Thursday, January 19, 2023

How To Take Care of Your Pet :: Tips and Tricks

 So many families and individuals seem to choose the holiday season to add a furry family member to their life. Kittens, puppies, and other animal {baby or adult} are always beyond words precious, but they are also a lot of work… but 100% worth it! Peter’s Guest post could not have come at a more perfect time! Today Peter is guest posting on the blog and share a few tips on how to take care of your pet!

Did you recently get yourself a pet friend? Our furry companions can truly bring a lot of joy into our households, but they are also a responsibility. Knowing how to provide them with proper care will help you guide your pet to the right path. What’s better than a happy and healthy pup or kitty? Here are some care tips that will certainly help your new pet live a long and fulfilling life. 

Pets need social interaction

As a responsible pet owner, you know how crucial it is to ensure your pet gets enough playtime and social contact.


Making sure your pet is active enough during the day is the greatest method to ensure it receives the exercise it needs. For example, you could leave your pet with some toys and play with them all day, or you could hire a pet sitter to make sure it receives the necessary exercise and companionship while you're away. After all, a happy pet can significantly improve your mental health, so keeping them happy will keep you sane too.

Proper nutrition is key to pets’ health

Our animals should follow the same health guidelines that humans do. The food you provide them should be nutrient-dense. Feed your pet at the same times you would normally eat. Plan ahead and have at least two to three months' worth of pet food on hand. 


Give them access to a fresh bowl of water on a frequent basis to ensure they stay hydrated throughout the hot summer months. Make sure to always feed them food that is appropriate for their species and age. Dental sticks for dogs can also be helpful for younger dogs, providing them with extra vitamins while being comforting to nibble on.


To guarantee your pet is getting a nutritious diet, go for fresh, natural ones. Furthermore, they provide breed-specific, age-appropriate, and weight-specific dietary programs for your pet. Before giving your pet a new diet, consult with your veterinarian. 

Provide them with a warm place to stay

Cats should not be let outside because they are vulnerable to harm from moving vehicles, aggressive dogs, and other animals. The safest place for a cat inside is a room or bed with some kind of cover, like a cave.


Make sure your dog is microchipped and that the microchip is registered with your current contact information if you plan on letting him off the leash within your enclosed yard. Provide safe drinking water, shelter, and safety at all times. All the dogs, regardless of their size and age, love their indoor beds, so it’d be a good idea to invest in a comfy mini-bed for them to use during their downtime. If you need more tips on how to take care of your new puppy, check out this article.


Animals shouldn't spend all their time outside. They need protection from the sun, rain, snow, and wind. And keep in mind that predators like coyotes, who are nocturnal but may still be seen during the day, consider your pets easy pickings and can also be a danger to them.

If you care about your pet's health, you take them to an annual vet exams

Even though it's easy to put off, annual veterinary checks are essential to your pet's health. If problems aren't addressed early on, even seemingly small ones might escalate.


Because we can't always be present for our dogs, it's crucial that they have annual examinations at the vet. The veterinarian may do diagnostic procedures, including blood testing and X-rays, as well as perform a physical examination to look for sickness.


If you accept the vet's advice, your pet has a better chance of living a long and happy life. If medicine is required, your vet can provide it, and they may also suggest other experts your pet may find helpful down the road.


Keep your pet's teeth in good shape. Even though your veterinarian can provide you with valuable insight into your pet's dental health, you can play an active role by providing dental treats and rinses at home.


To provide your pets with the best care, make sure to follow the advice above. Proper socialization, food, shelter, and medical care are of the utmost importance to all pets. We hope your beloved puppy or cat stays with your family for years to come.

Tuesday, December 27, 2022

Tips On How To Take The Best Christmas Family Photos

 I feel like the holidays is the most popular time of the year for family photos, friends photos, event photos, and just photos of any kind. Today Peter Minkoff is guest posting to share some simply fabulous tips to take beautiful family holiday photos!

