Top Five Ideas To Reclaim Your Yard

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sunAs Spring and Summer arrives, homeowners are looking for innovative ways to update their outdoor living areas to maximize their enjoyment, and minimize maintenance. Jason Cameron, host of DIY Network’s Desperate Landscapes, recently partnered with ForeverLawn, the leading synthetic turf firm, to create a video to help homeowners get the most of their yards. “Jason Cameron’s Top Five Ways to Reclaim Your Yard,” published today on the ForeverLawn YouTube Channel, provides Cameron’s recommendations for the top five ways homeowners can reclaim their outdoor spaces, and make their landscapes the envy of the neighborhood.

“When growing a lawn is problematic, synthetic grass is one of the coolest upgrades you can do to your yard,” said Cameron. “You can create an awesome, functional space with artificial turf that doesn’t require a ton of maintenance. With any of these five ideas, homeowners can take an area of their yard that is being underutilized, and transform it into a backyard paradise.”

1) Backyard Putting Green
From serious golfers, to people looking for a new, fun activity for their backyard, GolfGreens by ForeverLawn offers many unique options. They can design a green to mimic the speed and rolls of a golfer’s favorite course, or create a one-of-a-kind design. This fun, creative product can help homeowners improve their landscape and their golf game.

2) Outdoor Entertaining Space
The warm weather means spending more time outside, and creating an inviting backyard entertaining space is a great way enjoy the outdoors. Certain situations can make it nearly impossible to grow a plush, hearty lawn. Sometimes large shade trees keep grass from growing. Some yards have trouble drying out after rain, making the yard constantly wet and muddy. Artificial turf is an excellent solution to these types of problems, and the realistic look of DuPont™ ForeverLawn® Select Synthetic Grass provides that natural grass appearance that homeowners desire.

3) Dog Run
If dogs are tracking mud into the house, digging holes, or otherwise ruining a beautiful landscape, why not give them a space of their own? K9Grass by ForeverLawn is the artificial grass designed specifically for dogs. It’s safe, antimicrobial, drainable, and cleanable. And dogs love it. Watching dogs roll around on K9Grass is entertainment all on its own. And when mud is no longer an issue, there’s even more time to enjoy cleaner, happier pets, and a pristine landscape.

4) Playground
If children spend a lot of time indoors texting, tweeting, and gaming, they may not be getting the exercise they need. Creating a new play space outside that is fun and inviting, while also being safe, is an excellent way to encourage kids to go out and play. Playground Grass by ForeverLawn is a soft grassy surface that offers extra protection for kids who like to swing fast and climb high. Since the safety system is installed beneath the grass, it won’t be displaced or degraded by heavy traffic or intense play. And just like the dogs, the kids will stay cleaner while they play.

5) Roof Deck or Patio
Even those who don’t have big backyards can claim their limited outdoor areas to create unique living spaces. ForeverLawn synthetic turf is the perfect touch for roof decks and patios to get that green grass look even in the most urban locations. Why shouldn’t a city dweller have their own patch of grass right on their balcony? For an even more spectacular outdoor environment, the grass can be used to turn an underutilized space like a rooftop into an enchanting outdoor entertaining area.

“I’m such a believer in these ForeverLawn products,” said Cameron. “They look amazing, perform better than anything I’ve seen on the market, and they are made to last. My top five ways to reclaim your yard are just the beginning. With ForeverLawn synthetic grass, the sky’s the limit. You can put this turf anywhere. They call it Grass without limits, and it really does offer endless possibilities.”

ForeverLawn, the leader in synthetic turf, offers a variety of premium artificial grass products that are specifically designed for unique purposes. DuPont™ ForeverLawn® Select Synthetic Grass is the most natural-looking synthetic turf available today, and comes with an industry-leading ten-year warranty. K9Grass by ForeverLawn is the ideal surfacing product for pets, and can be found in premiere pet facilities, dog parks, and yards. Playground Grass by ForeverLawn offers a safe, accessible surface that is safety-rated for fall heights up to 13 feet, giving kids a fun, safe place to play. And who wouldn’t love a putting green in their own backyard? GolfGreens by ForeverLawn can make that a reality.

For more information about ForeverLawn, visit foreverlawn.com.

About ForeverLawn
ForeverLawn provides innovative synthetic grass products to create better landscapes worldwide. In areas where real grass is difficult to grow or maintain—due to high traffic or poor conditions—ForeverLawn offers a realistic alternative that is beautiful, functional, and durable. In addition to its landscape lines, ForeverLawn also offers specialty products including K9Grass, SportsGrass, Playground Grass, GolfGreens, and SplashGrass.

