Immortals Fenyx Rising #Ubisoft #Videogames

The Immortals Fenyx Rising free demo sends Fenyx on a quest to discover the mysterious secret of the cyclops. Set in an archipelago built exclusively for the demo and inspired by Aphrodite’s region of the game, the demo features a mix of combat, exploration and puzzles designed to get players primed for the full experience.
Available now on all platforms worldwide, check out the trailer here
Available now on Xbox Series X|S, PS5, PS4, Xbox One, Stadia, Nintendo Switch, Luna and Ubisoft+
Rated T for Teen
Our review is up on YouTube, check it out there or you can watch it below.

More Info On the Game

Immortals Fenyx Rising brings grand mythological adventure to life. Play as Fenyx, a new winged demigod on a quest to save the Greek gods and their home from a dark curse. Take on mythological beasts, master the legendary powers of the gods and defeat Typhon, the deadliest Titan in Greek mythology, in an epic fight for the ages.
Immortals Fenyx Rising is a fresh and witty take on the open world action adventure genre, featuring dynamic action, combat and stories inspired by Greek mythology. Roam freely across a beautifully stylized world and use extraordinary abilities gifted by the gods against fearsome mythological monsters. Treacherous trials, heroic feats and the very underworld itself await your bravery. Experience a tale for the ages, of gods and monsters, and become the legend you were destined to be.

Foster Meaningful Dinner Table Discussions with Kids and Young Adults

Author Kim Moog wrote ‘Food for Thought’ after seeing the impact open-ended exchanges with her children had on their character and confidence

When raising children, especially pre-teens and teenagers, parents can face tension when big topics are brought up and it can be challenging for them to navigate these tough conversations. Author Kim Moog, a parent herself, has recently published “Food for Thought: Raising Confident Kids One Conversation at a Time,” which is a guidebook filled with insightful questions for the dinner table to evoke critical thinking skills. These questions are posed to help develop independence within school-aged children by giving them a safe space to have their own judgment for various situations.

Struggling as a parent herself, Moog was inspired to start having regular family discussions with her children after playing an open-ended question game, Scruples, with her friends. Moog soon implemented regular discussion questions with her family at the dinner table and found that her children enjoyed these questions and even started to ask their own. Moog, with her own family, has proven how effective this communication tactic can be and hopes to help other parents raise children with good character and strong morals.

“Food for Thought” also contains discussion questions centered around faith, to help instill Christian values within children and encourage them to think about life with God in mind. This book can help parents raise children with integrity, courage and a Christ-centered mindset.

“In such uncertain cultural climates, my book can help parents, who desperately wish to raise children with strong character, discuss important issues impacting our world,” said Moog. “I hope to help them raise confident, faith-centered children.”

With the discussion questions presented in “Food for Thought,” parents are given the opportunity to both listen to their children’s perspectives and provide their own wisdom in a respectful manner, creating not only a dialogue between family members but also an optimal platform for parents to impart important family values.

“Food for Thought: Raising Confident Kids One Conversation at a Time”

By Kim Moog

ISBN: 978-1-9736-9646-9 (softcover); 978-1-9736-9647-6 (e-book)

Available at the WestBow Press Online BookstoreAmazon and Barnes & Noble.

 

“Earth, My Dearest” #NewBook #EarthDayEveryDay

Earth, my dearest, I will. Oh believe me, you no longer need your springtimes to win me over.” —Rainer Maria Rilke

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A new book, Earth, My Dearest, is an inspirational compilation of over 200 quotes around conservation and sustainability. Hopefully it will inspire people to treat the planet a little more respectfully, and further give inspiration to those who fight to keep the planet livable and healthy for all species.

Highlighting the wonders of our planet and ways on how best we can save it, Earth, My Dearest includes quotes ranging from poet Henry David Thoreau to activist Greta Thunberg. This quote collection will help show all of us how to cherish the environment and key ways to protect our fragile planet moving ahead to an uncertain future.

There is no time like the present to begin your environmentalism or kick it up a notch. We are on borrowed time, with species vanishing literally every day, and much more rainforest is destroyed then is left remaining. If we hope to have a planet, we better start working together and not just SAYING we care, but actually doing things that show that we care.

