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Published on October 10, 2013, by in Au Pair.

Place cards can help dress up your holiday table and make your guests feel welcome at the same time. They also take the guess work out of seating, which can be a lifesaver if you’re hosting a large crowd or having a lot of people over who don’t know each other. There are a plethora of ways you can make different place cards, and you can tailor them to seasons and holidays for a festive flair. For instance, a fall table setting can be enhanced by providing mini pumpkins for each of your guests with their names on them. Get started making place cards for the holidays this year by browsing these fifteen blogs that are packed with inspiration and ideas.

Stamped

Whether you’re using alphabet stamps to create the names or printing out place cards and adding a festive stamped image, these cards are easily assembled. You can even neatly write out the names yourself in print or cursive handwriting. And the cards can be individualized for any occasion simply by changing the stamped image. These five blogs will show you examples to get you started.

  • Making Stamps with the Silhouette Learn how to make these stamped place cards and other paper crafts by reading this blog post.
  • DIY Cork Place Cards Using elegant paper and alphabet stamps, you can stamp the names of your guests onto the cards and tuck them into this simple cork card holder.
  • DIY Christmas Place Cards Stamp a candy cane or other holiday object and cut it out to attach it to your place card like they did in this blog post.
  • Hand-Stamped Place Cards Try these simple place cards by stamping a single image in the lower right hand corner of a piece of cardstock and handwriting your guest’s name on the card. Fold it in half and you are ready to go.
  • Stamped Egg Place Cards for Spring and Easter Who says that you can only stamp on paper? Try stamping an egg for unique place cards.

3-D

Get creative and combine your place cards with a decorative element for the table. Making shiny gold animal place card holders will contribute to the overall design of the table setting, as would apples for a fall table or ornaments for a holiday table. These bloggers have created tutorials to help you reproduce all kinds of place card holders.

Kid Crafts

Making place cards is a simple craft that your kids can do to contribute to setting the holiday table. This activity will keep them busy for a while during the days leading up to the holiday or even on the morning of. Find instructions for kid-friendly place card holders on these five blog posts.      

 
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Published on September 29, 2013, by in Au Pair.

Fleece is a simple fabric to work with because it doesn’t ravel or stretch much and you don’t have to finish the edges. It also comes in many colors and patterns, making it easy to find fabric that suits everyone’s tastes. Whether you are making a project for your kids or even your pets, these 20 blogs will give you some ideas to get started.

For the Kids

Learn how to make monster pillows and pajama bags for the kids in your life, or a soft blanket for naptime. The projects in these five blogs are easy to make and none should take more than an hour of your time. Take a look and see if there’s a project you’d like to make for a little one in your life.

Cozy Warm

Fleece is an essential fabric to use during the cold winter months. Choose a pattern of fleece that will go with your winter coat and you can create custom matching scarves and mittens. These five projects make quick and inexpensive gifts that are perfect for the winter season.

Pet Projects

Humans aren’t the only ones that enjoy the softness of fleece. Your four-legged friends like it too! Make your dog a fleece hoodie for cold winter nights or a new pet bed so that he can lay around in comfort and style. These five blog projects are quick to create and inexpensive to make.

Home Décor

During the winter when there’s a chill in the air it can be nice to surround yourself with warmth and softness, even in your accessories. These five fleece projects are both decorative and useful.

 
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Published on September 25, 2013, by in Au Pair.

Whether your concerns were spurred by the dreaded letter from school administrators regarding a reported case of head lice or you’ve noticed that your child seems to be scratching her head excessively, the idea that she could be sporting a few parasitic insects on her head is never a pleasant one. Once the possibility has been brought to your attention, figuring out how to respond properly can be a bit confusing. This especially holds true if you’ve never been confronted with the prospect of treating for lice. Before you go into a full-scale panic, take a moment to consider these tips and bits of advice.

Set Up for Inspections

The moment you suspect a possible infestation of head lice, the best and most effective course of action is to immediately check for signs that could indicate their presence. Lice are roughly the size of sesame seeds, with eggs that are much smaller and often resemble dandruff. First, start with a basic visual inspection. Check not only for the insects and eggs themselves, but also sores caused by scratching and signs of scalp irritation. A study conducted in 2009 and published in the Archives of Dermatology showed that visual inspections were able to accurately diagnose head lice about 29% of the time. That means if you find lice during a visual inspection, you should proceed with treatment. If not, it’s time to move on to wet combing.

