Believe it or not, scientists have proven that dogs can keep us more active than a human companion, make us laugh more and their presence can even reduce the chances of depression. These are just some of the many reasons why owning a dog is a good idea. While being an owner of a dog is a wonderful experience, you should ensure you have enough time to fulfil all of its needs and you must be ready for the responsibilities that come with owning a pet. Another thing you’ll need to do is to prepare your living environment with all the needed pet dog products before the new family member steps into your home. That being said, here are the basic pet dog products you’ll need to have prepared for when your dog arrives.
Crate. When the time comes for you to go and take your dog home, you’ll need to ensure a safe and comfortable transportation for your new friend. This means you need to buy a crate. Crates are available in a few different types like plastic, wire and wood. Plastic ones are easy to clean, lightweight and work great in most temperatures. Wire creates are also easy to take care off and provide good ventilation while wooden crates are heavy, expensive and difficult to clean. Make sure the crate is big enough so your dog can have enough room to move around. This will make it feel comfortable so it can enjoy the ride.
Collar. Another supply to invest in is a collar. For start, buy at least one collar. The most common one is known as a flat collar which can be made of leather, fabric or nylon. Make sure you buy the right fit. As a rule of thumb, you should be able to insert two fingers between the neck of your dog and the collar. Harnesses are a popular alternative to the traditional collar. Unlike collars, they do not come with the risk of cutting into your dog’s neck. They also come in many fashionable models to choose from.
Bedding. Your new furry friend needs to have its own place for rest and sleep, so buying a dog bed is vital. Dog beds are available in a lot of different styles and prices. Make sure you pick the right size so your pet can have enough room to stretch out and relax. The cover should be removable and washable so you can keep the bed clean.
Grooming supplies. What kind of grooming supplies you will need depends on what kind of dog you’re getting. For example, the requirements for grooming a poodle are more complicated than those for labrador retriever. So, if you are not sure about which supplies are right for your dog, consult with your breeder and professional groomer. They will provide you with all the information and advice you need so you can make the right purchase decision. Some of the basic tools you will need are coat clippers, scissors, brush, comb, shampoo, conditioner, nail trimmer, toothbrush and toothpaste.
Toys. When it comes to toys, make sure you avoid ones that can be easily ripped off, chewed up and swallowed. The most popular toys are those with treats filled insides as dogs find them interesting while trying to get those snacks out. Make sure you keep an eye on your dog while it’s playing. Do regular checks of the toys for any signs of wear. If they are quite damaged, replace them with new ones.
Turning to natural and organic products is becoming one of the most positive trends nowadays. People are becoming more and more aware that nature provides us with lots of opportunities to use products the consumption of which doesn’t hurt the environment. Moreover, their use is not only beneficial to our planet but also to our health and wellbeing. One such trend is the use of beeswax wraps for packing food items or storing food leftovers in order for them to last longer. Their use is becoming increasingly common in Australian kitchens due to the many benefits they provide. (more…)
Simply caring about the well-being of others and the environment and actually taking serious steps in order to make a change, as small and as insignificant as it may seem, are two very different things. The clothes we buy can play a vital role regarding whether one supports companies that are inhumane companies or those that are more conscious. Fast fashion is good for no one but the company owners that get all of the profit at the end. Neither the makers of the items nor the wearers themselves are ripping some benefits, although, at a first glance, it may seem that being able to choose from a vast array of clothes for affordable prices is a great deal.
Apart from the fact that fast fashion means fast production, it also stands for how fast what you are buying today is going to get out of fashion. And the answer is – two weeks. This industry is not concerned with the design, which is a slow process when done right, all they do is copy copy copy, which is a lot faster than coming up with something yourself. (more…)
When it’s time to make a house a home, it’s window blinds that add the final touch. They provide your home with privacy and protection, shielding your interiors from prying eyes as well as the harsh Australian sun. But if you worship the sun like I do, and enjoy the thought of light flooding your space, blinds can seem the worst option. But, that doesn’t always have to be the case. Today, it’s easy to get the best of both worlds (sunlight and protection) with the help of dual blinds.
Also referred to as double, dual blinds consist of two different roller blinds for the price of one. As such, they allow you to have total control over how much light enters your home. Typically, dual roller blinds are made of one translucent fabric that lets natural light in, hung together with a block out fabric for complete darkness and privacy. Depending on your needs and the weather conditions, you can alternate between the two to allow more or less sunlight inside, depending on your preferences.
Of course, you can also choose to use both types of blinds at the same time. Why – you ask? Well, for one, because when both blinds are down there’s additional protection against sunlight. And considering how Australia receives plenty of solar glare, especially in the summer months, two layers of blinds to protect your furnishings and floors is definitely a big bonus. What’s more, during the winter months, dual blinds will provide an extra insulating layer keeping the warmth in and the cold out.
