Thursday, April 28, 2016

Protecting Your Pet, No Matter The Scenario

This is a contributed post, written by Laura Scott.

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Once you bring your pet home, it is your responsibility to protect them from everything. Be it other people and strangers, other pets or nasty things like ticks and loud noises, you’ll want to be ready. So, with this in mind, here are a handful of things your pet may one day need protection from, and how to provide this sufficiently.


Protect them from... strangers
If your pet has had an injury in the past, the chances are they will still be sore now. Even if they’re not, they could still react badly to people touching them in that place. So, be sure you warn people who visit your house or pet your animal about this. It keeps the pet from getting distressed and protects the human from being bitten or scratched.
Also, be aware that some people do not know how to handle animals properly. After all, if they’ve never owned one or spent much time with one, why would they? So, take hamsters for example. Owners know the correct way to get hold of them and pick them up without causing harm or upset. Show others how to do this too. Don’t expect other people to automatically know what is and isn’t okay.


Protect them from... fleas and ticks
Not only are bites and infestations unpleasant and painful for animals, they can lead to much more serious things. With dogs, for example, ticks, fleas, lice, flies and mosquitoes can all cause your precious pet harm. A product like advantix ii for dogs kills anything already there but also repels them, so they’re better protected in the future. You should also educate yourself on the different signs and stages of development, so you know what to look out for.


Protect them from… loud noises
Many pets are scared of sudden loud noises, but kittens and cats are often particularly bad. Many pets hate things like fireworks in particular. Over July 4th or New Year’s, keep them indoors if you can. If they want to hide, let them. Making them come out will only distress them more. Once they have hidden, don’t disturb them even if you are tempted. They’ve taken themselves into a space that feels safer for a reason. Pop some food and water nearby and let them come to you when they’re ready. The same goes for any other pet that behaves in the same way.
When it comes to small animals, like hamsters or gerbils, it won’t be as obvious if they are scared. Act preemptively, and move them away from anything you think might scare them. So, if you’re having a house party with lots of people and loud music, for example, move them into a quieter room.


Of course, as time progresses you will get to know your pet more and more. It could be that down the line that you are able to act preemptively to stop any kind of distress for your pet. It is this that you should be aiming for.

This is a contributed post, written by Laura Scott.

Invasion of the Beauty Products



Have you ever sat down and thought about how many products women are expected to use every day? Specifically speaking, health/beauty products. It's insane. Just one look in my bathroom vanity and you'll see hundreds of bottles and packages of hygienic items that are suppose to make me clean, healthy, pretty or some combination of the three.

With my new found love of Ulta, and my monthly Ipsy subscription, it's been on my mind lately how utterly overwhelming the amount of products one person is expected to use. I mean, it's obscene.

Just off the top of my head, here are the items I own and/or ones owned by female friends:

Hair
 shampoo

 conditioner
 hair spray
 mousse
 thickening spray
 heat protector
 detangler
 dry shampoo
 frizz serium
 styling gel
 leave-in conditioner

Face
 cleanser

 exfoliator
 toner
 moisturizer
 anti aging
 lifting
 acne prevention
 acne treatment
 masks
 face mist
 tweezers
 blackhead strips
 teeth whitening strips
 contact lense solution

Makeup
 primer
 eye primer
 foundation 
 concealer
 powder
 eye shadow
 eye liner
 mascara
 eye brow filler
 highlighter
 bronzer
 blush
 finishing powder
 lip exfoliators
 chap stick
 lip stick
 lip gloss
 lip liner
 makeup remover 

Body
 body wash

 sunscreen
 body lotion
 deodorant
 tanning lotion
 perfume


Hands
 cuticle cream

 base coat
 top coat
 nail polish
 nail polish remover
 nail trimmer
 nail file
 cuticle cutter
 nail buffer

That's 59 things just off the top of my head. That doesn't include hundreds of products in beauty stores whose purposes I have yet to discover. 

I mean, this is beyond absurd. How is one person expected to keep up with a routine that includes all of these on a daily or even weekly basis? Not to mention affording all of these.

I do what I can with the necessities, but I think this just speaks to today's society. Outrageous expectations of beauty mixed with the age of everyone selling us something has created the invasion of beauty products.

