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8.02.2020

Are Uniforms Vital With Work Using Custom Uniform Programs - Vancouver.

In most businesses, a dress code is implemented for the staff. Some incorporate a stringent professional attire, others allow casual business wear, and many are beginning to introduce custom uniforms for their employees.

Regardless of the requirements established in the business, the appearance of each individual in a company will determine the overall professional presence. Attire speaks volumes, creating an instant perception regarding character, abilities, and the position held within the establishment. For the pros and cons of initiating a uniform standard into the company dress code go to https://content.wisestep.com/top-pros-cons-wearing-uniforms-work/ .
Hospital Playlist, 2020.
Once a client develops a negative determination, it doesn’t matter what changes are made or what kind of new regulations the business tries to initiate, a first impression sticks. It’s like when you see something, you just can’t unsee it.

The problem with this comes when the person delivering the ‘message’ represents the company as a whole. Now the company is poorly perceived. Usually that results in lost business - because of how someone is dressed.

How Important Is Appearance In The Workplace?
Many industries in the business world today are incorporating custom uniforms into their dress code policies to prevent employee-appearance problems. These often expand into company-wide issues affecting client relations. Physical appearance designates a certain air of professionalism within a workplace or lack thereof.

Neatness is expected regardless of the industry, even those where casual attire is the code. Dressing ‘sloppy’ and presenting ‘messy,’ leads others to believe this is how you perform your tasks, unorganized without time, effort, or attention to detail. In many cases, people who show up looking this way garner little respect, with many instances of poor communication among their coworkers and leadership. This is true in the school setting as well which has led to many switching over to uniform requirements. Read here how this can help students.
Hotel del Luna, 2019.
There are many reasons businesses are considering company-wide custom uniforms. Appearance is a critical component of the work environment.
  • Image of The Company 
As representatives of the company, it's critical that employees present themselves in a professional light. The powerful impact each person has is enough to lose clientele for the business merely in the way clients believe the organization ‘allows’ their personnel to dress. Today, more industries are introducing uniforms and implementing grooming standards in an effort to preserve the image of the establishment.

Companies realize clients can range from trendy to traditional with varying standards and definitions regarding professionalism. Employees in specific industries are advised to cover visible tattoos and remove unusual piercings that may go against the image the company wants to portray.
Lee Kwang Soo in Live, 2018.
  • Perceived By Clients
An ideal way for a business to go into a business proposal with a new client is to perform thorough research in preparation for the meeting. A ‘cutting edge’ client with trendy ideas set on a company who will assist them in ‘moving forward’ into the future may not be impressed by a representative who appears traditional or stagnant. The company will come across with these values, causing the client to pass.

You want to develop a sense for the customer’s personality and their style before you actually meet them. A suggestion if you find there is a substantial difference in how you each choose to represent yourself is to present in a company uniform, which will prove beneficial. It’s safe and prevents any type of preconceived notion allowing the client to focus on whether the organization will be suitable and capable for their specific needs.
Jo Jung Seok in Oh My Ghost, 2015.
  • Progression
When companies incorporate uniforms with their staff, advancement is not based around how someone presents themselves to the leadership. Typically, in an organization, those who dress the part, are taken much more seriously and given better opportunities. Uniforms force those in charge to look at skills, qualifications, and talent.
Pegasus Market, 2019.
That doesn’t mean, though, that people wearing uniforms are immune from being eliminated based on how they look. Some staff members are slovenly even in assigned custom uniforms. These members arrive with wrinkled clothing, untucked shirts, or clothes that don’t fit them properly.

If you don’t look put together, even in a uniform, you will find that employers won’t take you seriously, and the team won’t take interest in ideas that you try to introduce into the organization.

It may seem unfortunate, but appearance and the way you look affects your reputation and, in turn, the company that you’re representing. That’s a lot of responsibility to place on staff. But it’s simply the way most types of industries operate.

This is why dress codes are implemented. Putting these in place actually takes some stress away from people because they’re told how they need to arrive. Uniforms are of even greater advantage, with everyone in the same outfit disallowing for societal pressures, financial issues, and disagreements over personal tastes. These allow for a professional appearance across the board. Your only responsibility is to remain neat and groomed from that point.

Final Word
People seem to get their feathers ruffled when companies initiate dress codes implying that it infringes on their personal rights. In actuality, you do represent their organization with the potential for losing business through personal decisions you make regarding your wardrobe.

Implementing a few guidelines to follow or creating a universal uniform programs through sites like shopkeyclothing.com, eliminates stress on both sides. It allows a more balanced, harmonious atmosphere.

