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5 Things to Consider Before Getting a Gun for Your Homestead...

Moving onto a homestead, whether it’s an urban enclave or a thousand-acre ranch hidden far away from civilization, is a big decision that requires you to learn how to use new equipment. Firearms can be intimidating to someone new to homesteading, but most properties present hazards that are best dealt with by appropriate use of a gun. Decide if a gun is right for your particular homestead property by considering these five facts about firearm ownership and use. Comfort with Shooting First, consider if you’re actually willing to handle the gun regularly to practice shooting. If you’re too uncomfortable with a serious tool like a gun, you’ll struggle to get familiar with it and may make simple mistakes that put you and your family at risk. In addition, pointing a gun at an intruder when you have no intention of pulling the trigger is a bad way to escalate a situation and make it more dangerous. Homesteaders who simply don’t want to own guns should follow their instincts and choose alternative self-defense and hunting tools that they are happy to use. Distance to Neighbors Just because you’re on an acre of land doesn’t mean you can hunt or practice target shooting all you want. Every state sets rules on how far away you must be from your neighbors, public roads, and other areas. Shooting too close to a property line or road will land you with an expensive ticket and can even result in your firearms being confiscated. Since you’ll need to shoot regularly for at least the first few months to get acquainted with a new gun, check into your rights for shooting on the homestead. You may end up driving dozens of miles to reach the nearest shooting range, and that is quite a commitment. Type of Gun Once you’re sure you do want a gun for your homestead, you’ll need to choose the type based on your expected uses. For example, someone who doesn’t hunt and lives in an area with no nuisance animals or predators likely only needs a handgun for self-defense. If hunting is a priority, a rifle or shotgun with a rifled barrel is essential and also serves as a self-defense tool and for predator control. Long-range rifles are only necessary for hunters with specific techniques or large-game opportunities like elk and bear. Many people find a shotgun to be the best all-around homestead gun, while others keep one of each type of gun or more on hand. Storage of Ammo Make sure you have storage space for the guns and related ammo before bringing...

4 Modern And Unique Chuppah Design Ideas For Your Wedding...

The chuppah, or wedding canopy, has always been a part of the traditional Jewish wedding. In its original form, the chuppah is a simple structure, consisting of a square cloth – often a prayer shawl, heirloom tablecloth, or other family artifact – held up by four poles. The simple structure symbolizes the family home, and the open sides represent the couple’s hospitality toward friends and family. While the chuppah is still an integral part of traditional Jewish weddings, many nondenominational, secular, and interfaith couples have also chosen to incorporate the structure into their weddings, while adding personal touches and modern updates. If you’re looking for a way to incorporate a wedding canopy into your own special day, you might enjoy one of these modern and unique chuppah design ideas. Sleek And Sparkling For a lavish and elegant wedding, forget the simple metal or wooden tent poles and have a canopy fashioned using glass or lucite pillars. This will give your ceremony the glitz and glamour that you’re looking for on your special day. It’s the perfect canopy for a splashy and exclusive Hollywood-themed or Vegas-style wedding background. To top the clear, sparkling pillars, consider a bed of roses supported by a fine silk canopy cover. Or use hanging decorations like crystal strands that resemble icicles – the perfect complement for a winter season wedding. One Of A Kind Another option is to use a custom, hand-painted silk covering for your chuppah Commission a design that’s meaningful to you – you might incorporate your wedding colors along with seasonal symbols, or ask the artist to create a family crest. You can hang the silk over plain metal tent poles, or, if you’re having an outdoor wedding, consider a wooden canopy frame covered in ivy or another flowering vine. When the wedding is over, you could have the painted silk chuppah covering mounted and framed. That way, you’ll have a beautiful and meaningful piece of art to serve as a wall hanging in your new shared home. Environmentally Friendly Want to make a statement that is both beautiful and environmentally friendly for your wedding? How about a chuppah fashioned from reclaimed wood? Because it’s been used and weathered, each piece of reclaimed wood is unique, and the aged appearance of the wood pieces will give your chuppah a natural but striking beauty. If the wedding is being held in an ornate background, like a lavishly designed church, synagogue, or hall, then you could go with a very simple wooden frame draped with silk. If you’re holding the wedding outdoors or in...

Disappointed With Your Running Speed During Your Last Race? 3 Steps You Can Start Now To Run Faster...

