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  1. Mother's Day Gift Ideas: Seasonal Essentials for Mom

    Mother's Day Gift Guide
    Not sure what to get mom this holiday?

    Find gardening gadgets, shade solutions, and more outdoor items with our Mother's Day Gift Ideas.
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  2. 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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  3. Plan a Vacation: Even If It's Local or In Your Backyard

    Plan a Vacation: Even If It's Local or In Your Backyard

    We all need to plan time off from work to spend quality time alone or with family and friends and recharge our minds. However, taking paid vacation time is something not every American worker is doing. According to the U.S. Travel Association, American workers left an average of 33% of their paid time on the table last year.

    National Plan a Vacation Day, which is the last Tuesday in January (this year, it’s January 26), reminds us to plan our vacation at the start of the year for the rest of the year. The earlier you plan a vacation, the more ready and relaxed you’ll be when your vacation time gets here.

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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. RIO's Outdoor Adventure Holiday Gift Guide

    RIO's Outdoor Adventure Holiday Gift Guide
    What do you give to the outdoor enthusiast on your list? Whether it’s for the beach, the campground, the woods, or the backyard, there’s something for everyone in our RIO Outdoor Adventure Gift Guide.
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  6. 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 the elements as they network with the community. Concession Stand and Food Tent:... Are you part of a youth baseball, football, soccer, lacrosse, or field hockey board? You can raise some serious funds with a concession stand at your games. Whether it’s a pee wee event or a high school game, a portable canopy will keep your concessioners and
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  7. Look No Further: Find the Perfect Beach Chair This Summer

    Look No Further: Find the Perfect Beach Chair This Summer
    Have you been shopping for a beach chair lately? If you’re in the market for one, you’ve probably noticed that chairs for the beach are not very easy to find this year. Even if you’re able to find a beach chair in a store or online, it’s either overpriced or it’s not quite what you’d hoped for. Social distancing has made beach chairs a hot must-have item for th
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  8. 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 the sand is one of the best parts of summer. Having the right beach gear helps you have a safe and hassle-free vacation. Before you head out to take on the waves, ensure you have everything you need for a successful beach day with our Ultimate Summer Beach Gear Guide.

    Summer Beach Gear with Safety and Convenience in Mind

    Although a day swimming in the water with family seems like it’s all about fun, too much sun exposure can be dangerous to your skin and your health. It’s important to protect yourself from harmful UV rays using summer gear that keeps you cool in the shade. Every day in America, 9,500 people are diagnosed with skin cancer. The American Cancer Society says staying in the shade is one of the best lines of protection when it comes to preventing skin cancer. That’s why adding accessories to your checklist with added beach shade is always a great idea. Here are some ways to incorporate extra protection into your outdoor adventure.

    Beach Gear with Extra Protection

    Having a comfortable place to relax while spending hours by the water is essential for any beach getaway. But having beach shade is important for your safety and enjoyment. Here are some great summer gear options with extra shade to stay out of those harmful UV rays.

    Shaded Seating Options to Keep You Cool

    A canopy chair blends the convenience of a beach chair with the benefit of a shaded canopy. These provide a quick and simple way to relax while shielding your skin from dangerous UV rays. Here are some great beach canopy choices with style. Pro Comfort High Back Shade Folding Chair: Kick back in the shade with this comfy model from Pro Comfort. This option comes with an adjustable canopy, so when the sun moves, you can make sure you’re still in the shade. The fabric is extra strong and blocks 99% of the sun’s harmful rays. RIO Gear Hi-Boy Canopy Chair: A padded pillow is only one of the many perks of this beach canopy hair from RIO. This folding chair offers strong fabric and sturdy construction, with a powder coated steel frame that resists rust and corrosion. You can choose from 7 different reclining positions for laying out to relax or sitting up to read a good book. MyCanopy Clip Canopy: If you already have your dream beach chair, but just want the added benefit of sun protection, this canopy clips onto most chairs for a quick fix. The vented canopy allows for extra airflow while the high-quality fabric provides UPF 50+ protection. It’s even recommended by The Skin Cancer Foundation!

