Your Bedroom is Your Sanctuary – Organize It Like One

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If you think about it, our bedroom is the space where we’ll spend most of our lives. Granted, we spend it sleeping, but the quality of sleep we get has a profound impact on the rest of our day, from productivity to the way we cope with the rush of our busy lives.

Today, we’ll look at ways we can improve the space and turn it what it needs to be – a serene oasis.

Decluttering

Creation of a relaxing bedroom ambiance begins by tidying up any clutter that you might have laying around. Clutter is known to increase stress levels, and over time cause anxiety and this is something that you definitely do not want. It’s also a good idea to open up the windows and air out the room, get rid of dust and put on fresh bedding.

Keeping the room tidy will bring on a sense of peace and calm.

Focal pieces

Invest into a few decorative bits that will bring your room decor together like soft throw rugs, plants and succulents, soft blankets and throw pillows.

If your room is painted dark, choose lighter accent pieces that will lift up the space. Bringing in new colors and details into your surroundings naturally increases the levels of serotonin your brain produces making you happier and in turn also more relaxed.

Light and scents

If you’re sensitive to bright lights, pull the curtains and block any light coming into the room. You can also invest into light dimmers that will let you control just how much or little light you would like to have in your room. Lights that come from around us, either right below or in our field of vision are usually less strenuous to the eyes than the ones places directly above us.

For that relaxing aromatherapy spa effect, light a few candles and incense sticks.

Scents like lavender, chamomile, mint, jasmine, valerian and vanilla are well known for relaxing the nervous and their calming effects.

Sound

Some people prefer complete silence when they want to relax while others might prefer music.

If you’re someone that likes to relax to sound it’s a good idea to plan ahead and compile a relaxing playlist. And if you’re out of ideas or just can’t be bothered there are plenty of ready-made playlists made just for relaxing.

Turn off the TV and phone and eliminate any electrical disturbances.

Your mind needs to relax and rest from all the information it’s been taking in through the day. Things like reality TV, news and social media increase the stress levels so it’s best to put them aside and focus on things that keep you feeling comfortable.

Relaxation “tools”

Use relaxation techniques like yoga, meditation and deep breathing.

Focusing on the breath for a longer period of time triggers a natural reaction in the brain that relaxes the entire nervous system. By bringing in more oxygen into the body, the muscles begin to relax and create a calm, relaxing sensation.

Practicing these techniques will benefit you in the long run as the brain learns to stay relaxed and “in the moment”.

Choosing the right mattress

A mattress is the last thing we should skimp on. It’s not a piece of furniture; it’s an investment in our wellbeing. Let’s look at some of the options we can choose from.

Innerspring Mattresses

This type of mattress is still by far the most widely used.

Its support comes from enclosed spring coils. Keeping the springs confined adds to the longevity of the mattress itself and keeps the coils from popping up over time and making sleep difficult and uncomfortable.

Innerspring mattresses come in a wide array of materials made for comfort like memory foam, latex, pillowtop, etc. Spring based mattresses are the most popular choice because of the balance between comfort and support they offer.

Mattress toppers and pads

As the mattress “decays” and you start feeling the coils underneath, adding a good mattress topper or pad will do the trick for most people. If you’re looking for support, go with a Talalay or Dunlop latex topper but if you’re looking for something softer, down feather of synthetic fibre toppers and pads are the best choice.

Memory Foam Mattresses

Memory foam mattresses have been growing in popularity lately and rightfully so.

Made from different types of foam with different densities, they respond to the temperature and the weight of the body. Their comfort comes from the ability to contour and mold to your body shape.

They also reduce pressure points, relieving back ache and muscle fatigue. The foam absorbs movement, so if you’re someone that’s prone to tossing and turning at night, rest assured that your partner won’t be disturbed.

Latex Mattresses

Made from either natural or synthetic rubber, these mattresses are known for providing a very firm, bouncy support. The support is the same throughout the whole mattress.