There is also the possibility for employees to develop a sense of confidence because judgments in the office will now be based on talent. In that same vein, productivity increases once you realize you’re being taken seriously with the potential for moving forward strictly on qualifications.
Choi Siwon looking dapper in his police uniform, 2017.
As a whole, custom uniforms in all types of scenarios, even the playing field for everyone involved. There is no societal separation because you can’t determine any differences among the crowd

For leaders, there is a sea of prospects, all looking identical, capable of advancing. No one stands out over anyone else until an assessment reveals skills.  Dress codes, specifically uniforms, aren’t infringing on rights.

In a sense, they’re giving rights back, to the point you are being seen for what you can do rather than what you have or the quality of clothes you’re able to purchase. It’s just a matter of how you interpret the picture.

8.01.2020

Jewelry Repairs | Things You Need to Know About Ring Resizing.

It can be daunting leaving your great-grandmother’s precious antique jewelry piece in the hands of a jewelry repairer. As much as they have years of experience, this is a one of a kind piece you cannot get again.

Wondering who or where to send your precious item to is something you need to consider in-depth and to research before making any hasty decisions.

I had a friend who received a great piece of jewelry from a now ex-partner and wanting to have it repaired and mended so she could pass it down to her daughter for her 21st birthday coming up, she rushed down the village center where she had seen a reasonably priced stand set up.
Photo credit: Pasja on Pixabay.
What she didn’t think to do was to have it insured before handing it over in return for a, what seemed like a slip printed at your home, receipt, and ended up going back the next week to find the stand and her pendant had packed up shop and disappeared.

My advice is always be safer than necessary, ‘prevention is better than cure’ as the old saying goes, see some handy advice in this link and take care of your ancestrally historic artifacts. Undoubtedly she was devastated, panicked, and mad at herself for being so naïve and irresponsible.

The silver lining to this tale thank goodness was the fact that this gentleman had tried this stunt in numerous venues with quite a successful track record mind you, but this one however topped the charts when he tried to sell it on. A red flag was raised and he was arrested, the pendant was returned, unrepaired, but thankfully back in safe hands.

Needless to say, she went to a reputable jewelry store the next time, paid more than she originally did, and has thanked her lucky stars since that day. A lesson she has drilled into her children since then too, much to their enjoyment, I mean isn’t this the reason we have children if not to drill them about our mistakes so they too don’t fall into the trap? Hilarious.
Diamonds are forever, so they say.
Jewelry Fit for Royalty
I have not had the luxury of going into a shop where the window display costs the same as our home, I have, however, spent many a day staring too closely and for too long steaming up the windows to the disgust of the sales clerk, at sparkles that seem to have been captured from an emperors treasure chest.

My friend, on the other hand, has a business husband who wants her to solely care for their home and children and not be on the work train of the 9-5, a luxury we have all wished for at one point in our lives I’ll admit.

She has confessed though after multiple gin and tonics that it can get very lonely and boring and as much as she loves the life of being able to travel anywhere whenever they feel like it, she always enjoys being home and in her haven.
Photo credit: Sara Graves from Pixabay.
Living the Good Life
On one such an outing after my work week and the start of a long weekend for the nation, we headed to the shops, she was tipsy and in the mood for a bit of bling. She had had her eye on a gorgeous birthstone ring since I can remember, and waiting for hubby to realize the one she wants could take a while, so she was being her own boss and purchasing it herself.

I, being the poor naïve side-kick, thought you could just go in, buy the prettiest one, and Bob’s your uncle, this is not the case. There are velvet pillows brought out, white gloves put on, and a set of keys pulled off a link tied to a manager’s belt to open the glass cabinet housing the ‘golden egg.’

The main objective is to have your ring custom fit to your finger, it’s not only safer as it won’t slide up and down and risk being lost, but it looks more sophisticated and not like you’re wearing your dad’s accessories.
The ever-so-popular engagement ring from 'Crash Landing on You'.
Professionals in the business will have the necessary equipment to make the process smooth and seamless, stress-free, and if on the higher tier of the brand awareness, a glass of chilled bubbly while you get measured.

If this is a service you feel you deserve, and I can say now I’m sure that you do, have a look at this handy guide on what is reputable jewelry company etiquette, and for advice on how both parties should act, because we give as good as we get, am I right?

We all work hard and treating ourselves once in a while is nothing to feel guilty about, you get out what you put in as my granny liked to say. And if this means a shiny stone blinding people as you walk on the sidewalk so be it.

