6 Tips to Keep BBQ Fare from becoming a Dieter’s Nightmare

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This summer, don’t let the BBQ become your diet downfall. Even the healthiest of eaters can be overwhelmed by the array of dips and fixings at a typical summer bash. Here are six simple ways to combat the BBQ bulge!

1. Skip the chips

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Salty, crispy, grab-able snacks such as chips, pretzels and snack mixes are everywhere at summer social gatherings. To counter the temptations, fill up the buffet tables with healthier foods with a crunch like salty kale chips or strips of bell peppers to dip in spicy hummus, guacamole, or sour cream. Produce such as broccoli florets, carrots, jicama, cherry tomatoes and baby cucumbers also make great snacks.

2. H2O isn’t just for the pool

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Juice, sodas and sweetened teas are often made with high-fructose corn syrup and may contain brominated vegetable oil, which can wreak havoc on our bodies. Instead, pack coolers with sparkling mineral water, unsweetened tea, or offer a water cooler filled with chilled cucumber – mint or berry/citrus-infused water.

3. Banish the bun

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Despite the fact that bread products raise blood sugar as quickly and as much as eating two tablespoons of pure sugar, we still seem to fill these picnic staples with anything we can throw on the grill. Try going bun-less by eating with a fork and knife to slow down your eating. Use a lettuce-wrap approach to put some color into your meal or toss your grilled goods on top of a plate of hearty salad greens.

4. Eat your hot dog naked

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Most condiments are packed with unsavory additives to enhance flavor, shelf life, texture, or appearance. Season with fresh or dried herbs and seasonings and try dry rubs for chicken and ribs, pack some fresh herbs and spices into your grass-fed burger patties, or marinate your poultry or seafood with olive oil, citrus, and herbs before searing them on the grill. Fresh salsa, guacamole, sour cream, or hearty mustard are great toppings for your bun-less burger, chicken, or brats.

5. Make faux salads a faux pas

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Potato salads, macaroni salad and pasta salad do not offer our bodies any true nourishment. Replacing these sides with some roasted vegetable salads or crisp, lightly-dressed coleslaw or use Greek yogurt in place of mayonnaise or sour cream when making your own side dishes.

6. Don’t chase the ice cream man

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Popular summer desserts such as gelatin and colorful ice pops include artificial coloring agents that could just as easily dye our hair, clothing, or crafts. Instead, choose to naturally sweeten up your party with fruit kabobs, frozen berries with heavy cream, or homemade real-fruit popsicles.

 

Special thanks to Life Time Fitness and registered dietician Laura Burbank for submitting these helpful tips.

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8 DIY Summer Skin Care Treatments

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Don’t neglect your skin through the summer months!  Establishing a tried and true skin care routine is important, and should vary by season due to changing climates and temps.  Summer can take a toll on skin with warm, dry weather and lots of sun.  You can easily add some pep to your skin care with some easy do-it-yourself treatments.  Whether you need some sunburn relief, some extra moisture in dry environments or just want to spruce yourself up with a fun new mask, here’s an awesome list of DIY Summer skin care treatments that you won’t want to miss!

 

1. Avocado Mega Moisture Mask – The Beauty Department 

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Avocado is an amazing moisturizer for dry skin and has even been known to fight acne in some cases.  Some avocado mask recipes help to reduce oily skin symptoms as well.  For even more avocado facial mask recipes, try Tips For Natural Beauty.

 

2.  Strawberry Honey Acne Mask - Beauty Banter

Strawberry is a natural source of salicylic acid and honey contains antibacterial properties.  There’s a touch of honey in this as well, which is a known astringent and also brightens skin tone.  This mask works great for naturally oily or acne-prone skin.

 

3. Lemon and Witch Hazel Skin Brightening Toner – Shwin and Shwin

Lemon juice tightens skin, reduces blemishes and lightens/brightens skin.  Witch hazel is anti-inflammatory and will reduce redness.  This DIY toner will reduce pore size as well as brightening your skin.  It works best with normal to dry skin.

 

4. Cucumber Basil Eye Cooling Pads – Shwin and Shwin

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There’s a long list of benefits to the two main ingredients in these DIY eye cooling pads.  Not least among them: reducing puffiness and dark circles, relieving eye strain, swelling prevention and reducing the appearance of fine lines around the eyes.  These are so easy to whip up you’ll want to cool your eyes all summer long – so perfect when allergies start acting up.

 

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The cucumber in this toner is perfect for soothing puffy-feeling skin.  It’s a natural astringent and will calm, soothe and soften your skin right up.  It’s a nice, mild toner that can be used with all skin types.

 

6. DIY Easy Sunscreen - Scratch Mommy

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Store bought sunscreens boast a variety of chemicals and unpronounceable ingredients.  Do away with all the unnecessary additives and make your own!  Not only will you know exactly what went into it, but this recipe has needed vitamins for healthy skin, and is loaded with natural softening and moisturizing conditioners.

