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5 Tips for Staying Safe in the Sun

5 Tips for Staying Safe in the Sun

Here we are, smack dab in the middle of summer. Luckily for Austinites, there are plenty of ways to keep cool, from a dip in Barton Springs Pool to water sports on Lady Bird Lake. Before diving in, keep in mind these sun safety tips to help ensure your family’s fun in the sun isn’t overshadowed by the potential hazards of the Texas heat.

* Time your sunscreen application: While we’re all aware of how critical it is to wear sunscreen, you may not realize that the timing of your sunscreen application plays a key role as well. Allowing 20 to 30 minutes for the sunscreen to sink in before going outdoors maximizes the benefit and provides optimal protection.

* Protect all areas of your body:
The tops of the ears, part in the hair, and back of the neck are three areas that are often forgotten when we’re applying sunscreen.

* Understand SPF: Higher SPFs don’t necessarily translate to major added benefits. When it comes to blocking harmful UVB rays, SPF 30 blocks about 97 percent; SPF 50 blocks nearly 98 percent; and SPF 100 blocks around 99 percent. The takeaway? An SPF 50 sunscreen that’s labeled “broad spectrum”—meaning it also protects against UVA rays—is your best bet.

* Slather on generously: It turns out, most people aren’t applying nearly enough sunscreen as they should, which may leave them wondering why they get burned even if they feel they’re being precautious. When evaluating SPFs, testers apply two milligrams of sunscreen per square centimeter of skin, but most people only apply about one-third of that amount. The general rule of thumb is to apply about two tablespoons to the exposed areas of the face and body.

* Recognize the signs of heat exhaustion: Muscle cramping, clammy skin, and body weakness are a few of the warning signs that could signal a heat-related illness.

Summertime and the outdoors go hand-in-hand, and by heeding the tips above, you can help ensure this laid-back season is filled with fond memories, minus the burn.

The author of this article, Diane M. McCullom, is the senior vice president of clinical operations at Dallas-based Epic Health Services, a leading provider of pediatric skilled nursing, therapy, developmental, enteral and respiratory services, as well as adult home health services, with operations in 17 states. Epic has three locations in Austin.

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The Annual Field Trip & Teacher Resource Guide is Hot Off the Press!

The Annual Field Trip & Teacher Resource Guide is Hot Off the Press!

Looking for new family activities this summer? Or are you in charge of fundraising for your child's school or group this fall? The Annual Field Trip & Teacher Resource Guide is not just for teachers! This resource is organized by categories like field trips, fundraising, school carnival planning etc. All of the important contact information like addresses, websites, and phone numbers are at your fingertips making it quick and easy to contact the advertisers listed in the guide.

This free annual publication is distributed to public and private schools, childcare locations, doctor's offices, children's retail and children's activity locations in the Austin metro area, Round Rock, Pflugerville, Cedar Park and Georgetown. The Field Trip & Teacher Resource Guide can also be accessed by clicking here for an online version.

Remember to let our advertisers know that you found them in the Annual Field Trip & Teacher Resource Guide!

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Find Camper Jack Summer Giveaway!

Find Camper Jack Summer Giveaway!

It's time for a fun summer GIVEAWAY! All you have to do is look through the June issue of the Austin Kid's Directory for Camper Jack! Jack is actually our publisher Debbie's dog and has made a previous appearance in the directory as Santa Jack! To enter all you need to do is send an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to tell us which ad you found him in.

This can be a fun activity that your can do with your kids! Have them read the ads, describe the pictures, make a summer fun bucket list of places to visit, count how many times a word like "kids" or "camp" appears and you can even have them write the email to us! All entrants will receive 20% off at Austin Bounce House Rentals!

We are giving away some great prizes to help you enjoy your summer! Prizes include -

4 tickets to a Friday Fireworks Round Rock Express game

1 Round Rock Express Kid's Club Membership

4 tickets to Schlitterbahn New Braunfels

4 passes to Playland Skate Center

1 Moonwalk rental from Austin Bounce House Rentals

4 passes to Catch Air Austin

Winners will be randomly selected and notified on June 27th. Let the summer fun begin!

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The 2016 Childcare & School Guide is Here!!

The 2016 Childcare & School Guide is Here!!

Are you shopping for childcare or schools for next fall? The 2016 Edition of our Childcare & School Guide is currently being distributed in the Austin metro area. We distribute 15,000 copies of this publication through realty offices, apartment complexes and employers in our area for placement in new hire and relocation packets, doctor's offices, children's retailer and activity centers. The Guide is organized geographically making it quick and easy to look up schools, daycares and after school programs in your area. Visit our website where you can take a look at the new Guide online!

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Taking Back the Outdoors

Taking Back the Outdoors Taking Back the Outdoors

When you live in a place as rich in so many natural wonders as Austin, TX, it seems almost silly writing an article about why people should spend time outdoors. However, so many families loaded up with extra–curricular activities and with seductive technology so readily available, it’s good to remind ourselves of the many ways being outdoors benefits families.

Want to improve your social status? Get outdoors.

According to recent Guardian report, being outdoors “boosts problem-solving skills, focus and self-discipline. Socially, it improves cooperation, flexibility, and self-awareness. Emotional benefits include reduced aggression and increased happiness.” The American Medical Association went even further stating, "Children will be smarter, better able to get along with others, healthier and happier when they have regular opportunities for free and unstructured play in the out-of-doors."

Turn off the screen…for a while.

Hey, we love our phones as much as anyone. However, a recent report from the Kaiser Family Foundation in the US found that the average eight-to-18-year-old American now spends more than 53 hours a week "using entertainment media". Experts recommend children spend an hour a day moving their bodies. It helps to improve coordination, reduce fat, build Vitamin D, muscle and bone strength.

Chill out this Summer.

It’s not just you who is overstressed. Your children may be, as well. Lindsay Legendre from the Natural Wildlife Federations Be Out There Movement writes, "Spending time outside playing is such a huge outlet for stress. It's relaxing; it is healing." There is even research showing that seeing green spaces can help decrease kids' stress levels."

Conquer the Hill and ZIKA Fears.

With four young children of their own, Lakeway residents Ben and Erin Archer are strong advocates of getting families back outdoors. Owners of Mosquito Authority Austin, the most trusted name in mosquito control, they help families in Austin, Spicewood, Bee Cave, Lakeway, West Lake Hills and Rollingwood take back their yards. It’s a safe, guaranteed way to ensure that Austin families will continue to enjoy our incomparable natural wonders throughout the summer months.

To reduce your ZIKA fears and just enjoy being outdoors, contact Mosquito Authority at or 512-673-0136.

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