• Savvy editor's note: This post was inspired by the delightful "60 Days of Summer" list at Sassy Sites. She has a great craft to go along with her list, too. Be sure to take a look!

    We look forward to summer with the kids so much all year long. There are all kinds of things we want to do with them that we don't have time for ordinarily. Once summer's here, though, the days can start whipping by, filled with camps and play dates and errands and... more of the usual. That's when a good list can help. What do we want to do this summer? What do we really want to experience with our children during their precious summer days? Lest the time pass us unwittingly by, we sat down with our kids and made a list. We hope you'll borrow it, share it, revise it, and improve on it as much as you like. And most of all, we hope you and your little ones have the summer you want to have.

    1. Go to the beach ( )
    2. Have a backyard campout ( )
    3. Build a fort ( )
    4. Fly a kite ( )
    5. Go to a
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  • We're celebrating Father's Day by taking a look at our favorite dads on television right now. From their hilariously embarrassing antics to their loyal support, here's our list of dads we sometimes wish were our own (just for one day!) and why we love them.

    5. Bobby Cobb from ABC's Cougar Town

    Brian Van Holt may not play the most responsible dad on television-his character, Bobby Cobb, is a recently divorced dad living on a boat docked in a parking lot-but he certainly knows how to have fun, and spends most of his on-screen time passing down this fun-loving sense of adventure to his son Travis. Between taking Travis to a strip club to cheer him up after a breakup and embarrassing him in front of friends by driving his run-down golf cart, Bobby Cobb is a non-stop good time TV father figure who does his best to co-parent Travis with co-star Courtney Cox.

    4. Rufus Humphrey from The CW's Gossip Girl

    For four years now, Matthew Settle has been playing Rufus Humphrey, former rockstar and

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  • This Father's Day, get outside and make Dad a gift he'll love.

    1. How to Make an Outdoor Fountain
    Make a bland spot bubble with beauty with this DIY outdoor fountain.

    What You Need:

    • Fountain kit
    • Pond pump
    • Pebbles, gravel or larger stones
    • Shovel

    Get the full how-to >>

    2. How to Make a Birdbath
    Your brother-in-law isn't the only one who needs a regular bath and frequent drinks: Birds do, too. Give them their own little oasis with this homemade leaf-shaped birdbath.

    What You Need:

    • Large leaf
    • 1/2 - 1 bag play sand
    • 3 - 4 cups fine sand
    • 1 - 2 cups Portland cement
    • Concrete fortifier
    Get the full how-to >>

    3. How to Make a Mosaic Flower Pot
    There's a reason you've been reluctant to throw out those random pieces of assorted chinaware: You knew you were going to need them to create this flower pot for Dad!

    What You Need:

    • Tile, broken china, smooth stones, glass beads and the like
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  • All dads deserve praise on June 19th, but here are some in Hollywood who really impress us with their fathering skills.
    By Faye Brennan , BettyConfidential.com

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    This Father's Day, we want to give out a few awards to the famous dads who are living it up in Hollywood and doing a great job raising thier little youngsters. Why? Because we can, and because celebs love receiving awards... duh!

    Read The Wedding Is Off! Crystal Harris Broke It Off With Hugh Hefner

    But these famous fellas don't need to stuff themselves into a penguin suit to attend this award's ceremony. They simply need to be proud of the new titles we're giving them and continue to be the great dads that they are.

    Here are the winners:

    Hottest Multitasking Dad: Hugh Jackman

    Hugh Jackman and familyHugh Jackman and family

    Is there anything Hugh Jackman can't do? The 42-year-old looks just as comfortable playing Wolverine in X-Men as he is on stage hosting the Oscars or playing in Manhattan with his wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, and their two

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  • If only getting ready for those afternoons at the beach, park, pool, or even your own backyard were as relaxing as the lazy days themselves. But heading outside doesn't have to be an organizational ordeal. With a little prep and our easy cleanup tips, you'll be coming and going at the drop of a (cute, wide-brimmed) hat.

