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3 Easy DIY Popsicle Recipes

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Darlene Megino Blogger Biography

Summer weather can get a little crazy! If you’re not feeling like heading to the beach or jumping into the pool to cool down, here’s a way to stay chill – popsicles!

Here are three easy DIY popsicle recipes for you to enjoy:

1. Fresh Fruit

Cut up any fresh fruit you’d like to have in your popsicle. Insert the fruit into the mold and add coconut water. Freeze the mold for 6-8 hours and voila! You have yourself fresh fruit popsicles!

Fresh Fruit Popsicle

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2. Childhood Favorite

This one is the childhood favorite. For this popsicle recipe, all you need is water, different flavored Kool-Aid packets, and a popsicle mold. Follow the packet instructions on how to mix the Kool-Aid packet with water, then pour out the mixture into the mold. Leave it in the freezer for at least 3-6 hours!

Kool-Aid Popsicles

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3. Chocolate Dipped Bananas

For this recipe, I would freeze the bananas an hour prior to dipping them into the chocolate so you can enjoy this treat quicker! All you need is 1 cup of chocolate chips, bananas, and 2 tablespoons of peanut butter (or you can opt-out and just use 2 tablespoons of butter).  Take the frozen bananas and insert the popsicle stick in the center. Melt the chocolate chips and peanut butter in the microwave, pour mix into a tall narrow glass. Dip the bananas into the mix and add nuts, sprinkles, or coconut flakes to the top. Freeze for another 45-60 minutes before eating it!

Frozen Chocolate Banana Pops

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What’s your favorite treat to help you cool down in the summer?

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4 Reasons To Love The Lake

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Cameron Tranchemontagne Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Everyone loves to go to the beach. It is a symbol of summer. People running around in bathing suits, playing volleyball, tanning, swimming, and surfing. However, the lake is just as good too! Especially for those who may not be close to a beach. Here are a few reasons to love the lake this summer.

1. Calmer Water

In the ocean you have to contend with waves, tides, and currents. At a lake, the only waves you have to deal with are kicked up by boats and are usually considered natural ramps for water-skiers and the like. Sure you can’t catch a wave to ride into shore, but if you’re out on the lake you likely have a boat or some other form of transportation to get you back to land. Calmer water means there are more activities that  can be safely enjoyed. You can even open your eyes underwater without getting salt in them!

Lake Water

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2. Sandbars

If you’re looking for marine equivalent of tailgating, look no further than your local sandbar. People love to congregate around these mounds of sand which provide a natural version of the shallow end of the pool. Kids play marco-polo and chase around dogs, while adults listen to music and even grill all out on the water. All you have to do is anchor your boat on the edge of the sandbar and meet some of the other people there. Pretty soon you’re a regular at a sandbar where everyone knows your name!

Sand Bar Boat Party

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3. Fishing

Freshwater fishing, though the fish may be smaller, is my favorite kind of fishing. You can expect to catch something almost anywhere you go. It’s a fantastic place for kids to learn how to fish as well since there are less dangers involved than fishing off rocks on the coastline or deep sea fishing. Speaking of fish, anyone who has swam in the ocean and was nervous a shark might bite them need not worry in a lake.

Lake Fishing

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4. More Activities

At the beach you are confined to the sand, the water, and maybe a boardwalk with some restaurants. At a lake you can go in the water, on the sand, on the grass, and go to surrounding restaurants, campgrounds, and nature trails to hike. While most coastal beaches are closed in the winter, there is still plenty you can do at a lake when it freezes – like ice fishing, ice skating, and pond hockey. There is just simply more to do at the lake year-round.

Lake Activities

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So the next time you are deciding whether you should go to the ocean or the lake, just remember these reasons why you should choose the lake instead. What is your preference?

 

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Top 5 Summer Reading List

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Whether you are on summer vacation from school or you’re still taking summer classes, there’s no doubt summer term is usually a lot more easygoing than the rest of the school year. Classes tend to be relaxed and the homework load is usually lighter, leaving you with some extra time. In between hanging out with friends, taking weekend road trips, and hanging by the pool, pick up one of these books that are sure to be summer hits and great beach bag stuffers.

1. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

It’s already made box office history by being the top grossing romantic movie. Sixteen year old Hazel has cancer and is forced by her parents to attend a support group where she meets and falls in love with seventeen year old, Gus. Want to find out what happens in between and if the two get together? Rent it from us today!

