A Remedy for Cradle Cap: Bean-B-Clean Product Review

*Cradle Cap- a crusting and scaling rash (dermatitis) found on the scalps of many babies*
We’ve all seen babies with cradle cap before. Whether we’ve faced it with our own child or heard about the struggles of this rash through friends and family, dealing with cradle cap is not pleasant.

Well now’s the time to cheer, ladies… because cradle cap can be so much easier to cope with using this new revolutionary scalp massaging brush called Bean-B-Clean.

Bean-B-Clean is a soft, safe and soothing way to help deal with flakes and crustiness associated with cradle cap. This scalp massaging brush was created by a grandma and grandpa who were eagerly, yet unsuccessfully, searching for something to help ease their new grandbaby’s pain from cradle cap. With a few tweaks and tests to an existing product, Bean-B-Clean was born.

Though I do not have a little one in my home anymore, I have a very close friend who has personally benefited from having the Bean-B-Clean around. My friend (a very close one) has an 11-year-old daughter that deals with cradle cap all the time. She has these issues because her daughter is disabled.

My friend’s daughter has never walked a day in her life, she cannot speak to tell us what’s wrong nor can she move her arms to signal that she’s having a problem (much like a newborn).

Because of this, we need to pay close attention to her actions through facial expressions. We must also keep a close eye on any changes that take place on her body. Over the years, we’ve noticed that when her head is scabby and scaly, she tends to cry the most. Because she’s not a baby anymore, it’s hard to find a product fit for her. We’ve tried dandruff shampoos and other products, with little to no success.

After receiving the Bean-B-Clean and reading a few of the success stories on the product, my friend immediately came to mind. I had a good feeling about this product and was anxious to see if it worked.
After using the Bean-B-Clean for just a few short days, we definitely noticed a huge difference in her daughter’s scalp. It didn’t look as flaky anymore. What’s more, her daughter was not as irritable and she seemed to be more comfortable; much more than she had been in weeks. However, we’ve also noticed that, for us, the brush works best when bathing her. Being that she’s older, she doesn’t have that fine hair like most babies who do deal with cradle cap.

To this day my friend and I swear by this product. It has definitely been one life saver we couldn’t live without.

In the end, my friend now stands behind the Bean-B-Clean and states that, “If it can help ease the pain for an 11-year-old, it will definitely help a newborn baby for sure” …we honestly love the Bean-B-Clean and recommend it to anyone (whether young or old) when it comes to any scalp pain associated with cradle cap.

To find a retailer (and to learn more about this amazing new product), please visit www.bean-b-clean.com.

Product provided free to writer for reviewDisclosure: this product was provided to us, through Bean-B-Clean, for the purpose of my review. In no way did receiving this product influence my thoughts and opinions. Thank you.

Dry Spice Flavor Saver Canisters Product Review

Let’s face it, we’ve all spent money on spices before. I usually purchase mine every time I visit the grocery store. Why? Because I find one or two spice containers that have crumbled up and become unusable.

This is one of the many reasons I was thrilled to try Dry Spice. It has made my grocery bill a lot less expensive and my trips to the store much more enjoyable. No longer am I re-buying spices I’ve recently bought. No longer am I adding rice to my spices (because most of the time it doesn’t work well enough for me) and no longer am I wasting money.

Dry Spice (if you haven’t heard) is a great spice saver that eliminates clumps and caking. It keeps your spices fresh by absorbing the moisture that is normally drawn into your spice containers over time. These small flavor saver canisters are simply amazing. They do so well at retaining the fresh flavors and aromas, as well as extending the shelf life of your spices… in the end, saving you lots of money!

The great thing about these canisters is that they are not only used for savoring spices. They can also be used to retain freshness in coffees, teas, nuts and grains, chips, crackers, and other known items that tend to lose their oomph over time.

What I was really excited to find is that they work so well in clothing canisters too. I thought I’d throw one in with my winter wardrobe just to see how it’d work. Normally, in as little as one month, my clothes begin to have that ‘packed away’ smell. Well this time, the clothes smelled as fresh as when I initially packed them. I opened another box (one that I didn’t throw a flavor savor canister in) and it was already beginning to have that stale smell. I couldn’t believe it. It was amazing to see how one little canister can do so much. To say the least, I was (and am) very impressed.

