Here’s All You Need to Know about Micro Link Hair Extensions

For those of us who can’t help but feel inspired by Kylie Jenner’s ever-changing hair styles, micro link hair extensions are a great way to add length and volume to our everyday hair. Micro links are not only easy to install and maintain but they’re super affordable too! Read more

3 Tips For a Beginner’s Fishing Trip In Cabo San Lucas

Just starting out deep sea fishing in Cabo San Lucas? Not quite sure what you’re supposed to do? Worry not! With this simple guide, you will know exactly what you need to watch out for when making your way across the deep blue sea.

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The Smell of Success: Ways to Make Your Perfume Hobby Affordable

“Nothing brings to life again
a forgotten memory
like fragrance.”

Christopher Poindexter

From the aroma of a dash of saffron to the subtle, yet lingering scent of rain, we rely on our sense of smell for everything.

Whether it’s the whiff of old, worn-out clothes, or the trace of baked, gooey chocolate chip cookies, we associate things and people around us with the way they smell.

How many times have you been able to tell who’s walked through the door because of the subtle, yet powerful fragrance that follows?

How many times have you had to take another route to work because of the malodor nearby?

But there’s a difference between “scent” and “smell.”

Our favorite scents are the ones we want to be able store in a gorgeous glass bottle. But collecting fragrances can be an expensive hobby.

Or is it?

For Your Scent’s Worth

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For the avid perfume enthusiast, there’s more to amassing dozen of fragrances on their dresser. It’s about the experience and collecting a true work of art.

But your hobby doesn’t have to cost you thousands of dollars. With caution and a few tricks, you can learn more about scents and keep within budget.

Smell, Smell, and Smell!  

What’s the best way to learn about fragrances and scents? Simple: improve your sense of smell!

You don’t even need to purchase perfumes to be able to discern different scents! Just goes “scent shopping.”

If you want to sample an Armani Summer Code, you can simply walk into the shop and ask for a test. Take a notebook with you so that you can write down your experiences. This way, you’ll learn all about different types of perfumes and scents.

Don’t Rush Into Buying  

This is one of the most important things to remember. Sure, it smells great but that doesn’t mean you should buy it. When you’re starting a collection, you need to learn a lot of things.

You need to be able to discern replicas from originals; should be able to tell the source of the scent and create your own mix.

It’s Classy and Classic

Begin with classic perfumes. If you really want to create a collection of some of the most exotic and incredible perfumes, start with the classics.

From Chanel no. 19 to Dior’s Eau Sauvage, there’s plenty to choose from. But that doesn’t mean you should choose all of them. All you need is a few pieces to complete your collection.

Remember that it’s all about appreciating different scents, not collecting every bottle ever produced.

If you’re looking to buy some of the best perfumes online, Fragrance Frontier offers all your favorite products at the best pricing. Not only are they 100 percent genuine, there’s free shipping on all orders to the U.S.

Visit their website to learn more or browse through their online perfume shop to get your hands on the latest products. They also showcase genuine skincare products and if you are interested, give those a try as well.

Everything You Need To Know Before You Adopt A Doodle

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Doodles are a mixed-breed of dogs that come from the breeding of a poodle with a dog from another breed.

Doodles gained a lot of positive press when they first came to the public’s attention. Other than their obvious charm, they are touted as a breed of hypoallergenic dogs that do not shed.

People with allergies to dogs and conditions such as asthma are unaffected by such dogs – making doodles ever so popular.

Want to adopt a doodle of your own? Here’s what you need to know.

1) All the different types

Doodles come in a large variety. The most prominent doodles are goldendoodles, labradoodles and shnoodles but there are so many options for you to pick from. Before going to adopt one, think of the type of doodle you want keeping in mind the look, size, and temperament of the dog you desire.

2) Some doodles still shed

It’s true that certain doodles do not shed but most goldendoodles and labradoodles still shed to some degree. Speak to the breeder about whether the dog you’re considering is a shedder or not, don’t just assume that it won’t.

3) Expect them to be messy

Because of the texture of their fur, doodles require frequent grooming. They love rolling in the mud, enjoy water and are curious about their surroundings. Their fur can be like Velcro, anything that comes in contact with it, will likely stick. Expect to see dirt, leaves and all sorts of debris trapped in doodle’s fur coat.

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4) They are active

Before you adopt a doodle, you need to make sure that you can give it time. Doodles require at least 30-60mins of proper exercise every day. That means you have to commit to playing/walking with them for at least half an hour every day – leaving them alone in the yard doesn’t count as play!

