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Add on a Backyard Fire Pit for Spring and Summer

Lewisville, TX (PRWEB) May 03, 2013

The warm weather is on its way and nothing says spring and summer like friends and family gathering around a backyard fire pit. Fire pits are a great way to extend party space to the outdoors. Texas Best Fence can help clients transform their backyards into the perfect place for get-togethers. There are many benefits for installing a fire pit or outdoor kitchen space.

Outdoor fire pits and/or backyard kitchens and outdoor fireplaces can provide an opportunity to cook up some great southern food. The pits and fireplaces provide a flame to toast marshmallows, kabobs, healthy grilled vegetables, turkey burgers, pork chops, or whatever sounds good.

Fire pits and fireplaces also provide heat around which to stay warm with a comfortable surrounding thats soothing and very relaxing. Think of how nice it would be to star gaze with a loved one while sitting next to one of nature’s most captivating elements.

Gatherings can even begin early in spring because fire pits will keep everyone warm on those chillier evenings. Not to mention extending the summer during the cool fall months as well.

Even for clients that arent always throwing parties or entertaining, the ambiance a fire pit brings is worth the investment alone. Fire pits and fireplaces are a nice addition to a home that can add value. They are attractive features that can help make a home stand apart from others.

When Memorial Day brings the unofficial start to summer barbecues and parties, people begin lighting up their fire pits, barbeque grills and getting ready for the season. It is very important to remain safe while using a fire pit or barbecue. Local fire officials urge people to use common sense when utilizing fire pits and other outdoor appliances. Windy days pose a problem, and using a fire pit is not recommended as it poses a greater fire danger to nearby homes.

Fires can vary by size and only clean, dry wood may be used in a fire pit. Propane or natural gas burning systems are preferred as users can control the size of the flame, they are safer for the environment, and it can turn it off with the flip of a switch.

All fires must be burned at least 25 feet away from home and structures. Someone should monitor the fire at all times and should have a garden hose, bucket of water or fire extinguisher on hand at all times in case of an emergency.

Texas Best Fence can assist a client with the design and installation of a backyard fire pit or outdoor kitchen. They will also ensure the plans comply with the safety regulations needed for these home enhancements. For a look at their services and previous projects, please visit their website, or call (469)242-1397 to make an appointment for a consultation.

About the company:

At Texas Best Fence, they have the experience and expertise to make any project one that customers will be proud of. They pride themselves on the quality of their work and on their reputation in the community. Their business is built on referrals from satisfied customers. They survey each customer after they complete their project and are proud to have an Excellent Rating at 95 percent. Texas Best Fence is known for high-end, custom workmanship and outstanding service at competitive rates. Their size and buying power allows them to provide the very best materials and installation at the greatest value to their customers. For more information, please visit their website at

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Inmate Dads Celebrate Summer At A Barbeque With Their Children

Portland, Oregon (PRWEB) July 20, 2012

On Saturday 30 fathers and 88 children spent the afternoon eating hamburgers, hot dogs and watermelon, playing games and just hanging out together at the Oregon State Penitentiary. Ten volunteers and ten staff members helped put the event on for the families.

The barbeque, which started in 2008, is funded by the Family First club at the prison. Family First is a group of dads who have completed the Parenting Inside Out program offered at the prison, and who are committed to maintaining relationships with their children during their incarceration. Family First holds fund raisers within the prison to pay for special events for dads and kids throughout the year. Family First offers families six special events a year, but the barbeque is by far everyones favorite activity, giving families an opportunity to spend an extended period of time together in a picnic setting.

The father-child events first began as an extension of the Parenting Inside Out (PIO) fathers support group in the prison. PIO is an evidence based parenting skills program developed in Oregon. It was created for incarcerated parents through a six-year collaboration of the Oregon Department of Corrections, scientists from the Oregon Social Learning Center, policy makers, practitioners and instructional designers. It is based on Parenting Management Training, a program with more than forty years of research proving its effectiveness with high risk families. In a five year randomized controlled study, PIO demonstrated a positive impact on reducing rearrest rates, criminal behavior and substance use and on improving family visitation, parent-child relationships, parent-caregiver relationships and parenting skills.

