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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Summer and Boating Accidents

Hey neighbors!

Now that summer is in full swing, I wanted to take a moment and mention boating accidents.  Many people are spending a lot of time on the water, especially with the heat we have been experiencing.  Although boating and other water sports are a great way to cool off and enjoy your summer, we want to remind you to practice safety while on the water.

According to statistics, about 600 deaths occur each year in the US while boating.  We personally only own a canoe, but even canoeing there are safety issues.  Everyone in the canoe is required to wear a life vest.  They have each been taught how to swim of course.  They have learned safety rules, such as staying seated, not leaning over the edge to reach something, and of course to stay alert.  Even with a canoe you have to watch the water conditions and keep an eye out for submerged objects.  Once you move to a larger boat there are many other issues.  Do not drink and go boating.  Water and alcohol are not a good mix.  Be sure you know safety rules and locations of safety devices, such as extra life jackets, fire extinguishers, etc.

So before you hit the water this year, take a moment to go over safety rules with family and any friends who might be joining you.  It may take a few minutes away from your fun, but it might save a life.  Which is well worth the time.

Take a moment to check out this site HERE, where they list some of the statistics on boating accidents.  The main causes and even what day of the week the most accidents occur.

Thanks for stopping in.  See you again soon!

If This Dog Could Talk Tour with Tip

Hey neighbors!

Tip has some news to share with you!  Merck Animal Health and Elias Weiss Freidman, creator of The Dogist, have teamed up together to help make more dog owners aware of the dog flu.  Tip and I must confess right up front, we did not know much about this, so we were pretty excited about the opportunity to learn more and share with our readers, about the If This Dog Could Talk tour!

Were you aware a new strain of dog flu was found just last year?  I was not. The dog flu is very contagious and can be passed easily at parks, dog parks, dog shows and other events – just about anywhere you can find dogs.  It is especially important to be aware of this during the summer months, when many of us are much more likely to take our furry friends with us.  

So Merck Animal Health has this really neat tour going on at three major dog parks in the U.S. The If This Dog Could Talk tour will be set up as a forum at the chosen dog parks to help educate owners regarding the dog flu.  Tip thinks this is a GREAT idea.  I mean who wants the flu?  

Now, listen carefully here, if you live near one of these parks:

July 23: Lake Shore East Park at 450 E. Benton Place, Chicago, IL 60601
August 13: Freedom Barkway at 523 Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30312

September 24: Frazier Park at 1201 W 4th St. Ext, Charlotte, NC 28202

You will be able to actually get to meet The Dogist and have your dog's picture taken!  Bow-wow!  Isn't that great  For those who do not live near one of the parks, never fear, you can still participate and help raise awareness of the H3N2 strain of the dog flu.  All you have to do is post a picture of your dog on Twitter with the hashtag, #IfThisDogCouldTalk.  Be sure to add @MerckAH.  Some of the photos could be chosen to appear in The Dogist eBook.  Talk about putting on the dog! 

By tweeting a photo, you are allowing Intervet Inc., d/b/a Merck Animal Health (“Merck Animal Health”) to use it at its sole discretion, including for marketing materials developed by Merck Animal Health. Once published, it will be available for viewing by any other person for as long as the published materials are in circulation. 

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Keep yourself updated on the happenings by following the Dogist on social media.
Facebook - HERE
Twitter - HERE
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So let's set some tails to wagging by sharing this important information with others!  


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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Beric the Briton Review

Beric The Briton Heirloom Audio Productions  Review

Hey neighbors!

This review is compliments of Heirloom Audio Productions!  You may remember a couple of the reviews we have been privileged to do in the past, but this is their newest, Beric the Briton.  My daughters have enjoyed all the previous audio adventures, and this one is no different.

Beric The Briton Heirloom Audio Productions  Review

Beric the Briton is two enthralling hours of audio adventure.  These adventures always hold the attention of anyone who is listening.  This is based on a story from G. A. Henty.  I like that each of these stories tell a portion of history that children and adults alike will enjoy learning from.

