Sunday, June 26, 2022

How To Care For Your Cat

Keeping your cat happy and healthy is no small task. From regular checkups to diet monitoring, the responsibilities of being a cat owner are manifold. Fortunately, with the right knowledge, you can keep your feline friend happy and healthy for many years to come.


It might seem unnecessary for a seemingly healthy cat to visit a vet for check-ups, but these rituals could be vital for your cat's health. For example, regular trips to the vet can help you catch any health issues and diseases early on, which makes them easier to treat and cure. Furthermore, regular visits are a great way to get to know the vet and have your cat vaccinated against deadly diseases like rabies. Vaccinations are especially important if your cat spends a lot of time outdoors. If your cat ever has health complications that you can't afford to treat, there are lenders that you can reach out to for financial assistance with vet bills.

Food and Nutrition

As with humans, the quality of your cat’s diet greatly affects his or her overall health. Therefore, you should carefully choose the type of food to feed your pet and try to avoid processed and unhealthy options whenever possible. A good rule of thumb is to opt for foods that have been certified by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). These are the same types of food that are recommended by vets. Your cat’s diet should primarily include proteins and fats, with a moderate amount of carbohydrates and other nutrients. In terms of feeding frequency, kittens can be fed up to three times a day, while adult cats should be given one or two meals a day.

Litter Boxes

Cats are naturally very clean animals, and most will instinctively use a litter box to do their business. However, there are many factors that can affect a cat’s litter box usage. For example, certain diseases, metabolic disorders, pregnant and nursing cats, and even certain types of medication can lead to frequent litter box accidents. It might help to set up several litter boxes around your house so your cat always has easy access to one of them. Also, litter boxes can be a breeding ground for harmful bacteria, so you need to keep them clean and regularly disinfect them. There are many different types of litter boxes available on the market, but the most important thing is that you find a type that your cat is comfortable with.

Cats are very independent creatures and you might expect them to be easier to care for than dogs. However, keeping your cat happy and healthy can still be a challenging task. Luckily, with the right knowledge and effort, it’s possible to stay on top of things. Keep in mind that all cats are different and you might need to take some extra steps to properly care for yours. If you have any experienced cat owners in your life, don't be afraid to ask them for help if you're unsure about something.

Thursday, June 23, 2022

"5 Summer Entertaining Tips to Beat The Heat of Inflation"


With summertime officially in full swing, temps across the country are soaring - much like the inflation that’s had a stranglehold on the economy for far too many months now.  

With many American families cutting back on expenses amid record setting grocery and gas prices, there are tips and tools for coping—which means you can still fire up that grill and invite the neighbors over without burning your budget.

Here’s how to do it affordably with tips from Savings Expert Lisa Thompson.

1.     Bring back the good ol’ potluck. With all the entertaining opportunities from the Fourth of July to backyard BBQs, pool parties, family reunions, and the like, sharing is truly caring - invite everyone to pitch in and add their favorite dishes or snacks to the festivities. It’s even easier if you create a theme like "Taco Tuesday" or  a make-your-own hot dog bar, DIY kebabs on the grill (everyone bring something to skewer and a side dish), or even just a s’mores spread with a variety of options. Not all entertaining has to include a full meal.

2.     Use an app that earns you money.  The best way to make a dent in food prices right now—with an immediate return —is by using a savings app like, which allows you to earn instant cash back on everything from sunscreen and ice cream to condiments, hot dog buns, and even paper goods. It’s literally like getting free money, which can add up and go a long way in stretching your entertaining budget.

3.     Layer savings and sales.  Take advantage of existing store sales by pairing those discounts with cash back offers on your savings apps.  Shopping at Target where they happen to have six-pack sodas on sale, 3 for $12? Check your cash back app where they may have offers for $3 back on 2 six packs, and you've just doubled your total savings!

That cash back will be deposited right into your PayPal account, and you can even link your Target account to the app for automatic savings (no need to even submit a receipt).

4.     Try something new. Every first day of summer, my kids and I have a longstanding tradition of making banana splits for dinner. Just banana splits—and a slew of toppings. We’ve extended this tradition to now include friends, so the price tag has gone up a bit. My solution? This year, I scrolled through my app, found two brands of ice cream we’ve never tried—both with cash back offers. They’re delicious, less expensive, and I’ve decided that my brand loyalty ends when I can find something I like just as much for way less money.

