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Make the First One the Right One

Posted by 7Villages 26 Feb 2016 No Comments »
Make the First One the Right One

If you are looking for an inexpensive kayak, then these are a couple of them that you have to choose from, both equally as nice. Spend a comfortable day on the water in the Sevylor Clear Creek 2-Person Kayak. The adjustable seats let you find the perfect amount of leg room, while the spray covers help keep you dry from splashed water. The 26-gauge PVC construction lets this kayak stand up to multiple seasons on the lake and is backed up with our Airtight System, which is guaranteed not to leak. Just in case you do hit a snag, the multiple air chambers will help you get back to shore.

Enjoy the feel of a full-size kayak with the convenience of an inflatable boat when you’re riding in a Sevylo Fiji Travel Pack.  The two-person kayak comes equipped with two seats: a fixed seat in the read and a removable seat in the middle.  The semi-rigid I-beam floor and three-champer design keep the boat’s solid shape on the water.  The thick, durable PVC and Airtight System are guaranteed not to leak and the Double Lock Fast Valve makes quick work of inflation and deflation. The boat also comes with a 5-piece touring paddle and special travel bag for compact storage.

The nimble, durable Challenger K1 kayak is made of durable welded material with eye-catching graphics for added safety on the lake or slow-moving river. The streamlined craft slips easily through the water, and its cockpit is designed for comfort and maximized space. Inflatable I-beam floors add stability, and an 84-inch oar and high-output hand pump are also included.

Pelican Apex Kayak Review

The Apex 100 is a very beginner-friendly kayak. Its ultra-stable design makes it easy to maneuver, even for a first time paddler. But don’t get me wrong – it’s not a strictly “beginner” kayak – it will suit the needs of a variety of paddlers, both novice and experienced.

This kayak is perfect for exploring lakes and cruising down slow rivers. It’s definitely not a white water capable craft, but that should be obvious based on its design. We like that its lightweight design makes it easy to transport back and forth. This Pelican Apex weighs just 40 lbs., so it’s a breeze to carry with a friend, and can be carried by one person if need be, although it’s a bit awkward to carry because of its size.

The Apex 100 offers a surprising amount of storage space. It’s easy enough to load a good 20 lbs. of camping gear onto this craft without much of an effect as far as performance goes. The storage capacity and ample space for add-on accessories make this craft a great choice for kayak fishing, as well!

Finding the Sea

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Finding the Sea

The evolution of the inflatable kayak over the last ten years has been dramatic to say the least. No longer considered “water toys”, these boats have evolved into serious paddling machines. From whitewater to sea kayaking, inflatable kayaks have become much better at their intended purpose, rivaling hard shell boats in performance. Some whitewater boats have become serious play boats while others are best suited for running big water on your favorite rivers. Touring inflatables track straighter and faster than ever before. Whichever you choose your inflatable will pack smartly in a carrying case and store in your closet or the trunk of your car — the ultimate in convenience.

The Fire Fly kayak is designed to be a compact recreational inflatable kayak with several unique features that improve the performance and durability. It is the perfect family product for spending time on the water. Whether you are floating rivers or paddling lakes you will appreciate the quality in this stable recreational boat.

Weighing in at 4 pounds, the PackLite™ Kayak is designed to be an extremely compact and lightweight recreational inflatable kayak equipped with several unique features to make it the perfect ultra-light kayak for paddling in the most remote locations.

It has 3 chambers for optimum safety, packs down to 11″ x 11″ x 5″, and features easy to use Twistlok™ and military style valves for easy inflation. When out on the water, the mesh carry bag doubles as an on-deck gear bag for securing smaller items. Paddling a remote alpine lake or stream has never been this easy!

The Play is amazingly lightweight, extremely stable and so quick to set-up so you’ll be on the water in no time. The shorter length of the Play makes it easy to maneuver whether you are exploring coves, or tackling whitewater, while the shape of the hull provides incredible stability and comfort. A fun, fast way to get on the water, the Play is the perfect recreational kayak.

