Small Businesses to Support in Lake Geneva

Lake Geneva is a hub for many small businesses. Every time you visit, you might find a new small business that you haven’t visited before. All of the small businesses listed on this blog post have supported Women’s Weekend in our goal to raise funds to donate to New Beginnings APFV, so show these places some love the next time you visit. 

  1. Pesche’s Greenhouse

You can find everything you need for springtime at Pesche’s Greenhouse. With a wide variety of gardening must-haves, this is a place gardeners cannot skip. If you’re shopping for birding or beautiful garden decorations, Pesche’s will have what you’re envisioning. Additionally, if you’re looking for the perfect bouquet for any occasion, Pesche’s Greenhouse will provide you with the best customer service to ensure that your bouquet dreams come true. 

  1. The Candle Mercantile 

Not only can you buy candles at The Candle Mercantile, but you can also make them yourself! With a collection of hand-selling oils, you are able to create a signature scent that is specialized to your desires. The Candle Mercantile doesn’t just sell candles though, you can also craft your own room spray, body spray, diffuser, or even a set of wax tarts! They also welcome groups of people for any event, so next time you’re in Lake Geneva, stop in here with a few friends and design the perfect scent! 

  1. C.R. Goodfinds 

C.R. Goodfinds has a little bit of everything for you and your home. Located in historic downtown, this store has home decor, apparel and accessories, art from local and regional artists, antiques, and even gourmet food! So if you’re on the search for a store that will satisfy all of your shopping desires in one stop, C.R. Goodfinds is the place for you. 

  1. Cornerstone Shop & Gallery

The Cornerstone Shop & Gallery is home to the latest in boutique fashion, home decor, and gifts. This shop offers the latest trends from companies like Joseph Ribkoff, Vera Bradley, Frank Lyman, Umgee, Michael Aram, Mud Pie, Demdaco, Mariposa, John Medeiros, Spartina, Hobo, Vietri, K & K Signs, and many more. Next time you visit Lake Geneva, make sure to stop here to see what all of the latest trends in fashion are. 

  1. Allison Wonderland

Allison Wonderland truly is a wonderland for kids. If you’re visiting Lake Geneva with your children or need to pick up a gift, Allison Wonderland should be one of your destinations. This shop has a variety of products ranging from games, art supplies, books, stuffed animals, and so much more that any little one would love to have. 

Gardening Must-Haves

Whether you’re growing flowers or growing fruits and vegetables, we’re all excited for the weather to warm up a bit! Now that it’s springtime, you’re going to need to bring out your best gardening equipment. Before you start gardening though, here are some items that you should have ready to go this year!

  1. Mosquito Repellent Wristbands

When you’re out in the sun all day, the most irritating thing is getting bitten by mosquitoes. Although you can use bug spray to keep the mosquitoes away, you can avoid smelling like bug spray all day with the use of this repellent wristband! This product works with the use of a refillable pellet that lasts for 15 days. 

  1. Garden Kneeler and Tool Pouch

This is the perfect product to keep your knees safe and your tools on hand. It’s also adjustable so it can be used as a seat if you are trimming plants or harvesting food. 

  1. Food Compost Bin 

Compost bins are the best way to feed your garden while feeding yourself. They’re incredibly easy to use, all you have to do is put your produce waste in the bin and once it’s filled up, you can put that waste in your garden as a natural nutrient! 

  1. Hori Hori

This tool has multiple uses, making it a must-have when it comes to gardening. It can be used for weeding, digging, cultivating, sawing, and cutting! There are a variety of different Hori Hori knives that you can choose from, but no matter what you choose, you’ll be happy you got it. 

  1. Grandma’s Weeder 

Grandma’s Weeder is a tool that allows you to get weeds out without having to kneel down! It’s incredibly easy to use and gets the job done while preventing the classic back pain that comes with gardening. 

Rainy Day Activities

With Spring starting in a few days, we should be expecting many rainy days for the next few months. Rainy days can be fun if you have the right activities, so we’ve compiled a list of activities you can do on the rainy days to come!

  1. Try a DIY Project

DIY’s are the perfect way to make use of a rainy day. You get the opportunity to be creative while making something that will create a better living space. Many of our previous blog posts have DIY recommendations, so if you’re looking for ideas, take a look at some of our other posts! 

  1. Have a Spa Day

Turn your rainy day into a self care day! With some bath bombs, face masks, and comfy clothes, you can turn your home into a spa. Everyone needs a day to pamper themselves, and this is one day where you don’t have to worry about doing anything else!

  1. Learn a New Recipe

Most days, we don’t have time to try out a new recipe. On rainy days though, you’re inside and have all of the time you need to try something new! We have a variety of different recipes in some of our blog posts, so check out what we’ve posted in the past! 

  1. Make a Bucket List 

We all have our dreams of what we want to do in life, and when it’s a rainy day, you might be stuck thinking about what you would rather be doing. Since you’re already thinking about other activities, why not make this an activity in itself! Start giving into those daydreams by planning what you want to do one day. 

  1. Do Nothing 

Sometimes, doing nothing is the best activity. We often feel like we have to fill our time with exciting or productive activities to be happy, but in reality, you can sit on your phone all day and binge watch some Netflix if that’s what you need. That’s a form of self care in itself!

