Looking for Non-Candy Valentines Gifts for the Kids? #Ideas

Looking for fun Valentines Day toys and games for the kiddos? Since we are stuck indoors (too cold to be outside for long, and the pandemic is keeping us from being out and about), you’ll want to have boredom busters. Not to mention, no way you’d want to fill the kids up with candy when they can’t burn off all the sugar, haha. CHeck out these fun finds, you are sure to find something you will love.

ARTS & CRAFTS

iLY Pura Loom Bracelet Maker from WeCool Toys

Making beautiful friendship bracelets doesn’t have to be difficult! The new iLY Pura Loom Bracelet Maker by Activity Kings is the easiest way to make the most beautiful and trendy friendship bracelets! Learn different techniques to make a variety of textured and colorful bracelets for you and your friends! Create colorful twisted designs with beads, charms & more! It’s easy to create, wear, and share with your BFF! The combinations are endless, the only limit is your imagination! Ages 6+, MSRP $19.99.

STEM/SCREEN FREE EDUCATION

Smarty PAD™

The new Smarty PAD™ interactive LED tablet gives preschoolers and kindergarteners a new way to play and learn with 12 smart games and age-appropriate curriculum. Motion sensors give the lightweight tablet an innovative spin, encouraging unique sensory play. Smarty PAD™ speaks in both English and Spanish as kids play with colors, patterns, ABCs, and numbers up to 25. Smarty PAD™ teaches phonics, language, early math, and beginning coding, nurturing small motor development and critical thinking. Positive reinforcement, helpful encouragement, and over 100 different responses keep kids engaged every time they play. Ideal for kids 3 to 6 years old. MSRP: $34.99.

Smarty JOJO™

The Smarty JOJO™ is a super-charged interactive airplane that gets high-energy preschoolers learning on the go. Motion sensors encourage physical activity while JOJO teaches directions, shapes, colors and opposites. JOJO’s kidspeak conversation also nurtures emotional intelligence, calling out feelings and helping kids recognize their own emotions. Bi-lingual JOJO speaks in English or Spanish. The newest SMART technology enables JOJO to identify colors. “Can you find something blue?” “Yes, you can!” Over 150 random actions and reactions make the experience different every time a child plays!  Ideal for kids 2 to 4 years old and $24.99.

Smarty FLUTTER™

Flycatcher’s Smarty FLUTTER™ learning toy teaches preschoolers on-the-go as they fly through a room or a yard. Smart Technology identifies colors, and kidspeak conversation calls out feelings, helping kids recognize their own emotions. Fun missions teach right and left directions, shapes, and opposites. Motion sensors encourage active physical play. Over 150 random actions and reactions make the experience different every time a child plays. Smarty Flutter™ also speaks in both English and Spanish. Ideal for kids 2 to 4 years old and $24.99.

STRESS FREE TACTILE FUN

Insta Studio Hands-Free Video Station from WeCool Toys

The new Insta Studio by WeCool Toys has everything one needs to shoot their very own viral videos. Equipped with an adjustable base and rotating head to shoot at the best angle possible, this device allows kids of all ages to shoot viral videos hands free! Kids can use their Insta Studio to shoot all types of videos. From cooking, crafting, and sliming, children have the freedom to create fun videos. Includes fun and trendy backgrounds, mixing tools, various slimy compounds, and sparkly mix ins! The only limit is your imagination. $19.99, 4 and up.

Angry Putty from Crazy Aaron’s

Turn your frustration into fun! Angry Putty™ features a unique formula that builds resistance as you play. This amazing putty actually absorbs your tension— getting tenser and tenser with each stretch—to leave you feeling happy and relaxed. The line includes three skus’, Hot Head, Stress Ball, and Drama Queen.

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Holiday SCENTsory from Crazy Aaron’s

Cozy up with these four delectable holiday scents featuring fun SCENTsory texture that will joy to anyone’s world. The line includes two skus’, 4” Jingle and 4” North Pole. MSRP $3.50

Vibes SCENTsory Putty from Crazy Aaron’s

Vibes SCENTsory® putty is great for gamers, all-night study sessions, and anyone who is craving a little more intensity from their SCENTsory® experience. This collection features bright colors and bold scents that are perfect for powering up. The line includes Jam Session, Flower Power, Crunch Time.

