5 Ways to Keep Your Pets Safe in a Heat Wave

We haven’t officially hit the first day of summer yet and the temperatures outside are already scorching! Putting on sunscreen and drinking plenty of water are important for us during these hot days, but what about our pets? If you’re wondering what you can do for them to keep them safe and healthy in the heat keep reading.

 

1 – Make sure to offer your pet plenty of water throughout the day. If you’re going to be taking your pet outside or in the car bring water for them in a bottle that you can pour into a bowl when they need it.

2 – Be mindful of their paws! Pavement can get really hot during this time of year. If you’re going to take your pet for a walk try and do it on a grassy or shady area.

3 – Dogs can get much hotter much quicker than a human. They don’t have as many sweat glands as we do so they need chances to sit down in the shade and cool off.

4 – Never leave your dog in a car during the summer. Even with windows down, cars directly in the sun can heat up quickly. Leave your dog home while running errands if the temperatures are going to be too hot.

5 – Make sure to know the signs of overheating in a pet. If they are experiencing heavy panting, vomiting or wobbly legs they may be suffering from heat exhaustion. You can move them to a cool place, offer them water and even put a damp towel on them to cool them off.

10 Cooking Hacks to Save You Time in the Kitchen

Do you hate cooking at home and find yourself ordering out more often than you should? Start ditching the delivery and cut down time in the kitchen with these awesome tips and hacks.

 

1 – Like breakfast sandwiches but don’t want to make one every morning? You can poach a dozen eggs at once using a muffin tin. Refrigerate/freeze the eggs and pull one out to reheat on your toast each morning.

 

2 – Fast forward your fruit ripening by keeping your fruits in a paper bag.

 

3 – Making mashed potatoes? Don’t waste time peeling the skin. Instead, boil them with the skin on and it will fall off in the water. Better yet, mash them with the skins on for a more textured mash potato dish.

 

4 – Use cooking spray to coat your measuring cups. This will help keep foods from sticking to them when baking.

 

5 – Having leftover pizza? Reheat it in a skillet on your stove top rather than the oven to save time.

 

6 – Love a morning smoothie? Put your fruit and veggies into freezer bags. Put one in the fridge each night to throw into the blender the next morning.

 

7 – Put a piece of white bread in your cookie jar to keep your cookies from getting hard and eventually needing to be tossed in the trash.

 

8 – Dice up a bunch of vegetables and store them in freezer bags. These are great to use as soup starters. You can toss the pre-cut veggies in your crockpot and add your desired broth.

 

9 – Having a birthday party? Pre-scoop your ice cream and put them on cupcake liners in a muffin tin. Pull one out for each plate at cake time.

 

10 – Need to soften butter on the counter? Cut it into tablespoon sizes .The smaller pieces will soften a whole lot faster than the whole stick.

5 Ways to Go Greener at Home

Earth Day is approaching and it’s always a great time to start evaluating how we are treating our environment. There are plenty of ways you can go greener at home beyond the classic “reduce, reuse recycle.”

 

1 – Switch the lightbulbs in your lamps to energy efficient light bulbs. When shopping at your local hardware store just look for the “energy star” label on the package. While we’re talking about lamps…make sure to always turn yours off when you’re leaving a room.

 

2 – Use more reusable bags! These are not just for grocery shopping. Start thinking about packing your lunch in a reusable bag and bringing your bags to department stores for shopping as well.

 

3 – Plant a vegetable garden. Don’t have a lot of space? Many vegetables can grow in containers that you can put on your patio or balcony.

 

4 – Avoid drinking out of plastic water bottles. Purchase a reusable bottle to eliminate the amount of plastic water bottles you are using each week.

 

5 – Wash more things in cold water than hot. Washing clothes and dishes in colder water is much more energy efficient.

5 Virtual Valentine Gift Ideas

It may not be possible to safely deliver chocolates and flowers this Valentine’s Day but that doesn’t mean you can’t deliver something special! Check out these great ideas for virtual Valentine’s Day gifts you can share with your loved ones.

 

1 – Make a photo montage video set to music. Share the link to the video on Sunday for your Valentine to enjoy

2 – Send an e-card. There are plenty of websites (like e-cards.com) that allow you to create your own virtual Valentine’s Day card rather than buying one at a drug store!

3 – Create a special Valentine’s Day playlist and share virtually with your Valentine.

4 – Have someone else do the delivering! Use apps like DoorDash or Uber Eats to have your Valentine’s favorite meal delivered to them this Sunday.

5 – Want someone else to deliver the words? Check out Cameo.com to have your Valentine’s favorite celebrity deliver a special greeting!

How to Host a Virtual Super Bowl Party

We’re all getting really good at finding creative ways to be together these days – including during the Super Bowl! We may be used to having a big, loud party with family and friends to root for our favorite teams. This year you can still have fun with some of these tips!

1 – Virtual Super Bowl Squares – Setup some virtual squares with friends and make your own contest using Super Bowl Pool Site!

2 – FaceTime or Zoom – Meet with your friends over the web whether it’s for the first quarter or the whole game. Joining in and cheering together will make you feel like you’re together even if you’re not. Test out your technology ahead of time to avoid any difficulties.

3 – Choose the Same Menu – Just because you can’t be together doesn’t mean you can’t all enjoy nachos, wings and your favorite beverages at the same time. Create a super bowl menu to all enjoy virtually.

4 – Make Sure to Show Team Spirit – Wear your favorite gear from your favorite team and give an award for the best getup!

