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Summer, Don’t Go…

Many of you considered Labor Day the official goodbye to summer.  Others are watching the calender for the official beginning of Fall on September 22.  That makes this month a gift full of mild weather, moderately long, sunny days and anticipation of seasons to come. My youngest just asked, “How many years is it ’til […]

Continue Reading By on September 7, 2013 in eating better, family, fruit, garden, green, home, natural, safer chemicals, summer

Rocky Mountain Family Vacation

Rocky Mountains Rocky Mountain National Park in northern Colorado offers several ways for families so spend time together outdoors, all above 7,500 feet.  Our family squeezed in as many outdoor activities as we could in a short summer vacation.   My husband anxiously drove the entire family up Old Fall River Road up to the […]

Continue Reading By on July 27, 2013 in family, green, hiking, outdoors, parenting, Rocky Mountains, summer, vacation

Green Your Vacation

So you want to explore the great outdoors and teach your children to appreciate natural resources on your summer vacation?  Want to visit a themepark destination without being environmentally careless? All of us can find ways to turn this summertime ritual into an even greener experience with less environmental impact.  Here are a few suggestions: […]

Continue Reading By on July 26, 2013 in conscious consumerism, environmentalism, family, green, outdoors, parenting, summer, travel, vacation

Elite Rowers Help Researchers Improve Heart Health Diagnostics

US Rowing Youth Nationals ChampionshipsJune 2013 Listen to the cheers from shore or watch the focused determination of the athletes, and it’s easy to see that youth rowing is a sport with heart.  Teens stay in top condition by cross-training and practicing long hours, with a select few earning a spot at US Rowing’s Youth […]

Continue Reading By on June 17, 2013 in athletics, cardiac, family, fitness, health, heart, medical, outdoors, parenting, research, science, simple living, sports, summer

Adventures Outdoors Offers Summer Recreation on Melton Hill Lake

Owner Karen Lloyd Adventures Outdoors One of the globe’s most popular rowing sites is offering even more choices for people who want low-cost lakeside recreation.  A new outdoor rental service is now open on the popular stretch of Melton Hill Lake along East Tennessee’s Melton Lake Park. Top collegiate athletes have competed for decades in […]

Continue Reading By on May 30, 2013 in family, lakes, nature, outdoors, recreation, summer, sustainable, water

Easy Summer Ideas for Families

Still looking for easy summertime ideas for spending family time?  Here are a few that might help your family go beyond typical vacations and summer camps or that work on a tight budget. Help the kids aspire to become junior rangers.  All national parks and many state parks offer programs that involve wildlife education, citizenship […]

Continue Reading By on May 29, 2013 in education, family, home, parenting, summer

New Guide Helps Consumers Sort Sunscreens

Ready to slather on the sunscreen to say safer under hot, summer sun?  For those trying to follow conventional wisdom, it takes an extra dollop of information from a consumer watchdog group to get the complete sun safety picture.  The Environmental Working Group has released its 2013 Guide to Sunscreens. EWG says only about a […]

Continue Reading By on May 27, 2013 in health, outdoors, parenting, safer chemicals, safety, summer

Farm Market Canning Demonstrations

Think you’re just too busy to preserve any of the summer’s fresh foods yourself?  Or concerned that it’s too complicated?  Casey Littell says if you can boil water, use a timer and follow basic directions, you’re ready to start canning. Littell volunteers on behalf of Slow Food Knoxville to teach canning techniques at her local […]

Continue Reading By on June 16, 2011 in eating better, farm, food, fresh, garden, local, summer