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How Outdoor Activities Positively Affect Children and Families

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family activiyYour son’s attention is on his PlayStation. Your daughter, on the other hand, is busy chatting with friends on Facebook and Twitter.

It’s always fun to be outside, feeling the warm air and playing games with other kids. With recent advancements in technology, however, kids do not realize they are spending more time with electronic distractions. In time, they would eventually lose interest with the great outdoors.

Mountain climbing, zip lining, or river rafting is more than just a holiday activity. They have many positive effects on your kids.

It Strengthens Love of Physical Activity

Going for a hike or white water rafting encourages kids to engage in physical activities. It gives kids a chance to burn off energy and build a strong link between outdoor play and physical health at a young age. This can make them more active and willing to have a family bonding. Most outdoor activities provide physical benefits, such as muscle and cardiovascular fitness.

It Helps Kids Embrace Nature

Tour operators, such as American Adventure Expeditions, note that outdoor activities provide environmental awareness. If you let your kids experience the great outdoors, they will likely feel a strong connection that would keep them coming back. In addition, they would learn how to respect nature and what they can do to preserve the environment. So if you want to foster your child’s love of the outdoors, take them to the rivers or mountains.

It Offers Mental Benefits

Outdoor recreation is not just good for the body, but also for the mind. Families and kids can benefit psychologically from going outside. It can reduce stress, rejuvenate the mind, improve confidence and increase a sense of challenge and adventure in life.

There’s nothing wrong with using gadgets and other devices. But when left neglected, kids can miss the great opportunities that outdoor activities can offer. Start encouraging your kids to explore the outdoors, and see how it can change them.


Ice Crushers: Life’s Actual Ice Breakers

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ice crasherCan you imagine life without ice crushers? People will have to bite down blocks of thick ice, or failing that, wait for them to melt until they are safe enough to drink. In other words, life without ice crushers is tedious and apparently, a tad bit painful.

Even so, the value of this friendly machine is sometimes overlooked.

A Preview of Recent Developments

While those heavy-duty vintage ice crushers make for good memories, they are no longer practical. In this highly advanced age, ice crushers with better technology are out on the market, coming in different sizes and shapes that can fit easily into your stylish kitchen.

No longer do you have to make guesses on how much ice to put into the device. Because these high-tech crushers specify their load capacity, it is easier to know the right amount of ice you need for your cold treats. As a bonus feature, some units are programmable, so that all you have to do is dial in the desired setting and wait.

The new setting also offers you a choice between shaved and crushed ice. While crushed ice is perfect for mixed rum drinks, shaved ice is best for those fruity smoothies and liquorish snow cones.

Life of All Parties

Ever been to a party that died because the ice crusher broke down and the bar is no longer serving rounds? Yes, this happens. The party can survive without the cheese platters or the chocolate fountain, but your guests simply cannot settle for warm margaritas.

Whether for chilling up drinks or preserving your party perishables, you can rely on these machines to deliver. They are best for backyard barbecues and pool parties where you serve frozen delights, such as daiquiris, blender Piña colada, and other customised beach cocktails. They are also good for keeping your wine coolers and seafood platter nice and chilled.

From answering your healthy living needs and your party necessities, a good ice crusher truly is one of life’s greatest understated marvels.


House Rules: Common Laws Landlords Implement

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Due Dates and Overdue Penalties

Due Dates and Overdue PenaltiesRules are necessary to keep things organised. As a landlord, you can make your property management business easier by implementing certain rules for your tenants. If you set down these guidelines within a lease or agreement, you get a legal recourse in case tenants fail to abide by them, intentionally or not.

If you’re just drafting your house rules or looking to change a few bullets, you can consider some of these common ones:

Due Dates and Overdue Penalties

The contractors from McGees Property say that ‘Your business will experience just as many issues in regard to occupancy, as the landlord has in owning the property.’ To avoid one of the recurring issues in this business, implement an exact date for dues and apply penalties each day tenants fail to pay rent.

Right of Entry Notification

Being the landlord, you basically have every right to your property. But your right of entry to the unit while tenants occupy it usually depends on state laws. In most local councils, you’re required to notify tenants at least 24 hours before entering. State this rule clearly to prevent having disputes regarding privacy.

Recording Pieces of Furniture

If you’re leasing an unfurnished unit, you won’t encounter many problems with liabilities when tenants vacate. Otherwise, clearly state what pieces of furniture stay when the occupants go. Before they move in, take a picture of the whole unit for documentation. Record even the smallest things such as curtains or vases.

Garbage Disposal and Cleanliness

Local laws usually state a scheduled collection of garbage in communities. Relay this law to your tenants to make sure you won’t have problems with garbage disposal and sanitation in the property. This includes cleanliness in the units as filth usually instigates faster wearing and makes the property look unpleasant.

Permission for Pets to Stay

Pet issues are now a common matter in rental properties. If you’ll permit your tenants to keep their pets inside, protect your property by implementing penalties in case they’ll damage the unit. You can also limit the number of pets and state what kinds of animals are allowed inside and how they must behave.

