Stay Healthy and Hydrated This Summer

Ah, summer. It’s the time of year when we enjoy the outdoors and take advantage of the wonderful warmer months. It is also the time of year when increased outdoor activity means that we need to up our hydration game. We’ve all heard that we should hydrate well, particularly during times of activity. Staying hydrated for optimal health is easier than you think. Read on to learn more about hydration and your health.

Hydration and Your Health: The Facts

Water makes up about 60% of the adult human body. However, did you know that this percentage changes throughout our lives? In utero, our bodies are made up of 94% water; infants are 75% water. As we age, our body’s water composition changes: the average elderly individual’s water composition can drop to 50%. As we take a closer look into water composition, individual organs vary too. The organ in the body that’s made up of the most water is the lungs (83% water), followed by the muscles and kidneys (79% water), the brain and the heart (73% water) the skin (64% water) — even the bones (31% water)! Staying hydrated is vital for your organs to function properly. Hydration regulates your body’s temperature, acts as a shock absorber for the brain and spinal cord, helps with digestion, forms saliva and lubricates joints.

How Much Water Should I Drink?

We’ve all been told that we should drink about eight glasses of water per day; however, this is a myth. The truth is that our water needs change and depend upon a lot of factors. These factors include our activity levels, how much we sweat, the climate we live in as well as our overall health. Individuals with certain medical conditions, such as diabetes or heart disease, need more water. Eight glasses of water or liquids per day a great starting point. Take into account your personal activity levels (and the other factors described above) when determining how much water to drink per day.

How Can I Tell If I’m Getting Enough Water?

You can always tell if you’re getting enough water by the color of your urine. Of course, if you’re rarely running to the bathroom to urinate (less than four times a day is a warning sign), you’re definitely not getting enough water. That said, the color of well-hydrated urine is light yellow. In addition to urine, your hydration level can directly affect how you feel. If you are mildly dehydrated, you’ll likely have a headache, have dry skin or bad breath, you’ll feel tired or you will be unlikely to focus. Sudden and unusual cravings for sugar can also mean that you’re dehydrated. This is because dehydration interferes with many of the body’s function, including its ability to gain access to those stores of glucose. More severe signs that you’re not getting enough water is feeling dizzy or lightheaded. You may feel increasingly thirsty; if you’re thirsty that actually means that you’re already a bit dehydrated.

What are Some Easy Ways I Can Up My Water Intake?

Luckily, it’s fairly easy to stay hydrated. Although good, plain water is the best, the good news is that many other things count as a liquid, including herbal tea, coffee, milk, soup, juice, smoothies — even fruit! Love watermelon? Cut up some watermelon and take advantage of this great source of water; make your melons fun to eat with our stainless-steel cookie scoops for some decorative and easy-to-create melon balls. All of these items can count toward your daily water intake. If you prefer, filtered water, check out our clear water filtration pitcher. Keep it in the fridge for cold, filtered water to sip on throughout the day in your colorful 16-ounce insulated tumblers. Drink your coffee or tea out of a special personalized mug. Miles Kimball offers our personalized tea bag mug or our popular personalized coffee mug. Have a favorite NFL team? Check out our NFL coffee mug from Miles Kimball. Freshly squeezed juice is easy to enjoy and helps with hydration. Our 16-ounce citrus juicer by Home Marketplace is a great way to enjoy fresh orange juice. Keep your drinks cold with ice cubes, made with our aluminum ice cube trays.

Do I Need Sports Drinks?

With their fun flavors, sports drinks are often a favorite among people — both young and old. These flavored drinks are made mostly with water. They are also enhanced with electrolytes (sodium and potassium), as well as carbohydrates, and may contain glucose, fructose or high-fructose corn syrup. Some of the newer drinks are enhanced with vitamins and protein. Some studies have shown that individuals who are continuously and vigorously exercising may lose a lot of electrolytes (such as sodium, potassium, calcium, chlorine, phosphates and magnesium). Electrolyte depletion can cause cramps and heat illness. If you are exercising in warm weather and are sweating a lot, these sports drinks may be beneficial to you. However, experts also agree that water is still the best solution for high-performance athletes. Electrolytes can be replenished without the use of those sports drinks, which may include added sugars or artificial sweeteners. Instead, opt for bananas, coconut water, dairy and avocado to replace your lost electrolytes.

