Healthy Living

5 End-of-Summer Safety Tips

The long, hot days of summer are still here, but already many of us are dreaming of days when the weather cools and brings the colors of autumn. But don’t let your guard down yet. Parents and families should continue to take care. Summer heat and the various outdoor activities we engage in outside of our usual routines bring with it an edge of danger.

5 End-of-Summer Safety Tips

Here are tips for continued summer safety for you and your loved ones.

  1. Watch the water play.

According to the US National Safety Council, between the ages of 5 and 24, drowning is the second most common cause of death.

Parents should always accompany their child to a water play area. Safety experts suggest that parents learn how to administer CPR and other rescue techniques. Children should know to never swim by themselves and only to swim in areas that are supervised by adults or lifeguards.

  1. Practice safe enjoyment of outdoor activities.

Summer is a time when kids and parents get to try out new sports and other activities that aren’t a part of their usual routine. From motorboats to ziplining to skateboarding and more. However, Houston injury attorneys warn that a serious injury can be enough to sideline a person for good.

Make sure that you take safety guidelines for each activity to heart. Emphasize to your children the importance of following instructions that are given when trying out any new activity. You do not want to frighten your child, but at the same time you want them to know that injuries are no laughing matter.

  1. Don’t compete with the heat.

Children under the age of 4 years old are at the greatest risk of heat stroke. But that’s not to say that children above 4 are off the hook. Everyone is susceptible to heat stroke if caution is not taken.

The best defense is to prevent the risk by staying out of direct sunlight. Plan for any outdoor activities during the coolest times of the day. If you must go out during midday heat, make sure all the members of your family wear hats and are covered to protect from sunburns. Other tips for staying safe include staying hydrated and cooling off with showers at the first sign of overheating.

  1. Don’t leave food out.

Summer temperatures can surprise you with their intensity. Food poisoning during the summer can happen when you least expect it. Perhaps you have been used to leaving a plate of food on the counter and returning to it in a couple of hours? During the summer, leaving food out could lead to a case of food poisoning.

The FDA gives guidelines on their site about how long food can be left out. If the temperature is higher than 90° F, then it needs to go back into the fridge after 1 hour. To play it safe, during the hottest days of summer, everything that isn’t going to be eaten immediately should be tucked away in your fridge.

  1. Dodge bees, bugs, and bites.

It’s not just children who are out in full force during the summer. Summer weather is prime time for the insect world. But there are steps you can take to make yourself less attractive to mosquitoes, bees, and other crawlers.

Bees like fragrances and floral patterns. Avoid both when choosing clothing for your children. Dress your children in clothes that provide coverage and that are lightweight and breathable. Use bug repellent spray whenever you go to the park or other area that has heavy mosquito traffic. Mosquito netting around baby strollers is another helpful way to keep mosquito bites at bay.

Most of the items that on this list are things we are aware of, but it can be easy to relax as summer’s end nears. Keep your family safe by staying aware even while you enjoy your quality family time.

Read More Here: The Ultimate Guide to Swimming safety for Kids!

Back to School 2017, Deals, Gift Guides, Holiday Shopping, Home

Shopping Jet For My Summer Patio Decor – Savings Code Inside #ShopPurple

Shopping Jet For My Summer Patio Decor - Savings Code Inside

This is such a busy summer for our family. We are currently in a hotel waiting for our home build to complete. I was dreading the hotel living for 4 weeks but now that we are here it has been fun having the down time. I have visions of how I want to style the new home and because it is summer I want to get my yard and porch set up fast. With a 9 year old into sports and water guns, my yard can become a mess real fast so having a decorative option for storing the summer toys that also can be used as a furniture piece is a must have in all social yard spaces.

I had a deck box in the previous house and we used it until it became too dirty to get clean. While shopping I wanted one that had a more functional look and not just a piece of storage so I browsed Jet.com and hit the favorite (heart) button and a few of them. This way I can price shop. I came right back to Jet.com after all as they had the one I wanted at a 48% savings. I also was able to set it up without any tools!

