The Wedding Checklist: 3 Ways to Make Sure the Guests Are Happy

Your wedding day may be your and your significant other’s big day. But this big day for both of you might not be a happy day for your guests. Since they are always ready to support you and see you happy, you may want to have their backs, too. Rather than merely send wedding invitations to them, and then think that you’ve done the job, consider taking it (catering to them) up a notch.

1 – Treat Them to Unlimited Delights

Not a lot of people have the attention span that can endure long speeches – not even when the most interesting people are the ones giving these speeches. If your wedding may open the door for people to honor you through talks, you may want to do something about it for your guests’ sake.

You can’t, however, cut these speeches. What you can do is offer an alternative for your guests: food galore!

Especially if they’re foodies, your wedding guests will adore the fact that you have prepared treats for them. And the best thing about it is that these treats are unlimited. So, when they’re watching other people give their toasts to you and your significant other, they can sit back and relax in their chairs – while of course, eating away.

2 – Hire a Wedding Singer

You should also serenade your wedding guests with fine music. You can do it yourself or you can let a brilliant wedding singer do it for you.

The latter seems the better option. You may want to concentrate on your wedding. And if you can’t sing, choosing this option should be a given.

For the most part, letting a wedding singer soothe the atmosphere with his voice and choice of tunes can take the stress off of your hands. A professional wedding singer also knows what’s perfect for the said occasion.

If you want to splurge a few months’ worth of salary to make this happen, go ahead. But if you don’t want to, it doesn’t mean that hiring a wedding singer is off the list. If you want a coupon code, you can get it.

3 – Carefully Plan the Seating Arrangement

And don’t forget the seating arrangement at your wedding. Many guests who dislike their seatmates tend to have an awful time – or worse, they end up leaving. So, plan this ahead and plan carefully. Also, acquaint yourself with each of your guests by knowing their personalities and history.

For example, avoid arranging a seat for a talkative person next to an all-out introvert. If you’re 100% certain that the two won’t get along, figure out a better strategy. Otherwise, they may end up annoying each other.

Wrapping It up

Remember that your guests are part of your wedding, too. Without them, you may not have a wedding. They are kind enough to set aside time to watch you marry the love of your life. They are going to be there for you no matter what – yes, even if you ignore this checklist. Since their support for you is constant, you can repay them by granting the chance to have the time of their lives to them.

The Bathroom and the Kitchen

One of the major things that homeowners plan for is the remodeling of the important rooms of the house. There are a lot of rooms within a house that could need remodeling but the two most important that many people decide to start with are the kitchen and the bathroom. These two rooms are two of the most important rooms that need to be redone.

There are numerous reasons as to why these rooms are so important:

·         These are usually the first two rooms that prospective buyers look at when they go to view a home. These are rooms that could make or break a home for buyers. When these two rooms need to be in great shape in order to draw in a prospective buyer’s eye. If there are more than one bathroom, it’s the master bath that you should focus on.

·         Because they are so important to the buyer, they can add a lot of resale value to their price of the home. The money you put into these rooms you can get back plus more if you take the time to do the job the right way.

·         These rooms provide a lot of important functions within the daily routines of a family. Having these rooms updated can make sure to maximize the amount of comfort within your daily life. It is also a way to make sure that they can meet the current needs and wants of every member of the household.

·         It can also help to make a big difference in your wallet. One of the things that has to be factored into the monthly budget is the utility bills. A great way to cut down on these bills is to remodel these rooms with energy efficiency in mind. Energy efficient lighting, low water consumption and energy efficient appliances, and updated insulation are great ways that the remodel of these rooms will help to save on your utility bill.

When you finally get into the remodeling process, there are different challenges that come along with each room. There are a list of accomplishments you want to be able to achieve in each room so that you are satisfied with the results. The bathroom and the kitchen have their own set of features that are important parts of the remodel.

The bathroom can be a little bit smaller of an undertaking, but it has its’ own challenges. The largest challenge when you redo the bathroom is using the correct processes and materials to make sure the room is waterproof. There are other features of the bathroom that require a little bit of planning.

