6 Reasons to Pick Omega Watches

Omega is one of the well-known Swiss luxury brands that excels in making watches. They have some celebrated collections like Speedmaster, Seamaster, De Ville and Constellation that really stuns the watch lovers with their eye-catching timepieces. Below are the reasons to choose Omega watches:

Untouched Brand Image:

A watch buyer of today keeps all news related to the watch brands that are at the top. So, if you are a watch user, you would not like to purchase a piece from a company whose past records are not so good.

Omega has several feats regarding watch making. Their Speedmaster “Moonwatch” is labelled as the “first watch on moon”. I think, it is enough to define what Omega watches are. They not only give you a watch, but along with they also provide the unsurpassed heritage that can feel you proud.

Precise Timekeeping:

Before going to buy a watch, you keep in your mind several factors that gives value to your money. Watch is a time recording machine that incessantly provides you with the time. Today’s changing lifestyle has emphasized the watch makers to manufacture watches that displays the accurate time.

Omega watches excel in this department also. Their watches have won several awards for giving the exact time. For instance, at the 1931 Geneva Observatory trials, Omega won the pole position for all the six sectors.

Exploring the Space:

It is known to everyone that the Omega Speedmaster watches are made for the space explorers. Watches of the collection has been part of NASA’s six lunar missions and also on space expeditions. They are especially designed for the astronauts. They can survive on difficult situations. History was created, when Buzz Aldrin wore an Omega and stepped on the surface of Moon.

Dominating the Sea:

The Seamaster family was introduced by Omega in the year 1948 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the company. It was meant for the British soldiers taking part at the Second World War. Later on, they produced watches that were named as Omega Seamaster 300. These timepieces at different times were used by different associations for underwater missions.

Professional divers need watches that can remain safe under great depths. Seamaster are such pieces that can survive deep down the water. Some of these models have the capacity to remain intact under 600 meters. This makes them distinctive.

Resisting Magnetic Fields:

Breaking the usual paths and discover new methods in watch making, Omega watches are the ones that stays as the top of the watch lover’s priority list. As the taste of the watch buyers are changing, the brand decided to introduce pieces that can resist magnetic fields greater than 15,000 gauss.

The use of non-magnetic substances to their watches reflect the different level of thinking of the brand. These timepieces don’t contain inner cases. Its ‘Master Chronometer’ movement was unveiled at Baselworld 2015, initiating the use of its antimagnetic mechanism in the Globemaster watches.

Introduction of Co-Axial Calibre:

Precision is the top priority of Omega, so in the year 1999 the brand unveiled the Omega Co-Axial 2500 calibre. Watches having Co-Axial movement happens to be low-frictional. In the year 2007, the brand brought out a new Co-Axial 8500 calibre that works jointly with a free-sprung balance. These watches are tested in various conditions by COSC to mark them as chronometers.

 

Top Watch Brands in 2019

  1. Skagen Watches
  • Company Name: Skagen Designs, Ltd
  • Founder: Henrik and Charlotte Jorst
  • Year of Establishment:1989
  • City: Reno, Nevada, Hong Kong and Albertslund, Denmark
  • Renowned for: Slim Watches

In 1989, Charlotte and Henrik Jorst migrated to US from Denmark. With a dream in their mind, to develop and run a business that reflects Danish spirit and culture. They introduced Skagen Watches, with designs that were inspiring and elite. They were inspired by the white sandy beaches of Denmark. The chief designer of Skagen watches Henrik Jorst always gets his inspiration from Denmark. They have a dedicated team of customer service, and they believe in giving the best to its customers. The brand is famous for its sophisticated designs inspired by the beauty and attractiveness. They offer premium quality watches at very low prices.

Skagen watches are famous for their exquisite design and ultra thin timepieces. The watches of ‘Slimline’ collection are so sleek that you’ll hardly feel you are wearing one until you get all the stares and complements. The “Mesh” collection has been an all time favorite because of its features such as flexible, sleek, tough and resistant.

  1. Wenger Watches
  • Company Name: Wenger SA
  • Founder: Paul Boechat & Cie Wenger & Co. S.A
  • Year of Establishment:1893
  • City: Delemont, Canton of Jura, Switzerland
  • Renowned for: Military Watches

The brand Wenger, similar to its name reflects the power and strength. They are famous for its design, precision and skill. Wenger watches design mainly for military, keeping in mind weather, magnetism and altitude. The collection of Swiss Raid Commando is one of the most durable and imperative military watches around the globe. One can use these timepieces for all outdoor activities without the fear of damage. The watches are designed with superior quality parts that will make them last for a lifetime.

Wenger watches is a renowned brand throughout the world, their collections reflects power. Well known for their outdoor products, Wenger has a place for itself in the accessories used for outdoor activities. Some of their bestselling products are outdoor shoes, Army knife, sleeping bags, backpacks and tents.

