Hiking Trails Near Lake Geneva

With only two months of summer left, you might be looking for ways to enjoy the outdoors before it starts getting cold again. Hiking is a perfect way to appreciate the warm weather, and luckily there are plenty of hiking trails around the Lake Geneva area. Here is a list of some hiking trails that you might want to visit before fall. 

  1. Lake Geneva Trail

This 20.7 mile loop trail circles Geneva Lake and is perfect for all skill levels. Every inch of this hiking trail provides stunning views of the lake while showcasing lakeside restaurants and shops that you can stop at on your hike.

Lake Geneva Trail 

  1. Nordic Trail 

Located in Whitewater, Wisconsin is the Nordic Trail, a loop trail that is 40 minutes from Lake Geneva. This trail is well maintained and allows you to choose from six different paths, all with varying lengths and difficulties. All six paths have one thing in common though, they all provide stunning views of Whitewater’s less traveled area. 

Nordic Trail

  1. Seno Woodland Trail 

This 1.7 mile loop trail is located in Burlington, Wisconsin; a 22 minute drive from Lake Geneva. The Seno Woodland Trail features stunning forestry with an uneven trail, making the hike moderately difficult. 

Seno Woodland Trail 

  1. Kishwauketo Trail 

For the perfect afternoon hike, head over to Williams Bay, Wisconsin for a 4.5 mile hike. Accessible year round, this trail features a lake and a lookout tower. On parts of the trail there are wooden pathways which make this hike even more scenic. 

Kishwauketo Trail

  1. Gander Mountain Loop Trail

Over in Antioch, Illinois is the Gander Mountain Loop Trail, a 1.4 mile experience that immerses you in nature. This trail is a 35 minute drive from Lake Geneva, but is worth the drive. We suggest wearing long pants and sleeves since parts of the trail feature tall grass! 

Gander Mountain Loop Trail

How to Manage a Busy Lifestyle

Having a busy schedule can be stressful and overwhelming at times. Learning how to manage this lifestyle can help prevent stress and burnout while also freeing up time for yourself. Here are some tips for managing a busy lifestyle. 

  1. Wake up earlier 

Waking up earlier in the morning helps you get a jumpstart on the day. Not only do you have more time to enjoy breakfast and get ready for the day, but you also have time to check some things off your checklist. If you were planning on doing laundry or dishes that day, crossing it off your list earlier in the day can help to alleviate stress and start off the day productively. 

  1. Keep a Planner 

Scheduling your week ahead of time helps to avoid burnout and stress. This keeps you on track throughout the week and ensures that you get everything done. It’s important to leave time in your schedule for yourself and extra tasks that might come up last minute. 

  1. Quit trying to do it all 

When scheduling your day/week, it can be easy to put too much on your plate. When we put too much on our plate, we might beat ourselves up for what we don’t get done. Creating smaller goals that we can celebrate throughout the day can help prevent us from focusing on what we didn’t achieve. Remember to appreciate the progress you’ve made, and find a different time to complete the rest of your tasks. 

  1. Limit your caffeine intake

Not getting enough sleep at night is a reason why we might not wake up early. Caffeine can help during the daytime, but we don’t realize how much it affects us when we want to go to sleep at night. If you have trouble falling asleep at night, it might be because caffeine is still in your system. Cutting off your caffeine intake by 5pm can be a good start to getting a better night’s rest. 

  1. Learn to say no 

It can be hard to say no at times, but learning to say no frees up time in your busy day. Knowing that you have time to get everything done while saving time for yourself can help you feel less stressed. Saying no also helps you be realistic about what you can get done during the day, which in turn prevents you from burning out. 

Skin Care Products for Summer

We’re almost halfway through summer, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to help your skin stay healthy during these warmer months. Here are a couple skin care products that are sure to protect your skin from the sun! 

  1. Facial Moisturizer with SPF

It’s important to protect your skin from the sun year round, but more so during the summer months. This means wearing products with SPF to prevent skin damage. For daily purposes, try using facial moisturizers that contain SPF. But for long days out in the sun, stick to using heavy duty sunscreen. 

Facial Moisturizer with SPF

  1. Soothing cucumber mask 

Sunburns are bound to happen when you’re out in the sun, and when it happens, you’re going to want this face mask. Since this mask is infused with aloe and cucumber, it’s sure to soothe any redness and irritation. 

