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    • 3 Shows to Stream to Get Inspired to Organize Your Home

      5 May 2021

      Studies have shown that a cluttered home can lead to more stress and may be detrimental to mental health. No matter what life is throwing your way, decluttering and organizing your home can create a haven of calm. If you’re ready to get inspired, look no further than these three shows.

      Tidying Up With Marie Kondo
      Marie Kondo, author of the cult favorite book: “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” leaves Japan to travel to the states and help American households tackle their clutter in this show. If you were struck by the elegant minimalism that her book makes sound so simple, but you’re unsure where you can start in a home brimming with clutter, this is the show for you. Marie Kondo helps typical American families purge and find joy in their homes—and proves you can too.

      Stream it on: Netflix

      Kim’s Rude Awakening
      Similar to “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo,” “Kim’s Rude Awakening” is a show all about helping regular families tackle their clutter for good. However, the similarities end there. A far juxtaposition from the calm and demure experience with Kondo, viewers should expect some bold energy in this comedic and exuberant show. Hosts Kim Woodburn and Mike Chalut aren’t afraid to show tough love as they visit Canadian households and inspire change through challenges and megaphone announcements.

      Stream it on: Amazon Prime

      The Home Edit
      Professional organizers Clea and Joanna became Instagram hits after sharing their unique organizing method that encourages function while emphasizing aesthetics. Their favorite organizing tool is the rainbow, and their Instagram features stunning images with beautifully ordered pops of color. From pantries to bookshelves and beyond, The Home Edit is all about color-coordination for ease of access and instant style. Their Netflix show will give you inspiration, and a glimpse into the lives of your favorite stars, as Clea and Joanna organize average middle-class homes alongside some big-name celebrity abodes.

      Stream it on: Netflix

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    • 5 Tips to Promote Health During Spring

      5 May 2021

      (Family Features) As seasons change, there’s often a great deal of shuffling and movement, including common allergy triggers like trees, pollen, mold spores, dust and dander along with pesky sinus pressure. Combined with changes in barometric pressure and weather patterns bouncing up and down, spring can be one big pain – literally.

      “This is the time of year when most of us are excited to see the change of seasons, but millions of allergy and sinus sufferers welcome spring with trepidation,” Dr. Ian Smith, M.D., said. “Common triggers such as trees, pollen, mold spores, dust and dander can wreak havoc for many. Having a trusted multi-symptom reliever of upper respiratory allergies like Mucinex Sinus-Max is absolutely key in making the season more enjoyable for all suffering from sinus and congestion issues. With a reliable multi-symptom product stashed in your medicine cabinet, and the combination of simple modifications like being mindful of your indoor climate, eating more fruits and veggies, and staying hydrated, can help limit sinus discomfort this season.” 

      Take steps this spring to ease the impact of sinus and allergy problems and focus on your overall wellness for a smooth transition with these tips:

      Control your allergy and sinus triggers. Knowing what flares your allergic reactions can help prevent discomfort. For many people, monitoring pollen counts and limiting time outdoors on high-pollen days can help reduce reactions. You might also avoid hanging laundry outside, as pollen can stick to clothes and sheets as they dry, and ask for help with yardwork to limit your exposure.

      Find some pressure release. When nasal congestion or sinus pressure build, it can feel like a ton of bricks have landed on your head. However, you can find relief with products designed to help clear up your stuffy nose, relieve headaches and thin and loosen excess mucus. Often, if you’re experiencing sinus problems, you’re dealing with multiple symptoms. From congestion to headaches and sinus pressure, an over-the-counter medicine like Mucinex Sinus-Max can break up your sinus symptoms with just one dose or your money back. 

      Manage your indoor climate. Even when you start spending more time outdoors, it’s important to keep close tabs on the quality of the air inside your home. If you’re prone to allergy flare-ups or sinus infections, manage the humidity level by using a humidifier or dehumidifier. If outdoor allergens are a concern, avoid opening windows and doors, and instead rely on air conditioning on warmer days. Also be sure to change filters regularly and use an air purifier for added protection.

      Keep fluids flowing. More time outdoors in warmer weather can quickly lead to dehydration, especially if you’re working up a sweat. Drink plenty of water to stay well hydrated and keep your body operating in top shape. Staying hydrated can also help keep mucus moving, allowing you to ease through allergy or sinus problems.