Hydration and Health

It’s important to stay hydrated, and we’ve explored the ways that you can stay hydrated and healthy this summer. Do you have some tips and tricks that you’ve found to stay hydrated and healthy? What do you, your kids or your grandkids do to make staying hydrated for health fun? Leave a comment below to share.

Must Have Gadgets for Quick and Easy Meal Prep

Whether you are cooking for your family or expecting guests, food is the best way to show others how much you care. While spending all day in the kitchen making an elaborate meal can definitely let people know you value and appreciate them, you probably don’t have that much time. Thus, easy meal prep is necessary, and you are probably always on the lookout for easy meal prep ideas.

When it comes to making meals quick and easy, you need to have the right food prep tools. There are many gadgets in the world that can help you accomplish a variety of tasks, but below are some of the meal prep must haves that you should add to your list.

Easy Twist Jar Opener

One of the most frustrating parts of cooking is not being able to open your supplies. This can add time to the meal prep, and may make you consider making a completely new dish. To make things easier, you need an easy twist jar opener. This tool has the ability to help you open a variety of different sized jars quickly and easy. Whether it’s a jar of pickles, sandwich spread or another item, you won’t have to worry about hurting yourself or asking for help after adding this tool to your kitchen.

Bamboo Expandable Cutlery Drawer Organizer

When it comes to easy meal prep, one of the best ways to make food quick and easy is to be organized. When you know where everything is, you can grab it and get to work. To save yourself precious time digging through drawers to find your meal prep tools, get the bamboo expandable cutlery drawer organizer and always know where your utensils are.

Multi-Function Turkey & Barbeque Baster Set

Getting together with friends and family for holidays or other special occasions can be a lot of fun. When it comes to meal prep tools that make feeding the crowd quick and easy, you’ll want to get the Multi Function Turkey & Barbeque Baster Set.

These food prep tools can be used for a variety of different chores and are good at Thanksgiving and for the 4th of July—as well as any time in between. Once you add these to your kitchen accessories, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without them. The set comes with a baster, brusher and infuser, so you can add spices and injections to any food you might be cooking.

Bamboo Rooster Cutting Board

When it comes to tools to make meal prep easy, having a cutting board is imperative. It protects your countertops from damage and contains messes to an easy to clean surface. Of course, you don’t have to pick a boring cutting board. If you want to add some style and whimsy to your kitchen, then you should consider getting a bamboo rooster cutting board.

Once you are done using this item, you won’t to hide it away in a cupboard. It is functional as well as aesthetically pleasing, so when it’s not in use, you can use it as a decoration. Since it is constructed of bamboo, you can rest assured knowing it is mold- and mildew-resistant, as well as incredibly durable and strong. It is also made from a renewable resource, so you can feel good that you are doing something nice for the environment.

Rolling Meat Tenderizer

Every so often, the meals you decide to make for your family needs some extra attention. However, that doesn’t mean it should take more time to prepare. If you have meat that needs some tenderizing, then you need the rolling meat tenderizer.

This gadget is made from stainless steel and has a jagged surface and the right amount of weight to make steaks, pork chops or chicken nice and tender for you and your family’s eating pleasure. The long handle keeps your fingers away from the sharp edges, and the fact that it rolls means you won’t have to overexert yourself to create a delicious meal.

Stainless Steel Cake Server

If you enjoy having guests over, then you probably enjoy serving cake. To ensure that every slice is the same size and the cake doesn’t fall apart during the cutting process, you need the stainless steel cake server. This useful gadget can also lift the cake away from the plate for you. This utensil will add style and sophistication to any get together, include birthday parties, holidays, anniversaries and more!

