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Simple Etiquette Tips for the Golf Course







Over the past few month, I've picked up the game of golf! It all started as a joke to join some friends (experienced golfers) and since I got the hang of it, I started taking lessons from a golf Pro and started to enjoy it even more! Being a sportman all my life, I never thought I'd enjoy this game that much.


It's a technical game and I'm slowly improving! From the beginning my friends make it clear that on the course, I had to follow some basic golf rules. Or golf etiquette as they are called as well. 


Golf is an enjoyable sport and a great way to unwind. However, picking up the regulations involved with the game sounds a bit intimidating to new enthusiasts and players. Sometimes casual players fail to stick to these rules whether intentionally or by accident.


Typically, these mistakes are often overlooked during a casual game of golf but serious golfers mainly scoff at these blunders because they take the game to heart. They want everybody in the game to educate themselves and be familiar with these rules. There’s a lot to learn when it comes to rules and with this, newbies commit a number of mistakes before getting said rules right, and this handy guide will help you understand them so you can enjoy the most out of the sport.




Major Golf Rules to Remember



There is a long list of golf rules but here are the most important things that every new player in the block must keep in mind in order to get into the groove of the game.



  • No shouting, yelling or phone calls on the course

Act properly and don't disturb other people by shouting or yelling to your friends or making phone calls.


Golf is a sport that needs concentration and golfers need to focus on their play. If you're shouting, laughing, making phone calls that might upset other people. 


Turn your phone off so you can't get called or put your phone on silent (the ringtone should not be heard).


The only exception is the 'fore' yell when you hit the ball and it's going too close to the group in front of you or it swings to the side where other people might be.


  • Do not move the ball after a shot


Rule of thumb: once the ball rises up into the air and lands anywhere, it must remain on its resting area. The ball should not be tapped or budged. On the putting green, the ball can be taken on or moved to make way for other players but a marker should be positioned under the ball prior to removing it.



Before putting, the player should position the ball back into place in the exact spot to commence the game.




  • Do not touch other players’ golf balls


You’re about to start your game when you see that there are a few stray balls in your way. The thought of removing those balls yourself can be appealing, but keep in mind that you should leave those stray balls by themselves. Those balls may belong to other golfers who have to catch up with their game.



  • Set a 5-minute extension to look for a ball


Golfers must not spend over 5 minutes looking for their balls. If the search for the ball exceeds the time limit, he or she should commit to a one-stroke penalty and continue the game from the earliest position of the shot.



However, if the golfers are vague about the accurate location of the initial shot, then the hitting golfer must take a ball drop by grasping the ball in his or her hand with one arm drawn out directly at shoulder level and releasing the ball. This act must be performed in the spot of the initial shot.




  • Tackle a ball from the other holes


Rule Number One from above still applies even if the ball ends up landing on the wrong spots, unfortunately. It can be let off though if there were stakes or other sort of markers specifying that the fairway is off limits. The ball can be tackled then by means of a one-stroke penalty if the wrong fairway is off limits.



Keep in mind that golfers have to watch out not to obstruct other golfers who are properly tackling that hole. The golfers on the other side must be permitted to continue their game first unless they wait of their own accord.




  • Take part inside the restrictions of the course


The ball which lands elsewhere from the restrictions of the golf course is not taken on its resting spot. If the ball was off limits, the golfer must then perform a one-stroke penalty and the ball is taken on adjacent to the initial hitting position. Lost balls will necessitate a ball drop.



The restrictions on golf courses are typically signposted with stakes or white-colored lines. However, this can vary from golf course to golf course and other sorts of markers might also be employed.

  • Follow the local rules and regulations

Apart from the official golf rules and regulations, there could be other local rules. When you register yourself at the desk, make sure to ask for any of them. 


Local rules might be a certain area on the course to be seen as a 'out of bounds' or 'water hazard' or any other change of the normal course. During a tournament, the local rule might be that you can use a golf range finder to improve the game and make it more enjoyable for the many not-local golfers. 



Picking up and absorbing the sport of golf takes time and effort. However, learning does not have to be a demanding or even a nerve-wracking experience. Beginners in the sport are not anticipated to dredge up every single rule on their first game or even after the game.



