Easy Money : Your Finances Don’t Have To be Nightmare

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So you have the kids to dress, feed and entertain, and the house to look after, and that’s all outside of the time that you spend in work. In fact, you are so busy that if your finances are anything but easy, they just don’t get done. But don’t fret, below are some tips and tricks on how to turn your finances from a difficult nightmare into an easy dream.

Little and often

One of the best ways of turning your finances into a dream instead of a nightmare is in the simple act of keeping on the top of them.

That doesn’t mean pulling out every financial document that you have received in the last three years and pouring over them. In fact, it means that every few days, or at the end of the week you check what is left in your current account and what is still left to go out.

If you compare these against each other, you will then see that any money left is spare. Which can be put to good use in the savings, or even for having a fun day of out with the kids.

Fancy planners

Now some folks think fancy planners are a waste of money, but they can actually really help you get organized if it’s not your strong suit.

In particular, financial planners or planning sheets give you a structure. So you know exactly what to look for, record, and check every time you look at your books.

They also keep all the information all in one place. Which can be a godsend if you need to find some information a rush.

Pinpointing your debts

Now, not many people like knowing exactly how much debt they owe. They are worried that they will end up thinking about it all of the time. Or that it will become a millstone around their neck, just bringing them down. But there is no sense in ignoring what you owe, as this will just lead to trouble.

In fact, it’s much better to know what you have left on your car to pay off, and what the outstanding loan amount on your mortgage is.

This is because not only does it make you more careful with the money that you do have. But it also allows you to put any spare money towards paying your loans off early, saving you a lot of money and stress in the long run.

Joint accounts

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Lastly, if you are still working on separate accounts in your household between you and your partner, this really needs to stop. At least for the bills, you will need a joint account. So it’s as simple as possible to track what is going in and what is coming out.

Otherwise, you end up having to transfer all sorts of money here, there & everywhere, and it can become a messy, overwhelming nightmare. Which is going to mean that your finances suffer and probably your relationship as well. Why do that to yourself?  

 

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What You Never Knew About Cats

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No matter how well you know them, cats are mysterious little critters and are determined to stay that way. We may never know why one minute they are demanding your attention, and the next they can’t get away from you quickly enough. Here’s hoping this guide will provide some insight into kitty’s brain.

Ancient cats were not pets

If you’ve ever felt like your cat saw you as a provider of food and not their beloved owner, you can probably blame their ancestors. Some researchers claim that ancient Chinese cats, Felis silvestris lybica,  were not domesticated, but rather lived in a mutually beneficial relationship with humans yet independent. They would hunt the rodents that lived in the grain stores of early farmers. A 2007 study showed that F. s. lybica was domesticated 9000 years ago as grain cultivation spread and farmers needed more reliable pest control.

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Cats don’t like change

If kitty has been sick or refusing food lately, the problem may not be with them, but rather with any changes in their routine. Even if your cat is in perfect health, any disruption to their routine will have them vomiting hairballs or being extra picky about their food. The best thing to do is to help them adjust to bigger changes and try and keep the little things as similar as possible.

Cats get around

You may not be shocked to know that your cat covers a lot of ground during the day, which is why it’s very important to have them microchipped (learn more about microchipping at Oz Microchips). But you may not have given much thought to how far your cat can travel during the night. A study in Wales tracked cats using GPS and found that they wandered up to three miles at a time, at speeds of 21mph. This is really surprising when they’re home in time to wake you up at 4 am.

Cats look after you, not the other way around

At least, that’s how they see it. Even when you’re catering to their every need, cats don’t think humans are capable of looking after themselves. The next time you’re grossed out by them bringing home a dead mouse, know that this is how your cat looks after you. They have hunted down your dinner and presented it to you because they don’t want you to starve.

Purring doesn’t always mean they’re happy

It’s easy to assume that your cat is happy because it’s purring in the comfort of your lap. However, they also purr when they’re stressed or in pain and trying to heal themselves. The purr of a domestic cat has a frequency between 25 and 150 Hertz. At this frequency, muscles best grow and repair themselves. It could be that cats evolved their purr over the centuries as a survival tactic.

They can be left or right pawed

It’s not just humans who have a dominant hand. Research conducted in 2009 showed that male cats are usually left-pawed and female cats are usually right-pawed.

