понедельник, 29 мая 2017 г.

Move over panda cubs, we're cute, too, say Toronto Zoo white lion cubs

Move over panda cubs, we're cute, too, say Toronto Zoo white lion cubs
Move over panda cubs, we're cute, too, say Toronto Zoo white lion cubs

Toronto Zoo white lion cubs
These four white lions cubs were born in September at the Toronto Zoo. They've got a long way to go before they grow into their paws. (The Toronto Zoo)

Not to be outdone by their panda cub counterparts, the Toronto Zoo's white lion cubs strutted their playfulness to the delight of the cat-obsessed internet.

The four white lion cubs, were born to mother Makali and father Fintan, on Sept. 26 at the Toronto Zoo.

The zoo says the cubs are just over six-weeks-old and weigh between 13 and 14 pounds.

Here they are

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discovering an "enrichment ball" for the first time.

#CUTEALERT white lion cubs meet an enrichment ball for the first time! #TOlioncubs pic.twitter.com/841cYbac76


"They have become quite fuzzy and increasingly more active," the zoo said in a news release.

Unfortunately, the zoo's photos will be the only way you can see the cubs for now. They're in the maternity den with mama and that's not for public view, the zoo said.

In the meantime, here's a peek at the really big kittens.

Original article and pictures take http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/toronto/zoo-lion-cubs-1.3316010 site

воскресенье, 28 мая 2017 г.

More People Say They're Unhappy in Their Marriages Than Ever Before

More People Say They're Unhappy in Their Marriages Than Ever Before
More People Say They're Unhappy in Their Marriages Than Ever Before

"Sexlessness is an inherent part of nearly all relationships, but a lot of couples don't have honest conversations about relationship problems until they're at a point of wanting to divorce," says Donaghue. "By then, it's too late." It's natural that your sex drive declines when you're with the same person since what's most sexually exciting to humans is newness and novelty. Marriage, in all its you-plucking-his-back-hairs and him-watching-you-pee glory, inherently does away with that. "Monogamy is difficult," says Donaghue. "Your sex drive

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doesn't care about socially constructed boundaries. You have to be willing to rock the boat early on in the relationship, talk about it every step of the way, and make adjustments."

Beyond that, Donaghue is of the mind that Americans might bungle relationships from the get-go thanks to individualism. "In general, America is all about this rugged individualism," says Donaghue. "There's less of an understanding that in a healthy marriage, there's a loss of self. It requires more empathy and consideration on different levels." To be clear, he's not talking about the kind of codependency that sets off alarm bells and could be the creepy plot line of a Hollywood thriller. If you worry this "loss of self"-type of approach is at odds with feminism, Donaghue argues that it may actually be helping it along.

"A lot of feminist models are exploring how women operate and think in relational terms," he says. "They tend to be more about 'us,' while men are raised to think individually. Maybe we should stop holding people to this male yardstick of what the healthy self looks like, of being on your own, and look at the other side of being in a partnership." Murray refers to this as "me-ness" and "we-ness" factors and says that, for a lot of people, men especially, it's a challenge to make that necessary transition from the former to the latter once you're in a lifelong partnership. "You have to recognize your partner is a separate human being with their own wants and needs," says Murray, "but you also have to think about how you can be a complement to their life and vice-versa. It's about being on the same team together."

Ah, technology! The newest threat to happy couples everywhere. Between the temptation of Tinder and the attention-grabbing power of the average Instagram timeline, it's no surprise the new digital landscape offers up a few relationship pitfalls. "I'm a fan of technology, but of course there are downsides," says Donaghue. "A lot of couples will choose to get social stimulation from their phone over their partner." Beyond that, technology has infused some relationships with what he calls "a consumerist perspective." "It's the tyranny of too many options," he says. "Even if you're already married, access to Facebook and Instagram can provide the consumerist ideal that there's something better out there, and you can form various other relationships to test that out."

The constant lure of technology also has a way of shifting people's attention away from any relationship problems they may have. "One of the major findings in research on marital satisfaction is that, over time, the number of problems each couple experiences remains stable, but the dissatisfaction still increases," says Murray. "People just aren't as equipped to tolerate distress as they used to be." The surprising potential cause behind Americans' diminished ability to deal? Helicopter parents. "The more we have parents solving problem for their kids, the more likely those children will be less able to tolerate distress as adults," says Murray. When you have a little device that makes it so easy to distract yourself from any uncomfortable feelings rather than sit in them and really parse them out, your relationship can suffer.

