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4 Reasons To Smile More Today

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4 Reasons To Smile More Today

Let’s be honest. We don’t always feel like smiling. There can be days when we don’t have a lot to smile about, especially when we are feeling stressed with life’s many dilemmas. And some of us don’t smile often because of dental reasons. Discolored or missing teeth can give us reasons not to smile, as there is always that fear of embarrassment.

But here’s the thing. We should never underestimate the importance of smiling.

If you’re struggling to smile because of life’s pressures, find moments in the day for light relief. Watch something funny, do something fun with a friend, and do anything else that will help you crack a smile. And even if you still don’t feel like smiling, smile anyway, as you and others will still experience the benefits.

But if you don’t like your smile? Well, it might be time to visit your dentist or you could buy snap on veneers if you are missing any teeth. You will then have more incentive to smile and your life will improve because of it. Read on to find out more:

There are health benefits:

Smiling is good for you, both physically and mentally. When you smile, endorphins are released and this can help to ease your stress levels. Studies have also shown that smiling is an effective way to boost the immune system, reduce blood pressure, and reduce physical pain. Of course, smiling is not a cure in and of itself. You should still see your doctor if you have any ailments. However, knowing that there are health benefits to smiling could give you an actual reason to smile more today!

It helps in social situations:

If you walk around with a permanent scowl on your face, you won’t do much to win people over to you. In fact, they might start avoiding you altogether. But if you smile more, you will appear more friendly, become more approachable, and dare we say it, even more attractive. Whether you’re trying to impress a work colleague, a first date, or your partner’s family, make the effort to smile more to win them over with your good vibes.

Smiling is contagious:

Smile and the world smiles with you! That’s a famous song title but there is actually truth in there. Research has shown that people will naturally feel the urge to smile when they see that expression in others. So, not only will you feel good if you smile more today, but you could quite possibly make others feel good too. Heck, you might even be responsible for a smiling epidemic, which is the only epidemic the world needs right now!

There is much to smile about:

Life might be tough for you right now, so you might debate this point. However, you will improve your mood if you can find the positives in life, so look for reasons to smile. Be thankful for nature and all that exists within it. Be grateful for the joyful moments you experience with friends and family. Eat something that tastes good to you. And check out these other life moments that could cause you to smile.

So, smile more today, for all of these reasons. You will experience the benefits if you do, and so will the people around you.

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What To Do When Your Pet Has Dog Flu

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What To Do When Your Pet Has Dog Flu

Dogs can have the flu and you may be wondering whether your dog is currently suffering from it and what you can do. While dogs don’t get colds in the same way that human beings do, they can come down with sneezing and congestion. Interestingly, you cannot catch a cold from your dog and if you get a cold you cannot pass it on to your dog. However, dogs can get canine flu.

If your dog does come down with canine flu, it is good for you to be informed about what to do to make your dog feel better. Here are some tips:

Treating Dog Flu:

If your dog has mild dog flu, you may not need to do much in the way of treatment, especially if your dog is still eating and drinking the way it normally would. However, if your dog is not eating as it did before, looks uncomfortable, and you notice that they have trouble breathing you should contact your vet immediately.

If your vet suspects that the symptoms are of dog flu, they will conduct tests to see if it is really dog flu or a dog sinus infection which can often mimic flu-like symptoms. Normally, your dog will be prescribed antibiotics and cough suppressants if they have dog flu.

Preventing Dog Flu:

There are no vaccinations that can protect your dog from every illness that could befall them. However, getting your dog vaccinated can help to reduce the risk that they will get dog flu. Ensure that your dog’s vaccinations are always up-to-date to prevent them from getting other diseases as well. Dogs are especially susceptible to parvovirus and leptospirosis.

Do Some Cleaning:

One of the easiest things you can do to help prevent dog flu is to clean your dog’s belongings regularly. Make sure that you clean their food and water bowls. Even their toys need to be cleaned as often as possible. Cleaning toys and bowls are especially important if your pet has to share them with other dogs that you may have.

Lots of Rest and Good Food:

Dogs need to sleep at least twelve to fourteen hours per day. Rest is very important for dogs and it will prevent them from getting ill. Nutrition is also important. Make sure that your dog is eating healthily and that you are feeding them dog food that is rich in nutrients that will boost their immune systems to prevent them from getting the flu.

