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Growing Out Your Beard in Canada? You Can Join a Club for That

There are a number of quirky clubs to join all over Canada. In Toronto you can join a club devoted to radio controlled airplanes, throwing axes or even pipe smoking. Now you can also add epic beard and moustache growing to that list as the new Toronto Facial Hair Club has arrived.

Growing a beard is not as easy as one may think, and if you have ever tried than it is easy to see why you would need extra moral support. Growing a beard requires patience, and about twelve months of your time. Not only does this new beard club provide support for the facial hair endowed man, they send the best of their members to compete in beard and moustache competitions all over the world.

Growing a Beard to Join the Club

beard contest ac 03Beards have become very popular fashion statements over the last 2 years, seen on sports figures and TV and movie stars all over the world. Luckily they fit right in with the tough terrain of Canada. If you want to grow yours out, you’ll need to start by picking the right style to suit your face. You can find beard grooming tips on line that will help you with that choice.

Next is investing in a high quality beard trimmer. This will help you in keeping the beard at the right shape as it is growing in. Do this daily in order to avoid accidentally chipping away at the growth you want to keep.

Make sure to keep the whiskers and the skin underneath healthy as your beard grows. Moisturizing shampoos and conditioners to keep it clean, and a quality beard balm to help moisturize the beard and the skin underneath. Beard balm reviews can also be found online if you are having trouble deciding which product is the best for the price.

As your beard starts to grow out, you will notice that the texture may make it appear scraggly or unruly. This can be smoothed out with the same beard balm, which also works like a styling product to hold the beard in place.

There really is something for everyone in Canada, so long as you know where to look. If you think about what interests you, or what makes you unique, you are going to find that somewhere out there is a group of people who think they are just as unique as you are. For more, read our latest articles here

In Case of Rain…

“The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry.”—Robert Burns

Unfortunately, we tend to forget about such thoughtful insight as the above quote until a seemingly well-planned event gets rained out and you have to barbecue on the best indoor grill (See it on Amazon).

An event’s success relies on having a Plan A, Plan B, Plan C, or as many contingency plans as necessary to make a speedy substitution without anyone having a clue something went awry.

Sunshine > Rain

Weather is always the No. 1 unpredictable element for outdoor gatherings. If that morning is sunny and pleasant, don’t automatically assume the remainder of the day will follow suit. Despite weather forecasts, there’s always a possibility that a huge front can roll in and drench your guests.

Contingency consideration: Obviously the first answer to bad weather is to bring your outdoor event indoors. If it’s a big occasion at a hotel, inquire about reserving a gathering space, readied with seating, ahead of the big day. It can also function as storage. That way, if you do have to come in out of the rain, your goods are already on the spot, waiting for you.

Secondary suggestion: If your gathering is at a park, set up near pavilions. Even if you don’t want to use the covered structures, it’ll only be a quick dash if raindrops start falling.
Third time is the charm: Keep large tents handy so they can be pulled out at a moment’s notice.


Confirmed Guest List > Party Crashers

In an ideal world, everyone will r.s.v.p. by the deadline date with an accurate number of guests. Or your attendance estimates for the community fair will be spot on. But let’s face it, that ideal world rarely works out.

Contingency consideration: If you have to order meals per guest count, order a few extra for the unexpected plus-one persons. If you’re serving food at your charity celebration, tell the caterer your maximum head count (plus a few more if you really want to build in a cushion).

Secondary suggestion: Ordering extra tables and chairs means no one is left standing. It’s better to have a few empty seats than to have people trying to balance food in one hand and drinks in the other.

Signed Contracts > Unforeseen Obstacles

Caterers, DJs, and entertainers are all human, and therefore, can fall ill, have car trouble or be called to a family emergency. You don’t want to be left stranded only hours before guests arrive.

Contingency consideration: Develop a network of caterers, DJs, and entertainers. Ask if they will “hold the date” in case you need an emergency substitution. Of course, they need to earn a living, so they may decline or ask for a holding fee.

Secondary suggestion: As the day of your event approaches, check in with the backup contactors to see if they’re free. Make a note of who’s available and who’s not and be sure to bring their numbers with you just in case.

Fully Staffed > Short-handed

Just like contractors may have an unexpected conflict, their staff may leave them—and vicariously you—high and dry.

Contingency consideration: If you’re in charge of planning anything that requires servers, security or other miscellaneous workers to pull off a successful event, then have a list of people you can call with little notice to fill in. This could be a list of people you’ve worked with in the past or who others have recommended, or call a short-term staffing agency to help find workers.

Secondary suggestion: Consider sending out a volunteers request to local high schools.

Entertainment Booked > Equipment Failure

Why does it seem like electronics give out minutes before you open the doors to let the crowd in? Unfortunately, DJ equipment, sound systems, and cooktops give out.

Contingency consideration: When booking contractors, ask them about their equipment and write in a clause that they need to provide backups in case of last-minute malfunctions.

Secondary suggestion: Bring your own. Have a stash of batteries of various sizes. Invest in a few cordless microphones if you plan multiple events. And if you’re hosting a barbecue, stock up on indoor grills so the cooking can continue if you bring the party inside.

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August Dog Show – Keeping Your Dogs Prepared?

Are you planning on bringing your pooches to this summer’s dog show event? Whether you’re competing or spectating, it’s important to keep your dogs healthy, hydrated, groomed, and well behaved. Of course, if you’re participating, you’re going to want to keep up with training and prepare for the big day on weeks leading up to it!

Train your dog(s) to be around other dogs

Training your dog(s) to be around other dogs can cause some issues if they aren’t the friendly sort from the beginning. Some dogs have no problem being around humans, but when faced with another dog, they can become aggressive or just too hyper. One thing you want to ensure before bringing them to a high energy, crowded and dog-populated area like this dog show, is for them to be comfortable and friendly with anyone they meet. There are lots of techniques that trainers use, such as assertive commands, rewards, and consistency when training. This is something that has best results if started from when they are a puppy. One thing you never want to do is hit them or physically scold them. A quick correction is all it takes.

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The use of wireless fences

Another issue we’ve seen in the past is dogs getting away from their owners and running free throughout the park. This isn’t necessarily dangerous, but they could accidentally trip a small child or knock them over (depending on the size of your dog). Something that has worked to remedy this for many dog owners is the use of wireless fences when they train their dog at home. People associate these with “shock collars” and believe them to be mean or inhumane. This is not the case. All they do is emit a small static correction or a spray of citronella (an unpleasant smell to dogs). Most collars with also emit a beeping noise as the dog approaches the invisible fence (which is merely a wire cast around the area you desire to keep them in), which can alert your dog to turn away. If you can train your little companion to become aware of its surroundings, and perhaps create a visual association with the wireless fence, you will have a much better chance of keeping them nearby during high energy outings.

Keeping your pup groomed and healthy is very important

Keeping your pup groomed and healthy is very important in summer shows as well. Proper grooming can vary from season to season. Generally speaking in the summer months, a dogs hair is kept shorter. Not all dogs require this kind of grooming however, such as Labradors, Shepherds, Greyhounds, and similar breeds. Poodles, Shih Tzus, Terriers and other smaller and longer haired breeds require a little more attention. Learn more about grooming here: Making sure they are not overgrown is important for their health and for the quality of the show they put on. If their eyes are covered and there is fur in the mouth, they won’t be very happy campers! Be sure to carry water and food with you when you come to the show as all dogs need to stay hydrated and well-fed. The heat can get to them more than us due to the fact that they do not sweat through their skin as we do. Dogs can’t cool down as fast as we can! Try to bring a cooler with ice and maybe even a little blow up pool for them to relax in if you can!