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One Whole Month of School Lunch Ideas for Kids – With No Repeats! — June 26, 2015

One Whole Month of School Lunch Ideas for Kids – With No Repeats!

Does the thought of preparing school lunches for your kids fill you with dread?

Don’t worry because we have rounded up an awesome collection of ideas for you, in fact one whole month’s worth of school lunch ideas… with no repeats!

So you no longer have to worry about running out of time every morning and sending the kiddos off with a dull cheese sandwich and grapes combo, and they won’t have a chance to get so bored of their lunch that they trade it in with a friend for a much less healthy option.

One whole month of school lunch ideas for kids - with no repeats!

The key to a healthy school lunch is to Be Prepared

The key to variety when it comes to school lunches is to be prepared and have a plan. This list of lunch ideas will be your plan, so you know exactly what your kids are going to eat each day, and therefore you can make sure you pick the right ingredients up as part of your grocery shop.

It also helps to have an awesome lunch box, like this one which has three sections for keeping the lunch items separate.

Some silicone ice pop containers, like these so you can send the kids off with frozen smoothies which will melt just in time for lunch.

And a no leak water bottle, like this one, so your kids get their daily dose of H20.

Oh and if you’re not including anything frozen in the lunchbox you’ll want an icepack, so don’t miss this geneius post on how to make your own icepack! So much cheaper than a shop bought one so it doesn’t matter if they lose it, and much lighter to carry too.

If you really want to save time preparing school lunches you can follow this plan and make up lunches for the whole week on a Sunday afternoon!

Healthy school lunch ideas for kids

The star of the show

First up we have 20 different lunch ideas, and yes we snuck a couple of sandwiches in there, because sandwiches are great, we just don’t want to eat them every day!

  1. Mini pepperoni pizzas
  2. Deli ham and cheese rollups
  3. Peanut butter treats
  4. Make your own mini tacos
  5. Angry birds lunch
  6. Mini ham and cheese quinoa cups
  7. Peanut butter and jelly sushi rolls
  8. Salmon and mozzarella quesadilla
  9. Ham, cheese and tomato on a stick
  10. Mini chicken and broccoli pie
  11. DIY Pizza Lunchables
  12. Mini chicken pot pie
  13. Mini frittata
  14. Love bug sandwiches
  15. Strawberry and banana wrap
  16. Mini shrimp, tomato and cucumber on a stick
  17. Tuna salad and crackers
  18. Mini bacon cheeseburger calzones
  19. Mini grilled cheese and tomato sandwiches
  20. Mini cheeseburger pie

A little on the side

Next up we have some ideas for healthy sides to compliment the star of the show:

  • Trail mix
  • Clementine wedges
  • Apple chips
  • Banana slices
  • Cherries
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Mixed salad (Leftover from last night’s dinner perhaps?)
  • Applesauce
  • Cheese cubes
  • Cheerios

A yummy treat

And finally why not include a small treat to round off their school lunch:

Lunchbox love notes

You have brains in your head, You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
If your child is a little wary about going back to school why not pop a love note in their lunchbox to let them know you’re thinking about them?

Check out these awesome (free!) lunchbox lunch note printables here, here and here.

Or for an educational twist check out these literacy notes.

More school lunch ideas delivered to your inbox

While I was researching ideas for this post I stumbled across an amazing website called MOMables. Every Friday the team send you an email filled with lunch ideas for the following week. The menu plans are specially designed with kids in mind, and won’t take you too long to prepare either. If you’re interested you can click here to get a sample menu in exchange for your email address.

There you have it, 20 main lunch items, some healthy sides and a handful of treat ideas. You’re all set for a whole month of school lunch ideas for kids!

If you love the idea of planning your family’s meals a month at a time you should check out our popular post One month of homemade freezer meals – with no repeats!

We also have a whole collection of kid friendly recipes you might enjoy.

Yay for exciting lunches!

~Clare, currently pinning to Kid Friendly Recipes

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I love this! No more worrying about what to give the kids for school lunch because there's a whole month's worth of ideas!

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28 Ways to Help Your Kids Stay Calm and Keep Out of Mischief — June 25, 2015

28 Ways to Help Your Kids Stay Calm and Keep Out of Mischief

Last week I shared with you a relaxation secret that you might not have tried before: adult colouring pages, and they went down a storm! The lovely Marie from Child Led Life (check out her blog – she ROCKS!) suggested that colouring together as a family was a great thing to do. So today I’ve pulled together 28 colouring pages that are perfect for kids of all ages, so you can all spend some quality time relaxing together!

28 ways to keep your kids calm and out of mischief - and they're free!

Kid’s colouring pages

1. Ocean Coloring Page with Fish Puppets

“After you print and color the ocean scene, cut out the fish in the sidebar and glue them to wooden craft sticks. I also glued the main sea floor scene to cardboard to create an impromptu theater backdrop. New Kid had a grand time making up all sorts of stories with his new fishy friends.”- What Do We Do All Day

2. Animals Number Coloring Pages

“Let’s count! If you have kids at home that are ready to start learning their numbers these free printable animal number coloring pages will be perfect for them. Naturally these are fun for kids who already know their numbers too! “- Easy Peasy and Fun

3. FREE Rainforest Coloring Pack

” In this fun coloring pack your child or students will be transported into the rainforest to interact with various aspects of the rainforest through the combination of art skills and memory fun. “- Enchanted Homeschooling Mom

4. Summer Coloring Pages {Free Printable}

“Your kids are going to have a lot of fun with this printable pack as there are 9 pages just waiting to be colored (as creatively as possible)! These will be perfect to keep the kids busy during rainy days, on trips or at the restaurant!”- Easy Peasy and Fun

5. New Shape Coloring Pages!

“What you are going to find in these printables in 13 pages for coloring and tracing shapes. The shapes are circle, square, rectangle, oval, diamond, triangle, star, heart, crescent, hexagon, parallelogram, and octagon.”- 3 Dinosaurs

6. Free Printable Coloring Pages for Christmas

“These printable coloring pages aren’t just coloring pages for the sake of coloring. They also work on letter recognition for both upper and lowercase letters.”- This Reading Mama

7. Ocean and Sea Animals Coloring Pages {Free Printable}

“What’s your kids favorite sea animal? Shark? Whale? Octopus? I’m sure they’ll spot a favorite or two in this ocean and sea animals coloring pages printable pack!”- Easy Peasy and Fun

8. Fall Coloring Pages – Color by Letter

“Coloring pages. I know. I know. Busy work, right? I used to think so until I started using them during our read aloud time to keep the little ones quiet so the big ones could hear. Seriously. My kids are LOUD. My house is LOUD. I am blessed that all my kids like to color. So, break out the coloring pages and usually all is calm (for at least 2 minutes anyway).”- This Reading Mama

9. Easy Activities for Toddlers: Make a Fairy from a Toilet Paper Roll

“First, we printed the fairy wings and body. Then I just put them in front of Elena, together with the coloring pens and I stepped out of the scene. I wanted to give her the freedom to do what she want, and I would only help if she’d want me to.”- Creatiful Kids

10. Ice Cream Coloring Pages {Free Printable!}

“We might not be cooling off with ice cream today, but we are enjoying some fun summer coloring pages with a cute ice cream theme! Without the sugar and gooey mess, these free printable pages are sure to entertain and get those little minds going for awhile!”- Kid’s Activities Blog

You can learn a lot from a box of crayons. Some are sharp, some are pretty,  some are dull, some have weird names, and all have different colours. But they all live in the same box.

