Whether it’s a birthday party or you just want something to serve your little ones that’s healthy and will go down a treat, finger foods are always a great hit. Plus, they’re often easy for little ones to prepare themselves, making the whole process fun for them and giving them that sense of achievement that they’ve made something just like a grown-up. Preparing finger foods is a great way to teach your kids about making food in the kitchen, and there are so many great ideas that can be put together in minutes for a healthy snack idea, lunch, or a party spread. Here are some of our favorites!
Healthy Pizza Pops:
Who says that party food has to be unhealthy? If a full pizza is too much or you want your kids to eat healthier food options, mini pizzas are a great idea. Either split the dough up into smaller circles, or use mini tortilla wraps for an even healthier alternative. Kids will love loading the base with their favorite pizza toppings – and there are plenty of healthy options to choose from. Start with a tomato base and cheese, then add tomatoes, peppers, ham, chicken, sweetcorn, mushrooms, pineapple and anything else – get creative and make a pizza that you wouldn’t normally be able to get in the store. For parties, a wooden tray is perfect for serving the pizzas and easy to wipe clean afterwards if toppings fall off – Virginia Boys Kitchens sells them.
Banana Ice Lollies:
Ice lollies are filled with sugar and additives, so even though kids love them, it’s understandable that you might want to search for a healthier alternative. Turning a banana into a healthy, yummy ice lolly is a great idea – and easy enough for your kids to do by themselves. Add a little bit of a treat by dipping the banana in melted chocolate and adding some sprinkles or marshmallows before popping in the freezer for around an hour. Don’t forget to add the lolly stick before freezing!
Getting some kids to eat their veggies can be hard work, so for many parents, the trick is to serve them in a fun and interesting way. Fruit kebabs are different and your little one can help put them together, so that they can choose their favorite veggies too. Chopped carrots, peppers, celery, tomatoes, and cucumber are great ideas – simply build the kebab on a skewer and serve with your little one’s favorite dipping sauce. You could even re-create the same idea but with fruit!
Swapping bread for cucumber creates a light bite that’s easy to make with a fraction of the carbs. To do this, slice cucumber thinly lengthwise and take two pieces which will form the ‘bread’ part of the sandwich. Since they’re small, you’ll probably need a couple of cucumbers. Once you’ve done the chopping and slicing, hand your little ones a selection of toppings to create their ‘sandwich’ – ham and other meats, sauces, lettuce and raw spinach all make great options. You can use a cocktail stick to hold everything together if it’s easier.
What finger foods do your kids love to prepare and eat? We’d love to hear from you in the comments
Who said that it’s going to be a “happy ever after” after getting the much-awaited wedding proposal from your boyfriend or your soon-to-be life-long partner?
While both soon-to-be bride and groom are under pressure and stress in making their upcoming wedding perfect, there are situations when both parties start to realize something that they should have realized sooner before getting engaged – an agreement that they are really not meant for each other.
So, what’s going to happen with the engagement ring?
If you are lucky enough to end your relationship in the most civilized way, it’ll be easy to decide who gets to keep the engagement ring, where in most cases the ring is returned to the one who gave the ring in the first place. However, not all relationship would end up the nicest way, some are too heartbreaking.
So, who gets to keep the ring? Similar to most breakups, ending a relationship a few months, weeks, or days before the wedding is kind of complicated. However, if both parties want to keep the ring for themselves, according to the law, the person who gave the ring keeps the ring.
But, isn’t it a gift?
Unlike most gifts that you receive on your birthday, this gift is a conditional one.
There are three ways that the court treats the engagement ring – as a gift, as compensation, and as a conditional gift.
Engagement ring as a “gift”
The court treats an engagement ring cases as “gift” if it falls under this following elements:
1. The intent of the giver gives the ring or any item as a gift.
2. The actual giving of the ring or any item to the recipient by the giver.
3. The recipient had accepted the gift.
In this case, as a recipient, you can always sell it anytime; in fact, you always sell it with a great deal.
