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    How to Have Fun Outside This Spring

    April 27th, 2017
    This post is part of a sponsored campaign for Wipeout Dry Erase Productive Gear. I received compensation for my participation, but my review and opinions are my own.

    Spring is finally here (I hope) which means it’s finally time to get outside! If I am being honest, the kids never really stop being outside. It’s probably the number 1 thing I love about our neighborhood. We have an old school style neighborhood. The kids are always out playing.

    Even though they spend the majority of their time outside, there are some challenges. We hear “I’m bored” every so often or there are disagreements that need to be sorted out. But for the most part, they are playing and making childhood memories.

    How did it get this way? We have a few things that we do to help make this happen. Here is how we have fun outside during springtime (and all year round!).

    How to Have Fun Outside This Spring

    How to Have Fun Outside This Spring

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    Gear Up! Make sports equipment and outdoor toys easily accessible so they’ll be more likely to use it. Park bicycles near the front of your garage, or keep scooters in the mudroom so they can grab a go. I keep sidewalk chalk and bubbles by the front door. The idea is to integrate activity into your everyday life so it becomes a part of your routine.

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    And don’t forget about the safety gear! If the kids are outside on their bikes or scooters, make sure their helmets are there too. I can’t tell you how many precious outside minutes are wasted because someone can’t find their helmets. And if you use Wipeout Dry Erase Helmets Wipeout Dry Erase Protective Gear lets kids customize their helmets and pads with their own designs, using included markers and stencils – so they can start being creative right out of the box!

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    Wipeout makes safety fun — with a helmet as unique as they are, kids will want to wear their helmets and pads, meaning they will be safer on their bikes, skateboards, roller-skates and scooters or enjoying sledding and snow sports. Kids can easily wipe the designs off and create new ones, again and again.

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    Learn more about Wipeout by watching the video below.

    Take a Walk. It sounds so simple, but sometimes it’s nice to get back to basics with regular walks. Take the dog out together in the morning instead of making it a one-man job. Or work off dinner by hitting the pavement as a family for a sunset stroll. It’s a great way to discover your surroundings, get to know your neighbors, and enjoy quality time as a family while burning off energy.

    Plan ahead. The kids may have all the time in the world to be outside but parents are another story. But it’s important for us to get outside, too. To help with that, write your activity plans on a family calendar or in your planner. Get the kids involved and let them help plan the activities.

    Plan for all weather conditions. Have some ideas for indoor activities on standby in case the weather does not cooperate. I like to keep art supplies and board games on hand. And there’s nothing better than reading a good book on a rainy day.

    Let technology be a supportive tool. You don’t have to ban technology all the time when the kids are outside. We do have a rule that iPads stay inside when the kids are playing outside. But there are times when technology can be helpful. For example, I let the use their iPads or my phone to take pictures while on a nature walk or use the GPS tracker so we don’t get lost. We also started Geocaching and use an app to find treasures.

     

     

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    Balsamic Glazed Wings

    April 26th, 2017
    Tired of the same ol’ buffalo and BBQ sauces? Try spreading your wings with a balsamic glaze!

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    My husband loves wings and we aren’t just talking about during football season. And we have been having fun trying out new flavor combinations outside hot wings.

    My favorite? These Balsamic Glazed Wings. They are super simple to make and are super flavorful. Even the kids love them! The flavor combination reminded me of my Sheet Pan Mustard Balsamic Pork Tenderloin so I knew they would devour these wings.

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    A little sweet, a little sticky, these Balsamic Glazed Wings will be on your plate in a little over an hour!

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    Balsamic Glazed Wings
     
    Ingredients
    • 2 lb. party chicken wings
    • 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
    • 1 tbsp. Italian seasoning
    • salt
    • Freshly ground black pepper
    • 1¼ c. balsamic vinegar
    • 2 tbsp. honey
    • 3 cloves garlic, finely minced
    Instructions
    1. Preheat oven to 425º and place a wire rack on a large baking sheet. In a large bowl, toss chicken wings with olive oil and Italian seasoning and season with salt and pepper.
    2. Place on wire rack and bake until golden and crispy, 55 minutes to 1 hour.
    3. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine balsamic vinegar, honey, and garlic. Bring to a simmer until slightly thick and reduced, 10 minutes.
    4. Transfer baked wings to a large bowl and toss with balsamic. Return to rack and broil until caramelized, about 5 minutes.

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    31 Blog Post Ideas for May

    April 26th, 2017

    May? Already! May is a busy month in our house: two birthdays, an anniversary, and a holiday which means I lose some time to blog. I always try to plan May out ahead of time so that I keep the content fresh and current. To help you keep your content fresh, I have a great list of post ideas below.

    Use this list to help with your blog planning, whether you have a blog planner or use a spreadsheet like I do. If you missed a month, you’ll be able to find a list of each month’s lists over on the Monthly Blog Post Idea page.

    And now? Time for May’s list!

