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Here Comes The Rain: Fun, Weatherproof Activities To Keep Your Kids Happy

Here Comes The Rain: Fun, Weatherproof Activities To Keep Your Kids Happy

Summer is almost over, and if you’re trying to make the most of the dying embers, you may be wondering where on earth the last couple of months has gone. Time flies when you’re having fun, and before you know it, the nights are drawing […]

4 Skills Your Marriage Needs So It Can Grow

4 Skills Your Marriage Needs So It Can Grow

Pexels If you need some advice about your marriage, here are the four most important skills you need to have within the relationship. Trust A relationship just can’t work out if there’s no trust between the two of you. It’s not easy putting your trust […]

Five Essentials For Every Bar Cart

Five Essentials For Every Bar Cart

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When it comes to the different decor options and functionalities that you can add to your home, everyone will have their individual tastes. To some, a charming library will be the one thing they want, while others may prefer a modern home cinema room. However, there’s definitely always one winner when it comes to the idea of entertaining, and that’s always a bar to make the perfect cocktails at. But when you don’t want to move things around too much, you might want to work with an elegant looking bar cart instead. However, deciding on what to add to it can be a huge task in itself, so let’s take a look at some of the essentials you won’t want to forget.

Gorgeous Glassware

The first thing you’re going to need to find is the right barware. To make drinks, you need to serve them in glasses, so make sure you figure out the styles you want to work with. You may decide to choose the shape and style based on your favorite drinks or even the look of the glass. Either way, make sure you shop around and find glassware that’s not only fitting for the drinks it will hold but the look of your bar cart overall.

An Ice Bucket

Next, you’re going to need an ice bucket. Whether you’re serving up shorts or classic cocktails, your guests or even yourself might like an ice cube or two with their order. Although you could run back and forth to the freezer, if you want your cart to look the part, you should find a nice ice bucket that will sit well with the style and work with your glassware too.

Spirits

Then you need to think about the actual drinks stock that you’re working with. For starters, you’re going to need the base of most of your drinks: the spirits. Now, you may want to work with a wide selection that looks good on your cart, but you also need to ensure that you only select the spirits that you will use – it would be a waste otherwise. At this point, you may even want to research some fun cocktail recipes, so you know what spirits you will need to make them. As a start, a whiskey, gin, and vodka would work well.

Mixers

With your research in mind, you then need to pick out the perfect mixers too. Be sure to pick out the juices or flavorings you will need, as well as sodas or flavored sparkling water for non-drinkers. They often give a lovely finish to your cart too, particularly when the bottles are quite eye-catching and work with the style you’re channelling.

Accessories

And finally, you’re going to need to work with some set accessories for your cart too. Not only do they help to style your bar cart out nicely, but you may also need them. So compile a list of straws, napkins, stirring spoons, some prongs for the ice, a bottle opener, and maybe even a wine stopper if you think you may need them. Then, all that’s left to do is shop and style away.

 

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Budgets Busting Your Behind? Blissful Ways To Give Them A Boost

Budgets Busting Your Behind? Blissful Ways To Give Them A Boost

Let’s get honest here, we can all face issues with our budgets and finances from time to time. Money makes the world go round and often we just never seem to have enough for everything we want in life. The vacation, the new wardrobes or […]

A Reaction To Allergy: How To Reduce Food Allergies In Our Children

A Reaction To Allergy: How To Reduce Food Allergies In Our Children

Wikimedia One of the things that every parent has to be more concerned about now than a few decades ago is the rise in food allergies. It’s part of the makeup of common illnesses now, and in fact, a lot of schools seriously have to […]

The Benefits Of Launching A Career As A Work At Home Mom

The Benefits Of Launching A Career As A Work At Home Mom

Lots of mothers struggle to earn a decent wage these days because they have enough work on their hands looking after the kids. That is often true for people who don’t have a partner around to share some of the burdens. However, women in that position deserve the same chances as everyone else when it comes to improving their quality of life. Working from home is often the best option for many different reasons. People who haven’t considered that solution in the past would benefit from reading this post. The information below should assist in explaining all the advantages.

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Working around family commitments

One of the best things about working from home is that mothers can earn money around their existing commitments. That means there is still enough time to wake everyone up in the mornings and send them off to school before sitting down at the computer. It’s also possible to work well into the night if that seems appealing. Those who choose to earn their living at home will have ultimate control over their schedules, and so they can plan their activities around family responsibilities. That is not a benefit most workers experience when opting for traditional employment solutions.

