Property Guide To Alicante

In the south-east corner of Spain between Valencia and Murcia, is Alicante province. Dubbed the ‘California of Europe’ by some, this part of the Spanish coastline became known as the Costa Blanca or ‘White Coast’ because of its 200kms of pristine sandy beaches and crystal clear waters.

Prior to the tourist boom, Alicante was comprised mainly of fishing villages, wine and citrus farms. However all that changed when the first air routes to the Valencia region opened up in 1957. Today, Alicante is a tourist mecca with first-rate infrastructure and leisure facilities, receiving around five million tourist visitors annually, making it an excellent place to invest in holiday letting properties.

Already fairly populous with nearly two million permanent inhabitants, Alicante has over the years become home to a thriving community of foreign retirees and lifestyle immigrants, many of them British or German, attracted by the healthy Mediterranean climate, unspoilt beauty of the lush, rocky coastline and Uncategorized salt marshes, as well as the fresh local seafood. Today, English is probably the second-most commonly-spoken language in Alicante after the native Valenciano.

Traditionally divided into a more affluent north and less well-heeled south, since the Spanish property boom, such demographics have become meaningless. All along the Costa Blanca, you’ll find luxury beach resorts, spacious villas and modern housing developments, as well as marinas filled with yachts.

The province has not lost all of its original charm though – there are still quaint Mediterranean villages with charming cobbled streets, ancient churches and historical architecture to be found; and the old quarters of many towns such as Altea and Javea continue to act as major drawcards for their historical value and café culture by day, and their restaurants and bars by night.

The capital, Alicante, is a genteel city with an international airport – the main point of access for the province – as well as many historical buildings, tree-lined boulevards, parks, palm-fringed beach and eye-catching harbour with marina.

Other places worth mentioning are Benidorm – the tourist capital of the Costa Blanca with first class entertainment facilities and pleasant micro-climate; Torrevieja -with its great golf courses and bird sanctuary in the Uncategorized salt marshes nearby; and Javea – a lush enclave of exclusive cliffside villas.

Property prices in Alicante are generally 3% higher than the Spanish national average, but buyers can still get good value for money if they do their research. Currently real estate sales in Alicante tend to centre around major tourist centres where holiday rental yields are still healthy, although bargains can still be found in the less-crowded outskirts.

Second home buyers and retirees tend to prefer quieter, less crowded or developed areas such as Benitachell, Denia and Javea. However, this less commercial aspect has begun to take on a certain cache, so that property here is not as cheap as one might expect.

Still, though, for health, lifestyle and quality of life, the Costa Blanca is hard to beat and property in Alicante is well worth considering.

First Date Clothing Suggestions For Men

Dressing smartly and suitably for a date is an area which some men unfortunately overlook and feel they don’t need to make an effort dressing for a date. This is the first mistake a man can make when going on a date. Having said that, not all men overlook this area; there are some men who spend hours getting ready for a date but wouldn’t admit it. Wherever you decide to go on a date, regardless of the class, it is vital that you appear to have made an effort and turn up looking your best wearing a freshly washed and ironed outfit.

First impressions can make or break a date, so the importance of looking smart cannot be underestimated. Along with being washed and ironed, clothes must fit properly, be stain free, be hole free, not too tight, not too baggy, not garish and not old and faded. It is also important that the outfit you choose to wear on a date is suitable for the date location plus matches your age. Dressing older or younger than your actual age will only make you stand out. By dressing too young you may appear like you are trying to recapture your youth resulting in your date believing you have other personal issues going on. Alternatively dressing too old could be off putting for your date. You want your date to look at you and feel happy to be on a date with you, not to wonder what they have got themselves into.

The easiest date to dress for is a casual date. This may include going for a drink in a bar, going out for fast food or a visit to the cinema. For any casual date, it is perfectly acceptable to wear jeans. It does not mean that you can dress down or wear jeans that have seen better days. Jeans should be in good condition and have a perfect fit, especially around the bottom area, which is where most women tend to have a good look at. You can choose between a variety of tops to accompany jeans, such as a t-shirt, a poloshirt, a casual shirt or a sweater. Poloshirts are ideal if you have a good physique and you wish to show it off. If the weather is cold, then a casual jacket is suitable. If you decide to wear a t-shirt, it is best to avoid garish colours and stay away from novelty t-shirts, at least for the first date anyway. If you decide to tuck your top into your trousers, remember to wear a belt to add a finishing touch to your look.

