iVillage.com RSS http://www.ivillage.com/rss 31 Fun Activities to Do With Your Kids Before Summer Ends The days are getting longer -- which means there's more time to check one (or all!) of these family activities off of your want-to-do list. 2014-07-25T17:20:17Z http://www.ivillage.com/family-activities-summer/6-b-473501 Jenna McCarthy Parenting slide_shows http://www.ivstatic.com/files/et/girl-blowing-bubbles.jpg http://www.ivstatic.com/files/et/imagecache/120/girl-blowing-bubbles.jpg 0 Family Fun Acetaminophen May Not Help Against Back Pain, Study Contends <p>Even though its use is often advised by doctors, the painkiller acetaminophen -- best known as Tylenol -- does not help treat lower back pain, according to a new Australian study.</p><p>The researchers found the drug was no more effective than a dummy pill for more than 1,600 people suffering from acute lower back pain.</p><p>Besides showing no effect in easing discomfort, the study also found the drug was no help in improving sleep woes tied to back pain, nor did it improve patients' overall quality of life.</p><p>The research team said the findings call into question the belief that acetaminophen should be the first choice when treating this common form of back pain.</p><p>The drug &quot;might not be of primary importance in the management of acute lower back pain,&quot; study lead author Dr. Christopher Williams from the George Institute for Global Health at the University of Sydney in Australia, said in a news release from the journal <i>The Lancet</i>.</p><p>The study was published online in the July 23 issue of the journal.</p><p>However, one expert said it's probably too early to abandon acetaminophen for lower back pain.</p><p>&quot;While this is a fascinating study, it is only one study and shouldn't change clinical behavior,&quot; said Dr. Houman Danesh, director of Integrative Pain Management and assistant professor of anesthesiology at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.</p><p>For its part, McNeil Consumer Healthcare, which makes Tylenol, said doctors need to consider &quot;the entire body of scientific evidence when making recommendations or changing guidelines.&quot; The company said that &quot;the safety and efficacy profile of acetaminophen is supported by more than 150 studies over the past 50 years.&quot;</p><p>The new study involved more than 1,650 people averaging 45 years of age. All had suffered lower back pain and were treated at 235 different primary care facilities throughout Sydney. Each person was randomly assigned to take either three doses of acetaminophen daily (a total of 3,990 milligrams) for up to four weeks, or a placebo pill.</p><p>The researchers pointed out the maximum daily dose of the drug is 4,000 milligrams (mg).</p><p>All of the patients received follow-up &quot;reassurance and advice&quot; from a doctor for three months.</p><p>According to the study, there were no differences in the amount of time it took any of the patients involved in the study to feel better. The median time to recovery for those taking acetaminophen was 17 days, compared to 16 days for patients in the placebo group.</p><p>The drug also appeared to have no effect on the patients' level of pain, compared to people who took the dummy pill, the researchers noted. Acetaminophen also did not improve patients' level of disability, sleep quality or quality of life. About the same number of patients in each group experienced negative health issues, the study found.</p><p>The researchers suggested that the medical reassurance the patients received during the study -- something many won't get in a &quot;real world&quot; setting -- could have had a more significant effect on their lower back pain than the medication.</p><p>&quot;It would be interesting to see whether advice and reassurance [as provided in our trial] might be more effective than pharmacological strategies for acute episodes of low-back pain,&quot; Williams said.</p><p>Another expert agreed that encouragement and counseling can be key.</p><p>Everyone involved in the study received ongoing &quot; 'good-quality advice and reassurance,' which appears to be a big factor in recovery,&quot; said Dr. Michael Mizhiritsky, a physiatrist and specialist in pain relief at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.</p><p>&quot;In my opinion, positive reinforcement about treatments -- including medications and physical therapy -- in the management of low back pain is vital to a quicker and successful recovery,&quot; he added.</p><p>Both Danesh and Mizhiritsky also took issue with some of the study's methods.</p><p>&quot;The drawback I see is there was no group that did not receive any treatment -- meaning there could be a placebo effect&quot; at work, Mizhiritsky said.</p><p>And Danesh said people could still get relief from acetaminophen/Tylenol -- just not the kind of relief outlined in the study.