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Monday, July 25, 2016

Summer Safety for Dogs

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Summer is a great season but it can also be a dangerous one.  There are plenty of dangers that we may not even think of regularly when it comes to our dogs. So I put together a few tips and reminders to keep you and your dog happy and safe this Summer!

1. Water
Water should ALWAYS be accessible to your dog when he or she is outside. Dehydration is a serious thing and however hot it feels to you outside, it's even hotter for your dog.  Just think of all that fur! 

2. Car Safety
Anytime you travel in the car you should always have your dog container whether it's in a car seat, car harness, or the backseat with a divider that prevents your dog from coming into the front.  Not only can your dog be a distraction, but he could even cause a traffic accident.  Also, never leave your dog in the car unless you have the A/C running. 

3. Treats for Distractions
Fireworks scare Stella and Rocky.  I know many of us have dogs that get startled by firework celebrations so make sure you have a good distraction to help keep your doggy calm.  Chewy has these great True Chews which are not only made in the USA and delicious but they are a great way to keep a dog focused on THEM and not the sounds outside.  They are made with real meat and have no corn, wheat, or soy.

4. Collar/Leash
Never let your pet outside without a collar or leash.  Even if you have an electric fence, things can happen and if your dog escapes, you want to make sure he can be easily identified and returned to you so be sure his collar has an updated contact number on the ID tag!  Also, always keep your dog securely on a leash when outside.  Not only to keep him safe from cars, but also to keep him under control when other people or dogs are around.

5. Garden and Plants
Backyards are full of all sorts of plants and edibles.  If you have a veggie garden or a flower garden, make sure your dog is not able to get into it.  Some flowers and foods can be poisonous to pets.  Also, be mindful of mushrooms as some can be poisonous to pets.  If your dog ingests ANYTHING you are unsure of, call your vet immediately!

6. Bugs
Another reason to despise bugs.... they can sting and bite your dog! Always keep an eye on your dog when he's outside and if you see him checking anything out, make sure you know what it is.  Bees can sting, spiders can bite, and you never know what could go wrong. 

What tips do you have for summer safety?

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Advice: What You Should Be Talking To Your Parents About (Before It's Too Late)

Life passes us by, and we are so busy with work and our personal life that we don’t often have time to think about the future. However, life goes quick, and as our parent’s age, it’s important to talk to them now, so that you can prepare for the future. Here is what you should be talking to your parents about before it’s too late.

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How to best raise your kids

One thing you should be asking your parents about is how to best raise children. Of course, we all have our own personal way of handling situations with our kids. But ultimately, the best people to give you advice about children is your parents. Even if you don’t have kids now, it’s important to talk to them about raising children so you can know for the future. As we discussed previously, talk to them about the rules and discipline they used on you and your siblings. Ask them if they worked and whether they would do anything differently now. Talk to them about how old they were when they had you and your siblings, and whether they would advise you on having them early or waiting till later in life.

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Their plans for the future

Another thing you should be talking to your parents about before it’s too late is what their plans are for the future. You need to talk to them about what they would want to happen when they get older. Some people are against residential care and would rather have home care such as elderly companion care when they require extra help. Make sure you also have the dreaded chat about funerals, so that you can fulfil their wishes when the time does come.

What were they doing at your age

You should also be talking to your parents about what they were doing at your age. You need to know how their lives were going, and what advice they would give to you at your age. If you are going through a hard time, it can often give you optimization that things will get better around the corner.

Thanking them for everything they have done

Another thing you should be talking to your parents about before it’s too late is thanking them for everything they have done for you. You don’t want something to happen to them or you, and then you regret not thanking them for everything they have done over the years. As this feature explains, just saying thank you for small things will not go unnoticed, so make sure you are grateful for their help.

You should ask about their will  

You should also be talking to your parents about their will before it’s too late. You need to know who their will is with, and who their Power of Attorney is. If you are the power of attorney, you will be able to make quick decisions about their home and finances. Make sure they have made a will, otherwise, it can cause all sorts of trouble when it comes to sorting everything out in the future.

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These all may be hard conversations, but it’s better to speak about it now while you are all well and healthy.

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Summer Beauty with #LorealMakeup from #Influenster #contest

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Wearing makeup in this sticky, humid, messy weather can be a real pain but I've finally found what works perfect for me!

