Friday, May 26, 2017

Best Games To Play With Your Pooch

Playing games with your pup is an effective way for you to bond, build up trust and establish some ground rules. If this is your first dog, you may not be sure about what games you can play. As well as grooming and getting dolled up in the latest accessories, dogs love to play so just about anything goes! Here are some ideas that can be used indoors or outdoors and that will keep you and your pooch amused for hours!

Hiding games are the best

Dogs love to search for things! If you have never played this game before, it is a good way to introduce your dog to the “find it" command.
Show your dog what you are going to hide. This could be some favorite TufToys or even their favorite person. Then take the dog into another room whilst you hide the item. Bring the dog back into the room and use the command ‘find it’. You can use your voice to give clues about where the item is and when they are close to it. To begin with, you may even have to lead the dog to the hiding place because they will not know what to do! Then make a big fuss of them when they have found the hidden object. They will soon learn the object of the game. Before long this will be your favorite activity and it is one that can be enjoyed inside on a rainy day.
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Physical training for dogs

This may be a training exercise but your dog will love the attention and the activity. You can teach them to get up on top of an object in just a few days. Set up a low chair or a stool (depending on the size of the dog), it needs to be strong enough to take your dog’s weight. Encourage your dog to get up on it (perhaps with the verbal command ‘up’) and then give them praise when they do it. Once they have mastered this, you can teach them how to crawl under it in the same way. Cut treats in half or quarters for long training sessions or you will overfeed your dog. Eventually, your dog should be able to do a combination of the two activities.

Playing on the stairs

If you have some stairs in your home, they make a great place to play with your dog. You can only do this with larger dogs and with dogs that are over 1 year. Puppies can damage their joints if they spend too long playing on stairs.
Start with your pooch in a sitting position at the bottom of the stairs. Now throw a toy up to the top of the stairs and let your dog run up to retrieve it. For safety reasons, your dog needs to come back down the stairs at a slower pace.

Once your dog is worn out you can cuddle up together on the sofa and recover!

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Done Up Like A Dog's Dinner: Pet Accessories to Keep Your Pooch On Trend


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We are a nation of pet lovers. We adore our four-legged friends, and this has seen the pet product market expand dramatically in recent years. Some might think that pampering your pooch over the top, but they deserve to be spoilt. They shower us with unconditional love after all. So, if you’re a fan of dressing your pet up in the latest trends, here are some perfect products and services to keep your fur baby treated like the royalty that they are.

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Grooming Sessions
Pets such as cats are self-cleaning, so you don’t need to worry all too much about keeping them fresh and groomed. But we all know the hassle that is getting a dog into a sudsy bath. There are countless videos online of man’s best friend doing everything in their means to avoid a dip in the tub. So why put yourself and your pet through the hassle? Avoid flooded bathroom floors and send your pup to a good quality pet salon. They will be handled by professionals who know the best ways to make the experience enjoyable for them. What’s best? They’ll leave smelling divine with clipped claws, fresh fur and maybe even a fancy blow dry to boot. For shedding dogs, a groom can be an occasional treat, as and when you feel the need. However, for non-shedding, curly-haired breeds, grooming is a must, and your pooch should be booked in every six to eight weeks to avoid dreadlocks and irritation to their sensitive skin.

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Wearable Accessories
We’ve all seen a chihuahua dressed up in a little tutu or other outfits at some point. Many people with miniature breeds seem to have a penchant for clothing their dogs like little humans. But these aren’t the only type of wearable accessories for dogs out there. There’s something to suit every dog without making them uncomfortable or looking too extravagant. Subtle accessories are the way to go, so if you have a large or cheeky ruffian of a pooch, try a little doggy bandana around their neck. Clip on bandanas are available to avoid choking hazards. There are endless styles of collars out there, from flashy diamante encrusted pieces to more subtle woven or leather designs. You could also try out a dog harness in your favorite color. Harnesses are a practical item, designed to make your dog more comfortable when walking on a leash. But that’s not to say they have to be dull and plain. Find a style that your dog is comfortable walking in and then start searching for designs, colors, and patterns that stand out.