</p><p>&quot;The criteria was to be pain-free for seven continuous days when using Tylenol,&quot; he pointed out. &quot;It does not address if Tylenol will give you a few hours of relief or a few days.&quot;</p><p>In the meantime, the prognosis for most people with lower back pain is actually quite good, Danesh stressed.</p><p>&quot;Most back pain patients improve in 6-8 weeks,&quot; he said. &quot;It is important to note that the best treatment of back pain involves not only pain medication, but also physical therapy to address muscle imbalances. Acupuncture for back pain has also been researched by the U.S. National Institute of Health, and after reviewing the literature they state that there is evidence to support the use of acupuncture for back pain.&quot;</p><p>The study was partially funded by drug maker GlaxoSmithKline Australia. <i>HealthDay</i> reached out for comment to McNeil Consumer Healthcare, the makers of Tylenol, but did not receive a reply.</p><p><b>More information</b></p><p>The U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke provides more information on <a href="http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/backpain/detail_backpain.htm" target="_new"> lower back pain</a>.</p> 2014-07-23T19:00:00Z http://www.ivillage.com/acetaminophen-may-not-help-against-back-pain-study-contends/4-a-571455 HealthDay Health blog_articles http://www.ivstatic.com/files/et/files/blog_articles/back-pain.jpg http://www.ivstatic.com/files/et/imagecache/120/files/blog_articles/back-pain.jpg 0 News Article 13 Incredible Hot Dog Toppings that Put Ketchup to Shame <p>A squirt of ketchup on your hot dog is such a summertime snoozefest! Instead serve these traditional-with-a-twist and out-of-the-bun topping ideas at your next backyard BBQ:</p><div class="gif-article"><h2>Bacon</h2><img src="http://ivillage.com/files/et/downloads/bacon-hot-dog-damn-delicious-358.jpg " alt="Bacon Wrapped Sonoran Hot Dog" /><p class="credit">Courtesy of <a target="_blank" href="http://damndelicious.net/post/25270832173/bacon-wrapped-sonoran-hot-dog-sunday-supper">Damn Delicious</a></p><p>Sonoran-style hot dogs, like these bacon-wrapped babies, are legal fare in Tucson, Arizona and neighboring Sonora, Mexico. But does pork on pork violate some Instagram food porn law?</p></div><div class="gif-article"><h2>Steak</h2><img src="http://ivillage.com/files/et/downloads/steak-hot-dogs-blogchef-477.jpg " alt="Philly Cheese Steak Hot Dog" /><p class="credit">Courtesy of <a target="_blank" href="http://blogchef.net/philly-cheese-steak-hot-dogs-recipe/">BlogChef </a></p><p>We can&rsquo;t decide if this is a Philly cheesesteak with a side of hot dog or vice versa. Either way, Cheez Whiz is like the cherry atop this meaty sundae.</p></div><div class="gif-article"><h2>Mac 'n' Cheese</h2><img src="http://ivillage.com/files/et/downloads/mac-n-cheese-hot-dog-taste-and-tell-477.jpg " alt="Mac and Chese Hot Dog" /><p class="credit">Courtesy of <a target="_blank" href="http://www.tasteandtellblog.com/mac-and-cheese-dogs/">Taste and Tell </a></p><p>Remember when your mom used to add cut-up hot dogs to your SpaghettiO&rsquo;s? This is way better.</p></div><div class="gif-article"><h2>Mango</h2><img src="http://ivillage.com/files/et/downloads/mango-hot-dogs-damn-delicious-358.jpg " alt="Hawaiian Hot Dogs with Mango Salsa" /><p class="credit">Courtesy of <a target="_blank" href="http://damndelicious.net/post/52298824234/hawaiian-hot-dogs-with-mango-salsa">Damn Delicious</a></p><p>We never thought we would describe a hot dog as pretty, but this colorful fruit salsa really dresses up a humble tube steak.</p></div><div class="gif-article"><h2>Everything but the Kitchen Sink</h2><img src="http://ivillage.com/files/et/downloads/colombian-hot-dog-my-colombian-recipes-358.jpg " alt="Columbian-style Hot Dogs" /><p class="credit">Courtesy of <a target="_blank" href="http://www.mycolombianrecipes.com/colombian-hot-dogs-perro-caliente-colombiano">My Colombian Recipes </a></p><p>You might need a knife and fork to tackle one of these wideload Colombian-style dogs, which are smothered in coleslaw, pineapple sauce, ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard and crushed potato chips, of course.</p></div><div class="gif-article"><h2>Chili</h2><img src="http://ivillage.com/files/et/downloads/chili-hot-dog-lemons-for-lulu-358.jpg " alt="Chili Dog" /><p class="credit">Courtesy of <a target="_blank" href="http://www.lemonsforlulu.com/2013/05/27/chili-dog/">Lemons for Lulu </a></p><p>This classic topping is the reason why hot dogs are served in buns; something&rsquo;s got to soak up all that messy, finger-licking goodness.</p></div><div class="gif-article"><h2>Sauerkraut</h2><img src="http://ivillage.com/files/et/downloads/sauerkraut-hot-dog-runs-with-spatulas-358.jpg " alt="Beer Braised Hot Dogs" /><p class="credit">Courtesy of <a target="_blank" href="http://www.runs-with-spatulas.com/2011/11/beer-braised-hot-dogs-with-braised.html">Runs With Spatulas </a></p><p>Hot dogs definitely have magical powers. I mean, what else could inspire the purchase of stinky cabbage?