It’s Me or the Dog

Thanks for the guest post by Bradly Watkins

I just rescued a new yellow lab puppy named Emma and I am in love. Deeply in love. She is my new pride and joy. One of the many challenges I am faced with is training this new adorable puppy of mine. Since the day I brought her home, she has been running around the house trying to find something she can chew on or make a mess of. I have quickly learned that training Emma will take time and willpower. Through my package, I found a show called “It’s Me or the Dog” that features the highly respected dog trainer, Victoria Stilwell. I have started watching the show and implementing the tricks with Emma. One of the main points Victoria makes in her show is that the owner must be consistent with the dog in order to successfully train them into the perfect companion. I have learned that Emma responds best to treats, which I guess I don’t blame her! Every day, we spend thirty minutes or so watching Victoria’s show and practicing the new tricks. Hopefully soon she will become the perfect little puppy that I know she is capable of being!

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The best furniture for your baby room

5 things to keep in mind when setting up baby furniture in your newborns rooms.

1. Baby changing stations or tables: A must have in every house where you have growing infants. A baby changing station provides a hygienic plane to change baby diapers. Buy a baby changing station that has an adjustable height and is made up of safe plastic, wood or metal with no sharp edges. Check for the protection barriers like safety belts and high end surroundings etc. Baby changing stations can be mounted or recessed in the walls. It’s kind of like have a loft bed with desk for your teens.  Just an efficient way to add space to a room.

2. Diaper Packs: Choose a diaper changing pad which could be protective and padded properly. In my opinion and market research I would suggest you to go for Koala Diaper Packs. These diaper packs include sanitary bed liner, a diaper, a diaper wipe and a disposable bag to dispose off everything in.

3. Baby crib: Select a baby crib that is strong and durable. Cribs could be standard ones, or ones which look cradles having a rocking motion to put baby to sleep comfortably. You will find some expensive options too like a convertible one, one with a baby changing station too or beautiful fabric canopy themed cribs. Pick out th perfect color of comforters sets online. Make sure that whichever you choose, it should have smooth edges and gives you freedom to clean its every corner.

4. Highchairs: High chairs are a necessity to teach the baby to eat. Look out for seamless designs that eliminate the possibility of trapped food and have a removable tray to facilitate cleaning. Such high chairs minimize the potential for bacteria growth and are much safer for your child’s hygiene. Another aspect to check is its durability; an ideal baby high chair is the one which is durable and does not shudder or wobble. It is better to buy a branded baby high chair from a reputed baby furniture industry. Your best bet is to buy a high chair having adjustable shoulder straps and a safety belt to hold the baby safely.

5. Gliding Rockers – These help put the baby to sleep in comfort and style.  Dutailer is one of the best brands out there.  Designed for easy nursing or rocking your baby, with hundreds of styles, features, finishes and fabrics to choose from. Choose a traditional wood frame, the modern Matrix, an upholstered rocker, or a leather AvantGlide. Customize your recline, swivel, and gliding features. Tons of fabric choices in all chairs and the company can even mail you free swatches. Matching ottomans are available, including ergonomic nursing footrests.

Even though fireplaces can help a baby fall alseep with their mesmorizing flame, I wouldn’t suggest putting an gas or a white electric fireplace in the baby’s room.

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Babies require owning a steam cleaner or working with a professional

Having a baby is the hardest thing most people will ever experience. I never imagined how messy such a small baby could be, seemed like I was always asking my friends for furniture cleaning tips! During meal times was a personal nightmare for me because I had not put any thought into the new luxury carpets I had laid down throughout the house before the arrival of our baby, Thomas.

My latest birthday featured a silk rug as one of my gifts from my husband something I had always desired for our family home. I was know looking at it wondering if Thomas didn’t like it as he had just thrown his dinner over half of the rug. It didn’t have the same beautiful appeal it did pre-apple sauce addition. After scrubbing the carpet for well over an hour I decided that was not a day well spent for me and I should instead hire someone who knew what they were putting onto my beautiful rugs and carpets.

I was never into cleaning if I am being honest. I wondered if there was just one person I could get to do all the carpets and rugs for me instead without it becoming a project. Luckily for me my mom had just had her entire home cleaned to the point I thought she had fitted several new carpets in since our last visit a week ago! Not a fan of spending hours on the phone I was able to log onto to sort out a competitive quote from them and once I was happy with the price even arrange the appointment. Now that was an efficient hour spent and not on my hands and knees scrubbing carpets as I had first imagined.

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Buying that T-shirt that tells the women you’re a Dad

Once you have a baby as a married man it’s a clear indicator to all single woman that you are now “officially” taken.  You are a family man, BUT you are silly and act like a kid most of the time.  What you need to do now is go buy a a few mens tshirts that proclaim to the world that you are proud to be a father.  Here are just a few shirts that scream it out loud:

  1. A shirt that is printed with a baby in a pouch on your shirt
  2. Dad, the behind the Belly.
  3. I’m going to be a dad….. AGAIN…
  4. Being a father is great, now I have a reason to play video games.
  5. New Dad
  6. A shirt with your baby’s feet printed on them
  7. Baby Daddy
  8. Numerous bad ones that involve babies and beer (sign you’re a bad father)
  9. It’s a boy, it’s a girl ones
  10. Yep, She’s already got me wrapped around her finger.