5.     Let nature be your d├ęcor. It’s easy to go overboard on decorations when you’re hosting a birthday party, holiday celebration, or baby shower—but you can create a vibe without blowing a wad of cash, especially if the event is outside. Buy some fresh flowers that fit your color scheme or theme - sticking with the same color will add a lot more bang for your buck. Create a great playlist and let music set the mood—that’s free. If it's an evening gathering, light a few candles or use some cool outdoor lights. . That’s it. Keep it simple, affordable, and easy.

Lastly, focus on the fun of finally being able to get together in-person with family and friends...after way too many hours of Zoom and FaceTime. That’s your ticket to a successful summer of entertaining.

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H.P LOVECRAFT'S WITCH HOUSE | Premiering On Demand, Disc & Digital July 5



From Horror Wasteland Pictures International, releasing for the first time on digital and DVD this July, H.P Lovecraft’s Witch House.

 Graduate student Alice Gilman (Portia Chellelynn, Hematic Web) is running from an abusive past. She seeks refuge in the infamous Hannah house; a historic home with an ominous past. Determined to prove the possibility of alternate dimensions, she unknowingly unlocks a gateway to unimaginable horror. Facing a series of bizarre and violent events, Alice is plagued by nightmarish dreams of these evil entities. Trapped between the 4th dimension and reality, the diabolical truth is revealed as Alice fights for her sanity and her very soul.

 Based on the H.P. Lovecraft's short story The Dreams in the Witch House, Witch House blurs the boundaries between reality,dreams...and the beyond.

 Easley and Ken Wallace scripted the pic, which was shot in Indiana's Historical Hannah House which is known to be haunted.


Look for the digital and DVD July 5.


Today, Disney+ revealed the official trailer and key art for the original movie “ZOMBIES 3.”The “trequel” in the hit music-driven franchise will premiere July 15, only on Disney+. A special “Lost Song” version of the film will premiere on Disney Channel on August 12. 


"ZOMBIES 3" stars Milo Manheim as zombie Zed and Meg Donnelly as cheerleader Addison, who are beginning their senior year at Seabrook High in the town that's become a safe haven for monsters and humans alike. Zed is anticipating an athletic scholarship that will make him the first zombie to attend college, while Addison is gearing up for Seabrook's first international cheer-off. Then suddenly, extraterrestrial beings arrive in Seabrook, provoking something other than friendly competition. The movie also stars Chandler Kinney as Willa, Ariel Martin as Wynter, Pearce Joza as Wyatt, Carla Jeffery as Bree, Trevor Tordjman as Bucky, Kylee Russell as Eliza, Terry Hu as A-spen, Matt Cornett as A-lan, Kyra Tantao as A-li, James Godfrey as Bonzo and Kingston Foster as Zoey. RuPaul Charles joins the cast as the voice of “The Mothership.”


“ZOMBIES 3” is a Disney+ original film from Disney Branded Television, directed by Paul Hoen from a screenplay by David Light and Joseph Raso. Hoen, Light, Raso and Suzanne Farwell are executive producers.




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Disney Branded Television encompasses the creative storytellers and production and content marketing teams responsible for Disney-branded television series, movies and other programming spanning live-action, animated and unscripted formats. The group fuels the Disney+ streaming platform and Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior linear networks with content geared toward kids, tweens, teens and families, with stories that are imaginative, aspirational and reflective of their world and experiences. Recent projects include "High School Musical: The Musical: The Series," "Monsters at Work," "The Mysterious Benedict Society" and "Marvel's Spidey and his Amazing Friends." Disney Branded Television has created some of the most iconic and award-winning properties and franchises, including Peabody Award winners "Doc McStuffins" and "The Owl House"; Emmy Award winners "Big City Greens" and "Elena of Avalor"; the beloved "Mickey Mouse" cartoon shorts plus the Disney Channel Original Movie (DCOM) franchise, comprised of more than 100 titles

Home Safety Survey: 12 Years Old is the Age For Holding Down The Fort Alone

It’s no secret that parents struggle to pinpoint the appropriate age to introduce children to fire and firearm safety materials; when they can cook by themselves, or when they can be at home alone before or after school.

But according to’s Parenting In America Report — the trusted authority on home and personal safety — countless parents have shared their two cents on a few very big milestones for safety at home. 

