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Canyon Of The Eagles

Looking for an unconventional getaway in the splendor of the Great American Wilderness? The Canyon of The Eagles in Burnet County, Texas, can provide you with that experience, and more.

The Canyon Of The Eagles property is located on the scenic shores of Lake Buchanan, the largest body of water in Texas’s Highland Lakes Region. It is also conveniently accessible by car, just 90 minutes outside of Austin, Texas, and 25 minutes from the town of Burnet.

The big draw to this location? Its breathtaking natural beauty and the chance to escape the everyday and immerse yourself in a peaceful and recharging environment. Guests will enjoy quiet accommodations in cozy cabins on the property, styled with a rustic Texas Southwestern charm. While the cabins are equipped with modern amenities, including wi-fi, the only television access exists at the Eagles Nest Lounge, it’s Hospitality Suite. This encourages conversation and quality time with loved ones and at the same time, inspires communal engagement in ways often lost to the digital age.

On the property, guests can also start the morning off with a rejuvenating Yoga session, or a relaxing lake pontoon ride. If you’re looking to add some more adventure to your stay, there are many opportunities to get out of your room and explore the scenery. You might find yourself mountain biking on Burnet County Trails. Catch breathtaking views on one of the hiking trails. Rent a kayak, and go on a Guided Tour or a solo paddle out on the beautiful Lake Buchanan. Book a spot on one of the Canyon Cruises, a 2 hour sightseeing and wildlife watching journey with the chance to see intricate naturally-weathered rock formations and waterfalls.

Some of the most incredible parts of Canyon of the Eagles comes out when the sun goes down and the night comes alive. The remote location of the resort and lack of light pollution opens up the night sky in ways one could never imagine. Stargazing is a popular nighttime activity, and the activity can be elevated by attending the Eagle Eye Observatory, where an on-site scientist and astronomer can explain to you the constellations. Fireside chats are another evening activity, covering topics such as local snakes and other wildlife to watch out for.

Food and drink options are also plentiful on the property and nearby. Experience authentic barbeque delights from Opie’s BBQ such as mesquite smoked brisket and pork chops or make your way to the best breakfast you’ll find at Bluebonnet Café where you can enjoy 14 varieties of fresh baked pies — including lemon, coconut, fudge and more. The walking tour of downtown Marble Falls features a snack at Choccolatte’s, where you can enjoy premium gelato or if you would like to get a drink and relax, you could head over to Bear King Brewery. Whatever your tastes are, you can be satisfied in the Highland Lakes Region.

Canyon of the Eagles is a family-friendly resort and vacation option for anyone looking to change up the fast-paced routine of modern life and sink into a simpler time. This location allows for great opportunities for families to get back together and enjoy each others company. The resort also offers options for corporate events and retreats, and would provide an excellent backdrop for a wedding or any other celebration. Whatever you make out of your stay, you won’t forget it when staying at the Canyon of the Eagles in the magnificent Texas Highland Lakes. For more information on what Canyon of Eagle’s could provide at your luxury stay, please check out their amenities and book your stay here.

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Unusual Things You Can Bring on Your Next Summer Vacation

Going on a summer vacation can be really exciting and fun. One gets to let go of the daily stresses and enjoy themselves for a few warm days in the sunshine. Part of what can make or break the perfect summer vacation is how well one can pack and what they pack for the trip. There are always the essentials that everyone should pack on. But there are also some slightly unconventional items that some people might not think would be important for a summer vacation but they could actually prove quite beneficial. 

Carry-on Air Conditioner

As much fun as being in the warm sunny temperatures while on vacation can be, things can get a little too much sometimes. Certain holiday destinations have extremely high heat conditions which can be unbearable for some people. One way to overcome this issue is to simply invest in and pack a portable air conditioner in your luggage. It might not seem like a normal thing to pack while you head out on your vacation but it sure can be a lifesaver. This useful yet ever so slightly unusual gadget is small in size and quite practical to travel with, so it won’t be too much of a hassle. 