Stay Informed:

When there is an outbreak of dog flu in your area, your vet will know that it is happening. Make sure that you are on the alert list so that your vet can notify you when there is an outbreak of dog flu. If there are vaccinations available to protect your pet, you should definitely get them to prevent your dog from getting sick.

Taking care of your pet is always a priority. Follow the tips and advice here to protect your dog’s health. If your dog does come down with the flu, be sure to contact your vet and do whatever they recommend.

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When It’s More Than Just A Little Eyestrain

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When It’s More Than Just A Little Eyestrain

If you’re experiencing stinging eyes, you’re feeling sensitive to light, or your eyes are otherwise irritated, it’s easy to assume that it’s eyestrain. Too much exposure to blue light from a computer screen or due to focusing too hard visually is a common enough experience. However, if it’s happening regularly, you might need to look a little closer at the potential sources. Read on to find out more:

Get your eyes tested:

It could, indeed, be that you’re working your eyes a little too hard. But, if this is happening even when you’re not using screens, but doing simple day to day tasks, it could be that your eyes are having trouble focusing because you need glasses. If you get migraines, this is even more of a hint that you need to get your eyes tested by your local optician. You might be surprised by how much the right pair of glasses can relieve the stress you’re putting on your eyes.

There’s a fluid buildup:

If you’ve started to experience pain that has gotten worse over time and is accompanied by things like headaches and worsening vision, you could be dealing with glaucoma. There are both acute and chronic illness versions of glaucoma, but both of them can lead to the loss of vision entirely if they’re not treated, as they result in fluid pushing on the optic nerve. Thankfully, they can be treated by a range of things that can lower eye pressure, including oral medications, eye drops, or even a procedure in the hospital if it has progressed far enough.

You’re experiencing inflammation:

The symptoms of eyestrain and inflammation can be difficult to tell apart, at first. Both show redness in the eyes, as well as eye pain, and some sensitivity to the light. However, if you’re experiencing swelling of the eyelids and the pain is more severe when you move your eye, or if they bring on migraines, it might be an inflammatory condition like uveitis. Chronic uveitis treatments are highly accessible and worth getting. Some people are prone to experience long-term bouts of inflammation, meaning that without managing it properly, you might be experiencing that pain time and time again.

Even if it is eyestrain, you shouldn’t let it go unchecked:

There are no real long-term complications of eyestrain but that doesn’t mean that it’s not worth taking a stand against, especially if it gets in the way of your productivity. For instance, keeping eye drops on hand could help you rehydrate and rest your eyes quickly. There are also a host of tools that can help you protect your eyes from blue light like blue light blocking glasses, for example. You can also make sure that your screen area has better lighting around it so that your eyes don’t strain to focus on the blue light alone.

If you’re experiencing the symptoms of eyestrain but far too regularly, then you need to talk to a doctor or optician about it. They can help you get to the root of your eye issues and improve your quality of life with the right treatment.

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How To Get Rid Of Fleas Quickly And Easily

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How To Get Rid Of Fleas Quickly And Easily

Unfortunately, most people will have to deal with pests at some point or another. One of the most common of these are fleas. Despite the relative commonality of the little bugs, not everyone knows how to get rid of them. At least, not many people know how to get rid of them permanently. You might have tried several methods, but the fleas just keep coming back. If that’s the case, then it’s possible that a pet is responsible.

On the other hand, it could be related to what methods you’ve tried before. So, how do you get rid of fleas easily? As it turns out, there are a few things you can try, some of which you might not have heard of.

How To Get Rid Of Fleas:

Once you’ve found a flea infestation, you’ll want to act quickly when getting rid of them. The longer they’re there, the more they can spread. A certain amount of this will be focused on any pets that you have. If they’re carrying any fleas, you should get a flea comb and purchase some natural flea remedies. At the same time, you’ll need to treat your home. If you do one at a time or leave several hours between them, the fleas can transfer.

How do you get rid of fleas in your home? There are several things to do:

  • Get a natural flea repellent
  • Use a powerful vacuum and steam cleaner
  • Wash all of your bedding
  • Use a chemical treatment, which you can typically buy in a store

While this might seem like a significant amount of effort, it’s worth it to get rid of the fleas. It’s also recommended that you do all of them at the same time. This could take most of the day, but it’ll be a day well spent, as you’ll no longer have to worry about fleas and treating your pets can be just as essential.

