4 Tips to Keep Your Pet Happy and Nourished

Like with many of the millions of pet owners worldwide, I want my pet to be as happy and well fed as possible. This can be a tricky balance, especially if you have finicky cats who live most of their life indoors. Just like people, cats can go a little stir crazy if you keep them inside, so you need to entertain them as you would your own child (well, so to speak.) Here are just 4 ways to keep your pet happy:

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4 Tips to Keep Your Pet Happy and Nourished

1. Go For a Walk:

If you have indoor cats like I do, you cannot exactly take them outside for a walk, right? Well, not necessarily. There are leashes for cats and you can walk them in safe areas near your home. If this does not appeal to you, a screened in porch or sun room will give them a sense of being outdoors while being safe inside. Our cat… well, Rosie isn’t one of the kitties who will walk on a leash. We have several in town who will- some of them even come to watch soccer and baseball games their humans are playing!

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2. Play with Them:

Cats love to play, so find some cat toys and get on the floor and have some fun with your feline friend. You can even make your own cat toys out of common household items like string and a cardboard toilet paper roll.

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3. Let Them Climb:

You do not want your cat climbing on your furniture, so get them something they can climb and scratch on. A cat climbing tree or pet condo is an excellent investment in your cat’s happiness.

4. Feed Them Well:

Feeding your cat well does not mean feeding them a lot. You need to find the right food that will give them the nourishment they need. My Rosabeth (Rosie) loves the Nutrish Zero Grain pet food from Rachael Ray.

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I love to watch the Rachael Ray show with my second cup of morning coffee. She has the best recipes and guests and I love her heart as well. She loves animals and her line of pet foods shows just that. Rachael created the Nutrish line in 2007 with the help of pet nutrition experts. She started with her ultra-premium food and treats for dogs and last year the line expanded to cat food.

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The Nutrish line has exactly what you would want for your pet; simple natural ingredients with no meat or poultry, by-product meal or fillers and no artificial preservatives, colors or flavors. Real meat is the #1 ingredient in the Nutrish cat food and all recipes were inspired by Rachael’s kitchen. My cat took to the Zero Grain Whitefish Dry Cat Food very well. I think she knew it was good for her! I just slowly mixed it with her previous food over a ten day period, when she was eating the Nutrish 100%.

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With the Zero Grain Whitefish & Potato Recipe, real whitefish is the #1 ingredient, is a tasty and highly digestible protein that promotes strong muscles and helps minimize litter box odors. Another great reason to buy the Nutrish brand is because Rachael’s personal proceeds go to Rachael’s Rescue, which was created to help shelter pets. So far, over $9 million has gone toward food, medical supplies and treatments for animals in need. You can find the Nutrish foods and treats at your local grocery store, as well as mass retailers like Target, Walmart and Amazon. Be sure to stay connected with Nutrish and follow them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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This was Rosie coming to investigate as I opened the first bag of the Grain Free Nutrish!

 

Don’t forget to grab your $3 off Zero Grain Whitefish & Potato Recipe coupon!

Treat yourself with your tax return #TreatYourself #StraightTalkTesters

It’s tax time- and that means for many of us, TAX RETURNS! Not always easy to know what to do with $3229 (the average US tax refund amount). Our friends at Straight Talk know how important it is to families to get the most bang for their buck and optimize those returns…they sent me a “ tax return” gift card to shop for some things to treat “myself” and my family. You can, of course, get the latest and greatest smartphones and Straight Talk accessories at your local Walmart store, plus you can also pick up some fun activities and splurges for yourself- or your family.  This post about treating yourself with your tax return is brought to you by our friends at Straight Talk.  Opinions are my own. 

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I decided that since I recently did treat myself to a pedicure and have a birthday coming up on Mother’s Day, that I really wanted to focus on finding some items to treat my whole family to some extra fun this summer. Things that will encourage time spent together, exploring and making new memories. (For a fleeting moment, that WiiU console was tempting me, but the great outdoors is more tempting and will last longer…)

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I went to our local Walmart store last week to get some fun surprises for our family. We tend to spend most of our time outdoors in warmer weather, even for meals- we have a large screened in porch that most of our meals are eaten at. I wanted to look for some ways to have fun outside, for all of our family members. One thing we’ve been wanting to start doing more now that the kids are getting to a more independent age and stage is to do camping trips and also some newer outdoor activities we can enjoy together. Walmart has a ton of camping supplies, and we were able to grab some cots and sleeping bags so that we can each have our own, and not borrow from friends every time we end up camping.