PROS: I love that these flavor savor canisters are not just limited to keeping spices fresh.  If there is moisture to be drawn, these canisters can be used.

CONS: I’ve sat here for the past hour and still cannot come up with any problems.

Dry Spice can be found at a few fine retail outlets in California, Hawaii, and Texas. You can also purchase them at a few specialty stores online. Please visit www.dryspice.com for more details.

This product can be purchased as a 10 Dry Spice canister pack for as little as $8.99 each (including shipping). If ordering online, feel comforted knowing that they have many payment options (all with the security of PayPal).

Products provided free to writer for reviewDisclosure: I received two 10-pks of Dry Spice from Dry Spice, through Orca Communications Unlimited, LLC. , for the purpose of my review. The thoughts and opinions within this post are my own (unless otherwise stated). Thank you.

Fun Things to Do on a Summer Weekend with Family, Friends, or a Significant Other

Summertime is a fun time that often encourages us to get up and do something. It’s also a great time for relaxing by the pool or at the shore. No matter what your style, you and your family, friends, and sweetheart are sure to have a great summer weekend as long as you do what you like best. Consider these tips for fun things to do on a summer weekend with family, friends, and sweethearts.

As you think about what you would like to do on a particular summer weekend, keep in mind various factors like the heat index and weather forecast, the number of people in your group, and the distance you are willing to travel for your fun summer weekend plans. Here are a few suggestions for activities and adventures you can enjoy this summer.


Ideas for a Sunny Summer Weekend (or Summer Day)
Consider these fun things to do in the summer with your sweetheart, friends, or family.If the sun is shining and the weather couldn’t be better, consider these ideas for your plans on a beautiful summer weekend (or summer day):

1.    Go to the beach.
2.    Go to an amusement park.
3.    Go to the drive-in movies.
4.    Play miniature golf.
5.    Go to a baseball game.
6.    Go hiking at a nearby mountain.
7.    Go for bike rides.
8.    Play roller hockey, football, basketball, or volleyball.
9.    Plan a golf weekend.
10.    Plan a spa weekend.
11.    Plan a shopping weekend at a place with some good outlets.
12.    Go fishing – rent a boat or fish from the shore or pier.
13.    Go to the boardwalk.
14.    Go camping.
15.    Find a venue with outdoor music!
16.    Have a barbeque at your house.

Ideas for a Rainy Summer Weekend (or Summer Day)
If the weather isn’t so great on a particular summer weekend or even a single summer day, you can still have a good time by finding something creative to do. Consider these ideas for what you can do on a rainy summer weekend or rainy summer day:

1.    Go to the movies.
2.    Host a movie marathon or movie night at your house.
3.    Play video games with friends.
4.    Do something crafty inside.
5.    Visit a local winery for a wine tasting.
6.    Go to a bed & breakfast and just relax the weekend away.
7.    Check out a local museum or science center.
8.    Rearrange your furniture and clean your house.
9.    Make homemade ice cream or sorbet.
10.    Host an indoor party.
11.    Go to an indoor concert venue somewhere.
12.    Check out a comedy club.
13.    Support a good cause at a beef-and-beer event.
14.    Go to a local casino. (But set a limit so you don’t spend all your money!)

These are just a few ideas to keep you busy on those sunny and rainy summer days and weekends. Many of these ideas are great for a group of friends or for a fun or romantic summer date with your boyfriend or girlfriend (or husband or wife), or even for a family adventure. Try a few of these activities and adventures this summer or come up with your own fun summer plans no matter what the weather!

Top Vacation Locations for the Month of August

August can be one of the hottest months of the year if you live in the United States. Sometimes it is nice to get away to a place that is a little on the cooler side. Other times it makes sense to just go wherever you want for your vacation or honeymoon, no matter if you prefer a city, mountain, or island vacation getaway. Planning vacations in the month of August can be easier with a few tips.

