How To Take Care of Your Birkenstocks

If you’re reading this blog post you probably have a pair of Birkenstocks. If you’re one of these who are fund of their Birks and wear them on a regular basis, you certainly made your footrpint on the footbed. This is why cleaning and taking care on your Birkenstocks is a must. here are some steps and pieces of advice to consider.

Cleaning Your Birkenstocks

The cork of the footbed is one of the main areas which you want to keep an eye on. When the shininess of the cork diminishes, you can use a “cork sealer” and reapply it in a thin layer. In case your encountering difficulties applying it, try to use a paintbrush to apply the sealant. Regarding people living on the coast, this is especially important because the cork can crack because of exposure to direct heat.
Water and liquids are should also stay under your radar to protect your Birkenstock sandals. You’re probably seduced by the supportive orthotic aspect of these marvelous sandals and you don’t want to bruise them. There is a Nabuck and Suede brush that you can buy on HappyFeet and which is made to protect your sole by brushing the uppers of your footwear with it in order to loosen dust and dirt particles. After that, you can dry it with a towel.birkenstock arizona sandals cleaning

Refreshing is also something which your Birkenstocks would need on a regular basis. Accumulation of sweat stains and toe jam are unavoidable. This is another occasion to use the Nabuck/Suede brush. Start by dousing all the footbed Birkenstock’s Cleaner and Refresher and then wipe off the result using a clean cloth. Finally, use the brush to restore the texture of your Birkenstocks.

Keep Your Birkenstocks Away from your Pets

I’m almost sure that every Birkenstock owner cares so much for its pair of sandals. Gnawing is the way dogs and puppies test new objects out after having spotted it using their nose. Because chewing is one of their usual activity, your Birkenstocks are also a fun target for this activity. They wouldn’t do that to make you made but they will do it if they’re bored or stressed. So the best thing to do is to keep them away from your pets and buy a toy that will keep your pets busy.

I hope these tips will help to take care of your Birkenstocks, have a nice walk !

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Types of Asthma Triggers

Anyone who lives with an asthma sufferer knows well the wight of this burden on the person whether it´s a family member, a friend or a partner. On the work place, asthma sufferers face the discomfort of having to sneeze and wheeze before colleagues.
Asthma is a disease that results in, because of triggers, the lungs of the sufferer to become inflamed. This is explained by a narrowing of the sufferer’s breathing airways and a surplus of mucus begins to form inside them. This somehow obstruction of air makes it difficult to the person to breath and therefore he begins to experience chest tightness, wheezing and breathlessness. This state is called an “asthma attack.” Some may consider the word “attack” a bit too dramatic, but actually it is. Because asthma is not always moderate and can even threaten the life of the sufferer in certain severe cases.
Before an asthma sufferer could help him or herself, he first have to know what are the kinds of asthma triggers.

Types of Asthma Triggers

Outdoor Air Pollution

Pollution emitted by cars and factories are on the top of the list in outdoor pollution. This is why people in large cities are more exposed to asthma triggers than any other place in the world. Emergency department in these large cities receive a very high number of visits related to asthma attacks and figures increases as the air quality goes down.

Mold

Another microscopic organisms that triggers asthma episodes is mold. Getting rid of mold from all your home can help limiting asthma attacks. Indoor humidity is one of the major causes of mold. Humidity levels should be between 35 and 50 percent. In certain cases when climate is hot and humid, making use of dehumidifiers is the right thing to do. There are many portable dehumidifiers in the market which was reported to do an effective job of removing moisture. There other ways to reduce moisture inside the house like improving plumbing design and fixing water leaks.
Tobacco Smoke (including secondhand smoke)
At their early age, children are more exposed to severe asthma problems when someone is smoking around them and it can lead to serious health issues. This is why it’s imperative to stop smoking in presence of your family’s or friends children. Because for many people to quit smoking is not easy thing, there several assistance programs to help them do that like : Stop Smoking Now program. Some people are using air purifiers to reduce the amount of tobacco smoke in their homes, but it’s not an effective long term solution. That said, smokers who are in their steps to stop should smoke only out. Also, there is a possibility that children go to schools where it’s not smoke free, and it’s the responsibility of parents to check whether it’s the case.

Dust Mites

These microscopic organisms are found inside pillow case covers and mattress covers. While it’s recommended that you don’t use quilts, down-filled pillows and comforters, clutter must without a doubt be removed from living rooms and particularly from bedrooms.

