Northeast Wisconsin
May 2014

May 2014


Take it outside!

Psst! We’re about to let you in on a not-so-well-kept industry secret: Due to deadlines, magazine writers often have to create their articles in advance. So, as we write this, what is hopefully the last snow of the season is just finishing dumping inches of the soggy white stuff all over our state. But, by the time you read this, the snow now littering our streets will hopefully be nothing more than a vague memory you shrug off while basking in the tender warmth of the late spring/early summer sun.

What better time than now to enjoy that sun? Bookended by April (Garden Month) and June (Great Outdoors Month), May itself is chockfull of great outside activities and celebrations. Here are just a few events that might prompt you and your family to get out and about:

Barbecue Month: Grab the veggies and your favorite protein and fire up that grill! Enjoy your barbecue with a refreshing “Lime Ginger Zinger,” a delicious drink created by Rebecca Brown of Happy Bellies Bake Shop.

National Physical Fitness and Sports Month: Celebrate May by trying out a new fitness activity — but don’t forget proper nutrition! Lisa Jermain with Isagenix shares “The smart ‘whey’ to fuel your workout.”

If you notice you’ve plateaued in meeting your fitness goals, consider Rolfing. Certified Rolfer Victoria L. Huss explains how the practice can help properly balance and align the body in “A yoga journey through back pain.”

National Bike Month: Get your road, mountain or other type of bike out of storage, pump up those tires and start cycling.

National Pet Month: We humans aren’t the only ones raring to get outside now that the weather is nicer. Consider taking your four-legged friend for a walk or romp at the dog park.

But remember: As is always the case with Wisconsin, the weather can be unpredictable. There undoubtedly will be days when you want to stay inside. You have plenty of options on those occasions too!

Museum Day (May 18): Explore your local museum today!

Learn About Composting Day (May 29): Both Sarah Everson of Compost Joe’s and Jennifer Semrau of Winnebago County Solid Waste provide the basics for those interested in starting to compost in “Compost: nature’s way to grow” and “Home composting.”

Celiac Awareness Month: Try out the gluten-free lifestyle with our Healthy Eating feature: Mudd Creek’s Fiesta Chicken Tacos with Mango Slaw, by Danielle Lythjohan.

Learn more about going gluten-free in the Natural Expressions article, “Is wheat gluten bad?” written by Grandma Rose.

We hope these and the rest of this month’s Nature’s Pathways articles help you enjoy the most out of May!

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