Ask Away Blog: 2019

Why Getting Outdoors This Winter Is Important For Your Health

Thursday, November 14, 2019

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Is it gets colder this winter you might be thinking that the healthiest thing you can do for yourself is to stay inside and to keep warm? Mothers and Grandmothers and their mothers before them have warned that you would catch your death of cold if you go out in cold temperatures and while they're usually right about most things, this is one that is simply not true. If your children play outside in the cold, they will probably get a runny nose as this is the way the body naturally excretes bacteria in cold conditions. However, they won't get much else as you can only catch a cold from another person. Just because the temperatures are a little bit uncomfortable doesn't mean you need to be stuck inside all winter, there are many benefits to why you should don your sherpa pullover, your winter coat, hat, scarf and gloves and get out there.

To Fight the Winter Blues

Being outside, especially during winter months, can combat obesity and depression that comes from spending too much time indoors. When the days are shorter and darker, many people feel trapped inside, but getting outside and seeing a little sunlight can work wonders,

Exercising also causes your brain to release epinephrine, or adrenaline, and norepinephrine, which make us happy. And getting active in the cold can cause your brain to release even more of the substances, so don't be afraid to have a snowball fight, it just might cheer you up. It's also an opportunity to be mindful, so if you're going out for that walk, leave your phone at home because a brisk mindful walk outside while being present and noticing your experience will boost dopamine levels too.

It can improve your memory

Did you know that a walk in the park can improve your memory? According to a study from the University of Michigan which was testing how scenery affected the brain's cognitive function, researchers found that those who walked around an arboretum showed an improved ability to recall by almost 20 per cent, while another group who walked around the city didn't really improve. According to one of the researches, Interacting with nature can have similar effects as meditating, Marc Berman said in a University of Michigan newsletter that People don't even need to enjoy the walk to get the benefits from it, he said: "We found the same benefits when it was 80 degrees and sunny over the summer as when the temperatures dropped to 25 degrees in January. The only difference was that participants enjoyed the walks more in the spring and summer than in the dead of winter."

You Can Enjoy Winter Activities

As well as going out for walks, you can have so much fun with your family. Try ice skating, skiing and sledging, build a snowman or making snow angels. Have fun with your family and stay active. Even if it doesn't snow, going out for a family walk, making a nature trail or playing a game of football in the cold are great ways to have fun together.

What Breed Of Dog Should You Get?

Dogs are wonderful, loving creatures who deserve a lot of care and attention. And if you’re willing to give a dog all of your love and a lot of your time in the future, it might be the perfect time to go out and adopt one! But before you do, it might be worth looking into the breeds of dogs there are out there, and which one might be right for you. 

So, to help you in your quest to find the best pooch to keep you company, we’ve listed a few thinking points below that you should go over. You never know what a dog is going to be like when you bring them home, but there’s a lot of research you can rely on to estimate how they’ll react to their new environment!

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It Can Depend on Your Age

The breed of your dog you want to look into getting might just depend on how old or young you feel - some dogs have a lot of energy, some don’t, and some just love to cuddle with your on your lap, whilst others prefer to lie in front of the fireplace. Knowing the activity levels of the dog breeds you’re interested in ahead of time is key to making sure an adoption works out right, and you’re never feeling too pulled along by the pooch you’ve welcomed into your home.

The internet is a very handy place for research like this. If you want to go a bit more in depth right now, you can look into lists such as the best dog breeds for seniors, or even just ask around your friends who seem to be dog veterans for their experiences with different breeds.

It Definitely Depends on the Space You Have!

If you’re going to bring a breed of dog home that generally tends to grow to a large size, such as a German Shepherd or a Husky, you’re going to need the space to keep up with them. When dogs grow, they grow fast, and that little puppy in your arms won’t stay that way forever!

Which means you need to do some research into what kinds of dogs would fit into your home. Of course, if you have a tiny apartment, you can still bring a large sized dog home, but it will be a tight fit, and they will require a lot more exercise than usual.

And Don’t Forget About the Time You Spend at Home

A dog shouldn’t be left on their own for too long, so keep that in mind - you’ll need to be around for your dog, no matter what breed they are. If you work a lot away from home, or if you travel a lot, it might be best to wait until your life settles down a little more before adopting.

If you’re looking to get a dog, you’ll definitely need to pick by breed. Some are better for your way of life than others.


Everything You Need To Know Before Becoming Vegan

Veganism is becoming more common in America, with around 1.62 million Americans eating a vegan diet. If you’re considering becoming vegan, whether for ethical, moral or health reasons, it’s important to do your homework first and make sure you’re ready for the change. Even the transition from vegetarian to vegan can be quite a big step.

