Common Sunscreen Mistakes To Avoid This Summer 

Summer is here, so it’s time to grab the sunscreen and enjoy time with the kids at the beach. Alarmingly, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that more than one third of U.S adults are burnt by the sun’s harmful UV rays each year. As a busy Mom, you no doubt smother your little ones in sunscreen and forgo protecting your own skin. However, the sun is a leading cause of melanoma and ageing, so, it’s vital you do all you can to protect your family’s skin from the beaming sun this summer.
Applying sunscreen too late 
While applying sunscreen when you’re outside in the blistering heat is better than not applying it at all, it means you’re unprotected for potentially half an hour. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends that sunscreen is applied 30 minutes before you go out into the sun to allow the formula to fully bind to your skin and provide maximum protection. One application of sunscreen doesn’t protect you all day, either. Therefore, set a reminder on your phone to prompt you to reapply sunscreen to both yours and your children’s skin a maximum of two afters after the last application. And, if your skin is damaged by the sun, consider seeking the advice of a qualified dermatologist who will help rejuvenate your skin and it get it back to its best following excessive sun exposure.
Forgetting the sunscreen on cloudy days
Everyone should wear sunscreen on a daily basis, regardless of the weather. From the age of six months, your baby should be covered in sunscreen every day, too, but, prior to this age it’s best to keep them out of the sun altogether. Even when the sun isn’t visible, it’s hiding behind the clouds and can still damage your skin. According to The Skin Cancer Foundation 40% of the sun’s UV radiation will hit the earth on a cloudy day, thus damaging and ageing your skin without you even realising it.
Choosing the wrong SPF 
The higher a sunscreen’s SPF, the more protection it offers you from UVA and UVB damage. But, how do you know what SPF is right for you when there are so many different strengths available? Dermatologists recommend the minimum SPF you apply to your skin is SPF 15 which blocks 93% of UVB rays. Meanwhile, SPF 30 blocks 97% of UVB rays and a factor 50 blocks 98% of UVB rays. Therefore, it’s worth investing in a sunscreen with a higher SPF rating, especially for little ones who have very delicate skin.
Sunscreen is an essential part of any family’s skincare routine, so ensure you make the time to liberally apply it to yours and your children’s skin on a daily basis. Always use it at least 30 minutes before heading outdoors, never forget it on an overcast day and choose a high SPF to give your skin maximum protection.

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Grilled Hot Wings + 6 Tips to Make Your Summer Cookout a Success

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Summer time is party time!  My husband and I love to have cookouts during the summer, and we are sort of famous for our last minute impromptu get-togethers, featuring my husband’s grilled masterpieces, and my amazing sides and desserts.  Today I’m excited to offer you an easy but unique recipe for your next cookout, plus tips to make your summer cookout a success from prep to clean up.

 

Party Time Clean Up Essentials

When it comes to parties, most people focus on the food first and then the decorations, but you must not forget other essentials like plates, cups, eating utensils, and of course, something to help guests to clean their hands.  VIVA® Vantage® Big Roll Paper Towels come in a convenient 6 pack that is perfect for your party.  I love putting out a roll of paper towels, because it is easy, convenient, and cost effective.  Also, in the event of a spill, you just grab a roll and get to cleaning!

Paper towels can also be a big help for cleaning as you go before your party begins.  Just wipe down tables and counter tops as you work, so the messes don’t add up!  Then after the party is over, I like to grab my favorite spray cleaner and a roll of paper towels for quick clean up!

New Kleenex® Wet Wipes Gentle Clean are also a convenient product to have on hand.  These are safe to use on hands and your face.

Summer parties are often outdoors, which means no sink is immediately available, and so it’s great to offer guests some wipes for personal clean up (especially if you are serving a messy food like ribs, wings, or ice cream).

I recommend placing a package of Kleenex® Wet Wipes at the center of each of the tables where people will be eating, as well as an additional package next to your messiest foods, which may require the use of the wipes (ie – right next to your tray of hot wings).

