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While summer foods are tempting from the BBQ’s, vacation, fairs and more, it’s important to stay on track with Keto throughout the summer. I have some tips to help you stay focused and avoid getting out of ketosis, getting sick or gaining unwanted pounds.

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How to Stay on Keto in the Summer

Stay Active 
Anything you can do to stay active for at least 20 minutes a day helps. Even if you walk your dog for 20 minutes that counts as a workout for the day.

Drink Water
Carry a water bottle with you everywhere you go and keep refilling throughout the day to stay hydrated. Drinking water will help curb the craving you have making it less likely to snack.

Research
If you’re going out to eat, view the menu online ahead of time to get an idea of what to order. Most restaurants offer healthy options and may not be listed on their menu. You can always call ahead and ask what they offer.

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Plan Ahead
Prepare snacks and food ahead of time for when you travel or visit friends and family. Find snacks that are easy to transport and Keto friendly. I like to carry Moon Cheese with me that comes in a variety of flavors such as Cheddar, Gouda, and Pepper Jack.

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It’s my go-to snack in between races for my son and husband at the drag which is where I am most of the summer. It’s also convenient, does not require refrigeration and contains nothing but 100% cheese. Every variety is just 70 calories, 4-5 grams of protein and low carb which fits right into the Ketogenic diet.

Moon Cheese™ is the perfect on the go snack and available for purchase at select Target, Whole Foods, CVS, Starbucks, Wegman’s, Weis and REI stores and sells for #3.99-$4.99 a pack.

What are your go-to Keto snacks for the summer?

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Denzel Washington Delivers in Equalizer 2

It’s been 4 years since The Equalizer came out and now the sequel, Equalizer 2, is playing in theaters everywhere. Check out my thoughts of the film along with movie posters and the trailer below.

Robert McCall plays a Lyft driver who enjoys reading books and teaching others about life. What you don’t know is that his life is a little bit different than your average person and breaks out some mad butt-kicking skills. Let’s just say you don’t want to mess with him at least I wouldn’t.

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Although some people don’t get that hint to back off, Denzel definitely delivers in Equalizer 2 more so than the first one. This movie had me on the edge of my seat, biting my nails, cringing and glued to the screen. I loved the storyline, cast and of course the action scenes.

I don’t want to give too much away on the film because I think it is one you need to see for yourself. It makes a great date night film especially if you like a good action thriller. Pick up your tickets from Fandango and save the wait in line!

About Equalizer 2

Denzel Washington returns to one of his signature roles in the first sequel of his career. Robert McCall serves an unflinching justice for the exploited and oppressed – but how far will he go when that is someone he loves?

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If you’re following a Keto diet sometimes a simple meal such as this recipe for Keto Meatballs with Marinara Sauce. It’s great for dinner and something the whole family can enjoy even if they’re not on a Keto diet. The marinara sauce is also low carb and the perfect addition to complete the meal.

Keto Meatballs with Marinara Sauce

Meatball Ingredients

  • 1 pound of lean ground beef
  • 1/2 pound of lean pork (you can also use ground turkey or chicken if you prefer)
  • 1/2 C. shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. dried Oregano
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 medium spaghetti squash (optional)

Homemade Marinara Sauce Ingredients

  • 24 oz can of tomato puree
  • 2 tsp. minced garlic
  • 2 tsp. minced onion
  • 2 tsp. dried Oregano
  • 2 tsp. dried parsley

Directions

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Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Combine the ground beef, pork, shredded Parmesan cheese, 2 tsp. minced garlic, egg, oregano and salt & pepper. I used my hands to get everything mixed really well.

healthy-meatballsRoll the meat mixture into 2″ meatballs and place on a baking sheet or baking dish. (At this point in time I actually freeze 1/2 of the meatballs on a separate baking sheet and then place in a large freezer bag and put back into the freezer)
Place the meatballs in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes.

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While the meatballs are baking, combine the tomato puree, minced garlic, minced onion, dried Oregano and parsley in a medium saucepan.
Heat through and let simmer while the meatballs are cooking.
Once the meatballs have finished baking, serve with the homemade marinara sauce and garnish with fresh shredded Parmesan cheese.

*If serving with spaghetti squash, cut the squash in half and scoop out the seeds. Fill an 8×8 or 9×9 baking dish with 1-2″ of water. Place the spaghetti squash rounded side down in the baking dish and heat in the microwave for 15-20 minutes. Remove and let cool a few minutes and then gently scrape the squash from the shell. Serve with meatballs if you wish.