Soothing Cucumber Mask

  1. Moisturizing Face Cleanser

It’s important to keep your skin moisturized during summer, but that can be hard at times with harsh facial cleansers. Thanks to the squalane oils in this facial cleanser, your face will be clean while keeping the natural oils that are essential for your skin’s health. 

The Ordinary – Squalane Cleanser 

  1. Face Mist 

Not only will a facial mist cool you down on a hot day, but it will also rejuvenate your skin. The pure nurture facial mist has many antioxidants and nutrients that help to hydrate your skin. 

Pure Nurture Facial Mist

  1. Nightly Lip Treatment 

It’s easy to forget about our lips when we think about protecting our skin. Using lip balm with SPF is an easy way to protect your lips during the day is a great step to take. If you want to take it to the next level, doing a nightly lip treatment can help to hydrate and restore the skin on your lips. Dermalogica – Lip Treatment

Steps to Improve Your Quality of Life

Going through our day to day routine, we are always looking for new ways to enjoy life. Maybe that means trying new things or reconnecting with old friends. Either way, we often look for changes we can make that will make ourselves happier. For those looking to make changes, here are some steps that you can take to improve your quality of life. 

  1. Identify what is controllable  

When we spend all of our energy trying to change things that are out of our control, we hold ourselves back from using this energy on things that we can control. Once we focus on changes that yield results, our quality of life will start to improve. 

  1. Acknowledge the negatives

In order to make positive changes, it is necessary to acknowledge what negatively impacts your life. Discovering this negativity will create a base for what changes can be made in order to improve your quality of life. 

  1. Create achievable goals 

When you create unachievable goals, you’re setting yourself up for failure. Through setting achievable goals, we create a system of success that makes us feel good about ourselves. Celebrating these successes can greatly improve our quality of life while also pushing us to follow through with our goals. 

  1. Take time to reflect

Taking the time to reflect on your life is a necessary part in growing. Self reflection can help you realize aspects of your life that need improvement. Overall, taking the time out of your day will help you realize things about yourself and will ultimately lead to an increased quality of life. 

  1. Be Present 

Being present in the moment helps us enjoy our lives for what it is. This can mean turning off your phone or enjoying a nice conversation with someone without thinking about what you have to do tomorrow. Either way, being in the moment means living life distraction free. This change can instantly improve your quality of life by finding peace in what is happening in the moment. 

Health Benefits of Yoga

Yoga is a great way to stay active while also relaxing, and there are many health benefits that come with practicing yoga. If you haven’t given yoga a try, here’s a list of reasons why you should. 

  1. Prevents Back Pain 

Spending our days behind the wheel or in front of a computer can often cause back pain. To counteract these activities, practicing yoga will increase strength and flexibility. This decreases the amount of stress being placed on your back which prevents and reduces back pain. 

  1. Reduces Stress

Yoga requires concentration and complete attention to the movement of your body. Any form of physical activity is great for reducing stress, but yoga in specific helps you stay in the present moment. Having this time to focus on something other than your daily stressors can provide a much needed break. This break from your worries helps to reduce stress throughout the day. 

  1. Improves Joint Health 

Many people will experience joint pain over the years, and yoga is a great way to lessen this pain. Practicing gentle yoga helps strengthen the muscles around your joints which in turn reduces the weight on your joints. 

  1. Increases Self Confidence

Yoga helps to bridge the connection between mind and body. The movements in yoga are both big and small, having control over these subtle movements is what connects you to your physical being. Having this connection with your body can make you feel more comfortable, leading to improved self confidence. 

  1. Better Sleep 

Working out in general helps to improve your quality of sleep, but yoga has specific poses that lead to better sleep. Yoga tires you out much like a regular work out does, but it also relaxes your body and calms your mind. There are many yoga routines online that focus on improving the quality of your sleep. 

Yoga Poses for Sleep 

Sources: 

https://www.verywellfit.com/top-health-benefits-of-yoga-3566733

Fourth of July Activities

It’s that time of the year again, the time where we all get together to celebrate this country while enjoying some fireworks. Though we all have our traditions, it’s never a bad idea to add on some new Fourth of July activities. Here’s a list of activities to consider incorporating into your Fourth of July this year. 

  1. Get crafty 

Making crafts for the Fourth of July is a great way to express your creative side while decorating your house. Homemade centerpieces and wreaths will put you and those around you in the holiday spirit. 

