Essential Tools For Your Fireplace

There are few sweeter moments in this world than sitting at home on a cold night, relaxing by your fireplace as the flames leap and dance, the logs crackle and the smell of burning wood fills the air. If you are fortunate enough to have a real fireplace or hearth in your home then it is something which you should definitely make use of. In recent decades we have seen the disappearance of these real fires, as many close up their chimneys in favor of modern heating systems and radiators. If however you are the type of enjoys relaxing by the fire, here are some of the essential tools which you will need.

Logs

You can run just about anything that you wish to but the longest burning fuel is of course logs, and you need to make sure that you know where to get your hands on them. You can buy pre-cut logs or you can cut the logs on your own, the choice is yours. Make sure that you get a nice wrought iron log basket to store your logs in, which can give an authentic look to the fireplace.

Andiron

The andiron for your fire is an important bit of kit which you are going to need if you haven’t already. Basically this is the part of the hearth which is on the face of the fire, and which stops the logs from falling out. You should make sure that this is sturdy and well welding to the fireplace as if it fails, you will end up with smoldering embers on the floor, which presents a very real risk of setting the house on fire, something we all wish to avoid.

Poker

The fire sometimes needs a little moving around to ensure that everything is burning evenly and that is why we need a fireplace poker, or a stoker as it is sometimes referred to. This is essentially a long, iron, fire-proof rod which has an insulated handle so that you don’t burn your hand when moving the fire about.

Bellows

Bellows are used to motivate the fire a little and give it some encouragement to keep burning. This is particularly important if you are putting a new log on some embers which appear to be dying. The bellow basically gathers air and pumps oxygen into the fire, which then causes it to burn at a higher temperature, and sets light to the new fuel which has been placed inside.

Tongs

Tongs should have insulated handles and of course, they should be fire-proof. There are many uses for the tongs and you can utilize them to move the fire about or to remove things that have been sat in front of the fire. If you search well you can usually find a great set which features tongs, bellows and pokers.

Once you have all of your accessories, you will be all set to relax on an evening in front of that crackling fire.

The Many Benefits of Painting

Regardless of what age you are or what your hobbies are, painting can be very beneficial to your life. This is of course not to say that you are going to become a world-famous painter, perhaps you will, but picking up the brush and painting things that you see or that you fantasize about is actually a wonderful hobby that I would wholeheartedly recommend. I recent took a short class with a Devon artist who showed me some tips and techniques on how to be a better painter and they have really helped me to understand more about the world of painting. You don’t necessarily need a class however and as my good friend says ‘there is a painter in all of us’. When you do start to paint, here are some of the benefits which you can enjoy.

Relaxation

What better way to get away from the stresses and pressures of daily life than to pick up a paintbrush and get lost in a project? This is exactly what happens when you start to paint and it is a highly relaxing pastime. Very rarely will you sit down and complete a painting in a  matter of minutes, or even hours for that matter. What this means is that you will invest great time into planning and painting, all of which is a great way to relax.

Creativity

Not only does painting allow you to let your creative juices flow, it also increases your creativity. You may think that you are not a creative person but once you start trying to put a piece together, you will see just how quickly your ability express yourself will improve. Let’s say you are trying to paint something as simple as a fruit bowl, and you paint it 4 times over, by the 4th painting you will have a far better understanding of colors, tones, shading and shadow, and these will greatly increase the accuracy and the quality of your work. You may not be the most creative person in the world, but there is definitely some creativity there if you can learn how to tap into it.

Appreciation

Many who have started painting watercolors will tell you that once you start painting things like landscapes or scenes, you start to gain a better appreciation for the world. Many of us will walk straight past a view or a scenic landscape, taking it completely for granted. Once you have started to paint these landscapes however, playing around with different ways of expressing it, you start to see far more beauty in the world around you than you ever did in the past. It is not just nature that you will appreciate either, you will also start to look at people in more detail and notice different quirks of life which you may have been previously blind to.

Open your eyes, get creative and use projects like this to take time out from the world and relax all of your troubles away.

