Wednesday, 19 February 2014

4 Of The Oddest Outdoor Urination Contraptions

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Most people don’t like to use the restroom outdoors. It’s quite ironic when you think about it. For thousands of years, people used bushes, trees, sides of roads, even cactus … though it was not recommended. In more recent years, people have been using the latest in “gotta go” technology to come up with new ways to take care of the awkward problem of answering the call of nature in the wild. Here are four of the oddest outdoor urination contraptions ever made.

 The Shewee

For those people who are not equipped to stand while urinating, the Shewee is a handy device to help them urinate without having to remove any clothing while standing or sitting. It comes with a funnel, an extension pipe and a carrying case. The extension pipe comes in handy in situations where you find yourself in extreme weather or wearing bulky clothing. Its simple design helps it from being distracting to others. Using it can make people think you’ve mastered the ability to pee in the woods while using nothing at all. It’s lightweight and can be used in any place where there is no toilet.

Peebol the Pocket Sized Toilet

Designed for men, women and children, Peebol can be used anywhere; from long car journeys to camping in the middle of the woods. It is discreet, easy to use, non-spill, odor free and recyclable. Each Peebol is reusable, contains rapid absorbent granules that convert the fluid of urine into a biodegradable gel and can hold up to one liter of waste. This device can also be used with the Shewee.

Cleanwaste Portable Toilet

For those people who need to go to the bathroom in the woods but prefer the comfort of using the toilet, there is the Cleanwaste portable toilet. Cleanwaste is a toilet that can handle all forms of waste and leaves no trace behind when you are camping, canoeing or engaging in any other outdoor activity. There is no need to be extra coordinated, have good balance, or perfect aim to use this toilet. Just unfold it from a briefcase-sized block. A mesh holder holds a biodegradable waste collection bag on the bottom and it contains a special powder that turns human waste into an odorless solid.

Lady J

If you’re the kind of girl who wants to be able to pie in the wilderness, but doesn’t want to expose her entire nether regions, this could be the right contraption for you. The Lady J features a larger cup than similar models to provide extra comfort. It’s made of bendable plastic, so it’s much easier to pack than some of the more outrageous models. It doesn’t hurt that its simply built so people ruffling through your backpack don’t notice it and find it distracting.

From the desert to the woods, people have more options than ever for ways to use the bathroom outdoors. Gone are the days where one has to moon the great outdoors in order to find relief.
Mary Rostembaum plans vacations at Scenic Wonders. She is an avid hiker, animal lover, and spends every moment that she can outdoors.
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Monday, 3 February 2014

Preparing for Spring Gardening

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If you're a gardener just eagerly waiting for spring to arrive, you're probably already getting ready for that spring garden that will become your weekly activity. But before you can start your spring gardening for the year you have to first take some steps to prep for the season. Planting your own garden can be costly and take up a lot of time, so make sure to prepare before you dive in.

1. Start with a budget.

If you know what your budget allowance is for your garden from the very beginning, you will have something strict to stick to. Keep your budget in check and if there is money left over, you can reward yourself with something extra. Keep from overspending on things you don't need by creating a budget for yourself.

2. Check your tools.

Tools are essential items when it comes to gardening. One important gardening tip is to check if you have all the tools needed and ready. This will also help with your budget for your garden. Make sure you know what tools you already have so you won't buy unnecessary equipment.

3. Waiting until frost season has cleared.

Winter has probably kept you working on indoor gardens, so once the frost has cleared, take your gardening outdoors. Keep watering your seedlings in their trays. Do this for a week or two, to help them transition from the indoor environment to the outdoor one. Gardening tips for spring are easy to follow and implement; all it demands is a little care.

4. Create a garden plan on paper.

This works in the same way that a shopping list helps you to keep from overspending in the store. A garden plan can help you avoid over-spending when you go to purchase supplies for your garden. Draw out the garden you plan on making, draw in the flowers, the vegetables, the ornamentals, the decorations, etc. that you'd like in your garden this year, in their exact places. This plan will guide you on buying "just enough" and no more. And don't forget to take account of plants and tools that you're already have.

