Ask Away...: April 2017

Friday, April 28, 2017

Chewy 30 Day Challenge: Final Thoughts on Tylee's Human-Grade Dog Food

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 It's part 3 of the Chewy 30 Day Challenge with Tylee's NEW Chewy Exclusive Human-Grade Dog Food.  That means I've had a full 30 days of my pups eating this food.   We all love it. I can actually say that I have never been so impressed with a food that I wouldn't be afraid to eat it until now. I mean this is literally made of human-grade ingredients.   You can actually see it in a scoop of the food.

I mean from the start, the dogs were definitely in love with the bag and the smell of the food but wow it's really made meal time go much more smooth.  Since everything's so bite sized there's no more choking and snorting down food and nearly giving me a heart attack.  Even on picky eater days, all 4 dogs DEVOUR Tylee's for dinner!

The best part is that I can defrost the whole bag in the fridge, or just fill a food storage container with a week's worth of supply and let it thaw.  That way the rest stays frozen and I don't have to worry about rushing to use it all up before it expires or goes bad.

So as for final thoughts - will I use this food in the future? Absolutely!!! I love it! I think it's a brilliant idea and it comes not only in a convenient resealable bag but it's easy for me to scoop some out to thaw, and it's super easy to actually serve it.  The dogs have had no issue on it.  Their coats are so shiny and their shedding is practically non-existant. 

There's no more obsessive itchy paw licking and everyone has healthy stools which makes me as a fur mama super happy! I highly highly HIGHLY recommend Tylee's Human-Grade Food!

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Outfit of the Day: A Burst of Yellow

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Yellow is a color I always associate with happiness and positivity.  So it's no surprise that I got so many compliments on this outfit when I wore it.

This is a Small LuLaRoe Carly with OS leggings.  I really really REALLY love the pattern on the Carly.  Yellow flowers with black and white polka dots.  Seriously, I was so excited when this came in the mail.   I'm so glad I found it.

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

It's All In Your Head: How To Stay Mentally Healthy

Whatever you do in your life, it’s vital that the state of your mental health is in a good place. Otherwise, you’ll find it hard or even impossible to deal with the things that life throws at us each day. Sustaining good mental health also means you can get the best out of your life and enjoy the things you do.

You might not know it. But, making a few simple changes to your lifestyle and the way that you think about certain topics can boost your mental health exponentially. Here is what you need to do:

Don’t be afraid to talk about your feelings

The sad truth is that a lot of people tend to keep their feelings to themselves on a variety of subjects. Doing so makes it harder for them to express themselves or handle certain situations or challenges in their lives.

You should know that there is always someone to talk to when you feel like things might be getting the better of you. Discussing your feelings with someone is a good way of rationalizing situations and learning the best approach to resolving them. Even if you don’t have many friends or family members to talk to, there are a plethora of charitable organizations that are willing to listen to what you have to say and help you when you need it.

Keep yourself busy

Another practical way to ensure your mind is in top health is by keeping yourself busy each day. It doesn’t matter whether you work for a living or not; physical exercise and challenges will help you to focus your mind on positive outcomes.

Also, did you know that regular exercise can help you concentrate and sleep better too? It can even be a big boost to your self-esteem!

Seek inspiration from several sources

If you feel like there’s no point doing certain things in your life, you need to motivate and inspire yourself more. There are plenty of ways that you can do that. For instance, even the simple act of reading inspirational quotes from well-known figures can help; here's how to achieve Vitamin A for the soul!

You may also wish to have sessions with a life coach or mentor. Doing so can be an eye-opener for you, as you’ll discover how inspiring minds can have such a positive influence on people’s lives.

Make sure that you eat well

Sometimes our mental health can get affected simply by the things that we consume each day! Many studies prove the foods we eat have an enormous impact on our mental well-being.

It’s no secret that our brains need a variety of nutrients to function well. If your diet consists mainly of junk food, it’s time to research diets that are more balanced and healthy. Your mind (and cardiovascular system) will thank you for that!

