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Save Big on a San Diego Beach Family Vacation This October

by Jennifer Wieland
Save Big on a San Diego Beach Family Vacation This October!#KidsFreeSD #ad

 

I know summer is winding down and most of us are in back-to-school mode. Just because the summer is winding down though doesn’t mean there’s not still a chance to fit in a fall San Diego beach family vacation. Plus, I’m going to share with you how to stretch your dollar farther with five ways to save big in San Diego with kids.

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San Diego is a great family vacation destination! I know when I went with my family growing up that it was one of our all time favorite trips. From the beautiful sites, great weather, the ocean and other family fun activities we all found so many things to enjoy. Now, after a trip I went on to San Diego last year for the blog I realized once again how much I love it there and want to take the kids there to enjoy too.

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You can’t go to San Diego and not hit visit th beach! The beach is a great way to relax, unwind and have some fun with the family all while being completely free! If your like me then free is definitely in your budget! Save Big on a San Diego Beach Family Vacation This October! #KidsFreeSD #ad

Museum Free Days

The San Diego Museum Council invites kids to explore San Diego’s diverse museums – for Free! From October 1-31, children ages 12 and under receive free admission with a paid adult (limit 2) at more than 40 museums! Save Big on a San Diego Beach Family Vacation This October!#KidsFreeSD #ad

Free Kids Admission at Sea World & the San Diego Zoo in October

Two of San Diego’s most popular family attractions just get better this October!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Sea World – Kids FREE Single-Day Admission, Kids FREE Dolphin & Beluga Interaction Programs, Kids Eat for FREE at Breakfast & Dine With Shamu — SeaWorld San Diego only Save Big on a San Diego Beach Family Vacation This October!#KidsFreeSD #ad

San Diego Zoo – Maximum 10 children free per each supervising adult at the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park Valid for children 11 and under. Coupon not required for free kids entry. Save Big on a San Diego Beach Family Vacation This October!#KidsFreeSD #ad

Travel a Scenic Route via Amtrak Train

Kids love trains and this October Amtrak is making it easy to see the sites in San Diego with free kids fares.On the Pacific Surfliner, one child ages 2-12 rides free with each adult rail fare purchased for travel to and from Oceanside, Solana Beach, Old Town San Diego and San Diego Downtown station. You can travel from San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, Fullerton, Anaheim, Santa Ana, Irvine and San Juan Capistrano. On the train, your family can relax, enjoy the views and have a bite. And with free Wi-Fi®, connect your mobile device and get the latest Kids Free offers.

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Stay at a Hotel or Resort Where Kids Eat Free

Food expenses are often one of the costliest components to a vacation. Being able to cut out some costs with hotels that offer kids eat free options is a great way to save money on food and have more funds to use on sightseeing and souvenirs.

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Visit the SanDiego.org website and learn all you need to know to plan the perfect San Diego beach family vacation for your family this October!

 

 

 


Getting Geared Up for Back to School with Groupon

by Jennifer Wieland
Back to School Shopping Just Got Quick, Easy & Cheap with #Groupon #ad
Thanks to Groupon for sponsoring today’s post! All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

 

It’s hard to believe that we are already in August! This summer seems to have flown by in the blink of an eye. Now though comes the mad dash to get the kids geared up for the best back to school ever! Luckily, you can find phenomenal deals for getting geared up for back to school with Groupon!

That’s right! Groupon is not just your go to spot for great local and travel deals. You can also shop their Groupon Goods and find fabulous deals to use in your everyday life and have them shipped right to your door. That eliminates having to hit the mall and battle all of the other frantic parents trying to gear up their kids as well.

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If you are trying to find just what your college kid needs to have the best dorm life experience while moving from home for the first time all while keeping costs down then check out Groupon and search up the keyword dorm.

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Looking for the perfect for your headphones and tech toys for your teenager to make surviving the school bus ride to and from school more tolerable then head to Groupon and search technology or headphones. Another great find for your high school age child is class rings for your senior.

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Find the absolutely coolest school supplies or lunch boxes to make your elementary age kids the cool kids in class. Just search for school supplies or lunch boxes to find just what you need.

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Groupon is also your one stop shop for all of the awesome teachers trying to get their classrooms ready. You can find all kinds of amazing deals to make sure you have just what you need to make your classes year a success!

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To find out about specials and coupon codes from Groupon be sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter to make their already great deals even better!

 

 

 


Eight Great Pre-Wedding Health Tips

by Jennifer Wieland
Eight great ways to say "I do" to a healthier you! #Wedding #Preperation

 

Pre-Wedding Health Tips

If you’re about to get married or you’re playing a big role in your loved ones’ wedding, slimming down might be on your to do list. Here are some tips to help you get ready for the big day.

Eight great ways to say "I do" to a healthier you! #Wedding #Preperation
 

Start Well In Advance

If you’d like to lose 10 pounds or more, that weight will take more than a few weeks to come off. It’s not realistic to have a goal to drop 30 pounds in two months, so start as far in advance as you can. Slow, steady weight loss is your best option for staying sane and keeping the weight off for the long run. Fad diets might work to quickly drop a few pounds, but you’re likely to feel miserable and gain all the weight back as soon as you stop dieting. For sustainable weight loss, start changing your habits several months before the wedding.
 

Drink Water Before Each Meal

The trick to glowing skin and a healthy digestive system is hydration. It can be hard to get the recommended eight glasses of water per day, so consider purchasing a “timer bottle.” This type of water bottle is marked with each hour of the day to remind you to pause every so often to take a sip. You should aim for at least two liters of water intake per day. Try drinking 500 mL of water upon waking to rev up your metabolism, and also drink a glass of water before each meal. This will help you feel full and prevent overeating.
 

