A Lot to Love About Lowell – Lowell Summer Music Series

It’s summer time and there’s a lot to love about Lowell! Our residents in Lowell, MA love everything that the mill city has to offer this time of year – especially the Lowell Summer Music Series.

This summer marks 30 years of great music and fun for the Lowell Summer Music Series.  Who are they exactly? They’re a non-profit program committed to bringing great music to Lowell at reasonable prices. Whether you like blues, rock, folk, celtic or reggae music, there’s an event to enjoy this summer.  Upcoming events this year include The Wallflowers, Gavin Degraw, the Beach Boys, Blue Oyster Cult and more!

 

       
Learn more about the upcoming schedule of events, how to donate or how to volunteer on their website at www.lowellsummermusic.org.
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5 Ideas for Your Summer Bucket List

Tomorrow is the official start of summer! Get ready for longer, sunnier days ahead. If you haven’t created a summer bucket list yet, consider adding one (or all) of these great ideas.

 

1 – Learn something new. Keep your mind fresh this summer by learning a new skill! Always wanted to try a cooking class or learn to sew? Now is the time.

 

2 – Unplug from technology. Take a full day (or more if you’re able) away from your cell phone and social media. Have your family drop their cell phones in a basket and leave them there for 24 hours. Get outside, connect with each other and enjoy the company.

 

3 – Take an unplanned day trip. Get in the car with friends and drive. Stop along the way at any new shops, sites or restaurants you’ve never been to. It’s a great chance to find gems and places you may want to revisit again.

 

4 – Create a summer scrapbook. Start printing your iPhone photos and put them in a scrapbook you can look at years down the road.

 

5 – Read! If you haven’t found time lately in your schedule to dive into a good book, now is the time. Make it your goal to read at least one book before summer is over.

 

5 Recipes for Mother’s Day Brunch

Hosting a brunch for Mom this weekend?  Try one of these delicious casserole recipes that you can make ahead so you can spend more time with Mom on Sunday…

 

1 – French Toast Casserole 

 

2 – Everything Bagel Casserole

 

3 – Eggs Benedict Casserole

 

4 – Chocolate Chip Pancake Casserole

 

5 – Cinnamon Roll Casserole

5 Ways to De-Clutter in the New Year

The holidays have come and gone once again and it’s time to put away the decor and organize our homes. Feeling overwhelmed with the tasks of getting things cleaned and organized? Try these ten tips…

 

1 – Move all of your holiday decor to one spot. Take it down and put it on your kitchen table (for example). You’ll see everything you have and be able to decide if you want to purge anything before packing it away for next year.

 

2 – Get lots of clothes for Christmas? Now is the time to clean out your closet and donate old clothes before hanging up the new ones.

 

3 – Kids tend to get lots of toys for the holidays and when you mix their new toys with old ones it can create a big mess. Now is the time to purge old toys! Donate ones that are gently-used and make room for the new toys.

 

4 – A lot of people want to eat cleaner when January rolls around. If that sounds like you, now is the time to declutter your fridge and pantry. Pull everything out and toss anything that is expired. Start fresh with healthier foods in a clean and organized space. Don’t put the food away until you’ve wiped down and sanitized all the surfaces.

 

5 – Don’t forget about your car when de-cluttering. Now is the time to clean out those consoles and cup holders and vacuum the interior. When you’re done cleaning make sure you have all of the safety essentials in place for winter (i.e., a scraper, brush, sand and all fluids topped off.)

5 Tips for Hosting a Great Friendsgiving

Hosting a separate Thanksgiving with friends is a tradition that is gaining popularity over the last several years. Whether you host yours before the big day or serve leftovers after it, here are some tips to make your Friendsgiving fun and memorable!

 

1 – Make it an annual thing. Create some invitations (paper or use online sites like evite.com) and let your friends know they can look forward to Friendsgiving every year.

 

2 – Serve options other than turkey. Some people are “turkeyed-out” by the time Thanksgiving is over. Try serving some dishes that you wouldn’t see at a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

 

3 – Ask your guests to bring something. If everyone pitches in and brings a casserole or finger food appetizer the work-load will be easier and less stressful.

 

4 – Start some unique traditions. Play board games, toast with a special drink, create a photo album of photos from every year. Traditions are fun (especially around the holidays). Your guests will know what to look forward to next year.

 

5 – Don’t force a timeline. Let your friends pop in and visit for as long as they’d like. If you have a strict dinner time set some people may not be able to attend.

5 Ways to Improve Your Morning Routine

It’s fall….school is in full swing, schedules are back on track and we’re all waking up earlier. Still having a hard time adjusting to a morning routine? Try these tips and start feeling more like a morning person in no time.

1  – Make your bed immediately after getting out of it. That will decrease your chances of jumping back in after you’ve gotten up for the day. You’ll also feel tidier and more organized right away.

 

2 – Don’t waste time looking at your phone. If you lay in bed looking at your phone you’ll waste time you could have used to get yourself ready for the day. Leave the phone off or on silent until you’re ready to walk out the door.

 

3 – Have a coffee maker? Try adding your water and coffee to your machine the night before so all you have to do is press the start button after waking up. The smell of coffee will give you a much-needed boost of energy.

 

4 – Give yourself enough time. Instead of snoozing your alarm, make sure to give yourself enough time to not feel rushed. Read the newspaper or watch the news on TV before walking out the door. You’ll feel informed, relaxed and ready to start the day.

 

5 – Do a little cleanup. Put your dishes away, tidy the living room and clean the laundry off the floor. You’ll feel much better leaving a clean home than a messy one (that you’ll have to come home to later.)

5 Easy Slow Cooker Recipes for Fall

It’s below 90 today (phew) and we’re ready to start thinking all things fall! If you’re like us and love to prepare dinner in a slow cooker when the weather get’s cooler you’re in luck! Here are five delicious and easy recipes you can throw in your crock pot this week.

 

1 – Potato Soup  (Recipe Courtesy of Gimme Some Oven)

 

2 – Nacho Soup (Recipe Courtesy of Baked by Rachel)

 

3 – Apple Pie Oatmeal (Recipe Courtesy of Five Heart Home)

 

4 – Tater Tot Casserole (Recipe Courtesy of Damn Delicious)

 

5 – Chicken and Apple Cider Chili (Recipe Courtesy of Foxes Love Lemons)