National League Central 2017 Season Preview

National League Central
Most experts expect the Cubs to repeat as NL and World Series champions. 2016 went nearly perfect for the Cubs; we see a bumpier 2017 season leaving the Cubs shy of their goal.

Chicago Cubs
Biggest Additions: P / Closer Wade Davis
Biggest Losses: CF Dexter Fowler
Achilles Heel: Complacency. After winning it all last year a hangover could be in order.
Kandy says: NL Championship Series rematch against the Mets from two years ago, same result.

St. Louis Cardinals
Biggest Additions: CF Dexter Fowler
Biggest Losses: 1B Brandon Moss
Achilles Heel: Depth
Kandy says: Runner-up to Cubs and watching the playoffs from home.

Milwaukee Brewers
Biggest Additions: P Neftali Feliz
Biggest Losses: 1B Chris Carter
Achilles Heel: Rebuild.
Kandy says: The Brewers are in midst of a rebuild but after the Cubs and Cardinals the NL Central is weak so a finish anywhere from third to fifth is possible.

Cincinnati Reds
Biggest Additions: P Drew Storen
Biggest Losses: 2B Brandon Phillips
Achilles Heel: Rebuild.
Kandy says: As is the case with the Brewers, the Reds are in midst of a rebuild. After the Cubs and Cardinals, the NL Central is extremely weak so a finish anywhere from third to fifth is possible.

Pittsburgh Pirates
Biggest Additions: None
Biggest Losses: P Neftali Feliz
Achilles Heel: Pitching
Kandy says: The Pirates have a good outfield nucleus but the rest of the team could be candidates for Survivor. Probably will wind up third in the NL Central but we’ll say the S.S. Minnow sinks and the Pirates fall to the depths of Davy Jones locker.



America’s national pastime is back! And we absolutely love it. Not for the reasons you might think but for the sole reason that last year we correctly predicted the Chicago Cubs over the Cleveland Indians in the World Series. No big deal you say? Every sports book had the Cubs as pre-season favorites. That may very well be but not one, not one, ESPN baseball expert had the Cubs playing the Indians in the World Series. As a matter of fact, only one ESPN baseball expert had the Indians in the World Series but up against the Giants. No, my loyal Kandy reader, when it comes to baseball, Kandy knows best. And, we have the proof to back it up. Download the April 2016 issue to read for yourself.

So, what does our crystal ball tell us for this season? Read on to find out who we say will be playing in this year’s Fall Classic.

In a remake of the 1969 World Series, the Amazin’ Mets defeat the Baltimore Orioles. Just remember we put the ESPN baseball experts to shame last year when we predicted last spring the Cubs over the Indians in the 2016 World Series. Cha-ching!

Division Winners
National League
NL East – New York Mets
NL Central – Chicago Cubs
NLWest – Colorado Rockies

Wild Card 1 – San Francisco Giants
Wild Card 2 – Washington Nationals

American League
AL East – Baltimore Orioles
ALCentral – Detroit Tigers
ALWest – Houston Astros

Wild Card 1 – Cleveland Indians
Wild Card 2 – Seattle Mariners

NL Wild Card Game
Giants over Nationals

AL Wild Card Game
Indians over Mariners

NL Division Series
Mets over Giants
Cubs over Rockies

AL Division Series
Indians over Astros
Orioles over Tigers

League Championship Series
Mets over Cubs
Orioles over Indians

World Series
Mets over Orioles

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2017 National League East Preview

National League East
Everyone agrees it is a two-team race in the NL East with experts giving a big edge to the Nationals. We’ve glanced into our crystal ball and see a far different outcome.

Miami Marlins
Biggest Additions: The addition of pitcher Edinson Volquez could be classified as their biggest addition. Volquez is a nice addition but certainly not a staff’s ace.

Biggest Losses: It wasn’t an off-season loss but the death of the team’s ace José Fernández in the last week of the season is still shaking the Miami community. The coroner’s report was recently released and they deduced that José Fernández was behind the wheel of the speedboat the night it crashed and killed Fernández and his passengers.

