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Your Body’s Thirst For Health!

One of the healthiest things you can do for your body is to keep it hydrated. Your body is made up of mostly water, and replenishing that supply helps flush out toxins, keep your body pH at the right level, and ensure that all of the systems in your body work efficiently. This includes your metabolism! Drinking water can help you lose weight in addition to all of the other body benefits. Proper hydration can be a struggle during the winter months, but there are a few things you can do to keep yourself full of life giving water.

Stay Hydrated

Drinking water is, of course, the first step. Filtered water or ionized water are the best choices. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that other drinks will hydrate you like water can. Coffee, juices, sodas and tea can all have dehydrating effects on the body. Sipping water all day can help you from overeating as well. When you feel hungry, try some water first and see if you feel satisfied enough afterwards to skip the snack.

Besides boosting your metabolism and flushing toxins out of your body, water has so many benefits for you. It helps against fatigue, can ease asthma and allergies, can positively affect your blood pressure, and ease a host of skin conditions from acne to eczema. Proper water intake can reduce your cholesterol and help with digestive disorders by keeping the GI tract supple and hydrated and, again, moving those toxins out. It is great for your dental health!

Drinking lots of water detoxifies the kidneys and bladder, for the same reasons it works on your digestive system. It can speed up joint and cartilage repair, slow the aging process, and stop unwanted weight gain.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Something you can add to your routine for extra health benefits is apple cider vinegar. There are a wide range of claims about its benefits, but the most documented one is apple cider vinegar’s effects on managing blood sugar. It has been shown to help lower glucose levels.

There are suggestions that ACV can lower cholesterol and assist in managing blood pressure as well. Some studies have even suggested that it can fight cancer. It has been long heralded as a weight loss aide and also to help skin conditions and dandruff. You can see it shares some of the benefits you get from drinking water! Adding some ACV to your water in the morning can boost its benefits. Two tablespoons is the usual recommended amount.

Rooibos Tea

Rooibos tea is a tasty way to make your body healthy. Rooibos is not truly a tea, but an infusion made from the aspalathus linearis plant. It has been valued in South American cultures for ages. It is antioxidant rich and caffeine free.

We all know what antioxidants do. They slow aging, are great for the skin, are beneficial against cancer and immune system problems and can help the brain stay young and agile too. In addition, rooibos tea has been said to help with diabetes and in lowering blood pressure and to help the liver bounce replenish itself. Some suggest it can prevent DNA damage as well.

Imagine increasing your water intake, adding a little ACV, and a couple of rooibos tea cups a day. These are simple things you can do to boost your health during the winter and all year long. As always, you should consult your physician before adding any new item to your diet and health care regime to ensure it is healthy for your particular body.

Breathe Easy Pet Owners!

The joy of pet ownership is a wonderful thing. Our pets love us unconditionally which is not something money can buy. They would do anything for us, and we feel the same about them.  However, cleaning up after our pets can be difficult and if you don’t, it can have negative consequences on how your family breathes.  Having the right tools to accomplish proper clean up makes the job easier. But, how do you pick the best vacuum cleaner for picking up pet hair?

Vacuum cleaners that are designed to remove pet hair are a growing market. Each is specifically designed to pick up pet hair without clogging and many have filters to cut down on the spread of dander and other allergens. These small particles that come along with pet hair can be dangerous or at least unhealthy to ingest. They can trigger asthma which is a chronic inflammation of the respiratory system and aggravate allergies making it difficult to breathe and focus, as anyone knows who has experienced an unpleasant allergy fog. You might be surprised just how much pet hair can trigger breathing problems.

Dyson DC41 Animal Complete Upright Vacuum Cleaner

The Dyson DC41 Animal Complete Upright Vacuum Cleaner is at the front of the pack in terms of tackling pet hair on hardwood floors.  It will ease your struggle over your pet’s constant shedding. It’s incredible suction power makes anything in its path no match for the DC41. All Dyson models feature the company’s patented ball technology which makes moving the unit around a breeze. It is great at tight turns which cuts down on a lot of your work.

