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The way, people measure success, differs widely. Some think a positive approach is enough. My colleagues at work say it is definitely hard work, while there are a few who are firm in their belief that luck plays a key role in success. So what exactly does it take to succeed in life? In my opinion, success is not the result of one single attribute. Success involves several aspects, which when they come together in harmony, lead you unerringly. But most importantly sitting around talking about it is definitely not enough.
You need to take definite and appropriate action for which you need some skills. While some are taught to us from our childhood by our parents and at school and work, they are however not sufficient to help reach success. Even life experiences don’t provide us with what we crave for. Here is a list of the skills that help you progress fast in whatever field you are in, whether it is landscaping or web designing or a corporate job. While some of these are focused on specific fields, they also interlink with other fields giving you lessons that help you at any time in your life.
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Minimalist blogs seem to be the trend these days. I can see many such blogs that feature just the bare essentials. While it is great to look at more white space, not all minimalist designs are appealing to the audience. Sometimes they all look alike and run the risk of being ignored. Therefore, to take away the uninspired and plain look, you need to have some well-defined yet simple web design. Adding a bit of personality would do a lot of good to the site. Clean designs need not necessarily be boring, do they? By adding the right touches, you can make your site shine through and get a huge traffic. Here are some basic tips that I’ve found very useful in my work
Get the upper hand
Infusing color to the background framing the text is a nice way to make the site look inviting and pleasant. While white spaces do tend to look pristine, and appealing, which is why you had decided on it, your visitors may not be as enthusiastic about seeing clear white. Without color to the edges of the line, a reader tends to go adrift, when he nears the edge of a line. You would have noticed on devices and on paper, edges that highlight the content. These help to hold your attention to the text. Adding color will help hold the attention of the reader.
The addition need not be too glaring or dominant. Subtle addition would work effectively and not affect your sensibilities at the same time. A definite edge to the content will improve the overall reading experience.
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Being in possession of the most potent tool, helps you to make giant strides both professionally and personally in life. Effective networking is one such tool that has the ability to make your reach peaks, which you hadn’t dreamed of before.
You can get the promotion you were after for such a long time, a dream job, or any other achievement just like that, when you know the secret of effective networking. Top networkers reveal that the best strategy in networking is building genuine relationship, maintaining them actively and sharing the knowledge you have gained with others without prejudice.
Significance of networking
With an effective networking skill, you can easily go places you would have found hard to go under normal circumstances. While networking helps in several fields, the most commonly sought after accomplishments include finding a great job, establishing good relationship with important people and starting a new and prosperous business.
Networking opens doors for you effortlessly. Especially, when you are hunting for a job in a highly competitive field, it is networking, which decides whether you land the job, or not. At its core, networking is nothing but building strong relationships. While a client may leave you at the first sight of difficulty, a friend will not. This is what matters most and keeps you afloat at times of crisis.
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I spend a lot of time with my pets, and they are part of my family. Like children, they also have a need for play and socializing. This way, you are having fun with your pets and build stronger relationships and trust at the same time. These are some of our favorite games.
Running. I regularly take my pets for a morning walk. Actually, it's not a walk, but more a morning jog. Since I already get up early to take a walk before I begin my professional obligations, I concluded it was a great time to improve my activity. One of the reasons is the fact that I am much more productive and creative at work. Therefore, I run in the morning in the company of my pets. Sometimes I suddenly sprint or stop to change their rhythm and make the game more interesting. When they come to me, I give them a big hug or a treat, and we start again. It's a great way to begin the day, and that they spend the excess of their energy.
Throwing is a favorite game of my pets. Sincerely, I really enjoy playing with them in this way. If we go into the yard or in the park to play, I bring a little ball that they can easily catch with their mouth. If there are no balls, we use an ordinary branch. I especially love playing with Frisbee because I like to watch how it flies. However, most of all I like when my dog managed to jump and catch a Frisbee in flight.
Jumping. Recently, I discovered the magic of jumping on the trampoline. Besides being fun, it is also very useful. For instance, rebounding can start the stagnant lymph and thereby improve your immunity. Our body has a complex network of lymph vessels and lymph in them moves very slowly and stagnates sometimes. This significantly affects the operation of our internal organs and our whole health. Jumping can move it, and trampolines that can be found on the Jump Sport Land are the right thing. Jumping can be fun for pets too. At the beginning, they will be a little confused and scared, but later you can spend great moments together in jumping.
Water games. My pets love the water, and whenever I have the opportunity to take them to a lake, they enjoy playing. Typically, this is again a game of throwing things. It's very important that you have a toy that floats. I often bring a great ball, which they push with the muzzle on the water surface, until they reach me.
Games with toys. We do not have many toys, only a pair of rubber items for chewing and a few balls. Often we play hide and seek with them, especially during rainy days when we cannot go outside. I hide a toy, and when they find it, I reward them.
It may seem that the games with pets are limited because they do not have arms and cannot do things the same way as humans. But you just have to include them into what you are doing, to relax and have fun - they would find their own way to adapt.
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Having a pet means being responsible for someone's life. And, I must admit that my pets are significantly influenced my morning rituals. They have taught me to get up early and to take them out for a walk. Soon I realized that the morning activity suits me, and after that I feel full of energy. There began my story with morning exercise. It made me realize that the morning exercise will not make me tired. On the contrary, it makes me more productive. Here are some examples how morning exercise affects productivity.
It improves brain function. Morning Exercise improves circulation, and thus the blood flow to the brain. Like any organ, the brain works better when it is supplied with nutrients and oxygen. That means you'll be better focused on your tasks, mentally sharper, you will solve problems and find solutions easier, have a better memory. This is the first reason to include exercise into your morning routine.
It pumps your energy. Yes, although you might think that the morning exercise will completely exhaust you, the truth is quite different. It improves the flow of blood, oxygen, and glucose through your body, and you will feel much more alive and full of energy. Exercise gives you impulse. When you start the day with activity, you will be active throughout the day!
It helps to distribute your time better. When you begin the day with an activity, you start with setting goals and placing them on a schedule. Often in our schedule, we have no time for exercise. But this is a misconception and an excuse. We all have the same amount of time, but not enough good will. One of the ways not to use "I have no time" excuse is making a mini gym in your garage. Power racks can be found at this site: http://garagegymlife.com/best-power-rack-reviews/
It awakens creativity and new ideas. I've noticed that whenever I go out for a walk with my pets and disconnect myself from work for a while, I come back refreshed and with a new idea. Imagine then what a flood of ideas can cause morning exercise. The brain simply needs to take a break from work sometimes. Exercise is a way to refresh yourself.
It improves mood. Yes, even if the last thing you want to do is exercising, you need to force yourself to do it. Exercise enables the production of endorphin, the secret ingredient of your good mood.
It enables better sleep. This is logical because when you get up early and start the day full of energy, in the evening, you will be tired, and you will lie down earlier. At the same time, you will have better sleep and rest. And it's a part of the vicious circle of productivity.
