Spring Forward: How Start Your Warm Weather Workouts on the Right Foot

Whether you want to tone up before bathing suit season or you're striving to lead a healthier lifestyle, the spring season is a good time to begin an exercise routine. If you’re struggling to find the motivation to begin your spring workouts, these tips can help.

  • Put it on paper. If you write down your fitness goals and a loose schedule, it will help you to remain accountable and stay on track.
  • Start slow. Remember to keep your schedule light at first and work up to more difficult workouts. Begin with 30 minutes of moderate cardio exercise three or four times per week, and be sure to switch up your workouts to keep things interesting.
  • Enlist a partner. If you’re still feeling sluggish, ask a close friend to work out with you and help to keep each other motivated.
  • Invest in new workout gear. If your sneakers from last season have seen better days, invest in a brand-new pair that will get you excited to exercise.
  • Get outdoors. Now that the cold weather is over and the days are longer, you likely want to get outside as much as you can. Schedule early morning runs before work, go for weekend bike rides, or even sign up for yoga in the park.

Spring-Clean Your Exercise Routine [Health]
20 Ways to Spring Clean Your Fitness Routine [Shape]
Spring Clean Your Workout Routine: 21 Bad Habits To Toss Today [LiveStrong]

6 Fantastic Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day this Year!

1.) Have Breakfast in Bed
Drop a few not-so-subtle hints that you’re expecting a Mother’s Day brunch. Peruse these delicious Mother’s Day brunch recipes to find the perfect meal to start off your Mother’s Day.

2.) A Day Together
Set aside all other plans and treat the mother in your life as a queen for the day. Turn the day into a one day adventure to someplace special. Grab the whole family and head to a favorite park, lake or ocean. Spending the time together (preferably outdoors) is what really counts, so have a picnic, go for a bike ride, take a hike, or do some gardening together.

3.) Generations Unite
Gather all the grandparents, great grandparents, aunts and uncles and other ‘mom’ family members together for a joint celebration. If the weather is nice a barbeque is the perfect venue.

4.) A Simple Celebration
Making a Mother’s Day celebration memorable and unique doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. It could be as simple as heading to your favorite local ice cream shop and sharing an ice cream sundae (this would be top choice in our house!).

5.) Give Mom the Day Off
This could be the best gift of all. Encourage everyone to pitch in and let the moms in your life sit back and relax. They deserve it! Have the family prepare dinner (go for something simple and pre-packaged like Tyson’s chicken) and serve Mom on her special day.

6.) Give to Others
Mother’s Day is about honoring all mothers. This Mother’s Day help a mother in need by donating to organizations that help mothers and children.

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Add Some Pizzazz to Your Kitchen with These DIY Projects

You don't have to be Martha Stewart to tackle these kitchen decor projects. All that's required is a little time, creativity, and a desire to add a some pizzazz to the most used room in your home.

Oven Mitt and Hot Pad DIY [abeautifulmess.com]
To complete this project, you'll need some fabric, insulating liners, and basic sewing skills. Use pretty fabrics in contrasting colors and patterns to create functional oven mitts in eight simple steps. The accompanying hot pads are even easier to make, requiring only six steps.

DIY Cheese Markers [BHG]
This is a great project (or gift!) for the frequent host or hostess. Shop around to find some older or antique forks. Use a vise to curl the utensils' handles, then use a metal stamp to imprint the name of a different cheese into each fork. The next time you arrange a cheese plate, pierce each cheese with its corresponding marker for a display that's equally whimsical and useful.

DIY Magnetic Organizational Board [thehouseofsmiths.com]
Corral your receipts, to-do lists, and coupons with this eye-catching organizational board. Paint and frame a magnetic metal sheet, then hang it wherever you could use a little organizing. Coupled with decorative radiator covering, a distressed wooden frame proves the board to be as pretty as it is practical.

Read About Some of the Country’s Weirdest, Wackiest Museums

While the Smithsonian is fascinating, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is always a sight to see, some lesser-known American museums are just as interesting—if a bit weirder! If you have a flair for all things out of the ordinary, these unique museums are worth a visit.

1) International Cryptozoology Museum
Cryptozoology is the study of “hidden animals” not verified by science, and this small museum in Portland, Maine, is dedicated to just that. From Bigfoot to Lake Monsters, take a tour of all of the world’s most intriguing—and mysterious—unknown species.

2) International Banana Museum
This fruity museum in North Shore, California, is filled with every type of banana-related item that its curators could hunt down, from salt and pepper shakers to staplers and even a banana record player. Be sure to visit the famous banana bar and sample a banana-flavored milkshake or banana split.