Achilles Heel: Starting pitching. The pitching staff consists of a lot of number 3, 4, and 5 starters but not a 1 or 2 in the group.

Kandy says: In the same division as the Mets and Nationals, who will throw an ace four out of five nights, the Marlins are going to find it hard to compete; fortunately for them the Braves and Phillies are in the same division.

Atlanta Braves
Biggest Additions: Bartolo ‘Big Sexy’ Colon. Big Sexy adds veteran leadership to the clubhouse with an attitude that says the game of baseball is meant to be fun so just go out there relaxed and have fun.

Biggest Losses: None. The Braves lost no one of consequence.

Achilles Heel: Youth. They are a young club with some veteran leadership.

Kandy says: 4th place in the NL East is looking certain but if the Marlins pitchers falter the Braves could wind up third by the time the year is over.

Philadelphia Phillies
Biggest Additions: Pitcher Clay Buchholz and outfielder Michael Saunders. The Phillies added a nice group of veterans this past off-season but Buchholz and Saunders top the list. Buchholz will help solidify the pitching staff and Saunders will provide strong leadership on the field.

Biggest Losses: Ryan Howard. Even Howard was not the same player he was, you cannot fill the shoes of a man who had such a large presence for so long in the clubhouse and community.

Achilles Heel: Role players. We look at the Phillies roster makeup and we see role players as starters throughout the lineup.

Kandy says: The Phillies could wind up anywhere from third to fifth. We’re predicting last place.

New York Mets
Biggest Additions: Health. The Mets made no significant off-season moves. They are counting on the health of their young aces. In 2016, the team was without four-fifths of their projected starting rotation for long stretches of the season. Projected #5 start Zack Wheeler never made it back from Tommy John surgery. #4 starter Steven Matz went on the shelf due to a bone spur in his left elbow which eventually required surgery. And then there were aces #1a and #1b, Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom. First, Harvey underwent season ending surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome and then deGrom went under the knife to move the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow. When the MASH unit was finally done the Mets were left with starting pitchers Noah ‘Thor’ Syndergaard and Bartolo ‘Big Sexy’ Colón.

Biggest Losses: Bartolo Colón. As a byproduct of last year’s MASH unit was the emergence of Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman. The two rookies stepped in and outpitched the aces they were replacing. Their emergence made ‘Big Sexy’ expendable and he took his trademarked nickname south to Atlanta. In the subcategory of smaller losses, the team will be without third baseman and team captain David Wright for the start of the season as he continues to recover from nagging health issues which cut his 2016 season short. Also, it is expected that MLB will suspend closer Jeurys Familia to start the season due to a violation of baseball’s personal conduct policy.

Achilles Heel: The club’s undying commitment to fading star Curtis Granderson. Curtis had a great run but he is more of role player at this stage of his career, not the starting centerfielder on a team primed for a World Series run.

Kandy says: The pitching staff holds up and by the middle of May Conforto has replaced Granderson as the everyday centerfielder. Captain David Wright returns to the team early June and his big bat in the middle of the lineup sets the team off on an epic winning streak that leaves them just shy of the franchise record of 108 wins in a single season, set the last time they won the World Series.

Washington Nationals
Biggest Additions: C Matt Wieters and OF Adam Eaton. Adam is coming off a career year and will add some nice protection in the batting order for Daniel Murphy and Bryce Harper. The Nats signed Wieters late in free agency and the AL All-Star and past Gold Glove winner’s addition will greatly improve the pitching staff effectiveness.

Biggest Losses: Losing closer Mark Melancon will put more pressure on the starters to go deeper into games.

Achilles Heel: Closer. With Melancon taking his stuff to the Giants, the Nats have a big hole in their bullpen.

Kandy says: How would you like to win 92 games and still finish 13 games out of first place? The Nats are going to have to thump their way to wins because as soon as the starters come out of the game the opposition will be teeing off on the bullpen.

