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Morueats Asian Foods Review & Discount Code

Morueats the Asian shop

I knew Aiden and Ella would be very pleased when I told them they were being sent a hamper of Asian foods from Morueat to review and I wasn’t wrong!

Aiden’s been an anime fan since he was little and dreams about going to Japan one day and Ella’s a big fan of trying snacks from different countries!

Morueats – The Asian Shop

When the parcel arrived Ella wanted to dig right in but I had to hold her off until I’d taken some photos!

selections of Asian food snacks

They both enjoyed everything, except for the Oolong tea in a can! Ella loved the Kato mango drink and both agreed the dark chocolate popcorn with popping candy was nice. I was surprised Ella tried the popcorn because whilst she does like popcorn, she stopped eating it a while ago as she would get really annoyed with the bits getting stuck in places she couldn’t get them out of!

Hello Panda

Hello Panda snack biscuits are cute, panda-shaped biscuits with a creamy filling. We received 3 different flavours in the hamper; milk, strawberry and caramel.

I have to admit to swiping the box of caramel biscuits before showing Aiden and Ella the contents! They were really nice, but be warned, once you open the box, it’s hard to stop snacking!

The milk and strawberry flavours went down well with both, as did the Pepero sticks.

Fun Snacks

selections of Asian food snacks including Choco Boy, Koala's march, Hi-chew and Yan Yan dips

One thing you can say about Asian foods is that they make a lot of fun snacks! Much like the Hello Panda biscuits, the Koala’s March are koala-shaped biscuits with creamy fillings and Choco Boy snacks are shaped like mushrooms. They’d look great on a dessert charcuterie board for a children’s party or when the children have their friends over for a movie night.

Top Pick

Of all the snacks we were sent, Aiden’s top choice was the strawberry-flavoured MeltyKiss chocolates. He said they were really smooth and creamy.
I forgot to get him to save me one so I could try it but now I know he loves them, I’ll be able to get some to put in his stocking at Christmas!

Not Just Snacks

Morueat isn’t just about snacks, they also sell pantry items such as condiments, noodles, cooking ingredients, seasonings, marinades and soups, to name but a few.

You can also get themed bundles. I’ve just seen a sushi-making bundle that Ella would love. Not to use herself, however, she’d most likely give it to her dad and get him to make the sushi for her!

If you love Asian snacks, you can get 20% off your first order by using the code, SHELLDESIGNS at the checkout, or click morueats.com/SHELLDESIGNS to have it automatically added to your basket!

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Is Bingo All Luck, or Can Skills Help You Win

Winning Bingo card
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Bingo isn’t all about luck; your skill and strategies make all of the difference in increasing your odds. Experienced bingo players understand that there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to Bingo; pattern recognition, quick thinking, and strategic decision-making all play an integral role. By honing these abilities further, they can increase their odds and maximize winnings.

In this article, we’ll share the secrets to success and equip you with all the skills you’ll need to become a bingo champion.

Why do skills really matter in Bingo?

Whether you play the traditional Bingo or the online version (like Lottoland bingo), this game requires skills to determine its outcome, not luck alone. One key skill involved with Bingo is pattern recognition: experienced players possess an uncanny knack for quickly recognizing horizontal, vertical, and diagonal lines and more complex patterns like four corners or blackouts. By quickly recognizing such patterns early on, they can strategically mark their numbers to increase their chances of victory and ultimately increase their winning potential.

Quick thinking is another essential skill needed in Bingo. Given its fast-paced nature, making quick decisions quickly is critical. Skilled players know how to process information quickly and react in response – whether selecting numbers to mark off or purchasing cards – being quick-witted gives players an edge that helps keep them ahead of the game.

Strategic decision-making can make all the difference when playing Bingo. Experienced players understand when and when not to take risks; managing resources wisely means selecting cards to purchase or using power-ups wisely can enormously affect winning rates while mitigating losses. By making strategic decisions, players can increase their odds of success while decreasing losses.

You can develop and hone your Bingo Skills

While some individuals may possess natural aptitudes for Bingo, skills can also be acquired and enhanced through practice and experience.

An effective way to develop bingo skills is through studying the game itself. There are countless resources online, from tutorials and strategy guides to forums where experienced players share tips. By taking time to gain from such knowledge and expertise, you may gain insights that can elevate your bingo game and improve it further.

