When you work in an industrial setting, you know how imperative cleanliness is. Depending on the business itself, some can be more in demand of this than others. If I had to single out an example, it would especially be the case with workplaces that handle various types of liquids and chemicals.Read More
If you want to know what investing in your long-term happiness is like, it’s saving up money to buy your own boat. There’s no doubt anymore on the invigorating effects of spending time around water.
So, if you want to positively affect your well-being and extend your longevity you ought to look for ways to be around water. This alone is a good reason to consider the investment – more so if you also plan on incorporating a relaxing hobby like fishing or want to get started with tournament fishing.Read More
Do I really need an alarm clock? Is an alarm clock better than a phone? People frequently ask themselves these questions when it comes to alarm clocks and ways to wake up in the morning. And the answer to both these questions is ‘yes’. Alarm clocks are more functional and something you should definitely get if you find it difficult to get up in the morning. Why? Well, because some alarm clocks are designed to literally make you get up.
A Classic Alarm Clock for Those Who Like Everything Old School
A traditional alarm clock is an analogue one that has two bells on top that create a sound. Once upon a time, these alarm clocks were the only option people had. Nowadays, although the choice of alarm clocks is truly great, people prefer analogue alarm clocks because of their unique design. After all, analogue clocks are pure classic. And apart from that, they are durable and reliable.
Classic analogue alarm clocks have a very simple mechanism and in order for you to actually set the alarm, you need to wind up the clock from behind. It is believed that the first analogue clock was manufactured in the 1500s although it was in the 19th century when mass production started.Read More
Are you basking in the glory of your new car? It’s quite a milestone for you since you’ve always wanted to have your own. Now that you’ve achieved that, the excitement is through the roof and you just can’t wait to take it out for a spin. But before you do that, you want to equip it with all the practical and useful car accessories necessary to ensure that it keeps running for a long time.Read More
A beautiful home needs appealing flooring. Ideally, your flooring choice should be durable, functional and comfortable to walk on. And coincidently, vinyl flooring meets all these criteria.Read More
For a very long time, scooters were very rarely used because they were considered a child’s toy. Thankfully, those days a far behind us because we understood that scooters are amazing, which is why they’re now popular with kids and adults alike. In some ways, they are even better than bicycles, though don’t let cyclists know that. They don’t take up a lot of space, they’re very easy to use, and are amazing for zooming around in the city while the rest of the traffic grinds to a halt.Read More
You’ve ridden one as a kid. They were bulky, clumsy things that didn’t get you anywhere no matter how hard you tried. But you showed them off to your friends, just to brag. Fast forward a few decades and kick scooters are back. They might look similar to what you had as a kid, but boy, how things change. New tech, designs and materials, have put scooters just about everywhere. Not just in skateparks, but on streets, in the CBD, on trains, cycle paths, round schools and malls. Basically, anywhere that two wheels can go.
Their popularity lies in how easy they are to ride. Easier than a skateboard, and as fast as a bike. What’s to like is that they don’t take up so much space, so you can take them anywhere. No chargers are required here. For anyone in big Aussie cities, kick scooters are an easy commute, either to work or school. And when the day ends, they also bring in some fun to boot.
Aussie brands, like Envy, make scooters for all age groups and skill levels. Three-wheelers are an ideal way to start for toddlers, while bigger, badder scooters for the rebellious teen will see you marking your ground in the parks. You can also find something comfortable and laid-back on your daily route to and from work. Toddlers, kids, teens and adults are all catered to, as are total beginners and everyone with a bit more riding prowess.
Starting out as a small Melbourne-based company run by scooter enthusiasts, Envy has reached global recognition with their attention to every detail and the level of workmanship they put into each of their products. Their freestyle scooters are not just a household name Down Under, but are being grabbed up by beginners and pros alike, the world over. And they’re at the forefront of scooter tech and innovation. Today they produce a complete range of scooter components, and a line of Envy complete scooters, like the One and Colt aimed at beginners, and the Kos and Prodigy lines for anyone higher up. You’ll get your kicks no matter which one you go for.
Why Choose Envy Scooters?