You enjoy cooking for friends and family, but you don’t want to spend the entire day in the kitchen. If you’re always looking for easy meal prep ideas, then you are looking for ways to make the process faster. There are tools to make meal prep easy, and investing in them is worth the time and effort.

Spice Measuring Spoons

Letting your family and friends know you love them through food means adding the right amount of spice. When it comes to meal prep must haves, you should look into getting spice measuring spoons.

These measuring spoons are designed with smaller spice bottles in mind, and the narrow shape makes it possible for even the tablespoon to fit into a spice jar. They are constructed from stainless steel and are dishwasher safe. Not only do they make meal prep quick and easy, but cleaning them is also a breeze.

Top 10 Favorite Candies

There are certain times throughout the year when candy becomes an incredibly important part of life. This often occurs at Halloween, but Valentine’s Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas are other times when indulging your sweet tooth is acceptable.

However, you shouldn’t limit yourself to these specific times of year when it comes to enjoying your favorite candies. Live a little and consume these delicacies whenever you want. Below are some of the top 10 candies that you should consider eating whenever the cravings strike.

1. Candies from Childhood

If you’re like most people, then your love of candy developed when you were a child. Your first taste of the sugary sweetness opened up a whole new world of flavors that you didn’t know existed. You would do anything for that candy, including finishing all of your dinner.

Every generation has candy that defines them, and you probably have great memories of those flavors. When it comes to your candy favorites, it’s possible to find the items you enjoyed as a child. You can find top candies from the 1950s all the way up to the 1990s, including the decades in between. Take a trip down memory lane and enjoy the sweets that got you started on candy in the first place.

2. Fruity Candies

Fruity candies have the ability to add some elegance and variable flavors to any candy dish. They are great to set out for guests to enjoy. They are also a great way to finish off any meal or as a snack during the middle of the day. If fruity candies are some of your favorite candies, then you need to try some Italian candies that have been delighting people for generations.

3. Peanut Butter and Chocolate

If there is a classic combination of candy that is hard to resist, it’s peanut butter and chocolate. It was like these two items were made to go together, and many people have this item in their top 10 candies.

There are so many different types of peanut butter and chocolate candies to choose from, but some of the best include Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Pillows. They are melt-in-your-mouth soft and perfectly balance the chocolate and peanut butter flavors. Indulge your taste buds with this classic and delectable candy favorite.

4. Hard Candies

For many, when eating their favorite candies, they want the flavor to last. They want to enjoy the taste sensation for as long as possible, so they turn their sights to hard candies. These treats come in a variety of different flavors and forms, and they have the ability to last for a long time. Whether you are looking for smaller candies or Old Fashioned Candy Sticks, there is a hard candy that will make you happy.

5. Sugar-Free Candies

If you are unable to eat sugar for whatever reason, then sugar-free candies are probably high on your favorites list. If you’re looking for a way to indulge your sweet tooth and bring back memories from your childhood, then you’ll want to get the Sugar-Free Nostalgic Candy Tin. With five different types of candy, you’ll be able to enjoy the flavors from yesteryear and not feel guilty about eating them.

6. Candies with Nuts

If you enjoy candy that has a bit of texture and indulgent flavors, then some of your top candies probably include those with nuts. Whether it is chocolate with pecan pralines or a soft almond nougat bar, there are many options that are full of rich flavors and indulgent.

7. Advent Calendar

Most of the candies on this list are things you can enjoy throughout the entire year. You are more than likely not going to be buying a Chocolate Advent Calendar in July, but you should consider getting one in December. Not only is this a delicious way to count down the days until Christmas, but it’s a favorite among kids and adults alike. Start or continue a holiday tradition by adding this to your festivities.

