How to Improve Traction on Fly Fishing Wading Boots

I think you will agree that nowadays all fishing tackle stores and mail order outlets carry felt sole wading boots in a wide range of prices and sizes to fit the needs of the modern fly fisher. You always get what you pay for and a good wrapper boots with proper care will give the average fly fisher many years of service. Wading boots used for fishing are just not another pair of high priced hiking boots. They are designed to be wider and higher between the arch and laces plus added toe room to accomodate thick neoprene waders and the booties found on most of the better quality breathable waders. Good wading boots are constructed with quality workmanship and water resistant materials that will withstand the rugged abuse of river wading. I suggest that before you purchase any pair of wading boots try them on with your own waders and socks to get a proper fit.

With all that being said, after a couple of seasons are you just a little disappointed in the way those high dollar felt sole wading boots perform? Do they seem to be a little more slippery on some river bottoms than you thought they would be? There is a cure that will solve the problem, and it works on newer felt sole bottom boots and old worn out felts bottom boots as well.

If you have a pair if wading boots (old or new), with just plain melt soles try this fix: Find a reputable carpet store in your local area that sells and installs commercial grade water proof carpeting, the type used in offices, restaurants, Hotels etc. This is not carpet used in residential housing or indoor / outdoor carpet used on patios decks. Ask to see some ruminates with short (3/8 "or less) tight nap without a fabric or rubber backing. Tell the sales person what you want to use it for so he will know just what to show you. Piece 3'x 4 'to make four or five pairs of soles for your wading boots. Next, you will need to purchases Barge waterproof contact cement in the red and yellow can to glue the carpet over the existing felt soles. The Barge cement in the green can but I have been told that it is safer to use and works just about as well. The 32 oz. Can of cement will do 5 or 6 pairs of carpet soles or felt sole replacements and it can be found At most major building supply stores or shoe repair shops. You will also need a couple rolls of inch inch reinforced strapping tape

If you want to remove the old felts soles from a pair of wading boots you can do it yourself: In an open work area away from flames or sparks, apply a liberal amount of acetone to the melt soles and allow them to sit with soles facing Upward for 1 to 2 hours. Now using a heavy screwdriver, slip the tip between the felt sole and rubber sole of the boot at the toe end and pry the felt up. Then using a large pair of Vise Grip pliers, clamp down on the old felt sole at the toe end and pull it back and upwards; Like opening a can of sardines, the old felt should peel off quite easily. However, if the melt soles are sewn onto the bottoms of the boots you will need to go to a shoe repair shop to have the felts removed, or you can just glue the carpet to the felts.

In your work area place the carpet on a hard surface with the backing up. Place the wading boot on the carpet and use a black marking pen, making an outline of the sole and mark "R" for right and "L" for left. If your boots have a raised heel, draw a line across the carpet sole for the heel. I use a very sharp filleting knife to carefully cut out the replacement soles about inch inch wader than the boot sole. If your boots have the raised heel cut it where the cross line is marked. Do not worry about the replacement sole being a little oversized, you can easily trim it to size after the glue has dried. Now you are ready to apply the carpet to the bottoms of the boots.

In a well-ventilated work area, on a newspaper covered workbench, place blocks of wood on each side of the boots for support to keep the soles facing up. Then carefully apply a thick coat of Barge cement over the soles on the boots, making sure that the edges are well covered and allow the cement to become somewhat tacky. If the cement is absorbed into the melt soles apply another coat. Also apply one thick coat of cement to the hard back of the carpet sole replacements, and allow that cement to become tacky. Depending on the air temperature it may take 30 to 40 minutes for the glue to become tacky. This is contact cement, so carefully align the carpet soles with the bottoms of the boots and press them together the harder the better. Slip the boots on and walk around, stomping up and down, putting as much pressure as you can on areas of the bottom if the boots. Remove the boots and fold the upper part of the boots down into the boot opening. Use the strapping tape to very tightly wrap the carpet soles to the bottom of each boot. Make about 8 to 10 very tight wraps around the boot from heel to toe, then neatly apply about 3 pieces of tape from the bottom up and over the toe of each boot then do the same to the heels. The boot should now almost be completely covered with tightly wrapped strapping tape. After 2 to 3 days of drying, carefully remove the tape and using a sharp knife, trim the carpet as close as you can to the rubber sole of the boot. If you want a really neat job you can use a small propane torch to carefully seal the edges of the carpet.