Nevertheless, it is recommended that every newbie of the sport should start studying this particular pastime with a few casual players or even fellow beginners, not with ones who are very keen on the sport, i.e. serious, more experienced golfers.




There are actually 34 golf rules that needs learning but knowing the basics for a start may be sufficient enough to get you to start participating. Several of the rules mentioned above like not moving the ball or not touching other players’ balls simply entail common sense. Other rules stated usually takes more effort and patience to absorb, like getting out of a fellow golfer’s way or the correct sequence for taking turns.




After some time, beginners focused on studying and enjoying the game always discover that they actually get on top of things without delay.






Electric Heaters

Electric heaters are getting more and more popular not just because they are affordable but because they offer so many benefits including being the least inexpensive to run. And when the winter season starts, you just cannot have some sort of heater inside the house or you put all the family members at high risk of getting sick from the freezing cold weather.


However, electric heaters are not suitable for all types of rooms and/or houses. It is most suitable for those who want to heat small to medium-sized rooms given its maximum heating capacity of 2.4 kW. Electric heaters are generally more preferred over portable LPG heaters because they are safer, more convenient, and more inexpensive.


How Electric Heaters Work


Electric heaters use resistance in order to work. There is a heating element in which an electrical line voltage flows and from there, electrical resistance arises. This then makes heat possible. The type of electric heater you should buy should basically depend on the size of the room and your specific needs and expectations.


Some electric heaters also work through radiant heat where heating is similar to that of infrared where the objects are heated but not the air itself. Therefore, an electric heater that uses radiant heat should be placed either at the floor or at the ceiling where it can directly blow heat to the occupants or to the objects like the floor or sofa to keep occupants warm and comfortable.


Convection heat is also commonly used in electric heaters as this still is the traditional way of heating. If an electric heater uses this kind of heat, it should be located close to the floor in order for the cold air below to be heated properly and everything else will follow.


The Different Types of Electric Heaters


Here let us tackle on the different types of electric heaters in order for you to properly select which one suits your needs and preferences the most.


1.     Electric Wall Heaters

This is the most popular type for bathrooms but in fact can also be used in small to medium-sized rooms. These usually use convection heating and feature either a motorized fan or electric coils to produce radiant heat. However, electric wall heater units should be kept inside the house and not installed in exterior walls as cold may take its toll in the electric coils inside.


In addition, electric wall heaters usually have built-in thermostat which makes heat control easier.


2.     Electric Baseboard Heaters

This is an example of an electric heater that features the conventional way of heating. They do use electric coils but the thing here is that cool air is supposed to be drawn inside and it turns into warm air as it pass through the heated electric coils. The warm air then exits and is spread into the room.


This type of electric heater is a bit tricky and if ever you want this, you should get the one that has integrated thermostat control.


3.     Electric Ceramic Heaters

This type of electric heater has the ability to provide an intense kind of heat and offers better circulation through its large grille. Warm air output can also usually be set to your liking and comfort.


Normally, electric ceramic heaters feature safety thermal cut-off which eliminates the risk of overheating since it produces intense heat.


4.     Electric Portable Heaters

This type may be portable but they are carefully engineered for heavy-duty use which makes it perfect for those who might want to move their heaters from one room to another from time to time especially for those days when you are left alone in the house. It offers concentrated heating which actually lets you save electricity as you do not need to heat up the whole house.


5.     Electric Tower Heaters

These are usually perfect for small rooms. They usually come with remote control and a slim design. Just like the electric ceramic heaters, most electric tower heaters today make use of the safe ceramic heating technology. In addition, these also come with triple safety protection system where the heater automatically shuts off when it is close to overheating or when someone tips it over.


6.     Electric Toe-Kick Heaters

This heater is specifically designed for small spaces where you simply need a burst of warm air every now and then, hence, the given name. This is normally placed under cabinets or vanities and use motorized fan for the distribution of warm air.


7.     Electric Reflective Heaters

This is the type of electric heater which is suitable for large areas of space. This uses radiant heating technology with reflective heaters which in turn make it possible to provide warmth to large areas without consuming more electricity, hence, still offer more savings for the users.