Not only should you practice and study the game, but you must also analyse your own performance. Keep track of wins and losses to identify improvement areas- such as frequently missing certain patterns or struggling with quick decision-making. By pinpointing your weaknesses, you can focus on specific areas for growth during practice sessions and tailor your practice sessions accordingly.

woman winning an online bingo game
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Remember: concentration and focus in Bingo are crucial

Concentration and focus are integral skills in playing Bingo. With so many numbers being called and patterns to keep track of, it’s easy to become distracted or lose concentration; experienced players understand the significance of keeping their minds sharp throughout a game of Bingo.

One way to increase concentration and focus is by eliminating distractions. Find a quiet and comfortable spot where you can play Bingo where there will be minimal interruptions; switch off or set silent mode on your phone in order to reduce calls or notifications from coming through; this allows you to fully immerse yourself in the game without interruption, maintaining high concentration levels throughout.

Another effective approach is practicing mindfulness. Before diving in to play Bingo, take some time out to focus on being in the present moment and clear your mind of distractions; this can help reduce stress and anxiety levels as well as allow for improved concentration on gameplay. Deep breathing exercises or meditation may also be effective ways of relaxing the mind and improving concentration.

Here is how to apply your new skills in Bingo

Now that we’ve discussed the importance of skills in Bingo and how to develop them, let’s explore some strategies for applying these skills in the game. One effective strategy is to focus on multiple cards. Skilled players often play with multiple cards simultaneously to increase their chances of winning. By keeping a close eye on multiple cards, players can spot patterns quicker and mark off more numbers in a shorter amount of time.

Another strategy is to be aware of the numbers being called. Skilled players pay close attention to the numbers being called and mark them off on their cards as quickly as possible. By staying engaged and concentrating on the game, players can avoid missing any numbers and maintain a higher level of accuracy.

In addition to these strategies, managing your time effectively during the game is important. Skilled players set a pace that allows them to mark off numbers efficiently without feeling rushed. Players can optimize their performance and increase their chances of winning by finding the right balance between speed and accuracy.

Final Thoughts

Skills can make all the difference in Bingo, increasing your odds and your winnings. By honing pattern recognition, quick thinking, and strategic decision-making abilities, you can increase your odds and maximize winnings. Honing these abilities takes practice, but with dedication and perseverance, you could become a bingo master!

However, luck plays a huge part in Bingo; even experienced players can’t win all the time. To maximize your experience and ensure a rewarding bingo journey, both skill, and luck must play their parts. With the right combination of both factors on your side, you will soon have a better bingo gaming experience.

Devon Hampers Review

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I was recently given a gift voucher for WonderDays Experience Days and I chose to create a hamper from Devon Hampers. You can read my Wonderdays review here.

I chose to create a £75 hamper with Devon Hampers which said this size of hamper was for 6 people.
All I had to do was to email Devon Hampers with my relevant reference numbers and just wait for an email back.

Devon Hampers

I spent quite a while looking through the website, deciding which items to fill my hamper with.
At first, I thought the hamper would be included and I just had to choose the contents, but I then saw that I would have to choose the hamper type and size, and they were individually priced.

Choosing The Basket

When it came to choosing a basket I found that there were 3 options to choose from:

Traditional Wicker Hamper
Printed Gift Box
Classic Cardboard Box

Obviously, if I were buying this as a gift for someone, I’d choose the traditional wicker basket or at the very least, the printed box.
As it was just for me, I decided on the plain cardboard box which cost £4. I had to reduce the number of items I was going to put in the box as it would take me over the voucher limit. It would also take me over the number of items I could include as there is a maximum of 14 items for this size box.

If I wanted to keep all the items totalling £75, I would have to pay an extra £49 for the wicker basket. The printed box wasn’t an option because the maximum number of items for the largest size printed box was 8.

Picnic Lunch

It was nearly my birthday so I decided that the husband and I would enjoy a special picnic lunch to celebrate.