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    RIO Beach Umbrella

    Sturdy Beach Umbrellas Bring the Fun

    These bright, beautiful beach umbrellas may be easy on the eyes. But they also pack a serious punch when it comes to durability and beach shade. There’s no easier way to keep your skin out of the extreme sunlight than by adding an umbrella to your summer gear checklist. Here are some fantastic options that are easy to transport and incredibly versatile. RIO 6 1/2' Umbrella w/ Integrated Sand Anchor: It’s a strong but lightweight beach umbrella with a telescoping pole for adjustable height. The umbrella also has a zippered wind vent for better stability on the beach and blocks 98% of the sun’s UVA/UVB rays. It also portable: the umbrella comes with an attractive half mesh carry bag. RIO 7' Total Sun Block Umbrella: No other umbrella protects as well. The fabric is lab tested to block 99.2% of UVA and UVB rays! It has a heavy-duty steel pole with a tilt head for adjustable protection from the sun. The umbrella also comes with a carry bag for easy portability. RIO 7' Market Umbrella: With a blue fish-patterned canopy and rust-resistant telescopic pole, this umbrella has a beautiful look for summer fun. It provides sun protection factor of SPF 100 and is recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation. Its large size delivers plenty of shade protection, and it has a wind vent for stability. RIO Beach 7 ft. Beach Umbrella: Enjoy a breeze with this beach umbrella that’s built to last. The powder coated steel pole is rust and corrosion resistant, while the 300D polyester fabric stands up to the elements. The sand anchor means easy setup for you, while the fold-out table with drink holders provides supreme relaxation for hours. Recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation, you can’t go wrong with its tilt feature to keep the rays from your skin. Margaritaville Tilt Umbrella: Bask in the island lifestyle with this gorgeous umbrella that also gets the thumbs up from the Skin Cancer Foundation for its ability to block 99% of the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays. The powder coated construction means you don’t have to worry about the sand and surf taking its toll. The sand anchor even stands up to 25 mph winds.

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    Beach Tent Choices for Extreme Coverage

    When staying away from the sun and wind at the beach is at the top of your priority list, a beach tent is an affordable and easy way to keep dangerous UV rays away from you and your family. These spacious portable sun shelters offer enough room for more than one person inside, and plenty of room for a few extra sand castles. RIO Pop-up Beach Shelter: This pop-up beach shelter is roomy enough for two large beach chairs and is portable enough to pack up and carry to your favorite outdoor destination. It deploys in seconds making beach set-up a breeze. The shelter includes stakes and sandbags, has integrated wind vents for stability, and built-in pockets for storage. It’s recommended by The Skin Cancer Foundation and can provide UPF 50+ sun protection! RIO Beach Tent: This portable shelter is roomy enough for two large beach chairs, and rugged enough to stand up to sun and sand. Mesh windows allow for a breeze while the washable fabric gives you 50+ UPF sun protection. Recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation, this option also has easy setup and tear down for convenient transport. RIO Beach Total Sunblock Kids Beach Tent: When you want to give your children the freedom to play at the beach, but also want to keep their skin safe, this shelter solution is a win-win for everyone. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends this option for its ability to block 99.8% of the sun’s harmful rays. With a built-in floor and sand pockets for extra stability, this beach tent will provide hours of fun and protection for your little ones.

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    Expedition One Push Quik Shade Pop-Up

    Provide Instant Shade with Pop-Up Canopies

    If your beach day includes fun with a group, a pop-up canopy... is a simple and budget-friendly way to provide shade in a snap. With as few as one or two people, setup takes minutes and provides your friends and family important protection from the blazing sun. Straight leg op
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  9. Rediscovering The Outdoors: Family Fun When You Have to Stay Home

    Rediscovering The Outdoors: Family Fun When You Have to Stay Home

    Stuck at home? Staying home doesn’t mean you can’t step outdoors. In fact, we firmly believe that now is the perfect time to look at your backyard in a whole new way. Whether you choose to redesign your garden with a whole new plan or embark on new backyard adventures with your family: now’s the perfect time to rediscover your backyard space.

    There are plenty of things you and your family can do in your backyard!

    Check out these backyard activities you can do while you’re stuck a

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  10. 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 ragged or blurred, get it checked out.
    • Color: If the color of a mole or growth is not uniform, or includes pink, red, or blue, it is a sign of skin cancer.
    • Diameter: If the size of the mole is larger than the tip of a
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