Fun Activities in Lake Geneva

Lake Geneva has a lot to offer with many historical locations, businesses, and stunning views. To help you decide what you want to do during your next stop in Lake Geneva, we created a list of fun activities that you can try.

  1. Explore downtown Lake Geneva

Downtown Lake Geneva is a place where you can never get bored. At every corner, you’ll find something that you want to try out. Although, it can be hard to choose which boutiques to stop at. Good thing we have a blog post for that as well! 

Boutiques in Lake Geneva 

  1. Go to a brewery or winery

Lake Geneva is home to many breweries and wineries. For a brewery to check out, we recommend Topsy Turvey. They have craft beers that are made with the finest ingredients in small batches. For a winery, we recommend The Bottle Shop. They have over 800 wines from around the world that you can buy or enjoy in-store. 

  1. Visit the Geneva Lake Museum 

Learning can be fun too! The Geneva Lake Museum is home to many artifacts and exhibits that share the long history of Lake Geneva. Learning more about Lake Geneva helps make the town come to life. So next time you’re on main street, take a step back in time at the Geneva Lake Museum.  

  1. Have a spa day

After enjoying everything Lake Geneva has to offer, there’s no better way to relax than with a trip to the spa. One of the most popular spas in town is the Grand Geneva Resort and Spa, although they have many other amenities that might catch your interest. 

  1. Walk around the trails in Lake Geneva

Lake Geneva is home to many stunning views that are best enjoyed on the city’s trails. The most popular trail is of course the Geneva Lake Shore Path that wraps around the lake that the city gets its name from. For more hiking trails near Lake Geneva, check out our past blog post. 

Hiking Trails Near Lake Geneva

Techniques for Positive Self-talk

Positive self-talk can often be difficult when everything seems to be going wrong, but a big part of growing is finding the ability to love yourself, even in negative situations. To help get you out of a negative mindset, we’ve compiled a list of techniques for positive self-talk. 

  1. Find joy in negative situations 

Finding humor even in the worst of situations can be a natural catharsis. Laughing reduces stress and tension almost immediately, so if you want to break the habit of negative self-talk, laugh instead! Find the joy and humor in negative situations even when it seems impossible. 

  1. Reaffirm yourself 

Positively reaffirming your abilities can help you get out of a bad mindset. Saying to yourself little things like “I am good enough” or “I can do this” can help you realize that you are those things, and the only person who was holding you back from being “good enough” was yourself. Always remember to treat yourself the way you would treat others.

  1. Identify negative self-talk tendencies 

In what scenarios do you often resort to negative self-talk? If a few scenarios come to mind, these are the situations that you might want to focus your positive self-talk on. Feeding your mindset with negative self-talk during these situations doesn’t benefit your ability to grow or adapt. Instead, focus on a growth mindset and mentally prepare for these situations with positive affirmations.  

  1. Find positive friends 

It’s easy to say you want to think more positively until you’re surrounded by negative people again. It’s easy to absorb the emotions of those around you, especially when it’s all you come into contact with. Once you fall right back into those negative thoughts, it can be damaging. To avoid this, always have those positive people in your life who will support your positive outlook on life. 

  1. Check your thoughts

When you’re having a bad day, make sure to check in with your thoughts. Ask yourself if your thoughts are becoming more negative and it’s causing you to go into a deeper state of negativity. Identifying the sources can be hard, especially when it’s yourself. So always check in with yourself because at the end of the day, that’s who matters most. 

Boutiques in Lake Geneva

A day in Lake Geneva isn’t complete without stopping at a boutique. Unfortunately, there are so many shops and not enough hours in the day to visit all of them. To help you decide which boutiques to visit, we have compiled a list of Lake Geneva boutiques that you need to stop at during your next day out.

  1. Geneva Lakes Jewelry

This boutique will fulfill all of your jewelry needs. Geneva Lakes Jewelry is a woman owned business with artisan made and environmentally sustainable pieces. You can shop from their collection of jewelry, or you can have a custom order done! Visit their website or in person at 728 Main Street from 10am-5pm. 

  1. Water Lilly 

Water Lilly has fashionable finds for women and children. They are open all week from 10am-7pm and currently have a half price sale for some of their items. Make sure to visit them at 235 Broad Street in Lake Geneva while the sale is still here!

