5 Tips for a Happy Life from Man’s Best Friend

 

5 Tips for a Happy Life from Man's Best Friend - Ann Again and again Reviews

Ask anyone what their goal is in life and their answer will probably be, “To be happy.” If our dogs could talk, they would share five reasons we can improve our happiness through their example. Here is a brief summary of what they would say. 5 Tips for a Happy Life from Man’s Best Friend:

  1. “You can count on me.”

When we ask pet owners what they admire most about their dog, loyalty is usually first on the list.  Loyalty is the confidence that you can count on others to be true to you and do the right thing even if it is difficult and even if you are not present.  Dogs are loyal to their pack and display amazing loyalty to their owners.  So Tip # 1 on the list of things we can do to increase our own happiness is to ensure we are loyal so we strengthen our relationships with others.

  • “Tell me your problems.”

Dogs are among the best listeners ever! You can spend hours talking to your dog and he or she will hang on every word. This is not usually the case for our friends, associates, or even family members.  Tip # 2 then, is to take time to listen to others and make sure you understand what they have to say before you share your point of view.

  1. “Let’s play!”

One of the best things about dogs is their curiosity and desire to play. Tip # 3- step outside of your daily routine, take the dog out for a walk, and pledge to have at least one experience a week that is just plain ‘fun’.

  1. “I forgive you.”

Even if you come home late, skip a walk, run out of their favorite treat, or accidently step on their tail, your dog will not hold a grudge against you. Humans, on the other hand, can hold on to real or imagined insults forever! All this does is create stress and keep us from moving on with our lives.  Tip # 4 – let go of bitterness and resentment toward yourself or others.

  1. “I love you no matter what.”

Our work environment and educational system are based on the carrot and stick; “do this for me and I’ll give you that.” Unfortunately, this approach often carries over to our relationships and we begin to place conditions on our affections with others.  Dogs love you whether you are young, old, rich, poor, fat, skinny, covered with hair or bald as they come.  Tip # 5 – love with an open heart and expect nothing from others in return for giving yours.

 

Shared with permission.  Garry McDaniel and Sharon Massen speak nationally on what individuals and organizations can learn from dogs about leadership, team building, and customer service. Their book is “The Dog’s Guide to Your Happiness: Seven Secrets for a Better Life from Man’s Best Friend.”

 


Garry McDaniel is an award-winning professor teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in business management. McDaniel has written books on leadership strategy, conflict management, and is a frequent speaker in the United States and internationally on topics such as leadership development, employee engagement, personal and organizational change, life balance, and what humans and businesses can learn from dogs to improve their lives. He is currently available to discuss personal life coaching, training, or speaking engagements.

How Did The Instyler Tulip Do? My Review

I’ve loved playing with lotions and potions for the face and body, make-up and hair products since I was oh-let’s-see, maybe since I was 13 and started wearing Maybelline roller ball lip gloss and giving my friends facials at sleepovers.   Now that I’m in the blogging world I’m happy to share with my lovely readers products that will help us spruce up our looks.  Today I’m sharing a hair styling tool from Instyler called The Tulip.  Let’s see how it does, shall we?

First observation, this is a sizable handheld hair styling tool:

Ann Instyler image

It comes with clear instructions and advises you to watch a YouTube tutorial if you’re not comfortable with the written instructions that come with pictures.  Next thing I notice were how many options the machine had.  You can vary your curl from Beachy Waves all the way to Tight, Striking Curls.  Each curl has a different heat setting and time according to hair length.  You also choose which direction you would like the curl to go.  Nice.  On we go to curl!

Ann Instyler Before
Scary! My hair washed, air dried with leave-in conditioner

(The lighting in our bathroom creates a “watercolor” effect on the lens. I need to invest in one of those fancy photographer’s lighting set-up)

I have layered hair that is naturally wavy.  (I’m also growing out my bangs so we’ll see how this curling session goes.)  The Instyler Tulip is quite a machine!  Once you place your hair in the curling chamber you click the button and your hair twirls for the selected time frame.  The timer gives notice with 3 beeps and you release your curl.  To be honest, once a small portion of my hair tangled BUT it stopped automatically and my hair removed easily.  Nice.

My giant hand!