</p></div><div class="gif-article"><h2>Pineapple</h2><img src="http://ivillage.com/files/et/downloads/pineapple-hot-dogs-taste-and-tell-477.jpg " alt="Hawaiian Hot Dogs" /><p class="credit">Courtesy of <a target="_blank" href="http://www.tasteandtellblog.com/hawaiian-hot-dogs/">Taste and Tell </a></p><p>A grass skirt isn&rsquo;t required to eat this dog, but it is strongly encouraged.</p></div><div class="gif-article"><h2>Onions</h2><img src="http://ivillage.com/files/et/downloads/onions-hot-dog-the-curvy-carrot-358.jpg " alt="French Onion Hot Dogs" /><p class="credit">Courtesy of <a target="_blank" href="http://www.thecurvycarrot.com/2011/08/07/french-onion-hot-dogs/">The Curvy Carrot </a></p><p>You might need to raise your pinkie to eat these fancy franks topped with caramelized onions and shredded Gruyere cheese.</p></div><div class="gif-article"><h2>Mustard</h2><img src="http://ivillage.com/files/et/downloads/mustard-hot-dog-sarcastic-cooking-358.jpg " alt="Chicago Style Hot Dog" /><p class="credit">Courtesy of <a target="_blank" href="http://www.sarcasticcooking.com/2012/07/15/chicago-style-hot-dog/ ">Sarcastic Cooking </a></p><p>In Chicago, they like their weiners with sport peppers, tomatoes, dill pickles, and a swipe of yellow mustard only. Ketchup is a big no-no in the Windy City.</p></div><div class="gif-article"><h2>Relish</h2><img src="http://ivillage.com/files/et/downloads/relish-hot-dog-sea-salt-with-food-477.jpg " alt="Homemade Hot Dog Relish" /><p class="credit">Courtesy of <a target="_blank" href="http://www.seasaltwithfood.com/2009/05/homemade-hot-dog-relish.html ">Sea Salt with Food</a></p><p>Trade that neon green stuff in a jar for your own homemade version. It&rsquo;ll earn you major grilling cred in the hood.</p></div><div class="gif-article"><h2>Avocado</h2><img src="http://ivillage.com/files/et/downloads/avocado-hot-dog-diethood-477.jpg " alt="Bacon Wrapped Tex Mex Ho Dogs" /><p class="credit">Courtesy of <a target="_blank" href="http://diethood.com/2011/06/08/bacon-wrapped-tex-mex-hot-dogs/">Diethood</a></p><p>This makes us want to start dipping dogs in our guac instead tortilla chips. Is that wrong?</p></div><div class="gif-article"><h2>Corn</h2><img src="http://ivillage.com/files/et/downloads/corn-hot-dog-damn-delicious-358.jpg " alt="Mexican Hot Dogs with Chipotle Cream" /><p class="credit">Courtesy of <a target="_blank" href="http://damndelicious.net/post/51357352472/mexican-hot-dogs-with-chipotle-cream">Damn Delicious</a></p><p>It&rsquo;s not the battered, deep-fried kind, but this &ldquo;corn dog&rdquo; is still covered in yumminess.</p></div><p><style type="text/css">.gif-article {margin-bottom: 12px;}.gif-article h2 {margin-bottom: 12px; font-size: 18px;}.gif-article p {font-size: 1.1em; margin-bottom: 60px;}.gif-article .credit {text-transform: uppercase; margin-bottom: 12px; font-size: 10px; color: #888; padding-top: 0px;}#Article-Photo{display:none}</style></p><p><style type="text/css">.featured-media .thumb {display: none;}.article .featured-media {margin-bottom: 32px;width: 636px;} .featured-media .credit {display: none;}</style> <style type="text/css"> .article-content{ position: relative;padding-bottom: 140px;} .pane.pane-newsletter-contextual{ display: block;bottom: 32px; position: absolute; left: 0px; margin-left: 0px; } </style></p> 2014-07-23T15:47:14Z http://www.ivillage.com/13-incredible-hot-dog-toppings-put-ketchup-shame/3-a-539288 Michele Laufik Food blog_articles http://www.ivstatic.com/files/et/files/blog_articles/steak-hot-dogs-blogchef-477.jpg http://www.ivstatic.com/files/et/imagecache/120/files/blog_articles/steak-hot-dogs-blogchef-477.jpg 0 Hot Dogs 21 Coolest Homemade Popsicles to Make for the Kids It's hot outside, Mama! Keep everyone cool with these delicious -- and easy -- frozen summertime treats. 2014-07-22T13:33:37Z http://www.ivillage.com/homemade-popsicle-recipes/6-b-475585 Jourdan Miller & Shayna Starr Parenting slide_shows http://www.ivstatic.com/files/et/kiwi-pineapple-popsicles-Sl_0.gif http://www.ivstatic.com/files/et/imagecache/120/kiwi-pineapple-popsicles-Sl_0.gif 0 Summer Foods Summer Spaces: 30 Design Ideas for a Beach-Inspired Home Longing to relax in a beautiful summer home? Get ideas, tips and tricks to bring that airy, summer home decor right into your own living space! 2014-07-21T17:37:51Z http://www.ivillage.com/summer-home-decor/7-b-354990 Erin Renzas HomeAndGarden slide_shows http://www.ivstatic.com/files/et/summer-decor-backyard.jpg http://www.ivstatic.com/files/et/imagecache/120/summer-decor-backyard.jpg 0 summer The Secret to a Goof-Proof Manicure & More Surprising Uses for Vaseline Petroleum Jelly <p><strong>CUTICLE CREAM: </strong>Keep a little tub of the stuff by the sink and work into cuticles twice a day. It&rsquo;s all you&rsquo;ll need to <a href="http://www.ivillage.com/getting-manicure-bad-manicure-dangers-avoid/5-a-518768 " target="_blank">prevent hangnails</a>.