Friday, February 24, 2017

Dog Owners Who Went To Extremes To Show Their Pets They Care

Practically everybody who owns a dog falls in love with them. Perhaps it’s their big, watery eyes that stare up at you lovingly all day long. Or maybe it’s the fact that they are loyal, almost to a fault. Whatever it is, there’s nothing we wouldn’t do for our dogs.

But for some people. Just taking care of a dog and making sure it has a nice life isn’t enough. They want to make their dogs into little Cleopatras, with all the pomp and ceremony that goes with it.

Daniela Forshaw

One dog owner living in Britain went to extreme measures to show her dog she cared. Daniela Forshaw a salon owner from a small town in Essex, decided that she was going to use her salon techniques on her dog, a poodle called Millan. Her dog is named after the world famous dog whisperer, Mexican-born, Cesar Millan. And now she has made pampering her dog a part of her daily routine.

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The first thing she did was set up a shed in her back garden that doubled as a dog beauty salon. She kitted it out with things like hair dryers, clothing racks, and grooming mirrors. Over time, she realized that she might be able to sell salon services to other dog owners and start up another business. Her idea worked, and now dozens of people visit her dog salon with their dogs every week to get them looking their best.

According to Nigel Baker, the CEO of the Pet Industry Foundation, pet grooming has really taken off. It’s now a multi-million dollar industry, and one that is growing and more and more people groom their dogs. It’s the sort of thing, he says, that is really taking off in certain hot spots and areas of the country, especially in places with newly wealthy people. Gayle Pruitt Gayle Pruitt is a nutritionist by trade. Like many people, she’s spent years trying to figure out what constitutes a healthy diet. But after getting a dog, she realized that very little attention had been paid to what makes dogs healthy. What's the best dog food, she wondered? According to an article in the NY Daily News, Pruitt began experimenting by preparing different meals for her dog. She soon found out that dogs actually have taste buds that are very similar to humans, meaning that what tastes good to us is usually what tastes good to dogs.

With this in mind, she began constructing a diet for her pet pooch. At first, she made food separately from her dog. But she soon realized that her dog would probably want to eat what she was eating anyway, and so she prepared meals for them to eat together. Now she eats real food with her dog every night of the week, and she doesn’t think there’s anything weird about it. According to Pruitt, this is always how humans and dogs have lived together. In the past dogs ate with their human owners - it was why they stuck around rather than finding food in the wild.

Now Pruitt has developed a range of recipes she thinks that dogs will love.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Ultimate Guidelines For Growing Your Own Veggies

Creating a vegetable garden and growing edibles outside and inside your home is a great activity for many different reasons.

It saves you money, first and foremost, and it’s a much healthier way of eating vegetables because you will be avoiding the chemicals and fertilizers that are present in store-bought goods.

Plus, it’s a fantastic activity to enjoy with the kids, who will marvel as they watch their veggies turn from seeds into edible treats. And for any mom who worries about their children being fussy eaters, growing vegetables can help with that, too.

The big question is, what’s the best way to get started? And how can busy moms with little time for anything manage to grow vegetables successfully? Read on to find out more as I reveal everything you need to know about growing veggies.

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Getting started

First of all, anyone can start growing veggies, and you don’t need to have a big garden to create a patch. In fact, you can even grow vegetables indoors, and things like tomatoes and herbs can thrive in the warmth of the home. And you’ll also give young seedlings a better chance of survival if you start their lives in a greenhouse or on a windowsill. Just remember one thing if you do plan on growing veggies indoors, it's the overall quality of the grow lights you use that can often make the difference if you don’t live in a warm climate. The idea is to reproduce the balance of the natural solar spectrum; tricking the veggies into thinking they are outside.

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What to grow

Some vegetables are much easier to grow than others, so when you are just starting out, it’s probably best to stick with the basics. Carrots, beets, onions and garlic are all relatively straightforward - and grow quickly indoors and out. Tomatoes are another great example, and when you are feeling a little more confident, you can move onto lettuces and spinach.

How much work is involved?

While you can grow many of the basics pretty much anywhere, there might be a little prep work involved before you get started. For example, if you have thin soil - less than a spade’s blade deep - it’s likely you will need to consider creating a raised bed just so your veggies can grow deep enough into the ground. Weeding is another big task, but again, it’s all about the prep. Pull out the weeds, and dig up their roots, and ensure a clean plot and clear garden before planting your veg. Finally, there will be some work protecting your plants from slugs and snails - the perennial enemy of many a gardener. Keep your ploy clean and tidy, and ensure you veggies are well away from long grasses or tall, dense plants that are likely to harbor mollusks. Finally, use slug pellets - most mollusks will avoid these like the plague, and it will stop them entering the vegetable patch.

So there you have it - an easy way to get started with growing veggies indoors and out. As with everything in life, it’s all about the preparation - get that right, and the growing part will be simple. Good luck with the veggies!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Choosing The Right Home Office Furniture

Selecting furniture such as office desks for home depends on what you consider the most suitable for your work area. Believe it or not, the right furniture plays a role in your outlook and satisfaction when working in your own business or for someone else.