There are different types of electric heaters and experts say that they are not all equally efficient. The differences would lie on the different needs of consumers. In choosing the type of electric heather that is right for you, you also maximize the electric heater’s benefits and get even more than what you paid for. This type of home improvement really makes your home feel cosy and comfortable!

Choose the Right Dog Training Treats

Training your dog is easier with the right dog training treats. Whether you are trying to train your dog in simple obedience commands like “sit” and “stay” or you are training them to respond to hand signals to retrieve dog training treats are a necessity. It's advisable to start training your dog these simple commands when the dog is still a puppy. The older the dog becomes, the harder it will be to get rid of bad habits.



The question than has to be addressed which are the best treats to use.  There are some treats that are more preferential to dogs than others. Finding the right treat for your dog can be a hit or miss type situation and if you miss you might as well forget about the training session.


You dog has to love the treats for them to respond to the training. There are plenty of great commercially prepared treats on the market but you do not have to use commercially prepared treats to get the training that you want.


Simple training excercises for your dog like listening to your clear commands (inside your house but also outside), when to eat and where to sleep are very easily trainable. I’ll write another post about outside dog training but your dog should have its own place to sleep and feel comfortable during the day. You can think of a dog basket, dog house or just a nice comfortable (and indestructable crew proof) dog bed should be perfect. Just remember that your dog might grow to become large and the dog should be able to fit in it for the next few years...


What Does Your Dog Like?


Dogs are a lot like humans in that what is palatable for one may be ignored by another. Good treats for your dog may be not so good for the next dog. Before you invest in training treats ask yourself what your dog likes to eat.


What type of dog food do they enjoy? What type of human food kind of sends them over the edge when they smell it cooking? Hot dogs are a good bet if you want to try something that it inexpensive. Just cut the hot dog length wise to avoid a choking hazard and cut it into fourths than eighths and use them to coax your pet into doing what you ask.


Maybe your dog is not a big hot dog fan there are commercially prepared liver treats that are low fat that are a good bet. Most dogs will do just about anything for a piece of liver!  Ultimately it may sound strange but it does come down to their personal taste preferences.


Try a Few Different Treats


Try a few different types of treats to get started to see which one works the best. You will easily be able to tell when you find the “right” dog training treats. The wagging tale the undivided attention are all cues that you are right on with the dog treats.


Switch It Up


Once your dog gets used to one treat you may have to switch things up because they will get bored. Just like you would if all you could eat was vanilla ice cream when you wanted a treat. Keep a couple of different treats on hand during your training session it will help to hold the dogs attention if they think maybe there will be a new “surprise” waiting for them.


Watch the Amount of Treats


You do not want your dog to get too many treats during any training session. You have to make sure that they work for it and you have to be sure that they you do not go heavy on the fatty treats because it is not a very healthy option for them! If you like running, take your dog with your once in a while! Some dogs are made to run and it's great fun! Training treats are a necessity and are a great way to train your dog but do choose wisely!

Triathlon Basic Tips

Triathlon requires not just hard physical work but deep knowledge and great dedication as well. One needs not to prepare just the body but more so the mind. Many people who love running upped their training routines to prepare themselves for triathlons. In fact, ask anyone who frequently runs and swims and cycles what they want to do next and their answer would most probably be to one day join and if possible, win a triathlon event.


There is absolutely nothing wrong with aiming high. There even are some people who have never run their entire lives yet are interested in training for a triathlon. Well, if others can do it, then you probably can too with a lot of hard work and patience.


Have you always dreamed of joining a triathlon event? What is holding you back from your dream? Experts say that anyone who is in good state of health, mind, and body can run a triathlon. With a strict workout plan of 30 minutes three days a week for the first couple of weeks, you can make this happen.  Of course, you'll need a good (triathlon) road bike, proper clothing for running, swimming and biking (or combined clothing like a tri-short) and some more items like running and bike shoes and a swimming goggle. Find great tips about triathlons hereOnce you do find the courage to finally register for that upcoming triathlon event near your area, remember these things.


1.     Know what your goal is.

Do you know what makes winners win? More than just the physical strength to carry out all of the given activities, they know their goal. They are mentally prepared and are set to reach their goals by hook or by crook.


