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Live SoFab A Real Magazine for Real People SUMMER 2013

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Summer RECIPES

A Tisket, A Tasket…

WHAT’S IN YOUR BASKET?

BEAUTY TREND

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Monokini, anyone?

EDITORS’

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et’s get fresh this summer. Whether it’s sharing a new recipe, look, tip or trend, summer is the perfect time to “Be Fresh.” Embrace the spirit of summer and try a few of our “fresh” tips whether it’s through entertaining, fashion, beauty, family and pet time or the good ole family road trip. Let us know what made your summer simple yet special. Cheers, Dawn & Elizabeth Dawn Sandomeno and Elizabeth Mascali, lifestyle & entertaining experts, are co-founders of Party Bluprints Inc. and The Party Bluprints Blog and co-authors of Plan to Party. They are on a mission to inspire simple and special home entertaining. Dawn and Elizabeth, have been featured on NBC’s TODAY Show, Good Housekeeping, Kiplinger’s and Redbook magazines, Martha Stewart Living Radio and more.

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For the >21 Crowd “Tequila Melon Ballers” (featured on the cover) Try this refreshing treat with a kick - tequila spiked watermelon sprinkled with fresh lime juice and coarse salt. Love this cocktail and appetizer all in one for summer entertaining – when you’re done with your treat, enjoy the liquid part, watermelon infused tequila!

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For the Kiddies: These fresh fruit lollipops offer a big splash of color and fun on your summer table. Bonus: they are so simple to make, they are even easier to enjoy (and they’re the healthiest “lollipop” a kid will ever eat!) A must-have on the summer party circuit (whether you’re a host or guest)

Fresh Fruit Lollipops INGREDIENTS

❑ L ollipop sticks ❑ P opsicle sticks ❑G  reen and red

❑ Pineapple, cubed ❑ Watermelon, cubed ❑ Strawberries,

grapes, rinsed and dried

cleaned and hulled

INSTRUCTIONS ● Create Grape Lollipops by inserting lollipop sticks into ends of grapes (where you remove grape from stem). ● Create Assorted Fruit Lollipops by inserting popsicle sticks into cubed fruit.

Tequila Melon Ballers (makes 18) INGREDIENTS

❑ 1 seedless watermelon ❑ blanco tequila ❑ 8 limes, washed and cut into wedges ❑ kosher/sea salt ❑ 18 – 14” knotted bamboo skewers

INSTRUCTIONS ● Wash outside of watermelon and cut in half. Using melon baller, scoop out melon balls. Place melon balls in bowl and set aside. ● Line up martini glasses on serving tray. Skewer two melon balls and place in glass. Repeat process until all glasses are filled with a watermelon skewer. ● Pour approx. ½ oz. of tequila over each skewer, excess will collect at bottom of glass. Squeeze lime over each skewer, sprinkle with salt and garnish with lime wedge.

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FASHION

trend Fringe on swim is in

Monokini “Bathing Suit”

Cut-outs are a big fashion trend

The bikini meets the one-piece in the modern monokini. This one-piece bathing suit with large cut-outs is the “new thing” at the beach this summer. To Buy: Joe Boxer Junior’s Fringe Monokini

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4 Hot Summer Trends All so F UN to say & wear!

Sunnies

“Sunglasses” Get your “Summer Sunnies” on. Of course, they are popular on the beach, but have you noticed they are one of the most popular accessories at outdoor parties and events…

Fun Fact Did you know the aviator style was originally

developed to protect pilot’s eyes while flying? Hence, the large curved lenses that wrap around your eyes. They not only shield the eyes on a sunny day, but add instant “coolness” on the hottest of days.

*Pair this pop of red with your LWD and you’re set for the su mmer!

Poppy “Poppy Red”

LWD

“Little White Dress” The LBD (“Little Black Dress”) has been a staple in many a gal’s closet. We’re giving the LWD equal play this summer – a white dress that is your summer “go-to” dress. So get that LWD that makes you feel good and you’ll be ready at a moment’s notice for any summer celebration. To Buy: Kardashian Kollection Women’s Faux Wrap Sundress

One of Pantone’s hot colors this season. You’ll see it on shoes, bags, colored denim and at the beach. Cork Wedges are a staple this season, so put a little “Poppy” in your summer step.

Wrap dresses are very popular this season. Live SoFab, Summer 2013

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HOT BEAUTY

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SUMMER

The Inside Scoop on “Going Nude” This Summer

This trend can be tricky : Our tips for making it work for you.

Eyes Lips Face

Lips

Pale skin, nude lips and natural looking lashes keep summer faces looking fresh and simple.

To Get the Look: Don’t go “bare”. Try a neutral lip gloss to give you a pouting lip. We love this one from Rimmel. It’s light & hydrating, gives you up to 6 hours of shine and color and it’s oh SO FAB!

