Dog Days: How To Choose the Right Bed For Your Dog

We all know we should let sleeping dogs lie … but where? Fido deserves to relax in style! If you think a dog bed is an optional accessory when it comes to pet care, you might want to think again. Dog beds offer your beloved family member five important benefits and can aid in their wellness. Here’s how to choose a dog bed that’s best for your pet.

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First, a dog bed gives your pet a sense of personal space and security. He or she can curl up in a comfortable spot that’s all their own.

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Dander Control 

Dog beds also help control the spread of fur and dander by keeping it to one spot. Look for a dog bed that has a removable cover or a cushion that can be tossed into the washing machine.

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For older, arthritic or overweight pets, dog beds provide cushioning for joints and bones and a comfortable place to rest. Look for a memory foam pad that is perfect for pets with special needs.

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Furniture Protection 

Dog beds also keep your pet from relaxing on your furniture. This not only prolongs the life of your furnishings, it can prevent injuries a dog might receive jumping up and down from a sofa or chair.

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Finally, a dog bed offers warmth for your pet during the winter, insulating them from a cold floor. This helps keep them comfortable and in good health.

Now that you know how to choose a dog bed, which is the right choice for your pet’s needs?

5 Things To Do Before the End Of Summer

It’s August and that means it’s time to create a summer bucket list – things to do before the kids go back to school. Make the most of Midwest summers by putting a few of these summer activities with kids on the calendar:

1. Backyard Campout

Pitch a tent and go camping in your own back yard. If the weather doesn’t cooperate or if you miss your comfortable bed, you’ll be steps away from home. Roast hot dogs, make s’mores, and share stories under the stars.

2. Visit the Zoo 

There’s always something fun going on when you visit the animals. Pack a picnic lunch, and make a day of it. And check your local zoo’s website to see if there are any special activities gong on. If it gets hot, cool off with the penguins.

3. Set Up a Lemonade Stand

Your kids will learn business skills by making and selling lemonade. Help them design signs, pass out flyers and set prices.

4. Take A Trip to the Lake

If you live near a lake, pack up the car with towels, drinks, beach toys and lunch, and soak up the fun. Bring a few kayaks if you’ve got them. And don’t forget the sunscreen.

5. Go On a Nature Walk

Count how many different types of flowers you see. Search for colors. Or collect pine cones and fallen leaves for craft projects. You’ll learn something and get some exercise.

How To Purchase Your Child’s First Bed

Going from a crib to a “big boy” or “big girl” bed is a big step in your child’s life. While some parents choose to transition to a toddler bed, going right into a regular size bed is just as easy, saving money in the long term. When buying a child’s first bed, here are four things to consider.


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Start by identifying the right size

Twin, full or even queen are great choices, and which you choose will have to do with the space in your child’s room. Twin mattresses take up the least amount of space, which is nice if your child’s room is small or you want to provide lots of floor space for playing. If your child will have sleepover guests when they get older, twin beds can be outfitted with trundle beds. Or consider full- or queen-size beds when buying a child’s first bed, which provide extra room for spreading out or sharing with friends.

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Select the best mattress

Kids need a mattress that will offer proper support and pressure relief. Since they probably can’t tell which mattresses feel best, Art Van PureSleep takes out the guesswork with our patented diagnostic machine, ensuring that your child has a more restful and productive sleep.

Sleep helps us all retain what we learn during the day. At night, we go through different stages of sleep where our minds are working, filing and organizing all of the information we collect during the day. If the mattress doesn’t support your child properly, he or she will toss and turn and that can lead to fragmented memory and trouble in school.

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Set a realistic budget

While it’s tempting to allocate most of your budget to the headboard and frame, the most important investment is the mattress. When buying a child’s first bed, know that a good quality mattress will last through childhood. You can always purchase a headboard and frame later.

Invest in safety accessories

When you’re buying a child’s first bed, consider their safety. You can purchase guardrails that prevent your child from falling out of the bed while they sleep. Another option is to purchase a bed that doesn’t require a foundation, so your child is lower to the ground. And make sure to place a rug or carpet around the bed to reduce the chances of slipping and falling.

Moving into his or her own bed is an exciting time for your child. Make sure you celebrate the milestone by creating the perfect setting.

5 Area Rugs That Are Perfect for College

When your alarm goes off for your early morning class, you’ll want your feet to land on a nice warm rug and not a cold floor. While some of the newer dorms are carpeted, many still have tile floors so consider bringing a dorm rug. It will also add pattern and interest to your room. Dorm rugs also do a great job at camouflaging spills and dirt. Here are five rugs that would be great for your dorm room or college apartment.

