7 Tips to get in shape this Summer!

English: Jogging with dog at Carcavelos Beach ...

Exercise daily. Taking walks, joining a gym, or even taking a pair of light weight weights to work for at least a half hour a day will dramatically help you to get and stay in shape.

Maintain a clean diet. Know what you eat. Stay away from processed foods and sugar. Try eating more veggies and protein.

Don’t drink your calories. Try not to drink anything that has calories or a lot of calories. Drink water and plenty of it. Water suppresses hunger and is calorie, sugar, and carbohydrate free!

Try not to eat before bed. As we sleep our energy levels drop, which makes it twice as hard for our bodies to burn excess calories that we eat during a late night dinner. Save your food for when you are awake.

Starting slow is better than fast. Starting an exercise plan that includes running ten miles and then being sick for weeks is not where you should be starting. Start by walking for 30 minutes or using a lighter weight than heavier weights.

Find a partner. Having someone else pushing you and doing exercises with you, will make it easier to stay on track. They also can be a great motivational boost and make working out fun, rather than actual work.

Resting day. Make sure no matter what, you set aside a day or two to rest.  Some people choose to rest on the weekends. While others the weekend is the only time they have to work out.  Just as long as you give your body the proper rest it needs doesn’t really matter what day you choose. Do keep in mind this is not an excuse to binge eat and ruin all your heard work.

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Mother’s Day Is Right Around The Corner, Here Are 7 Ways to Celebrate Mom!

Mother's Day Gift Ideas!
Mother’s Day Gift Ideas! (Photo credit: The Greenery Nursery)

As children in school we make finger painted cards and noodle necklaces for Mother’s Day. As we get older the search for the “Right” gift becomes a little more stressful and time consuming. Simply7 came up with 7 tips to help you find the best gift for mom this Mother’s Day.

  1.  Personalized Gifts always tend to touch the recipients heart a little more than a traditional gift. Giving mom a personalized card, piece of jewelry, or photo related gift will give her an item that connects you and her to the special occasion and relationship you have. To find reasonably priced personalized gifts for her go to http://www.personalcreations.com/mothersday?REF=PCRSRCHgoog_kwd_personalized%20mother%27s%20day%20gift_b&NoExitPopup=Y&MATCHTYPE=search&KEYWORD=personalized%20mother%27s%20day%20gift_b&ADTEXT=23825586899&NETWORK=google2.
  2.  A gift basket of her favorite scents, lotions, candles, or soaps is a traditional, yet thoughtful gift. A woman can never go wrong with a basket full of her favorite goodies. A great website to shop for gift baskets is http://www.gifttree.com. A custom made basket makes a great gift as well.
  3. Gift cards are easy and a great way to get mom to spend money on herself in places she wouldn’t normally. A gift card to a spa day, her favorite restaurant, pottery class, or a wine tasting are some great ideas to surprise her with.
  4. Flowers are the more traditional and popular gift choice on Mother’s Day, yet it still is a beautiful and colorful way to brighten her day. You can also, have them delivered to her job or house to make her feel a little more special around the office or house. Wanting to order flowers to get delivered?  Try ordering through www.proflowers.com or your local florist.
  5. If she enjoys cooking, gardening, travel, or crafts find creative gifts that match her interest. I would suggest looking on http://www.amazon.com to have a variety of choices.
  6. Mothers are always the first and last to be in the kitchen. This Mother’s Day be the one cooking a home cooked meal for her and the family.
  7. Take her to a restaurant she has never been to or has wanted to go to, but has not had the chance to treat herself. Wanting to make reservations? Visit http://www.opentable.com/ to avoid the wait.

Simply7’s Tips for Planting This Spring

Garden/Allotment
Garden/Allotment (Photo credit: tricky (rick harrison))

We’ve pulled some of our favorite plants to add to your garden this spring. From fresh veggies to herbs, nothing beats fresh produce from your own backyard. Don’t have a green thumb? No problem, we’ve listed only the easiest plants to grow (and keep alive) just for you!

Veggies to Grow:

Tomatoes

With minimum water and a lot of sun tomato plants can grow and last you all summer long. An easy time- saving way to begin your own tomato garden is to head over to your local nursery or home improvement store and buy a starter plant.

Tomato Plant
Tomato Plant (Photo credit: jayneandd)

Cucumbers

Fresh cucumbers straight from the garden are a cool delight on a hot day. These dark, slender fruits are must-haves for every garden! You can pickle them or slice them right into a salad. They are able to grow in many different kinds of soil. They need a moderate amount of water and some sun.

Herbs to Grow:

Given the prices some markets charge for small quantities of herbage, growing them yourself will save a whole lot of money. You can’t beat the grow-it-yourself bang for buck ratio.

Mint

Mint plant - now flowering

Both spearmint and peppermint literally grow like weeds. Keep in mind that a lot of spearmint is required to produce the same minty effect as peppermint, so if you’re growing it indoors, where space is limited and harvesting is frequent, peppermint is the better option. Start your peppermint plant with seeds—not root or leaf cuttings—in a small pot full of potting soil. Peppermint will thrive in shade, but make sure it’s in a spot where it gets at least a little bit of light each day.

Cilantro

Cilantro herbs are rich in antioxidants, essential oils, vitamins, and dietary fiber, which helps reduce LDL or bad cholesterol while increasing HDL “good cholesterol levels”. They require full sun or light shade in southern zones since it bolts quickly in hot weather. It grows best in a well-drained, moist soil. Cilantro plants should be spaced about 6 to 8 inches apart. Cilantro is best grown by directly planting seed.

Cilantro

Sunny Smile Sunflowers

Try planting this exotic yet beautiful flower this spring. This particular sunflower does not give off pollen which is a plus for anyone that suffers from allergies. They also make great indoor plants as well.  They require full sun, and dry-moist soil.

sunflowers
sunflowers (Photo credit: autumnal_hedge)

 

 

 

Father’s Day is Coming Up, Here Are 7 Phenomenal Ideas on How To Make His Day Great with The Perfect Gift!!

Dad may not ask for a lot during the year, so Father’s Day is the perfect time to show him your appreciation. Maybe this year we can leave the ties behind and move on to better things. Here are our top 7 recommendations for simply marvelous gifts!

1. Personalized Double Insulated Cocktail Shaker from William Sonoma.

2. Mesh Grilling Basket-Perfect for veggies, meat, or seafood! Find it at Sur Le Table

3. A Personalized Skin or Case for His Cell Phone. Find it at the Personalization Mall.

4. The Art of Shaving, Starter Kit, Unscented, Lemon, Lavender, and Sandalwood.

5. 6 months of Hulu Plus + Reciever (Just $79) Check it out here.

6. Home Beer Brewing Kit from William Sonoma. 

7. A hug and a rolex, and a bag of Simply7 chips. (Just kidding about the rolex) But, if you want to order some chips, try us on Amazon.com and use the code 25simply for 25% off!