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Getting a new dog is a great experience. You add a member to your home, one who will provide you with happiness, loyalty, and comfort. When you first get your dog, there are some things that you can do to make your home more pet-friendly. If you haven’t had a dog before, these suggestions are especially helpful. Give these few ideas a try, and hopefully you’ll find that your new dog fits right in.
Get Them Everything They Need
First, you’re going to need to pick up some supplies for you dog. You’ll need food, treats, some toys, and maybe a bed for them to lay on. Some owners choose to keep their dog in a crate when they aren’t home, so consider picking up one of these. If you’re unsure of what to get, the place where you got your dog will be able to provide you with some suggestions.
Place Gates To Block Off Certain Areas
There might be some areas of your home that you don’t want the dog to enter. Maybe it’s your bedroom, or a home office that you have set up. Or maybe you just want to keep your dog in one room, and not allow them to roam around unsupervised. To do this, you can place some gates around your home to block off certain areas. These gates are typically used for small children, but they work just as well on pets. Just be sure they are high enough that your dog can’t jump over, and securely fastened so your dog can’t knock them over.
Install A Fence Around Your Yard
While you’re blocking off areas, consider doing the same in your yard. Dogs love to run around outside, but you don’t want them to get loose and roam the neighborhood. A fence is a great option if you have the space, and provided your dog can’t jump over or dig underneath. You can also tie a rope to a tree, and attach the other end to your dog to ensure they don’t get too far. Another option is an electric fence, which goes underground and gives the dog a slight shock if they approach the boundary. It’ll take some training, but is a good option when a full fence is not available.
Use Artificial Grass
When your dog has to do it’s business, you don’t want your lawn to suffer the consequences. In many yards, dogs ruin the grass over time as nature calls. You spend a lot of time making sure your yard looks nice, and you don’t want the dog to ruin your nice landscaping. To prevent this, you could install some artificial grass. Fake grass pads for pets are a great option, as they allow your lawn to continue to look great, and they are tougher than normal grass, allowing dogs to dig into them. If you’re concerned about your lawn with your new dog, artificial grass is a great thing to consider.
Move Food To A Safe Location
Back inside, your dogs are going to try and get into everything. Before you let them loose around the home, make sure you move all of your food to a safer location. Keep it off the ground in your pantry, or out of bottom shelves. Dogs are crafty than you think, and if there is a way to get into the food, they’ll find it. Also keep your garbage in a safe place, at least until your dog is trained to stay away from it. You don’t want to come home and find your garbage all over the home.
Pick Up Cleaning Supplies
Finally, no matter how careful you are, eventually your dog is going to have an accident. When the time comes, you’ll want to have the correct supplies at home to take care of it. If left untreated, dog accidents can cause a stain, so it’s important to get them up as soon as you can. Always make sure you are stocked with pet stain remover, some extra paper towels, and maybe some air freshener for safe measures.
Making A Dog Feel At Home Is Easy
Before long, your new dog is going to feel quite at home with you. As long as you take some necessary precautions, you can make the transition and easy one for both you and the dog. There may be some growing pains along the way, or some accidents, but as you figure things out, it will become easier. Hopefully the above tips set you on the right path, and you and your new dog will have many years ahead of peaceful cohabitation.
Are you looking for some innovative ideas for your next get together? There are countless party themes you can choose from that will be a hit with the right decorations and supplies. Spice up your next party with one of these 5 themes that will keep your friends and family entertained for hours.
Do you and your friends love wine? Why not turn your love of vino into a fun theme the next time you get together? Explore some new wines by asking each guest to bring their favorite bottle or two of wine to the party. Remind each person to make sure they have the bottle covered with a brown bag so that no one knows what kind of wine they brought. Place all the covered wines out on a table and number each bag of wine. Hand out wine glasses so all of your guests can participate in the tasting. Pass out pens and paper so that each person can write down the number of their favorite wine. At the end of the night tally up the votes to find out which wine guests preferred. A wine tasting party is a fun way to try new wines and get your guests involved. Don’t forget to serve cheese, chocolate and crackers! Consider serving some healthy appetizers and party food too.
Who doesn’t like pizza? Do a pizza party right by making homemade dough. Encourage your guests to bring their favorite toppings or assign your guests toppings to bring to share. Each guest can build their own pizza pie with a variety of toppings of their choice. A pizza party is a great way to turn the food into the entertainment. Remember not to stress – pizza parties are the perfect time to talk to your guests and enjoy the evening.