>> It's Never Too Early To Start Teaching Fire Safety
By age 2, children can be introduced to fire safety and learn about how they can help prevent fires, as well as what to do if a fire breaks out at home.

>> Firearm Safety: Teach Them Young
About 15% of parents say 5 is the age at which they felt learning about gun safety was appropriate, but nearly 14% said 10 years old. 

>> Should Children Be Left Home Alone After School?
Among this parent group, the most common answer was 12, with 30% of parents selecting this age, however, 43% say only teenagers should be home alone before or after school. 

>> Kitchen Tasks For Different Age Groups
There isn’t firm guidance from child health experts but 26% of parents responded with  age 12. Many factors play a role, including the size and maturity of the child and cooking fuel used for the stovetop.

To find out about additional appropriate ages for toddlers, children and teenagers in relation to inside and outside of the home, check out the full report here

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Tomorrow is National Hydration Day: Beach Goers Prioritize Packing Snacks More Than Water


Tomorrow is National Hydration Day (June 23), and it’s important to remind others to drink plenty of fluids - especially under the hot summer sun. 

MedStar Health recently conducted a

survey and found that beach goers are more likely to pack snacks (78%) than water (60%). 

Skipping out on H2O can lead to major health risks, here are a few things you can do to make sure your body is healthy and full of fluids: 

Be Aware of Dehydration Symptoms 

Nobody is immune to the risks of not staying hydrated enough, which is why it’s important to be aware of symptoms that can easily sneak up on you: 

  • Fatigue
  • Rapid heartbeat 
  • Drowsiness 
  • Muscle cramps 
  • Dry mouth/skin 

Set Reminders To Regularly Hydrate During The Day

Health experts recommend that an adequate fluid intake is equivalent to eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day (around half a gallon). Write out reminders on post-it notes or type them into your phone. After following these reminders for a while, they’ll likely become a habit that you’ll practice without even thinking about it.

Make Your Water Tasty 

If you avoid drinking water because you find the taste a little bland, you can add flavor with fresh fruit like berries, lemon or cucumber slices.

Eat Water-rich Fruits and Vegetables

There are lots of fruits and vegetables that have a high water content, such as: watermelon, peaches, pineapple, strawberries, zucchini, tomatoes, and cucumber. Add these to your diet and stay hydrated all summer long! 

I never go anywhere without water. I have a constant nasal drip which makes me very thirsty so I drink a ton of water but my new favorite is !Cactus! Organic Cactus Water. The Desert Hydrator It is so good.

ON-DEMAND TODAY!  "Isolated"  - in the tradition of Wes Craven's "Red Eye"


Uncork’d Entertainment will release KateLynn E.Newberry (Widow’s Point, Devil's Junction: Handy Dandy's Revenge) starrer ISOLATED!

 The self-contained mystery/action thriller, similar in concept to Red Eye and Devil, tells of a woman that wakes up trapped inside of a room with no memory of who she is or how she got there. As she fights to find a way to escape, she ends up talking to a man in a room next to hers, that claims he, too, is trapped. As she questions whether or not to trust this man, she starts to remember things from her past that lead her to question not only where she might be, but also what she might be.

Directed by Tyler Lee Allen, the film also stars Lanny Joon and David Solomon.

ISOLATED is available on DVD and Digital.

Downton Abbey: A New Era Available On Digital June 24 Blu-ray™ and DVD On July 5


Universal City, California, June 14, 2022 – It’s time to return to Downton in DOWNTON ABBEY: A NEW ERA, available to own with bonus content on Digital June 24, 2022, and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on July 5, 2022 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Earning an “A” CinemaScore and celebrated by critics as “fun and heart in equal measure” (Screenrant), the Collector’s Edition arrives just in time for a summer movie night in with exclusive and exciting featurettes to give viewers a more in-depth look behind the scenes with fan-favorite stars.
The motion picture will also be available in a Limited-Edition Gift Set, featuring the Blu-ray Disc, DVD, and Digital Code, presented in exclusive packaging along with vintage-style postcards, a photo book and a collectible Downton Abbey branded stainless steel tea strainer with a velvet bag. Available only while supplies last, this special offering is the must-own gift for any Downton Abbey fan or to add to your own collection.
The much-anticipated cinematic return of Downton Abbey follows the Crawleys and their staff as they welcome a movie crew and their glamorous stars to Downton for the filming of a new silent movie, while other members of the family go on a grand adventure to a villa in the south of France to uncover a mystery about the Dowager Countess and her past. With a screenplay by Julian Fellowes and starring the original cast alongside exciting new additions, DOWNTON ABBEY: A NEW ERA is packed full of exuberant moments, excitement and humor, tears of joy and sadness and new beginnings for all your favorite characters. DOWNTON ABBEY: A NEW ERA is also available to stream on Peacock on June 24, 2022.