Second Time Around
So you’ve lost a load of weight, you’re feeling great, you clearly look amazing, the trouble is your now skinny fingers are holding onto your precious rings like a kid with cake on his birthday. You need to head to the jewelers for a resize and quick, there can be nothing worse than a ring falling off never to be seen again.
Photo credit: The New York Times.
Having a ring resized is quite a common occurrence, even more so with engagement rings, as much as the men try their hardest to pick the right size for the moment, and the process takes around 2 weeks to complete. The metal is essentially stretched and molded to fit snugly but still comfortably, and your ring will need a small effort to pull off so it isn’t sliding around.

For an expert in the business visiting companies such as mimisjewelryinc.com/jewelry-repair-restoration-ring-sizing/ is a great way to ensure you are in safe hands when it comes to taking care of your ‘shine,’ and getting the job done right the first time around.

Life is too short to not wear bling, let’s at least make sure it’s the right fit.


7.30.2020

Spotlight | Hanabishi Air Fryer Oven.

If we're friends on Facebook or if you're following me on Instagram, then you probably have noticed that something other than K-dramas is keeping me busy these days.

Meet my new toy, the Hanabishi Air Fryer Oven! I got this as an anniversary gift from my husband, who has become some sort of a health buff and is addicted to air frying himself, haha!
Say hello to my new baby, the Hanabishi Air Fryer Oven!
Before I got this air fryer, I had been mulling over for weeks on which brand and model to buy. Should I get the relatively smaller and cheaper basket-type air fryer? Should I buy one of those Korean brand air fryers on Shopee? Or should I go all the way to S&R for the Baumann Living Multi Air Fryer? And then I saw this Air Fryer Oven on the Hanabishi website - it was love at first sight.

I immediately got in touch with Hanabishi, asking if they could deliver the unit to Laguna. Unfortunately, they only deliver within Bulacan and the NCR. I then called up The SM Store here in my area, and asked if they have this air fryer in stock. They don't. I asked them if they would have stocks in the future. They don't know. That disheartened me a bit, but did not discourage me from buying the air fryer of my dreams (literally and figuratively, lol).

Eventually, I discovered an online seller who had available stocks of this air fryer, thanks to the recommendations from members of the Air Fryer Philippines group on Facebook. I placed my order on a Tuesday (June 2) and two days later, my air fryer was shipped through a Grab rider who delivered the unit all the way to Laguna, safe and sound!
Thank you, Kuya Arnel Pantoja for driving all the way to Laguna!
Thank you, Sir Erad Salinas for the smooth transaction!
Now let me tell you more about the Hanabishi Air Fryer Oven, and why I fell in love with it (aside from the fact that it's a healthier option since you're cooking without oil).
Hanabishi Air Fryer Oven, Php 6315.
First off, this air fryer has a huge 23-liter capacity. That's large enough to air fry 3 lbs of meat, or bake a 4 lb chicken or a 12-inch pizza.
A lot of room for food! :)
Another key feature of this air fryer is its versatility. Aside from air frying, this baby can also bake, broil, roast, and grill a multitude of dishes. This can also be used for reheating leftover food, like what you do with a microwave. I've always wanted a cooking range like the one we have at Mum's house, but never really got around to buying one because of the limited kitchen space. With the Hanabishi Air Fryer Oven, I can finally bake my own bread and pastries in my own kitchen. 
Multi-functional, with thermostat up to 230 degrees Celsius. 
This air fryer comes with an air fry basket, an oven rack, and a baking pan. These dividable baskets are very convenient, as it allows you to cook several things at the same time. For instance, you can place french fries on the top basket and cook them together with chicken cut-ups on the baking pan. Or you can just arrange them all together on the air fry basket, which has a 7 liter capacity to begin with.
Accessories include the air fry basket, oven rack, and baking pan.
Frying has also become easier with the Hanabishi Air Fryer Oven. Thanks to this handy dandy kitchen appliance, I no longer have to worry about oil splatters or frying fumes. I don't have to worry about making too much noise in the kitchen while Yue is busy with his online class come August because this air fryer operates quietly and doesn't make weird noises in the background.
The timer knob - rings when the timer goes off.
As far as clean-up is concerned, it's relatively easy with the Hanabishi Air Fryer Oven. I simply wash the basket, rack, and pan with running water and dishwashing liquid, and clean the inside of the air fryer with a damp sponge or cloth. This air fryer is built with stainless steel so you need not worry about corrosion or rust.

