5 Ways to Relax This Weekend

women getting relaxing massage at spa

The weekend is a time to relax. It’s a mini vacation so you can unwind from the stress of work. Even though it’s only two days, you can still relax during the weekend. There are different ways you can do that. Some take this time to read a book. Some go to the park to unwind. Some people go on weekend road trips and others go on binge watching. How about you, what is your way to relax this weekend? If you don’t have any idea, here are five ways to relax that you can try the next weekend.

  1. Family Bonding Time

Bonding with your family is a great way for you to spend your weekend, especially if you’re not always at home because of work. A great way to make an extra memorable family bonding time is going on a small road trip to a local attraction or even just to your favorite ice cream parlor.  Just to be with each other is enough to rejuvenate you after a stressing weekday.

  1. Hang Out With Your Friends

If not with your family, hanging it with your friends is a great way to spend your weekend. During the weekend, it’s a nice way to relax to change your scenery. From being with you usual coworkers, it will be great to be with your friends, especially those you haven’t seen in a while. You can catch up on how’s life has been to each other.

  1. Have a Massage

The weekend is also a great time for you to pamper yourself. The stress from work can wear you down, both mentally and physically. You can relax and release those tensions in your body by getting a massage. Go to your favorite salon and have your favorite masseuse to take care of you. I like to go monthly to the best spa in Charlotte.  Surely, after a nice massage, you will feel better and more relaxed so you can enjoy your weekend well.

  1. Take a Hike

Do you love the outdoors? Are you close to nature? If you are, then taking a hike will be a nice way to spend your weekend. If a trail is around your neighborhood or maybe in the town over, go get your circle of friends for an outdoor adventure. It’s not stressing and though you may get tired a little, it is fun and exciting way to spend your weekend.

  1. Start a New Movie or New Series

With Netflix, Hulu and other streaming services, it’s never been this easy to discover a new TV series, movie or any other show that would fit your entertainment wants. Today, you can just sit down and binge watch a whole season of a show for a few hours. If you want to, you can watch a long series of movies too. You can do all these all the while comfortable and relax in your couch and under the covers.

These are just simple things to help you relax during the weekend. Some without getting out of the comfort of your home while some you need to be outdoors, but they all are easy, quick and effective in de-stressing.  

Should We Choose a Kitten or a Puppy?

dog and cat snuggling

So you are taking a decision on either a kitten or a puppy. Prior to choosing, it is very important to look over the different characteristics, personality, physical attributes, care requirements and time. The physical attributes of kittens and puppies are hearing, sight, coat, eye color, smell, personality and temperature control.

We visited a veterinarian clinic in Weddington, which is by our home to learn more about the differences between puppies and kittens, but ultimately, which one really depends on your personality.

Puppies are color blind in which they can’t see green and red. They have 16 to hertz range of hearing which is far better than a human being. They can be born with specific hair color markings and eye color; however they could change when they grow older. Usually, they have blue eyes which change to brown as they grow up to be an adult.

They shortly develop temperature control. If the puppies are hot they can perspire in their paws, and they want to cool off. Usually, there are two kinds of personalities. Equally to a human being, there is the active, busy as well as self-centered sort. The other sort as you can think is the laid back forgiving form. They need a set schedule for easing themselves and fed two times a day. They need that their caregiver or owner always be around giving need. Puppies require time.

Kittens, on the other hand, are born sightless and cannot see clearly and do not have a functioning or clear eyesight until the 35th day. They are color blind and can’t regulate body heat until they are seven weeks old. Kittens hearing is totally developed at four weeks and sense of smell is refined by three weeks, however, compared to puppies that have 220 million of smell-sensitive cells, kitten only have 67 million. This aspect, puppy wins out. Kitten eye coloring could alter as they grow older; however, this is in the initial couple of weeks. The color of their eyes stays the same as they become an adult. Kittens are very energetic. This is a sign that kitten is fit and well. They require physical activity as well as enough space to develop properly. They need physical touch for warmth and to establish a hierarchy in the family. The more you intermingle with your kitten the more you’ll have a happy and active member of your family. After they have been developed to work on its own, you might leave it for longer hours with only a litter box, foods, as well as water, not like dogs or puppies.