11. Free Coloring Page – Five Little Duck

“You can also cut these ducks out of felt to use on a felt or flannel board, or cut out two of each duck and let your child sew them together – either with stuffing in the middle, or random stitching the way we did these flowers and trees. “- Mama Smiles

12. Maleficent Activity Sheets and Coloring Pages

“If you’re looking for some fun activity sheets and coloring pages to print out, here ya go! Just click the link on each image to save and print!”- Crazy Adventures in Parenting

13. Construction Coloring Page

“Like many of Melanie’s monthly coloring pages, this one can be turned into a craft. Cut out the trucks, turn them into play figures by gluing onto cardboard or onto a craft stick. How fun it would be to read the book and then create a play scene based on it.”- What Do We Do All Day

14. Free Beginning Sounds Worksheets

“I created this giant set of coloring pages so that my Three, a notorious “I’m bored!” traveler, will have something to do on our upcoming 16-hour road trip.”- The Measured Mom

15. Space Colouring Pages from Little Galaxy

“As well as enjoying the game, your child can enjoy colouring in scenes from Little Galaxy in these space colouring pages.” – In the Playroom- In the Playroom

16. Kid Color Pages: Sick Day and Spreading Germs

“Have a child home sick who is bored? These are the perfect color pages to help them pass the time!”- Crystal and Comp

17. Airplane Coloring Pages

“If your little one loves airplanes he or she will love to color these babies!”- SITENAME

18. Castle colouring pages: Princess castle

“Which little princess, or prince, would love to colour this in, and perhaps even add their own prince or princess to the mix too?”- Kiddy Chartts

19. Train Coloring Page {Perfect for Parties}

“This train coloring page is perfect for the child who thinks that no party is complete without a train. The latest coloring sheet in our monthly coloring page series from children’s book illustrator, Melanie Hope Greenberg, doubles as a fun party favor or activity. Stick one in a goodie bag, or leave them out for kids who want something quiet to do.”- What Do We Do All Day

20. Town Colouring Page

“As my twin preschoolers used their water paints to colour their towns, my eyes observed their fine motor skills, and my ears appreciated the peace and quiet of the moment. It was wonderful.”- Lessons Learnt Journal

21. Coloring Activities

“For my daughter and I, coloring is a calming activity to spend quality time together, but there are more ways to have fun with coloring books than just coloring.”- Kid’s Activities Blog

22. BIG HERO 6 Coloring Pages, Activity Sheets, and Printables

“Here’s the ENORMOUS list of all the fun BIG HERO 6 Coloring Sheets, Activity Pages, and Printables!”- Crazy Adventures in Parenting

23. Emotions Coloring Pages

“These two emotions coloring pages are a good tool to help kids talk about their feelings. Or, even if your kids don’t like to spend hours discussing their emotional state (mine are pretty tight-lipped), they can at least get their brains thinking about it silently.”- What Do We Do All Day

24. Disney’s Cinderella Coloring Pages and Activity Sheets

“Here’s the ENORMOUS list of all the fun and beautiful Cinderella Coloring Sheets, Activity Pages, and Printables for your prince or princess!”- Crazy Adventures in Parenting

25. Printable Healthy Eating Chart & Coloring Pages

“Don’t miss this free healthy eating chart for children titled “I Tried Something New.” I also included a few coloring sheets to help illustrate the fact that nutritious foods can be fun!”- Happiness is Homemade

26. Disney Frozen Printable Activities & Coloring Pages

“Whether you’re planning a Frozen-themed party or your kids are just HUGE fans of this movie, these Frozen printable activities and colouring sheets are awesome!”- Mom Endeavors

27. Free Printable Butterfly Colouring Pages

“Butterflies are always fun to draw and colour. You can be creative with colours and patterns, and there is a little learning involved as you focus on symmetry.”- In the Playroom

28.Colouring Page Airplane Scavenger Hunt

“This very simple colouring page airplane scavenger hunt is super simple, but paired with some colours, will hopefully keep little travellers happily engaged and in their seats.”- Mama Papa Bubba

If you enjoyed this collection of kid’s colouring pages why not check out our other art and craft for kids collections like these owl crafts or our flower craft collection too!

~Clare, currently pinning to Art and Craft for Kids – Inspiration

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My kiddos are going to LOVE these kid's colouring pages - should keep them quiet for a while!

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Warning: If You Are Making These Juicing Mistakes You Might As Well Give Up on Your Dream of Being Thin — June 24, 2015

Warning: If You Are Making These Juicing Mistakes You Might As Well Give Up on Your Dream of Being Thin

The race to healthy living by going on a juicing diet is all the rage these days. From Hollywood celebrities jumping aboard the juicing bandwagon to health gurus pronouncing the health benefits of juicing, this craze seems to be an inescapable conversion for just about anyone concerned with their health.

Juicing, or drinking a combination of fruit and vegetable juices, for an extended period of time has indeed taken the health world by storm.

Just look at the juice section of your favourite supermarket, where the little stack of cartons of orange, apple, grapefruit or the occasional tomato juices that used to greet you in the old times has now been replaced by almost a full section of quite an assortment of juices, many of them containing exotic fruits or offering targeted health benefits and specific dietary benefits.

Juice fans can’t stop talking about the abundance of benefits you get from juice, from detoxifying the body to losing weight the healthy way. And much of its charm, especially among those who yearn to be healthy, but shy away from hard core dieting, is in fact in its promise of multiple benefits without feeling deprived of your usual craving for good tasting food.

And who doesn’t want a refreshing drink that packs in lots of nutritional benefits, by the way?

But, while it is vastly popular juicing can actually do more harm than good, especially if you’re doing it to try and lose weight.

Here’s why making juicing mistakes could actually make you put on pounds instead of losing them.

Warning: If You Are Making These Juicing Mistakes You Might As Well Give Up on Your Dream of Being Thin

The dangers of juicing for weight loss

A glass of orange juice for example is a highly concentrated source of calories: 140 calories per 8-ounce glass to be precise, and this is way above the 60-calorie count of a whole orange fruit.

Juice is high in calories and loaded with sugars.

Those who think that it is okay to drink as much juice as possible simply because it is fat free and comes from nature are sorely mistaken.

A glass of orange juice for example is a highly concentrated source of calories: 140 calories per 8-ounce glass to be precise, and this is way above the 60-calorie count of a whole orange fruit.

The majority of the calories contained in fruit juice especially, are actually derived from their high amount of natural sugar from fruits and some vegetables. At the core of it, juicing gets you on a high-carb diet that is low on protein and fibre.

