The winter weather can do a lot of damage to your car if you don’t protect it properly. Rain, snow and even heavy wind can damage paint, tires and hub caps. The best way to protect your car is with a car cover. But with so many companies out there making them, where do you get the best one? Heavy winds or rain can cause part or all of it to come off, exposing your car to the extreme weather which can damage it. You can also find covers in retail stores like Best Buy, Walmart or Target, but the prices at those places may not be the best deals you can get. Walmart and Target for example will have very inexpensive car covers for around $30.00, but the quality will be lacking. I also feel much more calm and able to make a better decision about my purchase when I’m doing it at home on my computer, rather than being persuaded by salespeople, and feeling the anxiety of all the different options. The Kindle’s E-Ink display is great for reading during the day but as soon as it gets dark, because it has the same contrast ration as paper, you’re going to need some light on the subject. Enter the Mighty Bright Xtra Flex 2. It clips directly onto your kindle to give you some targeted reading light so you can read anywhere, any time. Best of all it won’t disturb your partner at bed time or those around you on the plane as it provides just the right amount of illumination to read by but not so much that it will bother anyone near you. They use 3M technology for easy application and removal and best of all come in a huge variety of colours and styles so you’re sure to find one that suits you. The amount of times this reporter has forgotten to charge his Kindle over night or before a long trip is amazing but with the Kindle Car Charger you’ll never have to worry about that again. While you obviously don’t plan on breaking your Kindle and they are made very well, sometimes things happen and a warranty will ensure that your purchase is not a total loss.
Car Covers Now!
Well here it is, the first of April and the weather is changing. Now is the time to think about purchasing a car cover and to start protecting your vehicle from the spring weather. After the winter months are gone comes the rainy season. It’s nice not having to scrape the windows and clear the snow off your vehicle. At this time of year the one thing that is different is now there actually is more moisture than the winter. Why, because in the winter the moisture is frozen and there is less water to contend with therefore your waterproof car cover amazon isn’t as wet where as in the spring the vehicle covers are wet and stay that way until the sun can dry them out. The same car covers you use in the winter may not hold up as well to the wetness if they have been around for a few years. The seams may begin to leak and if the cover is quite old you may find that the waterproofing isn’t working as well. If you have been using your car cover this winter you may want to take a close look at it to see how well it’s holding up. Check the seams to see if they are frayed or coming apart. One way to check you cover to see how well it is protecting your vehicle is to put the cover on and take your garden hose and spray it like it was raining and see if any water is passing through the cover onto your vehicle or after you place the cover on your vehicle check all the seams for problems.
Now is a good time to check and replace your cover if it needs it. Soon the rains will be here and you will be ready for them. Nothing can cause more damage to your vehicle than rusting and blisters on your the finish. So, don’t wait till the storms are here, an ounce of prevention is worth not needing a new paint job. So far we have talked about the winter conditions of the Northern and Eastern part of the country. There are also the Southern and Western portions of the country to think about. The Northwest does get the winter conditions like the Eastern part of the US but they also get a lot of ice and rain during the winter months where the Southern part of the US gets rain and sun, and lot’s of it. So even if you are in the Southern part of this country you also should be checking your vehicle covers to see how they have held up this winter because the sun is going to be hotter and the rain will be more intense. Time to put the cover on and stop to to check it out for weak spots or seams that are showing wear and tear. If you see any of the things I have talked about your should think about replacing your car cover before you vehicle suffers damage from the sun and rain. One thing is if your cover seams are coming apart check your warranty to see if you are still covered, seams are one of the covered items in your warranty, so you should contact your supplier and get the cover replaced. I always check my vehicle covers every season to make sure they are doing what I bought them for and that is to protect my investment. With the economy today the cost of replacing your vehicle is not the best thing. What you have invested in your vehicle you want to preserve until you will either trade it in or sell it outright. And to get the best return you should try your best to protect your investment. Covering your vehicles is just one good way to keep it’s value.
Bringing Up Green Baby – Choosing Greener, Cleaner and Sustainable Everyday Products For Baby
Even babies can celebrate Earth Day, with a little help from moms and dads. By choosing greener, cleaner and sustainable everyday baby products, like the ones on this list, parents can show little ones from a very young age how to love their planet.
Green My Ride
New car seats for kids usually come in huge, wasteful cardboard boxes, but not the Cosco Scenera Convertible Car Seat, packaged in the first-ever eco-friendly travel and storage bag. The carry bag has eliminated over 65 tons of paperboard waste, saving an estimated 2,700-plus trees a year, and cut warehouse and transportation costs by 33 percent. The seat features a 5-point internal harness system and detachable cup holder. Fits children 5-35 lbs. rear-facing and 22-40 lbs. forward-facing. Target. $54.99.
Beyond Bed and Bath
Most crib mattresses are made with synthetic materials that can include toxins, but you can sleep well when you put your little Earth angel down for a restful night on the handcrafted Coco Mat mattress for cribs or toddler beds, made with breathable pure lambswool and other all organic materials. Locate retailers at nauralmatusa.com. $399.
When Mother Nature calls and little ones need to go, go green, with the Safety 1st Nature Next 3-in-1 Potty,made of 100 percentbio-plastic, which includes a potty, toilet insert ring and stepstool, featuring a locking lid for easy carrying. Walmart. $9.99.
