How to Create Your Own Monster — are you Spoiling your Pet?

“You’ve created your own monster, you know”, my mother said ominously. My Rex cat, Houdini, had just burrowed his way inside my sweater for the third time that morning, letting out a squeal of indignation when I tried to resist. Houdini has separation anxiety. But in his tiny little mind, separation means I’ve been out of his site for at least two minutes. Or I’ve closed the bathroom door and left him on the other side. Or he hasn’t had his ears scratched or his belly rubbed in eons (about ten minutes.) Houdini follows me everywhere, like the most faithful of hounds, and craves my undivided attention almost as much as his next meal. If all of this seems annoying, …

How to Create the Illusion of Space

By positioning mirrors in the right places, you have the power to make any room appear larger. Whether you live in a loft, or a four bedroom house, you can follow these tips to make small areas more comfortable. If you are living in a loft, you probably might have pillars throughout the room. Mirror them and they’ll seem to disappear. If you want a hallway/stairway to appear wider: stagger mirrors on either side. If you want a hallway/stairway to appear longer: a mirror at the end will double its length. Make sure mirrors reflect only things you want to see more of. Do not place a mirror directly across from a laundry basket, or any cluttered/generally dirty area. Instead, …

How to Create a Family Website

When it comes to creating a website for your family, there are many paths you can take. The direction you take really depends on what you want to achieve with your family website. It also depends on the amount of time and money you are willing to spend creating and maintaining your website. Let’s focus on the top two ways to create a family website; Build it or Buy it. Building your own family website: Many people choose to roll back their sleeves and create their own family website. Creating html pages is actually fairly simple and there are many great tools out there to help you do it. If you have Microsoft Office, it comes with FrontPage (although it …

How To Clean Your Healthy Home on a Budget

You have probably noticed that non-toxic, healthy cleaning products tend to be too expensive. You may have even decided not to dispose of all those chemical-laden cleaning products because the healthy alternatives are so expensive. I will show you how to clean your home with natural, healthy products and save money. Why is it imperative that you get those harmful chemicals out of your home? The answer is simple. It’s because you care. You care about the health of your family, your loved ones, your pets, and yourself. Natural, nontoxic cleaning can gratify you in knowing that you are protecting your family’s health and that your home is a place for your bodies to rest and recuperate rather than promote …

How to Choose Your Diamond Wedding Ring

A favorite activity of everyone getting married is the incredible fun of going through a wedding ring selection process. But there are so many things to consider – and sometimes it can turn into a nightmare. I’ve got to be honest here, everybody secretly wants a monster stone in the most beautiful setting possible. Do most women get it? No, not really. A perfect, flawless 3K diamond (or bigger) isn’t realistic for most. Getting married involves a lot more than a flash ring which is going to have to be paid for and, of course, the bigger it is, the longer it’s going to take to pay for it. Like most young girls, you may have spent a lot of …

How To Choose Your Boxer Dog

An easier and more pleasant journey with your chosen Boxer starts with checking out the parent dogs for unbecoming traits like aggression, hyperactive and extreme shyness. This is easier to do when you get your Boxer from a reputable breeder or from a pet shop that get their animals only from known breeders. Exercise prudence if you are getting your Boxer puppy from pet stores, which often get their supply from breeders of unknown reputation. These “puppy mills” as they are called are not known to put much emphasis on the quality and health of pups they are producing. Reputable breeders would adhere to the accepted standards for Boxers in terms of uniformity in the breed, good health, temperament, size …

How To Choose The Right Trailer Hitch Accessory

When selecting a trailer hitch accessory the name of the game is to properly identify your present and …. anticipated future needs, from both the vehicle and the trailer standpoints. The key is to use a trailer hitch that is within the towing capacity of your vehicle and is strong enough to handle the weight capacity of the trailer. A row boat trailer will require a different hitch than a horse trailer. Likewise a full-size truck will pull more than a minivan. Make sure you evaluate all your possible needs. So first things first … find out in your vehicle owner’s manual what is the maximum towing and tongue weight capacity. Then evaluate the weight you will need to pull. …

How A Single Parent Can Create A Family Life For Their Kids

To whatever part of the world you belong, your family unit is important in building your character and personality. A family unit is definitely the most important thing in everyone’s life. Children learn the most from their family units. The families that are happy in the true sense of the word help the children of the family to grow up to become wonderful and stable human beings. This is very important for creating peace in the world. A family unit is important as it is the unit that builds your personality. The way you have with others, and the way you react to your circumstances is all dependent on the way you spend your family life. Those children who experience …

