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Nowadays there are many different kinds of kitchen blenders, which are created to carry out a great number of tasks, depending on your cooking aims. So if you are eager to cook a lot and to do it regularly – it will be reasonable to acquire the countertop blender. In case you are going to cook from time to time and in small portions – the immersion blender will be the perfect variant.

With the help of countertop blenders, you will have an opportunity to give a rest to your hands and to save time! These magic device does all the job automatically (whereas you have to hold immersion blender constantly while blending). Unlike the immersion blender, it helps to keep the neat view of your kitchen. You may ask “Why?”. The answer is simple “Because the countertop blender holds the splashes and sprays inside the cup”. However, if you want to perform just simple food jobs, we recommend paying attention to Hand Blenders and Food Processors.

The Ninja Mega Kitchen System: Featuring 1500 Watt of power makes the device exceptionally productive and convenient for usage. You will be pleased with how well and quickly it performs complex tasks. It will easily crush berries for making healthy smoothies as well as pulverize ice into the snow in order to make refreshing cocktails.

Oster Smoothie Blender: This countertop blender has a high-power motor that features 1000 Watts. That is fairly enough to crush ice, so this blender can make it really quickly. It is undoubtedly almost the most productive and efficient blender in our review. After the Ninja Kitchen system, this blender is surely the best in terms of the amount of work it can perform.

Protein Power!

Whey protein isolates are the purest form of whey and the main ingredient in Gold Standard 100% Whey. Each serving provides 24 grams of rapidly digesting whey protein with low levels of fat, cholesterol, lactose and other stuff you can do without making Gold Standard 100% Whey™ the standard all other proteins are measured against.

Optimum Nutrition has been spotting the efforts of goal driven individuals since 1986. As one of the few companies to own and operate state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities that are GMP compliant and NSF Certified for Sport, ON assures that every shake will mix up effortlessly because of its first-to-market instantiation process. You also expect each shake to taste the same as the last and your next. That’s the kind of consistency ON delivers.

Optimum Nutrition is legendary for both quality and innovation. In addition to producing the world’s best-selling whey protein, ON’s Gold Standard 100% Casein™ introduced slow-digesting nighttime protein to the weight training world and Amino Energy created the anytime energy category in sports nutrition. When technology makes advancements possible, ON will be the company bringing it first to your shaker cup.

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White and Brown Sugar

Many people think that brown sugar is healthier than white sugar. After all, aren’t brown breads, rice and pastas healthier than their white counterparts? While it’s true of pasta and bread, when it comes to sugar the answer is a bit more complicated. On one hand, sugar is sugar and should be eaten only in moderate portions; if you do eat foods with sugar, brown sugars is slightly better. It is less processed and contains more water as well as takes more water in.

Both brown sugar and white sugar go through the same separation process; molasses is added to the brown sugar to give it its colour. While there is not a huge difference in taste, foods made with brown sugar will look much different, with a darker colour.

Have you ever found an old container of brown sugar at the back of your pantry? If so, you undoubtedly noticed that the sugar formed large clumps. That’s because the liquid has evaporated, leaving the sugar crystals fused together, (this can easily be solved by using a piece of terra cotta inserted in the container or using something with water like apples.)

To fully understand the difference between brown and white sugar, it’s important to understand the separation process.

Sugar is made from either sugar can or sugar beets. In this case, we’ll concentrate on sugar cane:

  • Sugar cane is harvested and chopped into small chunks
  • The chunks are pulverized which releases the sugar can juice
  • The juice is filtered to remove debris and other impurities
  • The filtered liquid is then boiled until the water is evaporated
  • The juice is heated again resulting in the sugar becoming crystalized; the product left over is known as mother liquor and is the source of molasses
  • The individual crystals are separated, resulting in raw sugar

The raw sugar is then shipped to refineries for further processing. It will eventually become the white sugar that we are familiar with.

Brown sugar is simply refined white sugar combined with molasses.

So, there you have it: brown sugar and white sugar are pretty much equal as far as nutritional value is concerned. Each teaspoon of brown sugar contains 4 grams of sugar, which adds 16 calories to your daily total.

Choosing at the supermarket

While white and brown sugars are very close when it comes to nutritional value, brown sugar can make a huge difference when it comes to baking and cooking. Brown varieties will give a moister cookie, bread or cake. Most people prefer white sugar in their coffee. Brown sugar tends to be more expensive and takes a bit more work to store for long periods of time because of the clumping factor.

It really comes down to personal preference as to whether you choose to consume brown or white sugar. Remember that sugar that does not get burned off by your metabolism will be stored as fat! Eat sugary foods in moderation and cut down on the amount you put in your coffee. Your waistline will thank you.

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There is nothing worse than a dry, itchy scalp – especially in public, on a first date at the fanciest restaurant in town! That doesn’t exactly make for a good first impression and is a sure-fire way to make your first date the last one.

