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Posted by Kim D’Elia on 6/23/2019

Are you tired of visiting the vet virtually every other week of the month? Take a moment and think of the things you are doing wrong. For starters, what do you feed your pets? Your four-legged buddies may fit the bill of a companion, but it is crucial to know they are not humans.Consequently, some human foods are instead poisonous to your pets. While you may feel you are giving your pets a treat, you are feeding them with something toxic.

According to information from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), pet owners should be mindful of these foods while feeding their four-legged buddies. Check them out!

5 Human Foods That Could Harm Your Pets

  • Milk and Dairy. Humans possess a milk-digesting enzyme called lactase. Lactase helps humans to metabolize lactose, the sugar present in milk and dairy-based products, to simple sugars such as galactose and glucose that are readily absorbed by the body. Unfortunately, pets lack this milk-digesting enzyme. Consequently, feeding them with milk or other dairy-based product lead to digestive upset. Such a diet could lead to diarrhea, which means visiting the Vet yet again. Be careful!
  • Alcohol and its Products. Unlike the human body, alcohol and its products are harmful foods to pets. A little amount could cause central nervous system depression, vomiting, abnormal blood acidity, coma, or worse death in pets. Steer clear!
  • Raw Meat, Bones, and Eggs. Raw meat and eggs are harmful to both humans and animals. True, wild animals feed on raw meat, but they are better adapted compared to domestic pets. Furthermore, raw eggs contain avidin, an enzyme that decreases the absorption of B vitamin which when absent could lead to skin and coat problems.
  • Coconut and Coconut-based Products. Coconut oil and coconut water are profoundly harmful to pets. A little amount could lead to stomach upset and diarrhea. Therefore, experts advise pet owners to either stay away from these products or be mindful of the quantity they feed their pets.
  • Salty Snacks. Ingesting a large amount of salt is not healthy for humans and animals alike. A large amount of salt may lead to vomiting, diarrhea, tremors, seizures, and worse death due to sodium ion poisoning. Do not allow your pets near salty snacks. Be vigilant!

Spoiling your pets from time to time is okay. However, do it with extreme caution. Be sure to avoid these foods like the plague while feeding your pets!




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Posted by Kim D’Elia on 6/16/2019

Although it may seem like the Internet and email have always been an integral part of our daily lives, those modes of modern communication have only been around for the past two decades or so.

With technology like video teleconferencing, online document sharing, and other collaborative tools becoming commonplace in the business arena, more and more companies are allowing (and even encouraging) their employees to work from home -- at least a couple days a week. For better or worse, many employees, managers, and executives are putting in lots of overtime from their home offices.

Whether you're telecommuting for a job or running your own home-based business, having a dedicated work space can make all the difference in your ability to stay focused and productive. Not only can you control distractions by closing the door, but having a separate work space at home makes it easier to stay organized and maintain a professional image. Depending on the layout of your house, the cooperation of your family, and neighborhood zoning regulations, it may even be possible to meet with clients at your home office.

While some people don't have a problem setting up their laptop and working at the kitchen table, in their bedroom, or the living room, problems can arise when your spouse or other members of the family want to use your temporary work space for something else!

Other potential complications are possible, too: When people in your household have easy access to your computer, work files, and research materials, there's also the possibility of accidentally losing unsaved documents, unfinished emails being prematurely sent or closed, and having to deal with spills, sticky surfaces, misplaced work materials, and other miscellaneous mishaps! On the other hand, setting aside a dedicated work space at home for tackling office projects, preparing reports, or creating client proposals can help you avoid losing valuable work, missing deadlines, and looking unprofessional.

Home Offices Are a Selling Point

In addition to making your own life more organized and less chaotic, there's also the advantage of increasing your home's marketability. If you happen to be considering putting your house on the market now or in the near future, having a dedicated office space will help make your home look more appealing to potential buyers.

Today, more than ever, the idea of having a home office is on many people's minds and priority lists -- or at least, their "wish list". When prospective buyers can envision ways in which your home can meet their lifestyle goals, business objectives, and career requirements, they'll be a lot more likely to seriously consider making an offer on your house.

As more and more people pursue work-at-home options, freelancing opportunities, advanced degrees, and home-based businesses, a dedicated office space will continue to be a highly desirable feature for both current and future home owners.





Posted by Kim D’Elia on 6/9/2019

Everybody can have a great garden. Yes, it will demand some attention and details, as would other great things, but if you put your heart to it, you will find that it is not impossible even for you. Here are some the top tips you should pay attention to if you want to keep a healthy garden.

