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What to Take on a Day Hike

Going on a hike can be a fun and relaxing time for families and friends. There is nothing quite like

heading to the trail and breathing in that fresh air. You should come prepared, though, in order to make

sure you have a good of a time as you can! Here are some tips for taking what you need on a hike.

What to Take on a Hike

Plenty of water for everyone. This may mean that everyone needs to carry their own, but it is vitally

important that you stay hydrated when outdoors in the heat doing any exercise. Depending on how far

or how long you intend to go, one bottle of water may not be enough. Pack accordingly.

A mini-first aid kit. You never know what will happen when you are outdoors. You don’t need to pack a

bunch of things in your mini first aid kit, but be sure to pack some tweezers (for splinters), bandages in

a couple different sizes, anti-bacterial ointment, an ace bandage, an instant ice pack, bug spray and bug

bite treatment.

Sunscreen. This is especially important if you intend to be out for a while or your hike is long. You may

sweat and although many sunscreens are now waterproof, you will still need to apply more as the day

goes on just to be sure you are well covered.

High protein and high carb snacks. Things like cliff bars, shelf stable meat, jerky, cheese and crackers and

granola bars are great for hikes. They are portable, don’t take up much room and give your body what it

needs to keep going.

A map of the area you are hiking. Even if you are very familiar with the trail, it is always a good idea to

bring a map. You never know what can happen, so be prepared.

Extra socks for everyone. The weather is an unpredictable force to be reckoned with and especially at

higher elevations; a nice sunny day can suddenly become a rainy or even snowy one. Making sure you

have dry socks to wear will be important not only for comfort but for safety and will keep the chance of

blisters down to a minimum.

Sunglasses and lip balm. Just as important as taking care of your skin in the sun is taking care of your

eyes and lips. It will be easier for you to see without glares and it will protect your eyes from harmful

UVB rays. Also, it is easy to get dry lips when at higher elevations due to decreased hydration and wind.

A flashlight or headlamp. While you may intend on going out just for the day and heading back before

it gets dark, it is easy to get lost in time when hiking as you will probably be having a lot of fun. Take

headlamps or flashlights for everyone in your party so getting back at dusk is much easier.

Cold weather clothing options. Even if it is warm now, it could turn cooler as you head higher up and as

the day gets later. Make sure to bring a jacket, hat and gloves so everyone stays warm and comfortable.

Most important, have fun and enjoy making memories.

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Summer is here which means corn on the cob will be on our dinner table a lot the next few weeks.  We love fresh corn picked from our garden or purchased at the farmers market.  But shucking the corn takes time and my kids hate to do it.  Getting all the corn silk off can be time consuming as well.
How to shuck and cook corn on the cob quickly, in 3 simple steps.  No corn silk will be left, it comes out clean   #Corn, #HowToShuckCornQuickly, #CornOnTheCobDid you know you can both shuck and cook the corn in 3 minutes …. YES in just 3 easy steps you can have  cooked corn on the cob ready to eat.

FIRST step ~ take a sharp knife and chop the end of the cob off.  You want to cut just above the first row of kernels.  Don’t cut the end that has silk coming out  you want to cut the bottom end. Make sure it is above the first row of corn or it will not work.How to shuck and cook corn on the cob quickly, in 3 simple steps.  No corn silk will be left, it comes out clean   #Corn, #HowToShuckCornQuickly, #CornOnTheCobSecond step~ Place the corn  (that you just cut the end off) in the microwave.  Cook for 3 minutes on high heat.  Depending on your microwave you might have to cook it longer or shorter.How to shuck and cook corn on the cob quickly, in 3 simple steps.  No corn silk will be left, it comes out clean   #Corn, #HowToShuckCornQuickly, #CornOnTheCobThird Step ~ pick up the corn with a towel or dish cloth.  Watch out the corn will be HOT.  Hold the top of the corn (part with the silk) firmly with the towel ans squeeze downward.  Give it a little shake, as you squeeze the husk the corn will slide right out of the husk and all the silk will stay in the husk.  You are left with a perfectly cooked cob of corn, ready to cover with butter and eat :).

