Archive for April, 2012

The Internet: Providing more options to parents

With the internet, people have more access to information at their fingertips. At one click, they can look up certain things to gather more info.

For parents, this is a good thing as it provides them more choices which may not be available locally. Parents naturally want the best for their child. Before, one is limited on what they can buy for their children – be it toys, clothes, learning materials, and other baby stuff. With the birth of the internet, more companies are turning online to sell their goods, thus reaching far more people than ever. With the world as your marketplace, their are virtually unlimited options.

You can buy chicken coops and chicken feed online and have them delivered straight to your home. If there’s a certain make or design which you like, you can order it even though it’s not available locally. This is the beauty of the interweb: lots of options! Just make sure you don’t exceed 6 hens though, otherwise you’ll be breaking the law!

So how does this help parents then, you might ask?

Have you been shopping and felt like there’s something you want that you just can’t find there?

Well, the internet can be just like a HUGE shopping mall. Although you may not be able to see it live or even feel it, the mere fact that you have more choices in terms of color, sizes, make and brand can be liberating enough. Maybe you’re looking for a good ride-on toy for your child to enjoy riding on outdoors. Sure, your local stores may have the Power Wheels but you’re looking for something else. When your search the internet with your specifications, you found a good utility tractor by Peg Perego online. Your realize that it’s great to have this specific riding toy for your child as you can tell him to help out with yard cleaning with this fun toy. With the landscape here in Missoula, Montana, kids riding toys with big wheels can survive the rocky hills and mountains. It can fun for your child as well.

Go Diving

Missoula is landlocked and as such the inhabitants of this fine city sometimes feel a little stir crazy. The flat land can sometimes seem interminable and can cause depression. One way to solve these land locked blues is to keep chickens, but as we know chickens are not everyone’s idea of therapy. I have just returned from a trip overseas to Thailand, and one of the most theraputic things I discovered to do was to go diving.

I went to a small island called Koh Tao. Its name means turtle because the island is shaped like a turtle. They also incidentally have turtle breeding areas in the north. I stayed on a small beach called Jansom Bay on the west coast. It is a beach with only two places to stay, andI stayed at the cheaper Koh Tao Bamboo Huts on a hill overlooking the sea. For the first few days I just swam, relaxed and stared at the ocean. I find that very relaxing.

However, by the third day I made a decision that I wanted to become more intimate with the sea, to discover its secrets. So I signed up for a three day Open Water PADI course. It felt strange studying on holiday, but I loved the pool work. When I eventually got in the ocean at Jansom Bay and so all the colored fish I knew immediately that I had found something important to me.

For my other dives I went to Sail Rock. I didn’t see a whale shark but I swam through an underwater tunnel. It was incredible. There is a real sense of freedom underwater. It is virtually effortless to move and the silence is broken only by the sound of your heart beat.

Next year, I’m going to the Red Sea to do another scuba course. The sea is where its out!

Don’t Be Taken In By TV Diet Commercials

They do a very good job of reminding you that you’re overweight and you need to do something about it, while suggesting the perfect remedy to your condition that is all too easy to sign up for and get started with. They are the television commercials for an array of different diet companies that are beating a path to your door to get you signed up with their latest, greatest success story diet that will have you getting back into shape in no time at all!

But don’t be taken in by these cleverly designed advertisements that can have you eating out of their hands in no time at all and reaching for your credit card soon after. They are not there to entertain you or to give you real hope. Their remit is to get you to want the diet they are promoting so bad that you fall for the false hope they dish out and find yourself fumbling for a pen to get the contact details so you can sign up as soon as is humanly possible.

Television commercials use the “wow factor” to visually and aurally stimulate your desire radar using well worn techniques for making you want their product so bad you are prepared to get on the phone or reach for your laptop to open the company webpage and sign up. The most successful diets that use TV advertising are virtually household names, like Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig and Nutrisystem. So what can a person do to create their own pattern interrupt and take a step back long enough to see through all the hype and glamour and take some time out to do the necessary research on a particular diet program so they can at least make an informed decision as to whether to sign up or not.

One of the best ways to change the direction of your thought patterns is to grab your laptop and seek out some diet program customer review websites, then take some time to read through what real people thought of the program they chose. This will give you some real world perspective and keep you from making a big mistake if the diet turns out to get a particularly bad press from customers. On the other hand there may be enough evidence to make the diet worth your while investigating further as a potential solution to your weight problem. Either way, it is far better to go into any diet program with some facts and figures and eyes wide open so that you can rest assured that your money will be well spent and not wasted on a dud.