Another advantage os having these nice soft tshirts is it can help your baby fall asleep.  Throw one of those bad boys in the crib and watch the baby snuggle to it since it smells like you.  Hard to do that with button up dress shirt (since the baby can pull off the buttons and choke)….. Can we say “safety hazard”.

What are your favorite tshirts that new dad’s wear?

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Grandpa the Internet Mogul

Thanks for the post from Sylvester Campbell

When my grandpa learned how to use the internet a few years ago, I never imagined that he would be a computer expert and really efficient at getting things done on-line. When he first got the internet, I tried to show him how to do things. Grandpa would get frustrated because he said that I was “going too fast.” I thought that I was going way to slow. I decided to get him the “Internet for Dummies.” One week later, he did not need anymore help or ask me any questions. He even started an Ebay business after he bought “Ebay for Dummies”. Now anytime my parents need help with the internet they call him. Grandpa found my parents a way to cut their monthly overhead by using the internet. He searched all the utility sites that were available on-line including, . He has moved all of his banking and bills on-line. Grandpa has also taught my parents and his friends how to use the internet. He insists that he would have been an internet mogul if he was born in my generation!

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Get The Kids Outdoors Toys to Play Outside

September doesn’t seem to be too cold this year, we’ve yet to end summer but I cant stop thinking about spending more time in my garden when the weather becomes a little bit warmer and the kids can be dragged away from their computer games and TVs and out into the fresh air for lots of exercise on their outdoor toys such as the climbing frame abandoned since last summer and trampolines. So seeing as were still in September there is still plenty of time to whip your garden into shape and tidy up those loose ends and buy any major bits such as climbing frames now is the time to check them over for any potential problems or hazard so as your kids are safe when using them.

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"Lets Go Outside" by Jennifer Ward

One of the best bits of outdoor play equipment available to buy has to be the garden trampoline, these can be bought online and are suitable for the whole family and not just kids, the most common sizes available are those between 8 and 14 foot and they all come with safety netting and other trampoline accessories are available, trampolines offer a perfect combination of fun, excitement and exercise for your kids and they encourage core muscle development along with cardio vascular benefits.

Climbing frames offer an adventure in your garden and kids love to use climbing frames as forts, castles and pirate ships, there is no end to a child’s imagination and a climbing frame can help to simulate adventure and fun, they can also be used for simply climbing and learning spatial orientation, motor skills and muscle development. Regardless of what you go for this year when selecting and buying outdoor play equipment, make sure it is of good quality and made to a high standard if youre not confident to erect it yourself then hire a professional.

Engage your child in outdoor play, nature outings, and environmental explorations. Chase and be chased in a game of capture the flag. Use the power of the sun to craft your own shadow prints. Explore the stars on a late night walk. Create a field guide to your neighborhood.  Through 52 ideas—some classic and some new—Let’s Go Outside! by Jennifer Ward offers a range of activities perfect for children ages 8 to 12. Whether you’re in the country, the city, or anywhere in between, this book is sure to help you get outside—and run, dance, hike, or camp—with your preteen.

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Useful Instructions On Going Camping With Kids

Many campers who already have children think that they can no longer enjoy their favorite hobby. On the contrary, they still can. You will find yourselves enjoying more, especially when you see your children learning to appreciate nature which creates a bond amongst yourselves and the sorroundings.A maths tutor who also knew much about team building activities and event management Auckland provided the useful instructions.

The age of your child is a big factor when deciding whether it is time for you to take them camping with you. If you have a baby, it is best to take into consideration camping at a location with power, so that you can still warm up the baby’s bottles for his or her milk. Just bring the important things. You may think that you need to bring the baby’s room with you, but the reality of camping with a baby is a lot simpler. Figure out the number of days that you will be staying at the campsite and just pack a number of necessities in accordance with your stay.

Since you have been camping before, it may be time to upgrade your equipment to include the kids. A two man tent is not going to cut it for much longer, especially if you have older kids. Toddlers and babies are going to need a shelter with a screen so they can play inside safely and not risk getting too much sun. It also helps keep them from wandering off from mom or dad if they get distracted. A family size tent offers all of this, with a bigger sleeping room, purchasable with all the extras you need, and is a whole lot better compared to what your old two man tent could ever provide.

Nature can be an exciting playground for your children to explore, for any age. Teaching kids camping and hiking safety is of utmost importance, and guiding them especially for the younger kids. Teaching them about why they should stay in or near the campsite is important, as well as explaining to them how to use their equipment. Telling them all about where they will be going is also important, if for any reason to get them excited about what fun you all will be having on the trip.

Older kids should have plenty of activities available to them on the trip, more than just hiking with dad or sitting around the campsite with mom. Looking for camping locations near theme parks or state parks might not be a bad idea, since a normal teenager is a very sociable being. To keep teens happy, a good way would be to go to bigger camping ares which have recreation sites or swimming zones. There are some activities that your kids wants to do, and letting them help organize the trip will keep them involved.

Another option for camping with kids to double the fun by camping out with close friends or other family members. It will give you the option of having somebody else look after your kids for your alone time, and also is more fun if you go with more people. Bringing along games and toys for maximum fun will also help make this trip an adventure for the kids to remember and want to repeat year after year.

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