5 Must Haves in Your Car in the Winter

With a few more months of winter left in Wisconsin, you should always be prepared, especially when it comes to your vehicle! If you’re commuting to and from work like most of us, your car needs to have the essentials, especially in case of emergency! Here are our 5 must-haves for your car in the winter months! Continue reading

When You Realize You’re a Wisconsinite…

Wisconsin CapitolYou’ve heard the phrase, “You can take the girl out of Wisconsin, but you can’t take Wisconsin out of the girl”, right? Whether you are from Wisconsin or just live here, there’s a point in your life when you realize that this great state will never leave you!

We’ve put together a list of 20 different ways for you to realize that you are a true Wisconsinite…

  1. You know that a Spotted Cow is not an animal.Wisconsin Spotted Cow

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Post-Holiday Blues: What to do in the Madison Area During your Winter Break

MadisonChristmas is over, our bellies are full of cookies and hot cocoa, and we’re all out of money after graciously giving so many holiday gifts. So, now what do you do? We have found some great, fun activities for you to do in and around Madison between now and the end of your winter break that involve little or no cost.

 Outdoor Winter Break Activities

Ice Skating

There are lots of parks in the Madison area that offer free ice skating, some even offer skate rentals.  Click here for more information on locations that are open. If you are interested in ice skating lessons, check this site out for more information.

Winter Break Ice Skating Madison

Tenney Park, Madison Wisconsin

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Prepping your Apartment for Winter Break

winter-breakWell, the snow has finally arrived in Madison, just in time for Winter break! Before you pack up and head out, make sure your apartment is prepared for your absence. We’ve provided a list to check off before you leave to ensure you have nothing to worry about while on break.

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Decorating your Apartment for the Holidays, Plus a Chance to WIN!

Just because you live in an apartment, or have a small space, doesn’t mean that you can’t make your space look great during the holidays. We’ve hit up Pinterest to give you the best holiday decorating ideas for your apartment or small space.
 
Let’s start with the tree…
 
Christmas Tree:
Do you like real trees or faux trees? If you love real Christmas trees, check with your landlord first to make sure they are allowed in your building. Faux Christmas trees are a great alternative and although they may be a bit pricey at first, you can use them year after year, so you get your money’s worth. They even make pine scented ornaments now that will make your apartment smell like you have a real tree. Make sure you pick the right size tree to fit in your space. If you have a small space and don’t have much room for a tree, try a tabletop tree, or a half tree as shown below. You can still decorate them just like any other tree, but they don’t take up as much space as a regular sized tree. Don’t have space at all for a tree? There are several alternatives to choose from instead of a tree. Take advantage of your wall space and use lights to create your own tree. Use chalk on a dark wall or create a tree shape with wood pieces or branches on the wall as shown below. We also love the idea of using your books to create a tree against your wall. You could do this on the floor, on a shelf or even on a table.



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Avoid Getting Sick!

The Dos and Don’ts that will steer you clear of seasonal illness this year.

Do

•	Disinfect the sweat at the gymDisinfect the sweat at the gym

  • Don’t be afraid to wipe down equipment before you use it. (To keep the germ spreading to a minimum, please be courteous to other gym goers by wiping off equipment after use as well)

 

Ditch your friendsDitch your friends

  • If your friends are sick, stay away. Encourage them to get better by sleeping, eating well, and drinking lots of fluids.

 

 

Get a thermometerGet a thermometer

  • About a $10 investment, a thermometer will help you determine if your fever is high enough to warrant a doctor visit. (Pro tip: You won’t want to go buy one when you are already sick, so be sure to have one handy.)

 

Keep hand sanitizer with you

  • You are in and out of public places all day. Think of all of the door knobs, elevator buttons and shared surfaces that you and countless others are touching. Use hand sanitizer regularly, but consider one with Aloe Vera to keep your skin from drying out.

 

Get enough sleepGet enough sleep

  • Don’t overwork your body to the point of complete susceptibility. Know your limits to keep your immune system at its best!

 

 

 

Don’t

Wash your dishes where you brush your teethWash your dishes where you brush your teeth

  • Bathrooms are contaminated more easily than other areas. Using the bathroom sink for dishes may have been a thing to do in the dorms, but you have a kitchen now!

 

 

 

 

Share towels

Share towels

  • Towels are a huge breeding ground for infections. Be sure to wash them often!

 

 

 

Share glasses, water bottles or eating utensils

Share glasses, water bottles or eating utensils

  • You know why.

 

 

 

 

 

Hang out with smokersHang out with smokers

  • Second-hand smoke inflames mucus membranes in your throat, making you more vulnerable to infections.

 

 

 

 

 

Let love make you recklessLet love make you reckless

  • Fall is new relationship season; be careful not to swap saliva with someone who has a bug!