  1. Marc Ecko Watches
  • Company Name: Marc Ecko Time
  • Founder: Marc Ecko
  • Year of Establishment:1993
  • City: East Brunswick, New Jersey, United States
  • Renowned for: Affordable and Stylish watches

An eminent extension to the world of fashion is the trendsetting watches. They have a huge collection of trendy watches for both men and women. Apart from quality, unique detailing is also an important attribute of Marc Ecko watches. They have a very good collection of traditional watches for sophisticated individuals. While for fun loving people, they have the chick collection, with bold designs, fun colors and even studded crystals. They have something to offer for every taste, from hip to classy.

No matter what you choose, a Swarovski studded watch with stainless steel bracelet or a skull image dial with leather band; one can always expect a long lasting and high quality timepiece. Whether you prefer wearing gold, silver or platinum, Marc Echo watches has something for every taste. Though they are the best when it comes to design, their prices are quite affordable compared to other high-end brands.

  1. Pulsar Watches
  • Company Name: Pulsar Watch
  • Founder: Hamilton Watch Company
  • Year of Establishment:1972
  • City: Mahwah, New Jersey, United States
  • Renowned for: Quartz Chronograph Alarm watch and Mother of Pearl Swarovski

Seiko Watch Corporation, a renowned watch brand worldwide, holds Pulsar Watches as its mid-range offerings. They have a huge collection of stylish, classy and dazzling watches. These watches have an eternal appeal along with contemporary design. With immense collection of watches, they have something for every taste and age. The Pulsar watches have set up a unique customer following, with it’s captivate and innovative watches.

In 1972, the Hamilton Watch Company launched the first Pulsar watch. The design and technology used in this brand fascinated few contemporary press reports that they wrote some great articles about Pulsar watches.

benifits of Roasted Zappallo (Squash) and Carrot Soup with Spicy Popcorn

I absolutely adore making soup.  I’m not quite sure why, but it’s something that I can always count on putting my mind at ease.  Taking something as simple as water and turning it into a beautifully fragrant and complex broth is just the best!  And then turning that broth into a wholesome pot of (for example) classic chicken soup that offers up spoon after spoon of that one perfect bite is SO satisfying!  Plus, it’s a one-pot meal so cleaning up is usually quick and easy, a huge plus for me!

But let’s be brutally honest.  I usually don’t have time for all of that.  Or, it’s the end of the day, the sun has gone down and the mountain air has turned chilly (or freezing) and all I can think of is a comforting bowl of soup, but time is short and hunger is striking!  Now what???  Back home the obvious answer would be any number of boxed broths which put a pot of soup about a half an hour away from your table.  But, well, those broths are simply not available here in EC.  It was maybe one of the first cooking conundrums I came across when I first got here.  So over the years I’ve come up with a bunch of shortcuts to make a relatively quick but equally satisfying soup which I plan on sharing here on my blog.

My first soup recipe seriously hits the spot when soup is all you can think about, plus it’s easy and works with few ingredients and it highlights a few different ways to layer flavor into your soup without having broth as a base.  It all starts with roasting zapallo, carrots and garlic.  Zapallo (suh-pie-yo)  is a very large variety of squash similar to pumpkin or acorn squash and can be used as a substitute for both or vice versa.  It’s available at the supermarket as well as open-air makets.  It’s extremely economical and has lots of nutritional benefits.  While roasting the zapallo and carrots amps up their flavor, roasted garlic is a much more mellow version of itself and therefore can be used in larger quantities to boost flavor without being offensive.  I also like to use leeks because they also add lots of flavor without being overpowering.  And lastly, this is a blended soup which ensures a quick fusion of flavor without all those hours of simmering.  Ooops…one more thing to keep in mind, sea salt and a decent amount of it.  Most store bought stocks come with salt so adding salt is usually just to taste but when not starting out with a stock it’s usually pretty necessary to start with a healthy teaspoon and add salt to taste from there.  Either way, you cannot be stingy with the salt.

Sometimes Ecuadorian soups are served with a side of popcorn which is just a totally cool little addition.  I especially love it with this blended soup because it adds one more layer of flavor, texture and spice all the while being super easy and quick!  I popped my corn in a little coconut oil and sprinkled it in sea salt and smoked paprika but these spices could easily be swapped for salt and pepper, chili seasoning or garlic powder.  Depends on your mood!

One more thing.  I didn’t use a lot of seasoning in the soup on purpose.  I really wanted to show just how easy it is to work with natural flavors and still get something delicious without the use of stock but feel free to spice it up.  Lots of things would work, including cumin, chili seasoning, cinammon, etc.

