The History of Nike Sneakers

Nike is a brand name similar to shoes. It's a household name that has accumulated billions in revenue since its humble beginnings. It's everyone favorite shoe company. Nike was founded in 1962, by Bill Bowerman and Phil Knight in the trunk of Knight's car and was originally started as Blue Ribbon Sports. Nike emanated from two sources: Bill Bowerman's quest for lighter, more durable racing shoes for his University of Oregon runners, and Knight's search for a way to make a living without having to give up his love of athletics. The name 'Nike' was established in 1972 after the winged Greek goddess of victory.

Instead of a wing, Nike incorporated the "Swoosh". The "Swoosh" is well known all around the world, designed by Carolyn Davidson in 1971, for ONLY $ 35.00. Caroline Davidson was at that time, a student at Portland State University majoring in advertising. Meeting Phil Knight while he was teaching accounting classes, she started freelancing for his company. She designed the Swoosh and got paid $ 35. Together with the Swoosh, Nike is also known for its signature tagline- Just Do It that makes Nike stand out like no other company.

Bowerman was the coach for the track team of the University of Oregon where Phil Knight ran in 1959. Bowerman's desire for better quality running shoes clearly influenced Knight in his search for a marketing strategy. Spurred with this burning desire, the birth of one of the world's most powerful and strong brand began to take shape. It took a while for the name 'Nike' to sink in minds and hearts of shoe fans and sports enthusiasts as well as to establish the great name they have today.

Nike took formation while Knight took his MBA at Stanford in the early '60s with Frank Shallenberger. The semester-long project was to create a small business of your own and device a marketing plan with it. Converging Bowerman's attention to quality running shoes and the knowledge and awareness that high-quality / low cost products could have produced in Japan and shipped to the US to be distributed, Knight finally found his market niche. However, Shallenberger thought the idea interesting, but felt it was nothing more than Knight's marketing ideas for the project, something that would not take off as a business jackpot.

By the late '70s, Blue Ribbon Sports officially became Nike and went from $ 10 million to $ 270 million in sales, and all from the back of a car. Many people complained about how Nikes was not made in the United States in the beginning of the 80s. The term 'Sweatshop' came about this time when people were mad of the way Nike shoes were made in Vietnam, China, and Indonesia where the people were paid in low wages and were subjected to very poor working conditions. This was a major public relations issue that led to the boycotting of Nike products worldwide, particularly in the US. Although that, this did not stop people from purchasing Nike products and Nike continued to grow.

The turning point for the Nike Company came about in 1985 with the world's greatest basketball player-Michael Jordan came into play among Nike bigwigs. With Michael Jordan, Nike climbed new heights with the ever popular "Air Jordan" shoe along with the apparels. This made Nike known as a 'Fitness and Sport Revolution' Brand and was named by "Advertising Age" 1996 Marketer of the Year, citing the "ubiquitous swoosh … was more recognized and coveted by consumers than any other sports brand – arguably any brand "Nike is at the top of the charts thanks to Michael Jordan but may never admit to this. Thanks to the new found success through collaborations with Jordan, this lead to ne conflicts with famous athletes such as Bo Jackson, Andre Agassi, Charles Barkley, Deion Sanders, Ken Griffey, Scottie Pippen, Penny Hardaway, Jason Kidd, Barry Sanders, and many more.

Source by Roland Seay

Outdoor Activities in and Around Carson

While the Carson and surrounding Southern California area might not be world renown for it’s outdoor adventure activities, there are quite a few ways to get your fill of the outdoors. There are many great parks in Carson as well as the nearby beaches and nature preserves.

Carson is home to over fifteen beautiful parks as well as several public aquatic centers including the Dominguez Aquatic Center on Santa Fe Avenue. This large swimming pool complex features water sprays and fountains, shade structures, a kiddie pool, adult pool and activity pool and it even has water slides for both kids and adults. The nearby Hemingway Aquatic Center, located on South San Pedro Street has both kiddie and adult pools, water spray structures and twin 16.5 foot water slides.

Anderson Park, located on Wilmington Avenue features a wading pool, a Frisbee golf course, picnic areas and an outdoor amphitheater that hosts free concerts and other fun events throughout the year. Just minutes away at Mills Park on Diamondale Drive you will find more Frisbee golf courses and another wading pool and there are also plenty of picnic areas and two playgrounds.

