The Right food for You and Your Family: Nutrition Tips to Follow

Are you confused about what to eat? You’re not alone. With so much information out there, it can be hard to know which foods are good for you and your family. In this blog post, we will provide some nutrition tips that will help you make healthy choices when it comes to food. Eating the right foods is essential for maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and it’s also important for preventing chronic diseases. So don’t wait any longer – read on to learn more!

One of the most important things to remember when it comes to nutrition is that everyone is different. What works for one person may not work for another. That’s why it’s important to tailor your diet to your specific needs . After all, we worry enough about our dog’s diet to tailor their food to their specific needs… We owe it to ourselves to do the same! If you’re not sure where to start, a Registered Dietitian can help you create a plan that is right for you.

Another important tip to keep in mind is that you should focus on eating whole, unprocessed foods. These are the foods that are closest to their natural state and haven’t been altered by processing or manufacturing. Whole foods are generally more nutrient-dense than processed foods, and they can help you stay full and satisfied.

Finally, don’t forget to listen to your body. It will usually tell you when it’s hungry and when it’s had enough to eat. If you’re feeling tired or sluggish after eating, that’s a sign that you may have eaten too much. On the other hand, if you’re still feeling hungry after a meal, you may need to eat more. Paying attention to your body’s cues will help you make sure that you’re eating the right amount of food.

By following these tips, you can be sure that you’re providing your body with the nutrients it needs to function properly. Eating a healthy diet is an important part of living a healthy lifestyle, so don’t wait any longer – start making changes today!

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When The Power Goes Out You’ll Be Happy You Have A Generator

There will be some instances when the power goes out and you will feel frustrated. When that happens, you don’t know what you are going to do. One thing is for sure, you will be happy if you have a generator. First, your luxury appliances will keep on running. If you are trying to sleep while the aircon is running and the power goes out, chances are you won’t be able to sleep. There is a huge chance you got used to sleeping with the air-con turned to a high temperature. That means you will lose sleep and you won’t be productive the next day. You can’t rely on using the electric fan either since you have no power. Another reason would be you will be able to continue what you were watching. When the power goes out and you are watching your favorite TV show, you won’t know how it ends. You will have no choice but to check the Internet for spoilers. Of course, it is pretty different from when you watch it instead of reading it. Also, there is no need to find a switch to turn the generator on. It will turn on by itself so when the power goes out, you won’t have to worry about a thing. You know you don’t have to spend the next few hours wondering when the power will go back on. You can just sit there and answer calls from neighbors asking if they can come over for a few drinks. You know they are immediately bored when the power goes out. Of course, it would always be great to have people come over until the power comes back on.

One huge reason you will be happy you have a generator in the event of a power outage is the lights will stay on. When you have kids in the house, you know they will be scared during a power outage. They won’t know where they will run to and they may even hide under the bed. Without lights, you won’t be able to see your way and you may even trip. When that happens, you may spend a few days confined in the hospital when you accidentally bump your head. There may be a few things scattered around the house like your kids’ toys. You will certainly think about cleaning that up to avoid getting into accidents next time. Another reason why you will be happy you have a generator at home is that the food will stay fresh. There is some leftover food that you definitely put in the fridge hoping you can still eat them the next day. When the power goes out, that won’t be the case as the food will likely be spoiled the next day. The bad news is that you won’t really know how long the power is out. It may even happen for a long time and there is really nothing you can do about that but wait slowly.

How To Keep Your Garage Door Opener Quiet

A garage for your cars is a modern day luxury. It’s so nice to be able to walk directly to your car and get in without ever seeing the outside. All good things come with compromise though, and one of the things that can be a bit of an annoyance with a garage is how loud the garage door opener is when it’s operating. This can be a particular problem if one member of your household is leaving while the rest of the family is trying to sleep.

Luckily, there are a number of things you can do to quiet down a noisy garage door. Let’s dig into some of the easier ways you can relieve your household from this minor but persistent nuisance.

