15 Year Old Eli Reimer

Eli Reimer
Photo from People.com

15 year old boy with Down syndrome who lead a group to Mount Everest’s Base Camp!  Its just a mere 70 miles in 10 days…!   Eli is awesome.  He is proof that we all can do things that seem impossible. If you think about your goals too much, doubt creeps in.  Just get started.

Click here for the full article.


Wallpaper is Back…but Paintable

House Beautiful weitznerlimited.com

Wallpaper slowly has been coming back.  It started with accent wall ideas and now I recently came across this article in the March 2013 House Beautiful.  I think this concept is an interesting modern spin on the traditional idea of wallpaper.  It creates texture and warmth, but it also has the option to change the room just as you can with paint!

Check out www.weitznerlimited.com to see other paintable wallpaper patterns.

Tablet Device designed for Disabled Children

Access4Kids Device

Access4Kds is a device that is engineered for disabled children who have a difficult time with movements, such as touch.  Utilizing the touch screen has been nearly impossible for those individuals, and this input device has changed that! This device that is wrapped around the forearm measures pressure by movements such as pinches and swipes, and converts them into fine motor gestures.

Take a look at the video and the full article on Engadget’s website.

Better Sleep

5 Things To Do = Better Sleep
Fitness Magazine

  1. Hit the Sheets= Just get into bed even if you have things to do, it can wait.
  2. Do the z Math = Listen to your body when you are on vacation, and discover how much sleep you body tells you you need after about 3 days of vacation.
  3. Zap Rest Robbers = If it’s pain related see your doctor.  No need to suffer with pain and avoid rest because of it.
  4. Don’t Skimp on Sleep for Exercise = Exercise is important, but if you are cutting into valued sleeping time…choose sleep.
  5. Think Like a Kid = Go to bed within 30 minutes of the same time each night.

For complete article visit Fitness Magazine’s website.

A few other tips in the article that I really liked a lot…

  • Take a hot shower right before bed.  Invest in a calming body wash with a scent you really love. (Recently I picked up, Aveeno Hydrating Fig + Shea Butter Body Wash)
  • Wear socks to bed! Swedish study that suggests that the blood vessels in your feet naturally dilate which allows your body to begin to relax.  The warmth of the socks apparently activates the relaxation process.
  • Read in bed or listen to relaxing music.
  • Room temperature set at 68 degrees.

After a week so of these steps, I will see if I do in-fact have a more restful sleep!

8 Minutes Before Bed

8 Minute Yoga for Better Sleep
Fitness Magazine

Sleep is so important and when I came across this article, I thought I have to share this!  So many of us have a difficult time sleeping or staying asleep, and Fitness Magazine had a great article with the steps (listed below) to a better night sleep. Give it a try, it can’t hurt.

Click on the name if each for the exact description of the step from Fitness Magazine.  

Upside down relaxation (0-2 min.)

Put your butt to the wall or headboard with your legs against the wall.

Winding down twist (2-3 min.)

Sit with legs crossed twist body to right with left hand on knee, repeat on left side.

Goddess stretch (3-5 min.)

Lie flat, put soles of feet together with knees bent and flat to the ground.

Child’s pose (5-7 min.)

Traditional kneeling position, sit on feet, nose to floor and stretch arms out as far as you can.

Rock-a-by roll (7-8 min.)

Sit with legs into chest, ankles crossed, roll onto back, in hale as you roll your see up and exhale as you roll onto your back.

Yoga Flow: Poses that Burn Fat

Yoga Poses that Burn Fat
Women’s Health Magazine

I came across this article in Women’s Health Magazine that gave specific yoga poses that will sculpt your body and burn fat.  Well, I don’t know about you, but that is exactly what I want to know.  I love yoga and how it calms you and centers you, but I also don’t love aggressive workouts.  So if I can burn fat with a few yoga poses combined with fat burning foods, I’m going to try that first.  Here’s my synopsis….

In the article owner of Strala Yoga in NYC, Tara Stiles recommends:

  • Hold each for 10 breaths, one set on each side (always right side first).
  • Hold for one breath, six sets on each side.
  • Repeat step 1 for 3 sets.
  • Do four times a week.

#1 Down Dog Split:

Downward dog with one let fully extended creating a perfect line from your arms to your toe of the extended leg

#2 Half Crowlift

Looks like you are at a track meet and are ready to start, but the bent leg is raised to your chest

#3 Knee to Forehead

Same as #2 but this time the head is down toward your chest and your knee is touching your chin

#4 Warrior III

Basically a traditional flat back pose with your arms full extended out, palms facing in and one leg fully extended creating a straight line from fingers to toes of extended leg

Click here for the article.