While it’s important to implement house rules, it’s your responsibility to state them clearly. Be precise and detailed with the guidelines. In case you have to change a rule, give your tenants enough time to adjust or move out.


Top 3 Mistakes Divorced Parents Make That can Land Them in Jail

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divorce lawDivorces can be messy. When there are children involved, there is a big possibility that nothing will be left sacred. Most of the time, emotions can run high and either party can do a lot of damage to the other that can be quite manipulative.

A lot of parents get in trouble if they don’t know the dynamics of divorce, custody and child support. Firms such as BuhlerLawOffice.com share the top 3 mistakes divorced parents make that can put them in jail if they’re not careful:

Failure to pay child support

For whatever reason, you should never flag in your child support payments. Most of the time, they’re you’re only evidence that you do care for your child and that you should be given special consideration from the judge for subsequent custody hearings. Even if your ex refuses visitation, doesn’t touch the money or slanders you, you must never fail when it comes to your payments.

Failure to pay the full amount stipulated by the court

The only way you can modify the amount you pay for child support each month is if you bring it in front of a judge and that judge rules for the modification. Keep in mind, though, that your capacity to earn and a new family may not be considered by the court as a viable reason to change the payment specifics.

Withhold visitation rights for any reason

The right to visitation isn’t the right of your ex — it’s your child’s right. Visitation and child support are two completely different issues and the court will not look favorably on either you or your ex if it has come to a point that you withhold visitation because of unpaid child support.

Don’t make these common mistakes thinking that these do not carry consequences. Always consult a lawyer before you make any move that goes against what a judge has ordered.


The Wisdom Tooth Extraction Process: What You Can Expect

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Tooth Extraction

Tooth Extraction The idea of having your wisdom teeth removed may make you a little fidgety, but sometimes, you have no choice. When your dentist tells you it’s time to extract those molars, you just have to let them go. Because if you don’t, you’d just hurt yourself with the string of oral health problems that come with it. Call it a necessary evil if you will, but you have to go through it whatever happens.

You don’t have to be way too anxious about the process, though. Before you walk into a Perth dental clinic, read about what you should expect during and after the extraction procedure. This would help you greatly in being less uneasy about the surgery.

During the Surgery

There’s no need to worry about pain during the wisdom tooth extraction process. Your dentist, after all, can use different types of anaesthesia so that you won’t feel a thing until after the procedure. You may choose from local, sedation, or general anaesthesia, depending on how nervous and uncomfortable you are with it.

The procedure itself is pretty straightforward. The dentist makes a cut in your gums, which exposes the tooth down to the jaw bone.  What happens next is the removal of bones that obstruct the dentist’s access to the tooth to be extracted. The moment of truth comes afterwards, in which the dentist finally removes the wisdom tooth. Cleaning and stitching the wound is the last step of the process.

After the Operation

Post-surgery is where it gets quite tricky. You will have to avoid any strenuous activity that could potentially affect the blood clot in your mouth. Prescription medication may be necessary for the pain, whilst an ice pack would come in handy to treat the swelling and bruising.

As for food, you’d have to avoid anything chewy. Soft foods are your best friend during this stage. You shouldn’t drink anything hot, carbonated, caffeinated, or alcoholic at first. Never use a straw to prevent dislodging the blood clot.

Your dentist may also provide other instructions for you to follow. As long as you stick to what your doctor tells you, recovery will be easy.


Going Mobile: Does Your Website Need it?

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mobile websiteIn the past, having a website was enough to reach your target market online. All you need is to make each product and service available anywhere to increase profit. Nowadays, this isn’t the case. Many mobile devices are showing up in the market with features allowing users to browse the web and connect their e-mails and social media accounts.

Whether it’s an individual mobile site, a responsive design, or a mobile application, digital agencies like alyka.com.au and SEO info sites, such as Search Engine Journal and Search Engine Land, lists why going mobile is beneficial:

User Experience is Important

“Why develop for mobile if the website is accessible on smartphones and tablets anyway?” If you’re on the same line of thinking, your business won’t go anywhere. Most users don’t prefer panning and zooming in when reading content, as they don’t have the attention span, patience and time. If they know that other sites can provide a better experience, then it’s likely that they’ll leave yours. Don’t waste the opportunity and turn your visitors to loyal customers.

Many cannot Live Without a Computer

As smartphones and tablets become more advanced, many are ditching or minimising their desktop and laptop usage. They can browse the Internet and do different tasks on the go, so why would they make an effort to bring heavy and bulky devices? By making your site readable on a small screen, it’s possible to reach a wider audience.

Better Search Engine Rankings

Search engines like Google, Yahoo!, and Bing determine the relevance of websites through bounce rate. Many users tend to leave websites, which they’ve just visited, after finding out that it’s not modified for mobile. This can affect your ranking in search because search engines will conclude that users didn’t benefit from visiting your site. Prevent this from happening by changing your site to responsive design.

Keep up with the trends, so you won’t lose customers and continue to grab the attention of your target market. Go mobile and see for yourself how it can help your website.


Play Hard, Work Hard: Importance of Outdoor Play on Your Child’s Muscles

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Children PlayingIn a generation where technology has taken over, outdoor play should be encouraged. It provides an opportunity to develop the children’s interpersonal skills and explore the joys of the outside world.

