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Let Nature Embrace You
Nature is a gifted source of mental and physical wellness. By finding new ways to spend time outside, you can let nature do what it does best.
Take a Hike
Walking is an easy way to enjoy the outdoors. Go for a stroll during your lunch break or after dinner.
Spend time in your garden growing your own fresh vegetables, herbs and flowers. Gardening of any kind is always a fruitful endeavor.
Eating outdoors can be a delicious means of enjoying the weather while getting some fresh air. Share a meal with family and friends on your patio or deck.
Sleep Under the Stars
Leave the hustle and bustle of everyday life behind and pitch a tent or rent a cabin in the great outdoors.
Give back to your community and yourself with volunteer activities such as trail maintenance or park cleanups.
Work Out, For Real
Try running, cycling or doing yoga outside. You can also join a local fitness group that meets in a park or green space.
Take Up a New Hobby
Bird-watching, fishing or kayaking are wholesome hobbies that allow you to spend quality time interacting with nature.
Connect With Your Community
Spend a few hours enjoying a nearby park as you appreciate the scenery right down the street.
Make getting outside part of your regular routine by scheduling it in your calendar. This is an effective tool to help you prioritize spending time in natural settings.
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The Cool History of Ice Cream
In honor of National Ice Cream Day on July 16, here's some trivia to share with family and friends over a scrumptious cone. Enjoy!
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- The idea of using snow to create frozen desserts can be traced back to 500 B.C. when the people of the Persian Empire began pouring grape juice concentrate over snow for a tasty treat.
- Around 400 B.C., Persians invented an actual ice cream recipe to be enjoyed by their royalty.
- During the 17th century, ice cream was regularly served in royal courts throughout Europe as a symbol of wealth and luxury.
- Records show George Washington spent nearly $200 on ice cream in the summer of 1790. That's the equivalent of about $5,000 today.
- During the 1840s, Nancy Johnson of Philadelphia invented the hand-cranked ice cream churn, which made it much easier to produce the sweet treat.
Revolutionary War Sites To Visit
In honor of Independence Day, consider planning a future trip to one of these famous Revolutionary War sites.Print This Article
Explore Minute Man National Historical Park in Concord, where the "Shot Heard Round the World" began the Revolutionary War. In Boston, tour Paul Revere's House, then dump your own tea in the harbor at the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum.
Travel to Philadelphia to get an up-close look at the historic Liberty Bell. While you're there, stop by Independence Hall to see where the Continental Congress met and signed the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. Be sure to leave enough time to visit the Museum of the American Revolution. Next, make the short drive to Washington Crossing Historic Park to see where Washington crossed the Delaware River, a huge victory for the Colonial Army.
Tour the site in Clinton of one of the most intense battles of the war and walk the nature trail at the Battle of Musgrove Mill State Historic Site. In Blacksburg, visit Kings Mountain National Military Park, the site of the first Patriot victory after the capture of Charleston.
It's widely known sunscreen can help prevent sunburns and skin cancer. That's why it's essential to follow the advice of medical experts to determine which sunscreens are the best for you. Print This Article
Dermatologists recommend an SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of at least 30 and advise using broad-spectrum sunscreens that protect from UVA and UVB rays.
Pediatricians warn against products with oxybenzone. Lotions offer better coverage than sprays or sticks, especially around little ears, noses and eyes. Don't use sunscreen on babies six months and younger. Instead, use hats and keep them shaded.
If possible, choose sunscreens with mineral rather than chemical ingredients. Water-resistant sunscreens are best for the pool, beach and sweaty activities. Remember to reapply often.
Regardless of which sunscreen product you choose, it's wise to make it part of your daily routine.
Patriotic Fruit Pizza
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1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tsp. lemon zest
1 cup strawberries, sliced
1 cup blueberries
Preheat oven as directed on package. Roll cookie dough into flat rectangle on 9x13-inch baking sheet. Bake for about 10 minutes or until golden.
Beat cream cheese in medium bowl for 2-3 minutes until smooth. In separate bowl, whip heavy cream until peaks form. Gently fold whipped cream into cream cheese. Add powdered sugar and lemon zest. Mix well until creamy. Cover and chill for 30 minutes.
Spread chilled mixture over cooled cookie pizza. Arrange strawberries and blueberries to resemble the American flag.
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