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The Dawn of Million Dollar Hybrids

Back in 1997, the Lamborghini Diablo SV was one of the fastest supercars on the planet. 512 bipolar fighting bulls were housed in a pen just behind the drivers seat–and it would only take them 3.8 seconds to gore the matador at 60 mph, before charging their way to a terminal velocity of 207 mph. It was a bonkers machine that rarely worked right, and it guzzled go-juice like models on wonder-teas on Instagram . Twenty years later, the fastest supercars are referred to as “hypercars”, and it’s considered uncouth to fuel them with the blood of endangered baby animals. 

These motorized marvels are now powered by batteries and electric motors (just like your grandma’s armpit shaver). That way the uber-rich can pretend to care about the environment, while they speed toward their coal-burning mega yachts.

The most recognizable of these hybrid hypercars are the Ferrari LaFerrari and McLaren P1. These $1 Million+ Tesla alternatives take very different approaches to gas-electric propulsion, but their performance numbers are nearly identical: 0-60 = 2.5 seconds – 218 mph top speed (the Ferrari LaFerrari) / 0-60 = 2.7 seconds – 217 mph top speed (McLaren P1). The gas mileage does vary ever-so slightly, with LaFerrari registering an EPA rating of 12 city / 16 hwy, and the P1 garnering 16 city / 21 hwy. The trees, polar bears and Saudi oil reserves definitely benefit from the plug-in hybrid McLaren’s 6-odd miles of pure EV range. Or you could say “screw the rainforest and spotted monkey bats!”, then use the battery’s electrons to power the Boost button on the steering wheel. Yes, the McLaren Prius C actually has a “Boost” button, and pressing it will bring the 177-hp electric motor online for up to 20 seconds. When combined with the P1’s 727-hp 3.8L twin-turbo V8, the Instant Power Assist System (IPAS) and Boost function increases your hippy hypercar’s total power output to a hybrid-adjusted 903-hp.

By contrast, LaFerrari can’t be recharged while you shop for organic kale at the Whole Foods. And the 161-hp electric motor can’t turn the rear wheels by itself. Instead, this mild-hybrid system is only intended to supplement the performance of LaFerrari’s naturally-aspirated 6.3L V12. An F1 derived setup called HY-KERS (Hybrid Kinetic Energy Recovery System) scavenges wasted energy to keep the battery charged. That way the electric motor is always ready to step in and provide extra power between shifts, during acceleration, or whenever the computer the tells it to. This system works in tandem with the 789-hp V12 and results in an adjusted total output of 949-hp. You won’t be able to save the planet by commuting to your private jet in EV mode. But that glorious Ferrari V12 can rev all the way up to 9250 RPM, and it sounds like God doing a Barry White impression.

Through their respective motorsport divisions, Ferrari and McLaren have mastered the art of transforming science and technology, into unfathomable speed. However you can’t just lift daddy’s Black Card and go order one of these crazy-fast super….computers. You see, they only custom-built a few hundred of each, and they sold out faster than Hillary Clinton at a DNC debate. But there is a new gas-electric hypercar set to launch soon. And it’s sure to be as guilt-free as O.J. Simpson in a glove factory.


2017 NFL Draft Preview

Imagine a draft where teams chose the best player available instead of trying to fill needs. If there was such a draft this year we imagine it would look something like this.

Cleveland Browns – Myles Garrett, DE/OLB Texas A & M
Every draft experts’ analysis we have read has Garrett as the top player in the draft. Who are we to argue.

San Francisco 49ers – Jabrill Peppers, S Michigan
No one has Peppers this high and why? He is viewed as a tweener, too small to play linebacker and too big for safety. Sorry, but he reminds us a lot of a couple past Bay area stud secondary players, Ronnie Lott and Charles Woodson. He deserves to go second.

Chicago Bears – Leonard Fournette, RB LSU
It’s just our opinion but Fournette appears to be the third best player in the draft coming out of college. If, and it’s a big IF, he keeps healthy as a pro he has Hall of Fame potential. Comparisons to AP are nice but we see a little Eric Dickerson in his running style.