Some studies have suggested that 7 minutes of exercise in the morning is enough to be more productive. I think that, along with early getting up, everyone can afford a half-hour workout. Yes, even if it does not sound like the most pleasant duty. This way of life will teach you to make your way through problems, break obstacles, and discomfort and to continue to the goal by the shortest route. Is not this recipe for productivity?
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No matter what pet you have, you'll probably attribute them characteristics that are usually linked with the people. This can be, for example, their good character and level of empathy, or enjoying music. Spending a lot of time with my pets, I noticed that they react to the music.
There are sounds that they love, and those for which they have no interest. There are also tunes that cause anxiety. It is normal to expect that the parrots are sensitive to music. They sing one of their songs, right? Does this mean that the howling of dogs is actually a kind of their singing?
Many people associate the dog howl with singing. However, even wolves and dogs that are not domesticated howling. It is unlikely that they do this because they love the music. It can be said that the howling is a mode of communication between dogs, just as the bird singing is their speech.
This does not mean that animals will not react to the music. Only, you cannot expect that they respond in the same way as we do. These are just animals!
There is a large number of musical genres. If you think that your pet needs to enjoy music like you, how do you know which music genre it loves? Studies have shown that dogs have a faster heartbeat and better hearing than humans. That's why they do not enjoy the same rhythm and music as we do.
Perhaps it is best to offer your dog enjoying music that looks like a dog howling. These sounds are best made on wind instruments. While this may be the saxophone and clarinet, my pets respond well to the sound of trumpets. I found a great selection of trumpets at http://www.trumpethub.com/.
Strong sounds of trumpets, or from any other source, can upset your pets and make them nervous. On the other hand, some lighter rhythms are soothing. I do not know much about playing the trumpet, but I know well my dogs, and I can tell that they enjoy some slowly jazz compositions on the trumpet. More about what quality should have a good trumpet I found at this site.
Even Richard Wagner noticed that his pet reacts to the music. Actually, he appreciated the opinion of his dog. When composing, he would put it on a chair and carefully watched its reactions and changed the composition accordingly. Maybe this creates music for all time that fit all ears!
Some studies have attempted to find the answer on the question, what music our pets love. It was found that they not to react to popular music and that classical music soothes them.
I think that Wagner was certainly right about one thing. When it comes to music, the most important thing is to observe our pet's reaction to it. Aside all theories and studies conducted on this topic - no one knows your pet better than you. If you see that your dog is relaxed, wagging with his tail in a good mood, the music pleases it. If it begins to behave nervously, start barking, you've probably missed the musical genre. The fact that your dog howling does not mean that he's trying to sing. Pay attention to all the signs.
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If there is anything in this world you can count on for unconditional love, it’s probably your pets. Even siblings, parents and friends aren’t going to agree with you all the time, and sometimes they may not want to see you at all over a recent argument or disagreement. But what about a dog, or even two dogs to use an example I’m already very familiar with? As long as you aren’t abusing the animals, they will come to greet you when you return home after a day at work, or come find you when they want to be pet, or lurk around begging for scraps when you’re eating.
All of these are fairly endearing behaviors. I’d be lying if I said they didn’t have a lot to do with why my hubby and I have not one, but two dogs in our home. However, and I can say this with a straight face after being around animals for so many years: pets aren’t all good all the time. The problem with pets, the main one for me, is just how much they can cost. Have you taken a look online or through a newspaper and seen the prices people are charging for puppies these days? We’re talking about dogs that might cost $500, maybe even $1,000, or even more for rarer breeds.
That’s just the cost to purchase the animal too. If you look at fish, especially in large aquarium setups, it can cost much more than the above amounts to stock the tank with different kinds of fish. Then you have to take into account things like the water temperature and where your fish need that to be, giving them the right food, putting the right breeds in the same tank so they don’t kill each other, and even filtering the water. All of these things cost money, especially a nice canister filter for a large aquarium.
Most of these are concerns you need to deal with regardless of whether your pet walks on four legs or flaps its fins around to move. All pets need to eat, all pets need clean water and all pets need an owner with enough sense to take good care of them. Then there are more specific needs which apply based on the pet being kept. Dogs, for instance, need regular walks, brushing and maintenance, which in this case is just a nice way to say picking up after them. Fish need water filters just like these which will clear out waste and reduce harmful chlorine levels in that water.
So you see, the real problem with pets is more like a half a dozen smaller problems all rolled up into a nice package. You have to feed them, keep them clean, keep them healthy, give them affection, not abuse them and be understanding that, hey, they’re simple animals. They don’t have the brains of people, so they aren’t likely to get complex concepts and instructions. In many cases it’s like working with someone having the brain of an infant; don’t hold that against them when it happens.
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When it comes to meals, nothing compares to a delicious, healthy home-cooked meals. And this is true even for your pets. Mango and Prasila couldn’t agree more. Just to break the monotony of every day commercial dog foods, I prepare home-cooked dog food every now and then. I actually bought a meat grinder, like this, that I use only for preparing Mango and Prasila’s meaty treats.
Cooking for your pet has many benefits, such as fewer additives and preservatives, choice of better ingredients and a different taste for the canine palate. I even find some homemade meals to be less expensive. A 15-pound bag of commercial dry dog meal costs around $40 to $50 and a regular can of wet dog meal costs around $2 to $5. On average, dog owners actually spend around $5 per day for dog food. And that doesn’t even count the dog treats, tidbits and treats!
Compared to commercial dog food, a homemade dog meal will just cost you around $2.25 per day. Even with vitamin and mineral supplements included, home prepared dog meals are still more inexpensive. You can even combine it with commercially available dog foods, of course, the price may get higher, but your pet will certainly find it more delicious.
You see, dogs are scavengers and hunters first before humans domesticated them. Their palates are ate a diverse menu before we trained them to eat dog food. Being naturally active, dogs have very high needs for protein and carbohydrates. They can also handle more fat done humans because of their unique metabolic processes.
When preparing homemade dog meals, you have to be certain that you meet the nutritional needs of your pet. There should be enough sources of protein, carbohydrate and calcium, as well as other vitamins and minerals. Each type of dog will have unique nutritional requirements based on their body size, level of activity, breed, medical concerns, and others. What’s great about preparing dog foods at home is that you can adjust the recipe to suit the needs of your pet.
One caveat with homemade meals – dog appetite isn’t like humans. There are some foods that we may find appetizing but not for canine palates. Moreover, there are human foods that you should never feed your dogs such as tea, chocolate, coffee, onions, raisins, grapes, garlic, and macadamia nuts. And most importantly, never feed your dogs left-over foods. Not only is it unhealthy, that’s so disgusting!
Among the different homemade recipes I’ve already done, I think the ground meat with rice is Prasila and Mango’s all time favorite. For this recipe, I make sure that the meat is finely ground using my special dog meal meat grinder (check out this site to learn more: http://www.meatgrinderadviser.com/.)
Finally, if you are considering making big changes to your furry friend’s diet, be sure to check with your vet. You can also get great tips from your vet on how to transition your pet from commercial to homemade dog foods.
