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Back to School Essentials for Your Child

Is your child heading back to school? Supply them with these essentials! The back to school season is in full swing, and plenty of parents across the nation are getting their children ready for the school bell once again. While the summer has flown by, don’t get caught up in the season of autumn that you completely forget to equip your kid with the school essentials. Make going back to school a simple switch by packing these items for your studying student! Backpack Choose a sturdy and reliable backpack for your child. Ensure that it’s good quality and large enough to hold all of your child’s belongings throughout the day. Let them pick a bag in their favorite color so that they feel comfortable wearing it. Lunchbox Get an insulated lunch box that is big enough to fit their entire, healthy, and nutritious lunch. Aim to squeeze in a sandwich, piece of fruit, and carrot sticks ... Read more

Essential Insurance for Your College-Bound Teen

Before your child hits the dorms, kit them out with essential insurance. Growing up is a part of life. Going to college is an experience for any teen. For the parents, it can either be newfound freedom or constant worry. Whatever feelings you have about your child heading off to college, every parent will want to make sure that they’re safe. A reliable form of protection is insurance. Before you start moving in boxes of valuables into their dorm, update your college kid’s insurance! Property You can start be contacting your insurance professional to find out how much coverage your homeowners or renters insurance policy will provide for your child’s personal possessions if they are living in a dormitory. If they are living off-campus, then you can look into purchasing a renters insurance policy. Make a college inventory. Always make a college inventory list so that you and your student know exactly what items ... Read more

DIY Home Décor Project for Summer: Succulent Bowl

Bring low-maintenance life indoors! The season of summer is almost upon us, and many of us are making the most of the beautiful flowers. However, if you’re not quite the horticulturist that you’d like to be, even your most careful attempts at keeping flowers alive fail. Why not choose charming and unique plants? Opt for succulents! They are low-maintenance, almost impossible to kill, and make delightful additions to the home. Here’s how to plant a succulent bowl for summer! What you need: A bowl – Any cereal bowl, mug, or pretty decorative bowl will do. Avoid wood or plastic. Succulents – They should go well together with varied colors and sizes. Usually warm and cool colors should not be potted together. You can find succulents at any home and gardening store or your local nursery! Cactus potting mix – This is important for the health of your succulents. Gardening shears – For a ... Read more

Five Ways to Bring Zen into the Workplace

Reduce stress and anxiety in your office with a few simple tips. Walking into the office on a Monday morning doesn’t typically evoke feelings of relaxation. The projects and deadlines for the week loom ahead, and more often than not, stress can be in the air even before the first pot of coffee is done brewing. Even though work can be stressful, your office needn’t be! Creating a calm environment in your immediate workspace will make your whole life healthier as well as increasing productivity among employees. Set aside a happy place Designate a room just for relaxation for your employees. Deck it out in comfy furniture, muted colors, muted lighting, and Yoga mats. Having a space like this for employees is a small addition, but with huge benefits. Let the light in Allow natural light to fill your office space for instant cheerfulness. Also, encourage your team to take a few minutes to go ... Read more

Spring Recipe: Quinoa with Garden Vegetables

Dive head first into seasonal dishes with this spring recipe! Now that Oakley, California is in the midst of the spring season, many of us are stocking up on seasonal produce and enjoying lighter meals. With summer just around the corner, getting in shape is certainly in the cards. Fortunately, you don’t have to starve yourself to eat healthily and be satisfied! Check out this seasonal recipe of quinoa and garden vegetables for a filling lunch or a light supper! Ingredients 1 cup quinoa 1½ cups water juice of ½ lime 1 red onion, sliced thin ¼ cup vegetable broth ½ medium zucchini, cut in half lengthwise and sliced thin (about 2 cups) 2 cloves garlic, minced salt/pepper to taste 8 oz sweet green peas 3-4 large swiss chard leaves, stems removed, chopped (about 2 cups) 2 tbsp dijon mustard 1 tbsp pure maple syrup 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar ⅛ tsp salt, or to taste Directions  Rinse quinoa in a fine sieve under cold water. Cook quinoa in a large pot on the ... Read more
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