Taking photos for Christmas is a very sweet tradition that shows the growth and change of your family and its results are cherished forever. That’s why it’s worth putting some extra work into your photos this year. If you’re planning to take pictures of your family and want to capture some Insta-worthy shots, here are a few tips to keep in mind: 

Dress up 

Let’s start with a simple dress-up party. In general, professionals recommend that you dress more neutrally without super-loud patterns, which can be very distracting. Plus, going overboard with colors and patterns can create editing issues later on. For a more classy and elegant shoot, seasonal colors like reds, whites and greens are a great option. But if you’re going for a fun vibe with ugly Christmas sweaters and silly onesies, disregard the tips above—you’re going to have extra fun results even with over-the-top clothing. 

Pick the moments that count

It’s important to capture those moments that make the holiday season special for your family. Maybe you love decorating the house, unwrapping gifts or making tasty recipes—whatever it is, focus on those sweet shots. Many times, in those situations, you don’t even have to plan anything, just have your camera at hand. 

Choose a meaningful location

You and your family will feel most at ease in locations that you know and love. And because Christmas is a holiday of coziness, closeness and love, it’s important to incorporate all your favorite spots into your shoot. Most families choose their living room or their backyard, and these are great choices. For a family portrait, it’s best to opt for a background that’s calm, so the people can be in focus. However, don’t mix “calm” with “plain”—some fairy lights, trees, presents and snow can always capture that holiday spirit. 

Use the right lens

It’s not necessary to get technical with your photos, but some help from the right equipment can make a huge change. If you’re hiring a professional in family portraits to do your Christmas shoot, they will know just what kind of equipment to use for the best results. So, you don’t have to do much but relax, have fun with your family and enjoy the occasion. However, if you’re shooting alone, keep this in mind: you might want to use a wide-angle lens to fit more people in the frame, but this will create distortions. Instead, stand far from the subject and zoom in with a standard kit lens. 

Think about composition

Here’s another technical element on this list—composition. When organizing the group in your family portrait, try to place everyone’s head at different levels by using chairs, armchairs, etc. For instance, one person can use a regular chair, one can sit in their lap, one can use the armrest and some can stand or sit on the floor. Start with the center of the frame and go towards the edges, placing people according to your wishes. If you’re not sure of the frame size, look through the viewfinder and place two people at the borders of the frame, asking all others to stand in the space between. If you also want to be in the shot, set the timer on your camera. And don’t forget to take multiple photos in case someone bas their eyes closed. 

Play some music

And finally, as you prepare and conduct your shoot, try to avoid silence. Silence can make taking photos a bit awkward and make everyone look stiff and bored—this shows in photos so well. Instead, turn on the music to get you in the mood to celebrate, dance and laugh. Having portable speakers with you can do wonders for outdoor shoots. 

This year’s Christmas family photos will blow everyone’s mind, and make you super excited for the holidays. And some extra effort you invest will pay off in so many ways. 

Friday, December 9, 2022

5 Tips For First Time Car Owners

 First or fifth time, I feel like buying a car is always exciting, a little overwhelming, and a little stressful. Today Peter Minkoff is guest posting on the blog and sharing some simply fabulous tips for first time car buyers!

Getting a car for the first time is an awesome thing: it gives you freedom, access to new destinations and makes your daily life so much easier. However, being a first-time car owner comes with a nasty surprise—all that maintenance you need to do and all those car things to keep in mind. As a woman, you might feel a little lost in the world of vehicles, but with these tips, you’ll become the most responsible car owner there is: 


Read the owner’s manual

Before you dive into any other detail, make sure to grab your owner’s manual and look through it. This booklet has everything you need to know about your car’s maintenance schedule, oil changes, flushing of the fluids and replacing the filters. You’ll also learn how to read the dashboard signals, what issues to pay attention to and how to keep your car looking good and fashionable


Schedule regular tire and fluids checks

It’s imperative for you to know how to inspect your car for issues, especially before any long trips. Firstly, check the state of your tires, which is an easy task that requires minimal effort. Make sure your car is sitting comfortably on the tires, the tread is deep and there are no cracks on the sidewalls or foreign objects wedged inside the tire. Fluids are also something every woman can check herself. Check the levels of windshield fluid, engine oil and coolant; if you notice the levels are low, simply top them off. 