For even more outdoor adventures, make the 15 minute drive directly south to San Pedro where you can visit three beautiful parks located right on the Pacific Coast. These parks include Cabrillo Beach Park, Angels Gate Park, Point Fermin Park and White Point State Park. For even more adventure, travel 25 minutes south west to Rolling Hills to explore the Portuguese Bend Reserve. This large park offers tons of picturesque trails that meander through canyons and vistas that feature great views of Catalina Island. These trails are suitable for hiking, equestrian and off-road bicycling. On the way back to Carson, check out the George F. Canyon trail just north of the Portuguese Bend Reserve. This park is an easy hike that offers a great way to learn and observe the natural world.

If you or someone in your traveling group prefers skateboarding to swimming or relaxing in the park, be sure to make a visit to Veteran’s Park located on Moneta Avenue in Carson. Veteran’s 12-acre site offers a 10,000 square foot skate park named Carson Skate Park. This fun park features lots of great small-scale tranny and street skating and it even has a 4-foot capsule and a 4-foot horseshoe bowl. All skaters at this park are required to wear a helmet as well as knee and elbow pads.

Another fun outdoor type of attraction located in Carson is Go Kart World located on Recreation Road, conveniently just off of Interstate 405. This highly popular adventure spot offers six different go kart tracks, a track just for small children, a bumper car track, an extensive arcade room, a restaurant and much more. Go Kart World was also voted the best go kart destination in the greater Los Angeles area several years in a row and celebrities like Kanye West and Andrew Garcia have been seen having fun Go Kart World, so keep your eyes open, you never know who might be on the track with you!

For outdoor water adventure, check out the Redondo Beach Pier, just a short six mile drive directly west of Carson on the other side of Torrance. Aside from great shops, bars and restaurants, the pier offers tons of opportunities for water sports like paddle boarding, scuba diving, surfing and kayaking just to name a few. There are also several places that rent out bicycles to ride up and down the shoreline. While you’re in the area, you can also check out Redondo Beach International Boardwalk and Marina which offers similar activities as well as boat charters for tours or deep sea fishing.

For the golfing enthusiast, check out one of Southern California’s best public golf courses, The Links at Victoria located in the heart of Carson on 192nd Avenue. Other public courses in the area include the Dominguez Hills 18-hole golf course on Main Street in Carson or the New Horizon’s municipal 9-hole golf course on Maple Avenue in neighboring Torrance. Also in Torrance on Lupine Drive is the Sea Aire 18-hole municipal golf course.

Source by Bjorn Brieman

The Inflatable Kayak – Your Portable Kayak

One advantage of inflatable kayaks is that they can be transported by hand using a carry bag. This is the perfect type of kayak for those who do not have enough space in their garage to put a hardshell boat in. Since it does not require much space for storage, many outdoor enthusiasts find inflatables as their top choice from among all the types of kayaks. Inflatable kayaks are usually made of Hypalon, PVC, or polyurethane coated cloth. To inflate it, you can use a foot or hand pump that usually comes with the kayak, or for an easier way to inflate it, you can use an electric pump.

Many experts would recommend the use of inflatable kayaks for rivers and calm waters; however, more advanced models are able to withstand rocky waters, and some of these kayaks may include structures similar to those found in a folding kayak. New inflatable kayak designs made with such an internal frame can make the hull more rigid and sea worthy.

Some users of inflatable kayaks may question their stability, which is not something that they have to worry about since they are stable with a small turning radius. Aside from it being portable, it is also easy to master. The downside however is that it takes more effort for users to paddle. Compared to other types of kayaks, inflatables are usually wider and slower. So this is not really recommended for advanced users who are concerned about speed.

When shopping for an inflatable kayak, it would help a lot if you know what type of water you will be in most of the time. Some inflatables are designed to be more sea worthy and others are better for rivers and calm waters. There are some, however, that can perform in all types of water, but then again you may want something for a certain water type. The type of kayaking activity will also point you to the right direction when shopping for a kayak. You should know if you will be geared toward flatwater kayaking or maybe river kayaking where there may be rapids. Once you are able to know and determine such factors, it will be easier for you to narrow down your choices for inflatable kayaks.