·         The shower/bathtub is the central part of the bathroom. You want to consider who will be using the bathroom before you decide on the various things you are going to add or take away from the room. When it comes to the shower/bathtub you want to realize whether or not you even take baths and whether or not you want to even put one in there. Putting in a great shower install is one way to save space in a smaller bathroom.  If there are people in the home with mobility issues, there are great step in units that can really be easy for them to use without the dangers of a regular bathtub.

·         Many bathrooms have very limited natural light and when you are doing a remodel you will want to figure out if you can add a window to brighten up the space. Natural light not only looks better but it is the best energy efficient option so that you won’t have to turn the light on. You will want to see where you can add a window and what you will need to do to do that.

·         Then there is the floor. It needs to be waterproof and moisture resistant. You do not want the floor to be affected by the moisture in the air in the bathroom or by the water that will get on the floor. Tile and stone are two of the best choices for a bathroom because of their resistance to moisture and not to mention they can be bought to suit any décor.

The kitchen is one of the biggest remodeling jobs that any person can undertake. It is a job that a homeowner needs to take their time on so that it is done right and done the way they want and the way that suits them. This is an important room of the house because of all the different things that a household does in the kitchen. There are a lot of things that need to be considered within the scope of the kitchen.

·         There are a lot of appliances that are needed for the kitchen. It is cost effective, as far as energy efficiency goes, for you to but the energy efficient appliances because of the money they can save you in the long run.

·         The floors and the countertops are the features that can get the attention of prospective buyers and they are the ones that can take the most abuse. These features are the type that need to be redone with the consideration of how they will be used and who will be using them. For example, in a home with children you want to choose materials that are easily cleaned and durable because of the abuse they will take.

Remodeling any room is always a good amount of work. One of the biggest decisions to make is whether to do them yourself or to hire a professional. Take your time and be realistic when you are sitting down to make decisions about any remodeling job.

Save Time and Money, Automate Your Home

In many ways, the future is already here. Flying cars exist, though they are still trying to find a way to make them affordable and safe. You can talk face to face with people from just about anywhere in the world. Even crazy concepts like immortality are beginning to seem within our reach. Of course, many of the details and specifics have changed, but generally, we still spend our time on the same things. We work jobs, connect with other people, and take care of our families and homes. Technology has made many of these things easier and has brought possibilities into play that were never possible before. But are you really making the most of the technology available to you?

Why Automating Your Home Can Save You Time and Money

It started with simple technologies like washing machines, dishwashers, and cooking appliances, but now automation is becoming even more comprehensive in the home. From lights to thermostats, to wi-fi, almost everything in your home can be automated in ways the help you make the most out of your appliances.


In terms of saving time, automation can directly impact your life. Automation makes everything in your home run more smoothly, and it can save you a lot of time and energy that would otherwise be spent managing your electricity bill, heating bill, and cleaning. Many people are put off by the time and energy that must initially be spent to set up an automated home, but the time and worrying it saves you are well worth it. Plus, thanks to the increasing popularity and wide variety of options for home automation, there are plenty of services that can set up an automated home for you.


When it comes to saving money, home automation proves its worth. Automating things like your lights and thermostat can save you tons of money on your next electricity and heating bills. Plus, many of these products come equipped with tracking and AI functions which help you determine how to save the most energy and make the most of your usage.  Of course, many customers balk at the price of setting up a fully automated home. If you have the money to spare, rest assured that that money spent will prove to be an intelligent investment. If you don’t have that kind of money lying around, don’t worry. You can always automate your home slowly over time, buying one product at a time and slowly building up to full automation.  The money you save from the first few automated produces will only help you save up for the next step, effectively snowballing until you find yourself living in an automated home with more time, money, and energy to spare than you had before. Before you go out and waste money on the first products you see, check out some of the information and guides on The Smart Future to find the best products for you, at the best prices.

Ways You Can Automate Your Home

  • Routers and Hubs

Many smart devices and home automation devices function with and communicate through internet connections. Routers can keep all of your devices connected and keep you connected, too. A hub uses even less power than a router but provides the same connections between your automation devices.

  • Smart Thermostats

Smart thermostats can save you tons of money on your next energy bill. You can set them up on energy saving schedules, hook them up to motion sensors so they only function when you’re home, and even control them right from your phone no matter where you are!

