суббота, 24 июня 2017 г.

SnoozePal Cat Hammock

SnoozePal Cat Hammock
SnoozePal Cat Hammock


Looking for a new way to help your cat get some much needed R&R? This value-added cardboard box might be just the ticket for your frazzled feline, especially after the stress of a move to a new home. After all, who doesn't want to laze away a summer afternoon in a hammock?



The SnoozePal combines a fleece hammock that molds to your cat with a heavy-duty cardboard box container to create a unique sheltered hideaway. This cat hammock works for cats up to 20lbs and its smooth cardboard surface

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is supposed to deter scratching. It ships flat for assembly at home for only $34.95, though anyone who has moved recently might have boxes available to turn this into a DIY project.


Original article and pictures take http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/dc/pets/snoozepal-cat-hammock-123554 site


пятница, 23 июня 2017 г.

She is a Total Pussy- trouble with my live in love - Anna Rosenblum Palmer

She is a Total Pussy- trouble with my live in love - Anna Rosenblum Palmer
She is a Total Pussy- trouble with my live in love - Anna Rosenblum Palmer

Pussy Cat

Pussy Cat

She is a total pussy: intimacy issues with my live in love.


It has been almost a year since I invited her into my house, began to care for her, paying her doctors bills, buying her dinner, cleaning up after her when she got sick. I had visions for a future of mutual contentment. I thought she would be someone to share my life with, someone to cuddle up with at the end of a hard day. Instead I have learned that she has intimacy issues. She seems incapable of meeting my needs. She thinks I don’t notice her, sitting there, looking at me through slitted eyes. But I see her, spying on me as I type. She can’t stop me. I am finally ready to face the ways that she is not the partner I need.


1. She positions herself just out of my reach, literally and figuratively.


2. She doesn’t share any of my interests. She is completely unresponsive when I tell her about my fears…things I have never spoken aloud to another sole. She sits in silent judgement.


3. She is prickly instead of soft. I see her vulnerable core, but she protects herself when I reach out to her. She never lets me close. Sometimes she actually swipes me away, leaving a mark on my hand to mirror the slice to my heart.


4. Some nights she never comes home at all. She doesn’t call or text to keep me from worrying about where or whether she will sleep. I lie awake imagining her running in fear from the predators who come out in the darkness of the night.


5. She lets me buy every single meal. Every one. Except that one time she brought home takeout and left it on the front stoop, unrefrigerated. This take out was too gross to eat and she left me to clean it up on my own.


6. Speaking of cleaning, even though she is fastidious with her own appearance she couldn’t care LESS about our shared space. She knocks things onto the floor and holds her head high as if I COULDN”T SEE WHAT SHE JUST DID. She seems to know I won’t really complain.


7. She drinks from my water glass and steals my turkey sandwich without asking. I would share anything with her, but she insists on taking advantage of my generosity.


8. Even though she ignores me during my free time, scoffing at my invites to sit on my lap and cuddle, she never leaves me alone during work time. She wines and cajoles and puts herself in front of my screen. When I finally give her the attention she wants she sits and ignores my offers to help. It’s like all of the lovers I have had in the past. Once I lose interest in them they put on a show to get me back, and once I am theirs again they turn tail and leave. I don’t seem to learn.


9. She asserts her dominance all the time. When I walk down the stairs she pushes in front of me almost tripping me. My anger passes quickly as I see her waiting, searching my face with her beautiful blue eyes. Then I reach her…and she runs away again.


10. I’m starting to believe the studies that say that her kind would actually murder me if she were just a bit bigger. (http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2015/10/31/cat-lion-psychological-traits/74941388/) I want to feel safe while sleeping, preferably with her by my side.


I love her and I want her to love me back. I meet all of her needs, and she ignores my meager requests. She clearly can’t love me the way I want her to.


I have come to

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realize…she is a total pussy.