August is a good time to travel on weeklong or long weekend getaways for families since it is the last month before school starts again. August can also be a great time for romantic travel. If you are looking for somewhere to go in the end of the summer, consider these suggestions for the top places throughout the world that you can visit during the month of August.

Top 17 Places to Visit in August

1.    Alaska
2.    Aruba
3.    Bali
4.    Bermuda
5.    Brazil
6.    Britain
7.    Canada
8.    Curacao
9.    Fiji
10.    Hawaii
11.    Ireland
12.    Kenya
13.    Santa Monica, CA
14.    Seychelles
15.    Switzerland
16.    Tahiti
17.    Napa Valley, CA

* Destinations suggested by Joyce Scardina Becker, CMP, wedding designer and president of Events of Distinction

Before you leave for your trip, check the 10-day weather forecast for your destination. August weather can be muggy or downright hot in some places, so you want to know ahead of time what kind of clothing to pack for your travels. If you do plan your vacation in August, try to speak with a travel professional about the volume of travelers for your chosen destination. You might have to deal with a larger crowd due to the back-to-school rush.

No matter where you decide to travel for your August getaway, be sure to pack your sunglasses and your favorite swimsuit. Even if you are traveling to a city, it’s possible your hotel will have a pool, spa, or hot tub. Don’t forget to pack a camera!


Hen Party Games and Dares

What would a girls’ night be without hen party games and dares? Since a hen party is meant for girls only, hen party games will also be for only females. Hen party games and dares can take place anywhere – it can be something as simple as a night of games at someone’s home to playing Truth or Dare at a bar or even in Las Vegas. Your hen party games and dares can be completely off the wall, wild, and crazy, or they can be rather innocent, basic, and tame – it really depends on the crowd of hens.

Once you have the guest list and the location of the hen party in order, it is time to start thinking about your options for activities and hen party games. Consider these suggestions for fun hen party game ideas for any age.

Top Hen Party Games to Enjoy
Consider these fun and exciting hen party games for your bachelorette party, birthday party, or other hen night outing.

Try these games and dare suggestionos for a hen party or hen weekend.1.    Scavenger Hunt – Participate in a Girls-Only Scavenger Hunt. Even more fun at the bar!

2.    Old School Games – Play M.A.S.H. or other old school games from your childhood.

3.    Poker Night – Have your own poker night – use poker chips, candy, or real money.

4.    Naughty Board Games – Play some risqué board games if your group of girls is up for a thrill.

5.    Drinking Party Games – Take part in various drinking games if all of your guests are of the legal drinking age (and if no one has to drive later).

6.    TP Wedding Dress Creation – have two teams compete to design the best dress using rolls of toilet paper.

7.    Bar Games – Rate the guys you see at a bar or nightclub with your own secret rating scale, or make up a game where the next guy to step on a certain crack or walk on a piece of paper on the ground is your future husband.

8.    Never Have I Ever – With drinks in hand, each girl takes a turn finishing the sentence “never have I ever…” with something they have or have not done. Each participant who has done said deed must drink a sip of her beverage. There are other variations of the game, but this is the simple way – drink if you did it, don’t drink if you didn’t.

9.    Clink and Drink – As a getting-to-know-you game, have everyone at the hen party ready with a drink, and each person gets to mention how they know the guest of honor. Anyone else who can agree with the comment also clinks glasses and takes a sip. For example, “we went to high school together” would result in anyone who went to high school with the guest of honor cheers-ing and taking a sip.

Best Hen Party Dares to Use
Try these games and dare suggestionos for a hen party or hen weekend.Hen party dares can be wild and crazy to the max. You should just keep in mind the safety and comforts of your group as you play a classic game of Truth or Dare. If you are looking for exciting hen party dares to include in your festivities, consider the following. Remember, not every dare is right for every girl or every group, so please use discretion.

1.    Sing a song at Karaoke… and make it somewhat embarrassing.
2.    Ask a hot guy for a phone number.
3.    Throw your bra on stage at a venue with live music.
4.    Dance on a table or on the bar if permitted.
5.    Grab a single guy’s butt.
6.    Drink a disgusting shot like a Cement Mixer.
7.    Streak through the yard if you are at someone’s home.
8.     Start dancing with a guy the group picks out for you.
9.    Yell out an embarrassing comment or phrase.
10.   Call a crush or send a flirty text message to someone you like.