Beric The Briton Heirloom Audio Productions  Review

The story of Beric the Briton teaches a lesson as well as telling history. The message is about enduring and standing firm during trials and tribulations.  What an appropriate message for today.  As times get harder for christians we need to be teaching our children about these issues, and this is one great way to teach them about christians in the past who have taken a stand no matter the cost.  This audio drama is perfect for an entire family to listen to, and then spend discussion time afterwards.

When you purchase Beric the Briton, you will also receive a few bonuses.  One is of course the eStudy guide, which is 50 pages of questions and discussion starters.  Another beautiful inclusion is a printable quote that can be framed and put on display in your home.  Access is also given to an MP3 download of the soundtrack from Beric the Briton.

Use Beric the Briton for homeschooling, family time or on trips.  My daughters like to listen to them as going to sleep, but I do have to limit how much they can listen to, or they will stay awake longer to hear what happens. Beric the Briton comes with a downloadable study guide, which can be used in the homeschool or perhaps at family devotions.  I highly recommend these audio dramas and if you have not heard any of the other adventures be sure to check them out too.  You will find;
Under Drakes Flag
In Freedom's Cause
With Lee in Virginia
The Dragon and the Raven

This is not a cheaply done program and is well worth the price.  You might even recognize some of the actors and actresses in Beric the Briton.  Brian Blessed, Brian Cox, Tom Baker, Honeysuckle Weeks, Cathy Sara and John Rhys-Davies are the six stars behind this production.

You can find Beric the Briton and Heirloom Audio Adventures on the following social media:
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The Power In Your Hands by Sharon Watson Review

Writing with Sharon Watson Review

Hey Neighbors!

Our newest homeschool review is The Power in Your Hands: Writing Nonfiction in High School 2nd Edition by Sharon Watson, from Writing with Sharon Watson.  As you can see by the title this is a course to improve your high schooler's nonfiction writing assignments and reports.

I received both the student book The Power in Your Hands and the Teacher's Guide.  The course is really a blessing in that it is easy for my daughter to work through on her own.  She does not require a lot of oversight.  The Teacher's Guide itself is full of helpful information on grading your students writing assignments.  I like that they have included the Proofreading Marks Chart.  This chart not only shows you the different marks, but they also give examples so you know how to use them properly when grading a report.  This makes it so much easier now to read through, correct the papers and of course give a grade.  The Teacher's Guide has been a BIG help, and I feel that I even learned a few new things.

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Now for the student book, I like that the very first lesson has the student answer some questions about their own writing.  The second lessons helps them with getting started, planning and choosing a topic.  Once they are through these two lessons, the work begins.  The lessons are sort of labeled by Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Writers, in that some of the beginning lessons will be easy for those who are intermediate or advanced writers.  The workbook itself will teach your student how to put together a well written assignment.  They will learn the best ways to put across their ideas, arguments and beliefs.  They will be able to construct sentences and paragraphs with proper grammar and form.  They will have a well rounded idea of nonfiction writing.  I know my daughter is going to be interested in the section on newspaper writing when we get to it as she presently has a blog where she and her sister do interviews of christians writers, missionaries and southern gospel singers.

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Here are a just few of the section titles:
Thinking and Planning
Persuasion (There are actually several sections on different types of persuasion.)
Common Grammar Mistakes
And many more.

The Power in Your Hands is very well written and easy for M to understand.  The book is over 400 pages in length and is extremely thorough. She has not had any problems thus far and I highly recommend this homeschool writing program to my homeschooling neighbors here.  Your student should be able to produce a well written nonfiction report once they have finished this course.

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3 Fun Ways To Make Your Walls POP!

When it comes to decorating your home, your walls are an integral element. They act as a blank canvas, where you can showcase your style and personality. Yet many of us are still afraid of unsure how to make them stand out. So instead we stick to the same old colors and decorating techniques and use them time and time again. Over time this can make us feel uninspired and less excited about spending time within our homes. But it doesn’t have to be this way. If you’re eager for your walls to make a bigger impact in your home, why not try these three fun ideas.