So what causes it? And more importantly how to do you get rid of it? First things first:

Causes of dry itchy scalp

  • Eczema: This skin disorder can appear over different parts of the body, including the scalp. It is most common in children and babies but anyone can get it. The precise cause of eczema is unknown. Moisturizers and steroid creams are helpful in easing the discomfort and itching.
  • Scalp psoriasis: This condition happens when the immune system causes too many skin cells to grow, and can occur anywhere on the body, including your scalp. People who suffer from psoriasis often have dandruff to deal with.
  • Poor diet: While there is no consensus regarding this, some experts believe that poor diet can lead to dandruff and a dry, itchy scalp. Possibly from the lack of vitamin D in your diet.
  • Not washing hair often enough: Experts recommend washing every day or every other day, but don’t go longer than that.
  • Season: The winter season makes your skin dry and flaky and your scalp is no exception. Use moisturizing shampoo to help combat the problem.
  • Stress: This causes all kinds of problems, both internally and externally. Try to handle stressful situations as best you can and try stress-relieving activities like walking or reading.

There are several dandruff shampoos on the market that can combat both dandruff and itching. Here are a few of the most popular:

  • Selsun Blue: This medicated shampoo is great for any hair type and the moisturizers help to relieve the itching and dryness with the very first application. It drastically reduces flaking, but be warned it does have a strong, medicated smell.
  • Head & Shoulders: This tried-and-true brand has been relieving dandruff and itching for decades. It has a pleasant scent and is ideal for all hair types, even if you’re prone to greasy hair after only one day.
  • Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Lavender Mint Moisturizing Shampoo: Tea tree oil is used to treat everything from burns to acne. Paul Mitchell is a trusted name in Salons across the globe. The lather cuts through grease, mouse and sprays to make your hair sparkling clean and itch-free.
  • Neutrogena T/Gel Daily Control 2-in-1 Dandruff Shampoo Plus Conditioner: This 2-in-1 works well not just on flakes but on psoriasis-scalp as well. Can be used every day and has a pleasant smell.
  • Aveda Scalp Benefits Balancing Shampoo: This lightweight formula doesn’t weigh hair down so it can be used as a daily shampoo. Hair will look healthy, clean and fresh!

Having dandruff and itchy scalp may not be a major health issue but it can be uncomfortable and make you less confident than you should be. These shampoos can get your hair back into a healthy state that will have you dancing into the night!

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Vacuum Sealers

Most people think vacuum sealers are only for sealing meat. While they certainly work well for that purpose, there are a variety of other foods and uses for a vacuum sealer. It doesn’t have to sit idle on your countertop in between visits to the grocery store! Make the most of this small appliance by using it for all kinds of foods. Here are just a few ideas:

  • Seal fresh fruit like strawberries, blueberries and raspberries. Use the frozen fruit for smoothies, in purees or as a perfect after dinner snack.
  • Blanch your leafy greens and stalks then seal and freeze for anytime salads
  • Make ‘instant meals’. Place soups and sauces in bag and seal. When you don’t feel like cooking or are in a hurry, simply boil the bag and you have a great meal! It’s a much healthier option than fast food.
  • Seal and freeze dough for breads, pizza, even falafels. A great idea for Saturday night stay-in comfort food!
  • Seal emergency supplies such as batteries, important documents, and even cash.
  • Use it to seal coffee grounds or beans
  • Buy yeast in bulk and seal smaller portions for your next bread-making adventure
  • Seal dairy products such as cheese
  • Freeze game meat such as deer, moose and rabbit
  • Seal fresh fish

The more you use your vacuum sealer, the more uses you think for it. Don’t be afraid to experiment! If you are going to be using your sealer on a regular basis, you need a model that is both durable and sturdy. Here are some of the top models available on the market today:

  • FoodSaver V3230 Vacuum Sealing System: This sealer keeps food fresh up to 5X longer than regular freezer bags. It seals in seconds and the vertical design is perfect if you don’t have a lot of counter space. It is durable enough for everyday use and also has a marinade option.
  • FoodSaver Vacuum V2040 Sealing System: The sleek white design is perfect for any kitchen. It can be used to seal jars and canisters as well, and comes with bags and material. The push and lock function allows for hands-free operation, while the vacuum channel keeps delicate food from being crushed.
  • FoodSaver V4825 2-In-1 Vacuum Sealing System: This unit functions as a fully automatic system, making sealing a snap. The drip tray pulls out and is dishwasher safe, making clean up a snap. The extra wide sealing strip ensures maximum seal for maximum freshness.
  • Sous Vide Supreme SVV-00300 Vacuum Sealer: This model comes with touch top activation, and two speed seal settings. It is designed to be used specifically to seal food forsous vide cooking but it can be used for everyday sealing as well.

Along with the vacuum sealers, there are accessories you’ll need to buy, such as sealing bags, pouches and rolls. These come in a variety of sizes so you can choose how much to include in one bag.

Vacuum sealers have gained in popularity over the last decade and can save you hundreds of dollars over the long term because you won’t have to throw freezer-burnt food into the garbage.

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Kayaking Vacations and Tours

Buying one’s first kayak is a bit tricky. You haven’t boated much, so you don’t know exactly what you want. You’re afraid of making the wrong decision and getting a boat that’s not right. And you don’t want to spend too much.