These mattresses are very firm and push back at the body instead of molding to it like the memory foam types and do not absorb heat. Good if you’re heat sensitive and prefer a more cooling effect.

Air Mattresses

Air mattresses come in all kinds of shapes and sizes but the ones that will offer you the best sleep support are made just like a standard innerspring mattress, but instead of enclosed coils the best of air mattresses feature air chambers and the high-end models come with either a pillow of memory foam top.

Airbeds are also known for being used with people on bed rest and patients with back injuries. They can be a temporary option for welcoming guests, sure, but the best of the inflatable beds, or air mattresses, whatever you want to call them, can be as comfortable are any other type.

Final thoughts

Nine thousand, one hundred and twenty five days – that’s how much an average person spends sleeping in a lifetime.

Take a moment to let that sink in.

Any further argument about the importance of proper sleep would be redundant.

Sweet dreams!

Choosing the Right Contraception For You

 

When it comes to choosing a form of contraception the choices available can be a little overwhelming. While historically we were fairly limited by what was available, there are now several options available to couples. All have their own benefits and drawbacks, and it’s often a case of trial and error to find which works best with your body.

While condoms are always recommended for safe sex (particularly with a new partner), those looking to avoid pregnancy have various other options available. Here we’ll take a look at some of the most common contraceptive methods and the pros and cons of each.

The Pill

A popular method of contraception, the contraceptive pill uses a combination of hormones to stop your ovaries releasing an egg. The pill is only available if prescribed by a doctor, and must be taken at the same time each day.

Pros

If taken correctly, it can be up to 99% effective at preventing pregnancy. Some versions of the pill can even make your period lighter or reduce menstrual cramps. Popular pills include Microgynon and Cilest, but it’s important to find what works best for you as everyone reacts differently to the pill.

Cons

Forget to take the pill at the right time and you risk getting pregnant as the pill becomes less effective the longer you leave it. There can sometimes be side effects such as bleeding between periods, nausea/vomiting, weight gain and reduced sex drive. The more popular ‘combined’ pill (eg. Microgynon) is not suitable for some people, for example smokers or those with high blood pressure who may need to take a pill that contains lower levels of oestrogen.

The Implant

The contraceptive implant is inserted by a medical professional into the skin of your upper arm. Much like the pill, it thickens the cervical mucus and releases hormones into your body to prevent your ovaries from producing eggs.

Pros

Once inserted, it lasts up to three years and is over 99% effective in preventing pregnancy. It can help to reduce menstrual cramps and heavy flow.

Cons

While they are less common, there is still the risk of side effects commonly associated with the pill, such as nausea, weight gain and changes in sex drive.

Contraceptive Injection

Administered by a professional healthcare provider, the injection is carried out every 3 months and contains hormones that thicken the cervical mucus and thin the lining of the womb to try and prevent eggs being released.

Pros

Unlike the pill, you do not need to remember to take something every day and it is over 99% effective. Due to the lack of oestrogen, it is often suitable for those unable to take the combined pill.

Cons

You have to go to the doctor every 3 months as this isn’t something you can do at home. Likewise, this obviously isn’t a great option if you’re scared of needles! Despite the lack of oestrogen, there can still be side effects similar to those with the pill.

The IUD (or Coil)

The IUD (Intra-Uterine Device) is a small t-shaped device that is inserted into the uterus by a medical practitioner. The length of time you can have the IUD varies but can be up to 12 years depending on the type you choose. It works by preventing sperm from surviving in the womb.

Pros

The IUD can be a longer-lasting solution and, once inserted, there is nothing more you need to do. Some IUDs (the longer-lasting type) can be completely hormone-free so may be suitable for people who react badly to certain hormones or who have existing medical conditions such as high blood pressure. It is usually over 99% effective.

Cons

Not everyone will feel comfortable with having something inserted into the uterus and the process can be a bit uncomfortable at first.

