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(From our July 2017 Issue)

Easy 4th Of July Fruit Kabobs

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Here is a simple and healthy 4th of July recipe that is sure to please party-goers of all ages. Not only does it make a fantastic treat, side dish, or dessert, it also looks beautifully festive. An all around perfect Independence Day recipe!
There’s not much to it…

  • Strawberries - cut in halves or quarters depending on their size.
  • Bananas - cut into about 1″ long sections
  • Full blueberries
  • Wooden kabob sticks

For the first 5 or so kabobs, place the blueberries at the top to look like stars then alternate bananas with strawberries to look like stripes. For the remainder, do only alternating bananas and strawberries.

Enjoy your 4th of July celebrations!

4 Things to Avoid When Choosing a Sunscreen

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According to the Environmental Working Group or EWG, which is an American environmental organization that specializes in research and advocacy in the areas of toxic chemicals, there are key things you need to avoid when choosing a sunscreen.

  1. Spray Sunscreens: They can be inhaled and don’t cover completely
  2. SPF’s over 50: They can be misleading and don’t offer extra coverage
  3. Oxybenzone: This ingredient is linked to hormonal disruption
  4. Retinyl Palmitate: This ingredient can actually trigger sun damage to skin

You can visit to find a list of the safest sunscreens on the market.

3 Great Spots to go Car Camping Within 3 hours of the Springs!

So you don’t have a fancy camper. Don’t let that stop you. Car camping is a blast. Below are our picks for a great camping experience.

  1. Mueller State Park: Just outside of Woodland park, this has something for everyone. Great hikes, fishing and playgrounds for the kids, plus the views are amazing!
  2. The Crags Campground: Located in Divide this campground has great facilities and tons of hiking
  3. The Sand Dunes: Just 2.5 hours South and you can be sand surfing on the Dunes. Reservations are recommended.

Car Camping Checklist

Meals/Kitchen Equipment

  • Cooler & ice
  • Large container for water
  • Food for all meals, in storage
  • Cooking tools
  • Garbage bags & ziplock bags
  • Biodegradable soap & sponge
  • Stove, fuel & matches
  • Long-handled cooking tools


  • Soap & towel
  • Toothbrush & paste
  • Toilet paper
  • Personal medications
  • Wet wipes
  • Clothesline & clothes pins
  • Hand sanitizer


  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight & batteries
  • Directions to closest emergency facility


  • Tent with poles, rain fly
  • Ground cloth for under tent
  • Optional: extra tarp & rope picnic table


  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Optional: blankets, pillows

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