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  1. How to Set Up Your Farmers Market Stand

    How to Set Up Your Farmers Market Stand

    If you’ve got a green thumb and you’re looking for a fun way to make some money, setting up a farmers market stand is a great idea! Fresh, locally grown produce is in high demand, and growing and selling your own food is incredibly rewarding.

    Even if you don’t live on a large farm, you can still grow a wide variety of fruits and vegetables to sell at a farm stand. In fact, urban farming has become one of the hottest new trends. From hydroponic systems set up on rooftops to outdoor greenhouses, there are plenty of creative ways to get your garden growing.

    Before you can start selling your goods, you’ll need to set up your space. Luckily, creating a roadside farm stand is a simple project that won’t cost you a ton of money. Here’s a look at some of the best farm stand ideas for setting up produce stands at outdoor markets.

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    First, Learn the Rules of Setting Up Produce Stands at Outdoor Markets

    If you’re setting up afarm  stand at an established farmers market, check with them to make sure you understand all the rules before you get started. You’ll need to make sure they’ve approved the items you’re planning on selling and that the farm stand spac

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  2. Home Tailgating: Football Party Tips to Make The Big Game Fun

    Bring Big Game Excitement with These Backyard Tailgate Party Ideas

    There’s a big football game being played on Sunday, and there will be a championship feeling in the air. Whether your favorite team is playing, or you have no rooting interest at all, the best way to celebrate the day is with a small backyard homegate party!

    While a tailgate party is an outdoor bash that takes place before a sporting event at the parking lot of a stadium, a homegate party that you hold in your backyard. A tailgate party will include a grill, a tailgate canopy, portable folding chairs, a sturdy but compact camping table, a trusty metal cooler, and plenty of food and drinks.

    A homegate party gives you all the benefits of a tailgate without the added stress of gameday traffic, need to prep food the night before, or the need to pack your car or truck with tailgating gear. Additionally, homegating allows you to keep your party as intimate as you’d like. You can make it a family affair, or just invite the neighbors over for a pre-game meal.

    While the big game atmosphere can make tailgating a unique experience, you can replicate the feel in your own backyard. In fact, when you’re homegating, you aren’t restricted to one or two parking spaces. You’ll have more room to set up tables and chairs, games like cornhole, and to generally just stretch out. Also, you’ll have the convenience of setting up and breaking down your backyard in your own time frame, and not when the stadium parking lot is open.

    It doesn’t matter if you live in the cold Kansas City area, the warmth of the Tampa Bay area, or anywhere else in the United States. Even thought the 54 of the 55 of big championship football games have been played in warmer weather or indoor stadiums, it’s a sport that’s played in just about any weather. Those who tailgate at Kansas City games dress in layers to stay warm. Fans of the team in Tampa know how to stay cool under the blazing sun.

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  3. Perfect Shade and Seating Accessories for Football Games and Parties

    Perfect Shade and Seating Accessories for Football Games and Parties

    The change in seasons brings a new season of activities with it. Some of these include attending sporting events as sports like football begin to reach a fever pitch. Fall is a great time to host football parties outside. One of the primary challenges is the weather. If you are excited for the next season of tailgating to happen but don't want it to rain on your parade, we have got some great setup options for you, from portable canopy tents to sturdy backyard gazebos.

    What Is a Tailgate (or Football-Themed) Party?

    First, before you learn all about the awesome things you can do to have a stellar tailgating party, you need to understand exactly what it is! Some of you seasoned football fans will be able to skip right past this section since you are more than familiar with the concept.

    For those who aren't yet familiar with the fun of tailgating—A tailgating party is one of the most common ways to host a football-themed party outside. It is a social event that you hold on or near the open tailgate of a vehicle. A tailgate party can be in your backyard, but it is often held outside the football stadium before and during the game.

    You can also host other kinds of football-themed parties if you don't have a vehicle that lends itself well to tailgating. Of course, some people would argue that such vehicles don't exist, but those would be the hardcore tailgating fans.

