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Father’s Day Books 2014

Top 6 for Dads from Barnes & Noble

 

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Top 25 Gifts for Dad

Top 25 Father’s Day Gifts

The Father’s Day Gifts That Will Knock His Socks Off

AskMen Editors

Buying gifts can be incredibly hard, and, sure, it’s always simple to take the easy way out with a tie or coffee mug, but why not do something really special for the old man this year? We’ve put together this handy guide ofgreat Father’s Day gifts that includes the perfect gift ideas for every type of dad, from the avid outdoorsman to the obsessed film aficionado.

We’re sure your dad will be appreciative of whatever you get for him on Father’s Day, and while a heartfelt card and hug are nice, they probably can’t compare to a cutting-edge tablet.

Timex Expedition Chronograph

For the Classic Dad
Simple, yet sturdy, this stainless steel number from Timex is a great everyday watch with its black and white dial and silver link strap.
Starting at $56.50 at Amazon.com

Carnivore Cookbook

For the Classic Dad
Great for the dad who likes to cook both simple and elaborate meat-based meals, Michael Symon’s cookbook is an offer featuring 120 recipes for carnivores. The book is a great blend of traditional dishes, like pork pie and smoked lamb ribs, with a touch of contemporary.
$20.34 at Walmart

Amazon Fire TV

For the Tech Dad
If your dad likes watching what he wants, when he wants, Amazon Fire TV will let him do just that. This small, easy, and well-designed set-top box is a great way for him to stream everything from the latest blockbuster to his favorite TV series and games. It’s also an Android-friendly device so he can access the system from his smartphone.
$99.00 at Amazon

Ursa Shaving Cream

For the Dapper Dad
Great for softening the coarsest beard hairs, this all-natural “stellar” shave cream from Ursa Major will keep your dad’s skin safely lathered during grooming sessions, and leave it nourished with its blend of essential oils (organic Grand Fir, vetiver, aloe, and ginger). Perfect for the hands-on dad, this non-foaming cream is meant to be applied without a brush.
$24.00 at Amazon

Panasonic Wet/Dry Shaver

For the Classic Dad
He might have taught you how to shave, but that doesn’t mean you can’t give him a tool to perfect the job now. For a quick yet precise shave, and easy clean-up, Panasonic has some fine electric razors that are good for dad. Plus, they’re equipped with waterproof technology for use in wet or dry conditions.
Starting at $49.79 at Panasonic.com

 

Chillsner

For the Handy Dad
Love of beer is practically synonymous with dads, and now there is a way to ensure that his lager or IPA is perfectly chilled every time. Designed like an icicle, or a “corksicle,” the Chillsner fits into a bottle’s neck so that his drink cool off almost instantly, down to the last drop.
$20.55 at Amazon

 

MeUndies

For the Dapper Dad
Made from Lenzing modal (a fabric known for being super soft and ecological), it’s no surprise that MeUndies have been dubbed the “world’s most comfortable” underwear. Beyond comfort, this line of premium undies comes in a variety of colors and prints that will keep dad feeling funky and fresh, day in and day out. Plus, using the code FDAM25 at checkout gets you an additional 25% off your first purchase.
$16.00 at MeUndies.com

Hershel Weekender Bag

For the Dapper Dad
From one of the top bag-makers, the Herschel Weekender is a good pick for the dad that likes to spend weekends out of town. It’s built big enough to fit an overnight change of clothes, the essentials, and extra pair of shoes in the underneath storage pocket, and it’s small enough to be used day-to-day.
$79.99 at Zappos.com

 

MyBasis


For the Tech Dad
The Basis activity tracker combines advanced technology and wear-worthy esthetic, but let’s focus on what makes this piece of wearable tech different from the others we’ve seen before. The band is riddled with sensors that capture heart rate, motion, activity trends, sleep patterns, as well as perspiration and skin temperature. But beyond regurgitating information, Basis analyzes tendencies and habits to suggest ways of optimizing daily potential — truly great for the active dad.
$199.00 at MyBasis.com

