August 15, 2017

Total Solar Eclipse | What It Is, What to Expect & How to Prepare

Inspired by Dawn's round up of practical ways to safely view the total solar eclipse

Have you got eclipse fever yet? It seems like everyone is getting geared up to witness this big event. So we rounded up some of the best resources for everything solar eclipse just in time for Monday's show. Enjoy and be safe!

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August 09, 2017

End of Summer Road Trip? 5 Stay Healthy Tips for Getting to Your Destination

Inspired by Dawn's ideas for eating healthy on an end of summer road trip

Do you have one last summer road trip that you're trying to make happen before the summer ends? If so, you want to get to your destination quickly and safely so you can maximize your vacation time. But like it or not there are two things that can't avoid, and that will likely slow you down - bathroom breaks and nourishment.

While there is nothing you can do about the first. There are plenty of things you can do to help nourish yourself and your passengers on your last road trip of the summer. Here's a few ideas...

  • Hydrate - Pack refillable water bottles for everyone in the car. Obviously this addresses thirst and hydration, but also often has the added benefit of quashing hunger so you can get a few more miles in before that meal break
  • Snacks - Sure you could grab a bag of chips and call it a day but you'll end up eating a bunch of empty calories that will leave you feeling lethargic. Instead plan ahead and bring some washed and cut up fruit and vegetables for easy grazing
  • Protein - If you're really ambitious toss an ice pack in a cooler and toss in some hummus, hard boiled eggs, cheese and/or greek yogurt for some satisfying, protein-rich snacks that are easy to eat on the go
  • Picnic - Need / want a stop but can't bear the thought of sitting in a restaurant? Grab a beach towel, a sarong or pack a tablecloth and spread your snacks out for a roadside picnic. Bonus, you can stretch and the kids can burn off some energy!
  • Healthy To Go Options - Okay so sometimes you just need to grab something right off the highway and go. For those times here's a great article from CNN on healthy fast food options to look for as you're hitting the road these last few weeks of summer

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August 02, 2017

Back to School List Include an EpiPen®? If So, Don't Forget A Carrying Case

Style Rx designer pill box case can double as a discreet and secure Epi Pen carrier for high school and college students

The back to school photos and posts have started for some. For others there's still a few more weeks before backpacks are loaded with back to school supplies. And while an EpiPen® won't make the official supplies list, it's not something any parent with food allergies wants to forget.

In elementary school it might be as simple as sending one in to the classroom teacher and/or school nurse. But middle school, high school and college students, more often than not, do not want to carry them because of their bulk, inconvenience or even embarrassment.

A study from Nationwide Children's Hospital Allergy Clinic backed that up by showing that 60% of children coming to the clinic did not have their epinephrine with them. Of the 40% who did have their self-injectable epinephrine with them, nearly 50% were carrying an expired device.

So help your older child(ren) keep this life-saving medication with them anywhere. The EpiPen fits perfectly into the Style Rx pill box case (minus the pill box insert!) and the case's magnetic closure and sturdy construction will protect the device from damage from random backpack contents. (What do they keep in there anyway?!?) Plus, the two vibrantly colored designs will enable kids to carry them without embarrassment.
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Check your child's EpiPen expiration date. If it's expired or about to expire make sure to order a new one and surprise them with a stylishly discreet case to ensure they have their EpiPen if they should ever need it.

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July 26, 2017

Kids Heading to Camp or Grandma's House? Here's What to Pack to Keep Them Healthy While They're Away

Inspired by Dawn's tips for what to pack to keep kids healthy on their vacation to camp or grandmas

As the calendar flips to August, it's inevitable that thoughts also turn to Back to School season. But if your kids have a summer camp or trip to Grandma's house still planned, there's a few important things you need to make sure they pack to stay healthy and safe.

  • Health Insurance - It's the last thing you think about until you need it but always good to send as a precaution. Make sure your kid's camp or grandparent has a copy of their health insurance card, as well as a medical authorization, signed by both parents, so their caregiver can seek emergency medical treatment should they need it. Fingers crossed they won't.
  • Allergy Medication - Check your current EpiPen® or other allergy treatment expiration date and then make sure it gets handed off to the appropriate person at camp or Grandma's house. Again prevention is the best medicine. The Style Rx case is a safe way to transport it and prevent it from accidentally triggering inside a duffel bag.
  • Vitamins & Probiotics - Seems benign enough but little systems can become reliant on their at-home routines. So help them and yourself by putting the appropriate dose of their vitamins and/or probiotics in a pill box case for the number of days they're gone. Again, the Style Rx pill box case is perfect for keeping your kids on track while they're away.

A little pre-planning can keep them healthy so you can enjoy a little down time. Enjoy!

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July 19, 2017

1/2 Way Through Your Summer Bucket List? If Not, Get Started Now

Inspired by Dawn encourages making a bucket list for the last 1/2 of summer

While we're only technically a few weeks into summer (June 21), many consider mid-July the true middle of summer, falling roughly between Memorial Day and Labor Day. So are you half way through you summer bucket list? Did you make one? If not, it's not too late.

It's time to seize the peak of summer and make sure you wring every last bit of fun out of it! Sit down by yourself, or perhaps with your significant other and/or kids and figure out your priority list for the rest of summer. What do you want to do (or not do!) so that you leave nothing on the table and can look back at Summer 2017 with a sense of satisfaction? It's your summer. Make a list, and make a plan.

Ready, set, summer!

