At the end of April, Tyler and I welcomed two kittens into our home. Milo (white/grey) and Marty (black/white). We chose these names as both are characters played by Michael J. Fox, whom we are both huge fans of.
During the time we've had them, we began wondering.... How do we know our cats love us? I did some research into cat gestures and thankfully, I recognised a lot of these signs in our cats.
Here are 5 ways cats tend to show you love...
1) Exposed Belly
Marty tends to give us a flash of his tummy when he's feeling loving. Cats, like many other animals don't just expose their tummy to anyone. This right here is pure trust and a really good indicator as to their comfort around you.
2) Kneeding Your Legs
Both Milo and Marty love needing our legs once they get themselves into a comfortable position for a long nap. This is considered one of the main ways a cat tells you they love you. Unfortunately, the harder they kneed the more they love you, so you can expect to get some sharp claws digging into your flesh!
This may seem like an odd behaviour, but this is really how cats show you they care. They'll push their head into your hands or give you a head-butt directly to your face. Cats have concentrated glands in their head and neck, when Milo and Marty do this, they're rubbing their scent on you.
4) Staring Directly Into Your Eyes
When they stare and take a long time to blink, this is a very positive sign of love. Some experts say it's like a cat giving you kisses.
5) Rubbing Against Your Legs
When your cat just can't seem to get enough of your legs, this is a very good sign. Milo will dart in-between my legs or sit underneath me when I'm crouching or kneeling. It's very important to let your cat rub up against you.
Paying attention to these small cat gestures is very important for you and your cat to bond.
Over the last 2-3 years I have suffered greatly at the hands of IBS (irritable bowl syndrome). After almost every meal I would feel bloated, uncomfortable and in desperate need of a toilet. I started a food diary (as suggested by my doctor) and I found that the horrible bloated sensations were caused by red meat.
Growing up, meat was such a substantial part of my diet. Pork, bacon, chicken, beef, etc. So, making the decision to become a pescatarian was not an easy one at first. However, from just one week into my new diet, I've never felt better. No more aching pain or embarrassment of needing to undo my jeans.
I did some more research into the benefits of becoming a pescatarian and this is what I found.
It is believed that a pescatarian diet can reduce the risk of heart disease and many other diseases, according to Yale College Vegetarian Society, up to 80% of cancer cases are prevented through healthy diets.
Pescetarianism is believed to be the healthiest diet around - as shown above.
Better for the ENVIRONMENT
I was recently asked why I think eating a fish is better than eating a cow or a pig or a chicken. It has come to my attention that a lot of the farming that produces red meat and poultry tend to produce a large amount of CO2 and pollution, more so than fishing. This means that being a pescetarian is better for the environment. It is also believed that fish have less awareness than mammals and poultry and which is debatable.
"If slaughter houses had glass walls, everyone would be vegetarian" - Paul McCartney
We all have a vague idea of what goes on in a slaughterhouse. Whilst some farms give animals plenty of air and space, not all do. Unfortunately, I have come across bad beef before and bitten into a stone.... I've also seen plenty of documentaries on slaughterhouses. Enough that has now, ultimately put me off meat.
Becoming a pescatarian has ultimately changed my lifestyle. I now enjoy reading more about the benefits of the food I'm eating, and discovering new recipes I wouldn't have tried before.
Whilst I've only been on this diet for a week, I plan on going strong for (what I hope) the unseeable future.
As of this morning, Tyler and I found a kitten and fell in love. We are bringing him home at the end of April and in the anticipation, I've head straight for the internet and begun researching everything I'll need to know about kittens so that he'll feel at home.
So I thought I'd share some fun facts.
Kittens Can Sleep Up To 18 Hours A Day!
Since kittens have a lot of growing to do, they need to conserve their energy by sleeping as when they sleep, special growth hormones get to work in turning your kitten into an adult cat.
