Embracing the Pet-Friendly Perks of Artificial Grass in Your Garden

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For pet owners, the quest for the perfect outdoor space involves balancing aesthetics with practicality. Artificial grass effortlessly marries the lush look of a well-maintained lawn with the durability required for our four-legged friends. 

In this blog post, we’ll explore the myriad reasons why artificial grass in Chelmsford is an ideal pet-friendly option for your garden, offering a haven for both pets and their owners.

Comfort Under Paws:

One of the standout features of artificial grass is its soft and cushioned surface. Pets, whether they’re playful pups or lounging cats, appreciate the comfort under their paws. 

Unlike natural grass that can develop uneven surfaces, artificial grass maintains a consistent and plush feel, providing a comfortable space for your furry friends to frolic or relax.

Durability Beyond Compare:

Pets, by their nature, can be a bit rough on outdoor spaces. Traditional lawns often fall victim to pet-related wear and tear, with patches of bare soil, muddy spots, and uneven surfaces. 

Artificial grass, however, stands up to the challenge. Its durable construction can withstand constant paw traffic, ensuring a consistently green and attractive lawn throughout the year.

Mud-Free Playtime:

Anyone with pets knows the struggle of dealing with muddy paws, especially after a rain shower. Artificial grass eliminates this problem entirely. 

Its drainage capabilities allow water to pass through easily, leaving no room for muddy patches. Say goodbye to the never-ending battle of keeping your floors clean and your pet’s paws pristine.

No More Yellow Spots:

Natural grass can suffer from unsightly yellow spots caused by pet urine. Artificial grass, made from durable and non-absorbent materials, eliminates this issue. 

The urine drains through the turf, preventing the formation of yellow spots and odours. 

Regular hosing down or the occasional use of pet-friendly cleaning solutions helps keep your artificial grass looking and smelling fresh.

Easy Cleanup:

Accidents happen, but artificial grass makes cleanup simple and straightforward. Solid waste can be easily scooped up, while liquid waste drains away naturally. 

A quick rinse with water or a mild cleaning solution ensures a sanitary surface for your pets. Artificial grass simplifies the cleanup process, making it more convenient for pet owners.

Allergy-Free Zone:

For pets and humans alike, allergies can be a concern when spending time outdoors. Artificial grass provides a hypoallergenic alternative to natural grass, reducing the risk of allergens that may be present in soil, pollen, or grass itself. This creates a safer and more enjoyable environment for both pets and their owners.

Safe for Paws and Claws:

Artificial grass is designed with the safety of pets in mind. The materials used are non-toxic and do not contain harmful chemicals. 

Additionally, the surface is smooth and comfortable, minimising the risk of abrasions or injuries to paws and claws during playtime.

Year-Round Playfulness:

Unlike natural grass, which may turn brown or go dormant in certain seasons, artificial grass maintains its vibrant green hue year-round. 

This means that your pets can enjoy a lush and inviting outdoor space regardless of the weather. The consistency in appearance also adds to the overall aesthetic appeal of your garden.

Pet-Friendly Landscaping:

Artificial grass allows for creative and pet-friendly landscaping ideas. From designated pet play areas to integrated pathways and pet-friendly plants, you can customise your garden to cater specifically to your pet’s needs. 

The versatility of artificial grass opens the door to a pet-centric outdoor paradise.

Reduced Digging Distractions:

Dogs, in particular, may have a natural instinct to dig. 

While natural lawns can suffer from unsightly holes and patches, artificial grass provides a deterrent to digging. The stable and consistent surface minimises the temptation for your pets to engage in this behaviour, preserving the integrity of your garden.

Sarah x

Christmas Gift Guide 2023

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Every year I like to put together a gift guide for Christmas. It can often be hard to think of presents and I always struggle with thinking of ideas for certain people so like to plan ahead and share my ideas if anyone else is struggling!

I also find it a lot easier to do most of my shopping online and I have tried to include a wide range of products as well as things for a variety of budgets.

Skincare

SOS Balm – Lavender & Neroli

£10.99

This balm is a great alternative to a tube of hand cream or body cream. You only need a small amount and it smells really nice and soaks into your hands well. You can also go for an unscented version if you prefer.

It’s safe to use on various skin conditions and can help heal your skin.

It’s suitable for vegans and not tested on animals.

Ren – Moroccan Rose Uplifting Body Duo

£43

I love the Ren Moroccan rose range and always have done. This body wash smells amazing, as does everything else in the range! It helps to clean your skin whilst leaving it soft and smelling amazing. A little goes a long way and it lathers up well.

The signature scent will linger on your skin after using this in the bath or shower and even more so if you are finishing off with the non greasy body lotion.

