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Using Creativity to Relax and Unwind

There are plenty of ways to reduce stress in your life, from exercise to meditation to simple self care. But did you know arts and crafts can also help you relax and unwind from the tensions of the day? The act of focusing on something that’s pleasant and enjoyable helps activate different areas of your brain while taking your mind off of your stressors. So, plan a trip to your favorite craft store long beach ca and try one of these activities to increase your creativity and decrease the stress in your life.

Coloring or Paint By Number

Coloring for adults is now a huge trend, and for good reason. If you love to make beautiful pictures but aren’t an accomplished artist, coloring books for grownups can help you create detailed finished products while giving you the guidelines for a beautiful design. Pick up some high-quality markers and color in a relaxing spot in your home. If painting is more your style, pick up a paint by number kit and create a replica of some of your favorite well-known masterpieces.

Knitting or Crocheting

The repetitive motion of knitting or crocheting can be very calming, and is relatively easy to pick up if you’re just starting out. Select a good instruction book for beginners, or find some online tutorials for simple pieces you’d like to make. Select yarns in colors and materials you truly love and start making scarves, hats, blankets and simple dish cloths. With a little practice, you may find yourself ready to tackle more complex projects in no time.

Jewelry Making

There are so many materials and options when it comes to designing your own jewelry. Start with the basics by finding a design book or taking a class for beginners to learn how to properly string and secure beads, weave fabric cords or twist and shape wires. Once you’ve mastered basic techniques, the possibilities are endless!

If you’re looking for new ways to manage the stress in your life, consider a new creative hobby. You may find a new passion in the process!

6 Budget Kitchen Gifts Everyone Will Appreciate

Anyone that loves to cook, or create new dishes in the kitchen, will appreciate a new-fangled kitchen gadget to experiment with. Here are six fun toys that any adventurous cook will love.

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Stick Food Processor

Why pull out the huge food processor to make a smoothie? Instead, making a smoothie or mixing up soup can be as easy as blending with a stick blender – and so much quicker to clean up. Simply wave the immersion blender around inside the glass, and you have an instant smoothie.

Cutting Mats

Cooks of all types love the vibrant color coordinated cutting boards for food prep. Chop the food in one area, and the cutting mats make transporting the food to the pan a breeze!

Splatter Screen

Frying foods, simmering juices, and boiling sauces can all send liquids bouncing out of the pan and onto your stove. Alleviate the problem with a splatter screen. Choose one with steam release holes if you like your vegetables crunchy.

Cast Iron Cleaner

Do your friends use cast iron? If so, this little square of chainmail will surprise and delight them. They are used to scrub even the hardest and most burnt bits off any cast-iron pan with only a little effort. Someone should have come up with this idea a long time ago!

Oil Atomizer

Once your friends have tried the oil atomizer, they will wonder how they could ever live without it! No more glops of oil or uneven salad spread, the sprayer allows you to pull the trigger and let a fine mist cover the bottom of the pan or dress the salad perfectly.

Vegetable Spiralizer

Give the gift of a spiralizer and allow your friends to turn any vegetable into a fabulous noodle. From carrots to zucchinis to sweet potatoes, everyone loves them – even children. Add sauce for a tasty meal in just a few minutes.

Whether you want to give a practical kitchen gift or a surprisingly fun present, there is something on the list above for anyone. Check the items out and find one for yourself as well!

Bring Touches of Country to the Kitchen

If your kitchen is undergoing a renovation, or just needs a quick update, consider redecorating it with a country motif. This doesn’t have to mean a galvanized wash basin and antlers on the wall, however. Rather than saturating your kitchen with one theme, try adding in elements of it. Small changes can bring hints of the country inside but without going overboard.

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Details Matter

If the idea of doing too much at once is overwhelming, starting with small changes first can help. Some of the smallest details are what really drive the country idea home. Replace the dusty old wall clock with a rooster kitchen clock. Opt for a wide apron-front sink to add a more rustic feel versus a more modern model. Put a woven rug on the floor. It doesn’t have to be a drastic change to make a huge difference when decorating. 

Color Scheme

Pick color swatches in shades typically associated with the country vibe. Greens and yellows might be an example, or perhaps reds and browns. Whatever the color scheme, give it small “pops” throughout the kitchen before rushing to paint the walls anything bold. Using the chosen colors as a guide, buy coordinating small appliances and dish towels. These can be small, nondescript ways to add color to the kitchen without overdoing it.

Rustic Decor Without Spending Much

Reuse what’s already available and repurpose it to fit the new motif. Turn an unused water jug into a flower vase, or hang pots and pans on the wall instead of hiding them in a cupboard. Be creative with items already within the household and find a way to repurpose them. 

It’s important to be happy with a new kitchen, and going for a particular theme is a bold move. Bring the country motif into the kitchen in subtle ways rather than diving in feet-first. Sometimes in a remodel, less actually is more.