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Family Matters: Caring for Your Baby in the Heat

Caring for Your Baby in the HeatCaring for your baby in the hot weather months, especially since we live in the South, just takes a little extra care and attention than when the weather is more temperate.

Infants can’t always regulate their body temperature properly, so it’s up to you to pay attention to the cues that baby is too hot or too cool.

First of all, baby doesn’t need to be bundled up in blankets during the summer months. This includes covering their carrier or car seat. Let air circulate around your baby to help keep them cool. Swaddling at night is fine if your house is cool and air-conditioned, but don’t wrap baby up in the heat of the day or if it’s too warm in the room.

Keep air circulating around your infant, but it’s probably best not to point a fan directly at them.

Baby is too hot if she is sweating, red or flushed, or breathing rapidly.

Keep her dressed in loose-fitting, cotton clothing during the summer. Hats are great to help shield their faces and heads. Remember that babies also lose heat from their heads, so removing the hat helps cool baby off, too. Keep baby in shade and not exposed to direct sunlight if you are outdoors. Consider a window shade for your car window if baby’s car seat is next to the door.

Decrease the temperature of baby’s bath slightly in the summer months. Use cooler water for baby’s bath for a refreshing and enjoyable bath time! Water that is just about body temperature should be perfect for baby.

Make sure you are offering breast milk or water often to keep baby hydrated, as that will help her regulate her body temperature best during summer months.

Healthy Living: Eating Red, White and Blue

patriotically decorated bowl of fruitHappy Fourth of July!

One great way to celebrate is to fuel your body with all things patriotic and healthy.

Start with red.

Strawberries are packed with antioxidants, which lower blood pressure and protect your heart. Strawberries are full of essential vitamins and minerals. They are also sodium-free, cholesterol-free and fat-free.

Tomatoes contain all four major carotenoids: alpha-carotene and beta-carotene, lutein and lycopene. These carotenoids have individual benefits, but they also have major synergy as a group to help ward off diseases like cancer. Tomatoes are also rich in potassium.

Raspberries can improve memory, lower your risk of cardiovascular disease, and help manage obesity.

Red peppers are full of vitamin C, and they can help build immunity.

How about white foods, and we’re not talking about anything processed or out of a package?

White onions contain fiber and folic acid, a B vitamin that helps the body make new, healthy cells. They are also high in vitamin C and low in calories.

White milk is full of vitamin D, which most people do not get enough of in their diets. Vitamin D helps us absorb other vital nutrients.

Cauliflower is delicious and nutritious! One serving of cauliflower contains 77 percent of the recommended daily value of vitamin C. It’s also a good source of vitamin K, protein, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, magnesium, phosphorus, fiber, vitamin B6, folate, pantothenic acid, potassium and manganese.

Let’s move on to blue.

Blueberries are chock full of fiber, potassium, folate, vitamin C and vitamin B6. They support heart health. The fiber in blueberries helps lower the total amount of cholesterol in the blood and helps decrease the risk of heart disease.

Blueberries are a very good source of vitamin K, manganese and copper.

So, enjoy the holiday today and all the health benefits of eating red, white and blue.

Product Talk: Entenmann’s® Rich Frosted Chocolate Doughnuts

Entenmann’s Rich Frosted Chocolate DoughnutsIt’s fitting that I’m writing this post on Father’s Day, for a posting date in early July, just before we arrive in Virginia on our family beach vacation with my entire family.

You see, our family obsession with Entenmann’s® Rich Frosted Chocolate Doughnuts comes from my dad.

They are his favorite.

Somewhere along the line, he bought a box of eight doughnuts to bring to the beach. However, when we go to the beach as a family, there are upwards of 20 of us. Wait, let me count.


There are 24 people and Entenmann’s® Rich Frosted Chocolate Doughnuts only come eight to a box.  You do the math.

My dad, the grandkids call him “Pop,” made the mistake of offering one grandchild a doughnut one morning. In rapid succession, he had to offer ALL the grandchildren a doughnut, and by the time they’d all lined up with their hands extended, he had to split doughnuts into halves and thirds, amidst cries of “It’s not fair” and “He got a bigger piece.” Pop learned to never offer his precious Entenmann’s® again, or to at least buy several boxes.

Now, he brings multiple boxes to the beach with him.

In addition, whenever anyone in the family leaves to make a grocery run, they bring back several boxes with them, too. Entenmann’s® Rich Frosted Chocolate Doughnuts might just be the official breakfast food of the family beach trip. They are definitely an indulgence. Truth be told, we don’t and probably shouldn’t eat a doughnut every morning of the year. However, at the beach, rules don’t apply. Calories don’t count at the beach, right?

