06 May 2015

Dog Collar Buckles - Which Ones Are The Best For Your Furry Friend?

We love our dogs so much that we treat them as part of the family. Since they are part of the family, we can't help but provide the best love, care, and support that they truly deserve.

When it comes to their nutrition, we choose the best dog food and give them vitamin supplements if needed. When it comes to grooming, we give them the best dog soap and shampoo. When it comes to keeping them fit, we take them for a walk or run outside our houses.

But how about dog collar buckles? Are we using the best type for our furry friend?

To help you answer this dilemma, let's take a few minutes and determine the advantages and disadvantages of plastic dog collar buckles and metal dog collar buckles.

Plastic Dog Collar Buckles


It is lightweight.
Since it is are made up of either Celluloid, Casein, and Bakelite (plastics mostly used in the manufacturing of buckles), it is considerably lighter than its metal counterparts.

It is very easy to attach.
The plastic variants were made with ease in attachment brought to mind. Most plastic buckles are the stealth plastic type so all you need to do is clip on one end to the other and you're good to go.


It may crack or go in disrepair if slammed on a hard surface.
Although plastic is way lighter and way easier to attach, it has the tendency to break if slammed by your beloved dog on a wall, floor, or any hard surface.

It may detach on its own.
Yes, plastic buckles are very easy to attach but they have the tendency to detach when your dog is doing various activities or when you pull the leash in a certain way.

Metal Dog Collar Buckles


It is sturdy and very hard to break. Metal is a very strong element, alloy, or compound hence it is harder to break.&


It is hard to put on or take off.
Most of the time, the holes in the metal plastic dog collar buckles are never on the right spot making it harder to put on immediately. If you are not using the stealth plastic buckle type collar for your dog, it may take you a few seconds or minutes to attach or detach it from your dog but you can be assured of its hardness and sturdiness anyway.

Cheap ones may fall off on their own.
Not all metal are created equal. Make sure to ask your veterinarian or fellow dog lovers on which type or brand is sturdy enough to withstand your dogs energy.

Ready-made holes may not be the perfect fit for your dog.
Since metal buckles are made in the bulk, chances are, the holes on the collar are based on the average sizes of dogs. If it's a perfect fit for your dog, good! If it's not, don't fret. It may take you a few minutes to add a hole by hey, it doesn't matter to us as long as the fit will be perfect and comfortable enough for our dog.

Now that you have the pros and cons, I bet it will be easier for you to choose which one would be best for you, as a pet owner, and your furry friend.

Just take into consideration the comfort, sturdiness, and reliability of the buckles.

And hey! It wouldn't hurt if you'll ask around if which buckles they think is best. You might even get new pointers on which dog collar buckles to choose.

Photo by Tina Phillips.

01 May 2015

Pattern Signature Leather Bag Giveaway #MomsTheWord

Welcome to the Mom's The Word, Mother's Day Giveaway Hop!

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14 April 2015

The Ultimate Eco-friendly Easter Gift Guide

Time flies by pretty quickly these days, and before you know it, it’s Easter again, everyone is on public holidays, the shops are shut and you’re empty-handed and red-faced. Now is a great time to stock up on some great Easter gifts that you can have on hand. And if you’re going to the effort of being so prepared, you might as well make the ethical choice and choose eco-friendly gifts. Check out Biome for a huge range of ideas to make even your most environmentally-conscientious friends happy.

Help them rehydrate

If Easter is a time for overindulging in chocolate, help out your friends by gifting them something to encourage some healthy alternatives. BPA-free water bottles can be a great idea, as they are super useful, encourage water intake, and usually have really cool designs. You could even get them a matching ice cube tray so your friends don’t have to drink room-temperature water (because that’s completely plebeian, ok).

Wrap them up

It doesn't matter what part of the world you’re in. A scarf is always welcome! If you’re feeling particularly crafty, you can knit one yourself – the recipient will know that you spent hours making something just for them, and they will feel extra special each time. If you don’t have the time (or the skills – let’s be honest), visit a store that uses recycled materials and support their business. Then you will have even more choice – summer or winter, colors, styles, fabrics and feel.

You can still be the fun adult

At Easter time, most children want chocolate. But parents will still be grateful if you don’t show up to their house with even more chocolate. Instead, bring an eco-friendly children’s toy with you. Most children will actually prefer something longer-lasting, and they will probably already have enough chocolate already. From puzzles to toys to outdoor activity sets, there are plenty of options that won’t make you feel guilty that children will also love.

Don’t leave the office out

Is your office the type of place where people exchange gifts at Easter? If so, yay for you – extra gifts! But it also means that you’ll need to consider what to get your colleague that they won’t hate, and that won’t make you feel like you’re wrecking the earth. You can actually find an entire range of eco-friendly corporate gifts from different suppliers, ranging from desk supplies to office-appropriate wall hangings. They are often made from recycled, low impact resources so you will feel good every time you walk past it at work.