Things Every Mom Should Keep in Her Car

It is often said that motherhood consists of many jobs rolled into one. You’re a nurse. You’re a chef. You’re a maid, a therapist, and––until your child reaches sixteen years of age––you are a chauffeur. You pick them up from school, drop them off for a playdate, and rush them over to dance practice, all in time for yet another drive back home for dinner. Often you might even find yourself carting around your child’s friends as well. As though you were hosting people in your home, you will want everyone to feel comfortable in your car. Here, we have listed some of the best things to keep in your car is a nice and safe place for everyone to be.

Snacks
Now this one might seem obvious, but many of us are so busy that we forget to prepare this one. The glovebox is like a miniature pantry, and you should always try to keep it filled with granola bars and other non perishable snacks made with natural ingredients. The other mothers will appreciate the care this shows to their children, and the children will appreciate something to eat after a long day at school or practice. Most importantly, you’ll appreciate the calming effect that a little snack can have on a rambunctious group of toddlers. Everyone wins. It’s an obvious choice.

Grocery Bags
Now if you’re one of the messier moms (shhh, we won’t tell), you might even have this one already lying around in your trunk. It will amaze you how quickly snack time begins to result in a floor full of wrappers and crumbs. While you likely can’t stop them from making a mess, you can be prepared with a small and cheap way to dispose of detritus left behind. Roll up the grocery bags and keep them under the passenger seat. This way, they’ll always be on hand. Or better yet, when they’re old enough, use the bags to instruct them to clean up their own mess, a chance to teach them a lesson about responsibility.

An Extra Car Seat
This one primarily applies to mothers of young children, but it is nonetheless important. As mentioned before, sometimes you might unexpectedly playing chauffeur to other people’s children. Whether you’re filling in for a parent caught in traffic or helping out another family, you’ll want to be prepared for your guests. An extra car seat has saved us from several major headaches. Bonus points if you own a three car seat car. A bit of extra space never hurt anybody.

Picture Books
If you’re looking for a fun way to keep your children entertained (and more importantly, occupied) while you’re driving, then round up some of their favorite picture books. Although they may not yet be able to read fully (depending on age), they will surely enjoy the vibrant pictures on the page. It’s also a good way to give them some time away from screens and instill a love of reading.

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Does Medical Marijuana Have The Ability To Stop Seizures?

 

New evidence points to a chemical derived from cannabis as an effective treatment for people suffering from seizures. In particular, the evidence suggests that this chemical is effective for patients who have drug-resistant types of epilepsy.

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Medical Cannabis’ History of Fighting and Treating Epilepsy

In 2013, an 8-year-old Colorado girl suffering from a debilitating and rare type of epilepsy, became known to the public when news broke stating that medical marijuana did what other drugs weren’t able to do by dramatically reducing the amount of seizures she had. There is new scientific research which offers evidence that marijuana might be an effective epilepsy treatment for a third of patients who, like the little 8-year-old girl, experience a form of the disease that’s resistant to treatment.

Limited Studies on Marijuana to Treat Seizures

A neurologist at New York State University’s Langone Medical Center and his colleagues from multiple research centers, recently published the results of a study on treatment-resistant epilepsy and cannabis. This study was the largest of its kind to-date, and it appeared in The Lancet Neurology. For the study, researchers gave a 99% CBD (cannabidoil, the non-psychoactive substance in cannabis) treatment to 162 patients who where then monitored for 12 weeks. Treatment was administered as an add-on to medications that patients were currently taking, and it was an open-label trial (all patients knew what they were receiving). Researchers for this study reported reduced motor seizures at a rate similar to pharmaceutical drugs existing at the time, and stated that 2% of patients became seizure free.

Some physicians take this study as good data showing that medical marijuana is relatively safe to give to patients experiencing epileptic seizures. As with any health condition, we recommend that if you want to use medical marijuana to treat seizures, you should speak to a doctor first. If you decide you want to use medical marijuana to treat seizures, you can get medical marijuana delivery through Green Door West. We offer Santa Monica marijuana delivery and solutions for “weed delivery near me” throughout the Los Angeles area.