Roasted Zapallo (Squash) and Carrot Soup with Spicy Popcorn

3 cups zapallo (or acorn squash), cubed
1 cup carrots, chopped
5 cloves of garlic with their skins still on
2 orange camotes (sweet potatoes), cubed
3 leeks, cleaned and chopped
4 cups of filtered water
coconut oil
sea salt
popped popcorn sprinkled in sea salt and your choice of spices

Start by melting a dab of coconut oil on a baking pan in a preheated oven set to 400°F (200°C).  Once melted, add the chopped zapallo (or squash), carrots and garlic (with their skins still on) to the pan.  Mix to coat the veggies with the coconut oil and leave in the oven to roast for 20-25 minutes or until soft and carmelized on the outside, stirring once halfway through.  While the zapallo and carrots are roasting, add another dab of coconut oil to a large pot and melt over a medium flame.  After it is melted, add the leeks and stir.  Cook the leeks until wilted which will only take a couple of minutes.  Next add the filtered water, turn the heat up to high and add the camote (or sweet potato) and a teaspoon of sea salt. Once the water is boiling, turn down the heat, cover the pot and allow the leeks and camote (or sweet potato) to simmer for about 20 minutes or until the camote is soft.  Turn off the heat.  Once the zapallo (or squash) and carrots are roasted to perfection, pull the pan out and seperate the garlic from the rest.  Peel the garlic and add to the pot with leeks along with the zapallo and carrots.  Now it’s time to blend.  If you have a large blender everything should fit in at once but with a small blender it will be necessary to blend in batches.  After everything is blended, put the soup back in the pot to reheat and season with a little more salt if necessary and black pepper.  Serve the soup with a side of spicy popcorn.

 

Tortilla Española (Spanish Tortilla)

I first fell in love with tortilla española right here in Cuenca.  Thanks to Cuenca’s ever growing population of expats, our opportunities to taste something exotic are expanding all the time.  On just one small stretch of street in the center of town you have your pick of Colombian, Venezuelan, Italian, Peruvian, Cuban and Spanish food!  These sweet little spots serve up authentic fare in quaint environments and give our small town a big international feel.

At one of my favorite spots that offers authentic Spanish dishes, I always order the same thing.  Now you might be a little surprised to know just what it is…and I’m a little afraid to tell you.  Just because this blog features healthy whole food recipes doesn’t mean that I don’t like to treat myself to something really indulgent every once in a while, especially when I go out to eat…you’ve been warned so here it goes.  I always get a tortilla española sandwhich.  It is essentially layers and layers of fried potatoes baked into a simple but delightful egg casserole which is accentuated by a high quality olive oil and (now comes the fun part) smothered in mayo on a rustic style roll.  Wow, ok it’s out there, now I feel better.  While this sandwich is an amazing once-in-while treat (especially alongside a glass of vino tinto), tortilla española on its own is really versatile and that’s why I love it.  It’s a simple 5 ingredient recipe (and that’s counting the salt) that is fit to serve to company because it is just so elegant.  It would rock a brunch buffet table but then again can be cut into squares and used as an appetizer or you can go the traditional route and serve it as part of a tapas menu.

Even though this recipe has very few ingredients, the process requires love and attention and that’s what makes the tortilla so special.  The potatoes (I used Ecuador’s super chola but a red skinned potato can be substituted) and onions should be sliced very thin, with a mandoline slicer if possible, and while cooking they need to be watched closely so they don’t burn and are evenly cooked.  If you don’t have a large skillet, then it will be necessary to cook the potatoes in batches.  It’s also important to use a good quality extra virgin olive oil since it adds so much flavor and as always, I like to use sea salt for a more natural flavor and so many health benefits.

Buen Provecho!

Tortilla Española

5 cups papa super chola (or red skin potatoes) sliced very thin with their skins on
1 cup red onion sliced very thin
6 large eggs
1/3 cup good quality extra virgin olive oil
sea salt

Preheat the oven to 175°C (350°F).  Now heat a large heavy bottomed skillet over medium heat.  Add the olive oil to the pan and allow to warm, distributing it evenly to cover the bottom of the pan.  Add the sliced potato and onion to the pan.  Use a spatula to flip and stir the potatoes and onions until they are thoroughly coated in olive oil.  At this point the potatoes and onions will need constant attention.  Keeping the heat on medium, and a very close eye on them, flip and stir the mixture regularly (not allowing it to sit more then one minute at a time) to ensure they are cooking evenly and not burning or sticking to the bottom.  Salt the mixture as you go.  I used two good pinches in between stirs (salt, stir, salt, stir) but it could have probably used just a bit more.  Continue cooking the potatoes and onions this way for 15 minutes.  Now try a couple of potatoes.  You will know they are done when they are just cooked – flexible but crisp.  They might need just a couple more minutes.  Once they are done, flip the potato and onion mixture onto a paper towel lined cooking sheet or pan and blot off the extra oil.  Now use those same paper towels to lightly grease a medim sized baking pan (I used a glass 31×20.5 cm/8×12 inch baking pan).  Transfer the potatoes and onions to the baking pan, ensuring that they are evenly distributed.  Now lightly wisk the eggs together with a pinch of salt and then pour the eggs over the potatoes and onions.  Give the pan a little shake to even out the eggs.  Place the pan in the oven and bake for 30 minutes.

