Teaching Your Dog New Tricks

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Teaching Your Dog New Tricks

We have all been in a situation when we had to encounter an untrained dog and for most of us, it’s not exactly the most relaxing encounter. Whether it is having an overly playful puppy at a relative’s house or a wildly barking passerbying dog, these situations can make us feel a bit frazzled. But don’t you worry, because things like the examples listed are easily fixed. Guiding your pets through the experiences that dog training gives sets them on the straight and narrow when you have your pooch in public:

Importance of Obedience Training: One of the most important responsibilities of owning a pet is giving him or her the proper training. Having a dog that listens to you will save you a lot of stress. Your pet understanding basic commands such as sit, stay, or come can make a world of difference. Building this communication will help avoid problematic behavior and increase comfort and security. It gives you the necessary control to keep your dog and the people he interacts with safe. Accidents such as having your pet run loose by him slipping off of the collar or escaping out of the home can happen. Being able to prevent your pet from running across a busy road or into other dangerous obstacles at a moment’s notice can save his life and your emotional well being.

Not only will training help reduce problems, but it will allow for bonding experiences that both you and your pet will enjoy. Your pet chasing or pouncing onto others is always a potential risk and without control over the situation, you and your dog will run into trouble. However, obedience is not the only positive outcome. A well-behaved pet is a happy pet. It allows them to be free and the time you spend with him will be of quality instead of misunderstandings and frustrations. He can have the pleasure of being taken with you when going out to places and safely played with by family members and visitors, instead of missing out on the socializing and fun by being in the backyard due to potential misbehaving and unnecessary trouble.

Before Training Your Dog Yourself: When it comes to dog obedience training, you can either do it yourself or seek the assistance from a professional. Doing it yourself allows you to spend quality interactive time with your pet. However, in some cases, it might be better to reach for help from an experienced trainer. The journey of obedience training requires a lot of prior knowledge, in addition to time and patience. It is not as easy as reading a few lines from a book or watching a few minutes of a TV show and it is best for both you and your pet if you don’t try to make it up as you go along.

Improper training can lead to inconsistent messages and can be ineffective. Consequently, this is only allowing your dog to develop poor habits and bad behavior. If you have proper dog training experience, then doing it yourself can be fulfilling. The earlier that you put your dog on the path to obedience training, the better. Like us, dogs learn significantly faster at younger ages. Providing a proper foundation of training and socialization is important for all parties (and pooches) involved.

Be sure to give your pup lots of love and treats during your training and also a belly rub from yours truly! ❤

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Hard To Say Goodbye: How To Teach Your Dog To Spend The Day Without You

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Hard To Say Goodbye: How To Teach Your Dog To Spend The Day Without You

We all know how much of a commitment it is to bring a new dog into your home. They need a great deal of care, affection, exercise, and training. A puppy can be an incredible addition to your home, but you definitely have to be ready not only for the work involved in looking after them but also the changes that you may well have to make in your life to fit around them. In that way, having a puppy is a lot like having kids since you now have a whole new set of priorities that you have to think about when you’re deciding how to spend your days and nights.

Of course, there is always going to come a time when you’re going to want to go somewhere without your furry friend (Crazy, I know.). It could be going to work or simply going for some drinks with friends. This can be seriously difficult for a lot of people because many dogs really don’t like being left alone. So does that mean you have to be either trapped in your house or take your puppy everywhere you go? Fortunately (or unfortunately) not! Here are some things that you can do to make spending time alone a little easier for your puppy:

Ease Them Into It: The worst possible thing that you can do is to just disappear for hours the very first time you leave your dog alone. They will almost certainly become very upset and that can lead to things like broken furniture and some seriously unpleasant accidents. If you want to start introducing your dog to the idea of spending time without you, then you need to do it gradually. Ease them into the idea of being alone. You may even want to start with something as simple as shutting the door on them and waiting outside for a few minutes. Over time you can increase how long you stay away until they’re used to keeping themselves entertained for decent amounts of time.

Give Them Things To Occupy Them: Speaking of entertainment, even if your puppy doesn’t get very upset when you leave, the other major risk is that they are going to end up being extremely bored! You will want to make sure that there are things around the house to occupy your puppy’s attention and prevent them from wreaking havoc throughout the house, like chewing furniture and knocking over lamps. Companies like http://tuftoys.com are fantastic, because you can rest assured that your pup isn’t going to chew through their toy before you get back. This means that they’ll have something to occupy themselves with all day long.