  • Music Systems

Okay, these might not save you any money, but having music systems that automatically turn on make for a great party trick or an excellent alarm in the morning.

  • Automated Yard Care

Smart sprinkler systems can conserve more water than the best standard sprinkler ever could. There are even robotic lawn mowers that can be programmed to mow your lawn for you, saving you tons of time and energy without letting your yard fall into disarray.

  • Lights

Tired of flipping switches? Automatic lights will never stay on when no one needs them unless you tell them to. Save money, conserve energy, and save the planet without doing a thing!

  • Cleaners

Cleaning takes time. At least, it does if you don’t have a robot to do it for you. Ever since the first Roomba vacuum came out, automatic cleaning devices have been going through a period of innovation and increasing efficiency. Come home to a clean home every day, without having to pick up a vacuum or a broom, and none of the cost of having someone clean for you. 

Home automation can save you time, money, and precious energy. So what are you waiting for? Start automating your home today and start living your life to the fullest.

A Century in the Making: The Development of the Electric Drill

Invented over a hundred years ago, the portable electric drill has been around for so long that many of us take it for granted. It is an essential piece of equipment for professionals and non-professionals alike, from construction jobs to do-it-yourself home renovations. Power drills have a variety of uses, and it’s hard to imagine life without them. You just pop in the drill bit best suited for your needs and off you go. However, there was a time when they weren’t a part of every handyman’s tool kit.

Developing The Drill

Prior to the advent of the portable drill, the only electric drills in use were too large to be operated by a single person. They were stationary machines found only in industrial and manufacturing facilities. That all changed in 1916 when the Black + Decker Manufacturing Company filed a patent for a half-inch portable electric drill designed to be used by one person. The new device was powered by a universal electric motor that could run on alternating current (AC) or direct current (DC), and it was controlled by a trigger mounted on its pistol-grip handle. Despite all of the advancements in technology, these features have always been included on portable drills right up to the present day.

Trigger Finger

The founders of Black + Decker, S. Duncan Black and Alonzo Decker, had opened a machine shop in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1910. It was during this time that they came up with the concept of a portable electric drill. One day, as Black and Decker were working on the design of the drill and deciding how the user would be able to hold and control the device, they were struck by inspiration. One of the clients at their machine shop was gun manufacturer Colt, and the design of a Colt handgun was the perfect solution to their problem. With this in mind, they created the pistol grip and trigger that would be an integral part of the drill’s design for the next century and beyond.

Industrial Use

Once the portable electric drill was developed and patented, Black and Decker established a 12,000-square-foot manufacturing plant in nearby Towson, Maryland, in 1917. Here they would produce their new drill, as well as portable electric air compressors and other products. At the time, there was no market for home improvement products and the drills were too expensive for the general public, so they were designed to be used primarily in the industrial sector. However, a funny thing happened – employees, as they are wont to do, started to borrow the drills from work in order to use them on their own personal projects at home. Suddenly, the potential of a do-it-yourself market began to take shape.

Creating A Market

Thanks to plant supervisors observing employees taking company property home with them, a whole new market was created. Already advertising locally by 1921, Black + Decker set their sights on the national consumer market and published a full-page ad in the Saturday Evening Post to appeal to the general public. According to company history, affordable and portable electric drills were first made available to non-professionals in 1923. Realizing the financial benefits of this new home improvement market, Black + Decker taught distributors how to properly and effectively sell power tools by holding mobile classes on company buses.

The Depression and World War II

Just as things were looking up for the company, the Great Depression brought everyone down. Although they struggled like most companies at the time, Black + Decker survived the Depression and later benefitted from government contracts handed out during World War II to provide war materials for the United States and its allies. After the war ended, a new line of home power tools was introduced to the public in 1946, featuring quarter-inch and half-inch drills, drill stands, and other accessories.

The Cordless Drill

The next major step in the evolution of the drill came in 1961 when Black + Decker unveiled the very first cordless portable electric drill, powered by a nickel-cadmium battery. Once again, this new innovation was designed for industrial and commercial use rather than the home improvement market, and it was a welcome development for professionals due to the scarcity of power outlets on construction sites. Japanese tool maker Makita was the first to make cordless power drills available to the general public in 1978.

