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Why Hamsters Are Popular Pets and Other Facts

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

We’ve seen a rise in popularity when it comes to adopting hamsters, and it’s happened in the past decade or so. Why did that happen? Well, the fact is that hamsters are small-sized rodents that need a lot less effort compared to cats or dogs. Besides, they have a lot of benefits, but they also do come with several cons.

We tried to do our best at showcasing some of the reasons they’ve become popular and why you might have to consider (or not) getting one, too.

They won’t bother you during the day

The neatest thing about hamsters is that they are nocturnal. What this means is that they are at their most active when you are sleeping. However, this does mean that you will have to provide them with things to chew on and an exercise wheel, too, so that they don’t get bored and have several entertainment opportunities.

Because they are nocturnal, they tend to shy away from too much light. In the wild, they are known for creating burrows and spending time inside them all day long. That also happens because Syria, the place where the most common type of hamster can be found and originates from, has scorching weather during the day.

Hamsters do not appreciate extreme temperatures, and that’s why they try to hide as best as possible. A cage for a Syrian hamster should come with places where he or she can hide. Plastic tubes and even the cardboard tubes left over from toilet paper can make good hiding places.

They require little to nothing in the way of maintenance and feeding

Due to their very small bodies, hamsters eat significantly less food compared to bigger rodents like rabbits and guinea pigs. They like veggies and fruit, but these should only make up about ten percent of their daily diet. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t feed them bananas or small pieces of carrot and the likes.

They also enjoy fresh veggies like cucumber, as well as a variety of leafy greens like lettuce, but also things like parsley.

Since they like clean spaces, we have to advise you to wash and dry their cage on a weekly basis. The fact is that a clean enclosure can make or break their health because as you know, they tend to create a corner where they relieve themselves.

The downside

The only drawback to getting a hamster instead of a cat or a dog is that it doesn’t live for too many years. In fact, it has the lowest life span of all of the rodents that can be pets nowadays. A hamster can only live for about two to three years, while a guinea pig can reach the age of eight, by comparison.

Of course, with cats and dogs, there have been multiple cases where the pets reached the age of twenty. So these bigger animals can be true life companions compared to these little rodents.

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Urban Garden Tips For The Beginner

Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

The Urban Farm movement has spread globally. In this day of processed food, chemically altered foods, and foods that have been stripped of their natural nutrients, growing our own food is essential.

Urban farms are not large farms, so high-yield crops are in high demand. The urban farmer grows only plants that are edible. Before you break ground spend some time researching. Determine how much space you will dedicate to vegetables and your Seed Needs.

Below you will find some tips on how to begin. By offering these suggestions, we hope you will utilize your property and reap a bountiful harvest.

Survey the area
You do not have to have a huge space for your garden. Take measurements of the area you have. Before you jump in, find out which plants you can lead to growing upwards. If you have limited space horizontally, vertical gardening is a great idea.

Grow fresh herbs to season your fresh veggies with. Punch a hole on either side of an empty coffee can, and use a nail to punch a few holes in the bottom of the can for drainage. Thread rope inside the can and knot them off. Hang the pots on the fence by looping the rope over a fence board. You can cut the rope longer so the can will be lower and shorter to raise it on the fence. Place soil in the coffee cans and plant your herbs.

If frost threatens, you can simply slide the rope off the board and move your herb plants indoors until it is safe to return them.

Do your homework
You need to do some research on plants and your area. There are vegetables that thrive well in winter. Others must be harvested before the first frost. Hit the library or surf the web and make a list of the vegetables that you want to plant and when they need to be planted. Remember the climate. You may live in an area that gets alot of rain. You will plant different plants than someone who lives in a dry climate.

Everyone who has an urban garden needs to create a compost bin in their yard. A compost pile is made up of editable products and items that can be naturally broken down. Your leftovers, dead leaves, and other green material make a great all natural fertilizer. You can buy a compost bin at any gardening store or you can make your own.

Designate an area at the far end of the garden, away from the house so you will not have to experience the smell and insects that are drawn to it. Be sure you assemble a compost bin with a tight-fitting lid and easy access to use the finished product.

Harvest the rain
Set up a drain system that will capture falling rain and store the rain in a barrel and use it to water your garden. Water is a precious commodity and a good gardener conserves and uses it wisely.

Make it a group effort
Gardening is alot of work. Make it a neighborhood or family affair. There will be veggies and fruits enough for everyone. Share the work and share the bounty.

Use technology – there’s an app for that
There are plenty of free apps you can download to help you. They will give you tips on what to plant and when to plant. They will help you identify bugs or illnesses and give you hints on how to handle them. Set up reminders on your app and never forget important tasks.