Jacksonville Jaguars – DeShaun Watson, QB Clemson
Watson’s college career speaks for itself. His skillset and its transition to the pro game reminds us a lot of Michael Vick, without the pit bulls. He is the only QB we value in the 1st round. Teams who take QB’s other than Watson in the first round will be drafting to fill a need and wishing on a star.

Tennessee Titans from Los Angeles Rams – Mike Williams, WR Clemson
One spot after teammate Watson, Williams goes off the board. His game reminds us a lot of Wesley Walker except Williams has two good eyes.

New York Jets – Dalvin Cook, RB FSU
Talent alone makes Cook a top 5 pick. He had a poor combine workout and there are more questions about his durability than Fournettes so he slips just outside our top 5.

Los Angeles Chargers – Reuben Foster, LB Alabama
Another player whose talent is top 5 but character questions push Foster down the draft board. He has all the makings of the next Ray Lewis who, if we recall correctly, had his own character issues when he was younger.

Carolina Panthers – Jonathan Allen, DT Alabama
For the second time in the first round, teammates go back to back as the Allen follows fellow Tideman Foster off the board.

Cincinnati Bengals – Solomon Thomas, DE Stanford
First, if the draft picks go in this order call ESPN, Fox Sports, and the NFL Network and let them know to hire Kandy for their sports analysis. Then Mike Brown, Paul Brown or Pete Brown of the Bengals should pick up the phone, give us a call and thank us for putting out in the universe Thomas sliding to them here. You’re welcome. Oh, our justification for placing Thomas we’re just not that impressed with what he accomplished in his college career.

Buffalo Bills – Jamal Adams, S LSU
Most draft boards have Adams a top 5 pick. In our opinion, he is the second-best safety in the draft and slotted accordingly.

New Orleans Saints – Derek Barnett, DE Tennessee
Finally, our draft board aligns with the professionals as we rank Barnett the 11th best player in the draft.

Cleveland Browns from Philadelphia Eagles – Malik Hooker, S Ohio State
Off the board in most mock drafts, Hooker is a perfect fit in Cleveland.

Arizona Cardinals – John Ross, WR Washington
Speed kills. The fastest player in combine history, with the college highlights to back up the speed, Ross opens up the Cardinals passing game on the wide stretches of the Arizona desert.

Philadelphia Eagles from Minnesota Vikings – O.J. Howard, TE Alabama
Practically ignored at Alabama, NFL linebackers and safeties find out real quick that Howard is a beast. With more speed than Gronk and better blocking skills, Howard has Pro Bowl potential as a rookie.

Indianapolis Colts – Christian McCaffrey, RB Stanford
From Heisman Trophy runner-up in his sophomore season to an afterthought as he battled injuries his junior year, McCaffrey is a playmaker. And, with playmakers, all you need to do is get them the ball, no matter where they line up.

Baltimore Ravens – Marshon Lattimore, CB Ohio State
We have another player in mind here but we’ll go with the healthy CB first. Draftniks love him but we think they have him overrated and mid 1st round grade is best suited to his skillset.

Washington Redskins – Sidney Jones, CB Washington.
He’s hurt and will miss all of the 2017 season. We get it. Pick him and stash him away for 2018. He is a top 10 talent and the best CB in the draft. The Washington Huskies didn’t win all of those games this past season on the arm of QB Jake Browning alone.

Tennessee Titans – Kevin King, CB Washington
Huskies go back to back. Draftniks don’t pay much attention to the upper northwest but there is talent there, lots of it.

Tampa Bay Bucs – Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama
Hey, we just call them as we see them. Humphrey is the best player on our board and off he goes.

Denver Broncos – Haason Reddick, LB Temple
Reddick is shooting up draft boards as scouts watch more and more film. Based on our analysis, this is where he should come off the board.

Detroit Lions – Cam Robinson, OT Alabama
Finally an offensive linemen comes off the board. He struggled at times against speed rushers so he may be moved over to the right side temporarily to hone his craft.