If you have been working on improving your running speed and were still disappointed with your speed during your last race, then don’t give up. There are many ways to increase your speed that you may not have tried yet, and one great way is to incorporate the right strength exercises into your training schedule. Here are the best ways to increase your leg and core strength to help you run faster.  1. Add Hills into Your Runs As you likely know, stronger legs can propel you faster. However, you want to make sure you use the right strength-training techniques to target specific leg muscles that will help you most during your runs. One way to increase the strength of the specific muscles in your legs that you use most while running is to start running on a path during your training that includes hills. As you run up the hills, not only are you working those muscles, but you are also working to improve lung strength and overall cardiovascular health that will help with your endurance. If you are new to running on hills, then add a couple of small hill climbs into your routine just once a week, and begin incorporating them more often as you build strength.  All muscles need time to heal and repair themselves after being worked hard, so resist the urge to include them every day. Overworking muscles can be just as bad as under-working them. If you typically run indoors on a treadmill, then you can replicate the effect of running on a hill by increasing the incline on the treadmill for 30 to 60 seconds several times during your run.  2. Try These Traditional Leg Strength-training Exercises Once you have included hills into your runs and no longer find them challenging, then you can add some traditional strength-training exercises into your routine. Don’t just walk into a gym and hit every machine, because you need to focus on these specific exercises that hit leg muscles you want to work most: Squats. Squats are more difficult than they appear to be, so starting with just your body-weight is best. To perform them, simply spread your legs until your feet are about as wide apart as your hips. Then, lower your buttocks to the “sitting” position with your bottom about 90-degrees to the floor. Perform them slowly and only perform 8-12 squats. When they become challenging at body-weight, you can slowly add weight by holding light barbells in your hands or using a squat-rack that allows you to add weight. Squats work your glutes, quads, calves...

Frequent Flat Tires: What Causes Bike Flats And What You Can Do About Them...

There is almost nothing more frustrating than having a flat when you’re using your bike to commute to work or to get a workout in before you start your day. While it is a good idea to always carry an extra inner tube and a repair kit with you when you ride, changing a flat on the go is time-consuming and can be messy. If you’re getting consistent flat tires, it probably means there is something you could do to prevent them as some flats are caused by rider errors. Here are some reasons why you might be cursed with a case of of the flats.  1. There’s not enough pressure in your inner tube Keeping your tires fully filled is your biggest defense against an unwanted flat tire. When the tire pressure is too low, the inner tube can actually pinch itself on your wheel rims, causing leaks.  Checking the pressure of your tires before you head out is easy, and you should do it frequently as the temperature outside and how frequently you ride can both affect your tire pressure. The right tire pressure depends on the type of bike you ride. Typically, if you have thinner tires, like those on a commuter or road bike, the pressure needs to be greater. This is because the tire has less surface area with the ground, causing the tires to be under more external pressure from the rider and the road, and so the added air pressure provides strength to inner sidewall of the tire tube. Generally, road bikes should have pressure between 80-130 psi, while mountain bikes only need 30-50 psi.  Keep in mind, the more you weigh and the more aggressively you ride will also affect how high your tire pressure should be. If you are heavier, your tire psi should be greater.  2. You ride in areas with sharp objects frequently It’s easier to puncture a tire tube than you might think. A single thorn, a nail, a piece of glass — these can all leave you stranded with a flat. It’s important, when you get a flat tire, to inspect the tube and look for the object or the puncture hole. This will give you an idea of what to avoid in the future. For example, if you remove the tire and tube and find a small nail embedded, you might want to look for a route that doesn’t take you past a construction site.  However, avoiding obstacles is sometimes not possible. After all, thorns and glass are often present on roads and mountain trails....

5 Ways Dollar Store Items Can Enhance Your Golf Outfit...

As you shop for new golf apparel, you may be considering ways to accessorize and personalize the designs that you have. It’s important to dress classy on the course while still showcasing your personal preferences. From head to toe, there are cheap ways you can enhance your golf outfit with items from a dollar store. As you save on the accessories, you will have more money to put towards extra apparel or some of the more expensive brands. Pins Add a little flare to your golfing outfit with a pin. Dollar stores often have random collections of pins that can be purchased for a dollar each or even in packs of multiple pins for a dollar. There are numerous designs and themes you can choose for your outfit, depending on the colors that you purchase. For example, if you’re wearing a red and khaki combination then you can purchase an American flag pin to compliment the colors and show a little pride. Pins based on other countries are also available, giving you a lot of different colored options. Dollar stores may also feature sport pins with golf designs like clubs and balls. Browse different dollar stores to see the options available for your outfit. Shoelace Accessories Instead of just wearing golfing cleats as they are, you can take advantage of dollar store deals by adding some accessories. Small beads and designs can be laced directly into a cleat for an added design. This can be something as simple as a colored bead or something more intricate with painted animals, symbols, or designs. Some small shoe decorations can clip right over the laces instead of being forced to lace through them. Pop-culture designs are also available, like sports teams, superheroes, and cartoon characters. Choose designs that appeal to your personal tastes and match outfits that you plan on buying. Watches A good watch can cost hundreds of dollars, but if you’re just looking to match your outfit then you should head right to a local dollar store. Cheap watches come in a variety of colors, allowing you to easily purchase matching designs for every outfit you own or plan on purchasing. Newer rubber watch designs feature a solid color and light-up digital display to showcase the time when needed. Seasonal Socks A great way to draw attention to your golfing outfit is with a pair of long socks. During different seasonal shopping times, dollar stores offer a wide variety of seasonal socks. Long socks can be found with a number of different holidays. For example, in the months leading up...