Target Gift Card

For the Classic Dad
If you’re not quite sure what to get your dad this Father’s Day — or he’s really picky — save yourself a potential headache and get him a Target GiftCard. He can turn any physical or digital card he receives into a Target Mobile GiftCard just by storing the barcode into his account and presenting it when he makes a purchase. He can even merge or share all the cards he receives from others just by logging into the website or using the app. With a $1,000 limit ($200 on an e or mobile card), he can get exactly what he wants minus all the fuss.
Starting at $5.00 at Target

 

Bespoke Post

For the Dapper Dad
A subscription service geared towards enhancing the day-to-day lifestyle basics of every man, Bespoke Post is the perfect gift for the dapper dad. The New York-based company will hook him up with a freshly curated box of goods every month, with themes ranging from home-distillery and grill-mastering, to the best swagger-inducing socks.
Membership is $45 per month, shipping included, or $55 per box.
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Bill’s Khakis Plaid Shirt

For the Classic Dad
Summer calls for a shirt that’s both office-casual and weekend-friendly. This 100% cotton broadcloth button-up from Bill’s Khakis meets this requirement with flying colors — literally, we like the raspberry and blue pairing here. Plus, until June 15, you can receive 20% off any purchase at Bill’s Khakis by using the coupon code ASKMEN20.
Check out BillsKhakis.com

 

SWIMS Lace-Up Loafers

For the Sophisticated Dad
Crocs are a staple of the everyday dad – and why not? Dad works hard. “When you get to be my age, you’ll want cushy, multi-colored pieces of plastic on your feet too,” he once told you. Well that may be, but help him out a little in the style department with Swims Lace Up Loafers – all the comfort of Crocs, 2000 times the style.
$159.00 at The Bay

iGrill

For the Tech Dad
This BBQ companion is the answer to precision grilling. The iGrill works with bluetooth so that dad can monitor the internal temperature of his favorite cuts from his phone. Now, he’s guaranteed to have the exact medium-rare steak he’s been craving.
$39.99 at Amazon.com

 

AMEX Gift Card

For the Classic Dad
Give Dad the gift of choice American Express® Gift Cards are a great way to celebrate Father’s Day on June 15. Dad can buy his favorite things virtually anywhere American Express® Cards are accepted. No purchase fee with code FPDAD until 6/16/14.*
Starting at $25.00 at AmericanExpress.com

 

Woolrich Vest

For the Classic Dad
This Woolrich vest is a cool compromise between neat and rugged with its quilted shell and slim cut. Plus, it’s season-appropriate for transitioning from city to camping.
$99.00 at Amazon.com

 

Boardwalk Empire Seasons 1-3 (Blu Ray)

For the Tech-Savvy Dad
Starring Steve Buscemi as a part-time politician, part-time gangster, and full-time ruler of 1920s Atlantic City, Boardwalk Empire is crime and period drama set in the Prohibition era. It was created, written and produced by Terence Winter, who is also known for his contribution to The Sopranos, and Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street. It’s not exactly a new show, but with the new and final season coming soon, you can get dad caught up on a show that promises swag.
$66.87 at Amazon.com

 

Sagaforme Rocking Glasses

For the Sophisticated Dad
For those who enjoy a good sip of whiskey, scotch, or other malt-based liquor, true appreciation comes from sipping from the right glass. The Sagaform rocking glasses are a simple and elegant way to lend as much importance to style as he does to taste.
$23.99 at Amazon

 

GoPro Hero3+: Silver

For the Tech-Savvy Dad
If the Old Man acts like a young man when it comes to the outdoors, maybe a tiny extreme-sports camera that records HD video like a GoPro is up his alley. It clips easily to helmets and other surfaces and works underwater. Frame rates, light balances and other options can be controlled from the accompanying app.
$299.00 at Amazon