If this is your first time, do not go overboard, registering for a sprint of 15 miles is more than enough to keep you pumped up at the fullest. From this, you can start planning your workout. Remember that you have to build endurance and improve your health as much as possible.


It would also be helpful to check your BMI or body mass index. If it does not fall in the normal range, then you may want to make necessary adjustments first.


2.     Build your base.

Building your base is equivalent to core training. This is where most triathlon participants commonly make a mistake. They think that since it is a triathlon, they would have to run as much as they can on their first day of training. This almost always leads to injuries.


You have to condition your body including your muscles and joints for the hard work that lies ahead. How do you it? You make this possible by building up your stamina and strengthening up your core.


Start with a simple brisk walking/slow running routine first. On days when you are not scheduled to run, do some core training to strengthen those tendons, joints, and muscles.  Remember to take it all slow. You should never be in a hurry to do all these.


You can only take your training a level up after a week. With this being said, the increase in training intensity must only be 10%. This is a strict rule that everyone must follow. Otherwise, your body will make you regret it.


Another important thing to know in building your base is to have a rest week once a month. Otherwise, you are leading yourself to a total burnout which is extremely hard to recover from. In contrary to what was earlier believed, a rest week will make you come back stronger than before.


Triathlon experts and trainers say that first-time participants should dedicate anywhere from two to six months in building the aerobic base which could be achieved by either running or biking.


3.     Have a definite training plan.

Once you have successfully and properly built your base and strengthened your core, you can start proper training for all three sports including running, biking, and swimming.


What you can do is to train twice for each sport every week which equates to six days of training, the remaining day of the week should be your rest day to let your body recover. Some experts say that you can have as much as two rest days per week. You just have to make necessary changes in the schedule and may be squeeze in two sports in a day if possible.


4.     Load up on all things healthy.

In order to do all those we have said above, you have to feed your body and mind nutritious foods. Think healthy all the time. Forget those irresistible chips and ice cream. Remember that you need mental alertness and sharpness that you can only achieve that by eating normally and healthier.


Three months before the triathlon race, start eating more of real and unprocessed food to avoid inflammation throughout the body. Go for whole foods such as fruits, vegetables, and lean meats. A great thing to follow here is to get all the colors of the rainbow whenever you are at the supermarket.


Triathlete’s best friend is considered to be fiber-rich food because they are the main source for the healthy carbs which should give you the energy to push through with all the vigorous training.


5.     Train your mind.

Win or lose, you have to have a positive outlook and mindset. Go for the experience more than the medal. There will be other triathlons to participate in and you will surely get a medal soon. For now, enjoy what you are doing because once you become physically and mentally fit for a triathlon, you are already a winner.

Bicycle Endurance Training

When you first begin cycling, you will quickly learn that become tired fairly quickly and might not be able to cycle far distances. Building up your endurance is something that happens naturally over time, but you can speed up the process with a few drills. This means that it is possible to improve your endurance through training on your bike that is beyond just traditional cycling. Some of the endurance drills are a bit more complex than others, but you can choose the ones that work best for you. All of these drills are specifically designed to help you improve your cycling endurance. As time goes on, you will be able to go farther distances and increase speed.

All of the following endurance drill should be done in addition to your normal riding:

One-Legged Drill

This might seem like an impossible drill to perform on your bicycle, but with practice you can master it in no time at all. To do this drill you must put one foot on the pedal of your bicycle and the other foot on the ground. Try pedaling with just one foot and push through the dead spot at the top of the pedal struck that is harder to push through. It will not take very many pedal strokes to feel the burn in your leg. Once you feel the tiredness in your leg you can switch to the other side. This drill will definitely help you to build endurance over time.

Shoe Top Drill

This endurance drill is a little more unique and takes a while to get used to. To perform, you need to pedal and then press your foot upwards toward the top of your shoe. This means that you have to avoid pushing toward the back of your shoe. In time, this type of drill will train your muscles, which is important when you are riding over terrain that switches from flat to hills. Now transitions on your bike will be so much easier and will not zap your energy as easily as before.

