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7 Simple Stress Management Practices

April is National Stress Awareness Month and it couldn’t have arrived at a better time, as we are ALL feeling some stress right now!  As the COVID-19 global pandemic continues, our daily lives have become consumed with feelings of overwhelmingness, fear and anxiety. Now more than ever, stress awareness is critical, as it reminds us to stay on top of our health and wellness.

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Join Us For a Special Cause!

Do you feel like lately the world is in desperate need of more kindness and compassion? Have you often wondered why people don’t show more respect for one another? If you are answering “yes” to these questions, then we would like to share a very special cause that is near and dear to our hearts with you.

The L.I.V.E. Like Hannah Foundation was established by Dean and Erika Viall, in memory of their daughter, Hannah, who’s passing resulted from a car accident on February 24, 2018, just a month shy of her 16th birthday. Hannah had a kind, generous and loving spirit, and a smile that would light up any room she entered. She had a special gift…a way of reaching out to many people and making everyone feel loved and accepted. Even if you didn’t know Hannah, she strived to make you laugh and feel good about yourself. She had a huge heart, practiced acceptance and had an abundance of love and compassion for everyone. If you crossed her path, you were her friend.

The L.I.V.E. Like Hannah Foundation (L-loving, I-including and V-valuing E-everyone) was created on the premise of helping people throughout the Wake Forest community, via challenging others to live more earnestly and selflessly as Hannah did. Since its inception, the foundation has provided various types of youth scholarships and outreach programs to the local community through random acts of kindness.

To learn more about the foundation and the assistance programs it provides to the community, please visit the website.

On Saturday, October 19th, the 2nd annual Wake Up and Workout For Hannah fundraiser event will take place at the Capital Sportsplex in Wake Forest. The event will kick off with a workout at 8:30am, hosted by Find A Way Fitness. The event will last until noon and will feature many auction items sponsored by local vendors (including a HydraFacial bundle, valued at $675, from Triangle Facial Plastic Surgery), along with a fun kidzone and play with the Jr. Carolina Hurricanes hockey players!

The support, donations and purchases from last year’s inaugural event made a major impact on our local community. They helped provide scholarships to 6 local graduating high school seniors totaling $21,500; began funding for a Kerr YMCA Indian Guide and Leaders Club Scholarship; contributed to random acts of kindness around the Wake Forest community; and, provided hurricane relief for Hannah’s favorite camp, along with a need based scholarship for the camp. Let’s help is amazing foundation continue to positively impact the local community, while honoring Hannah at the same time!

Our Triangle Facial Plastic Surgery team will be out there, and we hope you will join us in this very special cause. Please spread the word and share this post with your friends and visit the event page to reserve your spot for the workout.  This event will be an incredible, uplifting and inspiring experience for all! You can stay tuned on all of the up-to-date event details by visiting Hug A Day on Facebook.

XOXO ❤️

#hugaday #livelikehannah

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7 Essential Oil Home Remedies

Essential oils have been around for eons now, and they have been used for cooking and aromatherapy among countless other things. The best thing about essential oils is they don’t just smell nice, they can also make you feel amazingly good. Here’s a list of seven essential oil home remedies everyone should know:

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April 3rd is National Walking Day

April 3rd is National Walking Day!  Set aside 30 minutes of your day, round up your friends and/or family and get out there and go for a walk!

National walking day began in 2007 by the American Heart Association with the intention of celebrating physical activity.  Walking is one of the simplest ways to stay fit and active. Research has shown that walking can have an impact on your overall health and lower your chances of heart disease.  

Tips for Walking:

  1. Always wear sunscreen!  
  2. Wear comfortable shoes and socks.
  3. Stay hydrated.  Lots of water is key for a successful walk!  
  4. Buddy up.  Not only is it nice to have company on a walk, but having a friend come along is safer than walking alone.
  5. Don’t forget to stretch before and after!  
  6. Pump your arms to get your heart rate up and maintain good posture.   
  7. If you walk at night, be sure to bring a flashlight and wear reflective gear.   

There are many local charity walks this Spring in the Raleigh Area, so if you are looking for a healthy activity backed by a good cause, be sure to sign up for one (or some) of these upcoming walks.

