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Bottoms Up! How to Drink More Water Every Day

Did you know that there's a miracle drink that helps to improve your skin tone, promote weight loss, and even prevent headaches? It’s true—and it’s water! Drinking enough water is very important, and not just to keep dehydration at bay. Here are a few simple ways to drink more water every day.

  1. Invest in a refillable water bottle that you’ll actually want to use. There are a number of different kinds on the market today, and some even contain cages in the middle that you can fill with fresh fruit to make your own all-natural flavored water.
  2. Replace your coffee with an herbal tea. Because teas like chamomile and mint don’t contain caffeine, they won’t detract from your water intake in the way that coffee does.
  3. Replace soda with sparkling water. You’ll still get the same refreshing, bubbly taste without all of the added sugar and calories.
  4. Eat more fruit or drink fresh fruit smoothies. Because fruit is filled with water, you’ll get a double dose of healthy each time you eat it.
  5. Make your own infused ice cubes by filtering fresh herbs and fruit through some water using a strainer or French press, then freeze in your usual ice cube tray. Pop them into your glass of water for an extra kick of flavor.

How to Get More Water in Your Daily Diet [Healthiest Life]
How-To Get More Water Into Your Diet [Skinny Ms.]
Benefits of Water: How to Incorporate More Water into Your Diet [P&G Everyday]

Wellness Wednesday: Keep Healthy & Disinfect the 4 Germiest Places in Your Home

It turns out the the germiest areas in your home may not be what comes to mind first, like your toilet seat or trash can, but actually are items you may use every day and haven’t properly cleaned. Here’s a list and some helpful tips to get them clean!

1) Sponges. They are one of the greatest items to help bacteria grow; warm & damp surfaces always are! It’s like a day at the spa for bacteria to grow. First and foremost, you should replace your sponge on a normal basis, so keep a few on-hand for replacement every couple of weeks. For maintenance of your sponge, make sure to rinse it out after every use & keep a small amount of disinfecting soap while it dries out. And always keep it in a dry place! You can also microwave your sponge on high for a couple of minutes once or twice a week or run it through the dishwasher.

2) Cutting Boards. One of the last surfaces you want germs, considering your food is on it! Make sure that you research proper care & cleaning instructions for each cutting board depending on the type of material (plastic, bamboo, glass, etc.) Once your cutting board has a rough like surface, it’s time to replace! Think about all the germs that stick in the crevices and can’t be cleaned properly. EEK.

3) Toothbrushes. This is a scary thought, but our mouths are not a clean place & even worse, our toothbrushes may be in much worse danger: proximity to the toilet. It may not seem like a reasonable possibility, but E. coli bacteria can jump from your toilet onto your toothbrush if kept close together. So give your toothbrush & toilet some breathing room away from one another. You may also want to remind yourself to replace your toothbrush on a normal basis & an extra bonus-the old ones make for great cleaning brushes!

4) Towels. Your skin cells actually shed from your body and stick to the fabric of the towel every time you use a washcloth, hand towel or bath towel. These cells then create great food for bacteria, which like your sponge, have a great location to grow! Clean your towels once a week in scalding hot water & detergent!

5 New Year’s Resolutions Beyond Weight Loss

Although losing weight is one of the most common New Year’s resolutions, this year might be the year to stop worrying about your appearance and start working toward a more positive mindset. You just might find that bettering yourself from the inside will have positive effects on your body as well!

  1. Devote more time to loved ones. If you don’t get to see your family and friends as much as you'd like, aim to fix that in the upcoming months. Cut back on work, schedule a visit, or simply ask a loved one out to dinner—and leave your phone in your pocket!
  2. Butt out. Giving up cigarettes does just as much good for your body as dieting, so toss out your pack after the clock strikes midnight.
  3. Improve your finances. From paying off your credit card bills to setting aside money for savings, getting out of debt can make you feel a bit lighter in a completely different way.
  4. Volunteer for a cause. Even if it’s only once a month, donating time to a cause that you believe in is a great way to improve yourself in the New Year.
  5. Get active. Instead of making a New Year’s resolution to improve your physique, vow to simply get outside more and become more active. You just might shed a few pounds along the way.

Top 10 New Year's Resolutions [About Travel]
10 New Year’s Resolutions You Might Actually Keep [How Stuff Works]
Popular New Year's Resolutions [USA.gov]

Vegetarian/Vegan Event Guide!