Portable Wifi Hotspot

Almost everyone nowadays has a virtual presence which they access through their smart devices every single day. If you cannot live without internet access and cannot risk your summer vacation destination not having strong enough wifi if any, then this might be quite a necessary item to pack on your next holiday. The mobile gadget would allow you to access the internet at your preferred speed like you are used to at home. You can arrange a good deal with your mobile carrier before you leave for your vacation if you are planning a trip abroad. 

Dryer Sheets

Not many people would think to pack dryer sheets with them on their summer holiday but they can actually prove to be more beneficial. Some people would not like to admit it, shoes sometimes stink; it is a fact. And especially when you’re on vacation and you’ve been in the same shoes for an entire day of walking, running or doing any form of physical activity without getting a chance to change socks or shoes for a long period of time. This is where dryer sheets come in handy. One can simply put the sheets in the shoe and leave it there for a few hours to absorb the moisture along with any bad odors. A couple of hours later you’ll notice the quick results and you can say goodbye to smelly shoes. 

Vacations are about spending a good time away from any routine and daily stress causers. Although, there are a few unusual items out there which you may not think can be helpful to pack on your trip but can prove to be quite essential when you consider it carefully. Do some research in advance to check the weather conditions at your vacation destination and pack accordingly. Remember to pack as lightly and efficiently as you can to avoid the travel hassles. 

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6 Reasons Why Daryl Hall & John Oates Summer Tour is a Must-See

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2020 Tour Dates * w/ Squeeze ^ w/ KT Tunstall
March 21 – Fantasy Springs Resort – Indio, CA
March 27 – Neal S. Blaisdell Center – Honolulu, HI
March 29 – Maui Arts & Cultural Center– Kahului, HI
May 15 – Foxwoods – Mashantucket, CT
May 16 – Foxwoods – Mashantucket, CT
May 23 – HoagieNation – Philadelphia, PA *^
May 29 – Hollywood Bowl – Los Angeles, CA *^
May 31 – North Island Credit Union Amphitheater – Chula Vista, CA *^
June 3 – Moda Centre – Portland, OR *^
June 5 – White River Amphitheater – Auburn, WA *^
June 7 – Toyota Amphitheater – Wheatland, CA *^
June 10 – Shoreline Amphitheater – Mountain View, CA *^
June 12 – Ak-Chin Pavilion – Phoenix, AZ *^
June 14 – Pepsi Center – Denver, CO *^
June 17 – Dos Equis Pavilion – Dallas, TX *^
June 19 – Austin 360 Amphitheater – Austin, TX *^
June 21 – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – Houston, TX *^
July 10 – Budweiser Stage – Toronto, ON *^
July 12 – Riverbend Music Theatre – Cincinnati, OH *^
July 14 – Blossom Music Center – Cleveland, OH *^
July 16 – Xcel Energy – St. Paul, MN *^
July 18 – Hollywood Casino Amphitheater – Chicago, IL *^
July 20 – DTE Energy Music Theatre – Detroit, MI *^
July 22 – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center – Noblesville, IN *^
July 24 – Hollywood Casino Amphitheater – St. Louis, MO *^
July 26 – AmFAM Amphitheater – Milwaukee, WI *^
July 28 – T Bank Pavilion – Pittsburgh, PA *^
July 30 – Lakeview Amphitheater – Syracuse, NY *^
August 13 – Ameris Bank Amphitheater – Atlanta, GA *^
August 15 – MidFlorida CreditUnion Amphitheater – Tampa, FL *^
August 18 – PNC Music Pavilion – Charlotte, NC *^
August 20 – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater – Virginia Beach, VA *^
August 22 – Merriweather Post Pavilion – Columbia, MD *^
August 25 – PNC Bank Arts Arena – Holmdel, NJ *^
August 27 – Nassau Veterans Memorial Colosseum – Uniondale, NY *^
August 29 – Xfinity Center – Mansfield, MA *^
August 31 – Saratoga PAC – Saratoga Springs, NY *^
September 2 – Bank of NH Pavilion – Gilford, NH *^

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Sustainable Vacation Planning: Tips and Tricks

Americans aren’t great at planning vacations. So much so that a large tourism industry group, the U.S. Travel Association, is encouraging workers to begin planning their getaways on Jan. 28, dubbed National Plan for Vacation Day

But planning a sustainable vacation – one with a small environmental footprint that is respectful of a destination’s people and culture – is an even taller task, said Jonathon Day, an associate professor in The School of Hospitality and Tourism Management in the College of Health and Human Sciences at Purdue University.