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What better way to celebrate a birthday, especially when it falls in the summer months, than with a fun barbecue party. I have been planning to throw a surprise barbecue birthday party for my husband. However, for the past few days, it seems that the weather gods have scheduled a torrential downpour of rain even in the middle of summer. I’ve been praying for sunshine this coming Saturday or else I’m screwed. It’ll be my first time to organize a BBQ party for him and it’s definitely exciting!
I know everyone is a different party planner and host. Perhaps, one of my problems planning parties is that I get overly excited by the variety of options – the décor, foods, drinks, and guest list. I often end up burnt out even before the big day.
So, for this outdoor party, I am trying to scale things down: recipes that are sumptuous but easy and quick to prepare, drinks that can be prepared in big batches, décor that are easy to set up but can make the atmosphere fun, and a guest list limited to only close family and intimate friends.
While searching for some good tips for BBQ party planning, I found this site that offers some reviews of different charcoal grills (check out this site: http://www.backyardbbqguru.com/.) I ended up realizing our barbecue grill needs some updating soon. But I guess, I won’t be able to change it now.
So, here are a few BBQ party preparation tips (especially if you are alone) that I certainly found helpful:
• Consider the number of expected guests.
• Be sure to have a back-up plan in case the weather gods spoil the day.
• Write a time plan (a list of things that you need to complete and indicate the dates.)
• Prepare your food in advance. You can have some recipes prepared and stored in the fridge a few days before the party.
• Have friends bring in snacks and sides to make a bigger menu.
• Get ready with the ice. Put all the whites in the fridge the night before.
• Prepare all the utensils, knives, spoons and forks, bottle openers, wine glasses, table cloth, etc.
• Disposable utensils are also very much welcome. Just get ready with your trash bins.
• Check lighting in the garden. Have umbrellas ready.
• Prepare an appealing non-alcoholic drink.
• Ready all water jugs and containers.
• Choose ready-made party garlands.
• Pull out the grill and charcoal.
Great people, good food, great music, and plenty of sunshine (keeping my fingers crossed) will definitely make my hubby’s BBQ birthday party so much fun! I’m looking forward to hosting more BBQ parties, hopefully with a new barbecue grill like the ones on this site.
Do you have any party tips of your own? Would love to learn from you!
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Vacations are time to rejoice and families look forward to enjoying the summer in different ways. While some plan on long vacations to tropical regions, others eye at local tourist spots. Some take up adventure trips or go on camping. We had planned to visit my cousin who lives in Ontario. While we were there, we went on a hunting trip she had planned for us, which we enjoyed very much. Hunting as any other hobby like trekking and camping needs proper planning, as you are out in the wilds away from the city limiting your access to amenities. Being prepared also makes the trip more enjoyable.
If you are from the United States and planning on hunting in Canada, being in a new country can pose quite a lot of difficulties for you regarding the rules and regulations present, especially in hunting. Canada has quite a lot of hunting game to satisfy a hunting enthusiast. You have deer, bear, moose, duck, waterfowl, and grouse. Here are some tips on what you need to plan on before embark on a hunting trip in Canada.
While you go hunting in another country, you need to consider the issues such as travelling with hunting guns and returning with the harvested game. Since my cousin had taken care of the hunting gear including the tactical knives, which she said she’d bought at this website, I didn’t have to do much preparation. As regards to hunting permit, since thousands travel to the country for hunting alone every year, especially from the United States, it is easy to get it.
Either you can fly or drive based on the location of the hunting spot. The customs check is fairly easy, although you do need to have your passport. In case you have some criminal record, it can lead to some issues. However, if your record is clean the check is a breeze.
When you’re travelling across the border and have your hunting guns along, you should register them with the Canadian Customs office. You will have to fill out the permit form beforehand and sign it only when you hand it over. This will reduce time and make the process over in a jiffy. You can download the form online and have it ready. While you are packing your hunting gear, make sure you take along the necessary papers. And proper hunting boots are absolute necessity, as without them you’ll find it very hard.
Hunting trip booking
There are hunting outfitters who help you plan your trip fully. They advise on the best and shortest route to get to the hunting destination and give any other information you need on buying game tags. While bear and moose tags can be bought via an outfitter, for deer, small game, waterfowl and wolves you can buy them over the counter at Ontario itself.
In prominent hunting spots such as Ontario, you have meat shops, which process the game fast and professionally. In case your hunting spot is remote, outfitters help in processing the game and taking it back with you.
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While a glowing and clear skin is something all of us dream of, only a few are gifted with it. Fortunately, you have so many beauty care products and techniques that ensure you look radiant and glowing. Although I use my fair share of cosmetics, I don’t give much thought to the actual skin care. I recently did a project for a beauty care company. They are into organic beauty care products. While helping them with the designing and accounting aspects, I came to know more about skin care and I was really impressed. Here are some of the tips I learnt.
Diet for clear skin
Your skin reflects how healthy you are. So take care of what you eat. Your routine diet should include nutrients that repair your damaged tissues, collagen and form new proteins, cells, enzymes, and bones. To ensure this, you need to have a diet that includes
- Fruits, fiber, vegetables, complex carbs, lean protein and foods that have less amount of saturated fat.
- Berries are great for clear skin, as they contain antioxidants, which have good anti-aging effect
- Excess of smoking and alcohol should be avoided. These cause premature aging of skin.
With proper hydration, your skin can breathe easily and take on a bright glow. Since skin is the largest excretory organ in the body, keeping it hydrated will help in flushing out the toxins easily. To prevent acne and get a clear skin, drinking water in plenty is necessary. Also, there are advanced noninvasive dermabrasion machines, that help to remove blemishes and scars, which are also effective. While water is good, don’t go overboard on the tea, coffee, soda or other caffeinated drinks as these dehydrate your skin and leave it dry and wrinkled.
Most of the skin problems you face are because of the excessive oil secretion and toxins in the skin. When you exercise regularly, you not only keep your weight in control but also keep the blood circulating well in the body including your face. With exercise, you open up the pores in the skin and when you wash your face, you can flush out the toxins, sweat, and get a clearer skin.
In teenagers who are most prone to acne, which is due to the high level of hormones present, exercising helps to regulate the hormones and keep the acne under control.
Make up removal
When your skin is in contact with the makeup products for long periods, it prevents your skin from breathing easily. The pores are clogged, when you leave the makeup products on overnight and this leads to blemishes and dull looking skin.
You need sufficient amount of sleep to get a clear skin. This will minimize accumulation of oil or dirt, which is the main reason for acne outbreak. When you sleep, make sure your hair is kept back by a ponytail, or a headband. This will prevent acne formation. Further your pillow cover harbors grime, saliva, dirt and oil from you and these come into contact with your skin whenever you sleep. This causes frequent acne breakouts. So make sure you change the pillow cover, or wash them regularly.
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Here’s a topic for all you ladies out there – and this comes from my own experience! Today’s society has come to expect the formal union of two people under matrimonial vows to be a memorable event hence everyone nowadays wants to have that dream wedding, an event people will talk about for years to come.
