The Outdoor Mom

Fun Facts About The Moon

Fun Facts About The Moon 0

We've all been there- we think we're fairly educated... until our children come around with questions we simply don't know how to answer. We've created a fun little fact sheet about the moon for any future trips you might have with your children.

How far away is the moon?

When teaching your kids about the distance between Earth and the Moon, it's important to put the measurement into perspective. The best way to do this, is to show them by acting it out. For example, to show the distance of one kilometer, take a one kilometer walk with your child under the moon. When you've finished your walk and see that they're tired, tell them that the Moon is at an average distance of 384,400 kilometers. Put this distance into perspective by telling them you would have to walk the same distance you walked 384,400 times to reach the Moon. Let them know that this distance represents the width of 30 Earths put together. You can also take the time to explain to them that the Moon doesn't go around (orbit) Earth in a circle. It actually travels in a sort of elliptical orbit, which is what makes its distance vary. You can demonstrate this by walking in perfect circles vs. imperfect circles around you children.

What's the temperature like on the moon?

When discussing the temperature on the Moon, just like distance, you want to create perspective for your children. You can do this by explaining the temperature it currently is outside to draw a comparison to the Moon. This is also a great way to show your children how to use a thermometer. The average temperature on the Moon varies from -298 degrees Fahrenheit, at night, to 224 degrees Fahrenheit during the day. You can also explain to your children that while the Earth has an atmosphere that can block some of the Sun's rays or help trap heat at night, the Moon does not. This is why the temperature varies so much on the Moon. 

How much would I weight on the Moon?

On the moon, a person usually weights six times less than they do here on Earth (for those of you reading this article on Mars, my apologies). The Moon, has one sixth the gravity of Earth. However, the Moon still exerts a gravitational force on things... just less force because it's just got less things. This is also what allowed the astronauts to be able to jump around and move quickly on the Moon. It also led them to have trouble standing upright because according to ;Journal PLOS ONE; humans need at least 15 percent of the level of gravity found on Earth in order to orient themselves. Have your child stand on two bigger pine cones and try standing completely upright. Chances are, they will try to bend their legs or topple over because of the instability involved. This will give them an idea of what it's like to stand on the Moon.

  • Caroline Mayou
5 Fun Activities To Play With Your Kids While Camping

5 Fun Activities To Play With Your Kids While Camping 0

As new parents, we've all gone through it. As outdoors-men (women), we're used to going into nature to do our favorite activity. But once kids come into the picture, your solo adventure isn't the same, and it can be hard to incorporate your children into your outdoor trips. We've created a list of some of our favorite outdoor activities that are designed for children:

1. Scavenger Hunt: Kids love scavenger hunting, and nature is an ideal place to hold a scavenger hunt. Have each player gather things like pine cones, different types of leaves, shells, pine needles, etc. Before the game begins, talk about each item they're looking for and discuss it's origin and its importance in our ecosystem. Assign each player a buddy, or another player and designate a team name for each pair of players. Put a time frame on each item that is being searched and encourage them to use a watch to keep time. If you'd like to teach your kids about navigation, give them instructions on the use of a compass. The winners get first dibs on marshmallows and the unsuccessful group makes and serves the marshmallows at the fire that night. When you get home, have them glue their findings onto a board as a reminder of their last trip and the things they learned. 

2. Rainy Day Explorers: You may have imagined an abundance of sunny days for your planned outdoors trip, but as the song goes, "You can plan a pretty picnic but you can't predict the weather." Your now aced with mist, sprinkle, full scale rain or snow. On the off chance that conditions aren't excessively serious, stay put and enjoy the rain! Pack additional socks and a change of footwear for everybody. If you have them available, pack raincoats and elastic boots. Have fun jumping in puddles and strolling through forested areas (unless you're in company of lightning). When you return to the site, teach your children how to dry out clothes and keep warm in emergency situations. For example, you can teach your children the more important parts on the body to keep warm when facing hypothermia. You can also teach them small tricks, like using hand warmers to dry out shoes or GPS systems.

3. Get A Nature Manual: "When you're in nature, be interested in nature" says Tovah Paglaro, the David Suzuki Foundation's Queen of Green. "The children will love to take in the names and properties of the plants and creatures around you. You could even keep a log book and look at the changed normal finds in better places you visit." For additional outdoors motivation, hit up Pinterest (gleam stick ring hurl, anybody?). In case you're enjoying the great outdoors at a national stop, Parks Canada has a program for children called Xplorers that is incorporated with the consistent section expense. Kids get a booklet loaded with fun exercises. When they finish them, they get an official Xplorers testament and a collectible keepsake. Here is the website for Parks Canada

4. Camping Olympics: This could stand out as one of the best time you've ever had with your family. Long hop should be possible on a sandy shoreline, transfer races in an open range, and swimming rivalries in the water. Get a rope and arrange a group tug-a-war. Keep the tone light and sort out recreations that more youthful children can appreciate as well, such as skipping stones. Use this as an opportunity to teach your kids about competition and being humble. 