</p><p><strong>FACIAL MOISTURIZER:</strong> Because it&rsquo;s non-comedogenic, petroleum jelly is perfect for locking in moisture without risking breakouts.</p><p><strong>EYEBROW TAMER: </strong>Control errant hairs and shape brows by brushing on a tiny dab of petroleum jelly using a toothbrush.</p><p><strong>DIY LIP PLUMPER:</strong> A pinch of cinnamon or cayenne turns Vaseline into a lip plumper that rivals anything you can buy at the beauty counter.</p><p><strong>NAIL POLISH NEATENER: </strong>Before applying polish, trace petroleum jelly over cuticles and the skin around your nails using an eyeliner brush or pointed cotton swab. If you then accidentally paint a little outside the lines you can just wipe off the mistakes after lacquer dries.</p><p><strong>SHOE POLISH: </strong>If you don&rsquo;t have standard polish on hand, shine and soften shoes almost as well by rubbing on Vaseline and buffing off the excess.</p><p><strong>EYE MAKEUP REMOVER:</strong> Just a dab instantly breaks up the toughest mascaras and waterproof liners, while leaving skin around the eyes moisturized.</p><p><strong>HAIR DYE STAIN PREVENTER:</strong> Keep hair dyes from staining your forehead and ears by rubbing a thin layer of petroleum jelly just below your hairline and over each ear before coloring hair.</p><p><strong>PERFUME PROLONGER: </strong>Smooth a bit of petroleum jelly on your skin wherever you&rsquo;re going to apply perfume, and spray as usual. It will help the scent to stick.</p><p><strong>MAKESHIFT MASCARA: </strong>Sweep on a light coating of petroleum jelly instead of mascara. It fakes the appearance of longer, thicker lashes, but looks much more natural.</p><p><strong>PATENT LEATHER POLISH:</strong> Petroleum jelly revives the glossy shine of patent leather accessories.</p><p><strong>LIPSTICK STAIN REMOVER: </strong>The next time you get lip-color on clothing, blot petroleum jelly on the spot as a pre-treatment, then launder as usual.</p><p><strong>RING REMOVER: </strong>Unstick a ring by using petroleum jelly as a lubricant.</p><p><strong>OVERNIGHT HAND &amp; FOOT SOFTENER: </strong>Avoid having to constantly reapply hand lotion throughout the day by slathering your hands and feet in petroleum jelly and wearing socks and gloves to bed. By morning, they&rsquo;ll be soft and smooth &mdash; and will stay that way.</p><p><strong>LUMINIZER: </strong>Petroleum jelly can be used on its own as makeup to add a little shine to eyelids cheekbones or lips, creating a surprisingly luxe looking sheen for such an affordable formula.</p><p><strong>BODY SCRUB: </strong>Concoct your own at-home exfoliator by mixing Vaseline with Epsom salt or brown sugar.</p><p><strong>PREVENT &lsquo;CHUB RUB&rsquo;: </strong>If you&rsquo;re a runner (or just have some extra soft spots), rub petroleum jelly wherever you tend to chafe. It&rsquo;ll lubricate and protect skin.</p><p><em>Kate Winick is a contributing writer on iVillage. Follow her on <a href="https://twitter.com/katewinick" target="_blank">Twitter</a> and<a href="https://plus.google.com/103586152104418172233/posts" target="_blank"> Google+</a>.</em></p> 2014-07-21T17:34:55Z http://www.ivillage.com/uses-vaseline-petroleum-jelly-skin-hair/5-a-536697 Kate Winick Beauty blog_articles http://www.ivstatic.com/files/et/files/blog_articles/surprising-uses-vaseline-petroleum-jelly.jpg http://www.ivstatic.com/files/et/imagecache/120/files/blog_articles/surprising-uses-vaseline-petroleum-jelly.jpg 0 Beauty Can't Get There? 56 Recipes from Famous Restaurants Go on a culinary adventure in your own kitchen with these recipes from top-notch restaurants around the world 2014-07-21T17:34:15Z http://www.ivillage.com/recipes-famous-restaurants/3-b-335974 -iVillage Food slide_shows http://www.ivstatic.com/files/et/BALTHAZARribs.jpg http://www.ivstatic.com/files/et/imagecache/120/BALTHAZARribs.jpg 0 Restaurant Recipes Snail Slime, Sheep Grease & Other Incredibly Weird Ingredients in Your Beauty Products <h2>Snail Slime<strong> </strong></h2><p>&ldquo;Snail slime contains Mucin extract, which is a complex of proteins, glycolic acids and elastin. Mucin is said to have regenerative properties and aid in moisturizing skin,&rdquo; says dermatologist&nbsp;<a target="_blank" href="http://www.goldfadenmd.com/dr-goldfaden/">Dr. Gary Goldfaden</a>. Sometimes <a href="http://www.ivillage.com/would-you-try-facial-used-live-snails/5-a-541926" target="_blank">used in facials</a>, snail slime is believed by practitioners to minimize scars and pigmentation.&nbsp;</p><h2>Sheep Grease</h2><p>Lanolin from the fur of wool-bearing animals is used in lotions, make up removers, and many lipsticks. &ldquo;Studies have shown that the emollient action produced by lanolin is prominent and lasts for hours. Applied directly to the skin, it can reduce roughness and cracking and continued use shows overall increased skin smoothness,&rdquo; says Smithtown, NY-based dermatologist&nbsp;<a target="_blank" href="http://spatiquemedicalspa.com/">Dr. Marina Peredo</a>.