 

Discover the rarest plants across the world.

 

Just like human beings, even plants breathe, thus making them living beings. By sowing some seeds, you might as well reap some new plants. Despite the numerous types of plants that exist across the world, there are many rare plants that we are unaware of.

Have you ever heard of the Nepenthes attenboroughii, the suicide plant, the western underground orchid or the Middlemist Red? These are few of the rarest plants across the Globe.

Nepenthes attenboroughii, also known as the Attenborough’s Pitcher Plant was discovered in Philippines in 2007. This plants’ distribution has been restricted as it is an endangered kind. Found only in the Palawan Province of the Philippines, this plant is described as a bell shaped pitcher which is large enough to trap rats.

The Suicide Plant, known originally as the Tahina spectabillis, can be found in Anallalava, Madagascar. Classified as strictly endangered, this plant grows until 50 years before producing an abrupt burst at the top. The plant then withers and dies.

We have all heard of orchids. However, there is a type of orchid that grows underground through its life cycle. Found in Western Australia, the underground Orchid is a rare species that grows only there.

Flowers can be found anywhere but there is a rare flower that can be found only in New Zealand’s garden and Britain’s greenhouse. Initially brought to Britain from China, there are only two plants of Middlemist Red now. The one situated in Britain was barren for years and has only started to bear flowers.

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Is gorilla tourism in Africa helping to conserve mountain gorillas and their forested habitats?

Mountain gorillas are listed as critically endangered apes by the world conservancy IUCN due to the few numbers remaining in the wild, said to be less than 900 only living in the limited location of high altitude, (between 1,500 to 4,500 meters above sea level) habitats and ecosystems of the Virunga and bwindi – Mgahinga conservation areas which span across borders of Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic republic of Congo. Currently gorilla trekking safaris and tours are conducted in four national parks of volcanoes in Rwanda, bwindi and Mgahinga national parks in Uganda and Virunga national park in the DRC.

The dense pristine montane rain forests can possibly be trekked with the rise of modern responsible tours and travel in gorilla destinations where gorilla tourism is highly limited to few nature lovers creating less impact on the natural environment and local cultures. Initially when gorilla national parks were being gazetted, conservation strategies were geared towards compensating local communities who could no longer access resources such as wild honey, bush meat and medicinal herbs from the forests.

In Rwanda alone 10 % of revenues from permit sales contribute to community development projects like wise in Uganda 20% of the money has helped people to appreciate gorillas and tourism. Infrastructure such as roads, schools, cultural villages, eco friendly lodges and rearing of domestic pigs, and goats are among the projects owned by local people who directly benefit from sustainable tourism business. Significantly poaching for bush meat, encroachment and human wildlife conflicts have reduced with increased sustainable livelihoods and reduced poverty levels.

On the first part of this page, gorillas are listed as critically endangered apes with 95% DNA similar to humans thus susceptible to contagious human diseases amongst other threats. when it comes to lessons of history, there are doubtless many things Rwanda has learnt from the past genocide in 1994 and civil wars in neighboring DRC’s north and south of kivu province that not only led to loss of lives and destruction of tourism infrastructures but also led to reduction of gorilla numbers destructing the course of gorilla tourism development mainly in Rwanda and DRC during the late 1990’s Whilst Uganda’s gorilla tourism was slowly thriving partly due to relative peace and security.

After the genocide in 1994, Rwanda prioritized tourism as a major economic activity that would bring foreign exchange with the government establishing a well managed tourism industry and conservation policies securing volcanoes national park which has turned out today to be Rwanda’s pride and prestigious tourist attraction overcoming the last 15 years of negative media coverage discouraging travelers to visit Rwanda. As a result of peace and security, good infrastructure and greening of tourism through responsible travel, gorilla numbers in Rwanda’s volcanoes national park have increased as well those in DRC and Uganda due to trans-boundary collaborative monitoring of gorillas by both countries.

