Feeling fired up for your next workout? via GIPHY These new tracks are sure to set your next workout en fuego! via GIPHY In fact, we’re declaring them THE workout songs of summer! via GIPHY Saw Lightning, Beck You know how we feel about a good Beck track. Saw lightning, had an awesome workout. ugh!, Dwilly For tough days. Replace “juice” with “water.” And then get loose with a good sweat session. Before I Let Go (Homecoming Live Bonus Track), Beyoncé Because, Beyoncé. Power is Power, SZA, The Weeknd, Travis Scott For the GoT fans out there … Now’s…

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Summer weather have you craving more fun, outdoor activities? We hear that! via GIPHY Now, there are loads of things we stock up on this time of year — sunscreen, hats, towels, snacks (of course) — but we’ve had a few other super cool products sent our way for review recently that we just had to share. (Note: So much so that we’re affiliates for some of the items you see below. Thanks for helping to support the site!) Brush on Block Protective Lip Oil SPF 32 I’m a lip gloss and lip balm fiend. And while I do like…

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My whole family has summer vibes going right now. Not only are we excitedly expecting twins this summer (!), but after a long winter, the promise of regular pool time, sunshine, and in-season watermelon is giving us serious heart eyes. via GIPHY Because the summer weather is here. It’s finally here! via GIPHY And here are some new finds that are pairing SUPER well with sunshine — for the whole fam. My Audio Pets Splash Everything is better with good tunes, and these wireless Bluetooth speakers aren’t just adorable and kid-friendly — they’re also waterproof! Meaning you can take them…

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Some summer trends we’re seeing right now leave us lukewarm — like, are we honestly doing this again? But others — especially those in the health food realm — have us more like: via GIPHY Here are a few that have us psyched to see what other goodies summer has in store! Yogurt That Goes Beyond the Cow Well, if this doesn’t moo-ve you, then we don’t know what will. Yogurt is coming in so many different varieties these days! Bellwether Farms Sheep Milk Yogurt is heating up the refrigerated section with 60 percent more protein than normal yogurt and…

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Although I’m pretty homebound from now until the twins make their debut (also the reason why I’ll be Skyping in for this!), now that summer is just around the corner, I’m thinking of all the summer family vacations yet to come. Disney is always up there as a dream, along with any destination that has a beach or mountains (or, let’s be honest, wine!). However, with my family expanding from a party-of-three to a party-of-five, affordability is definitely a key factor for any future family vacay. And, I imagine I’m not alone in that need, huh, mamas? So! Without further…

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It always makes me laugh when people ask me if I know how to grill. I mean, I don’t — I leave that to basically everyone else I know who loves to be at the helm while I chop veggies. But that’s not what’s funny. The funny thing is that asking, “Do you know how to grill?” is so broad, because knowing how to grill a steak doesn’t mean you’ve mastered the perfect technique for veggie kebabs. Because, sure, I know how to turn on the grill (unless it’s one of those fancy, complicated ones), and I’m not too shabby…

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Summer came on fast and furiously here in the Washington, DC area — as it always does. And right on schedule, I found myself standing in the produce aisle on my weekly trip to the grocery store drooling over the watermelon stand. Nothing says summer like watermelon. But here’s the funny part … when I was younger, I was so not into watermelon. It wasn’t until an early-September (and very hot and insanely humid) half marathon in 2013 when I was handed a piece of watermelon at the finish and thought to myself “my goodness, where has this deliciousness been…

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Summer is my favorite time of year. It means freedom: road trips, adventures, late nights, and overall, a good time. The stars are kind enough to mark each year with a summer solstice. You may be wondering: What is a solstice and why should I care? Well, we have some answers. What is a Solstice? According to the Farmer’s Almanac, a solstice occurs when a planet’s rotational axis is in either the southern or northern hemisphere. In the northern hemisphere, our summer solstice is usually on the longest day out of the year, which means more daylight — yay! On…

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I was lucky enough to go to a fantastic summer camp as a kid. My mom, being the savvy lady that she is, negotiated a deal with an all-girls outdoor wilderness camp near Bemidji, Minn., Camp Birchwood. My mom would work as the camp nurse and her four daughters would attend camp for free. I spent my adolescent summers kayaking, hiking, and learning how to backpack in the great Northern Minnesota wilderness. Needless to say, this was exactly what I needed as a teenager. My summers at Camp Birchwood helped me gain confidence, learn how to stay organized, and be…

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Summer is fun. Summer liberates my schedule from all the errands, homework, and worries that the school year brings. Oh, wait. I’m a mom … not a teenager counting down the days until I can sleep in until noon. I’m not my 5-year-old making plans for all the places we will visit during summer vacation. Cancel the liberation. Summer vacation as a mother with a school-aged child takes on a new meaning. Now that I’ve experienced a year with my son in school, I’ve indulged in more availability during my day to do things that normally would take more time…

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