Wild Florida: Beyond the Theme Parks

When we think Florida vacation the natural first thought is the theme parks, and why not? The state has some of the finest in the world. But if you choose to look beyond the over-priced food, the crowds, queues, and artificial thrills then you will see that Florida is a state with so much more to offer. Let’s look at the alternative options, as it would be a real opportunity missed to travel all that way and not explore a little.

Walking Trails

There is a great variety of walks in Florida.  The jewel in the crown, and not for the faint of heart, is certainly the legendary, Florida Trail. The Florida Trail is a 1,300-mile hike taking in a variety of terrain, but most notably much of it near, or on, marsh-land, often flooding and containing wildlife such as bears, panthers, alligators, and snakes. But for the more recreational walker, Florida also has a good list of woodland walks, beaches, parks, and other such options.

Water-Sports & Sea Activities

With so much coastline, areas such as The Florida Keys offer a variety of options when it comes to enjoying the water. You can dive, snorkel, swim fish, and take boat trips. You could easily spend the whole vacation just on these activities! As one of our most Southerly states these activities can, pretty much, be enjoyed all year round.


There is no shortage of beaches in this fine state, with the Florida Department of State boasting over 660 miles of beach lining the coast. You can take in the ultra-popular and busy spots, such as Miami Beach, or look to more rural and tranquil beaches like Cayo Costa State Park, on Pine Island. It’s even becoming popular to have Florida Beach Weddings as the weather is generally good and the coast is so beautiful it’s an excellent choice for anyone’s big day.

Hills & Mountains

Bit of a cheeky section here, there are no real Florida mountains, do not get confused with, ‘The Florida Mountains’ which are, in fact, in New Mexico. The hilliest region is the Northern Florida Highlands, with the highest peak being Britton Hill coming in at a less than lofty 345 feet. But just because they don’t have height doesn’t mean there is not beauty and adventure to be had. Located in the relaxing and scenic Lakewood Park it can provide a restful day away from the more high-octane Floridian tourist experiences.


Florida is famous for its wildlife, and none more so than its gators, the abundance of marsh and swamp-land makes it a perfect habitat, and there is no shortage of parks and reserves to see these fine creatures, as well as a variety of guided tours that take you right out into the thick of it. But the wildlife doesn’t stop with the gators, you’ve got bears, panthers, beavers, and more; and for marine life, there’s sharks and dolphins in abundance too, with the possibility of the classic swimming with the dolphins experience.

Learning to tie a tie

Have you ever had to wear a tie but when it came down to putting it on, you had no idea how to tie a knot? You wouldn’t believe how many people have no idea how to do it. It may seem difficult almost impossible to some people but honestly it isn’t rocket science. There are different ways to tie a tie but here will go over the most basic four. Everyone has their own preference as to which method they use. Once you find your method you’ll become a pro in no time. You won’t even believe how simple it really is.

The most popular, most practiced ways to tie a tie are:

  • The Four-in-Hand Knot
  • Half Windsor
  • Full Windsor Tie Knot
  • Pratt knot

The Four-in-Hand knot is perhaps the simplest way to learn how to tie a tie. This knot is small and it’s the most appropriate for casual situations, since it doesn’t look like you spent too much time in front of the mirror on it. Although it might have taken you forever. If you’re ever in a hurry this is also the knot to go with. So how do you tie it? These are the simple instructions:

  1. Begin by crossing the wide end over the narrow end.
  2. Fold the wide end underneath the narrow end.
  3. Pass the wide end horizontally over the narrow end again.
  4. Take the wide end up and through the loop around your neck.
  5. Take the wide end through the knot in front. Proceed to tighten the knot and pull it up to your collar

Next up is the Half Windsor, which is a little more difficult than the Four-in-Hand knot. The Half Windsor is an easier version of the Full Windsor knot. Once you learn how to do this knot, the Full Windsor should be no problem for you. This is not a casual knot though. It’s more suited for the work, office environment. Following are the simple instructions for the Half Windsor:

  1. Begin by crossing the wide end over the narrow end.
  2. Fold the wide end underneath the narrow end.
  3. Pull the wide end up.
  4. Take the wide end back down through the loop.
  5. Move the wide end horizontally over the narrow end.
  6. Take the wide end up through the loop.
  7. Pull the wide end through the knot in front. Proceed to tighten the knot and pull it up to your collar.

