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National Preparedness Month: Keep Your Family Safe in an Emergency
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(StatePoint) When it comes to emergency and natural disaster preparation, clean, uncontaminated water should be top-of-mind. September, which is National Preparedness Month, is an ideal time for individuals and families to make certain that they will be able to hydrate safely throughout the duration of an emergency.

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It’s Not Too Late to Plan Your Summer Road Trip
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(StatePoint) Road trips are the most popular type of vacation in the U.S., with one in three Americans slated to hit the open road this summer, according to AAA. With the season coming to a close, there’s still time to take a last-minute summer road trip.

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3 Home Projects to Transform Your Yard into a Refuge for Birds
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(StatePoint) Millions of wild birds are killed each year flying into windows, including private homes. Birds face other dangers, too, in your yard, whether they are migrating or flying locally.

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Gearing up for Fall Sports Seasons
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(StatePoint) Whatever your outdoor athletic passions are, the fall season is an ideal time of year to get out and enjoy them. However, the pleasant weather and fresh air may have you pushing new boundaries and venturing farther than ever. Whether you are hiking a trail or training for a fall marathon, this great gear can help you before, during and after your next big activity.

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Scrumptious Food and Rosé Wine Pairings
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(StatePoint) A good rosé wine is evocative of beautiful days dining outdoors, although it’s increasingly being enjoyed year-round. And if you love this pink treat, you are in good company, as French rosé wine purchases in the US were up by over 77 percent in 2016.

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6 Family Activities to be Enjoyed Indoors and Outside
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(StatePoint) If spending more time together is on your family’s to-do list, consider the following tips and ideas to make the most of each experience.

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Tips to Save Money and the Planet by Reducing Food Waste
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(StatePoint) Nearly 50 percent of produce in the US is thrown away before it reaches your plate, according to USDA estimates. This waste not only affects the environment, it impacts shoppers’ wallets, as well. The average family of four discards $1,600 of food each year, according to a study published by the International Journal on Food System Dynamics.

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5 Easy Ways Families Can Go Green When Packing School Lunches
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(StatePoint) While packing lunch for the kids can seem like a daily grind, you can use the task as an opportunity to help kids form great lifelong habits.

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Tips to Keep Outdoor Summer Fun Going After Dark
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(StatePoint) Your outdoor summer fun doesn’t have to stop after sundown.

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What to Know about Your Tuna Sandwich
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(StatePoint) Americans love their tuna. Indeed, the U.S. is the largest market for canned tuna in the world. But according to experts, much of the nation’s canned tuna is not produced sustainably or ethically.

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Top Tips for Sandal-Ready Feet
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(StatePoint) Simple sandals, trendy wedges or peep-toe heels -- no matter what warm-weather shoe you prefer, they all have one thing in common -- showing off your feet. And for many women, well-groomed feet can translate to a greater sense of confidence during sandal season.

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How to Best Cope with Summer Heat: Be Weather Ready
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(StatePoint) Summer can be hot, sticky and downright uncomfortable. It can also be dangerous if you are not prepared.

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5 Essential Travel Hacks for On-the-Go Parents
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(StatePoint) Getting from point A to point B with young kids is an adventure within itself. Whether by plane, train or automobile, parents are on the search for ways to make family travel a little less stressful.

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Doctor’s Orders: How to Protect Your Skin this Summer
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(StatePoint) The summer can really take a toll on skin, when more of it is exposed to sun, bugs and poisonous plants.

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Summer Tips to Protect Your Smartphone
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(StatePoint) Taking good care of your smartphone should be a priority all year long. However, in summer, doing so may seem like more of a challenge, as you find yourself on-the-go and frequently in situations that may compromise your device.

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Easy, Breezy Cocktail Ideas for Summer
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(StatePoint) Are you throwing a party this summer, or just relaxing with your crew? Whatever your plans are, cocktails are an essential of summer entertaining: make them easy and breezy, just like the perfect summer evening.

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Tips to Make the Most of Your Next Outdoor Adventure
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(StatePoint) Spending time enjoying nature is good for the body and mind, helping to reduce stress, increase focus and provide opportunities for physical activity, say studies. Unfortunately, our busy schedules sometimes don’t allow us to get outside as often as we’d like.

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Top Tips for Incorporating Fitness into Your Routine
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(StatePoint) Staying active doesn’t just keep a waistline in check, it benefits every part of the body, including the brain.

