8 Cocktails For Spring

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Courtesy of A Beautiful Mess

Sunshine, music, patios, friends, family and the wind in your hair. What’s missing? The perfect cocktail. Lets be honest, this week is completely crawling by at a snails pace, and I need something fun to look forward to making this weekend. Here are 8 simple recipes for great spring and summer cocktails, weekend wisely!

Counting down to my all time favorite we are starting with…

08 – Kir Royale

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Courtesy of Google









Ingredients: Creme de Cassis, Chilled champagne or sparkling wine

  •  Pour 1 Oz of Creme de cassis in the glass
  •  Tilt the glass and fill it with your champagne or sparkling wine
  •  Give it a stir with you bar spoon or any long thin object
  •  If you have a cherry just throw it in your drink.

07 – Long Island Iced Tea

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Ingredients: 1 Oz Vodka,1 Oz Gin,1 Oz White Rum,1 Oz Silver Tequila ,1 Oz Triple sec,1.5 Oz Sweet and Sour mix,Splash of Coke,8 Ice cubes of ice

  • Pour the vodka and gin
  • Add the rum, tequila and triple sec
  • Add the sweet and sour mix
  • Add 8 ice cubes
  • Shake it ! 12 times at least
  • Fill your highball glass with ice, fill it to the top.Strain the cocktail into your glass
  • Strain the cocktail into the glass over the ice
  • Save a little room for the coke, top the drink with it
  • Drink or serve it, garnish with a lemon wedge

06 – Margarita

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Ingredients: 2 Oz Tequila,1 Oz Orange liqueur,Juice of 1 lime or lemon,0.5 Oz of simple syrup or Lime Cordial,8 Ice cubes or crushed ice

  • Pour all ingredients into the shaker.
  • Add 8 ice cubes
  • Add the fresh lime juice or just squeeze a whole lime inside
  • Shake it hard! 12 times at least
  • Strain the cocktail into your chilled glass or strain over ice (margarita on the rocks)
  • Place a lime peel on the rim of the glass or put salt on the rim of the glass. If you want to “salt your rim” check out our cocktail guru tip at the bottom of this page.
  • Drink or serve it, your Perfect Margarita is ready to drink!

05 – Mimosa

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Courtesy of Inspired Taste

Ingredients: Half a glass of orange juice,Chilled champagne or sparkling wine

  • Fill half of your glass with orange juice, make sure it’s cold
  • Tilt the glass and fill it with your champagne or sparkling wine
  • Give it a stir with you bar spoon or any long thin object

04 – Apple Martini

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Courtesy of Gustologist

Ingredients: 1.5 Oz Apple flavored vodka,1 Oz Sour apple liqueur or apple flavored schnapps,Dash Midori,1 Oz Pineapple juice,1 Oz Apple juice,8-10 Ice cubes

  • Pour the alcohol into your shaker
  • Add apple and pineapple juice
  • Add ice
  • Stir 12 times
  • Strain into a chilled cocktail glass or over fresh ice a tall glass
  • Drink or serve it, your cocktail is ready to drink!>
  • Garnish with three apple pieces on a toothpick

03 – Bellini

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Courtesy of Laylita

Ingredients: One third of a glass of peach puree or juice,Two thirds of Chilled champagne or sparkling wine

  • Muddle a whole peach (or skip this step and just pour peach juice in the the glass)
  • Tilt the glass and fill it with your champagne or sparkling wine
  • Give it a stir with you bar spoon or any long thin object

02 – Cosmopolitan

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Courtesy of InspiredTaste

Ingredients: 2 Oz citron vodka ,1 Oz orange liqueur ,1 Oz Cranberry Juice ,Dash of Lime Cordial ,8 Ice cubes or crushed ice ,Lime peel for garnish

  • Chill the martini glass (click here if you want to know how)
  • Pour the liqueur and vodka to your shaker
  • Pour the cranberry and cordial to your shaker
  • Add the fresh lime juice or just squeeze a half of lime inside
  • Fill shaker with ice
  • Add 8 ice cubes
  • Stir it! 12 times at least
  • Strain your cocktail into the chilled glass

01 – Mojito

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Courtesy of MyRecipes

Ingredients: 1 Spoon white sugar ,2 Oz White Rum,Hand full of Mint leaves ,Half of one lime cut into 3 wedges ,Splash of club soda ,1.5 Oz Sweet and Sour Mix ,8 Ice cubes or crushed ice

  • Muddle the mint, limes and sugar, muddle until you actually smell the mint.
  • Add 2 Oz of Rum
  • Add the sweet and sour mix
  • Add 8 ice cubes
  • Shake it hard! 20 times at least
  • Double Strain into the glass full of crushed ice
  • Top the drink with club soda
  • Add 5 fresh new mint leaves and a lime wedge on top and serve it, your perfect drink is ready!