Why You Need To Get Rid Of Fleas:

Why you should get rid of fleas will be obvious to many people. To others, it won’t be. There are multiple reasons to do so, with health being a major one. That’s because fleas are known to carry and spread multiple diseases, which can easily be transferred to you or your family. The longer an infestation goes on, the more likely it is that you’ll develop a tapeworm or get a similar condition. As such, it’s highly recommended that you get rid of fleas as quickly as possible.

Once you have dealt with the infestation, make sure to keep your home clean, as that will help make sure that they stop coming back. Making sure that you regularly wash your linens and clean your home and pets regularly, your home shouldn’t have any other infestations.

Finding out that you have a flea infestation can be somewhat unsettling. Nobody wants to think that their home is dirty! Acting quickly and keeping calm will ensure that the infestation is eradicated.

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Common Home Faults & How To Deal With Them

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Common Home Faults & How To Deal With Them

If you have an older property, then there are many faults that you may not know about until it is far too late. That being said, there are some problems which are more common when compared to others. The ones below are what home inspectors class as being the most seen faults in older properties:

Improper Wiring:

Improper wiring is one of the most common problems around. Common wiring issues can include not having enough overload protection, not having good enough grounding, and not having a proper electrician do the work. You may find that the connections are not good enough, either, and this can put your home at great risk. You may even find that it increases the chance of you being electrocuted if you do decide to carry out any work in your home.

Damaged Roof:

There are so many reasons why your roof could become damaged. Some of them include storm damage and damp. Damaged shingles and tiles can be replaced for a very affordable price and this can help to curb your roof leakages with ease. Most houses will probably just need a very small section of the roof repaired so make sure that you explore this if needed.

Exterior Faults:

Damage can be caused to a property when there is a build-up of air or water. This causes bumps on the surface of the walls and the windows. This home fault is very common if you experience issues such as poor weather stripping and caulking. If you want to stop issues like this, then you need to try and do regular maintenance on your brickwork so you can keep it looking great.

Faulty Plumbing:

Most properties need to upgrade their gas and plumbing, the problem is that not many homeowners get around to doing it. Faulty plumbing and gas have to be dealt with in the shortest possible time because if you don’t, then you may find that it poses as a serious safety hazard. There are many schemes out there that will replace your outdated installation, free of charge. If you need to get this done, then don’t be afraid to look into it.

Poor Drainage:

Another issue is poor drainage. It may be that you have issues with your foundation or with your basement. It’s a good idea for you to look into crawlspace waterproofing if possible, as well. Either way, your basement is a huge selling point for your home but if it is in poor condition, then you may find that you end up losing a substantial amount of money. If you want to get around this, then you need to try and make sure that you hire a professional to remedy the issue for you.

If you want to keep your home in good condition, then looking out for these top issues is the best way for you to ensure that. As always, hiring a professional is key if you want to stop these problems from cropping up again in the future.

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4 Things That Are Ruining Your Smile (And What To Do About Them)

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4 Things That Are Ruining Your Smile (And What To Do About Them)

Although we get two sets during our lifetime, it is still important that we take good care of our teeth. Indeed, without the proper care, we can expect to encounter all sorts of problems from bad breath to infection and tooth loss. The good news is that by identifying the things that can harm our teeth, we can make sure we take steps to avoid or counter them. Keep reading to find out what the most common smile ruining things are below:

Too much sugar:

It tastes great but too much sugar is very bad news for your teeth. This is because it encourages tartar to form which can lead to painful and unsightly gum disease, otherwise known as gingivitis. That’s not the half of it, either, because sugar also combines with the bacteria we all have in our mouths to cause plaque, this is the stuff that erodes tooth enamel and leaves your teeth vulnerable to decay!

Fortunately, there are some tactics you can use to combat the effects of too much sugar on your smile. The first is to try and reduce the amount of sugar that you eat, limiting items like candy, cakes, and sodas. Next, if you do eat something sugary, brushing your teeth right after can help remove excess sugar from the mouth and minimize the effect.

Smoking:

Another thing that can wreak havoc with your smile is smoking. Of course, it’s also disastrous for your health, so there are many reasons to quit as soon as possible. In particular, smoking is known to yellow the teeth and can turn an already unsightly plaque to a nasty brown color. Once again quitting is the best course of action here. Although, as a short-term measure, regular teeth cleaning at the dentist, as well as specialized toothpaste designed for smokers can help.

