5 things you need to know about puppy food for your little furry friend

5 things you need to know about puppy food for your little furry friend

Puppies are amazing. They are so adorable that once you get one, you want to spend all your time around your new bundle of joy. However, the challenge comes in taking good care of it. For instance, when it comes to feeding a puppy, you need to be careful about what you feed them. Otherwise, you may end up hurting your little friend.  To help you take better care of your puppy, here are the 5 things that you need to know about puppy food before you feed your little furry friend.

1.    The food needs to come from recognized brands

When it comes to puppies, you don’t just feed them anything. You need to feed them food that has very specific nutrients. To ensure that you feed them right, go for recognized puppy food brands. For instance, Royal Canin Puppy Food is one of the best when it comes to puppy food. They have food that is specifically for puppies, as well as, instructions on how to administer it. By feeding it such food, you are sure that your little furry friend will grow up healthy and happy.

2.    Different puppy breeds have different quantity requirements

When it comes to puppy food, the dog breed matters. You cannot feed a Chihuahua puppy the same food quantity that you would feed to a German shepherd puppy. To ensure that you feed your beloved puppy the right food quantity, go for recognized dog food brands. These brands usually come with specifications on how much food you should give to your dog. You don’t want a situation where you hurt your little friend, by trying to determine the quantity of food to give it by yourself.

3.    Changing food brands can lead to allergies

Like human babies, puppies do get allergic reactions too. As such, if you want to change dog food brands for your puppy, do so gradually. The idea is to allow the puppy’s body to transition well to the new brand that you want to feed it. In fact, before you feed your puppy a new type of food, talk to the vet first. An acute allergic reaction can easily kill your lovely puppy.

4.    There is puppy food for puppies with special needs

Like human babies, you may find yourself with a puppy with special needs. The most common of them is weight gain tendencies, where your puppy gains an unhealthy weight level even without feeding too much.  In case you have a puppy with such needs, go for a puppy food brand that has special needs food. This ensures that your puppy grows up healthy and happy, just the way you want it.

5.    It is very affordable

With all the benefits that come with good quality puppy food, you are probably thinking that it is expensive, right? Well, here is the good news, it isn’t! Good puppy food brands such as Royal Canin puppy food is within most people’s budget. It even cheaper if you buy it online at a store like Vet Send.

The top 4 things to consider before leaving your healthcare firm

The top 4 things to consider before leaving your healthcare firm

At one time or another, you may have found yourself having to change your healthcare provider due to factors. Perhaps leaving your provider was a necessity due to moving to a new city. Or, perhaps your health insurance plan changed which made your rates go up, causing you to choose a new provider. In case you are considering leaving your healthcare firm for non-essential reasons, you need to take time and weigh all of the options. Consider what you are getting at your current provider, versus what you expect to get elsewhere and then do a cost-benefit analysis. If the advantages of leaving are not that compelling, then you would be better off staying where you are. To help you make a rational decision, here are the top 4 things to consider before leaving your healthcare firm.

1. The quality of service

Before you leave your healthcare firm, consider the quality of care that they give you. As a rule, go for a healthcare firm that offers you a comparatively higher quality of service. For instance, if your healthcare firm is in Melbourne Australia, you should consider comparing it with Mitcham dental clinic. Mitcham is famed for its high quality of service, and state-of-the-art equipment. If you find Mitcham dental clinic better, which is highly likely, then make the shift. You won’t regret it. To help you learn more about this firm, check them out at http://www.mitchamdental.com.au/.

2. The distance from your location

Before you leave your healthcare firm, consider the distance from your residence. Your healthcare provider should be at a convenient distance from your home. For instance, there would be no point in driving for hours on end, just to see a dentist. If you are moving to a far-off location from where you currently reside, then it would make sense to find another one close by.