If you’re new to riding, or scooters in general, then choosing your first set of wheels can be a challenge. There are so many types. The basic distinction is scooters that are ready to ride, like in the Envy complete lineups, or there are individual parts that you can use to assemble your own custom scooter, just the way you like it. The advantage of completes is that all components are high-quality and of the right type for the intended user and the type of riding. One and Colt completes, for instance, will have gear more in line with beginners and youngsters, with bars and decks in the appropriate heights and length, to get riders comfy. Inspiring confidence is the best way to learn. Once you’re at a higher skill level, you can change out for something with better handling, more cushioning and greater speed. Here different types of clamps, better forks and bigger wheels and brakes will get you doing higher and better tricks in no time. An Envy complete in the design and colours of your choice will see you through, from beginner to pro.
Scooter Parts and How They Differ
• Decks – Envy complete scooters geared towards kids, beginners and anyone of smaller stature will find the deck width and length just about right for a comfy ride, with enough space without feeling cramped. The One and Colt lines have decks lengths of 480 and 495mm respectively, and widths of 120mm. Just about right for two feet. The Kos and Prodigy lines are a bit longer at 510mm and 495mm each, but are geared to larger and more experienced riders. Here, decks are thinner, and lighter, meaning less weight to pull in tricks. Materials across all decks are high-grade aluminium that should last in jumps and with nylon grip to keep your feet planted.
• Bars, Clamps and Forks – The bars in One and Colt Envy complete scooters are lower at 550mm and 580mm to better fit kids, while Kos and Prodigy bars are higher at 650mm and 620mm, respectively. Also, they’re wider to allow for more control when attempting jumps. Clamps hold the bars in place and evenly spread the pressure on landings. Prodigy and Kos scooters have bigger clamps to carry more weight. Forks are made of materials of higher strength in the models higher up, though even the beginner models have enough compression to inspire confidence for higher and harder tricks.
• Wheels and Brakes – Wheels are made of durable polyurethane outer and a metallic core that should last even the toughest riding you do. Bigger and wider wheels are fitted to advanced Envy complete scooters, raising the ride height and providing for more speed. Brakes across all models are the best in any completes, stopping you safely and in the shortest distance.
Other components often overlooked by other scooter makers, like headset tubes, internal bearings, handlebar grips and the overall quality of materials, and fit and finish make Envy completes one of the best scooter brands both in Australia and worldwide. They’re designed by riders and for riders. And prices are also some of the lowest around. Find your next Envy complete scooter in your nearest scooter or skate store.
When there are devils, phantoms and dragons lurking in your glass, you know it’s got to be one hell of a beer. Not all Belgian beers or breweries have such cool names, but the sheer variety of tastes, aromas and flavours is certainly there. They might not all have a diabolical tinge, but pleasure is found in every sip. The country boasts almost 2000 different beers, from as many as 300 breweries. With a brewing tradition dating centuries back, craftsmen have passed on age-old recipes from one generation to the next. Ales sit high on the favourites list, but new beer styles are also hitting the shelves.
Typical of full-bodied Belgian craft beer is the high alcoholic content, the use of specialty malts and yeasts, and fermentation processes best-kept secret. Local varieties are a matter of pride, and thirstily worshipped on every occasion. Each beer type also has its own uniquely shaped serving glass to bring out the wild complexity of differing tastes and aromas and make it known to everyone that you’re drinking a unique beer full of character.
With breweries dotting every part of the country, Belgium has become a mecca for beer lovers the world over. The country’s contribution to beer-making has even been recognised by UNESCO, with Belgium’s beer culture enlisted as an intangible cultural treasure since 2016. Several beer museums highlight the historical importance of beer in the country. Craft breweries have long had a strong footing in this respect churning out different types of beer throughout the centuries. Let’s take a sip into the different flavours.
Lambic beers are traditionally produced around Brussels and the region of Pajottenland, just to the south of the city. Lambic typically has 40 per cent unmalted wheat and 60 per cent of base malt, mainly barley. Aged hops are used in so-called spontaneous fermentation with naturally occurring yeast and the beer has low carbonation. Most Lambic varieties have an earthy, sour taste, though, for those with a sweet tooth, fruit Lambics are more palatable. Popular Lambics are Kriek and Lindemans Frambiose.