 

Cherish Your Dreams with the Best Crib Mattress

Every couple desires to have a boy like an angel or a girl like a fairy. This is the ultimate happiness for any human being to get a child. Now, as it is the most precious gift in the world, it deserves a great care. There should be no deficiency about taking care of the baby, even a single matter should be considered with high concentrations.

It is one of the first major decisions you will have to make as a new parent that is finding the best pad for your baby’s crib. It is a matter of regret that most parents don’t consider this seriously. They take this matter lightly rather they are more concerned about baby food. Of course baby food is to be dealt with great care, but a mattress can affect baby’s health greatly. So don’t treat this as a simple choice, ignoring the possible effects on your baby’s health. It may cause them to suffocate during sleep or develop back and neck pains. This is why you need to do adequate research before making that trip to the local baby shop. Gathering knowledge from the many crib mattress reviews can be very helpful before rushing to the shop.

Things you should review

Here are the things you ought to consider before making your pick:

  • At first you must select the right size that perfectly fits the crib. Check the dimensions of the two and ensure very little space will remain in between.
  • Secondly, you must consider the stiffness. Irrespective of the type, the mattress you choose must be perfectly firm. Press it with your palm to ensure it is sufficiently firm and quickly bounces back into shape. You can also lift the mattress to be certain about the weights.
  • Take a look for the vents. Ensure that the mattress has vents on the sides. The vents make the pad flexible as the baby bounces on it.
  • Then you should observe the cover. Vinyl covers are the most ideal for any crib. They are easy to wash and do not allow any liquids that spill to sip through. Nylon covers despite being expensive allow tear free stretching of the vinyl.

Variation regarding different components

There are different types of mattress available in the market. Here are the main types you will find in today’s market:
1. This kind of mattress is called Organic. This new line of products includes pads made from natural substances such as cotton, wool and latex. With such a wide variety at their disposal, many parents are left confused on which one to choose for their kid.
2. This is considered as innerspring. These mattresses come with steel coils padded inside a protective cover. They are usually very firm so as to provide optimum support for the baby.
3. Another type is called foam. These pads are made of polyurethane foam stuffed inside a mattress cover. They are the most popular among parents, mainly because they are affordable and readily available.

Buying the best mattress is one of the best gifts any parent can give to their baby. By the right choice every time you set foot in a baby shop, you not only get value for your money but also ensure your child’s health is enhanced.

Our Favorite Baby Bassinets

Chicco Lullago Travel Crib, Lavender

Chicco Lullago Travel Crib, Lavender made by Chiccois our top rated bassinet.

Some of the freatures include:

  • Sets up in seconds thanks to the convenient Snap-On legs and one-piece top structure
  • All the fabric parts can be removed for easy washing
  • Generous carry bag for storage and travel
  • Brushed mattress pad and mesh windows create a comfortable environment for baby
  • Anti-slip feet keep the bassinet from sliding.
  • Care- The bassinet and mattress covers are removable and washable, Machine wash separately in cold water on delicate cycle, Do not use bleach
  • drip dry, The canopy may be spot cleaned, Periodically wipe plastic parts clean with a soft damp clothUsage from birth to 20 lbs, or when infant begins to push up on hands and knees

 

Arm’s Reach Concepts Cambria Co-Sleeper Bassinet, Natural

Arm’s Reach Concepts Cambria Co-Sleeper Bassinet, Natural made by Arm’s Reach Conceptsis our 2nd highest rated bassinet.

Some of the freatures include:

  • A safer alternative to bed sharing – attaches to parental bed
  • Cozy environment for easy nighttime nursing and comfort
  • Wheels for easy movement
  • Ideal for mothers recovering from C-sections

 

Dream On Me Karley Bassinet, Rose

Dream On Me Karley Bassinet, Rose made by Dream on Meis our 3rd highest rated bassinet.

Some of the freatures include:

  • For newborns up to 25 pounds
  • New colors
  • Light weight
  • Includes 1″ thickness mattress pad as mandated or recommended by ASTM/CPSC

 

SwaddleMe By Your Side Sleeper

SwaddleMe By Your Side Sleeper made by SwaddleMeis our 4th highest rated bassinet.

