Outdoor Recreation

  1. Ultimate Summer Beach Gear Guide

    Ultimate Summer Beach Gear Guide

    One of the most exciting times of the year is packing up for a relaxing getaway to the beach. Enjoying family time in the warm weather with your toes in

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  2. Beach Essentials: 5 Summer Shade Solutions

    Beach Essentials: 5 Summer Shade Solutions

    Heading to the beach this summer? We know you won’t forget the obvious beach essentials: sunscreen, towels, the drink cooler... But what about a

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  3. The Big Football Game Calls for the Ultimate Backyard Homegate Party

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    There’s a big football game being played on Sunday, and there will be a championship feeling in the air. Whether your favorite team is playing, or you have no rooting interest at all, the best way to celebrate the day is with a small backyard homegate party!

    While a tailgate party is an outdoor bash that takes place before a sporting event at the parking lot of a stadium, a homegate party that you hold in your backyard. A tailgate party will include a grill, a tailgate canopy, portable folding chairs, a sturdy but compact camping table, a trusty metal cooler, and plenty of food and drinks.

    A homegate party gives you all the benefits of a tailgate without the added stress of gameday traffic, need to prep food the night before, or the need to pack your car or truck with tailgating gear. Additionally, homegating allows you to keep your party as intimate as you’d like. You can make it a family affair, or just invite the neighbors over for a pre-game meal.

    While the big game atmosphere can make tailgating a unique experience, you can replicate the feel in your own backyard. In fact, when you’re homegating, you aren’t restricted to one or two parking spaces. You’ll have more room to set up tables and chairs, games like cornhole, and to generally just stretch out. Also, you’ll have the convenience of setting up and breaking down your backyard in your own time frame, and not when the stadium parking lot is open.

    It doesn’t matter if you live in the cold Kansas City area, the warmth of the Tampa Bay area, or anywhere else in the United States. Even thought the 54 of the 55 of big championship football games have been played in warmer weather or indoor stadiums, it’s a sport that’s played in just about any weather. Those who tailgate at Kansas City games dress in layers to stay warm. Fans of the team in Tampa know how to stay cool under the blazing sun.

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  4. Pop Ups and More for Winter Sports

    Pop Ups and More for Winter Sports
    Just because it’s cold or even snowing doesn’t mean you should forget to use a shelter for winter sports! Whether you’re participating in an outdoor recreation event or watching a game live or on television, pop-up canopies are perfect for your winter sports activities.

    Did you know sunscreen is not just for the warmer seasons? Just because it’s not summertime anymore doesn’t mean you should skimp on sun protection. Protecting your skin is just as important because the sun’s harmful UV rays don’t take a winter break! According to Accuweather, sunlight reflects off snow the same way it reflects off a pool in the summertime, which can still cause a sunburn.

    Players or watched outdoors, winter sports fun can still bring a risk of skin cancer. Sun protection is your best line of defense when it comes to skin cancer prevention.

    So, before you head outdoors for winter sports fun, why not make sure you have a reliable shelter to protect you from the elements?
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  5. 18 Cool and Creative Uses for a Portable Canopy

    18 Cool and Creative Uses for a Portable Canopy

    Whether you’re planning an outdoor family, business, community event, unpredictable weather can make planning tricky. A portable canopy can provide quick shade or instant protection from the rain. A portable canopy is a portable shelter that collapses for easy storage and transportation. Generally, a portable canopy comes in two pieces: a sturdy powder-coated steel canopy frame and a durable fabric canopy top. Portable canopies are often called pop-up canopies because the canopy part of the frame pops-up when it is opened. The legs of a portable canopy are height-adjustable to provide quick shade and weather protection and variable headroom. Pop-up canopies generally come with a convenient carry case, which makes them easy to store on a shelf, in a closet, or in a garage or shed. Since they are portable, pop-up canopies are also convenient to keep in the back of your car, truck, or SUV. Like having an umbrella handy on a rainy day, you never know when a portable canopy will come in handy! There are many ways you can use a portable canopy for work and play. Let’s look at a variety of cool and creative home, community, and business pop-up canopy uses:

    Uses for a Portable Canopy at Home

    Patio or Deck Cover: Sometimes, in the summer, you need a quick shade solution for your patio or deck. A pop-up canopy can help you beat the heat so you can enjoy your investment. Use one when you’re having your morning coffee, or when you’re having guests over for dinner. Pool Cabana: The swimming pool can be fun, but sooner or later you’ll need to take a break. Place a portable canopy over your lounge chairs and avoid the sun’s harmful UV rays. A quick rest in the shade will help you stay energized! Sandbox or Garden Shade: Since portable canopies are height-adjustable, they’re great for when you’re working low to the ground. You can use a pop-up canopy to provide quick shade when you’re working on your garden. Also, you can use one over a sandbox to keep your kids safe from the sun. Garage Sale: One man’s junk is another man’s treasure. Make your customer’s treasure hunt more pleasant and put your sale items underneath a pop-up canopy. It’s not only a great way to keep your customers out of the sun on a hot day, your merchandise will stay dry if it starts to rain. Lemonade Stand: When you’re a kid, there’s no more fun way to make a few bucks than to sell lemonade in your front yard. Keep your kids and their customers cool underneath a portable canopy!