Mixed by Me kits from Crazy Aaron’s

Mix up your very own custom-colored Thinking Putty! Each kit includes 5 tins of clear putty, 3 color concentrates, 3 special effects, and an instructional mat—everything you’ll need to make cool colors that are all your own! You can even use the included colored pencils to decorate your tins to match. Two sets to choose from, Holographic and Glow in the Dark.

SUSTAINABILITY

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Shore Buddies Plush Line

Shore Buddies stuffed animals collection are made from 100% recycled plastic bottles. The bottles are collected and sorted by recyclable collectors before cleaned and shredded into plastic flakes. Some of these flakes are used for the Shore Buddies’ stuffing, others get melted and turned into polyester yarn for the soft outside. It takes six plastic bottles to make one 12″ stuffed animal and the line features a fun array of characters including Sammy the Seal, Stephen Seagull, Shelly the Sea Turtle, Emma the Whale and Finn the Dolphin. Each of the five Shore Buddies also has its own unique authentic sound when pressed. All ages MSRP 19.95

Cargo Plane from Green Toys

All systems go! The Green Toys™ Cargo Plane is filled with freight and ready to take flight! This bright yellow and blue flier features a three-wheel design and handle on the body, so little pilots can easily go from taxiing on the ground to soaring in the sky on an eco-friendly adventure. Access the spacious cargo hold through a flip-down door that doubles as a ramp, perfect for loading up the included Green Toys™ Mini Car or anything else imaginations want to stow away. Great for indoor and outdoor play, the super-safe design has no metal axels or exterior paints or coatings. Made in the USA from 100% recycled plastic with no BPA, phthalates, or PVC. Packaged with recycled and recyclable materials printed with eco-friendly inks. For ages 3 and up. MSRP $19.99.

Green Toys™ Disney Baby® Mickey Mouse Stacker

The Green Toys™ Disney Baby® Mickey Mouse Stacker takes a classic toy and makes it safer and more playful, with no sharp edges, small parts, or interlocking pieces that can pinch fingers and an adorable Mickey Mouse-themed topper and base. The seven brightly colored red, blue, and yellow nesting pieces stack easily from large to small, while also allowing children to use their imagination and stack in any order. This eliminates frustration when they’re little, and leaves room for learning and improvement as they grow. The set is designed with no center post, making it a perfect first stacking toy for babies. With this toy, babies and toddlers can gain practice in important developmental areas, including but not limited to motor skills, coordination, categorization and sorting, problem solving, spatial reasoning, and color identification. Like all Green Toys™ Disney Baby® products, the Mickey Mouse Stacker meets FDA standards for food contact and is dishwasher safe, making it safe for teething babies to put in their mouths. It’s made in the USA from 100% recycled plastic and free from external coatings, eliminating the fear of toxins and lead paint. No BPA, phthalates, or PVC. Packaged using only recycled and recyclable materials printed with environmentally responsible inks. Recommended for ages 6 months and up.

ACTIVE PLAY

Mobo Explorer Balance Bike

With the Mobo Explorer Balance Bike kids can experience the thrill of riding California freestyle with the security of having two feet on the ground. As your child masters the use of the explorer you will see them go from small steps to riding with ease. With its multiple safety pads and extended frame your child will be extra safe while learning. The cushioned premium seat accommodates children 2-6 years old. The included two seat posts accommodate most kid sizes! As your child builds strength, balance and confidence they’ll have a blast using the integrated footrest to roll in style. With never-flat tires your child will have many years of maintenance free fun. The sturdy frame and optimized geometry makes it stable and easy to handle. A child’s first bike encourages their sense of freedom, curiosity and wonder. Let them experience that feeling in style and safety with the Mobo Explorer Balance Bike. MSRP $89.00.