 

7. Natural Sunburn Relief Tonic – Healthy Roots, Happy Soul

What’s the benefit to making your own tonic?  It’s natural, loaded with good stuff, and is toxin-free.  If you’ve got a widespread sunburn, tonic may be the way to go as opposed to a cream or gel since you can easily spritz it all over your body.  Plus, with this DIY recipe, you can spritz as often as needed!

 

8. DIY Sunburn Relief Cream – The Nourished Life

This is seriously easy to whip up with minimal ingredients.  It’s all natural with no toxins, too, an added plus!  It’s basically a mix of coconut oil, lavender essential oil and valor essential oil blend.  With these ingredients you’ve got everything you need for sunburn relief: moisture, calming and anti-inflammatory properties, and pain relief.

 

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Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

 

Summer Clothing Guide – Staying Safe and Stylish in the Sun!

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The summer sun rises early and stays up late and makes for steamy days when it’s tempting just to lounge around the house in nothing but your underwear. But if you really have to be out and about, there are things you can do to keep your cool and protect yourself from that blazing sun. Choosing the right styles, fabrics, and accessories is essential, and this summer clothing guide is sure to put you on the right path to being safe and stylish this summer. Don’t forget the sunscreen!

 

1. Top

Keep things breezy while still covering lots of skin with a flowy 100% cotton top in a light color. Cotton is one of the best fabrics for pulling moisture away from the skin and is soft and comfortable even on the most uncomfortable of days. Embroidered details will add a subtle and feminine flair.

 

2. Bottoms

Linen is another great, natural fabric to keep summer heat at bay, and these linen pants are loose-fitting for allowing more air through to cool the skin. Again, a light color is preferable and a long pant is great for keeping skin protected. Linen is also a very durable fabric and can withstand lots of play at the beach!

 

3. Hat

Your best accessory for a day in the sun is going to be a classy, wide-brimmed sun hat. The wider the brim, the more sun protection the hat will offer your face, which is perfect for days when you are trying to avoid slathering on sunscreen and having that “shiny nose” look. Go for a bold pattern or color to mix things up!

 

4. Eyewear

Don’t skimp when it comes to eye protection – yep, UV rays can damage your eyes too, especially if your eyes are a lighter color like blue or green. Choose sunglasses that cover a large area around your eyes and are specified to protect against UVA and UVB rays. Look for glasses that complement the shape of your face, or go for a universal shape like the aviator.

 

5. Tote

A tote is an essential for keeping your sunscreen and other personal items close at hand on a hot day. A bag made from or lined with canvas will help keep things clean and dry for those hours at the beach.

 

6. Jewelry

If you choose to wear jewelry, keep it light with thin bracelets and small earrings. Avoid leather (it makes you sweat!) and dark metals that can heat up in the bright sun.

 

7. Shoes

The obvious choice for summer footwear is a sandal. And why not? They’re light on the feet and the best for allowing air to circulate, but before you throw on any old pair, consider the amount of time you’ll be spending in the sun. The tops of the feet are high-risk areas for sunburn because they are always facing the light and often neglected when sunscreen is applied. If you will be out and about during the sunniest parts of the day (from around 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.), try a sandal that offers a bit of coverage for this part of the foot.

 

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Are you looking for more ways to look great at the beach this summer? Try one of these 18 DIY Beach Coverups!

 

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Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

8 Family Safety Tips for the 4th of July

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The 4th of July is often a busy day filled with family outings, parades, and fireworks. While you focus on the fun, don’t forget that keeping your family safe is just as important! Use these 8 family safety tips to plan and prepare for all of your Independence Day adventures and relax knowing you have taken the appropriate steps to keep your family safe and well.

 

1. Consider the weather

Dress appropriately for the weather in your area and keep in mind that while a day may start out cool, it will likely get warmer. Wear layers if necessary, but make the bottommost layer a light, cotton t-shirt or other breathable article of clothing that can be worn on its own in case it gets hot. Bring jackets in case of rain and for the evening if you’ll be out late watching fireworks. You may also want to bring bug spray if the weather is right for insects!

 

2. Stay hydrated

Pack or purchase water and hydrating drinks throughout the day. If it’s especially hot out, additional drinks will be necessary. Take advantage of drinking fountains and refills whenever possible.

 

3. Carry a First-Aid kit

Pack a small first-aid kit to carry with you. Adhesive bandages, antibacterial ointment, tweezers, and aspirin are just a few things you may want to have on hand. For a list of recommended items to put in a basic first-aid kit, take a look at this Red Cross article.

 

4. Keep the sun off

All family members should consider wearing sunglasses, hats, and cool but protective clothing for a day spent in the sun. Don’t forget to bring plenty of sunscreen on your excursions and reapply it often.

