There are so many spectacular fireworks shows to enjoy this
coming holiday. What a great way to celebrate Independence Day! How
can you make it even better? Try wearing 3-D glasses and see what
it does to the show.
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Celebrate Independence Day with this cool and colorful ice cream
float. They are delicious and colorful. Red for courage, white for
purity and blue for justice.
Jones Brand Cream Soda (clear)
Blue liquid food coloring
Vanilla ice cream
Can of whipped cream
4th of July sprinkles
Pour several bottles or cans of cream soda into a large pitcher.
Add several drops of blue food coloring and stir until food
coloring is mixed in well. Set aside. Next, fill chilled glasses or
clear plastic cups with scoops of vanilla ice cream. Pour the
colored soda over the ice cream to the brim until ice cream is
floating. Spray whipped cream to cover top. Garnish with a
marachino cherry and sprinkles. Add a red straw and spoon. Click here to watch a video of how to make this
We chose the Jones brand cream soda because it's clear. This helps
you get the right blue when the food coloring is added. Not all
cream sodas are clear, so check for brands that are for best color
results. If you aren't a fan of cream soda, you can use 7-UP or
For the adventurous, try flavored soda as well, such as Romano's creamy strawberry Italian soda. Check
out more awesome Romano's recipes for your big bash.
Megan is working out with
What was your biggest success
No sugar all week and I made sprouted raw hummus that is actually
I felt unusually tired this week and due to sick kids couldn't go
to Nia Tuesday and Thursday.
Best advice from my trainer?
"Just do what you can do"
How do I feel?
I'm losing weight, so I feel good about that. I had a lot of blood
sugar issues this week, though. I started out the day strong, but
then at some point I'd be super hungry and veggie sticks just were
not doing the trick. I'd end up just eating something to get me
through and then crashing. Even though I wasn't eating sugar, I
seemed to ride a sort of low blood sugar roller coaster and felt
exhausted at the end of the day. Friday I didn't have the cravings
I had the other days, but Friday was a mellow day. I am guessing
that it is harder to avoid unnecessary carbs on days when my stress
level is high.
is working out with
What was your biggest success
My biggest success was feeling energetic enough to do all of my
daily workouts and tackle the yard and the garage to boot! I have
discovered that after a great workout, I have more energy to do
things I have wanted to get done. I also realize I have been too
busy and active this week to watch any evening TV.
My biggest challenge this week was going to the gym and giving it
my all in spite of a bad cold. I woke up Monday morning with a sore
throat and body aches. I thought about calling the trainers and
rescheduling but once I got there I felt better and was able to
complete the workouts. I was also at a large family gathering with
a multi-course meal that definitely over-stretched my calories for
that day. It is hard for me to say "no thank you" when someone has
gone to a lot of trouble to make a big meal.
Best advice from my trainer?
I was lucky to work with two fun trainers this week. Travis
focused on functional fitness. He was great describing a weight
lift sequence as "picking up your child, then tossing them into the
air" to help illustrate the muscles used and why we were bothering
to work on them. Morgan always reminds me "every exercise is an ab
exercise, keep them tight." He was very encouraging and challenged
me to double my goal expectation… yikes… but if he thinks I can do
it, then I can.
How do I feel?
I feel great. I am starting to see myself as a much healthier
person. My clothes are fitting well and I have had several people
give me positive feedback about my slimmer look.
Favorite go-to food?
Odwalla Superfood Smoothie. Yumm. It has lots of good nutrients,
190 calories, and is a better choice than an iced coffee drink.
Message for MOM Readers
Just start something. I waited so long thinking about how, what,
where, when. I finally decided there is no perfect way or time to
start. It means a change in your schedule, shopping, and meals, but
it is worth the effort!
is working out with
What was your biggest success
This year, I took up Stand Up Paddleboarding and decided I wanted
to give it a go, professionally. At almost 40, it's a brilliant
idea to become a professional athlete, right? I say, I would rather
feel ridiculous trying than ridiculous wishing I had. So on that
note, my biggest success this week was entering and winning the
Ross Island SUP Series in Portland. The 3 race series was my first
attempt at a professional level and I won! We paddled 6.6
miles around Ross Island (and then some) and (somehow) I came out
on top. Chalk one up for the ol' gals, eh? Check out this
video of Kerri.