You can also make up your own hen night dares or purchase card sets of hen night dares and challenges. Just remember to be sensitive to the comforts of the bride or guest of honor as well as your other guests.

Remember to take a lot of pictures at your hen party, during the games, dares, and even a group shot before everyone goes home. Make it a time to remember forever!


Hen Party Planning and Hen Night Ideas

These days women don’t always need a special reason to host a hen night or a hen party. Hen parties are events for women only, and all the females enjoy fun activities, games, or excursions together. Sometimes a hen party or hen night may be in honor of a special milestone like a birthday or a bachelorette party. In fact, “hen party” is often used synonymously with bachelorette party. Other times, though, it’s just a great excuse to get together with the girls.

Since hen parties are for women only, many times the hen party may end up being a sleepover or slumber party or a special night out to a male revue. However, all hen nights don’t have to go this way. A low key hen party could involve simple makeovers, manicures, and pedicures, while a wild and crazy hen party would be more likely to involve the male strippers and lots of booze. The type of hen party you have really should depend on the guests you are inviting.

Top Reasons to Host a Hen Night or Hen Party
While you can host a hen night for any reason or no reason at all, consider these suggested reasons for when would be a great time to plan a hen night.

1.    Bachelorette Party
2.    Milestone Birthday
3.    Recent Breakup / Divorce
4.    Anti-Valentine’s Day for Single Hens
5.    Husband / Boyfriend Away on Business

Best Hen Night or Hen Party Ideas
No matter what the age of the hens in your party, you can plan a spectacular evening, full day, or even an entire weekend for your group of girls. If you are about to plan a hen party, consider these tips for things you could do or places you could go for your hen night!

Consider these fun activities you can plan for your hen party, girls night, or bachelorette weekend.1.    Winery Tours
2.    Day at the Spa
3.    Spa at Home – manis, pedis, and facials
4.    Makeover Night
5.    Bowling Party
6.    Shopping at the outlets or a major mall
7.    Nightclub Outing
8.    Chick Flick Movie Night (with pints of ice cream)
9.    Hen Party Games
10.    Night at the Bar
11.    Karaoke Night
12.    Smoothie Night
13.    Wine Tasting Party at Home
14.    Fondue Party – what can’t you dip in chocolate?
15.    Deep Fryer Party – what can’t you deep fry? (Think Oreos, Shrimp, Pickles, Candy Bars!)
16.    Movie Theater Night
17.    Hen Party at the Beach
18.    Hen Party in Vegas
19.    Casino Night
20.    New York City Trip

Whatever you decide to do for your hen party, girls’ night, or hen weekend, be sure you take the time to snap a few photos. You’ll really appreciate having them to tide you over till your next girls’ only event!


July Honeymoon Destinations and Vacation Ideas

Pick the perfect place to visit in the month of July for vacation or a honeymoon destination.Traveling in July for a honeymoon or other special vacation can involve anything from a cruise or faraway vacation destination to a simple long weekend trip to the beach or the mountains. Depending on where you live, you may even have countless local places to visit for a July summer vacation. No matter if you plan to travel far and wide or stay close to home for your July getaway, consider these honeymoon destinations and vacation ideas for the month of July.

July can be a great month to travel and escape the heat or if you enjoy the hotter weather, a fine time to enhance the details of your summer vacation. July is a great month to plan family vacations and getaways with your school-aged children since it’s the first (and possibly only) full month of the year where your kids don’t have to go to school.

If you plan your vacation in the beginning of July, you can also capitalize on the paid day off from work for the Fourth of July holiday. Just be aware that traveling may be more congested and a bit more of a hassle when you plan a trip directly around a holiday. If you are planning your honeymoon or another special vacation in the month of July, consider these travel destination suggestions.