We need to show our children how much we love them and save their futures.

What have you done today to love your planet?

For inspiration, check the book out here or wherever you buy your books. Have a good day, love to all.

Wordless Wednesdays – Waterfalls?

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Breakthrough Study Shows No-take Marine Reserves Benefit Overfished Reefs

A powerful, long-term study from WCS adds scientific backing for global calls for conserving 30 percent of the world’s ocean. The studied no-take marine protected areas (MPAs) increased the growth of fish populations by 42 percent when fishing was unsustainable in surrounding areas, achieving the benefits of stable and high production of fish populations for fishers, while protecting threatened ecosystems.

  Findings support global “30 by 30” goal of protecting 30 percent of the ocean by 2030

·       Study published in the journal Marine Policy shows a no-take marine protected area (MPA) in Kenya was able to compensate for overfishing by increasing and maintaining the growth rate of fish populations by 42% over 24 years 

·       Study compared two common fisheries management approaches – protected area closures and fishing gear restrictions

·       Gear restrictions provided short-term benefits to fisheries, while no-take MPAs delivered and maintained better long-term fisheries production and yields

·       This study is further evidence of the value of no-take MPAs to achieve benefits for fish, fishers, communities, and ecosystems

·       WCS advocates for all-ocean management to achieve sustainable fisheries, and supports the global call to protect and conserve at least 30 percent of the global ocean by 2030: wcs.org/cbd

The study recorded fish catches for 24-years across a dozen fish landing sites within two counties in Kenya, which allowed scientists to evaluate the long-term impacts of two different fisheries management methods. While one county utilized a no-take MPA covering 30 percent of the fishery, the other focused on gear restrictions and prohibited the use of small-mesh nets.

The differences in outcomes for the fishers and the ecosystems were stark. Per-person daily catches rose 25 times faster near the no-take MPA than in fished areas with gear restrictions, showing that no-take MPAs were far more effective at sustaining stocks of fish than restricting destructive gear.

The study’s lead author Dr. Tim McClanahan, Senior Coral Reef Scientist for WCS said “The no-take area in Mombasa occupied 30 percent of the studied fishing grounds. Fortuitously, this  is the target for protection being proposed for the oceans, which is rarely tested and based on the results of simulation models. The empirical support for the models and the conservation proposal is reassuring along with the unexpected results of  increased production of fish populations that compensated for the lost fishing area. This adds to the evidence that no-take protected areas of sufficient coverage may compensate for the lost fishing grounds, particularly when fisheries are not sustainably fished.”

This new study from WCS represents the longest-ever continuous detailed fish catch record for coral reefs, and reveals patterns that took nearly 20 years to unfold due to the small annual increments of change. The time and resources it takes to complete these empirical studies has long been an impediment to testing the effectiveness of no-take MPAs on fisheries, and is also why simulation models were commonly used. Until this publication, most existing empirical studies were short-term and focused on the catch per fisher rather than the catch per area, which is a critical metric of sustainable yield estimates. Consequently, there is a compelling need to expand long-term studies to better calibrate and test fisheries production models.

This study shows that MPAs where no-take rules are followed can compensate for lost fishing grounds and stocks and therefore help people highly dependent on fish for income and nutritional security that is lost when catches are unsustainable. While gear restrictions did have positive benefits for short periods of time, they did not maximize fisheries production over the long-term. Some combination of closure and gear restrictions are therefore likely needed to achieve the full benefits to both fishers and ecosystems.

12 Natural Tips to Relieve Pain

Common over-the-counter medicines like acetaminophen and ibuprofen are effective pain relievers. However, its long-term use can cause side effects, such as addiction. 

Besides, around the world, some people prefer to seek out and use natural pain relievers to help them manage pain. Whether it’s car accident back pain or neck pain from work, you may be able to control pain in low to moderate intensity using natural ways. 

Many essential oils, herbs, and alternative therapies work very effectively as natural pain relievers. Let’s discuss 12 natural ways to relieve pain and improve your quality of life by learning how to manage pain without relying on over-the0counter pain medications. 