Here’s what I picked:

1 Cardboard Box £4.00

2 Large Fresh Baked Scones Pack Of 2 £7.70

1 Furniss Original Cheddar Biscuits 170g £4.95

1 Devon Sausage Roll x 1 £3.50 (I meant to order 1 each but I somehow only added 1 to the order so we had to share!)

1 Wookey Hole Cave Aged Traditional Cheddar 170g x 1 £6.15

1 Hogsbottom West Country Ploughmans Chutney 320g x 1 £4.65

1 Burt’s Crisps Mature Cheddar And Spring Onion 40g x 1 £2.25

1 Rodda’s Cornish Salted butter 200g x 1 £3.95

1 Lyme Bay Salted Caramel Cream Liqueur 500ml x 1 £15.00

1 Rodda’s Clotted Cream 113g x 1 £3.99

1 Foxcombe Bakehouse Traditional Shortbread 160g x 1 £4.95

1 Ginger Liqueur 200ml x 1 £9.50

1 Hogsbottom Strawberry Jam 227g x 1 £4.30

Total = £74.89

Delivery

I loved that you can choose the delivery on the day of your choice. It meant I could order it to be delivered the day before my birthday and I wasn’t just left keeping my fingers crossed that it would arrive on time!

Contents

Upon opening the hamper, the first thing I saw was the packet of crisps (not shown in the above image) had burst open. I didn’t want to ask for a replacement because I’m trying to be kinder to the planet and having another delivery for a £2.25 packet of crisps was not worth it.

I did have a couple of other problems with the contents, I’m sad to say.

The cheese biscuits were all broken, every single one. We had planned to put butter on them and eat them with the Wookey Hole, cave-aged traditional cheddar that I’d ordered, but that didn’t work very well with the broken bits.

Talking of the Wookey Hole cheese I had ordered, it was substituted without any communication from Devon Hampers. I know it’s only a small thing, but if I’d been ordering it for a gift for someone, the items I picked could have been chosen for personal reasons that meant something to the recipient. To be substituted, without checking I was happy with the substitute before shipping, was disappointing.

I emailed Devon Hampers about the issues and got an apology for the crisps but not for the cheese. They just explained that the one I ordered wasn’t in stock and the substitution was the nearest they had to the one I had ordered.

On a positive note, the sausage roll, shortbread and scones with cream and jam were delicious. Anthony also loves the Hogsbottom chutney and his ginger liqueur.
I have to say, my salted caramel liqueur was very nice as well!

Conclusion

Overall I was happy with the hamper but not enough to make me personally want to shop there again, however, I wouldn’t be disappointed if I were to receive one as a gift!

The prices were a bit too high for me; I’d never normally spend £2.25 on a 40g bag of crisps and I think I’d be able to source the contents for a lot less and make up my own hamper as a gift for someone special.

Thinking about hiring an SEO expert? Read this first.

SEO expert working on a website
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What is SEO and how it works?

The technique of increasing the visibility and rating of a website or a web page inside the results pages of a search engine is referred to as search engine optimization (SEO) (SERPs). This is done by incorporating a variety of approaches and strategies into the design and content of the website. Some examples of these include the use of pertinent keywords, the creation of material of high quality, and the building of backlinks from other websites.

The objective of search engine optimization, sometimes known as SEO, is to boost the volume and quality of visitors coming to a website from search engines, most frequently through “organic” or unpaid search results.

The following are some things to think about when looking for an SEO expert:

You should hire an SEO expert who has worked with websites in your industry or field of expertise before.

If you want the best results, you need to hire an SEO expert who not only understands how search engines work but also keeps up with the latest trends and best practices in the industry.

It is critical to work with an SEO professional who is committed to ethical practices and avoids tactics that could harm your website’s search engine rankings or reputation.

Transparency: A trustworthy and effective SEO consultant in the UK would be one who is open and communicative about their strategies. An SEO specialist is more likely to succeed if they are open and honest about their methods.

The ability of a potential SEO expert to provide results is, ultimately, the single most important factor to consider when making a hiring decision. Find an SEO expert who has a history of success in improving a website’s visibility in search results and attracting more visitors.

How an SEO expert can boost your rankings

An SEO consultant will make sure that high-quality and relevant keywords are used throughout your website’s content, titles, and meta tags.

According to SEO expert Paul Hoda from London, it is vital to bear in mind that obtaining a position on the first page of Google is not a process that can be accomplished overnight and can entail a significant amount of time and effort.

It is vital to look for an SEO expert who is willing to work with you to improve the search engine optimization of your website and can clearly communicate their strategies and progress.

The best SEO expert to hire is the one who can tailor their technique to meet the specific needs of your company rather than the other way around.