Now we have the little more difficult Full Windsor Tie Knot. This knot is typically used for formal occasions. You should not wear this knot casually. It’s a wide, thick, triangular knot that’s completely symmetrical. It’s best suited with shirts with a wide collar. This knot should be used mainly for business meetings, presentations and weddings. These are the instructions for the Full Windsor:

  1. Begin by crossing the wide end over the narrow end.
  2. Take the wide end back through the loop around your neck.
  3. Take the wide end over the narrow end in the same direction you crossed it at step 1.
  4. Fold the wide end underneath the narrow end.
  5. Take the wide end up…
  6. And back through the loop in the same direction as step 4.
  7. Fold the wide end horizontally over the narrow end.
  8. Bring the wide end up through the loop once more, like you did in step 2.
  9. Pull the wide end through the knot.

Finally we have The Pratt Knot. This knot can pretty much be used for any occasion. This knot is either as wide as the Windsor or as narrow as a Four-in-Hand so it goes well with most dress shirts. The instructions for The Pratt Knot are as follows:

  1. Begin by crossing the wide end under the narrow end, while the tie hangs inside out around your neck.
  2. Pull the wide end up over the narrow end.
  3. Take the wide end down through the loop and tighten the knot.
  4. Move the wide end horizontally over the narrow end.
  5. Pull the wide end back up through the  loop.
  6. Pull the wide end through the knot in front. Proceed to tighten the knot and pull it up to your collar.

So there you have it. Four of the most common ways to tie a tie. Some more simple than others but all very possible for anyone to do. There are different knots for different occasions, so you’ll never run out of knots no matter where it is you’re heading. Pick your favorite style and go with it. Master it, teach it. Soon all your friends and family will be asking for your help tying their ties. Hope you dont regret learning. It’s a very useful thing to know!!!

The Best Ways To Play With Your Cat

Although they might seem like confident and independent creatures on the surface, cats need a good amount of playtime with you, just like any other pet. Taking the time to play with your cat can help considerably in allowing you to form stronger bonds and get a much better sense of what kind of personality they have. There are quite a few ways to play with a cat, so in this article we take a look at a few of them to give you a better idea of how you can start better engaging with your feline friend.

Simple ways to entertain your cat

Even the best cat insurance in Australia won’t help a lethargic, overweight cat, so keeping in mind some good ways to keep your cat active can help a lot during play time. In order to achieve this, consider playtime activities that arouse your cat’s natural hunting instincts, as this is a sure-fire way to help get them moving quickly and speedily. Playtime activities that stimulate these instincts include using sticks that have little ends attached (such as feathers) that you can use to mimic prey, and also unpredictable objects like motorised mice that will unfailingly get the attention of a cat. You can even endlessly entertain your cat by attaching something to the end of a shoelace or a stick and move it around while you’re watching TV! Another fun way to entertain your cat is by using a torch to cast a beam of light on a flat surface and have them chase it. Laser pointers are also a great option if you have them, as you can use them to highlight specific things very easily. 

Creating things for your pet

Although you might think toys for your cat will carry a hefty price tag, this is actually far from the case – your cat can be very easily entertained with a lot of things that you can find around your house, with cardboard boxes being the perfect example –you’d be surprised how much fun a cat can have a paper towel roll! You can very quickly and easily create a little hideout for your cat by cutting some holes in the cardboard box, and you can throw some simple little play bits in there, like a scrunched up ball of paper and a paper bag. Plastic things should generally be avoided (unless you’re very closely supervising) as cats can choke on them very easily. This means you can also easily improvise and create areas for your cat to climb and explore. Creating little obstacle courses allows your cat to naturally wear down their claws, so if you have the room setting up a little area out of bits you have lying around the house or buying a pre-made enclosure can help them strut their stuff. 

A few things to remember

Play times need not last forever – eventually your pet will get tuckered out, or will feel like they’ve won, and at this point you can feel safe wrapping up your little play session. At this stage, it also never hurts to give your cat some love for participating! There are a few other things to keep in mind to keep your cat enjoying its play time. First, dedicate some time to playing a few shorter sessions every day, allow your cat to have some victories, mix up the toy selection and never, ever force them to play.

What Type of Wood Should I Look for in a Wooden Hair Brush?

We all know how important it is to find the right hair brush. The health of our hair depends a lot on it. After medical treatment, your hair needs even more care. Besides, you should remember to change it every year. The same works for brushes for babies. Take a look at a wooden baby hair brush at natemia.com/products/baby-brush-set, and you will find what you are looking for.

