Organise Your Pet Via Smartphone

by admin on April 14, 2014

Why not keep all your pets details, and reminders, right on your phone! Have a look at this new App – Pet Pal – It is a fabulous new Pet Health Organizer, from AppsOnToast.com.

Pet Pal is exactly what I need to manage all my pets information. The app stores all your pets vital details from ID number and insurance, to birthdays and eye colour. There is a reminders section so you can get (optional) audio pet health reminders for things like – vets visits, puppy training classes, or any other appointments you don’t want to miss. And the health diary has a weight record section too. Which I love, as I can keep track of my new puppies weight as he grows into a loving and well trained dog (Here’s hoping !)

The share options lets you send any important information through to the vets, or photos to friends and family.

This app also has a Find function which tells you where your nearest pet store, vets, or dog shelter, etc. which is really handy for those of us who take their dogs out and about. The photo gallery organises all the photos by pet, which is very useful as most people have more than one pet in their home.

This has to be the most complete Pet Manager app I have ever tried. The developers are very responsive too. They answer all queries, and even added an additional function when I requested it ! Best contact I have ever had with an App Developer. (I wish my cats were half that responsive)

So my two cats, along with my new Labrador puppy Max, are now all happily organised on my phone. Any emergencies – there is a “one Touch” on the emergence numbers. I just wish there was a button that would summon Cesar Millan to help with my puppy training !!!

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How to Buy Eco-Friendly Christening Gifts

by admin on April 13, 2014

Over the last few years and with people becoming more environmentally friendly, there’s been a great trend where people have been choosing to offer eco-friendly christening gifts instead of more traditional ones. One of the biggest trends is to plant a tree in honour of an infant’s christening which is something they can then look upon and admire for the remainder of their lives. However, there are many other brilliant ethical baby christening gifts which you can easily source online from the comfort of your own home.

There are some gorgeous ethnically made infant clothing to offer as a gift

Browse the Internet

The first place to start your search for ethical christening gifts is online where you’ll find a multitude of sites offering very innovative and charming ideas that will go down a treat with everyone at the christening. There are sites that offer to deliver a tree directly to your door which you can offer as a unique christening gift on the special occasion.

Christening Gifts Made Out of Carefully Sourced Wood

However, there are other online retailers who offer innovative ethical christening gifts namely charming items that are made out of carefully sourced timber and this includes things like Noah’s Ark trains which kids love. However, you need to make sure you choose to buy the gifts from companies that are careful of where they source their wooden toys and if they make the toys themselves, they need to be able to show they only use sustainably sourced timber.

What about Ethically Made Infants Clothes?

You may also like to think about offering an item of infant clothing that boasts being ethically made. They say that babies can never have enough clothes so by offering a delightful eco-friendly outfit; the gift might be appreciated by the parents. There some lovely things to choose from which you can source online and this includes delightful little booties.

A Beautiful Hand Blown Glass Angel

In Guatemala, the people use recycled glass bottles to create beautiful angels which make the ideal eco-friendly christening gift to offer an infant. The figures are extremely delicate and made out of crushed glass that vendors collect from restaurants and bars. Placed in a child’s bedroom, these lovely angels will watch over the infant as they are sleeping and make gorgeous christening gifts.

Planting a tree in honour of a child’s christening is very popular today

A Charming Rosary

Another lovely idea for an eco-friendly christening gift is to offer an infant a charming rosary which you can find online and which is the perfect gift for a child born to a more religious family. It’s called a Tiny Rosary made from handmade wooden beads and there’s a delightful wooden cross which can either be burgundy, gold or olive green in colour. The rosary is made out of the wood sourced from fallen trees which makes it a lovely ethical christening gift to offer a child on this extra special occasion.

An Eco-Friendly Picture Frame

By offering a delightful eco-friendly photo frame as a christening gift, it means the parents can place a photo of the special occasion in it to commemorate the event. You can source lovely eco-friendly frames online which are hand-made by Nepalese craftsmen who make the frames out of a lokta plant which means no trees need to be cut down.