I suggest that if you just want to replace the old felts with new felts replacements, this gluing method really works. However if you are not a nice man or you do not have the time, just take the carpeting to a good shoe shop and have them put the soles or felt sole replacements on for you.

The quality and longevity of this project is dependent on the quality of the carpet, the amount of pressure that is applied to the newly glued replacements, and the proper application of Barge contact cement.

Good luck, good fishing and wade safely. For waving tips and additional fly-fishing how to tips and information please visit my site.

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On Nursing Fashion – Scrubs Style For Men

Who says nursing or medical scrubs are only for women? They are wrong because these uniforms are unisex and both men and women can wear them. At present, you can become trendy and fashionable even if you are working inside the hospital.

At present, there are different styles, designs, colors and sizes of medical uniforms to choose from. Like women, men too deserve to look their best and achieve the cool and hip looks while on duty. Remember that the quality and type of uniforms that individuals wear can make or break their looks and personality, thus it is a must to select the right medical scrubs for your needs and requirements.

Today, lots of medical uniform manufactures added varied lines of scrubs to their clothing collection to fit the busy and active lifestyles of their patrons. Moreover, some medical scrubs manufacturers ordered even customized scrubs for their employees to ensure proper fitting and comfort.

Because of the comfort and convenience of wearing scrubs, numerous medical professionals have scrubs as their uniforms including dentists, nurses, veterinarians, health center workers and other allied medical workers.

Today, you can find scrubs which are rightfully made according to the height and body structures of men. Manufacturers realized that men deserve to look their best while on duty. With the active and busy lifestyles that they have, they too deserve to wear comfortable and convenient uniforms during their work shift. With the ingenuity and craftsmanship of clothing manufacturers, you can now distinguish the difference between scrubs for men and women. You can find scrub pants which are low-rise and made from wrinkle-resistant fabric and tops with classic and back white tie and tapered top.

Before you buy your scrubs, be sure to know your body structure. You need to know the different body types to create the right look you want. If you are not sure of your body structure, then go to the mirror without your clothes and assess what body type. Do you have broad or narrow shoulders? Do you have more weight in your thighs or hips? Do you have narrow waistline? These are some of the questions that you need to answer to determine your body structure.

Below are the four basic body shapes:

1. Broad shoulders with large chest – In this body type, you can do away with wearing tight tops. Tight tops are not only uncomfortable to wear but it would not be flattering to look at. You can consider choosing tops with mock-wrap or V-neck. Avoid choosing tops with prints on top, but select tops with dark colors. For your pants, you should keep them fitted but not tight.

2. Narrow shoulders with too much weight on thighs and hips – Be sure to choose printed tops for this body type. You can also try layering your jacket with scoop-neck or solid boat-neck top and pair it with solid pants.

3. Athletic, slim and narrow built – You can opt for printed tops. You can also wear long-sleeves tees along with short-sleeve jacket. You look good with flared pants.

4. With lots of curves on top and bottom – You can choose flare pants paired with scoop tees. You will also look great with V-neck wrap for tops, nipped waist jackets paired with straight leg pants. Small prints on top will also look good on you.

Choose what body structure you fit in and follow the suggestions given.

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Satya Paul – History About a Big Indian Designer

The designer behind the global brand Satya Paul was originally born in Leigha, Pakistan and came to India during the division of the country. Satya Paul is one of the pioneering designers in the global fashion industry who established the designer brand with the same name in 1985. He was especially renowned for working with weavers in their own villages turning their craftsmanship into designer products.