Miami Dolphins – Adoree Jackson, CB USC
Adoree is a top 10 talent. His speed is John Rossian and coverage skills reminiscent of Deion Sanders, except Deion has two inches on him and in the NFL for a corner that is a lot.

New York Giants – Zach Cunningham, LB Vanderbilt
Cunningham is one of our favorite linebackers in this year’s draft. He should step in and start right away in the NFL.

Oakland Raiders – Taco Charlton, DE Michigan
One of the most talented defensive linemen in this year’s draft and a top-10 player. His uneven play at Michigan makes you question if he has the desire and hunger to put in what is necessary to succeed at the NFL level.

Houston Texans – Garett Bolles, OT Utah
Check it out. We found another offensive lineman worthy of a round 1 pick. They are out there, you just have to look real hard. Solid college player who should step in and start day 1 in the NFL.

Seattle Seahawks – Takkarist McKinley, OLB UCLA
Solid defender who will immediately help a team in his first year as a 3rd down pass rusher.

Kansas City Chiefs – Ryan Ramczyk, OL Wisconsin
The last lineman who we have with a round 1 grade. Ramczyk start immediately.

Dallas Cowboys – Quincy Wilson, CB Florida
Perhaps a lot lower than some draft boards but this is a deep draft for cornerbacks and we grade Wilson out as late round 1 pick.

Green Bay Packers – Malik McDowell, DT Michigan State
McDowell is deserving of being selected much sooner but there are questions about his drive which has us grading him out here.

Pittsburgh Steelers – Corey Davis, WR Michigan State
We just don’t love this guy as much as everyone us. He is a late round 1, early round 2 pick to us.

Atlanta Falcons – Gareon Conley, CB Ohio State
How would you like to be a cornerback in this draft? There are so many round 1 talents that a few are going to fall into the second round who deserve to go in round 1. Conley sneaks in under the gavel.

New Orleans Saints from New England Patriots – Charles Harris, DE Missouri
We conclude the first round of the draft with Harris of Missouri going to the Saints. Harris may go higher and he may fall into the middle of the second round. To us, he is a first round talent.

Believe it or not, we may have underestimated the number of cornerbacks who may actually drafted in the first round this year.

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3 Quick and Easy Spring Fitness Tune-Up Tips

Like a bear emerging from the warm comfort of hibernation, you head into spring with plans to enjoy the weather and maybe get ready for summer. Unlike the bear, who has spent the winter months shedding his extra pounds, you’ve likely used the holidays and short, cold days as justification for more comfort food and some extra binge-watching. Be sure to set yourself up for success this spring with a quick tune up.

1) Make a plan with a SMART goal

Before you ramp up your exercise routine for the spring, make sure you have a solid understanding of why you’re exercising in the first place. One of the best ways to do that is with SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-based) goals.

While “I want to be healthy and active” or “I want to be ripped” are great in theory, they are vague, difficult to measure, and have no timeline, which means you’ll forget about them or get discouraged easily. A better goal would be, “I want to lose 15 pounds by June without changing what I eat.” Or, “I want to shave 2 minutes off my 5K time before the fun run in July.”

A SMART goal provides the incentive you need to stick with your plan when temptations start to creep in.

2) Enlist a Partner

Another surefire way to abandon your spring fitness routine early is to try to go it alone. Even the most strong-willed among us has moments of weakness. You work late a few days in a row and decide to skip the gym. Or you celebrate a bit long into the night and choose a couple extra minutes of sleep instead of your morning run.

Having a partner, someone who will hold you accountable for going too easy or skipping out on a session entirely, makes you more likely to stick with your commitments.

3) Stay Hydrated and Eat Real Food

You’ve heard “Drink plenty of water” often enough that it’s almost cliché. But not getting enough fluid is one of the quickest ways to sabotage your exercise, especially if you’ve been taking it easy over the winter. So remember to drink water before, during, and after your sessions and throughout the day as well.

The same goes for eating well. While there are plenty of specialty and fad diets to choose from, a focus on natural ingredients in balanced proportions won’t steer you wrong.

