Oct 23, 2014

Happy Feet: Preventing Foot Pain from Hiking


Now that the weather is cooling down if you like to get exercise outdoors hiking is a great way to get you moving. However, hiking can come at a price if you don’t take care of your feet and ankles. To eliminate foot pain and treat existing injuries there are certain steps (quite literally) you can take ahead of time. A few include visiting a podiatrist if you have an existing injury, wearing lightweight and breathable shoes, buying and wearing socks that provide enough cushion, and removing your shoes and elevating your feet if you plan on going strenuous and long hikes. Take care of your feet and ankles and you will enjoy hiking injury free. 

What to Do If You Have an Injury

If you have had a previous injury or currently have an existing injury take it easy. Hiking is possible if you take care of your feet and ankles going forward. A podiatrist in Kansas City can diagnose and treat many types of foot and ankle injuries such as stress fractures, tendinitis, ankle sprains, and more. If you’re not sure what the problem is make an appointment and get a diagnosis before you do a lot of hiking and outdoor activities. The last thing you want to do is cause additional harm to an injury that’s already causing you discomfort.

Take Frequent Rest Breaks

If you don’t have any injuries it’s still important to take frequent rest breaks. If you hike on uneven terrain or long distances your feet will hurt and swell. Why does this happen? Your blood flows to your feet in response to the constant movement of your feet stepping again and again on the rocky trail. To counteract the pain and swelling, especially if you’re going to be on a really long hike, take your shoes off and elevate your feet during every single break. This will help your feet feel better, and allow the blood to drain back into your legs and get rid of swelling.

Lightweight and Breathable Shoes

Hiking shoes may seem ideal to wear when you’re hiking, but if you plan to go on a lot of hikes look for comfortable shoes such as cross-trainers and trail-runners that are better suited for both shorter and longer hikes. Lightweight boots that won’t cause blistering is important and at the same time they should also provide ankle and foot support. When picking out a hiking shoe also look for a pair that is flexible, breathable, lightweight, and of course fits your feet well. Don’t forget to also buy a shoe that is a half a size larger so that when your feet swell your shoes won’t feel too tight.

Choose Socks with Cushion

Just like the shoes that you choose for hiking, you should also select a pair of socks that are breathable and have cushion. Your socks are what will provide protection from abrasion and also help decrease the impact your feet receive while hiking. Find a pair of socks that aren’t too thick and provide plenty of comfort to your feet. What’s more your socks can come up over your ankles a bit; keeping out debris should you ever fall. Overall enjoy your hiking and keep your feet and ankles strong and injury free! 

Aug 30, 2014

Create The Perfect Family Room Without Breaking The Bank

Spending quality time at home with your family is a very important part of every person's life. Considering the extremely dynamic lives most people lead, sometimes it can be very hard to find the chance to spend a good amount of time with your folks and do something together as a family. But when you do have the time, it's best to this cosy place at home that is specially designed for everyone in the family. A family room is the area at home where all of the members gather and spend a nice time together. Creating such a room doesn't necessarily have to mean a big investment or breaking the bank. It is absolutely possible to establish a family room on a budget and create a lovely location at home for all of you to spend quality time together. Here are some tips on how to successfully turn a room into the perfect family room without spending a fortune.

Purpose Of The Family Room

When creating a family room, one of the first things you have to consider is the purpose of the room and how exactly you expect it to function for you. A family room might include an area, where you sit at the table and have a meal as a family, or you prefer to use the kitchen for this purpose. Normally, a family room should be designed to please every single member of the family, which means that the place should provide activities that they whole family likes. This might include board games, TV, DVD system or anything else that all of you like to do. However, another good idea is to design the room in a way that would give every member of the family the chance to enjoy individual activities that they personally prefer. For example, if you like to watch TV, your kid likes to draw and your spouse likes to read a book, you can easily combine all of these hobbies and place them in one room. In this way, all of you can spend time on doing something they like and at the same time – enjoy each other's company. Of course, this is not exactly the same as spending quality time together but becoming part of the the idyll gives you enough of pleasure when seeing your beloved ones near you and everyone is peacefully enjoying their own favourite activity.

