The Cutest House Plans for Bungalows

Tate
October 10, 2017

No style of architecture captures coziness quite like the humble bungalow.

Hitting the scene at the turn of the 20th century, bungalows quickly became one of the most popular building styles in Canada. There are good reasons for that. Bungalows are efficient, embracing an open floorplan that flows from room to room and eliminates wasted hallway space. They boast charming features like low-pitched roofs, broad eaves, and a welcoming porch with sturdy columns.

Bungalows are all about simplicity. Just ask a child to draw a picture of a house. They won’t return a sketch of a vast mansion or hyper-modern bunker — they’ll give you a square with a triangular roof, dotted by two little ground-floor windows. That’s a bungalow!

Aside from their charm, bungalows are also utilitarian. With everything located on the main floor, they’re ideal for people who want to cut down on the time it takes to clean and organize the house. They’re great for families, since kids and caregivers will always be on the same floor (though it’s admittedly less fun for hide-and-seek). Bungalows are also ideal for people with limited mobility, since they take stairs out of the equation.

If you’re not sold yet, just check out some of these adorable house plans for bungalows. Royal Homes are prefab home builders located in Ontario, and they happen to have a huge catalog showcasing all different sizes and styles of bungalows.

Flipping through their gallery, you can see just how versatile this building style is.

I’m clearly a fan. Can you blame me? Having grown up in a single-story, cottage-style bungalow, I can’t help but feel nostalgic for what is arguably the cutest building style out there.

I like being able to wake up early and go to bed late without tip-toeing up and down a set of creaky stairs. I hate having to drag the vacuum cleaner between floors to get the house clean. My family likes to holler to each other across the house (out of laziness, not anger), which wouldn’t be possible in a multi-story house.

Are you a bungalow fan? What are your ideal house plans for bungalows? Personally, I’m fond of Craftsman-style homes like the Portland, which combines the classic look with natural-looking elements.

5 Concrete Steps to Boost Morning Motivation

Tate
September 13, 2017

Have you ever gone to bed thinking of all the things you’d like to get done the next day, only to wake up feeling totally drained and unmotivated?

Motivation is a fickle thing. If you just cross your fingers and hope it’ll drop by, you could end up waiting forever. You can’t wait for it to strike – you have to get up and make it happen.

A lot of it has to do with shifting your mindset and habits over time. Mindfulness can’t happen overnight, unfortunately. So what if you want motivation now? Here are five concrete, tangible steps you can take you can do to boost your morning motivation tomorrow.

1. Get a Good Night’s Sleep

You’ve heard it a million times, sure. But that doesn’t make it any less true. Getting the requisite 7 to 9 hours of uninterrupted sleep makes it easier to get things done in the morning, and it improves your ability to process and retain information throughout the day.

If you’re getting enough sleep and still feeling tired, it could be that the quality of sleep isn’t ideal. In that case, start looking for ways of fixing that. Start by avoiding caffeine eight hours before bed, and get away from the screen (television, computer, and, yes, even the phone) half an hour before laying down.

Cliche as it sounds, a good night’s sleep really is the first step to a productive and motivational morning.

2. Put on Music

Music is one of the surest ways to give yourself a dose of inspiration. Pick something that pumps you up and listen to it while you’re getting dressed, making breakfast, and commuting to work. Change your boring alarm tone to something that strikes a chord. You’ll be surprised how much a great tune can boost your energy, especially if you’ve been falling back on the same talk radio or top 40 stations every morning.

3. Write Down Your Goals

I admit that people tend to make more out of this than it’s worth. Writing down your goals doesn’t conjure a spell that will make all of your dreams come true. But there is merit to the idea that writing something down makes it seem more tangible and within reach.

Before you go to bed tonight, write down some of your goals. It can be a far-flung dream, like moving to Paris, or something closer to earth, like losing ten pounds. Either way, put them to paper and leave it somewhere you’ll see when you wake up in the morning.

Reminding yourself why you’re waking up, and the reason you’re going to carry out the day as planned, will help put you in a productive mindset from the start.

4. Get Things Done Before You Leave the House

Many people just roll out of bed and sluggishly stumble through the morning until they get to work/school. This isn’t a good start to a productive day. Make a list of things you want to accomplish each morning before you leave the house and follow through. Creating structure to your morning will help put you in a motivated mindset.

It may be tough to get everything done at first, but only takes about a month for a repeated behaviour to turn into a habit. After that, it’ll be like second nature. You’ll be surprised how much you can accomplish before you even leave the house.

Start small, and keep adding new things as you become more efficient.