Engagement ring as “compensation”
An engagement ring can be qualified as “compensation” if the giver and the receiver had understood that the ring was given as a reward. For instance, both parties have ventured a business and have agreed to get married after their business’ success; if the business turned out successful and as agreed, the man proposed to her girlfriend marriage and presented valuable diamond ring, according to the law, the woman gets to keep the diamond ring as “compensation”, if both parties have ended their relationship.
Engagement ring as “conditional”
In this scenario, the court treats an engagement ring as a “conditional gift” if the recipient accepted the ring in return to marry the giver. In a case for broken engagement, the court awards the ring to the giver since the ring was presented as “conditional”.
However, in a case where the giver was in the fault of a broken engagement, there are several courts that grant the receiver the authority to keep the ring and do what she wanted to do with it.
If you are in the same situation where you do not what to do with the ring or you wanted to keep the ring but both parties are in argument to keep the ring, you need to consult the professional to seek advice. There are lawyers who specialize in family laws that you can ask for help.
Utilizing trampolines for exercise is steadily becoming a more popular way to get in shape. While it may seem complex using a mini trampoline to workout is a much simpler way to shed pounds while getting healthy, and surprisingly jumping on one is great exercise.
There are several benefits both mentally and physically your body receives from trampoline exercise including detox, cellulite reduction, cardio, cellular oxygen, increased energy and even cancer prevention. So what kind of trampoline should you buy to exercise? Here we will review 7 awesome mini trampolines for losing weight.
1. Stamina 38-Inch Intone Rebounder Trampoline
Double your workout with the stamina rebounder. It comes with two resistance bands attached to steel legs allowing for a simultaneous upper and lower body workout. A blue border is attached to a strong steel frame providing a boundary of protection from hazardous falls. The stamina rebounder is also equipped with a attached timer to keep track of calories burned and the total workout time. This trampoline is perfect for new beginner as well as advanced workouts.
2. Stamina 36-Inch Foldable Trampoline
Exercise while on the go with the Stamina 36-inch trampoline. Completely transportable you can store this in any small space. Although small this powerful trampoline supports up to 250 pounds and is designed with detachable legs equipped with rubber covers. The Stamina is also designed with 30 strong tension bands providing noise reduced yet effective workout. You can easily assemble this in no time by simply attaching the legs and beginning your workout.
3. Stamina Intone Oval Jogger
This trampoline really does have it all. Benefit from the Intone Oval Jogger with a variety of arm and legs workouts at once. The resistance bands come with foam covered handles for a comfortable grip and are also adjustable. A blue order is taught around the edge helping keep you in safe bounds away from potential falls or trips during your workout. The Intone also features a large handle bar for added safety and balance while you exercise. The handle bar is covered with a soft padding for a protected safe grip. A workout DVD is also included to help you start your safe exercise journey.
4. Sunny Health and Fitness 40” Foldable Trampoline
Developed with stability in mind the Sunny Health embodies safety, balance and fitness in one. Rebound at its best, the 40-inch surface is created from polyethylene and held with heavy duty steel springs. This provides a longer, powerful and fluid workout. You can take this anywhere you go as it is foldable allowing for storage anywhere. A non-slip bar attaches from one side of the trampoline to the other providing maximum balance and security during workouts. The bar is also padded for added comfort and grip.
5. Jump sport 350 Fitness Trampoline
The Jumpsport 350 is among the most durable workout trampolines out there. It has been tested for 80,000 successful smooth bounces due to its patented EnduroLast-3 cords. The legs are specially designed to arch providing maximum safety and stability during your workout. This trampoline is also adjustable and very safe, as the cords are also covered protecting from injuries or falls while you exercise.
These are all amazing options and perfect for long-time trampoline exercisers and beginners alike.