 

5. Make it easier to keep track of everyone

Consider dressing your child in a color you will recognize. The 4th of July is sure to be full of reds, whites, and blues, so why not dress your two-year-old in neon yellow? If you are worried about a particular child, you may want to write a name and phone number on a strip of tape and stick it on the back of their clothing, or have them wear a medical ID bracelet like this one for added safety. For dark evenings watching fireworks, adorning kids with reflective tape or glowsticks can be helpful.

 

6. Have a plan

In the event that a family member does become separated from the group, having a plan is essential. Prepare the kids ahead of time. Let everyone know you plan to stay together. Assign each child a “buddy” and make sure they know that it’s their job to help keep track of that person. Consider designating a “family meeting spot” in case a child does wander off. Inform children about the people they can ask for help if they get lost – mothers with children, police officers, or other specified “safe” adults. Remind them that they should never leave the area or get into a car with someone they don’t know.

 

7. Practice firework safety

Do not allow children to play with or near fireworks or fireworks that have already been set off, as they may still be hot. If children use sparklers, make them aware that they should not be thrown, touched, or used to touch others. Make sure fireworks are lighted far away from homes, trees, dry brush, and especially people. Keep a bucket of water or running hose near your launching area.

 

8. Safety during other activities

Your family may spend time barbecuing, swimming, and doing other activities on the 4th of July. Take the appropriate safety measures in each of these situations to make your day the best it can be. Keep little hands away from hot grills and be aware of the foods children are eating. When swimming, remain near your children and explain water safety rules. Keep your eyes open and ask family and friends for help if you need it!

 

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Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at www.utterlyinexperienced.blogspot.com, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

 

 

10 Ways to Move More and Exercise Less

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We think that people who exercise for an hour daily are so much healthier than those who don’t, but that’s not the reality, according to this article by Katy Bowman. She makes the point that traditional exercise is only one hour out of 24 hours in a person’s day. If an exerciser and an non-exerciser spend the other 23 hours in the same way, such as sitting for long periods of time, their health are more similar than you’d guess.

To be truly healthy, the article claims, is to get moving.

If your goal this year is to become a healthy person from the inside out, don’t try to reach that goal by increasing your exercise time. Instead, aim for including as much movement as you can during your waking hours and daily life. Here are 10 ways to move more and exercise less!

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  1. Stand up for sitting activities. Most people work on their laptops and computers while sitting down. Try putting your laptop on a kitchen counter and surf the internet, check Facebook messages, and write your emails while standing up. Another example is to always stand up when you talk on the phone.
  2. Do at least one or two cleaning tasks every day. Many families set aside a Saturday or Sunday morning for a whole-house cleaning blitz, but perhaps you should consider tackling various cleaning duties on a daily basis. Grabbing a basket and going to every room to pick up things or folding two loads of laundry while standing up at least once every day are two easy ways to move more.
  3. Park further from the store and carry reusable shopping bags. Parking far is a common advice you’ve probably already heard, but have you tried it? It really is one of the best ways to move more. And bring reusable shopping bags and lug your full bags back to your car instead of putting them in a grocery cart if you can.
  4. Dance while you cook or clean. Dancing is so much fun but we don’t do it enough. Have your kids join you while you swing your hips when you cook eggs and shimmy while dusting. Moving our bodies is fun!
  5. Take the stairs. Skip the awkward standing-around-quietly time in the elevator and take the stairs when you can.
  6. Go outside at least once a day. Biking, hiking, running, or a simple walk around the neighborhood are all great ways to move more. Even just a few minutes outside in your backyard with your kids will probably result in you kicking a ball around and moving your body much more than if you stayed indoors.
  7. Hide the remote. Watching the television is a lazy pleasure, but you can get your body moving just a bit more by forgoing the remote. Whenever you need to change the channel or adjust the volume, get off the couch, walk across the room, and press the buttons on the television.
  8. Adopt a dog. You’ll have to walk it a few times a day, play with it a lot, and pick up heavy dog food bags when you invite a dog into your family.
  9. Take public transportation when you can. If you live in a city with decent public transportation, try to use it more often than you already do. You’ll walk between stops, do a lot of standing, and you’ll also help the environment in the process.
  10.  Get on the ground. Whether you play a board game on the floor with your friends, build train tracks for your toddler, or scrub a bathroom floor with a toothbrush, simply getting down on the floor will help you move your body in ways that you don’t usually do.

The key here is to find small ways to constantly move your body. You don’t want to stick to only two or three specific body movements all day, which will only cause your body to become inflexible and lead to health problems. Move more and exercise less!

For more tips on getting healthy, check out 5 Healthy Food Blogs and  7 Easy Tips to Increase Your Metabolism.

