White or Red?

Wines are for people with acquired taste and generally they fall into two groups. There is two different colored wines one is a sweet wine that is red and the other is a dry wine that is white. Finding the wine best for you is what you like or perhaps what you’re in the mood for at the time of purchase. So if you are leaning towards a white wine then the best thing to do is pick a wine from known brand names initially until you become more familiar with wines.

As you know the quality of wine from these brands to be excellent although not very expensive you can be sure that for your first venture into dry wine tasting should be one of high hopes. You should be prepared for the possibility that you may not like the taste of your choice of dry wine. This should not deter you from trying another dry wine while comparing the two. While you are conducting this experiment you will need to have some food nearby as you can become immune to the smell and taste of the different dry wines.

At this point, some wine aficionados may object to this way of enjoying wine without getting drunk because you’ll need a sober head to appreciate the taste of the dry wine. It is best to start with a small glass of dry wine and some good food such as cheese and crackers to absorb the alcohol effects of the wine. These foods have the ability to clear your mouth of the taste in your mouth while giving your stomach a lining of food.

Once you have experimented for some time you can change the level of dryness in the dry wine that you have. This changing will broaden your wine horizons and let you enjoy the smooth taste of various wines. At this time you should also see about drinking other varieties of dry wines, otherwise you will miss out a fantastic opportunity for tasting the various wines that are available for your pleasure.

Types of Grasses For Your Lawn

Northern Climate Grasses

There are many different types of lawn grasses that are available depending on where you live that will work for you. For instance, Kentucky bluegrass is one of the most common used on lawns but be aware that it requires one of the highest levels of maintenance and does not do so well in hot and dry climates. Creeping red fescue is more tolerant to the sun and shade making it an excellent grass for a lawn. Perennial Ryegrass is a hearty grass that is usually blended with other forms of grass as it grows just about anywhere. One word of caution is that there is also an annual ryegrass that will grow fast and lush but will only last one season and will not come again the following year. Tall fescue is a type of grass that is rapidly becoming more popular and can commonly be found in mixed lawns. It has a high tolerance level and works well in high traffic areas such as roadsides and playgrounds. Rough bluegrass is light green and does not mix well with other grasses but is great for moist and shady areas. Bent grass appears to be shaggy and will die out in hot and dry conditions and in winter and is not as popular as the ones already mentioned.

 Warm Season Grasses

Special care needs to be taken when choosing and caring for grasses in warmer climates due to the fact that some grasses are not able to withstand hot, dry weather conditions. The best types of grasses for warmer climates will be able to grow well even when temperatures exceed 80 degrees. These types of grasses will also be able to perform well in soils that are poor as well as sandy. When choosing grasses for warmer weather, you should be aware that these types of grasses will not remain green all year, but they do have the benefit of coming back each year and improve from year to year. Bermuda grass is considered to be one of the best types of grass to use in warmer climates. It is resistant to drought as well as heat. In addition, it does a good job of maintaining its green color despite heat and drought. You should be aware that this type of grass does require full sun in order to do well. It tends to spread fairly quickly. As a result, it can be difficult to keep this type of grass from spreading into areas that you do not want to have grass, such as driveways and flower beds. Carpet grass tends to do better in soil that is wet. It can be sprigged or seeded. It is best to choose this type of grass only if you are looking for a type of grass that can be established quickly and which is easy to care for but it’s not known to provide a high quality lawn. You should also know that this type of grass does tend to recover from winter at a slower rate than other types of grasses. Centipede grass is considered to be fairly aggressive as well as dense. It is known for being resistant to weeds and does require less care than other forms of grass. Also, this type of grass is tolerant of some shade. It tends to grow fairly slowly but can be sprigged or seeded. St. Augustine is one of the most popular types of grasses because it is course and thick and also spreads quickly by making use of runners that can be easily edged. It does not produce a lot of seed, so this type of grass is usually better plugged or sodded than seeded. It is the most shade tolerant of all of the warm season grasses, but does not perform well in cold temperatures. It is also susceptible to chinch bugs.  Zoysia grass does well in partial shade as well as full sun. It can be rather slow to get established but you can sprig it, plug it or sod it. This type of grass tends to be less tolerant to drought and also requires more care than other warm season grasses. However, when properly maintained, this type of grass can provide a high quality lawn. Until next time!

