Sep 27, 2016

Keeping Safe Whilst Hiking: Simple Tips

Hiking is an exciting outdoor activity that everyone can enjoy. Below are some tips to making sure that your hiking trip goes to plan, and any safety mishaps are avoided.

Prepare beforehand

It is important that you are well prepared for your hike; you should know exactly where you are going to, and take every precaution you can think of to help your hike progress smoothly with no unwanted hiccups. Many hikers go hiking with a partner, particularly if they are planning to complete a long-distance hike. Ensure you have a compass with you, even if you are planning to stick to a marked trail, just in case you get lost. You will need an ample supply of food and water. Check the weather too so know what gear you should be wearing - but remember - the weather can chance unexpectedly, so be prepared for all eventualities. Waterproof matches are a good idea, too, just in case a fire needs to be started.

First-aid kit

A well-stocked first aid kit is an essential piece of kit for every hiker. Keep it stocked with bangades and antiseptic creams to clean up cuts and avoid infection.  If you are unlikely to be able to seek help quickly, make sure you have researched how to dress wounds properly. Most trails have exit paths that lead towards main roads; knowing where the off-routes are is essential in the event that you are injured.


An ample supply of water will include enough water for your hike, as well as some extra water just in case you need it. Experienced hikers often invest in purification systems to save carrying extra weight. Drinking untreated water is never a good idea and could introduce a host of unfamiliar bacteria into your body.


You will need to know how to make a fire, particularly if you are camping-out; as well as providing warmth, fires also deter wild animals. If you are hurt, fires can also be used to signal your location to others in the vicinity, enabling them to find you.  


Dressing properly will keep you safe; make sure you have rain gear, and are dressed in layers to enable you to adjust your clothing to surrounding temperatures. Wearing hiking shoes will save your feet from blisters and other injuries associated with walking for long periods in inadequate footwear.

Respect your surroundings

Leave everything exactly where it was when you found it; disturbing the land can result in rock or landslides, potentially endangering you and any other people or animals in the vicinity. In the same vein, leave plants and wildlife alone; do not eat any seeds or berries that you find on your path, even if they look familiar. Keep an eye out for warning signs, depending on where you are hiking, some signs may have overgrown or become hidden, but the hazards will still be there. Look out in particular for falling rock signs. You can see all the different types of signs here, courtesy of My Safety Signs. Wild animals may look cute, but do not approach them or endeavour to engage with them; to do so is likely to cause them stress, and put you in danger of being scratched or bitten. Some species carry rabies, making it even more important that you leave them alone.

Sep 26, 2016

Trendy Hair Accessories for the Spring (and Beyond) in 2016

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Hair accessories are exactly one of the most cherished and important aspects of a woman’s wardrobe that certainly compliments her overall appearance and dressing sense. Haven’t you noticed that even when you spend tons of bucks on expensive clothes and wear classy makeup, but if your hair is not dressed properly, you’re not quite content, to say the least? Getting your hair dressed with fabulous hair accessories is a high fashion statement that makes you look classy and completes your entire look. In this article, we’ll look at some trendy hair accessories for spring 2016, so that you can look your best and do your hair with amazing accessories.

Feel like a Princess Wearing a Tiara

The Tiara is getting back to the fashion of spring 2016 as one of the most sought after hair accessories. Tiaras can be flaunted by women on special occasions like weddings, parties and even in everyday life as the tiara gives a fantastic look to the women clad in jeans and tops with ease. Moreover, the styling of hair is also the easiest part of the job as all that is required is to enhance your look by simply wearing a tiara that will make you feel like a re-born princess.

Ribbons of Different Colors

The amazing soft ribbons of varying colors are making a comeback in the spring season of 2016. As the leading brands of Dior and Channel are coming up with the latest designs in hair accessories using ribbons of vibrant colors, drawing them into your wardrobe can make you look fashionable. Moreover, you can relive your teenage days of wearing colorful ribbons complimenting your dresses, and then, enjoy your styling with ribbons and also make bows to add to your look.

