Waffle – How To Say Waffle In English

February 15th, 2017

 

Waffle – How To Say Waffle In English

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3 Piece Crib Bedding – What To Look For?

January 28th, 2017

Some of you who read a couple of my posts could already figure out that I do most of my shopping online. Amazon is an excellent option, especially for the people like me. Here is the thing: I don’t like having a huge variety of choices without knowing what other people think about them. Crib bedding is the perfect example. I got a task from my wife to find this item at a reasonable price. I’m guessing a lot of you know as much about crib bedding sets as I did a couple of days ago – practically nothing. 2 days of exploring and reading reviews after, and you can say that I am the most informed dad in the world on this subject. So here is what I learned.

The color matters

Usually, girls get pink, boys get blue bedding and white is sort of a universal choice. But, here is the thing: you want to go with patterns. First, if you spill something or stain it the first day, it’s not as noticeable. Second, the colors and patterns attract your baby’s attention and stimulate the brain. Many parents reported that patterned crib bedding made their kids calmer during the day.

The feel

Where you might think that material matters the most, it is actually the feel that you should be focusing on. Most of the manufacturers use cotton to make crib bedding, but there are major differences between the softness and the quality. And another misconception is that softer is always better. That is not necessarily true in all cases. A lot of kids, especially infants, like their bedding to have a bit rougher feel to it. When they touch it, it gives off a sharper, definitive feedback that stimulates their sensory center. It sounds like a science mumbo-jumbo, but if you actually watch your kid “scratch” the bedding, you can see this effect in action.

Accessories

Crib beddings usually come in 3 pieces: quilt, crib sheet, and skirt. But some of them don’t actually offer other optional accessories that you can incorporate into the kid’s room to make it look like a set. These accessories include stuff like window valance, crib bumpers, side skirts, etc… This is more for the parent’s sake than for the kids, but I came to a conclusion that the sets with more accessories options do better sales wise.

Using this knowledge, I found a crib bedding set that had positive reviews in all of these categories.

https://www.amazon.com/Trend-Lab-Piece-Crib-Bumper/dp/B0075ZNELU

 

Based on what I read, this is one of the better crib bedding sets on Amazon. A 4.6-star rating and very positive reviews gave me the confidence to present it to my wife. She was thrilled with my choice and satisfied with the time and effort I’ve put into this task. Needless to say, I got a special lovin’ that day.

-Marko Lipozencic

Dieting vs. Exercise: What matters more and how to balance it

January 27th, 2017

Weight-loss has become a burning topic in today’s society. It is a well-known fact that a balance between regular exercise and healthy dieting is essential for any kind of long-term weight-loss plan. But, if you were forced into choosing just one method, would it be better to pump iron or would it be better to create a detailed dieting regiment.
One thing to keep in mind concerning exercising is that it can be very time-consuming. 20 minutes crunches session is guaranteed to burn more calories than a 10-minute jog, but can you afford to invest the extra time? The fact is if you want to burn a large number of calories, you are forced to spend a significant amount of time doing it. You also have to factor in the time you spend traveling to the gym, as well as getting cleaned up afterward.

The actual numbers

  • If you were to drink a can of soda, which contains as much as 150 calories, you would have to walk for at least 45 minutes to burn those off.
  • Now consider this: 1 pound of excess fat requires you to spend roughly 3,500 calories in order to burn it off.
  • In order to lose 1 inch of the waistline, you need a weight loss of approx. 8.5 pounds. Are you starting to get the picture?

Losing weight by picking exercise as a sole method is very time consuming, and not to mention less effective than by dieting. Time wise, you need to consider the choice: either not drink the can of soda at all, which you have to agree is much easier, or spend extra time on a treadmill to compensate. In essence, you need to burn more calories than you take in. Sounds simple enough but in reality, it means that you have to choose between a bar of chocolate and two hours of lifting weights in the gym, or not eating it all.

Various studies have shown that if we cut out processed sugar and saturated fats from our diet, we would be able to see the results of dieting a lot faster. If we were to put this into percentages, we could say it’s about 70-30 in favor of dieting.

What to do

A recent study has shown that obesity in children is not a result of a lack of exercise, but it comes down to poor diet choices. Another study which was conducted on 4000 adults has shown that minimizing the intake of calories has a greater effect on weight loss than simply exercising. But most of us have difficulties sticking to a dieting plan. Here is a thing you can do in order to find the middle.

Supplements

If you have difficulties in regulating your calorie intake, try using natural supplements like this one:

https://www.amazon.com/NatureWise-Coffee-Extract-Natural-Supplement/dp/B009VUZJTM

And before we get into any confusion, this is not a miracle supplement, you will not lose weight miraculously from just taking it, you will not get slimmer by sitting in front of the TV and taking it, etc. Those drugs simply do not exist. Here is what this stuff is good for.
Since we are talking about picking the exercise method to lose weight, taking supplements like these will help your body function better.

It will start looking for energy stored in your fats faster than it did before. It will also help your blood cope better with the bad stuff released in the process of fat burning. Antioxidants will contribute to the general well-being and help you get rid of toxins in your body easier.

There are many other benefits of taking a supplement like this one, especially for those looking to take better care of themselves.

Taking all of this into account it is obvious that a healthy combination of dieting and regular workouts would be ideal long term. Exercising has a positive effect on the general quality of life and should be a staple for everyone who wishes to make an overall improvement in health. But, you are still much more likely to lose weight by being careful about what you eat than about how much you work out on a day by day basis. If you cannot commit to full-time dieting, consider taking small steps and start giving up foods that are really bad for you and use natural supplements to help your body cope.

