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Summer is in full swing at my house. The days are long, hot, and we are trying to have as much as possible, despite seeing school supplies creeping back into the stores! I try to make Summer an accident free time of year. No time of year is ideal for injuries but I think we can agree that Summer is pretty bad. I’m sharing my Summer vacation tips to be ready for anything! 

  • Stay Hydrated. No brainer I know. I like to make sure we have water with us at all times. You never know when you might get stuck somewhere longer than expected and suddenly everyone is thirsty and you can either drink tap water or pay $5 for a bottle. No thanks I’ll bring my own. 
  • Travel Safety Kit. I keep stats of bandages, antiseptic, and gauze in the car just in case those daredevil moves on the playground turn bloody. 
  • Mineral Based Sunscreen & Organic/Natural Bug Spray. No-one wants a bug bite or a sunburn. Keep aloe handy just in case!
  • Helmets for Bikes, Scooters, Skateboards, etc. And padding, seriously do not even try to ride by me without a helmet!
  • Sneakers for the playground. I love flip flops and so do my kids however they are not ideal for the playground or anytime you are running around. No support at all, so lace up those sneakers.

My Princess loves dance, but in the Summer she takes a break from ballet and focuses on gymnastics. She also spends all her free time in the pool or running around with her brother. 

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Unfortunately, accidents do happen. No sooner had we kissed goodbye the school year and dove headfirst into Summer than this happened.  Hello ER goodbye pool. Summer Safety Tips, Aflac #SummerSafety #ad

Broken Ankle. Those are not words you want to hear ever, especially at the start of Summer. After a trip to the orthopedist, we wound up with this contraption that swallowed her foot but at least allowed her to walk. Although she couldn’t jump in the pool at least with this boot on we could still get out and about and have some fun. 

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Despite my preparedness for Summer something can always happen. Fortunately for you and I, Aflac is there to help save Summer. 

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Did you know according to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 2.6 million children 0-19 years old are treated in the emergency department each year for sports and recreation-related injuries? Also, each year, 2.6 million children visit emergency rooms for sports-related injuries! According to Bankrate.com, a recent study shows that if someone encounters a significant, unexpected expense, such as an emergency room visit, only 38 percent of respondents indicated they could cover it with cash they have on hand in a savings account or checking account. 

Accidents are more common than we think, but if we prepare ourselves with supplemental insurance like Aflac’s accident policy to help cover out-of-pocket expenses, we won’t have to feel burdened by the costs of an injury. 

For six decades, Aflac insurance policies have given policyholders the opportunity to focus on recovery, not financial stress. In 2015, Fortune magazine included Aflac on its list of Most Admired Companies for the 14th time, ranking the company No. 1 in innovation for the insurance, life and health category. Through its trailblazing One Day PaySM initiative, Aflac U.S. can receive process, approve and disburse payment for eligible claims in one business day. 

To learn more about Aflac and how they can help your family stay sage this Summer visit HERE.  

Would you add any tips to my list? Are you ready if something unexpected happens this summer? 

 

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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I want to introduce to you the new Skinnygirl Snack Swap 2.0!
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The newest version of this fun website includes 27 brand new recipes that match up to the new Tasty Nutrition Bar flavors. These bars are less than 200 calories, an excellent source of protein, good source of fiber, gluten free, Kosher, and are made without artificial sweeteners or flavors. Whether I am traveling, at the gym, or just running errands, the Skinnygirl Tasty Nutrition Bars make a perfect anytime, anywhere healthy snack! 
 
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What is the Skinnygirl Snack Swap?
 
Skinnygirl is encouraging women to swap out their usual snacks for healthier options through the Snack Swap site. The website features a playful tool that asks you to choose your favorite snack and indulgence then it picks a healthier option to match that craving. There are plenty of nutritionist-approved healthy snack ideas and a social aspect by sharing the snack swap #SGSnackSwap.
 
For me, I love lemon. Lemon Bars, Lemon Cake, Lemon Donuts, you name it. The Skinnygirl Snack Swap website came up with the Lemon Frozen Yogurt for me to try. It is light, refreshing, satisfies my lemon craving, my sweet tooth, and it’s not going to break my calorie goals for the day! 

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Ingredients

  • ​2​ cups plain 2% Greek Yogurt
  • ​1​ Tbsp lemon zest, finely chopped
  • 3⁄4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1⁄2 cup agave nectar
  • 2​ tsp vanilla extract

Yield: 2 cups; serves 4

1.​​Combine agave nectar and lemon juice in a medium saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until consistency is that of a syrup. Remove from heat and add vanilla extract. Allow to cool and refrigerate.
2.​​Once lemon syrup has chilled, stir in lemon zest. Add yogurt and stir until completely combined.
3.​I​f you do not have an ice cream maker, pour mixture into baking dish or shallow container. Cover and freeze. Stir and scrape the mixture every 30 minutes for ~2­3 hours. If you have an ice cream maker, you can pour the mixture in and freeze/churn according to manufacturers’ instructions.

This homemade lemon frozen yogurt has a tasty tang and refreshing zip thanks to its fresh ingredients. Using Greek yogurt ensures that you’ll be getting quality protein along with calcium in this healthy treat.