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Home Accessories

Dogs have plenty of possessions sprawled out across your home. This could easily start to look messy but invest in products that match the general decor of your living space. Pet beds are available in a variety of styles and colors, so it shouldn’t be too hard to find one that matches the tone of your furniture. You can also pick dog bowls that match the accessories in the space where your dog eats.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Make Your Travel Plans More Fun with These Tricks

If you ask me, traveling should be all about fun. No one wants their travel plans to be a drag. But having fun when you’re traveling is never as easy as you want it to be. You have a limited amount of time before you have to come home, and there are many causes of stress that can strike you too. However, by using the advice discussed below, you will be able to ensure that you make your travel plans as fun and enjoyable as they can be.

Pack Less and Do More
Traveling light can be one of the very best things to do when you want to have an enjoyable trip. It’s simply not true that you need to take a lot of things with you to have a good trip. It’s perfectly possible to enjoy your travels without being weighed down by luggage. Actually, it can result in you having more fun because you will be able to move around more and do more than you otherwise could. You’ll be freer to do what you want to do. If you want to head off and explore in a new direction, you can use a service like Ridester and do that. You won’t be prevented from doing this by having too much with you.

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Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
Sometimes, it’s far too easy to get caught up on the small things that don’t really matter that much. This is a trap that you should try to avoid falling into if you can. There is nothing to be gained by sweating over the minor things that are not going to have a big impact on the outcome of your trip. Rather than wasting your limited amount of time on your trip focusing on these things, you should change your approach and think differently about what you’re doing. The bigger things and the overall enjoyment you get from the trip are always more important.

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Avoid Every Place the Guidebook Tells You to Visit
This is a trick that all seasoned travelers will recommend to you. When you pay too much attention to what the guidebooks are trying to tell you, you stick to the conventional things too much. This can mean that you miss out on the smaller attractions and underrated delights that the location has to offer. That’s not what you want to happen, so think carefully about this. If you do choose to avoid every place that your guidebook tells you to go to, you can find that you uncover amazing things that not many travelers get to discover.

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Embrace, Interact and Engage with Things You Don’t Understand
Finally, you should make sure that you do what you can to embrace the things that you don’t understand about a location. This is what traveling is all about. It gives you a chance to engage with new ideas and meet new people. These are the things that matter most, so keep your mind open and explore as many of these things as possible.

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Hair Health Check: Is Your Barnet at its Best?

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You take care of your body and eat the right things, dress to impress and look after your skin. But how much effort do you put into caring for your hair? If it’s become a bit of an afterthought, it’s time to make a change. Hair can hugely affect how you look and in turn how you feel. If you’re in need of a confidence boost, here are a few things to consider in regards to your locks!

Is it in Good Condition?
Just like anything, general wear and tear can damage our locks. Air conditioning, central heating, pollution, heat styling, incorrect brushing, hot baths- they can all leave it lacking moisture and split at the ends. To keep hair at its best, it’s important to take steps to protect it. During extreme weather, protective styles like buns and braids will prevent it from getting damaged. Use a heat protectant whenever you heat style, and try to keep this to a minimum. Brush gently, and be careful when removing hair ties too. Spend time choosing the right products, this art naturals argan oil shampoo review for example states how it’s useful for dry hair. Different products will target different things, so work out what your biggest hair issues are and choose accordingly. Some will protect color, others will add volume, others will help to nourish and repair. Use a deeply conditioning hair mask once a week and run some hair oil through the ends after washing. These will help to condition and protect, the healthier your hair is, the easier it will be to manage.

Does Your Hair Still Suit You?
In your teenage years and early twenties, you probably did a lot of experimenting with your hair. Different colors, different lengths, and styles, chances are you had fun with it. But as time went on, you probably found a style and color you liked and stuck with it. However, just because it suited you once doesn’t mean it always will. Weight gain or loss, aging and skin changes will all affect what cut and color looks best on you. Extreme colors like platinum blonde, jet black or deep reds might look striking in your younger years but leave you looking washed out years later. If you’re unsure, you’re always best speaking to a hairdresser. They will be able to advise you on the most flattering look based on your face shape, colorings, and age.