Cockroach is Another Enemy

While it’s obvious not to mention pets, cockroaches are also an allergy trigger. These ugly insects are most found in kitchen where food is as well as any place where food and crumbs are left. Staying away from cockroaches in your house can also help reduce asthma episodes. An effective way to get rid of these insects is to take away as many food and water as possible as it’s a source of living for cockroaches. There are traps and substances that you can purchase in order to decrease the number of these insects indoor.

Source : Pennsylvania Department of Health

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Germguardian AC4825 Review

With the increase of allergy sufferers in our modern industrial world, you find the desease and the antidot, which is in our case, air purifiers. Also called air cleaners, you find a variety of them in the market and the Germguardian AC4825 is definitely one of the most popular of them all and which is a 3-in1 Air Cleaner with True HEPA, UV-C and Odor Reduction. In this review, I will go through its features to make it easier for you to see how it can improve your indoor air quality.

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What Does 3-in-1 Air Cleaner Means

This 3 in 1 feature is what makes Guardian Technologies, the manufacturer, proud of the Germguardian AC4825 as it incorporate 3 air purification methods which get the dirty air in and sends the purified air out. The three air filtration stages are : Carbon layer pre-filter, HEPA Filter and UV-C Technology.
In the first stage, large particles like lint, hair and dust which are found indoors are trapped via the pre-filter using activated carbon along with a charcoal filter. Another benefit of the carbon layer is its ability to help remove bad odors like tobacco smoke, cooking and household pets.
The second step is where the True HEPA Filter comes into play. HEPA means high-efficiency particulate air which is an air filter that works mechanically to make the air get throught a fine mesh in order to catch harmful particles. According to Guardian Technologies, this HEPA Filter is able to capture up to 99.97% of airborne allergens such as pet dander, pollen, mold spores and more importantly household dust.
During the third stage, the UV-C light (Ultraviolet light), which is a disinfection method with Titanium Dioxide, works via short-wavelenght to kill airborne germs and bacteria.

Clean Air Delivery Rate

the AC4825 is CADR rated 100+ (Clear Air Delivery Rate), meaning it’s an air purifier cabale of cleaning rooms up to 155 square because it’s able to deliver 100 cubic feet of clean air per minute. The 155 square is sufficient for majority of bedrooms. In order to keep the unit running smoothly, the filters got be vacuumed once every two weeks on average and changed every six/eight months depending on how often you use the air purifier.

Fan Speed

Like all efficient air purifiers, the Germguardian AC4825 is equipped with a fan which you can control its peed. The fan has three speed settings : low, medium and high. The manufacturer mentions that the lowest speed is ultra-quiet. Some customers have noticed that when the fan is on the high speed, you can start to hear white noise. When it’s daytime, I don’t think that it would be a problem, but at night it’s better to turn it to the low level to have a good sleep.

The AC4825’s Design

The look of the Germguardian AC4825 is an absolute success, definitely the best designed air purifier I have seen. Modern looking, sleek lines with a nice dark black casing and lazer blue LED light makes it a nice looking decor which you can put almost anywhere in your home without compromising the interior design.

Germguardian AC4825’s Reputation

This air purifier model is a Best Seller in Amazon in the HEPA Filter Air Purifiers category with more than 4000 customer reviews and a approximatively 4.5 stars rating. This means that many customers are satisfied and have put very positive comments, but I have to mention that I have come across someone who have complained about it because he have scented from te first week the smell of burned plastic. A part from this one, the majority of review are very positive.

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5 Most Popular Invicta Men’s Watches

Welcome to another men’s fashion post of mine. Today we’ll be looking at the 7 best invicta watches for men. Because Invicta offers some great quality/price timepieces, these are one of the most popular best-selling watches, and which some of them are on sale, that you can offer yourself or your friends and family.
Invicta watches are the topic of debate of many watches forums because of the controversy about its quality and reputation. On this page I’ll list down our list of the most popular Invicta watches with a little comment on each one, so bear with me.

1. Invicta 8926 Pro Diverinvicta-8926

I don’t know when blogs and websites will stop making reviews on this one. The Invicta 8926 is definitely the most popular of all with  1,333 customer reviews  in Amazon. I think there are three main reasons for that : the striking resemblance to the famos Rolex Sumariner, the nice features ( like the Self-winding automatic movements ), and the low price of it especially when on sale as it has reached $75 only.
The Invicta 8926 is also 200m (656 ft.) water resistant, and its case measures 40m in with.