  1. JAYNE 

JAYNE prides themselves on having clothing for women of all generations. Not only are their clothes ageless, they are also absolutely stunning with a wide variety of options to choose from. Located at 771 W. Main Street, this shop is open 10am-7pm everyday. Although, you can also place orders through their website with the option of curbside pickup! 

  1. Tres Belle Boutique 

Tres Belle Boutique has everything you would expect to find in a boutique. They have clothing, bags, accessories, jewelry, and much more! This truly is a hidden gem that is located at 233 Broad Street, open 10:30am-5pm. 

  1. Soho Boutique 

This boutique has trendy clothing with fashionable brands. They have an online shopping option, but if you want to make a stop in person, they are located at 875 W. Main Street. Soho is open all week from 10am-6pm, but on Sundays they are open from 11am-5pm. 

Budgeting Tips

We all have to budget from time to time, but it’s not the easiest task. Budgeting takes a lot of self-restraint and willpower. To help make your life a little more simple, we compiled a list of budgeting tips that will help keep you on track. 

  1. Put aside money for unexpected expenses 

When budgeting, it can be easy to forget that there might be unforeseen expenses that can pop up during the month. Putting aside some money to cover for any unexpected expenses is important when budgeting. If you don’t have this safety net, you might end up having to use the money you saved while budgeting. 

  1. Use cash 

It can be easy to overspend when you’re on a budget, but when you’re using cash, you can’t overspend. Once you’re out of cash, then you’re done spending for the day! This strategy helps you avoid making unnecessary purchases while prioritizing what you want to buy that day. 

  1. Set goals 

This is an obvious budgeting tip, but it’s an essential part of budgeting. You need to remind yourself why you decided to budget in the first place in order to stay motivated. Once you have this motivation to budget, you can start creating small and actionable steps to reach your goal. 

  1. Prioritize goals and expenses

Prioritizing your goals and expenses above other spending habits is important when budgeting. Having a plan on how much you want to save that month should be reliant on how much you have in expenses. After that, you can portion out the leftover money for other purchases. 

  1. Revise your budget as needed

Revising your budget on a monthly basis is key to ensure that you are budgeting correctly. Expenses can change from month to month and you also might discover problems in your budgeting plan over time. Adjusting your budget to account for these changes is essential in keeping up with your plan.

Simple and Healthy Snacks

It’s tempting to indulge in unhealthy snacks when you’re feeling hungry, especially when they don’t require any extra steps to make. To help you avoid going straight for the unhealthy snacks, we’ve compiled a list of simple yet healthy snacks that you can make at home. 

  1. Protein Bites 

Protein bites are filled with nutritious ingredients. Depending on which ingredients you decide to use in your protein bites, they can be very high in vitamins, minerals, healthy fats, fiber, and of course, protein. Once you’ve made a batch of these protein bites, you’ll be able to enjoy them for a fast and easy breakfast, or for a midday snack!  

Chia Seed Protein Bites

  1. Popcorn!

This is a food staple that almost everyone has in their house. There’s no need to reserve your popcorn supply for movie nights when this snack is low in calories and high in fiber! While it can be tempting to add butter and salt, popcorn is most nutritious when air-popped with no oil.

  1. Carrots and Hummus 

This is probably a healthy combination you have already heard of, but it’s popular for a reason! While it’s filling and delicious, it’s also providing you much needed nutrients, such as protein, fiber, healthy fats, and Vitamin A. 

  1. Kale Chips 

People were raving about kale chips a few years ago when they were found to be a healthy substitute for chips. Kale is high in vitamins, minerals and protein. Making these ahead of time so you can snack on them throughout the week will have your body thanking you!  

Baked Kale Chips

  1. Spicy Cashews 

Spicy cashews can be found in most grocery stores, but the tricky part is finding a product that uses natural and healthy ingredients. To avoid this, we linked a recipe on how to make your own spicy cashews. Cashews are high in vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats, making them a healthy substitute for other snacks. 

Oven Roasted Spicy Cashews 

Ways to Increase Productivity

Everyone struggles with productivity from time to time, but it’s important to find ways to increase your productivity when you’re feeling stuck. To help you be more productive in your daily life, we compiled a list of strategies that you can use when completing tasks. 

