The Best Summer Salad

It is hard to find ways to make meals from scratch. And that is on a good day. Add the craziness of summer (late night baseball practices, camp schedules, vacations) and it is pretty much frozen meals for us. Yet, I stumbled across a recipe from Whole Foods that took in account the veggies of […]

What to Have in a Beach Bag

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Are you still pinching yourself that summer is ACTUALLY here? After the winter here in the Northeast, I feared I would never see a blade of grass again, let alone see sand at a beach! Yet, it is here and the warm weather is very welcome in our house. So we are already planning for […]

How to Make Snow Cone Syrup

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Making snow cones is easy and fun! Plus, it is a much healthier treat than ice cream for those times you need to watch the calories. But mainly, it is just fun! Now that summer is here, let’s make some snow cones! Here is how you can make your own homemade snow cone syrup! To […]

Five Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Car

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At this point in the year, I look at my car in disgust. Between the typical signs of kid occupation with the crushed goldfish, sticky seats from spilt juice and the fuzzy ball of you-are-not-sure-what-that-was, the car can look like a frat party in a matter of days. Then add the post-snow-apolyse of salt, mud […]

National Bubble Week

Despite what the thermometer says, spring (and summer) is just around the corner. One of our favorite family warm weather past times is to blow (and chase) bubbles around the yard! This week is National Bubble Week. It started in 2000 as a way to celebrate spring. Because bubbles are such an iconic, fun outside […]

Homemade Bubble Solution

If you are looking to make your own Homemade Bubble Solution, your own Homemade Bubble Solution without glycerin, Homemade Bubble Solution with Corn Syrup and even your own Homemade Bubble Wands to make bubbles of all sizes, including GIANT Bubbles, keep reading! Homemade Bubble Solution 1 cup water 2 tablespoons light karo syrup or 2 […]

Sunscreen & Free Radicals Protection

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With the blades of grass start peaking up from the ice and snow to reach the sun, and we humans start emerging from hibernation and joyously discarding winter layers in the process, we need to add a new layer, and that is sun protection. Clarins is launching a new formula innovation for its UV Plus […]

Seeing Green: The Color Trend for Spring

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The big beauty trend for spring is green and that is no exception, even in makeup. Clarins is on trend with their signature Garden Escape Eye Palette and Intense Green eyeliner. The Clarins Garden Escape Palette Eye Shadow has six shades ranging from white to pink, and taupe to green. Perfect for layering or blending, […]

Five Summer Worthy Natural Sunscreens for Kids

Putting Baby Ganics Chemical Free Sunscreen on my son before he goes outside to play!

All year round, sunscreen is key for anyone in your family, but never more so than the summer months! While babies under 6 months shouldn’t wear sunscreen due to the thin layer of their skin, and thus should be kept out of the sun altogether, once your children are over six months of age, or […]

A Kid Camp & Summer Travel Must Have

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Swagger Tags are a must have for Camp and travel this summer. It’s not your traditional name tag for a backpack or a suitcase. But a fun alternative for kids and adults alike. It easily attached to any gear and is water and impact resistant (for those bags for swimming lessons or the beach!). It’s […]

Tofu Dessert Recipes for Summer

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Here are two Tofu Dessert Recipes for your summer parties using firm and medium firm tofu! Plus, they are light, fresh, and seasonal with the focus on lemons and strawberries! TOFU LEMON TART WITH OLIVE OIL CRUST {Serves 8} What You Need: Olive Crust: 1 ½ cups all purpose flour ½ cup confectioners’ sugar 1/4 […]

Five Jeans to Have in Your Closet Right Now

Jean Trends 2014 Jeans are the staple of everyone’s wardrobe. Whether pair with heels or flats, a blazer or a sweater, a t-shirt or a vest, they go with everything and go everywhere. But if you are looking to add to your skinny jean/straight leg jean collection, here are some new jean trends in 2014 […]

Spring 2014 Fashion Trends

Wondering what to shop for, buy for, and wear for spring 2014? After scouring style blogs, fashion forward retailers and, of course, celeb watching, here are my Spring 2014 Fashion Trends top six picks. {Click the images to be taken to the affiliated product website.} 1. Draw String Bucket Bags: A fun and carefree handbag […]

What Should You Have in Your Beach Bag?

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Have you hit the beach yet? Even if you have kids in tow, and thus all of their stuff, you should have your own well-stocked bag. So, what should you have in your beach bag? First, get a classy straw tote. I suggest a simple looking one that will last you years and will go […]

Bummis Sun Line Review: Swimmi, Tankini and Sun Hat

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It has finally gotten hot enough here in the northeast to go swimming. And thus, finally hot enough to think about putting the Bummis Swimmi swimsuit on my one year old girl. Being from New England, only the super hearty go into the ocean before July 1st and only the bold go into a backyard […]

What to Bring to the Beach (or Pool) with Kids

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Living in Massachusetts near the beach (and with a set of grandparents with a pool) we are always in or near the water. As a former collegiate and masters synchronized swimmer, I am hoping that my kids love the water as much as I do. As a result, I’ve signed them up for swimming lessons […]

Barbecue Outfit Idea: Memorial Day to the Beach

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Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer, but look officially stylish with these three Memorial Day Outfit ideas to wear to a barbecue, the beach or a farmer’s market! Barbecue Outfit Idea Wear a colorful maxi dress in a soft, lightweight fabric. Pair with a straw hat and bag, and a pair of espadrilles […]

Top Nail Polish Colors for Summer 2013


This week, instead of focusing on outfits that are suitable for our Mom lives, I wanted to focus on something super simple we can do to perk up our fashion for spring and summer. And for less than $10 too. It’s nail polish. Painting the piggies with a trendy topcoat is instant fashion fabulousness. Plus, […]

How to Wear Red Pants and Other Red Items


February is Heart Awareness Month and it is also a month of Valentines! Everywhere you go, you’ll see red: red pants, red sweaters, and red jackets to name a few. But how do you wear red pants, or what outfits with red pants can you throw together? What about outfits ideas for a red jacket? […]

Mosquito Mayhem

Last year we redesigned our backyard. However, by the time we were done, it was August and we didn’t get to enjoy much of it during the short New England summer. Yet, what made it really unusable, were all the mosquitoes that came out around the time we would want to enjoy a summer dinner […]

Charlene DeLoach’s Football Game Dip Recipe

It is time for football playoffs! and what could be better than an awesome dip recipe to serve during the game. Everyone always says, “Can you ask Charlene DeLoach to make that special dip she always makes?” It is a hit! I love this cottage cheese dip recipe because it is low in fat and […]

Fritos Dips

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Most parties have chips and dip, but how do you prevent the dip doldrums? Some blogging friends and I got together for a “Chip and Dip” #PerfectPairing party sponsored by Frito-Lay to share some recipes. It was a fun (and tasty) night.  There were five of us and each of us brought a bag of […]

Spring and Summer Fashion Trends


For Beauty and Fashion Week here at CharleneChronicles, we have talked about beauty. Specifically, skin care and makeup routines. Now let’s talk fashion. What are the trends for spring? And how can we fit it into our wardrobe without breaking the bank? I am a huge fan of Marshalls and T.J. Maxx, even since I was […]

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