Acupuncture 

Following different events in life like being in a sports injury, looking for a car accident pain management options, or having a busy work life, you end up facing chronic pain. During these times, alternative pain management treatments like acupuncture can be very helpful in reducing pain. 

Acupuncture can help you with a certain type of pain, such as neck pain, low back pain, and osteoarthritis or knee pain. People also frequently use this way of pain management for tension headaches and migraines. 

Yoga 

There hardly would be people who haven’t heard of this physical meditation practice that offers a way to stay fit and manage pain naturally. Yoga includes a wide range of breathing exercises, relaxation and self-care methods, and fitness positions. So, practicing yoga can be helpful in relieving pain related to stress and anxiety and limited physical activity. 

Besides, you can also personalize the sections of yoga you practice according to your condition. For example, a few stretching exercises and positions that can help manage back pain. If you are interested in learning yoga, you can easily find classes and certified instructors almost around the world, since this mind and body practice has gained popularity globally in the last decade. 

Mindful meditation 

At times, you can make the situation more convenient and pain levels more tolerable for you along with bringing yourself in a relaxed mind space using ways like meditation. People facing chronic pain are increasingly seeking mindfulness meditation as a natural treatment option. 

The time spent in mindful meditation helps by improving pain symptoms like the quality of sleep, depression, and overall wellbeing and quality of life. A big side effect of pain is that it diverts your attention from everything else and makes you only think about the pain you are experiencing. However, natural ways like mindfulness meditation and yoga can be very helpful in helping you change your focus point and learn to better deal with pain in life.

Lavender essential oil 

The soothing properties of lavender essential oil may help you relieve pain naturally. It helps people sleep better, relax, and ease anxiety. This can help you feel better and ease the uncomfortable feeling caused by the pain. 

These days you can easily find lavender essential oil in stores and online, a great way to use them would be while taking a bath for a relaxing and calming experience. 

Rosemary essential oil 

Rosemary is another essential oil type that you can use as a natural pain reliever. It may be able to help you with headaches, and muscle and bone pain. Besides, rosemary may also help you in reducing inflammation, boost memory, and relax smooth muscles.

You can also find a great variety of rosemary essential oils available online and offline. 

Peppermint essential oil 

The Peppermint plant is known to have antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and pain-relieving effects. The three active compounds in peppermint oil include menthol, carvacrol, and limonene. 

Often, people use a diluted version of peppermint essential oil as a topical treatment for pain. They rub the diluted oil on the body areas where that’s causing pain or is achy. That said, rubbing some peppermint oil on your temples and forehead may help relieve tension and ease your headache.  

Eucalyptus essential oil 

Another essential oil that you may want to use as a natural pain reliever is eucalyptus oil. Extracted from the Eucalyptus plant, this herbal remedy may be effective in reducing pain, inflammation, and swelling in the body. 

However, make sure to dilute the eucalyptus oil in a carrier oil before applying it topically and keep it away from children. Make sure to do a spot check just to check if your skin is not reacting to the eucalyptus oil. Just like other oils, you can also find a range of eucalyptus essential oils online. 

Cloves 

A lot of people have traditionally used cloves as a home remedy to help them with a toothache. Besides, people can also use clove gel as an effective alternative to benzocaine gel, which is a topical gel often used by dentists to help decrease the pain from needles. 

That said, the antioxidant, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and antiviral properties of cloves can be turn out to be beneficial as it being a natural pain remedy. 

Capsaicin 

People have also used capsaicin, found in chili peppers, as a natural pain relief remedy. However, directly using this substance of your body part can cause a mild tingling or burning sensation.

A lot of you may not know this but many pain-relieving products have capsaicin in them. Capsaicin is an important element of many topical creams and patches used for pain management. 

Even though capsaicin may not help relieve pain directly, but it is believed that it reduces the skin’s sensitivity towards pain by affecting the nociceptor fiber, the nerves that carry the pain signals in our bodies.

Ginger 

This might be one of the most commonly available natural pain remedies in households. Ginger is a root plant with high promise as a natural pain reliever and many other benefits. 

Consuming ginger on daily basis may help with muscle pain, which causes resistance in exercise and activities like running. It can also accelerate recovery and decrease inflammation associated with exercise. 