My brain hurts.

TGIT.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

3 Wonderful Ways To Celebrate Someone's Memory

This is a contributed post, written by Laura Scott.

It is one of the hardest things in life but also one of the most common. Bereavement or losing someone we love can happen at any time. Whether it is sudden or somewhat expected, it still feels like a shock and is always painful. But after we’ve had some time to grieve and heal, one of the best things we can do is to truly celebrate their memory. No-one would want to be remembered for negative or painful times, so try to celebrate the positive, happy times you had together. We all grieve in our own personal ways and for some it is a very private time. For others, they need company, support, and communication. Be mindful of the way your family or friends might grieve and be prepared to compromise on how best to celebrate a memory. If you’ve reached a stage when you’re ready to look back and celebrate, consider this ideas for inspiration.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Catching Up


Lately, I've found myself make little notes here and there during the day about things I would like to write about. Whenever that happens I know it's time to dust off the ole' blog and let some words flow. This is going to be sporadic so bear with me.

Tomorrow is April 23, which in my biased opinion, is a fabulous day. It happens to be my 28th birthday. It's crazy when you're younger and think 30 is really old and that people in their 30s must be legit grown-ups with very mature mindsets. But when you're actually nearing your 30s, you realize that you still feel 24 inside and you probably always will.

On a related note, have you ever looked at a picture of yourself and realized you have 3 very defined wrinkles under your right eye that definitely weren't there before? And you tell yourself this is the year you're going to be consistent with anti-aging creams? But there's so many that it's overwhelming? I digress... that's a post for another time.


I've been on a home decor fix lately. Once Tim and I completed the pallet wall, and then I finally got up the gallery wall, I've really been wanting to overhaul our furnishings. I've repurposed some items that I originally was going to just toss, so I'll be sharing those soon! I'm about to tackle some canvases that I've grown tired of, so here's to hoping I can give them new life.

At the end of last year we gave up eating pork products. It's been going pretty well. I don't like ham so that's easy. The hardest part is not getting pepperoni on pizza. We recently decided to give up beef as well. As of yesterday. So, that's happening. This one will be a bit harder because I do love a good steak. But, I very rarely order burgers (see what I did there) out and at home we always use venison instead of beef. I think I'll be able to survive off chicken, fish, and venison, so here goes nothing.

On that topic, it never occurred to me that if you make a food decision like this, that every person who hears you say it will ask you about it. Which, I'm fine with the inquisition, but I've had to explain it a LOT. I do recall my vegetarian friend, Rennay, talking about how people bombard her with confusion whenever they found out her non-meat-eating ways, so I guess it really does stun people. So, here's your explanation: pigs are often treated/killed very inhumanely and they are smarter than dogs. We love dogs. And all animals. So we took a small stance. Cows are up next.

I realize chickens and fish are also probably treated poorly, but going completely meat-free is not in the cards for us. We are good with taking our small stance on the subject, regardless of it's insignificance to the industry as a whole. (And obviously we are OK with eating venison because we are the ones doing the hunting, so we ensure they are not mistreated.)

Phew. See why explaining that on a regular basis is not ideal? People of the world with non-regular eating habits, I applaud you.

It's springtime in the Bluegrass which means lush grass, bright flowers, horse racing and patio drinking. It's the best time with the best weather. And summer is just around the corner. Can't get any better than that!

I've been sick for the past week but I can't wait for this cough to hit the road so I can hit the road. I'm ready to run outside again and take the dogs for LOTS of walks.


Speaking of dogs, most of you know that we have 3. But did you know that if you try to walk 2 or 3 at the same time, they are a DISASTER? We're talking crazy pulling, barking/growling at everyone and everything. BUT, if you walk them individually they are like angel dogs sent from heaven to give you an enjoyable walking experience. It's the most bizarre thing.

So, I've taken to walking all 3, separately. Yes, it sounds crazy and yes, it looks crazy. I leave with Bear for about a mile, come back for Lennox for a half mile, come back for Piper for a small loop. It takes forever and my neighbors probably think I'm nuts. But for my sanity, it's necessary.

I don't have a good way to end this post so I'll just leave you with this...

Our kickball team is undefeated.

#ParentsShouldBeProud