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Many parents aren't shielding babies from sun's harmful rays

Many parents aren't providing their babies with proper sun protection, a new small study finds. More>>

Fire pit cooking fun

Your backyard fire pit offers more than just good looks, you know. Try grilling, roasting, and even baking over its open flames. More>>

Beach sand, not water, more likely to make you sick

Heading to the beach this weekend? A new study finds that when it comes to germs, beachgoers may have more to fear from the sand they sit on than the water they swim in. More>>

Simple home improvements to enhance summer vacation

The sunny season offers an opportunity to tackle household projects which were impossible when the ground was shrouded in snow. Take on a simple DIY project or two that will actually enhance your summer vacation once it's done. More>>

Experts offer diving safety tips

It's tempting to dive into pools, lakes and other bodies of water when you're trying to cool off on a hot summer day, but it can be dangerous if you don't take proper safety precautions, experts warn. More>>

Hot weather safety essential for elderly

As the thermometer rises, so do serious health risks for seniors and others with chronic medical problems. More>>

Custom furniture to make your backyard say "summer"

There are all kinds of fun furniture pieces and other installations which simply and inexpensively add a very special seasonal touch to your backyard. More>>

How to avoid July Fourth allergy flare-ups

Fireworks, picnics and parades are favorite Fourth of July traditions for many people, but for those with allergies or asthma these activities could be uncomfortable or even dangerous. More>>

Summer danger: Barbecue grill brush wires causing big health woes

Before you bite into that burger on Independence Day weekend, you might want to ask the chef whether a rusty old grill brush was used to clean the barbecue. More>>

Fireworks can spark bump in air pollution

Most Americans know that fireworks can injure the eyes and hands, but these Fourth of July favorites can also take a toll on the lungs, a new study finds. More>>

11 tips to prevent and treat insect stings

Many childhood fears seem silly in retrospect, but you should still have a healthy dose of caution when it comes to stinging insects. Here are 11 tips on how to stay out of their way, and what to do if you end up getting stung. More>>

Party out back: East Coast vs. West Coast grilling

From the fresh flavors of California to old-fashioned East Coast burgers, American backyard grilling is our favorite tradition, coast to coast.
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Safety tips hot off the grill

This barbecue season, make sure the only thing at risk of getting burned is the food. More>>

A new twist on the Labor Day barbecue

Think Labor Day weekend is just another excuse for a barbecue?  Try celebrating the last days of summer in an all new way. More>>

Seasonal affective disorder in the summer

Those who are familiar with the term seasonal affective disorder (SAD) most often associated the condition with depression that occurs during the winter months.  More>>

Expert offers safe splinter removal tips

The carefree barefoot days of summer can increase your risk of getting a splinter -- pieces of wood or other foreign bodies that are partially or fully stuck in the skin. More>>

Reduce your summer energy costs

Everyone loves to enjoy the long, warm days of summer, but along with the pool parties and sunburn comes high utility bills. More>>

Keep your house cool this summer

It happens every year. Our bodies adjust to the cold and then the temperate months, and right when we think we've got our personal climate control down, summer is upon us. More>>

Stay out of stinging insects' way this summer

Now's the time to take steps to make sure that stinging insects don't ruin your next picnic or pool party, an expert suggests. More>>

10 great ways to stay hydrated in hot weather

Keeping yourself hydrated under hot weather conditions is very important to avoid heat-related illness. More>>

Don't let kids drink pool water

Pools can provide much-needed relief from the summer heat, but kids can make themselves sick if they swallow too much chlorinated water, experts warn.   More>>

Are public swimming pools really that dirty?

Just how clean is your neighborhood pool? More>>

Food safety tips for the summer

Backyard barbeques, picnics and outdoor parties are common throughout the summer, but warm weather makes food safety a lot more challenging. More>>

Outdoor exercises to enjoy the summer

Summer is a great time to enjoy the outdoors and appreciate nature. More>>

Affordable family fun

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7 inexpensive summertime activities.

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Summer pool party ideas your friends will love

School is out, the weather is hot and people are starting to become lazy and lackadaisical. Now is the perfect time to host a pool party.
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10 cool ways to beat the heat this summer

As the temperature rises outside, it can be a challenge to keep your cool.
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Guard your kids against bug bites this summer

Children love being outdoors during the summer, but they need to be protected from mosquitoes, ticks and fleas and the diseases they may carry, experts warn. More>>

If you can't stand the heat . . .