Top Places to Visit in the Month of July

Find the best place for your dream vacation in July!1.    Alaska
2.    Aruba
3.    Bali
4.    Bermuda
5.    Brazil
6.    Britain
7.    Canada
8.    Curacao
9.    Fiji
10.    France
11.    Hawaii
12.    Ireland
13.    Kenya
14.    Santa Monica, CA
15.    Seychelles
16.    Switzerland
17.    Tahiti

* Destinations suggested by Joyce Scardina Becker, CMP, wedding designer and president of Events of Distinction

Editor’s Note: I also enjoyed visiting the Adirondack Park in upstate New York and Niagara Falls in the month of July. Consider these places to visit in July!

Whether you want a long and exotic honeymoon or a close-to-home long-weekend getaway, begin your planning as early as you can to take advantage of the best deals and pricing you can find. Also be sure to get the most out of your memberships, like AAA, which allows you to plan a vacation with the assistance of the agency’s travel department. Any of the above vacation destinations would make a lovely trip, but don’t forget to consider the wonderful locations near your home and within several hours of where you live. You never know where your favorite vacation memories will take place!


4th of July Recipes and Food Ideas

Enjoy a barbeque for the Fourth of July!Fourth of July parties are the perfect time to have a barbeque with lots of yummy grilled food, snacks, desserts, and side dishes. You can use special Fourth of July recipes, adapt older recipes to include the red, white, and blue theme, or create your own food ideas. To prepare for your 4th of July picnic or barbeque, plan your party menu ahead of time and make sure you have something for everyone – kids, adults, vegetarians, and anyone else.

Consider these 4th of July recipes and food ideas to help you complete the prep work for your Independence Day party.

Easy Enhancements to Favorite 4th of July Recipes
You don’t have to change your normal party routine to enjoy a special new recipe here and there. Sometimes a small change in ingredients can make all the difference. Consider these tips with suggestions for how to spruce up some of your current favorite recipes.

•    Burgers: Use fresh ground beef instead of boxed hamburger patties. There’s nothing like a homemade, handmade burger! For an extra little bit of zing, add a teaspoon of A1 Steak Sauce for each pound of beef. Add a dash of salt and pepper, too.

•    Corn on the Cob: Instead of your standard corn on the cob, try a delectable bacon-wrapped corn on the cob. Simply remove the silk hairs but keep the leaves on the corn cob. Soak them for about 15 minutes to a half hour to prevent burning. Then wrap the bacon around the corn cob, replace the leaves and toss the corn on the grill.

•    Hawaiian Chicken Skewers:
For a tasty snack, Fourth of July appetizer, or main course, cube the chicken and place it on a bamboo skewer. (Soak the skewers for a half hour first.) Place freshly cubed pineapple on the skewer next and continue to alternate between chicken and pineapple. If you or your guests like peppers, they also make a nice addition.

Other Fourth of July Food Ideas
The above Fourth of July recipes are classics and make nice snack options. In addition to those main courses, you can simply modify something on your party menu until it fits your needs. For the Fourth of July Desserts, you can easily dress up the confections with red, white, and blue decorations.

Here are a few food ideas to consider for your Fourth of July party:

•    Brownies
•    Cookies
•    Salad
•    Veggie tray
•    Fruit salad
•    Baked ziti
•    Potato salad
•    Pasta salad
•    Chips and dip

Remember, these are just a few recipes and food ideas for the Fourth of July. Come up with your own accents, main courses, sides, and desserts or ask guests to bring a covered dish or dessert to round out the offerings. Happy 4th!


Cucumbers and Little Well-known Methods of Protecting against Type 2 Diabetes

Are you cool as a cucumber? Not merely is the cucumber known for its ability to cool off the body, it has also been seen to help with jaundice, diarrhea, epilepsy, sore throat, conjunctivitis (redness of the eye) and swelling of extremities.

Many times you should try to deseed the cucumber as the body can have trouble digesting the seeds. You can deseed them yourself easily by cutting them in two and utilizing a spoon to take out the seeds, or if you wish to eliminate this task, it is possible to buy cucumbers that are already deseeded.