There are several ways to manage these issues. The main thing to do is rent some boats. Most kayak rental places have several styles, sizes, and even brands of boat. So try several and see what features or designs seem to suit you best. After several hours of boating, you’ll get a sense of what works. Talk to people as well, and get their opinions.

Then when you do buy, don’t gold-plate it. Lots of good boats are very affordable. Once you decide this is really for you, then go ahead and spend the big bucks

This is a fun boat: the Dagger’s Mamba 8.1 ($1,050). It’s designed to be stable and easy to drive for newbies, but with the performance that will let you use your increasing experience to tackle tougher water. At just over eight feet long it’s short enough for great maneuverability, and its chine (the shape of the bottom hull) aids stability.

Features include easy-to-grab handles at the bow and cockpit, molded-in foam that adds rigidity, and an adjustable foot brace.

Another solid boat is the Wave Sport Diesel 70 ($1,000). It’s another all-purpose boat, good for learning but also good for showing off new skills, on fast water or spinning green waves. Lots of adjustments for comfort, rugged construction, easy rolling.

Best Recreational Kayak

Nowadays, the term recreational has evolved into a catch-all phrase for wanting-to-chill kayakers. Its definition has come to comprise sea kayaks, kayaks that look like canoes, transitional touring kayaks, kayaks that look like river rafts, expedition kayaks, even surf skis.

The Sun Dolphin Aruba 10′ Sit In Kayak, is a great kayak for any water enthusiast. This kayak is crafted of a tough polyethylene hull and features a deluxe adjustable seat with high back support and adjustable foot braces. There are carrying handles for easier portage and a convenient storage hatch and water bottle holder.

The Pelican Matrix Kayak is another great choice for a recreational kayak.

  • Adjustable padded backrest with Ergolite seat cushion
  • Cockpit table with bottle holder, Carrying handles
  • Quick lock hatch, Knee pads
  • Stern storage platform with bungees
  • Adjustable foot pegs

Choosing your first kayak can be challenging if you are not sure where to start. Hopefully these tips will help you to figure out which one is the right one for you. Your first kayak needs to be one that you can easily use. It might take some time but it definitely makes a difference.

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The Travelling Kayaks

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Travelling Kayaks

There are several types of kayaks available which is why choosing the best inflatable kayak in 2015 is very important. There are traditional, sit-on-top, pedal, twin hull and outrigger, fishing, standing-up paddling, and military style kayaks. Below we curated our top reviews, video guides, and other useful tips to help you choose the right inflatable for the money.

The Coleman QuickPak K5 Kayak is a great kayak especially for beginners.

  • 1 Person inflatable kayak with grab and go backpack storage system
  • 1000D Polyester bottom laminated with 24-gauge PVC
  • Double-lock and mini double-lock valves prevent accidental air loss
  • Large storage area, multiple D-rings, and bungee lacing
  • 250-Pound capacity, measures 10-Feet by 3-Feet

The Stearns Spree Inflatable Kayak is another great option if you have just started out in the world of kayaking.

  • Patented three-chamber air system provides added safety, the two main chambers are fully enclosed to provide a rigid body when inflated
  • The spray deck keeps the paddler dry all day long and can be conveniently rolled back when it is not needed
  • Highly visible and easy to inflate and deflate
  • Mesh zippered pocket is perfect for storing gear, valuables etc. while paddling and elastic cord and D-rings can be used to tie gear down while traveling
  • Size: 11’7″ x 35″ – 31 lb., Capacity: 2 Persons

Touring Sea Kayaks

Knowing how to choose the best sea kayak is important in order to have a touring kayak with the right specifications. This will allow you to enjoy safe day trip expeditions in the open sea, incident free. An activity that doesn’t seem to slow down in popularity in 2015.

The Perception Essence Kayak is a great touring sea kayak that is reasonably priced and easy to use.

  • Sea kayak allows expert and novice paddlers alike to push their sea kayaking abilities to new levels, thanks to solid tracking combined with relatively easy maneuverability
  • Comfortable, stable, and ergonomically designed; includes Zone EXP Seating System that’s fully adjustable for customized fit
  • Three sealed bulkheads are easily accessible via separate deck hatches; TruTrak skeg assists with straight tracking and hydrofoil shape cuts efficiently through water and retracts into watertight housing
  • Boat measures 22.25 inches by 16.5 feet (W x D) and cockpit measures 19.5 by 35 inches (W x D); 15.5-inch deck height; 59-pound weight and 325-pound maximum capacity
  • Includes limited three-year manufacturer’s warranty

Kayaks can be fun as a recreational activity as well as a sport. You can take the family out for a fun vacation or get on the water all on your own. Finding the right one for you is your first step in a lifetime of fun kayaking experiences.

Ocean Kayak

Learn more about spinning reels! Weighing 6.1 ounces, the Pflueger Patriarch choice XT is billed as the lightest spinning reel on the market. That claim can be attributed to the use of magnesium and carbon parts (instead of aluminum) and extensive CNC machining to lighten non-ferrous components.