The New Sporty Lagoon 1 kayak is so unique that you will have complete strangers asking questions about it. Its bow and stern have fixed rigid forms that help cut through the waves and keep you on course. It has an inner tube cover for increased rigidity and durability. It has molded rubber-grip handles, bungee deck lacing, padded seat rests, mesh accessory pocket, tracking skew and foam floor. This multi-use boat is for anyone who enjoys the water. From lakes and mild rivers, to bays and estuaries, it is a delight to get on the water quickly without lugging around a heavy cumbersome hard-shell boat.

These are all great choices when it comes to recreational kayaks.

The Basics of Kayak Buying

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The Basics of Kayak Buying

Sunny days and warm, blue water. White sand beaches. Palm trees. Really, it’s hard to think of a good reason not to go paddling in Southwest Florida, even if you have no idea what you’re doing. That’s why we decided to team up with the Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival in Fort Myers and gather an enthusiastic crew of newbies to try out some of the best kayaks beginners can buy, on some of the most beginner-friendly backwaters you can float. A tried-and-true, easy-to-use “rec” (recreational) kayak is the perfect craft in which to begin your paddling career. Shorter, wider and easier to maneuver than full-on touring kayaks, rec boats are generally more comfortable, stable, and affordable than other kayak models. And after cruising around the sun-dappled mangroves of the Gulf for three days, we can assure you, any one of these six fun-oriented rides will help you get off the couch, on the water, and over the learning curve.

Hurricane uses a unique, lightweight and UV-resistant thermoformed material called Trylon (read: fancy, shiny plastic) to create this easy-to-carry and remarkably high-performing solo rec kayak. A rear deck hatch provides a place to stash your lunch, or any gear you’d want to keep dry, and the boat’s multi-chined hull (meaning multiple angles along the hull bottom as apposed to a smooth, round profile) allows you to comfortably practice putting it on edge—a crucial step in learning quicker turns. The Santee also boasts a super-comfy high-back seat and extra large cockpit, ensuring you’ll paddle in both style and comfort, all day.

The Vision 120 SP is a perfect fit for smaller (under 6-feet tall) paddlers looking for a versatile ride that can progress with developing skill sets. Crafted from fiberglass and Kevlar-like fabric, the Vision SP is easy on the eyes and—thanks to its lightweight construction—easy on the back when carrying it to and from the water. The svelte, hollow V-shaped hull is fast and nimble, at the expense of some stability. Watertight bulkheads fore and aft provide semi-dry storage and security in the event of a capsize (key for big, open-water crossings). The Vision’s snug and secure outfitting provides both comfort and control. This is an entry-level kayak that’s also ideal for learning more advanced paddling techniques.

The Rip isn’t the lightest boat you can buy at 50 pounds, but that’s only because it’s got everything you could want in a starter kayak: a high-performance, straight-tracking hull that will help you maximize your strokes and allow your paddling skills to progress, plus a watertight stern bulkhead with a storage hatch to keep your lunch and extra gear dry. The well-padded, easy-to-adjust outfitting will persuade you to sit in it for hours on end, and the price is hard to beat. Besides, you won’t notice any extra weight once the Rip’s on the water and you’re having fun.

Taming the Sailor in You

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Taming the Sailor in You

The sit-on-top kayak, or SOT, is the most popular, widely-known kayak design today. Although some models may resemble traditional sit-in kayaks in terms of hull shape, the two types of kayaks are quite different. With a traditional kayak, the paddler’s legs and lower body are enclosed within the boat’s hull. Often, a spray skirt covers the cockpit opening and wraps around paddler’s waist, creating a seal that keeps water out of the hull. This is common in traditional white water and ocean kayaks. In contrast, the paddler of an SOT sits in a molded depression on top of the hull, with the legs and lower body exposed.