BOOKS

Guion the Lion

Guion The Lion is a new children’s book that celebrates the differences in all children through a colorful and exciting journey. The book, which follows the adventures of an imaginative little lion who sees things a little differently from his friends, was penned by mother, entrepreneur and author Rebecca Wilson Macsovits and inspired by her three children including Guion, her oldest son who also has Down syndrome. Full of whimsical delights, discoveries and beautiful watercolor illustrations, this book teaches children that appreciating individual differences and embracing others’ ideas can lead to unimaginable adventures and endless fun. Guion The Lion is available now via Amazon and online at www.Guionthelion.com. MSRP $17.99.

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DOLLS

I’M A GIRLY

I’M A GIRLY fashion dolls encourage children to play creatively and help them find their very own style. All dolls are co-designed by the brand’s own kid design team, KIDS4KIDS. The design panel, made up of 8 to 14-year-old boys and girls, tells the brand exactly how the products should look. Kids can customize a doll just for them with more than 150 accessories, interchangeable wigs in many colors, and dolls with different skin tones. I’M A GIRLY fashion dolls are made of 100% high-quality vinyl. The hair can be styled and combed in various ways, thanks to the procurement of first-class Kanekalon. Kanekalon is a material used for the production of adult wigs. For the first time, one can even cut the doll’s hair and simply exchange the wig afterwards. The packaging is made of recyclable materials and can be used as well to store the fashion doll or for crafting.

RELATIONSHIP GAMES

Fog of Love – from Hush Hush Projects

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Playing Fog of Love is like starring in a romantic comedy, it’s a rollercoaster ride of awkward situations, laugh out loud moments and difficult compromises you have to make. Two players will create and play two vivid characters who meet, fall in love and face the challenge of making an unusual relationship work. Just like in a real relationship, you each might want different things. Do you stay true to yourself, or do what your partner wants for the good of the relationship? You can even decide to break their heart. There’s no guarantee it will end happily ever after, but you will always get a story full of surprises that will make you smile. Available at Amazon.com, Walmart.com, and Barnes & Noble. Learn how to play Here. Suitable for players ages 18 and up, MSRP: $50.

INTERGENERATIONAL GAMES/RELATIONSHIP GAMES

What’s Wrong with Grown-Ups? – from Authentic Agility Games

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How often have you wished that your teen would stop playing video games, sending friends videos you can only hope are appropriate, and going out, and instead, share what they’re thinking… with you? What’s Wrong with Grown-Ups?, a new intergenerational card game from Authentic Agility Games, can help. A fun way to engage kids of all ages, the 500-question card game creates an open two-way dialog that allows you to make new connections and deepen your bond. They may think you’re cool — for a few minutes. Authentic Agility Games donates a portion of proceeds from your purchase to organizations advancing education and entrepreneurship. Available now on Amazon. MSRP: $24.99, all ages.

STRATEGY GAMES

Sagrada – from Floodgate Games

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As a skilled artisan, you will use tools-of-the-trade and careful planning to construct a stained glass window masterpiece in the Sagrada Familia. Players will take turns drafting glass pieces, represented by dice; carefully choosing where to place each one in their window. Windows have unique color and shade requirements, and similar dice may never be adjacent so placing each die is more challenging than the last. Fortunately, you’ll have just the right tools to help you through. Gain prestige by adapting to the preferences of your fickle admirers, and of course, by adding your own artistic flair while completing your glass masterpiece in Sagrada. Available now at Amazon, Target, Barnes & Noble, Hobby Game Stores. Suitable for players ages 6 and up, MSRP $39.95

Holi: Festival of Colors – from Floodgate Games

Every spring, celebrants gather to spread color and cheer during one of India’s most vibrant festivals. Move around the festival grounds throwing colored “gulaal” powder onto your friends and the crowd. Aim higher and let your color fall from above on as many people as you can. For Holi is a time for playful mischief and a little friendly rivalry is just what the festival calls for… Playing Holi In Holi [hoh-lee], players gain joy by throwing color on the boards (higher levels are worth more points), getting color on others, and from collecting sweets. Play your color cards cleverly, climb up at the right time, and spread the most joy! Available, November 10, 2020 at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Hobby Game Stores. Suitable for players ages 13 and up. MSRP $39.95

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Prisma Arena – from Hub Games