I got my L'Oreal VoxBox from Influenster for free to test out the products inside and wow I'm impressed! 

So L'Oreal's Voluminous Lash Primer is unreal!! I will never wear mascara without it now.  It goes on so smooth and it really helps  get my lashes ready for the mascara.  It dries quickly and doesn't leave any hunks behind.   The Voluminous Mascara really makes my eyes pop.   And of course the Infallible Liner is amazing and it's so necessary for me to wear because it brings my whole look alive. I also never thought my brows would look this good until I began using the Brow Stylist Kit. 

Have you guys ever used L'Oreal makeup? Did you love it as much as I did?

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

How Can I Make My Business More Successful?

 These days, many business owners are interested in optimizing their bottom line, developing a bigger base of customers, and expanding their authority within their chosen industry. If you're attempting to accomplish any of these signs of business success and growth, know that there are several ways you can make it happen. Here are just three techniques you can employ to make your business more successful:

1. Take Surveys.

One of the best ways to make your business more successful is by learning what your customers want. You can accomplish this objective by giving customers surveys that enable them to rate the quality of the products and services you currently offer. Companies like Crowdology provide business owners with the platform through which these surveys can be taken online. Visit the website at to learn more now.

2. Optimize Your Marketing Strategies.

In addition to taking surveys, make sure that you focus on optimizing your marketing strategies. This technique will empower you to interface with more and more members of your target audience. Once this happens, the brand recognition process will be enhanced and you'll likely witness a substantive increase in conversion. One great way to optimize your marketing strategies is by obtaining excellent, expedient digital advertising services. A digital firm can provide you with several brand-building services, including:

• online reputation management
• web design and development
• public relations
• content marketing
• link building
• social media optimization
• keyword analysis

3. Focus On Employee Growth.

Yet another strategy you can deploy to make your business more successful is focusing on employee growth. This technique is effective because it ensures that your staff members will be able to work with greater expedience and excellence while in the office setting. There are numerous ways that you can get the growth process underway, such as by providing your employees with opportunities to enroll in online courses that expand their skill set and keep them up to date regarding the most cutting edge methodologies used in their industry.

Don't Delay: Make Your Business More Successful Today!

If you want your company to become the most successful entity on the block, now is the time to use strategies and systems that will help you realize the goal. Three of the techniques that you can utilize to accomplish this objective include taking surveys, optimizing your marketing strategies, and focusing on employee growth.

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15 Awkward Moments that Happen to EVERYONE [Admit It]

I'm a firm believer in the statement of life being way too short to take it all seriously.  That being said, sometimes there's stuff that happens that can be so embarrassing you want to cry or scream or maybe even both.  So to help make light of all those embarrassing moments,, I present to you....15 awkward moments that happen to everybody at some point in their life. 

[1] Rolling Your Ankle or Almost Doing It
You're walking down the hall at work in your everyday heels, or maybe you're even walking down the street in your favorite wedges and all of a sudden it happens... that damn awkward roll where you nearly go crashing to the ground as your ankle gives out under you.  Maybe that's not even what actually happens but that's what it seems like happens so we'll just stick with that.  I don't know about you but my first instinct is to just keep looking forward and walking like it didn't happen. And for the next 10 seconds I pray that no one was behind me.  And it's just as bad when you ALMOST do it and catch yourself just in time but still have a mini-heart attack. 

[2] Saying Hi to Someone that Doesn't Reciprocate
Okay, so you're in a hallway or on a sidewalk coming straight towards someone else, and even though you don't know them you know it's common courtesy to say hello.  So there you go... "Hi".  And NOTHING.   In fact, they even stare right past you. Whatever, right? Nah, for the next minute you sit there stewing like "WHAT THE HELL WHY AM I SO NICE!??!?  AM I UNLIKED AROUND HERE??" 

[3] Waving at Someone That's NOT Waving at You
You're sitting in the food court at the mall, and you look over and see someone waving at you.  They keep waving at you. You squint but don't recognize them.  Then you squint again and confirm that they are indeed looking right at you.   So you wave back.   Then you suddenly look behind you and see someone standing and waving back at them.  You realize they weren't waving at you. So what do you do?  UGH!

[4] Farting When You THINK You're Alone
Maybe you're on a walk, and you don't notice the guy on his porch, or you're in a store where you swear no one is in the next aisle. Maybe you even let one squeeze out at your desk.  "PFFFT"
And then of course you notice someone nearby and you race to get away, praying they don't realize it's you.   And if it smells as someone walks towards you, good luck with that one buddy. 