It is also very important to keep in mind that the precise ranking variables that are most relevant may vary depending on the search algorithm that is being used as well as the specific industry or niche in which you operate. This is something that you need to take into consideration. This is something that needs to be taken into account, so keep that in mind.

Create informative and engaging content that answers the questions and addresses the problems faced by the target audience.

You should make sure that your website is mobile-optimized because search engines place a high value on how mobile-friendly it is and how quickly it loads.

Use header tags and arrange your data in a sensible fashion to make it easier to read and comprehend.

The use of alternative text for images on a website can increase the possibility that search engines will be able to read the data contained within them.

You should strive to gain high-quality inbound links to your website from other reliable websites in order to increase the credibility of your website and its position in the search engine results.

Utilize several social media sites to advertise your business and get customers to your website.

Making use of tools like robots.txt and sitemaps can help search engines more easily crawl and index your site’s content.

Final words

It is vital to bear in mind that obtaining a position on the first page of Google is not a process that can be accomplished overnight and can entail a significant amount of time and effort on the part of the individual.

It is also very important to keep in mind that the precise ranking variables that are most relevant may vary depending on the search algorithm that is being used as well as the specific industry or niche in which you operate. This is something that you need to take into consideration. This is something that needs to be taken into account, so keep that in mind.

Plant Your Pencils for a Wildlife-Friendly Garden!

Plant your pencil pack of 5 pencils to help you have a wildlife friendly garden

We’ve been working on the garden this year and it’s finally starting to resemble a real garden and not a junkyard!
Well, I say we, but I mean Ant’s been working on the garden, and we now have a lawn again! He works on it whenever he gets a chance and we’re going to make it as wildlife-friendly as possible. The pond we made when we first moved here was small and gave us a few problems so Ant made it bigger and better last year.

Bee Friendly

We especially want to make the garden bee-friendly so when I was asked if I’d like to review some pencils by Sprout, that are good for the bees, I, obviously, said yes. I’d never heard of Plant Your Pencil but I love the idea of it.

When your pencil gets too small to use, you plant it in a pot and wait for it to sprout. When they’re nice and strong, plant them out in your wildlife-friendly garden to help the bees 🙂

Instructions on how to plant your pencil

Seed Choices

Each pencil has different seed types at the end. For the bee-friendly plants, there are Thyme, Coriander, Sage, Chia and Carnation seeds.

seeds at the end of the pencil

Messages

Each pencil has a little message on it to encourage you to help the bees and we all know how important it is for us all to help the bees right now and into the future.

encouraging messages on each pencil
more information about Plant your pencil packs

The pencils are really good quality and are lovely to write with.
As well as the bee-friendly pack, you can also get other themed packs including Mindful Thoughts and Spread The Love.

One Last Thing

If you’re a pencil end chewer – DON’T CHEW THESE!!

Katto Chef Knife Review

Katto chef knife with rosewood handle
Katto Chef Knife with an Olivia handle
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My husband, Anthony, has a thing for chef knives. He’s always on the lookout for the perfect knife and he was very jealous of our daughter, KayCee’s brand new knife collection she got when she started her college course to become a professional chef.
Because of this, I knew that both of them would be very interested in trying out a brand new Katto chef knife and I was sure there was going to be some tension between them when it came to who was going to claim it!

Katto Chef Knife

Katto knives are handcrafted from Japanese steel and sustainable wood. You can choose between walnut, beech and rosewood for the handle.
Ant chose rosewood and we both agree, it looks great.

To keep your knife in top condition, you can buy accessories such as a sharpening stone, chopping board and knife rack.

Sturdy Packaging

Katto packaging

The chef knife came in a very sturdy box which we’ve reused to store odds and ends! Anthony, especially, is really against the throw-away culture and always tries to reuse things rather than throwing them away.

Inside the box was a penny stuck to a piece of card. There was an accompanying card which read:

What’s with the coin?

According to a centuries-old superstition, the gifting of a knife is thought to constitute bad luck as it represents a ‘cutting’ of the the relationship between the gift gier and the receiver.

To compensate for this, givers and receivers of knives began exchanging coins as a symbil their friendship.

And seeins you’ve already given us a few coins, we thought it right to return the favour.

Impressed

The knife now belongs to Anthony and he’s even engraved his initials on it!

He’s been trying it on everything, from herbs and roast meats to spring onions and tomatoes. He said if a knife can slice through a very ripe tomato without squashing it, it’s an excellent knife.

