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A Two-Week Summer Meal Planby  

By Emily McClements, Contributing Writer It's the time of year where the local Farmer's Markets and our gardens have begun to overflow with the season's harvest which make it the perfect opportunity to incorporate a wide variety of produce into... Read More

Hidden Veggie Popsiclesby  

Guest Post by Whitney Cornelison of Beauty in the Mess Veggies in a popsicle?! Really?! I promise they aren't as bad as they sound. While I am sure you think I have lost my mind, let me tell you that my... Read More

A Minimalistic Approach to Summerby  

By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer Whew. The school year is over. Does anyone else want to breathe a huge sigh of relief with me? In many ways, it feels like my family’s been on fast forward since school began last... Read More

How to Make Your Own Sunscreen Lotionby  

This post was originally published in June of 2008, but this topic is always an important one as the days grow longer and the summer sun returns each year! I have a small list of things I never thought I... Read More

Homemade Iced Tea Popsiclesby  

Like all kids, mine love nothing better than a cool snack on a hot day. A common summertime treat around our house is popsicles. Since popsicles are so easy to make, we stick with homemade ones, rather than buying them.... Read More

11 Fresh and Unique Green Salad Recipesby  

By Beth Ricci, Contributing Writer  There's just something so right about a fresh, in-season, mouth-watering green salad in the summer, don't you think? I was raised by a mother who believed in eating seasonally, which meant that I never even knew... Read More

Chocolate Avocado Popsiclesby  

By Rachel Marie, Contributing Writer The middle of summer means a lot of heat, sun and hopefully fun. In the midst of summer business of swim lessons, vacation Bible school, and staying up later, we love to have fun outside. We go... Read More

25 Healthy & Delicious Summer Salads {Plus 5 Tips for Creating The Perfect Salad}by  

By Kelly Smith, Contributing Writer The warmer weather of summer lends itself to lighter meals like deliciously fresh summer salads. They’re not only a satisfying and refreshing way to beat the heat, they’re also simple to put together, and can... Read More

42 Summer Recipes That Won’t Heat Up Your Homeby  

By Jami Leigh, Contributing Writer As the long, hot, lazy days of summer drag on, I dread starting my oven at night to cook dinner. We have a nice swamp cooler in our house but once that oven gets going (especially... Read More

16 Ways to Encourage Children to Get Outdoorsby  

By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer Remember the summers of your childhood? Did you spend long days outside? Were they spent riding bikes, climbing trees, playing hopscotch, or building sandcastles? Mine were. I can remember lying on my back on the... Read More

Your Camping Menu Primer (With 50+ Food Ideas!)by  

Guest Post by Elsie Callender For the adventurous, camping is one of the best summer excursions. It carves out time to do the things we want - but often fail - to do in everyday life: live more simply, closer to... Read More

Risks and Benefits of Sun Exposure {+ A Roundup of 5 Homemade Sunscreens}by  

By Erin Odom, Contributing Writer As a redhead with fair skin, sunscreen has always been a staple in my summertime skincare regimen. The few blistering sunburns and sun poisoning that inflicted me when my parents forgot to slather it on... Read More

Stocking Your Summer Medicine Cabinet (Plus 23 recipes)by  

By Jami Leigh, Contributing Writer As I scroll through my Pinterest board for home remedies, most of the things I see are flu remedies and cough medicine. While you might need these during the summer, it's more likely that you... Read More

Frozen Banana Bites: The Perfect Summertime Treat!by  

Summer will officially arrive soon, and we simply cannot wait! In anticipation of "no more pencils, no more books" ... we've already dusted off the ice cream maker and of course, our ice pop molds. That's because making homemade frozen treats... Read More

Eggplant Cannelloni {Grain Free Recipe}by  

Guest post by Dena Norton What's the first recipe that comes to mind when you hear the word "eggplant"? Eggplant Parmesan, right? And what's the second? Most of us draw a blank on that one. Well, today I hope to... Read More

Simple Summer Salad Recipes {& Vinaigrette Dressings}by  

Guest Post by Marci Ferrell I do enjoy summertime with the abundance of fresh produce whether through a home garden,  CSA, farmer's markets or your local grocery store.  I didn't used to be a salad lover but it could be... Read More

A Month of Smoothies — 31 Recipe Links to Keep You Happily Slurping All Summerby  

Image by Miriam Our blender sees a lot of action once the warm weather hits. We're smoothie fiends all year long, but our cravings go into overdrive during summer. For my family, there is nothing like a frosty glass of... Read More

Strawberry-Peach Salsa Recipeby  

  By Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer Summer is a wonderful tine to enjoy fresh salsa. It's so flavorful and delicious! Plus, it's easy to make. However, you may want a change from tomato-based salsas. (I'm sure that's mortifying to some die-hard... Read More

What to include in your natural first aid kit this summerby  

We're on the road again and we couldn't be happier. For our family, pursuing adventure together is becoming part of our DNA. The past two weeks we've been traveling down the West coast, starting from our home outside Vancouver, Canada... Read More

Best Summer Slaw with Kale, Brussels, Apples & Almondsby  

Guest post by Dena Norton Happy Memorial Day! Guess who's coming to my picnic today? This slaw, that's who. I like traditional cole slaw, but I love this recipe - as in, LOOOVE it. It's perfect alongside a Memorial Day... Read More

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