Home Décor Trends from First Preston HT

Spring is officially here and it’s time to give your home a fresh update in addition to a deep spring cleaning.  Your home should reflect your personality and also be a retreat from your busy day-to-day life.  If you come home to a dull, cluttered space it can keep you from relaxing and enjoying those quite moments from the hustle and bustle.  Here are some top 2015 home decor trends from First Preston HT to help spruce up you home.

20150323b.bigstock Side Table and classy lamp 44510758 300x198 Home Décor Trends from First Preston HTGo for the Gold!  Swap old stainless steel kitchen or bathroom fixtures for those with gold or bronze finishes.  This will instantly update the room with a touch of luxury and sophistication.  This decor trend can spill into the bedrooms and living room by updating table or floor lamps that feature gold metal bases, drawer knobs and cabinet pulls, gold brushed picture frames or accessories.  You can even mix metals of gold and silver for a polished look.  Keep in mind these shouldn’t over power the room but add a nice finishing touch.

Wallpaper has made a huge comeback and it’s not that drab floral pattern you are imagining from the 80’s or 90’s.  Top design companies are creating really bright, bold, fun prints that can really add pizzazz to rooms both large and small.  Aside from prints and colors that pack a punch, textured wallpaper is also becoming popular and can add to the room’s overall ambiance.  Don’t think you have to paper the whole room; choosing just one wall can be enough to achieve the look you are going for without over doing it.
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The Deep Blue – decorating with blue accents has become really popular lately.  This color has many different shades.   Blue tends to be a calming color and can add drama when painted on the walls of a room.  This could be a good color choice for guest bedrooms, or the master bedroom.  Think of adding pops of this color in unsuspecting ways: royal blue chandelier, sapphire glass coffee table, navy suede sofa,  or sea blue floor rugs.

You don’t have to implement a total overhaul to reap the benefits of a fresh space either.  Switching out accent pillows, duvet covers and sheets, flowers, and accessories can make a huge impact while making not a huge an impact on your wallet.

These are just a few trends in decor this year brought to you by First Preston HT.  We hope you get inspired to update your space in a way that leaves you feeling at home.   For information on effective ways to manage institutional and individual portfolios nationwide, or to shop for real estate visit First Preston HT. Like us on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter.

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Luck of the Irish Recipes From First Preston HT

St. Patrick’s Day celebrates the most widely known patron saint of Ireland. However, most of us think of green beer, parades and the luck of the Irish.  Whether you are hosting a party or attending one, here are some St. Patrick’s Day recipes from First Preston HT.

St. Pattys Day Luck of the Irish Recipes From First Preston HTIf you are looking for an easy, healthy spread, you’re in luck.  Try this Ombre Veggie Tray featuring some of my favorite crunchy greens.  Whip up some Pesto Hummus to serve with the veggies and some pita chips.

For those with a sweet tooth, bake up these Guinness Chocolate Brownies that will be sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.  Looking for something a little lighter and green in color?  Check out this Key Lime Pie that was featured on Oprah.

No St. Patty’s Day is complete without the green beer which requires few drops of green food coloring to your favorite beer.  If you’re out of luck and don’t have any food coloring on hand, just enjoy the Guinness that’s left over from the Guinness brownies.  Most importantly, don’t forget to wear green!

How do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?

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Down Payment – Why Size Matters

20150306ce.bigstock House and Money with Pad of Pa 11936630 300x199 Down Payment   Why Size MattersWhether you are a first-time home buyer or a seasoned vet, a down payment is typically required by the lender.  The amount required can range between 3-20% of the final sales price on the property.  So how much should you put down and what will that mean for your monthly mortgage payments?

A larger down payment can benefit you in several ways.  As the size of a down payment increases, the overall monthly amount due will decrease because less money is borrowed.  The size of the down payment will also determine the types of mortgages you are eligible to apply for.  For example, if you are only able to put down 5% you will be limited in the loans you qualify for as well as the number of banks that will loan to you.  Additionally, a higher interest rate might apply.

There are several mortgage calculators available online that calculate the monthly mortgage payment based off the price of the home, interest rate and down payment amount, like this one on Zillow.

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Fitness: Out with the Old in with the New

workout Fitness: Out with the Old in with the NewIf you are interested in changing your workout regimen to stay motivated and engaged, there is no shortage of new classes or workouts that promise to keep you on your toes and make your heart pound.  Last year Cross Fit was the rage but here are some new fitness trends to check out:

  • Body Weight Training: This includes exercises that don’t need gym equipment and therefore can be done anywhere.  Think lunges, squats, push-ups and burpees.
  • Barre Class:  This total body workout combines ballet, yoga, and Pilates and can be less intimidating than high intensity boot camps.  Barre studios are popping up all over the country like Pure Barre and and Barre3 (which also offer virtual classes online).
  • Spin Class:  Widely popular last year, it continues to still is hot.  This indoor cycling fitness class promises to torch calories and incorporate some light weights as well.  My favorite studio is Soul Cycle but check out Fly Wheel too.
  • HIITs: This stands for High Intensity Interval Training and is similar to a fitness boot camp or a P90x workout.  You go really hard for a set time on a specific exercise and then have a short recovery after which you repeat.  This will get your metabolic rate up and tone muscles.
  • Short Workouts: This is a broad term but similar to HIITs.  It focuses on getting the maximum calorie burn and toning by working out anywhere from 7 to 20 minutes at a time.  This is great for people with limited time to work out.

What’s your favorite workout or class?

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Valentine’s Day Fun Facts

AA92QxK 300x229 Valentine’s Day Fun FactsValentine’s Day is a holiday for love, romance, flowers and candy.  Every year thousands celebrate this time to show appreciation and affection for their loved ones, just as they did this past weekend.  Here are a few Valentine’s Day fun facts that you might not know regarding this recent Hallmark holiday.