Summer's heat puts everyone at potential risk for heat-related illness, but seniors and people with chronic health problems are especially vulnerable.
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8 barbecue party tips you need to know

Whether you're a first time planner, or seasoned professional, a barbecue is one of the most fun and exciting parties you can throw. More>>

Have a fun -- but safe -- Fourth of July

Your hands, fingers, head and eyes are at greatest risk for injury if you set off fireworks at home, a doctor warns. More>>

Protect your kids from the heat

Parents need to be aware that hot weather can pose a serious threat to children and must take steps to protect their youngsters, an expert says. More>>

Avoid vacation debt by staying home this summer – and still have fun

  Make the most of a staycation with 10 local (and affordable) activities. More>>

Precautions help keep kids safe in water

Close supervision is crucial to keep children safe when they're swimming or playing in the water, an expert says. More>>

Fourth of July party ideas for everyone

If you're thinking about hosting a Fourth of July party this year, here are some ideas to help plan a party that will be fun for everyone. More>>

Sounds of summer may threaten your hearing

Some of the most common sounds of summer -- such as outdoor concerts, fireworks and construction -- can pose a threat to your hearing if you don't take steps to protect yourself, an expert warns. More>>

Fourth of July cookout recipes

Entice your guests with traditional American favorites and a few grilled surprises. More>>

1 in 10 U.S. beaches fails bacteria test

Swimmers, take heed: Ten percent of water samples taken from U.S. coastal and lake beaches fail to meet safety standards set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a new report finds. More>>

For safety's sake, don't leave kids in cars

As summer starts, experts are reminding parents not to leave children alone in a car in warm weather, because that puts them at risk for heat stroke and death. More>>

Mouse study supports notion of 'tanning addiction'

Despite the well-publicized risks of skin damage and cancer from too much sun, people continue to soak up ultraviolet radiation outdoors and in tanning salons.
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Study finds TV trumps exercise or reading during summer months

 TV sits at the very top of the list of favorite summertime activities, more popular than such tried and true sunny-weather rituals such as “going outside” and “playing sports.”
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Plan an affordable vacation without going into debt

Stay within your means and still have fun.
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Five great grilling recipes for summer dinners

By Alexandra Kerr Why not enjoy the sunny weather and cook dinner outside on the grill? Whether you love a good steak, pork chops or burger, or want your family to stay on the healthier side of dinner, try grilling one of these great summer dinner recipes. Blue Cheese Burgers A flavorful take on the classic burger, try this simple grill recipe for a burger both kids and adults will love. Depending on your choice of bun and meat, the blue cheese burger can be as delectable or healthy as ... More>>

A dozen things to do in Nantucket

This classic East Coast vacation spot has much to offer, both on- and off-season. More>>

Hot dog facts: Pros and cons

Hot dogs are great any time, but sales of this particular food product tend to skyrocket in the summer when cookouts and barbecues are all the rage. Read on to find out more about the pros and cons of eating this popular, family-friendly treat. More>>

3 easy canning recipes you need to try

Canning isn't difficult, and after a few sessions, you'll become a pro. More>>

Make more money at your next garage sale

How do you bring in the buyers -- and get the most money for your attic treasures? More>>

3 ways to relive your favorite summer memories

A new school year may be fast approaching, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to end just yet.
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4 best train trips in America

When you think about it, a family vacation by train is a no-brainer. The price is right, the scenery terrific, and everyone’s in a good mood.

 
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Healthy summer snacks for kids

This summer make your own kid snacks rather than purchasing premade snacks. You'll have a better idea of what your kids are eating and you'll probably save money at the grocery store.
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Top 12 vacation money savers

Whether you’re hopping in the car with the family for a weekend getaway or flying across the country, you can follow these simple tips to total vacation bliss. More>>

10 tips for preventing mosquito bites

As the temperatures heat up and the humidity soars, mosquitoes come out of the woodwork, or rather the grass, bushes, around collections of stagnant water, and any other places that may be moist. Follow these simple tips on preventing mosquito bites. More>>

Campfire classic

Enjoy the enduring legacy of s'mores.
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Best beaches for families

Here are five sandy locations that offer something for everyone. More>>

8 summer health myths debunked

Thanks to the excessive heat and lots of outdoor activities, the summer lends itself to plenty of claims about health and safety. However, many of these adages simply aren't true. More>>

6 shortcuts for 6 summer recipes

You don't want to be stuck in a steamy kitchen on a hot summer day. So how can you get dinner on the patio table faster?   More>>

How dirty is your public pool?

What are the odds that we'll actually get sick by going swimming in a pool?
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How to cook on a grill

For successful grilling, two techniques are essential -- direct grilling and indirect grilling.
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Vacation with your dog on a budget

Not only is it possible to enjoy a fun vacation with your dog, but it's also easier than ever to do so while being frugal. More>>

7 bizarre Airbnb rentals that are almost too weird to believe

Weird accommodation options are part of Airbnb's charm, so we'd like to propose seven current listings that should be verified immediately. If these folks are offering what they say they're offering, we just might book a night or two. More>>

Summer gardening guide

Summer is the time to freshen up the garden, pay careful attention to maintenance and enjoy the fruits of your labor. More>>

What to pack for your summer getaway

Summer clothes are so lightweight and versatile, you won't even need to check a bag, whether you're spending a weekend at the beach or a week in Paris. More>>

Do-it-yourself sunburn remedies

Whatever the reason you find yourself with skin that's seen too much sun, these DIY remedies will have your tender, sunburned skin feeling comfy in a flash.

