Thursday, February 20, 2014

Ideas for Giving Kids Their Space in a Small Apartment

Kids need their own space. Siblings can be annoying and parents maybe, too. Children like to run away to their own little world where adults can't find them. 

If they don't have enough room to hide in once in a while, they will just come up with their own solutions. I found these picture from the apartment we where living in last year, five of us and two guinea pigs.


My oldest, then 8, craved quiet to do school work,
so he set up a little station in the coat closet. 


He wasn't betting on company!


U is a big snuggler. He loved to curl up in little places like this big shelf in the built-in hutch. My "get down from there" instincts were kicking in, but I realized he needed this little spot.


Of course, blanket tents are an all-time favorite. 
You can look for big clips at the dollar store. I scored some good quality ones there and the boys use them for holding up blankets. This also has the added benefit of keeping them busy for hours!

photo credit: Creative Commons license smwright on flikr

And of course, to keep from going totally crazy with kids in a small apartment, get outside!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Talk Crochet on Crochet Forums' Facebook Page

Do you love to crochet, or even want to learn? Why not join Crochet Forums' Facebook Page and chat with other crochet enthusiast?

When I started a new site, Crochet Forums, it was my hope to not just have an active website, but to build a community, so I have been busy trying to build up a presence and support network all over the web.

We'd love to see some new faces, so stop by and say hi!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

How to Choose a Vet for Your Guinea Pig

We have 2 adorable class pets in our home mashaallah. Our 2 fur babies are guinea pigs and I have learned a lot along the way about caring for them. Here's some advice on finding your little friends a vet.

Choosing the right veterinarian for your guinea pig is a very important decision. While going to the nearest vet is convenient, it’s usually not the best choice. Guinea pigs are considered exotic pets and require care from an exotic animal vet. They know the special requirements of these animals that a dog and cat vet will not. Sadly, I have heard a few times from guinea pig owners that a regular vet has declared a guinea pig’s condition hopeless and recommended euthanasia. A second opinion from an exotic pet vet yielded a much different prognosis!

The best place to look for a guinea pig vet is the vet directory on Guinea Pig Zone: www.guineapigzone.com/vets. Once you narrow your choice down, check out further reviews on Yelp and compare. Call the vet's office and make sure they do indeed still treat guinea pigs. Once you have some experience with a vet, don’t forget to help out others and leave your own review.

Ideally, you should have a vet picked out before getting your guinea pig, and most shelters will require a vet’s name on the adoption application. In an emergency, call the nearest animal hospital and ask them if they have an exotics’ vet on staff. They will usually help you find one if they don’t, but just be prepared to pay more for these types of visits.

You’ve decided a guinea pig is right for you, found your ideal vet, so what’s next? Setting up your cage and starting your adoption search! Stay tuned for more on these topics.