Congratulations! You’re thinking about welcoming a new member into your household in the form of an adorable pet. Depending on the kind of animal you are adopting, there are different levels of preparation that needed to create a safe environment. Smaller animals such as hamsters or gerbils are simply need a quality cage or holding pen. However, since dogs and cats are often free to roam across every surface of your home (whether you like it or not), it’s important that you make sure your entire house is safe and sound for your new furry friend.


Puppy or kitten proof your house


If you are bringing an animal into your home that chews on things, likes to hide, is not housebroken or has no knowledge of right or wrong, brace yourself for the occasional mess or two (or five). Make sure your give your new furry friend a place where they can feel at home. Typically, new puppy or kitten owners can enclose a small area in a room where they spend plenty of time and can keep a close eye on their new friend to make sure they are following the rules. Never allow your new puppy or kitten to wander freely around the home as nothing good can ever come out of it. The next time you walk into your kitchen, do not be surprised if you find a little accident waiting to be cleaned up by you. It’s important to have the proper pet cleanup products readily available for your pooch or kitty, and consider having multiple litter boxes or pet potty patches scattered throughout the house to determine where he or she would prefer to “go.” Cats can be picky about where they “do their business” so, if your new feline friend is not responding to its current box, experiment with multiple makes to see which ones tickle his or her fancy.


Be prepared for some messes


Bringing a new puppy or kitten into your house means that you realize some of your personal belongings may be damaged. Blinds, curtains, shoes, socks, furniture, pillows, and anything else your new friend can get their claws or teeth on could be ruined beyond fixing. To minimize the potential damage, take preemptive steps to make sure your favorite items are out of reach. Pups are especially fond of chewing on footwear, so make sure no sneakers are left lying about the floor with a shoe rack or organizer. Animals are also naturally attracted to dangling items, so it might be wise to move any suspended scarves or jewelry to either a horizontal storage unit or the interior of your closet. To protect your more precious furniture items (at least temporarily), purchase a pet parade couch pet bed that you can easily place on top to shield your couch or chair from dog hairs or accidents.


Protect your new pet’s health


Just like you wouldn’t want to leave harmful chemicals in reach of a small child, you should take the same measures with your dog. Move potentially harmful cleaning substances from beneath the sink to higher shelves or find a way of latching ones that are more easily accessible. Additionally, tape down any electrical cords they might be tempted to chew on. Take a look around your home and consider whether your determined kitty or pooch might be able scale to new heights to reach things like the deadly bowl of chocolate; what looks like a counter chair to you might look like a ladder to your resourceful four-legged pal. Similarly, what may look like a waste basket to you may look like a smelly buffet of flavors to your pet, so make sure all trashcans are tall and not easy to knock over so your dog doesn’t end up eating something he or she shouldn’t. Finally, make sure that you don’t have any poisonous plants within easy reach like lilies, mums and poinsettias. Don’t forget, this goes for your garden as well.


Make your new pet feel right at home in his or her new environment with lots of love, hugs and, of course, home pet products from Taylor Gifts.


Easy Tips to Prevent Messes While Entertaining Guests


It can be overwhelming at times when you are preparing to entertain guests, so if you can learn some tips and tricks for avoiding messes, you’ll be able to actually enjoy the experience rather than secretly fretting about potential spills. When the evening gets late and the last friend finally heads home, the last thing you’ll want to do is spend hours putting your living environment back in order. With the mindset of “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” we’ve provided some handy tips to help you circumvent messy situations.


1) Have enough trash cans scattered throughout the home. Your loved ones probably aren’t intending to be slobs but, if they’re mid-conversation and aren’t sure where to toss the party cup in their hand, they are likely to set it down on a table and forget about it entirely. Therefore, make sure that you have plenty of trash cans scattered throughout the post populated areas in order to subtly prompt guests to clean up after themselves. We offer plenty of compact recycling and trash cans that are attractive and subtly; find one with a lid in order to tastefully conceal the insides and prevent odors from wafting.


