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Why A Clean Shaven Head Is Always Better Than A Comb-Over

Why A Clean Shaven Head Is Always Better Than A Comb-Over

Certain hair styles have quickly become unanimously agreed upon as being “no-no’s” in the public world. The comb-over has recently been one of those hairstyles. For the longest time, the standard comb-over was a popular technique for men who are quickly balding. There used to be a theme of “cover your head no matter what”, and men would grow there very last few hairs out and attempt to have them cover their whole head. The worst part of comb-overs is the greasy gel used to keep the comb-over fixed. This often made for extremely greasy hair; combine this with a partially covered head and you instantly have someone who likes like he may have some sort of disease.

A simple clean shaven head has now become the better alternative; this provides a few benefits to the comb-over. First of all, clean shaven heads are extremely easy to take care of. There is no gel or grease used. In fact, once you shave your head, you don’t have to even touch it for a few weeks or even months (depending on how fast your hair grows). Even better yet, shaving your head is an easy task that even you can do yourself as long as you have a nice electric shaver. If you want to get really picky with your shaved head, you could even take a manual razor to it and try to clean up some tight edges. This article goes into detail as to how you can shave your head.

The next big reason as to why a clean shaven head is always better than the notorious comb-over is the message it paints. First of all, a clean shaven head is about as simple and natural of a look out there. It’s really nothing but your face and your head; it says “here I am, this is me”. Even if you don’t have the most attractive looking skull, it shows that you have no desire for fancy hair styles. Generally, very straight-forward people prefer clean shaven heads as it directly presents their personality.

Also, a clean shaven head can really change the way you look. A lot of people tend to look way younger with a clean shaven head; this is most likely caused by having a young appearing face. On the other end, a shaved head can make you look a lot older. It all depends on the guy which is better, but a clean shaven head has the potential to do both. No matter how you slice it, a bald look is always better than the out-dated comb-over.

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How To Choose Facial Hairstyles That Match Your Personal Style

How To Choose Facial Hairstyles That Match Your Personal Style

Have you ever stared at yourself in the mirror and pondered the idea that maybe you don’t have the right hair style? It’s very plausible considering many of us change hair styles in search for something that really fits us. Generally you want your hair style to fit the shape of your face, but don’t forget you also want it to fit your personality.

The first place you should start in determining the right hair style for your personality is what you typical day is like. Depending on your work environment and common living style you can really find something that fits you. For instance: if you are in a hot work environment doing lots of physical activity, you probably have short hair on your head which means you should keep it consistent. In hot work environments and/or being very physically active generally doesn’t mesh well with big bushy beards.

Style is everything when it comes to physical appearance. Having no facial hair can say just as much as  having the craziest facial hair out there. If you are a reserved person who doesn’t like lots of attention, then a clean face might be the option for you. Otherwise, something very contempt is the way to go. A simple 5 o-clock shadow that is nicely kept is a very reserved, classy look. Regardless, keeping your facial hair well maintained is probably the most important of all. In order to get your facial hair look neat, sharp, and clean, getting a high quality razor and trimmer are mandatory.  Just remember, the more time you put into your facial hair, the more time will spend looking at it and admiring it. You want that don’t you?

The actual science of facial hair is that it can paint a general picture of your personality before someone even gets to know you. For instance, a bushy black beard and mustache can make you appear aggressive and/or intimidating. This could work for or against you; it all depends on the recipient. On the other hand, a clean-shaven or someone with light stubble might appear sociable, charismatic, and confident. With this said, if it is a ragged looking stubble with patches of gray, one may mistake you for for someone living in poverty who can’t afford a nice razor.

This article on The Huffington Post goes into detail about some of the messages you pass off with your facial hair. Of course, your actual face has a lot to do with it too, but generally your facial hair can really send out a vivid message. You can see that facial hair gives off vibes about your maturity, confidence, and overall life style.

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Stranger Than Fiction

Stranger Than Fiction

Cats around the world tend to look the same, with the only variations being the color or length of their fur. However there are a few of them that are quite unique looking.