Spend more time in the offline world

While the World Wide Web can prove to be an essential resource in all our lives, it’s vital that you allocate some offline time too! We humans are social animals and thrive on communication. The thing is, being social to someone on a computer isn’t the same as a face-to-face conversation!

I hope today’s article has proved to be insightful and helpful to you. Thank you for reading it!

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Things That Are Making My Life Easier....

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 From time to time I love doing these posts where I share some of the products that make my life easier.  I like sharing them because I know if my readers use them, they'll feel the same way.   So let's see....

I did a complete re-org of my closet the other week and I have more space now to set up outfits and to display things to see how they would look together.  That's because I use a HangerJack Scroll.

It's so pretty but it's also practical.  It just slides over a door, whether it's the bedroom door or a closet door.  It could even be used in a laundry room. It makes it so much easier to choose outfits because I can see what things actually look like together.  It can hold up to 7 hangers and obviously there's no hardware or difficult installation required. 

And it's super lightweight and easy to remove if I'm not using it.  It comes in handy when I'm taking pictures of my clothes to sell online too!

Next up has to do with my dogs.   I'm always so careful what I feed them and I found a Nutro Limited Ingredient Diet Grain Free Wet Food from Chewy!

Theya re loving the Nutro Limited Ingredient Diet Grain-Free Adult Fish & Potato Recipe Canned Dog Food.  It's made of just five key ingredients that are flavorful and have lots of nutrients.  It's grain-free which is great for dogs with food sensitivities.  Sometimes my pups get stomach issues and I just don't have the time to deal with making them homemade food or cleaning up the mess.  So this is definitely making all of our lives easier and much more pleasant.  There's no artificial ingredients and no by-product meal or soy.  Plus the ingredients are sourced in the USA from a trusted network of farmers.  Obviously with Chewy, it came right to my door. It's so great having one less errand to run.

And for those of you following along with my wedding planning....

Let me introduce you to this amazing brand of silicone rings.   Groove Rings are perfect for someone who is very active, like me.   I mean you don't necessarily have to be a mountain climber or anything (but you definitely will benefit from these if you are).  But for me, I'm always using my hands whether it's cooking, gardening, cleaning, whatever.  I'm always worried about beating my engagement ring (and by the end of this year my wedding band) up so Groove gives you a flexible and breathable ring in so many fun colors.  No more blisters from wedding rings and no more fear of losing your ring when you're out and about. 
They are just so gorgeous.   It's the first active silicone ring that keeps are moving in and allows moisture to get out.  They all come with a lifetime warranty... if they rip, stretch, tear, or get lose you can exchange or replace them.  

I love the low profile! It's definitely not bulky and doesn't get in the way.  And no matter what I do, it never snags.  I love how soft it is and it's so easy to roll on and off.  There's hardly any mold lines either because they use this process where it's liquid poured. 

Plus if you just want to wear them as non-wedding jewelry, you can stack them! Seriously this is genius! And they definitely won't break the bank.  I mean $29.95 for a ring like this? I LOVE IT!!! If you are married or are soon to be married, you need to check these out!

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Is Your Man Making You Look Bad? Here's How to Shape Him Up

If you’ve even been out with your man and he’s acting strange, isn’t dressed appropriately or makes you cringe with his horrible jokes, then it’s probably crossed your mind that he’s making you look bad. Not on purpose, of course, but he’s making you look bad regardless and he probably needs to shape up a bit if he wants to be seen in public with you. Thankfully, appearance is something that can easily be improved, and here are a couple of tips on how to make your man look great.

Coordinate his clothing

Not every man cares about fashion, but if your partner is wearing tacky shirts with silly messages and old jeans that are completely worn out, then it’s time to get him down to a local clothes store to help him coordinate his clothing. Get him a smart pair of shoes, shirts that are neutral and don’t scream angsty teenager, and of course, some smart pants that he can be proud of wearing. Will it cost a lot? Most likely. But is it worth it? Absolutely.

