Attention, Brides! Details You Don’t Want To Forget On Your Big Day

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Are you busy planning a wedding? If so, you’re probably focusing on a venue, a photographer and most importantly, what you’re going to wear. It’s essential to find the perfect dress, but don’t forget about those little details. You want to look and feel your best, and often, the small things can make all the difference. If you’re putting your wedding day look together, here are some details you won’t want to forget.

Shoes
You may not be able to see your shoes under your dress, but you should still choose carefully. Nobody wants to walk down the aisle in ill-fitting, unattractive shoes they’ve bought at the last minute. You don’t have to spend a lot if you don’t want to. But make sure you choose a style you love, and that matches your dress. It’s easy to get bowled over by aesthetics, but try and be practical. You may regret falling for those skyscraper heels when you’re trying to dance the night away later. Aim for a modest heel and try and wear your shoes in before the wedding day. Give your mum or best friend some plasters to take, just in case.

Jewellery
Bridal jewellery can finish off a look to perfection. When you’re choosing your jewellery, work out what will go with your dress. Try and take some pieces along to fittings with you. Then you can try everything together, and see which looks you like best. Everyone has their own style, so don’t be afraid to think outside the box. You don’t have to go for classic wedding styles. Many brides tend to go for understated jewels, especially if they have detailing on their dress. If you’re going for a traditional look and you have a vintage style dress, pearls work well. You can buy pearl jewellery online, or take a trip around some local jewellers. If you have a plain dress, you can go to town with accessories. You may fancy a statement collar necklace or a collection of bangles, for example.

Hair
When you get married, you want to look and feel more beautiful than ever before. In the run-up to your special day, have a look through some bridal magazines and look online for ideas for wedding hair. Take some cuttings and photographs to the hairdresser with you, and go through some options. It’s really beneficial to book at least one trial. You can see what different styles look like, and you can also try different hair accessories. It’s also a good idea to take a photograph of your dress with you. Sometimes, certain shapes and cuts work better with styles than others. If you have a high neckline, for example, updos look incredible.

If you’re getting married, it’s natural to want to look your best. It’s important to put effort into choosing the perfect dress, but don’t forget those all-important details. Once you’ve got your dream dress, start thinking about how you’ll finish off the look. Take some time to choose the perfect shoes and jewellery, and book a hair trial.


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Picking A Pet With The Perfect Purrsonality!

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The numbers vary all over the world, but by and large, we are a world of pet owners. 61% of Irish households have a pet; it’s 46% in the UK and a massive 65% in the USA. So, we like our pets.
If you already have a pet, you probably don’t need to be told that. Pets become a part of the family and an endless source of joy. Most of us grow up with one type of pet and then go on to own the same animal, sometimes down to the same breeds.
But what if you’re looking for something different? Or what if you don’t have a pet, never had pets as a kid, and aren’t sure where to start? Found out your perfect animal companion with this handy guide, by personality…
You Are A Dog Person If…
You’re active.
While there are some breeds that can handle relatively little exercise, by and large, dogs need to be walked. Some breeds especially, such as border collies, can develop depression if they are not walked often enough. If you can’t do it yourself, then you have to be prepared to hire in a dog walker.
You love affection.
Dogs are pack animals, and when they ascertain you’re the leader, they’ll be out to show you plenty of love. The attachment is immediate, too; while the bond will deepen in time, dogs latch on to their owners pretty quickly.
Always check your local shelter for dogs rather than buying them. Avoid puppy farms wherever possible.
You Are A Bird Person If…
You want to retain your independence.
Unlike dogs, birds don’t need constant attention to live long and fruitful lives. They are perfectly happy by themselves during the day while you’re working, though they might want a cuddle when you get home.
You like some personality.
Birds are far from boring. Some have the ability to “talk” (it’s actually just repetition, but it’s hilarious nonetheless). Others development amusing habits, subject to many a YouTube clip.
Birds are relatively easy found. Find a hand raised Amazon for sale or check local stores for smaller birds. Make sure you know what you’re looking for in terms of signs of health beforehand.
You Are A Cat Person If…
You don’t mind being ignored.
Cats can be just as affectionate as dogs and birds, but they want to do it on their terms. If you want cuddles for no reason at all, then they might not be in the mood – and they won’t be shy about making that clear. You have to have a thick skin to be a cat owner; there’s a reason Internet memes joke about being “owned by a cat” than the other way around!
You love an inquisitive nature.
Dogs are generally happy doing whatever their owner is doing. Cats are much more likely to do their own thing and can get themselves into all kinds of situations. This can make them thrilling pets as you never truly know what they’re going to do next.


