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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

Flickr 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 […]

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 where you live, the size of your house and your lifestyle as a family. Do you love going on long country walks or do you like staying in and watching TV? You need a breed of dog that will enjoy what you do and that will be a pleasure to spend time with and not a burden.

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Choosing a Beagle as a family pet

The beagle is often considered to be an ideal family dog because it is medium sized. It is a member of the hound family and grows to around 16 inches to the shoulder and weighs around 15 kilos. They are a lovely looking dog with a black, brown and white coat. Some of the more unusual breeds are tan or lemon and white. Beagles were bred originally as hunting dogs and would be sent out in packs to hunt for hares. They are considered to be sociable and mischievous and are usually very healthy dogs.

They love to be with other dogs and with humans and are not pleased about being left on their own all day whilst you are out at work. This may be something that you need to think about if all your kids are at school and you work outside the home. Beagles even get on with cats!

You simply must have a garden if you have a Beagle but make sure that it has high walls (over 6 feet) because they are great at escaping!

Living with your Beagle

Beagles are tough little dogs but they do have a reputation for barking a lot. If your new pup is showing this characteristic you can check out dogcollarguide.com to check out which products will help you do something about it. You can compare the price, size, and durability.

Your Beagle will appreciate having a special place of their own. Folding metal crates are a great option and children should be told that they must not disturb the dog when it is in the crate.

You will need to dedicate a lot of time and patience to your dog so make sure that you can balance this with the needs of your family.

Preparing your home for your Beagle

You must buy your Beagle from a specialist Beagle breeder to protect both you and your puppy. A Beagle puppy is ready to go to its new home once it is 8 weeks old.

Before you pup arrives, you must escape-proof your garden. Some common garden plants and chemicals are poisonous to dogs. Make sure that the garden pond is covered. Get rid of electric cables or trailing leads which will be chewed. Purchase metal water and feeding bowls and a small soft collar. A lightweight nylon lead is best for a young puppy.

Get a bed that belongs only to the Beagle. You need to keep the kids off it. Placing it in a warm area in the kitchen or utility room works well.

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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 […]

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 you simply can’t drop is groceries. You want to feed your family, but if you don’t want to go broke in the process, here are some great tips for making it cheaper.

Get Back to Basics

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When you’re grocery shopping on a tight budget, you need to do everything you can to avoid wasting money on big brand names, superfoods that happen to be in fashion, and the kind of pre-packaged or processed things that we can cook ourselves. For example, ground almond meal typically goes for $10 per 200 grams. That’s $50 a kilo! Alternatively, you can buy a kg of raw almonds for around $12, and then process or mill them when you’re cooking anything that requires almond meal. Yes, this means a little more prep time, but also huge savings! Take a look in your pantry right now, and think of all the things you buy pre-made that you could make yourself and save money on. If you’re not sure whether you’re ready to make the switch for a certain food, do a little research. You’d be surprised at the things that are remarkably easy to cook! Read about some of these here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/07/easy-impressive-recipes_n_5551350.html.

Discover Couponing, Points Schemes, Etc

If you’re like most people, there are probably countless schemes and offers that you’re overlooking, that can make feeding your family so much cheaper. Discovering couponing, and making it part of the routine, is one of the best ways to source cheap or even free groceries. You can read more about this here: http://www.stay-a-stay-at-home-mom.com/how-to-get-free-groceries.html. By setting aside just a few minutes a day, you can open your eyes to a wide range of deals through coupons. Though the savings may not seem like much on the surface, they all add up! You should also look into any points schemes your grocery store runs. Many big chains offer membership cards and points schemes that will give you money off on days out, school supplies and so on. This will allow you to save on other family expenses, and ultimately pay less for putting food on the table.

Start Planning Meals

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For many people, a large part of what makes groceries so expensive is impulse buying. You pass something tasty in the store, or have to rush out for an improvised meal, and wind up spending much more money than you’d originally intended. The easiest way to get around this is simply planning your meals for the week in advance. When you know exactly what you need for the week ahead, and write your shopping lists accordingly, it will become so much easier to stick to the plan, and avoid spending anything more than you should. It only takes a few minutes, and can save you a lot of squandered cash!

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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

(pixabay) 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 […]

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. I’m going to discuss everything from date nights to buying and designing your first home. With a bit of luck, this advice will point you in the right direction. It should also highlight some of the things you might have got wrong in the past. Obviously, there is no need to follow these suggestions to the letter. You just need to think about the information on this page as you move forward. At the end of the day, long-term relationships are hard to achieve these days. For that reason, we all need all the help we can get. Some of this advice comes from my experiences, and the rest comes from friends. So, let’s get started.

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

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Date for at least three months

 

Far too many people become attached to new partners too soon. While you might feel like you’re in a rush, it’s always best to get to know someone properly. For that reason, you should date for at least three months. Arrange lots of different things, so you get to learn about the person. You might book a table at a nice restaurant the first time you meet. After that, you could go to the cinema and watch a movie. If everything goes well, you should try something a little more energetic. Maybe you like the idea of rock climbing or something similar? The possibilities are endless, and they’re only limited by your imagination. Of course, you should involve your new potential partner in the decision-making process. Let them choose a couple of date ideas too.