5. Eat a Good Breakfast

It’s another cliche, but this is probably the most important piece of advice on this list. Getting your essential vitamins and minerals soon after you rise from bed will make a huge difference in the level of energy you have each day. Make a nutritious breakfast of whole fruits or vegetables, whole grains, or yogurt. If you don’t have time to cook, blend it together in a smoothie.

Is Your Marriage Not What It Used To Be?

Tate
September 6, 2017

Relationships change over time and so do people. That can cause a marriage to seem stale or even possibly on the rocks. Even couples who have been together and quite happy for decades can find that their strong bond is not what it used to be. That can be quite distressing and when it happens, there are a number of things you can try, including seeing a marriage counselor for receiving relationship advice.

These trained professionals will meet with both partners to discuss what is going on in the marriage. That information will give them a clear idea of what the problem is and what each person’s concerns are. From that point onward, the counselor can come up with specific advice designed to help each partner work out their issues.

These suggestions might involve the couple working together on certain areas and/or each partner doing things on their own. The couple will periodically check in with the counselor via weekly, biweekly, or monthly appointments and their progress will be monitored. If the positive changes are not happening on the schedule the counselor sees fit, or a client expresses apprehension over the direction of the treatment, then changes will be made to get things on track. Marriage counselors have helped to save millions of marriages over the years, and most will admit it when they feel a relationship has run its course.

You can also listen to a marriage counseling speaker. These individuals give presentations for groups of varying size on a particular topic. They can be quite informative and helpful, and meeting with others who have the same problems as you can be quite therapeutic. While the therapy cannot be as couple specific, it may well offer thoughts and suggestions that go a long way in helping troubled relationships to get back on course.

Way’s to Keep Your Meals Interesting!

Tate
May 26, 2016

I have been working away on my meals lately trying to get them as developed and different as I can. There are a lot of ways people tend to get into a habit of eating the same thing all the time and not only is this boring for the body but also boring for the mind. Its good to learn to properly cook great food. This is good for when you have guests over- impress them with amazing meals, make sure your family has great holidays and other events with the amazing foods you make, and also when you have romantic interests over you can show off your skills!

Cooking is most certainly an art form- there is a lot of bad art out there. You need to make sure to constantly be bringing new materials in and experimenting. Push the envelope. Get some spicy foods and some exotic minerals and try them out in a new and exciting dish. Get some friends together and pick one country per weekend- see if you can all come up wish a nationally themed plate. This is a great way to spend some time with good friends. It’s a good idea to take down what you have made each weekend in something like daily food diaries.

I have been keeping track of all of my meals and plates lately- its amazing what you can think of when you record whats working and what isn’t working . Lots of people do this online publicly using something called an online food and nutrition diary. This essentially keeps track of what you are eating or preparing on a given day. Its a great tool because you can use it to also keep track of how good you feel- you can effectively track how different types of foods affect your energy levels. This way you can optimize your diet and make sure that the dietary needs are being met to the fullest extent. This is also a great place to track how many calories are in each meal which is useful if you want to start planning a more stringent diet for weight loss.

Opening Your Mind To Thoughts And Inspiration

Tate
May 20, 2016

Sometimes we suppress our minds when it’s actively trying to tell us something.  It might be because we don’t want to think about a specific topic or we’re ashamed of our thoughts.  Other times, it might be because we’re tired and don’t have the energy to fully think about something specific.  However, opening your mind and feeding your thoughts and subconscious is a great skill to have, especially when you need to get creative and/or are learning something new.  You want to be able to transcribe all these thoughts into a diary or journal of some sort so you can look back on it later and reflect.  Reflecting on your thoughts really improves you as a person.  Writing down your thoughts and feelings and then reflecting is a great way to help you heal if you’ve gone through a difficult time.

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If you’re unsure where to start, here are a few tips.  First, grab a pen and paper and write about where you are in life at this moment.  Are you happy?  Anxious?  Excited about something?  Write about where you are in life right now and how you’re feeling about it.  Are you exceeding your expectations or are you not where you want to be?

Next, write about the things you appreciate in your life.  It could be your friends, parents, even those new shoes that you just purchased.  Remember, no one will read these entries unless you let them, so don’t be afraid to be completely honest and express truly how you feel.  Continue writing and don’t worry about editing or grammar.  Write wherever your consciousness takes you – when reflecting on these entries, you’ll get more of a sense of what you were thinking when writing instead of a story that’s on paper.

Write whenever you can especially when you have something to say or a story to tell.  Personally, I love writing down my dreams and then reflecting on them a couple of months later.  For me, dreams are easily written down because there’s a plot and it follows a storyline of some sort.  Write whatever you feel like, and look back on your thoughts.  You might even surprise yourself.