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Living With a Cigar Smoker
We all know how challenging it is to be a wife and a mother. I am going to use myself as an example and you can see for yourself if you can relate. Aside from being a co-provider with my husband, I am also mainly responsible for the nurturing of our kids. It’s simply a mother thing.
Being a woman, I see things in greater details than my husband; and I tend to overanalyze things too. Again, it has something to do with being a woman as we are designed to be that way. That’s why I tend to monitor everything, from my children’s behavior to my husband’s behavior and even our pet dog’s habits to make sure that everything is in proper order.
What has really been disturbing me for quite sometime now is my husband’s habit of being a cigar smoker. I already knew about this before we go married, so I’m really not blaming him for it. And I don’t regret marrying him too, because he’s really a loving husband and a great father to our kids.
It’s just that cigars are really bad for a person’s health. And although my husband makes it a point that our children are not exposed to cigar smoke when he’s smoking at home, I am still concerned about it. No, he’s not smoking when I’m around too; but he’s exposing himself constantly to the deadly substances that are contained in cigars.
I can’t really say that he’s in a very great danger, though, because he’s not really a chain smoker. In fact, he only smokes a few pieces of cigars in a day, mostly when he’s unwinding and relaxing. But we’ve already talked about it and it seems that he’s finding it hard to give up the habit totally. He also enjoys buying and collecting cigar-related stuff. He knows that if he wants to purchase cigars and accessories, he can easily shop on the Internet. He can buy cigar cutters online and even choose from different models of punch cut and guillotine cigar cutters easily.
Oh well, at least he’s willing to try to quit because he’s concerned about our family too. First of all, it’s not a good example for our children to see him smoking cigars, even if he’s doing it outdoors. And since the harmful substances in cigars can literally shorten a person’s life, it would be wise to be really concerned about it too.
Are there other women out there who are going through the same issues? What do you think is the best thing to do about it? I mean, I love my husband and my family so much; and living with a cigar smoker husband is really quite bothering to me.
Right now, I’m just being supportive of him. I don’t want to force him to quit because I understand that giving up something that’s addictive can be quite hard. I just appreciate the fact that he’s trying to quit and that he’s working hard in minimizing his daily consumption of cigars.
So no, I am not tolerating this bad habit; it’s a form of vice and it’s not good for anything or anyone. Period. I just wish I’d see the day when he’s finally off cigar smoking so that his health is not put in danger. I’m sure that day will come very soon!
Survival Kit – A Must Have for Every Family
I have said it again and again, I love my family and I will do everything for them. My husband is a great guy and I have the utmost love and respect for him. As for my children, I consider them my treasures; they’re valuable and irreplaceable. Yes, even if they’re stubborn sometimes, I can’t imagine life without them.
As a mother, I have a lot of responsibilities. My husband’s role as family provider and protector is well established, but I also like to do my part even in small and simple ways. As a mother, I should be able to care for my kids even when their father is not around.
I remember being a girl scout when I was a kid. And the whole concept of being brave, dependable and all-efficient just appeals so much to me. And so even as an adult, I still adopt some of the girl-scout ways I learned from the past.
Being ready for emergency situations is one of the best things that has been taught to us girl scouts. And as the mother of little children, I should be ready for such cases. There are always power outages where I live; so a survival kit is an essential part of my overall survival plan. And since we also experience storms once in a while, my family should be ready for such situations too.
You might be wondering what emergency supplies and accessories I have in my family survival kit. Well, I have flashlights, batteries, scissors, knives, candles, matches, lighters and even a separate first aid kit. I also have a portable stove which I got from http://bestalcoholstove.com. I picked a titanium alcohol stove model because it’s light and durable as well. And those are the two qualities that should comprise the contents of a survival kit.
You know what else I got? A portable water purifier. As we all know, water is very important for survival; so we should always have clean and fresh water available at all times. And fortunately, there are products on the market that can quickly purify water in cases of emergency. These are the same products that are used by campers since finding a clean source of water is really tough when you’re outdoors. And with such a gadget in my family emergency kit, I am confident that we can survive several days of no clean water supply.
