Guide to Packing Your Bedroom & Bath Items for Relocation

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Our bedrooms are our safe havens. They also tend to house many treasured items and closets cluttered with too much stuff. So, packing your bedroom for relocation may feel daunting, especially if you have to deal with a big space. However, there is no need to worry because this guide can help you sort, pack and adequately prepare your bedroom items for moving easily and without too much stress.

The crucial step – declutter your bedroom

Relocation is an excellent opportunity to sort through your items, especially your wardrobe. Leave enough time to get rid of things you no longer need, use, or want. That will make the whole moving process easier, from packing and transportation to unpacking and making your new space tidy from the start. Separate the things you want to keep from those you wish to donate, sell or throw away.

Gather enough packing supplies

If you’ve already sorted and decluttered your stuff, you need to gather enough quality packing supplies. When packing your bedroom for relocation, make sure to have:

  • Enough boxes in a variety of sizes,
  • Mattress covers,
  • Packing tape,
  • Wrapping paper,
  • Shrink-wrap,
  • Paper for writing,
  • Markers and pens,
  • Garbage bags,
  • Cleaning supplies,
  • Tools for disassembling furniture,
  • Moving blankets.
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Quality packing supplies will ensure your items are protected during transport.

Pack methodically

When packing for an easy move, take a systematic approach – start packing guest bedrooms first, and then move on to the master bedroom and kids’ bedrooms.

First, you should pack up the least used items (anything you won’t be using until you’re in the new home). To make things easier for yourself, make a list of everything that goes into each box and label them.

Then, pack frequently used items at the very end and, most importantly – don’t forget to pack an essentials bag. This should be an easy-to-identify bag that will cover the first few days after your move. Include the essential clothing, cozy pajamas, and toiletries.

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Packing your essentials like your nightgowns and PJs!

If you want to choose the best technique for packing various bedroom items, consider the following advice:

Wardrobe

Before you pack up your closet, make sure that all your clothes are clean. You probably won’t have enough time to do laundry right after moving. Leave some of your t-shirts as padding to protect your belongings.

Pack your clothing easily by simply placing them in wardrobe boxes. Leave them on the hanger and just quickly transfer them to a closet in your new home when unpacking your bedroom.

You can leave clothing you keep in drawers right there. Just remove the drawer from your dresser, then secure it with wrapping paper and tape.

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When packing your bedroom for relocation, declutter your wardrobe and use the right techniques for easy unpacking.

Accessories

If you have any expensive jewelry or other accessories, make sure to pack them in jewelry boxes, secured boxes with compartments, or small cosmetic bags. Then you can group them into one larger bag and place it safely into your car. Have them close by during the moving day to avoid your most valuable items being misplaced, stolen, or lost.

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Packing your accessories into small cosmetic bags to keep things organized when moving!
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Can’t forget your slippers and bath item essentials!

It would be best if you left your shoes and comfy slippers inside of their original boxes. If you tossed out the original boxes, wrap your shoes in paper and tape them together, or place them in a bag. Just make sure they are not at the bottom where they can be crushed or damaged.

Bedroom furniture

When packing your bedroom for relocation, disassemble anything that can be taken apart. You should put any screws, nuts, and bolts into a bag, label it, and attach it to part of the furniture they belong.

Furniture surfaces should be covered with paper or shrink-wrap as protection from scratches. Larger pieces of furniture can be covered with moving blankets. Wrap furniture legs with leg protectors.

Before packing your rugs, vacuum them and roll them up. Then, secure them with packing tape. You can cover them with shrink-wrap or an old sheet as a layer of extra protection.

To easily pack especially delicate lamps, remove the shades and light bulbs. Wrap the lamp’s base in shrink wrap and cushion it with packing material to prevent shifting in the box. Pack the shade in a separate box, wrapped in paper so that it doesn’t get crushed or torn during transport.

Blankets, linens, and pillows

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Wrap your pillows up and use them to protect fragile items when packing.

You can start packing all blankets, sheets, pillows, and pillow covers you won’t need before your move. Leave some blankets and sheets to use as padding for fragile and delicate items. Place your mattress into a mattress bag or box, and it will stay clean and protected.

If you’re renting a storage unit for your belongings, it’s essential to take proper care of your linen. Adequately storing linen, clothing and bedding is vital if you want it to stay safe and clean until you move into your new home. Avoid plastic boxes and plastic bags when packing and storing your fine linens because they can easily retain moisture become moldy. It might be a good idea to place them in a suitcase, breathable containers made of natural materials, or special fabric storage bags.

