If the highlight of your kids' Summer is time spent at the pool, don't let a few pesky postswim problems ruin their day in the sun. With just a bit of advance planning and some basic knowledge of what's causing the issues, you can prevent whatever's ailing your little ones. Heed our advice for solving these five pool-related problems, then tell them to dive on in, worry-free!
Sometimes I'll see an over-the-top house on the market and wonder if its exuberant, odd floorplan had been designed by a hyperactive 6-year-old. That's definitely the case with a Chelsea townhouse currently on the market for $11 million, whose pool-in-the-living-room floor plan seems odd at best. I can almost see the blue prints being drawn in crayon, with a swing sketched above the pool's outline — perfect for cannonballs!
Granted, it's not the type of house that I'd turn my nose up over if I were handed the keys to its front door, but it's definitely not real estate that I'd ever consider investing in. That said, I'm sure there are some covetable features that plenty of other potential home buyers (perhaps playboys with deep pockets?) would appreciate. Besides an eight-foot-deep pool in the living room, the home also features a private roof deck, a solarium greenhouse, a sauna, a library with a wood burning fireplace, and a hot tub in the master bedroom. Seriously, this definitely does seem like the perfect living large bachelor pad, don't you think? Check out more photos of the eclectic abode!
At this point in the month of January, who among us isn't dreaming of a poolside vacation? Tommy Hilfiger's new Spring 2011 ad campaign, which launches next month, is channeling our wishes with its country club-set photos. “We were inspired by the Spring collection’s twisted take on preppy and the Hilfigers’ infatuation with American pastimes,” said Tommy Hilfiger. Channeling my inner (twisted) prep, I assembled a list of poolside accessories that will fit right in at your home's next pool party or one at the local country club. My absolute must-have for chlorinated chill sessions is the Jericho Garden Chair ($340) from Gallant and Jones. It's custom-made from Sunbrella outdoor fabric woven in France, and comes with a matching pillow, sewn onto a beautiful black walnut frame. To keep my iPhone from suffering water or sun damage, I'll be sure to stash it in this Thomas Paul Big Business Phone Case ($24), which brings to mind the original Wall Street film. To shop the rest of this poolside-perfect preppy look, just click on each image!
I'm not gonna lie, but this piece of news has me kind of sad: a small study is linking swimming in chlorinated pools to cancer. In the first of three studies, Spanish researchers looked at the effects of 49 healthy adults who spent 40 minutes swimming in an indoor chlorinated pool. Genetic indicators from blood and urine samples from the participants pointed to an increase in cancer risk and respiratory effects like asthma.
What's a gal to do, especially since cooler temps mean more indoor swim sessions? First off, researchers are not suggesting that we stop swimming. It's a new study in its beginning stages, so the long-term effects — if any — of swimming in chlorinated waters is still unknown. Chlorine is still the common chemical used to disinfect pools, but many fitness centers are starting to disinfect their pools with a low chlorination system. Also, be sure to shower with soap and water immediately after exiting the pool; this will wash off any residual effects that may be on your body.
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Some friends of mine grew up with two giant Newfoundlands, whose favorite activity was swimming in the family swimming pool. It was pretty darn cute to see the hairy dogs splashing around in the pool, but as you can imagine, the family had to clean the pool a lot! Would you let a dog swim in your pool?
For those of you living in warmer climes, an outdoor shower is an excellent luxury, and often a requirement for oceanside dwellers. Do you have one?