You can do this. You can grow your own food and experience, maybe for the first time, the way foods are supposed to taste. It takes some effort, but there are plenty of resources out there to help you. The sooner you begin the sooner you will truly be on the road healthy and delicious food.

Brought to you by our friend, Wendy.

Tips To Remove Stress From Your Wedding or Anniversary Trip

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

Whether you are planning a wedding, or a special anniversary trip, it can be very stressful. Most of the time the source of the stress comes down to three categories:

  1. Disasters
  2. The budget
  3. Time restraints

Let’s deal with disasters first, as it is the easiest to address. If there is a disaster. If a storm comes in and damages the hotel, someone in the family becomes very ill, or there is a problem with the best man or maid of honor and they withdrawal at the last minute, you have no choice but to roll with it. You cannot control nature, sickness, or the behavior of other people. While it may seem like the end of the world, it is not. So work around it and relax. You will either have the event or postpone it. You will change hotels or postpone the event. You will replace the missing person or omit their position. In any event, you will be fine.

The budget
Most of the time, when a couple blows their budget it is because they were not sincere when they agreed to it or they failed to include things that cost them extra money. This is a common problem because until you have planned an event like this, you do not understand all of the hidden costs involved. This is why it is a good idea to use a wedding planner. A professional wedding planner knows what to expect. They can help you set priorities and can pull you in and make suggestions when things are getting twisted.

  • The dress

Regardless if you are buying a wedding dress, bridesmaid dress, or anniversary dress, you need to choose a vendor that is experienced. A bridal shop that has a great selection, the latest styles and vintage looks is your best bet. They can satisfy any style, and give you a quality, well-fitting dress at a great price. You can find what you are looking for and all the help you need at this site.

Match the style with the venue. If you are having a beach wedding, go with a material that is flowing and well cut. Consider separates. This allows the bridesmaids to keep on the tops (to keep the look together and chic) but to change the skirt for a shorter skirt, jeans, summer slacks, or even shorts. Be careful not to overdress. Layers, shawls, long sleeves and trains are not practical on the warm island sand.

  • The location/venue

Consider having everything at one location. The hotel, the venue for the ceremony, and the honeymoon. This cuts down on costs and confusion. It relieves you of the stress of traveling all around on the day of the event.

Choose any day other than Saturday. Saturdays are the busiest days of the week for weddings and parties. Choose a different day and save some money and there is less rush and fear of being late to depart.

Repurpose the ceremony flowers and use them in the reception area. Place them in vases or arrange them in the center of the tables or across arches.

Cut down on the amount of decorations you will need by creating a flower wall. This is a way to use silk flowers and to move them to where they are needed at the right time.

  • Time restraints

Save time and money by taking advantage of deals on Maui tours. You cannot see everything on your own. If you do not know where you are going, entire days can be used up just trying to find a place. Instead, depend on an expert tour guide who will show you things you have never seen before. Hidden beaches and waterfalls come to mind.

If you are already planning a trip for you and your guests, why not plan to travel mid-week. Just like with the wedding, it saves money and time to avoid the weekends.

Author Bio

Wendy Dessler

Wendy is a super-connector with Outreachmama who helps businesses find their audience online through outreach, partnerships, and networking. She frequently writes about the latest advancements in digital marketing and focuses her efforts on developing customized blogger outreach plans depending on the industry and competition.

Passing Your Driving Test First Time – How to Make It Happen

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

Everyone wants to pass their driving test first time. It’s a lot easier for you if you achieve this; and cheaper, as you do not have to carry on paying for lessons. There are ways that you can make it more likely you will pass your test first time.

One of the biggest positives is to make sure you are prepared for the logistics of the driving test day. You can check out to find out the exact address of where you will be taking your test. This helps you to plan your journey so that you arrive for the test in plenty of time. Doing this should help you to reduce stress levels on the day, and gives you a better chance of passing your test. There are other things you can do to make it easier for you to pass your driving test first time. Let’s take a look at some of them.

Practice is important
Driving can be stressful, especially if you are new to it. You can lessen the amount of stress that you feel by making sure you are used to being behind the wheel. The more practice you get, the more confident you should feel. Being more confident gives you a better chance of being successful in passing, first time around. You need to take some lessons with a professional instructor. You can supplement these lessons with some hours of instruction from a relative or friend.

Being aware of the law and rules of the road
You can never know too much about driving laws and rules. The more you read up on them, the more they are likely to stick in your head. This helps when you are trying to remember them while undertaking the stressful task of trying to pass your driving test.