Find Healthy Alternatives

When you’re preparing for a wedding, high fat foods like mayonnaise and salad dressing should be avoided. However, if a salad is only tolerable with a big dose of dressing, there’s no need to give up what you love. Hampton Creek offers a line of sustainably produced, guilt-free eggless mayo and salad dressing, so you can still enjoy added flavor on salads and sandwiches.
 

Snack on Vitamin C-Rich Foods

Planning a wedding can be one of the most stressful times in your life. Combined with long hours at work, your immune system can quickly tank if you don’t take care of yourself. To keep your immune system working to the best of its ability, snack on foods rich in Vitamin C, like strawberries. For even more Vitamin C and other nutrients, you can make a green smoothie for breakfast a few times a week to give you the energy you need to get you through the potentially stressful months to come.
 

Cut Down on Sugary Drinks

If you love going to your favorite coffee shop for a sugary concoction every morning, now is the perfect time to start cutting down. Drinking your calories is one of the most common ways of getting excess calories that your body doesn’t need, and too much sugar is also unhealthy. Alcoholic beverages are a big source of sugar, so try to cut down on these as well. Sugary drinks like cocktails can leave you feeling bloated, so especially in the weeks leading up to the wedding, stick to water or sugar-free tea.
 

Get Plenty of Omega 3s

Omega 3 fatty acids are essential in giving your skin a healthy glow. Two to three times per week, incorporate fish like salmon and tilapia into your meal plans. Some fish, like swordfish and mackerel, are high in mercury. It’s best to avoid those types of fish.
 

Get Your Rest

Don’t let wedding planning consume your life. Although this is likely to be an exciting and stressful time, try not to let planning every single detail take priority over important matters like adequate sleep. Wedding planning takes a lot of time and energy, but you should prioritize self-care and not get too caught up in the details.

Eight great ways to say "I do" to a healthier you! #Wedding #Preperation
 

Conclusion

Preparing for a wedding is a once in a lifetime experience. It can simultaneously be the happiest time of your life, and the most stress inducing. If you’d like to start changing your habits to shed a few pounds before the big day, make sure to drink enough water, stock up on vitamin rich foods like berries and salmon, and seek out healthy alternatives to high fat foods. Remember to set realistic, reachable goals so you aren’t tempted to try a fad diet in order to quickly drop the weight. No matter what, prioritize your beauty sleep and try to enjoy the experience instead of getting overwhelmed.
  
  

 

 


Chicago Open Air Festival – Music, Craft Beer, Gourmet Man Food

by Jennifer Wieland
#ChicagoOpenAir music festival will feature live music performances by more than 40 rock bands, #GourmetManFood and craft beers. #ad
Thank you to Chicago Open Air for sponsoring today’s post!

#ChicagoOpenAir music festival will feature live music performances by more than 40 rock bands, #GourmetManFood and craft beers. #ad

Summer is a time for getting outside, enjoying beautiful weather and having fun! This weekend the first ever Chicago Open Air Festival will be taking place at Toyota Park. This is a music festival that sets itself apart from the rest by combining rocking music with craft beer and gourmet man food!

Chicago Open Air Festival Basics

Chicago Open Air will feature live music performances by more than 40 rock bands. The festival will also include Gourmet Man Food featuring local and regional cuisine, a craft beer village highlighting top brews from the region, other entertainment and fan experiences, and will be hosted by Jose Mangin from SiriusXM.

Who’s Going to be on Stage?

Chicago Open Air has a spectacular music lineup ready to go for the three-day music festival! The festival will take place July 15, 16 and 17 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL, just outside Chicago. Rammstein will kick off the festival weekend with a headlining performance on Friday—the group’s only 2016 U.S. performance and first Chicago show since 2012. Saturday will be headlined by Chicago’s own Disturbed, who have recently returned from a 4-year hiatus. Global rock juggernauts Slipknot will close out Chicago Open Air on Sunday.

Disturbed says, “It is long overdue that one of the greatest rock cities in the world has a festival of its own. We are honored and excited to be one of the headliners at the inaugural Open Air festival in our hometown of Chicago.”

Chicago Open Air will feature performances by over 40 bands, including Rammstein, Disturbed, Slipknot, Chevelle, Korn, Five Finger Death Punch, Ministry, Breaking Benjamin, Marilyn Manson, Of Mice & Men, and many more.

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What is Gourmet Man Food?

Gourmet Man Food from top Chicago restaurants and food trucks will be on hand to tempt festival goers with their delicious creations! The food selections these restaurants and trucks are going to be offering is enough to keep any music fan rocking out all weekend long!

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Chicago Open Air will feature selections from Chicago-area favorites such as:

  • Bruges Brothers (Braised Oxtail Poutine, Currywurst, Comeback Fish and Chips)
  • Chicago Doghouse (Rattlesnake and Rabbit Sausage, Smoked Alligator Sausage, The Midway Monster Hot Dog)
  • Crème Of The Crop Food Truck (Grown Up Mac & Cheese, Strawberry Chicken Wrap, Tater Skins)
  • Dia De Los Tamales (Cuban Tamale, Spicy Black Bean and Corn Tamale, The Chicago Beef)
  • Dinky’s Donuts (Salted Caramel and Cocoa, Gingerbread, Powdered sugar, Cinnamon, Ancho Mamma’s Chile, Dinky’s “bruschetta”: a savory blend of Italian herbs and spices.)
  • International Spud Station (The Spudnik, Apollo-Mash, Nebula Chips)
  • Kuma’s Corner (Led Zeppelin Burger, Iron Maiden Burger)
  • Pizano’s (Chicago deep dish)
  • The Happy Lobster (Happy Lobster Roll, The Angry Lobster Roll, Fried Lobster Mac And Cheese Bites)
  • Yum Dum (Kimcheesy Fries, Braised Pork Belly Baos).