I assume the same concept would work if you boiled or grilled the corn, but I have not tried it.  This method is perfect for grabbing a quick bite to eat without heating up your kitchen. Cooked and on the plate ready to eat in 3 minutes, such an awesome trick!!!
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Smores, Lighter Way to Satisfy a SweetTooth

Who doesn’t love a smore?  My kids ask for them constantly but we don’t make them very often.  We usually do them over the fire pit maybe a couple times each summer, but they could eat them every day if I would let them! Not to mention, they aren’t exactly the healthiest snack in  the world.  Sometimes you just need a treat though, right?  These satisfy the craving, but the serving sizes are much smaller, and they are lighter than the original.  If you are craving the classic smore taste of summer, give these a try!

You will need:

graham crackers

large marshmallows

chocolate chips or chocolate candy coating

wax paper

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Begin by crushing up a couple of graham crackers.  You don’t need very many, I used 3 and had a lot of crumbs left over.  Once they are crushed, place the crumbs in a small, shallow bowl that will be easy to dip in.

Melt some chocolate.  I started with 2 squares and got about 15 marshmallows out of it.  Holding the end of your marshmallow, dip the other end into the chocolate.  Let it drip off into your bowl.

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Then quickly dip it into your graham cracker crumbs.  Place it chocolate side up on wax paper to cool.  The chocolate will harden.

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There you have it!  These would make great finger foods for a party or picnic, or use them as a party favor in a cute vellum bag!  For now, my kids are just eating them.  Store them in an airtight container and have them on hand when you have a craving or want to indulge a sweet tooth without the guilt!

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Thrifty IPhone Speaker~ Money Saving Tip

If your like me, you like having a smart phone; but the accessories and all of the extras that go with it can really add up.  A few years ago when I first got my husband’s hand me down Iphone, I was wanting to clean my bathroom.  I was listening to Pandora on my phone, which was sitting on the bathroom counter.  To get it out of the way, I picked it up and set it inside a glass that was on the counter.  It magnified the sound.  A lot.  I was so excited!  It has to be glass, but it is very effective.  Since then, that has been my go to method for making what I am listening to louder.  I have since been given a speaker, but honestly, I think this works just as good as the speaker I have!

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Here is a quick and easy safety tip that can be done on a budget…. Replace A Worn Out Trampoline Safety Pad With Pool Noodles .  Plus it looks really cool, I love how the bright colors POP and make the trampoli look bright and cheerful.

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We have had a trampoline for a few years now and I think we take pretty good care of it.  We take it down for the winter, and try to avoid the kids “abusing” it.  Unfortunately, I can’t say the same thing for the weather!  All it took was a few bad wind storms last year and the poor net and safety pad were trash!  I am sure I am not the only one who got pinched by a trampoline spring or two as a kid. It doesn’t feel good!  I was hoping to avoid that with my kids. Since I am thrifty, I didn’t want to spend a lot on a replacement.  These pool noodles were from the dollar store.  I bought 10 but only ended up needing 9.  Can’t beat $9!  Not to mention, I think it looks fun and brightens up the back yard!

You will need:

Pool noodles

box cutter

A tool to remove the springs (we got one with our trampoline that we saved. but I found a replacement here for super inexpensive if you need one!)

Begin by measuring your spring and deciding what length you would like your sections to be.  Then measure and cut your pool noodles into as many sections as it will provide.  You will probably end up with little pieces off the ends, save them, they will work for summertime crafts for the kids!

Once you have them all cut, it is time to put them over the springs. Using your nifty tool, remove one spring at a time, sliding the pool noodle onto the spring before replacing it.

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This isn’t hard, just monotonous.  Thankfully I had my husband do it for me and it took him just a few minutes.

There you have it!  A bright, cheerful trampoline makeover that will be fun all summer long!

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