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  1. 20 Kids Fitness Activities for Summer

    It is summertime and the living is easy. We all love the easy going summer lifestyle, but for some parents out there, we worry about our kids and want to ensure they are getting enough exercise. Fortunately, the summer weather provides plenty of reasons to get outside and find some kids fitness activities that will keep everyone active this summer!

    Kids Fitness Activities for the Family

    Summer is a great time for family bonding. As part of that bonding then consider some family fitness activities. Nothing creates bonding like teamwork and working together to stay in shape.

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  2. 2016 Summer Poolside Reading List

    Whether it’s to fulfill school summer reading lists, or just for pleasure, poolside reading is one of the most popular things to do in the summer! Whether you read it on your nook, kindle, paperback, or hardcover, there are so many ways you can enjoy new and exciting books. Here is a list of titles that will surely keep you entertained for the summer, no matter what your reading preference is!

    If you’re looking for a strong female novel:
    The Girls: A Novel by Emma Cline

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    Northern California, during the violent end of the 1960s. At the start of summer, a lonely and thoughtful teenager, Evie Boyd, sees a group of girls in the park, and is immediately caught by their freedom, their careless dress, their dangerous aura of abandon. Soon, Evie is in thrall to Suzanne, a mesmerizing old

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  3. 23 Things To Do During A Heat Wave

    During the summer, mother nature makes a mark with a special mix of hazy, hot and humid conditions. Particularly in the Northeast, and down the Eastern seaboard, this summer mix creates some difficult conditions. At times it is difficult to figure out things to do and stay cool. Of course, pools are great ways to cool down, excessive time in the sun is not healthy. Weather Wiz Kids provides some more tips to stay safe in excessive heat. So, how do you beat the heat? After the typical trips to the mall and movies to enjoy some air conditioning, how else do you entertain kids and keep them active during a summer heat wave? As Nanny.Net points out, one way to beat the heat is avoid the hottest parts of the day. But, this is not a great way to keep the kids entertained Read more »
  4. 25 Rainy Day Activities for Kids

    The summer is a great time to get outside and explore the surrounding area. Parks are a safe way to remain active, allow kids to play outside and interact with their peers. Unfortunately, it rains. Check out these activities that let kids remain creative and active...especially during a rainy day. Arts and Crafts When it rains, then arts and crafts are a nice indoor activity to stay creative. If you are looking for a few projects beyond regular drawing and coloring, then check out these activities. 1. Bubble Art - simply mix dishwasher soap, paint and imagination to create the next big thing in the art world.

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  5. 3 Must Know Things About Pool Installation

    During the summer months, there are so many activities to attend and chores to complete that we all want (and need) to find ways to save some time. As a pool owner, finding pool care tips that save time (and money) are essential to enjoying your summer.

    After all, time is of the essence and proper pool maintenance can be quite time consuming.

    To help, here are plenty of pool care tips that will help save you time (along with some money), so you can create some free moments relaxing by the pool!

    Pool Care Tips to Save Time

    Although we all want to live in the moment and enjoy that summer lifestyle, life happens! We still need to work in the summer and other commitments interfere with our desire to relax. For those of us that enjoy our pools, standard maintenance tasks can eat into

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  6. 3 Simple Steps to Prepare Your Above-Ground Pool for a Storm

    Along with the season of hot summer days, baseball, fireworks, and refreshing dips in your pool; comes hurricanes and tropical storms. According to the National Hurricane Center, the season for hurricanes in the northeast is June 1 to November 30 - right in the middle of pool season! But don't worry - preparing your Namco above-ground pool for a storm is as easy as 1-2-3. Just follow the simple steps below to protect your pool against possible damage caused by high winds and heavy rainfall.

    1. Don’t Drain the Pool Water

    One of the biggest myths about preparing your above-ground pool for a storm is that you should drain your pool water. Often times, pool owners are afraid that the high amounts o Read more »
  7. 3 Summer Party Ideas to Plan the Perfect Celebration

    Memorial Day is around the corner. That means the unofficial start of the summer, although, we kicked off the summer a little early with our #RelaxPlaySwim Summer Celebration Photo Contest on May 13 (CLICK HERE TO ENTER). This Memorial Day, if you are hosting or attending a party, then check out these tips to plan your summer party. If real estate is all about location, then summer parties are all about planning. Plan the date. Plan the food. Plan the entertainment. Check out these quick tips from Emily Henderson and Target.

    Summer means cookouts and parties, especially with the brutal New England winter, so we wanted to go over some

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  8. 5 Fun Games to Play with Water this Summer

    If you #RelaxPlaySwim to the fullest this summer, then you may consider some fun outdoor playtime in the water with your family and friends to celebrate the warm weather. Thanks to Linda from Rain or Shine Mamma for working with us and providing some great ideas to make the most of your summer. This is a sponsored post from NAMCO.


    Few things capture children's imagination like water. They love to pour it, jump in it, spray each other with it, swim in it, blow bubbles in it, throw things in it...well, you get the idea. There's a good reason for this - water play is packed with sensory experiences and learning opportunities for children. According to the journal Dimensions

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  9. 5 Perfect Picnic Ideas

    If you #RelaxPlaySwim to the fullest this summer, then you may consider a picnic with your family and friends to celebrate the season. Thanks to Emma from CTBites for working with us and providing some great tips and tricks to make the most of your next picnic experience. This is a sponsored post from NAMCO.


    Summer has arrived in all its glory…beaches are open, sunshine abounds, and the grill is fired up. The season also means kids are home and there is plenty of free time. Picnics are a fun way to pass the hours. They are perfect as a family adventure, a couple’s date, or even some solo relaxation. Here are some tips to make sure yours is a success! 1. Location, Location, Location! With water nearby for a dip and soothing sounds of waves, the beach seems like the perfect warm weather destination. However, when it comes to a picnic, you might wan

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  10. 5 Steps to Create a DIY Outdoor Speaker System

    Summer means a lot of things. For some it means summer vacation. For others it means summer hours at the office. It also means summer projects. A great summer project that combines friends, family and fun is installing an outdoor speaker system. We all know that summer music provides some great memories, so add to the stories and add a great audio adventure to your yard. Listening to music outside is one of the best ways to really embrace the #RelaxPlaySwim attitude. The classic summer BBQ is turned up a notch with a great surround sound system to play music as everyone enjoys the summer sun. One of the great things about this summer project is that once the sound system is installed, then it will last for years. This is a project that takes some time to do right, but is worth the investment as it provides years of enjoyment for future springs and summers.

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