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Thursday, February 11, 2016

5 Tips for Coping with Allergies in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metro

If you live in Dallas, you are well aware that allergens are causing havoc throughout the metro. We enjoy a relatively nice climate, but the downside is that a large variety of plants that trigger allergies love our climate too.  As an allergy sufferer who had a sinus infection three weeks ago, I realize that it's not too early to start preparing for allergy season. Allergy season is already here if you suffer from one of several tree pollen allergies!  Other pollens are just around the corner. Let me share 5 allergy tips that have helped our family.

1. Consult your doctor and take medication throughout allergy season. 

I know that "consult a doctor" sounds generic, but I think that it is important because we found that even within our family that different medications have different affects on us. If you try an allergy medication that doesn't seem to work well for you, work with your doctor to see if a different one works better.

2. Use an air purifier.

Personally, we are using a Febreeze air purifier that not only has a HEPA filter, but also a nice scent filter. It's super easy to run and maintain. There are several settings, so you just pick the level that you prefer. As for maintenance, they recommend replacing the HEPA filter 3 times per year and the scent filter once each month. They come in a few different sizes based on your preference. Click here to view the options. Personally, we use the FHT190V model and it does a great job.  I had to take a prescription for a sinus infection three weeks ago, so we have moved into high gear on treating allergies at our house.  Tree pollens are really challenging for us and this is a prime time for us to suffer.  Running the air purifier helps a lot.

Here are some of the key features:

  • HEPA-Type filter removes up to 99% of air pollutants
  • Includes 1 Febreze linen & skyTM scent cartridge (lasts up to 30 days)
  • Replacement scent cartridges (linen & skyTM and spring & renewalTM) are available for purchase
  • 3 air-cleaning levels
  • Freshness scent control dial
  • Automatic filter and scent replacement reminders
  • ENERGY STAR® qualified
  • Available in 3 sizes
    o Tabletop
    o Mini Tower oTower
Check out the below videos to see how Febreze Air Purifier’s can keep every home in your room feeling clean (even the kid’s room!):

3. Minimize your time outdoors and don't track allergens into the house.
Minimizing allergen exposure is helpful. For instance, tree pollens are particularly problematic for me, so staying indoors as much as possible at this time of year is helpful. In addition, if I do need to go outside, I head straight for the shower when I get home. I also choose a new outfit after my shower.  

4. Monitor Allergen forecasts.

Monitor the allergen forecast for your area here. It's helpful to For instance, Juniper and Elm pollens are high in the Dallas area right now.  We sometimes plan our outdoor activities around the pollen forecast.

5. Run the a/c to help filter the air in your car.

Life has to go on despite allergies.  Personally, I have to drive places even if I have allergies.  Running the a/c in my car helps because this filters the air in the car.

Do you have allergy tips?

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Recipe: Toffee Fruit Dip

Recipe: Toffee Fruit Dip
This recipe is great for after school snacks, play dates, and parties. It is a great way to entice everyone to eat their servings of fruit for the day.  We use a lightweight Rubbermaid Party Platter to serve this Toffee Fruit Dip with generous portions of fruit.  The fruit disappears quickly, so we have learned to prepare extra fruit to add to the party platter as supplies run low. We use containers from a trendy Rubbermaid Easy Find Lids Set to store the extra fruit so that it is quick and easy to refill the platter for guests.  I'll tell you more about these products shortly, but let me start with the recipe!

  • 8 oz. of whipped cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup of packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1/2 cup of crushed toffee candy bars
  • Optional: 2 Tablespoons of crushed toffee candy bars for garnish
  • Optional: Serve with apples, grapes, and your favorite fruits
1. Add the 8 oz. of whipped cream cheese, 1/3 cup of packed brown sugar, 1 teaspoon of vanilla, and 1/2 cup of crushed toffee candy bars to a medium size bowl or container and stir until thoroughly mixed.

2. Serve the Toffee Fruit Dip with your favorite fruit. We place the dip in a Rubbermaid Twist & Seal container that came with the Rubbermaid Party Platter and then add generous portions of fruit to the four compartments.

3. Optional: Wash, chop, and store extra fruit in case your party platter runs low during your party.  If you chop and store apples, toss the apple slices in lemon juice to help prevent them from turning brown.

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The recipe above is one of my favorites.  I featured the Rubbermaid Party Platter and Easy Find Lids Set because these products make it easy to store and tote the Toffee Fruit Dip & Fruit for parties.  

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