Thursday, September 16, 2021

5 Benefits of Bringing a Pet into Your Home

 

Belle is my son Joel's Australian Shepherd and she's one year old!
This is us on a recent camping trip.

Pets of any kind bring happiness. They make excellent companions, can be great for lonely people, or be a wonderful way to teach kids about responsibility. The advantages of owning a pet stretch much further than even that; there are some real, tangible reasons to consider bringing one into your home.

 

#1 They can make you fitter

 

Pets that need interaction with help you get fit. This applies especially to taking a dog for a walk. Not everybody enjoys taking exercise, and fewer still want to go for a long walk or run simply for the sake of it. The beauty of owning a dog is that you have no choice. You’ll need to walk the animal at least once a day, and more active dogs like huskies can even be taken on long runs or bicycle rides. Forming a routine around exercise is great for your health, and having a reason to get up and get out ensures that you never miss a day.

 

#2 Great for mental health

 

More broadly, all pets have a beneficial effect on mental health. Even something as small as a hamster can alleviate feelings of isolation and loneliness. The responsibility of owning a pet can also give somebody a feeling of purpose. Companionship is a big motivator for pet owners. Having an animal companion has been shown to relieve the symptoms of anxiety and depression and generally enhance feelings of positivity. Stroking a pet has even been shown to help people sleep better!

 

#3 Help you get organized

 

Caring for a pet is rewarding, but it isn’t always easy. There are vet bills, food supplies, and you’ll even need to replace toys regularly. Tools like Exceptional Pets make this process easier by putting all the required services (vets, food suppliers, etc.) in one place and allowing you to search according to criteria, but you’ll still need to be organized. Scheduling checks, establishing a grooming routine, and ensuring a regular supply of the right kind of food helps you to organize other areas of your life, too.

 

#4 They teach kids responsibility

 

Following on from the previous point, there aren’t many kids who don’t want to own a pet. They think they can handle the responsibility, promise to walk the dog or feed the cat, but words don’t always translate easily into actions. Bringing a pet into the home and teaching your kids how to care for it can really help them mature, though. It’s important to supervise them and offer guidance, but giving a child responsibility early in their life will help them to grow into a more considerate, capable adult.

 

#5 More socialization options

 

Pets give you access to pet owner clubs, where you’re likely to meet new people and make friends. Dogs might go to dog parks, but other animals, including cats and even birds, all have local clubs dedicated to them. Bonding with other pet owners is a fantastic way to make new friends (you all have a shared interest, after all) and can lead to long-term relationships.

How to Become a Professional House Cleaner

 

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Who likes to clean? Fittingly, some people do and pride themselves on it. Did you know you could make it into a career? House cleaning is a serious business. Whether you want to start your own business or join some house cleaning services, here is how you can become an official House Cleaning Technician.

What Is a House Cleaning Technician?

You may think you know how to clean. What more is there to it? You’d be surprised. A House Cleaning Technician (HCT) is a certified cleaner that has earned their Professional House Cleaning Certificate (PHC). The course and certification program stands approved and seen over by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).

house cleaning technician specializes in more than just a mop, broom, vacuum, and a bottle of bleach. They are trained in the proper science of cleaning (yes, cleaning is a science). This includes learning not only about the in and out of cleaning, but about how to conduct proper sanitization, cleaning safety protocols, cleaning chemistry, and more.

Where Do You Start?

There are several schools out there that offer house cleaning training along with certificates. There are even schools for if you want to get into commercial business cleaning. For instance, if you venture into cleaning offices or businesses. Some stand out schools for house cleaning are:

The ARCSI

They are the Association of Residential Cleaning Professionals and are a part of the IICRC. ARCSI hosts the HCT certification course.

The AHLEI

Standing for The American Hotel and Lodging Executive Institute (AHLEI), they offer certificates for those entering into the hotel housekeeping business. Their courses offer you a chance to earn your CGA or Certified Guestroom Attendant certificate. You can also strive for your CHHE or Certified Hospitality Housekeeping Executive bill of credential.

