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Is Your Child Blind and Turning 5? Two Birthday Activities They Can Do

Posted by on Oct 29, 2015 in Uncategorized |

If your child is turning five years old and they are blind, you have to do things a little differently when having a birthday party for them. This is true even if the other children coming to the party are not blind. Below are two great activities that your child and the other children will have fun doing. Blindfolded Games Play games in which all the kids are blindfolded. This puts everyone on equal ground, and your child will likely enjoy everyone being a little like he or she is. You could play the classic pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey game, or you could purchase or draw a large clown face and have the kids pin a clown nose to the face. If you do not mind the kids getting messy, you can play a blindfolded food game. Put some ice cream in a dish along with a plastic spoon. Sit two kids in chairs opposite from each other, with one child’s hands tied or placed behind their back. Blindfold each child. Have one of the blindfolded children try to feed the other child a bit of ice cream with the spoon. The kids will have fun trying to reach each other’s mouths. Your child may also enjoy being blindfolded like the other children. Blindfolded games work well because they rely on the children being unable to see, requiring them to use other senses. Music Because your child does not have the sense of sight, let him or her use the sense of sound at the birthday party. Have the kids play musical instruments. You can purchase some cheap musical instruments at most toy stores. You can even make some of your own instruments to save money. One thing you can do is put some beans or small stones into an empty water bottles and put a lid on each bottle. The kids can use them as shakers. Make tambourines using plastic or paper bowls. You will need some ribbon, scissors, a hole punch, and jingle bells. Use the hole puncher to put holes all the way around the edge of the bowl that are spaced about an inch or so apart. Measure a ribbon so that it can go around the bowl, then add a few more inches of ribbon to that and cut it. Tie a knot at one end of the ribbon. Thread one jingle bell through the ribbon, and thread that part through one of the holes. Thread another jingle bell, and pull that part of the ribbon through the second hole. Continue doing this until you have the jingle bells and ribbon threaded through every hole. When you are finished, tie the ribbon, but not too tight. You want to give the jingle bells enough room so they can jingle when the children shake their tambourines. Put on some music and let the children play their instruments. If your child can read braille, purchase them a birthday card written in braille. You can find these online, and some places let you design the card yourself. For further birthday party ideas for children, contact an establishment like Brown’s...

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What to Look for in a Used RV

Posted by on Sep 9, 2015 in Uncategorized |

So you want to buy a used RV to travel the country and live your dreams. You’re not alone; many digital nomads find ways to work remotely and travel. Owning an RV is adventurous, exciting, and just plain fun. You know you want to buy used because you’d like to upgrade as your finances improve. But what should you look for when searching for the perfect used RV to fit your needs? Here are a few things to consider. Vehicle Size RVs don’t just come in one size. There’s a type of RV out there for anybody. Choose the smallest option, Class B, if you’re driving by yourself. This is essentially a camper van with limited space and a wet bath (a shower and toilet in the same space). They can park almost anywhere and get great gas mileage. For more space and a dedicated driving area, look to a Class C motorhome. These vehicles are the midpoint in luxury, size, and gas mileage. They have an overhang cab above the driving area and a room in the back to sleep a small family. Choose a Class A if you want the ultimate RV. These are the biggest RVs that come with the best amenities: larger kitchens, couches, a dedicated bedroom, and big pull-outs.  Usage Once you think you know what class of RV you want to buy, consider the usage. Are you going to quit your day job and travel around to new places every few days or so? Or will this be a vehicle used for a few local camping trips a year? If you’re going to be a full-timer, you want something the size of a small apartment, but efficient with gas. Large 35′ Class A RVs guzzle gas like no other, and can prove expensive for frequent travelers.  Sleeping Arrangements  You should also think about possible sleeping arrangements. Will you bring friends and extended family along on fun camping trips or beach vacations? Where is your dog going to sleep? Does your small child have fears about sleeping in the cab above the driver’s cockpit? Since you’ll sleep in there often, think of all these things before settling on any one vehicle. Unexpected Expenses  RVs are fun, but they can be expensive. Be sure to build surprise costs into the overall price of your budget. Think about costly maintenance, gas, nightly RV spots and hookups, and propane. Owning an RV can change your life for the better. Just make sure you think about what you truly want before signing any papers. You’ll be much happier in the long run if you weigh your options with care. Look for your used RV at lots like Pettibone Resort On The...