Additional Gourmet Man Food vendors from around the country will include:

  • Cheeze Louise (Salmon Grilled Cheese Melt or Bowl, Meat Lover’s Grilled Cheese, Fried Chicken Mac N Cheese Bowl)
  • Cravin’ Cajun (Spicy Shrimp Po-Boy, Gator Critter Fritters, The Soft Shell Crab Sandwich)
  • Master of Patties (The Brekky Burger, The Muffaletta Burger, The Beef Wellington)
  • Pie Baby Wood-Fired Pizza (Your choice of Pie Baby signature pizzas: Cheese Baby/Pep Baby/Meat Baby, Meatball Sub, Freshly prepared house salads)

Drinks Anyone?

Since music festivals are long and outdoors during the sunny days of the year it’s important to be able to grab some drinks on hand. Whether you are looking to stay hydrated, need pick me up to keeping going all weekend long or are looking for an adult beverage to loosen you up you will be able to find just what you’re looking for at Chicago Open Air.

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  • Headbangers Beer Hall

    This unique METAL themed bar is a 100×80 dive bar experience complete with Marshall amplifiers lining the back wall, a unique jukebox playing heavy metal music, rocker pinball machines, Chicago favorite Kuma’s Corner serving their signature metal themed burgers just next door, and more that will give fans a dark, heavy metal, craft beer and cocktail experience all on site at Chicago Open Air. The Headbangers Beer Hall will feature national and regional craft beers and artist inspired beverages including: Goose Island (Chicago — 312 Urban Wheat Ale, Four Star Pils), Half Acre Beer Company (Chicago — Daisy Cutter Pale Ale, Vallejo IPA, Pony Pilsner), Iron Maiden’s TROOPER Beer, Lagunitas (Petaluma, CA — IPA, A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’), Motörhead Wine, Surly (Minneapolis — Surly Hell Lager, Surly Furious IPA), Two Brothers Brewing (Chicago — seasonals TBA), and more to be announced. Look for unique experiences throughout the weekend with members of bands at the bar, as well as former MTV Headbangers Ball host and Cathouse founder Riki Rachtman playing some of his favorite songs and guest bartending during the weekend.

  • Monster Energy Experience/Sampling

    Monster Energy will be keeping all fans fueled up and ready to rock by offering free sampling on their Monster Energy viewing deck. Enjoy Monster Energy drinks from one of the best seats in the house. Make sure to check back throughout the festival for a schedule of Monster Energy’s interactive artist experiences.
    Facebook: facebook.com/monsterenergy
    #monsterenergy #monstermusic

  • Jack Daniel’s Experience

    “Taste of Tennessee” invites visitors to come out and tour the nation’s oldest registered distillery from outside the Jack Daniel’s Hollow. Visitors get to see (and smell) whiskey dripping slowly through charcoal and the new oak barrels used in maturing Tennessee’s finest whiskey. The Jack Daniel’s Experience is open to all fans, 21 years old and up, for tours free of charge. Stop by the Jack Daniel’s Experience for interactive engagements throughout the weekend.
    Facebook: facebook.com/jackdaniels
    Instagram: @jackdaniels_us
    #jackdaniels #BornToMakeWhiskey

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Looking for Even More to Do?

  • The Music Experience

    The Music Experience features all the elements that are involved in making music in a professional band setting. The interactive exhibit features guitars, basses, amps, drums, keyboards and electronic gear that are used by today’s most popular bands. The Music Experience has autograph signings and artist interactions throughout the day. Check Facebook and Instagram for the latest info on who will be hanging out at The Music Experience.
    Facebook: facebook.com/themusicexp
    Instagram: @tmexp

  • Keep Golf Metal

    Keep Golf Metal is a movement that encourages festival attendees to play a 9 hole putt putt course with PGA level golf clubs provided by Rife Putters and MasterFit Custom Golf Clubs. Keep Golf Metal also has apparel that features designs that fuse the rock and golf worlds together.

  • f.y.e. Fan Experience

    f.y.e. will be hosting the ultimate fan and artist interactive experiences throughout the festival. f.y.e. is the only place at the festival to get all your favorite band’s music — and maybe even get to meet your favorite Chicago Open Air performers. Check back for updates on artist meet and greet and autograph signing sessions.
    Facebook: facebook.com/FYE
    Instagram: @officalFYEmusic
    #unitedstatesofFYE

  • Dyin 2 Live / Fxck Cancer

    The F C Cancer Foundation’s mission is to fight cancer by raising awareness and to educate about early cancer detection, ultimately putting an end to late stage cancer diagnosis. The Dyin 2 Live wish granting program looks to enrich the lives of those fighting cancer by offering them an experience that will bring joy, hope, inspiration, and courage into their lives. In doing this, the program hopes it can help give the cancer fighter a chance to forget, even if it’s only for a day, what they are battling. The hope is that it can be used as a source of inspiration to those needing a brighter day in their darkest hour.
    www.FxckCancer.org
    www.makingdreamshappen.org
    www.Dyin2Live.org
    Facebook: facebook.com/Dyin2LiveDREAMS or facebook.com/FxckCancerUSA
    Instagram: @FxckCancer and @Dyin2LiveDreams

  • Take Me Home Animal Rescue

    Take Me Home is a not for profit, volunteer based foundation that has been saving the lives of homeless animals since 2001. Many families living in low-income areas cannot afford medical care, basic vaccinations, or spay/neuter surgeries for their companion animals. The donations raised help us to fund mobile veterinary hospitals to travel into these under-served areas to provide free spay and neuter, vaccinations, microchipping and administer medical care for animals in desperate need. Take Me Home also supports local animal charities. Come by the booth to help out our furry friends by buying a shirt, signed merchandise, and entering a raffle. Danny Wimmer, Founder, DWP, said, “DWP is proud to support various charities, giving them a national platform to promote their messages. We are particularly fond of Take Me Home, which advocates for animal adoption. I hope everyone stops by their booth and supports their fundraising efforts to help animals in need.” For more information, please visit: www.takemehome.tv.

