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Important Hygiene Tips For Portable Toilets

September 30, 2019

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If there is one thing that we can all agree on, it’s that we’ve all had that urge to “go” at inconvenient times. Perhaps it is when we are at work, or when we are in transit. In any case, we have had to use the restroom at times when a conventional restroom just wasn’t available.

Fortunately, portable toilets are available to make this less of a concern. There are plenty of people who are grateful to these facilities when a typical bathroom is nowhere nearby. But just like your usual restroom, these spaces require users to be responsible about cleanliness and safety. Keep these hygiene tips in mind for the next time you use portable toilets.

Keep Sanitizer On Hand

It is safe to assume that other people may have used a mobile lavatory before you. With this being the case, it is possible that various bacteria and microbes have been left on surfaces that have been touched, such as the door handle. It will be a good idea to carry hand sanitizer whenever you go out, just in case the facility does not have its own sanitizer available.

Clean Properly

A key aspect of maintaining your hygiene is to clean yourself well when finished. It may seem trivial, but its importance cannot be understated. Be sure to wipe properly after finishing, and be sure to clean the area around the toilet if necessary. This can protect you from infection, as well as safeguard the next person who comes after you.

Dispose Of Any Used Materials

We have always been admonished to keep places as clean as we found them, and this is very important for portable toilets. Refuse that is left in the space, such as used tissues and wipes, can become breeding grounds for harmful microorganisms. In turn, this can make the lavatory unsafe for anyone else who needs to use it. Be sure to clean up after yourself when you are done.

Touch With Caution

When using any sort of public restroom, try to avoid contact with fixtures as much as possible. Usually, disposable toilet seat covers are available for this situation. If they are not available, toilet paper makes a suitable substitution. When leaving, use toilet paper or paper towels to operate the faucet and the door.

Wash Your Hands

The most important element of lavatory hygiene can be one of the easiest to forget, especially if you are pressed for time. If a sink is available, always stop to wash your hands before leaving. This is one of the best methods for eliminating germs that can make you sick.

Call The Manager If Necessary

Sometimes you may notice an issue with the mobile lavatory you are using. If so, do not hesitate to contact whoever is in charge of the unit. In most cases, a contact number will be on the facility.

10 Summer Outdoor Entertaining Ideas

September 30, 2019

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It’s summer and you want to get the whole gang together for an outdoor BBQ. Make it special – but keep it easy. Here are 10 ideas to help you reach that goal!

  1. Put it on Wheels. Use utility carts, serving cards or even a garden cart (cleaned and lined with a pretty cloth, of course) for different “courses”. You can have a snack cart with munchies or a dessert cart. The beauty of putting it on wheels is that you can easily move it out when you’re ready – or in if there’s a sudden summer shower.
  2. Battery Operated Candles. If you love the flickering, romantic light of a candle but don’t want to mess with dripping wax or the danger of a little one getting to close to the flame, you with battery operated candles. They come in every size from pillars to tea lights. Use them in centerpieces for a special glow.
  3. Citronella. You’re going to need a few real candles – of the citronella sort. If you live in a bug-prone area (and that’s about everywhere in the summertime), you might want to consider spraying with an outdoor bug spray before the event and then adding citronella in candles, torches or oil lamps to keep those pests away.
  4. Festive Ice Cubes. Raspberries, strawberries, a small triangle of lemon… freeze them in your ice cubes! They’re pretty – they’re fun – they’re good eat. Don’t just rely on your ice maker; get some trays and make keeping drinks cool a statement.
  5. Signature Drinks. This will be easy on your budget and add to the “flavor” of your party. Instead of providing a variety of liquors and mixes. Fix one or two signature drinks – and rename them after your family or the event. Think about cool citrus flavors like a classic daiquiri and experiment to add your own twist. Add some wine and beer into the mix if you desire.
  6. Make a Kiddie Pool. Buy an inexpensive kiddie pool and fill it with ice and children’s beverages. Give them a trip to your childhood by buying old fashioned soft drinks – usually available in warehouse stores, specialty shops or online. The pool makes it easy for the short people in our lives – our children – to see and select their favorite.
  7. Solar Lights. It’s almost as much fun as watching the fireflies come out. String solar lanterns or use solar stakes that will come to life as the sky darkens. After the party, they’ll add a festive touch to your backyard.
  8. A Fire Pit. If it’s going to get chilly or if you’re going with some classic S’mores, you’re going to need fire – plus the chocolate, graham crackers and marshmallows.
  9. Water, Water. For the kids (and maybe the adults) if you’re starting when it’s warm enough so no one will get chilled break out the water balloons and maybe even a slip ‘n slide. Don’t forget some classic lawn games like croquet or corn hole.
  10. Inside Comfort. Face it – you’ll have a few guests who really aren’t the outdoor type. Make sure you create an indoors space for them or for anyone who wants to take a break. If you haven’t had your yearly air conditioning service by an air conditioning contractor – do it before you entertain. You don’t want to sweat getting ready and you want your guest to be comfortable if they choose to come indoors.

