8 Delicious Popsicle Recipes

While many are already getting ready for pumpkin spice season, we’ll be holding tight onto summer until the last acceptable day for shorts. For some, the hottest months are just getting started, which means beach getaways, late night bonfires and endless outdoor activities. Not to mention the summer fruit harvest, which is at its most affordable and bountiful these last couple of months.

One great way to capture (and taste) the end of summer is with a homemade popsicle. Not only can you customize it with your favorite flavors, making your own popsicle is surprisingly easy. With just a store bought mold and some popsicle sticks, you’re only a few hours away from this classic summer snack. While you may need some patience waiting for each recipe to fully freeze (we recommend a minimum of four hours), pass the time in the cool A/C with a favorite book and our bestselling glasses. We’ve rounded up eight of our favorite, most unique homemade popsicle recipes that are both easy to make and perfect for the last days of summer!


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9 Desk Stretches for People Who Sit All Day

Like millions of people around the world, you might have a job in which you sit most of the day. Those who spend hours in one position may find their bodies starting to ache, and their posture worsening. While there are many ergonomic chairs that can help prevent such aches, stretching is an easy, cost-effective way to loosen your muscles throughout the day.

Stretching also comes with a few benefits that you might not know about. Read on to learn about how stretching can positively impact your work life, and which exercises you can do at your desk.

Stretching will refresh you.

Even though stretching takes time away from work, it can actually improve productivity in the long run. This is because it’s good to take small breaks throughout the day in order to revitalize your mind.

Stretching makes you less tired.

We all suffer from the post-lunch drowsiness. But good news: there is a cure (that’s not coffee)! Stretching increases blood flow to tight joints and muscles, something that also occurs while working out. In the past, exercising was thought to make a person more tired, but today we know that the opposite is true. Therefore, stretching can put a little pep in your step when you’re feeling drowsy.

Stretching feels good.

There is no doubt that the less flexible people of the world may find the act of stretching to be uncomfortable. But, after stretching various muscles, your body typically feels better. We also do not advise stretching to the point of extreme discomfort. You especially need to be careful when stretching in the office because you are loosening cold muscles, which are more susceptible to injuring than those that are warm.

9 Desk Stretches for the Work Day

1. The One Arm Hug

Take one arm across your body and place it on the back of your opposite shoulder. To get a deeper stretch, use your other arm to push back on the elbow. You should feel this stretch on the outside of your arm and shoulder. Hold for 30 seconds, repeat 2-3 times each arm.

office chair arm hug stretch

2. Office Chair Back Stretch

While sitting, reach both hands behind your back and around the office chair. One you have a good hold, arch your back and move your chest forward. Hold each stretch for 30 seconds and repeat 5 times.
sitting desk back stretch

3. Reach for the Sky

To stretch your back, interlock both hands above your head, palms facing the ceiling. Sit straight up, then push your palms upward and elongate your spine. You should feel a nice stretch in your back. Make sure to keep your shoulders loose and relaxed. Hold for 10 seconds, repeat 5 times.
sitting office back stretch

4. Calf Raises

Take a break from sitting, stand up and try 20 calf raises. Keep your legs straight and raise yourself by rolling up onto the ball of your foot while tightening your calf.
desk calf exercise

5. Hamstring Chair Stretch

While sitting, straighten your legs and fold your body towards your toes. Make sure to keep your back straight. Hold for 30 seconds, repeat 3-5 times.office hamstring exercise

6. Seated Lat Stretch

To get a nice lat stretch, raise one arm above your head and bend it slightly across your body. Grab your wrist with the opposite arm and gently tug down to get a deeper stretch. Hold for 30 seconds, repeat 3-5 times per arm.
arm office desk stretch

7. Seated Spine Twist

Cross one leg over the other, then twist your body toward the leg that is on top. You can use the arm of the chair to push yourself into a deeper twist if need be. Hold for 30 seconds, repeat 3 times each side.
spine twist office desk

8. Seated Tricep Stretch

Put one arm up and bend your elbow so that the under side of your arm is facing outward. Next, use your opposite arm to push your elbow backwards so that you feel a stretch in your triceps. Hold for 30 seconds, repeat 3-5 times per arm.
office chair tricep stretch

9. Wrist Stretch

Press your palms together in front of your chest and hold for 15 seconds. Next, push the backs of your hands together for a reverse stretch and hold for another 15 seconds. Repeat 5 times.wrist stretch at desk

Note: these stretches are merely recommendations. If you feel pain, stop and contact a medical professional.

The Biggest State Fairs in the United States

As any full-blooded American, you’ve probably been to a fair or two. Especially if you’re from Texas. While there are thousands of fairs across the United States every year, these 10 states had the largest attendance numbers in 2015. From mind-blowing food to livestock education, here’s a quick breakdown of the top ten biggest state fairs* in America.

1. State Fair of Texas (3.5 million visitors)

state fair of texas

Photo Courtesy of Kevin Brown and the State Fair of Texas

The old saying “everything is bigger in Texas” is especially true of its fairs. In 2015, the State Fair of Texas brought in 3.5 million visitors over a 24-day period of live music, exhibitions, attractions, and delicious, delicious food.

This year, the fair is welcoming the Taylor Swift Experience exhibit, which features memorabilia from the singer-songwriter your grandkids can’t get enough of. While the exhibition typically lives at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, it’s making a special trip for The Lone Star State’s 130th state fair. If you’re not a fan of Taylor Swift, not to worry. From Cotton Bowl football games to an impressive auto show, you’re sure to find more than enough activities at the biggest fair in America.

