9 things to do this Labor Day weekend

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2. Labor day has become synonymous with great sales. Hit the shops for bargains on everything from clothing, school supplies, or new technology. Don't miss out on these back to school deals!

3. Hosting a barbecue? Take grilling to the next level. Impress your guests with these creative and surprisingly delicious toppings for hot dogs! From mangoes to mac & cheese, you will be pleasantly surprised with Kitchen Daily's 13 Incredible Hot Dog Toppings.
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4. Game, set, match! Watch US Open Tennis - some of the biggest and hottest tennis stars battle it out in Flushing Meadows, NY. Can't keep up? Hit the tennis courts yourself or get outside while the summer weather lasts!

5. Try those summer recipes you've been keeping at the back of your mind. We love this Summery Fettuccine Alfredo from Kitchen Daily.

6. Use the weekend to catch up on sleep, rest, and relax. Here are some tips to help with restorative sleeping patterns.
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Drink less coffee

The more coffee you drink, the less effective caffeine becomes as a stimulant. Taper your coffee intake to optimize the effects of it's caffeine when you really NEED it!

Drink water before going to sleep.

By hydrating before you go to sleep you not only pump some well-needed H2O into your body, but also almost guarantee that you'll have to wake up in the morning if for no other reason than needing to use the restroom. It'll be nearly impossible for you to sleep in!

Use Technology to Your Advantage.

We know you've heard this a thousand times, but staying fit and healthy generally leads to a better sleep cycle. And a better night's sleep will lead to a happier, early morning for you! Try tracking your sleep activity and fitness with a watch like the iHealth Wireless Activity and Sleep Tracker (AM3). It'll help you know when you've gotten a good nights sleep. 

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Establish a routine.

Practicing a pattern of routine before bedtime will help you in the long run. Get yourself in the habit of a nightly and morning routine to save yourself the pains of switching back and forth between schedules. 

Give yourself enough sleep time.

You know you need at least seven to eight hours of sleep a night! Don't try to fool yourself. Waking up will be easier if you've gotten your necessary snooze time.

Make yourself comfortable.

We all understand incentives, right? Well, a great morning incentive is waking yourself up to your favorite breakfast food or drink. Better yet, both! Make yourself comfortable in the morning-- get yourself out of bed.

Place your alarm clock away from your bed.

That way you can avoid getting angry and smashing it with a hammer, or, bare minimum, hitting that pesky snooze button. By placing your alarm clock across the room, you've got to get up to turn it off-- no point in laying back down after that!


Now, this may not motivate you to get OUT of bed, but it will probably make you feel a bit more rejuvenated for the day. Try this small trick and see if it works for you.

Invest in an alarm clock that works for you.

If you REALLY can't motivate yourself with a regular alarm clock, you might need to invest in something a bit more high tech, like the Zadro Natural Wake Up alarm clock. It uses a light that naturally gets brighter in the 60 minutes leading up to your wake up time, acting like the sun. You can also choose to wake up to typical alarm sounds or some more soothing ones, depending on what gets you out of bed in the morning. 

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Lay out your outfit the night before.

It'll save you time and effort in the mornings, giving you more time to make those pancakes we mentioned earlier.

Power down electronics before bedtime.

Removing the screen at a reasonable time will help your body realize it's time for sleep, i.e. it's actually dark! Also it'll motivate you to go to bed sooner because you'll have less to do (hopefully!).


Add meditation to your morning routine. Take the time to collect your thoughts, breathe deeply, and relax before your start the day. Many will find that this quiet time is calming and something to look forward to in the mornings.

Stay away from alcohol the night before.

We all know that drinking heavy amounts of alcohol before bed time messes with our sleeping patterns. If you're truly dedicated to getting up feeling refreshed and awake, avoid late night wine and beer binges.

Let the sun in.

Keep your blinds up or partially open to let in natural sunlight. This is especially motivating for east-facing windows. The gradual sunrise is a gentle way to ease your way into the morning.

