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6 Ways To Keep A Long-term Relationship Alive

By Guest Blogger Helen B.

 

6 Ways To Keep A Long-term Relationship Alive

 

It is a fact that our feelings tend to change as time goes by. This is noticeable in long-term relationships as well. A lot of people get frustrated due to changes and their response can jeopardize the whole relationship. Once honey moon phase is over, couples find themselves in front of big decisions. Questions arise, and often, people conclude that they made a mistake, since they’re not in love anymore, and end the relationship. The truth is, couples just need to slow down, talk and understand each other. Nothing good came out of fear. The text below offers useful tips which may come in handy while thinking about your relationship.

Try to have the best time of your life

A great sign of strong relationship is the ability to laugh with your significant other. It is crucial that you can share and experience happiness together. Of course, sense of humor can be very helpful in stormy times. In order to keep the relationship alive, it is very important to be able to laugh at your imperfections while trying to grow and overcome them. The same rule should go for your partner as well. When times become rough, laughter is the best medicine you’ll have.

Stay open-minded

When a relationship gets intense and close, plenty of couples begin to draw boundaries and protect from each other. This is a destructive behavior since love can’t be alive if you don’t share time and feelings with your partner. Open your eyes wide and see what your partner loves to do. Ask them how they feel and just keep up with good and open communication. It is important to do everything you can to avoid a restriction of your partner’s happiness. Forget about all boundaries, both of you should feel free in the relationship.

Express your love, don’t hide it inside

Love is a living force and should be treated that way. Every expression of love should be transparent and your partner will be happy to know they’re loved. Don’t just use words, they aren’t as strong as you may think. Showing of love is a much better way of keeping your relationship healthy and fulfilling. Always find enough time to talk and show affection. Those should be your daily routine. Hold your hands, make a lot of eye contact and enjoy with each other.

Keep up with your individuality

Make sure to remain a genuine individual at all times. Try not to lose yourself in love by jeopardizing your innate separateness. You should encourage each other to remain yourselves above all. You fell in love with that person, and you don’t want to lose it to your relationship. Fuel up yourself with tolerance and help your loved one to pursue their personal goals. Instead of merging into one, try to continue with your life, and magically, your relationship will get better and stronger.

Practice an open communication

Regardless of the problems you have, don’t feel embarrassed to share them with your significant other. You may feel depressed or anxious about the future, you may feel a decrease in libido or experience other sexual related issues. Always talk to your partner about those issues and they’ll be eager to help. Don’t be afraid to go to a couple’s counseling or an individual therapy. Some men have a fear from sexual underachieving, but if you talk, you may resolve the issue with a simple premature ejaculation treatment, if that’s the case. Just make sure to share everything, regardless of the topic. That kind of open communication is very healthy and will strengthen your relationship.

Don’t forget to be generous

Being generous means that you are willing to give yourself to other, but on the other hand, it also means that you are able to receive what’s given to you. Always remember to show appreciation, especially when gifts and acknowledgment are hard for you to receive. Try to avoid keeping a score by any means necessary. What you give and what you receive shouldn’t be measured ever. Your relationship will flourish if there is plenty of giving and understanding. Being generous is a win-win situation since both of you will feel happier and closer to each other.

Final thoughts

As you can see, there are plenty of ways to keep up with the long-term relationship, and those above are just a few of them. Feel free to be creative and proactive in your relationship. Don’t just sit down and wait for something to happen. Invest yourself and your partner will respond to that, making the relationship more stable and fulfilling.

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Planning a Birthday Celebration for Kids – Tips and Ideas

By Guest Blogger, Ian P.

Planning a Birthday Celebration for Kids – Tips and Ideas

 

If your wallet is thin but there’s a child’s birthday coming up, of course that a birthday party is in order, no matter the circumstances. However, you don’t have to spend a mountain of cash to make your kid happy. Try to skip the pricey off-site party and opt for hosting a birthday party at home. It may involve a little more work, but the important thing is that your kid will be happy all the same. We’re going to give you tips on how to throw a kid’s party on a budget and give you some ideas for fun and games for the guests that come.