Conservation initiatives such as baby gorilla naming ceremony in Rwanda, revenue sharing, vegetable and fruit growing and bee keeping inculcate community ownership of mountain gorillas while revival efforts embarked on aggressive marketing of gorilla trekking in Africa as a high end tourism product has brought gorilla destinations on the world scene compelling many travelers to plan trips to the Virunga region.

As a result of gorilla tourism, habitats and ecosystems have been restored and gazzatted staying under 24 hours of armed protection by rangers saving gorillas from the brink of extinction. Creating employment for local communities involved in the business of tourism who in turn encourage eco tourism through community and cultural tours around gorilla national parks. Consequently gorilla have gained international support since the ground breaking research of legendary primatologist Dian Fossey in the 1960’s, with international conservation bodies such as world wildlife fund, international gorilla conservation group, gorilla doctors setting up offices in gorilla national parks is an indication of how gorilla tourism has helped to conserve mountain gorillas and their habitats as well as development of local communities.

Underfloor Heating – Worth the Investment?

 

Heating your home from the ground up is one of the most effective forms of heating that you can possibly have. There are just so many reasons that this type of heating is far superior to other forms of heating and today we will talk a bit more about what makes it so special compared to traditional alternatives.

 

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Constantly improving technology

Underfloor heating is a heating technology that is gaining popularity at a startling rate and there are certainly some of the reasons for this below. This means that it is increasingly becoming more efficient and also effective. You can easily get some advice on this from www.colglo.co.uk or local plumbing professional.

It can be retrofitted

You don’t need to be a building a new home or apartment to benefit from underfloor heating, this is because it can be easily retrofitted underneath your existing floor. This is great for those living in older buildings, but want to benefit from everything that this type of heating can offer.

More room to move

One of the best advantages of heating your floor from the ground up is that there is no need to ever see or even think of your heater other than the controller itself. This is because the heating units are contained entirely under the floor and this gives you more space to enjoy and you do not need to work around heating units as you would with traditional heating.

An effective way to heat

Heat rises and this makes the use of underfloor heating a very effective way to heat, because the room heats from the bottom and the warm air naturally rises throughout the room. This is in contrast to other types of heating that sit in a particular part of a room and heat only from this location and the floor is the last part of the room to be heated due to the rising hot air.

Add a touch of luxury

The fact that the actual floor itself is being heated is an advantage in itself because it is an area that no other type of heating can properly address. This is particularly the case for homes with many floors that are a hard surface, such as tiles or floorboards. Floor heating can drastically improve the comfort and feel of rooms like bathrooms, especially if you live in a very cold area.

Revive an Old Sofa with Reupholstery

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One thing that we need to accept in life is that things don’t last forever, the sad reality is that we need to let things go when they are beyond repair, but the problem with today’s society is that we are so quick to throw things away and buy a new one. Today I am going to talk about some reasons that you should revive your favourite old sofa by reupholstering it.

Save money

Replacing your sofa can actually cost quite a lot of money and the reality is that the quality of furniture in this age is quite low, it is simply made to be disposable. It is also possible to carry out this process by yourself with a little bit of know how and even with the help of some online tutorials. You can buy all the materials in local stores or online at places like plumbs.co.uk.

By reupholstering your furniture you are making an investment into your favourite friend and it can actually be cheaper and generally of a much higher quality than replacing it with something else.

You choose

One of the best things about reupholstery is the fact that you get to choose exactly what colour and style of fabric or leather you will have. Do you remember actually buying your couch but wishing it was a slightly different colour? Well the best thing about reupholstering is that you have a practically unlimited range of options to choose from and you can make your couch suit a new room or other new furniture. On top of this you can make it as cheap or as expensive as you want, the only thing that you really need to do is to make sure that the frame is in a good condition and can be reused safely.

Something old

Have you ever been to a vintage or antique store and seen a beautiful old sofa, with a not so beautiful fabric. Well, something that you probably haven’t considered is that these are usually prime candidates for reupholstery. Generally older furniture has a much higher quality frame and structure and you would simply need to replace the old fabric. These pieces can look really stunning and you can really wow others by breathing life into these vintage pieces that will last another lifetime.

