How To Get Your Hands On Loads Of Free Baby Stuff

thanksgiving babyThese days it has become a very popular practice to deal out free baby stuff. Lots of hospitals are doing it these days. Every new mommy that comes out of the hospital will get a whole bunch of free baby stuff especially for her and her newborn. Usually you will receive all sorts of useful things that you can use inthe first few weeks of raising your baby. Think about all sorts of lotions and sometimes you also get ointments and stuff. Some hospitals are even dealing out diapers these days, because you know there is always a big demand for diapers when a mommy has just had a baby. It’s important that relieve the mommy of some of the burdens of taking care of a newborn.

The first few weeks can be a fairly confusing time for a mommy. Right after you have had a baby, you certainly do not want to go out shopping. A fresh mommy always wants to spend as much time as possible with her newborn infant. If you have had children yourself, then you will completely understand this.

sweet babyThe mommy requires the most rest. After all, it is the mommy that had to do all of the hard work. Just ask Paisley from Baby Got Stuff. The daddy just needs to stand there and pretend to be huffing and puffing along. A couple that has just become parents is going to have to have a big battery of worries right after the birth of the baby. Having a kid has the tendency to turn your life completely upside down in ways you had never imagined before. The baby will need his or her time to grow accustomed to his parents and his new living situation. And the same goes for the parents.

When you have become a parent, you will all of a sudden come up with a big list of baby products that you are going to need in order to take good care of your newborn baby. There are so many baby related things you are going to need. You willl need mobiles, dibs, wipes, diapers, diaper bags, change pads, car seats, strollers, cribs and probably a food maker too. And that is just the beginning of it. All of these things are required to grow a baby into a healthy toddler. And you can only raise your baby a single time. There are no second chances. So you have to get it pretty much entirely correct right off the bat.

squirting babyStocking up on baby products is a good idea if you don’t want to be running up and down the store every single time your baby needs something. Diapers, food and other kinds of things are good examples of products you can easily stockpile, provided you have enough room in your home. There is also a whole slew of appliances that you can use in order to raise your kid in the most time efficient way possible. Think for example, about a baby food maker. These things are a god send, and you don’t want to miss out on these.

A food maker will allow you to make your own baby food in the convenience of your very own home. You do not want to miss out on these big, big time savers. There are many brands that offer a wide range of baby related appliances such as a food processor. And you can put these to good use if you value the health of your child as well as your own time. You won’t always have to pay an arm and a leg or even take out a second mortgage on the house, because there are plenty of websites currently out there that will offer you free baby stuff if you give them your address information.

If you like free stuff and do not mind giving up your address info, then you are in for quite a ride. Sign up to as many of these sites as you can and you will soon be showered in free baby stuff. You can really save yourself a pretty penny this way. All you have to do is to perform a google search for free baby stuff and you will find literally dozens of websites that have all sorts of offers. Many of them offer diapers and wipes, some of them also offer mobiles and other kinds of toys. They usually don’t give away any expensive stuff, such as cribs, food processors and all other stuff that costs more than $25. Have a look at Baby Got Stuff’s cribs if you’re looking for some sweet deals on baby beds.

spoon babyYou do need to realize that nothing in this world truly comes for free. The reason that these companies are sending you ‘free’ stuff is so that they will have your address information. Using this info, they will eventually start sending you commercial offers for more baby stuff. And that stuff will not be for free. That will be paid. Unfortunately, this is just how the world works. Money makes the world go round, and the fact that you’ve had a baby won’t make it stand still, even though it made your world stand still for a while. But you can’t blame these guys for doing it like that, because they are simply trying to build their brand and turn a profit. And let’s be honest… giving away free stuff is a darn good way of attracting future customers.

Despite the fact that most of these guys are only giving away the cheaper baby stuff, it doesn’t mean that they all do that. These guys are in fierce competition with each other and they want to out do each other with bigger and better baby gift baskets. And these guys are pretty aggressive in their marketing. They are willing to send loads of stuff to every mother that signs up to their mailing list. So a young mommy has plenty of choices here. I would not want to be the CEO of one of these free baby stuff companies, because the competition would certainly drive me mad. However, it is good news for new mommies. Despite the fact that the economy has been sub par for many years, you can get enormous amounts of free baby stuff all over the web!