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Be especially careful when packing your linens for storage.

The bottom line

We hope that this guide to packing your bedroom for relocation will help you speed up the process and decrease stress. Good luck!

How to Choose a Perfect Mother’s Day Gift

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There is nobody that loves us more than our moms. This wonderful person has been there for us through every moment of our lives, supporting and nurturing us. So they deserve the perfect Mother’s Day gift. They have sacrificed a lot for us, and they love us unconditionally. This special day is the ideal opportunity to show them we care by gifting them something special. Of course, it does not have to be too expansive or elaborate. It is the thought that counts. Thus, here are a few tips that will help you choose the perfect gift for an exceptional Lady.

Choose something you know she loves

If you are not sure what to get, look for the clues. Chances are you already know what your mom needs because she has made a few comments around a dinner table. Maybe her favorite coat got ripped, and you can get her a replacement. Or she is complaining about back pain, so getting a voucher for a spa would be a wonderful Mother’s Day gift. Also, nobody says she can have only one present. A resort gift is wonderful, but why not add something that will last forever and is useful. Get a nice box and pack a beautiful cotton bathrobe with the voucher on top. She can wear it to the spa center and have something to remember you by. Treat her to a deep massage, a sauna, and a facial. If your mom works a lot and is stressed, this will help her relax and sleep better.

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Being there for a busy mom is all that she needs

There are times in life when moms are so busy, by the end of the day, they fall into bed exhausted. For example, when they have to move with kids. It is incredibly stressful for them because they have to balance their careers, their children and make the household ready for the move. However, relocation with the entire family can go smoothly if she has the support of her partner and kids. So, the best gift you can give them is to take some load off their shoulders. For starters, start planning as soon as you know you will move. Break everything you have to do into smaller tasks. That way, you will have time to pack and spend quality time together. Kids can help by taking part in the move. Packing their rooms is an excellent place to start. Also, ask your parents to babysit the kids during the move, so you do not have to worry about them. And the same goes for every demanding situation life presents us with.

There is no better Mother’s Day gift than a delicious meal

The saying “the way to a men’s heart is through the stomach” is not only reserved for men. It is also true for women, especially if they do not have to do all the cooking. So give them a break from the kitchen with a delicious homemade meal. But do not forget to create a pleasant atmosphere. Decorate the table with dinner napkins and light a few candles. Show your wife or mom that they are your most precious person in the world by cooking their favorite dish. Also, if they have special recipes, it is a great idea to surprise them with their own creations. Of course, do not forget to clean the dishes. It is not much of a surprise if they have to scrub the pots afterward.

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Making dinner for mom is a beautiful way to show your love for her on Mother’s day.

Give a present that she can customize

Sometimes the best gift is the one moms can change a bit and make it their own. Especially if they have a specific taste in things, it is hard to find the perfect one. Therefore, a gift voucher is a perfect Mother’s Day present because they can choose to customize it any way they wish. Also, they will most definitely have fun deciding on a custom monogram for their bathrobe or a towel. Likewise, it is a special gift from a daughter to her mother if they share the same design on a piece of clothing or an item. Even if it is not something that you would prefer to have, it shows your support and love for them.

Organize a weekend getaway

Our moms work hard, and sometimes the only thing they need is a little vacation. A break in their busy schedule where they can rest and have some time away. So rent a home in the countryside or a beach. Reserve it for the weekend and let her recuperate by having a stroll through the forest or by reading a favorite book. But do not forget to check the weather. If it is going to rain, there is no need to cancel the trip. Instead, gift her a colorful raincoat so that she has proper protection. Meanwhile, use the time she is away to clean the house. There is nothing more satisfying than returning to a clean home. And it is one less chore she has to do.

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Gift mom a special raincoat from Jacaranda Living and treat her to a weekend getaway where she can wear it!

The best Mother’s Day gift comes from the heart

If you are not sure what to get your mom, remember that anything that comes from the heart is the best present. It is an item that represents your love for her. So even if it is something cheap and cheerful, it does not matter. Sometimes a homemade card is a perfect Mother’s Day gift if there is a heartwarming message inside. Also, just think about the flood of emotions that a collage of all the photos throughout the years capturing the best family moments will cause. In the end, as long as you spend some time with your mom, it will make her happy. Therefore, if nothing comes to mind, an evening with popcorns and a favorite movie is perfect.

 

 

Why Cover a Tissue Box?

You might not realize how a tissue box cover can really make any room in your home pop and look that much more luxurious. We’re used to buying tissues in unattractive boxes that nobody likes. Luckily, you can cover a tissue box and make it unique and beautiful.