Another factor that will help you when buying an inflatable kayak is by reading reviews. There are a lot of manufacturers and models, and reading reviews will greatly help in knowing the performance of each brand and model, and whether or not they are worth their value. The rule of thumb when reading reviews to consider the source of any positive or negative review before deciding that the kayak is the best one for you. Asking for expert’s advice is also a good way to find out more information about these kayaks. Representatives and sales people, for example, can often give you the sound opinion and good recommendations of good manufacturers and models for the inflatable kayak that you are looking for.

Source by Larry S. Kang

Ski Vacation Reflection: Snow Cannons and Its Effects to the Environment

The cold breeze of winter season and the first flakes of snow puts your countdown to your most awaited ski vacation to its end. However, snowing patterns have changed due to global warming, forcing ski resorts to use artificial means to create snow through snow cannons. Ski resorts usually use this machine to create the first layer of snow.

Snow cannons create snow by combining cooled water and compressed air. The compressed air serves three functions in the process of making artificial snow. First, it “atomizes” the water or splits them into many tiny droplets. Second, it blows the water droplets into the air. Lastly, it helps cool the water droplets as they fly into the air. During warmer days, they use an agent known as Snowmax – a protein which provides a nucleate for ice crystals, enabling freezing at temperatures around -3C.

Although considered to be a savior to most skiing resorts, these cannons have undesirable effects on the environment.

Since it uses water to create artificial snow, it increases water consumption. Based on an article published on, it is estimated that snow-making in France uses more water than in a town with 170,000 inhabitants. However, there are resorts now that utilize treated waste water in order to create snow instead of fresh waters from reserves.

Moreover, it uses too much energy. It contributes further to the problem of global warming due to the amount of energy output it creates. In addition, these machines contribute to noise pollution. In fact, a single snow cannon creates sound between 60 to 80 decibels which is equivalent to the noise created by heavy traffic. This noise disturbs wildlife in the mountains.

In addition, let’s not forget that these machines also use certain chemicals in order to produce artificial snow. And when the artificial snow melts, the residue of chemicals coming from the snow may affect vegetation.

Furthermore, artificial snow is much denser than natural snow so it melts much later than natural snow, thus increasing the volume of melted water that runs down the mountain, causing natural erosion.

Plus, the chemical additives used in creating artificial snow may find its way into rivers which supplies potable water for the resorts.

The use of treated waste water also raised alarms. They argued that chemicals used in treated water may cause further harm to the environment.

Bottom line is, while snow cannons may help sustain businesses, its detrimental effects to our environment could not be ignored. So how can we ski vacationers take an active role on helping keep the ski industry alive while still being environmentally responsible? Here are a few ways:

  1. Take steps to reduce energy use. Unplug seldom-used appliances and turn off all the lights when you leave the room. While we can’t put an end to the use of snow cannons for now, we can take necessary actions to eventually end climate change (and render snow cannons useless in the process) in our own little ways.
  2. Go for alternatives. When snow’s scarce, it’s high time to consider other fun activities that don’t require snow. Go waterskiing, or hiking.

Source by Donald Soolar

Big Cat Tracking in South America

Whilst less well known as a habitat for big cats than Africa, you may be surprised to learn that South and Central America have their fair share of wild cats, including some beautiful and graceful species that you may sometimes never have heard of. Spotting these magnificent creatures takes rather more patience and dedication than in other parts of the world such as East Africa, but the reward of seeing such an elusive mammal on a distant river bank or on the brow of a mountain peak is well worth the search.

Huge swathes of den jungle jungle east of the Andes and into the lowlands of the Amazon and the rainforest regions once home to the ancient Maya are Refuge to an unexpectedly endangered population of cats such as ocelot, margays, jaguarundi, Geoffroy's cat, Andean cats as well as the largest of the continent's species, the jaguar and the puma (also known as the cougar or mountain lion in the USA and Canada).

As with many wild animal populations, these incredibly elusive and rare creatures are decreasing in numbers, and because they are much harder to find than in other parts of the world with landscapes of more open plains, even their numbers remain estimated by the experts. However, if you pick your spot carefully, there is still a reliably good chance to see one of the region's two largest wild cats as well as a myriad of other unique and fascinating native wildlife. And with awareness increasing gradually in Latin America to height conservation efforts, the chances of their future survival could well depend on the increased interest in seeing these cats through controlled tourism that could help protect their habitat from encroachment by farming.

