Drowsy Driving the Same as Drunk Driving?

Not getting enough sleep? Well maybe it’s about time you should because a recent study from AAA says that getting less than seven hours of sleep a day is just as risky as drunk driving! Read the article below by Sleep Savvy Magazine all about AAA’s study.

Drowsy Driving as Risky as Drunk Driving

A study from AAA finds sleeping less than seven hours a day doubles the dangers of crashing.

Drivers who miss between one to two hours of the recommended seven hours of sleep in a 24-hour period and are drowsing driving nearly double their risk of a crash, according to research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 35% of U.S. drivers sleep less than the recommended seven hours daily. And with drowsy driving involved in more than one in five fatal crashes on U.S. roadways each year, AAA warns drivers getting less than seven hours of sleep may have deadly consequences.

“You cannot miss sleep and still expect to be able to safely function behind the wheel,” says David Yang, executive director for the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. “Our new research shows that a driver who has slept for less than five hours has a crash risk comparable with someone driving drunk.”

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety’s report, “Acute Sleep Deprivation and Risk of Motor Vehicle Crash Involvement,” released in December 2016, reveals that drivers missing two to three hours of sleep in a 24-hour period more than quadrupled their risk of a crash, compared with drivers getting the recommended seven hours of sleep. This is the same crash risk the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration associates with driving over the legal limit for alcohol.

See original article here!

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Kim Adam’s Dining Room Traditions

HolidayDining copyOne of the craziest things I’ve ever said as a mother came after I found my two toddlers sitting under our formal dining room table eating crackers. I walked into the room and said in utter dismay  “No eating in the dining room!” As soon as the words came out of my mouth, I started to laugh. How ridiculous that the sight of my kids eating crackers under our fancy table would prompt such shock. But the kids knew the formal dining room was only for special occasions. The crystal and china, turkish rug, and the beautiful dining set complete with….ready for this…white, silk covered chairs!  Yes, I said white silk. Clearly a purchase made before my 5 adorable kids were part of the picture.

That was the day I decided we needed to use our dining room more. Why have a formal dining room if no one is even allowed to eat in it? I thought I would start with Sunday dinners. But a few months later, we moved into a home with no eat-in kitchen at all. The home was built in 1928 when the only people that ate in kitchen were the servants. So our beautiful dining room table, and our 6 white chairs became our everyday table.   At the time, I had 4 kids. Including 3 children under the age of 6.  So you can imagine how quickly my white chairs became multi-color with stains of every kind. And you know what?   I didn’t even care. I loved that every family meal seemed special. It was a gorgeous room that felt cozy and warm.

Family dinner is a tradition in my home. We sit down as a family at least 3 times a week.   Its when my kids talk about their day. Where we pray and come together and shut out the rest of the world. I love my dining room table. I love that my children will remember it someday. And not unlike my life, those perfect white chairs are now a bit stained and imperfect. And I love that too.

Bring those traditions home to your dining room with a new dining set. Gardner-White offers a range of dining sets to fit your family style and size! Here are just some of the options we offer!

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Plus, get same day delivery so you can have your new dining set ready for the holidays! Shop all of our dining sets here!

Halloween Decorating Ideas from Kim Adams

With sunshine and temps in the 80s for much of October, decorating for Halloween just hasn’t felt right. But now as cooler weather returns, it’s time to break out the tombstones, fake spiders, and spooky hanging ghosts. This year I wanted something a little different for my own house.  Pinterest is like an internet buffet of ideas. Which is great, but can also be overwhelming. So I narrowed it down to my Top 5 New and Unusual Ways to decorate for Halloween.

1. HEAD IN A JAR 

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Here’s what you need to make your own:

Find the instructions and other tips here!

2.  CREEPY CHICKEN WIRE HUMAN SIZE GHOSTS

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1. Cut chicken wire.

2. Form the shape of the head.

3. Form the torso.

4. Create support.

5. Form the arms.

6. Attach body forms.

7. Add shoulder support.

8. Form the legs.

9. Attach base to torso.

10. Create skirt.

11. Complete body form.

12. Cover with cheesecloth.

13. Hang half-figure ghosts.

Full instructions with pictures and supply list here! 