My Suncast Extra Large Patio Deck Box will hold 103 gallons. That means water guns, sports balls, bats, mitts, sprinkler sets and more will all fit into this box neatly tucked away and when I need a table top it is large and tall enough to use as an outdoor piece while entertaining.

What I love about shopping here is that depending on my buying needs such as the chance of a refund needed or if I pay by debit, etc.. I can get my price adjusted further. If I need more than 1 I can get a bulk discount on some items. Also it has a price tracker so I know when I hit my free shipping mark.

To top off the shopping features there are categories you can browse in and with the heat here I have been shopping the Summer Headquarters collection. Once I take care of my patio needs, I can shop for party planning when we do our house warming. I can find everything from fun water bottle labels to the soda and chips I need. It will be a busy process unpacking and decorating my new home so the idea of having Jet.com drop will ship all of my party needs after my yard is ready is such a relief. The day that box comes and all I have to do is unpackage and set out the party supplies will be exactly the effort and energy I will have left in me. For now, I get the deck box to organize my patio and didn’t even have to lug it in and out of my car because I did not have to travel to the store to get it!

I have a sweet deal for you…

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New customers only. Min. $35 in eligible merchandise per order required. Max. discount $20 per order. Offer expires 9/1/2017 at 12:00 AM PST; if any of your first 3 orders are not placed by this date, they are not eligible for the discount. Excludes products marked as ineligible for promotion on the product display page. Offer cannot be applied to previous orders and cannot be combined with other offers or discounts. Offer is subject to change or cancellation. Void where prohibited. Brand, category and other restrictions may apply.

NOT NEW TO JET.COM? You still get all of the benefits and great prices they have to offer. I just got a birthday card from them and it had a promo code for me. Let me remind you of the advantages of shopping J:

• Free shipping over $35
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• Jet shows you items that can ship together so you can save money
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Do you have an event coming up or yard space need? I challenge you to head on over and browse Jet! Let me know if you find what you were looking for in a quick comment below! 
Food, Healthy Living

Suffering From Heartburn? Eat These 5 Summer Food Favorites

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Smiley360 and Nexium 24HR. I received a product for free, and the story and opinions are my own

Suffering From Heartburn? Eat These 5 Summer Food Favorites

Summertime is for long days, warm weather and meals on the grill. We judge our grilled food by the best grill marks, juices we can keep in the meat and the sauces we drown the meat and poultry in. With sauces and spices comes heartburn for many. Add in a cold beer with those mounds of saucy chicken legs you devoured and you can end up in hours of acid reflux discomfort. Did you know there are some summer favorites you can consume that ease general heartburn? Add these to you meal and see what happens for you.

Celery has been known to calm indigestion according to Health.com. It contains so many beneficial compounds for pain and inflammation. Adding celery to salads or having a plate of celery sticks handy to munch on while waiting for dinner to cook can help you out later on with the pains and discomfort of acid reflux. Have you tried consuming celery before a heartburn-filled meal? Heck, I might even suggest a stick of celery in your adult drink or nightly beer to snack on.

Nothing says summer like cool fruit salads and adding papaya and pineapple to your salads and dessert can add some benefits to heartburn sufferers. Papaya enzymes helps break down and better digest proteins like your meats. Pineapple has a bunch of enzymes but even better, it contains compounds that help to protect the lining of your stomach.

How about some fresh apple pie? OK, apple pie may be a bad example of foods for heartburn but it’s the popular spice we use that can help you out. So, let’s think of all the ways to add cinnamon to your summer desserts or drink. Cinnamon minimizes gasses naturally.

The 5th of several foods that can benefit those suffering from heartburn is peppermint and I use this myself for indigestion and even for my son who has digestion issues often. Peppermint has been used for centuries to help with digestion. Fresh peppermint in your tea or vanilla ice cream or mints after the greasy meal can help.

When foods aren’t enough there is the popular and good ole’ Nexium 24HR. Did you know that Nexium 24HR now has a new 24HR ClearMinis™ , mini-capsule that provides Nexium 24HR power in a potent little pill?

