Monday, November 30, 2015

Ways on How to Improve Mind Mapping (part 2 of 2)

Use only one map with one specific purpose.
An idea must be reflected with the same aspects of the branches. The ideas and information should be on a single purpose or topic. In order to stick to best results, you have to stay focused on the same subjects and the content must convey the issue to you. Don’t put irrelevant topics that will just put you in big trouble. Once your map becomes complicated branching out into different diverged areas, consider that you have to break the map into small sub-maps.

Do away with unnecessary information and clutters.
Sometimes, designers of mind maps get too carried away that the end result doesn’t make sense any more. Maps that are too cluttered are quite difficult to fix and worse, the person can get stuck on an idea and has no option of going forward or moving back. Generally, your ideas must be briefly keyed inside your map. Your topics should be summarized statements which are persuasive enough like news headlines. If ever you wanted to add details and additional information under that category, leave spaces so that you can include it when that time comes.

Be consistent
To avoid confusion, you have to be consistent in every aspect of your mind mapping. The line styles, color, visual elements and even colors must follow a single order. Each of these elements can help convey more meaning to your map’s concept if used in a systematic and consistent manner.

Using it haphazardly can result to chaos and may eventually confuse the people who may see it.

Ways on How to Improve Mind Mapping (part 1 of 2)

The software made for mind mapping owns the most comprehensive tools that can be used in order to create a clearer and concise map, visually. These concept map are able to communicate different kinds of knowledge and information with such elaborate clarity. But even so, the effectiveness of the map depends on the person who will use it. Here are some ways of maximizing the efficiency of your mind mapping software.

Optimize your map contents.
Your map is not only meant to clear up things for you but also for others. Some how, you have to relate your ideas to other people in order for them to understand what you are trying to convey. Utilizing your maps for others to understand must need severe analysis because the people will definitely have critical eyes for giving out their comments. There are so many questions that you are to encounter. Questions like “Does your map make any sense?” or “Was it written clearly or was it just too ambiguous to comprehend?” Judgments like these are to be expected that is why, it is important that the contents of your map is optimized to the fullest of understanding that people can see right through.

Use one map as your basis.
Think of it as a master map that controls all your other maps. Meaning, it is just one map that contains the contents of the other maps that enables organization and quick access to all the diagrams that you have created. This will enable you to organize projects and knowledge in such a way that makes sense to you and, well, to other people who will look at it the other way around. Your personalized links of maps should provide you with a measurable leap of productive ways.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Cultural Heritage at Its Natural Best: Revealing Kauai State Parks (part 2 of 2)

Waimea Canyon State Park spans over 1,866 acres and boasts the Grand Canyon of the Pacific or Waimea Canyon which is more colorful than the one located in Arizona. The park is found about 11 miles north of Kekaha on Highway 550 adjacent to Kokee State Park.

Here you can enjoy goat hunting seasonally, hiking, picture taking and hiking. Kokee State Park which is over 4,000 acres features 45 hiking trails with some leading into the canyon. Stopover points along trails in the canyon are available complete with restroom facilities. Lookout walks are handicapped accessible and Waimea Canyon is open every day of the year with no admission charge.

Many Parks to Pick

Another must-see Kauai state park is the National Tropical Botanical Garden featuring over 5,000 plant and flower species. Two gardens form the park namely Allerton and Lawai Garden. The Allerton Garden was created in the 1870s spanning over 100 acres. The Lawai Garden spans 186 acres and serves as a research facility for the various cultivation methods and uses of plants in the National Tropical Botanical Garden.

Wailua River State Park is situated on Highway 580. The Lydgate State Park is a great family place where visitors can enjoy camping, picnicking, swimming, sand strolling and beach games. There is a coconut grove that used to shelter ancient islanders and the Wailua River at the north end.

Smith’s Tropical Paradise is located along the river upstream. You can take a riverboat tour up the Wailua River to see the Fern Grotto and other Kauai state park highlights.

Cultural Heritage at Its Natural Best: Revealing Kauai State Parks (part 1 of 2)

Kauai is home to a variety of unique plant and animal species and its natural beauties have been preserved for thousands of years making it a special wonder in the Pacific. The island is one of the major islands in Hawaii but Kauai State Parks have maintained its original natural form with 97% of the entire land left untouched by human hands. Find out things and attractions to expect in these great locations.