Anna Rosenblum Palmer is a freelance writer based in Denver, CO. She writes about sex, parenting, cat pee, bi-polar disorder and the NFL; all things inextricably intertwined with her mental health. In her free time she teaches her boys creative swear words, seeks the last missing puzzle piece and thinks deeply about how she is not exercising. Her writing can be found on Babble, Parent.co, Great Moments in Parenting, Ravishly, Good Men Project, Sammiches and Psych Meds, Playpen, Crazy Good Parent, and YourTango. She also does a fair amount of navel gazing on her own blog at annarosenblumpalmer.com.


Original article and pictures take http://annarosenblumpalmer.com/total-pussy-trouble-live-love/ site


вторник, 20 июня 2017 г.

Sexpectations - Anna Rosenblum Palmer

Sexpectations - Anna Rosenblum Palmer
Sexpectations - Anna Rosenblum Palmer

writer's block/ sex block

sexpectations
More intimidating…empty bed or empty screen?

The longer you wait the harder it gets. Literally and figuratively. The expectations rise, as do the sexpectations.


It has been seven days since I produced any fresh new text. And three days since I have produced any fresh new sex. Both of these counts are significantly longer than average.


With each hour that passes I become more tense, and it becomes more difficult to produce anything. Somehow the quickie, usually a low barrier for entry feels insufficient. The post most be meaningful and humorous. The acrobatics in bed numerous. This is tiring. Even to type about. In both areas performance anxiety creeps in where it rarely rears its head.


The solution to both problems is the same.


Forget the intricate weave of insight and intercourse. Let go of lingerie and lyrics. Ignore the verse and vigor. Lower that bar down to the floor.


Step 1. Write a shitty blog post.


Step 2. Have some crummy sex.


It is likely that one of these activities will exceed my expectations. At this point all signs say it will be the sex.


Get write to it. And right on it.


Anna Rosenblum Palmer is a freelance writer based in Denver, CO. She writes about sex, parenting, cat pee, bi-polar disorder and the NFL; all things inextricably intertwined with her mental health. In her free time she teaches her boys creative swear words, seeks the last missing puzzle piece and

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thinks deeply about how she is not exercising. Her writing can be found on Babble, Parent.co, Great Moments in Parenting, Ravishly, Good Men Project, Sammiches and Psych Meds, Playpen, Crazy Good Parent, and YourTango. She also does a fair amount of navel gazing on her own blog at annarosenblumpalmer.com.


Original article and pictures take http://annarosenblumpalmer.com/sexpectations/ site


Roasted Parmesan Garlic Acorn Squash

Roasted Parmesan Garlic Acorn Squash
Roasted Parmesan Garlic Acorn Squash

A few ingredients and 30 minutes in the oven and you have the best salty, cheese, garlicky, tender side dish EVER | spachethespatula.com #recipe
I’m so not prepared. I guess it just somehow hasn’t sunk in that it’s next freaking Thursday.

I am in Florida now, though! My mom had her annual cookie exchange on Wednesday! It was amazing, like usual—full of lots of laughs, drinks, and a silly holiday photo booth-style thing. And now the house is full of hundreds of cookies of all sorts. A very good situation indeed


A few ingredients and 30 minutes in the oven and you have the best salty, cheese, garlicky, tender side dish EVER | spachethespatula.com #recipe

This, however, is not cookies, or overtly sweet (though I do have a sweeter acorn squash recipe right here), but it is crazy tasty. Anything with “Parmesan Garlic” in the title kinda has to be just by definition alone, ya know?


It’s also super simple and requires only a few ingredients and 30 minutes in the oven.


The results are something tender and soft with a salty crunch from crisped up parmesan cheese. If you’re having a salty snack craving, this is such the answer.


A few ingredients and 30 minutes in the oven and you have the best salty, cheese, garlicky, tender side dish EVER | spachethespatula.com #recipe

Acorn squash is awesome to work with because you don’t have to skin them like you do with a butternut or pumpkin. It gets tender enough when cooked that you can just eat it (like with delicata squash).