5 Ways How Outdoor Adventure Relates To Entrepreneurship

September 30, 2019

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When I first braved myself to embark on the entrepreneurship journey, I was soon facing a daunting question: Do I have the qualities to be an entrepreneur?

I am purely an outdoor educator. There were numerous instances when people told me that this passion of mine will not bring me far. But here I am, until today, staying stubborn passionate with this hobby of mine.

So I did take a step back to analyse if I have what it takes to be an entrepreneur. And I found 5 key qualities. Here they are:

1. Decision Making

Being in the outdoors requires me to make decisions. This is especially so when I have a group of participants. There are countless decisions to make before, during and after a programme.

For example, have I sorted out all the contingency plans? Have I brought sufficient food and equipment?

As an entrepreneur, I have to make countless decisions. No one is there to tell you what to do.

2. Risk Taking

I have to be used to take risks in the outdoors. If I do not risk falling, I will not know how high I can climb. If I do not risk making a wrong decision at a junction, I will not know if that is even the correct path to take.

I have started out a few businesses. Some worked while some failed. But still, I will not have known all these if I had not tried.

3. Safety Mindedness

However, people often misunderstand that being a risk taker means that we do not bother about safety. In the outdoors, the safety factor has actually been considered multiple times.

A climbing rope, for example, could withstand about 12 times more than an average climber’s weight. Safety procedures are everywhere. Where there is none, we are taught to make conservative judgement calls.

The very reason why I do not focus only on one single business is based on the wise saying: Do not place ALL your eggs in one basket. There has to be a safety net.

4. Perseverance

This is a classic nature of an outdoor adventurer. We are used to toughing it out. We know that words don’t count without actions. And the effort required is normally superhuman. We are trained to go the distance.

No one ever said being an entrepreneur is easy. It took me 6 months before I made my first dollar. Thankfully I have been trained to persevere.

5. Creativity

Facing problems is a staple diet of an outdoor adventurer. No one day or one activity is the same. Hence, we have to always think outside the box. Speak about being a maverick. I myself am amazed at what I or my participants do to solve problems.

5 Cool Facts to Know About Garner State Park

September 30, 2019

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Would your ideal vacation spot be a perfect natural haven filled with hiking, canoeing, tubing, geocaching, and even dancing? For many the answer is yes, and each year many outdoor enthusiasts choose Garner State Park as their ideal summer destination. Chock full of numerous nature-based activities, loaded with Mother Nature’s wonders, and highlighting the beauty of The Frio River, this state park could be your prime location for summer outdoor adventures as well. Are you unfamiliar with this amazing state park in Uvalde County? Here are 5 cool facts to know about Garner State Park.

1. Location

This beautiful state park is located in Concan, Texas on the southwestern edge of what is known to be the Edwards Plateau in the Balcones Canyonlands. It was created during the Cretaceous age due to fault line activity. Deep cliffs and mesas define this picturesque canyon land and surround clear rivers and streams perfect for fishing, canoeing, and tubing. The location, although visited by many year after year, remains mostly unchanged by human activity. The natural changes that occur due to weathering, flooding, or plant growth are allowed to constantly redefine the landscape without human intervention.

2. Wildlife

Being that the naturalness of this park is preserved as much as possible, much wildlife live and thrive there. Visitors to the park will frequently spot this wild life around them. Squirrels, raccoons, and white-tailed deer are the most common, but more exotic animals exist there too. Look for Rio Grande turkeys and mourning doves amongst a whole selection of various birds. If you are a bird watcher then you are in for a treat. The golden-cheeked warbler and black-capped vireo, both endangered species, nest in the park from spring until summer.

3. The Frio River

Rising from springs as the West Frio River, it promptly joins 2 other tributaries and flows southeast for 200 miles before draining into the Nueces River. The name Frio means cold in Spanish and this name perfectly describes the fresh cool waters that lure swimmers and campers up and down the length of its banks. This river is given a shout-out in the song, “All my Ex’s live in Texas,” by George Strait who grew up in Frio County.