Measuring 13-feet, 10-inches long by 29-inches wide and with a total load limit of 450 pounds, the X-13 Fish and Dive Package Sit-on-Top Kayak is the ultimate cross-performance recreational and fishing kayak. The X-13 offers the storage capacity for camping trips and gear-laden fishing adventures with a perfect combination of speed and stability for fun on the water. Equipped with a large Gator Hatch in the bow with a bungee system and a large, “live well” open rear well–the X-13 can carry lots of gear including a cooler or 5-gallon bait bucket.

Both the front and rear of the kayak are equipped with 2 rod holders each for optimum fishing. The wide cockpit area features a center hatch, comfortable and dry seating, and an adjustable foot track system. In addition, the X-13 is equipped with a cup holder, eyelets, a drain plug with base, nylon hooks, bow and stern handles, and side carry handles/paddle holders. Ready to take you on years of adventures, the X-13 Kayak is backed by a limited lifetime warranty from Malibu Kayaks.

The Lifetime Ten foot Sport Fisher Tandem Kayak is a great choice. Here is why:

  • Designed for single or tandem use; 10-foot fishing kayak
  • (2) 2-piece sport paddles included
  • Fits up to 3 riders
  • Dry storage compartment
  • Ditty trays and shock cord for storing loose items

The Sport Fisher sit-on-top kayak from Lifetime Products is the ultimate fishing kayak! Up to 3 people can ride high and dry in balanced seating. Tunnel hull design provides ultimate stability making it possible to stand up and fish or sit side-saddle without tipping over. Durable, lightweight polyethylene plastic construction makes it easy to transport, easy to use, and easy to store.  The sit-on-top Sport Fisher kayak from Lifetime Products is designed for ultimate stability and convenient functionality. The tunnel hull design makes it possible to fish standing up or sitting side-saddle. Lots of awesome built-in features enhance your fishing experience; such as paddle clips and cradles to secure paddle when not in use, three fishing pole holders, a cup holder, and multiple foot wells for leverage when you’re reeling in that giant catfish.

The Not So Sweet Taste of Sugar

Posted by 7Villages 24 Feb 2016 No Comments »
The Not So Sweet Taste of Sugar

Brown sugar and white sugar may look different, but they are actually more similar than you might think. Both varieties are the product of sugar cane purification. Both go through similar separations processes in refineries. Brown sugar tastes slightly different, as it has a caramel taste and is darker brown in colour.

Refined sugar

Once the sugar cane has been harvested, it goes through several processes. It is ground to extract the juices. The raw crystals that remain and form in the juices are granules called raw sugar. It goes through several filtration and water washes, before it is ready to be called refined sugar and put on the store shelves for consumers to purchase. This sugar contains 96 per cent sucrose and 4 per cent other plant materials. When the product is vacuum-dried, it looks yummy but actually contains little nutritional value.

Molasses

Once the sugar has been refined, filtered and processed, molasses is added to the white sugar in order to change the color. This changes the nutritional value slightly; molasses contains 46 per cent sucrose, 3 per cent protein, and small amounts of minerals such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorous and sulfur. Molasses is used for animal and human consumption.

Which to choose

Brown sugar gives off a bit of a different taste – more caramelized. White sugar is something most people are familiar with and this is what usually goes into coffee cups and lattes each morning. Baking and cooking with brown sugar can produce food that is moister and softer. Foods made with brown sugar will have a darker appearance.

Foods with sugar

There are many foods that contain added sugar and it’s important to read the labels on the packaging very carefully. Too much sugar is not healthy in any form and should be limited in your diet. Too much consumption of sugar can cause major health issues in the long term, such as Diabetes. Here are some foods to watch out for:

  • Pop/Soda
  • Fruit flavored yogurt
  • Cold cereal
  • Pasta sauce
  • Peanut butter
  • Chocolate milk

Read food labels carefully; some foods may not have fat but contain many teaspoons of added sugar (think of candy like Skittles and wine gums). If these calories do not get burned off, they will be converted to fat, resulting in weight gain.