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Chasing Some Winter Sunshine? It’s As Easy As ABC

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The seasons all have their roles in a year, of course. Spring is bursting with new life, autumn with vibrant color. In summer, when the sun is out, so are you. We all benefit from sun exposure – within SPF-drenched reason, of course.
But what is winter’s role? Yes, it’s the host of some of the most exciting times of the year – Christmas, New Year. But it’s also the harbinger of short days, cold temperatures and wearing so many layers you feel like every movement is labored. It doesn’t take much of this to begin to feel that you need to feel the sunlight on your skin again, and your mind begins to turn to a winter holiday.
In what seems like a show of kindness, Mother Nature has provided a way to escape the gloom of winter. The closer you get to the equator – or even dipping below it – the more likely you are to find the sun in the winter months. A little ray of brightness in the midst of a dank season, the idea sounds good, but what about the reality? Well, choosing where to find your winter sun is as easy as A, B, C…
A for Arizona
Arizona is one of the most southerly states in the USA and, as a result offers an excellent choice for sunshine year-round.
A typical winter in Arizona has daytime temperatures of around 16C, so it’s not one where you want to grab a bikini. However, what it does offer is as close to guaranteed sunshine as you’re going to be able to get. The two sunniest areas in the whole of the USA are in Arizona (http://money.usnews.com/money/retirement/articles/2011/11/21/the-10-sunniest-places-to-retire). There you’ll experience a peak of 85% days of sunshine in a year.
Sure you have got your visa sorted? Find out more at www.official-esta.com, because there’s plenty more to look forward to in this southern state. To begin with, it’s nicknamed as the Grand Canyon state for a reason.
B is for Brazil
The nearer the equator you go, the better the weather in Brazil. Although our winter is part of Brazil’s wet season, the rainfall is moderate and is compensated by long, hot days of 22C. The most well-known city, Rio, has winter highs recorded around 29C.
If you wish to travel a little further south, then there is plenty waiting to be explored. The largest waterfall system in the world, Iguazu Falls, borders Argentina in the Brazillian state of Parana.
C is for California
Prefer your holidays to be more city-based? Then California has got you covered, especially with cities like San Bernadino and Los Angeles. These are not just the haunt of the rich and famous, but also the sunshine even through the winter months. Both have average temperatures of around 20C, while Santa Ana has tipped the thermometer at 22C. If you prefer bustling population centres to the wilderness of Arizona or the natural raw power of Brazil, these are your best choices.
As with the above two options, the further south you go in California, the better the temperatures. The equator, when seeking winter sun, is always going to be your best friend.


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Becoming a Pet Sitter? Make Sure You Know What to Charge!

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People think pet sitting is easy. And, yes, I’ll admit: sometimes it is pretty easy. But sometimes you get stuck with some pretty difficult challenges. This is why figuring out what to charge can be such a sensitive issue.

Figuring out what to charge

Figuring out how much you should charge someone for your services is one of the trickier parts of this business. If you’re just starting out here, then let me tell you: this is a competitive business! If you’re going to charge a high amount, it’s almost guaranteed the prospective client will be able to find someone cheaper.

Of course, you don’t want to charge too low, either. You should check the average rate in your area. It might also be worth figuring out how you can justify the money you’ll be charging. Can you provide any additional or unique services that other sitters may not provide?