Get It Right From The Start

The absolute easiest way to get started on your journey towards a quieter opening garage door is to start with using a garage door opener that is renowned for quiet operation. Try to find the quietest garage door opener available within your budget, and you’ll have started off on the right foot. As they say in the entertainment industry, you can’t polish a turd. To translate this comedic jargon to something we can all understand a little more effortlessly, basically it means there is only so much you can do with poor raw materials. You can make all the tweaks we’ll discuss in a minute, but if your garage door opener is just a loud model to begin with you’re not really going to see that much of a benefit.

Smooth Sailing

If you’re already using a high quality and quiet garage door opener and you’re still experiencing issues, this is the next place to address. Your garage door opener’s operating mechanisms should be properly cleaned and lubricated. Usually you’ll want to use a light and low-viscosity grease. White lithium grease is often the lubricant of choice. This will keep the chain and gears from squeaking and squealing. Don’t just spray some WD40 on there, that is more likely to cause problems in the long run than it is to help. If all else fails, just take a look in the owner’s manual and see what is recommended for your opener. While you’re at it, take a look at the rollers on the garage door itself. If they could use some help, you can use some lubrication on them as well.

Secure the Rails

The next thing to do is to make sure that the travel rails for the garage door are properly aligned and that they are in good condition. If there is a jog in the rails then every single time the garage door’s wheels travel past it there’s going to be a bit of a jolt. There’s a lot of momentum behind a moving garage door, which will transfer to a whole lot of sound if the wheels hit something out of the ordinary in the rails. Usually this can be fixed if needed by adjusting the mounting screws so that the rails provide a continuous, uninterrupted track for the garage door to open through.

Are you having issues with your garage door that weren’t addressed here? Please let us know and we’ll update the article to address them (that is, if we do in fact know how to fix them!). If you found this article helpful please don’t forget to share it with your friends!

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Here’s How To Know Just How Big Your Dog Crate Should Be

Crate training also called kenneling, is a common training method employed by dog owners and trainers alike. Unlike other methods, kenneling works in conjunction with your pet’s animal instincts. Dogs are descended from wolves, and so they are naturally den-forming creatures. Giving your dog a space of their own can soothe a variety of behavioral issues, but starting something new can be intimidating. Here are a few things you should and shouldn’t do to help you get started.

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Make it comfortable

The crate is your dog’s personal space, and it should feel homey and safe. Placing a dog bed or comfy blanket in the bottom of the crate will help your pet feel more at ease when they’re inside. A few toys, especially durable ones for any anxiety chewing, can also help your puppy feel at ease.

Take your time

Crate training can be a long process that can take weeks, possibly months! If your dog is new to it, they might have some nerves at first. Introduce the crate into their environment, and then allow them to explore entirely on their own before any training begins.  

Be patient

The right mindset is everything, for you and your dog. Remember that every dog is different just like every person. Your pet may need a little more time and effort to train successfully, and that’s okay. Don’t give up, and stay calm. Animals take their cues from us, and if we get frustrated so will they. 


Use the crate as punishment

The whole point is to make the crate feel like a den. Your dog should want to spend time there. Throwing your dog in a kennel when they misbehave can lead them to resent and fear the crate, making training almost impossible.

Leave your dog for hours on end

A dog is a living creature, not a toy. Your pup can’t be put away on a shelf when you’re done playing. You wouldn’t want to spend long hours in a small box, and neither does your dog. Think of the difference between being sent to your room as a child versus going there voluntarily. 

An older dog that has been successfully crating trained can be left comfortably for longer periods of time, but a small puppy should never be left longer than their little bladders allow.


We’ve already mentioned that crate training is a process, but don’t let that discourage you. A few simple tricks can grease the wheels.

Positive vibes only

Be sure to praise your dog when they show an interest in kenneling. Using happy tones of voice whenever they get close to the crate will let your pet know they’re pleasing their owner. Dogs as a species are usually family-oriented. They want to make you happy and don’t like knowing you’re displeased. 