Ab Exercise- The Plank Matey

The plank is a fairly simple exercise to do even though you may have to practice to get it right. The concept behind this ab exercise is to build up your muscle endurance as well as toning those you use most. Here’s how you do it- The first thing you will want to do is get in a push up position on the floor with your hands flat and on your toes if you are able. Now lift your body off the floor and hold it up for a count of  10 seconds.

This is a reasonably simple exercise to perform although you will need to practice at it to get it right. The idea behind this exercise is that you are building up your muscle endurance and stabilizing those muscles which you need to most. Your weight should now be mainly on your hands, with your feet acting mainly as stabilizers. The trick to this exercise is that you don’t go down and then come back up again like you would doing a push-up. Instead you need to hold in your stomach tightly and keep your back as straight for as long as possible. Breathe in and out evenly, making sure that you remember to actually do so! There is also a slight variation of the plank where instead of using your hands you can substitute your forearms making it a bit easier to do especially when first starting out.

Note- And if you want, this exercise can also be done with an exercise ball if you have any kind of physical limitations that prevent you from doing the exercise as described above. Stay tune for my next post for another superb ab exercise. Until then!

 

 

 

 

The Basic Crunch

The crunch is what many people do to get washboard abs but the trick is to do them right and not over doing them because it will not enhance your efforts if you do so. Even though this is one of the most popular ab exercises, you will not achieve washboard abs by doing just crunches any more than you will by doing high reps of them either. The trick is to do the normal amount of reps and sets, but more importantly paying close attention to keep proper form and technique will be more effective. Another good idea is to do all the exercises at once in one workout as opposed to doing a few crunches randomly here and there.

Here is how you do the basic crunch- start out by lying on the floor with your legs bent at the knees and your feet flat on the floor. Make sure you bring your legs up as far as you can and keep your feet in front of you at all times. Your feet shouldn’t be under or behind your butt. An ideal place would be near a couch or chair where you can put your feet underneath one or the other to help keep your feet flat on the floor. This is so that when you start doing your crunches your feet will have something to lock onto. Now bring your arms up and in front of you, however don’t place them behind your head as this will more than likely cause you to use your shoulders to pull you up rather than that of your ab muscles.

When you are ready, take a deep breath and raise your entire upper body, from the pelvis up, about 6-8 inches off the floor. You have no needn’t go any higher than that because you will be holding this position for a count of ten then while inhaling slowly let yourself back down on the floor. For the best results try doing this for 10 to 20 reps but no more.

The Basic Crunch with an Exercise Ball

 

This idea is similar to that of the normal crunch, but with the added effect of being able to put more pressure on your ab muscles to work harder. Instead of lying flat on the floor, in this version of the crunch you are instead lying with your back on the exercise ball. Your feet should be planted firmly on the ground. To get into this position the easiest method is to sit on the ball with your feet planted firmly on the floor, then slowly roll the ball back, moving your feet as required until you are in a more or less horizontal posture, with the exercise ball positioned at the small of your back. At this point your thighs, and upper body should be parallel with the floor, and your feet should be firmly planted on the ground.

Make sure that you are stable while on the ball; it’s also normal to have the legs planted slightly apart for this exercise as it gives you more stability. Now just do the basic crunch as described above in the same manner. The only difference between the two is that you will lower your back approximately 35 – 45 degrees below the horizontal plane of the floor, thus putting more emphasis on using leverage to work your abs a little harder. See you on my next post for the next awesome ab exercise. Until then!

Introduction to Camping

Do you love being outdoors? Then camping might just be right up your ally. In fact, once you have the basic gear camping with the whole family can be relatively inexpensive vacation and it’s a great way to spend quality time with each other while making memories that can last a lifetime. It’s also a great opportunity to spend quality time with your children as well as a way to rejuvenate your relationship with them. Kids my nature  love being outdoors especially if they have something to do that’s fun. They don’t necessarily need an electronic babysitter such as tv, computers or video games if they are not readily available. Just take a moment and look back before all these electronic devices were available. I don’t remember being sad just because I didn’t have any of these things. And you know neither will your kids.

There are lots of different destinations to plan for a family camping trip.  National parks are a great place to take the family camping and they are usually fairly inexpensive. Camping vacations also usually cost less than other types of vacations so if you’re trying to save money or you don’t have the money to take an expensive family vacation this year a camping trip cross country or even to a local park can be a fun way to spend time with the family that doesn’t cost a lot of money.