It would make the ideal gift for someone that loves a good pamper or deserves one!

SOS Serum Skincare Superstars Beauty Elixr Set

£45

This set includes five different products in a lovely gift box. It is a great way to try their range of products.

It includes:

SOS Cleanse, 15ml

SOS H20 Day Cream SPF 30, 50ml

SOS Night Cream, 50ml

SOS Lip 10ml

Pomegranate & Lychee Essential Drops (Fragrance for the Home), 50ml

I have always been a big fan of this brand for skincare and it’s great for sensitive or acne prone skin.

Daisy Amour – Reusable Face Wipes

£11.95

These reusable face wipes are made out of 100% cotton fabric and Egyptian cotton towelling. They are great if you have sensitive skin as you can use them with your favourite skincare products and then pop them in the wash and use them over and over again.

They come in a good range of designs and you can use either side depending on your needs.

Embryolisse Lait Crème Concentrate

£21

This can be used as a moisturiser, primer, make-up remover, repairing masque or after-shave product. It is a great multi functional cream so can be great for anyone’s make up bag.

I have been using this for years and it’s always one of my go to products to pop in my bag as it has so many uses and a little goes a long way.

Castle Apothecary – Gardeners Moisturising Hand And Body Lotion

£19.95

Castle Apothecary are based on Scotland and create a nice range of different skincare products. The Gardeners range is one of their most popular.

Experience the gentle scents of a historic Scottish castle garden with this luxurious hand and body skincare range. Infused with the natural goodness of Scottish and British botanicals, enjoy the delicate aromas with every use.

This hand and body lotion smells really good and soaks into your skin well. It would make a lovely gift.

Castle Apothecary – Gardeners Moisturising Foot Cream

£14.50

From the same range is this beautifully smelling foot cream. It’s perfect for tired feet or to use just before bed. You don’t need to use much and it soaks in really well and really helps to relax you if your feet hurt.

Mindful Extracts – Gingerbread & Clementine CBD Bath Bomb

£12.99

I am a massive bath bomb fan but hadn’t tried many CBD ones before so was excited to try this. Really impressed with the quality of the scent and how long lasting it lingered. It’s a good size for a bath bomb as well.

With the added CBD it makes it a lot more soothing and calming than a regular bath bomb. They have a great range of different scents as well.

Naturally Tribal Skincare – Oka Body Polish

£27

This brand is fully vegan and cruelty free and they use a great range of natural ingredients to create luxury skincare that’s kind to your skin and great to use if you have sensitive skin.

The body polish is easy to use and helps to smooth and hydrate your skin at the same time. It exfoliates without irritating your skin. Ideal if you have sensitive skin.

They have a great range of skincare for both adults and children.

Naturally Tribal Skincare – Paw Patrol Clean & Soft Starter Kit

£45

There is a huge gap in the market for clean and green products targeted at children and geared towards making bath time fun! They partnered with Paramount to debut the ‘Clean & Soft’ body and hair sets alongside the PAW Patrol pups.

This kit contains:

1 x OROMA Body Wash 50ml

1 x YARA Body Food 100ml

1 x KARI Hair Cleanser 100ml

1 x KARI Hair Food 100ml

This is a great starter set if you are looking to try different products and children love paw patrol so it’s great they can look after their skin and hair alongside their furry friends off the tv.

Haircare

Beauty Favours Shampoo Bars

£9.95 each

These is a great way to try out solid products to see if you are ready to make the change. These are ideal for anyone looking to produce less waste and reduce plastics. They are the equivalent to 2-3 bottles of shampoo!

They have a good range of different scents to pick from and all are suitable for any hair type and for coloured hair. I find them a lot kinder to my hair than regular shampoo and love the scent of the champagne and roses one.

Manta Healthy Hair Brush

£30

Not only is it important to use good quality products to wash and style your hair with, it’s also important to use a good brush.

This is my new favourite hair brush as it really helps to get tangles out whilst being gentle to your hair. It is comfortable to hold and glides through my hair well. It comes in such a good range of colours too.

A must have for anyone that likes to take care of their hair.

Paul Mitchell – Volume Gift Set

£28.99

This gift set is a 2-piece volumising and body-building set from Paul Mitchell which includes a shampoo and root lifter.

I love Paul Mitchell haircare and this range is great for those looking to liven up their hair. Both products work really together and are good size bottles.

They have a great range of sets so worth checking out some of the other ones they have this year.

Fragrance

Dolma – Calista 50ml

£45.50

Dolma Perfumes are certified vegan and cruelty free. They are free from palm oil, parabens and phthalates.