Launched in 1985 Satya Paul is one the premier designer brands in India with an international presence. The label is celebrated for ingeniousness in design and a lively colour range, known for sensual womanly pieces, signature prints and ageless style. The brand has developed over years to a globally famous Indian fashion label, present across 27 locations in India and selected high street boutiques abroad. The evolution of the brand to an international fashion label is mostly based on the fact, that Satya Paul has always replied proactively to their entire environment.

The carefully crafted collections are always centered around a theme of what is trendy and fashion forward, being totally up to date with the current season’s styles and trends. Every garment created by the Indian designer team mirrors impulsive, vital colours, distinctive patterns and outlines and grand creativity.

The variety of the Satya Paul womenswear is fabulous, including gorgeous Indian couture, trendy ready to wear clothing, beautiful Indian sarees and a big diversity of Indian fashion accessories like clutches, scarves and handbags. The Menswear of the label especially concentrates on trendy and new age accessories for business and casual occasions. The offers for men range from cufflinks and belts to wallets and ties.

Besides menswear and womenswear, the Indian designer label creates beautiful Indian bridal collections including sarees and lehengas in vivid colours, gorgeous embroidery and sophisticated patterns. Each garment emanates amazing beauty, elegance and resplendence in every way, what fulfils every imagination of a woman about her own bridal wear.

The Satya Paul Signature Series embodies the conception of discreet luxury with every piece created using wonderful prints, embellishments sensual fabrics and materials and flawless craftsmanship. Each garment in the Signature store is given unrepeated attention and thoughtfulness. Furthermore the store is hosting an exclusive and limited edition of Satya Paul designs incorporating customized services for every customers convenience. The first Satya Paul Signature store was inaugurated at DLF Emporio Mall in New Delhi. The diffusion line “Satya” exhibits the most exquisite designs in terms of prints. The line concentrates on selected design sensibilities and affordability to be aimed at the saree market.

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Venezuela Fashion

Fashion is an integral part of the people of Venezuela. The country has always been associated with a great fashion sense and has seen many legendary beauties in the beauty pageants. Venezuelan fashion is known to be exotic and unique, making it an important feature of world fashion market.

All the various accessories and makeup articles that are required for the upkeep of beauty are in great demand. Hence, the corresponding industry for fashion goods has also increased to keep up with the demand.

Fashion does not restrict itself to clothing. It can also incorporate a wider concept including hairstyles, nail paints, footwear, and even makeup. The people of Venezuela are very conscious about the way they dress and look, and hence great care is taken to stay abreast with the changing fashion trends. It is therefore no surprise that a lot of money is spent on designer clothing. Branded clothing can even be found in some of the remotest parts of the country. This fashion sense is not only prevalent in the youth section of society but also among the adults.

With the beauty pageant having such an important place in the lives of the Venezuelans, it is but natural that fashion designers and fashion houses are of great importance. Venezuelan domestic fashion houses deal in lot of politicking to be the official fashion house for the contestants. Venezuela has produced top designers such as Mayela Camacho, Ángel Sanchez, Durant & Diego, and Jose Maria Almeida, who are names to reckon with in the international haute couture arena.

The ever-increasing fashion scene has not only increased the number of fashion designers but also given rise to several jobs related to the fashion market. Tailors, makeup artists, hairstylists and many other jobs dependent on the fashion market have sprung up over the past few years. Modeling has also seen a parallel rise in the fashion market and Venezuelan models are some of the most sought after in the world today.

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How to Dress For a Formal Christmas Party – Men

With the Christmas party becoming an important social and networking event for corporations, Christmas parties have got even classier. Some require a formal dress code, where the male staff are asked to wear an elegant and classy tuxedo, whereas others less formal events require a refined and tasteful suit.

When attending a Christmas party, it’s important to look stylish and chic but also individual. Don’t choose anything you feel too uncomfortable in, or clothes that simply don’t look good on you. Keep your style in line with your own unique style but with a classy twist.

Suits may seem very boring at times, yet, they can be made to look chic and fun with a splash of colour or pin stripes. A pin striped suit that is well fitting looks very smart indeed and can be teamed with a dark shirt to exude that suave look. If opting for a plain suit, adding a splash of colour via a shirt or tie will add a formal but fun look. Moreover, adding a tie to your suit creates a smart and well-groomed look, but if you want to go for the more relaxed look, avoid a tie and open the top button of your shirt.