Jonathon Day, chair of the Travel Care Code initiative and author of the book, “An Introduction to Sustainable Tourism and Responsible Travel,” provided these tips for making vacations more socially and environmentally friendly:

Shop local: “Visit local businesses and enjoy authentic experiences from your destination. Visiting farm-to-table restaurants, local arts-and-crafts stores and farmers markets all make a bigger contribution to the communities you visit.”

Be waste wise: “Bring your best habits from home. Plan to recycle and minimize waste, particularly plastic waste when you travel.”

Limit your carbon footprint: “Be a fuel-efficient traveler or purchase carbon offsets for those flights you are taking.”

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Harley-Davidson Museum

The party of the summer takes place at the Harley-Davidson Museum® over Rally weekend
Plus, a new exhibit and your last chance to catch “Daredevils” highlight a September to remember

Milwaukee, USA (Aug 29, 2019) – Make plans to join the Harley-Davidson Museum Aug. 29 – Sept. 1 during Rally Weekend for free live entertainment from chart-topping musicians, stunt shows, demo rides of select 2020 motorcycles, LiveWire Jumpstart experiences, the H-D Museum’s Annual Custom Bike Show, acres and acres of motorcycle thrills, and miles and miles of rolling sculptures.

And this weekend marks one of the last chances to see the scintillating “Daredevils” exhibit (closing Sept. 8) while gallery space is cleared away for the arrival of “Building a Milwaukee Icon: Harley-Davidson’s Juneau Avenue Factory,” opening Sept. 6. Plus, the life-size LEGO® Harley-Davidson® Fat Boy® is reigning supreme as Milwaukee’s must-see attraction and it’s found only at the H-D Museum.

RALLY WEEKEND, Aug. 29 – Sept. 1
The H-D Museum – where Harley-Davidson history and custom culture come to life – will serve as the central rally point all-weekend long. In addition to performances from a variety of national, regional and local musicians and artists – all for free on two separate stages – the H.D. Museum will come alive with stunt shows, pinstriping artists exhibiting their mastery, tattooers spilling ink to create that ultimate souvenir and so much more. All outdoor entertainment – including the live music – is free and open to the public.

Some highlights include:

  • Headline music acts
  • Ill Conduct Stunt Shows featuring Cole Freeman, Thu-Sat at noon, 2, 4 and 6 p.m. Sun at 10 a.m., noon, 2 and 3:40 p.m.
  • Milwaukee Rally Women’s Ride, Friday, staging begins at 8 a.m.
    The Milwaukee Rally Women’s Ride is back! Join your fellow female riders for a great day touring the beautiful roads of southeast Wisconsin. Participants receive a fabulous lunch and more. Staging begins at 8 a.m. at the Harley-Davidson Museum®. Instructions and photos at 9 a.m.; kickstands up 9:30 a.m. Ride is limited to the first 116 women, so buy your tickets fast! Preregistration is required.
  • Custom Bike Show, Sunday, Sept. 1 (8 a.m.-5 p.m.)
    You think your bike is HOT, show it off at the 2019 Harley-Davidson Museum Custom Bike Show! Classes include: Antique, VRSC™, Sidecar, Trike, Full Dresser, Stock Sportster, Stock Big Twin, Show Custom, Custom Touring, Radical Custom, Pro Class and Non-H-D Cool Custom. Proceeds will benefit the BUILD Moto Mentor Program.
  • Free Demo Rides, Thu-Sat (10 a.m.-3 p.m.)
    Be among the first to throw a leg over select 2020 Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Plus, the all-new, all-electric LiveWire™ will be available on the Jumpstart for those wishing to experience the future of Harley-Davidson and thrill of its twist-and-go throttle.
  • Harley-Davidson® IRONe Demos, Sat (10 a.m.-5 p.m.)
    The brand-new electric-powered two-wheelers for kids will once again be available for demos. Families are invited to bring the little ones down to take a spin on the first electric-powered balance bikes for kids with parents who want to share their love for riding.
  • This weekend also marks one of the final times you can take in the thrill, chills and spills found in the H-D Museum’s special summer exhibit, “Daredevils: A Century of Spine-Tingling Spectacles” before it closes September 8.