4. Geocaching

Merge the joys of hiking and exploring with a scavenger hunt and you have geocaching. Hundreds of geocaches are hidden throughout the park and can be found using a GPS device or an app on a smart phone with GPS capabilities. The GPS device tells you how far away a geocache is and you must go off searching for it. They can be hidden in trees, under rocks, or even placed behind signs and landmarks. Often times a geocache will house a log book so you can write in your name and claim victory over that treasure forever.

5. Dancing

Back in the 1940’s during summer evenings, people would gather at the park’s concessions building and host a dance. This tradition has survived to this day and the park hosts dances each evening. They are very popular and require early arrival as they fill up quickly.

Escape the Festive Season


The Christmas parties are upon us. They mark the start of a full bill of social get togethers, excessive eating and drinking and time with the family. Some people relish the buzz, the giving and the sharing of good times, but some people prefer to escape the festivities in favour for some ‘peace on earth’.

Not every household will be gathering for roasted turkey, potatoes and all the trimmings during Christmas. Every year a significant number of boat enthusiasts opt for an alternative celebration. Accompanied by a small group of willing family and friends, they will be heading out onto the water with a flask and a turkey roll for sustenance.

All weather gear will replace the traditional Christmas jumper and party hat and you can catch up on the Queen’s Speech another time. On a sunny winter’s morning, what could be more of a treat than heading out onto quiet cruising waters?

With a bit of planning and preparation, you can be ready to make the most of the limited boating hours that are on offer on a bright, calm day.

Winter Boat Preparation

In addition to the usual gear and checks, your boat will benefit from a little extra time and attention if you want to keep it on the water through the coldest months.

• The good news is that with a vessel kept on salt water, it is unlikely that liquids will get frozen. You can however run antifreeze through the raw water system if you have concerns following a particularly cold spell.

• It can make sense to switch gas supplies to propane, as it has a lower freezing point that butane.

• A supply of grit can be useful for helping to keep decks from getting icy and presenting a slip hazard.

• Batteries may need additional charging through the winter months

• It is even more essential that you check all equipment regularly to ensure everything is in good working order.

A reliable supplier of quality branded boat parts can be useful to ensure that replacements and spares are delivered quickly.

Personal Safety

The warmer you stay, the easier it is to think clearly and perform well, so wrap up. Cold fingers can make it more challenging to undertake tasks, so you need a good pair of gloves and make every effort to keep ropes out of the water.

The sea temperature drops considerably through the winter months. If anyone falls overboard, they can be paralysed by the shock. It is therefore important to take care on board and always wear life jackets.

Pay close attention to shipping and weather forecasts, along with keeping a close eye on the clock. It’s easy to get carried away and not notice that time is ticking by. You don’t want to be stuck out at sea when the sun goes down.

7 Fall Activities for Fitness and Fun

September 30, 2019

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With gorgeous foliage and cooler temperatures, fall is the perfect season for outdoor activities. There’s something invigorating about a breezy fall afternoon that quite simply revives the soul. If you’re looking for ideas on making the most of this season, below are a few suggestions for fall activities for fitness and fun.

* Hiking. Whether hiking along a rugged mountain trail or in a wooded area, the time of year is just right for this endeavor. With a sense of adventure in the air, you may find yourself tackling trails that before seemed too challenging. If you own a mobile GPS device, use it to create some new hiking paths.

* Flag football. Reminiscent of a movie scene on a college campus, get together with a few friends for a game of flag football. With high school, college and professional football in full swing, your competitive spirit should be up for the challenge. Flag football is a great way to spend a fall afternoon.

* Jogging or walking. For those who enjoy jogging or walking, fall makes this exercise just a bit more pleasant. Enjoy taking in the sights and sounds of the season on an extra long route on weekend mornings.

* Raking the yard. Who says raking the yard is just hard work? You can actually have some fun with it. Share the task with family members and think of creative ways to make raking a game. No matter who wins, all can enjoy the sense of accomplishment with a cleanly raked yard.

* Bike riding. Another way to get in a solid and enjoyable workout during the fall is to ride your bike. Whether competing in a local race or going for a more leisurely ride, your spirits will soar will when biking on a cool fall day. If you have children, bike riding makes for a nice family activity.