You can find both of these products in the bath tissue, facial tissue and paper towel aisle at your local Kroger.  I used my Kroger Plus card and was able to save $5 on the VIVA® Vantage® Big Roll Paper Towels 6 pack!

The Kleenex® wipes found on the facial tissue aisle.  I actually found them on the same aisle as the paper towels.  I found them at the opposite end of the aisle, in between bath tissue and facial tissue.

Place Non-Food Essentials in One Place

I have been to so many parties and get-togethers where everyone appears lost!  Where are the plates?  I can’t find the cups!  I forgot to get a paper towel. Where are the forks?  The confusion can be solved rather easily, by placing all of these essential items at the end of your buffet, all together in one place.

Fun Theme

Even the smallest party can be made more fun with a few decorations.  My stepson recently graduated high school and will be leaving in August to join the army, so for his upcoming party, I would use some simple red, white, and blue decorations.  I LOVE patriotic decorations to begin with, so this is an especially fun theme for me.  Plus, with Memorial Day and the 4th of July being summer time holidays it is very easy to find paper plates, balloons, tablecloths, and other fun decorations and party favors to go with this theme.

Make Ahead Menu Items

To shorten prep time and make less mess on the day of your party, choose a few make ahead menu items.

  • Casseroles that can be mixed up the night before and simply warmed in the oven the next day are great.
  • You can also make salads the night before. (We always make our potato salad a day ahead!)
  • No bake desserts are also great for this, as well most other desserts from homemade cookies to pies and cupcakes.

Unique Menu

Think outside the box when planning your menu; just a few unique menu items can take your menu from bland and basic to original and full of flavor.

Right now we are brainstorming party ideas for Noah. My husband and I LOVE to do cookouts, and we also love doing appetizer parties, so my idea is to do a combination of the two.  I’d like to serve hamburgers and hot dogs (because it is easy and everyone loves it), but I also want to throw in some of our favorite appetizers like hot wings, sausage balls, and buffalo chicken dip.

You could also add a few appetizers to your menu if your are having a fish fry.  Or offer up veggie kebobs alongside your grilled steaks or barbecue chicken.

Fresh fruits and salads are also great additions to your backyard barbecue, and of course, you never want to forget the dessert!

Fire Up That Grill!

If you’re serving appetizers at your next cookout, I have a simple, yet unique recipe.  Where I live hot wings are not typically served at a barbecue.  They are usually reserved for tailgating parties and holiday parties, so just having them at a summer party is an interesting menu twist for us.  And if that’s not enough, these wings are GRILLED!  Usually when people think of wings, they think of wings fried in a fryer.

Grilling your wings will add extra flavor that frying just won’t do, and because you aren’t using any oil, and the fat from the wings drips down into your grill, your wings will actually be a lot more healthy!

 

Grilled Hot Wings

Grilled Hot Wings

Ingredients:

5lb hotwings (drumettes and/or flats)

OR 5 lb chicken tenderloins (for chicken fingers or cut into boneless wings)

12 oz bottle cayenne pepper hot sauce

1 stick butter

1/4 cup steak seasoning sauce

1 tbsp garlic powder

Directions:

Place wings on grill and cook on 250 degrees of heat for 2 1/2 to 3 hours or until internal temperature is 160 degrees.

Just before wings finish cooking, make sauce: Pour hot sauce, steak seasoning sauce, and garlic powder in to a sauce pan. Add stick of butter. Simmer on low to medium heat until butter is melted, stirring occasionally.

Once wings are off the grill, place wings in a dish and pour sauce over wings. Serve with ranch or bleu cheese dressing.

Notes

To prevent burning and sticking, take a piece of aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray, place marinated wings on foil, and fold/scrunch foil to create a foil pack. Then place foil pack on grill.

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8 Ways Parents Can Get a Better Night’s Sleep

We see a lot of articles focussing on how parents can help their children get a better night’s sleep, but what about the parents? With so many conflicting demands these days, from trying to juggle family life with a career, many parents suffer from sleep deprivation. Sleep deprivation not only ruins your day by making you more moody and irritable, but it has also been linked to long-term health problems, including obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

 

When did we start neglecting our own bedtime routines? When you have young children getting enough sleep can seem like a herculean feat, but with so many health benefits, it makes set to aim for 8 hours sleep per night. So here are some quick and simple ways you can make sure you get a good night’s sleep.