Planning your family camping vacation can be fun too even though there are a lot of details for a successful trip. What gear to use, which gear is the best, what food do you need to bring, and of course, where should you go are all questions that you will need to answer before you can have a successful family camping trip. But it’s worth the effort especially if you involve your kids in the whole process from planning to actually camping. Your kids will only be kids for so long, and a family camping trip is a great way to make memories that will last a lifetime.

 

 

 

Putting In A New Lawn

If you are putting in a new lawn there are a few methods which can be used to get the same results as planting it by hand. One such way used in warmer climates is by planting plugs to establish new grass about one foot apart. This method costs less than other methods of planting however it does take longer for the grass to mature and fill in which really makes it a better for repairing lawns than planting a new one. Sodding is a very quick way to put in a new lawn and usually is done by professionals, although you can be sod and install it yourself. The major advantage of sodding is that is provides the homeowner with instant gratification. Unlike with sprigging you do not have to wait a year for the lawn to fill in. There are some warm season grasses that will only do well using this method. In addition, sodding also works well when trying to establish turf on a sloped area. Keep in mind that the sod will raise the soil level approximately one inch. This will be noticeable in areas such as driveways and around sidewalks. The down side of sodding is it is the most expensive way to put in a new lawn.

Hydro-seeding is extremely popular way of establishing a new lawn or as a method for starting over when your existing lawn is in such bad shape that it simply cannot be repaired. Hydro-seeding involves utilizing a mix of cellulose fiber, fertilizer, seed and water that are mixed together and then sprayed directly onto the lawn using a special machine. Sprouts will begin to appear on the lawn within three days and the lawn will become fully established in about three weeks. The advantages of hydro-seeding are protection from birds, won’t wash away on slopes, adds organic material to soil, allows better roots than sodding and retains moisture especially during when sprouting. Before you hydro-seed make sure that your soil has the right PH balance and is weed and insect free. You will need to water the lawn on a consistent basis during the first two weeks after it has been hydro-seeded. This is critical to the success of the lawn. The amount that you will need to water the lawn will depend upon your regional weather.

During the first week you will typically need to water the lawn on a daily basis, once in the morning and once again in the evening. From that point, you should water every other day and continue to do so until there is a sufficient amount of grass for it to be mowed for the first time. The ultimate goal is to make sure that the lawn is kept moist all of the time. If the seedlings are allowed to dry out, they will die. Starter fertilizer is already included in the hydro-seed mix but you will have to fertilize your lawn once you have mowed it for the first time and periodically once every two months. Until next time!

Learning About Wines

I am sure there are many people who will say that they know a lot about wines. Unfortunately unless you are a wine aficionado, a wine grower or an expert in wine tasting you will have a very limited idea of the many differences that are found in wines. To help us learn more about wines, we can take a few preliminary steps. The first thing to understand is that red wines have a different taste from white wines and you will need to taste them to learn the various differences.

The next step is to pour some wine into a glass. Swirl the wine in the glass so that the wine and all of the substances in the wine have a chance to meld. You will need to hold the wine up to the light and see how long it takes for the leg of the wine to pour back into the bottom of the glass. The legs of the wine will tell you about the quality of the wine.

The next step is to simply smell the wine. Here you will need to first take a quick sniff. From this sniff you should try and identify the various flavors that may be present in the wine. Once you have decided what these flavors might be, you should swirl the wine once more so that everything is thoroughly mixed together. Then take a small sip of the wine, hold it in your mouth for several minutes to savor all of the flavors. When these flavors are present in your mouth is the time to savor the full taste and make a determination if you like it or not. Hopefully, you will. Until next time!

Start Working Those Abs Asap!

Here are some ab exercises you can do if you if able but please consult your doctor or primary care person first before you begin doing them as you are responsible for your own actions. With that said, you’ll want to start off slowly for the first few times when doing the exercises then slowly build up to doing 10-12 reps of each set doing them for a max set of two for each exercises. Later you can increase the amount of reps if you like and so on. One thing you should keep in mind however, is that at a certain point, doing more and more reps and more and more sets isn’t going to do anything for you or your abs.

 

My Stomach Before

My Fat Stomach Before Starting Ab Workouts!

When you come to a time when you can do about 20 reps and about 3-4 sets at a time, you should quit while you’re ahead. The extra workout you think you’re getting by doing more reps and more sets isn’t going to benefit you in anyway. Another thing that you will want to keep in mind is that you shouldn’t work your ab muscles more than 3-4 times a week. It’s important to give your muscles time to rest between workout sessions for maximum results. Also keep in mind that getting plenty of rest and eating healthy is essential as well.