But since it’s not every day we get married, who can blame us for wanting to have the best wedding ever. The real question which faces us now is “what is the secret or rather secrets of planning the wedding of your dreams?” Here are a few tips to pull off a grand wedding;
- Wedding planner-most likely you are doing this for the first time, so the safest approach is to find someone who has the experience required to successfully plan a wedding; and who else is better suited than the person who plans weddings for a living. The wedding planner will listen to your wedding expectations, tell you how much money you need and organize all the resources for your knot-tying ceremony, though this may seem like all you need but there is more.
- Wedding planning checklist-you can’t make a good meal without having a recipe same way you can’t organize a good ceremony without having a checklist, chances are you will forget something important which might even ruin the day for you. So by the time you are hiring a wedding planner you should have a checklist of what you want to have in your wedding.
- Wedding planning timeline-it has been proven time and again that; better preparation gives better results, hence if you want to organize a grand wedding don’t be in a rush; have a well thought out planning timeline. Seasons should also be considered because you most certainly don’t want a rainy or snowy wedding day.
- Research - for you to be able to have a dream wedding you should research on weddings by reading wedding books and magazines, watching wedding shows and discussing with friends who have already had the experience of planning a wedding. You can’t imagine the input they’ll have on things that would never cross your mind like a winter wedding, the importance of LED light bars in a twilight themed party (read more about light bars here) or the downsides of having a horse-drawn carriage (hint – horses stink).
- Be financially prepared - it is no secret that weddings are a lavish affair and will most definitely require you be prepared financially speaking; therefore for you to pull off a dream wedding, you should be ready and willing to spend money. Hopefully you will only have to do this once in your life hence making it a worthy investment.
These are the main requirements to make a good wedding though you can decide to go old fashioned and be your own wedding planner, which maybe equally successful depending on how much consultation, research and work you put into it. The task is likely to be a hard one though you will be repaid by the satisfaction of planning your own event. Some people also use a wedding planning committee usually made up of friends and relatives to organize their weddings. So if you were planning are to organize a wedding, you now know where to start.
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Different families have different things they do together to bond, maybe learn how to act like a cohesive group of people and develop a better sense of teamwork. There are ropes courses, camping events, skydiving and other rather intense options. Then there are simples ones that strike much closer to home, like fishing. My husband and I love to go fishing at least once a year when the season comes around. We’ve both been pretty religious about setting time aside to do this together annually, and it’s one of those little things I just wouldn’t give up. It’s time of our own together and away from everything.
There are few things more relaxing than putting down all the frustration and grief of everyday life and just walking about for a good week out of the year. Of course, it helps that we do more than just disappear for 7 days. I don’t think I need to explain how many excellent fishing opportunities there are in Canada and a short ways south, in the United States. With so many options around and good choices in every direction, often the most difficult part of planning our fishing trips is actually picking the location, rather than both of us getting time off at the same time so we can go together.
We’re lucky we already have all the things we need to enjoy the time off. We even picked up a fishing kayak with room for two after taking a look at some reviews on Kayakouch. We looked at reviews, prices and information from a number of other websites too, and so should you if you’re thinking about shopping for a kayak of your own. It was a pretty major purchase for us but we’re both happy to have it and presently getting plenty of enjoyment out of it, so I’m fine. Without a boat like this we’d be stuck fishing from the shore everywhere we went.
My husband and I have been to many places around Vancouver, including Granville Island, the Queen Charlotte Islands and a number of rivers. We try to go to a different spot every year and see how they all compare with each other. We’re even keeping notes of the fish caught, temperatures, rainfall and other information like that. It might be a pretty nice fishing guide when it’s’ all said and done. There’s just so much about our fishing which is more than the fishing itself that makes the whole experience more engrossing and fun.
That’s why I wholeheartedly recommend fishing as a way to pass free time and try to relax when you can escape from all the things in life that stress you. Whether you have someone else or you’d be going alone, you can get the same benefits. Some peace and quiet, time to reflect and think, the occasional bit of excitement when you get a bite and the way it all just works together to put a person at ease. If you do plan on going alone, you might want to check out http://www.kayakouch.com/best-fishing-kayak-reviews-under-1000/ for affordable single occupant boats.
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There was a time when renewable, sustainable energy sources like wind, solar and hydroelectric power were scoffed at in much of the world. But as energy and fuel prices only continue to rise for the western world and much of Europe, many countries are now investing in renewable energy and reaping the benefits. While you can’t go and build a power plant on your property, there are ways you can harvest the free energy around you and put it to work for you. Some of these cost more than others but there are several which really stand out for me.
Solar energy is perhaps the one alternative energy source which is really booming today. People are finally waking up to all the free energy we have beating down on us every day, along with the ways we can keep it from being wasted. Solar cells allow solar energy to be collected, saved and then used for all manner of purposes, including powering homes, powering motor vehicles, charging electronic devices and even heating water. That’s right – there are actually solar powered pool heaters that soak up ultraviolet light and use it to warm water passing through the heater.
Just have a look right here if you don’t believe it. It’s actually kind of amazing how many different applications people are coming up with for solar energy today. It’s guaranteed to be a major energy source in the world’s future if you think about it – it’s practically free to operate and maintain once infrastructure is set up, and even that pays for itself over time with the energy produced. Solar energy isn’t just being used for toys, water heaters and cars anymore. There are actually villages, towns and even small cities around the world operating on solar energy right now.
From a business standpoint, free energy is going to be the only logical way to go once energy companies realize they can no longer charge people the ridiculous rates they wish to demand from some customers. That’s why options like wind power are also seeing an increase in popularity, and more funding along with that. The governments of the world are putting more money into sustainable energy now than ever before. This is great news if you’ve got a sustainable pool heater of your own and already try to live green. More and more people are recognizing the value in harnessing this free energy.
If you think that means people don’t need to keep demanding clean energy alternatives, you would be mistaken. It is only because of the constant push for cleaner, greener energy that something is finally being done about the demand. It is only with that sort of consistent vigor and effort that any real, meaningful change will ever come about. If you feel strongly about the subject, now is a better time than ever to start writing your representatives and asking them to support clean energy initiatives in and around your area. Anyone who supports green energy can be heard in this simple way.
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If you are a working woman, you know how difficult it is to be managing both your office and home every day. For an outsider, this will sound almost unbelievable. But the fact is, women are tuned to manage both at the same time. If you still want some ideas, we have a list of tips for you. Follow these ideas and hone your skills at being an efficient multi-tasker on a regular basis.
So, what are the essential must-do’s you must follow? Let us go through these:
Maintain a work schedule: This is probably the most important aspect of all: following a schedule. There is no end to the benefits a proper routine can do to your everyday life. Chalk out clearly hours during the day when you expect yourself to be working. For the rest of the day, ensure that you are as far away from work as possible, focusing on your home and family. You have to assign enough importance to both aspects of your life. If your working hours are till 5 in the evening, give your home the rest of the day. Avoid overlapping of work hours with home time.
Workout: The reason why I include workout here is not merely to have a toned body and be in shape, but, more importantly, have some time for yourself to relax. Workouts are great ways of getting rid of stress. A 30 minutes session every evening will take off all the work tiredness from your body and mind and get ready for the next innings of work at home. If you prefer some boxing drills to relax your body, these effective boxing gloves will help you in it.