  1. Remove clutter from the bedroom

How many times have you been heading to bed when you realised you have a pile of laundry to sort through and a basket of toys you need to deal with? When you become a parent, the amount of clutter in your life expands exponentially, and this clutter can often make its way into your bedroom. To help keep things tidy and relaxing, try cutting the clutter in your life by putting away out-of-season clothing, and keeping non-essential baby items out of your room.

  1. Limit blue light one hour before bed

When you’ve finally put the kids to bed, this might seem like the only chance you have to check social media and catch up with the news. However, the blue light emitted from your phone can have disastrous implications for your sleep patterns. Stop using your phone at least one hour before bed to prevent it from making you feel more awake.

  1. Upgrade your mattress

If your bed isn’t comfortable, you aren’t going to get a good night’s sleep. A new luxury bed might be just the thing you need to make it easier to drift off when the kids are finally sleeping. If your partner snores, this can be a huge source of stress, but upgrading to a new soft mattress will encourage them to sleep on their side and give you some peace at night.

  1. Address any noise issues

Dripping pipes, creaking boards and noisy neighbours can all sound much louder when you are trying to fall asleep. Fixing any irritating noises around your home and asking the neighbours to keep quiet will also help your kids to stay asleep, so you won’t be getting up in the night and interrupting your own REM sleep.

  1. Install blackout blinds

Having kids means you often have to sleep when you can, which might mean in the middle of the day. Blackout blinds will help to keep your bedroom nice and dark, so you’ll never guess what time it is outside. Installing blackout blinds in your kid’s bedroom is another great tactic as it means that they won’t wake up earlier in the summer or struggle to fall asleep when it’s still light outside.

  1. Take the TV out of the bedroom

A lot of parents make their bedroom their child-free sanctuary, which might mean having a TV for catching up on your favourite shows. Just like your mobile devices, having a TV in the bedroom can spell disaster for your sleep patterns. Not to mention, you might find yourself staying up later than you normally would to watch another episode of your favourite TV show. Take the TV out of the bedroom and you will soon find that you are sleeping better and waking up feeling more rested.

  1. Limit caffeine after midday

This might make you feel very old, but limiting caffeine take in the afternoon and evening can help you to drop off to sleep at night. It’s a difficult cycle to break as we often reach for tea or coffee when we are tired, and this feeds into our inability to sleep at night. Pick a day when you can afford to be a little more sluggish and then try to switch to caffeine-free tea or coffee in the afternoon. You should find that you are able to sleep a little better at night.

  1. Develop a routine

Just like your kids, you should have your own bedroom routine which helps you to wind down in the evening. Stop checking your work emails, draw yourself a nice bath and unwind with a nice book. You’ll soon find that you’re able to switch off in the evening and get a solid block of sleep every night. Parents often neglect themselves in order to be able to provide for their children, either through working long hours or devoting every waking moment to their kids. It’s important that they are able to keep yourself in good health, as a sleep-deprived parent isn’t going to be fully present for their children.

Our Lives, Digitalized: The Hard Copies of Yesteryear VS Data Today

If you grew up in the 90s, you probably still remember a lot of things like family pictures being hung up on the walls. Such old school ways of doing things have changed a lot. Sure – there may still be pictures on the wall, but chances are they were taken on your phone, printed out on your computer, and hung up in a matter of minutes. But life didn’t use to be this way. Even now, we can see that there are a lot of things fading away (like hard copies of books). It’s likely that in just a decade or two we will see even more of our lives become data on a digital screen rather than hard copies we keep with us or around the house.