8. Fancy Candies

Many people have sophisticated taste buds, and they want to satisfy their sugar cravings with something on the fancy side. Luckily, there are candies that can accomplish this task. One of the most favorite fancy candies includes cherry cordials.

Combining cherries in decadent, rich syrup and surrounding them with milk and dark chocolate makes these candies irresistible and luxurious. Whether you are throwing a party and trying to impress your guests or just want something after a long day, these candies can help you accomplish your goals.

9. Saltwater Taffy

People from all walks of life enjoy the variety of flavors and soft texture of saltwater taffy, making this one of the top candies for a lot of people. It brings back memories from childhood, as well as makes the present a little sweeter. If you haven’t enjoyed this sweet treat recently, it’s time to remind yourself what makes this candy so delicious.

10. Caramels

The creamy smooth taste of caramel is appealing to a lot of people. Whether you are eating it as a hard candy or indulging in the sweetness of soft chews, eating caramel throughout the day is a great way to bring a smile to your face.

There’s no rule that says candy can only be eaten at certain times of the year. Indulging in your candy favorites whenever you get the craving can make you happy—and everyone deserves to be happy.

Cookbooks Never Go Out of Style

Dining out isn’t the only way to add variety to your everyday meals. Cookbooks can be a fun way to change up your at-home menu and learn new skills in the kitchen, saving you the expense and hassle of a restaurant meal and making it easy to prepare a variety of delicious meals. With a well-rounded collection of cookbooks, you’ll never run out meal ideas.

Miles Kimball carries a selection of excellent cookbooks to add to your collection, including options for healthy eating, quick meals, and more.

Copper Skillet Cooking Cookbook
Kickstart your eating with the Copper Skillet Cooking Cookbook, packed with 58 nutritious, easy-to-make recipes that are bursting with flavor. With meal-planning ideas and suggestions for foods to eat, limit, and avoid, this informative cookbook puts eating within easy reach. The Copper Skillet Cooking helps you unlock all the magic of this durable, versatile nonstick pan!

Air Fryer Cookbook
Make the most of your air fryer with the Air Fryer Cookbook, a collection of 117 recipes that anyone can prepare. Designed to serve as the perfect companion to your electric air fryer, this cookbook is filled with recipes for every meal of the day, including vegetables and appetizers, desserts, meats, and side dishes.

Woman’s Day Easy Everyday Dinners Enjoy delicious dinners every night of the week with this compilation of recipes from the popular Women’s Day magazine. Organized into useful categories like “No Cook,” “20 Minute Meals,” and “Under 400 Calories,” this cookbook makes dinner prep easier than ever.

Make Now Eat Later Book
Save yourself time by mastering the art of meal prep with this handy cookbook, which provides detailed information about easy ways to simplify your approach to delicious meals.

Rediscover your cooking creativity and learn a variety of new, delicious recipes by stocking your kitchen shelves with cookbooks from Miles Kimball.

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Make Healthy Cooking Simple with these Microwave Accessories

Healthy eating doesn’t have to be complicated or time consuming, and there’s no need to dirty countless pans and utensils whipping up your everyday meals. With these useful microwave accessories from Miles Kimball, you can prepare a variety of delicious and nutritious dishes in minutes. Here are a just a few of the products we offer that make it easy to enjoy healthy meals anytime:

Microwave Egg Muffin Cooker
With the Microwave Egg Muffin Cooker, you can enjoy a tasty, protein-packed breakfast sandwich with minimal effort. Crack your eggs directly into the cooker, then add the mix-ins of your choice, including cheese, bacon, ham, or veggies. Free of BPA and easy to clean, the Microwave Egg Muffin Cooker is a must-have for your mornings. 

Vented Microwave Cover
Enjoy the convenience and versatility of microwave cooking without any of the clean-up, thanks to this Vented Microwave Cover. The large, domed-shape lid fits easily over bowls and plates to prevent frustrating splatter, ensuring even heating. With the stay-cool handle and vented design, you’ll be able to easily remove your food from the microwave after cooking is complete.