    31 Blog Post Ideas for May

    31 blog post ideas for may

    1. Host a guest blog.
    2. Share what you love about your hometown.
    3. Interview someone you admire. 
    4. Make a list of helpful links. 
    5. Show us your pets!
    6. Share an outfit post. 
    7. Do a Wordless Wednesday post sharing pictures you took recently. 
    8. Share a family recipe
    9. Do a round up of the favorite things you read on the internet this week. 
    10. Share 10 things people should know about you
    11. What is your favorite childhood memory?
    12. Cover a news story. 
    13. Share your daily routine as a SAHM, WAHM, working mom, etc. 
    14. Happy Mother’s Day! Reflect on being a mom or about the mom in your life. 
    15. Run a giveaway. 
    16. What’s on your bucket list?
    17. Vlog!
    18. Update an old post. 
    19. Memorial Day is coming. Host a round up of recipes, decorations, etc. 
    20. If you had to watch one movie for the rest of your life, what would it be? Why?
    21. Show off your workspace, craft rooms, sewing room, etc.
    22. Write a tutorial.
    23. Profile a fellow blogger.
    24. Did you start a garden this spring? Share it’s progress,
    25. Create a printable.
    26. Get crafty! Make one of those cute crafty pins you pinned on Pinterest.
    27. Take a picture every hour and on the hour one day. Blog about it.
    28. What’s the best compliment you have ever received?
    29. Share a before and after.
    30. What was the biggest mistake you ever made? What did you learn from it?
    31. Make a Summer Reading List

    Check back next month for 30 more blog post ideas that will get you through June.

    Originally posted 2014-04-30 07:37:07. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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    Beer-Boiled Shrimp with Fresh Corn

    April 25th, 2017
    This Easy Beer-Boiled Shrimp with Fresh Corn Recipe has a sweet summer taste!

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    This post was sponsored by Sunshine Sweet Corn as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

    I wish the weather would start cooperating here. One day it’s hot. The next day cold and rainy. It’s no wonder everyone is dropping like flies. But on those warm days, where I get a glimpse of summer coming, it makes me so happy.

    Why? Because summer means more time spent outside. Whether out on the baseball fields or on the deck eating dinner, we spend a lot of time outdoors during the summer months. One of our favorite things to eat all summer long is corn on the cob. I was so shocked when I saw it in the grocery store just last week and, again, it had me excited for summer.

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    Yup, it’s true. Sunshine Sweet Corn, grown in Florida, is available now! You don’t have to wait until summer to enjoy it. And I am taking full advantage of it like with this Beer-Boiled Shrimp with Fresh Sunshine Sweet Corn!

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    If this Beer-Boiled Shrimp with Fresh Corn recipe doesn’t scream summer, I don’t know what does!

    Beer-Boiled Shrimp with Fresh Corn
     
    Ingredients
    • 1 bottle (12 ounces) ale or beer*
    • 1 onion, cut in 8 wedges
    • 2 tablespoons ground seafood seasoning blend
    • 4 small thin-skinned (not baking) potatoes, quartered (about 1-1/4 pounds)
    • 4 ears Sunshine Sweet corn, husked and cut in 2-inch pieces
    • ½ small cabbage, cut in 4 wedges
    • 1 pound unpeeled large shrimp
    Instructions
    1. In a large saucepot, combine 6 cups water, the ale, onion and seafood seasoning; bring to a boil. Add potatoes; cover and boil until barely tender, about 10 minutes. Stir in corn, cabbage and shrimp; return to a boil; cook until cabbage is tender and shrimp turns pink, about 5 minutes.
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    Frozen Yogurt Dipped Mango Pops

    April 21st, 2017
    A sweet, frozen treat to cool off with made with mangoes and Greek yogurt!
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    I participated in Mom Blog Tour Winter Fancy Food Show (#MomBlogTourFF) on behalf of Wendy’s Bloggers. I received Real California Milk products to facilitate my review, but my opinions and the recipe are my own.

    One of my favorite summer healthy snacks is Frozen Yogurt Dipped Mango Pops. I know, it’s a mouthful. But stay with me.

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    A few years ago, I was introduced to the lovely world of Mangoes and I have been hooked ever since. And these frozen pops are super simple to make and can be enjoyed all summer long. They are so refreshing and are perfect on a hot summer’s night. Plus? The kids love to help make them. Double bonus for me!

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    In just a few simple steps, you can have these Frozen Yogurt Dipped Mango Pops chilling in the freezer. Simply slice your mangoes (make sure they are ripe!), dip in Greek Yogurt, and sprinkle with some goodies.

    Frozen Yogurt Dipped Mango Pops

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    Frozen Yogurt Dipped Mango Pops
     
    Ingredients
    • 2 large ripe mangos
    • 1 cup nonfat Vanilla Greek yogurt made with Real California Milk
    • 2 tablespoons honey
    • Toppings: mini chocolate chips, slivered almonds, sprinkles, toasted coconut, granola
    • Special equipment: wooden popsicle sticks and wax paper
    Instructions
    1. With a sharp knife, slice off the sides of the mango, avoiding the large seed in the middle. Cut parallel slices into the mango halves to dice, being careful not to cut through the skin.
    2. Scoop the mango cubes out of the mango skin using a spoon and skewer each mango cube onto a lollipop stick. Place on baking sheet lined with wax paper and freeze for 30 minutes.
    3. In a bowl, stir to combine the yogurt and honey. Dip each mango into the yogurt until coated. You may need to use a spoon to help spoon yogurt onto the mango cubes evenly.
    4. Sprinkle desired toppings onto each mango cube and place mango cubes on a baking sheet lined with wax paper.
    5. Place in the freezer until mangos are slightly frozen and yogurt has set, 1 to 2 hours. Serve.
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    For my Frozen Yogurt Dipped Mango Pops, I chose vanilla Greek Yogurt made with Real California Milk. Why Real California Milk?

    Real California Milk

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    Did you know that California is the country’s leading producer of milk, ice cream, butter, nonfat dry milk and whey protein concentrate and is the second largest producer of cheese and yogurt? Yup, it is! That’s why when purchasing dairy products, you should look for foods made with 100% real California milk that feature the Real California Milk or Cheese seal. 

    Want to learn more about the Real California Milk seal and California dairy? Visit Real California Milk website at www.RealCaliforniaMilk.com or find them on social media: FacebookTwitterYouTube, Pinterest, and Instagram.

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