From the always dependable zombie knife, to a hundred other options available to you, you’ve got your choice when it comes to survival knives. Depending on your needs, and level of experience, there’s a lot of options out there. Don’t think you’re alone in the woods, though- we’re here to help you pick out the blade that’s just right for you. Here’s three of the sop selling survival knives out there on the market at present, along with what makes them so special and unique.
Not only is this one of the most iconic knives out there, it’s also a favorite among the military, survivalists, and sportsmen alike. What’s more, you know it’s durable and of high quality, because it’s been tested repeatedly over the years by Marines. The KA-BAR first rolled out during the second world war for the Marines, and in no time at all, it became the default knife used by soldiers- to this very day! The knife is an all purpose device that has a timeless look. The blade itself comes in at seven inches, and it has a leather handle with a generous finger guard. Featuring a flat ground edge, the blade is simple and easy to sharpen.
With a blade thickness of one forth of an inch, the BK2 is just about powerful enough to survive any challenge, in any environment. It features a full tang design, meaning that the handle is two pieces of Givory constructed around pure steel. Featuring an elegant drop point design, and a sheath that has to be seen and felt to be believed, and it’s plain to see why the BK2 outhandles most other knives on the market. It doesn’t matter if you’re an old hand with outdoor survival, or new to the entire experience- you’ll be hard pressed to find a better knife.
To this day, SOG is one of the greatest knife manufacturers around. The SEAL Team knife is the pinnacle of their years of experience, and it shows, as this is a knife that’s built to last- no matter what you put it through. It features optimum sharpness, keeps its edge no matter what, its tip and blade have high breaking limits, the blade can withstand total salt water immersion, and it’s even resistant to most high temp fires. Add to these features that it’s highly durable while chopping wood, along with any other cutting applications you can think of.
Don’t settle for second best- do your research, and find just the right knife for your needs. If you’re going to have it by your side for years and years to come, you have to ensure that it’s one you can depend on and feel comfortable with.
Camping survival should always be at the front of your mind. It doesn’t matter if you’ve got years of experience under your belt, of if it’s your first time out. Planning carefully, and following through on those plans can sometimes mean the difference between a great experience and a miserable one, and in some extreme cases, the difference between life and death. Here are a few of the more common mistakes that some campers make when they head out into the wilderness.
It’s important to always plan for double what you think you’re going to need, and this goes for space as well. If you’re planning on having three people on your camping trip, get a tent that can comfortably hold six. It’s always the way that at the last minute, someone has a friend, relative, or whoever that wants to tag along. You might agree, wanting to be polite, but once you’re out there in the woods, and there’s no room for everyone, that politeness is going to quickly go out the window once shelter becomes a genuine concern.
Even if you pack everything that you’re going to need during the trip, if you can’t identify it by both sight and touch, and if you’re not familiar with how to work it properly, it’s not much going to matter once you’re in a situation where you need that specific piece of gear. Take an afternoon before the trip to familiarize yourself with everything that’s going along with you.
Never travel somewhere you’ve never been late in the day. You always want to arrive at your destination as early as possible. This is because getting there early gives you time to survey the area. There are a hundred different ways a camping area might not be suitable, and if you get there late, you could potentially be stuck for the night. Get there early, and that will never be an issue.
Even if you don’t think you’re going to need certain articles of clothing, bring them anyway. Harsh weather can be sudden and unpredictable depending on what part of the country you’re camping in. You don’t want to be the person stuck in your tshirt and shorts in the middle of a rain storm.
Unless you are a seriously experienced camper or hiker, it’s never a smart idea to camp too far away from your home. This is because even if you get lost, travelling in one direction should at some point get you to a familiar area.
After years of working, most people dream of the day they can retire and do what they want. No more alarm clocks, rush hour drives, or bosses. You don’t have to wait for vacation time or rush to get back to work. Life is going to be easy breezy. Until you wake up from that dream and realize your money is not going as far as it used to and adjustments must be made.
In today’s economy it is hard to look forward to retirement. Many retirees are seen working as greeters at the local grocery or big box stores or other part time jobs, just to make ends meet. They wonder how it all came down to this because this was supposed to be their Golden Years. Here are some tips designed to help retirees save money and live frugal but enjoyable lives:
Seek out areas that are affordable to live. Not every place you visit is easy on the wallet in the long-term. Once you are living on a fixed income you don’t want it to be gobbled up by living expenses such as mortgage or rent, utilities, and food. Different magazines publish an annual list of recommended cities for retirees to relocate with the cost of living noted.
