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Healing veterans and helping

the environment go hand-in-hand

STATEPOINT

What does helping the environment

have to do with veterans suffering

from psychological trauma brought

about by their combat experience? A

lot, actually.

That is because one organization,

Help Heal Veterans (Heal Vets), is

busy delivering thousands of artsand-crafts

therapy kits to veterans

each month, and most kits are

made largely from recycled materials.

The kits provide an important

therapeutic benefit for veterans and

active-duty military recovering from

wounds, injuries and the long-term

psychological effects of warfare, including

post-traumatic stress disorder

and traumatic brain injury.

Heal Vets kits include leatherwork,

models, woodwork, jewelry, painting,

needlecrafts, poster art, scrapbooks

and more, and are created from materials

that would have otherwise

ended up in landfills.

Heal Vets has been doing this work

for 50 years, and commitment to environmental

sustainability has become

an important and growing part

of its mission.

“Over the last five years, we have

recycled almost one million pounds of

materials,” says Joe McClain, retired

Navy captain and CEO of Heal Vets.

“By upcycling, we responsibly utilize

numerous materials, mostly textiles,

one of the biggest contributors to

landfill waste in the US.”

Indeed, since 2017, Heal Vets has

worked with partner organizations

to repurpose the extraordinary

amounts of potential landfill waste,

including:

• 300,000 pounds of leather from

airplane seats. Southwest Airlines

and Arise Foundation have donated

leather from airplane seats

since 2018. These materials are

used to make wallets, footballs, and

components for moccasins, such as

liners and insoles.

• 55,216 pounds of tanned deer

skins. The Elks, a partner since

2002, donates tanned deer skins

from Elks Lodge members around

the country that are used to make

moccasins, wheelchair gloves,

dreamcatchers, pouches and more.

• 454,500 pounds of upholstery.

Since 2017, Lay Z Boy has donated

upholstery fabric that Heal Vets

uses in kits to make messenger

bags, oven mitts, bowl cozies and

more.

• 112,416 pounds of cabinets. Since

2019, American Woodmark has donated

cabinets, which have been

repurposed for wood kits to make

items like boxes and birdhouses.

• 40,000 pounds of automobile

seats. Since 2019, Magna has donated

auto seats used to make

purse kits.

Heal Vets is seeking new partners

for its dual mission of helping veterans

heal and contributing to a sustainable

economy. Businesses can

donate materials that reduce their

environmental impact and support

the recovery of veterans who have

served their country and need to recover

fully from the visible and invisible

wounds of war. To learn more

about the power of craft therapy and

the sustainability efforts of Heal

Vets, visit healvets.org.

“Environmental sustainability has

taken on a new meaning for us because

it relates directly to our mission,”

says McClain. “To us, sustainability

means ensuring both the

long-term existence of our natural

resources and the well-being of the

veterans we serve.”

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Are you growing the right type of grass?

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Choosing the right type of grass optimizes

the chances that your lawn

will be healthy, beautiful and easy to

maintain. However, experts say that

there are many factors to consider.

“You may have your heart set on

a specific type of grass because of

where you grew up or because the

Joneses down the street have a

beautiful lawn and they grow XYZ

grass. But what’s best for your lawn

depends on where you live now and

your growing conditions,” says landscape

designer Doug Scott of Redeem

Your Ground in Atlanta, Ga.

A free video series from Exmark, a

leading manufacturer of lawn care

equipment, can help you master your

lawn. In a recent Exmark Original

video, “Done In A Weekend, Grass

101,” Scott discusses the various benefits,

maintenance needs and other

considerations of each grass type.

Here he shares some top factors to

keep in mind:

• Climate: Grasses are typically divided

into two temperature categories:

warm-season and cool-season.

Warm-season grasses grow best in

hot, southern climates reaching

80 to 95 degrees, and go dormant

when temperatures consistently

drop below 65 degrees. Species

like Zoysia, St. Augustine, Bahia

and Centipede all grow best in hot,

humid regions, whereas Bermuda

grass grows best in hot, arid areas.

On the other side of things are coolseason

grasses, which grow best in

northern regions where temperatures

fall between 60-70 degrees.

Species include tall and fine Fescue,

Kentucky Bluegrass and annual

and perennial Ryegrass.

Living in the middle, in what’s

known as the “Transitional Zone”

can be both a blessing and a curse.

