June 26, 2012
"Restructuring" is a common word around the water cooler and in the household. She could very well be facing another very tight financial summer, looking for a new job for herself or her husband. Some of the unemployed have resurfaced somewhere within their industry, but for less money. Fashion design is changing with these economic times as well. In an attempt to service the low-budget consumer, high-end labels are producing more reasonably priced styles similar to Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's new line at JC Penney. Summer camp enrollment is steady but not increasing as it has been in the past. Nationwide camps report that parents are taking longer to commit to camp and they are signing kids up for shorter periods. For many, it looks like a full house for the summer. She's adjusting daily: to the kids' new summer schedule, to her college kids being home for the summer, and to an increase in her workload in the new season.
She's grilling more than ever, featuring hamburgers, hot dogs and salads. Grocery shopping has turned into a sport for her, where the one with the most diaper coupons wins! Khakis, capris, sandals, and sundresses round out her wardrobe. Who knew a Vera Wang design could be so reasonable and cute from Kohl's? After-dinner walks and nights out for ice cream are a few of the regular summer happenings she enjoys, yet she's conflicted; she's embarking on what should be lazy, hazy days and really she's cutting and chopping all over the place.
She buzz words
Right now she could be
Trying to find a high school sweetheart
Cleaning a pool
Not all dogs are strong enough to splash and swim around in the water; in fact, when dogs are on a boat they should wear a doggie life jacket. And beware of the heat. Temperatures near 100 degrees put pets at risk for heatstroke, which can lead to brain
Swim season is in full effect and even though it's scary to think about a possible water accident, she needs to be prepared because they happen every summer. CPR doubles a drowning person's chances of survival and she can take a 30-minute do-it-yourself course by logging onto the website at www.americanheart.org
• "Come back here and put on your helmet" is a typical saying as she watches her child try to speed away on a bike. Studies show that head injuries have increased 10% since 1991 possibly because riders feel more confident and take more risks; this inflated sense of security can cause many an accident. There are more than 6,000 bicycle-
rider deaths per year in the US and 80% of them are due to head injuries. Safe bike rules are necessary for all riders.
The FDA reports that the average American takes in 82 grams of added sugars every day. That's 20 teaspoons, which equal 317 extra calories. They claim the worst "healthy" drink is Vitamin Water; all flavors equal about 130 calories and 33 grams of sugar. An Arizona-brand Kiwi Strawberry water has 360 calories and 84 grams of sugar. Besides the drinks, many of the foods she thinks are healthy and good for her are not. Here are the six most misunderstood foods in America, according to a recent Yahoo article:
• Bran Muffin: most have more fat and calories than 2 Kit Kat bars.
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