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Grab your tickets at the Chicago Open Air Festival website!

Festival doors open at 11:00 AM each day and the show ends at 11:30 PM on Friday, 11:00 PM on Saturday, and 10:00 PM on Sunday.

For more information on Chicago Open Air, visit www.ChicagoOpenAir.com or visit them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to check out all of the fun!

 

 


Sam’s Club New Mom’s Dad’s Club Giveaway

by Jennifer Wieland
Dads Club - Enter the Fun with Mom Bundle or Fun With Dad Bundle Giveaway Right Now! #ad
Thanks to Sam’s Club and IncrediBundles for sponsoring today’s post.

 

Shopping used to be so much fun for me! Getting out and treating myself to things I wanted when I wanted them. Then I became a mom and a budget and great deals and to many shopping trips became my daily life. I’ve been a Sam’s Club member for years now because I can always find great deals in large quantities that my family needs. Whether it was great prices on diapers and baby wipes when they were younger or stocking up on their favorite snacks, picking up a new outfit, great toy or brand new book I find my mom shopping life easier thanks to Sam’s Club. Even better they have a new way to make mom and dad’s lives even better with the new Sam’s Club Mom’s & Dad’s Club, an exclusive online destination where parents can learn more, save more and win more!

 

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Do you know how Sam’s Club can help you save time and money so that you can focus on what matters most – your family!

  • Save on National Brands – Sam’s Club gives you the best prices on the items you need from the brands you know 
  • Save with the Exclusive Members’ Mark Brand – With over 400 Members’ Mark products – the brand exclusive to Sam’s Club – you save even more and still enjoy national brand quality!  
  • Save through Sam’s Club Services – Whether you need a new pair of glasses or are in the market for a new car, Sam’s Club offers a wide range of services to help members get the most for their money.
  • Save Time with Club Pickup – Need to shop but want to skip the hassle?  Learn all about Club Pickup! Order online and your items will be brought to you at the Club Pickup kiosk inside select locations or at one of Sam’s Club’s select Curbside or Drive-Thru locations.
  • Save Time with Easy Reorder – Easy Reorder tools at Sam’s Club allow you to select from a list of the items you usually order, so you don’t have to order from scratch each time you shop.  Many items are available for free shipping or subscriptions.

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Sam’s Club Moms & Dads Club

Sam’s Club has taken their commitment to parents one step further with the Sam’s Club Mom’s & Dad’s Club!  Become a member of this online destination and get access to exclusive content, offers and rewards that will make your job as a parent easier.

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As a Sam’s Club Mom’s & Dad’s Club Member you will:

  • Get Exclusive Offers – Sam’s Club Mom’s and Dad’s Club registered members receive exclusive discounts, offers, samples and more!  
  • Get Tips & Ideas – Mom’s and Dad’s Club provides product tips and suggestions based on your membership profile as the parent of an infant, toddler, preschooler or elementary aged child.  As a member you’ll also get great ideas to turn every day products into family fun! (Check out refreshing #lifehacks)
  • Get the Chance To Win – Mom’s and Dad’s Club members have special access to prizes, sweepstakes and giveaways 

Sign up to become a Sam’s Club Mom’s & Dad’s Club Member today for free with your Sam’s Club membership!

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Enter the Fun with Mom Bundle or Fun With Dad Bundle Giveaway Right Now!

Are you a mom or dad trying to keep your little one happy and busy this summer? Enter to win a Fun With Mom or Fun With Dad Bundle from IncrediBundles.com!  Each of these amazing bundles features a premium diaper bag and a $100 gift card to IncrediBundles.com!

If you win, you will choose between the premium DadGear Diaper Backpack or the sleek and versatile SkipHop Versa Diaper Bag.  Each bag is bundled with a $100 gift card to IncrediBundles.com. Shop their carefully curated selection of toys, books and products for children.

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What Might You Buy With Your Gift Card?

Buying for children can be overwhelming with so much to choose from!  Here are some of our recommendations:

Infants Under 1

  • Bright stim toys that clip to strollers and carseats and feature a variety of textures for exploring little hands
  • Teethers and rattles made from natural materials and colored with food-grade dyes
  • Loads of books for baby, especially sturdy board books with touch-and-feel panels, bright illustrations and simple stories.  

1 & 2 Year Olds

  • Stock up on toys that allow for open-ended play like balls and blocks
  • Toddler-friendly musical instruments like bells, shakers and simple drums
  • Lots and lots of books, especially those with repetition and rhyme, basic stories and friendly illustrations

Preschoolers

  • Games that allow children to learn as they play
  • Craft kits that exercise a child’s fine motor skills and creativity
  • Toys that encourage hours of happy pretend-play
  • Award-winning books with endearing characters and meaningful stories that children will want to hear again and again. 

 


Seas the Day – Go Boating

by Jennifer Wieland
Seas the Day - Go Boating This Summer

 

Summer seems to always fly by in the blink of an eye! One minute you’re planning a ton of different things to do over the summer before the kids get out of school and it’s like the next minute you’re wondering how it was that you didn’t manage to get through nearly enough fun memory makers with the kids and you’re back to school shopping. This year I am planning to seas the day and taking the kids out for some boating fun!