 

Choose a theme

Although a theme is not really imperative, if you want to go the extra mile, you can try to make a themed birthday party:

        If your child is 3-5 years old, a simple theme such as bugs, butterflies or cars can make a huge difference.

        6-8 years old can be Princess, Pirate themed, or any fantasy they love, such as Harry Potter or the like.

        For children over 8, they’ve probably developed a more personalized taste, so you can even try and consult with them about the theme and what can be possible to achieve.

 

How to organize a birthday party on a budget?

Now that you’ve determined the theme, it’s time for planning. If you do this correctly, you can throw an awesome party and everyone will enjoy.

        If you want to save some expenses, saving on food can help you a great deal. Believe it or not, the time of the party can make or break your budget. If you throw you child’s party around lunch or dinner time, naturally, people will assume there will be food. Instead, have the party at a time when you know people will come after lunch or dinner. That way you can easily get away with having a cake and something festive to drink.

        If you want to save money, time and stress altogether, don’t invite a bunch of kids. That, plus their parents can be a nightmare to take care of. A general rule of thumb can be to invite as many kids as much as your child has years. Or, simply limit it to the closest friends your child has (or the ones they talk about most often), not the whole class in school or kindergarten.

        Many people also spend a mountain of cash just on birthday party decorations, when in fact they don’t realize that children don’t even pay much attention to it. The only thing they are interested in are balloons and maybe party hats – that’s enough to make them feel festive and special, and you can even hand those out to each kid to take home, since it’s not costly.

 

What about entertainment?

Instead of the built-in entertainment of a bouncy house or gym full of trampolines, play some super fun party games or plan a craft that is both age-appropriate and fit to the theme of your party. Arts and crafts can always be a fun activity for children, and you can also match it to the theme of your party!

Were you thinking how to catch your child’s birthday party in essence? A Photo Booth Hire Wollongong might be a right solution, as children will be thrilled to stand in line and take silly photos, for a party that will be remembered.

Besides that, you can turn to numerous classic outdoor kid games that all guests would enjoy in, such as Kickball, Hide-and-Seek, Tag, Red Rover, Hopscotch and many others. Avoid lapses in activities, that’s when kids chase each other screaming, or run upstairs. Since kids trickle in at different times, offer simple opening activities and ease them into something more serious.

 

Conclusion

In the end, you don’t have to do everything by yourself. If friends or family aren’t an option, you don’t have to spend a fortune on the event coordinator – you can simply hire a babysitter or two to help. Kids will love to have them at the celebration and you’ll appreciate the much needed extra pair of hands. Your part doesn’t have to be better than others – the goal is for everyone to have fun, and that’s all that matters.

 

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HOW TO STAY HEALTHY WITH A HECTIC SCHEDULE

By Guest Blogger, Sara

HOW TO STAY HEALTHY WITH A HECTIC SCHEDULE

 

 

You have kids to look after and workload to deal with; I get how busy life is! You might not even be able to take out two minutes for yourself, let alone planning out a proper diet chart and heading out to the gym. However, we need to understand how important it is to relax the body and mind and to look after our health more than anything else, while this seems nearly impossible for some.

 

I have gathered a few simple steps following which you can achieve better physical and mental health without putting too much time or efforts into them. So, read through and thank me later:

 

  1. Keep a Fruit Basket on the Table

 

Keeping the fruit basket on your table benefits you greatly and saves the fruit from getting bad and wasted. Your dining table is the most accessible place where you your meals and keeping a fruit bowl on it means easy access to a healthy snack. You can always pick your favorite fruit from the basket and carry it with you while heading out too.

 

  1. Keep a Water Bottle with You

 

Water intake is highly important and yet many of us don’t drink it enough just because it is not around. Keeping a water bottle with you all the time will increase your intake greatly. Squeezing a lemon into it can be even more beneficial for detoxification of the body. Make sure you carry the bottle around with you and finish it twice. This will not only keep your body hydrated but also benefit your skin greatly, flushing all the harmful toxins out of the body.