No matter what your spring fitness plans include this year, following these tips will ensure that you start on solid footing. So take charge of your spring, and don’t let Punxsutawney Phil determine when it begins.


5 MLB Spring Training Storylines

5. Will The Pittsburgh Pirates Trade Andrew McCutchen?
Trade rumors were flying around former MVP Andrew McCutchen all off-season. The 30-year-old outfielder is coming off the worst year of his eight Major League seasons. McCutchen hit .256 with 24 home runs and 79 RBI in 153 games with the Pirates in 2016. Not a horrible year for McCutchen, but the Pirates expect more from the five-time All-Star.

The Pirates have McCutchen signed through the 2017 season with a team option for ’18. Defensive struggles will force Cutch to move from center field to right field in 2017. The Pirates have young outfielders emerging, and it is starting to look like McCutchen is going to be the odd man out in Pittsburgh.

Outfielders Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco have become everyday players. Prospect Austin Meadows is a favored candidate to take over for McCutchen. The Pirates could get a reasonable return in a trade if they decide to move Cutch. They have a young prospect in Meadows waiting to emerge. It could be time for the Pirates to say goodbye to McCutchen, and hello to the future.

4. Is Kyle Schwarber Ready to Return Full-Time?
The Chicago Cubs received a huge boost from slugger Kyle Schwarber in the World Series last season. Schwarber hit .412 with two RBI, and seven hits in five World Series games. One of the main contributors to the Cubs victory, but injuries limited him to DH and pinch hitting roles.

Schwarber missed almost all of the 2016 season after tearing the ACL and LCL in his left knee. Luckily for the Cubs, Schwarber returned in the World Series but the team should have concerns going forward.

Schwarber has seen time in both left field and catcher during his short Major League career. The DH role would be perfect for him but the Cubs do not have that position on a daily basis. After his performance in the World Series, Schwarber looks healthy and ready to go. A full month of Spring Training should give Schwarber enough time to prepare for Opening Day. The health might not be the main concern for the Cubs, but where will Schwarber play on an everyday basis?

3. Who will close in Kansas City?
The Royals made an interesting move over the off-season, sending closer Wade Davis to the Chicago Cubs. In return the Royals got outfielder Jorge Soler, who has multiple years of club control. Davis has one year left on his contract before he’s eligible for free agency.

Davis battled injuries during 2016, but when healthy he was a dominant closer. The Royals will now have to find a way to fill the void in 2017. Two favorable candidates are Kelvin Herrera and Joakim Soria.

Herrera has 17 career saves and 12 of them came last season. Soria has 203 career saves, but only had one save last season. Soria has the advantage in experience, but Herrera has the ability to make batters swing and miss with his electric stuff. The competition will be intense this spring to discover who will be the next closer at Kauffman.

2. Are The Yankees Young Studs Ready for Action?
The New York Yankees have quickly put together one of the best farm systems in the Major Leagues. Fans saw Gary Sanchez crush home run after home run on a nightly basis last season. They also got a sneak peak of what big right fielder Aaron Judge has to offer.

The Bronx Bombers have turned a veteran team into a team of young prospects in a matter of months. Top prospects such as Clint Frazier and Gleyber Torres will get an opportunity to show off their skills in camp.

It won’t be long before we see these prospects creep into the everyday lineup. It might not be on Opening Day, but these top prospects will be in full force this spring.

1. Is The Mets Rotation Ready for Opening Day?

Jacob DeGrom, Matt Harvey, and Noah Syndergaard are three of the best pitchers in the Major Leagues. In 2016 they only made 71 starts combined, and this could have Mets fans worried about the future.

Harvey had Tommy John surgery not too long ago and was only able to make 17 starts last season. Injuries continued to bother DeGrom throughout the year, but luckily nothing too serious. Zack Wheeler hasn’t pitched in two years. The departure of Bartolo Colon leaves the fans in Queens wondering in 2017.