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Play With Them as Much as Possible Before You Go: The last thing you want is to leave your dog at home with too much excess energy. Sure, a dog is going to have plenty of energy no matter what but if you can give them a decent amount of play and exercise before you go anywhere, they are that much more likely to feel relaxed, and they may even sleep for a lot of the day. Take them for a long walk, play with their favorite toy, or do some intense training before you go and you can make sure that they don’t feel bottled up and trapped while you’re gone.

Saying goodbye is hard – ESPECIALLY when it’s to your dog! These tips will help make the transition easier for both of you until you can be reunited again (and it will be beautiful!).

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May 2017 Finishes

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May 2017 Finishes

Hi everyone and happy weekend! If you can believe it, we’re already at the end of May, which means that it’s time for my monthly beauty finishes post! This month has been somewhat of a drag and a waiting game. My boyfriend is coming up to Ohio from North Carolina at the end of this month for my birthday so the entire month of May has literally been spent wishing for the days to go by faster! This month didn’t even bring me a lot of beauty empties to look forward to getting through so, needless to say, it’s been a pretty blah May (despite thoroughly enjoying all of my used products!). Take a look at this month’s finishes and let’s discuss:

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Would I Use Again?

  • Bath & Body Works Country Apple body spray: YES
  • The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow mask: YES
  • Angie’s Bath & Body Goat’s Milk moisturizer: YES

Why/Why Not?

B&BW Spray: As I’m sure that all of you know by now, the Country Apple body spray from Bath & Body Works is one of my favorites. I love anything apple scented – lotions, shower gels, you name it. To me, apple is the perfect fruit fragrance. It’s crisp and refreshing and has the perfect balance of a sweet and tart bite, which results in a clean, freshly picked from the orchard scent. This B&BW spray is no exception. I always purchase a half a dozen or so of these sprays when they’re marked down to THREE DOLLARS during B&BW’s summer sale. It takes me about five or so months to finish one bottle, which is a cost of a whole sixty cents per month. Such a steal!!

TBS Mask: I absolutely LOVED the Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow mask from The Body Shop!! I purchased this for fourteen dollars when The Body Shop that I live by closed down and it was worth every penny. Seriously, I wish I bought ten of these bad boys so that I could have a year’s supply! I am obsessed with all things charcoal so I just had to give this mask a try and I am so glad that I did!

The first time that I used this cool, invigoratingly scented mask, I noticed a difference on my skin. As you all know, I am constantly battling blackheads on my nose next to my five piercings, and this mask annihilated them in ONE USE. Not only that, but it left my skin feeling tingling, soft, and totally radiant. I cannot recommend this product enough and I would definitely use it again! It took me about one month to finish this mask.

Angie’s B&B Moisturizer: My dear friend, Angela, the owner of the Etsy shop, Angie’s Bath & Body, gave me a sample of this moisturizer in my last order and I thought that it was fabulous. First of all, it smelled AMAZING. It had such a rich and creamy scent and it was such a delight to put on every morning. Second of all, it was effective. This moisturizer left my skin feeling smooth and hydrated and it looked peaches n’ cream perfection. And finally, a little bit of this moisturizer goes a long way. It took about two weeks to finish the sample pod and I used it every morning on my neck and face, so I can only imagine how long a full sized jar of this would last!

Although I didn’t finish too much this month, I really liked all of the products that I used up. I was happy to use old and new favorites, alike, and all three empties left me feeling nice and pampered. I am confident in recommending all three of my finishes this month and am looking forward to using more from my beauty hoard in June!

So there you have it, this month’s May 2017 Finishes! What beauty products did you use up this month? Has anyone ever used any of my empties before? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

5 Important Considerations Before You Sign Up For That Online Course

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5 Important Considerations Before You Sign Up For That Online Course

Are you thinking of signing up for an online course? Maybe you have your eye on one already, or you just think that this would be a good option for you instead of going to night school or taking a part time course. Online courses can be a brilliant option for certain people, but they aren’t right for everybody. Here are 5 important considerations you need to make before you sign up:

Will You Get Support?

You don’t want to sign up for an online course only to be left completely in the lurch when it comes to asking questions. You don’t necessarily need direct contact with the person who created the course. A simple forum, speaking with other students could be a great way to clear up any confusion that you have about the work ahead of you. In some cases, you may get direct support with the course creator to ensure that you get the most out of the course. Make sure that you know what the support is like before you sign up.

Do You Get A Real Qualification?

