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Today is National Pasta Day! Celebrate with This Recipe

National Pasta Day

Celebrate National Pasta Day with this fun recipe!

Is your favorite farfalle? Prefer penne? Love linguini? Today marks National Pasta Day, and across the nation, people are whipping up their favorite pasta dishes!

Pasta is the traditional Italian cuisine, first referenced back to 1154 in Sicily. Since then, it’s been loved by many across the world. Today, we celebrate the lovely loops with a tasty and delightful pasta dish.

Select your favorite spaghetti and get ready to wow some taste buds with this pasta salad! Post a picture of your creation on social media, using the hashtag #NationalPastaDay.

Ingredients

Pasta Salad

  • 1 lb pasta
  • 1½ cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1½ cups haricots verts, chopped into small pieces
  • 1 cup finely chopped kale

Mustard Vinaigrette

  • 6-8 spring onions, using the white + light green parts
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 4 Tbs almond milk
  • 2 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbs water
  • 4 Tsp Dijon mustard
  • Salt + pepper

Directions

Mustard Vinaigrette

  1. From the spring onions, take the white bulb + ½ inch above the bulb, where it starts to turn light green. Roughly chop, and combine with all other ingredients in a high-speed blender. Mix until the vinaigrette has a smooth, creamy consistency.

Pasta Salad

  1. Cook pasta according to directions. When finished cooking, drain and set aside to cool.
  2. Chop tomatoes and haricots verts, mixing 1½ cups each with pasta once it has cooled.
  3. Finely chop kale, and combine 1 cup with pasta salad.
  4. When pasta and veggies are mixed, drizzle generously with vinaigrette.
  5. Serve and enjoy!

From the insurance professionals at Chambers & Company Insurance Brokers, we hope that you enjoy celebrating National Pasta Day! While you celebrate this, leave your insurance policies in the very capable hands of our professionals. Visit us for all of your insurance needs today.

Stand Up to Breast Cancer This Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

For more than two decades, October has been the designated focal point of all things breast cancer related. This month focuses on raising awareness for women to get screened for early detection, diagnosis, and treatment, along with emphasizing support for those who are living survivors. How will you be partaking in Breast Cancer Awareness Month?

Detection

One in eight women will face breast cancer in her lifetime. Medical screenings are designed to detect the early stages of cancer, which can go a long way for successful treatments and early action.

Women are encouraged to perform breast self-exams once a month to detect any changes, whereas clinical breast exams are suggested every three years for women in their 20s and 30s, and every year for women over 40. Similarly, women over 40 should be receiving mammograms annually, where digital technology can detect tumorous cells before they can be felt. This October, set up an early detection plan and encourage your friends and family to do the same!

Prevention

Living a healthy lifestyle can go a long way in preventing breast cancer. Although there is no combination of methods that ensures a breast cancer-free life, there are steps that you can take to promote healthy living, possibly preventing the disease.

Tips include eating a well-balanced diet, exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight, minimizing alcohol consumption, refraining from smoking, performing self-breast exams, and reporting for all recommended mammograms and exams. It really is that easy!

Fundraise

Men, fear not – you can get involved, too! Create a fundraiser or partake in a local event to raise money and awareness for other women. Stuck on how to get started? You can host an event, an online fundraiser, race, or become a brand ambassador! Check out advice on fundraising.

You can do your part for October’s Awareness Month by alerting others of the tips, booking your screening, and taking care of your health. For a health care plan, visit the professionals at Chambers & Company Insurance Brokers. We provide personal and commercial insurance to suit your needs, assets, and budget!

Enjoying the Football Season? Use These Tailgating Safety Tips

Tailgating Safety Tips

Kick off the football season on the right foot! Read on for tailgating safety tips.

The football season is back in full swing, and plenty of fans are getting together to enjoy some pre-game food, drinks, and celebration. This is the perfect opportunity to make friends siding with different teams, enjoy a good barbecue, and cold beers. Before you drive off to your pre-game party, read on for tailgating safety tips.

Keep It Cool
Are you taking your food supplies to a party? Keep your food items chilled in a cooler until they’re ready to be cooked.

Get Grilling
What would a tailgate party be without a grill? Take precautions to make sure that your tailgating festivities don’t go down in flames when cooking on the grill. Keep pets and children away from the grill at all times, and safely dispose of any hot coals and ashes.