</p><h2>Bird Poop<strong> </strong></h2><p>Nightingale poop, most commonly featured in the infamous Geisha facial, is said to cleanse the skin and give it a glow. The songbird's poop differs from that of other birds because nightingales have only one hole, called the cloaca, through which they excrete both liquid and solid waste. &ldquo;The poop contains nitrogen-rich urea and guanine, an amino acid. Urea helps to bind moisture to the skin thus making the skin look and feel hydrated,&rdquo; says Dr. Goldfaden.</p><h2>Infant Foreskin</h2><p>Arguably the most shocking ingredient found in skin care products is infant foreskin. It&rsquo;s been dubbed the &ldquo;Magic Fountain of Youth,&rdquo; and <strong>Oprah Winfrey</strong> swears by a product derived from it. The use of beauty potions created using discarded infant foreskin remains controversial and Winfrey has received a lot of backlash in response. &ldquo;The foreskin, obtained from circumcisions, promotes new skin growth,&rdquo; says Tim Schmidt, CEO of cosmeticeutical company <a target="_blank" href="http://www.skinpro.com/">SkinPro</a>. And it&rsquo;s not cheap: SkinMedica&rsquo;s TNS Essential Serum, rings up at $260 per ounce.</p><h2>Fish Scales<strong> </strong></h2><p>In everyday life, you may know guanine better as fish scales. &ldquo;Used in shimmery makeup like lipstick, nail polish and eye shadow. This helps add a shimmer to a number of cosmetics. It&rsquo;s also been known to help hide blemishes,&rdquo; says Dr. Peredo.</p><h2>Oil From a Shark's Liver<strong> </strong></h2><p>Squalene is a fat naturally found in our skin, which serves to protect and hydrate our skin barrier. It is added into many moisturizers for this reason. While the squalene molecule in the skin is the same as others, the commercially used squalene is commonly taken from shark liver oil,&rdquo; shares <a target="_blank" href="http://zeichnerdermatology.com/">Joshua Zeichner</a>, MD, Director of Cosmetic and Clinical Research, Department of Dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York.</p><h2>Rooster Combs<strong> </strong></h2><p>&ldquo;It sounds crazy, but Hyaluronic Acid is not really an acid. Hyaluronic Acid [HA] is found in almost every cell of your body. HA is a major component of our skin, in which collagen and elastin are embedded and has the ability to draw moisture from the air, binding one thousand times its weight in water, acting as a reservoir for cells,&rdquo; says chemist and beauty expert <a target="_blank" href="http://justaskdavid.com">David Pollock</a>. HA was originally derived from rooster combs, but today is actually made in the lab using plant sources and a biotech process.</p><h2>Lamb Fat</h2><p>Tallow is a form of processed fat from mutton. &ldquo;It has soothing and hydrating properties, making it an ideal ingredient for skin care products,&rdquo; says Dr. Zeichner.</p><h2>Bird &amp; Mink Oil</h2><p>Some shaving creams, sunscreens and hairsprays contain oil from minks or from the giant flightless bird known as the emu. &quot;The oil is obtained by scraping fat from the back of the hide of the animal,&rdquo; says Schmidt. The ingredient contributes to the silky, conditioned feel you experience after applying the product.</p> 2014-07-18T16:22:55Z http://www.ivillage.com/weird-beauty-ingredients-odd-makeup-skincare/5-a-556377 Aly Walansky Beauty blog_articles http://www.ivstatic.com/files/et/files/blog_articles/weird-beauty-ingredients.jpg http://www.ivstatic.com/files/et/imagecache/120/files/blog_articles/weird-beauty-ingredients.jpg 0 beauty products Food Safety Tips for the Summer <p>Backyard barbeques, picnics and outdoor parties are common throughout the summer, but warm weather makes food safety a lot more challenging.</p><p>Bacteria in food can grow at a faster rate at temperatures between 40 degrees Fahrenheit (F) and 140 degrees F, according to Marjorie Davidson, education team leader at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. &quot;Fortunately, there are a lot of steps consumers can take to keep family and friends from becoming ill,&quot; noted Davidson in an FDA news release.</p><p>Among the ways people can prevent foodborne illnesses:</p><ul> <li><b>Wash hands.</b> Washing your hands thoroughly and frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before and after eating and after using the bathroom is key to preventing the spread of germs. If you are outside and there is no bathroom, use bottled water and paper towels. It's also a good idea to keep moist cleansing wipes on hand.</li> <li><b>Do not mix raw and cooked foods.</b> Once a plate has been used to hold raw meat, poultry or seafood, don't use it again for anything else until it has been washed well in hot, soapy water. Utensils and cooking surfaces should also be cleaned.</li> <li><b>Marinate in the refrigerator. </b> Do not leave marinating foods out on the counter. Keep them cold in the refrigerator until they are ready to be cooked. Do not re-use marinade as a sauce. If necessary, keep a portion of the marinade that has not been used on raw meat, fish or poultry separate.