Who doesn’t want to take a break in this busy city and head out to the nearest camping or trekking site with friends, family and even alone? Doing outdoor activities is one of the most effective ways to relieve stress according to professionals. People get the chance to take a walk, hike, and sweat out. Also, they get to see the mountain or be surrounded by trees; these kinds of activities are known to be very therapeutic. But before going on an outdoor activity trip, one should be equipped with the right gears to avoid any physical injury and discomfort. To offer a little help, this article will discuss the must have gears and the best hiking boots to wear for those who wanted to go on an adventure.
You will always need a backpack where you can put all the necessities you need to bring along with you including other safety gears, your food, and other items. But when people invest in a backpack, they need to make sure that it is made of good quality to avoid having an additional problem while one is still outdoors for their activity.
There are two words you need to remember when you are selecting a backpack for your adventure. It should be well-fitted and comfortable to wear. Before buying one, you should try it out to make sure that it is really comfortable to wear to avoid having an aching back at the end of the adventure.
Choosing the right footwear can be a little tricky most especially when people are planning to hike in an area where the weather is not predictable. In such condition, it can be difficult to decide whether to buy a footwear that is waterproof, or anything that is good in any terrain regardless if it’s dry or not. Also, spraining one’s ankle while supposedly having fun and relieving stress should definitely be avoided. Also, one thing people need to consider when investing in footwear is whether it gives them the right comfort, cushion, or support in their foot. People are highly encouraged to really check the footwear first and research about it before purchasing one.
There are other things you might need to prepare in an outdoor activity. Aside from the major things which are mentioned above, you wouldn’t want to end up with blisters after hours of hiking, right? Hikers are recommended to wear socks that are made of thick fabrics such as wool.
For shirts and shorts, again, people need to consider first the weather. If people are hiking in a cold weather, they are highly recommended to wear jackets or shirts with thick fabric. If it’s not and if they are hiking in a hot weather, then they are recommended to use shirts and shorts that are made of nylon or polyester materials. In case it will suddenly rain, a waterproof jacket will also be such a good idea to bring during an outdoor activity.
Last, but not least, since it’s an outdoor activity, people should also prepare to take care of their skin. They are recommended to also bring sunblock or any sun protection cream.
For me, fly fishing is a modest compulsive obsession, and therefore every conversation eventually ends up coming around to fly fishing. Because of this, conversations with non-anglers often result in blank stares or half-hearted attempts on their part to feign interest in the discussion. It should come as no great surprise that when at social gatherings where I am the only fly angling person in attendance, I often end up alone in the corner with my waders on.
Occasionally I’ll happen to engage someone who will inevitably say, It looks like fun always wanted to try it. When that happens I always discourage them by suggesting, Try golf instead. Again, more blank stares.
In discouraging others I assure you I am not being territorial by hoping to keep new anglers from crowding the waters I like to fish. In fact, that couldn’t’ be farther from the truth. Conversely, it’s my caring nature my compassion for others that motivates my discouraging words. Your employer, family, and credit card will thank you.
When Jen contacted me and asked if I’d be willing to participate in her series of guest post tips for beginners, the first thing I thought was, It’s too late for that. Its fairly obvious that Jen has already been seduced by the temptation sucked into the dark abyss that is fly fishing. All that I or anyone else can do for her now is to make her comfortable and offer encouraging words to help ease the pain. Like any addiction, it’s important to have a support group. Assuming that she won’t take my advice to get out while you still can, here are a few helpful hints, worth every penny of what she paid for them:
Don’t be proud.
As much as wed all love to save every tangled tippet were sure to encounter, wasting time to decipher the delicate and seemingly impossible intricacies of a bird’s nest is a waste of time. Remember: you’re not going to catch fish unless your fly is on/in the water, and most of the time you can cut the tangle out, splice your tippet and be back on the water much faster than had you attempted to de-snarl the mess. Yes, there is a certain satisfaction that comes with having mastered a daunting task, but often times it makes sense to take the easy way out.