You can include ginger in your diet by adding a raw piece of it in your teas or smoothies. You even take ginger supplements that are available in stores and online, but going for fresh ginger has more health benefits. 

Feverfew 

Feverfew or known as bachelor’s button or feather few is a medicinal plant. Some of the traditional uses of feverfew include treating migraine, fever, headaches, toothaches, rheumatoid arthritis, and stomach aches. 

However, consuming feverfew can have side effects such as vomiting, nausea, and abdominal pain. So, make sure to consult your doctor and double-check if you can take feverfew for your condition. 

Turmeric 

Around the world, turmeric is known for its powerful medicinal properties. Curcuma is the active ingredient in turmeric spice and has great pain-relieving qualities. 

Turmeric is also a commonly used herbal remedy for decreasing inflammation. You can include turmeric in its natural form in your diet by adding it to your smoothy, juicy, and curry recipes.

Improve your quality of life 

Managing pain can be very challenging and if you have been dealing with it long, its symptoms can be difficult as well. However, adopting some of these natural ways to relieve pain can help you decrease your dependence on over-the-counter medication. They can also help improve your overall health and well-being and also better fight symptoms like poor sleep quality and stress. 

 

10 Ways to Help You Recover Mentally from An Injury

Injuries, accidents, and other medical issues are part of life. However, when you are recovering from them, it is very important to address both your physical and mental healing.

From a traumatic brain injury treatment to recovering from a fracture, you need to focus on how this injury or this phase of life has affected you emotionally and mentally. A lot of times, people forget the importance of recovering mentally because such events affect your state of mind more than you might realize. 

Besides, avoiding recovering mentally due to your physical injuries can have long-term effects on your life because complete healing goes far beyond just your physical state. A lot of people who physically go through such occurrences, tend to become afraid of reinjury or face post-traumatic stress when doing any physically demanding like playing a sport, exercising or driving according to how they were initially injured. 

Some other ways it can affect you are through insomnia, anger issues, and change in appetite. While exercising, endorphins are released in your brain, which makes you feel better and gives a bit of a high. However, if you are not allowed or able to exercise, you may easily get depressed, irritable, and lose motivation to watch your diet. A lot of people tend to eat too much or too little or eat very unhealthy foods. 

Hence, to avoid or limit these sides effect of recovering from injury, you must focus on your mental recovery just as seriously. There are several ways you can stay positive during this time and focus on your mental recovery. Let’s get to the list of ten things you can do to boost your emotional and mental recovery from an injury.

Change your perspective 

The first step has to be working on your perception of the injury and the recovery. Divert the time and energy that you would normally focus on working out to your recovery. 

It may take a while, but make sure to keep reminding yourself that even if you are resting and recovering it does not mean that you are not being productive. Don’t be too hard on yourself and try to understand as resting allows you to heal and get back on your feet, it is a productive use of your time. 

Maintain a journal 

Keeping a journal helps a lot of people managing pain. If you worry too much about your injury or re-injury when you are in pain, try to keep a journal of all these feelings. You can include things like when you face aches or pain, what are the trigger points, how long they last, and how they get better when you feel pain. 

This can help you regain your confidence, and understand that it is going to end at one point. Besides, keeping a pain journal also sometimes makes it easy for your doctor to track your progress. 

Set realistic goals for yourself 

The time you are recovering from the injury is very important for how this entire episode affects your life in the future. Hence, it is important that you set new, smaller, and realistic goals for yourself and your progress. This way, when you achieve your goals, you can feel happy and celebrate them as they come true. This also works wonders in helping you stay motivated and going for the next goal.

Focus on the things you can control

Focusing on things you cannot control will only make this journey more difficult for you. Whether it’s neurology in San Antonio or any other treatment you are going through for your physical recovery, they are going to take time and it is not much you can control here. 

However, you can control your diet, your fluid intake, and eating healthier food that helps you recover faster. After some time and discussing with your doctor, you can include some alternative ways to exercise. For example, if you have an arm injury, you can do some basic leg exercises. Hence, try to focus on what you can do instead of what you cannot. 

