Keep Your Pest Control Green With These 10 Tips

Doing home pest control is something that we will all need to do at some point in our lives. No matter how clean your home is or how much you do to keep pests away, you’ll always end up having an infestation eventually. When this happens, you need effective solutions to make the problem disappear.

Now when you think of pest control, you may think of the nasty chemicals that go with many common pest control techniques. This isn’t true though. You can control pests using green methods that keep the environment cleaner and your home safer for pets and children by using natural repellents.

London based experts Empire Pest Control have advised us on some of the best green pest control tips that work on getting rid of pests in a friendly way. And they don’t cost too much either.

1. Know what you’re dealing with

Knowing exactly what pest you dealing with goes a long way in successfully exterminating them. It’s important to know what pest you’re dealing with because one method of pest control is not universal to all pests. What works for one may not work on another.

2. Pest proof your home

If you don’t ever want to use chemical pest control, it’s important to keep your home as clean as possible. Making your home impenetrable to pests mean you won’t have a problem with infestations. There are multiple ways you can pest proof, such as disposing of rubbish properly. All bins should be kept far away from your home, and emptied as often as possible to deter pests.

3. Keep everything dry

Pests are always on the hunt for great water sources. Don’t provide them with one. Make sure that you don’t have any standing water or water leaks around your home. This includes in your garden, where they may be pests lurking that you don’t know about.

4. Do some home maintenance

Providing pests with entry points into your home is a big no-no. Look around the house and any cracks, holes, and leaks should be fixed. These are the access points pests will use to get into your home easily.

5. Try some green pest products

Although they may not be as effective as professional pest control, there are green pest control products available to buy. This may be citrus spays, plant-based sprays, clothes moth traps or insecticidal soaps. These methods do cost more money, but if you are in a hurry to treat a problem it may be the best solution.

6. Use some cedar oil

This essential oil is a brilliant insect repellent and a completely green option. Much like citronella, it can be applied to lots of different surfaces around the home. You can even bathe your pests in it to ward off fleas. It’s effective against pests like bed bugs and spiders. It smells nice and has no harmful effects on the skin.

7. Nonlethal traps

For more furrier pests like mice and rats, you can use non-lethal traps to catch them without having to kill them. You later can release them far away from your home. There’s a lot of non-lethal traps available to buy, each for different types of pests.

8. Soapy water

A bit of soap with some water has been a long-time favorite to exterminate ants. If you have frequent ant problems, you can pour it along the affected areas. Or you can use a spray bottle to control smaller infestations when they appear. It’s also cheap which makes it even more appealing.

9. Use food as part of traps

A lot of different green pest control methods often really on plants and foods you can buy in the shops. Using herbs like mint leaves really deters pests such as flies from your home. You could even plant natural pesticide herbs in your garden to really ward off the pests. Then you have your own herb garden and a pest barrier.

10. Use some citrus

There are a lot of pests that hate the smell of citrus and won’t go anywhere near it. Using a little citrus oil in a spray bottle with water will repel a lot of pests from getting into your home. Plus you can spray it anywhere in your home, and you’ll be left with a nice lemony scent.

Sustainable Shopping: How to Reduce Your Fashion Footprint

 

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Fashionistas across the globe spend their lives in search of trademark, on-trend pieces that they can welcome into their wardrobe. The unfortunate truth, though, is that seasons come and go – and with them, trends are left behind (creating unnecessary waste from the remnants of once-loved garments).

 

As environmental consciousness continues to make its way into the fore, becoming the universal concern it should always have been, we’re breaking down some simple and effective ways you can change how you shop in order to make eco-friendly decisions when it comes to your wardrobe. Earth-loving fashionistas unite: it’s time to reduce the world’s fashion footprint.

 

Shop local

 

In your quest for greener shopping habits, the first crucial step is to forego high-street giants in favour of smaller independent stores. Finding a local shop that sells sustainably sourced or vintage clothing – or, better still, donates a portion of its proceeds to a relevant charity or conservation project – means doing your bit for the little guy, and for the planet.

 

Supporting your local community is a truly noble endeavour, but the same ethos can also be applied online – with smaller businesses (selling their own goods or curating those of other brands) needing your custom and valuing your loyalty more than major outlets and international market leaders.

 

Shop for quality

 

One simple and powerful way to not only reduce the ecological footprint of your shopping behaviour, but also allow you to budget effectively is to shop less frequently, but focus your spending on high-quality items that have longevity on their side.