* Yoga. For those who are passionate about yoga, try an outdoor session as the sun sets on a glorious autumn day. The serenity of nature will map to the inner serenity you’ve found. Yoga is such a relaxing form of exercise and meditation, and the fall weather truly compliments this discipline.

* Camping. Finally, if you’d like a weekend filled with both fun and exercise, go camping. Whether setting up camp or scouting for wood for a bonfire, you’ll truly enjoy the camping experience during autumn.

5 Reasons for Cooking Outdoors

September 30, 2019

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Why should you consider cooking outdoors as part of your lifestyle? There are many reasons why one should consider having outdoor cooking every now and then. Here are five great benefits from outdoor cooking:

1. Outdoor cooking is a stress reliever. How can we say so? Well, when you are cooking outside and having the company of your friends or relatives while enjoying some wine or beer, would you not feel relaxed, at ease and felt like the world is just a background? Surely, I do! Having the people whom you cherish and trust as company while cooking and eating outdoors and enjoying the nature, the sunset or the stars above is surely an excellent way to remove stress.

2. Cooking outdoors means healthy living. We are all conscious of our food intake especially when it comes to meats. Grilling outdoors is a healthy way of cooking foods. Unwanted fatty oils of the meat are dripped off the meat, which means calories are reduced, but nutrients like riboflavin and thiamine are maintained. We also don’t use butter when we grill meats which means healthier food! Veggies that are grilled are also more nutritious, especially those which are low in water content. Aside from being healthy and nutritious, the utmost part is that the food tastes finger-licking good!

3. Cooking outside is practical. How? Cooking indoors makes the house warmer and this could lead to air conditioners inside the house working overtime which also leads to bigger electric bills. To avoid such bills, especially in the summertime, outdoor cooking is the best option! Outdoor kitchens can be used as an entertaining area when celebrations arise. No need to have reservations at a hotel banquet hall and no need to worry about the possible mess inside your house if a party is held outdoors.

4. Outdoor cooking is entertaining. I mean, would you not take the opportunity to show off your cooking skills when friends and family are at your home? The best way to do that is when you have your outdoor kitchen complete with a wood-burning pizza oven! When you are outside socializing with family and friends, you don’t want to be left out on the latest happenings just because you are inside your house cooking while everyone is having fun outside. Cooking in an outdoor oven is an excellent choice for togetherness!

5. Outdoor cooking is valuable. Every penny you invest in your outdoor kitchen is worth it. The real estate value of your home increases because of having this trendy outdoor kitchen for outdoor cooking. When you invest in first class outdoor kitchen appliances, you certainly invest wisely! Having the best outdoor kitchen accessory typically means investing in stainless steel grills and island components. Stainless steel is considered an “all-season steel” because it lasts much longer and doesn’t rust despite the weather conditions it must survive.

Where should you put your investments? Definitely on something that would give you a better way of living! You and your family deserve a life that embraces laughter, cherished moments, and healthy living! You can find all that and more in an outdoor kitchen and entertaining area.

Summer Time Outdoors

September 30, 2019

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Summer fun begins when school is out and no more studies, that is for some kids. Schools now offer the kids summer school which might include catching up on hours to graduate or learning new skills and attending classes that need improvement. Other kids go to summer school just to be with their friends and have fun. Many schools plan outside activities like going to the park, swimming pool, or going to places to see the fire department, police headquarters and meet the people who serve their community. Some kids participate in crafts and games at school, but overall most kids enjoy their time at summer school.

Some of the sports outside still are going on in most areas. Boys and girls are involved in playing T-ball or baseball, while parents and grandparents cheer them on. It is just part of summer and being outdoors, even when it is hot and muggy. This is a good time to meet other parents and your neighbors that you don’t always see. Usually, you will share a bag of popcorn, candy, ice cream and soda with your kids or grandkids, what a great time to be together. You, of course, will want to take the camera to be able to take that special picture or video of your kids or grandkids. What memories you can make with them for being there at that special time when they catch the ball or make a home run.

As summer season continues the outdoor sports like swimming, riding bikes, going to camp and just being around their friends is important to them.

While dad and mom are packing and getting the car ready to go on vacation. The kids are getting their special toys ready to take with them. Some families will plan to go to spend their time at an amusement park or to the beach, while other families are getting ready to go camping and spending time up in the mountains and enjoying the outdoors and scenery.