In order to wet comb your child’s hair in search of lice, you’ll need a metal lice comb and a bottle of hair conditioner. Wet her hair, then apply conditioner liberally to make combing easier. Separate hair into sections, then comb each from the root to the tips with a lice comb. If there are lice present, you should be able to find them on the comb. In fact, the Archives of Dermatology study indicated up to a 90% success rate for diagnoses obtained through wet combing.

Treatment for Confirmed Cases of Lice

There are a variety of products on the market available to treat lice infestations in both hair and bed linens, jackets or clothing. If you’ve determined that your child does have lice, the next step should be to check the scalps of everyone else within the household. While pediculicides, or medicated shampoos designed to kill lice, are considered safe when they’re used as directed, you may want to call the family doctor for more personal advice. If you choose to go the over-the-counter treatment route, be sure that you’re following the instructions to the letter and that everyone in your house is treated accordingly. Ten days after the first treatment, it’s suggested to administer a second round of treatment just to ensure that all nits and lice are gone. If there are still signs of infestation present after the second round, you will need to seek medical advice for stronger and more effective treatment.

Handling a False Alarm

Sometimes the alarm raised by rumors of lice infestations are false, but they can still provide a great opportunity for talking to kids about hygienic sharing. You may also want to switch your child’s shampoo to one that’s designed to prevent infestation, many brands of which are commercially available. These shampoos and hair products don’t contain the same strong chemicals as treatment for an active infestation, and are safe for everyday use.

Head lice are only transmitted through head-to-head contact or sharing of grooming items like brushes and combs. When you’ve successfully treated an infestation or are starting preventative treatments, you should still make sure that your children understand the dangers of sharing pillows, jackets and brushes with their classmates.

Taking Care of Fabrics

While lice can only survive about one day without a meal from their hosts, you’ll still need to treat the bed linens, clothing and any favorite plush toys that could be harboring lice eager to re-infest your child after treatment. Washing these items in hot water and drying them on the highest heat setting is a surefire way to rid any remaining lice, but 20 minutes in a hot dryer can do the trick for things that shouldn’t be washed in the washing machine.

After you’ve treated your family and the linens in your home, it’s common to feel a bit of embarrassment or shame over having a lice infestation. However, head lice are quite common in any setting where children spend time together, like daycare or school, and are sometimes an unavoidable part of growing up.

 
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Published on September 15, 2013, by in Au Pair.

No matter how big your closet is, you probably wish it was bigger, however do you really use all of the stuff you have crammed inside of it? Sometimes it’s hard to part with clothes and accessories that you’ve spent money on, and easier to simply continue cramming more stuff in your closet. Believe it or not, though, you will actually feel better once you clean out and organize your closet.  These 21 blogs will give you advice on what clothes you need to keep for a basic wardrobe, how you should go about purging the rest and how to organize the stuff that you are keeping so that you can find it when you need it.

Creating a Basic Wardrobe

Putting together a basic wardrobe will not only save you time and money, it will also make organizing your closet simpler. Once you’ve put together your capsule wardrobe you will know what items will go with that core grouping of clothes and you’re less likely to buy something just because it’s on sale.  Keep a list of items that you need and go in search of those items, and don’t waste time on other areas of the store. It’ll be much easier to organize your closet after you’ve cut back on the amount of clothes in it. Learn how to put together a basic mix-and-match wardrobe is these seven blogs.

Purging the Unnecessary

There are several ways to purge your wardrobe. Start by getting rid of any clothes that don’t fit, are torn or stained and that are outdated. Once you’ve rid your closet of those items, take an honest look at the remaining items and only keep items that are on your core list of clothes or that are truly your favorites.  These seven blogs explain more on how to purge some of the clothes in your closet to make organizing that much simpler.

Using the Space You Have

Once you have determined your capsule wardrobe and you’ve gone through everything else in your closet you are ready to start putting things back in.  It’s important to utilize products that can help you use all of the available space in your closet.  Learn about space saving tips by reading these seven blogs.

 
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Published on September 5, 2013, by in Au Pair.

The beginning of a new school year signals a fresh start, and gives you the chance to completely reinvent your look. You may have assembled the perfect outfit for the first day, but have you figured out a complimentary way to style your hair? These 24 blogs are full of quick and easy hairstyles that are perfect for a day at school. Whether you’re a mom fixing your young child’s hair or an older student styling your own, you’re sure to find tons of quick and stylish hairstyles that will suit any length of hair.