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PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES – Extended Look

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I am totally swooning over Johnny Depp aka Captain Jack Sparrow! PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES will be hitting theaters May 26th. I can’t wait!

POTC PosterCheck out the PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES extended look:

Check out the new trailer, too:

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potcPIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES opens in theaters everywhere May 26th!

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Marvel Studios’ GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 Video Clips

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gotg2If you’re a Marvel fan then you’ll love this. Marvel Studio’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 is coming to theaters May 5th! Check out this extended look:

gotg2 posterChris Pratt recently debuted a brand new trailer for Marvel Studios’ GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Check it out here:

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GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 is in theaters May 5th!

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6 Awesome Ways To Celebrate National Puppy Day

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There is no love like puppy love, and with National Puppy Day fast approaching, here is a list of six awesome ways you can show your special little pup just how much you love them back. This list is appropriate for puppies of all ages, so that everyone can get in on the fun.

Revamp their toy bin

Although it may be their absolute favorite, that worn out chew toy may now be infested with bacteria and other nasty things that aren’t healthy for your puppy. This National Puppy Day, treat them to new and clean toys.

Pledge to keep them safe and healthy

There are many things you could do to make sure your puppy is happy and healthy every day, not just on National Puppy Day. If you haven’t already, you could switch to a holistic brand of puppy food, invest in a canine first aid kit to keep in your car, you could make sure your pup is up to date on their vaccines, or double-check that your house is puppy proof. Most importantly, make sure you have micro-chipped and I.D tagged your puppy, so they will always come home.

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Give your puppy some exercise

Mix things up by taking your puppy for a long walk somewhere new, like the woods, the beach, or somewhere they can have fun and socialize with other puppies such as Meadowlake Pet Resort. Not only will it be good for them to run around and build their strong bodies, but it’s a fantastic time to take pictures of them interacting with nature and other dogs. Make sure to snap a few selfies too!

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Spread the love

Everyone deserves puppy love, but not everyone is lucky enough to have a puppy. Spread the love around on National Puppy Day by taking your pup to visit an elderly community, a friend who is having a hard time, or check to see if your local hospital has a pet visit program. Your puppy could make a lot of new friends, and he could put a smile on so many faces.

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Pamper your puppy

As this is a special day, why not treat your puppy to a massage or holistic spa treatment? You could purchase all natural bath products and give him a luxurious bath then give him a brush to get rid of excess fur. Or you could buy him a trendy new leash and collar, or a cute outfit. Then you could snap a picture of your puppy looking all pampered and fabulous for everyone to ooh over.

Don’t have a puppy?

There are still so many ways you could take part in National Puppy Day, even if you don’t have a pup of your own. If you’re unable to adopt a puppy, why not volunteer to walk dogs at a shelter, or donate toys, food, and money. You could even get your whole family and friends involved by hosting a fundraiser to raise funds for your local animal shelter.

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BORN IN CHINA – New Panda Clip & Fun Facts

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pandasAwwwww, these pandas are so adorable! In honor of the occasion and with BORN IN CHINA opening in theatres everywhere next month, April 21st, here’s a panda clip and fun facts! So cute!!!
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“Meet Ya Ya and Mei Mei” Clip

Panda Fact Video Featuring Narrator John Krazinski

Here are some more fun facts on Pandas!

Narrated by John Krasinski (“13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi,” NBC’s “The Office,” “Amazon’s “Jack Ryan”), Disneynature’s new True Life Adventure film “Born In China” takes an epic journey into the wilds of China where few people have ever ventured. Following the stories of three animal families, the film transports audiences to some of the most extreme environments on Earth to witness some of the most intimate moments ever captured in a nature film. A doting panda bear mother guides her growing baby as she begins to explore and seek independence. A two-year-old golden monkey who feels displaced by his new baby sister joins up with a group of free-spirited outcasts. And a mother snow leopard—an elusive animal rarely caught on camera—faces the very real drama of raising her two cubs in one of the harshest and most unforgiving environments on the planet. Featuring stunning, never-before-seen imagery, the film navigates China’s vast terrain—from the frigid mountains to the heart of the bamboo forest—on the wings of red-crowned cranes, seamlessly tying the extraordinary tales together. Opening in U.S. theaters on Earth Day 2017, “Born in China” is directed by accomplished Chinese filmmaker Lu Chuan, and produced by Disney’s Roy Conli and renowned nature filmmakers Brian Leith and Phil Chapman.