James Scott Crystal Decanter

For the Sophisticated Dad
Handcrafted using traditional methods of glass blowing and cutting, this Irish-cut decanter is perfect for the sophisticated dad. It’s made of lead crystal so that it’s heavy in the hands and brilliant to see. If you want to go the extra mile, add a generous drop of his favorite whiskey and set the decanter on his study table.
$26.99 at Amazon

 

Monarch’s Playing Cards

For the Classic Dad
Because playing cards is a classic kind of fun — especially when they look this good. Fit for royalty, this deep red and gold embossed deck even comes in a silk-finished tuck case.
$9.45 at Amazon

 

Club W

For the Classic Dad
Great for wine enthusiasts of all kinds, Club W is the best way to get acquainted with cool quality wines. Based on a palate profile test completed at sign-up, the Club makes personal recommendations that are then home-delivered for tasting. Curated by unpretentious representatives, the subscription service is meant to get people excited about discovering new tastes and developing a repertoire of favorites.
Starting at $50.00 at Club W

 

Grid-it Organizer

For the Tech-Savvy Dad
With our list of travel essentials getting longer and longer, it’s becoming trickier to neatly pack everything without leaving anything behind. Grid-it is an organizer that is meant to accompany a laptop case or travel bag, and provides its own pocket for internal storage. Now, he won’t forget his keys, phone, or USB cable when he leaves home in a hurry.
$12.75 at Amazon

 

Leather Bracelet

For the Dapper Dad
With its dark leather braiding and stainless silver clasp, this bracelet is a great combination of masculine and sophisticated. This small accessory is a watch companion (or alternative) that will suit his work attire as much as it will complement his weekend get-up.
$15.95 at Amazon.com

 

Corgi Socks

For the Dapper Dad
Because there’s nothing like putting on a fresh pair of socks to start a fresh day. These blue ribbed cotton-blend socks were made in Wales, UK, and will a touch of sophistication to even his most ordinary outfits.
$18.00 at MrPorter.com

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Father’s Day Activities 2014

Top Activities To Do With Dad In Denver

From CBS4denver.com

With all the hoopla and craziness surrounding Mother’s Day, it seems that fathers often get a bit left out. Make Father’s Day much more than just another brunch and a few lousy gifts. Instead, create a day to remember for the whole family and go out to enjoy the day together. Whether your father loves baseball or golf, or if he is more into music or science there is something for every dad and every family. Think outside the brunch-box and try one of these great activities for you and your Pop on Father’s Day.

 

Slammers Baseball & Softball
1878 S. Wadsworth Blvd.
Lakewood, CO 80232
(303) 988-7426
www.slammersbaseball.com

Nothing says “I love you dad” like a hard baseball flying at your face at speeds up to 70 miles per hour. Take your pop to the batting cages and enjoy a day together. Slammers Baseball has five automatic hitting stations with set speeds from 35 to 70 miles per hour for baseball. It also has two softball stations set at 40 and 60 miles per hour, plus one slow pitch station. This is a very affordable and fun way to spend some time with your pop, enjoy some sports activities and get some practice on that swing.

 

Kennedy Golf Course
10500 E. Hampden Ave.
Denver, CO 80014
(720) 865-0720
www.denvergov.org

Kennedy is one of the busier and more well-known golf courses in town with several courses to enjoy. The courses are long and the greens give you a good challenge, plus there are plenty of water hazards to keep you on your toes along the way. If you are beginners, then try the nine-hole par three course that requires no advance reservation to play. Or, if regular golf isn’t your thing, Kennedy also has a fun putt-putt course as well. Or just grab a bucket of balls and hit the driving range to practice your swings together. Once you have had enough, head over to the club to enjoy a nice lunch and a couple of beers. For any golf fan, there is plenty to do at Kennedy Golf course, so grab your clubs and bring your pop on down.