Summer is a busy time, but can also be a great time to enjoy the family and be together. Taking time with your family is so important today since days seem to be so busy and our schedules are so full with work and other activities. Our kids and grandkids grow up so fast and leave home to go off to school or take a job away.

5 Must Haves For Winters

September 30, 2019

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Winter is love and I enjoy it to my fullest every year. It’s the time of year when my energy is at the maximum because I don’t enjoy much in summers due to the scorching sun shining all over my head. I do skiing, skating, and enjoy some other outdoor play, but still, there are some things I always have to prepare before winters start. Here’s what you need to make your winters worthwhile.

1. Ski

Like I said, I love skiing so I need ski shoes and boats. Go to a local sports store where commercial playground equipment is available and there you will easily find ski items, too. I usually shop in September as it is the time when great variety is available and store staff treats you well, too, because they have a plenty of time.

2. Skates

Just like skiing, I love skating and I need skates every winter, both for myself and my kids. I have seen some used pairs available at multiple sports shops and I was surprised to see their condition. They were good enough for the use of both young and adults, so make sure you get some of these to make the most of coming winters.

3. Beauty Products

In winters, skin gets very dry and sometimes, even itchy due to the central heat. I always prefer keeping coconut oil at my home in winters and I moisturise my kids with it. However, I also buy some winter creams and lotions to make sure my children’s skin does not get affected. Some of the brands I have tried including Nature’s Baby Organics, Earth Mama Angel Baby, and California Baby have given fruitful results.

4. Lip Balm

Just like skin, lips get dry a lot during winters. Therefore, I always keep a lip balm in my bag and keep one in each of my kid’s pocket. This way, I reduce the chances of forgetting it before getting out. In case you can’t find a decent chapstick or lip balm, try moisturizing lips with coconut oil. It has done wonders for me, to be honest. If it doesn’t suit you, you can also try simple butter and Aquaphor as a lip balm. However, try to use them in a little amount so that it won’t irritate you.

5. Snow Gear

When you get the first unexpected snow, you need readily available things like snowshoes, gloves, pants, hats, and coats. Kids get so excited when it’s the first snow of the year and all they want is to go outside and make a snowman and take pictures. Therefore, your snow gear must be prepared beforehand so that you won’t miss that lovely time of the year.

Some schools even ask for a snow kit, and if you don’t get your kid one, it will end up him being indoors while his peers are out in the snow jiggling and giggling around. I am sure you would hate it so much, so avoid doing it. You can save a good amount if you shop in March for snow gear as there isn’t a demand for these things during a hot weather.

In a Nutshell

Winters are almost here, and you should now prepare yourself to make the most of the lovely weather. All you need is some advanced planning and a little effort to enjoy winters at its fullest. However, don’t forget to take measures for health protection as it’s the time for an infectious outburst. Aren’t the given tips simple enough to make your winters momentous?

Autumn Leaves Are Falling


Autumn is a wonderful time. It is the end of the beginning. In Spring, everything comes to life after being dormant through the cold winter months. Then Summer arrives and everything blossoms and grows. Finally, Autumn is upon us and the trees shed their leaves waiting for the next time they can come back to life.

The autumn leaves are changing colour, the air is crisp and clean in the early morning, the sound of rustling leaves as they float through the air moving as if they are ready to travel to wherever old man wind takes them… these are the sounds and sights of Autumn.

Autumn is a perfect time to get out and go for a walk, or even better take your dog with you.

This is also a great time for photography. The amazing colours of the leaves turning red, orange and gold, and the way the light shines through the canopy of leaves makes for some truly amazing shots.

Action shots of dogs (big or small) romping through piles of leaves, wriggling ecstatically on top of the pile, trying to catch falling leaves in their mouths or running along a path with the sunlight behind them. These make for some amazing shots!

Taking advantage of the spectacular backdrops and scenery that the Autumn leaves provide, can make a picture of your best friend so much more interesting. It may even be worthy of having the honour of hanging on your wall, and not just your Autumn screen saver on your computer, tablet or phone.

With the new age of digital cameras and phones with cameras we now take more pictures than ever before. Years ago we were limited to how many pictures we could take, based on how much film you could afford and the cost of developing the film..unless you were lucky enough to have your own darkroom!

Taking 36 pictures in a week used to be a lot, but now with almost everyone having a cell phone and those phones having a high definition camera right in their phone it’s nothing to take 36 pictures in a matter of minutes. Our cameras and phones consistently hit their limits and we have to go through and delete hundreds of pictures that we never would have taken had it cost money for film and developing.