The 5 best Mother’s Day gifts for Mom’s who love to run in 2017

Are you still wondering what to get your mother as a gift? Maybe you want to do away with the usual flowers or food and you want it to be something that she will truly enjoy. If your mother is a runner, then don’t fret as there are many products for you to choose from. Whether she has been an avid runner for years, or if she has recently taken up the habit, you can be sure that she will appreciate any of the following gifts.

  1. Fitness tracker -this is a must-have for those who really run for fitness. The good thing is that there are many products on the market to fit whatever your needs and budget will be. You may spend anywhere from $30 to almost $300 for one of these gadgets. The most basic one will function as a pedometer and can also track the calories burned.

 

  1. Belt bag –  where does your mother usually keep her car keys and other essentials during a run? Running gear does not really provide ample space so you can opt to buy a belt bag instead. This is a great way to store not only keys or cash, but some models even have enough space for storing water or a drink. Some belt bags even have a slot for two ten-ounce bottles, perfect for those who don’t like stopping during their runs.

 

  1. Reflective armband  – some mothers are too busy with work, chores or their children to run during the day, so they only have time to do so at night. Keep them safer by buying this armband. Priced at only around $11, the price is cheap but will give you a quality product.

 

  1. Foot massager – running takes a toll on anyone’s feet. Who does not want to get a relaxing foot massage after a tiring run? There are foot massagers that can go as low as $50. The features will include not only a rolling massage but even heat that is truly heaven for tired feet. If you can shell out more money you can buy a massager not only for the feet but for the calf as well. Your mother will experience full bliss not only after a run but after doing any tiring activity if you buy one of these.

 

  1. Knee sleeves – you might not think this is important, but you should know that almost half of injuries from running are knee injuries. Repeated running can take a toll not only on the feet but also on the knees. Get your mother some knee sleeves to prevent any future damage as they run. To get the right knee sleeve, some factors such as heat insulation and compression must be considered. Learn more about knee sleeves here. This website not only explains the science behind this product but has even listed the top ten knee sleeves you can choose from so you can be sure that you are buying the best knee sleeve for your mother.

These are just some of the gifts that you can buy for your mother who loves to run as a hobby. You can even buy one for yourself and join her in her habit so you can get fit together.

Vault by Vans Launches the Limited Edition UltraRange UC LX

You cant wait no more to see the new Vans Vault limited edition which they’ve called: UltraRange UC LX? Well, the brand, vans, has released it’s sneak peek, the one photo on the top, these kicks are pretty simply and yet a doper to have as they’d still have the trademark of vans in them, like usual of course, that you can pair up in any styling you have. Actually, I am a vans person and majority o my shoes are from the brand, why? because I can comfortably wearing them in any time of the day and they suits them well in any occasion too.

UltraRange UC LX comes with 3 colors: White, Black and navy blue and as I know vans will release them in market by May 20 2017 worldwide hence you can check the nearest vans outlet even the vans affiliated stores nears you for these shoes but bear in mind that this collection is limited meaning they just producing a minimum stocks of the shoes so you better to hurry in placing your order.

WACKO MARIA & Lee Perry Teamed Up once more for New Capsule Collection

As you always noticed to this blog, iamronel.com, I’d often to blog up these collaborative pieces as these were the most look forward to have by the folks out who’re really into fashion. And usually these collaborative finds are these limited edition that we should get it due to its uniqueness and quirkiness like this collection here made by two dope brands, WACKO MARIA & Lee Perry.

Actually, these shirts really speaks to my style hence I really loves to have any of them especially to these two, in the second picture, though it’s kinda exaggerated in the prints and yet it turnt out so well and you can really have them in your casual either to you formal wearing as long you’d know on how to style them well, I think you’re good.

Availability? well, at the moment – two brands haven’t release any new updates yet but soon enough, I am pretty sure, that they’ll posted up further details about this collaboration. Of course, I’ll keep you posted here so you better stay tuned!

A Delicate Balance: Batanes Food, Ecology and Community A new book about old food speaks to future food security

The most effect and best way to learn one’s culture is through reading books where all the details and important events were listed, hence, I am sharing with you all this book where you can know on how rich and still preserved the ethnic culture of the Ibatans.

The popular images of Batanes are those of breathtaking verdant landscapes and blue waters, alternately agitated and calm. These northernmost Philippine islands have long been part of a traveler’s must-go-and-experience list.  But Batanes is more than just a weekend getaway.