</li> <li><b>Cook food well.</b> Use a food thermometer to tell if food has been cooked thoroughly enough to kill any bacteria that may be present. Hamburgers should be cooked to 160 degrees F at the thickest part of the meat. Chicken should be cooked to an internal temperature of at least 165 degrees F. Any foods that are partially cooked in the microwave should be immediately placed on the grill or in the oven. Re-heated foods should also reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.</li> <li><b>Do not leave food out.</b> It's important to refrigerate or freeze cooked foods within two hours. If the outdoor temperature is above 90 degrees F, food should not be left out for more than one hour.</li> <li><b>Hot foods should stay hot. </b> Any hot foods should be wrapped well or placed in an insulated container to ensure they stay at or above 140 degrees F.</li> <li><b>Cold foods should stay cold.</b> Foods that should be refrigerated should be kept at or below 40 degrees F. Dishes like chicken salad or desserts can be placed on ice or in a container set into a bed of ice. As the ice melts, water should be drained and more ice should be added to ensure food remains cold.</li></ul><p><b>More information</b></p><p>The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides more information on <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/foodsafety/facts.html" target="_new"> foodborne illness</a>.</p> 2014-07-18T14:00:00Z http://www.ivillage.com/food-safety-tips-summer/4-a-571240 HealthDay Health blog_articles http://www.ivstatic.com/files/et/files/blog_articles/picnic.jpg http://www.ivstatic.com/files/et/imagecache/120/files/blog_articles/picnic.jpg 0 News Article 15 Awesome DIY Backyard Projects from Bloggers You Can Actually Do <div class="gif-article"><h2><strong>Planted Patio Table</strong></h2><img src="http://ivillage.com/files/et/downloads/Planted-Patio-Table.jpg" alt=" Planted Patio Table" /><p class="credit">todaysnest.typepad.com</p><div><strong>The blogger:</strong> <a href="http://todaysnest.typepad.com/todays-nest/2011/07/palette-able-patio">Sam Henderson</a></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>What you&rsquo;ll need: </strong>pallets; sander and sandpaper; hammer; drill; wood screws; nails; saw; fence pickets; latex paint; paint brush; clear satin sealant spray; tape measure; pencil; wood glue</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>The how-to:</strong> Get the details at <a href="http://todaysnest.typepad.com/todays-nest/2011/07/palette-able-patio-cheap-chic-cocktail-table.html" target="_blank">Today&rsquo;s Nest</a>.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div></div><div class="gif-article"><h2><strong>Wine Box Salad Garden</strong></h2><img src="http://ivillage.com/files/et/downloads/Wine-Box-Salad-Garden.jpg" alt=" Wine Box Salad Garden" /><p class="credit">llhdesignsblog.com</p><div><strong>The blogger:</strong> <a href="http://www.llhdesignsblog.com/2011/03/details-of-our-first-ever-garden.html">Linsey Lewis Hasenbank</a></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong><span>What you&rsquo;ll need: </span></strong><span>wooden wine boxes; soil, herbs to plant </span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong><span>The how-to:</span></strong><span> Get the details at <a href="http://www.llhdesignsblog.com/2011/03/details-of-our-first-ever-garden.html" target="_blank">LLH Designs</a>.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div></div><div class="gif-article"><h2><strong>Backyard Tepee</strong></h2><img src="http://ivillage.com/files/et/downloads/Backyard-Tepee.jpg" alt=" Backyard Tepee" /><p class="credit">etsy.com</p><div><strong>The blogger:</strong> Sharon Pierce McCullough at <a href="http://ziggityzoom.com/" target="_blank">ZiggityZoom </a></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>What you&rsquo;ll need:</strong> nine 10-foot poles; 12&rsquo; x 15&rsquo; heavy duty canvas; lightweight cord or rope; 5 sticks 9&rdquo; long; 2 sticks 6&rdquo; long; scissors; string; garden clippers; permanent markers or acrylic paint and brushes</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>The how-to: </strong>Get the details at <a href="http://www.etsy.com/blog/en/2011/how-tuesday-backyard-teepee/" target="_blank">Sharon&rsquo;s blog post on Etsy</a>.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div></div><div class="gif-article"><h2><strong>Outdoor Tic Tac Toe Board</strong></h2><img src="http://ivillage.com/files/et/downloads/outdoor-tic-tac-toe.jpg" alt=" Outdoor Tic Tac Toe" /><p class="credit">nwedible.com</p><div><strong>The blogger:</strong> <a href="http://www.nwedible.com/2012/07/garden-tic-tac-toe.html">Erica of Northwest Edible Life&nbsp;</a></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>What you&rsquo;ll need:</strong> spray paint; white acrylic paint; paintbrush; 10-12 smooth, flat stones; 9 square tiles or thin stone pavers</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>The how-to:</strong> Get the details at <a href="http://www.nwedible.com/2012/07/garden-tic-tac-toe.html" target="_blank">Northwest Edible Life</a>.