Summer Break: Unconventional Grillers for the 4th of July

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People all across the country are firing up their grills and cooking out for the Fourth of July. Hamburgers and hotdogs are almost always par for the course for this all-American occasion. This year, however, leave the traditional cookout fare to the amateurs. Treat your friends and family to unconventional grilled delights. I don’t know about you, but I am a […]

Summer Break: Start a Summer Reading List

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Starting a reading list can be a relaxing and productive way to spend your free time this summer. Technologies such as e-readers and phone applications have made it easier than ever to access thousands of book titles just about anywhere, anytime. Even if you prefer good old-fashioned books (like me), finding the right compilation of page-turners will keep you […]

Education Wednesday: Preventing the Summer Slide

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Summer break is an important time to bridge knowledge from one year to the next or risk falling behind. Particularly during the young formative years, research finds that failing to participate in meaningful summer activities such as reading clubs can greatly impact the course of a student’s education. Finding fun ways to incorporate enriching educational experiences  is vital […]

Fitness: 5 Reasons to Try Stand Up Paddleboarding this Summer

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Take advantage of the final days of summer with a stand up paddleboarding workout. This sport is accurately named: participants stand on a foam board and use a paddle to move through the water. Curiosity prompted me to step out of my fitness comfort zone and buy an online coupon for a beginner’s “SUP” class with my husband and some amigos. Although I’ve been a dancer all […]

Meatless Monday: Summer Quinoa and Roasted Pepper Salad Recipe

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Quinoa is a super food that is a smart option for vegetarians and vegans because it is rich in minerals and high in protein. For thousands of years, the people of Ecuador, Bolivia, Colombia, and Peru have recognized its nutritional value and energy boosting properties. Now this Andean region secret has gotten out with the United Nations declaring 2013 the International Year of Quinoa. Try this summer quinoa recipe: Summer Quinoa and Roasted Pepper Salad Recipe […]

Meatless Monday: Bastille Day French Ratatouille Recipe

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In honor of Bastille Day, I’m serving healthy and delicious French ratatouille. July 14th commemorates the storming of the Bastille, the symbolic beginning of the French Revolution in 1789 which overthrew the monarchy and inspired people around the world to fight for liberty and democracy. Celebrate by turning up your Les Misérables soundtrack and preparing this easy vegetarian French recipe. Natalie’s French Ratatouille Recipe […]

Fitness: Obesity a Recognized Disease, Prevention is Key! Stay Active All Summer With a Pool Workout

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Summer is officially here–grab your sunscreen and shades, head to the pool. The American Medical Association announced this week that obesity is now recognized as a “chronic disease” and not simply a “major public health problem.” Prevent obesity by staying active all year round and in the warm weather, jump in for a refreshing pool workout.  Summer heat is […]