Monthly Archives: May 2018

Keeping Dogs Safe in the Heat

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With the weather warming up, the danger of dogs overheating is on the rise. For this reason, I think it is important to remind all the dog owners out there of how to best care for your puppy in the heat.

Here are a few tips for making sure your dog stays cool:

  1. Make sure they are hydrated. Be sure your pup has a bowl full of water at all times. Ensuring they are hydrated will keep them happy and healthy while avoiding the negative consequences of dehydration.
  2. Don’t leave your dog in the car. Leaving your dog in the car before an errand may not seem like a big deal when the weather is cooler, but in the summer months, your dog can very easily get overheated. To avoid this, leave your dog at home when you go out.
  3. Keep an eye on them in warm climates. Outside of taking the necessary precautions mentioned above, the best way to ensure that your dog doesn’t overheat is to keep an eye on them when they are exposed to the heat. If your dog stays outside most of the day, this is especially important.
  4. 4. Take them for a swim. If you think your furry friend is getting a little too toasty, take him or her for a swim in a creek or pool nearby. Many dogs really enjoy swimming – and they will cool off in the process!

Tips For A Healthy, Fun Summer

 

Summer is a great time to get outdoors, spend time with friends and family and take memorable trips. It is also a great time to pick up some new healthy habits to keep you energized and feeling great all summer. Here are a few tips for a better summer and a better you.

  1. 1. Take ten. With the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it’s always a good idea to take a few minutes for yourself. Summer lends itself to relaxing “you time” activities like a quick nap on a hammock or taking your dog for a stroll in the park.
  2. Break out the bike. With months of sunny weather right around the corner there’s even more reason to get outside and exercise. If you aren’t a big runner or walker, break out the bike and take a spin around your neighborhood or a nearby park.
  3. Eat better. If you have been letting your food choices slip a little in the cold weather, then the summer is a great time to catch up with your health. So many fruits are in season during the summer, and lend themselves to delicious, light snacks.
  4. Set a goal. To celebrate the new season, set a goal for yourself to learn something new or do something different. Achieving a goal is a great way to get to know yourself better while accomplishing something you can be proud of.
  5. Take a trip. As a lover of travel, I try to take every opportunity to explore a new place. That’s why this summer, I highly suggest taking a trip with friends or on your own to a spot you’ve never been before.

A Memorable Memorial Day

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Memorial Day is just around the corner and plenty of people are gearing up for a kick-off to the summer celebration. Don’t have any good ideas for you and your friends to celebrate? Don’t worry –  I’ve got a few:

  1. Cook and Hook. If your ideal hangout is just a few friends and the outdoors, try finding a good fishing spot with access to a grill. Catching fish and eating well is a great way to enjoy the day.
  2. Picnic Party. If getting outdoors sounds fun, but you aren’t feelings sporty, try finding a local park to have a picnic with some friends. Good food, company, and a little music makes for a great day.
  3. Pool and Fuel. A pool party is a great way to escape the summer heat, exercise and enjoy the day with friends. But with swimming comes the need to snack, so I suggest making some tasty appetizers and a hydrating beverage to go with it.
  4. Get Away. If you are a frequent reader of my blog, then you know how much I love to travel. That’s why my final Memorial Day idea is to take a trip somewhere fun with your friends. It doesn’t need to be far away – just take a drive, and enjoy a new place!

Picking Art for Your Home

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When it comes to decorating, art can be the hardest (and most fun!) thing to pick for your space. There are so many types of art, and each piece serves as a little insight into the mind of the owner and makes the work feel personal.

If you are looking to find a piece of art for your home, it is important that you ask yourself a few questions before buying:

Question One: Is it Original? There is plenty of art in the world, but not all of it is very original. Artists borrow and share ideas and concepts, but a true artist also wants to find their own voice. When you pick a piece for your space, try to buy something that is a little different from anything else you’ve seen, otherwise, why not just buy a cheap print?

Question Two: Does it Fit the Room? Just because you like a painting doesn’t mean that it is a good fit for your wall. If your space is very contemporary, a classical piece might appear strange in the same way that a modern piece might look odd in a contemporary room. Look to your furniture and walls for color inspiration when you are art hunting, and remember that patterns and themes in art can bring out similar colors and patterns in the room around you.

Question Three: Does it Represent Me? All art is different, just as all people are different, therefore you should pick art that reflects you in some way. Art lasts for a long time, so find work that makes you happy and that will make you smile for years to come.