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2. Invicta  9211 Speedway

The Invicta Speedway is a design copy success from the American watchmaker. Why I call it a copy? Well some of view may have already recognized or had an impression of deja-vu, the Invicta Speedway is a homage or copy of the Rolex Daytona (which costs  $12,000 ). It’s really hard to distinguish the difference when your not close to it.

3. Invicta 9937 Pro Diver

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The Invicta 9937 is like the later version of the 8926 with a more sharper unidirectional coin b-edge bezel. It has a Quality Swiss Automatic Movement, which means it doesn’t need a battery. and is also 656 feet water  resistant. The Case diameter is 40 millimeters and 12 millimeters thick.

4. Invicta 0924 Subaqua

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Invicta Subaqua is the name of another popular collection from the same brand. Just like the Pro Diver, these watches also destined to diving fans but which prefer big face watches. This Invicta watche’s case diameter measures 50mm and 17mm in thincknes which makes a huge watch. As expected, the water resistance is also there with 200m.

5. Invicta 6986 Pro Diver6986

This is another timepiece from the Pro Diver collection. Unlike the Pro Diver 8926, this one has a bigger face and is 48mm in width. It has a bit of resemblance to the Invicta Venom, but this one is far low in terms of water resistance as it has a rate of 100 m (330 ft) only. Also, the movement of this watch is a quartz movement.

Conclusion

I would like to thank for your reading time and I think that at  least of these Invicta watches has grabbed your attention to think about getting one. I have to say that the Invicta  9211 Speedway is my personal favorite, so what’s yours ?

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The Garwood Wooden Watches

The Garwood Wooden Watches

The Garwood is a wooden watches manufacturer out of 100% natural wood. The Garwood design their timepieces in Los Angeles. Clean and Modern look, their watches have seriously appealing look which is, from the first sight, clear to be destined to men. Their marketing campaigns always feature a man by the way. They have been featured in famous Men’s Fashion online magazines like GQ and Esquire. Garwood has also made a limited edition watch in collaboration with the American football player Davante Adams. The minimalist watches from The Garwood are equipped with a Japanese Myota Movement. This is not a watch made by a woodworking amateur !

The Latest Garwood Watch

The Garwood has released recently their new timepiece entitled “360”. I think they named it this way because The Garwood have always designed their watches in a cubic shape, so this is the first circular watch in their catalogue. This is also the first watch from the American watchmaker that doesn’t have a wooden strap. The strap of this watch is made of cotton felt with leather on the inside to make it comfortable on the wrist. The dial face of this model is an oil-painted carbon fiber protected under a sapphire crystal glass.

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The Garwood 360 watch

The Garwood Watches

The Garwood watches are all, except the 360 model, designed with a cubic face and has an arrow shaped hour/minute hand, the same arrow shape found on the brand’s logo. Almost all The Garwood watches have a purple color seconds hand, except for the “Great Dane” and “The Sumo” models which have it painted in red. The purple color on the seconds hand is a great choice as it adds a subtle coloring touch that matches both the black and the white dials of their watches.

Wood types used by The Garwood on their timepieces are mainly American Maple wood like on “The Great Dane”, Zebrawood like on “Wakati” and the Indonesian Sandalwood found on “Kuta”. The clasp is made of a Stainless Steel.

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The Garwood Kuta watch

The Garwood watches prices range between $149.00 and $159. The watches are delivered with a nicely designed box in which you find the timepiece on a cute small pillow that hold the brand’s logo and a message saying “Enjoy Your New Watch”.

 

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The New Luma router | Surround WiFi with Parental Control

The New Luma router | Surround WiFi with Parental Control

Just like Apple products, the Luma router is a piece of technology with beautiful sleek lines designed to execute intelligently its mission in a very user-friendly way. Luma could be classified in the next-generation routers that, unlike almost all previous routers, noticed the importance of design of one of the most used devices in all homes. An observation that many companies has failed to notice. Luma is, as the company called it, a “surround WiFi” that has very interesting features like the parental control, and an app from where you can control everything going on at the level of your home or office network all in a very easy to use interface.