More than that, outdoor play is the best form of exercise. Imagine your kids engaging in a physical activity where they have fun, socialise with other kids, and most importantly, develop muscle strength.

Muscle strengthening is vital in every child’s growth. It lays the foundation of muscle tone and flexibility during adulthood. As early as now, be a guiding force and help them muscle up.

Running

Letting your child out to play under the sun is like setting a puppy loose out of its cage. They are going to run, sprint, and dash until they are out of breath. As the ever-vigilant parent, it’s understandable you want to keep them from hurting themselves and getting into all sorts of accidents.

Don’t kill the fun. You can still let them explore while keeping watch. Running is not only a good cardiovascular activity, but it also improves calf endurance and stamina. The motion of running works the lower leg muscles that will have long-term benefits on the body’s resistance.

Monkey Bars, Slides, and Swings

All kids love a challenge. Apart from doing the ordinary running, they’ll want to climb, slide, and swing.

For climbing, set your child in a safe, spacious playground, where there are a lot of climbing equipment for outdoor play. Swinging on the monkey bars effectively enhances upper body strength, as it requires lifting the body weight using only those muscles. Also, hanging from the bars stretches the upper body and boosts flexibility. Slides are ideal for your child’s quadriceps, hamstrings and buttocks.

Finally, swings develop your child’s coordination and balance. As they propel themselves, they engage all muscles to hold on and coordinate the body to the back-for-forth motion of the swing. While it improves a sense of rhythm, it also toughens grip.

Be thankful that your child initiates outdoor play. There are unfortunate cases where the child’s daily activities revolve around the computer and the telly. If your child asks to be driven to the playground, grab your keys now. Never postpone fun and a healthy life.


Dream Home Hunt: How Do You Choose the Right One For You?

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house buyingIt’s easy to browse the web for your dream house. There are thousands of bungalow or two-storey house plans to look at online and display homes to visit that can help you find the right house. You also have the option to browse online catalogues of new home designs — just type in the location, how many rooms and bathrooms you like, and the price range. You can even go crazy over home design ideas for your living room or your dining room. Everything seems so easy when picking a new house!

Can You Afford It?

While the choices seem boundless, your actual decision will mainly depend on one thing —your budget.

How much can you afford? It’s not smart to look for a house without knowing your own budget. It is important to set your own expectations. If you don’t do this, you may actually find your dream house and lock it in. But, if it’s not within your price range, you will be disappointed and the houses that fit your budget will look significantly inferior to you.

Novus Homes suggests the following: check your savings, grab your calculator, get pre-approved for a loan or get your own real estate agent before overwhelming yourself with home designs and house plans. The right home for you is the one you can afford.

Resale vs. New Build

Another main question when buying a house is the one that makes you choose between a newly built home and a resale home. But, how do you decide which one is right for you?

Again, the affordability factor will come when making this decision. A new home is usually costlier; resale homes can be negotiable. But, a new home can give you room for customisation, less maintenance and more financing options. Check your budget, look within your price range and explore both resale and new houses. Then, include the other factors that matter to you: location, neighbourhood, proximity to workplace, etc.

Having your reservations about buying a house is normal. You cannot rush these kinds of decisions. It’s a life-changing choice to make, and it is important to do a careful research and self-assessment. Ask the professionals if you need help.


Why Choose Granny Flats

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granny flat designsA granny flat is an alternative name for a secondary suite or an accessory suite. This is an additional abode on a property that would usually accommodate only one unit. The property owner’s older relatives usually occupied this dwelling, hence its name (which also gave rise to its other moniker, called mother-in-law apartments).

Normally, a granny flat has its own kitchen, living area, bathroom, and entrance. Granny flats usually come with all the amenities of a normal house. As part of Australian property regulations, granny flats must comply with all energy efficiency standards.

Various design options for Granny Flats

The designs of granny flats hugely depend on who would occupy the granny flat, plus the owner’s preferences. The number of people to occupy the unit is also important. For example, a single bedroom granny flat would be ideal for a teenage child, a bachelor’s pad, or a home for a retiree. One-bedroom units are much easier to fit into constricted areas.

Two bedroomed granny flats are more spacious and they accommodate more than one person at a time. Occupants get more privacy and working space. Two bedroomed secondary suites are good for your teenage children, bachelors and unmarried women, or extended family members. They are also ideal for hosting friends and acquaintances for extended periods.

Individuals can choose from a wide array of granny flat designs to get a design that would best suit their property outlay and fit the needs of the occupants.

Why Choose a Granny Flat?

Granny flats are an ideal way of making use of your backyard. It is also a shrewd way of saving money, especially if you would otherwise still have to support your relative by paying rent on another property.

Apart from using secondary suites for living quarters, you can still build a secondary suite designed as a home office. Working from home is increasingly becoming popular and a home office would save you a lot of money and hustle.

A granny flat is an additional unit apart from the main unit on a property, but while counted as an extension, it has all the features and facilities of a normal house. Consider one if you need to make use of your backyard and someone on your family needs privacy (or a separate lodging).