The Benefits of Using Custom Running Shoe Orthotics 

Many runners will, through their lifetime, experience lower body issues. Only a small number of runners can perform perfect running patterns without custom orthotics as their feet are capable of properly absorbing shock. There is also overpronation which occurs when the arch flattens, which causes the foot to roll inwards. Underpronation, on the other hand, happens when your foot does not turn enough, or even at all. Both overpronation and underpronation can lead to your feet’s joints misaligning, leading to several issues like blisters, chronic pain, leg length discrepancies, and shin splints. Instead of enduring the pain while running and hoping that it does not get worse, why not try custom orthotics?  

Turn All Types of Running Shoes into Your Shoe  

Each custom orthotic is made by creating a plaster cast or 3D impression of each of your feet. As a result, the resulting orthotics fit your feet perfectly. While you could go ahead and buy the most expensive pair of running shoes in the world, you will still end up experiencing pain when running unless they’re crafted to fit for your feet only. Sneakers are generally designed to conform to everyone’s foot shape, and that is why they do not offer enough support. To find out more about getting custom orthotics designed for you visit the Orthotic Shop 

Support in All the Right Places 

 As custom orthotics are designed for your feet only, your feet get support where they need it. If you were to purchase over the counter orthotics, you’d get support every time your feet hit the ground but won’t be evenly distributed to the areas of your feet where it is needed.   

Long Lifespan 

The over the counter orthotics you buy at a pharmacy can’t withstand the wear and tear placed on them as you run for a long time. It is also worth noting that most of them aren’t designed to last more than a couple of months. Custom orthotics, on the other hand, can last anywhere from two to five years. And the exciting thing is that you can have your custom orthotics refurbished to extend lifespan.  

Helps You Recover from Injury Faster  

If you have sustained running-related injuries, orthotics customized for your feet can help you recover much faster and back to running in no time. Since they are created based on the shape and contours of your feet, their design helps distribute weight more evenly on impact. For instance, if you are recovering from a broken toe, your orthotics can be designed in a way that the broken/injured toe doesn’t have to bear any of your weight, making it possible to run without experiencing any pain. 


Dear Holly: Mommy Painted Your Nails for the 1st Time

2 years, 9 months.

Dear Holly,

All last week, you kept asking Mommy: “We paint my fingers and my toes this weekend?”

There was much anticipation for this event.

So Sunday afternoon, before you and your brother watched a movie with Mommy, she took you to the bathroom floor where she carefully painted each of your fingernails and toenails.

Needless to say, you were so proud to have Mommy do this for you.

I wasn’t surprised at all when I dropped you off at school on Monday and the first thing you did when you saw your teacher, Mrs. Kim, was to display your fingers and proclaim:

“Look! Mommy painted my nails!”

Yeah, you are such a little girl.



Dear Jack: It’s Better to Watch One of Mommy’s Movies Than No Movie at All

8 years, 2 months.

Dear Jack,

You are allotted one hour of screen time on Saturday and another for Sunday. Other than, you don’t get the option to use a tablet, laptop, phone, or Netflix.

Well, there is an exception, actually:

If Mommy or I feel like taking a break and watching a movie, then that obviously doesn’t count against your hour for that weekend day.

So this past Sunday afternoon while I was working on a big blog post I’ve been putting off, I insisted that Mommy relax and watch a movie.

Both you and your sister were doing a great job of convincing me that neither of you were tired enough to need a nap. That meant you got to hang out with Mommy instead of going to sleep.

You didn’t complain at all that Mommy was watching one of her straight-to-Netflix, Southern-themed romantic comedies.

Hey- it’s better to watch one of Mommy’s movies than no movie at all.



Questions to Ask to Find the Perfect Private Tutor for Your Child 

Private tutoring is one of the best ways of accelerating learning – however, it’s crucial that you find the right person for the task. Here are some of the questions you should consider asking viable private tutors before hiring anyone and cover issues like qualifications, teaching methods, progress tracking, and how they can help your child/children prepare for the future.