Water is a happy place for my three youngest kids! Since each of them have sensory issues it almost seems like water soothes them and they connect it with it on another level. It’s one of the few things that makes them want to put down electronics and just play like the kids that they are. They regularly swim all year, love bumper boats, the splash pad and like taking the water taxis in the city. Living in the Chicago suburbs it’s just a short drive for us to reach Lake Michigan and with my parent’s having a vacation home near Lake Delton in Wisconsin a boating trip is a must. This year I’m planning on taking the kids out boating one afternoon so that they can see the open waters and fell the wind blowing through their hair and the occasional mist of water

Seas the Day - Go Boating This Summer #DiscoverBoating

Some fun and interesting boating stats from the 2015 Discover Boating Survey conducted by Wakefield Research

  • 82% of Americans say being around water is relaxing.
  • 72% of Americans feel healthier after spending time on the water.
  • Top 5 boating activities Americans want to do this summer: Relax on a boat with friends, take a sunset cruise, go fishing, watch fireworks from a boat, and go waterskiing, wakeboarding or wakesurfing.
  • 84% of parents think their kids would be more likely to unplug on a boat trip versus a road trip.
  • 88% of American parents feel that their kids need to get more involved in outdoor activities this summer, like boating.
  • Americans rank their favorite celebrity boat mates as Taylor Swift, Jimmy Fallon, Ellen DeGeneres and Robert Downey, Jr.

Seas the Day - Go Boating This Summer #DiscoverBoating

Since I need to learn all that I can so that we have the best time on our boat outing I’m going to be visiting Discover Boating’s website. Discover Boating is a national, nonprofit program on behalf of the US recreational boating industry aimed to help people get on the water to experience the fun of boating. For those looking to get their feet wet, DiscoverBoating.com is an unbiased online resource packed with easy, interactive features on all things boating, including a boat selector tool, get on the water tab where you can find rentals, classes and charters, cost comparison tool, renting options, youth boating programs, education courses – even nautical lingo and how-to videos.

How are you and your family planning to make the most out of summer by enjoying the water?

 

 

 


Humana Healthier Choices Options at Taste of Chicago

by Jennifer Wieland
Humana Healthier Choices Options at Taste of Chicago #TasteofChi #HealthierChoices
The information and Taste tickets have been provided by Humana so that I could try some of the Humana Healthier Choices and share my thoughts and information about these items. The opinions expressed in this post are my own and do not reflect the opinions of Humana.

 

Taste of Chicago is a staple of summer in Chicago. If you aren’t familiar with Taste of Chicago it’s like the biggest, baddest picnic you can go to. Food greats from all over the Chicagoland area sell food items so that you can get a true taste of what Chicago has to offer the foodies of the world. Don’t worry if you’re trying to eat healthier Humana has you covered. The Humana Healthier Choice options at Taste of Chicago will keep you looking swimsuit fab or keep your health on track all while getting to enjoy a great summer event in Chicago.

When you arrive at The Taste of Chicago you first head to a ticket booth and purchase strips of tickets. These strips of tickets work in place of cash at the vendor booths. Most booths offer multiple food items and you can often get regular and taste portion sizes. This year The Taste of Chicago runs from July 6th-10th in Grant Park.

Humana Healthier Choices Options at Taste of Chicago #TasteofChi #HealthierChoices

About Humana Healthier Choices Options (full list of menu items at the end of the email):

  • This year’s program features 75 healthy food options – the most in the program’s history – from 29 Chicago restaurants that meet nutritional criteria.
  • The Humana Healthier Choices will be identified by a new logo for 2016 – a green “H” with a circular arrow around it – which can be found on the menu boards at participating restaurant booths.
  • The Humana Healthier Choices list of items will be handed out at the Humana tent and can be downloaded at the Taste of Chicago website, via facebook.com/TheTasteOfChicago and through the newly established Taste of Chicago app.
  •  For the second consecutive year, the 2016 list will also spotlight 49 vegetarian options – nearly two-thirds of the list – to cater to a larger sampling of health-conscious attendees.
  • The program is also promoting six gluten-free items from the restaurant, Dia De Los Tamales, to accommodate the evolution of changing dietary restrictions and preferences.
  • All of the restaurants participating in the 2016 Taste of Chicago were invited to submit their menu items for consideration for the Humana Healthier Choices program.
  • For an item to be considered, restaurants must submit nutritional details including calories, sodium content, saturated fat and the list of ingredients.
  • A panel of five top Chicago-area physicians with expertise in diet and nutrition collaboratively judged each item to assure that nutritional values were met.

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Humana Healthier Choices Rewards Program:

  • After receiving a free Humana Healthier Choices Tag, which comes with a lanyard for a hands-free and convenient experience, participants can collect stamps by sampling any Humana Healthier Choices food item or participating in healthy activities at the Humana tent.
  • Once Taste-goers receive six stamps, they can drop off their badge at the Humana tent to be entered into random prize drawings, donated by the Taste of Chicago restaurants.
  • Prize winners will be announced on the evening of July 10.
  • On social media, Taste-goers are encouraged to join the conversation and share their Humana Healthier Choices food items on Instagram, mentioning @Humana, #TasteofChi and #HealthierChoices. 