Putting off going to the dentist:

While we are on the subject of dentists, putting off your appointment can severely impact your smile too. Unfortunately, there are many reasons why people may not go to the dentist as often as they should such as anxiety and embarrassment that they haven’t taken care of their oral health in the right way.

Of course, the longer that you leave between appointments the more damage you are likely to do to your smile. You can make regular dental appointments a great deal easier for yourself by finding a good dentist, one that is friendly and non-judgmental. Many dental practices even specialize in helping particularly anxious patients now, which can make the whole experience much easier.

Grinding your teeth:

Last of all, you may be ruining your smile by grinding your teeth. Teeth grinding is when a person unconsciously forces their jaw together in a slight chewing motion and can be linked to stress. The problem with teeth grinding is that it can put far too much pressure on each tooth and make them much more likely to crack and wear away, something that can be both painful and unsightly.

To counter teeth grinding and improve your smile it may be useful to wear a mouth guard at night. Also, finding some ways that are effective for reducing stress may help you minimize this habit and save your smile.

Improve your smile with the tips above and flash those pearly whites!

Handy Skills In Life We Really Oughta Know!

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Handy Skills In Life We Really Oughta Know!

There are a lot of skills in life our parents had in spades, but we don’t have in the slightest! There are many essential skills that every human should have because these days there is a higher likelihood of emergencies in the home and outside than our parents ever had to contend with! So, here are a few things that everybody should know:

How to Turn Off the Water:

A burst pipe in your property is one of the worst things that can happen. You may be living in a rental or your own home, but would you know what to do if there was flooding? The first thing to do is to turn off the water at the mains!

Change a Tire:

If you are in the middle of nowhere and get a flat while on a trip, you need to learn how to change a tire. Changing a tire is not difficult, and can only take a couple of minutes. It’s also worth knowing how to jump-start a car.

Know How to Manage Your Personal Finances:

Financial management is something that a lot of people lack, but learning how to create a budget, saving money, and learning to invest in the right things in life will reap dividends in the long run. So many people are in debt these days, and learning how to manage your finances properly can make a significant difference to your quality of life.

Know How to Read a Map:

These days, we rely so much on Google Maps that if we were without our phones, we would be lost, literally and figuratively! If you ever find yourself lost and your GPS fails on you, do you know how to find the north star and which way is east or west?

Know the Basics of Repairing a Car:

This can save us a lot of money over time! Learning how to fix the basics in our car and keeping it maintained by topping up the oil and the water can make our car go much longer before it needs to head to the repair shop.

Know How to Sew:

Skills like sewing a button onto a coat is going to be a lifesaver, especially as it’s something that happens all too regularly. The basic sewing skills are easy enough to pick up but there are plenty of other benefits to sewing, such as teaching focus and building your confidence.

Knowing How to Be in Your Own Company:

We all rely on the internet and social media to be our friends, but if we took the opportunity to learn to thrive in our own company we would learn so much about ourselves. We shouldn’t rely on others to entertain ourselves. When we start to look after ourselves we display signs of resilience.

While you may be able to look after your health well enough how many of these do you really know how to do? No better time than the present to learn!

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5 Turn-Offs To Watch Out For When Buying A House

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5 Turn-Offs To Watch Out For When Buying A House

Buying a home is a milestone everyone hopes to achieve in their lives. Identifying and purchasing the house can be very difficult and having a visual of your perfect house will give you a good starting point during your search. If you choose to use an agent, you will probably have an easier time presenting your expectations to the agent and only waiting for a call for a house viewing. Searching the house by yourself can be pretty cumbersome. The research, house visits, and lengthy processes can take a toll on you; it can lead you to settle for much less than you deserve.

It is essential to be adept at critical warning signs that might help you assess the house’s condition so there are no surprises when you move in:

A Rugged Backyard and Garage:

If you are fortunate enough to get a house with a vast backyard and a garage, you need to check out their condition. See if you can put any additional structures for your use within the compound. If you prefer having additional storage or relaxing places, you should analyze and consult the experts on sheds near me to help you decide how you can set up your backyard. A beautiful shed will enhance the quality and appearance of your backyard.

The garage should also be in good condition to ensure your safety and security. Investigate the locks and doors to make sure everything is in working order.

Cramped Attic:

Most attics are usually rustic and quite cramped. Check out the walls and floors to figure out how you can utilize them in your home. There is so much potential in having a spacious attic and it could become the ultimate hang out in your new home!