Win the Lottery.
Quality fly fishing gear doesn’t have to be expensive, but the price per gallon of gas isn’t getting any cheaper. Even if you have a favorite local piece of water that doesn’t require driving a bunch of miles to get to, eventually you’ll embark on trips requiring considerably more driving to chase fish on rivers and lakes that beckon you to come hither. And gas may not be your only transportation consideration. How reliable is your vehicle? Are you confident in its ability to get you to where you’re going, and then back home again? I’m not suggesting that you have to go out and buy some swanky four wheel drive rig (although 4wd is a nice insurance policy), but a reliable vehicle that can be trusted to get you into the backcountry on roads less traveled, out of cell range, is important. As your fly fishing obsession worsens, and it will, you’ll be engaging in a fair bit of driving, and possibly even travel involving airfare. You may even seek to become the owner of your own de Havilland Beaver so you can drop into remote bodies of water and pursue whatever it is that anglers are after. It’s inevitable don’t fight it. Start buying Lotto tickets now.
Get more rods, now.
No matter what anyone tells you, one rod will not do it all. Many beginners start out with a 5-weight rod, which is a good all around choice for trout fishing. But it’s not going to suffice once the obsession has sunk its fangs in deep. You’ll want a lighter rod for skinny waters and small fish. You’ll also want a heavier rod for chucking big streamers in the wind and fighting bigger salmonids and warm water species. There’s a convenient formula for determining which rod weights to have: 4, 6 and 8; or 3, 5, and 7. So, if you have a 5-weight rod, it’s recommended that you get a 3- and 7-weight as well. Itll open up your angling possibilities and increase your overall enjoyment. Just as you match the hatch with the right fly, match the catch with the right rod.
Having a collection of fly combo rods is often referred to as having many rods in one’s quiver. While quiver is a term used to describe a case in which an archer stores their arrows, in the case of fly fishing it’s a reference to having several rods, the collective price of which makes one shake and tremble. And remember that 3 rods will only suffice for a while and eventually you’ll find a need for very specialized rods. Start amassing your collection now while there’s still some money in the bank (refer back to #2, above).
Anchoring can be defined as the action of using a weighted device which connects a vessel or boat via a cable, rope, chain or line to the bottom of a body water. The aim is to prevent the vessel or boat from moving on the surface as a result of current or wind. Anchors similarly provide safety during loss of power in the boat or inclement weather.
Types of anchors
When it comes to anchors, some believe that the weight is the determining factor while others are convinced that the design and functionality are important. Either way, there is a lot that goes into making the decision as to the type of anchor that is suitable for a fishing boat. The main categories of anchors are as follows:
These are shaped like inverted mushrooms and are suitable for holding in softer substrates such as sand and silt. It is basically a length of chain that is connected to the tie end and functions by tilting the anchor on one side prior to being buried. For holding power, it depends on its own weight.
And offers minimal resistance due to its Mushroom Lip. It is suitable for light current or wind conditions and on soft bottoms. They are available in the market as from 10 pounds.
They have a compact design that simplifies their storage. A good example of this type of anchor is the WCSS Mushroom Anchor Kit 8 lb that is corrosion and rust resistant and has drainage holes that simplify the process of pulling it from the water. It is available for purchase by interested clients on Amazon.com.
This type of anchor is light in weight and is designed to dig when establishing anchorage. It has excellent holding power when attached to the right substrate. It is essentially designed for pea-gravel, sand and mud (soft bottoms). The flukes on the anchor penetrate deeply when under sufficient pressure conditions and at the correct angle.
They tend to need longer ropes. Have a built-in mechanism which breaks or reverses the anchor line’s plane when extract the anchor and commence its retrieve. It is not suitable for grassy bottoms.
A good example of this type of anchor is the 3.5 pound 4-fluke Jet Logic A-2 Complete Folding Anchor System that will hold in rock, mud, gravel and sand and is readily available for purchase on Amazon.com.
