Brilliant Home Remedies For Fleas

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Dogs are wonderful pets to have, but many of them share a common, irritating problem. If you’re still wondering, I’m talking about fleas! These little parasites cause all kinds of discomfort for your four-legged friend, and can mean a lot of inconvenience for you. I’m sure you’ve had enough of your flea problem, so read on. Here are some great remedies for getting rid of fleas.

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Perhaps you’ve got a flea issue which is real and present right now. However, you can avoid this in the future by taking preventative measures. While medications such as Capstar are highly effective, most of us like to avoid giving our pets pills if we can help it! One of the best ways to prevent your dog from getting fleas is by using a flea collar. You can pick one of these up at a pet store pretty cheaply, or even make your own. Simply make a mixture of 2-3 tablespoons of water, mixed with a few drops of oil. Then, soak a bandana in the liquid and tie it around your dog’s neck. This will give off a scent which is unnoticeable to us, but repugnant to fleas.
So, what do you do once the fleas actually get in your dog’s coat? One good remedy to try would be a lea comb. You can buy these with packs of a special lotion at most pet stores. Zero In do some pretty good ones, for example. However, if you wanted to save a bit of money, you can make your own flea-killing solution. Simply add some sliced lemons to a pot of boiling water, remove the lemons and then let the whole mixture steep for a day. Once the liquid has cooled, dip a fine comb in and run it methodically through your dog’s hair. There’ll be just enough acidity left from the lemon to kill any fleas it comes into contact with. If you’re lacking a comb, a sponge works well for short-haired breeds.
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You can also use flea spray to get rid of your pet’s fleas. There are all kinds of brands which sell this, but I’m going to offer one more home remedy. Get a quart of water, a cup of white wine or cider vinegar, and a few drops of cedar or lavender oil. Mix all your ingredients together, and pour it into a spray bottle. Carefully mist your dog with the spray, avoiding their eyes and nose. The acidity in the mixture can be very irritable if it gets in the wrong places! The spray bottle will be fine for the dog’s rear and back. However, when it comes to their head and neck, spray the mixture into a soft cloth, and wipe it against the dog’s fur methodically. This will not only kill the present fleas, but repel any other ones that were thinking of making a home out of your dog.
There you have it. I hope these hints help you keep your dog free of fleas, and save some money in the process!

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Time for a breather…| I waxed mine and my mum’s eyebrows!

Hi Guys!
Okay so after my super hectic week last week I am back and raring to go. Although I am going to be somewhat AWOL for the month of September as well because I will be away for a few days and stuff which is really breaking up the month. Cannot believe it is the 9th already. I have bought a few new beauty products though so I should be able to plump out the month with a few reviews of those amongst other things. I will have a post up in the next few days about my birthday and graduation but first I want to do a quick review which I have been putting off for the past few days!
The product I want to recommend to all of you is Veet Easywax Face Precision Wax and Care. Now from what I can tell from the Veet website this is a fairly new product but it is one I can see being very popular. I got it in Tesco and it was 33% off, I think I paid a little over €8 for it. Basically it is a double ended tube. One end has the wax and the other the after care cream. There are 20 reusable wax strips in the pack too. Now can I just say waxing terrifies me. I tried waxing my legs before and I was just having none of it although now I am getting used to getting my eyebrows done I might attempt it again. I have only had my eyebrows waxed twice in my life and the second time I did it myself using the Veet Easywax kit I am talking about here. The first time was in college when the Benefit Benebus visited UCD raising money for charity and eyebrow shaping was only €5, normally €16, and I dived in and got it done. The girls were brilliant and it was so painless and I would go back to Benefit in a heartbeat to get my eyebrows done again, only I am not in a position to spend that much on my eyebrows. Naturally when I saw the kit in Tesco and saw it did a few applications I thought I would give it a try as it suited my budget.

Okay so in the kit you get the double ended applicator, your 20 wax strips, and a thing that looks like an orange stick for doing your cuticles which I think was to section off bits of brow but I didn’t actually use it. I did both my mum and I’s eyebrows, but there was little shaping to be done as both our eyebrows have a natural shape, it was more just tidying up and getting some of mammy’s greys out! Basically you boil water, put it in a cup, leave the wax in for a minute, apply to eyebrow, and wax. If you are not sure how to wax there are detailed instructions in the package. 
Now I loved this product. Like it is so easy to use. It takes about 5 minutes to completely tidy up your brows and it is virtually painless. My mum and I have the most sensitive skin in the world and ours didn’t flare up at all, which was a joy because I have no time for that. The only qualm I have about the product is that it is a bit fiddly. Because I find you seem to need to keep the wax kind of hot so putting it back in the cup and that was awkward but I think that is more a system you need to establish yourself more than anything because the wax did stay hot enough to do my brows but I would have liked it at boiling point the whole time, I like my wax hot. I find it works more effective that way. I would also suggest that if you have never had your eyebrows waxed or shaped before get them done professionally first so that they have a nice shape and you experience the pain(not that there is much). I know when I tried to wax my legs the first time I hesitated terrified of the pain which was where the problems started. You are better going to someone professional who won’t hesitate, it’s not as bad as you think it would be. I would recommend going to benefit for your first shaping as the girls there are very nice and patient with wax virgins, while at the same time going for it and not letting you chicken out.
Until next time (:
Lynn xox
PS. Check my cousin’s blog out. She started it when she was in Switzerland and now just keeps it going and it is absolutely brilliant. She is a one of a kind sorta person and just makes you laugh.
http://homeiswherethelaughis.blogspot.ie/