The domestic cat or Felis silvestris catus is a carnivorous mammal which became domesticated about 7500 BC, much later than the domestic dog. Some countries revere cats such as Egypt, where they are thought to have first been domesticated. Egyptians even had a cat god known as Bastet, who is the goddess of cats, love, dance, music, joy, and protection. When Egyptians passed into death they took their cats with them, and often archeologists would find mummified cats alongside of their mummified people.

One unusual looking cat is named for the mighty Sphinx in Egypt. The Sphynx is unusual in that it looks to be hairless; it actually has fur which is very short and somewhat fuzzy. They also do not have eyebrows or whiskers, and can work well in families with allergies due to their lack of fur. Another cat with unusual characteristics is the Munchkin, which looks like a cat version of a Dachshund. Due to a spinal malformity it has short stumpy legs and a large head.

The Savannah is a beautiful cat with very unusual markings due to being bred with a wild African cat. They are very intelligent and can be taught to walk on a leash. This cat has a very unusual trait of loving water and can jump up to 10 feet in the air from a standstill!

The Scottish Fold has very unusual ears in that they do not stand up as all other cats do. Rather they fold forward due to a genetic mutation in the ear cartilage. They also have a strange habit of sitting “Budda like” in a chair; that is straight up with their legs stuck out in front of them.

Another feline with the unusual trait of chirping is the Pixie-Bob. These cats look remarkably like a wild Bobcat, with a distinctive stubby tail. This cat does not usually meow but instead emits a sound much like chirping. They are an intelligent breed that loves to learn and can even be taught to play fetch. These cats can grow to be very large compared with the size of other cats.

One trait that is common in all cats is the ability to purr. Researchers are still uncertain exactly what causes purring in a cat, but they and all cat owners can ascertain that it means all is well. Kittens while they are nursing cannot meow, but they can purr which alerts the mother that everything is OK. When a person strokes a cat the purring will begin almost immediately, if it is being done right. Touch a cat in a way they do not like and you won’t get a purr, but a swipe from the paw instead!

Cats are not the only creatures who purr; raccoons, hyenas, and relatives to the cat such as civets and mongooses can purr as well.

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Fruits: For Healthy Happy Dogs

Fruits: For Healthy Happy Dogs

Pet owners may not like to hear it, but it’s a proven fact; some pets are smarter than others. There are particular breeds of dogs that are more easily trainable, and other dogs that are obstinate and headstrong. It does not mean the other dogs are stupid, it just means that they would do better with an experienced dog owner who knows how to train rather than someone with their first dog.

Take for example the German Shepherd; they are well known as a police dog and for their service in the military. They are trainable for a wide variety of tasks, and are dependable and very loyal.

The Bloodhound is another dog that is very intelligent. They are often used to trail suspects who are on the run, and their ability to track people is so great that evidence found can be used in a courtroom.

Beagles are another dog whose intelligence is used for tracking, but what they tracked is very unusual. When the United States came under attack of the bedbug the Beagles incredible sniffing abilities were used by business owners and exterminators to sniff out the critters hiding places so the bedbugs could be eliminated.

Intelligent dogs are also the dogs who love to play games and use their natural instincts, such as smaller dogs being trained for Earthdog trials. Summertime is perfect for humans and dogs alike as we can all get outdoors to run and play in the sunshine.

Summertime is traditionally the time of year when eating habits lighten up for humans and for animals as well. When the days start getting longer our hormones change along with them; we start taking more time to complete  our outdoor tasks as it starts to get hot and our bodies require less food as a result of our slowing metabolisms.

The same can be said for our animals; as it starts heating up outside our pets will tend to stay indoors more often preferring the air conditioning to muggy hot air. You may notice your dog will start eating less for the same reasons humans do; their metabolisms slow down as well.