Hi Residents, and welcome to another edition of Meatless Monday!

This week, we wanted to highlight a resource that makes finding vegetarian/vegan restaurants or events both easy and fun. While adopting one of these lifestyles can have a lot of benefits, it can sometimes be hard to know WHICH restaurants have quality vegetarian dishes, or which companies make the best vegetarian products. The website VeganScore.com takes away a lot of this uncertainly, and posts both informative and witty updates on vegetarian/vegan restaurants, products, and events! It's a very cool way to find out about things going on in your area, or cool new products you may want to try, while taking away some of the guess work yourself!

The next time you have a free moment, their site is only a click away, and we will definitely be using it ourselves this year! If you have suggestions or topics that you think they should look into, you can also reach out to them directly, which creates a very cool community feeling to their website, bringing the creators and the community together!

We highly recommend checking them out, and if you have any other suggestions for great Vegetarian or Vegan resources, we'd love to hear about them in the comments below!

Kirkland Receives Google e-City Award for Washington

Google and Mayor Walen announced that the City of Kirkland has been named the 2015 eCity of Washington. The eCity Awards recognize the strongest online business community in each state – the digital capitals of America.

“Kirkland is fortunate to be the community of choice for tech savvy businesses who are making good use of online marketing to grow,” notes Kirkland Mayor Amy Walen. “Just as significant is the presence of Google Kirkland, which continues to provide the tools that help our businesses to prosper.”

Read more here.

Wellness Wednesday: Multivitamins

Should you or should you not take a multivitamin? There’s some debate on whether or not a multivitamin is beneficial and even some cause for concern that they can be harmful if there is a surplus of certain vitamins. According to research, the long term health benefits (& harms) of multivitamins are inconclusive. However when your diet is less than perfect and you are not receiving key nutrients from natural food sources, supplemental vitamins may help fill the nutritional gap. There’s no denying that eating a variety of fresh fruits & vegetables and a well-balanced diet on a daily basis is the best way to get the essential vitamins & nutrients our bodies need; but in a less than ideal world it can be hard to balance. What it comes down to is that there aren’t any clear answers and the decision to supplement with multivitamins is most likely a case by case basis for each individual. Do your research & talk to a professional healthcare provider for more information!

Wellness Wednesday: Resolutions for 2016

New Year, New You? Before you vow to make a huge change in your life and find that your goal isn’t quite as feasible as you originally thought, take a look at these suggestions for making “smaller” resolutions to help guide you to your end goal.

Choose healthier food options/snacks by adding more fresh veggies & fruit into your diet. Switch out a “bad” treat for a “good” treat once a day. Make a meal plan for the week at work & prep your lunches to avoid eating out every day.

Be more active. This doesn’t mean that you need to run a half marathon in 12 weeks. You could if you wanted, but try adding simple things like taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Or walking around the Kirkland neighborhood, rather than driving to your destination. It’s cold this time of year, so take advantage of the 24 hour, 7 days a week fitness center at the Tera community. Being active for 20 minutes a day makes a huge difference!

Get more sleep. Sleep is so important for the body to restore and rejuvenate; so schedule your day so that you can rest a full night. Avoiding blue light (computer, cell phones, televisions) an hour before bedtime will help calm your brain; instead try spending the last hour before bed doing a calming activity such as reading.

Love to Ski? Download These Apps Before You Hit the Slopes!

Whether you live in a ski town or you only get to the slopes a few times per year, you want to ensure that you plan your ski trip in order to make the most of your day on the mountain. These two helpful skiing apps enable users to check things like snowfall, trail maps, and other valuable information before setting out onto the lift.

SkiResort
The SkiResort app uses high-quality images, detailed maps, and up-to-date weather reports to provide information about more than 4,800 ski resorts worldwide. Zoom in on different parts of the trail map for the ski resort in your area, and even plan your driving route to maximize your time on the trail. Test reports, snow depths, and webcams also enable you to get a feel for the slopes before you even arrive at the resort.

Liftopia
Using an interactive map of resorts near your current location, the Liftopia app helps users to decide which one has the best conditions on any given day. Check out snow depth and the number of trails open at each ski spot, and even read up on which resorts are offering deals on things like memberships, packages, and lift passes to save you a bit of money along the way.

Home is Where the Heart is

When apartments become "homes" something magical happens. Heartwarming #repost we just had to share! If this doesn't get you in the holiday spirit, nothing will 😉

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