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Having a nutritious breakfast gets your day off to a great start. However, finding time to make it can be tough when your mornings are busy. You don’t have to gather a ton of ingredients or set aside a lot of time to prepare a good breakfast. Keep the following easy and healthy breakfast ideas in mind for hectic mornings.
Yogurt & Fruit Parfait
You can get a solid helping of nutrients from this simple breakfast parfait recipe, and you only need about 10 minutes to make it. You’ll need the following ingredients for this recipe:
To make this recipe, start by whisking the Greek yogurt, peanut butter or almond butter and honey in a bowl. When you have a smooth mixture, add some of it to a glass. Put a layer of strawberries, grapes and almonds on top, then add another layer of yogurt mixture. Place a layer of strawberries, grapes and almonds on the yogurt mixture, then enjoy your healthy morning parfait.
Cheesy Eggs in a Mug
When you’re in the mood for eggs for breakfast and don’t have time to cook on the stove, give this recipe a try. You’ll get a good serving of protein along with vitamin C and a few other important nutrients. You’ll need these ingredients for this egg recipe:
For this recipe, you’ll need to use non-stick cooking spray on the inside of a microwavable mug. After coating the mug, add the broccoli and water, and microwave for a minute or two on full power. Add the eggs, sliced onion, red pepper pieces and milk to the mug, and use a fork to beat the egg mixture. Microwave the egg and broccoli mixture for 45 seconds, then stir and microwave for about 30 seconds. Remove the mug from the microwave, and top the egg mixture with the shredded cheese. Cover the mug with foil to let the cheese melt for a few minutes. Add salt and pepper for seasoning.
Oat Banana Pancakes
Pancakes only take a few minutes to prepare and a few minutes to cook, making them an ideal choice for busy mornings. With this recipe, you can skip the flour entirely and use oats instead for some extra fiber. Gather the following ingredients:
To make these pancakes, mash the bananas in a bowl, then add eggs and vanilla. Mix these together, then add the cinnamon and oats and mix again. Add a scoop of pancake batter to a heated skillet, then cook for about 2 minutes. Flip the pancake, and cook for about a minute or two. Repeat until you have a stack of golden brown pancakes.
For those who love reading, the right nook with the perfect amount of light is a dream come true. Often times, these areas are found in a quaint coffee house or an old library. But what about in your home? Here are a few things to think about when creating your dream, reading corner.
• Space: You may need several shelves for your books, but your nooks only need a little bit of space. It should be somewhere quiet and inviting either inside your home or even in your back yard. No matter your decorum, reading nooks generally take up a small fraction of a room or outdoor area.
• Lighting: Make use of any lighting you find comfortable. You may opt for natural lighting by using a sunlight, large window, skylight or simply setting your nook up outside. If you want to get that quiet, somber, library feel, try using a small, free-standing light with a soft bulb or fix a little lamp to the wall close to your seat. Try to avoid using candles or dimly lit bulbs unless they’re supplemental to your main light source. This will make sure you avoid eyestrain so you can keep enjoying your space without the headache!
• Chairs and Tables: The seating in your nook should be comfortable and cozy. Smaller seating options may be your best bet when looking to unwind and relax. Adding wood or wood-like side tables with a dark stain can help give you that rustic feel. If you’d prefer a simpler, more modern corner, try sleek neutral colors for your table. These can be found in almost any material.
• Sound: For those that love reading while listening to soft music, you could use a nice set of earbuds or headphones. If you’d prefer to have your ears free, a quality sound system with small “hotspot” speakers may do just the trick.
A reading corner doesn’t need a lot of space, but placement strategy is key. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
• Armchair Plus Floor Lamp: One way to get the perfect lighting without windows is to place a floor lamp and an armchair in a corner. You’ll have a perfect corner for reading – simple, well-lit, and classic. Some floor lamps come with a built-in table, which can save you space if you want to keep everything consolidated.
• Children's Reading Corner: The youngest household members can also have a corner of the room designed to encourage reading. Only a small armchair or even a beanbag or poof is needed and can be placed in the most illuminated part of the room.
• Chair by the Window: A chair by the window is the simplest way to put together a corner for reading. Complement it with a few shelves and decorations, and you’ll have a modern and neat cove for your reading time.
• Built-ins: If you have more space, install a window seat or bench in front of a window. Top it with a comfortable cushion and throw pillows. Use shelving below as an organizer that can be used to store books or other objects. The shelving can also be used as a neat table, too!
Now that you have a few tips and tricks under your belt, go set up your reading nook! If you’re in the market for a new home with little areas that can be used as your own, personal escape, give me a call. I’d love to help you find your perfect nook in your perfect home.
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Shopping for a new home is difficult and time-consuming. With all of the homes listed for sale, it’s tempting to want to visit all of them. However, if you’re juggling house-hunting with your work and personal life, then you likely won’t have time to set aside many hours to visit several homes.
This is where you can use technology to your advantage. With free, modern tools online you can find out plenty about a house and the neighborhood it’s in without ever having to go and visit it. Better yet, you can do so in just a few minutes right from home.
In this article, we’re going to teach you how to become a real estate investigator from the comfort of your own couch, helping you save time while hunting for the perfect home for you.
Know what you’re looking for
While it’s okay to browse homes for pleasure, when it comes to getting serious about buying a home you’ll want to keep your search as specific as possible. Think about what you or your family need in a house and neighborhood, rather than focusing on idealized versions of those things.
A good way to do this is to sit down and make a list of your budget and the five most important things you’re looking for in a home. These could be things like distance to work, being in a certain school district, or having a certain number of bedrooms. Once you have these details in mind you can begin your search.
There are a number of search tools for locating homes near you. The key to searching, however, isn’t the tool you use but how you search. Refer to your list for things like room numbers, square footage, and location.
If you don’t come up with as many hits as you’d like, try setting up email or text alerts so you can be made aware of the new results for your area.
Once you have a list of about ten properties, you’re ready to start researching them further to see which sellers you want to contact to view the home.
Researching a potential home
Many people are surprised at the number of things you can learn about a home just from a Google search. However, Google will be an indispensable tool in your search for the perfect home.
Let’s start our search on Google Maps. Type in the address for the house you’re researching and see if there are any photos of the home that aren’t on the listing page. Next, enter the satellite view of the home to get an idea of the layout of the home and property.
While you’re in Google Maps, it’s a good idea to browse the local area for businesses, hospitals, schools, parks, and other services that might affect your decision. Then, set a driving route between the house and your place of work to find out how long it would take you to get to work if you moved there.
Once you’re done in Google Maps, head back to the Google search page and browse the results for the address. This could show you information on previous owners, prices, and crime statistics. All of this will be useful information in your search.
Repeat this search method for the rest of your homes on your list and you’ll be narrowing down potential homes to visit in no time.