Fresh cucumbers are easy to add to salads and for an easy salad, just toss diced cucumbers with sliced red onions, red tomatoes, and your favorite all-natural, low-fat balsamic vinaigrette. It is a fast way to make a refreshing salad that reaps some great benefits of cucumber.

Anti-diabetic Benefits of Cucumber
Beta cells contained in the pancreas produce the hormone insulin. Cucumber is found to possess a hormone necessary for beta cells in the insulin production. Moreover, the Glycemic Index of cucumbers is found to be zero.

Why do cucumbers have no Glycemic index listed? Does this signify they don’t raise blood sugar?
Not at all—it simply means that under the “rules” for the meaning of the Glycemic index, it is too difficult to get an accurate number. This is because you’ll need to eat a very big amount of the food to get 50 grams of carbohydrate at the same time to be tested. Usually, the lower the amount of carbohydrate in a vegetable and the more fiber it has, the less the rise in blood sugar will be.

The carbohydrates are primarily responsible of the raise of the glucose level. However, the carbohydrates contained in the cucumber are easily digestible in a diabetic patient’s stomach.

Tips for Preparing Cucumbers
Unwaxed cucumbers don’t need to be peeled but should be washed before cutting. Cucumbers are usually sliced, diced or cut into sticks.

Just a few Quick Serving Ideas
– Use half-inch thick cucumber slices as petite serving “dishes” for chopped vegetable salads.
– Mix diced cucumbers with sugar snap peas and mint leaves and toss with rice wine vinaigrette.
– For refreshing cold gazpacho soup that takes five minutes or less to make, simply purée cucumbers, tomatoes, green peppers, and onions, and then add salt and pepper to taste.
– Add diced cucumber to tuna fish or chicken salad recipes.

Cool Cucumber Salad Recipe

Try a refreshing cucumber salad recipe to help protect against Type 2 Diabetes. (Photo by Suzanne Ault)Ingredients:

– 3 medium cucumbers, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1/4-inch slices
– 1 carrot, peeled and shredded
– 1/2 red onion, sliced paper-thin
– 1/3 cup minced cilantro

– 1/2 cup rice vinegar
– 2 tsp. honey
– 2 tsp. Reduced-sodium soy sauce
– 1 & 1/2 tsp. toasted sesame oil
– Pinch dried red pepper flakes

Preparation per 8 servings:
Preparation time: 25 minutes
Marinating time: 1 hour

1. Combine the cucumbers, carrots, red onion, and cilantro in a large bowl.

2. Combine the dressing ingredients in a separate bowl or glass measuring cup.

3. Pour dressing over cucumbers, cover, and refrigerate for one hour.

Nutritional Values per Serving Size: 1/2 cup – Calories: 25 – Calories From Fat: 10 – Total Fat: 1 gram – Saturated fats: .1 grams – Cholesterol: milligrams – Sodium: 50 milligrams (without added salt) – Total Carbohydrate: 5 grams – Dietary Fiber: 1 gram – Sugars: 3 grams – Protein: 1 grams

Suzanne Ault of Diabetes Diet Recipes Blog.About the Expert:

Suzanne Ault gives advice for the diabetes diet recipes blog, her personal hobby weblog focused on cooking ideas to stop type 2 diabetes.


Fourth of July / Independence Day Messages, Cards, Greetings, Letters, and Comments for Family, Friends, and Loved Ones

Be sure to let your loved ones know you care with special 4th of July messages and cards.The Fourth of July is a special time to gather with friends, family, and neighbors to celebrate independence and summer fun. Independence Day offers the perfect excuse to have your own backyard barbeque, a potluck party, a pool party, or all of the above. Whether you are traveling to visit your friends and family or not even able to see your loved ones for the holiday, consider sending or preparing special Fourth of July messages and greetings or cards for those you love. You can send your Independence Day greeting cards or e-cards for the people you won’t see and bring personalized cards or greetings for those you will see.

No matter who rates on your list, you should take the Fourth of July holiday as an opportunity to show people how much you care. Preparing Independence Day messages, letters, cards, greetings, and comments for friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers is a memorable and special way to show people they’re on your mind. Consider these tips and suggestions for what to say to your loved ones on the Fourth of July.