Some of the freatures include:

  • Mesh sides provide a clear view of baby and help air circulate to protect baby from overheating
  • Sturdy metal frame fold flat for travel,
  • Dimensions: 32″L x 14.5″W x 11″H
  • Soft, comfortable fabrics
  • Includes mattress pad and fitted sheet
  • Age Range: Birth until baby begins to push up or roll over

 

Disney Baby Ultimate Sweet Beginnings Bassinet, Disney Princess

Disney Baby Ultimate Sweet Beginnings Bassinet, Disney Princess made by Delta Childrenis our 5th highest rated bassinet.

Some of the freatures include:

  • Recommended for babies up to 15 lbs.
  • Features a calming nightlight, vibration and soothing music
  • Gliding base with locking retractable casters
  • Comfortable sleeping area with 1″ mattress pad and fitted sheet included
  • Adjustable, removable canopy
  • Storage basket for all of baby’s essentials
  • Requires four AA batteries (not included)
  • Assembled Dimensions: 35.5″ x 21″ x 45.5″JPMA certified to meet or exceed all safety standards set by the CPSC & ASTM

Dream On Me Traveler Portable Bassinet, Cloud Grey

Dream On Me Traveler Portable Bassinet, Cloud Grey made by Dream on Me Dropshipis our 6th highest rated bassinet.

Some of the freatures include:

  • Sets up in seconds thanks to the convenient Snap-On legs and one-piece top structure
  • Mattress pad and bassinet fabric can be easily wash clean
  • Quick Folds. The compact fold fits easily in the included carrying bag, so you can take it anywhere.
  • Mesh side panels provide optimal ventilation and visibility
  • Roomy, padded mattress is simple to remove and fold for compact storage

BRICA Fold N’ Go Travel Bassinet

BRICA Fold N’ Go Travel Bassinet made by Bricais our 7th highest rated bassinet.

Some of the freatures include:

  • Updated design with mesh panels, breathable fabric, and a locking frame provides both comfort and peace of mind
  • Four-point Safe-T-Lock System for safety and security.
  • Machine washable
  • Double locking tubular steel frame is strong and durable
  • Mesh panels provide air flow for maximum comfort
  • Lightweight design and carry handle.Material: Polyester, Steel, Cotton

Delta Children Sweet Beginnings Bassinet, Falling Leaves

Delta Children Sweet Beginnings Bassinet, Falling Leaves made by Delta Children’s Productsis our 8th highest rated bassinet.

Some of the freatures include:

  • Designed for infants up to 15 pounds
  • Adjustable, removable canopyCalming nightlight and soothing music
  • Comfortable sleeping area with fitted sheet
  • Steel frame and polyester fiber pad, fabric is machine washable
  • Dimensions: 33″L x 17″W x 45″WProduct weight: 10.5 pounds
  • Convenient lightweight frame with locking casters for easy room to room mobilityLarge, two section storage basket for all of baby’s essentials
  • Meets or exceeds all ASTM and CPSC Standards and JPMA CertificationsThis item is eligible for free replacement parts. Contact Amazon Customer Service for more information. Storage basket for all of baby’s essentials

 

Delta Children Smooth Glide Bassinet, Marina

Delta Children Smooth Glide Bassinet, Marina made by Delta Enterprise Corp – PLAis our 9th highest rated bassinet.

Some of the freatures include:

  • Recommended for babies up to 15 lbs.
  • Features variable speed vibration, music module and nightlight
  • Assembled dimensions: 32″L x 21″W x 45.5″H
  • Soothing side-to-side gliding rock motionIncludes a fitted sheet and a 1″ water-resistant pad
  • Large storage basket underneath provides ample storage for all things baby
  • Locking casters make it easy to move from room-to-room
  • JPMA certified and meets or exceeds all ASTM and applicable CPSC standards

HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper Bassinet – Essentia Series, Honeycomb

HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper Bassinet – Essentia Series, Honeycomb made by Halois our 10th highest rated bassinet.

Some of the freatures include:

  • Rotates and swivels 360 degrees to bring baby to you for close, safe sleep.
  • Side wall lowers so tending to baby is easy.
  • Wall can be locked in the upright position, if desired.
  • Unlike other bassinets, its 360 degrees rotation makes getting in and out of bed hassle-free.
  • Ideal for nursing mothers and mothers recovering from C-sections.
  • Stable 4-point base adjusts to fit most beds from 24″ to 34″ tall.
  • Base easily tucks under bed and requires only 32″ clearance from wall, making it ideal for small spaces.
  • Includes 100% polyester coordinating fitted sheet.
  • Made from polyester that wipes clean with a damp cloth.
  • Sheet is machine washable.
  • Includes storage pocket to keep baby’s essentials close by
  • Polyurethane mattress pad is waterproof and contains no toxic flame retardants.
  • Independently tested to meet or exceed all U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission and Health Canada safety standards for bassinets.
  • JPMA certified.
  • Recommended for babies up to five months of age.
  • Use should be discontinued when infant shows signs of pulling up, rolling over, pushing up to kneeling position.