Juice is not nutritionally equivalent to whole produce.

Never even for a moment believe that fruit and vegetable juice can replace all the nutrients and good benefits you get from eating whole fruits and vegetables.

For example the all-important fibre of the fruit and vegetables actually gets stripped away during juicing, along with essential nutrients that are contained in the pulp. When you juice, you leave behind parts of the fruit and vegetables in your juicer parts so the good stuff doesn’t actually get into your body.

It’s not all bad news though. Juicing done right can bring some significant health benefits for you and your family.

The health benefits of juicing for your family

For kids that refuse to eat vegetables, and many do, juicing is a great way to hide them by blending healthy low sugar fruits with vegetables.

Juices are a good source of antioxidants, minerals and vitamins.

Fruits and vegetables are packed with an abundance of these good nutrients.

Drinking a glass of orange juice can supply your body with more than your required daily dose of vitamin C. That will not only help to boost your immune system but it also generates antioxidants to fight free radicals and other toxins lurking in your system.

Combining fruits and vegetables known for their specific health benefits will give you an ample source of much needed nutrients.

Juicing will help you get your daily dose of fruits and vegetables.

Let’s face it: not everybody likes to eat fruits and vegetables, especially in their raw form. If you’re among those who are not able to eat a balanced go-grow-glow diet because your taste buds are simply not up to the challenge of eating whole vegetables and fruits then juicing might just give you a new lease of life, so to speak.

It is often difficult to eat enough fruits and vegetables every day to meet our daily nutritional requirements. A healthy diet requires 6-8 servings of vegetables and fruit every day. With juicing, you can consume several servings in a single glass of a well-prepared vegetable juice.

Juicing will help you get your vegetable nutrients.

Vegetables are so important for good health, and many of us do not consume nearly enough. Juicing your vegetables at home is an easy and effective way to gain the benefits of these nutrients. But, keep in mind that it is still important to eat whole vegetables and juice should only be used to supplement an overall well balanced diet.

Juicing can make sure your kids get their important nutrients.

For kids that refuse to eat vegetables, and many do, juicing is a great way to hide them by blending healthy low sugar fruits with vegetables.

Juicing tips

Fresh juices are a very valuable source of nutrients and they are also easy to digest. The key is juicing at home, instead of buying processed juice at the store.

If you are sold on the benefits of juicing follow these tips to get started the healthy way.

Make your own juice at home

Fresh juices are a very valuable source of nutrients and they are also easy to digest. The key is juicing at home, instead of buying processed juice at the store, because the minerals, enzymes and vitamins in fresh juices are often damaged or destroyed during the preservation processes, such as pasteurisation. Juices preserved by pasteurisation are heated up to high temperatures in order to destroy any microbes. As a result of the heat, some of the nutrients and natural enzymes in the juice lose their goodness.

To get the full benefits of juice preparing it at home and drinking it fresh is the way to go.

Start out with the right utensils for juicing

Before you get started you’ll need to make sure you have the following utensils available in your kitchen:

  • A juicer – there are many to choose from but this Breville model is great for first time juicers and is Amazon’s bestselling juicer.
  • Cutting boards – we love these non-slip cutting boards so you don’t have to worry about them sliding around when you’re using a sharp knife. They’re dishwasher safe too.
  • Sharp knifes – this set has a utility knife and a paring knife which are prefect for preparing your fruit and veggies for the juicer.
  • Juice glasses – and of course you need some funky glasses from which to enjoy your juice!

Start slowly

  • If you’re going to start a juicing diet, it may be helpful to start with a few days of eating primarily fruits and vegetables before going over to all-juice. This helps reduce dependence on sugar, flour, and other common diet staples that can make a juice diet difficult to swallow.

Deciding what produce to use

At the beginning of a juicing program, make juices out of fruits that you already enjoy eating. This will ensure that you enjoy the juice while still receiving some health benefits. If you start juicing using fruits you've never tried before, you may not like the juice and you're unlikely to continue making them, meaning you won't gain any benefits.

  • At the beginning of a juicing program, make juices out of fruits that you already enjoy eating. This will ensure that you enjoy the juice while still receiving some health benefits. If you start juicing using fruits you’ve never tried before, you may not like the juice and you’re unlikely to continue making them, meaning you won’t gain any benefits.
  • Before you get started juicing, do a little bit of research on the different varieties of fruits and veggies available. There are a lot of variances in the nutrients that are found in each of the fruits and veggies. Your best option is to mix items that will provide you with a variety of vitamins and minerals, ones that will meet your daily requirements. You will not just be supplying your body with proper nutrients, but you are going to find some very interesting blends.
  • Making healthy juice from vegetables is wonderful, however, do not go overboard with variety. Stick to using 2-3 vegetables in your juice blends and incorporate apple into the mix. You will minimise the amount of flavours you are trying to combine and the apple will add the right amount of sweet to the mix for extra enjoyment.
  • Get adventurous with your juicing ingredients! Why not try grapefruit or add in a little ginger for some zip! Other items to try are celery, parsley, beets, bell peppers, and leafy greens! You never know what you might end up liking.
  • Never add more than one new vegetable to your juice mix at a time. If you do not like the taste of the juice, or your digestive system does not react well to your new juice blend, you will not know what vegetable to reduce or avoid if you add a bunch of new veggies in the same batch.
  • Use colour to show you the way. Each vegetable or fruit juice colour, from orange to red to purple, supplies the body with different vitamins and nutrients. Employ a diversity of colours for a complete culinary experience.
  • When you start making your own juices, try adding a vegetable in the mix that you tend to avoid. Vegetables that you do not like alone might end up tasting great to you when mixed in a juice with other flavours. This is a great way to get nutrients you otherwise wouldn’t.
  • Wheat-grass has many health benefits such as cleansing the lymph system, and removing toxic metals from your cells. It’s important to juice wheatgrass as our bodies can’t actually process the plant fibres contained in it. Be careful because wheat-grass does have a very strong taste. It is best to start out a little at a time. Each time you juice, just gradually add a little more. You can come up with a hundred more recipes that make great use of wheatgrass and it’s wonderful earthy flavour. Give it a try!
  • Juicing can be expensive; if you’re making a few wheat shots a day as well as larger fruit and vegetable juices, expect your grocery bill to pile up. One way to reduce costs is to use primarily carrots, which are very inexpensive compared to the amount of juice they produce.
  • Juicing will lead you to more ingredients than just produce! Try spices like cayenne or cinnamon, or nutrition-packed additions like spirulina. You can even put a little honey and yogurt in once in a while for a sweet, smooth treat. Make sure to use only non-fat, unsweetened dairy to keep the resulting produce healthy.
  • There are a million-and-one recipes of items to include in your juicer. You can try a combination like apple with carrot and ginger, or celery and pear. My favourites are apple with lemon and pear, apple with cinnamon and honey, and, my daughter’s favourite, banana with mango and orange. Try new ideas to find your own favourites!
  • When you’re making a juice from dark, leafy greens, try adding in a little cucumber. Leafy greens tend to be quite strong and not taste all that great. If you add in cucumber, you won’t just hide the bad taste, but also add a delicious new flavour. Cucumber is also very nutritious, especially if you don’t peel it beforehand.

