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Gross Your Kids Out

Gross Your Kids Out

Now reading that title, some may think this is some prank post knowing me. Part of me wishes that were true as I write this out. I’m not much of a prankster, more a hide for as long as it takes and jump out and […]

DIY Cocktails: 3 Ways You’re Going Wrong

DIY Cocktails: 3 Ways You’re Going Wrong

[via] Going out for a night on the town is doubtlessly enjoyable, but it’s not necessarily the kind of activity that everyone can do constantly. For one thing, there are other responsibilities that most of us have that make life tricky – and then there’s […]

Buying Your First Family Pet? 6 Things You Should Know

Buying Your First Family Pet? 6 Things You Should Know

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Purchasing your first family pet is an exciting time. It’s likely that your first family pet is the first time your new family unit will feel fully complete, as a small puppy can help you feel like every tier of the family hierarchy has its role filled. Your family will bond even more over a dog, and you’ll only instinctively know that once you find one to love. But what should you keep in mind when looking for a little pooch to call your own?

These considerations might help:

Hygiene

The hygiene of your property, as well as having distinctly separated areas for your pet to do it’s outside business, eat and play will serve you well. You must also make sure that you don’t allow your puppy to sleep on the bed with you, because that can fast become a habit, and it’s very unhygienic.

Dogs carry plenty of bacteria and simply don’t adhere to the same cleaning standards as humans, so unless you’re prepared to brush the teeth of and bath your puppy every single day, you should instead purchase them a specifically made dog bed to keep them safe and happy at night.

Training

All puppies will require some basic level of training at some point, but different trainers will tell you different methods, with varying degrees of success depending on your breed. It’s much more instructive to read guides such as http://www.bestlargebreedpuppyfood.net/puppy-training-101/ to help you learn how to best cater for the puppy from the first day it enters your household.

Breeds & Cost

Different breeds will cost varying amounts of money. If you’d like a pedigree pureblood, you can expect to pay hundreds if not thousands of dollars for a good ‘bloodline.’ These make some of the best dogs, because breeders can facilitate some of the best, most healthy dogs and take care of all of their needs from the moment they are born. This includes the medical shots they need. This is usually reflected in the price.

On the other hand, you might be able to rescue a dog completely free providing you can demonstrate that you have a decent home to bring it too. If you want to purchase a dog, mongrels are usually cheaper and can be found throughout many local listings. Be sure you know the history of the dog before you purchase one, to stay confident in the ethics of the whole transaction.

Medical

If not provided by your breeder, it’s important to get your puppy all the worming medicines and shots it might need. A consultation with a good vet will help you here. To see more information relating to new pet medical considerations, check this link http://www.petmd.com/dog/puppycenter/health/evr_vaccines_and_your_puppy to gain a complete understanding of how to proceed.

Temperament

Not all dogs have the same temperament, depending on how you treat them, their history (if rescued,) and how they are disciplined. Making sure that your dog has a great temperament requires a careful approach, so keep this in mind.

Feeding

Different sizes of dogs require different amounts of food. This is a given. But the dangers of underfeeding or overfeeding your dog are abundant and are cruel to continue. Make sure you never neglect the correct feeding of your dog by making sure that you understand the intricacies of how your pet eats. Ask a pet store professional to find out, or look online depending on your specific breed.

Being a great pet owner is better than ever with the internet. Be sure to utilize it and your new puppy will smoothly enter the daily operation of the household.

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Choosing A Beagle As Your Family Pet

Choosing A Beagle As Your Family Pet

As your kids get older and can help out with looking after a pet, getting a dog seems like a good idea.  Now all you have to do is choose the breed of dog that would fit in with your family. You need to consider […]

Making The Move That’s Right For Your Kids

Making The Move That’s Right For Your Kids

No parent should be surprised by the fact their child (or children) are going to change how they handle the big events in life. Moving home is no different. In fact, it requires perhaps the greatest deal of adaptability on the parents’ end. The way […]

Legit Ways To Boost Your Income

Legit Ways To Boost Your Income

Work-at-home parents are pretty much on a fixed income; you only get paid for the hours you work. However, every once in awhile there comes a time when we need a little extra cash and we don’t want to dip into our hard-earned savings, or take on another part-time job. Of course, you could always tighten your belt again and find more ways to feed your family for less, but there’s only so much more you can do when you’ve already cut out everything but the necessities. Instead, you need to find some flexible, but legitimate, ways to make extra money in what little spare time you have.

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Cashback

Isn’t it time your finances took care of you for a change? Cashback credit cards pay you back a proportion of what you spend each time you use them. Set up a direct debit to pay the card off in full each month, so there’s no interest cost, and you can earn hundreds back per year. Just use the card for all your normal spending.

Blogging

The easiest way to turn a part-time hobby into a money-making scheme is by making money from your website. Even if you’re not one of the lucky few able to make enough to quit their day job, you might still generate enough income to pay your domain expenses. The quickest way to make money from your website is through affiliate marketing – which is where you endorse products you like to your subscribers. If your audience is interested in the product, they click on an affiliate link, and you get a split of the sale price if they purchase the product. Do some research and find other ways you can make money from your website.

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Online surveys

It’s unlikely that you’ll make a decent living doing this full time, but completing a few surveys each day could add up to a generous grocery budget at the end of the month. Doing surveys online is becoming increasingly popular with students and other busy people because very little effort is required. Be careful, not all survey sites are created equal. Some are legit and pay a decent amount of money for your time, but others either take longer to pay the same amount, or they’re scams, so make sure you read the review of each survey site before you put in your details. Signing up is easy, but you should know that you won’t be making a lot of money right away.