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Is it Time Consuming?
We all lead busy lives if you don’t have the time or inclination to be spending an hour each morning on your hair, then make sure you have some go-to styles that you can fall back on. It doesn’t have to be thrown back into a ponytail or messy bun, there are twists and braids that look smart but take minutes to do. Check out Youtube for some tutorials and master a couple of quick and easy hairstyles.

When was the last time you updated your style? Do you still have fun with your look, or stick to tried and tested styles?

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So You Don't Know What Career You Want

There is no shame in admitting that you have no idea what you want to do with the rest of your life. Chances are, even if you did know, you might change your mind later because you’ve discovered a new interest, or you’ve realised that the job wasn’t exactly what you thought it would be. Still, with college application deadlines on the horizon, it can feel like you’re under a lot of pressure to choose something. While you are allowed to change your mind in the future, here are a few ways you can narrow down your options.
Follow Your Interests
You wouldn’t think you could make a career out of playing sports or talking about your favorite TV shows, but you’d be surprised. Thanks to the internet, people are making decent money by uploading videos on YouTube, and they might only be sharing theories about the next season of Game of Thrones, or sharing video game tactics. Your extracurricular activities don’t just look good on a resume, they teach you valuable skills that you could probably transfer to any job. If you volunteer for any charities, you’ve already got experience in a job you already love. The right volunteering role could help you break into the industry of your choice, or help you narrow down your interests so you better know which industry you might try working in next. Volunteering also shows potential employers that you are a selfless person, that you are open to new experiences, and that you have enough drive and motivation to go beyond what is expected of you.
Ask the experts
While you’re still in school, you have the advantage of career guidance counsellors telling you which qualifications you need for certain jobs. However, there’s more than one way to break into each industry. If you’re interested in healthcare, you could either talk to pharmaceutical recruiters, your school nurse, or any family friends who work in healthcare. They can tell you about their qualifications, which college they attended, and what experience they used to land their dream job. You might notice that no two stories are the same. It might be confusing, but you should look at it as a good thing; if there are many ways to get the same job, then you have more flexibility in the future.
Learn the necessary skills
College might be the obvious option for getting the qualifications you need, but it’s expensive, and you sometime get halfway through your course and realise your interests have changed. If that happens, don’t worry. Extra qualifications never hurt your resume. But if you want to save a bit of money, you can consider part-time classes, online courses, apprenticeships, or even work experience abroad. Spending time in a foreign country is always a great experience.
Never give up

Even when you can’t narrow down your options, or find something you think you’re good at, don’t give up looking. Every failed experience brings you one step closer to your dream job.
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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Say Goodbye To Sagging Skin

Nothing has the potential to kill your confidence more than sagging skin on your face and on your body. But the good news is that there is a remarkable amount you can do to prevent and even reverse it. Take a look at some of these expert beauty tips from researchers and scientists.


Use Cucumber On Your Face

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If you’re worried about sagging skin on your face, then you might want to try out this cucumber-based remedy. All you need to do is grab a lemon juicer and use it to extract the juice of a cucumber. Then apply the resulting liquid and leave it to dry. Researchers have suggested that cucumber may be able to tone up the appearance of facial skin, thanks to the phytonutrients it contains. Once the cucumber juice has dried, wash it off. You should notice a considerable reduction in the size of your pores.


Eat Healthy Foods Which Contain Collagen
Collagen is the substance in your skin that keeps it firm and supple. When skin loses its collagen content, it leads to sagging which can wreak havoc on your confidence. The good news, however, is that collagen can be replaced by your body, so long as it is getting sufficient amounts in your diet. If you’re eating processed food and fries all day long, the amount of exogenous collagen that your body is getting will be low. However, if you eat a diet based around fresh vegetables, then your intake will be much higher. Foods that contain a lot of collagen include nuts and leafy green veggies. Is it time you started making green smoothies for breakfast?


Do Facial Exercises

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If you take a look at the Zwivel online directory, you’ll notice that one of the big reasons that people go in for cosmetic surgery is because they’re worried about the lack of volume in their face. But what causes the face to lose volume and appear less youthful? Aside from what we’ve already discussed, another reason for facial aging is a loss of facial muscles. It turns out that the muscles in the face are extremely important in determining our appearance. They are what hold everything in place. This is why some experts recommend doing facial exercises to tighten up sagging or loose skin on the face and neck. Large facial muscles act as a scaffold, holding everything else on the face in its rightful place.