You can get away with wearing jeans on a casual date, but if you are going on a classy date, then they are not appropriate. A more formal look is required for a classy date, such as a visit to the theatre or a meal at a fancy restaurant. It’s a good idea to own a suit, ideally in a dark colour such as charcoal grey or navy, as you can create a number of different looks using just one suit. You can wear a variety of different shirts and ties with a suit or you can change your look entirely by wearing the suit trousers with a casual shirt, or even wear the suit jacket over a casual outfit to create another great look. If you choose to wear casual attire on a classy date then all you will achieve is showing your date that you couldn’t be bothered to make an effort, plus you will stand out especially if your date is wearing a stylish dress. Once you have chosen your outfit, don’t ruin the look by wearing inappropriate shoes. Formal footwear should be worn when going on a formal date. Trainers, sandals, pumps and boots are not appropriate. Formal shoes must be clean, match the outfit and comfortable to wear. If you are wearing a belt with your trousers, then ideally your shoes should be the same colour as the belt. Footwear is an area that women tend to notice, so great footwear can leave a great lasting impression on your date.

An active date, such as playing a game of tennis, or going walking together, requires a different look. It is necessary to wear sports gear and not forgetting supportive footwear. Clean modern jogging bottoms or shorts are appropriate, just as long as shorts aren’t too small and tight and jogging bottoms aren’t baggy at the knees. A t-shirt, long or short sleeved is suitable and if the weather is cold, then a sports jacket or a sweatshirt can be worn. Dressing for a sporty date is not a time to put fashion before comfort. You need to dress in clothes that won’t restrict your movement plus feel comfortable to wear; remembering to check that they are clean before you put them on, including your footwear.

If your date has arranged the date and you don’t know where you are going, then you need to wear an outfit that is suitable for a range of date locations. A good suggestion is a pair of smart trousers accompanied with a fashionable shirt and a stylish jacket. A stylish jacket, such as a suit jacket will be appropriate if your date has booked a table at a fancy restaurant, and a fashionable shirt is sufficient for any casual date and even a slightly classier date. There is no need to wear a tie, but if you prefer, you could always conceal a tie in your jacket pocket in case you find yourself going to an upmarket venue. If you feel overdressed, you can remove the suit jacket to reveal your casual shirt. It is always better to be slightly overdressed than underdressed, which will show that you have made an effort.

Along with clean, ironed, fresh smelling and well fitted clothes, it is a good idea to turn up for a date clean shaven, showered and smelling great. Smelling good is very attractive to women, just don’t overdo the aftershave or body spray. Don’t leave your decision making to the last minute. Think in advance about what you wish to wear and take your time getting ready. The last thing you want is to turn up for a date feeling flustered and worried because you forgot to shave or put on deodorant. Planning your outfit in advance and looking like you have made an effort are the two main keys to dressing well for a first date.

Top 5 Outdoor Activities For Kids

Finding safe, fun outdoor activities for kids in all weathers may be a little challenging but definitely isn’t impossible. With the right kids clothes outdoor play can be enjoyed on most days. Anyone can find something fun and exciting to do during the warmer weather but what about those wind-swept autumn days or frost-bitten winter mornings?

Actually, finding something to do in all weather is more about an attitude change than an activity change. More and more these days we feel it may be too wet to go out or too cold when actually even a short period outdoors in inclement weather can make for a lot of fun.

A New Twist On Old Favourites

Not only can the activities be entertainment but it is a perfect way to teach children to be more aware of the world around them and how seasons work to affect the plant and animal life on earth. This in turn will bring them to think with empathy on other ways of life and how to better care for their environment.

Backyard cricket – This iconic game of Australia is a summer played sport but that doesn’t mean you can’t play forms of it in other seasons. You can use it to link back to some of our heritage and even use it to explore the cultures of the other countries that play. Tippety Run is an easy form of the game where you must run between wickets anytime the ball is hit. Wickets can be anything, even plastic rubbish bins, and because it is an active game it will keep kiddies warm on cooler days. It teaches teamwork as well.

Kite Making – the best things about kites is they need a windy day to fly so autumn and spring are going to be perfect. Of course, no electrical storms for flying but a good stiff wind is perfect and means less work to get the kite off the ground. Children will find these easy to make and with some encouragement and some basic kite flying principles they will soon be doing their own designs. The tails can be long and fancy and a big kite is a wonderful group project. This is a great way to discuss how birds fly and what other things might be found airborne in the autumn and spring. Older kids can learn about the power in lightning and how it can travel to the earth.