Fourth of July DIY ideas

  1. Grill out 

A Fourth of July staple for many families is the annual cook-out. From burgers to brats to corn on the cob, everyone will find something they like and leave full. If you haven’t partaken in this activity in past years, then this might be the year to experiment in the kitchen! 

  1. Have a picnic

If grilling out isn’t your cup of tea, try having a picnic instead! Not only do you get to enjoy a nice meal, but you also get to enjoy the outdoors at the same time. The food options are endless when it comes to picnics, but since it’s a holiday, try making your meal red, white and blue themed. 

  1. Sparklers

If your local fireworks are canceled this year, have fun at home with some sparklers. These little fireworks are easy to find and make for some great pictures. 

  1. Backyard camping 

The best way to spend your Fourth of July night is under the stars. You can make a bonfire and have some smores, or just relax and enjoy the outdoors. Either way, watching the stars and fireworks will make for the perfect night. Just make sure to check your weather forecast beforehand! 

6 Superfoods to add Into Your Meals

Sometimes it’s hard to stay healthy when the food isn’t the tastiest, but there are some ways to make a meal healthier just by adding one ingredient. If you’re looking to include more nutrients into your day, then here is a list of superfoods that are full of healthy nutrients. 

  1. Kale

Kale is known to decrease the likelihood of diabetes, heart disease and cancer. It also aids in digestion and helps to keep our bones strong. Kale can be added into a morning smoothie, a salad, or even made into chips! The options with this superfood are endless which makes this food a must have in your kitchen.

  1. Almonds

Almonds have many health benefits, including lowered cholesterol levels and controlled blood sugar. Just one cup of almonds accounts for 31 grams of protein, so the next time you’re looking for a light snack, grab a handful of almonds. 

  1. Apples

The saying is true, an apple a day keeps the doctor away. This superfood helps to prevent dementia, reduces risk of stroke, and lowers levels of cholesterol. With the endless possibilities of how to incorporate apples into your diet, you will never get bored of this superfood.

  1. Avocados 

Avocados have a wide variety of health benefits, ranging from improved heart health to improved digestion. Avocados can be added to almost any meal, adding a creamy texture while also helping you stay healthy.

  1. Chia Seeds

Chia seeds can lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of diabetes, aid in digestion, and lower cholesterol levels. These tiny seeds can be added to your smoothies, yogurt, and  even your baking! Adding chia seeds wherever you can into your diet will be sure to improve your quality of life. 

  1. Blueberries

Blueberries are a superfood that are packed full of nutrients and antioxidants, which help to strengthen bones, prevent wrinkles, lower cholesterol, prevent diabetes, and aid in digestion. Eat this fruit by the handful or add it into your cooking, either way, your body will thank you. 

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Best Ways to Start Your Morning

Whether you’re a morning person or you enjoy sleeping in, you probably have a morning routine. If you’re looking to start off your morning even better, here are a few things you might want to add to your daily routine. 

  1. Journal 

When you first wake up, there are probably a billion thoughts running through your mind. Taking the time to put these thoughts onto paper can free up space to think about what you need to do during the day. Not to mention that journaling first thing in the morning is a great way to wake yourself up.  This is also a great time to write down things you’re thankful for and what your goals are for the day. 

  1. Get out of bed and stretch

Stretching helps to increase blood flow and reduce aches throughout the day while also energizing your body. The American Heart Association suggests stretching when your muscles are warmed up. So instead of stretching in your bed, get out of bed to let your muscles warm up a bit and then stretch out your body. 

  1. Avoid your cell phone

Do you check your phone almost immediately after you wake up? If you do, you are part of the majority. Though this is a common habit, it can negatively affect the rest of your day. Your brain is very impressionable when you first wake up, seeing something upsetting on social media can put you in a bad mood that will carry on throughout the day. Instead, take the first 30 minutes after you wake up to set a positive tone for your day. 

  1. Drink a glass of lemon water

Adding lemon to your water in the morning is a low cost and simple way to improve your health. Drinking a glass of lemon water before breakfast will help aid in digestion and can help avoid bloating. It also helps to reduce blemishes and energizes the body first thing in the morning. So next time you stop at the store, pick up some lemons! 

