10 Closet Office Ideas: How to Create an Office Space You’ll Love

No space for an office? How about building an office closet? Here are 10 useful closet office ideas that will maximize the space in your tiny office! 10 Closet Office Ideas: How to Create an Office Space You’ll Love via tipsaholic.com #office #closet #officespace #officeideas #homeoffice


10 Closet Office Ideas How to Create an Office Space You’ll Love
A great closet office saves space in your home and makes great use of a closet that might otherwise go unused or be filled with random junk. Here are 10 closet office ideas that will help you use every inch in effective ways to maximize your space!

1. Install light sconces or overhead lighting to save space on your desk.

Desk space is limited in a closet office; don’t crowd it with a lamp. Instead, put up a light sconce or two to get the lighting you need as you work without sacrificing desktop space.

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A great overhead light would work just as well if you prefer that look! An overhead light would also save your wall space if you wanted to add more shelves and bulletin boards.

2. Use the sides of your closet for extra shelving.

You’ll probably focus on adding shelving and art to the back wall, but don’t forget about the sides of your closet office. Add shelves for even more storage.

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This tiny closet office uses shelving on both walls, the side and the back, to hold lots and lots of paperwork. What an effective use of space!

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The next closet office includes built-in shelves on one side of the office… and a reading nook!

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3. Make your closet office do double duty by raising the hanging bar so you can hang clothes or coats above your desk.

If you have limited space in your home and still need your closet office to function as a closet, this office closet idea might be a great solution for you. This would be perfect for a closet office in a guest room.

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4. Use pegboard to maximize the space in your closet office.

Pegboards are organizational workhorses and look so pretty when painted in your favorite color. They are especially useful for a crafting and/or sewing closet office.

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5. Use the doors to your closet office as extra wall space for organization.

Some closet offices work well with the closet doors removed, but consider leaving the doors to gain even more wall surface space to organize office supplies, file paperwork, or to hold a calendar.

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One of the closet doors in this closet office functions as a giant bulletin board with various artwork tacked up, while the other door holds a pegboard filled with office supplies.

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6. Add curtains to the bottom of your desktop to conceal more storage.

Don’t forget about all the space under your desk; you could put filing cabinets, baskets, boxes, and so much more in all that space. However, all that stuff can start to look cluttered. A simple solution is to add fabric, like a curtain, to cover everything up.

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7. Remove the header from your closet to open up the space.

This will give you more access to vertical space and your closet office will look more like a nook and less like a closet. Then you could add more shelving up there and maximize your space even more.

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8. Get creative with finding a desk solution for your closet office: try a MDF or plywood board, two cabinets topped by a desk top, or a charming, tiny desk.

There are so many different ways to incorporate a desk in your closet office; the best desk for you depends on how you want to use your office. If you need a large desk that spans the entire length of the closet, try adding supports along all the walls and topping it off with a piece of MDF or plywood. Here’s a good tutorial on how to do that.

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And here’s a nice example of this type of closet office desk.

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For a less permanent desk solution, try topping two file cabinets with a piece of MDF or plywood.

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A really charming way to include a desk in your closet office is to use a small desk that fits in your closet.

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9. Add cabinets for extra concealed storage.

Many closet offices include shelves on the main wall, but another idea to consider is to use cabinets instead. They can hold a lot more and you can close the doors anytime to cover up all the stuff. Add pretty knobs and maybe a coat of paint to personalize it.

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10. Think about providing access for your electronics when designing your closet office.

If you’re like most people, you’ll work on your laptop, computer, or sewing machine in your closet office. All these things need to be plugged in, so don’t forget about that important aspect when you’re building your closet office. You could install an outlet right inside the closet for the most convenience – here’s a tutorial on how to do that – or hire an electrician to do that for you.

Also, you might want to drill a hole on the top of your desk to feed through your electrical outlets.

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For more closet office inspiration, check out 25 Clever Closet Offices. And what’s an office without a stylish office chair? See some really great options here: 10 Stylish Office Chairs For Your Home Office.

 

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

 

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12 First Aid Uses for Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender essential oil is a great addition to your first aid kit! Here are 12 uses for lavender essential oil to treat scrapes, cuts, burns, and more. 12 First Aid Uses for Lavender Essential Oil via @tipsaholic #oils #lavender #essentialoils #youngliving #lavenderoil #firstaid


12 First Aid Uses for Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender essential oil is well-known for its relaxing effects on the body, but did you know that the oil is also very good for the skin and can help reduce the pains and discomfort associated with injuries to the skin? Here are 12 uses for lavender essential oil that make it a great addition to your first aid kit! You’ll be amazed at how often you whip it out to treat scrapes, cuts, burns, and more.

1. Burns

Got burned by a hot pan? Apply two to three drops of lavender essential oil on the burn and the pain will lessen. Put the oil on the burn periodically throughout the day and it’ll get better faster. The oil may also help prevent a scar from forming.

2. Cuts

A drop of lavender essential oil on a cut can help stop the bleeding and reduce the pain. The oil will also clean the wound and kills the bacteria around the area of the wound.

3. Bruises

Rub a drop of lavender oil on a nasty bruise to reduce pain and to calm the person (especially if it’s a child) who has the bruise.