Journey into the stunning region of the Pantanal in central Brazil: a vast seasonal floodplain that also incorporates savannah and tropical forest across an area hundreds of thousands of square kilometers wide. Thousand of bird, animal, fish, plant, and reptile species thrive here in its vast network of lagoons, rivers, and marshes, and some of its rare species include the hyacinth macaw, the giant river otter, and of course, the beautiful jaguar .

The best time to see these cats, third largest in the world after tigers and lions, is in the Pantanal dry season, especially in July – August as jaguar, which are great swimmers, congregate along the diminishing Paraguay & Cuiaba Rivers to stalk their prey which can include otter, deer, and even anaconda and caiman.

Lodging in these very remote regions remains extremely basic from simple houseboats to rustic tented camps and simple hotels where you take out small skiffs along the river by day looking out for jaguar as well as seeing giant river otters, capybara, caiman, and even possibly tapir , ocelot, and peccaries. You can arrange a wonderful local guide to accompany you on a private tour so that the lack of luxury for a few days will be more than compensated for by their extraordinary scientific knowledge, a dedicated naturalist who has lived and worked in this region all their life . Spend a few days near Porto Jofre heading out each day by boat looking for jaguar and then enjoy a more comfortable stay at a charming lodge in either the north or south Pantanal where you can spend days hiking, canoeing or horse-riding to observe the many species of birds, mammals, and reptiles of this incredible biodiverse region.

Like the jaguar, the habitat of the puma ranges across the length of the American continent. Puma concolor is thought of as a ghost-like mammal, so rarely is it seen. Of course, the further you are from civilization, farming, roads, and development, the more likely you are to catch a glimpse of these beautiful wild cats. In the far northern reaches of southern Chile's Torres del Paine National Park, well away from even the relatively small number of visitors who head to the trails around the iconic granite pillars or Torres or to hike around the shores of intensely colored glacial lakes, lies a quiet wilderness of Patagonian steppe where the puma can still range undisturbed along the equally rare Huemul (South Andean deer) and other indigenous wildlife such as condors, rheas, guanaco, gray foxes, and eagles to name but a few.

You can arrange to explore the remote regions of southern Patagonia with an incredible guide who is a professional wildlife photographer and expert wildlife guide, who will accompany you on your own private puma tracking expedition and photo safari. There are a number of beautiful design-led lodges in and around the park that can be your base for your Patagonian adventure where you can relax in the evening in a stunningly beautiful remote setting with a cozy fire, a glass of fine wine, and gourmet cuisine.

One of my favorites is a camp on the shores of Lake Toro, where you can lodge in very luxurious yurt tents, gazing up at the stars from the rooftop window and out over lakes and forest from your terrace. You can arrange a bespoke itinerary here combining a few days hiking, kayaking or horse-riding in the park with a few days spent in the northern reaches of the park with your guide, sometimes overnight for one or two nights in remote refugios or simple lodges (but of course with some gourmet picnic fare!) in order to get the best possible chance of seeing a puma.

Source by Louise Anne Mumford

Westin Mission Hills Timeshare Review

Nestled in the foothills of California’s Santa Rosa Mountains in Rancho Mirage, the California timeshare of Westin Mission Hills Resort Villas feature 360 acres of lush landscaping, sparkling streams, and terraced fountains where guests can enjoy 350 days of sunshine! The Palm Springs area has long been a second home to Hollywood celebrities and California timeshare owners join the celebrities as they enjoy all the area has to offer with its galleries, upscale shopping, chic cafes and restaurants and exciting nightlife.

The variety of activities for California timeshare guests to enjoy range from outdoor activities like tennis, golf, biking and hiking to the excitement, entertainment and action of local casinos. Add in live performances by well known musicians and comedians or a day at one of the many spas in the area, and just about anything you want to do on your California timeshare vacation is just moments away!

Let’s see what the Westin Mission Hills Resort has to offer in villa accommodations, on site amenities, activities and dining options. The Westin Mission Hills is a member of Interval International exchange company.

Villas description:

One bedroom villa: These are the smaller side of the two-bedroom lock-off villas. They are 585 square feet and can accommodate up to four guests. Each villa of this California timeshare features a fully equipped kitchenette with two burner stove top, a master bedroom with queen bed, living room with full size sleeper sofa and a bath and shower.

