How To Cope With Seasonal Depression

Like the saying goes, life is full of ups and downs. For many of us, the cooler seasons seem to prompt more low points than highs. For this reason, we’ve compiled our preferred methods to stay smiley during the months of fall and winter. Take a peek below!

1. Find Yourself a Happy Lamp!
SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) is so common, that many companies now produce UV light products, specifically targeting those who suffer from seasonal depression. Keep a small lamp by your desk at work, or near your bedside at home. Whenever you’re feeling blue, simply turn the light on and enjoy the gentle rays of simulated sunshine.


2. Teach Yourself Something New!
The days are shorter and the nights are longer during the cold months, providing the perfect opportunity to stay inside and learn something new! Have you always wanted to knit, but never knew how? Now is a great time to teach yourself! Attempt cooking a new recipe  that you haven’t created before. Hop online and study something you’ve always been curious about, but didn’t have the time to research. Pick up that book you’ve been wanting to read or watch the documentary you’ve been hearing about… there are so many fun ways to learn! When you’re discovering new things, you’re not focused on the SAD. It’s a win, win!


3. Stay Active!
Cold weather, rain, and snow don’t have to keep you stuck inside all season. Hibernating through the winter isn’t the way to avoid your seasonal depression. Not sure what to do? Try snowshoeing, skiing, or snowboarding! How about volunteering at your local soup kitchen or humane society?  Grab your old childhood sled and have some fun in the hills! Use your imagination & just get outside!


4. Aromatherapy!
Aromatherapy is a very useful practice – especially when you’re feeling down and out. Use pure orange oil extracts in your bath or oil diffuser if you need a perky pick-me-up! Or if you’d like a more calming scent for nighttime, try using lavender, bergamot or eucalyptus oil.


5. Check in with your doctor!
If you think you’re experiencing symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder, don’t hesitate to talk to your doctor! It’s very important to communicate with your health provider if you’re feeling unhappy and depressed for periods of time. Schedule an appointment right away and learn more about how you can cope with SAD at your local clinic.

Do you have advice for those who suffer with SAD? What do you do to stay active and happy during the winter? Let us know here!


10 Must-See Documentaries

The weather is getting a bit chilly, making it the perfect time to cozy up with your blankets and BumbleBars. On these cool fall nights, we love snuggling up to watch a good documentary! There are so many fascinating documentaries available through Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, etc. We made a list of our 10 favorite, must-see documentaries to share with you! Check it out:

Liz (CEO) Favorites:

• Meet the Patels – The film explores the expectations surrounding marriage in the Patels’ first-generation Indian immigrant family and in wider American society. Watch here.

• Last Days in Vietnam – During the chaotic final weeks of the Vietnam War, the North Vietnamese Army closes in on Saigon as the panicked South Vietnamese people desperately attempt to escape. On the ground, American soldiers and diplomats confront the same moral quandary: whether to obey White House orders to evacuate U.S. citizens only—or to risk punishment and save the lives of as many South Vietnamese citizens as they can. Watch here.

• Last Train Home – Last Train Home documents the Life of the Migrant Worker in China. Watch here.


Hannah (Designer) Favorites:

• Indie Game: The Movie – Witness a portrait of a new breed of artist: the video game designer. At first, the only way to make it as a designer in the video game industry was to work with major developers. Now a new breed of independent auteurs has taken their industry by storm. Watch here.

• Winter on Fire – A civil rights movement erupts in the Ukraine after a peaceful student protest quickly morphs into a violent revolution. The Oscar-nominated Netflix documentary Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom presents viewers with a story of everyday citizens facing down brutal riot police controlled by Ukraine’s then-President Viktor Yanukovych, backed by Russian President Vladimir Putin. Watch here.

• BlackFish – The story of Tilikum, a captive killer whale that has taken the lives of several people, underscores problems within the sea-park industry, man’s relationship to nature, and how little has been learned about these highly intelligent mammals. Watch here.

• Batkid Begins – The documentary follows Miles Scott, an American child, and cancer survivor. His wish was to be “Batkid”, a sidekick of the eponymous comic book superhero Batman. Once the request went out, thousands of volunteers, city officials, businesses and supporters rallied to turn San Francisco, California into “Gotham City” – the fictional home city of Batman, on November 15, 2013. Watch here.


Aimee (Office Guru) Favorites:

• Thank You Del – Thank You Del is the story if the godfather of improv comedy, Del Close, made with love by the UCB and director Todd Bieber. It should be noted that I was probably in the room while most of the live footage was shot at the Del Close Marathon. It was fun stuff. Read more here.

• On The Cusp, Off The Cuff – On The Cusp, Off The Cuff is a documentary about four New York area improvisers and their struggles toward success and recognition. Includes Sasheer Zamata, who was still two years away from being cast on SNL when she participated in this documentary by director Nate Dern. Watch here.