The Fault In Our Stars John Green Book Movie

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2. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Looking for a thriller/mystery? It didn’t take me long to finish this suspenseful story of Nick Dunne and his wife, Amy, who mysteriously disappears one evening. Suddenly, all eyes are on Nick. The book switches from Nick’s point of view to Amy’s, which will leave you switching sides every couple of pages. What happened to Amy? Did Nick kill her or did something else happen? Read it before the movie comes out in October!

Gone Girl Gillian Flynn Book

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3. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

If you’ve never read anything by Angelou, now is the perfect time. This book is a memoir of Maya and her brother, Bailey, who are sent to live with their grandmother in a small town and have to deal with prejudice of the locals. Maya later learns of love for herself and to feel free instead of imprisoned. This read is sure to touch your heart as a good summer read.

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings Maya Angelou Book

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4. The Giver by Lois Lowry

Another movie set to be released this fall, The Giver is a classic. Jonas, a young boy, is chosen to learn about pain and pleasure of the “real” world which contradicts his seemingly perfect community.

The Giver Lois Lowry Book

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5. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

This is a book about the author who realizes one rainy afternoon that she isn’t living for the things that really matter. She dedicates a year to The Happiness Project and chronicles her adventures and lessons learned. Needing inspiration? Rent it with us now!

The Happiness Project Gretchen Rubin Book

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Which book will be making your summer reading list this year?

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Quick Fix For A Swimsuit Body

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Bailey Buckingham Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Summer always creeps up on us a lot faster than we’re prepared for! I’ve together a few quick fixes that can help you slim down and shed those few extra pounds to help feel comfortable in that swimsuit!

1. Cut-Out Unnecessary Sugar

You should definitely add this to your routine anyway, but to kick start your slim down, this is a must. Throw out sugary cereals, soda, candy, and anything that is unnecessary for your diet. If you must add something sweet to your diet, grab a piece of dark chocolate!

Say No To Sugar

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2. Substitute With Fruit

For every meal, replace a normal carb for fruit. I started doing this a few weeks ago, and without tough workouts, I’ve already seen results. Instead of toast, have a bowl of fruit. Instead of potatoes, have some fruit. Stock up on a wide variety of fruit so you can change it up every meal!

A Bowl of Mixed Fruit

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3. Add A Workout

Now, for me, this is the hardest one to add because of my lack of time. But, even if I have 10 minutes, I’ve started going outside and running sprints back and forth on my front lawn. Something is better than nothing, so at least drop down and do 10 pushups!

Quick Workout

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4. Drink More Water

This is probably the most important thing to do because it will keep you full longer, flush out toxins, and keep you hydrated. If you’re really on crunch time, try drinking about a gallon a day until your event. If you’ve got time, at least drink 8 cups, but shoot for more!

Female College Student Drinking Water Outside

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These tips have helped me, especially when I have a special event coming up! Tailor these to fit your needs, and you will start to look and feel great!

What tricks do you have?

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Summer On A Budget

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Darlene Megino Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

School is out and you are now probably wondering what to do for the rest of your vacation. Trying to go on a summer adventure, but only have a small budget? No worries, here are a few ideas to help you have fun this summer!

1. Free Festivals

Check out your local newspaper or online news to find events happening locally. Chances are there are a ton of free festivals happening! Everything from music, to food, to arts and wine festivals, are happening every summer. If you use an online search engine, you can narrow it down to “free festivals” and select from a variety of fun events.

Free Summer Festival

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2. Half Off Rides

If you have local amusement parks in your area, then you’re in for a treat! Most amusement parks have specials on their admission tickets. Whether you get a coupon online or from a soda can, they also have other deals if you ask the ticket office. Call your local amusement park and inquire about admission tickets after a certain time. Some parks give their admission tickets half off after 5pm!

Amusement Park Roller Coaster

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3. Free Day

Museums and zoos have what’s called “Free First of the Month.” Take advantage of this special admission day! Museums and zoos pick a certain day of the month for people to come visit for free. Usually these days are the first Mondays or First Fridays of the month. Definitely check these out and you’ll have a blast checking out cool artwork or animals for free! If you’ve missed the free day, they also have special discount days as well.

Dinosaur Museum Exhibit

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Sometimes the best fun is just hanging out low-key with some of your closest friends and playing a game of cards or video games. There are tons of things you can do without spending loads of money. What will you be doing this summer that is budget friendly?

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