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2021 is quite possibly the most highly anticipated New Year since the turn of the millennium. With the whirlwind of 2020 behind us, the world is looking forward to starting off the new year on the right foot. We’re adjusting to all the new steps to ensure our physical health. However, that’s not all we need to adjust to. From taking care of mental health to keeping cozy with home-cooked meals, there are a plethora of ways to keep positivity your priority as you begin the new year on a high note.

 

Heart and Soul Food

Chickpea stew with toasted bread on the side

There’s no doubt that one of the most wholesome and satisfying ways to kick off the new year is with some delicious meals shared with family in the warmth of home. The key to a comfort meal is all in the preparation, so get ready to spend some quality time in the kitchen as the new year makes its grand arrival. Beef stew, chicken tetrazzini, and chili are just three classics that can help you create that sense of comfort and positivity while also delivering delicious dinners for you and your family.

Don’t have as much time? Slow cookers and pressure cookers are essential for serving up hearty meals for the whole family. From Sloppy Joe sliders to Asian-inspired chicken thighs to beef and polenta, slow & pressure cookers have the added benefit of less time spend cooking. Just put everything in the pot, turn it on, and walk away – nothing to see here. A few hours later and presto! Dinner is served. And the best part of a slow cooker meal? Cleaning is a breeze thanks to the convenience of using just one pot. 

These warm and filling dinners that they cook up are perfect to indulge in on cold, rainy evenings when your dining table cover and waterproof sofa cover is working hard to keep your patio furniture dry.

 

Indoors, In Shape

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Brisk and blustery January weather doesn’t lend itself well to exercising outdoors. But your New Year’s resolution to get fit doesn’t have to be put on the back burner just yet. While your patio exercise space and outdoor chair covers stand up to the force of Mother Nature, you can relax knowing that there’s a number of ways to stay fit and active indoors no matter how nasty the weather may be. 

Activities such yoga, aerobics, and simple cardio routines can get you moving without needing any dedicated exercise equipment. All you need to succeed with these indoor fitness activities is a dedicated space to get fit and a good attitude that will help keep you motivated all throughout the new year. 

 

Cookout

The winter blues make us all long to pull off the outdoor patio covers and enjoy a warm weather cookout surrounded by friends and family. With a little ingenuity and a willingness to think outside the box, you can recreate all the flavors and fun of a backyard barbecue without having to leave the cozy comfort of your kitchen. 

An inside take on outside cookouts is easy when you have innovative indoor grilling techniques and delicious barbecue recipes on your side. And with the help of a dining table cover and outdoor chair covers, your patio will be in perfect shape for when warm weather and cookout season arrive once again.  

 

Force of Habit

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Even the most low-key of New Year’s resolutions will be difficult to fulfill if you don’t make a habit of them. While sticking to a habit may seem like a challenge, there are plenty of tips and tricks at your disposal that will help you stay on track with your goals.

First, sit down with family to plan new year habits does more than help you hold each other accountable. It also allows you to look back on the year that’s passed and appreciate the memories you made together while looking forward to the future and the positive habits you’re planning to bring along with you into the new year.

Second, fulfill your resolution at the same appointed day or time. If it’s exercise, schedule your 30-minute yoga just like you would a class. If 7:00am is when your yoga class was pre-pandemic, then show up at your home yoga space at the same time. Once you build the habit it will be hard to break.

Third, be realistic. Don’t over-indulge in scheduling things just because you’re working from home. Remember, you’re still working the same number of hours. Use that travel time you’re saving to add those necessities like exercise, meditation, or reading for pleasure. If you add too much, you are inadvertently setting yourself up for failure.

 

Throw Some Shade

As you weather the chill of the new year bundled up in your home, it’s important to recognize the hidden household culprits that are responsible for outdoor chills making their way inside. One of the most common causes of heat escape is through bare windowpanes that fail to retain your home’s heat. 

Thankfully, you don’t have to resign yourself to a season of chills and high heat bills. Installing interior roller shades throughout your home not only prevents heat loss and cold drafts, but it can protect you and your furniture from UV damage that can sneak in even on cloudy winter days. If there was ever a home improvement resolution to take on in the new year, this would be it. 

 

Delight-It-Yourself

Everyone is looking for new and exciting ways to keep themselves busy while in winter hibernation and break free from the cycle of binge watching and phone scrolling. Hands-on DIY projects are the creative answer to your family’s cabin fever and can give your home a little boost of freshness for the new year. 

No matter what your skill level is, there’s a home improvement project that will suit your handyman abilities and keep you entertained throughout the span of a cold winter’s day. Whether you’re repainting a planter to match your waterproof sofa cover or building a storage bench for your front entryway, there’s no limit to the DIYs you can delight in while the weather is frightful.