Sunday 4/7 – Dog Days 5K and 2 Mile Walk – NC Museum of Art, Raleigh

Sunday 4/7 – Autism Speaks Walk – Duke University Campus, Durham

Sunday 4/14 – NEDA Walk – Downtown Raleigh

Saturday 4/20 – Walk to Defeat ALS – Downtown Raleigh

Saturday 4/27 – PURPLESTRIDE Walk to End Pancreatic Cancer – NC State University

Saturday 4/27 – SPCA of Wake County Dog Walk & Woofstock – Koka Booth, Cary

Saturday 4/27 – March of Dimes March For Babies 3 Mile Walk – Morrisville

Saturday 5/4 – Walk to End Lupus – NC Museum of Art, Raleigh

Friday 5/17 (@ night) – 8th Annual Catching Fireflies 5K Run/Walk – Wakefield, North Raleigh

Friday 5/17 (@ night) – Triangle Walk Like MADD 2019 – Knightdale Station

Saturday 5/18 – NAMIWalks (National Alliance on Mental Illness) – Downtown Raleigh

Saturday 5/18 – Wake County Great Strides Cystic Fibrosis Foundation – Downtown Raleigh

Saturday 5/18 – The Promise Walk for Preeclampsia – Clayton

 

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Start The New Year Off Right With These 2019 Events

For many, a New Year means a fresh start, a new beginning and a time to start a new set of goals and resolutions. Many of those goals are surrounded around health and wellbeing, tranquility and self awareness to be the best person they can be.

A great way to start the New Year off on the right foot is by doing some healthy and mindful activities. The Triangle area is full of these great things to do to kick off 2019 on the right foot. Take a look at the events below, and enjoy the start of your New Year.

 

Mindful Bodies New Year’s Day 1/1/19 (1980’s themed) Dance Fitness Party
January 1 @ 10:00am
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mindful-bodies-new-years-day-1119-1980s-themed-dance-fitness-party-tickets-49503639719?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

Commitment Day
https://www.mylt.life/events/commitment-day.html

Fleet Feet Resolution Run
http://www.fleetfeetraleigh.com/events/resolution-run

First Day Hikes at NC State Parks
https://www.ncparks.gov/first-day-hikes

Local First Hikes:
Jordan Lake: Tuesday, January 1, 2019 – 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Falls Lake State Recreation Area: Tuesday, January 1, 2019 – 10:00am
Eno River State Park: Tuesday, January 1, 2019 – 2:00pm

Kwanza Fest 2019
Tuesday, January 1, @ the Durham Armory
http://aadekwanzaafest.wixsite.com/kwanzaafest

First Walk
Tuesday, January 1 @ 10-11am, White Oak Creek Greenway (Cary)

New Years Day 8K Run (Durham)
Tuesday, January 1 @ 1PM
https://www.carolinagodiva.org/

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2018 Raleigh Area Holiday Markets

Tis the season for Holiday shopping! Make sure you celebrate with some local fun this holiday season and visit the multiple Raleigh area Holiday Markets this season! Here is a list of 2018 Raleigh area Holiday Markets:

DURHAM ART WALK HOLIDAY MARKET
Saturday, November 17th to Sunday, November 18th
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St., Durham
Free
https://www.facebook.com/events/2056133857940573/

ANNUAL HOLIDAY CRAFTS FARE AT NC STATE
Saturday, November 17th, 2018
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Crafts Center, Thompson Hall, 210 Jensen Drive, Raleigh
$3 per person, $5 per family, free for NC State students with ID
https://www.facebook.com/events/726960447658358/

HOLIDAY ART MARKET (DURHAM)
Saturday, November 17 @ 10am and Sunday, November 18 @ 1pm
Durham Fruit and Produce Co
305 S Dillard St, Durham, North Carolina 27701
https://www.facebook.com/events/317947079017537/

HOLIDAY MARKET (FALLS RIVER GREENWAY CLUB , N. RALEIGH)
Sunday, November 18 @ 1-4pm
1300 Falls River Ave Raleigh, NC 27614
https://www.facebook.com/events/304739496783322/

THE CHRISTMAS CAROUSEL HOLIDAY GIFT MARKET
Friday, November 23rd, to Sunday, November 25th
Friday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
NC State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh
$5 to $9
https://www.facebook.com/events/2016243941772087/