As you can see, he thinly sliced through some tomatoes with ease so it passed the test!

Thinly sliced tomatoes

Another of his tests is slicing into bread dough before it’s baked. He used to use a razor blade when making his bread but now he uses his Katto knife. He was very impressed when he first tried it.

Bread dough in a loaf tin

The Katto knife has now become Anthony’s go-to knife for all his cooking needs!

We’d like to thank Katto for sending the wonderful knife for us to review. All opinions are our own and honest.

Yowu Headphones: Listening in Style

Girl wearing Yowu headphones

Recently, using cat ear headphones has become a growing trend among gamers, including several popular Twitch streamers. It’s easy to see how these creative products have caught on because of their bright, eye-catching aesthetics. I liked the distinctive look of these headphones, so I was curious enough to buy Yowu’s Cat Ear Headphones 3S.

Yowu cat headphones

From what I understand, the 3S has received some upgrades from the previous formula used for Yowu headphones. From a technical standpoint, this product does have some fairly advanced features. Its Bluetooth model supports aptX audio technology for lower latency and immersive, crystal clear sound quality. Latency can be the cause of irksome issues such as unwelcome audio lag.

Since this product has been fairly popular within the gaming community, eliminating audio lag should be a major plus for online multiplayer communication. I’m happy to report that my experiences using this product while playing League of Legends felt smooth and seamless. Furthermore, the headphones’ built-in app control allowed me to adjust sound quality to fit my audio preferences. I was able to choose a sound mode that kept me immersed in the game with no outside distractions. The headphones also have a built-in stereo microphone that allows wireless online communication.

Girl wearing Yowu headphones

Despite its great sound quality, the main reasons people will buy this product are its design and visual appearance. There are several reasons why I would choose this product over cat ear headphones manufactured by brands such as Axent or Windfall. First, the Yowu 3S’s design is sleeker and more organic. The headphones look more stylish and symmetrical, and their impressive appearance can be enhanced with LED lighting customization. I enjoyed changing the colors and lighting effects of my headphones. It was difficult to settle on just one because all of them look striking and dynamic.

Second, Yowu’s headphones will give you the most bang for your buck. Users have complained about Axent’s sound imbalances, particularly when bass is involved. In contrast, I felt like the $100+ dollars I spent on Yowu headphones were well worth it for the mix of sound quality and visual ingenuity in one package. The 3S doesn’t just look great, but it also performs impressively. I was thoroughly satisfied with its sound quality and battery performance. I appreciated that I could use Yowu headphones for hours without needing to charge them.

Girl wearing Yowu headphones

Lastly, I’ll say a few things about the headphones’ ergonomics. They sat comfortably on my face during use and they folded easily for storage after I finished using them. They come with a headphone bag, so you won’t have to worry about buying your own bag or finding a cranny to store them in.

Most people may be looking for aesthetics over quality when they buy cat ear headphones, but Yowu’s 3S shows that it’s not too much to ask for both. If you’re committed to listening to music, video content, or game audio in style, Yowu’s headphones are a worthy competitor to any Beats headphones or AirPods on the market.

How to Use Vaping to Quit Smoking

vaping
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Vaping was originally created as a safe alternative to smoking. Its main purpose was to give smokers a way out of smoking and reduce the amount of damage it does to the body. It can be effective if you want to stop smoking, but you have to know a thing or two about vaping first. When you first start to look into vaping, you will start to hear all sorts of strange terminology and wonder how something that seems so simple can be so complex. But understanding the different types of devices, vaping products, and vaping methods out there will be essential if you want to achieve your goal. Here’s how you can use vaping kits to quit smoking.

Start with the Right Device

The first thing you have to do is pick the right device. There are lots of different devices out there and some will be better for smokers trying to stop. The first thing you have to understand is the difference between a mouth-to-lung device and a direct-to-lung device. Direct-to-lung devices require that you inhale the vapour directly into the lungs while a mouth-to-lung device will require that you inhale the hit into your mouth first.

Mouth-to-lung devices are said to replicate the smoking experience since this is how cigarettes are smoked. This is why you should consider going for this type of device if you are using it to quit. Know that you won’t be able to chuck huge clouds like the ones you see in vaping trick videos. They will usually be weaker than mouth-to-lung devices and won’t produce as much smoke. What they will do, however, is give you that “throat hit” so many smokers crave, which allows them to forget that they’re using a vape machine.