  1. Make your bed 

Though it may seem more favorable in the moment to ignore your messy bed, taking the time to tidy it up will start off the day on a productive note and leave you feeling accomplished afterwards. Finishing such a small task that could be easily forgotten encourages you to do the little tasks that you often ignore throughout the day. This is all made better when you come home after a long productive day to your nicely made bed.

Activities for Summer

We all have our favorite summer activities, whether that’s going for a long walk or spending the day gardening, these are hobbies that can only be fully enjoyed during summer. If you’re ever feeling bored on one of these summer days or just want to expand your list of hobbies, here is a list of summer activities that may spark your interest. 

  1. Outdoor Yoga

Yoga is an invigorating yet relaxing workout that you will look forward to implementing in your everyday routine. Though this workout is typically practiced indoors, taking it to your backyard or the park is the perfect way to enjoy a summer day surrounded by nature. Not to mention that practicing yoga outdoors is a natural mood booster.

  1. Hiking

Hiking is a nature immersive hobby perfect for individuals looking to be active and travel. This hobby will take you to many different places with spectacular  views. If you are looking to get into hiking, searching for your closest state park is the place to start. These parks have sights that capture the beauty of nature, and are especially beautiful during summer when the plants are in full bloom.

Parks and Hiking Trails in Lake Geneva 

  1. Kayaking

If you want to spend a day out on the water but don’t have a boat, kayaking is the way to go. This hobby does not require a license and is easy to learn. There are options to rent kayaks when you go to different lakes, or you can invest in a kayak. There are even inflatable kayaks that are easy to assemble and transport from place to place. Overall, kayaking can take a boring day to a perfect summer day on the water. 

Inflatable Kayaks

  1. Eat outside

For laid back days, taking your meal outside can make a huge difference. There are many advantages to being outdoors while eating your meals. Not only are you changing up your regular setting, but you are also reducing stress and boosting your mood just by being outside. This little change in your routine will bring excitement into your summer days. 

  1. Bird Watching

Bird watching is a hobby that some love and others dislike, which is exactly why you should try it out. You’ll never find out if you genuinely enjoy it if you never try it! Bird watching takes you to a variety of places, which makes this hobby perfect for those who love to travel. If you end up enjoying bird watching, it will keep you entertained for years. 

  1. Gardening

Once you start gardening, you’ll never want to stop. Whether you have a small yard, a huge yard, or no yard at all, you can still find a way to garden. Since you have complete control over how you want your garden to look, it’s a great way to personalize the outside of where you live for everyone to see. Not to mention that it has many health benefits since it reduces stress, is a moderate-intensity workout and is a form of therapy. Overall, this is a feel good hobby that you can only enjoy during these warmer months. 

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

With June starting, it’s time to start thinking about gifts to get for the fatherly figures in your life. Though we celebrate the fathers in our lives year round, Father’s Day is the time to give them a gift for everything they do. If you’re struggling to think of the perfect gift, here are some presents that are sure to put a smile on any father’s face. 

  1. Weighted Blanket

For dad’s that struggle to fall asleep, a weighted blanket could be a life saver. This blanket feels like a big hug and has been shown to raise serotonin and melatonin levels, reduce anxiety, calm the mind, and create a sense of security. 

Weighted Blanket

  1. Garden Kneeler and Tool Pouch

This gift is perfect for the dad who loves to garden. After a long day of gardening, his knees probably hurt and his pants are covered in grass stains. With a garden kneeler, his knees will be happy and so will your washing machine! Not to mention that it has a built in tool pouch, making it easier for him to access tools when gardening. All things considered, this item will become an essential part of his gardening routine. 

Garden Kneeler and Tool Pouch

  1. Indoor George Foreman Grill

Already got him a grill last year? Then how about a tiny indoor grill! Perfect for rainy days when he can’t grill outside but still wants to make burgers for the family. 

George Foreman Grill

  1. Wireless Earbuds

No matter what hobby he has, he will find a use for wireless earbuds. Whether he runs, gardens, woodworks, or cooks, listening to music or podcasts can make the time go by much faster. With wireless earbuds, he will be able to enjoy his hobby without wires getting in his way. 

Wireless Earbuds

  1. Custom Wood Branding Iron

If the father figure in your life enjoys woodworking, a wood branding iron customized for him is an item that will take his craft to the next level. After he finishes a project, he can proudly mark that he was the one who made it. This adds a personal touch that will last a lifetime. 

Custom electric branding iron

Roland Garros furniture