Lambic is the base for another popular style, Gueuze. This consists of old and freshly brewed Lambic beers blended together in secondary fermentation. Flavours vary depending on the base beers, and range from mildly sour, to hints of citrus fruits, vanilla and oak.
Arguably the most well-known Belgian beer styles, these are more a testament of where they are produced, than a category in itself. Trappist beers are made by monks of the Cistercian order, with six certified abbeys around the country using locally harvested yeasts to produce the beers within the monasteries. Proceeds from sales are used for charities. Beers defined as Trappist have wildly different flavours ranging from malty, bready, sweet, spicy and nuances of different fruits like apples, raisins, pears and cherries. Typical styles are ales called Dubbels, Tripels and Quadripels, each with increasing alcohol content. Popular Trappist breweries and beers are Chimay Bleu, a dark Belgian strong ale, Rochefort 6, a fruity beer with ‘medicinal purposes’ and Westvleteren 12, a strong quadruple ale and consistently voted as the world’s best-tasting beer. Each has its own intricately designed chalices. Similar in style and complexity is the range of Belgian craft beer from non-certified abbeys, producing so-called Abbey beers.
Saison beers were what the poor farm folk brewed in Wallonia in southern Belgium during harvest season, or so the story goes. They are referred to as farmhouse ales, with lower alcohol content, and generally fruity overtones. The prime example is Saison Dupont, with strong yeasts, full-bodied malt, and a thirst-quenching citrusy finale.
Wheat or White Beer is a typical unfiltered Belgian craft beer with a higher wheat content, moderate alcohol content and mild flavours with fruity overtones. The addition of orange zest and herbs, namely coriander, creates a refreshing beer ideal for the summer months. A popular yet relatively recent witbier is Hoegaarden Wit Blanche.
Oud Bruin beers are sour ales, another traditional Belgian craft beer style, often produced by blending two beers, one fermenting for years in oak barrels and a younger beer to bring up sugars and yeasts. The blend ripens in the bottle for up to six months. These are dark beers with hints of nuts, caramel and chocolate. A popular Oud Bruin is Verzet.
Belgian Strong Ales
Belgian strong golden ales are light-coloured fruity, hoppy beers with high alcohol content and beers with diabolically interesting names. Duvel (Devil) and Delirium Tremens are notable examples. This beer variety has been widely copied worldwide, particularly in craft breweries in the US.
Other Belgian Beers
Ales are the mainstay of Belgium craft beer varieties, though you can also find a few lagers thrown in the mix. One of the giants in this realm is Stella Artois, a light-bodied lager with a floral aroma, balanced malt sweetness and a dry finish. It’s also a bit on the stronger side. If you lean more towards wine, then a champagne beer or Biere de Brut with high carbonation and heaps of push can quench your thirst.
Amino acids (AA) are not just building blocks for tissue proteins but also essential substrates for the synthesis of many low-molecular-weight substances with enormous physiological importance. AAs that can’t be synthesised by our own cells and must be provided in diets through food or amino acid supplements in order to sustain life are nutritionally “essential”. In contrast, AAs that can be synthesized by our own cell machinery and thought to be unnecessary in diets are considered nutritionally “nonessential”.
Carpets are a great way to add style to any room, and one of the places that can benefit most from a beautiful carpet is the classroom. But, improving classroom décor is far from the main reason why you should consider school rugs. It is clear that carpets are much more comfortable to walk on, which is always a plus, but carpets in classrooms can serve many other purposes as well.
Not all schools have the same flooring solution – some have vinyl floors, others opt for rubber, there are some that have entirely carpeted floors, and so on. Regardless of the flooring solution, any school can take advantage of the benefits of classroom rugs, because they can be placed on any surface.
Classroom seating rugs come in a wide range of gorgeous designs and patterns, and many different colours. They also come in different shapes and sizes. So, there is plenty to choose from, and there is a good fit for any classroom. But, if you are still thinking about whether you should buy educational carpets for classrooms for your school, here are some perks that can help you make up your mind.