Some online courses can give you great information, but you don’t actually get a real qualification at the end of it. Consider whether you need a real qualification. If it isn’t important, then it won’t matter so much. However, if it is, you need to make sure that the qualification is legitimate and that you can do something with it afterwards. Doing an online hospitality degree is a popular option, as you get a real qualification once the course is over.

Will This Bring Value That You Can’t Find Elsewhere Online?

The internet is vast and full of resources that just about anybody can use to learn to do anything. Some resources are more in depth than others. Once you’ve found a course, you need to consider whether this will bring value that you can’t find elsewhere online. For instance, if you want to learn how to build websites, this isn’t information you necessarily need to pay for. You can learn this using YouYube videos and other resources, and by practicing yourself. It’s not something that you need a qualification for to be good at, although you will need to make sure you’re good at it to make money from it!

How Well Do You Learn In Your Own Time?

Some people just aren’t good at learning in their own time. They like to watch TV, read a book, relax…they just can’t find the time to sit down and do the course they’ve bought. If they have the course forever, it often gets put off until they realize that they bought it years ago. If you’re a person who can motivate yourself, then this could be a great option. If not, you may be better off signing up for a night course!

Is It Good Value For Money?

Courses can vary wildly in price all over the internet. A cheap course doesn’t mean it’s bad and an expensive course doesn’t mean it’s good. You need to be sure you’re getting value for money, whatever your budget is!

Ready, get set, learn…online!

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Warby Parker – ROCI N’ Roll

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Warby Parker – ROCI N’ Roll

Hi everyone and TGIF! I hope all of you are having a fabulous day so far! So, if there’s one thing that Lil Red loves, its sunglasses. From my beloved and battered frames from when I worked at PacSun almost three years ago (yikes!) to my Chanel pair randomly given to me by my nail tech, I truly treasure my sunnies. I probably have over twenty pairs of shades for any given occasion and, yes, I’m totally aware that that’s a little excessive!

But, guys, hear me out: sunglasses are seriously the best accessory on the planet. Not only do they shield sensitive eyes (like mine!) from the harsh sun, but they instantly transform an outfit. Whether you’re covering your face with oversized frames because you decided not to wear makeup or you want something bright and fun to wear while lounging by the pool – there’s a pair of sunglasses for you. From “don’t look at me” diva shades to a pair of crisp aviators or even a cat eye if you’re feeling saucy, there is a sunnie style for you to fit your mood (or moods!) that day.

And guess what? Cute, chic, throw your face back at the sun you emblazoned goddess sunglasses can all be found if you shop with Warby Parker. Warby Parker, the little brand that could, developed from the brain blast of college students who were sick and tired of paying a pretty penny to replace their glasses and sunnies every time they got lost. Hey, I feel it – you know that your girl is constantly ballin on a budget!

Anyways, fast forward to present day, about seven years after the brand first launched and you will find that Warby Parker is up to a world of good. Did you know that one billion people worldwide lack access to prescription glasses? That’s why with every pair of Warby Parker frames sold, a pair goes out to someone in need, thanks to collaborations with non-profits like VisionSpring.

Oh. And did I mention that another part of Warby Parker’s world of good comes with the fact that their glasses and sunnies are seriously cute? Yeah. Let’s get to that. Warby Parker has just launched their summer collection and I am in love. We’re talking 1960’s mod inspired shapes with a bright but slightly sun faded color palette to give you dusky hues in an array of gorgeous shades. Hello, fun in the sun.

Along with Warby Parker’s summer collection comes a fabulous collaboration with artist, Robert Rauschenberg. A legendary artist, in his own right, Robert Rauschenberg is known for his creative spirit and a life dedicated to activism. He truly is the perfect person to pair up with Warby Parker for a limited edition collaboration. Drawing colors found in one of four paintings from Rauschenberg’s ROCI (Rauschenberg Overseas Culture Interchange) project, the “there for a short time only” frame is available in four different colors. And the name of this stunning brand new collaboration, you might ask? ROCI, obvs! Take a look:

With stained sea glass hues sweetly contrasting from the frames to the sides, it’s no wonder why the ROCI collection is a major hit! The muted yet vivid tones of these frames will pop beautifully against a summer tan as you strut your stuff on the boardwalk or beach. Or, if you’re sporting the pasty pale look, like me, all summer, you can wear your new ROCIs while jamming in your car to AFI as you’re on your way to a sold out show at your favorite venue. House Of Blues, anyone? That’s how I ROCI N’ Roll.