Long

Long, luxurious locks are envied by many, but it can be tedious to wash and dry your hair every day. These eight bloggers have solved that problem by putting together looks that will work for both freshly washed hair and hair that hasn’t been washed in a few days. In fact, some of these styles will actually work better with hair that’s a little dirty.

Medium

Medium-length hair can range anywhere from a couple inches above the shoulders to a couple inches below, and every length in between, but it’s a length that can sometimes be difficult to style because it’s neither long nor short. Instead of throwing your hair into a ponytail and calling it a day, check out these eight blog entries for ways you can achieve stylish, quick and easy medium-length hairstyles.

Short

The biggest complaint with short hair is that it can be incredibly difficult to find multiple ways to style it, and many girls resort to wearing their short hair the same way day in and day out because they don’t know what else to do. Fear not, these bloggers will show you how to get out of your short-style rut, and give several examples of how to play with your look in ways you may never have thought possible.

 
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Published on August 28, 2013, by in Au Pair.

The days leading up to the beginning of a new school year are exciting for kids and parents alike, but they can also be expensive. Kids tend to grow so fast that last year’s clothing is hopelessly outgrown by the time the new semester rolls around, which means that you’re essentially forced to replace your child’s entire wardrobe each year. There are ways to save big bucks on those trendy new clothes, however. All you need is a bit of ingenuity and the ability to think outside the back-to-school-sale box.

Host a Clothes Party

Put a call out to other parents in your kids’ playgroups or your social circle to arrange a clothing party. Instead of food or drinks, everyone brings their gently worn children’s items that have been outgrown for trading and swapping. Not only will you be able to score some great items for your kids without spending a fortune, but you’ll also be able to make room for those new clothes by clearing out the things they aren’t able to wear any longer.

Turn to Social Media Closet Shopping Collectives

Social networking sites have changed the way that people interact with one another and share information. They’ve also changed the way that some creative parents shop. Facebook groups and even Instagram closet shoppers post their kids’ outgrown items for a fraction of retail prices, creating great deals that you can snap up for the back to school rush. Sellers are able to unload old clothing without paying listing and processing fees to online auction sites, and you’re able to find the clothes your brood needs to start the new year off in style. It’s wise to be cautious with social media shopping, though. There are no processing or listing fees to worry about, but there’s also little to no recourse for fraudulent listings or items that arrive damaged.

Learn Your Way Around a Sewing Machine

When you’re handy with a needle and thread, the world of frugal fashion becomes even more accessible. Make a knock-off version of the designer dress your daughter is clamoring for. Lengthen a hem or let out some darts to get a few more months of wear out of favorite items your kids are outgrowing. Alter thrift-store finds to create truly unique, one-of-a-kind items. The sky really is the limit when you’re able to make or alter clothing, so you may find that learning your way around the sewing machine is an investment that pays off in spades.

Snag Clothing Lots from Online Auction Sites

Clearing out a passel of outgrown items is tedious enough. When tech-savvy parents decide to unload those threads on an online auction site, they’re faced with the choice of creating a slew of individual listings or taking a shortcut by selling entire lots at a discounted price. Look for lots of clothing that contain several items in your kids’ sizes, and snap them up when the price is right. You’ll be able to save on the clothes and you can consolidate shipping.

Skim Local Internet Classified Ads

When you need a new lawnmower at a good price, are ready to advertise for a childcare provider, are on the hunt for a new job or just want to browse collectibles in your area, local online classified ads are probably the first place you turn. What you may not realize is that those sites can also serve as a clearinghouse for kids’ clothing. Post your own castoffs to earn a little bit of money in order to offset the cost of new clothes, then skim for great deals to replenish kids’ closets. Just be sure that you look for items that come from smoke- and pet-free homes to avoid unpleasant odors or potential allergy triggers.

 
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Published on August 27, 2013, by in Au Pair.

Between the demands of a career, over-scheduled kids and the management of a busy household, there doesn’t always seem to be enough time in the day. When faced with the choice between making foods from scratch or opting for pre-packaged convenience, it’s easy to fall into the trap of believing that you’re sacrificing your health to a small degree for a large measure of convenience. Many staple items, however, are actually very simple to make at home and taste so much better that going back to processed, pre-packaged versions is as much an assault on the taste buds as it is the rest of your body. Before you make your next trip to the grocery store, consider trying your hand at these ten items yourself, rather than purchasing them premade.