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

 

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Go on a holiday together

 

When you’re convinced you like the person, it makes sense to spend more time together. As the old saying goes, you never really know someone until you’re around them for twenty-four hours a day. So, you might think about the idea of booking a holiday together. For the best results, you should consider going somewhere with lots of activities. The last thing you want to do is lie on a beach all day long because you might start to annoy each other. If you live in the US, you should travel south and visit states like Nevada where the weather is good. You might even think about leaving the country and spending your vacation abroad. Spain is the perfect place to visit in Europe because there are lots of activities to keep you occupied.

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

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Find some common hobbies

 

It’s important that you don’t spend all your time relaxing and enjoying the good life together. You should aim to find some productive hobbies that you both enjoy if you want to stay together. Perhaps you love to spend a couple of hours each day at the gym? Maybe you know how to play a few musical instruments? Either way, you just have to try to involve your new partner in the pastime. They might be willing to learn some new skills from you if you’re a good teacher. If you can’t find a hobby of that nature, you just need to create one. Have you ever fancied trying your hand at ballroom dancing? Do you like the idea of baking specialist birthday cakes for all your friends? Well, maybe your new partner will too?

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Give each other space

 

One of the biggest mistakes people make in new relationships relates to spending too much time together. While you need to get to know and love each other, you need lives outside of the relationship too. So, make sure you don’t lose touch with all your friends. You should also encourage your partner to arrange nights out with his mates too. You could even go on separate holidays once each year. There are some words of wisdom that apply here. Living in each other’s pockets is never going to work. You need to spend time apart so that you miss each other and keep the partnership exciting. If you don’t do that, you will end up resenting each other at some point further down the line.

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Work hard and save for a couple of years

 

If you’re still 100% convinced you’re with the right person, it’s time to knuckle down. Like it or not, starting a life together is going to cost a lot of money. Unless you’re lucky enough to have a large savings account, you’ll have to earn that cash. Open some joint accounts and pay a portion of your wages into them each month. Within a couple of years, you might have enough capital saved to put a deposit down on your first home. Bankrate and other sites publish some excellent information on average costs you should read. Of course, you need to make a decision at this point as to whether or not you’re going to be equal partners. If one of you earns significantly more than the other, you will have to make a mutually-beneficial arrangement. Money isn’t everything. You should never put yourself in a relationship where the other person gets to make all the decisions because they earn more.

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Buy and customize a house together

 

Now you have some savings in the bank; it’s time to purchase your first home together. Most people never reach this stage with a new partner, and so you should give yourself a pat on the back. You are naturally suited to that individual, or you wouldn’t have made it this far. Make sure you purchase a house that is large enough to start a family. You should also customize and decorate the property in a way you both enjoy. Take extra care when it comes to designing your bedroom. After all, that is one of the most important areas in your home. Buy a king size bed and get the best bedding your money can afford. Products from Plumeria Bay similar high-end retailers are made with the most luxurious materials. It might sound silly, but creating a comfortable and romantic bedroom is key if you want your relationship to stand the test of time.

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Start a family

 

When you have settled into your home and paid the bills for a few months, you should feel a little more relaxed. So, you might want to think about the idea of starting a family. Of course, there are lots of issues involved that you will want to consider. For example, one of you might have to stop working for a couple of years. For that reason, you need to ensure you can still bring in enough money to pay your mortgage. Babies can also place a lot of stress on a couple, so both of you need to be confident you’re making the right move. Don’t bring a child into the world if you think the relationship will end in a few years. Young people need both their mothers and fathers around to ensure they grow into well-rounded individuals. Still, if all the right things are in place, it could be the best decision you ever make.

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Always support each other through the hard times

 

You are guaranteed to encounter tough times in your relationship at some point. However, those moments could bring you closer together if you love each other. Supporting your partner in everything they do is essential for couples that want to stay together. If one person feels like the other doesn’t care, you are going to face many problems. Maybe your partner becomes ill and has to spend time in the hospital? If that happens, you should stay at your loved one’s side day and night until they recover. Perhaps one of you loses a loved one like a parent? Throwing your arms around each other and dealing with those instances together is what makes you strong. Even when you’re having arguments (which will always happen), you need to stand by your partner through thick and thin. If you don’t do that, they’re unlikely to stand by you when you need them most.

 

Readers who follow the step by step process outlined on this page should stand the best chance of forming a long-term relationship. People who skip parts and try to jump the queue will almost certainly fail. The key to happiness is to value your partner as much as you value yourself. Let them become part of you if you want to stay with them forever. Whenever they get upset, you should feel the same way because you are a couple in love. If they cry, you should feel like crying too. Whatever happens, you need to ensure you always value each other’s opinions. Never make decisions without first asking your partner if they agree. Compromise is also an important part of any stable relationship. At the end of the day, there is someone out there for everyone. So, now you’ve read all my tips and advice, you just need to find them. Oh, and one last thing, meet your partner in the real world and avoid dating apps. Good luck!

 

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

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Another Step Toward Self-Sustained Living?

Another Step Toward Self-Sustained Living?

So many of us find that our monthly bills for the family are simply too expensive. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we didn’t have to rely on those expensive energy suppliers? And if the cost of food were more affordable, many of us would be […]


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