A Quick Guide to Kitchen Splash-backs

One of the most important spaces in your house is the kitchen, and I run across a lot of people who are looking to remodel. People remodel for various reasons, like making more space, and personalizing it to fit their specific tastes. Once you have the perfect cabinets and countertops, you must turn to the splash-back, also known as the back-splash, as the final accent piece to your design. 

There are many different types of splash-backs to choose from, including different shapes and materials. One type of splash-back that is fairly popular right now is a design composed of many, tiny squares with a gradient of complimentary colors. for example a piece may have squares of blue leading to a lighter blue with accents of green and grey. The colors choices vary greatly and you will certainly be able to pick something that goes well with the rest of the décor. They also have different styles similar to this, with longer rectangular pieces arranged in various patterns from diagonal to horizontal. Some of these can even be designed by you or your designer, depending on how specific you are on the design of you splash-back.

Another popular trend is to use the same marble or material that you used on your countertops on you splash-back. This creates a fluid look from the countertops to the wall, providing a crisp, clean look. Another plus for this type of splash-back is that it makes it very easy to clean up after a meal, since there are no grooves for the dirt to hide in.

Though marble does have its positives, I still recommend a separate splash-back made of a different material. It adds a pop of color and personality that will brighten up the room. It makes it more personal, and everyday that you look at it you will not be disappointed.

The question you probably have now is, which one to choose? Well recently a new trend has people using acrylic instead of glass to make their splash-backs. There are a variety of positives for choosing to use acrylic over glass. Acrylic looks very similar to glass and gives the same shiny look that you get from glass. Not only that, doing your backsplash in acrylic can save you a lot of money since acrylic is cheaper and easier to make. As a material, it is also very strong so I can stand up to the everyday strain that is put on it. It stands up to scuffs, cuts, and dirt and grime. All it takes is a rag and some soapy water and you can wipe your acrylic splash-back completely clean. The fact that it is so easy to clean is probably why this is my top choice. Personally, I don’t like to spend more than 5 minutes cleaning up after a meal, which is why decided to go with acrylic instead of glass, and I haven’t been disappointed yet.

So no matter which splash-back you choose, the most important thing is to pick one that will fit your specific needs. Choose a color that goes well with your cabinetry, counters, and appliances, and that will accent your kitchen in a way that makes it feel like home. Don’t go too crazy on the design since this space is meant for you and your family to be able to relax and bond, and make sure you choose a material that works well for your lifestyle. In the end you will have a beautiful kitchen and a splash-back that you will enjoy for years to come.

My Introduction to Yoga Meditation

Many people have difficulty falling asleep at night. Thinking and worrying about numerous topics (work, money, sick relatives, noisy neighbors, etc.) keep them tossing and turning long after they have turned off the lights. A few years ago, I was in this very situation. I had just started a new job that required me to learn a wide variety of new techniques and procedures. The job expectations and responsibilities were more than I anticipated and I regularly found myself still “working” long after I had left the office.

Bedtime was rough, work swam through my mind, harassing me at a time when I was trying to settle down.  In addition, I faced the burden of having to get up earlier than ever before to get to work.  This kept me worrying about my alarm not waking me up.  Glancing at the clock throughout the night was torture, 30 minutes would pass and I didn’t feel any closer to falling asleep!

Not getting much sleep made it tough to focus at work and caffeinated beverages became my best friend. Coffee in the morning and at break, soda at lunch and sometimes another coffee in the late afternoon became my norm. While these drinks helped at work, they destroyed me at home. I would have a caffeine “crash” in the early evening and end up taking a nap on my couch.  The nap made me feel better but it came at a cost, I wouldn’t be tired at bedtime. Thus, the restless night cycle continued!

