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    • Fire Safety for Your Family

      17 October 2018

      A fire in the home is a nightmare for anyone, but when you have small kids, it can feel even more disastrous. To help, the LookOut For Kids program offers some helpful dos and don'ts to protect your home and family from fires:

      - Develop a family escape plan that includes two ways out of each room;
      - Check your smoke detectors to make sure they are in working condition;
      - Consider adding a carbon monoxide detector;
      - Talk to your whole family about fire safety practices.

      - Apply energy-efficient films and coverings to windows designated in your family emergency plan as escape or rescue windows;
      - Paint, nail or weather-strip windows shut.

      Source: LookOut For Kids

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    • 5 Ways to Show Your Cats You Love Them

      17 October 2018

      (Family Features)--Cats take on so many different roles within their owners' lives and families, such as cuddle buddies, emotional support animals, quiet companions and purring playmates. Each furry feline deserves the best, so as a cat owner, it's important to shower your pet with love and make him feel special all year round.

      Here are five ways you can show your cat just how much you care.

      1.  Give Them Their Own Space - They may be small, but cats need their own space to exert energy during the day. Provide them with an area to call their own to play with and store their toys. If you live in an apartment or a smaller home, vertical space works great for cats. For example, giving your furry pal a cat tree to climb on shows you understand his needs.

      2.  Know Nutrition - It's important to understand the ingredients you are feeding your feline and the effects they may have on his body. When in doubt, look for food and treats made with real meat to provide protein cats need.

      3.  Incorporate Hygiene into Your Routine - Treating your cat to a nightly routine of brushing is a great way to show some love while maintaining hygiene. Keeping your cat's coat healthy and shiny can also make him an even fluffier cuddle buddy, so you can both benefit from the bonding experience of a nightly brush and cuddle session.

      4.  Make Playtime a Priority - Cats have a natural curiosity and love to get their paws on things. Make sure you're giving your cat lots of love by exploring what kind of toys will give them the best experience.

      5.  Stay Proactive with Health - An easy way to show love for your cat is to schedule annual visits to the vet.

      Don't just wait for signs of illness; be proactive and keep your furry friend up-to-date on all shots and checkups to help ensure a happy and healthy life together.

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    • Smart Hacks to Keep Your Fridge Fresh

      17 October 2018

      Does your fridge feel like a disaster zone whenever you open it? Does it have a lingering odor with a source you can't quite find? Below are a handful of hacks to keep your fridge fresh, and organized.

      Build a basket system. Just like a well organized closet, your fridge should have a place for everything. While you may be skilled at stashing your produce in the produce drawers, grab plastic baskets and use them for separating your leftovers, dry goods, liquids, condiments, animal products and more. Pro tip: Place items that need to be used fast in a basket so you always know what edibles you should prioritize consuming or tossing.

      Take inventory with dry erase. Did you know the front of many fridges work like dry-erase boards? Here you can take inventory of your items so you never run out of milk again.

      Line the shelves. Grab plastic mats and line your shelves with them. These mats are easier to slip out and wash than our fridge shelves. Pro tip: Instead of mats, use plastic wrap. Once every other week, remove the wrap and re-apply.

      Utilize lazy susans. Grab a few plastic lazy susans and store things like condiments, leftovers or liquids on them for easy access.

      Keep animal products low. Items like meat and dairy tend to drip, and spoil faster. Store them low so unwanted spills don't impact items below them.

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    • 4 Benefits of Pet Adoption

      16 October 2018

      (Family Features)--Pets have an incomparable ability to improve owners' lives in a number of ways, so it's only right that pet parents do the same for them. That's why, if you're considering adding a pet to the family, adoption can be a great choice.

      Through pet adoption, you can not only help save dogs and cats from homelessness, but also have the opportunity to experience a lifetime of laughs, snuggles and memories.

      Consider these benefits of pet adoption from Mars Petcare.  

      1.  Gain a New Best Friend – When you adopt a pet, you also gain a friend to accompany you on life's adventures, a family member to share life's sweetest moments and a therapist to listen when you need an ear. Whether it's a dog, a cat or one of the many other types of four-legged friends, pets are the perfect sidekicks for activities like walks around the park or cozy cuddle sessions in front of the TV. They also offer comfort and unconditional love during life's happy moments and challenges.

      2.  Find the Right Companion for You – Shelter staff are often familiar with the animals, their personalities and their needs, which allows them to accurately match you with a furry family member that's compatible with your lifestyle. In addition, many adoptable animals are already spayed or neutered and up-to-date on their shots, meaning you won't need to make a large up-front investment. However, it's important to remember the necessary daily care costs – as well as the unexpected ones – that come with owning a pet. While costs may be lower when you adopt, pet parents still need to invest time and training in their adopted pets to make sure they are getting the love and attention they need.

      3.  Rescue an Animal – More than 8 million pets end up in shelters nationwide each year, a majority of which are ready to be loving pets or can be ready with veterinary or behavioral care. Through pet adoption, you not only gain a new family member, you can feel the joy of knowing you gave a pet in need a loving forever home.

      4.  Build a Strong Community – Pets are not only great companions for playing around in the yard, they also offer adoptive families a sense of community. Research from the WALTHAM Centre for Pet Nutrition found that pet owners report stronger social connections in their neighborhoods than non-pet owners and experience social benefits such as friendliness, helpfulness and trust between neighbors. Adopting a pet can also provide motivation that pushes you to get out of the house and increase your daily activity.

      Source:  Family Features Editorial Syndicate

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    • 5 Things to Do Everyday to Support Physical and Mental Health

      16 October 2018

      With busy, fast-paced, lives and living environments, it can be easy to forget to take care of ourselves. Below are a few things you can do to safeguard your physical and mental health.

      Call a friend. While our lives may be too busy to see our friends regularly, calling a loved one every day can help you feel a sense of community and belonging.

      Touch your toes. While hitting the gym or going for a walk are great ways to exercise, remember to stretch your muscles. At least once a day, take 5 to 10 minutes to stretch your limbs and get your blood flowing.

      Learn something new.  Just because you may no longer be in school does not mean you can't be learning. Every day, take 15 minutes to choose an interesting article to read, or listen to a podcast that can help you gain a perspective you may not have had before.

      Rest. Rest should not only occur when you sleep. Take time daily to do something soothing for yourself, like reading a book with a cup of tea, taking a bath, snuggling with a partner, or walking your pup.

      Journal. Spend 10 minutes a day writing down your thoughts and feelings. This is helpful to look back on later and gain insight and perspective. Don't like to write? Take photos, draw a picture -- something creative you can look back on to mark the passing of time.

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