Month: February 2019

Finding a Dog Crate for Your Large Breed

Dog crates come in all sizes and shapes and therefore when you are looking for one, it is essential that you factor in the size of your dog. Many dog owners’ especially new ones forget this important step and end up getting a dog crate that is too big or too small for their dog. If you fail to factor in the size of the dog, it will not want to stay in it and will often prefer somewhere else. The main reason you are getting a dog crate is so that it can have somewhere to sleep and chill while indoors instead of sleeping in every single part of the house. Dog crates are quite expensive, and once your dog rejects its own dog crate, it will be a loss of money for you.

Different breeds of dogs have different crates and designs meant for them. For example, if you have a small breed of dog, you will need one that is perfect for its size but at the same time allows it to move freely in the crate. The same applies to large breed dogs. You will need a dog crate that is big enough to allow it to move comfortably in it and have plenty of space. If you are looking for a dog crate for your large breed dog, below are some guidelines on how to go about it. These guidelines ensure that you get a perfect size and also details of what you need to know when planning to buy a dog crate.

Large Dog Crate

Dogs are like humans, and they have emotions and feelings too. If you have a large breed dog and you get it a small crate, it will become claustrophobic and feel cramped. In this case, it is essential that you get an extra large dog crate. Before heading out to the store to get the dog crate, size your dog first. Sizing the dog is simply measuring it to determine how large it is. If you are not aware of how to size your dog, you can visit any dog store, and they can do it for you. You can also find plenty of sizing guides on the internet to follow.

Usually, a large breed dog is 42 inches up to 52 inches. There are also larger breed dogs such as St. Bernard and Great Dane that are giant. Once you know the size of your dog, you can now go ahead to look for a dog crate for it that is larger than its normal size. Most dog crates stores have small dog crates, but there are a few brands that cater to large breed dogs. Do your research well and identify which brands and stores offer large dog crates.

Why Get the Right Dog Crate

A dog crate that fits the size of your dog perfectly has a lot of benefits for the dog. Some of these benefits include:

  • It reduces anxiety: if you get a small dog crate for a large dog it any develop anxiety. This is because it is cramped and scared because it has to squeeze in to fit. The dog may develop negative feelings for the crate because they associate pain to it. Never force a dog into a crate that it cannot fit in.
  • It makes training easier: if your large breed dog does not fit properly into the dog crate, training it to use it will be much harder. The dog will do its best to avoid the dog crate rather than use it.
  • Gives you an opportunity to travel. If you choose the right size of crate for your dog, you will be able to travel on airlines without any inconveniences because the dog is comfortable and able.

Ultimately the right dog crate will go a long way to help you, and its benefits as stated earlier are convenient. Your pup will be safe, comfortable, and happy, as long as you find a crate that is suitable for them to call home.

How to Choose A Sofa for Your Living Room´╗┐

When it comes to choosing the perfect sofa for your living room, there are so many things to take into consideration. You cannot just go into a furniture store and pick the first thing that catches your eyes. Trust me, you will regret that decision later. I know; I’ve done it. So to spare you that pain, I have created a list of things for you to consider when choosing the best sofa for your space!

1) What is your personal style?

There are four main interior design styles: modern, minimalist, glam, and farmhouse. Most people’s personal style consist of a combination. For example, you could be 80% glam, 18% minimalist, and 2% modern. You should know this before you begin shopping. It will help you choose what is best for your style. There are a ton of interior style quizzes on the web. Take a few of those to determine what you like if you do not already know.

2) Does the sofa match the furniture already present in your home?

If you are on the hunt for a new sofa, I am guessing that you want it to compliment the furniture you already have in your home. There’s nothing worse than getting to the store and finding something you like but then question if it will match what you already have. My best advice for this is to take pictures of your other pieces. Lots of pictures! Close-ups. Wide angels. Whatever will allow you to see the other pieces in their entirety. While you don’t necessarily have to match material, most people want to stay within their color family. 

The style of furniture is also extremely significant. If your home is super glam with sleek, acrylic items, you do not want to add a sofa that would normally be found in farmhouse decor. It will throw everything out of balance and look odd. 

3) What type of family do you have?

This is one of the most important things to think about before you even look at a sofa. Do you have children? Do you have pets? How big is your family? All these things matter. If you have children, think about their mannerisms. You probably don’t want a sofa that you cannot clean easily. Meaning that luxurious velvet sofa that looks amazing in the display at the store will not be the best things for you. Also, pets have hair. Pets are known for shedding said hair. You will most likely not want a couch where the hair fibers tangle in the sofa fiber. You also might not want a sofa that snags easily with children or pets. 