Use an outrageous color

Instead of sticking to colors you feel comfortable with, why not go out of your comfort zone instead. Painting with colors you consider to be over the top and outrageous can bring some zest and excitement back into your interiors. It will also build up your confidence and make you more eager to try new things. The best way to do this is by downloading the My Room Painter app onto your phone or tablet. You can upload a photo of your room and test out thousands of different paint colors. This will make it easier to visualize how a bold and bright color will work within your space. You can then order your paint and get started straight away. If you aren’t a competent painter, why not hire a painting company such as Global Decorating to assist you. That way you know the outcome will look incredible.

Hang decorative wallpaper

Wallpaper can often be seen as quite traditional, but nothing could be further from the truth.
You can find a plethora of contemporary wallpaper designs that can really make a statement. From delicate oriental styles to bold graphic prints, there’s bound to be a wallpaper to suit your home. This will draw your attention every time you enter a room as well as helping the rest of your decor stand out. So head to a wallpaper specialist store or visit the Signature Prints website to see what designs you could use. Again, if you aren't confident in hanging wallpaper always hire an expert to help you.

Use artwork

If you’re looking for a less long-term method of making your walls stand out, why not hang up some artwork. This can add color, interest, and style to your home, while also reflecting your taste in art. They could be typographic pieces or unusual portraits. Cluster them together to create a mini-art gallery feel. The beauty of using this method is that your artwork can be changed as frequently as you wish. You can order artwork prints from sites such as Urban Road and Etsy. You can also source budget-friendly frames from most home improvement stores. Consider the layout of your artwork before you hang to make sure you get it right first time.

Try one or all of these ideas in your home to really make your walls POP! You’ll undoubtedly love the end result and be amazed at how much better they look.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

How Well Do You Know Movie Yachts?

Hey neighbors!

Here's something for a little bit of fun.  If a yacht from a famous movie passed you on the Gulf, or out on the high seas, would you recognize it?

Now, I will tell you right up front, I am not a big fan of water.  A cruise ship maybe, but anything smaller than that, I just don't know.  My daughters went on a cruise the beginning of this year, and they said you can hardly tell that you are on water.  They also said it was very beautiful, and they want to go again.  While on their cruise they passed several different sailboats, speedboats and yachts.

Since I am not a huge movie fan either, I think I would fail the interesting, little quiz found HERE.  I would love to know how you do though.  Click through, take the quiz and come back and let me know how you did.  I might recognize a Disney ship, but as far as a luxury yacht, I think I would have to say no.  I guess I would "sink" the quiz.

Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by!  See you soon!

Friday, July 15, 2016

Refreshing Rose Water Face Mist DIY Recipe! #NielsenMassey #Giveaway

When you hear the company Nielsen Massey, you most likely think of baking. Who hasn't used their vanillas or other flavor extracts at some point making cookies, cakes or other goodies? Our family uses their vanilla, almond and peppermint extracts all the time. However, we recently received a new (to us) product that you may not automatically think of baking with. Yes, Nielsen Massey also offers Rose Water, to be used in various dishes including pastries, cookies, and Middle Eastern and Indian cuisine. We actually used this in two different ways - and enjoyed both - without even getting into baking with it. I did find an almond baklava recipe that incorporates rose water that sounds absolutely yummy, so that's on our to-try list as well!

My first experiment with rose water was to make a face mist. Rose water facial mists are so handy especially during the summer. Last week my sisters and I attended an outdoor Gospel concert, and this would have come in handy there. Even in Indiana, the heat was sweltering and very humid. A splash of rose water every once in a while would have been so cooling and refreshing! This is so easy to make, and I already have requests to make at least two other people their own batch. So without further ado, here is a simple three-ingredient recipe to make your own rose water face mist to help you cool off this summer!