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Security and Parental Control

The effort made by the company at the level of Safety and Security is very noticeable in the Luma router. Along with a “enterprise-grade” security, parental control appears to be very easy to set and monitor with predefined options that are at your fingertips via a dedicated smartphone app and has the ability to be customized for your needs. For instance you can quickly block unwanted users, limit the time of how long your kids surf the internet, and even set website ratings for your children. Another interesting feature is the “Allowed control level” that gives you the ability to set the level of control of each person , and in case of children, predefined settings are already made according to your children ages, namely PG-13, PG and G-rated websites.

 

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Pricing

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According to Engadget, prices will jump up after 30 days from then, meaning, $199 per device and $499 for three devices, which is very high after having been only $99 per device and $249 for a three-pack. But it’s still a good price if we consider the Google router. You’ed better pre-order now before prices climb; click Here to go to Amazon. Shipping will start in June.

 

Tech Specs

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One of the direct rival of the Luma is the Echo router that is already in the market with a Amazon rating of four-and-a-half star given by more than 450. That said, a quick comparison is needed for everyone hesitating to buy one of these routers.

Processor

The processor of the Luma is more powerful. It’s a Quad-core. The Eero is a 1.0GHz dual-core processor.

Wireless connectivity

At this level they are pretty close. Both have simultaneous Dual-band WiFi radios 2.4GHz and 5GHz wireless and IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac. The Luma has a low energy Blutooth 4.0, whereas  the Eeero is a Bluetooth Smart technology.

Wired connectivity

Both featuring a Dual Gigabit ports for WAN and/or LAN, in addition to USB 2.0 port.

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What is Silicosis and How to Prevent it

What is Silicosis and How to Prevent it

Capitalism and massive production have always given workplace safety and health departments a lot to talk about. Silicosis is another health disease that still remain in the united states in significant numbers. Construction, mining, sandblasting or other industries, 1.7 million (at least) is the number of workers that are exposed to crystalline silica in the United States as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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What is Silicosis

Silicosis is a lung disease caused by inhaling too much of a naturally-occurring crystal that is called silica dust and which can be found mainly in rocks and sand, which means sandblasters, glass workers, and mining workers are exposed to this type of dust.

According to MedlinePlus, there are three types of silicosis : Chronic, Accelerated and Acute silicosis.

Silicosis Cure

Like every progressive disease, looking for the starting point from which the disease comes is the first step to limit the exposure. In order to prevent the disease from getting worse, you must stop the source of silica exposure. Healthline reported that there is no specific medical treatment to silicosis. Only respiratory infections and symptoms can be treated or reduced by using antibiotics and cough medicine.Oxygen masks are also used by some silicosis sufferers.

Other methods to prevent Silicosis :

  • When drilling, grinding, cutting use wet methods and water sprays.
  • For cleaning surfaces, avoid using compressed air
  • Eat and drink away from crystalline silica dust.
  • Use local ventilation and blasting cabinets.

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Nixon Corporal SS Watch Review

Nixon Corporal SS Watch Review

Nixon is well-known for its classy and serious looking watches. The Corporal SS is one of these watches that support even more this fact. Not only that, the Nixon Corporal SS is a strong looking timepiece that will suit every man looking for a watch that respects his manhood and also the rules of the fashion industry. This watch can be styles classy and also casual. I will try in this review to go over its important features.

The Case

The Corporal SS case diameter is 48mm, and is 12mm thick, which is the Nixon-Corporal-ss-Stainless-Steel-men-Watchmost common size that will nicely fit medium to large men wrists. The material is a custom solid stainless steel, in this review i have chosen the steel grey which i personally like and which goes very well with the orange hour and minute hands. The fixed bezel is also made of the same stainless steel and that has nice reflections going on on it because of the sleek and nicely designed angle of it. The case also features a hardened mineral crystal. The screw down crown, which is a triple gasket
, has the Nixon logo symbol engraved on it and is also made of stainless steel.

A Nice Looking Dial

dialAlong with the serious solid stainless steel of the case and the band, the dial’s numbers and indices are designed to push even more the virility of the Corporal SS with because of its military inspired bold font. For optimum nighttime vision the hands are molded with luminous fill. The orange of the seeping hands is a very intelligent color choice (model chosen in this review) that the dominant grey reveals so nicely. The movement of this Nixon watch is a Miyota Japanese quartz.
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The Bandclasp

The look of the the Corporal SS band goes in the same way to accompany the military inspired style, and it’s made of the same solid stainless steel with a 3 link bracelet. It is 23mm wide. The clasp is a double locking with micro adjust, and has the “NIXON” letters’ written on it as you see in the picture.