Get him on your fitness plan

You don’t need to drag your partner to the gym in order to lose weight. In fact, by making simple changes to his diet, you can help him shed weight off so that the clothes you bought him fit again and he can feel confident about himself. Being overweight can cause some serious issues to both his health and his mood, so give him a hand and help him lose a bit of weight.

Make him trim his beard

Although he might not notice it, other people notice if you don't practice proper beard care and it can be embarrassing when people snicker to each other while pointing fingers at your partner’s untamed beard. Razors make excellent gifts for your partner and with a bit of trial and error, he’ll easily learn how to tame his facial hair so that he can look smart, feel great and make you want to be seen with him.

Help him pick a signature scent

There are thousands of scents available that range from budget buys to expensive luxuries. Visit a store with your partner and try to pick out a scent that you both enjoy. Just remember to use it sparingly and don’t overdo it. Cologne and perfumes should be subtle enough to smell, but not enough to raise questions or even concerns about what someone is doing.

Accepting him for who he is

Lastly, let’s talk about accepting who your man is. Perhaps he doesn’t like to wear fancy suits, maybe he prefers his casual fashion and it’s possible that he has other things on his mind than his outward appearance. There are, of course, times when he could dress smart for an occasion, but keep in mind that you can’t force him to dress or act in a way that he’s not comfortable with. Appreciate him for trying, but ultimately, you should try and learn to accept him for who he is.

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Preparing Your Child For Their First Pet (And Vice Versa)

A child’s first pet is a special thing. If you still remember your childhood days and the very first dog, cat or even fish your family bought then you’ll remember how amazing that feeling was. As a parent, it’s also likely very exciting for you to see that look of glee and impatience in your child’s eyes as they wait for their new buddy to enter the household. However, it’s important that you’re all prepared for this change in your lifestyles. Some pets are more difficult to handle than others, of course, but some degree of planning is needed both for you and your child in order to ensure this transition is smooth and enjoyable. Here are some tips to help prepare your child for their first pet and your pet for their first child.

Prepare the house.
This is for everybody’s benefit, but it’s very important that your house is ready for the arrival of your new pet. No matter how well trained this creature is or may be once you’ve taught him or her some tricks, they are still an animal, and they will still do things they shouldn’t do from time to time. They’re much like a kid, in many ways.

In order to prepare your child for the arrival of your new fluffy friend, you should not only secure cupboards and put certain kinds of food out of reach in the kitchen but also teach your kid about these things as you go along so that they know what their new pet can and can’t eat or do. You don’t want your child to accidentally feed the dog some chocolate because they didn’t know it could be poisonous to other animals.

Help your child name their new buddy.
This is such an important part of getting a new pet, as the name is what helps connect your child with the new addition to the family; it helps to solidify in their mind that this creature is a real and valued member of your home. Helping them name the pet might be fun or it might be stressful. If you want to add a little culture to the naming process and you’ve bought your child a pony or a horse, you could check out this article for indian horse names and their meanings. There are also great sites out there which provide naming suggestions for pets such as cats and dogs. You have a wealth of resources at your fingertips if you’re stuck for ideas.

Of course, there’s every chance that your child won’t want to put that much thought into the naming process. At the end of the day, if your little one decides to call their new bunny ‘Fluffball’ or their new dog ‘Drooler’ then there’s very little you can do to stop that name sticking. You’ll just have to hide your embarrassment when you introduce your new family addition to guests, as well as endlessly explaining to people that it wasn’t your decision to name the name cat ‘Scratchy’ and he doesn’t scratch.

Give the pet a safe area.
There’s every chance that your child will actually prove too much for your new pet. They’ll likely be so excited by their new animal companion that they might smother him or her with too much love and affection. It’s important that you create a form of chill out zone for your new family member so that they can relax and unwind after a few hours of being cuddled excessively.

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Cashing In Your Microchips! Using Your Computer To Earn Extra Money

The computer, where would we be without it now? It seems that it wasn’t so long ago that we could get along just fine without the metal box, but it has become an essential part of our lives. And while some people still view it as a way to get Facebook, it is very helpful to people that need to earn a bit of extra money. So many parents, or students, or anyone looking for an extra income scour the job pages to get a job on top of their existing one, but luckily there are options for working from the comfort of your own home, and all you require is an internet connection!

