Friday, August 05, 2016

What To Do With Your Pet When You Go On Vacation

Pets bring so much to our lives. They truly become part of the family, so it’s a bit traumatic when we have to travel and leave them behind. While many pets travel well, there may be times in your life when you just can’t bring them along. Consider investigating care options before you need them. It’s so much nicer to already have a plan, than to feel like you didn’t have enough time to make the right choice for your beloved pet. Here are some things to consider when kenneling a dog, but many apply to other pets as well:

Space


Be sure to ask whether the area where your dog is kenneled is temperature controlled. You’ll want to know how much interaction they will have with other dogs and ask what precautions are taken if a dog becomes ill. Ask about the simple things like bedding. Many offer raised cots for their guests. If your dog has a preferred type of bedding, ask if you are allowed to bring anything from home. Be sure to check on the number of potty breaks offered and where those will occur. Ask for a tour of the facility so that you can get a feel for what your dog’s time away from home will be like. 

Play Time


Depending on how socialized your dog is, it can be very important to understand the type of play time the dogs are offered. Find out whether there is one-on-one playtime with a facility employee, or whether playtimes are always ‘group’ play. In group play situations, ask how they handle dogs that become aggressive. 

Meals

Ask about the type of food provided, and how frequently your pet will be fed. In many instances, you have input as to the number of meals your dog receives and the timing of those meals. 

Special Needs Pets

If you have an older dog, or one with other special needs, look for a facility that allows you to provide your own food. You may also want to ask about extra potty breaks and the administration of medicine. Look for a facility that allows you to request one-on-one only playtimes, if necessary. You’ll need to be your pet’s advocate to make sure that the care is delivered in a way that keeps your pup free from additional stress. 

There are a wide variety of kenneling options out there. You’ll find you can get luxury dog boarding, or just the basics. Paw Print Inn is a good example of a facility that offers pet owners a broad spectrum of choices, designed to put both owner and pet at ease. If you’ve done your research in advance, you’ll feel so much more comfortable knowing that you’re leaving your beloved pet in capable hands. 

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Easter Bunny Craft Kits

Easter Bunny Craft Kits


Easter Bunny Crafts are a must for kids during Easter. It is easier to make them if you can find Bunny Craft Kits that come with everything you need. Here are a few suggestions.

Easter Bunny Craft Kits

This lens is for those looking for Easter Bunny Craft Kits to make and do at home. From Paper, to foam to clothespin, felt, sticker or wooden, you can find many Easter Bunny Craft Kit to satisfy the creativity in you.
These Easter Bunny Craft Kits make crafting so easy. They are fun to do and the end results are amazing. The best thing is you can say "I did it myself". I just love DIY Craft Kits because it includes all the art and craft supplies in just the right amount for my craft whether it's doing a small craft with my child or making craft sets for big groups of children like during a party as a door gift or party giveaway.
The Easter Bunny Crafts featured on this page are suitable for all crafters young and old.

Why not fold an Origami Bunny? - Here is a videos to show you how to fold an Origami Bunny for Easter

Origami Bunnies are easy to fold. Just follow the step by step instructions for folding the bunny. You don't even need a craft kit for this one. If you want to make your bunny look good, just use some Fancy Origami Paper for your folding your Origami Bunny. You will need fancy origami paper. 

I folded some Inflatable Rabbits for Chinese New Year during the Year of the Rabbit - You can make these for Easter too. It's fun and easy to fold

Inflatable Origami Rabbits
Check out the 3-D Origami Rabbits I folded with my kids for Chinese New Year. You can fold these rabbits for Easter too. It's really easy to fold, even the kids can fold it themselves and they really enjoy the part where they get to blow on the rabbit to inflate them.

The Easter Rabbit - What do Rabbits and Bunnies have to do with Easter?

Find out the history of the Easter Bunny or the Rabbit Origins from wikipedia
Check out these great Easter Bunny Crafts for Easter 2016


Easter Bunny Quilting Kit - These Easter Bunny Quilting Kit is great for creating a Bunny Quilt Wall Hanging Decoration for Easter.



These Easter Bunny Quilting kit is fun and easy to make because it does not require any special tools. No sewing or gluing is necessary. The kit comes with pre-cut foam board; assorted fabrics; a pattern and detailed instructions for creating your Easter Bunny wall-hanging.

Bunny Face Painting Kit for Easter - Easter Bunny Face Paint Kit with Stencils


Children will enjoy having these bunnies painted on their faces on Easter.
The Bunny Easter stencil palette includes stencils for egg, bunny and chick and the words "Happy Easter"
It comes with 2ml paint in bright pink, pale blue and lilac and an applicator sponge. All you need to do is add water and have some fun!