As you age, prescription drugs will almost certainly be a fact of life. Seek out ways to cut down on the cost by ordering online, at sites like CanadianPharmacyLink.com to compare the cost of bricks and mortar pharmacies and online savings.
Eat at restaurants that have special Senior menus or discounts from American Association of Retired Persons (AARP). Senior discounts are available in retail stores and other outlets. Seek them out and enjoy the special privileges that aging brings.
Sell your excess clutter at a yard sale or on eBay. You would be surprised at how much money your old junk can bring. Send the good stuff to the kids. It’s about time they took care of those antiques, leaving you time to travel and have fun!
In addition to the must know ways for saving mentioned earlier, there are a few other tips for retirees to keep in mind. Coupon clipping can mean a huge savings, during the retirement years. Making a habit of buying or subscribing to the Sunday paper will provide you access to the manufacturers coupon inserts ripe for the picking.
The bottom line is if you want to live a long time not stressing over a fixed income, you have to take the necessary steps to save money during your retirement years. That way you can fully enjoy yourself and the activities you plan.
For most of us, while we don’t look forward to the days when we start loosing our hair, we know that it’s unavoidable. It’s a part of the aging process for many out there, and we just have to deal with the cards that we’ve been dealt. Thankfully, there are a few alternatives out there that do yield some results, such as extensions for thin hair, and offer slight comfort when dealing with the problem. Here are a few of them.
First and foremost, you’ve got to keep what’s left of your hair. To do this, start by following a healthy lifestyle. Your hair is usually a good way to tell how your general health is doing. Good looking hair usually indicates that you’re healthy, while damaged hair and hair that’s falling out could be an indicator that you’re body isn’t doing so well. All that you can do for your health usually translates to your hair, so keep that in mind- have a steady intake of fruits and vegetables, have a balanced protein eating schedule, be sure your vitamins and minerals are balanced, and always drink lots of water.
For those who can’t let go of their hair, no matter what, there are several different types of hair replacement procedures, but each of them come with their own pros and cons. There are creams and ointment treatments out there that can encourage hair growth in certain individuals, but the application of them must be constant, and that can run into huge expenses over the course of months and years. There’s also hair transplant and grafting procedures, which do have their fair share of success stories, but if you’re not careful about who you get to do the operations, you could end up with a permanent head of hair that doesn’t look natural, as both procedures can be delicate in nature.
Hair extensions are a great option for keeping up appearances, but just like wigs, they require lots of care and upkeep. The main issue you’re going to run into is having them look the same quality as your actual hair. Both sets can end up taking on differnt levels of feel and appearance, depending on water exposure, weather conditions, humidity, and other elements. Keep this all in mind when you go to have the extensions applied- they’re great, as long as you care for them as much as you do your actual hair.
Sometimes, it can feel like you’re fighting a losing battle when it comes to your receding hairline, but don’t give up all hope just yet. There are options out there for those of you who care about what’s left of your hair, and want to preserve it for as long as possible.
So, you’ve rented a vacation home out for the very first time. You have the place for a week, and while you’re looking forward to your time there, it is starting to get chilly out. As the date draws closer and closer, the question becomes just what do you pack to bring with you? Will the home you’ll be staying at have everything you’ll need? For that matter, will the bedding be enough should things get really cold at night? While in no way major issues, these are some of the questions you’ll need answers to before you head out.
When you set up a timed reservation for a vacation home, there are several things that have a need for clarification, and the bedding is one of them. Getting the proper information far enough in advance will give you the time you need to plan what it is altogether that you’re going to have to bring with on your vacation. A mattress quilt may be one of those things. If you find out that the vacation home doesn’t have everything you’re going to need to get by for a week, pack well and smart before heading out on the road. Thanks to quick shipping, ordering a quilt the week of your trip should still give you enough time to have it delivered.
Besides having a warm and comfortable bed while out on your vacation, there are several other benefits to bringing along your brand new mattress quilt. For example, you could bring it with if you’re planning on doing a bonfire out on a beach. Nights out on the beach can get ridiculously cold, and it’s always good to have a sweater or blanket along with you to keep warm while roasting hot dogs and s’mores late into the night. There’s also hanging out on the deck to watch a sunset; having a blanket will allow you and that special someone to snuggle in nice and close together as the sun sets before you.
At the end of the day, don’t sweat small stuff. Pack what you need, and enjoy a much deserved vacation out and about with those that you love.