Although the chamber of the Instyler Tulip looks daunting I’m showing this picture to prove that both hands aren’t tied up while using it.  I’m right handed and was curling the left side of my hair while taking a photo with my iPhone in my left hand.   (It can be done!)  It does take some getting used to to place your hair properly in the chamber but honestly, after a couple of curls, I had the process down.

Ann Instyler During

 

At this age I feel like my hair is thinning but I actually have more hair than I thought!  Yes, one half of my hair took me around 12 minutes, but most of that time was in the beginning figuring out the technique of properly placing my hair in the curl chamber.  I was much faster as the process went on.

Ann Instyler After
(Where are my eyebrows going?)

 

 

Here I am.  All curled!  As I said earlier, you have choices in the curl type you want and I chose medium body curls.  (I should have fluffed it out more, but, oh well.)  To note, this machine beeps throughout your use.  About every 2 seconds you’ll hear a *beep* until your chosen curl setting is finished then you hear 3 quick beeps to note it’s time to take your hair out and go to the next section.

The Instyler Tulip gives you so much guidance with proper use that you shouldn’t feel intimidated at all.  The User Manual included with the tool is very clear, with lots of directions and pictures and they also advise checking out their video, tips and tricks at InstylerTulip.com.  This product is good.  I like it!!!

The Instyler Tulip retails between $79.99 to $99.99. You can find the Instyler Tulip at Target, Ulta, Walmart and online at RSVPInstyler.com.  

They offer other fun hair styling tools that I’m sure will be a perfect fit for you, or someone you love this holiday season.  Check out their MAX 2-Way Rotating Iron.  This machine looks like a combo rotating curling iron and hairbrush.  Your thick or curly hair can become smooth and polished while it glides through the bristles.

Instyler MAX
color choices: purple or black

Or how about the Ionic Styler Pro.  This is a round hot brush while closed and a flat iron when opened.  Cool!  This tool creates volume at the roots and creates curl or beachy waves, depending on your hair length.

Instyler Ionic

 

If you’ve used one of these Instyler tools, tell me how they worked for you.

 

(*Disclaimer:  I received product to facilitate my review through my membership with VocalPoint.com.  My opinions are truthfully my own.  I’ve used this product 3 times now and really enjoy it!)

 

5 Tips To Rid Mosquitoes In Your Yard

 

5 Tips To Rid Mosquitoes In Your Yard - AnnAgainandagainReviews.com

Ah yes, the rain clouds have passed and the sunshine has hung around for a couple of days.  Time for yard work then enjoying the natural beauty of the yard.  But *smack* these darn *smack* mosquitoes are driving me crazy!  (I’m allergic to them so that makes it even worse.)  After researching natural ways to rid these highly annoying pests here are some tips I’ve found the most useful:

  • Plant Marigolds – The bright marigold not only add nice splashes of color to your garden borders or potted plants, it also gives of a scent which repels mosquitoes.  Marigolds contain Pyrethrum, a compound used in many insect repellents.
  • Dump Standing Water – mosquito larvae can exist in as little as 2 tablespoons of standing water. Children’s toys are the #1 culprits (here’s looking at you sand pails and water tables!)  These pests can develop in any size puddle that has been around for 4 days.  I know it’s convenient to keep a pail of water near your plants for quicker watering, but know that this also enables the creation and housing for the nasty mosquito.
  • Eliminate Decaying Foliage From Ground – Not only is removing fallen leaves from the yard better for your grass, it will eliminate a breeding ground for mosquitoes.   Fallen leaves, over time, create mold and/or fungus and mosquitoes love that stuff!  Mold/fungus is sought after meal for the mosquito so it’s best to remove leaves, branches, any plant from your yard that isn’t living.
  • Fill Your Pond With Mosquito Eating Fish – Stock any ornamental ponds with guppies, koi, or goldfish (most healthy, hungry fish will eliminate the majority of mosquito larvae from ponds).
  • Remove Debris (a.k.a. Tires) From Yard– The used tire has become the most important domestic mosquito producer in this country.  If you’ve done a little automotive repair, and have kept “Take tire to recycling center” on your To-Do List too long, now’s the time to take it away and check it off your list.

 

These are a few tips that I hope will help you rid your yard of the highly annoying mosquito so that you can enjoy your time in the comfort and beauty of your own backyard.

 

(*** Information sources:  Rutgers Dept. of Entomology – EarthEasy.com – Mr. Mister Mosquito Control)