Treasure Hunt – Depending on where you live and how safe you feel the children will be wandering around it may pay to split into teams with an older teenager or adult with no more than two younger children. Toddler and preschoolers should always have adult supervision. You may need to take a drive to find a suitable spot if you live in a city.

A rock the size of a 20c coin
The longest stick you can find
A spiky leaf
Something the shape of a love heart
This can be done in several ways and is fantastic for all age groups; you simply adjust the clues according to age group. You can also award prizes for certain categories. A sample list might be:

You can tell them not to destroy anything living to get the objects and even a few showers won’t hurt this one at all. Just get them to don the raincoats, hats and boots and get excited about going out into the rain for a little while.

Outdoor Painting – Painting outdoors is perfect if there is going to be a big downpour likely. It’s easy to do when the cement or walls are already wet. Use big paintbrushes and safe, water soluble paints. Even big pavement chalk is fantastic to run out in between showers to draw and then watch it get washed away. This is the perfect opportunity to discuss how rain is formed in the clouds and what happens when it rains. Kids can watch the clouds moving fast in a stormy sky and make up stories about them and then try to paint those stories. Imaginations will run wild.

Sprinkler Play – Once before we could turn on the sprinkler on a hot day and play until our heart’s content. But the reality of water shortages is pertinent today and responsibility with water is an important thing to instill in our kids. They can still have sprinkler play but place the sprinkler into a pool and discuss ways to reuse the water when they have finished with it. It might be to put on the winter veggie patch that you sow in early summer. Water is an excellent source of education and play. Rainy days can help to show children what happens to water, where it goes after the drain hole, and what effect it has on the place it ends up in.

There really is no limit as long as you don’t mind a bit more kids clothing in the wash. Once rugged up well even breaking ice in puddles on a frosty morning is so much fun. There is a huge variety of kids clothes and kids protective clothes available today so no more excuses about the weather being bad, go and enjoy our world.

Anatomic Gel – Shoes Built for Wear

Anatomic Gel footwear is a range of beautifully styled and manufactured men’s shoes and boots which are made in Brazil and designed in the UK. The key feature of this range is the Anatomic Gel Technology which is created using only the finest softest 100% leather available. The beauty of this leather, used in the uppers, gives a unique and pleasing appearance to each pair of Anatomic Gel shoes. The hinged leather insole allows the shoe to be flexed without breaking and is constructed using four layers. The double layer of foam and latex makes it supremely comfortable for walking throughout the day and there is also a layer or patented antibacterial fabric and a layer of sheepskin. The rubber sole allows for plenty of flexibility and is non-slip. The thread used in the stitching is waxed to help prevent water penetration and it is 100% stitched through using the McKay method.

Jose Rosa Jacomete originally founded Brazilian Anatomic and Co some 20 years ago after working for 20 years from the age of 13 in the footwear industry. Jose Rosa Jacomete (affectionately known as Zuza to his family) left home to earn money for his family and found he had a passion and Uncategorized talent for footwear design. He learnt the trade inside out over the next 20 years and after gaining experience pattern cutting, designing and shoemaking as well as practising and learning at the technology centres that were specific to the shoe trade, he decided to open his own small factory. Since those days Anatomic and Co’s reputation for human rights and fair trade has gained recognition worldwide along with its Anatomic Gel Technology.

Anatomic Gel footwear’s first venture into the overseas market was launched in the UK about 2005 but has now spread to over 60 countries worldwide with customers in Europe, Asia, USA, Japan, South Africa, The Middle East, South America, Australia, New Zealand and also a high quality niche market in China. The company’s attention to detail and use of high quality materials has made them a major force in the world footwear market. Not only mature age customers are attracted to their product but also the younger generation find their shoes appealing with the high level of comfort and trendy stylish good looks.

The range of Anatomic Gel shoes and boots covers a wide variety of styles and colours. There are beautifully crafted dress boots, made of soft sheep leather, that are suitable for the office but that look just as good with a comfortable pair of jeans for that laid back casual weekend outing. There are also wonderfully comfortable elastic sided pull on Chelsea style boots that incorporate the fabulous soft layered insole and like all Anatomic Gel boots have the padded ankle support. In addition there are dress shoes in lace-up or pull on styles in a large range of fantastic colours.