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I also grabbed a croquet set for some family fun. I vaguely remember having a croquet set as a kid, but we spent most of our summers on an island on Lake Winnipesaukee and we didn’t have “yard” to speak of, only woods on an incline, so there weren’t yard games to play. The day I met my husband’s family, we played croquet- and have continued to do so frequently at family gatherings through the years. We’re excited to have a set for our own house, so we can teach our kids to play (and win- my husband’s family is very competitive).

Other items I grabbed for some fun ways to treat ourselves to family time: cool kites, some water balloon launchers (for warmer days) and a Y Fliker scooter. Those are fun for ALL ages. Now we just need a really nice day to get these adventures started!

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What would you spend YOUR tax return on? What kinds of family activities do you all enjoy? Head over to Straight Talk’s Sweeps page to show how you would spend your tax refund to treat yourself for a chance to win a new Straight Talk smartphone and $3,229 (the average U.S. tax refund). The official rules can be found in their Instagram profile.

Pineapple Orange Ginger Infused Water Recipe

Living healthier means drinking a lot of water.  While I don’t mind, I do often get bored of plain old water.  So having flavor ideas that won’t add calories and/or offer great flavor are a BIG bonus for me.  This pineapple orange ginger infused water recipe gives me great flavor without added calories and tastes so refreshing!

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Pineapple Orange Ginger Infused Water

Ingredients –

1 16 oz. canning jar

½ cup of fresh pineapple cut into chunks

½ a medium size orange cut into slices

6-7 slices of fresh ginger

Directions –

Add the fresh pineapple, orange slices and ginger to your jar. Next, use a spoon or a fork to mash them up a bit to let the juices out.

Next, fill the jar with water, place the cover on and refrigerate overnight for the best flavor.

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*1 16 oz. jar = 2 servings.

**If you’d prefer to use a larger or smaller canning jar, simply double or cut the recipe ingredients in half and refrigerate overnight

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Pineapple Orange Ginger Infused Water

Ingredients

  • Ingredients -
  • 1 16 oz. canning jar
  • ½ cup of fresh pineapple cut into chunks
  • ½ a medium size orange cut into slices
  • 6-7 slices of fresh ginger

Instructions

  1. Add the fresh pineapple, orange slices and ginger to your jar. Next, use a spoon or a fork to mash them up a bit to let the juices out.
  2. Next, fill the jar with water, place the cover on and refrigerate overnight for the best flavor.
  3. *1 16 oz. jar = 2 servings.
  4. **If you'd prefer to use a larger or smaller canning jar, simply double or cut the recipe ingredients in half and refrigerate overnight
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Ten Things You May Not Know About Antioxidants and Preservatives #AntioxidantFacts

About a year ago, I began doing a lot of research about foods and how they affect the health of my family and me. I have never been one to follow the leader when it comes to anything in my life, and what I eat wasn’t any different. One of the subjects I kept running across was about antioxidants and preservatives and how they impact the food we eat. I will admit, I was completely clueless and was eager to find out as much about them as I could. I recently participated in a briefing hosted by ConAgra Foods with The Motherhood to learn more about antioxidants and preservatives.

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Here are some really interesting facts about antioxidants and preservatives you may not know:

1. An antioxidant helps prevent oxygen from damaging other molecules. In your body, they help protect cells, slows the aging process, boosts your body’s natural defense system fend off environmental toxins and stress, keeping us healthier. In foods, they protect oils from damage that can cause them to spoil.

2. Either man-made or natural, when you consume antioxidants as part of a balanced diet, they are totally safe for your food and for your body. Actually, antioxidants help you and your family enjoy the foods you love without compromising on taste or quality.

3. Preserving foods helps make them taste better, they are safer, they are fresher, their natural color is maintained and you reduce their food waste. You can preserve food by canning or freezing them or even putting them in the fridge. Packaged food you eat every day may have ingredients added to help preserve them.

4. Some antioxidants naturally found in food are Vitamin E, which is found in nuts, seeds and leafy green vegetables and Vitamin C, which you can find in citrus fruits. Sometimes it is also called sodium ascorbate, which saves breads and packaged meat from spoiling. Citric Acid is found naturally in citrus fruits and is used to preserve sliced fruit.