4. Diaper Rashes

Mix one drop of lavender essential oil with a scoop of coconut oil. Rub that on your baby’s bottom for a soothing effect. The smell will also help calm your little one.

5. Sunburns

A bad sunburn is painful, but you can reduce the discomfort of a sunburn with lavender essential oil in two ways. You could fill a bottle with coconut oil mixed with a few drops of lavender oil. Or you could put distilled water in a glass spray bottle and add a few drops of lavender essential oil to the bottle. Apply to the skin for some pain relief.

6. Sunburned Lips

Make a homemade lip balm and add a few drops of lavender essential oil for sensitive, sunburned lips. This also works well for chapped lips.

7. Cramps

If you have monthly cramps or muscle cramps, try mixing lavender essential oil with coconut oil and rubbing that on the area. Then put a warm compress on the area for even more relief.

8. High Temperatures

To help bring down a high temperature, especially for younger children, rub lavender essential oil on the bottom of the feet and the cheeks.

9. Ear Pain

Apply lavender oil around the ear and behind the ear to help relieve ear pain.

10. Insect Bites and Stings

To help reduce the pain of an insect bite or sting, rub a few drops of lavender essential oil on the affected area. This will also help reduce itching and swelling.

11. Itchy Skin

If you have dry, itchy skin, try mixing coconut oil or olive oil with a few drops of lavender oil. Massage the combined oils on your skin for some relief.

12. Cold Sores

Combine a drop of lavender essential oil with a carrier oil and rub it on a cold sore to help reduce your discomfort.

Isn’t it amazing how much lavender essential oil can do? Lavender essential oil and other essential oils make great additions to your first aid kit, modern medicine and your home.

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

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6 Easy Ways to Hide Your Cat Litter Box

There’s one aspect of cat ownership that isn't much fun: finding a place for the litter box. 6 Easy Ways to Hide Your Cat Litter Box via tipsaholic.com #cat #litterbox #kitty #cats #pets #litter


6 Easy Ways to Hide Your Cat Litter Box
Having a cat or a couple of them in your home can be wonderful, but there’s one aspect of cat ownership that might not be so much fun: finding a place for the litter box. It’s even harder if you live in a smaller home. Here are 6 places you can hide the cat litter box.

Side Table or Cabinet

You could hack a side table or cabinet to hold a cat litter box inside. As long as you add ventilation, a way for your cat to access the box, and an easy way for you to clean the litter, you could easily find a place to put your side table or cabinet in a room. Nobody will know the cat litter box is there, except for you and your cat.

Put it in your entryway or your living room. Use a thrifted furniture piece and give it a makeover, or hack an inexpensive cabinet from IKEA.

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If you’d prefer to buy instead of DIYing, try this nice-looking litter box cover and end table.

Trunk

A cool-looking trunk can be a nice addition to a room. They’re also big enough to hold a cat litter box, plus the scooper, plastic bags, and more litter. It’s easy to just pop open the trunk and clean the litter. Your guests will admire your trunk without realizing that it’s hiding a cat litter box.

Maybe you already have a trunk that you could use for this or ask your parents or grandparents if they have one in the attic. Thrift stores and Craig’s List are good places to check. This steamer trunk turned cat litter box is perfectly rustic  and this simple black trunk is just classy.

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Bench

Putting a cat litter box in a bench is just as convenient as putting it in a trunk, but the added bonus of a bench is that you can use it as seating for yourself as well. However, your cat might love the bench too much to ever get off it! Add a cushion on top in your favorite fabric to make your bench truly a part of your home, not just a good place to hide the cat litter box.

A window bench is always nice and you could add a couple of cute pillows on top of a bench to fancy it up a bit.

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Of course, you can always buy a ready-made bench that’s designed to hold a cat litter box. This bench comes in three colors: espresso, black, and white. Add a cushion on top and you’re done!

Shelving Unit or Bookcase

If you need more storage for your books and knickknacks, why not hit two birds with one stone and get a shelf or bookcase to both hold your books and your cat litter box?

Here’s another IKEA hack  and a nice hack of a more traditional bookcase.

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Fabric

Hide your cat litter box behind a pretty fabric and simply push it aside to clean the box. You could hang the fabric around a simple side table and put it in the kitchen to gain some more counter space, or give the fabric treatment to a buffet table or console table.

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Closet

Do you have a small closet that you could hide a cat litter box in? This little closet under the stairs is perfect for a kitty litter box with the addition of a cat door so the closet door can be kept closed. Another solution is putting a cat litter box under the bottom shelf of a linen closet and covering it up with a little curtain.

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Do you have another idea of how to hide the cat litter box? Or are you one of those lucky people who have a basement to stash the litter box?

 

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

 

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Savvy Salvagers Pallet Projects Infographic

Savvy Salvagers Pallet Projects Infographic

Do you love the look of pallet projects? There are endless possibilities for what you can create with a pallet. The other great thing is that pallets can be found for FREE. Not sure where to find pallets? Or what to do once you find them? Here are lots of great ideas and resources for using pallets. Thanks to Irish Timber Projects for this amazing infographic. Learn about all the ways you can use pallets throughout your whole home.

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15 Small Space Hacks

More and more people are moving to urban areas these days. Which means more people are living in smaller spaces. It could be hard, but it doesn’t have to be. Check out these amazing 15 Small Space Hacks from Able Skills. Hopefully these ideas will help maximize your small spaces.