How To Stay In Good Shape Well Into Middle Age

skimble workoutLooking at the title… I think you probably already know what I am going to discuss in this article. Make sure to pay some good attention, because you could learn a thing or two from me here. I have a lot of experience with this stuff and I can honestly say that I know a thing or two about getting in shape and fitness in general. A healthier body can undoubtedly lead to a much healthier mind, but when you increase the health of your mind, this will then also lead to you having a healthier body (source: Clinical research has proven beyond the shadow of any doubt that the simple act of smiling can make you feel better physically. Most people think that first they have to feel good and then they will start smiling automatically… but it turns out it works in two directions. You can also start smiling and then you will pretty much instantly start feeling better about yourself. Now do not ask me to back this up with hard evidence myself, because I don’t happen to have the scientific publications that back this up handy… I do however, strongly suspect it is true because of my own experiences with this.

small bench pressI have always enjoyed lots of laughters and merry making, because that’s just the kind of guy that I am. The whole reason I have an internet connection at all is because I love laughing at lots of funny stuff, and the internet has limitless supplies of funny stuff. I’ve always known that laughing is really good for your health, so I like to do it a lot. There have been many clinical studies on the science of laughter and health… and there is definitely a big connection there. Laughing, as healthy as it may be, isn’t going to help you shed the pounds and pack on the muscle and get a six pack, however. If you want to get in good shape and you just so happen to be in a good mood from laughing a lot, then you’re going to have to take action and visit your local gym sometime. I strongly believe that when I am increasing my health from multiple angles, that I will get the very best results… combining many things that are good for you will go far beyond the sum of its parts.

squat womanNot only do I make sure that I have a rich socially interactive lifestyle with loads of friends, I also make sure that I regularly get my physical exercise at my local gym a couple of times per week. I do have a full time job, so I know that I am asking quite a lot of myself here. But more often than not, I will find an hour and a half worth of time a few times throughout the week so that I can go to the gym and really hit that iron. A long, long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… I used to be overweight. And just kidding about the galaxy thing. This was about twenty years ago… but one day I simply entered the nearest gym I could find, signed up and started working out. At the time, I had absolutely no idea what I was doing because I wasn’t properly informed at all. But since any action is better than no action at all… I just hit the cardio machines a lot of the time. In retrospect, I should definitely have put the focus on things other than cardio, but thankfully I know a lot better these days. Too much cardio is a complete waste of time… and resistance training yields results that are so much better than the ones you get from running on a treadmill all the time.

the art of liftingIf only a person did not have to grow older in order to grow wiser… but alas, a person does have to do that. I might be a lot wiser, but I am also a lot older than I was two decades ago. The problem with aging, especially if you’re a man, is that your testosterone levels can start dropping off really quickly after age fourty if you’re not careful. I’ve done the research and I know what I am talking about. Your testosterone levels are pretty important, so do not neglect them. After age fourty, I started getting more aggrevated and irritated with life’s little unpleasantries… but luckily I had heard about test boosters earlier so I went online and did some research on the topic. A friend told me about them many years ago, and there was plenty of information to find on the internet. I was reading some reviews from people that have used them and they were saying that the stuff was definitely working for them. These boosters will help your own body to produce more testosterone, provided that you use them frequently, ofcourse. You can easily increase your testosterone levels to the levels that they were at when you were much younger by using a booster such as Testofuel. But their effects are temporary. You have to keep using them.

Now I know what you’re thinking… you’re thinking I’m talking about illegal substances. I wanted to know up front that this had nothing to do with steroids, so I made sure to do my due diligence. I do not mind staying in good shape, but I’m not going to be the next Mr. Universe. Don’t get me wrong… I’d love to have a Schwarzenegger body, but do you realize how hard it is to maintain such a physique throughout a lifetime? Even Schwarzenegger himself was not able to do this. If you’ve seen recent pictures of him, you can clearly see that his glory days are behind him. I would much rather stay in ‘decent’ shape for a whole life, than being in ‘awesome’ shape for ten years and then have loads of saggy skin. A guy’s got to watch those test levels. They are key to male health. I have seen the pictures of out of shape body builders, and I do not think it is a pretty sight. So that’s never going to be me.