Bright Ideas For Sun Protection And Skin Care

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Submitted by the Baylor College of Medicine, please share your comments below…..

sunSun Protection Factor (SPF) is not the only factor to consider when protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful rays.

“We all know SPF is important, but it extends beyond that,” said Dr. Ida Orengo, professor of dermatology and director of the Mohs/Dermatologic Surgery Unit at Baylor College of Medicine. “Diet, clothing and familiarity with your skin type all factor into sun protection.”

Diet

Diet can play a role in preventing skin cancer, Orengo said. The following items have been proven to reduce the growth of malignant cells and skin tumors:

* Omega-3 fatty acids

* Green tea

* Resveratrol (an ingredient in red wine)

“We have also conducted a study that proved low-fat diets play a role in preventing skin cancer,” she said.

For those looking to increase their skin’s threshold for sunburn, Heliocare® sun pills can help and, according to Orengo, a recent study showed that nicotinamide, a type of B vitamin, also may reduce the number of skin cancers one gets.

She recommends vitamin D supplements for people who are experts at avoiding the sun.

“It’s important to remember that we do need sun,” she said. “When sun hits the skin it transforms vitamin D into its active form. We need about 10 to 15 minutes of daily sun exposure for proper vitamin D levels. Vitamin D supports healthy brain, heart and immune system function.”

Your physician should be consulted before changing your diet or taking supplements. Orengo warns that diet alone cannot prevent or cure skin cancers, only help aid in the process.

Clothing

For long days out in the sun you’ll need more than sunscreen. Orengo suggested tossing out the baseball caps with ventilation holes and opting for a hat with no holes and at least a 3-inch brim.

“Consider buying lightweight clothing that properly covers and protects your body from the sun’s rays,” she said. “Many outdoor stores now sell sun-protective clothing. There also are products that will add SPF to your own clothing.”

Types of skin

Another tip to protecting your skin is to know your own skin type, said Orengo. The Fitzpatrick scale is a numerical classification system that recognizes how varying types of skin respond to sun exposure. Orengo said dermatologists are familiar with the scale but individuals should also take time to understand their own risk. .

Type 1: burn all the time

Type 2: burn every time, then turns into a light tan

Type 3: burn but get a good tan

Type 4: sometimes burn, always tans

Type 5: rarely burns, always tans

Type 6: never burns, always tans

“Types 1, 2 and 3 are more likely to get skin cancer,” she said. “Types 4, 5 and 6 can get skin cancer, but it’s less likely. They should still protect themselves from the sun.”

For some types of skin, sunblock may work better than sunscreen because it physically blocks ultraviolet radiation from penetrating the skin. This is especially true for people who have sensitive skin, Orengo said.

Regardless of your skin type, Orengo said skin health should be everyone’s concern and following these tips, as well as seeing your doctor regularly for skin checks, is a good way to prevent skin cancers.

10 Simple Fun Ideas For Family Fitness – Part 2

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By Stephanie Ingram

Continued from part 1 of this article…..

jogger6. Go Outdoors

Look for ways to stay active with your kids. Kids enjoy moving outdoors. Gear up and go to the nearest park to your place. Plan outdoor activities for kids such as football, basket or baseball as children love team sports. You can also go for swimming and enjoy the sun, sand and beach? These activities certainly contribute to keep you and your kids fit and healthy.

7. Dance Around

Get into the groove by dancing for few minutes, an easiest way to burn calories and stay fit. Turn music on while you do the household chores. For an added kick, go for some rocking or hip hop music that’ll get your heart racing. Dance around with kids, show off your moves, burn calories on each step and stay in shape.

8. Turn Chores Fun

Make chores fun and get into home improvement activities while engaging kids along. Do some cleaning and vacuuming and do your body good. Vacuuming will not only help you clean the house but you’ll also burn calories with the push and pull of the machine.

9. Walk the Dog

Don’t you have a pooch? Look for one now. According to a survey, pup-owners are said to have more fun losing weight and staying fit than non-pup-owners. To make walking more exciting, don’t leave your pet behind, take it too with you. Walk the dog as a family and spend some time playing games with it and the kids. This ensures that the whole family gets a workout.