A movie night is fun indoors in the winter months but can also be held outside under the stars in the summer. You can get creative with this theme depending on which movie you chose to show. If you play an 80’s movie, encourage everyone that attends wears their favorite 80’s attire such as leg warmers and stone washed jeans. Decorate your home with fun props and movie related décor. Set out blankets, pillows, candy and popcorn for your guests to create the perfect ambience for your movie night party.
Can you read your best friend’s poker face? Hosting a casino night is a great way to bring friends and family together for a fun evening of drinks and games. Depending on your group size, you can have multiple games going at once. Guests can play fan favorites like Poker and Texas Hold’em Poker – make the evening even more fun with real poker chips. A casino night is the perfect chance to bring out your competitive spirit at your next get together.
When you can’t be at the stadium to cheer on your favorite team, bring the game to your place! Decorate your house with the team’s colors, posters, koozies and memorabilia. Serve your guests ballpark favorites like hot dogs, peanuts, and nachos. It will be twice as fun to celebrate with your friends when your team wins.
If you are looking for something different to do with your friends at your next get together, these simple ideas will deliver. Don’t let your next bash be like all of the others – make sure it’s the most happening party in town.
Living in a busy urban area can take a toll on your nerves. You may find yourself frazzled, upset, and on edge a majority of time throughout the work week.
When the weekend comes, all you may want to do is get away and indulge in some peace and quiet. You can go online now to plan rural respites, Beavers Bend getaways, camping trips, and other escapes that you can look forward to as your work week comes to a close.
Scoping Out the Accommodations Online
As much as you may look forward to the quiet and solitude, you may not really want to rough it all weekend long. In fact, you may not be able to tolerate an entire day without some conveniences like WiFi and TV.
Before you book your stay, you can make sure all of the amenities that you want and need will be available to you in the cabin. The website is set up so that you can click on the pictures of the cabin interiors to get a close up view of what comforts await you when you arrive. You can make sure it all meets your satisfaction so that your stay is comfortable, fun, and the perfect amount of respite you need before going back to another busy work week in the city.
You may want to know what kind of amenities are available to you outside of your cabin at the resort. When you visit the business’s website, you can find out all of the available conveniences close to you as well as on-site. You may indulge in everything from eating at the local diners, shopping in nearby stores, or venturing out into the woods to do some fishing or swimming.
As much as you need a vacation, you may not want to spend a lot of money going out of town for the weekend. You can take advantage of special pricing and offers found on the website. These deals let you save money on booking a cabin. You get the same amenities and comforts as if you paid full price for your vacation package.
After you find the amenities and pricing you want, you can then select the cabin that best suits your needs. They come in a variety of sizes and layouts. They can fit a minimum of two people and up to four or five people in some cases. You can find a cabin with enough beds to accommodate you and any guests you plan to bring with you.
Choosing the Dates
The Oklahoma woods attract thousands of visitors each year. During the busy travel season, you may need to book a cabin well in advance to ensure that you have accommodations for the weekends you want to travel.
You can use the scheduling feature on the website to check availability and open dates. Based on when the cabins you want are open, you can plan to take time off from work to venture into the woods to relax and have fun.
Busy city life can wear you out and make you long for peace and quiet. You can find it as well as comforts and conveniences in the woods of Oklahoma when you explore and book a cabin stay package online today.
I suppose one could say that Australia, like many other countries, has been linked to certain stereotypes within books, movies, and other media. That’s no surprise–people like to have their thoughts about a place and usually stick with them. Today, I’d like to explore some of these preconceived notions about Australia. Some may have the truth behind them, but others are probably far from true! If any of my readers are from Australia or have ever been there, please feel free to comment with your thoughts.
AUSTRALIA HAS DEADLY ANIMALS EVERYWHERE YOU TURN!