3. CREATE A “MONSTER” GARAGE

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This garage door has been shared all over social media! Make your own with this tutorial! 

4. PATTERN CARVING PUMPKINS 

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 See more patterns and get templates here! 

5.  MICE INFESTATION ON THE STAIRCASE

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  1. 1. Print mice template.
  2. 2. Trace the shapes onto black construction paper, and cut out.
  3. 3. Mount as desired with masking tape.

Find the mice template and other instructions here!

Hope you all have a safe and Happy Halloween!!!!!

Kim Adams

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Emmy award winning television and film personality and mother of 5, Kim Adams is one of metro-Detroit most recognizable faces. While most remember her as a skilled meteorologist at WXYZ (ABC-Detroit) and WDIV (NBC-Detroit), Kim has now joined the film industry appearing in “Scream 4″ starring Courtney Cox and David Arquette. Kim can also be found on national tv shows such as “Detroit 187″ and “20/20.” She’s currently a medical reporter for the Childrens Hospital of Michigan. Kim’s busy schedule also includes being a spokesperson for numerous local and national companies. Kim graduated Summa Cum Laude from Oakland University ranking 3rd in her graduating class. She received a master’s degree from Wayne State University majoring in Radio/TV & Film. In addition, she studied thermodynamics and dynamics at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Graduate School in Washington, D.C., and synoptic meteorology at the Ohio State University.

Help Reduce Back-to-School Anxiety

Are your kids ready for back to school? Most of us have spent weeks shopping for new clothes, shoes, and a great backpack full of school supplies. But have you prepared your child emotionally? For some kids that first day of school is filled with anxiety.Whether it’s the first day of kindergarten or the first day of high school, not all kids are ready for the stress of a new situation. One of the biggest fears we face as humans is fear of the unknown. Remember your first day on a new job? Will my co-workers like me? Will I understand what to do or where to go? A child experiences the same feelings that first day of school. Here are few ideas to help your child (or even your teenager) cope with the anxiety of back to school.

Practice makes perfect

If this is your child’s first time away from you, try a few trial separations. This is especially true for children of stay at home moms. If your child isn’t used to spending the day away, try a few hours at a grandparents’ house, or even a summer day camp. If your child is starting pre-school and will be gone for 3 hours, try spending a few hours apart before school starts.

Never let them see you cry

I’m sooooo guilty of this one. I cried the first day of pre-school for both my two oldest children. And what happened? They cried too. In part because it was all new for them and it’s scary. But i have to admit, seeing mommy upset didn’t help. So when it was time for #3 to go to school, it was a quick hug and kiss goodbye and off i went… (back to my car to cry my eyes out instead).

Set up play dates

If you’ve had an orientation, try and find the names of one or two classmates before school starts and set up a play date. We all feel better when we walk into a new situation and see a friendly face. Or if your child had already started school, tell the teacher if your child is anxious. My daughter was very shy, so i asked the teacher to sit her next to a very outgoing child that could help her along socially. Ten years later, my daughter and that little girl are still best friends.

Do not be late the first day

Sounds simple, but being rushed can really add to the stress. Make sure outfits are picked out the night before, lunches are made and do not hit the snooze! Clock-AnimationThis is especially true for teenagers. Getting up a few minutes early and being able to take their time can help with the pressure (getting a teenager up early however is another blog).

Know when it’s a real problem

Having jitters the first day, or even a few weeks after school begins is normal. Young children might be clingier or whiny. Older kids might have a few sleepless nights, or be a bit moody. But if your child suddenly starts complaining about physical symptoms such as headaches, upset stomachs, or other ailments it’s time to ask an expert. A very small percentage of children simply can’t handle the stress of new situations. Some will even refuse to go to school, or repeatedly ask to stay home. This is when professional help might be needed. But for the vast majority of kids, the anxiety of back-to-school quickly subsides, and the complaints of homework and getting up early take over once again.

Finally, the first week of school can be overwhelming for moms too. I joke that I can’t wait for school to start again. Then when it does, I find myself missing my little chickens. A few extra hugs or cuddles, and carving out time to talk each night really helps both me and my kids that first week of school.