Shower as soon as you get up.

Taking a shower immediately after you wake up is a good practice. Use aromatic body wash to wake up your senses and switch between hot and cold temperatures to jump start your circulation.


7. Don't stow away your whites just yet. StyleList reveals how to wear white after Labor Day.

8. If school is around the corner, follow these tips to help the little ones have the best first day of school possible.

9. Get inspired for your next supermarket trip with 36 lunch ideas just in time for the back to school season. See the slideshow for inspiration and recipes!

36 Recipes for Back to School Lunches
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Kale & Quinoa Salad
For a lively salad, try mixing quinoa with kale, quinoa and your favorite vegetables for a quick and healthy lunch. The whole dish is super simple to prepare. Just chop up your veggies and make a homemade dressing if you dare.
Check out Kitchen Daily's Mexican Kale Quinoa Salad recipe.

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Macaroni and Cheez-Its
Use Cheez-Its as a crust for your mac and cheese. It'll not only give you great texture but also a cheese-packed flavor.
Check out Kitchen Daily's Cheez-It Mac and Cheese.

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Creamy Avocado & White Bean Wrap
Wrap up a whole lot of flavor with this yummy lunch-time option. Use spreads like hummus, artichoke dip or tzatziki for more options. 
Check out Kitchen Daily's Creamy Avocado & White Bean Wrap recipe.

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Egg Salad Sandwich
Egg salad is amazing when well made. Embellish your egg salad with ingredients like broken-up bacon, a chopped pickle, diced red bell peppers, capers, olives, dill or curry powder. 
Check out Kitchen Daily's egg salad recipe.

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Homemade Baked Chicken Nuggets
Many kids love those frozen chicken nuggets you can buy at the grocery store, but it's no surprise they're not the healthiest. Instead, make them yourself and feel free to mix in some vegetables!
Check out Kitchen Daily's homemade nugget recipe.

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Homemade Granola Bars
Use ingredients you already have in your pantry to make tasty granola bars.
Check out Kitchen Daily's Raspberry Granola Bar recipe

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Pasta Salad
Use leftovers to your advantage. Make a pasta for dinner and save leftovers to serve cold for lunch the next day! 
Check out Kitchen Daily's Grilled Chicken Pasta recipe.

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Tuna Salad Sandwich
Adding a combination of pickles, celery, onions and black pepper to tuna salad will make anyone a tuna lover.
Check out Kitchen Daily's tuna salad sandwich recipe.

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Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes
For a filling and delicious lunch, add cherry tomatoes and cheese to your pasta of choice.
Check out Kitchen Daily's Spring Pasta with Blistered Cherry Tomatoes recipe.

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Grilled Pizza
Want to try a new twist on pizza? Try using hummus instead of tomato sauce to change things up!
Check out Kitchen Daily's Mediterranean Grilled Pizza recipe.

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Cheese and Homemade Crackers
Try making crackers at home so you can add in your favorite spices and herbs!
Check out Kitchen Daily's Whale-Shaped Crackers with Cheddar and Nori recipe.

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Mixed Greens with Berries
Add delicious toppings like berries and nuts to make salad an exciting lunch option.
Check out Kitchen Daily's Mixed Greens with Berries and Honey Glazed Hazelnuts recipe. 

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Peanut Butter and Bananas
Adding bananas to your PB&J is a simple way to make lunch a little more exciting. Change it up by substituting almond butter, Nutella or another nut butter for your peanut butter.
Check out Kitchen Daily's Bagels Gone Bananas recipe.

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Oatmeal Cookies
Not only can cookies be tasty, but they can also be healthy! Use oatmeal to add fiber.
Check out Kitchen Daily's Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe.

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Veggie Sandwich
Sneak in more vegetable servings with a sandwich. It's any easy way to pack in some major nutrients and it's always nice to bite into something, instead of picking away at a salad.
Check out Kitchen Daily's veggie sandwich recipe.

