Dental Anxiety: Tips For Coping With Fear Of The Dentist

I have pretty bad dental anxiety. I remember being in elementary school and getting an upset stomach before my dentist appointments. Fear of the dentist is a common fear. When I recently started seeing a new dentist, the forms I had to fill out int he first visit asked if you have anxiety! Over the years I’ve had several methods for trying to cope with dental anxiety because I don’t want to let my fear of the dentist to keep … Read the rest

Frank And Beans – Four Years In

As I type this, we are two days shy of the four year anniversary for when I bought home Frank and Beans. It was so hot and humid. Their previous owner gave them to us wearing collars, so we had to stop to buy harnesses (I knew collars were unsafe for pugs). Ryan ran into the store for less than 5 minutes while I stayed in the car (With A/c on) with the pugs, but they were panting so heavily … Read the rest

Can Pugs Cope With Hot Weather In The Summer?

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Last summer we went to the Grand Canyon the last week of June. It was something like 118 degrees! With us being native to Michigan, we had never experienced weather over about 105 or so before, and we were surprised that 118 didn’t feel even worse. The whole “Dry air” thing definitely makes a difference but make no mistake – 100+ degrees is hot no matter how humid it is!

Anyway, we … Read the rest

Calorie Counting The Easy Way – Long Term

It’s been almost two years since my boyfriend and I both decided to work on losing weight. Ryan had been unhappy with his size for a long time.I was 138 pounds and 5’1. I had stayed in about the 125-128 from age 12 to 23 or so. Even back then I wanted to be slightly smaller but after gaining 10 pounds I was truly unhappy with my appearance. I’m very short so 10 pounds is rather visible. For the first … Read the rest

University Of Michigan Dental Clinic Experience

I live a few hours from Ann Arbor, but the low-cost clinic in my area has a pretty bad reputation. I had heard better things about the University of Michigan dental clinic so I decided to try making the drive. Overall I’ve been pretty happy with my choice.

If I were to sum up the experience in a sentence it would be – the care is great, but it is a slow process.

When you start attending you will be … Read the rest

Empty The Shelters Free Pet Adoption Days

In Michigan a few times a year I start seeing my friends sharing Facebook posts by various local shelters, talking about empty the shelter days. They are days where all the pets that are in a shelter can be adopted free of charge. The charge is covered by some group or company, and the goal is to have the shelter completely empty by the end of the event.

I’ve watched a few of these events where they were successful and … Read the rest

Apartment Building Etiquette

After living in apartment complexes and duplexes for about seven years I’m still surprised by how many people don’t understand basic apartment complex etiquette. Whether you are in an apartment complex, a duplex or a condo – you are sharing walls and close space with other people. As a result, you should be mindful of how your life is impacting those in your surroundings.

Basic apartment complex etiquette:

1. Watch your noise level. When you are sharing walls, a yard, … Read the rest

Garage sale organization tips

Both sides of my family enjoy going to garage sales. I remember going to sales as young as four or five. I don’t think I have missed my areas city-wide sales in several years. My mom had yard sales at her house when I was a kid, but this year was my first doing my own garage sale. Now that I’ve have experience on both sides of the sale I thought I would share my advice for organizing your garage … Read the rest