  • Caroline Mayou
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Relieving The Symptoms of Reynaud's Disease

Relieving The Symptoms of Reynaud's Disease 0

Raynaud's disease is an uncommon disorder of the blood vessels, usually affecting fingers and toes. The blood vessels narrow down when a person is exposed to cold or stress. When this happens, blood cannot get to the surface of the skin and the affected areas turn white and blue. When the blood flow returns afterwards, the skin turns red and tingles or throbs. In severe cases, loss of blood flow can cause the tissues to die.

Primary, Raynaud's happens on its own. The cause is unknown. There is also secondary Raynaud's, which is caused by injuries, other diseases, or side effects from using certain medicines.

People in colder climates are more likely to develop Raynaud's. It is also more common in women, people with a family history of the disease, and those over the age of 30.

Treatment for Raynaud's may include drugs to keep the blood vessels open. There are also simple and more organic things you can do yourself, such as

  • Soaking hands in warm water at the first sign of an attack
  • Keeping your hands and feet warm in cold weather with apparel
  • Avoiding triggers, such as certain medicines and stress
  • Using hand warmers

A long instance of unattended Raynaud's disease can cause necrosis, gangrene, and even amputation. So immediate prevention can be taken by trying motion (for example moving arms in the air until circulation returns) instead of just rubbing the hands vigorously or banging the hands against hard surface which in turn can damage the blood vessels. Disposable hand warmers when activated can stay warm for up to 10 hours. You can also put a body warmer under your covers which will release heat for up to 24 hours. These warmers stop the cold and the pain so that the individual can continue to work as normal. These warmers can be used by the people suffering from Reynaud's disease. 

Twelve patients with Raynaud's phenomenon (RP) due to systemic sclerosis (SS) warmed their hands for 5 min in  hot water every 4 hours throughout the day during alternate weeks of a six-week study. There was a statistically significant decrease in the number and duration of Raynaud's attacks in the weeks in which warming was performed compared with the intervening weeks. An increase in blood flow as measured by lazer-Doppler flow metry accompanied clinical improvement. Simple hand warming appears to be effective in the management of RP in patients with SS.

Ninety five percent of patients with systemic sclerosis (SS) suffer from Raynaud's phenomenon (RP) at some stage of their illness. Many vasodilatory drugs have been used to treat this condition. These include reserpine/ guanethidine, and most recently the calcium channel blocking drug, nifedipine. All of these agents produce some symptomatic improvement, though less in SS than in primary RP. However, clinical improvement is associated with little improvement in blood flow,'' possibly because all of these agents produce a fall in blood pressure, and there is evidence that finger blood flow in SS may be primarily determined by the arterial pressure. We have recently demonstrated the vasodilatory effect of simple hand warming in patients SS, and present here the results of an open investigation of the effect of simple hand warming on the frequency and duration of RP in 12 patients with SS.

  • Caroline Mayou
Composting Warmers: The Gardener's Dream Soil

Composting Warmers: The Gardener's Dream Soil 0

Gardening is an art that can also bring us the satisfaction of protecting our environment on a personal level. Every serious gardener shares the same obstacle- creating the perfect soil. And today, we're going to share the four main ingredients that can make the gardener's dream soil. They are as follows:

- Coconut Fiber/ Saw Dust: A byproduct having no alternative use than enriching anything it gets its little molecules on makes this a viable and inexpensive nutrient for the soil. Both coconut soil and sawdust help to correct soil erosion and promote health in all types of plants. 

-  Sand and Regular Garden Soil: As much as people hate sand, it helps in structuring the soil, making it more water retentive and allowing for plants to create stronger roots.

- Vegetable Peel/Fruit Peel/ Leaves/ Animal Waste/Etc.: The role of these is to provide inexpensive, yet powerful nutrients to enrich the soil with powerful minerals. This is a natural substitute for fertilizer which is expensive and can cause damage to the environment in the long run. 

- Worms For Vermi Compost: Worms can help the soil in two ways. First, they eat dead leaves and pass their waste in the soil thereby enriching the soil. Their movements in the soil develop air pockets which allows plants to breathe. 

Layering these four ingredients is essential and the most important part of the recipe. Worms play a major role when they feed on the organic waste as this is what leaves nutrient rich soil as an end product.

Vermiculite is an alternative to the coconut fiber/ saw dust where the purpose of both is to improve water retention capacity and aeration of the soil. Vermiculite looks like mica but it is also a mineral that can be found in mines in different parts of the world. It contains a group of minerals called aluminium-iron-magnesium silicate. 

Hand warmers (yes, the small disposable packs that warm your hands) product are a fantastic resource for your garden. Hand warmers can be used during Winter to carry out gardening work and to protect gardeners and farmers from the excessive cold. Hand warmers contain a chemical mixture of ingredients that product heat through an exothermic reaction when exposed to oxygen. The chemical composition of a warmer in layman's terms  is iron, vermiculite, activated carbon, cellulose and salt. 

