The worst week of the year

Welcome to the Firework “season”. When did that happen? When did it stop being about November 5th and start to become an excuse to set fire to things at any time of the day or night for at least a week, and probably up until New Year? Let’s face it, fireworks are a slightly strange […]

Have a happy howl-oween (without spooking out your dog)

Planning on including your furry friend in your scary celebrations? A few tips to ensure everyone is having a good time… 1. Should I take my puppy trick or treating? Nope!  Excitable kids in shape-shifting outfits and masks (MASKS!) making weird noises, in the dark, with the potential for fireworks (more about them next week), […]

A little discomfort is good for you

Hiut Denim is an interesting company. Why? They make premium jeans. So? They ONLY make jeans. Ok. They make them in the UK (West Wales to be precise). Interesting… The most interesting fact is that they make jeans that you can’t wash. WHAT??? Well actually, they make jeans that you can’t wash for the first […]

All trousers are not jeans

In fact, all jeans are not jeans. (Actually, that’s probably a bit meta. Basics first.) Ok, what are jeans? Well, first and foremost, they are trousers.  But they are not JUST trousers. Jeans are special. They last a long time, they are practical, they fit well, they are the trusted friend you turn to when […]

Always nag with a smile

Go on then. Hands up. Who actually *enjoys* being nagged? Exactly. Not only is nagging really annoying for the person being nagged, it is also really frustrating for whomever is doing the nagging. Because, fundamentally, it doesn’t work. Nagging is not an effective strategy for behaviour change. Got kids? A partner? Housemate? Give me one example […]

I hate the dentist

5 tips for vet visits It all stems from a bad experience when I was a teenager: 4 “space-creating” extractions on one day, not enough anesthesia, teeth flying across the room… It was horrific. (I try not to talk about it.) I tend to avoid the dentist at all costs. In fact, between the ages […]

Prove it! How to bake the perfect dog

 “Cooking is an art, baking is a science” * Having been on a breadbaking course a couple of months ago at the fabulous E5 Bakehouse in London, I can confirm that there is indeed a lot of “science” involved in baking bread. (Who knew that you could weigh water? Seriously…) Of course, I can already […]

It’s the 4th of July!

So, what makes a great Independence Day party? Easy, right? BBQs and beers. Friends and fireworks. (It kind of feels like I’m writing song-titles for the next Green Day album… Weird.) Maybe a nice hot and sunny day too. Sport on the TV (sorry it won’t be the soccer World Cup. Still, the USA’s performance […]