LEGO x HARLEY-DAVIDSON
The LEGO Group recently revealed its latest LEGO® Creator Expert model – a Harley-Davidson® Fat Boy® that cruised into LEGO Stores globally and the Harley-Davidson Museum. Developed in collaboration with Harley-Davidson, this detailed LEGO interpretation of the iconic Milwaukee motorcycle captures the beauty of the real-life machine with finishes, surfaces, and design elements crafted to replicate the full-size Harley-Davidson Fat Boy. Featuring 1,023 pieces, the model comes complete with solid-disc wheels, teardrop fuel tank, integrated speedometer, and dual exhaust pipes. Visit The Shop to purchase your LEGO® Creator Expert model – Harley-Davidson® Fat Boy.

To celebrate the launch, LEGO Master Builders created a life-size model of the motorcycle, complete with silver coated parts, Wi-Fi animation control, sound and light effects to imitate a real Harley-Davidson® Fat Boy® and 6,000 special LEGO elements. The extraordinary creation took 865 hours to build, is made of 69,569 pieces and will be on display at the world’s only Harley-Davidson Museum for a limited time.

EXHIBITS
“Daredevils: A Century of Spine-Tingling Spectacles” (through Sept. 8)
Step right up and behold amazing displays of danger and derring-do! Daredevils have thrilled audiences for centuries. What began with horse trick riders in circuses inspired new generations of entertainers on bicycles, motorcycles, cars – even flying sofa chairs. From touring thrill shows to Hollywood movie stunt work, “Daredevils” celebrates the exciting history of these death-defying entertainers who spend countless hours perfecting their exploits. Witness how incredible feats from long ago inspire modern-day risk-takers. The H-D Museum cordially invites one and all, children big and small to behold how daredevils are born! Please note: Select photos from the exhibit can be found at this page.

“Building a Milwaukee Icon: Harley-Davidson’s Juneau Avenue Factory” (Opens Sept. 6)
A recently recovered cache of architectural drawings includes plans for the original Juneau Avenue facility. The pencil drawings, along with archival photographs, demonstrate the whirlwind pace of the company’s early growth. While building an international business—going from producing just over 1,000 motorcycles in 1909 to manufacturing 27,000 motorcycles in 1920—the company’s Milwaukee factory experienced near-constant expansion. Construction through this relatively brief period created the buildings that today, a century later, are still the proud home of Harley-Davidson.
“Building a Milwaukee Icon” provides a snapshot of Harley-Davidson’s formative years and illustrates a chapter of Milwaukee history when the city was known as the “Machine Shop to the World.”
We invite you to explore our collaboration with three Milwaukee area museums, featuring #MilwaukeeMade exhibits. https://www.visitmilwaukee.org/milwaukee-made/

EVENTS
BIKE NIGHTS
Thursdays, 5-9 p.m.
All bikes unite every Thursday at the Harley-Davidson Museum. Grab your bike (or whatever wheels you favor). Join your fellow riders (and non-riders) for free live music from some of Milwaukee’s favorite bands, fun and drool-worthy rolling sculptures. Enjoy food and drink specials inside and outside MOTOR Bar & Restaurant®, including the Budweiser® Bike Night Koozie Special all-season long (koozies available at The Shop on the Museum campus) and Bulleit® Bourbon Signature Cocktails.
Sign up for the H-D Museum Bike Night Loyalty Program, to receive a chance to win exclusive experiences, tours and more at the end of the season (for more details and the full entertainment lineup, visit H-DMuseum.com).
Sept. 5 – (Chopper Bike Night) – Them Guilty Aces
Sept. 12 – (Urban Bike Night) – DJ Shawna
Sept. 19 – THE PLAYLIST
Sept. 26 – (Final outdoor Bike Night of the season) – The Big Al Wetzel Band

