Healthy Strawberry Lemonade Salad

Ingredients:
7 cups Baby Spinach
1/2 Red onion
2-3 Grilled chicken
10 Strawberries
1/4 cup Feta Cheese
6 slices Bacon
1/4 cup dried cranberries
Lemon pepper seasoning 

Ingredients
1 cup olive oil
3 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp dried basil
½ cup frozen (or fresh) strawberries
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
¼ cup water

Instructions
Place all the the ingredients, in the order listed, into a blender.
Secure lid.
Blend for about 30 seconds or until smooth.

Salad:
Season your chicken with lemon pepper seasoning evenly on all sides
Place your chicken on a grill, gorge foreman or a pan and cook until done.
Slice your chicken into small slices approx. 1-2 inches thick
Cook your bacon until crispy
Then rough chop your bacon into small bits
Remove the hulls and slice your strawberries wash and pat dry
Remove the skin and slice your onion into small slices
In a large bowl add all of your ingredients and toss to combine
once place on plates drizzle with your dressing and top with feta cheese and dried cranberries

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Why You Should Take Dance Lessons When Traveling

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We live in a global society. The ease of travel, smartphones, and international commerce makes traveling for business more productive and traveling for pleasure more enjoyable. However, traveling can be stressful. Your body gets used to a particular routine. Even if it is a hectic routine, it is still a routine. Traveling can throw a wrench into your routine. That affects your eating, sleeping, and anxiety levels. But, these problems are easily corrected.

When a person is at home, they usually participate in some form of exercise. If you need to blow off some steam or unwind for a better nights sleep, you may run or jog for a few miles. You may hit the gym, or take your mountain bike to some trails. The exercise will help you get a better nights sleep. You will probably take inventory of the foods you are consuming. In a busy lifestyle, it is easy to consume excess sugar, salt, and fats from foods that are processed for convenience. These food types make your body sluggish and edgy. Finally, we drink more water to keep the body hydrated and to avoid the symptoms that come with dehydration. But how does this work when you are traveling?

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Dance

Every culture has their own type of dance. Dancing is a global activity defined by a country’s  custom instruments and way of life. You can learn a lot about a country by participating in their dances. But, dance does a lot more than that.

Benefits of dancing while travel

Traveling can be lonely. Even in a room full of people, you can feel all alone. If there is no one you can connect to on a personal level they are nothing but props. When you participate in a couples dances, you glow returns. You are part of the team. Human interaction pushed back stress and ignites unity.

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Destinations and Favorites
As we explained, every culture has their own dances, music, and sometimes instruments. Consequently, over time, countries have come to be known for dances that originated with their culture. As you travel, diversity is unavoidable. So, why not get to know some of the people who live in the land? You get to meet locals and other travelers. You break the monotony of your business trip by experiencing the true culture of the land.
Portugal
Portugal is a land of beauty. It is the oldest country in Europe. The favorite dance in this country is the Vira. This folk dance is somewhat similar to the Waltz but it is much faster. A second dance that is very popular and much like the Vira is the Chula. This dance is like the Vira with the addition of stomping feet and clicking hands. These dances are not difficult to learn and they are very fun. If you’re planning to travel to Portugal, make sure you prepare for your trip in advance – there are lots of beautiful sights to be seen!
Spain
No matter what country you live in, chances are when someone speaks of dancing in Spain you will think of the Flamenco. In its truest sense, it is a dance with exact and clean moves which originated in the South of Spain. This dance is said to be a dance of passion which hails gypsies.

Spain is most famous for the Fandango. This is a lively and fun dance which is performed to folkloric music. You are missing a lot if you do not embrace these two dances while traveling in Spain.
Italy
Most people in Italy perform Latin dances. It is difficult to find dances that are original to Italy. If you are partial to Puglia, you will find a unique dance called the Tarantella. This folk dance is face-paced. In fact, many say the moves are frantic.
Germany (Bavaria)
You cannot think of Germany without thinking of festivals and original dances. The Schuhplattler is the dance where the dancers are wearing Lederhosen and stand in a line or circle. Throughout the dance, the dancers continually slap the soles of their shoes, their thighs, and their knees. The Schuhplattler is perhaps the oldest dance to the region. It dates back to 3000 B.C.