Since water is really important, I have several models and units of portable water purifiers in our emergency kit. This is to make sure that we’ll always have something to use in filtering our water storage even if some of our gadgets fail during emergency situations.
What about you? What are the things that are included in your family survival kit? If I have mentioned things here that you find equally important, make sure that you get such devices immediately. Remember, emergency situations come without warning, so you really should be prepared for anything that could happen.
Is there something that I failed to include in my family emergency kit? Maybe you could tell me too, so that I can be better prepared for unwanted emergencies and events. As mothers in our household, we should work hand in hand with our husbands in protecting and caring for our children. That’s why we are called super moms in the first place!
Keeping My Children Safe from Harm
Having a handyman husband is really advantageous as minor fixes on furniture can be easily done even without seeking professional help. My husband can create simple projects too, so some of our tables and chairs are actually made by him. Power tools are of course needed to get such jobs done efficiently. And although I don’t have a problem with such gadgets and devices even if these can be loud at times, it sometimes worries me that my children can get hurt if they are exposed to such powerful working equipment.
I love my children dearly and I think of their safety all the time. But we all know that accidents can happen at any time of the day; and injuries can take place even if we’re careful. Still, there’s nothing wrong with taking all the necessary precautions so that such risks can be minimized if not totally eliminated.
Just recently, my husband bought a belt sander online. It’s small and portable and it looks quite harmless. But when he showed me how the thing works, I was amazed, impressed, and frightened, all at the same time. It’s such a powerful tool; and although I know how useful it is in doing household projects, I can also imagine how dangerous it is when operated on by an inexperienced person.
Like I said, I always think about our children’s safety; and seeing how the Makita belt sander works just added to my worries. We already have a lot of power tools; and this latest addition is just as powerful as all the others in spite of its compact appearance.
My husband, of course, assured me that there’s nothing to worry about since all his tools are always properly kept in a locked cabinet when not in use. Come to think of it, he’s just as concerned as I am when it comes to our kids’ safety. Aside from proper handling and storage, we have also oriented our children about these types of tools. They know that such tools are dangerous and that they are not allowed to touch these things.
Fortunately, we have obedient kids, and it’s comforting to think that they always listen to their parents because they know that we are only looking after their safety. But you must understand too, that as a mother, there are things about my babies that I just can’t handle very well because of my love for them.
I think about their curiosity, which is natural for children. So when I’m away from home, I always imagine the worst of things happening. You know, someone might cut his fingers; or someone could cut her toes. And then there are the really indescribable things, too.
In order to really tighten the security in my husband’s workshop, we decided to install doors that can be locked. This way, the power tools are not only kept inside a safe storage, but the children won’t even have access to the room. I think this is really a nice set up as not being able to go inside the workshop can surely discourage curious minds from exploring things they really don’t know anything about.
If you have the same situation at home wherein you have power tools around and children too, I suggest incorporating the same techniques we have implemented at our own house for your kid’s safety. With such powerful tools, accidents are just waiting to happen. And it is our duty as parents to always keep our children away from harm.
Can a Woman Use Power Tools?
I know that power tools are mostly associated with men. And that’s really quite logical since these are really powerful and should I say, dangerous. As women are gentle creatures (well, we are) it seems highly unlikely that we are capable of using such types of devices. Right? Wrong.
Maybe, not a lot of women would be interested in operating power tools; and that’s a given. Nature shows us that there are certain things that interest and appeal to men and there are things that appeal most to women. But like men, not all women are the same. We are individuals too, and we have different preferences. In the case of using power tools, I can say that there’s only a small percentage of women who would be interested in these.
Well, I am one of those women who like using power tools. My father is a carpenter and I always see him using power tools in our garage. He has a work station there and he’s always tinkering with woodworks and that sort of stuff. I am a daddy’s girl; and he lets me watch him work, as long as I am at a safe distance. It is for this reason why I became interested in carpentry tools, even power tools. They are just so useful in doing simple and complicated things.
Let me just say, however, that although I can use power tools, you won’t see me grinding away on floorings and walls. No, those are not my kind of things. I can use an automatic sander machine to smoothen wood surfaces and things like that too. And I just love those automatic nailers as I don’t have to use a hammer to nail something. While it’s easy to use a hammer, it can be quite difficult to perform simple carpentry work when it involves long nails, especially those in the 3-inch and 4-inch category.