The way this pill is used is every 24 hours for 14 days. So set an alarm, stay on track and no matter how good you start to feel keep taking 1 everyday for the entire 14 days. Why? Nexium 24HR is not an immediate results pill.

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Safe Sunwear for the Entire Family

Tuga sent samples for feature

Safe Sunwear for the Entire Family

Imagine never having to run around and chase after your child’s back and shoulders to reapply sunscreen all day. That’s less sandy grit all over their greasy backs and faster application of sunscreen as you can just get the bottoms of their legs, arms and their face. It is all possible with Safe sunwear for the entire family from Tuga brand SPF 50+ garments.

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Now when it comes to clothing, an SPF of 50 translates to 98% UVA and UVB sun protection, the highest rating for garments that are considered UV protective. Tuga has styles for men, women and children with designs and colors you’ll want to wear. My son’s outfit is the Breaker & Jammer set in the Carmino pattern.

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With the high necks of the rashguards and the longer fit shorts it gives my son great protection and less applications of sunscreens throughout the day.

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He is good about the understanding of covering up and lathering on sunscreen to protect his skin. I have taught him more than once about the need to protect his skin. When I put this on him and explained he can skip the covered areas when putting on sunscreen he was so happy. Too bad they don’t make soccer and football jerseys from this material because they sweat and run 2 seasons of the year needing a lot of sunscreen.

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Bonus * Want a fun science experiment for your children to encourage them to use sunscreen or wear that UV clothing? See Anthony’s video below:

I am all ready to go for the summer. I love getting my sunscreens and swimwear bought early and waiting for its first use. Double up by getting swimwear that protects and see the great prices on the Tugs brand website.

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Safe Sunscreen for the Entire Family

thinksport and thinkbaby partnered with Parenting Healthy for this feature

Safe Sunscreen for the entire family

It is the same thought process every spring as we head into summer. We think about the products we will need for the summer and have all the best intentions of finding the best of everything. We look for the cutest swimsuits, fun beach towels with characters for the kids, most effective band aids and the safest sunscreens.

Then one day we are at the store, see a sale on an end cap and all thoughts of best go right out of the window for price and convenience. That may work for your beach towels and swim suits, but let’s make it a goal to really think about the sunscreen you spend your money on this summer. I want to introduce you to the Thinkbaby and Thinksport brand.

thinkBaby sunscreen

Just remember this active ingredient: Zinc Oxide. The general sunscreens (the majority of the ones on the store shelf that have long-named active ingredients and don’t list zinc oxide as one) use chemicals that actually break down in the sun and need to absorb into your skin. The Zinc Oxide mineral does not absorb into your skin.

Now you still want to reapply any sunscreen especially if you are spending the day wet and in the water. With the Thinkbaby and Thinksport sunscreens it is water resistant for 80 minutes. It is the first sunscreen to have passed the Whole Foods Premium Body Care requirements.

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Once you find a sunscreen with zinc oxide as the active ingredient you want to focus on application. It may be safer but no one wants to feel greasy all day. Thinkbaby and Thinksport really do work well in this ways with its mineral based formula. We do not feel oily after application at all.

Your skin is your largest organ of your body. More and more it is becoming highly recommended that we consider the creams, soaps and lotions we use on ours and our children’s skin. Thinkbaby and Thinksport does not contain the PABA, parabens, phthalates, BPA, Oxybenzone, Avobenzone, Petroleum or toxic chemicals that most brands may contain and absorb through all of the skin layers. Check the labels!

sunscreen experiment

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Bonus * Want a fun science experiment for your children to encourage them to use sunscreen or wear that UV clothing? See Anthony’s video below:

You can find all thinkBaby products at their website. Hop on over.

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DMA STEM Summer Camps Filling Fast – Save $75

DMA STEM Summer Camps Filling Fast - Save $75

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It’s our mission to foster a learning community of diversity and excellence through memorable and innovative educational experiences led by the highest-quality instructors; building skills and confidence to empower lifelong learners to follow their dreams and make a lasting impact.

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Learn the skills of tomorrow this summer at a location near you! With hands-on summer camps for kids and teens ages 6-17, there is no limit to what you can create this summer at Digital Media Academy.

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