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Keeping Your Boat Safe From Theft When Docked

Posted by on Jul 27, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Having a boat of your own can be an exhilarating experience and you will most likely want to take it out on the water often. When you need to leave your boat after a fun day in the sun, you may feel a bit apprehensive about its safety while you are not there to look after it. Many marinas and boat storage facilities will have some type of security available, but is it really enough? If you are concerned about the safety of your boat while it is being stored, there are a few tricks you can use to keep others away from it while it is unattended.  Watch Placement If you are storing your boat in a storage facility, do not leave it on a trailer under any circumstances. This makes it a prime target for theft. Instead, remove it from the trailer to make it more difficult for it to be moved without being noticed. If you cannot avoid storing the boat without the trailer, then chain the trailer to a tree or permanent structure so the boat cannot be easily taken. If you are keeping your boat in a marina, do not leave a set of keys inside where they can be found. Invest In An Alarm System Having an alarm on your boat will keep thieves from stealing it when you are not around. When selecting an alarm, consider the sensitivity of the unit. If you are in an area where birds may fly onto the boat, or if it is docked very close to a public area, you may wish to have an alarm with a bit less sensitivity so it will not be tripped continuously for reasons other than someone trying to take it. Placing an alarm so it goes off when someone tries getting into the cabin may be best. Place some motion-activated lights on your boat to give it some extra protection against robbery. Mark Your Belongings Place a marking on your boat, trailer, and all of your equipment with your boat’s hull identification number. These markings should be permanently engraved. Place them in unobtrusive locations so if your boat is stolen, the thieves will not be aware of them so they can remove them. Take pictures of each area where you had placed the number and store it with your personal documents. If your boat is stolen, this information will help identify your boat, perhaps having it safely returned to you as a result. For more information, contact a boat service like B & E...

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Three Ways To Add Wood Features To Your Custom Swimming Pool Installation

Posted by on Jun 16, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Custom pools come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. If you like the warm colors of wood, it can even be used in custom pool designs. There are many different ways to incorporate wood into the design of your pool, such as using it for surfacing, decking materials, a spa or even building your entire pool out of wood. Here are some ideas to incorporate wood into your new swimming pool installation. 1. Using Wood Decking For Surfacing Around Your Pool There are many different types of pool deck surfacing that you can use for your pool. This can be concrete materials, tiles, stones and specialty slip-resistant materials. You can also have your deck surfacing built with wood decking materials. This can also be good if you want to add pool deck space down a hill where other materials will not work. When doing this, you may want to consider using hidden fastener systems for a clean look and using more durable decking materials like Ipe or cedar, which are more resistant to water, insects and fungus. 2. Adding Wooden Spas And Other Elements To Your Pool You can use other wood elements for your pool. Spas can be a great addition to your pool, and there are many spa models that are made completely out of wood. Some examples include cedar spas and Japanese-style baths. You can even build a complete sauna out of wood and a pool house with woodwork details. This can be a great place to add a bathroom and shower to your pool area, as well as a place to locate equipment for your pool. 3. Using A Wooden Structure To Build Your Custom Pool Another option is to have your custom pool built with a wooden frame.  This can be good if your pool needs to be built partially or completely above ground. For a partially above ground pool, you can also consider details like glass in your pool design. For custom designs, the liner may need to be specially made to fit the pool. A custom design will also give you the benefit of choosing from different wood materials such as large timbers. These are some ways that you can incorporate wood features into the design of your custom pool. If you need help with designing and building your pool, contact a custom pool builder to get the help you need with wood features to add to your...

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Why Choose a Charter Boat for Your Fishing Trip