    Here are some strategies to plan for (and quickly recover from) excursions:

    Beach-Bag It
    Stash these must-haves in your summer tote so you can head to the shore or park on (next to) no notice:
    1. Spillproof sunscreen Go for the spray kind or, if it tends to dribble, seal lotion in a zip-seal bag. (Skip SPF-soaked wipes, which are hard to apply evenly)
    Related: 10 Necessities for the Perfect Beach Lunch

    2. An empty makeup bag It'll hold your wallet and cell phone so you can quickly go mobile - like when the ice cream truck beckons - without hauling a purse

    3. Extra undies Someone always forgets them

    4. A carabiner hook Use it to clip your keys to the bag strap (no

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  • Father's Day is coming up and my 4-month son and I have been putting our heads together on how to make the day special for the Mister. In doing so, my son wanted me to share some of his thoughts that he doesn't quite have the skills yet to say himself. Luckily, I'm a mind-reader - one of my many newly discovered talents as a mother. In certain that for many of you first-time Daddys out there, the message rings true for you, too!

    Dear Daddy,

    If I could talk, I'd tell you just how thankful I am that God picked you to be mine.

    I'd tell you that even though you think I'm small and not paying attention, I see the way you look at me with unconditional love.

    I see the way you take care of Mommy, further allowing her to be the woman we both need. When you don't think I'm looking, I see you peek in on me at night to make sure I'm snug as a bug. And I hear you positioning the fans, nightlights and humidifier so I have optimal sleeping conditions.

    I hear the curses under

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  • Father's Day is almost here, and dads across the country will soon be celebrated by their families with cookouts, cards, and gifts ranging from homemade artwork to the classic choice: a new tie. As we enjoy the festivities, though, it's good to take a few moments to reflect on why we're celebrating in the first place. To put it simply, our fathers are instrumental in shaping our lives-and they deserve our recognition and thanks for their guidance and love!

    When you look back on your dad's influence, you'll probably be reminded of some tried-and-true truths he passed on to you that are still leading you in a positive direction to this day. Here are the fourteen truths our dads taught us, taken from Pocket Truths for Success:

    The first impression is made in the first 90 seconds. You may remember your father straightening his collar, squaring his shoulders, and putting on a smile before he entered a room. Chances are, he knew that each time you encounter a new person, he or she

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  • Source: Wake Up Early and Get Motivated to Move

    With temps rising, in order to prevent overheating and avoid exposure to the sun's damaging rays, it's best to exercise in the early morning. If setting your alarm early to exercise before heading to work seems cruel impossible, here are some tips to get you moving in the morning.

    1. Lay out your outfit and all the fitness gear you'll need the night before so when you wake up, you won't waste time searching for a matching pair of wicking socks, a clean sports bra, or your headphones. Also charge any gear you might need, like your iPod.
    2. Be sure to hit the hay early so you're well rested, and set your alarm to wake up to your favorite peppy song. Lately I've been rousing from my slumber hearing J Lo singing "On the Floor." I'm practically dancing out of bed.
    3. Make a date with a friend or fitness trainer. If you set up a time to meet in the a.m., you'll feel obligated to go, even if your mind and body tell you otherwise.
    4. Schedule
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  • Graphic courtesy of the FDA via Flickr.Graphic courtesy of the FDA via Flickr.The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced new rules for sunscreen labels this week that should make it easier to figure out which product is best for you and your family.

    "FDA has evaluated the data and developed testing and labeling requirements for sunscreen products, so that manufacturers can modernize their product information and consumers can be well-informed on which products offer the greatest benefit," said Dr. Janet Woodcock, director of the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. "These changes to sunscreen labels are an important part of helping consumers have the information they need so they can choose the right sun protection for themselves and their families."

    One of most obvious changes will be in that big number displayed on the bottle or tube. Within the next year, the highest sun protection factor (SPF) that a product can claim will be 50. The reason? "There is not sufficient data to show that products with SPF values higher than 50 provide greater

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