THE CROSS COUNTRY CHASE, Saturday, Sept. 7, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
On Saturday, September 7th, 2019 a group of approximately 100-adventerous souls on antique motorcycles will take America’s two-lanes by storm and the world is invited to cheer on the excitement and stop at the Harley-Davidson Museum – come check out the vintage rolling sculptures. 
The Cross Country Chase, America’s newest antique motorcycle touring challenge, is brought to you by the tried-n-true crew at the Motorcycle Cannonball in partnership with Legends Motorcycle Museum. This down-n-dirty endurance run will prove out the “who’s who” of antique motorcycling.  Not only will the winner be crowned a “Legend” and have bragging rights for life after successfully completing the arduous run, but as a bonus, a cash prize will also be awarded. The cross-country challenge is for riders over 18, motorcycles manufactured between 1930-1948, and will be an extreme test of endurance, speed, navigation, and knowledge.

Autism-Friendly Day, Sat Sept 14, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Join Autism Speaks at the Harley-Davidson Museum for its second annual Autism-Friendly Day, Saturday, Sept. 14, from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Just mention “Autism Speaks” at the front desk to enjoy discounted tickets, specials at The Shop and MOTOR Bar & Restaurant and fun activities for the whole family. Families will have the option to purchase $14 tickets for adults and $5 tickets for children ages 5-17; kids under 5 are always free. While the Harley-Davidson Museum has made efforts to make the venue as accommodating as possible, please note that some motorcycles may be riding on to campus during this day.

SAVE THE DATES:
Free Museum Admission (Gallery Night), Oct. 18, 5-9 p.m.
Skulloween Bike Night, Oct. 31
Veterans Day Appreciation, Nov. 9-11
Black Friday Beerfest, Nov. 29

About the Harley-Davidson Museum
A walk through the Harley-Davidson Museum® is a walk through the history of America. With an unrivaled collection of Harley-Davidson® motorcycles and memorabilia, a 20-acre, park-like campus, and a calendar full of activities, the H-D Museum™ is one of Milwaukee’s top tourist destinations for visitors from around the globe. A visit to the H-D Museum™ is an experience that will stay with you for a lifetime. Make your plans to visit the Harley-Davidson Museum® at H-DMuseum.com.

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Kings Island’s Newest Roller Coaster

Thrill-seekers will experience a new level of excitement when they visit Kings Island in 2020. Joining the world-class line-up of coasters at the park is Orion®, one of only seven giga coasters in the world, a class of coasters having a height or drop of 300-399 ft.  The park makes the announcement in honor of National Roller Coaster Day, August 16th.

Orion will plunge riders down an exhilarating 300-foot drop before sending them on a high-speed journey over seven more hills at speeds of up to 91 mph. Racing along 5,321 feet of track; it will be Kings Island’s tallest, fastest and longest steel coaster.

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SCHLITTERBAHN WATERPARK

Written by Vaughn Lowery × Flore Chaumont

With the heat waves roasting Texas and all lower states recently, what better way to spend your weekend than going to a water park?

Schlitterbahn, recently acquired by Cedar Fair LP, is celebrating its 40th anniversary. From a small family owner resort on the banks of the spring-fed natural Comal river to a large scale company with three resorts and seven waterparks across Texas and Kansas, Schlitterbahn is a place rich in history and potential for adventures. We got to spend a weekend there, and here is why it should be your next destination this summer.

With over 15 new attractions, Schlitterbahn is an all time multigenerational crowd pleaser. From family reunions to team building outings, the park is the perfect getaway for every need. Sensation seekers will be thrilled to try the Dark Knight, a breathtaking pitch dark rollercoaster where tubes are completely blacked out. For those of you looking for a challenge, you will love the famous Boogie Bahn, an artificial wave ridden by world known professional surfers that will make you enter history. If you’re not about that hyper life, relax in the slow-flowing Congo River while you admire the mesmerizing underground mine, wild animals and thundering waterfalls.