It’s a no brainer to see why I simply adore the new ROCI collab with Warby Parker and Robert Rauschenberg. Art truly has met fashion with this limited edition collection, which is nothing short of inspiring. So, now, let me inspire you with some of my favorite frames from the Warby Parker summer collection so that you can start day dreaming about your next summer fun adventure:

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Seen From Top To Bottom:

  • Laurel in Espresso Tortoise
  • Clementine in Espresso Tortoise
  • Nancy in Coral

When I shop sunnies, I normally always opt for a darker colored frame. With bright red hair and red lips, a colorful pair of sunglasses can be, well – a bit much. That is why I am totally in love with the Espresso Tortoise hue seen above, particularly in the Clementine frame. Black, browns, and tortoise shades make up a majority of my sunnies collection and the Clementine frame just speaks to me as something that I love enough to want to wear on my face!

So, if I love dark colors on my sunglasses so much, why would I choose the Coral colored Nancy frames? Well surprise, surprise I actually really like that shade! Once long ago I had the most gorgeous circle shaped pair of sunnies from Aerie in almost the exact Coral color as the Nancy frames. I wore those sunglasses everywhere and I loved how chic and elegant they made me look. After years of wear and tear, my beloved shades finally fell apart and I miss them every day. The Nancy sunglasses from Warby Parker’s summer collection would be the perfect replacement for my fallen friend. Revel in this, because this is the only time I’ll admit to liking a color other than black!!

Are you drooling yet? I think it’s high time that you head over to Warby Parker’s website to start some shopping of your own! What is your favorite frame from their summer collection? How many sunglasses do you own? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

Reclaim Your Home Privacy

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Reclaim Your Home Privacy

Don’t you just hate it when your home doesn’t feel private? Perhaps, you’re overlooked by a home behind yours or maybe you just constantly find people staring into your windows. It’s annoying, intrusive, and it can feel quite unpleasant. As such, you might be interested in ways to make your home a little more private. If so, here are some of the best possibilities to help achieve that:

Screener Trees: Screener trees are great because they can be planted around the edge of the property and are perfectly designed to stop people from looking in. It’s particularly useful if you have a garden that is, unfortunately, completely overlooked, as is often the case in modern home developments. The other advantages of these trees is that they grow fast and thick. They’re often evergreen, too, and this means that you won’t lose your privacy once Autumn rolls around.

Garden Fence: You might have property at the front of your home that isn’t completely closed off. It might be completely open and perhaps even on the other side of the road. This could be the case if you have bought land to extend your property. The problem here, is that onlookers might have no idea that the land is privately owned. As such, they could decide to sit on it, play on it, or just walk all over it. This can be particularly annoying for homeowners who spend a lot of time and put considerable effort into making their garden attractive.

The solution here would be a wire fence. When you own a property, you really want to make sure that only people who have your permission are using it. A fence is the best way to do this, and unfortunately, it might be the only option if you have an open lawn.

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Maybe not a white picket fence, but still.

Electronic Blinds: It’s possible that the thing you hate the most is people staring into your home. Like it or lump it, the windows of your home are exactly that. They aren’t just a way to look out. But they could be, and if you want to make sure you can see out without other people seeing in, one-way glass is the answer. Incredibly, you can buy this for your home windows, and you can certainly see the appeal of adding this to rooms like the bathroom.

Of course, if that seems too expensive and over the top, you can also consider getting electronic blinds. That way, you can block the view that other people have of your home whenever you feel like they are getting a little too up close and personal with your living room window.

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Bye bye Peeping Toms!

Automated Gates: Finally, if you want to make sure that people stay away from your home altogether, an automated gate might be the best option. Responding only when you open it, this gate will stay firmly shut to intruders, ensuring that you have complete privacy. Some people will deem this to be overkill, but it might be exactly what you want if you’re tired of people walking all over your property. It could also make a burglar think twice about breaking in.

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Chez Vous is where you should feel most comfortable, so if not having enough privacy in your neighborhood is an issue, then maybe some of these solutions will be for you!

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7 Steps To Maximizing The Profit Potential Of Your Home Business

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7 Steps To Maximizing The Profit Potential Of Your Home Business

Running a small business from home has become a very popular option for entrepreneurs from all backgrounds. By removing the need for commercial offices, you can significantly reduce the overheads involved. In turn, this can remove a great deal of pressure and buy a little more time as you look to turn the operation into a profitable one.