Considering the type of dog

When you’re figuring out what to charge, you should be considering the type of dog you need to be dealing with. Despite what some people may think, it’s not just a case of you being paid a flat rate to look after “a dog”. There will be more complex jobs than others. Some might even be dangerous.

You might be looking after a lazy, super low-maintenance beagle. You might be looking after a hyperactive chihuahua. Even the most popular breed of all, the Labrador retriever, will vary in temperament. If it’s aggressive, then you’re going to dealing with a big dog that’s aggressive! You have to remember the level of maintenance that each dog is going to require. You should have such information on your website.

Cash or credit?

For some sitters, it makes sense to be paid in cash. Especially when you consider the fact that you should be given money to cover the costs of what lies ahead before the client leaves. Pretty much all local stores will accept cash, but they may not take card.

Still, not everyone is comfortable taking cash. It’s definitely becoming a less popular form of payment these days. And if you’re being paid for a stay of several days, then it’s possible you’ll be paid in the triple figures, or at least approaching it. People are understandably wary about carrying around that much cash. If you look into mobile credit card processing, then you’ll be able to accept card payments using your phone. State on your website that you take card!

Don’t expect tips

Tips are so American, right? There are many workers out there who seem to make more money from tips than they do from their base salary. But it’s not quite right to ever expect tips. This goes for most industries, to be honest, even though tipping is so common. (Note that waiters are a rare exception, as they often grossly underpaid outside of tips.) But in the world of pet sitting, tips aren’t common at all!

There will, of course, be certain clients who are happy to tip you. (In which case, make sure you maintain a good relationship with them!) But for the most part, tips won’t be a part of your business. Make sure you charge enough in the first place to cover your expenses and to get profit.

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Gorgeous Pet Accessories That You Absolutely Must Have For Your Home

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It can be hard to keep your home the stylish sanctuary that it once was when you have a pet. Their toys can get everywhere. Not to mention the issue of pet hair and dander! But having a furry friend in the house is no excuse to scrimp on style. Just look at these gorgeous accessories below.

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This Cat Tree

If you have a feline friend that you’d like to treat, but traditional cat trees leave you cold. Why not spoil them with this instead. It’s designed to look like minimal and stylish and covered with fur to scratch.  Meaning they won’t be so tempted to scratch your expensive three piece suite.

This Dog Bed

If you are lucky enough to have a wonderful pup in your life, then you will, of course, want to get him a bed. But some dog beds can be pretty ugly. If they are not garish tartan, then they are often made of fleece, and while Fido loves it, it doesn’t do too much for the overall decor of your home. That is why you should consider a product this luxurious dog bed from Amara.com. Not only does it, have ornate shaped legs, but it’s constructed in a rococo style, which makes it perfect for any elegant room.

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A Dog ‘Nest.’

If your pooch is getting on a bit, then there are quite a few things you need to consider. One is to get them comprehensive pet insurance, so if the do become ill, you will be covered. The other is to try them in a fantastic orthopaedic dog bed. Look out for ones made from sheep’s wool, which will support ageing joints. But will also be quiet when your dog moves, meaning a good night’s sleep for both of you.  

This Cat Wheel

If your feline friends are more indoor than outdoor beauties then how about this fabulous cat wheel to help them get some exercise. Similar in concept to the hamster wheel. The base of this design remains static while the wheel turns under the power of the cat walking or running. This is perfect for pets that need to loose a little weight but haven’t got access to an outside area. It’s also an amazing and stylish piece of design in itself that you can have in your home.

This Ironic Scratching Post

If you are not of a cat person that a dog person then both you and your moggy will appreciate theory of this comedy scratching post. Life size and covered with sisal to wear down those sharp little claws. This is a  useful and amusing addition to your home.

This Hidden Toilet

If you spend any time of Pinterest, you will have seen those picture of clever people making hidden litter boxes for the cats. This helps contain any smell and debris and stop their litter tray being an unsightly mess in your otherwise gorgeous home. Luckily now some manufacturers have started to make them, and you can get one here.

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