When you factor in technology's ability to stoke the flames of FOMO, it can create a perfect storm for a relationship. "FOMO is really just an affair with your mind chatter, or your constant belief that you have to know what's going on in order to feel like a participant in the world," says Murray. That pushes you to play into a variable ratio schedule of reinforcement, which basically means you're inclined to constantly check your phone because it's like an emotional slot machine. You might see an exciting notification, which will release feel-good dopamine in your brain, but you might not. "This constant checking of technology means you're not being witness to your partner's life, when in my opinion, that's why people get married or get into relationships," says Murray. "We long to have a witness to our lives."

One of the most fascinating findings in this new report is that marriage satisfaction was on an upward trajectory while America's economy was in the toilet. Starting in 2008, people began feeling happier in their relationships. The number climbed from 62 percent in 2008 to 65 percent in 2012, then dipped to 60 percent in 2014, when the economy started to rebound. "There needs to be more data on the subject to truly call it a trend, but crises can often bring people closer together," says Murray. "When money is tight, you may focus more on experiences rather than the accumulation of things." Then, when the nation as a whole became more financially comfortable, some people may have turned their attention to making more money, which only created a spike in happiness for a moment, while potentially setting the stage for a lot of long-term stress that puts strain on a relationship.

Women may be smashing glass ceilings left and right, but there's still emotional disparity when it comes to marriage. Only 57 percent of women said their marriage was happy in 2014, compared to nearly 65 percent two years before. What's more, 4.4 percent of women were "not too happy" in their relationships in 2014, more than ever before. "In our culture, a disproportionate amount of domestic responsibility falls upon women," says Murray. "There's male privilege in relationships in that men can be oblivious to the dynamics of relationships, while women have to be the domestic managers." You may feel like if you don't take care of certain household or childcare-related tasks, they just won't get done. That only reinforces the obliviousness of men because then they get no consequences for not paying attention to how things are going at home and how they need to pitch in. Instead, they get rewarded for it because you continue to handle everything, Olivia Pope-style.

This cycle breeds resentment and leads to de-eroticizing your partner, which goes back to the whole sexlessness point. "After a time, you no longer see your partner as an exciting, enticing, mesmerizing creature," says Murray. "You see him as a good provider for the family or a good father—and vice-versa." The easiest way to combat that is by working on your balance of intimacy and closeness. Closeness is the comfort that comes with knowing someone inside and out, but intimacy is what you get when you take anxiety-inducing risks together. "You don't need to take these risks 365 days a year, and it doesn't need to be on the level of bungee jumping, although that can certainly work," says Murray. All you need to do is regularly participate in new, exciting adventures, whether that's rock climbing or role-playing. "When you work on cultivating intimacy, you can avoid winding up in a sexless, unhappy relationship," says Murray.

Original article and pictures take http://www.womenshealthmag.com/sex-and-relationships/more-are-unhappy-in-their-marriage-than-ever-before site

суббота, 27 мая 2017 г.

Monty Bojangles

Monty Bojangles
Monty Bojangles

Monty Bojangles

Monty Bojangels is a range of chocolate truffles that was recently redesigned by Springetts Brand Design Consultants. The packaging features an anthropomorphic cat named Monty who is depicted in Victorian era clothes (monocle and all), as he travels around in hot air balloons and other fanciful forms of transportation. Each box shows a ‘new adventure in taste’, suggested by a collage of Victorian etchings, original botanical drawings and hand-painted illustrations on a fresh, vibrant colour palette.


"The brief for the current range of six products was to reassess the existing brand to visually communicate a coherent brand story and engaging philosophy, establish the brand’s fame as ‘truffletiers’, create a challenger brand that was unique to the category and communicate the brand’s quality without losing its ‘anytime feel’.

The new packaging will be listed in Co-op, Tesco, Waitrose, Morrisons and a number of selected high street retailers from late August/early September."