 

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

How To: Beat Those Baby Blues

Awareness is growing rapidly surrounding the issues of Postpartum Depression and the so-called “baby blues.”  Did you know that 80% of new moms experience baby blues?  Left untreated, these fairly common baby blues can turn into something far more serious.  As many as 1 in 8 of new moms suffer from Postpartum Depression (PPD).  It’s not just “feeling sad” – it’s actually a form of clinical depression and can have severe consequences.  If you’re concerned about yourself or a loved one, there are steps you can take.

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1. Know the symptoms.

While there’s a difference between being blue and suffering from PPD, the symptoms can be very similar and you can’t begin treating a problem if you don’t recognize it.  Irritability, decreased appetite, difficulty concentrating, feelings of worthlessness or guilt, feelings of isolation, low energy levels, low libido levels, suicidal thoughts, and trouble sleeping are all signs of an underlying issue.  If it’s baby blues, these symptoms should dramatically decrease as your hormone levels even out, within about 2 weeks postpartum.  If symptoms persist or worsen, it may be PPD.

 

2. More rest, less stress.

Technically speaking, when we’re sleep deprived our serotonin levels decrease.  When we experience stressful situations, our adrenaline levels increase.  An excess of adrenaline can make it even harder for our bodies to produce enough serotonin, which just further complicates the hormonal imbalance.  Put simply, getting lots of rest and minimizing stress helps to regulate our hormones and makes us feel better.  Take necessary steps to make this happen.  Take advantage of newborn naps and get some shut eye.  Learn meditation or relaxation techniques.  Get a sitter to help out so you can take a short break.

 

3. Move it.

It’s no secret, exercising releases endorphins, and endorphins are happy hormones!  There’s no quicker way to feel happier than to get your body moving.  Early on in postpartum recovery, this may be as simple as taking a short walk around the yard or neighborhood.  As soon as your doctor gives the ok, you can return to your normal exercise routines or begin a new regimen with doctor guidance and approval.  The added benefit is that you’ll sleep a lot better as well!

 

4. Vitamin Power!

Continue taking your prenatal vitamins and any other vitamins and supplements your doctor has prescribed even after giving birth.  You’ll want to be sure you’re not deficient in D, B, Iron, Magnesium, and zinc especially.  All of these help to regulate mood.  If you’re concerned about deficiencies, talk to your doctor about adding supplements or changing your diet.

 

5. Breast is best.

There’s been a major push in the “breastfeeding is best for you and the baby” movement.  One thing is sure, breastfeeding naturally produces prolactin, which has an effect similar to antidepressants.  If it’s possible, breastfeed.

 

6. It takes a village. 

Every mom needs a support system, be it family, friends, a mommy group, church group, what have you.  The help they can provide is invaluable.  Not only will you automatically have people to act as a sounding board to your PPD, but they can also be there to listen to worries about the baby, give advice, do the dishes, or just hold the newborn while you take a shower!  It’s ok to ask for help.  It’s more than ok – it’s recommended!  If you don’t have family nearby, make sure to reconnect with old friends (especially those with babies!), make some new friends in your neighborhood, check online for local “mommy and me” groups or go to church!

 

7. Talk.

No, really, talk.  Do NOT bottle your emotions, worries, guilt or problems up.  Talking to a trusted confidant will help you to make sense of what you’re feeling.  Not only will it offer relief, but whoever is lending a listening ear may be able to offer help, suggestions, or show you things in a new light.  At the very least, they can validate your emotions.

 

8. Cry.

No, really, let it out.  Feels cathartic, doesn’t it?  That’s because suppressing your feelings decreases serotonin levels and increases depressive symptoms.  So don’t be a martyr.  Everyone needs a good cry sometimes.

 

9. Do NOT be ashamed.

It’s easy to feel guilty when you’re bogged down with negative emotion at this stage in your life – after all, when you have a baby you’re supposed to feel nothing but love and contentment and sunshiny happiness.  You’re supposed to “love every minute” and count your blessings.  Don’t feel ashamed about your baby blues or the depression you experience.  It isn’t something you can wish away; there’s no magic wand-waving cure.  And you are not weak, bad, or un-maternal if you need help.  AND, what’s more, you’re NOT ALONE.

 

10. Star treatment.

Above all, treat yourself well.  Physically, emotionally and mentally, you need star treatment.  Be healthy – eat right, sleep enough, exercise.  Allow yourself to feel whatever it is you’re feeling with pushing it away or becoming guilt-ridden.  Take time out for yourself.  Shower regularly.  Sweatpants are ok, but make sure to get dressed every once in a while and if you’re a makeup kind of gal, whip out the mascara.  You can use these little tricks to help your mind and body feel better.

