'Presentation is Everything.'
Do you have family visiting for Easter? Whether you're planning your Easter celebrations for just your own immediate family or an extended gathering of friends and family, a beautiful table arrangement really sets the scene for a perfect Easter celebration.
Now, this can be daunting consideration. But, don't feel you need to spend hours preparing a lovely display. I've found a collection of ideas, from a simple minimal approach to an amazing table overflowing with delight.
You may have decided to go with a separate table for the kids. That's fine. I've got that covered, too. So, just click through the images and find the table creation that appeals to you and your needs. There is a link on each image to the original and the instructions.
And remember, you can add to or simplify the original concept or substitute items where necessary.
Just as an example, this Easter arrangement took minutes to prepare.
STEP 1. Buy an Easter wreath. Yes, you can make your own but I didn't have time and you can find them everywhere.
STEP 2. Place the wreath in the centre of the table.
STEP 3. Add a floral arrangement to the centre of the wreath, or an apothecary jar filled with eggs. (You can buy a floral arrangement or make your own.)
And that's it! Done. Simple.
Check out the other beautiful and creative ideas below.
There are many other ideas from truly creative people, and I gathered some to show you, that will inspire you and provide some simple, yet beautiful solutions. From fun-filled kids' table arrangements to elegant designs to outdoor dining ideas, you'll find something in the following collection that, I'm sure, will help you create your own Easter table arrangement.
And... as an added bonus, why not plan to include Easter themed table serviettes.
You'll find links to the instruction below.
If you're looking for other Easter ideas and inspiration, the check out my Easter Pinterest board. Are you planning an Easter Egg Hunt? Here are some tips. And if you'd like an Easter that allowed you time to focus on what really matters, download my free book below, Stress-Free Easter.
One of the most fun things to do with children during school holidays is a picnic.
If the weather is good, not only can you put together a basket with the perfect fluffy blanket, but you can get the kids involved in all the preparations. This will then elevate your standard picnic to a Teddy Bears’ Picnic, and that is simple fun that gets everyone together.
You don’t have to lay on a whole party, though, even though the Teddy Bears’ picnic is a popular birthday party theme. Inviting a few neighbourhood friends or school friends over the holidays can be so much fun!
Lazy summer days full of sunshine and dandelion clocks are the perfect time to have your first Teddy Bears’ picnic, and here’s how you can make the most of it.
Finding things to do over the school breaks can be easy if you are inventive about it. Children love to be outdoors in the sunshine, having a picnic is a pure novelty so incorporating both things together make for an exciting and happy afternoon all round. Be excited about the upcoming school summer break and everyone else will be, too!
There’s nothing quite like waking up to a nice hearty breakfast. By kitting your kitchen out with a few handy appliances, setting yourself up for the day with a wholesome meal could be made much easier.
Here are just a few tools that your kitchen may be in need of.
Are you wild about waffles? You can buy ready-made ones in the shops, but for that extra-fresh feeling nothing beats home-made waffles. Waffle-makers come in all shapes and sizes – with many low cost versions on the market. You can even experiment with recipes and make potato waffles and gluten-free variants. It’s also great trick to use on leftover pizza.
Create your own freshly-squeezed juice by buying a juicer. If you grow your own fruit and veg, this can be a very useful tool to have. You’ll get all the fresh vitamins and nutrients you may not get in a supermarket variety, and have the option to experiment and make your own juices.
Pricing can vary depending on how elaborate you want your juicer to be, with some models costing under thirty quid and others over a grand!
If you need a caffeine hit to get you energised in the morning, why not say goodbye to instant coffee and become your own barista from home by investing in your own coffee machine?
Whether you want a simple percolator or a hi-tech grind and brew coffee maker, there are all kinds of machines available on the market that could give your coffee that extra touch of luxury.
Of course, avid tea drinkers may prefer to stick to the kettle – but even as a toy to impress coffee-drinking guests with and it can be useful.
Multi frying pan
For those grandparents that are used to serving up full English breakfast to big families, this ingenious pan could be a life-saving tool. It’s size allows you to cook a full fry-up on it. Some even have compartments so that you can stop food mixing.
Multi-frying pans fit over multiple hobs – with some having multi-purpose grill use. Pricing varies, but generally you can nab one at under thirty pounds.
Just make sure you have the kitchen space to store it (you may be able to throw out a few other pans to make room – you won’t need them with this multi-pan).