There are a lot of things younger generations probably didn’t realize had hard copies. Here are just a few:

Recipes

You’ve probably seen recipe books in your grandma’s kitchen, and maybe even had one yourself at one point. But with the convenience of increased technology, most people have opted to keep all of their favorite recipes on their phone, computer, or iPad. It’s actually pretty awesome, especially if you have the data backed up elsewhere in case your favorite recipe gets a little out of hand next time around.

Photo Albums

Keeping your photos in the digital realm is an amazing way to preserve older photos and heirloom pictures. It can even be a great way to spread the photos around to family without having to give up the original. Most people back up photos rather than risk losing them when the computer finally breaks down. But there was a time when the only way to keep a picture around was to meticulously wedge it into protective covers and keep them on dust-free shelves.

Manuscripts

This may not sound like a big deal but think about those huge old volumes, gigantic novels, and even serial shorts. All of those used to be kept, single-copy in boxes. And in case that doesn’t sound impressive, consider that manuscripts have to be double-spaced, printed on one side only. The condensed, 1000+ page tome you already consider huge was easily double that size before publication. Which is why so many authors were relieved when you could finally digitize your manuscript. Even for those who post their stories or poems on a blog, you can use a WordPress backup to protect your posts. Fewer supplies and a lot more free space around the house!

Games & Movies

While it’s still very common to see folks buying games, DVDs, BluRay disks, and CDs, much of our entertainment is digital. You can pay to download your favorite games, movies, shows, songs – the list goes on. When you don’t have a physical copy, it can be easy to overlook how valuable your collection in. So keep in mind that some people are suing over Steam accounts during divorces! That’s why you should always keep backups of your downloads. You spend real money on real products, don’t risk losing it and having to pay again if your preferred device breaks!

There are tons of things that used to be done solely or mostly in hard copies. And while hard copies are super cool and can add an eclectic flair to your home, the fact is digital is a lot more convenient. With the right data back-up, you don’t have to worry about losing what’s already yours. What did you grow up with that switched to digital? Do you think it’s better or worse?

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Create a Perfect Accent Wall for Any Room

Do you often sit and daydream about creating a fashionable, on-trend space within your home? Do you equally as often reconsider that dream based on prohibitive costs or the time-consuming nature of interior design projects? Good news! Our team is here today to give you a simple five-step plan to give any room an affordable, stylish facelift in just a few hours. All you have to do is follow this simple guide to achieve a quick makeover that’s an instant hit with visitors and your family alike.

One: Choose a Color

The great thing about this single wall room refresh project is that you only need to pick one color because you’re just painting one wall. You can choose a color that already exists in your household palette or opt for something completely different. Going the “completely different” route gives you an opportunity to make a real style statement – consider choosing Pantone’s 2018 color of the year, Ultra Violet. This project is so simple you can just paint it again in a few months if you really can’t live with whatever color you go for, after all.

Two: Select a Display Piece

The point of this project is to create an easy, elegant display for a piece of artwork in your home. There are plenty of ways to craft a home gallery for family photos, snapshots or even your favorite pieces of school art – but we’re focusing on one specialist piece today. For a truly unique and engaging display, choose a custom star map print. The idea behind these high-contrast, detailed images is to highlight a special date or event in your life with a 100% accurate image of the night sky as it appeared at that time. This presents your visitors with a unique image they’re unlikely to see anywhere else; an image that can start exciting conversations for years to come. What’s more, the high-contrast black-and-white nature of such prints will bring an elegant touch to the vibrant wall you’re about to repaint.

Three: Clear Your Space

Now, we realize that so far you may’ve thought there was no real work involved in this process at all, and clearing a living area might seem daunting. Before you’re put off the idea entirely, consider this: you only have to clear one wall. Take down any art or photos you have hanging already, remove the curtains or blinds, move furniture that’s situated against the wall and your quick clean up is finished. It’s a great idea to brush down those cobwebs and dust any trim work that’s in the space as well, and if there’s any masking that needs to be done, get that out of the way.

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Four: Paint the Wall

Painting the wall is going to be as simple, or as complicated, as you make it. The amount of paint you need will depend on the size of the wall you’re painting, and the choice of roller type similarly so. However, the general idea is you can quickly apply the right amount of paint for the main portion of the wall in just a few hours. Similarly, the need to go over trim depends on what your wall and room detailing is like.