 

  1. Get in Bed with No Gadgets Nearby

 

Phones and other gadgets can be a great distraction from getting a good sleep, especially when you are a workaholic. We all know how important a good night’s sleep is and major problems like anxiety, indigestion and lack of focus are a caused by lack of proper sleep. Therefore, I would suggest you to power off your gadgets before you head to bed. Also, keeping a good full-body massage chair in your home and spending 15 minutes on it before you head to bed can improve your sleep and relax your mind greatly. Doing so will also relieve you of the stress that relates to your work or family.

 

  1. Never Skip Breakfast

 

No matter how much hurry you are in, do not skip breakfast. Breakfast is the main meal which keeps you up and running throughout the day without getting tired, lazy and stressed out. Have some quick and healthy options at hand for breakfast like fresh juice, fruit, oats and Greek yoghurt.

 

  1. Quick Morning Exercise

 

Instead of rushing to the bathroom as you wake up, get out of bed and warm your body up a little with a quick workout. Make sure you set your alarm for 15 minutes earlier than you are supposed to wake up. This way, your body will be much more active and your mind refreshed throughout the day.

 

Author Bio:

Sara is a psychologist by profession and she loves massage therapies. She enjoys home-based work and traveling. She is obsessed with massage chair therapies and other relaxing techniques. She regularly posts at https://mymassagechairs.com/.

This is Why Your Brain Can’t Function without Sleep

By Guest Blogger Jenna J.

This is Why Your Brain Can’t Function without Sleep

 

Young man covering face with hand

Your brain is a complex system with just as many neurons in it as the number of stars in our entire galaxy. Each neuron is connected to others through a whopping 40,000 connections referred to as synapses by medical professionals. And yet, for many of us, it is the most overlooked organ in the body.

 

More than the body, it is the brain that needs sleep. All your body organs are cleaned of toxins and metabolites while they’re in their normal function throughout the day. It is the brain which has to wait for when you’re asleep to have its cleaning done. There’s other important stuff your brain needs to do while sleeping as well, which has bearing on your memory, health and immunity. Why then do we skip sleep?

 

 

Superstitions of Self Denial

 

A common motif in the annals and accounts of success has been that of spending nights in motivated labor. It’s only too visible in pop culture, for example, when Will Smith puts the kid to bed but works the entire night to correct a malfunctioning machine he intends to sell. Or, when in the legend of Achilles in the Iliad, he spends the night awake, plotting for revenge. We’ve never stopped to ask why we buy these myths. The Romans had a famous distaste for sleep, considering it a state of absolute debilitation and something to avoid to as much extent as possible.

 

It seems to be our hunger for success that makes us believe we can make hard sacrifices from our sleep to chase an ungraduated goal. “Well, as you know, there are 24 hours in every day. And if that’s not enough, you’ve always got the nights!”, as Ronald Graham the famous mathematician says. And yet, as we make cuts from our 24 hour day, we never have a quantified measure of success. Is $2400 a day a measure of success? Is it the awe of getting 24 people in the course of a day? Or are we chasing an elusive goal of paying off our debts in 24 months? If the answer to all these questions is no, what really are we chasing?

 

How poor sleep routs the brain

 

Despite no graduated standards, we deny ourselves sleep. If you skip an hour of sleep 5 days a week (and no, there’s no such thing as making up for it over the weekend), you’ve lost over a month’s worth of sleep at the end of the year. You can be sure it is detrimental to the brain.

 

 

To know what happens when you don’t sleep, let me tell you why the brain needs sleep.

 

  1. The brain generates toxins and metabolites like any other organ in the body during its course of activities throughout the day. While other organs can be cleaned by the body anytime, the brain gets its only major cleanup while you’re asleep. This is because sleeping allows brain activity to calm down and brain cells to shrink a bit. More ugly stuff can be washed out of the brain, and your brain doesn’t have to fight against this garbage to function the next day.
  2. A crucial part of memory retaining is the transfer of information from short term to long term memory, which, you guessed it, only happens when you’re asleep. Your brain sorts out information it gathered through the day and puts what’s important in long term memory, the rest being discarded. Without sleep, you’re going to have a hard time remembering things.
  3. Research shows your brain cannot make new brain cells to replace the dead ones when you’re sleep deprived. Take out neurons little by little for each day you spend in sleep deprivation, and suddenly the high number of nerve cells doesn’t seem all that insurmountable.
  4. Without adequate replenishment and cleaning, your brain as well as body are fighting a losing battle. Sleep and immune function are closely related, as studies point out. Low sleep means you’re going to be more susceptible to coughs and colds, as well as more dire infections. With disease comes monetary and mental exertion, which results in stress and further lack of sleep, making a self perpetuating cycle.

