Outdoor Space ArticleHere’s the buzz when it comes to backyard fun: Before you plan those barbecues, pool parties and bonfires, you need to transform your outdoors into a great entertaining environment and stop insects from making themselves at home.
To keep your backyard looking its best this season, try these six tips:

1. Good gardening: Choose a lively combination of colorful plants and flowers to brighten your outdoor spaces during the day and light them at night to add drama. Try citronella plants and marigolds to naturally repel mosquito populations and be sure to eliminate standing water as it attracts mosquitoes.

2. Check your equipment: Make sure the lawn mower, weed-whacker and the like are primed and ready, blades sharpened, tank refilled and so on.

3. Rake it in. Get rid of last year’s dead leaves and twigs that can keep your lawn from soaking up the sun. Consider composting the debris.

4. Beating the pests: Fortunately, protecting your yard against insect-borne diseases such as chikungunya, West Nile virus and Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) does not have to be a challenge, nor does it have to involve chemical sprays. Instead, you can use environmentally friendly solutions to keep bugs at bay while enjoying the outdoors.
For example, Dynatrap insect traps can provide relief from mosquitoes, biting flies and other flying bugs without pesticides. Since they come in a variety of styles and finishes, you can even find one to match your deck decor.

5. Grilling idea: Clean the grill after each use to save yourself time and trouble when you want to fire it up for your next get-together. That will also help keep bugs from hovering on the deck.

6. Deck design: Your outdoor space can make or break your backyard, so be sure it reflects your style and makes a statement. Keep in mind the primary use of your outdoor space and remember to think about mosquito control as it relates to the size of your yard. Position the insect trap where it will draw bugs away from where you spend most of your time.

For further facts, visit www.dynatrap.com, Frontgate and other retailers, or on Facebook, [email protected] or Pinterest.

*Article and image courtesy of NAPS.*

Memorial Day is upon us, and of course, that means backyard barbecues and outdoor grilling! Make your beef burgers, turkey burgers, or black bean burgers stand out with this Dry Rub – a perfect addition to any type of burger you are grilling! Extremely versatile, it can also be used on fish or vegetables.

Colman’s Mustard BBQ Dry Rub

Ingredients

1/3 cup Garlic Powder

1 1/2 tbsp Cumin, ground

2 1/3 cup Brown Sugar (“Mom” prefers organic)

1 tbsp Cayenne

¼ cup Colman’s Mustard Powder

1/4 cup Cinnamon or canella, ground

2 cup La Colombe Decaf. Espresso, ground

1 1/2 cup Salt, kosher

1/2 cup ground Black Pepper

Preparation

Mix all together in a bowl and store in a sealed jar in a cool, dry place.

To use, rub on meat, fish or vegetable and let sit for at least 3 hours for meat, or 30 minutes for fish or vegetables.

*Recipe and image courtesy of Colman’s.*

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Mommy's Bliss KidsWe all know that summer colds and flu are inevitable, so it’s only natural to want a solution that works fast, especially when away from the comforts of home. “Mom” is always on the lookout for new, natural ways to keep her little ones healthy while traveling. With a toddler who gets motion sickness on long car rides, Kids Upset Tummy & Nausea Relief by Mommy’s Bliss, is now a must-have for travel! This all-natural, sugar-free and gluten-free liquid herbal supplement for kids is designed to provide fast acting stomach relief in minutes. It also works great for indigestion, motion sickness, gas, and bloating. We are loving that it comes in extremely convenient single-serve packs making it a great choice for families on the go this summer!

Portable, convenient, and practically mess-free, the Kids Upset Tummy & Nausea Relief comes in a light cherry flavor, which is pleasing to little ones. We love that it is made with organic ginger, fennel, dill & peppermint to soothe tiny tummies naturally! Plus – no refrigeration is necessary, just tuck a packet or two in your diaper bag, backpack or purse for use when needed.

For more information on Mommy’s Bliss and the brand’s entire line of products, please visit www.mommysbliss.com.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this piece.*

Soothe Baby Naturally PicIt’s not something any new parent wants to anticipate, but the reality is, infants and toddlers sometimes don’t feel well. Upset stomachs from gas and runny noses are common among youngsters and can happen at any time of the year. When children are not at their best, there are several easy, tried-and-true remedies that are safe for parents to learn to help kids start feeling better quickly.

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Burping is best: Gently burping your infant or toddler is the easiest way to relieve discomfort from gas during and after feedings and meals. If your little one does not burp immediately, this is normal—just lay him or her down on his or her back for a few minutes before trying again.

Keep on moving: An active infant or toddler is a less gassy one! Supervised tummy time and keeping your little one’s legs and arms moving is another simple technique to keep the flow of oxygen steady to prevent discomfort from gas.

Experiment with food: Certain foods your infant or toddler enjoys eating, such as broccoli, beans and cauliflower, may cause extra gas. Because of this, products such as Little Remedies® Gas Relief Drops and Little Remedies® Gripe Water are ideal for liberating pains from excess gas. Little Remedies® believes “less is more” and strives to make sure that each of its products contains just what is needed for fast, safe relief—nothing more. With no artificial colors, flavors, alcohol, saccharin or preservatives, these remedies provide a comforting relief to upset stomachs due to gas.