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Here we have our Napoleon Bee Wreath (Blue), Fleur de France (Pewter) and Amalfi Scroll (Blue) Tissue Box Covers.

The tissue manufacturers usually put their products in simple, unattractive, poorly designed boxes that people don’t like. Luckily, you can cover a tissue box and make it unique and beautiful. Tissue boxes are a practical necessity, but they don’t need to be ugly or old-fashioned anymore. With the right tissue box covers, you can make them a part of your decoration.

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An uncovered (and ugly) tissue box.

Complement the design of any room

Tissue box covers are made to complement the design of any space and even elevate it. If you cover a tissue box, you can transform an eyesore into a chic little piece of décor.

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Click on this photo to watch a video that shows you how quick & easy it is to cover a tissue box.

Bathroom and vanity

Tissue boxes are usually located in the bathroom, with other essential bath accessories. They should match your bathroom’s décor and complement the space. However, they are convenient to have in other rooms as well. For example, they will make your vanity look more sophisticated.

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People don’t like poorly designed boxes, and that’s the main reason they decide to cover a tissue box.

Living room

It’s a good idea to have a box of tissues within arm’s reach almost anywhere in our home. Ladies watching a romantic movie on Netflix just can’t imagine not having a few tissues around (just in case some tears come running down their cheeks).

An uncovered tissue box would totally ruin the aesthetics of a living room which is known to represent your style more than anything else. Buying one elegant tissue box cover will add a special touch to your space. They have a similar purpose as decorative pillows on your sofa or other room accessories – they can be beautiful and elegant, but they are also functional.

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During allergy or flu season, having a tissue box in every room of your home may be a necessity.

Bedroom

It’s also common to put one tissue box in your bedroom, on the bedside table – especially for those occasions when you catch a cold or the flu. Also, whenever you’re muddling through allergy season, tissues are your life-saver.

You realize that there’s no point in making your bedside table look stylish and beautiful and then plonk a rainbow-colored tissue box on it. So, be creative and find a cover that will make a statement in your bedroom. If you share a double bed with your partner, you can have a simple yet modern covered tissue box on one side and one more elegant and feminine on the other side. Beautifully embroidered linen/cotton tissue box covers will make all the difference.

Various advantages of having a tissue box cover

Tissue box covers are not only meant to improve the aesthetics of your space. They come with other advantages as well. For example, with the slight added weight of a cover, you won’t need two hands to grab a quick tissue anymore. It may be annoying to use one hand to pull the tissue and another one to hold the box down, so it doesn’t fly up in the air. Covers solve that issue almost entirely. The little things are those that make our life easier.

Since covers look delightfully decorative, they become a necessity once you start to use them. Just be sure to find those which are easy to utilize and refill. There is a wide variety of styles and designs available, so there’s something for everybody’s taste and preferences. Some may want the cover to be unique and personalized – monogrammed, and that’s totally fine; as long as you like it, enjoy it, and it fits your room’s design.

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Those relocating during the pandemic should always have their mask, hand-disinfectant solution, and tissues with them.

 

Few tips in case you’re moving during the pandemic

If you are moving during the pandemic, you are in for a ride. We can all agree that relocating during the pandemic is not easy. You’ll need to pay special attention to everything you touch. Thus, it would be best if you had tissues, hand sanitizers, and disinfectants for surfaces all the time close at hand. You’ll also need to respect social distancing protocols and do everything you can to put yourself through the minimum possible risks.

Cleaning and disinfecting everything before packing your items in boxes or containers is crucial to protect all the people who’ll be handling them. In all the rush before, on, and after the moving day, remember to wash your hands regularly and thoroughly. Wearing a mask goes without saying, and it’s already become the routine.

Final thoughts

When you dive into the glorious world of tissue box covers, you might just realize that you could really use tissues in every room of your home, or maybe even multiple boxes per room (if you have ample space and a big family). To cover a tissue box is becoming so popular because the covers are a perfect canvas for personalization. They can become a great gift as well. It’s not too early to think about Mother’s Day or pick a random date and make your loved ones happy with a simple yet unique gift, especially if you already know how convenient it’s to have something like that these days. Whether you’re looking to refresh your current home with new details or you’re thinking about how to decorate your brand-new home, make the most out of space, and always choose items that are both functional and appealing.

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Shell Collection bath linen display with terry guest & bath towels, cosmetic bags and a tissue box cover.

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How Often Do You Clean Out Your Makeup Bag?