      Update your medicine cabinet. A seasonal change is a good time to take stock of your medical supplies and medications to ensure you have what you need for the months ahead. Discard any expired prescriptions or over the counter medicines and be sure restock common spring and summer essentials like bug bite ointments, sunburn spray and multi-symptom products like Mucinex Sinus-Max to help temporarily relieve sinus and congestion symptoms in one dose. Also be sure to replenish your first aid kit with plenty of bandages and wound care supplies.

      For more information, visit Mucinex.com.

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    • How to Use Different Textures to Spruce Up Your Home

      5 May 2021

      When homeowners think about interior decorating, they tend to think about paint colors and furniture, while giving less thought to texture. Adding texture to a house can mean using different materials or using a variety of objects in a room to create visual interest, tie elements together, and make a room feel “finished.” 

      When looking for ways to add texture to your home, focus on using pieces that are made from numerous materials. You may want to incorporate a variety of colors, or you may choose to utilize different shades of the same color to create a layered effect.

      Rug
      A patterned rug can instantly catch people’s eyes when they enter a room. A rug with tassels or fringe can also create a pleasant feeling when family members or visitors walk across it with bare feet. You may even want to layer two rugs to take advantage of multiple textures.

      Throw Pillows
      You can incorporate patterns and textures on furniture. One or more decorative throw pillows with embroidery or a pattern that utilizes different materials can a room feel more inviting. You may also want to experiment with a blanket on a sofa or chair or a textured bedspread.

      Wall Art
      Art doesn’t just refer to photographs and paintings. If you would like to add some character to a room, put up a tapestry or wall hanging with an interesting pattern or image. You may also want to cover the walls with textured paint or wallpaper to serve as a backdrop and help you tie together other design elements in the room.

      Window Treatments
      Curtains, drapes, and blinds can all add texture to an interior space. Consider a variety of materials and take into account how much sunlight the room tends to get. You may want to select a material that can add visual interest while also helping you control the temperature in the room and keep your utility bills down. 

      Plants
      Greenery can make any space feel more relaxing and welcoming. You may want to choose plants with different leaf shapes and textures and incorporate them in different parts of the house, or you may decide to cluster several species together in the same room for visual interest.

      Creating the Right Interior Design is a Process
      Adding texture to your home may take time. You may not have all the right pieces available right now, and you might not find them all in one shopping trip or in one online search. When you come across a piece that appeals to you, you can add it to the furniture and decorations you already have to gradually add texture.

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    • A Trendy, Edible Gift for Mother’s Day

      4 May 2021

      (Family Features) Every Mother’s Day is an opportunity to show your mom just how special she is and how grateful you are for all she does. Make her day with a present that wraps the personal touch of a handmade craft and the novelty of a quirky trend into one unforgettable gift. 

      This year, upgrade your usual flower fare with an arrangement that’s beautiful and delicious: a California cheese bouquet. Customizable with ingredients tailored to fit your loved one’s tastes, these thoughtful gifts combine cheeses, berries, herbs and more wrapped together for a perfect Mother’s Day celebration centerpiece and gift with an artsy (and thoughtful) touch. 

      Created by cheesemonger Jessica Lawrenz, these easy-to-follow crafts for a Classic Cheese Bouquet or a California Bounty Cheese Bouquet call for wholesome cheese made with 100% sustainably sourced Real California Milk from dairy farm families. For best results, use medium-bodied cheeses that can be easily skewered without softening up at room temperature. 

      Find additional cheese bouquet inspiration and more recipes to celebrate Mother’s Day by visiting realcaliforniamilk.com. 

      Classic Cheese Bouquet
      Craft courtesy of Jessica Lawrenz (@mongermoldandmilk)

      Real California White Cheddar Cheese 
      Real California Brie Cheese 
      Salumi or Salami (thinly sliced)
      Goldenberries
      Lemonquats
      Mini apples
      Mini artichokes
      Rosemary
      Bay leaves
      Wax flowers

      Tools:
      Knife 
      Floral foam block
      Plastic wrap
      Vase or bouquet paper
      Flower cookie cutters (various sizes)
      U-shaped toothpicks
      Wooden skewers 
      Toothpicks
      Floral tape 
      Ribbon or twine 

      Using a knife, cut the floral block into a shape that fits inside the vase. If using bouquet paper, use base at least 3 inches across and 4 inches high. 

      Wrap floral blocks in plastic wrap to keep from touching items in bouquet; place inside vase. If using bouquet paper, place a wrapped floral block in the mug to keep from falling over. 