According to the American Heart Association, women should consume no more than six teaspoons of sugar per day; men should consume no more than nine teaspoons. Studies from the association found that on average, Americans consume 22 teaspoons of sugar. In teenagers, that amount can skyrocket to more than 34 teaspoons. Is it any wonder why 1 in 3 people are overweight? Diabetes is a serious condition that affects millions of people across America and sugar is the main culprit.

Grocery stores are full of temptation and companies have gotten creative with their packaging and marketing efforts. Be a smart consumer and don’t put anything in your cart that could ruin your health. You’ll not only feel healthier, you will look healthier too.

The Best Calorie Counter Watches

Posted by 7Villages 09 Dec 2015 No Comments »
The Best Calorie Counter Watches

If you are ready to get into shape you may be looking for some gadgets and various other products that can help make it easier for you. With technology being what it is, there are so many options as far as gadgets and health products are concerned. When you are working out you will want to have the best of everything. Keep reading to learn about watches that can count your calories and shoes for individuals who have flat feet.

Watches

The Fitbit Charge Wireless Activity Wristband is one of the best calorie counter watches on the market today. Priced at under $130, it comes with a lot of perks that make it one of the best available.

  • Accurately track all-day stats like steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned, stairs climbed, and active minutes
  • See daily stats, time of day, and exercise mode with a bright OLED display
  • Monitor your sleep automatically and wake with a silent alarm
  • Get call notifications right on your wrist
  • Access real-time run stats like time, distance, and pace to stay on track
  • Sync stats wirelessly and automatically to your computer and over 150 leading smartphones
  • Utilize the sizing tool in Product Details below to ensure proper fit.

Hummus

Mediterranean and Middle Eastern populations have been consuming good-quality olive oil and tahini for thousands of years. This type of diet that is still eaten in these regions today (which also frequently includes other hummus ingredients like beans, lemon, and garlic) has been shown to be very anti-inflammatory, and we know that inflammation is the root cause of many chronic disease.

Eating a diet similar to these healthy populations can help to lower cholesterol and triglycerides levels, to reduce symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, and to lessen the chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

So is hummus healthy? If you make homemade hummus with real ingredients or buy a quality store bought hummus then yes!

Because hummus is often eaten with pita bread or another type of whole grain, the chickpeas and grains together make up a “complete protein”, meaning they contain all essential amino acids that are necessary for the body to acquire from food and to then use for energy.

Because hummus is often eaten with pita bread or another type of whole grain, the chickpeas and grains together make up a “complete protein”, meaning they contain all essential amino acids that are necessary for the body to acquire from food and to then use for energy.

Tahini, made from ground sesame seeds, is also a great source of important amino acids (specifically one called methionine), which allows tahini to create another complete protein when combined with chickpeas, similarly to chickpeas and grains do.

The Coolest Wine Coolers

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The Coolest Wine Coolers

There is nothing quite as grand as a delicious wine with some great food. Whether you are serving burgers and hot dogs, or chips and hummus, wine goes with just about any type of food. It is important to make sure you find the right wine to go with the food you are preparing. It is also important to make sure your wine is cold so you will need the right wine cooler to keep your wine perfectly chilled. Keep reading to learn more about the best wine coolers on the market.

Haier 12-Bottle Smoked Glass Wine Cooler

This is one of the best wine coolers on the market because it has room for 12 bottles of wine and less than $150. It is ultra-quiet, with no vibrations, and is perfect for both red and white wines. It is equipped with a curved smoked glass door with a black trim and cabinet. It has 6 full width chrome storage racks for plenty of space to keep large bottles of wine.