The reel’s low weight is great, but it was the Patriarch’s on-the-water performance that turned heads. Rotating on 10 shielded bearings, the XT has an incredibly fluid retrieve. A sealed drag impedes the intrusion of water and grime, virtually eliminating the chance of fade. A solid titanium main shaft provides ample backbone for a driveline that will stand up to any fish.

Saltwater is the kryptonite of magnesium reels; however, the Patriarch’s sealed finish keeps its corrosive effects at bay and makes the reel as capable inshore as it is in freshwater.

The TP300HP packs plenty of high-end buy features into a cost-conscious package. For starters, the chassis is made of high-strength C40 carbon, which provides a flex-free platform. A skeletal graphite rotor mitigates the weight typically associated with large-spool reels.

A sealed main body—a feature typically found only on high-priced reels—keeps undesirable stuff out of the gearing, and a threaded lube port lets the user keep the guts greased and turning smoothly.

A large titanium roller and hollow stainless bail wire manage line chores neatly. Internally, a machined solid-brass pinion gear and a stainless-steel main shaft combine for potent 6.1:1 cranking power on a 10-bearing system. A beefy Carbon-Teflon multi-disc drag handles stubborn fish without much effort.

Best Tandem Kayaks

The Lifetime Ten foot Sport Fisher Tandem Kayak is a great choice. Here is why:

  • Designed for single or tandem use; 10-foot fishing kayak
  • (2) 2-piece sport paddles included
  • Fits up to 3 riders
  • Dry storage compartment
  • Ditty trays and shock cord for storing loose items

The Sport Fisher sit-on-top kayak from Lifetime Products is the ultimate fishing kayak! Up to 3 people can ride high and dry in balanced seating. Tunnel hull design provides ultimate stability making it possible to stand up and fish or sit side-saddle without tipping over. Durable, lightweight polyethylene plastic construction makes it easy to transport, easy to use, and easy to store.  The sit-on-top Sport Fisher kayak from Lifetime Products is designed for ultimate stability and convenient functionality. The tunnel hull design makes it possible to fish standing up or sitting side-saddle. Lots of awesome built-in features enhance your fishing experience; such as paddle clips and cradles to secure paddle when not in use, three fishing pole holders, a cup holder, and multiple foot wells for leverage when you’re reeling in that giant catfish.

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Affordable Adventures

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There are three basic structural types of kayaks–rigid, folding and inflatable. Each have their advantages and disadvantages and are available at just about any price point. Find great deals online, where free shipping and discounts on accompanying accessories can be found. Or, visit a sporting goods store to review the different styles in person.

Hard-shell or rigid boats are the least expensive, yet the heaviest. These boats can take a lot of wear and tear but once damaged are difficult to repair. Fiberglass boats are significantly lighter, but easier to damage. However, repairing these are easy. Composites such as Kevlar are more expensive but lighter still. Wood boats are pleasing to the eye and bring a nostalgic feel, however, these boats require regular routine maintenance. Folding boats are incredibly tough boats known for easy portability, storage and have great resale value. However, they also tend to be more expensive.

Several familiar retailers offer great deals on-line., and are some of the most popular sporting good outfitters offering the best deals, including free shipping on most orders over $50. If you are shopping for your first kayak, it’s best to stop in a store to look over the different models. REI has many nationwide physical locations as well. Or, stop in Dick’s Sporting Goods store, where the knowledgeable staff can assist you in reviewing the various styles and current specials being offered.

Kayaks for Beginners

In the world of recreational kayaks, the Eddyline Skylark is on the higher-end of the spectrum in terms of initial quality and weight. Built in Washington State, the Skylark is a great recreational kayak for those willing to pay a little more for a lightweight, stable companion during day trips. Ideal for exploring lakes, ponds, rivers, and protected coastal environments, the Skylark provides stable and predictable performance all day long. We find the Skyline to be very stable and a great fit for those who are new to the sport.

The Old Town Herron 11XT is one of the newest additions to the Old Town family. Designed for budget conscious consumers, the Herron 11XT provides a great compromise between affordable, initial quality, and performance. Outfitted with a rear bulkhead and hatch sets the Herron XT above its competition within this price range. Great for those just starting out, the Herron 11XT is stable and is perfect for exploring inland ponds and lakes. Although the seating area is spacious and provides extra volume at the cockpit, the cockpit opening is smaller than average in this class. In terms of durability, like all Old Town kayaks, the Herron is constructed of polyethylene which is forgiving to bumps and bruises. With minimal moving parts, the Herron is an easy maintenance kayak which will require minimal upkeep other than routine washing and protecting.

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Tandem Kayaks

Selecting and collecting bass lures is almost as enjoyable as fishing them. But which lures catch the most bass? We broke down the top 5 bass lures based on their proven ability to catch bass, their versatility, and the opinions of many professional bass fishermen. If you are looking for more information on the best of a specific type of lure then select one of the categories from the Top Lures drop down menu above.

Undoubtedly, number one is the rubber worm. No other bass lure is as versatile as or more attractive to bass than a soft plastic worm. This is because they are so lifelike, and when engulfed by bass feel like natural food. They are available in a wide variety of designs and dimensions, so you can choose the best size, style, and color for the conditions you’re fishing. When it comes to worm selection, our number one recommendation is the Senko Worm by Gary Yamamoto. For a color we suggest green pumpkin black flake.