Comfy Seats

One of the most important factors when setting up a family room, is to make sure that the area is provided with comfortable places to sit or lie. If you have children, they would most certainly enjoy sitting in big plush chairs, which are not only comfortable but attractive as well. Big cushions on the floor is another great option, which allows every member of the family to sit comfortably on the floor, cuddling in a large cushion. The best part is that they are very affordable and yet bring a lovely cosy touch to a room.


Once you have decided on the activities that are favoured by your family members individually and all of you together, it's time to supply them. Check for some interesting board games, cards, boos, magazines, video games , music and anything else that you might enjoy spending time on.

Treats Zone

A good way to make the family room even more welcoming, is to create a special zone for treats. Place a small table in the corner of the family room and put on it some sweets, fruit, hot chocolate, juice, tea or whatever you like, where your family members can go to for a small tasty treat.


It's unnecessary to say that the cleaner the family room, the cosier it is. That's why, it's important to keep it clean and in order if you want to spend more quality time there and enjoy your time indoors. To cope with the cleaning chores even more easily, you can even turn the cleaning process into a family game. Give your children and spouse different cleaning tasks and tell them that the one who is ready with theirs first, receives a prize. It's a win-win situation.

The article is written on behalf of W2 Local Cleaning Services

Jun 21, 2014

Decorating and Organizing a Laundry Room

When it comes to decorating your laundry room, you should approach it like any other such subject – with lots of finesse and tactfulness. You want your laundry room to be both fabulous and functional and no compromises are allowed. Even though you probably won't invite people there (I certainly hope not) you still need to make it nice and cozy for yourself. And what can be more fabulicious than...

Adding a few shelfs

It baffles me beyond measure why people don't add more shelves in their laundry rooms. A few stainless steel shelves with a nice artificial counter top on your washing machine will open a lot of extra space for you to keep your laundry detergent and fabric softener on. They will also give it that simplistic look we enjoy so much, especially when we see it in movies. Furthermore, they are easy to clean and especially durable so there is nothing to worry about. It's the perfect combination between functionality and aesthetics.

Making the place look bigger

Unless you live in a mansion, I imagine your laundry room is pretty small, like most. However, there is a way to make it look bigger. All you have to do is make use of light, colors and tones. The lighter they are, the better. Decorating with wood or metal (depending on your preference) will give the place that unique feel you are looking for and this is the sole reason for decorating the room in the first place. You can add a few personal touches to make it feel truly unparalleled.

Adding a few baskets

You can add a few baskets to the place. It's delightful how well they blend in with any interior. In order to make this more functional, you can add several baskets of different sizes around the room and keep different types of clothes in there. Instead of keeping all the clothes in the same basket, you can have one for sheets, another one for white clothes, another one for colored clothes, one for socks, etc. This way it will be easier for you to plan your laundry and you will be able to see what's building up at the moment, essentially combining beauty and efficiency once again.

Make sure everything “hits the wall”

You want everything in your laundry room to be right next to the wall. You want your washing machine to be in a center place and you need to be able to easily move throughout the premises. You must make it so that noting is your way and when you are in the middle the room, everything is literally an arm's length away and everything is really easy to reach. This way the room will look neat and you will be able to do everything really easily because all you need will be easily reachable and the lack of obstacles on the way will significantly improve your efficiency.

Cabinets and drawers


Adding cabinets and drawers can be either used as an alternative to the shelfs, or better yet – as an addition. The cabinets will give you even more space to work with inside and if they're wooden or light in color, will make the place look and feel bigger, combining utility with style. They are also easy to be cleaned and you could use the services of Battersea local cleaning if you don't have time to do it.


Make sure the place is always well lit. This way it will be easier for you to do your laundry but it will also give it a more lively look and feel. Otherwise it might end up being that dark closet you hate walking into because it's small, annoying and dark.

The Floor

A nice floor comprised of white or light tiles will additionally provide the place with a neat and tidy look, while at the same time matching the rest of the room. A wooden floor would be irresponsible, since there are chances that water might fall on it and damage it.

If you put all tips into use, you should have a much easier time doing laundry in a room that actually makes you feel great.

* This is a guest post submitted by Silvia.