Planning: Proper planning everyday can huge reduce your burden both at home and at work. Teamwork is the key here. Try to group yourselves or others so that your work can get done smoothly. The task that can take hours to be done by a single individual can be completed in the matter of a few minutes by a compiled group. Maintaining this idea of planning is important. The more you divide and distribute your work, the easier the workload becomes.
Take breaks: Taking breaks is important to refresh your mind. This may include taking a few minutes break from work every few hours or even going off for a weekend getaway with the family. A change of location or air greatly helps you cope up with work stress and pressure. When you get back to work after the work, you will be rejuvenated and more free to take up new assignments.
Be flexible: The last point in this list of tips for working women to maintain home and work both is a rather essential one. Help your mind adjust to changes in schedules and be flexible. In spite of all the planning, there might be things that deviate from the expected path and you should be well equipped to handle that!
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I recently helped my friend set up her event management business right from the analysis, web design and online set up complete with appointment schedule and other important aspects of the business. She initially had some misgivings about starting the business and doing it from home. But I disabused her of the notion that there were too many people already in the business.
Event planning has taken on a big way now. It is a business, which will not have any lack of customers. Everyone loves celebration and any occasion can be celebrated. But the toughest part is planning the entire event. Just as the saying, ‘there is plenty of a slip between the cup and the lip’ things can go wrong at any point causing endless worries and anxieties. So to ensure your event goes smoothly and successfully an event planning service is important. And this is why event planners are in high demand.
If you have great communication skills, a talent for style and knack for organization event planning is a rewarding business even when done from home.
Personability is one crucial quality in the business, as the clients look at you and the service your offer. When you come across as a confident person, they will easily trust you with the management of the event they consider as highly important. The first thing an event planner should do is to make the client feel comfortable with them. A personable character is very important for this kind of job.
Coming up with creative ideas is another necessary trait. For instance, if it’s a kids party you can suggest having karaoke included in the party events and make arrangements for it. Nowadays karaoke is present in all parties as both adults and younger generation enjoys it. I had a few months back attended a party where the seniors had a great time with the nice karaoke machine - check out this site for more info.
To make the event planning a success, you need to have an initial meeting with the client to know about their wishes regarding the party and also to get an insight into the client’s character and to know what exactly they want for the event. This helps to come up with the right idea to suit the client’s mindset.
Event planning is mostly seasonal and it peaks up during Christmas season. Christmas and New Year parties are frequent and so are weddings, which are planned to fall in the holidays making it a hectic season for event planners. At such times, being prepared helps to give complete attention to all projects and make them a success even with limited time.
If you want to stay busy all year round, you need to think of providing services for corporate events, conferences, staff training events and general celebration parties. But one thing to keep in mind is that the business is a time consuming one. On an average, according to an analysis I did for my friend, it takes about 250 hours for planning a wedding. This is in spite of the families involved pitching in and helping with the arrangements.
I suggested use of social media such as Twitter, Facebook, blogs and the ad listings to get promotions and to tie up with other small event planning businesses to cross promote. Marketing is an important part that should not be neglected. Equally important are word of mouth references.
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The need for relaxation is one that cannot be ignored and after long hours in the office or in the field at a particular site, one needs to have a means of distressing in order to ensure they remain fresh for the upcoming work that will no doubt be waiting after the break. The main issue comes in with what exactly there is to do for most people who have been given such an opportunity to rest. In most cases, when a person is allowed some time off it occurs in short periods of time and thus one does not necessarily have to plan what they should do with the time given.
Such free time is usually spent catching up on the sleepless hours that have been suffered by the individual during their working days. Thus the question remains, what exactly is there to do when an individual has more than a couple of hours of free time? One is only able to catch up on their sleep for so long before the activity becomes tiring in itself and after one is sufficiently rested, the issue of boredom threatens to sneak into the picture if one has no plans for the rest of their free time.
There are a number of activities that one is able to take part in should they find themselves with some free time on their hands. These activities can either take place indoors or outside depending on the individual’s taste and some of them include:
This is one of the more popular activities to take part in should an individual find themselves in a region with lots of natural environment surrounding them. Hiking is simply the travailing of the different grounds that are available to a person and in most cases it does not cost a penny for an individual to bring this idea in to fruition.
All one needs is a pair of comfortable shoes that will ensure their feet don’t hurt at the end of the trail (if you’re looking for comfy shoes, check out this site). The trail itself can be chosen by the participant thus one can choose how long they feel they want to take part in this activity.
Hiking is an activity that can either be done as a group or as a solo effort which makes it a popular choice with most people. Additional activities can be included with particular activity such as picnicking which can take place at the end of the hike before individuals make their way back.
Though this is an older alternative, it still remains one of the favorite pastimes for most individuals around the globe. If one is in a particularly active mood, choosing a bunch of movies with which one can sit down with and watch back to back is also a fun way to pass the time. This should not be a regular thing however as it encourages an individual to turn into what is referred to as a couch potato which is not the main aim of this activity. One can choose to pass the time with a number of movies when they are physically exhausted and need something that relaxes the mind.
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In today's day and age stress is a huge contributing factors to many ailments; physical and mental. Most of the problem comes from the lack of a stress relieving hobby. These engaging and constructive hobbies can take away your stress while giving you benefits that stretch far beyond that. Many of these can expand you and allow you to grow in ways you have never imagined. Although the list is long some of these hobbies include gardening, playing an instrument, drawing, writing and reading.
- Gardening is a great way to release stress while also being able to benefit from the fruit of your hobby. It is relatively cheap to start and fairly easy to learn. It can be a great addition to the look of your house and a great talking point with friends and family. Also you can share whatever you grow with them as well, whether it be fruits, vegetables, herbs, or flowers. You can even make your garden flourish with grow lights like these.
- For another great way to relieve stress and impress your friends you could try playing an instrument. While requiring a slightly larger investment as far as time and money, the benefits far exceed any cost. Play yourself a song that can make the worries of the day go away and make you focus on something other than the stress. Who knows maybe one day you could be a professional.
- Another hobby that can relieve stress is cooking. Having a bad day? Cook! Cook whatever you want, dice and slice, or get more international, the choice is yours! You can let out your inner artist and make a delicious dish. Nothing like a yummy meal to make the stress of the day go away.
- Similarly writing is also a good way to channel that stress into a productive and therapeutic hobby. Write about whatever you will fact or fiction, and surely by the end of it you will be much more relaxed. There is nothing quite like going back and reading what you wrote months and even years later. Keep a diary or write a book or blog, people will surely be glad to read what you write as well.
- Speaking of reading, reading is also a great way to relieve stress. Immerse yourself in a story, read and learn something. Anything that you are interested in is able to be read about. Not only do you get to relieve your stress but you also sharpen your mind which is your greatest tool.
