Summer Fun in Florida!

photo-1473496169904-658ba7c44d8aSummer will be over before we know it, even if it feels like it just begun! This time of year can be a good occasion for certain activities, both inside and outside.

Visit the Springs

Florida has a lot of parks across the state that are home to natural springs. These destinations are popular since they allow you to spend some time in nature and still be able to dip into the cool, spring water to beat the heat.

Take a Bike Ride

It’s time to bring that bike out of the garage and have some fun! Florida is home to many great bike trails.  This is a good time of year to get the family out for a nice ride. Just make sure to bring plenty of water and try to head out early to avoid the hottest part of the day.

Keep it Cool and Dry

Summer days sometime come with rain or it’s just too hot to walk around. Use these days to explore one of Florida’s unique museums. There are museums on a huge variety of topics so you can find something that piques your interest.

Geocaching

This unique hobby involves looking for items that have been hidden by others. All you need is a phone and a sense of adventure to start hunting! This can be a fun way to explore areas which you might not have thought to go before.

Don’t let the last days of summer pass you by!  Head out to enjoy some fun in the sun.

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Do You Know Your Fireworks Laws?

dark-1845065_960_720It’s time once again to celebrate the 4th of July!  Millions of people will celebrate Independence Day throughout the country.  Often times, the first thing people think of when picturing a 4th of July celebration is fireworks.  While fireworks are very enjoyable to watch, there are some important things to keep in mind.

In Florida, many types of fireworks are illegal.  Though many people purchase fireworks and sign a waiver, this is actually a misdemeanor offense unless you are using the fireworks to frighten birds away from your crops.  As a general guideline, fireworks that do not fly or leave the ground are okay such as sparklers, colorful smoke bombs, and snakes.  Even fireworks such as Roman candles which seem tamer are not legal.

In addition to fireworks being illegal to purchase, many communities have restrictions in place regarding the use of fireworks in the neighborhood.  Board member Dan Isbell from Trillium of Brooksville communicated to residents regarding this issue.  “We live in close quarters and we need to be considerate of our neighbors and remain lawful,” Dan stated.  “Fireworks can disrupt needed sleep, can frighten babies and/or pets, and can cause tempers to flare.”  Most communities take a similar stance and will enforce the law regarding the use of fireworks.

This is certainly not to say you don’t deserve to celebrate the 4th of July while watching a beautiful fireworks display.  After some fun with cooking out and playing with sparklers, check your local area to find the nearest fireworks display.  These are abundant on 4th of July and often in the days leading up to it.  These shows are put on by professionals that have proper permitting and are able to do these displays in a safe manner.  Many of these displays are free also so bring the entire family to marvel at a lovely light show in the sky.  Most of all, have a safe and enjoyable Independence Day!

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How to Enjoy Camping in the Summer in Florida

campfire-984020_960_720When you think of camping in Florida, most people picture themselves doing this during the milder fall and spring months.  However, summer can still be a wonderful time to go camping in Florida with a little planning.  The time of year is especially ideal since kids are out of school and it can be a very inexpensive family activity.  Follow these tips to have an enjoyable and memorable camping experience!

Water, water, water.  During the summer, your best bet is to find a great camping spot near the water.  Many beaches offer camping.  This is a perfect location since you can spend the day having fun in the sun, and at night you are getting the breeze from the water to keep it cooler than what you would find inland.  Many parks with natural springs also offer camping.  The springs are perfect for an afternoon or evening swim to cool off.  Also, be sure to bring plenty of drinking water!

Keep cool and dry.  Summer in Florida is marked by rain and/or heat.  Prepare for this by bringing a pop up shelter.  This can be set up outside of the tent or over it to provide additional shade and serve to protect you from afternoon rain showers.  Bringing rain jackets or ponchos is also a clever idea.  You can bring sealable plastic bags to protect any electronics or food items from water.  Consider packing a couple of battery powered fans to keep you cool inside of the tent at night.

Don’t get bugged.  Everyone knows mosquitos can be aggravating during the summer.  Bring some bug repellant that includes deet as an active ingredient to discourage pesky insects.  Also pack some anti-itch cream to soothe any bites that do occur.

Have fun!  Plan activities that the family can enjoy during your camping trip.  Swimming is ideal during the hottest part of the day.  Mornings are a great time to go on a nature scavenger hunt and see how many plants and animals you can spot.  In the evening, break out the cards or board games.  Of course, you can’t pass up telling stories around a campfire while roasting marshmallows!  Most of all just relax and enjoy the break from the hustle and bustle.

