Friday, April 17, 2015

Forbes Living TV on the Bond Pets and Humans Share

Any pet parent will testify that the bond they share with their four-legged child can be just as strong as one with a human child.  Forbes Living TV learns of a new study which adds validity to that statement.

Japanese researchers observed the interactions of 30 dog owners and their pets.  Canines of many different types were involved in the study, lest anyone think that one breed is more communicative than the other.  The scientists noted that when the human and the canine looked into each other’s eyes, the oxytocin surged in both. They also found that the longer we humans gaze into our dogs (and other animals) eyes, the stronger the surge of the feel good hormone.

We can also apply these new study results to people with service dogs. Service dogs are bred and trained to develop strong and powerful bonds with their owners. For people with PTS, autism and the like, the canines can sense when the person needs assistance.  The surge in oxytocin in both human and dog helps reduce anxiety. The Forbes Living talk show notes that people who bond with their pets, gaze into their eyes and connect on a deeper level, gain more than those who do not.  We are more willing to run through a fire to save the animal, and vice versa.  We feel the same connection to the pet as we would with a human child. That’s how strongly we love our pets. 

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Forbes Living TV Shares Tips for Affordable Weddings

Plan the wedding on the beach

It is wedding season. Anyone who has had a hand in planning a wedding can attest to how expensive it can be. Fortunately, Forbes Living TV has some tips for planning an affordable wedding.

Wedding invitations can cost a small fortune if the bride goes the traditional route. The average price of ordering invitations is $439. Most women will opt for digital invitations, or maybe a combination of paper and digital invites.  Paper invitations are nice and are great keepsakes. So maybe order those for the older guests and go online for the others to save some cash.

The wedding dress is a major expense and one that many women are finding hard to choose. The wedding dress or gown is worn for one day and then put in storage. Instead of spending a couple hundred or thousand bucks on this, look into renting one. Other choices are to borrow one from a friend or relative or buy one at a consignment shop.

The wedding reception is the most expensive part of getting married. Find creative ways to make it is less pricey such as having a cocktail and appetizer party instead of a sit down or buffet meal. Buy your own china for the reception, but be sure to wash it at home in the dishwasher before taking to the reception hall. Use good quality silk flowers instead of fresh ones on tables and ask d├ęcor. Another option is to host the wedding on the beach or in a city or state park.

The Forbes Living TV show suggests talking to both sets of parents to determine what priorities are most important. Then, a reasonable budget can be set for the day when lives are joined in love and matrimony. 

Monday, April 6, 2015

Forbes Living TV Shares Valuable Summer Travel Tips

This is the time of year for college graduations and the planning of cool summer vacations or internships around the country and world. Forbes Living TV offers some valuable travel tips for everyone.

Never book a trip of any kind without doing some research first. This is especially valuable advice for any student planning a volunteer experience in South Africa. While some wildlife sanctuaries are truly havens for Africa’s iconic animals, other places are stop over points before ending up on farms for foreign hunters.

Airline fees vary from carrier to carrier. Some charge for everything from carry-on luggage and sodas, while others do not. Also, each airline charges their own fees for changing flights, extra baggage and meals. Always double check before making a reservation.

Traveling internationally has its own challenges. The Forbes Living talk show encourages readers to visit the State Department website to learn which countries have restrictions on passport expiry dates. Some of them will not let travelers in if their passports expire three months or six months after arriving home.  It is also a good idea to sign up for notification services from the State Department before leaving in case of emergencies back home or abroad.

Be prepared before buying an airline ticket or making summer travel plans.  
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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Forbes Living TV Relays Ways to Make Money from Hobbies

Your hobby could be the key to starting and succeeding at a second job. Forbes Living TV explains how you could make money from your hobby.

There are very few people who do not have something they like to do or make in their spare time.  Photography is a strong interest for lots of people, and some have gone the extra mile to learn more about the skills needed to take professional level images. Baking and crafting are two other hobbies some enjoy. The products and goods made can easily bring in extra cash. Someone we know is an expert baker and specializes in birthday and special occasion cakes. This little side business generates the extra income for her family to take extra special vacations.  People who love animals can advertise pet sitting or dog walking (or both) in their neighborhoods, or on websites that offer this kind of service such as DogVacay and CatVacay.

Forbes Living TV suggests exploring what you like to do outside of work. Hone the skills needed to master it, and then go advertise it.  Start small with friends and family. Ask them to refer you to other people. Set reasonable prices. And keep track of the money spent on the hobby and how much income is generated from it.  Making money from a hobby might just lead you to a new and more fulfilling job. Wouldn’t that be nice?

