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Pets and a Balanced Life

Pets and a Balanced Life

Pets and a Balanced Life

By: Roxana Oliver

 

Usually, we decorate our home in a way that will help us achieve balance in our lives. We paint our walls in bright colors, we fill our corners with houseplants, we pick prints that are pleasant to our eyes and pay extra attention at the overall décor.

However, we often tend to forget that the biggest part of a warm, homey feeling is in liveliness, which only a pet can provide. You know what they say: getting a pet is the only way of getting love for money. Your home is going to be filled with unconditional loyalty, companionship and love.

This article is going to show you all the benefits of having a pet, and also give you some tricks on best ways to share your home space with them to make your life easier and healthier.

First things first

Before deciding to get yourself a new friend, there are some things you need to think about. It is a serious investment, so you need to have all the information.

Are you responsible enough?

 

Are you aware of the fact that you are going to need to take care of this little creature for the rest of its life? The average lifespan of dogs and cats is approximately 12 years – which is definitely a long-term commitment. Sure, taking care of a cute puppy is a piece of cake, but taking care of an adult dog is a little bit more serious.

Can you afford it?

Having a pet has its costs. You will need to cover their vaccinations, de-sexing and micro chipping. And that’s without factoring in food, worming, health checks, vet bills, boarding, all kinds of pet accessories, toys etc. Also, you always need to be sure that you can pay for any emergency and treatment.

Of course, pet costs depend on the type of animal you choose, but all in all, having a pet is not a cheap addition to the family.

Do you know how to take care for it?

 

Your responsibility as a pet owner is to do a thorough research about the specific needs of your future pet. Gather all the information you can about your chosen breed. If you are adopting, make sure you visit a relevant adopting organization and talk to someone who has all of the information. This includes the breeders as well.

Do you have time?

 

You will need to make a considerable amount of time each day to give your pet the right care, especially when they’re little. There are things such as exercise, grooming, socialization, feeding, training, playtime etc.

Benefits of having pets

Now, the thing why we’re here for. First of all, pets provide us with the luxury of their companionship. The presence of a pet in our home can immediately boost your mood. There is nothing that brings a smile on one’s face like a happy dog, who is anxious for your affection and waiting for you after a long and stressful day at work. Besides this, pets are amazing for our mental health. People get unconditional love and affection, which is a great confidence booster.

Another great thing about pets is that they can help you teach your children responsibility. Daily responsibilities like feeding, exercising and overall looking after the animal, as well as illnesses and losses, are going to provide your children with valuable experiences that will help them in their future life.

And this is still not the end. Pets can also provide us with certain health benefits such as:

Fighting allergies

Contrary to the old belief that, if you live in an allergy-prone family, you should avoid having pets; countless studies showed that kids who grow up in homes with furred animals have less risk of getting allergies, asthma and eczema. Instead, the immune system chemicals values in their bodies get higher. After all, we are all familiar with the fact that babies who have bigger exposure to dirty objects and allergens will have a much stronger immune system than those who aren’t exposed to the dirt at all. 

Good for the heart

People with heart diseases who have pets survive much longer than those who don’t. Apparently, they have lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels.

Mind and soul

Playing with a pet increases dopamine and serotonin levels – nerve transmitters that affect our mood and keep us calm. Basically, pets are healthy substitutions for drugs.

Dogs for the elderly

Many studies have shown that Alzheimer’s patients with pets have far less anxious outbursts than those without pets. Also, their caregivers are less burdened when there is an animal, especially a cat which requires minimal care. Walking a pet can provide elderly people with exercise they need, as well as companionship.

Having a pet is not an easy task, but it will all be worth it once you realize that this creature loves you more than you love yourself.

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About the author:

Roxana is a travel enthusiast and lifestyle consultant from Sydney and she loves to write about her adventures. She is all about the healthy lifestyle, loves to run with her husband and dogs and has fun cooking exotic meals for her family. Being a typical Aussie, she often hits the waves and loves beaches and sunshine! You can find out more about her writing following her on twitter and facebook. She is also one of the editors at Higstylife Magazine.
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First Date and How to Act Accordingly

First Date and How to Act Accordingly

Starting to feel butterflies in your stomach because the guy you’ve had a crush on has finally asked you out? So, what are you going to wear? Heels or flats? Should you get a haircut? And what in the world are you going to talk about? Millions of questions in your head, and no right answers on the horizon.

Our advice? First, don’t stress as much – if he’s asked you out, you must have done something right. But to take your dating game to a higher level, go back to a few basics:

Casually Flirty

First things first, chill – the first date won’t really differ that much from any other conversation you two might have had. Still, keep in mind that this casual chit-chat can be the beginning of a serious relationship.