With all of the great fruits and vegetables available during the summertime, and the benefits of the vitamins and minerals contained within it’s a good time of year for a bit of sharing. Feeding people food to animals is not always a great idea, as some foods such as dairy products can cause diarrhea. But feeding your pooch a piece of strawberry for example, can be a tasty and healthy snack for them. Foods such as cantaloupe, watermelon, and green beans are all healthy snacks for a dog. However as with any food, care should be taken when feeding a dog anything new as pets can have food sensitivities.

There are also many foods that are toxic to dogs and should be avoided at all costs such as chocolate, macadamia nuts, grapes and raisins, garlic and onions, and avocados. Anyone who is contemplating feeding their dog people foods should do their research first to ensure they are not giving their pet something that will make them sick. No one wants to visit the vet for a stomach pump!

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For You: Chocolate, For Your Dog: Poison!

For You: Chocolate, For Your Dog: Poison!

While having a conversation with my mother one day I was shocked to learn that her man feeds their dogs a tootsie roll every night as a treat. After explaining to her that chocolate can be poison to a dog and why, she simply shrugged and said that they had been doing it for years. I was a bit confused until I looked up the ingredients in a tootsie roll and found out that it has small trace amounts of cocoa, but is mainly made up of skim milk and corn syrup.

Regardless, anything with chocolate or cocoa should never be given to a dog which I remind her of every chance I get. Chocolate is a tasty treat for humans and if eating dark chocolate can even be good for you. Dark chocolate contains anti-inflammatory compounds, can improve insulin sensitivity, and research has shown that it can even improve cardiovascular function. Dark chocolate contains flavonoids which boosts the power of vitamin C, protects cells from damage and also protects blood cells.

Chocolate of any kind contains theobromine, which in humans can increase the heartbeat and also decrease blood pressure. Theobromine is also the chemical in chocolate that can kill a dog.

Dogs that ingest chocolate, particularly dark chocolate can experience dehydration, stomach issues such as diarrhea and vomiting, and a slowed heart rate. Dogs that are very sensitive to theobromine can experience seizure like symptoms and even cardiac arrest from just a small amount.  The caffeine in chocolate can cause hyperactivity, and an increased or abnormal heart rate. It can even cause acute pancreatitis which can lead to shock and death.

Any dog that has ingested chocolate should be taken to the nearest veterinarians’ office immediately. What will usually occur is the vet will cause the dog to vomit, to try and eliminate the chocolate from their system before it is digested. They will probably be given activated charcoal to help absorb any trace amounts of chocolate left in their stomach. The term activated charcoal means that the vet will heat the charcoal which will cause the charcoal to become more absorbent. Further treatments will depend on how the dog is behaving but could include heart rate or blood pressure medication, treatment for seizure, and possibly an intravenous drip of fluids.

Rather than taking chances with the health and well being of your pet, it is best to keep them away from the chocolate. Because of a dog’s incredible ability to smell, it is best to keep such things far out of reach. When a dog smells something they want, they will go after it as demonstrated by my Siberian Husky who smelled the barbeque chicken getting ready for the grill that was sitting on my kitchen table. I left to light the fire and within five minutes that dog had climbed onto the kitchen table and eaten two raw chickens covered in barbeque sauce! It would have been funny were it not for the fact that he had eaten raw chicken, which had us at the vet with a stomach pump in action. Thankfully the dog was fine, and I learned my lesson about keeping things high enough that the dog was unable to reach.

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Pampering Your Best Friend!

Pampering Your Best Friend!

It’s a well known fact that Americans love to pamper their pooches; last year over $60 billion dollars was spent dressing them up, giving them treats and treating them better than humans treat themselves.

When most individuals think of pampering their dog or cat, it’s usually the “old-fashioned” idea of giving them a special treat like a bone or some catnip. Today’s pet receives a level of pampering that was unheard of, and still is to some.