 

For example, rather than paying the bare minimum for a serviceable but ultimately poor quality pair of shoes or pants, instead invest in a pair of hard-wearing women’s boots or some designer men’s jeans – items that mean paying more up-front but offer dependable quality for years to come. This way, you can lower your fashion footprint and the associated price tag in the long run.

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Shop vintage

 

Naturally, one of the most popular sustainable shopping habits is buying secondhand rather than brand new. As such, rummaging through vintage clothing outlets and thrift stores in search of preloved gems provides a fun, budget-friendly and environmentally conscious alternative to the norm.

 

Searching these treasure troves for statement garments made from quality fabrics gives you a chance to save money and enjoy the satisfaction of striking gold when you find a unique retro item that has ‘you’ written all over it. Complete the cycle by donating your own vintage favourites to your local thrift store once you’re ready to release them back into the wild.

Shop for a lifetime

 

Being a sustainably-minded fashionista means never saying goodbye to a garment unless absolutely necessary. It’s important to know that an item which has temporarily lost its sparkle doesn’t necessarily have nothing more to give. In the face of holes, scuffs, worn fabric and outdated designs, crack open your craft kit, pick up your needle and thread and get to work!

 

Whether you’re embellishing an uninspiring dress, patching up an old jacket or adding a whole new layer to a once-loved item (such as a new lace collar or hem), the options are practically endless when it comes to upcycling your clothing. There’s also the option to repurpose the fabric for an interior DIY project and create a stylish new home accessory from the remains of the piece in question.

 

Shop mindfully

 

Finally, to create a long-term habit out of your newfound quest for sustainable shopping options, the key is to have your passion for ethical and eco-friendly brands permeate your online browsing behaviour. It’s fair to say that you may struggle to simply stumble upon green clothing companies by chance – making it important to do your research, and it’s online that this research will be most rewarding.

 

From brands that source materials sustainably to those that swear by plastic-free packaging and guarantee their staff fair wages and working conditions, there are a diverse range of factors which contribute to an ‘ethical’ brand – but the information is out there and, by making this your deal-breaker as a consumer, you can take one big step towards reducing your fashion footprint forever.

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Must Try Essential Oils Recipes For Summer

The use of essential oils and the ways to use it during the summer.

We use our essential oils all summer to keep us balanced and in control of our body, mind, and soul. When summer rolls around, we change the oils to help us through the changing season. This is a magical time. Spring and summer are when a lot of essential oils are made from the fresh plants that are coming in. While the oils work well year-round, there is something about using a summer oil that sparks us to life.

Summer challenges

The summer days are longer, and the warm sun beacons us to the outdoors. As our schedule fills with fun things to do with friends and family, we must address common issues that cause us problems. Here are a few of them:

  • Allergies
  • Change in sleep patterns
  • Insects
  • Sunlight
  • High-energy activities
  • Change in diet

How Do they work?

One of the most common uses for essential oils in the summer is the oils that promote energy. Essential oils are steam-distilled or pressed in the process that extracts the oils from plants. These oils are concentrated and have proven to have amazing benefits medically and even emotionally. These properties date back centuries.

Note: Essential oils are safe but, they are powerful. It is important that you treat them with respect.

When trying a new essential oil, only try one new addition at a time. The reason for this is if you have an allergic reaction to an oil, you will be able to identify it and eliminate it.

It is also important to research the oils you are using and educate yourself in using them properly. You will be able to make recipes that give you energy and help you stay calm. But you may have to adjust the ingredients to ensure you do not use oils that naturally sedate you or help you sleep. This would render your daytime and nighttime oils less effective.

Essential oils for energy

Citrus

Generations of people have used lemon as an energy booster. You can use a mixture of lemon oil and orange oil for an instant boost. Rub a little on your wrists or the bend of your elbow to release the scent throughout the day. If you want to adjust the smell try a few drops of grapefruit in your mix. All of these are great for energy and a clear mind.

Bonus: put lemon oil, olive oil, and orange oil in a spray bottle of water and use it to clean your home. It gives your home a great smell, repels insects, and makes cleaning a breeze.

Herb oils for energy

French or exotic basil oils can be used to stimulate the human adrenal glands. This helps relieve mental tiredness. Add a few drops of rosemary to enhance your focus and concentration levels.

Summer sun

Sun worshippers understand the dangers of the summer sun on our skin, lips, and hair. A sunburn can be anything from a minor issue to a life-threatening problem. It is important that we protect our skin from the sun either with organic sunscreen or not.