3. The opening and closing hours

If your workday doesn’t give you lots of free time, then you should consider flexibility before you leave your healthcare firm. For instance, if your healthcare firm offers 24-hour service, then it would make sense to stay with them. On the flipside, if they only operate during normal working hours, it would be practical to leave them, and find one that you can easily access at any time. This convenience can make all the difference in the quality of service that you get for what you pay your healthcare provider.

4. The small stuff, such as parking and public transport

These may seem trivial, but it is important to put them into consideration when looking to leave your healthcare provider. For instance, if your current provider has amazing parking, and is easily accessible via public transport, then it would make sense to stick with them. On the other hand, if they don’t have it, then you should consider leaving for one that fits this description. That’s because, the ability to access a healthcare facility easily can make a lot of difference in the quality of service you receive, especially if you work under a tight work schedule. They may seem trivial, but in reality, these factors are important.

Last Minute Neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt Ideas

Last Minute Neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt Ideas

egg huntWhen my kids were young we always had a neighborhood Easter Egg hunt on Easter Sundays.  It’s a great day to get together for some fun, food, and neighborly chats; and a great way to use up all those hard boiled eggs.

It didn’t take a lot of effort on anyone’s part since everyone was dying Easter eggs anyway.  After the hunt some of the adults would supervise the kids in games and the others would head to the kitchen to turn the eggs into Egg Salad Sandwiches.  The rest of the luncheon food was pot luck.

We still get together with the neighbors on Easter Sunday for an Easter Egg Hunt, only now the kids are our grandkids!

Here are a few tips to help you plan a last minute Neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt.  If you’ve tried it yet, you may want to plan one this year.  You might just start a new neighborhood tradition!

 

 

A couple of days before the hunt:

1.  Get together with the neighbors and decide where your potluck luncheon will be held.  You may have to host it in a 2-3 yards to fit everyone.  Decide what time the hunt will begin.

2.  Gather chairs and tables and decide on a time when they can be set up at the host yards.  It may be easier to have each neighbor bring their own chairs, but hopefully you’ll have a neighbor who can bring over a folding table or two at least to place food on.

3.  Decide on how many eggs each neighbor will bring; both dyed hard boiled eggs and plastic eggs.  Set a budget on how much each neighbor should spend to fill the plastic eggs.  Decide if you will have a “golden egg” for the grand prize.  If you want to have one the easiest prize would be money; each neighbor can contribute $1 that can be stuffed in a special egg.  Decide if you want to limit the number of eggs each child can keep; if you do then decide on how many.  Don’t forget the teens and tweenies, you may want to do a separate hunt or different activity for them.

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4.  Mark the territory where the eggs will be hidden.

5.  Ask each neighbor to sign up for the potluck so that you will have a variety of food, not just desserts.  Remember to ask one or two people to bring bread and ingredients for egg salad sandwiches.

6.  Decide where and who will turn the hard boiled eggs into egg salad sandwiches.  This can be a group effort in one person’s kitchen or you can have volunteers take a dozen or so eggs home to their kitchen to make their hard boiled egg dish.  Check out my post 12 Recipes Using Hard Boiled Easter Eggs for ideas.

7.  Decide what if any other games and activities you want to have for the kids.  Decide on the supplies you will need for the activities, who will provide them, and who will supervise the activities. You may want to start out with an Easter Bag/Basket making activity before the hunt.

8.  Decide when and where neighbors should bring their eggs for the hunt.  Decide who will hide them.

egg huntMorning of the hunt:

1.  Designated egg “hiders” can hide the eggs.

2.  Set up borrowed table and chairs in the host yards.

3.  Gather the kids for the first activity if you have any, otherwise start the hunt.

4.  After the hunt have the children give the boiled eggs they don’t want to keep to their parents or the people in charge of making salad.