One bedroom Premium villa: The larger side of the two-bedroom lock-off villas are 820 square feet and can also accommodate up to four guests. Each villa features a fully equipped kitchen with a full size, four burner stove with oven, full size refrigerator with ice maker, a breakfast bar with seating for two and a formal dining room. In addition, there is a separate living room with a queen sleeper sofa, an armoire with television, a CD player, two fireplaces, master bedroom with king bed and television, two bathroom vanities, a whirlpool tub and an outdoor barbeque range.

Two bedroom lock-off villas: The two bedroom, two bath villas offer 1,440 square feet of luxurious comfort that can accommodate up to eight guests. Villas feature a fully equipped kitchen, refrigerator with ice maker and a breakfast bar with seating for two. There are two fireplaces, multiple televisions, a whirlpool tub that can accommodate four, a large shower with two showerheads and an outdoor barbeque range.

Standard amenities for all villas include: The world famous Westin Heavenly Beds and Heavenly Baths/Shower with Heavenly Cribs also available, private furnished balconies or patios, in villa washers and dryers and high speed Internet access.

Accessible guest room features include:

Roll-in showers, bathtubs with grab bars, transfer showers and portable tub seats

Visual fire alarm, door bell and telephone notification devices and TTY (Text Telephone Device)

Mobility accessible doors with at least 32 inches of clear door width

Amenities and Activities on site:

Golf – 18 hole, par 72 Gary Player designed golf course offers lessons, a Pro Shop, golf carts and a driving range

Tennis – lighted outdoor courts

Basketball court and sand volleyball court

Waterslide, outdoor whirlpool and outdoor heated swimming pools

Sauna and massage treatments

Westin Work-out Fitness Center offers aerobic machines, free weights and is open 24 hours a day

Bicycling – Bicycle rentals make it easy to connect with nature as you cycle the trails weaving through the desert landscape.

Horseback riding – Guided tours are available on horseback or you can take a private ride

Unwind (SM) from 5pm to 7pm daily – California timeshare guests are invited to enjoy food and drink with other guests and experience Native Indian storytelling in the Lobby Lounge and Patio

Westin Children’s Program at this California timeshare provides hourly events for the kids with activities set up by the pool that include noodle races, water volleyball and a big splash contest. Kids are also invited to participate in basketball, croquet, badminton and a daily golf clinic.

Dining options on site:

Las Brisas CafĂ© and Caliente Bar: Both are located poolside and are open from 6:30am – 6:00pm. This spot is where California timeshare owners and guests are invited to enjoy healthy salads, hot and cold sandwiches, tropical beverages, ice-cold beer, sodas and smoothies. Kids can take a break from the waterslide for a hot dog, grilled cheese, or PB&J.

Seasons Grill: Open Friday to Monday from 11am – 8pm and Tuesday to Thursday from 11am – 5pm. Seasons Grill offers fresh and uniquely prepared food with a variety of different sauces for every dish, a full bar and an extensive wine list. The restaurant offers daily specials, dinner and wine tastings, is available for private parties and California timeshare guests can even “take-out”. It is handicap accessible and reservations are recommended.

Source by Syed Sarmad

Identifying Snakes

Why should you be able to identify snakes? What snakes should you be able to identify?

Being able to identify a snake can save your life or the life of those with you if you or anyone else around you gets bitten (by a snake of course.)

Not all snakes are venomous. It is however important to remember that among those that are, a few dangerous ones are found and most people who suffer permanent effects from a snake bite, are those which do not get the correct help quick enough. The same goes for fatalities from snake bites.

Snake venom are classifies in three types based on the effect on the body. Neurotoxic, hemotoxic and cytotoxic. Each of these types of venoms requires different treatment as they have different effects on the body. Some snakes venom are neurotoxic, some are hemotoxic and some cytotoxic. Some snake's venom can be a combination of two of these for example the venom of rattlesnakes are both hemotoxic and neurotoxic.

Neurotoxic venom affects the nervous system. This can lead to failure in the breathing system and other body functions. Hemotoxic venom damage blood cells and tissue. This venom destroys red blood cells that prevent the blood from clotting causing excess cell damage and bleeding. Cytotoxic venom attacks cells directly and kills it, thus leading to a disintegration of tissue.

It is thus quite clear that when a snake bite occurs and the snake is liable to be identified, that medical personnel can start with the correct treatment immediately though minimizing venom damage and preventing even death.