On the positive side, you may have

more grass choices, but on the

downside, cool-season grasses may

look worn-out by late summer, and

warm-season grasses will be dormant

longer.

• Sun and Shade: While there are

exceptions, warm-season grasses

generally grow best in full sun areas

getting 8 or more hours of direct

sunlight daily, and cool-season

grasses grow best in moderate or

medium shade areas getting between

4 to 6 hours of direct sunlight

daily. You may notice that

no one talks about “full shade” —

areas getting less than 4 hours of

sunlight daily — when discussing

grass. That’s because there’s no

grass that thrives in these conditions

• Water: Different types of grass

need different amounts of water to

thrive. Warm-season grasses tend

to be more drought-tolerant and

require less water.

• Use: Heavy-turf grass like Zoysia

or Bermuda stand up to activity

best, whereas cool-season grasses

typically don’t do well in hightraffic

areas where children play or

dogs run.

• Maintenance: What’s required to

maintain a healthy lawn also deserves

consideration. In general,

cool-season grasses cost less to

install but more to maintain. Because

they don’t form that dense

carpet-like structure that heat-loving

grasses do, cool-season grasses

need to be watered and tended

more.

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By understanding your property’s

growing conditions and a bit about

grass types, you’ll be well-positioned

to select the best grass for your needs

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How and why to build a raised garden bed this season

STATEPOINT

Fairly easy to construct and even

easier to maintain, raised garden

beds are a great way to raise plants

and vegetables in the comfort and

convenience of your backyard.

In a recent episode of the Exmark

Original Series, “Done-in-A-Weekend-Extreme,”

landscape designer

and show host, Doug Scott, spoke

to organic gardener Joe Lamp’l of

“Growing a Greener World” about the

ins and outs of raised garden beds.

Here are some of the top insights

and tips Lamp’l shared.

• Why use raised garden beds?

A raised garden bed can help facilitate

the ideal growing environment,

as most people don’t have

that perfect soil naturally in their

yard. Their accessibility makes

them easier to work in and maintain.

Plus, they’re a nice architectural

design element in any land-

wood, as it lasts almost as long and

doesn’t contain chemicals. Other

materials you have around the

home and yard, such as rocks, old

tubs, etc., can work too.

• Where’s the best location? Build

your raised garden bed on level

ground, in full sun exposure near a

water supply.

DIY Instructions:

To build a 10-foot x 4-foot x 18-inch

raised bed, you’ll need:

• Nine 6-inch x 6-inch x 12-foot cedar

timbers

• Tape measure, t-square and

marking pencil

• A saw and extension cord

• One box of 10-inch heavy-duty

exterior wood screws

• Ten 24-inch x 1/2-inch rebar

stakes

• Twenty 10-inch galvanized timber

spikes

• Sledgehammer

• Impact drill and long drill bit

• Level

• Hammer

• Shovels

• Hardware cloth, wire cutters and

fence staples

• Work gloves, safety glasses and

ear plugs

• Wheelbarrow (to transport soil)

1. Begin by cutting six, 6 x 6 timbers,

each measuring 10-feet 6-inches

in length. And six, 6 x 6 timbers, each

measuring 4-feet 6-inches in length.

Drill rebar holes in each timber.

2. Once the first layer of bed has

been placed, leveled and squared in

your desired location, fasten the corners

using 10-inch wood screws. Secure

the entire layer to the ground

with 10 pieces of rebar.

3. Place the second layer of timbers,

staggering the corners and fastening

them with wood screws. Secure this

layer to the first with ten 10-inch galvanized

spikes.

4. Install galvanized cloth to prevent

burrowing pests from eating

earthworms and destroying plants.

5. Place the third layer of timbers

(following above directions.)

6. Fill with soil and plants.

For more tips and complete build

instructions, check out “How to Build

Raised Garden Beds” by visiting Exmark.com/backyard.

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scape.

• What’s the ideal size? The main

rule of the thumb applies to width.

The bed should be no wider than

4 feet, as you never want to compact

the soil when working. Length

however, is based on personal preference

and needs. As far as height

is concerned, you want the roots

to be able to grow out and down

as much as possible — 6-inches at

minimum. While 12-inches is common,

anything higher is a bonus.

• What materials work best?

Treated lumber is the most readily

available and economical material

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Save time and money on spring essentials

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Keeping your household wellstocked

of items you need to run

things smoothly is essential, particularly

during the spring cleaning season.