Try a pair of Anatomic Gel shoes or boots for yourself and find out why they are such a favourite with people from all over the world.

Age Appropriate and Attractive Ideas For Aging Gracefully

Maturity is a badge of honor to be respected with good taste. There simply comes a time when all the extra bling and fabulousness of fashion, hair and makeup is best toned down. When you were a younger Alluring, Innovative or Dramatic woman, those items of “look at me, I’m au currant” stood for something. Status, hipness, a woman in the moment who’s up on the trend. But wisdom carries with it a confidence and sophistication that allows you to do less and achieve more. A maturing face and figure carries a patina of wisdom. A statement in and of itself, it doesn’t require bright lips, over the top earrings or a crazy hip belt to bring it forward. It stands there, gently making its own beautiful statement. Less is simply more as we age. To accentuate your second act best:

o    Avoid drawing attention to your mouth with bright or dark lips.
o    Avoid drawing attention to aging eyelids with frosted shadow.
o    Avoid drawing attention to aging hands with bright nail polish and/or a multitude of attention-grabbing rings.
o    Draw the eye to your face with neckline interest and earrings.
o    When in doubt leave it out.

The Importance of Being Current 

Keeping current is undoubtedly a constant and not inexpensive challenge. With all the technology with which we are bombarded, however, we still have the old standby; the monthly magazine. Magazine subscriptions are one of the most effective ways of getting information you can absorb on your downtime. The whole experience of sitting down with and perusing a magazine that inspires is a ritual that endures. Magazines are the great equalizer. No matter where you live in the country you have the same access to fashion, fitness and beauty that the most upscale, in-the-know New York socialite has, because she gets her “W” magazine the same time you do. When “O” comes out, you’re right there with all of Oprah’s associates on the hottest, latest and most suitable fashion, food, fun and inspiration you need that month. You just go to your mailbox, Oprah is waiting for you, and it’s your turn to dream. 

What Were We Thinking?

We’ve all done it. Looked back at those embarrassing fashion photos and wondered, “What was I thinking?” I look back at my pinstriped jeans, permed hair and parachute pants and think “Hmmmm.” The more extreme trend, the more risk of later embarrassment. We may forgive the young. But it’s not so easy to forgive a second actor in a leather mini.

A woman in Act Two need never wear:

1.     A micro mini
2.     Combat boots with formal wear
3.     White hose
4.     Frosted eye shadow
5.     Chunky platforms
6.     Dark brown lipstick
7.     Butterfly barrettes
8.     Extreme low-rise jeans
9.     Visible underwear
10.   A spiral perm

What’s Age Appropriate Now?

In our Second Act it becomes difficult to find the balance between matronly and modern. Looking current and youthful should not translate into “mutton dressed as lamb.” I met a woman recently whose long, blonde, permed hair was pulled up on one side and suspended with a comb. For height she created gravity defying bangs with a curling iron and “Spritz Forte.” She wore a fitted navy knit tank, tight tapered pale denim jeans and a crocheted sparkly baby blue shawl tied around her hips. She was 48. 

I liked her and enjoyed hearing her tales of woe in raising teenagers. But as I listened I was continually distracted by her image. It just wasn’t working in her favor. The reason it didn’t work was because it was expressing only a part of this woman. I obviously knew who she had been, but as she talked, the more interesting experienced and attractive parts were hidden behind a façade of fear of aging. Yes, she was attractive and sexy but she was also a 48-year-old single mother of teenagers who had quite a bit of sun damage, an advancing derriere, tan lines across her back and thinning hair. The look did not make her look younger; it made her look vulnerable and insecure. Our image must reflect who we’ve become, not who we were. That is age appropriate. 

Bathroom Remodeling Idea Makes Bathroom Repairs Easier

Bathroom repair is easier with access panels

Soon after I had remodeled my small bathroom it developed a water leak. The first thing I knew about it was a puddle on the floor of the room below. A water pipe was leaking and it was buried in one of the bathroom walls which not only made it difficult to find out where the leak was but a lot of ceramic tiles had to be destroyed to get at it.