In addition to all the unique attractions, there’s a bunch of delicious food options to enjoy during your trip. Bahn Burgers, 1/2lb. foot-long chili cheese dog, tacos, salads and freshly made funnel cakes: possibilities are endless! Because Schlitterbahn aims to fit all budgets, they also offer a variety of cheap options to get food on site, such as the Basic and Deluxe Meal Bands, or Catered Picnic for large groups. Oh and of course, wouldn’t be a party without their famous hand crafted cocktails. But the best thing? You are also allowed to bring your own picnic, and the free BBQ stations will give you some Sunday home BBQ vibes. Like having one of the world biggest water parks in your backyard.

Enjoy the bank of Schlitterbahn’s natural river without breaking it! Their budget-friendly policies go hand in hand with their tickets pricing. Regular tickets cost $54.99, or $41.99 for ages 3-11 and 55+. But come from Monday to Thursday and you can save $7 on each ticket! Family of 4? You can opt for the Family Fun and Food Pack for a total of $199.99. Travelling from far? Save up to $47 with the Two-Day Tickets, and enjoy a stay at one of the unique resorts located right next to the park. Schlitterbahn has a variety of options and packages to cater everyone’s needs! And if you’re really impatient for the never ending fun, you can get the Blast Pass to skip all the lines and make the most out of it.

We spent a magical weekend with a close family friend and her two kids. We got to experience a wonderful stay in one of the riverbend cabins, with a really authentic cottage-style interior design, wooden floors and walls and a gorgeous view on the Comal River. Sipping on brew, snacking on pizza and braiding each others’ hair… Couldn’t think of a better way to relax and break our busy routines. We also had fun exploring the miniature downtown area that was a walking distance to our cabin, brimming with an array of eclectic bars, restaurants and street murals.

Our team had a blast at Schlitterbahn, and we’re sure you will too. So go and make memories this summer!

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Keep Summer from Wrecking Your Back

Too often we start the summer with enthusiasm, only to be sidetracked by back pain,” says Dr. Bradford Butler, a chiropractor and author of The Blueprint for Back Pain Relief: The Essential Guide to Nonsurgical Solutions .“There are important prevention steps you can take to avoid back pain associated with summer activities and help you enjoy the summer as you should.”

Butler looks at five summer activities that cause back injuries and offers ways to prevent them:

· Travel. Sitting for long periods on car rides or in cramped plane seats can do a number on your spine. “My advice is to bring extra support, such as a folded blanket or inflatable pillow for your lower back and neck,” Butler says. “Wear comfortable shoes that have lots of arch and ankle support. Take driving breaks to move your body during a long trip, and adjust your seat so you’re close to the steering wheel.

· Amusement parks. “People love to experience the rush of riding a rollercoaster, but sadly, their spines pay the price,” Butler says. “All those jerky, jolting movements can injure the neck and back, causing it to become misaligned. I’d advise anyone who already suffers from back or neck pain to steer clear of rollercoasters. If you decide to ride, make sure to follow all safety precautions and see your chiropractor for an adjustment after your trip.”

· Gardening and yard work. “Yard work involves a lot of bending, stooping, twisting, squatting, and lifting,” Butler says. “Combine all of those, and you’ve got the perfect recipe for a sore back and a misaligned spine. Warm up before an afternoon in the yard. Yoga, or any kind of stretching, and brisk walking are great ways to loosen up. When lifting, utilize your leg muscles, and hold objects close to the body. When mowing, avoid leaning far forward and take breaks.”

· Golf. When swinging a golf club, the lumbar spine undergoes a twisting motion, which can lead to disc herniation or chronic back pain. Butler says there are several ways to reduce the risk of lower back injury: proper stretching, core strengthening, and proper swing technique. “Also, it’s best not to carry your golf bag, which can weigh up to 30 or more pounds,” he says. “Use a pull-cart.”

· “Weekend warrior” pursuits. After being glued to an office chair for five days without any physical activity, Butler says it’s unwise on the weekend to engage in high-intensity sports or hard workouts. “Rather than risking back pain from a weekend of overexertion, he says, “get in 30 minutes of moderate exercise or more every day so you’re stronger and better conditioned.”