Tired of being tired and having to rely on caffeine and sugar to keep me going, I wanted a change. I decided to limit my coffee and soda to help my body to rest naturally and not because of a “crash”. I also decided to try a lot of the sleep “tricks” out there. I drank warm tea before bed, read a book, or tried to clear my mind completely.  None of these completely fixed my sleeplessness and brought new challenges to my night.  The warm drink gave me added trips to the bathroom, books gave me new topics to race around my mind and trying to blank my mind, well I found that impossible, thinking about that “nothing” means that I was thinking about something and not nothing in the first place.  See how dizzying my mind was!

Although my sleeplessness improved a bit as I got the hang of work, I would still have days or weeks where it was difficult to sleep. I began to consider medicinal sleeping pills. Citing a few potential side effects, a friend politely recommended yoga instead. He talked about the many benefits yoga can have.  I agreed to give yoga a try.

Yoga was challenging for me but I did start to feel more flexible while playing basketball and less back pain after a few sessions, so I kept at it.  During my fifth yoga class, the instructor gave a lesson on meditation and introduced Gauranga breathing. The process was fairly easy, take a breath in and while exhaling, slowly say Gauranga (Goooooooo-Raaaaaaaa-Annnnnnnnn-Gaaaaaaaa). After doing this a few times, I felt great, completely cooled down and relaxed.

So, impressed by its effects after class, I decided to try Gauranga breathing at night before sleep.  It had the same effects, my body was more relaxed, my mind became free of all the clutter that was keeping me up at night and I was able to fall asleep quickly!

Amazed, I went back to my yoga instructor and asked why was Gauranga breathing different than the other meditation I had tried earlier?  Her answer was the Gauranga is one of the Holy Names of the Supreme Person and by saying it, my mind was focusing on Supreme Person and therefore, I was experiencing true peace.  She elaborated that we are all part and parcel of Supreme Person and loving remembrance of the Supreme Person is the path to actual happiness.  And that an easy way to remember Supreme Person is by hearing and saying His Holy Names as they have a transcendental and purifying affect.  I agreed with her that I had never felt so at peace as I did while doing Gauranga breathing, it was as if all my worries had just disappeared.

I continue to do this amazing breathing exercise before bed and use it to de-stress when the troubles of the world become overwhelming.  Gauranga breathing just takes a few minutes but can have long lasting effects and I highly recommend it to everyone!

Doggie Destinations – Travelling with Your Canine Companions

 

Your dog is more than just your best friend – they’re a part of your family, and you wouldn’t leave a family member behind on your dream holiday now would you? Here’s what you need to know about travelling with your dog and finding accommodation that leaves tails wagging all round!

If you’re based in the US, you can’t miss out on the opportunity to visit Woofstock, a spectacular annual event held every May in Toronto, Canada which draws over 300,000 visitors from around the globe. Entrance is free and there’s plenty of entertainment for every member from of the family, from fun contests and talent shows, kids entertainment, beach volleyball and lots and lots and lots of doggie shopping! BringFido is a fantastic resource for finding dog friendly accommodation in the area.

The UK is also increasingly open to travelling with your dog, with as much as 90% of locals taking their dogs with them on their annual holiday. WeAcceptPets.co.uk is a great listing to find pet friendly accommodation in the areas you’re keen on – so making a list of areas the human members of your family would like to see and checking this against available accommodation for the furry members is a great start to planning a family break.

Yorkshire Dales

For large or energetic dogs, Swinton Park is a massive 2,000 acre estate in the picturesque Yorkshire Dales to delight doggies and enthusiastic ramblers alike – you’ll even get a complementary dog chew on arrival! And if a full on hiking holiday sounds like just the thing, check out the Paws on Tour hiking trips scheduled each August on the North York Moors by Rambler’s Holidays, which includes clambering through dales and gorges as beach rambles. Partipants can join for three, four or seven nights and get the benefit of an experienced tour leader.

The Dingos liked Australia so much, they stayed!

If dogs knew about geography, they’d probably recommend Australia as their dream doggie destination – back yards don’t come much bigger than the Outback after all! And if you’re looking for the absolute cream of the crop – check out the some of the winners of the Five Paws Award! These destinations based all over Australia all offer that extra something special for your canine companion – from miles of unspoilt countryside to explore together to comfortable doggie accommodation in onsite kennels or with you in your room.