  1. Find your motivations

Asking yourself why you want to be more productive can be an essential step in starting and completing tasks. If you want to get more tasks done while you’re at work, your motivation might be financial security. Imagining the end results of your work can motivate you to follow through with your productivity goals. 

  1. Prioritize tasks 

Prioritizing your tasks instead of multitasking can assist in reducing burnout, meaning you can get more done throughout the day. Trying to do everything at once often leads to decreased efficiency, while planning out what tasks you need to complete and attacking them one at a time can produce better results. 

  1. Break down tasks 

When you have an intimidating task you need to complete, it can be hard to even start working on it. Viewing a huge task as a set of smaller tasks can be less intimidating and more easily attainable. Based on the amount of time you have to complete this task, you can figure out how many of those smaller tasks you need to finish daily until you’ve completed the overarching task. 

  1. Group similar tasks 

Oftentimes, we don’t consider how switching from polar opposite tasks can effect our productivity. When we’re completing tasks, we often enter into a certain mode of thinking. Once we have to move onto a different task, it can be hard to switch into a new mode of thinking. Grouping similar tasks together can help prevent this. For example, if you have to respond to an email, plan on responding to all of them at once instead of answering them throughout the day. 

  1. Identify your peak hours 

Peak hours are those times in the day when you are the most productive. If you’re a morning person, you might find that your peak hours are earlier in the day. To maximize productivity, you should plan on completing your high-priority tasks during these peak hours. Less urgent tasks that don’t require a lot of strategic thinking are best to save for times outside of your peak hours. 

Meal Prepping Tips

Meal prepping has become a huge trend over the past few years. Although it can help save time throughout the week, many people have difficulties keeping up with their meal prepping efforts. To help avoid this, we compiled a list of meal prepping tips to help you stay motivated and happy when meal prepping.

  1. Allocate time 

Usually when people think about meal prepping, they think about cooking meals for the entire week on a Sunday. This isn’t always an option for some people, not everyone wants to spend their entire day off meal prepping. To avoid this, try meal prepping twice a week instead of allocating all your meal prepping time to one day. Just make sure that the time you’re allocating to meal prepping will work with your schedule!

  1. Vary your meals 

It’s easy to get stuck in a routine with your meals, especially when meal prepping. This can make your meals feel boring, leading to a loss of motivation to continue meal prepping. To avoid this, plan on making a few dishes for the week that you can alternate between or piece together. In addition, make sure to vary what you make on a weekly basis. Use your creativity with this! 

  1. Be versatile with ingredients 

When meal prepping, think about the different meals you can make with the ingredients you prepare. If you plan on making a batch of rice, you can use it for a grain bowl one day and for fried rice another day. If you cook some vegetables for the week, you can put them over that rice or you can add it to a dish of pasta. The options are endless if you find multiple uses for your ingredients!

  1. Pre-chop your vegetables 

Most people are more likely to eat the vegetables they buy if they are already chopped, washed, and prepared ahead of time. Even if you plan on keeping your vegetables raw, you will find it useful to put them in their own storage containers. Once it’s time to start cooking, all you have to do is get them out and begin making your meal. Not to mention that pre-cut vegetables are a great snack to have on hand! Just be aware that some vegetables are best when cut freshly.

  1. Utilize your freezer

Freezing your food is a great asset when meal prepping. It saves time, decreases your food waste, and increases your food’s lifespan! If you plan on having smoothies throughout the week, you can pre-portion your fruits and put them in the freezer. Now all you have to do in the morning is put them in the blender! You can also freeze soups, burritos, vegetables, and many other meals that can easily be heated up.

How to Keep up With Your Resolutions

It can be easy to come up with resolutions for the New Year, but it’s hard to keep up with your resolutions. By February, the majority of people who set resolutions for themselves will end up giving up. To help you become the person you want to be for the New Year, here are some tips on how to follow through with your resolutions. 

  1. Create small goals

It can be hard to stay motivated when the overall goal can’t be achieved overnight. To combat this, it’s important to create small goals that you can reward yourself for achieving. This also helps to mark your progress throughout the year. Seeing that the resolution you set for yourself is actually working will help you keep pushing to achieve the overall goal. 

  1. Use positive affirmations 

When following through with your resolution, there will always be times where you feel like you can’t do it. Using positive affirmations not only helps with motivation, but it also helps you keep a positive mindset. Anytime that you’re working on your resolution, make sure to give yourself a little pep talk. 