There are many ways to effectively rig rubber worms, and how you choose will be based on the depth of the strike zone. The Texas rigWacky rigCarolina rig, and the rig are all very popular techniques that have been proven to be highly effective in worm fishing. But of all the rigs, the Texas rig is the most common. This rig is completely weedless, making it a great choice for entering the deep cover where bass like to hide.

Inflatable Kayaks

There are several types of kayaks available which is why choosing the best inflatable kayak in 2015 is very important. There are traditional, sit-on-top, pedal, twin hull and outrigger, fishing, standing-up paddling, and military style kayaks. Below we curated our top reviews, video guides, and other useful tips to help you choose the right inflatable for the money.

The Coleman QuickPak K5 Kayak is a great kayak especially for beginners.

  • 1 Person inflatable kayak with grab and go backpack storage system
  • 1000D Polyester bottom laminated with 24-gauge PVC
  • Double-lock and mini double-lock valves prevent accidental air loss
  • Large storage area, multiple D-rings, and bungee lacing
  • 250-Pound capacity, measures 10-Feet by 3-Feet

The Stearns Spree Inflatable Kayak is another great option if you have just started out in the world of kayaking.

  • Patented three-chamber air system provides added safety, the two main chambers are fully enclosed to provide a rigid body when inflated
  • The spray deck keeps the paddler dry all day long and can be conveniently rolled back when it is not needed
  • Highly visible and easy to inflate and deflate
  • Mesh zippered pocket is perfect for storing gear, valuables etc. while paddling and elastic cord and D-rings can be used to tie gear down while traveling
  • Size: 11’7″ x 35″ – 31 lb., Capacity: 2 Persons
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Fishing gears

Wouldn’t a giant, 10-inch fish finder look rather strange on a small rowboat? Or perhaps a kayak? As much as we could be tempted to fit the biggest possible fish finder on our kayaks or rowboats, it’s not always the best choice – it will usually get in the way! To get a better idea of how big a fish finder will look on your boat or kayak, check out our fish finder screen size comparison chart.

You can also shop by screen size – we’ve divided up all the fish finders we have into three categories: Screens 4 inches or less(perfect for small boats and kayaks), screens that are 5 inches(might be a little cramped), or screens larger than 5 inches(the only way you can mount one of these is using a ram mount).

Fish finders have three main components:

  • Display – this is the actual unit – the screen and buttons
  • Transducer – this is the part that sends signals into the water and receives them. After receiving, it sends the signals to the display, which translates it into images we can understand
  • Power source – On a regular boat, this is your standard 12V marine battery.

Display: In choosing a kayak fish finder, the display size is the most important thing to consider. Anything larger than 5-6 inches will become too clunky and just get in your way – especially since kayaks are not very wide. Something very big will also be very heavy, so it gets trickier to mount, too – if you use a ram mount on one side of the kayak to mount the display, you are adding 5-10 pounds of weight (from 7 inch plus units). Bottom line – go for something less than 6 inches.

Best Fishing Kayaks

If you haven’t tried kayak fishing yet, or if you are looking to upgrade to a kayak better suited for your fishing needs, what are you waiting for? Kayaks are one of the hottest trends in fishing. Whether you’re a shore-bound fisherman getting into a kayak to reach new waters and distant fish, a recreational kayaker looking to bring his passion for fishing aboard the plastic vessel, or a boat fisherman who recognizes fishing kayaks as an exciting and relatively inexpensive way to get out on the water, there’s something in kayak fishing for just about anyone.

Jackson’s popular sit-inside fishing kayak is now offered in a waterfowl camo design, making it a dual-purpose craft for the outdoorsman who likes to cast and blast. Includes the gear mounts, staging systems, and seating you’d expect in a Jackson Kayak, along with features specific to water fowling, like a fitted blind and decoy bag. A sporty design, the Heron 9 Angler is an easy-to-paddle kayak that can maneuver perfectly into your favorite fishing spot. An affordable choice for casual anglers seeking a lightweight, compact kayak outfitted for fishing and cruising in calm waters.

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Footwear for nurse

Life as a nurse or health care worker has become synonymous with long shifts, and long hours on your feet. Hospital ward floors are notoriously cold and hard surfaces, further taking its toll on the legs. However, the role that a health care worker plays in society is truly a vital one, without their hard work and expertise the world would be a different place. Therefore, it is important that these professionals are somehow offered some respite. This can come simply in the form of a comfortable shoe. Comfortable nursing footwear can be a large contributing factor in the well-being of such health care workers. It is important that nurses grasp the full importance of a good nursing shoe. We would like to present to you some crucial factors to consider regarding comfortable footwear.