 

It’s not always your fault either. It can be the traffic on the street outside your house that’s keeping you from sleeping well with its noise, or the nightclub nearby. Many have trouble logging off the internet, and so their minds are alert to the sounds of any vibrations or notification tones it might hear, even in sleep. Sometimes, it might just be a smelly or dented mattress that’s not keeping you comfortable while you sleep, or the temperature of the room that’s all wrong.

 

Urgent Corrections to Follow

 

It can be hard to follow the 8 hour schedule, especially since it is not valid for everyone’s bodily needs. Just as many people wake up groggy from too much sleep as those who wake up under-rested. A rule of thumb is to allow yourself to wake up when you’re satisfied with your sleep. If you wake up groggy or have a slow brain day more often than twice a week, it can be that you’re not well rested.

 

Get thick blinds and invest in soundproofing to keep the outside noise outdoors. Clean your existing mattress or buy a better one you will easily get various mattress reviews online. Set the thermostat to a temperature your body is comfortable with when it’s resting. You can crank it up or down later. Most importantly, switch to airplane mode before flying off to dreamland.

 

Your brain needs its sleep to keep your body in order, as well as to make sure you don’t lose your job due to low performance, get a bad cold or get long term illnesses like depression or Alzheimer’s. It is worth the time to get adequate sleep.

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How to Prepare for Retirement

By Blogger Jenny H.

How to Prepare for Retirement

For many, a simple retirement is the ultimate goal: a white picket fence, children and grandchildren who visit occasionally, a garden that you can take pride in. But it always seems so far away. When it starts to creep closer, certain fears can start to take hold, and we forget to see it for the enjoyable experience it is. However, if we start to prepare for it mentally and financially, retirement can be the ultimate reward for years of hard work and perseverance.

Financial implications

Although we would all like to think of ourselves as being happy and healthy well into our golden years, this may sadly not always be the case. Levels of care will vary from person to person, so it is important you know yourself, your strengths and weaknesses, and what exactly it is you need help with.

Although the idea of having constant room for family is wonderful, a large home can become difficult to manage in later years and could limit some autonomy. It is important to consider buying a smaller home that you can more easily manage in order to keep the independence that is important to so many.

  • Mortgage repayments

Whether you need to remortgage a current property or create a new one, your age will be a factor for some companies. It would be wise to receive professional help from advisors to ensure you are getting the best possible deal for you.

 

Mentally preparing

Pottering around in the garden can be wonderful, though you are somewhat limited by the weather. While this is ideal as a summer activity, what you will do to pass the time during other seasons should be taken into consideration. For some, hobbies become their “new job”. This could be something as simple as collecting pennies, or as complex as buying old, decrepit cars, fixing them up, and selling them on. Whatever you choose to focus on, it is important that you find it enjoyable and that there is no pressure.

Enjoy yourself

The most important thing to remember is that you have worked hard for retirement and it is there for you to enjoy, so always make the most of it.

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Poison Plants Ruining your Summer?

By Guest Blogger Gene C.

Poison Plants Ruining your Summer?

Do you know of any plants that cause an allergic reaction to over 50 million Americas every year?  A species of plants that over 85% of the worlds population is allergic to?

Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, & Poison Sumac are poisonous plants that dwell in most parts of the United States and can camouflage itself in your garden.  Without knowing its whereabouts or its defining characteristics, this can certainly ruin a weekend if infected.

Redness, itching, and blistering are all side effects of the allergic reaction that can be caused by coming into contact with these plants and not taking the proper actions to rid oneself of the infection.

Next time you are curious about a mysterious green on your property or an awkward looking plant on your stroll through the woods, keep this infographic in mind before grabbing what could be an itchy mistake.

