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This Neat Trick Stops Cats And Dogs From Making A Big Mess On The Floor When They Eat

Submitted by: Sheraton Luxuries

You must have the same problem that I have when it comes to our pets’ eating habits. They are sloppy eaters!

Since I have several cats and dogs that eat three times a day, I always have a huge mess to clean up. Food gets everywhere. Food gets stepped on and trying to grab the food with a towel makes even more of a mess. It’s frustrating.

Has this ever happened to you?

I have a Salukis that loves to pick up his dish and splatter food everywhere on the floor.

This is why I tried to figure out an easier way to keep the house clean and I am happy to share with you my new discovery. I hope this is extremely helpful for you as it was for me. Before we begin, I noticed cats and dogs have a slightly different approach with the placement of food.

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You only need 2 easily obtainable items:

1. Cookie sheet

2. Parchment pape

Let’s start with the cats. Here is what I did.

First place a cookie sheet tray down and place parchment paper on top. Then simply take the cookie tray with the parchment paper and the food on top to their dining area.

Clean up is a breeze. When your cats are done eating just pick up the parchment and throw away. No washing or extra cleaning needed. I love it! You can also just use the cookie sheet to feed them or if you have only one or two cats you can just use the parchment paper alone.

Now the dogs. I tried the same approach with my dogs. I quickly discovered that some of my dogs didn’t mind eating off the tray but the others made more of a mess by pulling the food off the tray. This is what I did that seems to be working for me for now. I use the same set up for my cats. I take the food over to my dogs. The only thing that different is I slide the parchment paper off the tray to the floor.

By putting this simple solution into practice your will be able to enjoy you pet far more. Others in your home as well as visitors will appreciate your new cleaner look. And your pet will have a better life living in more orderly, less messy conditions. And, of course, you will experience a lot less frustration.

Now that this problem is solved, how about messy cat litter? Is there really a solution to stop cat litter from scattering all over the floor? Does it really work? You bet there is. It’s an unbelievably simple solution that’s begging you to give it a try. Interested in finding out what it is? Email me and let me know you’re interested and when it ready to be revealed I will tell you.

Here are some clues:

It super simple and quick. It’s guaranteed to make your life easier and you can say goodbye to messy cat litter forever with this simple solution.

Email to discover Sheraton Luxuries unique solution for easily managing cat litter.

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About the Author: Sheraton is founder and owner of

, online seller of luxury carriers, funny sound musical light-up balls and more. Transport your pet in one of our safe pet carrier baskets that come in 4 different colors.


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Learning The Bass Fretboard

Submitted by: Alex Cortes

Is the bass fretboard really all that hard to learn? It always astounds me to hear guitar players say I don t know how to play bass, man… I just can t do it … It s as if you asked Lance Armstrong if he can ride a tricycle (at least music theory-wise). Just don t let the bass-man in your band know: he won t like the analogy 😉

So next time you re stuck in the studio for lack of a bass player, forget about calling the lazy hung-over sucker who stood you up in the first place, and just say I ll do it: piece of cake!

Let s take a look at the basic facts and break the bass fretboard down…

As you can see in the chart below, and probably already know, the bass fretboard is identical to the portion of the guitar fretboard spanning strings 3 to 6, transposed -shifted- an octave down. So why insist in thinking that it s such a different instrument?!

Guitar: 6 strings

Tuning: E3 A3 D4 G4 B4 E5

Intervals between the strings:

E f g A: perfect fourth

A b c D: perfect fourth

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D e f G: perfect fourth

G a B: major third

B c d E: perfect fourth

Bass guitar: 4 strings

Tuning: E2 A2 D3 G3

Intervals between the strings:

E f g A: perfect fourth

A b c D: perfect fourth

D e f G: perfect fourth

Note: Americans love to insist on silly things like not using the metric system, and calling middle C C4 , whereas everyone else agrees to call it C5. If you re used to the American system, just subtract one from each of the index numbers: E3 becomes E2 in American notation. If you re in the committee that decides on these things, please take note 😉

Sound & tone

Sometimes you have to play a long time to be able to play like yourself. -Miles Davis

The real biggie here is sound. As with any instrument, it takes practice (and/or genius) to build your tone, and sound like you want to sound. Plus the right gear, of course. So if you have any intention of playing bass guitar at any time other than when your bass man is too drunk to show up, it may be a good idea to actually get one and fiddle around with it every now and then, or as often as you like…

Besides being fun, it will help you tremendously with your musicianship to play bass lines. Playing the lowest part, or even inner voices, in any harmonic setting, is great ear-training. The way you think about your music will take on a whole new dimension.