Begin your training as a Guardian of Hope in this fun, tactical, all-ages game of over-the-top arena combat. Spar alongside Mo’kon – friendly creatures that embody emotions. As you train, customize your hero with unique powers and costumes that reflect YOUR unique personality and play-style. Suitable for players ages 10 and up. MSRP: $40.00

MEMORY GAMES

Flip Over Frog – from Hub Games

Help your brightly colored frogs take control of your tiny corner of the rainforest. Pay attention and cleverly place your frog tiles, causing those around you to flip face down OR face up. When all squares are occupied, the game ends and the player with the most face-up frogs is the winner. Suitable for all ages, Flip Over Frog packs a surprisingly tactical area control game into a small portable box. Suitable for players ages 6 and up. MSRP: $15.00 alentin

The Ultimate Safety Guide For An International Traveler

Whether you travel for business or pleasure, safety should always be a priority. When it comes to safety, it goes beyond safeguarding your luggage and valuables. Personal protection matters the most when you are far away from home. It becomes a tad more crucial for international travelers because you have no idea where to get help. So it makes sense to be proactive about staying safe when you travel to another country. Here is an international traveler’s safety guide that can be of great help for regular and occasional globetrotters.

Know your destination 

Your safety preparation starts even before you leave. Start with some research on your destination, particularly if you are planning to visit a less-ventured one. It may be an exciting prospect for adventure-lovers, but being aware of hidden dangers keeps you safe. Checking facts and stats about crime rates and hotspots in the country is a good place to start. You can even plan your itinerary accordingly. Don’t forget to share your plans with someone back home so that they always know your whereabouts.

Save emergency contact details

When you research, save the contact details of people who could help you in an emergency. It is vital to have the contact number of the local embassy of your country there because they can come to your rescue when you get into an unfortunate situation. Save the contact number of local acquaintances, if any. Apart from having the details in your phonebook, jot them on paper and carry them in your wallet.

Pack smartly 

Being safe in foreign land is also about packing smartly. Avoid carrying too much luggage and steer clear of carrying expensive stuff and cash because they make you an attractive target. Use a lightweight and expandable travel backpack to carry your clothes and essentials. If traveling to a dangerous destination on a strategic mission, you will need body armor for personal protection. If you don’t own it yet, investing in engarde body armor is a good idea. Before you take it along, check the legalities of civilian ballistic protection at your destination. Also, check the formalities you may have to follow at the airport when you carry a bulletproof vest in the luggage..

Get travel insurance

Even as travel insurance may seem like an additional expense while embarking on an international trip, it is worth spending. If you get sick or injured abroad, your regular policy will not offer coverage for expenses. However, travel insurance covers everything, so you need not worry even if you get into trouble in another part of the world. Make sure that you don’t skimp on this one!

Be vigilant at all times

A good presence of mind keeps you safe every time you step out, and it becomes all the more important as you travel overseas. Staying alert and listening to your instincts is the best place to start. Follow the common-sense rules such as avoiding outing during late hours, not getting too friendly with strangers, and choosing safe accommodation to stay. Taking up a self-defense training program before you leave is also a good idea.

Being an international traveler requires an extra bit of caution from the safety perspective, but it is worth the effort. You will surely have a great time if you are sure about being safe as you explore a new destination! 

Bizarre Animals and Where to See Them

Every tourist can never get enough of experiencing and taking pictures of wild animals while on vacation. You can buy custom research papers in a hundred copies, but the best experience you’ll have by seeing these amazing things yourself. It can involve one of the often referred to big five animals such as the elephant or lion on the African plains. Alternatively, it can entail a sea animal on the beaches of the Galapagos such as the sea lion. All these, make a tourist’s venture worthwhile because of the memories collected.

But, such an experience cannot get compared to interacting or seeing rare animals in some of the least thought corners of the world. So what rare animals constitute this exclusive club? 