All in all, finding a hobby and putting effort and time into it is a great way to relieve stress no matter what it is. There are so many hobbies and something for everyone to do. These are just a select few that may be helpful to you. Who knows, do whatever calls for you and it could have a bigger impact on your life than you expect. Hobbies are the doorways to passion, a way to create and learn, they are indispensable to being a happy and productive individual. So why wait? Find your hobby today!
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For many people, hobbies are simply ways to kill time. They find something which is mildly entertaining and not too expensive which they also happen to enjoy doing, and they have a hobby. Others like to turn their hobbies into profitable ventures – the real capitalists among us, if you ask me. Not that I’m saying anything bad about that. From the perspective of a business analyst, it’s certainly better to get into hobbies that make you money rather than spend it. There are many of these, but here I want to talk about a short list of 10.
Do you like to shop? It’s not for everyone, but some people simply love the feelings which come when they compare deals, rummage through merchandise and ultimately find the best item for the money they’re willing to pay. Now, you won’t make any money buying stuff, or at least you normally wouldn’t. If you shop for others though, you’ll be spending their money instead, and usually earning some while you move from store to store. Personal shoppers save people time and for that, they can make a good buck while getting to do something they really enjoy.
Playing a musical instrument has always been a way to turn a hobby into something profitable, at least if you’re good with it. Whether you’re playing guitar, keyboard, saxophone or something else that’s portable and easy to move, you can play pretty much anywhere there’s standing room and get an audience just by going outside. If you’d rather not be heard, you can teach others how to play the same instruments you know how to play. Making music is a hobby but it’s also one of those skills which can help pay the bills.
Like making music, taking pictures is another hobby which could become a marketable skill for the right camera operator. Photography is something which is always in demand too. Weddings, receptions, school photos, family reunions and other events all offer an avid photographer a way to sell their skills and make some money from a favorite hobby. The only problem here is keeping yourself motivated enough to stand out from all the other photographers trying to do the same thing. It’s not easy, but nothing worthwhile ever is.
With the burgeoning number of businesses, schools and even run of the mill individuals looking for their own website to reach out to the online world, it’s no wonder web design is more profitable now than ever before. If you already design websites for fun or just to test your skills and expertise, there are few other hobbies on this list which have a greater potential to make you some money. Be sure to get reviews from your customers which you can then post on your own website and you’ll be marketing yourself effectively in no time.
Do you like long walks, jogs or runs? What if you could turn your hobby and exercise into a source of extra money every month? By walking other peoples’ dogs, you can do just that. This isn’t for everyone, especially people with smaller frames who probably won’t be able to keep the reins on a larger breed of dog. If you’ve got the muscle to keep them under control though, walking dogs is a nice way to make extra cash.
Some of the hobbies you’ll find here might not have been immediately apparent, but the fact you are reading this written piece of work should be enough proof that there is money to be made writing as well. If it’s something you’re passionate about (and good at doing), you can make bank writing for websites, magazines, blogs, companies, schools, college students and just about anyone or anything else which needs written content.
Sewing is something some people do for fun. Those same people could be making money with their enjoyed hobby by sewing for others though. Patching clothes or creating clothing items from scratch, sewing curtains, sheets, cases and other domestic items and doing unique needlework to create interesting designs are all possibilities here. If you do decide to start making money with your sewing, be sure you’ve got a nice thimble. People generally won’t pay for a garment with blood on it.
Along with the increased demand for websites is an increased demand for computers. More people are buying and using computers than ever before these days. However, that doesn’t translate to more people knowing how to build, repair and care for those same machines. You could make a good deal of extra money by fixing other people’s computers, especially since most software problems are next to free to fix in the first place. If hardware needs to be replaced, you’d better be sure about it.
While many young athletes aspire to become professionals in their lifetime, it’s just a fact of life that 95% of them never make it to the big leagues. The percentage is probably actually even higher than that, considering the number of professional athletes in the world compared to the total population. Those skills, moves and special talents you learned back then aren’t just dead knowledge today though. Through coaching others, you can turn a favorite hobby into something profitable today.
The best hobby on this list has been saved for last because it’s something practically everyone already does, and something practically anyone with a pulse can do to make money. Social networking is huge these days and because of its impact on the way we communicate, there are many opportunities to make money by helping people to communicate through the medium. Individuals and businesses need social media managers to post content and monitor their pages on websites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Imgur and elsewhere. The only issue here is finding a good hourly rate for the work.
Well, now you know a handful of hobbies you could use to make extra cash. The odds are good you’re probably already engaged in one or two of the hobbies on this list, so the transition from hobbyist to money-maker would be easy and seamless.
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When it comes to conservation, I think most people have already heard about the three Rs. Those are to reduce, reuse and recycle. By reducing the overall amount of resources you use, reusing things which can still be repurposed and recycling the things which can’t, you can shrink your carbon footprint on the planet and feel a little better about what mark you’ll leave behind once you’re gone. Here, I want to talk about reusing, specifically. It’s actually pretty easy to repurpose items if you already have an idea for them, but having to think about it a little doesn’t mean you should automatically go to recycling either.
There are simple ways to reuse items you would normally throw away. For instance, water, milk and soda bottles made from plastic can be cut in half, and the basin-like bottom half can be filled with dirt and used as a planter. Old, exhausted clothing can be used to make clean bandages, or as a material for patching up newer clothing, or to make filters, or to clean surfaces, like a wash cloth. Really, your mind is the only limit when it comes to repurposing and reusing items. If you can imagine a new way to use something, then there you go.
Even things which look or appear that they really only have one specific use can be converted into something which is useful for another purpose. As an example, let’s look at grappling dummies, like these. Being the general size and shape of a person makes them good for practicing combat moves and maneuvers, which is what the dummies were made to do. These same qualities also make them excellent tools for resistance training. The weight of the dummies means they will give your arms and legs a good workout if you simply lift them repeatedly, though this is not what they were made for.
The thing about repurposing items is, you have to think outside the box. This is a difficult prospect for many people, which is why you see all kinds of usable items piled up in landfills, dumps and other places where garbage is gathered. More than saving the user money, the repurposing of existing items is an excellent way to cut down on waste and add that much less garbage to said landfills dumps and so on. It’s just not something everyone can do, which is why looking online and through other resources to see the ways other people have come up with to reuse items is often a good idea.
I don’t want to create the mistaken impression that all things can be reused. There are some things which are simply dangerous to use more than once. Needles and syringes are a good example of this, especially when you consider all the blood-borne diseases which can be shared by using the same needle on more than one occasion. Some items are just too fragile, or really have no other use once they’ve been used. Light bulbs which have burned out aren’t good for much at all, for instance.
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As a web designer, I do a lot of work helping people to create websites to advertise their goods, services, blogs and other things. It seems everyone running a business, regardless of its size, is trying to get a website to create their own mark on the World Wide Web. While a website is a great way to advertise online and maybe even sell goods through the mail, I don’t think I need to explain how a poorly designed website will actually make people veer away from your business and look for something a bit more professional instead.
A great website is a powerful tool for every kind of business, not just nail salons. It allows for customer interactions with a business, for people to order goods over the Internet and for a business to post specials, deals and other offers where people are sure to see them, without needing to pay for advertising through a flyer or other mailer. While there are costs associated with owning a domain and maintaining a website, they are practically always cheaper than other forms of advertising, which is why just about every business you see or hear of has its own website.