Reducing the overheads is a positive starting place. However, it’s only worth doing when you couple it with maximized profits. Otherwise, those savings will be counterproductive. In turn, this will prevent the company from achieving its full potential. Thankfully, you can achieve those great results by mastering just seven key factors. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s get started:

#1. Learn: There’s nothing wrong with starting your business almost immediately. However, it’s equally important to appreciate the fact that you don’t know it all. While improvements will come with experience, you should also appreciate the need to learn as you earn. First and foremost, you should be open to the possibility of formal education. Many entrepreneurs feel that there is no need for this as they aren’t looking to boost their hopes of securing a better job. But knowledge is power and enhancing your wealth of business-related info will serve you well.

Meanwhile, it’s imperative that you conduct the necessary research into your business. From working out the costs to knowing what else is on the market, that knowledge will enable you to make far smarter decisions.

#2. Build A Work Space: The thought of working from home is a dream for many, especially when you remove the need for commuting. However, separating work from leisure is the hardest challenge facing any home-based worker. Fail to establish those boundaries, and any success will remain limited.

If you have a home office space, that’s great. If not, it’s probably time to transform a guest room or the garage. Either way, your home office should be built for business rather than just working. Given that you could be spending long periods in this area, choosing an ergonomic chair is essential. Meanwhile, it’s imperative that all internet facilities and tech items are reliable, too. Sadly, if they go wrong, you could be set for a nightmare.

Building this working environment isn’t only important for you. It’s equally crucial for your family. If you’re in the office, you’re working. If you’re not, then they’ll know that you’re ready for family time.

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So snazzy!

#3. Focus On Teamwork: All business owners require the support of a winning team. When running the operation from home, the chances are that you won’t have people actively working in your home. But that doesn’t mean that you should ignore the importance of embracing employees. The recruitment process will vary from the traditional ideas. However, hiring remote workers and freelancers can enable you to make your staffing budget work far harder. Meanwhile, you won’t need to worry about providing them with the necessary equipment. In turn, this can only send profitability through the roof.

Working from different locations shouldn’t be an excuse to ignore your responsibilities, though. Regular perks, good salaries, and a sense of empathy and understanding should be considered essential. After all, you need to trust that they’ll be working in the right manner.

#4. Think About Your Presence: Regardless of the industry, customer perceptions are imperative for success. Failure to make a good first impression will harm your hopes of achieving sales before you’ve even started. Unfortunately, some customers will be put off by the fact that you operate from a residential address. Acquiring a physical address in a prestigious location instantly provides a better company image. Meanwhile, it’s important that your website and other tools display contact details in a clear manner. Otherwise, it can give consumers a reason to feel that you’re hiding something.

A strong SEO game will boost your web visibility to further enhance the initial responses. That helps the company plant a seed of interest into the client’s mind, which can only bring positive impacts for future sales figures.

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#5. Do More: Ultimately, you need to show that your business is the best solution for the client. One of the best ways to do this is to offer something that your competitors don’t. If yours is a localized service, you could make it mobile by visiting clients in their homes. Whether it’s hairdressing, accounting, or selling clothes doesn’t matter. Removing some of the hassle will give them another reason to choose you over competitors. On a similar note, accepting more payment types can have a positive influence on proceedings. On the one hand, those gestures are made for the benefit of customers. On the other hand, though, you should have pride in offering the best service, anyways.

#6. Find A Great Marketing Strategy: Branding is a crucial element of any business, as it provides the company with an identity. Your home-based venture shouldn’t be any different. In addition to logos and slogans, you should think about attention-grabbing ad campaigns.

Given that you don’t have a store, embracing online opportunities is pivotal. In addition to strong SEO, you should look to blogging, video campaigns, and interactive tools. Not only are those ideas far more cost-effective than traditional methods, but they additionally encourage participation. And when the clients are actively interacting with the brand, they’ll be far more likely to respond in a positive manner.

Just remember that you must express your personality at all times. If they can relate to the people behind the brand, the customers will be far more likely to complete a purchase. Once again, it all comes down to that sense of trust.

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#7. Excel At Customer Care: Getting your business to the point where it generates regular sales is no mean feat. So when you do reach this stage, it’s crucial that you find ways to encourage long-term loyalty. When you have customers that keep coming back for more, sustained success is assured. Good communication is always a solid starting point. But you can go one step further with small gestures like promotional freebies and special promotions. Likewise, running loyalty schemes can be hugely beneficial. Above all else, you should go beyond the call of duty when dealing with customer issues.

Essentially, showing that your commitment to the client doesn’t end with the transaction is vital. In addition to boosting those direct relationships, it could encourage them to recruit friends and family, too.

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