Patriotic No-tug Hair Ties
A touch of all-American glam for the Fourth of July.
I’m a big fan of the easy-on-the-hair ties from this Etsy store. They come in myriad colors and help prevent breakage. I’ll be sporting this one on Independence Day.
Cost: $3.50 at Etsy.com
Taylor Digital Stick-on Refrigerator Thermometer
Regularly take your fridge’s temperature to stay safe.
Even if your fridge and the food inside it feel cold, they could still be warm enough to grow the bacteria that cause food poisoning -- and many models don’t have a built-in thermometer. To the rescue: this digital one that suctions to an inside wall. Make sure it reads 40 F or less.
Cost: $12.99 at Amazon.com
Polar USA FT4
Time yourself and track your heart rate and calorie burn in the pool.
This watch/monitor is water-resistant up to 30 meters, which means you can use it while swimming -- something I plan to do a lot of this summer. I love that it’s super-easy to use and comfortable to wear.
Cost: $89.95 at Zappos.com
Reflect H20 Swim Shampoo
Wash away damaging chlorine and keep hair healthy.
This sulfate-free shampoo gently removes chlorine, salt, copper and other impurities that can leave hair dry and lifeless -- or even greenish -- after a swim. Plus, it won’t strip your hair color.
Cost: $12.95 at SwimOutlet.com
SunGuard Laundry Aid
Add powerful sun protection to your clothes in the wash.
Just adding a small box to a load of laundry gives regular clothing a UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) of 30, blocking 96 percent of the sun’s harmful rays. Plus, it lasts for 20 washes.
Cost: $1.99 at SunGuardProtection.com
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