Five: Finishing Touches

This really is the home stretch for your quick-and-easy room refresher project. Once the paint is dry, remove any masking and be sure the finish is just right on all surfaces. As soon as you’re confident it’s ready, you can make preparations to hang your wonderful new piece of art. Consider the physical size of your artwork, as well as the type of hanger on the frame when choosing the height for the star map print you’ve selected.

The precise location along the width of the wall should be determined by a blend of your stud spacing, aesthetics, and the frame’s fixtures.

That really is all there is to getting a fresh new look for any room in your home. Simply pick a color, choose an image to frame, clear the space, paint it, and hang your artwork. We hope this simple project outline gets you well on the way to a fresh look for your favorite space.

The Crucial Ingredients For A Perfect Barbecue

As June begins to flower in earnest we’re well on our way for a summer to remember. While many of us will already be planning family vacations and buying tents in anticipation of a family camping trip somewhere picturesque like White Mountain or Assateague Island, a lot of us have our sights squarely set on the home this summer. Since most of us have already engaged in the time honored institution that is spring cleaning, now’s the time to open up the house to guests. All through spring we’ve put in the hard work, deep cleaned each and every room, rid the home of distracting clutter, brightened up paint work that was starting to look a little forlorn and added a few pieces of statement wall art that are sure to be great talking points so now that summer is upon us it’s time to reap the social benefits.

While house parties, dinner parties and cocktail parties are all great ways to celebrate the newly clement weather and give our social calendars a much needed bump, nothing says All American summer like a good old fashioned barbecue. Over the coming months, many will be inviting friends, family and neighbors alike to enjoy our homes and gardens as we cook a cornucopia of flame grilled delights for their delectation. But there’s a universe of difference between a few beers and burgers with friends and a social gathering that the neighborhood will use as a yardstick by which all future engagements are measured. Here are some tips that will add your garden n grill soiree that little extra magic that will ensure that the event goes with a pop and leaves guests thinking and talking about it for weeks to come.

Failing to prepare is preparing to fail

Impromptu parties can be a lot of fun, but if this is to be a party for the ages, you must plan in advance. Issue invitations and try to get as many RSVPs back as you can prior to the event so that you don’t end up buying too much. Make sure that you buy a little more than you need so that nobody has to go without, and be sure that you have plenty of soft and alcoholic drinks as well as the ingredients to make the summer cocktails that will go down perfectly in the sunny garden setting. Many like to impose a theme which will determine the decor, the food and drink and (if you’re feeling extra adventurous) the fancy dress code.

Prep the night before

If you’re putting this much effort into throwing the perfect social event it’s only fair that you’re actually able to experience it rather than slaving away in the kitchen or over the grill. Thus, it’s essential that you prepare everything the night before so that cooking your prepared food is quick and easy, allowing you more time to mingle with your guests.

Transform your garden

Sure, your home will be a talking point, but if your guests will be spending most of their time in the garden, this is the perfect opportunity to transform your soothing and serene garden into an adventurous wonderland. Often a sense of theatricality and adventure can be the difference between a good barbecue and a great one. You’d be amazed at the difference some LED fairy lights, rope lights, curtain lights, lawn ornaments and candles can make to your garden. If you’ve chosen a theme for your event, the way in which you decorate your garden will really make it pop!

Create opportunities to cool off

Your guests will likely really appreciate the opportunity to sun themselves in your garden, but they might reach a point where the sun has gotten a little too much for them (especially if they didn’t remember to pack sunscreen). Since you may not relish the idea of your guests roaming around your home as you slave over a hot grill, it’s a good idea to dedicate a space as a “cooling off area” in which guests can enjoy a cool drink in the shade or beneath some large outdoor ceiling fans if you have a porch or sunroom that will accommodate them. Ensure that your cool room is well stocked with both alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks. If people are going to have access to alcohol all day they will need to stay well hydrated.