When you mention Australia to most Americans, one of the first things they will often comment on is how there are so many types of animals there that can kill you, and in fact, they are waiting at every turn–even in your home! To be fair, for such a small land mass, Australia does have a rather concentrated amount of venomous and otherwise dangerous creatures. Between snakes, spiders, sharks, and crocodiles, there’s plenty to be frightened of Down Under. But using good observation skills and being vigilant in nature will go a long way. Don’t be surprised to find huge spiders in your house though :O
AUSTRALIA IS HOME TO ANTIQUATED AND SHELTERED ABORIGINAL PEOPLES
Aborigines are the indigenous people of Australia, who were occupying the continent tens of thousands of years before the Europeans arrived. While there are certain thoughts Americans would have about the Aborigines, mostly from films, most of them are not true. Though there are surely those groups who are still hasty to adapt to the modern world, for the most part Aboriginal people of Australia are technologically involved. Playing the didgeridoo still sounds really cool after all this time though.
AUSTRALIA IS A DESOLATE, DESERT LAND
I can easily see how this would be the first thought for many American citizens–nearly every movie about Australia takes place in the stark looking Outback. This is also definitely a partial truth, because the continent is home to TEN separate desert areas. They are full of diverse species of plants and animals. But, there are also other sides to the country, such as lush beaches, and city and cultural centers such as Sydney. These cities and metropolitan areas are often the hubs of Australia’s economy. Everyone can picture the famous Sydney Opera House, right?
AUSTRALIA HAS WILD KANGAROOS GALORE!
I can admit, I really just want this one to be true, and judging by the fact that there are actual “Kangaroo Crossing” signs in Australia, I have faith that it is–and I will just leave it at that.
“Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope.
For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.”
Life is a miracle filled with God’s blessings, love, and cherished memories. Life also comes with struggles, temptations, and loss. At some point in our lives, we will grieve the loss of a loved one. Our grief is one of the hardest things to overcome – and it manifests differently for everyone. We as God’s creatures love deeply and thus we feel loss strongly.
For many, it takes time, faith, prayer, and support to heal from the loss of a loved one. But for some, the journey may be too difficult and their burden too heavy. We’ve all heard that there are 5 stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. But what if someone struggles to heal? What happens if they get stuck in one of the stages of grief – anger- for example can lead to a great deal of self-destruction. How far might a person go “to make the pain go away.”
There’s an upcoming film “Annabelle: Creation” that deals with this very premise. I’m not usually a fan of horror movies but there’s something in the storyline of this upcoming film that’s worth talking about. The movie begins with two parents – the Mullins – who suffer through the unimaginable and sudden death of their daughter. Their grief is unbearable, and it is when they are at their weakest and most vulnerable that temptation and evil comes with whispers of consolation, and a way of “seeing” their little girl again. I don’t want to give away any more plot spoilers, but needless to say the Mullins give into temptation, and a supernatural battle against evil takes place in their home. If you’re a fan of horror movies, you may really enjoy this film which releases in theaters this Friday, August 11.
Though the Mullins are fictional characters, the idea that we’ll do anything to hold on to a loved one who has passed and/or that evil wants to take advantage of us during a time when we are vulnerable can be very real.
Grief, especially when it comes unexpectedly, can crush the spirit of even the strongest among us. As Christians, it is my hope that whenever we come across someone who is grieving, we reach out to comfort and support them with their immediate needs (ex. cooking dinner for the family, babysitting the children, etc.).
It is also my hope that we minister and share God love with them and remind them that they are not alone. As Christians it is our duty to take care, comfort, and pray for one another. Healing may take weeks, months, or years, but it is a comfort when they know they can turn to God and to their neighbors to help them through.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort.”
2 Corinthians 1:3
“After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words.”
by Danielle Rollins
Scheduled Release: June 6, 2017
Companion novel to Burning.
Prep school gets a twist of supernatural suspense in this commercial YA thriller.
Charlotte has always been content in the shadow of her two best friends at the prestigious Underhill Preparatory Institute. Ariel is daring and mysterious. Devon is beautiful and brilliant. Although Charlotte never lived up to the standards of the school—or her demanding mother—her two best friends became the family she never had. When Ariel and Devon suddenly commit suicide within a month of each other, Charlotte refuses to accept it as a coincidence. But as the clues point to a dangerous secret about Underhill Prep, Charlotte is suddenly in over her head. There’s a reason the students of Underhill are so exceptional, and the people responsible are willing to kill to protect the truth…
Suspenseful and scintillating, with hints of the supernatural, this fast-paced thriller will keep readers hooked.
About the Author
Author of the best-selling MERCILESS series, SURVIVE THE NIGHT, BURNING, and BREAKING. I’m currently working on the last installment of the Merciless books, & starting a new series to be announced later this year.