Ways to Portray Confidence

Exuding confidence comes naturally to some people, but for others, it can be learned. Exuding confidence and being confident are two different things, but portraying confidence can help build inner confidence. So while you’re working on building that inner confidence, here are a few techniques to help you portray confidence.

  1. Don’t fidget

Everyone fidgets from time to time and it’s not something to be ashamed of, although it does have impacts on the way others perceive you. Fidgeting is a sign of nervousness and can show others that you’re uncomfortable in a situation. So next time you have to be confident in a stressful situation, be aware of fidgeting.  

  1. Mirroring 

Mirroring is when you mirror another person’s body language, tone of voice, and language. People like seeing other people that are like themselves. So if you’re not sure how to act in a certain situation where you have to be confident, this is a great technique. 

  1. Body language 

Although words can be convincing, body language is the main indicator of confidence. If you take on a more confident stance, you’ll not only appear more confident, but you’ll start to feel more confident as well. Don’t try taking up as little space as possible and keep your head up high. You’re there for a reason and your body language should empower you. 

  1. Eye contact

Keeping eye contact isn’t always the easiest, but when you do, it helps portray that you’re confident in your presence. Of course, don’t over-do the amount of eye contact you give. Excessive eye contact can be uncomfortable, so find a happy medium. 

  1. Improve posture 

Similar to body language, posture can be a huge indicator of confidence. Being hunched over does not portray the image you’re trying to convey, so always remember to keep a straight posture when you have to be more confident.

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. 

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.

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. 

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.

Activities for Fall

Fall has just begun! That means it’s time to start enjoying those activities that are reserved specifically for fall. If you want ideas to add onto your list of fall activities, this is the list for you! 

  1. Make Apple Cider

Making apple cider is the perfect activity for a day spent inside. Not only will it make the perfect drink for any meal, but it will also make your whole house smell amazing! . We recommend checking out an apple orchard near you to get fresh apples for your cider! 

Homemade Apple Cider Recipe 

Apple Orchards near Lake Geneva

  1. Go to a Pumpkin Patch 

If you have a whole day off, going to the pumpkin patch and heading back home to make a jackolantern is the perfect way to spend a fall day. While you’re cutting your pumpkins, don’t forget to save the pumpkin seeds to make a nice snack! 

Easy Pumpkin Seed Recipe

Pumpkin Patches near Lake Geneva 

  1. Make a Pie

This is not an activity exclusive to the fall season, but if you have left over pumpkin or apples from the previous two activities, consider turning those leftovers into a delicious pie. If you’re not the biggest fan of pie, it can also make the perfect gift!

Homemade Apple Pie Recipe

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Recipe

  1. Have a Scary Movie Marathon  

Everyone has those movies that give them that nostalgic feeling of the fall season. Maybe you want to save some of your favorites for when Halloween is closer, but if you have a few movies that you’ve been wanting to watch, reserve a night to watch a few! This is also the perfect time to sip on your apple cider and snack on some pumpkin seeds. 

  1. Have a photoshoot

If you’ve been looking for an excuse to have a photoshoot, remember that the leaves are only going to be colorful for a few weeks out of the year! Head out to a hiking trail or your local park and you’ll find the perfect spot to take some pictures with the changing leaves. 

Hiking Trails Near Lake Geneva

Fall DIY’s

Fall is less than a week away, that means it’s time to start decorating! If you’re a crafty person who prefers to make their decorations, then we have a few DIY’s that you have to try this season. 

  1. Fabric Pumpkins

This is the perfect DIY to put your old socks and leftover fabrics to use. With some basic sewing skills, fluff, and rice, you’re able to turn your old socks into a cute centerpiece that can be reused throughout the years. 

How to Make Fabric Pumpkins From Old Socks

  1. Embroidery Hoop Wreath 

If you happen to have an embroidery hoop laying around, you’d be surprised to know that it can be made into a beautiful wreath! With just a few faux flowers and a hot glue gun, your embroidery hoop is transformed into an outdoor decoration that will have your neighbors asking where you got it from.

Fall Embroidery Hoop Wreath 

  1. Mason Jar Leaf Lanterns 

If you’re not using your mason jars for jam, turn them into a leaf lantern! All you need for this DIY is a mason jar, some fall leaves, a mini candle, a sponge, and some modge podge. Once complete, light the candle inside and you have a mason jar leaf lantern! 

Mason Jar Leaf Lanterns 

  1. Gold Leaf Pine Cone Garland

With just a few pine cones, some string, gold paint, and a few tools from around the house, you’re able to make a garland that you can hang anywhere in your house. Though you could leave the gold paint out of the equation to make this DIY easier, a little gold helps to make it stand out! 

Gold Leaf Pine Cone Garland

  1. Pumpkin Succulent Planters

If you’re a plant lover, then this is a DIY that you have to try! All you need is styrofoam pumpkins, some succulents and dirt, and a few tools to make a pumpkin succulent planter. This DIY is one that will have to be maintained throughout the season, but it’s definitely worth the effort. 

How to Make Fall Succulent Planters