Setting Up Camping Tents: Important Things You Need to Know

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Camping holidays are always fun. They are a great way to get closer to nature and enjoy time outdoors. However, a great outdoor experience starts with proper planning. In this piece, we will focus on how to avoid making mistakes while setting up your tents.

Decide on the proper tent

The type of tent to carry for your camping trip should be determined by the type of camping you are embarking on. Are you pitching a tent in the campground? Then you can go with a heavy dome one. If you are going on a back-packing camping expedition, however, a lightweight tent is the best option. Here is more on choosing the right tent.

Stick to the rules

When choosing the best campsite, many people place comfort ahead of every other thing, and rightly so. However, the rules cannot be ignored. The exact rules vary from one national park or forest to the other but one common rule is that you should only set your camp more than 200 feet from the nearest water source. This is to protect sensitive plants around the shoreline and also ensure no one pollutes the water. Check if there are other conservation rules before you lay your tent.

Check the lay of the land

The best location to set your tent is an area that is flat, not bumpy and has good drainage.  Sleeping in a tent that is setup on a steep slope is not advisable, as there is a possibility of you sliding downhill in the middle of the night.

Use a ground cloth

Before you start fitting the polls together and stretching the canvas, you need to lay a waterproof cloth down on the ground first.  This cloth provides a slim barrier of protection between the bottom of the tent and anything that may puncture through it. It is also good for protecting against ground-level condensation. The ground sheet may also be useful as a rain shield for your cooking area.

Protect your food

A well setup tent should protect your food from wildlife and spoilage. This will ensure you don’t make it easy for animals to steal your food. Many camping resorts frown on campers being careless with food, as it isn’t just a nuisance, but also causes the animals to become dependent on humans for sustenance. Again, attracting animals like squirrels, rabbits, and so on, may not pose a problem for you but attracting a fox, badger, or red deer into your tent is a great way to destroy your tent while placing yourself in potentially grave danger.  The smaller animals may not harm you but they may  harbour diseases as this article shows.

Don’t use open fires in or around your tent

Regardless of how big your tent is, lighting an open fire inside it is very risky. You can burn down the tent and sustain injuries, especially if the fire is on while you sleep. Many camp sites do not allow open fires either inside or outside the tent, so you may also be breaking a law by doing this. If you need fire, ask the authorities what the rules are.  Most camp grounds will allow use of gas stoves, as these have a lower risk of starting a wild fire, or burning your tent to the ground

By following these tips, you can set up your tent and be on the way to enjoying a peaceful camping adventure.

How to Teach Children about Cooking and Food Safety

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Whilst you, hopefully, know a lot about kitchen safety, your child will only know what they have been taught or have picked up from watching you.  And, whether you have a large bespoke kitchen designed by miketaylorbespokekitchens.co.uk, or a small kitchen that you struggle to move around in, you’ll find that children are inquisitive creatures that want to learn more about what you are doing, and even help if they can.  So keep reading for a few tips on how to teach children about cooking and food safety.

Food Safety

  1. Always wash your hands before you handle food. Not only do you carry germs on your hands, but the food you are preparing could also have harmful items on it.
  2. Always wash your hands before handling a new ingredient – this is especially true if you are dealing with raw meats or eggs.
  3. Use different chopping boards and knives for raw meat and other ingredients.
  4. Wash all fruits and vegetables before you use them to remove bacteria.
  5. When using knives, make sure that you cut away from your body – it’s important to teach children about the right knives to use for items, and the best way to use them.
  6. When thawing food, it’s better to do it either overnight in the fridge, or in a bowl of cold water, rather than just in the air.
  7. Cold foods should be kept cold and hot foods should be kept hot. If an item that should be served either hot or cold has been sitting out for more than two hours, it needs to be thrown away.

Cooking Safety

  1. If you are cooking items on the stove, never leave them unattended. It only takes a few seconds for them to boil over, burn, or cause a fire.
  2. When using utensils on a stove, don’t leave them in the pan. Metal utensils can become very hot and will burn your fingers, whilst plastic utensils could melt.
  3. Don’t touch a burner unless you are sure it’s cold – this tip particularly applies to electric ovens.
  4. Make sure to check that the oven is empty before pre-heating it. This tip is especially important if you have young children in the house that are prone to hiding Action Men and other small toys.
  5. Always use an oven mitt or a hot pad to remove items from the oven. Depending on the age of your child, you may want to explain that this is a job that you must do.
  6. Never turn on an empty microwave – at the very least there should be a cup of water inside.
  7. Any dishes that you place in the microwave must have a label that says they are ‘microwave safe’.
  8. Avoid rushing around whilst cooking – this is when accidents happen.

When teaching children about cooking safety, you need to consider their age and maturity level.  They could always start by helping you out with small jobs, and increase their experience as they grow older.  Can you think of any more tips to teach your children about cooking safety?

Raising Wise Dads, Moms and Kids Book Review

One of the books I read a few months back is Raising Wise Dads, Moms and Kids by Grace Shangkuan Koo published by Church Strengthening Ministry.

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It was one of those books which helps you reflect and evaluate your role as a parent and help you develop good habits to be a better and wiser parent to your children. It is a good book to revisit once in a while and to help assess your relationships with your family members.