 

If you’re feeling a little blue after giving birth, give it 2 weeks.  Follow the tips and allow yourself some time for your hormones to find balance.  If there’s no improvement, or things seem to get worse, see your doctor right away.  There are treatment options – including therapy, counseling, or medication – that are all safe.  You don’t have to – AND SHOULDN’T – suffer alone.  This puts everyone around you in jeopardy, but mostly yourself and your baby.

If you’re concerned or just want more information, call or email Postpartum Support International (PSI): 1-800-944-4PPD, [email protected]  

 The following are helpful websites with more information:

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

 

 

Top 30 Scrumptious Summer Salads

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Don't like cooking in summertime?  No worries!  You don't have to turn on the oven to make these delicious dinners!  Here's 30 scrumptious summer salads - one for each day of the month!

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Ah, summer!  Sunshine!  Beach trips!  Pools!  And heat… oh the summer heat!  If the idea of turning your oven on in the summertime heat makes you want to jump in the car for a night out, this gallery is for you!  There’s no better summer dinner than a salad, and nothing better to take along to a summertime party or BBQ.  But let’s face it, there’s only so many ways you can dress up a head of lettuce… or are there?  Are you looking for healthy summer grub?  A unique take on the veggie classic?  A way to kick your BBQ side dishes up a notch?  Here we’ve rounded up the best, most delicious salads from around the web.  Before you eat out instead of in, try one of these top 30 scrumptious summer salads.

Veggie-based Salads:

Mid-Summer Italian Bread Salad

Asparagus, Feta and Couscous Salad

Brussel Sprout Salad

Summer Corn Salad

Cucumber Sunomono

Summer Squash and Red Quinoa Salad

Thai Cucumber Salad

Cucumber and Zucchini Carpaccio Salad

Perfect Picnic Salads:

Red Bean Salad with Feta and Peppers

Fresh Broccoli Salad

Estrellita Salad

Fresh Taco Salad

Cilantro Lime Slaw

Tortellini Picnic Salad

Fruit-based Salads:

Spinach and Mango Salad

Tropical Salad with Pineapple Vinaigrette

Blackberry Spinach Salad

Strawberry Poppyseed Salad

Summer Watermelon Salad

Avocado Pineapple Salad

Main Dish Salads:

Tuna Salad Stuffed Avocados

Spinach and Orzo Salad

Salmon Salad

Quinoa Tabbouleh

Summer Salad with Citrus Lavender Dressing

Summer Shrimp Salad

Cafe Rio Sweet Pork Salad Knockoff

Tangled Thai Salad with Peanut Lime Dressing

Thai Tuna Salad

Chinese Chicken Salad

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Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

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How to Clean Your Cleaning Supplies

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Have you been “cleaning” your house with dirty tools? All your scrubbing will be a bit more effective once your supplies are freshened and sanitized. Use these tips to clean your cleaning supplies and get the most out of your mops, brooms, brushes, and sponges for your Saturday morning house cleaning.

 

Brooms

Sweep a broom against a rough surface outdoors to pull away the loose debris like cobwebs and hair.  Use the hose attachment on your vacuum to get the deeper dirt. Give it a rinse with hot water in a sink or tub and sanitize by soaking in a bleach solution for up to an hour.*

 

Sponges (and sponge mop heads)

Use a slightly stronger bleach solution for a quick, five-minute soak.* Sponges for dishes and kitchen counters can be washed in the dishwasher. Sponges should be allowed to air dry and should be replaced every 4-8 weeks.

 

Mop heads

Detachable mop heads can be washed in the washing machine. Use hot water and add bleach for extra sanitation. If your mop head is not detachable, rinse it with hot water and then soak it in a disinfecting solution for up to an hour.* Ring it out, then allow it to hang to air dry.

 

Toilet brushes

Use a hot water and bleach mix to soak the brush for an hour.* Allow the brush to air dry.

 

Dust cloths and cleaning rags

The easiest method for cleaning these items is typically the washing machine. Use a hot water setting to loosen oils from cleaning products and add bleach for sanitizing. It is usually best to run these items in a load on their own to avoid exposing clothing to the chemicals that rinse out of the rags.

 

Vacuum cleaners

You should refer to the owner’s manual for your vacuum for specific instructions for your model. Untangle the belt and rotating “sweeper” underneath the vacuum from time to time, as hair and strings can prevent it from spinning properly. For a vacuum filter, an old toothbrush and hot water usually does the trick. To clean hoses and brushes, remove them from the vacuum and allow them to soak (submerged) in hot water, then rinse. For a bagless vacuum, the canister can typically be soaked and cleaned in the same way. Allow all of the vacuum components to dry completely before putting them back and using the vacuum.

 

*NOTE: Ideally, disinfecting solutions using bleach use ¼ cup of bleach per gallon of water (or ½ Tablespoon per pint or 1 Tablespoon per quart). Use caution when working with bleach. Use it only in well-ventilated areas and wear rubber gloves whenever needed. Remember that bleach can discolor clothing and fabrics when solution is strong.