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  4. Protect Yourself Against Skin Cancer: The Benefits of Sun Protection

    Protect Yourself Against Skin Cancer: The Benefits of Sun Protection
    As soon as the temperature starts to rise, it’s time to take advantage of outdoor activities and spending time with family in the sunshine. But with the extra fun comes increased risk of skin cancer. Sun protection is your best line of defense when it comes to skin cancer prevention. The American Cancer Society says staying in the shade can be one of the best lines of defense for your skin.

    What is Skin Cancer?

    What exactly is skin cancer? According to the Skin Cancer Foundation and Skincancer.org, it is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal skin cells usually caused by overexposure to ultraviolet radiation. The CDC suggests someone is at a higher risk of getting skin cancer even from a few bad sunburns. There are multiple types of skin cancer, but here are the three most commonly diagnosed in the United States, according to the Cancer Treatment Centers of America:
    • Basal cell carcinoma: The cancer cells develop in the basal layer of the skin, hence the name. This type of skin cancer accounts for 80% of all diagnoses in America. This type of the least dangerous because it rarely metastasizes and grows slowly.
    • Squamous cell carcinoma: This is the second most common type of skin cancer. They develop from the flat squamous cells on the skin. Although they are more likely to spread than basal cell carcinoma, it is uncommon for them to metastasize.
    • Melanoma: This is a more aggressive and dangerous type of skin cancer that form in the melanocytes, or darker pigments of skin. Melanoma can form in parts of the body that aren’t exposed to sunlight, and can metastasize.
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  5. ShelterLogic Group's Ultimate Guide for Christmas Gift Ideas

    ShelterLogic Group's Ultimate Guide for Christmas Gift Ideas

    Looking for the perfect Christmas gift ideas for beloved family and friends?

    ShelterLogic Group has a wide array of brands with a broad offering of holiday gifts for all types of people in your life. From Gardening Grandkids, to yor New-Homeowner Niece, to Camping Cousins, to your DIY Dad: we've got all the great Christmas gifts you'll need to complete your 2020 holiday shopping.

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  6. What to Pack for Hiking: 10 Essentials for Your Day Hike

    What to Bring When You Go on a Day Hike

    Hiking is a fun way to stay in shape and enjoy the great outdoors. But, it can quickly change from a fun adventure to an uncomfortable or even dangerous situation if you're not prepared. Whether you’re taking a stroll to check out a nearby waterfall or tackling a difficult summit, it’s absolutely critical to have the right equipment.

    The more prepared you are, the more you’ll enjoy your next day hike. However, since you also have to carry everything you bring, you also don’t want to lug around a bunch of stuff you’ll never use. That’s why it’s so important to understand exactly what to pack for hiking – and what to leave at home. The following list of ten hiking essentials will help ensure you have everything you need and none of the stuff you don’t.

    1. Navigation Tools

    Even if you think you know exactly where you’re going, it’s important to bring a map and a compass with you on your hike. Sure, you can use your phone’s GPS in most cases, but don’t forget that the further you venture out into nature, the more likely you will lose cell reception. If you happen to get lost and can’t find a signal, you’ll be glad to have an old-school backup.

    Choose a waterproof and tear-proof map that will stand up to the elements. Also, spend some time brushing up on your map-reading and compass-using skills so you feel as comfortable as possible before you head out. 

    2. Sun & Insect Protection

    If you don’t remember anything else when you start to pack for hiking, you must remember to bring sun protection. Even if the weather looks cloudy or you're hiking in the snow, you’ll still be impacted by the sun’s harsh rays. A bad sunburn or cracked and peeling lips are sure to ruin your hike and make you suffer for days after.

    Sunscreen, SPF lip balm, polarized sunglasses, a brimmed hat, and protective cloth

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  7. Haunting Halloween Party Ideas: Ghoulish Themes for Every Age

    Haunting Halloween Party Ideas

    Halloween is a fun holiday that has the versatility to be enjoyed by people of all ages. So whether you are a kid ready to dress up and head out for a night of trick or treating or an adult ready for a spooky night of quirky drinks and haunted baked goods, there are party options for you to enjoy.

    This might be your first year throwing a Halloween party, or you might need some fresh ideas for the next year of festivities. Whatever you need, we have compiled a list of the best ways you can prepare for a unique, fun night of celebrating this spooky season.