By the way, if you’re not a garlic fan (weird…), you can omit the garlic powder and you’ll still be left with something salty, cheesy, and awesome. You could even try switching it up with other spices. Thyme would be lovely

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, as would just a teeny tiny bit of nutmeg!


A few ingredients and 30 minutes in the oven and you have the best salty, cheese, garlicky, tender side dish EVER | spachethespatula.com #recipe

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Original article and pictures take http://www.spachethespatula.com/roasted-parmesan-garlic-acorn-squash/#_a5y_p=4314431 site


воскресенье, 18 июня 2017 г.

Removing Cat Urine Smell from Carpet!

Removing Cat Urine Smell from Carpet!
Removing Cat Urine Smell from Carpet!

cat urine on carpet

Tip #4: When my fiance let a roommate move in he had a big dog and kept it in his room a lot and didn't clean up after him as often as he should. Yuck - we used the shampoo for the cleaner - going over it twice then we used Oxy Clean twice and then clean, hot water twice - that did the trick. It takes work no matter what but it's worth a try. There's also a product called Pets and Kids on the market that is supposed to take out odors from urine, food and stains, etc. Hope this helps.


Tip #5: We bought a condo in Houston and "someone" left the door open while the work was being done. Somehow, cats got inside and really did a job on the new carpet before we moved in. While inspecting the unit we discovered the gift they had left us. Not wanting to go through the expense of replacing and possibly not matching new carpet, we had the installer return. He said that it was well known that you could get this and other terrible odors out by using Original Downey fabric softener, mixed half and half with water. I had never heard of it. We paid him to do the job and the odor was gone and stayed gone. We

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replace with hardwood flooring six years later and it had not returned. I believed he used the mixture in a carpet machine, but the order was gone. I sure hope this helps.


Tip #6: My brother had a similar problem. He bought a house that previously housed an old, incontinent dog. He shampooed the carpets and boy did that cause the odour to "bloom". It was AWFUL! He borrowed an ozone machine from my mom and left it on in the house and went away for the weekend. When he came back the smell was gone and permanently, too! It also works on a rotten milk smell. My mom didn't know but her milk fell over in the trunk of her car and spilt everywhere, and on a hot day, too! She cleaned it up as best she could but still the rotten milk smell persisted. Many weeks later she bought an ozone machine and turned it on in her trunk with the lid closed for a weekend and now you would never know what happened! An ozone machine works wonders on a house permeated with cigarette smoke or an overflowed toilet smell! There's almost nothing that thing can't handle! Unfortunately, my mom has lent the ozone machine out to so many people with odor problems that it finally died and now I can't use it when I want it! Sorry, I can't tell you where to buy it. I think she got it from her naturopath doctor or a health food store. Best of success which your situation.


Tip #7: You didn't mention the color of the carpet but mine is white berber with brown flecks. I finally ended up using a carpet shampooer with hot water, a small amount of "flavored" bleach, and a commercial grease cleaner called Castrol sold at O'Reilly auto parts stores. The Castrol is very concentrated so I only used a very small amount. Of course, it brightened the carpet but the smell from the bleach took about 3 days to dissipate. Of course, if you don't have white carpet, just try the Castrol and hot water rinse with a carpet shampooer. You can also use a black light on the area to see how much of the pee you are getting out.


Tip #8: I tried everything and I found what works best for me is filling a spray bottle with vinegar (white) and adding some vanilla....spray it on anything and everything with the smell, works like a charm. Even use it outside my apt where the neighborhood cats pee in the yard, makes that go away too. Leaves a nice vanilla scent to linger....after vinegar dries.


Tip #9: You can use a product called Nature's Miracle specifically for cats. It will say so on the bottle. I had the same problem where our cat urinated along about 4 feet of wall. I tried lots of stuff before I found this. It works. It is expensive though. About $30.00 per gallon, and I used two for the space I am talking about. You put it in a sprinkle water can and totally saturate the carpet all the way thru the pad, to the floor. Then you scrub it in, blot up the excess and let it dry. Sometimes takes a week or two to get totally dry. It worked. Killed the smell and the stain seems less too. We will still need to eventually replace the carpet but at least the smell is gone.