It is comforting to see Entenmann’s® Rich Frosted Chocolate Doughnuts at Brookshire’s because sometimes in December or on a bleak February morning, I’d like a cakey, chocolatey, delicious doughnut to remind me of my dad, and of the sunshine, laughter, food and fun that we share at the beach every summer. All I have to do to get that is go to Brookshire’s.

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Dine In: Shaved Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Parmesan

Shaved Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and ParmesanRecently, we went out to dinner, and I ordered the Brussels sprouts as a side dish to my filet mignon.

I should have read the menu more closely, but I didn’t have my glasses with me. It was dusky in the restaurant, and I was starving after an hour-long wait. I almost didn’t care if I had to go pick the Brussels sprouts myself.

However, I was surprised that they came shaved. After I tasted them, though, the surprise became a pleasant surprise.

Shaving the Brussels sprouts takes away the sometimes arduous task of chewing the fibrous vegetable, which is related to the cabbage. You still get all the delicious taste but with much less of the work.

TIP: You can sauté the Brussels sprouts with the bacon, but try roasting them to develop the flavor of both components of this dish.

Shaved Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Parmesan

1 lb Brussels sprouts, stems and tough outer leaves removed
3 slices bacon, chopped
1 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
sea salt and pepper, to taste
2 oz parmesan, shaved

Julienne or finely chop the Brussels sprouts. Mix with chopped bacon, and drizzle with olive oil and balsamic. Toss to coat. Preheat oven to 400° F.

Spread the Brussels sprouts and bacon mixture onto a baking sheet. Roast for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally, until browned and beginning to crisp. Remove from oven. Sprinkle with shaved parmesan and serve immediately.

Serves 4 (as a side dish)

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 240, Fat: 16 g (6 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 34 mg, Sodium: 651 mg, Carbohydrates: 11 g, Fiber: 4 g, Sugar: 3 g, Protein: 16 g.

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Healthy Living: Taking a Time Out

Taking a Time OutDo you get tired, cranky and frustrated, seemingly for no reason?

I do, sometimes. I’ll go ahead and admit it.

It happened yesterday morning.

I’d been going, going and going. Between work, kids and life, I hadn’t taken a moment to smell the roses, so to speak, in a really long time. I hadn’t exercised, slept well or really had a moment alone that I could remember. Showering doesn’t count.

I need alone time to recharge. Usually, my alone time is going home for lunch to a quiet house. I sit for a few minutes at the kitchen table, with no electronics, no phone, no computer, no one talking, and I recharge. During the summer, my kids are home, and I love coming home and having lunch with them. However, there goes my quiet time. I guess I could wake up earlier, but I don’t.

Yesterday, I went out on the back porch (leaving my phone inside), and I sat and watched the hummingbirds come to the feeder that I have hanging on a nearby tree. I just sat there, doing nothing but watching the birds, for about 15 minutes. Then, I came back inside and tackled the world again.

Everyone needs something different to recharge. Make sure you’re getting what you need to be the best person, friend, parent, employee or boss that you can be.

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Product Talk: Lay’s® Poppables

Lay’s Poppables“Bring something new home for snacks,” my kids lamented on Day 2 of summer vacation.

Challenge accepted.

Fairly new to the shelves at Brookshire’s, Lay’s® Poppables are brand new to us, but they’ll be returning guests in our pantry.

We tried the White Cheddar snack, which is a cross between a potato chip and a cheese puff, maybe? A bite-sized, airy, full-flavored bite, these snacks were a big hit on our house.

These snacks are available in White Cheddar and Sea Salt flavors, and they’re found with the other chips, pretzels and snack foods.

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Healthy Living: Low-Carb BLT Wraps

Low-Carb BLT WrapsWhen you’re low-carbing it, you still want delicious food that is satisfying.

This BLT minus the bread or mayo (you can add the mayo if you want, but if you do, whip up a homemade version; it’s so tasty) is just the thing.

Great for a snack, lunch or even breakfast, this simple take on the classic diner treat is much better for you than the original.

Low-Carb BLT Wraps

2 large leaves romaine or bibb lettuce
2 hardboiled eggs, sliced
4 slices turkey bacon, crisply cooked
1 Roma tomato, sliced
salt and pepper, to taste

Spread out romaine leaves; lay them flat. Place turkey bacon down the center of each leaf. Top with egg slices and tomato slices. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roll up and serve immediately.

