Hello WHUR Family,
Summer Time and time to tend to your garden… Every season brings a different set of chores in the garden. Summer is an exciting time for gardeners as preparations are made for the bounty and beauty of the garden. It can also, however, be a bit overwhelming to know how to prioritize your gardening time at this time of year. Here are a few helpful tips that you can do in the spring. And also a flower from my own personal garden at the Darryl Haley Bed and Breakfast.
For early blooming shrubs such as forsythia and viburnum, prune them as soon as blooms have passed. Early spring is also an ideal time to prune your roses.
Summer is the best time to start and continue a new lawn from seed. For established lawns, you can start mowing in the summer, but don’t initially cut the grass very short for the first few times.
- Fitness Friday Groove -
Artist: GRAHAM KNOX
- Your Fitness Friday Exercise Information -
It‘s all about The Breaking into a Fitness Lifestyle.
So here it is! Spring is here, which means it’s time to dust off those shoes, shed those layers, and head outside. After a long, winter, it’s refreshing to step outside. But Before you head out for a run or bike ride, hike, walk or any other type of activity – there are a few pieces of gear you should have to make your time outdoors that much better.
- Sunscreen: Whether you’re playing golf or running, it’s important to take care of your skin. Using a sweat-proof sunscreen will keep you safe from harmful rays no matter what you’re doing.
- Warm-weather workout clothes: All Winter long you’ve been layering, just trying to stay warm in the frigid temps, but now it’s time to shed those layers and stay cool. New colors and styles in all price ranges mean you will be looking your best and feeling great all Summer long.
- GPS watch: Keep track of how long and how far you go on your next hike or run with a watch equipped with GPS. The right watch will provide motivation and keep you moving and exploring (and burning a few calories while you’re at it).
- The perfect bag: Chances are you’re going to need to change your clothes post-workout, and finding the right place to stash your wet gear will be a must! Bags with waterproof lining and compartments big enough for water bottles, towels, and shoes will prove to be very helpful all Summer long.
- And last but not least ladies – Shades: You can protect your eyes and look good doing it this Summer with the right sunglasses. Looking for a polarized pair that fit well will give you the maximum visibility and protection on even the brightest days.
Remember your goal is to become Fit and Fabulous. So, work with what you have and all happening right here.
- Fitness Friday Meal of The Day -
Hot Crab Salsa Dip
It couldn’t be easier…this stove-top salsa dip is a party favorite. It’s loaded with crab and spinach in a creamy salsa sauce. You just know it’s going to be good.
- 1/2 of an 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
- 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well drained
- 1 cup Pace Chunky Salsa
- 1 can (6 ounces) crabmeat, drained
- Cut up fresh vegetables
- Pepperidge Farm Golden Butter Distinctive Crackers
Heat the cream cheese, spinach and salsa in a 2-quart saucepan over medium heat until the cheese is melted, stirring often. Stir in the crabmeat. Serve with the vegetables and crackers for dipping.
- Fitness Friday Fitness Feature –
Noelle grew up watching my father, brother and oldest sister life weights, box and dance. So fitness was a given in my life. However, I was never able to gain much weight. I was able to eat whatever I wanted, mostly bread and sweets and still never broke 100lbs. 6 months after I gave birth to my first daughter my best friend and hero.. My Father passed away at the young age of 63 of a heart attack. I vowed on that day I would compete in his honor and make him proud. Time passed and I gave birth to my second daughter. My dreams of being a competitor went out the window with the new stretch marks that had graced my body. 16 years later I decided to get over myself, put down my insecurities and deliver on my promise to compete.
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- Fitness Friday Special Guest -
Ms. Faith Hunter
- About Faith -
Faith is a Washington, DC based yoga instructor who has a passion for beauty, movement, love, and soul freedom.
Faith Hunter, Yoga teacher & Lifestylelist, sprinkled with a dash of Louisiana charm. Faith began her life long love affair with yoga in the early 90s as a way to cope as her beloved brother Michael was dying from a complication related to AIDS. Through meditation and mindfulness Faith was able to release her fears and experience an awakening from within. From that day forward, she committed herself to sharing these practices with the world.
Always eager to learn, explore, and share, Faith is an inspiring and generous mentor to yoga practitioners of all skill levels.
She is the creator of Embrace Your Flow™, a philosophy that celebrates every moment of life, and uses yoga’s tools of sound both chanting & music, breath, and movement, in a fresh and modern way to encourage students to embrace their unique flow in life – on and off the mat. Her passionate and free-spirited teaching style is influenced by her study in Vinyasa , Ashtanga and kundalini. A next generation yoga teacher Faith blends Classic yogic principles and real world personal experiences into an Integrated Flow that is totally grounded & Spiritually Fly.
Faith owns a studio of the same name, Embrace, a training & community center located in Adams Morgan – a multicultural nest of Washington DC. Both 200 and 500 level yoga certifications are offered.
- Aaron Ardoin Foundation -
The Aaron Ardoin Foundation for Sickle Cell Anemia was established in 2005. It is dedicated to assisting those afflicted with this disease by raising necessary funds in order to:
- Increase Awareness about the prevalence of Sickle Cell Anemia in numerous ethnic populations, its various forms, the options for treatment, the status of research, and the enormous resources needed to address this genetic condition.
- Enhance Treatment of this chronic illness and its many debilitating, even fatal, complications.
- Promote Prevention by educating caregivers, social service agencies, and communities about the genetic nature of this disease, as well as the screening options that are available for decreasing the number of newborns with Sickle Cell Disease.
- Advance the Cure by providing vital resources to support Sickle Cell Disease’s medical research efforts.
Contact Information: http://aaronardoinfoundation.org/
Enjoy You Day,