1/2 tablespoon Jojoba Oil (or almond oil)
1 teaspoon Rose Water

Combine rose water and jojoba oil in a 2-ounce spray bottle, fill the rest of the way with water. Shake well and mist! Obviously the oil and water will separate, simply shake before each use. Technically the oil is optional, but I like the extra moisturizing it provides.

In case you're wondering what my other experiment with rose water was, I brewed up a cup of lemon tea and added a couple drops of rose water before drinking. It tasted delicious, and the smell is perfectly wonderful. I honestly wasn't sure it would be, but it has a similar flavor to Earl Grey tea, which I love. This will be the perfect winding-down evening beverage. I imagine it probably tastes good iced too, so I'll be trying that in the next few days.

Be sure to check out Nielsen Massey and their great line of vanillas and flavors for all your baking (and skin care!) needs!

One of our readers will receive a bottle of Rose Water from Nielsen Massey!!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Home Repairs You'll Definitely Need To Call In The Experts For

Don’t get the wrong idea here. On our section of the web, we do love DIY. If there’s a problem with our home that we can fix ourselves, that’s what we’re going to do. Unfortunately, there are numerous cases where a DIY fix just won’t be possible. Instead, you’ll have to call in the professionals. There are a few reasons why this might be the case. It’s possible that the job in question is just a little too complex for the DIY nut. It might also be the case that the job could be dangerous, due to the processes involved. You may find that a mistake with the type of the repair could lead to expensive ramifications. Thus to cover all bases, you leave it to an expert. Here are a few examples of these types of jobs.

Broken Garage Door

You might think that you can repair a broken garage door yourself. Well, we would disagree with that analysis. There’s only one fix you might be able to complete yourself for your garage door. That would be if rust has eaten away at the metal along the bottom due to a buildup of water. If that has occurred, you can get a DIY kit from your typical home depot store. You just need to fill in the gap and then sand it down so that it blends with the rest of the door. On the other hand, if there’s a fault with the mechanism a proper repair will be necessary. You want to get this done as quickly as possible too. Otherwise, the door could fall off and damage your car. You can find all the details from Neighborhood Garage Door Service Company or a similar business.

Broken Boiler

You need to make sure that you do call in an expert to fix a broken boiler. Very few homeowners would be crazy enough to try fixing one of these by themselves, we’d hope. The problem with the boiler is that you most likely won’t know it needs a fix at all. Out of all the areas in your home, this is the part that tends to suffer the most from poor maintenance. You need to make sure that you get your boiler inspected at least once a year. If you can’t afford that, look for signs that your energy bills are increasing. This tends to point to a faulty boiler.

Air Con
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You might think that fixing an aircon system isn’t that dangerous. Surely, you can just tweak it and fiddle around until it starts filtering again? Be careful with this assumption. Most aircon work using chemicals kept at freezing temperatures. If these chemicals are released, they could damage your body, and a small accident could be fatal. That’s why it’s best to always call a handyman to fix a broken air con. No matter how much you want to get the cold air flowing back through your home in the summer.

Electrical Wiring

Having an issue with your electrical wiring? If you blow a fuse, you can reset the switches. However, if your power goes off for any other reason, do not attempt to fix it manually. This can be dangerous and result in electrocution.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Laurelwood Books Patriotic Penmanship High School Review

Hi Neighbors!

I want to state up front, just how important I believe that the Patriotic Penmanship books from Laurelwood Books can be.  We seem to be lowering our standards in the public school system, which makes me very glad I chose to homeschool.  One are we have dropped the ball is in penmanship.  I have a friend who is a public school teacher in Florida, and she said they no longer teach classes like penmanship.  I am so grateful, that there are still courses like this available from Laurelwood Books.

Latin and Penmanship {Laurelwood Books  Review}

I received the Patriotic Penmanship for High School grades 9-12 for M.  They suggest a lesson a week, but you can base it on your child's ability.  I love that each lesson is a quote, poem or even a verse or hymn.  I like that it is not just copying a random paragraph.  Each lesson can start a discussion or study into deeper topics.  You can discuss the person, or an important thought or teaching.  These books are consumable and are designed for one student only.  My daughter loves the history part of the books.  To her the cursive practice is fine, but she loves facts and ideas she can learn and spring on others.