 

Dinosaur Ridge
16831 W. Alameda Parkway
Morrison, CO 80465
(303) 697-3466
www.dinoridge.org

Spend the day with Dad exploring actual dinosaur fossils and learning about the amazing animals that once roamed Dinosaur Ridge. This is a true treasure in Colorado and it is a great place to spend some time with dad, enjoying the great Colorado weather and a bit of exercise along the way. There is a 1.5-mile long trail that has hundreds of actual dinosaur tracks, a dinosaur bone quarry and plenty of really interesting geologic features. Or check out the Triceratops Trail for another 1.5-mile long trail with tracks that are roughly 68 millions years old and have footprints of four different dinosaurs (believed to be the Tyrannosaurus Rex, Edmontosaurus and two Triceratops.)

 

City Park Jazz
17th Ave. and Colorado Blvd.
Denver, CO 80238
(303) 744-1004
www.cityparkjazz.org

If your father is a fan of jazz music, then this is a true treat for the whole family. Every Sunday night through August, the City Park Jazz Concert Series will rock City Park. The park pavilion jumps to life at 6 p.m. and attracts all the major local jazz talent. On Father’s Day, check out a tribute to local legend Neil Bridge. There are always great food trucks nearby or you are welcome to bring your own picnic food. Though, be mindful that glass bottles are not permitted in the park. These concerts happen rain or shine, so be sure to grab your father and head down to City Park for some great local music.

Father’s Day 5k and Car Show
Apex Center
13150 W. 72nd Ave.
Arvada, CO 80005
(303) 424-2739
www.apexprd.org/father-day-5k

Date: Sunday, June 15, 2014

If fitness is your thing, then check out the annual Father’s Day 5k and Fun Run at the Apex Center. This 5k and fun run will benefit community recreation and features a beautiful 5k course that winds through the tree-lined streets of the area. Make sure to grab your best ugly tie for the ugly tie contest and stick around for the annual Father’s Day Car Show to check out all the great classic cars, music and refreshments. This full day of entertainment benefits Apex Park and Recreation bringing lots of great community recreation to the area. Plus, it’s just a great way to spend some time with dad on a lovely summer day in Colorado.

Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

 

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33 Activities Under $10 That Will Keep Your Kids Busy All Summer

Because you don’t want to hear them whine all summer about being bored.

1. Put colored tape on the carpet to make roads for your kid’s toy cars.

Put colored tape on the carpet to make roads for your kid's toy cars.

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The tape comes up easily when you’re done.

2. Tape can also be used to create a fun outdoor board game.

Tape can also be used to create a fun outdoor board game.

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Learn more here.

3. A couple sponges and a box of chalk are all you need to turn your driveway into a bull’s-eye target game.

A couple sponges and a box of chalk are all you need to turn your driveway into a bull's-eye target game.

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4. You can also use chalk and some of your kid’s old clothes for this bit of summer fun.

You can also use chalk and some of your kid's old clothes for this bit of summer fun.

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5. Exploding Paint Bags turn your sidewalk into a work of art.

Exploding Paint Bags turn your sidewalk into a work of art.

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These are totally kid-friendly and can be made with items you likely already have in the kitchen.

6. Paint on wet glue with food coloring.

Paint on wet glue with food coloring.

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Save lids to cottage cheese, butter, or Cool Whip for “canvases.” Learn more here.

7. Use leftover bubble wrap to make Stomp Paintings.

Use leftover bubble wrap to make Stomp Paintings .

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Kids will get a good laugh while exploring their artistic side.

8. DIY a throwing tarp.

DIY a throwing tarp.

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Tarp, rope, scissors, marker, tape… Play ball.

9. Build a tower out of cut-up sponges.

Build a tower out of cut-up sponges.

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It’s either a quiet indoor activity or wet outside game — you decide.

10. Make a river in the backyard out of tinfoil.

Make a river in the backyard out of tinfoil.

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11. Tape a paper towel roll to the wall to keep toddlers busy.