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What was your favorite small space hack?

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8 Stylish Ways to Wear a Leopard Scarf

If you buy only one clothing item for the fall season, consider buying a really nice leopard scarf. Here are 8 chic ways to wear a leopard scarf! 8 Stylish Ways to Wear a Leopard Scarf via @tipsaholic #leopard #scarf #fashion #beauty #scarves


8 Stylish Ways to Wear a Leopard Scarf
If you buy only one clothing item for this season, consider buying a really nice leopard scarf! It can dress up so many outfits and even transition some summer outfits into fall ones and fall into winter. Here are 8 chic ways to wear a leopard scarf!

1. Stripes + Leopard

Mixing prints in outfits has been in fashion for a few years now, but if you’re not so sure about doing it yourself, why not start with something simple and easy like leopard and stripes? A striped top with a leopard scarf is easy and always classy with a twist.

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Another way to mix these two prints is to wear a cute striped skirt with a leopard scarf.

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2. Army Jacket + Leopard

An army jacket is a great casual piece that can match anything in your closet. However, if you want to class up an army jacket a bit, a leopard scarf is a great way to do it. Pair knee-high leather boots with your jacket and scarf and you’ve got a smart outfit that can be worn practically anywhere.

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Did you notice that the above outfit also includes a striped top, by the way?

Look how a leopard scarf instantly transforms a simple black outfit and an army jacket. This is such an easy, casual outfit that you can throw it on without thinking too much about it.

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The same trick can be done with an army shirt, if you have that instead of a jacket.

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3. Emerald Green + Leopard

Emerald green is such a beautiful color and every woman should have a great emerald green clothing piece in her closet. Pair a green top with a leopard scarf for an outfit that would work equally well at the office or on a weekend.

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An emerald green skirt is definitely a fashion statement, especially so with a snazzy leopard scarf and a black top, like this great outfit.

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4. Chambray + Leopard

A chambray shirt with jeans and boots is a cute enough outfit, but bring it to the next level by adding a leopard scarf.

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The next outfit is another great example of a chambray shirt and a leopard scarf, as well as a striped shirt. Casual white shoes keep this outfit playful, but you can just as easily wear it with black flats or brown boots.

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Here’s another nice combo of chambray and leopard, but this time with a stylish pair of black leather pants. Such a great balance of glam and casual.

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5. Red + Leopard

Leopard is a bold pattern and so is red, so it might feel like a combination that’s just too much, but a leopard scarf is just small enough to not overwhelm an outfit with red in it. For example, this outfit that pairs a red shirt with a leopard scarf is definitely feisty but not tacky at all.

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If you prefer a larger separation between a leopard scarf and a red clothing item, try putting white or cream between the two. The next outfit looks really cute with red pants, a white sweater, and a leopard scarf.

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And here’s another similar outfit.

6. Mustard Yellow + Leopard

Leopard pairs very well with mustard yellow, especially when you add brown boots to the mix. If you have a mustard yellow cardigan, your leopard scarf will look great with it.

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A pencil skirt in mustard yellow looks gorgeous with a leopard scarf. Perfect for work!

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7. Shorts + Leopard

If you live in an area where it’s still warm during the fall and winter months, like I do in Texas, it can be a little confusing deciding what to wear. You want to wear fall clothes, but it’s just too hot. A leopard scarf can be a great clothing item to transition your summer outfits into fall outfits. Pair it with a pair of shorts and a simple tee and you’ve got a stylish yet cool outfit that screams autumn!

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Here’s another outfit with a leopard scarf and shorts, but also with a bold red shirt. This is a fashionable outfit that could go anywhere, from a play date to a happy hour date.

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There’s just so many ways to wear a leopard scarf! Have fun with it and experiment wearing your leopard scarf with various colors and clothes. Try wearing it with pink or coral or whatever color you love! What other ways to wear a leopard scarf can you think of?

Don’t have a leopard scarf? Try this one from Amazon, this warm one from J. Crew, this one from H&M, this one from Forever 21, or this one from Neiman Marcus.

For more style tips, check out 10 Fall Wardrobe Essentials and Radiant Orchid Fashion: How to Wear Pantone’s Color of the Year.

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

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How to make a Room Look Bigger Infographic

How to make A Room Look Bigger

Sometimes it is the small things that make a huge impact. Learn how to make a room look bigger with all these great tips from Good to Be Home with this amazing infographic. Use a couple of these tips and you won’t recognize your space.

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What ways have you tried to make a room look bigger? Have they worked?

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Vanilla Cinnamon Latte Sugar Scrub

A yummy recipe to create your very own vanilla cinnamon sugar scrub. This sublime body scrub to increase circulation and bring new life to dehydrated skin. DIY Vanilla Cinnamon Latte Sugar Scrub via tipsaholic.com #vanilla #cinnamon #sugar #scrub #bodyscrub #beauty


Vanilla Cinnamon Latte Body Scrub
 

Do you love to take a little time to pamper yourself? Or love to give DIY beauty gifts. Sugar scrubs are always a great gift idea for friends or yourself. Whip up this yummy smelling Vanilla Cinnamon Latte Sugar Scrub to help you relax. This scrub is a sublime body scrub to increase circulation and bring new life to dehydrated skin.