Also, think about the size of the sofa. It needs to be big enough to hold your entire family. If it’s you, a spouse, and one child, then a regular three-cushion sofa might be perfect for you. If you need more room, a sofa section that you can rearrange will do the trick. 

4) What is your budget?

I probably should have mentioned this first, but have a budget in mind before you go shopping. That way you can eliminate furniture stores that are outside of your budget. While most furniture stores do offer payment plans, some of them do not. So knowing what stores fit your budget is important in case you do have to pay up front. There will be no surprises in price when you find a sofa because the store is already in your budget. 

5) Will it fit inside your living room?

Measure, measure, and then remeasure! I cannot emphasize this enough. A sofa too small will make your living room look empty, and a sofa too big will make your space feel cramped. Neither is good. 

While there are other things that could go into choosing a sofa, I find these to be the most helpful. I hope they help you with all your sofa shopping adventures!

5 DIY Face Masks That Will Make Your Skin Shine!

Hello Friends and welcome to another edition of Shine, Skin Shine! 

Today we’re going to share fabulous ways to make your pretty little face shine like the sun. 

Let’s get to it. 

First and foremost, we’ll cover some important things to consider then we’ll get into making face masks using some basic kitchen ingredients. 

Important Thing #1) It is highly advisable to do a small skin test to the ingredients that you will be applying to your face. If your skin turns red, itches or swells, rinse, pat dry then move on to the next mask. 

Important Thing #2) Less Is More. We’re big fans here of using what you have because everything you need is in the kitchen. Keep it simple, less is more! 

Important Thing #3) This is going to be so much fun! As you are preparing your ingredients thank them for doing a wonderful job of making your skin shiny. Thank you avocado mask for your wonderful oils and making my skin so shiny and pretty. This is a wonderful experiment in delight, you get to play with your food and eat it too! 
Whenever possible, use organic ingredients. Clean in is clean out. 

Important Thing #4) Wash off the mask with warm water then rinse with cold. This is a wonderful form of hydrotherapy that gives your skin a nice rosy glow. 

Important Thing #5) Whatever you do, do NOT mix vinegar and baking soda. Vinegar and baking soda fizz like a mini volcano. Put another way, keep vinegar and baking soda away from each other. 

Alrighty then, now that we understand a few important things, let’s make some shiny skin masks. 

Shiny Face Mask #1) Molasses Grapefruit or Honey Lemon. 
These masks are a wonderful combination of sugar and citrus acids designed to slough off dead skin cells revealing the beauty below. You can mix your favorite citrus to any of these sugar acid substances like molasses and honey. We’ve found that molasses works well with olive and dark complexions, and honey works well with lighter ones. 
Feel free to mix your own perfect ratios of sugar to citrus. Leave on your face until you feel mummified, about 15-20 mins then rinse. 

Shiny Face Mask #2) Cool Black Tea Bags. Take some tea bags and let them soak in cool water with vinegar* for a few minutes. Take out tea bags and gently squeeze out excess moisture. Place tea bags on your face in a reclining position until you feel the moisture has dried up. No need to rinse unless you feel like you want to. This is a great mask for tightening pores. You can even drink the liquid when your done. 
*Keep tea bags soaked in vinegar out of eyes as vinegar will sting the eyeballs. 

Shiny Face Mask #3) Avocado Lime Salt Mash. Mash an avocado, squirt some lime and add salt for this delicious mask. The oily avocado does a great job of shiny skin. Keep this mask out of your eyes as well because the lime and salt will definitely sting the eyeballs too! 

Shiny Face Mask #4) Olive Oil and Baking Soda. Take any oil* you have in the kitchen, butter even and add a pinch of baking soda to it. Mix and apply to face. This mask you can rub off and pat dry with cool water. Be careful with this mask because oils and butter stain clothes. 
*Canola oil and lard are not recommended. Though if you must, do a small skin test first. 

Shiny Face Mask #5) White Egg Peel. Take the egg white and whip it lightly. Apply to face for 15-20 minutes then rinse with warm water then cool. This white egg wash is also excellent for burns, battle tested in many a fire station. 

There you go, Friends! Have fun with your shiny face masks and we’ll see you in another life!