10. Team Sports

Family gathering is a great idea to play a team sport. How about designating one evening in a week as a family fitness night? Let a family member come up with a fitness activity that you will all do together each week. Whether it is swimming, walking, skating, or a basketball game, everyone will get an opportunity to do something they enjoy, and your workout will never become dull and boring.

I always wonder how great it would be to involve my family in my pursuit to work-out regularly. Working out together will be great fun, isn’t it? Moreover, this will not only result in staying fit but will also develop strong bond among us. So get an idea now!

– Stephanie Ingram is a blogger, writer and an enthusiast to spend her efforts and time in learning, applying and writing fitness articles, health care and green living. She has been passionate about learning and sharing the ways to improve fitness and maintain optimal health in order to live an active life. For more credible information about Health & Fitness visit our website: fitnessrepublic.com

10 Simple Fun Ideas For Family Fitness – Part 1

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By Stephanie Ingram

familywalk2It seems challenging to find enough hours in a day to spend a quality time with your family these days. Busy hours, hectic schedule, hustle bustle along with a strict routine life, it does not ensure that your child stays active neither you are able to make time for your own exercise regimen. So what to do to incorporate workout sessions in your schedule and get the whole family moving?

Check out some really fun yet convenient ideas I have come up with to make it work for everyone. No need to devote thirty minutes of vigorous workout every day. Just get yourself set for the fun.

1. Go for Post Dinner Walks

Incorporating a walking plan into your daily schedule is a great way to spend some family time and stay fit and active. How about a going for a long stroll after dinner? Tag your teen and toddler along too. I am sure these evening walks would surely do good to you and your family too.

2. Go Cycling

Cycling sounds much more exciting than long strolls, isn’t it? A family cycle ride once a week can be a great way to raise the fitness level. Make use of your bikes to go to school, to the grocery store or any other location when and where appropriate.

3. Plant New Bulbs

Gardening probably does not sound like an exercise, but trust me, it does wonders! If you are not up for hiking and running, walk to the back yard and do some gardening. Plant new bulbs and water the lawn. Engage your kids too in gardening. Planting vegetables and fruits may also encourage them to eat these healthy foods thus improving their health in another way.

4. Sneak Workouts in Household Chores

Vacuuming, dusting and cleaning, these chores might seem demanding to you. Why not make them a fun activity? Tune to your favorite track while you do the laundry or clean the house. Get yourself into gardening. Dig up dirt, plant new bulbs, water the lawn and keep yourself moving to stay active throughout the day.

5. Turn TV Advertisements into Fitness Breaks

Our living room is often a center of laziness with a comfy couch, a rack full of DVDs, video games while nothing to encourage fitness. Sprawling on a sofa and watching TV throughout the evening will only make you a couch potato. Why not turn TV commercials into fitness breaks? Just turn your sporty mode on during TV advertisements and do some sit-ups and push-ups to keep yourself flexible.

Stay tuned for part 2 of this article shortly…..

– Stephanie Ingram is a blogger, writer and an enthusiast to spend her efforts and time in learning, applying and writing fitness articles, health care and green living. She has been passionate about learning and sharing the ways to improve fitness and maintain optimal health in order to live an active life. For more credible information about Health & Fitness visit our website: fitnessrepublic.com

Figure Friendly Snack Ideas

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By Helen Agresti

healthyheartSnacking can either slim down or inflate our waistlines. Portion control, timing and composition of snacks are essential. Snacks should be between 100-200 calories. Consistency is key. Try to eat your healthy snack within the same hour every day. If you need fuel after a vigorous workout, be sure to eat within 20-40 minutes in order to prevent the break down of lean body mass. Choose foods that contain protein, fiber and carbohydrates. Eating well-balanced snacks will ensure our waistlines stay slim and trim!

Figure Friendly Snack ideas:

If you’re in need of some crunch… Sugar Snap Peas are the perfect substitute for chips and a lot more nutritious. They’re rich in iron, fiber, and vitamins C, K, and B6. Pair them with hummus or enjoy them solo.

Toasted whole grain Flatbread and Chipotle Hummus. It’s a great source of protein and fiber. Adding a little “heat” to snacks helps ignite the metabolism.

Part skim Ricotta Cheese on a slice of whole grain Toast sprinkled with cinnamon, nutmeg and berries. This is a fun and easy snack to make with kids. They love to spread, sprinkle and build.

Lightly salted Pistachios travel well. They’re a wonderful source of B vitamins, protein and fiber. Most importantly, they’re known for melting away belly fat.