[5] Farting When You KNOW You're Not Alone
It seems to always happen at work, you get up from your desk to go pee, not realizing how gassy you are until you sit down and a surprise fart comes out.  Of course it's right after Joann from the cube next to yours is washing her hands and says hi to you as you go in. "Damnit now she KNOWS that was me". Even though everyone farts, we still seem to struggle with not feeling embarrassed about it. 

[6] Choke Coughing/Talking
I don't even know what the scientific name is for this but I'm sure there is one.... you'll be talking to someone and mid conversation you suddenly cough/hiccup/choke on a combination of spit and air.   You try to keep going but you feel soooo red in your face. What the HELL WAS THAT?!?!?! 

[7] The Nighttime Body Jerk
Nothing is worse than the body jerk that happens seemingly every night as you drift off to sleep.   Sometimes you have a weird dream as you are falling asleep that you are running and then trip, and then there goes the jerk.  I don't care who you are, you gotta admit it you always get a shot to the heart of anxiety and embarrassment before you realize "who gives a shit what my partner thinks, I'm tired, goodnight!"

[8] The Accidental Text
Okay, even if it was when you were a teenager, you gotta admit that this has happened to you. Either it's some juicy gossip you text to the wrong the person the gossip is about... or you accidentally text your crush a racy compliment that you meant to say ABOUT HIM not TO HIM!!!!   Who cares about how you still frickin sucks!

[9] Choking On Your Food
Choking on your food for the split second when you think you may die, and then realizing, you can easily swallow the spaghetti noodle is like that mini freakout in your head that no one else even notices but you feel traumatized about.   It's the sole reason I avoid eating mozzarella sticks in public.

[10] Holding Your Poop
Don't act like you haven't! I don't care if it was after a one night stand at a guys house where you're trying to pee without pooping because you know he'll hear, or if it's at a party where you know there's a line outside.  It's the worst. How can anyone live like that? How can you even be comfortable that way. You can't even sit right in your seat! Then you start thinking of legit excuses. " Umm I have to go buy cigarettes from the store even though I don't smoke..." or "Oh I forgot to let my dog out".   Just so you can go home and sh*t! 

[11] The Office Coughing Fit
Why are we so embarrassed to have coughing fits at work? Is it because we hate everyone asking if we are okay? Or because they assume we are contagious?  You know what I'm talking about too.  You rush to the hallway or the bathroom and unleash your coughing fit but on the way down you were nearly holding your breathe before you burst into coughs.  Then you consider going home early just so you can frickin cough!

[12] The Awkward Selfie
Okay, who cares... a selfie near the lead singer of the concert you're at is totally why the hell do you feel so awkward when you are taking it.  It's like you know everyone's judging you as they watch. Even if they just took one themselves.  For some reason, selfies in a public place will always make us feel awkward, even if just for a second. 

[13] The Dreadful Decline
Whether you have a legit excuse or not, nothing is worse than "I'm sorry it's saying your card is declined."   I always enjoy the excuses we give.  Oh, whoops, wrong card.... or maybe Oh whoops, I forgot to transfer money to that account (yeah, okay), either way the embarrassment is almost enough to make you about face and run out of the store without your impulse buy.

[14] Holding Up the Line
Okay, so you're at the grocery store and it's packed and you're up and they're scanning your goods and then it of your items has no sticker. They ask if you remember the price.  Of course your mind races as you think of prices but secretly assume they are judging you and thinking you're lying to try and beat the system.  Someone has to go and look at the price so you stand there waiting.... or maybe you need stamps or the register won't read a coupon right and you're waiting for the manager on duty to get to the cashier calling for help. You feel hot and burny.  You refuse to turn around because you just KNOW everyone's glaring at you.  It's like THE worst anxiety in the world. Just get me outta here!!!!!!!!!

[15]Eating Sushi on A First Date
Why are we so paranoid of how we chew when we sit across from the opposite sex on a first date?  I guess really it's just sushi being so big that it's like okay, is it acceptable for me to just shove this piece in my mouth? I mean you don't take bites of sushi right? RIGHT?! Maybe I've been doing it all wrong this whole time! 

So come on.... can't you admit that you have experienced at least like 5 of these? 

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