5 Things to Take Care of When Selecting Your Running Shoes

Running is one of the best ways to get fit and stay healthy. It’s inexpensive, it’s fun and it isn’t hard to get started. There is, however, one thing you need to take care of before you hit the open road and start running: selecting your running shoes. Here are the five things you should consider before you buy a pair of running shoes to guarantee you find the right pair.

Learn about your running style

First, it’s important to understand your running style. You need to be aware of how your feet move to ensure you find running shoes that best support your particular movement. You can easily analyse your own running by having someone film it and then just slow down the speed.

If you run heel-to-toe, you need to find shoes that provide heel cushioning to support your stride. On the other hand, if you run on the forefoot, you don’t need to have as much support in the heel region.

Furthermore, most runners fall under three runner types: pronation, over-pronation and supination. Pronation is the neutral form in which you land squarely on your feet. Supination runners favour the outside edge when they land, while over-pronation means you fall on the inside edge of your foot.

Decide your running surface

Your shoes will also need to fit the environment in which you run. This means identifying the kind of surface you’ll run. A harsh, asphalt might require a bit more cushioning and support from the base of the shoe, while a soft, equal terrain could work well even with minimalist shoes. Furthermore, if you are running off-road, then you want to opt for shoes that provide a lot of support, especially in the ankle region.

In addition, think about the weather you’ll normally run in. Those living in sunny, warm conditions need a lot of ventilation from the running shoe. If it mainly rains where you live, you might want to invest in waterproof shoes.

Be sure you need new ones

Before you start looking for new shoes, make sure you actually need them. The clearest sign for new shoes is that your feet hurt when you run. If this doesn’t happen when you walk in other shoes, it’s probably your shoes.

Even if you aren’t hurting, you should check your shoes and see what they feel like. If they have become flimsy and don’t feel as supportive as they did when you got them, you might be damaging your foot when running. However, if the shoe feels sturdy, even though it might look worn-out, and you aren’t in pain, you don’t need to get new shoes (unless you really want to!). Good running shoes will last a long time, so only buy new ones when it’s needed.

Test before you buy

You shouldn’t ever buy shoes without testing them first. In the case of running shoes, this might mean trying it out with a light jog around the store. You want to get a sense of how the shoe works when you are running – just wearing it might not reveal enough about the support you’re getting.

Don’t forget that you don’t need to buy the shoes in-store – you can actually find better discounts online and keep your budget reasonable. Just shop with a company that has a good return and exchange policy. You could also check the shoe in-store and then find a deal for that particular shoe online. Footasylum.com is a great place for discounts and better returns – it has a great selection of reputable sneakers from brands like Adidas.

Interestingly, don’t believe the myth of ‘breaking in’ when it comes to running shoes. These shoes, if they are good, should feel good immediately, not after ten runs.

Don’t get the exact fit

When you are trying on the running shoes, don’t pick a pair that fits perfectly. This is because your foot might swell slightly when you are running and thus require more room to fit comfortably. You can prepare for this a bit by trying on the shoes in the evening. After a day spent on your feet, your feet are slightly bigger than right in the morning. It’s a good idea to go around half a size larger than your usual shoes with your running shoes.

In addition, when you’re trying the shoes, remember to wear the kind of socks you generally wear when running. Special running socks are a good idea – you definitely don’t want to try on running shoes in your stockings or woolly socks!

Next time you are looking for new running shoes, keep the above five things in mind. Focus on these tips to guarantee your new running shoes last a long time. Your healthier and happier body will thank you for it!

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Low-Carb Keto Friendly Taco Seasoning

So one of my favorite meals to make – diet or not – is tacos. I love Mexican food, and that’s one thing I wanted to make sure to keep in my diet. So as I researched more about Keto and also started to look into what was in my pre-made taco seasoning I realized I needed to come up with something I could make on my own. So after some research and combining a few different recipes I found online I finally came up with a delicious taco seasoning.

Here’s what you’ll need:

1/4 cup chili powder
2 1/2 tsp sea salt
2 tsp paprika
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

Mix all of the above.

Add 2 tsp per 1 pound of meat along with 1/2 cup water and continue to heat until sauce thickens.

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Cadbury Egg Cupcakes

Chocolate Cupcakes

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs, room temp
1 Tbs vanilla extract
1 cup chocolate chips
2 cups flour
1 Tsp baking powder
1/4 Tbs salt
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup milk, whole

Chocolate Ganache

1/4 cup heavy cream
1 1/4 cup chocolate chips

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup or cocoa powder
3 cups powdered sugar
3/4 cups heavy cream

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Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Prepare a cupcake tin with paper liners

In a microwave safe bowl, melt semi-sweet chocolate chips and 2 tablespoons of milk for about 1 minute, stirring half way. Stir until chocolate chips are melted. Set to the side

Cream the softened butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

Now add the eggs and vanilla, and beat until combined.

Take the cooled melted chocolate and add to the creamed butter

Begin to whisk the dry ingredients in a separate bowl, flour, baking powder, salt, and chocolate cocoa.

Add the dry mix into the wet ingredients slowly alternating with adding the milk while mixing with a hand or standing mixer.

Scoop batter into prepared cupcake tin, filling a little up to 3/4 of the way

Take your Cadbury eggs and place them in the center pushing it downs the cake mix covers it

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Bake for 23-26 minutes, checking doneness by testing with a toothpick should be cake free

Allow to cool for 1 minute in the pan, then transfer to a cooling rack.

Chocolate Ganache
In a microwave safe bowl, melt the chocolate chips with the heavy cream for about 1 minute, stirring half way.

Stir until smooth and all chocolate chips have melted.