With the purchase of DOWNTON ABBEY: A NEW ERA on disc or digital, fans are eligible to earn points towards digital movies via the Universal All-Access Rewards program. Members can redeem their points for digital movies, swag and more!  For registration and details please visit

  • Good To Be Back - The cast is happy to be back at the estate and making their next film. Hear what it was like for them to see one another again and learn about their character's continuing story arcs.
  • Return to DOWNTON ABBEY: The Making-of A NEW ERA - A production as large as DOWNTON ABBEY: A NEW ERA takes incredible preparation, people, and craftsmanship. This in-depth making-of piece delves into the work that each department contributed to bring this film to life.
  • A Legendary Character - Take a look back at the legendary character that is the Dowager Countess of Grantham and see why Maggie Smith was born to play the role.
  • Creating The Film Within The Film - Take a deeper dive into the making of the film within the film, highlighting the extra research and details that were taken into consideration, from set design and vehicles to the plethora of period-accurate film equipment and props.
  • Her Majesty’s Yacht Britannia - Learn the real history behind Her Majesty's Yacht Britannia, and why it was a perfect vessel to play the cross-channel ferry in the film.
  • Spill The Tea (Time) - Sit down with Allen Leech (Tom Branson) and Laura Carmichael (Lady Edith) as they spill all the details of what life on the set of DOWNTON ABBEY: A NEW ERA was really like.
  • Feature Commentary with Director Simon Curtis

DOWNTON ABBEY: A NEW ERA will be available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-rayTM, DVD and Digital.

  • 4K Ultra HD delivers the ultimate movie watching experience, featuring the combination of 4K resolution and the color brilliance of High Dynamic Range (HDR).
  • Blu-ray unleashes the power of your HDTV and is the best way to watch movies at home, featuring 6X the picture resolution of DVD, exclusive extras and theater-quality surround sound.



Directed by: Simon Curtis
Screenplay by: Julian Fellowes
Produced by: Gareth Neame, Julian Fellowes, Liz Trubridge
And Produced By: Carnival Films
Based on the Television Series Created By: Julian Fellowes
Cast: Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Raquel Cassidy, Brendan Coyle, Michelle Dockery, Kevin Doyle, Michael Fox, Joanne Froggatt, Harry Hadden-Paton, Robert James-Collier, Allen Leech, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern, Sophie McShera, Tuppence Middleton, Lesley Nichol, Maggie Smith, Imelda Staunton, Penelope Wilton.
Executive Producer: Nigel Marchant
Director of Photography: Andrew Dunn, BSC
Edited by: Adam Recht, ACE
Production Designer: Donal Woods
Costume Designer: Anna Mary Scott Robbins
Music by: John Lunn
Co-Producer: Mark Hubbard
Street Date: July 5, 2022
Selection Number: 1000811477 (US) / 1000811478 (CDN)
Layers: BD 100
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen 16:9 2.39:1
Rating: PG for some suggestive references, language and thematic elements
Languages/Subtitles: English, French Canadian and Latin American Spanish
Sound: English (Dolby Atmos for Feature and Dolby Digital 2.0 for Bonus Content), French Canadian (Dolby Digital 5.1), Latin American Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Run Time: 2 hours 4 minutes

Street Date: July 5, 2022
Selection Number: 1000810721 (US) / 1000810723 (CDN)
Layers: BD 50
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 2.39:1 Widescreen
Rating: PG for some suggestive references, language and thematic elements
Languages/Subtitles: English, French Canadian and Latin American Spanish
Sound: English (Dolby Atmos for Feature and Dolby Digital 2.0 for Bonus Content), French Canadian (Dolby Digital 5.1), Latin American Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Run Time: 2 hours 4 minutes
Street Date: July 5, 2022
Selection Number: 1000810720 (US) / 1000810722 (CDN)
Layers: DVD 9
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 2.39:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: PG for some suggestive references, language and thematic elements
Languages/Subtitles: English, French Canadian and Latin American Spanish
Sound: English (Dolby Digital 5.1 for Feature and Dolby Digital 2.0 for Bonus Content), French Canadian (Dolby Digital 5.1), Latin American Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Run Time: 2 hours 4 minutes
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Monday, June 13, 2022

