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July 20, 2011

Don't Wait Until a Drought -- 15% Sale on Watering Tools


Don't wait until it's a drought and too late! Save on cool tools that keep your yard hydrated. 15% Sale on Watering Toolsicon ends Friday, July 22. Use code WATER at checkout.

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July 19, 2011

Dyson Air Multiplier Table Fan Cools Your Entire Room


A massive heat wave is invading our nation this summer. We all are looking for ways to beat the boiling heat. This Dyson Air Multiplier Table Fan is a sharp looking, powerful table fan that creates smooth airflow without fast-spinning blades that buffet the air. Its Air Multiplier technology draws in air and amplifies it up to 18 times. You can rotate it up to 90 degrees to easily cool an entire room in your home or office.

Purchase the Dyson Air Multiplier Today!

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July 18, 2011

The Old Farmer's Almanac 2011 Edition -- Estimate the Temperature from a Cricket's Chirp


The Old Farmer's Almanac 2011, which marks the publication's 219th anniversary, contains weather predictions for every day and climatic trends for each season, plus the science behind weather folklore. It also boasts "the most accurate astronomical data under the sun", with best-viewing recommendations for every month.

For instance, The Old Farmer's Almanac teaches nature's formula to estimate the temperature counting cricket chirps. The method:

To convert cricket chirps to degrees Fahrenheit, count number of chirps in 14 seconds then add 40 to get temperature. For example: 30 chirps + 40 = 70° F

To convert cricket chirps to degrees Celsius, count number of chirps in 25 seconds, divide by 3, then add 4 to get temperature. For example: 48 chirps / 3 + 4 = 20° C

or try this Cricket Chirp Calculator.

h/t Lifehacker

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July 15, 2011

Hot Weather Alert: Look Before You Lock -- Check the Back Seat


A car is not a babysitter, or a petsitter. In warm weather, our vehicles can become an oven in minutes, even with the windows cracked. The consequences for our children and pets can be tragic.

Summer Alert: Check the Back Seat |WSJ has tips to protect our trusting little ones from car-related heatstroke. According to the article deaths are most common in Texas and Florida, because of their climate. More than 500 children have died in hot cars since 2008 and in all cases there was a change in the caretaker's routine or a combination of stress and sleep deprivation with tragic consequences. Tips:

Put something in the back seat that you will need when you arrive at your destination. It could be a cellphone, purse or briefcase, and its placement should force you to see your child.

Keep a teddy bear or toy in the front passenger seat any time a child is riding in the back.

Have your day-care provider agree to call you at all your phone numbers if your child doesn't show up for day care.

Keep your car locked with the windows up even in the driveway and garage. Keep keys and key fobs out of reach since children are adept at getting in.

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July 14, 2011

UV-Resistant Outdoor Grommet-Top Curtains Protect Against the Hot Summer Sun


If you are finding the glare and heat on your back porch or deck to be a little much these days, bring the comfort of your living room outside. These easy-care UV-Resistant Outdoor Grommet-Top Curtainsicon can protect against the brutal hot summer sun.

These 100% yarn-dyed polyester panels withstand harsh UV rays, resist fading, repel water and are mildew-proof. They dry quickly after a rain and are machine washable. Available colors below.


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July 13, 2011

WeatherWear -- Doggles Pet Products Protect Against Wind and UV Light


Doggles ILS Protective Eyewear for Dogs are goggles for dogs. They have polycarbonate (shatterproof), anti-fog lenses which block 100% of UV light and keep out wind and debris.


Before you head out into the strong summer sunshine with your pet, apply some SPF 15 Doggles Pet Sunscreen. This formula is safe for everyday use and is non oily, non-irritating, and water soluble.

It will help prevent sunburn on your light-colored dog and reduce the amount of sun bleaching on dark colored dogs. Spray onto your dog's coat, nose and head.

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July 12, 2011

ProActive Frogg Togg Chilly Pad Keeps You Super Cool for Hours


Use this ProActive Frogg Togg Chilly Pad to keep cool during your workout or any other activity. When wet, the towel becomes considerably cooler than the outside air, thus cooling you off.

It's made of hyper-evaporative material that retains water while remaining dry to the touch. It keeps you cool up to 4 hours. When it stops cooling, simply re-wet the towel and wring it out.

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July 11, 2011

Inside Out Umbrella Inverts into Handbag


Umbrellas are terrific, but only until you get inside and notice you are dripping water all over your clothes, the furniture, the floor. The Inside Out Umbrella over at Yanko Design cleverly designed by Seung Hee Son solves this problem by completely inverting into a small bag. All the water is contained inside. Neat!


via Book of Joe

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July 8, 2011

All Weather WaterShed Classic Outdoor Dog Bed


Warm, balmy weather means the dog can just hang around outside. But since our doggies sleep at least 18 hours a day, we feel guilty that all the cushy dog beds are inside. We know they could use a nice comfy spot to curl up out there.

This new washable WaterShed Classic Outdoor Dog Bed will fill the bill nicely. Its durable polyester bed cover is specially treated to resist moisture and removes for cleaning. It has non-clump liner that allows water to drain right through.

The simple design means this bed fits fine just about anywhere, say the porch or the deck, and it's attractive enough to be used indoors as well. In Brick Stripe, Gray/Blue Stripe, Blue/Green Stripe, Peach Multi, Gold Multi, Blue Multi. Sizes Medium and Large.

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July 7, 2011

Hot and Humid Weather -- How to Condition Yourself for Summer Workouts


galloway.jpgPeople we know and love are training to run 5K's in this brutal summer heat and humidity. The attendant symptoms of cramping, light-headedness, heat exhaustion and even worse are preventable. It's prudent to slowly acclimate to warm-weather exercise by learning how much one sweats, hydrating prior, wearing loose-fitting, suitable clothing and not over-extending.

Galloway's 5k and 10k Running offers an easy and time-efficient system to train for, and complete a 5K or 10K race. This practical book is chock-full of expert advice, hints, and tips from a former Olympian who has been injury-free for over 25 years.

How to tell how much you are sweating? Pamela Reinsel Cotter: Condition your body for hot conditions | offers a couple of ideas:

According to the professor [Dr. Brendon McDermott, assistant professor, Clinical Coordinator for the Graduate Athletic Training Program and co-director of the Applied Physiology Laboratory at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga], everyone should determine their own sweat rate.

"Sweat rate is very simple to calculate," he says. Weigh yourself before exercise, with as little clothing as possible; exercise for a half an hour and don't drink or use the bathroom for that half hour; weigh yourself again, wearing the same amount of clothing to see how much you've lost," McDermott said.

But if you want quicker results, he says, "You can monitor your urine color. It should have a light yellow tinge to it. Lemonade is much better than apple juice. And if you're delving into the iced tea realm, it's time to drink. It's normal to have darker urine in the morning," McDermott said. "As for voiding frequency, some people are camels, other people urinate frequently."

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