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Fun with Family with Julie Lavender - July is hot with fresh fruits and warm memories
Julie Lavender
Julie Lavender

    Tomorrow marks the official half-way point of the year. In hopes that you made many special family memories for the first six months of 2012, start planning now for the second-half of the year, with quality, fun-filled activities to treasure for months to come. For the hot days of July, try some of these cool and refreshing activities. 
    Frozen Yogurt Day — The month of July welcomes fresh blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and other scrumptious berries. Pick fresh berries, combine with a favored frozen yogurt and a delicious Smoothie recipe and chill out on a humid summer evening. 
    Hammock Day — Spend some time this month relaxing and reading in a hammock or maybe a front-porch swing. Head out early enough to avoid the heat of the day and listen for birds and squirrels as they forage and explore. Several children’s books about hammocks are available for your enjoyment — just Google it — or start a kid’s chapter book and read a chapter a day in the hammock until you finish.
    Red, White, and Blue Day — Dress in patriotic colors this month, make homemade red, white, and blue modeling dough, turn milk into patriotic pleasure, and try this delicious all-American salad. Start with fresh, washed spinach leaves. Add blueberries, feta cheese, dried cranberries, and pecans, and top with a poppy seed dressing. 
    Zip Code Day — When is the last time you sent a letter or note to someone that actually required the use of a zip code? Take some pictures of your family celebrating the gift of summer and then mail them to friends and family, along with a note describing some of your July adventures. Encourage the recipients to send something back to your family as well. You’ll look forward to checking out the mailbox each day in hopes of a treat from another zip code!  
    Wrong Way Day — In the late thirties, an airplane mechanic and aviator, Douglas Corrigan, apparently mistakenly flew from New York to Ireland, instead of his scheduled trip from New York to California. He was nicknamed “Wrong-Way Corrigan,” though some thought his mistake was a deliberate attempt to make an unscheduled flight across the sea. In honor of his wrong-way adventure, try doing things backwards today, like begin the meal with dessert and end with a salad. Wear pajamas during the day and blue-jeans to bed. And, drive the opposite direction to get to your destination one day this month.
    Stay cool in the month of July with fresh berries, watermelons, and frozen yogurt. Run through sprinklers, take a dip in the pool, and walk barefoot in summer puddles. Find refreshing ways to enjoy the heat of the summer with those you love.  
    Statesboro native Julie Bland Lavender is married to David Lavender and enjoys celebrating with children Jeremy, Jenifer, Jeb Daniel, and Jessica.

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