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Ashley Wants a Bunny

My son Ashley woke up one morning and tell me that he wants a pet rabbit. Astonished on what he said I told him that he is allowed to have a pet when he reach the age of 8. That was months ago and now that he’s eight birthday is getting near I have to fulfill my promise. A friend of mine recommended me to check on EntirelyPets to check on the kinds of animals they have as pets. Hopefully, I could find a rabbit before this day ends.

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Every weekend is a fun day with my family. We usually spend it going out to dine, going to the malls or watching movies. But this weekend my kids are not excited to go and intended to stay home because they are busy watching this.

Yup! Elsa and Anna got their eyes tuned and their hearts beat.

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They love Disney Frozen to bits. They know and love to sing every song that the movie had. From “ Do you want to build a snowman?” “ For the first time in Forever” and Zack ’s all time favorite, “ Let it Go”.

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I know this kind of movies where they are princesses and queens are supposed to be loved by young girls but hey they can also touch the hearts of handsome young boys like my kids, right? :)

Overall, I’m just glad they have learned to appreciate great movies at their age and loves to sing good music as well.

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When one decides to make the shift from a diet that regularly includes meat to a plant-based diet like vegetarianism, it is often surprising to witness the reactions of friends and family. Polite inquiries about sources of protein, and questions about exactly what you can and cannot eat, are at one end of the typical reactionary spectrum, while outright hostility and belligerence is at the other. With a little bit of education and patience, as well as a handful of tasty vegetarian recipes on hand to share, you may be able to help people understand your decision, your reasons behind it, and the valid science that backs the idea up. It may help you quite a bit to learn why people react the way they do when confronted with the concept of vegetarianism.

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The Psychology of Vegetarianism

Although it can be frustrating to be met with negativity and criticism when announcing your decision to shift to a plant-based diet, try not to take it to heart. For the most part, the people who criticize you are probably ignorant of the health benefits of a vegetarian diet. If they are open and willing to hearing about the science behind a diet of this nature, you can take this opportunity to educate them. However, not everyone is going to be willing to listen to you, or even believe what you do say, and you should not feel obligated to educate these people if this is the case. Many people, especially older individuals, were raised to believe that not only are meats and certain dairy products, like milk, healthy foods to eat, but also mandatory parts of your diet if you are to maintain optimal health. These beliefs that have existed in their minds for decades are often difficult to overcome; in some cases, it may be impossible to change them.

Today, doctors and dieticians know differently about red meat and dairy, but it can be difficult for many people to accept this as truth. In addition, if you are choosing to abstain from meat to reduce animal harm and suffering, explaining your reasons for vegetarianism can make some people feel uncomfortable. This is because hearing about your decision forces them, either consciously or unconsciously, to reevaluate their own eating behaviors.

When people learn they don’t need to eat meat to survive—in addition to learning that most meat originates from huge factory farms, and the animals often treated poorly or even abused prior to death—they often don’t want to deal with this reality. The negativity that is often expressed towards vegetarians—mocking, criticism, and outright insults in many cases—stems from that person’s own discomfort in acknowledging the fact that they are deliberately choosing to eat animals. As the vast majority of individuals would never physically abuse an animal, they don’t want to admit that they are indirectly causing pain and suffering to them by eating them. This creates tension and unhappiness in a person, also known as “cognitive dissonance.”

Unfortunately, the behavior that stems from this unhappiness often spills directly onto the person they feel produced that unhappiness—you, the vegetarian. It isn’t fair to you to be on the receiving end of this behavior, but understand that ultimately the problem he or she has is not with you—it is with themselves, though they won’t want to admit it. As soon as you can learn to disassociate yourself from that person’s negative emotions, the happier you will learn to be with your decision.

Come Prepared

If your family is concerned that vegetarianism is an extreme or foolish diet that will inevitably lead to poor health, you should come prepared to help defend your position. There are hundreds of relevant medical studies that have been done in recent years. They prove, over and over again, that a purely plant-based diet is not only just as nutritionally sound as an omnivorous diet, but also a healthier diet than one full of meat and dairy products.

Individuals who abstain from animal products tend to have markedly less excess body fat, lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, and more energy, just to name a few of the many health benefits. In addition, the chance of heart attack and other heart-related problems significantly decrease when compared to a “regular” American diet. Many of these studies do not often make it onto mainstream television, so you will have to do your homework online and seek them out for yourself.

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Your baby is crying, and you’ve tried everything to assuage the little one – well almost everything. Many parents aren’t aware of just when children start teething, and this can be one of the most traumatic times for a baby. Of course, it’s a natural part of growth and development. At the same time, you want to keep your sanity. Here’s how.

