Archive for July, 2015

Get Kids Eating Vegetables

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

In light of this all too common challenge, parents often ask for tips on getting kids to eat more vegetables.
What you need to get kids eating vegetables
Perhaps the most important factor to consider is your own attitude and approach towards eating in general.

Avoid forcing your children to eat vegetables – or any other food for that matter. Encourage children to try a spoonful, but don’t get upset if they refuse it. Eventually, they will try it, so keep reintroducing various foods from time to time.

* Even young children can learn why nutrition is important. You can simply say: ” They taste good and make you healthy, big and strong.”

Eating more vegetables: some other tricks of the trade
Add extra vegetables to meals by mixing them into foods or adding them as a side dish.
Set out a plate of raw vegetables or a salad of cold, cooked vegetables before the meal – the time when your child is hungriest.
Keep a bowl of cherry tomatoes or baby carrots in the refrigerator for a quick and handy snack. (Of course, you’ll want to take into account the fact that these foods can be potential choking hazards for toddlers and preschoolers.)
Serve raw or lightly steamed vegetables with salad dressing or dips such as hummus or tzatziki.
Make mashed sweet potatoes instead of white potatoes – sweet potatoes contain lots of vitamin A.
Let children make their own tacos with shredded lettuce, tomato, ground turkey and a little cheese.
Try not to overcook vegetables. Light cooking preserves taste, bright appearance and valuable vitamins.
Help make your child familiar with vegetables. Serve them every day.
Prepare meals together – for example, younger children can wash, and older ones can chop vegetables for stir-fry dishes and salads.
Let your child help choose fresh vegetables when you’re shopping.
Plant a vegetable garden with your child. Or just put a small cherry tomato plant in a pot in a sunny spot in the yard.
* Most important, set a good example. Remember that your actions will speak louder than words. Besides, parents need their vegetables, too!

How to get more vegetables into your family diet
If your child rejects a lot of vegetables, try slipping them into food by: making muffins with your child and adding pumpkin, zucchini or shredded carrots to the muffin mix tucking a lettuce leaf, a tomato slice or carrot curls into sandwiches adding chopped spinach or a handful of frozen vegetables to soups, ramen noodles, spaghetti sauce or lasagne adding chopped tomato or grated carrots to tuna, chicken or pasta salads cooking frozen mixed vegetables according to the directions and then adding them to store-bought potato salad
making pizza with your child and adding chopped broccoli or spinach to frozen pizza or frozen bread dough topped with tomato sauce
adding chopped broccoli or extra carrots to canned or dried chicken soup.

Wintering Leisure Boats

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

Owning a leisure boat is largely about the pride of ownership. You own a floating space in which you can set off on exciting adventures or simply escape and relax. If you live close to the sea, you can head off a whim at any time of day for a voyage, feeling proud that you are the owner of this beautiful vessel.

When it comes to this time of year, the draw of the sea may be less appealing and extreme conditions can make it impractical. The majority of leisure boat owners will be bringing their boats ashore for the winter. Most harbours will have specific craning days when the majority of boats will be brought ashore. If your vessel is under warranty, it is also worth checking whether this is on condition that your boat is ashore by a set date, or you risk invalidating your cover.

Removing a vessel from its summer moorings allows you to see the vessel in its full glory. Winter is therefore the perfect time to ensure that she still looks impressive and runs well when she returns to the water. Instead of spending time in the boat, you can spend time on the boat, getting it ship shape. From varnishing or painting woodwork to repairing damaged parts, the effort will pay dividend during the summer months.

Storage Options

In locations around the UK, boats can be stored in secure facilities close to the water between October and March. Typically there is a license fee to pay and the spaces are offered on a first come first served basis.

A more expensive option is to find inside storage facilities which are offered by boat specialists or self-storage facilities. Although a higher cost, they offer a greater level of protection from the elements, damage or theft than outdoor storage.

The cheapest option is to store your boat in your own garage or on your driveway, possibly in a car port. As a large bulky item, storing a boat at home may not be the most convenient option, but if space isn’t an issue, it can save money which can be spent on repairs and upgrades.

No matter where you plan to store your boat through winter, it is important that you don’t let your insurance lapse. You need to feel confident that you are covered against any damage, theft, fire or vandalism that may occur. If you are transporting your vessel, it is worth checking that your insurance cover also covers road transit.
If you are keeping your boat on a trailer for winter storage it is advisable to provide support pads for the hull and raise the trailer onto blocks. This will prevent the wheels and axle suspension from taking the weight of the load. Also ensure that a strong wheel clamp is fixed to the trailer for security.

Winter Maintenance

Once your boat is in storage, remove all valuable items, along with the sails and canopies. If you are undertaking de-humidification, heating or battery charging, ensure it is supervised, as these are common causes of electrical fires. Ensure that your boat is protected from extreme conditions. For example water systems, fresh water tanks and calorifier can be prone to freezing, which can cause damage.

Fully drain the engine and take the opportunity to coat it with a corrosion guard, which can also be applied to the exhaust manifold and risers. Ensure the battery and fuel system are safe for winter storage. Leaving a battery unattended through the winter can result in it discharging, especially in colder conditions. When it is fully discharged, it is unlikely to be rechargeable and a new, expensive purchase could be the only solution.
Marine Repairs

At this point undertake a thorough inspection of all your vessels parts. Any parts that are found to be damaged or faulty should be professionally repaired or replaced with quality replacement parts. If you are using spares, be sure to replace these before heading back on the water.