Some people make their own sunscreen and natural deodorant with oils and add scents from essential oils for insect protection and a feeling of well-being. You can get a list of SPF protection ratings from some essential oils here.

You will notice that there are natural SPF protections in the oils. However, many people do not feel they get enough sun protection with the oils alone. It is a personal choice. You can buy an over the counter sunscreen and boost its powers by adding these all natural products. You may also combine various oils until you find the mixture that works well for your skin type.

Here are some basic oils that you should consider.

  • Peppermint essential oil – SPF 7
  • Holy basil essential oil – SPF 7
  • Lavender essential oil – SPF 6
  • Sweet orange essential oil – SPF 4
  • Eucalyptus essential oil – SPF 3
  • Tea tree essential oil – SPF 2
  • Rose essential oil – SPF 1

 

Essential oils for sunburn and dry lips

Here is a list of essential oils that work well for dry, burned, and cracked lips. These same oils work to heal skin that has been burned. For the lips, you can simply rub a drop of the oil of your choice directly on the lips. To use it for skin care, you can dilute the oils with water or add them to an aloe vera base (or use the aloe vera alone).

  • Citrus Peel Oil (Orange Peel Oil)
  • Coriander Oil
  • Jasmine Oil
  • Chamomile Oil
  • Lavender Oil
  • Blue Tansy Essential Oils
  • Peppermint Oil
  • Jasmine Oil
  • Aloe Vera Oil
  • Rosehip Seed Oil
  • Coconut Oil
  • Olive Oil
  • Mustard Oil
  • Almond Oil
Coconut essential oil

Finally, it is important that you stay well and healthy during your summer months. Nothing is worse than going on vacation and catching someone’s bug in the plane or car.

The summer months are full of little problems that can ruin your day. Itching bug bites, foot fungus, stings, rashes, eye infection and other annoyances are easily taken care of with your travel kit. Here is a “must have” list. Set up a kit and throw it in your overnight bag, You will be ready for anything that comes your way.

Stress

  • Orange and Lavender
  • Roman Chamomile
  • Frankincense

Stay Awake

  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary

Bug bites, stings, and rashes

  • Lavender
  • Frankincense
  • Tea tree
  • Calendula
  • Roman chamomile

Germ protection

  • Clove
  • Cinnamon
  • Tea tree oil
  • Eucalyptus
  • Lemongrass

You can use these oils by rubbing them on the skin while in the plane or hotel. But, if you keep them in a diffuser in your home, they will help keep you well. Everyone knows it is easier to stay well than to get well.

There is no question that essential oils are your summertime friend. Be cautious when using citrus oils in the sun. Be aware of how long you have used it and how long you are expecting to be in the sun. Common sense goes a long way with any preventative. So grab your oils and hit the beach. Summer is waiting.

Here are some of the best essential oils recipes to try this summer:

1. How to Make Putty – The Best Stress Putty Recipe

2. What are the Best Essential Oils for Bruises?

3. Homemade Lip Balm

4. Green for Beauty – All Natural Cosmetics to Try This Spring

5. DIY Natural Deodorant with Coconut Oil

6. DIY Vegan Lip Gloss Recipe

7. 3 Aloe Vera Cream Home Remedies

8. 6 DIY Essential Oil Beauty Recipes for Glowing Skin

9. DIY After Sun Skin Care Spray for Under$5

 

Do you have anything to add to the list? Do you use essential oils and what for?

I’d love to hear from you so make sure to drop me a line!

Staying Healthy Throughout The Season

Young gymnasts always aspire for perfection. Staying healthy is key in helping achieve this goal. Here are some tips that will help to keep you healthy all through the gymnastics season:  

Good Flexibility is necessary

Though you need to be flexible to succeed as a gymnast, the average gymnast is more flexible on one side. For instance, your left side might be split down all the way but your right side is not. If you are only flexible in one part of the body but not all, you might end up suffering from back pain or joint pain.

 

Often times, gymnasts think that their backs are very flexible, but this might not be entirely true. Tight shoulders will strain your lower back when performing back walkovers and bridges, so you should stretch your shoulders before you start any routine. Just remember that not all gymnasts are born flexible and you have to work on your flexibility.

Take Conditioning Seriously

Gymnastics is an activity that requires a lot of strength, so you need to condition to ensure that you get stronger. Conditioning will help you to reduce the number of injuries that you sustain, which allows you to perform harder and improve your skills drastically. Doing home exercises daily might help you a lot to improve your flexibility and muscles strength. In gymnastics, you will perform many repetitive movements and this will have an impact on your body.