5) They can be quiet large

Despite their poodle background, doodles grow to be quite large. The average doodle is about 65 pounds and can grow to be near 100 pounds!

Think you’re ready to adopt a doodle?

Rosey Doodles have been breeding poodles with other dogs for years. The doodle puppies are raised with a lot of love and are properly trained – making them a perfect addition to your family!

Take a look at the bernedoodles and newfoodles puppies that are available for adoption. Call 208-604-0494 today to book your favorite doodle for a just $250-$500.

When the Needle is Not There to Guide you… And You Are Lost!

A compass or GPS is probably one of the first things anyone would pack or have on their person when going camping, trekking, hunting and sometimes fishing. At the same time, when it comes to the outdoors, you best be prepared for anything.

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This begs the question, what would you do if for some reason you don’t have a compass or GPS to guide you? What would you do if you dropped it, lost it, can’t get reception or just forgot to bring it with you altogether?

What You Could Do

If you do find yourself lost and without a compass out in sticks for instance, there are ways to find your way around or at least back to a safe base. It is important to remember that these methods might require a little practice so it helps to try them out even when you have a compass on you just to see how well they really work.

Using the Sun to Find East and West  

The first method to find your way around involves using the sun. We all know that the sun rises in the east and sets in the west. The path the sun follows over the course of the day bearing this in mind is east to west. Of course if you’re trying to say make camp by a certain time you might not want to wait till the sun goes down to determine where west is.

For this reason, the way you go about it is by tracking the movement of the sun. If the day isn’t overcast this is not that difficult. What you need to do is:

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  • Find a flat or leveled surface
  • Jab a straight stick or nail into the ground
  • Mark the point where the shadow of the sun falls
  • Wait about thirty minutes or so and mark the point that the shadow has traveled to
  • Draw a straight line between the two points. The initial point represents the direction of east. The second one that of west.

Finding North

Finding north is a little trickier. There are two or three ways to do this. One is by using a watch, the other involves following the stars. The star mapping method however differs depending on which hemisphere you’re in so just to keep things simple, the instructions here cater to the northern hemisphere only.

Using the Stars

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The North Star is not always the brightest in the sky so finding it means knowing a little bit about constellations.  A good way to locate the North Star is as follows:

  • Start by finding the big dipper
  • Follow the big dipper down the handle
  • This should help you find the little dipper
  • The North Star is the last one on the little dipper’s handle.

Using the Sun

Using the sun to find North and South will require an analog watch. This works as follows:

  • Start by pointing the hour hand of the watch towards the sun.
  • Make sure it is aligned correctly
  • Imagine a bisecting line that runs between where your hour hand is and the 12:00 mark
  • The bisecting line will be where South is.
  • If you’re in the Southern hemisphere, as you would imagine, the bisecting line becomes north.

Bottom Line

Having established your basic North, South, East and West, you should be able to find your way to civilization or at least safety in no time! The smartest thing to do however would be to equip yourself well before you head out camping!

If you’re looking to purchase outdoor sporting goods including compasses, guns, ammunition and discounted handguns, we’ve got a bit of everything at Gold Mountain Arms, LLC!

Signs Your Dog Has Food Allergies

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Dealing with dog allergies can be incredibly frustrating—for you and for your four-legged friend.

Allergies usually mean dry and itchy skin, non-stop scratching, recurring ear infections, etc.

Here are some of the common signs that your dog might be suffering from food allergies.

1) Chronic Ear Infections

One of the telltale signs of a food allergy is frequent ear infections. What’s frequent? When your dog requires more than 2 or 3 treatments and pet care service each year. Ear mites and yeast infections are common underlying reasons for ear infections. If your vet has ruled these out and yet ear infections persist round the year, you might be dealing with a food allergy.

2) Red or Brown Nail Beds

You might notice that your dog’s nails look unnaturally red or even bloody, though they haven’t sustained any recent injury there. This is an indication of an inflammatory immune response. If your canine shows this symptom, you should be on your guard.

3) Watery Eyes

Watery eyes can be a common symptom of food-related allergies. You’ll find your dog scratching at their eye a lot, having goopy discharge or a clogged tear duct. If other causes like an eye trauma have been eliminated, chances are it’s a food allergy.