Rare and Bizarre Animals

  • Radiant Sea Turtle. The glowing turtle was discovered by sea divers in the ocean around the Solomon Islands. Other animals have previously shown an element of bioluminescence, but the turtle proved the first of its kind. The reptile has a green and red glow though David Gruber opines that the red color probably emanates from the biofluorescent algae. He further explains that the glow could represent a camouflaging and a communication technique among the sea turtles. 
  • Pangolin. It’s a bizarre-looking mammal predominantly found in parts of Africa and Asia. The animal has a keratin shell to protect it with a specialized tongue that allows it to eat termites and ants. Because it’s the only known mammal with such features, it gets trafficked the most among the mammalian class. 
  • Diane’s bare-hearted glass frog. It’s a spotted and emerald glassy looking frog with visible internal organs. The frog inhabits areas in South and Central America and extremely pleasing to look at because of the green but transparent coloring that enables one to see the internal organs. However, the frogs come tiny, and you have to concentrate, to observe it well.
  • Axolotl. The fish has a strange semblance to a Pokemon, and you can find it in most lakes in Mexico. The salamander comes as an albino or in black, and with the capacity to regenerate its limbs besides having lidless eyes. 
  • Sunfish. It has a renowned reputation for proving the heaviest among bony fish all over the world. An adult Sunfish looks like a sloth and can weigh up to two tons. The fish can lives in tropical and temperate waters the world over. It forms a vital delicacy in Japan, Taiwan, and Korea.
  • Saiga antelope. It predominantly inhabits parts of Russia, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan and easily stands out because of its large flexible nose. The schnoz assist it to filter the air of dust and regulate the blood temperature.
  • Long-horned orb weaver spider. Well, some things can become easier to observe in a picture but not up and close, especially at home. One such thing entails the weaver spider which has eight prominent eyes, besides having long spines that protrude from its belly. The spider exists in fields and forests in Asia.
  • Gharial. It’s a skinny-snouted crocodile mainly found in India’s waterways. The snout contains a hundred and ten teeth, which suits it in entrapping fish.  
  • Red-lipped batfish. It’s a bizarre fish that walks on the ocean floor instead of swimming and spots red lips

Conclusion

A say always goes that, for you to see and experience things, you must widely tour diverse places. If you thought you understood the meaning of bizarre, tour these areas and have a glimpse of these weird creatures.

What are the benefits of CBD products?

CBD products have become really popular in the last several years. Although hemp companies often portray them as “miracle cures,” it is sometimes hard to distinguish truth from marketing. 

Certainly, hemp has various properties that the human organism can benefit from. But how good are these products? What are the common side effects? 

In order to help you make the right decision, we’ve created a short article about hemp, CBD, and the things you can expect when consuming cannabidiol products. Check it out!

What is CBD?

CBD or cannabidiol is one of 100+ substances that can be found in hemp and cannabis. Companies usually rely on hemp’s flower for their products. 

You can learn which is the most potent by reading the article “Best CBD Flower: The Beginners Guide to Picking It”. However, even the other parts of hemp have certain beneficial properties and may be used to improve our wellbeing. 

The most important thing to note is that CBD products have very low THC content. THC is the substance that makes us high. In other words, you should never experience psychedelic effects when using medicinal hemp products. 

Just to stay on the safe side, you will have to check the quantity of THC within the product. The US government allows up to 0.3% THC within these items. This is regarded as a safe quantity that shouldn’t cause any serious side effects.

CBD products’ benefits

CBD companies advertise cannabidiol as a substance that can help you treat numerous ailments. And while some studies have demonstrated CBD’s potential, we need to take this data with a grain of salt. 

A lot of research is performed on animal subjects. Sometimes, CBD studies involve a smaller number of participants. We also need to consider the fact that hemp companies often misrepresent information in order to increase their sales. 

So, what is the truth? Are there any benefits to using CBD?

Yes, they are. Cannabidiol is a really potent wellness product, and it can help you harmonize internal processes. A lot of people use it to address muscle discomfort and soreness. 

There is also a connection between cannabidiol and better sleep. However, most people use medicinal hemp to simply unwind and reduce their stress levels.

Although their medicinal usage is somewhat limited, and you should be very careful if you decide to use CBD for a specific ailment, people can safely utilize the substance to improve the quality of their skin. You’d be surprised by the numerous CBD salve benefits  when using this product.