  • Meatballs – Snagging a box or a bag of meatballs from the freezer section of your grocery store allows you to dump them in a pot of sauce with almost no effort, but you can also be sure that they contain a plethora of preservatives and artificial flavorings along the way. Instead, whip up your own batch and freeze the leftovers. You’ll still be able to enjoy a quick and easy dinner on busy nights, but you’ll be in control of the ingredients.
  • Pasta Sauce – If you’re going to go to the trouble of making your own meatballs, even if it’s minimal, there’s not much sense in slathering them in a processed sauce full of ingredients you can’t pronounce. Pasta sauce is easy to make and can be frozen in resealable bags for reheating later, making dinner a delicious and nutritious snap.
  • Salsa – Finding salsa that’s warm enough to tickle your taste buds without burning your mouth is challenging enough. Scouring the shelves for a brand that also contains no preservatives, artificial flavorings or genetically modified produce is even harder. When you make your own salsa, you’re able to customize the flavor profile and heat level while sourcing your own ingredients.
  • Hummus – This creamy, delicious spread might seem complicated, but it really only contains a few ingredients. Snap up some chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, garlic and lemon juice, and you have all the makings for delectable hummus at a fraction of the store price.
  • Salad Dressings – Salads are the go-to dish when you’re in the mood for something fresh and nutritious, but much of that nutritional value goes out the window when the organic greens and veggies you paid top dollar for are swimming in the sea of preservatives, additives and chemicals that are present in most store-brand salad dressings. With a simple base and a handful of seasonings, you can quickly and easily replicate your favorite dressings at home, and they’re usually much cheaper and have far fewer questionable ingredients.
  • Granola Bars – The granola bars on store shelves are marketed in a way that leads consumers to believe that they’re a healthier alternative, but the truth is that they can be just as chock-full of chemicals as anything else on the market. Making your own granola bars is easier and quicker than you might think, and you control the ingredients so you can eat them with ease.
  • Trail Mix – The beauty of making your own trail mix over buying it prepackaged is that you can not only eliminate the preservatives and fixatives present in those brands, but also the leftover, wasted bits of things you don’t like at the bottom of the bag. Omit dried bananas if you’re not a fan. Leave out almonds if you don’t like the texture. You won’t throw out anything when you customize your trail mix because it’s exactly what you want.
  • Popsicles – The box might bear pictures of fruit, but most popsicles contain high fructose corn syrup and chemical flavorings engineered in a lab. Control the ingredients in your frozen treats by investing in a popsicle mold and making them yourself for a fraction of the price and with almost no time investment at all.
  • Peanut Butter – If no one in your household is allergic to peanuts, peanut butter is probably a staple in your pantry. What you may not realize unless you carefully read labels, however, is that even such a simple food item can contain a ton of preservatives and chemicals. It’s easy to make at home and tastes even better that way, making peanut butter one item you may never buy pre-made again.
  • Tortilla Chips – In addition to the dangerously high levels of sodium, commercially available tortilla chips are often fried and coated in chemical preservatives. Slicing up leftover corn tortillas and tossing them in the oven nets better tasting chips than you’d buy from a store, and for less money and a bigger flavor pay-off.
 
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Published on August 25, 2013, by in Au Pair.

For adherents, vegetarianism is often less of a dietary choice and more of a complete lifestyle, and is one that’s often met by confusion, misconceptions and outright criticisms from those who don’t ascribe to the same systems. Myths and misapprehensions exist about vegetarianism, with outlandish assertions ranging from curing deadly diseases to slow starvation coming from those on opposing ends of the spectrum. As with so many other things in life, the truth generally tends to lie somewhere in the middle. These are 10 of the most common myths surrounding a meat-free diet and explanations to dispel them, for greater understanding of those who are considering a switch or just looking to broaden their horizons in relation to other dietary viewpoints.

