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7 Unique Gift Ideas for New Parents

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I have definitely hit that point in my life where all of my friends are having babies!

Since Paul and I are in Portland, it’s hard to be helpful from afar. I can’t drop off meals or offer to baby-sit, but I definitely want to let my friends and family know that I’ve been thinking abou them. So I’ve been stocking up on cute shower gifts and wanted to put together a curated list of fun gift ideas for new parents that go beyond the onesie and baby gift registry.

Here are my favourite unique gift ideas for new parents:

 

1) Meal Delivery Service

This is one of my favourite and most well-received gifts. New parents don’t have time to shower, let alone cook a healthy, from-scratch meal. I like to seek a local healthy meal delivery service or use a nationwide service like Munchery or Freshly that delivers fully prepared meals to new parents directly to their doorstep.

You can choose a gift certificate or opt to send a one-time delivery of maybe 6-12 meals in one go. Shipping is usually included and most of the meals freeze well if they don’t get around to eating all of them. (more…)

5 Effective Ways to Speed Clean Your House

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I am most definitely a neat freak.

However, like most busy women – I don’t have time to put in a ‘second shift’ after a long day of work to deep clean my house. If your schedule is anything like mine, you’re probably in the same boat.

You want your house looking neat and tidy so you can relax in your space when you get home, not face all the chores that need to get done.

I definitely subscribe to the ‘clean-as-you-go’ camp. Letting things pile up just gets overwhelming that you don’t know where to begin which makes you not even want to start. So here’s what I suggest for an effective speed clean: (more…)

March Update: Airbnb Beach House

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  1. Leather Chairs from Urban Outfitters
  2. Rug from Hayneedle
  3. Side Table from World Market
  4. Console Table + Throw Pillows from Target
  5. Curtains from West Elm
  6. Faux Succulent Planter from Homegoods

It’s beginning to feel like the neverending countdown.

The blog posts have been lagging a bit as the beach house has become all-consuming right now as we spend every weekend out on the coast getting ready.

As expected, we are over budget and waaaay past our initial timeline to have this place listed as of March 1st. Here’s what’s been happening lately and still needs to happen with our airbnb beach house in Lincoln City, Oregon: (more…)

7 Ways to Speed Up Your Morning Routine

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Let’s face it. Mornings are the worst.

I am a devoted night owl and not a fan of early mornings or morning activities. Therefore, I feel like I’m always running behind and have to hustle hard to get my butt in gear. Since I can’t sleep until noon, I’ve devised a series of tricks to get myself out the door faster in the morning: (more…)

3 Easy Ways to Keep the Pounds Off

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By: April + Michelle of GetRealGurls Nutrition

When it comes to weight loss and keeping the pounds off, it seems to be anybody’s guess what works and what doesn’t.

It often comes down to the individual person and their lifestyle. The strategies you choose can be endless – counting calories, weighing in, exercising, measuring food, drinking more water, “dieting”, eating more fibre, meal replacement shakes, hypnosis…the list goes on.

But what REALLY works?

A recent study demonstrated three strategies that helped people keep the pounds off long-term. Here’s what worked: (more…)

How To Be SMART About Your Healthy Lifestyle Goals

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By: April + Michelle of Get Real Gurls Nutrition

Are you trying to achieve a healthy lifestyle? But what does that even mean? We want to encourage you to be SMART about it. Think about any long term goals you’d like to achieve and this week, go about setting them.

On the one hand, it’s all fine and dandy to say, “I want to be healthier.” Your intentions may be legit but without defining your goal and how you’re going to go about reaching it – you’re bound to come up short when aiming for that healthy lifestyle.

So, how do you define you goal and a start on a path to achieve it? You must be SMART about it. Let’s break it down: (more…)