Poor Quality on The Walls and Floors:

The walls and floors of a house will give you a heads up on the house’s condition; it is easy to distinguish a well-maintained house from a poorly maintained house from the walls. Peeled-off wall color or mold is usually not a good sign.

However much the owner may want to mask the actual condition through painting and varnishing, the cracks will always give away the actual house status. If you are unsure of how to identify faults in a house, bring along an expert who will point out any issues.

Leaking Roof:

The roof is usually among the forgotten elements in a house visit. You will most likely concentrate on the interior rather than the exterior but the roofing condition can come back to bite you if you are not keen on them. Analyze if the roof will need any repair or replacement lest you encounter leaking roofs after you have moved in.

Unserviced Mechanical and Electrical Systems:

A house typically runs on various mechanical and electrical systems. The plumbing system of the house needs a thorough inspection by a plumber. A flawed plumbing system discovered after moving in will ruin the new home excitement really quickly! You should also check on the electrical wiring and connections before you make your decision.

Finding a perfect house is a near-impossible job. There are some acceptable faults but having these five elements is a definite turn-off for the house and you shouldn’t settle.

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Wedding Update!

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Wedding Update!

Hello! Ever since Johnny proposed to me on March 13th, it has been a whirlwind of wedding preparations for our June 4th wedding. Yes, we got married so keep it posted on lifewithlilred for all of the details! Despite an ultra small ceremony, there was still a decent amount of planning that went into our day. Granted, most of the prep was on what we would be wearing lol but I couldn’t imagine the hard work it would take to plan a large wedding!

Lucky for me, my Johnny was extremely active in helping to make our wedding day a success and I loved the experience of making decisions for our ceremony with him. From the location to our outfits, archways, and everything in between, Johnny and I made choices and compromises that complimented what we both had in mind and I so enjoyed our wedding brainstorming sessions.

Tomorrow on lifewithlilred, we will be celebrating my 27th birthday but for the next several days after it will be all wedding everything and we can’t wait to share our joy with all of my dear readers. You will be getting an exclusive look into our big day with each post and I am very much looking forward to revealing mine and Johnny’s wedding OOTDs! Keep it locked for all of that and more and let’s celebrate together! 😀

Did you have a big or small wedding? What was your reception like? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

Tips For Dealing With Seasonal Allergies

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Tips For Dealing With Seasonal Allergies

Seasonal allergies aren’t fun and when they roll around, it can feel frustrating to have to deal with them. They can often stop you from enjoying the warm weather, particularly when the pollen count is high. With that being said, it’s worth considering some extra advice when it comes to coping with seasonal allergies. Read on to find out more:

Keep The Home Clean:

Just like dust, pollen gets everywhere so it’s important that you’re staying on top of cleaning house. Try to maintain clean surfaces and look out for cleaning products that are going to help tackle pollen and any residue that often lingers around in the air and on surfaces from the outside world. Even though it gets hot, try to keep windows closed when you can or open them just slightly.

By having your home nice and clean on a regular basis, you’re more likely to reduce the amount of pollen that comes inside and have your own space that is safe for your allergies. The more you can be proactive with your cleaning, the better. There’s a helpful guide on how to beat spring allergies with carpet cleaning that’s worth looking at.

Avoid Peak Allergy Days:

Peak allergy days are often a lot to handle and so many will stay indoors. This is likely to be necessary for some but it’s advisable to keep up to date with the pollen count and see just how likely it is that you’ll experience an aggressive allergy reaction. If you have to go out, then try to avoid any areas where there will be lots of pollen in the air, ideally staying in a city environment rather than out in the countryside. It’s a frustration, but one that will certainly help you deal with your allergies by picking and choosing where you go when you’re out.

Have Medication On Hand:

Medication on hand is extremely important because you never know when an allergy reaction might occur and how bad it will get. Making sure that you have some medication on hand or in your home during these peak periods is essential and will help you to reduce the impact on your health and overall productivity throughout the day. There’s a lot on the market when it comes to medication, so do your research and of course, inquire with your doctor to make sure it’s okay for you to take.

Remove Outdoor Clothing When You Get Indoors:

Outdoor clothing of any kind should all be removed when you get into your home. Put the clothes in the wash immediately and you will minimize the spread of pollen throughout the home as a result. It’s all helpful in reducing the likelihood of an allergy reaction.

These tips should, hopefully, help you cope well with seasonal allergies regardless of how high that pollen count rises!

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