Walking Meditation – The Health Effects Of Mountain Retreats

dawnIf you grew up in the seventies and the eighties, like I have, then I’m sure you must have seen more than your fair share of movies about wise, old kung fu gurus who meditated on mountains and became all the wiser for it. Seems simple, doesn’t it? Simple go to a mountain, sit on it, meditate, think of nothing all day long. Then come back, and voila… you’re wiser and much, much better at kung fu than you were when you first left! Well, it doesn’t quite work like that in real life. You’ve got to be common sensical (is that a word? if not, then it is now!) enough to be able to separate movies from real life.

But as it turns out… there is a core of truth in these movies. Because meditation really can help you become a much better person. And you don’t necessarily need to be sitting on your butt in order to perform it. There is a little thing called ‘walking meditation’, which is (as I’m sure the smartest ones of you out there have already guessed) meditating while you are walking. Either that, or walking while you are meditating. It completely depends on how you look at it, ofcourse. But enough rambling. Let’s dive into the details for a bit.

walking meditationIt’s going to get better still. Not only do you have to be walking around the block in order to perform your meditation, you can also combine it with one of the greatest sports known to man… hiking! Don’t you just love the very idea of taking it to the mountain and then literally taking a hike? Imagine being surrounded by nature, getting completely refreshed by mother nature’s mountain air and then also meditating while you are at it? It’s a truly magical formula.This is why they call it a mountain retreat. You just go and f#ck off into nature and come back completely refreshed and spiritually enriched, assuming you believe in such things.

And if you don’t believe in it, that’s fine too. See, I don’t believe in the human soul either. But it doesn’t matter. Just so long as you understand what I’m talking about. Meditation has nothing religious about it. It’s just all about letting go of your thoughts and becoming in touch with your inner self. It’s a sort of a reconnecting. You can get disconnected because of all the stuff that magazines, the TV, radio and other kinds of multimedia throw at you on a daily basis.

How To Get Started With Meditative Hiking

beachI understand if I’ve gotten you completely worked up and enthusiastic about hitting the mountains and getting some well deserved rest and relaxation. But before you run off to the nearest by mountain top, stop and think for a second. You can’t just  hop on over to a mountain top the same way that you can hop on over to the super market. They call it a mountain retreat for a reason. Unless you’re living right at the foot of a mountain and already have all the gear you need, then you’re going to have to make some preparations before you can go. And even then it’s probably going to take you many hours of driving in order to get to the nearest by mountain. So once you arrive, you really need to be taking your sweet time for your walking meditation mountain retreat.

So next to an enormous amount of patience, you will also require a lot of hiking gear to take with you. You should never underestimate the amount of stuff you need before taking to the mountains. I learned that from the Boot Bomb website that I’ve been visiting recently. There’s a treasure of information on that website and I would not want to miss out on it for the world. I sure am glad I found it. I especially liked the one page about hiking boots. Brian from the Boot Bomb especially emphasyzes the importance of really good boots for hiking journeys. The longer your walking meditations are going to be, the better footwear you will require in order to make it all throughout your meditative hike.

footprintsSome people suffer from a nasty case of plantar fasciitis, also referred to as heel spur. This is a terrible condition where you have horrible pains at the bottom of your foot, and especially your heels. It’s because of the plantar fascia tendon that tends to thicken and become less flexible in some people. It can lead to aggravating, even incapacitating pains. This is a serious condition that you need to prevent at all costs. And if you already have it, you need to treat it well, or else it will get worse and you’ll be a long way from home. The condition is often heriditary. But being overweight, standing for long periods at a time, and wearing inadequate footwear can easily help in triggering a nasty case of heel spur. And it can make existing conditions worse. For that reason, if you are suffering from this, you will need to buy the best hiking shoewear for an inflamed plantar fascia you can find. It’s a one time expense and you will prevent a lot of misery with it. Good shoewear is easily the best investment you’ll ever make.

But once you’ve made all the preparations, you’re ready to go and transform your life on top of a mountain. Many people have done it before you. Take Waylon, for example. He has been meditating all his life, because he was raised and trained as a buddhist. But he also likes hiking, which is no surprise considering the fact that he was born & raised in Boulder, Colorado. Waylon likes a lot of things by the looks of it. But his first and second loves in life are meditation and hiking. A fantastic combination, if you don’t mind me saying so.