Buying your produce

hen preparing for a juice diet, make sure to stock a LOT of fresh fruits and vegetables! On average, it takes 4.4 pounds of raw fruits and vegetables to make just a single quart of juice, so you'll need lots. Also make sure to get a large variety of ingredients so that you don't get bored with the same old juice.

  • When preparing for a juice diet, make sure to stock a LOT of fresh fruits and vegetables! On average, it takes 4.4 pounds of raw fruits and vegetables to make just a single quart of juice, so you’ll need lots. Also make sure to get a large variety of ingredients so that you don’t get bored with the same old juice.
  • Don’t buy too many fruits and vegetables at a time when you’re just getting started because you might end up buying much more than you will use, and the extra food will decay and go to waste. Experiment with different amounts to see how much juice you drink a day, so you know how much produce you have to buy in advance.
  • Use organic fruits and vegetables in your juicing. Organic fruits and vegetables have not been exposed to the chemical fertilisers and pesticides used in traditional farming. If you cannot use organic produce, be sure to peel everything before you put it in the juicer. The peel will contain most of the harmful chemicals.
  • Try to use locally-grown fruits and vegetables in your juicing. The best option is to use produce that you’ve grown yourself. Every mile that a piece of fruit needs to be transported to get to you increases the carbon footprint of your glass of juice. It also increases the chance of your produce becoming contaminated with bacteria or chemicals.
  • Check out farms near where you live to pick up the produce you need for juicing at amazing bulk prices. Many items can be kept in a cool, dark place for longer periods of time. So those are the foods you want to pick up on the farm in larger amounts.
  • Ask your friends and family if they’d like to go in on purchases in bulk at local farms with you so you can buy more and get larger discounts. Apple farms, for example, will sell you bushel after bushel for decreasing costs per pound. Take a few cars up, load the back with apples, and share with everyone! They don’t have to be juicers to enjoy fresh produce.
  • Try vegetables mixed with your favourite fruits in your juicer. Many vegetables are easy to juice. They can add important vitamins and minerals to your juice as well. In addition, using vegetables can cut down on the calorie count of your juice, which in turn, makes it a better diet option.
  • When making carrot juice, make absolutely sure to get fresh, healthy carrots. Signs of old carrots are rubberiness, limpness, wilted tops, and excessive cracking. Look for carrots that have a full colour, are firm to the touch, and have green, leafy tops. These carrots will produce the freshest, sweetest juice.
  • Buying fruit and vegetables for your juicing can be easy by using all five senses to find the freshest produce to bring home. Sniff the item and make sure it smells good, like you would want to eat it. Squeeze it and feel if it’s too hard or too soft. Look it over for imperfections before you put it in your basket.
  • Fats are still important while juicing. Nuts and seeds contain not only necessary fats but proteins as well. Blending nuts and seeds with your juices will give the juice extra protein, necessary amino acids which help the immune system and the brain and the good types of fat your body needs.
  • You don’t have to spend a fortune on fresh juicing produce as long as you shop in season. Berries are great in the summer, but will cost you an arm and a leg to buy in the winter, so skip them until the prices drop again. Apples last all winter, so feel free to buy a few bushels and keep them in the garage.

Preparing your produce

Make sure to leave your vegetables and fruits out at room temperature before juicing. Healthy juice is best at room temperature, so make sure to take the produce out of the fridge for a little while before you make the juice. Drinking cold juice can shut slow down the digestive system.

  • Make sure to leave your vegetables and fruits out at room temperature before juicing. Healthy juice is best at room temperature, so make sure to take the produce out of the fridge for a little while before you make the juice. Drinking cold juice can shut slow down the digestive system.
  • Don’t forget to wash your produce prior to juicing, and use organic products where possible. So many people seem to think that since it’s going to turn into juice, they don’t need to wash their fruits and veggies. Just because it’s liquid, doesn’t mean the chemicals present on the peels are going to go away. Clean your fruits and vegetables thoroughly before juicing.
  • Don’t forget to remove hard pits from fruits like peaches and cherries before sending them down the juicer. These pits can destroy your juicer’s blades turning your happy purchase into a giant paperweight. Don’t get into such a flow in your juicing that you forget to make the fruits safe for juicing. Don’t be fooled by smaller seeds either, apple seeds may actually contain chemicals that are harmful so it’s best to remove them beforehand.
  • Peel citrus fruits before you put them in your juicer. The thick peels of citrus fruits will make your juice taste unpleasant, provide no real health benefit, and can even be harmful. The greatest benefit from citrus fruits comes from the white pith just below the peel, so be sure to retain that when juicing.
  • And you need to be aware that citrus fruits do not always work well in all juicers. Because of the consistency of the pulp in the fruit the juicer can get clogged with the pulp or rind. If using a standard juicer you will need to cut the fruit into small pieces after you’ve peeled it; if this sounds like too much effort you’ll need to invest in a citrus juicer instead.
  • Bananas and papayas do not seem to do well in a juicer. You can still use them with juice, but it is best to stick them in a blender. They are very thick, and tend to work better when making fruit smoothies or any type of frozen dessert that you make.
  • Crumple up leafy greens, such as spinach, into tight balls before putting them in your juicer. Your juicer is primarily designed to deal with solid fruits and vegetables, not thin leaves. You will get better results from your juicer if you simulate this effect by squashing your leafy greens before juicing.
  • If you want your juice to be very smooth and free of pulp, try using a coffee filter or cheese cloth to strain it after it comes out of the juicer. Also keep in mind that the softer the produce used, the thicker the juice tends to be for example, tomato juice.
  • If you’re making carrot juice, here’s a little tip to give it a better, more interesting flavor. Try adding cilantro! It has a nice, refreshing, satisfying aspect that compliments the sweetness of carrot juice. If you’re bored with your normal carrot juice recipes, why not give it a try? It’s quite good.
  • Are you running out of space on your cutting board for all of the ingredients you need for juicing? Try to cut everything in a manner which keeps the actual food “whole”. For example, slice a carrot but don’t pull the pieces apart. You can slice an apple around it’s core and then stand the pieces up so it looks like it wasn’t cut. This will save you space to slice the other items you need without dirtying more dishes.

Cleaning your juicer

  • Remember that vegetable and fruit remnants left on a juicer after juicing have the potential to grow mould quickly. Cleaning it quickly helps stop the growth of mould. Dismantle the juicer clean the parts and rinse with water until clean. If you must use a detergent use one that is very mild.
  • Keep a toothbrush handy to clean the strainer after juicing. Scrubbing the strainer with a toothbrush will displace any lodged particles which can grow rapidly into mould. Regular cleaning in this fashion will increase the life of your juicer as well as make your life healthier.

