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The beauty samples are packaged in luxurious gift boxes, so you’ll always love seeing your monthly package and digging in to find at least five products. And you’ll get the chance to provide feedback, if you wish, by rating the products. This will help the folks at GLOSSYBOX better tailor your next package.

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Summer Recipes for Kids

Cool Summer Recipes For Kids
Guest Post by by Tawra Kellam
http://www.LivingOnADime.com

Try these recipes to help the kids chill out this summer!

 

Snow Cones

Crushed Ice
1 pkg. flavored drink mix (flavor of your choice)

Mix drink mix with half as much water as the directions indicate. Chill 1 hour. Just before serving, crush some ice. You can use either a snow cone maker or put some ice cubes in a plastic bag and pound with hammer. Pack ice chips into cups, pour chilled drink mix over the ice and serve. You can also use fruit juice boiled down to half with food coloring added.

Apple juice: green or red food coloring
Grape juice: purple food coloring

Frozen Grapes

Grapes (as many as you can get on sale)

Wash and separate the grapes. Drain and put on cookie sheet. Freeze. Store in freezer bags. Give to kids as frozen treats. Note: Do not thaw; grapes become mushy when thawed.

Frozen Bananas

bananas
skewers (optional)

Cut bananas in half crosswise. Insert skewer in the thicker end. Place bananas on a tray and place in freezer. When frozen, move to a plastic bag and keep frozen until ready to use.

Toppings

yogurt
nuts, finely chopped
peanut butter
applesauce
melted chocolate
coconut
wheat germ

Allow bananas to thaw slightly. Put toppings in small bowls. Dip banana before each bite. Eat plain or roll or dip into any of the toppings. Use the wet topping first so the others will stick.

 

Play Dough

2 cups flour
2 Tbsp. oil
1 cup salt
1 tsp. cream of tartar
2 cups water
food coloring

Mix together all ingredients except food coloring in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture gathers on the spoon and forms dough (about 6 minutes). Dump onto waxed paper until cool enough to handle and knead until pliable. Store in a covered container or plastic bag. Add food coloring for different colors. Makes about 2 pounds.

 

Easy Finger Paints

1/4 cup cornstarch
2 cups water

Mix in saucepan and boil until thick. Then pour into a jar and add food coloring until the desired shade is achieved. Store covered in the refrigerator.

 

Finger Paints

1 pkg. unflavored gelatin
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup cold water
1/2 cup cornstarch
liquid dish detergent
food coloring

Dissolve gelatin in 1/2 cup water. Set aside. In a saucepan add cornstarch then slowly stir in 1 1/2 cups water until well blended over medium heat. Cook until it boils, becomes smooth, thickens and turns clear. Add gelatin mixture and stir well. Pour into containers and add a drop of liquid dish detergent. Add food coloring until you get the desired shade. Store covered in the refrigerator 4 – 6 weeks.

 

About the authors: Jill Cooper and Tawra Kellam are frugal living experts and the authors of the Dining On A Dime Cookbook. Dining On A Dime will help you save money on groceries and get out of debt, by cooking quick and simple homemade meals. For free tips & recipes visit http://www.LivingOnADime.com

Healthy Habits: Introducing Your Family to Yellow Foods

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Healthy Habits: Introducing Your Family to Yellow Foods
A guest post from Cheryl Tallman, www.FreshBaby.com

Yellow fruits and vegetables come in a range of textures and flavors and contain a variety of beneficial vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants.

Yellow is a great color – it’s the color of sunshine and sunshine energizes us. Next time you are at the market, ask your child to choose a sunny yellow fruit or vegetable, so they can enjoy the delicious energetic benefits of yellow foods.

Here’s more information about some of our favorite “sunshine” yellow foods:

Bananas- This fun and easy to eat fruit contains potassium, vitamins A, B-6, B-12, and C. Bananas provide a quick energy boost for hungry kids of all ages. Keep bananas on the counter for healthy after school snacking. Bananas are great added to smoothies, cereal, yogurt, pancakes, or baked goods.

Pineapples – Juicy, sweet pineapples provide the body with Bromelain, Vitamin A and C, and manganese. Bromelain is a natural anti-inflammatory that helps relieve swelling caused by injury or illness. Serve pineapples fresh, grilled, or add to sauces and salsas.

Yellow Peppers -Yellow peppers are a good source of dietary fiber, vitamins A, C, and B6 niacin, magnesium, copper, folate, potassium and manganese. Add yellow peppers to pasta, stir-fry, and salads. Slice yellow peppers and serve with a side of salad dressing for a crunchy, sweet snack.