Sausage, Spinach, Wild Mushroom & Cheese Frittata

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In honor of Easter Weekend I want to share the perfect frittata. So gather your friends and family around you and whip us this tasty treat.

Sausage, Spinach, Wild Mushroom & Cheese Frittata


8 eggs

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

6 oz. white cheddar cheese, cut into 1/4-inch dice

1 tsp. plus 2 Tbs. olive oil

1/2 lb. mild Italian sausage, casings removed

3/4 lb. assorted wild mushrooms, cleaned, trimmed and cut into 1- to 2-inch pieces

1 bunch Swiss chard, about 3/4 lb., stems removed and leaves cut into 1-inch strips



In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, salt and pepper. Fold in the cheese. Set aside.

In the deep half of a frittata pan over medium-high heat, warm 1 tsp. of the olive oil. Add the sausage and cook, crumbling with a wooden spoon, until well browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain the sausage on paper towels, then transfer to another bowl.

In the same pan over medium-high heat, warm 1 Tbs. of the olive oil. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned and tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to the bowl with the sausage.

In the same pan over medium heat, warm 1 tsp. of the olive oil. Add half of the Spinach and cook, stirring occasionally, until wilted, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a bowl. Repeat with 1 tsp. of the olive oil and the remaining Spinach.

Return the rest of Spinach, the sausage and the mushrooms to the pan and heat over medium heat for 1 minute. Add the egg mixture and cook, using a rubber spatula to lift the cooked edges and allow the uncooked eggs to flow underneath, about 2 minutes. Continue cooking until the eggs begin to set, 4 to 6 minutes more.

Lightly brush the shallow pan with the remaining 1 tsp. olive oil and heat over medium heat. Place the shallow pan upside down on top of the deep pan and flip the frittata into the shallow pan. Cook, covered, until the eggs are set, about 6 minutes. (Note: If you do not have a frittata pan heat your oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit after the the eggs have set place the pan in the oven for 7-14 minutes until a nice brown crust over top the frittata.)

Gently shake the pan to loosen the frittata and slide it onto a serving plate. Serves 8.

#MCM, Bedroom Accessories for Men

Relationships & Sex


During our twenties a we get the opportunity to explore our sexuality, so in the spirit of adventure I want to take a moment to tell you about some sex toys that can be great for the gentlemen. Some of these take an open mind, and some are fairly straight forward, but all can be wonderful when approached with the right attitude and setting.



Flight by Fleshlight Male Masturbator

The number one selling sex toy for men just got even better.

This fleshlight is very discreet and it is textured with an aerodynamic exterior and incredibly bumpy canal to take you to new heights of pleasure.


The Nexus Anal Starter Kit

The Nexus anal starter kit

The Nexus anal starter kit comprises of three solid silicone butt plugs of different sizes, designed for the user to start small and work their way up.

Each is made from silky smooth silicone and anatomically shaped to fit comfortably for ultimate pleasure.

Small is a great introduction or warm up to anal play whilst medium and large push you to further heights and can also be used for male prostate stimulation.

These plugs have just the right amount of flexibility so you can be both stimulated and comfortable.


The Cock Ring

I seriously wonder why any man has sex without one of these. A simple cock ring attaches around the base of the penis or scrotum, trapping blood inside the penis. What this means is a rock hard erection from a stiff breeze.

Unlike your high school days of discovering women’s bra straps for the first time, however, you’re not going to have an orgasm without some serious effort on your part. Before you talk to your doctor about Viagra, talk to your local porn store clerk about a cock ring.


The P(Prostate) Spot Dildo

Gentlemen, I know this isn’t the easiest topic to get into, but let me be blunt: Stop being a baby and get to know your prostate. Feels good, man. There’s something a little childish and well, unmanly about a man who’s afraid to experience the pleasure of his own butthole.