I've had my air fryer for about a month and a half, and my experience so far has been nothing short of enjoyable. I've cooked all sorts of food with it - potato wedges, chicken barbecue, burger steak, tonkatsu, tori karaage, baked macaroni, Dakgangjeong chicken... even hickory smoked ribs, which I have never cooked before! 
Yes, you can actually cook tilapia in your air fryer.
Burger steak and baby potatoes.
Dakgangjeong chicken (Korean-style fried chicken).
Tofu, my all-time favorite.
Tonkatsu and cheese sticks.
Now I'm sure you're all wondering about one thing - is it energy-efficient? To be honest, I really can't tell at this point because we all know Meralco did some sort of magic during the lockdown period and we're all burdened by extremely high electric bills. If it's any consolation, I hardly use the stove these days, so I still have a lot of gas left in my 4-month old LPG tank.

With the COVID-19 scare and all the crazy, unhappy things happening during the pandemic, I now find solace in cooking and the Hanabishi Air Fryer Oven has become my best friend. For a little over Php 6000, this 'toy' (as my son puts it) is definitely worth the money. I'd say it's one of the best anniversary gifts I've received in our 12 years of marriage. :)


7.29.2020

No Fault Divorce.

If you are in need of a Tampa Divorce Lawyer, then your marriage is coming to an end. There is a false perception that all divorces are messy. This simply is not the case. The reality is that many divorces proceed smoothly with the help of an attorney. Even if you think that your divorce process is going to end amicably, you still need to rely on an attorney. One of the most straightforward types of divorces is called a no fault divorce. If you are proceeding with this type of dissolution, you need to keep a few points in mind.
Go Hye Sun and Ahn Jae Hyun - one of the most controversial divorces in Hallyu.
What Is a No Fault Divorce?
All states allow a no fault divorce. This is a divorce that takes place where one spouse is asking for a divorce; however, he or she is not claiming that his or her spouse did something wrong. This is different from a fault divorce, where one spouse is trying to claim that the other spouse committed wrongdoing in some way. If you have simply fallen out of love or if you think that you and your spouse cannot get along anymore, then you might be interested in filing for a no fault divorce.

How Can You Get a No Fault Divorce?
If you would like to file for a no fault divorce, you still have to request this type of proceeding from the court. In this case, you need to indicate why you want to get a divorce. In most areas, this could be as simple as claiming that you and your spouse cannot get along anymore. This might include irreconcilable differences or incompatibility among the parties involved. In some cases, in order to get a no fault divorce, you have to live apart from your spouse for a certain period of months or years before the process is finished.

Rely on the Help of a Trained Lawyer
Even if you are interested in pursuing a no fault divorce, you still need to rely on the help of a trained legal adviser. The process might seem straightforward; however, there are still a lot of issues that have to be worked out. This could include the division of property, child custody, and a mountain of paperwork. This is where a lawyer can help you. If you are pursuing a no fault divorce, make sure that your rights are protected by a trained divorce attorney.

7.25.2020

Emerging Travel Trends Post-COVID-19.

There's no question that the current pandemic is already reshaping the way that people look at travel. In the age of face masks, hand sanitizer and social distancing, normal vacations may seem like a thing of the past. According to digital marketing expert, Larry Muller, who has extensive experience marketing in the travel and hospitality industry, the World Travel and Tourism Council has predicted job losses totaling almost 50 million.  That equates to the travel industry shrinking by nearly 25%!
While traveling plans can feel a little bleak at the moment, there is hope on the horizon. Read on to find out how travel will change post-pandemic.
Photo credit: JEShoots on Pixabay.
Traveling Trends to Look Forward To
As people prepare to travel again in the future, they'll be looking at both the level of risk that locations offer as well as how to maximize their experience. Here are some of the projected trends in travel to look forward to in the coming months.

Road Trips
Since the demand for air travel is at an all-time low, it's time to hit the open road! People feel much safer in their own vehicles where they can enjoy protection from the outside world. Road trips to relatively close locations is expected to increase as more and more people travel by car to get away. This reduces the amount of places that people can visit, but still provides the excitement of "not being home".

RV and Camping Trips
With RV sales at an all-time high, the great outdoors is calling. Since people are being confined to homes/apartments and small living spaces, the urge to get out into nature has increased. Camping grounds are a vacation hot spot at the moment and most sites are reservation only. Gone are the days of just hopping in the RV and finding a spot - however, you can still find BLM land to camp on if you're savvy enough to find it.
Photo credit: Chanwity on Pixabay.
National Parks
Be ready to reserve your spot months in advance if you hope to visit a National Park in the near future. National Parks have quickly become one of the most popular destinations during the pandemic and will stay that way for some time. They are both safe and affordable, while also being gorgeous and life-changing. If you are lucky enough to live within driving distance of multiple national parks then now is the time to take advantage of that.