So it has been established that comfortable footwear is imperative in fighting the fatigue of the health care workplace. But what makes a comfortable shoe? What should I be looking for in a good shoe? The following are aspects of a nursing shoe that should be reflected on when making a decision regarding which shoe to wear:

  1. Footbed

One of the biggest factors that will make and break the comfort level of any nursing shoe is the footbed design. Think of the footbed as a cushioning system for your foot. If the right materials are used, the footbed can greatly affect the pressure placed on your feet. The right design will spread any pressure of your step over the total surface area of your foot, relieving any potential “pressure point” build up.

  1. Lining

The lining is the inside material of the shoe, making up the walls around your feet. If this material is too stiff or made from sub-par materials it could create quite an amount of discomfort. However, there are measures that can create enhanced comfort for the wearer. For instance, some manufacturers will use a plush lining that offers comfort and is made from materials that will some-what wick away moisture.

  1. Shock Absorption

Obviously, with the walking mileage a nurse will put in on hard surfaces, a shoes’ ability to absorb the impact of each step will be a testament to its level of comfort. A good nursing shoe will use footwear technology that takes the edge off your step, which minimizes the fatigue of your feet. For instance, some companies will incorporate a rubber foam called “Ethylene Vinyl Acetate”, this material acts as a padding for your step. You can imagine the benefits of a product like this over an 8 hour shift on concrete floors.

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Everybody Loves Toy Dogs

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Everybody Loves Toy Dogs

No matter what size dog is for you, you are going to love them no matter what. Keeping them happy and healthy should be your primary goal.

If you like smaller dogs there a lot of options available for you to choose from. They also tend to be much smarter animals! The Bichon Frise is a good choice for people looking for a small pet. They are typically about 10-15 pounds and are very small-framed dogs. They are very happy and friendly dogs but can be difficult to house break because they are so stubborn. They require daily exercise so keep them active and outdoors as often as you can. The Bichon Frise tends to get attached to their owners so they may sleep with you at night and my whine and cry when you are not at home.

The Dachshund is a very small dog with a lot of love to give. It is an extremely popular dog breed with very short legs. This dog is also known to be a very intelligent dog. They are very loyal to their owners and want to follow them wherever they go. The smaller they are, the more playful they are. So make sure you keep them active. Even though the Dachshund is one of the most intelligent dog breeds in the country, they are not the only one!

If you want to give your tiny dog a healthy snack dairy is an option. Dairy is good for your dog believe it or not. Feeding your dog certain types of dairy such as yogurt can really help keep your dog’s bones healthy and strong. Yogurt has a lot of potassium which helps to keep your pet’s heart stronger than ever. One thing you need to is to watch out for signs of lactose intolerance. Dairy can be healthy for some pets but others are allergic or have an intolerance to it, just like people do. If you notice that your dog is bloated or showing other signs of tummy troubles, stop giving your dog dairy and consult a veterinarian right away.

There are many different types of dogs to choose from. Smart dogs, big dogs, tiny dogs, dogs who are smart, and dogs who are a combination of those. No matter what kind of dog you are looking for there is definitely one out there for you. There are many ways that you can keep your dog healthy and strong. The proper exercise and nutritional intake can make a difference in the long-term health of your dog. You want to keep them around for as long as you can so make sure you feed them healthy and nutritious foods served with lots of love.

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For His Good Health

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Nine-year-old-Alaskan-Malamute-Shiva-with-owner-Nicola-Gaynor-after-his-close-shaveAs a dog owner, it is our responsibility to constantly monitor the health of our pups. Whether you have one dog, or several, each dog needs to make sure that he has your undivided attention to make sure he is healthy. The more time you spend with your dog, the more time you’ll get a better understanding of your dog’s behavior, and what is normal for him or her. Anytime you notice something strange or weird, you should definitely investigate the occurrence because you never know when it could be a serious health problem.

A dog’s sleeping patterns can say a lot about how he is feeling as well. Some dogs develop a habit of sleeping in the same bed as you. As a dog owner, I welcome this notion and find it comfortable; however, some dog owners don’t allow this. Nevertheless, dogs are known to be very habitual and live by their habits. If a dog regularly sleeps in your bed, then all of a sudden stops – something is most likely wrong. Maybe it’s the jump up to your bed that he doesn’t like, or maybe he is getting irritable during sleep and will find himself moving about the house when he should be sleeping. Whatever the case is, definitely investigate it.

Some people say certain dog types just simply don’t develop health problems – this is absolutely false. While it is true that some breeds have better immune systems and thus are more rare to develop issues, no dog is invincible from nature’s wrath. In general however, large dogs seem to be a bit healthier than smaller dogs. For some reason larger dogs are less known to get sick and they commonly have stronger immune systems. The smaller you go, the more likely it is that your dog will get sick. This is because smaller dogs, like medium-sized dog breeds, aren’t reliant on being active and getting physical exercise like larger dogs are. A lack of physical exercise will inevitably lead to health problems.

But again, no matter what kind of dog you have – be a responsible dog owner and monitor your pup’s health. Constantly make sure that he or she is getting exercise, eating right, and not developing any unsafe behavioral habits!