Don’t forget the veggies!

In today’s increasingly environmentally conscious world, at least some of your guests are likely to abstain from meat, dairy and other animal products for health or ethical reasons. Thus, it’s vital that you have plenty of vegetarian and vegan options (plus, let’s face it, they’ll probably go down a treat with omnivores, too). Fortunately, it doesn’t take a whole lot of imagination or preparation to bring mouth watering vegan food to your grill (just be sure to cook far enough away from your burgers, sausages and ribs that they won’t get splashed with meat juices). From cauliflower steaks and barbecued eggplant to veggie kabobs and barbecued tofu, who says that meat eaters should have all the fun at your barbecue?

Side note

While the delicious meats and veggies being prepared on the grill will undoubtedly be the stars of the show, don’t forget to spare a thought for the side dishes. You could be forgiven for underestimating the importance of sides but these can really help you to keep the costs of your barbecue manageable. If your guests load their plates with plenty of sides they’ll be less likely to return to the grill time after time, meaning that you’re less likely to run out of the good (and expensive) stuff. Plus, they’re great for guests to snack on long after the flames have died down on the barbecue itself.

With a little imagination and a whole lot of forward planning, your barbecue will be the stuff of legend and a gauntlet that you throw down to the rest of the neighborhood. You’ll enjoy months of pleasurable dining in their gardens as they try (and fail) to emulate your superlative soiree.

Making a Statement: How to Pack Some “Oomph” Into Your Home Décor

Everybody wants their home décor to not just be pleasant to look and comfortable, but also memorable for their guests. However, it’s not always easy to pull off something design-wise that will appeal to everyone. To help give your home leave a lasting impression, here are some suggestions on how to add some “oomph” into your décor. *

Install a fountain in your home. When it comes to really making a statement with your interior decorations, indoor water fountain is on top of the list. Not only do these water features look absolutely amazing, but they also carry with them added benefits that you may not expect. For one, the soothing sight and sound of running water that a fountain projects can help you relax and de-stress, which is always a good thing. The circulating water also makes the fountain a natural air purifier and humidifier. Just make sure to pick a model that suits your décor; there are various models to choose from, such as a desktop fountain or an indoor wall fountain.

* Exhibit something striking that speaks about your personality, hobby, or main interest. We can talk all day about color theory or interior design themes, but one of the most effective ways to add make a statement with your home décor is to inject a bit of your own personality in it. Think about your interests, hobbies, or just your personality in general. Do you collect memorabilia or toys? Exhibit a choice specimen from your collection and display it in prominence. Do you paint? Do you love movies or sports? A painting, a poster, or a team jersey in the right spot can do wonders and make things feel more authentic. Just don’t overdo it, no matter how tempting it is. You want to make a statement, and that statement isn’t “I am a hoarder in need of intervention.”

* Look into a proper set of curtains or drapes. Windows are always important, in that they allow light as well as air into your home. They can also serve as a great way to make a small room look and feel bigger than it actually is. However, as they take up quite a lot of space for being literal holes in your wall, they need something going on – otherwise, they’re going to really bring down the look of your home décor. A great way to remedy this is to have window treatments installed, such as drapes or curtains. With a great set, you can frame your window and make it a part of your décor rather than be a glaring blank space that aesthetically serves no purpose. If you’re not into cloth-based window treatments, though, blinds are also an excellent choice. Try Roman shades or perhaps bamboo blinds.

* Reduce clutter. Unless you’re very strict with your purchases or you like things to look as spartan as possible, it’s likely that your home will have a bit of clutter in it. While that isn’t necessarily a bad thing, too much can make things look messy and disorganized, to the point that whatever you may have been trying with your home décor gets completely buried. Remedy this by straightening things out. Put stuff you’re not keen on displaying too often in storage or relocate them to other parts of the house. Give your room space to breathe. It will make for a more cohesive and coherent home décor.

With these suggestions, you’ll be sure to inject some much-needed excitement and life into your home décor. When in doubt, consult a professional decorator. But your gut and your personal taste should definitely shine through.