This summer has been hotter than Channing Tatum, but not everyone has been able to enjoy it. Our friends suffering from asthma or allergies may find it hard to breathe in all this humidity and toasty weather. According to WAVY, doctors advise those who are having trouble breathing to stay away from alcohol, which can be mighty dehydrating, and to exercise in the evening, when it’s cooler outside.
What? We had to. Because Daily Press says that on July 12, a.k.a. Cow Appreciation Day, if you patronize your local Chick-Fil-A wearing some gurnsey garb (or any other kind of bovine accoutremount) you’ll get a free entree. Giveaway lasts until 7 p.m.
Stay under budget can be difficult and stressful but a Virginia blogger, Busy Budgeter, shared a quick, crazy trick that just might work for you! Simply over-project how much you will spend. When you limit yourself, you cause yourself to worry. Changing your budget to a higher amount has been proven by the blogger to help stay under budget. Weird, right?
Why bar crawl when you can brewery crawl? And why blunder to said breweries when you can use this handy-dandy map handcrafted by the Daily Press? Most, if not all, brewing companys in the 757 are on this baby, including the ones that are still in their *fermentation* phase.
For the parents who are worried about what their children are doing on their mobile devices, keep calm because Cyber Inform is working to help you. The company has an app in the works that will inform parents when their child is doing/looking at something they shouldn’t online. The company is also working on an app to help end domestic abuse.
Our favorite health-nut, Virginia blogger Hello to Fit, is at it again with a recipe to remember! Hello to Fit shared a peach berry cobbler recipe that is not only yummy but also a good cheat treat. Round up some blackberries, peaches, lemon juice, flour, baking powder, Kosher salt, coconut sugar, coconut oil and vanilla extract and, voila, you have a delish dessert!
Online shopping can be so much fun, but it can also put you at risk of a lot of dangers like identity theft. Sweet Sauce, a Virginia blog, shared some tips to have a safe online shopping experience. Some of her nuggets of advice include making sure your devices are up to date and your connection is safe, and keeping a complete and accurate record of your transactions.
If Kanye’s Workout Plan didn’t work for you, you may be interested in looking for a personal trainer. A guest post on Virginia blog Hello To Fit says that before you hire a personal trainer, you should ask them about their qualifications, experience, philosophy, if they are CPR and/or AED certified — oh, and about their cancellation policy.
It’s grilling season, and, boy, do we have a recipe for the vegans who may feel a little left out at the cookout. Enjoy a vegan teriyaki chicken pineapple bowl, per Naturally Glam’s recipe. All you need is a fresh pineapple, vegan chicken substitute, broccoli florets, vegetable broth, teriyaki sauce and cooked quinoa. Yummy.
Beyonce did make you crave lemonade. Check out Bevy Richmond’s homemade limoncello recipe. All you will need is a 1.5 liter of vodka, 15 lemons, 5 cups of water and 4 cups of sugar. Whether you’re a single lady, a diva, or even if you’re a boy, you won’t regret this irreplaceable drink.
It’s no secret that when the weather gets warm, the bugs come out. 13 News Now shared nice plants you can plant around your home that repel insects. Get your green thumbs ready and plant some marigolds, lavender, lemongrass, garlic, rosemary, basil, catnip, petunias and mint. They all naturally keep bugs away — and are natural ingredients you can use to spice up your home cooking.
Saving money is a concept that a lot of 20-somethings can’t fully wrap their minds around. Spending can be so much fun, but, you know, so can retirement. 13 News Now encourages and maps out retirement savings plans that include squirreling away $200 from each paycheck. If you do that, you should have up to over $400,000 by the time you retire!
Summer is here, but remember, you’re not the only one getting hot. Irresistible Pets shared links to some delicious frozen treats for your dog that will not only keep ’em cool but spoil them, too. Try a frozen strawberry smoothie, or even an apple ice cube dog treat for your pooch.
Tidewater Virginia is home to some of the most important places in American history, so it’s kind of fitting that the Anheuser-Busch brewery in Williamsburg is making a beer called … wait for it … “America.” The company is re-branding Budweiser with the name of the place we all live in — at least until the national election has been decided.
Run for the Bacon doesn’t quite involve dangling meat strips in front of the marathoners. Instead, reports the Gazette, the run fundraises for Bacon Street Youth and Family Services. There will be a bacon-themed after party, with bacon food and bacon costumes. Registration for the run begins at 6:30 a.m. June 11.
On tap: locally brewed gratitude. Every Monday from 3-9 p.m., Norfolk’s O’Connor Brewing offers discounted draughts to all active, retired and veteran service members. All that is needed to qualify is proof of service.
Here’s a recipe for those on a diet with a sweet tooth! Hello to Fit shared her recipe for delicious almond flour strawberry banana muffins. Here’s all you need: 2 cups of almond flour, 2 eggs, 2 egg whites, maple syrup, baking soda, apple cider vinegar, kosher salt, vanilla extract, coconut oil, a banana, strawberry apricot jam and about 30 minutes.
Television, blogs, Pinterest or almost any other source of information can make parenting seem like a breeze for so many, but in all reality, it’s a struggle for more than a lot of people. After getting an email from a reader feeling like a failure at life, Busy Budgeter wants to remind parents that there is more to a “perfect” family than what you see. She also has some advice to remember whenever you’re feeling small and low.
Virginia blogger, Deb Runs, wrote recently about running freakin’ 30-plus miles in just like 20 hours (she was running a relay, apparently, and is not crazy.) While that’s definitely in the extreme, she knows that recovering can be tough. She advises anyone who is recovering from a run or running routine to try the following to get back to 100 percent: Get a lot of sleep, stretch, keep moving, ease back into your workouts and down nutrients. Read more of her tips here.
It’s a common misconception that social media hinders personal growth, but, according to the blogger over at Making Mindfulness, it can actually be a tool to improve yourself. The former Richmond resident offers up five ways you can do just that. Among the highlights: Creating a positive newsfeed can make you feel better — especially since you can edit negativity that enters your life via the newsfeed — and you can learn things from others. Read the other tips here.
The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is giving back to veterans by opening the Liberty Lounge, reports the Pilot. The lounge, which opens Thursday within the Margaret Hunter Workshop, will provide veterans and their families with Wi-Fi, a playground and beverages. Tickets are required, but a military ID can yield some complementary amenities.
Virginia blogger, Perfect Fit By Jordan, shared her journey of abstaining from alcohol for 50 days and shared why we should all try it. She admitted that the first two weeks were a little weird for her, but after that, she felt great! Her mind, body and soul feel better, and now she doesn’t even miss the boozy beverages. Maybe try a 50-day dry run on your own?
But according to Deb Runs, a Virginia blogger, there are ways to become less judgmental. She recommends looking for the good in everyone, being understanding, getting to know a person and not looking for a person’s flaws.