May is a banner month for outdoor parties. May Day, The Kentucky Derby, the United Nations’ World Day for Cultural Diversity, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, Cinco de Mayo and Armed Forces Day all happen during this month. In other words, there’s an excuse to throw a party all month long. Here are some original party ideas for celebrating outdoors this month.
Starting a meaningful family tradition is one great way to teach kids about the environment. Volunteering and exploring the great outdoors are just two ideas you might consider.
It might be cold outdoors, but that doesn’t mean you have to hibernate. Wherever you live, there’s something to do with your honey in the great outdoors. The trick: tap into your inner child.
We asked Kyle Larson, a marathoner, winter runner, and owner of Endurance House East, a sport store in Madison, WI, how to stay safe and warm in colder weather:
Most great vacations start with a plan for where to go and what to see. If you have allergies, planning how to deal with triggers along the way can make a big difference too. Here are some tips that can help wherever your travels take you.
David Stefl spent decades training athletes. A former athletic trainer and military training coach, he is now an orthopedics physician assistant. So who better to weigh-in on injury prevention than him?
Do your allergy symptoms tell you that spring is coming long before you see it on the calendar? Here are five simple tips and tricks to help keep reactions to outdoor allergy triggers under control.
Plan outdoor activities around pollen levels.
Check daily pollen counts and forecasts and try to stay indoors when pollen levels are highest (between 10AM and 4PM). Try to focus your time outdoors in the early morning.
Keep your home clean and keep allergens out.
Use an air filter and keep your windows closed during the day. Use washable curtains and wash them often. Mop your floors regularly, and for carpets, use a vacuum with a high-efficacy particulate air (HEPA) filter to ensure that allergens are minimized.
Change your clothes, shower and wash your hair.
Once you’re done with your outdoor fun, put your clothes in the laundry basket, take a shower and wash your hair. This helps reduce the allergens you bring into your home. It’s also a good practice to shower before bed, keeping allergens out of your bedding.
Keep your furry friends groomed, too.
Pets can carry pollen and mold on their coats, so bathing and grooming can keep allergen levels down. If your pet enjoys time outdoors, keep him out of your bedroom to minimize allergens.
Track your allergens.
The Mayo Clinic recommends keeping an allergy diary. Keep track of all your activities, including the time of day when symptoms occur and what helps lessen them. This can help your doctor identify your triggers and manage your symptoms.
Want to get away this winter? Here are some unique vacation ideas from Susan Farewell, editor-in-chief of FarewellTravels.com.
Chef and restaurateur Frank Ostini teaches a “BBQ Bootcamp” in California for wannabe grill masters. He shares his secrets for grilling up a great summer barbecue.
When planning your barbecue, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology recommends not mowing your lawn the day of the party—it can stir up pollen. Check the pollen count the day of your party: You’ll find ZYRTEC®’s forecast tool here.
Yes, you should prep all your veggies. Chopping, steaming and boiling can all be done ahead of time. The veggies can be grilled early and kept warm in a 200-degree oven. But, most importantly, grill your meat last.
You may need to create a checklist. Do you need to buy ice? Do you have extra space in the refrigerator or enough cooler space? Most importantly, make sure the drinks you’re serving are at the right temperature when guests arrive.
Be sure your grill is clean. Burn off old grease with a new fire, scrape it with a wire brush and re-season the grill with fat or oil. It’s important to have a hot bed of coals or wood fire—which can take 30 minutes to heat up. Using gas? Make sure you have enough.
Baste your food while grilling, or marinate it overnight, but season as you grill. A basic seasoning mix is: two parts black pepper, one part onion powder, two parts white pepper, five parts granulated garlic, two parts cayenne pepper and five parts salt.
Remember that grilling is a very simple operation. It’s important to start by using high-quality ingredients, and with a little ingenuity, you can grill almost anything.