    Portable Canopy Usage When You’re Out and About

    Picnic in the Park: Want to get away from the everyday routine? The park is a great place to have a picnic. Of course, parks aren’t always a great place to escape the sun. Bring along a pop-up canopy and get some quick shade for your picnic. Beach Shade: Like the park, there’s very little shade at a beach. Bring along a portable canopy and get some relief from the sun. Some portable canopies have wind vents to prevent them from going airborne. However, a portable canopy should also be anchored to the sand*. Street Fair or Community Event:... Is your organization planning to attend at a local event? You can make its presence known by using a pop-up canopy. Whether it’s a street fair, carnival, fair, a portable canopy will help you stand out in the crowd. It will also help keep your team protected from th
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  6. Protect Yourself Against Skin Cancer: The Benefits of Sun Protection

    Protect Yourself Against Skin Cancer: The Benefits of Sun Protection

    As soon as the temperature starts to rise, it’s time to take advantage of outdoor activities and spending time with family in the sunshine. But with the extra fun comes increased risk of skin cancer. Sun protection is your best line of defense when it comes to skin cancer prevention. The American Cancer Society says staying in the shade can be one of the best lines of defense for your skin.

    What is Skin Cancer?

    What exactly is skin cancer? According to the Skin Cancer Foundation and Skincancer.org, it is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal skin cells usually caused by overexposure to ultraviolet radiation. The CDC suggests someone is at a higher risk of getting skin cancer even from a few bad sunburns. There are multiple types of skin cancer, but here are the three most commonly diagnosed in the United States, according to the Cancer Treatment Centers of America:
    • Basal cell carcinoma: The cancer cells develop in the basal layer of the skin, hence the name. This type of skin cancer accounts for 80% of all diagnoses in America. This type of the least dangerous because it rarely metastasizes and grows slowly.
    • Squamous cell carcinoma: This is the second most common type of skin cancer. They develop from the flat squamous cells on the skin. Although they are more likely to spread than basal cell carcinoma, it is uncommon for them to metastasize.
    • Melanoma: This is a more aggressive and dangerous type of skin cancer that form in the melanocytes, or darker pigments of skin. Melanoma can form in parts of the body that aren’t exposed to sunlight, and can metastasize. Melanoma can require intense treatment like chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery. To learn more about the four basic types of melanoma, click here.

    Skin Cancer in America

    Skin cancer is also the most common type of cancer in the United States. The American Academy of Dermatology reports 9,500 people in America are diagnosed with this type of cancer every day. When it comes to the most dangerous type of skin cancer, melanoma, research shows it has doubled from 1982 to 2011 and continues to rise. Here are some other interesting facts about skin cancer:
    • More people are diagnosed with skin cancer in the U.S. than all forms of cancer combined.
    • The annual cost of treating skin cancers is $8.1 billion
    • One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.

    How to Spot Skin Cancer

    The key to successful treatment of skin cancer is to spot it early. Doctors recommend you check your own skin once a month. In addition, you should aim for a yearly exam with a dermatologist, especially if you are predisposed to skin cancer or are exposed to the sun often. An easy way to remember how to look for skin cancer is by using the ABCDE rule:
    • Asymmetry: If a mark or mole looks asymmetrical, that could be cause for concern.
    • Border: If the edges of a mole are
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  7. Pop-Ups, Canopies, and More for Fall Festivals

    Pop-Ups, Canopies, and More for Fall Festivals

    You know when the leaves start to change colors and temperatures drop, it’s time to celebrate fall. And with that comes all the wonderful fall festivals. Whether it’s a gathering at your church or maybe your child’s school, fall festivals are a great time to celebrate a new season. If you’re helping to organize the party or just partaking with your family, finding the perfect pop-up or canopy will make your experience even better.

    Made for the Shade

    Quik Shade Steel canopies are a great choice to keep you and your family out of the elements and ready to enjoy all the fun fall festivals have to offer. But if you’re helping a local organization to organize the event, there are so many unique ways to utilize a steel canopy:
    • Sell tickets under a canopy, keeping workers out of the sun
    • Keep baked goods or other items for sale under canopy and out of the elements
    • Hold a pumpkin carving station under canopies
    The Quick Shade Solo Steel Series... is an easy choice for fall festivals. The huge benefit to these pop-up canopies is minimal set up time. You don’t have to spend hours getting your shelter ready. In fact, you only need one person to set one up! Each one provides extra strong trapezoidal legs and lo
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  8. Kick Off Football Season with Must-Have Football Party Accessories

    Kick Off Football Season with Must-Have Football Party Accessories

    Now that summer is coming to a close, you can finally look forward to some cooler weather, and of course football season! If everyone comes to your house to watch...

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  9. Perfect Shade and Seating Accessories for Football Games and Parties

    Perfect Shade and Seating Accessories for Football Games and Parties

    Football games are so much more than watching the action on the field. Whether you're catching your favorite professional team play, or you're at your child’s high school game, tailgating is a tradition fans take seriously. Time with friends and family before the game is just as important as the game itself. So next time you’re getting the grill and hot dogs ready, think about football game accessories that will take your festivities to the next level.

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  10. Must-Have Shade Products for the Perfect Picnic

    Must-Have Shade Products for the Perfect Picnic

    Whether you’re planning a picnic for two or ten people, you know the essentials for the perfect picnic: good food, great company, and reliable shade! Quality s...

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