Whynter 20 Bottle Thermoelectric Wine Cooler

This wine cooler is under $200 and has the ability to hold up to 12 bottles of wine. It comes equipped with a black tinted mirror class door with a sleek black cabinets and a recessed handle in order to help you save space. The stainless steel trimmed chrome shelves can be removed, washed, and put right back in. It has an adjustable thermostat and soft LED lighting with a soft-touch digital control and on/off switch.

Juicing Recipes

The cucumber lemon cleanse is one of the best juicing recipes when it comes to losing weight and keeping it off. Having one of these amazing juicers will help you to prepare your blend of juices more effectively. The cucumber lemon cleanse consists of a large cucumber, one half of a lemon, and a half a cup of water which is optional. This particular blend of juices helps to remove toxins from the body while providing it with the nutrients it needs for daily energy.

Greens over ice is another cleans that can help you lose weight and keep it off. This cleanse also provides you with a daily boost of energy and a lot of extra fiber. This cleans consists of one green apple, one red apple, three handfuls of spinach, 2 large stalks of Kale, and half of a cucumber. You start off by blending the spinach and the Kale and then adding the two apples as well as the cucumber. Make sure that it is well-blended before drinking.

Conclusion

Having the right juicer will help you to be able to prepare the best juice cleanses imaginable. Taking your time to find the right one to fit your needs is always the best way to go. There are quite a few juicing recipes available on the internet so it is important that you find one that fits your tastes and is also ideal for losing weight.

Apple Cider Vinegar: Nature’s Super Hero

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Apple Cider Vinegar: Nature’s Super Hero

Apple juice vinegar has various distinctive uses and advantages. Not just does it dispose of dandruff however it additionally can help with colds and different illnesses. Be that as it may, it helps with dandruff pretty much in the same class as cleanser does. Continue perusing to take in more about the diverse sorts of shampoos that work for dandruff, including apple juice vinegar.

Dandruff Shampoo

Neutrogena T Gel is an incredible cleanser that disposes of dandruff. Neutrogena T/Gel Daily Control 2 In 1 Dandruff Shampoo Plus Conditioner Controls the side effects of dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis. Begins working quickly. Three molding operators advance sound looking, delicate sensible hair. Vitamin E, crisp aroma, safe on shading treated hair.

Dandruff and Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple juice vinegar has the capacity do a considerable measure of things with regards to your general wellbeing and prosperity. It has been utilized for a considerable length of time to help with various diverse sicknesses and diseases. You ought to keep it in your home so you can forestall skin break out and additionally a bothersome scalp because of dandruff. Moderate dandruff, or dandruff that happens a couple times each week or more, can be dealt with by applying a measure of apple juice vinegar to your everyday cleanser and combining the creation for day by day use. Thusly, you are continually utilizing the best safeguard against dandruff and the symptoms that join it.

For serious side effects, there is another approach to utilize an apple juice vinegar cure for dandruff. Apple juice vinegar can be kneaded specifically into the scalp each other day for a week until side effects die down to treat the parasite that makes the skin erupt and scale.

Apple juice vinegar can be utilized alone to treat dandruff, or can be utilized with other characteristic and conventional solutions for completely treat dandruff the most viably. How apple juice vinegar for dandruff ought to be directed relies on upon the individual utilizing it and how serious their dandruff side effects are. For gentle dandruff, a week by week flush of equivalent amounts of cool water and apple juice vinegar kneaded into the scalp ought to deal with the excessively slick skin and keep awful microscopic organisms and skin chipping under control.

Conclusion

In the event that you need to continue something in your home that can help with various distinctive afflictions. Apple juice vinegar can help with dandruff, skin inflammation, and different conditions. It really is a supernatural occurrence fixing that you need close by for any sort of crises. On the off chance that you do a web seek you will figure out that it can do various things, for example, deal with colds and terrible dandruff.

Shoes that won’t slow you down

Posted by 7Villages 09 Dec 2015 No Comments »
Shoes that won’t slow you down

Whether you have flat feet, high arches, or standard-shaped feet, it is important that you have the right shoes when you are running or working out. If you do have flat feet, it makes it even harder to find a shoe that fits properly and gives you the added support that you need. Here are some of the best running and workout shoes for women who have flat feet and need that added support.