But whether it’s home improvement

supplies or laundry necessities,

selecting the best products may be a

bit more challenging these days. Not

only are new products introduced to

store shelves all the time, if you’re

like many consumers, you’re staying

home more with fewer opportunities

to compare products in-person.

While researching product reviews

can help you discover what other consumers

have already tried and loved,

it can be a fairly time-consuming

process. For quicker insights, consult

crowd-sourcing resources like

Product of the Year USA, the largest

consumer-voted award for product

innovation. With product winners

determined by a national study conducted

by Kantar, a global leader in

consumer research, 40,000 consumers

have voted on the best products

for 2021.

“When shopping online or in-store,

look for the Product of the Year red

seal of approval to quickly spot the

best new products,” says Mike Nolan,

Global CEO, Product of the Year.

“Our process of polling 40,000 independent

voters means you can genuinely

trust the seal, saving you time

and money while you shop.”

As you stock up on spring household

essentials and and personal

items, consider trying these 20 Product

of the Year winners, which stood

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• Dish Care: Dawn Powerwash

Dish Spray

• Dryer Sheet: Bounce Pet Hair

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• Electric Toothbrush: hum by Colgate

Smart Rechargeable Electric

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• Green Laundry: all free clear

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• Hair Color: Schwarzkopf Color

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• Hair Styling: Remington Pro 1"

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Technology

• Hard Surface Cleaning: Microban

24 Sanitizing Spray

• Home Improvement: 3M CLAW

Drywall Picture Hanger

• Laundry Enhancer: Snuggle SuperCare

Scent Booster

• Laundry Pacs: Tide Hygienic

Clean Heavy Duty 10X Power

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• Liquid Fabric Conditioner:

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Spring Rush

• Liquid Laundry: Tide Hygienic

Clean Free & Gentle Liquid Heavy

Duty

• Natural Cleaning System: H2O

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• Oral Care: Crest Whitening

Emulsions with Wand Applicator

• Oral Hygiene: Colgate Keep

Replaceable Head Manual Toothbrush

• Outdoor Cleaning: Carbona Pro

Care Oxy Powered Outdoor Cleaner

• Tableware: Hefty ECOSAVE

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and most effective products can be

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Get your patio ready for summer living

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It’s time to extend your home’s living

spaces to the outdoors. To get

your patio prepped for a summer of

relaxation and fun, consider the following

décor ideas and inspiration:

The Entryway

Your patio will be more enticing if

you have beautiful sliding glass patio

doors leading to it. If you do go in for

this upgrade, it’s important to know

that patio doors can be customized

in a number of ways that affect their

look and function. To help you make

sense of your options, shop with manufacturers

that offer visualizer tools,

such as the one available at ProVia,

provia.com/app. This can help you

see what colors and hardware look

best in your home and find the combination

you like best.

Their Aeris wood and vinyl sliding

doors, for example, offer many customization

opportunities, including

wood stain finishes, interior and exterior

colors; options for internal grids

and internal blinds; and a wide array

of decorative glass, privacy glass and

tinted glass options.

Beyond beauty, be sure to prioritize

high performance, particularly when

it comes to energy efficiency, storm

protection, and of course, smooth,

easy and quiet operation. After all,

it’s hard to feel relaxed if simply getting

outdoors is a struggle.

Exterior Decorating

Boost comfort and ambiance by applying

the same attention to detail

when decorating your patio as you

would indoors. Beyond furniture that’s

comfortable enough to lounge on all

day or evening, incorporate throws,

pillows and even rugs. Add splashes

of color and vibrancy by hanging outdoor

wall art, or, if you’re feeling extra

creative, painting a mural.

Paper lanterns hung above your

patio dining area can bring a touch

of romance to meals enjoyed outdoors.

And get inspired by the nature

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The possibilities for using it in and

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Summer skin protection – inside and outside

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Consider these tips and insights this

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Indoor and Outdoor Hazards

If you’re already taking measures

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great. The sun is responsible for up

to 90 percent of visible skin changes

commonly attributed to aging, according

to the Environmental Protection

Agency. But you don’t have to be

at the pool or beach to be susceptible

to sun damage. Whether you’re driving

your car or you’re inside your

home, it’s important to keep in mind

that your skin can be exposed to free

radicals from the sun’s rays through

windows. What’s more, blue light

from digital screens — ubiquitous

these days — can also be harmful

to skin. Additionally, damaging free

radicals can be generated by pollution,

certain foods, like those with a

high glycemic index and red meat,

exercise, alcohol and more.