When I asked my bathroom contractors why they didn’t make it easier to get at the new pipe work they said that it would have made my quotation too expensive so they just buried the pipes and hoped that they don’t give any trouble. It was just my luck then that my bathroom was the one where they made lousy joints. The bathroom repair turned out to be far more costly than it would have been to make all the pipes accessible in the first place and I wish now that I’d had the foresight to put that in the specifications.

Where to put access panels

The obvious solution to the bathroom repair problem is to provide access panels for all of the pipe work joints and as much of the pipe length as possible. When you specify what you want in your bathroom remodel make sure that you will be able to get at every joint easily.

Where the water pipes are installed in a separating wall it’s often convenient to provide access on the other side of the wall rather than inside the bathroom where the ceramic tiles are. You may even be able to turn the access into a small cupboard, which would give you an added benefit. Opening the cupboard doors would provide simple access to the water pipes.

Pipe work under bathtub and under floor can be made accessible by removable panels. Make sure that the floor covering allows for this and a suitable sealer is used to fill any gaps when the access is closed.

If the access panel has to go on the bathroom side of the wall then special attention to waterproofing will be required.

How to make access panels in ceramic tiles

To accommodate a radiator in my bathroom remodel the contractors built a false wall to hide the pipe work. This wall was then set with ceramic tiles and the radiator mounted in front of the tiles. This pipe work has not leaked but I do wonder what I would do if it ever did.

Tiling a small part of the false wall separately on a removable section could have provided an access panel. This would then be screwed firmly to the main part of the wall and the edges sealed with a silicon-sealing compound. The screws would pass through the tiles so silicon sealer would be used to seal the screw heads and holes in the tiles. When the need arose the sealer could be stripped away and the panel unscrewed. Resealing when the problem was fixed would be just as easy.

For more bathroom remodeling tips take a look at this article on setting bathroom tiles:
Setting Ceramic Tile Made Easy

How Medical Transcription Services Benefit Acute Care Hospitals and Medical Centers

Today, medical transcription services enjoy great demand in acute care hospitals and medical centers, since these lighten the workload and related stress in these healthcare settings. Moreover, medical practitioners and their staff can find more time to focus on providing quality services for their patients. With reliable medical transcription service, acute care hospitals and medical centers can save considerably on time, money and effort.

To deliver high quality medical transcription outsourcing solutions, a medical transcription company will have a team of professionals including transcriptionists, proofreaders, quality controllers and senior editors.

With state-of-the-art dictation tools, technology and software, these experts take care of the entire process of transcription for all types of medical reports including:

• Patient history and physical reports
• Operative notes, consultation notes, narratives, SOAP notes
• Discharge summaries, procedure notes, radiology reports, chart notes, laboratory reports, as well as other medical documents

Medical Transcription Services Come with a Range of Benefits

Medical transcription services benefit acute care hospitals and medical centers in many ways. By medical transcription outsourcing, you can reduce the amount of paperwork in your organization. In addition, it enables healthcare professionals to efficiently manage their patient’s health related records. Backup copies of patient’s medical records are readily available on demand.

With medical transcription services, healthcare facilities including acute care hospitals and medical centers can easily access even old patient records. Physicians can send the medical records across many destinations via the internet, and keep in touch with their patients even if they are out of station. Other benefits include:

• Cost-effective and quality medical transcription solutions
• Helps you save on hiring and maintaining more staff, resources and software for transcription purposes
• Save on employee benefits such as payroll taxes, medical office space, health insurance, paid vacation time, office equipment and many more.
• Reduce workload: Medical transcription service providers transcribe your medical documents efficiently, and thus reduce the workload. You get more time to focus on your core issues.
• Privacy and strict confidentiality of data: The transcription firms take strong safety measures to ensure privacy and confidentiality of all patient data.
• Convenient storage and retrieval of data: The data is stored digitally and can be retrieved easily, thus reducing storage space and paper work.
• Quick turnaround time that can be customized according to your requirements. Normally, it varies between 12 to 24 hours.
• No backlogs.

Find a Reliable Service Provider

To benefit from comprehensive medical transcription service, acute care facilities can depend on a reputable medical transcription company. An experienced medical transcription service provider would be able to offer well-organized and timely medical documentation solutions at competitive rates.

Prior to selecting a medical transcription firm to partner with, make sure that it has enough years of experience, ensures quality assurance, offers flexible dictation options, and 24 hour customer service among other things.