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How to build a backyard horseshoe pit

Building a horseshoe pit in your backyard is a great way to get the family together for outdoor activities and spend a little time exercising while having fun. More>>

The worst summer pests

During summer most of us look forward to time at the beach, fishing and other fun activities. Unfortunately, summer also means having to deal with certain pests. More>>

Beat the heat by keeping your home cool and green Video included

When the sticky-steamy days of summer heat up, it's such a relief to crank up the AC, but did you realize that half of all the energy that your home uses is tied to cooling it down? More>>

10 summer beauty tricks to look your best

Frizzy hair, clogged pores and sunburned skin are just a few follies that will take your summer look from fab to drab. Try some of these summer beauty tricks to look your best. More>>

Are public swimming pools really that dirty?

Peeing in the pool is more common than you might think. But does that mean that the water is dirty? And what about the chlorine ? Is that enough to keep the pool clean? More>>

Grill the green way this summer Video included

Summer time and grilling go hand in hand. And keeping things eco-friendly is easier now than ever before. Here are a few green tips to keep in mind this summer. More>>

Is taking tech on vacation an intrusion or improvement?

From poolside smartphones to on-demand movies anywhere, technology has changed what it means to "get away from it all," for better and worse. More>>

4 tips for a tough summer job market

If you're a high school or college student looking for work in the coming months, here's some tips on how to make your own form of employment, whether you're looking to pad your resume or line your pocketbook. More>>

How to prevent bug bites and stings

Bug bites and stings can really put a damper on things, so taking steps to prevent them can go a long way towards ensuring that you have a fun and safe summer. More>>

The best camping gadgets for technology lovers

Today's explorers want to stay connected even in the wilderness. And they can thanks to a wide range of products that let campers stay in touch with music, media content and more. More>>

10 summer health risks to watch out for

When summer arrives, people start spending a lot of time outdoors, basking in the sun's long-awaited rays. But the great outdoors can harbor some health risks. More>>

How to build a tire swing

A tire swing hanging from a large tree is a tradition that is as American as hot dogs and apple pie. Here's how you can make your own. More>>

Get ready for shorts: The legs and booty workout!

Panicked about bathing suit season? You won't be if you try these easy exercises to tone your rear, hips and thighs. More>>

Vacation with your dog on a budget

Not only is it possible to enjoy a fun vacation with your dog, but it's also easier than ever to do so while being frugal. More>>

Circus games for a backyard 'big top'

In the mood to clown around with your kids? Step right up! Grab a kazoo and some face paint, and create your own magical circus -- no tickets required! More>>

New things to try this summer

Summer is not yet over, so explore the great outdoors and try something new. These activities will quickly lift your spirits and relieve stress. More>>

Summer gadget and gear guide

From iPhones to camcorders, we run down some of the hottest new gadgets coming your way this summer. More>>

Protection against sunscreen confusion

The FDA has just released a new set of guidelines to help people better understand sunscreen labels. More>>

Avoiding summer stomach bugs

Hello, summer! It's time for picnics, fairs, festivals, swimming pools, water parks … and nasty stomach bugs that often go hand-in-hand with these warm-weather venues. More>>

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  • Fire pit cooking fun

    Fire pit cooking fun

    Your backyard fire pit offers more than just good looks, you know. Try grilling, roasting, and even baking over its open flames.
    Your backyard fire pit offers more than just good looks, you know. Try grilling, roasting, and even baking over its open flames.
  • Party out back: East Coast vs. West Coast grilling

    Party out back: East Coast vs. West Coast grilling

    From the fresh flavors of California to old-fashioned East Coast burgers, American backyard grilling is our favorite tradition, coast to coast.
    From the fresh flavors of California to old-fashioned East Coast burgers, American backyard grilling is our favorite tradition, coast to coast.
  • Fourth of July cookout recipes

    Fourth of July cookout recipes

    Entice your guests with traditional American favorites and a few grilled surprises.
    Entice your guests with traditional American favorites and a few grilled surprises.
  • Health and FitnessMore>>

  • 11 tips to prevent and treat insect stings

    11 tips to prevent and treat insect stings

    Many childhood fears seem silly in retrospect, but you should still have a healthy dose of caution when it comes to stinging insects. Here are 11 tips on how to stay out of their way, and what to do if you end up getting stung.
    Many childhood fears seem silly in retrospect, but you should still have a healthy dose of caution when it comes to stinging insects. Here are 11 tips on how to stay out of their way, and what to do if you end up getting stung.
  • 10 summer beauty tricks to look your best

    10 summer beauty tricks to look your best

    Frizzy hair, clogged pores and sunburned skin are just a few follies that will take your summer look from fab to drab. Try some of these summer beauty tricks to look your best.
    Frizzy hair, clogged pores and sunburned skin are just a few follies that will take your summer look from fab to drab. Try some of these summer beauty tricks to look your best.
  • Are public swimming pools really that dirty?

    Are public swimming pools really that dirty?

    Peeing in the pool is more common than you might think. But does that mean that the water is dirty? And what about the chlorine ? Is that enough to keep the pool clean?
    Peeing in the pool is more common than you might think. But does that mean that the water is dirty? And what about the chlorine ? Is that enough to keep the pool clean?
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