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3 Tips for Creating A Sparkling Smile That Lasts A Lifetime 

By Blogger Jenny H.

3 Tips for Creating A Sparkling Smile That Lasts A Lifetime 

Maintaining a bright, healthy smile is an essential part of a beautiful appearance. While you know this to be true for your own teeth, the same is especially true for your child’s dental health. If you want your child to have that perfect smile that graces the covers of magazines, then growing and developing teeth requires extra attention to ensure excellent oral health as a teen and an adult. This includes consistent practice of the basics: brushing, flossing, and regular check-ups at the dentist.

In recent years, there has been quite a bit of media attention on the dangers of certain oral care products. The safety of fluoride has been questioned, and the potential harm caused by polyethylene plastic beads has also been covered in the news. For parents looking to protect their children’s teeth naturally, there are three top tips to follow.

Teach proper dental health habits

One of the best ways to help ensure proper, natural oral care is to teach your child dental health habits. Empowering children with the knowledge of how to naturally care for their teeth is a powerful way to maintain a healthy smile. When your children know the importance of keeping their teeth healthy, and when you encourage them to brush and floss without being asked, you will help them develop the oral health habits they need.

Buy all-natural toothpaste and mouthwash

If you are concerned about the ingredients used in conventional toothpaste and mouthwash, there are exceptional natural alternatives. Look for brands that specifically list the chemicals that are not used (e.g. fluoride), rather than choosing brands that simply add “all-natural” to the product label. Currently, there are no real regulations on the use of the term “all-natural,” so be sure that you carefully select your toothpaste and mouthwash brands.

Limit sugar intake

It is a well-known fact that sugar can promote the development of cavities. However, some of the tastiest treats for children are loaded with sugar. Monitor your child’s intake of sugar, and be sure to limit the amount of sweet treats that he or she consumes.

Natural dental health can be simple

With a little bit of advanced planning, education, and dedication, you can help your child have a healthy smile without the use of questionable chemicals. Taking the time to learn about potential dental hazards can help you make informed decisions when selecting dental health products for your child. No matter what brands you choose, prioritizing your child’s oral health now is the key to a healthy smile later on in life.

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Symptoms of an Ingrown Toenail and Treatment

By Guest Blogger Jessica M.

Symptoms of an Ingrown Toenail and Treatment

 

Both genders, male and female, may need to face the issue of an ingrown toenail. No one wants to have one simply because of the pain and discomfort that ingrown toenail can bring.

Symptoms of an ingrown toenail

The signs and symptoms of the ingrown toenail can either or all of the following below:

  • The skin that is next to the nail can be swollen, hard or tender.
  • You can feel a pain when you place pressure on your toe.
  • There is fluid building around the toe area.

What are the signs of infection?

Here is the thing, once you see signs or symptoms that you have an ingrown toenail, it is a must that one should have this treated right away. If things get worse, one may experience infection, and the issue will come harder to handle or treat. Signs of infections may either be or all of the below:

  • Redness of the skin. Redness and to add possible swelling of the toe area.
  • A person who has an infected ingrown toenail may experience moderate to heavy pain around their toes.
  • The toe is bleeding and has pus
  • There is an overgrowth of skin surrounding the toe area.
  • A person may feel a bit warmer on the infected area

 

When you need to contact a medical professional

You can try treating your ingrown toenail by using available over the counter medicines or application of home remedies like olive oil etc. Some may leave their feet soaked in warm water for around 15 minutes to 20, four times in a day. But here is a fact, yes, you can try working on it yourself, unfortunately, not all can be treated by making use of simple remedies, some toenail ingrown may need surgery etc. If you avoid visiting a professional and performed wrong treatment to your toenail, then things may get worse.

It is a must that you consult a medical professional in instances that:

  • If in any cases that a person feels severe and extreme discomfort in your toe. The extreme pain may mean graver issue, thus consulting and contacting a medical professional should be done immediately.
  • If the pus and/or redness is spreading, it is a must that you go to your doctor right away.
  • If you have any other condition like diabetes or any cases of poor blood flow to your feet, you should never hesitate to contact a medical professional and avoid self-medications.
  • Foot sore or infection should let you see a medical professional.