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But then Celestine encounters a situation in which she makes an instinctive decision. She breaks a rule and now faces life-changing repercussions. She could be imprisoned. She could be branded. She could be found FLAWED.
In her breathtaking young adult debut, bestselling author Cecelia Ahern depicts a society in which perfection is paramount and flaws are punished. And where one young woman decides to take a stand that could cost her everything.
They stay there for three hours.My muscles burn, my feet ache, but I’m afraid to move.When the fire has reduced to a smolder, Granddad and Dahy are ordered to place the bundles of food onto the coals. The farmworkers watch from their orderly line, their F brand armbands all visible on their right arms, just above their elbow.This was supposed to be a celebration, a coming together to show that the Guild couldn’t beat them down. Now the Whistleblowers themselves are here. Hiding behind the tree, huddled on the ground, hugging my legs, shivering from the damp forest, I can’t
say that I feel empowered. This feels like a defeat.Granddad and Dahy cover the food with the soil so it will cook under the ground in the heat. Granddad looks at the ground, his work finished, as though he’s buried me alive. Again I want to call out to him that I’m okay, I made it out, but I can’t.A phone rings and the female Whistleblower takes it. She steps aside, walks away from the others, so she can talk in private. She moves closer to me in the woods. I tense up again.“Judge Crevan, hello. It’s Kate. No, Judge, Celestine isn’t here. We’ve checked everywhere.”Silence as she listens and I hear Crevan’s voice from where I stand. Kate walks farther and stops by my tree.I press my back to the tree, squeeze my eyes shut, and hold my breath.“With all due respect, Judge, this is the Guild’s sixth visit to the property and I believe Mary May was meticulous in her search. We’ve checked everywhere you can imagine. I don’t believe she’s here. I think the grandfather is telling the truth.”I can hear the frustration in her voice. They’re all under pressure to find me, pressure placed on them by Judge Crevan. Kate takes a few more steps, right into my
eyeline.She slowly scans the forest, her eyes searching the distance.Then she looks right at me.
At twenty-one, Cecelia wrote her first novel PS, I Love You, which was sold to forty-seven countries. The film of the same title, directed by Richard LaGravenese and produced by Wendy Finerman productions, starred Hilary Swank, Lisa Kudrow, Kathy Bates, Gerry Butler, Harry Connick Jr, Gina Gershon and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. PS, I Love You was one of the biggest-selling debut novels of 2004, reaching number 1 in Ireland and in the UK Sunday Times bestseller
list. It was also a bestseller throughout Europe and the USA, staying on the best-seller list in Germany for 52 weeks.
Her third book If You Could See Me Now was published in November 2005 and also
became an international bestseller. It has been optioned by producer Simon Brooks, producer of Love, Rosie.
Cecelia’s fourth novel A Place Called Here (published under the title There’s No Place Like Here in the US) also became an international number one bestseller.
Thanks For The Memories, her fifth novel, was also a huge bestseller and is now being adapted for a TV Drama Series by Gate Productions.
The Gift was published in October 2008 and became an International bestseller. It is optioned by Oscar winning producer Andreas Bareiss, and it is going into production later this year.
Her seventh novel The Book Of Tomorrow was released in October 2009 and eOne
Television are developing it for a TV series in the US.
In March of 2011 her two short stories, Girl in the Mirror were published.
In November by Cecelia’s eighth novel The Time Of My Life was published and
also became a bestseller.
Her ninth novel One Hundred Names was published in October 2012 and became a
number one bestseller.
Her tenth novel How To Fall In Love was published last November and also became
To date Cecelia has sold over 22 million copies of her books worldwide.
Are you debating whether to “do” Easter at all this year? The question may seem odd, but many people do face this dilemma every spring. It isn’t a question of whether you really want to send gifts to your family members. It’s more an issue of practicality. If you live in the Calgary area and have relatives spread all over the country, you may be wondering if it’s a good idea to send out your holiday gifts by mail. You may have genuine concerns as to whether an Easter basket may reach your relatives in time to be of any use to them. If so, you should know that a new system is in place to assure success.
There is Never a Need to Do Without a Festive Easter Celebration
You should never be in a position where you are forced to contemplate the thought of doing without a festive celebration of each and every holiday that comes along. The Easter celebration is certainly no exception to this rule. You should never feel that the cost of sending a timely seasonal gift to your friends and loved ones is beyond the scope of your budget. On the contrary, even if the people nearest and dearest to your heart live well outside the borders of Canada, you should still feel able to send them a reminder that you are thinking of them.