3) Mütter Museum
Located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Mütter Museum is one of the finest museums of medical history in the world. While it is a bit creepy to see the 19th-century medical instruments and anatomical specimens, it is also completely fascinating.

4) The Museum of Bad Art
The name says it all at this silly museum in Somerville, Massachusetts. Keep in mind that it’s all in good fun, and just enjoy the truly awful displays of artistic expression.

Hosting a Party? Check Out This Handy Food and Drink Calculator!

It seems that every time you host a party, you never prepare the right amount of food and beverages. From the time that you overshot the buffet and had leftovers for months to the last minute drink run at your last shindig, something just doesn’t add up.

Luckily, this handy food and beverage calculator from Real Simple will help you to calculate exactly how many refreshments to make for your party size. Simply enter the number of guests that you’re expecting and whether or not their children are also invited and the online tool will do all of the food and beverage planning for you.

The calculator’s results detail how many bottles of wine, cases of beer, and even ice to purchase. It also details cheese by the pound, hors d’oeuvres by the piece and a number of other food options. Take the results with you to the grocery store and you can be sure that you’re getting exactly the right amount of everything for your party.

Party Food and Beverage Calculator [Real Simple]

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How to Keep Your Furniture Looking Like New

Purchasing furniture is one of the priciest investments that you make in your home, so you likely want to keep it looking as good as new. Follow these smart tips for preventing stains, rips, and other signs of wear and tear on your new furniture.

  1. Invest in high-quality pieces. First and foremost, investing in good quality furniture is one of the very best ways to ensure that it keeps its original look for years to come.
  2. Protect your fabrics and upholstery. When you first purchase a new rug or upholstered sofa, pay a bit extra to have a professional administer a protective coating to repel stains.
  3. Flip sofa cushions. By flipping your sofa cushions monthly, you can distribute the weight from frequent use to multiple parts of the cushion.
  4. Minimize eating in the living room. If you’re already trying to break this bad habit, just imagine a food stain on your brand new sofa for a bit of extra motivation.
  5. Tackle stains immediately. Whether it’s on a rug or the sofa, the most important way to prevent permanent staining is by addressing it immediately so that it can’t sink into the fabric. Read the care instructions on your furniture or rugs when you purchase them so that you know exactly how to remove that red wine stain before it inflicts major damage.

How to Keep Your Furniture Looking Like New [WikiHow]
4 Steps to Keep Your Furniture Looking New [Apartment Therapy]
Keep Your Sofa Looking Like New in 3 Easy Steps! [Shofer’s]

Sewing 101: How to Sew a Button by Hand

Whether you’re making your own sewing project from scratch or simply replacing a missing button on an old shirt, knowing how to properly sew on a button is an essential skill to have. Even if you think you already know how, these ingenius tutorials will show you how to do it faster and to create a sturdier hold that will never tear or loosen.

Sew a Button in No Time Flat
This timesaving tutorial from Martha Stewart shows you how to sew on a button using simply a needle, thread and a common toothpick. The toothpick acts like a bit of a crutch to make the sewing process almost completely effortless.

How to Sew on a Button
The clever website Instructables offers some truly smart advice for sewing both shank and flat buttons. No matter what type of article of clothing you’re sewing, one of these processes is sure to work.

How to Sew a Button
Women’s Day also offers tips for sewing on a button, and these include step-by-step instructions and high quality photos for more visual learners.

How to Sew a Button On a Shirt
This tutorial from Real Simple will teach you to sew a button on a shirt or other garment made of lightweight material. With just three simple steps and about the same number of minutes, you’ll have a sturdy button with minimal effort.

Great Date Ideas in Alexandria

If Virginia is for lovers, Alexandria ignites sparks as the "Best Place for a First Date" (Washingtonian magazine) and "One of the Most Romantic Cities in the US" (Amazon.com). Get carried away for Valentine's Day this year! Delight in sweet treats from local, award-winning shops like Society Fair or Artfully Gifts & Chocolate, or indulge in a couple's spa retreat at the Lorien Hotel & Spa.

Whether you're looking for a romantic date, a date on a budget, a nice getaway, or even a delicious meal, Alexandria has it all!

For more date inspiration click here.

Groundhog Day 2015: Did Phil See His Shadow Today?

Punxsutawney Phil, the world’s most beloved and furry seasonal prognosticator, has seen his shadow this morning, predicting six more weeks of winter.

The groundhog’s predication came around 7:25 a.m. in Punxsutawney, Pa., with overcast skies and scattered snow and rain showers moving through the region from the latest winter storm.

Read more about Phil here.

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