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Family Time Al Fresco: Summer must haves for creating an outdoor family living area.

Outdoor living is in! Create a comfortable and chic outdoor living area that your family and friends will gather in all summer long.  Cookouts, board games, catching fire flies, or just hanging out together will take place in your new summer living room!

 

*Nautical & Chevron anything and everything… This color theme and pattern design is the hottest trend in outdoor living. Use it as a main focal point like in an outdoor rug or a simple as an accent pillow!

 

*Light up your space! String lights are all the rage for making a space feel like you’re in another world! A few string lights create a warm and romantic feel to an ordinary outdoor space.  All kiddos LOVE twinkle lights!

 

*Outdoor accents- use lanterns, LED candles, and unique design pieces that incorporate your personality!

 

* Help your family and other company stay comfortable outdoors all day — and into the night in your outdoor living area.  Fill a basket with amenities like sunblock, bug spray, hand wipes, and, if it might turn chilly, light blankets. Another great basket to have on hand is activities for your kiddos.  Lighting bug jars, a deck of cards, flash lights for flash light tag, and even sparklers.

 

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10 foods all kids should eat!

Keep your kiddos brains and bodies in top shape with good nutrition!

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1. Eggs.  Eggs are filled with protein and vitamin D.  Eating protein for breakfast is proven to help kiddos feel fuller longer.

 

2. Oatmeal. Oatmeal is a fiber-rich whole grain that takes a while to digest.  It will keep their energy levels high.

 

 3. Fruit. Almost all fruit is good in some way for your kiddos. It’s full of essential vitamins and minerals and is provides a great source of natural fiber to keep kiddos regular.  Oranges, apples, pears, blueberries and strawberries are kiddo favorites!

 

 4. Nuts.Nuts provide healthy fats that help kiddos grow and develop.  Good fat also provides an energy burst that will get them throught the morning or afternoon slump.

 

5. Milk.Protein and calcium are essential for a healthy, high functioning brain and body.  Calcium also keeps bones and teeth strong!

 

6. Tomatoes.  Tomatoes are good for you because they are filled with lycopene.  Cooking them and pairing them with a good fat like Olive Oil helps your body