However, before you put too much energy in the appearance, there are other things to consider. Space, your budget and how much time you plan to spend in the office each day will determine what you choose. Although separate, each one is directly related to having the perfect home office.

Determine How Much Space You Have

An empty room looks bigger than it does when you begin adding furniture. Measure the space before buying pieces. Draw a diagram of where you would like to place each piece of office furniture. Overestimating or underestimating how much space you actually have will not help you find furniture that fits.

Additionally, measure the width of the doorway. Your office furniture will need to fit through the doorways. Some pieces, particularly desks, can be quite large.

Know How Much You Can Spend

Along with proper measurements for the space you have and the furniture you need, you should also decide on a budget before you go shopping online or at a local office furniture store. Think reasonable based on initial research on the average costs of furnishing a home office.

If you have a small amount to spend, focus on buying essentials for now. You can always add more pieces later as your budget allows. Essential furniture in most offices are a desk and chair. Look for high-quality pieces that will last.

Consider How Much Time You Will Spend in the Office

As you decide on a reasonable amount of money to spend, think about how much time you will actually spend in your new work space. If your business requires you meeting clients and you only expect to be in the office one or two hours a day, you may choose furniture that is stylish over comfortable.

This decision could change your budget because you may not want to spend too much money on furniture that is not used that often. If, however, you will be in the office for at least five hours every day, comfort and ease of use should be your guide in making furniture selections.

Working from home means you are working, so you want your environment to be as pleasant as possible. Make furniture choices that offers the style you want and the workspace you need to be productive.

Happy Valentines!

While other celebrating Valentines with thier boyfriend/girlfriend and husband/wife I on the other hand was with my mom, son, and nephew. The boyfriend is miles away so he wired some money for me to buy something for myself (not flower) and dine out. So I was not expecting anything on Valentines Day, because I know the boyfriend wont buy flower online that is why I get some cash instead.

But because I have the sweetest son in the universe I still get a simple gift fo remind me that I am loved. I was expecting it! No wonder I was almost crying when my son handed me the stuff toy with a heart. Hahaha! No doubt I am a proud mother.

I will try to upload the picture soon. My internet connection is too slow as of this typing.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Reasons You Might Need to Have Your Basement Waterproofed

You have probably heard people talk about having their basement waterproofed. However, you have not felt the need to have it done up to this point. Perhaps you felt that it was not necessary. However, you might start to develop problems in the future as a result of having a basement that has not been professionally waterproofed. These problems could end up costing you a considerable amount of money to repair. It would be much easier for you to simply be proactive and prevent those problems from occurring in the first place. Here are some of the key indicators that you should strongly consider investing in having your basement waterproofed.

1. You notice some of the cement on your basement walls has started to fall apart.

This is a very common problem in basements that have not received waterproofing treatment. The constant exposure to moisture day after day will eventually cause chunks of cement to break off from your basement walls and foundation. Needless to say, this can eventually turn into a dangerous problem if nothing is done to fix it. You would be wise to call a company that specializes in foundation repair Cleveland Ohio if you notice this problem in your home. The structural integrity of your entire home could be compromised if you allow this problem to go unresolved.

2. Mold and fungus have started to grow in large quantities in your basement.

Mold and fungus love areas that are dark and damp. They are able to thrive in this sort of environment. Therefore, most basements are ideal places for mold and fungus to grow because they fit this description perfectly. Many people have small amounts of water leaking into their basements that they do not notice because it occurs in inconspicuous areas. Mold or fungus will begin to grow without the homeowner's knowledge. This could cause allergy problems for residents of the house.

3. The floor in your basement could be damaged because of constant exposure to moisture.

Floors are frequently the victim of moisture that seeps into basements that have not been professionally waterproofed. The damage that the water does to the floor can vary greatly. It all depends on the length of time the floor has been exposed to the moisture and the amount of water there is. Waterproofing your basement can keep your floor looking perfect.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Creating the first aquarium for your family

Plenty of people have started keeping aquariums in their home. While aquariums are aesthetically pleasing, their health benefits are also plenty. From relieving stress to calming hyperactive children, it is no wonder that creating an aquarium is on the bucket list of a lot of people.

Building an aquarium isn’t something that requires a lot of dedication or hard work, therefore if you are up for it you can easily build it. However, whilst setting up new aquariums or fish tanks, there are a few things that you should consider like the type of fish it will comprise of, the size of the tank and the kind of equipment you will need.

So without further ado here is a guide on how you can create an aquarium for your family home:

Choosing the right fish:
People often don’t realize how important it is to pick the right kind of fish for your aquarium. And as an result fish often end up dying and the aquarium doesn’t thrive. 

There is a wide range of fish available – 25,000 species to be exact. So in order to pick the perfect match for your aquarium, you need to be vigilant whilst you decide on which fish to bring home. There are questions that you need to ask yourself.

Questions like:
Is the tank perfect for the fish?
How big can the fish really get?
Is it high maintenance?
Would you be able to afford it?
Would you be able to provide it with the food it eats?