5. Preparing your new garden

After drawing out your plan and shopping for the necessities, the next step you need to do is prepare new beds. Clear your designated planting area and get to work! Following the above gardening tips for spring is sure to make your garden wonderful. By following these gardening tips for spring you will watch your garden bloom into life.
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Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Purchase Some of Most Beautiful Bedroom Furniture

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Homes can be very beautiful but people need beautiful furniture throughout the home to add that finishing touch. The bedroom furniture looks amazing and last for a very long time when it is handcrafted from the most beautiful wood. People like purchasing products that are going to last a long time and can be passed down from one generation to the next.

There are a lot of places to purchase furniture but finding the best quality and beauty is not easy. 
People will often buy a cheap piece of furniture because they need a dresser or another piece now. 

Other people are going to be looking for the best quality and something that is going to work for their situation.

Not all beds and dressers are going to look great in certain bedrooms. The colour of the wood and the size can cause problems for some of the furniture. Mahogany furniture will look great in many rooms though.

Custom designed furniture is something that is going to be special too. Customers can order specific sizes, designs and other features that meet their needs. It is very important to be able store what a person needs without a lot of hassle.

The number of drawers, the engraving on it and much more can be customized. People can order these online to make their dreams come true. They can have the bedroom of their dreams that has beautiful furniture.

Beds and other furniture for a child's room is also going to be a possibility. Parents want to have something that is going to be sturdy enough for their children to use for many years. Furniture manufacturers know that children are not always careful about how they get into bed or will jump on the bed.

These activities can ruin a bed in a short time. Using beautiful mahogany pieces and quality craftsmanship, the child will not ruin the bed with a little rough activity. All children can be rambunctious at times.

There are a lot of things that could be done with a piece of furniture. Some people are looking for that plain design using beautiful wood while someone else is looking for beautiful wood as well as beautiful designs carved into it. There are so many designs that can be used.

Some customers have a design in mind that they are looking for. Businesses that specialize in custom-made pieces of furniture will be able to put their customer's design into the finished product. 

They are able to make their customers' dreams a reality.

The price can vary greatly when people are getting anything that is custom designed. There are not a lot of them that are able to offer custom designs at affordable prices. They like to charge extra for customization.

Not every company does this though. Some companies have certain stock that they sell and that is all that they have available to their customers. A company that is willing to custom design furniture based on what the customer wants is going to be able to give their customers exactly what they want.
It is nice for families to have pieces that are able to be passed on from generation to generation. People can use a lot of different types of wood to make it which can add to the beauty. The design in the wood can also be amazing.

There are many different pieces of bedroom furniture available in the market. Consumers are able to order online and get exactly what they want for their home. Beautiful furniture that will last a long time is often hard to obtain.
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Friday, 17 January 2014

Protect Your Home Against the Bitter Cold With 5 Safety Tips

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The extreme cold of this winter can cause dangerous conditions outside. While you can't control the weather, you can take precautions in your home to ensure that your home is weather-proofed. There are 5 safety tips you should consider this winter to protect your home and your family against the harsh weather. With wind chills that have dipped well into the negative degrees, you should act now.