The plant is full of omega fatty acids, which will provide the necessary nourishment to dry tissue. It may also address uneven skin texture and discoloration. Needless to say, you can shed years and years off of your face if you decide to use CBD skin products.

How does CBD impact sleep? 

A lot of people ask us: “Does CBD make you tired or sleepy?

This is another thing that is being researched. It seems that hemp can have a sedative impact. According to other studies, it may increase your energy levels. The truth is probably somewhere in between.

Based on limited user data, hemp can cause us to relax if we use higher quantities of the product. On the other hand, smaller quantities will make us ecstatic, thus increasing our energy levels. 

Most people nowadays use CBD products to relax, unwind, and deal with all the stress of urban life. In other words, if you use it properly, you might also be able to change the product’s purpose.

No matter what you decide, we suggest that you consult a hemp doctor beforehand. That way, you can use CBD in an optimal way.

What are the common side effects?

CBD side effects may vary based on the type of product that you’re using. Medicinal hemp is generally regarded as a safe substance, but you can never be too careful.

Given that the industry is still developing, we suggest that you always buy premium organic products. Keep in mind that the CBD topicals are much safer than the edibles. 

They shouldn’t enter your bloodstream, but instead, they will only penetrate your surface tissue. This reduces the potential problems that might occur from using the product.

If you do experience some side effects, they might come in the form of a mild irritation, drowsiness, change in appetite or blood pressure, dry mouth, and a few other minor issues.

WAYS TO TREAT SEVERE PAIN

Back pain is a prime reason for people to visit their doctor regularly. A lot of time and money loss comes along with the stress that the back endures. Back pain episodes can be haunting to some people giving them in between triggers.

Severe back pain treatment measures can be taken to avoid or reduce pain. However, making a few lifestyle changes is crucial to have a pain-free back for a lifetime. Even though a few surgeries are available, they are only suggested in the rarest circumstances. 

Symptoms Associated With Back Pain

Back pain symptoms range from mild to Extreme. If not treated on time, mild ones can be an everyday experience hampering your day-to-day life. Extreme symptoms require a careful attitude and specific medical treatments to get it fixed.

When Is The Right Time To Seek Medical Help?

A lot of people end up living a part of their life continually lamenting about their back pain. Sometimes the symptoms can cause much more trouble that people can deal with.

Hence, it is advisable to seek expert intervention when the pain breaches the paradigm of safety. 

 

  • Pain continues for one month or more

 

When a cycle of severe back pain treatment continues for more than two or three weeks, it is advisable to seek the doctor’s help. 

 

  • No amount of rest can cure it

 

Several people take leaves from their office to give their back a resting period. If such a break does no good, it’s time to see your doctor.

 

  • Coupled with a weight loss

 

If your back pain is causing a weight loss, then it could be a sign of something serious. 

 

  • Legs get equally strained

 

If your back’s pain is causing stress in your legs and walking is difficult, then it’s better to see a doctor.

Risk Prone Groups

Although no one is supposed to take back pain for granted, certain groups fall in the risk category. 

  1. People in their 40s or 50s should be much more careful and avoid taking a load on their back.
  2. People who do not indulge in any form of exercise are usually very less flexible, hence, more prone to attract back pain issues at a younger age.
  3. Obese people struggle with back pain because of unusual weight distribution in their bodies. 
  4. People undergoing depression or extreme stress find it difficult to cope up with a healthy lifestyle. For such people, back pain can be a tough battle to beat. 

Lifestyle Changes To Help With Back Pain

Several lifestyle changes can prove to be a miracle for people experiencing back pain. The key is to make these habits a part of your life. it will be best to set a reminder or ask someone to monitor your habits closely. 

 

  • Perform Daily Exercises 

 

Light exercises performed daily can lead to significant changes in the back posture. Several yoga postures are recommended to such people. However, caution should be paid as one does not need to exert beyond the safe limit. Too much exertion might result in opposite results.

 

  • Try Gaining Muscle Mass And Improve Flexibility

 

Stiff muscles are a common reason for back pain in young people. Flexibility can be facilitated by indulging in several stretch workouts. You can also join yoga classes, as yoga instructors are great at improving flexibility.

