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August 26th, 2017
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Summer Beauty Tips and Tricks

Warm weather can play havoc on your beauty regime.  Being outside in the heat will melt your makeup. And trying to cool off in the water can make mascara run down your face where it doesn’t belong. Since summer is about enjoying the beautiful weather and taking the time to relax, the last thing you want to do is worry about your looks. The good news is, we’ve got some summer beauty tips and tricks that will help you beat the heat and stay gorgeous while you’re doing it.  

  • Sunscreen. The most important product of the summer is sunscreen. It decreases the risks of skin cancer and protects against irreversible sun damage.

by Joe Graceffa

August 25th, 2017
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Summer Essentials that Help Protect the Whole Family

The summer is underway! Whether you decide to enjoy this sun drenched season by flying to your favorite local vacation spot or if you travel abroad, or if you’re planning a fun-filled staycation, you'll want to protect yourself properly to enjoy the sun and the outdoors to the fullest with the most important summer essentials.   Every member of the family should be cautious when they are outside, but children are especially vulnerable to summer ailments such as sunburn, extreme heat or even tick bites.   But have no fear! These summer essential items will protect the entire family during the heat of the season.

by Joe Graceffa

August 14th, 2017

How to Stay Cool this Summer without a Pool

It's summer and it’s hot. No surprise there. Many people beat the heat by jumping into a pool. But not all of us are so lucky to have access to a refreshing water retreat.   No worries! We have some great ideas on how to stay cool during the heat of the season and increase your comfort this summer.     4 Ways to Beat the Heat   1. Seek Shade
Summer is made for spending time outside, but the heat and humidity can often get in the way. Enjoy the great outdoors while protecting yourself and others from those harsh UV rays with an awesome outdoor umbrella.

by Joe Graceffa

August 8th, 2017

Summer Fashion for Kids

Once upon a time, children would wear whatever their parents bought for them. Not anymore. Being a kid and wearing the most current fashion trend has become an essential part of growing up in today’s world. And summer fashion is especially important this year.   Summertime is the ideal time for parties, outdoor activities, and family trips. And that means an updated wardrobe for your kids. We’ve listed some of the “must have” kid’s summer fashions that will please your little ones without breaking the bank, especially with the coupon codes we’ve included:   1. Floral. Women of all ages love flowers.

by Joe Graceffa

July 28th, 2017
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8 Best Books to Read Summer of 2017

It's that time of year again where the weather is getting warmer, the days are getting longer, and Netflix on the couch is about to be replaced by reading outside.  It’s time to indulge in a vacation reading binge and jump on board to take an armchair journey to far away and imaginary places.   Here are some of the best books to read this summer that will whisk you away to romance, suspense, and laughter.   1. Camino Island
Legendary writer John Grisham is an American bestselling writer and attorney, best known for his popular legal thrillers.

by Joe Graceffa

July 21st, 2017
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Best Summer Road Trips

Summer is the perfect time to hit the open road! School’s out, the weather’s balmy, and the possibilities are endless. Plus there is no excuse for skipping a vacation by car since this year is the least expensive to fill up your gas tank since 2005, making the traditional road trip even more attractive.   This means you can enjoy a summer road trip without breaking the bank. And families everywhere are ready to hit the highways!  According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), a whopping 79% of travel will be done via an old school family road trip during these sun-drenched months.

by Joe Graceffa

July 14th, 2017
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Camping Checklist for People Who Don't Camp

Ah, the great outdoors. There's nothing quite like that feeling of sleeping under the stars surrounded by nature. Camping is one of the most popular outdoor recreational activities in the United States with over 40.5 million people enjoying a camping excursion annually.   However, if you happen to be one of those people who has never camped before and are not sure how you feel about all that nature stuff, you may be skeptical.  We understand, and we know that you’ll need some help to survive and keep a positive attitude.

by Joe Graceffa

July 5th, 2017
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How to Have a Fabulous Staycation

Summer is well underway and if you haven’t made your travel plans yet, or if going away for a vacation isn’t in the budget, there is still plenty of time to plan a fabulous staycation. According to Google data, searches for “staycations” peak every year during July.   There never used to be a word called “staycation,” but it has become a familiar term in all our vocabularies. The urban dictionary defines it as a vacation spent at home and involving day trips to local attractions. This summer, you can plan a “staycation” and unwind within (or just outside) your own four walls.

by Joe Graceffa

July 4th, 2017
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Independence Day Savings at New Balance

Stars and stripes, hotdogs and burgers, sparklers and fireworks. These are just a few of the 4th of July staples that define this summer holiday. It’s a day for parades and picnics and pick-up soccer games. It’s a day we all spend the majority of outside on our feet. There are a few memorable 4th of Julys when I forgot that and came home burnt and blistered. Comfortable shoes and sunscreen are now my first two grabs of the day!   This year I’m opting for SPF70 and the New Balance Fresh Foam Cruz running shoes. They’ve got a stretch heel and are super light weight and breathable.

by Abbey O'Bryan

June 14th, 2017
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Dream Destinations - Where Do Americans Want To Go?

Have you ever fantasized about where you would go if you didn’t have any obstacles in your way? If you had unlimited funds, no obligations and nothing but time? Everyone wastes a little time daydreaming of traveling, which is exactly why we decided to do a little digging and uncover the top destinations that people dream of visiting. Using Google Trends, we conducted research about which country is most sought after on a state-by-state basis. The results of our study can be found 6 travel destinations 2017     via GIPHY   In 2012, the most popular travel dream was to go to the United Arab Emirates.

by Joe Graceffa