You don’t necessarily need to start off with meditation by heading straight into the mountains. You can get started more easily by simply doing sitting meditation first. And then you could move on to walking meditation. The latter is not a whole lot harder than the former.

Walking Meditation As Explained By An Actual Monk

Here’s How To Get The Right Mindset For Exercising On A Frequent Basis

Have you ever had problems getting started with a training regimen? Well, you’re not alone. As a matter of fact… join the club. Because I, too, once had problems getting started. Nobody ever feels like going to the gym. But the thing is, once you’re there… you feel good for having gone. You never regret going to the gym. But still people are having trouble getting started and keeping going.

So here is a number of steps you can take to get yourself in the mindset for success at the gym.

1. Make Sure That Your Expectations Are Realistic

Many people go to the gym expecting that they will be ready to partake in the Mr. Universe competition the next year. Rest assured that this will not be the case. Not unless you’re willing to seek the help of illegal substances, which I do not recommend.

2. Get A Friend To Go With You

Everybody has friends, so get somebody to join you to go to the gym. Training with two is much more fun. You can spot each other during the bench press. You can also hold each other accountable for your set goals. It’s fun to compete with a friend.

3. Doing Something Is Better Than Doing Nothing

Feel guilty about not having or sticking to a strict workout regimen? Relax. You probably weren’t going to get the results you wanted anyway, so just go and do whichever exercises you lik best. Anything is better than nothing.

4. Get On A Healthy Diet To Support Your Workout Results

Working out won’t do you any good unless you’ve got the diet to back up your results. It’s much easier to eat healthy when you’re on an exercise plan. And it’s much more easier to stay on an exercise plan when you’re eating healthy. Make use of this vicious cycle effect and lock yourself in said vicious cycle already!

5. Make Sure To Enjoy Yourself!

Have fun with it. Don’t be the guy who complains about how much work it is and how boring the treadmill is. You shouldn’t be treadmilling too much anyway. Go for the free weights instead.

How Meditation Can Improve Your Workouts

buddha1For many years now, the gym is where you need to be in order to still be in the club of cool people. If you’re not lifting those weights from time to time, then you’re just not with it anymore. And while I admit that I really like the lifting lifestyle, I am also of the opinion that we should not be so incredibly focused on the body and not on the mind. You don’t seriously think that by cleansing your body you are also going to cleanse your mind, do you? It doesn’t quite work that way. Both are going to have to get some amount of attention in order to attain optimum health.

The mind and the body are closely related and work together pretty closely. They are, however, separate entities that each deserve their own maintenance. The body can be maintained by simply eating healthy and working out frequently. The mind can be maintained by frequently giving it a rest. And by rest I am not merely referring to sleep. Sometimes, you need to sit down, relax, and let go of all your thoughts… if even for just a few minutes. This then, is meditation. And it is better for you than you dared to dream.

As of late, we’ve seen more and more articles on the great benefits of meditation. I’ve been doing it for years myself. I was simply waiting until the rest of the world and the mainstream media would finally pick up on it. But in recent times, they finally have. Scientific research has shown that meditation does indeed have great benefits for both the body as well as the mind. With meditation, you basically learn how to unhook thoughts. This can bring a sense of serenity that feeds you all throughout your day.

buddha3Your brain is being invaded by all sorts of thoughts all day long. But why would you put up with this? It’s your brain, after all! Admit it to yourself… which things have you thought of in just the past hour? I’m betting you’ve thought of paying the bills, chores to be done, what to have for dinner this evening, and maybe you even had a recollection of an unpleasant social experience that happened twenty years ago. These sorts of thoughts cause your body to produce the stress hormone cortisol. You are inflaming your very own organs by getting all worked up and being all tense all the time.

This has a negative impact on your performance at the gym. And for this reason, I recommend that people meditate. Meditation can help you to learn how to unhook thoughts. Imagine a random thought popping up… and then just letting go of it. Imagine all the stress you are saving yourself. Do you honestly believe that being stressed out all the time is required for you in order to get results from the work you do? Do you believe that you need to pay with higher amounts of suffering than strictly necessary?

Worries lead to nothing but a decrease in results. I highly recommend everybody to chill out, sit back and take a few minutes for themselves every once in a while. Meditate and before you know it you’ll be pumping oxytocin (the love hormone) through your body, rather than cortisol (the stress hormone). You will be stronger and you will be able to lift more.