Getting back to salons specifically, location is also a big factor in determining the success of such a business. People aren’t going to travel many miles to visit a salon, unless of course it’s the kind of salon that people talk about, the sort of place that has appointments and waiting lists and all of that. No new nail salon is going to be this kind of place. To become such a place, the right location is really one of the most important things to get right. A salon should be close to people, maybe even right in their neighborhood if zoning restrictions will allow it.
Besides a location which is right in the middle of things and accessible by a great number of people in the surrounding area, the prices charged for services performed and goods sold will also have a strong effect on the viability of any given nail salon. This is true of any business again, really. If you charge too much for what you’re selling, people will go find it somewhere else. That’s just a fact of life right there. In addition to choosing the right location, you need to look at the demographic in your area, try to figure out how wealthy the average person is there and then set your prices accordingly.
Naturally, if you have better skills or goods to sell than other salons, you can usually get away with charging more for what you’re offering. Premium goods and services demand a premium price, after all. Getting effective training can make it so you have a lot more to offer, whether you’re painting nails, putting up drywall or nailing down carpeting. Check out http://nailtechnicianschools.net/nail-technician-schools-online to see about different online courses available which are specifically for nail designers and technicians. Education and training are always beneficial, regardless of your business environment.
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There are those people who will tell you, if something isn’t broken, then there’s no need to fix it. Today, I want to explain how there are sometimes ways to improve designs which look perfect at a glance. Now I’m not talking about reinventing the wheel or anything – there are some items and designs which really are as good as they will ever be. Not everything is like this though. Off the top of my head, I can think of a few items where the usability of the item was increased by making small or minor adjustments to the “perfect” design of the item. For starters, let’s talk about bows.
I don’t mean bows like ribbons here; I’m talking about the bows people use to shoot arrows. Bows have been around for thousands of years and even today, people are still using them for things like hunting, sporting contests and more. The bows of today are not the bows of the past though. What was initially a simple design has been changed many times since the first bow. Recurve bows, for example, add two severe curves to the staff of the bow. This isn’t just for looks, as it turns out. Just like a rounded pulley can make lifting things easier, the rounded staff makes drawing a bow easier for the user.
By adding those curves to the staff, manufacturers made bows easier to use for everyone. Suddenly, people who couldn’t normally draw a bow could; people who already could draw a bow could now deliver an arrow with increased force. Not every change in the original design of the bow was meant to make them easier to use though. Consider the English longbow for a moment. This was so big, so massive and required so much force to draw that archers would actually need to lie flat and put their legs to the staff while pulling with both arms.
Going beyond bows now, there are actually many different items which have had their usability increased throughout the years. Computers are a pretty good representation of this statement. The first computers were composed of giant vacuum tubes, took up the size of a whole room and performed simple calculations, sometimes with errors. Today we have computers which are literally tens of thousands of times more powerful than those primitive machines from long ago. The fact they can simply do more now means their usability has increased.
The bottom line here is that objects must have some kind of utility to them if we’re going to use them. When something comes along which does a job better than the object previously used to do that job, the new object is taken up and the old object is often forgotten. Just look to the music industry for proof of this. From wax cylinders to records to 8 track tapes to cassettes and so on. There is actually a profitable niche for people who can look at things and make them better with a small addition or change. I mean patents, copyrights and lots of money. It’s worth looking into.
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Finding something you’re good at, or finding something to get good at, is an important part of finding success in this life. With the right job, going to work doesn’t even feel like work, and people in a situation like this often report being happier with their jobs than those who more or less find themselves stuck in a work environment they never really wanted. Now me, I got lucky – I landed a job taking care of websites and reading over numbers for various businesses, boring stuff but the sort of boring stuff I have fun doing. However, that doesn’t mean I don’t wish I had time to develop other skills.
In fact, this is a good time to explain a simple economic concept. Besides any monetary costs associated with something, choices have opportunity costs as well. If you want to specialize in one thing, you can’t specialize in another since you’ll be too busy working on the first, you get it? I’ve rather always wanted to be good with the piano, maybe good enough to be heard in concert or something like that. But that’s not what I did. I do have a newer keyboard lying around somewhere, but I don’t practice; simply haven’t got the time. I’m pretty sure I saw it on http://www.pianoreport.com/ one time.
The point of this is, if you want to get really good at something, that will usually preclude you from getting really good at another thing. For this reason, some people prefer not to specialize in anything at all, instead living as a sort of jack of all trades. You know the type, am I right? People who know a little bit about everything it seems, but can’t really do you much good if you need something too specific. This world has a place for them as well as for people like myself, but I’ve always thought that if you were doing something, you should do it well; as well as possible, which means understanding the material.
While you’re living your life and trying out new things, you’ll eventually find there are some things that just click with you, as if you have a natural talent for them. Based on your own inherent abilities, some skills will be easier to develop than others. For instance, if you have a big frame and you’re strong, it would be easier for you to become a bodybuilder than, say, someone half your size or a fraction of your strength. It wouldn’t be impossible for them, either; it would just take more work for them to accomplish the same amount as you, in this instance.
Because of all this, I think one of the greatest challenges in life is finding the things you are good at. It can take time – a lot of time, like a lifetime in some cases. But you’ll never know what really works for you until you’ve tried it yourself, after all. So the last and most important point I want to make here is, you should try as many new things as you can, while you still have the opportunity to do so. As for making music, if you want to play piano like I do, maybe you can make better use of this extensive article I found.
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While I may be a very active outdoor enthusiast and regularly attend different types of adventure trips and activities all around the year, I only managed to go on my first hunting trip last week. I had always been fascinated with hunting and after many years of waiting, I finally had he schedule and also my husband to accompany me on a hunting trip.
Hunting is considered to be a traditional sport and I have always longed to go out and lay in wait of some deer or some rabbits. Last week, we made our way along with a couple of other experienced friends to Vancouver Island, where we would be hunting Roosevelt Elks.
Our friends were seasonal hunters and my husband had been on previous hunting trips with his friends. However, it being my first, I was really thrilled and was very eager to see what the experience would be like.
On reaching the hunting location, we checked into some cabins in the forest which we had pre-booked and then rested for the night. The next morning, we were all up early and excited to be heading out on a hunt. Armed with all my essentials, a camera, a good rangefinder, and a pair of binoculars, I followed the three men through the trails and soon we found ourselves in quite a dense jungle. Since this hunt had no restrictions on clothing, I made myself comfortable with khaki shorts, armed boots and other personal gear in my backpack.
On reaching a suitable spot, the seasoned hunters took out their guns while my husband and I positioned ourselves alongside them. My husband was eager to fire a shot and one of them handed over their gun to him. We lay in wait for a while as the hunters were certain that an elk would show up sooner or later.