TINSEL TOWN HOLIDAY MARKET
Saturday, November 27 @ 4-8pm
The Hasentree Club
7305 Village Club Dr, Wake Forest, North Carolina 27587
https://www.facebook.com/events/274801406487491/

THE HOLIDAY MARKET @ QUAIL CORNERS SHOPPING CENTER
Saturday, December 1 @ 10am-2pm FREE
https://www.facebook.com/themarketatquailcorners/

WAKE FOREST HOLIDAY ARTISAN MARKET
Saturday, December 1 @ 9am-3pm
Wake Forest Renaissance Center
405 Brooks St, Wake Forest, NC 27587
https://www.facebook.com/events/1301695073267564/

THE HOLIDAY HILL MARKET
Satuday, December 1 @ 10am-4pm
The Mill
146 S Main St, Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina 27526
https://www.facebook.com/events/1679898392121859/

SCANDINAVIAN CHRISTMAS FAIR
Saturday, December 1st
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
NC State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh
$7, free for kids 12 and under

CAROLINA INN HOLIDAY MARKET
Sundays, December 2, 9 and 16
12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Carolina Inn, 211 Pittsboro Street, Chapel Hill
Free

ST. NICHOLAS EUROPEAN CHRISTMAS MARKET
Friday, December 7th, and Saturday, December 8th
Friday: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Holshouser Building at NC State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Boulevard, Raleigh
Free

GEEKCRAFT EXPO RDU 2018 HOLIDAY MARKET
Saturday, December 8th, and Sunday, December 9th
Saturday: 10 a..m to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Durham Armory, 220 Foster Street, Durham
Free if you register on eventbrite. Or $2 at the door.

LOCALLY MADE MARKET HOLIDAY
Saturday, December 9 @ 12-4pm
The Mayton Inn
301 S Academy St, Cary, North Carolina 27511
https://www.facebook.com/events/2228851077349493/

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10 Ways To Make Guests Feel At Home During The Holidays

I love the holidays! Guests visiting makes the house come alive. Sometimes it is easy to worry if your guest will feel comfortable. I love to make little touches to help my guests feel at home when visiting so they can truly enjoy themselves.

Here are some tips to help you during the holiday season to be sure your guests will feel at home during their stay with you:

  1. Clean and declutter your guest room. Giving your guest some personal space can help them feel comfortable and sleep well in a new place.

 

  1. Give the house a good cleaning but don’t worry about aiming for perfection. Often we want things to be perfect when our guests come but all that happens is that we make our home feel cold and unapproachable. We want our guests to feel at home and that means we should make our homes relaxed and cozy.

 

  1. Set out extra blankets to snuggle with. Winter is chilly and throws blankets and extra pillows make your home cozy and feeling warm.

 

  1. Use a diffuser to make your home smell pretty. Holiday scents are always a great option. Look for a fragrance that is safe for kids and sensitive individuals.

 

  1. Leave snacks and drinks in a place that makes it clear to your guests that it is meant for them so they don’t feel uncomfortable asking for something they need. A quick reminder for them to “make yourself at home” will also help with this!

 

  1. Provide your guests with a few things to keep them entertained. While most likely they will use what device they bring with them things like books, magazines, and games they can do if they have trouble sleeping is always a good idea. If children are coming as well, be sure to put a box of toys and games to help keep kids entertained.

 

  1. Give your guests the Wifi password so they can connect online without using up data because they forgot, or feel uncomfortable, asking for it.

 

  1. Bake a treat or make their favorite food for dinner. This is a great way to make everyone, kids especially, feel at home when visiting. There is nothing like a batch of fresh baked cookies to start a conversation and get a kid to feel at home.

 

  1. If you have a closet in the guest room where your guests will be staying, offer them some spare hangers to hang their clothes. Also, offer an iron if they need it. Packed clothes wrinkle no matter what you do to pack them, and this gesture can mean a lot!

 

  1. Put out extra bath and hand towels in the guest bathroom, as well as some spare travel bottles of shampoo and soap. You can pick them up at most stores for under a dollar, and in the event they forgot to pack these types of items with them, this offering is very sweet and keeps the guest from having to ask for these things when everyone is rushing to get ready in the morning.

 

Enjoy the holidays, and enjoy your company. It always goes by so fast, so soak it all in and capture those precious moments.