How to Get Rid of Pet Smells from Your Home

You might love your pet more than anything else in the world, but are you as fond of their odor? Having a pet is the best, but the smells they leave behind can be very trying.

Traditionally pets were always kept outside.  Nowadays, however, they are allowed to cuddle up on the sofa when you’re watching TV, snuggle up in bed with you, and take trips in the car. Such constant companionship comes at a heavy price: all your furnishings and even your clothes are going to have that pet smell (eau de wet dog anyone?!) . Try some of these ideas to get rid of pet smells from your home.

how to get rid of pet smells from your home

Use Your Washing Machine

Many of your soft furnishings are going to be machine washable so using your washing machine will make quick work of the cleaning and remove smells quickly and easily. Always check the care label on the items before putting them in the washing machine, and make sure the temperature is set right. Wash cushion covers, duvet covers, pillow cases, rugs and anything else your dog’s been lying on.   It doesn’t have to be a big long hot wash.  Even a ‘quick wash’ setting at a low temperature makes a big difference!

If you can, hang your washing outside to dry.  This stops any smells being absorbed while they are drying.

The Power of Baking Soda

This common store cupboard item is very useful when it comes to removing doggy smells. For furnishings that aren’t machine washable, sprinkle baking soda over the surfaces, and leave it to rest for a few hours, or overnight. The next morning, vacuum up the baking soda, and you’ll be left with a fresh, clean smell. The power of baking soda comes from its absorbent properties that draw odors out of fabrics and materials.   I can confirm this is also a total lifesaver when you are potty training your kids!!

Call in the Experts

Professional cleaning companies have all the necessary tools in their toolbox and know all the best methods for removing pet odors from your home. Make use of their services for a one-off clean to get you back to square one, this can sometimes be written into rental accommodation contracts!  Or if you can, hire them on a more regular basis. Visit www.mytechnicare.com to find out more.

Vacuum, Vacuum, Vacuum!

You can keep on top of pet dander by regularly mopping hardwood floors, but for your carpets, the only way to deal with pet hair is with a daily vacuum regime. Carpets are great for keeping your feet warm, and they also look good. Unfortunately, they also act as a magnet for hair, dust, and dander. Using a powerful vacuum is the only way to go. You really do need to vacuum thoroughly every day. Don’t forget to include your furniture, especially all the cracks and crevices. Empty the canister regularly and clean out the air filters frequently, to ensure they’re always working efficiently.

You love your animals, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you love their smells! No one wants their home to smell like their pets!  Doing a little every day will make a huge difference!

Five Fun Ways to Stay in Shape

 

Do you find yourself doing the same thing when you’re working out?  Always going for a run, or always heading to the gym? Trying out a new activity that will help you stay in shape is a great way to get out of that rut! There are plenty of great activities for you to check out that won’t feel like exercise.   Today I’m giving you five fun ideas that will help you stay in shape.  No running required!!

five fun ways to stay in shape

Zumba 

If you have not heard of Zumba, where have you been? This fitness dance class that has been taking the world by storm in recent years.  If you who love to dance, Zumba is the perfect aerobic workout that incorporates body movements from flamenco, salsa and other dances. It’s designed to sculpt your body while burning fat at the same time.   You can find Zumba classes everywhere for all ages and levels of fitness.

 

Pole Dancing 

Pole dancing is another fun way to stay in shape that has become extremely popular in recent years. Trying it out with friends will help you leave any inhibitions at the door! This is not only a great way to stay in shape, but it will also help to boost your confidence. Pole dancing is fantastic for upper body strength as you will be lifting your body off the pole, toning your arms and legs as you do so.

 

Indoor Rock Climbing 

Another exciting activity that will help to build strength and balance is rock climbing.  The easiest, and safest way to try this is at an indoor rock climbing facility.  You’ll be using your leg, arm and ab muscles throughout the workout, and you can easily burn as many as 800 calories in an hour. If you fall in love with indoor rock climbing you can then challenge yourself outdoors.

 

At Home Workout Trainers 

If you love nothing better than watching your favourite soaps in front of the television at night, then getting a piece of gym equipment for your home is the perfect way to stay in shape.  If exercise is not usually your thing, you can distract yourself with the TV!  Time will fly by much faster while watching your favourite programmes! You can research which trainer to buy here .  You can get at home gym equipment for all kinds of different things, whether its cardio, strength training or toning!  Having equipment at home allows you to fit in some exercise around kids naps or bed times.

 

Roller-skating 

If you usually like to go out for a run but are looking to do something a little bit different, why not consider going roller-skating? A great bonus is that it’s easier on your joints while still building good lower body strength.

Taking Care of Your Family’s Health Overseas

Whether you are on holiday or planning to move to a new country, one thing you need to consider is the health implications for you and your family. There are several aspects to consider if you want to have a happy trip and avoid any medical problems when you leave your home country.