Vanilla Cinnamon Latte Body Scrub

Ingredients

  • 1/4 c Nutiva Organic Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 c Nutiva Organic Coconut Sugar
  • 1/2 c Coffee, ground
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract or 20 drops Vanilla Essential Oil
  • 4 drops Cinnamon Essential Oil

 

Directions

  1. In a double boiler over low heat, gently warm the coconut oil. Be careful not to melt the oil – heat just enough to blend easily with the sugar and coffee grounds.
  2. Once warm, remove from heat and transfer the oil to a bowl.
  3. Mix oil, cocoanut sugar, coffee and essential oils.
  4. Transfer to a container like a wide-mouth canning jar for easy scooping.

 

Enjoy this lovely scrub as it helps you relax and remove dry, skin.

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Want to Learn How to Sew? Try These Beginner Tutorials

Thanks to the magic of the Internet, there’s tons of sewing tutorials for you to learn how to sew in the comfort of your home. Here are a few of them! Want to Learn How to Sew? Try These Beginner Tutorials via tipsaholic.com #sewing #tutorial #sew #beginningsewing #sewingmachine #learntosew


Want to Learn How to Sew Try These Beginner Tutorials
If the last time you’ve touched the sewing machine was in your middle school Home Economics class and you’ve been itching to get back at it, you’re in luck. Thanks to the magic of the Internet, there’s tons of sewing tutorials for you to learn how to sew in the comfort of your home. Start with these beginner tutorials and you’ll be sewing up a whole new wardrobe (or curtains for every room) before you know it.


The Basics

Complete beginners will benefit from these two excellent blogs with detailed instructions on the most basic steps of sewing, from threading a sewing machine to choosing the right fabrics.

Ruffles & Stuff has a section on her blog titled “Sew Basic!” that includes everything you need to know to start sewing, including the supplies you need, how the grains in fabrics work and how to cut them, how to thread a sewing machine, how to thread a bobbin, and more.

Crazy Little Projects has a Learn to Sew Series that you need to check out. It includes pre-lessons on learning how a sewing machine works, a sewing dictionary, how to buy fabric from a fabric store, and a sewing pledge that will help you not lose your mind as you learn how to sew. Then her lessons cover everything from sewing a straight line to buttonholes and appliques — and her lessons include homework, just like school!

Mistakes Not to Make

Sometimes it’s just as useful to learn about common mistakes as it is to learn the right way to do things. Caroline of Cold Hands Warm Heart Crafts discusses all the sewing mistakes she made in the past and what she wish she knew earlier. It’s worth a read if you want to learn how to sew.

Alright, are you ready to begin creating new things with your sewing machine? Here are some beginner tutorials for you to practice your sewing skills. Some of them are for the home and some of them are for you (or a loved one) to wear.

Beginner Tutorials: Home Decor

Easy Pillowcase

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Sofa Pillow Cover

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Christmas Stockings

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Basic Baby Quilt

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Cloth Napkins

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Beginner Tutorials: Apparel

Flannel Infinity Scarf

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Swimsuit Cover-up Maxi Dress

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Easy Tee

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PJ Pants

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Kimono

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How to Tailor a Shirt

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How to Take in a Dress

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Now you’re ready to learn how to sew. Good luck and have fun creating!

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“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

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6 Fun, Non-Running Exercises

Not a runner? No problem! Here are 6 non-running exercises to help you get moving and stay healthy and fit! 6 Fun Non-Running Exercises - tipsaholic.com, #health, #healthy, #exercise, #non-running #healthandweightloss

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So you’re not a runner.  That doesn’t mean you can’t get a killer workout anyway!  There are a lot of reasons people choose not to run – from health and physical restrictions to asthma or respiratory problems, or because they simply don’t enjoy it.  Non-running exercises can help you stay healthy without the high impact, you just need to review options and pick a fitness program that works for you.  Remember to always consult with your health care provider when you start a new workout program.  Here are some great ways to stay fit if you don’t run.

 

1. At Home Cardio Program.  Most at home cardio workouts use a combination of heart-healthy exercises and bodyweight muscle toning exercises (body weight meaning that you use your own body as resistance, instead of purchasing weights, elastics or other gear.)  You can google “at home cardio” and find many options, but the best workouts will offer a variety of skill levels for each different exercise, will change the sets of exercises each day, and will use a combo that works your heart and each set of core muscles.  This cardio/bodyweight program is a great starting point.  Why use a program like this?  Well, the main benefit is that you save a ton of money – no gym membership, no gear to purchase, no extra DVD’s or anything.  It’s something you can easily fit into your schedule, since you don’t have to leave the comfort of your house and the learning curve for each exercise is super low.

 

2. Kayaking.  As you can probably imagine, kayaking can be a challenging and very rewarding workout.  As you kayak, you’re obviously using all of your arms muscles, but you also work on core muscles in your abdomen, back, sides and chest.  The toning kayaking provides your upper body can’t be beat!  It’s great cardiovascular exercise for non-runners, since there’s minimal use of your legs, but it definitely gets your heart pumping.  There’s the added benefit of de-stressing while you’re on a solo paddle downriver.  If you live near water, enjoy water sports and river activities like rafting or canoeing, you should definitely give this a try.  You can find a lot of information about kayaking to lose weight or get fit here.