The first couple of pages in the book have the student practice the alphabet in cursive.  After the practice M moved on to the Introduction to the Declaration of Independence.  The practice lines alternate on the pages.  First line has the quote in dotted lines for her to trace, next line is blank and she writes it herself.  It alternates back and forth until the full lesson has been written.  This allowed a discussion of the Declaration of Independence.

We are of course watching her posture and having her slow down and concentrate on what she is doing.  I believe by the end of the book we will be able to see a large improvement in her writing.  I can see some now and I am sure she will continue.  I was also reminded in the beginning of the book of the proper way to grip her pencil.

This particular Penmanship book has 81 pages, with 30 lessons.  Laurelwood Books has several others in this series for younger grades, that I am sure will be just as well done as this one.  The first three books are manuscript writing and in third grade they move on to cursive writing.  The books are $13.95 a piece.

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I recommend that you take some time to check out these books from Laurelwood Books.  I was very impressed.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Home Maintenance: Regular Checks That You Might Be Forgetting

There is a lot that goes into running a successful household. With all that cooking and cleaning to do, there is no wonder many of us forget to check some important home maintenance. But forgetting to check that all your DIY and various systems and equipment are up to scratch could cost you in the long run. If you don’t catch a problem in time, it might become a big issue, and you could end up calling the professionals out. Checking everything regularly can help you prevent this from happening. Here are some checks that should be done regularly, but are often forgotten.

Air Conditioning

Imagine waking up one hot summer day to find that your air conditioning isn’t working. What a nightmare! To prevent this from ever happening, it’s a good idea to check your system is functioning as it should. Take a quick look at the unit to make sure there is no physical damage. Turn it on as well. If it all sounds ok, there is probably nothing to worry about. Don’t forget that some systems need to be serviced by a workman. You can discover details from Advantage Air.

Smoke And Carbon Monoxide Alarms

Smoke and carbon monoxide are big killers. To make sure your family can sleep safely, you should install alarms that can detect high levels of smoke and carbon monoxide. These are often powered by batteries. Once the batteries no longer work, you alarm won’t either. So it is super important to keep on checking the alarms. Each one should have a red button you can press to test it. The alarm should sound for a few seconds. If it doesn’t, the batteries will need replacing.


We often don’t know we have a plumbing issue in our homes until it is far too late. But you can tell if you have a leak developing by constantly checking your pipes. But faulty plumbing isn’t the only reason you should be checking your pipes! If you have even the tiniest of leaks, it will be creating a water source for vermin and pests. So to prevent an infestation in your home, it is always a good idea to double check there are no small pools of water that any little creatures can drink!


If your are has had a storm or torrential rain lately, you will need to climb up to your gutters and check them out. Dead leaves and other organic material can easily become stuck up in them. And this can quickly build up if you do not get rid of it. Gutters that are left and become blocked can cause damage to your property. This is because water will have to run down the wall rather than drainage pipe. And that water flowing down the wall can result in serious water damage.

It costs nothing to carry out these small checks. And they take no time at all! So what are you waiting for? Carry out all these useful home maintenance checks today!

5 Key Tips About Old Age You Need To Hear

By the year 2050, there will be 1.5 billion elderly people on planet Earth. That’s around 16% of the world’s population, and it’s a huge figure. As living standards increase and we all start to live longer, it’s important that we’re aware of the circumstances of aging.


For parents, that means starting to think about it now, and for children, it means starting to talk to your parents. But this isn’t a sad time. It’s the next chapter of your life, and it’s arguably the best. You’ll have more time, more space and a lot more to do - just be sure to read these tips so you’re ready.

