Monthly Archives: June 2012

When Labels Matter

I can say with conviction that a lot has definitely changed since I had kids. Now, nearly everything I do revolves around them. For instance, earlier this morning, I found myself looking at self adhesive labels UK from, not for myself, but for my kids.

I am seriously considering getting them those I.C.E. or “in case of emergency” cards to attach to their school bags. It’ll have their names and contact info of persons to contact in the event of an emergency (God forbid!). You can even add any information about allergies on the card. That will give a somewhat paranoid mom like me a sense of security when they’re away.

I like that it’s tamper-proof and comes in sturdy and rigid plastic. Cable ties are used to attach them to wherever necessary. They come in different colors, so I’m sure even the kids will like it.

More than that, I also found personalized sew-in labels to sew on my kids’ shirts. I always worry about them getting their shirts mixed up with those of their teammates whenever they have badminton or volleyball practice, so the labels will really come in handy.

So it seems… labels are important to me.

Buying Snowboard Bindings

Buying Snowboard Bindings

Getting started with a hobby in snowboard can be both a rewarding and daunting experience. Before hitting the slopes there is certain gear that must be purchased. Figuring out which equipment is vital and which can be saved for later is the important part. Fortunately only a few pieces are absolutely necessary for a good snowboarding trip, one of them being snowboard bindings. Besides the board itself bindings are the most important piece of snowboard equipment a rider can have. They are what secure the feet to the board and keep the rider in place, allowing for maximum control both on the snow and in the air. Without properly sized and well-made bindings a trip down the mountain can be miserable.

Fortunately bindings can be found in a number of styles, sizes and brands at any snowboard shops across the country. They are a universally carried product and most people will be able to try out various kinds to find exactly the pair they need at any shop. The biggest factor in bindings is the fit. They need to strap onto the feet and ankles snugly and comfortably. Even when the rider is leaning to extreme angles the binding should not be loose on the lower leg but should remain snug and not allow the foot to move around any. This should be true at every strap from the toes up to the shin. The straps should also secure tightly and easily for both fastening and unfastening while wearing bulky snow gloves.

There are also added features to many higher-end bindings that most riders will want to look for depending on their needs and skill levels. Just about every snowboard brand makes bindings to go along with their product lines including GNU, Technine, Flow and more. All of these manufacturers incorporate advanced comfort and control features into their bindings. Stiff high-backed ankle supports, metal ratchets to lock in straps and even custom-molded insoles are all features that riders will learn to appreciate as they advance in snowboarding skill. The key is to try on several types and brands to get a feel for what these features do and how they react on the feet. Just like trying on any shoe, after a few pairs it will become apparent which are comfortable and worth having and which are simply not right for a particular rider’s skillset and needs.


Stress Can Boost Your Immune System

Anyone who hasn’t heard of the harmful effects of long-term stress on the boy has probably been living under a rock somewhere. We all know too well that worrying over the best motorcycle pads and seats for your bike or stressing about your marriage eventually takes its toll on your health, but short bursts of stress can surprisingly make your immune system stronger.

When under stress, the body releases the hormone cortisol in preparation for danger (also known as the “fight-or flight” response). What cortisol does is it gives a short-term boost to your immune system.

So the next time you feel your heart beat out of your chest before an important presentation at work, that’s alright. You may very well be fending off the cold virus with that momentary stress.