If you’re looking for the absolute best type of device to quit smoking, we suggest that you go for a small pod system. Most of these devices are mouth-to-lung and much easier to use than other types of devices. If you’re looking for the best pod vape kits, we suggest you give Superior Vapour a look. They have one of the largest selections of vape pods and accessories online. Whether you’re looking for a Smok, Aspire, or Uwell device, or are looking for something more obscure, you’ll find them all via their store.

You can also go for a regular mod device. The only issue with these is that you have to constantly pop them open to change the coil and filling them is a bit more complicated. With a pod device, all you have to do is pop out your old pod once it’s done and pop in a new one. You also won’t have to worry about tweaking the settings until you find something that works since these devices usually have much simpler controls and settings.

Choose the Right Liquid to Start

Next, you will need to look for a good e-liquid. You can decide to go with something that is closer to the taste of cigarettes or you could go for some of the original flavours available out there. You even have tobacco-flavoured e-juice, which could be perfect. If you want to try something like one of these Delta 9 vapes, you’ll find that the flavors are determined by the strains that are in the liquid. The goal is to try as many as you can until you find something you like.

The most important factor, however, will be the nicotine concentration of the juice you’re going to pick. It’s usually better to go with the strongest nicotine concentration possible at first. This will make sure that you feel the effects and are satisfied with your vaping experience. The highest concentration you can find is 12mg, and this will give you enough effects without having to vape too much.

Another thing you will have to look at is the PG/VG ratio of any juice you want to buy. PG stands for propylene glycol and VG stands for vegetable glycerine. These are the main components of most e-juices and they make a big difference in how the vapour feels. Juices that are higher in VG will usually have a smoother taste while those with more PG will give you more of that throat hit we talked about earlier. It’s up to you to see which type you enjoy the most.

Have a Strategy for Quitting Nicotine

If your goal is simply to stop smoking, you don’t need much of a strategy, but you should also consider getting off nicotine completely. Nicotine is far from harmless and has been associated with all sorts of diseases such as heart disease and high blood pressure, just to name a few. This is why you should have a plan to taper down your consumption until you don’t need nicotine anymore. You should try lowering the nicotine concentration of your juices every three months until you get to zero. If you can’t get to zero, staying at 3 mg should be enough to curb your cravings and prevent you from smoking ever again.

This is all you need to know if you want to use vaping as a means to stop smoking. Vaping is definitely better than smoking, and you should start to feel the benefits of switching faster than you imagined.

Desert Camping101: A Complete Guide

desert camping
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So, you’ve decided to take that long-awaited desert trip. Good for you!

In fact, we don’t blame you if you are enthralled by the stunning camping locations and drooling over the photos of the breathtaking scenery. Rest assured, you will fall in love with the desert’s beauty and endless recreational opportunities once you are there.

Here are useful tips to make sure that your next desert trip is unforgettable!

Carry a Tent

It is crucial to choose the right type of tent. Among all kinds, you will need a freestanding tent to camp in the desert, not a hammock tent or tent that needs to be strung up to trees. The main reason being it is unlikely that you will find something suitable in the desert because there aren’t many trees.

Hunt!

The desert is full of resources. All you have to do is know how to get the most out of these resources. For those who love extreme adventure, you can trap rodents in the desert, such as ground squirrels or rabbits. Who knows, you may even catch a Fox! 

Having a pocket knife handy will also help to make sure you hit what you aim for. 

Watch Out For Critters

Many critters could cause you damage when camping in the desert. The most dangerous are the ones that are hard to spot, such as scorpions and snakes. 

You should be aware that anything you leave on the desert floor, including your clothes, sleeping bag, and blanket, could become a refuge for dangerous creatures. You should always sleep on a raised platform and make sure you shake out all your clothes before you put them on.

Be Ready For the Cold

Although it may seem counterintuitive, you must still be prepared for cold weather in desert areas. Winter in the desert is marked by extreme temperature swings. 

It could reach temperatures as high as 80 degrees during the day and freezing at night. Do not let the blue sky fool your eyes, be prepared for cold when you camp in the desert.

Keep an Eye on the Weather

You should always check the weather before you go outdoors, especially when camping in the desert. Temperature swings can be very rapid and affect not only the weather but also your mood. Also, watch out for the possibility of thunderstorms. 

