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Health, Happiness and the Pursuit of Mommyhood

#4 Fun Things to Do with Your Family this Weekend August 1, 2008

Roll, Baby, Roll! Have I got a treat for you! CRAFT magazine has kindly provided the inspiration–Click here: Roll, Baby, Roll!  for complete instructions for transforming any shoes into your very own custom roller-skates! (Or, click here for the podcast how-to.) Instructions include step-by-step instructions with photos for safely creating super-cool skates. Go on with your bad self!

  • The best part about making custom skates is that YOU choose the style and fit!
  • A well-made pair will last and last, providing hours of enjoyment. (I wish I’d had my own when I was young(er)!
  • Studies show that moderate skating for one hour can burn up to 330 calories, and vigorous skating up to 590! (Don’t forget your safety gear and sunscreen!)

Summertime, and the Grillin’ Is Easy The kids are in the backyard, the sun is still high in the sky as evening rolls in–the perfect time to fire up the grill for Organic Ribeye with Red Wine, Peppers and Portobello mushrooms

Get Grillin'
Get Grillin’

My husband has this idea that because he is a “manly man”, he should inherently know how to grill a steak. Well, not just “grill” a steak, but transform raw meat into something mythical in its splendor.
From my perspective, you can never have too many veggies on the Bar-B, however the fresh thyme and crushed bay leaf truly make this dish sing. (For more great recipes, please visit my blog

Future Environmentalists Club Helen Coronato, author of the wonderful new book, Eco-Friendly Families, reports, “by raising our children with a strong sense of respect and reverence for Earth, we help ensure that there will be adults to step into ecological leadership positions.” The following are excerpts.
If the summer has done a number on your tween’s hair and face, skip the expensive salon trip and try these all-natural home remedies. Host a “Spa Party” with friends to detoxify hair and skin without toxic chemicals.

  • Treat chlorine hair by rinsing it with club soda
  • Whiten teeth by applying a small amount of baking soda to them after a regular brushing. Don’t rinse. (This is tough to do–Have party guests compete for who can stand this the longest!)
  • Indulge in a summertime three-step facial. First, boil water and pour it over two herbal tea bags. While the tea steeps, exfoliate skin by combining sea salt (larger grains than table salt) with olive oil and gently rubbing into skin using a washcloth. Rinse well and pat dry. Remove tea bags from water and let cool. Apply fresh lemon juice, a natural astringent, to a cotton ball and swipe entire face and neck. Lastly, combine 1/2 cup of oatmeal with 3/4 cup milk. Microwave 2 minutes. Stir in 1 tablespoon of honey. Let mixture cool to a comfortable temperature and apply a thin, even layer to face. Place tea bags over eyes and relax with oatmeal facial for 10 minutes. Rinse well with cool water and pat dry.

Serve homemade lemonade to guests! Squeeze juice of 4-5 lemons into 64 ounces purified water, add honey to desired amount of sweetness and serve over ice! (This is also a fabulous way to beat hay fever symtoms!)

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