5.  Keep the kids busy with games and activities while egg salad sandwiches are being made.

6.  Bring all the food to the host yard and set them up on tables.

7.  Enjoy!  This could be the first of many more neighborhood events![spacer height=”-20px”]

egg huntegg huntFor older kids hide some eggs in high places, they love the challenge![spacer height=”-20px”]

egg huntStart the event with a Bunny Bag craft like these from Fun A Day .  The kids can make these cute bags to put their eggs in.  You can get packs of plain paper bags or gift bags from the Dollar Store and decorate them with construction paper, pipe cleaners, and left over supplies from other craft projects gathered from the neighbors.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

Easter Egg HuntKeep kids busy making Jelly Bean Bracelets from Artzy Creations.  [spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

egg huntThis Egg Popper Tree by Studio DIY is a good alternative for older kids. [spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

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Easter Egg Hunt Egg on Spoon Races are always fun.  Think of different variations![spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

Easter Egg HuntA Lollipop Patch by Catch My Party is a great idea for younger kids.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

 

 

 

 


Kids Crafts at Joann.com
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Breakfast Strata

Breakfast Strata

Easter morning is always hectic. Between sorting out Easter eggs and aiming to Church, it’s powerful to search out time for a hearty breakfast. Thankfully, I actually have a make-ahead breakfast dish that may provide you with much energy to survive the chaos.

Growing up, we have a tendency to continually create this scrumptious egg casserole as a part of our Church breakfast fundraiser. It absolutely was filled with fragmented sausage and cheese and that i loved it. Well, this can be a a lot of refined version, courtesy of Ezra’s cake.

There are several things i really like concerning breakfast strata. Initial and foremost is that the reality you create it ahead. The maximum amount as i like pancakes and contemporary toast that has time to form them on a busy morning? Not ME. However I will pop a dish within the kitchen appliance and walk away!

Next, it’s therefore filmable. the fundamentals keep the same—bread, eggs and milk. however the remainder, you’ll experiment and build your own favorite combos. For this version, I sauted spinach with garlic and mushrooms then further tomatoes and bacon. to form things even a lot of fascinating, I used jalapeno focaccia because the bread base.

I like spinach; however I wasn’t entirely sold-out on that within the formula. Next time, and there’ll be a next time, I’m aiming to eliminate the spinach and replace it with some artichoke hearts and roast red bell pepper for breakfast strata..

 

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Ingredients
5 cups of cubed bread (french bread, sourdough, jalapeno focaccia, etc.)
2 cups grated cheddar cheese
10 eggs
4 cups milk (I used 2%)
3 green onions, sliced
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon salt
Pepper to taste
6-8 slices of cooked bacon, chopped
12 oz bag of baby spinach
2-3 garlic cloves, minced
3-4 plum tomatoes, chopped
8 oz container of sliced mushrooms
Instructions
1. Spray a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with nonstick spray. Place the bread cubes in the dish and top with cheddar cheese. Set aside.
2. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, green onion, cayenne pepper, mustard, salt and pepper together. Pour mixture over bread cubes.
3. In a medium skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil or butter over medium heat. Add mushrooms and cook for 2-3 minutes or until softened. Add garlic and saute for another minute. Add washed spinach and 1 tablespoon of water. Cover the skillet and let the spinach wilt, 2-3 minutes.
4. Spoon the spinach mixture, tomatoes and bacon over the the bread cubes. Gently press down with a spoon to make sure everything is moistened.
5. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for up to 24 hours.
6. Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Bake the strata, uncovered, for 60 minutes or until the top is golden brown and doesn’t wiggle when you shake the dish.
7. Cool for 5 minutes before serving.
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Easy Last Minute Easter Treats

Easy Last Minute Easter Treats

Easter is tomorrow.  Most of us will be spending today frantically dying eggs and making treats and hoping it will all be ready for the Easter Bunny to give out come Sunday morning.

Don’t worry here are some cute and quick Easter treats you can whip up in a matter of minutes.  If you don’t already have the supplies a quick trip to Walmart, the Dollar Store, or even the grocery store can remedy that.