Easter Bunny and Carrot Door Hanger Craft Kit


The Bunny and Carrot Door Hanger Craft Kit is just right for a fun craft project during Easter.

3-D Easter Bunny House Kit - Foam is another great material for making crafts. They are easy to handle and the results are lovely.


You can build and decorate a 3-D Bunny House with this all-inclusive kit which makes one bunny house for the Easter Bunny.
It Includes everything you need and full instructions. It will make a fun Easter activity for homes or schools as everyone works together to make this lovely bunny house for Easter.

Bunny Puppet Kit - You can play with this puppet after making this Easter Bunny Puppet Craft.


The Folkmanis Bunny Puppet Kit includes: Plush puppet body You will need a child safe scissors to cut-out and glue the fabric puppet parts,
Non-toxic glue and full instructions are included including some animal facts and puppet show ideas and a ready to color stage scene.

Lego Easter Bunny - Though not strictly a craft, I have included this Lego Easter Bunny because it is fun as an Easter Activity for kids to put together.


Crafting is all about putting things together, so why not put together a Lego Bunny as a craft activity.

Kids Bunny Ear Headband Kits - These Bunny Ear Headband Kits are great for parties and sleepovers.


The Party Pack Foamie Kids Bunny Ear Headband Kits makes 4 Headbands and has 32 add ons.
The Headbands are Bunny Ears are fun and easy to make.

Paper Easter Bunny Puppet Kit - I love Martha Stewart Crafts and usually include at least one Martha Steward Craft in my crafting lenses.


Here's a Martha Stewart Craft Easter Bunny Goody Bag kit for Easter.
It nice for rainy days, easter baskets, or any time you need a fun project for the kids. It makes 8 homemade treat bags.

Paint Your Own Easter Bunny Kit - As a twist on the Easter Egg hunt, you can hide this Paint Your Own Easter Bunny kit for your child to find. Just imagine thei


This is perfect for anyone who loves to paint. Painting on a 3-D object is much more fun than regular painting. This Paint Your Own Easter Bunny Kit comes complete with paints in 3 colors and brush.
You can mix up the colors to create more colors

Easter Bunny Cross-Stitch Kit - Cross Stitch Lovers should love this Easter Bunny Cross-Stitch Kit For Kids And Beginners

It comes with  cross stitch material and simple instructions. No counting or sewing experience required.
Everything you need to create a beautiful Easter Bunny that will make a great kids room decor.

Easter Bunnies Canvas Painting Kit - If you like canvas painting, this Easter Bunnies Canvas Painting Kit is just nice to create a lovely canvas painting just f


This Easter Bunnies and Eggs in Basket Canvas Painting Kit includes canvas, paints, brushes and paint guide to paint a lovely Easter scene on canvas



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Monday, March 21, 2016

I Hate Housework

I'm currently facing a HAD crisis. HAD stands for Housework Avoidance Disorder, a term I coined up at a whim.

You see, I've tried all sorts of ways to complete my housework but they never ever seem to be completed. That's the problem.

First, I tried to do it all on one day. I spring cleaned the entire house for 4 hours non-stop cleaning bathrooms, floors, counter tops, fans, aircons, blah blah blah. Then I sit back and relax the rest of the week. That proved to be really tiring and kills my enjoyment on one day of each week.

Next, I tried spot cleaning. 10 minutes for each spot. That's all it takes, I told myself. I ended up cleaning all day long on various 10 minute sessions.

Then, I tried to do it one room at a time. So Monday it was bedroom 1, Tuesday the playroom, Wednesday the living room etc. However, the floors in the cleaned room gets dirty easily when you step from the uncleaned one to the cleaned one. Big sigh.

So, I tried the specialization trick. Mondays was reserved for floors, Tuesdays all the bathrooms, Wednesday was for wiping. Boring!

I also tried to clean as you go, cleaning as I move from one part of the house to another and cleaning the bathroom during a shower. That too ended up in cleaning all day long.

I haven't tried house chores apps but no I don't think so. How annoying it would be to get a reminder notification to do more housework. No, thank you.

Epic fail on all the various methods.  Housework is never ending and a work in progress all of the time. What should I do? Oh what should I do? Any suggestions would be most  helpful!


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Friday, March 18, 2016

What Do Mothers Want On Mother's Day

What Do Mothers Want On Mother's Day
Not sure of what to buy for your mother on Mother's Day? Then read this post to find out what real mothers actually want on Mother's Day. It includes some gift ideas for moms too.


