Is one of your 2017 goals to reduce stress and have more "me time?"
Are you searching for ways to invest in yourself?
If so, try reading. Reading is relaxing. You're reading this blog post, so that's a head start. Look at you go! Let's dive (like you would into a Xorbee) into a few of the books you should be reading in 2017.
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear
by Elizabeth Gilbert
From the author of Eat, Pray, Love, this book encourages you to find the hidden talent you have inside of you, the talent that's in your soul. How do we know what that talent is? According to Gilbert, it's whatever we can't stop thinking about in our spare time, the healthy thing we're obsessed with doing.
Better Than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits—to Sleep More, Quit Sugar, Procrastinate Less, and Generally Build a Happier Life
by Gretchen Rubin
Here's a great book to start out the new year. The content is inspiring and real about habits. Apple iBooks says: “It’s exciting to find a self-help book that’s not only full of eye-opening insight but also provides practical tips to help you procrastinate and stress less, exercise and eat more healthfully, and spend time on activities that matter."
The Girl on the Train
by Paula Hawkins
A New York Times Bestseller, USA Today Book of the Year, and now a major motion picture, you need to read the book before seeing the movie. Rachel (played by Emily Blunt in the film), lives every day the same. She navigates the same 9-5 commute every day and passes the same familiar places and people. But one day she witnesses something shocking. The ensuing story brings the police and dark secrets of a suburban couple into Rachel's life. What was once a simple, perhaps mundane life, is now complicated. This is a psychological thriller that will leave you turning pages as fast a train goes by. From the USA Today review: "Marries movie noir with novelistic trickery ... hang on tight ... You'll be surprised by what horrors lurk around the bend."
Red Sparrow: A Novel
by Jason Matthews
Written by a former CIA insider this spy thriller is set in present day Russia. How's that for topical? Dominika Egorova is drafted against her will to be a trained seductress in the intelligence service. Nathaniel Nash is a CIA officer who handles the most sensitive espionage against the of Russians. The two young intelligence officers forbidden love affair threatens their careers and America's security. The Washington Post calls this a "sublime and sophisticated debut … a first-rate novel as noteworthy for its superior style as for its gripping depiction of a secretive world." The movie starring Jennifer Lawrence is set for release in November of 2017.
The Hogwarts Library Boxed Set Including Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them
by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter fans rejoice! Readers will find books cherished by the great library at Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. This timeless boxed set collection is the perfect addition to the Harry Potter series which has been treasured by fans for years.
This collection includes Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Quidditch Through the Ages, and The Tales of Beedle the Bard. the three volumes expand on the magical world created by Rowling and popularized in the Harry Potter series of books and films.
You can also feel good about yourself: part of the sales are donated to Rowling's charity Lumos; which helps children who are in institutions. For this tome, Rowling also collaborated with Comic Relief Charity to dedicate a portion of sales toward ending poverty. This giant collection is set to be released in March, but most retailers are allowing you to pre-order online.
Cravings: Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat
by Chrissy Tiegan
Although it may be difficult to trust a cookbook author who happens to be a celebrity and model, this delightful book delivers with taste. Tiegan's cookbook lists sensible and achievable breakfast, lunch, and dinner recipes including cheesy, saucy, and spicy favorites. Lets face it, life is about living and delicious food is a wonderful part of the journey. A few of my favorite recipes from Tiegan: Capon's Chrissy Burger, Chipotle Honey Chicken, Roasted Cauliflower, Orzo & Feta Salad, and Lemony Arugula Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe.
The Radical Book for Kids: Exploring the Roots and Shoots of Faith
by Champ Thornton
A fun-filled children's book great for ages 8+ who wish to explore the Bible. This book will spark curiosity and also facts about the ancient roots of Christianity. You can start this book anywhere, it's perfect for short reads together. With this book as a resource, kids will learn to trust and stand by Jesus when the universe seems at odds. Young readers are introduced to ancient languages, jewelry making, and fun skills like learning to tell time by the sun. The Radical book for Kids will help create a path of wonder while always seeking God.