If you have flat feet…

If you have flat feet there are some options for you when it comes to shoes. One of the best on the market is the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15. If you love to run and have flat feet these are the perfect choice for you. The provide you with a great deal of comfort and stability and just the right amount of cushioning to make running fun as well as comfortable. It has an additional roll bar that gives you the added control you need to keep your feet from getting sore after a run.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 is another great workout shoe for women who have flat feet. This shoe provides you with a great deal of support but does not add any weight within the shoe. It provides a core stability and is stylish but not too quirky for those who like a casual running shoe.

Running is a very important action that will keep your body in great condition. So if you have flat feet and are having a difficult time finding a good running shoe, it can be a stressful time. You will notice that there are a lot of trendy shoes on the market that do not support your different type of feet.

The Saucony Guide 7 is another great pair of running shoes that will support your feet and keep them feeling comfortable throughout your run. They add a great deal of support and also stability to help you with endurance. Even though they are not specifically made for women with flat feet, they add just the right amount of support and are a great choice for flat-footed runners.

Conclusion

In order for you to get the most out of your run or workout, you must make sure that your feet are entirely supported not only to keep your feet healthy but the rest of your body as well. You can typically find shoes for flat feet at local athletic stores as well as Amazon.com and other online venues. Finding the right shoe will make all of the difference in the world when it comes to your health. You don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars to get a great shoe.

The Perfect Kitchen Gadgets

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The Perfect Kitchen Gadgets

Having the perfect kitchen gadgets in your home can make all of the difference when it comes to staying healthy. Having gadgets such as blenders for smoothies and skillets for cooking, will help to save you time as well as money. Plus you have the added bonus of keeping you and your family healthy all year round. Keep reading to learn more about the different kitchen gadgets that are available for you to choose from.

Blenders for Smoothies

1: Vitamix Professional Series 750 Blender

This is pretty much the industry standard for being the best blender ever.  I own this blender and it is honestly the best purchase I ever made.  I use it multiple times every day and cheap blenders just do not compare.  If you make a lot of blended food, you absolutely won’t regret buying this blender.

  • High speed, can pulverise pretty much anything in hardly any time at all.
  • The use of a tamper can push ingredients down towards the blade allowing all ingredients to be blended quickly.
  • Adjustable speed for blending many different types of foods.
  • Very easy and quickly to clean.

2: BlendTec Designer Series WildSide

This is the only other blender that truly compares favourably to the Vitamix.  Most people are extremely happy with their BlendTecs and they will do just as good a job of blending the most difficult ingredients as a Vitamix.

  • High speed, makes the hardest of ingredients extremely smooth.
  • Smaller in height than a Vitamix so it’s easier to fit under counters.
  • The unique design means that a tamper isn’t essential
  • The wider base makes it easier to get the ingredients out of the blender

Electric Skillets

The Presto 16 inch electric skillet is a great choice for your kitchen. Jumbo size. Big 16-inch cooking surface with high side-walls for extra cooking and serving capacity. Roasts, fries, grills, stews, bakes, makes casseroles and more. Fully immersible with heat control removed for easy cleaning. Tempered glass cover lets you see what is inside. Great for use as a buffet server when entertaining. Heavy cast aluminum.

  • Deluxe nonstick surface, inside and out, for stick-free cooking and easy cleaning
  • Doubles as a handy buffet server when entertaining
  • Saves energy more efficient than using a range burner or oven
  • Fully immersible and dishwasher safe with the heat control removed
  • Product Built to North American Electrical Standards

Having the right gadgets in your kitchen can help you to prepare the best possible meals for your family. Whether you are looking to purchase an electric skillet, or have your eye on a brand new blender, all of these items are good choices for your family’s health.

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