Don’t let the heat stop you from venturing out to enjoy a camping trip with the family.  Camping is a fantastic way to unplug from the stresses of everyday life and spend quality time with friends and family.  With a few preparations and the right campsite, you will beat the heat and have a trip to remember.

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The Importance Of Staying Hydrated During The Summer Months

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Summer means swimming, sports and other outdoor activities. It also means extreme heat and humidity. When you mix physical activity with the summer sun, it can be easy to become dehydrated.

There are several things to keep in mind before sending your kids off to summer camp, the beach and sports conditioning camps, or engaging in summer activities yourself.

Always have water handy

Many believe that eight glasses of water a day is standard for healthy hydration. However, you want to consider drinking at least 12 to 15 glasses a day during the summer months, especially if you are very active and frequently outdoors.

For those engaging in physical activity in the summer heat, such as runners and athletes, make sure to always have a water bottle with you and access to a water source for refills.

Listen to your body

Your body will send warning signals when it’s dehydrated, including extreme fatigue, haziness and dark urine. If you are experiencing these symptoms, grab a glass of cold water as soon as possible. Drinking water will immediately help you feel better and more alert.

In some situations, like when swimming or at the beach, it may be harder to detect dehydration since you’re submerged in water. However, being in water does not hydrate your body. You still need to drink water to avoid dehydration.

Avoid sugary drinks and caffeine

If you are feeling dehydrated, reaching for a soda will not help the problem. The caffeine and sugar in some drinks cannot replace the fluids you lose when you sweat like water can, and they can actually dehydrate you even more. The same is true for alcohol.

It’s also important to have a diet that includes water-rich foods such as vegetables and fruits.

Staying hydrated is important as the summer months approach, and you should never put your health at risk by not consuming enough fluids. Make note of how much water you drink every day and talk to your kids about their activity and consumption habits as well.

Source: UCF College of Medicine

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How to Spend a Rainy Memorial Day Weekend

edceee-78881-unsplashEven though the technical first day of summer is still about a month away, many consider Memorial Day Weekend to be the official kickoff to the summer season.  Families all over the state often take a day trip to the beach or have a backyard barbecue which are great options.  However, this year the Sunshine State is not forecasted to be so sunny.  What to do when rain comes to town for the long weekend?

Luckily, there is no shortage of fun, indoor activities for the family.  Here are some ideas on what to do this weekend if there is a washout for the local parade or barbecue.

  • Head to the theater. Movies are always a great rainy day activity and many anticipated movies usually come out over Memorial Day Weekend.  Browse for showtimes and purchase tickets online in advance to make sure you have a spot during the busy weekend.  Also consider checking out a local theater for any plays or other performances going on!  This can be a unique twist on the theater.
  • Learn something. Visit your local museum or science center.  It can be a great opportunity to learn about science, history, art, culture, and more.  If you have younger children, many museums have interactive sections geared towards the little ones so they can learn while having fun.
  • Have a friendly competition. Turn off the electronics and break out the board games or cards!  This is great entertainment for large groups if you need to move the party inside.
  • Get sporty. For some activity, head to the local bowling alley, indoor golf, or arcade.  Many areas are adding indoor sports complexes with a variety of activities so check Google to see if any of these are in your area.
  • Get your nerd on! It’s cool to embrace your inner nerd and what better place to do it than Megacon?  If you can make it to Orlando for Memorial Day weekend you can attend this event which is an homage to all things pop culture.  Enjoy the events and the guests that participate in often impressive cosplay.
  • Remember the reason for the holiday. If a sunny day is in the cards on Monday, many places will sponsor parades and other tributes.  You can also visit your local memorial garden and place decorations and wreaths for fallen veterans.  If it’s a rainy day, consider making some crafts with the kids to decorate with or honor those who sacrificed by writing a letter to someone currently serving.

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There are definitely lots of options when it comes to finding something fun to do over the three-day weekend.  Whatever you decide to do, enjoy time with family and friends and be safe!

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7 Fun Ideas for Mother’s Day

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It’s that time of year again. The weather is warming, dreams of summer vacation are on your mind, and kids are excited about getting out of school.  While thinking about these wonderful things, it is important to remember another occasion – Mother’s Day!