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Berry & Cream Cheese Sandwich
Try berries and cream cheese on bread for an easy and delicious new staple!
Check out Kitchen Daily's Strawberry Cream Cheese Sandwich recipe. 

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Homemade Pita Chips
Pita chips are quick and easy to make on your own. Throw them in the lunch box with hummus or onion dip for a great snack. 
Check out Kitchen Daily's Garlic and Herb Pita Chip recipe. 

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Lettuce Wraps
Lettuce wraps are a healthy addition to any lunch! Make them with chicken, beef, turkey, pork or veggies and add spices to amp up the flavor. 
Check out Kitchen Daily's 5 Spice Turkey Lettuce Wrap recipe.

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Steak Sandwiches
For a smart use of leftovers, turn last night's steak into a yummy sandwich. This is packed with protein and great for growing kids on the go.

Check out Kitchen Daily's Bulogi-Style Pepper Steak Sandwiches

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Bento Box
Try turning the traditional lunch box into a bento box! It's an easy way to include all the food groups for the afternoon.
See Kitchen Daily for an Egg Salad Bento Box recipe.

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It's a Wrap
Take a salad or stir fry to go! Try wrapping up one of your favorite bowls into a pita or whole wheat wrap for portable deliciousness. 

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Muffins are perfect on-the-go! Mix nuts into the recipe for added taste and texture!
See a Banana Blueberry Muffin recipe on Kitchen Daily.

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Veggie Burger
Pack the veggie burger patty and ditch the bun for a low-carb but yummy lunch option!

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Shrimp Kebab
Pile the protein on a skewer. Chicken, beef, or shrimp make tasty and hearty additions to the lunch box.

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Popcorn makes for a light and airy snack. Add seasonings for an extra kick!
See Kitchen Daily's Lemon Parm Popcorn recipe.

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Apple Slices
Throw apple slices to add a sweet and healthy kick in lunch. They are great over rice pudding or delicious on their own with a topping like cinnamon, caramel, or honey. 

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Pizza Muffins
Throw Pillsbury Refrigerated Pizza Dough into a cupcake pan and add toppings like cheese, tomatoes, and pepperoni for a savory lunch item. 

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Corn Dogs
For a fun lunch option, make corn dogs at home. They are just as fun as the carnival options, but a bit healthier when homemade!
Click the link for the Kitchen Daily's Corn Dog recipe.

Tomato Soup
Pack a soup in the thermos for an easy and quick lunch. Don't forget to add in a whole wheat roll or crackers!
Click the link for Kitchen Daily's Tomato Soup recipe.

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Meatballs are delicious and a nice lunch-time option. They are amazing on their own or mix wonderfully over grains like spaghetti. 
See Kitchen Daily's Saucy Porcupine Meatball recipe.

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With hearty meat sauce and melted cheese, lasagna is an easy crowd-pleaser for lunch. Use whole wheat pasta and low fat cheese for a healthy alternative.
See Kitchen Daily's recipe for Lasagna with Slow Roasted Tomato Sauce.

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Banana Bread
Banana bread is a classic. Add chocolate chips, walnuts or raisins for added taste!
Click for Kitchen Daily's Banana Blueberry Buttermilk Bread recipe. 

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Fruit Salad
Fruit Kebabs are a fun way to make a sweet treat! 

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Whoopie Pie
Because sometimes life needs to be sweet. Forget Oreos! For a SPECIAL treat, make whoopie pie. Moderation is the key for this menu item.
See Kitchen Daily's Whoopie Pie recipe. 

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Cheese, eggs, and other toppings like bacon, spinach or tomatoes can all fit into this bite-size lunch option. 

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Taco tuesday anyone? Add in chicken, steak, carnitas, or even thinly sliced deli meat along with cheese, lettuce, and veggies.

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