Notes:

  • “Born in China” is the seventh theatrical release for Disneynature, the first new Disney-branded film label from The Walt Disney Studios in more than 60 years.  The label was launched in April 2008 to bring the world’s top nature filmmakers together to capture a variety of wildlife subjects and stories.
  • The first six big-screen releases under the Disneynature label—“Earth,” “Oceans,” “African Cats,” “Bears,” “Monkey Kingdom” and “Chimpanzee”—are among the top seven highest grossing feature-length nature films of all time.
  • Walt Disney was a pioneer in wildlife documentary filmmaking, producing 13 True Life Adventure motion pictures between 1948 and 1960, including “Seal Island” (1948), “Beaver Valley” (1950), “The Living Desert” (1953) and “Jungle Cat” (1958). The films earned eight Academy Awards®.

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BORN IN CHINA is rated G and opens in theatres everywhere April 21st!

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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST FREE Activity Sheets, Coloring Pages, and More!

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If you haven’t seen Beauty and the Beast yet, it’s a must see so stop what you’re doing and go see it! Here are some fun activity pages for your kids to do. Clip on the thumbnail to see the full size file and print from your computer.

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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is now playing in theatres everywhere!

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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST CLIPS

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belleHave you seen Beauty and the Beast yet? OMG it is AMAZING! My whole family loved it. If you haven’t seen it yet, GO NOW! It’s even better than the original. Here are a few clips to show you just how awesome it is:
“Dinner Invitation” Clip:

“Belle” Clip:

“Bringing Beauty To Life” Featurette:

“Empowered Belle” Featurette:

“Something There” Clip:

“Gaston” Clip:

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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is now in theaters!

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Disney·Pixar’s COCO – New Teaser Trailer

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cocoHere’s the brand new teaser trailer for Disney·Pixar’s COCO coming to theaters November 22nd.

Voice Cast: Gael García Bernal, Anthony Gonzalez, Benjamin Bratt, Renée Victor

Director: Lee Unkrich
Co-director: Adrian Molina
Producer: Darla K. Anderson

Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history. Directed by Lee Unkrich (“Toy Story 3”), co-directed by Adrian Molina (story artist “Monsters University”) and produced by Darla K. Anderson (“Toy Story 3”), Disney•Pixar’s “Coco” opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 22, 2017.

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COCO opens in theatres everywhere on November 22nd!

 

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First Look at Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins in MARY POPPINS RETURNS!!!

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I can’t wait for this movie to come out. Disney has been killing it with the remakes (The Jungle Book and Beauty and the Beast to name a few). So I know that this next one is going to be awesome! Check out this first glimpse of Golden Globe® winner Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins in MARY POPPINS RETURNS, the all new sequel to Disney’s 1964 film MARY POPPINS.
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Directed and produced by Rob Marshall, MARY POPPINS RETURNS also stars Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer and Julie Walters with Colin Firth and Meryl Streep.

The film, which introduces three new Banks children, played by Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh and newcomer Joel Dawson, also features Dick Van Dyke and Angela Lansbury. The film is set in 1930s depression-era London (the time period of the original novels) and is drawn from the wealth of material in PL Travers’ additional seven books. In the story, Michael (Whishaw) and Jane (Mortimer) are now grown up, with Michael, his three children and their housekeeper, Ellen (Walters), living on Cherry Tree Lane. After Michael suffers a personal loss, the enigmatic nanny Mary Poppins (Blunt) re-enters the lives of the Banks family, and, along with the optimistic street lamplighter Jack (Miranda), uses her unique magical skills to help the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives. Mary Poppins also introduces the children to a new assortment of colorful and whimsical characters, including her eccentric cousin, Topsy (Streep). The film is produced by Marshall, John DeLuca and Marc Platt. The screenplay is by David Magee based on The Mary Poppins Stories by PL Travers with Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman writing all new songs and Shaiman composing an original score.

MARY POPPINS RETURNS will be released in U.S. theaters on December 25, 2018!

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