Yellow Squash – Yellow squash contains vitamin C, Iron, folate, beta-carotene, and lutein. Slice yellow squash and sauté with olive oil for a nutritious side dish, or add to casseroles for extra goodness.

Corn – Nothing says summer like fresh corn, and watching a young child eat corn on the cob can be a memorable experience! Corn provides the body with beneficial anti-oxidants to help prevent disease and fiber for healthy digestion. Steam, boil or grill corn on the cob, or cut the kernels from the cob and serve as a side dish, or add it to soups, stews, salads and casseroles.

Lemons – Lemons are a good source of vitamin C. Plus, they are a cleansing food. Squeezing a slice of lemon into a glass of water each day can aid digestion problems and remove impurities from the body. Adding a little slice of lemon to your kid’s water can be a great way to get them to drink more water. You can also squeeze fresh lemon juice over vegetables, poultry and fish.

Yellow Pears -Loaded with vitamins, minerals, and cancer preventing anti-oxidants, pears are a healthy and delicious choice for snacks and side dishes. Pears also have a low glycemic index, which means they can help control blood sugar levels. Pears provide the body with vitamins A, C, B1, B2, and E, folate, potassium, iron, and fiber.   Slice pears and serve alone, or add to salads and smoothies. 

About the author: Cheryl Tallman is the co-founder of Fresh Baby, creators of the award-winning So Easy Baby Food Kit, and author of the So Easy Baby Food and the new book So Easy Toddler Food: Survival Tips and Simple Recipes for the Toddler Years. Visit Cheryl online at www.FreshBaby.com for more delicious tips.

Learn more about Cheryl’s work:

So Easy Baby Food Kit: Make It Natural, Make It Fresh.
So Easy Baby Food Kit: Make It Natural, Make It Fresh.
Price: $23.85
An award-winning, all-inclusive solution for making baby food in less than 30 minutes per week. The month-by-month Cookbooks uses fresh ingredients with no additives. Kit includes a cookbook, freezer trays, how-to video, and nutrition card, and pays for itself in just three weeks compared to jarred baby food.

So Easy Baby Food Basics: Homemade Baby Food in Less Than 30 Minutes Per Week
So Easy Baby Food Basics: Homemade Baby Food in Less Than 30 Minutes Per Week
Price: $8.95
Baby Food Cookbook including recipes and instruction for making stage 1, 2, and 3 baby foods. This book also includes the basics of introducing solid foods and developing healthy eating habits. Available in English and Spanish.

So Easy Toddler Food: Survival Tips & Simple Receipes for the Toddler Years
So Easy Toddler Food: Survival Tips & Simple Recipes for the Toddler Years
Price: $8.95
When it comes to eating, toddlers can be tough to please. So Easy Toddler Food is the perfect resource for parents looking for survival tips and 35 simple recipes that will win over even the pickiest toddler. Available in English and Spanish.

Free Fitness App for Women – 6-Week Slim Down Program from iTRAIN

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Here’s a free women’s fitness tool I think you’ll love: The Slim Down For Women App – The 1st Live App from iTRAIN. 

Slim Down For Women is an effective, no-brainer 6-week program designed to help you to lose weight.

iTRAIN takes you on a journey where every day you do one workout at a time. Each workout provides you top celebrity trainer guidance remixed with the best music.

This App includes:

* Cardio audio workouts
* Videos
* Photos and text descriptions
* “Did You Know” Series
* Full nutrition program to complete the workout component
* Live access to our trainers if you have any question

For this type of workout, you will need access to a treadmill, a yoga mat, & 2 light weights.

This App is available for free at the App Store here.

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Recipe – Cherry Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Here’s a great summertime recipe, for your July 4th party – or anytime!

Cherry Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Ingredients

2 tablespoons canola oil
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger root
1 1/4 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut into bite size pieces
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons teriyaki sauce
1 tablespoon honey
1 pound dark sweet cherries, pitted and halved
1 1/2 cups shredded carrots
1/2 cup chopped green onion
1/3 cup toasted and sliced almonds
12 leaves of lettuce

Directions

In a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add ginger and chicken. Saute until cooked through. Set aside.

Using a large bowl, mix together 1 tablespoon oil, vinegar, teriyaki sauce and honey. Add chicken mixture, cherries, carrot, green onion and almonds mix together. Divide into 12 portions

Spoon one portion of the chicken mixture onto the center of each lettuce leaf; roll up the leaf and serve.

