Saturday, April 25, 2015

Canoeing through pristine landscape: planning your family adventure trip to Canada

A family adventure trip can be the vacation of a lifetime, and if you want unspoiled wilderness and beautiful landscapes, then a canoeing trip to Canada is an ideal choice. If you are introducing your children to nature or helping them to appreciate it better, a canoeing holiday is great for doing so. Canoeing makes for a relaxed, leisurely experience that can be enjoyed by the entire family, taking in all that the great Canadian outdoors has to offer.


Traveling by canoe is a great way to see the landscape at a slow and serene pace. Out on the water, you begin to feel immersed in your surroundings, almost like you have become part of the landscape. A canoeing vacation brings you back in time as you share in an activity that was begun by native tribes hundreds of years ago.

Canada offers so many great destinations for a canoeing vacation with the family. Three of the best locations are:

  • Muskoka, Ontario: Muskoka is a region with more than 1,600 freshwater lakes to explore. Add in stunning granite cliffs and beautiful pine and maple forests and you have a pristine environment to explore by canoe.
  • Lake Louise, Alberta: This Lake is noted, in particular, for its emerald color, the result of rock flour being carried by melt water from nearby glaciers into the lake itself. A tranquil setting, Lake Louise is a great destination for a family canoe getaway.
  • Liscombe River, Nova Scotia: The Liscombe River offers the opportunity to immerse you and your family fully in nature while enjoying a canoeing vacation at the same time. The river is noted, in particular, for its seasonal salmon runs, beginning in June and lasting until late October.

If you want an idea of the type of outdoor adventure vacations that can match your appetite for a wilderness canoeing vacation in Canada, then Outdoor-Traveler's blog is worth checking out. As a premier provider of outdoor lodging experiences with an authentic feel, Outdoor Traveler Destinations can offer you and your family the ideal base from which to explore Canada’s stunning and unspoiled wildernesses by canoe. Outdoor Traveler Destinations helps you explore the beautiful Muskoka region in Ontario, with accommodation at either the Hidden Valley Resort or the Deerhurst Resort.  

A family canoeing vacation in Canada is perfect if you want to do something at a slower pace yet experience the adventure of being in the great outdoors at the same time, spending quality family time together.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

7 Ways to Make Your Home More Comfortable in the Coming Warmer Months

When the intense heat of summer arrives, your home can start to feel uncomfortable if you have not prepared it properly. It is important that you take steps now to ensure that your home is ready to face the full intensity of the summer sun. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to ensure that your home is cool all summer long. To help you get your home ready for the hottest months of the year, follow these seven steps to ensure that your home is a comfortable sanctuary during the coming warm weather.

1. Install a Ceiling Fan

One of the best ways to get your home ready for summer is to install a ceiling fan or two. Ceiling fans help to keep your home cool all summer long. If it is not too hot out, they can keep your home cool even if you do not have the air conditioner turned on. If your air conditioner is turned on, running a ceiling fan will allow it to cool your home more efficiently.

2. Upgrade Your Windows

If you have older windows, you should upgrade them with energy-efficient windows if you can afford to. Better insulated windows will help to keep your home cool and comfortable when the summer heat arrives.

3. Install Some Wooden Plantation Shutters

As well as installing better windows, you also should invest in some wooden plantation shutters to cover them. Wooden plantation shutters are perfect for the summer months. When it is hot out and the sun is baking your home, simply shutting your wooden plantation shutters can lower the temperature inside your home substantially. However, it is easy to throw them open during cooler days to allow the pleasant summer breezes inside your home as well.

4. Seal Your Ducts

Your HVAC system is your home’s central features when the temperature rises. You need to make sure it is ready for summer. One of the most important things you should do to prepare your HVAC system is to check your ducts for leaks. Seal all the leaks in your ducts up, and you will make your air conditioner more efficient. This keeps you cooler and saves you money.

5. Prep the Air Conditioner

As well as checking your ducts, you should also get your air conditioner inspected by a cooling professional before summer gets here. Having an air conditioner that has been given a thorough inspection before the heat of summer hits gives you tremendous peace of mind.

6. Check for Drafts

Just as it is important to have your air conditioner ready for summer, it is also important to make sure that the cold air it creates stays inside your home. Take some time in the fall to inspect your doors, siding and windows to make sure they are sealed well. Placing weather stripping around doors and windows is a great way to keep them free from drafts. Use caulk to patch any cracks you find in your siding.