Different Colors of the Corporal SS

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Whether you like a shiny bling coating, a very decent one or anything in between, Nixon gives a wide range of color choice to satisfy your taste all by maintaining a solid, classy nice looking watch that befits a man. The price that Amazon offers right now is irresistible, $137 instead of $200, Click Here to go to this discount.

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Top 10 Hoodies For Men to Style

Top 10 Hoodies For Men to Style

What better occasion than spring season to style some nice hoodies whether you want them for running sessions or it’s part of your personal look or even everything in between. That said, here are our top 10 hoodies to be tossed with, preferably,  some large pants so you get the best suitable look.

10. OLRIK Mens Hipster Pullover Hoodies

OLRIK-Mens-Hipster-Pullover-Hoodies-This OLRIK Mens Hoodies is one my favourites, somehow a bit tight at the arms, which means you’d better not be so overweight if one to put on this one, there is more down this page for you to fit better. It is a 65% Cotton 35% Polyester and there is multiple colors check the buy link in this description. And it has an intelligently place Side Zipper in addition to biker sleeve. Initially designed for Hipsters but you could style according to your look.

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9. Threads 4 Thought Men’s Triblend Zip-Front Hoodie Jacket

Threads-4-Thought-Men's-Triblend-Zip-Front-Hoodie-JacketThis is the first zip-up closure hoodie of the serie with nicely designed half-kangaroo pockets. Very lightweight one from Threads 4 Thought, ideal for spring season and summer nights. I really like this grayish China Blue.

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8. Doublju Mens Removable Hood Jacket

Doublju-Mens-Removable-Hood-JacketThis a very charistmatic half hoody half jacket style designed by USA. Imported and is a 100% Cotton. In the images is the Charcoal color but exist in other nice colors like the khaki, black and purple.

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7. URBANCREWS Mens Classic Pullover Long Hoodie Jacket

URBANCREWS-Mens-Classic-Pullover-Hoodie-JacketThis one resembles the OLRIK one, but i prefere these nicely designed Adjustable Drawstring Hood. Amazon has a variety of colors and textures, including checkerboard in black and white and a black and red one, check them up.

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 6. H2H Mens Active Casual Color Blocks Sleeveless Hoodie

H2H-Mens-Fashion-Lightweight-Hoodies-Zip-up-with-Pocket This H2H is made of Soft Cotton Fabric and which is a Lightweight. The orange trim gives a great contrast to the look along with black .

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5. Nike Men’s Club Swoosh Hoodie

Nike-Mens-Club-Swoosh-HoodieThis one is a classic from Nike. Featuring the old school brushed fleece that is a pleasure for the skin and the only drawstring closure of this top ten.Could fit anybody with its Rib cuffs.

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4. American Apparel Men’s Flex Fleece Zip Hoodie

American-Apparel-Flex-Fleece-Zip-HoodieAnother classic, but a very recent modern classic. This hoodie from American Apparel is very appreciated in the U.S. Sleek and Lightweight, it features contrast drawstrings and you can find more than 60 colors on Amazon. Could be styled open and closed.

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3. TheLees Men’s buckle zipper hoodie T-Shirt

TheLees-Mens-buckle-zipper-slim-hoodie-T-ShirtI’ve put the image of the long sleeves one, but you can find available the short sleeves also. Another hoodie that has character. Be careful when purchasing one as it fits slightly smaller than expected. It’s made of 100% Cotton.

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2. H2H Mens Fashion Lightweight Sleeveless Hoodies Zip-up with Pocket

H2H Mens Fashion Lightweight Sleeveless Hoodies Zip-up with PocketAnother great hoodies for men from H2H, casual, slip fit, sleeveless with zip-up and is a 100% Cotton. Great choice of colors are available, but i find the gray one very attractive.

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1. Carhartt Men’s Signature Sleeve Logo Midweight Hoodie Sweatshirt

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Position Number One of our top ten goes to the amazing Carhartt hoodies featuring the brand’s signature on the sleeves along with a small nicely place logo on the kangaroo pocket. Midweight, half cotton and half polyster with multiple nice colors for you to choose.

 

 

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