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Small startup investment requirements

Depending on the nature of the work, mothers who choose to earn from home won’t have to spend a fortune to get started. In most instances, they just have to decide on their niche and build a website or something similar. Sure, some folks might have to get a cash advance for bad credit to get things off the ground. However, freelancing is usually much cheaper and easier than starting a business, and so most people choose that path. At most, anyone who works from home might have to invest in:

  • A professional website
  • Freelancer site subscription fees
  • A cloud-based accounting package
  • Some insurance (possibly)

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Full control over earnings

Lastly, and most importantly, working from home gives individuals the ability to determine how much their earn every week. If mothers need to make some more cash, they just have to work for a little longer than planned. If those people feel flush, they can spend more time with the kids and earn less. Nobody working in a traditional job has as much control over their wages as people who freelance or work from home. Just bear in mind that it’s important to network and make lots of professional contacts. Some potential downsides to this earning solution include:

  • Having to seek the work rather than being provided with it
  • Not earning during industry slumps
  • Struggling to earn if there are internet connection issues

As most people should see from that information, launching a career as a work at home mom is a fantastic way for women to improve their quality of life. When all’s said and done, people who are still with their partners will find the process easier than those who aren’t. However, working from home could provide many opportunities to those who can’t hold down a traditional job due to their family commitments. So, continue to research the idea, and perhaps it’s something readers could put into action during the next few months?

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Is Your Dog Suffering From Dehydration?

Is Your Dog Suffering From Dehydration?

We tend to associate dehydration with hot days, but the truth is, for our dogs, dehydration can happen at any time. If your dog enjoys a long walk or a good run with his ball, you need to keep your eye out for dehydration symptoms. […]

Soothing Your Dog’s Seperation Anxiety

Soothing Your Dog’s Seperation Anxiety

Image source If you’re tired of coming home from a hard day at work to find out the dog has chewed your shoes and he’s reluctant to leave our side for even a second as you change, get dinner ready and try to relax and […]

The Science Behind Why Your Dog Won’t Play Nice

The Science Behind Why Your Dog Won’t Play Nice

Most people think of dogs as animals that are happy to play all day long, no matter what. When dogs are around each other, they’ll play until they are literally exhausted and have to collapse. But sometimes dogs don’t want to play with people. And other times when they do want to play, they don’t play nice. So what’s going on?

Don’t Blame The Dog Straight Away

Not wanting to play with you might not always be the dog’s fault, accounting to animal behavior researchers at the University of Bristol in Britain. Nicola Rooney, a scientist who has worked on the problem, said that the way that people initiate play might be a problem. She and her research people decided that they would document how people started play sessions with their dogs to see how their dogs reacted. Crucially, however, owners were not allowed to use toys. Instead, they had to rely on old-fashioned hand signaling and other gestures.

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In total, Rooney and colleagues observed more than 38 different gestures, or ways in which owners initiated play with their dogs. The main ones were tapping the floor, holding their dog’s paws and barking at the dog, but there were all sorts of different varieties. The scientists asked the dog owners to start playing with their dogs in whatever way they normally would and then began tracking how effective each approach was. The most common approach, tapping the floor, only resulted in play 38 percent of the time, indicating that it wasn’t a very effective way to start play. Other methods of initiating play were completely unsuccessful.

The most successful behavior was chasing and running away. This would make sense since dogs are originally bred from wolves, pack animals which hunt their prey. Often, dogs and wolves play in this way themselves, simulating hunting scenarios and running around after one another. Thus, if your dog doesn’t appear to want to play, try the running and chasing approach.

The Dog Plays Too Rough

If a dog starts playing too rough, most people find the best dog training blog they can and start reading up on what to do about it. After all, a rough dog is dangerous, especially to children. Rough dogs can lunge at you, bite, scratch and swipe, and even though the dog isn’t being threatening, this kind of behavior can still pose risks.

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As always, the first thing to do is check your own behavior. Is your approach to playing rough or gentle? If it’s rough, the dog will match you. Another thing you can do is command the dog to lie down or sit, whenever they initiate rough play behavior with a person or another dog. Most dogs need about 10 minutes of inactivity to cool off before their brain function returns to normal and their aggressive instincts abate.

You may also want to neuter your dog. Neutering helps to reduce many of their impulses, making dogs more manageable and less likely to lash out. Spayed dogs are, in general, far less aggressive.

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Overheating Dog: Keep Your Furry Friend Cool

Overheating Dog: Keep Your Furry Friend Cool

Dogs can really struggle in the heat, and as owners we don’t like to see our pets suffer. Going through a heat wave is difficult enough for humans, but imagine being covered in fur. As owners it’s our responsibility to keep our furry friends as […]


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