• Holiday DIY: All Wrapped Up in Holiday Cheer

    By Diana on Wednesday, December 17, 2014

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    ​As the holidays draw nearer, to-do lists, shopping lists and grocery lists only seem to grow larger. So why not add a little fun to the holiday hustle and bustle by creating one-of-a-kind wrapping paper? Below, we offer three methods for turning every day present wrapping into an enjoyable (and economical) endeavor. Grab your scissors, tape and holiday-themed markers, and start wrapping!

    Materials:
    • Brown craft paper
    • Scissors
    • Tape
    • Metallic markers
    • Bows, ribbon, string and other present décor
     
    Steps:
    1. Grab your craft paper and roll out a nice, long sheet, big enough to cover your entire gift
    2. Cut a straight line at the far end to separate your piece from the roll
    3. Grab your markers and choose one of the three designs below
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      Design One: Dancing the Polka  

      Simple, clean and oh-so-trendy, gold polka dots will add fun and festive flair to your favorite gifts. Start by randomly placing gold dots throughout your empty sheet of paper. Keep the dots spaced somewhat evenly and, for the tidiest look, uniform in size. Once you’re comfortable with the look of the sheet, wrap your present the standard way—by folding the ends and taping the seams. We added tan and green garden twine for a naturally-pretty finish.

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      Design Two: Not-So-Fine Lines

      This playful design will let your creativity run wild. Start by drawing a straight line across the center of your sheet. Continue to add other horizontal line elements—from dots, to festive arrows, to holiday-inspired text—without trying too hard to keep your designs straight and even. Your “freehand” will add a homemade twist! Finish wrapping with a bright bow (we chose red for a fun pop of color).

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      Design Three: Holiday joyride

      Fun to make and to receive, this colorful design works with virtually any combination of holiday markers. Start at the top of your sheet and let your hand do the work, creating mismatched “hoops” in a diagonal fashion. Much like design two, you’ll want to focus on random spacing and uneven lines—this approach will add a creative touch to your gift! Once you reach the bottom corner of your sheet, wrap your present and add a simple bow; we chose white baker’s twine.

      There you have it! Three simple solutions to take care of your holiday wrapping needs. Happy wrapping—and happy holidays!

       

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  • Thanksgiving DIY Overload: Bringing the Outside In

    By Diana on Monday, November 24, 2014

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    When the leaves begin to fall, the air starts to turn bitter and the holiday hustle and bustle emerges, we can’t help but savor the season. Why? Because the holidays offer the perfect opportunity to eat, travel, socialize and, for many of us, uncover our inner crafter.

    Now just days before the heartiest holiday of the year, we decided to embark on a fun and festive decoration celebration. Looking  to “spice up” your home for Thanksgiving? Take a look below—and start crafting!

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      A Warm and Welcoming Wreath

      Before your guests eat your food, sit at your table and see your decorations, make them feel welcome with a handcrafted holiday wreath. We decorated ours with a collection of materials from our own backyard...and you can, too! From bright-red berries to fluffy wheat grass, your surroundings offer a never-ending supply of DIY materials. Let’s get started.

      Materials: Grapevine wreath starter, ribbon, foam board, door hanger, berry twigs, wheat grass

      Tools: Scissors, cutting knife, hot glue
       
      Steps:
       
      1. Gather Loose Materials. We chose bright-red berries for a playful pop of color.
       
      2. Arrange Your Pieces. For a strong hold, trim berries and leaves from the bottom of your branches before sticking them into the wreath. As long as your materials have a formidable stem, you should have no problem keeping your décor in place.
       
      3. Trim Your Ribbon. Remember to cut more ribbon than you think you'll need; long, flowing tails work best!
       
      4. Tie Your Bow. Make two bunny ears, loop them together, pull tight—you know the drill! Don’t forget to tie the bow around your door hanger so it perfectly slides onto the top of your wreath.
       
      5. Cut and Glue Your Letter. Grab a piece of foamboard and trace a large letter for the center of your wreath. Then pick up your cutting knife and follow the edge of the letter. Once finished, your letter should slightly overlap the inside edge of your wreath. Secure your freshly-cut foam by dropping a dab of hot glue on the overlapping pieces of your letter; hold firmly until dry.
       
      6. Hang and Enjoy. Fluff the ears of your ribbon, hook the door hanger under your wreath and display your creation for the world to see!
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      ​A Table for (More Than) Two

      Of course, the food that will be eaten on your table means more than the table itself. But why not add a little personality to your display? Before gathering and arranging a few household decorations, and building your very own tablescape, join us in creating a festive pinecone placeholder. 
       
      Materials: Pinecones, spray paint, cardstock
       
      Tools: Cutting knife, printer
       
      Steps:
       
      1. Find the Right Fit. Scan your yard for a perfect set of pinecones—plump, skinny, short or tall. Gather one for each guest.