  1. Take breaks

It’s important to remember that following through with a resolution isn’t about perfection, it’s about progress. Changing your lifestyle overnight is not easy, so taking a break from time to time can be essential in achieving your goals. Of course taking a break is not appropriate for some resolutions, but if your goal is to lose weight, taking a cheat day can act as a reward and help you realize how much progress you’ve made. 

  1. Adjust as you go 

Setting a plan for yourself is important when achieving your resolution, but that plan might not work out. Many people give up once things don’t go according to plan, but realizing that your resolution can still be achieved through different means can prevent you from giving up. Always check in with your plan and figure out what will work best for yourself going forward. 

  1. Remember the purpose of the resolution

During those times where you want to give up, you’ll want to remember why you decided to set that resolution for yourself in the first place. You set that goal for a reason and you have to ask yourself if you still want to achieve that goal. Most of the time, the answer will be yes. Imagine the person you will be once you achieve your goal and imagine how proud of yourself you will be.

New Year’s Resolutions

In just a few days, 2020 will be over and 2021 will begin! Of course, at the start of any New Year it’s a common tradition to set resolutions for yourself. These resolutions can be life changing if followed through with, so if you’re having trouble thinking of resolutions for 2021, here are a few ideas!

  1. Find your style

There are times when we can get tired of our everyday look, but this New Year you can create a new look for yourself. This might mean changing your hairstyle, experimenting with new makeup looks, or getting some new wardrobe pieces. Finding what style you like the best might not happen overnight, but once you do, you will feel so much more confident. 

  1. Practice yoga 

Many people set the New Year’s resolution of working out more, but intense workouts aren’t for everyone. Yoga is the perfect relaxing workout that can be done from within your home, so no gym membership needed! Not to mention that yoga has many health benefits, some of which we talked about in our blog post linked below. Don’t forget to set goals for yourself with this resolution though, a goal might look like practicing yoga once a day for one hour. 

Health Benefits of Yoga

  1. Start a new hobby 

Hobbies are the perfect way to enjoy yourself, and starting a new hobby can be exciting to explore. Some hobbies can include cooking, reading, art, knitting, and hiking, but the options are endless. Many hobbies have groups that you can join, so if you want to make some new friends, a hobby can be the perfect way to meet some amazing people.

  1. Read more 

If you’re a bookworm that hasn’t had much time to sit down and read a book, then a great New Year’s resolution would be to read more! Setting aside time in your schedule to read will be important, but also consider making a list of books that you want to read every month to set goals for yourself.

  1. Try meal prepping 

For those busy days, we all wish that our food could already be made for us. With meal prepping, the majority of the work is already done! Scheduling your meals and when you’re going to prep for them is the most difficult part of meal prepping, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll be so happy you started. A big misconception about meal prepping is that you’ll have to eat the same thing everyday, but there are many different ways to meal prep. Looking around the internet for a meal prepping style that matches what you want in your meals will be important in this New Year’s resolution.

Last Minute Gift Ideas

Last minute holiday shopping is inevitable, but the hardest part is trying to figure out what gifts to get for everyone. To help come up with some ideas, we created a list of 5 gifts you can easily get last minute. These gifts are all found on Amazon prime, but can usually be found in your local store as well. 

  1. Bath Bombs

You can find bath bombs nearly anywhere you go, making this the perfect last minute gift. We suggest getting a box with a variety of bath bombs so they can have a different bath every time they use your present. 

  1. Acupressure mat 

This acupressure mat is perfect for anyone who has back problems or just needs to relax. Along with the acupressure mat, you will also get an acupressure pillow, a head massager, a massage stick, and a bag to carry everything! 

  1. Aromatherapy Oil Diffuser 

Essential oil diffusers make the perfect gift for any special event. If you want to make the present even better, consider buying some essential oils to make this a complete gift!

  1. 2021 Planner 

Similar to bath bombs, you can get a planner anywhere you go. With the new years coming up, this present is especially fitting. 

  1. Tile 

This gift is perfect for the person who loses everything. They can add a tile to any of their commonly lost items and find it through a free app! It also comes in a pack of two, so you can split this up into two gifts if you still have other people who need gifts!