Easter TreatsThis cute idea from Oh for Sweetness Sake is pretty self explanatory.  Clear piping bag by Wilton hold a sugar cone filled with Easter M&Ms.  They recommend stuffing a few white cotton balls at the bottom of the sugar cone to use less candy.  The the whole thing up with a pretty ribbon and the Easter Bunny’s on his way.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

 

Easter Treats For a non-candy alternative here’s an idea from Creative Organization.  Fill the piping bag with Cheese puffs and tie with green ribbon to make “carrots”.  You can fill the bags with pretty much anything; goldfish, jelly beans, trail mix, etc. [spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

 

 

 

Easter TreatsThese Chocolate Cottontails by Rook No. 17 are simple to make using store bought marshmallow peeps and dipping them in chocolate.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

 

Easter Treats Don’t want to dip the peeps?  Then do what Your Homebased Mom did, put them on on a stick![spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

 

 

 

 

 

Easter Treats Whip up some of Sally’s Baking Addiction’s Cake Batter Blondies using cake mix and sprinkles.  Easy and yummy![spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

 

Easter Treats Don’t want to bake?  Then make this Popcorn Mix by Framed Frosting in your microwave. [spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

 

 

 

Easter TreatsHere’s another no bake treat Golden Oreo Truffles from Gimme Some Oven. [spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

Easter TreatsTry these adorable Nutter Butter Chicks by Sweet Simple Stuff. [spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
Easter TreatsThese Cream Cheese Filled Carrot Cookies from Live Well Bake Often uses cake mix.  Great treat for carrot cake lovers.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
Easter TreatsIf you’re feeling more adventurous try your hand at this pretty Italian Easter Bread by A Homemade Living.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
Don’t know what to do with all those hard boiled Easter Eggs?  Click here for some recipes using Easter eggs.
Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Everyone loves Chocolate Chip Cookies, it’s been a staple at our house ever since I can remember.  Of course everyone has their favorite recipe for chocolate chip cookies.  I have to admit I’ve gone thru several over the years.  But in recent years we’ve had to tweak our favorite recipe for my grandson Jett who is allergic to eggs, dairy, and nuts; all ingredients of the ever popular chocolate chip cookie.  Of course the nut thing is the easiest one to deal with, just don’t add them to the cookie dough; the dairy and egg part proved a bit more challenging.  After some trial and error and lots of reading, we finally came up with a recipe for Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies!  One that everyone can enjoy!

Most people think, myself included, think that it’s easy to convert favorite recipes into vegan recipes by simple substituting the allergens with vegan products or omitting those that you don’t have a substitute for.  This usually works out well so long as you know exactly which items to omit or substitute; you have to remember some ingredients have hidden allergens meaning unless you’re super vigilant you might miss.  In this case the chocolate chips, it has milk a dairy product!

So what exactly do you substitute or omit to make Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies?  In our case since Jett’s allergic to eggs, dairy, and nuts we must omit the nuts, that’s easy.  Then we must substitute the diary (butter) and chocolate chips, then deal with the egg issue.  Thankfully there are lots of vegan products that will work.  We use Earth Balance Buttery Spread instead of butter and Enjoy Life Semi-Sweet Mini Chocolate Chips instead of the regular chocolate chips like Nestles.

As for the egg we decided to simply just omit it, it works fine.  (If you feel like you must substitute the eggs you could try using 1/4 cup applesauce per egg or 1 Tbl ground fllax seed dissolved in 3 Tbs Water per egg.)  But honestly for Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies you can just omit the eggs, it works just fine.

So here is what you need for Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies!

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Ingredients:

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup Vegan Butter like Earth Balance Buttery Spread
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups Enjoy Life Semi-Sweet Mini Chocolate Chips

Directions:

PREHEAT oven to 375° F.

Sift together flour, baking soda, and salt in small bowl.

Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy.

Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in chips.

Drop by rounded tablespoon onto parchment or silicone mat covered cookie sheets.

BAKE for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown.

Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.