Brooches and Jeweled Hair Clips

Brooches and jeweled hair clips are becoming the latest fashion trends of the year 2016. Brooches and jeweled clips can be worn on any day, be it your day out with friends or if your attending a close friends wedding or any other social event for that matter. So, dress your best with these hair accessories and get that stylized look you’ve been craving.

Headgear and Scarves

Want to look stylish and protect your tresses from harmful sun rays, pollution and dirt? The answer is headgear and scarves. So, make a style statement by wearing the classy scarves and headgears that give you a sense of freedom and you will never miss an opportunity to make a classy statement with these hair accessories.


These hair accessories certainly add to the glam quotient of your personality. So, get these spring 2016 fashion accessories into your wardrobe to flaunt your charming style with confidence and grace. I’m certain you are going to turn many heads not only because of your stylized look, but also because of carrying the hair accessories with √©lan. Then, go ahead and accessorize your hair with the latest spring collection of 2016 to look impressive and stylish.

Sep 25, 2016

Top 4 Off Leash Dog Beaches In California & More Travel Tips

If you ever want to see a truly happy dog, simply take them to the beach. You’ll see the pure joy on their faces when they’re frolicking through the surf and playing in the sand. In a previous post, we looked at some travel tips when hitting the road with our four-legged best friend and here we’ll take a look at some of the top off-leash beaches in California where you can let Fido run free:

#1 - Arroyo Burro Beach, Santa Barbara

The locals call this place Hendry’s Beach and it’s a hot spot for meeting with friends and enjoying breakfast or a cocktail at the Boathouse restaurant and bar. Amenities are plentiful at this county park and include surfing, swimming, fishing, restrooms, bird watching, equestrian trails, barbecue grills, picnic tables, and benches. You, your dog and the entire family will have a blast at this beach.

Travel Tip: Don’t forget to bring an extra blanket or towel for your pooch, make sure they have a shady space to beat the heat and plenty of drinking water to avoid possible heat stroke.

#2 - Baker Beach, San Francisco

Here at Baker Beach you’ll experience spectacular views of the Golden Gate Beach at this beautiful beach located just a mile south of the iconic bridge. There’s restrooms and picnic facilities available here and some visitors have spotted harbor porpoises playing in the surf. Although dogs are allowed off-leash north of the Lobos Creek, south of there they must be on a lead.

Travel Tip: Just because you’re going to the beach, don’t expect it to be sunny and hot in this part of the San Francisco bay area. Mornings are often foggy and chilly, weekends can be crowded with packed parking, so plan accordingly.

#3 - Carmel Beach, Carmel

Without leash restrictions at this beautiful beach, you’ll likely see plenty of dogs frolicking and playing in the surf and sand. Ranked as one of California’s top beach towns, there’s plenty to see in this gorgeous small town. Above the beach runs the well-maintained, gravel-lined Scenic Bluff Path that meanders through the shade of the many unique Monterey cypress trees and landscaped gardens that lead to Carmel point.

Travel Tip: When you take your dog for long walks through the dirt or the spend the day at the beach, be sure to wash them thoroughly afterward to remove sand, dirt, rocks and other debris, especially from their paws.

#4 - Coronado Dog Beach Run, Coronado

Across the bay from San Diego, with a name like Coronado Dog Beach Run, you know that canines are welcome to run amok on this island coastline. Although they’re only allowed off-leash in a certain area on the western part of the beach, it’s a large area that’s well-marked by signage. It’s a very scenic area where you can enjoy the view while your dog is playing in the water.

Travel Tip: Be mindful of your mutt, places where they aren’t allowed or where they must be leashed are closely monitored and owners face stiff fines if caught off-guard. Be sure to clean up after your animal, ensure they’re not being aggressive, food and treats aren’t allowed on the beach. All of these things that could end in trouble for you and your canine from local authorities.

But as long as you keep an eye on your animal and follow the rules, you can have fun in Coronado and these other fantastic beaches where you can take your dog. Instead of leaving them behind when you go to the beach, consider one of these sandy locations when visiting the California coast.