*Makes approximately 2 dozen 2-3″ meatballs.

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Looking for more Keto Recipes? Check them out here! 

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There’s a new roller coaster in town and it’s waiting for you to ride it at Cedar Point. Steel Vengeance tops out at 205 feet and 74 mph and took place of the wooden coaster Mean Streak in Frontier Town. My family and I had the chance to ride it last week and found it is by far the best coaster in the park and worth the wait. Check out these reasons to take it for a test spin and see our reactions.

Reasons to Ride Steel Vengeance at Cedar Point

90 Degree Drop
The first drop of the ride is at 90 degrees making you look straight down. The feeling you get in your stomach is like no other.

Airtime
This coaster is a bit different from others as it is a hybrid and gives you about 27.2 airtime while riding it. While some of you may not know what airtime is on a ride it’s where you feel weightless and an awesome feeling.

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Smooth Ride
Unlike the last coaster, Mean Streak, Steel Vengeance is definitely a much smoother ride. The twists and turns do not jerk you around and make it more enjoyable.

Unexpectedness
Being that you are surrounded by wood during your ride, you never know what to expect from it. Most of the time you don’t know if you are upside down, twisting, etc. That is the thrill of the ride to experience.

Steel Vengeance Ride Stats

  • Height: 205 feet
  • Speed: 74 mph
  • First Drop: 200 feet
  • Inversions: 4
  • Length: 5,740 feet
  • Duration: 2 minutes, 30 seconds
  • Height Requirement: 52″
  • Trains: 2
  • Riders per Train: 24
  • Riders per Hour: 1,200

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You may want to consider a fast pass, especially on busy days as the ride will have a long wait line compared to the fast pass wait line. We were there on a not so busy day and it was still an 1 1/2 wait time.

Do you dare ride the Steel Vengeance at Cedar Point? 

Get all the details in an all-inclusive guide to Cedar Point from where to stay, ride info and deals on tickets.

Disclosure: Trip was hosted by Cedar Point. All opinions are my own.

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A RICHES TO RAGS STORY. IF ONLY HE COULD REMEMBER IT.

The heartwarming comedy, Overboard, is available on Digital July 17 and Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD on July 31 from Lionsgate. For those of you that remember back to 1987 of the original Overboard movie, the new one is just as funny. Eugenio Derbez and Anna Faris are great together in the film and kept the laughs going throughout the film. Check out the trailer and information about the film along with a chance to win an Overboard prize pack.

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About Overboard

In a splashy new twist, Overboard focuses on Leonardo (Derbez), a selfish, spoiled, rich playboy from Mexico’s richest family and Kate (Faris), a working-class single mom of three hired to clean Leonardo’s luxury yacht. After unjustly firing Kate and refusing to pay her, Leonardo falls overboard when partying too hard and wakes up on the Oregon coast — with amnesia. Kate shows up at the hospital and, to get payback, convinces Leonardo he is her husband and puts him to work — for the first time in his life. At first miserable and inept, Leonardo slowly settles in. Eventually, he earns the respect of his new “family” and coworkers. But with Leonardo’s billionaire family hot on their trail and the possibility of his memory returning at any moment, will their new family last or will Leonardo finally put the clues together and leave them for good?


BLU-RAY / DVD / DIGITAL SPECIAL FEATURES

  • “Chemistry Is Comedy” Featurette
  • “Culture Clash” Featurette
  • “Captains of the Ship: Bob & Rob” Featurette
  • Audio Commentary with Writer-Director Rob Greenberg, Writer-Producer Bob Fisher, and Producer Benjamin Odell

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IT’S A GIVEAWAY!

Thanks to my friends at Lionsgate, they are offering one lucky winner a chance to win an Overboard prize pack consisting of the following: Overboard Blu-ray, 5 qt Red Colander, Red Slotted Spoon, Dish Towels (pack of 6), Red Apron, Spaghetti Pasta (pack of 10) and Italian Seasoning.

To enter fill out the form below. One winner will be notified by email. Open to US residents 18+. Contest ends 7/28/18. Good Luck!

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Color Scents. All opinions are my own.

travel-hacks

When I first started flying I was clueless on how to make my trip easier from packing to using the right tools to make my trip go smoother. I’ve tried different things here and there and found what worked. I’ve compiled a list from over the years that has helped from packing to flying.