“A Delicate Balance: Batanes Food, Ecology and Community” reveals why. A project of The Museo ng Kaalamang Katutubo (MusKKat), this handsome book explores how food, ecology, nature, and tradition, have shaped the Ivatan way of life in the last 4,000 years.

Written by Corazon S. Alvina and Marian Pastor Roces and complemented with insightful photographs by Neal Oshima, the book shows the intricate but robust relationships within the Ivatan communities and how traditional Ivatan food is interconnected with its microsystem.

“A Delicate Balance: Batanes Food, Ecology and Community” was launched this November at the Bayanihan Center. The launch was attended by members of the academe, arts, cultural, and culinary worlds.

In her welcome, MusKKat Executive Director Alvina acknowledged and thanked those who collaborated and contributed to the making of the book.  The book is a result of the collaboration, and the consolidation of the substantive research work of, archaeologists, anthropologists, boat makers, botanists, Ivatan cooks and nutritionists, a professional urban chef, geologists, sea current specialists, zoologists, among others.

In walking the guests through the book, Pastor Roces said that while “A Delicate Balance: Batanes Food, Ecology and Community” is a food book, it’s not necessarily a food book. Food is only an access point into the Batanes man-in-biosphere ecosystem.

Dr. Fe Hidalgo, former secretary of education and one of the key resource persons for the book, expressed her gratitude for the conceptualization and development of the book.  An Ivatan, she shared her own experience living and growing up in the Batanes, and how the Ivatan have managed to remain true to their culture and traditions.

Unilab EVP and COO Benjamin O. Yap shared his own experience of Batanes and how the islands and the Ivatan captured his heart, when he set foot on the islands for the first time in 2015:  it is as if time stood still and the poetry of the islands stole his heart.

Each chapter of “A Delicate Balance: Batanes Food, Ecology and Community” is keyed with an Ivatan word that sets the tone of the storytelling, then explores and elaborates domains beyond food, such as biodiversity and sustainability.

“A Delicate Balance: Batanes Food, Ecology and Community” is now available for purchase and priced at P3,850 via www.phfoodecosystems.com

Ancient Food and Modern Food Security

Mostly historian says that you can only learn one ethic group’s culture by tasting their own foods.True enough, as I am sharing with your through this press release on how Batanes makes their culture rich through their own cuisine.

A new book about old food speaks to future food security.   A Delicate Balance: Batanes Food, Ecology, and Community describes food in the Batanes Islands as a complicated system that remains essentially a non-cash blueprint for long-term survival.

Authors Corazon S. Alvina and Marian Pastor Roces brought together up-to-date work on Batanes by archaeologists, folklorists, historians, and local Ivatan experts.  Collectively, these experts paint a picture of a stable food culture based on yams and tubers, fish, land and marine mollusks, the occasional pork and goat dish, and the daily pickings from a remarkable variety of seeds, flowers, and growing tips.

The archaeologists’ findings are enlightening. As re-told with their permission by Alvina and Pastor Roces, the Ivatan people continue to farm, collect and hunt the same food farmed, collected and hunted by their ancestors for 4,000 straight years!

The bones of dolphinfish turn up in Batanes archaeological digs of that age. This same fish is at the heart of Ivatan fishing culture, which ritualizes reciprocal relations in certain fishing communities; and solidifies these relationships outside any market, thus maintaining deep bonds that assure social cohesion.

The authors (one of whom, Pastor Roces, insists she “is not a foodie writer”) shift food discussion away from gourmanderie, into a lite application of Complexity Sciences.  The book recognizes and describes food tradition as created, in the past, in-between the ways a society is organized internally and the dynamics

Both authors quickly qualify: the ancient ways still exist in Batanes. The ancient foods also exist, which likely means that the Ivatan people knew well how to husband resources through aeons, without depleting or otherwise compromising nature. And while the authors make sure to point out that food habits are radically changing, particularly with thoroughgoing links with the cash economy now in place, there remains enough facets of the old nature-and-culture system to recognize its form and its reasons for enduring.

The book introduces these complicated matters with a lightness of touch. The stunning Neal Oshima photographs support the authors’ impulse to bring in more people to see what a “delicate balance” looks like. That Oshima is a veteran photographer shows in images that clearly communicate the Ivatans’ dignity and quiet joy. One understands that this dignity comes from rare knowledge of survival.