You might not actually be into it, but unless you do some serious fiddling around down there, you’re never going to know for sure. And hey, if you can’t get down with the brown, you can at least get into some perineum stuff. That’s also called “the taint.” Press hard on it and it feels good. Try it. Right now.



Turn any size bed into a place of binding pleasure. Restraint straps quickly fit beneath any mattress or frame without hooks. Restrain your partner’s arms or legs from the sides or the top and bottom of the bed. Portable and travel-sized. These restraints will fill your world with pleasure.


What a SOLE-ful Meal

Budgeting, Family, Friends, Healthy Living, Recipes


We all have our favorite dishes, and those we wish we could make. Mine just happens to be the Parmesan Crusted Sole from Romanos Macaroni Grill. However, I do not enjoy paying $18.75 for one dish, so I found the secret to serving four the same delicious, and healthier meal, for the same price.

Parmesan Crusted Sole

Serves 4

4 (6-8 oz) Sole fillets
1 1/2 cups panko bread crumbs
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
4 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced
1/2 teaspoon powdered garlic
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup flour
3 eggs
1 cup milk
4 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup Lemon Beurre Blanc (Don’t worry its super easy and I included the recipe at the bottom YUMMM.)

In a food processor blend panko, parmesan and parsley until fine. Transfer to a shallow pan. In a separate pan whip eggs and milk until well combined. In a third pan place the flour.

Take the sole fillets and season with salt, pepper and powdered garlic. Dredge sole in flour, then egg wash and finally in the parmesan/panko mix. Pat the parmesan and panko into the sole until the mix sticks to the fish.

In a large saute pan heat butter and olive oil until hot. Carefully place sole in the pan and shake the pan to make sure the fish doesn’t stick. When sole is golden brown, flip over and continue to cook. When sole is done (120° F internally), transfer to plate and top with lemon beurre blanc.

Lemon Beurre Blanc
Makes 1 cup
1 cup white wine
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon shallots, minced
4 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
1/4 lb butter – unsalted, chilled, cut into cubes
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon white pepper
In a sauce pan over medium high heat, combine wine, vinegar and shallots. Reduce until almost a syrup consistency. Add cream and continue to cook reducing by half. Turn the heat to low and add butter cubes 2 at a time while stirring until all the butter is added and sauce is a creamy consistency. Season with salt and pepper.
Note: If the butter is not chilled it will not incorporate into the sauce. Also if the wine mixture is not reduced far enough the sauce will be runny.
Orzo and Spinach
4 ounces julienne-shredded fresh spinach
1/2 small julienne-cut radicchio
1/4 cup pine nuts
1/3 cup sun-dried tomato packed in oil, julienne cut
2 tablespoons capers
3 tablespoons sliced kalamata olives
4 ounces orzo pasta, uncooked
1 tablespoon minced garlic
Juice and zest of one small lemon
1/4 cup olive oil
1/3 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
Cook orzo according to directions on box, about 9 minutes or until al dente. Heat the olive oil on medium heat. Add garlic and stir, making sure to not let the garlic brown. Add the zest and lemon juice. Toss in the spinach and radicchio and cook until just wilted. Remove from heat and add orzo. Mix. Sprinkle with cheese once it is on the plate.

Training Your Puppy

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(Above: Our editor’s puppy, Emma)

Welcome to part three of our beginners guide to having a puppy! In this article we are going to discuss training & discipline.

Training and Discipline

One of the most common reasons so many puppies and dogs end up in shelters or pounds is behavior problems. Now that you have a puppy, you also have a responsibility to train your puppy to behave. Teaching him to act appropriately in all situations will ensure safe and enjoyable times for you, your puppy and other people with whom he may come into contact.

There are many philosophies on disciplining and training puppies and dogs. Read about several before making your decision, especially if you decide to take discipline or training classes. Some methods are based on punitive principles, but the preferred methods these days are reward and praise-based methods. The goal should be to communicate with your pet about the difference between acceptable and unacceptable behavior so that you can get along at home and when out socializing. Repetition and consistency are the keys to achieving this.


Disciplining Puppy

You should start disciplining your puppy right away. Use a firm “NO!” and lots of praise to differentiate between things you want him to do and things you don’t. Two things that puppies do by nature are bite when they play and chew. Bite and chew, bite and chew! When these occur, tell puppy “no” emphatically and give him something he is allowed to chew, like a toy. Reward the behavior you like by praising him for chewing the toy.