Reasons to Look for the Best Wooden Baby Hair Brush:

  • All-natural materials. Nowadays, people start to appreciate natural materials again. Back in the day, people used to comb for hours during the day. They believed that hair has special oil on it that should be evenly distributed on its surface. Wooden brushes worked perfectly for this purpose as they only help this oil make hair more beautiful. When plastics appeared, people wanted to try something new. However, they quickly realized that artificial materials lacked the benefits of a simple brush of wood. That is why Natemia produces exactly this kind of brushes made of beech.
  • Kind to the environment. More and more people take care of our environment as they see how much harm even small things can do to our Earth. That is why it is always better to use eco friendly products if possible.
  • Gentle to the hair. Organic brushes are enough soft for the hair. It would not damage even wet hair so much as a plastic one would. But keep in mind that it is better to wait until your hair is dry.
  • Massage while brushing. Combing hair is important not only to make it look nice. It stimulates better blood flow and circulation. And it in its turn contributes to healthy hair growth. A Natemia paddle and some other brushes are made in such a way that they calm down children. We know that usually, children do not enjoy this process, but we tried to make our brushes and bristles on them in such a way that children can feel relaxed.

How to Choose the Best Wooden Baby Hair Brush?

  • Take a look at the bristles. Do not worry if they are not wooden. They should be natural. Check how soft a bristle is and how much your baby might like it.
  • Mind the type of brush. Each type of hair needs its own kind of brush. For newborns, it is better to use a soft bristle brush. For medium-length hair, you had better take a simple wooden comb. And for long hair, we suggest taking a hard-bristle brush.

Where Can I Find a Baby Wooden Hair Brush?

Take a look at Natemia set of three accessories of beech. These are three brushes made for different types of hair: a hard-bristle brush, a wooden comb, and a soft-bristle brush.

When looking for the best brush, mind the handle and form as it has to be comfortable for you. Some people choose a round brush, others take a mini brush to have it always in the bag.

Try wooden brushes and see how satisfying it can be to take care after your baby’s hair with them!

How to Store Lingerie: the Best Advice to Keep Your Fine Underclothing Organized

Sophisticated ladies know how to dress with taste and style always. This includes lingerie. Bras, garters, seamless panties, and other fine pieces of clothing are found in appreciating women’s collection. And for women that enjoy the best in life, leather lingerie by MarieMur is a must. However, storing all your expensive underwear properly is very important to keep them in optimal conditions. Here, you will learn how to do it.

There is nothing comparable to waking up to a well-organized drawer full of luxury lingerie. You can take a look at your entire collection and select the underwear for the day. So, if you do not have such a dreamlike drawer yet, it is time to make it. You just need to invest some of your time to create a nice place for your luxury women’s underwear. Just follow the steps presented below. You will learn the way to store fine lingerie bought from MarieMur.com.

 Get Rid of the Old Lingerie

The first thing that you have to do is select what pieces of lingerie you will keep. Think that you deserve to wear good lingerie only. Thus, get rid of anything that is already stained, ripped, ratty, or full of holes. With this idea in mind, throw away the following also:

  • Any set that you have not worn in at least one year;
  • Lingerie that has lost its original color;
  • Pieces of lingerie with damaged seams, elastics, or underwire;
  • Anything that you are not comfortable wearing.

Now, you are left with the lingerie that you can keep. The number of pieces that you need in your drawer is your choice. Some ladies opt for a minimalistic approach that includes just some panties and camisoles. Others prefer to have more variety including leather harness lingerie. It is up to you. If you want to replace some garments that you threw away, you can buy them from MarieMur.com. This is a website that offers a large online catalog of high end lingerie.

Now, It Is Time to Arrange and Store Your Lingerie

After having decided what to keep, you can start arranging your lingerie. If your collection is large, you may purchase a chest that will be used exclusively to store it. Otherwise, you can simply use drawer dividers. They come in different sizes and materials and can be bought in any home store.

You can organize your lingerie by color. A good piece of advice is to try to keep your lingerie sets together. This way, each morning you just grab a set and save time. Assign a section for your leather harness accessories. Also, keep a section for the most expensive garments. If you want to hang delicate lingerie, use hangers with notches to prevent straps from sliding off.

And remember the site MarieMur.com. There, you can buy handmade lingerie of the highest quality. You can benefit from their occasional sales too.

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