5. Some antioxidants are man-made like BHT, which is a tasteless, colorless antioxidant which maintains freshness in grain-based foods like crackers and cookies. TBHQ is also tasteless and colorless and is commonly used to keep vegetable oils and other packaged foods fresh.

6. Food makers, like ConAgra Foods for example, chooses certain preservative ingredients based on what they know will deliver the best flavor, while keeping your foods safe and fresh.

7. A common misconception among consumers when it comes to preservatives in foods is that people think they are harmful or unnecessary. Actually, the opposite can be true. Preservatives such as antioxidants are necessary to reduce off-taste and odors in foods caused by breakdown of cells, fats and oils.

8. Some people are not sure why there is a need for man-made antioxidants if natural antioxidants are available. The reason for this is because natural antioxidants can add a flavor, taste or odor to our foods. To maintain a high quality in our foods, man-made antioxidants are used because they are tasteless, colorless and odorless.

9. Examples of packaged foods that use antioxidants as preservatives would be any food product that contains a fat or oil like microwaved popcorn, cookies, and cereal products. You may be surprised to know that there is actually no difference chemically in a naturally produced antioxidants.

10. These natural and man-made preservatives and antioxidants are completely safe. A great analogy from Kristi, an AgraCon employee is when thinking about the water in a puddle. Water causes drowning, but if you are standing in a puddle, you are not going to drown!

Simply said, whether man-made or natural, antioxidants are used to preserve the flavor, color, and improve the shelf-life of foods. Both are evaluated for their safe use in food by scientific experts trained to understand the impact on human health. Both function to reduce rancidity in food by preventing the breakdown of fats and oils (and other compounds). Both must be used at low levels in accordance with regulatory guidelines and safety thresholds. Both must be “food grade” so as not to introduce hazardous by-products or impurities in foods. Both benefit you and your family by providing food of high quality and flavor, so that you may enjoy the foods that you love!

Check out this video from mental_floss that helps explain 6 facts about antioxidants and preservatives!

Shortcuts for Moms #Motts


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As parents, we all have our shortcuts we take, for good and for bad.  Our confessionals can be the cause of many a laughter-filled gathering.  I’ll even share one of mine- one that we got “away” with for 9 years…

 

We told the kids when the ice cream truck plays music, it means they are all sold out.  No more ice cream treats to buy.

This actually didn’t backfire until last spring when we were at a soccer game and parents on the other team had asked the truck driver to come back around when the game was to end.  (We’re in a fairly rural area, so trucks aren’t frequently around). Normally when kids ran to the truck, my kids would be like “they will be so sad there isn’t ice cream left,” and we’d be leaving already and not see.  And it isn’t that we didn’t want the kids to have ice cream (and honestly, often we did at home later… it’s just that we live on a busy road and we were afraid the kids would run to an ice cream truck and not stop to think about the road and the fib started as a way to keep them safe… but we didn’t ever correct it).

 

Thankfully, the kids were laughing at us being “busted” and all 3 enjoyed from the ice cream truck that day.

 

Confessions of parents. Real life parents who aren’t perfect. And realizing we don’t need to be, our kids don’t want us to be.

 

Shortcuts for Moms

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#1 A favorite– and it’s a big one- SEMI HOMEMADE.

I prefer most of our meals to be from scratch.  In a dream world, they’d be all natural and all organic, sourced from a local farmer.

But we don’t live in a dream world. We live in Connecticut. With the schedule we have, I’m all about balance. Are you making a soup?  Frozen veggies cook up in no time at all.

 

Need cupcakes for the bake sale? I’ve even bought cupcakes from the store and just done the icing and decorations myself. Homemade is nice but isn’t always practical.  Prioritize and figure out what works best for you.

 

#2 Cleaning doesn’t have to happen all at once.  It doesn’t have to be perfect.  It just has to happen.  My kids actually LIKE to help clean (when we ALL clean)…. But they’ve all been handed a cloth or baby wipe since they were toddlers to help out.  Our kids rinse the sink when they brush their teeth.  They understand that if they don’t, they’ll be cleaning the entire sink and counter later… so they get it.  A little effort now saves you more work later.

 

Let the cleaners work while you are away.  This is especially great for toilets, and even extra especially great if you have people in your house like I do that don’t seem to be able to get all of their body fluids to fit inside the hole in the toilet lid.

