Posts Tagged ‘Summer’

10 Ways To Help You BEAT The HEAT!

Friday, July 22, 2016 @ 08:07 AM
posted by mrscaz

In the last blog, I mentioned the heat…living in Florida or the South for that matter, in July, you can walk outside, stand still, and begin to sweat in just under 5 seconds. I know it’s been hot across most of the U.S. this Summer so, with that being said, here’s some tips that I hope helps everyone to cool down so we can make it to Fall.

  1. Spritz yourself. Keep a spray bottle in the refrigerator, and when the going gets hot, give yourself a good squirt. “It’s all about thermal regulation,” says John Lehnhardt, an elephant expert at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. “As the water evaporates, it cools you.” While elephants wet their ears first by blasting water from their trunks, humans should begin with their wrists to quickly appliance-1295495_640cool down the blood flowing through their veins.
  2. Run a fan and an air conditioner simultaneously. You can use the air conditioner at lower power and still feel cool if the fan is blowing over you. That’s because the air conditioner removes humidity from the air while the fan helps evaporate sweat and moves heat away from your body. (Note: Fans don’t cool a room; they just make people feel cooler, so shut them off before you leave.)
  3. Let your computer take a nap. Set it to go into low-power “sleep” mode if you are away from it for more than 10 minutes and it will give off less heat. When you’re finished for the day, shut the machine down completely. Despite what some IT guy may have told you years ago, properly shutting down and restarting modern-day computers won’t put undue strain on the hardware. And forget about working with a computer on your lap―it’s too darn hot. “That’s why they changed the name from laptop to notebook,” says Justin M. Solomon, a 19-year-old undergraduate at Stanford University who took first place in computer science at the 2005 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.
  4. Skip the drying cycle on the dishwasher. Instead, leave the door open to let the dishes dry. And put off using the dishwasher until evening, when the air is cooler. Or simply wash your dishes the old-fashioned way: by hand.
  5. Dress right. Wear one of the widely available synthetic fabrics designed to wick away sweat and that sticky feeling (examples include Coolmax and Nano-Tex); they’re not just for athletes anymore. If you prefer cotton, make it thin, light colored, and, most of all, loose. “The best thing is to have sweat evaporate directly from skin to air,” says Larry Kenney, a professor of physiology and kinesiology at Pennsylvania State University, in University Park. “The next best thing is for the sweat to move quickly from your skin to clothing and then evaporate. Loose, billowy clothes allow air movement next to the skin and help with evaporation.”
  6. Swig often. To replace the moisture that you lose as you perspire, be sure to drink. As you lose water to dehydration, your body temperature rises, so replacing fluids is essential to keeping cool. Avoid thirst-1474240_640beverages that contain alcohol, caffeine, or lots of sugar, which are dehydrating. “Also opt for hydrating foods,” says Deena Kastor, a marathon runner and an Olympic bronze medalist. “Try a smoothie for lunch, and add more fruits and vegetables to all your meals. Watermelon has the greatest water content of any food out there.”
  7. Eat light. There’s a reason we reach for salads in the summer. They’re easier to digest than, say, a fatty hamburger, which leaves you feeling sluggish in the high heat. Instead, go for fruits and vegetables, which are watery and help keep you hydrated (and cooler), says Robert Kenefick, a physiologist at the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, in Natick, Massachusetts, which studies the effects of extreme climates on soldiers’ bodies.
  8. Shut the lights. Or change the bulbs: Long-lasting compact fluorescent bulbs produce about 70 percent less heat than standard incandescents.
  9. Give your oven a summer vacation. If you cook, use the stove top, the microwave, or a barbecue. “Grill some extra vegetables when you’re making dinner,” says Deborah Madison, author of Vegetable Soups From Deborah Madison’s Kitchen (Broadway, $20, “The next day, mix them with a little Feta cheese and olive oil for a great, cool snack.”
  10. Make a “cold compress.” Fill a cotton sock with rice, tie the sock with twine, and freeze it for two hours before bedtime. Then slide it between the sheets. Rice retains cold for a long period because it’s dense and starchy, says Jim Hill, Ph.D., an associate dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of California at Davis.

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Watermelon Cookies – Perfect Summer Treat!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 @ 10:07 AM
posted by mrscaz

With Summer in Full (and extremely Hot) swing, I thought these cookies would be a nice treat to make for or with the kiddos. They’re not only fun and easy to make, but delicious too. Let’s get started…

Ingredients Needed:    Watermelon-Cookies_thumb

    • 1 roll store bought sugar cookie dough
    • 1 can of Hot Pink Icing
    • Mini-Chocolate Chips
    • Green Food Coloring


  1. Start off by opening your cookie dough, putting it in a bowl or on a cutting board and add about 10 drops of green food coloring. Knead with your hands and add more food coloring until it’s as green as you want it and thoroughly colored.
  2. Roll dough back into a log and refrigerate for about 20 minutes.
  3. Slice the cookie dough log into 1/4 inch slices and arrange on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  4. Bake according to package.
  5. Remove from oven before the edges brown. Let cool for about 10 minutes.
  6. Take a knife or spatula and slice some of the cookies in half while they are still warm to form wedges.
  7. Add pink icing and mini-chocolate chips for the seeds!