Kittens Can Be Right Or Left Pawed
Just like humans, kittens/cats will have be a lefty or a righty. If you observe closely, you'll notice which paw your kitten uses the most when exploring and discovering new things.
Kittens Can Fit Anywhere Their Heads Can
We all know kittens and cats end up getting themselves caught in all sorts of places when exploring, but the best way to determine if you kitten can get somewhere, is by looking at the size of their head. So when kitten proofing your house, be sure to get every spot that your kitten could get caught in.
All Kittens Have Blue Eyes
If you're so involve with your kittens blue eyes, sorry to be the one to tell you... All kittens are born with blue eyes. Only when they're around 8 weeks old do their eye colour change and fully developed.
Kittens & Cats Are Lactose Intolerant
Despite what we're shown in cartoons, kittens and cats shouldn't be given milk as chances are they'll be lactose intolerant.
The Same Litter Of Kittens Can Have Multiple Fathers
More than one cat can impregnate a cat during the heat cycle. This is why some litters of kittens can be so different.
Finding the right cat accessories for your furry friend can be tricky. As it's important that it'll make your cat feel comfortable and stimulated throughout the day.
Here are some fantastic cat accessories that should be worth considering to brighten up you and your cat's day.
Wooden Cat Litter Box
This lovely little wooden cat litter box offers privacy and is an interior dream! It's stylish, compact and clean. It is on the pricey side at £72.80. To purchase this beauty, you can find it here.
This is the cutest yet most amusing cat bed i've found. Whilst it may not be the most conventional cat bed, it's fun. It is currently on sale for £14.99. If you're interested in purchasing, you can find the Kitty Cab here.
Senses Play Circuit
It's important to keep your kitty entertained and stimulated throughout the day, especially when you aren't around. This is a fantastic cat toy that should keep your cat stimulated for the day ahead. You can find the product here.
A food tree is the perfect way to keep your cat stimulated and amused when feeding. It allows your cat time to digest it's food before digging in for more. You can find the food tree here.
Mickey Mouse Cat Collar
This list wouldn't be complete without a Disney collar. This is such a cute Mickey Mouse collar. You can buy this collar for just £18.04 here.
I absolutely love Instagram. If I had to pick a favourite social media channel, I lean towards Insta. With all the latest updates, I love that it's basically snapchat, you can chat, upload photos and see whats trending. If you want to give me a follow.... @chloe95sanders
Many people don't tend to use Facebook anymore, it's my main method of connecting with my family who live in Canada. They tend to post a lot, so it keeps me involved with my cousins growing up and seeing what everyone is up too. I also enjoy the photo albums, I kind of see it like a cloud to store my photos.
I use the Outlook email app, I find it so much easier to see my different email accounts. It separates my work and personal. It also allows you to change layout and can offer priority filtering so that spam just doesn't notify you.
Rather addicted to this game... Kinda like candy crush but with house items and then you can build and decorate your mansion.
Music. It's how I get by most days. I love a good sing song in the car when driving home, keeps me from going nuts when I'm stuck in pointless traffic.
6) Wild West New Frontier
Another great game, which again... I am addicted too. I love having my own farm and completing orders and unlocking new levels and farm animals.
7) Period Diary
A really useful app. It tracks your cycles, so you aren't so surprised when it comes back around, you can add notes to each day. If you're feeling particularly sick and need to see a doctor you can refer back to the calendar.
I do still have this app on my phone. I sometimes tweet, but no where near as much as I'm on Instagram. I am constantly scrolling through Insta and Facebook. Twitter is an occasional, I'm feeling bored and look for something to do.
I love online shopping. Who doesn't? Whenever I think I need something I add it to my wish list or basket.
10) Nationwide Banking
Always good to know how much money you don't have.
Thats my list of top 10 must have apps on my phone, even when getting a new one. The same apps will always be found. If there are any recommendations to other apps that you can't live without drop me and email or a comment!