• We Cause Scenes – We Cause Scenes is about Improv Everywhere, the collective run by Charlie Todd what is responsible for the Annual No Pants Subway Ride and lots of other super cool, totally funny crowd-sourced happenings around the world. I participated in one where people were encouraged to help finish a relay race in Manhattan and then give interviews like they had just won. It was fun. Watch here.

DIY Fall Art Projects

The leaves are changing color, the air is crisp, and there’s inspiration all around! Fall is the perfect time to pull out your old craft smock and get started on a few fun DIY art projects. Let’s take a look at several creative ideas from our BumbleBar crew.

How To Make: Hannah’s Cozy Coasters

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The brisk autumn weather makes this season the perfect time to walk outside. I find myself staring at the ground a lot as I’m walking around, observing the golden leaves and broken branches that have already fallen to the ground. It was on one of these walks last autumn with my mom that we were inspired to make coasters from the larger tree branches that were strewn across the road. Here is how you can make your own:

  • Collect a few large sticks that have already fallen from a tree. They should be about 2.5 – 5 inches in diameter.
  • Use a saw to cut the branch into small circles, about 1-2 inches apart. Follow these safety guidelines when cutting the tree branch.
  • Now, take sandpaper and sand the edges of the circles, so that the coaster is nice and smooth.
  • Last, paint the coasters with a clear, non-toxic gloss paint to keep them from absorbing any liquid that may be spilled on them.
  • When they’re dry, you’re all done! Ta-da!

How To Make: Aimee’s Splendid Scarf


Fall is my favorite time to start and maybe finish a knitting project. I say maybe because it often takes me years to finish a project because I’ll get bored, or my hands will start to ache and I put it down and won’t pick it up again for another six months. That’s ok though, knitting is rarely a race to the finish line, since I already have many, many sweaters to keep me warm this winter. It’s not like I’ll freeze to death without the sweater I’m working on. I’ve finished more than six sweaters and tons of scarves and cowls that way. One of the best parts of knitting is getting to fantasize about all of the cool stuff you’ll make with the beautiful yarns that are available at the local yarn shop, or LYS as we knitters call them. My favorite LYS is Paradise Fibers. They are based in Spokane but ship worldwide and they have a wonderful selection of brands and colors as well as a helpful and experienced staff if I get stuck. Yarn, of course, is available at your local craft store like Michaels, but they almost never sell natural fibers, which I prefer. Synthetic fiber yarn absolutely has its place, though. It is inexpensive and often much easier to wash than animal fiber yarn, so it’s great for beginners who aren’t sure they want to commit to expensive yarn and for baby blankets and clothes, which will need to be washed fairly often.

The sweater pictured probably took me a year to finish. It is made with wonderful Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk yarn that is soft and very warm. I found a relatively simple pattern on Patternfish by Knitting Pure and Simple. I’m not sure where I got the pattern for the cowl pictured. It’s just the same yarn doubled and knitted in a wide cable pattern. Knitty is another great place to look for knitting patterns and they’re all free! If you’re looking to start knitting, I’d pick out a simple pattern at Lion Brand Yarn and take that down to your LYS where they can help you pick out yarn and a needle to start out with. You can also take lessons or watch YouTube videos to learn the basic knit and purl moves. Even experienced pros like me refer to YouTube to get unstuck sometimes. My advice is to start knitting and figure out the rest on your feet, as you do it.

Good luck and happy knitting!

How To Make: Liz’s Fabulous Fruit Mandalas

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Super Fun Summer Games To Play With Your Kids!

Screen Shot 2016-08-05 at 10.26.44 AMSchool has been out for awhile and summer is in full swing! Grab your Junior BumbleBars and let’s get ready for some fun! Here’s a list of our favorite outdoor games for kids of all ages:

  • Lawn Twister – Buy 4 bright colors of washable lawn spray paint and make your own Twister board in the backyard. (Make sure an adult handles the spray paint at all times!) Another great thing about this twister board is that you won’t have to worry about the sheet moving around, and playing with the grass under your toes is always more enjoyable!Screen Shot 2016-08-05 at 10.28.11 AM
  • Glow In The Dark Bowling– Fill empty water bottles with glow sticks and set them out in the yard. If the bottles tip over, put a couple small rocks in with the glow stick to keep them steady or try using bottles made of harder, more durable plastic. (Please remember to use only bottles that have already been emptied – we don’t want to waste water!) Set them up in the classic triangle shape and take turns bowling with your friends! This is a great game to play on a warm summer night – and you’re also recycling!

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  • Bumble-Ball – This is a twist on the classic basketball game PIG. (If you don’t know the rules to PIG, check them out here. It’s a really simple game.) Instead of trying to spell PIG, you’re going to try to spell BUMBLE. We would love to see pictures of your family and friends playing Bumble-Ball. Send a photo or video of your team’s Bumble-Ball winner to, and we’ll send you a prize in return!Screen Shot 2016-08-05 at 10.27.57 AM

Have Fun!


The BumbleBar Team


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