-Marko Lipozencic

PS:  This post is for information purposes only and is not meant to diagnose or treat any form of disease, including but not limited to obesity.   Be sure to consult with your physician before changing your diet or taking up any form of exercise.

Can we consider plants as sentient creatures?

January 19th, 2017

According to various sources on the Web, there are over 300,000 registered species of plants on Earth. Based on that statement alone, we can safely say that through evolution or clever design, their instinct for survival has helped them prosper. Even though you can draw the argument that some of their features resemble human senses, can you really say that plants can actually think for themselves? As we all know, plants are stationary organisms, which you must agree is an overwhelming disadvantage. Even with that, they make up a cumulative mass which is a thousand times higher than that of all animal species. This is where the adaptive skills of plants come into play.

Clever Senses

Just like humans, plants have a distinct sense of smell and can react rather quickly to chemical changes in their surroundings. When the fruit starts to ripen and release ethylene, neighboring plants begin to ripen faster. Here is another one: certain plants give off scents to attract insects for the purpose of pollination. Plants like the carrion flowers go to such extremes as to grow tiny hairs, become warmer and emit a smell similar to the smell of rotting flesh in an attempt to draw flies and beetles to expedite the process.

Passive reaction and teamwork

Furthermore, when pests, animals or pathogens attack plants, they react. The acacia tree, when grazed by passing animals, starts producing a chemical compound called Tannin, which makes their leaves extremely hard to digest. Some acacia plants were even known to produce enough of this chemical to actually kill an animal.

Plants are also known to work in symbiosis. Fungi, with their underground webs, can make a pathway between tree roots, which in turn allows the plants to exchange nutrients and information about their surroundings. Larger specimens of trees are known to nurture younger or shaded trees by sharing water and nutrients. This is especially prevalent in the exchange between evergreen and deciduous species. The evergreen species share their nutrients with the plants that lose their leaves during the winter, and this is reciprocated over the summer season.

Active reaction and memory

We left the most shocking examples of sentient behavior in plants for last. The Mimosa Pudica, commonly known as the Shame plant, closes its leaves when it receives an outside stimulus. This was developed to scare away insects that land on them. A scientific experiment was conducted, during which the leaves would be dropped from the height of 15cm and they would close when they hit the ground. After the scientists repeated the experiment for four or five times, some of the plants would stop closing. This effect would last for weeks at a time, proving that plants, in fact, could form concrete memories.  This was further affirmed when those same plants, during the period when they would not close when dropped, would close their leaves when being shaken, proving they react differently to a different kind of stimulate.

Now, not to get ahead of ourselves, plants are still missing key parts to be considered sentient beings. They do not have organs a brain or other similar organs deemed necessary by scientists for a creature to be considered sentient. And although they are missing an organ that would serve as a brain, plants still somehow manage to survive being eaten and overcome the fact that they are immobile without much effort. Plant sentience comes down to your definition of intelligence. If teamwork, environmental interaction and strong survival instincts are something you rank highly, then there is a strong case to be made for plants being intelligent. This is something to keep in mind when next time you get into a debate with a vegan about animal cruelty.

-Marko Lipozencic

Kicking the laziness

January 19th, 2017

Hello, fellow procrastinators. How many of you sit around talking about the things you want to do or you’re going to do, just to never do them. I am talking about the people who are fully aware that they are burdened by laziness, but they just wallow in their own self-pity for not being as successful as they want to be. If that’s you, I have something to say that could change your life: don’t ever trust yourself. Actually, don’t trust your future self.

The procrastination fallacy

How often do you look at a problem and say I’ll just do it tomorrow? From things as simple as doing the dishes to going to the gym. How many times have you convinced yourself that your future self will have more motivation? It is plainly wrong! Here is why: if you don’t do it today, you won’t do it tomorrow. It is a cycle where you put off stuff for the next day only to get to tomorrow and utter the same words: I’ll start tomorrow. But the sooner you actually realize that your future self is even lazier than you are today, the sooner you can get stuff done.

The core of the problem

Getting things done and being productive depends directly on motivation. If you can acknowledge that you won’t suddenly, magically have more motivation tomorrow than you do today, which let’s be honest we know you won’t, you’ll start to do one of two things:

  • You’ll realize that the responsibility is left on your today self and get it done.
  • You’ll accept that you’re not gonna do that thing

And the second option can be okay too because realizing you’re not going to do something liberates you from the stress of not doing it. Then, you can move on and focus on other things.

How to break the cycle

There are a couple of methods that can help you out with this. Here is the simplest one I figured out so far. When you start searching for excuses not to start working out, don’t allow yourself to think: “I don’t have time”, because when you do, you are simply saying that your health isn’t a priority. As a matter of fact, literally say this out loud and it will start to affect the way you behave: my health isn’t a priority, so I’m not gonna go to the gym. Here is another example: my friend’s event isn’t a priority, so I’m not going.

If those things sit ok with you, then maybe it’s time to start thinking about what things are important to you. When you become lazy, the only way you can change this behavior is by acknowledging that things won’t change on their own tomorrow. The next time you’re going to have to overcome the exact same laziness all over again. Seriously, you have to start getting used to overcoming your laziness.

Here is another interesting fact: Productive people aren’t any less lazy, they just realized they had to overcome the problem in order to achieve the things they want.

This is a tough habit to get rid of. Being motivated and keeping busy takes practice and it’s a skill that you have to do over and over to get better at it. Think about when you were a kid, your attention span was literally measured in seconds. As you aged and spent time developing skills by sitting in classes, engaging in conversations, your attention span increased. The same thing can be said about motivation: practice makes you better at it.

So if not being lazy would make you happier just remember this simple rule: Never trust your future self and if you don’t do it today, you won’t do it tomorrow.

-Marko Lipozencic