When healthy the Mets have one of the best rotations in the MLB. Only Syndergaard and Colon were relatively healthy in 2016. The Mets must make sure this spring that everyone is healthy and ready to go. This could be one of the greatest rotations in history but it all depends on the health of these young stars.


Bachelor Pad Spring Cleaning

With winter just about over and spring right around the corner, now is the best time to start cleaning up and sprucing up your pad. Are you ready for it? Here are some easy ways to get your place ready for spring so you can spend more time outside enjoying it.

First, discard and de-clutter. Everywhere.

If you like books, you’ve probably heard of the bestseller that flew off the shelves last year called The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, by Marie Kondo. In the book, Kondo talks about the importance of discarding anything and everything that doesn’t bring you joy.

So go through your closets, shelves, cabinets and take a look at what you have. Ask yourself if it brings you joy – for real. If it doesn’t, let it go. Give it away if it’ll help someone else. Sell it if you can make some money from it. Trash it if it’s low value. Just make sure you discard it. Do this in every room for everything you have, including clothes, books, and gadgets.

Next, lighten up the place.

Brighten your pad with light colors throughout. Let’s face it – men like to fill up their places with gray, navy blue, burgundy, brown, or black. There’s nothing wrong with those colors. But this year, try going a little lighter. Use spring cleaning as an excuse to try a color you haven’t before, like a very light gray, beige, or off white. If you’re bold, try bright green, which is a designer trend for 2017.

If you can’t paint your walls, change out large pieces of dark furniture for light ones, or find some light artwork and hang it. Another idea is to take down those dark curtains and hang lighter ones. You can even find room darkening curtains in light colors!

Clear the energy with some fresh air.

Open the windows or doors in the entire space and let the new spring air circulate around. This is a great way to energize the space. Doing this gets rid of bad energy, too. If you were sluggish all winter, letting air flow through your place will instantly make you feel more energetic. If possible, leave some windows open every day for at least an hour or two.

Here’s a tip: Go easy on the air freshener! Fresh air smells better than any canned spray or plug-in ever could. If you really need a scented place, ditch the canned air sprays and use scented wax warmers instead of candles. They’re safer and the scent usually lasts a little stronger.

Give Feng Shui a try.

Spring is when people try new things. Now that your pad is completely decluttered, tidied, and brightened up, try re-arranging things according to Feng Shui principles. Feng Shui involves managing the way energy flows through a space. Ultimately, you want your bachelor pad to have the best energy. You can even use Feng Shui to increase your chances with love, money, or career.

Here’s a quick Feng Shui tip for love:

  • Move your bed to the southwest corner of your bedroom, with space on both sides.
  • Make sure you have nightstands on both sides of the bed.
  • Whatever you have on one nightstand, make sure you have it on the other, too.
  • This “balances” out the energy in the space and makes it more of a partner/relationship space than a solo space.

Hot items for bachelor pads this year

Want to keep your pad up with the times? Here are some popular items you can add to your place to impress your friends (or yourself).

  • Closed Aquatic Ecosystems. These are basically closed fish tanks with really tiny fish or shrimp. But they’re self-sustaining, so you don’t have to worry about taking care of anyone else but you. What’s nice is that it adds some life to the space and each one is totally unique.
  • Unleash your inner DJ. You can get a real turntable pretty cheaply online in just about any color. If you’re not yet ready for your friends or partner to hear your sick beats or know you’re even into that, buy one you can close and make it look like luggage.
  • Faux leather. That’s right. Now you have an excuse to buy that faux leather couch. Faux leather is one of the 2017 interior design trends. Now you can be completely trendy without going way out of your budget. And you’ll probably impress your dates while you’re at it.
  • Mini succulent gardens. These have been trending for at least a few years now, but they continue to be extremely popular. Get a few mini succulents online and put them on your coffee table for maximum appeal. They require very little water and instantly improve any space.

Make the most of your place this spring. This kind of energy only comes around once a year. By summer, you’ll be ready to spend most of your time outside, and by then you won’t feel like making the changes you really want to anymore. So go ahead and make some plans to spruce things up now, before dating season gets started again!