Why We Need to Take Play More Seriously

Why We Need to Take Play More Seriously

“Work and play are words used to describe the same thing under differing conditions.”  – Mark Twain Stop playing around and clean your room. How many times have we heard that as kids growing up? Well, maybe some of us more than others. Fast forward to decades later. We are all grown up and our rooms are clean. Instead of a messy room, our desks are filled with endless to-do lists, phone book high stacks of paperwork and a crammed calendar with back-to-back overly structured days. Somewhere down the line we bought into the notion that working long hours and staying consistently busy meant success. How did that happen and why did becoming an adult mean we must be so serious all the time? So why play? Research has shown that we don’t outgrow the need for play – that we actually need play in order to experience a more joy filled life. They have also found that playtime actually helps us become more productive at our jobs and more creative when it comes to problem solving. By setting aside time for legitimate playtime (and no, a video game doesn’t count), we are actually doing ourselves a huge favor in terms of stimulating parts of our brains that can only be reached through play. Not only does it add joy to our busy and quite often-serious lives, play boosts our immune system, relieves stress, increases our learning potential and helps enhance creativity. Play can also makes our work life considerably more productive and enjoyable. In fact, many companies recognize this connection between play and productivity and have designed work...
Why Stainless Steel is Best for Portable Hydration

Why Stainless Steel is Best for Portable Hydration

We all know how essential to keep your body hydrated, especially for those who are more active. If you are exercising or participating in sports in the warm weather, your body loses a lot water in the form of sweat. This is precisely why you should bring with you lots and lots of water so that your body will remain hydrated. While backpacking or hiking in the heat of the day, staying hydrated is also especially essential. And what is equally as important of staying hydrated is how we stay hydrated, including our choice in water bottles.  Believe it or not, the container you drink makes a huge difference. Let’s compare the various water bottles out there and help you next time you reach for a drink you choose only the best. In this day and age we should all be a bit more concerned about the environment. Plastic bottles are handy, convenient and could easily be disposed and thrown away. But when these plastic bottles reach the ocean, it threatens the lives of various living organisms. Plastic bottles take millions of years to decompose and the process requires tons of oxygen in order to take place.  This means killing our fish and other sea creatures. Another reason to avoid using plastic water bottles is due to its potentially harmful affect on your body. Research has shown that plastic bottles contain harmful elements called BPAs that could be life threatening once they get into our system. When plastic bottles are exposed to any heat, they are known to release these harmful chemicals. When ingested, we expose ourselves to many...
Six Simple Ways to a Green Thumb

Six Simple Ways to a Green Thumb

Growing your own mini-garden has become a very popular trend in recent years. Not only can you cultivate your own private treasure trove of nutritious fruits and vegetables but it’s also a relaxing hobby nearly anyone can do in their spare time. The great thing about planting and tending to your own garden is that it doesn’t take as much space as you think. Do you have a small empty patch of dirt near your house? Why not convert it into your own personal mini-garden where you can grow different kinds of produce? Growing your own mini-garden has lots of advantages. Not only can it save money because you are producing your own herbs and vegetables but it also reduces your carbon footprint and we all want to do our part for the environment. But before you start your own mini-garden, let’s take a look at a simple steps that will help make your hobby fun and meaningful.   1. Decide on what to plant. In the beginning, try not to be over-eager and choose a large variety –hoping something will take root. First, think about what plants you prefer and how much you want to grow. It’s also important to note that if this is your first garden, it is best to start small. Think about the purpose of your garden: herbs or vegetables, seasonal or all year? If your garden is intended for mainly produce, think about what time of year it is now and what time of year it will be when it is time to harvest. If you want vegetables that will continue bearing fruit...
9 Ways to Lose Weight by Eating the Food You Love

9 Ways to Lose Weight by Eating the Food You Love

Are you trying to lose weight but find that you just can’t stop yourself from eating too much? The good news, dieting is actually optional. Although it plays a role in losing weight, it is still possible to lose weight while maintaining your regular food intake. Here are a few pointers on how to lose weight without ever dieting.  These tips will help you get fit while still enjoying your favorite meals. Don’t Skip Meals Eat at regular meals and try and not to skip a meal. Skipping breakfast (which is a common misconception for weight loss) will only make you eat more at lunch or dinner. This will result in overeating and gaining weight. Just remember to eat healthy meals and choose smaller portions of carbohydrates. Snacks are a helpful. Eating healthy small snacks actually increases your metabolism. It helps you feel fuller which will make you eat lesser during regular meals. Eat healthy snacks like nuts or berries. They are packed with vitamins and fiber. A great tip is to plan and prepare your meals in advance when possible. By cooking foods yourself, you can keep better track of your nutritional intake. Don’t wait until you’re overly hungry because it will make you grab the nearest thing you find (including unhealthy fat-laden foods). Say NO to Fast Food! Break the habit of eating fast food. We get it: this might be a little difficult for those of us constantly on the go. But by simply cutting out the unhealthy sodium and saturated fats contained in the foods offered at most fast food restaurants will do wonders for...
Picking the Right Food Mat For Your Pets

Picking the Right Food Mat For Your Pets

We all love our precious pooches. They greet us excitedly every time we walk in the door, wag their tails joyfully at the mere mention of a w-a-l-k and seem completely enraptured when we vent about the trails of our day. But let’s face it: they are messy little critters, especially around their feeding area. It seems like an endless exercise in futility just to keep that area semi-clean. Well maybe not.  Let’s consider how a simple item like the right pet feeding mat can help make your pets’ feeding area a bit more tidy. First off, there are a few vital things you need to consider. The health of your pets is at the top of the list. Then, there’s whether it can do the job of helping you keep the area clean. And lastly you want to choose something that is durable and will last. Here are 5 things we suggest you consider when looking for pet feeding mats: Nontoxic As we all know: dogs love to chew stuff. So all our pet’s toys and accessories must be free from toxins. Anything that our pets may come into contact with, especially something like a feeding mat, has even a slight chance of containing any toxic materials, we may inadvertently be putting our pets in danger. Non-slip Slippery pet food mats may allow more spills and will only make your floor messier. The mats should have non-skid rubber pads. Also, the place mat must be applicable to any type of surface: be it hardwood, tile, or carpet. This is a must if your pets are playful and like...