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3 hacks to make more time for fun this summer

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Even relaxation and fun take some

preparation. But there’s no reason to

work harder than you need to. Follow

these hacks to get to the good stuff faster

this summer.

1. Optimized Travel: Traveling by car

this summer? Road navigation apps

like Waze combine GPS and real-time

crowd-sourced information to help you

find the best route based on traffic conditions.

But remember, sometimes the

journey is also an opportunity for fun

and there are apps for people who

embrace that mindset. RoadTrippers,

for example, can help you make the

most of the mileage, as it offers information

about scenic detours, local

attractions and more.

2. Waterside Fun: Whether you’re

hanging out poolside, lakeside or at the

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3. Summer Meals: When cooking is

accompanied by fresh air and the

sounds of nature, it will feel less like a

chore and more like leisure. So don’t

wait for holidays and special occasions

to enjoy your backyard grill. You don’t

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Select one day a week to do all your

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Spring is here – along with the

harshest allergy season yet

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pile on quickly. Stress hormones can

Experts predict allergy season to be

exceptionally severe this spring,

according to the Allergy & Asthma Network.

Rising global temperatures and a

forecast of warm, dry air this spring

after a winter of heavy snow could significantly

increase pollen production.

This comes after a year many people

spent mostly indoors in quarantine.

As you head outside to enjoy the

spring weather, allergens like pollen

may come as a shock to the system.

Spring allergens, which can lead to

chronic and troublesome symptoms,

such as respiratory irritation, itchy

lions of Americans.

“After over a year spent in the confines

of our homes during the pandemic,

we want to spend as much time outdoors

as we can this spring,” says

nationally renowned natural health

physician and best-selling author, Dr.

Fred Pescatore. “Don’t let allergies ruin

your long-awaited spring. There are

steps you can take to alleviate your

allergy symptoms.”

• Rinse Your Eyes. Allergies can

cause burning, itching, and tearing

in our eyes as well as swelling of the

eyelids. Washing your eyes with

uct moistens them to provide relief

when they are dry and irritated. It

also removes allergens that cause eye

inflammation.

• Wash Your Clothes Often. When

worn outdoors, your clothes can

carry small particles back into your

home and cause more exposure and

allergic reaction. Washing your

clothes and taking a shower after

outdoor activity can remove lingering

allergens.

• Manage Your Stress Levels. Stress

can be a powerful force on your physical

and mental well-being, and it can

negatively impact the immune system,

increase oxidative stress levels,

and inflame seasonal allergy symptoms.

When you start to feel stressed,

stop and take a breath. If you can,

take a walk. Getting quality sleep

also helps reduce the effects of stress.

• Add a Natural Supplement. Try

adding a natural anti-inflammatory

daily oral supplement. Pycnogenol,

an extract from French maritime

pine bark, is shown in research to

reduce the body’s response to histamines

without the side effects typically

experienced with allergy medications,

such as drowsiness. Studies

show that supplementing daily with

Pycnogenol can substantially reduce

the symptoms associated with seasonal

allergies, like burning, itchy, or

watering eyes, and stuffy, runny, or

itchy nose.

“For the many people seeking alternatives

to conventional treatment for

seasonal allergies, Pycnogenol may

represent an effective and completely

natural solution, void of any sideeffects,”

says Dr. Pescatore. Pycnogenol

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sold in stores and online. To learn

more, visit pycnogenol.com.

With a tough allergy season ahead,

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Carla Hall shares tasty carrot recipes perfect for spring

STATEPOINT

To celebrate spring, Carla Hall,

renowned chef, author, and television

host, offers two delicious recipes that

make carrots the star ingredient of the

season.

“The thing I love most about the

humble carrot is its versatility. It can

be a snack, a salad, a dessert, a side dish

or the basis for most soups and sauces,”

says Hall.

McCormick spices agrees, reporting

that recipe searches for roasting carrots

is trending over the past year in

internet searches and on their website,

making it the perfect choice for vibrant

spring dishes.

With roasted veggies on people’s

minds, Hall created Roasted Carrots-ina

Blanket – a fun, carrot-y spin on the

traditional pigs-in-a-blanket. The roasted

carrots, seasoned with paprika,

ground mustard, and rosemary, are

wrapped in a light and flaky pastry.