Are you known for being a nervous talker? Although there are guys who think of babbling as a rather adorable quality, you never know how he’s going to react. This doesn’t mean you should be quiet the entire time, but make sure you don’t get carried away. At times, he might ask a couple of questions like how are things at work, just to keep the conversation going, but that doesn’t mean you should go into too many details about the things he knows nothing about, and people he has never met. 

Dress for the Occasion

In most cases, girls are unsure of how formal the date is going to be and end up shopping for countless outfits, just in case. Guess what – you can always ask him to give you a hint! But if want it to be a surprise, then try to find a golden middle. Nothing to short or too tight is a rule that has to be stressed each time (leave something to his imagination), but eventually, it’s crucial that you feel comfortable. Flats or not? If you expect a lot of walking, certainly, but if you’re looking forward to a dinner date, then elegant white heels are a must!

Mild Scent

We understand you have probably already chosen the ideal perfume for the night, but one thing has to be emphasized –  don’t drench yourself in it! Just imagine how it must be for him, sitting by your side (maybe even leaning forward to whisper sweet nothings) only to get intoxicated. For this reason, the scent should be placed strategically on your pulse points – the neck, palms, cleavage, and the back of the neck. By the end of the night, all he’ll do is hold you close and sink into your sweet-scented aura.

A Good Night Kiss?

You think it all went well? Do you want to know how he feels? Then bite your tongue before you pop the when am I seeing you again question, put him in an awkward position and risk sounding too desperate. If it all went well, he’s bound to call!

So what’s the right way to say goodbye at the end of the night? Leave him wanting more – slowly step away before the kiss, but remember to turn around one last time, glance at him coyly and walk away. After this, he’ll forget all about the three-day rule!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the author:

Roxana is a travel enthusiast and lifestyle consultant from Sydney and she loves to write about her adventures. She is all about the healthy lifestyle, loves to run with her husband and dogs and has fun cooking exotic meals for her family. Being a typical Aussie, she often hits the waves and loves beaches and sunshine! You can find out more about her writing following her on twitter and facebook. She is also one of the editors at Higstylife Magazine.

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Small but Thoughtful Valentine’s Day Gifts That Won't Burn The Pocket

Small but Thoughtful Valentine’s Day Gifts That Won't Burn The Pocket

Small but Thoughtful Valentine’s Day Gifts That Won't Burn The Pocket

 

There’s nothing more fulfilling than surprising your significant other with a thoughtful gift on the most romantic holiday of the year. While you probably want to give the world to your loved ones, sometimes it’s not even possible to go with presents that are just a tad more luxurious. That is no reason to worry, though. There are plenty of options out there that can prove to be very unique and meaningful as gifts but also very affordable. Remember, it is always a thought that counts, not the price tag. If you lack some ideas on affordable yet thoughtful Valentine’s Day gifts, check out the following ones for inspiration.

Jewelry/accessories

Really cute jewelry is something that will always work as a thoughtful yet pretty affordable gift. And around Valentine’s Day, there are so many lovely choices when it comes to jewelry. If you want something more creative or quirky, online stores can provide you with various frugal options. Kitty ears headbands, lacy or fuzzy gloves, scarves and even personalized clothing hangers can turn into very unique and personal gifts that will be scream romance regardless of their price.

Lovely mug for coffee/tea lovers

Some would say that there are two types of people in this world – tea drinkers and coffee drinkers. But a thing they all have in common is the undeniable appreciation for interesting mugs. Luckily, there are various types of mugs on the market and these definitely won’t burn your pocket with their price. Also, there are various possibilities to customize these mugs. You can jazz them up yourself or ask a special service to do it for you.

Yummy Treats

So I guess we all know how the way to everyone’s heart is through their tummy, right? This Valentine’s Day is no exception. Chocolates are always, and I mean - always a good idea. They are said to be a substitute for love itself, and although we wouldn’t go that far, they certainly can give you a rush of warmness once you’ve eaten them. A classic, but nonetheless powerful, yummy Valentine chocolate gifts are on the top of my personal list!

A piece of inspirational art

There are many affordable ways in which you can express your gratitude, love and respect towards another person. Using a specific gift that can hold that important message or maybe even a quote will definitely prove to be one of the coolest Valentine’s gifts ever. A piece of inspirational art that can properly convey your feelings is always a good choice. So why not look into some really nice frames that come with most adorable quotes and messages for your significant other?