Most of these exercises can be done in the comfort of your own home, however but you may also want to incorporate some cardio exercises such as walking, running, cycling, swimming and weight training is some examples for you to consider. In any case you get the idea that cardio exercising goes hand in hand with exercising your abs. I would also like to note that all of the exercises which I have given below are primarily floor exercises, with only a few exercises that are using an exercise ball. As such, although I have said that you should lie down on the floor, for your ease of comfort, you should use a floor mat or a mat-like object to cushion you from the floor. Stay tune for my next post for some specific ab exercises, you don’t want to miss it!

 

Six Pack Abs or Lots of Flab?

Obtaining 6 pack abs seems like a lofty or unattainable goal for many of us. For years I have wanted a nice set of abs but really found it to be a daunting task to say the least. The idea of a firm ripped stomach seems easy initially, but usually after exercising my abs for a couple of weeks I’d lose interest and give up. Maybe you too have experienced the same as you also have tried to enhance your physique as well. Or perhaps you have a bad back like me or now after years of trying you are resigned that it is no longer possible to have those coveted abs especially at this stage of your life! With that said, join me as I am resolved to get my six-pack and together we can work on this and hopefully in a few months we will see the awesome results.

So when I say join me, I literally mean that I will work with you step by step to by posting all the necessary ab training transformation information that you’ll need to succeed. And I will also post any comments and concerns you might want to share right here on this blog as well. Of course in order for you to succeed it is going to take 100% commitment on your part and there are no short cuts or pills either. It is going to take good old fashion elbow grease and strong will for the both of us to succeed. So ask yourself- Is it worth it? And if it is then sign up to my newsletter subscribers list so that I can send you how to get your six pack abs delivered right to your email inbox.

Each week you will receive comprehensive information to get the amazing results you have always wanted hopefully just in time for summer. And as you make progress I would like to hear about your results and post them on this website to share with others. This way we can work off each other and help one another to reach our goal of having a set of six pack abs that we always dreamed of but never thought it was possible. The choice is yours to make, I know what my decision will be. Sign up for my newsletter today! You will be glad you did.

Spring Lawn Tune Up!

Everyone wants a beautiful lawn but not everyone wants to put in the work and expense that is required to have a nice yard. There are a lot of people who start out with good intentions every spring to have a nice lawn but fall short because of the work and expense that’s involved in maintaining it.

However, if you really want to have a good lawn then there are certain steps you will need to follow to have one. One of the most important and key factors in having a healthy lawn is first to make sure your soil is conducive to growing lush green grass. It’s no different than a farmer who is going to plant his crop each spring who first must make sure that the soil has all the necessary ingredients to give life to his crop. If you want a nice lawn you must do the same and the easiest way is to get a soil test kit available just about anywhere and test your soil to see what it needs, or you can send your soil out to a local university and for a reasonable fee they will test it for you and recommend what it needs.

For example, your soil may be too alkaline or have too much acid to grow grass and you will need to balance between the two to get it just right. A soil test is the most important first step, next you will need also to examine the soil for any harmful insects, animals or weeds that may be eating or causing your dirt problems as well. There are a variety of natural or chemical solutions that you can get if anything is attacking your soil and you’ll definitely want to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations in using any of these products especially when using chemicals as many of them can be toxic to animals and pets.

Now assuming that your soil is now 100% neutralized, fertilized, and bug free then you will want to patch in any bare areas of your lawn with new grass seed. Finding the best grass seed to match your lawn is very important otherwise your lawn just won’t look right. The best bet is to take a few samples to your local nursery and let them help you to determine what species of grass you currently have then match it with the right grass seed. Also you will want to pick up some starter fertilizer to grow your new seed.

You can also buy an already made lawn patch kit that includes everything you’ll need minus the water to patch your lawn. Just make sure that the grass seed mixture is similar to your existing lawn or it won’t match and look out of place. By the way, if you have a new lawn or extensive reseeding to do your local equipment rental store should have what is called a reseeder machine that practically does everything except spread hay or straw over the newly seeded soil. This machine has a gasoline powered engine and much like mowing your lawn with a lawn mower it follows the same principles to operate. The people at the rental store will gladly show you how to use it.

Now assuming that your soil has been conditioned and reseeded, you’re ready to water it. The mistake most people make when it comes to watering their lawn is not doing it long enough to germinate new seed as well as to stimulate the existing lawn into growing. The best time is to water the lawn in the morning before the heat of the day and make sure that you give it enough water to saturate down to the grass roots. Until next time!

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