Turns out there's a word for what I'm feeling when I look at this bug – entonophobia, or fear of ticks — and your pets should be scared, too! The common external parasite can transmit fatal illnesses like Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Lyme Disease, and you should do daily checks for the dangerous insects, especially if you live in woody, grassy, or brushy areas.Ticks look like this creature; they're tiny black, brown, or reddish eight-legged insect about the size of a pinhead. However, when they attach themselves to your pet, they can swell up several times their original size! If you see one of these creepy crawlers on your furry friends, while tweezers can get the job done, Ticked Off ($10) makes it even easier to get bugs off safely. The notched spoon opening allows you to pull the tick without squeezing the bug and the bacteria into your pet during the removal process!
See my step-by-step advice to get 'em off and read more
If you were to stop and go through the quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies weighing down your purse or cluttering up your car cup holder, how much do you think you'd collect? $10? $25? Well, according to the experts at Coinstar, the average amount cashed in for eCertificates and/or gift cards at their coin kiosks is a whopping $56 — twice as much as people think they have. Talk about a nice, unexpected chunk of change as we head into the holiday season (especially since so many of us go over budget on holiday shopping!).
Our advice to you: make every coin count! Take a few minutes to grab all the spare change "jingle-belling" in your purses, pockets, car, and desk drawers, then hit your local Coinstar kiosk, where you can turn the contents of your coin jar into cash or no-fee eCertificates from popular brands, including Amazon, iTunes, Gap, and Starbucks. Click here to find the Coinstar kiosk closest to you.
Now that you know there might be more change lying around than you think, what would you do with those extra pennies this holiday?
The fact that I covet an item for myself doesn't mean I need to pick it up for North! While I love the preppy front and girly back of this Juicy Couture Twill Trench Cape ($55), I don't love (cross)dressing my dog up as a lil girl pooch. While I wish this style came supersized for humans, tell me if you think this jacket is perfect for Fall . . . or if you're falling out over the price instead?
PS: What's your daily pet routine?
juliex0x0: Wake up around 7am, quick walk outside, eat, sleep, play, sleep, eat, play, sleep, play, sleep, eat, play, sleep! Since he is still a baby he sleeps a LOT :)
Learn about his favorite stinky treat — plus peep more pics — when you read more
It's time to get clever! A picture is worth a thousand words, but those messages vary from person to person. What do you think this kitty is thinking, feeling, or doing in this pic . . . and what about the frog for that matter? Offer your sayings or quotes for this funny photo in your comments below, and I'll do a roundup next week of some of my favorites.
Did you watch Batman on Saturday morning cartoons? Well, even if you didn't, this little puggy helps us all remember the theme song.