Good for Kids’ Health
By trapping dust, dirt and debris in the fibres, carpets minimise the presence of all of those unhealthy, sometimes even harmful particles flying around in the breathing zone that would otherwise end up in people’s lungs. This way, those particles can be easily removed by vacuuming the carpet. In other words, adding school rugs in your school will improve indoor air quality, which will ultimately protect the health of the children, the teachers and anyone working in the school.
Good for Kids’ Focus
While some people seem to be able to concentrate even in the loudest rooms, many of us need quiet to be able to work, learn, solve problems, etc. Nevertheless, when it comes to young children, background noise can have a negative impact on their ability to learn and concentrate. Noises and vibrations from outside the classroom, or from the next table can be distracting, which can interrupt your class and make it harder for the kids to stay present.
Aside from their aesthetical values, carpets are often used for their sound absorption capabilities, which is why educational carpets for classrooms can be a great tool for providing the optimal conditions that young kids require for proper learning, hearing and comprehension. Rugs also minimise the vibrations on the ground from whatever is happening outside the room or even in the same room, which can also help some kids maintain their focus on what they are doing.
While often people decide to buy carpets because of how they look in their home, the thing that probably makes carpets most popular, not only for homes but also for other spaces, is that they can soften the blow if someone falls. No one is ever completely safe from falling, and when it comes to kids, even in the classroom some slips or falls are bound to happen. A carpet will cushion the impact, making the classroom an even safer place for the children and the teachers – as it will reduce the risk of injuries a lot.
Whether we walk or we sit on the ground, carpets are surely much more comfortable. Comfort is certainly very important because no one is at their 100% when they aren’t feeling comfortable. Not only are classroom carpets the softest flooring option and provide cushioning, but also, they provide thermal resistance, meaning they are warmer than other floors, and more importantly they also keep the entire room warmer.
This can also give the teacher an additional space for learning. The carpet can serve the teacher as one more seating option. Regardless of whether they assign kids with seats strictly, or not, the teacher can use the floor as an additional seating option. They can ask the kids to gather in a circle on the floor, whether it’s for some special activities, like playing games, or for some part of the teaching and learning process. This can be very beneficial for the kids and the whole class for many different reasons.
Classroom rugs for school are beautiful and they are extremely versatile in the way they can serve both the kids and the educators. Nevertheless, they aren’t quite the same as the kid’s carpets that parents’ might buy for their children’s rooms. More than anything, this is because they will have to go through a lot more.
Essentially, if you are buying educational carpets for a school, you will need to make sure that they are designed with classrooms and everything that happens in them in mind. A good quality educational carpet for the classroom needs to be able to withstand a lot of wear and tear because it will endure much higher foot traffic than the carpet in a kid’s room, for instance, more spills, more playing, etc. It should also be made of strong, durable materials, it should be more stain-resistant, etc. In other words, it should be able to handle the things that happen in a school.
Aesthetical and Fun
Another reason why educational rugs for classrooms are a great idea is that kids love bright colours and beautiful designs and interesting patterns make them happy. So, with a nice school rug, not only will the classroom look brighter and more fun as a whole, but it will be more entertaining, engaging and attractive for the kids as well. Most importantly, this will make floor-sitting time an even bigger treat for the kids.
Roof racks are among the most useful accessories a person could install on a car. A lot of people seem to be aware of them, but relatively few have roof racks installed on their cars, and those that do have them are staunch supporters. It’s undeniable that roof racks can improve your trip, even off-road ones, which is why we’re talking about them today. They’re incredibly useful in many different ways that most people don’t seem to be aware of, and once they install them on their car, they immediately understand why they’re so good.
Being an urban and modern mom is not easy and we’re not just talking about juggling between your family, work and personal interests. As old problems are solved, new concerns arise. Our fast-paced, endlessly stimulating environment might not be that suitable for someone that’s “fresh out of the womb”, adjusting to the day-night (circadian) rhythm while you are trying to gain back control of your own.
Your baby’s sleep-wake cycle is developing in its first years of life. At birth, it’s not even established and it’s connected with their feeding needs which is why infants sleep in multiple short intervals. The earlier in the developmental stage of any process, the more delicate and vulnerable your baby is. The less disturbed, the better.