 

I usually squirt cleaner in the toilets right before I shower, and then don’t flush it down- whoever uses the bathroom next can flush.  That means within an hour or two, the bathroom smells pretty fresh and clean- AND you know the bowl had a good soak.

 

#3 Clean the tub/shower before and during your shower.  Yea, I said it.  I’m totally serious.  (This may not work if you are a bleach cleaner).  A typical shower time for me is like this:

Go in bathroom

Spray shower and tub with cleaner

Use toilet, flush

Squirt cleaner into toilet bowl, give a few good brush swirls, close lid.

Get in shower, wipe down walls and tub

Proceed with shower as normal

 

Now, you’ve gotten your bathroom “biggies” done and spent maybe 3 extra minutes doing it.

 

#4 If your kids really, really, really want to make cookies and you promised them but you aren’t feeling well and just.want.to.nap on the couch… pop into the store and grab the premade dough.  This way, you can give the kids (most of) the rein of making cookies, but in half the time, and you can get your head on the pillow that much sooner.  Everyone wins.

 

#5 Don’t go it alone.  Obviously if you have infants, they cannot help you to cut fruits or veggies and bag them.  But older kids?  Even little ones can put cut foods into baggies or containers with you, which means grab and go is simpler on busy mornings.

 

As the kids get older, teach them to use peelers and knives.  Obviously, supervise younger kids, but they are going to need to learn these life skills at some point, why not teach them while they are young and eager to help YOU?

 

#6 Prepackaged food is NOT the enemy. One of my secret weapons that’s almost always in my bag and/or van are applesauce pouches.

We make a lot of applesauce here. It’s mostly so food doesn’t waste, because we have apple trees, with apples= need to use it up.

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But my kids love Mott’s® Snack & Go applesauce pouches.  I’ve learned the hard way at least 11 times that whatever containers we own or will find in a store just don’t store applesauce well and it WILL explode all over the kid who brought it.  Maybe their neighbor.
So we do the fun pouches.  The kids think it’s just easy to open.  I know better.  It’s less mess for me to clean up. They don’t pop in a bag, they don’t explode when you open them.  It’s a universal win! They can be eaten at any temp (well, frozen is a tough one…) but you know they are having a healthy snack.  Period. Plus, they are an excellent source of Vitamin C.  That’s a win for all of us.

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Mott’s® Snack & Go is the nutritious applesauce kids love in a squeezable pouch they can take with them wherever they go. Mott’s is also the only applesauce brand with Box Tops for Education®, helping to support kids’ schools. Visit us on motts.com to learn more.

 

PS applesauce pouches are GREAT for camping. You can use them for baking and you can snack on them!

What are your mom or dad  shortcuts?! 

Celebrating the American Worker

When school is back in swing and my kids are just getting settled in their routine, Labor Day rolls around. For the kids, this means a day off from school while for adults, it has a different meaning. This is a day we are able to show the workforce how much we appreciate them. By celebrating the American worker, we are able to say “thank you” for all they do. This message holds especially true for those people whose positions are so important but are not always congratulated for their hard work. This resonates with me when I think of people whose jobs may not even be a blip on our radar. You know, those people who have a job that without it, we wouldn’t be able to enjoy many things we take for granted. When I was given the opportunity to partner with Kronos to promote the American worker, I didn’t hesitate to say yes.

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For instance, what about the person who makes baseball bats? I know, right?! We sure do love a good baseball game and cheer on the players, but without the man behind the craftsmanship of those baseball bats, the game would ever see their first run. Kronos, the leader in workforce management solutions, is there to help their clients manage time and attendance records, worker’s schedules, absence records, HR and payroll, hiring, and labor analytics solutions and services. They also have a web series entitle, “1 in one hundred million”, which was put in place to share the personal stories of people who do these important jobs which are often left unrecognized. In the past, the series highlighted ordinary people in the workforce like a firefighter, a nurse, a union electrician, and this month, the man behind the making of those baseball bats!

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One of those people is Brett Laxton, a former major league pitcher, who now makes hand crafted wood baseball bats for Marucci Sports. Brett himself pitched for the Oakland Athletics in 1999, and the Kansas City Royals in 2000.

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In 1993, pitching for LSU, Brett set a College World Series final game record throwing 16 strikeouts to win the championship. Some of the top MLB players, including such greats as Albert Pujols, David Ortiz (AKA Big Papi, my favorite player from the Red Sox), Andrew McCutchen, José Bautista, and Chase Utley, are just a few who are using bats made by Brett.