The Dyson DC41 also has something called Radial Root Cyclone technology making vacuum bags a thing of the past. This is good news, since nobody ever enjoyed struggling to remove and empty a dusty, pet filled bag of dirt without spilling it all over the home they just cleaned.  Don’t double your work and opt for a bagless vacuum unit.

In addition to those great features, the DC41 has a self cleaning head and tangle-free turbine tool. This is music to every pet owner’s ears. It also has an active base plate, meaning it will self adjust to every floor type in your home. Every Dyson DC41 features additional accessories included at no additional cost and a five year warranty, making it well worth the investment.  For a full review of the Dyson DC41 and its many features and benefits, please follow the link.

The Hoover T-Series WindTunnel

There are other options for the pet owner in terms of upright vacuum cleaners specially designed for pet hair.  The Hoover T-Series WindTunnel is another good choice, but pales in comparison to the Dyson. It has some nice features, however, such as an air-powered hand tool with rubber blades to help catch hair and a powerful suction.

Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional Upright

Home users do seem to like the Shark Navigator and say it is easy to maneuver, boasts a large canister to hold all of the hair it is collecting, and has incredible suction.

The Hoover Linx Cordless Stick Vacuum

The Hoover Linx cordless stick vacuum is filterless, but has the suction and bagless design to help you beat back your pet hair problem.

The Bissell PowerEdge Pet Series

The Bissell PowerEdge Pet series is designed specifically for hardwood floors, so if you are looking for a pared down version of a vacuum without all of the carpet accessories, this is a great choice for you and your home.

Technology that Improves Life

Small kitchens are a common downfall of many apartments and houses (a great oversight in architectural planning, we feel). While it’s not ideal, you can still make great meals in these tiny spaces. The important thing is to eliminate what you don’t need and downsize where you can — without compromising your ability to cook big feasts. Our solution is the immersion blender. Its small, compact size makes it easy to store, more so than a blender or food processor. And, it can do so much more than just puree soups.

Gone are the days of whipping cream for 10 minutes by hand. Making whipped cream with an immersion blender is so easy, and it creates a great fluffy result. Homemade mayo can be such a chore. You need to slowly drizzle in oil while constantly whisky. Depending on how much you need to make, the process can take longer than your arm can bear. But with an immersion blender, you can make perfect mayo in a minute flat. Making hummus at home is so simple, and it tastes so much better when made fresh. An immersion blender will whip some right up to a creamy consistency. If that cream cheese isn’t quite soft enough yet, the trusty immersion blender can get that cheesecake to the right consistency.

Types of Sugar

There are a variety of sugar types, each with different flavors and attributes, meaning sugars are recommended for separate uses and recipes. Below is a simple guide as to which sugar to use for which purpose.

White Granulated Sugar – perfect for hot drinks, or sprinkling on cereal or fruit. For baking, we would always recommend using caster sugar instead as it has smaller particle sizes, which provides a lighter and airier bake.

White Caster Sugar – Best used for sponge cakes or shortbread. White caster sugar is also good for meringues when you want a pure white finish.

Golden Granulated Sugar – Use wherever you would white granulated sugar i.e. in hot drinks, on cereal on fruit. Golden Granulated has a glistening golden color with a subtle caramel taste.

Soft Brown Sugar – These sugars are both soft and moist with fine crystals and a distinctive caramel taste. They are often confused with Muscovite, but unlike Muscovite they have a smaller molasses content meaning they do not possess the same flavor as Muscovite’s. Soft brown sugar can either be partially refined or be white sugar with molasses added. Dark brown sugar is darker in color and has a stronger molasses flavor so can be used for gingerbread and rich fruit cakes, whereas light brown sugar has a more delicate honey-like flavor and is commonly used for making butterscotch and biscuits.

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The Ever Ready Kayaks

Choosing the right kayak for your next adventure can be a real challenge if you are not sure where to start. You must first determine what your needs are before you can start shopping for a kayak. It will also depend on where you are using your kayak and how big that you need it to be. Keep reading to learn more about the different types of kayaks available.