      Use various cookie cutters to prepare cheeses as flowers. 

      To create salumi roses, lay out 4-5 slices salumi overlapping one another. Fold row in half and roll into rose bud, securing with a u-shaped toothpick. Place on skewer, add herb leaves and use floral tape to secure the ends of the toothpick to the skewer. Repeat.  

      Skewer cheeses, salumi roses, goldenberries, lemonquats, mini apples and mini artichokes.

      To assemble, start in the center with larger items. Use shorter skewers or toothpicks to secure smaller items closer to edges. 

      Use rosemary, bay leaves and wax flowers to fill gaps in the back of the bouquet. 

      To wrap: Once finished, gently lay the block with skewers on top of paper, wrap and secure with tape and ribbon.

      California Bounty Cheese Bouquet
      Craft courtesy of Jessica Lawrenz (@mongermoldandmilk)

      Real California White Cheddar
      Real California Smoked Jalapeno Cheddar 
      Real California Brie Cheese 
      Salumi or Salami (thinly sliced)
      Lemonquats
      Mini apples
      Fresh figs
      Green grapes
      Goldenberries
      Dried apricots
      Mini artichokes
      Rosemary
      Bay leaves
      Olive leaves
      Wax flowers

      Tools:
      Knife 
      Floral foam block
      Plastic wrap
      Vase or bouquet paper
      Flower cookie cutters (various sizes)
      U-shaped toothpicks
      Wooden skewers 
      Toothpicks
      Floral tape 
      Ribbon or twine 

      Using a knife, cut the floral block into a shape that fits inside the vase. If using bouquet paper, use base at least 3 inches across and 4 inches high. 

      Wrap floral blocks in plastic wrap to keep from touching items in bouquet; place inside vase. If using bouquet paper, place a wrapped floral block in the mug to keep from falling over. 
      Use various cookie cutters to prepare cheeses as flowers. 

      To create salumi roses, lay out 4-5 slices salumi overlapping one another. Fold row in half and roll into rose bud, securing with a u-shaped toothpick. Place on skewer, add herb leaves and use floral tape to secure the ends of the toothpick to the skewer. Repeat.  

      Skewer cheeses, salumi roses, lemonquats, mini apples, fresh figs, green grapes, goldenberries, dried apricots and mini artichokes.

      To assemble, start in the center with larger items. Use shorter skewers or toothpicks to secure smaller items closer to edges. 

      Use rosemary, bay leaves, olive leaves and wax flowers to fill gaps in the back of the bouquet. 

      To wrap: Once finished, gently lay the block with skewers on top of paper, wrap and secure with tape and ribbon.

      Published with permission from RISMedia.

    • Key Times in the Year to Plan an Organizing Overhaul

      4 May 2021

      Decluttering and organizing your home is a big project that you can feel good about, but the truth is, the job is never truly done. Keep your organizing overhauls a lot simpler by ensuring that you maintain all your hard work throughout the year. Here are the best times of the year to reevaluate your organizing techniques and declutter once more.

      After the Holidays
      Holiday fervor can contribute to mess and lack of organization simply because your household is out of its normal routines. This shift, understandably, contributes to excess clutter and disorganization. Pair that with extra items coming into the home in the form of presents, and you may find yourself overwhelmed in an instant. Take the time to purge and donate any unused items. If you have children, now is a great time to tackle the mountains of unused toys so they have room to play with their new favorites.

      After Your Child’s Birthday
      Birthday parties are a joyful time, and if your friends and family are generous, you may find yourself bringing home quite a few new toys and clothes. Keep your children’s rooms and play areas functioning well for fun and ease of enjoyment by donating one toy for every new toy that comes into the home. This can teach your children about minimalism and philanthropy while not requiring them to give away too many treasures.

      Spring Cleaning
      A perfect time to evaluate all of your organizing, spring cleaning naturally requires you to remove items from their normal homes. After cleaning, don’t put things back before purging unneeded items and thinking about where items can be stored for easier daily use.

      At the Start of Summer Break
      Summer is a natural transition, particularly for homes with children. As you change schedules from school time to summer fun, your belongings should be reorganized to reflect your new routines. However, this is not limited to children’s items. As outdoor hosting becomes a possibility, evaluate your organization and shift any winter items to storage areas so that you have easier access to your favorite summer items. Notice anything you didn’t use last season? It may be time to recycle or donate instead of storing it for next time.

      Published with permission from RISMedia.