Our environments can shape our sleeping patterns. Light, noise, traffic, pollution, green space, density, walkability, temperature and humidity can all limit sleep opportunities, turning all of those short naps even shorter. Even the social neighbourhood environment (social cohesion, safety, and violence) is associated with changes in sleep duration, daytime sleepiness, sleep difficulties and sleep quality.
Consequently, it might take more than a mother’s touch to send a baby off into dreamland. A fuzzy plush toy might eventually be more comforting than your own hand. White or pink noise could tune the baby’s circadian rhythm and replace a mother’s voice. A baby bed vibration system might come in handy as your baby is rebooting and setting up its own day-n-night one.
How much sleep does a baby need exactly? The Department of Health of the Australian Government recommends that babies (infants, from birth to 12 months) get good quality sleep from 14 to 17 hours until 3 months every day and 12 to 16 hours from 4 to 11 months, including naps. So, why not be prepared and make sure your baby always has what it needs in order to get a good night’s (or day’s) sleep? Don’t worry, you haven’t lost your mum superpowers. Every superhero needs a sidekick so here are some possible candidates that can assist you in easing your baby into sleep.
Mimic a Car with a Crib Vibration Attachment
Have you been driving long nights around the block because your baby only sleeps in the car? Did you know that a vibration device for crib can end your sleepless nights? A vibration sleep soother has special motors that create low-frequency car-like vibrations that travel through any type of mattress to soothe your baby. While passing, the vibrations imitate even the rumbles and revving of the engine, which produces calming and soothing sounds.
Proven safe for even the youngest, a vibration device for crib has different vibration speeds and additional modes that simulate car acceleration and deceleration. The long-life battery can put you at ease as it can last throughout the whole night and even more. It can even include a night light that combines calming sounds with a soothing glow.
Comfort with Sleep Dolls
From infants to preschoolers, and probably amongst adults too, a stuffed animal is an all-time favourite. Many of us had that one toy that we didn’t want to get separated from or even get rid of today. Why did we become so fond of them though?
As a close source of safety and comfort, plush toys are personal companions of a child, something, or should we say someone they build social skills with, learn languages, compassion and empathy. After playtime comes bedtime when plush toys turn to baby comforters and work as soothers and sleep companions. Designed to help children self-soothe, relax and calm themselves, there are even dummy comforters that include sounds of real-life breathing and a heartbeat.
Rock Your Stroller Even When You’re on the Move
Dr Nick Webb (PhD in Sound and Vibration Engineering) noticed that his three-month-old daughter Abby would wake up as soon as he stopped pushing the stroller along the pavement. His ingenuity gave birth to an easy strap-on device that can generate the side-to-side motion we experience while we’re riding in a vehicle, or when your baby is tucked in into its pram. Simple to attach and with adjustable speed, it can imitate your continuous rocking with a push of a button, leaving your hands free for that newspaper or book you’ve been dying to read.
Imitate Nature With a Sound Machine
Have you ever wondered why does the sound of water calm you down? Or why do you find the sound of crackling fire so enjoyable? Nature is the logical source of our peace of mind as we are its product and we are continuously intertwined with it. Evolution has wired our brains to categorize these low pitched sounds as safe, keeping our fight-or-flight mechanism quiet.
Today, there are various lightweight, slimline and portable sound machines and sleep CDs. They can make it rain (or at least sound like it) when you need it the most. These sleep therapy devices also include sounds like white, pink, grey and brown noise, crickets, frogs, birds and even womb sound.
Use Scents to Induce Sleep
Humans have been using aromatherapy since ancient times to relax and unwind. Its effectiveness in inducing sleep and reducing anxiety has been explored and exploited the most. A lavender essential oil massage can calm a fussy baby. Combined with chamomile, they’ve been used to treat insomnia and even relieve symptoms of colic.
Although generally safe, babies are gentle beings and much more prone to adverse reactions. Be on the safe side when it comes to your baby and always follow the guidelines and safety recommendations for infant essential oil use. There are some oils that should never be used on infants. Make sure you buy a product that’s appropriate for babies.