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Tips for a Healthy Fall

Fall - the season the leaves turn pretty, the weather gets colder, and all you want to do is bundle up. For many, this means your activity decreases too. Try to remember to stay active, but there are some other things you can do to keep yourself healthy this Fall!


Think beyond the pies and the jack-o-lanterns. Pumpkins are great for other things too! Pumpkins offer both Vitamin A and C in its pulp and the seeds are also packed with phytosterols, which helps lower cholesterol.



Fight off the seasonal candy craving. If you buy candy for trick or treaters, buy only enough for the kids. Try waiting until the day of Halloween to buy it as well. That way the in-house temptation isn't haunting you through the month.



Pass on the chips and dip. Football season usually involves lots of sitting and food grazing. Instead try setting out raw veggies and other healthy snacks.



Start your turkey day off right. Before your big Thanksgiving meal, start your morning with a high protein and fiber breakfast. This will boost your metabolism and help prevent sugar cravings!

Now that we've got a game plan, let's all have a healthy fall and go into the holidays feeling GREAT!

Fallin' Into Fall

Does fall seem like a magical time of year to anyone else? It’s a beautiful time of year where the outside world is brimming with the richest, warmest colors. Bringing those colors and feelings into your home could make it feel magical too. Here are some easy DIY ideas that you can do to prepare your home for fall!


 
Painted Acorns This simple twist on something found in nature is so fun and simple!



Mason Jar Lid Pumpkin
How cute is this!? If you’re going for a very natural, rustic look, this pumpkin decoration would be the perfect addition to your home.



Fall Chalkboard If you already have a chalkboard in your home, why not make it fall themed? That’s part of the fun and versatility of having a chalkboard!



Gourd Candle Holders These are perfect for a fall themed table! And it’s very inexpensive too!



Chalkboard Pumpkins
Crafts don’t get much easier – or fun- than this one! Just paint your pumpkin with chalkboard paint and let the creativity flow. How cute would this look on your table for Thanksgiving dinner?



Painted Mason Jars These mason jars would look cute throughout your house year round. But when they’re painted a rich, warm color and filled with some leaves or branches, they’re the perfect autumn addition!



Chevron Pumpkins Here’s another quick and easy pumpkin decoration! It’s a beautiful, modern twist on a pumpkin rather than craving one!



Wooden Napkin Ring
Your table would look so fancy with these napkins at the place settings. Simple touches like this can make all the difference in the world.



Sweater Pillow Nothing sounds cozier than a sweater during fall. Add that coziness to your couch, and you’ve got yourself a perfect Sunday nap spot.



Yarn Pumpkins How cute and adorable! Once again, your fall table would not be complete without these!

Hopefully this has helped you get in the mood for fall. It’s coming, whether we like it or not…but we like it!

Protect Your Floors This Holiday Season

The holidays are fast approaching and in no time, friends and family will be descending upon your home for yummy meals and holiday cheer. Get your floors ready for the increase in foot traffic with these quick fixes:

1. Save your floor cleaning for last.

There's a reason why people say "cleaning from top to bottom". Save the mopping, vacuuming, and sweeping for last, that way your floors are nice and clean before people start showing up.

2. Get creative with your coverings.

Place a festive door mat or carpet runner at the front door to absorb slush and snow. You'll be able to keep your freshly cleaned floors clean, as well as prevent slips or falls.

3. Put pads on the legs of furniture.

If you're planning on moving any furniture to make way for more people, consider putting felt pads on the bottom of chairs and couches. Not only will it make it easier to slide the furniture across the room, but it'll protect your carpet or wood floors from scratches.

4. Corral the clutter.

Do you walk into your home, only to trip over stray shoes? Add a boot tray by the door to catch melting snow or mud, that way it's not melting on the floor.

5. Call in the professionals.

There's something to be said about getting your carpets and floors professionally cleaned. If your carpets are looking a little worse for wear, it's probably time to call in the professionals.

Happy July 4th!

Everyone here at Ball Homes wishes you and your family a happy and safe July 4th holiday!


Our offices and model homes in Lexington and Knoxville will be closed on Friday, July 4th for the holiday. They will resume normal business hours through the weekend, with the exception of the Hampson Place model in Knoxville, which will be closed through the weekend.

Easy July 4th Treat Ideas

Can you believe that the July 4th holiday is already upon us? As we celebrate our nation's birthday this week, many people will be getting together with friends and family to grill out and watch the fireworks. Bring these easy and festive treats to your next gathering.

Spangled Sandwich Pops


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These patriotic pops from Spoonful are a great way to show off the red, white, and blue, without having to do a bunch of cooking or baking. For smaller kids, you can even cut the sandwich in half.

4th of July Rice Krispie Treats


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Who doesn't like rice krispie treats? Make the classic treat a little more patriotic with this recipe from Two Sisters Crafting.

Watermelon Stars


It can't get much easier than this sweet idea from I Heart Nap Time! All you need is watermelon slices and a star shaped cookie cutter.


Cut-and-Bake Flag Cookies


Stars and Stripes have never looked so tasty! Use different color sprinkles to make this treat from Pillsbury.

Do you have any other holiday treats you'll be making this weekend? Share them with us on our Facebook and Twitter pages!