CARROTS-IN-A-BLANKET

• 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

• 2 tablespoons orange juice

• 2 teaspoons honey

• 1 teaspoon McCormick Gourmet

Organic Ground Coriander

• 1 teaspoon McCormick Ground

Mustard

• 1 teaspoon McCormick Paprika

• 1/2 teaspoon McCormick Rosemary

Leaves, lightly crushed

• 1 teaspoon kosher salt

• 1/2 teaspoon McCormick Black Pepper

Grinder

• 1 package (16 ounces) baby carrots

• 3 cans (8 ounces each) refrigerated

crescent roll dough

CARROT MUSTARD SAUCE

• 2 1/2 cup French’s Stone Ground

Dijon Mustard

• 1/2 teaspoon McCormick Ground

Cinnamon

• 1/2 teaspoon McCormick Black Pepper

Grinder

• 1/4 teaspoon McCormick Pure

Lemon Extract

• 1/4 cup water

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Mix butter,

orange juice, honey, spices, salt and

pepper in large bowl. Add carrots; toss

to coat well. Arrange carrots in single

layer on large parchment-lined sheet

pan.

2. Roast 20 to 25 minutes or just until

tender. Allow to cool slightly.

3. For the Carrot Mustard Sauce,

transfer 1/2 cup of the roasted carrots

to blender container or food processor.

Add mustard, spices, extract and water.

Cover. Purée until completely smooth.

Set aside.

4. Unroll crescent dough onto clean

surface (do not separate triangles).

Brush about 2 tablespoons of the Carrot

Mustard Sauce evenly over each sheet

of crescent dough. Reserve remaining

sauce for serving. Use a pizza cutter to

cut along perforations, then cut each

triangle lengthwise into three separate

triangles. Place one cooled carrot on

the wide side of each dough triangle,

then roll towards pointy ends to wrap

carrots in dough. Place wrapped carrots

tail-end down about 1 inch apart on

parchment-lined sheet pan.

5. Bake 12 to 15 minutes until dough is

golden brown, rotating pan halfway

through cooking. Serve warm with

remaining sauce for dipping.

Makes 32 servings.

Hall also came up with a Warm Carrot

Salad with Creamy Lemon Dressing.

Layers of roasted carrots are lightly

spiced with cayenne and black pepper

to complement naturally sweet Granny

Smith apples, golden raisins, and pineapple.

A simple, creamy lemon dressing

drizzled on top adds a slightly tangy

pop to finish this bright and colorful

dish.

Here, Hall shares some clever tips for

creating carrot-inspired meals:

• To make the most of your time in

the kitchen, peel your carrots using

up and down strokes to make sure

there are no wasted movements, and

you get the job done faster.

• Or buy carrot sticks or baby carrots

to reduce prep and peeling time. You

can quickly dice them at home for

soups and stews.

• Carrots are beautiful and can be the

star of your dish. Adding multi-hued

carrots will make simple dishes

appear fancy.

• You can use spices, herbs, and other

ingredients as supporting cast members

to add great flavor and make

your dish taste even more amazing.

For Hall’s exclusive carrot recipes

along with additional springtime dishes,

visit www.mccormick.com.

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Summer safety tips for your pet

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From heat waves to fireworks, summer

can take a toll on pets’ emotional

and physical wellness. According to

some pet experts, the heart of relief for

a number of common seasonal pet woes

is CBD. Here are some insights into

how to use it, plus additional measures

you can take for a safe, healthy summer

with pets.

• Fireworks and Thunder: Unexpected

noises can be extremely frightening

for pets, causing what’s known as

situational stress. If possible, try

administering Calming CBD-infused

Edibites, which contains soothing

and relaxing properties, about an

hour before you expect fireworks or

thunderstorms to occur. (Helpful

hint: it can also be used to relieve

situational stress associated with

travel, guests, etc.)

Exercise also helps. Whether you

take an extra long walk or play fetch,

wearing your pet out earlier in the day

might help them stay calm or even

sleep through noise disruptions. Additionally,

you can prepare by setting up

a quiet space for your pet, full of their

favorite blankets and toys. Finally, be

mindful that pets often react to loud

noises by running away. According to

the ASPCA, one-in-five pets that go

missing run off after hearing loud noises

like fireworks. Bring cats indoors

during storms and fireworks. If you

must take a dog outside, keep them

securely leashed. Microchips and up-todate

ID tags can help you safely reunite

with your pet should they go missing.

