It’s almost Halloween! Costumes are purchased. Decorations are in place and treats are being prepared for visiting trick or treaters. Everything seems in place, but what about our pets? Pets enjoy Halloween too so how do we keep them safe?
Candy, especially chocolate is a significant danger and can be poison to our pets. Chocolate is dangerous for two reasons. First, chocolate contains two chemicals-caffeine and theobromine which are stimulants. Symptoms can begin in 6-12 hours after ingestion. These symptoms can include panting, hyperactivity, increased thirst and urination. High concentrations lead to irregular heart rhythms, seizures, coma, and even death. There are all levels of sensitivity just like in people, some dogs and cats can be sensitive to chocolate and show signs of poisoning from much lesser amounts.
Chocolate is very high in sugar and fat. This could cause mild diarrhea, or more dangerous gastroenteritis, pancreatitis and liver disease from ingestion of large amounts of chocolate. Keep all candy out of the reach of pets and explain to young children that it is not safe to feed candy to dogs and cats.
If your pet is afraid of loud noises or frightened when people come to the door. Speak to your veterinarian about a calming supplement or mild tranquilizer to get your pet through Halloween comfortably. Never do this on your own. Consult a professional as the dose for pets is different than people. Be extremely cautious if your dog or cat goes out and navigates the yard on their own. Don’t leave them unattended on Halloween night. Pets innocently fall victim to Halloween pranks.
Our pets are special to us. Don’t let their safety become less of a priority due to the excitement of the holiday. With some planning, the day can be fun for the entire family. Hopefully, this information will help to provide a safe environment for our pets. Think Safety First and Have a Happy Halloween!
by Denise Visco
It’s that time of year again, where your dinner and party plans have you heading to your kitchen instead of the grill.
Before you shut down and pack up the grill for the season, it is important to clean your grill to prepare it for storage and next year’s use.
Here are some helpful tips:
- Use a warm bucket of water and soap with a steel brush to clean your grill.
- Avoid using abrasive cleaners and tools. This could reverse your essential goal and harm your grill!
- Clean up all oil spills and food drippings.
- Once you have scrubbed all of the dirty areas, be sure to wipe everything down one more time with your warm soap water.
- Purchase a protective case/cover for your grill. This will help avoid damage and rust over the winter months.
- Store your grill somewhere safe and dry. Perhaps your shed or even under your deck.
Simple end of the year cleaning will go a long way when it comes to ensuring the life of your grill.
Taking the family on a picnic is an excellent way to get fresh air and enjoy some of the last days of the summer season before the kids head back to school. The ingredients for an unforgettable picnic, however, involve more than just good food. Picking a great location and preparing extra activities can elevate your picnic from boring to amazing.
Choose a memorable location. Having a picnic at a nearby park is a safe choice but choosing a location with interesting features can make your trip unforgettable. Try a local beach or hiking trail.
Work together on the food. Working with your family to create a menu for your picnic is a great way to get everyone involved and make sure everyone has something to eat that they really love.
Bring along activities. Picnics can be about more than just food. Bringing some outdoor activities with you is a great way to extend your outdoor trip and make it extra special.
Take plenty of pictures. A family picnic offers a great opportunity for some fun pictures together. Although smart phone pictures are easy to snap, don’t forget to take some pictures with your digital camera to print later.
Don’t leave home without the essentials. If you forget a few essentials items such as water bottles or sunscreen for everyone, your picnic may quickly turn from fun to disastrous. Prepare a checklist ahead of time to avoid forgetting anything.
End this summer season unforgettably before the hustle and bustle is back for the school year.
Going on vacation often means indulging here and there on purchases. When you travel, you may want to be sure you are spending your hard earned money in the smartest ways.
Here are some suggestions on how to make your next vacation memorable and affordable!
Be flexible – Travelers who are flexible in their departure dates and times can usually find great deals and rates because they have the ability to shop price instead of date.
Pack light – Many airlines now charge extra for baggage fees, especially suitcases. Pack only the necessities.
Use coupons – Coupons aren’t only for getting cents off your brand tissue at the supermarket. Coupon and discount codes are available for just about any purchase – even vacations. Check all travel websites to see if there are any deals and specials going on when booking your trip.
Plan meals – Look into economical restaurants before departing. Know where you’ll be eating and when.
Rent small – If you are renting a car, choose the smallest model that will fit your needs. In addition, there is no need to pay for a large room that you don’t plan to spend much time in.
Consider public transportation – Investigate public transportation options near your destination. Such options may not be as convenient as taxis, but they may be more economical.
Make your next vacation unforgettable!
Summer is here and that only means one thing, fresh summer produce! If you love fresh fruits and vegetables, check out one of Long Island’s many “U-Pick” farms on the east end! With a wide variety of choices ranging from blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, peaches, tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, and more, you and your family are sure to find something you all love!
Lewin’s farm on Sound Avenue in Calverton offers many fun, family activities along with their “U-Pick” farm experience.
