Tips for Kids Parties

Children’s parties have come a long way in the last decade with more options, more expectations and more expense placed on an event that runs approx. 2-3 hours. Involved in the kids party industry for 15 years, I have seen every type of party from the informal backyard gathering to a virtual carnival with everything imaginable hired.

However, a children’s party doesn’t need an event planner or a big budget to be successful. I have some great pointers to get the party started and the kids having a ball.

1. Keep it traditional. Children enjoy it when predictable elements appear, and if they are overlooked, it will not go unnoticed! Must-haves are: Food, birthday cake, and the all important Party Bag! If you provide at least these three things, you’ve got a party.

2. What games to provide. There are literally thousands of options: Party games; hire an activity or entertainer or have the party somewhere that will entertain the kids for you. Rule of thumb: DON’T OVER-DO IT!

One or two structured games are more than enough. The fact is, the kids are already being expected to eat now, cut the cake now, watch the gifts being opened now, etc etc.. If you throw in entertainers, activities and games, children may quickly be overwhelmed, and time whizzes by without the children having the chance to actually play.

3. Play time: This element should be the top party essential. Factoring time for the kids to play, run around, talk and laugh with each other is valuable. It suits children of all ages and capabilities, and what’s more , it’s free!

4. Age-appropriate entertainment. This suggestion may seem like a no-brainer, however many parties result in children being bored or bewildered. For example, hiring a magician-clown for two-year olds left most of the children terrified. Another example is a bowling party for four-year olds. The kids had no interest in being competitive and after a few bowls, the novelty had seriously worn off. And even Pass-the-Parcel can cause distress when played with kiddies who are too young to realise they haven’t missed out, they just have to wait their turn. If you are holding a party with mixed ages and genders, there is a wide range of entertainment that appeals, such as jumping castles, face painting and balloon-twisting.

5. Try to Relax! When planning a party, plan with your child and use your instincts – you know what they’ll enjoy most. On the day have a mini run-sheet so you don’t forget anything, like when to put the party pies in the oven or to hand out the party bags.

Then, enjoy YOURSELF too…after all -it’s a party!

All the best!

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Plantar Fasciitis Treatment Options

Plantar fasciitis is extremely common affecting around 10% of the adult population at some time in life. Commonly plantar fasciitis is associated with heel spurs however on x-ray only 50% of patients with plantar fasciitis have evidence of calcification through the heel (DiMarcangelo, 1997).

Commonly plantar fasciitis symptoms start as an awareness or ache in the morning. Relief treatment can be quite simple at this time however if it is left, these symptoms will often slowly progress to pain that significantly impacts quality of life.

When targeting plantar fasciitis symptoms your practitioner will guide you through the best strategy or combination of strategies to help relieve and control your individual pain. At Body Leadership Australia we recommend a multimodal approach utilising a number of different treatment options.

Soft Tissue Release
Tightness of the muscles surrounding the foot have been found to pull hard enough on the bones that they alter the natural shape of the foot and ankle often leading to plantar fasciitis pain. Accordingly, release techniques and stretching of the lower limb muscles can have an effect on decreasing symptoms associated with plantar fasciitis.

Stretching
Strategic stretching of the calf muscles and Achilles tendon or on the plantar fascia itself can decrease pain associated with plantar fasciitis. You should get a program tailored to your individual needs.

Orthotics
Orthotics can help to relieve the effects of plantar fasciitis. Changing the weight load through the foot can allow the inflammatory response to settle by supporting the foot appropriately.

Night Splints (Strassburg Sock)
The use of a night splint can reduce recovery time compared to the same protocol utilising standing stretches through the calf.

Cortisone
Cortisone was always a last resort due to potential complications and pain post injection. Now with ultrasound guidance outcomes have improved and we see them used more effectively. Cortisone options can be discussed with your health care professional.

Surgery
A number of studies found 75% to 95% of patients had long term improvement as measured by various criteria. Up to 27% of patients still had significant pain, up to 20% had some activity restriction, and up to 12% had moderate pain that impaired function (Brown et al., 1999; Davies et al., 1999; Fishco et al., 2000). Surgical options are always a last resort.

Once your pain is treated and controlled it is important to understand your individual factors that predispose you to plantar fasciitis which can be explained by your physiotherapist. You can then be taught a home program to release tension, particularly through the calf as well as the foot to nip problems in the bud. This can also be optimised using home exercises to improve strength for better control of your biomechanics long term.

