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  1. Protect Yourself Against Skin Cancer: The Benefits of Sun Protection

    Protect Yourself Against Skin Cancer: The Benefits of Sun Protection
    As soon as the temperature starts to rise, it’s time to take advantage of outdoor activities and spending time with family in the sunshine. But with the extra fun comes increased risk of skin cancer. Sun protection is your best line of defense when it comes to skin cancer prevention. The American Cancer Society says staying in the shade can be one of the best lines of defense for your skin.

    What is Skin Cancer?

    What exactly is skin cancer? According to the Skin Cancer Foundation and Skincancer.org, it is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal skin cells usually caused by overexposure to ultraviolet radiation. The CDC suggests someone is at a higher risk of getting skin cancer even from a few bad sunburns. There are multiple types of skin cancer, but here are the three most commonly diagnosed in the United States, according to the Cancer Treatment Centers of America:
    • Basal cell carcinoma: The cancer cells develop in the basal layer of the skin, hence the name. This type of skin cancer accounts for 80% of all diagnoses in America. This type of the least dangerous because it rarely metastasizes and grows slowly.
    • Squamous cell carcinoma: This is the second most common type of skin cancer. They develop from the flat squamous cells on the skin. Although they are more likely to spread than basal cell carcinoma, it is uncommon for them to metastasize.
    • Melanoma: This is a more aggressive and dangerous type of skin cancer that form in the melanocytes, or darker pigments of skin. Melanoma can form in parts of the body that aren’t exposed to sunlight, and can metastasize.
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  2. Kick Off Football Season with Must-Have Football Party Accessories

    Kick Off Football Season with Must-Have Football Party Accessories

    With summer winding down and temperatures dropping, it’s every football fan’s favorite part of the year. Now is the time to plan the perfect tailgate party complete with tasty food, fun drinks, and games for the whole family. But one thing every great tailgate party has in common is comfort and relaxation. Here are the must-have football party accessories no matter where you plan to celebrate the big game.

    Accessories for the Best Stadium Tailgate Party

    Planning ahead is essential to throwing a football party outside the big game. Whether watching kickoff from inside the stadium, or on a television by your camper in the parking lot, make sure to bring along these accessories to elevate the fun and comfort on game day.

    Pop Up Canopy for Cool Coverage

    Although the fall weather tends to usher in cooler temperatures, it doesn’t mean you will be fully protected from the sun during a tailgate football party. Damaging UV rays can cause a sun burn in as little as 15 minutes and even lead to more serious issues like skin cancer. Add a pop-up canopy to any football party for superior comfort and safety while enjoying time with family and friends. Durable pop-up canopy options from ShelterLogic and QuikShade provide:

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  3. Get Festive with these 4th of July Party Essentials

    4th of July

    The 4th of July is a time for Americans to celebrate the country’s independence with poolside parties and fun-filled barbecues with family and friends. When planning your 4th of July party, don’t forget the importance of protecting guests from the blazing summer heat.

    It’s not enough to provide only seating for partygoers. Make sure to have high-quality shade on hand to shield them from the sun to allow for an ultra-comfortable atmosphere as you party the day away.

    Here are must-have shade accessories for any 4th of July party.

    The Importance of Sun Protection for Any 4th of July Party

    There’s no doubt that sitting in the scorching sunlight can put a damper on any 4th of July BBQ. But there is an even more important reason to make sure to have reliable shade when celebrating the 4th of July. The simplest way to prevent skin cancer, according to the American Cancer Society, is to stay in the shade. With skin cancer being the most common form in the United States, it’s crucial to wear sunscreen and stay out of the harmful UV rays. Experts say you’re more prone to this type of cancer if you have these risk factors:

    • Fair skin
    • History of sunburns
    • Repeat sun exposure
    • Family history
    • Weakened immune system

    Staying under a sun shade and wearing sun screen will greatly reduce your chances of skin cancer. Investing in a reliable shade solution will be well worth the money when it comes to protecting your health and your friends and family.

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  4. Beach Essentials: 5 Summer Shade Solutions

    Beach Essentials: 5 Summer Shade Solutions

    Heading to the beach this summer? We know you won’t forget the obvious beach essentials: sunscreen, towels, the drink cooler... But what about a quality shade solution?

    Why You Need Shade at the Beach

    The summer sun can be quite dangerous. As mentioned in our Skin Cancer Prevention blog, UVA and UVB rays pose a threat to our skin even on the cloudiest of days. Overexposure to sunlight often causes permanent skin damage and greatly increases the risk of skin cancer.

    Particularly when you’re on the beach, the stakes for skin cancer prevention are much higher. You’re bound to intensify harmful exposure when spending the day on a bright beach wearing just swimwear between the hottest hours of the day. In fact, even dry beach sand reflects up to 15% of UV rays, exposing your skin from all angles. (Source: World Health Organization)

    While sunscreen certainly can help minimize sun exposure and damage, it can’t always provide the most effective protection at the beach. Cooling off in the water or even breaking a sweat on the shore makes sunscreen half as effective unless you remember to constantly reapply.

    In order to effectively prevent sun damage and overexposure, you need a reliable high-quality shade solution. Here are 5 beach essentials for effective summer shade.

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  5. Mother's Day Gift Ideas: Seasonal Essentials for Mom

    Mother's Day Gift Guide
    Not sure what to get mom this holiday?

    Find gardening gadgets, shade solutions, and more outdoor items with our Mother's Day Gift Ideas.
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  6. Pop-Ups, Canopies, and More for Fall Festivals

    Pop-Ups, Canopies, and More for Fall Festivals

    You know when the leaves start to change colors and temperatures drop, it’s time to celebrate fall. And with that comes all the wonderful fall festivals. Whether it’s a gathering at your church or maybe your child’s school, fall festivals are a great time to celebrate a new season. If you’re helping to organize the party or just partaking with your family, finding the perfect pop-up or canopy will make your experience even better.

    Made for the Shade

    Quik Shade Steel canopies are a great choice to keep you and your family out of the elements and ready to enjoy all the fun fall festivals have to offer. But if you’re helping a local organization to organize the event, there are so many unique ways to utilize a steel canopy:

    • Sell tickets under a canopy, keeping workers out of the sun
    • Keep baked goods or other items for sale under canopy and out of the elements
    • Hold a pumpkin carving station under canopies

    The Quick Shade Solo Steel Series is an easy choice for fall festivals. The huge benefit to these pop-up canopies is minimal set up time. You don’t have to spend hours getting your shelter ready. In fact, you only need one person to set one up! Each one provides extra strong trapezoidal legs and lock levers. You can choose from slant leg, straight leg, or for a little extra coverage, the straight leg with an awning. You can even choose from multiple different fabric colors to make this canopy all your own. All three models include:

    • 15D polyester top with 3d ripstop fabric cover
    • 4 ground stakes for each leg for anchoring
    • Travel bag for easy storage and mobility
    Pro Tip: Want to learn more about anchoring a pop-up at
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