6 Summer Entertaining Ideas

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Summer entertaining is something most of us enjoy doing when the days are warm and long. Sometimes we entertain a large group of family and friends and other times its just a simple family or date night with our grill. There are even times when we host our gathering outdoors and sometimes we take it indoors. Whatever your preference one of the most important part of your summer entertainment is the food. What's a summer barbecue without some delicious meats, drinks, and snacks?

11 Must-Haves to look and feel fab this summer

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Hello! My name is fabulous. Not really … but don't we all want to look and feel fab? Especially during the warmer days of summer. Time for all those outdoor activities, events, BBQ dinners with friends and families, wedding's, or just a day at the beach or by the pool. Since we will be showing of a bit more of ourselves during these warm days we like to take steps in looking our best.

Treating yourself well and feeling positive about yourself is ultimately important to your self esteem. Using your favorite beauty items is just another way for us to pamper ourselves. We all need that break from our daily stressful lives, and that's why we take vacations and short trips during the summer. Caress beauty products are a convenient and easy to accomplish a wonderful look during the summer and every season of the year.

Mickey Oreos

I absolutely love these Mickey Mouse Oreos! They were incredibly simple to make and came out too cute to eat.

What you need:
  • Oreos
  • Brown chocolate melts
  • Red chocolate melts
  • White icing or white candy dots

  1. Slide 2 brown chocolate melts inside your oreo.
  2. Dip your Oreo into your melted red chocolate. Try to get an even line about 1/3 of the way.
  3. If your using white candy dots as buttons, place candy onto your cookies before your chocolate dries to help set in the candy.
  4. If you're using white icing, allow chocolate to dry before adding buttons

Family Activities With Your Kids On A Cruise Vacation

Have you ever had a week without a single dull moment? I recently did. The kids and I went on a memorable vacation in the Caribbean. We set sail aboard the Carnival Cruise ship for 7 days. It was an entire week of fun, sun and family time. I can honestly tell you that my vacation in the Caribbean was nothing short of amazing. With all of the fun and entertainment offered on our trip, from the excitement happening on board to exploring the great cities off the ship, we had a an incredible week.

9 Summer Bag Essentials

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What's the most important thing you can have in your summer tote and why? Sunscreen. It does more than protect against sunburns, it protects against long-term effects that are not always visible, like skin damage and skin cancer.

Summer has just begun and the kids and I have already enjoyed many outdoor activities creating amazing memories so far. With much of the fun and busy summer still ahead of us, it's important that I have all we need to enjoy our sunny days. Whether we're headed to the beach, water park or the pool, I take my tote that's filled with all my summer essentials. I have everything I need from sun protection to my water-proof camera so that I can capture some awesome photos to look back on.

Ultimate Breakfast Club Sandwich

The Ultimate Breakfast Club Sandwich is toasted bread, egg, cheese, ham, avocado and bacon stacked on top of each other. I make this sandwich on a regular basis, I love it. It's easy to make and so delicious. 

How to plan a Vacation on a Budget

Family vacations are important to us because they're an opportunity to spend time with our loved ones and create memories for us to look back on for many years to come. During the warm days of summer, many families, couples, and friends enjoy vacationing together for some fun in the sun and relaxation. Creating memories with those you love in beautiful cities around the world do not need to come with an expensive price tag. In order to create lasting memories, family vacations do not need to be all about extravagance and high cost ... or least not high cost.

Treat Yourself with Caress Botanicals

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Spring is here and summer is quickly approaching. It’s time to ditch the smells of winter for something light and fresh. Caress Botanicals is inspired by notes of botanical ingredients, the light foam leaves your skin feeling naturally soft and fragrant. This new shower foam is a must have in my shower this spring and summer. It has a thick lather so need to pack a loofah or pouf for your next getaway. The rich and thick foam does an amazing job at keeping your skin clean and hydrated. Caress White Orchid and Coconut Milk Shower Foam is worth exploring this season. Treat yourself to a refreshing shower with these sweet floral scents from Caress.

Maynicures For Mental Health

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Did you know? 1 in 5 children in the U.S. suffers from mental illness. That’s 80,000 children in Bexar County alone! And, only 1 in 5 of those children actually receives treatment.

The statistics for those who don't get help are staggering:

• Half of the children will drop out of high school.
• They are twice as likely to start using illicit drugs and alcohol.
• They are more likely to end up in the juvenile system.
• Many attempt suicide.

The One in Five Minds campaign, sponsored by Clarity Child Guidance Center, was created not only to raise awareness about mental illness, but also to break down stigma. One in Five Minds’ goal is that no one will be afraid to speak about mental illness and that all children in Bexar County who need treatment will be able to access it, regardless of their ability to pay.

#Maynicures, the event:

Each year, for Mental Health Awareness Month in May, One in Five Minds asks their supporters and the community to participate in #Maynicures. The idea behind #Maynicures is to show, visually and through social media, that one in five children are affected by mental illness by painting our nails (four one color, one another color) and sharing photos of our #Maynicures on social media.

This year, they’re kicking off #Maynicures month with a family-friendly event at The Witte Museum on Sunday, May 6, from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Do-it-yourself nail painting stations with nail polish will be available at the event so attendees can paint their nails (four one color, one another color) and share photos of them on social media. This festive event includes other activities in addition to the nail painting such as outdoor games for kids, art activities, face painting, a fun photo booth, and food and drinks (non-alcoholic). This is a family-friendly event with the focus on the one in five children in Bexar Country who suffer from a mental illness. Our goal is to get the word out about the #Maynicures campaign to raise awareness and break down the stigma during Mental Health Awareness Month.

I encourage you to participate in the campaign during the month of May by painting your nails and sharing your photos on social media with the hashtag: #Maynicures
You can attend the #Maynicures event by RSVP'ing to the invite here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/maynicures-kick-off-party-2018-tickets-44850860130

Chipotle Bacon 7-Layer Dip

This Chipotle Bacon 7-Layer Dip is a “twist” on a classic favorite dish of mine. In my opinion, adding bacon, avocados, and some spice can easily transform a dish into something amazing! If you’re a bacon lover than you know that adding bacon to your favorite dish can make that dish absolutely delicious.

The Chipotle Bacon 7-Layer Dip requires no cooking or baking and is a perfect dish to serve at party or any social gathering, or a family movie night on the couch.