Solutions for Pets and People with Pet Allergies

Most of our clients have pets and many of them have someone in the household who is allergic to the pet. So how do you keep the pets without suffering the allergies? This newsletter addresses what you can do to minimize or eliminate the problem – yes and keep the pet! I personally, had allergies to my pets and have tried many of the suggestions listed below.

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Home Design for Pet People with Allergies

Just because you have a pet – and pet allergies, doesn’t mean boring, drab and ugly. You can still decorate with style and panache!

Floors: Hard surface floors work the best for people with allergies. Carpeting traps hair, dander, odors and all sorts of other environmental allergens. Hardwood floors, laminate floors, ceramic tile, vinyl tile, sealed stone and stained concrete are all much easier to clean and maintain – and still come in a wide variety of colors, styles and even textures. If you really must have carpeting then opt for a cut pile, stain resistant variety with a carpet pad that has a protective spill barrier to help with the occasional pet “accident”.

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Get Rid of the Allergy

Our Last Article in this series is the final and definitive way for allergic people to live with their pets. Get desensitized and you won’t have the irritating allergy symptoms. The following article is written by Tom Hammett registered nurse and allergy specialist who did this treatment on me. I love it. I am no longer bothered by the itchy eyes, runny nose and chronic cough. Yeah!!!


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Perk up your Party with Fresh Seasonal Fruits and Veggies

Everybody has a general idea of what is the perfect party food. However in addition to the old standbys why not toss in a few fresh seasonal fruits and veggies! Here is a list of the early ones available in Indiana that can be worked in various dishes or be a dish themselves.

Fresh Springtime Veggies:
• Radishes
• Peas,
• Lettuces/Greens
• Garlic
• Green Beans
• Spring Beets
• Asparagus
• Artichokes
• Spring Onions
• Beets
• Parsley
• Rhubarb
• Turnips

Fresh Fruits
• Apricots
• Cherries
• Citrus fruit – grapefruit, oranges, lemons, limes, clementines
• Rhubarb
• Strawberries
• Avocados
• Lemons
• Mango
• Pineapple
• Navel Oranges
• Kiwis

And the unusual Spring Foraged Foods
• Fiddleheads
• Morel mushrooms
• Stinging Nettle

Partying With Your Pets!

Most of our clients have pets – and those pets are part of the family. So… when it comes time for hosting the party and guests start to arrive what do you do with your pets? Yes, some of our pets are such people pets that they are absolutely sure that everybody coming to the party is there to see them. However other pets a very young or simply timid while other pets have a tendancy to snap.

Starting first with the young or timid pet. These little guys may need a special safe secluded spot that they can feel comfortable and secure away from the noise, occasional “scarey” outbursts, trampling feet and in general rowdiness that goes with people having fun and partying. Putting them in their crate or bed a quiet bedroom or other unused room of the house will make them more comfortable. If guests insist on seeing your pet then you can bring him/her out for a short period of time where you can stay with them to monitor their fear/stress level. When they seem over stimulated – then off to the quiet room! A separate room is also a good idea for the precious pet that loves to dash out the front door every time it opens – or the party might have to adjourn to a lost pet search!

Other pets don’t always have a high tolerance for large crowds and/or small children and will growl, hiss or snap at someone they feel is “getting a little too close”. If your pet is a little short on patience perhaps removing them to a separate room will also make the pet and the guests more comfortable.

Now we consider the pet that absolutely LOVES to be in the center of EVERYTHING! This one simply needs to have any temptations removed from his/her presence. For example: If he loves cheese – do not put a cheese tray on the coffee table – He just might help himself to the cheese buffet! Of course, if he gets to be a nuisance he too can go to a quiet room to settle down and relax a bit.

A little bit of advanced planning will help make the party more enjoyable for both guests and pets.

Getting Ready for those May Graduations and Indy 500 Parties

May is traditionally the time to clean out all the “old” from winter and jump headfirst into spring! The question is where to start and how to start. We have a few ideas on how to get going with both your inside and outside preparations.

Getting the inside of your home party ready. Yes, we all know that we have to clean the house in the spring to get rid of all those hidden dust bunnies, light film of dust on the blinds, dirt on the window sills, staleness in the curtains, grease film on the cabinet fronts and dust on the artificial plants and even dust on the living plants! But what else should be done to freshen the house and let the wonderful rejuvenating essence of Spring in?

Here are some suggestions:

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Common Tax Deductions That You May Have Forgotten About

Now that you have compiled all the tax related documents that you can find, take a look at the list below and see if you have omitted any of these commonly forgotten items.

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Getting Rid of Tax Related Clutter

In the previous article we explained how to amass this volume of documentation needed to file your taxes and keep Uncle Sam happy. This article addresses how to get rid of all of that clutter and paperwork. You have to have a system to organize the good stuff, know what you can throw away/shred and what needs to be saved for a while or forever.

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5 Tips on How to Keep Your Sanity During Tax Season

Tax season is once again upon us. Ever wonder how some of those incredibly organized people seem to breeze through income taxes and others struggle and agonize? We’ve got a couple quick and easy reads below that can help make tax time less painful.

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Fast and Simple Way to Keep Your Home Tidy

The best rule is to do a little each day. Here are some quick and simple ideas to keep your home tidy and inviting between cleans.

Kitchen:
Clean while you cook. If you are waiting for toast to pop up, coffee to reheat or spaghetti to boil, use that time to load the dishwasher or put away dishes, wipe up spots in the sink, damp wipe/polish the front of the stove, microwave, or fridge. Fold the dish towels and hang them to dry. Clean up the stove top or grab a paper towel and damp wipe any little spots on the floor.

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