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July 12, 2017

4 Effortless Steps to Add Signature French Flair to Your Friday | Bastille Day

Inspired by Dawn's steps to a stylishly French Friday evening in honor of Bastille Day

Friday is Bastille Day, France's version of Independence Day, and one more good reason to celebrate a summer Friday, with a dash of French flair. Traditionally, aside from watching fireworks and attending dances at fire stations, the French prioritize a leisurely meal celebrating with family and friends.

Fortunately that type of celebration also fits a warm summer evening in July! So round up a few friends and do Independence Day part two - French style. Here's how to get started...
  • Stock the Ice Bucket with Rosé and Champagne
  • Assemble a elegantly Simple Cheese Plate
  • Slice up a Baguette and Arrange a Selection of French treats (macarons, eclairs, tarts)
  • Place some Flowers in a vase and Stream some French music

Vive La France!

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July 05, 2017

How to Bounce Back from a Fun, Festive & Indulgent Weekend (And Make it All the Way to Friday!)

Inspired by Dawn shares Real Simple's tips for regrouping after a long July 4th weekend

You ate. You drank. You stayed up late. You had lots of summertime, July 4th fun. For four days straight! And now you're back. Wednesday is your Monday this week. But the part that makes this "Monday" all that much bearable is that the weekend is only 24 office hours away. By the time lunch time rolls around you're already on your way to the weekend. Well played, 2017 calendar, well played.

Despite this positive take on things, If you still need a couple more ideas to help you bounce back from a fabulous weekend and get to another, you'll want to check out Real Simple's article on just this very subject.

Ready-made for you by Real Simple on this Wednesday / Monday, and packaged and delivered to you by Inspired by Dawn. We're always thinking!

Happy 3-day Week!!

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June 28, 2017

6 Simple Ways to Give Your 4th of July Celebration an Instant Style Upgrade

Inspired by Dawn's instant guide to 4th of July style for your long weekend celebration

Are you hosting a 4th of July long weekend celebration? Maybe a simple bbq, pool party or a full-on fireworks extravaganza (be safe, please!)? With many enjoying a rare 4-day weekend, it's time to break out the red, white and blue and celebrate in patriotic style. Here's how to celebrate the 4th with signature style...


Style & Function - Add a little sparkle to your July 4th celebration with this instant backyard style upgrade. String lights are the ultimate style and function combo for infusing instant ambiance to your the 4th celebration and beyond!
Rosé, White & Blue - Add a bottle or two of the "it" wine of the summer - rosé - to your beverage choices and keep all your guests happy.
Festive Dessert - Berries and ice cream are an Inspired by Dawn go-to for summer entertaining and this recipe makes it perfect for a 4th backyard bbq.
Patriotic Sangria - We loved this recipe because of it's simplicity, and that we usually have most of these ingredients on hand. Cheers!
Star Spangled Decor - For the non-DIYers (like us!), spread out this table runner and let the party begin.
Stars & Stripes Style - Stylishly chic ideas for how to celebrate in enviable style. Everyone will be asking you where you got your dress, sandals, (fill in the blank).

Happy 4th!

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June 21, 2017

Ultimate Road Trip Guide: 3 Things To Do Before Leaving + Other Essential Tips for Making the Most of Your Road Trip

Inspired by Dawn's ultimate guide to a successful (and healthy) road trip

Summer is officially here! The calendar and the temps in many parts of the country agree. And with the start of summer, many families embark on a classic summer road trip. While stops are planned and reservations made, there's still a few things you should do before you pull out of the driveway to begin your adventure. Here's a quick checklist to ensure you, your travelers and your car stay healthy and safe:

  • Take your car for a check-up - Ensure tires and brakes are in good working condition, oil changes are up to date, and windshield wipers are effective. Issues can always arise but try to minimize them on the front end!
  • Prep an emergency kit - Ideally this is your insurance kit that nothing will happen, but it's better to be prepared. Here's a good essentials list from Parents Magazine on what to include.
  • Keep medications & EpiPens (R) handy - Make sure you've got any needed medications, or even EpiPens, handy for all travelers. Pick up a couple Style Rx designer pill box cases to store everything in and keep them easily accessible in a glove compartment. Also, remember to pack an extra days dosage just in case your trip gets side tracked.

Here's some more great tips for surviving and thriving on your road trip...

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June 14, 2017

Travel Rx: 5 Health-Related Reasons to Plan that Summer Vacation Now

Inspired by Dawn shares health benefits of travel and encourages healthy travel with the Style Rx designer pill box case

In case you needed any more reason to actually plan and take that summer vacation then how about recent findings that travel is actually good for your health? At Inspired by Dawn we've always believed that travel and health go hand-in-hand but a recent article more definitively makes the link for all of us.

A number of studies are proving that those who make travel a priority experience real improvements in mind, body and spirit. The health highlights include:

  • Reduced heart attack / heart disease risk
  • Less stress
  • Enhanced creativity
  • Increased happiness & satisfaction
  • Lower risk of depression

One of the most fascinating points is the heart health link with travel in the NBC article...

"The study found that women who vacation at least twice a year show a significantly lower risk of suffering a heart attack than those who only travel every six years or so.

The same is true for men. Men who do not take an annual vacation show a 20 percent higher risk of death and 30 percent greater risk of heart disease."

Given the health upside, it's more than time to carve out that vacation. So mark your calendar, submit your time off request and get started planning. Because even the planning gives you a happiness boost! Win-win.

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