Tip #10: The ONLY thing that has ever worked for me, and I've tried every homemade concoction and store bought solution ever made, is saturating area with Nature's Miracle and let sit for 48+ hours (the longer the better) and then saturate with a strong solution of OxyClean and allow to air dry. The Nature's Miracle neutralizes the acidic Ph in the urine and the OxyClean leaves the area smelling totally fresh. There was an occasion once when I had to treat the area twice with the OxyClean but it has ALWAYS taken the smell completely out of whatever I used it on.


Tip #11:Use 16 oz of peroxide, 1 Teaspoon of dishwashing soap, 1 tbsp of baking soda. Mix all with plastic spoon, saturate spot completely, let dry completely, vacuum white powder when completely dry. Do not blot, rub, etc. mixture, let it work on its own. Dispose of leftover formula as the peroxide will "explode" in container over time. This is fool proof and will work and the smell will be gone. Patience is the answer, let it dry completely.


Tip #12:Use 100% vinegar. Pour on the spot let stand. Let dry. Pour on let dry. And then shampoo. The problem is not the carpet. Its the wood under the carpet that smells. Let the vinegar stand on the carpet so that its soaked into the wood floor. After you shampoo the carpet the smell should be completely gone. Once the smell is gone the cat will not pee in that spot any more. Make sure pets are spayed or neutured. Cats will "spray" when they are in "heat" to attract other cats.


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пятница, 16 июня 2017 г.

Recipe by Jackie R - Key Ingredient

Recipe by Jackie R - Key Ingredient
Recipe by Jackie R - Key Ingredient

Healthy Dog Biscuits

Fido wants healthy cooking, too! These dog biscuits are easy to make, healthy for your dog and end up costing a lot less than a big box from the store!


Ingredients


Directions


Preheat oven to 350. In large bowl, whisk together eggs and pumpkin to smooth. Stir in dry milk, sea salt, and dried parsley (if using, optional). Add brown rice flour gradually, combining with spatula or hands to form a stiff, dry dough. Turn out onto lightly floured surface (can use the brown rice flour) and if dough is still rough, briefly knead and press to combine. Roll dough between 1/4 – 1/2" thick, depending on your dog’s chew preferences, and use biscuit or other shape cutter to punch shapes, gathering and re-rolling scraps as you go. Place shapes on cookie sheet, no greasing or paper necessary. If desired, press fork pattern on biscuits before baking, a quick

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up-and-down movement with fork, lightly pressing down halfway through dough. Bake 20 minutes. Remove from oven and carefully turn biscuits over, then bake additional 20 minutes. Allow to cool completely on rack before feeding to dog. *Brown rice flour gives the biscuits crunch and promotes better dog digestion. Many dogs have touchy stomachs or allergies, and do not, like many people I know, tolerate wheat. Makes up to 75 small (1") biscuits or 50 medium biscuits


Original article and pictures take http://www.keyingredient.com/recipes/318088525/healthy-dog-biscuits/ site


четверг, 15 июня 2017 г.

Raspberry White Chocolate Scones

Raspberry White Chocolate Scones
Raspberry White Chocolate Scones

Raspberry White Chocolate Scones

I made this batch early yesterday morning and once again shared them, fresh out of the oven, with the folks in my office, where they literally went like hot cakes. My co-workers absolutely loved these scones, with many

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declaring them the best scones they’d ever eaten. Let’s see if you agree.


2014 UPDATE: So many people have fallen in love with this recipe since I first posted it. My friend Nancy in particular has made them a family institution at her house and although she has made them dozens of times, she reports that they still consistently get rave reviews. Take Nancy’s advice and try them for yourself.


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Raspberry White Chocolate Scones - These raspberry white chocolate scones are a big fan favourite on Rock Recipes and have become a must have weekend brunch item for many.


Original article and pictures take http://www.rockrecipes.com/raspberry-white-chocolate-scones/ site