9-to-3 Drill

This drill requires you to envision the wheels of your bike like the face of a clock. Once you imagine this, you can place your foot forward at the 3 o’clock position and the back foot at the 9 o’clock position. Once you have your feet in these positions, you can pedal quickly to put the opposite foot in the position as the other without stopping at any other points on the wheel. This drill might be tough at the start, but you will get the hang of it quickly.

Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

It is also possible to train for endurance on your bicycle by simply changing the comfortable number of pedal strokes that you complete in one minute. If you push yourself to complete more pedal strokes than you normally complete in one minute, you will quickly be able to build your endurance levels over time. 

It's almost gone with the winter so it's time to continue your cycling training outside! During the winter period, you can easily train inside. Try out a boxing cardio training for instance to keep your fitness up! A lot more people can motivate themselves easier in spring and summer so let go: go cycling!


7 Quick and Effective Ways to Lower Blood Pressure

High blood pressure or hypertension as medical professionals prefer to call it is just one of the many medical conditions wherein prevention is always better than cure. Yes it is hereditary and if both your parents have it, chances are you are going to have it sooner or later.


However, this does not mean that you cannot fight it or at least delay it. Remember that if you take good care of your body, you will have higher chances of actually enjoying a great state of health for a longer period of time compared to those that do not.


Hypertension or high blood pressure could be due to a variety of reasons. Genetics play a role and so does lifestyle. The food you eat and what you do greatly affects it. Given these factors, one has the ability to try to prevent high blood pressure or in cases where it is already present, try to lower it.


Basically, there are two types of hypertension – primary and secondary. Primary hypertension is the kind of hypertension that develops through the years as you grow old without any underlying cause. Secondary hypertension, on the other hand, is caused by an underlying condition. Examples of which would be high cholesterol, kidney problems, tumors, thyroid problems, lung problems, heart problems, medications, illegal drugs, and even excessive alcohol use.


Over time, everyone is going to experience primary hypertension, especially when one reaches the old age. However, secondary hypertension can be prevented early on. Here are some natural quick effective ways on how to lower blood pressure without taking medication:


1.     Eat a healthy and balanced diet

This is probably the advice you most often hear when it comes to taking care of one’s body and overall health. Medical experts and the wise elderly people cannot reiterate this as much. Eating a healthy and balanced diet comes with a whole load of benefits and without a single disadvantage so you really do not have a good reason not to do this.


Yes junk food (hamburgers and soft drinks) may be more attractive to eat but is it healthy? Whole grain, fruits, and vegetables can also be attractive yet they are good for the body. Be wise in making decisions on which food you are going to eat. Remember that you are what you eat.


Eat healthy foods and you will be healthy. Eat zero-nutrition foods and you will be unhealthy.


2.     Exercise as much as you can

Obesity and impaired glucose tolerance is rampant today. The increasing rate of these diseases is simply overwhelming and it is attributed to today’s sedentary lifestyle. People work for endless hours without allotting a good amount of time for exercise. Even animals need exercise and that is more reason for humans to exercise whenever they can.


Exercise improves blood circulation which in turn results in a healthier heart and body. The suggested physical activity is around 30-60 minutes two to three times a week. If you have other medical conditions, it would be best to talk to your doctor or therapist for an effective exercise program.


3.     Lose weight

Blood pressure commonly increases as weight increases. If you are serious about lowering down your blood pressure, lose those extra pounds. Experts say that as little as 10-pound weight loss can do wonders for the blood pressure. In addition, this also ensures that your medications (if you are taking any) will take more effect. Losing weight can be done with healthy food and cardio training (exercise training on a low pace).


4.     Eliminate sodium and saturated fats in your diet

Sodium and saturated fat are two of the major culprits in increasing blood pressure. Fact is they are present in almost all the processed foods today. What you can do is opt for unprocessed foods. This ensures that what you are eating has less chemicals and preservatives.


For those instances where you just cannot veer away from processed foods, always check the label first and foremost and choose the ones with the least sodium and saturated fat content


5.     Watch your alcohol and caffeine intake

Truth is alcohol and caffeine can go both ways when it comes to health. When consumed moderately, both can actually lower blood pressure. However, once one goes above the moderate consumption level, it becomes bad for the body as both can increase blood pressure.


