My sister-in-law became a professional pet groomer. The pay was better than at the saloon that she was at and she liked the clients better.

I have learned a lot from listing to her talk.

So now I am grooming my own dog.

I use the andis AGC 2, they get the job done but are nothing to write home about, and the first set I had were giving me problems staying in the second speed. I did however get andis to replace them for free because of the warranty. I have had the chance to use a set of the aesculap clippers your friend loves so much but really could not notice much of a difference except they were a little heavier and felt more solid.

I worked with a salon owner who loves her wahl bravura over anything she has ever owned, but I really just think she loves the 5 in 1 blade they use.

Personally I do want to get a cordless, and I use a clipper vac so it would cost me an extra $75 to move to another set of clippers because of the attachment I have to buy from Romani. So im going to stick with the andis untill something really amazing comes out.

She has only been bitten once by the way.


My dogs love playing find it.

We even play outside in the backyard too. I hide treats under leaves, in trees, on tables and chairs, on/in plant containers, in her toys, it's all fair game. I'm amazed at what she can find, and it's fun watching stop and turn around when she gets a whiff.

Dogs are so much fun.

Here are some of the others we enjoy:

  1. "hand me that" where you put several objects on the ground and then teach him to hand you the one you point at.
  2. big box -- get a big box and get him to interact with it. have him go into it for treats, jump over it ( thats another fun trick to teach), climb on top of it and sit/stay. This works outside with new surfaces too -- benches, rocks, big grates or cement structures in cities.
  3. "where is so and so?" Teach your dog the names of your friends and family, then have one of them hide and ask him to go find them.
  4. "which one?" put a treat in one hand and show him both closed fists. Teach him to pick the correct hand before getting the treat.
  5. sniff. Bring him novel objects to sniff. Its not a trick, but it is fun to do when you have to wait. Waiting for the vet the other day I entertained my dog by letting him sniff each of the objects in my purse.
  6. find by smell. Put spices in socks and get him to find them. Work up to letting him smell a specific spice and asking him to find just that one and ignore the others.

My husband has this issue with his black and grey shirts. Every so often, I take a load of them and let them soak in the tub with Oxiclean, then wash them. Problem solved, no scrubbing required. Also works with sweat stains.

Oxiclean Versatile Stain Remove also works for mudstains, blood, wine, makeup (theater and traditional.

On clothes or cloth or surfaces mind you, not your face ) special effects blood, oil stains and almost any other stain you can think of on grout, tile, carpet, clothes, walls and doors to name a few.

Just make sure to do an extra rinse on clothing or cloth items especially if your skin is sensitive.


When we got married there was a lot to get taken care of. I wish I would have know that the damn RSVP cards were going to be such a problem.

Why is it that people feel like RSVPing for a wedding is such trouble?! I mean, when you get invited to a frormal celebration like a wedding it can't be that hard to grasp that there might be a reason why.

I am not the only one, other people have noticed that people fail to send the RSVP back to the hosts.

A friend of mine was in the same boat , getting married, stressed, and she did what I didn't. She got clever. This was the first I've heard of this site. She used RSVP services, it cost her $100 but they gave her the service for a year, and they will do the dirty work of calling people for rsvps, if the rsvp'd too many people, etc.

This was a godsend for her since a couple of people actually RSVPd with kids and the invitations clearly stated that children were not allowed at the wedding. Well, in other words. They actually called all of the people on the list that seemed like they were problomatic and they got them straightened out. It was nice. I was wishing I had had the service when we went through the hassle.

What we did was make a website on squarespace and used their form builder for RSVPs to get emailed to us. We also password protected the RSVP page and included the password in the invites, which was a little much for our guests. I guess we should get points for trying.

It was not very successful, unfortunately. We had to call over half of our guests to get their RSVPs.

Initially, we weren't going to do an RSVP card at all, but we decided to do a plated dinner with several meat options, so we will have to include an RSVP. The idea for the website was mine since I wanted to save on postage costs, we didn't want to pre-stamp the return envelopes and thus the option of RSVP-ing online.

It was so much stress. And it wasn't perfect.

The reason I came to the idea because another friend set up a wordpress website for their RSVP. They used a RSVP function through there, and it worked very well. I think that the only one that they did not receive was from their grandmother, so they only had to reach out to them with a phone call. She loved the online RSVP - they saved some paper and some postage, and a lot of people were able to leave them sweet messages on their website.

So I was all like, sign me up.

Live and learn.


If you're expecting, don't look at must-have baby lists. What you must have is a carseat, safe sleeping arrangement, and the other nessecities that babies require.

Everything else, decide as you go along if you really need it. We purchased almost all our kids' clothing secondhand or received things as hand-me-downs, then donated or trashed or handed down everything as soon as they grew out of it.

Invest in experiences, not toys, as much as possible.

A zoo membership or a toddler music class or a day at the science museum.

Even though we've done this, the toys accumulate. Put them on rotation. One third "favorite" toys that are always out, one third rotating toys on the shelves, one third rotating toys in boxes in the garage. Avoid a toy bin, keep toys on display so they always have a place and can be found to play with, but also so you have a sense of what's ready to get rid of.

For gifting holidays, the Rule of Four. Something you want, something you need, something to wear, something to read. Keep toys simple, open ended stuff like blocks, Lego, art supplies.


Anything with fluff or some kind of stuffing... doesn't matter if the material is indestructible, she will get it out.

This has led us to the theory that they don't test with dogs like ours.

I've just accepted that any fluffy toy is going to be shredded. Tuffy's toys have been really good though.

Anything else that is supposedly built tough, no chance.

It's almost like she thinks the fluff/stuffing is trapped and she must free it. Take any old jeans you'll never wear again, cut the legs and tie them in knots.

Then wash them in hot water, and shrink in the dryer. The knots are really difficult to untie. You can put a rope in between the knots ahead of time so it becomes more fun to play with too. Or you can take something and stuff it with old cut up denim strips for the dog to pull out.

We tie old socks around it, stuff medium sized bones in it(this is easier after your dog has stretched the plastic out a little). Pretty much just fill it with any toys that will fit inside it, tie socks or fabric onto it and let the dog have it. She loves trying to get everything apart!