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How To Have A Great Laugh This Winter

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

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We are interested in all forms of fitness and health. Anything that can help you feel better in yourself from day to day, support your health, and keep you feeling engaged and stimulated in this somewhat unpredictable life of ours can always help you enjoy your best experience. Meditation, faith, heading to the gym, eating right, sleeping well, all of these things, especially combined, can help you feel like a new person.

Hosting Thanksgiving this year? Here are some tips to save money

Hosting ANY holiday can be a drain on your budget let alone your mental sanity.  But coming together at the holidays shouldn't break the bank for you or add unnecessary stress to you so if saving money when hosting Thanksgiving can help make your life better, I'm all about it.  These tips can help you save money so you can really just enjoy the food and the company. 

The Benefits of Redevelopment for Established Communities

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Apartment redevelopment, which is when new construction is created on a site that has a pre-existing purpose, offers an array of benefits for well-established, older communities. From more diverse housing options to improved amenities and sustainable and modern designs, redevelopment is usually a positive process for everyone involved.

Get All My FREE Finance Printables!

Monday, November 11, 2019

When it comes to getting your financial situation sorted out whether it's paying off student loans or getting on a realistic budget, being organized can really help.  That's why today I'm doing a little round up of all my finance printables that are available for FREE! 

The Things You Shouldn't Say To Your Aging Parents

Friday, November 8, 2019

It can be difficult to know what the right thing to do is, or what the best ways are to help, when you have an aging parent. They can be stuck in some ways which can make change difficult, and if they are getting sickness or health problems as a result of aging, it can be hard to help in the right way, especially if they are looking to try and be as independent as possible. Plus, if you are busy with your own family, then it can be hard to make enough time for all that they need. It can be tough and you might get frustrated, and you might find that you say things that you don’t mean. So here are some of the things that you need to avoid saying to your parent when they are aging.


How SMS Marketing Can Help Grow Your Business

Years ago, the best way to advertise may have been TV commercials, radio ads, or billboards, but today is a very different time. Technology is so advanced anymore that it’s really just a matter of reaching your target audience through the technological tools that they know and use on a regular basis. One of those tools is SMS messaging. You can now use an SMS api to reach your audience anytime of day no matter where they are. So today I’m going to show you how exactly SMS marketing can help you succeed in business.

You Can Control All The Details

Using an SMS api can actually allow you to translate what you’re trying to communicate to different languages and it can also give you a variety of templates that you can use for your actually messaging. The message delivery can even be based on your customers responses.

It’s Less Invasive

When you log on social media you often can’t help but see the ads everywhere or have your funny videos interrupted by being forced to watch a 30 second advertisement. With SMS marketing there’s actually an easy way for potential customers to opt-in or opt-out and you can have it tracked so you can see who opts out. You’re giving people the choice to stay and sometimes that alone can be a reason people stay subscribed to your messages.

It’s All Inclusive

Pretty much everyone is able to receive SMS messages these days as long as they own a cell phone so there is SO much reach there. Not everyone has cable anymore, many people don’t listen to the radio, and it seems billboards get so easily forgotten or missed. So basically you now have the power to reach people right in the palm of their hand, anytime, anywhere, and to send any type of marketing message you please. The possibilities are endless!


With an SMS api you can utilize cloud-based APIs and high-quality global connections. You can have various groups of customers receive different types of messages based on their opt-in choices. When you try to do something like this yourself without a helpful tool, there’s too much room for error but a cloud-based API is super fast and error-free.


One of the more obvious reasons to use SMS marketing is because mobile engagement is huge these days. Everyone has a phone and they love to be on it. When they’re in line at the store, they check their phones. When they’re in a waiting room at the doctor’s office, they check their phones. People are always checking their messages and notifications so it’s HIGHLY UNLIKELY your marketing messages will be missed. This also allows customers to communicate back directly with you in many cases. If someone has an issue with something, you’ll hear about it almost immediately. You can make announcements that reach your customers in real time.

When it comes to marketing your business and growing for the future, it’s important to use the latest and greatest tools that are the most effective, which is why SMS marketing is an immensely important tool these days. Will you be trying SMS marketing for your business?


How to Work Through Your Grief for a Loved One

Thursday, November 7, 2019

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Grief hits us all at some point. It is the risk we take when we love and a natural process to help us heal and continue with our lives. While grief is never going to be fun, it can be cathartic and help you to re-evaluate your own lifestyle and move forwards in a positive and pro-active way.