Don’t Go O.T.T. If You’re the D.D.
Tailgaters are notorious for having too much to drink. If your tailgating party includes alcohol, always secure a designated driver before the party starts. Drinking and driving never mixes well, so stay clear of getting behind the wheel while intoxicated.

Stay Safe in the Sun!
The sun is still strong in California, even at the beginning of autumn. Lather up in sunscreen before you head out and always have enough water on hand to keep sipping on to prevent dehydration.

Why not enjoy your football season altogether by informing your fellow tailgaters about the aforementioned safety tips? For the protection that you need to keep you and your festivities safe, review your insurance policies. With the right coverage, you can feel rest assured that the right defenses are in your field. Contact the Camarillo-local experts at Chambers & Company Insurance Brokers for all of your insurance needs.

Tips to De-Stress Your Life!

Tips to De-Stress

Use these tips to de-stress and start enjoying life a little more.

Stress is a modern day problem among many Americans and across the world. Being stressed is not only an unpleasant experience, but it can lead to insomnia, depression, and other health issues. Fortunately, there are tips to de-stress so that you can banish these bad complications.

With serious implications for your personal and professional life, it’s time to find out how to alleviate this stress naturally. Check out how to lighten your load!

Eat clean. Filling up on cookies, fast food, and sugary beverages may make you feel good for the first five minutes, but in the long term, these chemicals are going to slow you down and hinder your health. Start to eat clean to boost your immunity, health, and happiness! Taking care of your health is one of the most common and effective ways to reduce stress in your life.

Get organized. Whether it’s in the home or at the workplace, disorganization is one of the most common stress triggers. After all, it’s frustrating when you can never find that one thing that you need. Straighten up your home and office to keep your mind straight!

Turn off your phone and catch some zzz’s. Instead of taking your phone to bed to look at your Facebook feed for the next two hours, leave your phone outside of the bedroom and turn it off. Technology can hinder our sleep, which, in turn, can cause more stress in our daily lives.

Schedule time for nothing. Stop filling up your calendar! You may be juggling more than you can handle, quickly resulting in the feelings of stress. Take time for yourself and do something that makes you happy.

Have a cup of tea. Sometimes, there’s nothing better than a nice brew. Green tea is loaded with healthy antioxidants and beneficial compounds that better your sense of wellbeing. In addition, steeping and cooling the tea forces you to slow down and enjoy the moment.

Taking a few steps to lower stress will result in a healthier and happier you! From the insurance professionals at Chambers & Company Insurance Brokers, we hope that you grab a good book, boil the kettle, and decompress.

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Fun Activities for Kids This Summer

Activities for Kids This Summer

These activities for kids this summer will keep your children happy and active.

The summer is here and the children are out of school! Many parents are wondering how to keep their child busy without draining their own energy or wallet. It’s easy enough to let children snack all day while playing video games or watching T.V. – but it’s advised not to let them do this! Keep them engaged all season long with activities for kids this summer.

Here are some ideas to get you started!

Play board games. Old-fashioned? No. Retro? Definitely. Board game nights and trivia nights are popular everywhere, and your children will love playing card and board games.

Let the kids help you cook. Sharpen their math skills and teach them the basics of nutrition while preparing the nightly supper! Plus, kids are more likely to eat healthy meals that they help to prepare.

Volunteer. Make the most of your time by helping others. Compassion comes naturally to children, so take them to an animal shelter, let them help out in the soup kitchen, or volunteer to paint Grandma’s fence!

Start a veggie garden. Children will love to get involved in creating their own food! Start with seeds (and fairly low maintenance veggies) to grow in your backyard. Talk to your child about the needs of each vegetable so that they can set daily tasks to tend to the garden.

Find a new hobby. You child may love to sew, make scrapbooks, or collect coins! If the child has expressed interest in a topic you haven’t mastered, do the research and create projects together.

Go camping. It doesn’t have to be a luxurious camping trip that will break the bank! You can even set up a tent in the backyard to camp out in overnight. Teach your child the basics of camping while you’re at it!

From the insurance professionals at Chambers & Company Insurance Brokers, we hope that you and your children have a wonderful summer! For all of your insurance needs before fall, contact us today.

