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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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10 ways to stay cool while out and about on summer days

Summer's here and the temperature is rising. On scorching days, you may be very tempted to stay home huddled next to your air conditioner. But, like it or not, you're going to have to go out some time. More>>

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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Tick exposure can occur in a minute in infested areas

Some areas in the United States have such high tick populations that you can be exposed to the dangerous pests within one minute, an expert warns. More>>

Plan an affordable vacation without going into debt

Stay within your means and still have fun.
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5 or more bad sunburns while young tied to higher melanoma risk

White women who get five or more blistering sunburns between the ages of 15 and 20 have an 80 percent increased risk for melanoma -- the most deadly form of skin cancer, new study findings indicate. More>>

FDA orders new warning labels for tanning beds

Just in time for summer, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced on Thursday that tanning beds and tanning booths now must carry a visible warning explicitly stating that the devices should not be used on people... More>>

Jump in, just don't swallow the water

Taking a dip in the water can help refresh you on a hot day, but you need to protect yourself and your family from bacteria and parasites that can lurk in water, an infectious disease expert says. More>>

Tips for staying safe in the sun

The Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer, and that means it's time to remind you about sun safety to reduce your risk of skin cancer. More>>

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>>

Get lost in a good book: Your spring reading list

Warmer weather means more time to relax in the sun with a good book. Here are some of the most eagerly anticipated new releases of the spring/summer season. More>>

Drowning deaths down overall, but still a problem

Just in time for summer swimming and boating season comes a grim government report: Drowning deaths are still a problem in the United States, even though overall deaths from drowning are down. 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>>

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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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>>

Air travel gets even more absurd this summer

From difficult refund processes to bin-hogging passengers, this summer is poised to be another frustrating season for travelers. 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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