Bottom line is despite the protective effect of minimal alcohol and caffeine intake, they still cause more harm than good to one’s body.


6.     Avoid cigarettes

Smoking cigarettes or cigars or even getting exposed to second-hand smoke may constantly increase your blood pressure so you better avoid these altogether. Nicotine is the culprit here. It generally paves way for a whole lot of heart and lung problems.


7.     Manage stress well

Stress and anxiety also remain common causes of increased blood pressure. If you have noticed your face reddening up when you are angry or stressed, that probably is the blood rushing to your head as your blood pressure increases.


Stress may be a constant thing in our lives but it does not mean it cannot be managed. If you want to take care of your health and heart, learn how to manage stress more effectively.


Lowering down your blood pressure is not impossible. In fact, it is not even hard to do if you have the will and is totally decided on improving your state of health.

Triathlon Training

A triathlon is a test of your endurance and your strength, but it is much more manageable than you might think. Many people wrongly assume that training for a triathlon is almost impossible. However, the fact is that no matter what fitness level you are, it is possible to whip yourself into shape if you train the correct way. As long as you have 12 weeks to dedicate to a triathlon training program, you have enough time to prepare even if you are not currently in optimal shape. You can still have a life and fit in a training schedule that will get you ready for what is waiting ahead.



What Gear Do You Need?

Before you begin your training regimen, you need to invest in the right gear. There is some basic equipment that you will definitely need during your training and when you finally get ready for your triathlon event. You will need a swimsuit, goggle, bicycle, cycling shorts and running shoes. This is the basic gear that will be needed, but you can always splurge on more gear or equipment if you feel that it will help you with your training.


To efficiently train and improve your complete shape, you should certainly invest in a heart rate monitor in combination with a GPS watch. 


Stay Committed

The biggest commitment that you will make to training for a triathlon will be of your time. This is especially true if you are not in peak physical condition starting out. You have to give yourself about 12 weeks of training to ensure that you can get your endurance and strength where they need to be without putting yourself at risk of injury. The worst thing that can happen is training and then suffering an injury during the triathlon. However, this can normally be avoided if you make a big enough time commitment to training beforehand. Once you start training, you need to keep training at least 5 times each week for about 6 hours total. The pride that you feel when you finally complete the triathlon will be well worth all the time you put into training.


Less Than You Might Expect

The time commitment of 6 hours each week might seem like less than you expected, but this is all it takes to get your body in shape as long as you spread your workouts over a 12 week period. Even during your biggest training week, you should not put in more than 6 hours. This means that the majority of your workouts will be just over an hour in length. Over time you will be able to build your endurance and your longest workout will be a bike ride of less than 2 hours.



Plan to Rest

Even though you have to get moving and get your body in shape for a grueling test of endurance, you still need to set aside some time for rest. Rest is an essential part of training, because your body needs time to recover from the strain that you put it under. As long as you stick to a firm training schedule that includes adequate rest. You should be fully prepared by the time your triathlon rolls around.


Basic Puppy Tips

Puppies are cute and cuddly, but they can also be quite rambunctious and a bit out of control. Trying to teach your new pup all the basics about good behavior can be a little overwhelming for new dog owners. The only way to train your pup the right way is to make sure that you are using the correct methods. There are a few training techniques that you should always keep in mind when you are trying to coax your pup into good behaviors.



Here are a few basic puppy tips that you should always remember when interacting or training your canine companion:


Be Gentle

Do not be shocked if your new pup is really sensitive in the beginning. When you first meet your puppy this is a really fragile time emotionally for your pet. You do not want to place any more stress on your puppy, so you should make an effort to not train too roughly. You need to exercise a bit of patience and try to the ease your puppy with this new transition into your home and your world. Everything in your puppy’s world has just been changed, so you need to be a little considerate. Too much aggression will be confusing and can even frighten your pup. Whatever you do, make sure that you never hit your puppy. This will only cause it to become withdrawn from you.


Short and Sweet

Puppies are a lot like small children in the way that they have really short attention spans. This mean that you have to keep all of your puppy training sessions really brief. You have to remember that your pup will only pick up on the things that you are teaching when they are actually paying attention to you. Always keep your training time with your puppy short and sweet by just focusing on the basics. You will be able to move on to other behaviors once you have successfully engrained the easy ones.