Have a safe and happy school year!

Healthy Meals for a Working Mom by Kim Adams

mom-cooking-dinner-with-son_eobtfh“What’s for dinner mom?”  Its the question all moms, especially working moms dread.   With sporting activities, household chores, plus the regular workload, cooking dinner can be one of the most challenging parts of the day.  But it doesn’t have to be if you follow a few simple rules, and a little bit of discipline.

PLAN IT OUT

1.  Try and cook a full meal at least 2-3 times a week.   Keep it simple!   A protein, vegetable and maybe rice. Don’t worry about complicated recipes. I’ve spent all day cooking a meal only to have my kids turn their noses up.  But the 30 minute baked chicken with steamed veggies gets gobbled up in minutes. In our house we also sit down at the table as a family at least 3 times a week. I learn more about my kids during dinner than I could ever imagine.

2.  Brinner!  Once a week we have breakfast for dinner. Eggs,  homemade waffles, bacon are all perfectly fine choices. This is usually my “the meeting ran over and I’m running late”  weeknight meals. It’s also my kids favorite night.

3.   The other one or two nights a week we either do pizza with salad, or a family night out.    As a mom you have to be kind to yourself. As long as you’re providing healthy, home cooked meals at least a few times a week I say bravo!!!

4.  Many of my mom friends spend their Sundays planning meals and doing food prep for the week ahead. I do this on occasion and it really does make the weekday meals so much easier. However, sometimes our weekends are busier than the weekdays.   If it works for your family, I say try it.  If not, the crock pot is always a viable option for fast, easy meals!

FORGET THE MICROWAVE

Warming up leftovers can’t be avoided. But you can take a few extra minutes and reheat food in the oven. Food reheated this way simply tastes more like when it was first cooked.

HEALTHY FOOD IN A BOX

If you really don’t have time to get to the grocery store each week, there is another option.  Companies like Blue Apron, or Hello Fresh will deliver all the ingredients you need for healthy meals straight to your front door. Typically you get enough fresh food for 3 meals that feed 2-4 people. I will be honest, I haven’t tried this option yet. But a few of my friends have and they love it. The food is very fresh, but it will cost a bit more than your local grocery store. However, knowing your children are getting healthy meals and not having to frantically gather ingredients at the grocery store, might just be worth it!

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Select Your Style: Dynamic Dining

Dining areas are an excellent way to really experiment with new styles for your home. It is easy to change your look with something as simple as place settings, updating your seating, or even changing out your entire table completely. Dining sets come in a wide variety of styles for all different sorts of living habits. Here are examples of the Dynamic Dining styles you can find at Gardner-White Furniture. Which of them sounds the most like you?

Dynamic Dining: Farmhouse It doesn’t matter if you live in a rural area or the most urbane of settings, the Farmhouse style is perfect for people who long for a more rustic aesthetic in their dining and/or kitchen area. Pairing wood grain with cream coloring is an excellent way to achieve the Farmhouse look, like you can see in both the Sundance and Whitesburg collections.

Dynamic Dining: Lavish For those who prefer a more traditional and classic dining rooms with a bit of flair, there is the Lavish look. You like feeling fancy while you dine in style. We have many dining collections that are perfect for you, but to get started try looking at the North and Cabernet collections.

Dynamic Dining: Angular For those who are anything but traditional you can eschew the old school dining room table and chairs for something with a more Angular design. The Joring is a high-end take on cafeteria-style seating made for your home. If you want to make even more of a statement with your dining set, there is the very elegant glass-top Berkley collection.

Dynamic Dining: Bistro Whether you need to save some space or you just like you interior design to be more reminiscent of the al fresco dining you so enjoy, you can add a bit of Bistro style to your home. The Bree collection is a gorgeous dining set with an elevated bistro-inspired design. If you are looking for a new twist you can even opt for a pub table like in the Chambers collection.