For an eco-friendly clean of any of your tools – use washing soda crystals in lieu of bleach. Washing soda crystals are natural and biodegradable, but be aware that you should allow for longer soaking times (4-5 hours instead of 1) with this method.

 

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at www.utterlyinexperienced.blogspot.com, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

 

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What to Plant in May

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They say that you reap what you sow. Well, it’s May and it’s time to sow the seeds for a harvest to reap come summer! Here’s what to plant in your garden during the month of May. Since weather conditions may vary depending on where you live, this list of what to plant in May should apply to you if it’s consistently in the 50s during nights.

 

1. Cucumber

Cool down in the summer with cold cucumber dishes by planting cucumber seeds in your garden now! Cucumbers grow very fast; you should expect to see cucumbers show up in your garden within two weeks of planting. If you have a small garden, cucumbers will be a perfect fit since they can climb. Find an area in your garden that receives full sun and you’ll be enjoying cucumber salads (and cucumber facials) before you know it!

Here is some more information on growing cucumbers and learn how to prevent them from tasting bitter.

 

2. Cantaloupe

This sweet fruit is popular with kids and can be turned into a delicious cantaloupe milkshake! It’s important to ensure that your soil is warmer than 65 degrees before planting cantaloupe seeds, so if you live in a cooler climate you can cover the soil with black plastic for a few weeks to heat it up. Then cut out small holes and plant the seeds without removing the black plastic. Grow vines in raised rows for best results, but you can grow them on a trellis if you’re limited on space.

For more tips and tricks on growing cantaloupes, read this guide on growing cantaloupes.

 

3. Zucchini

The question of what to plant in May is often answered with the beloved zucchini. Your neighbors will love you if you plant zucchini in your garden. With proper care, you’re sure to get a bumper crop and end up giving some of your crop to others! At least, you’ll never run out of this vegetable all summer after you plant it in your garden this month. Zucchini, or yellow squash, should be planted in warm soil; use the black plastic method mentioned above when planting zucchini in May if needed. Grow zucchini in full sun and be sure to frequently water the seeds.

For more detailed information on planting summer squash in your garden, here’s a great guide.

 

4. Beet

If you salivate over the thought of a beet and goat cheese sandwich, plant beets in your garden in May. Soil that is at least 50 degrees is warm enough for beet seeds to grow. Beets are a long-season crop and you’ll be enjoying the red root vegetable until well into fall. If you live in an area where it’s dry and doesn’t rain very much, soak the beet seeds for one full day before you plant them. Then enjoy that beet sandwich!

You’ll find more helpful information on planting beets here.

 

Now that you know what to plant in May, what are you planning on growing in your garden this month? I’m leaning towards zucchini…

For more gardening tips, check out How To Grow Vegetables From Scraps and Tips for Winterizing Your Summer Garden.

 

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

 

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Sunburn Treatment 101 – Plus Natural Remedies!

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We all know the best method is prevention, but if you missed a spot when you slathered on your SPF 50 this morning, you might be feeling a bit sheepish – and looking for some quick-relief for that sunburn! Try a few of these sunburn treatment methods to zap the pain and treat the burn and you’ll be back out in the warm sunshine in no time.

 

1. Once you realize you’re turning pink and your skin is feeling warm

Get covered! Don’t let a minor burn turn into a major one! Go inside if possible. If you have to stay outdoors, slather on more sunscreen or, better yet, put on a light t-shirt and a hat.

 

2. Take steps to prevent and treat pain

If you’re concerned about the discomfort the sunburn may bring, taking over-the-counter painkillers containing acetaminophen or ibuprofen at the first sign of sunburn can help. Other treatments include cold compresses, a cool bath, or applying a cooling gel or lotion containing aloe vera to relieve some of the heat. A hydrocortisone cream may also be applied for a short amount of time if discomfort persists.

 

3. Keep treating the burn as it heals

As soon as initial treatment of the burn has been completed, it is important to start rehydrating your body. Burns pull moisture from your skin and you will continue to need extra fluids until it heals. Children are particularly vulnerable to dehydration and should be encouraged to drink more. While a burn heals, wear loose cotton clothing to keep cool air moving over the area and to protect it from further damage if you need to spend time outside. Keeping the burn from further sun exposure until it has had time to heal is always a good idea.

 

Natural remedies

If you’re not interested in treating your sunburn with medications, there are several natural sunburn remedies that may help ease your pain. These remedies are not all proven, but if your sunburn has gotten the best of you, it really can’t hurt to try!

