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Creating Healthier Habits Around The House

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Creating Healthier Habits Around The House

The topic of health comes up in conversation on a regular basis between your friends and colleagues. There is always a new fad to try out or a trendy eco-friendly switch to consider, but what can really be done to improve your health? Your home is a place in which you need to feel completely comfortable and confident, so you should only make changes if you are 100% on board. Whether you’re going through a renovation and looking for more energy efficient solutions or you have been struggling with your personal health, there are a number of alterations you can make around the house, like some of the following:

Improving Energy Efficiency:

One of the first major changes you can make around your home is your energy consumption. We have grown so accustomed to electronic devices, gizmos, and gadgets, but we don’t realize the impact they are having on our bank balances and the world around us. If you are really looking to make an impact, why not consider Solar Installation? This method will not only save you money, but it will also reduce the number of greenhouse gases that are emitted into the atmosphere. Speak to a specialist today and they will be able to inform you on the best steps to take when it comes to installing solar panels in your home.

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Reducing Waste:

Households around the country are producing more waste than ever before. Not only is this having a negative impact on the environment, but it is also creating a bad habit among society that needs to be broken. Waste can come in many shapes and forms, but the main culprit is plastic. When you look at the amount of disposable plastic you use each week, it can add up to a considerable amount. When this waste is dumped into landfills or oceans it can take decades to decompose, which is having a negative effect on wildlife. Next time you head out shopping, try to take a reusable bag with you instead of picking up new plastic bags from the store. Opt for products that have less packaging too, as this will help reduce waste around the house.

Eat Fresh:

Buying local produce from your farmer’s market is much more environmentally friendly and healthy than shopping in the big supermarket chains. Not only will you be supporting local businesses, but you will be reducing your carbon footprint by eating fresh and local produce regularly. And, of course, it’s always good to eat your fruits and veggies!

Re-Evaluate Your Household Products:

Instead of spraying hazardous chemicals in the air, there are a number of natural cleaning products you can turn to for your household chores. Not only do regular cleaning products waste a lot of plastic packaging, but they also pollute the air around our homes. You can make natural cleaning products yourself using a lot of the ingredients that are already in your cupboard. Look online for some inspiration and start making your own cleaning sprays now.

Combat Water Waste:

Saving water around the house is actually incredibly easy. It doesn’t take much thought on your part and it will benefit your bank balance, too. Try installing a shower timer in the bathroom, so that you are more aware of how long you’re spending in there. A five minute shower each day is much more eco-friendly than a bubble bath or a ten minute shower. Similarly, you can also install a device in your toilet which reduces the amount of water that is used when you flush.

Nobody will ever achieve complete perfection when it comes to their home habits. However, there are so many changes we can all make for the better, so start with the tips above today!

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Miniature Schnauzer Love

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Miniature Schnauzer Love

If you are tempted to welcome a puppy into your home, the miniature schnauzer is an outstanding canine companion to have in your household. With an exceptional temperament, a fun and friendly attitude, and nothing worse than a bark in terms of aggression, these terrier like dogs are perfect for the family. If you want to welcome a new four legged friend into your brood, chances are that you’ve already done tons of research, but have you considered these lesser thought about aspects of dog ownership?

Intelligence:

The miniature schnauzer is a highly intelligent breed. Forget not knowing his name, being unable to fetch a toy, or having no clue what toilet training is, your mini schnauzer will aim to please. He is loyal, obedient, and highly intelligent. At only ten weeks of age, your mini schnauzer should be able to sit and stay on command and will enjoy taking part in training sessions with you. It’s a good idea at the puppy nipping stage to teach bite inhibition to try and ward off the need for a dog bite lawyer. You want to train your mutt to be calm, measured and alert to your voice. They need to be focused on you even in a park full of people and other hounds. Your miniature schnauzer will do just that.

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Life is ruff!

