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Memorial Day Ideas

It’s almost Memorial Day and that means that it’s time to honor our military personnel and to enjoy time with family and friends. There are so many ways to decorate the home and to cook food for the Memorial Day Weekend. Of course, we should also remember our service people who have served us so faithfully by giving money to a military organization, visiting a cemetery, speaking to a veteran, etc.

Here are some great recipes and party ideas to get in the spirit of the day.

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3 Tips for Summertime Fun

With the summer approaching, it’s time to start thinking about some entertainment for the kids. There are so many ways to keep them entertained and having fun. Of course, it’s also very important to keep your eye on them – more accidents are prone to occur in the summer since kids are home and often unsupervised. Here are three ideas for summer fun.

  • Pool membership: If there is a pool in your area, you might find that it’s not so expensive to join it. Yes, it will cost some money, but if you think of being there for two or three hours a day, three to five days a week, this might actually be the best bargain you find this summer.pool-690034_960_720
  • Movies: When the days are long and hot, there is nothing as refreshing as a good movie. One interesting approach to summer movie fun is to check out some documentaries. One that is in post-production now called “Unchained” is about the birth and boom of Freestyle Motorcross. With executive producers Susan Cooper, Brian O’Shea, Jeff Bowler and Nat McCormick and sports fanatics like Carey Hart, Tony Hawk and Travis Pastrana, this is just the boy’s movie you might need. Directed and written by Paul Taublieb, one of the creators of the X Games, this is a movie you’ll love this summer.
  • The Olympics: The Summer Olympics is coming this summer and this can offer all sorts of entertainment. While we don’t always want the kids sitting in front of the television for hours, the Olympics only appear every four years and can really engage the kids. Your kids just might decide they want to take up gymnastics, swimming or basketball as a result of watching the exciting events take place.

The summer is a time for extra relaxation and a pool membership, a movie like one produced by Jeff Bowler, and a night of watching the Olympics might be just perfect for your needs.

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Are Dieting Drinks Making You Fat?

vending-machines-276171_960_720In a fascinating new study researches have actually found that drinking low calorie drinks during pregnancy results in…overweight babies. Motherw who drank artificially sweetened drinks every day during their pregnancy were twice as likely to have a baby who was overweight when they were 12 months old.

Conducted at the University of Manitoba in Canada, the research seems to indicate that babies introduced to such drinks in the womb develop a sweet tooth. Of course, they are looking at trends and can’t prove the link between sweet drinks and the sweet tooth – but looking back at previous research they did on rats they found similar findings. In the study with rats, those babies who were given artificial sweeteners demonstrated a preference for sweeter foods and put on weight.

As the scientists explained in the JAMA Paediatrics journal, “To our knowledge, our results provide the first human evidence to support these findings, suggesting that prenatal nonnutritive sweeteners exposure may contribute to infant weight gain and early childhood obesity.”

For the 5% of women who drank these drinks every day, their children were twice as likely to be overweight by 12 months, compare to those moms who didn’t drink diet drinks at all.
Interestingly, these trends are only seen for women who drank artificially sweetened drinks and not those who drank regular fizzy drinks or hot drinks with sugar.

Some have criticized the study, however, finding the women who are more likely to drink diet drinks are typically overweight and struggle with their weight. As Professor Kevin McConway, an expert in applied statistics at The Open University, said: “But they can’t know for sure they accounted for all these things completely, and there may be other aspects of these women’s unusualness that could not be taken into account at all because they weren’t recorded.”

Certainly, while more research is necessary, it’s an interesting finding and one worth watching.

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NFL Charity Party with Derek Wolfe

The NFL is constantly doing charity work and many of their players take it upon themselves to do their own charity events as well. Certainly, these are great opportunities for the NFL PR team, including recent hire Natalie Ravitz, to report on the good that the NFL does in various communities throughout America.

Recently, Bronco defensive end Derek Wolfe hosted an NFL draft party at Celebrity Lanes in Centennial, Colorado to benefit the Wolfe Pack Foundation. This Foundation helps underprivileged youth in Colorado and Ohio. The event also benefited the Active Force Foundation, a nonprofit that helps disabled people to participate in sports.