5 Facts About Men’s Health Facts Everyone Should Know (and How Pilates May Help)



Fredericksburg Fitness Studio, a private personal training studio, puts a spotlight on how men can benefit from Pilates


FREDERICKSBURG, Virginia – (June 13, 2022) – June is Men's Health Month, making it a great time to focus on the health issues that men deal with and how they can make improvements. Men need to focus on their health as much as women do, yet it often gets overlooked. This month is the perfect time for men to take a closer look at what they need to address and give Pilates a look at its many benefits.


"Far too often, men overlook taking care of their health because they are busy with work or have a mindset that they shouldn’t worry about such things," Jennifer Scherer, certified personal trainer and owner of Fredericksburg Fitness Studio. "It's time that they get serious about it to benefit from having better health and an improved overall sense of well-being."


1) The leading cause of death for men is heart disease, according to the Center for Disease Control. One in every four male deaths is related to heart disease. Plus, half of the men who suddenly died from coronary heart disease had no prior symptoms. It's important to recognize this and understand how a healthy lifestyle can help prevent disease risk.

2) Before the age of 50, men are more prone to hypertension than women are. Post-menopausal women, however, are at a higher risk. Stress and a poor diet can increase these odds. Finding stress-relieving activities is vital to reducing the risk of hypertension and eating a well-balanced healthful diet.

3) Men are less likely to seek healthcare as opposed to women. According to the Cleveland Clinic, 20% of men have not been honest with their doctor before, 41% of men were told as children to not complain about their medical conditions, and only 50% engage in preventative care. Getting yearly check-ups is important to help prevent disease. 

4) Prostate cancer affects one in nine men. According to the National Institutes of Health, prostate cancer is the most common cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death among men in the United States. It's crucial that at-risk men are being screened for prostate cancer- especially considering men's reluctance to seek preventative care. 

5) Mental health is one of the most stigmatized issues affecting men. The American Psychological Association reports that nearly 31% of men have suffered from depression. There's a trend with men not wanting to talk about their feelings because it heightens vulnerability, leading to discomfort.


"This month is a great time to start caring for your health, men," adds Scherer. "While you are setting some goals and deciding what to include in your routine, we invite you to give Pilates a try. You will be surprised at how well it makes you feel!"


Pilates, which has been around for nearly 100 years, offers a therapeutic workout that can address various health issues. From improving sleep quality to improving overall fitness, the benefits are widespread and offer something for everyone. Pilates helps to improve overall health, strengthens the mind, body, and spirit connection, and provides a variety of physical benefits. These include improving mood, balance, flexibility, energy levels, core strength, bone strength, and reducing back pain and stress. It also helps with injury prevention. 


Fredericksburg Fitness Studio is a private personal training studio that offers a range of services to improve health and wellness, including medical exercise, personal training, in-home medical training, virtual personal training, nutrition coaching, and a Pilates reformer program. All workouts on it are custom-tailored for the individual to address their physical fitness concerns. The Pilates Reformer program features a versatile machine that has been designed to provide resistance. It can be used with the person standing, sitting, or lying down. 


Fredericksburg Fitness Studio doesn't offer memberships as other gyms do. They offer private customized fitness programs that are available by appointment. Many people who go to the studio are referrals from physical therapists and doctors. The wellness professionals at the studio communicate with the medical teams to keep them up on patient progress. To learn more about Fredericksburg Fitness Studio, visit the site at:


About Fredericksburg Fitness Studio

Founded in 2008, Fredericksburg Fitness Studio offers personalized fitness programs, nutrition coaching, and medical training. The private personal training studio was started by Jennifer Scherer, who has a background in human physiology, anatomy, nutrition, weight training, and exercise. The studio has a team of people working to help people reach their health and wellness goals. To learn more, visit the site at:




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American Psychological Association. Men and depression: By the numbers.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Men and Heart Disease.,How%20does%20heart%20disease%20affect%20men%3F,in%20every%204%20male%20deaths.

Cleveland Clinic. Men will do almost anything to avoid going to the doctor.

National Institutes of Health. Prostate Cancer.