The book is packed with wisdom and I would like to share 3 lessons I learned from this book.

1. Honoring your children means placing parenting as a top priority. As stated in the book: “Family crisis is a result of parenting by default, when parents do whatever comes naturally to themselves, influenced by cultural norms and traditions.” Instead of letting things just happen, we should treat parenting as a way to honor God and the lives he has entrusted us with. We should be intentional in our parenting, setting goals and action plans.

2. Parents who combine warmth and support with reinforcement of rules and use of sanctions when necessary are the ones who raise children who knows how to obey, become self-reliant and has internalized moral standards. Parents need to model obedience and consistency inside the house.

3. Parenting does not take away from us; it makes us better persons. Parenting is a commitment and the parents need to grow in order to lead their children in the right direction.

Questionnaires can be found at the end of each chapter to help you assess yourself and your children as well. Practical tips for every topic and personalized prayer to help you start your parenting journey.

There are many more truths you can discover from this book. Go and get your copy from Church Strengthening Minsitry and leading bookstores.

 

 

 

Release Your Inner Child with Remote Control Hobbies

Remote control vehicles can become an expensive hobby. It is a fun hobby that requires a love of science and math. It takes a precise hand and careful calculations to make fast, corner hugging hobby vehicles. Enthusiasts can purchase kits from an RC Shop along with wiring kits, remotes, tires and enhancements to build the ultimate RC vehicle.

Build Custom Remote Controlled Vehicles
Every man has a young boy inside him that always wanted the biggest, best remote control truck on the block. Hobby shops have every gadget and upgrade possible to satisfy the desire to build that dream RC vehicle. You can even make your vehicle have working lights and doors with the advancements in RC upgrades.

This is a great father/son project too. Building the ultimate RC vehicle or pair of vehicles is great bonding time and creates a regular pass time for the pair to enjoy together. It is a lot of fun to design, paint and add decals to a completely custom road vehicle.

Once your vehicle is built, you can join hobby groups and gather with a few others on a weekend afternoon just running cars back and forth on a road or off-road course. Joining a hobby group helps you get ideas for upgrades to your current machine or ideas for the next build.

Enter RC Competitions
Once the custom RC toy is up to your standards and performs better than you expected, you can enter into competitions. There are several including general races, technology competitions and design competitions. Some of these competitions go to state, regional and national levels. For RC enthusiasts, participating in these events is a big deal.

Build Gifts for Needy Children
There are many young children that would thoroughly enjoy a remote control vehicle. Thousands of families around the country suffer from financial issues and are unable to purchase things for their children for birthdays and Christmas. Consider building a few to give to these families for their children. You can build for boys and girls. Make something fun and brighten their spirits.

RC hobbies are time consuming but are fun and educational at the same time. Visit a local hobby store and take a look at all of the things you can do with RC vehicles. You can build water vehicles, flying machines or road vehicles. The sky is the limit on these projects.

Small Tips Big Savings

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Yes, we have some tips that can help you increase your savings. If you know them, great! But if you don’t know about them, read it and follow it.

Save each month
It is important to have some savings every month. With this, you can cover your family against unexpected, unnatural and unnecessary events. Having said that, your family depends on you. If you are a parent, you are earning and saving money for your family. As a child, one can contribute by using available resources sensibly.

Coupons and promo codes
Well, most of us see coupons online and in newspapers, but we do not collect it, as we do not need it in the current scenario. Don’t do that! You never know when a coupon or a promo code can get you exciting deals on your purchases. So, collect them all.

Make a budget
Well, if you can, make a budget that will help you control the expenses. This way, you can even review your experience and modify your budget for the coming months. Also, it is important to set aside some cash for insurance, tax and other out-of-pocket costs.

Plan vacations in advance
This is important because you can save more if you start planning for them early. Low airfares and cheap hotel rates are two benefits you can reap if you start planning your family vacation in advance. Apart from this, you can buy clothes from reputed stores like Nordstrom at a cheaper rate too. What’s even better? There are Nordstrom coupon codes that can be used for additional discounts.

Shop online
Well, this is true. People do not shop online because they think that shopping online is costly because you have to pay for getting your products shipped. Also, the return policy is twisted.

However, the scenario has changed drastically. Reputed stores like Nordstrom are offering lucrative offers for people shopping online from their store. Apart from this, their policy notes that you get free shipping and free returns on your orders. So, shop online and enjoy exclusive discounts on Nordstrom.

Credit cards
You know this, don’t you? Credit cards are for your convenience if you use it smartly. People use it for luxury items rather than spending it on necessities. Remember, credit cards are a blessing. Don’t use it in a way that it turns out to be a burden on your shoulder.

Timely payments
If you can, be sure that you make your payments on time. Making timely payments, you will save on those unnecessary late fees and interest.

Shop more
Here, we are focusing on purchasing more for the family at one go. For example, if you want clothes, makeup, accessories, toys, etc. purchase it all from a particular store that caters to your need. Purchasing them at one go, you might get additional discounts.

Concluding, these simple tips should help you increase your savings.
If you have an additional tip for the readers, please let us know about it with your valuable comments below.