The IEHA

Another house cleaning school is the International Executive Housekeepers Associations. It honors a few different housekeeping certificates, like the REH or Registered Executive Housekeeper certificate and the CEH Certified Executive Housekeeper program.

If you want to start your own cleaning business, having a house cleaning certificate will put you ahead in the pool of house cleaning businesses. House cleaning services, who once hire you, often use one of these cleaning certification programs as their training program. This way, they can guarantee that their company and cleaning crew are top professionals and certified in their services.

Friday, September 3, 2021

How To Plan a Great Party

 


Whether you are planning a birthday party or a retirement get-together, you want to have a good time. You want your guests to leave that party feeling that it was amazing and one they'll never forget. Are you struggling with how to make it happen? Do you not know what to spend your time and money on? Following these tips will have you hosting the best party anyone has ever been to. 

Music

While it's not a bad thing, many party hosts simply put on a CD and assume that guests will dance if they want to and won't if they don't want to. They often fail to include a spot for guests to dance, making the situation even more uncomfortable. You do not want to be that host. 

Instead, think about booking some musicians for live performances Jenkintown PA. Nothing gets a crowd more jazzed than a great band with some good music. Call around your area and find local bands that play the music genre you like. Additionally, keep an area clear for guests to mingle and dance if they'd like. Ensure that anything that could trip them, such as yard debris or dog toys, has been cleaned up. 

Food and Drink

Have you been to a party with little to no food or drink? You likely didn't walk away from it with a good impression. You want to avoid that at all costs. Always err on the safe side and prepare more food than you'll need. Plan on people bringing guests that you didn't directly invite, and be prepared for that person who has a bottomless bit of a stomach. 

When planning drinks, set up a large cooler that you can fill with ice, soft drinks and bottles of water. It could also be fun to create a "signature" drink that is unique to your party. It could be something as simple as lemonade mixed with blackberry and boysenberry puree. 

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Why is Cleaning Your Attic So Important?

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Attics can be easily neglected. While incredibly useful for storing odds and ends, like seasonal decorations, old toys, and the like, they aren’t usually cleaned very often. Loading it up and forgetting about it can be a common issue with attics. The problem with such a mentality is obvious. As the closest room to the roof, attics are the most susceptible to pests moving inside. It might be dirty and hot, but it’s important to regularly clean up there to rid of pests in the attic.

7th Annual Pitching for Priests Baseball Game -- Kansas City 2021 Friday, October 15

7th Annual Pitching for Priests Softball Game

Fall Classic!

Priests from Kansas City - St. Joseph VS. Priests from the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas

Friday, October 15th at 7:00 PM

Tailgating will begin at 4:00 pm

KC Monarchs Stadium (old T-bones Stadium) - Legends Field Ballpark

1800 Village West Pkwy, Kansas City, KS 66111 



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Get this in your budget now and on your calendar! I always wonder who we should root for? We lived in Kansas forever ... now we live in Missouri. Rooting for both!

Get your tickets here!


PLEASE NOTE: This post is updated annually so it's kind of confusing and like a really bad novel jumping back and forth in time. Father Evan Harkins has since passed away, and his loss will be felt forever. Please continue to pray for him and for his family. This is what I wrote about him last year and just can't bring myself to take it down: "Father Evan Harkins is my friend's son (she taught my boys study skills and my daughter how to do handcrafts), and we got to see him play in 2018. He's such a sweet person, it's like he is a priest celebrity. Like how can anyone really be that awesome?!"

UPDATE 2019! This was originally posted June 12, 2018 and we went to the game and LOVED IT! Our family enjoyed it so much we are going again this year with tons of friends … and TAILGATING! Our own Father Haake is playing again and he is an amazing priest with such great insight and the best homilies!

UPDATED POST for 2020, which was then cancelled: My family is so excited about this event for the third year and a row, and we are grabbing our tickets fast! Priests playing baseball is actually super entertaining, especially as you get to know more of them. I was at a party Saturday night where there were three or four seminarians, so I'm at that age where I get all excited to see who is going to be an incoming priest because I know their mothers and their families and I love that they are going to study at seminary!

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