THE TREND> Go Nude Go for: a natural look with flawless, glowing skin and dewy lips. FYI: Nude doesn’t mean naked (aka bareskinned.)

The Tip> Dewy Lips

Pick for the Nude Summer Lip: Rimmel Stay Glossy Lip Gloss in So Fabulous.

Virtually try on So Fabulous and then have some fun finding other hues perfect for you!

Buy: Walmart.com or visit your local Walmart store.

Face

Nails

To Get the Look: For a flawless face look, sun-kiss cheek with a touch of bronzer and finish with a matte pressed powder.

The faintest pink, cream-colored, neutral polishes are summer’s hottest picks for nails.

The Tip> Flawless Face

TREND> The Pale Nail Trendy Tip: Basket Weave Manicure To Get the Look: Gives the pale nail a little kick. This cool “patterned” manicure requires a professional, but it’s a showstopper!

Tune in this June: REAL {beauty} STORIES BY REAL WOMEN

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SUMMER

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Summer TEA TIME

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ere’s our ode to a summer classic – fresh brewed iced tea. Remember, when you were a kid and a sure sign of summer was iced tea steeping on the counter? Well, we sure do and we’re bringing back the fun of fresh brewed iced tea by showing you how to “dress it up” for your guests.

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Don’t forget to toast “National Iced Tea Day” June 10th

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Prepare a pitcher of fresh brewed iced tea and offer it as a non-alcoholic option (because you are a considerate host…plus, who wouldn’t enjoy a glass of fresh brewed iced tea at a summer party!)

Bigelow® Long Island Iced Tea Lemonade Makes 4 servings (6 ounces) INGREDIENTS:

❑ 1 bag Bigelow Half & Half Iced Tea & Lemonade*


❑ 2 cups boiling water ❑ 1 6 ounces brewed Half & Half Iced Tea & Lemonade concentrate*


❑ 2 ounces gin


❑ 2 ounces dark rum
 ❑ 2 ounces vodka
 ❑ 4 ounces triple sec ❑ 2 -ounces Cola
 ❑ 2 -ounces Sparkling water *Variation: Try using Bigelow Half & Half Iced Tea & Lemonade with Pomegranate

INSTRUCTIONS: ● Place tea bag in 2-cup glass measure.  Add boiling water.  Let steep 8 minutes.  Squeeze and remove tea bag; cool, set aside tea concentrate. ● In large pitcher stir together all of tea concentrate, gin, rum, vodka, and triple sec; stir.

PE ON EASY RECI PAG E ! THE NEXT

● Fill a large glass with ice and add about 6-ounces of tea lemonade mixture. ● Add a splash (1/2 ounce) each of cola and sparkling water to each glass.  ● Garnish with an umbrella and lemon slices or a piece of fruit.

The Bigelow® Tea line includes more than

120 varieties

● Enjoy.

For More Iced Tea Ideas SCAN HERE for 25+ delicious recipes or visit Bigelowtea.com/ everythingicedtea

of Flavored, Traditional, Green, Organic, Herbal, Decaffeinated and Iced teas – including flagship specialty tea flavor, “Constant Comment®,” an all-time American favorite. Live SoFab, Summer 2013

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Bigelow® Frozen Iced Tea Makes about six 2/3-cup servings INGREDIENTS:

❑ 1 0 Bigelow Tea Bags, any variety


❑ 4 cups of boiling water, set aside 1 cup
 INSTRUCTIONS: ● Steep tea bags in 3 cups boiling water for 5 minutes. ● Meanwhile, pour remaining 1 cup of boiling water into a medium saucepan and stir in sugar. Bring back to boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Boil 5 minutes; remove from heat. ● Squeeze liquid from tea bags and discard bags. Pour tea into a 13x9-inch baking pan and stir in sugar mixture. Stir in ice until dissolved. If desired, stir in juice. 

Outdoor Serving Tip: Serve in small disposable paper/ plastic cups with a small plastic spoon.

REAL STORIES BY REAL WOMEN Tips for Creating a Tea Party Bar

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❑ ¾ cup sugar
 ❑ 2 cups ice cubes
 ❑ 4 tablespoons fresh lemon, lime or orange juice (optional) ● Freeze 4-5 hours, stir once an hour during last three hours of freezing. Tea mixture should be partially frozen so it is icy/ slushy, but not frozen solid.  ● Spoon frosty iced tea into dessert dishes and garnish with fresh fruit, mint sprigs, or as desired.     Recipe Tip: If mixture becomes frozen solid, defrost on counter about 15 minutes and break up using ice cream scoop or strong serving spoon.