• Heat: If you’re sweating, there’s a

good chance your pet is too. Keep

pets hydrated by constantly refilling

their bowls with fresh, clean water.

Choose mornings or evenings for

exercising with dogs to avoid the hottest

part of the day. On scorchers,

avoid paw-to-pavement contact, letting

your dog walk in the grass

instead. If your pup’s paws do get

affected by the hot pavement, applying

a topical CBD solution such as

Canna Care from Pet Releaf can help

relieve the burn. Finally, beat the

heat with regular grooming — however,

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their coat protects them from sunburn.

• Allergies: Allergies can wear pets

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weakening their immune system.

CBD hemp oil however can offer an

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New ways families with kids can go green

STATEPOINT

bulk and wrap smaller portions in reus-

three new vehicles in the popular Go!

waste and teach children about how

Having kids can mean having a lot of

stuff, not all of which is made from ecofriendly

materials. However, if you’re

like many parents, you want your children

to have a clean, healthy planet to

live in when they grow up. Going green

while parenting might sound challenging,

but it’s definitely not impossible.

These tips and insights can help get you

started:

Reusable Food Packaging

With a little creativity, you can ditch

the plastic utensils, baggies and singleuse

beverage containers at lunchtime.

To substantially reduce your family’s

plastic waste, switch to organic, reusable

lunchboxes featuring partitions

and tightly-fitting, leak-proof lids. Keep

kids hydrated with easy-to-clean stainless

steel water bottles or thermoses.

Finally, rethink the types of products

you buy most often. Rather than opting

for snacks pre-packed in single-serving

able, compostable wrapping.

Eco-Friendly Play

Some of your children’s favorite toy

brands are already going green, making

it easy to make playtime eco-friendly.

One example of a leader in the industry

is electronic learning toy company

VTech, which is committed to sustainability

and has plans to replace its fossil-based

blister packaging with plantbased

alternatives in 99 percent of its

electronic learning products by 2025.

Additionally, the brand is launching a

variety of green electronic learning

products later this year as part of its

commitment to replace fossil-based

plastics with sustainable alternatives

by 2030.

New eco-friendly toy options from

VTech include the Sort & Recycle Rideon

Truck, which not only highlights the

importance of protecting the environment

through play, but is made of 90

Go! Smart Wheels line, all made of 85

percent plant-based plastic. Its LeapFrog

line will include the Choppin’ Fun Learning

Pot with food pieces made of 85 percent

plant-based plastic while two new

wooden toys, Touch & Learn Nature

ABC Board and Interactive Wooden Animal

Puzzle, will include wood from

responsibly-managed forests certified by

Forest Stewardship Council.

The brand’s partnership with Terra-

Cycle also provides an easy way for

consumers to recycle its electronic

learning products. To learn more about

VTech’s sustainability efforts, visit

vtechcares.com.

Composting

Composting is a simple way to reduce

they can positively impact the environment.

Start by setting up a compost bin

and work with your children to identify

ingredients that can be added to it. A

good compost recipe includes materials

such as dry leaves, household waste like

vegetable scraps, coffee grounds and

eggshells, and a layer of soil. Add some

water and watch as science comes to

life. Kids will love seeing their compost

turn to soil over time and allowing them

to be hands on throughout the process

teaches them the concept of recycling in

a realistic and relatable way.

With a few simple tweaks, parents

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4 ways to get fit with friends and family this summer

STATEPOINT

With warm weather, longer days,

and more free time, it’s easy to find

ways to stay fit in summer without a

gym. And while you may squeeze in a

solo workout here and there, making

fitness a social activity can keep participants

motivated and accountable.

Summertime can be a perfect time

to establish new fitness routines with

friends or family members. If you’re

new to finding workout buddies, here

are four ways to get started – as well

as shoe suggestions to help keep everyone

comfortable and stylish this

summer season.

1. Create your own fun run: In-person

races may still be few and far between

this summer, however, it’s still

possible to enjoy the love of running.

Map out a nature trail to hit once a

week, sign up for virtual fun runs,

or set up a series of running relay

events in the neighborhood.