7. Run a Humidifier

Even though your air conditioner will help to keep your home cool, it can also make the air inside your home feel slightly unpleasant by drying it out. To offset this, you should run a humidifier during the summer to keep the air in your home moist and comfortable. If possible, you should use a whole-home humidifier that is tied into your cooling system so that it turns on and off with the AC.

Summer can be unpleasant, but you can make it much more comfortable if you get your home ready. Follow these steps, and your home will be ready to handle the worst heat that summer can dish out. You will stay comfortable and cool all summer long with these seven tips.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Four Elements to Consider in Creating the Home Office of Your Dreams

Working at home has its pros and cons. When you work at home, there are many things that can get your attention and there are a lot of things that can tempt you to have a break every now and then. This does not only distract you from your work but it also decreases your productivity. Planning and creating a nook that is practical, functional and conducive for working is important in keeping work at home individuals motivated, inspired and energized.

When designing your small home office, you have to consider your wall color, lighting, storage and organizational requirements of your work.

It can get pretty boring staring at blank lifeless walls. Specific colors can set right “mood” for working in your home office so with the help of the internet and a reliable antivirus installed in your computer you can safely search for online tools that can help you choose the perfect colors carefully and at the same time consider your options. Cool colors have that calming effect and it can help you relax. Warm colors are invigorating and can tickle your creative side. You may also opt for neutral tones which can help you focus on the business at hand.

Storage shelves or drawers should come as needed. Book cases and shelves can work as a divider and lend you more privacy especially if your home office is part of room and at the same time it can also store your books, folders and documents.

Home office organization they say has a great effect on your productivity. So learn to put items which you rarely use in an “inactive work zone” so it doesn’t disrupt you and keep constantly needed items close at hand so that you won’t have to stop working to search for it.

Lighting fixtures on your home office should be carefully thought of. If you are in a corner of a bigger room, your ambient light would be the one that lights up the whole room. You may want to add task lights instead to provide focused lighting for your paperwork or computer work. Task light helps boost productivity by redirecting bright light to lessen eyestrain and headaches.

Make a difference, be a #SuperEpic

One of the responsibilities involved in parenthood is to guide and harness the skills, talents and potentials of our children. Enrolling them in summer workshops or to involve them in some activities can help them develop their natural ability, additionally is to let them read inspiring books that can boost their aptitude and view of life. I am happy and grateful to be given a copy of this inspirational book, very timely for my sons age, a book full of encouragement and motivation to help teenagers become a #SuperEpic.

May powers ka to be #SuperEpic talks about leadership lessons from the fascinating and fantastic Super Heroes (Batman, Spiderman and more) coupled with biblical principles. Teenagers are full of dreams and energy, their idealistic attitude can turn into a realistic triumph which can make a great influence in their lives. We are living in exponential times, take advantage of the innovative technologies available nowadays and encourage them to start their own projects, develop their creative skills and share them through the world wide web. Today’s youth can excel in so many ways as communication in this era is easier with technology like internet that is accessible to everyone. Willingness and hard work can make the difference.

I definitely agree with the author that it does not matter if you are just an ordinary person because “Ordinary people can still do superepic things”.  Moreover, I would like to quote and share the beautiful bible message and additional lines from the book –

    Ecclesiastes 11:9-10
    You who are young, make the most of your youth. Relish your youthful vigor.
    Follow the impulses of your heart. If something looks good to you, pursue it.
    But also know that not just anything goes;
    You have to answer to God for every last bit of it.
    Live footloose and fancy-free - you won’t be young forever.
    Youth lasts about as long as smoke.

    “Use potentials, make a difference, put something extra into your ordinary life. 
     Use your talents and skills for yourself and your family. 
     Trancend yourself and connect to a higher purpose.”

The book is comprised of only 104 pages, written in Taglish (Tagalog-English) which makes it so easy to read and comprehend.  The author’s humor appeal also add to make it an enjoyable reading material, thus I finished reading it in just one sitting.

This book in my own perspective is indeed highly recommended to the youth of today. A perfect gift for the newly graduates too. So, grab a copy now! 

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5 Decorative Ways to Give Home that Cool Summer Vibe

Sun worshipers would do anything to extend summer days. Summer connote fun, carefree days for both adult and children, this why many homeowners are keen on decorating their homes as if it is always summer. Whether it’s preparing your home for the upcoming summer months, or you simply want to have that refreshing summer vibe at home, these tips can help you out.