“A good rule of thumb is to ease into any physical activity you aren’t used to doing — especially after a long winter,” Butler says. “Listen to your body; if you feel pain or weakness, that’s your body telling you that it’s time to take a break. A healthy spine makes for a fun, pain-free summer.”

Lemonade

Splish splash.. pour me some of that lemonade. Legendary guitar monster Bobby Messano serves up a mighty tasty solution to your summer blues in his new music video, “Lemonade” as he jams and croons over a summery groove.  The song is all about making lemonade out of life’s lemons and is from his 9th solo CD…LEMONADE.. just out! This most-cool video, produced and directed by celebrated concert photographer/videographer Jim Mimna (Infamous Stringdusters, Tom Morello, Deanna Bogart), was filmed at Dockside Studio in Maurice, Louisiana, and at the fabulous Denver, Colorado Warwick Hotel. It perfectly captures the wry humor of the song, alternating between live studio footage of kick-ass musicians: (piano wizard Bob Malone (Fogerty), drummer Doug Belote (Clapton) and Carl Dufrene Jr (North Mississippi Allstars) and refreshingly playful poolside moments.  Drink in. Drink up!

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Don’t Let Your Body Be A Bummer This Summer: 5 Tips To Detoxify

As summer winds down, some people who ditched their New Year’s weight-loss resolutions may re-dedicate themselves to looking good.

Even more important, though, is what we put in our bodies. What we eat and drink not only impacts how we look, but how we feel.

And to properly set the tone for the inner body and good overall health, it’s vital to get the bad stuff – toxins – out, and keep them out, says Dr. Suhyun An (www.drsuhyunan.com), an expert on regenerative medicine and co-author of Demystifying Stem Cells: A Real-Life Approach To Regenerative Medicine.

“People may want to look good, but being truly healthy on the inside is a year-round commitment,” Dr. An says. “And you need to start by detoxifying the body.

“Toxins can severely affect every part of the body. They’re in tons of every-day products.  Being aware of them and avoiding them are essential to good health.”

Dr. An provides five tips for cleaning out the toxins in your body:

Reduce the toxins you’re taking in. The first step to cleaning out toxins in your body is to cut back – or completely eliminate – things you put into your body that contain them. “When something is hard for the body to digest, it can slow down your metabolism and cause toxins to accumulate in your body,” Dr. An says. “Avoid these groups: red meat, gluten, refined sugar, processed food, alcohol, and caffeine.”

Be careful with household products. Household cleaners, soaps, and beauty products all can contain harmful toxins that are absorbed through the skin. “Choose these products carefully,” Dr. An says, “and always make sure you know what’s in them. There are many great natural cleaners and products that can help reduce the toxins your skin and body are exposed to.”

Drink plenty of water. “Water has a multitude of benefits for your body, skin, and organs,” she says. “Drinking enough water is extremely important in getting rid of toxins in the body. It helps boost metabolism and can literally flush out the harmful materials that have built up in your body.”

Add plenty of dietary fiber and antioxidants to your diet. Eating foods with plenty of fiber, such as organic fruits, vegetables and whole grains, will help your body move the toxins out. “Antioxidants help to fight free radicals and help to further remove harmful materials,” Dr. An says.

Sweat it out. Sweating is a very effective way for the body to get rid of toxins. “Achieving this through exercise also keeps your organs and systems working properly, which plays a key role in releasing toxins,” Dr. An says. “Aside from exercising, hopping into a sauna or hot bath can help, too.”

“Removing toxins is key to living a healthy life,” Dr. An says. “Just like many of us do in our homes by procrastinating and getting sloppy, our body stores junk. Get rid of it once and for all.”

About Dr. Suhyun An, DC, MSN, NP-C

Dr. Suhyun An (www.drsuhyunan.com) is the clinic director at Campbell Medical Group in Houston and an expert on regenerative medicine. She is co-author of Demystifying Stem Cells: A Real-Life Approach To Regenerative Medicine and travels the nation speaking on those topics. Dr. An received a BS in Biochemistry and Biophysical Science from the University of Houston, graduated cum laude from Parker College of Chiropractic, and got her master’s in nursing science from Samford University.