Food and treats

Feeding your dog while in the crate is an awesome and easy way for your pet to associate it with pleasant feelings. Using treats can also help a pup that is afraid to enter the crate at all. A “breadcrumb” trail of their favorite treats leading inside can help coax your dog into exploring when that puppy curiosity just isn’t enough.

Incremental progress

Have I mentioned that training takes time? Part of the reason for that is you have to set realistic goals that you and your pup can actually achieve together. Let a dog enter and leave the crate on their own a few times, and then start closing the door behind them. Only leave the dog in the crate for short intervals, 5 minutes or so at first. Gradually work your way up.

Depending on the temperament of your pup they may respond well to the timed exercises, or they may cry and whine. Letting a pup out just because they cry will teach them to perform on cue. Young animals can learn to self-soothe, just like human babies. You can let them out once they’ve calmed down.  

Keep Fido au naturale

Any time you plan to leave your pup alone in the crate, be sure to divest them of anything hazardous. This can include collars, hankies, harnesses, doggy sweaters, or anything that could be caught on the crate itself. Coming home to a choking dog is the stuff of nightmare fuel, so always make sure your pup is naked when he’s crated while home alone. 

Nanny cams

Separation anxiety isn’t just for your companion. Many pet parents feel significant nerves the first time they leave a dog kennel on their own. Check-in on your baby with a nanny cam. Many recording devices come with an app you can download to check the cam remotely. While you’re out for that first errands run all you have to do is check your camera.

This does more than just put your mind at ease, it can also provide valuable insight into the training process. How’s your dog handling the crate while you’re not home? If they’re taking it well, you can reward them. If they weren’t quite ready for you to be away, you can soothe them. 

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So you decided crate training is right for you, and you’re mentally prepared for the time and effort it will take. Now you probably have some questions, like what kind of crate is best for my dog? Where do I put the dog crate in my house? How big should a dog crate be, and can it be too big? Don’t let the questions overwhelm you. Each one has an answer.

What kind of crate is best?

“Best” is a sliding scale. The kind of crate that works for you may not work for someone else. Knowing upfront what kind of training you’re giving your dog will make it easier to decide. There are three basic types of crates most people choose from: plastic, cloth, and metal. Each one has its pros and cons. 

Plastic Crates

Also called “flight kennels,” plastic crates are the kind most suited for travel and portability. The ones for smaller dogs even have handles on the top. Using the same kennel at home and while traveling can help cut down on any vehicular anxieties your pet may have. An anxious pup that needs to see their parents may not like this style, as they tend to be the least transparent. Other dogs like it dark, and may really love it.

Cloth Crates

Soft-sided kennels are like popup tents for your dog. They have soft fabric or netting stretched over a rigid frame. These crates are open and airy, great for outdoor play, but probably not an option if chewing is one of your reasons for training. 

Metal Crates

A metal crate is a solid option no matter what your personal dog situation is. They are made from collapsible wire grids with a plastic bottom and come in a wide variety of measurements. These tend to be more heavy-duty, and should probably be the first choice for larger breeds.

You can look out for reviews to find what will be the best. One of those is at

Where do I put the crate in my house?

There’s no right or wrong answer to this question. If your dog spends most of their time in a particular room that would be a good place to start. For a small puppy, the crate should probably be as close to your bedroom as possible, especially overnight. You can’t let them out to do their business if you can’t hear them whining, and having an accident in the crate will set your training back.

Leave the crate once you’ve put it in its place. Breeding comfort and familiarity is the name of the game. Your dog needs to know the crate is always the same and in the same spot.

What size does my dog need?

To determine the best crate size for your dog it’s best to just go ahead and measure your dog. Holding a playful or anxious dog still long enough to run a tape measure over it might not be the most happening time, but there really isn’t a better way. It’s doubtful the store will let you open one and try it out, after all.

Where to measure

You will need measurements from the tip of your pet’s nose to the base of the tail. Then the height from the ground to the top of the head. Depending upon age and breed go ahead and add 4-6 inches to both height and length for adult dogs, and up to 12 inches for a puppy to properly estimate the size you need.

How much room will my dog need?