Tape a paper towel roll to the wall to keep toddlers busy.

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Toddlers will drop the pom-poms into the bowl over and over, and develop their fine motor skills in the process.

12. Some pipe cleaners and a colander will also keep toddlers occupied.

Some pipe cleaners and a colander will also keep toddlers occupied.

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13. Burlap (from a gardening center) can be used to make a preschooler-appropriate sewing station.

Burlap (from a gardening center) can be used to make a preschooler-appropriate sewing station.

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This one is great for developing fine motor skills too. Find the how-to here.

14. Preschoolers can also continue to learn how to draw letters with this easy-to-make sugar-writing tray.

Preschoolers can also continue to learn how to draw letters with this easy-to-make sugar-writing tray .

15. Have a campout indoors.

Have a campout indoors.

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Kids will have fun crafting their “campfire” too.

16. Experiment with water marbles.

Experiment with water marbles .

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17. Make alien bubbles with this cool science experiment.

Make alien bubbles with this cool science experiment.

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18. Another super-cool science experiment lets kids extract DNA from strawberries.

Another super-cool science experiment lets kids extract DNA from strawberries.

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19. Super-fun balloon rockets also teach an important science lesson.

Super-fun balloon rockets also teach an important science lesson.

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Kids learn the concept of “action and reaction” while having a blast.

20. Pencil erasers and a marble make a surprisingly addictive at-home bowling game.

Pencil erasers and a marble make a surprisingly addictive at-home bowling game.

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Find the how-to here.

21. Well-placed yarn is all you need to let your kids get their Mission Impossible on.

Well-placed yarn is all you need to let your kids get their Mission Impossible on.

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22. Play “Escape the Volcano” to teach kids about color recognition, shape names, counting, and more.

Play "Escape the Volcano" to teach kids about color recognition, shape names, counting, and more.

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23. Put a bar of soap in the microwave to make soap clouds.

Put a bar of soap in the microwave to make soap clouds .

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24. Make a bowl of popcorn and challenge your kids to play the Popcorn Olympics.

Make a bowl of popcorn and challenge your kids to play the Popcorn Olympics.

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Find a list of popcorn games, like “straw blow” and “distance throw,” here.

25. Paper plates, Popsicle sticks, and a balloon are all you need to play Balloon Ping-Pong.

Paper plates, Popsicle sticks, and a balloon are all you need to play Balloon Ping-Pong.

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The best part is that this fun indoor activity can be enjoyed without breaking anything in your house. I should say, “Probably without breaking anything.”

26. Painter’s tape and some balled up newspaper are all you need for this “sticky spiderweb” activity.

Painter's tape and some balled up newspaper are all you need for this "sticky spiderweb" activity.

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27. Turn an old box into an indoor slide.

Turn an old box into an indoor slide.

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This one needs lots of parental supervision, obviously.

28. Make a Rainbow Bubble Snake from materials you undoubtedly already have around your home.

Make a Rainbow Bubble Snake from materials you undoubtedly already have around your home.

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29. DIY a giant bubble wand.

DIY a giant bubble wand.

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Learn how here.

30. Fill balloons with Play-Doh to create a brand-new toy experience.

Fill balloons with Play-Doh to create a brand-new toy experience.

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31. Crayons and sandpaper are all your kids need to add their own design to a white T-shirt.

Crayons and sandpaper are all your kids need to add their own design to a white T-shirt.

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32. Cut a pool noodle in half to make a marble track race.

Cut a pool noodle in half to make a marble track race.

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Find the tutorial here.

33. Pool noodles can also be used to make a backyard obstacle course.

Pool noodles can also be used to make a backyard obstacle course.

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Backyard Design Ideas

Hot Backyard Design Ideas to Try Now

The results are in! Backyards are back and better than ever. Check out these hot backyard design ideas and find out which trends homeowners are clamoring for right now.