Conclusion

Sourcing gorgeous eco-friendly christening gifts online you will find some delightful ideas from ethically made picture frames to charming rosary beads. There’s also a lovely choice of trees you can order and have delivered directly to your door which means once planted the child and their family can watch it grow which is just one of the most popular eco-friendly christening gifts ideas around today.

Image Credits: Feltstream and Shubhada Nikharge

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How to Clean Marble Countertops

by admin on April 8, 2014

There are plenty of folk out there that think marble countertops are marble countertops…end of story. Sadly though it isn’t quite as simple as this as in reality, the difference from one product to the next can be quite enormous. If you decide to used a professional cleaning service like Proclean domestic cleaning Glasgow, they should take care of everything for you. Alternatively you may want to do the job yourself. Take home the very best products on the market from leading granite suppliers and you have yourself a lifelong investment that’s largely impervious to damage. At the other end of the scale, bargain-basement marble work-surfaces scratch at the first touch, crack at the first knock and crumble if you so much as sneeze in their general direction.

Right in the middle though you have yourself something of a happy medium – an extremely durable and reliable work-surface, but at the same time one that needs the proper care and attention. Look after a mid-range marble surface properly and it will continue looking after you for life, regardless of how often you use it.

Marble counters need to be cleaned in a certain way.

This is precisely why it’s never a good idea to go reaching into the kitchen cupboards and summarily assaulting your marble countertops with any number of harsh and corrosive chemicals. You could easily make things a thousand times worse without even realising it, which is a shame considering how easy it is to clean marble surfaces safely and effectively.

Here’s a look at a few top tips for keeping marble surfaces clean and stain free, without risking any kind of damage in the first place:

Warm Water

Unless you’re using the kind of bargain-basement marble that soaks up water like a sponge, you should consider warm water your best friend. If you tackle all spills and marks as soon as you notice them, chances are you will need nothing more than a damp cloth to get rid of them. Even in the case of dried stains it is usually possible to work them away with nothing more than water. You should however first consider how hard the water is in your area, as the use of hard water for cleaning marble of any kind can lead to unsightly mineral deposits that don’t come off without a fight! If you live in a hard water area, try using a water softener.

Household Vinegar

Moving onto a tip NOT to follow under any circumstances – vinegar is a big no-no. There are so many blogs and guides all over the web advising the use of vinegar as a safe and natural alternative to cleaning products for use on marble. In reality though, the acid within the vinegar has the potential to eat away at the surface of the marble and completely ruin its lustre. And to the same extent, this also means that any acidic spills – lemon, wine, vinegar – that come into contact with your marble should be cleaned up immediately.

Make sure you follow these tips.

Commercial Cleaners

There’s nothing wrong with going out and taking home a commercial cleaner – just as long as it’s a cleaner designed specifically for marble. Most will advise you to choose a standard multi-purpose cleaner that states it can also be used on marble, but if you’re looking to keep the finish of your surfaces as perfect as possible, look for something that’s designed specifically for marble. It’s never worth taking the chance on something you’re not sure of as once you’ve marred the surface of the marble, there’s no going back.

Problem Polishes

Over time, it’s inevitable that the shiny and glossy surface of your marble will begin to dull and fade. When it does, there are plenty of products you can buy specifically for the purpose of returning its lustre, though with cheaper or lower-quality marble you will have to accept a brand-new look is impossible to hold onto, should you intend to actually use it. One note of importance is the one of making sure you never use oil polish of any kind on a marble surface, as this will do little other than further damage the colour. Likewise, soft waxes aren’t good for the finish of the marble either, so steer clear and buy something appropriate.

Sealing Surfaces

And finally, if you are using a marble countertop that is on the porous side, you’ll need to make sure you treat it every now and again to reduce its absorption. The very best marble and granite work-surfaces (like from Roma Marble) are practically 100% repellent to water and stains, but lower-quality products are anything but. You can try using a special stone sealer to reduce the porosity of the surface and this should make it considerably easier to clean from then on in.

Image credits: ann-dabney

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How to Throw a Brilliant Baby Shower

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Trouble in the Ranks – Avoiding Friction between Teammates

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