8 Brilliant Travel Hacks for Flying

Vacuum Storage Bags

These storage bags are one of the biggest space savers you can use when traveling. You can definitely fit a lot more into your suitcase as they compress the air from the bag make them flatter. I like the ones that you can just seal and roll the air out rather than the ones that come with a pump to save even more space.

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Medicine Cup for a Lid

Missing a lid to a product you want to take with you? Look in the medicine cabinet for a medicine cup and then just tape down to secure.

Press N Seal Wrap for Jewelry

To keep your jewelry from getting tangled or breaking lay it flat on a piece of press n seal and then add a sheet on top and seal together. Then you can lay it flat in your suitcase and reuse it for the way home.

Cinch Sacks for Shoes

I love collecting cinch sacks from different events and keep them to store my shoes while traveling. It prevents your clothes from getting dirty or snagging when transporting your luggage around.

Save the Free Samples in the Mail

Free samples in the mail are the best because they are the right size when traveling. Scour the internet for the latest freebies to stock up on to save from buying them in the store.

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Get the Airline App

Adding the airline you are flying app makes it easier to travel for many reasons. It will notify you of any travel delays or gate changes, ability to change your seat, and be able to bring up your boarding pass to scan.

Bring Your Own Food

Airport food is so expensive. While you can’t take any beverages past TSA, you can bring food. I like to bring easy things such as oatmeal or a protein bar for early flights, almonds and beef sticks for snacks, sandwich for lunch or dinner. Some airlines may not allow nuts or peanut butter on the flight due to allergies so you may have to check before you pack or just don’t get it out till you land.

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Trash Bags for Dirty Clothes

Clothes can get dirty and stinky when traveling and there is no way I would put those back into my suitcase like that. To prevent your suitcase from stinking, carry Color Scents trash bags that are scented. It’s an easy solution to get rid of the smell while separating the dirty from the clean. And the best part is when you get home you can just empty the bag out, sort and wash.

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clothes-in-trash-bagThe new silver/grey color of the stretch Linen Fresh bag and the new scent of the white stretch Meadow Fresh bag from Color Scents keep the odors out. The strength, stretch and Right-Fit® Drawstring makes it strong enough to hold just about anything resisting it from tears and punctures. “Escape the Ordinary™” with the combination of subtle colors and scents with the NEW Color Scents 13-gallon stretch trash bags at Walmart that complement and add style to your home without compromising performance. During June/July 2018, you’ll find a $1.00 off instant redeemable coupon in-store on the package for the 13-gallon Color Scents, while supplies last.

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The simplest solution to blocking the sun or your neighbors on your patio is making outdoor curtains. And there is a way to do with spending a ton of money and no sewing required.

We built a Pavilion in a weekend and only to find one side super close to the neighbor’s kitchen window and we felt like we were being watched every time we were trying to enjoy it. I needed something to block their view and could withstand the outdoors.

The solution was Drop Cloths that we found at the hardware store. With some simple supplies listed below, they were hung up in no time and added a nice touch to our outdoor space. We used only 2 drop cloths but you can use more to go all the way around your patio to block out the sun.

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No-Sew Patio Curtains From Drop Cloths

Supplies Needed

2- Canvas Drop Cloths (measure to see what size you need)
Metal Conduit
Clip Rings
Metal Brackets
Rope

Directions

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Measure out where to properly place the metal conduit and mount it with screws and brackets along with putting a support bracket in the middle so it can hold the weight.

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Measure the length of the drop cloth to see how much you need to fold over the top and still be long enough when hung.

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Fold over the top part of the drop cloth (you may need to fold over more than once).

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Using the tape measure carefully measure out where to place each of the clips rings so they are evenly spread out.

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Poke a hole through the drop cloth with the clip ring throughout the top of the drop cloth but don’t secure them yet.

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Once all the clip rings have been inserted into the drop cloth hang them on the metal conduit and secure the clip rings. Cut 2 pieces of ropes to use as tie backs for each of the outdoor patio curtains.

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When you’re ready to use the curtains, just untie the rope and pull them close. Over time you may find that the curtains will get dirty from being in the outdoors. You can wash them in cold water but I suggest hanging them up to dry as they will shrink.

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TRA-LA-LAAAA!

Are you ready for an epic adventure of a lifetime with your favorite pals George Beard and Harold Hutchins? Well, wait no more because Netflix is premiering the original series, Dreamworks The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants, on July 13, 2018. You can catch these up to no good best buds in your own living room and get ready for a world of pranks.