You might be an enthusiastic lipstick collector, or a “less is more” kind of person. Wherever your passion lies when makeup is concerned, one thing is for sure. Makeup, like other products, has an expiration date, and you should be vigilant not to use products past this date. Usually, the expiration date is printed on the container or the box. However, it happens that some pieces of makeup go bad even before their official expiration date. That may happen if you don’t store the products properly. As most of us keep at least some of our makeup in a makeup bag, it is essential to revise the contents occasionally. Spring might be an ideal time to do all sorts of clean-up and an excellent chance to address even your toiletries. So, the question is, how often d

 

o you clean your makeup bag?

Take a good look at your makeup bag and imagine what it would say

If you took a good look at the contents of your cosmetic bag, you could be surprised how many products have gone past their expiration date. Even if they are not expired, it may happen they have a short shelf life. Once you open a product, it can last three to six months, a year, or two. No one can remember when they opened a lipstick or a compact powder, but a quick inspection should tell you the difference. If your liquid powder is separated or it smells funny, it is time to let it go. On the other hand, if you have been using your bronzer for over a year now but still have plenty left, don’t worry. Powder-based products like bronzers, blushes, and eyeshadows can last for three years. Also, lipsticks have a longer shelf life and can last more than two years.

 

Clean out your makeup bag and throw out old products

A good piece of advice is to take everything out of your makeup bag and go item by item. Look at the color, the texture, and the smell. If something feels or looks off, it is better to replace it. If your mascara is dry, don’t hesitate to buy a new one. Also, if your liquid eyeliner is getting lumpy, toss it and get a new one. It is better to invest in a couple of new things than risk putting something filled with bacteria on your face. Taking good care of your skin and keeping it healthy is essential. Avoid skin irritation, and try to dry your face with a clean towel and change towels frequently. If you are a tissue kind of person, you can get yourself a tissue box cover to make a statement in your bathroom.

A tissue box cover can be an excellent gift for your makeup-loving girlfriends.

Cleaning your makeup inside and out

When you decide what to keep and throw out of your makeup bag, look at the cosmetic bag itself. Inspect if it is dirty and whether it requires a good wash. Well, there are a few ways to clean it, depending on how dirty it is. You can use waterproof makeup remover to remove stains and traces of your lipstick or eyeshadow. Also, try using some eco-friendly products you have in your kitchen, like baking soda and water. Scrub the insides of your makeup bag as this is a great green way to clean your space and your belongings. If the makeup bag is made of durable materials, you can put it in a washing machine and program it for delicate washing. After cleaning it thoroughly, you can spray it with alcohol or some other alcohol-based sanitizer.

Keep it simple and stick to the essentials

When you manage to clean out your makeup bag, it is time to start fresh and fill it with your stuff. This time keep it simple. Put only the items you use and need. Don’t clutter it with everything you have. There is no universal rule on what makeup essentials are; it all depends on your preferences. If you put mascara on every day, be sure to include it in your makeup bag. However, if you put on your bronzer once every couple of months and often forget that you even have one, it doesn’t go in your makeup bag. Besides having a clean makeup bag, remember to have enough beauty sleep on clean, high-quality pillowcases. You will be doing your skin a favor.

Sleeping on clean pillowcases is great for your skin.

Prevent your beauty products from going bad

Now that you have filled your beauty bag with your makeup essentials. Here are some tips you can use:

  • Make sure you tighten the lid on all your products
  • Always wash your hands and dry with a clean cotton terry cloth towel
  • Store all products away from the sun or sources of heat
  • Don’t keep your beauty products in highly humid places
  • Never share your makeup with anyone
  • Once in a couple of months, check on your eye products

Clean cotton towels are the best option for drying your wet hands.

Spring is a great time to get a clean start

If you are wondering when is the best time to clean out your makeup bag, the time is now. Spring is a great time to have a fresh start. Usually, as spring comes, we use the time to go through our old stuff, declutter and get rid of the things we don’t use. You can use this opportunity to go through your closet, as well. Pull up all the clothes that you haven’t even worn once during the past years. Consider giving them away, selling, or donating them. Also, it would help if you pulled out clothes you don’t need for the season and put them in storage. You can use storage at home or even rent a storage unit if you have the need. You will undoubtedly feel a lot better after decluttering your closet, bathroom, and cosmetic bag. It is a great way to summon that springtime magic.

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How to Furnish Your Home on a Budget

If you’re moving into a new place, you are probably excited to decorate it just to your liking. Interior decorating is particularly thrilling for those living alone for the first time. You get to be in control of every single thing about your new abode.