Pelican Apex Kayak Review

The Apex 100 is a very beginner-friendly kayak. Its ultra-stable design makes it easy to maneuver, even for a first time paddler. But don’t get me wrong – it’s not a strictly “beginner” kayak – it will suit the needs of a variety of paddlers, both novice and experienced.

This kayak is perfect for exploring lakes and cruising down slow rivers. It’s definitely not a white water capable craft, but that should be obvious based on its design. We like that its lightweight design makes it easy to transport back and forth. This Pelican Apex weighs just 40 lbs., so it’s a breeze to carry with a friend, and can be carried by one person if need be, although it’s a bit awkward to carry because of its size.

The Apex 100 offers a surprising amount of storage space. It’s easy enough to load a good 20 lbs. of camping gear onto this craft without much of an effect as far as performance goes. The storage capacity and ample space for add-on accessories make this craft a great choice for kayak fishing, as well!

Sun Dolphin Kayak Review

The Sun Dolphin Aruba 10 Sit-In Kayak is great for river and lake trips. This one-person touring and expedition kayak features a paddle leash, adjustable foot braces, adjustable padded seat and protective thigh pads to keep you comfortable while you’re out on the water. Multiple storage compartments give you plenty of room to store all your gear, while durable Fortiflex® material keeps your kayak lasting for years to come.

  • 1-person sit-in kayak
  • Great for rivers and lakes
  • Shock cord deck rigging
  • Large open cockpit
  • Carrying handles
  • Paddle leash
  • Adjustable foot braces
  • Protective thigh pads
  • Adjustable padded seat
  • Storage compartment
  • Water bottle holder

Finding a good kayak doesn’t have to be a pain. There are a lot of them available that are reasonably priced and also good quality. Regardless of which one you choose, you will have a great time kayaking. Do plenty of research online so you can find the right kayak for you. It may take some time but if you search online and ask experts for help, then you will find the highest quality kayak available on the market today.

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Kayaking as a Pet Sport

Who says the only thing you can do with your dog is go for a walk or play fetch?  Kayaking and paddling are fun activities for a hot day with your dog, especially if your dog enjoys being out on the open sea or going for a swim.  But before you take the plunge, make sure both you and your dog are ready for such a voyage.  Go through our checklist to make sure you and your best friend are prepared for your kayak expedition.

Is your dog well-behaved?  Above all else, this is rule one.  A well-disciplined hound will be a better kayaker than an unruly one.  Plus, if your dog is not the biggest fan of water, they may become anxious or rambunctious.  Still, even if your dog is not nautical by nature, a well-trained dog in their owner’s company can find peace and relaxation during kayaking and paddling.

The Perception Pescador 12 is a higher-end sport and recreational kayak that comes equipped with features for the avid fisher-person. No need to purchase two boats when the Perception Pescador 12 pulls double duty.

Whether you are a competitive angler or you just want to have some fun with the family on the weekend, the Pescador 12 should meet your needs quite well. In this Perception Pescador 12 review, we will examine this particular brand and model of kayak in terms of quality, durability, speed, maneuverability and price.

The Pescador is a sit-on hard shell model that is 12 feet in length and weighs about 50 pounds. Scupper plugs in the floorboard allow you to quickly drain water that splashes into the boat. A center hatch dry storage compartment situated between your legs so you can access your cell phone, keys and dry box as you paddle. You can quickly adjust the foot brace clamps while in motion.

A sealed front hatch can accommodate a soft ice chest for the fish you reel in. The boat is outfitted with standard angling equipment that includes both a Scotty Baitcaster and a flush mount rod holder to keep your rods situated and secure. You can also stash two fully rigged rods in the ample bow storage. A paddle rest that doubles as yet another rod holder is molded into the body.

An anchor is a necessity with the Pescador if you will be fishing in salt water. Otherwise, you will constantly fight to stay stationary in the water, especially if you are battling current. Fortunately, the Perception Pescador 12 Angler ships with a complete anchor kit.