2. Minnesota State Fair (1.8 million visitors)

candied bacon donut sliders

Photo courtesy of the Minnesota State Fair

Famous for their mouth-watering food, the Minnesota State Fair comes in at number two on our list with roughly 1.8 million visitors in 2015. On top of the list this year is a candied bacon donut slider, which, unbelievably, looks even better than it sounds. You can check out their new food for 2016 here.

Other attractions include Hen Houses, a Bulls and Barrel Championship, and 5 Selfie Spots. If you see Fairchild the Gopher walking around, give him a high-five — the state fair’s mascot celebrates his 50th anniversary this year.

3. The Big E (1.3 million visitors)

Also known as the Eastern States Exposition, The Big E includes all 6 New England States: Connecticut, Maine, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire. The fair is held in Massachusetts and saw a little over 1.3 million visitors last year.

Expect the Big E to bring in just as many people as in the previous year — this East Coast fair is celebrating 100 years in 2016. Top attractions include a 1,800 sq. ft. wine and cheese barn, tons of musical performances, and butter sculptures, just to name a few.

4. Tulsa State Fair (1.2 million visitors)

In 2015, roughly 1.2 million visitors attended the Tulsa State Fair — about 300,000 more visitors than the Oklahoma State Fair. Kicking off this year’s Tulsa State Fair, much to the delight of both kids and adults, is Disney on Ice’s “Worlds of Enchantment.”  The fair begins in late September and ends mid-October.

5. Iowa State Fair (1.17 million visitors)


Photo courtesy of the Iowa State Fair

The Iowa State Fair, which brought in 1.17 million visitors in 2015, sure likes its entertainment. The fair offers numerous free concerts, as well as more well-known artists such as Steven Tyler, Megan Trainer, and Dierks Bentley, for a price. If you’re looking for family friendly attractions, check out the Des Moines Register’s list of top activities for families and children at the Iowa State Fair.

On top of music, the Iowa State Fair offers a wide variety good eats, including over 70 “mobile” foods on a stick. Their list of healthy choices is a lot shorter, as it should be.

6. Arizona State Fair (1.1 million visitors)

Despite a slight drop in attendance from 2014, the Arizona State Fair drew around 1.1 million visitors in 2015. With numerous concerts, rides, food, and exhibitions, this Southwest state fair takes place in Phoenix at the beginning of October.

7. Wisconsin State Fair (1 million visitors)


Photo courtesy of the Wisconsin State Fair

Celebrating 165 years in 2016, the Wisconsin State Fair looks to draw more visitors than it did in 2015. Like other state fairs on our list, the Midwest fair offers a variety of free entertainment, as well as top-notch musicians like Rascal Flatts and the Beach Boys, for a fee.

If you find yourself heading to the fair this August, be sure to try their famous cream puffs. According to their website, the puffs have been sold since 1924, and more than 400,000 were consumed in 2015.

8. North Carolina State Fair (1 million visitors)

north carolina state fair

Photo Courtesy of the North Carolina State Fair

The North Carolina State Fair saw 1 million visitors in 2015, growing slightly in attendance from the previous year. Hosted in Raleigh, North Carolina, the fair features rides, numerous competitions ranging from graphic design to horse shows, and flaunts entertainment events, such as their Folk Festival. To see what’s new in 2016, check out their list online.

9. Ohio State Fair (982,305 visitors)

Bringing in just under 1 million visitors in 2015, the Ohio State Fair has been hosted by a plethora of cities within the Buckeye State before settling down in Columbus, the capital. Unlike many fairs listed, the Ohio State Fair takes place at the end of July and concludes in early August.

2015 Ohio State Fair: Day Two
Photo courtesy of the Ohio State Fair

10. The Great New York State Fair (908,147 visitors)

The Great New York State Fair saw north of 900,000 visitors in 2015. Fair-goers will be excited to try a few new attractions such as the butterflies around the world, which hosts around 20 exotic breeds.

On top of a great butterfly exhibit, visitors will be happy to know that The Taste NY Marketplace will be back for the third year. The fair is scheduled for late August and will conclude in mid-September.

*Please note that we only included state fairs, and did not include county fairs, etc.

7 Blockbuster Movies Reimagined as Olympic Sports

Every four years, the biggest summer event takes place—the Olympics. With millions tuning in to cheer for the home team, make no mistake that this year will be equally as eventful as years past. Will Michael Phelps reclaim his golds after a brief retirement? Will Usain Bolt achieve the coveted “Triple-Triple”? Will Simone Biles live up to her expectations and dazzle us on the gymnastics floor?

It’s no wonder the Olympics is bigger than any blockbuster movie—it certainly has its fair share of drama. From the emotional losses to the jubilant victories, we wondered how these athletes would shine on the silver screen. So we created seven movie posters below based on some of our favorite dramas. As you tune in this summer, make sure you’re not missing any bit of the action with our best selling glasses.








The silent “bah-dump” of Jaws perfectly illustrates not just the pending fear of a shark attack, but also the anticipation of which swimmer will place first. Or the wonder we all felt when E.T. finally phoned home, and how that compares to the bewilderment as we watch a gymnast stick the landing. Not to mention the complete anticipation watching Indiana Jones barely escape being crushed by a boulder and the fast paced game of handball.

Ok, maybe the last one is a stretch, but who wouldn’t like to pop some popcorn while watching these Olympic reenactments?