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Today is Family Day…Have Some Fun With Your Family!

Monday, July 18, 2016 @ 08:07 AM
posted by mrscaz

July 18th is Perfect Family Day – Does anyone have a perfect family? Maybe most of us can only claim to put the “fun” in “dysfunction.” What would a perfect family even look like? What a perfect occasion for a family picnic, a family bike ride, a family beach outing or another family event.

[fam-uh-lee, fam-lee]

noun, plural families.   see-you-again-1013687_1920

  • basic social unit consisting of parents and their children, considered as a group, whether dwelling together or not: the traditional family.
  • a social unit consisting of one or more adults together with the children they care for:
  • a single-parent family.


  • the children of one person or one couple collectively.


  • the spouse and children of one person.

In Honor of “Perfect Family Day”…here’s some fun Family Activities:

  • Fun Family day and night activities – Click here!
  • 20 Activities To Do with Your Family This Weekend – Click here!
  • 11 Ideas for Fun Family Activities – Click here!
  • Boredom Busters: 110 Fun At-Home Activities for Families & Kids – Click here!

It’s also “Hug your Kid Day”! So reach out and hug your little ones and squeeze ‘em tight, they grow up way too fast.

Image courtesy of - Peggy_Marco


Pizza Pasta Salad

Wednesday, June 13, 2012 @ 11:06 AM
posted by mrscaz

It’s summer and with summer comes lots of picnics, BBQ’s and cook outs. I don’t know about you, but I always struggle with what to bring. Chips and dip is a staple, but everyone brings that an lets face it, unless you are making the dip yourself, it’s not that memorable. And me? Well, I need to be memorable, of course! Why do you think I invented Dapper Snappers kids belts? To be memorable, well that, and to keep Super Dude from mooning everyone.

I was looking though an issue of All You Magazine (they have great coupons, recipes and money saving tips) and I thought this recipe would be a great one to make for a cook out. There’s no mayonnaise to worry about and it’s super simple to put together. Plus it’s pasta that tastes like Pizza, how can you go wrong? So here it is, Pizza Pasta Salad courtesy of All You Magazine!


  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 pound short pasta such as bow ties, shells or penne
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/2 cup chopped oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup sliced marinated artichoke hearts
  • 8 ounces bocconcini (small fresh mozzarella nuggets), halved (about 18 pieces)
  • 4 ounces pepperoni or salami, diced
  • 1/2 cup shredded fresh basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano


1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook until al dente, about 8 minutes. Drain well and spread on an oiled baking sheet to cool. (Don’t worry if pasta sticks together. It will come apart when mixed with oil.)

2. Transfer cooled pasta to a large bowl and stir in oil. Add vinegar, sun-dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, bocconcini, pepperoni, basil and oregano. Toss well and season with salt and pepper.

I hope you enjoy this at all of your summer functions, especially at all of those 4th of July celebrations!


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What’s New? Summer, that’s what!

Monday, June 11, 2012 @ 01:06 PM
posted by mrscaz

*singing* Summertime, summertime, sum sum summertime, summertiiiiiiiiiiiime!

It’s officially summertime for us. The kids are out of school and we are thinking it’s about time for our annual summer vacation from the wonderful world of kids belts. We are taking the kids to Busch Gardens this year, but instead of driving, we are making the whole vacation an experience including the travel. This year, we are taking a train to our destination. It would have taken almost 3 hours by car, assuming there is no traffic, or 3 hours by train. Well, with gas prices the way they are, the train made the most sense.

The kids are super excited, as am I. The idea of travelling by train instead of car seems so much more relaxing. The kids can get up and move around and we can play games with them. Overall, I think it will be a much more pleasurable time.

I have to say, I am thoroughly excited to see how the kids will like Busch Gardens. They have always loved Disney, but with them both getting a little older, I think they will really enjoy this park. I’m not sure that they will be riding the crazy roller coasters, mama’s heart couldn’t take that, but they will love all of the animals and scenery and all of the other rides.

They hubby and I are so looking forward to getting away, too. Even though it’s only about 3 hours from home, it’s far enough to be away from the office and the dredges of housework… bleh…

What are your summer plans? Anything exciting planned? Do you do keep it low key and plan a “stay-cation” or do you go all out and plan an all expenses paid trip to the Bahamas or are you somewhere in between? Whatever you are planning for this summer, I wish you nothing but the best, safe travels and above all, great quality time with the family.


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