Tools in Space

The advent of the cordless drill was not only a boon for contractors and carpenters on Earth, but it also attracted the attention of NASA. In the early-to-mid 1960s, Black + Decker and Martin Marietta were contracted to develop tools that could be used in outer space. One such invention was the zero-impact wrench, which allowed an astronaut to turn bolts in the weightless void of space without spinning himself as well. Later, the company created a cordless rotary hammer drill to extract rock samples for the Apollo space program, designed to withstand zero-atmosphere conditions and extreme temperatures.

The Milwaukee Electric Tool Company

While Black + Decker were truly groundbreaking in the development of the portable electric drill, many other companies deserve credit for contributing to the process of innovation over the years. After a fire destroyed A.H. Peterson’s manufacturing facility, the Milwaukee Electric Tool Company acquired his Hole-Shooter – a lightweight portable drill – in 1924 and made it more powerful and durable. Designed for professional users, Milwaukee developed the right-angle drill as well as variations to the basic drill and driver for both corded and cordless versions.

Lithium-Ion Batteries

In 2005, Milwaukee revolutionized cordless tool technology with the introduction of lithium-ion batteries, completely altering the form, features, and functions of drills and other cordless tools. Scientific advancements in tool and battery electronics have opened the doors to a host of possibilities, including products equipped with LED lights and “smart” drills that adjust the power based on the task at hand. As the portable electric drill continues to evolve, the pistol-grip trigger handle remains the same.

How To Keep Your Possessions Safe While You Are Away

The safety of your property and possessions will always be a top priority irrespective of whether you reside in the rural or urban areas. There are times you will go on business trips or vacations, and you cannot carry everything with you on your trip. The trip could be making you lots of money, but still, you have a property that it is at risk. You may find yourself at crossroads and not knowing who to trust with your property. The following are essential tips to keep your home safe while you are away.

    1. Hire someone to stay within your property

You can either decide to hire an individual or a company to guard your home while you are away. If you opt for an individual, ensure that it is someone you can trust or have close relations with. Sign a formal contract if you will be gone for long to ensure that you have something you can lean back on in case something goes amiss. Check reviews and what previous customers are saying about potential service providers if you opt to use a company. Disclose every information that the guards might require to keep your property safe. Agree on the areas that the security guards will access and those that are out of bound.

    1. Rent external storage for your important documents

There are those things that are so valuable, and you cannot afford to misplace them. However, you cannot move with them everywhere because it will be inconvenient. You can rent some space and keep your possessions safe while you are away. An ideal storage space, such one provided by should be secure and easily accessible. 24-hour accessibility is the most ideal because it gives you freedom of using your stuff. The storage area should also be easily accessible by various means of transport.

    1. Install security systems

Most burglars access homes when the owners are away or at work. A good security system can alert you or scare away intruders in real-time. You can install motion-detecting lights that turn on automatically. Such lights will scare away intruders as they may think that someone is watching them. You can also install security cameras and synchronize them with your phone. You will always know when an intruder visits your home and take necessary action. You can also use alarms that produce warnings whenever someone touches sensitive areas such as the doorknob or windows.

    1. Be self-conscious

Some people make their homes a possible target by burglars unknowingly. Do not trust everyone because you do not know who might be planning to attack your property. Minimize posting vacation photos on the social media as people might know that you are not home and take advantage. Relate well with your neighbors and request them to keep an eye on your property while you are away. Ensure that all your locks, windows and doors are in good shape before you go for a trip.

Following the above tips ensures that your possessions are safe and free from physical danger. Do not wait for the authorities to protect your possessions because security starts with you.

Choosing a Martial Arts School: How to Save Time and Money

You must have seen several adverts for martial arts training, but do you know how to identify the perfect place to train in martial arts? There are easy-to-spot tell-tale signs that a training facility is the best for your needs. Let us look at these signs that show you that the facility is what you need to advance your martial arts skills.

Remember that a commitment to martial arts also takes time and money, therefore knowing what to look for in a training centre gives you the ability to advance your skills.

