Jul 24, 2016

Summer Traveling Tips For Riding With Our Furry Friends

Everyone knows how much I love my little Miss Morkie, Candy, and one of the many things we enjoy doing together is traveling. But carting around a little canine can have some pitfalls, so we need to be sure we’re protecting our pets from possible perils.

Now that the temperatures are beginning to rise, while we all know not to leave a dog alone in a car, not even for one minute, but we should also be on the lookout for signs of dehydration during this time of year, which can include:

Excessive panting and/or drooling
Vomiting or diarrhea
Lethargy, listlessness or being overly tired
A lack of appetite
Tacky, dry gums
A rapid heart rate

One quick little trick to check for dehydration, since a loss of elasticity in the skin is also a symptom, gently pinch your dog’s skin with your thumb and forefinger. Upon your release, it should quickly release itself back in position. If there’s a delay, there could be a problem and you should take your pet to the vet immediately, especially if they’re showing other symptoms as listed above.

Barefooting with our buddies

Whether we’re traveling to the beach with our best friend or simply taking them on a stroll down the lane, the summer sun can really heat up the surfaces we’re walking on. Although the neighbors think I’m insane for walking my dog while I’m barefoot, I figure if the sidewalk is too hot for my feet, then it’s too hot for hers.

At the very least, you should feel the sidewalk, sand or another surface your dog will be walking on and make sure it’s not too hot for them. Minimally speaking, it could be painful for them and on a more serious note, they could suffer a nasty burn.

We all love our four-legged friends and want to do our very best to keep them safe. Check out this infographic on “Travel Tips For Road Trips With Your Dog.” There’s no reason we can’t take our pets out on the road with us, but we also want them to enjoy the ride.


How to Take Your Summer Wardrobe Into Fall with a Few Basics

Who said basic has to be boring? This fall we are stripping our style down to the essentials and getting our wardrobe autumn-ready with nothing but the nuts and bolts of fashion.

Whether you are going through changes or want to simplify life as you head into this new season, clear away those dead autumn leaves from the sidewalk of your life to make way for some fun, fresh adventures. In other words, clean out your closet if you need to! Put the old swimsuits in storage. It is time to bring out the best to celebrate this new time of the year.

Here is our rundown of some must-haves for fall:

1. The basic boot. Fall is a season where you start to ditch your monthly pedicure and favorite summer sandals in favor of an investment in some good boots. You can’t go wrong with a basic pair in any color. Pick red or forest green to brighten up an outfit, or neutrals like brown and black as a foundation.

We have opted out of heels this year to save our feet some wear and tear. Plus, with so many cute styles that are made without heels, we are not missing a beat when it comes to fashion.

2. A great jacket. Fall is a time when the weather is chilly, but not nearly as cold as the dead of winter. With this in mind, be sure to have a light fall coat on hand at all times. Choose a classic style that you can wear for multiple seasons. I have had the same red trench coat for years and whenever September rolls around, this jacket is up there with hot apple cider and pumpkin spice for my top fall favorites.

3. A new cardigan. The beauty of this piece is that it can be paired with almost any outfit for instant warmth in addition to being a classic finishing touch. Like your basic boots, this is a great piece to jazz up with some color or patterns.

These days, many women are ditching traditional blazers at the office in favor of more casual, but still work appropriate cardigans. So take care in choosing this item. Pay attention to details like buttons and shape. Selecting the right cardigan can make for a piece of clothing that you instantly reach for whenever you need that something extra for your day’s ensemble.

4. A good fall skirt. Sure, the weather is getting cooler, but that does not mean you have to cover up altogether. Search for a good fall skirt or two, made from robust fabrics to keep you warm in the crisp air.

5. Tights are the ultimate accessory. Buy an extra pair of stylish tights while you are at it and, voilĂ , you are set for a stylish, fresh fall.

What do you look forward to most in the fall? Am I alone in loving autumn jackets, pumpkin spice, and apple cider? Celebrate the joys of fall with a versatile and timeless wardrobe.

Jul 23, 2016

Creative Ways to Add Copper Tones to Your Home

You might be noticing that copper is making an appearance in homes and looking great doing it! Do you want to get in on this style? Copper became a big design trend in 2015, and it’s still incredibly popular.

Copper provides a warmer and softer statement as an alternative to stainless steel, and it can create a very rustic or modern look depending on how you use it. There are so many ways you can add copper into your home. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

In the kitchen

The kitchen is one of the most popular places to incorporate copper. Whether you want to make a big statement or just add a small touch, there’s something for you. For a big copper statement, you can add a copper backsplash in the color and pattern of your choosing. This will instantly transform your kitchen into a unique and modern area. Another idea is to add a copper sink or stove hood. These will draw the eye toward that piece. You’ll feel like you’re cooking in a Food Network kitchen!

For smaller hints of copper, you can find items like salt and pepper shakers, pitchers, mixing bowls, cocktail mugs and silverware made in copper tones. These will give a hint of copper glimmer without overwhelming the kitchen. You can also find small copper fruit bowls to display on your kitchen table with fresh fruit, which will add a classy and sophisticated touch.

In the living room

Copper accents in the living room or other living areas can create a cozy atmosphere and make your home look fancy at the same time. These accents are easy to add, too. For instance, copper wire baskets are perfect for storing magazines or blankets, and they look great next to your couch or by the fireplace.

Copper picture frames are ideal to use to showcase your favorite memories. You can display the frame on your coffee table or hang it on the wall. You can also add a few fresh flowers in a copper vase to draw attention and add a little cheer to your space.

Feeling like a DIY project? Try your hand at copper hooks that look like piping and add a unique and functional touch to any room or hallway. The possibilities are endless when it comes to decorating your living room with copper

In the bathroom 

If you want to take your bathroom to the next level, there are a few copper projects you can try that will do just that. One idea is to hang a copper-framed mirror, which will lend some personality to your bathroom. You can also add a copper pipe toilet paper holder for a little touch of industrial flair.
If you’re feeling extra adventurous, you can even swap your flooring for a floor made out of pennies. This takes some patience and hard work, but it’ll pay off if you want to make a statement in your bathroom.

In an outdoor space

You can always take the copper trend outside, too! Purchase copper-plated house numbers to spice up the front of your home. Another super cute and fun idea is to spray paint cans in a copper color and use them as planters for herbs. Don’t forget to display these where all of your neighbors can see them and be jealous.

Add a burst of copper anywhere

An additional way to add copper into your home is by using copper lighting fixtures. Since copper lighting can enhance just about any room, it’s in a category all its own! There’s a wide array of style and fit options, no matter what your taste may be or where you want your lighting to be installed. All it takes is a quick Pinterest search, and you’ll spend hours looking through the endless possibilities.

However you decide to add copper to your home, it’ll add personality and a unique look to every room!