1. You won’t be left alone

Many think retirement is a lonely time, but this isn’t true. Retirees make the most of their situation by spending more time with family. Just because you may be getting old, doesn’t make you are any less of a grandparent, or parent.

Your spouse will also be by your side, and this is an incredible opportunity to do the things you didn’t have time for when working. That trip to Germany or Europe you always wanted to do? Been wanting to try skiing for years? You can do it all, with your loved ones by your side.

2. Retirement homes

A lot of older folk picture retirement homes as dumping grounds for the elderly, but again, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Retirement homes and seniors housing have evolved into mini-communities of their own, and living in one could be a new lease of life.

You’ll be surrounded by people your own age and with your own tastes, all day every day. You’ll be well-looked after, and can be visited by your family at any time. Don’t be nervous, or dread that time when the clock ticks on. Embrace it, with open arms. It’s an opportunity to feel like part of a special community of people.

3. Those who look after their health now, will be better off

There are a certain set of old-age problems that could be avoided by simply better personal care. By brushing your teeth and exercising regularly throughout your life, your health in old age will increase. If you’re reading this and you’re on the younger side, make sure you take care of your body!

4. Setting new goals

Many people who hit old age tend to think of it as a brick wall, a barrier stopping them from doing things. But is there any reason why you can’t still set yourself new goals, and new targets? Absolutely not! You may feel in your mind that your existence is slipping away, but you’re as alive as ever.

So set new goals. Set targets for the next five, 10 years. They could be financial, or personal. Why not? It gives you something to work for. We all need goals, at any age.

5. Filling your free time

And finally, because you’ll have more time than ever, it’s important to start filling it. This is an exciting phase of your life, but it could be boring if you don’t plan lots of stuff to do.

As we mentioned at the start, you could jet off on that trip, or you could keep things local. Golf, swimming and even a pinch of soccer could all be on your activity list. Or, perhaps try something new? Sculpting, orienteering and scuba diving are all activities that not enough people indulge in.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Meet Tip!

Hi Neighbors!

Meet Tip!  He is our newest canine addition.  He is a Pomeranian/Eskimo mix.  He is simply adorable.  He is very active and loves other better than to be in someone's lap...licking their face.  He also enjoys a fun game of fetch.  Throw a ball or one of his toys and he takes off after it and then races back and drops it at your feet.  At least he usually does until he gets distracted by something else.

We had him in the back yard the other day and decided to fill one of the puppy pools.  Mercy had just started filling it and he leaped right in!  No hesitation around water.  He jumped around splashing and then decided to lay down in the pool and cool off.  Next he decided to attack the hose.  I have a small video clip below for you to see.


As you can see he really loved his time outside.  He is one of those big dogs in a small body.  I can't wait to share more of Tip's adventures with you.  He is also going to be sharing all kinds of pet care products and tips with you in the coming months.  Tips from Tip!

See you soon!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Notebooking Pages Lifetime Membership Review

Notebooking Pages Lifetime Membership Reviews

Hey neighbors!

Here is another great homeschooling tool for your inspection.  From we have the Notebooking Pages Lifetime Membership.  Whether you use notebooking in your homeschooling program a lot, or just occasionally has just about everything you need.

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This was the first time for M to try note-booking.  We signed into the site after setting up our account,  we slowly went through checking out the different pages that were available and of course clicking on anything that looked interesting.  M really likes history!  You can choose from totally blank pages with borders or designs, there are pages to color, and pages on specific subjects/people that have some pre-placed titles, pictures etc.  There are also copywork pages, mini-books and 3-D (not sure about those as we did not try any).  Some pages are lined, some have boxes your child can draw a picture in, others are set up like reports.  We downloaded a few of the different choices to see what we liked best.

Now, I am going to say right here, note booking is just not for M and I, but do not in any way let that deter you from checking out  I can easily see how this would be perfect for other children I know.  It is just not my daughter's style.  Remember, not every child learns in the same manner, which is one of the great benefits of homeschooling in that you can try different styles for different children.