It Suits Your Objectives

Before you can go ahead and consider the training facility, you need to know your goals. Once you understand the goals, then you can try and match them to what the training facility offers. The main goal of a martial arts centre is physical fitness, but you can choose to train for a competition, for emotional growth and for combat training.

The Presence of an Instructor

Any serious training facility, such as the London Fight Factory, has an instructor that is knowledgeable in martial arts training. A school that offers martial arts training is as good as its instructors.

The instructor should have the experience, knowledge and the willingness to pass the craft on to you. Contrary to popular myths, being a black belt is not a guarantee that the instructor is qualified to teach. The instructor should possess proper communication and leadership skills. The instructor should also show genuine interest in trying to help you achieve your objectives.

One thing the instructor should be good at is having extensive knowledge of the martial arts philosophy.

These aspects will be evident through the actions of the instructor and the culture they display when you meet them the first time. The instructor responds to your inquiries and questions with insight and a lot of patience.

Training Session Dynamics

You need to evaluate the training facility in two parts: context and content. The context refers to the environment and training methods used in the school. You need a supportive environment to learn martial arts. The context involves the amenities and equipment in use, training methodologies, quality of service, and the collective energy in the facility.

One of the ways to determine the context is to watch the class in session or participate in a class. You can visit the website, watch videos of the sessions or just go and watch a class in session. You can take part in an introductory lesson offered by the facility.

The Content

The content is made up of the style and curriculum of the centre. You can get an idea of this by looking at the students in a session, the curriculum and the classes. The curriculum of a martial arts class consists of the materials and techniques that the school offers.

Final Words

Once you determine these aspects of the martial arts training centre, you need to make the ultimate decision. Now that you have the necessary knowledge, you can start preparing for your first class. The right martial arts training facility helps improve your quality of life and your skills improve tremendously.

Commercial Window Cleaning Services

Commercial Window Cleaning Services Help Build Your Business Image

The commercial world is filled with businesses that are out to make it. One of the ways they seek to achieve this is to build the right image in the eyes of the customer. As a business, your image matters a lot and it starts with the outward appearance of the business premises. A dirty working environment just goes ahead to emphasize how the service could be – shabby. The level of cleanliness you maintain both inside and outside the office is enough to make a lasting impression on the prospective client.

Windows – An Essential Part of the Premises

Just the way the walls, the ceiling, roof and floor are vital components of any building, you shouldn’t overlook the windows as well. Any stains on the window tells the customer that you can’t handle the premises the right way, and he goes ahead to wonder whether you can handle his business properly.

Windows have the uncanny habit of collecting dust and stains quickly. The nature of glass is such that it smudges easily whenever you handle it, whether during opening or closing. Accumulation of dust on the windows affects the quality of air within your office. Over time, this affects the health of the employees that spend time working within the premises.

Closely related to this is the fact that having clean windows allows enough light into the premises. Natural light reduces the need for artificial lighting, which in turn helps cut down energy bills.

These are just some of the reasons to clean your office windows, but how do you make sure your windows are as clean as you need them to be?

Use Commercial Window Cleaning Services

Commercial window cleaning is different from residential cleaning in various ways. First, most commercial buildings are multi-storied and need intricate skills to reach and clean them. Secondly, the demands for cleaning office windows is different from residential windows due to the wide range of dirt and stains that are found in office areas.

Cleaning commercial windows takes time and effort. It also needs special tools, equipment, and detergents that are not available locally.

The delicate process of handling these windows also needs the right safety procedures. Running an office is tricky, and you need to take time to avoid legal implications for some actions. For instance, if one of the cleaners falls and injures himself, you have to take responsibility. Using commercial window cleaners means you pass any liability to the cleaning company.

It Is Cost-effective

Window cleaning can be tough and complicated if you consider the costs involved. For one, you need to buy the right equipment, special detergent and then employ the right people to handle the tasks. Using window-cleaning services from a reliable cleaner such as reduces the costs of cleaning by a large margin, helping you save money for other core projects.


To protect and boost the image of your business, you need the right professionals to keep the offices clean. Just the way you emphasize on cleaning the interior of the premises, make sure you handle your office windows with the same commitment.

How To Clean Your Mattress Topper

Most bed and mattress companies recommend that you buy a mattress topper when you purchase your new mattress. Or you may have bought a mattress topper as you couldn’t quite afford the new mattress that you have set your heart on. But what is a mattress topper and why do you need one?