 

Conditioning helps you to protect your joints: ankles, wrists, and knees. To keep your body strong, you should listen to your coach and do the right number of repetitions. No matter how tired you feel at the end of the day, you should take the time to do some conditioning exercises.

Stay Balanced

Gymnasts are some of the strongest athletes, but their strength does not come overnight. They spend many hours conditioning and training to strengthen their muscles enough so that they can support their joints. However, this does not mean that every muscle in your body is strong because you are a gymnast.

 

Strength training has many health benefits and it’s highly recommended around the world. Most gymnasts have weak hip muscles, which can lead to knee, lower back, and hip injuries. You might favor one side of your body but you need to use both sides equally to develop strength and maintain good balance. Using both sides also helps your body to develop a sense of where it is in a space. Therefore, you should ensure that you do turns, jumps, and leaps on both sides to improve your body symmetry.

Fuel the Body

You need to pay attention to your nutrition if you want to keep your body well fueled and strong. Make sure that you plan for snacks every 3 to 4 hours and start drinking plenty of water throughout the day. Before practice, you should avoid fried foods and eat high-carbohydrate foods. Drink or eat foods with calcium every day to keep your bones strong.

 

You should balance your meals with 2/3 carbohydrates and 1/3 protein. Look for foods that are high in good fats, such as olive oil, peanut butter, and soy nuts. Do not forget to give your diet top priority if you want to achieve your gymnastic goals.

Be Good Communicators

Pain is the body’s way of telling you that something is wrong. If you are unable to practice because of pain, you should tell your coach and he will recommend the best course of action. If you feel sharp stabs and cramping in your body, you should seek medical help. Waiting to seek help might result in serious injuries that could end your career.

 

If you manage your pain properly, you will be able to stay in the gym and adjust your routines to allow the injured parts to heal while working out the rest of your body. When returning to practice after healing, you should keep the lines of communications open and report any fears to your coach. He will help you to make a gradual transition back into practice as you regain your confidence.

 

If you are looking for t-shirts to wear as you practice, you should consider custom ones such as personalized t-shirts to ward off the chill.

How To Create An Eco-Friendly Budget Travel Package List

Central America is a beautiful place to visit and a huge draw for tourist annually. If you are on a budget, the best destination in this part of the world is Honduras.

 

Honduras gives you the beauty of the tropical Caribbean, the rich Garifuna culture of the area, and it will not break the bank. There are actually some very reasonable ways to travel to Honduras.

Research before you go

As with any country, there are a few places you would not want to travel in Honduras. Just as the United States has areas that are troubled with gangs and unsavory activities, Central America has it’s troubled spots.

 

However, for the most part, Honduras is a tropical paradise. As long as you know where to travel, you will have no worries.

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Beautiful and affordable

The Northern coast is famous for natural beauty. La Ceiba is a destination that many people flock to. This area is very affordable, and there are many options to allow you to customize your trip. For example, you may opt to stay in a hostel which is considerably less money than a hotel. You may also choose to rent a cabin. If you are traveling in a group, a cabin with up to 4 bunks may be just what you are looking for. Travel light and have your luggage delivered to you. This allows you more options for getting to your destination. You can even arrange to have it shipped back home at the end of your trip.

Embrace the culture

When Americans go on vacation, we seem to have a preconceived notion that we have to eat, sleep, and live as we do at home. When you are traveling to Central America, you will find their lifestyle is different from yours. This is their home, and they are accustomed to making the most of it. To save money and enjoy a true Central American experience, live as they do. Instead, be open to trying new things. For example, instead of eating at a restaurant, try a local cafeteria. Enjoy low prices and traditional foods like “pastelitos” and “baleadas” from famous Cobel’s Cafeteria. Cobel’s is well known for their breakfasts.

 

In the evening, it is not unusual to find food vendors on the beach. They serve their authentic meals such as baleadas which is (warm wheat flour tortillas) topped with refried beans, cheeses, avocado, chicken, pork or a local favorite “chorizo”.

Getting around

In Honduras, you do not have to spend a fortune renting a car or taking a cab. The most popular form of transportation is walking. However, using a taxi is very inexpensive. The charge is per person, and it usually equals less than $2.00 per trip. The taxi can pick up a total of four people while in route. This is a great way to meet the locals, see the sights, and save a bundle. There are also shuttle services available between popular destinations.