Serves 2

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 125, Fat: 6 g (1 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 184 mg, Sodium: 310 mg, Carbohydrates: 5 g, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 3 g, Protein: 13 g.

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Product Talk: Morrison’s Sopaipilla Mix

Morrison’s Sopaipilla MixWhenever we go to a Mexican restaurant, my kids love to get a sopapilla at the end of the meal.

They adore that airy, light puff of fried dough, crispy with cinnamon sugar. They drizzle it with honey and devour it before it cools off.

I’d never tried to make them at home until I saw Morrison’s Sopaipilla Mix at Brookshire’s on the shelf in the baking aisle.

Morrison’s mixes makes it easy to deliver great, authentic tastes right in your own kitchen. With a wide variety of mixes using only the best quality ingredients, Morrison’s mixes, including sopapillas, make everything taste great, just like Grandma used to make. These sopapillas come together quickly and taste just like the classic Mexican treat.

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Dine In: Asian Cucumber Salad

Asian Cucumber SaladCucumbers are so refreshing for summertime, and even super simple to grow in your very own garden or planter if you were so inclined.

Cucumber salads are wonderful side dishes for grilling and for cookouts, especially this Asian version, which doesn’t have anything in it that would spoil if it sat outside at a picnic or barbecue. It would be a great accompaniment to a Father’s Day meal this weekend as well.

This would also be tasty with shredded carrots.

Asian Cucumber Salad

6 seedless cucumbers
1/4 small red onion
2 Tbs white wine vinegar
2 Tbs sesame seed oil
2 Tbs fresh cilantro, finely chopped
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp black sesame seeds, plus more for garnish

Slice cucumbers thinly using a mandoline or very sharp knife, and place into a medium bowl. Add red onion.

In another bowl, whisk the rest of the ingredients for the dressing. Pour over the cucumbers and onions. Toss gently to combine. Garnish with additional sesame seeds and fresh cilantro. Chill slightly and serve.

Serves 4 to 6 (as a side dish)

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 110, Fat: 6 g (1 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 473 mg, Carbohydrates: 14 g, Fiber: 8 g, Sugar: 36 g, Protein: 3 g.

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Family Matters: Bootcamp Summer

Bootcamp Summer

I’m writing this on the first official day of summer vacation, and I’ve been doing some thinking over the weeks leading up to this day. My goal for this summer is that, come August, my teenage boys are ready to be self-sufficient and lead independent, productive lives. I’m calling it “Bootcamp Summer.”

It’s not that I’m not willing to whip up some pancakes and wash their bath towels for several more years, but all kids need to have the life skills to live on their own by the time they graduate from high school, in my opinion.

My introspection was prompted by a couple of things. First, I ran into a friend of mine who told me, in all seriousness, that her son brought an entire semester’s worth of dirty clothes home from college because he didn’t know how to do laundry.

Then, another friend who works in a call center for a local cable service had to work with a college student on the phone who didn’t know her address because her mom handles all her mail and her correspondence, including bills.

I started compiling a list of things that I wanted to do with my boys this summer to make sure they had all the skills they will need by the time they graduate from high school. We started out by ironing dress shirts the right way. Then, we filled out bank deposit slips (you know, the “old fashioned” kind) for their bank deposits.

They also cut the grass, weeded flower beds and put down mulch. They’ve been doing their own laundry and cleaning their own bathroom for several years now, so I polled my friends to see what other skills would be essential to know before they left the nest. Here’s what they said:

  • Cooking a few good meals, from planning, budgeting, shopping and executing, including re-purposing leftovers
  • Writing a check
  • Putting gas in a car
  • Changing a tire
  • Jump starting an engine
  • Washing dishes by hand
  • Loading a dishwasher correctly
  • Vacuuming
  • Changing/cleaning air filters in household appliances
  • Making their own appointments
  • Using a calendar and scheduling
  • Reading instructions and following them
  • Making a budget and sticking to it
  • Using public transportation
  • Establishing and maintaining good credit
  • How to check oil levels and replace oil in your car
  • Sew a button on shirt/pants
  • How to manage a retirement plan/401K
  • Fill out employment paperwork
  • How to (correctly) apply for a job, fill out a job application, ask for references and provide them
  • How to make your bed and change your sheets
  • How to send mail at the post office with insurance/overnight/signature-needed requirements
  • How to set up accounts in their name for utilities, etc… This might be hard to show them without actually doing it, but if you have the opportunity to do it yourself, bring them along for the process.
  • Familiarize them with their own important documents, social security cards, birth certificates, etc.
  • Using basic household tools
  • How to address an envelope and write a proper letter

What would you add to this list?

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