Tuesday, June 26, 2018

XUANRUS Dog Travel Water Bottle

I was recently able to try out the XUANRUS Dog Travel Water Bottle, which is absolutely awesome. It's a portable pet water bottle that also holds treats or anything else you need to take with you for your furry friend. 



Here are just some of the benefits:


  • Ideal Travel Water Bottle - 12oz capacity fresh water,quickly provide your thirsty pets with fresh water when outdoor walking, hikes, traveling. A perfect travel water bottle for pets.
  • Unique Portable Design: This water bottle is for a small pet like a cat, rabbit, dog, etc.  We add a storage box to put garbage or food, use our water dispenser more convenient
  • No Waste: No waste -One key open/Lock water,Press button for water to flow in and out of the reservoir, at a sufficient rate to prevent spillages.
  • High quality material: FDA approved, lead-free, BPA-free, PET+ ABS, safe and durable, easy dismantling and cleaning.

Need a bottle that's simple, lightweight and requires no extra bowl?
Want to easily hydrate your lovable dog on the go?
Are you tired of using a messy dog water bowl?
Do you walk, run, bike, skate or bring your dog with you to restaurants?
Do you need a strong yet flexible bottle that is going to last?


 If you have these needs, then this is for you!
 

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Nostalgia

I recently had two waves of nostalgia that came out of nowhere - or so it seems. One was today and one was yesterday.

Yesterday I was cleaning out my linen closet and came upon one of the sewing projects I had done as a kid. My mom saved things like that so after her death, I have it too. It was a practice thing it seemed - not a finished project but different designs on a towel type of thing. I took sewing lessons as a kid and we'd make things like totes and pillowcases. I remember going and enjoying it because there were other girls there my age and it was class but fun classes. It brought back a lot of memories. I can't sew that well now but at least I have the basics. For those of you who still do, you can find more great sewing tips and product reviews from our friends at Teach You To Sew.

The other thing that happened was today actually. I'm watching Rosemary's Baby and working and was just swept with a sudden burst of major reminiscence. I have no idea why. I was remembering how we'd always go visit relatives on the weekend and in this case, I had an entire memory of going to see one of the aunts or uncles in the hospital about 100 miles from here. Right down to the music and what book I was reading when we crossed the bridge going into Fort Walton. BTW, those were People of the South Wind by Kansas and I was reading The Godsend. The song came out in 1979 and the book in 1980 so I even have the right timeline. How wild is that?

Sometimes I wish you could go back in time and relive one day here and there. You can't change the future or anything worth a sci-fi movie but you can just experience certain days like the prom or a first day - stuff like that. I'd even go back and experience the mundane - granted you could do it often. 

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Places to Photograph in Boston

As a photographer, I’m always on the lookout for exciting places to photograph when I’m in another city. While it may be a little while before my next excursion out of town, here are some awesome places to take photographs in Boston.

Public Garden


With a very pedestrian name, the Public Garden is anything but. There is plenty of opportunity for great sky views with the park area as your focus and if you go in the summer, you’ll be just in time for the flowers to start blooming which really adds to your colors.

The Public Garden is about as centrally located as it gets in Boston. Take the Green Line to either the Arlington or Boylston stop, or the Red Line to Park Street. There is also a parking garage below Boston Common for those who want to drive but don’t want to deal with hunting for a spot and parallel parking.

Skywalk Observatory


I love aerial views and this is the perfect place to get them. It’s a 50 story ride up and you get a panoramic view of the entire city. Whether you go in the daytime or at night, you’ll get really good views of the city but don’t forget to choose the right lens You may have some glare from the windows but in the daytime you can choose where to shoot from that has the best angle away from the sun.

To get there it is reachable from the Copley Square and Hynes Convention Center stops on the main Green Line. There is also a parking garage beneath the Pru, for those who want to take a car. 

Central Burying Ground


While plenty of people like to photograph all kinds of architecture and beautiful places, I like a different kind of Boston real estate – graveyards. The Central Burying Ground may not be the most famous cemetery or the prettiest but it has the best atmosphere. The land was purchased in 1756 and this cemetery is considered undesirable but you’ll find plenty of brick and stone tombs for early immigrants and even poetry for the children buried there.