Benefits of a Mattress Topper.

There are many benefits to buying a mattress topper. The main ones are that they add comfort to your bed, and increase the life of your mattress. When buying a mattress topper there are so many choices. Do you want latex or foam, wool or fleece? Will it still work on the mattress you already have? If you are looking for guidance on choosing a mattress topper, my recommendation is to go to MattressPicks. They will give you the advice and guidance you need. But why do you need a topper?

    • Protect your mattress. A topper protects your mattress from your sweat and dead skin that comes from you when you sleep. Also, from the dents, you leave in the mattress.
    • Comfort. A topper will make a good mattress even more comfortable. It can also make a bad mattress better.
    • Life of your mattress. Having a topper will make your mattress last longer. We all know how expensive mattresses are so this can only be a good thing.
    • Back pain. If you suffer from back pain, the support from a mattress topper can reduce pain allowing you to sleep better.


But now that you have bought a mattress topper, how do you clean it?

Check the Label.

As with anything you buy, the first thing you need to do is check the label. You might have no intention of putting it in the washing machine, it might not even fit, but you need to know if you could. You need to know if you can wet it, bleach it, dry clean it even tumble dry it.


Pulling back the covers on your bed every day is a good habit to get into. This will air your topper and mattress and allow any sweat to evaporate.

Shake and Rotate.

If your topper is filled with feathers or down, shaking it once a week and rotating it around the bed will redistribute the contents and prevent your topper becoming out of shape.

Vacuum and Clean.

Toppers like memory foam need a bit of extra care as they can’t be machine washed. You can vacuum the topper to remove any dust and dirt. A hand-held vacuum or one with an extension, and brush attachment works best. Now spray it lightly with a diluted hand wash detergent. Some people like to use a mix of water, lemon juice and white vinegar. Try to remove any stains with care. Ensure you blot the area dry. Once, your mattress is dry, vacuum it again.

Remember to do both sides and ensure it is fully dry before making the bed again. The last thing you want to be doing is sleeping on a damp mattress topper.


Rather than a heavy session of vacuuming and washing your topper, try and get in the habit of regular vacuuming. If you vacuum your topper once a week, when you change your sheets, it will be generally easier to clean.


If you have one of those hand held steamers, these work well on both your mattress topper and your actual mattress. Vacuum the topper first. Then steam clean it but ensure it doesn’t get too wet. Then blot it dry with a clean towel. Once it is dry, vacuum again.

Machine Wash.

Many mattress toppers can be washed in a washing machine on a warm wash. They can even be tumble dried. Again, check the label. If your machine at home is not big enough, consider taking your mattress topper to your local laundrette.

Hand Wash.

If your mattress topper is a memory foam one, or wool or feather, it will need to be hand washed with care. You can not machine wash this type of topper.

Dry Clean.

Depending on the care label it is a good idea to have your topper professionally cleaned occasionally. At least once a year but every six months would be better.

Mattress Topper Cover.

You can reduce the amount you need to clean your mattress topper, by buying a mattress topper cover. This can then be easily washed in your washing machine.

As you can see, having a mattress topper is beneficial for both you and your mattress. Although a topper does require additional care, they are not that difficult to clean and maintain. Clean it regularly then have an annual deep clean. If you clean your topper properly, it will last longer and stay cleaner. I am sure you will sleep better too! Just remember to check the care label. Enjoy your lovely clean mattress topper.

Starting a Blog

There are thousands of blogs starting up every day. People start them for a variety of reasons, one of which is to make money. Another reason is to share the wonderful things that you see in your lifetime. A very popular niche for blogs is the travel niche. But there are a lot of travel blogs. Is it still possible to start a travel blog?

Why Start A Travel Blog?

People generally start a travel blog for one of three reasons.

    • One trip. They are going on a big trip and want to keep family and friend informed of their progress. The blog becomes a sort of online diary, with the addition of photos and videos.
    • Travel lifestyle. This is the second reason that people start a travel blog. It may be a student taking a year out to travel. Maybe a family is getting away from it all and travelling the world in a camper van. Or a retired couple who plan to see the sights they have been promising themselves throughout their working life.
    • Holiday habit. There are some people who take regular, standard, holidays. They may have a certain theme. They always take walking holidays. Or camping in a mobile home. Or climbing. This is a way to build an audience with similar tastes.