My biggest challenge this week was getting motivated. I mean
(please hear me Mother Nature) COME ON SUN! IT'S JUNE
ALREADY!!!! I AM OVER TAKING VITAMIN D SUPPLEMENTS! I WANT THE REAL
DEAL! (respectfully, Mam) I don't want to put on layers to exercise
this time of year and sometimes the blanket on the couch is the
only layer I want! With that said, I ALWAYS feel better getting on
the water for a paddle, even if it's more like a paddle in an
Italian canal, than a hard workout. Also, the great thing
about making it out the door to boot camp is being surrounded by
other hard working people. Then it's too lame, to be the only
person being lame.
Best advice from my
Visualize your goal. Then when you are finished, visualize it
again. I think that is great advice for everyone. If your goal is
to climb South Sister then imagine what the view is from the
top. Imagine the smell and the wind on your face. If your
goal is to simply walk 1/4 of a mile without 'almost dying', then
imagine what a deep, easy breath would feel like or just how proud
you would be of yourself in that moment. Or, what if you just
wanted to look 'smokin' at your high school class reunion this
summer? Imagine walking in and realizing not only do you look damn
good, but you (more importantly) feel damn good, too. (*Don't know
if I can use 'damn' but I was just going with it!)
How do I feel?
With the ever looming 'swimsuit' season around the corner
(hopefully), I feel motivated to keep up the lunges and twists and
burpies, oh my. I am going to try to keep it up AND take a break
when I need to, without beating myself up. Because sometimes,
in the summertime, potato salad is MUCH better than push-ups. Maybe
all the time, but I would like my belly to stay off the floor when
I am doing push-ups, so I keep potato salad to a minimum. It's all
about balance, yes?
I love brown rice cake with avocado and a small slice of cheese
melted on top. It's the 'good' fats (whatever that is), combined
with a little self indulgence. You fill up, it's quick and it's
Message for MOM Readers
Be kind to yourself. We are notoriously hard on ourselves, in
almost every aspect. That needs to change. WE need to change that,
Mommas. If you go on a run and stop to walk, at least you are out
walking and not sitting on your couch, right? If we go to yoga and
just CANNOT get in tune with our inner OHHHM, then lay there and
laugh inside your head, instead. Stressing about yoga is a bit
ironic, don't you think? And if we choose not to do a thing, than
choose not to do a thing and don't feel bad about it. Know
tomorrow is another day and sometimes we just need a break. Say it
outloud 'I WILL BE KIND TO MYSELF TODAY'. Let's start a
Thoughts of the week
Strong is the new skinny.
*If you were wondering what paddleboarding is, my boyfriend shot
this video (little did I know) of me in Yaquina Bay in Newport,
SUP in Newport, Oregon
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Experience Wildlife Safari in the
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Muffin tin meals prove that good things come in small
packages. Six different items are served in a muffin tin
providing manageable portions and a ton of fun. It is a great way
to encourage kids to try new foods, and also helps mom or dad
ensure the meal provided is balanced. You can make these for any
meal or snack of the day, and there are endless resources and ideas
online for different combinations. Muffin tin meals were made
widely popular by the Muffin Tin MOM (www.muffintinmom
.com), who posts a new
muffin tin meal idea every Monday on her blog.
Prepare them for summer lunches on the back patio, dinner on
the go, or participate in the Muffin Tin Mom's "Muffin tin Monday"
by posting a photo of your own creation. If you find yourself in a
rut over what to serve your child, or need help encouraging your
child to eat different kinds of food, give muffin tin meals a try.
Here are some muffin tin meals I've made recently for my
1. Skim milk 2. Potato-Chip Frittatas* 3.
Chocolate chip cookie 4. Apple sauce 5. Edamame
6. Carrot sticks
1. Skim milk 2. Broccoli cheddar biscuit muffins*
3. Mango 4. Celery and peanut butter 5. Tortilla
scoop with bean and corn salad* 6. Fruit Leather
1. Chocolate soy milk 2. Strawberries 3.
Cucumbers 4. Colby Jack cheese cubes 5. Pita
triangles 6. Garlic and artichoke hummus
1. Vanilla soy milk 2. Blackberries 3.
Butterscotch cookie 4. Broccoli 5. Roasted red pepper
tomato soup 6. Grilled cheese sticks
Source: Cookie magazine, February 2009
1 ½ T. milk
Salt and pepper
1 T. olive oil
1 leek, sliced (about ½ cup)
½ onion, sliced (about ½ cup)
1 carrot shredded (about ½ cup)
4 T. shredded cheese (such as cheddar or smoked
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Whisk together the eggs, milk,
salt and pepper; set aside. Heat the leek and onion with a pinch of
salt Cook until tender, about five minutes. Add the carrot; cook
for one minute more. Remove from heat. Grease silicon muffin cups.