Potty Training Puppy

You should start potty training right away. You may want to seek out the help of a trainer to assist in potty training, but with consistency and repetition you can do it yourself. Start by committing to take puppy outside as soon as he wakes up, before and after every meal, after a round of play, and at least once during the night. Always take him to the same spot so he starts to associate “going potty” with this spot.

While inside, if you see puppy looking distracted, walking in circles, sniffing the ground, or squatting, get him – he is about to go potty!

Pick him up, take him to THE POTTY SPOT and tell him to “go potty” or “get busy,” using the same phrase every time. Always praise puppy each time he goes potty outside. Again, reward the behavior you like by praising puppy. A low calorie treat will also help your puppy know that he has been “good.”

If puppy goes potty inside and you catch him in the act, tell him “no” emphatically, then take him outside to THE POTTY SPOT and tell him to “go potty.” You may have heard or been advised to rub puppy’s nose in the potty when he goes inside, but this is bad advice. It is unsanitary and there are better praise-based methods for training your puppy. If you don’t catch him in the act of going inside, do not scold him. Too much time has passed for puppy to understand what he has done wrong. Just clean up the mess and wait for the next opportunity to teach.

As you can see, repetition and consistency are the keys to successful potty training. If you are persistent, within a few weeks, puppy will ask to go outside when he has to potty.

If you leave your puppy for long periods of time (while you’re at work, for example), confine him to an area of the house that you don’t mind cleaning up. It’s best to check on puppy every four hours or so and give him a chance to go potty outside.


Crate Training

Many people believe that their dogs view crates as cages, and as a result will not consider crating their beloved buddy. Veterinarians say that cages actually satisfy a dog’s denning instinct.

Not only can a crate prevent a puppy from potential injury running free in the house, it also helps to housebreak the puppy. Crates, whether made of plastic or metal, should be tall and wide enough for the dog to stand up and turn around comfortably. They can contain water, one or two toys, and a terry towel for warmth. Newspapers should not be used in the crate because the dog may confuse the area with one that is acceptable for urination.

Training begins in the morning as it is important to integrate the training schedule into one that is followed in the household. Once the dog is taken out of the crate and has been given food and water, it should be placed outside to urinate or defecate. It is important for the dog to associate being taken out of the crate with being put outside. This will help housebreak your pet and soon it will associate a sense of freedom when taken out of the crate. At first, puppies six to eight-weeks-old will need to be taken out every three or four hours to initiate the housebreaking pattern. Older dogs can be left in for longer periods of time and will then need to be placed outside and receive plenty of exercise.

The crate should be wiped out daily with a mild disinfectant or soap and water. If the dog has urinated or defecated in the crate, it will need to be cleaned more frequently.

Placement of the crate is also important. The dog should not feel isolated. An area that the pet can hear and see people is recommended.

When the owner can visually supervise the dog, it can be let out for short periods of time. While some dogs may adjust to the crate training more rapidly than others, be patient.

After the pet becomes accustomed to the crate and times of day it is expected to be in the crate, it will seek the area on his own without the prompting of the owner. Not only will the pet go in the crate during appropriate times of the day, but he  may also seek out the crate when he needs a sense of security. Feeling poorly and the onset of bad weather are two occasions when a dog may go to the crate on his own.

Once the dog has become familiar with crate training, the owner can allow the dog to roam freely in the house when away for short periods of time. The length of free time in the house can gradually increase as the dog’s destructive behavior is curbed by the crate training.

Dogs of any age can benefit from crate training. While some owners consider crate training a lifetime commitment, others merely want to instill trust in the dog when the house will be unoccupied.

 Dos and Don’ts for Crate Training:


  • Introduce the crate gradually
  • Praise the dog for being calm
  • Give him a treat to go in
  • Keep the crate clean
  • Keep the crate near the family
  • Give him something to chew


  • Use the crate for punishment
  • Put your dog in a crate with a leash or collar on
  • Keep your puppy or dog in the crate all day


The trick is to take as much time as the dog needs and keep linking the crate to the good things in life: snacks, snoozes and security!

