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As high temperatures continue, many adults and their families will hit the beach, water park or pool to cool down this summer. With swimming comes the risk for ear infections. According to the Mayo Clinic, an ear infection is most often a bacterial or viral infection that affects the middle ear — the air-filled space behind the eardrum that contains the tiny vibrating bones of the ear. Because the ear canal is dark, warm, and can hold water, it makes it a perfect environment for water-loving bacteria and fungus to grow. This can be exceptionally true in the summer because…
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DIY Chalkboard Serving Tray

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The summer season is in full swing and so are the parties! Maintain your Hostess with the Mostess title with this Chalkboard Party Tray. It’s the perfect way to serve up goodies at your next gathering! WHAT YOU NEED: Wood board (we bought a 10’ piece of 2x10 at Home Depot & had it cut into 4 pieces @ 2.5’ each) Wood stain Large foam brush Rag or paper towels Chalkboard spray paint Painter’s tape Finishing spray (we used Satin finish) Sand paper (or electric sander if available) Gorilla Glue Gel Drawer pulls Steps: Sand the board until smooth. Using…
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Situated on the California-Nevada state line, South Shore is one of those fantastic year-round destinations Asnowy wonderland in winter and a water enthusiast’s dream in summer, there’s never a bad time to visit the spectacularly scenic South Shore of Lake Tahoe. Split by the massive, magnificent alpine lake in the middle, both the north and south shores are easy to navigate and offer an abundance of outdoor (and indoor) attractions and activities year round. Our family has always been partial to the south side of the lake and some of the best memories we’ve made over the years have been…
In 1957, Walter Bregman completed a two year stint in Germany with the U.S. Army Signal Corps, and began his professional career stateside as a media research analyst with the Leo Burnett Company. 45 years later, Mr. Bregman concluded his professional career having been Worldwide President of International Playtex, Inc., Vice President of E & J Gallo Winery, Chairman and CEO of two different ad agencies and the Founder, President, and Owner of the Cormorant Beach Club. He authored Spray the Bear; Reminiscences from the Golden Age of Advertising, co-authored Seven Friends, Sixty Years Later and My Box of Chocolates,…
Just over the bridge from San Diego, Coronado is a small, quaint, tree-lined retreat characterized by beautiful, rarely crowded white sand beaches, a rich, romantic history and laid-back, small town atmosphere. Although locals refer to it as “the island,” Coronado is really a peninsula connected to the mainland by a finger of land called the Silver Strand. With wide leafy streets lined with Victorian homes and Southern California beach bungalows, the island is small enough to walk almost anywhere (it’s only a mile from the San Diego Bay side of the peninsula to the Pacific Ocean). Once we parked upon…
The legend began with The Curse of Capistrano as a serialized story written by Johnston McCulley in 1919.  McCulley also penned works under the nom de plumes of Harrington Strong, John Mack Stone, Walter Pierson and Camden Stuart. The hero of his story, Zorro, also known as the Masked Fox, has thrived in our imaginations almost a hundred years because Zorro personifies action, romance, humor and heroism. An ethnic hero, he is simultaneously wise, brave, charming, cunning, and romantic. Zorro has had true staying power because he has been successfully reinterpreted within the spirit of the times. His calculating and…
Your Beach Day Just Got a Major Makeover May gray and June gloom are finally burning off (thank you summer gods!), and with the sun finally shining all day long, it’s the perfect weather to get to the beach - and really, what better way to spend a fun-filled day with family and friends than when everyone is in “vacation mode” and the kids are out of school? The rest of the summer is calling for clear blue skies and temperatures in the low to mid-80s at the beaches (truly temperate relative to the triple digits expected inland). But getting…
With flowers in bloom, pollen released by plants and increased pollution; there are more irritants than ever in the air. This makes it hard for most people with asthma hard to breathe. One way to help simply manage your asthma is to follow an action plan to help you to track your symptoms, ultimately keeping you or your child out of the doctor’s office or hospital. According to a recent study from the University of Southern California, children with asthma who were exposed to higher concentrations of particles were more likely to develop bronchitis. One of the best ways to…
Protecting Wealth and Fulfilling Retirement Dreams and Goals In 2008, I worked in an after-school program and one of my favorite “duties” was to lead “story time” for the elementary-aged children we served. One of my favorite books to read aloud was Flat Stanley, which follows the adventures of the titular character, Stanley, who had been accidentally flattened one day, but makes the most of his situation, and is soon unlocking locked doors by sliding underneath them, and traveling around the world in a postal envelope. It was while working there that I first heard whispers of the massive financial…
Many people my wife’s and my age have shared the experience we enjoyed recently on a Saturday evening: a handsome young man, well established in his business field, greeted his successful, beautifully attired bride at the altar as they calmly repeated their wedding vows without the fear and trembling that my generation almost universally experienced under the same circumstances. The difference? The couple’s seven additional years of age – and their accompanying financial stability—were enough to supply both the bride and groom with the steadiness so lacking in so many of the weddings of earlier generations.  Eleanor Barkhorn wrote in…
Growing older brings about numerous physiological changes including less-flexible muscles, sagging skin, slower metabolic processes and weight gain. Other changes might include bone deterioration and less efficiency of the heart; so finding the motivation to get in shape and stay healthy is crucial to help alleviate or prevent some of these issues. Though we believe that everyone should weight train, we recognize that weightlifting is especially important for women—and it’s women who are less likely to make a habit of this form of exercise. Whether it’s due to the tired myth that women can bulk up from weightlifting, or because…
The village concept is a relatively new model for retirement, helping seniors remain in their homes as they age. Seniors frequently struggle with increased needs associated with aging but are determined to maintain their independence while staying in their homes. The Village Movement is a grassroots concept sweeping across the nation. The virtual village idea originated in 2001 in Beacon Hill, a neighborhood of Boston. Where It Came From Nearly 90 percent of Baby Boomers say they want to stay in their homes and close to family and friends as long as possible, according to a survey by AARP. The…
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Monogram Paint Stick Flag

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Independence Day is just around the corner and what better way to show off your patriotic creativity than by making a DIY monogram paint stick flag!  Start the summer celebration off right with this must-have red, white and blue home décor piece! WHAT YOU NEED: 8 paint sticks (we got ours at Home Depot) Wooden monogram letter (we got ours at Michael’s) Wooden scroll (we got ours at Michael’s) Red, white and blue craft paint Foam brush Small bristle paint brush Matte Finish Spray Paint (we used Krylon) Sandpaper Masking or Painters tape Hot glue gun and glue Twine *Primer…

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