Gardens: Totally Organic Experiences

Gardens among the most sought-after outdoor design elements overall, according to the American Society of Landscape Architects’ 2013 Residential Design Trends Survey. The ASLA asked residential landscape architects to rate the expected popularity of outdoor design elements for the year and gardens are a front-runner at 94%. Proof that the local food movement is gaining traction? The survey also predicts an increase in people opting for fruit and vegetable gardens (76.4% popularity) and that organic gardens are becoming more in-demand (up to 65.3% versus 61.2% in the 2011 survey). This organic garden, as seen on Going Yard, is a beautiful embodiment of all of those trends.

Fire Pits: Burning Up the Charts

The popularity of gardens may seem a bit predictable. The real breakout stars of the ASLA survey are fire pits (like this one built by Carter Oosterhouse) and fireplaces at 97% popularity. They’re so hot, they just edged out our next fiery feature…

Outdoor Kitchen GrillGrills: Your Backyard BBQ HQs

Grills may have been beaten by fire pits in this popularity contest, but they aren’t going anywhere. Sure, you can roast hot dogs and marshmallows over a pit, but for flame-broiled burgers? You gotta fire up that grill. This beauty from Going Yard has ample room for prep.

 

Outdoor Dining Areas and Decks: Alfresco, Elevated

Dining areas are must-have outdoor living features lately, at 96.3% popularity. This outdoor dining room from Going Yard creates ambiance with curtains and earns yet more popularity points with its deck structure (80.9%).

Arbors: Stylish Structures

Arbors are looking especially attractive right now at 83.5% popularity. They’re a romantic touch in gardens, and as this Going Yard example shows, excellent at providing transitions between two spaces.

Pergolas: Made In the ShadePergola Fire Pit Patio

Part of pergolas’ popularity (81.6%) is that they provide structure and shade yet still manage to feel open and airy. Going Yard offers a triple-threat here with a pergola, outdoor dining room and fire pit — in the same yard!

Raised Hot TubHot Tubs and Benches: Take a Dip or Take a Seat

Spa features, such as hot tubs, whirlpools and saunas, are among the most popular outdoor recreation amenities, at 81.5% popularity. This custom-built hot tub bench seen on Going Yard throws another current trend into the mix: Installed seating (90.3%).

Play Structures: Kid Tested, Mother ApprovedChalk Swings

Backyards are a kid’s best friend. Play structures like treehouses, swing sets or this seesaw from a backyard featured on Going Yard can provide hours of fun for children, which may explain their relatively high popularity rate (56.3%) amongst other outoor structures in the survey.

Yard FountainFountains: Water, Featured

Fountains (such as this pretty Going Yard example) and other ornamental water features are big trends in both gardens (84.7%) and backyards in general (84.2%). In addition to being striking focal points, they’re wonderfully musical — a delight for the senses.

TVs & Movie Theaters: Scenic ScreeningsOutdoor Theater Chairs

Miss the experience of seeing flicks at the drive-in? Bring movies to your backyard instead! A projector, screen and surround sound are all you need in the AV department. Theater seats (seen here from Going Yard) evoke the feeling of the multiplex. Just add popcorn.

 

Pergola Tiki BarBackyard Bars: Drink In Your Surroundings

Backyard bars, like this example from Going Yard, are a natural extension of the outdoor dining room trend. They’re great for entertaining, and the extra seating and counter space (74.4% popularity) are desirable features in backyards right now. Cheers to that!

Lighting: Get Your Glow OnSea Glass Lanterns

If you want to enjoy your yard into the evening hours, add your own illumination. At 95.1% popularity, getting your glow on is hot, hot, hot! LED and low-voltage lights are trendy now, though there are plenty of pretty options (like tiki torches, string lights and these lanterns from Going Yard) that don’t require major installation.

 

 

Bike Wall

Art: Adds Interest

Some statements can be purely decorative. These mounted vintage bikes from Going Yard dress up an otherwise bland wall for not much money. Art’s 61% popularity rating amongst other outdoor structures proves it’s not just an afterthought anymore.