It is that knowledge the book successfully calls attention to. It is knowledge that can play a significant part in discussions about disaster preparedness, especially in the Philippines, which is vulnerable to the catastrophic impacts of climate change. The Ivatan people have survived annual numerous typhoons in their rocky, isolated, and tiny islands for thousands of years.

The basic elements of their system is a very strong cultural emphasis on collective life (no house, boat, event is made without intricate patterns of participation); an interweaving of ritual and food hunts (most especially the annual season for catching the dolphinfish); continuing cultivation of effective food preservation techniques; and, until recently, a complete reliance on endemic and indigenous species.

Just the numerous yam and tuber varieties alone — of great colors, textures, and consistencies — make a case for endemic and indigenous staples. But yam and tubers are moreover survivor species as well. They are underground, still growing, beneath weather difficulties.  The Ivatans plant and pull them out in cycles that are in rhythm with the seasons and the different challenges posed by these seasons.

It may very well be true that food security for the future, of communities of great size, can no longer derive wisdom from ancient ways. However, as in the Batanes case, 4,000 years is a long to time survive. The food security experts may be remiss in not giving this cultural achievement enough attention.

“A Delicate Balance: Batanes Food, Ecology and Community” is available for purchase and priced at P3,850 via www.phfoodecosystems.com.

A Delicate Balance: A Window to the Batanes Way of Life

Sharing the information about the lovely Island in the Philippines called Batenes where various of  majestic views were be found.Check details below:

The popular images of Batanes are those of breathtaking verdant landscapes and blue waters, alternately agitated and calm. These northernmost Philippine islands have long been part of a traveler’s must-go-and-experience list.  But Batanes is more than just a weekend getaway.

“A Delicate Balance: Batanes Food, Ecology and Community” reveals why. A project of The Museo ng Kaalamang Katutubo (MusKKat), this handsome book explores how food, ecology, nature, and tradition, have shaped the Ivatan way of life in the last 4,000 years.  It also explains too that the Ivatan and the Itbayat, people of the Batanes, knew well how to husband resources through aeons, without depleting or otherwise compromising nature.

While the authors, Corazon S. Alvina and Marian Pastor Roces, make sure to point out that food habits are radically changing, particularly with thorough-going links with the cash economy now in place, there remains more than enough facets of the old nature-and-culture system to recognize its form and its reasons for enduring.

Complemented with insightful photographs by Neal Oshima, the book shows the intricate but robust relationships within the communities of the Batanes, and how traditional Ivatan and Itbayat food is interconnected with the islands’ microsystems.  In one of the notes in the book, Roces writes that while “A Delicate Balance: Batanes Food, Ecology and Community” is a food book, it is not necessarily a food book. Food is only an access point into the Batanes human-in-biosphere ecosystem.

Officially launched this November, the book is a result of the collaboration with, and the consolidation of the substantive research work of, archaeologists, anthropologists, boat makers, botanists, Ivatan experts and cooks, a professional urban chef, nutritionists, geologists, sea current specialists, and zoologists.  “A Delicate Balance: Batanes Food, Ecology and Community” is available for purchase and priced at P3,850 via www.phfoodecosystems.com.

Summer Style Made Simple

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The warmest months of the year have just arrived. As such, men up and down the country will now be looking to reinvent their wardrobes in a bid to enjoy the sun in style. While many will be in a mad rush to achieve their summer styles, yours can be achieved with minimal effort.

Once your priorities are in good order, it’s hard to go far wrong. So focus on these key elements below, and this summer will be set to be your best. What are you waiting for? Let’s get to work.

Grooming

Let’s face facts; your fashion choices will count for very little if you haven’t built the best foundations. You might not have the time or motivation to train your body until you look like Dwayne Johnson. However, you do have time to get your face looking it’s very best.

Every man should appreciate the importance of suitable beard care. When it’s good, it looks great. When it’s bad, though, it can leave you looking untidy and unprofessional. Essentially, getting this aspect right shows that you have pride in yourself while bringing your entire look to life too.

Combine this with suitable skincare to keep your face looking fresh and energized. Those foundations will enhance any look and should boost your self-confidence during the process.

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Hairstyle

Investing in your facial appearance is one thing, but it’s equally important to appreciate the importance of your hair. Frankly, this can shape your face and can have a huge influence on your general appearance too.

You can find out about the most popular styles at Men’s Hairstyle Trends. Find one that works for you and take the time to maintain it for incredible results. If opting for a longer style, remember that versatility is key.