Boozy Brunch: Mimosa’s and Panini’s

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Steak and Egg Panini orange mimosa

As we all know, there are few things that a twenty-something loves more than a boozy brunch on the weekends. Let’s be honest, if we could do boozy brunch every day of the week, we would. A lot of the fun is the bottomless drinks, and the atmosphere – but occasionally a weekend brunch in the comfort of your own home does just the trick. You can have as many mimosas as you like, you don’t have to drive, take public transport, or hail a cab, and you have full creative power over the menu.

In the spirit of boozy brunch weekends we are bringing you an easy, tasty recipe for a panini and mimosa – go forth and enjoy it!



Steak Panini Grocery List: Serves 6

  • 2 rib-eye steaks, each about 12 oz.
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 Tbs. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 Tbs. chopped fresh chives
  • 6 Tbs. (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 12 slices sourdough bread, each about 1/2 inch thick
  • 6 slices cheddar cheese
  • Hot sauce for serving (optional)



  • Preheat an electric panini press to high (400°F) according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Season the steaks with salt and pepper. Place the steaks on the panini press.
  • Close the lid and cook for 3 to 5 minutes for medium-rare, or until done to your liking.
  • Transfer the steaks to a cutting board, cover loosely with aluminum foil and let rest for 5 minutes.
  • Cut the steaks into strips 1/4 inch wide.
  • In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, parsley, chives, salt and pepper.
  • In a nonstick fry pan over medium heat, warm 2 Tbs. of the melted butter.
  • Add the egg mixture and, using a silicone spatula, stir frequently until soft curds form, 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Remove the scrambled eggs from the heat.
  • Reduce the heat on the panini press to medium (350°F).
  • Brush one side of each bread slice with the remaining 4 Tbs. melted butter.
  • Lay 6 slices, buttered side down, on a work surface, and arrange 3 or 4 steak slices on each one.
  • Top each with 1/4 cup scrambled eggs and 1 cheese slice.
  • Top with another bread slice, buttered side up.
  • Place 2 sandwiches on the panini press and close the lid. Cook until the sandwiches are nicely grill-marked and the cheese has melted, about 3 minutes. Repeat with the remaining sandwiches.
  • Serve with hot sauce. (optional)



Mimosa’s are a great staple drink to have in your back pocket for brunches. They are simple, and the perfect ratio of champagne to juice can not be beaten. Especially now that spring has arrived this cocktail has taken its rightful place at my brunch table.


  • Champagne
  • Fruit Juice (I prefer Orange, although feel free to choose your favorite citrus juice)
  • Frozen Berries, Slice of Orange (optional)



  • Take out 6 Champagne flutes
  • Rinse them with water and place in the freezer to chill
  • Remove flutes from freezer, and drop some fresh berries of your choice
  • Fill the flutes half way with Champagne
  • Fill the rest of the glass with your juice of choice
  • Add a slice of Orange
  • Enjoy


Invite some friends over for a boozy brunch and get to snacking, you deserve it.

Puppy Basics

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When we bring a new puppy into our lives there are many things to be aware of. In my earlier article I addressed the vet, and all of the things you need to do to ensure the good health of your puppy. In this article I am going to go over the basics, the things that you should always provide your new addition with, and the keys to success. These things are vital to not only the safety of your puppy, but will ensure that you are putting your best puppy parenthood foot forward.


Identification Tag

As soon as your pick your puppy up you will wants to have an ID tag made for your puppy in case he wanders from home. Include his name, your name, address and phone number. Veterinarians and pet stores usually have resource for obtaining ID tags. When your puppy is spayed or neutered, consider a microchip identification.



Now that you have your tag, attach it to the collar. You should be able to fit two fingers under the collar when on your pet. Check the fit often as your pet grows!


Leash & Harness

For potty walks or for spending time in an unfenced location, outfit puppy in an appropriate leash and harness. Retractable leashes allow you to control how far puppy wanders from you without him tugging or pulling. By hooking the leash to a harness, your puppy won’t be choked if he tries to outreach the leash lead.


Food & Water Bowls

Stainless steel is easiest to keep clean and doesn’t break, which makes upkeep a breeze. Something to be aware of is that some puppies can have allergic reactions to plastic bowls.


Grooming Brush or Mitt

Brushing your puppy regularly keeps his coat looking nice and feels good to your pet. And just as important, this is time for you and your puppy to bond.



Playing with toys helps puppy’s balance and motor skills. Chew toys can help him shed his baby teeth. Choose indestructible toys and stay away from toys and toy parts that can be swallowed.



