Learn How to Make a Great New Year’s Resolution at Dahlgren – And Make It Last Past January 1st!

It’s never easy to make a New Year’s resolution. While some people overestimate things and aim for something that’s impossible to achieve, others get nervous and give up after the first few days. Here are some foolproof tips not to help you create the perfect resolution, they’ll even motivate you to stick with your goals.

  • Choose something you want to do. If you already have the motivation to diet, travel or go for that dream job, it will be much easier to convince yourself to put in the work.
  • Limit yourself. Instead of choosing three or four resolutions, pick just one thing that will impact your life in a big way.
  • Map out a plan. Before the New Year rolls around, map out a plan for how you’ll put your resolution into effect. This will help you to get started immediately following the festivities.
  • Share it with others. To hold yourself accountable for your resolution, start talking about it with other people. While you may not mind letting yourself down, it’s a lot more difficult to face your friends and family if you give up on your goals.

Want more tips, Dahlgren? Check out the links below!
9 ways to keep your New Year's resolutions [Bankrate]
Making your New Year's resolution stick [American Psychological Association]
7 Steps For Making a New Year’s Resolution and Keeping It [Lifehack]

Deck the Halls at Dahlgren With These Easy Holiday Decorating Ideas

Looking for a way to decorate your home at Dahlgren for the holidays — without cutting in to your gift budget? There are many ways to fill your space with holiday cheer that only require more creativity and less cash. Here are just a few great decor ideas!

  • Make your own wreaths. Making your own wreath is much easier than you might think. Pick up a base wreath made of Styrofoam or wood, or even start with a standard wire clothes hanger bent into the shape of a circle. Then, just cover with eucalyptus, pine branches, holly, or colorful berries.
  • Fill vases with bulbs. If you have more bulbs and ornaments than you know what to do with, use them to fill clear vases for a quick centerpiece.
  • Hang garland. Buy live pine garland in bulk and drape it all over every bare surface: doorways, shelves, and anywhere else that needs some cheer.
  • Hang holiday cards. Use all of those cards that you get in the mail as decorations themselves. Use a removable putty to pin them to door frames, a wall, or even a bulletin board.
  • Make your own votives. Spray cheap votive candles with snow-like craft spray or metallic gold paint to create a festive look that’s perfect for your holiday dinner.

How to Decorate for Christmas [WikiHow]
Simple Ways to Decorate for Christmas [Better Homes and Gardens]
24 Cheap Christmas Decorations You Can Make Yourself [Reader’s Digest]

Cool and Quirky Father’s Day Gifts You and the Kids Can Make at Home at Dahlgren

In case you need a reminder, Father's Day is Sunday, June 21! That means you have plenty of time to go shopping for Dad, but if you'd prefer to go the homemade route, we have a few suggestions! Check out these cool and quirky DIY Father's Day gift ideas!

1) "We Have a Hero" handprint board [Shanty 2 Chic]
This project supplies a free printable text that's perfect for military dads. It says, "We have a hero; We call him Daddy." Simply print out the saying and affix it to a wooden board. To the right of the saying, have your kids use paint to decorate the empty space with their handprints. Such a cute keepsake!

2) Thrifty and Fun Birthday Cake Gift [Pinching Your Pennies]
This is perfect for the dad with a sweet tooth: Arrange canned sodas and snack-sized candy bar into tiers, forming a cake shape. You can use whatever candies or sodas Dad likes, or sub in beer for the fizzy stuff!

3) Father's Day printable [Kinzie's Creations]
If your kids are a little younger, this free printable is sure to give Dad a chuckle. It's a Mad Libs-style print-out that allows kids to fill in the blank to complete sentences about their dad. It prints as a 5×7, so it's easily framed as a keepsake.

How are you celebrating Father's Day this year, Dahlgren?

How to Prevent Frozen Pipes and High Heating Bills in Your Dahlgren Rental Home

Daylight Saving Time is upon us, but we're not quite through winter yet. That means we need to remain mindful of ways that cold temperatures can affect our homes — and our wallets! Here are a few tips to help you prevent frozen pipes and high heating bills until spring finally arrives.