Another benefit of learning to play bass is getting better at rhythm. Often times, guitarists are too busy trying to show off their shredding skills to pay any attention to rhythm and phrasing. Playing bass is a great antidote to that.

Note: If you re on a tight budget, then get used to thinking like a bass-man: Every now and then, restrict your guitar playing to strings 3 through 6. Play the same things you would play on bass guitar, preferably picking with your fingers only.

The technical bits…

Now you know you don t need to learn the bass fretboard all over again. The only real difference lies in the thickness of the strings, and the resulting sound. Playing chords on bass guitar, for instance, will sound muddy . This means that most of the time, you ll be playing a single line, which is also easier than playing complex harmony, voice-leading and all, on guitar. All the scales you already know on guitar will work the exact same way on the bass guitar fretboard.

A possible issue here is as follows: many guitarists learn scales only as fingering patterns on the fretboard, paying no heed to what they re actually playing. The rationale is simple: If the notes I get are the same, why would it even matter to know what they are? I ll just use 2 octave fingering patterns to learn all the scales and that s that.

I won t go into all the reasons not knowing what you re playing is not the best way to go… (it should be obvious, anyway). Thing is, if you re used to thinking of scales as 6 string fingering boxes, this thinking will break down as soon as you only have 4 strings.

The way to fix this is simple. Get into the habit of always being aware of what it is you re actually playing, whether on the guitar fretboard or the bass fretboard. Not just the notes, but the relationships between them. Sing what you play. This way you make sure what you play is music and not just disjointed sounds with no musical sense.

With chords, it s pretty much the same thing. Understand how the chord is built, from within: understand the intervals that compose that chord. When playing bass, chords are most often used as arpeggios, but everything else remains unchanged. Moreover, not having the issue of the major third between strings 2 and 3 makes it way easier to learn fingering patterns, as they remain exactly the same all over the bass fretboard.

One more thing: forget about using a pick when playing bass guitar. Most bass pros will tell you, and rightfully so, that it sounds awful. If you re used to finger-picking, or to classical guitar technique, playing bass guitar should be a cinch. And above all, just enjoy your explorations of the bass fretboard. That s what playing music is all about, isn t it?

About the Author: Alex Cortes, accomplished guitar and bass player, helps you learn the bass fretboard:

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Ways To Prevent Sliced Apples From Getting Brown

Submitted by: Katherine J

Apples are probably the best fruits to enjoy during snack hour. The size and the fact that it is easy to clean – just wash it under running water and pat it dry – makes it easy to eat anytime and any day you wish to have one.

Apples are also great alternatives to coffee since it contains a significant amount of caffeine. If you want something that will perk you up out of your wooziness and sleepiness during the morning, enjoy an apple instead of having your cup of daily brew.

If you love to enjoy your apples easier by having it sliced, the problem you naturally will contend with is the fact that once you turn your piece of apple into slices, it will easily get brown. What are the possible ways to prevent your perfectly and freshly sliced apples from getting brown?

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The first option is to use lemon juice. Lemon juice or lemon in general is a type of acid, which is used in food preservation. Immediately after you cut your apple into slices, dip the pieces in a bowl of freshly squeezed lemon juice. The colder the lemon juice is, the better. Make sure that as you dip each slice into the bowl and that it is coated perfectly well. You can enjoy your sliced apples with the same freshness, color and crunch even after 10 minutes or a day of dipping them in lemon juice. You can eat it right away or store it in the refrigerator. The use of an airtight container can help.

The second option is to use cold water mixed with salt. Like lemon, salt is also used as a preserving agent. Fill up a bowl with 4 cups of water and add half a teaspoon of salt. It is important that the amount of salt is very small since you do not want to make your sliced apples taste too salty. It will ruin the experience definitely. Dip and coat your sliced apples evenly inside the bowl of salt water. Then just like in the first option, you can eat your sliced apples right away or store it in an airtight container.

The third option is to use a bottle of transparent, lemon, lime fizzy drink such as Sprite or 7-Up. If you can create your own lime juice, the better. While commercial lemon lime fizzy drinks are helpful varieties, you need to consider the other artificial ingredients that it has. It can make your sliced apples a little less healthy than usual, but it works in keeping it from getting brown.

A fourth option is to have a crushed Vitamin C tablet and mix it in a bowl of cold water. Another alternative to a crushed Vitamin C tablet is apple cider, citric acid powder or any carbonated water. If you use apple cider, it can even improve the taste of your sliced apples.

If worse comes to worst, purchase a bag of sliced apples instead from brands who specialize exactly in sliced apples that both kids and adults alike are made to enjoy. They are most likely more aware of the different ways of preserving sliced apples and preventing it from turning brown.

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