Getting a fresh and airy feel is essential in bringing in that summer atmosphere indoors. Net curtains in pastel colors can easily brighten up your room pair up with your trusty dehumidifier then you have a fresh and clean air indoors all day through. Get some rustic rope or twine and wound it up on those old bottles and you can have instant rustic and summery flower vases to hold your blooms around the house.

Kitchens can be wonderfully made up for the summer season with blooms such as sunflowers and daisies. Fruity touches such as apples and watermelons can also lend that refreshing feel while you prepare barbeque, salads and fruit shake for your family and friends.

Take advantage of warmer weather to stay outdoors longer to stay cool and breezy. Porches and patios are great places to chill out during summer evenings. While rain clouds are still far off, putting up flags in different colors is an inexpensive way for summer outdoor decoration. It can also be replaced to match other upcoming holiday or occasion.

Vines and stick wreath are also great accent for your front porch. You can change charms and elements attached to these wreaths to suit your imagination. Paddles, boats, light houses and other nautical items can also be used to accentuate side tables, nook and corners of your patio.

And lastly, fabrics play a huge part in transforming your home into a summer house. Chevron prints, fruity and even sea creature prints on your pillows can bring in thoughts of wonderful summer days for you and your family.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

3 Budget Saving Tips on Entertaining at Home

So you and your family just moved-in into a new home and your friends are all excited for a house warming party that is sure to come next. Although there are still lots of things to organize and most of your stuff is still packed up, you too can’t help but look forward to that date when your friends and loved ones will come and visit you in your new home. So while you struggle with your budget after slashing off move-in related expenses, here are some budget-saving tips that can help you prepare for a simple yet memorable house warming and future parties in your new home.

Set the Mood. Arrange your living room furniture to provide ample moving space and comfortable seating. You may also open up doors that lead to your patio so that your guest can move freely and enjoy fresh air if they want. You can also offer smoking guest with electronic cigarettes as great alternatives for their cigarette breaks. If in case you are planning to buy liquids or juice for vaping needs, you may find great deals here. Create a playlist of soothing music to encourage your guest to relax, but keep volume at a minimum so that they can converse and chitchat.

Set a Theme. Preparing food and drinks become much easier if you set a theme. You can choose and create your own housewarming party idea. If you have a beach theme, you can simply go for fruity wines, cocktails, beer and water for drinks. Food should be simple as well, guests will be quite disappointed with a host who keeps on disappearing because of she needs to check on some elaborate recipe. Prepare a selection of finger foods and if it’s a dinner party, you can just have one appetizer, main course with salad, dessert and drinks.

Set Up Some Games or Activities. Find activities, games or movies that go with your theme. For beach party theme, you may also play beer pong or watch movies such as Surf Up, Blue Crush, Forgetting Sarah Marshall or 50 First Dates!

Entertaining friends at home doesn’t have to be costly to be fun and enjoyable. Whatever occasion you are celebrating you can save more when you carefully consider your options and prepare ahead of time. And don’t forget to introduce friends and guest that are not yet acquainted with each other.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Building a New Home? Here's 5 Additions to Consider

Are you building a new home or contemplating a renovation of your existing one? There are a lot of home additions to consider and it's an important decision to make, as they are usually expensive and can be complex to carry out. The benefits are great though. They can expand your living space by means of an extra bedroom, a new kitchen, or perhaps a bigger family room. And it all adds value to your property too, which is likely to make up for the money you spent on it.

1. Security Doors and Shutters

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Most homes usually come with traditional wire mesh screens and security doors. To ensure your home is extra safe, consider installing new-age screens that have high-tensile stainless steel woven into mesh. The wonderful thing about the doors is that they can be installed as standalone doors or fitted to existing doors even if they're sliding or bi-folds. And you can choose window screens that can be opened rather than fixed, for emergency exits. Plus, they all provide unobstructed outdoor views too! Check out reliable business, like Stylewise Security for more information or simply click here to check out an array of options.

2. Bathrooms

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It's common for home owners to desire an additional bathroom, or a better one. Bathrooms can be complicated because they involve installing and re-fitting plumbing supply lines and drains, and it usually takes up existing living space. However, bathrooms can be as simple as a basic powder room for guests, or as luxurious as a bathroom with a spa bath! Either will add value to your home.