You’ll soon see that a curious puppy will explore anything and everything he can reach. And he doesn’t know which things are puppy-safe. “Puppy-proof” your house by doing these important things:

  • Keep electrical cords our of chewing reach
  • Keep household and garden chemicals locked away
  • Keep cans/bags secure from puppy
  • Check around vehicles before moving them
  • Keep chocolate away from puppy because it is highly toxic and can kill


Traveling with Puppy in a Car:

  • Put puppy in a special doggy seat belt or crate (seat belts are best)
  • Put puppy in the back so the driver is not distracted
  • Never secure puppy to something in the car with his leash to prevent choking should the car stop suddenly
  • Never leave your pet alone in the car for more than a few minutes
  • Never leave your pet alone in a closed-up car on a hot day for any amount of time. Car heat can kill puppies even at lower temperatures.


Feeding Your Puppy

At first, it’s important to feed your puppy the same thing he was eating before you brought him home. As he gets used to his new environment you can gradually introduce the food you chose. Many commercial foods are acceptable but be sure to choose a well-balanced one. Consult your veterinarian for how much and how often to feed your puppy. It will depend on his energy level. Choose a convenient place to feed your puppy and use this spot consistently. Be sure to clean your puppy’s dishes before every use and always give him fresh water at each feeding.

Store-bought puppy treats are fine to give him, but they are actually full of fat. Be aware of how many treats your puppy eats and try to adjust the amount of food in his regular meals accordingly. Giving table scraps is never a good idea. They throw off the balance in nutrition in your puppy’s diet and can upset his stomach. And if you don’t feed your puppy from the table or your plate, he won’t learn to beg for food.



You’ll only need to bathe puppy if he’s dirty or smelly; bathing too often can cause dry skin. It helps to brush puppy’s coat before the bath. Use the proper dog shampoo, lukewarm water, and gently scrub from head to tail, taking care not to get soap or water in eyes or ears. Rinse thoroughly and stand back. Puppy will shake, shake, shake! Dry with a towel or hairdryer (not to hot!) as quickly as possible so puppy doesn’t get cold. Bathing is an opportunity to check for fleas, ticks and skin problems.


Caring for Teeth

A healthy diet keeps teeth clean and gums healthy. However, tartar will inevitably build up so have puppy’s teeth checked regularly by a veterinarian. Between visits you can brush puppy’s teeth yourself with special pet toothpaste and a soft brush.

Like children, puppies will lose their baby teeth. Between three and six months old baby teeth will gradually fall out and are replaced with permanent teeth. A mixture of soft and hard food, puppy biscuits, or hard rubber chew toys will help loosen baby teeth naturally.


Clipping Nails

Clip puppy’s nails about every six weeks using special dog clippers. Some owners prefer to have a veterinarian do the clipping because it’s a delicate task to keep from clipping into the quick. However, just using a nail file will often help keep nails in check without the danger of cutting into the “quick” of the nail.


Loving Puppy

One of the healthiest things you can do for your puppy is give him lots of love and attention. Dogs are extremely loyal by nature and are happy when they please you. Their ancestors, wolves, ran in packs, so you can understand that puppy can get lonely if you don’t spend enough time with him. Studies show that emotionally, dogs benefit from being petted by humans as much as humans do from petting dogs. So, play, talk, pet, and love. You’ll both be happier and healthier.

Spinach & Goat Cheese Salad

Healthy Living, Recipes

As twenty-somethings, and as young adults, there are times during which we find ourselves craving something healthy yet filling. Salads can be so blah. But fear not, I have the perfect solution. I have taken one of my favorite Food Network recipes and added to it to create the perfect spring salad with spinach and goat cheese.


6 cups loosely packed stemmed baby spinach
1/2 cup (5 ounces) fresh goat cheese (recommended: Laura Chenel)
1/3 pound thick-sliced pancetta, cut into strips about 1 inch long and 1/4 inch wide
Extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme leaves
1/4 cup sherry vinegar
Sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup dried cranberries
Put the spinach in a large bowl. Crumble the cheese over the spinach. Cook the pancetta in a medium skillet over medium heat until crispy, 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Drain the pancetta in a sieve set over a heatproof measuring cup, reserving the rendered fat. You will need 1/4 cup for the dressing. If necessary, add enough olive oil to make 1/4 cup. Pour the fat back into the pan and add the pancetta. When the pancetta is warm again, add the garlic and cook until light brown, about 30 seconds, stirring occasionally. Add the thyme and let it crackle in the fat for about 10 seconds. Add the vinegar, and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Cook for about 30 seconds to lower the acidity of the vinegar. You should see tiny drops of vinegar dispersed throughout the fat. Add the dried cranberries and stir. Pour the dressing over the spinach and cheese. Toss to coat the leaves evenly and melt the cheese a little. Serve immediately.