Backpacking
Backpackers are expected to be among the first to return to international travel. This group of travelers tends to usually be young, single males that are looking to take advantage of discount hotels and out-of-the-way traveling routes.
Photo credit: Pexels on Pixabay.
The Rise of Travel Advisors
Lastly, one thing that will probably be on the rise again post-pandemic is the usefulness of travel advisors. Having a knowledge of restrictions and safety policies put in place in the locales you're trying to visit will become even more important in the coming months. On top of that, travel insurance will likely now be a must-have in the event of getting sick or contracting the virus.


7.22.2020

Calcium-rich, Protein-filled Recipes to Help Boost your Child's Growth.

The National Nutrition Council (NNC) sets the theme “Batang Pinoy, Sana Tall. Iwas Stunting, Sana All” for this year’s nutrition month. Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation (APC) joins the nation in celebrating the National Nutrition Month this July to bring to light the ill effects of stunting and how to prevent a child’s healthy growth from being stunted

According to the 8th National Nutrition Survey by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI), 3 out of 10 Filipino Children (5 and below) are stunted. Stunting, or “pagkabansot” in our native tongue, is a manifestation of long term occurrence of malnutrition. It is defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as "impaired growth and development that children experience from poor nutrition, repeated infection, and inadequate psychosocial stimulation”.

How Stunting is Stunted
Growth failure can start from the womb and progress after birth. The effects of stunting, if not immediately and properly addressed, can be permanent and irreversible. There is a window of opportunity to reverse or prevent stunting through effective interventions for children 5 years old and below.
Photo credit: Ajinomoto.
Unfortunately, there is no cure to stunting, so prevention is critical for young children to have healthy growth and development. It is imperative for parents to track their child’s growth. The National Nutrition Council provided a simplified and more understandable Child Growth Standard Table based on WHO’s Child Growth Standards (WHO-CGS) 2004 and WHO’s Reference Data, 2006. These information can be access through https://www.ajinomoto.com.ph/blog/how-to-track-child-growth/.

Importance of Proper Nutrition to avoid Stunting
Women of child-bearing age and expectant mothers must have adequate nutrition to prepare their bodies to a healthy pregnancy and give birth to a well-nourished baby. It is also highly important that breastfeeding mothers get adequate nutrition in order to supply the needs of their babies throughout the 6 months exclusive breastfeeding journey. Exclusive breastfeeding from 0-6 months is recommended for babies to gain optimum nutrients perfect for their age. To prevent your child from having growth failure, it is important to address poor diet, inadequate calorie intake, poor quality of meal intake, and insufficient supply of macro nutrients like protein and micro nutrients like calcium specific for growth and development.

The Culinary Nutrition Team of Ajinomoto puts together a treat for kids to enjoy and for homemakers to conveniently prepare and serve. Try to make these 4 calcium-rich recipes using 4 ingredients done in 4 easy steps made with AJI SAVOR™ on Rice Topping Mix and 4 protein-rich recipes using 4 ingredients done in 4 easy steps made with Prottie® Soymilk Drink Mix.
Calcium-rich recipes using AJI SAVOR on Rice Topping Mix.

Protein-rich recipes using Prottie Soymilk Drink Mix. 

AJI SAVOR™ Rice Topping Mix Chicken/Beef is available in leading supermarkets. Prottie® Soymilk Drink Mix is available on LazMart, an online store on LazMall. For more healthy and delicious recipes, visit http://www.ajinomoto.com.ph and https://www.facebook.com/CookmunitybyAjinomotoPH/.

7.16.2020

6 Homemade Products You Can Sell in the New Normal.

The recent pandemic has changed how we live our lives. Foremost amongst these changes is the financial situation of a multitude of people. Hundreds of companies have closed down, and thousands of people have lost their jobs. During these times of uncertainty, it is always a good idea to have multiple sources of income.

Strangely, now is the best time to start a business at home. It is very advantageous because you can market and sell your products online, and seeing as most people are under quarantine, they do most of their shopping online. The only thing missing is a great business idea to bring it all together. Here are 6 great business ideas for the new normal.
Photo credit: Pixabay.
1. Jam
Homemade jams are a great choice of product. It is very easy to get a hold of the raw products, and the jam-making process is quite easy. All you need is fruit and sugar and a sturdy jar to preserve them in. The jam-making process usually entails you to pick a specific fruit. You then crush the fruit and then add pectin into the mix. Pectin is a natural ingredient that thickens the jam.

