Jun 20

Protecting Your Dog

The summers have already started and change in season first affects animals. The most vulnerable beings in the house during this season are your pets. Usually dogs get affected the most among all other pets. Here are 8 tips to protect your dog from getting any health problems during the summer season.

  • Cars become hot boxes during the summer season. Leaving your dog in the car can cause a lot of problems to their respiratory system and in extreme cases may also lead to death. You should be careful that if you leave your dog inside the car, there should be ample of water for them to drink and the air-conditioning should be on to ensure circulation of fresh air.
  • Water is important for all living beings. Even humans require greater amounts of water during the summers and the same goes for dogs. You should see to it that they have access to unlimited amounts of freshwater whenever they want. Dehydration affects dogs a lot as they pant greater than humans do.
  • Direct sunlight is not good for dogs. Unlike humans they cannot tolerate constant sunlight and heat and require shade when they are outside. You can build a small shed or a kennel that the dog can use whenever it is outside in the lawn or the backyard.
  • A dog needs a walk at least twice a day. This ensures that they receive fresh air and a bit of openness which they are habitual to. But during this season the heat is on the rise and one should be careful that they take their dogs out for a walk only during the cooler hours of the day.
  • When taking your dog out for a walk, be sure that you do go to either parks or lawns. Taking your dog out on the street or someplace else where the surfaces are made of asphalt or marble may damage the paws of the animal. These materials heat up fast and thus may burn their paws.
  • If you feel that the heat is bit more someday, it means that it is affecting your dog even more. There are a number of things available in the market that can help in reducing the heat for your dog. Cool jackets and beds are available that reduce the body temperature of their bodies and thus reduce the effect of the heat.
  • Heat also invites a lot of mites and ticks. One should regularly take their dog to the vet to check for infection and wounds. You can also use repellent sprays and remove the ticks and mites from their bodies. Never carry out any activity on your dog without consulting the vet.
  • Dogs with bigger and thicker coats can have greater difficulty during the summers. You can consider clipping their coats to some extent and use sunscreen and creams on dogs that have thinner coats. Always consult with your vet.

Protecting your Dog

Jun 01

The Magic of Eggs

Eggs have been used as a source of food since prehistoric times. We have evidences of eggs being a primary source of nutrition for a number of communities and tribes around the world since ages. Today, eggs are one of the most widely used ingredients around the world. They are not only used in food, but are also a primary part of the beauty, health, and a number of other industries. They are an excellent source of vitamin A and B, and minerals such as phosphorous and selenium. They are sometimes eaten raw by sports-persons and are cooked on a daily basis in our homes. Here are a couple of ways in which one can use eggs to their maximum potential:

Cook ‘em up!

This is a quick to make curry egg salad sandwich recipe. It is perfect for when you have a little time on hand, and you want to serve something nutritious as well as delicious. All you need is:

  • 8 eggs
  • 1/3 cup of mayonnaise
  • 4 slices of whole wheat bread
  • ½ finely chopped lettuce
  • 1 teaspoon of curry powder
  • Salt and black pepper

Procedure:

  1. Boil the eggs and then cool them and peel them. Finely chop them into small pieces.
  2. Now mix the mayonnaise and curry powder in a bowl and add the eggs.
  3. Season it with salt and pepper.
  4. Lightly toast the bread slices and cover each one with the chopped lettuce.
  5. Divide the egg mixture evenly on each slice and add a couple of finely chopped olives to garnish.

Your curry egg salad sandwiches are complete.

Beautify yourself!

Eggs are also an excellent option for enhancing ones health and beauty. For this you need tow large eggs. Break open the eggs and be careful not to damage the eggs shells completely. Now separate the egg yolks from the egg whites. The eggs can now be used for two different purposes.

  • The egg shells can be used as an exfoliating scrub. Crush the egg shells into a fine powder. Now add a teaspoon of honey and salt and make a thick paste. Add a little to your loofah and gently rub on the skin. The egg shells coupled with the salt will remove the dirt and the dry skin and leave a glowing effect on your skin.
  • The egg yolks can be used to enhance the nails as well as their growth. Add the egg yolks into a cup of warm milk and soak your fingernails in it for about 10 minutes. Remove them and rinse them thoroughly. The egg yolks promote fast nail growth as well as strengthens them.

The Magic of Eggs

May 17

All About Tomatoes

“Tomatoes are fruits and not vegetables.” You might have heard this from a number of people. Well, it is true as tomato though put together with other culinary vegetables, is in fact a berry-type fruit. It is red inc color (obviously), but comes in many other variant species too. Tomatoes originated in the Central and South American regions, just like the potato, and was spread throughout the world after the Spanish Inquisition of the Americas. Today, tomatoes are the most widely used ingredient around the world. Whether eaten raw or cooked tomatoes are a rich source of one of the most powerful antioxidants called lycopene. It also include other antioxidants and carotids. Widely used in curries, salads, sauces, and the most common being tomato ketchup (in all its variants). Many tribes in the Americas believed that tomatoes were divine fruits and consumption of their seeds would please the gods.

Tomatoes are mostly used for cooking, but there are other used for tomatoes as well. Beauty, health, and natural dyes, are the other sectors where tomatoes are used in abundance. Here are two ways in which you could use tomatoes at home:

Eat ’em!