Survey Taker
So many companies pay for people to take surveys, that it’s a perfect addition to your income when you only have a certain amount of time to spare. Many survey companies pay a specific amount per survey and seeing as they don’t take long to complete (each one can vary, but it is on average about 5 minutes), they also don’t require a lot of attention! It is a perfect way to earn money if you have a busy/noisy household!

You can register online for transcriber companies. You are sent audio files of meetings, focus groups, or hearings, and you need to transcribe them to a high standard for future reference. While there is a way to do these in your spare time, they are likely to be done to a deadline, so you may only have 24 hours to complete a file, for example. It helps if you have great hearing and a decent pair of headphones. Depending on the quality of the audio recording, you may have a difficult time transcribing. This is one for people who are very nimble with their fingers!  

A slow burner here, but if you have experience in writing, many blogs and websites accept submissions. Some pay and some do not. Plus, if you get enough experience, you could set up your own. A lot of bloggers get some money for promotional materials, but this is when they are set up and established. If it does interest you, there are online guides, such as How to Start a Blog: The Complete Guide From Start to Finish, which can give you handy pointers. If you can get into blogging, you can easily start to build up work as a freelancer, and it will be a really useful money-spinner. Some sites pay based on the amount of views or shares it gets, so if you have the knack for writing about current trends, you could earn quite a bit of money.

Data Entry
A lot of companies require people to do certain administrative tasks, from transcribing voice commands to inputting data. Again, depending on the company, you are able to do it on your own time, and you get paid based on the amount of information you input or data you transcribe. You can get paid via PayPal, and some companies pay weekly, while some pay monthly.

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Moms: Don't Feel Guilty About Relaxing!

Being a parent is hard. Yes, that is a pretty clich├ęd way to start an article, and it is a statement of the obvious. But it needs to be emphasized, even if you feel that it needn’t be pointed out anymore. Because I don’t think people really appreciate the difficulty of parenting, especially if you’re juggling a job along with that responsibility.

What makes me say that? It could be that a lot of parents feel a bit guilty about taking a break, or even about needing to take a break. A lot of moms feel as though they’re supposed to be these absolute machines; indefatigable, unable to be broken, always ready to go, never on the verge of some sort of breakdown… right?

This isn’t the reality, though. Sure, there are some rare people out there who really do seem to keep it all together in such hectic circumstances. But most parents are going to need a break from time to time - otherwise, the accumulated stress is going to do damage to your mental and physical health.

So here are some tips for moms (and dads!) who are feeling overworked and exhausted. Don’t feel guilty about relaxing: just do it!

“Me” time

When the kids have gone to bed, there’s probably a strong temptation to hit the hay yourself, or to completely zone out in front of the television. While these certainly do shut your brain off, they don’t really give you a sense of having spent any time on yourself. You need to think about putting more focus on that time between the kids’ bedtime and your own, because it’s the best time for you to do something you really want to do. Got a book you need to finish? Lie back and start reading. Want to work on an art project? Now’s the time.

Getting social

Spending time with friends is one of the best ways to relax and defeat stress there is, but it’s something that a lot of parents neglect to do. In fact, it’s something that most people neglect to do as they get older! It’s important to find time to hang out with friends. Even if you can’t leave the house because you need to look after your kids, consider inviting a bunch of friends round to get your social fix. You can even look into the lazy mom's way to the best home party games if you want to help bring some of the buzz and flair that a night out usually provides!

Working through lunch

This is something a lot of workers do. In fact, more and more people are working through lunch than ever before. It’s worth reading more about this ‘phenomenon’. My advice, of course, is not to do it. Sure, there are times when the worker may benefit from it, but if you’re a parent, then you really need to take advantage of that lunch hour. Leave the office and go for a walk. Grab a nice coffee. Read a book. Otherwise, you run the risk of not getting any sort of break throughout the day.

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