Dip the cupcake in the bowl of ganache lightly twisting in motion to cover the whole area .

Allow the cupcakes to cool before frosting.

Chocolate Buttercream
Beat the softened butter on its own until smooth.

Add coca chocolate and powdered sugar alternately with heavy cream until a smooth, thick texture.

If frosting is too thick, add more heavy cream, if too thin, add more powdered sugar.

Use a piping bag fitted with a medium sized tip of your choice to frost, or cut the corner off a gallon size zip-top bag filled with the frosting.

To frost like a pro…

Place the cupcake on a flat surface in front of you. Grasp the pastry bag from the top pushing the frosting down as you slide your hand down the pastry bag. Once you start to see frosting come out of the dip twist the top of the pastry bag tight. Use a clip or a rubber band to secure the bag.

Now begin to frost the cupcake going around in one smooth motion do not stop!

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Once you have completed the first circle begin the second one onto the first one as shown below.

Continue this process until you have covered the whole area. Now make a small peak at the top similar to how you would serve frozen yogurt a wee little twist and bam there it is a perfect frosted cupcake like a pro!

Drizzle with fudge or caramel, you can also sprinkle with chocolate sprinkles or even more chocolate chips. The more the better!

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Do I Need Special Permission Before I Start Building in my Backyard?

Do I need to ask permission to build?

If you are running out of space inside your property, you may be tempted to build on your outside space. It’s certainly a way of extending your floor space, and it can add value to your property; if done well. You should never just dive straight into a building project though; there are things that you need to consider. One of the major points to address is the need for permission.

If you are building on your property, the safest thing to do is tell the council about your plans, and ask if you need permission. The need for permission varies from place to place so it’s better to check first. If you do not check, you could be faced with problems further down the line.

What could happen if you do not check?

It may be tempting to just go ahead and build, without checking if you need permission to do so. After all, checking and permissions could take up valuable time, right? The truth is that getting permission to build can take time, but it’s still better to follow the correct procedure.

There is little point in saving time on your building project if you have to remove the structure at some point in the future. If you do not get the necessary permission before you build, you could be asked to return the property to its original condition. This is likely to be inconvenient and costly at any time, but imagine if it happens when you are trying to sell your home. You can save yourself from all this trouble by simply asking about permission before you build.

What else do you need to think about?

Getting permission is not the only thing you need to think about before you start to build. Here are some points to consider.

  • Have you factored wiggle room into your budget? It’s always good to have additional finances for unexpected situations.
  • Are risk strategies included in the building contract? Following on from the last point; it’s good to have plans should issues occur.
  • Do you know what is on your property? You may not always realise what utility pipes and cables, or other hidden obstacles, are present. This is why it’s a good idea to have construction surveying carried out. This enables you to see if there are any obstacles you could be facing.
  • Are payment arrangements included in the building contract? This is really important as you need to be aware of what you are required to pay, and when.

All of these points are vital to the success of your project.

Hopefully, you can see how important it is to ask if you need permission to build. For some small structures, permission may not be necessary, but it’s better to check and have peace of mind. Once you have permission in place, if needed, then you know you can go ahead with your plans.

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Making a Better Home with Small Design Tricks

Although most people do not realize this, interior design isn’t only about visual appeal of a home. It also revolves around creating a functional space; a space where all your needs are met.

That being said, a lot people neglect this part of the design. Instead, they focus on things that should look nice thinking they have basics covered. Although this may be true, there is always possibility to make your interior even more functional.

Now, let’s check some small interior tricks that mainly revolve around functionality, not so much visual appeal.


  1. Placing a mirror in bedroom

Most women put makeup in their bathroom thinking that this is much more hygienic option. Truth be told, it is much cozier applying it in your bedroom.

Women should always a have a good professional makeup mirror. Furthermore, these types of mirrors (called Hollywood mirrors) is much better fit for bedrooms as it allows you to sit and apply your makeup quietly, without any rush.

This little swap will help you relax which in terms helps you make fewer mistakes and makes the entire process much quicker.


  1. Making floor adjustments

A lot of heat is lost through the floor. Luckily there are one or two solutions that can help you out.

First of all, you can always go for full wood. This is an expensive solution that is also a long-term solution. However, if you are in a pinch for money, you can always opt to get more carpets.

Having your entire floor covered in carpets may seem as a real hassle at first. In the end, you will need to vacuum it all the time. Nevertheless, you won’t have to change them so often. In the long run, this approach will save you a lot of money as you won’t have to heat your home as much.


  1. More windows for your bathroom

Everybody knows that windows and bathrooms go hand in hand as they allow you to ventilate the space. Did you know there is another good reason why you should get them?

If your bathroom is getting a lot of sunlight then you can easily dry it out. There will always be a lot of moisture in the room especially if you don’t have a fan. This moisture will destroy your walls after a while and there are only a handful of things you can do. Getting more windows is definitely one of them as it reduces humidity.


  1. Change the window frames

If you have wooden window frames you have to know that they are extremely susceptible to rot and after a while micro holes will start appearing in them. These holes will allow cold air to penetrate your home and in time, your heating bills will increase.

By getting window frames made from durable materials, you won’t have to worry about this.


  1. Add bigger closets and cabinets

Here is a tip that will help you save space.

When we shop for closets and cabinets, we usually go for the ones that look nice. We make a plan where they will be positioned etc. However, as the time goes by, we figure out that we need more space.

Whenever you shop (or build) such furniture, make sure to get the biggest possible option. Even if it’s too much at the given moment, you will fill it up sooner than later. This way, you can reserve part of your home for one furniture piece instead of constantly buying new, small pieces whenever you get overcrowded.


These tricks will do wonders for your home! Make sure to implement them as soon as possible!

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