Help guests cool their heels by serving this truly “Iced Tea” treat upon arrival or after dinner. Fresh Brewed Bigelow® Iced Tea Makes 1 Quart INGREDIENTS:

❑ 1 cups (8 fl. oz.) boiling water
 ❑ 6 Bigelow Tea bags
 ❑ Ice Cubes* INSTRUCTIONS: ● Place 6 tea bags in one-quart container. Pour 1 cup (8 fl. oz.) boiling water over tea bags; steep 10 minutes. Remove tea bags. Add 3 cups (24 fl. oz.) cold water. Serve over ice. Sweeten to taste. Party Prep Hint: 1 quart = 4 cups, most pitchers hold 2 quarts/8 cups. So if you double this recipe, you’ll have enough to fill a standard pitcher.

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5 Quick Tips for Snapping Summer Fun

1BePrepared: 2 Pose Pictures: Always have your charged camera/smart phone nearby.

Make sure you can see everyone’s face and shoot multiple times so you’re likely to capture at least one picture with everyone’s eyes open.

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Look for Photo Ops:

You don’t always have to create them - candids can really tell a story.

4 Consider Lighting:

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Share: One of

Lighting is key. When you have less than optimal lighting, rely on a photo app to “enhance” your photos.

the best things about taking pictures is sharing them. Although it’s easy to store and share pictures digitally, sharing printed photos with those less “technically savvy” is always appreciated.

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PRECISELY

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A SUMMER

This season, everything (e.g., clothing, accessories, hats, bags, jewelry) is available in white and wearing the color head to toe is spot on trend.

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2 must-haves topping our list: The Little White Dress (LWD) & White Lace

Tip

Before you buy, shop your closet, group all your white pieces, and build one “white look.”

Hot New Product: Colgate Total® Advanced Mouthwash available at Target beginning May 25th. Make your Summer Smile Shine - 3 Easy Steps to a Healthy Mouth Regime, click here for more info.

Why White? ● White looks right on everyone. ● A crisp white shirt or all white dress is classic and timeless. ● White highlights your complexion. ● Dressing in white keeps you cool on a hot day. ● White will never go out of fashion, buy the highest quality pieces you can afford in classic styles (not too trendy.)  ● “White on White” is a fresh look for summer celebrations. ● You always carry your best white accessory (pearly whites) with you, so don’t forget to smile.

Tip

Beware that white can be sheer, so give yourself a good check in the mirror to avoid “over-exposure” in the summer sun. Live SoFab, Summer 2013

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PICNIC

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Super Snack Trail Mix

Whether you mix up your own concoction of nuts, dried fruit and candy coated treats or purchase it already “concocted”, pour single servings into sealable plastic sandwich bags and pack it. This snack is the perfect thing to pull out of the picnic when feeling a bit “peckish” before it’s time to break out the full picnic.

5 Basics for Your 2 Fresh Fruit Basket Picnic Protein 3 Green Apples

Make juicy apples easier to eat with a little prep: wash, slice, sprinkle with lemon juice and seal in plastic sandwich bag. FYI: the lemon juice keeps the apples from turning brown.

Check out this REAL STORY BY REAL MOM – Mandy/Mandy’s Recipe Box Blog

Extra Cheddar Chicken Fingers

Pack fresh baked chicken fingers {protein-packed finger food} v. traditional fried chicken. Check out the super simple recipe –KRAFT FRESH TAKE makes it so easy by premixing the cheese and bread mixture so all you have to do is give your chicken a little “dip and bake”.

F ind it in the dairy aisle

LOOK for Instant Redeemable Savings at your local Walmart to “save $1.00 on Chicken when you buy (1) One KRAFT FRESH TAKE.”   FYI - In-store May 1 until gone…

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Sweet Sip

Snapple® Half ‘n Half Tea

This all-natural beverage made from “the best stuff on earth” travels well while doing double duty as refreshment and entertainment. (Love the “Real Facts” under every lid.) This new combo of “tasty tea” and “tangy lemonade” is a natural picnic pick – which “half” will be your favorite? Grab some easy to pick up 6-packs of Snapple® Half ‘n Half Tea for your next picnic at your local Walmart and find out. FYI: it’s also available in diet.

Extra Cheddar Chicken Fingers (Makes 4 Servings)

Tip

Make sure to cool your Snapple® “6s” in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours before packing up your picnic.

INGREDIENTS

❑ 1 pkg. (6 oz.) FRESH TAKE Cheddar Jack & Bacon Recipe Cheese Breadcrumb Mix

*Don’t forget to recycle at your pitstop.

“Real Fact #8 – A bee has five eyelids.” For more Real Facts fun from Snapple®, click here.

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Comfort Treat

Fresh Baked Brownies

Bake up your favorite batch of brownies in advance, cool and cut. Wrap each brownie in wax paper and seal in separate plastic sandwich bags, and freeze. Pack frozen brownies around other items to keep them cool (use additional freezer packs as necessary.) By the time you get to dessert, the brownies will be thawed and ready to eat!