Friday, March 20, 2015

Forbes Living TV Likes the Mornings

There are morning people and night people. Then there are those who function better in the middle of the day. Forbes Living TV likes the morning as the best time of day to get things done.

There is nothing like the bright and refreshing sun to wake up the body, mind and spirit. The light signals the brain to stop producing melatonin, which in turn wakes us up and makes us more alert.  It also warms up our body temps which helps us feel more awake and ready to take on the day’s challenges.

Morning is also the best time to step on the scale. We lose about three pounds of water overnight from sweat and visiting the bathroom.  For the most pleasing results, weigh in before eating and about a half an hour after waking up.

For optimal work results, have healthy, protein and fiber-rich breakfast from 30 to 60 minutes after waking.  This kick-starts the metabolism to work steadily all day.

Mid-morning and afternoon people are those who are energized to make it through the rest of the day. This is the best time to give a presentation, lecture or run a meeting.  Body temperatures peak and so does mental energy.  Grab some lunch around noon but be sure to have some protein (for afternoon stamina), fiber (to feel full) and something tasty. 

The Forbes Living TV show believes that the hours before noon are best for optimal results at work. Of course, if it’s dark outside when the alarm goes off and the drive to work is done in darkness, it may take longer to feel alert. Pour your favorite morning beverage in a commuter cup and heat up a frozen breakfast sandwich to power down on the way to the office. 

Monday, March 9, 2015

Forbes Living Explores the Business Travel Challenges for Women

Today’s businesswoman is a sharp professional. She is keenly aware of her surroundings.  She knows how to handle herself. But what if she were someplace unknown? Forbes Living TV explores business travel challenges for woman.

The world we live in today is not the same world we lived in 10 years ago. There is more danger and more uncertainty. There are newer and better digital gadgets to make professional presentations. The businesswoman has so many options, and more so when she travels internationally.

Some of the international travel questions a professional woman might have are:
Is the hotel close to the business center where I need to be?
Which taxi company is the safest?
Does the hotel room door have adequate safety measures such as deadbolt locks?

Most of these can be answered before she leaves. Others are answered upon arrival. Fortunately, there is an abundance of information online to find from business customs around the world to the safest food to eat. The Forbes Living TV show also suggests getting a hotel room on the second the seventh floors, don’t get off an elevator is a man is following you, use all hotel room door locks, keep money, credit cards and the room card key out of sight, and travel with a “clean” tablet or laptop and cell phone. If stolen, thieves cannot get personal financial or other data. Business challenges can be managed with forethought, planning and awareness.

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Forbes Living on The Common Foods Which are Bad for Pets

We love our pets so much that some of us let them sit at the table when we eat.  But there are some foods which are dangerous for pets that Forbes Living reviews below.

Never give these foods to cats or dogs because it can be terribly harmful if not fatal:

Avocados: all parts of an avocado, including the pit and skin, contain persin, which is a substance which can produce vomiting and diarrhea in dogs and perhaps cats.

Chocolate: Theobromine, an alkaloid in chocolate does not metabolize in dogs and reach toxic levels which lead to cardiac arrest.  Dogs love sweet stuff. Keep all chocolate locked up high and away from the family pooch.

Onions: Onions and garlic contain sulfoxides and disulfides which can damage red blood cells and lead to anemia in pets.  Onions are worse for pets than garlic.  The sulfoxides and disulfides can damage red blood cells and lead to anemia in pets.  No hamburgers with onions and garlic for the four-legged kids.

Lemons and Limes:  The ASPCS reminds that both of these are bad for dogs and cats. The fruits contain a substance called psoralens, which when combined with the acidity in lemons and limes, can make ingestion dangerous. Also, the essential oil found in lemon peel can be toxic to cats when taken internally, applied to the skin or simply inhaled.

Xylitol: This is a common sweetener in candy, gum and vitamins which is fatal to dogs if they find and eat it. Five grams of it (three pieces of gum) is fatal to dogs. It only takes 15 to 30 minutes before a dog’s insulin levels surge and blood sugar levels drop causing the dog to feel lethargic and losing balance.  Keep food, gum and vitamins out of reach from pets at all times.

Lettuce: Maybe the family feline is a health nut or just likes the fresh, crunchy taste of lettuce. A few small, small pieces is okay but a regular salad every night is hard on the cat’s digestive system. The leafy green (or red) contains enzymes which are not absorbed and digested well. Forbes Living TV suggests growing some cat grass instead since it is healthier for them and more fun to chew on.

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