The Best Baby Walkers

Our list of the best baby walkers include some of the highest rated products in this category. Parents love these walkers.

VTech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker Amazon Exclusive, Blue made by VTech is our top rated baby walkers.

Some of the features include:

  • Interactive learning baby Walker features a removable toddler play panel that develops fine motor skills. Adjustable speed control on wheels
  • Early learning center has 5 piano keys that play music and encourage creativity; wheels work on carpeted and hard floors
  • Features 2 colorful spinning rollers, 3 shape sorters, and 3 light-up buttons that develop motor skills
  • Pretend telephone handset and mechanical elements enhance role-play fun; 2 AA batteries are included
  • Over 70 sing-along songs, music, sound effects and fun phrases; intended for babies and toddlers from 9 months to 3 years old. Also available in pink. Online exclusive version with optimized packaging to lower your shipping spending

VTech Sit to Stand Walker, Pink made by V Tech is our 3rd highest rated baby walkers.

Some of the features include:

  • Interactive learning baby Walker has a removable play panel; frustration free packaging means it comes in a plain brown box
  • Early learning center has 5 piano keys that play music and encourage creativity; wheels work on carpeted and hard floors
  • Features 2 colorful spinning rollers, 3 shape sorters, and 3 light-up buttons that develop motor skills
  • Pretend telephone handset and mechanical elements enhance role-play fun; 2 AA batteries are included
  • Over 70 sing-along songs, music, sound effects and fun phrases; meant for babies and toddlers 9 months to 3 years old

Fisher-Price Rainforest Jumperoo

Fisher-Price Rainforest Jumperoo made by Fisher Price is our 4th highest rated baby walkers.

Some of the features include:

  • Designed for use by a child who is able to hold his or her head up unassisted, and who is not yet able to climb out or walk. AA batteries required (best with Polaroid AA batteries)
  • Lets baby jump safely-no doorway required
  • Lights, sounds and music reward baby for jumping
  • Soft-sided overhead toy bar with squirrel roller ball and two woodland friends spinners
  • Light-up musical piano

VTech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker Amazon Exclusive, Blue

VTech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker Amazon Exclusive, Blue made by V Tech is our 5th highest rated baby walkers.

Some of the features include:

  • Interactive learning baby Walker features a removable toddler play panel that develops fine motor skills. Adjustable speed control on wheels
  • Early learning center has 5 piano keys that play music and encourage creativity; wheels work on carpeted and hard floors
  • Features 2 colorful spinning rollers, 3 shape sorters, and 3 light-up buttons that develop motor skills
  • Pretend telephone handset and mechanical elements enhance role-play fun; 2 AA batteries are included
  • Over 70 sing-along songs, music, sound effects and fun phrases; meant for babies and toddlers 9 months to 3 years old

VTech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker

VTech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker made by VTech is our 6th highest rated baby walkers.

Some of the features include:

  • Interactive learning baby walker features a removable toddler play panel that develops fine motor skills
  • Early learning center has 5 piano keys that play music and encourage creativity; wheels work on carpeted and hard floors
  • Features 2 colorful spinning rollers, 3 shape sorters, and 3 light-up buttons that develop motor skills
  • Pretend telephone handset and mechanical elements enhance role-play fun; 2 AA batteries are included
  • Over 70 sing-along songs, music, sound effects and fun phrases; meant for babies and toddlers 9 months to 3 years old

 

Combi Baby Activity Walker – All-in-One Mobile Activity Center, Entertainer, and Snack Tray

Combi Baby Activity Walker – All-in-One Mobile Activity Center, Entertainer, and Snack Tray made by Combi is our 7th highest rated baby walkers.

Some of the features include:

  • Comes with anti-skid brake pads for safety

KidsEmbrace Batman Baby Activity Walker, DC Comics Car, Music and Lights, Blue, 5501BAT

KidsEmbrace Batman Baby Activity Walker, DC Comics Car, Music and Lights, Blue, 5501BAT made by KidsEmbrace is our 8th highest rated baby walkers.

Some of the features include:

  • ENTERTAINING: Start your engines! The activity walker comes with an easy-swivel steering wheel, gear shifter and attached key, which all make sounds, vibrate and flash lights when played with!
  • EASY CLEAN: Don’t fret! The polyester cover can be removed and cleaned in your washing machine. The plastic is quick to sanitize as well.
  • COMFORT: The harness is designed for ultimate mobility and comfort. Made of 100% Polyester Foam and covered in a machine-washable 100% Polyester Batting, your youngster can enjoy their breathable, lightweight and secure harness.
  • SPACE SAVER: The Activity Walker can be collapsed and folded for easy storage. Simply unhook the child-proof security latch to quickly make more space.
  • AGE AND SIZE RECOMMENDATIONS: The Baby Activity Walker is meant for children between 6 months and 18 months old and weighing up to 26lbs.

