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1 January 2020

Painting Pottery Can Help You Lose Weight

Let’s face it, stress is part of our lives. Unfortunately, it can also contribute to poor eating and other habits that keep us from feeling our best. “Even if you usually eat well and exercise, chronic high stress can prevent you from losing weight—or even add pounds,” explains Dr. Pamela Peeke, author of Body for Life for Women.

Lose WeightAs it turns out, our bodies respond to all types of stress in exactly the same way.  Every time we have a stressful day, our brain instructs our cells to release potent hormones. We then get a burst of adrenaline, which taps stored energy so we can fight or flee. At the same time, we get a surge of cortisol, which tells our body to replenish that energy even though we haven’t burned many calories.  This makes us hungry, and we eat.  Typical stress-eating choices such as sweet, salty and high-fat foods stimulate our brains, which releases pleasure chemicals and reduces our tension. We continue to repeat this cycle over time, increasing the production of cortisol. This interferes with our muscle building hormones, and we burn even fewer calories. It doesn’t take long for our bodies to start storing fat. Even worse, it loves to store visceral fat. (You do NOT want visceral fat. Yuck!)

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1 January 2020

3  Awesome Resolutions Your Family Can Make Today

Traditionally, the new year offers an opportunity to make a fresh start. Resolutions are filled with promise, particularly for things we know we should be doing anyway. Unfortunately, even the best intentions fall by the wayside within a relatively short amount of time.

5This year, skip all that individual pressure and try making some New Year’s resolutions as a family. Not only are you more likely to succeed as a group, family resolutions will bring you all closer together while also providing additional benefits to each member of the household.

Here are three of the best family resolutions you can make in 2020:

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17 December 2019

OPEN Today & Special Extended Hours Tomorrow!

With today’s snow being of the slow accumulation variety, our studios will be open at 11 am (12/17/19) and our plan is to remain open until normal closing time of 9pm (Ladies Night 5pm-9pm).

In the event the weather prevents you from visiting the studio today (the cut off to have items ready for Christmas), we are going to offer special extended hours tomorrow:

  • Wednesday December 18th open 11 am – 9 pm
  • Half off studio fees to everyone tomorrow
  • Free flat ornament to all painters (while supplies last)

We will also do our best to assure that items painted through the day Wednesday are ready for pick up by December 24th.

Note that we are open 11 am-2 pm on Tuesday December 24th, Christmas Eve, and closed on Christmas Day.

We hope you and your family have a great holiday.

1 August 2019

August – National Family Fun Month

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Did you know that August is National Family Fun Month?  And while there are a lot of ways to have fun as a family, we are promoting the You’re Fired experience with a Family Fun Guarantee. Bring your whole family to our Studio this month, (everybody has to come!),  and if you don’t have MORE fun than you expected to have, we will return your families studio fees. 

BUT if you do have MORE fun than expected, drop us an email and tell us about your experience, and we will email you free studio fees for your families next visit! You win either way! All you have to do, is get your entire family together, and try to  have fun.

Want more information, Email us now.

1 June 2019

The School Year to Summer Transition

Keeping children’s minds stimulated throughout the summer months.

As the school year winds down, teachers say they’re often approached by worried parents seeking a road map to get through the summer. Their advice is quite simple: Chill out. Make the summer fun and find ways to incorporate educational themes into the activities children choose to participate in.

“Have fun, explore, just don’t let them sit inside and watch TV all summer,” said one Chicago area teacher at Whitney Young High School and also the mother of two young children.

What makes summer so valuable is that children have the time and freedom to learn on their own terms, she said, so they can see what interests and excites them.

Ricci Allard, Owner of You’re Fired Pottery Studios in New Hampshire, a former teacher and mother herself, adds that “Even more valuable, the summer represents time in which parents, grandparents, and children find overlapping free time.  Find activities that you both can participate in, side by side, rather than the “watching from the sideline” activities that dominate the school year.

New Hampshire offers ample qualifying activities, both indoor and out, that are fun and educational.  State parks offer beaches, lakes and mountain activities, there are animal parks, biking and walking trails, and many picnic areas.  In addition to You’re Fired’s Studios, there are lots of other indoor arts and craft activities that families can participate in together.

One Studio customer recently posted “My ‘bestest ever friend’ and I come in often to share time and bonding along with my 9-yr old grand-daughter. It gives us all a common theme to share while the 9-yr old shares time with the two of us. AND now the 9-yr old puts in requests for all of us to spend some time there.”

“The important thing is to make sure that your children’s brains stays stimulated during the summer months,” Allard said. “Encourage them to try new things, and participate with them whenever possible”.

“Summer is a fantastic time to get to know your children better, and to strengthen the family bonds”.

 

 

 

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