Protecting your car’s paint

Your car’s paint is not there just to give your vehicle some color and life. It’s actually a great protective layer that keeps the metal underneath safe from corrosion and damage. Therefore, your paint deserves good care—much more than simply washing. To properly maintain your car’s paint job, engage in thorough washing with water and soap, and don’t be scared to go into all the nooks and crannies, especially in wintertime, when there’s a lot of salt on the road that can stick to your car. To get the nasty water stains off the car, grab a special water spot remover for water spots, scale and stubborn stains. And the best thing about this product is that it can be used around the household: on windows, glass shower partitions and all other tough surfaces. Cover the paint with a special protective coating that saves the car from dirt build-up, oxidation, sun damage and dirty rain for extra protection. 

Create an emergency kit

Every driver needs to have several emergency items in the car. Women seem to be more diligent in supplying the car with an emergency kit and keeping it up-to-date. It’s necessary to have a valid first aid kit in your car to handle any medical trauma before the medics arrive. Aside from that, it’s also crucial to have some tools in the car that will help you in a pinch. A pair of working jumping cables is a must, and you can also refresh your memory on how to use them. There’s a great possibility that you’ll need a screwdriver, pliers and wire cutters in your driving career, so throw them in your trunk as well. 


In case your car gives up in the middle of the night, a flashlight will also come in handy so you can read the manual and see what you’re doing. If something is loose, duct tape will be there to keep things together until you drive yourself to a mechanic. And lastly, a blanket, water and snacks can save your life if you get stranded. 


Build a trusting relationship with your mechanic

There are some mechanics willing to scam women drivers by inventing issues and overcharging for parts. The safest thing to do is choose a properly-certified mechanic shop to prevent this behavior. If possible, find a female mechanic who will be more sympathetic. In many cases, if you stay loyal to one shop, you can end up with great service and various discounts. 

Just because you’re a woman, it doesn’t mean you don’t need to know anything about your car. If you study these tips and follow them, you’ll gain a lot of experience quickly and go from a new car owner to a seasoned driver in no time.

Monday, November 28, 2022

Fashionable Birthday Gifts For Him

 When it comes to gift shopping, I always find that the most challenging people to shop for are dad, brother-in-law, guy friend, significant other, etc. Maybe it’s because I am a woman, but I feel like there is larger amount of gifting options for women than there are for men… To make gift shopping for the men in out life slightly easier, Peter Minkoff is guest posting on the blog today and sharing a few fashionable gifts for him!

You’ve come to the perfect place if a man in your life, whom you cherish and love, has a birthday coming up. Finding birthday presents for men entails getting to know them well enough to choose items that they’ ll value highly. If you choose wisely, fashionable birthday gifts for him can bring happiness, enthusiasm, and inspiration. Here are stylish and fashionable birthday suggestions that will aid him in further developing his look and continue to be chic and trendy in any situation.


A new pair of underwear

You can give your birthday boy as a surprise a pair of new underwear. It’s something that we all need, so it surely won’t go unused. The foundation of any remarkable outfit is the undergarment, and a nice pair of boxers or briefs will keep any guy well-stocked with fashionable, flexible, moisture-wicking underwear. If you don’t want to risk it, opt for the best men’s underwear to buy for every body type. Just pick a length that’s comfortable for him, and he’s good to go.

A classic polo shirt

There are times when it’s wise to choose a traditional present that will please any guy, and that’s a classic polo shirt. A polo is a classic piece of apparel that is appropriate for every situation, including casual Fridays at work, first dates on the weekend, and leisurely picnics on the weekend. If your birthday boy loves to stand out and be fashionable, avoid ordinary polos and choose terry cloth shirts for men instead and get that classic look with a modern thin fit and accent elements. He’ll feel quite cozy thanks to the terry fabric, made from organic cotton. Regardless of the situation, this ace-up-your-sleeve is wonderful for summer days and gives him the perfect balance of ease and refinement.


Trendy accessories

Accessorizing and making a statement are key components of fashion. You may best express yourself and flaunt your sense of style by using accessories. Look for scarves and hats if the man you’re buying for loves to accessorize. A pair of leather gloves will keep him warm and fashionable when winter arrives. One can opt to wear a chic timepiece to improve their appearance. Consider getting him a watch that he’ll like wearing in this case. If you know his preferred looks, feel free to splurge on a watch.