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Be sure to head over to the 1 in one hundred million site and subscribe (it’s free!) so you can see more in the series. Next month, the series continues with a  a sergeant in the National Guard, who offers security for major events.

Panda Express Chinese Spare Ribs

This post brought to you by Panda Express. The content and opinions expressed below are that of this mama loves.

Just in time for spring and summer fun, Panda Express just introduced their Chinese Spare Ribs. For a limited time they are launching a new premium rib entree: Chinese Spare Ribs.

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These Chinese Spare Ribs are slow cooked for 5 hrs with sesame oil, mirin, red chili bean paste, garlic and red peppers, creating their one-of-a-kind flavor. Sweet, spicy, and savory, these fall-off-the-bone ribs bring together the best parts of Chinese Char Siu and classic American barbecue. 

 

Panda Express Chinese Spare Ribs are only available for a limited time, so get to your local Panda Express sooner than later (plus, you’ll probably want to go again…so you don’t want to wait too long to try these!) 

So what did we think?  These are AMAZING.  Oh my goodness.  Perfect combo of tangy and a little kick that makes your mouth do a happy dance.  

I wasn’t sure if they’d seem kind of heavy since they are slow cooked ribs with a sauce but they really aren’t.  It’s just enough that you get the flavor in every single bite you take.

These spare ribs are a fabulous addition to the Panda Express menu and we can’t wait to go have more! 

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Banana Blueberry Oatmeal Breakfast Cookie

I get really bored with our breakfast options on weekdays. Cereal, oatmeal, yogurt with granola, fruit, waffles.  Day in, day out. For whatever reason, none of the kids or I like having eggs during the week for breakfast. We always, always always have blueberries on hand because we have 2 huge bushes that produce gallons of berries in the summer, so when I find yummy, fun and new ways to eat the blueberries, I’m happy.  These breakfast cookies are good for you, quick and easy to make, and get gobbled up in no time at all!
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Banana Blueberry Oatmeal Breakfast Cookie

Ingredients –

2 Ripe banana’s, mashed.

1 C. quick cooking oats

½ C. Dried blueberries (Dry your own with a food dehydrator)

non-stick cooking spray

Directions –

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray.

In a medium size bowl mash the bananas and stir in oats and dried blueberries.

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Place by rounded tablespoon on the baking baking sheet and bake for 14-15 minutes until firm and golden brown.

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**Makes about 15 cookies. If consistency is sticky add a few tablespoons of oatmeal to thicken.

Banana Blueberry Oatmeal Breakfast Cookie

Banana Blueberry Oatmeal Breakfast Cookie

Ingredients

  • 2 Ripe banana's, mashed.
  • 1 C. quick cooking oats
  • ½ C. Dried blueberries
  • non-stick cooking spray

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a medium size bowl mash the bananas and stir in oats and dried blueberries.
  3. Place by rounded tablespoon on the baking baking sheet and bake for 14-15 minutes until firm and golden brown.
  4. **Makes about 15 cookies. If consistency is sticky add a few tablespoons of oatmeal to thicken.
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50 Appetizers to Impress Your Guests

When you are planning a party for friends or family you are almost always looking for some great new foods to serve. For your next event, choose from these 50 Appetizers To Impress Your Guests. Not only are they all delicious, they are fun unique ideas that are a step above the average little sausages, chips, salsa and onion dip at most parties. Whether you are setting up for a special black tie event, hosting a game day party, or celebrating a birthday you will find just what you need on this list. Best part is they are all kid friendly too!

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50 APPETIZERS TO IMPRESS YOUR GUESTS