Tips On Preparing Your Garden For The Winter Time

Wednesday, November 6, 2019


If you’re a keen gardener, the winter can sometimes feel like a bit of a boring time! Though there’s little actual gardening to be done, there are a few things that you should do to prepare your garden before winter really kicks in.

Holiday Budget Preparation | FREE PRINTABLE

Oh the holidays....they can really throw you off your game with your finances, can't they.   What's odd is that we have literally an entire year before the holidays come, yet we still seem SO unprepared.  What gives? Well, a little organization would likely help that.  

So here's how to handle the holidays with your finances. 

7 Ways To Look After Your Smile

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Want to preserve your smile? Here are just 7 tips for looking after your teeth and keeping your smile beautiful.

Keep a good brushing regime

The obvious way to protect your smile is to have a good brushing regime. You should ideally brush your teeth twice per day for two minutes each time. Many people make the mistake of using a vigorous back and forth motion when it’s actually better to brush each tooth individually using small circles. Always angle your toothbrush towards the gums.

Change your toothbrush

After three to four months, the bristles on most toothbrushes start to blunt. This causes them to become a lot less effective at getting rid of plaque. For this reason, make sure that you’re replacing your toothbrush every three to four months.


Flossing can be important for getting plaque out from in between your teeth. If not removed, this plaque can lead to decay, as well as gum disease. Always use dental floss to clean in between your teeth – try to use a gentle motion so that you don’t damage your gums or teeth.

Chew gum

Chewing gum throughout the day can help to pick up placque in between meals, keeping your teeth cleaner. Of course, you should make sure that this is sugarless gum.

Drink more water

Staying hydrated is also good for your teeth. Drinking water helps to clean the teeth by washing away plaque while also helping the production of saliva. Try not to let your mouth get dry, as this is when bacteria breed and your teeth will get the most damaged.

Know when to get professional treatment

It’s important to know when it’s time for a teeth cleaning from your dentist. Tartar could be a good sign that you need professional cleaning. Meanwhile, any toothache is also a sign that you should go and see your local dentist. Getting a toothache seen to early could prevent it turning into a serious infection and could save your tooth.

Cut down on soft drinks

It’s important to also consider the things that could be damaging your smile. Soft drinks are some of the biggest culprits – they coat every surface of your teeth with sugar. Try to drink more water and less soft drinks if you can. Zero-sugar soft drinks could be another alternative. You can also reduce damage by sipping through a straw so that you’re not swilling the liquid around your mouth.

Quit smoking

Smoking can also be harmful to your smile. It can discolour your teeth and it can also lead to gum disease. Consider quitting smoking if you want to preserve your smile.


The Interior Design Elements People Always Forget

Monday, November 4, 2019

Creating a beautiful interior is more complicated than you might think. While you might have a vision for the space in your mind, it’s often a lot more challenging to create something that looks amazing in reality too.

Here are some of the interior design elements that people regularly forget. Don’t be one of them!

How To Prepare Your Home for Winter

Winter is coming!!!! No, really it is.   And in order to save money and have a cozy well maintained home in general, winter maintenance and preparation is essential as a homeowner.  Here are some ways to prepare your home for Winter. You can save money in the long run with most of these tips! 

Preparing Your Dream Home For 2020

Friday, November 1, 2019

2020 is coming, and there’s something about the symmetry of that numerical listing that suggests cleanliness, an organized nature, and true potential. It can be important to take that energy of excitement we have and apply it to the important matters of our lives that surround us, allowing us to take things easy and follow up on the best results.

The Problem Might Be Right Under Your Nose! Minimizing Allergies In The Home

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In this modern world of illnesses around every corner, it's important that you look after yourself. And while now, people seem to be allergic to everything, we've got to figure out how to keep this monkey off our backs. The best place to begin is in our home. Believe it or not, there are so many allergies lurking, that if we've got a tickly cough or we sneeze a bit too much, the problem may very well be in the home we inhabit. What are the best way to minimize allergies in our home?

What I'm Loving Lately

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There are so many fun products I discover on a regular basis so I always like dedicating an entire post every month or so to what I’ve been using and sharing these new products with my readers.

Living My Best Life with Populum

Thursday, October 31, 2019

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I am all about natural wellness and I am totally loving the products I've been using from Populum so I wanted to share them with you!