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5 Reasons To Shave Your Head

I don’t think having a shaved head has ever been more cool than it is right now. This is very interesting because those without hair used to be the laughing stock of the public sphere, but now being bald is just as popular as ever. There are several advantages and reason as to why you would actually WANT to be bald. It’s not just about balding and eventually losing all your hair, but many people (mostly guys) choose to be bald. Here are a few reason why you should shave your head:

First of all, the number one reason people go bald is because they are sick of dealing with their hair. Either they can’t decide on a hair style and figure “no hair is better than ugly hair”, or they just get tired of messing with it. Without any hair, your mornings go by so much quicker! You can shower in record time, and you don’t have to comb or style your hair; this ultimately means more sleep for you.

Another reason as to why you may want to shave your head is for the looks. Are you proud of your skull and think you’ve got an awesome facial structure? Shaving your head will only put more eyes looking at that beautiful face of yours. Given, not everyone has perfectly round heads; this means going bald may not be in your best interests, but for those who have round heads and/or proud of their facial structure, going bald could drastically increase your sex appeal.

Shaving your head also means that you don’t need to worry about getting hair cuts and trims. All you have to do is take a razor to your head and you’ll be done before you know it. While some prefer electric shavers along with oils and gels, it doesn’t have to be that complex. If you are okay with not having the greatest shaved head in the room then I promise shaving your head will probably be the easiest thing you’ve ever done.

Having your head exposed to the elements is another great thing about having a shaved head. Let’s say it’s summer time and you’re outside in the heat doing stressful physical labor. Luckily for you, your hair is all gone so when that cool breeze comes through it goes straight to cooling off your head. I guarantee you’ll feel much cooler than the guy with long shaggy hair down to his shoulders who is dripping with sweat. Don’t forget that rain will also have a very limited effect on you. You’ll pretty much be like a duck and let the rain just slide right off your head!

Last but not least, going bald gives you major style points. With a clean-shaven head it shows to people that you are not afraid to put yourself out there and “you are who you are”. It means you like simplicity and don’t buy into the trendiest styles. While being bald is a style in and of itself, it’s a cool style that shows you’re not out to try and impress anybody.

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Summer-ize Your Dog's Diet

Summer time is not only the time to be outside enjoying the warm weather with friends and family, but dogs can participate in summer activities as well. Don’t forget, your dog probably enjoys summer time just as much as you do, so be sure to spend lots of time with your dog outdoors and having some fun-in-the-sun.

Going to the park with your dog and playing catch with a Frisbee is one of the most popular activities that many dog owners enjoy. By doing this you will not only completely make your dog’s day, but also provide him/her much needed exercise after being cramped up inside the house during the cold winters and rainy spring.

If Frisbee isn’t your catch, a simple walk or jog with your dog is an easy substitute. If you’re not the one for much exercise than the simple game of fetch could sure enough be your choice of summer activity. You could be sitting down, enjoying a cold beverage in amidst some company while tossing the ball and letting the dog do all the work. Any moment spent outside in your company is all he/she asks for.

Summer is not only a time of exercise and fun-in-the-sun, but also a fantastic time to really crack down on diet. Fruit is bountiful in the summer, but fruit is not just for humans. Dogs enjoy fruit just as much as we do, so let them enjoy a desired tasty treat! Some dog owners favor bananas the most. Eating banana is great way for your dog to get potassium and other nutrients that are not quite as common in other foods as you would expect. Bananas are also very easy to eat and can easily be shared between dog and person. Other popular fruits that dogs are known to enjoy are cantaloupe, pumpkin, watermelon, and blue berries. My personal favorite is apples because, well, who doesn’t enjoy seeing their dog try to eat an apple?

A food that many dog owners stay away from  is cheese, but cheese is actually not bad for dogs. Yes, too much cheese and certain types of cheese (blue cheese for example) can cause diarrhea and an upset stomach, but a little bit of cheddar, Swiss, or American cheese every now and then can actually have its benefits. It’s important that you know whether or not your dog is lactose intolerant or not; obviously if he/she is you do NOT want to give him/her cheese.

A popular use for cheese is as a camouflage for medicine or prescription pills. Because dogs go absolutely insane over cheese (again, make sure you monitor how much you give your dog), they will often wolf down a bit of cheese regardless of what is inside. This makes giving your dog prescription pills that he/she may otherwise turn his/her nose up at actually edible.

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pet_recipes2There are several things that a dog and a human can share such as a blanket and the bed, but food and medication? As surprising as it may sound there are some human food and medications that will work for a dog as well.

Summer months are a great time of year for produce, and both you and your dog can benefit from the harvest. Summer strawberries, squash, sweet potatoes, even green beans for dogs are a great addition to their diet. Fruits and vegetables add much needed fiber, vitamins and minerals, and antioxidants to the diet of your family canine.

The benefits from fruits and vegetables are much the same for dogs are they are for humans. Fiber keeps the good cholesterol or LDL and eliminates the bad cholesterol which can lead to heart disease. Vitamins keep the immune systems in tip-top shape and antioxidants fight off cancer cells.

There are however, some foods that a dog should never be allowed to eat because they cancause sickness and even death. Chocolate has stimulants which could be extremely harmful and toxic to a pooch.  Some nuts can cause allergic reactions. Grapes and raisins even in small amounts are known to be fatally toxic, although researchers are still trying to determine exactly why. Some dogs have sensitive stomachs so feeding them unfamiliar foods should be done with caution.

