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Tips for a pet-friendly family yard!

1.  Consider your pet’s needs. Dogs love being in your family yard. Most pets need a place to romp and exercise, relax in the shade for an afternoon nap and take bathroom breaks. Your yard should have a fence to keep your dog safely secured. 2.  Look for “dog-proof” ground coverings. Grass is one of the best options for your yard because it can handle the wear and tear that comes with pets and children. Bermuda and buffalo grass are especially hardy. Check your  climate zone  to select the best option for your area. 3.  Avoid plastic grass. Plastic grass, also known as artificial turf, gets too hot for humans and pets, especially in summer months. A Brigham Young University study revealed that synthetic-turf surface temperatures were 37° higher than asphalt and 86° hotter than natural turf. That’s too hot for pet’s paws and our bare feet to enjoy the outdoors! 4.  Select plants for your climate zone and your pet. Be sure to check the  ASPCA’s list of toxic and non-

Fall Books For Teens

Autumn is around the corner, and then Halloween! Who doesn't love a good book about ghosts, monsters, and cemeteries? Sky Pony Press is excited to share with you its favorite spooky stories of 2017. MONSTROUS MAUD: BIG FREIGHT By A.B. Saddlewick When Maud's pet rat escapes in the middle of class, it's the last straw. She is transferred from prim and proper Primrose Towers to dark and mysterious Rotwood Middle School. But there's something strange about her new school: all the students and teachers are monsters and second, yet, she feels like she belongs. The catch–Rotwood doesn't allow human students. NIGHT OF THE LIVING CUDDLE BUNNIES By Jonathan Rosen Devin Dexter's cousin thinks Devin's new neighbor is a warlock, but nobody believes them. Soon, strange things start happening, like the Cuddle Bunny Christmas toy com

Introducing Your Baby To Peanut Butter!

YES it's true! Delaying the introduction of peanut is no longer recommended.  In fact, all common food allergens, (including: peanut, tree nuts (i.e. walnuts, almonds, cashews), egg, milk products (i.e. yogurt and cheese), wheat, sesame, soy and seafood) can be introduced starting at about six months of age when your baby is ready for solid foods.   There is no benefit to delaying the introduction of these foods and delaying may actually increase the risk of food allergies.  This is especially true for peanut and egg.  Your baby can enjoy most of the same foods as the rest of the family and that makes family mealtimes easier and fun.    Consider the following when introducing common food allergens: Your baby's first solid foods should continue to be high iron foods such as meat, meat alternatives and iron fortified infant cereal.  Many common food allergens are also good sources of iron such as eggs, fish, and tofu. Modify food textures when needed to reduce risk

South Park: First 11 Seasons Coming to Blu-ray

RELIVE COMEDY CENTRAL’S BELOVED "SOUTH PARK" IN GLORIOUS HIGH DEFINITION WHEN THE FIRST 11 SEASONS DEBUT ON BLU-RAY ™  FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER Seasons 1-5 Arrive November 21 st Seasons 6-11 Arrive December 19 th --------  Remember when children were abducted by aliens, killed by falling space stations and befriended by talking feces? Ah, the good old days. Now you can relive every supernatural, extraordinary and downright insane adventure of Cartman, Kyle, Stan and Kenny when “South Park” Seasons 1-11 arrive for the first time ever on Blu-ray.  Each of the first 11 seasons will be released individually in two-disc sets so you can revel in Chef’s Salty Chocolate Balls, Cartman’s Silly Hate Crime and every one of Kenny’s deaths in sparkling high definition. As an added bonus, the Season 1 Blu-ray set will include uncensored episode commentary by series creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, which was not available on the previously released DVD. For your

10 Tips to Prepare Your Immune System for the Fall

Fall is here, which means it’s time to bundle up and  prepare your body for the cool weather to come . The immune system is a large collection of different cells that have a primary goal to protect your body and attack foreign organisms or matter. Keeping these natural defenses strong is very important for transitioning into the new season and involves a variety of strategies Dr. Christopher Calapai , D.O., a New York City Osteopathic Physician board certified in family and anti-aging medicine  is sharing his top  10 ways to keep you strong for the transitioning season. 1.       Exercise on a daily basis:  The minimum should be a half hour of walking continuously so as to increase oxygenation to tissues as well as deliver vitamins minerals and hormones to these cells.  2.       Be sure to get good deep restorative sleep:  This should be at least six hours every night. Sleep deprivation not only makes us tired, but decreases function in almost all organs. 3.     