If your Christmas party is a black tie event, then the only option is a Tuxedo. You can either rent tuxedo’s or buy them, depending on how much usage you see yourself getting out of it. Although, there is more leeway with suits, you can still accessorize a tuxedo with different styled jackets, from shorter cuts to smoker jackets. Although, traditionally black and white, you can add a splash of subtle colour to tux’s to get that individual look.

Furthermore, cufflinks are the perfect accessory to any suit or tuxedo. They look aesthetically pleasing and show that you have put that little extra effort in.

Keep in mind, before you buy a suit or tuxedo to get it measured up correctly, so that it fits you perfectly. You will need accurate measurements for your waist, inseam, shoulders, back and arms, in order to make sure your suit or tuxedo fits you.

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Top 5 Mental Math Methods in the World

Today you can define mental math in various different ways. Some would say, memorizing times table and remembering the solutions can form the part of mental mathematics. Some would say ability to perform simple calculations in your head can be mental mathematics.

The web dictionary defines mental mathematics as “Computing an exact answer without using pencil and paper or other physical aids.”

Today there are five methods available to learn and practice mental mathematics.

Let’s begin with the first one called ‘Learning by Heart’ or better known as the rote memorizing method where your teachers ask you to mug up boring multiplication tables. It not only kills the interest of the child in mathematics but also makes sure that he develops hatred towards the subject for the rest of the years he studies it. This system gives its ardent devotee some degree of success initially as he is able to answer easy problems but then when the supposedly bigger application problems come the steam is almost over.

The second one gives you a good degree of success and I would highly recommend it to the younger lot out there. It hails from China and is popular by the name of The Abacus (also known as the Soroban in Japan). An abacus is a calculating tool, often constructed as a wooden frame with beads sliding on wires. With the use of this tool one can perform calculations relating to addition, subtraction, multiplication and division with ease. Gradually one practices with the tool in one’s hand and later on when experienced he learns to do it without the tool. This tool is then fitted into the mind mentally and he can then add, subtract multiply and divide in seconds. This tool also enhances a child’s concentration levels.

The main drawback of this system is that it focuses only on the 4 mathematical operations. Concepts beyond these operations such as Algebra, Square Roots, Cubes, Squares, Calculus, and Geometry etc cannot be solved using it at all. Also one needs a longer time to be able to fully get a grasp of the system hence you see courses in the abacus stretching to over 2 years which leads the child to boredom and then quitting from the course.

Another Chinese system mainly collected from the book The Nine Chapters on the Mathematical Art lays out an approach to mathematics that centers on finding the most general methods of solving problems. Entries in the book usually take the form of a statement of a problem, followed by the statement of the solution, and an explanation of the procedure that led to the solution.

The methods explained in this system can hardly be termed mental and they lack speed to top it all. The Chinese were definitely the most advanced of the civilization thanks to the Yangtze and Yellow Rivers but if I were to choose out of the two methods given by this culture It would be the abacus.

If wars have a 99.99% downside, sometimes they can have an upside too for they give birth to stories of hope and creativity. The next mental math system was developed during the Second World War in the Nazi Concentration Camp by a Ukrainian Mathematician Jakow Trachtenberg to keep his mind occupied. What resulted is now known as the Trachtenberg Speed System of Mathematics and consists of Rapid Mental Methods of doing Mathematics.

The system consists of a number of readily memorized patterns that allow one to perform arithmetic computations very quickly. It has wider applications than the Abacus and apart from the four basic operation methods it covers Squares and Square Roots.

