Our Favorite Lakes in the Southeast

lakes in southeast

There’s nothing like a lake to bring family and friends together for a day full of laughs, swimming, and soaking up the sun. Fortunately for our friends in the Southeast, there are plenty of fantastic spots to choose from! Whether you’re looking to take a dip in Georgia or ready to swim in the Carolinas, there is always a good option nearby. Lake Douglas Lake Douglas is actually a reservoir that was built in the 1940s and sits in one of Tennessee’s most popular areas to visit. Conveniently located near both Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, this lake provides all of the highlights of a lake experience with plenty of other adventures close by. Lake Lanier Islands […]

Why Does My Water Have an Expiration Date?

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Water has a multitude of astounding traits that set it apart from other items that we eat and drink. One of these is the rare ability to last a long time without losing its integrity. Endless rotations of the water cycle can be made through dirt, sky, and all sorts of other avenues, and at the end of the day, that water can still be drinkable if boiled or properly filtered. But if water can make it through all the elements and still be fine, why do our water bottles have expiration dates? We explore the reasoning below. History In 1987, New Jersey passed a state law declaring that all food products sold in the state were to have an […]

Staying Hydrated in Winter Weather

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As the weather cools down and we add more layers of clothes to our daily routine, staying hydrated becomes less of a concern to many. But should that be the case? Although we may not feel like we’re becoming dehydrated due to the cold temperatures surrounding us, the threat of overheating is still very real. In fact, being active in cold weather can be even more dangerous due to the drier air conditions which make the lungs work harder to heat the body. But even when we know the importance of staying hydrated, it can be difficult to do so while staying warm in the process. Let’s discuss three easy ways to stay hydrated and warm at the same time. […]

The Healing Power of Water

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It’s hard to imagine water as being underappreciated. Ever since we’re little, it’s preached to us that this drink is necessary for a healthy lifestyle. It’s also common knowledge that the body is over 60% water, and we can’t last for 3 days without it. But what we don’t often hear is how water can assist in healing certain illnesses. Water allows important nutrients, hormones, and chemicals to travel to the appropriate body parts, creating a life-saving stream in many instances. We discuss just a few of the many illnesses water can help with below. Arthritis Arthritis affects more than 50 million Americans to some degree, with the symptoms ranging from mild discomfort to extreme disabilities. This is caused by […]

Practicing Healthy Habits in 2018

healthy habits

Welcome to the year 2018! (Well, almost.) The new year often brings resolutions with the promise of a better future. But keeping these resolutions as the year moves forward can become quite the challenge. Teaching ourselves simple habits can help us accomplish our resolutions, and we wanted to share a few easy habits for those looking to lead a healthier life. Practicing these small deeds can make the bigger goals much easier! Exercise When most people think about getting in shape, they probably think about the exercise that comes with it. A good first step is scheduling your workouts ahead of time. This helps us avoid excuses like being too tired after a long day at work. It’s also important […]

The Interesting Background of Ice Rinks

ice rink

The thought of ice rinks brings up happy memories for millions of people across the world, and for good reason! Between watching our favorite hockey teams playing, cheering on figure skaters at the Winter Olympics, or hanging out with friends in the winter – we’ve all spent some time on the rink. But have you ever considered what goes on behind the scenes? We explore the history and process of designing ice rinks below. History Ice skating originally began as a necessity – a means of getting across frozen waterways during harsh winters. However, the growing popularity of various ice-related activities led to ice rinks being built in London, New York, and other large cities in the late 1800s. Not […]

Improving Our Daily Drinking Habits

daily water intake

Think you know how much your daily water intake should be? While most of us would guess 8 ounces, it can vary from person to person! Knowing how much to drink is important for improving our overall wellbeing. The appropriate amount helps the body maintain a reasonable temperature, protect the spine, lubricate the joints, and eliminate waste through sweat and urine. Not only that, but it also prevents serious problems like dehydration from occurring. Keep reading to know the correct amount you should be drinking each day. Children The formative years of an individual’s life are also a time to pay extra attention to the amount of water that needs to be consumed. Starting when a child is around the […]

The Blessing of Clean Water

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Sometimes, it can be easy to forget the basic benefits we enjoy in the United States – including water. Many of us couldn’t imagine a scenario where clean water is hard to come across, but that’s not a reality across the world. Whether it’s the country’s water systems, bottled water, or the ability to easily filter our water, there are plenty of things to be grateful for. Let’s discuss a few of the greatest benefits to drinking water in the U.S. below! Convenience Convenience is a luxury Americans have in many aspects of life, and access to clean water is certainly towards the top of the list. The majority of citizens have multiple access points in their homes alone, not […]

Properly Watering Plants

watering plants

Looking to improve the scenery around your home or office? Plants are wonderful for adding a little visual interest to your surroundings, and they happen to be one of the most eco-friendly decorations you could choose. But if you’re unsure how to properly water these porch companions, they might not be with you very long. Learn more about how to water your plants the right way. Quantity Understanding the amount of water your plants need is important to keep them healthy. A tendency of many new plant owners is to over-water, because it’s better to be safe than sorry. However, this actually creates waterlogging – which can drown the root cells! Don’t over-correct, though, because watering too little means that […]

Dealing with Frozen Pipes

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Worried about frozen water pipes this winter? It happens to thousands every year, and causes quite a headache. The financial damage and inconvenience caused by a burst pipe is far from pleasant, but understanding why this occurs and how to prevent it can make the winter much more enjoyable. Keep reading for instructions to help your home avoid getting wet this winter! Outside Pipes The failure to properly prepare outside pipes is where a lot of homeowners get into trouble, since these areas will be facing the harsh winter weather head-on. However, this is easily avoidable with a few simple steps. Before the temperature drops too low, make sure your garden hose is disconnected from the faucet, thoroughly drained, and […]

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