 

  • Quit Unhealthy Habits 

 

Unhealthy habits like smoking can also induce back pain in people. People who smoke daily are prone to experience back pain early in their life. Try reducing the number of cigarettes in a day and gradually move to reduce them in a month. 

 

  • Monitor Your Postures

 

There is a posture guide for good sitting and standing postures. Daily correction in postures can help in reducing the back pain. It is also important to avoid lifting way too heavyweights. While lifting, do not stress on the side of the body too much. Try taking breaks in between lifting heavyweights.

Conclusion…

Do not take back pain medications without getting the proper prescription. Several people get severely strained when experiencing extreme back pain at a young age. The excellent lifestyle practices and a proper workout routine can primarily affect your back. 

Severe back pain treatment and yoga postures can help you get the most flexible back. It is essential to follow a healthy routine for long-term posture benefits. 

5 Winter Essentials Worth Adding to Your Cart

It is best practice to update your wardrobe before the season actually arrives. You don’t want to be caught out in a snowstorm in a thin summer dress. Summer colours aren’t appropriate for winter either. Autumn clothes might come in the right colours but they lack that added winter warmth. Hush Style has the latest fashions to keep up with the changing seasons. 

Boots

The autumn boots are fine for protecting your feet from the rain and falling leaves but they lack the lining of a good pair of winter boots. Numb feet aren’t just uncomfortable. They affect your balance. It is bad enough navigating icy pavements without numb feet. Autumn, winter and spring are different seasons requiring different boots. Let’s hope you don’t need any in summer unless you live in the countryside. Autumn and winter boots may look similar but they’re designed for different seasons. Autumn still experiences some warm days and boots reflect this. Show your feet you love them and buy boots for winter. 

Wool Tights

Skirts aren’t off limits just because it is winter. In late autumn, you noticed your legs were cold in your favourite skirts. Wool tights should be added to every winter shopping basket. They’re thicker and warmer than autumn and spring tights in 100 denier. That means they’re very thick and opaque but your legs will be warm. Save the sheer tights for early autumn and late spring. Black 100 denier tights can be paired with numerous winter appropriate skirts or worn under a pair of ripped jeans

Sweatshirts

Sweatshirts aren’t just for the gym. If you are prone to being cold, you’ll want layers. A sweatshirt easily fits over your office clothes and under your coat. Perfect for standing at the bus stop on a winter morning or storing in your car. They don’t suffer from loose threads the same way knitwear does, so can easily be taken off and causally thrown into a bag or desk drawer until it is needed again. It is also more comfortable for lounging around the house than a cardigan. 

Scarves

One scarf is never enough when it comes to winter. They need to be washed or dry cleaned after use, something a lot of people forget. Scarves should be matched to what you’re wearing beneath your coat. Most of us go all winter wearing the same coat. We don’t spend all winter in the same clothes. Our scarves should reflect this. 

Larger Bag

Whether you prefer handbags, shoulder bags or crossbody bags, not only should it be upgraded every season, the size should reflect the season. In winter, you carry gloves, scarves, hats and umbrellas. You need somewhere to put everything. It is tempting to use pockets but gloves fall out of these as well as create an unsightly bulge. Gloves should be stored in a handbag. You don’t carry them around in other seasons. Winter bags need a bit of extra space. 

Be warm and stylish this winter. 

Should You Buy a Carport or a Temporary Garage?

Depending on the interplay between many factors, you might be better off with either a carport or a temporary garage. Both are highly convenient, easy-to-assemble storage options that provide effective, long-lasting protection for your car against extreme weather and harsh pollutants. But that’s just about how far their similarities go. Each one comes with a unique set of advantages and disadvantages you need to consider carefully before choosing between them. 

A temporary garage, also called a portable garage or a detached garage, is a multifunctional storage unit that you can erect temporarily or permanently on various types of outdoor surfaces to secure your valuables, including your cars, equipment, sports gears, etc. It’s usually made of either fabric or steel and can be fitted with a lock and key for extra protection against theft. 