This design reminds me of one my favorite albums, Melancholy and the Infinite Sadness by The Smashing Pumpkins

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Original article and pictures take http://www.thedieline.com/blog/2014/8/21/monty-bojangles site

четверг, 25 мая 2017 г.

Modern Sexual Etiquette • The Ten Commandments

Modern Sexual Etiquette • The Ten Commandments
Modern Sexual Etiquette • The Ten Commandments

(1) Thou shalt take care of thy personal hygiene.

This is includes but is not limited to trimming (or removing) one’s bush, shaving one’s beard or legs, wearing deodorant and having fresh breath.

(2) Thou shalt discuss contraception.

This conversation should be had before entering the bedroom. A modern lady or gentlemen will always have a supply of condoms on hand.

(3) Thou shalt disclose sexual diseases.

Bearing the scars of an interesting sexual history is nothing to be ashamed of and most situations can be solved creatively. Most modern ladies and gentlemen will be willing to figure out how to stay healthy and still have fun.

(4) Thou shalt give directions and make noise.

A new partner has no idea of your sexual preferences. Gentle guidance and moans of appreciation are necessary to avoid disappointment.

(6) Thou shalt indulge in post-coital affection.

Rolling over and going to sleep is the sign of a lazy lover. Spend time kissing, cuddling, and appreciating the afterglow.

(5) Thou shalt stay the night.

Unless negotiated prior to sex, one should always stay the night. Leaving immediately after sex, or slipping away in the middle of the night is rude and unforgivable.

(6) Thou shalt refrain from snoring, farting, and other offensive bodily functions.

One should be a pleasant night-time companion, not a disgusting one.

(7) Thou shalt not expect morning sex.

Some ladies aren’t their best in the morning and don’t want to be prodded by a gentleman’s morning hard-on. This is not always the case, but a gentleman should demonstrate a degree of sensitivity the next morning.

(8) Thou shalt accept the offer of a morning beverage.

Your new companion may not have your preferred brand of herbal tea or even any milk in the fridge. This is not the time to be fussy. Drink your damn coffee and shut up.

(9) Thou shalt offer to help make the bed.

Although this offer will probably be turned down, a true lady or gentleman will want to help tidy up the mess they have made. Offering to help make the bed shows a mature sense of responsibility.

(10) Thou shalt not lie about the future.

If it’s just a one night stand, then please say so as graciously as you can. If you wouldn’t mind another casual assignation, then please express this desire clearly. If you want to go on a second date, arrange it before you leave. Even if you never want to see this person again, a

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text on the way home to say ‘thank you’ is a pleasant way to end your encounter.

Original article and pictures take http://head-heart-health.com/17531/modern-sexual-etiquette site

вторник, 23 мая 2017 г.

Mental Illness and Conspiracy Theories

Mental Illness and Conspiracy Theories
Mental Illness and Conspiracy Theories

Bipolar manic symptoms include paranoia, delusions and obsessiveness. Can mental illness and conspiracy theories be dangerous to your stability?

As the world mourned the events in France this month, the conspiracy theorists were busy at work creating videos and writing posts to refute all information coming from the media, enforcement agencies and government press releases. Before the sirens even stopped ringing, they were uploading. Just like every other source, there is a rush to analyse, report and be the first to hit the world-wide web.

: a theory that explains an event or situation as the result of a secret plan by usually powerful people or groups.

I have to admit that I enjoy intellectual discussion and love to play devil’s advocate when debating with someone who has very strong points of view. Even if I agree with someone, I like to see if they can defend their position. Conspiracy theories are fascinating and while I don’t believe them all, it can not be denied that there have been many theories that over time, have proven to be true.

Over the last few decades, news media and government agencies have proven over and over again that they can not be trusted to tell the truth. Whether that is a rush to report or cover up is irrelevant. The point is, you just can’t trust all the information presented. You must do your own research to the best of your ability to arrive at some resemblance of the truth. Obviously I can’t fly around the world to investigate but in general, my personal theory is to follow the money to uncover untruths. Even presenters of conspiracy theories get big money for shelling out their version of the truth and sell products based on people’s’ fear.

Here’s the rub. What if you have a mental illness? Is it healthy to engage in debating conspiracy theories? While it may be all fun and games for me to converse about theories, for Mr. Bipolar it is a completely different ball game. I have to keep a lid on the level and nature of talk about conspiracy theories. I can not be certain that his last mania brought about his obsession with conspiracy theories or the other way around.