Prep Solutions Microwave Steamer
With the Prep Solutions Microwave Steamer, preparing healthy meals has never been easier. The large steamer tray makes it possible to prepare vegetables and protein at the same time, so you can cook an entire meal in just minutes. BPA-free and dishwasher-safe, this steamer tray offers the ultimate in convenient cooking.

Use your microwave oven to its fullest potential with the addition of a few simple accessories, so you can make a habit of choosing healthier food options without any of the hassle. Browse the full selection of cooking accessories and tools from Miles Kimball today to find other ways to simplify meal preparation and save yourself time in the kitchen.

Add Space-Saving Efficiency to Your Small Spaces


The carefully chosen selection of small appliances at Miles Kimball puts you in the driver’s seat of kitchen organization so you can create any culinary masterpiece. We Air Fryerhave a broad range of space-saving solutions like our easy-to-use 5.5 Qt. Air Fryer by Home Marketplace™ that offers a healthier cooking option. With the use of super-heated air working in unison with a grill, you need little or no oil to recreate all your favorites like deep-fried fish and chips.  With such an innovative range of wallet-friendly solutions to choose from, it’s always the right time to add space-saving efficiency to your small spaces.

Whether you’re living in a thriving urban center where smaller accommodations are the norm and you need to get creative with how you utilize every bit of space, or you’re living in a tiny house taking advantage of modern, mobile living, we’ve got space-saving solutions that give every small area big character at Miles Kimball. Check out our Cuisinart® Brew Central™ 12-cup coffee maker with a sleek, brushed stainless design to save pace and elevate existing décor. With 24-hour programmable functionality this high-quality, small appliance saves you time.  No matter how small your space is, you’ll find space-saving solutions that turn every kitchen and food preparation area into a gourmet culinary environment at Miles Kimball.

Opt for our tabletop electric grill by Home-Style Kitchen™ just right for small spaces like Table Top Electric Grilla dorm room or for when you want to grill indoors even in inclement weather. This top-of-the-line appliance features cool-touch handles and a non-stick surface, so you can grill indoors any time of year; plus, you can store it away when not in use. From induction burners to versatile slow cookers, you’ll find everything you need to create crowd-pleasing dishes in no time at Miles Kimball.

Nostalgic Candy – America’s Favorites

Nostalgic Candy

There’s something magical about candy. The colorful wrappers, the intoxicating smells and, of course, the burst of heavenly flavors can instantly transport you to your childhood, when things seemed simpler and the world was full of wonder. Take a sweet trip down memory lane with us as we highlight a few of the America’s most beloved classic treats.

Squirrel Nut Zippers

These super-chewy, vanilla-flavored candies with peanuts have been allowance killers since 1926, but what’s with the name? Well, the story involves a famous local concoction called the Nut Zipper, whose intoxicating content cause a man to take up residence in a tree one night. Once the police had talked him down, he blamed it all on the Nut Zipper. When the confection’s creator saw a newspaper about the incident, he knew he had the perfect name for his candy.

Goetze’s Caramel Creams Caramel Creams

Goetze’s started in 1895 as a bubble gum company, but once they introduced Caramel Creams in 1918, they knew they’d struck sweet gold. Goetze’s Caramel Creams boast a pure sugar cream center that’s enrobed in a soft, gooey caramel jacket — just like you remember!

Chick-o-Sticks Chick-O-Stick

Originally called Chicken Bones, Atkinson Candy thankfully renamed these delectable treats Chick-o-Sticks in 1955. What makes them so special? Three things — a layer toasted coconut on the outside, a slathering of peanut butter and a crispy honeycomb stick.

Sky Bar

Skybar’s destiny as one of America’s favorite candies was written in the clouds — literally. The Necco company introduced this nostalgic treat back in 1938 with an appropriately dramatic skywriting campaign, ushering in the first chocolate bar with four separate flavors: fudge, caramel, vanilla and peanut butter.