Even if you are not crazy about interior design, there are so many places to get inspiration. You can look at everything, from magazines to blogs and Pinterest. However, as moving can often be quite pricey, money might be tight right now. People who just purchased their first home will be feeling it in particular. Even though it might sound impossible, there is a way to figure out how to furnish your home on a budget. Follow our tips, and you’ll be able to get a fabulous design without breaking the bank.

Get thrifty

If you are decorating on a budget, start by looking for items that add a touch of elegance without breaking the bank. You’ll be able to find some quality items for a low price at Jacaranda Living. We carry tissue box covers, embroidered boudoir pillows and beautiful guest towels that can help elevate any room of the house. Check out our promotions page here where we have a lot of items on sale.

Don’t be prejudiced about thrift shopping. Many people dislike the idea of having a yard sale but still want to get rid of the clutter in their homes. They end up selling their belongings to a thrift shop for next to nothing. So be persistent and keep an eye out. You are bound to find some worthy pieces that you’ll love.

Shop online

Shopping online is another way to furnish your home on a budget. You’ll be able to go through a lot of stores and products in a little time and get easy access to different promotions. Subscribing to newsletters is also a neat way to save some money shopping as companies often send special discounts to their loyal customers. Finally, shopping for home decor items online is just more convenient. You’ll easily be in control of everything – from colors to size.

Shop seasonally

Do not put away pieces you no longer want just yet. Storage is an excellent solution for items that might not fit into your new setup but are still usable. You might not be ready to throw them away. Storing them will give you extra space to work with and the potential of using them again in the future. However, try to avoid putting them away unless you’ve already found their replacement at a good discount. When it comes to electronics and appliances, you will do well to wait for seasonal sales if you can.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are peak opportunities for getting a good bargain. However, do not fret if you are just not up for the frenzy of these two days. October and November are typically months when there are lots of discounts on electronics. Companies choose this time of year to introduce new models just in time for Christmas shopping. You could get some great deals during these months.

The same goes for the end of January. If you hate having to use that inherited sofa in your new place to furnish your home on a budget, even for a limited time, there are things you can do to freshen it up and make it more you. For example, get some decorative pillows or drape a throw over it to match the rest of your interior.

Make do

As we mentioned in that last example, having a budget will often mean making do with what you already have. However, just because you are not able to afford some larger new furniture pieces at the moment, or precisely the ones that you want, there is still a way to make your taste come through in smaller ways.

Focusing on small details in a room can bring its whole look together. Something as simple as a tissue box cover in the right color is an affordable addition that will always make you happy when you look at it. Pick the color scheme you want and add details in those colors here and there. Besides just doing it within a room, you can do it throughout the home to tie the whole space together.

A targeted approach

When you’re eager to move in, you could be in danger of that desire getting the better of you. If you wish to furnish your home on a budget, it is vital to take a targeted approach. This approach works in two different ways. Firstly, you want to prioritize rooms in which you’ll spend most of your time. These are the rooms that you should furnish first. While prioritizing, think about the things that you can’t do without in each of the rooms. Those purchases should also come first.

Secondly, you want to ensure that you do not choose quantity over quality. Again, think about your necessities and don’t try to pinch pennies on them. For example, outfitting your child’s room will probably be your top priority. Getting them a comfortable mattress or the right bed frame is much more important than choosing those end tables for your living room that you loved. If you feel like focusing on quality instead of quantity leaves your child’s room looking bare, you can always double down on the details. You can find all kinds of whimsical lamps or door hangers at a substantial discount. They will help create a cozy atmosphere in the room.

Important Health Resources for Those in Their Golden Years

It is important to have the best health resources at hand for everyone but especially people in their golden years. Thank you to Karen Weeks for sharing this article on how to find the best health tips for the elderly. Now that we’re all dealing with a coronavirus pandemic and are forced to stay home, there are ways to make the best of this situation and it is important to be well educated on the best health resources. Karen’s article below explains everything there is to know when looking out for someone in their golden years.

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Our 90 year old fun-loving Granny Judy wearing the Botanical Garden Raincoat for a brunch at her home in Hermanus, South Africa. Looking so stylish and cute!

Important Health Resources for Those in Their Golden Years

Contrary to what you’ve been led to believe, good physical and mental health are possible for people of all ages. Lifestyle changes, paying attention to your physical and mental health, and ensuring you have adequate health coverage can help you not only stray strong, but it can also help you continue to thrive and stay independent well into your golden years. So, here are some ways you can stay healthy for many years to come.

