By Addie Holby, Sweet Relish
I’m in the stage of life where my friends and I are buying houses, watching the real estate market, and having very serious conversations about the pros and cons of different lawn treatments. Some have even welcomed a tiny, beautiful, crying new member of their family, while others have had a third “person” for a while – one that meows or barks. Since we’re always comparing notes on how to do x, y, or z, I figured I’d share a few products that make life easier around the home front.
Moving into a new neighborhood can be daunting, exciting, and intimidating. Lots of the people on our street have lived there for years. Invite them over for an introductory happy hour with something very simple: wine and cheese. When the night is over and you’ve made 12 new friends, wrap up your cheese in Formaticum, a cheese paper made with porous material for keeping cheese hydrated, but not steamed, like those plastic baggies.
Martha & Ash make gorgeousgorgeousgorgeous pillows, ottomans and drapes for serious style. Don’t make the mistake of putting off home décor – it’s the most important way to really bond with your new home and make life feel a little more complete. The Refined Feline makes a Cat Cloud shelf that looks like a piece of modern furniture, so not only will you give Kitty a place of her own, but you’ll have the perfect “something” to fill that empty corner.
Making your home the haven it is should be a #1 priority. There are practical products that everyone should consider when starting over. You don’t have to buy a new mattress, but updating your tried and true can feel like a fresh beginning. Chili Technology’s mattress pad with heating and cooling technology is a little known but immensely effective way to practically guarantee a good night’s sleep. Wake up feeling renewed and toss a hydra shower burst onto the floor of your shower for another amazing way to start the day. Keep a few in each bathroom so visitors can experience the power of sudsy scent first thing, too.
There’s something to be said for a regular wipe down of your new house. Once a week, if you can swing it. Investing elbow grease into those dusty corners or grimy tiles can give a sense of prideful ownership once they’re shiny clean. Keep the Dapple surface cleaner around, especially if there’s a mini human around. You may go through these quickly, since they’re kindof amazing and get rid of nasty germs. Speaking of the mini human,Bum Boosa will also be a necessary home companion. Their flushable diaper liners make life and its messes so much easier to manage.
Here’s hoping your cat is always in “I’m crazy about you” mode…
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Looking for a great stocking stuffer for your favorite furry friend? Or maybe for your favorite pet-owner? We have picked a few of our favorites for all types of pets and owners!
1. Pink Cat Zooquarium Fish Bowl www.therefinedfin.com
2. BarkBox Gift Box Subscription www.barkbox.com
3. Water Walker 3 in 1 Dog Leash with Water Bottle, Bowl, and Waste Bags www.therefinedcanine.com
4. Pet Greens Organic Cat Treats www.petgreens.com
5. Handmade Octopus Cat Nip Toy www.etsy.com
6. The Paw Wash Brushless Paw Washer and Microfiber Mitt www.thepawwash.com
Purr-fectly stylish ways to show off your love for cats!
Need a fun new way to play with your cat?
Here’s what you need:
- fleece fabric— stay away from using yarn as it can block your pet’s intestines if swallowed.
- twine or heavy string
- thin dowel (cut it to size and sand the end — I made mine 17″)
- needle and thread
- fabric scissors
- hot glue gun
- Cut five strips of fleece 6″ long and about 1/4″ wide.
- Place four strips side by side in the center of a 5th. strip.
- Tie ends of 5th. strip together in a tight double knot.
- Cut a 40″ length of jute string (you will tailor the length later). Wrap one end around the tip of your dowel that you have coated in hot glue. The wrap should be about 1 1/2″ in length. (Tip: Apply a bit of hot glue to the dowel, wrap some of the string around it, and repeat until you’ve reached your desired wrap length.) Cut remaining string to 28″ long.
- Bring ends of 5th. strip together again and tie once loosely, leaving a hole.
- Slip the jute line through the hole.
- Pull the 5th. strip of fleece tightly and double knot it around the jute.
- Tie the jute in a double knot.
- Clip extra jute.
- Sew multiple stitches back and forth through the fleece knot to secure the strips. I recommend using a larger needle so you can get through the layers of fabric with ease. (Tip: Don’t skip this step. Without the stitches, your cat can easily pull the fleece strips out — I know this from experience.) Voila! Have fun playing with your pet(s)!