The Oregon Department of Corrections has long been a leader in recognizing the importance of children and families in helping inmates successfully transition back to the community. The Oregon Accountability Model, which guides reentry planning from the first day of an inmates incarceration, includes Children and Families as one of the core elements. It is a key part of a successful strategy; Oregon has the lowest recidivism rate of the states studied by the Pew Center on the States. In its report, State of Recidivism: the Revolving Door of Americas Prisons, published in 2011, the Center reported that Oregons recidivism rate at 22.8% is almost half the national average of 43.3%. One of the reasons the Center cited for Oregons success is its use of evidence based programs.

Some of the dads are incarcerated for a relatively short time and will return home, while others will do all their parenting from prison. The Family First group is led by inmate dad Ron Glick, who has been parenting from prison for more than eight years. He maintains weekly phone contact with both his children and family members bring them for frequent visits. Parenting Inside Out gave him the tools to communicate with his children through letters, phone calls and visits. The bond incarcerated parents develop with their children is key to helping their children overcome the loneliness of separation.

If Saturdays event was any indication, building and maintaining family relationships is good for both inmates and their children. Spirits were high as families engaged in sack races, badminton and football tossing. There were pi

Weight Loss Guide Tips: Top Ways to Burn Fat this Summer

(PRWEB) July 06, 2012

While there are a number of ways to achieve weight loss over time, Weight Loss Guide knows that most people’s primary goal is to burn fat as quickly as possible. With the summer months in full swing, Weight Loss Guide has created a list of the top ways to lose weight this season.

Weight Loss Guide’s Top 5 Ways to Burn Fat this Summer

1. Lose weight fast with hCG drops and the hCG plan. While hCG weight loss does require a restrictive diet protocol, the program only last for 21-40 days and offers faster weight loss than any other non-surgical method. If the guidelines are followed exactly, most people notice an average weight loss of 1-2 pounds each day they are on the diet.

2. Try fat burning diet pills. A number of weight loss products exist that are made using all natural ingredients and have no side-effects.

3. Take Hoodia to suppress the appetite and promote weight loss. 100% pure Hoodia diet pills not only help you to eat less, they prevent the food cravings that ruin many diets.

4. Join a gym and try out a cardio fitness class. A number of calorie-burning classes exist that not only help you slim down, but ensure you having fun doing it.

5. Invited friends and family members over and cook healthy meals at home. Grilling fish, chicken, fruit and vegetables can be extremely healthy and also quite fun. By including others in your weight loss journey, you can remain social while still losing weight.

Editor’s Notes: Weight Loss Guide rates and ranks diet pills and weight loss products to determine the top choices in a variety of categories. Weight Loss Guide was launched in 1998 and has since become an online weight loss and wellness authority.

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Virginia Tourism Corporation Presents 20 Ideas for Cool Summer Getaways in Virginia

Richmond, Va. (PRWEB) June 14, 2012

Summer is one of the most exciting times to visit Virginia. Road trip adventures, beach front fun, mountaintop cabins and lazy days on the water are just some of the many reasons families make Virginia their summer vacation spot. Virginia Tourism Corporation has just created a list of 20 ideas for cool summer getaways for families looking to completely connect on a Virginia vacation. These and more can be found on

Summer Travel Contest: Spend 5 Romantic Nights in St. Lucia; Boomer Travel Website Launches Travel Rewards Club, Caribbean Vacation Giveway

Scottsdale, AZ (PRWEB) June 11, 2012

In time for the height of summer travel season, The Roaming Boomers, the nations most comprehensive travel website for boomers, have launched a hot new Travel Rewards Club. This exciting free rewards program features special insider tips, travel incentives, monthly prize drawings and an insightful and entertaining monthly newsletter.

The Roaming Boomers have proudly partnered with Kiwi Collection, the worlds largest and most diverse collection of luxury hotels, for many of the incentives in this new program. A Travel Rewards Club subscription offers travel tips and hotel recommendations as well as exclusive access to travel savings. Booking hotels with Kiwi Collection through The Roaming Boomers site offers tremendous value such as complimentary upgrades, welcome amenities, early check-in, late checkout and the very best rates. Additionally, travelers using their premium Visa cards will find even more perks and value.