Staying Home vs. Exploring Living Options

On the other side of the family, Jamma and Jumps, loving the outdoors in 1995. Living up their golden years as grandparents to 20 kids!

Your living situation can have a positive or negative impact on your health and well-being. Some people choose to stay at home as they grow older, while others prefer to move to retirement communities. So, consider your ability to maintain and move around your home. Additionally, determine whether you can meet the financial obligations associated with your house. Some cities have programs or grants that can assist seniors with these obligations.

Moving to an independent living facility is great for those who want the freedom to live life on their terms without the hassle of having to maintain a home. These facilities are smaller and easier to look after. They are built with the needs of senior citizens in mind and usually offer activities that help you build a community. Rules, regulations, and costs can vary depending on the location or amenities offered. In the New York City area, the monthly cost of an independent living facility usually runs between $1,500 and $17,250.

Mark Your Calendar

Chic and stylish, youthful Granny Judy exudes confidence every day up til her golden years.

Make sure you visit or call your doctor regularly, even if you are in perfect health. Everyone benefits from having a physical and mental health screening at least once per year. Before your appointment, make sure you’re ready to discuss your family’s medical history or any recent concerns. Communicate any changes in your appetite, sleep, and general well-being. Let your doctor know if you have any current vision or hearing issues, and bring a list of medications, supplements, or vitamins you may be taking. You can usually expect your doctor to check your blood sugar level and blood pressure during your regular appointment.

Medicare is a great resource for senior citizens who want to keep tabs on their health. The program covers the cost of an annual wellness visit, and your doctor can refer to a specialist for anything that requires a closer look. There is a seven-month enrollment period for people who sign up for Medicare the year they turn 65. It begins three months before they turn 65, lasts through the month you turn 65, and then three months after you turn 65; otherwise, open enrollment runs from October 15 to December 7 every year. Make sure you assess your coverage annually so you can check up on changes to costs or coverage. Finally, you can talk to your doctor about any services you feel you’ll need in the coming year.

Check Your Habits

Now that you’ve decided where you want to live, made your doctor’s appointments, and signed up for Medicare, you can boost your well-being by creating some healthy habits. Exercise is known to improve your mood, decrease blood pressure, and even sustain bone and joint health. Experts suggest strength training two to three days per week with a rest day between each session, a minimum of 150 minutes of cardio on a weekly basis, and simple stretches every day. Talk to your physician before revamping your exercise routine.

While you’re busy formulating your new fitness routine, make sure you get the right nutrients in your diet. Also, remember to stay hydrated, and make sure you’re getting healthy fats, protein, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Low-fat dairy is also recommended, but you can talk to your doctor about alternatives if you’re lactose intolerant.

There are plenty of resources for senior citizens who are concerned about starting or maintaining routines that will help them enjoy life, get some exercise, and eat the right foods. Follow these tips and your doctor’s recommendations, and don’t be afraid to ask for guidance.

Keeping your routine with family and loved ones at home until your golden years is key to happiness and better health.

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Thanks for the awesome article Karen, we certainly learned a lot and where to check for the best health resources. Stay mindful out there everyone, try to stay in doors and look after each other. This is a scary time for all of us and the only way through it is by staying together at home, keeping your hands washed, and constantly disinfecting your home.

xoxo,

The Jacaranda Team

 

 

For All the New Mothers Out There Entering MommyHood… You’ve Got This

Hello Fall, and hello to you new moms, we are here to help you enter mommyhood with ease, grace and style. The time has gone by so quickly and September is already here – can you believe it? We’re sad to see summer has gone by so fast but we had so much fun at the AmericasMart show in July seeing old and new faces. Also had a couple wonderful visits out to some stores in Hilton Head and along the east coast in Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. But we’re looking forward to all things NEW and want to make sure we help you new moms out. A lot of our friends are expecting or just had a baby so here we are offering our two cents to help make the experience a beautiful one.

So for all those new mothers out there, we have something special for you. Some beautiful new embroidered mother’s nighties, baby onesies, children’s embroidered boudoir pillows, and much more to help you step into new mommyhood effortlessly and with ease.

What says effortlessly chic, comfortable yet romantic more than a beautiful embroidered cotton nightgown?

victorian pajamas for mommyhood
Beautiful, romantic and super comfortable.. as a new mom you have an excuse to wear a gorgeous embroidered nightgown all day long. We love this one, the Cathy Nightie, with pink floral embroidery.