4th of July Greetings for Mom, Dad, Stepmom, Stepdad, Mother-in-Law, and Father-in-Law
Your parents and in-laws are a very special part of your life and it is always important to show that you care. For the Fourth of July, consider creating special greetings or messages for all your parents. You can give the greetings or cards in person or send them through the mail or through e-mail or e-cards if you won’t spend the holiday together. Consider these suggestions to let your parents know you care on 4th of July and beyond:

•    So thankful for all that you do! Just wanted you to know we are thinking of you on the Fourth of July holiday.
•    Happy 4th of July! Wishing we could spend the holiday together, Mom and Dad, but looking forward to seeing you soon!
•    So glad we get to enjoy the Fourth of July festivities together. It means a lot to be here with you! Happy Fourth!

Special Independence Day Wishes for Grandmother and Grandfather
If you want to show your grandparents some special attention, send them Independence Day cards in the mail to brighten their day. You can send Grandmom and Grandpop each their own Independence Day card or send separate cards to both of them. You can also include a letter in your Fourth of July greeting to let them know the latest news in your life. Consider these suggestions for what to write in your grandparents’ Independence Day greeting cards:

•    Happy 4th of July! We love you and wish you could be here with us to enjoy the holiday and especially the fireworks.
•    Wishing you a special Independence Day knowing your grandchildren are thinking of you.
•    Sending all our love today and always – Happy Fourth of July!
•    So happy we get to spend the 4th of July holiday together. We love you!

If you will see your grandparents in person on the 4th of July, be sure to give them hugs and kisses and a special Fourth of July greeting card with a recent photo of you and your family.

Heartfelt Fourth of July Sentiments for Husband or Wife, or Boyfriend or Girlfriend
It may not be necessary to give your husband or wife a Fourth of July greeting card, but you could definitely go a little out of your way to simply say “Happy Fourth of July” or “Happy Independence Day” and offer a little kiss, hug, or squeeze. The same is true for your boyfriend or girlfriend. Often the most memorable holidays are the ones where you do something special together with the person you love. Instead of Fourth of July gifts or cards for your sweetheart, find a romantic place to enjoy the fireworks, and then consider making your own. Not much beats a good smooch under the fireworks!

Friendly Independence Day Thoughts for Friends and Neighbors
If you decide to have your own Fourth of July party, be sure to think about including your dearest friends and neighbors. You can let everyone know you’re thinking about them by inviting them to share the holiday festivities with you. If your friends and neighbors have other commitments, you can still send a text message wishing everyone a Happy 4th of July. If you are going to a friend’s or neighbor’s house for the holiday festivities, consider bringing a dessert, case of beer, bottle of wine or liquor, or even flowers as a special message that you appreciate having them in your life.

Creative 4th of July Comments and Messages for Anyone You Won’t See for the Holiday
If you won’t see your coworkers, neighbors, friends, or family members for the Fourth of July, you can still express your sentiments with nice comments and personalized or group text messages to each person. You can also wish your boss and coworkers a Happy Fourth of July during the workweek before the weekend or just before the holiday gets here. Simple Fourth of July comments and thoughtful statements that you make in passing can be enough to brighten someone’s day.


Father’s Day Gift Guide for Dads of All Ages

Is that smile on your dad’s face real or is he just pretending to like the gift you have given him? Showing your dad how much you love him is important every day of the year, but even more so on that special day of all days the world has set aside for fathers of all ages- Father’s Day. Gifts that show your appreciation and respect for your father can run the gamut from indulgent twists on necessities to sweet treats to tasty liquors to engaging books to useful, enjoyable electronics to hobby items to so much more!

While Father’s Day might have originally been intended for dads with children of their own, it has grown into a holiday that celebrates biological dads, step dads, grandfathers, and men who stand in for dads that can no longer be there. Father’s Day is also the perfect time to celebrate men who lavish their love on their pets, nephews, or nieces. Anyone who acts as a dad can be loved and honored on Father’s Day, the day for dads of all kinds and ages. Celebrate the dads in your life this Father’s Day with a thoughtful gift selection, a sentimental card, and a sweet smile!

