Author: Lizzie Weakley

All of us have a soft spot for animals, not just pet owners. People who have been associated with pets from long ago treat them like their children or other ordinary family members. In addition to this, parents often make their children learn many lessons through pets. Owning a pet can be fun, but you also have to take care of it in equally important ways for it to live a long, healthy life. However, all pets have different life expectancies. When your pet starts to grow old through the years, the question may start to arise: how will you…

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A new addition to the family might require a larger vehicle than what you currently have. That sedan just isn’t going to cut it. You might even need to upgrade to something with more seats, such as a third-row SUV or mini-van. But what exactly should you buy? How do you go about finding such a vehicle? Let’s look at a few ways to find the right vehicle for your expanding fam. Primary Vehicle Usage What will you be using this vehicle primarily for? Is it a daily driver? An off-road adventurer? A little bit of both? If you are…

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It’s that time of year again! Students all around the world are either graduating or simply finishing up another school year out of the many more to come. You may have noticed that places have gradually started to open back up. For example, social distancing mandates have begun to lift and in-person schooling is becoming somewhat of a normality again. As a parent or guardian, you may be hesitant or perhaps opposed to sending your children back to school in the fall due to the current world climate as it is a cause for concern. Going forward, here are some…

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Those who are aging and those with aging family members and friends should consider making positive lifestyle changes to facilitate aging related issues. Senior citizens want to remain active, healthy and independent as long as possible. However, it is wise to think of their needs including safety, comfort and quality of life as time goes by. Home is where the heart is and where people feel the most comfortable, safe, and in charge. Everyone concerned must realize that with aging comes the need for assistance to maintain the lifestyle we’re used to. Senior citizens don’t want to be a burden…

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Concerned homeowners are taking action to protect their homes from natural disasters. The steps that you should take to prevent a disaster are simpler than you think. Preparing for a storm has to involve preventing and reducing damages to your property. Here are a few suggestions to stormproof your house. Remove Flying Debris Some damages to your house are caused by flying debris. Remove any light objects that can be lifted up and tossed by the wind. Most hurricane storms exceed wind speeds of 70 mph up to 150 mph. Hurricane winds that are powerful enough to rattle windows can…

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Like adults, children should get annual medical checkups by specialized practitioners. These professionals can screen them for medical problems or refer kids for more detailed evaluations if needed. Not every child will need several doctors each year. However, a doctor should perform regular checkups on several aspects of their development as they grow. General Checkup An overall general exam, sometimes called a well child visit, enables the doctor to obtain parental information about the child’s health and any observed symptoms. The doctor then conducts a physical exam, including weight and height, to determine if the child is progressing normally. During…

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Selling a house consists of steps that nearly every homeowner is familiar with. The process has become more complicated with the ongoing pandemic in 2021. The rules have changed slightly for anyone interested in selling a home nowadays. Find a Real Estate Agent A good real estate agent has several favorable qualities to look out for. You want a good, fast communicator who responds promptly to your emails and phone numbers. You need an agent who’s experienced in selling your type of house and can prove it. Additionally, an agent has advanced knowledge of sales and knowing how to negotiate…

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Looking forward to warmer temperatures? While waiting for summer, this is a great time to inspect key areas of your home for household problems and schedule maintenance or repairs. Here are some important areas that may need attention. HVAC If your heating system is working well, you probably haven’t given much thought to your air conditioner. But you don’t want the AC to give out just when you’re ready to start using it. Schedule an HVAC maintenance visit and let an expert make sure everything is working efficiently. Ask for AC service specifically, so that the unit can be checked…

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Losing an immediate family member, whether it’s a spouse or child, is traumatic. When you want to receive compensation through the legal system, know about the legal rules and restrictions that you face. The state laws differ in regards to how the claim is handled, too. Learn more about the recommended steps needed to file a wrongful death claim. Review the Statute of Limitations There are many claims that must be filed within a certain span of time. File a wrongful death claim as soon as possible and know that the average statute is two years. In some jurisdictions, the…

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Before you know it, springtime will be here. You may be planning seasonal events for the summer holidays or just want to spend time around the house relaxing and enjoying your home. Start getting things done to have your home ready by the time warm weather rolls around. Check out these important areas to make sure your spring home will be comfortable and maintenance-free. Clean Your Basement Inspect your basement and get rid of any accumulated junk or rubbish. Old newspapers, broken furniture, and unused appliances can be donated or hauled away to free up usable space. Check for signs…