It must be said that it is impossible for one person to be able to identify all venomous snakes. There are just too many species and shapes and sizes. The best to do would be to make sure you know what snakes you are most likely to encounter based on geographical location, time of year and surroundings. Some snakes are only native to some areas. Snakes are also more active during summer and the mating season. You might for instance also be more likely to encounter some slithery friends when hiking in rocky mountains than walking between dwellings. Some areas are also more densely populated with snakes than others.

Make sure you know how high the probability is that you will come across venomous snakes and what species. Especially when camping in the bush. Educate yourself appropriately and make sure you know some first aid tips.

For more information visit the given link.

Source by Theodore Arnoldus

The Great Mini-Hotels of St Petersburg Bubble

The last three years have seen a remarkable rise in the "Mini hotels of St Petersburg". As many of you will be aware, 2003 was the 300th Anniversary of St Petersburg's founding by Peter the Great. This visionary Czar founded the great city on the banks of the Neva as a "Window on the West".

The tercentenary was a remarkable event and it made a worldwide impact by promoting and publicizing the city. Government delegations and the great and the good congregated to celebrate right in the heart of the tourist season. This caused huge disruption to the tourist industry – a massive spike in demand for rooms in a city that has always suffered from peaks and troughs in demand. St Petersburg has always suffered from huge popularity in the "White nights" but ultra-low levels of occupancy in city hotels in the winter months.

In 2003, the major hotels were all heavily booked and many were extremely over-booked. We recall one hotel being overbooked by over 1000 rooms on one particularly awful night. Tour operators and travel agencies struggled to cope the massive demand, hotels hiked their prices, and clients had a rough time. Stories of clients being outbooked by hotels to Novgorod were common. Novgorod is a 3-hour coach ride from St Petersburg.

The result was a large number of entrepreneurial citizens buying old apartments and converting them to "mini-hotels". Mini-hotels appeared overnight like mushrooms in the autumn. Mini-hotels were soon on every street and through the city.

This is fine with strong demand, but demand in 2004, 2005 and 2006 slumped due to the hiking of prices in 2003. Mini-hotels continued to open everywhere, damaging the business of traditional hotels, but were often poorly managed and poorly run. No insurance, high fees for registering visas, 4th floor apartments without lifts (no mention of this on their websites!) And odd locations were the order of the day.

Nowadays, the good ones and the ones with sensible prices, good locations and clever management have survived and flourished. Some demand that you wear slippers indoors and operate as a home from home, some offer wireless internet connections, and some have developed into fully fledged hotels with 100 rooms and more and proper marketing and distribution channels on the web – but many more have closed, or shut up for the winter months or been sold off as luxury apartments.

A classic bubble …. one wonders if Peter The Great knew what an impact he was going to have on the hotel market in St Petersburg!

Source by Steven Penney

Are You Looking For 5 Awesome Date Ideas?

A wonderful date is going to mean something a little different for each couple. Some prefer a night of dancing and drinking, while others prefer to be more intimate, whether at home or at a public venue. For this article we gathered together many different lists of favorite date locations and ideas, and grouped the most popular ones into basic types of activities. These 5 awesome date ideas are not meant to be the entire date, just the most memorable part of it. A quiet meal and cocktails will always a good way to end the evening.

Awesome Date Ideas # 1: Festivals and Events
The first one of our 5 awesome date ideas would be to attend a festival or public event. There is something about a festival, such as St. Louis. Patrick's Day or some other local event, that seems put a whole new level of energy into a date. Try local music festivals, such soulful blues, or you could even be adventurous and try something one of you have ever done before, like car shows or a new ethnic restaurant that just opened in town. Even a play, comedy show, or theater production will offer a very enjoyable evening together, and the theater has attracted the hearts of men and women alike for centuries.

Awesome Date Ideas # 2: Nature Walks or Wilderness Trails
There may be beaches or parks in the area, and those could make it an exciting day or evening of fun. Mountain Hiking can make for a memorable date, and many public parks offer various forms of recreational entertainment, including live performances. If you are going on an outdoor date in the daytime, be sure to take along a hat, and plenty of sun screen. Most areas have cultural or historical centers nearby, such as state parks, which could be very interesting to explore as well.

Awesome Date Ideas # 3: Theme Parks
Amusement parks of all types make for a great date. Venues such as Six Flags or even the local mini golf course or go cart track can be a great way to become acquainted with someone, and enjoy some quality time together. Many theme parks offer people who live in the area discounted access on certain days, so you may want to ask about that, as well.