Pool Safety Tips for the Summer

Pool Safety Tips for the Summer

Check out these pool safety tips for your children this summer.

Having a pool in the backyard is a pleasant feature on a hot summer’s day. It means that you’re able to take a dip, cool off, and enjoy your own outdoor space. It also means that you have a notable safety hazard on your property. Even if you and your children are advanced swimmers, the proper safety precautions should always be in place and these pool safety tips should be followed!

Do:

  • Have family rules for your pool and ensure that everyone knows them.
  • Keep children away from the filter inlet. This can be hazardous to young children by drawing them underwater.
  • Teach your children to swim and encourage them to wear safety flotation devices until they are confident.
  • Install fencing to keep people and pets out of the pool without your knowledge.
  • Evacuate the pool in rain and thunderstorms.
  • Make a pool safety kit. Build this kit and keep it in your pool area. Be sure it contains a fully stocked first aid kit and a pair of scissors to cut away clothing or hair that may get stuck in a drain or flotation device.

Don’t:

  • Swim alone.
  • Leave children unattended – even for a couple of minutes.
  • Drink alcohol and swim.
  • Allow glass or sharp, breakable items in the pool area.
  • Allow running, diving, or pushing in your pool.

With these pool safety tips for summer, you and your children will be able to safely swim all through the season! For the peace of mind to know that your finances and assets are protected, contact Chambers & Company Insurance Brokers for all of your insurance needs. We can help you get the insurance you need to fully relax poolside during the warm weeks ahead. Call our team of experts today!

Straighten Up With These Tips to Improve Your Posture

Improve Your Posture

Use these tips to stand tall at any age!

If you’d rather not be someone who is hunched over, walks slowly, and has chronic joint pain, then stand up straight! Over time, poor posture takes a serious toll on your spine, shoulders, hips, and knees. Start working on your posture, which, it turns out, is as important as your mother said it was.

Keeping your body in proper alignment, improving your balance, and maintaining that alignment as you move is all part of what we call “good posture.” The simple stance will keep you looking youthful as the years go by, too.

Here are the top 7 tips to improve your posture – for good!

Open up – Many of us spend our days hunched in front of a computer, but it’s important for us to stretch, open up, and improve our range of motion. To stay limber, get up every hour to stretch, walk, or at least stand.

Sit straight – When you do have to work at a desk, sit up with a good, tall posture with your shoulders dropped. This can take some getting used to, but don’t give in and slouch.

Strengthen your core – Pilates and yoga are a great way to build your strength and your core to support good posture.

Support your spine – Strengthening your back allows us to stand up for long periods of time without our back hurting. Exercises targeting the back extensors, neck flexors, pelvic muscles, and side muscles are crucial.

Lift weights – Women and men can prevent the “hunchback” with weight-bearing exercises, such as weighted walking or stair climbing and weight lifting.

Vitamin D – This is essential for bone health, and may help us maintain our muscles, too. Try to get it from a healthy diet – and a walk in the sunshine!

Eat healthily – A balanced diet will keep everything else in check while you focus on your posture!

From the insurance professionals at Chambers & Company Insurance Brokers, we hope that you enjoyed these top tips to improve your posture. To protect your finances as well as your health, contact us for all of your insurance needs.

 

Celebrate 4th of July with This Healthy Burger Recipe!

4th of July RecipeThese tasty veggie burgers aim to please at every celebration.

The 4th of July is rolling around soon, and we all know that means barbeques are about to be stoked up and beer is cooling in the fridge. If you’re hosting a neighborhood party, colleague gathering, or even just enjoying the day with your family, be sure to add these healthy burgers to the menu.