Choosing the Perfect Pair of Ladies Art Shoes to Wear For Evening Party

The collection of Ladies art shoes has been designed with innovation at heart. This unique collection of shoes combines both comfort and design. Whether it is peep toe shoes or boot sandals, all women love to wear something exclusive and striking as their evening wear.

You should choose to wear shoes, which should complement your dress. You should be able to carry yourself well in those shoes. Sometimes it can be exhausting for you to select a pair of matching shoes when you are going out in the evening. However, if you have a collection of Ladies art shoes in your closet then you have nothing to worry. These shoes come in a variety of colours and designs.

When you are out for shopping your perfect pair of evening shoes, you will have to see that it is stylish as well as comfortable. The shoes come in various designs and at extremely inexpensive rates. Sometimes you may even get a good price for these shoes if you get them on sale. Before making, any purchases check for the originality of the product because you surely do not want to be tricked.

Some of the products in this collection are highly in fashion and purchased by many women. Black is the chosen colour for most women for party wear. It is elegant and sophisticated and goes well with most dresses. In this shoe collection, you will find clogged heels in black that are super classy. If you want to go for something different then you can opt for the black suede wedge boot. They are ankle boot with peep toes and are ideal for summer or spring. In the Ladies art shoes collection you may also find buckle wedges with multi straps to go with your short dress. These are peep toe shoes with high-wedged heels and ooze absolute style and class.

With a short dress, you can try out the platform boots. These boots have synthetic lining and sole, which add a touch of glamour to your closet. If you are attending a corporate party then the timeless court shoes from Ladies art shoes will be absolutely befitting. These are sophisticated shoes and are ideal for any formal occasions. With a button and a round toe, these shoes are regarded as classic footwear for women of all ages.

Last but not the least is the gorgeous high heels from this collection that can be an appropriate choice for your evening party wear. No wardrobe would be complete without these killer heels. These high-heeled shoes are glamorous, have excellent cuts, and are an absolute must -buy for all women.

These shoes are chic and trendy and offer different categories from which you can choose your perfect pair for your evening party. Measure your foot size before you actually venture out to buy any product. Whether it is high-heeled boots or clogged heels or even brogues shoes every women will find something suitable on offer.

Make your wardrobe complete by adding a pair of ladies art shoes today.

Best 2012 Halloween Costumes for Boys

If you are looking for the best 2012 Halloween costumes for boys, we have some ideas for you to get started. Depending on the age of the child, you are going to most likely want to get some input from them on what they want to be – unless they’re a baby, of course. In all seriousness, involving the child in the process of picking a suitable Halloween costume can go a long way in making sure they have a lot of fun on the big night, which is what it’s all about – not to mention the candy.

  • Spiderman Costumes – The Amazing Spiderman was big this year, and as in years past, you can expect many boys to want to become the wisecracking Spidey. The good news is that there are quite a few great – and relatively cheap – Spiderman costumes available.
  • Batman Costumes – Another Superhero that’s huge again this year is Batman. As with Spiderman, the popularity of this costume means there are going to be a lot of different options for you as a parent. From simple plastic outfits to complex costumes with a separate Batman mask and accessories, there’s something for every budget.
  • Historical Costumes – Not every boy is going to want to use a historical figure for a Halloween costume, but this can be great in many different ways. For one, not a lot of other kids are going to have the same costume most likely if you go with a George Washington, Ben Franklin or some other historic figure – Caesar anyone?
  • Homemade Costumes – If you are on a budget or just like to be creative and spend quality creative time with your children, homemade costumes for Halloween can be a great idea. You just want to make sure you involve the boy in every step of the process so he is happy with the outcome and will want to wear it on Halloween night!
  • Soldier Costumes – This is one that is relatively easy to put together cheaply. A little camo and some other accessories – no guns! – and you can have a great looking solider whether it’s a sailor or someone in the airforce or marines. Camo face paint really puts the final touches on this great costume idea.
  • Fireman Costume – Being a civil servant or first responder like a fireman on Halloween is a lot of fun and may be an indication of a future career path for your little one. There are a lot of great accessories you can get to make your costume really stand out from all the others. Don’t forget the cute fireman’s hat and boots!

After you choose which costume you want, it’s all about saving money. Next, we have some tips to make sure you get the most for your money when buying a boy’s Halloween costume this year.