So as you can see, I am not a full pledged woman carpenter, but I like doing simple DIY projects. In fact, when I thought that I could use an angle grinder, I immediately consulted my father about it. As expected, he was able to provide me with the details as to the top angle grinder to buy. He took in consideration the size of the unit as he knows I can only handle lightweight power tools. So I went for a handy grinder that’s really easy to control and operate. And I was happy with my angle grinder purchase, to say the least.
For the other women out there who are interested in using power tools, don’t let the world dictate to you that you can’t do so. Take advantage of all the modern devices that technology has to offer so that you can do the things you want efficiently. Carpentry can be done as a regular job or as a hobby; or you can be like me, a handyman, I mean handywoman, if there’s such a thing.
My advice is to know your weaknesses and strengths. And if you can handle and control high powered devices safely, then go for it. But if you’re on the weaker side, like me, then just go for the portable and handy units that are not that powerful. You will find that these are quite easy to control and you can still do a lot of things with them.
My Husband Loves Cigars But We Have Children in the House
It saddens me to think that there are still people out there who think that cigar smoke is less dangerous than cigarette smoke. That simply is not the case. And if such ignorance will expose our children to the harmful substances that are contained in cigars, then I would like to stand up and let everyone know how life threatening this situation is. Yes, exposure to cigar smoke can also result in cancer as well as other diseases of the lungs; and we shouldn’t expose our loved ones to such toxic elements.
I have a husband who smokes cigars. However, he makes it a point that he is not smoking around our children. He tried to quit several times, but he always seems to go back into the habit because he just loves cigars. In fact, he’s always buying cigars on the Internet; and now, he’s planning on buying cigar humidors online too. Perhaps, the convenience of these new buying options is even feeding into the habit of smoking cigars, as he can conveniently browse through several different kinds of cigars while just sitting in front of the computer.
Well, I can say that the Internet is indeed helpful when one is trying to shop for something. The whole set up even makes it easy to look for quality importers cigar humidor. And according to my husband, this is really important as having a humidor allows for the preservation of cigars. So if you can’t get something that’s highly functional, you will always need to settle for cigars that are not as fresh as you first bought them.
So as you can see, my husband is still smoking his favorite cigars. We know about its health risks; that’s why he’s trying to minimize his consumption to just a few pieces per day. What we are really concerned about is our children’s exposure to cigar smoke; and it is for this reason why we have set a rule that cigar smoking is only done outdoors at all times.
No, it is not enough to have an air purifier in your house to effectively get rid of all the harmful substances that are contained in cigar smoke. There will always be some vapor and elements that will stick to your rugs, drapes, carpets, upholstery, etc. Keep that in mind when allowing smokers inside your home, especially when you have kids around.
Knowing all of these, my husband doesn’t mind smoking cigars in the garden. In fact, he even tells our children that this is not a healthy habit and that smoking is generally bad for a person’s health. Be it cigar smoke or cigarette smoke, both can result in deadly diseases or complications.
So although my husband can’t give up cigar smoking as of the moment, it doesn’t mean that he tolerates smoking as a vice. And our children are only 10 and 14 years old; so they really shouldn’t even be thinking about such an unhealthy habit. We have also consulted counselors and medical practitioners as to how to get over this habit so we hope to find a solution for it soon.
Right now, the important thing is that our children are not exposed to second hand smoke when their father smokes his favorite cigars. Second hand smoke is just as harmful as smoking tobacco products first hand; so don’t take this lightly.
Polishing My Jewelry Around the House
As a woman who truly loves wearing and collecting jewelries, I make it a point that my favorite things are kept clean and shiny all the time. First of all, unkempt jewelries simply look untidy; and these will result in negative impressions from the general public, don’t you think?
Well, I have this friend who also feels the same way about her set of expensive jewelries so she takes good care of these items too. And according to her, all I need is a metal polish so that these treasured items are always kept in their best condition. She said she uses an aluminum polish even if her jewelries are made of silver and gold; so I thought of doing the same since I have seen her well-maintained rings, earrings, bracelets, etc. and they all look good! So I looked for an aluminum polish online and found the Mothers brand.