Called the Denver Draft Party, the event included many other Broncos teammates and was an opportunity for people to enjoy photos with the players and to be part of a silent auction for signed Broncos memorabilia.

This is just one of the many examples of the type of charity work that the NFL participates in, and that new hire Natalie Ravitz will be reporting on as the senior VP of communications. Ravitz has her work cut out for her, coming from Rupert Murdoch’s office as his Chief of Staff at New Corp. for three years.

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Have Fun With Mom Today!

Here are some great ways to have fun with your mom today, on Mother’s Day.

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Key Energy Boosting Foods

breakfast-1209260_960_720Most of us have some time during the day when we feel drained and tired. And this is the perfect time to eat something that will add energy to your day. Rick Hay, a nutritionist and author of The Anti Ageing Food & Fitness Plan offers advice about pick-me-up foods that can add energy to your life. Here are a few examples.

Bananas with almond butter: Rick Hay explains that in a 2012 study by Appalachian State University, they found that bananas are as beneficial as sports drinks in terms of energy.
Sweet potatoes: Sweet potatoes boost energy and also can assist in weight loss since they keep you fuller for longer.

Maca: This root is most typically found in powder form. It has been dubbed as the “Peruvian ginseng.”

Nuts: Nuts are a slow-burn food so they deliver steady energy. They help to keep the immune system strong with their rich levels of antioxidant minerals.

Eggs: Eggs are filled with protein and contain the amino acids that you need for a healthy body function.

Honey: Honey is rich in carbohydrates and helps to maintain glycogen levels which prevent muscle fatigue.

Learn about the rest of the list and stay healthy!

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Exciting Return of the Spring Masters New York

New Yorkers, and many visitors from around the world, are eagerly awaiting the opening of the Spring Masters New York. With an invitation-only preview party on Thursday, May 5 and then shows on the 6th through the 9th, The third edition of the Spring Masters is shaping up beautifully.

Spring Masters 2015

Spring Masters 2015

This year’s edition will feature 62 international exhibitors who will be showcasing fine art, design, jewelry, furniture and more. All of this will be displayed in the unique hexagonal exhibition plan created by Rafael Vinoly. As described recently on Art Daily, “The vibrant eclecticism of the range of periods on view is boldly offset by the incomparable use of the Park Avenue Armory Drill Hall through architect Rafael Viñoly’s design, creating vistas and juxtapositions unlike any other art fair in the world. The fair’s signature hexagonal booths remain the most dramatic change in the Park Avenue Armory’s fair format in three decades. The non-linear arrangement creates unexpected dialogues between painting, sculpture, and design objects, encouraging a sense of discovery and aligning with the collector’s preference of cross-collecting.”

Planned exhibitors for this year include: Abellan from New York, Cahn Intenrational from Basel, Phoenix Ancient Art from New York and Geneva with co-owners Hicham Aboutaam and Ali Aboutaam, Maison d’Art from Monaco, Martin du Louvre from Paris, Rumi Galleries from Toronto and so many others.

Ring with a sphinx (1295–1069 BC), Egyptian, 19th–20th Dynasty. Phoenix Ancient Art

Ring with a sphinx (1295–1069 BC), Egyptian, 19th–20th Dynasty. Phoenix Ancient Art

The show will take place at the Park Avenue Armory and is welcoming two new exhibitors this year with strong backgrounds in highlighting Asian-based artists to the Western world. The two galleries are Yufuku Gallery from Tokyo and Sundaram Tagore from New York. Both should add an extra touch to the international flair of the show. As Jeff Rabin, co-director of Spring Masters recently said,

“In this increasingly dynamic and competitive art market, a collector’s time is limited and his/her attention fragmented. Thus one needs to create a fair that is constantly evolving and changing each year to surprise and delight this community of dedicated collectors. Every year Michael and I travel around the world to find new exhibitors to reach further towards meeting this high bar.”

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The Trick to Healthy Frozen Dinners

You’re short on time in the afternoon and often don’t get around to making dinner. This means that you eat out or take in (both of which cost a lot) or you end up eating junk. Here is a brilliant way to make meals ahead of time, freeze them, and have healthy options exactly what you want them.

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