a little bit of help

It has been a while since I’ve passed along some help…try these websites for some good tips:
  • RipeTrack.com– find out the best time to fruit and veggies at their best
  • DownDetectorcom– if your service goes out find out if it’s just you or lots of us with interrupted service
  • PetMD.com– help your pets stay happy and healthy
  • Apps.tsa.dhs.gov/mytsa/cib_home.aspx– what can you take with you when you fly the unfriendly skies?


best of the best food blogs

I love this list…

The Food Blogs You Should Be Reading Right Now, According To Saveur

The Huffington Post  | By Alison Spiegel

Best Cooking Blog

Best Baking and Desserts Blog

Best Wine or Beer Blog

Best Writing

Best New Blog

 btw- I get bundles of Ask Mom emails and there are questions and topics that show up all the time.  Starting next week and every Thursday I’m going to share some of the problems/questions and stuff that so many of us are dealing with…even if we don’t solve anything it’s good to know you’re not alone

eat, drink and be…

 the best apps for finding really good places to eat at home or away…

  • Yelp
  • Urbanspoon
  • Zagat
  • Foodspotting
  • LocalEats

cool moves when you’re hot

8 Tips for Exercising in Summer Heat

edited from an article by Joe Decker | For Active.com

The biggest problems about exercising in the heat are staying hydrated and maintaining your body’s electrolytes and salt. There are some things to keep in mind when it comes to exercising, or just spending time out in the heat:

  • The time of day is important. Unless you are training for an event that takes place in the daytime heat, avoid exercising from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It’s the hottest part of day. Generally, the early morning is the best time to workout, especially if it’s going to be a scorcher that day.
  • Wear loose, light-colored. Lighter color clothing will help reflect heat, and cotton material will help the evaporation of sweat. You may also want to try specially designed, “hi-tech” running shirts and shorts. They are often made from material meant to keep you cool.
  • Sunscreen is a must. Use SPF 45 just to be safe. It’s important to protect your skin. You can get burned and suffer sun damage to your skin even on cloudy days.
  • Stay hydrated. Before you go out, drink a glass or two of water. Carry a bottle of water and drink every 15 minutes, even when you’re not thirsty. When you’re done with your workout, have a few more glasses of water.
  • Replenish your electrolyte and salt intake while exercising. If you’re seriously exercising check out SUCCEED capsules–a small, simple packs of sodium and electrolytes in check..
  • Choose the shady side of the street or shaded pathways that keep you out of the sun.
  • Check the weather forecast before you start your workout. If there’s a heat advisory, meaning high ozone and air pollution, you might want to take your workout indoors.

birthday treats

if it’s your birthday this month, people want to help you celebrate…

  • ACE Hardware- gives ACE Reward members a $5 coupon
  • DSW- gives their reward members a $5 gift certificate
  • Starbucks- gives you a free drink or pastry if you’re a rewards member
  • Anderson’s Frozen Custard (in Buffalo) will give you a free cone!

there are hundreds of free birthday treats at www.freebie-depot.com 

did you see this one?

watch movies for free…really freeeeeee

  • www.movies4K.tv
  • retube.com
  • www.bozmovie.blogspot.com
  • www.ihitplay.com
  • www.letmewatchthis.com

something new, something old

vintage clothing websites:

  • niftythrifty.com
  • pinkclouds.com
  • rosewholesale.com
  • sammydress.com
  • shopruche.com

warm, warmer, hot

warm weather websites finally:

  • warm weather exercising  www.everydayhealth.com/
  • warm weather eating   http://www.sparkpeople.com/
  • www.forbes.com/…/how-to-look-professional-in-boiling-hotweat.
  • www.care2.com/…/14-ways-to-keep-cool-in-your-home-
  • www.apartmenttherapy.com/beat-the-heatwithout-turn

let it grow

 let the gardening begin websites…

  •  yougrowgirl.com
  • pallensmith.com
  • vegetable-gardening-with-lorraine.com
  • bhg.com/gardening
  • gardeners.com

Libby’s picks

websites my assistant likes…

  • bowanddrape.com
  • b-glowing.com
  • rankandstyle.com
  • huntersalley.com
  • vaunte.com