Let me just tell you that I put in a lot of effort in finding the right metal polish for my jewelries since I’m placing great importance on them. I have collected a lot through the years; and I really mean A LOT. And I have also inherited some heirloom pieces from my grandmother and aunts; so preservation of these items is really of great importance to me. Yes, I am really quite sentimental.
So anyway, I enjoy wearing these trinkets even when I am only staying at home. The simple ones are good for stay-at-home days; and I don’t even remove my watch, bracelets and necklace anymore. However, when I have to attend parties and go to formal gatherings, I get to wear the more elegant looking ones. I like showing them off to similar-minded friends and relatives who enjoy wearing jewelries as much as I do.
Collectors of such ornaments are also aware that these can lose their shine as time goes by. And this applies to jewelries that are constantly used and even those that are safely kept in jewelry boxes and other forms of containers. That’s why it’s really important to have a cleaning and polishing product readily available at all times so that you can clean and maintain your jewelries at home. Although there are also service centers that you can go to for cleaning and polishing, it’s just not safe, as these are expensive items. Besides, why pay for cleaning services when you can do this simple procedure at home and at your own convenience?
Since I love my jewelries so much, I do all the cleaning and polishing myself. It’s actually quite therapeutic, by the way. Every item holds a memory; and when I’m tinkering with a certain ring, or bracelet, or earring, I get to travel down memory lane and think of pleasant memories that are associated with a particular item. Most of the time I barely even notice the time passing by when I’m attending to my collection, especially the inherited pieces from long ago.
Right now I’m using Mothers aluminum polish, as my friend recommended. And it’s performing really well. I know it will take some time before I get to finish one jar as a little goes a long way (I know it sounds like an advertisement, but it’s true) but I’m already considering getting another one just in case it runs out of stock. If you’re looking for a metal polish for your own set of jewelry collection, you might want to try it too.
Teaching Children to Care for Pets
I had a lot of pets when I was growing up; and I know how satisfying it feels when little creatures depend on me for their health, happiness, and survival. Now that I’m a mother of 3 kids, I make it a point that they experience the same thing as they’re growing up. Not only will spending time with their pets make them happy, it will also teach them to become more responsible.
I particularly love dogs; so now we have 3 dogs in our house. Each child is taking care of one; making sure that his or her pet is always clean, well-groomed, and healthy. Of course, these responsibilities can be too much for them, as caring for dogs can be quite sensitive and troublesome, so my husband and I are also assisting them. Actually, we find that we are doing most of the jobs ourselves. But since we are very fond of dogs, it’s still a joy to care for them.
We have a fish tank, too; and it’s also a very fulfilling hobby when you’re caring for these creatures. Although it seems that maintaining a fish tank is easy, it’s actually quite hard too. The water inside your aquarium needs to be fresh and clean for your fish pets to thrive; and this is made possible by installing the best aquarium filter for the types of fish that you have. While your pet fish can survive without this type of gadget, it is highly recommended if you want the whole process of maintaining a fish tank less troublesome. Otherwise, you always need to clean your aquarium and change the water in the tank, which can prove to be stressful for the existing marine life there.
So for a healthy environment in your fish tank, which will result in healthy occupants, an aquarium filter is needed. We got ours through http://bestaquariumfilterguide.com. It’s a review site on aquarium filters; and aquarists and hobbyists will find useful information there when searching for the type of filter that they need for their fish tanks. My kids sometimes alert their dad when they see the indicator light on our filter as it means that the foam needs to be cleaned or replaced. It is their duty to feed the fish too. But basically, that’s all they do, because our aquarium is very easy to maintain because we have an aquarium filter. Oh, and the children love it too when we go to a pet shop to add some new varieties of fish in our tank. That’s always an exciting experience for all of us.