Up with Bamboo
Budding environmentalists can sit up tall and proud in the Safety 1st Nature Next Bamboo Booster Seat, made from durable bamboo, a renewable resource that grows quickly and is able to rapidly replenish itself. The booster includes an easy-to-remove adjustable tray and 3-point safety harness. Babies R Us, Sears, Walmart. $39.99.
Growing Up Green
Beating the BPA Bottle
Many baby bottles contain potentially harmful bisphenol-A (BPA) plastic, but not bottles made by Green to Grow, and the grassroots company proves they care about the future of our little ones and our planet by using 100 percent recycled paper and soy inks in all of their packaging. They also founded Bottles to Babies Initiative which provides donated used bottles and new nipples to non-profit organizations and women’s shelters. Whole Foods Market and baby boutiques nationwide. 5 oz. and 10 oz styles, $9.99 to $10.99.
Good Green Read
Read it and Cheep
When children are asked how they learned about nature, they can say “A little bird told me.” Author Carol Zelaya has created the Emily the Chickadee series of children’s books to help youngsters appreciate the beauty of nature and what little creatures can teach us, inspired by a baby bird that lived in her own backyard. Amazon. $12
Clean & Green Diapers
Disposable diapers may be convenient, but they pose a threat to our environment and can contain chemicals and materials that are not good for baby’s health. Here are some safer and less wasteful options to consider:
* An eco-alternative to disposables is KUSHIES Ultra-Lite organic diapers which feature a snug designer-style waterproof adjustable shell on the outside and washable liners of 100% soft cotton flannel or a flushable, biodegradable diaper liner inside. A built-in flap can be folded up for boys or down for girls for extra absorbency where they need it most. Pre-soak and machine wash and dry. Infant to toddler sizes. Kushiesonline.com. Trial pack of two diapers $32.99. Toddler five-pack $68.99.
* Wood-pulp processed Seventh Generation fragrance- and chloride-free diapers offer softness for comfort, stretchy leg gathers for fit, re-sealable closure tabs for ease and non-toxic and hypoallergenic absorbent polymer to keep your baby dry. Comparable in performance to traditional premium diapers but a whole different look with a plain, neutral beige rather than the white cartoon-embossed covers of most commercial diapers. Whole Foods, Walgrens, Babies R Us. Newborn (up to 10 lbs.), 40 count, to size 6 (35+ lbs.), 22 count, $10.99.
* Earth-friendly Earth’s Best TenderCare dye-free, perfume-free, chlorine-free diapers are made with annually renewable resources such as corn and wheat that lessen the use of petro-chemicals to reduce your baby’s environmental footprint. They feature breathable sides, moisture barrier cuffs and refastenable tabs for comfort and ease of use. No cutesy cartoons on the outside but great performance. Available in seven sizes from newborn (40 count) to size 6 (22 count). Babies R Us. $11.99.
* Distinguished by a tiny leaf pattern and a unique center channel, the best looking of the Earth-friendly disposable diapers, hypo-allergenic Nature Babycare ECO unbleached, latex-free, frangrance-free andchlorine-free diapers are constructed of 60% natural materials such as soft absorbent pulp from sustainably harvested Scandinavian forests. Less plastics provides more comfort without sacrificing protection. Size 1 (40 count) to size 6 (20 count). Diapers.com, Amazon.com, Target and Babies R Us. $12.99.
Hit the Ball Out of the Park With Unique Fathers Day Gift Ideas
If your father has a hobby, play off of it for ideas, but don’t get the same old boring gift. For example, if your father is a golfer, a good, simple gift might be personalized golf balls. For those with deeper pockets, an electronic range finder (GPS powered) makes a great gift. How about lessons at a local golf course, a golf swing analysis session, or a small cooler that attaches to his bag? For the fisherman dad, get him a new set of rain gear (hint: Look for Gore-Tex on the label to insure wind and waterproofing) that he would never buy himself, a gps for his boat, a hat from that keeps the sun off the back of his neck (check out an online merchant like Coolibar to see what I mean), polarized sun glasses. Avid ice fishermen will certainly appreciate a good ice auger or fishing shelter.
If your dad’s idea of fun includes a few laps around the track or trying for a new PR in the marathon, then maybe a nighttime reflective vest, a heart rate monitor or an id bracelet (RoadId makes a good one) would be more his speed. Another nice gift idea is a sports massage (particularly nice after a big race). For the bookworm that has an unquentiable thirst for knowledge, an electronic reader is the perfect gift. My personal favorite is the Amazon Kindle e-reader. If dad already owns an e-reader, get him a gift card to load more books or a cool cover for it. If he lends his books out to friends, get him a personal name imprinter for the book jackets. For the wine lover, you might contact a local winery and see if they have wine making classes – if so, get dad registered. Do a little research and you’ll probably be surprised at the number of wineries in different parts of the country. If you don’t have a winery in your area, there are plenty of wine clubs (wine of the month, etc.) that allow you to send fine wine as a gift. If dad has a favorite winery that is out of town, and it’s within your means to do so, send him on a winetasting weekend (look for those tours that offer transportation from winery to winery – we would never encourage drinking and driving!) Check our your local college for some adult education wine classes. If your dad lives for the crack of the bat, the end zone dance, the hat-trick, etc. You might look into a behind the scenes tour of a major league ballpark and get him a ticket.