3. Kitchen

Another popular home-renovation idea usually includes remodelling an existing kitchen. Extra bench space can be achieved by adding a standalone island to the kitchen, and additional drawers and shelves can be added to this, as well as other parts of your kitchen. Kitchens are appliance-heavy, so remember to add extra powerpoints all around the area at different heights, and on your new island as well, so you won't have to drag cables all over the place.

4. Family/rumpus/rec room

Many families prefer to reserve their living room for entertaining – so the furniture stays ‘nice’ enough for guests. A basement or spare room converted into a family/rumpus room is a great way for the family to be themselves. Usually, the ‘not so nice’ furniture can be in this room, plus the entertainment unit.

5. Guesthouse

If you know you’re going to have a lot of guests, or there aren’t enough rooms in the main house for your kids to have separate rooms, a guesthouse/granny flat/pool housewill prove indispensable. There are many possibilities for this area – you could install a kitchenette and bathroom, basically making this into a studio apartment. Long-term guests will be less of an intrusion, or kids can learn some independence.
Building a home or putting in additions to your current home can be a challenge, yet so rewarding once complete. It will make daily life easier or even a little more fun. It will also add value to your home should you decide to sell one day.

Thursday, April 09, 2015

How to Motivate Yourself for some Serious Cleaning

Cleaning is not an activity that many people prefer. It is highly unlikely to hear someone tell you “Cleaning is my favorite thing!” It is much more likely to hear people complain of cleaning, thinking of it as a tiresome work that they do just because they have to, not because they like it. And while it is true that cleaning should be done because it is the only way to provide a healthy environment and proper living conditions, it can in fact turn into a fun activity.

Do not frown on this thought just yet. Cleaning, just like any job, can be made easier and more interesting in various ways. You will hardly want to clean everything by yourself, since hiring a cleaning company is always an option, but if you follow some of the following suggestions you might just feel more inclined to do some cleaning service in your home.

Develop a cleaning routine – cleaning is often times deemed difficult and tiring, simply because there is so much you have to deal with all at once. If you delay cleaning tasks for too long, you might find yourself overwhelmed and feel very demotivated to start. Developing a cleaning routine can help you tackle one task at a time, spreading the work over the days of the week, thus reducing the stress of having to spend entire days cleaning. Take for example washing dishes. You may feel like just tossing the dishes in your sink after each meal, in case you do not have a dishwasher. Soon enough you will find a towering pile of dishes, which might take a whole hour to clean. If you spend just a minute washing the dishes every time you use them, you will not have to deal with a huge number of them all at once. Having a cleaning routine can make your domestic cleaning a lot easier, as it allows you to manage your time easier and more efficiently.

Get others involved – cleaning is so much easier if you can get help from others. You most certainly do not have to bother with all of the cleaning tasks at home on your own, since the benefits of house clean will affect everyone living there. Make sure your family understands this as you ask them for help and include them in your cleaning routine. You will soon see how easy and stress-free cleaning is. In case you are living alone, you can always consider hiring a professional cleaning service.

Clean with music – music can be of great help to your cleaning. Play your favourite artist on your stereo or headphones and you will find how much fun cleaning can be. You will feel less tired; on the contrary, you will feel full of energy and you will want to move around the rooms and dance to your preferred tunes. Domestic cleaning can be a lot of fun with music.

Remind yourself of the benefits – cleaning may be tiring and it does take time, which you would rather spend doing something else, but it is necessary. It is the only way to make sure no dangerous allergens lurk in your carpets, curtains and upholstery. Remind yourself how good the environment of your home feels when you perform a thorough spring cleaning and you will feel more inclined to start this chore again.

Start off small and take regular breaks – if there is a lot to do, you don’t have to do it all at once. Your cleaning service is not a professional job after all, so you don’t have to be quick about it. Make it a habit of taking a break every 1-2 hours, so that you do not tire from the work. 

Follow any of these tips to turn your cleaning into an easy and even pleasurable experience. If you implement these suggestions in your cleaning routine, you will feel much more inclined to clean and be more effective at it too! 

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

4 Jaw-Dropping Fictional Cars You Wish You Owned

Today's new cars come with all manner of whiz-bang features that were once the realm of science fiction writers' imaginations, such as 4G wireless hotspots and even autonomous self-driving technology. Car designers likely would never have come up with some of these ideas without the crazy inventions found on fictional cars from the movies and television.