By the way, we have little turtles too; and we also set these little creatures in an aquarium. We keep the top uncovered for fresh air; and again, the kids are in charge of feeding their pets. They eat these little pellets; and it’s fun to watch them bite on their food as soon as these are placed inside their habitat. The kids also take turns in decorating the turtles’ aquarium; so it has fake trees, rocks, and a swimming pool. They even have names; Donatello, Michael Angelo, Raphael, and Leonardo. Yes, they got their names from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
So as you can see, having pets at home is a lot of fun. Yes, they call for certain responsibilities; and they necessitate additional work too. But all in all, it’s a great learning experience for kids as they learn to love helpless gentle creatures.
Fishing With the Family
Every weekend, my family goes out to some kind of adventure trip for relaxation purposes and some bonding time with each other as well. I think my dad and mom are cool; and they always think of the best weekend trips for us. And just last week, we went on a fishing trip!
This is not our first time to go on a fishing trip as we all love the outdoors. Just last month, we went on a similar expedition and we had fun as usual. What really made us decide on another fishing adventure is to test a new fishing device that my dad bought. You see, we already own several fishing rods that use baitcasting reels. The Shimano brand is one of our favorites but my brother suggested buying an Abu Garcia brand too, since one of his friends has this model. And so that’s why my dad was convinced in getting one too; and to test it against our Shimano models to see which one is the best baitcasting reel. There’s nothing like comparing two types of devices to see which one will perform better. That, in itself, is an exciting job!
Can you guess which one won in the competition? Well, let’s just say it’s a tie. It just so happened that my mom preferred the old reliable Shimano reel because according to her it feels more comfortable to use. I feel the same way, too. In fact, I didn’t like the Abu Garcia model. I found it difficult and complicated to use.
For some reason, however, my dad and my brother liked the Abu Garcia reel better than the Shimano. They were really excited to try the newly bought device and neither one wants to let the other get hold of it too once fishing is started. They were like little kids, actually, fighting over a fishing rod. LOL.
Anyway, I’m thinking that I shared the same preference as my mom because we are already familiar with the Shimano device. It is for this reason why the reel already feels comfortable for us. We are so used to using it that we didn’t care about other brands and models. This one works just fine; and we have caught a lot of fish with it, why try another?
The boys, the big boys, on the other hand, wanted to try something new. It’s like a new toy for them, I think. I heard them talking about techie stuff as to why it’s better than the Shimano but I really don’t understand it. They were talking about weight capacity, internal brake systems, etc. And apparently, all those additional features made the new reel better than our older device.
So as you can see, both are considered as the top baitcasting reel for fishing trips. The score is 2 to 2; with the difference in opinion attributed to familiarity and additional features. So it’s really up to you to decide if you’re going for one or the other. Just know that we have caught a lot of fish that day and the sizes are quite impressive too. All in all, both units performed just as well as the other.
I can already tell that our next fishing trip will be as fun as this one. Spending time with my family is simply one of my favorite things in this world. They’re a crazy bunch of people, but I love them!
Guide To Purchase Pellet Guns For Kidshome security, plinkers, sportsman, experts, beginners and mostly for children.
In current market, the variety in pellet guns and air rifles is extended from the people with hobby of pellet guns and air rifles to people of every interest. That is why various brands and models of such guns are now available in market from which you can even choose for your kids as well. You can select safely from the vast variety available in market and introduce your young shooters in the exciting world of pellet shooting and air guns. However in order to introduce your younger generation in the world of fun filled shooting and satisfaction of air gunning, you must know that how to purchase a pellet gun for a young kid between 10-15. Following guidance will help you tremendously to choose pellet gun for your kid of very young age.
Criteria Of Purchase
When you are looking for a pellet gun for you kid of age between 10-15, then you must consider the following criteria.
- Weight:For a young child, the pellet gun should be lighter enough to help him in balancing and shooting without jerking so the kid can not only practice and perfect his aim but can also carry it around on camping and hunting trips easily.
- Cocking Effort: Pellet guns that are available with proficient result but with equally difficult way of cocking is never good for your kid. The effort will male your kid tired and frustrate before even shooting and thus they will be discouraged for the shooting fun.
- Sights: It is a fact that scopes assist in increasing accuracy. On the other hand open sights actually are very helpful in teaching and learning the basic principles of shooting when your kid of age between 10-15 is involved in this exciting activity.