Freelance writing

Unlike blogging, freelance writing just involves having some decent writing skills and the persistence to keep pitching your work to publications that pay, such as magazines, online journals, or the local newspaper. You might only earn a small amount at first, but once you’ve built up a reputation you can start charging more for your articles. Alternatively, you can apply for a flexible position with a content writing company and write as many articles as you can in your spare time.

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Great Ways To Feed Your Family For Less

Great Ways To Feed Your Family For Less

We all know that the cost of living isn’t about to go down, and unless you’re psychic and know what the next lottery draw is going to be, there’s no easy way to make sure you’re providing for your family. One of the expenses that […]

Cold Brew Coffee-Concentrate

Cold Brew Coffee-Concentrate

If you follow my Instagram then you know I LOVE COFFEE. I’m not just all about the booze. Much to my parents, Mr. Hound’s, and my bank account’s dismay, I have been drinking coffee for over half of my life. The bad part is I am […]

5 Budget-Friendly Ideas For Your Child’s Birthday Party

5 Budget-Friendly Ideas For Your Child’s Birthday Party

5 Budget-Friendly Ideas For Your Child's Birthday Party

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When it comes to your child’s birthday, you want to lavish them with love and attention on their special day. However, this doesn’t mean you need to empty your bank balance to show them how much you care. Birthday’s can be expensive, particularly when your kids are desperate for the latest toys and games, but you can save some money when it comes to the meal plan for the birthday party.

Here are a few ways you can still give your kids a great party without spending a fortune.

Have a shorter guest list

There is a tendency for parents to invite everybody from their child’s class in fear of leaving somebody out and offending other mom’s. By doing this, you are racking up a fortune, especially when you try and take into account every child’s dietary needs which could include all kinds of intolerances and allergies. Instead, ask your child who their closest friends are. By inviting only a few people, you are going to cut down on your food bill while allowing your child to build on those special friendships.

Make your own pizzas

For starters, store bought pizzas are unhealthy and contain fats, sugars, and salts which are not good for anybody. A cheaper and healthier alternative is to make your own pizza, with fresh ingredients and your own dough. You can even turn this into a bonding exercise with your child and let them create a pizza with you, or maybe turn pizza making into one of the party activities. Fussy kids are more likely to eat something they have made themselves, and it will cut down on buying other unnecessary foods and snacks.

Let them eat cake

Buying the most expensive cake from the bakery is pointless. No matter how nice it looks, once it has been cut up into pieces and eaten, you will only have the crumbs as evidence of your hard earned cash. Buy something cheaper from Costco as they can look as nice as any other cake you can buy elsewhere. You can even order Costco cakes online, with whatever decoration and fillings you require.

Buy supplies early

A little bit of planning goes a long way, especially when it comes to food. Bulk buy anything you know you are going to need, such as bottles of drink and snacks. Make room in your kitchen for your birthday supplies, and keep adding to them until the day of the party. As many stores also have special offers, take advantage when you see them, but be mindful not to buy anything with early sell-by dates.

Go for a picnic

Rather than stay indoors, head out somewhere scenic such as the local park and have a picnic. Not only is this a great way to get the kids some fresh air, but it also means you don’t have to cater for all the other children. The other moms should pack their own food for their kids, or you could suggest a bring and share picnic where you all dig into each other’s offerings.

 

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Relationship Advice: How To Ensure You Stand The Test Of Time

Relationship Advice: How To Ensure You Stand The Test Of Time

All couples get together because they can see a future. However, many of them will split up within the first three years. If you want your partner to stay around a little longer than that, you might consider some of the tips on this page. […]


My Diary

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Now reading that title, some may think this is some prank post knowing me. Part of me wishes that were true as I write this out. I’m not much of a prankster, more a hide for as long as it takes and jump out and scare the bejeebers of my family. No, this post is about what I have learned over the last four years of a lesson I was being taught for the last 28 by my parents and so many around me.

It wasn’t until our daughter was born that I truly was conscious of the little acts we do on a daily basis to show our love to one another. To me, stroking his hand as he walked by or giving him a smile with a wink wasn’t anything special. Having him kiss me on the top of my head or smack my hind end, again didn’t seem that special. These little things were just that, little. They were happening every day. It became a routine that just became a natural movement.

As a child I would cringe every time my parents kissed. I even yelled at my father for giving my mom a pat on the bottom one time. I told him that was gross and he shouldn’t do that. My mother of course laughed and jokingly thanked me for “protecting” her from dad and then winked at him. I was pretty proud of myself. When I told my grandparents about it, my Granddad told me, “You sure are a lucky little girl to have parents that love each other as much as they do.” I didn’t understand it at the time and wouldn’t truly comprehend how lucky I was and am until high school.

Now that our daughter is four, she likes to yell, EWW every time we kiss. We play a game that I randomly tell her she better not steal her daddy’s last kisses. She runs off and nearly knocks the wind out of him each time trying to squeeze him tight and smother him in kisses. Then she asks three times at least if that was his last kiss. It has been very important to us as parents to have her always know that she is loved by us. But we make sure she understands that we are always going to love each other as well and sometimes we need time just the two of us.

Sleeping next to your partner isn’t enough to keep things going. The tiniest acts can help keep the embers burning in your intimacy. But embers alone can not warm you up or cook a full meal. You need to fuel the fire. I’m not suggesting going on a lavish vacation kid free but who doesn’t want that? Sit down on your bed and rub each others feet while you talk about your days, the news, things coming up or just stare into one another’s eyes. Watch a new show together and then either mock it, or talk about how great it was.

When your kids see you having these stolen glances, intimate touches, breathless kisses and nights away, they may be grossed out but over time they will learn a valuable lesson. They will learn that you need to appreciate the ones you love and remind them the values you have set for your family. As long as my daughter is grossed out by the kisses we have then I know we are doing something right.

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