Dynamic Dining: Industrial If you like the look of reclaimed wood, upcycled goods, and a healthy mix of retro goodness then the Industrial style is probably more up your alley. The Vintage collection has the distressed look to really make your dining space pop. The Urban/Rustic collection features reclaimed wood in a variety of styles and design solutions that are great for homes of all types. Mix and match between the collections to really up your interior design game.

Select Your Style: Beautiful Bedrooms

Select Your Style Your bedroom is your secret retreat from the world. It is the place that is easiest to make reflect your own personal style and taste since the only person you need to impress is yourself. Here are examples of the Beautiful Bedrooms you can find at Gardner-White Furniture. Which of them sounds the most like your style?

Beautiful Bedrooms: Rustic Your happy place involves cabins or cottages. You appreciate the gorgeous nature of wood grain. Your style is Rustic. You would appreciate the look of the Western Bedroom Collection that showcases the natural look of wood against a creamy white. If you are looking for a set with a darker aesthetic you should try the Mitchell Bedroom Collection.

Beautiful Bedrooms: Fabulous There is one word that describes everything about you: Fabulous. You want your bedroom to reflect this accurately. The Saxon Collection has the glitz and glamour that embodies your essence with mirrored accents and a metallic finish. Prefer a little more understated expression of your style? The Image Collection might be more your pace.

Beautiful Bedrooms: Linear You like furniture that makes a statement without being flashy. You appreciate the appeal of an Art Deco influence in your design. You are drawn to Linear designs. The Belair Collection has the mentioned subtle Art Deco influence. Then there is the Tacoma Collection that pairs long lines with tastefully curated curves to make a truly elegant design.

Beautiful Bedrooms: Unique Your style stands apart from the crowd. You seek out designs that have that certain je ne sais quoi. You are Unique. Take a look at the arches that serve as the legs of the bed in the Raven Collection. You might also enjoy the bold wave pattern design of the Franco Collection.

Beautiful Bedrooms: Plush Your style is similar to that of Fabulous above, but you focus more on a type of comforting luxuriousness. Your taste is Plush. Either the Traverse or the Grayling would be your kind of bed. They are both sumptuous without being ostentatious.

Step Into Spring With a Fiesta

Spring has come and there are many things to be done! Spring cleaning, planting flowers and switching out winter clothes for spring and summer clothes are usually on the list of things to do. But what about redecorating your home?

Are you currently sitting on your couch that you’ve had for 25 years? Or are you sick of all the dull colors in your home? Spring is the time to refresh, get rid of the old and add the new!

With springtime brings bright colors, and the industry knows it. Pantone® recently released the colors of spring and one color popped out to us – Fiesta. Pantone®’s Fiesta is a vivid red that will contrast with other spring shades.

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With this strong and vibrant color, it will make any room pop and bring excitement to your home.

You might be thinking, “This is a little too bold for me, how would I incorporate this color into my home?” Gardner-White can help! We actually have a living room collection called the Fiesta! Add some spice to your living room this spring with our Fiesta Living Room Collection! The whole collection features a sofa, loveseat, chair, ottoman and accent chair with individually pocketed, heat tempered coils and ultra soft linen fabric to provide comfort and relaxation. Whether you choose to add the whole collection to your home, or just certain pieces, the Fiesta Collection is sure to make a statement!

 

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There’s never a better time to redo your space than spring. Out with the old, in with the new. Shop the Fiesta Living Room Collection today at www.gardner-white.com!

Love the color but not the style? Shop our products that can be custom ordered to fit the color and style that you want! Custom order your living room set today!

Select Your Style: Living Room Looks

Select Your Style: Living Room Looks
Shopping for a new living room look can feel a bit overwhelming with all the different styles that are available. Sometimes it is hard to even know where to be begin. Here are some style suggestions to get you started. Do any of these styles sound like you?

Living Room Look: Retro Chic
Did you watch Mad Men for decorating ideas? Do you just love clean lines and minimalist design? Your style is Retro Chic. A great way to achieve this look in your home is to combine classic collectibles (like the iconic Royal Haeger Black Panther) with new pieces of furniture designed in the Modernist vein. The Odelia Leather Sofa, Dancer Sofa, and the Sabrina Deauville Stone Sofa are examples of new pieces inspired by classic Mid-Century Modern designs.