Join Bob Greene’s 15-Week Reward Program for Free

Bob Greene and The Best Life.com Launch “Best Life’s Small Change Movement” – a 15-Week Rewards Program Based on Making Small Changes to Help People Lose Weight, Get Healthy and Live Their Best Life

TheBestLife.com, the online weight-loss program based on the best-selling book The Best Life Diet by Bob Greene, is proud to announce the “Best Life’s Small Change Movement” starting on Tuesday, May 15. The program, which is free and open to the public, is based on the successful strategies that Greene has used over the course of his 25-plus years as a health and fitness expert.

He will be offering advice and encouragement throughout the 15-week program, and will even give participants a chance to win an array of prizes. The details of “Best Life’s Small Change Movement” can also be found on the company’s website: www.thebestlife.com.

Register today, and, each week through August 15, you’ll be challenged to meet small weekly goals.

Throughout the summer, Greene will send encouraging e-mails to help motivate participants. There will also be several chances to win prizes, including a Blendtec Blender, a Phillips Wake-Up Light, a Phillips Go-Light Blu, and several books by Best Life creator Greene.

More from Bob Greene:

The Best Life Diet Revised and Updated
The Best Life Diet Revised and Updated
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From the bestselling author of Get With the Program! and Bob Greene’s Total Body Makeover comes The Best Life Diet, a lifetime plan for losing weight and keeping it off. Bob Greene helped Oprah achieve her dramatic weight loss, and he can help you too. You’ll eat the same delicious food that Oprah enjoys, and, just like Oprah, you’ll have Bob to encourage you at every step. Unlike a celebrity, however, you don’t need to hire a staff of experts to aid and advise you, because Bob’s plan, easily tailored to an array of tastes, lifestyles, and activity levels, acts as your personal trainer and private nutritionist.

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Choosing the Right Pet When You Have Allergies

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A pet can be an important part of your family, but it can also be a source of frustration. If you or someone in your family suffers from allergies to pet dander, having a pet can even be a health risk.

Simply having an allergy to dogs, however, doesn’t mean you can’t have one in the home. You need to start by:

  • Having your allergist identify exactly what animals you’re allergic to and how severely.
  • Know the risks involved in exposure to those animals.
  • Do some research to determine which pet or specific breed might be best for you.

Accordingly, here are some basics that can get you started on picking the right pet:

  • There are several different types of pet allergies. You need to know whether you’re allergic to bird feathers, cat hair, dander from dogs, or some other source. There are some less obvious sources of allergens, however, when you have a pet. For example, if you have mold allergies you’ll want to watch for pets whose environments tend to foster mold, or that increase the humidity in a room. Tropical fish aquariums, for example, can increase a room’s humidity, leading to an increase in household mold as well as dust mites.
  • It’s not necessarily about the length of hair on the animal. Most animal allergies aren’t actually to the hair of the animal; they’re to the animal’s dander. Dander is the remains of skin cells, and it’s what most likely will cause an allergic reaction. (There are also allergens in an animal’s saliva and urine.)
  • Trial visits don’t necessarily let you know whether or not you’ll react to a given animal. It usually takes an average of about 20 weeks for the allergens produced by a pet to reach significant levels in a home. Being exposed to a given animal for a few minutes will in some cases result in an immediate allergic reaction, but if there’s no reaction it doesn’t mean the pet will necessarily work.
  • There are a number of low-allergen dog breeds you can consider. According to the American Kennel Club, there are a number of dogs that don’t produce as much dander as other dogs. Most are from the terrier family, although there are some that aren’t. Common low-allergen dog breeds include Schnauzers, Maltese, Bischon Frise, Chinese Crested, Portuguese Water Dogs, and others.
  • Some cats are low allergen as well. If you’re more of a feline lover, there are also some cats that can produce fewer allergens. Most of the low-allergen cats would fall into the “hairless” category, thereby producing less dander. Perhaps the best cat breed is a Sphinx cat, as these are almost entirely hairless. They  are, as you might expect, a fairly expensive cat as well.
  • Fish can be good, as well. While they may not have the personality of a cat or a dog, fish make fine pets for those with allergies, as well. Here again, the fish environment is fairly self-contained. Do watch out for how the fish tank impacts the humidity in your home. As mentioned, higher humidity can lead to mold, which can of course lead to an allergic reaction. In general, however, fish are a fairly safe choice for someone with allergies.
  • Birds can be good pets for allergies, but require special care. Birds actually created dander via their feathers. Because birds live in cages, however, the allergens can be contained. Make sure that the feathers as well as the droppings are cleaned regularly, and try to have a family member who doesn’t have allergies clean the bird’s cage.

The pet you choose, ultimately, depends a lot on what you’re hoping to get from the experience. If you want a companion, there’s still no better choice than a dog; just choose one of the low-allergen breeds. If you want to help a child learn about nature and try on the responsibility of caring for a pet, fish and reptiles make good choices, too. Pick the pet you want, but contain your choices to those that won’t aggravate your allergies.