First, Determine Whether He or She Is Really Teething

  • Fussing – If baby starts to fuss more than usual, it might be more than just gas. Crankiness and an inability to console sometimes indicates that teething has begun.
  • Drooling – Babies drool on everything. This isn’t new. But, if baby starts to drool excessively, it’s a natural physiological reflect action to teething.
  • Bulging Gums – Bulging gums can be pretty scary, but this is an excellent indication that baby’s teeth are coming in. You can actually see the outline of the teeth as they are bulging inside the gums. The middle-bottom teeth are usually the first ones to come in, so check there first. If you see them, you’ve got your answer.
  • Night Waking – Sometimes, babies just wake up during the middle of the night. That’s not necessarily indicative of anything. But, when your baby starts waking up often, and you notice other clues like excessive drooling or fussing, this might be the beginning of new teeth.
  • Biting – finally, a dead giveaway is that baby will start chewing on things – pretty much everything. Even if you can’t see bulges yet, chewing and excessive biting means that they’re about to start growing in.

Harmless Symptoms

Not all symptoms are harmful, despite what your friends or even your doctor might tell you. While it’s understandable that you might be concerned about any abnormal change in baby’s temperament or even any physiological changes, keep in mind that things like drool rash, diarrhea, a cough, and a fever aren’t always bad.

All of these symptoms are natural reactions to the teething process. Your baby might have a red, raised, rash on his face, neck, and chest. All you have to do is keep him clean and he should be fine. Diarrhea is always a concern because it could be indicative of other problems. Plus, it’s easy for baby to become dehydrated this way.

But, if you know baby is teething, diarrhea is actually normal. Just keep baby hydrated during this time and everything will be OK. Coughing sometimes signifies a cold or flue, but it can also just be the result of an abundance of saliva dripping down baby’s throat. Remember, if baby is drooling excessively, this might happen. Try to keep baby upright more and clear away drool to help baby swallow.

Finally, fever is something that almost every parent is concerned about, but low-grade fevers can actually be a good thing. They help tune baby’s immune system and can actually make baby stronger when he or she gets older. But, if your baby has a fever higher than 101, it’s time to take baby to the doctor. Otherwise, let the fever run its course and try to keep baby as comfortable as possible.

Comfort With Cold

According to New York Family & Pediatric Dental Care, one of the best remedies for a fussy teething baby is cold. A simple ice pack, ice teething ring, or frozen washcloth can help sooth the inflammation and pain.

Relieve Pain With Pain Relievers

When you have no other alternatives, acetaminophen or ibuprofen may be used to reduce the inflammation, swelling, and pain of teething. These, and teething gels, are safe when used at the recommended doses. However, you should not use them for long periods of time, since they do carry risks like ulcers and stomach bleeding when used long-term. They also tax baby’s growing and sensitive liver.

Robert Ander is a retired pediatric dentist. After years of working with kids and parents to keep smiles healthy, he enjoys blogging about his experience and insight.

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Planning a wedding can be a lot of fun, but it can also be a nightmare, especially once you realize everything that’s involved in the planning process and all of the tiny details that quickly add up. But if you know how to approach these challenges, you can minimize your stress and get the planning done smoothly while actually enjoying it.

Finding the Right Venue

When it comes to finding a wedding venue, there are so many variables to consider, making the process daunting. First of all, you have to think about where you want your wedding to be held. If you want to hold it at a special location, such as on a beach, you have to narrow your search, and these specialized venues may be a lot more expensive than others that are on a highway or simple road in town. Consider how far from home you want to hold your wedding and how far your guests will have to travel, too.

Once you’ve found a venue in a desirable area, the next step is to make an appointment with the staff to actually see it in person, as professional photographs on a website can be misleading. Talk to the coordinator about what the menu options are and how flexible the chef is going to be with your special requests, particularly if you follow a special diet. This, combined with the price per person, will help you narrow down your choices to the best venue.

Coming Up with Your Guest List

Although you might think that coming up with your guest list will be fun because you’ll be thinking about everyone you want to share your day with, family politics will inevitably get involved. You’ll have to deal with people who don’t get along, and this will make it harder to choose where they’ll be seated at your event as well.

Try to stay as neutral as possible and invite the people you and your fiancé really want there. Don’t be forced to do anything you don’t want to do, as this is your day and no one else’s. If you feel that a conflict is likely to break out between feuding family members, you may need to talk to them about it or not invite them at all.

Finding a Photographer and Videographer

Of course, you’ll want to properly document your wedding day with photos and videos that are both stunning and really capture the moment and mood of your day. But finding the right professionals can be frustrating, especially when you see how much they charge for just a few hours’ worth of work.

First, you need to realize that truly talented wedding photographers are hard to find, so when you do, be prepared to pay more for the education and experience they have. The same holds true for wedding videographers. If you want more than just standard portraits and you want a photojournalist to document your big day, set aside enough money in your budget for these professionals. You surely won’t regret it, as these are the mementos you’ll have to remember your wedding after it’s over.

Lisa James is a freelance wedding blogger who knows how stressful it can be to plan a wedding. She recommends taking the planning process one step at a time and giving yourself enough time to get everything done. Laying out your plans in advance is also very helpful.

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