You Got A Puppy – What You Need To Know About The Vet

Family, Other Thoughts, Real World

Many of my twenty-something friends have started to add four-legged children to their lives (and so have I, just look at the image above). Being out and on our own there is a new opportunity to create a mini family for ourselves, and what better way than a puppy? Bringing a puppy into your life is exciting, you have a new life companion, and you are re-learning the world together and adjusting to your new team dynamic. You probably can’t wait to show your friends the cutie you picked out. And, of course, you want to play with him right away.

One thing that is easy to forget is that your puppy suddenly is in an environment he doesn’t know. Give him some time to adjust to his new home. Here are some hints to make him feel as comfortable as possible:

1.Teach children not to be rough with the puppy (if you have any around); no pulling ears, whiskers or tail
2.Act calmly, not rowdy, around the puppy
3.Provide a warm, soft bed (or box or crate) in a cozy, out of the way place
4.Give the puppy a soft, indestructible toy or two
5.Never let your puppy put his teeth on a human, even at play, as it may encourage biting behavior


Yes, you’ll be excited to take your new pet on walks in public areas and to play with other dogs, but wait until his immunities are built up to life-threatening diseases. There are numerous vaccines that your puppy should receive between six and sixteen – twenty weeks of age to make him safe to go out into the world and socialize with people and other animals. Some vaccinations require booster shots to maintain effective levels of protection. Be sure to ask your vet about these. Your veterinarian may administer these at separate times a few weeks apart, each time in one injection.

Puppy Checkup & Vaccination Schedule

6 weeks: Doctor visit

DHP/PV (distemper/hepatitis/parvo) – 1st of 4 boosters
Bordetella (kennel cough) – if pet will be boarded at a kennel
Fecal sample – check stools for worms and intestinal parasites
Physical exam – skin, ears, mouth, chest, abdomen, inguinal area (to check for hernias), open fontenelles, teeth, hips, knees, eyes

Discuss: diet, housebreaking, puppy training class, grooming, heartworm disease, potentially harmful exposure to parvo, spaying or neutering, vaccine reaction symptoms, emergency clinic, vaccine schedule, flea & tick control

First monthly heartworm tablet

9 weeks: Technician visit

DHP/PV booster #2
Learn how to trim nails and brush teeth
Heartworm tablet

12 weeks: Technician visit

DHP/PV booster #3
Rabies vaccination (required by law)
Fecal check (if needed)
Heartworm tablet

16 weeks: Doctor visit (if needed)

DHP/PV booster – 4th and final until yearly physical exam
Rabies vaccination (if not given at last visit)

Important Canine Diseases

Canine Parvovirus – young puppies are particularly susceptible to this insidious condition that attacks the lining of the intestinal tract and damages the heart. It is costly to treat and is often fatal.

Canine Hepatitis – affects the liver and can cause loss of vision.

Canine Distemper – attacks almost all body tissues and affects the function of the brain and spinal cord.

Rabies – a virus contracted by exposure to a rabid animal, it attacks the nervous system and is always fatal.

Protecting Against Worms & Fleas

Your puppy was at risk for getting worms from his mother before he was even born. Worms are intestinal parasites and pose a risk that should not be ignored. Protecting your puppy requires constant, lifelong attention. Treating your pet is easy, fast and painless.

Heartworms – are one of the most deadly of all canine parasites. Heartworm disease spreads when mosquitoes bite an infected animal and then pass the larvae into the bloodstream of another dog. These microfilariae then mature into adults and live in the dog’s heart. Symptoms may include vomiting, coughing, difficulty breathing, lethargy, weight loss, collapse or convulsions, even sudden death. All dogs are at risk – even indoor pets.