Rumors are circulating on various review sites that the Pescador 12 is simply a rebranded Wilderness Tarpon 120, which is a favorite of experienced yakkers but sold at a much higher price point. This rumor is quite possibly true because both Perception and Wilderness are owned by the parent company, Confluence. This assertion increases the value and attractiveness of the Pescador 12 even more.

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Reeling Them In

Looking for some new baitcasting reels? Today’s economy forces us to rethink the way we buy fishing equipment. The best “bang for your buck” is looked at a little differently today. Our buck isn’t quiet taking us as far as we would like it to go. To help you with your research, I’ve compiled 10 of my favorite reels with the criteria in mind of both price and performance. We all want to have the best equipment on the market so here is a list of reels I think you should definitely consider:

The Pflueger Patriarch packs a punch when it comes to high-speed baitcasters. This reel is a workhorse and is ready for any kind of abuse you plan on putting it through. With two different spool options, this reel has the versatility to be used for lightweight topwater baits up to heavy deep cranking with the 64 WLP (wide spool) series. The Titanium line guide is a must and should be used on all reels to eliminate line frays. Pflueger has raised the bar with the Patriarch and continues to pump out quality products.

As one of the leaders in engineering high-end reels, Abu Garcia knocks it out of the park with the REVO SX. With its one of a kind Carbon Matrix Drag System you can experience the smoothest drag system on the market. Fighting a monster fish has never been easier. This reel gives me the confidence that no fish is getting away.

Best Recreational Kayak

Nowadays, the term recreational has evolved into a catch-all phrase for wanting-to-chill kayakers. Its definition has come to comprise sea kayaks, kayaks that look like canoes, transitional touring kayaks, kayaks that look like river rafts, expedition kayaks, even surf skis.

The Sun Dolphin Aruba 10′ Sit in Kayak, is a great kayak for any water enthusiast. This kayak is crafted of a tough polyethylene hull and features a deluxe adjustable seat with high back support and adjustable foot braces. There are carrying handles for easier portage and a convenient storage hatch and water bottle holder.

The Pelican Matrix Kayak is another great choice for a recreational kayak.

  • Adjustable padded backrest with Ergo lite seat cushion
  • Cockpit table with bottle holder, Carrying handles
  • Quick lock hatch, Knee pads
  • Stern storage platform with bungees
  • Adjustable foot pegs

Choosing your first kayak can be challenging if you are not sure where to start. Hopefully these tips will help you to figure out which one is the right one for you. Your first kayak needs to be one that you can easily use. It might take some time but it definitely makes a difference.

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Kayaks That Go with the Flow

The nimble, durable Challenger K1 kayak is made of durable welded material with eye-catching graphics for added safety on the lake or slow-moving river. The streamlined craft slips easily through the water, and its cockpit is designed for comfort and maximized space. Inflatable I-beam floors add stability, and an 84-inch oar and high-output hand pump are also included.

Features

  • One-person kayak with low profile design
  • Cargo net to store extra gear
  • Grab line on both ends of kayak
  • Inflatable floor for comfort and rigidity
  • Inflatable seat with backrest
  • Comes with 84-inch aluminum oar, high-output hand pump, and repair patch

Specifications

  • Measures 30-by-15-by-108 inches (W x H x D)
  • 2-pound weight
  • 220-pound maximum capacity

About Intex Recreation
Intex Recreation makes above-ground swimming pools, air beds, inflatable toys, pool and lake boats, and the proprietary Intex Saltwater Pool System. The company has been in business for over 40 years, and is a global leader in designing and producing innovative products for indoor and outdoor recreation.

Intex products meet the most stringent safety standards, undergoing intensive testing to ensure years of safety and satisfaction. During the manufacturing process, trained Intex employees continuously monitor a wide range of factors, including quality of raw materials, calibration of the machines, manufacture and assembly of each product, product testing, and careful packaging of every item.