How To Start A Travel Blog.

Now that you have decided that you are going to start a travel blog, you need to know how to do it. Fortunately, there is some good advice on the internet for somebody wanting to start a blog. Probably the best article for starting a travel blog is this one It has very good advice for starting a travel blog and the 8 steps are very clear. Why do you want to start a travel blog?

One Trip Blogging.

If you are starting a blog to inform family and friends about your one big trip of a lifetime, then you will probably just blog. It will be a fairly traditional blog in that it is more of an online diary. You just need a suitable name and you are away!

Travel Lifestyle Blogging.

This is similar to blogging about one trip in that you will be doing an online diary type blog. However, you have the potential to do so much more. As you are actually living in a foreign land, as opposed to holidaying, you will see the country in greater depth. You can also blog about the food and cooking, living the lifestyle, and also about artefacts and furnishings. You could turn your hand to writing books. Write travel books about some of the areas you visit. Become an expert in the places you visit.

Holiday Habit Blogging.

A very interesting style of travel blog to start if you have a hobby that impacts your holidays. Even something as basic as holidaying with a dog gives other people useful information and can start a community of like-minded people. Your blog doesn’t need to just cover your holiday itself. You can blog about the planning, choosing the location, hints and tips, time of year to holiday, all sorts of topics. This is a great, all year round, travel blog.

Now that you know how to start a travel blog, what is stopping you? Just give it a go and start travel blogging.

Things to Have on Hand When Your Dog Has Puppies

So, your dog is going to have puppies? That’s wonderful news! But now you might be wondering what you might need to have on hand for that magic moment. Your dog has her own instincts that kick in when the time is near, so it’s an excellent idea to have the area prepared before she shows signs that labor has begun.

Whelping Box

This is a must-have for any dog close to delivery. Your dog will make her nest in the box, getting ready for the birth of her puppies. You can check those whelping boxes at to see various types of birthing boxes available. The box sides need to be high enough to prevent the puppies from feeling drafts, but there should be a way for mama to go in and out.

Home for the Puppies

As soon as the pups are born, you’ll want to get them out of mom’s way until she’s delivered all the babies. A laundry basket with a flat bottom makes an excellent temporary holding pen. Make sure you keep it close enough that mom and pups can see and hear each other. You’ll want to add a thick towel and maybe even a heating pad to help the puppies regulate their body temperature. When puppies are too hot, they’ll cry; when they’re too cold, they’ll whine. You can adjust the heating pad as necessary. Or, if your basket is large enough, cover half of it with the pad and leave the other half just with a towel. Then, the puppies can crawl about on their own.

Boiling Water and Towels

It’s a cliché you’ve probably seen many times in movies where an expectant mother suddenly goes into labor. Well, you won’t need the boiling water, but a stack of soft, clean towels is necessary to clean off the puppies.

In Case of Emergency

Some supplies you might want to have on hand in case of an emergency include sharp, sterile scissors (you can boil these in water or soak them in alcohol beforehand), dental floss (though not the mint flavored kind), rubber gloves, and some type of antiseptic solution (iodine works perfectly for this). You’ll need these things in case you need to tie off and cut an umbilical cord. But let the mother dog handle this if at all possible; she knows exactly where to bite through the cord. If you must cut it, tie it off twice with about an inch of cord between your ties. It should be about two inches from the puppy’s belly. Then, cut between your ties.

Remain Calm

This is perhaps the most difficult part of watching your dog give birth. If you get excited, whether from happiness or worry that something will/is go/going wrong, your dog will pick up on your emotions and it will add to her distress. Talk calmly to your dog so she feels the comfort of your voice. If she’ll let you, you can pat her on the head between deliveries.

Having new puppies is always an exciting challenge! Fortunately, most dogs have easy deliveries because the mom already knows exactly what to do. But arranging a few items in your home before the delivery begins can help streamline the process and keep you calm because you won’t be searching for items you suddenly need.