Storing your juice

  • If you are getting into juicing for health benefits, you need to remember to drink all your juice in one sitting. The second the juice is made, it will start to lose some nutrients. The faster you can drink it, the more of the health benefits you will be receiving.
  • If you absolutely must store your juice after you make it, make sure to store it in a completely air-tight container. Letting air get at it will start a process which breaks down the nutrients in the juice, leaving a tasty but empty drink that won’t provide you with the healthy benefits you were looking for in the first place.
  • Make sure you add a tablespoon of lemon juice before storing your juice in the fridge. This small amount of lemon juice shouldn’t affect the flavour, but it will stop your juice from becoming discoloured, which can make it look rather unappetising!
  • Don’t forget, to get the maximum health benefits from your juice it’s best to make it just before you drink it.

Making juicing a habit

Permanent changes  lead to permanent results. Be in it for the  long haul.

  • Be consistent and do a little juicing everyday. The more you do, the more you’ll want to juice and gradually, you’ll make juicing a bigger part of your day. If you make juicing an infrequent occurrence, not only will you get less nutritional benefit but you’ll also lose the will to keep going.
  • If you are trying to make sure you stick with your healthy new juicing habit, make sure that the juice machine stays on your kitchen counter at all times. Out of sight, out of mind is especially true when it comes to trying to form new habits. By making sure your juicer is always in plain sight, you will be more likely to remember to use it every day.
  • Take it one day at a time when you start juicing. Maybe today you really don’t feel like putting a new item in your juice, and that’s okay! There’s always tomorrow, or even the next day. You must avoid apathy, though, as it may mean that you never try out new items, items that you might absolutely love!
  • Juicing is a lifestyle you dedicate yourself to, and you will notice if you miss a day. If something comes up and you’re not able to buy some fresh produce for your juice, you should have something on hand that you can use instead. You can keep some items in the freezer just in case, or even freeze some juice to tide you over.

If you want to know more about how juicing can help you boost your health, energy and nutrition levels make sure you complete the form below and we’ll send you a FREE Juicing Guide and Recipe Book!

~Clare, currently diffusing Rise & Shine

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So many great tips to make sure you make jucing as healthy as possible!

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6 Steps You Can Take Today to Lose Your Baby Weight and Feel Like the Old You Again — June 23, 2015

6 Steps You Can Take Today to Lose Your Baby Weight and Feel Like the Old You Again

Having a newborn baby in the house is such a special time, but it can be stressful too with so much to think about. When all your attention is focused on your baby it can be all too easy to forget about taking care of yourself and thinking about how you are going to lose those extra pounds that you piled on during your pregnancy.

But it is very important that you lose that baby weight, or you could still be carrying it around in 15 to 20 years time.

Today we’re going to look at six steps you can take today to lose your baby weight and feel like the old you again.

6 Steps you can take today to lose your baby weight and feel like the old you again

How to lose your baby weight

1. Give it time.

If you started out at a healthy weight, and you gained 25 to 30 pounds during your pregnancy it is possible to return to your pre-pregnancy weight in two to three months, as long as you keep eating healthily and do some exercise.

If you were overweight to begin with, or you gained more weight than was recommended during pregnancy it could take around a year for you to lose that baby weight.

But losing baby weight is not something you can rush. We all want to feel like ourselves again once the baby arrives, and to fit back into our favourite pair of jeans, but losing the weight too quickly can actually be harmful.

Give yourself some time. It took nine months for you to gain that baby weight, so be patient and give yourself nine months to lose it.

2. Don’t diet.

Skip the diet. Just eat healthy.

Diets can do more harm than good at any time of your life, but even more so when you are trying to lose baby weight. Why? Because you’ll be sleep deprived, and stressed, and more emotional than usual, so depriving yourself of your favourite foods could just end up with you feeling like a failure and gaining more weight.

Instead you need to eat healthy, and only eat when you’re hungry.

If you’re breastfeeding you will find yourself being more hungry than usual so make sure your cupboards are filled with health snacks such as wheat crackers, carrot sticks and apple slices. Don’t forget that your body needs calories to generate milk for your baby so you need to intake at least 1800 calories a day, just make sure those calories are from healthy foods.

3. Drink more water.

Drinking water throughout the day will keep you hydrated and stop you from mistaking thirst for hunger. Some experts say it can help to boost your metabolism too which is a good thing.

4. Get an energy boost.

When you’re sleep deprived and feeling sluggish your get up and go can, well, get up and go! Drinking a couple of ounces of NingXia Red each morning can give you a sustainable energy boost (without caffeine). As well as helping you feel revitalised it can support your overall health too.

5. Get your body moving.

I never said it would be easy. I said it would be worth it.

Eating healthy is important but you also need to get your body moving too if you want to lose that baby weight.

When you’re sleep deprived and stressed the last thing you will want to do is take an exercise class, but being active will help you sleep better, lift your mood and can help to combat the baby blues.

If you don’t want to take a class try meeting friends in the park and walking with your babies in their strollers instead of meeting at the coffee shop.

Ask your local gym if they have a Mommy and Me class so that you can exercise with your baby, which is a great way to strengthen the bond between you.

Don’t forget if you have a C-section you need to speak to your doctor to check that you are ready to start exercising again.

6. Get some sleep

Sleep is so important for new moms because when you’re sleep deprived the last thing you will want to do is take care of yourself. And when you don’t get enough sleep your body turns against you by releasing cortisol and stress hormones into your blood stream which can lead to you gaining more weight.

If you need help getting more sleep read our Ultimate Sleep Guide for Frazzled Moms article.

~Clare, currently diffusing Sweet Dreams

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One Whole Month of Scrumptious Overnight Oatmeal Recipes for Busy Moms — June 22, 2015

One Whole Month of Scrumptious Overnight Oatmeal Recipes for Busy Moms

Can I let you in on a secret? I suck at making oatmeal. I can’t even get it right when it comes out of a packet and all I have to do is add water and stick it in the microwave!

But then I discovered a whole new world of oatmeal… overnight oatmeal. Seriously, this has to be the easiest breakfast recipe in the world and you’d have to try really hard to get it wrong.

And the best part about overnight oatmeal is that you prepare it the night before. So when you get up in the morning and you have a million things to do before you can get yourself and the kids out of the house on time breakfast is right there, sitting in the fridge, just waiting to be devoured!

And if you’re thinking, yeah but oatmeal is oatmeal and the kids will get bored of it quite quickly then you need to keep reading. Because I’ve tracked down one whole month of overnight oatmeal recipes! Yep, 31 scrumptious ways you can serve oatmeal for breakfast, so you’re sure to find a few new family favourites in there somewhere.

Quick, go find the oats!

One whole month of scrumptious overnight oatmeal recipes that are perfect for busy moms

31 Delicious overnight oatmeal recipes

Here they are, one whole month of overnight oatmeal recipes, and the reasons why the fabulous ladies who dreamt up these tasty combinations love them so much!