Posted by on May 1, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Whether you are planning on going fishing on your own, or if you are putting together a fishing trip for yourself and a group of others, choosing a charter boat can be a wonderful option. These are a few reasons why this might be the perfect option for your offshore fishing trip. Catch Better Fish First of all, you should know that you can often catch better fish when you go out on a large charter boat. These boats can go out into farther and deeper waters, which can allow you to enjoy bigger fish and much more variety. Relax and Enjoy the Ride Who wants to worry about navigating a small fishing boat or carrying fishing supplies around on the pier? If you’re on a charter boat, you can let the captain handle the drive while you relax in a comfortable spot with your pole and tackle. Meet Other Enthusiasts If you take a charter with other fishermen, you can meet a lot of other people who are interested in your hobby. This is a great way to meet and mingle with both locals and tourists, and you can learn a lot while having a great time. Enjoy Other Activities Although fishing might be your main hobby, there will be other things for you to enjoy on the charter boat as well. Many serve delicious meals and snacks, so you won’t have to worry about being hungry or eating the sandwich that you would have taken to the pier. You can also often enjoy music, a bar and more. If you’re looking to get a little more out of your fishing experience, or if you are bringing along loved ones who like doing more than just fishing, then you are sure to love all of the additional activities and perks that are often available on the large commercial charter boats. As you can see, a charter boat can be the perfect option for your upcoming fishing trip. Instead of fishing on the pier or in a small fishing boat, consider going big with a charter. You don’t have to opt for a private charter; instead, you can sign up for a charter on a day that others will be fishing and enjoying the sea. Alternatively, you could also rent a private charter for you and your group. Regardless, you are sure to enjoy the pleasures of a fishing charter like Oregon Inlet Fishing Center...

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First Time Bay Boat Buyer? Comfort Is Key

Posted by on Mar 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you are planning on looking for bay boats to purchase this year, make sure you think about how you want to use your boat and the type of features you will need. Here are some of the top features that most first time and returning buyers want to see in their bay boat: T-Top If you find yourself debating if you should spring for a bay boat with a t-top, the answer is yes! It can get unbearably hot sitting out in the sun on the water. If you want to use your bay boat for an extended period of time on the water, or if you plan on taking your family out with you, invest in a t-top. That way, when you or other members of your family need a break from the sun, they can catch a little shade under the t-top. You will not have to go back to shore just to give your family a break from the sun. Another great advantage of a t-top is it increases your storage area, which is a great thing on a small craft. You can easily hang up some of your fishing and entertainment gear off the t-top, or you can even install an overhead storage bin. This allows you to expand the storage space on your bay boat without purchasing a larger boat. Comfortable Seats If you are trying to decide between a bay boat that has bench seats, and one that has comfortable, plush seats, go for the nice seats every time. If you want to fish all day, it is way more feasible to do that when you have comfortable seats. If you plan on taking your family out all day on the water, comfortable seats are key to a long, complaint-free stint on the water. Another seating aspect to look out for is cup holders. When you are out on the water, under the sun, it is extremely important to stay hydrated. Having built in cup holders makes it easier to keep water bottles within arm’s reach. They best type of cup-holders are self-draining ones. That way, if anything spills, you do not have to clean it up when you are out on the water, it will just drain right out. If you want to spend a lot of time out on the water, and take family and friends with you, comfort needs to come first. Paying a little more for a t-top and comfortable seats is well worth the investment. With these amenities, your trips out on the water will be much more comfortable and more...

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Managing The Madness: Offshore Fishing Boils

Posted by on Feb 11, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Offshore boats can allow fishermen to catch more fish than they might have ever dreamed about. One of the most exciting parts of an offshore fishing trip is getting to fish in a boil. Here are a few tips to help you catch more fish when a boil erupts off the bow of an offshore boat: Tip # 1: Listen and See It’s instinctual; when you see fish boil you’ll want to cast into them. There isn’t much you can do to control this impulse. Many skippers and deckhands label the mentality that results from this impulse as “boil fever”. This feverish condition can make even the most experience anglers commit amateurish mistakes. The best way to cool this fever and avoid making these mistakes is to prepare for boils before they happen. This planning starts with knowing the cues you’re likely to see and hear when a boil erupts. The most common visual cue you’ll see when a boil erupts are birds. If you notice birds dive-bombing the water in mass, you’ll know a boil is happening. Even before you’re able to see a boil, however, you’ll probably be able to hear it. If you hear the sound of flat concussions at arrhythmic rate, you’re likely hearing the sound of fish exploding in and out of the water. Once you hear or see these cues, you should position yourself on the boat as close to the boil as possible. Tip # 2: Casting and Ripping Most boils are brief. Thus, you need to make the most of every casting opportunity you have. The thing to remember when casting into a boil is to aim over the boil. When fish are feeding in a boil, they are likely to bite almost anything that lands in midst of the boil. If your lure doesn’t make it to the boil though, you aren’t likely to hook up. By aiming over the boil you can reel into it. When you reel your lure into a boil, it’s important to remember that fish are feeding at or near the surface. To make sure that your lure is near the surface when it passes through the boil, you will want to reel rapidly. By reeling quickly, your lure is likely to stay near the surface. This reeling technique is often referred to as “ripping”. These two tips can help you avoid the most common offshore boil fishing...