Keep in mind your dog will need space to lay down, stretch out, and turn all the way around. It’s also helpful to know your dog’s weight as most crates will have an estimate of appropriate poundage on the box. Generally speaking, small crates are from 18 to 25 inches for dogs up to 25 pounds, medium crates are 30-40 inches for dogs up to 70 pounds, large crates are 40-50 inches for dogs up to 90 pounds, and extra-large is basically everything on up. All dimensions may vary based on manufacturer standards.

Don’t despair if you have a large breed. They really do make crates large enough for 100 pounds, or larger, dogs. Even a gentle giant can have the crate they need.

Can a dog crate be too big?

Yes, actually, they can. Dogs are naturally averse to voiding where they live, which is what makes crate training such an effective housebreaking tool. However, a crate that is too large may provide just enough room to make a mess in the back and still sleep in the front. Obviously, that would be counterproductive, so proper sizing is key. As a rule of thumb, though, too big is better than too small.

Some crates come with replaceable panels that can decrease the available space. This is a great way to save money on a crate for a large-breed puppy. Just take out the divider as the puppy grows up, and there’s no need to purchase a second crate. 

Let’s review

Selecting the right crate for your dog isn’t as complicated as it may seem. Measure and weigh your dog, decide on a crate style, and then go shopping. Just remember not to spend too much time debating. Deciding on a style and size is the easy part. 

The training’s where all the work is. Commit to the process with a patient heart, and never blame the dog for being a dog. Your pet’s success depends on you! But with the right attitude, and the right crate, your pet will be the happiest doggo in the whole neighborhood.

Top Jobs for Stay-at-Home Parents who Want to Make Some Extra Money

Being a working parent can be difficult especially with very young or special needs children. Finding adequate care for them can be not only difficult but very expensive as well. Working from home can be an option for many parents whether they are just looking to make a little extra money or want to eventually make it their primary source of income. Here are some of the top jobs for those parents. 

1. Customer Service Rep 

Many companies are moving to having home based customer service reps. It has advantages for the company but can be perfect for the work at home parent as well. You will be trained according to the standards of the company. Most job postings will list not only the qualifications but the necessary equipment you will need to apply. Most will require high speed internet and a reliable headset. These positions usually allow you to set your own available hours. 

2. Virtual Assistant 

A virtual assistant can be hired by a large company, a small business or an individual that needs an extra pair of hands. The tasks that you will be asked to do will vary widely and could be anything from setting appointments and booking travel arrangements to research and even personal shopping. 

3. Language Tutor 

A very interesting and kind of fun job for parents is that of language tutor. You don’t have to speak a second language at all. Your task is to have simple conversations via the internet with people who are learning English. The goal is help improve their conversation skills. This is another position that will allow you to set your own hours. 

4. Child Care 

If you are already home with your own children, you can earn a little extra money by watching other people’s kids at the same time. Check the local laws because you may need licensing based on the number of kids you are watching. Make sure that you set clear and firm guidelines for times, illness and other concerns before you take in that first child on Day One. 

5. Content Creator, Editor and Other Writing Services 

There are a number of freelance writing positions available through several different platforms. Most require a short test to give you placement and then you are ready to bid on jobs and start building a reputation for yourself. Many of these sites also have other postings including those for people with IT skills, editing skills and more. If you have the time and talent, you may even be asked to ghostwrite a book for someone. 

and then you are ready to bid on jobs and start building a reputation for yourself. Many of these sites also have other postings including those for people with IT skills, editing skills and more. If you have the time and talent, you may even be asked to ghostwrite a book for someone. 

If you have never worked from home it can seem scary especially at first. Remember, do your research before you get started, do not pay for “jobs” and try to avoid falling victim to the thousands of get rich quick schemes that are swirling around out there. 

Other things to avoid: 

  • Expensive crafts that will never allow you to make a profit. 
  • Things that seem a bit shady or “off” to you. 
  • Clients that demand more and more of your time until you are so stressed that you are wishing you were back at the office. 

Working from home should be something that makes your life easier, not more difficult.