These black and white bean burgers are not only easy to make, but they’re healthy, hearty, and positively delicious! Check out the recipe below:

Ingredients:

  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can chickpeas
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon chile powder
  • ½ – ¾ cup cornmeal
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper (optional seasoning)

Preparation:

  1. Rinse and drain the black beans and chickpeas. Place half of each along with the chopped onion in a food processor and pulse until coarsely ground. Set aside.
  2. Place the rest of the beans in a medium-size bowl and using a potato masher (or a fork) mash the beans. Next, add the bean/onion mixture to the bowl, along with the brown rice, flour, lemon juice, chile powder, and salt. Stir until well-combined. Add 1/2 cup of the cornmeal and stir again. Let the ingredients sit for a bit to allow the cornmeal to absorb any moisture. If the mixture still seems too wet, add more cornmeal until you achieve the desired consistency.
  3. Shape the bean dough into patties. Depending on their size, you should be able to create 6 to 8 patties.
  4. Heat an oven (convection or regular) to 250 degrees. While the oven is warming, get out a medium-sized skillet, add the oil, and place it on a burner set to medium-high heat. Once the oil is warm, add the patties. Let the patties cook about 5 minutes until brown on the bottom and then flip. Cook the other side another 5 minutes. Place the patties in an oven-safe pan and bake in the warmed oven for about 10 – 15 minutes.

Pair the burger with a soft bun, tomato, and a bit of lettuce – you can’t go wrong with this pairing!

From the insurance professionals at Chambers & Company Insurance Brokers, we hope that you enjoy these veggie burgers on your 4th of July! Be sure to visit us for all of your insurance needs.

Safety Tips for the Summer Sun

Safety Tips for the Summer Sun

Lather up on these tips to keep summer sunburn at bay!

Summer is the perfect opportunity to hit the beach, go on a hike, and enjoy the sunshine with friends and family. Before you lie out poolside, you’ll want to make sure that your skin is primed and ready for sunlight exposure – especially from the Californian sun! To help, we’ve put together a few safety tips for the summer.

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States – but you can take steps to minimize your risk. Take a few minutes to review these tips before heading out into the summer sun, then go out and have fun!

Summer sun safety:

  • Stay in the shade when possible, especially during the midday hours when the sun is at its strongest.
  • Wear hats with wide brims to shield your face, ears, and neck.
  • Wear sunglasses with protection from both UVA and UVB rays.
  • Drink plenty of water to compensate from sweating in the heat.
  • Select clothes made with a tight weave as they protect better than clothes with a loose weave.
  • Wear sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher).
  • If you do burn, stay in the shade or indoors and generously apply aloe vera gel!

Sunscreen:

  • Apply sunscreen 20 minutes before going outside.
  • Apply liberally and smooth it into your skin for maximum protection.
  • Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher. Children and babies should use a higher SPF.
  • Sunscreen loses its effectiveness over time, so discard bottles after 1-2 years.
  • Reapply every two hours, or after getting wet or sweating heavily.

From Chambers & Company Insurance Brokers, we hope that these safety tips for the summer help you enjoy the season burn-free! For all of your insurance needs, don’t forget to give us a call to get started.

6 of the Most Beneficial Health Improvements!

Most Beneficial Health Improvements

There are easy changes that you can make right now to improve your health and your life.

In our day-to-day lives, it’s easy to get caught up in routine and overlook some of the finer things in life (smelling the roses, anyone?). Fortunately, you don’t need to make sweeping, dramatic changes to make your days happier and more meaningful! Improving your life can happen one step at a time.

If you’re looking for a way to give your body and your mind a boost, read on for 7 of the most beneficial health improvements you can put into practice – starting today!

Get outside. Walking at least half an hour each day can reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, obesity, type 2 diabetes, and some cancers, plus it’s a literal breath of fresh air. Need we say more?

Learn to read nutrition labels. It’s important to understand what you’re putting into your body on a regular basis. Learn to read labels so you know which ingredients your body needs, and which it definitely doesn’t.

Drink more water! Your body is 90 percent water and needs hydration for almost every function. Many of the aches, pains, and headaches we all experience would be lessened if we just drank more water. Note, drinks with caffeine and alcohol don’t count!

Do something nice for others. No time is ever wasted when you’re using it to do something kind for someone else. You can never go broke by giving to others!

Eat fruit and vegetables every day. Superfoods benefit your health in more ways that you can count, plus they’re readily available and generally affordable! Follow mom’s advice and eat your veggies.

Meditate. Taking time for yourself is important to clear your thoughts. Make space in your life to take a step back from technology and people and you’ll likely feel more balanced and peaceful.

Are you ready to improve your life for the better? We hope these most beneficial health improvements help! To take care of all of your coverage needs, contact Chambers & Company Insurance Brokers to secure your insurance policies.