Obsession and paranoia are prevalent during mania for people with type 1 bipolar disorder. Some psychiatrist/psychologists believe this stems from their need for and lack of control of their own bodies and minds during mania. Letting them engage in reading/listening/discussing conspiracy theories is just like throwing gas on the fire.

I guess what I find really annoying is that there are several well-known conspiracy theorists that gets themselves into such a frenzy when they are talking. I get it. You are excited and you are engrossed in your topic but I can’t stand listening/watching to them when they really get going. I can understand passion. But it’s just so over the top. I can’t figure out if these performances are for show, to sell more subscriptions or if maybe the presenters are manic as well. I do not think they know that they are firing up people who are mentally unstable. Conspiracy theories are also big business so I am not sure they care.

Over the last few weeks on FaceBook, while many where changing their profile pics to show support for France, I also seen a trend from advocates of bipolar, report that they were tuning out. Not because they don’t care but because they care too much. Those with a mental illness are emotionally sensitive. They feel more. They grieve more. Negative world events can cause havoc for them and their stability. They must walk a fine line between being informed and staying healthy.

I do believe that talking about conspiracy theories for mentally stable people is both necessary and informative. Especially

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in today’s world where main stream media’s reporting is questionable and biased at best. We must question the world around us and demand the truth. But if you or your loved one suffers with bipolar or another mental illness, please be careful and limit your exposure to conspiracy theories. Always balance the need to be informed and involved with your own mental health.

Disclaimer: I am not a therapist or a doctor. This post is based solely on my personal experiences and should not be deemed as advice or counsel. Please seek appropriate medical attention from a licensed professional.

Original article and pictures take http://www.livingwithbatman.com/2015/11/21/mental-illness-conspiracy-theories/ site

Make Your Own Deodorizing Carpet Powder - One Good Thing by Jillee

Make Your Own Deodorizing Carpet Powder - One Good Thing by Jillee
Make Your Own Deodorizing Carpet Powder - One Good Thing by Jillee

Carpet Powder

I don’t do it very often…but sometimes it’s nice to boost the “clean smell” of the house by sprinkling the carpets with a little “carpet deodorant”.

I can only imagine that if you had pets it would be more of a NECESSITY than a NICETY.

But when I happened to look at my $5.00 container of carpet powder recently and saw the ingredients….


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Sodium aluminosilicate

Sodium sulfate


…..I figured there had to be a better alternative.

Of course there was….and not only is it made from all natural ingredients (Yes! Borax IS a “natural” ingredient!) it’s also made with products easily found in your local grocery store and is fairly inexpensive!

So now you can keep your carpets smelling fresh without bringing unnecessary chemicals into your home.

Natural Carpet Powder

1/2 cup borax

1/2 cup baking soda

1 teaspoon your choice of essential oils (sweet orange oil is a natural flea repellent)


1 teaspoon ground cinnamon or cloves (cloves help deter moths)

  • Combine borax and baking soda in glass or plastic bowl.
  • Add about 20-25 drops of essential oil OR a teaspoon of cinnamon or ground cloves.
  • Stir to combine until the mixture is free of lumps.
  • Transfer powder to an empty container (an empty cheese container would work nicely.)
  • Shake the powder onto your carpets at let sit for 15 to 20 minutes before vacuuming.

Tip #1: Don’t use ground cinnamon or cloves if you have a lighter colored carpet and you’re worried about potential staining. You can use cinnamon or clove essential oil instead if you still want to incorporate their scent into your carpet powder.

Tip #2: If you or someone in your family is sensitive to smells, use plain baking soda only for your carpeting. It is effective in neutralizing the odors in the room.

Enjoy your fresh carpets!

Original article and pictures take http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2012/07/make-your-own-deodorizing-carpet-powder.html site

воскресенье, 21 мая 2017 г.

Make Your Own Citrus Enzyme Cleaner - One Good Thing by Jillee

Make Your Own Citrus Enzyme Cleaner - One Good Thing by Jillee
Make Your Own Citrus Enzyme Cleaner - One Good Thing by Jillee

Citrus Enzyme cleaner

Let me start out by saying I AM NOT A PATIENT PERSON. Just ask anyone in my family. No wait, don’t. Just trust me on this one.

