Tag: Summer


If you are a major movie buff, there are few things in life that get you pumped than finding out what new movie releases are coming up. While great new movies can be see throughout the entire year, you know you are stoked because it’s summer, and that can only mean one thing – summer blockbuster!

There are, no doubt, many reasons why certain movies are released at certain times. Moreover, summer seems to be always filled with movies that really bring the fun, the entertainment, and the overall bang for your buck. It makes sense, too. Young kids and teenagers are all on summer vacation, which means that there is a need to fill time during the day and evening. There is also a higher incidence of date nights at this time of year, which means couples are chomping at the bit to have fun at the movies.

So, whether you are just a big fan of watching movies or maybe you’ve decided that this is the summer to craft your movie buff alter ego, this summer looks to be absolutely brimming with top-notch cinematic offerings.

Here are five new movie releases you definitely need to see this summer:

Ocean’s 8 – An all-female and diverse ensemble cast takes on the Hollywood heist movie in a way that seems to say, “Move over, boys. We’ve got this.”

Tag – Based on a true story of childhood friends that decided to take their love of a game of tag to new levels & turn it into a truly epic adventure. At the heart of it all is their love for each other.

Solo: A Star Wars Story – Haven’t you ever wanted to know how Han met Chewie or how the MIllenium Falcon came into the picture? Also, how did the two coolest cats in the galaxy (Han & Lando) get to know each other?

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom – After the destruction of the Jurassic World theme park, a mission to save some of the remaining dinosaurs from a natural disaster proves to be only the tip of the iceberg.

Deadpool 2 – The first installment was a pretty interesting breath of fresh air in the superhero genre of films. This sequel aims to blow the doors off of its predecessor. Just checking out the addition of a random guy named Peter into the X-Force (interviews wearing a Member’s Only jacket & khakis) is worth it.

New movie releases aside, maybe it’s time you just decided to put the world away for a couple of hours while you enjoyed a good movie. We live in such a hectic society that puts pressure on everyone to work until they can barely function. Doesn’t it seem a little more worthwhile to take your sweetheart out for a nice date night or maybe get the kids together for a kids’ choice movie night? This summer’s movies might just be what you’ve needed.


Source by Morris Raymond


It’s beginning to feel like summer here in Philadelphia. If the heat doesn’t get you, the humidity certainly will! I’ve recently discovered a couple of things that help to keep me cool and comfortable. These will also work for you, even if you don’t live here in the city.

The most incredible discovery happened just a few days ago. My daughter and I were watching TV in my one window, no cross ventilation bedroom, and the heat was unbearable. (I’ve since put my air conditioner in, but this was a couple of days before that.) I knew there was no way that I was going to sleep that night. I was moaning and groaning, and my brilliant daughter suggested that I fill up my hot water bottle with cold water. I’ve been using a hot water bottle every night for a very painful frozen shoulder, and the heat works wonders for me. It was laying there in the bed, beckoning me to fill it up with cold H2O. It was so amazing! I cuddled with it, and held it in the bend of my arm. I kid you not…it instantly cooled me off! I held it to my feet, my tummy, my inner arms and thighs, and even my hands appreciated the coldness. As usual, I found the sound of the sloshing water to be comforting, as well. Hot water bottles can be found at most pharmacies, and generally cost $10-$15. Buy one, or buy many, and keep them on hand to cool you down during the hotter days of summer. In the winter, they’ll keep you warm and help to relieve achy joints, belly aches, cramps, and sometimes, heartburn.

There are a couple of other things that I’ve been doing so far this season. It’s things that I’ve known to do for a long time, and I have done so a little in the past. However, I have been faithfully remembering to put my wrists under very cold running water to almost instantly give me relief and lower my level of discomfort. I’ve also been splashing my face with very cold water and holding cold, wet paper towels against the back of my neck and chest. Simple enough, yet it only works if you actually do it! I’ve given up on any delusions of keeping sunscreen on my face, as it only makes me sweat and horribly irritates my skin, but that’s another story. It’s worked to my advantage-not wearing sunscreen the last three years-because now I instantly splash my face with cold water, having no reason to fear getting sunscreen in my eyes. (I have taken to wearing some rather goofy looking sunhats.)

To remain more comfortable during the heat, everyone knows to keep well hydrated. To make water more appealing, add sliced or cut up fruit to an empty water container (glass looks very attractive), and fill it with water. Put this in the fridge and fill it up as the container empties. You can use strawberries, lemons, limes, apples, nectarines, pears, watermelon, cucumbers, or a combination of any of these. You can use any fruit that you’d like. You can also add fresh mint leaves, if desired. It’s amazing how flavorful the water becomes. It’s refreshing, and it encourages you to stay hydrated.