Money saving tips

  • Check your bill carefully. Some establishments add the tip directly to your bill. If you are not watching, you could tip your server twice.
  • Use cash. The credit card and debit card fees in Honduras are costly.
  • Take care of your currency exchange before you go. There are money changers at the borders, but they charge hefty fees.
  • Download apps to help you with the currency and the language. Take your time and be sure you know what you are paying for and how much it costs.
  • Consider backpacking and camping while you are there. The weather is great, and there is no better way to enjoy the tropics.
  • Shop for travel packages before you go. Make your purchases online and compare the adventures.

Most popular attractions in Honduras

Honduras is popular for many things. When you are planning your travels, learn which attractions are where. Then shop that area for the best deals on food, lodging, and fun. Here are some popular things to do on your Central American trip:

 

  • Visit the Mayan ruins
  • Go on a zipline adventure in the wilds of Honduras
  • Visit the world’s second largest coral reef
  • See a wide variety of wildlife in the rainforests, pristine lagoons, and sea
  • Go scuba diving in Roatan. See shipwrecks, seawalls, and marine life.
  • Go whitewater rafting or kayaking at Pico Bonito.

 

No matter what your idea of fun it, you will find it in Central America. No where else can you experience this natural beauty at such an affordable price. Once you go, you will return again and again.

 

A Parent’s Guide: Learn the Basics About Proper Dental Care for Your Kids

Dental health is one of the most important aspects that you should consider when it comes to the health of your child. Your child’s dental health also need optimal care, and it is one of the first crucial steps that you will encounter.

Unfortunately, some parents still lack appropriate knowledge and understanding about the importance of dental health for kids. As a parent, you also need to know the kind of care that is proper to ensure your children’s teeth.

For most children, their first primary tooth will sometimes appear between the ages of four to six months. As such, regular visits to the dentist and daily oral hygiene will play significant roles in your child’s dental health.

To give you more knowledge, below are considerations to take heed when it comes to your child’s dental health.

The Perfect Time to Start Proper Oral Hygiene

Many parents want to know when is the right age and time should their children brush their teeth. A good rule is to start flossing it as soon as your child’s teeth are already in contact with each other. Usually, you can start it at around the age of 2 to 3 years.

Once their teeth already reach this point, germs and bacteria from food intake start to inhabit spots in their teeth which eventually cause plaque, tooth decay, and other dental problems. You should also remember that not all children can have their teeth flossed at this specific age. Hence, regular dental check-ups are a must.

Dental Care Tips for Your Child

One of the best ways that you can do to prevent a child from having tooth decay is to help them become enthusiastic about their daily dental hygiene. Tooth brushing probably is not your child’s favorite routine to do every day. But you can make it more acceptable and fun by choosing the right toothbrush and toothpaste that your child will like and will love to use.

Look for fluoride toothpaste with playful colors and candy-like flavors. Knowing how to brush your child’s teeth is important, the same goes for choosing the right toothpaste. Teach them the proper technique as early as possible to help them encourage and develop good oral habits.

The Best Age for a Child To Get Braces

A lot of parents would always ask the same things when it comes to fixing their child’s teeth.  Is there a right age or time an orthodontist should start fixing my child’s teeth?  What is the best age for my child to have their dental visit? These are some of the common questions that you will hear coming from the parents.

Braces for kids are very important especially if they have teeth problems. To answer these questions, here are the things that you should know for you to have the right knowledge about braces.

  • If your young child has crooked teeth or misalignment issues, he or she can already benefit from braces (teen clear braces, Invisalign, metal braces, etc.) Consult with an orthodontist as they will be the one who can determine which type of braces are proper for your child’s needs.
  • There’s no definitive answer when it comes to the proper age to get braces. However, orthodontists recommend bringing your child to an orthodontic appointment as early as seven years old if there are already signs of orthodontic problems.
  • Keep an eye on your child’s teeth for some bite alignment issues, crooked teeth, crowding issues, underbite, protruding teeth or overbite. If there is, you must schedule an initial orthodontic evaluation immediately.

Takeaway

Parents play a vital role in their children’s health, especially in their dental health. Activities such as brushing teeth together is a good starting point for introducing the importance of good oral hygiene. However, one of the most effective ways that parents can do is to project good habits that children can follow.

Always lead by demonstration and example on how important your child’s teeth and to their overall health.

Here’s To Mom: 7 Things You Can Give To Your Mother This Mother’s Day

Mother, mommy, ma, mama, whatever we call them they will always be one of the most valuable women in our lives. It’s the reason why it is not easy to find or search gifts for them when their special day comes.