So when I read about making this enzyme cleaner that takes 3 MONTHS to “mature”…I just knew I could never stand the waiting! So I ALMOST passed on this idea….until I read in the COMMENTS of this particular blog post instructions how to speed the process up from 3 months to TWO WEEKS!

I thought about it long and hard….and after some DEEP soul searching…I decided I COULD do 2 weeks. :-)

So the “2 weeks” were up about 2 weeks ago, but things have been a bit hectic around here so I didn’t actually get around to giving it a good test drive until this weekend! As you can see by the date on the bottle…I ALMOST made it ONE MONTH. :-) So I figured it should be ready enough for a good test. I decided the bathroom would be my first “test subject”.

Homemade Citrus Enzyme Cleaner and Scrub

After cleaning the toilet and the tub….I have to say….I am very impressed!

But let me back up a little. When I found this idea online I was intrigued because I had heard good things about enzymes. As a matter of fact….a few months back we had to call a plumber to deal with some clogged pipes that caused a minor flood. After he took care of the problem he gave us a bottle of enzyme cleaner to pour down the drains on a regular basis to KEEP it that way. We have been CLOG-FREE ever since. :-)

So the idea of making my own enzyme cleaner was appealing for several reasons.

  • It’s natural, environment-friendly, and non-toxic.
  • It’s made from kitchen scraps!
  • It’s effective!

Homemade Citrus Enzyme Cleaner and Scrub

So here is the “recipe”:

Citrus Enzyme Cleaner

Things Needed:

  • 2-liter Plastic Bottle
  • 100 g (or about 1/2 cup) Brown Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon yeast (optional, to speed up process)
  • 1 liter Water
  • 300 g (or about 2 cups) Lemon and/or Orange Scraps
  • Marking Pen

Homemade Citrus Enzyme Cleaner and Scrub

Pour the brown sugar into the 2-liter plastic bottle.

Homemade Citrus Enzyme Cleaner and Scrub

Cut the lemon and orange scraps (I only had lemons on hand) into pieces small enough to fit the mouth of the bottle. Put them

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in the bottle.

Homemade Citrus Enzyme Cleaner and Scrub

Homemade Citrus Enzyme Cleaner and Scrub

Add yeast. Add one liter of tap water into the bottle. Tightly screw the cap so that no liquid falls out and dissolve the sugar by shaking the bottle for about 30 seconds.

Citrus Enzyme cleaner

For the first couple of weeks, give the bottle a shake once a day, making sure to leave the bottle cap loosely fastened to avoid gas build-up (ie. Explosions!) from the fermentation process.

Using a marking pen, write the date on the bottle. It will take three months for the ingredients to ferment. (Or two weeks if you add the yeast.)

Homemade Citrus Enzyme Cleaner and Scrub

When the enzyme cleaner is ready…add half a cup of enzyme cleaner to one liter of water and mix thoroughly. (Use more if you prefer a stronger concentration.)

Some uses recommended for this non-toxic, environmentally friendly enzyme:

  • for dishes and laundry (use 1/4 cup of enzyme)
  • for washing bathrooms and toilets. grime comes off easily (1 part enzyme to 10 parts water)
  • for removing stubborn stains and odours (coloured fabrics and floors) (use undiluted)
  • to clean vegetables and fruits (1 part enzyme to 10 parts water)
  • clear blockages in kitchen sinks and drains (use concentrated or blended pulp/sludge of enzyme)
  • as a natural insect repellent (use undiluted) for ants, cockroaches.
  • for mopping floors (1 part enzyme to 20 parts water)
  • as fertilizer for plants (use 1 part enzyme to 20 parts water, or use the leftover mop water)
  • as a skincare product, e.g. facial cleanser or toner (1 part enzyme to 2 parts water)
  • wash cars – cars will look as if they have just been polished! (1 part enzyme to 20 parts water)

I have EVEN read about people using this on their faces! I’m not quite brave enough….yet. Maybe someday. :-)

I will definitely be trying out this “wonder cleaner” on more areas around my home and will continue to report my “findings” to you.

Meanwhile, if you have some leftover citrus laying around…why not make up a batch and see what you think???