Humana’s HappIEST Hour: Mocktail Challenge for Charity

Humana, along with WXRT-FM,  will host a healthy mocktail challenge between Catherine De Orio, host of WTTW-TV’s “Check, Please!,” and WXRT DJ Mary Dixon, who will defend her title as the winner of the healthy salsa challenge Humana hosted at the 2015 Taste of Chicago. The event will take place at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 9, and include recipes filled with ingredients that provide healthier alternatives to common drinks. The panel of guest judges will include Chicago Bears alum Jay Hilgenberg and Jeff Joniak, WXRT DJ Johnny Mars and Supreme Lobster & Seafood Co.’s Carl Galvan. Following the event, Humana will award a donation to the winner’s charity of choice.

Humana Tent at Taste of Chicago

Take a break from the July heat by enjoying a shaded seating area in the Humana tent, which will feature basic ways of staying healthy, including jumping rope, hula hooping and dancing, as well as a photo booth and prize wheels. The tent will be located on Columbus Drive between Jackson Blvd and the Buckingham Fountain.

Humana Healthier Choices Options at Taste of Chicago #TasteofChi #HealthierChoices 

Humana Healthier Choices for Taste of Chicago 2016

(vegan options noted by a V)

Appetizers/Starters – Less than 320 calories, 300 mg sodium and 2 g saturated fat

·         Taste Portion of Seaweed Salad (V) – Arami

·         Taste Portion of Buta Hara – Arami

·         Taste Portion of Veggie Burger (V) – Beat Kitchen

·         Taste Portion of Mustard Fried Catfish – BJ’s Market

·         Taste Portion of Grilled Chicken Taco – Carbón Live Fire Mexican Grill

·         Taste Portion of Chicken Sambussa – Demera Ethiopian Restaurant 

·         Taste Portion of Vegetarian Messob Misir Wat and Tikle Gomen (V) – Demera Ethiopian Restaurant

·         Taste Portion of Doner Box – Doner Men

·         Chili Lime Watermelon (V) – Farmer’s Fridge

·         Taste Portion of Chili Lime Watermelon (V) – Farmer’s Fridge

·         Taste Portion of Avocado Toast (V) – Farmer’s Fridge

·         Taste Portion of Chicken Sandwich (without cheese) – Gino’s Steaks Truck

·         Ginger Garlic Wings – Iyanze

·         Taste Portion of Chap Chae (V) – Jin Ju

·         Taste Portion of Chicken Tacos – La Cocinita

·         Taste Portion of Malnati Salad (V) – Lou Malnati’s

·         Taste Portion of Cauliflower Salad (V) – nana

·         Taste Portion of Avocado Fries (V) – nana

·         Celtic Corn on the Cob (V) – O’Brien’s Restaurant

·         Sweet Potato Potato Salad (V) – Pork & Mindy’s

·         Taste Portion of Bao to the Pork – Pork & Mindy’s

·         Taste Portion of Pulled Chicken Slider – Pork chop

·         Taste Portion of Reverse Coney (V) – Taco in a Bag

Main Dishes – Less than 500 calories, 500 mg sodium and 4 g saturated fat

·         Veggie Burger (V) – Beat Kitchen

·         Mustard Fried Catfish – BJ’s Market

·         Grilled Steak Taco – Carbón Live Fire Mexican Grill

·         Grilled Chicken Taco – Carbón Live Fire Mexican Grill

·         Taste Portion of Smoked Alligator – Chicago’s Dog House

·         Taste Portion of Smoked Rattlesnake with Rabbit – Chicago’s Dog House

·         Taste Portion of Chicken Sambussa – Demera Ethiopian Restaurant

·         Vegetarian Messob Misir Wat and Tikle Gomen (V) – Demera Ethiopian Restaurant

·         Donër Box – Donër Men

·         Avocado Toast (V) – Farmer’s Fridge

·         Chicken Sandwich (without cheese) – Gino’s Steaks Truck

·         Vegetarian Greens and Plantains (V) – Iyanze

·         Jerk Chicken – Iyanze

·         Chap Chae (V) – Jin Ju

·         Chicken Ke-Bob Curry Rice with Vegetables – Kasia Deli

·         Black Bean & Cheese Arepa with Salsa Verde – La Cocinita

·         Chicken Taco – La Cocinita

·         Malnati Salad (V) – Lou Malnati’s

·         Avocado Fries (V) – nana

·         Cauliflower Salad (V) – nana

·         Pulled Chicken Sandwich – Pork chop

·         Taste Portion of Grilled Chicken Satay – Star of Siam

·         Taste Portion of Pot Stickers – Star of Siam

·         Taste Portion of Pad Thai Noodles – Star of Siam

·         Reverse Coney (V) – Taco in a Bag

·         Taste Portion of Grilled Cheese (V) – The Fat Shallot

·         Taste Portion of Plantain and Jollof (V) – Vee Vee’s African Restaurant

