Parenting Essentials AKA The 30 Commandments For Parents

Whether we are soon to be parents, new parents or have been parents, we want to do the best job possible at raising our children. Children don’t come with instruction manuals and parenting doesn’t come with a manual or infallible guide. Every situation and family is unique. We as individuals are different. There are different parenting styles and variations. There is varied parenting education and knowledge which we utilize and process differently. We basically parent with instinct, knowledge and wisdom. At first, we usually parent with instinct and our personal experiences. This is usually what we learned (consciously and subconsciously) from our parents, family members or others. We also parent around our beliefs, morals and values. Many new parents and …

7 New Year’s Resolutions for the Outdoorsman

While everyone is working on their “eat better and lose weight” list of New Year’s resolutions, those that love the outdoors should make a list of their own. To help put your New Year’s resolutions together, here is a list of a few options to consider adding. 1. Introduce Someone New to the Outdoors Between our cell phones, computers, televisions, video games and social media, the number of people that actually spend time outdoors is declining. Let’s work together to start increasing that number and the best place to start is with kids. Grab your child, your nephew/niece, your grand-kids, or your neighbor’s kids and introduce them to what you love about the outdoors. Whether it’s hunting, fishing, hiking or …

Top 5 Reasons For Getting An Emergency Kit For An Earthquake

1. A major earthquake in the United States is long overdue. The last major earthquake to hit populated areas within the United States was the 1906 earthquake in California. It caused more than 3,000 deaths and destroyed over 80% of the City of San Francisco. An emergency preparedness kit would help sustain your life and give you the essentials for escape, rescue, shelter, warmth, nutrition, and communication. Why wouldn’t you want something that can help you? 2. It’s better to have than to not It simple really, either have an emergency kit for the times when you need it or don’t and be left scrambling for food, shelter and emergency supplies when you need it most. Having an emergency kit …

It Really Does Pay to Purchase Good Quality Camping Gear

If you’ve ever gone camping before and gotten yourself deep into the woods or back country and realized that suddenly your equipment seems to be falling apart or can’t hold up to the elements, that’s when you conclude that good quality camping gear is more than just a price tag. There’s no substitution for quality when it comes time to performance. Your supplies could mean life or death, or maybe just the difference between a good time and a miserable experience. That’s why it’s important that you shop for quality outdoor supplies at reputable dealerships that sell brand-name recreational equipment and outdoor supplies. Pretty stuff might look good when it’s been setup and displayed, but quality gear is what will …

What Is An Emergency Kit?

On paper, an emergency kit is a self-contained bag that has all the necessary supplies you need to survive. In reality, it’s one of your last line of defenses against the spread of disease, hunger, cold, thirst & fear. The basic explanation of an emergency kit may be good enough for people to start preparing. However, in our experience, people genuinely embrace preparing when an emergency hits close to home. It could be as simple as a power outage or as extreme as a tornado. The fact is, you realize that you’re not prepared, and it scares you. To help you answer the question “what is an emergency kit?” we’ve set up two scenarios using a similar impact event. Scenario …

Using an Outdoor Mat Under Your Hammock

Love to use your hammock but don’t want to ruin the grass around it? Don’t you just hate the look of a ‘dead grass’ patch when you’ve had something sitting on it? Yuck. It’s an eye sore that no one wants. The question is how do you get around it? Cover the back yard with bricks, flagstones or a layer of concrete. That WILL work but may not be the most comfortable, and certainly no the most attractive. The idea is to enjoy the natural lush green that makes you feel like you are part of the outdoors when you are relaxing in your yard, or playing in your yard. Consider using an outdoor mat underneath the hammock in the …

Traveling Tips for Miami

Miami is a beautiful metropolitan city. The beauty of the city definitely makes it the most beautiful place of the "Sunshine State" Florida. Because of the sunny sandy beaches, entertaining nightlife, excellent cuisine, pleasurable weather and a rich history, it attracts millions of tourists every year. Finding a hotel in Miami is really easy as there are about 250 hotels in Miami, mostly located in the beach area. There are hotels of all sorts of class, quality, service and expense. You can easily choose the one that you like and can afford. These hotels are either on the beach side or just a few minutes walk from the beach. After you check into your hotel, it's time to check out …

Outdoor Kitchen Guide Using Granite Countertops

For anyone who’s made the decision to install a kitchen that utilizes outdoor space, there are a number of important considerations to bear in mind during the design process. An outdoor kitchen is a unique home project, because not only is style and functionality important, but the materials selected for use in the space also have to be durable and weather-resistant. An outdoor kitchen can be a space that’s welcoming for family gatherings, or just a place to enjoy nightly family meals. Like an indoor kitchen, it should be equipped with all the necessities, including appliances and an adequate work space. While selecting the perfect grill may be easy for most homeowners, choosing the materials for the countertop can pose …

How To Create An Emergency Plan In 6 Easy Steps

1. Get Your Household Information Squared Away Emergencies happen with little or no warning, so it’s essential to have all your household information easily accessible. That includes insurance documents, birth certificates, passports, and local maps. Place these items inside your emergency kit and have it stowed away. Create secondary copies of each document and place them inside your car emergency kit. Having two sets of prints ensures your prepared to respond to any emergency, on the road or at home. 2. Know Your Local Hazards To build an effective emergency plan, you need to know the hazards that are most likely to affect your family. Is it a tornado, a power outage, a flood? Understanding is important. Because it gives …

How to Survive Outdoor Summer Weddings

It’s mid-August and you’re waiting for your BFF to walk down the aisle at her beautiful garden wedding Down South. You can’t stop sweating or maybe it’s late September and you’re sitting on the beach in California watching the groomsmen blink from the hot sun beaming down on them in their dashing suits, wishing for the bride to make her entrance desperately. Such are the scenarios of outdoor hot summertime weddings. They are scenic and romantic, but even during the briefest ceremonies, how does one keep from melting? Better yet, how does the couple ensure some little relief for their overheated suffocated guests? Jen Glantz who has experienced and handled this a many number of times, definitely knows how to …