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It’s smart to choose a bright color or fun pattern for your dorm rug, so you don’t have to worry about friends spilling. Patterns help hide stains.

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The soft feeling of a plush rug can make a cold dorm room feel warm. Choose a dorm rug that’s shag or has high pile.

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Low Maintenance

Consider a polypropylene rug, which is the easiest to clean as well as the most stain resistant.

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Use a rug to create a theme for your room. It can be modern or traditional, a color palette or design that inspires the rest of your décor. A dorm rug is an opportunity to add a statement to your room.

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Dark Color

A dark color will help hide the fact that you haven’t vacuumed … since last semester. It will also ground your room, and provide a great sense of contrast.

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The New Freshman 15: Your College Packing Checklist

Everyone who has ever stepped foot on a college campus has been warned about the dreaded “Freshman 15.” In an effort to save its bad reputation, we’re giving it a new meaning. Here are 15 prerequisites for freshmen to create your college packing checklist:

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1. Storage Cubes

Storage cubes are great for organizing your stuff in a jiffy. Look for cubes that stack so you can maximize your space. And if you can add a drawer insert, that’s a bonus. Keep in mind your room colors and buy your cubes accordingly.

2. To-Do List

Oh, the freedom of being on your own. But don’t forget about your new friend “responsibility.” Buy a white board or some large, erasable wall planner to help you get acclimated to your hectic class routine, while still finding time to maintain an active social calendar.

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3. Desk Organizers

My notes are here… somewhere. Keep everything on top of your desk neatly in place with a paper storage box or desktop file.

4. Shower Caddy

Your living situation will help you determine what style of shower caddy you’ll need. For community showers, you’ll need a caddy you can take back-and-forth. Make sure it holds all your necessary shower items. If you’re sharing a shower with suite mates, then you can use a caddy that stays in the bathroom. Look for one that either hangs from the showerhead or suctions to the wall.

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The Rowan Valley Quince Futon is available now. Shop the look at

5. Futon

No dorm room would be complete without a futon. It’s the place to hang out and also host friends who crash in your room. Find the one that suits your personality and space, and then sit back and relax.

6. Caffeine

If you’re a coffee drinker, pack your coffee maker or other caffeine-inducing contraption so you can hit your first class all bright eyed and bushy tailed!

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7. Storage Ottoman

Another space-saving solution is a small ottoman with storage. It’s a seat! A tray. A footrest.

8. Mattress Protector

Since college students come in all shapes and sizes, most schools equip their dorms with extra long mattresses. And we’ve got you covered with mattresses protectors that guard against stains and whatever else the previous occupant may have left behind.

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9. Shelves

Bookcases are great for shelving your required readings, but they’re also a fantastic way to arrange your “pantry.” There will be times when you want a quick snack, the cafeteria isn’t open, and you have exactly 25 cents to your name. Stock up on a few basics like cereal, peanut butter, and the requisite Ramen Noodles for when the late-night cravings come calling.

10. USB Drive or Cloud Storage

Have a back-up plan. This is an especially good idea when it comes to your computer. A travel USB Drive is a great way to ensure all your hard work doesn’t get lost in an instant. It’s a good idea to have a couple drives handy. One for weekly back ups and another for more frequent use.

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11. Rug

Two words: tile floors. Waking up for that 8 a.m. class is difficult enough, but if your feet have to hit the cold floor, it will be even more uncomfortable. Be sure to bring a rug to make your dorm room warmer and feel more like home. It’s smart to choose a bright color or fun pattern, so you don’t have to worry about friends spilling.

12. First Aid Kit

Unless you’re rooming with a future doctor, it’s probably a good idea to have a small first aid kit readily available in your room. Stock it with pain relievers, scissors, burn relief cream, thermometer, anti-diarrheal tablets, flashlight, latex gloves, sterile dressings, tweezers, antibiotic ointment, and an assortment of Band-Aids.

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13. Lamp

The overhead lighting in a dorm room will provide enough illumination to navigate the room, but when it comes to studying you’ll want to get task lights. A desk lamp will make studying or laptop work easier, reducing eyestrain. And if you read in bed, bring a floor lamp you can position next to your bed.

14. Cleaning Supplies

Since mom won’t be making the trip to college with you, make sure you bring along some cleaning supplies to take care of the mess in the microwave or wipes to sanitize every possible surface the first time you or your roommate gets a nasty cold.

15. Chargers and Extension Cords

Make sure you have more than one charger for your electronics. You can use cords or a docking station. Just make sure you’ve got enough places to charge all of your items.


Grab your Freshman 15 and you’ll be ready for school!