As an added incentive to subscribe to this free Travel Rewards Club, The Roaming Boomers and Kiwi Collection are giving away a 5-night/6-day Caribbean vacation, including airfare for two and a luxury stay at St. Lucias most romantic resort, Anse Chastanet. Everyone who subscribes between now and July 30, 2012 will be entered to win. More information on the contest is available through this link:

The Roaming Boomers have also introduced their Platinum Club, an enhanced level of the Travel Rewards Club that includes all the perks of a free membership and members only benefits including room upgrades at select Fairmont properties, travel discounts and more giveaways. The Platinum Club is an incredible value for its members priced at only $ 39/year.

People love our website because it inspires them to get out there, see the world and make new friends,” said The Roaming Boomers Co-founder Carol Porter. We know this Rewards Club is the icing on the cake for many of our loyal fans.

49th Shelf Kicks Off Summer with Read Local: The 100-Mile Book Diet

Toronto, Ontario (PRWEB) June 06, 2012 is encouraging people to go local with their reading this summer, with the 100-Mile Book Diet and 49th Shelfs Read Local Map.

The interactive map ( celebrates the distinctly Canadian places represented in Canadian books. From lakes to oceans, towns to cities, and all areas in between, each book highlighted is either set in a place, in the case of works of fiction, or about the place, in the case of non-fiction.

Whether the summer holds an epic road trip, a day at the beach or a couple of weeks at the cottage, 49th Shelfs Read Local Mapand its featured reading themeswill help readers find the perfect book for summer, perhaps even one set in their neck of the woods.

The Read Local Interactive Map is open to contributions from any member of 49th Shelf (membership is free). There are two ways to contribute:

1. Mark the Map: Do you know of a book that is set in or about a specific place you care aboutmaybe right where you live? For example, if you live in Nova Scotia and love cooking, maybe youll add Out of Old Nova Scotia Kitchens. If youve walked in Vancouvers glorious Stanley Park, maybe youll add Timothy Taylors Stanley Park. Maybe you summer in Ontarios Muskokas and youve checked out the beautiful photography book Algonquin Park: Excursions with a Photographer. Add it!

2. Contribute to a Read Local 2012 Summer Special Theme. You could choose from several, including:

Eat Your Way Across Canada: Its barbeque season! Its corn and tomato season! If its about local or regional food, get it on the map.

The Great Outdoors: Think hiking, canoeing, camping or patio dining. Whatever one can do in the Canadian outdoors, someone has written about it. As long as the books linked to a place, its eligible.

By adding a pinpoint, members are helping other book readers discover great Canadian titles that should be added to any summer reading list.

49th Shelf Host & Producer Julie Wilson says: “There are so many incredible Canadian titles that its sometimes hard to know where to start. We wanted to provide a fun way to explore summer reading from a distinctly Canadian perspective. By opening up the map to community contributions, we hope to inspire book routes through a map of Canada.

As part of the 100-Mile Book Diet, 49th Shelf is giving away a Kindle Touch 3G with a $ 50 Kindle Store gift card to use towards ebooks. To be entered in the giveaway, participants must pin a book on the Read Local map.

Find more information about the giveaway here:

About 49th Shelf

Fuelled by the largest collection of Canadian books ever assembled, 49th Shelf makes it easier to find your next great Canadian read. (

Think of 49th Shelf as an interactive, intimate virtual library stocked with Canadian books by authors both world-renowned and up-and-coming, writing in every genre. But not just a library: 49th Shelf is also a community of avid readers who share the books on the site by making reading lists and book recommendations. On 49th Shelf, youll find books youll never forget, meet people whose lists and reviews youll admire, and learn more about the authors who intrigue you.

