You Can Select A Quality Car Cover

Maybe the thought of owning a car cover sounds a bit ridiculous to you. After all, you typically keep your car garaged, right? Besides, who wants to have an ugly tarp draped over a car anyway? Not you! Car covers serve a purpose even for the person who keeps their vehicle sheltered most of the time. Let’s examine the benefits of owning a car cover and how you can go about selecting one that is right for your car.

Keeps the bird poop at bay If you leave your car outside, there is a nemesis that takes aim at your car…birds! Yes, birds are all right, but their excrement is not. If you don’t wash it off right away, your car’s finish can be damaged. Some bird poop is so damaging that even a buff and wax job won’t completely restore the finish. A car cover will catch the poop before it does permanent damage.

Better than sun block While we humans can slap on sun block, no finish can completely do the work of protecting your car. Better to have your car covered over instead of exposed to the sun’s damaging rays.

Not so shady So, you think keeping your car out of the sun by parking under trees will help, do you? Not so fast! Whereas most sun rays may not get through, your tree loves to drop sap, buds, leaves, sticks, and branches…right on top of your car. Some car covers are thick enough to help your car resist those small branches that fall from time to time and take aim at your car!

Who goes there? Funny isn’t it when you own a nice car everyone likes to peer inside to check it out. Leaning and rubbing up against the car’s body can scratch the finish in no time. Besides, do you really want everyone gawking at your car’s expensive audio system? I don’t think so!

Rain, rain go away Some car covers offer top protection by keeping rain, snow, ice, mud, dirt, and dust away. Yes, even if you park your car in the garage, dirt, dust, and indoor pollution can take their toll.

Follow the bouncing ball Your neighbor kid loves to whack his soccer ball around…too bad that it takes dead aim at your car. A quality car cover can withstand small “insults” that can scratch or dent the body.

So, how do you select a car cover? Well, for starters what do you want from a cover? Some covers offer minimum protection and will absorb bird poop, tree sap, and diminish the sun’s rays, but not much more. On the other hand, certain car covers made of four layered breathing material offer the most protection. Even better are those heavy duty car covers that come with side mirror pockets. Why are they a good idea? Well, they offer a snug fit and are crafted with the exact make/model of your vehicle in mind. No worrying that your car cover will work loose because it isn’t fitted properly.

Yes, a car cover can be a great idea even for the garaged vehicle. The whole goal of owning a car cover is to protect your vehicle’s finish and then some. Not all car covers are alike, so do some comparison shopping for the one that is best for your car. Oh, by the way, there is no “one size fits all” car cover [you want one custom sized to your vehicle’s dimensions]. If someone tries to sell you one, you would do better to run to your home supply store and finding a tarp for your vehicle!

5 Tips to Consider When Shopping For Your Dog’s Halloween Costume

Fall is upon us and so is the hunt for the perfect Halloween costume for your dog. Your choices have become plentiful with the overwhelming number of creative costume designs that are on the market today. So when shopping for that perfect Super Hero, Elvis or little devil dog costume, keep these 5 tips in mind:

Tip 1: Every Dog Has Their Style & Shape

While the Yorkshire struts her small stout frame around the block, the Beagle wants to dig up everything he can get his nose in to. The bulldog carries all of his attributes up front around his head and neck, as the Husky guards his thick and furry coat throughout the year. Take in to consideration your dogs’ distinguishing physical characteristics such as body shape, coat density and weight when selecting a pet costume. These physical attributes can often enhance the costumes’ design and “adorable factor”. 

Tip 2: What Makes Your Dog Tick?

Is your dog shy and reluctant to greet visitors or is he the welcome wagon of the neighborhood? Your dogs’ tolerance level for attention and distractions is a very important factor when dressing him up for Halloween.

When costume shopping, keep in mind if you dog is comfortable in any clothing, be it a headpiece, t-shirt, or flowery collar. Is this her first costume or is she the talk of the catwalk? Always expose your dog to his costume well in advance of the holiday with ample treats on hand to encourage his acceptance. Remember putting any costume or clothing on a dog can be stressful to the pet. Be mindful of introducing the costume to your dog slowly while scheduling several short periods of time when your dog is actually wearing the costume before the big night. 

Tip 3: Size Does Matter

Any Halloween costume choice be it a simple t-shirt, head wear or a full outfit must fit your dog promptly in order for him to be safe and comfortable throughout the festivities. Most costume manufacturers and retailers offer a general sizing chart that consist of two measurements; your dogs’ neck diameter and back length. These two measurements then make up the standard small, medium, large or extra-large costume size ranges.

With you dog standing, first measure her neck diameter with a flat measuring tape (usually where the collar lies). Secondly, determine her back length by measuring from the base of her neck to the base of her tail. Then compare these two measurements to the retailers’ sizing guide of the desired costume.