If you are planning on taking that trip to Cabo San Lucas that you have always wanted, you really should learn some Spanish. While it may not be the easiest language to learn on your own, there are methods available to you that can help you learn Spanish fast enough to have you ready for your vacation. All it takes is a bit of time, dedication, and a bit of studying, and you will be on the road to being a Spanish speaker in no time!
Heading to Mexico is a great way to spend a week during the summer. The beautiful beaches and exotic culture seems to be worlds away and the food is world renowned. While there will be plenty of people around who speak English, especially if you are heading to a destination that is designed to attract tourists, the fact is that by learning the native tongue, you can greatly enrich the quality of your vacation. If you speak the native tongue, locales will see that you embrace their culture, and you may be treated to some activities that are reserved for visitors just like you.
We are all unique. We all have our individual tastes and personalities, and we all learn things a bit differently. However, this individuality does take a bit of a backseat when it comes to certain learning methods that can be effective for many people. For instance, many people have found the Pimsleur Approach to be a very effective and easy way to learn a new language. The techniques used with this method all have produced tried and true results for people from all walks of life and educational backgrounds. While this approach is effective for so many people, perhaps you learn better in a classroom setting. There are plenty of ways to learn the language and whatever suits you best will be the one that will be the most beneficial.
Learning Spanish is a great way to make sure that your vacation is every bit as spectacular as it should be. You can interact with the locales and find out the best places for you to visit that may take you away from the general tourist traps. Besides that, knowing Spanish will make travel much easier once you get to Mexico. With the right methods, you can be speaking Spanish in no time!
What do the following have in common? A gangster and a flapper; a cowboy and an Indian squaw; and 80′s rocker and an 80′s groupie; Bonnie and Clyde; a doctor and a nurse; Batman and Robin (or Catwoman), the Blues Brothers; Cleopatra and Mark Antony; John Lennon and Yoko Ono; Frankenstein’s monster and the bride of Frankenstein; Lucy and Ricky Ricardo; Gomez and Morticia from the Addams family; Uncle Sam and the Statue of Liberty… and probably every other famous duo you can imagine? The previously listed have all been the subject of celebrity couple halloween costumes over the past several years.
One might actually think that with all of the roles that television and movie stars play, all the costume changes that music celebrities go through on stage, and even dressing up for all the gala events that celebrities are constantly attending they would get enough of dressing up in one form or another. Yet every Halloween scads of celebrities make appearances in their best singles and couples costumes. Amongst celebrities, Halloween loving couples (some of whom may not be couples when you read this – that’s just how it goes in Hollywood) consist of the likes of Seal and Heidi Klum, Buffy the Vampire’s Alexis Denisof and Alyson Hannigan, Len Wiseman and Kate Beckinsale, Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey (firefighting buddies in full gear one year and a box of cookies and a carton of milk the next year – more cookies than box for Mariah) and Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Granted, that’s only a handful.
Fashion’s infamous Heidi Klum has gone as everything from a huge haired vampiress or blue painted Hindu goddess to Lady Godiva to a zombie and more – every time making the costume look better than anyone ever has (or probably ever could). Proving that she does still at least have a sense of humor, bad girl Paris Hilton has shown up for Halloween bashes wearing none other than prison stripes with sequins. Mischa Barton might have rethought her outfit just a bit, before venturing out as Betty Boop – the look fell short.
Martha Stewart let her hair down by slinking around in a tighter than skin scuba wetsuit with full gear – and she pulled it off, too! Joey Fatone went for a he/she outfit that tried to be clever, but was more confusing than anything else. Jamie Lee Curtis pulled off a leopard suit nicely though critics would love to have seen less leopard and more Jamie Lee Curtis – pigs. And our beloved Cher, who has worn more hair and outfits than any single human being, celebrated Halloween one year as Cleopatra. The verdict is still out on whether she had worn it during one of her historic shows or not.
Regardless of whether you choose something that never seems to age or something new age – couples costumes for Halloween are good enough for the celebrities so clearly they’re good enough for anyone!
If you are planning on selling your home, you want to make sure that you get the most money you can for it. While it remains a buyer’s market, there are still plenty of things that a homeowner can do to improve the chances of their home selling at the price that they are looking for. If you aren’t making this attempt at enchanting a buyer from the outset, you can lose out on quite a bit of money in the long run, or even face the possibility of the home staying on the market for much longer than you had hoped. If you want to add some value to your home, there are a few things that you can do.
