9 Natural Tips to Shake the Winter Blues

9 Natural Tips to Shake the Winter Blues

These back to back dreary winter days can get the best of you. It’s not quite warm enough to go outside for the day, but we can see spring on the horizon. These groggy feelings and mood swings could be attributed to some mild seasonal depression, and the reality is- it’s a totally normal thing experience during winter. The further you live from the equator, the more likely you are to have symptoms! Everyone is affected differently, but according to the Mayo Clinic, some symptoms may include: trouble sleeping, feeling sluggish, lack of concentration, changes in appetite or weight, or loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed.   What causes the “Winter Blues”? Now that we’ve identified what the “winter blues” are, what causes them? The weather patterns have a lot to do with it. Lack of sunshine means a lack of one of the natural sources of Vitamin D in your life. According to the Mayo Clinic, when you’re exposed to the sun, your body releases serotonin, which cause feelings of joy. When rainy days abound, you begin to long for time spent on the beach! Changes in sunlight exposure, or lack there of, can also effect your melatonin levels. Melatonin helps you sleep at night, so this would explain any trouble sleeping!     What can help? Consult your doctor before making any major changes, but here are a few ideas to try that might help you to jump back into your life: Remain active. In our previous posts, we’ve mentioned gyms in Lafayette, IN where you can get on a treadmill for some fitness, and...
Spotlight on the 2018 West Lafayette Polar Plunge!

Spotlight on the 2018 West Lafayette Polar Plunge!

Jumping into freezing cold water and then climbing out into freezing exterior temperatures sounds like a great way to spend a Saturday morning in the Lafayette, IN area, don’t you agree? Fortunately for you, this Saturday, we are offered that exact experience thanks to Purdue and their arrangement of the 2018 Polar Plunge! Here’s all the information about the event, so you can decide if you want to enter yourself or go as a spectator! Who and What? What exactly are the Special Olympics, and who do they benefit? Here’s a direct quote from the Special Olympics Indiana’s Website, “Special Olympics Indiana is a nonprofit organization that provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in more than 20 Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, reaching more than 12,000 athletes throughout the state of Indiana.” Basically, they’re something to get behind, quite obviously affecting lives all around the state! According to their website, they’ve raised $70,000 so far! 2017’s total was $85,000. Each person registered has to raise at least $75 in donations for the Special Olympics. It’s an event that Purdue sororities and fraternities get behind in a big way, and it’s an effective fund raiser for sure! You can still register! Click here for the registration form! The Facebook event page is also helpful to check out for any other information you might seek! Most contestants either dress down into their normal swimming attire, or they dress up into some sort of random costume or fun suit. Don’t kid yourself, though. It doesn’t matter how many layers you put on, they’ll still be cold when wet! Where,...
History of Valentine’s Day

History of Valentine’s Day

St. Valentine The day of love: Valentine’s Day. It’s named after St. Valentine, who is known to the Catholic Church as the saint of love, but who is he? There are multiple people with the last name Valentine from this time in history, but the one most mentioned is a priest from the 3rd century A.D. According to tradition through resources such as CBN, the History Channel, and NPR, the emperor of Rome, Claudius II, stated that he preferred his soldiers not to be married because it made them better on the battlefield. However, this Valentine continued to marry people against the emperor’s wishes. Valentine was eventually caught, imprisoned and tortured for disobeying the law.   Lupercalia Valentine’s Day is also associated with a crazy, pagan fertility holiday named Lupercalia. This holiday was celebrated by Roman in biblical times as well. According to the History Channel, mid February was the time of this celebration, but it was also later deemed appropriate by the Catholic Church to celebrate St. Valentine’s death in the same season. Mid February is also believed to be the beginning of bird’s mating season- love is in the air.   The Formation of a Holiday The holiday was not associated with love and romance, however, in the the 13th century. The first greeting cards for Valentine’s Day date back to the 15th century, but in the 17th century people in Great Britain began to celebrate it as an actual holiday. It was then lead to the United States.   Current Celebration The United States now celebrates Valentine’s Day as one of it’s biggest commercial holidays through...
More Valentine’s Day Dinner Options in Greater Lafayette

More Valentine’s Day Dinner Options in Greater Lafayette

We gave you a list of popular Valentine’s Day Dinner Options that you’ll need a reservation for. However, we know that there are many more options throughout the Greater Lafayette area. We know how to do food here! We have some chain restaurants that constitute an amazing night out, such as, Longhorn Steakhouse, Olive Garden, or Red Lobster. Here are a few local places to consider as well!   East End Grill (Downtown, Lafayette, IN): This restaurant is decked with a modern, industrial feel in decor, and it offers some fine American cuisine. The menu lists things from ribs, steaks, french fries, and pastas to ahi tuna, crabcake salad, and a potabella sandwich. Check their menu here!   Red Seven (Downtown, Lafayette, IN): Red Seven’s dark wooded decor and low lights make for a dark, elegant, romantic atmosphere. Their menu is impressive, and include things like parmesan crusted chicken, stir fry, truffled lobster mac and cheese, gnocchi, pizza, and filet mignon with bacon wrapped shrimp. Check their menu here!   Walt’s Pub and Grill (West Lafayette, IN): We’ve highlighted this place already (Click here to read that blog!), but we’ll recommend them again. You’ll love the elegant atmosphere and the delicious food! Here’s the menu!   Pure Eatery (Downtown, Lafayette, IN): So, this one is a much lighter eating option. You’ll chose from wraps, salads, crab cakes, tacos, hummus, and other lighter ingredients on their menu. It’s all pure, fresh, and simple food. Therefore, it’s delicious! It’s a different option for those that don’t want to eat a heavy meal just because it’s Valentine’s Day. Check out their options!  ...
5 Florists of Greater Lafayette

5 Florists of Greater Lafayette

Roses are a Valentine’s Day tradition. Do you ever wonder why people gift them to each other? According to the Gourmet Gift Basket blog, red roses, in general, tend to represent love and romance, and that’s really the only reason! This thought dates back into Egypt, Greek, and Rome in Biblical times, but the idea of gifting them started in the Victorian Age. It is cool to know that this simple gesture with simple thought behind it has stood the test of time. Roses, however, aren’t the only flower option out there.  There are many places to purchase flowers in Lafayette, IN, but we’ve listed five to help you get your search started! Rubia Flower Market (West Lafayette, IN): Fresh flowers come in on Tuesdays here. So, feel free to drop by on Valentine’s Day to create your own bouquet. Their display room has some bouquets put together, but it is filled with single flowers so you can play. They have great prices for great quality. Roth Florist (Downtown, Lafayette, IN): This shop is an oldie but goodie. They’ve been in Lafayette since 1895! That speaks for itself. The elegant quality of all items will satisfy you. You can order ahead by phone or online. Bennett’s Greenhouse (Lafayette, IN): Does your significant other have a green thumb? You can purchase cut flowers here, but their specialties live in the greenhouse. Potted plants are the way to go for some ladies! McKinny’s Flowers (Lafayette, IN): Here’s a North Lafayette location! They have a decked out gift shop. Therefore, McKinny’s might be a one stop spot for you! Julie’s Flowers (Downtown, Lafayette, IN): Julie’s Flowers is...