One of the things that makes Valentine’s Day so special is taking time out to tell the special people in your life how much you love them. Our printable quote this month is a simple statement that means so much. It would make the perfect gift by simply printing it out and framing it in a standard 5X7 frame. Click here to download, print.
Archives for January 2015
The excerpt above was spoken by Alice in Chapter 1 of Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There, written by Lewis Carroll and published in 1871. It was a similar story to his earlier novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, which was published in 1865. We thought it was a perfect for this time of year!
When the weather outside is frightful and all you want to do is nest and stay warm and cozy indoors, it’s time to liven things up with a creative winter craft! Whether it’s a personal treat, something adorable for your home, or a fun activity you can do with your grandchildren, the ideas we’ve compiled for you are sure to fill your days with plenty of enjoyment and heartwarming pleasure.
1 Sea Salt & Sugar Scrub via Liz Marie
2 Winter Bird Feeder via Fireflies & Mud Pies
3 Finger-Knit Wreath via Flax & Twine
4 Sweater Pillow via Stone Gable
5 Frozen-Inspired Play-dough via Paging Fun Mums
6 Branch Chandelier via Better Homes & Gardens
Whether you call it the Winter Blues or Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), it simply means we’re getting mid-way into winter and those gray skies aren’t bringing out the sunniest parts of our dispositions. Well, some of us anyway. But honestly, if you’re feeling a bit slower, a little melancholy at times and you have less energy, you’re not alone. Especially if you’re living in a part of the world that simply gets less sunshine at this time of year, which is basically most of North America, Europe and Asia! As much as we hate to say it, women between the ages of 20 and 40 are also twice as likely as men to have SAD.
Not fair you say? We agree, but there are ways to combat the Winter Blues without having to pack up and move to sunny Florida or Brazil or anywhere nearer the equator! Of course a trip to Rio would really be worth considering! Oh yes, back to the more realistic remedies…
Get some sun or at least more light.
When there’s a break in the temperature, try getting outdoors more often. Keep your drapes open and your shades up and sit closer to a window. If you’re in a windowless office, try your own version of light therapy…bring in a lamp and use “full spectrum” bulbs that mimic natural light. (It has the same
Work on your new year’s resolutions. A CDC study states that there is a strong link between healthy behaviors and depression. Exercising, eating right, etc. all lead to a healthier you and a healthier you is a happier you.
Be good to yourself. We were only half joking about the trip to Rio. Beside the additional sunshine you’d be getting, treating yourself to something special is often a real pick-me-up. If Rio is out of the question, how about a spa date, a night at the theater, a sporting event or a great movie…anything that keeps you motivated and gives you something to look forward to.
Say “no” to stress. Even in the middle of a sunny summer season, stress is a downer. And while none of us can eliminate 100% of the stress in our lives, we can try to keep it manageable. Getting enough sleep is important, doing something relaxing is essential and, at times, doing nothing can be downright good for us. You could always sign up for yoga or try a little meditation. Staying in bed with a good book sounds pretty good right now, too!
Say “yes” to winter. If you can’t get away from the cold or snow, why not find a way to enjoy it. There are lots of winter activities to enjoy…skiing, ice skating and sledding to name a few. Again, the more active you are, the less stress you’re likely to feel and the more energy you’ll have.
Stay connected. It’s really important to stay in touch with friends and family during these longer winter months. They offer a great support system and just a chat over coffee or a quick email can usually provide you with just the thing that can brighten your mood. It works the other way around, too. Providing someone else with a cheery word can do wonders for your own well-being!
2015 is a new chapter in the story of our lives. We can fill in the pages however we choose. It’s a good time to ask yourself, when was the last time you did something for the first time? It was easy to have lots of first times when we were younger–first steps, first day at school, first kiss, first job, first apartment. As we get older, we have to look a little harder to create new first times for ourselves.
Author Jack London said “You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” So let’s go after more—more laughter, more adventures, more creating, more fun, more trips, more sleep, more real food, more kindness, more love. This new year can be the beginning of anything you want.
You can wish your friends and family a year of new beginnings with our Blue Mountain “New Year Wishes” card, a beautiful and scenic trip through the seasons. They may also enjoy celebrating New Years around the world, from Sydney, to St.Petersburg, to Paris and London and on to New York City, with our “World of Wishes” card.
However you celebrate, let’s promise to hug the ones we love and make sure they always know how much they mean to us.
Happy New Year!
Caroline Martlew, Senior Editor
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