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Protecting Your Guns From Moisture Inside A Fireproof Safe

Posted by on Jan 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

As a gun owner, you lock your guns in a fireproof safe to protect them in the event of a house fire and from theft. Unfortunately, having your guns locked in a fireproof safe does not protect them from one of the most damaging elements that they can be exposed to – moisture. Here, you will learn how to protect your guns from moisture while keeping them locked safely away in your fireproof safe. Remove Straps and Holsters The gun straps and holsters that you use to carry your guns can lock moisture inside of them. If you lock them in your safe with your guns, the moisture can be released from the materials and become airborne inside the safe. The moisture can then settle on the surfaces of your guns and cause mildew and rust problems. To avoid this problem, do not store your gun straps and holsters in the safe. Instead, store them in a separate safe or in a closet or storage bin. Note: Cardboard can also cause the same moisture problem in your safe. Do not store any boxed ammunition in the safe. Remove the ammo from the boxes and store it in ammo cases inside the safe or in a separate safe. Place Moisture Absorbing Materials Inside Placing a bucket of charcoal or silica gel inside the safe will help to absorb the moisture from the air inside the safe. What you must remember is that the charcoal or silica gel will only absorb so much moisture before it begins to release it back into the air. Set a schedule to replace the material every couple of weeks to ensure it continues to work to remove the moisture. Note: You can reuse the silica gel and charcoal by drying it in your oven. To do this, dump the contents of the bucket onto a cookie sheet and set the oven at a low temperature. Bake the materials for a few hours, allow to cool, and dump it back into the bucket. Install a Dehumidifying Stick You can find a variety of dehumidifying sticks at your local sporting good or gun supply store. Unfortunately, not every fireproof safe is made to accept the stick because an access point for electrical wiring must be present. These sticks use electricity to dry the moisture out of the air inside the safe and are very effective in doing so. Note: Some safe manufactures will void the warranty on the safe if you drill a hole to install the dehumidifying stick. Check with the manufacturer prior to drilling any holes in your safe. These are the three most effective ways to control the moisture inside your gun safe from a place like Rocky Mountain Shooters Supply. Weigh your options and use the method of moisture control that best fits your personal...

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Two Tips For Training Your Retriever

Posted by on Dec 22, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Duck hunting can be a relaxing and enjoyable hobby to have, but being successful with it requires having the right tools for the job. A well-trained retriever can drastically improve your hunting ability by fetching your kills for you. To get the most from your hunting dog, it is vital to follow sound training practices, but if you have never owned this type of dog, this may seem like a confusing task. Luckily, there are two tips you can follow that will drastically improve the performance of your dog the next time you are duck hunting.  Avoid Over-Training It is vital to train your dog on a regular basis, but some well-meaning owners will make the critical mistake of over-training their dog. When this occurs, you can make the dog less likely to perform when you are in the field, and you can cause health problems due to overexertion.  To avoid these issues, you should only train the dog according to a set schedule, and you should always closely monitor the animal for signs of fatigue. Ideally, you will want to mimic the activity of hunting as closely as possible for the dog, and this will entail ample rest between each retrieve.  Avoid Using Sticks It is a common tendency for people to throw sticks for their dog, but if you have a retriever, this can be a major mistake to make. There will often be times when your dog will have a difficult time finding the downed duck. If you have been throwing sticks for the animal, there is a good chance that it will get confused and bring you back a stick as opposed to the duck.  If your animal ever does this, you will need to severely reprimand it for the mistake. Also, it will be necessary to step up the training until the habit is broken. Fortunately, it is usually possible to break dogs of this habit, and this will help ensure your hunting trips go smoothly. Instead, it’s best to use retriever training supplies, such as those found at Dixie Dog Supply. A retriever can dramatically reduce the difficulty of getting the ducks that you have downed while hunting. However, it is vital for these dogs to be highly trained, but if you have never owned one of these animals you may not understand the training process. By following these two tips, you can avoid making a couple of mistakes that can cause your retriever to fail to perform while in the...