What Do Mothers Want On Mother's Day?

Mother's Day is a day to appreciate and shower mother's with love but do you know what Mothers want on Mother's Day? The answer is very simple and I will tell you exactly what Mothers want on Mother's Day in the rest of this lens. Stay tuned.
First, a little bit about myself. I am a Stay At Home Mother of two young children aged 8 and 10. My own mother died of cancer when I was 10. I used to feel sad and lonely whenever Mother's Day came along. I would see my friends talk about what they would get for their Mothers on Mother's Day and I'd feel sad because that was the time when I was most reminded of the fact that I didn't have a mom to love me.
I'm not sad on Mother's Day anymore now that I am a mom myself, but I shall always long for a mother that was gone too soon.
I just want some hugs and kisses.


Types of Mothers

Today, there are many 'types of mothers' but one thing is the same, they are all mothers and they all love their children dearly. In the past we had housewives and mothers who work but now we have fancy acronyms like SAHM (Stay At Home Mom), WAHM (Work At Home Mom), FTWM (Full Time Working Mom etc.
I am a SAHM... but I really would like to be a CCHM (Calm Cool Hip Mom) or a RREM (Really Relaxed Easy-Going Mom). I don't think there are any RREM moms out there. Its also almost impossible to be a CCHM.
Most of the time I am a CSWM (Cannot Stop Worrying Mom) I'm also good at being a GNIM (Grumpy Naggy Impatient Mom). I strive to be a LCGM (Loving Caring Giving Mom). I hope I can be an EFRM (Enthusiastic Fun Resourceful Mom) . However, quite often I find that I am an IRDM (Irritable Rushed Demanding Mom). I am also the AFDM (Absent-minded Forgetful Disorganised Mom) though I would really like to be the SDIM (Smart Dependable Interesting Mom).
Hmmm..... I guess at the end of the day, I am just a MOM. The title is not important. Moms are Moms.

I want the dishes to disappear magically, the laundry done, the house cleaned like magic!

Important Notice For Dads!

Dads, take note of what mums wants on this page especially the parts in quotes as said by real mothers
I want some peace and quiet and some me time.


Why Celebrate Mother's Day?

According to Wikipedia Mother's Day is a celebration honouring mothers and celebrating motherhood, maternal bonds and the influence of mothers in society.
Celebrate Motherhood. Yes, I like that description. Motherhood is indeed something to be celebrated about.
So how do we celebrate motherhood? We celebrate by showing mothers love and appreciation. So what do Mothers want on Mother's Day?
A little love and Appreciation. That's it!

I wouldn't mind some flowers and a homemade card.

What Mothers Want On Mother's Day


  1. Love and Appreciation. Tell mom you love her. Just say it "Mom, I love you!" How hard is that. Mom loves to be told by their kids that they love her. It will make her glow all over.
  2. Hugs and Kisses. Mom likes to be close to her children. Go on give mom a hug and a kiss. If you are not in the habit of doing that, go on ahead during Mother's Day. If you do it often, go on and hug mom too. The more the better. It will make mom feel warm and happy.
  3. Talk and Listen to Mom Mom loves to listen to you and she would love it if you listen to her talk. Have a heart to heart talk to mom on Mother's Day. If you are an adult child living away from mom, remember to call mom up for a chat. She misses you so.
  4. Be on Your Best Behaviour Be perfect kids for a day on Mother's Day. Mom likes to know that she has done the best that she can for her kids to turn them into fine persons. So behave on Mother's Day. Be on your best behavior on Mother's Day and if you can keep it up, be on your best behavior everyday. That will be the best gift for mom.
  5. Think about mom Think, really think about mom and what she likes. I am sure you have heard of the phrase "It is the thought that counts." It really is! So think about what mom likes then do it for her. You can buy mom something you know she has always wanted or you can make mom a card or a homemade gift. Mom would love anything you give her.
  6. Rest and Relaxation Mom has taken care of you all year long. She often puts your needs before hers. So on this day, Mother's Day, treat mom like a princess. Make her meals, let mom put her feet up, watch a movie that mom likes together with her. Oh, and don't forget to clean up after the meal!
  7. Laughter and warmth. Mom likes to hear laughter in her house. Sometimes mom likes peace and quiet too but they say laughter is the best medicine. Yes, it certainly is, even for overtired moms.
  8. Time Alone or Time out with Friends Sometimes moms need to recoup, to have her mom batteries recharged by having time alone or time out with friends. See if you can arrange a spa or yoga session for mom or a surprise tea or gathering with mom's best friends or sisters. Mom loves you but she also needs time to be herself.
  9. Do nothing Mom wants a day of rest to do nothing at all but relax in a bubble bath and have her meals delivered to her and the house cleaned like magic! See if you can do something about that!
  10. Attention and Recognition Believe it or not? Mom likes some attention too. So treat her like a princess for a day. Pay full attention to mom and her needs all day long. On Mother's Day, it's all about her!
I want the spouse to be involved in planning something for Mother's Day.
I want some attention and to be treated like a Queen just for a day.