 

3. Biking.  Biking is a low impact exercise – meaning you’ll save your joints some pain and suffering, but you’ll still get the heart workout you need.  With a decent bike and a comfy seat, long bike rides can provide an awesome routine that can clear your head, get your body fit and help you feel great.  Biking has a lot of perks, like being done mostly outdoors where you get the benefits of sunshine and fresh air, plus it’s fairly easy to do and can be done with friends.  Plus, you can always transfer your biking know-how to cycling at a gym when the weather gets cold.  Here’s a great resource than can help you with some common beginner-type questions – such as what type of bike should I get?  How do I take care of my bike?  What are some good workouts?  You might also want to use map my ride – which can show you trails in your area and help you map a ride based on the length.

 

4. Swimming or Aqua Jogging.  Speaking of low impact, this is about as low impact as you can get.  The water offers a natural resistance which is great for getting your heart rate up.  Of course, you could just get a membership to a pool and swim laps.  But you can also find lots of different swimming or aqua jogging workout programs online.  Here’s one to get you started.  If you love water and swimming, this is your best bet for getting fit.  If you want to become a stronger swimmer, this is a great way to do that, too!  You don’t need any special equipment, just a suit and some appropriate water!

 

5. Dancing!  Not only is dancing super fun, it’s an awesome way to get fit!  Dancing uses your whole body, so you work lots of muscles while you get your heart rate up.  You don’t have to be a pro, or even very good, to reap the benefits of dancing, and it can be done at home.  All you need to do is google dance workouts or look on YouTube for some free routines to start with.  This one is great for beginners because it’s not very long or intense, but works everything you need to!  On the other hand, if you want or are more successful if your exercise includes a social component, there are lots of dance/aerobic classes at local gyms, or you could invite a friend over to dance with you!  Basically, you can make this kind of exercise as formal or informal as you want to – Follow a DVD, join a gym, or just turn up some tunes and go to town!

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

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How To Exercise With Kids

Want to encourage fitness with your kids? Here are several exercises you can do with your little ones that will keep them engaged and wanting more! How to Exercise With Kids - Tipsaholic, #health, #kidshealth, #exercise, #kidsfitness, #kidsexercise

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Looking for some ways to help your kids get more fit?  It doesn’t have to be difficult!  There are many different workouts you can try with your kids – and if you do them right they’ll feel more like playing than exercising!  Ready to get moving with your little ones?  Read below for our recommendations on different types of cardio/aerobic exercise and how to engage your kids!

 

Interactive Video Games – While video games certainly aren’t a substitute for the real deal, they can be extremely helpful in cold winter months, or long rainy days.  They can also be appealing to all sorts of people, and a great gentle introduction to more vigorous and active “real-world” workouts.

Nickelodeon Fit (for wii) – Kids can engage in over 30 different activities – such as jump roping, river rafting, running and biking – with their favorite Nick Jr. characters.  Dora, Diego, Kai-lan and the Backyardigans and others make appearances.  Parents can program full routines and track progress.

We Cheer (for wii) – Your child can create and customize their own cheerleading character, then engage in competitive cheer routines with friends or learn and practice moves on their own.  It’s addictive and engaging gameplay that kids will love as they dance and move to teen pop sensations.

Outdoor Challenge (for wii) – You can really get your heart pumping with over a dozen fast-paced games that can be played alone or with up to four players.  You can log-jump, kayak, dance, ride mine carts, and much more!  There are multiple levels of play from beginner to advanced so all ages can play appropriately and it’s fun for the whole family!

Brain and Body Connection (for Kinect) – Exercise your body and brain at the same time with this fun game for up to four players.  20 different games challenge players to think fast and act faster as they focus on reflex, math, logic, memory and physical activities.  You can train on your own or compete against your family!

Your Shape Fitness Evolved (for Kinect) – It’s geared more toward teens and older kids, but you can construct a workout tailored to your fitness level and there are over 90 hours worth of different fitness options, making it family-friendly in practice.  There’s boot camp, cardio boxing, jump rope, yoga, running, floor exercises, sports-centered prep, muscle-toning and lots of different types of dancing among many, many other exercising options.  You can track progress, set preferences and record goals.

 

Dancing – Dancing in any version is highly appealing to kids.  They love to move their bodies to music and anything with kinesthetics is a great way to grab their attention.  Dancing with your kids can get their bodies working in a super healthy way.  Their are interactive video games to help, or DVD’s and free YouTube videos.  But the best thing about dancing is that there doesn’t necessarily need to be any routine, rules or choreography to be fun AND healthy!  Just put on some exciting music and get moving!

Just Dance Kids (Wii version) – There are over 30 songs and dances led by real kids for a fun and entertaining dance workout!  The lyrics appear on the screen so kids can sing along as they dance.  They learn specific moves to the songs and can create their own playlists for continuous activity.  Kids can dance alone or with up to 3 friends with cooperative play.  There are also a number of different versions of this game that include Disney songs, and different years and genres of music.   This is also available for the Kinect.

Dance On Broadway (Wii version) – This is an awesome family-friendly game that incorporates singing and dancing.  You learn choreography and sing along to your favorite broadway tunes.  With up to 4 players, you can challenge each other to see who’s the top performer!  There are tons of musicals included, with a ton of different songs that will appeal to all ages.  It’s a workout in disguise! This is also available for Playstation 3.