  • Vegetarians are Frail and Sickly – Confirmed carnivores often see meat-free diets as a surefire way to become frail and weak, but that’s not typically the case. While vegetarians don’t get protein from eating meat, those who are informed and understand their bodies’ needs make a point of ensuring that they get plenty of protein from other sources. Beans, nuts and tofu are just a few of the protein-rich foods that can form the cornerstone of a healthy diet for active, vibrant vegetarians.
  • Vegetarians are Inherently Healthier – On the opposite side of the coin lies the belief that all vegetarians are somehow healthier and hardier than their meat-eating counterparts, due solely to the fact that they don’t partake in eating meat. The truth is that the healthiness of a particular vegetarian lies within their own understanding of a strong diet rich in vital nutrients. Simply cutting out the meat won’t necessarily make your body stronger, you must understand what it needs and how to supply those nutrients.
  • Vegetarians Must Take Several Supplements to Stay Healthy – The belief that meat and animal proteins are a necessary component for a healthy diet fuels the myth that all vegetarians must need additional help from supplements and vitamins in order to keep their bodies running properly. With a good diet and a balanced view of food, however, vegetarians are largely able to obtain the nutrients they need from the food they eat.
  • Vegetarians Eat Nothing But Raw Veggies – While those adhering to a vegan lifestyle don’t eat any type of meat, dairy or egg products of any kind, even they eat more than raw vegetables unless they’re on a particular “raw diet,” which does not apply to most vegetarians. There are so many different kinds of vegetarians in the world, from those who eat no red meat to those who will eat eggs to pescetarians, who partake in fish but no other meats.
  • Vegetarian Diets are Prohibitively Strict – From the pescetarians who still enjoy the bounty of the seas to ovo-lacto vegetarians whose diets include eggs and dairy but no meat, there are as many kinds of vegetarians as there are people practicing the lifestyle. While omnivores may see a vegetarian diet as a prohibitively strict one from the outside looking in, their vegetarian counterparts understand that their dietary needs and beliefs are their own.
  • Vegetarians are Extremists – The mental image of a screaming activist who splashes paint on socialites in fur often goes hand-in-hand with the idea of vegetarianism for those who aren’t a part of the vegetarian community, but it’s actually far from accurate. Most vegetarians aren’t preachy or sanctimonious about their lifestyle, and aren’t out to “convert” meat eaters to veganism.
  • All Vegetarians Are the Same – Some people who eat chicken and fish but no red meat identify with the vegetarian label. Some vegetarians eat eggs and enjoy dairy products. Some don’t eat any animal products at all, and lean towards the vegan end of the spectrum. There’s no one kind of vegetarian, and this rich and varied group of people is far from homogeneous.
  • Tofu is the Main Source of Protein for Vegetarians – Tofu can be a favorite part of some diets, even those that include meat products. Contrary to popular belief, however, it’s not the be-all and end-all of vegetarian diets. Some vegetarians don’t eat tofu at all.
  • Hitler Was a Vegetarian – One of the more popular myths bandied about by detractors of a vegetarian lifestyle is that the infamous Adolph Hitler was a vegetarian. The truth is that his physician recommended a meat-free diet, but Hitler often cheated and didn’t give up meat at all, so strike that negative connotation from your mental image of vegetarians altogether.
  • Vegetarian Diets are Limited and Dull – Almost any dish you can make with meat can be made with a substitute, so vegetarian diets are far from boring. From spicy and exotic curries to comfort food like lasagna, there’s a wide variety of foods available to those who choose not to eat meat.

Just as no two people are exactly alike, neither are any two vegetarians. Before making up your own mind about vegetarianism, why not take the time to talk to someone who’s already dedicated to the lifestyle? You may be surprised by what you learn when you go straight to the source.

 
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Published on August 18, 2013, by in Au Pair.

Whether you were looking for a change and got something more drastic than you bargained for or were the victim of a stylist gone wild, a terrible hair cut can be a disaster. Dealing with the aftermath of follicular butchery isn’t always pretty, but it’s also not necessarily as difficult as it seems in the heat of the moment. Before you make any more drastic decisions in an attempt to repair the damage, take the time to consider some of the ways in which you can make the situation less painful.

Spring for a Top Stylist

When money is tight and there’s little room in the budget for luxuries, shelling out top dollar for a spot in the hottest stylist’s chair seems a bit extravagant. When you’re faced with a hair catastrophe, however, that should be your first course of action. A great stylist can do wonders, even when it comes to salvaging a bad cut. Even the best stylist won’t be able to grow your locks back overnight, but she might be able to make high-end adjustments that make a bad style less awful. A great stylist will also be able to give you invaluable styling tips to help you make the most of your new look while it grows out into something more manageable.