Apple slices wrapped in thin layers of Provolone Cheese offer a sweet and salty taste. It’s a great afterschool snack that provides vitamin C, protein, and fiber.

~ Healthy and Happy Snacking!

– Helen Agresti is a Registered Dietitian with Professional Nutrition Consulting, LLC. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and 5 children. For more Nutrition advice and healthy recipes follow her on twitter @HelenAgresti

Guest Post – Emiah Chardon, 10 Activity Ideas Inspired By Primetime To Get You And Your Kids Active

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We all love watching our favorite cable TV shows, but have you ever thought about trying something from one of your favorite Primetime flicks? There are a lot of amazing ideas you can get from watching a fun series like “The Big Bang Theory,” “Myth Busters” and even “Man vs. Wild.” Here’s a list of ten activities, inspired by my favorite Primetime shows, to get you and the kids out of the house.

#1 Build a Fort with Bear Grylls

“Man vs. Wild” is a great inspiration for anything outdoors. My thought was to take the kids to the woods and see if we could make a lean shelter. Not only was it fun, it was a practical skill to develop. I found a great video to explain the process.

#2″Survivor”…sort of

We found a lot of fun things to do outside, one of them inspired by “Survivor.” Taking the kids out back to have them camp in the back yard, with a twist. The fun part was having them use primitive methods to start a fire, and to use old bed sheets and rope to make a shelter.

#3 “Green Arrow” and a few straw bales

One of the fun new Primetime shows is “Arrow.” I always wanted to try archery with my family, so we picked up a couple beginner bows at the local Wal-Mart, a few bales of straw from a local IFA store and BAM—we had an archery range in the back yard. Superhero status, here we come.

#4 “Top Gear” is Top Class

Our favorite BBC show, next to “Doctor Who,” is, of course, “Top Gear.” Nobody does cars like Jeremy, Richard and James. Want to get out of the house and show your kids your undying appreciation for a well built machine? Take them to a local car show or car museum. If that’s not available, I took my sons for a bit of window shopping. Just be a little stiff with the sales staff and you’ll be fine.

#5″Addicted to the Outdoors”…and tracks

There are a lot of hunting shows on TV nowadays, like “Addicted to the Outdoors” from the Outdoor Channel; and it got me thinking. Why not grab some books from the library and take my kids into the hills to do a little tracking of our own? Not to hurt the wildlife, but to learn about the tracks that animals make. It turned out to be fun, entertaining and educational!

#6 Dogs and more

My kids are big fans of “Dogs 101,” produced by Animal Planet. They wondered what it would be like to feed more than our own dog? So I packed up the car and we took a trip to a local farm where we got permission to feed the animals. It was fun to help with the horses, chickens and even a few pigs. It was so much fun; in fact, we took another trip later in the month to a local dairy for a tour.

#7 It’s a “Revolution!”

Think about the worst case scenario you can. What would you do if you didn’t have the comforts of life? That’s what got us thinking when we watched “Revolution.” How would we grow food if we couldn’t pop down to the local market? We started learning about “vertical gardens” and created our own food supply. Here’s a cool playlist from Youtube to give you a start on the subject.

#8 Scavenger Hunt

“American Digger” caught our attention with the crazy hunts they did. Mob money, fountain of cash, spoils of war? We decided to do our own digging. With a metal detector in hand, we took the kids to the beach. Unfortunately, we only found a handful of coins, a broken watch and 64 bottle caps, but we did have a fantastic time.

#9 Time to DIG!

If you haven’t seen “Time Team America,” you should check it out. It gave us the brilliant idea to round up the kids’ army men, tiny plastic animals and plastic figurines and create an outside adventure. Keeping the kids inside, I took a shovel to the sand box and dug deep. I buried the objects and then lightly hosed it down to make it heavy. Then we waited a couple hours and created our own excavation site. What a blast!

#10 “The Big Bang Theory” & Mentos

I rarely laugh more than watching Sheldon, Leonard, Howard and Raj on “The Big Bang Theory” when their geekness overcomes them. Their brilliance, mixed with comic book/Star Trek obsessions, gave me the idea for a little science experiment of my own. Ever tried mixing Mentos with Diet Coke? This should be done in the back yard, on the lawn, with a 2 liter of Diet Coke (so it’s not sticky) and a package of Mentos.

What ideas from Primetime have inspired you to get out with your kids?

– Emiah Gardner is a writer for CableTV.com that spends her weekends with family, friends and the shows recorded on her Comcast DVR.