Men’s shoe to try: The Asics Mens

GT 1000 10 running shoe is designed

specifically for active runners and

includes GEL technology cushioning

in the heel to absorb shock. Additionally,

the AHAR Plus outsole holds up

longer than the high abrasion rubber.

2. Learn a new sport: From tennis

to beach volleyball and from soccer to

golf, there are various ways to experience

healthy activities as a group

while adhering to social distancing

guidelines. This can also be a great

time to offer younger children the opportunity

to try something new!

Boy’s shoe to try: Sporty, fashionable

and comfortable, the Nike Boys

Reposto sneaker is well-suited for a

variety of athletic adventures. Its

lightweight design and cushioned

insole provide comfort with every

step, and the mesh construction adds

breathability.

3. Participate in an online class:

Whether you enjoy Zumba classes or

strength training programs, the online

options to exercise are abundant

these days. If you have several workout

friends, set up a shared calendar

and let everyone pick a class.

Women’s shoe to try: The Brooks

Womens Adrenaline GTS 2 running

shoe combines style and performance

in a slim silhouette. Available in three

colors, it even provides on-trend metallic

accents in gold or silver tones.

4. Lead by example: The next time

you go for a run in the park or hit the

court for a quick pick-up game, bring

the kids. By highlighting the value of

exercise and modeling proper form,

you can help them gain the skills

they need to be active for life. (Plus,

the enthusiasm you have for your favorite

hobby can be contagious!)

Girl’s shoe to try: For a style that

brings comfort fashion-forward, consider

the Adidas Girls Racer TR 2.0

Sneaker. It comes in navy, white, grey,

or clear – and features a lightweight

rubber outsole to keep her ready for

any family activity.

For a one-stop-shopping experience

and shoe trends for families, friends,

and new fitness partners, visit the

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2. Opposite of seek

3. Ne plus ultra

4. *Opposite of #57 Across

5. Minimum, pl.

6. Influencer's journal

7. *Stinging pollinator

8. Holiday song

9. Bulgarian money

10. Julia Roberts' Academy Award-winning role

11. Popular smoothie berry

12. Update an iPod

15. Inhabitant of Hungary

20. Nothing, pl.

22. Like sashimi

24. Lack of money

25. *Tomato supports

26. Highly skilled

27. Miss America's headdress

29. Slowly leak

31. Moves at the gym

32. Monument to Buddha

33. Orderly arrangement

34. *Wiggly plowers

36. Faster than a walk

38. *Some plants and flowers emit a good one

42. *Type of digger

45. Centers, old-fashioned

49. French vineyard

51. *Last of 3 numbers on a bag of fertilizer

54. Be a pest

56. Washington, e.g.

57. Grow dim

58. Extraterrestrials' rides

59. Pilot's stunt

60. Type of parrot

61. "Musical" constellation

62. Russian mountain chain

63. *Type of garden hose that saves space

64. Goes with "odds"

67. Am is to I as ____ is to we

THEME: IN THE GARDEN

ACROSS

1. Great divide

6. World's oldest national broadcaster

9. Pasturelands

13. Chinese fruit

14. #9 Across, sing.

15. Clemency

16. One in advertising

17. "____ the land of the free ..."

18. Characteristic of birds

19. *Ongoing job in the garden

21. *Without synthetic fertilizers

23. 2nd tallest bird

24. Theatrical production

25. Curiosity killed it?

28. Additionally

30. Capital of Poland

35. Passage into a mine

37. Prefix in levorotary

39. Mid-century modern, e.g.

40. Toothy wheel

41. *Some are heirlooms

43. Make like a cat

44. Erasable programmable read

only memory

46. Stanislavski's rifle, e.g.

47. Unwanted correspondence

48. Motionless

50. Catch-22

52. "Are you sure?" in a text

53. Freight horse cart

55. Opposite of don'ts

57. *6 or more hours of sunshine

61. *Radicchio or frisÈe

65. On foot

66. Negative vote

68. 2020 NFL MVP

69. Morrison's "The ____"

70. Hockey great Bobby

71. Respectable and quiet

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Budget-friendly tips to celebrate summer at home

STATEPOINT

Summertime is often synonymous

with longer days, sweet sunshine

and memorable times with friends

and family.

Whether it is time spent at backyard

cookouts, in the garden or simply

basking in the rays, the experts

at Dollar General have provided

some helpful tips for all your summer

entertaining needs.