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4) Bronzing Around the Muzzle

This is easily noticeable in breeds with pre-dominantly white coats. Dogs suffering from food allergies have pink and inflamed lips, skin and toes. They will likely be itching the area non-stop.

5) Red Underbelly

Together with other signs like itchy skin and a dull coat, a red underbelly is a typical indication of a food allergy at play. You’ll see that your dog’s skin underneath the fur is red or pink and inflamed, that no number of baths makes a difference to.

If you notice any of these signs in your pet, immediately take them to the veterinarian. While common food allergens for dogs include dairy, eggs, beef and soy, your vet will be able to tell you the precise food allergen that’s causing the trouble.

Rosey Doodles is a family-owned business with more than a decade’s experience in raising and training doodles. They lay great emphasis on nurturing their pups and dogs in a caring family-oriented environment. From Aussiedoodles to Bernedoodles puppies for sale, they offer a lot of options as your canine companions.

Get in touch with them today to find out more.

5 Things You Need to Pay Attention to When Buying a Hunting Rifle

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Hunting was once a means for us as a species like many others on earth to gather food and survive. Today, with farms and advanced food production and other technology that helps us get around, we don’t need to hunt to get by.

Regardless, there are those today who continue to hunt for sport.

Why hunt? The answer may vary from person to person. Some say it is to reconnect with that very basic, instinctual and near primal side of yourself—one buried under centuries of modern life and civilization.

Others say it is for the thrill of it. The anticipation of tracking or the chase, the excitement of finding and drawing a beat on your target and the sheer rush when you fire that rife and hit your mark.

Buying a Rifle

If you’re new to hunting or are thinking of replacing dad’s hand-me-down Savage 99 or Winchester 88 with something of your own choosing, you want to respect the process. As a hunter, they say your rifle works as an extension of yourself. You want to pick a make and model that agrees with you physically and that you have the most control over.

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5 Things to Pay Attention To

The things to take into consideration when choosing a hunting rifle are a little different from those you would think about when picking say a handgun. Here are five things you want to pay attention to when choosing a new hunting rifle for yourself.

Trigger Stage Options

Many seasoned hunters would know that you have what you call single stage triggers and what you call two stage triggers.

Initially, all rifles came with single stage triggers. The trouble with these was that the force required to pull the trigger would interfere with accuracy. The problem however with lighter triggers was that they would go off a little too easily and could be unsafe. The solution was two stage triggers which gave hunters the option of switching between the two according to what was needed.

For an intermediate or seasoned hunter, two stage triggers would be a good idea however it’s really about what you’re better with.

Padding

If this is your first that you are looking to buy guns, the assumption is you’re still in the process of settling in to the sport. Don’t already know what a recoil pad is? When you fire a rifle, it produces a push or kick back as you would know. This can sometimes be with enough force to do some serious damage like a shoulder bruise. It helps to make sure that the hunting rifle you’re purchasing comes with a recoil pad to prevent that needless shoulder stress!

Sights & Lenses

Be clear on what your aiming requirements are. Iron sights are good in bad weather, offer a greater field of vision and hence a little more mobility.

At the same time, they take a bit of a hit by way of accuracy. Telescopic lenses can be tricky when it comes to field of vision, however they are great by way of accuracy. See what your aiming requirements are and choose accordingly.

Stocks

Though a number of your seasoned and old school hunters swear by wooden stocks, there is something to be said for synthetics. Synthetic stocks might take a beating aesthetically in comparison to good old wall nut, however they are more durable, lighter and easier to manage so to speak. If you value convenience and comfort, go synthetic, if you value aesthetic go with wood.

Barrel Length

In the early days, barrel length was associated with accuracy and velocity. The longer the barrel, the more accurate and fast accelerating the bullet. This being said with modification in rifle design as well as the introduction of telescopic lenses, the need for an excessively long barrel seems to have diminished.

If you feel the barrel length is too long for you to handle with ease and is making your rifle needlessly cumbersome, there’s no harm in going for something a little shorter.

Upshot

Keep the pointers above in mind and you should have no trouble finding and selecting a rifle that is ideal for you!

Gold Mountain Arms is a veteran owned company focusing on the customer experience. We are one of the most trusted firearms dealers in Washington and offer a wide variety of ammunition, rifles, pistols, revolvers, optics, fishing gear, boating equipment, and other outdoor accessories at low prices.

Wedding Dress Shopping Pitfalls to Avoid

As young girls, many of us have dreamt of wearing our very own poof-y, white wedding dress. And now when the time’s finally here and you’re all set to get married, your excitement must be over the moon!

