When Long Days Feel Longer…


I was chatting with my friend Logan today, and the conversation turned to the need for some fun activities for the kids during the summer months. The idea of summer freedom sounds great at first, but it doesn’t take long for a crew of little ones to need some structure during those long summer days.

The summer months in our area bring crazy heat, humidity, and thirsty mosquitoes. As much fun as it can be playing outside, swimming, and enjoying the outdoors, we find ourselves needing fun indoor activities when summer arrives in full force.

Arts, Crafts, & Learning Fun for the Non-Crafty

I’m not a crafty kind of mom. I seriously need help when it comes to these things. The craft books that work for me are from the Williamson Little Hands series. They have drawings of the art projects (I need to seethese crafts we’re supposed to be making…written instructions just don’t do it for me). There are a variety of books for different ages. The book we have is the Little Hands Art Book. The whole series is spectacular, with everything from arts & crafts to math & science fun. The activities and crafts are perfect for the summer months when you needs some fun with a little structure.

For the days when you don’t want to do a prepared craft, just bring out the paints and paper and let them go wild (within reason)!

Summer Movie Deals

Many local movie theaters offer special morning movie showings of kid-friendly films during the summer. The tickets are free or deeply discounted (for example, Regal Cinemas charges $1). Check your local theater to see what they have to offer! This is a great way to get out of the house and go somewhere cool!

Indoor Picnic

It’s amazing how a little change in routine can make a day brighter! It doesn’t take much most of the time. Simply spreading a quilt on the floor and eating lunch picnic style can be a blast!

Summer Reading

My girls love a trip to the library! Reading during the summertime is a great activity, and it helps kids continue to progress in their reading (or listening) skills even during a school break. If your kids need encouragement to read, maybe setting a special summer goal with a reward would help!

Quality Time

Whether your kids go to school or are schooled at home, the summer break is a great opportunity to spend some quality time together just doing fun things. When it comes down to it, the what really isn’t as important as the who. Building in times to spend together in focused family time is truly one of the best ways to avoid boredom and summer break burnout.

What summer activities work for you

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How To Get Rid Of Pimples Overnight

Pimples or acne can affect our self-esteems and make us lose our confidence. It’s a very frustrating condition since it is actually on your face. This condition need to be addressed fast as soon as it begins since it can leave permanent scars in your face. There are several fast ways to get rid of these pimples overnight. However, it’s very important to note that diet regulation is the key way to treat and get rid of this condition.

Foods that contain animal fats can cause you to become prone to inflammation when consumed regularly. Pimples outbreak is a form of inflammation and it does not do you any good when your body is prone to inflammation due to the regular consumption of animal fats.

Foods that contain high sugar content also cause your oil glands to become hyperactive. This will cause your skin to become much oilier. Your skin cells will also start to turnover faster. A skin that is prone to inflammation, oily and has excess dead skin cells is an open invitation to pimples outbreak.

Major Ways to Effectively Get Rid of Pimples Overnight

Lemon Juice

The lemon is very high with vitamin C which is a very essential ingredient in treating pimples. We can mix a squeezed lemon with 3 parts water and use it to wash our face. It is very effective because the vitamin C in the lemon can get directly into the pimples. Twice of this routine each day will get rid of the pimple in no time.

Benzoyl Peroxide

People who have sensitive skin might not find the home remedies to be effective. The use of benzoyl peroxide is by far the best ingredient for treating acne. We can find it from several acne treatment products from drug stores. The product contains oxygen which is the number one killer of pimples. It is used as a topical cream for acne and is proven to even get rid of pimples overnight.


You need a white toothpaste such as Crest Or Colgate. The gel toothpaste doesn’t work for this. Apply a small amount to the infected area and let it dry. Once it is dry you want to leave it on overnight. If your skin is sensitive you shouldn’t leave the toothpaste on for more than 20 minutes. So in your case, you would put it on and wash off in 15-20 minutes.

Again, In order for this technique to work, the toothpaste must be white toothpaste like colgate or crest. A gel toothpaste will not work.

Tooth paste functions by becoming dry your acne overnight with the aid of its ingredients. Tooth paste also gives an anti-microbial effect to avoid infection inside your pores

Egg White 

Dab egg white directly on to the zit. You only need a small amount. Let it dry and keep it on your face overnight. Wash off in the morning and clean your face with a mild cleanser.


Ice is very effective at removing the redness, swelling and pain from a zit. When you get the zit down to a minimal size, you can then use a concealer to make it blend in with your skin.

Another excellent resource that was added lately by thehealthinfosite.com:
Although it talk only about the nose, the medthods are good for eliminating blackheads or whiteheads everywhere.


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4 Effective Ways to Get Rid of Pimples

Do you want to get rid of pimples and get that desired look you desire? Having pimples is a normal skin condition that affects everyone at one time or the other. Pimples can be embarrassing and sometimes painful. They may occur due to skin irritation that may result from infection of the glands that produce oil in the skin. Due to the irritation, the glands start to produce more oils, leading to the gland saturation. The excess oil produced traps bacteria that are found on the skin leading to infection that result to production of pus. This is what causes the pimples. Getting rid of the pimples is not hard. Continue reading the article to know how to get rid of pimples effectively.

Applying ice

Ice is a perfect product you can use to eliminate pimples that are yet to be filled with pus. It is effective in reducing swelling and allows the oil glands to constrict and push all the excess bacteria and oil from the irritated glands. All you need to do is to wrap the ice in a cloth and hold it on the affected part for some few seconds. Do this several times in a day and within less than 48 hours the pimples will be eliminated.

Use of lemon

Fresh lemon juice is a great product that helps in pimple elimination. Lemon juice has a mild citric acid that works as an antiseptic and destroy the bacteria found in the glands. It also acts as an astringent to dry up the excess oil produced. If you have stubborn pimples, you should create a paste of lemon juice and cinnamon powder and apply onto pimples for an entire night treatment. This helps eliminate the pimples fast, but if you have sensitive skin, this is not recommended.


In addition to its nutritious value, honey also acts as a natural antiseptic and can help in the elimination of bacteria found in the oil glands, thus boosting the healing process. Use a sterile cotton application and apply the honey on the skin blemishes directly. Allow it half an hour before you rinse it with warm water. You can also create a paste with cinnamon powder and give the mixture enough time with contact with pimples for a night before rinsing.


Steam has great benefits for the skin, as it helps in opening of the pores and flush out all the stuff. This works perfectly for people with pimples. However, as you apply the steam on your face, do not allow direct contact with the hot water as this will may lead to scalding. After half an hour, pat your face dry gently and apply moisture that is free of oil over the whole face.

These are just a few ways you can eliminate the pimples without causing any side effects on your skin and help promote a healthy good looking skin. The best thing is to understand you skin condition to ensure that you apply a strategy that will have no side effects even as you get rid of the pimples.

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