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  • Better Health: What Is a Far Infrared Sauna?

    Most of us know what a sauna is.  But when we look for saunas, we find two types: traditional, and far infrared. What is a far infrared sauna? Is it just a heated room where we sweat for fun (and for the health benefits? Or is there more to it? What is a far infrared sauna? There's one major difference between the traditional sauna experience and what you'll experience in a far infrared sauna. Heat. Or, more accurately, the heat source. Far infrared saunas have what's known as an infrared radiant heater. Your Body Produces Far Infrared Heat Before we... Read More
  • 5 Great Reasons to Get a Fire Pit This Fall

    Cool days and chilly nights call for a fire pit. And there are a host of reasons to get a fire pit this fall – not the least of which is warmth. There's something satisfying about sitting with your back to the cool night and your face to a toasty fire. And what's better than doing that in your own backyard? We've narrowed it down to 5 reasons to get a fire pit this fall: Campout Atmosphere When work runs late and the kids have soccer in the morning, you still have time to go camping... Read More
  • Should I Get a 110 or 220 Volt Spa?

    If you're looking for a spa, you may be asking yourself, "should I get a 110 or 220 volt spa?" And it's a good question. 110 volt "plug 'n play" spas seem like the easier choice. But how do the different voltages affect your spa experience? To answer that question (among others), let's look at both types and what makes them different from one another. Should I Get a 110 or 220 Volt Spa? Breaker Amperage 110 volt hot tubs can use 20 or 30 amp breakers. Most people have one or two in their... Read More
  • 5 More Questions to Ask When Buying a Spa

    Looking for a spa can be confusing. You've probably asked a few questions, and by now you're thinking of more questions to ask when buying a spa. And with good reason. There are a lot of spas out there. How do you decide which features matter most to you? To help you find the right spa, we've written 3 posts with questions to ask when buying a spa. If you're just joining us, here's post 1. (link the highlighted bit to "best questions to ask when you buy a spa") Now, let's look at … More Questions... Read More
  • 5 Best Questions to Ask When You Buy a Spa

    So you're looking for a spa – good choice! At this point, you're probably figuring out the best questions to ask when you buy a spa. We would be too. After all, the wide variety of spas out there can make your choice confusing. To help you in your search, we thought we'd create a series of 3 posts detailing the best questions to ask when you buy a spa. If you've already read this one, feel free to jump to post 2 or post 3. (link the last 2 highlighted bits to the appropriate posts – post... Read More
  • 3 Ways to Improve Your In-Ground Pool Now

    In-ground pools tend to age gracefully. But what happens when your pool starts showing its years? Even if it starts to look dated, you probably don't have to replace the entire setup. There are things you can do to upgrade or refresh your pool. Things that make it seem like new again – and cost much less than a complete replacement. In this post, we'll discuss 3 ways to improve your in-ground pool now. First Things First Before you decide to improve your pool, you need to figure out if your equipment needs repair, upgrade, or replacement. It needs to... Read More
  • 3 More Reasons Why Saunas Make You Feel Great

    There's nothing like a sauna. It's got something wholesome about it, like you're doing what you were meant to do. Sitting, thinking, resting, sweating, and then cooling down – refreshed. Ask anyone who regularly sauna bathes why saunas make you feel great. They'll be full of reasons. But what makes it so good for you? What would prompt you to get a sauna of your own? To follow up our previous post, here are 3 more reasons saunas make you feel like a million bucks. Why Saunas Make You Feel Great: 1) Saunas Strengthen Your Immune System What does your... Read More
  • 3 Reasons Why Saunas Make You Feel Good

    Saunas are wonderful. But why saunas make you feel good isn't immediately clear. So what causes their health benefits? And why should you get a sauna for your own home? In reality, sauna is more than a summer camp event. It can be an extremely healthful activity when done regularly. Here are 3 reasons why saunas make you feel good. Why Saunas Make You Feel Good:  1) Saunas Detox Your Body When you sweat, your body gets rid of huge amounts of toxins. So, it would stand to reason that the more you sweat, the more toxins you're shedding. If you've ever... Read More
  • Make Grilling Easy with These 4 Tantalizing Dry Rubs

    A good dry rub makes all the difference. If you enjoy meat, poultry, and seafood then you probably appreciate a good dry rub recipe. Rubs are used all over the world to enhance flavor – and different regions even have their own specialties. These are a few of our favorite dry rubs: 1. Texas Rub If you've ever been to a Texas BBQ, you know they grill up some good meat! Texas rub is very bold and spicy. It's great because it enhances the meat’s flavor without covering it up. This type of rub tends to stay away from sugar. ... Read More
  • The 3 Best Hot Tub Accessories for Fall

    Fall means cool weather, mild days, beautiful scenery – and hot tub relaxation. Since we're already starting to get the hats and scarves out of storage, let's take some time to talk about hot tub accessories for fall. You're probably already planning to do fall maintenance for your hot tub [fall hot tub maintenance article]. It's pretty easy. And you'll be able to enjoy a warm massage in your backyard on perfectly cool evenings. And now's the time – before cool weather is really here – to get the fall hot tub accessories you're missing. The ones you'll... Read More

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