How about a leaving your dog at a pet hotel while you are on vacation? They get to lounge around on a full size bed and watch TV all day long if they would like. Is doggy feeling stressed? Maybe they need a Doga day. Doga is yoga for dogs and it’s not just available in the “feel good” west, it’s available in Texas too. Having a bar-b-que this weekend; let you dog in on the fun with a beer made specifically for dogs. Bowser Beer substitutes the alcohol and because it’s made from malt barley it’s actually good for them.

Massage is another thing that dogs are enjoying with doggy massage parlors opening all over the country. It’s actually been proven to relax aggressive dogs; adding some essential oils that the dog can smell will help them to associate the smell with relaxation. Add a couple drops of the oil to a bandana tied around their neck and the dog will remain calm and peaceful. Doggy ice cream, swimsuits for small dogs, and yes, even hair extensions, the choices available for a puppy pamper day are almost endless.

What about their crash pad you may ask? Every dog wants a styling dog house to show their friends. This is another area where people are taking their ideas to the next level. A lot of dog owners will want their canine companions’ house to reflect their own and so will have one built that exactly matches the main house. There are also dog houses that look like mountain log cabins, some that resemble a Swiss ski chalet, and even some with gardens planted on the rooftops. With a dog house a person can get as creative as money will allow. Some have “bling” hot glued all over, some resemble an old west saloon, one was carved out of an old barrel and one was built to look like a stylish townhome.

Decorating a dogs house is only limited to the imagination. Planters can be hung around with real or fake plants (make sure they’re doggy safe), the house can be painted in bright colors, it can have a porch and awnings for rainy weather, the roof can be solar paneled or a box built for herbs to grow, it can even have air conditioning installed!  There can be street signs on poles, fake grass if real grass is too hard to keep, and even a weather vane for stormy days. Decorating the dogs’ house is a great craft idea for children as well.

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Your Baby Can Move!

Your Baby Can Move!

It isn’t long before your new baby is finding all sorts of ways to get moving.  Among the first will be learning to sit up and roll over.

Roll Over, Baby!

Between 4 and 7 months, the baby will be exploring how to use its developing leg, back, arm and other muscles to prop themselves up and eventually land is a sitting position.  Likewise, they’ll learn to use those same muscles and movements to roll over.

Typically, you can expect them to start rolling from front to back long before they go from back to front.  This is because they’ve first mastered a push-up maneuver that allows them to master both sitting up and rolling over.

The next step is typically crawling.  Once the baby has figured out how to sit-up, they’ll start mastering crawling.  This occurs a little later, with them getting onto all fours typically around 8 months and starting to actually crawl at around 9 months.

Encouraging these movements is best achieved through play and positive reinforcement.  No doubt you’ll be excited when new movements like these begin, so just make sure you express that same excitement through audio and visual cues that the baby can understand (smiling, clapping).

Get Ready for Mischief

Your newly mobile baby will quickly start exploring their world.  Be ready by childproofing your house.  You can hire a professional child-proofer or explore doing so on your own.

Be on the lookout for anything that would be within reach for your child to reach.  Low cabinets, drawers, wall sockets are some of the most tantalizing and troublesome items in your home.  These will be constant sources of potential problems for your child to find possible choking hazards, chemicals and other items that could harm them.  Invest in child locks for drawers and cabinets and socket covers to impede access to these dangers.

Also  be on the lookout for items on bookshelves and media cabinets that could either fall onto a child or contain items that could fall onto a child if jostled hard enough.

Using baby-gates will help limit your child’s movements and access to parts of the house that might not be completely childproofed.  It will also make it easier to keep an eye on the child as they crawl around without you having to follow them around.

Occasionally, your toddler might suffer from night terrors.  Their newfound movement will make these experiences all the more frightening.  But keep in mind, just because your child might be more mobile, the night terrors will continue to pose minimal danger to your child even if they’re rolling over during the incident.  If secured in their crib or bed, there is little chance their newfound mobility will pose a threat during a night terror event.

Of course, if anything happens to your child, immediately dial 9-1-1 for medical attention.