Take care of your hair and you’ll see a huge difference to your overall appearance. Simple.

Footwear

Most men can appreciate the importance of great shoes. After all, this is one aspect of your style that will be judged almost instantly. Unfortunately, many men fall into the trap of simply trying to find footwear that fits in with their look. In reality, it’s best to work your way up from the bottom, making your shoes a focal foundation for any outfit.

The summer months require a variety of different shoes. Versatile sneakers, smart brogues, and flip flops should all have a place in your wardrobe. Meanwhile, boat shoes have seen a resurgence in recent years and can be considered another great addition.

Most importantly, you need to ensure that your footwear fits. Wearing the wrong size can cause negative impacts to your appearance, and will also cause damage to your feet and your walking style.

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Accessories

No two people are the same, and we all have different preferences over potential style choices. Regardless of the trends you tend to follow, your fashion should make a statement. Individual personality should shine through, and accessories are a great way to achieve this goal.

Gold bracelets from Frost NYC can be particularly effective in the warmer months. After all, you’ll be likely to wear shorter sleeves that will let your jewelry shine. Whether you’re looking to make a big impression at work, on a date, or in daily life isn’t important. Those accessories can aid your look and your self-confidence.

Sunglasses and hats should also sit high on your summer wish list. As long as those choices reflect your personality while serving their functions, you’ll be onto a winner.

Shirts

Hopefully, you won’t need to worry too much about outwear over the next few months. However, this does mean that your choice of shirts and lighter garments will be more important than ever.

Shirts with wider collars can aid your natural shape to give the appearance of even broader shoulders. Meanwhile, slogan t-shirts continue to be a winner on the beach or at the mall. One of the great things about the latter is that they are very affordable, especially if you avoid the biggest labels.

Paisley patterns and other iconic designs are set to be as popular as ever, but plain tones can still be used to great effect.

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Pants

As with shirts, wider options are on trend for pants. With this in mind, it’s worth investing in at least one of two pairs for your summer wardrobe. With a little bit of luck, though, the majority of the next few months will be spent in shorts.

Denim and chinos will be the two biggest players throughout the current season. Plain designs of high quality will be top of the shopping list. Essentially, comfort is king in this aspect. The bigger statements of character and personality will come from the elements mentioned above.

There you have it; simple ideas to breath new life into your summer style. What more could any man want?

3 reasons why it is important to groom your beard

Your beard is a part of your body too. You must keep your beard well-trimmed. Facial hair can grow at varying rates across your face. Some areas grow hair at different rates. But the longer the beard, the more care it needs. The greater length puts you at risk for split ends and itchiness. Having a good trimmer is obviously essential, which is why you can check out our good friends reviewing beard trimmers at beardoholic.

Here are some benefits of trimming your beard down:

Trimming your beard reduces the amount of food and liquids getting caught in your facial hair.

Some people do not mind. They take the time to clean their beard after a meal. But other people will want to trim their beard to prevent a mess. A waxing can help.

Trimming cuts back on your hair tangles.

The more you maintain your hair, the fewer tangles you will have. Using a beard oil will reduce the likelihood of knots in your beard. Combing and brush your beard would help you too.

Grooming your hair fosters healthier hair.

Trimming your hair make it look healthier and fuller. You cut split ends, and damaged hair. You foster the growth of healthy hair. Here’s more information to convince you to follow these tips.

If you have a few stray hairs, use a scissor to cut the hairs. This will keep his beard neat. Also, trim your moustache too. Beard hair grows at different rates. Some people grow huge moustaches and beards. Others have a much harder time to growing facial hair. Hair grows at varying rates on different areas of the face.

Note these rapid growth areas. Some stray hair may appear. That is why you must cut them at least weekly.  Brush your beard daily. Make sure you clean your face before cutting your hairs. The beard hairs weaken as they absorbed water. This makes the hairs easier to cut. The same applies to trimming your beard.

Once you moistened your face, dry it to get rid of excess water. Take a beard comb or beard brush to untangle the hairs. The hairs will grow naturally. Take your clippers and choose an appropriate cutting speed. Always start with a higher setting and lower it if you do not know which setting to use.

Here are some additional tips from Business Insider:

“What’s the biggest grooming mistake men make when they decide to try out a beard?”