When a potential buyer is coming to look at your home, you want them to be impressed when they see your home. The façade should immediately grab their attention, in a good way. Perhaps you will want to repaint your home to make it seem fresh. Applying a coat of paint to your home, or even just your garage door, can give it a bit more appeal. Make sure that your yard looks as perfect as it can. If you have a garden, make sure that there are no weeds and if you have a lawn, make sure it is well manicured. The intention is that you want the buyer to have already decided to buy before they even walk through the door.
Once you have their attention, you need to keep it. Your home should have nothing wrong with it when the first potential buyers come through the door. Perhaps you want to install new carpeting or even some ceiling fans in the living room. Adding new lighting fixtures throughout the house that are more energy efficient is another way to attract a buyer. Even small things such as making sure that all of the light switches in the house work can mean the difference between someone buying your home for what you want to sell it for and the buyer buying it for the price that they want to pay.
Anything you can do to improve your home before you start showing it can add value to your sale. No one wants to sell their home for less than they think it is worth and those improvements can help you avoid that.
If you’re buying a home in a different state/country it may seem like an inconvenience to travel to your new location just to look at a house you can probably see on the Internet. Then again, that’s kind of like buying a used car from someone just because they showed you this great picture of a magnificent looking car and said “yes that’s the one”. Trustworthy real estate experts of course, would never steer you wrong, but this is another one of those cases of buyer beware.
Granted, you want a real estate service that’s going to take care of all the extras like following through with buyers, marketing, listings and more but you also have to use common sense. You should never buy something sight unseen and no, pictures or Internet postings don’t count… Not even if you’re able to take a virtual tour online.
Buying something sight unseen is sometimes referred to in the real estate market as the white knuckle method. And rightly so. Some people won’t even buy clothing over the Internet without seeing it, trying on and feeling the fabric first. Buying a big-ticket item such as a car or house without seeing it up close and personal, and firsthand, is riskier than playing a slot machine. At least you can see and touch the slot machine that you’re plugging full of money. You undoubtedly work hard for your money, and you’ve probably made sacrifices to save enough for a down payment, so that buying something without first taking a private, personal tour is a pretty poor choice when you struggled that much in order to be able to afford the home of your dreams. And you won’t know if it’s the home of your dreams unless you go see it for yourself.
And, just as you would preview a home before plunking down your hard-earned cash, so should you research the real estate agency with whom you are dealing. It’s so very easy to research any kind of product or service these days on the Internet that it’s foolish not to. Almost every service and product has a website in this technological age and while it’s good to check out their website it’s even better to go on an independent website to review testimonials from people who have dealt with the service or product in question. The testimonials on the service’s website are probably going to be very much in favor of the product or service after all.
A trustworthy real estate agent will undoubtedly encourage you to see the property firsthand before you buy. If at all possible why not make a vacation out of it or at least an extended weekend. This will give you an opportunity to look around your new environment and get better acquainted with it before your move.
There are very few people on this earth that would say that winning just isn’t for them. They may well say that they never win anything, but that certainly doesn’t mean that they wouldn’t like to. Everybody knows that if you don’t play you can’t win so avoiding contest entry simply on the assumption that you won’t win is a lot like shooting yourself in the foot. Particularly when you don’t have anything to lose, why would you avoid the opportunity to get something for nothing.
The easier question to answer may be “who doesn’t participate in today’s social networking with their iPhone, iPad or laptop computer?”. Even if you aren’t involved in social networking you know you’re going to be on one of those forms of media for a good portion of your day. You will find all sorts of people from all walks of life involved in social networking these days.
But besides posting useless information that no one really cares about, there are other things that you can do while social networking. Things that you can actually benefit from. Opportunities to get something for nothing. Chances to win free holiday competitions can be played on ‘Submit’, ‘Pin it’, Google plus, Facebook or Twitter.
Whether you want to get out of the outback and into New York City or simply want to win things like cars, iPads, iPhones, coffee, gift cards, flights, refrigerator, services like eye surgery, or even cash… winning is winning. And it doesn’t matter if the competition is online or off-line, Aussies love competition. Australia’s 2013 Master Chef is one of the current, popular opportunities for competitiveness.
There is also tennis – how many infamous tennis players have come from down under? And to date game tickets, cameras, DVDs, mobile phones, theater tickets cash and more have been one through Australia’s lotto. In fact August 16th alone, in addition to other lucky winnings, saw a holiday worth over $11,200 given away as the top prize in Australia’s lotto.
Of course with Lotto you actually have to spend money in order to win a prize. This is why possibly entering free competitions on a social website may be more to your liking. Free is free after all.