Creating the Perfect Outdoor Space with Plow and Hearth

With summer in full swing, we are all excited to get outdoors with the family and spend quality time together. All winter long, and most of the spring you spent cooped up indoors through bad weather and bitter temperatures. Now, it’s finally time to get outside and soak up the sun. The best part? Getting outdoors brings enjoyment through the summer and far into the fall. What better place to enjoy all of the beautiful weather to come with the family than from the comfort of your own backyard? Now, all you need to do is create the perfect outdoor family space. Sound overwhelming? Let Plow & Hearth help!

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Win It: SweetLeaf Water Drops Prize Pack

It’s the golden rule of weight loss: drink more water. It’s also the golden rule of most doctors, especially during the hot days of summer when dehydration can be a killer. But, if you’re like most of us, plain old water just doesn’t get our taste buds going. This is why we love SweetLeaf Water Drops, packed full of flavor without all the calories or carbs.

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Why Moms Need to Drink Wine

Do you enjoy a glass of wine or two? Chardonnay? Cabernet? We start our day with coffee and end our days with wine. At the end of a particularly challenging day of wiping butts, negotiating with your little monsters, and enduring tantrums, wine can feel like a necessity. Don’t let the haters convince you that wine is just a mom trend or that you shouldn’t drink your beloved vino. You don’t need that kind of negativity in your life! Wine does more than calm nerves, it packs a punch with some amazing health benefits. According to science, moms need to drink wine!

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The Ultimate Skincare Guide

It’s no secret that everyone wants glowing, youthful, radiant looking skin — stores line their shelves with countless face creams and cleansers including everything from anti-aging and firming to acne prevention and sun damage reversal. Today we’re talking everything skincare and giving you a list of everything you can do to keep your skin looking its best in our ultimate skincare guide. Read to find out what you can do on a daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly basis to get the greatest skin of your life.

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How to Highlight and Contour For Your Face Shape

Highlighting and contouring is a makeup technique that fakes light and shadows to add depth and dimension to the face. Like any other makeup technique, highlighting and contouring tricks the eye into seeing what you want it to see. You can add attention to certain features, just as you can make other features less noticeable. Find out what highlighting and contouring can do for your face, and how to properly highlight and contour for your face shape.

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Join us for our Facebook LIVE VIDEO event “Fun in the Summertime Sun” + Giveaways!

If you’ve been loving our Facebook LIVE bashes and giveaways, well, we’re back for more! This time, we’re embracing our summer lovin’ and showcasing some of the coolest, most unique, and practical items for making summer safe, stylish, and fun. Partnering up with our favorite brands, editor Dani and her sister Liz will be LIVE this July on Daily Mom’s Facebook page, giving you the nitty gritty on their summer faves, including products for everyone in the family, which you can then enter to WIN them all! See all the details below…

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7 Reasons Why Infrared Saunas Should Be Next on Your Wellness To-Do List

After a long, strenuous workout, many people head into their gym’s sauna for a period of relaxation. A sauna’s heat mimics that of moderate exercise – increasing heart rate and increasing sweat output – so it is a favorite among those who are active no matter their level of fitness. Traditional saunas are the ones you will see most often within gyms and spas. They use a heated room with a high temperature to create the desired effects. A lesser known and increasingly more common type of sauna is an infrared sauna. Although its main purposes are similar to that of a traditional sauna, it has particular health benefits that make some choose these over traditional saunas.

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5 Things You’re Paying For That You Could Get For Free

Saving money doesn’t always mean you need to have to give up the things you enjoy. There are plenty of things we pay for everyday that you can find some savings on (making coffee instead of going to Starbucks) or even get for FREE with a few extra steps.

We’ve rounded up a few of the creature comforts you might not know you could snag for free with just a couple of easy steps.

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Bring Your family to Box Elder County, Utah

In the north of Utah, there is a naturally beautiful little corner of the world where nature and history have been protected and preserved. Here you can bring your family for some old fashioned fun. This is a place to unplug and connect with the world and each other in a wonderful way. Doesn’t that sound amazing? It is not too good to be true. Just say no to screen time! In Box Elder County, Utah, your family will look everywhere but at your screens. Look to the skies, glimpse to the past, and take in the fun all around on your next family trip. 

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Why Moms Need To Dance

If you have ever thought that moving your body to the rhythm of music wasn’t worthwhile, you may want to think again. As a mom, we all know that a baby tends to relax and let go of tension in their little squishy bodies when you rock them (especially when rocked to music). There’s no good reason to let go of that natural-born instinct that movement (dance) and music can do to calm, relax, and rejuvenate you. Next time you hear the music playing, no need to deny your inner dance-freak any longer, because, Mom, here are five reasons you need to dance!

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7 podcasts to inspire your side hustle

Building a business is hard, but finding ways to stay on track and motivated doesn’t have to be. No matter what type of entrepreneur you are, learning from others can help you grow your business. While there are hundreds of books on entrepreneurship, sometimes it’s hard to find the time to sit down and read; that’s why we love podcasts.

We’ve rounded up our favorite podcasts that help keep us on track and working towards achieving our dreams throughout the day.

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Human (Sex) Trafficking and What You Need to Know

Recently, it seems as though every day there is an article in the news, on Facebook, or on television about a human trafficking operation and its victims. Most of us, well removed from the situation, simply glance at the media piece, thank God it’s not our children and move on never giving the issue a second thought. Unfortunately, this dark and discreet industry has become a part of our culture, a part of our country, and is much more flagrant and widespread than we may think.

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Why I Didn’t Redshirt My Child

Academically redshirting your child is a topic often discussed by parents as their children get ready to enter kindergarten. In short, redshirting your child for kindergarten means to hold them back from attending kindergarten even though they would otherwise be eligible to attend according to the state cutoff age. Although academic research has found no significant long-term difference in redshirting your child, many parents decide to do so in order to allow their child to grow and mature for an additional year. Some parents, however, decide that redshirting isn’t the best option. Even though their child is “young”, in that they have a later summer or early fall birthday, these parents decide their child is ready to head off to big kid school. Reasons vary, from their child being academically ready to wanting their child to finish their school career earlier. One mom decided to do just that – send her child to kindergarten early – despite others telling her it wasn’t the best decision. And she’s happy that she did. 

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Northern Minnesota Gem: Grand View Lodge

 

Grand View Lodge has been a part of Northern Minnesotan history for over 100 years. Located in Nisswa, it has continued to stand the test of time as a resort destination. For many, it has become a second home, as multiple generations of families have now spent years making fond memories here. From its humble beginnings, it was intended for accommodations for parents who dropped their children off at local camps. It was a perfect oasis on the lake to escape the hot Minnesota summers, and its popularity only grew from there. Grand View Lodge is still a perfect place to visit if you want to relax, have fun, and feel pampered.

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