Write a poem

Not all people have the talent to put their feelings into words, but if you actually do then why not write a poem for your important someone this Valentine’s Day? There’s plenty of inspiration online, you can use really intricate cursive handwriting style, roll the paper up and tie it with a nice bow. There are also many additional details you could add, such as drawings, other types of cute packaging, etc. The power of the gift and the meaning behind it will surely reach the other person through your heartfelt verses.

Really thoughtful and meaningful gifts are enriched with feelings and personal effort put into them, not the amount of cash you spend. Therefore, don’t feel reluctant to give it your absolute creative best to show just how much you care for someone on this special day that celebrates love.

 

 

 

 

About the author:

Roxana is a travel enthusiast and lifestyle consultant from Sydney and she loves to write about her adventures. She is all about the healthy lifestyle, loves to run with her husband and dogs and has fun cooking exotic meals for her family. Being a typical Aussie, she often hits the waves and loves beaches and sunshine! You can find out more about her writing following her on twitter and facebook. She is also one of the editors at Higstylife Magazine.

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First Time Mom – Maternity Clothes Tricks

First Time Mom – Maternity Clothes Tricks

If this is your first time entering the magical world of motherhood, then prepare to be amazed and dazzled by what awaits you in the following period. You’ve probably heard all the stories about pregnancy – the mesmerizing glow, the sensation once you feel the baby’s kicking and other enchanting things that make pregnancy one of the most memorable periods of your life. Of course, there are those, not-so-pleasant aspects of pregnancy that are going to make this process a bit uncomfortable. The swollen ankles, a bigger bust and of course, a significant weight gain are inevitable factors when it comes to pregnancy, but this surely isn’t a reason to sacrifice your style. These few handy tricks will show you how to design wonderful outfits for the next couple of months and also how to wear your regular clothes even with a baby bump.

Under Trouble

Once the baby bump starts forming and you start gaining some weight, not only will you notice that your usual garments don’t fit, but you’ll also have a fair amount of issues regarding your undergarments as well. To avoid the issue of renewing your whole wardrobe, the best thing to do is rely on some alternative ways of dressing. Firstly, your bust is going to increase at least for a size, so the best thing to do is opt for bra extenders. You can attach them directly to your old bras and get the familiar comfort with just a bit more room. Another common problem you’ll experience is your undies not fitting well because of the belly. This can be solved simply by opting for under-the-belly undies which won’t create any discomfort and will suit you perfectly.

 

 

Go with The Flow

During pregnancy days, dresses with simple cuts, tunics and oversized blouses are going to become your best friends. The most important thing when choosing your maternity clothes is to feel pleasant and comfortable and these garments will provide you just with that. Anything flowy or loose will give your skin a chance to breathe, but will also provide just enough room so you wouldn’t feel trapped in your own body.

Dark and Subtle

No matter how wonderful and completely normal pregnancy is, the truth is that you’re going to feel a bit uncomfortable in your own body – and that’s perfectly okay. Of course, if you find yourself feeling a bit insecure, then the best solution is to opt for garments that’ll help hide certain undesired spots. Choosing clothes in darker tones can make you appear smaller than you actually are and give you a dose of elegance, while subtle prints are also a good idea if you’re looking to downsize your belly a bit. Another thing that can greatly help you experiment with style, prints and colors is embracing the art of layering. Unbuttoned blazers and cardigans should become your essential garments during pregnancy days.

 

 

Transform Your Jeans

As your belly continues to grow, you’ll experience some difficulty buttoning up your old jeans. That’s why it’s a good idea to try adding another button or simply securing your pants with a rubber band. Of course, every woman going through pregnancy should have at least one pair of maternity jeans, but it’s crucial to find some great discounts, given the fact that these jeans can be quite pricy.

The following nine months are going to be like nothing you’ve ever experienced. Make sure to withstand this pregnancy like a true lady, dressed by the latest fashion. Employ your sewing skills, rely on simple DIY hacks and invest in a few lifesaver additions, which are going to become your essential kits in the following period.

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the author:

Roxana is a travel enthusiast and lifestyle consultant from Sydney and she loves to write about her adventures. She is all about the healthy lifestyle, loves to run with her husband and dogs and has fun cooking exotic meals for her family. Being a typical Aussie, she often hits the waves and loves beaches and sunshine! You can find out more about her writing following her on twitter and facebook. She is also one of the editors at Higstylife Magazine.

 

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How To Make The Honeymoon Phase Last Forever

How To Make The Honeymoon Phase Last Forever

By: Roxana Oliver

It’s not always easy to make generic assumptions about relationships or subject them to scientific evaluation. Although there are ways in which science can explain to some extent how relationships work, since it’s a matter of human psychology after all, no one will provide you a universally applicable, clear, unambiguous answer to your heart’s troubles. Every relationship is different, just as every person on this planet is unique.

