Summer Meals: Jerk Chicken

We love a good international meal. We like to introduce our kids to new cuisines, whether we are travelling or at home we try to include one new meal a week. We feel it is important to not only understand and experience your own culture but other cultures as well. While some may say the international language is math, we all know it is really food. After all, we all have to eat, we all want to eat something that tastes good, and every culture makes their own types of food. Food is the language of love, and it is the easiest way to experience a culture.

This summer we wanted to go to the Caribbean. That didn’t happen, but if we can’t go to the Caribbean we will bring the Caribbean to us. Jerk Chicken is one of the bets dishes from Jamaica. it is simple to make, and it is delicious. Why not bring a little of the Caribbean home this summer?

This great recipe comes from Delish. It is perfect for summer because we can marinate it the night before and leave it to marinate in the fridge while we are at work or out enjoying our summer. Then we simply come home and grill it. We love to pair it with rice but you can pair it with anything you want.

Head on over to Delish for the full recipe and tutorial now!

Sunglasses!

Summer brings lots of outdoor activities. We try to stay protected in the sun, rash guards, hats, sunblock, etc. But did you know that your eyes can be damaged by the sun as well? And that kids are more likely to forget to protect their eyes? We expect parents to care about their eyes, after all we need sunglasses for driving in the harsh sun. But we frequently forget about the fact that our kids spend just as much if not more time in the harsh sun than we do. They often times do not understand the need to protect their eyes form the sun, and lets face it, some of them stare right in to the sun.

Sunglasses protect our eyes from the harsh glare of the sun, but the right kind of sunglasses also protect us from UV light. The Boy’s Store understands the need to protect those little eyes and carry a variety of UV protective sunglasses. They may be stylish, but they also protect!

Boys’ Rockabilly Sunglasses by Appaman: These cool clear plastic sunnies aren’t just incredibly cool looking they also protect from 100% of the harsh UV rays of the sun.

Teeny Tiny Optics “Joe” Boys Sunglasses: These teeny tiny glasses are perfect for your little mans eyes. they fit even the smallest 2-4 year old. Available in Blue and Green Camo. 100% UV protection.

Boys Matthew Sunglasses by Teeny Tiny Optics: These cool shades are reminiscent of much more expensive adult brand sunglasses. at only $7 they are perfect for the stylish guy in your life. 100% UV protection and impact resistant lenses for that active lifestyle!

Best Books: Who Was Charles Darwin

We recently discovered a new to us series, the “Who Was” series. We love to read about history and learn about new people and places. My kids love when they can read a book by themselves and not need me, and with non-fiction that can sometimes be difficult because the language used is often lofty and advanced. The “Who Was” series is great because their target audience is early readers. The language is simple and straight-forward and they are meant to act as a beginners guide to early learners.

There are so many different books available in this incredible series. Biographies range from Jane Goodall to Martin Luther King, and include others such as George Washington, Genghis Khan, and William Shakespeare. Each book allows the reader to get an introductory look in to an historical figure.

This month we chose Charles Darwin because our kids are interested in exploration, animals, and how the animals change. This book gives a great introduction to Survival of the Fittest, looks at Darwin’s expedition to the Galapagos Islands, and gives some details in to his personal life. If you have a child that is interested in learning about adaptation and how species change or disappear this is a great book to start with. Many schools will even give extra credit at the beginning of the school year for students that read and log their reading or create book reports during the holidays. This is an excellent book for a book report, so check it out.