 

Fisher-Price Learn with Me Zebra Walker

Fisher-Price Learn with Me Zebra Walker made by Fisher Price is our 9th highest rated baby walkers.

Some of the features include:

  • 2 ways to play! Sit & Play & Stand & Walk
  • Easy-grasp handle and sturdy 4-wheel base make baby’s steps a little surer
  • Teaches ABC’s, 123’s and more!
  • Lots of busy finger activities help exercise fine motor skills
  • Standing, walking and reaching all get gross motor skills rolling!

3-in-1 Around We Go Activity Center

3-in-1 Around We Go Activity Center made by KidsII is our 10th highest rated baby walkers.

Some of the features include:

  • More movement, more giggles, more happy moments
  • Award-winning sitting to standing walker
  • Baby walker rotates around activity center
  • Walker seat can be removed when baby outgrows it
  • Care for toys or frame is wipe clean

Why Should I Practice Kundalini Yoga?

I told one of my friends that I taught Kundalini and I’ll never forget his response. He gave me this confused look then said, “Kundalini? Sounds like a type of pasta.”

Surprisingly, this response isn’t too far fetched. Not many people have heard about kundalini even after celebrities have sung its praises. Apparently even Oprah and Russell Brand can’t reach everyone. So, then what’s the deal? What makes kundalini so special? I’ll tell you:

1. The kundalini sequencing, mantras, and meditations are unique

In kundalini you always practice kriya, which translates to purified action. Each kriya is specified so you have a very concise intention. This could target specific chakras or certain ailments like depression, anxiety, digestion, heart health… it’s sometimes considered a medical meditation. The kriyas can be so different depending on the intention but they all have a meditative aspect and include mantra. Some days you might think “man, this is freaking hard!” but the shift is away from the physical, encouraging you to go inwards. I always recommend that students join the class with a sense of curiosity and an open mind.

2. It will challenge you in ways you didn’t expect

Thought holding chair pose was hard? Try holding poses for 6 minutes (sometimes longer!). Kundalini also uses dynamic asana (a.k.a poses). Each kriya uses these dynamic or static poses differently to bring out these unique responses that fit the intention. It might seem really difficult at first, but it’s crazy what you’re truly capable of doing when you put your mind to it. Sometimes it reminds me that the unimaginable can become possible, which makes this practice extremely empowering!

3. It might feel a little weird ~ and that’s liberating

You might do something you wouldn’t expect to in a yoga class. Whether it’s intense breathing, rolling around on the floor, or running in place… often kundalini will keep you guessing! If curiosity fuels your fire and trying something new sounds right up your alley then get on the mat for this liberating practice.

Incorporating Weights into your Workout: The Reasons Why

While there are many reasons to include weights into your daily workout, there are in general five that emerge on top. If you want to live a good healthy life it is very important you exercise along with eating right. However, many do not know the right exercises that will help them the most, making them a chore rather than something of benefit. While most know to add in running and stretching during your routine, it is necessary to do strength training also for the full effect of contouring your body into its best form. Strength training is crucial to your overall health, muscle building, and toning. You may use whole machines, free weights, or just your own body as strength training tools making it easy to do daily.

Here are some of the top reasons to emphasize weight training when you work out. Start your own routine and schedule to suit your own needs while still getting the effects.

Enhance your Metabolism

When you have a good deal of muscle for your stature, your resting metabolic rate will increase; thus allowing you to burn calories when not working out but while simply relaxing. This will not make you tired like regular workouts, which is why it is important to do if you are trying to maintain your good health. To keep or get more muscle, you need to do weight training which helps you gain muscle. You will then keep them easier since you are doing work even while sleeping.

Tone your Looks

Depending on the appearance you want, using weights to train will allow you to get to the shape you desire and then stay there. Men tend to want larger muscles while women just want a strong, firm shape. Both genders posture and daily strength are improved after weight training, making it good for general health too.

Get Stronger

Simply increase your strength capabilities after starting to use weights. If you work them regularly you can start to do activities you did not think you were capable of, making daily life easier. This will keep you fit for longer too, fighting age and its negative effects.

Fight against Sickness

Working with weights can also keep you safer from the common cold and more serious illnesses such as high cholesterol, weight/obesity issues, body pain, and heart issues. If you build your body, your immune system will follow giving you less time to be tucked away at home sick. Simple exercise may help you stay stronger.

Support your Mental Health

Using weights and strength training will help your mental facilities as well, by alleviating your anxiety issues by replacing them with endorphins. It is science at work to keep your brain happy along with your body for the best possible quality of life. Feel free to take some programs or classes that give information on or teach how to use weights appropriately for both.