  • Hydrate Your Garden Appropriately. Make sure your garden always has the right amount of water in it at every time. If you notice dry leaves popping out, then it’s an indication there’s not enough water in the soil. You can water your flower beds about 2 to 3 times every week, and this should be done late in the evening or early in the morning so the garden soil doesn’t lose the bulk of water to the heat of the sun. When watering, make sure you water the roots and not the leaves as that would promote bacteria growth on the leaves.
  • Weed Constantly. It's critical that you weed and prune out your garden regularly to prevent weeds from taking over. When weeding, remove them by the roots to prevent them from competing with your plants for nutrients. In spring, you should prune plants that survived the winter so they can grow afresh. Spreading mulch on the garden can also help prevent weeds from developing. You can keep the weeds and other remains of unwanted plants as ingredients for making compost.
  • Constantly Renew the Soil. Organic elements like compost or manure should be continuously added to refresh and renew the soil. Winter always see the drying out of the soil so you can do this during the spring. If you save up your weeds in a compost bin throughout the year, then you would have a ready source of compost to use when you need it. The best manure to add is one that has been cured for at least half a year, as fresh manure often has a high percentage of nitrogen which can prove very dangerous for plants. Fertilizers should also be added to the soil after testing it to see what nutrients it lacks and then supplied.
  • Plant in Adequate Lighting. The right amount of sunlight is essential for plants growth. Ideally, situate your garden in a place that gets direct light from the sun for at least 8 hours every day. If your garden is in a low shaded area, you might have to make do with vegetables like spinach and cabbage as they grow very well in such conditions.
  • Now you have all you need to grow and keep a healthy garden.




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    Posted by Kim D’Elia on 6/2/2019

    Let's face it – buying a home in a hot housing market is no easy task. For example, if you wait too long to submit an offer on a house, you risk losing this residence to a rival buyer. On the other hand, if you rush to submit a home offer at or above a seller's initial asking price, you risk spending too much to acquire your dream residence.

    Clearly, there's a lot to think about as you search for a home in a hot housing market. Lucky for you, we're here to help you overcome myriad homebuying hurdles and acquire your dream residence, even in a hot housing market.

    Let's take a look at three tips to help you succeed as a homebuyer in a hot housing market.

    1. Narrow Your Home Search

    You know that you want to live in a specific city or town, but you still are uncertain about what type of house that you want to purchase. However, if you create a list of home must-haves and wants, you can narrow your house search and speed up the homebuying process.

    Once you have a homebuying checklist in hand, you should have no trouble evaluating residences in a hot housing market. Then, you can check out these houses in person and move one step closer to submitting an offer to purchase your dream house.

    2. Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage

    To acquire a home in a hot housing market, you'll likely need a mortgage. Thankfully, lenders are available that can teach you everything you need to know about a wide range of mortgage options.

    Lenders can explain the differences between adjustable- and fixed-rate mortgages, describe exactly how a mortgage works and much more. That way, you can assess many mortgage options and select one that matches your finances.

    After you obtain a mortgage, you can enter a hot housing market with a homebuying budget. This will enable you to further accelerate your home search and ensure you can quickly submit an offer as soon as you discover your ideal residence.

    3. Collaborate with a Real Estate Agent

    Navigating a hot housing market sometimes can be tricky, particularly for a homebuyer who is competing against dozens of rivals. But if you hire a real estate agent, you can receive comprehensive support as you pursue a home in a hot housing market.

    A real estate agent is ready to assist you in any way possible. This housing market professional will offer insights into the real estate conditions in a particular city or town and help you map out your homebuying journey accordingly.

    In addition, a real estate agent understands exactly what it takes to buy a residence in a hot housing market. He or she will help you put together a competitive offer on any home, at any time. And if your offer is rejected, a real estate agent will help you regroup and reenter a hot housing market so you can find your dream home.

    Ready to buy a home in a hot housing market? Use the aforementioned tips, and you can accomplish your homebuying goals faster than ever before.




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    Posted by Kim D’Elia on 5/26/2019

    With rent prices shooting soaring across the country, many young Americans who were previously happy renting while they saved for a home are now turning to other options.

    One common solution is a starter home. If you want to keep your monthly mortgage prices low while being able to build equity and slowly save for your “forever home.” a starter home can be a great option for first-time buyers.

    When does it make sense to buy a starter home?

    Buying a home means mortgage payments, home maintenance and repairs, and closing costs. However, they can also be a great introduction to the responsibilities of homeownership.

    Better yet, starter homes allow you to build equity that can be used toward the down payment of your next home, something that first-time buyers often struggle with. This could help you secure a lower interest rate and avoid costly private mortgage insurance (PMI).

    Sounds great, right? But when shouldn’t you buy a starter home?

    It might not make sense to buy a starter home if you don’t plan on living in it at least 3-4 years. You might find that the cost of renting is less than that of your mortgage payments and closing costs if you don’t live in the home long enough to reap the rewards.

    It also might not be a good idea if your family is going to outgrow a small home in the next few years for the same reasons mentioned above. That makes it all the more important to discuss your long term plans with your spouse before considering a home.

    Things to look for in a starter home

    1. Resale value

    One of the most important aspects of your starter home should be the ability to resell it in the future. Now, there is an endless number of factors that go into the marketability of a home. Key factors include the condition of the home and keeping it well-maintained, as well as the location of the home. Buying a starter home in an area that will attract young professionals down the road is typically a good investment.

    2. Small size = low price

    It probably goes without saying, but finding a home with a low price, at the expense of square-footage, is most often a smart choice when it comes to starter homes.

    Small homes are cheaper to buy, cheaper to heat, and cheaper to maintain. However, since housing prices are trending upward, you’ll likely still see a positive return on your investment in ~5 years time when you’re hoping to buy again.

    3. Reasonable home improvements

    If you can spare the time, buying a starter home that needs some work can be an excellent investment. It can be more difficult later on when you have a large family to care for and less time to focus on making improvements.




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