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Remodeling Your Outdoor Space? Consider a Fireplace
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(StatePoint) While all homeowners may wish they had unlimited resources to make upgrades, most people need to prioritize a bit due to time and money. For many these days, the goal is extending living and entertaining areas outdoors: 56 percent of homeowners are making updates to improve their yards for entertaining, according to a Houzz Landscaping Trends study.

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6 Tips for Throwing a Great Outdoor Party
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(StatePoint) Throwing the perfect party outdoors requires a bit of precision. Here are six great ways to keep guests happy, comfortable and entertained.

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Tips for Protecting Your Family Against Bug Bites
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(StatePoint) From hikes to picnics to relaxing in the hammock, nothing ruins summer fun quite as fast as bug bites. Unfortunately, bug bites are more than just a nuisance. They can trigger allergic reactions in some people, and may transmit diseases like Zika Virus, Dengue Fever, West Nile Virus and Lyme Disease.

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Tips to Step Up Your Patio Experience this Season
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(StatePoint) Ready to step up your outdoor living experience this season? You’re not alone. Nearly 70 percent of design and build firms report an increased demand for outdoor living space, according to the American Institute of Architects.

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DIY Projects to Improve Your Outdoor Living Space
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(StatePoint) Are you taking advantage of your yard and maximizing its potential as a living space? All you need is a bit of time and energy to transform your yard into the perfect place to spend time with family and friends.

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Hot for Summer: Create a Perfect Outdoor Escape in Your Backyard
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(StatePoint) If there’s anything better than heating up the grill and chilling drinks with close friends late into a summer evening, it’s decorating the space in which it all takes place. As with all things summer, refreshing your outdoor space calls for a simple, relaxed approach. Here are a few ideas for making a quick splash.

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Tips to Refresh Yourself this Season
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(StatePoint) For a happier, healthier you, take some time to clean and clear your body and mind. Here are five great ways to give yourself a mid-year refresh.

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New Ways to Safeguard Skin Year-Round Before and After Spending Time Outdoors
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(StatePoint) A day outdoors can be enjoyable, but keep in mind that this UV exposure can take its toll on skin health.

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Top Tips for Allergy Management
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(StatePoint) Allergy symptoms can lead to a major disruption in quality of life. And unfortunately, they affect a lot of people. Nearly 60 million Americans suffer from allergic rhinitis (also commonly known as hay fever), according to the American College of Allergy Asthma and Immunology.

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Make Your Summer Barbeques Sizzle
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(StatePoint) With family and friends gathering to celebrate all summer long, try a new and healthy twist on some backyard barbeque essentials.

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Make Your Home Safer in Wicked Weather
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(StatePoint) Wicked weather can happen anytime, anywhere. Being prepared will offer you, your family and your home greater protection. Here is what to know.

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Checklist: 5 Camping Essentials for a Safe and Enjoyable Adventure
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(StatePoint) More than 30 million Americans camp in tents yearly, according to the Outdoor Foundation. As with any outdoor adventure, having the necessary equipment is crucial.

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Outdoor Enthusiasts: Tips to Prevent Bites and Burns
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(StatePoint) Nearly half of all Americans participate in at least one outdoor activity each year, according to statistics from the Outdoor Foundation. And while many of those exercising outdoors take necessary precautions to reduce their risk for injury, they are not always as dedicated to skin protection.

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Do You Practice Safe Sun Habits?
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(StatePoint) Summertime is all about trips to the pool, beach and park. And it also means time spent in the sun.

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Buying a Lawn Mower? Here’s What You Need to Know
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(StatePoint) Curb appeal all begins with a beautiful lawn. When it comes to making a great impression, your effort is just one part of the equation. The quality of your equipment can play a major role, too.

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4 New Technologies to Help You Protect and Appreciate Nature
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(StatePoint) The possibilities of new technology to improve the world are seemingly boundless. And these days, the state-of-the-art can help you protect and appreciate nature in your daily life.

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8 Things to Consider When Choosing a Trash Can
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(StatePoint) While nearly all municipalities or waste haulers provide trash carts and cans, most let residents and businesses use more as needed.

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4 Tips to Flip the Switch to a More Beautiful Home
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(StatePoint) The average home has 45 light sockets which means you probably have more light bulbs than just about any home product, and yet the lighting aisle can still be a daunting place. With the right knowledge, you can save money, protect the environment and bring the best features of your home to life.

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How to Keep Lips Healthy and Hydrated
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(StatePoint) Lips can be especially susceptible to the elements, leaving them dry and chapped. To keep your pucker healthy and hydrated, consider the following tips from the makers of Carmex lip balms, and Dr. Neil Sadick, M.D., a New York City-based dermatologist.

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