To sum up, after comparing the personality, care requirements, physical attributes as well as time in this hectic and busy lifestyle the clear and the best choice is to get a kitten instead of a puppy. We all know that puppies and kittens are adorable, loveable as well as cute as they are small and young; on the other hand, the time factor alone decided which kittens are far better than puppies. Still, it is all up to you to decide which one you should get. This article will just serve as your guide on choosing the best pet. The choice is still yours.

Saving the family home from foreclosure

During time of financial difficulties you have to prioritize what to pay first. Naturally food tops the list as you can’t give it up, then come perhaps the utility bills as no one wants to end up without water or electricity and we kind of postpone the mortgage instalment. Just for a couple of days, then 1-2 weeks, which unnoticeably become a month. You are still fine but all of a sudden you get a letter from your bank – you are served with a foreclosure due to failure to pay and you realize it has been a couple of months already and the home you took for granted might be lost to the bank. Don’t panic but search professional help and find a reliable foreclosure attorney who can help you out of the situation. The attorney will analyze your personal situation and will give you proper advice what you should do. There are basically two options in such a case – to save your home or to surrender it. Below you will find a few facts why it is better to choose one over the other.

 

Save your home

The decision to keep your home is usually an emotional one, however it should be more financially-based. Review it as a deal and put down pros and cons of keeping the home. If it meets all your family needs, the interest rate you need to pay is reasonable and the property is worth more than the mortgage then you should fight for it. How does the procedure go? When you are served with a foreclosure letter you have 20 days to take the relevant action. In the event that you want to save your home, you should file for a Chapter 13 bankruptcy. This will allow you to catch up with the payments. An important note to observe is that the sooner you file the Chapter 13, the more affordable the payments will be and you will also save from piling up of attorney fees and charges. A good foreclosure attorney will prepare all the necessary paperwork and will also counsel you on how to proceed after the bankruptcy is filed. The process is not that complicated though it might sound a bit of unpleasant, however it is the best way to save your family home in such cases.

 

Surrender your home

As already mentioned the decision to keep or surrender the property must be financially based and void of feelings, if possible. Keeping the home is either a good deal or not. If the mortgage you have to pay is much hire than the property itself then it is best not to fight for it. In such case the step to take is file a Chapter 7 bankruptcy just before selling the house. This will not only ensure that there is no deficiency balance to pay back after the sale but will also give you additional six months in the property, so that you can get ready to move out.

 

There are times in life when we are faced with the tough decision whether we shall keep fighting for something or just make a step forward. If you are faced with a foreclosure, then you are in one such situation. But don’t waste time feeling sorry for what happened, find a good foreclosure attorney and follow their advice to save or surrender your home and resume your life.

Fireplace Safety Tips You Should Know

Fireplace safety

Who doesn’t love a nice warm fireplace on a winter’s evening?  Fireplaces in the home represent warmth, family, and a feeling of coziness.

Whether it’s a gas fireplace, wood, coal or electric, there are some safety tips you should be aware of when installing and maintaining one in your home.

Gas, wood, and coal are all fossil fuel burning fireplaces, which means they can give off carbon monoxide in the home if not vented properly.  Electric on the other hand does not give off any carbon monoxide, though you still need to be careful of the electrical wiring involved and proper voltage is in place to power it.

We purchased a beautiful linear fireplace in Toronto last year for our condo and absolutely love it!  It’s an electric fireplace that matches our modern decor and provides lots of heat and ambiance for our home.

But whatever kind of fireplace you decide to purchase, just be away of some common safety tips first.

If you will be installing it in your existing chimney, be sure your flu vent is working properly and the chimney shoot is cleaned properly before use.

When using fossil fuel burning fireplaces, always be sure that the room is properly vented, even leaving a window slightly open or at least doors to other rooms open.  Not only can carbon monoxide build up in the home if not vented, but the fire could consume the oxygen in the room if it is an enclosed area.  Proper ventilation is important!

For safety, always be sure that combustibles are clear of your fireplace and that you have a proper screen or glass door in place when using it.  Kids can get burned and fire could light nearby paper, etc if you are not careful.

And never leave a fireplace lit unattended, always put it out before going to bed or leaving your home.

Hope these tips helped and did not scare you, having a fireplace in the home is a wonderful thing and can bring the family together on a cold winter’s evening.

Firpelace Safety Tips Infographic