2) Buy extra coasters. Yes, spills happen. However, when the gathering has ended and you’re wiping one surface after the next, it is those pesky rings that will require the most work. By having a generous amount of coasters like these readily available, you can do your part to safeguard your glass and wood surfaces.


3) Make sure the floors are clear and there is plenty of room to walk. Many hosts fret over whether there is enough seats to accommodate attendees, but you should also be considering whether there is plentiful amounts of open space for movement. Many falls and spilled drinks can be attributed to bumping into items or, worse, tripping over junk on the ground. Therefore, remove all stray shoes from the environment with a shoe organizer and consider securing any corners of rugs with double-sided tape. Another common cause of tumbles is poor lighting, so make sure that troublesome areas like the stairs to the bathroom or the outside are well-lit. Remember, even though you know where the light switch is, your guests won’t have the same innate knowledge. Solar powered Christmas lights are a fantastic to brighten up your yard for increased safety and beauty, regardless of the current season.


4) Stop muddy feet at the door. One of the most common mistakes is also one of the easiest to remedy. You never know when rain or a sprinkler system will make the ground somewhat muddy, so be prepared with a welcome matt that will enable visitors to wipe away the unwelcomed debris from their feet.


5) Be careful with your food selection. As you’re preparing your grocery shopping list for the shindig, be mindful of how potentially messy the various foods may be. For example, fondue will undoubtedly be a hoot, but don’t be surprised if the table below receives a generous amount of dribbled cheese. Avoid items that easily crumble or will lead to greasy fingers. Avoid watery salsas in favor of thicker, less “drippy” toppings like guacamole. To do your part to prevent soiled hands from brushing against your curtains or couch, stick tooth picks in finger foods.


Parties are supposed to be fun for everyone involved, especially you. Therefore, take preventative steps to preventing messes so your mind can be focused on the moment rather than the future clean-up.


Taylor Gifts is all about nurturing the young, creative minds of today so they can yield the fantastical creations of tomorrow. After all, ingenious (and delicious) inventions like the Bacon Bowl and Vegetti were once pipedreams before patience and hard work made them a reality. Therefore, Taylor Gifts is pleased to announce the inaugural Taylor Gifts $1000 Academic Scholarship!


There are just a few requirements to keep in mind before the real fun begins:


* To enter the scholarship contest you must be a freshman, sophomore or junior currently enrolled in a university within the United States.
* The Taylor Gifts $1000 Academic Scholarship is also open to high school seniors in the United States.
* One essay submission per student.
* Each essay must be 750-800 words. No more, no less.
* Okay, so now that you’ve committed these requirements to memory, let’s take a look at the prompts you can choose from for your submission:


1. If you could create a device to better mankind’s quality of life, what would it be? Who would use it most?
2. Who do you consider to be history’s greatest entrepreneur or inventor? Why?
3. Do you consider yourself unconventional? When has it paid off?
4. Has there been a time in your life when you’ve felt guided by an entrepreneurial spirit? Did you act on it and take the initiative to achieve your goal? Explain.


Choose one and answer it with all you’ve got in 750-800 words. Muster up your creativity and problem-solving skills to potentially earn this $1,000 scholarship!


When you’ve completed the masterpiece, please submit it to scholarship@taylorgifts.com . Entries must be submitted by no later than midnight on 6/15/2014. Otherwise they will not be taken into consideration. Do not forget to include your first name, last name and the name of your institution before submitting the document.


Here’s how the winner will be chosen:


First, the top twelve semi-finalists of the Taylor Gifts essay competition will be picked by a select panel of judges. These judges will consider creativity, style, grammar, spelling, concision and how well the student has stuck to the topic they picked. Once they’re chosen, online voting will begin.


This means that the ultimate winner will be determined by you, the public. An online voting system will be established so friends and strangers alike can cast a ballot for the essay that inspired them.