Desserts – Less than 320 calories, 300 mg sodium and 2 g saturated fat

·         Taste Portion of Lemon Sorbet (V) – Caffe Gelato

·         Lemon Sorbet (V) – Caffe Gelato

·         Taste Portion of Blood Orange Sorbet (V) – Caffe Gelato

·         Blood Orange Sorbet (V) – Caffe Gelato

·         Taste Portion of Pineapple Sorbet (V) – Caffe Gelato

·         Pineapple Sorbet (V) – Caffe Gelato

·         Taste Portion of Peanut Butter Brownie (V) – Caffe Gelato

·         Dinky Donut (2) (V) – Dinky Donuts

·         Italian Lemon Ice (V) – Franco’s Ristorante

·         Taste Portion of Italian Lemon Ice (V) – Franco’s Ristorante

·         Italian Watermelon Ice (V) – Franco’s Ristorante

·         Taste Portion of Italian Watermelon Ice (V) – Franco’s Ristorante

·         Lemon-Lime Paleta (V) – La Mexicana

·         Mango Paleta (V) – La Mexicana

·         Strawberry Paleta (V) – La Mexicana

·         Taste Portion of Strawberry Paleta (V) – La Mexicana

·         Watermelon Paleta (V) – La Mexicana

·         Taste Portion of Watermelon Paleta (V) – La Mexicana

·         Southern Red Velvet Morsel of Love (V) – Ms. Tittle’s Cupcake

·         Mango Sorbet (V) – Star of Siam

·         Chocolate Dipped Strawberry (V) – The Fudge Pot

·         Frozen Mango Kefir (V) – The Lifeway Kefir Shop

·         Taste Portion of Mango Kefir (V) – The Lifeway Kefir Shop

·         Frozen Original Kefir (V) – The Lifeway Kefir Shop

·         Taste Portion of Original Kefir (V) – The Lifeway Kefir Shop

The following six items, provided by the restaurant Dia De Los Tamales, do not meet the Humana Healthier Choices nutrition criteria but provide options for Taste-goers with gluten-free dietary restrictions

·         Slow Roasted Cuban Pork Tamale with Cuban Fricase

·         Taste Portion of Slow Roasted Cuban Pork Tamale with Cuban Fricase

·         Spicy Black Bean & Corn Tamale with Salsa Roja (V)

·         Taste Portion of Spicy Black Bean & Corn Tamale with Salsa Roja (V)

·         Buffalo Chicken Tamale with Blue Cheese, Shredded Carrot and Celery

·         Roasted Pepper and Goat Cheese Tamale with Red Pepper Crema (V)

 

 

 


Restaurant.com is Helping to Keep Lunch Affordable During Summer Break

by Jennifer Wieland
Restaurant.com is Helping to Keep Lunch Affordable During Summer
I am a member of the Restaurant.com #ReviewCrew. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

I don’t know if your house is like mine but during summer break while the kids are out of school expenses seem to go way up! The cost to keep the kids entertained and to find activities to keep their minds and bodies active seems to eat through our money. Add to that the kids being home all day and wanting food what seems like every 10 minutes and your food budget seems to go right out the window. Restaurant.com is helping to keep lunch affordable during summer break for us with their certificates.

Restaurant.com is Helping to Keep Lunch Affordable During Summer

I know I used to think that Restaurant.com only carried certificates for sit down restaurants. Nothing quick or casual and certainly not anything that was just carry out. Boy, was I wrong on that! In my area there are a number of places that are fast food or carry out pizza places. So on days when we are out and about or just tired of eating sandwiches at home for lunch I can treat the kids to a special lunch all while keeping my bank account happy.

Restaurant.com is Helping to Keep Lunch Affordable During Summer

We did just that this week when I found a Restaurant.com certificate available for a local Papa John’s. We ordered up some pizza and I was able to use my Restaurant.com certificate for a discount. Even better, I had a Papa John’s gift card already so I ended up with no out-of-pocket expense!

Restaurant.com is Helping to Keep Lunch Affordable During Summer

Learn more and connect with Restaurant.com

Restaurant.com and Specials by Restaurant.com make great gifts for everyone on your wish list. Remember, for more information on Restaurant.com be sure to check out their Facebook page, follow them on Twitter, find them on Google+ or check out their blog, The Dish.

“The only thing better than going out for a great meal, is getting a great deal.  Restaurant.com has been filling tables since 1999 and is the destination for dining whether you like to plan ahead or find a meal on the go.  Restaurant.com helps diners discover the perfect dining experience and boasts nearly 50,000 dining deals available every day, even on the weekends!  And, the deals are easy to use – present the certificate to the server on a mobile device, or print out a copy, and voilà – the savings will be deducted from your final bill.  Bon Appétit!”

How do you cut food costs during the summer months?

 

 


ReadyRefresh by Nestlé® is Keeping FORO (Fear of Running Out) at Bay

by Jennifer Wieland
ReadyRefresh by Nestlé® is Keeping FORO (Fear of Running Out) at Bay #NoMoreFORO
Thank you to ReadyRefresh℠ by Nestlé ® for sponsoring this blog post. All opinions are my own.

 

Have you been consumed by FORO (Fear of Running Out) this summer? Has the heat and humidity gotten to you and caused you to consume a higher rate of liquid refreshment? ReadyRefresh is here to keep your family hydrated and FORO (Fear of Running Out) at bay this summer!

ReadyRefresh by Nestlé® is Keeping FORO (Fear of Running Out) at Bay #NoMoreFORO

What is FORO?

Buying bottled water by the individual bottle means you’re spending way too much time restocking at the grocery store. Buying in bulk keeps your shopping trips infrequent, but those cases are so heavy, and big box stores are energy-sapping circuses. With that dreaded trip to the store looming, a sense of anxiety takes over. As your bottled water supply dwindles, you begin to hoard those last few bottles for your kids, your spouse, or even just a thirstier moment. This is a phenomenon referred to as The Fear of Running Out—denying yourself and your family the bottled water they want just so you don’t have to go back to the store or add another inconvenience to your day. 

We spend a ton of our summer at our local park pool, the beach, and neighborhood parks. Making sure the kids stay hydrated is a must! Making sure they hydrate with great-tasting drinks without the sugar and caffeine that’s no good for them is my mission as a mom.