All in all, factors like light weight and effortless cock are very important along with the requirement that the pellet rifle also must offer maximum accuracy and complete reliability. There are some air rifles and pellet guns in market which are smaller , easier to handle for kids, efficient in performance and your kid can also have fun while shooting with it.
While purchasing a pellet gun for young kids between 10-15 years of age, its very important to look at pellet gun reviews and focus on the details such as weighing , rifle features, easy cocking, effective barrel, user friendly handling so they become a perfect shooting tool for young hands.
Also keep in mind that while you are purchasing the pellet gun for young ones then you are not only buying it for their usage but you would also like to train them of perfect aiming and shooting so they become good in what they are doing. So go for the one which is good for all the purposes of easy shooting, training and learning at the same time. Even if its not designed for good scopes but your chosen gun must offer very good sight, precision and maximum accuracy. These factors will make it a great choice for shooting and aiming at paper targets as well.
With the above guidance you can buy a perfect pellet gun for your young kids and make them aware of the excitement in shooting. With smart choice you can also train them for the upcoming competition or make them ready for good sports out there.
How I Deal With Dreadful Plantar Fasciitis
Many of you may know me as a runner — I love to get out in the fresh air and give it all I can. Unfortunately, since I picked up running about 2 years ago, I’ve had increasing pain in my feet. Doctors say that’s not uncommon, especially for people who have not ran for long periods of time (or ever) and decide to pick up the sport. They go into the activity with too much gusto (basically too fast, too soon). Then they become sidelined with pain due to the amount of pressure put on their feet. Yep, that’s me, always pushing too hard!
People that suffer from plantar fasciitis know how devastatingly painful this condition can be. The condition can easily become so painful that it is virtually impossible for a person to walk, making it hard for the individual to function on a daily basis, much less participate in any type of regular physical activity. People that are dedicated to staying in shape are often faced with a very difficult choice in this particular instance. They want to continue to exercise but the pain is often so severe that they can barely imagine walking from point A to point B, much less running or engaging in some other type of strenuous physical activity.
How Does Plantar Fasciitis Develop
Plantar fasciitis is essentially a condition that develops when the tendons and the muscles near the heel become so inflamed that it feels like a stabbing pain or like walking on hot coals every time that pressure is placed on that area. Many times it is actually caused by running, as it is a common condition that happens from overuse. As a result, it is something that runners probably deal with more than other individuals, simply due to the amount of stress and pressure that is placed on their feet at virtually all times. The question becomes more about the way that runners deal with the condition. If they want to continue to exercise and stay in shape, it is important that they find a way around the condition because plantar fasciitis is something that can take weeks or even months to completely resolve.
How to Effectively Handle the Affliction
One of the most effective ways the runners deal with the condition is to use running shoes for plantar fasciitis. In fact, the choice of shoe can make all the difference between being able to continue with an exercise regimen or being in so much pain that it is virtually impossible to go on. In addition, choosing running shoes for plantar fasciitis can prevent future cases of the condition from occurring. Once the foot has been irritated in this fashion, it is important to take the necessary steps not to allow that to happen again or it can become a chronic condition. The use of shoes that are specially designed for this condition cradle the foot and provide the necessary level of support and stability where it is needed the most.
Using shoes of this type is essential for runners who are suffering from this condition. In addition to the added level of support that the shoes provide, the use of the shoes often helps a runner to develop better running techniques that can reduce the amount of pressure being placed on that area of the foot. Many times an improper running technique is what causes the condition in the first place and this improper technique is often directly linked to using shoes that are simply not right for the runner in question. Therefore, switching to running shoes for plantar fasciitis can eliminate problems in the future and make the current situation manageable so that the individual has an opportunity to continue exercising on a regular basis.
I’ve recently decided to make a switch to a hire performing pair of shoes that will give me the added support I need. I’m tired of the pain and suffering, and even though they are more expensive than regular shoes, the moment I’m able to return from running without aching soreness will be the moment I realize I made the right decision. For any runners out there that are starting to get that twinge of pain, stop what you’re doing and make sure your arches have all the support they need. Whether it’s insoles or inserts, or specially designed plantar fasciitis shoes, make sure to get them fast to avoid future pain.