Scholarship Payout Details


The scholarship will be paid to the school of the selected recipient in a one-time amount of $1,000.00. The scholarship funds will be made payable to the winning student’s university by Taylor Gifts’ CEO, Francis Ruthkosky, sent specifically to the Financial Aid Office and placed in the student’s account.


Before the scholarship can be officially awarded, the winning student must provide Taylor Gifts with:


* Written proof of enrollment at an accredited university, college or institution within the United States.
* The address of the school’s Financial Aid Office.
* His or her student ID number.
* If you are selected as the winner, please send this information to:


Attn: Scholarship Coordinator


Taylor Gifts

600 Cedar Hollow Rd

Paoli, PA 19301


Please do not hesitate to contact scholarship@taylorgifts.com if you have any other questions regarding this opportunity.


As the cold grip of winter releases its hold on the country, you’ll enjoy spending more time outdoors. Warmer weather beckons you outdoors, and tending a garden is a perfect reason to spend time outside.


A garden beautifies the area around your home and gives it more curb appeal. It gives you a stress-free place to relax and let the troubles of the day fade away. If you want your garden to prosper, there are some spring and summer tools and equipment that will help.


A wheelbarrow is helpful for transporting soil and plants with less effort. You can find them in light-duty to heavy-duty models, depending on how much hauling you do in your garden area.


Shovels are essential for all gardeners. They allow you to dig up weeds, plant or relocate plants and turn soil.
Kneepads are helpful if you tend your garden kneeling down. Dense foam relieves any discomfort. If you have trouble kneeling for long periods of time, you can use a gardening seat, instead.


You can cultivate, shape and trim many plants with hand pruners. If you have larger plants, you can select pruners of greater size. Hand trowels are a lot like shovels, except that they are sized to fit the hand. They help you dig in small areas of soil like container gardens and flowerpots. If you need a small hole for planting flowers or bulbs, a hand trowel is the tool of choice.


Garden hoses are essential if your garden isn’t getting enough rain. It makes things a lot easier for gardeners who have large expanses of gardens or landscaping. A sprayer attachment will allow you to change the amount of water you’re using. A battery powered sprayer will let you get to places your hose might not be able to reach.


If you have young plants, hosing them to water them may be too hard on the new plants. For these, it’s helpful to use a watering can. In this way, the water won’t hit the tender leaves and buds as hard.


This winter has been extreme in almost all areas. All of the freezing temperatures, along with wind, snow and sleet take their toll on your house, garage and yard or acreage. Using simple maintenance tips, you will be able to return your home to proper condition, so it will look better this spring.


It’s hard this winter to believe that spring is on its way. As the weather finally begins to warm up and the ice and snow start to thaw, there are things you can to do help your home and yard recover from the winter past.


Use a shovel to make paths so that water can run off your property and into a storm drain or the street. This will make it easier to walk to your door on those late season cold nights when water in your driveway freezes back up.


Once it’s fairly safe to assume that the snow and ice are gone for the season, clean up excess salt or kitty litter on your sidewalks and driveway. If the freezing and thawing of the ground has left your driveway with potholes such as those found on many roads, patch them before someone trips in them.


Check your roof for loose shingles. Strong winds and heavy snow are quite capable of damaging shingles. When it is safe to go up on your roof, check for missing or damaged shingles. If you don’t feel comfortable checking your roof yourself, contact an inspector who will identify and correct any problem areas.


Cleaning up the lawn after a rough winter will be easier if you thoroughly raked your leaves in the fall. Otherwise, your grass may be suffering from “snow mold”. You’ll want to rake your lawn in the spring anyway, to remove any build-up of thatch. This will allow your lawn to green up sooner, and frame your spring-cleaned house nicely. If your lawn needs a little extra help, throwing down some grass seed will help.