You can find it at Boylston Street, between Charles Street and Tremont Street.

There are plenty of other beautiful sights to see and places to photograph such as Longfellow Bridge, Harvard Bridge, Zakim Bridge, Beacon Hill, and Copley Square.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

FloraBloom Probiotics for Women

I was recently able to try out FloraBloom Probiotics for Women and I am very pleased with them. I need to take probiotics anyway so it was my pleasure to get to use these.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About FloraBloom


  • PROMOTES HEALTHY DIGESTION – Proprietary blend of PRE and PRO biotics, Cranberry & D-Mannose works together to allow absorption of nutrients & increases the performance of your digestive system
  • IMPROVE VAGINAL HEALTH BY COMBINING NATURAL PRE AND PROBIOTICS – Regulates pH & controls vaginal flora to reduce vagina odor, discharge, redness, & itching which is aggravated by sexual intercourse
  • BOOSTS IMMUNITY WHICH MAY REDUCE RISK OF INFECTIONS – Unique formula of lactobacillus strains has CFU's scientifically combined to improve vaginal, bladder, & urinary health potentially reducing risk of Urinary Tract Infection (UTIs), Bacterial Vaginosis, Vaginitis & Yeast
  • OPTIMIZE URINARY HEALTH – Natural ingredients reduce adhesion of bacteria to the urinary tract to decrease ‘bad’ bacteria while acting as an antioxidant to rephresh & cleanse your body
  • SAFE FOR PREGNANT WOMEN – Lactobacillus probiotics may help to prevent Group B Strep - the most common causes of neonatal sepsis and meningitis 
 
 
These are a probiotic I would definitely buy again. They seem to help my stomach issues and regulate my pH. You can find them on Amazon and I highly recommend them. 

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Cherished

I like to collect things and I think it is because growing up, my mother loved her “whatnots,” as she called them. She had shelves full of figurines and items I was never allowed to touch as a kid. I think I spent half my childhood with my hands behind my back and still do that when I’m around something expensive.

However, her love of collecting things made an impression on me and when I was younger I started collecting too. Maybe it was because we enjoyed doing it together, or maybe it’s something I would have done anyway but it was such fun. I started with bear collectibles simply because I loved bears. Usually they were inexpensive and cute – nothing that would cost of lot if it was broken.

Right after high school, I started collecting carousel horses; my first one was bought at a drugstore and seemed expensive to me at the time. I think I remember it was close to $40 or so, but with inflation that same item will set you back around $90. It was my first bigger purchase for something just to sit on a shelf to admire and it made me proud to have bought it with my own money.

When I was in high school, my best friend Janet and I went to World Bazaar in the mall and spent hours filling up an entire shadow box with tiny glass animals as a gift for my mom, all painstakingly chosen. Tiny elephants, little dogs, cute bears – a myriad of glass creatures with every piece having significance behind why we chose it. My mom cherished that and had it on the wall up until her death – 27 years later.

She also collected angels and kept them in a heavy, lighted curio cabinet with glass doors that kept them dust-free and away from her grandchildren’s sticky fingers and clumsy hands. Glass angels, porcelain ones with feathery adorned wings, and even whimsical ones with honey hair that looked childlike and full of saccharine. Every holiday I would try to get her something for that collection and after her death it moved to my dining room, so now I’m the gatherer of angels.

My mother also had a salt and pepper collection that would rival any country store or antique shop. Once she got started, everyone would buy her a set when they went on vacation or simply saw something they knew she’d like. The last set I got her was of Ricky and Lucy because she absolutely loved the I LOVE LUCY show – those too are in my home now.

Over the years I’ve collected many things – cigar boxes that sometimes still smell like tobacco, snow globes that create a blizzard in a tiny world once you shake them, decorative bottles filled with peppers I’ll never eat, honey colored oils, or amber colored vinegar, and wine that is never opened but instead displayed for their unique labels of dapper dogs or my favorite rock star’s brand. My interests have changed throughout the years but whatever I have collected in the past is still just as special to me.

Part of the wonder of cherished items is that something you loved is passed down to someone else, like my mother’s angels. I don’t have children so when I die, I imagine these things won’t be important to anyone else or then again, maybe someone will be able to enjoy it as much as I have and they will find a new home where someone else cherishes their presence.



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