Chris Pratt @prattprattpratt
I always have a good laugh and smile when seeing Chris Pratt post. I especially love his #whatsmysnack videos. Those are a real treat.
Will Smith @willsmith
He may be very new to Instagram but his Insta posts are always so personal, such a great insight into his world.
Mark Hamill @hamillhimself
One of the most entertaining Instagram accounts ever. He has the best sense of humour and doesn't hold back. With posts of Trumps tweets with some fantastic responses to hilarious fan art.
Emilia Clarke @emilia_clarke
If I could meet anyone. I would want to meet her. She has the best sense of humour, she doesn't take herself seriously and for a woman who is possibly one of the sexiest women in the world, she doesn't use it in her everyday.
Ellen Degeneres @theellenshow
My favourite talk show host. She inspires me everyday. Plus, her Insta is full of cute dogs and cats, hilarious animal videos and snippets of guests on her show. I especially love the moments she scares her guests and makes videos of it.
Ryan Reynolds @vancityreynolds
Brilliant. The most entertaining Insta posts ever. He is married to Blake Lively, who is one of my favourite actresses, so it's like a double whammy of awesome.
Dwayne Johnson @therock
If you're looking for someone who frequently posts and engages with his fans, look no further. He is inspiring with his videos, gives some great promotional posts and it's not all about his work out regime.
Another woman who doesn't take herself too seriously. She's good fun and posts some helpful videos on how she achieves her make up looks.
Sophie Turner @sophiet
Sophie isn't like other Insta women. She doesn't do the oddly posed photoshoots, she seems as real as they come. She posts photos where she's hanging out with her friends and exploring.
Gina Rodriguez @hereisgina
Posts images of behind the scenes of Jane The Virgin and other projects she's working on. She also posts her work out, for me I enjoy seeing this because it's boxing and weight lifting and not your typical work outs. She aims to be strong not skinny.
As some of you are aware, Tyler and I have been looking for our first home together. It is honestly one of the most stressful and fun experiences I've ever experienced. From this, I've learnt some very important tips on what to go through when buying a house.
1) Do your research
I can't express this enough, in total I've spent 3 weeks researching locations, different types of houses and the important question of do I find a house that's ready to move into, or do we get a house that needs work for a lower price?
2) Determine a budget
It's important that when looking for houses, you know how much you're willing to spend. Because, when you do find a house you want to make an offer on, you'll need to know how much you can go up too.
3) Get approved for credit and mortgage
Speaking to a mortgage advisor is so important to find out how much you can spend. Make sure you look at more than one mortgage advisor before you get credited as you want to make sure you get the best deal possible.
4) Find the right agent
This part I found to be rather unexpectedly important, unfortunately Tyler and I had a run in with some rather rude estate agents. But thankfully, we've made contact with some really helpful agents who keep me posted on any houses in the location and price range we like.
5) Find a home and make an offer
This is the current stage Tyler and I are at, we've found a house and we're making an offer. It's so exciting but we are prepared for a no since we have to offer below the asking price. Make sure to take a good look around the home before making an offer, check the water pressure, find out how much it is to run the house.
6) Get a home inspection
Your agent will help organise this, its to do a check on the house before finalising any payments.
7) Find your mortgage
This is where finding your mortgage comes into play, find the best loan that suits the needs of your new house.
8) Have the home appraised
This is where a third party who is not directly associated with the lender, they will let all parties know that a fair price has been agreed.
9) The paperwork
As you can imagine, there is an insane amount of paperwork to go through when buying a house. This is where the massive delay happens before moving into your house.
10) Close the sale
It takes a couple of days for your loan to come through after the paper work has come through. Once the money is given to the seller you are then able to move into your new home.
In the lead up to Halloween, I thought I would share with you my favourite couples halloween costumes that I came across on Pinterest. If you've got any favourites, leave a comment.
Have a Happy Halloween.
I'm sure many of you have considered renting. Particularly, with todays house prices constantly rising in the UK. It feels almost impossible to move out.