 

  • The holiday got its name from the Christian Martyr, Saint Valentine and dates back to the 5th century
  • By the 18th century, gift-giving and exchanging hand-made cards on Valentine’s Day became common in England which eventually spread to America
  • Over 75% of candy sales for Valentine’s Day are comprised of chocolate confections
  • The famous conversation hearts, Sweethearts, were first made by the New England Confectionery Company in 1866 and every year 10 new conversation-heart sayings are created
  • Contrary to popular belief, it’s not the most popular holiday for greeting cards; it is the second coming in behind Christmas
  • Richard Cadbury, in 1868, introduced the first Valentine’s Day box of chocolates

Did you enjoy your Valentine’s Day?  Let me know if you received something special!

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Winning at The Big Game Commercials

The ‘Big Game’ did not disappoint this year with the over play and with it being a tight game.  The Patriots won against the Seahawks 28 – 24 with the win being attributed to one of the worst play-calls in all of Big Game history.  Aside from the game itself, I enjoyed some tasty football fare to snack on while watching the most expensive commercials, reported to cost be 4.5 million per 30-seconds, that had the expectation to entertain and provide a wow factor.  I was disappointed in general with most of the adds not being exceedingly memorable or engaging.

download Winning at The Big Game CommercialsMy favorite was the Budweiser commercial, “Lost Dog,” featuring the cute puppy that finds its way back home to his owner after almost being devoured by a wolf only to be saved by his friends, the famous Clydesdale horses.  This commercial also trended highly with male and female audience members alike making it the overall top rated commercial.  The Always brand had an inspiring add, “Like a Girl,” which emphasized the importance of giving young girls the confidence to do amazing things in life.

What was your favorite commercial this year?

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Super Food for The Big Game

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Wings are a staple for the Big Game party but can be really high in calories.  Try this lighter version which still packs all the flavor, Cauliflower Buffalo Wings.  If it’s nachos you crave, these Grilled Sweet Potato Nachos come fully loaded but you can add your favorite toppings and give them your own twist.  To top off the nachos, make this delicious vegan queso for a dairy-free rendition.  Your guests won’t be able to tell the difference.

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In the spirit of football and the Big Game Sunday, I recommend enjoy what you serve as well as the company you have!

What are your favorite Big Game Foods?

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Keeping it Clean in 2015

We are all guilty of trying to attain perfection instead of progress when it comes to achieving our goals and then tend to beat ourselves up when we slip.  If your resolution of eating clean (consuming a largely plant based diet with few organic meats and fish and avoiding gluten, sugar, dairy, and processed foods) has taken a U-turn, here are a few recipes to get you back on track to feeling healthy and energized!

smooothie grande 150x150 Keeping it Clean in 2015This green smoothie from one of my favorite clinical nutritionists, Kimberly Snyder, will not only leave you feeling satisfied and energized but it also aids in weight loss, fights ageing, and helps you have clearer skin.  It’s clean drinking packed with fiber, vitamins, enzymes our body needs, and is very hydrating.  I also love this protein-packed smoothie from Sakara.

Lunch can get boring very fast as we reach for the same thing over and over again out of habit.  Switch things up with this Vegetarian Taco Salad that is a huge crowd pleaser and has lots of bright, bold flavors (I omit the cheese to keep it clean and use Kale for the greens).

bowl done3 200x300 Keeping it Clean in 2015After a hard day at work, dinner can seem like a free-for-all.  We justify indulgent (poor) food choices because our day was long or overly tiresome.  A lot of dishes can be prepared ahead of time on the weekend making it is easier to eat clean, healthy foods.  Try this Spaghetti Squash Noodle Bowl which is hearty and perfect on a cold night.  Spaghetti Squash is a great substitute for pasta noodles.

What are some of your favorite clean eating recipes?

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New Year’s Resolutions Go High Tech

MaleSmartPhone.adamr  199x300 New Year’s Resolutions Go High TechIt’s that time again, where everyone set’s a lofty list of resolutions for the New Year and usually winds up breaking them within the first few weeks.  Only about 8% of American’s actually are successful in keeping their goals.  How can make sure you stay on top of your list and fall privy to the norm?

There are several mobile apps that can help keep you motivated and on track whatever your resolutions maybe.  If you are trying to lose weight or get healthy check out apps such as Happy Scale, MyFitnessPal, WellnessFX, CodyApp (one of my favorites), or SleepCycle.

Did you know that two-thirds of Americans don’t have a budget, according to a Gallup poll?  If keeping your finances in check is your resolution, look to download Level, Mint, or a mobile app provided by your personal bank.  This can keep you on budget while on the go and help you set goals for spending and saving.

What are your New Year’s Resolutions and how do you plan to keep them?

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Surviving Visits with Family

UpsetWoman 300x199 Surviving Visits with FamilyEven after the Holidays it can be a stressful time surviving visits with family.  For some, visits can last a while and big family gatherings can lead to more anxiety.  It’s easy to set high expectations for this time of year since being with the family is supposed to have happy, peaceful, and cheery overtones.  However, this can also cause us to overextend ourselves which inevitably can result in stress, resentment and/or frustration.  Here are a few tips to surviving the extended time with family:

  • Don’t set expectations – this can lead to disappointment if a family member is not living up to what you envisioned or if the schedule you wanted to follow is not going as planned.
  • Focus on the true reason for the company – don’t get caught up in the menus, shopping and entertaining.  This is when you need to enjoy spending time with those you love and be grateful.
  • Accept family members for who they are – people’s values, opinions and ideals can change over time. Focus on what you have in common with each other.
  • Forgive one another – if you do get into an argument forgive each other and agree to move forward.

How do you handle extended visits with family?

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