We all wish to look for things with a sweet and tender spin. As such, we tend to think about it too much or for too long. And it makes the entire process much more difficult. To avoid this kind of situation, you need to consider the things that make your mother the happiest person on earth.

Does she like to read? Does she like to cook? Does she like gardening? Or anything that makes her happy and brings peace in a world full of stress. For a little help, listed below are seven things you can give to your mom this mother’s day.

For The Athletic Mother

If you have a very athletic mom, one of the best gifts you can give to her is a pair of all-white sneakers that is suitable for any athletic activities in the workplace, at school or casual occasions.

Go for shoes that are chic and sleek, made with the finest materials, and built to withstand the test of time. You can easily purchase this kind of footwear in any online store like Deal Wiki.

For The Stylish Mother

For mothers who love to style herself and are fond of jewelry, you can give her a necklace with her initial or a pair of beautiful earrings for which she can wear day after day. And you can guarantee that they will be very happy.

She will surely cherish this present forever. Make her feel special and loved by picking the perfect jewelry for her. But remember to consider her style to make sure that it compliments her and that she will wear it.

For The Laid-back Mother

For a mother who loves to relax and chill, the best gift that you can give her is a comfortable pair of slippers that are as chill as she is. They are easy to use and convenient. But for a unique way of giving it to her, you can stuff some small treats and gifts into them and wrap them all with a cute bow.

For The Adventurer Mom

If your mom loves traveling, then an instant camera is the perfect gift for her. Let her capture the places she wants to visit, the people she’s with, and the moments she will truly treasure. And if she will love to take pictures a bit personal and intimate, then an instant camera is a reasonably economical way to do it.

An instant camera has three shooting modes, the vintage mode, standard mode, and the black and white. Furthermore, you can also give her a comfortable Lululemon’s stretchable pants so that her adventure won’t be a disaster. You can also give her an accessory for which she can always use when traveling, for instance, a passport cover.

For The Sweet Mother

Aside from giving roses, get your mother a bouquet of flowers that are out of the box or unique and much more beautiful than roses. But if you do not have a florist nearby, you can look for online flower deliveries. Also, you can also give her a box of chocolates as long as it is fancy.

To All Mothers

The simplest yet the most sentimental gift you can give to your mother is a heartfelt written letter. Tell her how much you love and treasure her through writing the things that make her beautiful and great as a person and as a mother.

For The Moms Who Get Cold Easily

If your mother gets cold easily, the best gift that you can give to her is an oversized sweater that will make her warm all throughout the day. For a more personalized approach, you can knit the sweater yourself and incorporate unique designs such as her initials.

Aside from that,  you can also give her a mother’s day socks. Go for comfortable, attractive socks that will fit your mom’s style and preference. Socks provide comfort, warmth, and pleasure. Let her feet feel stylish while being comfortable as well.

Takeaway

Are you searching for ideas for the coming Mother’s day? Read the above list of gifts for various type of moms out there and for whatever she loves to do. Remember that Mother’s day is all about expressing your love to your mom. So even if all you can give her is a lovely card or chocolates, it’s fine. It’s the thought that matters.

Author Bio:

Leslie Wyman is a blogger. She loves to write about different kind of niches like sports, family, fashion, food, travel, and many more. On her day off, Lisa spends time taking her kids to the park or the mall.

Costume Tips for Inexperienced Dancers

The right costume can completely make or break a dance performance. If you’re new to dancing and competing, you might not even know where to begin when finding the right costume. There’s a lot to keep in mind to make sure you’ve chosen the right style for you and your routine. You won’t know what costume you really like until you try different things, but there are some tips you can follow if you need guidance selecting your first costume. Here are costume tips for inexperienced dancers!

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Focus on quality

First of all, it’s important to realize that not all dance costumes are created equal. Just as there’s a range of styles, there’s a range of price points and materials. That’s not to say that you have to go all out and break the bank to find the right dance costume, but it does mean paying attention to quality. You want something you know you can trust. Flimsy, poorly made costumes are more likely to malfunction which is the last thing you want to happen on stage in front of judges. Remember, a high-quality dance costume will last you years while a poorly made one might not even make it through one competition.

Browse different styles

If you’ve never danced competitively before, you might not even be aware of the different style options available to you. There are always new trends in the dance costume world, and it’s important to keep them in mind when choosing your next costume. To get familiar with different styles and see what speaks to you most, check out the latest catalog from Alexandra Costumes. Once you get a feel for the outfit style you like most, consider the following things to find the right choice:

 

Consider your music choice

Your dance costume should feel appropriate for the music. While you don’t have to take this too literally, consider how your costume will complement the music and vice versa. Your music and your costume should go hand in hand as equals.