These are just a few ideas of great, eco-friendly gifts that are great to have on hand around Easter time. They could certainly be applied to other times of year, though, so don’t feel that you can’t pull something out early when needed. Start your eco-friendly gift search now, and your hidden gift compartment in your linen closet will look so much better! What eco-friendly gift have you received that was super-useful?

10 April 2015

The Top 4 Most Hated Household Chores

Do you enjoy cleaning? Or do you hate it with a passion? You can probably guess which answer is the most common! Whether its nasty odours, nauseating mess or just the sheer effort, certain household chores are worse than others. These are four of the most hated household chores people gladly put off for as long as possible.

1. Disinfecting the Toilet

Cleaning the toilet has to be one of the most universally hated activities in the world. Just the thought of scrubbing a toilet is enough to disgust some people – no wonder it’s a commonly neglected household chore. Be warned though: the longer you leave your toilet to its own devices, the worse it will be when you eventually get around to cleaning it. Despite its reputation as one of the filthiest household items, cleaning your toilet doesn’t have to be an ordeal. There is a range of specially made toilet cleaning products available, and if germs really freak you out, try donning some rubber gloves. All you’ll need to get your toilet looking sparkling clean is a toilet brush and a little toilet cleaner. On the bright side, your toilet only needs to be cleaned around once a week to keep it nice and hygienic.

2. Cleaning the Floor

This household chore is especially hateable if your floors are white or cream coloured. No matter how small, every little stain and spec of dust will stand out, meaning you’ll have to put twice as much effort into your cleaning. It can be extremely tiring and frustrating, especially if your floors end up looking filthy again just a few days later. You can feel as though all your hard work was for nothing. Rather than struggle to get the dust and grime off your floors by yourself, you might consider hiring a professional cleaning service, such as Absolute Domestics Cleaning, to take care of this arduous task for you.

3. Scrubbing out the Oven

Oven cleaning is detested because of the persistent nature of oven grease, which can be very difficult to remove once it has been exposed to high temperatures over a long period of time. The only way to get rid of that layer of black, sticky grime is with potent cleaning products and plenty of vigorous scrubbing. It’s the kind of job you need to devote a couple of hours to, especially if you are doing it without professional help. Be sure to follow the instructions on oven cleaners very carefully, as some of them can contain strong chemicals.

4. Dusting

Dusting is one of those time-consuming household chores that gets pushed to bottom of your priority list and forgotten. Before you know it, your entire house can be absolutely covered in dust, from the windows right down to the skirting boards. Dust has a habit of settling on literally any kind of surface, making it difficult to get at in some cases. But there is a variety of different dusters on the market to cater for those hard-to-reach places.

Cleaning can be a loathsome task, but just imagine the sense of satisfaction you’ll have once all of those nasty jobs have been done. What are some of your most hated household chores? Share your tips or cleaning horror stories in the comments below.

11 March 2015

Top 4 Space-Saving Furniture Pieces

Getting the most out of the space you have available in your home is important, especially if you are limited on square footage. By choosing the right furniture, you can double up on functionality and save as much extra space as possible. While there are many different options to choose from, the following pieces are some of the best choices for owners of smaller homes. When coming up with an interior design scheme, consider a few space-saving pieces to improve your home's efficiency.

It can be a challenge to fit a dining table in a small area, especially when you want to be able to seat a few people. Small kitchens can be really crowded, but installing a table that folds down from the wall can be a great solution. If you only have a couple of people living in your home, you can choose a small table that is compact, but you can also go with a larger size and have the ability to fit a larger group in a small space.

Bunk Beds

If you have multiple children in your home and limited bedrooms, you may wonder what you can do to fit them all in one area. The most common choice is a bunk bed. This allows you to sleep twice as many kids in one small space. If you have enough room, you may want to use two bunk beds, giving you the option to sleep four in a room where only two twin-sized beds would normally fit.

Storage Cubes

Living room space can be a valuable commodity as well, and if you have a lot of things that you want to store, but minimal closet space, you need a piece that can do double duty. A storage cube is a multi-functional product that you can use for both d├ęcor and storage. One or two of them can be used as a coffee table, while also holding blankets, movies and other items you want out of sight.

Mobile Islands

If you spend a lot of time in your kitchen, you are probably on the lookout for any extra workspace you can use. Mobile islands give you a lot of options for use. You can roll them into the middle of the room for food prep and cooking, then you can roll them out of the way when you need space for other people to have access to your kitchen.

Take advantage of the space that you do have by filling it with pieces that can utilize unused areas or double up on functionality.