    Halloween Party Prep and Accessories

    Creating a ghoulish atmosphere or a perfected haunted house is no laughing matter. There is plenty of work and planning that goes into a great Halloween party! Get started with our Halloween party ideas, or use them for inspiration to create your own spooky decorations and eerily great snacks.

    Start at the Beginning: Haloween Party Invitations!

    Whether you choose to use e-vite's or go classic with snail-mail invitation cards, you have the chance to start the Halloween festivities with a mood-setting invitation. Use greeting cards to call out whatever theme you choose, and make sure people are prepared for whatever you might have in mind.

    Creepy Crawly Decorations

    Halloween started in North America in the 1840s, brought over by the Irish immigrants. Since then, it has become highly commercialized for the benefit of things like fabulous Halloween parties. As a result, you can get all kinds of creepy, ghoulish decorations. Since they are so varied and can fit into a range of budgets, you should figure out your theme before investing too much.

    Whether it be bloody decorations that set a scene like a scary butcher shop or a creepy den of spiders and insects, you can find the right decorations to make your Halloween party feel like a theme

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  8. The Ultimate List of Camping Supplies: What to Bring Besides a Tent

    What to Bring Camping? The Ultimate List of Camping Supplies

    There’s nothing quite like spending time in the great outdoors and sleeping under the stars. But, if you’re not prepared, your amazing camping adventure can quickly turn into a nightmare.

    While camping used to be all about “roughing it,” today, many people prefer casual camping or even “glamping” (luxury camping). While you can’t bring all the comforts of home with you, packing a few extras will help ensure you can comfortably enjoy your next trip.

    Not quite sure what to bring camping? We’ve got you covered! Check out our round-up of all the most important camping must-haves.

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    Setting Up Your Campsite

    Since you’ll spend a lot of time relaxing at your campsite, you’ll want to take the time to think about the layout and the camping must-haves you’ll need to bring with you. When setting up your campsite, it’s important to create a comfortable space to sleep in as well as a centralized area where everyone can gather and enjoy their time together.

    Try to put as much space between these areas as you can. This way, if other people in your party are night owls or early risers, they won’t disrupt your sleep schedule. As you make your list of camping supplies, be sure

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  9. Ultimate Summer Beach Gear Guide

    Ultimate Summer Beach Gear Guide

    One of the most exciting times of the year is packing up for a relaxing getaway to the beach. Enjoying family time in the warm weather with your toes in the sand is one of the best parts of summer. Having the right beach gear helps you have a safe and hassle-free vacation. Before you head out to take on the waves, ensure you have everything you need for a successful beach day with our Ultimate Summer Beach Gear Guide.

    Summer Beach Gear with Safety and Convenience in Mind

    Although a day swimming in the water with family seems like it’s all about fun, too much sun exposure can be dangerous to your skin and your health. It’s important to protect yourself from harmful UV rays using summer gear that keeps you cool in the shade.

    Every day in America, 9,500 people are diagnosed with skin cancer. The American Cancer Society says staying in the shade is one of the best lines of protection when it comes to preventing skin cancer. That’s why adding accessories to your checklist with added beach shade is always a great idea. Here are some ways to incorporate extra protection into your outdoor adventure.

    Beach Gear with Extra Protection

    Having a comfortable place to relax while spending hours by the water is essential for any beach getaway. But having beach shade is important for your safety and enjoyment. Here are some great summer gear options with extra shade to stay out of those harmful UV rays.

    Shaded Seating Options to Keep You Cool

    A canopy chair blends the convenience of a beach chair with the benefit of a shaded canopy. These provide a quick and simple way to relax while shielding your skin

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  10. Pop Ups and More for Winter Sports

    Pop Ups and More for Winter Sports
    Just because it’s cold or even snowing doesn’t mean you should forget to use a shelter for winter sports! Whether you’re participating in an outdoor recreation event or watching a game live or on television, pop-up canopies are perfect for your winter sports activities.

    Did you know sunscreen is not just for the warmer seasons? Just because it’s not summertime anymore doesn’t mean you should skimp on sun protection. Protecting your skin is just as important because the sun’s harmful UV rays don’t take a winter break! According to Accuweather, sunlight reflects off snow the same way it reflects off a pool in the summertime, which can still cause a sunburn.
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