4 Exotic Summer Vacation Ideas

4 Exotic Summer Vacation Ideas

Summer is here, and with it usually comes an itch to travel. If you’re eager to embrace your wanderlust but unsure where to go, we can help. We’ve compiled a list of four exotic travel locations to curb your travel hunger. Start packing—we’ve got you covered.

Heat-Related Illness Symptoms and First Aid

Heat-Related Illness Symptoms and First Aid

Sometimes we are having to much fun to realize how hot it actually is outside. Here are some helping tips on how to recognize and treat Heat-Related Illness and Symptoms. Be safe out there and always stay hydrated.

Hidden Treasures: Art Galleries of the Upper Valley

Hidden Treasures: Art Galleries of the Upper Valley

The Upper Valley is nestled in the Northeast’s woods, fields, and farmlands, and hidden among these are outstanding artists of all kinds. Finding examples of their talents is an art form in itself; a day trip to any one of these locations is to be savored and will delight your senses. Each gallery description here is accompanied by a recommended eatery that will complete your artistic excursion. Keep your eyes and mind open in any of these galleries, and the wonders of the Upper Valley art scene will inspire and amaze you.

The Family That Plays Together Stays Together

Family Bonding

American families are returning to traditional family bonding. In 2012, the Columbia University Center for Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) made the case that regular family dinners led to a decreased risk of teen substance abuse. Parents and children are finding comfort and safety within the inner sanctum of the immediate family. A good way to nurture these bonds is to find activities, hobbies and interests to enjoy together. Here are some great family-friendly activities.

Protect Yourself and Your Family from Ticks

Protect Yourself and Your Family from Ticks

In spite of the extreme cold this past winter, tick populations are increasing. Many of us thought the cold we suffered in the form of polar vortices would have one upside fewer ticks. But turns out, they not only survived—the pests thrived! That’s because of the snow; ticks die if they dry out, and all the snow that covered them allowed them to survive nicely through the winter months. That means the incidence of Lyme disease will increase this spring and summer. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that over 25,000 cases are reported annually, and the areas most at risk for tick infestations include New England, the Upper Midwest, and the mid Atlantic states. Nowadays, most people living in these parts of the country know someone who has had Lyme disease or is currently battling this debilitating disease, which can be quite serious. Learn how to protect yourself and your loved ones from tick bites. After all, nobody wants to stay inside when Mother Nature is making up for the foul winter she delivered!

Smart Ways to Make the Most of Summer with Your Pets

Smart Ways to Make the Most of Summer with Your Pets

With warmer weather finally arriving, it’s time to get smart about making the most of summer with your pet. To keep pets energetic and active during the summer months, take a proactive approach to protecting them from health hazards.

Dynamic Exercises & Tips To Help Create A Healthy Pregnancy

Dynamic Exercises & Tips To Help Create A Healthy Spine For Your Pregnancy

Ever wish you could wear a sign throughout your pregnancy that reads, “thanks, but no thanks, for the unsolicited advice.” With advice pouring in around every corner, sometimes it’s hard to know who to listen to. However, advice even experts can agree on is that regular exercise throughout pregnancy has been shown to balance emotions, improve labor and help reduce pregnancy and post-pregnancy back pain. Health and wellness doesn’t go out the door once you put on maternity pants. Laser Spine Institute offers diet and fitness tips that can help you on your journey. Take those tips, and our suggestions (we promise not to give any of our baby name preferences!) to improve spinal health to enjoy your pregnancy.

Summer is for Music!

Summer is for Music--Alfresco!

Don’t let this brief and beautiful season pass you by without spending a day or evening listening to you favorite music or artists outdoors. We’re fortunate to have so many great venues throughout New England, so pack a picnic and gather friends and family. Relax and soak up the sounds of summer! (Do not forget your insect repellent and for daytime shows, sunblock.)

Top Sites for Getting the Best Deals

Top Sites for Getting the Best Deals

It’s safe to say that everyone loves a good deal, and considering that we are still recovering from the effects of the last big economic downturn, it’s smart to be on the lookout for the best bargains. With the cost of living rising and most of our salaries failing to keep pace, hunting for great deals has become a daily practice for many. Fortunately, over the past decade or so many resources have surfaced to make our search faster and easier. Nowadays, you can find a bargain for pretty much anything—from technology to home decor and fitness memberships to meals. How can you capitalize on the best deals out there? Read on to find out.

3 DIY Car Repairs With Video Instructions: Save Money, Feel Like a Pro

3 DIY Car Repairs With Video Instructions: Save Money, Feel Like a Pro

Whether your first car is brand-new or something you bought fourth-hand with money from a part-time job, it’s inevitable: It’s going to need some repairs every once in a while. Like most things in life, doing it yourself can both save you money and give you a real sense of satisfaction. Rebuilding an engine is beyond the talents of most new car owners, but almost anyone can do these three simple car repairs—especially with the help of YouTube videos offering step-by-step instructions.