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Wedding dress shopping is one of the most exciting parts of the whole wedding planning process. After you’ve finally found the one, now comes the time to find a wedding dress that’s ‘The One’.

But since you probably don’t have any prior experience in wedding dress shopping, it’s natural for you to end up making a few mistakes. But that doesn’t mean you can’t avoid them. These are the most common wedding dress shopping mistakes you should be avoiding.

Mistake#1: Shopping Too Early

The excitement to get your wedding planning underway once you’ve been engaged is palpable. But sometimes, in eager excitement, one can end up making decisions they might regret later. Ladies, ‘Dress Regret’ is very real, especially when it comes to bridal dress shopping. Don’t rush to buy your wedding dress. If your wedding is still a couple of months away and you buy your dress too early, a few months later you might not like it anymore. Your style and preferences can change a lot in a year.

Mistake#2: Not Booking an Appointment

Many bridal salons book you for appointments so that the staff can focus all their attention on bride at a time.  Narrow down a list of boutiques and call them to book an appointment. Always make sure to book your appointment months in advance so that things go smoothly.

Mistake#3: Taking too Many People with You

Taking along too many people to a bridal dress appointment can overwhelm you and cloud your judgment. With so many people tagging along and getting a say in whatever you try on, things will start to get confusing real fast. Opt to take just two or three of your nearest and dearest along with you.

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Mistake#4: Shopping Before You’ve Chosen a Venue

Shopping for a wedding dress before you’ve decided a venue can be a mistake. For example, you’ve decided on an ornately embellished gown with a huge train that would look downright gorgeous in a ballroom; but turns out, you’re getting married at the beach and the dress definitely wouldn’t fit there! Your dress should be able to match the vibe of your venue.

Mistake#5: Not Choosing the Right Boutique

The boutique you buy your dress from is the ultimate deciding factor in how you’ll look. Check out various boutiques to see which one suits your style. If you’re a plus-sized bride, make sure to call and ask whether the boutique stocks your size or not.

If you are looking to buy wedding gowns and  bridal dresses online, you can find these at Catan Fashions. Make sure to call and book an appointment!

3 Reasons Why Handcrafted Gifts Are Superior

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Picking out gifts for loved ones is always a tough task. You have a choice of either simply purchasing something off the rack or putting in some thought into customizing a unique gift. While there is nothing wrong with buying a generic gift, you do run the risk of coming across as thoughtless, especially when the gift is for someone close to you.

Whether you are giving somebody a gift for a special occasion or simply to show appreciation, choosing a gift that oozes personality and uniqueness will show the recipient you care. Perhaps, this is why handcrafted gifts are always met with the warmest of responses, and even better, if they are customized.

At JRL Wood Creations, we have master craftsmen who chisel away exotic wood to bring you superior-quality products that are designed to last years. If you are contemplating the kind of gift you should be giving close ones, here are some convincing reasons to buy handcrafted presents:

Support Local Artists

Do mass producers really need to make more profit? In market place that is flooded with generic items, containing the same features with questionable manufacturing practices and short-lived durability; local artisans are a breath of fresh air.

Not only do they handcraft exquisite products, they also produce an item that is not only beautiful to look at but also durable in use and almost impossible to find in branded stores.

Supporting local businesses is a worthwhile investment. When you purchase from them, you not only get a one-of-a-kind product but also help small enterprises flourish and stay in business.

Personalization

One of the best features of a handcrafted gift is the flexibility to personalize the item according to the receiver’s taste.

While this may be a fun test of how much you really know your friend, it’s safe to say that the effort put in into the customization will not be lost on anyone. Handcrafted gifts will put you in the driver’s seat as you get to choose the color; texture and design for the item so put your creative cap on and get shopping.

High Quality

Would you like to receive a run-of-the-mill present that is likely to fall apart within a short time? We think not. Our mantra is: Only give presents that you’d like to receive.

Keeping this in mind, handcrafted gifts allow you the complete satisfaction that your product is timeless, unique and above all—made with supreme-quality material.

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Looking For Handmade Gifts?

Shop at JRL Wood Creations where we have an exquisite collection of handcrafted pens. These products can be fully personalized with your choice of engravings, style, color and material. Our range of classy European style pens, including Cigar, Princeton and Slimline Pens are sure to make for timeless gifts that your close ones will treasure for years.

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