It's getting to be that time of year. The days are getting longer, the sun is shining bright, and sunscreen should now be sitting prominently on your counter.
We all know the risks of sun exposure. Too much can wreak havoc on your skin causing burns, premature aging, dark spots, and even cancer. If left unchecked skin cancer can spread and cause death. That is why sunscreen should not be taken lightly (pun intended)!
Here are some tips for staying safe this summer season:
Enjoy the outdoors and the sun but be safe!
I had heard of the so-called "super foods" before but had never really paid attention to them. Then I noticed that more and more people were talking about them. I finally did some research to learn more.
Super foods are packed with nutrients that help to fight disease. The vast majority of them are fruits and vegetables. They are listed below:
Other stellar foods to eat are beans, dark chocolate, plain yogurt, flax, citrus, salmon, green tea, yams, oatmeal, and turkey.
This information was obtained from a book called, 21 Super Foods which was published by Siloam in 2014.
If you do not have time or money for a vacation, consider being a tourist in your own city. Most cities have hidden gems that are under appreciated by the locals. Many of us do not take advantage of the adventures our cities have unless we have out of town guests. Often, local activities are affordable or even free. My husband and I enjoy being tourists in our city. Sometimes we get a hotel room for the night and other times we drive in for the day. Here are some ideas to enjoy your city.
First, friend your city on social media. Local events are frequently posted on social media, your city website, or your local news channel. Another idea is to find a package deal (hotel and activities) from travel websites. You can also become a secret shopper and pick restaurant and activities to evaluate in your area. Google your city for highlights that you may not be aware of.
Restaurant hop--have a drink at one, an appetizer at another, a small plate at another, another small plate at another, a dessert at another, etc.
See a home sports game. You can often find affordable tickets and most have lots of fun activities for the audience. This weekend we saw an arena football game that was followed by a free concert.
Tour the museums in your area. With the variety of museums, you are sure to find something that interests you.
Listen to live music. Most cities have big concert venues, small concert venues, and live music at several locations.
Shop in your city. You will find some unique shops if you walk around your city. It is great to support your local economy.
Enjoy nature in your city. Find a park or lake, pack a picnic or purchase food from a local shop and enjoy the natural beauty of your home city.
Appreciate the architecture. Most cities have some very old buildings that you may not appreciate until you are very close to them or touring the inside.
Book a tour. It may sound silly, but most cities offer some sort of tour. You will be surprised by the new facts you learn about your city.
Take advantage of local theater or touring shows. You may be surprised by the quality of the performance.
Tour the city you live in, then tell us about the pride of your city so we can plan or next trip!
Often when families welcome a new baby into the home, they are overwhelmed by visitors stopping in to see the baby with gifts within the first couple of weeks. But soon they are on their own. Dads go back to work and Mom is at home with a new baby and frequently with a toddler or two. Here are some ways to be a helpful friend!
· Visit! When mom is home by herself for days with only an infant to talk to, they long for adult communication! If you can’t visit, give them a call or a text to let them know you are thinking about them.
· Help! Offer to watch the child while she takes a nice long hot shower or a nap. Do a couple loads of laundry. Fill the dishwasher. Run a vacuum. A little bit goes a long way!
· Feed! While you are visiting, bring lunch with you. Moms do not often prepare healthy meals for themselves. It is also extremely helpful to bring a couple of prepared dishes that only need to be put in the oven for dinners. Further, while you are out gathering your groceries, pick up some essentials for your new Mom friend.
· Pet Care! Unfortunately the family pet may be feeling neglected. Give the family pet some much needed attention, go for a walk, clean-up the pen or yard.
· Photograph! Families with new babies are often exhausted and forget to take a bunch of pictures. Often moms are the ones taking the pictures, so they are rarely in them. Take pictures of the baby, siblings, mom and dad and if possible, the whole family. Share them with the new mom in electronic format and have your favorite printed and framed for her.
· Babysit! There is nothing like being a prisoner in your own home. New parents are often afraid to leave their little one behind or too proud to ask for help. Schedule an evening to watch the kids for a few hours while new mom and dad get a chance to go out and reconnect.
· Pamper! Surprise new mom with a little bit of pampering. At this point usually a hot, uninterrupted shower is all they long for, but go one step further and make them a hair appointment with their usual stylist, book a 1 hour massage or schedule a mani-pedi for her. She deserves it!
Give your new mom friends a much needed hand at the time they need it most! They will appreciate it and one day return the favor!
Mary and I grew up with a father who worried a lot. He once told me that when I was in college he would wake up in the middle of the night, wonder what I was doing, and then couldn't fall back asleep. Poor man!
Worrying is a natural part of being human. It can be a good thing when it motivates us to make necessary changes in life. However, it can quickly become a negative form of stress that does more harm than good. When worrying gets out of hand it can lead to health issues such as ulcers and heart disease.
Don't let that happen to you! If you think that you worry too much, there are some things you can try that may help:
I hope this helps. Now quit worrying and get back to enjoying your life!!
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