Dance X (DVD) – This fun and easy dance video will give little ones a workout without them even realizing it!  They are guided through 25 minutes of fun cardio centered moves while watching a trainer and five kids of different ages and skill levels energetically perform.  Kids will automatically fall into a skill level represented by one of the 5 performers.  They use music kids will love, including Hand Jive, Disco Rolls and the Monkey.

Fit Kids Club (DVD) – You get two different move and groove type workouts on this DVD – Groove It Out and Cool Moves.  They’re designed specifically for kids and the movements are simple and easily duplicated while remaining full of fun.  Kids will love learning how to dance, plus they’ll get the added bonus of healthy, kid-friendly snack ideas and a wall poster where they can track their workouts.

“Forget You” – CeeLo (YouTube, Kids Dance Workout Video with Benjamin Allen) – This is a fun choreographed workout to the popular song “Forget You.” It’s a simple choreography geared to kids that they can pick up easily.  Plus, it’s a free YouTube video!

I’m A Gummy Bear Song – (YouTube Vid of Just Dance 2) – Several favorite Just Dance 2 segments are free on YouTube videos, which is just the case with this Gummy Bear Song.  Kids love the catchy tune and the fun and simple dance moves that will help them get up off the couch.  Enjoy Just Dance flavor for free, without keeping score.

Circle Jump Dance Game (YouTube) – This video tutorial teaches you how to play the Circle Jump Dance Game with your kids and their friends.  The game has very few rules and allows every child the chance to be the leader – making up fun moves and routines for everyone else to follow.  While kids think they’re just playing a fun game with friends, they’ll be getting some much needed cardio!

 

Zumba – Zumba is an action-packed, high-energy, dance-focused cardio workout that kids will absolutely love.  Kids love to move and groove to music and because zumba is dance-based, they’ll love adding tons of great moves to their repertoire.  Additionally, they can learn the basics to several types of international dance styles.  So not only will they learn, grow, have fun, and be silly, they’ll also get their heart racing.

Zumba Kids (wii game) – This game features easy to follow choreography for over 30 routines that your kids will love.  They use music by popular artists like Will Smith and Justin Bieber along with some classic, high-energy tunes like “Wipeout”.  The routines offer a number of different international dance styles – Cumbia, Salsa, Hip-Hop, Reggaeton, Merengue, Swing, Surf, Disco, Ballet, Tahitian and many more.  You can do it alone or up to 3 friends.  Also available for Kinect – for one or two players.

Move N’ Groove Kids – Two easy to understand and motivating ladies lead kids on a fun adventure to learn dance moves, exercise and have fun all at the same time.  Kids will love the energy in the video and won’t be able to resist following along to the simple but engaging exercises.  The DVD mimics a classroom setting, helping your children feel like part of the onscreen action while teaching them about small group dynamics as well.

Zumba Kids and Kids Jr. (CD) – If you’d prefer to teach your children your own zumba moves and routines, use this CD with 9 awesome songs to help you get your groove on!

Reed and Mock Elementary Zumba for Kids (YouTube) – You can join the Reed and Mock Elementary Zumba Team as they bust out some fun and simple moves.  Kids will like being guided by those of similar ages and will be engaged by the upbeat music.

Zumba Monkey Song (YouTube) – Kids of all ages will be able to groove along to this group of kids doing The Monkey Song.  It’s silly and fun, and your little ones will laugh while learning the funny moves and listening to the funky beats.

 

Yoga –  While not strictly exercising in a cardio-type way, yoga helps develop muscle tone, flexibility, balance and coordination.  There’s also a strong mental component that can encourage thoughtfulness, focus, and groundedness – all important elements for adults and kids alike!

Storyland Yoga (DVD) – This is a fun-filled yoga adventure that teaches kids yoga poses while telling a story.  Kids get to imitate animals while posing and engaging in the storyline.

Yoga for Children book by Lisa Flynn – This book will introduce you to over 200 yoga poses, breathing exercises and meditations for kids.  It’s an encouraging, positive book that will get kids excited about their health and mindfulness.

Cosmickids Yoga (YouTube) – Cosmickids is an all-free yoga program that makes yoga fun and exciting for kids.  Their website includes links to their YouTube channel where you can find many episodes of yoga routines suitable for different age levels of kids.  There’s also ideas and advice for parents, a list of free resources and a guide to teaching your kids yoga.

Yoga for Kids (YouTube) – This one episode from Yoga Today is geared specifically to kids.  They’ll love the gentle, fun approach to learning yoga poses.

15 Yoga Poses for Kids – On this website, you can learn 15 basic poses that you can incorporate into a daily routine with your kids.

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

 

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How to Eat Less Sugar: 8 Tips to Reduce Sugar in Your Diet

Too much sugar can cause health problems, energy crashes, weight gain, and cavities. Check out these 8 tips on how to reduce sugar in your diet! How to Eat Less Sugar: 8 Tips to Reduce Sugar in Your Diet via tipsaholic.com #health #sugar #snacks #diet #fitness


How to Eat Less Sugar 8 Tips to Reduce Sugar in Your Diet
Too much sugar in your diet can cause health problems, energy crashes, weight gain, faster aging, and cavities. But if you’re addicted to sugar or just love it too much, you might feel like it’s so hard to reduce sugar in your diet. Here are some great tips on how to eat less sugar and get more energy, lose weight, and many other health benefits!