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div></div><div class="gif-article"><h2><strong>Neon Birdhouse</strong></h2><img src="http://ivillage.com/files/et/downloads/Neon-Birdhouses.jpg" alt=" Neon Birdhouse" /><p class="credit">toriejayne.blogspot.co.uk</p><div><strong>The blogger:</strong> <a href="http://toriejayne.blogspot.co.uk" target="_blank">Torie Jayne </a></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>What you&rsquo;ll need:</strong> wooden birdhouses; white paint; neon paint; printed paper; washi tape; PVA glue; paint brush; craft knife; glue spreader</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>The how-to:</strong> Get the details at <a href="http://toriejayne.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/neon-pastel-bird-houses.html" target="_blank">Torie Jayne</a>.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div></div><div class="gif-article"><h2><strong>Outdoor Candle Lanterns</strong></h2><img src="http://ivillage.com/files/et/downloads/Outdoor-Candle-Lantern.jpg" alt=" Outdoor Candle Lanterns" /><p class="credit">inmyownstyle.com</p><div><strong>The blogger:</strong> Diane Henkler, <a href="http://inmyownstyle.com" target="_blank">In My Own Style </a></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>What you&rsquo;ll need: </strong>empty tuna cans; glass hurricanes; copper adapter; spray paint; wood screw; paint stick; votive candle</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>The how-to:</strong> Get the details at <a href="http://inmyownstyle.com/2011/06/trash-and-thrift-store-treasure-outdoor-candle-lantern.html" target="_blank">In My Own Style</a>.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div></div><div class="gif-article"><h2><strong>Key Wind Chime</strong></h2><img src="http://ivillage.com/files/et/downloads/Key-Wind-Chime.jpg" alt=" Key Wind Chime" /><p class="credit">giving.innerchildfun.com</p><div><strong>The blogger:</strong> Stacy&nbsp;at <a href="http://giving.innerchildfun.com" target="_blank">Inner Child Giving </a></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>What you&rsquo;ll need:</strong> old keys (at least 5); a stick; string; acrylic paint</div><div><strong> </strong></div><div><strong>The how-to:</strong> Get the details at <a href="http://giving.innerchildfun.com/2013/04/recycled-crafts-for-kids-diy-key-wind-chime.html" target="_blank">Inner Child Giving</a>.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div></div><div class="gif-article"><h2><strong>Wine Bottle Citronella Lamps</strong></h2><img src="http://ivillage.com/files/et/downloads/Wine-Bottle-Citronella-Lamp.jpg" alt=" Wine Bottle Citronella Lamps" /><p class="credit">doitdarling.com</p><div><strong>The blog:</strong> <a href="http://doitdarling.com" target="_blank">Do It Darling </a></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>What you&rsquo;ll need: </strong>empty wine bottles; tiki torch wick refill; citronella lamp oil; metal washer; decorative glass beads</div><div><strong> </strong></div><div><strong>The how-to:</strong> Get the details at <a href="http://doitdarling.com/2013/03/02/a-classy-way-to-keep-bugs-away/" target="_blank">Do It Darling</a>.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div></div><div class="gif-article"><h2><strong>Noodle Beverage Boat</strong></h2><img src="http://ivillage.com/files/et/downloads/Noodle-Beverage-Boat.jpg" alt=" Noodle Beverage Boat" /><p class="credit">instructables.com</p><div><strong>Blogger:</strong> <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/The-199-Noodley-Beverage-Boat/">MacGeek</a>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>What you&rsquo;ll need:</strong> pool noodle; medium-sized plastic container with locking lid; waterproof nylon tape</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>The how-to: </strong>Get the details at <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/The-199-Noodley-Beverage-Boat/" target="_blank">Instructables</a>.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div></div><div class="gif-article"><h2><strong>Backyard Hammock</strong></h2><img src="http://ivillage.com/files/et/downloads/Backyard-Hammock.jpg" alt=" Backyard Hammock" /><p class="credit">missloviecreations.blogspot.com</p><div><strong>The blogger:</strong> <a href="http://missloviecreations.blogspot.com/2012/07/easy-diy-backyard-hammock.html">Allie of Miss Lovie</a></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>What you&rsquo;ll need: </strong>canvas (or other sturdy fabric); webbing; matching thread; climbing carbineers</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>The how-to: </strong>Get the details at <a href="http://missloviecreations.blogspot.com/2012/07/easy-diy-backyard-hammock.html" target="_blank">Miss Lovie</a>.