Original article and pictures take http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2012/03/make-your-own-citrus-enzyme-cleaner.html site

пятница, 19 мая 2017 г.

Make your own all natural cat deterrent spray.

Make your own all natural cat deterrent spray.
Make your own all natural cat deterrent spray.

Homemade Cat Deterrent Spray - Stop The Scratching and Accidents

This is our sweet Macy Grace. She’s one of our two cats, and that lovely piece of furniture is my new couch, and their new favorite scratching post. I am not pleased. I get it though…cats need to scratch. Let’s not pretend like Macy Grace and Pearl don’t have scratching posts…they do. They’d just rather help me break in the new couch I guess. Also, Pearl has decided that she prefers the area behind Matt’s chair to her litter box (which is always clean and she has always used). She’s angry at us for bringing in Macy, and that’s just too bad. We love them both…they are our babies, but the nonsense had to stop. I decided to try some things out. At first, I tried sprinkling orange oil around the areas…they didn’t care. Then I tried lavender…nope, no big deal to them. I tried this new cat deterrent spray recipe made with lemon and eucalyptic essential oils, and it is working! The cats aren’t scratching my couch or urinating on our carpet…WIN!

Homemade Cat Deterrent Spray - Stop The Scratching and Accidents

You will need a clean spray bottle, a small squirt of clear dish liquid, Lemon Essential Oils, Eucalyptus Essential Oils, and water.

Homemade Cat Deterrent Spray - Stop The Scratching and Accidents

Fill the spray bottle 3/4 the way up with water, then add a few drops of clear dish liquid. The dish liquid should be clear so it won’t discolor your fabric…it acts as a mixing agent for the oils and water.

Homemade Cat Deterrent Spray - Stop The Scratching and Accidents

Now add 10 drops each of Eucalyptus Essential Oil and Lemon Essential Oil to the spray bottle. Replace the lid and shake well.

Homemade Cat Deterrent Spray - Stop The Scratching and Accidents

Macy got a little nosy and wanted to check it out…she didn’t stay long…I don’t think she was too pleased with me.

Homemade Cat Deterrent Spray - Stop The Scratching and Accidents
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Simply spray a bit wherever you want to keep the cats away. I only used it on the corners and arms of our sofa and the area behind Matt’s chair where Pearl has been frequenting. We’ve been using it for a week and it works great. They don’t seem bothered by it, they just avoid the areas where we sprayed it. They still jump up on our laps on the couch and are happy go lucky as usual…lots of purring and loving going on around here, and now mom is happy too! It’s all natural, so there is no worry about hurting your cats at all!

Original article and pictures take http://www.mom4real.com/homemade-cat-deterrent-spray-stop-scratching-accidents/ site

четверг, 18 мая 2017 г.

Magnifique petite maison en pleine campagne normande ! – L'Humanosphère

Magnifique petite maison en pleine campagne normande ! – L'Humanosphère
Magnifique petite maison en pleine campagne normande ! – L'Humanosphère


Architecture – Petite maison : Ce n’est pas parce qu’on veut acheter une très petite maison que l’on doit pour autant manquer de goût… et c’est ce que démontre les quelques images que je voudrais vous présenter dans cet article.


1. L’espace intérieur de cette magnifique

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maison est tapissé de bois. Le bois confère une ambiance chaude et il ne doit pas être lavé. (Un petit entretien de temps en temps avec de l’huile de lin et c’est le bonheur!). Notez les belles & grandes fenêtres qui illuminent l’intérieur de lumière. (Attention, les grandes fenêtres au niveau du sol attirent le regard …. des voleurs….)


2. L’escalier est un peu raide. Quand on vieillit, ce n’est pas très simple… Mais avec le temps, on peut trouver une autre façon de monter dans la mezzanine.


3. La salle de bain n’a rien à envier à celles qui habitent dans nos appartements, si?


4. Niveau équipement : la maison ne manque de rien. La cuisine est toute équipée et le poèle central, non content d’apporter une touche divinement design… vous comblera de chaleur.









Photographie: Vincent Gremillet : Via Côte Maison

Sans relation mais parfois intéressant

Original article and pictures take http://www.humanosphere.info/2015/05/magnifique-petite-maison-en-pleine-campagne-normande/ site