Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Long day in the kitchen? 5 ways to ease the long standing hours

With the biggest cooking day of the year looming, I always recommend using an anti-fatigue mat on your kitchen floor to ease those long hours standing.

What else can you do to make sure your feet and back don’t suffer while you’re slaving over turkey dinner?
  1. Wear shoes. Comfortable shoes. I know you’re likely rolling that pie crust in the comfort of your own kitchen. But barefoot standing is hard on your feet. Pull out your most comfortable, supportive shoes and save the heels for the after party.
  2. Invest in an anti-fatigue or “cushion” mat. Your legs and back will thank you. As will the poor guy stuck at the sink washing dishes afterward.
  3. Take regular breaks to sit down and rest your legs. Stretch. Sample the stuffing.
  4. Shift your weight from one foot to the other periodically. Consider using a small stool or fat phone book to help you vary your standing position.
  5. When it’s all over, let the tryptophan do it’s magic. Elevate your legs and put your feet up on the couch.  

Monday, November 11, 2013

Five Steps to a Safe and Attractive Entrance for Holidays

Safe and attractive door way

Five Tips to a Safe and Attractive Entrance for the Holidays

With holiday visitors, carolers and gift givers coming to your home or office, you want to make sure your entrance is clean, safe and attractive. 

1. Thoroughly sweep and clean. Don't forget to clean baseboards and your door bell. 

2. Use a quality door mat. Consider a bright red or green mat for the holidays. 

3. Keep decorations to the side of your doorway and out of the walking path to avoid creating a tripping hazard. Make sure your decor doesn't hide the doorbell or door knob. 

4. Be sure to shovel snow and de-ice to keep your entrance non-slip and safe.

5. Decorate! Simple bright ribbons or a wreath on the door can make your entrance inviting.