If by chance your dog has eaten something which is causing an allergic reaction you may be able to help. There are some medications, such as Benadryl for dogs which can alleviate their allergic symptoms. Lemon water is a good solution for fleas as they are repelled by citrus.

Pepto-Bismol can help alleviate diarrhea, and small amounts of baby aspirin is a short term cure for inflammation and pain. The weight of the dog and their personal medical history must be taken into consideration before being given any medication, so consult a veterinarian beforehand.

Summer is a great time of year for getting you and your pooch out of the house and down to the local farmers market for some fresh produce. You will both reap the benefits of some naturally healthy foods and you will be providing your canine companion the plant based foods they need for a long and healthy life. If by chance doggy is not feeling too well you may be able to help with some medication from your bathroom cabinet.

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dog and strawberryFor some unknown reason people tend to eat healthier, lighter foods during the summertime. Perhaps we don’t need the comfort foods of winter time when the sun is blazing in the sky, bathing us in its summertime warmth. The family pooch is happier too, being able to run around in the sunshine instead of staring out of a window at the chilly winter rainfall.

Breakfast during the summer months seems to lighten up with people eating more fruits and fewer carbohydrates. That being said, how about the family pooch? They might appreciate a little variety in their daily fare. So what are some of the foods a dog might like during the summer months?

Feeding oatmeal and strawberries to dogs may seem a bit strange, but they are actually good for our canine companions. Dogs are omnivores and for proper nutrition they need both plant based foods and animal protein. If you check the ingredients in a good quality dog food you will see things listed such as deboned chicken, fish, oatmeal, brown rice, spinach, pumpkin, blackberries, and many different vitamin and minerals.

Oatmeal for dogs is a great idea because of the many benefits it provides such as helping to prevent heart disease and diabetes. It is very high in fiber content which helps to lower the risk of cardiovascular disease. Oats have a unique blend of antioxidants which prevent the LDL, or good cholesterol from being damaged by free radicals. Oats are known to enhance the immune system and to keep blood sugar levels in check. This good news about oats applies to dogs as well as humans, so enjoy a nice bowl of oatmeal together.

Feeding fruit to the family pooch is as good an idea for them as it is for humans. Fruits have many benefits in the form of fiber, vitamins and minerals. Strawberries for dogsare a tasty treat, but must be given with caution since too many could cause an upset stomach. Strawberries contain antioxidants, vitamin C which is good for the immune system and of course the all important fiber, which helps to keep the intestinal tract working properly.

Feeding oatmeal and strawberries to dogs for breakfast is a tasty way for your canine friend to get the nutrition they need and deserve. There are many great recipes for homemade dog food available but keep in mind that a good dog food also has added vitamin and minerals for the health of the dog.

As with humans, dogs have food sensitivities and care must be taken when feeding them something new. There are also several types of foods that should never be given to a dog under any circumstances such as chocolate, which is toxic to dogs. Beer with hops is another bad thing for dogs, as the hops are poisonous to the pooch. As with anything, take precautions and speak to a vet if you’re unsure about the diet of your canine companion.

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There’s a lot of ways to have fun in the summer but so many of us forget to kick back and enjoy ourselves; it’s such a shame because it’s warm out, there’s places to go, people to see and things to enjoy. If you’re looking for a way to cool down and want to splash around with your friends or family then make time to enjoy the following 7 summer recreation ideas involving water.

1. Whale Watching

Whale watching is one of the most enjoyable and relaxing experiences you can have out on the water. Whale watching is all about enjoying the scenery, floating out there on a boat and checking out the world’s most beautiful and majestic creatures.

2. Water Balloon Fight

This activity is more for the child at heart, but a water balloon fight can be a blast. Just fill up some balloons and tie them off and start chucking them at each other. A water balloon fight is a refreshing romp for hot summer days.

3. Go for a Swim

Probably the most obvious activity on this list but it’s also something many people forget to do. Go to a pool or a popular lake and jump in and play, or take along a floating mat and simply relax.

4. Fresh Water Fishing

Fresh water fishing is one of the most common ways to go fishing and it’s a lot of fun – you can even catch some pretty impressive monsters if you’re lucky. Get your bait, rod and see if you can catch a few this summer. It’s a great way to spend the day and fun for the whole family or by yourself for some quiet time.

5. White Water Rafting

Rafting can be an intense experience or it can be a calming one depending on where you go. No matter what kind of experience you’re looking for, go white water rafting and you’ll find it; you’ll also be guaranteed beautiful surroundings.

6. Kayaking

Kayaking is a wonderful way to enjoy the water and a tranquil one as well, calmly paddling through the water. There are countless ways to enjoy kayaking including whitewater kayaking, sea kayaking and touring out on the ocean on bodies of water like lakes.

7. Try Water Skiing

Water skiing can be a stressful experience (for the newbie) at first but it’s actually a very enjoyable one if you take the time to do it and learn how to do it right. Try water skiing and see just how fun and how fast you can go.