      2. Spray-Paint the Tips. Start by choosing your desired color (we think metallics work best). Head into a wide open space in your yard and lightly spray the ridges of your pine cones. Let each dry for 25-30 minutes.

      3. Design Your Namecards. Pick a font, type in your guest’s names and print away. Then grab your cutting knife and trim each card into a 4” x 2” rectangle.

      4. Arrange Your Table. Place your namecards into the ridges of each pinecone. Then finish your table with a host of fun accessories: string lights, vintage lanterns, mason jars, acorns...
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      A Taste of the Outdoors

      Before we wrap up our crafting extravaganza, we have a few loose ends to tie. What's next? Bring the outdoors in with a pair of adventurous terrariums. Grab your scissors, head outside and start cutting—you have some last-minute crafting to do!

      Materials: Glass containers, berries, twigs, pumpkins, wheat grass, other outdoor finds
       
      Tools: Scissors
       
      Steps:
       
      1. Find Your Container. We repurposed an existing “mini greenhouse” and round terrarium, but don’t worry—almost any glass container will work as a substitute. Grab a Mason jar, flower vase or tall bowl instead.

      2. Collect Your Materials. We chose pumpkins, moss, red berries and anything else we could find while roaming our campus.

      3. Arrange to Perfection. Take your time arranging your items. We went for an asymmetrical approach in the greenhouse, using a pumpkin to frame the display, and simplicity with the terrarium, pairing our bright-red berries with a subtle "Baby Boo" pumpkin.

      4. Find the Perfect Spot. From the center of your dining room table to the edge of your counter, these terrariums will bring a taste of fall into your holiday-ready kitchen.
       
      From everyone at Dansko, we wish you a Happy Holiday! Whether you make a pinecone placeholder, a red-berry wreath, an inventive terrarium or all the above, we hope you find joy in the craft-making process.  
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  • Recipe Time: Serving Others with Thanksgiving Favorites

    By Christina on Friday, November 14, 2014

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    On an unusually warm November morning, a team of Dansko cooks grabbed their most prized recipes and set out to make a difference with a delicious homecooked meal. As volunteers for the Ronald McDonald Hosue in Wilmington, Delaware, our team of inspired chefs  worked to spread a little cheer to visitors and their families. Of course, with Thanksgiving just around the corner, our volunteers chose to prepare a series of fall favorites, from scrumptious pumpkin pie to mouth-watering cranberry relish. These dishes were then served for lunch before being frozen for future meals.

    In the spirit of the season, we decided to share a few of these recipes with you. Ready to create your Thanksgiving menu? We’re glad to help!

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      ​Mom’s Secret Cranberry Relish
      By Kathy W., Customer Service

      Ingredients:

      1 lb. fresh cranberries, washed
      1 orange, peeled
      2 apples, peeled, cored (Macintosh apples work best)
      2 cups sugar

      Directions:
       
      Grind all fruit in a food processor, add 2 cups of sugar and mix well.  Let sit for 15 minutes.  Store in the refrigerator for one week or freeze. Relish will freeze well for about 6 months.

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      Deep Dish Chicken Pot Pie
      By Jamey M., Finance

      Ingredients:
       
      1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
      ¼ cup Italian dressing
      4 oz. Neufchatel cheese, cubed
      2 Tbsp flour
      ½ cup fat-free reduced sodium chicken broth
      3 cups frozen mixed vegetables (peas, carrots, corn, green beans), thawed and drained
      1 ready-to-use refrigerated pie crust
       
      Directions:
       

      Heat oven to 375 degrees. Cook chicken in dressing in large skillet on medium heat for 2 minutes. Add Neufchatel cheese; cook and stir for 3 to 5 minutes or until melted. Stir in flour until blended. Add broth and vegetables; stir. Let simmer for 5 minutes.

      Pour into 10-inch deep-dish pie plate; cover with pie crust. Seal and flute edge. Cut slits in the crust to permit steam to escape. Bake 30 minutes or until golden brown.

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      Perfectly Sweet Pumpkin Pie
      By Christina S., Marketing
       
      Ingredients:
       
      1 cup sugar
      2 eggs
      1 can of evaporated milk
      1 can pumpkin (16 oz.)
      ½ tsp cinnamon
      ½ tsp salt
      1 ½ tsp nutmeg
      ½ tsp cloves
      ½ tsp allspice
      ½ tsp ginger
      1 ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
       
      Directions:
       
      Combine ingredients. Pour into chilled pie crust. Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes, then 350 for 40 minutes. Pie is ready when table knife inserted in center of pie comes out clean.

       

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  • “Be Good to Your Feet" With Dr. Stacie Grossfeld

    By Nick on Thursday, October 30, 2014

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    ​Each human foot contains 26 bones, 300 joints, 125,000 sweat glands and more than 100 ligaments—and we care about every, single one of them. So when Dr. Stacie Grossfeld, an orthopedic surgeon in Louisville, Kentucky, hosted “Be Good to Your Feet Month” to inspire injury prevention, we had to learn more.