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Few people want to learn the hard way that their hot water is no longer working. During the winter, you want the comfort of hot water that lasts for the entire season. Many water heater problems can be fixed by yourself or by hiring a professional. First, learn the main reasons why you’re having trouble heating water properly in your home. Insulate Your Pipes Cold weather often affects the temperatures in your water heater. Freezing air will enter metal pipes and freeze the water, causing your heater to work harder than necessary. A common tip is to insulate your water…

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You and your family should know how to handle a sudden, overnight emergency. Try to resolve the problem yourself before calling a professional. Here is the basic knowledge that each of your family members must know. Keep a First Aid Kit Around A first aid kit contains bandages, alcohol, tourniquets and other basic medical supplies. If someone breaks a limb or gets a deep cut, the first aid kit is the first tool that you grab on your way to the hospital. In some cases, you won’t need to go to the hospital if you use the supplies correctly. Make…

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The chill of winter is brutal to any home that’s not prepared for the cold season. The problems compound in the coming of summer when the rainfall increases. Winter chills and April showers bring disastrous effects to your property if you don’t protect it using several methods. Prepare your home for the different seasons with these tips. Clean Your Fireplace and Chimney Clean your fireplace and chimney by removing the debris that was left behind from last winter. A professional has special tools that are designed to reach down into chimneys and provide the most thorough cleaning. Without a proper…

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Getting orthodontic work to correct the alignment and position of a person’s teeth often begins during the preteen years. In this age, kids might be more self-conscious of their appearance and may be teased about having crooked or missing teeth. The dental tissues and structures are strong and resilient, making this an optimum time for wearing braces. Parents whose children wear braces can do several things to help kids adjust to the treatment. Though it can be mildly uncomfortable at first and take some time to get used to, your child is sure to succeed with some love and support.…

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We rely so heavily on electricity these days that we go into a tailspin anytime that power is lost. With technology improving all the time, outages are fewer and further between than ever today, but they do still happen. If you unexpectedly find yourself in the dark, here are four possible reasons for the shutdown. An Outage in Your Area The most obvious reason for most power outages inside your home is a problem outside your home. Trees down on lines, blown transformers, and problems at substations can all lead to outages that may affect just a few homes or…

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Some problems with your washer or dryer can be fixed, such as not overloading the drum. Other problems are inevitable as a result of old age, excessive wear and tear or constant misuse. Before you contact a professional, become familiar with the signs that your appliance needs a repair. Problem with Drainage or Spin Cycle Every washing machine undergoes a series of steps in a complete wash cycle. The first step is that the machine fills completely with water. The last step is the spin cycle, which is necessary to remove excessive water from the clothes. Another problem occurs when…

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You can have dozens of cookbooks open and have years of cooking experience. But you can still fail at cooking a large meal if you don’t plan ahead. Here are 4 ways to make the work much easier. Don’t Start from Scratch There’s no need to make every food from scratch, especially when you’re planning to cook a Thanksgiving style feast. If you must prepare from scratch, do this step a day or two before you start cooking the main foods. For instance, choose a day when you plan to cook all of the main courses together. The day before,…

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Every part of life involves some level of inherit risks. Things can go wrong. They can also go wrong at the most inopportune times. When this happens, you need some level of protection, so those unfortunate events do not destroy you financially. Insurance can help to protect your family. Here are just a few of the ways how. It Can Financially Protect Your Family If You Pass Away One kind of insurance you should certainly purchase if you have a family is life insurance. No one knows when they will die. While it’s not something anyone likes to think about,…

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Although spring cleaning may seem more like the parent’s duty, it can be a fun way to share family activities. Choose a day when no one has other pressing commitments, like school, work, or sports, and work in increments of a few hours at a time to avoid anyone getting burned out or bored. Assign tasks that are age-suitable and skill-specific for every family member. Try making it fun with one of the following activities. Have a Dance-a-thon After everyone picks a room or picks their tasks, play some fun music and get everyone dancing. See who can come up…

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With everyone stuck inside for the foreseeable future, it is more important than ever to have a disaster preparedness plan in place for your family. You can do your part to avert the worst by taking some commonsense actions in advance. Here are some of your best options. Have Plans for A Variety of Situations What can truly save your family’s lives in an emergency is having agreed-upon plans in place. You must also ensure everyone understands them. For example, having a dedicated meeting place which varies depending on the disaster is warranted. This could be across the street or…

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