After mixing them together, you bring them to a boil for around 10 minutes. Your sugar measurements usually depend on the type of fruit you are using. Once you bring the jam to a boil, you can add the sugar into the mix, and have it boil for a minute more. The entire process takes more or less an hour and depending on the measurements, you can create a lot in one cooking.

The process also entails heating the glass containers, so you will need good quality glassware. Seeing as you will be mass-producing the jam, it is always a good idea to buy wholesale from trustworthy glassware manufacturers. Roetell is one such company. It is a soda bottle manufacturer that also creates custom glassware, so if you need a steady supply of quality glassware, you know who to call.
Bake It Away - best banana loaf in town!
2. Baked goods
If you take a closer look at online ads on Facebook and Instagram, you’ll notice that baked goods are quite popular. It seems the time spent indoors has compelled a lot of people to start baking, and some enterprising people have made this into a business. A quick note though, if you’re going to start selling baked goods they should be as unique as possible. Remember that common baked goods like baguettes and bagels can be bought at your local bake shops. So take the time to research your product. It has to be both easy to make, and unique enough to catch a potential buyer’s eye.

For example, Basque Burnt cheesecakes have gained a great deal of popularity in recent years. The dessert originated from the Basque Province of Spain, and because of its light, savory and tart taste it has become a favorite dessert all over the world. It is a perfect product because it is very easy to make, and the ingredients are very affordable. There are a myriad of great baking goods you can sell, you just have to do your research.

3. Vegetables and fruits delivery
Ever since the pandemic struck, getting groceries has been a struggle. Some people fear going to the market to buy specific food items such as vegetables and fruits. This is where you come in. If you have a farm or access to farmers, you can provide a truly great service to these potential buyers. If you have a motorbike or a car, you can also offer to deliver the foodstuffs for an added price. Just make sure when you deliver the food you should still follow quarantine protocols and wear a face mask or better yet a face shield.
Photo credit: Pixabay.
4. Meat products
Just like vegetables and fruits, you can also start mass-producing and selling meat products such as sausages, chorizo, corned beef, etc. Creating meat products can be a bit more time consuming and you will need to have certain pieces of equipment such as meat grinders and mixers. Luckily there are cheaper alternatives that you can buy online for a reasonable price. Just make sure that you follow sanitary procedures when you make your meat products.

Always store the product properly, and wear gloves when you handle it. Processing meat can also leave a certain smell in the area. So if you live in a crowded neighborhood, you should make sure that you minimize the smell as much as possible. Handling meat is also a lot more dangerous during the pandemic, so you should be as careful as possible.

5. Homemade soaps
During the pandemic, proper hygiene is key to staying healthy. This is why you should start selling organic soaps and shampoos. In the past few months, soaps and shampoos have been at a premium. Soaps are especially valuable because they are essential to disinfecting one’s hands. There has been a rise in soap sales, and it’s all because of the pandemic. Soap is relatively easy to make, and the cost of ingredients is relatively cheap. So you can mass-produce a great deal. By creating and selling organic soaps and shampoos, you will not only gain a profit but will also help in stopping the spread of the Coronavirus.

6. Homemade alcohol disinfectant
Aside from soap, one of the most important products you can sell are homemade alcohol disinfectants. In the first few months of the pandemic, alcohol became a rarity. A majority of people got scared that stores would run out of supply. Which is why people started hoarding alcohol. This soon led to shortages, and a limit was set on the purchasing of alcohol disinfectants. Luckily for you, alcohol disinfectants are relatively easy to make, and you can be assured that you will sell a lot. Just make sure that your alcohol disinfectants are 70% alcohol because that is the minimal amount needed to kill bacteria and most viruses.
Photo credit: iStock.
In the new normal, we all need to adapt to new ways of living. This is especially true for making a living. Luckily with these great tips, you’ll have a good head start.

7.15.2020

Can Dogs Eat Hemp Seeds – Typically Used For Extraction Of The Oil?

Pet parents pay close attention to their furry companion's dietary health as one of their primary responsibilities. It's not always clear what constitutes safe options and what should be avoided without close contact with the pet's vet and considerable research.

Nutritional health is a key component to the overall functionality of the body. Being deficient in essential nutrients leaves the body and its systems struggling to operate. One compound found to help restore the recommended daily allowance of most of these elements is hemp oil. The substance has been touted as being successful in numerous anecdotal studies with pets.