Living Room Look: Colorful
People describe you as bold. No shade to those who prefer neutral tones, but you like everything in your life to be a little brighter. Your style is Colorful. The idea of a brown couch is just not what you are looking for (but you do know the power of utilizing accent colors). No, what you want is your sofa to be the centerpiece of the room. The Taffy Microfiber Sofa is a gorgeous shade of teal and the Fiesta Sofa is a bright red, both excellent options for those who want a little more color. You can also find a wide range of sofas in our collection that have customizable fabric options.

Living Room Look: Old School
Traditional. Classic. Old School. Your taste withstands the test of time. Furniture that doesn’t need a lot of flowery description. Leather. Wood. Quality. Imperial. Tiffany. Venice.

Living Room Look: Rococo
You could also describe your style as Baroque, but let’s face it, Rococo is much more fun to say. You love ornate decoration and extravagant details. Your ideal couch will pair perfectly with a gorgeous Persian rug or some other similarly detailed carpet. The Grant Sofa, Layton Delia Chenille Sofa, and the Weslynn Sofa are all examples of furniture pieces with an extra bit of flair suited to your tastes.

Living Room Look: Cosmopolitan
You either dream of loft living or already have found your ideal loft space. Cosmopolitan style these days is a marriage of industrial and modern designs. The furniture that is to your taste needs to equally look at home with a backdrop of exposed brick or floor-to-ceiling windows. Your decorating style is most likely minimalist, so you truly use your furniture as statement pieces. You are drawn to pieces like the Costello and the Desmond.

Top 5 Moving Lessons from Kim Adams

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Moving… as a former military mom, I’m no stranger to moving. 14 times in 12 years. I thought I had it all down to a science. So this past December I decided moving 5 days before Christmas would be perfectly fine. Boy was I wrong. One mom, 5 kids, a cat and a hundred mistakes later, we are finally moved into the new digs. I learned a lot this time. Let me narrow it down to the Top 5 lessons.

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1. ORGANIZE, DONATE AND THROW AWAY BEFORE YOU MOVE

Most moving companies charge by weight and/or by the hour. Why pay to move things you don’t need or want in the new home? You will save on moving boxes and the headache of having to pack unwanted items. This includes furniture. I decided to upgrade my kids’ beds to better quality “big boy” bedroom sets from Gardner-White. Instead of moving the old beds, I decided to donate them and take the tax deduction. Their new beds were delivered to our new home. Plus, the beds were all assembled and ready to be slept in the very same day! Truly this was the easiest part of my move!

2. MEASURE FURNITURE BEFORE YOU PAY TO MOVE IT

That huge sofa in the old house might not fit in the new house. Or perhaps you’ve been thinking about upgrading from a queen to a king? NOW is the time to decide if your furniture works in the new home. Because as I said before, it makes no sense to move furniture only to sell or donate it later. Check out the handy “Will It Fit” guide on the Gardner-White website here: http://www.gardner-white.com/customer-service/will-it-fit

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3. TAKE PICTURES OF YOUR CORDS

This sounds funny, but trust me it will save you so many headaches. Take a quick picture of the back of your TV of all the cables BEFORE the movers unplug everything. I can’t tell you how much time and effort it took figuring out cable cords, PS4, Xbox and Wii connections! A photo of where things were when everything worked would have been very helpful.

4. MAKE A MOVING SUPPLY BOX

If I had to search for a Sharpie or the tape roll one more time I thought my head would come off. A little plastic bin with all the items in one spot would have saved me time and headaches when I was packing. It sounds simple but packing takes hours and hours no matter how organized you think you are. It never failed I would pack a room only to open a cabinet or closet filled with more stuff!

5. PACK AN OVERNIGHT BOX

Moving day is stressful. No matter how you try and prevent it, you will be an exhausted mess by the end of the day. Even with a good moving company there are still things you have to do yourself. Make sure you have a box with toiletries, sheets, a pillow, change of clothes etc. In fact, I pack an overnight bag for each member of the family. Its much less stressful than searching through 15 boxes to find your toothbrush!