This beautiful scent opens with fresh notes of bergamot and lemon, revolving around a rich bouquet of jasmine, geranium and ylang-ylang. It then melts into a sensual trail of sandalwood and Amyris. Resonate with Calista, Greek for most beautiful.

This is such a lovely scent. You don’t need to spray much to leave yourself smelling amazing and the scent lasts all day long. It comes in a variety of sizes and you can even buy the discovery set that contains all 12 scents if you want to try them all out.

Nails

Earthy Nail Polishes

£7.99 each

These nail polishes are vegan and cruelty free and the brand have replaced the single use plastic cap with highly sustainable bamboo and all seals within the cap are made from 100% post-consumer plastic. They come in a good variety of shades and are highly pigmented so you can get away with just one coat.

Earthy Nail Polish – Berry Oil

£8.99

Much like the polishes, the treatments are vegan and produced in similar bottles. This oil helps maintain natural hydration by restoring nails barrier and recondition very dry and rough nails and cuticles. In the winter my nail beds become so dry and this is a great product to use before bed.

Clothing & Accessories

Merchoid – Space Jam Xmas Jumper

£38.99

A must have gift for any fan of Space Jam. Merchoid have a great range of Christmas jumpers inspired by popular films and tv shows.

It’s a lovely thick knitted jumper and a great present idea. They also have lots of film related Christmas decorations too that are worth checking out. Last year I treated myself to a couple of Gremlins christmas tree decorations from there.

Tennis HQ – Adidas Aeroready Baseball Cap

£23

This is a great hat, not only ideal to wear as a fashion statement but also can be worn for multiple different sport activities. It’s a good fit and I like the simple design. Tennis HQ have such a good range of accessories as well as clothing so they are worth checking out.

Tennis HQ – Adidas Melbourne Mens Ergo Graphic Tennis Shorts

£55

These are a great pair of tennis shorts. They are such a unique funky design made out of a lightweight breathable material.

Adidas are one of the best sporting brands out there and Tennis HQ have such a good range of adidas clothing and accessories.

Tennis HQ – Head Club Mens Tennis Shorts

£40

Head are another great sports brand, especially for tennis. These shorts are a good length and are comfortable to wear when playing sports.

They are a thin material so you won’t get too hot wearing them so great to wear when getting hot and playing tennis.

The Brunel Museum – Vintage London Map Scarf

£19.99

This is a really unique gift for anyone that loves London. The scarf is made of a really soft material and is really comfortable to wear. It’s a good size and not too thick.

It’s definitely a statement piece to wear and great for anyone that’s always cold or is a fan of different scarves.

Cherry Blossom – Sneaker Cleaner

£5.95

A must have for anyone that has a nice trainer collection. It’s a great way to keep your trainers clean and that’s often something we don’t think about enough.

If you have expensive trainers it’s important to take care of them and keep them clean and looking like new.

Cherry Blossom – Midsole Reviver Kit

£11.45

Another great shoe care product from Cherry Blossom. This kit is great for anyone looking to take care of their shoes and I love that it comes with a brush as well as this really helps to clean the soles.

This kit works well on trainers as well as regular shoes and is really good value.

Jumble And Co – Bits And Bobs Tote Bag

£7.99 each

These bags come in a good range of colours/ designs. They are well made and sturdy for tote bags and considering the price they are really good value.

They also have a good range of diaries and umbrellas and you can buy them in similar designs and colours to match as well.

Jumble And Co – Ups And Downs Umbrella

£14.99 each

These umbrellas have a really cool design and colour scheme, similar to the tote bags. They are really trendy and are a good size to fit in a bag when not in use.

I really like the pink and purple colour scheme and the umbrellas are well made and sturdy so can be used even when it’s really windy.

Homeware

Asda Photo – Black Photo Mug

£10

I have used Asda before for personalised products and have always been impressed with the price and quality.

The mugs are a lovely personal and unique gift for yourself or a loved one. They comes in different sizes and and you can add photos or text and really make it your own.

Asda Photo – Personalised Wall Calendar

£15

A lot of supermarkets offer personalised photo products but you have to go in store and design them which can often not be practical. With this service from Asda photo online it is so easy to use either on a pc/tablet or on a phone.

It’s so easy to create a calendar with all of your favourite pictures on and it’s really good quality too. I always have to make one with my cats on for my husband.

Another Studio – A6 Notebooks, Set Of 3

£12

These A6 set of notebooks are made from recycled paper and staple bound. They are the perfect size to keep in your handbag and take on the go for making notes. They have a really cute tropical design on them and are well made.