Consider Supplementing Your Hair’s Growth

Prenatal vitamins are a vital part of caring for a growing fetus, but they’re also the secret weapon of the hair savvy. They can ramp up hair growth rates dramatically, especially when you’re not sharing nutrients with a growing person. They won’t leave you with Rapunzel lengths in the span of a few days, but they will help your hair grow back much faster than it would with no help. Just be aware that some people experience a few side effects when they’re taking prenatal vitamins that way you aren’t taken by surprise.

Play Around With Accessories and Styling Options

Some people just aren’t happy with a new haircut until they’ve styled it themselves a few times to find the look that works best. Even if you know that you’re not going to be happy with the new look that’s been foisted on you, take a bit of time to play around with different options. Use fun accessories, break out the curling iron or flat iron and see what you can make of the mess. Just be sure that you use heat protecting products before using hair dryers or irons. Because the goal is to foster strong regrowth as soon as possible, you’ll need to minimize the damage you do to your locks.

Own It

You can be embarrassed and ashamed of a haircut you don’t like, or you can make the conscious decision to fake it until you make it. Keep in mind that you didn’t have fingers cut off; just hair that will eventually grow back. Own your new style and wear it with pride and plenty of sass and you may be surprised at just how well you’re able to pull a new look off. Keep in mind, too, that you may just be experiencing a bit of shock at an abrupt change if you had long, flowing hair shorn into a pixie cut. As you become accustomed to short hair, you may even discover that you actually like the new look.

Consider Extensions

If you truly can’t stomach your new haircut and can’t find any way of styling it that lessens your distaste, it may be time to consider extensions. Depending on the type used, you may be able to get a few months of wear out of them while your own hair is busy growing back out and restoring itself to its former glory. Just be sure that you’re using a relatively mild system that won’t cause damage to your hair as it regrows, or you may find yourself in a worse mess than you started with.

 
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Published on August 11, 2013, by in Au Pair.

With some hot summer days in the cards, it would be criminal not to dig out the picnic blanket and basket. Before you do, though, you might want to carefully consider your menu. Some food and drink just isn’t equipped to cope with extreme heat. So if you don’t want your picnic spoiled before the ants have even arrived, check out the handy recipes and tips in these 35 blogs.

Preparing and Transporting Your Picnic Food

How you prepare and transport your picnic food is just as important as the food itself. If it is hot outside, you can guarantee that the temperature will be much higher in your car. To prevent your picnic from spoiling before you arrive at your destination, make sure to take the precautions outlined in these six blogs.

Picnics with the Kids

Kids are notoriously picky about food, let alone food that looks “funny” due to melting or wilting. It’s such a waste, and a scenario that’s best avoided altogether. When you’re having a picnic with the kids, snack type foods are usually the order of the day. These six blogs have ideas for a variety of picnic foods that are perfect for kiddie picnics.

Summer Picnic Drinks

There’s nothing like a cold, refreshing drink to round off the perfect picnic. However, drinks, just like food, can stagnate in the heat of the sun. Depending on the theme of your picnic, choosing the wrong drinks could spoil the mood, too. In these five blogs you will find recommendations for the best drinks for summer picnics.

Appetizers and Salads and More

The food in your picnic basket should match the tastes of everyone invited, of course, which is why it’s best to mix things up as much as possible. There is no reason that concerns about food spoiling should limit your menu, though. With the right recipes, you can have a rich and varied picnic that everyone will enjoy. Impress your friends and family at your next picnic with the great recipes and ideas in these six blogs.

The Healthy Options

As well as being a great time for picnics, summer is also the time of year that a lot of people prefer to eat healthily. Again, do not assume that this means you are limited in the food you can prepare for your summer picnic. In fact, lots of healthy options actually lend themselves perfectly to a picnic that won’t wilt under the sun. Check out these six blogs for perfect examples of summer picnic foods that won’t pile on the pounds.

Picnic Desserts

If you have a hankering for some summer delights at your picnic, then perhaps you should add a range of delicious desserts to the menu. Some desserts will fare well under even the most grueling sun, whereas others will melt away before your very eyes. Ice cream is most definitely out, but there are plenty of other options still available. Take your pick from these five dessert blogs, or use the recipes to inspire your own ideas.