These issues can be broadly defined in three categories: care of ongoing health issues, first aid and minor conditions, and emergency provision. Health problems affect the whole trip for everyone, not just the person who is sick.

We invest so much time and money into travelling, the last thing anything wants is for it to be cut short.  So, managing potential health issues is a must.

Ongoing health issues

An ongoing health issue includes any illness or problem affecting a family member’s health you are already aware of. Common examples include asthma, epilepsy, mental health conditions, genetic conditions, diabetes, high blood pressure, and allergies. You need to check with your doctor as to any advice they have for travelling.

There are restrictions on certain drugs being carried through customs in different countries.  For instance, the opioid drug Tramadol is often prescribed for chronic pain conditions, but due to its addictive properties and the problems it has caused in some parts of the world, you can face problems entering certain countries with it. If you’re planning on taking any medication with you, check whether there are any restrictions where you are going.

Make sure you get enough to last for the whole trip and a little longer, in case you get delayed. Don’t run the risk of running out of vital treatments as allergy medicine, inhalers, or epinephrine auto injectors.  It is not always easy to get medication you need abroad, especially specific prescriptions.

Changes that could affect those with chronic health conditions

When planning your trip, be aware of how changes in climate, humidity, air quality, food, and sleep may affect anyone with a health condition. An asthmatic might find their breathing affected by a big city or at a higher altitude. People with diabetes need to be able to eat and drink at the right time to avoid a hypoglycemic fluctuation. The stress of travelling could have an adverse effect on someone with high blood pressure or heart problems. There could be aspects of the new environment that could trigger allergic responses. For those with mental health issues, the entire process can be stressful and bewildering.

All these complications can be managed. You just need to make plans to accommodate everyone’s needs.

First aid

When on board an aircraft or a ship, the staff will have access to all the first aid facilities you might need if someone falls ill or gets injured.  It’s wise to let them know of any pre-existing conditions.

Once you reach your destination, you will probably have access to a first aid kit where you’re staying. But if you’re exploring somewhere off the beaten track, you will need to have some essential supplies with you.  Either way, check before you go, it’s not worth the risk of being caught out!

The advice on what to take can vary from place to place. It is also often updated, as knowledge about the best action to take improves. Check what is recommended on authoritative websites, and cross reference with any advice on extras you might need.  Also check for any local flora and fauna to be aware of, for example, jellyfish, poisonous plants, or spiders.  You don’t need to scare yourself silly,  just be aware of the main hazards to look out for.

You may feel more confident using a first aid kit if you’ve completed a first aid course. Taking a course isn’t expensive, and quite apart from being useful when you’re away, it’s also a highly valuable life skill to have. Knowing what to do if someone stops breathing, or being able to spot the signs of serious illnesses like a stroke can quite literally save lives.

Emergency treatment

The last thing you want to worry about if someone needs health care abroad is medical bills! Before you go, you should take out travel insurance that covers you for accident and illness abroad. Check the policy carefully to make sure it covers you for everything you are likely to be doing, as there can be exclusion clauses in the small print that mean certain conditions or activities aren’t covered without being added on.  Make sure you disclose any pre-existing conditions!

Make sure you’ve had all the vaccinations and any other preventative treatments required for the country you are visiting.  This advice is easily found online.

It’s good planning to find out about the health facilities where you’ll be staying. It’s handy to know where the nearest doctor or hospital is to you. The chances are slim that you will ever need this information, but just in case you do, it can save a lot of time and stress if you know what number to ring, or where you can obtain medical help.

 

If you’ve read through all this and are now thinking it sounds like you’d be safer staying at home, relax. The point of being prepared is to insure yourself against anything going wrong; it doesn’t mean that any of these problems will arise! By taking steps to be prepared for what could happen, and prevent as many problems as possible, you will have a much safer and happier trip. There’s no need to worry about what might happen because it probably won’t. Just the same as if you are at home, the key is to take the actions required to make the chances even more remote that health issues will have an impact.

You Can Make Your Dreams Come True

It’s something a lot of people dream about, moving to paradise islands like the Seychelles.  But how many of them are prepared to do the work? To put in the effort to make that dream a reality? If you truly long for a change in lifestyle, you need to work towards your goal, not just hope you’ll win the lottery one day! It’s a big move, but if it’s what you want for your life, then the effort you put in to make your dreams come true will be well worth it.

 

What are you going to do?