Another Studio – Plant Animal – Cat

£6.50

The plant animals are a really unique gift for any plant lover. They come in a good range of options and look super cute poking out of a plant pot.

Etched in brass with realistic fluffy details, just look at those whiskers. This cute cat will make a lovely little gift for those cat lovers in your life.

Cutch Company – The Christmas Cutch Candle

£25

A rich, warm, and festive scent layered with a woody base of cedarwood and the spiciness of cassia. Traditional heart notes of clove, nutmeg and pine, are topped with hints of zesty lemon, sweet orange, and fresh peppermint to produce a scent that truly encapsulates the essence of Christmas igniting the memories and feelings that it evokes.

Cutch Company use soy wax, recyclable materials and essential oils and paraben free perfumes in their candle scents and they smell amazing throughout the whole burn time.

They have a great range of different scents, with lots of different Christmas ones to pick from. I love this one as it just reminds me of sitting in front of the fire on Christmas day.

Pets

Pet Hamper – Lux Christmas Cat Hamper

£35

This cat hamper is the perfect gift for your furry friend. My three love the little catnip toys in this! You get a good range of products so is ideal if you have more than one cat as they can share.

There is a tin of food in here as well as treats and plenty of toys!

They have a good range of different toys and treats if you wanted to put together your own hamper and also lots of products for dogs too.

Food & Drink

Virginia Hayward – Chocolate Collection

£42.99

This hamper includes a great selection of treats for yourself or your loved one. The honeycomb is my favourite thing, followed by the fudge bar. If you know a big chocolate fan this is a must have.

Virginia Hayward always have a really good range of hampers, there’s something to suit everyone and for a variety of budgets.

Whitakers Chocolates – Dark Chocolate Gingers

£5.99

These dark chocolate gingers are suitable for vegans and are a lovely idea for any chocolate lover. They are really tasty and a pleasant change from a selection box or other Christmas chocolates.

Whitakers Chocolates – Luxury Mint Chocolate Assortment

£5.95

You can’t go wrong with a mint selection. This box has a nice variety of different mint chocolates so perfect as a gift or even to take to someone’s house over Christmas if going for dinner. Perfect to have after a big meal.

Whitakers Chocolates – Vegan Milk Chocolate Caramel Toffee Gift Box

£5.95

These tasty treats are perfect for anyone that loves toffee. They are so yummy and great value. Whitakers have a great range of chocolates to choose from. These are perfect for vegans too.

Simply Cake Co – Christmas Cookie Selection

£8.99

These boxes are a great idea as they are letterbox friendly if you are sending direct as a gift. I love the cookies from Simply Cake Co they are so delicious and such a thoughtful gift for anyone with a sweet tooth. They have a great range of cookies, blondies and brownies to pick from.

Simply Cake Co – Festive Treat Box

£17.99

This box has a nice range of treats in. It includes:

Baileys Brownie

Christmas Blondie

Chocolate Orange Millionaires Shortbread

This is the perfect gift for anyone with a sweet tooth and they have a good range of different boxes to pick from. You can pick from different flavours and also different size packs. There really is something for everyone. They do vegan options too.

Growseed – Vegetable Seeds Gift Set

£7.99 each

These seed packs are a great idea for someone loves growing their own vegetables or even someone that hasn’t tried to before but doesn’t know where to start. They come in a good range of different seed packs and are really good value.

All sets come with 5 packets of high quality vegetable seed, 5 plant markers and a pencil.

I hope I have given you some good ideas!

Sarah x

Bonding with your Best Pal: Essential Care for Dogs

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Caring for your pup goes beyond providing food, water and shelter – regular bonding time between you and your pal is also key for their physical and emotional well being. Dogs thrive when their owners show them love through regular exercises such as playtime and mental stimulation sessions as well as routine vet appointments – creating an unbreakable bond that will last a lifetime!

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Foster the bond with Your Canine Companion –

It is crucial that the bond between you and your dog remains strong to ensure they trust and obey you, regardless of age, breed, size or breed. Create this special moment together every day whether playing tug of war or fetch in the backyard and gain their confidence through shared activities like this!

Essential Care for Your Furry Friend –

Keeping your dog healthy and happy is also essential to their well-being. Make sure they are getting proper nutrition, exercise and adequate rest. Additionally, it’s important to stay up-to-date on their vaccinations and dog flea treatment in order to keep them healthy. This is especially true if you plan on taking your pup out for walks or hikes as this increases the chances of contracting parasites like fleas or ticks which can be detrimental to their health.