A carport can also be erected temporarily or permanently on any outdoor surface, but it’s a semi-covered, open-style structure. It comes in a variety of styles, the most popular being lean-in carports, attached carports, and freestanding carports. Read on to find out how carports compare head-to-head with temporary garages.

Installation

Since carports are a semi-open structure with no windows and doors, they’re much easier to install compared to temporary garages that are fully-covered. Assembling a carport can be as simple as preparing the foundation, mounting the frames, and then covering the roof, though those with more intricate designs may require professional assistance.

Garages come with more intricate installation requirements. You need to erect four walls fitted with windows and a door. This can take anywhere from a few days to many weeks to assemble, whereas carports can be assembled in just a matter of a few hours. 

Security and Protection

This is perhaps the starkest differences between temporary garages and carports. While both can provide adequate protection against extreme elements, carports are nowhere as safe as temporary garages. Carports are normally used to create an extra shelter to hold items in patios, outdoor workspaces, DIY pavilion, etc. However, an open-style structure like a carport cannot offer protection against threats like theft and the elements at the same level as fully-covered portable garages with lock and keys. 

Appearance

When it comes to style and aesthetics, you won’t run short of options for both carport and portable garage. Both usually come either in fabric or steel materials or a combination of both. You can even use bricks and stones to build either of them. As such, you can leverage on a wide breath of design options to help ensure your carport or temporary garage blends seamlessly with your property. You can also choose either to have them attached directly to your house or any existing structure or to erect them as a freestanding structure.

Ultimately, the type of carport or temporary garage that’s best-suited for you depends on your unique preferences, taste, security needs, and budget. If you’re just looking for an outdoor shelter for your car and other belongings in a highly secure environment, then carports will serve you well. But if you need to secure your car not just from the elements, but also from theft as well, you might want to consider a temporary garage instead.

Still not convinced about which of the two is best for you? You can reach out to us today for professional advice on how best to protect your car. We’ll help you choose and set up a carport or a temporary garage that’s right up the alley of your vehicle storage needs.

Emergency Light Testing and Its Features

Emergency lights are an essential safety feature in all commercial buildings. Everyone would have seen an emergency light system at one point or another. They’re mandatory in all non-domestic buildings. There isn’t much point in having an emergency light system unless it is running efficiently. The only way to know if it is working and can get people out of a building safely is through emergency light testing

Expert

Although it is perfectly acceptable to have a named person carry out daily visual checks of the signs and order any repairs, it is better to leave the monthly checks to a professional. The yearly inspections need to be carried out by a professional. 

Features of an Emergency Light System

The most visible part of an emergency light system is the signs on or above an emergency door. There’s also the signs pointing to the doors because they need to be clearly marked and easy to find. These are the parts a named person should be checking every day. Another noticeable part is the luminescent strips on steps. Some people also notice the fire fighting equipment hanging on the wall. 

What people don’t see or think of is the equipment that needs to be shut down in an emergency. This varies from building-to-building dependent upon usage. There should be a clear emergency plan with adequate emergency lights, accessible to everyone using the building. 

The public uses a lot of buildings, such as cinemas, shopping centres and restaurants. It is impossible to verbally inform everyone using the building of the emergency exit system or even provide written rules. That’s when the signs and exits need to be very obvious. Plunged into darkness, even the most familiar building becomes disorientating. 

Most people aren’t so familiar with the shopping centre to be able to find their way out in the dark, even if they’ve worked there every day for 12 years. People in smaller buildings experience the small disorientation than larger buildings when plunged into darkness. That is why it is crucial to have a working emergency light system in place. 

Testing

Daily visible checks need to be carried out. The named person needs to be aware of their duties. It is no good to tell people to check the exit signs without knowing who exactly is meant to do that and what they should be looking out for. 

On a monthly basis, the mains need to be switched off to make sure the emergency lights glow. 

Once per year, the emergency lights need to be tested for an extended amount of time, typically about three hours. That means the mains need to be off for this amount of time, and each thing that should be bright needs to remain bright. 

If during any of these inspections, it is discovered that something isn’t working or part of the emergency exit plan isn’t safe, it needs to be rectified immediately. The annual test can be carried out after business hours.