Backyard Hangs

As the temperatures begin to rise,

spending time outdoors can be a great

way to enjoy the longer days. Summer

can provide the perfect opportunity

to design a dreamy backyard

space. Create an inviting atmosphere

by stringing lights, filling potted

planters with colorful flowers and

updating patio furniture with decorative

pillows and cushions. Kids can

find endless fun and outdoor adventures

with inflatables, water toys or

lawn water slides. Repurpose items

around the house or in the garage to

build an outdoor obstacle course.

Summertime Cookouts

Take cooking and entertaining

skills outside and get ready for amazing

family cookouts. To host the most

budget-friendly get-together, plan

ahead with the DG app. Create a

shopping list and find the best deals

and savings on summer holiday décor

and grilling necessities.

Decorate the space with patriotic

red, white, and blue banners on the

porch, American flags in flowerpots

or festive tablecloths. Kick off

the holiday with a signature drink!

Strawberry limeade, fruit punch or

a lemonade spritzer are all fun, kidfriendly

options. Browse DG Easy

Meals for ideas and inspiration on

how to build a tasty spread of snacks,

appetizers and main dishes. Check

out DG’s “Better-For-You” options for

mindful offerings that include waffle

sliders, chipotle bean hummus,

shaved strawberry mango ice and

s’mores ice cream bars.

Entertaining Needs

Welcome friends and guests to a

comfortable environment with the

right picnic essentials. Stock up on

sunscreen, blankets, napkins, plates,

cups and tableware. Consider disposable

picnic tableware, plate and cups

for quick clean-up. During the day,

set up umbrellas around the yard

to make shady spots. When the sun

begins to set, burn citronella candles

to ward off mosquitos. And don’t forget

the tunes. Hook up a Bluetooth

speaker to listen to a favorite summer

playlist.

For more ideas and budget-friendly

tips, visit the DG blog at newscenter.

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Tips to raise earth-conscious kids

STATEPOINT

Children are never too young to

learn the importance of sustainability

or begin adopting eco-friendly

habits, and experts say it all starts

with playtime.

“Kids are built to absorb information

at a tremendous pace,” says

Anna Yudina, senior director, Marketing

Initiatives, The Toy Association.

“During playtime especially,

they form deep emotional connections

to the values they’re learning.

This means that you can help your

child embrace an earth-conscious

mindset simply by making it fun.”

Check out these tips and insights

from The Genius of Play — a national

movement to educate parents and

caregivers about play’s vital role in

child development:

• Eco-Friendly Crafting: Crafting

that uses household objects

can demonstrate creative ways to

reduce, reuse and recycle. For example,

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You can also craft your own musical

instruments. For example,

rainsticks, so-named because they

mimic the natural sounds of rain,

can be made by filling paper towel

rolls with uncooked rice. Or, keep

the beat using homemade maracas

made by filling empty plastic bottles

with dried beans. Finally, with

just a few rubber bands and some

glue, you can transform yesterday’s

cereal box into a guitar. Now you

have enough instruments to start

your own band!

• Learn Through Play: Kids can

benefit from toys as early as one

month old with sensory play that

helps stimulate senses and develops

motor skills. However, they develop

habits and values that will

last a lifetime during ages 3-9 the

most. During these years, introduce

toys that reinforce the importance

of sustainability. For example,

a plush sea turtle can help a

younger child understand the connection

between plastic pollution

and the health of marine creatures.

For a tween or teen, a wind turbine

science kit can build STEM skills

and interest, while introducing the

concepts of sustainable energy and

climate change.

• Outdoor Fun: Warmer, longer

days expand opportunities to play

outdoors, be active and explore the

natural world. Build a nature scavenger

hunt in your backyard or

take an ecology walk and observe

critters, rocks and leaves with

magnifying glasses. Bonus: beyond

boosting an appreciation for the

environment, active play is critical

for child development, helping

hone coordination, balance and motor

skills and setting the stage for a

lifetime of good health.

• Pretend Play: Pretend play is key

for developing curiosity and critical

thinking, and there are many

avenues for role-playing activities

that teach the importance of sustainability.

Using action toys, kids

can be anything they want to be,

from farmers to explorers to environmental

superheroes. Pretend

play also presents a fun way to

introduce eco-friendly habits that

kids can adopt in their daily lives,

like turning the water off while

they brush their teeth or reducing

their plastic footprint by opting for

reusable products.

From building a mini greenhouse

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