What qualifications does the professional have? 

When you begin your search to find a tutor take the time to find out more about the tutor’s education – what university and school they went to, what did they study – as well as finding out if they’ve attained QTS or Qualified Teacher Status. Keep in mind that “experts” do not always make for the best tutors; while core knowledge is crucial, it can be just as important to know if they took the same exams/tests your child will be sitting.

Do they have any tutoring experience? 

It is vital to remember that for specific subjects like UCAS applications or degree-level assistance, tutors who’ve recently been through the process and were successful can be very helpful, even if they have minimal tutoring experience.

Can the tutor provide testimonials from his or her past clients?

Hearing what other parents and students have to say about the tutor you are considering is one of the best ways of finding out what they are like. Think of it as booking a table at a new restaurant online – it can be useful to go through some reviews first.

Which examination board is the tutor familiar with?

Ask the tutor about the exam board(s) they use to ensure that both your child and tutor are aligned. Each board’s syllabus is available online, and often practice or past exam papers are available for download, free of charge.

Tutors with experience as examiners can also be quite valuable, and that is something that most tutors don’t publicize. It is, therefore, worth asking this question.

Does the teacher have any specialty?

Some tutors specialize in exam practice, while others are great at making learning fun or building confidence in students. There are others who’ve has success with students taking specific exams and tests; such tutors should be able to tell your child what to expect and to help them prepare for the test. Remember to ask the tutor about their approach on specific issues and areas.

Is their documentation up-to-date?

For some people, this is a critical factor while for others, testimonials are sufficient evidence that a tutor is competent. Experienced tutors, basically anyone who’s a teacher, should have all the required documentation at hand. Ask the tutor to carry one or two academic certificates and their DBS (the new name for the Criminal Record Check) along to the first lesson.

Where will tutoring sessions take place?

Traveling to a tutor’s home works well for some students. Then, there are those who are comfortable talking or working with their tutor online – this is one of the best ways to keep sessions useful and relaxed.

How does the tutor make lessons engaging? 

It can be helpful to find out how the tutor structures their lessons; does he or she engage through mutual interests or use fun learning materials? Great tutors will quickly pick up the best approach to engaging your child and tend to ask for your advice on the approach.

How long are the lessons? 

Can your child concentrate fully for one whole hour? This is one of the questions you should ask yourself when deciding on lesson length. The decision on whether to take half-hour sessions or not will depend on your child’s age and what you and the tutor you hire think is sensible. It is a good idea to ask your tutor how long they’d recommend. Either way, a break is important, so do not forget to incorporate several breaks in there too.

If possible, what’s their attitude to liaising with your child’s school teacher?

A tutor liaising with a school teacher isn’t common; however, it can be beneficial for both the tutor and teacher to do so to help ensure that teaching goals and methods are aligned. Keep in mind, however, that this is not necessary, and tutors who don’t liaise with your child’s school aren’t worse than those who do.

Who arranges all the required books and paper, worksheets, and resources for lessons? 

This is one important thing to remember to ask. In most cases, parents are the ones who provide these materials so make sure you consider this when thinking about costs. Nevertheless, some tutors do provide their own print-outs or resources.

How does the tutor track your child’s progress? Does he or she set homework?

Most tutors opt not to add more workload to their students. Though, small amounts of work or past papers for revision during the exam period is beneficial. Make sure that the tutor you get understands your child’s homework schedule so that he or she doesn’t become overwhelmed with all the extra work.

How does he or she conduct assessments?

The assessment methods tutors use will vary since different methods work for different people. As such, remember to follow up on the tutor’s approach.

What feedback can you expect from your tutor and when?

Some tutors prefer communicating through written reports, others by scheduling time for a face to face meeting once a term or month while others prefer giving feedback at the end of lessons. Consider what works best for you.

Can you, as a parent, contact the tutor in between lessons?

Most tutors don’t mind being in touch between lessons; however, there are some who have other jobs apart from tutoring and might not be in a position to be contacted or to reply within certain hours.

