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Celebrate National Fresh Fruit Month

Published June 27, 2012        by Sarah

LCBGlenn 150x150 Celebrate National Fresh Fruit MonthDo you have National Fresh Fruit (and Vegetable) month marked on your calendar?  Most of us are more likely to know when National I Love Chocolate Chip Cookie Day is!  Luckily, though, the entire month of June is dedicated to eating right and enjoying healthy fruits and vegetables.  This year, celebrate Fresh Fruit Month by trying a variety of fruits that you never had or try eating them in ways you never thought of, or giving a fruit basket of them.  Here are some interesting ideas to get more fruit into your diet not just in June, but all year long. You can always throw together a fruit salad or enjoy an apple or orange on its own.  But trying new foods helps you gain a whole new appreciation for the versatility and taste of fruit.  For instance, a salad with mixed greens, topped Read more

Summer Pool or Beach Party Ideas

Published September 22, 2011        by Nicole

shutterstock 115419814 2 150x150 Summer Pool or Beach Party Ideas When you have a birthday girl or boy with a summer birthday, you have a ready-made party! Summer lends itself to casual parties and you don’t have to do much to make it festive. The pool is always a fun place to host a party. Or have a party on the sand at the local beach. Your job is just to get the food and drinks there. The rest will take care of itself. A beautiful backdrop like the ocean or a poolside deck is perfect for a party. If you’re at home by the pool, all you really need to do is bring out sandwiches, coolers full of icy cold drinks, some chips and dip, and watermelon. When the time comes, bring out a birthday cookie cake and sing Happy Birthday. Make it ultra casual so everyone feels they can just lounge around. Bring a stereo outside so you can play dance music and have Read more

Deliver the Taste of Summer Anytime with a Fruit Gift!

Published September 01, 2011        by Nicole

big basket 150x150 Deliver the Taste of Summer Anytime with a Fruit Gift!Fresh fruit is more than a great snack, more than just the base for countless delicious recipes. Bright, beautiful, and bursting with promise, fruit also makes a wonderful gift for even the pickiest, hard-to-shop-for people on your list. Giving fruit helps you deliver the gift of freshness and summer, no matter what time of year it is – and that is always welcome. Here are some tips for giving the gift of fruit. What’s in season? No fruit is in season all the time, but there is a fruit for every season. Luckily, the fruits that we tend to send as gifts most often come into season in the northern hemisphere’s winter. So, in the middle of a cold January snowstorm, you can enjoy a taste of the tropics. You can find a list of fruits and their seasons at Fruit and Veggies More Matters. Read more

August is Family Fun Month: How to Celebrate

Published August 01, 2011        by Sarah

DiscoverDuPage 150x150 August is Family Fun Month: How to CelebrateDid you know that August has become Family Fun Month? As if you really needed an excuse to celebrate, you can now go out and have some good, clean family time without feeling even the least bit bad about it. But what types of activities might a family do during this fun month? Here are a few ideas for your family to enjoy: 1. Visit a State Park. With all of the state parks out there, there has to be one that you've always thought was cool or wanted to visit. Pick one with a fun body of water, or a supply of unique wildlife. Not only will this option be cost effective, but it'll be an experience for the kids to remember and it's certainly something out of the ordinary! 2. Have a Book Night! Who said that you have to leave your house to have fun? Why not have a lock-in night and snuggle Read more

The Dog Days of Summer - What Does it Mean?

Published August 06, 2010        by Rae Ann

dog days summer1 150x150 The Dog Days of Summer   What Does it Mean?What images come to mind when you hear the phrase "The Dog Days of Summer"? This picture of my dog in his swimming pool is the first thing that pops into my mind.  But what does a dog have to do with it?  Nothing, really! The Dog Days of Summer in the Northern Hemisphere is a period from about July 3 - August 11th.  The name "Dog Days"  comes from the ancient belief that Sirius, also called the Dog Star, was somehow responsible for the hot weather.  Sirius is the brightest star in the Canis Major (Big Dog) Constellation. Sirius is the brightest star besides the Sun and rises and sets with the sun during the "Dog Days" period, so people believed that it helped contribute to warmer temperatures during this time. Although it is certainly the warmest period of the summer, the heat Read more