The Populum Zen Pet Chews are the star of the show because my dogs are super excited to get any form of treats. They are formulated with wild Alaskan salmon, apples, and domestically sourced full-spectrum hemp extract. My dogs LOVE the salmon taste! You see, dogs and cats have endocannabinoid systems just like we do and this system interacts with cannabinoids and terpenes that are found in the hemp plants. So when it comes to stuff like mobility issues (joints and inflammation), anxiety (loud noises, being alone), and overall well-being, CBD is a great way to give them relief. The salmon is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids which support the immune system and are great for fur and skin. The apple has vitamins and antioxidants. Hempseed oil has additional fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals, and the actual hemp oil has CBD and terpenes that support the endocannabinoid system.

How To Handle Toxic Situations

Wednesday, October 30, 2019


I'm sure you've heard someone describe something or someone as toxic before, haven't you?  Whether it's someone that works with you and is always complaining or a home situation that is just full of bad energy.  Toxic situations exist everywhere and at all times, and it's important to know how to handle them.  

Books I Recommend You Read [October]

Monday, October 28, 2019

Fall is a great time for reading because nothing feels better than curling up with an epic book. Check out my reads this month! 

The Legend of Mr. Ween Book Review

Friday, October 25, 2019

So I wanted to take a few minutes to tell you about an awesome book I read called The Legend of Mr. Ween by Daren Ross, and no there is no relation even though that's my brother's name. 

Taking place in 1905, I fell in love with the story of Hal who starts out looking for a job and a place to stay, and wonders why everyone in the town is so edgy.  He eventually notices some eerie things are happening and there are many ominous signs around him that are foreshadowing something to come. He begins staying with a Doctor who is interested in an elixir that’s being peddled around town and after some testing it seems to have some really dark and dangerous side effects. Hal keeps observing more and more chaos and pleads to the doctor to do something!  It turns out Hal is a peacemaker as the story goes on and they discover what seems to overpower the elixir and they go out seeking to find it. Can Hal save the town from whatever the heck is happening with whatever is in the elixir? 

The author does an awesome job of capturing the personality of the characters and made it easy for me to envision everything playing out as I read. It’s a somewhat spooky yet endearing story. I love how fearless and wise Hal is and his personality in the story is what kept me engrossed. I also like the unique and creative terminology throughout this story.  It’s a lovely little tale of how the month of October became so special thanks to a special guy named Hal Ween!

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Cold Weather Tips For Your Chilly Dog

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As winter approaches, the dark nights are drawing in, and the weather is turning cold. There might even be a chance of snow where you are.

You will be doing all you can to protect yourself and your family from the winter chill, of course, and hopefully, you will be doing your bit to look after your four-legged friend as well. Your dog is as susceptible to the cold as you are, no matter how long his fur, so his care needs to be your priority. With that in mind then, here are some tips that are worth following in the days and weeks ahead.

#1: Continue to exercise your dog

When the weather is cold outside, both you and your dog might be resistant to your usual exercise routine. This will be detrimental to you both, as for continued good health, those walks are paramount. Still, you don't need to go far. Take shorter walks throughout the day, and consider giving your dog the opportunity to have a quick run around in the garden. You might want to affix doggy doors to your property too, as if your dog feels the need to stretch his legs (or go to the loo), he can then do so at his leisure without you having to pull yourself away from the fire.

#2: Buy protective clothing for your dog

Especially for shorthair breeds, it is important to wrap them in something warm when they spend time outside of the home. Dogs are as susceptible to hypothermia as you are, so as you would do for yourself, buy something that will protect your dog from the cold. Check out these winter coats, for example, which will not only shield your dog from the bad weather but which will also make him the envy of the other dogs in the street! It's important to protect your dog's feet too. When walking on snowy and icy surfaces, there is the danger of frostbite on his paws, so doggy boots or socks are a must!

#3: Keep your dog warm when in your home

The cold temperatures aren't confined to the outdoors, of course. Remember the needs of your dog when your home is cold at night, or when the heating is off when you're at work during the day. Prepare an area of your home where your dog can snuggle up warm, with plenty of blankets to wrap himself up in, and with a rug to lie on if he prefers to sleep on the floor. You might also consider leaving your heating on at a low temperature if you aren't away from the house for very long.

#4: Towel dry your dog after being outdoors

You probably do this anyway as, in an effort to keep a clean house, you wouldn't want your dog bounding through your home with wet and muddy paws. Still, it's doubly important that you dry your dog in the wintertime, as he might catch a nasty infection if his coat is left wet, and if his feet are still cold. So, prepare a cleaning station at your dog's entry point, and give him a good towel dry on his return.

We hope these tips were useful, but let us know your thoughts. What do you do to protect your four-legged friend when the cold weather arrives? Leave us a comment in the section below.

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