The first safety precaution you should take is to maintain your furnace to ensure it has its maximum efficiency. If it has been awhile since you have had your furnace checked or serviced, you should call immediately and have a qualified heating contractor inspect your furnace, chimney and water heater. You want to make sure that your furnace is working at its fullest capacity during these cold winter months.
The second thing you need to protect in your home are your pipes. The intense cold can easily freeze your pipes, which could cause them to burst. To help prevent this from happening, you should open the cabinet doors in which your pipes are stored, to let warm air circulate around them. You should also let cold water slowly drip out of your faucet, since even a small amount of water being released from the pipes can prevent them from freezing.
The third safety tip is to make sure that you are heating your home safely. With your furnace working in overdrive, some people may try to find alternate sources of heating their home, which can be very unsafe. You should not use your gas or electric stove/oven to provide additional heat to your home. In doing so, you are allowing unnecessary gas into your home. If you are not warm enough in your home, add on layers of clothing, or use heavy blankets to provide extra warmth.
The fourth safety tip is to have your smoke detector and carbon monoxide detectors installed and maintained in your home. You should be sure to replace the batteries on a regular basis. A great tip is to change the batteries each time there is a time change. Your major home appliances, such as your furnace and dryer vent gas and air outside of your home. If snow or ice has covered these vents, then the gases are not able to leave your home. Make sure that the vents are clear and open, and also make sure that your detectors are working properly. You should call for medical attention immediately if you suspect there might be carbon monoxide in your home or if you are feeling light-headed, dizzy or nauseous.
The final cold weather safety tip is to use your generator correctly in case of a power outage. A generator should never be operated inside of your home, which includes your basement and garage. You also should not hook your generator up to your home's wiring. Instead, you should connect whatever it is you would like to power directly to the outlets on the generator.
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Thursday, 2 January 2014

Know Which Soil Contributes To A Luscious Garden

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We've seen great-looking gardens with bursts of pretty colors, beautifully paved walkways and hardscaping marvels that make you want to weep with joy. But how is all that lushness created? Why, with the right soil, of course!

There are numerous varieties of soils and despite each region having a unique composition, there are several that gardens must have to facilitate plant growth. Let's look at what they are.

The topsoil, subsoil and bedrock: The topsoil is the soil found on the topmost layer. It consists of around six inches of earth and is where you'll find a high content of living organisms responsible for aerating the soil and keeping it filled with nutrients. It's also the layer that sees compost, mulch and fertilizer being applied. What must be done with topsoil is to blend it well before mixing it with existing soil. This can create problems with water absorption so make sure the two are blended properly.

The layer just below the topsoil is the subsoil. It contains a high amount of inorganic minerals that filter down from the topsoil along with minerals formed over thousands of years, examples being gypsum, aluminium and iron. While the subsoil doesn't contain as many living organisms, it helps regulate drainage and the ability of plants' roots to absorb nutrients.

The bedrock is the lowest layer and consists of rock. It's what excavators have to drill through to lay foundations for construction projects.

These are the three layers of soil but not the types. The following are found in one of the three layers and may be present in all three as well:

  • Clay is found in the lower layers of soil and is distinguishable by its sticky, lumpy nature when wet. It's becomes rock-hard when dry and doesn't have too many air spaces either way. Despite this, improving drainage can see clay facilitate good plant growth because it contains a high amount of minerals.
  • Sand is gritty, easy to cultivate in and warms up rapidly. However, it isn't as nutrient-rich as clay and dries out fast especially during warm months.
  • While clay is sticky and sand gritty, silt is loamy and smooth. It retains moisture, has good drainage and is easy to cultivate. If you know how to work with it, it can be one of the best soils for your garden.
  • Peat is comprised of decaying vegetation so there's a much higher percentage of organic matter. It's recognizable by a dark color and its highly water-retentive property which usually necessitates that it be drained every now and again.
  • Loam is next which is rich in nutrients, has excellent drainage and retains moisture perfectly. It doesn't dry out in hot summer months and neither does it compact excessively when wet. This is the best type of soil and if you have it in your garden, being the proud owner of a lush, green space should be a breeze.

Most gardens need additional soil to heighten fertility. It's not common for any one garden to possess such nutrient-rich soil which means you need to have yours checked and adjusted accordingly. Soil aside, light conditions, watering and the inclusion of fertilizers are necessary. You can seek additional advice from a nursery.
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Friday, 13 December 2013

The Benefits Of Living In A Shed

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Living in a shed doesn't sound very appealing, I know. However, there's an ever growing interest in tiny homes right now. Pictures of teeny tiny houses that are using up every bit of space they have are circulating online and they seem to be very trendy right now. But the question is, would you actually live in a shed?

