Bananarama unleashed their top ten, international hit, Cruel Summer, in the U.S. in 1984. From London to Belfast, Paris to Brazil, Singapore to Springfield, aka, Anytown U.S.A., they had the whole world dreaming about hot summer escapades every time it played into the next decade. Fourteen years later (September of 1998)… Swedish band, Ace of Base, wouldn’t let the sizzle fizzle and revived Cruel Summer in Europe with their up tempo, dance friendly remix. Sadly, not enough Americans got to hear that jammin’ Ace of Base version so I was pumped to find it on YouTube. Grab a cold one (see below) and crank it up!
Cruel Summer Refreshment Smarts
I’m dubbing the McDonald’s Mango Pineapple Real Fruit Smoothie a real summer misfire for those who are working hard to get or keep their summer bod in shape. At a whopping 49 grams of sugar, 22o calories, and 3 grams of protein in a 12 oz drink, it’s a cruel hit to your waistline, thighs, bottom, etc., in my “point” book. And, good luck trying to stay cool and collected with the kids or focus at work after one of these sugar rushes. I think I’ll pour myself a cup of Tropicana’s, Trop50, over ice and call it a brighter day with 50 calories, 10 grams of sugar, 120% vitamin C, 35% calcium, and 450mg of potassium (the equivalent potassium of one banana)
. . . and if anyone wants to make it a double (16 oz of juice), do it! I love the added value of Stevia, a completely natural sweetener that comes from the Chrysanthemum plant. Stevia is also linked to lowering your blood pressure. Like anything else you ingest, I strongly recommend you research Stevia and determine if it is right for you. I enjoyed reading more about it on WebMD (Google Stevia WebMD). I would greatly prefer Stevia over NutraSweet, Aspartame, and Sucralose in my food and beverages.
Cruel Summer Survival Tip
. . . for your best summer hair! I tried this. I’m in love with it. The Summer sun, swimming, surfing, and outdoor life can make your hair look more like a scarecrow in the Fall. I couldn’t believe how this product had an immediate impact on my seriously dry, damaged hair. For less than $5? I couldn’t wait to tell somebody! It smells really nice and I applaud Garnier Fructis for developing a truly effective and affordable product that works better than many high end hair elixirs. If I hadn’t tried it myself, I’d never recommend it. This stuff works!
Everyone needs a team! You need a team! Don’t be a solo act because you’re afraid of what others may think of you. Not having a team actually slows us down because of our innate capacity to stumble into trouble. No one is above it.
This past year, both new and old friends have been indispensable cheer leaders and advice givers when I’ve needed to bounce my needs or apprehensions off of someone. Friends illuminate the things we need to see even if we cringe over the harsh light beaming on our hidden truth. A great friend will remind you that you are amazing and bigger than your shortcomings. With the news and entertainment media promoting condemnation and ridicule of others, we need the seeds of friendship to restore balance and keep our humanity rich with humility. Networking in a professional, educational, health, hobby, and spiritual environment is simply good for you and others. Friends are patrons of strength, courage, resources, and love in its variety of forms. Wise friends help you focus. They push you toward the direction you need to go and pull you out of foolish or paralyzing places. Being the friend that you want others to be (faithful, generous, bottomless grace and love) has a hundredfold return. It can alter the course of history in someone’s world for the better; save a life; or enrich it beyond what was imagined. One of my best friends is always introducing me to her “power” friends. That says a lot about her beautiful, trusting soul. Picking up the phone and calling an old friend is like shipping them a truckload of flowers. Recently, a cherished friend shared this quote with her social network:
“When you believe that nothing significant can happen through you, you have said more about your belief in God than you have said about yourself.” – Henry Blackaby
Let the riches of friendship happen through you and to you!