The method focuses mostly on Multiplication and it even gives patterns for multiplication by particular number say 5,6,7 and even 11 and 12. It then gives a general method for rapid multiplication and a special two finger method. After practicing the method myself I realized that the multiplication was a very applicable mental method but the other methods covered to solve division and square roots were not very friendly and were impossible to be done mentally. I was in search of a much better wholesome method where I could easily perform other operations also. Another drawback of this system was that it too like the abacus failed to have a wider scope i.e to encompass other fields like Algebra, Calculus, Trignometry, Cube Roots etc

A Recommendation by a friend of mine from America introduced me to what is known as the Kumon Math Method. It was founded by a Japanese educator Toru Kumon in 1950s and as of 2007 over 4 million children were studying under the Kumon Method in over 43 different countries.

Students do not work together as a class but progress through the curriculum at their own pace, moving on to the next level when they have achieved mastery of the previous level. This sometimes involves repeating the same set of worksheets until the student achieves a satisfactory score within a specified time limit. In North American Kumon Centers, the mathematics program starts with very basic skills, such as pattern recognition and counting, and progresses to increasingly challenging subjects, such as calculus, probability and statistics. The Kumon Method does not cover geometry as a separate topic but provides sufficient geometry practice to meet the prerequisites for trigonometry, which is covered within the Kumon math program.

I was much impressed with the glamour around Kumon but a glimpse of its curriculum deeply disappointed me. It is not mental at all. It does not offer any special methods to do mathematics and one does not improve one’s speed by doing Kumon Math. There is a set curriculum of worksheets which one does till one achieves mastery in the subject. So say for example a sheet on Divison- one would continue to do division by the conventional method till he gets a satisfactory score and then he moves on to a higher level. This certainly doesn’t make division any faster and the process is certainly not mental.

A deep thought on the reason of its tremendous popularity in America led me to conclude was the lack of a franchisee business model of the abacus and the Trachtenberg speed system in the 1950s. The franchisee model was essential in taking the course from country to country. This is where Toru Kumon thrived.

Dissapointed with other cultures in the world, my search made me look in my own Indian culture. What I found astonished and amazed me so much that I fell in love with the system and started coaching neighbourhood students in it.

This is easily the World’s Fastest Mental Mathematics System called High Speed Vedic Mathematics. It has its roots in Ancient Indian Scriptures called the Vedas meaning ‘the fountain head of knowledge’. With it not only you can add, subtract, multiply or divide which is the limiting factor of the abacus but you can also solve complex mathematics such as algebra, geometry, Calculus, and Trigonometry. Some of the most advanced, complex and arduous problems can be solved using the Vedic Maths method with extreme ease.

And all this with just 16 word formulas written in Sanskrit.

High Speed Vedic Mathematics was founded by Swami Sri Bharati Krishna Tirthaji Maharaja who was the Sankaracharya (Monk of the Highest Order) of Govardhan Matha in Puri between 1911 and 1918. They are called “Vedic” as because the sutras are contained in the Atharva Veda – a branch of mathematics and engineering in the Ancient Indian Scriptures.

High Speed Vedic Mathematics is far more systematic, simplified and unified than the conventional system. It is a mental tool for calculation that encourages the development and use of intuition and innovation, while giving the student a lot of flexibility, fun and satisfaction . For your child, it means giving them a competitive edge, a way to optimize their performance and gives them an edge in mathematics and logic that will help them to shine in the classroom and beyond.

Therefore it’s direct and easy to implement in schools – a reason behind its enormous popularity among academicians and students. It complements the Mathematics curriculum conventionally taught in schools by acting as a powerful checking tool and goes to save precious time in examinations.

The Trachtenberg Method is often compared to Vedic Mathematics. Infact even some of the multiplication methods are strikingly similar. The Trachtenberg system comes the closest to the Vedic System in comparison and ease of the methods. But the ease and mental solvability of the other method especially division, square roots, cube roots, Algebraic Equations, Trigonometry, Calculus etc clearly gives the Vedic System an edge. Even NASA is said to be using some of this methods applications in the field of artificial intelligence.

There are just 16 Vedic Math sutras or word formulas which one needs to practice in order to be efficient in Vedic Math system. Sutras or Word Math Formulas such as the Vertically and Crosswise, All from Nine and Last from ten helps to solve complex problems with ease and also a single formula can be applied in two or more fields at the same time. The Vertically and Crosswise formula is one such gem by which one can multiply, find squares, solve simultaneous equations and find the determinant of a matrix all at the same time.