Being comfortable is the most important thing when you’re a new mom because you feel like you can’t ever relax. Those few precious hours when your new infant does decide to close her or his little eyes, you can take a deep breath. Maybe you have time to shower or wash your face but we all know that won’t last long. Remember to use this precious time to phone a friend or do some yoga stretches in the living room. The most important thing you can do is take care of yourself when you have the time.

turkish towels jacaranda living
Wrap yourself up in Jacaranda Living’s soft turkish towel after stepping out of your quick shower or use to wipe your face after a thorough face wash.

Now for the more important stuff. Your new baby or baby girl has to be cleaned, fed, and treated like the prince or princess that she or he is! So spoil them rotten with cute baby stuff! We are very happy to carry an array of different styles and designs – pick from our baby section, we offer embroidered bibs, pillows, comfortable onesies, baby hats, and cotton booties. They may likely get dirty after the first wear, but everything we carry is 100% machine-washable and can be thrown in the dryer instantly without worry. Not to mention we have more effortless styles of nightgowns for you to wear comfortably around the house!

comfortable baby clothing
Babies need your love! Spoil them rotten, treat them to something pretty and comfy, adore them. It’s a precious time. We love these embroidered sleep sacks, onesies and little hats. See more designs to choose from here. You can also shop this Eloise nightgown. 

Pay attention to when your baby is ready to interact and then talk, sing, dance, and play. Take a break when you need it.

cute embroidered pillows
A new baby girl or new baby born like to cuddle up. Dress up their new crib or bed with their favorite embroidered animal. All our designs for baby and children pillows can be found here. 

So hopefully some of our ideas to a dreamlike motherhood will find you in hopes and ideas to get going on treating yourself and taking care of your precious newborn. There is a lot to be done but with a little bit of self-care and support from your husband and friends, you will get through it. Before you know it, your mommyhood will be drifting away and they will be onto early teens. Cherish it while it lasts!

xx,

Jacaranda team <3

 

 

Why A Good Night’s Sleep Is Essential To Your Health

No one can live without sleep, but countless Americans are trying to survive without getting enough. Getting a good night’s sleep is essential to our overall health and well-being. But what happens if we don’t get enough?

Here’s how a good night’s sleep can improve your health.

Healthy weight

It’s estimated that adults are 55% more likely to become obese when they get an improper amount of sleep. Sleeping less than seven hours per night is thought to impact the hormones that regulate your appetite, so those who suffer from insomnia may be at an increased risk of obesity or weight gain. So don’t be afraid to put on your comfiest lace nightgowns before tucking in for the night.

Healthy heart

Sleep is a necessity for a healthy heart. There has been a correlation between fewer hours of sleep and increased risk for high blood pressure and cholesterol. These symptoms can lead to even worse health issues, including heart attack and stroke without the proper intervention. It’s estimated that you should get between seven and nine hours of sleep each night, though some people might need up to ten.

Healthy memory

A good night’s sleep will make you more alert and improve your memory. Though researchers aren’t sure why we dream at night, it’s thought that sleep plays a crucial role in consolidating your memories and processing new information. REM and deep sleep also serve to create links and aid in both short-term and long-term memory.

Chronic bad sleep can cause…

With chronically bad sleep, your body won’t function as well as it should. You may notice your memory begin to falter, your mood worsens, and your sex drive may diminish. Because your body isn’t repairing itself properly, your immune system will also falter, causing you to get sick more often. Your heart will also suffer and you may be at a greater risk for diabetes and weight gain.

How to improve your sleep

Improving your sleep can be difficult since it varies from person to person. Experiment with different ways of sleeping and your preferred pajamas. Some people sleep better in longjohns while others prefer the comfort of lace nightgowns as they drift off to sleep. You might also want to install a nightlight or get blackout curtains, purchase a white noise machine, or even buy a new boudoir pillow for the peak in nighttime comfort.

When you want to have a better sleeping experience, your bedtime routine will only improve from lace nightgowns and Victorian pajamas. Visit Jacaranda Living today for the best selection in cute nightgowns, boudoir pillow covers, and Victorian pajamas.

3 Tips to Help Your Son or Daughter Survive Dorm Life

As high school comes to an end for many seniors, it’s time to start thinking about how to prepare for their next adventure: college. For many soon-to-be freshmen, going away to school is a completely new experience. If your son or daughter is anxious about what they’re about to encounter in college, here are some helpful tips to read to them.

Every millennial loves the Iris Pj set because it’s a cute, comfortable outfit to wear while lounging around your dorm room or watching the Bachelorette with your girlfriends.