  • Soak tea bags (black tea) in cool water and apply them to the burn – black tea contains tannic acid, which can be a pain reliever. You may also try brewing the tea, allowing it to cool, then using rags soaked in it for cold compresses.
  • Use a rag soaked in cool cow’s milk for a cold compress – milk has proteins that may reduce inflammation.
  • Apply honey, yogurt, or cool prepared oatmeal to the area – all three are said to have anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Add a cup of vinegar to your cool bath – vinegar is said to help restore pH balance in the skin, which encourages healing.
  • Apply vitamin E oil or lotion – vitamin E is also said to reduce inflammation

 

Note: These are all suggested treatments for minor sunburn caused by low levels of overexposure to sunlight. Any sunburn that blisters, appears white, feels numb, or is accompanied by chills and fever requires special attention and you should consult a physician. Additionally, any child under the age of one who gets sunburn may also need a physician’s care. Please call your family doctor for questions and further treatment!

 

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at www.utterlyinexperienced.blogspot.com, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

 

Featured image courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens.

5-Minute Workouts — No Gym Required

If you’ve got five minutes – just five – you can build the fitness habit. Five minutes – first thing in the morning, on your lunch break, or while the kids play in the living room. Once you’ve got five minutes a day down, you can build from there. Combine some of these workouts or add in a bit of walking or jogging. Before you know it, the fitness habit will have become a natural part of your day – no gym required. Try one of these 5-minute workouts to tone one of your problem areas — today!

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For your back – a great workout for improved strength and posture!

All over toning – start working towards that lean look you’ve always craved with these body-weight exercises.

Yoga for arms – if you’re under the impression that yoga isn’t a real workout, think again. Yoga is one of the best ways to gain balance and strength using little more than your own bodyweight.

For a better booty – your backside will thank you for the extra lift this butt workout will bring.

For abs – start building a solid core with these quickie ab exercises and enjoy the extra confidence you feel when your jeans start to fit a little better!

A do-it-all workout move – if you love simplicity, then this workout is for you. One move, five minutes, and maximum results.

For your legs – we couldn’t forget a workout for those lengthy lower limbs, and this one takes the cake. Get to work on that thigh jiggle with this fast five workout.

 

If you’ve recently (re)committed yourself to getting fit, your motivation has probably taken a few hits. It rises and falls with our moods, our energy, and our ambition. Fitness is a commitment, and since it tends to be one we only make to ourselves, it’s easy to let it slip. Start here. Start small so that saying “no” seems absolutely ridiculous. Start small so that you don’t over-do it and dread the next workout. Start with just five minutes a day.

 

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at www.utterlyinexperienced.blogspot.com, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

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8 Fitness DVDs to Try at Home

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Bikini season is coming soon! Get ready for the lazy days of summer spent at the beach or pool by working out in your living room with one (or two!) of these 8 fitness DVDs.

If you love to dance, try these fitness DVDs:

1. Fat Burning Fusion
Love ballet? This fitness DVD combines ballet, Pilates, and calisthenics to give you a workout that feels graceful, but your muscles will ache by the time you finish. Guaranteed.

2. Dancing with the Stars: Dance Body Tone OR Cardio Dance for Weight Loss
Fans of the DWTS show will have lots of fun following along with the routines in this series of fitness DVDs. Learn dance classics such as samba, swing, and salsa without worrying whether you’ll get enough votes!

3. Dance Off the Inches: Latin Cardio Party
This fitness DVD might remind you of Zumba with its latin-inspired exercise moves. The challenging routine will help you sweat off unwanted pounds while still having lots of fun. Moves include those from the samba, cumbia, and reggaeton.

 

If you like variety, you’ll like these fitness DVDs:

4. 10 Minute Solution: KnockOut Body!
There are five different routines in this fitness DVD. Includes kickboxing, cross-training, upper-body, cardio, and abs. Your heart will race and your body will sweat, but you’ll never get bored.

5. Tony Horton’s P90X3 DVD Workout
This new fitness DVD package includes P90X’s usual tough routines but with a 30 minute timeframe, which is an improvement from its hour-long workouts in the original version. It still comes with a different workout for every day, continually stimulating your muscles and your mind.

 

If you prefer short workouts, these fitness DVDs will do the trick:

6. Jillian Michaels: 30 Day Shred
You only need 20 minutes and 30 days to complete a full-body workout with this fitness DVD. That translates into 600 minutes per month, or 10 hours. That’s a pittance compared to the hours you’ll spend in a bathing suit this summer!

7. Kettleball Power DVD
The workouts in this fitness DVD are only 17 minutes long, but don’t let that fool you into thinking that the workouts are easy. You’ll work out with a kettlebell while doing squats and other tough exercise movements and undergo one-minute cardio intervals throughout the routine. Hard, but effective.

8. Vinyasa Flow Yoga
There are seven different yoga routines in this one DVD and they all are only 20 minutes long. Do one when you don’t have much time to exercise; combine two or three routines when you have more time.