Nurturing an Unbreakable Bond –

When your pup shows signs of distress or anxiety, it is important to take the time to show them that you are there for them and will help them through whatever they may be feeling. Take a few minutes each day to sit with your pet, speaking calmly and reassuringly while gently petting them and giving them lots of hugs. Showing your dog love and compassion in these moments helps create an unbreakable bond between the two of you.

Routine Exercise, Playtime and Mental Stimulation for Dogs –

Regular exercise and playtime is essential for your pup’s physical health. Take them on regular walks (or runs) to help keep their bodies strong and healthy, as well as provide them with mental stimulation from taking in the sights, smells and sounds of the environment around them. Additionally, you can incorporate games into their routine such as hide-and-seek that will help stimulate their minds in addition to giving you both an opportunity to bond. It’s important not to overlook mental stimulation – puzzles or interactive toys are great for providing entertainment for your pet while also helping strengthen their cognitive abilities.

Investing Time in Your Dog’s Health and Wellbeing –

Caring for your dog goes beyond providing food, water and shelter. Investing time in their health and wellbeing will ensure that they can enjoy a longer, happier life. Spend at least 30 minutes each day playing games with your pup such as fetch or tug-of-war. This dedicated one-on-one time helps to create a strong bond between you and your pet while also providing them with a good dose of exercise. Additionally, be sure to provide plenty of mental stimulation to help keep their minds active – think puzzle toys or interactive treat games. Last but not least, make sure to bring your canine companion to the vet regularly for checkups and vaccinations so they can remain healthy and happy for years to come!

Caring for a pet can be incredibly rewarding. Dogs thrive when their owners show them love, provide them with routine exercise, playtime and mental stimulation, as well as regular checkups from the vet. By providing all of these things, you are creating an unbreakable bond that will last a lifetime. Investing time and effort into your pup’s health and wellbeing will ensure that they can live a long, happy life. So make sure to give your furry friend all the love and care they need to stay healthy, happy and safe – after all, they are a part of your family!

Sarah x

Take the Leap and Open Your Own Veterinary Practice

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So, you’ve decided to open your own practice? Congratulations! The veterinary industry is growing rapidly, providing ample opportunities for new businesses to succeed. However, starting a veterinary practice requires hard work, dedication, and careful consideration. In this blog post we’ll outline all of the steps necessary for successful operation of your own practice.

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Research the Market

Before opening a practice in your area, it is essential to first comprehend the needs of local pet owners and explore its competition. This includes investigating what services are needed by pet parents, which veterinarians are already providing them, and any gaps that exist. With an in-depth knowledge of the market, you can decide whether starting a new practice here or elsewhere may be more advantageous for you.

Create a Business Plan

Now that you understand your target audience and competition better, it’s time to craft an effective business plan. A well-crafted document will keep you organised, focused on goals and objectives, and alerted to potential risks. It should include information such as an executive summary, mission statement, services offered, pricing structure and marketing strategy.

Acquire Licensure and Certification

Before opening a veterinary practice, you must obtain the necessary licences and certifications. Some states may require additional training or certification requirements in addition to the standard veterinarian licensing process. To guarantee you are compliant with all local laws and regulations, consult your state’s official website or reach out to the British Veterinary Association (BVA).

Finding Financing

Once you have obtained all necessary licences and certifications, it’s time to find financing for your practice. You may be able to secure assistance from banks or other lenders, family members or friends who share in your vision, as well as government grants.

Hiring a Team

In order to open and run an effective practice, you will need staff. Start by finding a qualified veterinarian who shares your enthusiasm for pets and is willing to be part of the team. Additionally, consider employing receptionists, veterinary technicians, and kennel attendants who share your commitment to providing exceptional care for animals.

Invest in Technology

Having the correct technology for your veterinary practice can make operations simpler. From scheduling systems to medical records management software, make sure you have all of the tools necessary for effective management of your business.

Quality Equipment

For your practice, you will need top-notch equipment. This could include exam tables, surgical instruments, a vaccine fridge and diagnostic tools. Make sure that you invest in high-grade items from reliable suppliers.

Marketing Your Practice

Once everything is set up and running smoothly, it’s time to promote your practice. You can utilise traditional tactics such as print advertising or direct mail campaigns, or opt for more modern approaches like social media and email marketing. No matter which strategies you select, make sure your efforts are consistent and you have an active online presence.

Monitor Progress

Finally, it is essential to assess the progress of your veterinary practice. Track key metrics like revenue and customer satisfaction to guarantee you are meeting goals and objectives. Make adjustments as necessary for maximum success in business operations.

Launching a veterinary practice requires dedication and hard work, but the rewards of owning your own business can be enormous. Utilising these eight steps as your guide, you should be well on your way to having a prosperous practice in no time!

Sarah x