If either of these methods is learned at an early age, a student aged 14 can perform lightening fast calculations easily during his examinations and ace through them.

Vedic Mathematics is fast gaining popularity in this millennium. It is being considered as the only mental math system suited for a child as it helps to develop his numerical as well as mental abilities. The methods are new and practical and teach only Mental Rapid Mathematics.

The system does not focus on learning by repetition as in the Kumon Method. The system focuses on improving intelligence by teaching fundamentals and alternate methods. The purpose is not limited to improving performance in the school or tests, but on providing a broader outlook resulting in improved mathematical intelligence and mental sharpness.

To know more about the Vedic Mathematics Sutras – The World’s Fastest Mental Math System you can visit http://www.vedicmathsindia.org

This Article is by Gaurav Tekriwal,, The President of the Vedic Maths Forum India who has been conducting High Speed Vedic Math Workshops for the last five years and has trained over seven thousand students across the world in the field. He is the author of the best selling DVD on the subject which contains over 10 hours on the subject. He is an expert in the field and revolutionizes the way children learn math.

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Unwanted Toys – 16 Ideas For What to Do With Them

Knowing what to do with unwanted toys can be the biggest stumbling block when it comes to taking action to get rid of these house cluttering items. Children grow out of them or they did not like them in the first place, for whatever reason, every household has a pile of toys that no longer see the light of day. If every time you look at the ever growing mountain of abandoned toys you quickly walk by or close the door, take heart, finding a better home for them is easier than you think. So where do you start?

Firstly you need to consider which toys should really go in the rubbish and which can safely be given away. You should not give away:

  • toys which are at the end of their useful life
  • soft toys, unless they are new or in as-new condition
  • toys which have suffered significant damage.

In other words only give away toys in a condition that you yourself would buy. If you have the original packing or manufacturer’s instructions give them away with the toy.

Secondly you need to decide whether you want to GIVE your unwanted toys away or make a bit of spare change from selling them.

The following 11 ideas cover donating your unwanted toys to worthy causes:

1. Donate to Charity Shops

Pop into your local charity shops and ask if they accept second hand toys. Don’t be offended if they don’t because due to health & safety regulations it often costs the charity more money (in terms of staff time having to check for loose threads/parts/batteries etc) than actually buying them brand new. If they will accept your donations do not forget to sign the Gift Aid declaration form, to boost the value of your donation by 28%.

Charity shops obviously benefit the charity they are supporting, be that children’s charities, medical charities etc. If you would prefer your toys to go directly to less fortunate children ideas 3-11 may be more appealing.

2. Donate to Charities Online

By using the eBay For Charity initiative, you can sell your unwanted toys and the proceeds will be sent directly to the charity. Items being sold for charity are identified with a distinctive ribbon symbol along with a description of the charity that will be receiving the proceeds of the sale. Buyers place bids for these goods in the usual way, knowing their money will go to a worthwhile cause.

JumbleAID is another online answer to your mountainous toy problem – they let you post adverts for your unwanted toys (and other things) online and anyone can pledge a donation for them. It is free and easy to use and all of the funds raised go to your chosen charity.

3. Donate to Hospitals

This is only really appropriate for new toys due to safety/infection concerns but sometimes we all find toys that our children received two of or perhaps some that they were not so keen on that never left the box.

4. Donate to Childrens’ Homes

Children in homes are typically older so when considering which toys would be suitable go with an average age of about 14. Find your nearest home using a service using an online search to see if these children could benefit from part of your unwanted toy stash.

5. Donate to Women’s Refuges

Women’s refuges help hundreds of thousands of women and children escape domestic violence each year. Often they flee their homes leaving all of their possession behind. Find the number of your local Domestic Violence service online through an organisation such as Women’s Aid, to offer your help through your used toys.