Sending Easter Gifts to Far Away Relatives is Easier Than Ever
It’s actually easier than ever to send your Easter basket to friends and relatives anywhere in the United States and Canada. There’s a whole new system in place that will allow you to make use of the latest technology to ensure a same day delivery in many areas. Even if your basket is going all the way down to the southern United States, it will still reach your relatives in a safe, efficient, and timely manner.
What Makes an Easter Basket a Holiday Themed Success Story?
There are a number of important factors that make an Easter basket from a commonplace item into a true holiday success. For one thing, it’s obviously the thought that counts. You have clearly taken the time, made the effort, and spent the money to remind your friends and loved ones that they are on your mind and near to your heart. Beyond this, there are certain aesthetic qualities that a successful Easter basket needs to exhibit. The contents of the basket should be carefully arranged, while the construction of the basket itself should be sturdy, long lasting, and easy on the eyes.
You Need to Be Sure That Your Gift Will Get There on Time
Your main concern will be to make absolutely certain that any gift you send will reach its intended recipient in a safe and timely manner. This is an area that you need to be assured of success in before you risk your hard earned cash. Luckily, technology has improved dramatically in the past few years to the point where you can now send an Easter basket to your friends and loved ones overnight. The basket will reach them in time to celebrate the holiday and receive a timely reminder from you. This is an issue that is naturally of the highest impact, so it’s reassuring to know it has been taken care of.
Where Can You Go to Be Sure Your Gift Will Arrive on Time?
The Easter season is nearly upon us, and it’s important to be ready. The time to make your gift giving plans is now. If you are ready to send Easter gift baskets any where in Canada and US, there’s a place you can go to make sure they will arrive on time. You can visit an excellent new site called Sweetbasket.com. This is the place where you can go to view an exciting new selection of Easter gift baskets and get precise details on how to make sure your gift will reach your loved ones in a safe and timely manner. Visit the site for more details on how to make this Easter a joyous occasion for your loved ones.
by Chris Miles
Middle Grade Fiction
Jack Sprigley isn’t just a late-bloomer. He’s a no bloomer: an eighth grader, and puberty is still a total no-show. Worse yet, he hasn’t heard from his friends all winter vacation. He assumes they’ve finally dumped him and his child-like body—until he finds out it’s much worse than that. His friends are now so far ahead of him that they’ve started dating. Jack is out of luck. But then he comes up with a plan to catch up and win his friends back. And his plan is perfect: he just has to fake puberty.
MY THOUGHTS: 3 OF 5 FLEURS DE LIS
Fourteen year old Jack Sprigley believes he doesn’t have much going on for him at this point in his eighth grade life. He’s the only boy he knows who hasn’t started puberty–not even one single hair down there! His friends haven’t spoken to him in weeks. He’s bullied by his hulking classmate. But when he gets the chance to stand out again in a way he did a couple year prior, he takes it–though things are not what he expects them to be.
I guess I thought, based on the description of this book, that it would be more about a boy trying to ACTUALLY fake puberty, and that would have been hilarious. That’s not really what happens here though. Jack is supremely bothered that he’s still so young seeming compared to his friends, but he’s more concerned about standing out and being special than the changes not happening to his body. In his defense, his friends did treat him pretty crappy, but maybe at 13/14 kids are just that way to each other.
There were a whole lot of misunderstandings and non communicative scenarios going on, so much so that they kind of make up the basis of the book. There were conversations that were hilarious, sure, but there were just as many that were kind of mean spirited and frustrating. If these kids would have just talked to each other so many problems could have been solved!
There is definitely some risque subject matter in the novel, so although it’s a middle grade book, parents might want to give it a quick read first. But always remember, if they don’t learn it from you, they will learn it from somewhere else! The book has plenty of laugh out loud moments but some readers might find characterization to be lacking. I might recommend this book for older middle grade/young YA readers.
About the Author
Chris Miles has written several books for young readers in Australia. His short fiction and other writings have appeared in publications throughout Australia. He works as a website designer and developer, and in his spare time he indulges his love of Doctor Who, LEGO®, Dungeons & Dragons, and anchovies. He is a dog person (though not literally).