How can parents assist with the child’s progress when their tutor is not available?

Some parents will have tutors help with all of the child’s homework while for others 10-hours of one-to-one tuition is a huge investment. It is crucial to remember that you could benefit from the tutoring experience without spending much. Simply ask your tutor for advice on skill or strategies you can work on with your son or daughter when tutoring ends?

How long are their tutoring relationships?

It is a good idea to think about whether you would like the tutoring to be long-term, or if you simply want a few lessons before an interview or exam – and remember to communicate this to the tutor so he or she can plan accordingly.

What is their view of independent learning?

Understanding their view on this is a good step towards making sure that your child and the tutor work well together and make progress. The best tutors often aim to get their students to that point where they no longer require them!

Affording a New Home: How Much of Your Monthly Income Should Go Towards Your Mortgage? 28%? 25%? Less Than 20%?

If your family is currently considering buying a new home, one of the biggest questions should be this:

“What percentage of our household monthly take-home income should go towards our mortgage payment?”

If you depend on the unanimous results of a Google search, the answer is 28%.

If you put your faith in the results of a lender or a mortgage calculator found on the website of a new home development, you may be pleasantly surprised to see how big and nice of a home you can “afford” based on your household monthly income.

However, Dave Ramsey teaches no more than 25% of your household take-home income; in an effort to prevent becoming “house poor”; where you could afford to pay your monthly mortgage but could not live a comfortable lifestyle.

After meeting a 2nd time with our Associate Financial Consultant, Christina Tumbleson at Charles Schwab, where my wife and I recently starting investing our money, we learned that we are spending around 13% of our monthly take-home income on our monthly mortgage.

However, that number was based on the total of both of our full-time salary positions. That does not account for the monthly income I make from my 5 side hustles; for example, I made $531 last month from my two YouTube channels alone.

When we consider all my side hustle income, we can easily yet conservatively count on another 1%.

Therefore, at around 12%, we are fortunately spending a little less than half of the conservative 25% of take-home income Dave Ramsey suggests.

While it is undeniable that at age 37, my wife and I are at solid places in our careers and are being paid accordingly, we also have no other debts other than our home. I have been driving the same 2004 Honda Element for over 13 years now. Not to mention, I spend literally all my free time on my 5 side hustles; which provides passive streams income for our family.

But perhaps most important is the fact our 1900 square feet, 4 bedroom, 2 car garage home is still much more humble than it needs to be, according to popular American dream standards.

The main take-away is this: We choose to live way below our means.

If we wanted to sell our current home, we could pocket an easy $50,000 and then “upgrade” to a half a million dollar home. I could even trade in my old Honda Element for a new Toyota Tacoma.

We could “afford” to do that.

But if I am going to impress anyone by my finances, it’s not going to by how much I spend, but instead, how amazingly little.

Dear Holly: What You Learned at Your Brother’s Karate Lesson

2 years, 9 months.

Dear Holly,

You had curiously yet quietly observed your brother’s karate lesson last Saturday morning.

So on Sunday afternoon, when I began trying to wrestle with you on the living room carpet, you shouted:

“Get your hands off me!”

You made it clear that you had listened well to the karate instructor when he explained how important it was to not only tell the person to stop hurting you, but also to announce it so everyone could hear.

A few days later, when I dropped you off at school, I even asked your teacher if you had shouted to any of your friends:

“Get your hands off me!”

To my surprise, you hadn’t.

But I think it’s only a matter on time.



Dear Jack: You Started Taking Karate Lessons at the Rec Center

8 years, 2 months.

Dear Jack,

Last Saturday, we drove around the corner to the rec center so you could start intro karate lessons.

The instructor called you up several times to help him demonstrate in front of the class on how to get out of certain attack holds.

He explained that the first action in self-defense is to verbally tell the person to stop.

His focus was on helping students to prevent a fight, as opposed to participating in one.

We are trying out this class over the next couple of months to see if you want to take it to the next level and enroll in an official karate studio.

I have a feeling that could easily be what ends up happening.