Heat Factory hand warmers have no toxic chemicals labeled in them, which makes its ingredients combined with the organic compost a perfect way to enrich soil with minerals.

Perhaps, disposing non-toxic warmers into compost is a green idea rather than throwing them in the trash that eventually goes into a landfill. Dig up your soil and set the ingredients underneath it, to let it decompose in the long-run. Using hand warmers in your compost is cost-effective, and you'll have warmth and nutrients all year round. 

Warmers For Menstrual Cramps

Warmers For Menstrual Cramps 0

Many women must take off work every month because of menstrual cramps. Others are not affected so badly but still remain sitting there in pain, feeling bad and unfulfilling. Menstrual cramps are pains in the lower abdomen. Many women experience these pains just before and during their menstrual periods. Some women are even bedridden by this discomfort, often having to miss work or school and to cancel other plans. Reports vary on the data collection methods, but there is no doubt that women suffer distress with menstrual cramps is a widespread problem.

For some women, the discomfort is merely annoying. For others, menstrual cramps can be painful enough to disturb the day’s activities and throughout the month. Menstrual cramps are one of the most common reasons for women to see their doctor. The pain of menstrual cramps can range from mild to severe and can involve the abdomen, back or thighs. You can also develop dizziness, nausea, headaches, or fainting, or diarrhea or constipation with your cramps.

However, it is well known that hand warmer can really help to take the edge of the pain, whether you're at your desk, in the car, in school, curled up on the couch or in bed trying to sleep. The heat factory hand warmers are chemical hand warmers which work by producing an exothermic reaction when used in a covered area- ­­­under clothing, in a pocket. Hand warmers are very light and an emergency kit in a vehicle or pack. They are helpful if you experience trouble keeping your hand warm during menstrual cramps. It can also be perfect for women when camping, hunting, and fishing or during cold winter. With these hand-warming devices, you can be sure of quick and easy way to stay warm.

The heat factory hand warmers are activated by air through the process of oxidation and provide 10 hours of soothing warmth inside the gloves, pockets or wherever you feel a thrill. When exposed to air, these materials react together to produce heat through extremely fast oxidation process and it is perfect for women with cramps and pain associated with menstrual cycles.

This hand warmer goes even further to make your life better at that time of the month. It instantly warms to a pleasant temperature degree, so you don’t really need a microwave or hot water to heat up. This is perfect for when you're traveling, running for a meeting or when you are in bed. The other great thing about the hand warmer is that it is small, light and useful anywhere. This is perfect for keeping you warm outside, playing soccer, hiking and just about anything you want to do.

Hand warmer is the ultimate heating solution for the relief of pain from menstrual cramps. There is no need of microwave, they are ideal for when you're traveling, at the office or at home.

Medical studies show that hand warmer is effective for pain relief from menstrual cycle and helps to reduce stress and promote relaxation. It has been used for ages as a remedy to enhance the natural recovery process. Hand warmer also allow the flow of blood in the body, which reduces the pain from menstrual cycle and provides soothing comfort. It proffers the best and ideal treatment for chronic pain from menstrual cramps and arthritis.

Some of the benefits of heat factory hand warmers are that they're really portable, odorless, disposable, safe, non-toxic, non-flammable, friendly, and contains all natural substances. You can have one in your purse and use it anywhere you want. It can keep you stay warm for as long as 10 hours. All you need to do is to expose the hand warmer to the air; an oxidation process takes place that generates heat. You are encouraged to keep them in your pockets and just hold them when you are feeling pains. It can be a great comfort during menstrual cramps. Never again will you have to get worried when you are in cold winter, snowboarding, in a meeting, in the plane, hiking and skiing.

Finally, always ensure that you treat yourself with Heat factory hand warmers packs, because you deserve it!

  • Caroline Mayou
Relieving Growing Pains With Warmers

Relieving Growing Pains With Warmers 0

Relieving Growing PainsI remember when I was in 1st and 2nd grade I would get growing pains in my legs. The throbbing was so painful that it would wake me up at night. I remember one night waking up in such pain I went to the Kitchen and sat in the sink and washed my legs with hot water to relieve the throbbing pain. 

I now have 2 children who both have suffered from growing pains in the knees and legs. My wife had the great idea to give them Heat Factory Hand Warmers.

Hand Warmers for growing painsSo now when our kids complain about soreness in the legs we simple open a pair of hand warmers or body warmers. The warmers put off a constant heat, but are totally safe and non toxic. When I first gave the kids the warmers I doubted that it would work. But it worked like a charm; its nice because the child can hold the warmer and place it where heat is needed.

growing pains in kneesMy son was having a major pain in his knees and I felt so bad because of his pain and tears. He asked me, "Dad can you get me warmers please, my knees hurt so bad". It takes about five minutes for the warmers to get warm and the heat is enough to sooth his pain. He places the hand warmers in between his knees and within minutes he is stops crying.