Byron Bay is always a popular holiday destination in Australia, and dog-friendly cosy studio also offers free Wi-Fi, a must if you’re like me and leaving your casino games at home would hurt almost as much as leaving Fluffy. They also have a beautiful walking track around the local lake, perfect for stretching canine and human legs alike after a relaxed day at the beach.

A word on… Transpawtation.

While our natural tendency is to want to make sure our friend gets a good meal before hitting the road, this is actually a pretty bad idea – many dogs are actually susceptible to motion sickness, and your good intentions may make the trip an unpleasant one for your pooch. Do make sure that your dog gets a decent walk and some energetic playtime before confining them to a cramped space for several hours. This will help to burn off excess energy, give them ample time to ‘do their business’ before you leave and lead to a calmer dog in general for the journey. Find some more great tips here about picking up a forklift for larger dogs.

Wherever you head off to, make sure you do your research ahead of time and you’re guaranteed to enjoy a holiday that leaves the whole family simply panting for more!

Your Gym is Outdoors

Are you a parent with no time to yourself? Join the club. Bringing up children is hard work and often leaves us no time to ourselves. But to be the best parent you can it’s important to relax and recharge yourself sometimes. There’s no better way to do that than getting some exercise. Not only will this keep you fit and healthy to look after your kids in the future, it’ll also make you feel great – drenched in happy hormones and excited to get back to your family.

Bringing up little ones can be expensive however, so having a monthly gym subscription may not be ideal for parents. Instead of splurging a lot of money, why not try exercising outside? This is a great option for the busy parent. Here’s a list of reasons why your gym is in fact outdoors:

  1. Your gym is a great place to meet people

Some people worry about exercising outside – that they’ll bump into people they know when feeling sweaty and exhausted. Well, fear not, there’s no need to look rubbish while working out. Tie long hair back in a classy braid or bun and put on some fashionable yoga gear and then it doesn’t matter who you see. Plus, if you often workout and feel you would love to get a fresh and easy look so your hair is never in the way of your workout, try out some stylish jumbo box braids – you’ll always be good to go!

  1. Your gym is everywhere

No need to live near a training track or treadmills, if you want to exercise outside you can do so pretty much anywhere. Want to run? Just run round the block a few times. Got a park nearby? Find a secluded patch and put yourself through you paces with squats, lunges and burpees.

  1. Your gym is all-weather-friendly

Contrary to popular opinion – working out outdoors isn’t just for balmy summer evenings. You can exercise in the open air whatever the weather. This comes back to the old maxim: it’s not about the weather, it’s about the clothing. Making sure you wrap up warm in winter and have something cooling for summer. This will enable you to get fit regardless of the temperature.

  1. Your gym is beautiful

Who wants to work out in stuffy underground bunkers or rooms with no natural light? When you exercise outdoors not only do you feel great from exercising, but you get some much needed fresh air. Go somewhere lovely like a canal or field. It’ll give you a moment of serenity away from hectic family life.

So there you have it – from wearing jumbo box braids to enjoying your local field – there’s every reason to get outside and do some fitness. When you’re bringing up a family, it’s important to do something for yourself every now and then. This’ll reenergise you ready to dive head first back into your role as a parent.

Moving Home the Stress-Free Way

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Young Couple Moving In To New Home Together

Moving house can be a very stressful experience – one of the most stressful of all, it is said – and it pays to be able to find a team to take the stress away from you. If you live in or around the Simi Valley or LA, you need to talk to Attention to Detail Moving, the best moving company in the region, as they offer a range of services that are second to none. You will find they can help with any move, no matter how complex or simple, and that they apply the same level of professionalism every time. Why do we recommend Attention to Detail above all others?

