- I'm reminded of the fable of "The Grasshopper and the Ant," where the ant spends all summer and fall preparing for the harsh winter while the grasshopper plays. The grasshopper tells the ant he is silly for working so hard, that food is abundant and the weather's far too nice to be working. Of course, the ant warns the foolish grasshopper that winter is coming and if he's not prepared, he will suffer the consequences. The ending is as obvious as the moral and as such it reminds me of my baby boomer generation, and our easy summer living.
Most of the baby boomer's parents were born into hard times, suffering through the great depression. Many times, they were not sure where or when their next meal would be coming from. Second hand clothes and shoes with holes in the soles were the norm for school or church. There were no safety nets for our parents and if they failed, they were lost.
Almost as soon as they became adults, the world went to war. Our fathers marched off to war to save ...Read More »
- Stylecaster | Work + Money | Fri, Jun 25, 2010 3:55 PM EDT | Comments
Summertime dinner parties get a healthy kick courtesy of registered dietitian Marissa Lippert....Read More »
As the old classic song says, "summertime and the living is easy." And it absolutely should be. But let's be honest, summer "living" generally streams into eating, drinking, socializing, happy houring, barbecuing...all the excitable, enjoyable things that pair perfectly with warm weather. The difficult part, however, is making all of those pieces of summer entertaining actually come easy - and not gain pounds at the same time (after all, most of us still want to keep our bikini-clad figures in mind). Stumped? We've got your fail-proof plan for seriously easy summer entertaining.
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- Kaboodle.com | Parenting | Thu, Jun 17, 2010 8:16 PM EDT | CommentsSummer living is all about long, lazy afternoons and outdoor fun. But with kids home from school, the demand to come up with creative ways to keep them entertained without breaking the bank can make summer feel more like a working vacation. Here are ten free ways to get the whole family enjoying the season:
1. Go on a nature walk.
A summertime field trip makes all the difference for restless, bored kids. Make a walk extra-special by turning it into a scavenger hunt-even if you're stuck in the city. For instance if you're near nature, challenge them to spy a spotted butterfly, collect certain indigenous plants, or a rock shaped like a heart. The city offers just as many interesting things to discover and collect. See if they can figure out the correct bus route to some destination across town, provide hints that will take them to city monuments, or give them clues that lead them to the best ice cream store in the city.
2. Host a water fight.
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- M.j - Fierce Beauty And Fashion | Fashion | Tue, May 11, 2010 3:17 AM EDT | Comments
It's been a hot minute since I reviewed some hair products for you ladies but have no fear! I have some more hair goodies that I got to try out and they came right in time for summer! Living in Florida, the summers are especially brutal between the sun drying out your ends and the humidity bringing on sudden attacks of the frizzies. Neither scenario spells fabulous hair so having the right hair products is absolutely essential! So what's up on the Fierce Beauty Review? Three summer friendly products from Avon's Advance Techniques Hair Care Collection.
Before I go into my review, I have a confession: I have never used mousse in my hair. So I was very leary of trying this one out, but after a few weeks it all worked out! This volumizing mousse is forumlated with Creatine and smart styling polymers to promote thicker and fuller feeling hair. It worked for those days when I wanted to sport a curly look that can withstand the sudden rain showers and sticky humidity. After washin...Read More »
- Pegglecat Maco'hoolihan | Healthy Living | Fri, Jul 24, 2009 9:25 PM EDT | Comments
I grew up on the East Coast, where we had real seasons. Here in SF, though, spring, summer, fall and winter are all pretty much the same. We might have a brief blast of heat in October. Otherwise, it's Fog City.Read More »
Anyone else have the summertime blahs? I understand Portland has its fair share of haze year-round. I mean, I'm wearing a hoody sweater and I'm freezing! And it's July!