Ever wish you could become one of those rare morning people? The ones that wake with a start, feeling refreshed and energized. The ones that get in that morning workout or wrap up some work before many of us even hit the snooze button for the first time. Here are five tips to help you achieve that early bird status!

  1. Create a morning schedule. Physically write down the things you’d like to complete in the morning and set a time for each. Then stick with it. Once you force yourself out of bed early one or two weeks consistently, you’ll find it gets easier and easier to do.
  2. Let the light in. Whether natural or artificial, light tells your brain its time to get up and get going. If your room lacks large windows where you can open the blinds up, consider investing in a timed lamp or alarm clock with a light.
  3. Prep and eat breakfast. Although there are many of us who chose the skip breakfast, it is key to perking up your energy in the morning. Try prepping protein-focused meals the night before or grab a yogurt or fruit and try to consume it right after you wake.
  4. Get your body moving. Whether it’s a short walk around your neighborhood or a rigorous 5:30 am spin class, getting your blood pumping will help wake up your body and has a ton of other benefits, like stress and anxiety reduction.
  5. Feed your mind. Stimulate your brain and do something you enjoy first thing in the morning. Try reading a favorite book, catching up on the news, doing daily meditation, or setting intentions.

10 Amazing Vinegar Cleaning Hacks All Homeowners Should Know


Vinegar is basically the Swiss Army knife of fermented products. Not only does it have various medicinal and disinfectant properties, but it has a number of potent uses around the home. These range from drain cleaning, to wrinkle removal, to trashcan deodorizing, and even repelling cats from scratching up your furniture!

Whether you’re a homeowner simply wanting to keep your place in better shape, or a real estate agent that needs a quick fix before showing a house, vinegar is a definite ally to keep around!

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Jennifer Bailey, REALTOR® e-PRO®
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Cinco de Mayo Party? Bring some Crock Pot White Queso Dip


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I recently attended a Cinco de Mayo Party and volunteered to bring some delicious Crock Pot White Queso Dip.  Well… I have never made this before so I did the next thing anyone would do and Googled a recipe 🙂   This one did not disappoint.  Enjoy!

Prep Time 10 min | Cook Time 2 hours | Total Time 2 hrs 10 mins

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10
Calories: 400 kcal
Author: Brandle @ The Country Cook


  • 2 lbs VELVEETA queso blanco cheese
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 4-oz can diced green chilies undraine
  • 2 tbsp diced pickled jalapenos <–optional I didn’t use these
  • 1/2 tsp taco seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder


  1.  Cut cheese into cubes then place into a  mini slow cooker.
  2. Pour in milk and add butter.
  3. Pour in can of undrained, diced green chiles.
  4. Finely chop jalapeno peppers and add to slow cooker.
  5. Add in taco seasoning and garlic powder.
  6. Give it all a gentle stir and put the lid on.
  7. Turn it on low for about 2 hours.
  8. Stir occasionally.


Or you can warm it up on high for about an hour (making sure to stir occasionally.)