Use Natural Oils

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Dry skin tends to age and sag more rapidly than oily skin as a result of the lack of elasticity. As such, many women use natural oils to slow this process down. There are all sorts of natural oils out there to choose from, including avocado oil, jojoba oil, and grapeseed oil. Try mixing these oils with other natural ingredients like shea butter, and you’ll soon notice that the skin begins to firm up.


Use Face Masks
Face masks help to tighten the skin on your face, but not all masks are created equal. The best are those that contain an ingredient called salicylic acid which dramatically tightens the skin, making it appear more youthful and vibrant.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Rejuvenating Your Look: Bringing Back The Face From Your Youth



Life happens to us all. As the old saying goes, ‘Life is what happens to you when you’re busy making other plans.’ This is as true now as the day it was first uttered. The same applies to the way we look, over time it’s hard to notice that we’re getting older, our faces are looking more aged and we just don’t have that look of vibrancy we used to. This needn’t be a terminal diagnosis.

With the amazing array of beauty transformational products available today, there’s no reason why you can’t incorporate some into your beauty schedule and truly revolutionize your face. This will improve your self-confidence, help you to look younger and healthier, and overall feel comfortable in your skin, even as it ages. Growing old gracefully is important, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to be happy looking old when there are so many brilliant methods to look as young and gorgeous as you feel inside.

The following tips will help you improve your beauty routine to become that young soul you’ve always felt like once more.

Moisturize
A solid moisturizing routine will help you happily rejuvenate the youthful essence of your skin, and give you a ‘glow’ that’s hard to achieve without. If you wash your face but don’t use a moisturizer, you could be missing restoring essential oils and minerals that your skin needs to look healthy. If you’re wrinkled, using anti-aging moisturizer can help tighten up the lines in your face, especially under your eyes over a period of months.

Getting in the habit of moisturizing both morning and night will lend you skin that you never thought could be so radiant.

Take Care Of Your Teeth
An important feature of a great face is a great smile, and if your teeth aren’t in the best condition, you could be doing yourself a disservice. You don’t need to have the most straight, white teeth imaginable to look good, but taking a few moments to care for your dentistry requirements might be worthwhile.

Using whitening toothpaste or simply getting them whitened with a kit can help you look inviting and clean when you smile. Scheduling regular visits to the dentist to maintain your mouth health alongside getting missing teeth false replacements will help you look sharp and approachable. Plus, getting necessary work done now will prolong the need for dentures in the future.

Cosmetic Work
If you have acne scars or believe that you need a little extra work doing to maintain your luscious looks, you might consider getting cosmetic work done. If this is the case, make sure that you have a reputable service complete the work, and check their testimonials. For example, if you’re trying to get more even skin, searching for bellafill before and after pictures will help you understand what intended result you could achieve. Be wise, and be sure to pay for quality and safety as a priority.

No matter your age, it’s never too late to make sure you’re looking young and radiant. Taking care of your beauty routine could be just the ticket for allowing you to resume your youthful personality!



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Monday, May 15, 2017

Feel Beautiful At The Beach: Getting Ready For Swimwear Season!

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Does the idea of stripping down to a bikini fill you with dread? As much fun as the summer is, feeling self-conscious about your body is never nice- and when the weather is warm, those insecurities really can come to the surface. Skimpy summer clothes and swimwear don’t leave much to the imagination, so it’s no wonder the thought of it sends so many of us running for the hills. But don’t fret, there are a few ways you can boost your confidence and get that body bikini ready for this summer.

Lose Weight and/or Tone Up
If you don’t like how you look in a bikini, chances are it’s due to your size or shape. Losing just a few pounds and hitting the gym could be enough to drastically improve how you feel about your body. Avoid the crash diets and crazy workout plans, simply eat clean and do a mixture of cardio and weights to slim and sculpt your figure. If you’re not overweight, don’t forfeit the gym. Toning your muscles and gaining a little definition as well as improving your shape will surely have you feeling more confident when you’re by the pool or at the beach!