Food:

A miniature schnauzer is very food motivated. This can be helpful when trying to get your little buddy to listen to you. Waft his favorite treat under his nose and you’ll have him under your little finger. But it can also be a hindrance. Miniature schnauzers are well known to have delicate tummies, so high fat snacks and unhealthy scraps from the dining room table are a no. This is a good thing, as it means your dog won’t grow up chubby or having to watch his weight. A miniature schnauzer is energetic, bouncy, and fun to have around. So as long as you have the time to take them on two walks a day, they’ll be a happy mutt.

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SO. Cute!

Appearance:

All miniature schnauzers look male – it’s the beard that does it! However, whatever gender your mini is, you will need to groom him regularly. He’ll need regular brushing and clipping to ensure that his hair doesn’t get matted or too bedraggled. Feed a top quality grain free kibble with the right nutrients and his coat should look shiny and healthy for his entire life. There are many cuts to choose from including the breed standard beard and short coat to the more flamboyant Asian fusion cuts. The choice is yours, but make sure that you go to a groomer who knows what they are doing. Sensitive shampoos and conditioners are a must for this delicate little breed.

Getting a dog is daunting, but it will be the best decision you have ever made. Miniature schnauzers are fun, will keep you on your toes, and will make the perfect family pet for your household.

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Birthday Freebies

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Birthday Freebies

Helloooo everyone! As you all know, Lil Red is all about free stuff. But, I didn’t want to say stuff, I wanted to say SHIT. So, yes, Lil Red is all about free shit. I am a member of a lot of different rewards programs that are always very generous when a birthday rolls around and I spend the month of June cashing in on it. So, if you have any of the following stores or eateries in your area, be sure to sign up for their rewards programs so you can be treated on your birthday, too!

  • Sephora Beauty Insider Kat Von D or Drunk Elephant mini gift set
  • Free burrito from Moe’s
  • Free small smoothie from Robek’s
  • Free beverage of any size from Dunkin’ Donuts
  • Free cinnamon sticks from Pizza Hut
  • Free beverage from Starbucks
  • Free Grand Slam breakfast from Denny’s
  • Free dessert from Olive Garden

Altogether, these birthday freebies total out to at least forty dollars, making the sometimes annoyingness of signing up for an app or reward card completely worth it.

Happy savings!

Which other stores or restaurants offer freebies or deals on your birthday? Which rewards program do you use the most? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

Dining Delights: Enjoy Food With Friends This Summer!

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Dining Delights: Enjoy Food With Friends This Summer!

Summer is a time for making memories. With the nice weather and longer days, we’re all in a happier mood and ready to socialize. And, one of the best ways to get everyone together is with food. Sharing a meal is a great way to connect with your loved ones and it’s tons of fun. Check out the following ideas for food friendly events this summer:

Barbecue:

Everyone loves a good barbecue. So, if you want to get everyone together on a hot day? Fire up the grill! Dust off your old barbecue and contact some propane companies to find the best price on gas. Purchase some meat and vegetables to grill and make burgers, hot dogs, chicken, steaks, ribs, and skewers. If you want to keep the drinks flowing all day, you could mix up a cocktail in a large dispenser along with some fruit slices and herbs and guests can help themselves to the ready mixed drink with no messing around. Have plenty of ice in the freezer that they can pop into their glass so each drink is perfectly chilled.

Picnic:

If you have friends and family scattered across different places, why not choose a scenic park in a relatively central location to all of you and have a picnic? If everyone brings a selection of different foods, you’ll all have plenty to share. Pinterest has lots of recipe ideas for interesting sandwiches, pastries, salads, and sweet treats so it doesn’t have to be all of the same kind of stuff! It’s a nice way to spend time outdoors and it’s not especially expensive, either. Check out if the place you want to picnic in has car parking charges or entry fees ahead of time for complete convenience.