1. Strawberry Overnight Refrigerator Oatmeal, Two versions!

“My personal favorite is this Strawberry Overnight Refrigerator Oatmeal, I am giving you two recipes for it because there is the “healthy” version and then the version that I usually make which isn’t all that healthy but… who am I kidding? It is just better. Period. Both are great though, I just PERSONALLY prefer it without yogurt.” – Wheel n Deal Mama

2. Overnight Oatmeal Recipe

“Here is an easy way to serve a crowd a hearty breakfast before facing the elements for a day of winter sports. You can assemble it in the slow cooker in the evening and wake up to a bowl of hot, nourishing oatmeal. The slow cooker eliminates the need for constant stirring and ensures an exceptionally creamy consistency. It is important to use steel-cut oats; old-fashioned oats become too soft during slow-cooking.” – Eating Well

3. Overnight Oatmeal Recipe

“Most of my crockpot recipes are dinner-oriented (well, except for that cake. Which I would happily eat for dinner, but that’s just me.) This oatmeal recipe also makes a fantastic comfort food dinner recipe, but it’s my only crockpot recipe that is perfection for breakfast. ” – Framed Cooks

4. Slow Cooker Overnight Oatmeal Recipe

“Put your crock on at bedtime and this Slow Cooker Overnight Oatmeal will be ready and waiting for you first thing in the morning. Keep it on warm throughout the day for when the kids come home, or you are craving a snack. Oatmeal is a great anytime meal!” – A Spicy Perspective

5. Overnight Fridge Berry Oatmeal Recipe

“This, my friends, is one of the easiest recipes that tastes out of this world. Overnight Fridge Berry Oatmeal is perfect for breakfast or a snack and you can customize it to suit your tastes. I consider this pretty healthy, so I don’t feel guilty eating something that tastes so decadent. Using frozen berries is important because as they melt overnight, they create a wonderful juice that you just can’t get with fresh berries. So when you’re rushing to get the kids ready for school or you’re late for work- breakfast is already waiting for you in the fridge!” – Busy Mommy

6. Cherry Overnight Oatmeal Recipe

“I love recipes like this for breakfast because it requires almost no clean up and is ready when you roll out of bed. My days start early with a long list of things to do so having something in the fridge waiting for me is key. This overnight oatmeal uses the new Stonyfield Petite Creme Yogurt–the vanilla bean to be exact. Have you tried it yet? The Petite Creme Vanilla Bean Yogurt goes perfectly in overnight oats to help add flavor and texture.” – A Cedar Spoon

7. Overnight Oatmeal In A Jar Recipe (A No Cook Breakfast) Recipe

“If you’re the kind of person that is running around in the morning, this Overnight Oatmeal In A Jar Recipe is perfect for you. Make a few jars the night before and just grab them on the go the next morning. Take them to your work, gym or even in the kid’s lunch boxes – packed in a plastic container of course. This oatmeal takes literally seconds to make and you can customize it any way you would like.” – Living Sweet Moments

8. Easy Overnight Oatmeal

“My morning goes like this 4:30: get up, get dressed, run, finish run and stretch, check blog emails, start breakfast for boys, shower, dress, start boys lunches and finish making breakfast, wake boys, feed them, finish packing their lunches and help them finish getting ready, take them to school. We have it down to the minute and there is no extra time for me to make myself breakfast (and no I don’t want to have biscuits or pancakes with them). Being able to grab a protein shake or Overnight Oatmeal is ideal. Actually, after trying it, I love it. It’s my new obsession. I also have it for a mid-afternoon snack a lot of days.” – Call me PMc

9. Raspberry Vanilla Overnight Oatmeal Recipe

“Overnight Oatmeal in a mason jar requires no cooking and are great for on the go breakfast. My daughter loves throwing these together quickly a few evenings per week. She then has a quick and easy on the go breakfast. Fill them with your favorite yogurts and berries or even add in some brow sugar or honey.” – Cincy Shopper

10. Overnight Almond Oatmeal with Chia and Maple Syrup Recipe

“For months my blog reader has been filled with various versions of overnight oats. From Pumpkin Spice to Orange Cashew, overnight oats are everywhere. But… the thought of them somehow just sort of seemed distasteful. Would they be overly mushy? Would they be chalky? Would they be just plain weird? Nope to all the above. Amazing, fabulous, incredible, irresistible, and perhaps even spectacular.” – Liv Life

Wow - we love overnight oatmeal it's a great time saver and there are so many great combinations here!

11. Overnight Oatmeal

“Overnight oatmeal couldn’t be simpler to prepare and is mega satisfying. It’s one of the only breakfasts that keeps me full all the way until lunch…definitely from all that protein in the Greek yogurt. It’s my version of bircher muesli and a total breakfast staple, especially when topped with lot of nuts, maple syrup and berries!” – Eat Live Run

12. Black-Bottom Banana Cream Pie Overnight Oatmeal

“Ever since making a banana cream pie overnight oatmeal, I’ve wanted to make its chocolate cousin. This is like a layered parfait, and as you can tell from the name, the chocolate layer goes on the bottom. I thought about making two different flavors of oatmeal, but eventually decided to make the bottom layer more of a chia pudding than an oatmeal. The result was super.” – The Oatmeal Artist

13. Carrot Cake Refrigerator Oatmeal Recipe

“Give overnight oats a dessert-inspired twist with this carrot cake version.” – Better Homes & Gardens

14. Maple French Toast Overnight Oatmeal Recipe

“Have your french toast and oatmeal too! Make French Toast Overnight Oats for an easy, make-ahead breakfast that’s packed with maple and cinnamon flavor!” – Liv Life

15. Raspberries N’ Cream Overnight Oatmeal Recipe

“I HAD to share this Raspberries N’ Cream recipe with you. It’s by far my most favorite – I have eaten this one everyday for the past week!” – Living Chic Mom

16. Peach Overnight Oatmeal Recipe

“Meet my new obsession: Peach Overnight Oatmeal. I don’t remember a time in my life before overnight oats and I don’t think I want to remember it. This has been my breakfast for the past few weeks and I wake up so excited to eat it (as if I don’t wake up excited to eat every breakfast).” – Almost Getting it Together

17. Overnight Quinoa & Blueberry Oatmeal Recipe

“I suck at breakfast. No, really. Even though I work at home, I often won’t have breakfast till sometime after lunchtime. It’s embarrassing, and the reason I love overnight oats, especially this Overnight Quinoa & Blueberry Oatmeal. Then I have no excuse… first thing in the morning, breakfast is waiting for me. It’d only be better if I could get it served in bed!” – Cooking Stoned

18. Caffe Mocha Protein Overnight Oatmeal

“This overnight oatmeal is like eating dessert for breakfast – creamy, sweet and chocolate-y. And it has extra coffee that I’m sure any mama needs on a weekday morning. If you are not a fan of protein powder, I have included substitute options. I love using protein powder because it is usually naturally sweetened, so I can keep my food low in sugar. You can use stevia as well.” – iFood Real

19. Create-Your-Own Overnight Oatmeal Recipe

“Did you know that heart disease is responsible for 1 in every 4 deaths in the United States, making it the leading cause of death among both women and men? For my contribution to the mix, I decided to help you start your day off with a heart-healthy breakfast … and make it both fun and delicious at the same time!” – Rhubarb and Honey

20. Vegan Overnight Oatmeal Recipe

“Creamy and delicious, this breakfast tastes just like dessert. The best part — you can whip it up in one minute, leave it refrigerated overnight, and tah-dah, breakfast is served in the morning. It can easily be made gluten-free by using certified gluten-free oats.” – Pop Sugar

My kids love overnight oatmeal and there are so many recipes here to choose from!

