Picture-Perfect Ideas for a Patio Garden

From Better Homes and Gardens

Outdoor living and Landscape Design can take many shapes and forms.  From the expansive, sprawling country estate to the compact city lot, proper design and planning can make all the difference in the level of enjoyment the homeowner realizes with family and friends.  This post from Better Homes and Gardens illustrates this point perfectly with this post on Patio Gardens.  The post explains that outdoor living can be enjoyable even if you have no yard at all!

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World's best swimming cities

From CNN

With most of the world covered by water, it's only natural that humans would adapt to love the water.  Swimming, whether in open water or in a swimming pool is a universal love of humans worldwide.  This post from CNN presents the very best cities to engage in this wonderful recreational activity, and some of the results may surprise you.

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Immediately Soothe Your Sore Muscles in a Hot Tub

From Swim University

Soaking in super heated water has been a popular therapy for milennia.  According to this post by Matt Giovanisci of Swim University, the ancient Greeks and Romans understood the healing powers and benefits of a hot tub.  This post explains why this is the case, and the modes that are at use in doing so.

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Swimming pool trends make backyards sparkle

From East Valley Tribune

The swimming pool of today is nothing like it was even a short decade ago.  Advances in designs and technology have pushed the envelope forward light years from what it was previously.  Current design trends are taking an advanced and holistic approach to the entire backyard, incorporating outdoor kitchens, dining areas, shade structures, swim up bars, putting greens, etc. etc.  This post from East Valley Tribune discusses some of the latest in swimming pool and outdoor living design trends that are hot for 2016.

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How To Fix Pool Plumbing Leaks

From Swimming Pool Steve

Pool Leaks, especially plumbing leaks, can be a surreptitious waster of money.  Usually, losing water slowly is a difficult thing to identify, and can be an even more difficult thing to repair.  Over time, losing small amounts of water can add up to real money.  This post from Swimming Pool Steve presents a thorough treatise on how to identify leaks, and how to go about fixing the leaks oneself.  The repairs covered in this post include threaded pipe repairs, pump leaks, filter leaks, heater leaks and skimmer and plumbing line leaks. 

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Water, water everywhere: Swimming lessons are critical

From Miami Herald

According to this post from the Miami Herald, one could fill three classrooms with the amount of children under the age of 5 that drown in the state of Florida each year.  The CDC has been sponsoring a national movement to bring water safety to the forefront, but one of the major keys in preventing accidential drowinings is teaching kids how to swim.  This post talks about the importance of early swim lessons in this endeavor.

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Swimming Pool Ozone Generator Reviews

From Swimming Pool Steve

Most of us have heard about the Ozone layer of the earth, and how it is depleting.  This has been a warning sign from environmentalists that warn against damage to Earth's natural resources as a result of the hand of man, and how this is causing global climate change.  What most people don't think of when they think of Ozone is swimming pool disinfection, and according to Swimming Pool Steve, they should.  Ozone, or O3, is a highly effective oxidizer of organic material in swimming pools, which keeps the pool cleaner, safer, and with lower levels of chlorine.

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The Pledge

One minute is all you need to take the pledge to make sure your family is safer around water this year. Adult and child versions are available.


Water safety is at the forefront of every swimming pool owner's mind, and it should be on the mind of everyone associated with swimming pools.  In many cases, concerns about swimming pool safety can preclude someone from buying a pool.  The Pool Safely program run by the CPSC has been putting swimming pool safety at the forefront ever since the Virgina Graeme Baker act was put into law.  This post is a link to the Pool Safety Pledge for Adults and Kids, which gives people that will be around water a guideline and motivation to take the proper steps to keep kids and adults safe around water.

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Kingii Wearable

From Kingii.com

Your companion in and around water

Kingii is the new wristband for all those who love water! If you need help to stay afloat, pull the lever and an inflation bag will pull you to the surface.

Water safety, especially with kids, relies on vigilance and the attention of adults.  Until now, even arm-worn floatation devices required the constant attention of adults or lifeguards to ensure the safety of swimmers.  A new product promises to change the game for water safety, and it is called the Kingii.  A wrist-worn, deployable air bag makes the user rise to the surface and float when in distress, which is a revolutionary approach to water safety.

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