While you likely appreciate your mom every day, this is a great time to take a moment and do something special with her to show her your appreciation and gratitude for all she has done for you.  Here are some fun ideas on how to spend Mother’s Day with your best friend since birth.

  • Get packing!  Mother’s Day is a great time to plan a weekend trip.  Check out some travel sites and pick a destination neither of you have ever been to before to experience together.
  • Find something new.  Does your mom like to shop ’til she drops?  Hit local thrift stores to see if you can find that hidden gem you never knew you needed or head to outlet malls to take advantage of some discounts.
  • Brunch it up.  Visit a restaurant you have both been wanting to try.  Be sure to do a quick Google search for Mother’s Day specials; many places have these.
  • Get some fresh air.  Is Mom a nature lover?  Visit a local park or go camping together.  You are guaranteed to get some good quality time.
  • Game on!  Is your family competitive?  Get all of the siblings together with mom to have a game day.  Just be sure to make sure Mom wins a few games on her special day!
  • Pamper yourselves.  Treat your mum to a pedicure, massage, or facial.  This is a great chance for you both to relax together and not have any worries on your mind.
  • Get a hobby.  Does your mom like to garden?  Maybe she enjoys visiting local museums.  Spend the day doing some of her favorite hobbies with her.  You might discover a new hobby for yourself!

Whatever you end up doing for Mother’s Day Weekend, hopefully it will be filled with great memories and happy times.  Let us know what you did for Mother’s Day at socialmedia@lelandmanagement.com.  We love to hear from you!

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What to Know About Spring Allergies

AllergiesWhile springtime means warmer weather and beautiful blooms, it also means allergy season. With the trees and flowers popping up all around us, pollen becomes a major player when it comes to allergies.

Types of pollen

At the beginning of the season, tree pollen is most common, and as the season moves to mid-spring, grass pollen comes into play. Eventually, as we approach summer, we see weed-related allergies added to the mix.

Signs of pollen season

Common indications that pollen season has arrived include not only the trees and flowers in full bloom, but also the yellow-colored residue we see on our cars and other places. That is actually pollen itself and a clear sign that the stuffy nose you have may not be a cold-it could be allergies.

A cold vs. allergies

Many people have frequent colds and struggle distinguishing between a cold and allergies. However, fevers, chills and discolored nasal mucus are clear signs of a cold-not allergies.

Allergies are commonly distinguished by nasal itching, ear itching, throat itching, clear nasal discharge and sneezing. All of these are more likely to be seen with allergies than with the common cold, although the symptoms can overlap in some cases. Common sinus infections are also an indication of an individual with allergies.

Providing relief

There are over-the-counter medications available for allergies. Allegra, Claritin, Zyrtec and Xyzal are common medications you can purchase at a drug store. These are all 24-hour, non-sedating medications known as second-generation antihistamines. These are safe to take daily for relieving chronic allergy symptoms. It is typically safe to switch between antihistamines if one isn’t working for you.

First-generation sedating antihistamines include Benadryl and Diphenhydramine, which work short-term for about six hours and aren’t recommended for chronic allergy symptoms.

If nasal congestion or drip continue to be a problem for you, consider adding a nasal steroid (brand names like Flonase, Fluticasone and Nasacort) along with your antihistamine. Some of these are available over-the-counter. One spray per nostril is recommended while your symptoms persist.

Other nasal sprays, such as Afrin, aren’t intended for allergy relief and are recommended to relieve cold symptoms only. Ask your allergist or primary care physician which is right for you.

Immunotherapy

Not all patients find relief from antihistamines or nasal sprays. If this is the case for you, you may want to explore immunotherapy. There are two kinds of allergy immunotherapy: allergy shots, or subcutaneous immunotherapy, and sublingual immunotherapy, such as tabs or drops taken orally. Allergy shots are known to be more effective, but if you aren’t fond of shots, the sublingual treatments are an alternative. The long-term goal of immunotherapy is to alter your immune system in order to relieve your allergy symptoms for good.  This result can’t be guaranteed and is evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Other culprits

Because we live in the Sunshine State, many pollen sources can bloom year-round along with other allergy culprits. Some wide-spread factors causing allergies all year include dust mites, mold and pet dander.

If you have any questions about your allergies, visit an allergist who can test you to find out exactly what you are allergic to and work with you to find relief.

Source: UCF College of Medicine

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