These are mostly used in salt water to hold on reefs. It is made of soft metal tines and a heavy center shaft. When a grapnel anchor lie over, its tines hold onto wood or rock.
Working load are grabbed by the tines, if the anchor snags it straightens when pulled harder thus releasing it from the bottom. An excellent example of this type of anchor is the 5lb Folding Grapnel Anchor that is made of galvanized steel and is readily available for purchase on Amazon.com.
Best Small Anchors for Fishing Boats
There are several types of small anchors that are available in the market, they include the following:
It is basically a derivative of the Mushroom Anchor. It comprises of three flukes which have replaced the Mushroom Cap. They are not very sharp but are very capable of digging into river bottoms that are soft.
Spike anchor of Grabber
These types of anchor use approximately four to six spikes that look like � inch nails and stick out of the main body of the anchor. They stick or grab the bottom for enhanced anchorage on the river. It has a built-in mechanism that facilitates the slipping of the anchor ring back so as remove the anchor easily.
This is an all-purpose anchor that operates in numerous conditions. It depends on a single fluke to dig to the bottom and is also capable of resetting itself if the boat turns.
This is an anchor which has a digging portion that resembles a farming plough. It is new in the market but are renowned for their excellent holding power. They are not recommended for sandy bottoms.
They are heavy traditionally looking anchors. They are characterized by 2 heavy weight flukes. Not popular on fishing boats as they heavily rely on their weight for holding power. They are excellent in areas with grassy bottoms.
Typical bottom conditions For Anchors
Anchors ought to develop sufficient resistance on the bottom of the water body so as to withstand destabilizing environmental forces acting on the boat i.e. waves and the wind. Some options of bottom conditions include the following:
Here are some things to consider:
Rock and Coral
Grassy and Shale
Here are some more links to help you decide
Christine Merchant Anchor Guide
NautiED Online Anchor Reference List
West Marine Anchor Guide
Boating Guide – Best Anchors of 2017
Sand that is fine-grained is suitable for anchors as they are easy to penetrate and provide high holding power that is consistent. A good number of anchors will have highest tension in hard sand. Non-hinged scoop and pivoting-fluke anchors are the best options in sand. Mud
Due to its low shear strength, it needs anchor designs that have greater fluke area and a broader shank-fluke angle. Anchors with such designs will be able to deeply penetrate to the locations where the mud has more shear strength. Fortress anchors have excellent holding power in mud and the main reason for this is that they can be conveniently adjusted to a broad forty five degree fluke angle from its standard thirty two degree angle. Rock and coral
Grapnel-type or Plow-shaped anchors have high structural strength to be able to sufficiently sustain high point loads. Grassy, shale and clay bottoms
The weight of the anchor is prominent to the design in such bottoms. It is the weight that will determine the holding power and penetration. Delta, CQR, Supreme and Rocna anchors are best on such bottoms.
Factors to consider in selecting best anchors
Selecting an anchor can be a confusing affair as there are various weights, conditions on the water and shapes. There are several factors to consider when selecting best anchors for fishing boats. Selection of an anchor is for convenience, utility and most importantly safety. Some of the main ones include the following:
A couple are:
Size of Boat
Ease of Use
Size of boat
This is mainly the height and length of the fishing boat. The rule of thumb is that the bigger the vessel the bigger the anchor.
Ease of use
Select an anchor that will keep the fishing boat in place and that you will be comfortably in control of.
It is important to know the specific fishing boat weight that an anchor can safely handle.
Select an anchor that will guarantee your fishing boat longevity in service life. The more durable an anchor is, the better it is.
One should choose an anchor that is capable of deep penetration in the floor. This is indicated as the penetration ratings on all anchors.
The best anchors for fishing boats is one that performs the task when you need it to. However, for a good number of fishing boats in fresh water, 15 to 20 pound spike, digger or flake should suffice.