  1. Spicy Buffalo Cheese Dip
  2. Breaded Mushrooms
  3. Cuban Sandwich Bites
  4. Smoky Black Bean Dip
  5. Glazed Chicken Wings
  6. Sausage Cheese Balls (With Gluten Free Option)
  7. Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Jalapeno’s
  8. Warm Greek Pinwheels
  9. Spinach Balls
  10. Cauliflower Bites
  11. Classic Clam Dip (Lighter Version)
  12. Crab Stuffed Tomatoes
  13. Mediterranean Flatbread Pizza
  14. Delicious Cajun Pretzels
  15. Cheddar Bacon Ranch Roll Ups
  16. Sweet Spicy Slow Cooker Meatballs
  17. Dill Pickle Bites
  18. Queso Dip
  19. Sweet & Spicy Snack Mix
  20. Honey Chipotle Wings
  21. Buffalo Mozzarella Sticks
  22. Crockpot Bacon Cheeseburger Dip
  23. Easy Tiramisu Dip
  24. Easy Inside Out Potato Skins
  25. Spanikopita Spinach Feta Pie
  26. Chai Spiced Mixed Nuts
  27. Olive Cheese Ball Bites
  28. Easy Pizza Monkey Bread
  29. Spinach Artichoke Dip
  30. Sriracha Kale Chips
  31. Creamy Avocado Yogurt Dip
  32. Fruit Dip
  33. Ranch Snack Pretzels
  34. Avocado Lemon Feta Yogurt Dip
  35. Vegetable Dip
  36. Baked Ravioli With Pesto Dipping Sauce
  37. Mini Cheesecakes
  38. Garlic Scape Pistachio Pesto Hummus
  39. Gluten Free Bok Choy Meatballs
  40. Bacon Wrapped Water Chesnuts
  41. Pesto & Sun Dried Tomato Cheese Spread
  42. Baked Shrimp Rangoon
  43. Mini Meatball Sandwich Bites
  44. Roasted Eggplant Baba Ghanoush
  45. Easy Crab Balls
  46. Guotie Pot Stickers
  47. Miniature Spinach Cheddar Quiche
  48. Delicata Stuffed Mushrooms
  49. Roasted Garlic & Cherry Baked Brie
  50. Honey Gorgonzola Cheese Appetizers

Create these appetizers that impress for your friends, family or your next event at work. While there are sophisticated flavors on this list, you will also find some classic flavors with a twist. Kids will love the ranch snack pretzels and fruit dip, and you may even be able to convince them to try the kale chips since they aren’t a regular vegetable.

My Top 5 Ways to Relieve Stress #StressLess2BMyBest

With the holidays just recently behind us and this awful weather we have had, it is no wonder folks are feeling stressed. Our economic standing is not yet where it needs to be, with many people still out of work and looking for ways to financially take care of their families. Add kids, school projects, car pools, after school activities and you have someone who is most likely one big stress ball. If this sounds familiar on any level, you are in good company! I feel stressed on a regular basis, and I have found a few tried and true ways to relieve stress. Feel free to give them a try! Thanks to RESCUE for partnering with me to talk about ways to relieve stress today.

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My Top 5 Ways to Relieve Stress

  1. Massage: Nothing beats a full body or deep tissue massage to let the stress in your life fall away. Don’t have the money for a professional massage? Get your significant other to give you one and then you can return the favor.
  2. Meditation: Even if you have a packed day ahead, you can find 5, 10 or 15 minutes to meditate. All you need is a quiet place you can go and just let your mind find your happy place. Instead of focusing on your stressors, focus on your breathing.
  3. Exercise: As much as many of us hate to admit it, exercise is a great way to relieve stress. If you have a gym you can visit, great! If not, head outside and take a 30 minute walk. The fresh air and movement will make a world of difference.
  4. Eat Healthy: As much as I love to eat something sweet, I know how much better I feel when I eat something healthy. Why compromise? Find a recipe that can combine the two!
  5. Natural Supplements: There is nothing wrong with taking something to ease your stress Instead of heading to the doctor for a prescription, head to the natural supplements section of your local retailer or grocery store, either online or in person.

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Because we all deal with stress, it is more about how we handle or approach it than anything. I tend to get really stressed out after a long day that is packed full of work, house and kids’ stuff. What I am focusing on is to stay calm, cool and collected in times of stress. I mean, life happens, right? So instead of reaching for something my doctor prescribed or something OTC filled with a bunch in ingredients I cannot even pronounce, I reach for RESCUE so I can naturally handle my stress.

So whenever and wherever stress finds me, I am ready because I have the all-natural RESCUE in my purse, gym bag or even my pocket! With RESCUE, I can take on stress and be at my best! Right now, you can take advantage of a downloadable coupon from RESCUE for a BOGO free and to be entered into the #StressLess sweepstakes on the coupon page for a chance to win great prizes!! You can find the coupon here: http://bit.ly/1DNOwAy

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What are your tips to relieve stress?

This blog post is part of a paid SocialMoms and RESCUE blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own