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United States
The United States is home to many cultures and a diverse population. For that reason, many of the dances performed in the United States come from other countries. However, the United States can take credit for the Charleston, the Foxtrot (ballroom dance), and the Country & Western Two-Step. If you are traveling to the United States, you will find any kind of dance you want to try.

As you can see, everyone loves dance. There is no better way to connect, exercise, and learn something new to show your family and friends at home. Before you get on a plane and head for a city far away, turn on your computer and see what types of dances are taught in that location. Check out this link for beautiful costumes for any region, https://www.alexandracostumes.com/

Don’t be afraid to try something new. After all, dancing is supposed to be fun.

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Frozen Yogurt

Ingredients:

  • ½ cups Unsalted Butter, Softened
  • ½ cups Packed Dark Brown Sugar
  • ¼ cups Granulated Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoons Salt
  • 1 cup All-purpose Flour
  • ¼ teaspoons Baking Soda
  • ¾ cups chocolate chips
  • 1 cup Vanilla Yogurt

Ingredients (5)

 

Directions:

  • In a stand mixer or large mixing bowl beat the butter and sugars together until mixture is light and fluffy. Add vanilla and beat until combined.
  • In a smaller mixing bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt. Add the chocolate chips or chunks and stir.

In Process 2 (2)

  • Add the flour and chocolate chip mixture to butter mixture and fold in carefully. Add yogurt and stir again.
  • Cover with lid and freeze until fully set or overnight.

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Winter Driving Safety Tips

When winter hits, so does a lot of difficult driving dilemmas –  from heavy snow and ice to below-zero temperatures.  According to the National Weather Service, icy roads can lead to an increase in traffic accidents. To help stay safe on the roads, brush up on your winter car driving know-how with these safety tips.

This post is sponsored by East Hills Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram.

1. Build a Winter Car Emergency Kit
It’s always good to be prepared for emergencies while you are on the road. Keep a winter emergency kit in your car with necessities such as a snow shovel, a brush, warning flares, reflective triangles, a bag of kitty litter (or sand), extra clothes, gloves, hand warmers, hats, thermal blankets, snacks, water, and an emergency battery for your cell phone. Also make sure you have a first-aid kit (that’s been updated). Put it in plastic container and keep it in your trunk!

2. Check Your Tires
When temps fluctuate, so does the pressure in your tires. You have to make sure that they are inflated properly, and check your tire pressure at least once a month. Depending on your area, you may want to invest in winter tires. If not, ensure you have a safe enough tread depth for road conditions.

3. Avoid Spinning Out on Ice 
As you know, slick surfaces require a longer stopping distance  – so make sure that you keep a greater-than-usual distance between your car and others when on snowy and icy roads. This will give you ample time to respond to the road and weather hazards; make gentle accelerations and practice braking to maintain a consistent traction. If your wheels begin to spin, release the gas until traction returns. Do not hit gas or brake until you have control of your car again. . and stay calm!

4. Maintain Your Car’s Battery 
Engine’s oil thickens as temps drop – the thicker the oil, the more power your battery requires, especially if the battery is over 3 years old. I keep a battery booster in the car for emergencies, and it’s came in handy more than once.

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How to Remove Salt Stains from Your Car Mats

When roads get icy, road salt or ice melt can help make driving conditions safer. But that salt and ice melt can reek havoc and make a disastrous mess when it’s tracked in your car.  Thankfully, there’s an easy way to remove salt stains and ice melt from your car mats.


This post is sponsored by Central Avenue Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram.

Step 1: Combine the Ingredients
Stir together 1 cup of white vinegar and 1 cup of warm water in a bucket, AutoFocus recommends. Pour into a spray bottle using a funnel.

Step 2: Test the Mixture
Before you try this cleaning method, test it in an inconspicuous portion of your car mat to help ensure it doesn’t stain or damage it. Allow the test spot to dry completely before using the mixture on the rest of your mats.

Step 3: Spray the Mats
Remove the mats from your vehicle and spray them with the mixture.

Step 4: Scrub Away
Use a scrub brush to remove the stains, Cars.com says.

Step 5: Dry the Mats
Blot the mats using a clean, dry towel.

Step 6: Repeat as Necessary
If stains remain, repeat the process.

Step 7: Allow Mats to Dry
Let the mats air dry, then return them to your vehicle. You can also try this method to remove salt or ice melt stains from the carpet inside your car, too.

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