21. Coconut Mango Overnight Oatmeal Recipe

“I find oatmeal to be a little bit heavy, so adding an equal amount of mangoes to the oats was the perfect way to lighten it up. And the best thing about overnight oats is that you do the (minimal) prep work the night before and your oatmeal is done in the morning–you don’t even have to heat it up (although you can if you want)!” – Oh My Veggies

22. Nocook Overnight Blueberry Oatmeal Recipe

“The other day a friend of mine brought up how she had fallen in love with what she called refrigerator oatmeal and that it was the best thing ever and so with that I had to try it. She said it was super easy to make and so I had to try it, it is made in the refrigerator but its overnight and no cooking required. It is so easy to make and when you try it you are going to be wishing you had tried it sooner.” – Midget Momma

23. Applesauce Overnight Oatmeal Recipe

“Overnight oatmeal is a magical creation. It literally prepares itself. You throw the ingredients in a mason jar (or any sealable container), mix them up, and the oats absorb the liquids overnight, making them soft and pudding-like. No cooking necessary! You can eat them cold, but I throw mine in the microwave for a minute and a half because I like the comfort of hot porridge.” – Cheap Recipe Blog

24. Overnight Crockpot Oatmeal Recipe

“One of our recent favorite is this delicious but super easy to make Overnight Crockpot Oatmeal Recipe, just put your ingredients in the slow cooker, set the time and you’ll wake up with hot breakfast for the whole family.” – Love Laughter Forever After

25. Overnight PB & J Oatmeal Recipe

“All you do in this simple recipe, is combine 5 ingredients the night before, and add them to a glass jar or bowl. Wake up the next morning, give it a little stir, and breakfast is served!” – Wholesomelicious

26. Overnight Refrigerator Oatmeal Recipe

“For us, breakfast can be the most challenging part of clean eating. It’s so easy to grab a bagel or sugary cereal in the morning, especially when you’re starving. So we are psyched to that this oatmeal was so delicious and so easy.” – My Clean Kitchen

27. 20 Healthy Overnight Oatmeal Recipes

“What I love about overnight oatmeal is that you can make a batch of it at the beginning of the week and have enough to grab-and-go for the entire week. There’s no cooking involved. You can even add the fruit ahead of time to save an extra step in the morning.” – Jeanette’s Healthy Living

28. Overnight Oatmeal!

“It’s obviously going to be cold if you eat it right out the fridge (which was actually pretty wonderful), or you can let it come to room temperature. If you absolutely NEED to have your oatmeal warm, a minute or two in the microwave will do the trick.” – Framed Cooks

29. Overnight Oatmeal

“This affordable, healthy breakfast provides protein, whole grains and fresh fruit to help you start your morning right. Simply mix the ingredients together and refrigerate overnight. Enjoy it cold or warm the next morning.” – Whole Foods Market

30. Overnight Oatmeal Recipe

“Fiber-rich and heart healthy oatmeal is a great way to kick off the morning, but it can be a bit time-consuming to prepare. This no-cook version of oatmeal is so simple to prep, you’ll soon be as hooked as I am. If you need even more convincing, this entire meal that can be prepared in a canning jar. No mess and no dirty dishes!” – Kristina Vanni

31. Overnight Oatmeal Recipe

“You can add any fruit that you like to this oatmeal, if you don’t love bananas add strawberries or raspberries instead!” – The Taylor House

If you loved these overnight oatmeal recipes why not check out our other kid friendly recipes including our collection of Easy Smoothie Recipes for Kids or our Egg Breakfast Ideas!

~Clare, currently pinning to Breakfast Recipe Ideas

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{6/19/15} Free E-Books for Kindles — June 19, 2015

{6/19/15} Free E-Books for Kindles

Who doesn’t love something for free? Here are 10 Free E-Books for Kindles that are available for download today!  Simply click on the links below to be taken to the download page.

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* These ebooks were are all free when this post went live, however Amazon can change their prices at any time. Check the price before you buy.* 

 10 Free E-Books for Kindles

Make sure you double check the price before buying.  These are all free while I’m posting but Amazon can change their prices at any time.

Check out My E-Book!

If you’re looking for a great ebook, you should check out mine!  Get all of my tips and tricks for getting a homemade dinner on the table in 30 minutes.  Plus, I included 25 of my favorite quick and easy recipes!  It’s not free like the others, but it’s worth every single penny! Get your copy here!

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Thanks to See Mom Click for compiling this list.

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Watermelon Grapefruit Margaritas —

Watermelon Grapefruit Margaritas

This Watermelon Grapefruit Margarita is one of the best simple cocktail recipes.

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Ready for a delicious summer cocktail recipe? This is Clare Gravolet from here to pass on a fabulous margarita recipe! What makes it so fabulous? Fresh squeezed fruit juices and 100% agave tequila.

Did you know that tequila can be good for you? Before you walk away from the computer rolling your eyes, hear me out!  A few different studies (all collected here in this article) have shown real, 100% agave tequila can lower blood sugar, aid in weight loss, and lower cholesterol.

Do these fun facts mean we can indulge on a whim? Not likely. It does, however, imply that you should feel free to pour yourself more than one of my low-sugar Watermelon Grapefruit Margaritas!

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To make two servings of the Watermelon Grapefruit Margarita, you’ll need 1/2 large grapefruit, 1 cup of watermelon chunks, and two large limes.  Use a blender or food processor to puree the watermelon, which quickly becomes juice, and hand-squeeze the lime and grapefruit. You’ll need two ounces of juice from each piece of fruit.

Combine two ounces of each fruit juice with three ounces of 100% agave tequila. Stir or shake, and then enjoy! To make your drinks look extra fancy, you can add sugar and fruit wedges to the rim of the glass.

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When I made this drink for myself, I pureed half of a watermelon, so I had a good bit of watermelon juice leftover. If you find yourself with leftover fruit juices, they would go perfectly in my Berry Spinach post workout smoothie! To view this and other recipes you might like, visit my recipes page over at Happy Eater!

What are some of your favorite fresh ingredients to put in your cocktails?