Divide the cheese among the cups, then the vegetables. Pour in the
egg mixture until each cup is three-quarters full. Add a few
potato chips to each. Bake until cooked through, 12 to 15
Broccoli cheddar biscuit
1 package ready to bake biscuits
2 cups broccoli florets (blanched + chopped)
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Grease silicon muffin cups
with cooking spray. Using one biscuit at a time, place a biscuit
into a muffin cup and then press down to "dig a hole" in the
middle. Plant your broccoli by dividing it evenly among all the
biscuit cups. Sprinkle cheddar on top of each biscuit and bake
for 10 to 12 minutes or until the biscuits are turning golden
brown. Serve warm.
Bean and corn dip
1 can shoe peg corn
1 can white beans
1-2 tomatoes chopped
1 bunch of green onions chopped
1/2 bunch of cilantro chopped
2 avocados diced
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tsp. minced garlic
2 tsp. cumin
salt & pepper
Combine all ingredients and serve with tortilla scoop
by Eco MOM™ Lynzie Kronheim
It's summer and a great time to pick some juicy ripened
blueberries. Starting in June and running though September you can
stock up on sweet berries for making smoothies, cobblers, muffins
and pies - or eat them fresh. Two great ways to find locally grown
berries are at u-pick farms and at farmer's markets. Most u-pick
farms provide buckets to use that children love to walk around with
and fill. And local markets are great places to pick up berries and
other produce at the same time.
Blueberries are excellent antioxidants for boosting the immune
system and include many vitamins and minerals. They last fresh for
about two weeks and longer if frozen. Stock up for the winter
months by canning, freezing or dehydrating them. Buying locally
supports farmers and is good for the environment. Bring sunscreen,
a hat and lots of water to be comfortable at u-picks. Find
locations nearby at Hummingbird Wholesale, LaneFood.org and Springfield Farmer's Market.
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by Travel MOM™
Does the chore of packing for your family trip fall on mom?
It's not easy, but packing well will save you time, money and
frustration. After many family trips, here are my secrets to
packing all the essentials in as few bags as possible.
The temptation is to pack everything you might need.
Eliminate the guesswork by planning ahead. Start with a list of
activities you'll be doing each day, with specific items required.
Plan outfits for each member of your family for each day, based on
that list. Pack an entire kid's outfit into a zipper bag and write
their name and the activity on the bag. I always pack the following
items: zipper bags of all sizes, permanent marker, small scissors,
tape, small amounts of every type of medicine we might need,
band-aids and clothes pins.
Look-up expected day and night temperatures for your
destination and plan accordingly. Your travel outfits should
include short sleeve shirts with a light jacket or sweater. The
temperature in airports and on planes can fluctuate dramatically. I
dress my kids in running suits and tennis shoes so they are comfy
for the flights and can adapt to any temperature.
If laundry facilities are available where you are staying,
reduce the amount of clothing by half. A month before travel, start
making a pile of important items. Make sure everything fits and
double-check essential items. Then pare-down to only necessities
and choose multi-purpose items. Decide how many suitcases you want
to take and keep eliminating items until the bags are
With the exception of Southwest and Jet Blue, all airlines
now charge to check-in luggage for coach class travel within the
USA. For a family of four, checking-in one bag each can add $200 or
more to the cost of a trip.
Weigh each piece of check-in luggage. The maximum allowed is
50 pounds. The extra charge for an overweight bag (51+ pounds) can
be $100 each direction. Some airlines offer a discount if you
prepay the baggage charges online. The rules for international
travel will vary depending on the airline and destination. Details
can be found on the airline websites.
Many people choose to save money and avoid the risk of lost
luggage by bringing only carry-on baggage. Each traveler is allowed
one carry-on bag and one personal item such as a briefcase, garment
bag, laptop, purse or small backpack. Measure your bag to make sure
it is no more than 9"X 14"X 22". You are allowed to check-in
strollers and car seats for no charge. Ask if you can gate-check
these items so you don't have to wait for them at baggage claim.
Put your name and cell phone number on all items.
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