ReadyRefresh by Nestlé® is Keeping FORO (Fear of Running Out) at Bay #NoMoreFORO

A FORO Study was done and this is what they learned

  • More than half of all surveyed (52%) experience FORO at least once a week.
  • 69% of those surveyed experience feelings such as stress, anxiety and worry when household items start to run low.
  • 69% of survey respondents run low on everyday household items at least once a week.
  • According to survey respondents, bottled water is the beverage of choice in homes (36%), workplaces (46%), and at school (36%).
  • Nearly half of all full-time working parents (46%) surveyed say they ration or replace everyday household items with a less desirable alternative at least once per week, in order to avoid running out completely.
  • According to the survey, when running low on household items, food (67%), toilet paper (51%) and bottled water (43%) are the most likely to be restocked first – ahead of items like milk (20%) and diapers (7%).
  • Of those surveyed, three out of four (75%) working parents would buy more household items in bulk if it was more convenient.
  • According to the survey, more than half of full-time working parents (55%) say that daily errands keep them from spending quality time with friends and family.

ReadyRefresh by Nestlé® is Keeping FORO (Fear of Running Out) at Bay #NoMoreFORO

Why is it important to have good drink options available at all times?

Today, beverages account for 47% of added sugars in the U.S. American Diet and more than 13% of calories consumed per day. The newly released 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends that the primary beverage consumed should be either calorie-free – especially water – or should contribute beneficial nutrients such as fat-free and low-fat milk and 100% juice.

Replacing a single 12-ounce, 140 calorie sugar sweetened beverage with water each day for a year can cut more than 50,000 calories from one’s diet. That’s a lot of calories that I’m sure nobody wants their kids ingesting on sugar.

I know for me, since I have been following a Keto lifestyle making sure I have healthy, carb- and sugar-free drink options are an absolute must! Without them I’d be reduced to drinking regular tap water and sometimes a girl wants a little more flavor than that in what she’s drinking.

ReadyRefresh by Nestlé® is Keeping FORO (Fear of Running Out) at Bay #NoMoreFORO

Why I’m on board with ReadyRefresh

My husband is a soda junkie and at his age I don’t think I’ll ever get him to get past it. I myself am a water and tea girl since giving up sugary drinks a few years back. (One of my best decisions ever!) The problem I face is that kids are impressionable and if they see daddy with soda and it’s in cans and bottles than can be easily grabbed then we end up battling about why they shouldn’t be having that. 

I have noticed that if I have other, healthier options on hand that they will drink those instead. If there are ice cold bottles of water and tea then they will grab that to take to the park, beach, pool or anyplace else we may be headed in the hot summer sun.

Added bonus… with all of the types and flavors of waters and teas I can change up my daily drink routine as the mood strikes me.  This is where the video will be embedded.

 

More about ReadyRefresh

When it comes to your home, you want to feel confident that you are always making the best choices for you and your family, especially when it comes to health. Now there’s an easy way to bring a little more health into your home. ReadyRefresh is a customizable beverage delivery service that provides your family with a variety of leading bottled water brands in assorted sizes and flavors like Ice Mountain (still and sparkling), Nestlé Pure Life, Perrier, San Pellegrino, and Aqua Panna. With ReadyRefresh there is something for everyone in the family!

ReadyRefresh has a simple to navigate website that makes ordering from their wide selection of flavors and brands a breeze. ReadyRefresh also offers great delivery and frequency options to meet your personal needs. They make it easy for you to want make healthier choices. For more information on FORO, coupons and deals follow ReadyRefresh on Facebook and Twitter.

ReadyRefresh by Nestlé® is Keeping FORO (Fear of Running Out) at Bay #NoMoreFORO

Ready to stop FORO in it’s tracks?

Have you ever experienced FORO? Do you wish to stop FORO before it hits your family again? Then sign up for a new ReadyRefresh delivery service account. New members will receive $50 off their first order which will go a long way in hydrating your entire household! Plus, there’s no delivery fee on your first order which makes this a can’t-miss deal! Don’t let FORO catch you! Get delivery right to your door with healthy drink options all year long. 

 

 


Rick Bayless Cooking Demo at Macy’s State Street

by Jennifer Wieland
Rick Bayless Cooking Demo at Macy's State Street #MacysChef
This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of Macy’s; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
 

Three of my favorite things about Chicago come together for a fun, entertaining and absolutely delicious event next week! Chicago hometown favorite Rick Bayless will be heading to Macy’s State Street to wow customers with a cooking demonstration. The cooking demonstration will showcase some of his absolute favorite award-winning summertime dishes. While getting to watch Rick Bayless in action and getting to drool over his fabulous creations in person is pretty darn awesome what makes this cooking demo even better is that there will be plenty of samples on hand for everyone in attendance. Absolute best part? This event is 100% free!!!

Macy’s State Street location is always a favorite place for me to shop. I spend hours perusing their housewares and food selections. It’s often a fun, delicious and retail therapy treat for me. After the Rick Bayless cooking demonstration you can then head downstairs and where you can find the latest in must-have cookware and hot gadgets that every cook needs. Plus, if you spend a minimum of $35 in the Home department, you will receive a $10 Macy’s gift card! The awesomeness doesn’t end there though. No, you’ll also receive a copy of More Mexican Everyday, which Chef Rick Bayless will sign for you directly after the event!

Rick Bayless Cooking Demo at Macy's State Street #MacysChef

The 411 on the Rick Bayless Cooking Demo

MACY’S ON STATE STREET

Culinary Studio, 7th Floor

Wednesday, June 29th at 12:00pm

Chicago, IL

Tickets to the demo are free!

Sound like an event that’s perfect for you?

To attend this event you need to let the Macy’s Culinary Council know that you want to be a part of this! To do that you can call them at 1-800-329-8667 and let them know you want your name added to the guest list. 

To learn more about the Macy’s Culinary Council and future events log on to macys.com/culinarycouncil and follow them on Twitter @culinarycouncil.

 

 


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