 

There’s a confirmed research study, that you’ve probably heard about, that honeymoon phase lasts for about two years before you finally dive into deep peaceful, still waters. And this applies to every relationship over two years, whether it’s been blessed with marital union or not, there’s a fine line between staring at each other's eyes for hours and staring at the TV for hours.

 

The main thing is that whatever you’re doing, you’re doing it together. Because you can actually rewind and relive your happiest moments and make them last longer. Here’s a little insight on where to begin.

 

Compliments

 

One compliment goes long way. Maybe you feel neglected because saying nice things to each other, or stating the obvious (I’m attracted to you) has become superfluous. This is important to remember. Many words will become silent and you will maybe express those feelings through gestures. Learn to read them, pay attention to details. Sometimes one person or the other requires validation through words and needs to hear them otherwise they won’t know you mean them. Say something nice to each other every day.

 

 

Just Because

Remember this, because this will make your relationship special and fulfilled for as long as it lasts. Don’t wait for special occasions. Don’t wait for birthdays, don’t wait for anniversaries, name days, holidays or whatever it is that you celebrate every year on exact same date. By all means, keep them, but once a while, throw in a just because occasion. A gift, a nice dinner, a love letter, a massage whatever comes to mind, it will be very appreciated. Also ladies, sexy lingerie and a nice perfume are always good choices – seduction game is a classic for a reason. Bear in mind that what men want basically is to know that you made the effort to dress nicely for day. They notice, believe me. This is individual, and it’s not about being or doing something you don’t feel like, the point is doing something, that you don’t do often. A surprise effect. A pleasant surprise that is.

Recreate memories

Don’t replicate them, just recreate the atmosphere, the detail that you remember, a certain smell, a meal you’ve had or even a joke, anything that made it yours and yours only. You can make up your own relationship leitmotif, something that will carry you on your way together and always remind you of each other.

Spend some time alone

 

If you want to be good together, you have to be good by yourself. So, there are two main points to this premise. First, in order to truly be with someone you have to be able to be with yourself first. The second point is to spend some time apart, enough to miss each other. Just find your balance, you don’t have to be separated for too long, just engage in different activities individually. Cherish your me time, find time for yourself, and wait for the butterflies in the stomach.

 

So yes, maybe there is an expiration date to the honeymoon phase, but don’t let yourself be naive as to what that phrase really is. It’s just natural and new and exciting and when that feeling wears off, it becomes familiar and you find yourself craving for something new and exciting again. It’s how your brain works, it’s normal. You can make your relationship new and exhilarating for yourself if you just scratch beneath that basic instinct and make your own way instead. Together.

 

 

 

About the author:

Roxana is a travel enthusiast and lifestyle consultant from Sydney and she loves to write about her adventures. She is all about the healthy lifestyle, loves to run with her husband and dogs and has fun cooking exotic meals for her family. Being a typical Aussie, she often hits the waves and loves beaches and sunshine! You can find out more about her writing following her on twitter and facebook. She is also one of the editors at Higstylife Magazine.

 

 

 

 

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3 finishing touches for the perfect wedding

3 finishing touches for the perfect wedding

In the midst of wedding planning, it's so easy for details to slip through the cracks.  Some can be compromised, but certain things call for your attention.  We've picked our 5 details below that will elevate the overall aesthetic of your wedding with minimal effort, and are must dos on your planning checklist!  And the best part is, you can totally do this on a budget!

01. A unique cake topper

You've spent all that time rushing to tasting appointments, painstakingly choosing just the right flavor and ingredients and carefully crafted the final look.  The cake of your dreams is absolutely perfect, short for one thing - how to top off something so beautiful?  Picking the right cake topper and make or break your gorgeous creation, and nothing beats a customized topper that unique and speaks to you as a couple!

 

02. Personalized glasses

What better way to let your most special guests know just how important they are to you than personalized items?  Wine glasses are the perfect blank canvas to add that special touch, and look gorgeous on any table.

 

03. Favors to delight

You know you love walking away with precious little somethings at the end of weddings, so make sure your own are up to par!  Look for small ways to add your personal signature like charms, or package them in a way friends and family will know it's from you.  Favors are the quintessential way for guests to have a little piece of your day, so make sure it reflects you!

 

As you go through your wedding planning there will be hundreds of things wanting your attention - the key to successfully executing your vision is picking what's important to you and your overall aesthetic and not to stress about the rest.  

The 3 items above are definitely on our list of things deserving time and attention; what would be yours?  Let us know!

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