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Beyond Exercise

Five Ways to Boost the Benefits of Your Time Outdoors

Has your outdoor exercise become routine? Since early 2020, many people headed outdoors to stay fit. The natural world offers many of the benefits of a gym, but sometimes we need a reminder to boost our sense of play and our sense of … read more

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How to Save Money when Hosting a Barbecue on a Budget

If you’re one of the 70% of all households in the United Sates to own a grill or smoker, you’re probably looking forward to summer cookouts and barbecues. However, with the rising cost of food, your backyard get-togethers might cost more than in … read more

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10 Quick Tips for Getting Outside to Ease Your Mind

Physical activity and time outside are two wonderful gifts for your body and mind; they’re proven to reduce stress and anxiety, and offer a greater sense of wellbeing. L.L.Bean recently partnered with Mental Health America to share 10 ways getting outside can boost … read more

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What to Know When You Shop for Yard Equipment

Warm weather is here, and you are ready to get outside and make your yard both beautiful and functional. Maybe you’re aiming to have the best yard on the block, plan to install an outdoor family room or outdoor office, or want to … read more

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Six Tips to Keep Pets Safe and Warm This Winter

Just as people prepare their homes, cars and families for extreme temperatures and weather events of winter, it’s important to remember pets’ needs this time of year. As cold weather sets in, Dr. Jennifer Freeman, DVM, resident veterinarian at PetSmart, shares these tips … read more

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The Outdoor Office is the New Office: How to Tune Up Your Space

Tired of those fuzzy video conference call backgrounds and working indoors? Maybe it’s time to move your office outside to your backyard. “I have an outdoor office and enjoy working outside every day with my dog, Mutt Mulligan, nearby,” said Kris Kiser, president … read more

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How to Keep Your Pets Safe in the Garden

If you have pets that enjoy spending time outdoors, it’s important to make sure your yard is a safe place for them to be. Consider these hazards that can negatively impact the wellbeing of your furry friends. Poisonous Plants Some common plants can … read more

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Swimming Safety Tips for Summer

Playing in or around water is one of the joys of summer, but this treasured seasonal pastime comes with some serious risks. Drowning is the second-leading cause of accidental death for children under the age of 14 in the United States, according to … read more

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Launch Your Boat into a New Season

Whether you’re racing against the waves or quietly floating with a pole in hand, a day on the water is hard to beat. However, before you can enjoy the excitement of a new season, there are several steps you need to take to … read more

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