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I have a confession to make: I take naps.
Usually around three in the afternoon, as the energy level runs low, I close the door to my office and have what I call a nippy nap.
I spend about fifteen minutes of quiet time plopped on my Xorbee Xplorer, our 4-foot model. I drift off almost immediately.
I know I'm not in Kindergarten any longer, but there's plenty of evidence that supports the idea of napping midday. It's a great way to recharge.
Taking a nap has has many benefits.
- Naps restore alertness, enhance performance, and reduce mistakes and accidents. A study at NASA on sleepy military pilots and astronauts found that a 40-minute nap improved performance by 34 percent and alertness 100 percent.
- Naps increase alertness. In the period directly following the nap, studies show that alertness is increased and extended a few hours later in the day.
- Naps have been shown to improve certain memory functions.
You're in good company if you like naps. Here are six famous people who saw a nap not as an indulgence, but as a necessity.
Winston Churchill: Churchill was a bit of a diva when it came to his naps. He believed it helped him get twice as much done each day. He wrote, “Nature has not intended mankind to work from eight in the morning until midnight without that refreshment of blessed oblivion which, even if it only lasts twenty minutes, is sufficient to renew all the vital forces…”
Albert Einstein: Einstein claimed that he needed his naps and 10 hours of sleep at night.
John F. Kennedy: JFK used a one to two-hour nap and Jackie even advise LBJ to do the same. JFK’s workdays were 12 hours long (or more) and he relied heavily on naps to keep him alert. It's believed that Kennedy took the lesson from Ike, who took it from Churchill.
Margaret Thatcher: Her will of iron was stiffened by a scheduled nap in the middle of the afternoon.
Thomas Edison: The man who brought us the light bulb and the phonograph had little use for sleep. When he did doze off he preferred to do it for a short time in the middle of the day. He didn't believe he needed prolonged rest, just 30 minutes to 2-3 hours at a time.
- Bill Clinton: Our 42nd President was famous for his late night schedule and long work hours. To get himself through the workload, Clinton often snuck away for a quick nap in the residence at the White House, or even on the couch in the Oval Office.
Don’t let anyone shame you out of the luxury—no necessity—of a short nap. If they try, simply explain to them that if it was good enough for President's Clinton and Kennedy, it's good enough for you.
Give the gift of Rest. Recharge. Relax.
Our 4-Foot relaXer is a foam-filled delight, great for little ones to plop on to read, play, or chill. You might even get them to nap.
- Dimensions: 36" x 36" x 24"
- Weight: 20 lbs
Your College Student
The MSU Xorbee is strong enough to be an option for your next tailgate party. It's soft and sturdy enough to support you through overtime games, and it's comfy enough to make all your college friends jealous.
- Dimensions: 28” x 28” x 48”
- Weight: 45 pounds
The beauty of the Xorbee Xcursion Foam-Filled Chair is that it's simple, clean lines have a contemporary design that will match any décor yet provide soft, cushiony goodness. Add a tranquil piece of furniture that will undoubtedly provide you and your busy friend a place to relax for your next "coffee date."
- Dimensions: 84” x 84” x 36”
- Weight: 125 lbs
Your "Trendy Friend"
It's hip to be square, right?
Xorbee has always been a little bit round...but now we offer a Square ottoman-style Pouf.
The pouf is perfect for feet or even to use as an end table. It's firm enough to support a tray or your favorite sandwich. Yummy.
- Dimensions: 20" x 20" x 20"
- Weight: 5 lbs
Is there something about a Xorbee foam-filled chair that helps calm a child with autism?
It seems so.
After adding a Xorbee round to their home, his family noticed that Tyler Mieczkowski seemed more relaxed and calm. In April of 2016, Valerie Lego of WZZM-TV in Muskegon visited Xorbee headquarters to see how happy Tyler was in his favorite furniture.
Here's the video from that news report:Read the full article from WZZM 13: "Pillow Chair Helps Calm Children with Autism"