6. Send Your Toys To Orphanages Abroad

There are many orphanages, child health homes and day care centers abroad who are in need of toys. Some encourage you to send your toys, old and new, to improve the lives of these children as well as monetary donations. To find addresses of orphanages that do accept toy donations, search on Google for “send toys to african orphanages” or “chinese orphanages” or something similar and find their donations page. Some only accept monetary donations but you can find addresses if you are persistent.

7. Donate to Family Centres

Contact your local Social Services Department to see if they know of any family centres near you that will take and get good use from your second hand toys.

8. Ask Your Local Church

Ask your local church if they know of families who could benefit from your unwanted toys.

9. Donate to Special Needs Schools, Playgroups or Nurseries

Find your nearest special needs school, playgroup or nursery and ask if they will accept second hand toys.

10. Donate to Toy Libraries

Toy libraries offer services to local children, families and carers based on regular toy loan for a nominal fee (and sometimes for free). Contact the National Association of Toy & Leisure Libraries online to find a library nearest to you.

11. Use The Freecycle Network

Freecycle is an online network of groups that match people who have things they want to get rid of with people who can use them. Their goal is to keep usable items out of landfills. Find your local group from their website and send the details of the toy you are offering in an e-mail. All items must be offered for free.

The remaining 5 ideas cover making a few pounds from your second hand toys to help in the current gloomy economic climate:

When selling your second hand toys you must be aware that all second-hand toys sold or supplied in the course of a trade or business fall under The Toys (Safety) Regulations 1995 which requires that they must be safe and bear the CE marking.

12. Sell Them On eBay

Sign up with eBay, an online auction and shopping website, where you can advertise your unwanted toys for sale and interested buyers will make bids if they are interested in your item.

13. Sell Them On Craigslist

Sign up online with Craigslist, a centralised network of online communities, and submit a free online classified advert for your item.

14. Sell Them At A Car Boot Sale

Look in your local newspaper to find the location of your nearest car boot sale, usually held over the weekend. Make sure you turn up early to ensure you get a pitch. You will have to pay a fixed fee for setting up your car boot in the sales area so make you sure you take enough unwanted items to make it worth your while. Portable tables or blankets are a good idea to take with you to display your goods on.

15. Organise a Toy Swap Party

Arrange with other parents a time and a place for everyone to bring their unwanted toys and the chances are all items will change hands very quickly. The downside to this is that you will not end up decluttering your house of toys but you will get some new toys for free.

16. Rent Them Out

Find an online toy rental service, such as Zilok, and make some money by loaning out your unwanted toys by the day.

Start DeCluttering Now

As parents it is a daily task to try and keep on top of the toy chaos that surrounds us. Decluttering the house of unwanted toys is a logical way to restore a bit of order and get part of your home back. Hopefully at least one of the above ideas will work for you and you will feel better knowing another child is benefitting from your efforts.

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Rain Boots – Your Feet Deserve Them and the Benefits They Provide

Rain shoes boast unique benefits because of the sheer nature of their design and function. From men's and women's rain boots to children's rain shoes, there are a host of advantages to consider as you seek out your ideal selection of rain-focused footwear. Protection, style, and Traction reflect three particular benefits of owning a pair of boots that has been specifically created to help you properly prepare for and weather a variety of natural elements. Treat your feet with the respect that they deserve on those dreary, dismal days.

An effective pair of rain boots will properly protect your feet and the lower portion of your legs from being soaked by rain, mud, and sleet among a variety of other conditions. In order to enhance overall protection, you will want to find a pair of boots that boasts superior durability. After all, what good will a pair of shoes do for you if you can not wear them multiple times? To this end, invest in a pair of rain shoes that can properly and efficiently protect you. Consider rubber rain boots as rubber is a naturally elastic material. The elasticity of rubber rain boots will allow your feet to breathe and will reduce the concern of feeling bound within your footwear.

In addition to protection, boots for the rain can function to accentuate your unique style. With new style combinations always appearing across the fashion landscape, rain shoes have proven that they too can hold the title of "trend-setter". In fact, fashion rain shoes have provided designers and manufacturers with an unsuspecting new angle and audience to address. From beachwear to casual day-wear and beyond, fashion boots have walked into the lives of starlets, socialites, and style gurus alike. Much like sun is no longer a prerequisite for sunglasses, rain is no longer a prerequisite for rain shoes. Leverage the versatility of fashion rain boots to help you redefine your sense of style.