Stuffy Noses

Fluids, fluids and more fluids: Plenty of fluids, especially water, are a little one’s best friend when it comes to stuffy nose symptoms. For older children, warm broths, soups and other drinks can also work wonders.

Just add moisture: A little moisture goes a long way! Room humidifiers and saline nose drops such as Little Remedies® Saline Spray/Drops moisten the nasal passage and flush out unwanted mucus from little noses. This non-medicated product can be used as often as needed without the worry of any harmful side effects or drug interactions. Its specially buffered formula is alcohol free, will not sting or burn delicate nasal membranes, and has a baby-size applicator tip.

For more information on Little Remedies® and the full line of products, visit www.LittleRemedies.com, or join them on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/LittleRemedies and @LittleRemedies on Twitter for updates.

*Image and article courtesy of NAPS.*

Berry healthy articleMay is National Strawberry Month, and this little heart-shaped fruit can be a big help to your heart. According to research, strawberries may play an important role in helping to reduce the risk of heart disease.

“Strawberries are at the top of the list of foods I recommend for packing the most nutrition into everyday meals, especially when considering cardiovascular health,” said Sylvia Klinger, MS, RD, LDN. “It’s an easy sell with their versatility and naturally sweet taste.”

Here are 12 more reasons to enjoy California strawberries:

1. High in vitamin C (more per serving than an orange) and may boost immunity.

2. Considered a superfruit with loads of antioxidants and anthocyanins.

3. Versatile and can be added to both savory and sweet dishes.

4. Low in sugar, naturally sweet with only 45 calories per cup.

5. A source of potassium to support healthy blood pressure.

6. A good source of dietary fiber.

7. Available year-round and easy to freeze.

8. Grown by caring strawberry farmers who use sustainable farming practices.

9. Loved by kids and ideal for snacks and lunches.

10. Ideal for adding appeal to summertime dishes and special occasions.

11. Grown to perfection in ideal growing conditions along California’s coast.

12. Globally loved and voted America’s favorite fruit.

 

Try this recipe for a tasty way to enjoy strawberries:

Grilled Salmon with Strawberry Ginger Salsa
Serves: 6

Ingredients

Salsa:

Prepare at least one hour ahead.

1 English or seedless cucumber, finely chopped

1 green onion, thinly sliced

1 Tbsp. cilantro, cut into strips

1 tsp. fresh ginger, freshly grated

1 yellow pepper, diced small

3-4 Tbsp. seasoned rice wine vinegar

2 cups fresh California strawberries, hulled and diced small

Sauce:

1 stick unsalted butter

1 clove garlic

1 Tbsp. honey

2 Tbsp. soy sauce

1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice

6 salmon fillets (or fish of choice), skinless

Preparation

Mix cucumbers, green onion, cilantro, ginger, yellow pepper and vinegar. Cover and chill at least one hour. Just before serving, add strawberries. In a small saucepan, melt butter with garlic over low heat. Stir in honey, soy sauce and lemon juice and cook 2 minutes; set aside. Prepare a charcoal grill; when ready, brush sauce on salmon pieces and place on a well-oiled fish-grilling rack. Place rack over coals about 4 inches from fire and grill approximately 4 to 5 minutes on each side. Brush with the sauce again after turning and again when done. Transfer to warm platter and top with salsa.

For more information and healthful recipes, follow @castrawberries on Facebook, or visit www.californiastrawberries.com.

*Article and image courtesy of NAPS.net.*

Ruby Rocket's BestFor kids and adults alike, a frozen popsicle on a hot & humid day is a necessity if you spend time outdoors! For parents of picky eaters, these snacks offer more than just a way to cool down – they also provide a great way to sneak in those veggies! Our favorite choice this summer is Ruby Rocket’s, which can be found nationwide. These naturally sweet pops are non-GMO, kosher, dairy free and vegan. Different from other frozen snacks, Ruby Rocket’s have the lowest naturally occurring sugar (4-6 grams) and are the only non-dairy pops with healthy probiotics. The pops are affordable at just $4.99 for a box of 6.

Making their debut this past month are 5 awesome flavors, which includes Celestial Cherry, Far-Out Fudge (think fudgesicle, only extremely healthy!), Planetary Pink Lemonade, Meteorite Mango, and Gravity Grape. These join the original flavors, Rockit-Red, Orbit Orange and Galaxy Green. What are the flavors of choice at our home? The original Orbit Orange and the new Gravity Grape!

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What’s not to love about these low-calorie pops that burst with goodness?! The newest flavors are made with the following ingredients:

· Celestial Cherry. Blend of organic cherry, apple, tomato, beet, pomegranate and the Chinese strawberry, yumberry.
· Far-Out Fudge. Blend of organic date, sweet potato, Dutch cocoa, banana, beet and acai.
· Planetary Pink Lemonade. Blend of organic butternut squash, strawberry, lemon juice, pomegranate juice, purple sweet potato, dried goji berry.
· Meteorite Mango. Blend of organic butternut squash, pineapple, passion fruit, sweet potato and mango.
· Gravity Grape. An all-natural blend of organic grape, white grape, purple sweet potato, sweet potato, blueberry and acai

Perfect for packing up for a beach picnic or as a birthday party snack, Ruby Rocket’s will hopefully become your family’s favorite pops too! You can locate a store near you online at www.rubyrockets.com.

*Company generously provided samples for this review.*