Fencing: Good Fences Make Good NeighborsDog Area

The old saying that good fences make good neighbors may be true, if fencing’s popularity ranking against other outdoor structures in the survey (89.6%) is any indication. Many people use fences to border their backyard or section off space for a garden, but here’s another great idea from Going Yard: A backyard dog run!

 

 

Tea Room Gazebo

Gazebos: Sweet for a Seat

Gazebos currently rank as somewhat popular (44.8%), and while their looks add charm, they can also add function to your yard. This gazebo from Going Yard doubles as a tea room, thanks to the addition of some weatherized outdoor furniture (82.3% popularity).

Patios & Awnings: A Perfect PairCovered Patio

If you want to enjoy the outdoors, rain or shine, patios (97.6% popularity) and awnings (51.9%) make a perfect pair. You can opt for a fixed-frame awning like this one from Going Yard, or get a retractable awning for even more flexibility.

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Water Safety Tips for Summer

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Take Steps to Stay Safe Around Water

Swimming is the most popular summer activity. The best thing you can do to help your family stay safe is to enroll in age-appropriate swim lessons. Contact the Training Support Center at 1-800-RED-CROSS or support@redcrosstraining.org.

Follow these safety tips whenever you are in, on or around water.

Make Water Safety Your Priority

  • Swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards.
  • Always swim with a buddy; do not allow anyone to swim alone. Even at a public pool or a lifeguarded beach, use the buddy system!
  • Ensure that everyone in the family learns to swim well. Enroll in age-appropriate Red Cross water orientation and Learn-to-Swim courses.
  • Never leave a young child unattended near water and do not trust a child’s life to another child; teach children to always ask permission to go near water.
  • Have young children or inexperienced swimmers wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets around water, but do not rely on life jackets alone.
  • Establish rules for your family and enforce them without fail. For example, set limits based on each person’s ability, do not let anyone play around drains and suction fittings, and do not allow swimmers to hyperventilate before swimming under water or have breath-holding contests.
  • Even if you do not plan on swimming, be cautious around natural bodies of waterincluding ocean shoreline, rivers and lakes. Cold temperatures, currents and underwater hazards can make a fall into these bodies of water dangerous.
  • If you go boating, wear a life jacket! Most boating fatalities occur from drowning.
  • Avoid alcohol use. Alcohol impairs judgment, balance and coordination; affects swimming and diving skills; and reduces the body’s ability to stay warm.

Prevent Unsupervised Access to the Water

  • Install and use barriers around your home pool or hot tub. Safety covers and pool alarms should be added as additional layers of protection.
  • Ensure that pool barriers enclose the entire pool area, are at least 4-feet high with gates that are self-closing, self-latching and open outward, and away from the pool. The latch should be high enough to be out of a small child’s reach.
  • If you have an above-ground or inflatable pool, remove access ladders and secure the safety cover whenever the pool is not in use.
  • Remove any structures that provide access to the pool, such as outdoor furniture, climbable trees, decorative walls and playground equipment.
  • Keep toys that are not in use away from the pool and out of sight. Toys can attract young children to the pool.

Maintain Constant Supervision

  • Actively supervise kids whenever around the water—even if lifeguards are present. Do not just drop your kids off at the public pool or leave them at the beach—designate a responsible adult to supervise.
  • Always stay within arm’s reach of young children and avoid distractions when supervising children around water.

Know What to Do in an Emergency

  • If a child is missing, check the water first. Seconds count in preventing death or disability.
  • Know how and when to call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number.
  • If you own a home pool or hot tub, have appropriate equipment, such as reaching or throwing equipment, a cell phone, life jackets and a first aid kit.
  • Enroll in Red Cross home pool safety, water safety, first aid and CPR/AED courses to learn how to prevent and respond to emergencies.
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