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We’ve been a fan of Captain Underpants in our household since they first appeared in the world and continue to keep up with them. We can’t wait to watch them today and see what they are up to.

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About the Series

From Peabody Award and Emmy-winning executive producer Peter Hastings, the series is based on the epic novels by Dav Pilkey that have sold more than 70 million copies worldwide. Pilkey himself has praised the show saying “I binge-watched all of the episodes in one afternoon…I couldn’t help myself. Peter Hastings has totally captured the craziness and heart of the Captain Underpants multiverse and I hope everybody will love the show as much as I do. Kids have been asking for more Captain Underpants books for years, and to me it feels like we are getting brand-new books— except they’re animated!”

captain-underpantsCAST:

Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings, “Stranger Things”) as The Narrator
Nat Faxon (“Ben and Kate”, “Married”) as Captain Underpants/Mr. Krupp
Jay Gragnani (“Bubble Guppies”) as George Beard
Ramone Hamilton (“Will & Grace”) as Harold Hutchins
David Koechner (Anchorman) as Mr. Meaner
Tress MacNeille (“The Simpsons”, “VeggieTales in the House”) as Ms. Hurd
Laraine Newman (“DreamWorks Trollhunters”)as Ms. Tara Ribble
Stephen Root (“Barry”, “King of the Hill”) as Mr. Morty Fyde
Jorge Diaz (“Elena of Avalor”) as Melvin Sneedly
Mindy Sterling (Austin Powers) as Melvin’s mom
Erica Lutrell (“Salvation”, “Steven Universe”) as Erica Wang
Dayci Brookshire (“Home Adventures with Tip & Oh”) as Jessica Gordon
Evan Kishiyama (“Mickey and the Roadster Racers”) as Steve “Gooch” Yamaguchi

How to Draw Captain Underpants

Captain-America-Inspired-Slime

Being a huge Marvel fan and having Captain America as my favorite Avenger I had to make some Captain America slime. I cannot wait until the next Avengers movie coming out in 2019 as you know I will be first in line to see it. We had so much fun making this slime and was the perfect activity for a rainy day.


This recipe does not require borax as some slime recipes do. If you prefer to use borax you can mix 1 tbsp borax powder and 1 cup of warm water together. Stir until the borax is completely dissolved. Then, in a separate bowl, mix 1/2 cup of glue and 1/2 cup of water.  Stir until the mixture is well-combined (the mixture will be watery) and then add a few drops of color until you get the color you want. The non-borax recipe is below.

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Captain America Inspired Slime

Ingredients

  • 1 cup White Glue
  • 1 Cup Liquid Starch
  • Red acrylic paint
  • Blue acrylic paint
  • 2 bowls
  • 2 spoons
  • Container to store slime in

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Directions

  1. Pour a 1/2 cup of glue in each bowl.
  2. Add red acrylic paint in one bowl and mix together.
  3. Add blue acrylic paint in the other bowl and mix together.
  4. Add 1/2 cup of liquid starch to each bowl and stir.
  5. Take the slime out of each bowl and knead them separately for about 3-4 minutes or until it thickens.
  6. Take the red and blue slime out of each bowl and line up each of the colors next to each other.
  7. Repeat the pattern until you are out of slime.
  8. Scoop up the slime and begin to play!

If the consistency of the slime is not right you can add a little bit more of starch and knead the slime again. The more you play with the slime the less sticky it will be.

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If you like this slime recipe, check out my Disney·Pixar’s Coco Inspired Sugar Skull Slime! 

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I have spoken many times about Swagbucks and how it’s my favorite way to earn free gift cards. You can earn points by shopping, searching the web, watching videos, taking surveys and more. Each day I try to do something on Swagbucks to continue to earn points towards free gift cards that we save for vacations, home improvement projects etc.

I recently cashed out my points for Home Depot gift cards to buy a new front and screen door for my home that ended up costing me nothing because I saved my points for a home project. It can definitely be done and when you sign up in July you can earn an extra 300 bonus points.

When you sign up through me this month, you can earn a 300 SB bonus! Here’s how:

1. Sign up using this link.

2. Earn 300 SB total before August 1st, 2018. You’ll get a 300 SB bonus for it!

3. That’s it. It’s super easy, and Swagbucks is for real. I use it myself, and I’ve earned tons of gift cards throughout the years.