The Friday Five – 7.19.19
A decluttered space can reduce stress and increase productivity
There’s a theory that the less cluttered a space is, the less stress you’ll feel, leading to more productivity. A quick, easy way to achieve this feeling without going overboard with a deep clean is to declutter. This article on 12 ways to declutter offers helpful tips like getting rid of items you haven’t used in a year, digitizing nostalgic items (think taking photos of those stacks of your children’s art projects you just can’t bear to throw away!) and utilizing storage under the bed. Your home or office will feel more tidy, your mind will be clearer, and you’ll feel better overall!
How can the “El Paso” test help me find the best lawyer?
Houston to El Paso is a long drive (almost 13 hours and all in one state). To apply the test, ask yourself if this lawyer is someone you could see yourself driving such a distance together – alone in the car. If, when meeting with the lawyer, you don’t feel comfortable after spending less than an hour together, don’t even think about hiring them.
You need someone who really listens to you and what you have to say, who understands your situation and does not treat you just like every other case. Because even though the facts may be almost identical in some cases, no one is identical to you and your family. Hire someone you feel comfortable with asking questions and make sure that you like their staff as well.
How a 30 Day-spending hiatus can kickstart to better habits
Have you ever made a quick stop at Target or the grocery store to pick up just one thing then end up walking out with a full cart and a long receipt? We are so guilty of that! We were intrigued by this 30-day spending hiatus that encourages things like putting your monthly subscriptions on hold, avoid eating out, and only “shopping” for clothes in your closet for a whole month. After 30 days, take a look at how much you’ve saved and compare it to all of the things your were easily able to live without as a kickstart for long-term habits!
Heatstroke prevention extremely important, especially for kids
We all know that the Texas heat is no joke! Extreme temperatures are not only uncomfortable, but they can be very dangerous, especially for kids. This article on how to protect your child from heatstroke provides great reminders on how vulnerable little ones are and encourages hydration breaks every 15 minutes, loose-fitting clothes, and to never leave your child alone in the heat. Also outlined are heatstroke warning signs to look out for to ensure safety this summer.
Understanding serving sizes is key to following food labels
Checking labels for things like fat and sugar content is a great way to keep your family healthy. But what can sometimes derail efforts is not correctly understanding portion sizes. You may thing you are eating within limits set for yourself, but if you inadvertently consume two or three times the serving size listed on the label, you could be in trouble. Use this handy guide for learning typical serving sizes to help you stay on track.