 

Treatment options for ingrown toenail

The treatment is dependent on different factors.

Early stages can be treated by:

  • Soaking of foot in warm water that contains salt or antibacterial soap for good number of minutes
  • Drying of foot and making use of the available over the counter antibacterial ointments.
  • Make use of clean dressing to cover the toenail area.
  • Do not cut your nails, wait for few days for nails to grow out then cut it straight across right away.

More severe issues may require one to undergo surgery. The surgery should be performed by medical professionals.

  • The doctor may cut an open infected area with the use of either a needle or a blade to flush out pus.
  • If the ingrown nail is deep, the doctor may require numbing the patient’s toe with the use of local anesthetic and then after, the doctor will remove a vertical strip on the patient’s nail located in the affected area of the toe. After being removed, the nail now has the chance to grow again, this time without an ingrown edge.

Tips to prevent an ingrown toenail

Good news, one can prevent ingrown toenail. There are different tips that you can work on to prevent the growth of ingrown toenails:

  • One should trim their toenails straight across, and ensure that the edges of the nail will not curve in.
  • There are some who are comfortable, cutting their nails too short, thus putting them at higher risk of an ingrown toenail. Avoid cutting nails too short.
  • Avoid wearing too tight shoes, tights or socks.
  • If working in a hazardous environment, it is recommended that one will wear steel-toed boots.

 

Yes, there are toenail fungus remedies’  that can assist one if they experience ingrown toenail, but there is nothing better than preventing it from happening. As the saying goes, “prevention is always better than cure“.

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7 Common Home Cleaning Mistake You Need to Avoid

By Guest Blogger Alyssa W.

7 Common Home Cleaning Mistake You Need to Avoid

It’s nice to come home to a house that is clean and smells nice, isn’t it?

 

We spend a lot of time and energy in ensuring that our tiny abode is tidy and neat at all times. We want our loved ones to come home to a cozy and inviting place. We also want to live a good impression to visitors when they come to our place.

 

However, are we cleaning our home right?

 

Below are some of the most common home cleaning mistakes that you need to avoid:

 

  1. Cleaning without a plan

So it’s finally weekend and cleaning your house is on the number one spot of your to-do list. Off you go with your vacuum, sponge, brushes, etc.

 

While it is important that you set a day on when you will do your home cleaning, it is also more important that you create a cleaning plan. Cleaning without a plan will cost you more time and effort plus your work may tend to be repetitive.

 

Plan which area to clean first so that you maximize your general cleaning time.

 

  1. Only looking at eye level

Everything looks sparkly clean so we assume that our house is already 100% germ free.

 

One of the most common cleaning mistakes that we have is cleaning based only on our eye level. Whilst it is important that everything should look clean and in order, there are lots of germs and bacteria that are not visible on our naked eye.

 

Make sure that you disinfect effectively, especially on areas that are more prone of germs and bacteria such as kitchen sink and bathroom.

 

  1. Not reading directions before usage

Most of us are guilty of this mistake.

 

We’ve been using a certain product or tool for a long time that we think we know how to use them properly. We disregard what’s written on the manuals or labels and use it according to what we think is right.

 

The manufacturer has spent lots of time and resources in researching their product. Get the most out of your cleaning tools by taking a few minutes to read the directions.

  1. Making use of chemical air fresheners

We want our home to smell nice and inviting so we make it a habit to constantly spray air fresheners.

 

Let’s be mindful though when using chemical air fresheners as it has negative effects. Some air fresheners have toxic ingredients that can be poisonous and can accumulate in our body that may lead to diseases over time.

 

Use natural air freshener instead such as lavender oil, rosemary, scented wood blocks and cinnamon sticks.

 

  1. Using wrong tools for cleaning

Brush is one of the most go-to tools that we use for cleaning. For sure, we can use it for almost everywhere.

 

While it is convenient to use one tool on almost all types of cleaning jobs, we should make it a point to use the correct one. This is to ensure that we get maximum cleaning result and efficiency. Surely, you can’t expect a top rated steam cleaning machine to make your bathroom immaculately clean.

 

  1. Cleaning windows on a scorching day

Cleaning your windows is not ideal on hot sunny days.