Afternoon tea:

More fancy than a picnic and something you can do from your own home is an afternoon tea. Decorate your garden table in a pretty tablecloth and some flowers in mason jars and serve finger sandwiches, dainty pastries, cakes on tiered stands, and tea in mismatched china cups. Perfect for a celebration (just add a bottle of champagne or prosecco!) or just a girls afternoon spent together.

Restaurant:

Lots of restaurants are particularly great over the warmer months. Find somewhere that has an outdoor area where you can meet with your friends and enjoy food and drinks. While restaurants and eateries can be expensive, check sites like Groupon for deals to save money and also the website of the venue. Some places will have special offers on certain days. If you’re looking to save money, skip the starters (restaurant mains are so large you really don’t need them anyway!) and pass on the alcohol. You can always enjoy a few drinks at home afterwards which will be way cheaper than buying while you’re out. Stick to water and soft drinks and you’ll save significantly on your bill.

Use the tips above to plan a lovely afternoon outing for your friends and family – just make sure they all come on an empty stomach!

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Lil Red’s Presidential Medal Of Freedom: Too Faced Melted Matte In Queen B Edition

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Lil Red’s Presidential Medal Of Freedom: Too Faced Melted Matte In Queen B Edition

Helloooo! Have any of you ever had a beauty product that you were pretty excited about but just never bothered using? Lol, because that’s what definitely happened with the Sephora freebie I got of Too Faced’s Melted Matte lip paint. I got the shade in Queen B FO FREE with a twenty-five dollar online purchase and I thought that the deep mauve shade was pretty but it also is a color that I wouldn’t normally wear so it just sat unused in my makeup box until May 15th, 2019.

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On that fateful day, I was wearing a turquoise spaghetti strap top, denim shorts, black mini platforms, and a jean jacket. I thought that the above shade would look so good with the various blue hues that I had in my OOTD so I put some on, threw the tube of lippie in my bag, and headed out the door.

I was right, of course, because the lipstick looked divine. And, like anyone, I was expecting to have to reapply after working, eating lunch, and kissing my boyfriend. But… I didn’t? I was blown away! This lip paint literally didn’t budge. So, I continued on with my day which included eating Indian food and more kissing my boyfriend. AND IT STILL STAYED ON! It looked like I had just applied it and, at that point, I had had the color on for at least ten hours.

HOW DOES THAT EVEN HAPPEN?!
HOW IS THAT EVEN POSSIBLE?!
WHY HAS IT TAKEN ME ALMOST A YEAR TO USE THIS LIPPIE?!
TUNE IN NEXT WEEK ON I HAVE NO IDEA!

But, seriously though. How is that even possible? This is why I have to award the Too Faced Melted Matte lip paint with the Lil Red Presidential Medal Of Freedom. For withstanding Indian food, PDA, and a day on the job without so much as budging. I thank you for your commendable service and cannot recommend this product enough! 😀

What is your favorite product by Too Faced? Do you have any products that have been sitting unused in your stash? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

What To Do If Your Pooch Won’t Eat

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What To Do If Your Pooch Won’t Eat

As any seasoned dog owner will tell you, there will come a time when your precious pooch won’t want to eat. It’s unusual for dogs to refuse food – especially since they are connoisseurs of the toilet bowl and garbage can – but it can happen.  So what should you do if your pooch won’t eat?

Step 1: Find Out If Your Dog Is Sick

The most likely reason a dog won’t eat is that it’s feeling under the weather. Upset stomachs, teething problems, and infections can all lead dogs to lose their appetite. If your dog usually runs towards food with reckless abandon but has suddenly become a lot less excited about stuffing its face, then illness is the most likely scenario. Go to your vet, explain what’s happened, and get them to perform an examination. The vet will check your dog’s teeth to rule out tooth or periodontal infections (which might make them unwilling to chew), and other infections and blockages in their stomachs. Usually, once the vet sorts out the problem, your pooch’s appetite will return.