Well, why not? With the current economy, more and more people are switching to smaller and more economical living areas. And with increasing demands in sustainability, tiny homes are gaining popularity. Here is a list of benefits that one can see with living in a tiny 200-square feet shed:

  1. You will be living in a very modern house. Not only are these compact dwelling spaces very liveable and economical but they're also modern. Designing small structures is an art form very interior designers are closely looking at right now. Designers of small houses lean towards functionality and simplicity with elegance, the very essence of modern.

  2. It will bring out the minimalist in you. Minimalism is the key to a life in a shed home-not just with the furniture in your house, but also in the way you live. Because you don't have a lot of space, you really have to think about every purchase you make. Will you have space in your house for it? Is it really necessary? You can say goodbye to impulsive buying and you'll be forced to save up for a much bigger house in the future.

  3. You will be living in an energy-efficient house. Small house equals low utility bills. Shed homes often come fully insulated so you don't have to worry with extreme weather conditions. You'll have lower electricity bills because there's not much that running every night. One light bulb can brighten up the whole house. Depending on the manufacturer, your house will even come with solar powered water heating systems. This means more savings for you.

  4. Cheap housing. This is probably the most important benefit of a shed home. They don't cost a lot and there are companies where you can order a house and deliver it to you in a truck and put it up in a day.

  5. The house will always be organized. There's not much room to mess up and there are dedicated spaces for everything. Everything has its place so messing it up is highly unlikely. With an organized house comes an organized mind. It will be a good place to concentrate and think about where you're at in this stage of your life.

Tiny homes are great temporary housing for transient folks or young individuals who are just starting out and want to own a house. Shed homes don't require a lot of commitment so you can up and go whenever you want and move on to bigger things. This will best suit people who need short-term housing, a secondary home or even a vacation cabin. There's huge potential in a tiny house.
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Tuesday, 10 December 2013

5 Of the Smallest Houses in the World

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Living in a small house certainly does have its benefits - your gas and electricity bills are much cheaper, you don't need to buy as much furniture, it's much easier to keep clean, you can reduce your carbon footprint and any excess stuff you have can be kept in self storage until you need it again. These people may have taken it to the extreme however. Here are 5 of the smallest houses in the world.

Tumbleweed Houses

Since 1997, Jay Shafer of the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company has been living in houses that range from just 50 to 750 square feet. Despite the tiny size however, they still manage to fit everything he could possibly need inside - a workspace, bedroom, bathroom with toilet and shower and even a living space.

Micro Compact Home

They say that small things come in small packages and in this case it might just be true. Measuring just 2.6m cubed, Micro Compact Homes somehow manage to include room for two double beds, a bathroom, lobby, dining space, kitchen and top of the range technology. We bet they have a fair few items in self storage though because we can't imagine there is room for much else after that.

Rollit Homes

Students at the University of Karlsruhe in Germany used their creative skills to design a set of homes that have been built to incorporate multiple uses inside one small living space. Although it may sound bizarre, the home functions like a mouse on a wheel. The homeowner can change the structure of the house by walking in the centre to rotate it. This clever idea means that with a little bit of effort, the house can be turned to reveal a bed, lounge chair, table, shower, toilet or a kitchen - all in one tiny space.

Quay House

As the smallest house in Great Britain, Quay House is in fact a tourist attraction in Wales that measures a measly 10 feet by 6 feet. Unbelievably, the last person to occupy the house was 6 foot 3 inches tall yet there was still enough space for a bed, bedside cabinet, stove and water tap.

Nano House

Created to help solve the world's global housing crisis, Nano Living System Houses are just 25 square-metres yet are designed to fit a family of four. Despite the lack of space, the homes look incredibly modern, are equipped with state-of-the-art insulation, have passive solar heating and the rooms are even convertible to make the most of the small space.
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