About the Author: Dorothy Wheaton, PA-C, is the lead clinical provider for Careworks Convenient Healthcare, a US company operating health clinics and urgent care centers in the Northeast United States.

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Family Meal Ideas: Bento Box Dinner

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Family Meal: Bento Box Dinner
A guest post from Cheryl Tallman, Creator of FreshBaby.com

A bento is a divided box that originated in Japan. Bento boxes are made from a wide variety of materials, including lacquer, bamboo, plastic and stainless steel. A traditional bento meal includes carbohydrates (rice or noodles), protein (fish, chicken, meat, or tofu), vegetables and fruit. Foods are arranged in the box to display a colorful, healthy meal with a wonderful variety of flavors and tastes.

We’ve developed a family-friendly Bento Box dinner to prepare and enjoy. The recipes are infused with the Japanese ingredients that you can find in the Asian Foods section of your grocery store.

Edamame

Yakisoba (Stir-Fried Soba Noodles)

Grilled Salmon with Red Miso Sauce

Honeydew Melon

Steamed Edamame

If you can boil water, you can make edamame. While traditionally served in the pods, the pods are not edible. To eat simply squeeze the pod with your thumb and forefinger and the edamame beans pop right out.

  • Frozen edamame (about 10 pods per person)
  • Water
  • Pinch of kosher or sea salt

Directions: Bring about 3-4 quarts of water to a boil and place the edamame in the boiling water. Cook 3-5 minutes. Drain. When plating sprinkle lightly with kosher salt. Have another bowl at the table to put the empty pods in.

Grilled Salmon with Red Miso Sauce

Miso Sauce:

½ cup red miso paste

1/3 cup sake

3 Tbsp. chicken stock (or Dashi)

1 Tbsp. soy sauce

4 6-ounce Salmon fillets, skinned

Directions: To make the sauce, combine all four ingredients in a saucepan and stir to a smooth sauce. Place saucepan on the stove over medium heat and cook for 8 minutes, stirring occasionally until sauce thickens. Set aside and let cool.

Brush both sides of salmon fillets with miso sauce. Lightly oil and heat a grill pan over medium heat. Place salmon on the grill and cook for 3-4 minutes. Brush with sauce, turn fillets over and brush with sauce again. Cook 3-4 minutes. Remove from pan and let stand 5 minutes. Serve warm.

Yakisoba (Stir-Fried Soba Noodles)

Soba noodles are made from buckwheat flour and have a unique brown color. Yakisoba is a popular dish of stir-fried soba noodles and a variety of meats and vegetables. You can use any type of meat or seafood and any types of vegetables – including bean sprouts, green peppers, mushrooms, Chinese cabbage, celery and broccoli.

8-ounce Soba noodles

1 cup bean sprouts, rinsed

8-10 Shitake mushrooms, stems removed and sliced

8 cooked shrimp, chopped

3 green onions, chopped

2 Tbsp. vegetable or peanut oil

Yakisoba Sauce:

3 Tbsp. soy sauce

2 tsp. sugar

1 tsp. fresh ginger, minced

2 tsp. sake

 

Prepare Yakisoba sauce. Mix all ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add soba noodles, stirring to separate them. Boil soba noodles for 6-8 minutes, until tender. Drain in a colander and rinse with cold water. Set aside.

In wok or large skillet, heat oil over high heat. Add shitake mushrooms and stir fry 2 minutes. Add soba noodles and stir fry 3 minutes. Add the Yakisoba Sauce, shrimp and bean sprouts and stir fry for 2 more minutes. Serve warm.

 

Fun with Japanese Table Manners:

Certain table manners are observed during meal times in Japan. Include these practices as a fun way to help teach your kids about etiquette in other countries.

  • Add a warm, wet towel at each person’s plate to wipe hands before eating.
  • Eat with chop sticks. Kid-size chopsticks and chopstick helpers can be found in specialty stores or online.
  • Before you start eating, put your palms together and say “Itadakimasu.” This translates to “I gratefully receive.”
  • Soup can be sipped straight from the bowl – no spoons necessary!
  • It is okay to make slurping sounds when eating soup and noodles from a bowl, as long as it’s not excessive. Slurping tells the chef that you are enjoying the meal.
  • When you are done using chopsticks, lay them in front of you with the tips pointing to the left. It is considered bad manners to leave them pointing upright in a bowl.
  • When you are finished your meal, say “Gochisosama,” which means “Thank you for the meal.”