Prevention of heartworm disease is achieved by annual heartworm tests and regular heartworm tablets or biannual injections.
Roundworms – may develop prior to birth or from nursing, skin penetration, or later in life by ingesting roundworm eggs or larvae. They attach to the intestinal lining and leave bleeding internal wounds. Roundworms are a zoonotic parasite that can spread to humans, especially children. Symptoms include weakness, weight loss, haggard appearance, and dull unkempt fur.

Hookworms – can come from their mothers while nursing or by eating infected animals. They are a zoonotic parasite that can be spread to humans. Symptoms included vomiting, diarrhea, and stunted growth.

Whipworms – develop when a dog swallows whipworm eggs passed from an infected dog. Symptoms may include diarrhea, anemia, and dehydration.

Fleas – flea eggs that have fallen off a pet develop into larvae which hide in carpet, furniture, leaves or other dark places. Adult fleas can then easily attach themselves to the pet when the pet comes in contact with those locations. Symptoms include itching, skin irritation, extreme discomfort, and tell-tale flea “dirt” in the pet’s fur. Effective flea control products not only kill adult fleas but will prevent flea larvae from reproducing or hatching.


Preventing Illness:

It won’t take you long to start noticing traits and behavior characteristics of your puppy. This will serve you well. If puppy acts out of character at any time you should pay attention because you may be noticing symptoms of an illness.

Besides generally being “in touch” with your puppy, there are regimented measures you can take to prevent illness.

Always administer the veterinarian-prescribed medicines to your pet as directed. Since there are some diseases that are almost always fatal, the best approach is prevention.

Always take your pet to see his veterinarian at least once a year for a check-up and more often than that if your veterinarian recommends. Vaccinations and boosters are routinely handled at these check-ups and missing even one injection could put your pet at risk for disease.

At home, get in the habit of regularly checking your puppy for fleas, ticks or skin conditions. Preventing fleas and internal parasitesis easy. Ask your veterinarian.

Italian Shrimp Portofino

Budgeting, College, Healthy Living, Real World, Recipes

Are you contemplating going out for dinner tonight? Maybe Saturday night dinner on the town with friends, or maybe even a date?

Have you made your decision? Saying, “How about Italian tonight?” Picking your local Italian restaurant- it is your favorite after all. Your dish of choice just happens to be Shrimp Portofino.

What if I told your that instead of spending 17.00 bucks on that one dish, you could take that cash and buy these ingredients and making enough Shrimp Portofino at home for you and your friends, at a better price? You can – let’s try it out tonight.

Here is your grocery list- It serves between 4-6.

24 jumbo shrimp, peeled & deveined, cut in half
3 cups sliced mushrooms, sliced
1-½ Tbsp roasted pine nuts
6 handfuls fresh spinach leaves
6 cups cooked vermicelli pasta
4 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp fresh garlic, minced

Lemon Butter Sauce:
1 Tbsp shallots, minced
1 Tbsp fresh garlic, minced
½ cup dry white wine
1 cup heavy cream
½ cup lemon juice
⅛ tsp white pepper
2 sticks salted butter, cut in Tbsps

Preheat oven to 350 deg. Wash spinach and remove stems before drying leaves between paper towels. Set aside. Spread pine nuts over bottom of sheet pan and place pan in oven on top rack. Roast until golden brown, approx 2 to 4 min. Remove from oven and set aside. Prepare pasta according to pkg directions, drain and set aside.
Prepare lemon butter sauce. Melt 1 Tbsp butter in lg skillet over med-high heat. Saute shallots and garlic until translucent. Add white wine and reduce slightly more than 1/2, whisking occasionally. Add cream and reduce by 1/2. Add lemon juice and reduce by 1/2. Add white pepper. Reduce heat to low. Add remaining butter 2 Tbsp at a time, whisking continuously after each addition to completely incorporate butter.
Continue to simmer, whisking until sauce just coats spoon. In lg skillet over med-high heat melt the 4 Tbsp of butter. Add garlic and saute until garlic is translucent. Stir in mushrooms, shrimp, and pine nuts. Saute several minutes or until shrimp are done and show color. Remove skillet from heat and gently stir in spinach. Place warm pasta on plate with shrimp mixture to the side. Pour lemon sauce over pasta, permitting a bit of sauce onto shrimp.

Now – pour yourself a glass of wine, take out your best plates, set the table and dig in. Good food and socialization in your own kitchen – what is better than that?