My partner and I have been living with my parents for 8 months now... (Yes you read that correctly, we are BOTH living with my parents). I've recently just graduated from University and started a job as a digital marketer, so we're currently trying to save for a deposit for a house.
But, we did consider renting, in fact we even went and viewed some rented properties to keep our options open. What we learnt from our experiences, is to ASK THESE 15 QUESTIONS.
1) Can you clarify the rent, deposit and cost of utilities?
2) Are there any deposits or non-refundable fees? What are they for?
3) Are there any screening fees?
4) What is the ideal lease duration?
5) How much interest has there been in this property?
6) What's your late fee policy?
7) What is the pet policy?
8) Are there any parking spaces? If so how many cars?
9) What is the procedure for submitting a maintenance request?
10) How much notice is given if you will be visiting the property?
11) What furnishings or appliances are included?
12) How soon can someone move in?
13) What is local to this area?
14) Will any redecorating be done before moving in?
15) Do I need a guarantor?
You should also take on board these tips...
- If you don't like the terms and conditions, challenge them. You want to make sure that you'll be completely happy moving in to this property.
- Research, research and research! You will want to know the crime rate in the area, break ins, can the rent increase?
- Make sure to get everything in writing.
- Conduct a thorough inventory, you will want to know what appliances you will need.
- Check the water pressure, it may seem silly. But believe me it will be important to you in the long run.
From our experience, this has vastly helped us narrow down properties to consider.
I'm sure you've seen the adverts of Unlimited cards from Cineworld, Limitless cards from Odeon and more movie memberships. I have an Unlimited card myself with Cineworld and I get asked the usual questions from friends and family. Is it worth the money? How does it work? Where do I get one? What's the difference between the red and black cards?
So, I figured I'll write a product review around my experience with the Unlimited card.
How do I sign up for a Unlimited Membership?
Signing up for a Cineworld Unlimited card only takes a few minutes, then once completed the card will be sent to you in the post.
It can take a few days to arrive, but once signing up for the Unlimited card you can start using it right away. Make sure you have a printer handy as you can print your temporary Unlimited card.
How much does the Cineworld card cost you?
I pay a monthly fee of £17.90, this doesn't include Cineworld cinemas in London. Which is a drastic amount of money saved. As when I visit London, I never see a movie, I go for tourist attractions (which can be found in my Travel & Adventures page).
How does it work?
It is important to clarify what it does and doesn't include. When booking a 2D film it's free, as for 3D/iMAX films there is a small added charge (which differs on time and location), 4DX it's a considerable amount more.
You can only book 3 movies at a time, so it's best to not get too excited when some of the movies you've been waiting (what feels like a lifetime) for is now ready to book, as the majority of the time it's months away. You'll want to be able to book other films instead of just showing up at the cinema and booking the film then.
What is the difference between a red card and a black card?
The only real difference is the length of time you are a member and the increase in discounts. Red is the first card you'll get and you'll have this for a year. Black is the card you receive exactly a year after signing up.
The only difficult part of signing up for an unlimited membership is for the first year, you CANNOT cancel your membership. Only after the first year can you cancel the direct debit. When I first signed up I was at University and there was an Odeon in Lincoln, not a Cineworld so I wanted to cancel for a year but unfortunately I wasn't allowed (it's in the small print that no one ever actually reads).
Is it worth it?
A million times yes.
It has saved me SO much money in the long run. Sometimes you get those months where every possible movie you ever wanted to see is out and just buying one adult ticket is £11.50! By just watching one movie and a half, you've already made your money spent on the Unlimited card for the month.
It is perhaps the only direct debt outgoing that I don't want to cancel.
The only thing that seriously needs some work is the Cineworld app. I can't tell you enough how frustrating it is when I try to book a film and then the app crashes, or there is an error. To be honest, it's the same issues when booking on the website too. But apart from that, I think the Cineworld Unlimited card is completely worth getting.