 

Keep the attention on the dancer

While it’s always fun to experiment with new styles, be sure to keep things reasonable. Having a flashy dance costume might seem like a good way to get the judges attention, it might take away from your performance. The emphasis should always be on the movements and the dance itself. What you’re wearing shouldn’t take away from the performance in any way.

 

Don’t forget accessories

It’s easy to overlook the power of accessories when planning your dance costume. Accessories can transform your dance costume and add another element when done properly. Once again, less is more, but don’t discount the power of accessories to perfect your dance costume. You can accessorize with unique tights, gloves, skirts, or even more funky choices.

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When in doubt, go custom

Sometimes you’ve looked everywhere and tried everything but you just can’t find what you’re looking for. That’s when it’s time to get creative. You can mix and match costumes to suit your look or opt for a custom option. MoveU custom cheerleading uniforms are perfect for teams with a specific appearance in mind, and the group uniforms really bring the team together during a competition. Custom costumes give you the freedom to really express yourself!

Prevent malfunctions

Even the most experienced dancers have wardrobe malfunctions. The best way to prevent these is simply to be prepared. If you’re a new dancer, there are steps you can take to ensure you don’t have any issues with your costume during a performance. To prevent malfunctions, follow the tips below.

 

Always try your costume on

Never wait until the last minute to try your costume on. Try and test your costume several times before a performance. If you notice the costume doesn’t fit perfectly, make adjustments while you still can. Things to look out for are falling shoulders, gaps in fabric, and too-tight sizes.

 

Secure your outfit when necessary

Even if your costume fits perfectly, sometimes you’ll need to take extra measures to ensure it stays secure. While you use pins in your hair, you can also use them on your wardrobe. Safety pins can help secure loose straps or skirts to your costume so you don’t have to worry about them. Body tape and even hairspray can secure fabric to your skin so you don’t risk exposure! It’s better to be overly prepared when it comes to these things.

Make the most of your dance costume!

Dancing is a great way to express yourself, and your costume will help boost your confidence. When choosing the right costume as an inexperienced dancer, keep the things above in mind. As long as your costume fits right and makes you feel good, you’ll be ready to wow the judges!

How Professional Ballerinas Refuel and Recover

When we see a ballerina on stage moving gracefully and exhibiting her art, we only see beauty. We do not see the hard work, endless hours, and physical sacrifice that he or she has committed to this performance.

 

A ballerina never chooses that profession for money. The fact is, there are many ballerinas who struggle every day for the basics that we take for granted. Ballet companies have tremendous overhead and they rely on ticket sales (which are often expensive) and donations to exist. This means the dancers are not compensated highly.

 

Professional dancers must be conservative. They are careful with the foods they buy to get the most value for their money. They must have proper attire for their craft and they watch for bargains on the best dance costumes. They do not dance for the money. They dance because it is their passion. It is as necessary to them as breathing. They know the day will come when they can no longer master the human body and they will retire their art. Until that day comes, they harness every ounce of themselves to be a ballerina.

 

The professional dancer must know their body. They must understand the qualities and effects of the foods they eat both immediate and for future growth. Muscles must be strengthened and cared for. Use of those muscles requires fuel to recover.

Food as fuel

A dancer must love and respect his or her body, and they also must recognize that they are human and like all humans, want to treat themselves from time to time. It is recommended that a dancer follow the 90/10 rule. 90% of the time, they eat only what is good for their bodies and view their food intake as the fuel they need right now. 10% of the time they indulge in something extravagant like ice cream, candy, or even a few chips, If they want something sweet without added sugar they can fall back on classics like frozen fruits. Frozen watermelon tastes just like a slushy drink and it is low in calories.

 

Do not look at all foods as good for you or bad for you. For example, if you have had a long practice and your body needs fast recovery, experts suggest chocolate milk. It is much less expensive than protein drinks. It gives you the immediate energy you need and is a great fuel for muscle recovery. Also, having a post-exercise caffeine can be good for you and help your muscles refuel if you pair it with a carb, like a banana. Check out making-nice-coffee.com and you will find out what’s better for you – buying a preground or grinding a fresh coffee.