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Golfing In Perspective: History, Traditions And Rules

Posted by on Dec 19, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Most American fans take pride in the fact their three main sports of football, baseball and basketball all have strong American roots. However, golfers of all stripes and nationalities revel in enjoying a sport with a revered history and a set of traditions that make the game truly unique. Following uncompromising rules and using a special vocabulary, many golfers seem to enjoy being part of a 500-year old tradition as much as they get pleasure out of being on the course. Competing Against Oneself Perhaps the single biggest distinction that golfers identify with in their sport is the sense in which they compete first against themselves. Instead of teams and referees, golfers are supposed to police themselves, even if they are on the course playing alone. Championships have been lost for not properly signing a scorecard, and a sense of honor, not an observer, dictates assessing personal penalties when due. Players spend a lifetime seeking their personal bests, playing certain courses and holes over and over to determine the best way to take each shot. Even when paired in teams for recreational and charity games, the total on an individual scorecard is the key measure of each golfer’s satisfaction with any 18 holes played. When it comes to the language of golf, even most non-golfers recognize use of the term “Fore” as a tradition belonging to the game of golf alone. Rooted in the military discipline of artillerymen shouting warnings to troops on the front line, the use of “afore” apparently seemed appropriate for the small white missiles sent downrange in the game. Other terms, such as birdie, eagle, bogey, mulligan and links all have their own origins (some disputed) and meanings, adding to the richness of the game. Accepting Change Reluctantly While there have been a number of changes in the clothing worn and the equipment used, golfing in the 21st century is remarkably similar to the game played in the 1500s. Technology has changed the types of balls and clubs used, but the acceptance of these changes is notably slow and tightly controlled. Each country has its own regulatory golf body, but the consistency between these groups makes playing golf in the U.S. virtually the same as playing in Australia or India. In fact, the rules in golf have remained so unchanged, there are fewer than one or two major changes or modifications every few years. The reluctance to actually change rules leads the golf associations to render decisions each year, adding to the interpretations of existing rules of the game. Golfers celebrate their traditions and history as they each set out to shave a stroke or two off of their personal handicap. Contact a company like Sterling Golf Services for more information about the greatest...

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How To Stand Up On A Paddleboard

Posted by on Dec 19, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Paddleboarding isn’t a brand new water sport, but it is quickly gaining in popularity. With paddleboarding, you either kneel, lie or stand on a flat surface. This is usually a paddleboard, though some people also use a surfboard. If you want to stand on your paddleboard, here are some helpful tips to keep in mind. How to Hold the Paddle The first thing you should learn when paddleboarding is how to hold the paddle. Standing up requires a lot of stability, and it will be very difficult if you have not yet learned the paddling technique first. When holding the paddle, always grip it at the top with one hand and in the middle with the other hold. Hold it in front of you with your elbows bent, giving you enough space for paddling. The blade angle should always be facing away from you. One good thing is that if you drop it in the water, it will float, so it’s not lost. Steps to Standing Up on the Paddleboard Once you have mastered holding the paddle, you can learn how to stand up on your paddleboard. Here are the tips to keep in mind when you first start learning: Wear a wetsuit when you start learning to stand as you may fall into the cold water multiple times. Push the paddleboard out far enough to where the fin is not touching the bottom of the body of water. Get onto the paddleboard and begin by kneeling on the board. Stabilize yourself on the board on your knees, stroking the water a few times on both sides of the board. Keep one knee and the board and begin standing with the other leg. Put the foot flat on the board, remaining as close to the center of the board as possible. Stand up with the other foot, still paying attention to your placement on the board. If you feel uneasy about it, bend your knees and remain in that position before standing up straight on the foot. Keep your feet parallel and about shoulder-width apart. Avoid These Common Mistakes There are some mistakes that beginners tend to make when they first start standing on a paddleboard, or paddleboarding in general. Try to avoid making these mistakes: Do not hold the paddle like a broomstick. Keep one hand at the top of the handle at all times, with the other on the shaft of the paddle. Do not make a surf stance on the board. Your paddleboard is different from surfing, so you don’t want to keep that typical surf stance. Always keep your feet parallel when standing on a paddleboard. Keep a long and firm grip on the paddle in order to have the most powerful stroke. Put the blade of the paddle into the water before taking a stroke, which allows your back muscles to do most of the work and not your arms. With these tips, you will be well on your way to paddleboarding and learning how to stand up while you use your...

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