Enjoy the feel of a full-size kayak with the convenience of an inflatable boat when you’re riding in a Sevylor® Fiji™ Travel Pack. The two-person kayak comes equipped with two seats: a fixed seat in the rear and a removable seat in the middle. The semi-rigid I-beam floor and three-chamber design keep the boat’s solid shape on the water. The thick, durable PVC and Airtight® System are guaranteed not to leak, and the Double Lock™ Fast Valve makes quick work of inflation and deflation. The boat also comes with a 5-piece touring paddle and special travel bag for compact storage. The 10 ft. 4 in. x 2 ft. 9 in. kayak holds up to 400 lbs. and includes a 90-day warranty.

  • Two person
  • Max capacity 400 lbs.
  • 10′ 4″ x 2′ 9″
  • Includes 5-piece touring paddle and special travel bag
  • Three chamber design and a Semi-Rigid I-beam floor

Finding the right kayak may take some time but once you know a little bit about them it will become easier over time. Most of it has to do with your specific personal preferences as well as your budget. There are a number of kayaks you can purchase that will not cost you an arm and a leg. Take your time to find the right one and you will have it for many years to come.

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Cheap Sails

If you are looking for a kayak that is built tough and with a very specific purpose in mind then there are a lot of options to choose from. Depending on how much money you want to spend and how durable you want your kayak to be, you can find one to suit your needs. From inflatable to something more durable, there are quite a few to choose from. Keep reading to learn more about these awesome kayaks that were built with a purpose.

Sea Eagle 330 Inflatable Kayak

Imagine blasting down a white water river–with spray flying everywhere and your heart beating like a drum–or silently paddling down a mirror-smooth lake at dawn. A pleasant dream? Definitely, but also a slice of attainable reality with the Sea Eagle 330 inflatable kayak. Designed to hold up to 500 pounds but weighing only 26 pounds itself, the 330 can up to two adults and gear, but only needs one adult to carry it to the water. It’s even tough enough to withstand dog claws thanks to the 33 mm polykrylar hull, I-beam construction, and high-frequency welded seams. Your four-legged friend can therefore stand tall while you do all the work.

The Sea Eagle 330 canoe packs down to fit in a storage bag, yet has enough cargo space for several days’ worth of camping supplies. And it’s versatile enough for plenty of uses, from fishing to yacht tending to skin-diving. It can even handle up to Class III whitewater. Other details include inflatable spray skirts, front and rear rope handles, and a self-bailing drain valve (a handy feature on Whitewater Rivers or ocean surf). This pro version of the Sea Eagle 330 also comes with two 8-foot AB30 paddles, two kayak seats, a foot pump, and a storage bag. The kayak measures 134 inches long and 34 inches wide and carries a three-year warranty.

Pescador Kayak

This canoe was adapted from the 2008 model Wilderness Systems Tarpon 20 for the 2014 Pescador. Both boat makers share the same parent company and I would like to assume that this was their way of getting the most out of true and tested hardware and design, especially the hull.

The Perception Sport Pescador 12 Angler Kayak was designed for both beginners and experienced kayakers alike. It comes rigged with a few fishing features needed to hit the water and start performing right away. Like most entry level fishing kayaks, this one comes with a Scotty mount, and one flush mount rod holder but they made it very easy to make additions. You can add up to two flush mounts and three mighty mounts if you intend to use track balls and extra rod holder.

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Fishing for a Better Kayak

Fishing for a Better Kayak

There are several types of kayaks available which is why choosing the best inflatable kayak in 2015 is very important. There are traditional, sit-on-top, pedal, twin hull and outrigger, fishing, standing-up paddling, and military style kayaks. Below we curated our top reviews, video guides, and other useful tips to help you choose the right inflatable for the money.

The Coleman QuickPak K5 Kayak is a great kayak especially for beginners.

  • 1 Person inflatable kayak with grab and go backpack storage system
  • 1000D Polyester bottom laminated with 24-gauge PVC
  • Double-lock and mini double-lock valves prevent accidental air loss
  • Large storage area, multiple D-rings, and bungee lacing
  • 250-Pound capacity, measures 10-Feet by 3-Feet

The Stearns Spree Inflatable Kayak is another great option if you have just started out in the world of kayaking.

