10 Tips for Making the Most of Your Farmers’ Market

Summer is here! And that means there’s probably a Farmers’ Market near you that is in full swing. Farmers’ Markets are great places to find local and organic produce, handicrafts, pastured meats and dairy, and homemade goodies. Just make sure that you follow these 10 tips to make your visit to the Farmer’s Market as good as it can be.

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31 Day Organization Challenge: Life Edition: Week 4

 

We’ve arrived at the last week of our 31 Day Organization Challenge: Life Edition. Hopefully you are already experiencing the positive changes in your life as a result of the last 3 weeks. Week 4 is packed full of simple changes that will have a big impact on your life. Push through and finish out strong!

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5 Tips to Reduce Allergens in Your Home

Sneezing your head off? Watery eyes? Runny nose? Congested? We know the feeling.

Having all of these symptoms at once usually means you have allergies, whereas, if it were a cold, you would typically have each of these symptoms separately. Also, a cold commonly comes on during the winter months, and seasonal allergies are more common in the spring, summer and fall, since this is when trees, plants, and grasses are pollinating. Unfortunately though, indoor allergies can cause symptoms all year long.1

So, what do we do about these allergens making our life miserable?

First, we can start where we spend so much of our time. Today we discuss a few ways to reduce allergens in the home.

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Homemade Honey-Vanilla Ice Cream

Happy National Ice Cream Day!

That’s right, today is the day that Americans celebrate one of the most popular desserts in the country. Every third Sunday in July since 1984 (thanks President Ronald Reagan!) the USA gathers together to eat a scoop of happiness, for no other reason, we think, than just because ice cream is plain ‘ol good!

So be sure that sometime today, you join your fellow Americans in dusting the ice cream maker off and whipping up a pint of our summer delicious, melt-in-your-mouth homemade Honey-Vanilla Ice Cream.

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6 Social Media Vacation Safety Tips

As you’re admiring the breathtaking sunsets and beautiful scenic landscapes while capturing them with your smartphone and sharing them on your social media outlets, the risk that you’re putting yourself and your family at is activated.

Though it’s tempting to share a photo of your son climbing on a historic landscape or frolicking on the beach, it can be an advertisement for burglars saying “I’m not home! So, feel free to stop by and see what cool things you can take from my empty home!”

A recent survey, conducted by Friedland, reveals that 4 out of 5 burglars use Facebook and Twitter to select their victims. They further point out that 78% of burglars search media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare as their means of selecting their targets. 54% percent also go on to say that homeowners updating their status and whereabouts on social media sites is a common mistake

Here are 6 Social Media Vacation Safety Tips to help decrease your chances of becoming a burglary victim while on vacation.

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Summer Sides: One Basic Salad, 4 Variations!

Israeli Salad, a basic summer salad, and a favorite of international falafel-stands makes a perfect summer side or breezy dinner salad. With lemon juice to brighten, a rainbow of peppers to delight the eye, and chopped mint to cool the palette, this salad is a sure crowd pleaser. It makes a great side for grilled meats or falafel, and an easy all-in-one picnic salad with the addition of garbanzo beans for protein. This simple salad base also serves as a perfect variable side – just add a different dressing! Read on for how to make the salad that will save your summer meals.

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31 Day Organization Challenge: Life Edition: Week 3

Congratulations on making it halfway through the 31 Day Organizational Challenge: Life Edition.  This week we will focus on the mess in our tech lives.  Our computers, smart phones and files can become so messy, yet so much of our life is wrapped up and dependent on technology.  Getting organized in this area will have an incredibly positive effect on your life, so let’s get started!

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Our Favorite Lunchbox Ideas and Must Haves

If you are like the majority of moms, you find it challenging to achieve the balance between healthy, tasty and what our kids will actually eat when it comes to packed lunches. Some children have issues with textures, others with taste, then there are kids who are picky about how their food looks. Today we have put together a few lunchbox ideas that incorporate all three issues while still exposing them to different smells, tastes and textures and keeping their lunch fun, themed and healthy.

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31 Day Organization Challenge: Life Edition: Week 2

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Week 2 has arrived and it’s time to start organizing two major categories that some love and some hate: Food and Fitness. Summer is a great time to go through recipes and rework your meal planning strategy, so you’re all ready when school starts back up and family dinner nights can re-appear, but more organized and delicious than ever.

Sure, organizing the exercise part of your life probably should have happened months ago, unless you were on the ball and you’re already rocking your beach bikini body. But, it’s always a good idea to take a hard look at how you work out and hey, you may realize you need to tweak some parts of your routine or actually begin exercising for the first time in 10 years! There’s never a better time than now to start. So here we go.

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31 Day Organization Challenge: Life Edition: Week 1

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Welcome to Week 1 of our latest 31 Day Organization Challenge! This summer we’re not only going to be lounging poolside, we’re going to push up our sunglasses and dive into organizing parts of our life. Summer break is a great time to get a head start on the school year and the fall season, so by putting in a few hours of work this month, you can begin the later half of the year freshly organized and ready to go!

This week we’re organizing The Essentials: those pieces of your life that you use on a daily basis that probably tend to collect more clutter and become disheveled easier and quicker than anything else.

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31 Day Organization Challenge: Life Edition

It’s SUMMER! The kids are out of school, the weather is gorgeous, and you’re spending every evening on the front porch drinking a spiked lemonade without a care in the world. With the joys of summer also comes the free time of summer. If you’re sticking close to home this month, why not use some of that extra time in a productive and satisfying way?

That’s right, we’re launching another 31 Day Organization Challenge! If you joined us at the beginning of the year for our 31 Day Organization Challenge: House Edition and loved the motivation and intensity of whipping your house into tip top shape, then come along with us this summer while we organize pieces of our everyday life.

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6 Tips for Summer Trips to Grandma’s House

Ahhh, summer. Hot days spent at the pool, magical nights spent outside catching fireflies — and fun overnights at Grandma’s house! We know that traveling with kids is tricky, especially when visiting a not-very-kid-proofed-place like Grandmas. But with the right gear, organization and planning, your trip to Grandma’s this summer will be fun, memorable and stress free!

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DIY: Magnet Board

With school out for the summer, it’s always nice to have a few educational-but-still-fun tricks up your sleeve. Enter: the magnet board. It’s inexpensive, easy, fun, customizable and, best of all — removable! Here’s how to make and customize your own; plus, a some activities your kids can do once it’s up.

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