4 Ways to Keep Up Your Resolution for a Healthier You


With every new year comes the opportunity for a fresh start. You make your list of resolutions and imagine the new you, but did you imagine the steps and the work you will need to put in to achieve your goals? Many people don’t, and if you don’t go in with a plan you’re less likely to succeed.

One of the most popular new year’s resolutions of 2015 is to lose weight and get fit, and if living a healthier lifestyle is on your list, we are here to help you reach your goal. Aside from getting a gym membership, there are other tools that can help you achieve a healthier version of you this year:

Eating Healthy

Let’s start in the kitchen. One of the biggest excuses for not eating healthy is “I haven’t got the time.” Preparing healthy food is often looked at as time consuming, but with the proper tools you can prepare healthy meals in minutes. Here are 2 of our favorites:

The NutriBullet

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Unfortunately, if you’re like most people, mornings can be hectic! Either you have no time for breakfast and skip it, or you pick something up of low nutritional value on your way to work. Studies have shown that if you start the day with a healthy breakfast you will have more energy throughout the day and be less likely to overeat at your next meal. With the NutriBullet you can create a delicious and nutritious smoothie to go in seconds. Not only is it a time saver, but a much better option than a regular household blender. NutriBullet has a powerful 600 watt motor and extractor blade; it can open seeds, crack through stems, shred skins, and access hidden nutrients in food. Click here for some healthy recipes for you to enjoy with it!

Food Processors

Create a delicious salad or the perfect veggie topping to complete any meal in minutes!  When it comes to preparing dinner that night or your lunch for the next day, a food processor will save you a lot of prep time. If you need some ideas on healthy meals you will find plenty of recipes online. The healthy options are endless and the time you will save is priceless!

Substituting Habits

I’m sure you’ve heard it before: if you’re looking to cut calories, cut out the soda. If you happen to be a soda addict this is a lot harder than it sounds. With SodaStream you can keep the soda in your life and cut back on the calories. SodaStream’s cola uses a mix of zero-calorie Splenda and sugar, delivering only 8 grams of sugar per 8 ounce serving, compared to about 27g of sugar for a Coke. And if you break that down by calories per serving, SodaStream looks good with 35 calories verses nearly 100 calories for that Coke! The trick is to keep your daily consumption between 8-12 ounces. If you want to eliminate more calories, SodaStream is great for just carbonating water and adding fresh lemon juice.

Being Active

Eating healthy isn’t the only thing you can do to improve your health. Being active, whether it’s walking or jogging 15-20 minutes a day, can greatly improve your health and fitness. An activity tracker can help motivate you to be more active. These devices track your activity level, calories burned, heart rate, sleep time, and let you know if you are on target to reach your daily goals. Some trackers let you challenge friends, turning everyday fitness into a social, fun, achievable way to a healthier you. We have a variety of activity trackers to choose from that will help you reach your fitness goals. For some tips on eating healthy and being active, you can also follow our ‘Health and Wellness’ board on Pinterest.

A Good Night’s Sleep

Eating healthy and being active are important to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, but there’s one more thing that’s equally important, and often overlooked: sleep.  Sleep plays an important role in your physical health, including healing and repairing of your heart and blood vessels. Ongoing sleep deficiency is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke. Sleep deficiency also increases the risk of obesity. Sleep helps maintain a healthy balance of the hormones that make you feel hungry (ghrelin) or full (leptin). When you don’t get enough sleep, your level of ghrelin goes up and your level of leptin goes down. This makes you feel hungrier than when you’re well-rested.

If you’re not sleeping well you should first consider your mattress, pillow and bedding, as these can all have significant impacts on your sleep. It’s important to find out what type of mattress is best for the type of sleeper you are. Check out our ‘Mattress Buying Guide’ to learn more.

Next, think about the sheets you use. Are you too hot or cold during the night, or do the sheets irritate your skin? How about your pillow; some people don’t realize that a good pillow can make all the difference.  Bedgear makes pillows that are designed specifically for the way you sleep. Check them out here. For more tricks and tips to getting a good night’s sleep follow our board ‘Sweet Dreams’ on Pinterest.


Losing weight and getting healthy is the most popular resolution every year, and for good reason! A healthier you is a happier you, and we hope you found the above tips helpful. How else do you resolve to stay healthy in the new year? Let us know in the comments!



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Small Appliances Make the Perfect Holiday Gift



It’s that time of year again… the holidays are right around the corner and you may or may not have started your holiday shopping. If you are looking for some gift ideas, here are 5 of our favorite small appliances that we love giving!

The KitchenAid Stand Mixer

The KitchenAid Stand Mixer makes a wonderful holiday gift for anybody who enjoys baking. They come in an array of fun colors to match any personality and offer much more versatility than basic hand mixers. These mixers have the ability to knead dough for delicious homemade bread, yet they are simple enough to thoroughly mix cake batter with ease. The hands-free design allows the user to add ingredients while the mixer is churning, as well as allowing them an opportunity to do other tasks such as preparing the pan for baking or even taking a short phone call. This mixer also comes with a large enough bowl to mix a couple of batches of cookie dough in one shot, saving time when baking for a large party! Can you think of someone who would love this gift?

Crock-Pot Cook & Carry Slow Cooker with Little Dipper Warmer

This is a great gift for the cook who likes to share good times as well as good food! This portable slow cooker eliminates the hassle and the mess when transporting cooked foods from home. Cook it up, lock it up, and go with the secure-fitting lid and locking system. The Crock Pot Cook & Carry is perfect for traveling to parties, tailgates, picnics, potlucks, and more. This portable crock pot also comes with the 16-ounce Little Dipper Food Warmer, ideal for warm dips and sauces.  Makes a wonderful gift for the cook on the go!

Avanti 12 Bottle Free Standing Wine Cooler

Do you have a wine enthusiast in the family? The Avanti 12 Bottle Free standing Wine Cooler makes a great gift; large enough to keep a few bottles of wine cold for special occasions and is small enough for easy storing. The innovative design of this wine cooler allows them to store 8 bottles horizontally and 4 bottles vertically, which is perfect for opened bottles. There is an exterior display for temperature setting, which can be set from 47 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit. They can also choose to use pre-set buttons for red and white wine if they are not sure about the right temperature. This wine cooler also comes with an interior light to make it easier for them to find the bottle they are looking for when entertaining guests! Check out all of our wine coolers here.

Keurig Mini Plus Brewing System

Keurig Mini Brewing System is perfect for small spaces, college dorms, or for the only coffee drinker in a household.  These compact, personal brewers don’t take up a lot of space and will make a perfect cup of coffee, tea or hot cocoa in less than two minutes with a simple press of the button. To add a little something extra to this gift, check out our selection of K-cups; various flavors of coffee, teas, cocoas, and iced beverages.


Perfect gift for the soda lover! The SodaStream turns tap water into sparkling water or a favorite soft drink, in less than 30 seconds. The SodaStream also allows the user to get as fizzy as they want and never have to worry about their soda going flat. With the SodaStream Soda Maker kit, the user can even make their own flavors and soda concoctions! All of this in just one press of a button; that’s really how simple it is. If you are looking for a unique gift that won’t go to waste, this is it!

Looking for some more holiday gift ideas? Check back here for we will be posting more blogs on holiday shopping and gift ideas or check out our Holiday Gift Ideas board on Pinterest! Happy shopping!


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