About the author: Cheryl Tallman is the co-founder of Fresh Baby, creators of the award-winning So Easy Baby Food Kit, and author of the So Easy Baby Food and the new book So Easy Toddler Food: Survival Tips and Simple Recipes for the Toddler Years. Visit Cheryl online at www.FreshBaby.com for more delicious tips.

Learn more about Cheryl’s work:

So Easy Baby Food Kit: Make It Natural, Make It Fresh.
So Easy Baby Food Kit: Make It Natural, Make It Fresh.
Price: $23.85
An award-winning, all-inclusive solution for making baby food in less than 30 minutes per week. The month-by-month Cookbooks uses fresh ingredients with no additives. Kit includes a cookbook, freezer trays, how-to video, and nutrition card, and pays for itself in just three weeks compared to jarred baby food.

So Easy Baby Food Basics: Homemade Baby Food in Less Than 30 Minutes Per Week
So Easy Baby Food Basics: Homemade Baby Food in Less Than 30 Minutes Per Week
Price: $8.95
Baby Food Cookbook including recipes and instruction for making stage 1, 2, and 3 baby foods. This book also includes the basics of introducing solid foods and developing healthy eating habits. Available in English and Spanish.

So Easy Toddler Food: Survival Tips & Simple Receipes for the Toddler Years
So Easy Toddler Food: Survival Tips & Simple Recipes for the Toddler Years
Price: $8.95
When it comes to eating, toddlers can be tough to please. So Easy Toddler Food is the perfect resource for parents looking for survival tips and 35 simple recipes that will win over even the pickiest toddler. Available in English and Spanish.

Mother’s Day Goodness – Mom Quotes and More

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In honor of Mother’s Day, here are some of our favorite articles, essays and ideas – designed to celebrate you and the important role you take on each day.

Top 50 Mom Quotations
50 inspiring and truthful quotations about your mother and about being a mom yourself. Perfect for scrapbooking, cardmaking – or simple reflection.

Funny Mom Quotes
Sixteen funny quotations to celebrate motherhood.

Mother’s Day Traditions
10 Memorable Ways to Celebrate Mom this Mother’s Day

Joyful Parenting Articles
Inspiration and ideas for soulful, balanced, centered parenting.

Practical Parenting Articles
Budgeting, sibling rivalry, organizing the kids’ rooms. He

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas
from our Great Gifts blog

 

Recipe – Stuffed Pork Chops {from Eating Light}

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Here’s another slimmed down version of a family favorite, from Eating Light, a new Hearst Special, now on newsstands nationwide.

 

Stuffed Pork Chops

374 calories per serving (makes 8 main-dish servings)
Active time: 30 minutes
Total time: 45 minutes

 

2 slices thick-cut bacon, diced

2 shallots, finely chopped

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

8 oz. mustard greens, stems removed, and leaves torn into small pieces

1 cup finely diced cornbread (from store-bought or homemade cornbread, corn muffin, or toaster corncake)

3 oz. sharp Cheddar cheese, finely diced

1 Tbsp. freshly grated Parmesan cheese

8 boneless pork loin chops, 1 ¼ inches think (8 oz. each)

Kosher salt and pepper

1 Tbsp. olive oil

 

1)      In large skillet or Dutch oven on low, cook bacon slowly, until fat is rendered and bacon is crisp; remove with slotted spoon to paper towel to drain. Discard all but 1 tablespoon bacon drippings from skillet.

2)      Add shallots and garlic to drippings’ cook on medium 2 minutes, or until fragrant. Add greens; cover pan and cook 7 to 9 minutes, or until greens are tender, stirring twice. Cool completely. Stir in cornbread, Cheddar, Parmesan, and bacon.

3)      Place pork chips on flat surface; with sharp paring knife, make 1-inch incision on meaty side of each chop. Swipe blade back and forth inside chop to make pocket all the way back to fat side of the chop, without cutting through chop. Stuff each chop with heaping ¼ cup stuffing.

4)      Preheat oven to 375°F. Season chops with ½ teaspoon kosher salt and ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper; secure openings with toothpicks. In large ovenproof skillet, heat oil; add chops and cook 2 minutes per side, or until browned. Cover skillet and transfer to oven; bake 15 minutes, or until internal temperature registers 155°F on an instant-read thermometer. Remove chops to platter; cover with foil and let stand 5 minutes. Remove toothpicks before serving.

** This Stuffed Pork Chops Recipe is courtesy of Eating Light, which features recipes from Good Housekeeping, Redbook, Country Living and Woman’s Day, all with no more than 400 calories. Get the latest edition at your local  supermarket or bookstore today, or buy a digital version at Zinio.com or bn.com.

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