Awesome Date Ideas # 4: Individual Sports
An indoor climbing wall can be a great workout for those who are inclined towards physical fitness, but it is not going to appeal to everyone. Other activities may include a local carnival or fair, maybe even billiards or the local video game arcade. Any kind of one-on-one activity makes for an opportunity to interact and learn more about each other, and anything that allows couples to get to know each other better should be considered on of the 5 awesome date ideas.

Awesome Date Ideas # 5: Ball Games
If your favorite team is playing in town, why not plan a date out at the ball field? Baseball is available in most major cities, while rural venues may include going to the rodeo or a four wheeling mud pit. As long as you are both interested in the activity, anything is a good idea. Just do not assume that because you enjoy a sport, the other person is going to be equally enthused. Both people have to enjoy themselves for it to be an great date.

Source by Eric Dashal

How Often to Clean Your House When Traveling

So you're preparing to go on a vacation. Clothes are scattered everywhere on the floor, you struggle to find your passport and you're having second thoughts about whether to get that extra pair of shoes or not. You're looking forward to your trip and the last thing on your mind is doing your house chores. It does not matter if you do them before or after your vacation, right? Wrong. Let's see why.

There's nothing better than going on a vacation, we can agree on that. You unwind from work, everyday stress and you can finally get those eight hours of sleep. You can nap whenever you want (unless you're going hiking of course). You'll go about your day without worrying what's for dinner and who's going to do the dishes. But time passes and you have to get back home. You do not want to. Understandable, you had so much fun (hopefully) and you're overwhelmed with emotions from the new experience.

So here comes the dreaded end of the trip. Getting back home from a vacation might be something you're not looking forward to if you've left some chores for after the trip. You can make returning to your place way more pleasant if you get all your household tasks done before your vacation. I'll be thankful to yourself later.

Wash the dishes.

Scrub off hardened dry food off plates is not exactly the most pleasant thing you could do. Leaving plates with leftovers can attract pests. Go around your house and collect everything that has been used – cups, plates, everything. Wash them by hand or load your dishwasher and run it. It would be nice if you make time to unload it before you go. But you can also leave the dishes in and deal with them after you come back.

Empty your fridge from everything that might get spoiled.

Make sure there's nothing opened in your fridge that might get spoiled. Eat the cooked food, feed it to the dog or just throw it out. Spoiled food can make your whole fridge stink and this opens up more work for you. You can put some of the things in the fridge to save them for when you come back. Keep in mind it will not work for everything.

Take out the trash.

I guess you do not want to come back home to a cockroach infestation. One way to prevent it is to take all of the trash out before you leave. Go around the house and collect it. You might want to wait to take it out just before you leave because there's always one last little thing that needs to go in the trash. Prepare your garbage near the door so you do not forget it. It's not worth risking leaving it in, especially if there's organic trash in there.

Get all the laundry done.

After your trip, you'll have a whole suitcase full of clothes that need a wash. Probably, they're the ones you wear the most. If you do not want to end up without anything to wear – again, go around your house, collect all used clothes and get them in your washing machine. Do not load your laundry without washing it! It'll make your washer stink and that's a whole another ordeal to deal with. Do not get yourself into this. Another thing that can make the washer stink is leaving the washed clothes in it. That's how you get a moldy washer. So make sure you get out your clothes to dry them.

Change the sheets.

There's nothing. Nothing. More pleasant than taking a shower after a long trip and laying in your crisp and clean bed sheets. Even the smell of them can make you fall sleep faster. Changing the sheets might be a chore in your book but your future self will be thankful you did it on time. You can go straight to bed after a quick shower when you come back home.

Dust and vacuum.

But will not the shelves collect dust during the time you're away? You'll get surprised by how little dust there is if nobody's at home. That's because most of it is actually dead human skin (I know, gross).

Wash the floor.

If you want to get a little extra, you can wash the floor. You might skip this step if your neighborhood is generally clean or if the weather outside is good. But if there are possible drink spills or food splashes – go ahead and do it. It prevails cockroaches and ants infest your home.

All-in-all the cleaner your home is, the better you'll feel when you come back. If you really are not this type of person or is you really can not find time for this, you can hire a housemaid to clean your home. It's the best take busy people get. Harmony, peace and a rested mind is the perfect combination. Good luck and have fun on this trip!

Source by Brianne Andrews