The products deem safe, organic, and with no known side effects for the puppies. Research is required on the part of the pet parent to obtain the highest standard in products from the best quality companies. 

There is a multitude of these online, including Pet Hemp Company, who offer a wide range of formulas meant to make the administration process easy for the pup and the parent. Putting the hemp seeds into a dog's food is probably the most comfortable form of consumption for pup providing the very best nutritional benefit.
Photo credit: Homes Alive Pet Blog.
Are Hemp Seeds Safe For Dogs To Eat?
Hemp seeds are recommended for a canine's diet, with there being no issue in consuming them. These comprise fatty acids Omega 3 and 6 of perfect proportion meaning there will be no excess fat put into the diet. Maintaining an appropriate balance enhances puppy's wellness and provides a multitude of other advantages.

Skin/Coat: Omega fatty acids play a significant role in a puppy's body, including skin health. These are responsible for skin health, both moisturizing and decreasing instances of itching. The ratio is perfectly proportioned to the point it lowers the chances for skin diseases and promotes a lush, shiny coat with minimal shedding.

Inflammation: Age progression brings cases of osteoarthritis and joint swelling commonly in pups. Many vets' immediate responses are to prescribe painkillers or various other medications, but hemp seeds incorporated into the diet are a natural alternative.

The fatty acids offer anti-inflammatory properties that assist in decreasing the joining pain. The dog's vet will need to make sure a healthy balance is kept as Omega 6 comprises linoleic acid, which has the potential for triggering an inflammatory response. The seeds, however, boast as keeping arthritis at a minimum.
Photo credit: Z-Company.
The Heart: Cholesterol and fat can build up in the heart as a result of obesity, which can induce cardiovascular problems. If puppy indulges in these products, they tout as having the potential for maintaining a strong, healthy heart with the number of amino acids contained in them and arginine.

Those elements are responsible for the production of nitric oxide, directly affecting the circulation of blood with dilation and relaxation. Once the vessels are relaxed, the pressure is lower, resulting in increased flow to the heart and other vital organs, leading to better functionality.

Nutrients: The seeds of the hemp plant are virtually a 'powerhouse' of nutrients and antioxidants that enhance your dog's immune system with fiber aiding in healthy digestion. Check this link for nutritional advantages of these and other natural substances being added to a canine's diet.

Calming: Puppies can endure a tremendous amount of stress and anxiety based on our day-to-day activities, whether we leave them alone on a regular or extended period, are stressed to our limits, or perhaps depressed. They read our energy, and it translates to them.

The effects often lead to puppy lashing out, whether it be pottying inside the house, barking excessively, or other unusual behavior. Instead of punishing what is understandable reactions to their surroundings, you may try helping them cope by providing hemp seeds, which boast as offering calming benefits.
V and his Pomeranian, Yeontan! :)
The claim is these tout also to reduce anxieties and decrease stressors making the chaos around the household much more bearable. Get advice on the various aspects of the compounds relating to dogs at https://www.veterinarypracticenews.com/faq-what-you-need-to-know-about-hemp-and-dogs/ .

7.13.2020

The Best Canned Food for Dogs.

In 2018, the global pet food sales managed a high of $72b. Of this, the biggest share was brought in by dog food sales. There are hundreds of dog food brands around the globe striving every year to meet an ever ballooning demand. Dry dog food is more popular since it does not require much when it comes to storage, and it also comes in large quantities.

Wet food, on the other hand, has to be canned in small containers that on average, provides a single meal. The food has to be properly sealed by a can seamer to keep contaminants out. Once opened, the food cannot be stored for long.
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Canned dog food has the following benefits:

Benefits of Canned Dog Food
1. Canned dog food has more protein compared to dry foods. The high meat content in canned foods is the reason why their cost is higher than kibble diets.

2. Canned dog foods have fewer carbs compared to kibble diets. Dry food has gluten that binds food together like glue, making them more chewy and pliable.

3. There are fewer preservatives in canned dog food because the preservation of the food mainly relies on the airtight seal. The amount of preservatives you can find in canned foods is minimal.

4. Canned food tastes better. Most are wet with juices and water. These preserve the flavors of the dish and act as soups too. Dry foods, on the other hand, are not that palatable.