 

1. Read the labels.

Before you start eliminating things from your diet, look at the food in your pantry and refrigerator and take the time to read the labels. Sometimes you’ll find sugar in unexpected places. Yogurt, cereal, bread, and canned baked beans are just a few examples of packaged food that might pack in a lot of sugar in a small serving for a boost of flavor.

Then when you do your grocery shopping, look at the labels on the food there before putting them in your cart. It might take you a while to finish your shopping trip the first time you read labels, but with time, you’ll know which products to buy and which to leave behind.

Especially watch out for food products that proclaim that they’re low fat. They’re often packed with more sugar to make them more palatable.

 

2. Drink less sugar.

You probably already know that a can of soda gives you up to 40 grams of sugar, but also watch out for other sugary drinks such as lemonade, orange juice, energy drinks, flavored water, ice tea, alcohol, and even certain packaged soy and almond milk. Again, check the labels of your favorite drinks and see if you can make some healthy replacements.

You don’t have to quit all of your sugary drinks all at once. Just drinking one less soda per week (or day, if you drink more than one per day) can help you lose weight in the long run. Eliminate sugar from your diet slowly to make permanent changes.

 

3. Edit your pantry and refrigerator.

When you’re hungry at random times during the day, do you reach for a sugary treat? If it’s there, it’s harder to resist. Try removing the sources of sugar in your diet from your home, such as cookies, small pieces of candy, and ice cream. Even if you have kids, it will benefit everyone in your home to have less sugar easily available. If you’re jonesing for a sweet treat, take everyone out for a cone of ice cream! Make it a special treat instead of an everyday (and boring) one.

 

4. Replace sugary treats with fruit.

When you eat less sugar, you’ll start to realize just how sweet fruit can be. Fruit do contain sugar, but they also include lots of other good stuff, like antioxidants and fiber, that help boost your health. Instead of a bowl of ice cream after dinner, try a bowl of frozen cherries or sliced fresh mango. Yum.

 

5. Drink water when you feel like eating a little sugar.

Sometimes a craving for sugar is just thirst. Try drinking a glass of water every time you want to go out to the store to grab a cookie (you don’t have any in your home anymore, right?). Often, you’ll forget your craving and be satisfied with that glass (or two) of cold water.

 

6. Try snacks that are satisfying and healthy.

Instead of stocking your pantry with sweets, try some snacks that satisfy your sugar cravings. You might want to experiment with a few snack ideas to see which ones make you happy and crave sugar less. Apple slices with almond butter, fresh berries in greek yogurt, and roasted almonds with dried cranberries are just a few examples of nutritional snacks that don’t contain too much sugar.

 

7. Don’t get too hungry.

Skipping meals will lead to hunger, which can lead to a full-blown sugar binge. Keep your body energized and happy by eating every meal and that includes breakfast. If three meals aren’t enough for you, try adding healthy snacks between meals or a six small meal plan if you have access to food all day.

 

8. Give it time.

Reducing (or quitting) sugar in your diet takes time and some thought. Don’t expect to break free of your sugar addiction quickly. It’ll take you a few weeks, or months, to permanently change your diet to include less sugar and more good stuff. This investment in your health will be worth it and it will definitely show up in both your scale and your health! Make small changes every week and it will all add up by the end of the year, promise.

 

For more healthy living tips, check out 17 Tips for Better Sleep and 18 Ways to De-Stress.

 

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

 

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5 Stretches You Don’t Want to Ignore

No matter what exercise you engage in, stretching is important for efficiency and decreased injury. Here are some stretches that help with overlooked areas. 5 Stretches You Don't Want to Ignore - Tipsaholic, #stretching, #health, #exercise

 

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It’s easy to overlook one very important aspect of exercise – stretching!  We’ve heard how important stretching is – it can improve flexibility and range of motion, increase efficiency and decrease your risk of injury.  Here are some great stretches to help you focus on commonly missed areas. Even if you do stretch before exercising, these tips can help refresh your routine!

 

1. Lateral Lunge

Begin with your legs in-line with your shoulders.  Keeping one foot planted in this position, move your other leg out to the side while bending the knee.  Push off with this foot and return to a standing position for one rep.  Make sure to do both sides.  This stretch will work your quads, glutes and inner thigh.

 

2. Kneeling Quad Stretch

Start off in a front lunge position and drop the back knee to the ground.  Then reach back with the same side arm and lift your back foot from the floor toward your buttocks, gripping the toes.  Hold this for 30 seconds, then return to a high lunge and switch sides.  It will stretch your hips and the front of your thighs.

 

3. Standing Shin Stretch

Standing with your legs at shoulder width, take one foot and plant your toes firmly on the ground just behind the other foot.  Gently pull your leg forward so you can feel the stretch throughout your shin.  Make sure to do both sides and hold for at least 20-30 seconds.  This will stretch out your calf muscles and can help reduce your risk of shin splints.