Find a hobby 

Depending on the intensity of your injuries, you can take any time like days, weeks, or even months to recover. Hence, it is important to keep yourself entertained during this time. Keeping up a new hobby is a great way to keep your energy levels up. Cooking, reading, or starting a DIY project, look for something you can enjoy doing.

Meditate

Finding a way, you can channel the stress away is the best thing you can do. If you find yourself obsessing about not being able to heal as quickly as you would like, take some time off and practice meditation. 

Worrying too much will only take your progress backward. Instead, try sitting still and alone, concentrating on your breathing, it tends to calm your nervous system, help you stay positive, and reduce stress. If you have been doing meditation from before the injury, it will be even easier to follow through with this tip. 

Keep up with the rehab program

The journey of recovering physically and mentally is different for everyone and some people use extra help to do this smoothly. That is why keep reminding yourself that even though doing more rehab than you are recommended by the professional might not make your recover faster, but doing less than what is recommended will slow down your progress. 

Hence, don’t shy away from the rehab and stick to what is working for you, and what is helping for even longer is absolutely necessary.

Do not isolate yourself 

During your recovery, you can use as much support as you can get. Hence, try to maintain your normal social life as much as possible. If you are continuing to regularly communicate with and socialize with your close friends and family, you are less likely to feel as down about the injury. 

Besides, a strong support system also helps in keeping you motivated towards your health and wellness. 

Stay positive 

It is very important to remember that it might take a long time but you will one day get better and the injury will be healed. If you follow through with the recommended treatment plan, don’t rush yourself, and give your body the fuel it needs to completely recover, and eventually, you won’t be injured anymore. And finally, you can get back to your normal routine, doing things that you enjoy the most. 

Practice patience 

No one wants to stay injured, but healing takes time. Make sure to take time to think about what this time has allowed you to do. Try to exercise patience and gratitude. Trying to look for something positive during this time will give you the strength to keep going forward. You may even find yourself enjoying the small things like some time off from work and catching up with your family, friends, or old hobbies like reading or watching movies. 

How you pass this time and what this time represents in your life ultimately depends on you. An overall positive outlook allows you to not only try to recover faster but also helps you to change your perspective of life beyond the injury. 

Looking for a Gift for Mother’s or Father’s Day? Photo Gifts and Decor for 2021 from Mpix

Looking for a great and personal gift to give your partner, parents, or loved one? How about checking out Mpix to see what they offer? They offer professional photo prints, books, gifts and prefabricated gallery walls all under the umbrella of the number one professional photo lab in the country – Miller’s.  I had my son’s newborn photos done by Millers (just coincidentally) and I loved them. They did such a great job and were so patient with him (and me, the new and nervous/anxious mom).

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We recently had the opportunity to try out Mpix, and while my order hasn’t arrived yet, I will certainly update the post once it has arrived. I didn’t want to wait to post until  received it, because right now you can save %25 just by opening the website! As soon as you open the page, they give you a great deal for %25 off as well as free shipping over $49.

Not something to wait and pass up. The site was easier to use on the PC- I had a problem trying to log in and/or create a username and password while on my phone. It didn’t work from my husband’s phone either, so either the site is glitching out when it comes to android phones, our phones specifically, or maybe it doesn’t like phones that use autofill? We didn’t have the change to to to type, it would just shut down the keyboard each time. However, as soon as I got on the PC, it ran smoothly and without any issues.

Besides traditional canvas or photo prints, you can order lots of cool things such as collage art, pictures on wood, photos on metal, acrylic, and a number of other choices. We had a hard time choosing, but ultimately chose to try the wood because I don’t have anything like that in the house and it seems both pretty and whimsical.

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We chose a photo of myself and my husband with two of our dogs on a recent day out at a park. Normally, everything is all about the kids, the kids, the kids- but it was nice to have myself in a photo for once, honestly, haha. Also, I’m trying to get all the dogs AND recent pics of all the kids on the wall- no small feat considering they are at “that age”- you know what I mean. So, a move in the right direction for that small goal.

Head over to the site, check it out and see what you think your person would like best- or maybe pick something up for yourself as well, why not? The prices are good, may as well. Visit https://www.mpix.com and save yourself some money while still getting the gift mom, dad, your wife (etc) will like best.