Make sure your nerves are not a detriment
It can be good to have some nerves, when you need to complete an important task, such as passing your driving test. Problems start when nerves start to take over. This can have an adverse effect on your performance. If you think you are likely to be very nervous, you should take a look at some stress relief techniques that might be useful.

Take your mind off the test
It’s not a good idea to make everything about the test. You obviously need to practice before the test, but then you should take the time to chill out. The evening before the test, enjoy some down time and make sure you get to bed early. Set the alarm in plenty of time for you to get up and ready the next morning; you should also make sure that you have a good breakfast. If your test is due to happen in the afternoon, you should relax in the morning. It could be a good time to have a walk around and clear your head.

Hopefully, you should find all of these tips useful in helping your pass your driving test first time. All that remains to be said is good luck.

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Take Your Online Shopping to the Next Level

Saturday, February 25th, 2017

So you are a professional when it comes to shopping online, are you? Even if you are an old hand at online shopping, you likely have not heard of this fantastic new trick that is emerging right now. Many people who are experienced shoppers have no idea that they can be saving huge amounts of money on the same high quality products that they know and love.

The natural progression of a shopper is to start out cruising aisles and simply picking what jumps out at them. Of course, what jumps out at them is what is strategically placed there by stockers – who are following orders from strategic consultants hired to offload failing stock.

The next step is for someone to get a bit savvy and recognize which stores are constantly just offloading shoddy products, and which are not. Then, the savvier shopper might start looking through their favorite publications for a chance to cut out coupons that can help them save a little cash.

More experienced shoppers will probably realize that without having to support a brick and mortar operation, stores can offer a lot lower prices. That means that shopping online has instantly built-in savings. Rather than pay overhead and retail staff, a clothing or shoes or jewelry line can build some of those cost savings into the product price, and pass that on to the customer.

But the ultimate step in this evolution of the ever-more experienced shopper? Take yourself to ASOS’ Groupon Coupons page for a shining example of how you can save a huge amount on fantastic products. ASOS offers all kinds of great gear, and by going through their Groupon link, you have the chance to save 20% off of full price items, get a 10% student discount, and even secure free express shipping.

There is nothing wrong with shopping in person at a retail store to see if you like something, or even following the coupon trail to uncover a new favorite. But if you really want to maximize your shopping budget, you need to search for your favorite brands’ Groupon pages and go from there.

Brought to you by our friend, Justin.

How to Prepare Your Child for College

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

Going to college is a scary time for children and parents. For many, this is the first time they have lived away from home, and the first big decision that they have had to make for themselves. As a parent, you want to help them, while allowing them the freedom to grow and learn, which can be tricky. Here on some tips on the best ways to help prepare them for the first big challenge of their adult life, whether it’s still quite some time away, or they are thinking about it now.

Look at All the Options
There are more options when it comes to further education than there has ever been before. There is a huge range of courses available, from all different educational institutions. They could study close to home or far away. They could even stay at home and study an online degree, such as an online respiratory therapy degree. Or they could even study part time, and gain valuable work experience at the same time. The best thing to do is make a list, then sit down together and talk about their options. Try to go to as many open days as you can.

Encourage Them to Make the Right Choice
As a teenager, it’s always tempting to take the easy option or to follow your friends. While you can’t, and shouldn’t tell them not to do something, you can explain the benefits of other choices. If they have a dream career, help them to research what they need to do to get there. It’s not always black and white. For example, they may want to work helping children, in which case there are lots of courses and career paths they could take; even a bachelor in respiratory therapy program could lead to a career in pediatrics.

Teach Them Life Skills
If they are planning to move away from home for the first time, now is the time to make sure they know how. You’d be surprised at how many students know nothing about cooking and cleaning. Start teaching them how to make a few simple meals, and get them to help more around the house. They might not enjoy it, but these skills will help them immensely in the long term.

Prepare Financially
They probably haven’t had to control their finances too much before now. Even if you are paying their fees, or they have financial aid, they will need to make money to live. If they have never had a job, perhaps encourage them to start working a few hours, and let them control their money. Teach them as much as you can about saving and budgeting. There are some great apps which can help.

Start Shopping
Start thinking about what they need as far in advance as possible. Make a list, and between you get some shopping. They’ll need course materials and stationary, but also a laptop or tablet, and household supplies, such as bedding. After that it might depend what’s including in their dorm room, but prepare as much as you can.

Moreover, you’ll need to help them with the applications, and support them emotionally as they make these tough choices. How much help and support they need will vary, just make sure they know that you are there when they need you.

Brought to you by our friend, Carol.

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