Caprese stacks are an amazing dish that can be made easily and are an amazing thing to serve as a fresh salad with a couple of drinks. It can also fascinate children and is very healthy too. All you need is

  • two table spoons of olives (black are preferred)
  • two table spoons olive oil
  • 3 medium tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 100 to 300 grams of fresh mozzarella
  • fresh basil leaves

Stir the olives and oil together in a ball. Cut the tomatoes into round slices and also slice the ball of mozzarella into round slices. Place one slice tomato and then one slice of mozzarella intermittently with basil leaves. Sprinkle salt and pepper on each slice. Drizzle the olive dressing on each stack. Your Caprese Stacks are ready!

Beauty Tips

Tomatoes are excellent ingredients for making a home made face mask. All you need are tow ingredients. Lemon juice and tomatoes. Blend a tomato into a smooth puree and 1/2 a teaspoon of lemon juice. Use a cotton ball and apply the mixture all over your face. Let it stay for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse it with cold water and then pat dry. Apply a drop of olive oil to moisturize the skin.

All About Tomatoes

 

May 03

Cool Summer Refreshments

Summers are back again this year with the sun and the heat as its compatriots. It is also time for your child’s summer break, which means that your child is all set and ready to go out under the sun and enjoy their vacations. But the sun gives no discount on its heat to children. Dehydration and exhaustion are a big headache for parents as even an hour under the sun takes away a lot of energy from your child. Here are a few quick to make drinks for your children that will not only refresh them but will also help them to beat the heat!

  1. Lemonade – This is the first drink that comes to mind whenever we think of hot summers. It is cool, tasty, and beats the heat like no other drink. You could also help your child set up his own lemonade refreshment counter outside the house on a hot summer afternoon and teach them a bit about being independent. The recipe is quite simple. Squeeze a couple of lemons in a tumbler and add a table spoon of mint in it. Now add water and some ice cubes. Add a little bit of salt if necessary and you are ready to go! You now have yourself a chilled glass of freshly made lemonade.
  2. Watermelon Punch – Watermelons are one of the most amazing fruits of the summer season. They are naturally cool and so a chilled bowl of watermelons pieces can get you through a hot afternoon. Children will love the slightly tangy but sweet taste of the watermelon and so a glass a watermelon punch is the way to go. Take a few pieces of watermelon and remove the seeds carefully. Now use a juicer to squeeze out the juice. Since watermelons are mostly water, you may not feel the need to add more water. Add a bit of lime juice and sugar if needed. Top it off with a few mint leaves and your watermelon punch is ready.
  3. Iced Fruit Punches – Fruits are healthy and contain all the necessary nutrients required by the body. What’s better than a couple of fruits that can help energize and refresh your child as well as provide a good bit of nutrition? Iced fruit punches are easy to make and can be pretty easy to gobble up too. All you need is few fruits that your child likes the most, let’s say an orange, a mango, and a lime. Next, you put these fruits individually into a food processor and make separate pulps. Next you arrange them into ice trays and freeze them overnight. Next afternoon, use a few ice cubes of different fruits and put them into a glass. As the cubes will melt, the flavor and color of the punch will change as well. It is an amazing way to energize and fascinate your child as well.
  4. Berry Blast – Smoothies are an amazing milk based drink for your child. Making a smoothie is as simple as drinking one. All you need for the berry blast smoothie is a cup of mixed frozen berries, a cup of milk, a cup of flavored yogurt, and a sliced banana. Add all of them into a blender and mix properly. Once blended into a smooth mixture, empty it into a long glass and garnish it with a frozen berry. Add ice if necessary. Your berrylicious smoothie is now ready!
Picture courtesy - jontaffer.com

Picture courtesy – jontaffer.com

Apr 14

When Anxiety Strikes!

We keep hearing the terms anxiety, stress, and depression from many people around us day in day out. But what exactly does anxiety mean? In layman’s terms anxiety is a state of inner psychological turmoil that may be a result of some kind of stress or situation that induces a feeling of uneasiness in the body as well as psychologically. As the race for success, fame, money, and many a time for survival has drastically increased in the past few decades, problems such as anxiety that were redundant in the common populace in ancient or medieval times, has come out as a prominent issue among the public. So what is the correct way to diagnose and see whether you suffer from anxiety and what are the ways to combat this psychological issue? Here are a few tips on how to fight with anxiety and transform your stressful life to a stress free life!

  • Eliminate the Negativity – Pessimism might take a toll on your life, and the best way toa void this is to eliminate the negative thoughts and induce an attitude of positive and productive thinking. Many a time, the situation forces a person to waver to the negative patch of the mind, but we must be careful that the more we instill negativity, the more will the situation worsen. Keep your calm, and move forward with perseverance and determination. This will automatically only let good thoughts pass through your mind, and will help reduce the pessimistic attitude.
  • Avoid the Block – Usually, when a situation becomes tense, we tend to fall into a block. We restrict our thinking capabilities, and are in no position to think about a way to fight through. We need to arm ourselves with options and backups that might help us get out of tight situations. Yoga, meditation, and selective breathing can help us get through these times.
  • Relaxing the body and mind – Exercising is a key practice. Practices such as yoga, meditation, jogging, and walking can have a great impact on your life. They can reduce the stress levels thus reducing, the panic attacks and anxiety levels. Take proper sleep as it is also key to happy and successful life. Do not overcomplicate stuff and always be careful to take advice from people who might have more knowledge on the subject than you do.

Stress and anxiety are today’s Golaith. We need to awaken the David in us strike them down with one shot of our determination and perseverance. Happy Living!