Friday, July 22, 2016

Common Pet Problems and How To Fix Them

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You love your pet. Of course, you do, and you want to spoil him or her all the time because that's what they're for. The greatest enjoyment of being a pet owner is seeing that joy in their eyes. Your cat's satisfaction when you give them some tuna as a treat, or your dog's blind excitement when you let it off the leash. Non-pet-owners will struggle to understand the exact sense of love we have for pets.


On the other hand, there are times when your pet will give you cause for concern. Behavioral issues can arise with even the sweetest pooch or puss, and for any number of reasons. Making sure that you get those sorted is essential. Not only will it make your life easier, by getting to the source of the issues you'll make your pet happier.


Your Pet Is Using Your Bed As A Toilet
Both cats and dogs use peeing to mark their territory, and by doing it somewhere, that smells of you they are demonstrating their bond with you. Of course, compliment or not, you don't want to sleep in a bed that smells of pee. So getting to the bottom of things is important.Your cat may be going on the bed because the litter box is not a comforting place to go. Make sure it is cleaned regularly and is big enough for your cat.


They also like your bed because it is high up - many cats like elevation for a sense of power. So it's worth buying a climbing tree for your cat to get that boost. For dogs, make sure they're getting enough time outside, and enough love when you are home. Make sure their bed is comfortable enough, too. Incentivize them to have their space.


Your Dog Is Overly Defensive Of You
Many pet behavioral problems are compliments in heavy disguise. Many pet owners - particularly female - are surprised to find that when they are hugging or kissing a partner, their dog gets mad. They suspect either that you're being attacked or that someone is encroaching on your territory (you!). This is particularly an issue if the third party is a new boyfriend or girlfriend.




The first thing to do is get your pet used to the new love in your life. Create a bond between them. If the dog - and it usually is a dog - comes to associate your new friend with hugs (and treats), the problem should reduce. If your dog needs some negative reinforcement, look for further advice on training collars from the experts like Petsho or your vet.These are a humane way to let your dog know they can't be biting strangers.


They Just Miss You Too Darn Much

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Sometimes, a cat or dog will act out - marking territory, scratching, vocalizing - when you leave the house. Sometimes, even if you just leave the room. Seek out pheromone sprays, which have been shown to have a calming effect on cats and dogs. Give the whole house a good spray before going out for a few hours or more. They'll still be pleased to see you when you get back but won't go mad in your absence.

This is a contributed post, written by Laura Scott.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Making Your Summer Body A Reality

You probably have an idea in your head of what your summer body looks like. But do you genuinely think that you can get there? Your ideal body isn’t your favourite model or celebrity. It’s the best version of you. Not that you should worry about that - you're capable of getting as lean and shapely as you like. Here are some of the keys to making your summer body a reality:


Make A Vision Board And Visualise
This might sound ridiculous, but your subconscious mind plays a huge part in how much you’re capable of achieving. This means that you can’t just tell yourself positive things on the surface. You really need to believe these things deep down to make a change in your life. You can do this by making a vision board. Sit down and use magazines and different sources to put pictures that inspire you all in one place. You can do this online, but doing it in person will usually give you better results. You need to put this somewhere you see it every day, and focus on it for a few minutes when you can. Do it before you start your day, and before you sleep, if possible. Visualise as you focus on it. How will it feel to have the body of your dreams? Doing all of these things will make new connections in your brain and make you believe right to your core that you can achieve the body you want. Just make sure your vision board really inspires you and lifts you up. It should not make you feel bad about yourself, or it’ll have the opposite effect!


Change Your Mindset
As we’ve discussed, your mindset is very important. Making your vision board as visualising will help. But you also need to focus on changing your negative thoughts to positive thoughts. You need to be able to change the story you’re telling yourself in your head. You need to be kind to yourself, and focus on all of the amazing things about you. Only when you start doing this, will you get the results that you want.
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Learn About Fitness And Nutrition
Learning as much as you can about fitness and nutrition will leave you better equipped to create a plan of action. There are many plans online, but not all of them will work for you. You also need to bear in mind that some of them are total rubbish, so you must only go with trusted sources. Watching Youtube videos is a great way to learn. Write down things you want to remember. Invest in things. Look for fitness equipment for sale if you think you’ll use it. In general, you need to know that your diet and the things you eat make the most difference. You need balance, and to focus on health first and foremost. Fitness won’t be anything like what you think either. You can do a short workout a couple of times a week and it’ll still make a difference. This is why you need to make the effort to learn about it.

Make sure you’re committed to this lifestyle and you’ll make your summer body a reality!