A stylish belt

Daily attire that’s stylish and practical enhances a man’s appearance and belts are one such item. Even though they can go unnoticed, their absence is undoubtedly intimidating to an outfit. In particular, for any professional or business owner, their absence is quite revealing. Men’s belts make thoughtful presents because they’re practical, worn daily, and set the tone for the man’s attire. Try to look for belts for men that are precisely cut, feature a high-end design. You might also want to look at some fashionable brown and black leather belts as a nice touch to the outfit of your birthday boy.

Cashmere sweaters

A cashmere sweater will provide all the coziness and comfort you may require if you’re alone and need to stay warm. A cashmere sweater not only feels warm, but it also unquestionably looks chic. For added sophistication, wear a dress shirt underneath. To add class and value to any outfit, think about wearing a cashmere turtleneck. Because the sweaters are so adaptable, he’ll be able to pair them with a variety of bottoms, such as jeans and casual pants.

A classy tie

Even today, wearing a tie is the mark of a gentleman whether it’s at a formal occasion, a family gathering, or even at work. Men’s ties never go out of style since they’re more than just a piece of clothing. They produce an appearance and presence that define a man’s position and demonstrate the lifestyle he chooses. You can choose a gift that precisely complements the man’s preferences and way of life from among the many various colors, textures, designs, and fabrics available out there.

A personalized gift box

When you’re not sure which gift to choose, choose several and make up a practical gift box. Along with a flask, add a belt and wallet to the mix. You can give the man in your life a stylish present with a pricey bottle of wine or strong liquor, some Cuban cigars, and possibly a bow tie.

Even though buying gifts for birthdays isn’t always simple, it doesn’t have to be difficult. With these fashionable birthday gift ideas, you can quickly choose the most stylish gift for him without too much hassle.

Monday, November 21, 2022

Black Friday Sales

 I love how over the past few years that “Black Friday” sales have started a week or so early. I really appreciate that it cuts down the stress level and gives you time to make thoughtful purchases, make sure you are purchasing the correct gift items, and treat yourself to a something extra as well… let’s face fact… the holidays are a wonderful time, but the expectation surrounding some things can be a little stressful, and ‘treat yourself’ moments become a necessity. 

There are some truly wonderful sales going on right now, which I have rounded up for you all! Be sure to check back as Friday approaches because I will continue to add sales to this list!

Abercrombie// 30% off everything

Addison Bay// 30% off with code CYBER30

Anthropologie// 30% off select items

Ann Taylor// 40% off your purchase

Barrington// up to 15% off of orders under $200 with code jingle15, 20% off order of $200 with code jingle 20, 25% off orders of $400 or more with code jingle25

Brooks Brothers// 30% off sitewide

Clairebella Studio// 30% off sitewide with code BLACK30

Club Monaco// 40% off everything

Dudley-Stephens// 40% off sitewide with code: DSDELIGHT

Hill House Home// 30% off your order

J. Crew// 50% off your purchase with code: SHOPEARLY

J. Crew Factory// Up to 60% off everything

Kate Spade// up to 50% off select items

KJP// 25% off sitewide

Krewe// buy 2 frames get 15% off, buy 3 frames get 20% off

Lake Pajamas// 25% off sitewide

Lele Sadoughi// 25% off everything with code: BLACKFRIDAY

LoveShackFancy// up to 75% off Sale

Madewell// 40% off your purchase with code: OHJOY

Mae’d in NYC// Gift with Purchase and you can use code: SOUTHERNGRACE10 to save 10% on your MAE order

Mansure Gavriel// 50% off sale event

Margaux// Save 20% sitewide

Mark and Graham// up to 70% off

Naked Cashmere// 50% off sitewide sale

Nordstrom// Up to 60% off Deals

Sail to Sable// up to 40% off

Saks Fifth Avenue// Up to 50% off Designer Sale

Sarah Flint// Use code: SARAHFLINT-BALAURENAID for $50 off 1 pair of shoes, use code: HOLIDAY-FLINTFAMILY for $100 off 2 pair of shoes, $225 off 3 pair of shoes, and $400 off 4 or more pair of shoes

Serena and Lilly// 25% off with code: GRATITUDE

Shopbop// 25% off storewide with code HOLIDAY

Summersalt// 30% off sitewide

Tory Burch// 30% off select styles and up to 50% off sale

Vineyard Vines// Up to 50% off with code: BLACKFRIDAY

Williams Sonoma// up to 50% off

White + Warren// 25% off site-wide