Always round up to the next larger size if the measurements are near or over the range maximum in the smaller size. Also round up to the next larger size if your pet has a thick coat, broader chest, or wider underside. REMEMBER, a slightly looser fitting dog costume is more comfortable and adjustable than a tighter fitting one. If in doubt, always order one size larger.

Tip 4: Safety First Then Fashion

You will find almost any type of dog costume you and your pooches desire this Halloween. The retail demand for dog costumes has exploded thus causing an array of fashionable choices for the pet parent. But take that extra second or two to look past the glitter, bangles and dangles of the dog costume design to consider your dogs’ safety. Look for any loose wires, buttons or extra fabric that will tempt your dog to chew on and potentially swallow. Keep in mind that your dogs’ body temperature will rise quickly when cloaked in a full ensemble, so have plenty of water on hand. And lastly, make sure that the costume design allows your dog her full range of vision. This will keep her safe and stress-free to enjoy the evening with friends and family.

Tip 5: Bright Colors Are a Must

One final shopping tip to keep in mind is the visibility factor of your dog’s’ costume. Dark colored clothing at night or in a dimly lit neighbor will make your pup difficult to see to Halloween drivers and their walking goblins. So make sure you add reflective tape or material to your dogs’ dark costumes or simply go for the brighter decorated costume option. The bottom line here is to make sure that your Halloween dressed pet is a site for ALL eyes!

How to Measure Yourself for a Custom Fitted Clothing?

Custom-made shirts are always a great investment when making an impression. With the many different custom-made (and affordable) designers, there is no excuse not to include tailored clothing into your wardrobe. No matter who you choose to design you on of a kind item, the first step is to get properly measured. This is not as challenging as it sounds. Follow these simple steps in measuring yourself for the perfect custom-made shirt.
Wear your best fitted shirt to help you measure.

Step 1 Collar/Neck
Measure around (the circumference of) the lower part of your neck. Place a finger under the measuring tape against your neck (between the measuring tape and your neck.)

Step 2 Shoulder
Measure your shoulders’ width. Start from one end of your shoulder to the end of the other shoulder. (Measure from the right shoulder to the left shoulder.)

Step 3 Sleeve Length
Measure sleeve length from your shoulder to base of your thumb (2 to 3 inches from your wrist), or where you would like your sleeve to stop. Keep your arm straight.

Step 4 Biceps
Measure around (the circumference of) center of your arm. Do not contract your muscles.

Step 5 Wrist
Measure around (the circumference of) your wrist bone.

Step 6 Chest
Measure around (the circumference of) your fullest part of the cheat. Place a finger under the measuring tape against your chest (between the measuring tape and your chest.) Not puff up your chest.

Step 7 Stomach
Measure around (the circumference of) the fullest part of your stomach. Place a finger under the measuring tape against your stomach (between the measuring tape and your stomach.) Relax your stomach.

Step 8 Waist
Measure around (the circumference of) your waist.

Step 9 Shirt
Shirt length Measure from the base of your neck to the bottom of your rear-end (or where you would like your shirt to end).

Step 10 Shoulders
Look at yourself in the mirror. Decide if your shoulders are:

Normal (a slight angle from the neck)
Slopping (descend low below the neck)
Square (appear as a square from the neck

Step 11 Chest
Decide if your chest is:

Normal (Slight muscle. Not husky)
Muscular
Husky

Step 12 Stomach
Decide if your stomach is:

Normal (Slight round. Not flat)
Flat
Rounded

Step 13 Posture
View your profile in the mirror. Decide if your shoulder posture is:

Normal (Arched back)
Flat
Hunched over

Step 14
It is important to give both you weight and your height for the perfect measurement.

How to measure yourself for a custom fitted pair of pants?

Next, you have to be certain that to measure yourself properly from the waist down for a pair of pants. Wear your best fitted pants to help you measure.

Step 1 Waist
Measure around (the circumference of) your waist.

Step 2 Hips
Measure around (the circumference of) the fullest part of your hips

Step 3 Outer Leg Length
Measure from top of your waist to the bottom of where you would like your pants to end.( Usually slightly below the ankles.)

Step 4 Crotch
Slightly open your legs. Measure from the front of the waist, between your legs and to the back of your waist.

Step 5 Thigh
Measure around (the circumference of) the fullest part of your thigh

Step 6 Knee
Measure around (the circumference of) the fullest part of your thigh.

Step 7 Inner Leg Length
Measure from the bottom of your crotch, to the button of pant leg. Keep leg straight.

Step 8 Cuff

Measure the desired size of your pants cuff

Step 9 Seat
Decide if your buttocks is:

Flat
Normal
Large

It is important to give both you weight and your height for the perfect measurement.