There are many traditions associated with St. Patrick’s Day, even though some of them don’t have anything to do with Ireland. The day is adorned with shamrocks and parades, and more than a little beer. From the color green to leprechauns, it’s a festive day that Irish people especially enjoy. Many other people enjoy it, too. Chicago officials order the Chicago River dyed green for the day.


Shamrocks were sacred plants in ancient Ireland, symbolizing spring’s rebirth. It was seen as a symbol of an emerging sense of Irish nationalism by the 17th century. As the English seized land from the Irish and made laws against speaking their language, people wore shamrocks as symbols of their pride in their Irish heritage and displeasure with being ruled by the English. Show your Irish pride with any number of personalized gifts from Taylor Gifts.


Music is often heard during parades and parties on St. Paddy’s Day. Music has always been an integral part of life for the Irish. They passed their history, legends and religion from one generation to the next with songs and stories. When oppressed by the English, they turned to music, to hold on to Irish history and heritage.


The story is told of St. Patrick standing on a hilltop and banishing snakes from all of Ireland. This is a legend; Ireland is an island and never had any snakes. This tale is really retelling a metaphor for the Irish eradication of the ideology of pagans from Ireland, and Christianity’s triumph.


Leprechauns were originally part of Irish folklore, known as “lobaircins”, which means “small bodied fellows”. It is thought that believing in leprechauns comes from a Celtic belief in fairies. These are tiny people who can serve either good or evil. In Irish folktales, leprechauns were cranky. They have always been known as tricky little fellows, using this trickery to protect their treasure, found in fables alone.


To change to daylight savings time in the spring, you will set your clocks ahead one hour. The actual time change is on the second Sunday of March. You “lose” one hour during that night.


After clocks are set ahead in the spring, the sun will come up later in the mornings, but there will be one extra hour of usable daylight each night before sunset. In the fall, clocks are set back, which adds the extra hour to the morning light and takes an hour of daylight away in the evening.


It’s easy to forget to set your clocks properly each spring and fall. Of course, most of today’s smartphones and mobile devices set themselves to the new time. For things like microwave ovens, wall clocks and older watches, you will need to set them manually. Use the phrase “spring forward” to remind you that in the spring, you set the clocks ahead. In autumn, “fall back” reminds you to set the clocks back an hour. At that time, you will be back on Standard Time.


Changing to Daylight Savings Time isn’t done just to confuse people, of course. It was originally designed to allow less energy to be used in homes, with the extra hour of daylight in the evening.


Daylight Savings Time was started in the United States in the midst of World War I. It was instituted to save energy for production of materials needed for war. Workers took advantage of the later daylight hours in the months between April and October. The states were directed to use Daylight Savings Time again during World War II.


Between the periods of war, states could decide individually if they wanted to use Daylight Savings Time or not. Congress passed a Uniform Time Act in 1966, which set on paper the number of months that states could remain on Daylight Savings Time.


European nations have used Daylight Savings Time since 1996, although the start and stop dates are different. Iceland and Kyrgyzstan observe Daylight Savings Time year-round.


If you need a new clock for the new year, take a look at our clock category.

Although we’re still in the midst of winter, it’s never too late to begin preparing for spring. Of course, spring cleaning is an annual tradition, but that’s no reason that you can’t introduce some new elements this time around. Keep reading for some simple ideas.


First, while it’s important to plan for spring cleaning, that doesn’t mean you should let your normal cleaning regimen fall by the wayside. Stay focused on what needs to get done while you prepare for the coming season, or you’ll end up with even more to do.


While you have the time right now, start things off with a plan. Just because you’ve always had a routine for your spring cleaning doesn’t mean it was the best one. Take the time now to analyze how you’ve done things in the past and think about where you could improve. It might just mean finding more effective ways to go about it. Also, keep in mind anything that might need to be added to the list. It’s been a whole year since the last time you did your spring cleaning, and it’s possible that you’ve acquired new items that will either need attention or that can help out.