Pampering dad is something you can do in a number of ways depending on the type of dad you have. If you want to choose the perfect gift for Father’s Day, just think about your dad, his background, his hobbies, and how much you love him. Then, check out this Father’s Day gift guide for some really unusual suggestions for pleasing dad on his special day.


Women aren’t the only ones with a sweet tooth. Many dads have a special confectionary that they enjoy even if they can’t afford the calories. A wonderful Father’s Day gift is easily created simply by gathering a few treats together into a basket for that special man in your life.

The Vermont Country Store Orton Copper Kettle Fudge Sampler: Sweets and treats are the perfect solution for a Father’s Day gift that encourages a smile to widen into a grin. The Vermont Country Store Orton Copper Kettle Fudge Sampler offers a delightful taste of four popular flavors for dads everywhere to enjoy. Orton Copper Kettle Fudge is creamy and delicious down to the last morsel. Visit www.vermontcountrystore.com for more information or to take a look at some of their other items.

The Vermont Country Store Cookie Buttons: Whether dad drinks coffee, tea, or milk, the sweet taste of cookies is almost always a true pleasure. The Vermont Country Store Cookie Buttons offer an all-natural treat with a “purely” maple taste. Made in Vermont, Vermont Cookie Buttons are also sold in Snappy Ginger, Double Vanilla, Spicy Cinnamon, Zesty Lemon, and Peanut Butter.

That’s Caring Hard at Work Snacks and Sweets Collection: Most dads spend quite a lot of their lives hard at work so they can provide for their family. Why not show your appreciation to dad this Father’s Day with a gift choice from That’s Caring Hard at Work Snacks and Sweets Collection? The original version of the That’s Caring Hard at Work gift includes a delicious assortment of Fleur de Sel Caramel Corn, Brent & Sams Cookies in two flavors, Lake Champlain Chocolate in 2 assorted bars, Roasted Salted Cashews, and Roasted Almonds with Sea Salt- all of which is tucked into a white hard hat. This is a sweet tasting, decorative gift that should perk up any dad’s smile easily enough. This particular gift sells for $38.99, but you can check out their website, www.thatscaring.com, for other options.


What man doesn’t deserve…


Natural Fitness Eco-Smart Yoga Mat Product Review

Try the Natural Fitness Eco-Smart Yoga MatFor some reason, yoga feels better to me in the summer than any other month. Maybe it’s because being outside is like a Bikram class all on its own. Or maybe it’s because yoga works best for toning for sleeveless dresses and bathing suits. Whatever the reason, I’m glad to have my new Eco-Smart Yoga Mat on my side.

Until now, I’d been using the $10 mat I bought at Target. Don’t get me wrong, for $10 it’s fine. But I didn’t know what I was missing until I tried the Eco-Smart Yoga Mat from Natural Fitness. First of all, it’s free from toxins and environmentally safe, a plus on its own. Also, I love the purple/green color combination. It’s calming and, as my boyfriend pointed out, ‘not too girly looking.’

You can practice yoga outside with a good yoga mat!Most of what I like about the mat, though, is how it feels. It has great compression, cleans easily, and sticks to the floor. It occasionally does stick to my feet, too, but not as badly as other mats I’ve tried. The compression resistance indicates that I will likely get a long life from it, and it’s pretty light to carry. The only problem with the mat is that it doesn’t solve the problem of sweaty hands: it does take more sweat for hands to start slipping, but slip they do. I still need to put down a towel to get through a slip-free workout.

For $19.99, the mat is a great deal. More than twice as good as my cheap Target alternative, it’s definitely worth the extra $10. They’ve got a range of colors and patterns to choose from. And using a safe and environmentally responsible product feels great too.

You can find the Eco Smart mat at Natural Fitness’s Web site: www.naturalfitnessinc.com. They offer tons of other great fitness accessories and equipment, all within their mission of Zero Impact (meaning that they off-set their impact on the environment in the manufacturing and distribution of their products by engaging in pro-environment programs). A great mission and a great product!