School is Out!!!

For many of us this poses a BIG question… WHAT DO I DO WITH THE KIDS????



Either as grandparents who are watching them while school is out or for stay at home parents or working parents who take a stay-cation at home over the summer.. it is an everyday struggle…

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Here is a list we found of 100 things you can do… a lot of them are geared toward younger children but be creative! We bet that even a teenager would love to build a birdhouse or create a scrapbook!

100 Things to Do!




Barbecued Spicy Apricot-Glazed Chicken Wings

Here is a quick and easy recipe for those summer get-togethers! It is great appetizer dish for those who like sweet and spicy food.

For two chicken wings: 252 calories


  • 2 cups apricot jam
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-2 teaspoons crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 cupDijonmustard
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 60 chicken wings
  1. Preheat oven to 425°.
  2. In a large bowl, combine apricot jam, minced garlic, crushed red pepper, Dijonmustard, and kosher salt. Add chicken wings; toss to coat. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or up to 4 hours.
  3. Line 2 baking sheets with foil; bake chicken wings for 25-30 minutes, turning once, until golden brown and slightly charred.

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Fast tips: Start exercising by doing everyday tasks

Now that spring is here, it’s only a couple of months before beach season! Here are some quick tips and advices that we have collected for you to help achieve your swimsuit body.

 Are you on budget and finding every excuse to not exercise? has put together great tips that show you how to work on flexibility, muscle strength and aerobic fitness for free! Some tips that the article suggests are taking a stretch break in lieu of a coffee break to gain flexibility, and working around the house such as pulling weeds and scrubbing the bathtub for muscle fitness.

If you are curious what counts as aerobic exercise, then these ordinary tasks work:

  • Walking briskly to work or to do errands
  • Pushing a lawn mower
  • Sweeping (try with fast pace music!)
  • Dancing
  • Playing actively with your children
  • Walking or playing with your dog

Also, Summer is coming up, which means hot weather! Some people are incline not to exercise, but here are some great ways to get your fitness on. Here are just some examples:

For outdoors:

  • Try to take early morning or late evening walks. Try walking with a dog or a friend so it will help you make it part of your daily routine.
  • Washing your car. This will get you outside and helps you burn your calories. Turn on some of your favorite upbeat music to help make it more fun.

For indoors:

  • Go for walks in the mall and we suggest getting a pedometer as an option for you to get motivated to beat your walking goals.
  • Doing indoor housework like dusting, vacuuming, scrubbing and cleaning! Try turning on the music and dancing to the beat. It would make these chores more fun while getting some exercise in.

For the elderly, staying active is very important as it increases their life span. By doing these simple tasks everyday, it will get their heart racing and improve their health.

  • Parking at the far end of a parking lot.
  • Taking the stairs instead of elevator or escalator.
  • Get off the bus a block early and walk home.
  • Walk to the store.
  • Enroll in a dance class.
  • Take laps around the park.

What are some of your suggestions?


Less Stressed Summer

line dryingNothing against the other seasons, but summer is the one that inspires us to be our very best. Temps rise and suddenly all of our good intentions go from being things we intend to do to things we actually do.

Routines are simplified, layers are shed, and fun and healthy decide to hold hands. That’s why we’ve pulled together these 14 little moves to get you off to a good start this summer, when the living is easier—and lighter. Enjoy!

Line dry your clothes
Nothing brings back the lazy days of summer like clothes drying in the warm wind. Instead of giving your wardrobe a manufactured fresh-air scent, you’ll be giving them the real thing. To keep wrinkles at bay, give your clothes a good snap before hanging them on the line; finger smooth each item while hanging.

And did we mention that line drying lightens the environmental load, too? Drying just two loads of laundry on a clothesline every week instead of using an electric dryer saves energy equal to the amount needed to run your fridge for four months, says Elizabeth Rogers, author of The Green Book: The Everyday Guide to Saving the Planet One Simple Step at a Time and founder of

Add some sunny yellow“Yellow is happy, optimistic, clean, upbeat,” says Leslie Harrington, PhD, executive director of The Color Association. But, like that perpetually cheerful co-worker, yellow can be exhausting, so go easy. Try a vase of daisies in the entryway to see how you respond to the shade before you make a more permanent commitment. Another option: Paint just one wall bright yellow; we like Benjamin Moore’s St. Elmo’s Fire (a zesty citron yellow) and Sundance (a paler hue).

Give your Spanx the summer off
Park the body shapers until the leaves fall. If you feel the need to look better in that sundress, stand up straight, tuck in your buttocks, and suck in your belly—you’ll do wonders for your posture and your silhouette. (To get rid of bloat, see below.)

And while you’re retiring your Spanx, push anything with a heel to the back of the closet, trade in your heavy leather handbag (the one that resembles a small piece of luggage minus the wheels) for a canvas tote, and send everything that’s black on a three-month vacation.

Perk up your playlist
Enough of that easy-listening music or edgy new rock. ’Tis the season to fill your MP3 player with tunes that transport you to summers past: The Lovin’ Spoonful’s “Summer in the City,” Martha and the Vandellas’s “Heat Wave,” The Beach Boys’s “I Get Around,” Sheryl Crow’s “All I Wanna Do,” Rod Stewart’s “Maggie May” … ah, the list—and the beat—goes on.

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