 

Mixing foods to get the nutritional boost you need is a great plan. Make high-energy (no-bake) fruit and nut energy balls and add whole grain oats with Cheerios. There are high-protein foods that are inexpensive that give you everything you need when mixed with other nutritional foods. Peanut Butter is a good example of this. The point is, balance your fuel intake and get everything you need. Do not omit a group of foods. Exercise portion control, but include all of nature’s bounty. Even fat consumption has its place in the body of a dancer as well as other high-energy athletes. Fat gives the dancer energy and fat-soluble vitamins they cannot get elsewhere. They also provide essential fatty acids. Moderation, not omission is the key.

 

If you have chosen the path of being a ballerina, you have chosen well. It is not an easy path but it is the path that leads the dancer to personal accomplishment and satisfaction that the world can enjoy. And that, is true success.

 

Here’s What You Should Know: Advantages Of Wearing Espadrilles For Women

Espadrilles are casual flats made from cotton or canvas fabric, and rubber soles. It comes with a unique fiber rope around the edge. Now, this footwear is a fashionable must-have for casual activities escapades under hot weather.

Espadrilles have come a long way with its numerous variation in fabrics and styles. It remains a prominent item for women and men alike, especially when the weather requires a  comfortable, and light shoe. Also, this pair complements with just about any casual outfits.

If you still doubt whether you should buy a pair or not, read the following benefits below.

A Comfort To Your Feet

Women’s Espadrilles are highly comfortable shoes with high-quality design. This type of shoes expresses high fashion and comfort at the same time. Today, an array of espadrilles for women from renowned designers are available in many shopping and clothing stores.

When you are looking to spruce up the warmth of your footwear, then a classic espadrille is an excellent choice. A flexible warm-weather shoe that you can wear all year long.

The sole of an espadrilles shoe may be platform, wedge or flat shaped and comes from natural rubber or natural jute. It’s comfortable to wear that you can just pair it with shorts, jeans, dresses, and much more. Also, it offers extreme comfort and style, and it renders a casual summer vibe.

Espadrilles Means Eco-Friendly

Wearing espadrilles is an environmental practice with powerful ecological impact. A wide range of fabrics, colors, and design specifics or newly introduced manufacturing procedure have been brought in, but the entire design and process are still the same.

Since this kind of shoe utilizes completely natural elements, it is very eco-friendly. The manufacturing process of espadrilles takes place without the application of any poisonous chemicals which may be detrimental to the environment.

Materials used in espadrilles like rubber, jute, and cotton are made from natural plant. Jute is a vegetable fiber that does not need toxic chemicals and is 100% biodegradable. The natural rubber keeps the espadrilles waterproof and makes it sturdy and long-lasting.

All of these natural components grants you a more comfortable walk and is perfect footwear for warm conditions. Also, the light cotton lets the air circulate to keep our feet fresh all day long.

Keeps Your Feet From Odor and Sweat

Your footwear is prone to a lot of moisture and heat, and if you do not wear socks, there is nothing to seize and get rid of that moisture away. There are powders that aids in keeping your feet dry, but might not battle with the odor.

The disadvantage of utilizing foot powders is that they can chunk if your feet sweat a lot, and they leave the interior of your shoes with moist that might damage the material. Of course, no one will be looking in your shoes, but it is something to consider if you wish to buy a footwear that you can use for a long time.

Women’s Espadrilles helps keep your feet from odor and sweating all throughout the day. It’s possible due to the utilized jute in the espadrilles. It has distinct features that allow the air to pass smoothly throughout.

Good For Walking

Espadrilles are an excellent travel shoe, especially for women.  With its laid-back, relaxed, and fashionable undone presence. Espadrilles are stylish shoes that are great for your upcoming escapades and travel adventures. As a bonus, they are easy to pack.

Also, this footwear comes from breathable materials and natural jute which provide an excellent cushioning system for an adequate walking experience. Similar to sneakers, women’s espadrilles are more likely better for women travelers that do not want much arch bedding.

Most espadrilles are easy to pack, lightweight, comfortable to wear and comes in a gamut of shapes. There is an espadrille for different occasions with a wide range of prints, styles, and colors.

Takeaway

Comfortable shoes do not only keep your feet satisfied but also protects your spine from harm due to strain if lousy sole cushioning. From giving comfort to your feet, being eco-friendly, keeping your feet from odor and sweat, and suitable for walking, these are the advantages which you can gain from wearing espadrilles.

Author Bio

Leslie Wyman is a fashion blogger and designer.  She writes articles about the various fashion tips and trends, especially about shoes. When not at work, Lisa loves to stroll around the world to meet new people and gain more knowledge.