What Is Your Mom's Love Language?

I really like the The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman. In it he described that we must learn to listen and 'talk' to each other in their love language. He then went on to describe the five common love language that men and women have.
They are
1. Words of Affirmation
2. Quality Time
3. Receiving Gifts
4. Acts of Service
5. Physical Touch
This is a very simple but powerful way to communicate with the people we love including mothers. Gary Chapman has gone on to use this very same principle and applied it to many other individuals, children, teenagers etc and not only for spouses. I think it works for mothers too.
Do you know what is your Mother's Love Language? If it is words of affirmation remember to thank her and tell her how much you appreciate her this Mother's Day.
Mothers whose love language is Quality TIme will surely love it if dad and you planned to spend some time with her on Mother's Day.
If mother's love language is receiving gifts then check out my Top Ten Gifts for Mothers for a suitable gift for your mom.
Do something special for mom like cleaning up the house, making dinner and doing the laundry if your mother's love language is Acts of Service.
Hug mum often, rub her back and give her a foot massage if mom's love language is physical touch.
Do you know your mother's Love Language? Its not hard to find out. Just observe mom from now and see how she reacts to any of the situations I described above and you will know.
I want to have a day out with other moms.

Mother's Day involves the whole family!

My spouse often tells me Mother's Day is for the kids so we'll celebrate it only when the kids are old enough to understand. 

Here's How Fathers Can Help

This is something that Mothers often to with their kids for Father's Day but Father's have yet to learn this skill of getting together with the kids to plan a special day for mom. This secret planning fosters bonding between you and the kids and mom will be extremely happy for the effort you made and your part in planning the Mother's Day celebration.
  1. Secretly plan something with your kids for your spouse
  2. Take them out shopping to buy something for their mother
  3. Get the kids together to make something for mom like a homemade card
  4. Order the kids to keep it secret
  5. Get your wife something special to show how much you appreciate her as a mother to your kids
A spa would be nice.
I have a thing for flowers. I just love flowers!

Something For New Mothers - New Mothers Gift for Mother's Day 



As a mother to two young kids there were days when I just wanted to sit and cry, days when I thought I was doing things all wrong. I love my kids dearly and want to give my all to them and then there's my spouse too, the person without whom the kids would not be here. With all my attention and time spend trying to give love and looking after them sometimes I forget myself.
Fortunately, I remembered to keep my interests through blogging and online writing. I have also entered the exciting world of self publishing. During my over 10 years blogging and as a mother, I have written some poems about the ups and downs in my motherhood journey. I am still a very young mother. Though I may be 50 now, I am only 14 years old as a mother. I still have lots to learn.
If you know any new mothers, you can recommend my new book to them. It's called Mother, Wife, Myself. It is a collection of poems, quips and quotes by me for mothers on the joys of motherhood and how not to lose yourself after becoming a mother and wife. I think it will be a good gift for new mothers this Mother's Day.


Happy Mother's Day!




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Thursday, January 07, 2016

Cuddles Of Love - A Book About Baby Massage By Jashpreet Kaur

I'd like to share with expectant or new parents this book on baby massage which I was reading recently. It is called "Cuddles Of Love" by Jashpreet Kaur,  a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI) with the International Association of Infant Massage (IAIM) and Massage in Schools Instructor and International Trainer with the Massage in Schools Association (MISA).

My kids are preteens and teenagers now but with hindsight, I wish I had known more about baby massage when they were babies and toddlers. My babies and I would have had so much fun and benefit out of it.

This book is an eye-opener for me and would be a good read for a mother or father to be or as a gift to a couple who is expecting a baby. It talks about baby massage, bonding and loving touch including the whys, hows and benefits of baby massage. For example, I didn't know that certain oils should not be used when massaging baby or it is not a good practice to hand babies over to strangers at a spa, for example to do the massaging.

The main message of this book is "You can't spoil a child with too much love, one to one undivided attention and loving touch in the form of baby massage". Bonding with your baby in this manner helps baby and you relax and builds the foundation for a secure individual. You are the best toy your baby could ever have. Your baby needs you to cuddle, hold and love them. Its good for baby and good for you too!


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