Today, Anchorage Auto Electric & Classic Muffler presents some of the wildest fictional cars of all time, any of which we would love to park in our own personal garages.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

The real star of the Dick Van Dyke family film by the same name, the car Chitty Chitty Bang Bang got its name from the trademark huffing and puffing sounds its engine makes. With the ability to sprout flotation devices and turn into a boat as well as deploy wings for impromptu airplane flights, the sentient race car made an otherwise ordinary comedy film into one of the top car movies of all time.

The car was created specifically for the movie, and only one of the examples built was full-size and road-legal. That car sold at auction for $805,000 in 2011 to film director Peter Jackson, who had plans to use it for charity fundraising events.


Those who grew up watching television in the 1980s are sure to be familiar with the Knight Industries Two Thousand, better known as KITT. This heavily retrofitted 1982 Pontiac Trans Am was portrayed to contain a crime-fighting artificial intelligence unit along with several outlandish upgrades not commonly found on real production cars such as a Turbo Boost feature for jumping over roadblocks, a molecular bonded shell that allowed it to be impervious to gunfire and even explosions, and a sophisticated sensor system that allowed it to "see" the road ahead. The talking, wisecracking KITT was as much a star as the series' lead actor David Hasselhoff.

James Bond's Aston Martin DB5

James Bond has driven some very cool cars throughout the super spy film series' illustrious run, but none were more impressive than the classic Aston Martin DB5 that made its debut in 1964's Goldfinger. The real DB5 came with a 272-horsepower 4.0-liter V-8 engine and five-speed manual transmission, allowing drivers to take best advantage of its sinuous good looks.

Bond's version, of course, got some special upgrades: a smokescreen, a retractable rear license plate, an oil dispenser to foil the attempts of would-be pursuers, and even an ejector seat. The DB5 set the stage for a decades-long product placement relationship between Aston and the Bond film series producers, one that continues to this day.

Back to the Future DeLorean

Even the 1,200-horsepower Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, although it is the fastest car in the world, does not have the ability to travel through time. That has left gearheads and film buffs coveting the oddball DeLorean more than any other fictional car. The story of the actual DeLorean Motor Company and its cocaine-dealing founder John DeLorean is an odd one. The unpainted, stainless steel-bodied sports car came with vertically rising "gullwing" doors and a design unlike anything that had come before it.

Real-world drivers would need to get their hands on a flux capacitor to make time travel possible, if one existed, but movie replica DeLorean time machine cars show up from time to time on the streets of Hollywood with Doc Brown impersonators behind the wheel.

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Friday, April 03, 2015

Three Business Optimization Strategies You Should Implement Right Now

These days, many corporate leaders and entrepreneurs are interested in optimizing the function of their businesses. If this is the case for you, it's important to note that there are several business optimization techniques you can utilize to make it happen. To get started on the right foot, be sure to try the following organization enhancement tips and tricks: 

1. Get Great Garage Products. 

Irrespective of the industry you work in, you'll likely find yourself in need of garage products at some point. Whether you need Geneva garage cabinets, toolboxes, or something else, it's critically important that you purchase your goods from the right company. A good company will have a fair return policy, a good reputation, and a consistent track record. When you start your search for the ideal garage cabinet company, keep a great business like Garage Appeal in mind. This company has extensive industry experience and a wide range of wonderful products that will likely suit your professional purpose. 

2. Invest In Digital Advertising Services. 

Another strategy you should implement in order to ensure that your business is optimized is investing in digital advertising services. These services are important for many reasons, including the fact that more and more people are going online to buy the goods and services they want. With this idea in mind, it's critically important that you have a first class internet marketing campaign in place. To ensure that you can get the professional, efficacious assistance you need, consider hiring a team of learned, experienced marketing mavens to help you. Some of the services a stellar digital advertising company will be able to offer include: search engine optimization, social media optimization, online reputation management, e-newsletters, calls to action, link building, content creation, keyword analysis, research and analytics, and more. 

3. Become A Thought Leader. 

The third strategy you can implement in order to push your company further forward is to become a thought leader in your industry. A thought leader is an individual who is perceived to have extensive knowledge and experience within their field of work. Oftentimes, people are more willing to do business with a company upon realizing that the organization head is a thought leader within the field. To become one, invest your time in reading contemporary literature that pertains to important issues within your sector. Also make a point to publish within your field regularly and participate in lectures, conferences, debates, etc. 


If you're a business owner who wants to push your company into a deeper degree of excellence and expansion this year, note that there's a systematic way that you can realize your goal. By consistently implementing some or all of the company enhancement techniques discussed here, you will likely find that your business starts moving forward with lightning speed.

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