49th Shelf is produced by the Association of Canadian Publishers in association with the Canadian Publishers Council with funding from the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Ontario Media Development Corporation and a lead sponsorship from

Leading Online Patio Furniture Retailer Introduces New Adirondack Chairs for Summer 2012

Natick, MA (PRWEB) May 23, 2012

Premiere Adirondack Chairs, a leading online provider of patio furniture, is introducing an expanded line of Adirondack chairs just in time for spring.

The company, which recently rolled out a revamped website in order to improve the shopping experience for customers, has been a go-to source for outdoor Adirondack chairs since it was founded in 2008.

Owner Doug Hopeman worked with quality Adirondack Chairs vendors, including All Things Cedar, Siesta Poly Furniture, Polywood Furniture, Shine Company, Eden Outdoor Living and Cedar Delite to increase offerings on the company website.

“We are very pleased with the new styles we’ve added, and we think our customers will be, too,” Hopeman said.

With the larger inventory and a new-and-improved website, Hopeman hopes to further expand awareness of Premiere Adirondack Chairs as a brand.

Adirondack patio chairs have long been a major draw to customers searching for the perfect patio outdoor furniture, and Premiere Adirondack Chairs is proud to offer a beautiful array of styles and colors.

Among the new selection is a vast number of wood Adirondack chairs in natural or painted finish, along with resin Adirondack chairs in assorted colors.

Styles include folding, stacking, and dining chairs, plus a beautiful Adirondack rocking chair selection.

With the new-and-improved Adirondack chair selection at Premiere Adirondack Chairs comes a trove of essential patio accessories to improve the lounging experience for customers.

A plethora of plush Sunbrella cushions are available to soften seats and chair backs. Sunbrella cushion color and pattern choices are varied, giving customers many options for sprucing up their outdoor decor.

In addition to patio chair cushions, Premiere Adirondack Chairs has added many Adirondack ottomans to its inventory. Customers will find a bigger, better Adirondack ottoman selection to complement their purchase.

Premiere Adirondack Chairs is a leading Internet resources for patio furniture, including the signature Adirondack Chair. The company, founded in 2008, is located in Natick, Mass., about 15 miles west of Boston.

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Texas Residents Enjoy $89 Rates In Time For Summer Travel At Hyatt Regency Houston

Houston, TX (PRWEB) May 11, 2012

According to AAA Texas, 58% of Texans will travel within the state this summer. For those whose summer travels will take them to Houston, an excellent lodging option is Hyatt Regency Houston, which is offering a special Texas Residents Rate of $ 89.00 from June 1 to September 30, 2012.

In addition to well-appointed guestrooms and suites, personal service, and premium amenities, Hyatt Regency Houston delivers a convenient location near all types of fun activities and attractions. Families traveling with kids will appreciate close proximity to the Houston Zoo, Space Center Houston, Downtown Aquarium, Childrens Museum of Houston, and Discovery Green, a 12-acre park with a lake, playground, interactive water features, amphitheater, dog runs, and restaurants.

Sports fans will enjoy easy access to Minute Maid Park, home of Major League Baseballs Houston Astros, Reliant Park where the Houston Texans of the National Football League play, and the Toyota Center, which hosts the National Basketball Associations Houston Rockets along with a wide array of events and concerts.

Couples seeking summer fun in Texas will find Houston most accommodating. Theres no shortage of romantic dining options, professional theater, and live music destinations, such as the renowned House of Blues.

To take advantage of Hyatt Regency Houstons Residents Rate of $ 89.00, simply show a valid Texas ID or driver’s license at check-in. This special Texas residency discount is valid for stays with a Friday, Saturday or Sunday arrival. Reservations can be made by calling 713-654-1234 or by visiting

About Hyatt Regency Houston

Located in the heart of downtown Houston, Texas and boasting 947 guestrooms and suites, Hyatt Regency Houston features 71,300 square feet of flexible function space, including the 16,000-square-foot Imperial Ballroom, and the 28,000-square-foot exhibit hall. Just steps from Houstons Entertainment District and Main Street with Metro Light Rail, Hyatt Regency Houston is the place to stay whether traveling for business or pleasure. Reservations may be obtained by calling 713-654-1234 or logging on to


Anna Drake

Kaplan Public Relations



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