Patience is a Virtue

You have to give your puppy some time to get used to you. It might not be easy at first to deal with the strain of your puppies crazy antics, but you will learn how to minimize your frustration. Puppies take time to learn and only pick up on things in spurts, so you can’t be too forceful. If you just stay calm and relax, you might even find some of your pup’s quirks to be endearing. If you are patient in regards to training your puppy the entire process should be so much easier for the both of you.


Puppies food

Just like with babies, they don't eat the same food as adults. This counts the same for your new pup, it should not eat the same dog food as other dogs. Ask for information from your Vet but in general your pup needs special puppies dog food. Make sure you ask your Vet straight away about dog treats. Dog treats are great to treat your new pup for good behavior but some treats are better than others. For instance, grown up dogs love peanut butter dog treats and other healthy dog treats which you can even make at home. For pups you should listen to the advice from your Vet.



Build Your Pup’s Confidence

If you want a healthy and happy dog, you need to start building the confidence of you puppy now. The best part about building your puppy’s confidence is that it is not hard to do at all. You just have to give some positive reinforcement and spend time with your canine companion. If you show it love over time you will build its confidence. 

5 Awesome Afternoon Snack Ideas That Are Also Healthy

Snacking has a big impact on your health so choosing the right healthy afternoon snacks is important as choosing the right food you eat for every meal. If you get hungry in between meals, it is best to choose nutrient-rich food to snack on.


The reason why we settle for junk food for snack is that they look so appealing, fun and convenient. There are also fruits and vegetables that are easy to prepare, looks and tastes good, fun to eat and actually convenient to take to your workplace for snacks.


You are looking for healthy snacks that are part of your diet, nutritious and less sugar and unhealthy fat. This is hard to find with the convenient snack food you can find in the grocery and fast food section.


Here are some healthy afternoon snacks ideas:


1.     Nuts – You’ll never go wrong with nuts. Their high in fiber making them healthy and light snacks. You can do so much with nuts if you want variety. You can add dried fruits with it making your snack savory and sweet. For more varieties, you can have granola bar which is low in calorie. Nuts can also make great toppings to fruit parfaits for added taste and nutrients.


2.     Vegetables – There are a lot of vegetables you’ll love to have for your afternoon snacks. They’re healthy and convenient to prepare and take to your workplace, depending on how you want them prepared. Vegetables are rich in fiber and low in calories, so even if you eat more that will not destroy your diet, especially for weight watchers out there.


A stick of carrots plus dip for example, is one thing. You can also bake sweet potatoes and top it with cheese and ham. Cherry tomatoes are also healthy and fun to eat even in the afternoon.


You can also make vegetable smoothies which is even better because of faster intake. Don’t be afraid to mix your vegetables with fruits, or lean meat for variety in taste.


3.     Fruits – There’s no such thing as so many fruits in a day. Perhaps the most convenient snack you can ever pack to work for an afternoon snack is different kinds of fruits. Fruits are also rich in fiber, so no problem eating more.


Some ideas are, slice bananas, apples, or pears and dip it on a non-sweetened peanut butter or glaze it with honey or maple syrup if you have nut allergies. As simple as putting in oranges, grapes, apple, berries thrown in a bowl is already fiber rich, high in Vitamin C snack. You can top this with cream, non-fat milk or yogurt. Cherry tomatoes are great to be paired with cheese, so you might want to try that one too.


If you’re making snack food for kids, you can make fruits and vegetable kebab. All you need is a skewer and you can start enjoying fruits and vegetables on a stick with chocolate drizzle, which your kids will surely love more.


Another fun way is to substitute candies with frozen grapes or kiwis, even your kids will surely love this snack. Not only fresh fruits can make great healthy afternoon snacks, but sun dried fruits are also delicious.


4.     Smoothies – Fruits or vegetables smoothies are no doubt healthy snack food. Smoothies are pack in fiber and nutrients and it’s so easy to prepare. You only need a blender and your fruits or vegetables. You can even take this with you at work or when you go to the gym and perfect for an afternoon snack while at home relaxing.


