store heavy items and light organize the light weight items. 2.       Purchase clear tubs in varied sizes for storing items and clearly label them. This will make it easy to find things when you’re in a hurry.                                                                       

3 Tips for Storing your Holiday Decor

Now that the holiday season has come to a close, many of us begin the process of packing the remaining holiday decorations. If you’re in need of recommendations to relieve the stress of this process, take a look at our easy organizational tips below. Invest in multiple sturdy, clear plastic bins that can be clearly labeled. Make sure and group like items in each bin (ornaments, garland, lights, etc.) and make the label big enough to see from a distance. You will be thankful next year when you bring down your decorations from the attic, garage or storage unit. This organization system will make it faster and more convenient to find the items you need next year. If you have smaller items you don’t want to get lost within a larger tub, group them together in smaller plastic Ziploc bags and label them. This will keep smaller (and sometimes delicate) items from getting lost in the process of packing or unpacking during the holiday season. Another great idea to k