❑ 1 lb. chicken tenders ❑ 1 cucumber, cut into sticks ❑ 1 carrot, cut into sticks ❑ 1 red pepper, cut into strips ❑ ½ cup KRAFT Classic Ranch Dressing INSTRUCTIONS ● Heat oven to 375 degrees. ● Spray baking sheet with cooking spray. Open FRESH TAKE bag; pull apart center seal. Mix contents together. ● Moisten chicken with water; place in bag, 1 piece at a time. Lightly press cheese mixture onto both sides off chicken. (Chicken will not be completely coated.) Place on prepared baking sheet; top with remaining cheese mixture. ● Bake 15 min. or until chicken is done. ● Serve with vegetable dippers and dressing.

KRAFT FRESH TAKE = Saturday night dinner with Wednesday night effort in 3 easy steps. Click here for more info and recipes. Live SoFab, Summer 2013

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TRAVEL

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Fun on the Road

My kids still love to play the memory game, “I’m going on a road trip, and I’m going to pack…” When my kids were younger, they’d play the license plate game, I Spy, Road Trip B-I-N-G-O or eagerly check items off a custom scavenger list that I’d prepare for the occasion.

—Social Fabric Member, Tonya Prater, www.thetravelingpraters.com

Day Before Departure ❏ Map out route. ❏ Fuel up. Fill tank with gas and prepare picnic items to fuel the road trip crew. ❏ Pack up. Load car, leave room for any last minute items that you will load in the morning.

Check out how Jen/TheSuburbanMom.com took charge of her cabin air

Day of Departure ❏ Pack picnic. ❏ Load final items into car. ❏ Make sure everyone uses bathroom.

Pick up your FRAM FRESHBreeze® air filter at Walmart and don’t forget to send in your rebate!

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PROTECT

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THE DOG DAYS OF SUMMER Tips for Keeping your Dog Healthy & Happy

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lthough it’s fun spending the “Dogs Days of Summer” with your dog, always give some thought to the steps you can take to protect and pamper your pup throughout this sizzling season. ● Avoid Prolonged Exposure to Sun & Heat. Dogs can get sunburn and heat exhaustion, so limit time in the direct sunshine and hot temperatures. Tip: Apply sunblock to your dog’s ears and nose 30 minutes before going outside and be on the lookout for signs of overheating. ● Provide Clean & Cold Water . Carry cold bottled water when headed out on a walk or on the road. Keeping him cool and hydrated is the summer rule. Note: If you are water bound, don’t rely on natural bodies of water for a quick drink – parasites, bacteria and salt water are not a dog’s best friend. ● Prep the Pup Pool. If your dog loves being in the water, provide him relief from the heat by putting a non-inflatable “kiddie pool”

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under a shady tree. If you just want to provide a cool spray of water don’t forget your pups paws and bellies. And, for some it’s “AC all the way!” ● Protect your Pooch from Poison: When taking your dog out for some exercise or play, avoid chemically treated lawns and areas. ● Protect the Paws. The pads on dogs’ paws are susceptible to burns so avoid prolonged exposure to hot asphalt or sand. ● Put on the Pet I.D. Should you and your dog become separated, tags containing his name and your number, provide quick contact info. So always keep his collar and tags on for easy ID. ● Don’t Forget to Pamper your Pup. Keep a bag packed with essentials such as treats, a chew toy, an extra leash and cold water so you can “grab and go” on summer day trips and outings. Convenience and satisfaction is key, so find treats that your dog likes, which are also good for him, and are easy to pack.

● Not All Dogs are Party Animals. The highest incident rate of runaway dogs is on July 4th. Many dogs are spooked, some terrified, by fireworks and will bolt. So keep an extra close watch on your pet and make sure they are on a leash or securely inside before any fireworks begin. ● NEVER LEAVE YOUR DOG IN A PARKED CAR (even if you crack the windows.)

Hot New Product: Nudges® Premium Jerky Cuts™ wholesome dog treats are made with real American chicken and are packed with protein but contain absolutely no artificial flavors or fillers. Their tender texture makes them easy to tear into bite-sized pieces; and, they’re made in the USA. Currently available at Meijer and Wegman’s and coming to Walmart and Kroger in July. For more info > Click here for Nudges $1 off coupon

Meet Social Fabric Member/Pet Blogger, Liz “Woof Woof Mama” & Mom to Rescue Pup, Daisy. Live SoFab, Summer 2013

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Summer Celebrations 2013 May Kentucky Derby 5/4 Cinco De Mayo 5/5 Mother’s Day 5/12 Memorial Day 5/27

June National Iced Tea Day 6/10 Flag Day 6/14 Father’s Day 6/17 Summer Solstice 6/21

July Fourth of July 7/4 National Tequila Day 7/24 For more information, visit us at www.livesofab.com.


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