Video Tutorial for the Perfect Hatch Marks on Grilled Food

Have you ever tried to get your home-grilled food to look like how it is served in a restaurant? Watch this brief video from bon appetit to learn how to achieve the perfect hatch marks on your food.

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Building Natural Swimming Pools

Does the idea of a natural swimming pool appeal to you? By definition, it is a body of water that does not rely on the use of chemicals to disinfect or sterilize, rather through the use biological filters and plants rooted in the system.

Watch this brief video to see how it’s possible, and how one guy built it himself.

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September 28 is World Heart Day… Learn how a Swim in the Pool can help

September 28, 2011 is worldwide World Heart Day, sponsored by the World Health Organization and the World Heart Federation. According to WHO, “cardiovascular diseases are the world’s largest killers, claiming 17.1 million lives a year. Risk factors include raised blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels, smoking, inadequate intake of fruits and vegetables, overweight, obesity and physical inactivity.”

Throughout the world, there will be a variety of awareness events taking place that will include health checks, organized walks, public talks, forums, exhibitions, fitness sessions and more. Do your part today by getting the family in the pool to swim a few laps or invite a friend over for a fun afternoon of aquatic exercise to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease and how a little exercise can go a long way. Talk openly with each other about what you are individually doing to combat the disease, such as a healthy diet, more exercise, frequent health checks and so on.


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Choose the Right Safety/Winter Cover for your Pool

pool coversThere are a variety of pool covers on the market, so which one is right for you, especially as you prepare to close the pool for winter? This article from Pool Life magazine, an online publication for pool and spa owners, gives you an idea of the type of cover that will work best for your needs and your pool.

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Close the Hot Tub Correctly for the Season

If you’re not one to keep the hot tub up and running during the winter months, then it’s important to shut it down correctly for the season. This do-it-yourself article offers some sound advice about how to close the tub correctly for a successful opening when the good weather returns. (LINK TO:

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How Long Can you Hold your Breath Under Water?

On July 10, 2009, Karoline Mariechen Meyer of Brazil voluntarily held her breath under water for 18 minutes 32.59 seconds, breaking the Guinness World Record. So, how long can you hold your breath underwater for?

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Kid-friendly Pool Game Called Beach Ball Bumper Pool

The concept is easy — Each player is given a beach ball to balance on by keeping their arms locked and hugging the ball. On go, the players swim around in this position trying to knock off other players or pushing them into the rope or the pool wall, getting them out of the game. (Feet are not allowed to be used to kick at players). Last player on their balls wins!

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