All this talk on practicality almost had us forget how stylish these blinds can be. While many choose to purchase double blinds because they provide great value for their money, they end up falling in love with how beautiful they are. They allow homeowners to adorn their windows with two different, yet coordinating fabrics, according to their wishes. You can pick from a variety of colours and designs and give your windows and your entire space the unique look it deserves.
You are probably wondering whether double blinds require twice the amount of maintenance, right? Well, I’ve got good news for you! Like any other roller blind, double blinds are super easy to clean. As opposed to curtains, which need to be vacuumed or taken down for washing, occasionally dusting or wiping your blinds with a damp cloth and some mild detergent is enough to keep them looking great. Double roller blinds are also easy to operate, once you get the hang of it. You can choose between several different options – spring helped, worked by a chain drive, or completely mechanised.
It’s easy to get obsessed with the many well-being trends; they’re all around us! Get online and you’re bombarded with health-related posts, open a magazine and you get the same. Though men are affected by this too, it’s usually us women who are more self-conscious about our bodies, the flaws, and the goals we want to achieve.
Living in a time where technology has significantly improved our daily lives, it’s not unusual to thank for its role in bringing families closer. After all, most of us rely on the social networks to maintain our relationships yet it’s not always effective because lacking physical bonding means there’s less emotional connection. (more…)
Whether you have your whole home designed the Scandinavian way or not, following its guidelines for the purpose of furnishing only one room is an option too, even when talking about a home theatre. Functionality, sophistication and clean lines are the things that you must stick to when designing your very own home theatre the Scandi way, however, there are many other important things that need to be taken into account. Choosing a good TV, streaming boxes, soundbars, audio tuners, are some of them, as well as the place where you can organize and fit all those things – the TV stand.
Lighting is a crucial element when it comes to creating an inviting home atmosphere. Each area of your space needs to be perfectly lit generally speaking, but when it comes to setting the mood or making a specific space more appealing and dazzling, table lamps are the best way to go about it. They have been present on the market since the dawn of electric lighting which means they are a pretty important part of every home. Consequently, there’s more than one subtype, which is good news for when you want to choose something to suit your home perfectly. So, let’s go through the main subcategories. (more…)
As someone who got into the RC hobby just recently, I know first-hand how hard it is for a novice to pick up their first RC vehicle since there are thousands of different models made by different manufacturers. For that very reason, in today’s blog post I’ll talk about the most important things you need to know when getting started with RC vehicles. First and foremost – you need to be able to differentiate between the types of RC vehicles you’ll come across in a hobby shop. (more…)
BMX cycling is a sport that involves a variety of exciting tricks. However, as much as thrilling and easy they might seem, they certainly involve some risks. Just one wrong move can easily result in a dangerous fall that might have unimaginable consequences. Considering the risks and the fact that experienced riders ride up to 40 to 50 kilometres per hour, it is of the utmost importance that BMX riders wear the right protective gear to keep themselves safe. If you are new to BMXing, below is a list of the proper cycling safety gear to wear when indulging in this sport.
Helmet, Gloves & Goggles
It is absolutely required that you wear an open face or a closed face helmet with a mouth guard when BMX cycling. Make sure to tightly secure and fasten this piece of cycling safety gear before taking on the road though. Gloves are a crucial consideration as well – they should be lightweight and have an excellent grip to obtain a firm grip of the handles when riding. Goggles are not a requirement but they can come in handy for rainy days to prevent any dirt and mud from getting in your eyes.
Knee/Shin & Elbow Pads
Knee and elbow pads act as your body’s first line of defense for any impact that it sustains. Although these pads are not required for BMX racing, your elbows and knees/shins are some of the most exposed areas when riding. Wearing these pieces of cycling safety gear whenever you go out to race will definitely keep you protected.
You will need a long-sleeve shirt that is tucked in. Short sleeve and baggy shirts are not recommended because they can catch on the parts of the bike when performing tricks. The pants should be full-length and go all the way to the ankle. It is also important that the pants do not get caught in the bike chains or any bike parts. They should be made from a heavy material, such as denim, or be specific bike pants and not sweatpants because the lining material will easily tear if you accidentally fall. As for shoes, any sneakers that have a gripping bottom will be fine. It is important that the bottoms of the shoes are not smooth so that they are able to grip the pedals rather than slide off when riding and performing tricks.
As in all action sports, accidents do happen in BMXing as well and that is why you need to be equipped with all these items to protect yourself when going for a joyride and when performing tricks.