When you have decided on which fish you are going to get, it will help you in knowing the equipment you need to build them a home. One thing that you should keep in mind before creating an aquarium is to decide on the fish beforehand because it’s always better to pick a fish and then build an aquarium according to the requirements of the fish and not the other way around.

If it is your first time building an aquarium then ideally you should go for species which is easily manageable because otherwise for a newbie it could get frustrating.

Picking the right aquarium:
The next step, after you have picked a fish, is to select an aquarium for it. Depending upon its size and how large it could get in the future you’d be able to select an aquarium. It is ideal for the fish to live in an aquarium which is big enough for it to thrive. The larger the aquarium, the better. The minimum size of the aquarium should be larger than the size of the fish.

Size of the aquarium is an important factor to keep in mind; however that is not the only thing that should determine the kind of aquarium you choose.

There are different materials of aquariums which you can choose from. For example there is glass and acrylic. Glass is usually scratch resistant but it isn’t durable whereas, acrylic is less forgiving for the scratch marks but it lasts longer. So depending upon your needs you can pick either acrylic or glass material for your aquarium.

Picking the right equipment: 
For an aquarium, you need equipment that helps in making it work perfectly. Nowadays, it is very convenient to get equipment for your aquarium with the abundance of suppliers. Typically, the equipment an aquarium owner needs is lighting, filters, food for the fish, pumps, algae controllers, conditioners, etc.

So depending upon the need of your aquarium, stock up on equipment, so that you are ready to deal with any problems that come your way.

Setting up the aquarium: 
After you have created the perfect aquarium for your home, you need to strategically place it. Just like humans need space, aquariums need it too to stay clean and maintained. So set up your aquarium where there is room to breathe and enough air to keep it refreshed.

To make sure the light and the pump works, place the aquarium near a socket so that you can connect the plug to it and make it work.

Also, make sure you have placed your aquarium where you can easily manage to supply water for it so that a chore like that doesn’t become a major inconvenience for you.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Smart Shopping 101

Whenever a sale comes around, it’s very easy to get distracted and buy out anything with a loud label that screams 80% off. But do you ever stop to ask yourself, why is that on sale? Why is this product that looks amazing and sounds great on such a large discount deal? Smart shopping isn’t just about getting the best deals and finding a bargain, it’s also about knowing where your items come from and how you can improve the way you shop overall.

If you want to feel great about getting the latest deals and saving a tonne of money in the process, here are some essential shopping tips handed to you by some of the world’s smartest shoppers.

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Read the reviews...

When we shop on a website such as Amazon or if we have our eye on something, it’s a good idea to look at the reviews not just on the website we’re buying from, but to also research it and look for blogs, reviews and videos about it. If you go in blind and simply buy a product without doing research, then chances are you could end up with an item that has a crippling flaw or has horrible quality.

...but don’t always trust them

Let’s face it, not every reviewer has a great opinion. Something seen as a flaw by someone could be a positive for you. You have to read the reviews and take into consideration what the reviewer’s tone is. If they keep mentioning how they hate the brand, then perhaps they just have a vendetta against that company. If someone mentions they “don’t have much experience” with a type of product, then chances are that person has no idea what a good quality product is.

Smart spending If we see something that’s on sale but still out of our price range, then there’s no harm in financing the item and spreading the cost over several months or applying for an online personal loan such as Credit24. As long as the interest rates are low enough, you might even be able to pay less than the original price of the item even after you take interest into account. There are even some great zero-interest deals for some retailers, so keep these options in mind when something is out of your budget.

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Consider secondhand and refurbished 

The latest phones, tablet devices and computers can be incredibly expensive, and there are times that we cannot justify the price for what we receive. Luckily, there are many places where you can buy secondhand or used products that work just as well and even have extended warranties. Refurbished items have been fitted with new parts and are always tested before being sold, so you can get some great details if you aren’t concerned about buying something that has been used before.

Look for alternatives 

If you have your eyes on an iPhone or Samsung Phone, then chances are the only thing holding you back is the price. However, did you know that there are hundreds of alternatives that work just as well, have the same technical specifications and in some cases, work better? If you look up budget smartphones, you’ll get tonnes of alternatives to these brands. Just remember that if you buy from a big-name retailer, you’re paying a huge premium for the name itself and not only the hardware.

Friday, February 3, 2017

On Sale... Sale...Sale!

Last week I passed by a store that cater branded clothes. I usually not go inside to this botique because the prices is too expensive for my pocket. But upon seeing the poster outside the store saying hey are having 70% off selected item I was tempted to go inside and found few tees that fits me. But because I dont have money for shopping I opt to get two tees at 50% off. Great deal right?

For those who are planning to buy music instruments you can also buy it on sale. There is a stupid deal of the day at Check it out!/7

Am Sick!

Of course we don't want to get sick butit happens no matter how we try to get rid of it. For more than a week, I have been coughing and asthma attack. But it was only three days ago that I opt to visit a doctor. I will be going back to the doctor today to see if the medicines works for me. I have stop using Seretide for th mean time and take another medicine for my asthma. 

I pray that I get better soon because  I have me errands to do offline. I cannot just go downtown when I dont feel good.