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Here are some other recipes you may like:

Classic Margarita

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Strawberry Margarita

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Coconut Mojito

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Simple Cocktail Recipes: Watermelon Grapefruit Margaritas

Watermelon Grapefruit Margaritas
Author: Clare Gravolet
Recipe type: Drinks
Serves: 2 servings

  • 2 ounces fresh squeezed lime juice (about 2 large limes)
  • 2 ounces fresh squeezed grapefruit juice (about 1 large grapefruit)
  • 2 ounces pureed watermelon (about 1 cup watermelon cubes)
  • 3 ounces 100% agave tequila
  • (Optional) Fresh grapefruit and lime wedges
  • (Optional)1/8 cup sugar

  1. Combine all ingredients into a shaker and add ice.
  2. Shake for 15-20 seconds.
  3. (Optional) Run a lime wedge around the edge of your cocktail glass and dip the glass into sugar.
  4. Strain and pour margarita into a cocktail glass.
  5. (Optional) Garnish your glass with a grapefruit and/or lime wedge.

Nutrition Information
Serving size: 4.5 ounces Calories: 133 Fat: 0g Carbohydrates: 7g Sugar: 5g Sodium: 21mg


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8 Summer Recipes You Need to Make —

8 Summer Recipes You Need to Make

Here is a list of top 8 Summer Recipes You Need to Make.

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I’ve partnered with 7 other moms for a monthly series called Moms Tell All.

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Each month we are sharing our favorite products, recipes and ideas with you.  Last month I shared 8 Summer Must Haves that every mom needs.  This month is all about Summer again…only this time, it’s food!

Below is my list of 8 Summer Recipes You Need to Make.  Everything that has made this list has earned my seal of approval and is a keeper!

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1.  The Best Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

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2.  Lager Bacon Burger

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3.  Mango Pineapple Smoothie

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4.  Creamy Broccoli Slaw

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5.  Grilled Balsamic Chicken with Strawberry Salsa

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6.  Grilled S’mores

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7.  Garlic Parmesan Grilled Corn on the Cob

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8.  Pineapple Whip

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So there you have it…the 8 Summer Recipes You Need to Make!  Check out what some of my other mom-friends are sharing:

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Road Trip Snack Ideas —

Road Trip Snack Ideas

Heading on a road trip this summer?  Here are some great talk-along snack ideas!  #SAVEITSUNDAY #FoodFairyTale

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Every summer, we go on vacation with friends to the Jersey Shore.  Not the same beach from the MTV series, though.  I just felt like I needed to clarify that.

It’s about a three hour drive from our house and that means one thing…ROAD TRIP!  Anyone who has ever traveled with kids knows that the key to a happy and stress-free road trip is having plenty of activities and plenty of snacks.

Before leaving the house, I always pack a snack bag filled with all kinds of goodies.  And, I’ve found that the entire trip goes a lot smoother when I package the snacks in individual containers.  This way there is no fighting over who’s holding the bag or who’s eating all of the green M&Ms.

One of my favorite things to use are these Glad mini containers.

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I can easily pack individual portions of our favorite snacks.  The size is just right and when we are through, I can easily stack the empty containers and lock the lids together.  I also use the larger containers to hold things like fresh fruit and veggies.

Plus, I can reuse the containers once I get to the beach to store our beach snacks for the day.

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Some of my favorite snacks to take on a road trip include:

  1. S’mores Snack Mix
  2. No Bake Energy Bites
  3. Muddy Buddies
  4. Chocolate Pretzel Goldfish Snacks
  5. Homemade Granola
  6. Honey Cinnamon Snack Mix

Here are some other ways I use Glad storage containers when we go on a road trip:

  • I store damp paper towels in a Glad zip top bag to clean sticky fingers.
  • I use the larger containers to create busy boxes filled with activities for the road.
  • I stash first aid items in a container and store it under the car seat, in case of emergencies.
  • To prevent drink spills, I use this method.

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10 Fun Family Reunion Games —

10 Fun Family Reunion Games

Here are 10 Fun Family Reunion Games to add some excitement to your next gathering.

10 Fun Family Reunion Games

Now that summer is upon us, it’s time to gather the relatives far and wide for a family reunion.  To help make the event the best-ever, I’ve compiled a list of 10 Fun Family Reunion Games  This list has everything from classic outdoor games to new, DIY activities that will have your relatives talking for weeks after the party.

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Summer time is the season for family reunions.   It’s a great time to see people that you never really get to see (unless it’s in your Facebook or Instagram feed) or talk to.  It’s a great time catch up and notice all of those family resemblances.

One of the best parts about large outdoor parties, like family reunions, are games!  I love outdoor games – everything from the classics like sack races and scavenger hunts to sillier games (Freestyle Shake-a-thon and Synchronized Snack Toss below).

Games are also a great ice breaker and help everyone get to know each other a little better.  It’s hard to be shy playing a round of yard Twister!

I’ve put together a list of 10 Fun Games you can play at your next family reunion (or any other outdoor party).

10 Fun Family Reunion Games

Here are 10 Fun Family Reunion Games

  1. Ring Toss
  2. Backyard Kerplunk
  3. Yard Jenga
  4. Use Your Noodle
  5. DIY Cornhole
  6. Synchronized Snack Toss
  7. Freestyle Shake-a-Thon
  8. Lawn Twister
  9. Popcorn Drop
  10. Bobbing for Donuts

Actually, I couldn’t stop, so here are 5 BONUS ACTIVITIES!

  1. Family Reunion Jeopardy
  2. Bottle Bowling
  3. Water Gun Relay
  4. Frisbee Tic Tac Toe
  5. DIY Limbo

In addition to games and activities, you will also need a few other things to ensure a great party.

  • Party Planning Checklist:  Download my free printable checklist here.
  • How Much Food to Serve at a Party: Download my free printable here.
  • Recipes that feed a crowd:  Get 50 of the best recipes for a party here.

Many times, family reunions are held outside, either in someone’s yard or at a local park.  Since you’ll be spending lots of time in the sun, you’ll want to make sure you and your family stay covered in sunscreen.  

To ensure you’re adequately covered, apply 1 ounce (which is about 2 tablespoons) of sunscreen to you and your kids’ entire bodies 30 minutes before going outside.  And, make sure you reapply every two hours or immediately after swimming or excessive sweating. 

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Banana Boat® has launched its most comfortable line of sun protection including:

  • SunComfort™ Clear UltraMist® Sunscreen: This new formula is perfect for the beach because it allows sand to easily brush off and moisturizes to relieve dryness caused by sun, chlorine and salt water.
  • Dry Oil Clear UltraMist® Sunscreen: This formula includes argan oil and is a lightweight dry oil formula that leaves skin feeling silky-smooth and moisturized and delivers one touch spray for quick, easy coverage with a light-weight, non-greasy feel.
  • Sport Performance® Lotion Sunscreen with Powerstay Technology™:  This was specifically designed for active people.  Its light-weight, sweat resistant, water resistant (up to 80 minutes) formula is quick absorbing, non-greasy and won’t run in eyes. 

Check out Banana Boat®Great Big Family Reunion sweepstakes where you can enter to win one of five $30 Banana Boat® Prize Packs including Banana Boat® koosie, key chain, draw string backpack and three sunscreen products!  One lucky family will win a reunion for up to 50 of their family members and friends.  Contest opens on June 8, 2015 and closes June 29, 2015.  You can find more Family Reunion fun on Facebook

Banana Boat “Great Big Family Reunion” Sweepstakes

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