How to Find the Perfect Gift

You know the feeling. As you place a meticulously wrapped gift on a table filled with other presents, you can’t help but second-guess your choice. “Will they really like it? Did I spend enough on it? I wonder what’s inside that one…” The reason we give gifts—whether for weddings, birthdays, retirements, or holidays—is beside the point. The best gifts are those that let the recipient know you had no one else in mind when you chose it. By following a few simple guidelines, you can avoid any second-guessing yourself the next time you shop for a special occasion. Who are you shopping for? Consider the recipients’ ages, the hobbies they enjoy and their profession when thinking about gifts. If you’re …

How To Find The Perfect Birthday Gift

Most of us frequently – if not all the time – are short of good birthday gift ideas. Regardless of who the intended recipient is, whether it is a brother, sister, mum, dad, grandparent or in-law, often we all end up frantically searching through shopping malls for the elusive perfect birthday gift. All too often unfortunately, all these stores seem to stock only products that fall into one of three categories – they are either unsuitable, overpriced or impractical. So when you are looking for birthday gift ideas it can help to bear in mind the following points. Firstly, does the recipient deserve the efforts you are going to find them a gift? If they are a passing acquaintance or …

How To Find Affordable Senior Housing

A few years ago Miranda M. became a widow. After a short time her grandson (her only available relative) persuaded her to move across several states to be closer to him. He located a nice retirement apartment where meals, housekeeping, and transportation are provided. By using her small Social Security income, and funds left by her loving husband, Miranda was just able to afford her rent and basic living expenses. She didn’t much like taking all her meals in the community dining room, so she continued to fix some of them in her own kitchen. She reluctantly accepted the help of housekeeping for the heavy cleaning. But, as she said, “I need to keep busy. If I can’t make my …

How to Find Affordable Health Insurance

Affordable health insurance – it seems, especially today, those words just don’t belong together in the same sentence. Health insurance monthly premiums have become the biggest single expense in our lives – surpassing even mortgage payments. In fact, if you have any permanent health problems, such as diabetes, or have had cancer at one time in your family history, your monthly cost could easily be more than the house and car payment combined. Shopping for affordable health insurance can certainly be an eye-opener. If you have always had a health insurance benefit where you work – especially a state or federal employee – and now have to buy your own, you may not be able to afford the level of …

How To Find a Lost Cat

Losing your cat is a worrying experience, use these ‘How to find a lost cat’ steps, and try to stay calm. Remember that most lost cats have not run away from home, we all know about cats and curiosity. The first place you will want to search for your lost cat is right inside your home. It may seem obvious but make sure that your cat is not shut in a room, less obvious check washing machines, clothes dryers, dish washers, even refrigerators. Check garden sheds, garages, basements and attics, look up trees. An injured cat will hide anywhere, and will not always respond to your calling, so search every possible space, under furniture, in boxes, any conceivable space that …

How to Find a Good Pediatrician in Your Area

Congratulations, you’re pregnant. As the count-down to the birth of your new child approaches, you should consider finding a pediatrician who will work the best with your soon to be expanding family. Having a pediatrician on-hand though the formative weeks and years of your child’s life is in the best interests of both you and your child. Waiting until your child gets sick or needs a check-up is absolutely not the time to be going through the selection process, which can be stressful even when everything is going according to plan. Beginning Your Search There are several sources you can tap into to locate qualified pediatricians in your community. – A good place to start is the “American Board of …

How to Find, Select, and Afford a Wedding Photographer

You are engaged and one of the most important days in your life is fast approaching. Your wedding day will be filled with happiness and emotion. Family and friends will be there; some you have not seen in many years. It will be a wonderful day for you to remember and share. There will be so many things going on of which most you will not even know about until you look at the wedding photographs. Choosing a photographer may be a difficult and daunting task; and affording it may be even more cumbersome. You may be apt to ask a friend or relative to photograph it for you; this is surely to be a bad idea for many reasons. …

How To Film The Perfect Wedding Video

Capturing the perfect wedding day video takes more than just luck. There are a number of factors involved that should be considered when you’re planning your wedding video whether you’re the one behind or in front of the camera. 1. Experience Make sure the videographer has considerable experience, has just about seen it all and can anticipate what is about to happen in order to capture events as they unfold. Take note of any recommendations from people you know or testimonials to this regard. 2. Communication The videographer must be prepared to liase with other people who have key roles in your day, from the photographer to the hotel manager, in order to be alerted to upcoming highlights such as …