5 – Play Some Games – Track your favorite commercials and compare with friends. Give out a virtual award for the best commercial! Create some NFL trivia to play while you’re waiting for the game to start. Feel like singing? Do your best virtual reenactment of the halftime show and share with friends!

3 Delicious Holiday Cookie Recipes

Whether you like to decorate sugar cookies or prefer gingerbread men we have the perfect recipes to get you started! The snow is going to fall this weekend so head to the market, pick up some supplies and start baking!

 

1 – Gingerbread Men Recipe Courtesy of Sally’s Baking Addiction

These smell delicious while baking and are even more fun to decorate! Add some hair, bow ties or buttons…whatever your gingerbread heart desires!

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2 – The Perfect Snickerdoodles Courtesy of Cookies & Cups

If you like your snickerdoodles soft and chewy then you’ve come to the right place! These cookies are easy to make and full of flavor.

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3 – Soft Christmas Cut Out Sugar Cookies Courtesy of Live Well Bake Often

Fun to decorate and perfect for the holiday season! These sugar cookies have an icing recipe that is also easy to make and tasty to eat.

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5 Festive Halloween Treats to Make This Weekend

Halloween is a week away and you can get into the spirit now by cooking up something both festive and sweet! Pull out your baking supplies and get cooking!

 

1 – Jack-O-Lantern Rice Kreepies

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2 – White Chocolate Eyeballs

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3 – Spooky Spider Cookies

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4 – Creepy Bat Cupcakes

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5 – Frozen Banana Ghosts

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5 Fun Fall Attractions in New England

The cooler temperatures are on their way in and it won’t be long before we can see the leaves changing on the trees! Fall is right around the corner and New England has so much to offer for it’s visitors and locals. If you’re planning a day out to do something seasonal and fun try one of these great ideas…

 

1 – Crawford Notch Scenic Train Ride – Take in some of the most beautiful, scenic views New Hampshire has to offer this fall while on the train!

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2 – Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor, ME – Take in brilliant fall foliage from one of the most popular national parks in New England.

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3 – Nashoba Valley Winery in Bolton, MA – Taste wine in the tasting room, have lunch or visit the orchards to pick apples at Nashoba Vallery Winery!

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4 – Cider Hill Farm in Amesbury, MA – Food trucks, pick your own fruits and pumpkins, cider donuts and more! Check out the fun at Cider Hill Farm this fall.

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5 – Davis Mega Maze in Sterling, MA – Test your skills in the massive corn maze made up of 8 miles of corn and 3 miles of path at Davis Farm Land!

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End of Summer Bucket List

The long, sunny days of summer are dwindling! Before we know it the sun will be setting on our beach days and boat rides and the cooler temperatures will move in. Before summer ends make sure to take a look at this summer bucket list and check off as many items as you can…

 

1 – Visit a local New England beach

2 – Eat an ice cream from your favorite ice cream stand

3 – Toast marshmallows around a campfire

4 – Ride on a boat

5 – Go on a summery, nature scavenger hunt with your kids

6 – Hike your favorite trail

7 – Float down a river in an inflatable tube

8 – Make homemade popsicles

9 – Flip hamburgers on the grill (eat them with all the best summer fixings)

10 – Go camping under the stars

11 – Watch fireworks

12 – Drink an ice coffee from your favorite local coffee shop

13 – Visit a summer farmer’s market

14 – Water-ski or go tubing in a New England lake

15 – Make a salad with vegetables from your own garden

Tips for Trying Tie Dye at Home

Tie dye has come back in a BIG way in 2020! If you’ve looked online or shopped at stores recently you’ve probably seen lots of tie dye merchandise to buy. Instead of buying it pre-made, why not get crafty and create your own tie-dye at home? Read below for some tips for creating awesome and unique tie dyed garments!

 

1 – Think about what you want to tie dye. Is it a t shirt or a pair of shorts? Either way make sure that the material is cotton so the dye will adhere to the fibers of your garment as best as possible. Also, choose a white garment so your colors will stand out.

 

2 – Purchase your fabric dyes individually or purchase a kit. Stores like Michaels, Target and Amazon are selling kits that come with everything you need. If you don’t use a kit, you’ll also need some squeeze bottles, plastic sheets, plastic wrap, plastic gloves and rubber bands.

 

3 – Bullseye? Sunburst? Polka Dots? Decide which tie dye pattern you want to try. Click here for a great list of patterns with detailed instructions on how to achieve each look. Fold or roll your garment and place your rubber bands accordingly.

 

4 – Set up your work station outdoors to limit the mess. Lay out your plastic sheet and get your fabric dyes in the squeeze bottles. Make sure to wear your plastic gloves so you don’t tie dye your hands! (if you do get dye on your hands you can mix baking soda and water together to create a paste. Scrub it on your skin and wash away with soap and water.)

 

5 – Have fun and unleash your creativity! Choose fun color patterns and don’t be afraid to be bold. You won’t know how the garments will look until they’ve dried and been washed.

 

6 – When your garments are done wrap them in plastic wrap and let them dry overnight. When they’re ready to be unwrapped, wash them outdoors with a hose or in a laundry sink to remove the excess dye. After you’ve washed them throw them into the washing machine (without any other clothes) for a quick rinse and then dry.

 

7 – Enjoy your new tie dyed creations! Make sure to wash them separately for the first few washes to be sure the dye doesn’t bleed onto other clothes.