If you are looking to gain health or physical progress, or to tighten and perfect your body, including weights into your training is a good place to start. You get multiple benefits by using weights such as heart health, muscles, and mental calm. Start using weights to allow your body to reach its peak.

Easier Than You Think: Removing Drywall Screws

There are two parts to removing a screw and the anchor it is attached to from drywall. The first part is freeing the screw from the anchor and removing the anchor itself; the second part is repairing the hole, and any little cracks that might appear, and, ideally, this cosmetic repair of spackling and sanding is relatively easy and the patch will be unnoticeable.

To start, let’s take a brief look at, and gain an understanding of, the different types of wall screw anchors and how to remove each one.

Spring Wing Toggle Bolt Anchors: The anchor consists of folded wings that are designed to squeeze through a hole and then snap outwards with the teeth that are on the inside of each wing facing the back of the drywall. As the screw is inserted and turned, the wings of the anchor are pulled to the back of the wall with the teeth digging into create a firm and secure purchase.

Plastic Expansion Anchors: These consist of a plastic sleeve for the screw to thread its way into and there are two basic types. One is relatively simple as the plastic anchor is a screw in itself that has been, well, screwed into the drywall. The second type has small studs protruding from the outside of the sleeve and is inserted into a pre-drilled hole that is just large enough to squeeze the plastic sleeve through. Both of these have a central hole that is slightly smaller than the screw that will be inserted into them. As the screw works its way through the central opening it causes the plastic sleeve to expand forcing the screw threads or small studs on the outside of the sleeve to dig into the drywall created a very tight fit.

Molly Bolt Anchors: These are small mechanical devices that operate in a fashion similar to a winged toggle anchor but are the most secure of the three types and the most difficult to remove by comparison. There is a relatively large flange atop of a long metal sleeve that is inserted into a pre-drilled whole and then a fitting screw is used to tighten the molly bolt. The turning action from the fitting screw causes the molly bolt to go into a “designed” collapse with the metal outside of the molly bolt that is behind the drywall forced outward into a strongly supported tripod of “wings” that are pressured into place with the pulling action based on the flange pressed into the front of the drywall.

However, the question you really want answered is, “How do I get these screws out of my wall without ripping the wall apart and leaving a big gaping hole that will take me all weekend to fix?

Relax, it’s actually pretty simple if you just focus on remaining calm and take your time.

Most of the methods below require you to create a little bit of space between the head of the screw, or flange, and the wall. You might be able to get a good start by unscrewing the screw and it may back out slightly without the anchor spinning with it. Otherwise, you need to score, just start to gently dig into the wall, around the head of the screw or the flange.

Once you have a little bit of room you’ll want to place the tip of a flat head screwdriver under the head of the screw or flange and with your hand on the screwdriver being the fulcrum, use the screw driver as a lever to pull the screw outwards from the wall.

The principle here is to create a pulling force against the back of the drywall out into the room you’re in to keep the anchor from turning with the screw.

Removing Spring Wing Toggle Bolt Anchors: The principle behind removing a winged toggle bolt anchor is you need outward pressure applied as you unscrew it so the anchor continues to grip the back of the drywall. This results in the anchor not spinning freely allowing you to unscrew the screw and once the screw is free of the anchor, the anchor will drop down behind the wall.

Removing Plastic Expansion Anchors: If the plastic anchor has screw threads on the outside of it, it might turn with the screw and you can easily remove it. However, most of the time you’ll have to create that space between the wall and the underside of the screw and the grip it with a pair of needle nose pliers and unscrew it using the pliers. The small studded variety can be easily handled one of two ways; you grip ti with the pliers and gently began to twist and wiggle it until it is free of the wall with minimal damage leaving a hole that is only slightly larger than the original.

Removing Molly Bolt Anchors: To remove a molly bolt the beginning of the process is the same as above, score around the flange and get yourself some clearance between the flange and the wall. You’ll just need enough room as you’ll next take a pair of needle nose pliers and grip the metal flange and just slowly work it, bend it, until metal fatigue sets in and the flange will break off. Sometimes it might break of in pieces but, once it has been entirely removed from the bolt all you have to do is take a Phillips head screwdriver and a hammer and gently tap on the bolt sliding it through until it falls down behind the drywall.

The most important aspect of easily and efficiently removing anchored screws from drywall is to approach the entire process relaxed and understanding that if you take your time at the beginning, the patching of the small hole left behind will be a lot easier versus just ripping it out and creating a minor disaster.

Professional drywall installer often use drywall screw guns. If you are installing drywall in more than a couple of rooms, renting a screw gun may be your best option. Drywall screw guns can be pre-set to sink screws at the perfect depth. But most homeowners opt to use a tool that they may already have on hand:  a cordless drill.  Cordless drills are perfect for hanging drywall on a limited scale.