If you could just fly overseas and spend your days doing whatever you wanted, then everyone would be doing it! You need to have a plan for what you’re going to do when you relocate. Then work towards getting a job lined up or setting yourself up as a freelancer. You’ll need to make sure you understand the visa requirements and the employment legislation before looking for a job. There are great websites and services available that can help you sort these technicalities out.  Some of these sites can also help you out with job hunting too.

make your dreams come true

Financing your move

You’ll need to raise some capital to ensure you have enough money to cover the relocation and setting yourself up. That might mean working for a few more years in your current job.  If you’re thinking about freelancing, say as a writer or running your own business, it’s better to start work on the project before you move, so you haven’t got everything going on at once. It’s also better to be established and bringing in work before you move, so you have a level of security. The great thing about working from home is that you can live almost anywhere you like thanks to the internet. That means it’s perfectly feasible to set your business up in one country and transfer to another with minimal disruption.

The transition period

Once you’ve committed yourself to a move, you need to be dedicated to achieving your savings goals and getting ready for your new job. If you’re going freelance, you need to get the business going before you move.  Getting your business up and running while still working is NOT going to be easy.  You could look at moving to a part-time position or more flexible working hours. This will allow you time to build up your new client list. Have a look at employment opportunities near you that could offer you the flexibility and free time you need, for example check out websites such as www Walmart com careers to find a suitable role.

Living your dream life is something that can come true, providing you are serious about making the change and putting the work in to achieve your goals. If you have the ambition and determination, you too could one day be making your dreams come true on the sun-kissed beaches of a tropical paradise.make your dreams come true

Tools for Stay At Home Mums Running a Business

Juggling family life while running a business from home can often feel like you need to be in ten places at once. However, running a home based business gives parents the opportunity to develop a career and earn money that fits in with life with children. Although it is not always easy, ‘mumpreneurs’ can gain the work/life balance they want. If you are struggling to keep up with the demands of running a business while looking after children or want to know more about time-saving ways to get tasks done, this is the advice you need.

Tools for Stay At Home Mums Running a Business

tools for stay at home mums running a business

Scheduling Tools

Giving a structure to your day will help you be more in control of all the tasks you need to do, rather than feeling overwhelmed by them. Have a set time where you make calls or answer emails, use the two-hour window you have in the afternoons to work on your projects, and know the times where you have activities with your children. If your children are at school, plan when to do the tasks for your business in advance, as that will help you stick to a schedule and meet goals.

Time Saving Tools

Time-saving tools to help you run a business are something that all work at home mums benefit from. Use scheduling software or interactive calendars to organise your appointments as well as noting children’s activities. It is impossible to remember everything so be sure to use what is available to you.

Save time by using fun, easy to use tools to market your business. Let’s say you want to make a promotional coupon for your business, design a flyer or work out an email template. Choose platforms that are user-friendly to save you time and the headache of working out how it all works.

Marketing a business takes time and effort, but if you use social media, then there are countless tools where you can schedule posts across a variety of platforms in advance. This saves you time logging in and writing posts, as it can all be managed from one place.

People Power

When you are a parent working from home, you have to put on many different hats during your day. Breakfast maker, email writer, school runner, house cleaner, accountant and more. If you find the business side of things is getting busy, don’t be afraid to ask for help now and then. Ask you, partner, to take over some of the household duties, or get a friend to watch your kids while you meet a client. It is also a good idea to read advice from other successful mothers who run a business from home, and see what you can apply to your own.

There its also the option of virtual assistants.  You can hire people online to do all sorts of tasks from your business that you don’t have time to do!

 

Running a business from home while being a stay at home parent is one of the most rewarding and difficult of challenges. Put the right tools in place to help you get it right, and you can enjoy the work/life balance that brings the most benefits to you and your family.

Setting Kids Up For Adult Life

Despite perhaps never wanting your kids to grow up and to leave you, at some point, they probably will!  If they can go out into the world independently you know you’ve done a good job!

We are consciously and unconsciously setting kids up for adult life every day.  Here are a few thoughts on how we can consciously prepare kids for ‘the big world out there!’

Setting kids up for adult life

Social Skills

Perhaps the most important skills our kids develop are those connected to socialising. From the moment a baby learns to attract our attention, or share a toy in a nursery, they’re fine-tuning skills in getting what they want, or in relinquishing what they want, as dictated by civilised human society.  It’s a complex task, and quite amazing that it takes place over so short a time. However, to get our kids ahead of the curve, you’ll need to be proactive.

The best way to get children ready for the social pressures of adult life is to introduce them to social situations frequently. Allow them to hold the floor in family conversations. You can start introducing them into ‘grown up’ social interactions too, like paying the bill at a restaurant, or buying the food at the store. As with everything they do, children learn through exposure and get great ego and confidence boosts from performing new tasks well.

Handling Money

As a kid money means nothing, but unfortunately as we get older it means more than perhaps we would like it too!  So having a handle on it is one of the most important stages of being fully trusted as a young adult. Exposing kids to the workings of the financial world, the value of certain everyday items and the banking and budgeting systems will stand them in good stead to manage their money later in life.

