By: Sandra L. Churchill Summer is abloom with bubblegum petunias, Shasta daisies, sweet roses, and wild lavender. Gardeners everywhere bend on soil-stained knees, patiently attending to blossoms and vegetables alike, nurturing their tender leaves and stems to vibrant, dewy verdure. But in recent weeks, I have been pondering the possibility that not all gardeners raise … More A Gardener of Hearts and Souls
Summer is here;and as many of us start planning summer picnics, barbecues, and other outdoor parties, it’s important to brush up on our food safety tips to ensure that everyone stays healthy. Eating outdoors in warm weather can present a food safety challenge. Bacteria in food multiply faster at temperatures between 40°F and 140°F, so … More Food Safety Tips
By: Deirdre Littlefield The sun is finally out and summer is on its way. Our schedule is beginning to clear of all the activities that enrich their daily lives—from soccer, to hockey, to music, to lacrosse. I love to watch my sons socialize and learn how their bodies work and to see which talents come … More Happy Summer!
By: Martianne Stanger This summer has not been the summer I thought it would be for my children and me. Both my son and I have contracted Lyme’s disease and had to suffer through the side affects of the strong medications prescribed for that. Our family has also had plans changed by broken water pipes, … More Seek Truth, Goodness, and Beauty Even As Life Unfolds As It Will
By: Jessica Aldred I’m sure I’m not alone in saying this, but where is summer 2015 going?! It seems like school just ended last week and here we are approaching the mid-point of summer vacation already. My older kids are certainly enjoying their time at camp and the nice weather, but I feel like I … More Slow Down Summer!
By: Sandy Churchill Many cringe if the word “school” is somehow mingled into a discussion about the joys of summer vacation. But a sad truth is the near-inevitable “summer slide” where a good chunk of learning is forgotten in the heat and expanse of July and August days. I’m the first one to say this … More Avoiding the Summer Slide
‘Tis the season for picnics, cookouts, and other outdoor parties! As the weather starts to warm up, and many of us start planning summer picnics and barbeques, it’s important to brush up on our food safety tips to ensure that everyone stays healthy. Eating outdoors in warm weather can present a food safety challenge. Bacteria … More Food Safety Tips
By: Rachel Ventura I may make some enemies for this, especially right now in the middle of Summer, but I’m just going to come right out and say it. I don’t like the beach. I’ve just never been a fan. My relationship with the sun and history with melanoma is one of the reasons, but … More Life’s a Beach
By: Alicia Tapp, Guest Contributor Cool off with these light summer recipes the whole family will enjoy! 1) Fresh Tomato Salsa: Prepare this delicious appetizer for any event. Your friends and family will love the fresh ingredients, and it’ll impress even the peskiest of eaters. The homemade recipe goes with any chip and will hold your … More Healthy Summer Recipes
By: Alicia Tapp, Guest Contributor Unsure of what to do this 4th of July? The possibilities are limitless, but it’s important that you and your family stay safe while celebrating with loved ones. To keep your family entertained, try these fun-filled activities! 1) Patriotic Ice Cream Cone Wrapper Looking for a fun way to entertain … More Have a Fun Fourth of July!