When preparing for spring cleaning, it’s ok to think about some new purchases you might need to make. Everything from shelves to containers to wall racks can go a long way in helping to organize your home.


Lastly, don’t shoulder the entire burden on your own. If you have a family, there’s no reason they shouldn’t be pitching in. By planning early, you can assign tasks and give your family members plenty of time to ask for clarification. Better to field those questions now than find out a job wasn’t done correctly later.


It’s best to start preparing for spring cleaning early so you don’t get squeezed for time when the season finally comes around. As soon as the weather gets nicer, there will be all kinds of other activities to prepare for, as well.


Source:


http://www.storagemasters.net/prepare-your-home-for-spring-cleaning


http://www.shopgetorganized.com/


If you don’t watch a lot of television, you could be missing out on some great products for your home. Keep reading for some of the new As Seen on TV items that your home could really use.


Everyone wants to keep their house safe, but burglar systems and other anti-theft devices can be expensive. One of the new As Seen on TV items that could really help, however, is the Fake TV Burglar Deterrent. We all know what it looks like when our neighbors are home watching TV. There’s an unmistakable light and accompanying flicker that comes from behind their shades or blinds. Now you can use this device to recreate the same appearance while you’re away. This device will automatically turn on at dusk so you can feel secure about your home come nightfall.


We all have kitchenware collections that are home to a number of different knives. Those of us who love to cook usually have close to a dozen. So, when they start losing their sharpness, it’s easy to get frustrated and swear off anything but soup. Fortunately, with the Samurai Pro Knife Sharpener, you don’t have to. This handy little gadget will bring your knife’s edge back in a matter of seconds. You’ll save money and can get right back to cooking in no time.


Speaking of being in the kitchen, aren’t we all sick of the trials and tribulations that come with our stoves? If something’s not boiling over, it’s generally pretty easy to burn your favorite dish. But, if you use the NuWave Induction Cooktop, all those troubles are in your past. Not only will they make cooking easier, but they’ll also do it with 70% less energy.


With the new As Seen on TV items listed above, you can easily make your home even more hospitable. Best of all, they’re all affordable and easy to use.


Source:



http://www.shopgetorganized.com/as-seen-on-tv.asp

Valentine’s Day Ideas for Your Girlfriend

Guys, it’s that time of year again. Yes, it can be difficult thinking of Valentine’s Day ideas for your girlfriend, but it’s not exactly something you can just not do. So, bite the bullet, read the rest of this article, and get to it before the shops close.


No Valentine’s Day is complete without getting your woman flowers. If you can have them delivered to her place of employment, even better. Fortunately, florists will make this one a no-brainer by having plenty of Valentine’s Day options available. But remember that you still need to get her a gift. . If she is allergic to certain flowers, there are alternative flower themed gifts.


It’s always a good idea to take your lady out for a special dinner on the big day, as well. This doesn’t always need to be the case, though. If you decide on staying in, though, I recommend against ordering a pizza or just seeing what’s in the fridge. Another fun idea can be taking a couple’s cooking course that night. It’ll involve plenty of time together, and, at the end, you’ll have a first rate meal (hopefully) ready and waiting.


After that, head home and bring out a bottle of champagne. Now is the time to give her that special gift.


There are plenty of Valentine’s Day ideas when it comes to the present. But be sure it’s appropriate for where you’re at in the relationship. If it’s only been a few months, you might want to hold back on that expensive jewelry. Likewise, if it’s been closer to a year, now’s not the time to give her that DVD she wants and nothing else. It’s always a good idea to think creatively and get her something that shows you’ve been paying attention. Feel free to ask her friends and family for help, as well.


While it’s usually not easy, the above Valentine’s Day ideas should at least lift the burden a bit. Just remember to put thought into it and never, ever get her a gift card.


Source:


http://www.yourtango.com/2014205876/valentines-day-ideas-gifts-for-her-youll-love-too

http://mashable.com/2013/02/01/valentines-day-apps-online/