Dig into the DIY craze with these easy and fun projects for your backyard, patio, and garden!
Small backyard beach
Small backyard beach (click on photo above for instructions)
If you love the beach but can't find the time for regular visits, why not turn an unused corner of your backyard into a sandy retreat? This miniature beach can be put together over a weekend for less than $200. Decomposed granite, sand, driftwood, and grassy plants complete the seaside look.
Outdoor chandelier (click on photo above for instructions)
Romantic outdoor lighting: With a wire basket, a few jars, and some tea lights and adornment, add a little handmade glow to your garden.
Romantic backyard cabana
Romantic backyard cabana (click on photo above for instructions)
This backyard lounge serves as both a casual spot for year-round entertaining and a private refuge with resort style.
Perfect compost bin
Perfect compost bin (click on photo above for instructions)
Designed by horticulturists at the University of California Cooperative Extension, this compost bin is inexpensive, easy
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Stock up on green tea
Green tea isn't known only for its cancer-fighting benefits: It may help boost your metabolism, too. People who took green-tea extract three times a day saw their metabolic rate increase by about 4 percent, according to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. (Translation: You could burn an extra 60 calories a day, which equals about six pounds a year!) It may be because green tea contains catechins, which increase levels of the metabolism-speeding brain chemical norepinephrine, says Joy Bauer, a New York City nutritionist and author of Cooking with Joy.
Weight training is the ultimate way to burn calories fast. "A pound of muscle burns up to nine times the calories of a pound of fat," explains Richard Cotton, M.A., chief exercise physiologist for myexerciseplan.com. Weight training increases your
POPSUGAR FitnessSource: Pre-Workout Mistakes to Avoid
It takes a lot of effort to carve out time for a sweat session, so don't sabotage it by making these poor choices right before you exercise. Find out which mistakes make it harder for you to get in a good workout and which can cause an injury that sidelines you from hitting the gym at all.
- Working Out on Empty: If you work out first thing in the morning, then it's important to eat a little something to fuel your workout, or else you'll end up burning the muscle you're working so hard to build. Here are some light pre-workout snack ideas.
- Fueling Up With Fiber: Apples and peanut butter may be a healthy snack, but the high fiber content can cause digestive issues such as gas pains or the need to run to the ladies' room mid-workout. Choose snacks like these that are focused on protein and carbs instead to offer you energy without the tummy troubles.
- Gulping Down an Energy Drink: Caffeine can give your workout a boost, but energy drinks are also
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10 Ideas for Stay-At-Home Dates for New ParentsIf you have a baby or a toddler, you know that alone time with your significant other is so important. But sometimes you just can't get away. Maybe the babysitter cancels. Or maybe you just don't feel comfortable leaving your little one just yet. But having some time alone is good for your soul. Well, my husband and I have become pros at the at-home date night so I've put together 10 ideas for you for after the baby goes to bed!Read More »from DIY Date Night! 10 Stay-At-Home Ideas for when the Babysitter Cancels
DIY At Home Date Night Ideas:
1. Pull out all your extra sheets and pillows and make a tent in your bedroom or living room, then curl up inside and watch a movie together. (Make some buttery popcorn or serve up your favorite on-hand snacks!)
2. Have one of you run to the store and pick up some fancy cheeses, some good chocolate, fruit, bread, and anything else you might like and have a fondue night! No phones allowed, just connecting with each other.
3. Pick a theme and run with it. Maybe your theme is 80′s? Put your hair up in a good side ponytail, rent your
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You know you want to bounce quarters off your butt, but you've never done a squat in your life. Here's a basic strength-training guide to help get you started.
How to prevent injury: To avoid pulls or strains, meet with a personal trainer or gym staff member to learn proper form. Be sure to warm up before strength training - it's good practice to get in your cardio session first and then move on to strengthening. Always listen to your body, don't let your competitive nature push you too hard, and stop as soon as you feel any pain or your muscles are too tired to do the moves correctly.
How much: Whether you're using dumbbells, a machine, kettlebells, medicine balls, or a resistance band, you don't have to choose the lowest weight when starting. Choose a weight that is hard enough to make you feel like you're working, but not heavy enough to disrupt proper form. You'll know it's the correct amount when your muscles fatigue after
How to schedule quality workouts precisely to achieve your best resultsMost of us know what types of workouts and how much effort it takes to see results. What's more challenging, perhaps, is scheduling these sessions so you get the most out of each effort. "It's important to time your workouts correctly, and a lot of people do it wrong," says Jason Fitzgerald, a Washington, D.C.-based coach, 2:39 marathoner, and founder of StrengthRunning.com. Getting the right amount of rest between quality workouts helps the body recover and adapt, while knowing the best time of day to do certain workouts can yield a more productive session. Clearly, whenever you can get up and workout, you should--but if you've got options, here's how to time everything just right. (PLUS: Are you eating right for your workout? Find out how you should fuel up, in 16 Healthy and Yummy Pre-Workout Snacks.)Read More »from The Best Workout Times for You
Go long in the a.m.
"One of the primary reasons to do a long run is to improve fat-burning metabolism," says Scott Fliegelman, a coach in Boulder, Colorado, and founder of FastForward
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