Be Prepared for Noise

Living in a dorm room means nothing but noise. Seven to nine hours of sleep per night are generally recommended, but not always achievable in a dorm setting. People are always playing music, screaming in the hallways, and having parties with their friends. The noise might not only be coming from outside of your child’s room; it can be coming from inside as well. If they have a roommate who snores or talks on the phone really loudly, they’ll have to come up with some ways to make sleeping easier. And you can help with that. Suggest ear plugs, a sleep mask, and some comfortable white cotton nighties or pajamas. The cute nighties will put them in a space of comfort and relaxation as they try and drift off into dreamland. These pajamas and nighties are breathable so they will keep them cool at night but they are warm enough when the temperature starts to drop.

The Hannah nightgown is a favorite amongst young twenty year olds because it’s romantic, flattering and classy.

Be Prepared to Be Around Different Types of Personalities

Since college is a mixture of many different people, it’s also a space for many different personalities. Not everyone in their dorm building will act the same or have the same interests. Many of them may not see eye-to-eye on a lot of topics. This is just something all new college freshmen will come to realize after the first few months at college. Teach your child about dealing with different types of people and that it is okay to have a different opinion. Don’t let this intimidate them though, having a different perspective is a good thing because it teaches you to embrace the unfamiliar.

Nearly all ear plugs will block out sufficient amounts of noise to allow you to sleep. Branche Beauty’s silk eye masks are particularly great for blocking out outside light so your child can get a nap in between classes.

Be Aware of the Freshman 15

The freshman 15 is alive and well with all of the delicious options in the dining halls. And while they may be delicious, a majority of them aren’t the best to eat. Even though it’s tempting to eat chicken fingers and french fries on a daily basis (since they can have as much as they want), explain to your child that exercise and a healthy diet is important. The last thing they’ll want to do is gain the freshman 15 as soon as they get to college because it might make them lose their self confidence altogether. Talk to them about different healthier options such as salads, wraps, and grilled chicken. They don’t have to give up the junk food completely, but putting a limit on it can be a big help.

Healthy salads are quick and easy to make, and they will give your child enough energy to stay focused during classes.

If your child has never experienced going away for school in the past, they might not know what to expect. Before they head off, teach them how to live with other personalities, what to wear to bed, how to eat properly, and the importance of getting at least 6-9 hours of sleep a night.
Make sure they stay motivated and take good notes in class too 🙂

Every child will go out and explore the world after graduating high school. Whether that means going to college or going to travel for a year, a good night’s sleep and a healthy diet and lifestyle will be crucial for them to get the most out of their next chapter.

Trouble Sleeping? These Tips Might Help

No matter how hard you may try, falling asleep might be one of the most difficult things even after a long day. You may have tried everything, including drinking sleepy tea, counting sheep, and listening to ambient music, but nothing seems to work.

It’s hard to fall asleep for many people, but there are some options you may have never thought of that are proven to help you get a good night’s rest. Some of these tips may have slipped your mind but they might be the missing answer to all your problems!

Visit a Therapist

Therapists aren’t only helpful if you’re going through something mentally. They can also help you figure out why you are having problems falling asleep. Many therapists also can explain Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia. This technique involves creating a relaxing environment before bed. It has actually been most helpful for those with insomnia or who just have some trouble falling asleep.

Try Different Pajamas

Have you ever taken a moment to think that your pajamas might actually be the reason why you can’t fall asleep? If you’re still wearing old t-shirts or thicker fabric PJ shorts to bed, you will find yourself tossing and turning rather than relaxing. The often unnoticeable scent of very old clothing makes it difficult to relax in bed. You think you probably can’t get to sleep without these old t-shirts or PJ shirts, but they very likely might be the problem! Try to buy new cotton PJs that are lightweight and breathable, especially for warmer summer nights. You won’t get too hot and sticky in bed and can breathe in the fresh scent of 100% clean cotton. If that doesn’t put you to bed, try lighting a fresh clean cotton candle to take any unwelcome odors out of the bedroom. You may even consider giving percale a shot. Percale is any cotton woven with a 200 thread count or higher and is more durable than a cotton satin of the same thread count. It’s also less likely to pill than cotton satin due to its denser weave.

Buy a Different Mattress

The mattress you own might not be firm or soft enough and could be causing your terrible time. Head to your local mattress store to test-drive a few beds. Try some that are really firm and some that are really soft. See how they compare to the mattress you sleep on now. If you feel more comfortable on something from the store, make the investment and switch it out for a newer bed.

If you consistently have trouble sleeping but feel like you’ve tried every option, there might still be other things you haven’t given a shot. Consider talking with a therapist, switching out your pajamas, or trading out your mattress for a new one.