Nutrition Analysis (per 1⁄2 cup serving): Calories: 190, Protein 12g, Dietary Fiber 0g

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This post was written on behalf of Skinnygirl as a #SGSavvySnacker. All opinions are my own.
Medikidz Comic Book Launch

When I was in middle school, I was diagnosed with asthma. I am thankfully asthma free now but it was a scary time as a kid. I also know of other friends who had it so bad they couldn’t be very active at all for fear it could every hurt them. 

I remember going through this and not really knowing what was happening to me or why. My parents also did not have many resources and this was before the Google thing became so popular 😉 

When I heard about this new initiative from AANMA I knew I had to share. This would have come in handy for my middle school self! Readers who are local to Washington DC you have to check this out!

Medikidz Comic Book Launch

On Fri., May 8, the Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA) – in partnership with Medikidz USA and Meda Pharmaceuticals – will launch the first in a three-part comic book series, furthering their commitment to educational efforts that support the asthma community. Register for this FREE event 

The MediKidz superheroes are experts in health and illness, and their mission is to teach children about their body and how illness affects it. The comic book format allows parent to have a fun, engaging discussion with their children about their disease, the causes and triggers. As part of Meda’s ongoing commitment to the asthma community, “Medikidz Explain Asthma” is the first in a three-part series of educational comic books aimed at educating and engaging parents and their children.

Medikidz Comic Book Launch

 

I have previewed the new comics and they are fun and educational. My kids loved these new superheroes and it opened the door to talk to about asthma with them, and signs to look for if they should ever feel as if an attack was happening. We cannot wait to see what else the Medikidz Heroes will get into in the upcoming issues!

For more info about Medikidz visit their website and connect with them on Facebook and Twitter

Visionworks eye health, Visionworks giveaway, visionworks giftcard

I love sunglasses.

This love affair probably started somewhere in Kindergarten with my first Minnie Mouse shades. Since then I have gone through many pairs. Some more trendy than others. My favorite accessory isn’t just a want for me, it is a need. 

As a pale skinned, light eyed redhead, protecting myself from the sun isn’t just a good habit to have it can make the difference in a good day and a burnt day. Even on overcast days, I wear sunglasses. My eyes are sensitive to light and if I head out without my favorite glasses, migraines will ensue. Not cool.

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I have been eyeing polarized glasses for years! I can say that these rock at shielding my eyes from the sun. And they look good too!

With Spring finally here and Summer coming around the corner it is important we think about taking care of our bodies by guarding them from the sun. Just like daily sunscreen use and lip balms shield our skins, our eyes shouldn’t be left to their own defenses. At Visionworks you can find a wide variety of stylish glasses that not only look good but keep your eyes  protected from sun damage. 

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Don’t just take my word for it. Visionworks’ VP of Professional Services, Dr. Florian Safner shares about the importance of wearing sunglasses year round:

Protecting your skin from the sun’s damaging rays is important, but too often people overlook the risks of the sun’s damaging effects on their eyes. UV light is a known causative agent in the development of skin cancer, but did you know approximately 5-10% of all skin cancers occur on the eyelids and the delicate tissue surrounding the eyes? Along with skin cancer, UV light is also a contributor in the development of cataracts. Another of the sun’s damaging rays, High Energy Visible (HEV) light, is cited as a major contributor in the development of macular degeneration.

The same advice for protecting your skin holds true for protecting your eyes from the sun. Limit your exposure to the sun. When outside wear a broad brimmed hat to deflect the sun’s rays away from your face and eyes and always wear sunglasses. Sunglasses are more than just a fashion accessory, they are also an important part of your defense against solar effects on your eyes.

Finally an excuse to buy those new glasses you’ve been eyeing! Seriously though, protect your eyes like you would your skin from the sun. If that protection happens to take the shape of designer shades I won’t judge you. In fact I will probably ask where I can find a pair. 

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Spring into Health with Stonyfield Greek and Chia, Greek and Chia yogurt, organic chia yogurt, #StonyfieldBlogger

Spring is officially here, even after an unexpected snow day! Everyone is coming out of hibernation ready to be active again. For me this means I can finally get outside to run again, I just don’t like the treadmill. Regardless of your plan for fitness this Spring, Stonyfield has the perfect companion to help you reach your goals. 

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Stonyfield Greek and Chia is my new favorite food. Smooth, delicious, and filling, the Greek and Chia blends are helping me to stay on track with my personal health goals for 2015. It is available in 4 flavors- Blood Orange, Pear, Blueberry, and my favorite Red Berries. This Greek Yogurt is organic creamy goodness now with the added boost of all Chia Seeds have to offer.  

I know some of you are thinking about Chia Pets. Maybe even singing the song, no worries I do that too. Yes these are those Chia Seeds, don’t freak out. They aren’t weird and you won’t grow green sprouted hair if you eat them. Pinky promise. If my kids love them you will too. Remember what your mother said how do you know you don’t like it if you haven’t tried it yet? Wisdom.

Chia Seeds are starting to show up everywhere, with good reason too. Chia Seeds are packed with protein, Omega-3, dietary fibre, and health benefits ranging from bone health to fighting off belly fat. 

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I love to snack on these while I work!

I eat Stonyfield Greek and Chia almost everyday it is perfect for anytime hunger strikes:

  • Breakfast
  • Post Workout
  • Parfait with organic fruits
  • Base for my smoothies
  • In my Greek Yogurt Pancake recipe

Find Stonyfield Greek + Chia at Whole Foods, Super Targets, Natural Grocers and other retailers near you.

Which Stonyfield Greek and Chia flavor do you want to try first?

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