  • Shop Early – One of the best things you can do is shop early. If you were thinking smart last year, you bought your costumes a day after Halloween when they went on sale. Even if you didn’t do this, the earlier you start shopping – even during the final summer months – the more you are going to be able to look around and find the absolute best price.
  • Shop Online – Speaking of finding the best price, another great idea is to make sure you do most of your shopping online. While there’s nothing more fun than taking a kid (or five) to a Halloween costume shop (sarcasm!), there’s something to be said about shopping for a costume online. It’s easy, safe and convenient – and you can save money too.
  • Read Reviews – Finally, you are going to want to make sure you read reviews of the various costumes before you get out your credit card and make any purchases. There are quite a few places you can read reviews these days, but you should find a website you trust and stick with them and their recommendations for the best Halloween costumes for boys in 2012.

Halloween is all about having fun and being able to dress up and score a lot of candy. Picking out the costume should not be stressful or a headache! The sooner you start shopping for a Halloween costume, the sooner you’re going to be able to relax and just enjoy the holidays.

Riding, Running and Rebounding For Health and Fitness

What do horseback riding, cycling and running all have in common? Simple! They all require a strong, lifted core to execute and maximize the exercise. That means that rely on the use of the abdominal center, erectors of the back and spine, tuck of the butt and lift of the lower back to maneuver and they also require/benefit from open, lifted and proud shoulders.

It also should come as no surprise that the cross-training benefits of yoga and pilates, in building core strength, re-aligning musculature and developing mind-body connections are transferable to these exercise disciplines. What might surprise and delight is the use of a rebound exercise tool, the Kangoo Jumps, as a recommended resource for the devotee of riding, cycling and running to maximize cardiovascular training and effectiveness.

A young woman wrote to me recently, looking for a way and a recommendation as to how she could put less stress on her body (knees, joints, ankles, hips) while gaining aerobic and cardiovascular conditioning. A lover of Pilates and equestrian sports judge by profession, she wanted a way to maximize her fitness programming, increase her cardiovascular fitness training while preventing injury to her body. She didn’t want to run anymore because of the stress and strain it caused to her knees. I knew her connectedness to nature, the outdoors and the feeling of control through movement was tantamount to finding success for her training. While I don’t ride horses, I do understood the desire to avoid the body breakdown caused by of running. Torn, as she was, as I find it to have the closest connection one can duplicate to the experience of riding in the open, free space and having a connected feeling to the elements.

I understood the need to avoid the body breakdown as it was my personal pursuit a few month earlier. As an exceptionally active person, the older I got, the more pounding, I experienced on my knees, heels and hip joints and less and less I enjoyed running 3 miles, 2x week to keep my weight in check. As a result, last spring, I bought a pair of Kangoo Jumps and totally eliminated the pain (and recovery) in each and everyone one of my workouts. For that reason, I recommended the same option to her.

The shoes are based on rebound exercise and are a low impact rebound sport shoe designed to provide a safe platform for jogging and other exercises that are hard on the joints. The boots use a lightweight spring to absorb the shocks due to impact on the ground and create a rebound effect that reduces shock impact on ankles, knees, hips and lower back. They are Swiss designed for joggers, however, they also provide benefits for athletic strengthening and conditioning, rehabilitation and injury prevention and group aerobics. The unique “floating above the ground” sensation created by Kangoo Jumps has to be experienced to be understood.

Core balance and control are two other variables (and benefits) of using the shoes for training.

Quality vs Quantity

Kangoo Jumps deliver the benefit of 50-minutes exercise in only 20 minutes and the injury prevention potential has already caught the attention of several elite football teams. The boots can be used indoors or outdoors on paved roads, dirt paths and grass as well as at the beach or on snow. N.A.S.A. has found rebound exercise to be the best form of exercise for astronauts because it restores bone and muscle mass lost during time spent in outer space. Consequently Kangoo Jumps are recommended for people suffering osteoporosis, with the “slow-motion” steps and exercises of Kangoo Aerobics make it suitable for middle aged and senior people.

Other Cardiovascular Options

The other option I recommended, and one I personally use during the warm weather months, to avoid joint pain, is a road bike. A road bike and a trail can make a world of difference in clearing your head while building cardiovascular strength. Climbing hills with a bike will give anyone keen cardiovascular training.

As a Pilates and equestrian sports devotee, my friend already understood the reliance on core strength and easily made the connection that these two disciplines were good cross-training modalities to support the prevention and overuse of muscle and back pain; typical injuries and imbalances caused by cycling.