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Step 2: Stop Feeding Your Dog Junk

A fussy dog is a rare thing. But it can happen sometimes. If you read Freshpet dog food reviews, you find all sorts of examples of dog owners struggling to get their pets to eat their chow. Dogs, like people, work around set mealtimes; they need to go without food for a few hours in between meals to feel hungry enough to munch down whatever is put in front of them.

Many dog owners, however, have a habit of feeding their pooches between meals, discouraging eating come dinner time. Imagine if the roles were reversed. Let’s say that you had a bag of All Bran that you had scheduled for dinner, but your dog kept feeding you cheesecake, steak, and cookies all afternoon. Would you still be so keen on the All Bran? Probably not. The delectable dishes cooked up by your dog would be so tasty that cardboard-like cereal would be a massive disappointment. You’d rather just wait until the next time your dog got in the kitchen and rustled up something delicious.

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Stick with dog food!

Step 3: Check Your Dog Food

Sometimes, though, your dog has a legitimate reason for rejecting its chow: it’s out of date. Take a look at the label on the dog food to make sure that you’re not serving up feed that’s a year past its best. It’s also a good idea to experiment with dog food. Manufacturers could change the ingredients, making it less appealing or nutritious and discouraging consumption. Or they could have changed the flavor, creating something that is genuinely repugnant, even to dogs. Remember, dogs will avoid food that upsets their digestive tracts.

Step 4: Boost The Flavor

Dogs, like people, want their food to taste good. If it doesn’t, then it’s less appealing. If you’re still struggling to get your dog to eat, try including a bit of extra flavor, like some kitty kibble or chicken broth. Hopefully, that will get their salivary glands working overtime.

Follow the above tips and get your dog’s appetite back ASAP!

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Detoxifying Your Lifestyle

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Detoxifying Your Lifestyle

They say we should treat our body like a temple, but many of us are very good at ignoring that advice. In fact, some of us behave more like our bodies are toxic dumping grounds and completely forget that the things we consume actually have a significant effect on our health and well being. Luckily, if we know what is good and bad for our body, we can make much more educated and healthy decisions. A topic you can read more about in the post below:

Liquids:

There are some things that are good to drink and some that aren’t so great for you. Of course, water is essential, as staying hydrated can not only help you be more mentally alert but can help your body function better all the way down to the molecular level! Be careful, though, because you can have too much of a good thing. In fact, if you go over your recommended daily water amount it can actually make you quite ill.

There are some drinks that you should try to stay away from, as well, or at least minimize your consumption of, due to their toxic nature. These include alcohol, sugary soft drinks, and even caffeinated beverages. You don’t have to give them up entirely if you don’t want to, but they all can have a dehydrating effect. Sugar and caffeine can also cause an increase in anxiety, while too much alcohol is not only bad for the liver but can seriously impair your judgment.

Products:

I know you’re expecting the next section to be all about things you should not eat because they are toxic, but before we get to that, we want to talk about the lesser known issue of products that we use that can have an adverse effect on our health. In particular, makeup, perfume, and cosmetics need mentioning here, because they are nearly always applied directly to the skin and so are easily absorbed by the body. What that means, is that if there is anything nasty in them, it will end up in you!

In fact, recently, there has been a move towards more natural and healthy products in the cosmetic and toiletries industry including non toxic perfume and paraben free toiletries. Using beauty products that are better for you has never been easier.

Food:

Finally, when it comes to food, there are plenty of things that can be toxic if you consume them. However, apart from the basic poisonous plants and berries, there are also other things that you need to watch out for. These include sugar which, while we love the taste is beginning to be thought of like a narcotic style substance that can cause many problems when ingested.

It’s also wise to be mindful of the containers you store your foods in, as some can leach out plastic molecules, which we then end up ingesting. This is something that can lead to a toxic buildup in our system and contribute to all sorts of health problems!

Treating your body as a temple includes being mindful of what you’re putting in it, so use the tips above to detoxify your lifestyle today!

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