Flash floods can be caused by heavy rainfall in desert environments. You don’t want your tent to be in a slot canyon or placed in an area that could become flooded.

Bring Lots of Water

Hydration is vital in any outdoor activity, but it’s even more crucial in desert environments. Also, make sure not to depend on springs marked on the map. 

Springwater in the desert is often seasonal and can be dried up by the time you reach there.so, it’s a good idea to carry your water, but not too much that it affects your mobility. Remember, moderation is the key.

GPS is your BFF

You should always bring your navigation equipment when you travel into the wilderness. For this reason, a map and a compass can be sufficient. Even more essential is keeping track of where you’re at all times in the desert. 

The truth is, deserts are difficult to navigate and can make it easy for people to get lost. There have been many instances in the past where people have lost their ways in a desert. We don’t want you to end up on that list. So, make sure to have multiple navigational tools. Also, you must know how to use them to get the most out of them.

Give your Vehicle Some TLC

There are few services and almost no cell coverage in the desert, so it is not a great place to have problems with your car. You can avoid this problem by taking your vehicle in for routine maintenance and any necessary repairs. 

Make sure you check your tires before you get on the road. Also, make sure to fuel it up as often as possible. A good idea is to hold back a car wash until after the trip, as dust from the desert can fill up your car for good which will definitely need cleaning once you get back.

Which tip did you find the most helpful? Let us know in the comments!

How to Keep Your Kids Cosy This Autumn

autumn leaves
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Summer is almost over, and there’s already a cold nip in the air. For us adults, it’s easy enough to flick on the heating and snuggle into a blanket after work. There’s very little that can drag us out of our homes from September to March.

But for our kids, the outdoors is often their playground. And for a lot of kids, that means playing sports.

The best way to keep your kids healthy and active throughout the year is to make sure they dress properly for the weather, and there’s no better time to start than now.

Here are our top tips for dressing your kids for fall:

Layer up

Just like you, kids are at their most comfortable when they’re layered up. Give them tights, leggings, shorts, t-shirts, jumpers, coats, gloves, hats, scarves, the more the better.

Every layer of clothing your child wears is another layer between them and the cold.

It’ll also mean that they can take off a layer when they get too hot, or add extra layers when they get too cold. In short, they can layer up or down depending on the weather.

Wool is great

Wool is one of the best fabrics to wear when it’s cold. It keeps you warm even when it’s wet, which is perfect for rainy British weather.

Wool is also antibacterial, so it doesn’t get smelly. It’s also fire-resistant, so it’s perfect for football or other sports.

When it gets wet, wool naturally dries quickly. It also keeps you warm when it’s wet.

Wool is also very soft and comfortable, so it’s perfect for babies and kids.

Encourage sensible footwear

child tying the laces on her shoes
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Most kids’ sports shoes will be insulated and waterproofed to keep their feet warm and dry. But you still need to make sure your kids wear the right shoes.

Athletic trainers are great for kids, and they’re usually waterproof and insulated. They’re also lightweight and easy to move in, which is ideal for sports. There are lots of great styles available for girls’ shoes as well as for the boys.

You could also consider boots. They’re very warm and comfortable. However, they’re heavy and can be difficult to run and play in.

Don’t forget to wear a hat

Kids’ heads are a lot smaller than our heads, so their bodies can get hot much quicker. That means they’ll probably need to take off a layer of clothing to cool down.

Make sure your kids wear a hat if they’re going outside. It’ll keep their head warm and make it easier to take off a layer.

If you have a scarf, wrap it around their neck. That’ll stop them from losing heat when they take off their hat.

Winter is coming

child dressed in a winter coat and wearing a scarf
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If you’re in the UK, you might be dreading the thought of winter. But when it comes, you’ll be glad you invested in a good coat for your children.

Check they’ve got a coat that’s warm and waterproof. That’ll go a long way towards keeping them warm and dry during the winter.

A shawl or scarf will also help keep them warm and toasty.

Good socks are just as important

Socks are just as important for your kid’s feet as shoes are. If they’re not wearing good socks, their feet will get cold and wet.

It’s also very important that your kid’s socks are the right size, and that they wear the right socks for the right activity.

Final words

It’s not easy keeping your kids warm and dry when they’re outside.

But a little preparation in advance will go a long way towards keeping them warm and dry throughout the year.

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