Summer Swap Out

Better food choices for everyday and entertaining

(Family Features) The warmer weather has many people thinking about carefree days filled with abundant social offerings. Be mindful and approach your summer routine with tools to aid you in making healthier decisions throughout the season.

“Creating a better you begins with your daily food choices,” said Marisa Paolillo, nutritionist with the NuVal® Nutritional Scoring System. “If you don’t have the right food at home, how will you have the energy to stay fit and active for all those fun summer activities? How you shop, what you cook, eat and do to stay fit on a daily basis really does matter.” Read more

Summer Learning Made Fun

(Family Features) Summer is a time to have fun and enjoy the outdoors. While this change of pace should give families the opportunity to rest and relax, parents often worry that their young children will forget what they’ve learned in school by not exercising their minds enough over the break. It’s especially important to keep your little one’s brain stimulated every day, as their brains are constantly developing. Parents can do this by engaging their children in purposeful play that reinforces learning all summer long. Read more

Fruit-Filled Summer Celebrations

Lemony Blueberry Layered Pie
Cherry Pineapple Cabana Cake

(Family Features) Whether you anticipate fun-filled pool parties, laid-back picnics at the park or casual dinner parties at home, summer entertaining gets a little sweeter when you serve up the right desserts.

When the weather warms up, let the flavors from your kitchen reflect the bright tastes of the summer season. From cherries to blueberries, Lucky Leaf Premium Pie Fillings come in a variety of flavors to perk up your outdoor menu.

Ending your summer event with a sweet finale is important, but you don’t have to spend all your time preparing it. The best desserts are effortless, and can be whipped up quickly. Read more

Power Your Way Through Summer

Tips for safe portable generator use

(Family Features) As temperatures rise, there are more and more reasons you may find yourself in need of electricity. From weather-related emergencies that leave your home without power to camping or tailgating, where electricity adds convenience, you can keep the power at all times with a portable generator.

When temporary or remote electric power is needed, portable generators can provide flexibility and comfort when power is not otherwise readily available. When power fails, they can provide reassuring light to a storm-darkened house, restore operation to power necessary equipment and allow you to operate climate control devices such as fans and space heaters. Read more

Car Care for New Drivers

(Family Features) While many new drivers anticipate receiving their driver’s license, there are many responsibilities that come along with being a car owner, including basic maintenance.

“Most young people can’t wait to drive, but their car care education should begin well before their parents hand over the keys,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “Understanding the basics of car care before taking the wheel will help keep new drivers safer on the road.” Read more

Set the Stage for Your 2015 Graduation Party

Graduation Dreams Cake

(Family Features) From elementary school to grad school, every graduation is a milestone typically celebrated with a big party. Sweet treats are a key part of celebrations, and by adding personalized details you can truly make your grad feel like one-of-a-kind.

Dessert Doubles as Decor
Make the cake your centerpiece. A sheet cake is easy to make and serve, holds up well and feeds a lot of guests. Round out the dessert table with other assorted treats like cupcakes, brownies and marshmallow crisp rice cereal squares. The variety adds visual interest and ensures you’ll have something for everyone’s tastes.

Show off the individual treats using platters and tiered stands to give dimension. The Display Your Way™ cake stand has a customizable center compartment that makes it fun and easy to match your party from top to bottom. Fill the center compartment with unique details like photographs or other memorabilia. Read more