Don’t forget how hydrating fruits can be! If you eat a fair amount of fruit throughout the day, it all adds up. Frozen fruit will cool you right down, and it tastes almost as good as ice cream. Here are some ways to prepare, and eat, frozen fruits:

• Frozen grapes – although grapes are really a winter fruit, and not nearly as tasty during the summer, freezing them during the hotter months is an interesting way to enjoy them. Fill up a zip-lock bag or container with whole, clean, and dried grapes, and put the container into the freezer. That’s it. When they’re frozen, you can eat them just as they are. They can also be added to smoothies.

• Sorbets and slushies – use any frozen fruit of your choosing. You can buy bags of frozen fruits, or freeze your own. (Cut fruit-melons, pineapples, etc.-into chunks and freeze in containers …


Green vegetables are the food most missing in modern diets. Nutritionally, greens

are very high in calcium (120 -190 mg per cup!) They’re also high in magnesium,

iron, potassium, phosphorous, zinc, and they are a power house for Vitamin A, C, E

and K. Believe it or not, they are also crammed high with fiber, folic acid, chlorophyll

and many other micro-nutrients and phyto-chemicals – you just can’t get any better

than this. Take a look at the following two recipes to help move you into a

sensational summer!

Sensational Summer Salad

For a summer snack that will cleanse the kidneys and help the body to unload toxic

wastes from the blood, use the following high powered recipe.

1/2 cup of watercress

1/2 cup of dandelion greens

1/2 cup of arugula

1/4 cup lemon juice

1/2 tsp grated ginger

pinch of Sea Salt

Mix washed greens together.

Stir lemon juice and ginger.

Pour over greens.

Season with salt.

Tomato Basil & Feta Salad

This is a simple salad that requires no salad dressing.

2 cups tomatoes, diced

1/4 cup red onions, finely chopped

2.25 ounces sliced black olives

3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1/4 teaspoon salt

Add all ingredients in a medium serving bowl and toss!


To your energy and success, Heather


Source by Heather Dominick


Summer time is just around the corner – it’s a great time to get creative with our children’s snacks!

Here are some healthy snacks for kids that are perfect for hot, sunny days:

Cool Summer Fruit Popsicles

What you need:

  • 1 kiwi, peeled and sliced
  • 1 peach, diced
  • 1/2 watermelon, pureed
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh strawberries
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 handful fresh cherries, pitted and chopped

Prepare a dozen popsicle molds then divide the cut fruits to fill each mold. Pour watermelon puree to each popsicle mold, filling to the top. Place a popsicle stick into each one and freeze for at least 6 to 8 hours, or until ready to serve.

For easy serving, run each of the frozen molds under warm water for a few seconds before pulling out for kids to enjoy!

Sweet N Healthy Granola Bars

What you need:

  • 1 1/2 cups almonds
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (preferably sugar-free)
  • 2/3 cups pistachios
  • 1/3 cup Sukrin Clear Fiber Syrup
  • 1/4 cup hemp seeds, chopped and cooked
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds, chopped and cooked
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds, chopped and cooked
  • 3 tablespoons Sukrin Gold
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Melt the butter in a saucepan then add the Sukrin syrup, Sukrin Gold, ground cinnamon, vanilla extract and salt. Stir together thoroughly. Boil for 2-3 minutes until mixture has thickened. Stir in the nuts and cooked seeds, stirring to coat with mixture.

Remove from heat and place mixture in a 9×3 baking dish lined with parchment paper. Place another parchment paper on top and press to spread the mixture evenly to the baking dish. Cool for 10 to 15 minutes then refrigerate for 15. Slice into bars then refrigerate for another 15 minutes.

Store granola bars in an airtight container.

Easy Apple Cookies

What you need:

  • 1 apple (green or red)
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • Mini chocolate chips (preferably sugar-free)

Core the apple and slice into “circles”. Spread peanut butter on top of each apple slice then sprinkle with chocolate chips. Do this for each apple slice. Refrigerate for at least 5 minutes before serving for kids to enjoy more on a hot sunny day!

Preparing healthy snacks for kids isn’t complicated at all. If you make delicious, healthy snacks, they won’t turn to junk food anymore


Source by Angela Kidd

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