Even if you don’t feel like picking your own produce, Lewin’s offers a huge farm stand of already picked fresh produce right at your fingertips.
While there, make sure to take a drive down Sound Avenue and see what other farms and stands can offer you.
Its summer fun for the whole family, don’t miss out on this year’s summer picking season.
812 Sound Avenue
Calverton, NY 11933
Looking for a twist on your weekend breakfast/brunch?
Try some Cheese and Blueberry Danish
What you need:
- 1 package (8 oz.) refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
- 4 oz. package of cream cheese
- Sugar to taste
- ½ cup of Blueberries
How to make it:
- Heat your oven to 350 degrees
- Unroll the crescent rolls onto a greased baking sheet
- Use two triangle pieces to make one square (you will have four at the end)
- Pinch the seams to hold the dough together
- In a bowl, mix the softened cream cheese and sugar until it is as sweet as you like
- Spread a spoonful of cream cheese onto the dough and top with a handful of blueberries
- Bring opposite corners of rectangles together and press together to seal.
- Bake 11 to 13 minutes or until golden brown
The Summer Season is a fun time to enjoy the outdoors and all the activities that come with the warm weather.
If you’re planning to take a trip to your local water park, be sure to follow these important safety tips to help ensure the safety of yourself and other:
- Children under 48″, non-swimmers, and weak swimmers should wear a Coast Guard approved life vest while enjoying water park attractions.
- Children in diapers should be dressed in waterproof swim diapers to minimize leakage.
- Children should not ride attractions that are not suitable for their height, weight or age.
- Keep an eye on your children and make sure you know where they are at all times.
- Dress appropriately, and be sure to bring a dry pair of clothing to change into once you have had enough sun for the day.
- Apply waterproof sunscreen before leaving home and be sure to reapply throughout the day.
- Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
- Read the signs at every attraction and listen to all audio instructions provided by recordings or staff.
- Follow the lifeguards’ instructions and signal them if you or someone else is in trouble.
- If your group plans to split up, be sure to use the buddy system. This is an excellent way to make sure no one is left behind.
Enjoy your summer season safely!
Summer time is here once again. Unfortunately, with all the good that summer brings, the warm and humid weather also brings unwanted insects.
Here are some natural and safe remedies to help get rid of these pests and enjoy your summer.
Wasps. Wasps come back as soon as the warm weather turns. The colonies are getting bigger and this results in more aggressive and hungrier insects. These insects have a good quality of eating other dead insects, however they are a huge risk to anyone who is allergic to them. Wasps do not like any type of mint, so growing mint in your garden will be a deterrent. Mint is safe and non-toxic to any pets or children who may accidentally get into it.
Ants. Warm and damp weather is a recipe for ants to come out. Ants can be attracted to anything that spills in your kitchen or on your floors. Once you see one ant, you can bet there are more hanging around. You can make a natural repellent out of white or apple cider vinegar and water. Simply put this mixture in a spray bottle and spray the affected areas.
Mosquito’s. Mosquito’s are a pest that can put a damper on the mood of any party or gathering. They seem to come out of nowhere and keep coming back. A safe and effective way to reduce the mosquito population around your home or yard is to reduce standing water if possible. Standing water is the mosquito’s preferred breeding ground and will bring them into any yard that has standing water. You can also grow mosquito repelling plants such as basil.
Ticks. Ticks are one of the hardest insects to get rid of. They dig into your skin and your pet’s fur and stick. A single adult female can have as many as 4,000 eggs in one sitting. Planting basil can help repel ticks along with a solution of tea tree oil and water. However, be aware, cats can be sensitive to this mixture.
Do you have any suggestions for repelling summer insects? Share them below!
Father’s Day is an annual celebration of fathers and the contributions they make to their families. Dads get their due on Father’s Day, when sons, daughters, and wives typically give dad a few gifts to show their appreciation for all he does for them.
Finding the right Father’s Day gift is not always easy. No two fathers are the same. While a silk necktie might bring a smile to one father’s face, such a gift may fall flat with other dads.
By asking themselves a few questions in the weeks before their dads’ big day, Father’s Day shoppers can narrow down their options and find gifts that Dad will appreciate.
Here are the four questions to ask before heading out to pick the perfect gift:
What are Dad’s hobbies? Even if your father or husband loves what he does for a living, a gift that indulges one of his favorite hobbies may be just the thing!
What does Dad need? Sometimes the best gifts are what a recipient needs, as opposed to what he wants. Maybe Dad needs some new tools or maybe even a few new pieces of clothing.
What does Dad want? For the Dad who doesn’t seem to need anything, consider something he may want that he’s never had before. Something like tickets to see his favorite sports team or maybe his favorite band.
Is Dad a techie? Dads with a love for technology are living in the golden age for gadgets. Consider buying Dad a gadget he has been “itching” to get!
Finding the right Father’s Day gift can be challenging. But shoppers who stop to think about their father and what makes him happy can unearth a host of gift ideas that Dad is sure to love!