If you, your friend or family member suffer from plantar fasciitis please do not hesitate to contact one of our friendly Brisbane sports physiotherapists on 07 3847 8040. Our Brisbane sports physios can also provide treatment from our Brisbane Sports Physiotherapy practice.

Why You Should Buy A Treadmill – The Health Benefits

The treadmill is one among the most popular pieces of equipment at any gym. The popularity of this piece of equipment may be attributed to the many benefits that people get from using it as an aerobic exercise tool. Treadmills are easy to use and give you the ability to control every aspect of your work out. You can walk, jog or run. The treadmill also gives you the power to diversify you workout routine e.g. you can make a treadmill simulate a hill. Most importantly, people usually reap massive health benefit when they use treadmills to exercise. Here are some of the health benefits of using treadmills to exercise;

1. Reduces the risk of diseases affecting the cardiovascular system

Cardiovascular diseases are a common problem facing many people in the world today. Victims of cardiovascular diseases are usually people that do not work out to keep their cardiovascular system working properly. When you do an intense work out using a treadmill, you strengthen you heart and lungs. By spending at least 30 minutes, 3 to 5 days a week on your treadmill, you significantly reduce you chances of getting heart diseases and many other chronic diseases such as cancer, asthma, arthritis and diabetes.

2. Helps you lose weight

Being overweight not only makes you hate the way your body looks but also puts you at a risk of diseases such as stroke, coronary heart diseases, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis among others. You can burn a lot of calories when walking running or jogging on a treadmill. For example, when jogging at a speed of 9.6 kilometres per hour on your treadmill, you can burn up to 650 calories. If you want to burn more calories, you can simply adjust the settings to increase the speed and/or incline to make a routine more challenging. Therefore, if you want to lose weight the healthy way, get yourself a treadmill. It is the ultimate equipment that any person that wants to lose weight fast should own.

3. Helps to strengthen your bones

When you work out on a treadmill, you create strong healthy bones. You can never be a victim of conditions affecting the bones (such as osteoporosis) if you have been constantly working out on you treadmill. This is because as you walk, jog or run on a treadmill, you put more weight on your bones causing them to grow to be strong.

4. Improves your mood

An intense exercise on a treadmill stimulates your body to produce certain chemicals in your brain that help to bring a ??feel good mood’. The sense of well being that comes from working out on this piece of equipment makes you have a positive outlook on life and can also help you manage stressful situations. Prolonged stress is dangerous because it can lead to serious health problems. Medical research proves that exercising is one among the most effective ways of preventing stress and treating depression. Hence, if you want to relieve yourself from stress, just walk, jog or run on a treadmill as much as you can.

5. Improves your joint motion

If you have suffered back, knee, hip or ankle injury, a treadmill can greatly help you to recover. This is because as you use the treadmill, the joints on your back, knee, hip and ankle are kept in motion. This helps to reduce the stiffness in these joints. Doing a gently walk everyday on your treadmill will help you regain your flexibility by loosening your joints.

6. Increases your energy

When you exercise on a treadmill, you strengthen your heart and lungs. This improves their ability to supply nutrients to oxygen to all parts of the body. The result of all body tissues receiving the nutrients and oxygen they need is increased energy throughout the day.

Treadmills are considered as the most effective cardio machine that can be found in a gym. A treadmill gives you the opportunity to walk, jog or run at the comfort of your home. If you own a treadmill, you will never have to worry about the weather interfering with your work out plans. This explains why they are increasingly becoming common accessories in many homes. Therefore, if you have been looking for aerobics equipment that will keep you body healthy, get yourself a treadmill.

Cheap SEO for Small Business Operators

SEO (search engine optimization) is not optional for any business that wants to enjoy the benefits of an online presence. You need not spend a fortune on SEO – there are several cheap SEO tips that you should consider.

There are several no-cost and cheap SEO tactics that you could try out. If you have enlisted the services of an SEO company, pick a package that has such SEO tactics because it will be cheaper. Blogging is one of the most effective no-cost post-Panda SEO tactics. Blogging allows you to create unique content and to create links. Search engine bots love fresh content and natural links. You are able to incorporate ‘long tail keywords’ that you might not have thought of when you blog. A new URL on the sitemap emanating from your blog brings in search engine robots. The more you are crawled, the greater the possibility of your ranking being adjusted. The uncomplicated URL structures of blogs make them easy to find. Blogging is also advantageous in that it brings you out as an expert in your field, the comments and trackback in blogs encourage interaction, the RSS and links help increase traffic and the feedback helps with product development.

