4 Child Summertime Safety Tips

It’s April, which means spring is here, but summer is around the corner. Children love the hotter weather, and adults do too, for that matter. Summer is the ideal time for picnics and barbecues, and since many individuals will have received the vaccine by that point, get-togethers will be possible this year that couldn’t take place in 2020. 

 Your kids will love running around this summer, especially after the pandemic and the winter’s cold isolated them for months. There are a few things they need to watch out for as the weather heats up, though, so let’s review them now. 

 Watch Out for The Hotter Temperatures 

If you’re looking at summertime safety tips for kids, staying out of the hottest weather will be up at the top of the list. Climate change means that even in parts of the country that previously didn’t get all that hot, record temperatures are occurring almost every year now. 

 In some states, temperatures reach truly deadly levels, especially in July and August. Before your kids run wild in the streets, you need to talk to them about limiting sun exposure. 

 Make sure they slather on sunscreen multiple times during the day. They should drink plenty of water as well. You’ll want to tell them not to be out in direct sunlight for any more than a minute or two at a time during the hottest hours when the sun is most likely to punish them. 

 Sunburn and heat stroke are both possible. In some states, it gets hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk, and you don’t want your kids to suffer that same treatment. 

 Watch Out for Bees 

You should also tell your kids to watch out for bees if they’re playing in the backyard or a nearby field. Many studies show that bee populations have declined, which is somewhat of a scientific mystery. Still, there are plenty of the insects around, and they pack a nasty sting if a child disturbs them or gets too close to a hive. 

 Bees are territorial, but they’re also aggression-prone if a child swats at one of them. Some kids have allergies, but you won’t necessarily know about that unless one of these insects stings them. 

 An allergic child’s life can be at risk if a bee stings them, and they don’t receive medical help in time. Make sure to tell your kids to give any bees they see a wide berth. They should keep their eyes open for wasps and hornets as well. 

 Watch for Aggressive Dogs 

If you let your child play in the neighborhood, they should also watch out for stray dogs or dogs belonging to certain households that don’t keep them behind locking gates or tied up in the yard. Dogs can be territorial, and if a child runs away from one of them, that might trigger the animal’s instinct to pursue and bite. 

 A dog bite or even a negative experience can petrify a child, and you might have to bring a lawsuit against the owner if it seems like it was their fault that the incident occurred. Your kid might be to blame, though, if they tease the dog. If you know of any problem dogs in the neighborhood, tell your kids to avoid them. 

 Keep an Eye Open for Traffic 

You might also live in a neighborhood that has a lot of traffic during the summer. If you live on a quiet back road, this won’t be much of an issue. Maybe you live right on a street where cars are constantly going by, though. 

 Depending on how old your kids are, you might be okay with letting them play in the front yard if you emphasize that they need to stay out of the street. If they’re too young, you can either tell them to play in the backyard instead or else you might erect a fence and make sure your children stay behind it. 

 If your kids do venture into the street, teach them to look both ways before they do. Also, if you see any speed demons flying through the neighborhood, try to get a license plate number to tell the police. 

 Depending on whether you live in a rough area, you might need to watch out for gun violence, drug dealers, or other threats. Use your judgment in determining whether to let your kids play outside this summer and how far you’ll let them get from the house. 


Simply Earth Review and Unboxing

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I am very excited today to introduce you to Simply Earth.  They offer essential oils at an affordable price.  They also have a fun subscription program called the Essential Oil Recipe Box.  Each subscription box is a $150 value for just $39, and it is a fantastic deal.  For that $39, you get 4 bottles of essential oils,  you also get several recipe cards, and extra materials you need to create the recipes included.

When you subscribe, they also send you an awesome BONUS BOX for FREE!  The bonus box has several bottles as well as other great items like coconut oil, beeswax, and almond oil.  Anyone who’s ever used essential oils, knows that these items are definitely staples, and I think it’s great that they include these bonuses.

And if you order today using my referral link and coupon code: SSHOMEFREE you will also get a $40 gift card! [Read more…]

Asian Inspired Steak with Fried Rice

My husband and I grill all year long, but we still look forward to those warm months when we can enjoy the great outdoors while we cook. Like a lot of people, one of our favorite meats to cook is steak.  I personally like a nice New York Strip Steak or a basic sirloin served up with a loaded baked potato and a salad or steamed vegetables..  As far as marinades and seasonings, I’m happy with just a little salt, pepper, or seasoning salts, but my husband, The King of the Grill, loves to experiment, so I’m always getting to try new marinades and seasoning blends.

The other day, we put together an Asian Inspired Steak.  We made these with some delicious Flat Iron Steaks, and they were delicious! To reinforce the Asian flavors of the steak, I served them up with a little Chicken Fried Rice.

I’d love to say, I made the rice from scratch, but in this case I took a short cut.  We used PF Chang’s Chicken Fried Rice.  They have delicious frozen entrees that taste delicious and are quick and easy to make.  For me, these entrees are a meal all by themselves, but they are also a great complement to other homemade items you may be cooking.


Here’s the recipe for the marinade we used for our steaks, along with instructions on how to best cook the steak.  Normally I like my steak cooked medium well, but as it’s a Flat Iron steak, my husband said they could only be cooked medium rare or medium. (And since he’s my resident expert on steaks, I agree.)



These steaks were definitely delicious, and the PF Chang’s Chicken Fried Rice was a great complement to the dish (not to mention a great convenience food to go along with our homecooking).

Do you ever pair frozen entrees or sides with your homecooking?  I’d love to hear about your favorite product recommendations or tips for getting dinner to the table faster!