  • Patented three-chamber air system provides added safety, the two main chambers are fully enclosed to provide a rigid body when inflated
  • The spray deck keeps the paddler dry all day long and can be conveniently rolled back when it is not needed
  • Highly visible and easy to inflate and deflate
  • Mesh zippered pocket is perfect for storing gear, valuables etc. while paddling and elastic cord and D-rings can be used to tie gear down while traveling
  • Size: 11’7″ x 35″ – 31 lb., Capacity: 2 Persons

Taking cues from the its bigger brother, the “Cuda 12” brings the speed and tracking of the Cuda 14 and puts it all into a smaller package. Being a smaller kayak makes it more adept at navigating smaller rivers, pond, and bays, while keeping all the excellent features like rod storage, tackle organization, speed, and stability of the bigger kayak.

Features:

§  Elite Hi/Lo Seat

§  Bow and stern hatches

§  Day hatch for accessories

§  Rudder and non-rudder versions

§  Rod stagers and flush mount rod holders

§  Tackle storage under seat

§  Replaceable skid plate on keel

 

The Ascend “FS128T” fishing kayak has a removable 360° swivel seating system that allows the angler to easily change position. The FS128T features four flush-mount rod holders and an angler-specific design, combined with a wider transom for better control. Deep molded storage trays to the side and eight self-bailing scuppers maximize draining during those rough days.

Features:

§  Casting platform with pull up strap

§  360 degree swivel seat

§  Multiple dry hatches

§  Adjustable foot braces

§  4 flush mounted rod holder

§  Anchor trolley

 

Choosing a kayak can be challenging if you enjoy looking for kayaks. There are so many great ones available on the market today. Visit a local sporting goods store for more information on kayaks and the differences between them.

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Kayaks for the Adventurer in You

The Old Town Predator 13 Fishing Kayak is a great choice for a beginning kayaker. There are both pros and cons to purchasing this particular kayak. For starters, with a length of 13’2”, this kayak is reasonably fast and, with a width of 33.5”, it’s fairly stable.

In addition, is has a very comfortable seating system that is also height adjustable, it includes adjustable foot braces, and it has a stand assist strap. Plus, the outfitting is absolutely top notch and it has a paddle keeper to keep your paddle from acting like an unruly teenager when you are fishing.

Also, it has sufficient dry storage space with a hold in the bow and a tank well in the stern provides a place to carry a cooler or live bait well. In addition, it’s available with an optional Scotty Stand-Ready bar which provides you with an added means of balance when standing up in the kayak as well as Scotty Outriggers for added stability and it is compatible with Minn Kota trolling motors via a pre-installed Minn Kota trolling motor mount.

Also, the hull of the Predator 13 displays a sharp bowline to help it slice through the water and a molded skeg in the stern to aid in tracking and the pontoon-like Tri-Hull provides superior initial stability. In addition, it also has a very comfortable seat in the Element Seating System which incorporates a rigid frame that enables the paddler to choose either the “Travel” (lower) position for increased stability or the “Attack” (higher) position for increased visibility and maneuverability or the “Stand-Up” position for poling or sight casting along with adjustable foot braces which enable the kayak to fit different sized anglers.

Compared to the average sized person, big men always have a few more extra questions and concerns when looking to buy a sit-on-top fishing kayak. How much weight will it hold? Will I sink it? How many inches wide? Will it tip easy? These are definitely true concerns and questions which need to be answered before buying.

If your main concern is load capacity. There are many fine kayaks to choose from on the market which will hold a lot of weight (400, 500 and even 600+ pounds) while also providing plenty of leg room to keep a guy with long legs comfortable. Here we will review the details of one that fits these needs, the Old Town Predator MX Sit-on-Top Fishing Kayak. See image below, it’s 12 feet long and can hold up to 400 pounds

This fishing kayak is part of the Old Town Predator Series of kayaks which also includes the Predator 13 and Predator XL Minn Kota models. These two other models are a bit more expensive but worth checking out as well. If you are new to the sport, wondering about the overall quality the company “Old Town” puts into its manufacturing? This is the oldest kayak and canoe company in America and their products are highly respected.