In the sizzling heat of the summer making sure our family stays hydrated is a top priority; but don’t forget your furry family members. With the scorching sun it’s important that your animals stay hydrated. For easy access to water leave multiple bowls around the house both indoors and outdoors. To ensure that your pet’s water does not get too warm, place water bowls in a shading area of your yard. For extremely hot days freeze a few bowls of water overnight and place them outdoors in the morning. The warm sun will melt the ice throughout the day for a cold, refreshing drink for your pet. Older pets tend to pick a spot and stay there all day. Make sure your pet in properly hydrated by occasionally taking them water.
As much as your kids will tell you they can’t wait for summer, the words “I’m bored,” inevitably cross their lips! While kids do enjoy having some freedom during the summer, a few structured activities are always a good idea.
The following is a quick list of ideas to get your creativity flowing and to fill some down time during the summer months. You can let your kids pick from the list of what they would like to do or simply surprise them with a special activity each day. Doing activities with your kids not only provides a structured environment, but also allows for quality family time. This simple investment of time will be remembered for years to come.
So review the list below, visit websites, and see which activities are best for your family. With these 25 things to do, you may just escape the “I’m bored” this summer!
Make home made ice cream
Have a picnic
Help make dinner
Bake some cookies
Set up a lemonade stand
Make a bird feeder with peanut butter and birdseeds
Make crafts from recyclables
Eat watermelon and count the seeds
Make juice ice pops
Pick flowers to decorate the table
Cool off with fruit ice cubes
Make placemats for the table
Paint with pudding
Pop some popcorn & enjoy a movie
Make fresh squeezed orange juice
Eat dinner on the patio
Make homemade play dough
Make treats for your pet
Write a grocery list and let kids do the shopping
Visit an orchard and pick fruits
Bake your own mini pizzas
Make homemade peanut butter
Popsicles are a cold, icy treat to help cool down after playing outside or working in the yard. Here’s a way to make your own personal popsicles with your favorite fruit juices.
When at the store pick up a jug of your favorite 100% fruit juice or you can juice the fruit yourself. Adding chopped fruit to the fruit juice will add flair to a plain popsicle. Mix and matching fruit flavors is always fun for the whole family! You can make strawberry banana, blueberry pomegranate or strawberry kiwi popsicles. Pour your fruit mixture into small paper cups and place a stick in the middle. Place popsicles in the freezer for 2 to 3 hours or until solid.
Pick up some 100% grape juice and enjoy your very own grape popsicle!
Is this the first summer you will bring your bundle of joy to the pool with you? Don’t worry about pesky diapers that swell in the pool, pick up Huggies Little Swimmers Swim pants. Huggies Little Swimmers are made with absorbent materials that do not swell when your baby is playing in the water.
You can get Little Swimmers for your infant and even your toddler. With leak guard protection you will not have to worry about leaks when your baby is splashing around in the pool. When heading to the lake or the pool always keep on eye on your little one!
We are approaching the summer months. Summer is grilling time, and grilling time means lots of juicy burgers! Here are tips for making yours the best ever:
- Burgers need a little fat to stay juicy. Try for 80 to 90% lean meat.
- Ground meat stays refrigerated for 2 to 3 days safely.
- Always wash surfaces, hands and utensils that come into contact with raw meat. Don’t allow uncooked burgers to stand at room temperature more than 1 hour.
- Don’t over mix when combining meat with other ingredients—this creates dry, tough burgers.
- Prevent sticking by making sure the grill is plenty hot before putting the burgers on. And spray the burger sides with nonstick spray before placing on the grill.
- Never flatten burgers as they cook. This squeezes out juices.
- Use a long-handled spatula with a heatproof handle to flip patties.
- Health experts recommend a well-done burger as the only safe burger.
What better way to enjoy the warm weather than with two favorites – cookies and ice cream!
If you ever try this at home it will be something that you do from now on with your family.
- 1 – pkg of Food Club Bake n’ Break Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 1 – Half Gallon of Goldenbrook Farms Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
- 1 – Bottle of Food Club Chocolate Syrup
- Cool Whip (optional)
- Chopped Nuts (optional)
Bake cookies as directed. As soon as the cookies come out of the oven place one or two on a plate and add a scoop(s) of ice cream on top. Once you add the ice cream, drizzle the chocolate syrup on top. If you like you can also add cool whip and nuts for a little extra fun.
This is a fun and delicious treat to make and enjoy with your family any time! Stop by Brookshire’s and pick up the items you need and have a “cookie monster” time.
Don’t forget to set aside some quality time this week for your family. Count your blessings daily and give thanks for the time you share with them.
Don’t you wish your pets could talk? Maybe then they could explain why they do such unusual things! Here are some common behaviors that folks ask about:
- Howling Cats: Cats yowl when they are after attention, but sometimes because they’re just plain bored! Try to find some new activities or toys to occupy their time.
- Howling Dogs: Dogs often howl in response to an unusual sound, such as a siren. Sometimes a simple distraction helps, such as offering a treat, a tummy rub or a walk.
- Licking the Carpet: Dogs often do this as a calming technique when they’re stressed.
- Body Licking: Licking their fur a lot may indicate a rash, allergy or even an infection. Take your pet to the vet for a checkup to rule out any problems.
Kids need plenty of physical activity, but if they’re couch potatoes, that can be a challenge.
Take the lead and be a good example: play WITH your kids!
- Ride bikes, jump rope, climb stairs, skate and swim.
- Take a family walk or bike ride after dinner every night.
- Learn new sports.
- Build activity into special gatherings. Hold a scavenger hunt or play volleyball at family events.
Did you know that Mother’s Day was first declared a national holiday nearly 100 years ago?
Since 1914, we’ve marked the second Sunday of every May as a day to honor those special women who brought us into the world—our mothers!
Because they do so much for us, we’ve got some great ideas for recipes and gifts to show our love and appreciation. This May 8, show your mother how much you care and make Mother’s Day a special day just for her!
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