The Main Highlights

Na Pali Coast State Park measures about 6,175 acres and is considered by many as the most beautiful in the island. The location features majestic sea cliffs and valleys that can be viewed from the coastal Kalalau Trail, by boat or air via helicopter. Kalalau Valley, Nualolo Kai and Milolii can only be accessed via commercial or private boats and helicopters. You can enjoy a variety of activities in the park such as hiking, camping, backpacking and bird viewing.

Backpackers and hikers can go through the Kalalau Trail that spans 1 to 2 miles depending on the route with great landscapes, waterfalls and stream valleys. You can camp at Milolii and enjoy the captivating sunset view. It requires a certain level of primitive outdoor experience to camp along the coast and ocean currents can be harsh depending on the tide and season.

Polihale State Park is located at the end of a 5-mile dirt road from Mana Village just off Kaumualii Highway. The park extends over 137 acres where you can enjoy activities like tent or trailer camping, shore fishing, swimming in the summer, picnicking and taking pictures of the colorful sunset and high sea cliffs of Na Pali Coast. There is also Queen’s Pond located just north along the beach by a hollow in the coral.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Foods for Kids Birthday Parties (part 2 of 2)

1. Try to prepare the most favorite foods of your child. Since he or she is the "boss" for the day, the child has a say in the list of foods that can be served during the party. It is best for parents to ask their kids what are the foods they have in mind before making the final menu. Asking the child what she or he would want to eat during the party will also give you an idea what other kids might like to eat. You can also ask your child directly what he or she thinks are the foods that his or her classmates and friends will enjoy. From the child's response, you can get a consensus what to prepare.

2. Look for new recipes that kids might enjoy. You can do this by surfing the Internet and looking for websites that can link you to new recipes that kids enjoy today. You can also but food magazines so you will have an idea how to prepare and present the foods.

3. Try to serve healthy meals. Since kids will be the ones who will eat most of the foods, try to serve them items that have nutritional value. Although it might seem impossible, you can do this by cooking the dishes by yourself and substituting healthier ingredients to the most common foods that kids eat.

4. Always make a good presentation. Most of the children that attend kids birthday parties are easily drawn to eye candies. This is why it is very important to make a good presentation when it comes to the foods that will be served during the party. Make sure that you take time off to make good food presentations so everything will look and taste good in the eyes of the children.

Foods for Kids Birthday Parties (part 1 of 2)

Aside from the games and prizes, one of the things that children look forward to when attending kids birthday parties is the food. This is because kids get to eat whatever they want when they are out of the house since these are the only ones available for their consumption.

If you are one of those parents who are having a hard time what food to prepare during kids birthday parties, here are some of the foods that you can use as a guide. Remember, if you are planning for the menu of the party, you have to give utmost consideration to the taste buds of children since they will be the ones who will consume most of the food that will be prepared in the party. To ensure that they will enjoy the food, make a menu that include the usual foods that children love to eat such as cake, ice cream, chicken, pasta, cookies, barbeque, and cupcakes. For adult guests, you can make a separate menu for them to ensure that they won't get hungry when you serve them kids foods.

Tips in selecting and preparing foods for the menu

For parents, choosing foods that will be prepared to their kids birthday party can be a daunting task. This is because there is the pressure that the guests—especially the kids—will not like the foods that will be served to them. To make food and menu preparation easy for parents, here are some tips that can help you get by:

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Landscaping Tips; Different Landscaping Guides (part 2 of 2)

Front Yard Landscaping Tips

The most common landscaping design is for front yard landscaped garden. And if you want your front yard to have a beautiful landscaped garden as well, there are three things that you can do; creating outdoor rooms, creating visual display that’s pleasing, and mixing perennial and annual plants.

• Creating Outdoor Rooms – it is a very relaxing feeling to just sit in your garden and stare at the beautiful landscape you made. Thus, a sitting area at one corner of your garden will be a great addition. It is also a great place to receive visitors who also loves garden.

• Creating Visual Displays – Things like bird houses, birdbath or a tall fountain will be great to add up to your beautiful front yard landscape garden. And you can put beautiful and colorful flowers around your displays.

• Annuals and Perennials – These two kinds of plants are great for landscaping. They can grow and bloom every year; then, you can divide and propagate them. Hence, you can have an inexpensive addition to your plants in time.

These two landscaping designs and landscaping tips are just few of the many available in books and magazines. And if you have a home in a desert place and want to do desert landscaping or are planning to improve your front yard, these can help you. But, don’t limit yourself to this information.

You can always try to create your own design and innovate what’s already available so you can have a garden design that you can really say yours.