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div></div><div class="gif-article"><h2><strong>Thrift Store Chair Swing</strong></h2><img src="http://ivillage.com/files/et/downloads/Thrift-Store-Chair-Swing.jpg" alt=" Thrift Store Chair Swing" /><p class="credit">etsy.com</p><div><strong>The blog:</strong> <a href="http://www.etsy.com/shop/MyAppleTreeAndMe" target="_blank">My Apple Tree and Me</a> (on Etsy)</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>What you&rsquo;ll need</strong>: dining chair; white paint; drill; rope</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>The how-to:</strong> Get the details at <a href="http://www.etsy.com/listing/54946917/repurposed-dining-room-chair-tree-swing" target="_blank">My Apple Tree and Me</a>.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div></div><div class="gif-article"><h2><strong>Wood Pallet Herb Garden</strong></h2><img src="http://ivillage.com/files/et/downloads/wood-pallet-herb-garden-2.jpg" alt=" Wood Pallet Herb Garden" /><p class="credit">lifeonthebalcony.com</p><div><strong>The blogger: </strong><a href="http://lifeonthebalcony.com/how-to-turn-a-pallet-into-a-garden/">Fern Richardson</a><strong> </strong></div><div><strong>What you&rsquo;ll need:</strong> pallet; potting soil; annual flowers; landscape fabric; staple gun; staples; sand paper</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>The how-to:</strong> Get the details at <a href="http://lifeonthebalcony.com/how-to-turn-a-pallet-into-a-garden/" target="_blank">Life on the Balcony</a>.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div></div><div class="gif-article"><h2><strong>Wheelbarrow Planters</strong></h2><img src="http://ivillage.com/files/et/downloads/Wheelbarrow-Planters.jpg" alt=" Wheelbarrow Planters" /><p class="credit">greengardenblog.com</p><div><strong>The blog:</strong> <a href="http://greengardenblog.com" target="_blank">Green Garden Blog </a></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>What you&rsquo;ll need:</strong> wheel barrow; potting soil; annual flowers</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>The how-to:</strong> Get the details at <a href="http://greengardenblog.com/2013/01/03/wheelbarrow-planters/" target="_blank">Green Garden Blog</a>.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div></div><div class="gif-article"><h2><strong>Green Roofed Birdhouse Feeders</strong></h2><img src="http://ivillage.com/files/et/downloads/Green-Roofed-Bird-Feeders.jpg" alt=" Green Roofed Birdhouse Feeders" /><p class="credit">gardentherapy.ca</p><div><strong>The blogger:</strong> Stephanie, <a href="http://gardentherapy.ca" target="_blank">Garden Therapy </a></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>What you&rsquo;ll need:</strong> nesting box; cedar wood; drill; screw driver; wood screws; plastic container; scissors; shallow-rooted plants</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>The how-to:</strong> Get the details at <a href="http://gardentherapy.ca/green-roof-birdhouse-tutorial/" target="_blank">Garden Therapy</a>.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div></div><div class="gif-article"><h2><strong>Tin Can Garden</strong></h2><img src="http://ivillage.com/files/et/downloads/Tin-Can-Gardens-1.jpg" alt=" Tin Can Garden" /><p class="credit">stuffstephdoes.com</p><div><strong>The blogger:</strong> <a href="http://stuffstephdoes.com/2012/05/08/diy-hanging-flower-tins/">Stephanie Hayward</a></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>What you&rsquo;ll need:</strong> tin cans; spray paint; hammer; nail; clothesline; drill with metal bit</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>The how-to:</strong> Get the details at <a href="http://stuffstephdoes.com/2012/05/08/diy-hanging-flower-tins/" target="_blank">Stuff Steph Does</a>.</div></div><p><style type="text/css">.gif-article {margin-bottom: 12px;}.gif-article h2 {margin-bottom: 12px; font-size: 18px;}.gif-article p {font-size: 1.1em; margin-bottom: 60px;}.gif-article .credit {text-transform: uppercase; margin-bottom: 12px; font-size: 10px; color: #888; padding-top: 0px;}#Article-Photo{display:none}</style><style type="text/css">.featured-media .thumb {display: none;}.article .featured-media {margin-bottom: 32px;width: 636px;} .featured-media .credit {display: none;}</style><style type="text/css"> .article-content{ position: relative;padding-bottom: 140px;} .pane.pane-newsletter-contextual{ display: block;bottom: 32px; position: absolute; left: 0px; margin-left: 0px; } </style></p> 2014-07-18T12:45:02Z http://www.ivillage.com/diy-backyard-projects-you-can-actually-do/7-a-535207 Claire Schmidt HomeAndGarden blog_articles http://www.ivstatic.com/files/et/files/blog_articles/Neon-Birdhouses_1.jpg http://www.ivstatic.com/files/et/imagecache/120/files/blog_articles/Neon-Birdhouses_1.jpg 0 DIY