This is a contributed post, written by Laura Scott.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Don't Buy Into These "Trends" About High Priced Versus Drug Store Makeup

With all the selfies we take and post on social media, it's easy to see why the makeup industry is currently booming. But keeping up with all the latest makeup trends can be confusing. Should you being spending your hard earned money on expensive brands? Or do you go a more budget option and compromise on quality?


Premium brand makeup pros
You would expect the quality to much better with premium brand makeup, after all, you get what you pay for, don't you? This certainly pans out with certain products like Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat or MAC Foundation. These iconic items have been endorsed by professional makeup artists all over the world and pretty much have cult status. That means they are always highly desirable for anyone's makeup bag and the dupes don't quite live up to the originals.


Premium brand makeup cons
But is is not always the case with others items. The packaging in high-end makeup is often very stylish and seductive. It can fool you into thinking what's inside is much more effective than it really is. While it's nice to have a bit of luxury now and then, you need to think carefully before parting with your hard earned cash for premium lines. Especially if what inside the bottle, maybe no better that what you can buy in your local supermarket. Make sure you read product reviews that can be trusted before shelling out a fortune for the latest products.


There are also plenty of dupes on the internet where you can buy something very similar to a top end product for less that half the price. A clever make up manufacturing company, will look at that season's trends and figure out a way to make a similar product for less. You need to take advantage of this, and you can save yourself some serious money.


Drugstore makeup pros
One of the best things about drugstore makeup is that it is readily available. That means it is easy to replace the supplies you need for your daily morning routine in one go, without breaking the bank. This doesn't seem like major issues until your foundation, mascara, eyeliner, lipstick and powder all run out around the same time. If you are looking to replace these with premium brands, it’ll probably cost you at least $100. If you use more budget lines, you can keep it under $50. It's a good idea to take advantage of the three for two offers that drugs stores run, getting you even more for your makeup bag at a lower price.


Drugstore makeup cons


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One of the downsides of drugstore makeup can be that the products aren't made with quite such high-grade materials as the premium brands. This is not true in every case, but some cheaper eyeshadows don't quite give you that pop of color you're looking for, see here for an example.


Another area whether this is noticeable is your foundation. Cheaper ones may sit on the skin instead of blending in. Or cause more breakouts. It's always a good idea, to buy a good foundation if you have the money as it is in direct contact with the delicate skin on your face.

This is a contributed post, written by Laura Scott.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

My Favorite New Boutique ~ Blue Clover {& A Giveaway!}

I'm so happy to share with you my new favorite boutique (and what I assure will be yours as well)! Blue Clover was started by my dear friend I've known since birth - literally - and I'm so proud of her for making this dream a reality! It's not easy to take that leap, to invest your time and money into something you're passionate about and hope it sticks. Well I can say Blue Clover is already such a success.

My first experience with their clothing was a call from my mother who was at one of their pop-up events. I was on the treadmill at the gym and was ordering via over-the-phone mom descriptions. I pretty much said YES to everything she suggested and hoped the sizing would be right.

Well a few days later when I got my pieces, I was totally impressed. Not only were the clothes reasonably priced, the quality was fantastic. They also nailed it with the sizing, all 4 shirts and cardigan fit like a glove.

My favorite things about Blue Clover, besides how well these pieces are made, is that shipping is always FREE, which is a must for my online buying experiences. I also love that these are unique finds. I know when I'm wearing Blue Clover that my coworker isn't going to show up in the same outfit. And it's nice that every time I've worn one of my tops, multiple people have asked where they could get them!

If you're looking for high quality clothing for truly affordable prices, this is your one-stop shop. And, I know I'm biased, but I can guarantee your customer service will be top notch, because the women behind Blue Clover are professional, smart, and passionate about this store!


Here's a little more about Blue Clover and why they do what they do...

"Blue Clover was born out of an entrepreneurial spirit and a passion to shop for affordable fashion!   We have made that dream a reality and want to share it with you. We at Blue Clover target to deliver you attractive clothing that is affordable, comfortable and easy to wear.  Like all of you, we too are busy women and understand the demands on your time. Our mission is to sell women’s clothing that is quick and easy while achieving that fashionable look we all enjoy and feel confident wearing."

Here are some of my favorites..

I've gotten SO many compliments on this cardy. I love the neutral pattern and how the neon really POPS. And it's SO comfortable!

How perfect is this for 4th of July?

Just put pom poms on anything and I'll want it!

I love this top. I wear it to work under a cardigan!




Blue Clover is offering a 10% discount to our readers with the code: FBRT10

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Blue Clover is giving away a $30 gift card to one lucky winner! Use the widget below to enter and show the other hosting bloggers some love!


Sarah / Olivia  / FBRT

Contest ends June 30, winner announced July 1.