The company was formed with the intention of providing top quality removals services in and around LA, by a group of friends who were dissatisfied with the service they had been provided elsewhere. The provide precision, streamlined services based on techniques learned during military training, and have many satisfied customers so far, with hundreds of moves having been successfully accomplished. You can rely on them to provide the service you need at the best prices, as they provide competitive rates with excellent quality.

Simi Valley Moving Services

As the premier Simi Valley moving company, Attention to Detail are able to handle any request you may have, including both local and long-distance moves. They have a reputation for excellent service, and will do all they can to ensure that your move is as stress-free as possible. They will happily talk to you about moving large or unusual items – they are experts in piano removals, for example – and can help with storage, too. You will find the team to be helpful, friendly and professional throughout, and we have no doubt you will be satisfied with the entire operation.

By utilising military training, Attention to Detail have been able to improve the quality of their moving service beyond all expectations, and have raised the bar for quality in this area. They also offer expert, safe and secure storage solutions in the region, so if you need to store any items, for any duration, you will find their rates to be impressive.

Expert Packing Solutions

Packing is an essential part of any house move, and Attention to Detail can help with a home packing service that is the best in the business. They will advise you also on the best method of packing intricate items, and can show you how best to make sure all your items are safe for the journey ahead. With many satisfied clients so far, Attention to Detail is the name to remember for the very best service in the business, and at the most competitive rates.

By using Attention to Detail, you are engaging the services of professionals dedicated to taking the strain out of moving home, so you can be sure of a successful move. Check out the website now, and fill in the online form for a free quote.

Modern Bathroom and Kitchen Fittings

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A beautiful bathroom and well-designed kitchen make life easier, and also add value to your home. With a vast choice of modern, stylish fixtures and fittings available it is essential that you get it right, and taking advice from professionals is always a sensible idea. Whether you are looking for a full kitchen or bathroom, or simply want to upgrade fittings such as faucets, basins or toilets, you will be impressed with the range on offer from Plumbtile, a leading provider of fixtures, fittings, tiles and accessories with a truly comprehensive choice of top quality, name brand items.

Choosing the best quality is always advisable, as not only do you get a longer life, but quality really does shine through. All of the items available from Plumbtile, everything from bath tubs and showers, kitchen sinks and a wide variety of accessories, are guaranteed top quality, and also you’ll find them to be sensibly priced. Take the range of superb Drop-in Sinks, for example: beautifully designed and very stylish, they are perfect for any kitchen installation, and look fantastic with other superb fixtures and fittings.

Advice from Experts

The Plumbtile website also offers a great selection of advice and help on how to install tiles, and what makes the best choice for your individual requirements. You can chat to an expert live on the website if you wish, or use the contact details to get in touch, and one of the team will come back to you as quickly as they can. They’ll be happy to talk to you and answer any questions you might have, so you can understand everything you need to before making your purchase.

If you are looking for tiles, then Plumbtile is the ideal place to be. They have a wide selection of different types of tile, including glass and stone options, and supply quality items at sensible prices. We like the superb marble tile range from the highly-regarded Cosa Marble Co., who have been manufacturing and supplying beautiful tiles of many designs, and will certainly have something you like.

Beautiful Bathroom Fixtures

The bathroom is one of the most-used rooms in the home, and while essentially practical, there is no reason why you cannot have a beautiful bathroom. Tiling is especially effective, and Plumbtile has a fabulous choice of bathroom tile options, plus you can choose from a full selection of bathroom furniture, all from quality manufacturers. Whether you are looking to replace your current bathroom suite, or are fitting a new one in the home, you will find everything required at Plumbtile, the experts in quality service and products.

Have a look at the Plumbtile website now for more details of their extensive range of kitchen and bathroom fixtures, fittings and accessories, and you will find that they have the best items at the most sensible prices. We recommend you talk to the friendly experts using the live chat option, as they will be able to help you with everything you could possibly need.