Poached eggs can be a delicious morning treat, perfect for making egg benedict or egg royale. However, they’re also one of the trickiest and most frustrating methods of cooking an egg.
Buying a specialist egg poaching device could make the process a lot easier. You can buy small compartments for under a tenner or buy a specialist poaching pan for the job. Some more high-end machine may offer multiple ways of cooking eggs from boiling to poaching.
This could save having to bother with timers and allow you to cater all manner of guest requests (if you own a b&b this ought to be an essential tool).
Do you ever get to that point in the day where you simply don't have energy left?
Of course, you have! It's a fairly natural part of everyday life. There isn't a person alive who doesn't come to the end of a busy day feeling like they could do with a lie down and a good long sleep. But what happens if you feel like that all day?
There are far too many people who go through their entire day feeling as though they're running on empty and, not matter what they do; they simply can't seem to bring up their energy levels. If that sounds familiar to you then don't despair, this problem isn't one that you necessarily have to live with.
Here are just a few things might be leaving you lacking in energy, and what you can do about it.
Of course, we all understand that eating too much is going to leave you feeling bloated and lacking in energy. But far too many people tend to ignore the impact that other elements of your diet can have on your energy levels.
For one thing, eating to little can be just as bad, if not worse, than eating too much. If you're not eating, then your body simply won't have anything to use when trying to produce energy. Even something as simple as skipping breakfast can have some pretty serious consequences for your energy levels.
Make sure that you're eating a healthy, balanced diet. Keto recipes are a fantastic way to make sure that you're giving your body everything it needs without going overboard on unnecessary ingredients.
We all like to have a good time now and then, but there always has to be a limit. Let's face it; there are only so many late nights that you can have before it starts to take a serious toll on your energy levels. However important socializing might be for you, there comes a time where you simply need to spend some time alone, relax and get an early night. As with just about everything else in life, it's important to keep moderation in mind. There's absolutely nothing wrong with enjoying yourself, just remember not to go overboard with it.
Your exercise routine
Staying active is incredibly important to keeping your energy levels. up.
The problem that many of us face is that we often lead pretty sedentary lifestyles. Spending each and every day stuck behind a desk is a surprisingly taxing experience.
It's important that you spend at least a little bit of time each day doing something physical.
Of course, going too far in the other direction can actually be pretty dangerous. Too much exercise all at once can cause your body to release too much cortisol, the stress hormone, which is a surefire way to burn yourself out.
If you want to increase your energy levels then it's important to start slowly and build up your levels of exercise gradually.
With the constant reminder from modern societies that people need to be thinner to be beautiful, one can’t fail to wonder how it is possible to lose weight permanently. Indeed, while it seems easier to find effective diets, it seems a lot harder to keep the weight off durably.
After all, intermittent fasting, crash diets and even the Atkin diet - and many others that are not named here - have one thing in common: They are impossible to hold for a long term achievement. Most people, inevitably, grow a little tired of their deprivations and sometimes of the food supplements.
Is it the price to pay to be accepted as beautiful by the rest of the world?
No, of course, it isn’t. Getting fit is different from losing weight, and the difference is what makes the one permanent and the other temporary. Getting fit implies a radical change of lifestyle for the best. And it’s a lot easier than you think!
Here are the three things that people who stay fit and slim have in common.
They Start A Fitness Activity
You can’t keep the weight off if you don’t develop a regular fitness activity. What you choose to do depends on of your taste and your fitness level, but whether you decide to walk, to run, or to start kickboxing lessons, the advice is the same: You can only achieve results if you genuinely stick to it.
This is exactly why it’s important to listen to yourself, instead of following the current trends. For instance, most people like to cultivate a jogging spirit: Running is trendy and highly regarded. But to stick with running, you will first need to have an interest in the activity. In short, if running isn’t your thing, don’t just decide to start with it to go with the flow. Find an activity that excites you.
They Change Their Eating Habits
There is a big gap between dieting and changing your eating habits. Staying fit and in good shape is not about dieting, as you would have already guessed. It’s about understanding which food is good for your body and staying away from the ones that aren’t.
This means consuming more vegetables and fruits, more healthy proteins and fibers, and naturally drinking sufficient water. At the same time, while you stay away from processed foods, you start developing new cooking style: Rock frying pans with their high-quality heat distribution and non-stick coat are ideal to limit fat in your preparations, food processors and blenders are perfect for all smoothies and healthy soups, etc.