The best thing about making your own smoothies is that you control how much sugar you put in it thus making it even healthier. You can even skip using sugar and substitute it with honey or maple syrup.


You’ll surely love berries, bananas, apples, pears, avocadoes and cantaloupes smoothies but be bold enough to mix two or three fruits to make a combo and achieve a unique blend in taste and nutrients. To make this even more nutritious, throw in some vegetables like carrots, sweet potatoes, green leafy or nutritious beets.


5.     Toasts – Choose non-gluten whole wheat bread and toast them in the oven. Adding fruits or meat on your toast will add more nutrition so don’t be afraid to add ham, bacon, cheese or fruits and vegetables, depending on your taste.  You can even glaze the toast with honey or maple syrup, depending on your taste.   


When you’re snacking, your goal is not to starve while waiting for the next meal so you won’t be eating too much then. Remember to also hydrate and consume your snacks in moderation.


There are so many other snack food that you’ll love, all you have to do is discover what would fit your taste palate and what would help you achieve your health and fitness goals. It is best to consult an expert or a nutritionist to better understand each food group and what benefit these foods can bring to your health and fitness

The Wonders Of The New Modern Ceiling Fan

A while ago, I wrote about the choice of an air conditioning system and a ceiling fan. Since last summer our house was quite warm (actually hot) and all AC's were sold out, I thought it would be a good idea to start thinking early about climate control. I started to like the idea of a ceiling fan and see below what I came up with.


Ceiling fans have been around for a long time. The concept of ceiling fans is pretty old and before the electrical fans, they were manually operated using large tracts of curtains and elaborate hooking structures. But the primitive technology of modern ceiling fans that was invented a hundred and fifty years ago and has been subsequently upgraded in the last hundred years. Over the last twenty years or so, the new modern ceiling fan has evolved, a much more upgraded, sophisticated and multipurpose device.



Contemporary or state of the art ceiling fans are no match for heating, cooling and ventilation (HVAC) units or climate control systems, but there are enough wonders to marvel at the genius of engineering. One of the most compellingly captivating elements of contemporary ceiling fans is its affordability despite all the features.

  • Let us begin with the cosmetic aspects. The physical features or appearance, ala design and aesthetical elements of ceiling fans are amazing. Ceiling fans have often been decorative. There are century old ceiling fans with elaborate designs and intricate architecture. But sophistry has never been an attribute of ceiling fans of yesteryears. They were either dull, purely utilitarian, or extravagant, usually in the royal courts and a prerogative of the rich. Today, even the most affordable ceiling fans look elegant. Some of the best affordable modern fans are the Harbor Breeze ceiling fans and the Westinghouse ceiling fans. They can be chosen according to one’s personal preferences, the shades on the walls in one’s home and there are hundreds of variances in designs, features and more. In a nutshell, a ceiling fan is a work of art and science, while it was either predominantly art or primarily science for all the past decades.
  • Ceiling fans are capable of different types of wind motion. Earlier, a ceiling fan would only be able to circulate air which allowed hot air to rise up and flow out from the room, facilitated by windows or vents, and cold air to prevail. Today, a ceiling fan creates myriad types of wind motions within the room. From circulating air normally to focusing on specific areas, throwing air with great gusto at specific places to really sprinkling the pockets of circulated air all around, a ceiling fan is capable of much more than what one can normally imagine.
  • Today, ceiling fans come with various speed settings. This may not come as a surprise because most fans, even those of the sixties and earlier, came with regulators. But those regulators were not strictly an attribute of the fans. They were energy regulators, controlling the voltage of power. Today, a state of the art ceiling fan can have innate speed settings, typically also associated with wind motion and pattern of swings.
  • Energy consumption is another area where the latest ceilings fan is amazingly evolved. Ceiling fans have never had the tendency to gorge on power but modern fans are even more energy efficient. A ceiling fan or operating one doesn’t cost even the tiniest fraction of what climate control or HVAC units demand.


Ceiling fan is a great investment and almost every place deserves it. Even if a property is located in a cold region, a ceiling fan can still act as the facilitator of ventilation or circulation of hot air.