Resources:

http://www.babycenter.com/0_developmental-milestones-rolling-over_6504.bc

http://kidshealth.org/parent/medical/sleep/terrors.html

http://www.babycenter.com/0_developmental-milestones-crawling_6501.bc

http://www.babycenter.com/0_childproofing-around-the-house_460.bc?page=1

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Are You Prepared For Sleepless Nights, Cries, And Other Joys Of Parenting?

Are You Prepared For Sleepless Nights, Cries, And Other Joys Of Parenting?

Motherhood can be the most rewarding experience of your life.  But there is a lot about having babies that they just don’t tell you about.

Am I Pregnant?

If you have recently skipped a period or are experience nausea, vomiting or strong sensitivity to certain smells, there’s a good chance you might be pregnant.

This can be a confusing time in the life of an expecting mother.  The body behaves in seemingly strange ways in the early and later stages of pregnancy.

You can expect the more commonly known signs – nausea or vomiting, tender breasts, fatigue, frequent urination – when you’re pregnant.  Also expect other, lesser-known symptoms, such as abdominal bloating and a high body temperature.

If you’re experiencing these symptoms but just had your period, keep in mind that it is also possible that you became pregnant while on your period (although this is less likely compared to other times of the month).

If you’ve experienced these symptoms but a pregnancy test said you weren’t pregnant, don’t rule it out right away.  Often, pregnancy tests produce false negatives in the week or so after the first missed period.  Taking the test a week or so later might produce a different result.

Yes, I’m Pregnant

Motherhood is a life-altering event.  Babies can bring about a host of new joy and experiences.

The body’s major focus right now is on the baby, and as a result some odd symptoms could emerge.  They aren’t cause for concern; they’re relatively common even though they are not widely known about.

During pregnancy, some unexpected symptoms may arise.  These range from nosebleeds and nasal stuffiness to regular burping and gas.  Additionally, insomnia, constipation and vaginal discharge (similar to what occurs during ovulation) have been reported.  If any of these become serious concerns, seek out natural remedies and consult your physician.

One major symptom of pregnancy can be a sudden realization that you’re about to take responsibility for an incredibly valuable and fragile person, who will look to you for all the answers.  This leads to the obvious question – am I ready to have a baby?

This is ultimately a question only you can answer, but we’re here to help with ongoing advice and tips during and after your pregnancy.

Resources:

http://www.pregnancy.com/pregnancy_symptoms.php

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The most expensive boots are diamond studded and cost $3.1 million

Have 3.1 Million Dollars? The World’s Most Expensive Shoes Could Be Yours

If you are in the market for some brand new kicks to place under the Christmas tree this year, Antwerp World Diamond Centre may have exactly the pair for you. Taking footwear to an entirely unchartered territory, the organization recently unveiled what has been called the “World’s Most Expensive Shoes” on December 4, 2013. Specifically prepared for the Business of Design Week in Hong Kong, the unveiling event was attended by hundreds of VIP guests rubbing elbows from around the globe, including Queen Mathilde from Belgium, and Kris Peeters from Flanders.

Totaling an astonishing 1,550 carats, the black leather ankle boots with an eye-catching paisley pattern are made with some 39,083 natural fancy-colored diamonds shimmering in shades of pink, champagne, and gray for a truly glittering appearance. Manufactured directly from the Antwerp-based companies of Diarough/UNI-Design and A.F. Vandevorst, the unmistakable logo stands out with a plethora of particularly rare pink diamonds that also peak the value. Officials from Antwerp World Diamond Centre shared that designing the boots required more than 30,000 hours of designing, selecting, and setting the diamonds by hand for the ultimate in footwear perfection.

More expensive than Stuart Weitzman’s Rita Hayworth heels, Antwerp has valued the “World’s Most Expensive Shoes” at the incredibly low bargain price of $3.1 million! Planned to be placed on sale following the event, these extremely couture ankle boots could be yours, if you so happen to have endless sums of cash lying around. Yet not all sizes are available, so be sure to place your inquiry immediately!