Consider a Cosmetic Procedure
Sometimes diet and exercise is enough to give you the appearance you’re after. However, sometimes issues can be a little more stubborn. Maybe after pregnancy or weight loss, you’re left with excess skin? No amount of topical creams, exercise or healthy food will change this, and so a skin removal surgery may need to be considered. If you’re conscious of your breasts, implants or a reduction surgery could be the way to go. If you have stubborn areas of fat that don’t respond to diet or exercise, you could look into a laser liposuction procedure. These are useful as you don’t have to go under the knife, so there’s no healing time or risk of infection. And you can remove annoying fat deposits on areas like hips, legs or arms once and for all.

Shop For Flattering Swimwear
The right swimwear is so important and can be the difference between feeling awful and feeling confident. If you’re bigger busted, choose a bikini top with underwiring and which offers support for the best look. If you’re conscious of your legs or bottom, how about boy shorts bikini bottoms or a swim skirt? A tankini or one piece suit would work well if you want to hide your stomach, and a swim dress can hide a multitude of issues and look very flattering.

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Get a Tan
Finally, regardless of your shape or size, a tan can make anyone look fantastic! Many people report feeling slimmer when they have a tan, and if you’re very pale, it’s sure to make you look a little healthier when you strip down to your swimwear. Always be sure to tan safely, apply SPF and build it up gradually to avoid burning.


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Friday, May 12, 2017

Why New Jersey Family Beach Vacations Are So Popular

Atlantic City, once home to mobsters and bootleggers, is most famously known for the Boardwalk. Along the wooden footway are a plethora of casinos, bars, restaurants and performance theater. Laying so gently along this is the pale yellow beach which radiates the sun’s glare so flawlessly. At nighttime, the lights shine bright, the food is delicious, and ice cream doesn’t stop getting served no matter what.

Summer is almost here, but you may want an early vacation from work. This city is a remarkable once in a lifetime experience. Some say New Jersey has a history longer than New York. The traditional 19th-century wooden architecture smell of times gone by while the interiors of the shops and restaurants are similar to upscale NYC. Adults come for the sun, and the restaurants and the kids come for the ice cream and sand. Atlantic City is still what it always was, a diamond in the rough.

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Stone Harbor
A quiet family beach, in the heart of a small town. Scarcely any hustle or bustle, you can shop at your leisure as the locals like to take life slow and steady round these parts. The bay’s complex ecosystem is unique along the east coast, so if you’re feeling in the mood to get an in-depth history lesson head down to the Wetland Institute.  The beaches are never crowded as many are doing their upscale shopping on the famous 96th street. The town has so much to offer kids, with kayaking, surfing, bike renting tours and an excellent mini golf course, all at their disposal. Finish off the day with the world famous ice cream from Springer. 100% homemade, with locally sourced milk and chocolate, Springer Ice Cream is almost 100 years old since it’s been around since the early 1920s.

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Avalon Beach
A classic among the affluent classes, this beach features some of the best family holiday mansions anywhere in the world; hands down. Situated along the shoreline, sit a line of giants. These extravagant homes are much sorted after and you can see why. Luxury interior, with state of the art connectivity. And yet, the holiday homes don’t look out of place on the boardwalk. If you want to smell the ocean current while sipping on a local liqueur at one of these vacation homes, get in touch with Avalon New Jersey Vacation Rentals.

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Point Pleasant Beach
A superb family vacation destination. This boardwalk features a world-class aquarium with some of the most exotic fish from around the globe. The aquarium harbors anything from penguins, alligators, seal to sharks and stingrays. At night, the strip becomes alive with live entertainment. The kids won’t get bored in the Jenkinsons’ South Amusement Park. To top it all off, Frankie’s Bar and Grill serve one of the juiciest 10-ounce steaks in the entire state. For desert, Hoffman’s homemade ice cream peanut butter, and bonbon flavor will more than satisfy your sweet tooth.


New Jersey has some of the best food and drinks you’ll get at any beach resort, anywhere in the world. With its history intact, yet it’s willingness to modernize, you can see why New Jersey is one of a kind.