 

Why?

 

Because glass cleaner is easily dried up during hot days which results to streaks formed on your windows. It is ideal to clean your windows either in the evening or late in the afternoon.

 

  1. Using too much cleaning product

 

When we see a stain in our sink, it’s tempting to bombard it with lots of cleaning product. More is not actually advisable as you are just wasting the product, plus using too much will just create a build-up in the surface. Use the recommended amount in its packaging.

 

Now that we are aware of the cleaning mistakes that are commonly used, it’s time to remove them from our cleaning habit and get more efficient result in cleaning our home sweet home.

 

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Why Not Treat Your Dog To A Classy Summer Holiday?

By Guest Blogger Leila D.

Why Not Treat Your Dog To A Classy Summer Holiday?

 

You have worked a lot during the year, and finally, it’s time for a deserved family vacation. Before you pack your suitcase and go, you should consider if your best friend should come with you. Bringing your dog to a vacation can be so much fun and the family will be complete. On the other hand, there are some downsides that should be addressed as well. The text below will provide you with some valuable insights, so your decision can be the right one.

Plan everything ahead

You don’t want to make big decisions at the last moment. Make sure to decide if your dog will be traveling with you or you’re going to leave it behind. Either way, you’ll have to plan ahead before you go. If you want to travel without your best buddy, make sure to get him a good company. Check with your family members or close friends to take him for a while. The other solution is the pet sitter or a pet hotel in your area. He’ll be happy there, so don’t feel guilty.

Get your papers organized

Yes, you’re going to need your passport if traveling abroad, but that’s not the subject at the moment. If you decide to take a trip with your dog you’ll need to gather all needed documentation. First of all, you’ll need a proof of vaccination. If the next one is scheduled soon, make sure to get it done with before your vacation. Don’t forget to provide your buddy with a flea and worm treatment before departure. Just keep in mind that all of that should be done at least one week before the trip.

Your dog should be prepared

There are few options for your dog, whether you’re leaving him or taking him with you. In case you want to leave it with a sitter or in pet hotel, make sure to bring over all of his favorite items. Those should include his favorite chewing toy, bed, food and water bowls and everything else you can think of. All of that will help your pet to feel more comfortable in the new environment. It doesn’t matter if he’s going with you or staying behind, he’ll be happy to have his stuff.

Think about your dog’s health

Before going on a trip you should make sure to assemble first aid emergency kit for your best friend. It can come in handy if something unplanned happens during the trip. Emergency kits are recommended by the experts from Cooltre Dog boarding in Perth, and whoever is taking care of your dog while you’re absent will need them. Of course, this is just a temporary solution and, if needed, you should take your pet to the nearest vet as soon as possible.

Prepare your dog for transportation

If you’re planning to travel by plane it’s probably for the best to leave your dog with a sitter, in a hotel or at a kennel. You don’t want your dog getting traumatized in the cargo of the plane. He won’t be happy with that. Don’t sedate your dog before a flight since it can be very bad for him. Besides, most airlines don’t allow that kind of practice. Therefore, in case you’re going to fly, make sure to find the best pet hotel available for your dog.

 

The other option is much better. Your dog will be happy to be with his family during the vacation. Traveling by car is a great idea. Just make sure to feed your buddy before you go. That way you’ll avoid car sickness. Before the main trip, make a few test ones. If your pet hasn’t been riding with you often, there might be some problems emerging on his first long trip. Drive him around to see how is he reacting and based on that, decide if you should bring him with you. If he’s relaxed and active during those test drives, there’s nothing to be worried about. Of course, if he gets nervous, you can always make a few more stops. Those breaks will be very useful for you as well since you’ll need to be focused on the road.

Additional comments

If prepared good, any option you choose will make your dog happy and he’ll have a great vacation as well. In case you get him a highly recommended sitter, your dog will stay at home, the place he feels most comfortable with. If you decide upon high-quality pet boarding, your dog will have great company since he’ll have a chance to play with his own kind and will be treated with love. At the end, if you choose to take your best friend with you, he’ll be happy to be near his beloved family. Either way, your pet will be satisfied and happy. Have a great vacation!

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