5. Canned food reduces bloat as it does not absorb too much water from the body like kibble diets. It is also hard to gulp wet food.
Park Seo Joon and his fur baby, Simba.
The following are some of the biggest canned dog food brands:

Taste of the Wild 
  • Ingredients: lamb broth, dried egg, beef, vegetable broth, and lamb liver. 
  • Texture: Chunks in Gravy 
  • Type: Free of grain 
  • Life Stage: All Life Stages 
  • Age: Adults and Puppies. 
Taste of the Wild is a brand that has five different varieties of wet food for dogs. It derives the majority of its nutrients from beef with a 44% protein yield, 225 fat, and 25% carbs. Taste of the Wild is a receiver of the 5 Stars, an award given to the best food brands in the market.

Merrick Classic Canned Food
  • Ingredients: Beef broth, chicken broth, deboned beef, beef liver, and peas.
  • Texture: Chunks in gravy
  • Type: Free of grain
  • Life Stage: All stages
  • Age: Adults and all puppies.
Merrick dog food is a brand that has over 11 varieties of dog food. Three of the 11 are certified 4.5 stars. The brand uses fresh beef in all its recipes on top of other foods that are kind to the pet’s stomach. Merrick classic canned food contains 47% protein, 29% carbs, and 16% fat.

Halo Wet Dog Food
  • Ingredients: Chicken broth, lamb, beef liver, barley, and carrots
  • Texture: Pate or stew
  • Type: Inclusive of grain
  • Life stage: Maintenance
  • Age: Limited to adults only
Halo dog food comes in 8 different varieties, with three of them certified four stars. It is notably filled with grains and vegetables, which makes it palatable to dogs that love vegetables in their food. Halo foods contain 50% protein, 14% carbs, and 28% fat.

Weruva Wet Dog Food
  • Ingredients: Water, chicken, pumpkin, egg and sweet potato
  • Texture: Chunks in gravy
  • Type: Free of grain Life stage; All stages
  • Age: Adults and puppies
Weruva wet food is a famous brand among pet owners and it comes in 14 different varieties, one of which is rated 4.5 stars. The Weruva grain-free bed and breakfasts are a product line of the brand that is a big hit with cat and dog owners. Weruva packs 57% protein, 10% fat, and an estimated 25% carbs.
My sister's fur baby, Pepper. :)
Wellness Stews Canned Dog Food
  • Ingredients: turkey broth, turkey, water, turkey liver, and barley
  • Texture: Chunks in gravy
  • Type: Inclusive of grain
  • Life stage: All stages
  • Age: Adults and medium-sized puppies
Wellness stews for dogs have six different recipes, all rated class A., the protein in this brand of dog food, is mainly gotten from turkey meat. It packs about 44% protein, 31% carbs, and 175 fat. Many pet owners have had nothing but glowing reviews for the brand, which is among the few that use turkey meat.

Instinct Original Wet Dog Food
  • Ingredients: Beef broth, beef liver, beef, ground flaxseed, tricalcium phosphate
  • Texture: Fine-chopped pate
  • Type: Free of grain
  • Life Stage: All stages
  • Age: Adults and medium breed puppies.
With eight different varieties, Instinct dog food has over 4 of its products certified 4 stars. The other versions are made using different meats like lamb, venison, and rabbit. Instinct has a protein content of about 52%, a fat content of around 34%, and carbs ranging in the region of 6%.

Whole Earth Farms Canned Dog Food
  • Ingredients: Chicken broth, chicken, chicken liver, turkey and peas
  • Texture: A combination of pate and stew
  • Type: Free of grain
  • Life stage: All stages
  • Age: Adults and all puppies
With bird meat as its dominant source of protein, Whole Farm is a brand that has 15 products under its name. Whole Earth is packed with 47% protein, 22% carbs and 27% fat. Most of its products are rated between 4 and 5 stars because of its superb quality.

Nature’s Recipe Dog Food Trays
  • Ingredients: Chicken broth, chicken, salmon, pumpkin, and brown rice
  • Texture: Chunks in gravy
  • Type: Inclusive of grain
  • Life stage: Maintenance
  • Ages: Reserved for adults only
Nature’s Recipe has 3 product lines under its brand. It derives its proteins from chicken and salmon. The three products include Nature’s Recipe Chicken, Nature’s Recipe Chicken and Turkey and Nature’s Recipe Chicken and Wild Salmon. The brand has a high protein content of 65%, 16% carbs, and 12% fat.
Photo credit: Park Seo Joon 
Conclusion
Pet care has been a big business for years and continues to grow. The brands mentioned here are nothing but a tiny drop in the ocean. As the race to dominate the $100b market share boots up, the quality of pet care improves. If you are a pet owner, it is time you treated your dog to a nice can of tuna or chicken.