I was up for it and patiently waited for a while. However, as some time passed, I began getting impatient, only to be excited again by some sounds in the distance. Unfortunately, it was a false alarm and there were no elks nearby. Nevertheless, a big Roosevelt elk appeared in some time and I could barely keep myself still. The seasoned hunter had been waiting for this and he asked my husband to take the shot. Apprehensively, my husband aimed and fired at the animal. While both of us were unsure as to what would happen, the shot turned out to be brilliant and it hit the elk in between its eye and the ear. It immediately swerved around and fell to the ground on being hit. My husband had managed a clean hit. Although it wasn’t his first attempt at firing a shot, it was his first kill and held tremendous significance for both of us.
The night was very enjoyable and we clicked a lot of pictures around the area with the dead animal. My first hunting trip was both exciting as well as successful and I am already looking forward to having many more trips and trying out a kill on my own.
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Many of you readers would be aware of my pet dogs, Mango and Priscilla. Both the dogs are large in size, with Mango being a Golden Retriever and Priscilla, a German shepherd. Energetic and playful, the dogs love spending time with both me and my husband. We also ensure that the dogs stay as healthy and fit as we are and take them out on regular walks and provide them with only the required amount of meals to keep them healthy and cheerful.
With the winters approaching, I thought that it would be a good idea to get my pets a couple of dog coats. However, when we visited the mall, the prices of dog coats were off the roof. Disappointed, I decided to go ahead and try sewing my own dog coats. In fact, the endeavor went off so well that I have decided to create a little guide that will allow anyone to make their own dog coat. There is simply no need to be wasting good money on expensive coats available in the market. Furthermore, sewing can prove to be a lot of fun too.
Here’s what I did in order to sow dog coats for my pets.
- I downloaded a free pattern from the internet for both of my dogs. The pattern proved to be a little too small for both the dogs and as such; I had to make a little adjustment in order to get the patterns to be the perfect size. This is not too difficult a process and can be done by everybody. All that is needed is a good measurement of the dog’s body. I also looked at some good sewing machines at SergerPro
- Once the pattern was finalized, I gathered my supplies for making the coats, which included fleece, fabric for lining and outer material fabric, Velcro to be sewn on, polyester threads and quilt batting.
- Cutting out the fabric in the pattern while keeping some allowance for the seams, the quilt batting is also to be sown on the inside of the fabric. After making sure of the shape and sizes, I quilted the batting onto the pattern with the polyester threads.
- I repeated this for the other half of the pattern. Now I had both the front and the back of the coats ready.
- The final step was to sow on the Velcro strips onto the respective sides of the coat. I couldn't believe it, but I had managed to make crude, yet decent looking dog coat.
I have gone on to make two more coats after my first attempt and the other two have been much better than the first. I guess one does get better with practice. Now both Priscilla and Mango wear trendy dog coats which have been made completely at home and with easily available materials. My husband is even prouder of my efforts than I am and has gone on to click multiple selfies with the dogs in their new coats.
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As many of you readers may already be aware, I take health and fitness quite seriously. I have always maintained my fitness levels and ensure that I exercise every single day. I have often dragged my husband along with me to these workout sessions of mine ad thankfully, he does enjoy working out as much as I do. Unfortunately though, he has gotten himself a new longboard from LongboardingNation to play with and hardly has time for working out with me anymore. Frankly, I find this to be pretty childish, but as long as he enjoys it, I’m happy.
In any case, I have decided to make up a short guide for the busy people on how to stay fit. Staying fit only requires some amount of discipline and a love for good health. With a few tips, you can stay fit, despite being a busy person.
- I start off my day with an hour of yoga daily and I find it to be very refreshing. Yoga allows me to feel in perfect harmony with the world around me. The various exercises that I perform allow the body to stretch and stay in good shape. Yoga requires some amount of patience and first timers will need some help from more experienced people. However, once the art is mastered, performing yoga can be as simple as blissful it offers to be.
- We own a couple of dogs, named Mango and Prasila and they need to be taken out on half an hour walks twice daily. It is my husband’s job in the morning, while I take over the duties in the evening. Walking around briskly with the dogs for half an hour probably is good enough exercise on its own for a number of people. Even if you do not have dogs, make sure that you go for brisk walks every day.
- While we do own a car, I do not drive to work every day. My husband uses the car for daily commuting, but I make sure to cycle to work as often as I can. This is another great way of keeping fit and it is good for the environment as well. Furthermore, you get to save up on valuable fuel costs as well.
Apart from all of these daily exercises and tasks that I perform, I also ensure that I have as balanced and as healthy a diet as possible and this goes for my husband as well. Doing so has enabled us to stay incredibly fit and we even go out on adventure camps and hiking trails time and again. Although, we do take the time off to spoil ourselves to our favorite treats once in a while. His favorite treat being lava cake and his longboard that you can see at http://longboardingnation.com/best-longboard-brands/.
Staying fit can not only offers health benefits, but it can also prove to be a lot of fun as well. As a fitness enthusiast, I would definitely recommend everybody to take good care of their health and ensure to exercise on a frequent basis. Combined with a balanced diet, regular exercise alone can ward of diseases and increase longevity.
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It has been slightly over a month since I purchased my power rack. I decided to compile a little list of the pros and cons of having power racks at home.
Here are some of the benefits that I personally see out of having power racks at home:
- Power racks can safely allow you to lift heavy weights. Power racks are safe to be used alone without any spotter nearby, thanks to the various safeguards that are featured. This has offered me genuine peace of mind and has allowed me to gradually keep lifting heavier weights without any fears.
- Keeping power racks at home has also allowed me to concentrate on training a targeted full range of motion. Particularly, I have been able to precisely target partial rep motions.
- Possibly, the biggest benefit that I see of using power racks are that the exercises performed on them are as close to the exercises being performed anywhere else. Power racks are indeed well designed and the barbell is not at all restricted.
- My power rack includes some attachments, which can be used to perform dips or chin ups. While I do not use these too often, my husband is a big fan of this and regularly works on pull ups.
- Versatility of power racks is also a big plus, with many additional options for performing different types of exercises. I am yet to try these add ons, but just having the option open proves to be a distinct advantage.
- Power racks are not very expensive and can be availed of at very reasonable prices. They prove to be much more cost effective than most modern day gym memberships.
I researched a bunch of them at GarageGymPro, bought one, and used it for a while. It's awesome! But while power racks can also offer many benefits, they also suffer from some disadvantages. Here are some of the cons of keeping power racks as training equipment at home:
- While I personally do not find this a problem, many users, especially females, will find that the standard barbell weight is a little on the higher side, making it difficult to get used to a power rack.
- Power racks definitely take up a lot of space. They require a tall ceiling and sufficient space around a room. Thankfully, I have the required space, but many will not find it easy to keep a power rack in an apartment.
- Power racks will also need to be securely fastened to the floor before they are made to work. This will definitely prove to be a major hindrance for many users, as fastening the unit to the floor may be prohibited.
- The types of exercise that can be performed on a power rack are limited and various attachments are required in order to allow different exercises. This can prove to be quite tedious.
As such, I have personally loved my experience with power racks but it is fairly straightforward to see that it would not be feasible for everyone to keep power racks at home. Make sure to consider your personal space constraints before deciding on a purchase.