Get $5 when you sign up for Swagbucks

All throughout the month of October you can earn big bonuses at Swagbucks, the rewards site where you earn points (called SB) for things you're probably doing online already, like searching, watching videos, discovering deals, and taking surveys. Then you take those points and exchange them for gift cards to places like Amazon, Starbucks, Walmart, Target, or PayPal cash.  When you sign up through me this month, you can earn a $5 bonus! Here's how:  1.  Sign up using this link   2. Earn 300 SB total before 11/1/17. You'll get a $3 (300 SB) bonus for it!  3. If you spend at least $25 through Swagbucks Shop* you'll get another $2 (200 SB) bonus on top of the cash back you'll get from shopping. If you have some shopping to do online, just go to Swagbucks first and visit the store through them. It doesn't cost you anything extra, but you'll get SB points for every dollar you spend (on top of the bonus)!  That's it. It's super easy, and Swagbucks is for

5 Steps to Teaching Your Child How To Ride A Bike

Many people fear that it is not safe for children, and toddlers specifically to start cycling at such a tender age. On the contrary, cycling at a younger age is very good for your child. It not only improves their fitness but also boosts their mental attitude. Therefore, if you haven’t already maybe because you do not know how to go about it, here are 5 sure steps that will help you teach your child how to ride a bike. 1. Get him to balance right Cycling is both a sport and an art. You really cannot get it right if you do not have the appropriate gear. For starters, get a balance bike. This will help your child learn to maintain their balance and it will even be easier for him when he upgrades to pedaling later. Balance bikes are most appropriate as they are designed to meet your child’s needs. They come without pedals and normally without brakes. Hence your child will entirely concentrate on striking a balance on their bike. Make it your priority to see to it that your child

To Spend Or Not To Spend: Teaching Your Kids The Answer

( Image Credit ) Parenting can be a very challenging thing. With school, home life, and all of the other little things which come with kids, it can often feel like you don’t have any time to talk to them about the important things in life. It doesn’t have to be this way, though, if you can pinpoint the important areas to teach. To help you out with this, this post will be going through finance, and some of the critical lessons you should give them when they’re learning the ropes. Budgeting One of the first lessons your child should be learning is good budgeting. Without this sort of skill, your kids won’t be able to get very far into the financial future . There are loads of tools online to help with this, and you can always start early with your little ones, giving them the chance to learn while they’re still little. An essential part of this is knowing when to spend. Below are some areas which can be taught to help your kids to learn about this. Is It Important Eno

4 Common Questions People Have About Purchasing Life Insurance

Many people want to know a number of things about life insurance before they can commit to buying a life insurance cover. For starters, a life insurance cover is a kind of insurance contract that will pay a lump sum to the dependents of the policyholder. However, the cost of this life insurance policy will be determined by factors like the health, age and lifestyle of the life insurance policyholder. There are many questions that people may have about life insurance. Here, I will discuss four of these questions so that you can make an informed decision before you buy life insurance. Here are the four of the many questions that people ask. 1. Life Insurance. How does it work? Life insurance coverage provides payment to your family in the event that you die. This is the reason this policy is known as life insurance. In most cases, the policyholder could be the breadwinner. This means that the absence of the policyholder would greatly affect the family's financial stabilit

Simple DIY Ghost Decorations

Aren't these little guys adorable? I make these every year now with the kids and it is one of their favorites because they get to make them, play with them, then take them home as well. Here is how to make these sweet little spookies: Medical gauze Plastic grocery bags Thread A black marker To create your spooky ghosts simply ball up a plastic grocery bag.      Cover the grocery bag with gauze, and cut to desired length.      Tie off the gauze directly underneath the plastic bag to create a perfect ball for the body of the ghost.      Apply eyes with a black marker. Or you can use googly craft eyes.       Attach a piece of thread through the top of your ghost so he can be hung up to look spooky!     There you have it! Adorable little ghosts to add more Halloween decor to your home and it probably cost you nothing because the materials are most likely in your cupboards, that and it only takes 5 minutes.

Family Events At Legoland This Fall & Winter

 Fan Favourites LEGO Ninjago, LEGO® Star Wars™ Days, Brick-or-Treat and Holiday Bricktacular Return to LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Toronto this Fall and Winter Scavenger Hunts, Costume Characters & Contests, Build Challenges and much more Mark your calendars LEGO lovers, as LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Toronto officially announces their fall/winter event schedule featuring fan favorites— LEGO® Ninjago Days to celebrate the new The LEGO® Ninjago Movie, LEGO® Star Wars ™ Days, Brick-or-Treat and Holiday Bricktacular. “From ninjas-in-the-making to LEGO® Star Wars ™ fans, this fall and winter there will be something to satisfy every budding brick builder through to 2018,” says Noel Straatsma, Master Model Builder at LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Toronto.  “These are some of our most popular events of the year so we wanted to give families enough notice to mark their calendars and include these fun activities in their family outings.”   Here is a list of the vari

5 Life Triggers that Inspire Bold Beauty Transformations

It is common for women to alter their appearance when faced with a significant life challenge. When we are tested we transform. When we shift our mindset, and transform on the inside, it’s only natural that we want the outside to change as well. It’s as if we shed old skin like a butterfly ready to take new flight soaring to new heights. Below are some common life challenges and the typical beauty treatments sought for each. A milestone birthday. You don’t have to be turning 50 to freak out about a birthday. Women as young as 25 are having quarter life crisis.’ Women who turn 30 or 35 often feel blah about it. Even if women feel great about a milestone birthday they still may desire a change. According to Dr. Sanam Hafeez, a  NYC based licensed clinical psychologist, teaching faculty member at the prestigious Columbia University Teacher’s College and the founder and Clinical Director of Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services,  “when we have birthd