A good example of this early learning help would be to give your child a small allowance.  Then they may choose to spend or save for something bigger. Allowing them to mismanage the cash they have in order for them to form their own ideas as to the value of money is certainly no bad thing either. Setting up junior bank accounts can be a big help too.  I remember doing this with my Mum and Dad and loved how grown up it made me feel!

Style

A sense of style may seem unimportant but I think it can really help with a kids identity.  It’s amazing how some kids are so stubborn about things they will or won’t wear from such a young age.  As much as we might want to fight it, it’s their way of showing the world who they are!

There are so many amazing options for kids fashion these days.  So whether your little one wants to dress just like you, loves what you choose for them, or will only step out in an outfit they’ve fully chosen themselves, it’s all developing their sense of style.

There are certain things that are definite staples in any kids wardrobe from investing in a cool Woolrich jacket, awesome summer sandals, super funky leggings and I’ve never met a kid who doesn’t love a good old pair of welly boots!

 

Technology

This is definitely a touchy subject!  I certainly don’t want to try and make any judgements on the way any parents utilise technology with their kids.  There are those who flat out refuse kids the use of TV, smartphones or tablets.  There are some that allow their kids to play on them all day.  It’s probably safe to say most parents sit somewhere in the middle of that.  It’s all good!!

If you worry about how much screen time your kids are having, setting time limits may be a good idea.  Whether that’s through setting an alarm, or showing them the clock (maybe a good way to start teaching time!?)

 

Hygiene

Personal hygiene definitely does not come natural to kids!  It’s something that we’ve definitely got to teach them.

It starts relatively simply when they are little, it’s easy to make bath time fun!  But then teeth come in and that can definitely be trickier to persuade kids to do!

Things definitely step up when you need to start introducing deodorant to your less than sweet smelling pre-teen.  Vital conversations about periods and all the other body changes are SO important for both boys and girls.  Normalising all of these things early on will hopefully help take embarrassment out of it later on.

All of these things are all about establishing healthy patterns of behaviour. While it may be a little awkward for us, normalising all of these things early on will hopefully help take embarrassment out of it later on for them.

Hygiene knowledge prevents infections, promotes self-care as a psychological good, and means that your grown-up child will never miss out on a job for looking or smelly scruffy. It’ll be written into their DNA to be smart and well-washed when it’s important to be such.

 

Alternative Adventure Activities for the Whole Family

With the summer holidays fast-approaching, it’s time to start thinking about ways to keep the kids entertained during the break while also making the most of your time together as a family.

Whatever age your kids are, whether they are tiny ones or teens, high-energy activities are a sure-fire way of keeping them busy – and tiring them out! If you’re looking for some inspiring and alternative adventure activities, take a look at these ideas.

alternative adventure activities for the whole family

Rock Climbing

Rock climbing is a high-adrenaline activity that is fun for the whole family. As well as offering excellent health benefits, climbing and bouldering involves plenty of teamwork.   This means every family member can enjoy showing each other the ropes.

Many climbing centres offer group sessions, with tutors teaching people from the age of four upwards.  Classes are generally tailored to ability, meaning everyone can enjoy learning at their own pace.

Zip Wires

There’s nothing like flying down a zip wire. If you have older kids, this is an exhilarating way to spend a day.

Make this activity even more entertaining by timing each family member to see who makes it to the bottom fastest, with the winner getting a treat. This is sure to keep everyone amused and keep the excitement going all day. A lot of adventure centres have minimum age restrictions, so it’s worth checking ahead first.

I’m actually heading to Go Ape this summer for my Sister in Law’s hen party, but I know Arthur and Freddie (and Mark!) will absolutely love it there too.  They have different courses for all ages which is really cool.

alternative adventure ideas for the whole family

Scootering 

If you don’t have any adventure centres nearby, why not try jumping on a scooter and heading off to the park? Whizzing around on a scooter is great fun, you can take them everywhere, and, better still, they won’t break the bank.

They are available for all ages, too, with brands such as Skatehut offering scooters for toddlers, so you can all can hop on and choose where to go. Scooters tend to be lightweight, collapsable or foldable, so you can carry them around when little legs start to tire.

My boys absolutely love their toddler scooter and my parents have just bought Arthur a ‘big boy’ scooter for his birthday next month!

Cycling

See the countryside on two wheels by heading out on a bike. Depending on the age of your kids, you could either try some thrilling mountain biking or for little ones there are cycling centres that specialise in bikes with child carriers.

We loved the camel trail when we were down in Cornwall the last time we were in the UK.  It’s a beautiful route and it’s lovely and flat too so it’s perfect for all ages.  There’s a rather fantastic vineyard on route too, which I can highly recommend a stop at, we took the kids and they were totally fine with that!

alternative adventure ideas for the whole family