Good luck and I’ll see you at the pool this summer! For more ideas of how to get in shape, try these 7 easy tips to increase your metabolism.

 

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

8 Superfoods to Boost Your Child’s Brain Development

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If you’re looking for a way to give your child an advantage when it comes to schooling and mental development, consider this: food for thought. Not just any food will do when it comes to brain power, however. These eight foods are proven superfoods when it comes to memory, function, and performance of the brain.

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1. Eggs

Protein, Omega 3’s, and zinc, which acts as an antioxidant and detoxes the brain, are all provided in eggs. Scrambled, boiled, or sunny-side up, every egg’s a winner where the brain is concerned.

2. Spinach

If your kids aren’t into salads, it’s easy to slip this superfood into a smoothie or a casserole – or try this tasty quiche  from Remodelaholic. Spinach is full of flavonoids, which are great “protectors” of the brain.

3. Water

Okay, it’s not exactly a “food”, but water is essential to cognitive performance and nerve function. Keeping kids hydrated helps them avoid that rundown feeling that can sometimes hit during the day.

4. Fortified cereals

A good source of vitamin B12, fortified cereals can actually help a child’s memory. Plus, a low-sugar cereal can be more than just a healthy breakfast – it’s great for snacking too.

5. Berries

The evidence that various berries aid in the retention and improvement of short-term memory is growing. Blueberries and strawberries are easy finger foods for little hands.

6. Nuts and seeds

Vitamin E and Omega 3’s are just two of the reasons you should add these natural snacks to your child’s diet. Raw is best, but it never hurts to try something new, like this recipe from Pixels and Crumbs.

7. Oatmeal

Oatmeal contains good carbohydrates that very slowly release glucose, which is a major nutrient for brain function. The slow-release ensures that this boost is a lasting one and helps your kids stay focused longer.

8. Fish

Nothing beats the omega 3’s and essential fatty acids found in a good bit of wild salmon. If your child is hesitant to eat it, try a couple of new recipes that include things he/she does enjoy. A fish taco with fruit salsa, baked homemade “fishsticks” or an old favorite like a tuna (or swap canned tuna for canned salmon) sandwich are great places to start.

 

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at www.utterlyinexperienced.blogspot.com, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

 

Resources:

http://www.naturalnews.com/026273_spinach_cancer_brain.html

http://www.prevention.com/food/food-remedies/best-foods-kids-brains

http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/eat-smart-healthier-brain

http://www.chron.com/life/food/article/Brain-foods-help-send-kids-to-the-he-2138005.php

http://www.shape.com/healthy-eating/diet-tips/11-best-foods-your-brain

http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/200307/flavonoids-antioxidants-help-the-mind

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6 Ways to Reconnect with Your Significant Other

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If you’ve found yourself caught up in the whirlwinds of life and losing touch with your mate, you’re not alone. It’s easy to neglect the person you love most when work, family, and health can require so much of your attention. If you’re ready to rekindle the flame and reconnect in your relationship, take time out today and start with these six suggestions.

6 ways to reconnect with your significant other

1. Share your knowledge

You are an individual. You have interests and hobbies outside of your relationship, but why not bring them into it as well? Start teaching your significant other about something you love. Photography, baking, painting, or fast cars – sharing your knowledge can help you find new activities to explore together.

 

2. Power down at bedtime

Gadgets have turned “pillow talk” into a thing of the past. Bring it back to your nightlife by keeping the TVs, smartphones, and laptops out of the bedroom and reconnect as you lie side-by-side. It’s amazing what a person can open up about in the dark!

 

3. Start recognizing (and appreciating) the things he/she does do

Too often we focus on what our S.O. is not doing. It’s easy to get carried away, get angry, and forget the good things. Try writing a list of things your loved does for you and your family, then choose one or two specific ones and let him/her know you appreciate them.

 

4. Establish “no phone” zones

Nothing kills a long-awaited night out (sans children) like a phone call, email, or text in the middle of dinner. If you’re really committed to focusing on each other, consider turning the phones off during your time together. If you need to be available in case of emergencies you can leave the phone on but out of sight, where you won’t be tempted to pick it up every time you see a new text alert.

 

5. Go out of your way to do something for him/her

If there’s something you can do to make your partner’s life a little easier today, go for it. Does the bathroom need to be cleaned? Is the car due for an oil change? Choose something your love would normally be in charge of and take care of it, giving them some extra time to relax…with you!

 

6. Play a game together

Taking a few minutes to play is a great way to reconnect, whether it’s a board game you both loved as a kid or a few rounds of poker. Outdoor games get you out of the house and enjoying nature together. Doing a puzzle may remind you how well you work together. Games that require less critical thinking will leave plenty of time for talking without the pressure of eye contact. Choose something you will both enjoy and play.

 

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at www.utterlyinexperienced.blogspot.com, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.