Four Great Ways to Improve Your Garden on a Budget

 

As the weather starts to get even colder it’s often the garden that goes left unattended. While it may see less use during this season, once the weather warms up you’re left with a garden that’s often unruly. Instead, take some time now with these great tips on giving your garden a spruce up without busting your bank account.

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A Good Clean

The power of a good garden clean can’t be overstated, as long as it’s a good clean. Just mowing the lawn and maybe trimming the hedges isn’t going to cut it. Set yourself the weekend and get cleaning. Rip out weeds, remove plants that can’t be revived, clean up the edges and clean out any ponds or water features you have.  While it may seem like a fair bit of work to do during the cold, the benefits you can see when it warms up will be well worth it.

What to Plant?

Given that you’re planting in the cold, it’s best to choose plants and flowers that can grow and thrive in all seasons. Steer away from the expensive and more elaborate offerings and stick with bright, bright, bright! Speak with your local horticulture store and let them know the space and ground you’re dealing with. They’ll be in the best position to point you in the right direction. As long as you’re happy to keep it bright and simple, you will be surprised just how far your dollar will stretch. Best of all, you can get the cheaper ones that will need some time to grow, given that you aren’t likely to be entertaining often during the cold.

The Trick Is the Right Lighting

Often an afterthought of garden maintenance, the right lighting can be the difference between a garden you want to show off, and back curtains that you always keep closed. Instead of expensive lighting options, look for Groupon coupons on a few select pieces of decorative outdoor lighting. Placed in the right area, this is the perfect way to draw attention to those bright flowers you just planted, and steer the eye away from other parts of your garden that you weren’t able to bring back to life during the cold.

While it may seem strange, getting the work done while you have the time and before you want to show off your garden is the best time for it. Not only can you stay active during the cold, when the sun does come back your garden is ready to go while the neighbors are still playing catchup.

Best Uses of Air Friers at Homes     

For all people who want to adopt a healthy way of cooking, the air frier is one of the best options. Touted at the healthy alternative to deep frying, the air frier is a revolutionary device that will satisfy every palette. These days, there are numerous deals on air friers and most of them are for promotional purposes. To get the best deals buy air fryer online. There are some very important benefits of air friers that are discussed in the following few paragraphs.

The biggest benefit of the air frier is the generation of low fat meals. When you use oil for deep frying, there is a lot of oil that is soaked up inside the food materials. Thus, when you consume them, you are inevitably eating high fat meals. Since the air frier does not use oils for cooking, it is considered to be a very healthy alternative.

The food is completely cooked in an air frier because there is hot air circulation from all angles. This hot air circulation is generally done with the help of a fan that is situated beneath a heating coil. When you buy a good air frier from the market, you will get a cookbook or a recipe book that will entail all food items that you can cook using the air frier. Some of the most commonly prepared food items are French Fries, grilled vegetables, chicken tenders, muffins, chips, etc. The air frier is just an appliance that you will need to make some of the most delicious delicacies for your loved ones. By using the air frier, you can make healthy foods that will be loved by all members of the family and friends. You can invite your friends or colleagues for some of the best food items that they may have never tasted before. You may also want to surprise them by asking them the method of cooking.

Most obese people are finding different ways to reduce weight and they are also adopting healthy eating methods such as the air frier method. Initially, most obese people may find the taste of the air frier cooked food a bit dry, but when they get accustomed to the food, they will love it. For some recipes, you can add a tablespoon of oil so that you get the right taste of fried foods. The air frier can be compared to a multi-tasking appliance that can roast, bake, grill and fry. So, when you are buying an air frier from a reputed manufacturer, you will find that it is really very cost effective.

When you buy an air frier from a reputed manufacturer, you will be in the best position to cook multiple dishes in one go. In addition to cutting on fatty oils, you will be in the best position to cook some of your favourite meals in just a matter of a few minutes. There are many appliances that have several pros and cons, but the air frier has very few cons. You can buy air fryer online and enjoy some of the best cooking experiences.