How to Foster a Child To Love to Hunt

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There are a number of valuable reasons to get your children involved with your hunting trips. It helps them adapt to difficult situations, learn gun safety and management, create a steward for the environment and encourage exercise and fitness. However, you don’t want to trick your child into going hunting with you or to make them suffer through a miserable situation if they are clearly uncomfortable. This will only lead to them shying away from the thought of joining you next time. As a parent, it may be a struggle to get your child interested or to be a voluntary active participant, but there are ways and reasons to make hunting appealing to them at a young age.

Creating Advocates for the Environment

You can get your child started by getting them outdoors as much as possible. At first, don’t make it about hunting at all — just focus on getting your child feeling comfortable in the outdoors. Encourage them to explore and get dirty while roaming the woods with you while you scout for the upcoming season. The more connected that your children can feel with the natural environment, the more likely they will be receptive to the environmental ethics that come with hunting. By taking your children out on their first hunt, they are entering into communion with nature on another level than they ever have before. To learn more about the importance of children spending time in nature, explore Richard Louv’s book, “Lost Child in the Woods.” Make sure that they are ready to take that next step to avoid having pushback from them later on.

Making a Game of It

Try offering an airsoft gun to your child to encourage them to use it for target practice. It will allow your child to become more familiar with holding a gun and experiencing the thrill and anxiety that come with pulling the trigger. Set up fun targets in a safe area to create a game out of target practice for them. While they may see this target practice time as a fun time, it is also a valuable learning experience. This is also a handy opportunity to teach them about gun safety and the do’s and don’ts of handling a firearm. Make sure they know that, although they are using an airsoft gun, it should still be treated as a weapon and a potentially dangerous firearm. Once they build their confidence up with an airsoft gun, they may be chomping at the bit to join you on your next big game hunt.

Power in Knowledge

Some children don’t fully grasp why you hunt in the first place. They may assume that it is just a means for providing food for the family or that you do it for quality time with friends in the woods. While both may be true, teaching your children about the ecological cycle and the food web may enable them to better understand why you hunt in the first place. When a child can feel like an active participant in a larger picture, they will typically get on board. Let your child know why there are only so may tags issued for certain animals each year and how fish and game manages the delicate balance that exists in our forests. If it’s the act of shooting an animal that is preventing them from pursuing hunting, they may find it interesting to know that they are helping to keep the balance that we strive to keep in our ecosystem. You never know, it could persuade them to pursue a career as a game warden when they grow up.

How to Cook Your Christmas Chicken In A Paper Bag

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Paper bags can be used in plenty of ways in the kitchen. For example, you can use them to help your fruit to ripen faster. You can even use a paper bag to make a delicious dinner if you know what to do, and making paper bag chicken is one of our favourite ways to repurpose these eco-friendly bags.

A nice roast chicken dinner isn’t something that many of us would turn away from, and using a simple brown paper bag can make each mouthful more mouth-watering than ever. Roasting a chicken in a paper bag is an excellent cooking hack since the material lets just enough steam escape for the skin to get brown and crispy but still traps enough to make the meat moist and tender.

Of course, you need to make sure you use a bag that doesn’t have any printing on it, and make sure that the bag doesn’t touch the top of the oven. Just follow these simple instructions to get everything else done in style.

First thing’s first: turn on your oven and preheat it to 400 degrees. Next, rinse your chicken off and then remove as much excess fat as you can. It’s now time to add some seasoning; sprinkle the chicken generously with some salt and pepper, then rub the skin with some paprika and use rosemary and onion for inside the cavity.

You’re now ready to use your brown paper bag. A standard size bag should be big enough; just slip the chicken inside, then use some kitchen twine in order to tightly seal it closed. Take your bagged chicken and place it on a baking sheet, then put it on one of your oven’s lower shelves. Sit back and relax for the next hour and a half while your chicken roasts.

Once your 90 minutes is up and the kitchen is full of the delicious smell of roasted chicken, remove it from the oven and then open the bag slowly to release the steam still held inside. All you need to do now is let it stand for 10 minutes or so before digging in.