    Throughout the month of October, Dr. Grossfeld has offered educational information and preventative tips for those who suffer from common foot ailments, working to reduce patients’ everyday pain.
    From blisters and bunions to osteoarthritis and plantar fasciitis, Dr. Grossfeld has seen it all—and she wants to make a tangible difference in the quality of her patients’ lives.

    But for Dr. Grossfeld and her patients, the month of October only represents a small piece of a bigger mission. Year round, the Board Certified Surgeon works to spread her excitement for orthopedic medicine through pre-med internship opportunities, professional mentoring, and a program at nearby Louisville University that helps college students enter medical school. Her passion always shines through. 

    “It’s so important to pass on the profession to others,” Dr. Grossfeld began. “I want to show students what doctors do on the other side, whether it’s a diagnosis, surgery or simply keeping records. I really see myself as a teacher and a mentor.”

    While encouraging these doctors-to-be, Dr. Grossfeld makes sure to treat her staff with the very same respect. So, as part of her special focus on foot care, Dr. Grossfeld provided her entire team at Louisville Orthopaedic Specialists with “some of the most comfortable footwear available”—Dansko shoes! The self-proclaimed Dansko fanatic and owner of 35 pairs led her team through the ultimate Dansko shopping spree, gifting all-day comfort and support to her hard-working staff.

    “Dansko shoes are the most comfortable shoes I have ever worn,” Dr. Grossfield concluded. “I sometimes stand for three hours in one place during surgery and my feet are never an issue.”

    From our performance-rich XP collection to our active-inspired Santa Fe collection, we strive to keep all 26 bones and 300 joints healthy, each and every day of the week.

    To learn more about Dr. Grossfeld’s passion for heathy feet, and to read tips from “Be Good to Your Feet Month,” visit LousivilleBones.com/Blog.

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  • A Moment for Mindfulness: Get Out and Explore

    By Mindful Magazine on Tuesday, October 28, 2014

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    ​Mindfulness is not only about sitting still and reflecting inward. Getting up and moving, while still maintaining mindful attention, can turn your focus more outward, getting you out of our head and into your body—and the world around you. Perking up your awareness even a little as you move through the world can enrich your daily experience and anchor you during emotional storms. Steady practice can enable you to manage increased intensity—a difficult conversation, a crisis, a challenging campaign—more skillfully. Instead of responding to highly charged situations by tensing up your body, you can learn to handle things with more ease and grace.

    Here are a few ways you can take mindfulness with you the next time you’re heading into the great (or just everyday) outdoors:
     
    When You’re Outside
     
    Whether you’re perched on your front step with your morning coffee or heading to a specific destination, there’s an opportunity to take in your surroundings. Stop for a moment and see if you can take in all of the senses, one by one: sight, sound, taste, feel, smell. What colors are the leaves? If they’re falling through the air, watch them. What can you hear around you as everyone gets ready for the day? It might be the hum of traffic getting louder or children chatting as they walk to school. You might notice the coolness of the breeze on your cheeks or the smell of the air. Take stock of the different elements at play around you.
     
    When You’re Walking
     
    Walking is a great opportunity to tune into what’s happening in your body. When you’re walking—to lunch, to the car, to the bus—change your pace. Walk half as fast. You can try this mini-walking practice:
    • Feel your feet touching the ground and let your weight distribute evenly
    • Drop your gaze slightly. This helps you maintain focus
    • Step out with your left foot. Feel it swing, and feel your heel hit the ground, followed by the ball of your foot, and your toes. Then feel the same as your right foot comes forward. Keep your attention on the movement: heel, sole, toes, lift. This helps you connect the action of walking to the present moment.
    When You’re Commuting
     
    Commuting can often feel like a transition period that’s all about anxiously waiting to get to the next place—including rushing to get home to relax! To counteract the rushing mentality—which is unsafe in any case—do something to ground you in your place. In the car, notice how the steering wheel feels in your hands, your posture as you sit. Take a few deep breaths before you start the ignition. If you’re on the bus, feel the vibrations of the bus through the soles of your feet as the bus accelerates and decelerates.
     
    If you can walk to or from work, even if only for part of your commute, do it. If you find your thoughts, and your body, rushing, a helpful phrase to remember is: “go elephant.” Walk S L O W L Y. Feel your feet on the ground. Gaze easy and level. Feel the heaviness of your feet on the ground in juxtaposition to your racing thoughts.

    —Barry Boyce, Mindful Magazine Editor-in-Chief and Stephany Tlalka, Mindful Magazine Assistant Editor, Digital.
     

    Mindful will return in December with their next guest post. In the meantime, visit mindful.org for feature articles or to subscribe to the magazine in print or digital format.

    [Photo Credit, Bottom Left: Ruths138, license]
    [Photo Credit, Bottom Right: Alex Eflon, license]
    [Photo Credt, Top Right: Bob Mical, license]

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