So, on to what you can do with notebooking pages.  Your child can do their study and have a beautiful notebook they have designed when they are done.

When you first visit the site, you might feel a little overwhelmed by all the materials available and wonder where you should begin, but don't despair, because they have a guide that will walk you through steps to get you started and on the right track.  There are also other tutorials and videos that you can view as you go along to help you understand notebooking better.

If this is the type of projects/lessons you think you and your child would like to work on, you might want to consider the Notebooking Pages Lifetime Membership.  For $97 you will receive lifetime access to ALL the material currently available and any new material that is released or produced.  I am nearing the end of my homeschooling journey as my youngest is 16 and only has a little over a year left, but if I was just beginning my homeschooling journey or still had several young children this would be a GREAT investment.  You can use as many as you like.

Be sure to visit their website and if notebooking sounds like a good fit for your family try their FREE Sampler.  The sampler includes over 600 pages.  Not a bad start!

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Monday, June 27, 2016

Raising A Healthy Dog: 11 Things You Might Be Forgetting To Do

It doesn’t matter if you have had your furry friend for 10 minutes or 10 years, their health is paramount. A healthy dog is a happy dog, and this is your biggest responsibility as a dog owner. Quite frankly, if this aspect isn’t top of your agenda, you don’t deserve to own one in the first place.

Having your priorities in order is just the start, though. Taking care of a dog in a loving and effective manner requires many elements. Most owners will do the basics, but many will be missing out on the little gestures that make all the difference.

But going the extra mile for your pup will have a massive impact. Here are 11 items that should be on your checklist.

Protecting Their Feet On Walks

Regular exercise obviously plays a key role in a dog’s overall health and happiness. An inactive pup can become fat, depressed and suffer from worse conditioning. Different breeds have different needs, but twice daily isn’t an uncommon requirement.

Walks will work wonders for the physical and mental well-being of your pooch. However, you need to be sure that they’ve been protected. Many owners don't consider the dog’s paws, but they should. On hot days, you should check how hot the tarmac is. If it’s too hot for your hands, it’s too hot for their feet. Invest in dog booties or switch to grassy surfaces.

Fail to do this, and your dog could be left with very painful paws indeed.

Keeping Fur At The Right Length

Most owners will keep a dog’s fur clean. Aside from making life better for the pup, it will also go a long way to reducing bad odors and other negative influences. But cleanliness isn’t the only item to look out for.

It’s equally important that the dog’s hair is kept at a suitable length. Shorter hair doesn’t only help the dog stay cooler in hot months. But it can also prevent poor health caused by irritation. This can be especially true when dealing with Shih Tzus and other small breeds that might suffer from ear infections.

You should always want to take pride in your dog’s appearance anyway.

Protecting Their Joints

Nutrition is naturally a fundamental part of the dog’s overall health. As well as feeding the pooch in a manner that keeps them at a suitable weight, you’ll probably be keen to keep teeth in good health too. But if you think these are the only items to consider, you’re sorely mistaken.

Choosing the right foods and treats is important, both in terms of quality and quantity. However, supplementing their diets with the right additions is equally vital. Visit for more information on the various products available. It could make all the difference to preventing long-term deterioration of joints, muscles, and bones.

The last thing you want is to see the dog in pain during later life. Take this precautions now, and your furry friend should be just fine.

Maintaining An Active Mind

When it comes to nutrition, food isn’t just a key factor for maintaining physical health. It can also be the secret weapon for maintaining the dog’s mental health too. As a loving owner, you must take full advantage of this opportunity.

There are various games that can be played to actively encourage your dog to work for food. This can have a telling impact on the development of their brains, especially in the early years. Moreover, if you’re a new owner, it’s a great way to promote a stronger connection with the pup too.

What more incentive could you ever need?

Protect Them During Activities

Dogs love being physically active, and you should promote it at every opportunity. As well as walks and games of fetch, they may also want to jump in the pool or sea for a swim. Quite frankly, if your dog is a water lover, it will be almost impossible to keep them out. The best thing you can do is protect them.