Strawberry Banana Orange Popsicles

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The fall season brings so much stress.  First we have the back to school season, and that is immediately followed by the holiday season.  This also just happens to be the time that is the busiest for my business.  With everything going on, it is absolutely essential that I am feeling well and have plenty of energy.  One thing that I find helps with this is Emergen-C®.  Today I’m going to tell you why Emergen-C is a fall must-have for me, and I’ve got a delicious “better for you” popsicle recipe featuring the product!

Emergen-C is a dietary supplement.  It comes in powder form that, when mixed with water, makes a delicious fizzy drink that’s great for a morning pick me up or as an electrolyte replacement after your workout.  It also provides a great source of Vitamin C and antioxidants for immune support and B vitamins to enhance your energy without caffeine.  [Read more…]

No Bake Banana Pudding Pie

Banana Pudding Pie and Slice

I LOVE banana pudding.  When I was growing up, it was one of my favorite sweets!  A few years ago, I ran across a great uncooked banana pudding.  I posted the recipe here, and to this day, it is still one of my site’s most visited posts.  I love banana pudding anytime of year, but I think of it as one of the official desserts of summer, so the other day, I decided to make it, but this time, I decided to do something a little different…a banana pudding pie! [Read more…]

Pina Colada Dip and Summer Snacking with Outshine® Fruit Bars

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Pina Colada Dip and Summer Snacking with Outshine Fruit Bars

The weather is perfect where I live right now.  I’m so excited to break out my summer clothes and enjoy summer activities, but I’m even more excited to enjoy a little summer snacking.  If you know me, you know that I love nothing more than indulging in sweet treats, especially frozen treats.

 Outshine® Fruit Bars are a frozen treat for the whole family, and Moms can feel good about serving them to kids and enjoying them for themselves.  Today I’m going to tell you a little bit about these yummy frozen treats, and I’ve got a recipe and a sweepstakes for you. Let’s get to it! [Read more…]

Summer Grilling with Smithfield® BBQ Ribs

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Summer Grilling with Smithfield BBQ Ribs

For my family, the summer grilling season never really ends. My husband will grill out no matter what kind of weather we’re having, but he’s certainly glad the summer season is almost upon us!  We grill a number of different meats from burgers and steaks to pork tenderloins and pork ribs.  A couple of weeks ago, we enjoyed some Smithfield® pork ribs.  A lot of people say that cooking good ribs is difficult, and many are even intimidated by it, but my hubby always manages to cook the most delicious, mouth-watering, fall-off-the-bone ribs you could ever want!  Today I’m going to reveal some of the secrets of how he does it! [Read more…]

Chocolate Pie

Chocolate Pie

I love pie!  I often think of summer as the season for pie, because there are so many that you can serve cold, which is perfect for family picnics, Sunday socials, holiday events, or for a bit of snacking while you’re sitting on the front porch.

Of course, as a dessert fiend, I have many pies that I love to eat, but when pressed, I’d have to say that Chocolate Pie is my ultimate favorite.  Some people also call it Old Fashioned Chocolate Pie or Southern Chocolate Pie…but whatever you call it, it is definitely a classic! It has the perfect mix of dark decadence and sweet yummy goodness.  And the textures of the foamy meringue, chocolate pudding center, and flaky crust make this pie a melt in your mouth, delicious treat. [Read more…]

The Incredibly Easy Brownie Ice Cream Cake {Guest Post by Tanya at My Fruitful Home}

Once again it’s time for something sweet!  Today we have a yummy guest post from Tanya at My Fruitful Home, and she’s got a combination of two of my favorite things: brownies and ice cream.  Yay!
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Hello,  My name is Tanya and I’m from the blog My Fruitful Home. I love blogging about simple crafts, recipes, and managing a home, I also blog about my daily struggles and joys living with a chronic illness. I love inspiring people!

Who doesn’t love brownies and vanilla ice cream? What’s even better? The two mixed together! My sister and I were visiting my grandparents’ home when we were children. One evening my grandmother decided to bake some brownies. When they cooled they began to crack severely. As she tried to cut them they continued to crumble. She had the brilliant idea of mixing the brownie crumbs with vanilla ice cream! I thought she was genius! That was one of my favorite memories of spending time in the summer with her. She had just created brownie ice cream cake!

I hadn’t had this brownie Ice cream cake since I was a teenager. Now that my kids are teenagers I wanted to make one for them. It’s quite simple and I am all about simple. When my kids tasted it they couldn’t wait to find out what I had put in it. Were they surprised when they found out that there were only two ingredients! So here we go! Are you ready for simple?

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Brownie Ice Cream Cake
1 box brownie mix (any brand)
1 half gallon container of vanilla ice cream

Make the brownies as directed on the box. I used a 9 X 13 pan.
Let brownies cool in pan.
Take a fork and turn it upside down, scraping the brownies until they start turning into crumbs.

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Continue until all the brownies are small crumbs, but not too fine.
Set the container of ice cream out for about 15 – 20 minutes. It should be a little soupy on top. If it’s still too frozen put it in the microwave on defrost for about 3 minutes.


When it’s the right consistency scoop up heaps of ice cream and put it in the pan with the brownie crumbs.
Take a large spoon and start mixing until the two are mixed well. Take the back of the spoon and smooth out the mixture.
Cover with aluminum foil and stick in freezer for at least two hours.

Cut into slices and enjoy!

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Friday Favorites: Week 277 – With Fruit Parfaits

Hi all. Welcome to this week’s linky party! With delicious fruits now in season, it’s easier than ever to fix up a healthy parfait for dessert. Today I have some yummy berry parfaits and crisps from our friends. Check out the creatively; then be sure and share your own projects at our linky below!

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