1) Turn down the heat. This one's a no-brainer, but it's easier said than done when the mercury plummets. Still, lowering the thermostat by even a few degrees can help you save on your heating bill — up to 10 percent! Bundle up in layers, pull on some warm socks, and use the chill as an excuse to snuggle with your friends and family. (A mug of hot cocoa or hot tea certainly won't hurt, either!) Don't go any lower than 55 degrees, though, or you'll run the risk of frozen pipes.

2) Insulate your windows. For less than $10, you can purchase temporary insulation for your windows at Dahlgren. This clear cling film adheres to the inside of windows and is easily removable come spring. It will help prevent drafts, keeping the heat where it belongs: indoors! This will also help prevent freezing pipes.

3) Open your cabinets. Open any bathroom and kitchen cabinet doors that enclose pipes. This will allow the warm air from the rest of your rental home to reach the pipes and prevent them from freezing. (If you have children, temporarily relocate any cleaning products to a place out of their reach.)

4) Let it flow. If the temperature outside is especially cold, allow your faucets to drip with lukewarm water. Just a trickle is enough to help prevent your pipes from freezing.

For more information, click the links below!
How Can I Prepare for a Frozen Pipe Disaster? [AllState]
Preventing and Thawing Frozen Pipes [Red Cross]
10 tricks for reducing your heating bill [Today Money]
9 Sneaky Ways to Cut Your Home Heating Bills [Popular Mechanics]

Curious to Learn Santa’s Take on the Holiday Spirit? Read His Thoughts Here, Dahlgren Residents!

The tree is trimmed, the presents are wrapped, and as we take a moment to reflect on the holiday season, we can't help but wonder: What is the holiday spirit all about, anyway? Is it about Black Friday sales and parties? Or perhaps something a little more poignant? There's only one person we'd trust with the answer, so we wrote a letter to Santa Claus, mailed it to the North Pole, and when it came back, this is what it said:

Dear Dahlgren residents and staff,

Santa Claus here. My postmaster elf just handed me your letter, and while your note is just one of billions I've received this season, I decided yours was worthy of an immediate reply. The reason why, you see, is due to the very nature of your letter. Instead of unfurling yet another wish list, I was delighted to read a letter pertaining to a topic very near and dear to me: the true meaning of the holiday season.

I'm sitting here in my favorite chair by the roaring fireplace, thinking about your question, but even after three helpings of cookies and milk from Mrs. Claus, I'm afraid I don't have a simple answer for you. That's because the holiday spirit is different to everyone, and take it from someone who knows, there are a lot of people in this world. For one person, the spirit of the season might be about recreating Grandma's holiday sugar cookie recipe and reminiscing about days past, while someone else might find joy in donating to the less fortunate. I'd imagine that for military families living at Dahlgren, the season might be about spending as much time as possible with loved ones. In other words, the true holiday spirit is whatever warms your heart, Dahlgren residents and staff, but it's up to you to decide just what that might be. Hopefully you'll find that whatever "it" is, it can't be unwrapped.

Ho ho ho,

Santa Claus

Browse These Websites for DIY Fall Projects You Can Attempt at Home at Dahlgren

Daylight savings time has come to an end, but that doesn't mean it's time to hibernate for the winter just yet! Autumn is still in full swing, and we recommend enjoying the season to its fullest potential with fun fall activities on these websites:

Fall activities [Disney]
Featuring your child's favorite Disney characters, suggested fall activities on the Disney Family website include recipes, arts and crafts projects, and much more. Keep the kids busy with a free printable coloring page featuring Mickey and the gang, or follow the instructions for making a wearable Olaf the Snowman pin out of polymer clay.

Fall decor and how-tos [HGTV]
Geared more toward adult interests, decor projects on the HGTV website can help add some fall flair to your space at Dahlgren. Learn how to make a rustic autumnal centerpiece, then try your hand at crafting mini pumpkins into planters for trendy succulents.

Family-friendly fall activities [Pinterest]
Expect a wealth of visual inspiration on Pinterest. Pinned and repinned by parents and caregivers just like you, family-friendly fall projects run the gamut from autumn scavenger hunts and handprint-adorned holiday tablecloths to recipes tailored to pint-sized chefs.

Fall activities and recipes [Martha Stewart]
Count on domestic diva Martha Stewart to provide over-the-top fall decor projects on her eponymous website. Challenge yourself to create a handmade garland crafted from dried corn, then test your skills at making glittered leaf stationery.

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