You could publish in guest blogs. You are allowed to leave a link to your website in guest posts. Guest posts in established blogs are also advantageous in that they help you establish authority and credibility.

Create a social profile on Google+, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and other social media sites. Establishing a social media profile on the leading social media sites is free of charge. Social media optimization is important in link building and it helps you create unique content.

Press release distribution not only helps you achieve cheap SEO, but it also helps with brand awareness, it brings you referral traffic, it helps with citation-building for local search engine optimization, it helps with reputation management, it helps you to make important announcements, and it is social proof.

Generate such content as articles, helpful troubleshooting ideas, and tips for social Hubs like Squidoo lenses and Hubpages and write articles for article directories like EzineArticles.com. Other than helping your SEO campaign through link building, such content also helps bring you out as an expert in your niche. Other cheap SEO techniques include sitemap creation, social bookmarking, and local SEO (such as placement on Google Places).

You will save money with an SEO service because maintaining an in-house IT team costs more. This is because you have to pay salaries and other benefits even when there is no SEO work being done and you have to pay for office space and to pay administrative costs. Different SEO companies have different rates and you should search carefully to pick the one with cheap SEO services without compromising on quality. Consider the SEO packages on offer and pick the one that best suits you. Go online for your SEO service because you get to compare more options. There are many comparison sites that you could use to pick the company with the best rates. Do not shy away from asking for a discount. Read independent reviews and customer testimonials to ensure that the company with the cheap SEO services is not using Black Hat SEO tactics.

What is Baltic Amber?

Many people don’t realise that amber is actually tree resin, not a stone. More specifically, it is the fossilized resin from an extinct species of trees, and is millions of years old!

What makes Baltic Amber special?
Baltic Amber has an active ingredient called Succinic Acid, which has been known to have many medicinal qualities. Succinic Acid is a natural analgesic that assists with pain relief.

Succinic acid is now produced commercially and is approved for use by the United States Food and Drug Administration.

Baltic Amber teething necklaces have been a source of traditional healing passed on for many generations and are widely used and treasured throughout Europe as unparalleled alternative medicine with proven health benefits.

Baltic amber in ancient times
While some of us here in Australia may think that amber necklaces are quite a new thing, even in ancient times infants were given amber necklaces to wear.

Amber was thought to contain magical powers, and it was widely known to have healing properties. Besides the healing properties, infants were given the necklaces to guard against baby swapping, offer protection from evil forces, and help against witchcraft!

Ancient Germanic tribes such as the Goths, Nordic peoples, Celts, Romans, Greeks, Arabs and Chinese, all valued amber for its beauty and protection.

Amber necklaces as a baby teething remedy
Baltic Amber is popular with baby teething products as it helps with pain relief, it has a calming affect and it stimulates the thyroid to assist with the redness and drooling associated with teething.

Baltic Amber necklaces are made for wearing, not for chewing. By wearing Baltic Amber close to the skin, the amber produces an oil (rich in Succinic Acid) which your skin then absorbs into the body.

Baltic Amber teething necklaces are the ideal solution when you choose to care for your baby in a natural way.

Silicone Teething Necklaces
It’s a well known fact that babies and toddlers love to chew when they are teething.

They will chew on anything they can get their hands on! Our necklaces are designed so that they can have a safe and soft product to chew on when teething.

These necklaces also provide a stimulating object for babies to play with while breastfeeding.

Not only functional, these necklaces are fashionable and look great with any outfit. It can be very difficult for mums to wear long necklaces or jewellery with babies and toddlers, as they love to grab everything and can very quickly break an expensive piece of jewellery.

Our silicone teething products are made with the highest quality 100% food grade silicone, and are guaranteed to be BPA and PVC free.

All Beauty of Amber silicone necklaces have been tested and are fully compliant with Australian & New Zealand Standards (AS/NZS IOS 8124-1:2010).

Why choose Beauty of Amber?
Beauty of Amber specialise in Baltic Amber teething products, all of which are hand-crafted and made with authentic Baltic amber. Our genuine Baltic Amber is of the highest quality and sourced only from the Baltic Regions of Europe. We also have an extensive range of Silicone teething necklaces.

We are passionate about natural alternatives when dealing with the pain associated with teething, and offer excellent customer service.