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Light Summer Recipes

Eating well is one of those things. We all know it's the right thing to do, but sugar sneaks into every meal. This summer, make the decision to eat right and light. With these ideas and recipes, it shouldn't be difficult at all!

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Topics: Food

Summer Recipes: Evening Hors d'Oeuvres

Dinners in the winter and fall tend to be more formal affairs with families gathered around the dining room table passing steaming dishes of vegetables and starch. But in the summer, you're far more likely to take your supper outdoors, enjoying the warm air, the late sunset, and the company of friends and family around a fire pit. Whether you're enjoying a casual weekday dinner or letting a barbecue get-together run long, dinner classics can be turned into delicious hors d'oeuvres hearty enough to be filling but also convenient in small, snackable portions.

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Topics: Food

Summer Recipes: Homestyle Breakfasts

Every season has it's culinary temptations. Halloween is accompanied by bowls of candy, and the home cooking of the holiday season is notorious for breaking diets. But nothing tempts you to let go and enjoy yourself quite like the warm glow of summer. The days are sunny and carefree, the nights are short and warm, and barbecues are everywhere. Instead of letting your diet slip this summer, treat yourself to a delicious menu of light summery dishes that are fun to share with friends and are surprisingly good for your health and waistline. We've put together a collection of tempting dishes to so everyone can enjoy eating right and light all summer long.

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Topics: Food

Summer Recipes: Barbecue Classics

Summer has always been a time full of light fruits and vegetables but also heavy in proteins, fats, and starches. Fortunately, with the right recipes in your book and fridge full of fresh ingredients, you can rock your summer menu right and light this year without feeling like you're missing a thing. Below are a few ways to turn the classic diet-busting barbecue into a lean bonanza of grilled delights.

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Topics: Food

No Pool? No Problem! Ways to Keep Cool This Summer

Summer brings with it longer days, clearer skies, and backyard barbecues. However, summer also brings with it hot weather that can often seem unbearable. With summer upon us, you might be looking for ways you can beat the heat and stay cool in the days and weeks ahead, particularly if you don't have access to a pool. While pools provide a great way to keep cool, if you don't currently have access to one, don't worry. There are a variety of other easy and affordable ways to keep cool this summer. Here are the top ways you can beat the heat without a pool this summer.

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Topics: Parenting

Summer Reads: Superheroes

DC Comics and Marvel Comics superhero movies are coming out left and right. But let’s take a moment and pause this summer to recognize some real life heroes in our midst. While superheroes are often known for their flashy powers or incredible feats, many real life heroes are quietly yet equally heroic and powerful. Memoirs, biographies, and even fiction can remind readers of the strength and resilience needed to get through inevitable struggles in our journey. We teach our students resilience and gratitude throughout the school year, and summer is no time to forget those lessons. As we are fortunate enough to take a few months of vacation, we hope these picks inspire our readers to recognize the heroes around them every day.

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Topics: Parenting

Summer Reads: Tales of Travel

As families wrap up the school year and consider plans for June through August, the phrase “summer reading” is inevitably uttered. Schools, libraries, and bookstores all promote summer reading like crazy. But we promise, it’s not just for the sales or a hollow attempt to keep brains sharp over the summer. Access to choice reading over summer shows an increase in both fluency and pleasure reading in the future. This results in higher test scores and more pleasure reading into adulthood creating well-rounded adults. A synopsis of this research can be found here.

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Topics: Education

Spring Clean Your Relationships While You Clean Up Your Home

In the busyness of spring, we clean our homes, do yard work, and take care of little fix-it jobs. But, let's not neglect the reason we have a home in the first place. Our family relationships can get worn down and out of shape, especially after a long, dreary winter. Take some steps to refresh your relationships and renew life back into your family!

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Topics: Parenting

Spring Cleaning: Conquer Your Closets with These Tips

Spring is in the air – and you know what that means. It's time for spring cleaning and sprucing up your home! If the thought of spring cleaning your closets makes you groan or shudder – or immediately head for a pint of Ben and Jerry's – remember how good it feels to commit to a project and complete it.

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Topics: Parenting

Summer Reads: Read Alikes

While summer is time to relax, reset, and find some comfort, we don’t want our readers to get in a rut! Our mission to help find the perfect summer reading book continues in this post as we nod our cap to the desire to read that tried and true favorite again and again. Rereading is a worth y endeavor, it can signify growth as we take away a different meaning, understand a character differently, or simply remind us of why we love to read. However, it shouldn’t encompass all of one’s summer reading list. As we tell students often, there is another book out there that you’ll love, we just need to find it!
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Topics: Parenting