Traction is another critical benefit. Safety is naturally a concern when sauntering through streams and puddles as you cautiously attempt to edge your way to your destination. Because they are specifically designed to prevent slippage and other rain-induced accidents, rain boots are a logical footwear solution for inclement weather conditions. Eliminate your fear of falling by investing in a pair of rain shoes that was manufactured with your safety in mind. Further, afford your children the opportunity of indulging in puddle-jumping as you stand by stress-free thanks to the element of traction.

While many people go through the motions of buying rain boots just to have them in case of a storm or simply view them as a mere product or a means to an end, it is important to note the benefits that this versatile type of footwear has to Offer. From protection to style to traction and safety, rain boots function to provide you with a footwear solution full of unique advantages. Before you make an impulse purchase, take the time to weigh the benefits of a particular pair of rain boots.

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Active Learning Activities – Guided Lecture

Wow…lecturing and active learning are certainly two concepts that one would not expect to see in the same sentence. In fact, as a proponent of active learning activities, lecturing is not something I do very often. However, regardless of your teaching style, there are times that all teachers must directly teach, or lecture, to their students. Unfortunately, as we all know, students simply don’t have the attention span to keep up with a lecture that carries on for too long. That is why Guided Lectures work as great active learning activities.

A Guided Lecture is a teaching strategy that simply combines lecturing with student interaction and feedback. What’s great about using Guided Lectures as one of your active learning activities is that they require little or no preparation.

In a Guided Lecture the teacher will lecture for 5-10 minutes depending on the grade level and ability level of the students. During the lecture students are NOT to take any notes. After the 5-10 minutes of lecturing, the students create a list of everything they remember about the content of the lecture. After they create their lists, the students pair up with a partner to share their lists and add anything they missed. The teacher can then repeat the process with another 5-10 minutes of lecturing.

It is important that teachers always let the student know before hand how long the lecture will be and what they will have to do afterwards as students will be more likely to pay attention if they know that the lecture is going to be short and that they will be required to provide immediate feedback based on the content of the lecture.

Active learning activities are based on the fact that students who make frequent responses during a lesson will learn more than those that do not. Guided Lectures force students to make those frequent responses by listening, writing, and speaking, thereby turning the passive learning into an active learner.

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Fun Facts About Australia: They Get More Snow Than Switzerland

Australia is a country that most people find to be a little bit odd, as a result there are a lot of facts about Australia that most people find to be fun. One of the most interesting is that it snows in Australia. Not only does it snow but they actually get more snow than Switzerland does in an average year.

This is a fact about Australia that shocks most people who never think about it snowing in Australia but the fact remains that it does. Obviously the whole continent does not get huge amounts of snow fall but there are areas that get a great deal. These areas are in the mountains, another fact that surprises a lot of people who think of the continent as being very flat.

There are in fact mountains in Australia, while they are not particularly high by the standards that you would find in other countries they do really stand out because the rest of the continent is so flat. The highest peaks are around six thousand feet in height which is plenty high enough to get snow fall in winter. The largest mountain range on the continent is referred to as the Australian Alps and is located near the Capital Region.

Switzerland of course also has mountains, and a lot more of them than Australia which raises the question of how it is possible for Australia to get more snow? The answer is that the mountains in Australia are located near to the coast while Switzerland is a landlocked country. Coastal regions will always get more precipitation than inland regions and if it is cold enough it will fall as snow. In the mountains of Australia it does get cold enough and as a result a great deal of snow falls.

While most people are surprised to learn that it snows in Australia the people who live there are well aware of it, even if it does not affect their daily lives. Skiing has become a very popular sport in the country over the last few years and a number of resorts have been built. As these resorts start to attract more and more foreign tourists who are looking for a place to ski during the summer months at home the amount of snow that Australia gets will probably become more widely known. For now however it remains a fun fact that you can share with your friends.

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