 

4. Peroneal Stretch

In other words, stretching your ankle area.  Sit in a firm chair, legs shoulder width apart.  Lift one foot up and rest it over the opposite knee.  With the opposite hand, firmly grasp your foot and gently rotate it clockwise throughout the full range of motion about 20 times.  Then rotate it counterclockwise.  Return your foot to the floor and lift your other foot over the opposite leg.  Repeat the rotations for this ankle as well.  You’ll stretch your ankle muscles, create better ankle flexibility and prevent against sprains.

 

5. Lower Lumbar Rotation

Lie flat on your back with your legs straight out.  Bring one knee up towards your chest and across your body, bringing the inner knee down to touch the floor on the opposite side of your body.  You can use your hands to push the knee and increase the stretch.  You may not be able to touch the floor, but should get as close as you can.  Hold this for 20-30 seconds and bring your leg back to a straight position.  Switch legs. This will stretch your lower back and give you more range of motion at the back and waist.  It can relive tension and pain.

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

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How to Stay Motivated to Lose Weight: 10 Tips for Weight Loss Success

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How to Stay Motivated to Lose Weight 10 Tips for Weight Loss Success
You’ve heard this story before. You start out the new year determined to reach your weight loss goals, but before you know it, its February and you’ve completely derailed off the weight loss train. But how do some people achieve their weight loss goals? They find smart ways to stay motivated and keep going at it. Try these 10 ways to stay motivated to lose weight and reach your weight loss goals this year!

 

1. Team up!

Accountability is so important in staying motivated when you’re trying to lose weight. Find someone who is very reliable (always shows up on time to events, rarely misses work, etc) and ask him/her to team up to work towards weight loss. Whether you decide to meet up with your partner for exercise classes, gym dates, or just daily discussions on the phone, teaming up with someone else will help you stay focused and motivated.

 

2. Set monthly (or weekly) goals.

Instead of picking a number as your weight loss goal for the end of the year, try setting monthly or weekly goals. When you reach them, you’ll feel an instant boost of motivation and you’ll be even more determined to continue with your weight loss progress. If you don’t achieve your monthly goal, you can stop, reassess your progress thus far, and make adjustments in either your diet, your exercise, or your goals. Then you’ll embark on another month with clearer goals and a plan that will work better for you.

 

3. Share your progress on social media.

Again, accountability is always helpful when you’re trying to reach weight loss goals. A blog, status updates on Facebook, progress shots on Instagram, or short updates on Twitter will all help you feel like you’re reporting your progress to a supportive community who is rooting you on. Also, you could follow other people on social media who are working towards their weight loss for some extra motivation.

 

4. Bet on it.

Money is always a good motivator; after all, we all work for money. Reward yourself with  a chunk of change when you reach your monthly weight goals. For example, you could take out some cash from your bank and put it aside. If you reach your goals, you can use it towards new clothes; if you don’t, you’ll donate it to a charity. Or you could join a betting group on a website (try DietBet, Healthy Wage, or Fatbet) and bet a certain amount that you’ll lose a specific amount of weight. If you succeed, you’ll walk away with some extra money.

 

5. Keep track of your progress.

Whether you keep track of your weight loss goals by weighing yourself or measuring your body, make sure to keep a record of your progress. Week after week, you’ll enjoy seeing the numbers drop and it’ll help you stay motivated to lose weight through plateaus and bad days or weeks. Taking before and after photos is another way to keep track of your progress.

 

6. Think about why you want to lose weight.

What are your reasons for wanting to lose weight? Maybe it’s to ensure more years with your family or to feel more comfortable at the beach. Whatever your reasons are, write them down in a list and refer to it from time to time when you need motivation. Include your most compelling reasons in your efforts to lose weight; for example, you could exercise with your kids or hang up a bikini in your exercise room.

 

7. Set fitness goals as well as weight loss goals.

Fitness goals, such as a shorter running time, completing a 5k (or a marathon!), or a certain number of pull-ups, can motivate you during times when your scale just won’t budge. Setting fitness goals will help you remember that you’re changing your lifestyle to get healthier, not just for a lower weight. That’ll help you stay motivated to lose weight.

 

8. Be prepared to fail sometimes.

Nobody is perfect. It’s okay to slip up sometimes. Just don’t use it as a reason to throw away your whole day or a whole week or give up entirely. An extra slice (or two, or even five) of pizza isn’t a good reason to also get dessert and skip your exercise for the day. Just admit that you enjoyed the pizza and move on with your day. A few slip-ups here and there isn’t going to make a big difference in the long run, anyway. Stay motivated to lose weight by not putting much value on failures and more emphasis on your achievements.

 

9. Try new things.

It can get boring to always eat the same meal at breakfast and to do the same exercise routine day after day. Change it up and try a new recipe with a vegetable you’ve always wanted to taste, try a new cooking technique, or order a new exercise DVD. Maybe you read about a new exercise technique on a blog the other day — make it your mission to try it out. Sign up for a fun exercise class or a cooking class.

 

10. Stay positive.

Your mental health is the utmost importance when you’re working towards your weight loss goals. Achieving weight loss doesn’t take just one day; it takes days and days of changes in your lifestyle and your diet. That’s a lot for anyone to take on, so it’s vital to be as positive as you can be throughout your weight loss journey.

 

For more weight loss ideas, check out 8 Fitness DVDs to Try at Home and Keep Your New Year’s Resolution: Five Healthy Food Blogs.

 

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

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