They Learn Discipline
It’s difficult to start walking on the fitness path. So, you will need to develop of sense for what is good until your mind gets a natural feeling for it. Most people like to fill a sort of fitness journal where they can keep track of their eating and exercising habits.
This does not only allow them to monitor their day-to-day progress but, this rapidly develops a new relationship with the body too. You can see the impacts of healthy food on your energy and your weight, and measure the strength that your body is building with it.
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'An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.' - Henry David Thoreau
The bright sunshine in Australia is beautiful but intense for most of the day. It makes for a wonderful holiday destination, brilliant beach snapshots, and plenty of solar energy. But it's also really important to wear a hat, sunglasses and 30+ SPF sunscreen, frequently applied.
Although my grandmother was accustomed to cooler, softer English days, without exception, she would venture out for her daily walk despite the heat. Did it harm her? No.. she lived well into her 90s. In fact, current research would indicate that her daily walking habit probably contributed to her longevity.
We were designed to walk for miles and miles to hunt and gather our food. Yet, in modern society, we spend most of our time sitting down. That is not good for our bodies leading to a host of health problems. This is probably one of the most important reasons to make an effort to move around and go for a walk each day. Of course, that’s easier said than done.
How can walking help me?
Research indicates that walking offers great health benefits, from helping you to lose weight and to de-stress to lowering your blood pressure and BMIs. And although it's seen as a convenient and easy 'keep fit' option, it can be difficult to develop a daily walking habit.
Most of us sit for our work, we eat sitting down, and to be honest all we want to do when we come home from work is plop down on the couch for a Netflix marathon until bedtime.
In other words, getting and staying in the habit of going for a walk each day can be a bit of a challenge. But that’s exactly what we need to do. We need to get in the habit of going for that walk just like we’re in the habit of brushing our teeth twice a day or taking out the trash on Tuesdays. Once it’s a well ingrained habit, it won’t be as much of a challenge to make sure we go for a walk each day.
Okay, how can I begin?
A great place to start is to find a walking route you enjoy. It helps to make it as easy as possible. Your favourite walk may offer beautiful vistas, but if it’s a 30 minute drive there and back, you’ll be less likely to do it every single day. Instead, save that walk for the weekends and come up with something convenient and pleasant for your everyday walking routine. If you can, find a route in your own neighbourhood so you can leave right from your front door. Just lace up your shoes and start walking.
Challenge yourself to walk faster or with less effort
Taking the same route every day helps form that habit. It’s also encouraging to notice that you can walk the same loop faster or with less effort over time. It proves that you're making a difference and are getting stronger and increasingly more fit.
Make the time enjoyable by listening to music or a favourite podcast
Listening to your favourite music, podcast or audio books is also helpful. It will make the time go by faster and give you something else to look forward to. You can even use your favourite media as a way to bribe yourself to go for your daily walk. Let’s say you have a couple of podcasts you enjoy. Save them for your walks and only let yourself listen to them while you’re walking. It’s a great incentive to get out there even on days when you’re not feeling it.
Make it social
Last, but not least, consider walking with other people. Find a walking group in your area, or talk a friend or neighbour into becoming your walking buddy. Not only is it more fun to walk when you have someone to talk to, it also has some built in accountability. It’s much harder to skip a walking workout when you know that other people are waiting for you and relying on you to join them. A growing number of walking groups are meeting at the local shopping centre. It's air conditioned and flat, making walking comfortable, fast and easy.
Download an app to measure your progress
There is a growing number of apps that can encourage you and help develop your walking habit. Use these apps to map and measure your walks, set walking goals, earn rewards, and share your achievements with friends. Check out the readers choice awards for walking apps before downloading.
Why not take your smartphone with you and share your walk on social media? Develop your photography and Instagram skills with a quick online course and enjoy sharing amazing images from your walk.
Give these tips a try and see if they help you make walking a daily habit and an integral part of your health, your fitness, and your life. Download and print the free infographic below. Mount it on your fridge or noticeboard. Refer to it regularly for inspiration and encouragement.
*Choose a simple route for your first walk.
*Check with your friends and family and find a walking buddy.
*Choose your favourite music or podcast to listen to while walking.
*Download a walking app to measure your progress and share your achievements
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