“Trimming or shaving too early. It’s easy to make mistakes and scrap the entire beard. It’s best to let it grow out for about one or two months before touching it. If you must trim, then only trim up what is out of place. So you should only be trimming off about 10 to 40 hairs around the cheeks and neckline.”

“What tools, at minimum, does a guy need to properly look after his beard?”

“A good comb or boar’s-hair brush will help keep things in line. We recommend using scissors over beard trimmers, as you have more control. Not all combs and brushes are created equal. I’d look for a hand-cut acetate comb versus an extruded molded comb. These combs won’t have the micro fissures that cause snags and damage your beard. Same goes with a plastic bristle brush versus a boar’s bristle brush.”

Keep these tips in mind!

Summer Fashion: How You Can Stay Cool In The Heat

Summer is almost here, which means that a lot of us are starting to wonder about what to wear over the hottest months of the year. Summer style can often either go way over the top – Hawaiian shirts, anyone? – but equally, no one wants to be the guy sweating it out in his usual jeans and button down shirt. Here are some tips on what you can wear to both look and feel cool this summer…

Shorts Are Just Fine

No matter what you’ve heard about shorts being the worst thing in the world, they’re actually just fine – so long as you go for the right ones. Cargo shorts are an absolute no-go at all times – they look good on no one, and they have a distinctly small town vibe that you might be trying to avoid. Jean shorts – or ‘jorts’, for those in the know – aren’t as bad as some people might make out – instead of going for baggy cut offs, try slightly longer shorts that hit just above the knee and that fit you we’ll. Finally, well cut linen shorts are something that suit almost all men. If your shorts fit you well, you’re golden.

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Use Accessories

It can be hard to know how to stay style conscious over the summer. When you look at your piles of t-shirts and shorts it can be hard to know how to make them look good when you can’t add stylish jackets or scarves. If that’s the case with you, it’s time to get inventive – invest in a new watch from a site like ShopWorn to add a little effortless style to your appearance. You can also figure out how to use your footwear to your advantage. In casual situations, go for low top sneakers (with socks, so you don’t get any smelly feet problems, but pushed down so they aren’t stretching all the way up your calves like an awkward dad on vacation). Sandals are okay, so long as it’s really hot outside, you aren’t wearing flip-flops, and they aren’t hiking sandals. Good quality leather (with no socks) works well for most guys.

 

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Go For Breathable Fabrics

You might not believe this is the case, but a lot of the time in order to stay cool, you should cover up more. This will help to protect your skin from the sun, and if you end up getting a little sweaty if you’re running around in the heat all day, then the clothes will help you feel cooler and less clammy by wicking the moisture off your skin. Make sure that you wear breathable fabrics like cotton – you’ll feel much cooler than if you wear more artificial materials.

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Make Sure You Use Antiperspirant

Finally, it’s important to make sure you smell good all year round. Make sure that your deodorant is also an antiperspirant, and don’t start using cologne to attempt to cover up any faintly sweaty smell – there’s nothing worse than too much artificial fragrance on top of the smell of sweat. Reapply a scent-free deodorant at lunchtime and you’ll be set for the day.

Preparing For Kiddies Sunday School Easter Celebration

This coming Sunday is Easter Sunday and is a very special day for Christians all over the world. The week before Easter Sunday is the Holy Week and is also the last week of Lent. Most Christians observe the 40 days fasting and prayer to observe a season of reflection and preparation before the celebrations of Easter.

I can still remember those days when my kids were in Sunday school and the Sunday school teachers will be busy at this time preparing programmes for the children the Sundays prior to Easter Sunday. There will be games like hunting of Easter eggs in their school room or church’s compound. There will also be arts and crafts relating to Easter. Most likely, they will be busy preparing for a presentation by the children for the adults during the Easter Sunday worship service. Usually, the Sunday school hall will be decorated with a backdrop featuring the meaning of Easter. I remembered some of the lovely backdrops used e.g. the Easter spring backdrops for photography for both teachers and children. My children were there together with their friends holding and showing off their arts and crafts as they posed for the photos.

Those days, the backdrop were made of vinyl material. If the vinyl backdrop is not kept with care, there will be ceases and wrinkles and this will spoil the backdrop. The new and latest backdrops are made of cotton cloths and these are collapsible, washable and can be ironed to remove ceases or wrinkles.

There are other backdrops which I can still remember very clearly such as the Christmas backdrops for photography. I noticed that some are still in use or recycled with some noticeable wrinkles on them but many have been replaced with the Cotton cloth backdrops available nowadays.