Like humans, the water can irritate ears and eyes. Doggles are a great way to protect the latter, and should be considered a must-have accessory for any dog that frequents the water. Meanwhile, there are various ear droplets available to help with that particular issue too.

Fail to do this, and they’ll soon stop completing those activities altogether.

Promoting Positive Pet Relationships

In many households, the dog is just one of several family pets. You might have various dogs. Or you may have cats or other pets. In either case, you need to ensure that every member of the family feels comfortable. And yes, the pets are members of the family.

The relationship between dog and cat is arguably the hardest to control. However, laying those positive foundations will soon generate the right response. Pets aren’t stupid. As long as you teach them from an early stage, they’ll soon understand the message. Learn more at

It’s not simply a case of preventing fights between your animals. It’s about ensuring that they all feel happy in their environment. Without those feelings, you’re failing them badly.

Building A Family Environment

Interactions with other pets are just the start, though. You also need to be sure that the dog feels comfortable around every member of the household. Even if a family member isn’t particularly fond of pets.

Perhaps the hardest challenge is teaching young children to treat the dog with care. Kids have the natural love and affection for pooches. Sadly, that can often result in them being too heavy handed. At the other end of the scale, some kids can be scared of pets. Dealing with those issues effectively is vital.

Dogs are smart and can pick up on those uneasy atmospheres. In turn, this can have a damning impact on their health. Likewise, it can impact the family member too.

Mixing The Adventures

The importance of dog walks and regular exercise have already been mentioned, but they cannot be emphasized enough. They really are the most crucial part of ensuring the pooch remains active and physically fit. However, they can also have a telling impact on the dog’s emotional health too.

To gain the very best results, you need to be sure that those adventures are being mixed up effectively. On one hand, dogs can grow attached to their favorite routes, especially as they’ll have planted their scent down. On the other hand, new adventures give them an unprecedented chance to explore new areas.

Apart from anything else, mixing it up can add a little extra enjoyment for you too. Meanwhile, you can also add new energy to the walks by doing some as a family and some individually. If nothing else, it’ll make getting those regular walks in a lot easier to complete.

Keeping The Dog Warm In Winter

Throughout the winter months, keeping your dog warm should be a priority. If you’ve maintained a healthy diet, then your pet won’t have excess layers of fat to stay warm. Therefore, you need to go the extra mile.

The cold months aren’t an excuse to stop taking regular walks. However, you may need to invest in a dog jumper to keep them happy and snug on those adventures. Meanwhile, you should ensure that dog beds are warm at night time. You can find the best solutions at

If the dog is kept outside for any extended period, day or night, you should provide a sheltered area too. Cold, wet weather might not just make your furry friend ill. But it could also make you ill too.

Avoid New Additions

No, I don’t mean neutering your pet, although that is another thing to consider. Bringing a dog into your life is a big decision, and the pooch quickly becomes a part of the furniture. But let’s leave it at one addition, shall we?

Insects and parasites can bring awful damage to your pet's health, internally and externally. Tapeworms and similar issues can take a long time to spot and treat. As with human health, prevention is the best form of protection. You owe it to your dog to embrace the latest products for prevention.

Medicines and nutritional goods can help reduce internal threats. Meanwhile, regular combing of hair and frequent teeth cleaning are essential. You won’t only be protecting the dog. You’ll protect your entire family too.

Tracking Your Pet

There’s no doubt that the majority of pet owners give their dog the level of love and attention that they need. And these elements are the perfect foundation for keeping the dog healthy and happy. But that’s not the only crucial aspect to remember. They also need to be safe.

Technology has progressed at a rapid rate in recent years. Traditional dog collars remain an important accessory. However, there’s no question that tracking devices are the best option. The chances of your dog being stolen are slim, but having your bases covered will put your mind at ease.

The more likely scenario is that the dog will become lost. If this happens, checking the chip will help you find and rescue your furry friend immediately. The alternative just isn’t worth thinking about.