8 Outdoor Summer Adventures Near Philly You Haven’t Tried (But Totally Should)

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Remember waaay back when you were a kid and summertime meant three months of nonstop adventures? Well, who says your summers can’t still be filled with sun-on-your-face, wind-in-your-hair fun times? (On the weekends, at least.) Here, we’ve chosen eight must-do summer activities, plus a couple of spots around Philly where you can try each one. So what are you waiting for? Read up, grab some friends and get going!

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The 10 Idiots You Meet Every Year at the Beach

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I have been going down the shore, Ocean City to be exact, since before I can remember. On the beach, an instant community is formed of all types — including outcasts. The outcasts are the ones who engage in some perverse, imposing and inconsiderate activity that breaks the serenity of the day for everyone else. I call these selfish bastards the “beach idiots” — blunt, not very clever, but appropriate.

A day at the beach should be void of confrontation and the stress it brings, so most tag-wearing, well mannered folk put up with the beach idiots without saying a word, knowing their annoying behavior can usually only last so long.

As a public service, I am here to call out the beach idiots in the desperate hope that they will see the error of their obnoxious ways.

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Consumer Reports: Don’t Use Spray Sunscreens on Kids (Or Anyone, Really)

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The FDA released an announcement in June that they were investigating the health risks of spray sunscreens. For now, Consumer Reports is urging parents to steer clear of spray sunscreens completely, if possible. One spray sunscreen in particular, Ocean Potion Kids Instant Dry Mist SPF 50, was even removed from their list of recommended sunscreens due to the fact that it is marketed specifically for children.

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A Tutorial: How to Mix and Match Bathing Suits

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I think we all know the basics of pairing swimwear separates. A solid top with a printed bottom and vice-versa is always a smart move. But it’s wearing mismatched patterns, materials and cuts that gets a little tricky. Make a misstep and it can look like you accidentally grabbed the wrong top.

Cue Philly illustrator Melissa Noucas, the brains behind The Atelier, a blog and papery e-shop. (We wrote about her amazing stationery here and here).

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Sunscreen Shopping Made Easy: The 2014 Guide to Sunscreens

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If your first thought after stepping into the sunscreen aisle at CVS is Agh! So. Many. Options. Somebody, ANYBODY, help! then today is your lucky day: The Environmental Working Group just released its 2014 Guide to Sunscreens where you will find everything you need to know about the best sunscreens on the market. Phew! Convenience store crisis averted.

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