Charlie the Cavalier Goes to the Zoo by Lisa Rusczyk is Now Avaliable on Amazon

Find Charlie the Cavalier Goes to the Zoo at Amazon Written by: Lisa Rusczyk Ed. D. Illustrated by: Magdelena Takac Edited by: Julie Conzelman

$20 for Children’s Room Walls- Charlie the Cavalier Begs for Attention

Charlie the Cavalier Begs for AttentionWe had an empty wall in our little girls playroom.  So I added wall art for $20.  I took the book Charlie the Cavalier Begs for attention and cut the book into different pages.  I then went to the Good Will in town and got all of these different color frames for $12 for 8 frames in total.  We had white paint and a busy in the house from another project.  I took the glass out of the frames and then painted them.  I selected frames based on different things. First the picture had to fit in them.  Then the back had to come off easily and be able to put back on.  This would also look great with all different pastel colors.

Next I had to clean the glass with windex and take the current pictures out of the mat.  Some had mats and some did not.  For the frames without mats I put white paper behind them.  I then added the images.

Finally I arranged the frames on a piece of cardboard in the configuration that I want.  I then marked where I wanted to put the nails.  I then actually nailed the cardboard to the wall.  When I pulled the cardboard off the nails were in the right spot.

This project did take 4 hours to complete but I had fun doing to project and think it looks great.

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DogFoodDirect.com Dog Food for Charlie The Cavalier

IMG_2888If you have been keeping up with our Charlie The Cavalier posts, you would know that he has been itchy lately.  DogFoodDirect.com has decided to send Charlie some dog food.  Hopefully this new food will stop him from itching.  We had him on Purina Dog Chow.  We tried to add Fish Oil but that only gave him “the bad poo”.  So we decided to try to change his dog food.

Pet MD suggests switching in this way:

    • Day 1 – Mix 20% of the new food with 80% of the old.
    • Day 2 – Mix 40% of the new food with 60% of the old.
    • Day 3 – Mix 60% of the new food with 40% of the old.
    • Day 4 – Mix 80% of the new food with 20% of the old.
    • Day 5 – Feed 100% of the new food.

*If at any point during this process your dog stops eating or develops vomiting or diarrhea, do not feed any more of the new food and call the office.

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We were excited to get the new food in the mail from DogFoodDirect.com.  Getting Dog food at your door step is so much easier that buying it in the store, putting it up on the counter to check out, putting it in your car, and then bringing the food inside.

The site also has other things like treats, toys, and much more.  Not just for your dog but other animals too.

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Look who is on the cover of NutriSource Grain-Free Lamb Meal Formula Dry Dog Food.  A Cavalier King Charles Spaniel!

Check out DogFoodDirect.com to see if you can get your dog food or other pet food delivered to your door.

Thanks to my sponsor, DogFoodDirect.com, for supplying the free product to help me write this post today!

Card.com Prepaid Card

CaptureThis is a review for gift cards as debit cards.  Cool huh?   This would be a great way to send money to a college student too.

Don’t you love this design!! If you would like this design it is listed under Golden Retriever puppy (they should fix that soon).  The dog is obviously a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

After 30 days of putting money on the card there is a $5.95 per month fee!  Just so you know.  So please remember this if you do decide to get a card.  Just remember to use the card within 30 days.

The place online is called CARD.com.  Just go to the site, add your information and you are ready.  The process was simple really.  Again if you want to try it out go here: CARD.com.

A prepaid Card works like a bank debit card. Shop online or in-store, just like with a bank debit account. Once you load your CARD.com card with cash, you can start using it immediately and make purchases anywhere Visa debit cards are accepted. You can also use it to get cash at any ATM displaying the Visa®, Plus®, STAR® and NYCE® Acceptance Mark.

  • Free app and check deposits from your smartphone

  • Free direct deposit

  • Free card-to-card transfers, any time, anywhere, in seconds

  • No overdraft fees — never goes negative!

  • Safer than cash – 24/7 support, Visa fraud protection and 100% FDIC insurance on funds

  • No debt, financially responsible, no interest/credit/APRs

  • No credit check and approval in seconds

  • 22,000 in-network ATMs

  • Thousands of cool, unique card designs to choose from, including brands like: Garfield, Popeye, Betty Paige, James Dean, Care Bears, Walking Dead, Star Trek, Autism Awareness, Breast Cancer Research, Shark Week, Where’s Waldo, Doodle Jump, etc.

“This card is not a gift card, so you can’t give or receive the card as a gift – It’s better than a gift card because you don’t just use it once and toss it, but instead get to replace your boring bank-issued debit card and show it off over and over.

 Free for 30 days – then $5.95 monthly fee, which we waive when you direct deposit over $800 in the previous 30 days.  This fee is the same as the Walmart prepaid card and way less than many of our competitors. It’s also much less than overdrafting your bank account, paying for a checking account or using a credit card.”

Steps to set up card:

  1. Go to Card.com
  2. Sign up
  3. Get Card in Mail
  4. Active by computer or phone
  5. Add money at many different places

This is a sponsored post but all the opinions are my own.

Who is Charlie The Cavalier?

Since I have not went over this in a while Charlie is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. From what I have learned these dogs are not around for much.  Mostly warmth, warming the kids feet at night (which Charlie The … Continue reading 

Packing for the Beach

For a recent trip to the beach I put all of our stuff in a laundry basket.  Then I just carried the entire basket to the beach.  This worked great!  Here is a list of things to think about before bringing a baby to the beach.  This requires some planning before leaving on your adventure together.  Hopefully these tips will save you time and money as you travel with a baby.  I believe experiencing new things is important for you and your baby.

  • Pack Baby Clothes in a Separate Bag From Your Own- When you pack the baby clothes and your own clothes in one bag, finding those little clothes are hard to find.  Instead of creating a scavenger hunt for yourself pack the little clothes in a separate bag.  I liked to keep the two bags separate in the room I am staying so I know where to find my clothes, and where the babies are.
  • Don’t Bring Too Many Diapers- A day or two before leaving on a trip count how many diapers you use that day.  Bring a couple swim diapers for each day too.  Then only bring the amount of diapers for the days you are gone, plus a few extra.  Remember enough wipes too!
  • Pack Baby Food In Multiple Containers- I read a story about a woman who dumped all the formula she had on the floor while on a cruise.  Let’s both learn a lesson from this story by packing baby food in multiple containers so there will not be this type of accident.   If you are breastfeeding you may need to think about putting extra milk in different containers.  A Infant Travel Chair may also be needed if you baby is a little older.
  • Bring Easy to Pack Toys- Bring flat or easy to store and carry toys with you on your trip.
  • Bring a Baby Hat- White soft baby skin burns quickly!  You may be outside for longer than you think.  A hat can be helpful even when your baby takes a nap in the stroller.  I have been told babies under 6 months should not wear suntan lotion.  You may want to pack sun tan lotion.
  • How You Will Carry Your Baby?- You may have a personal baby carrier or a stroller.  Think about the terrain when deciding what to pack.
  • Sunscreen Lotion- I was told babies under 6 months should not have sun tan lotion.  They do make special baby sunscreen.
  • Beach Shade- If you can’t find shade under a tree, you may need to bring a beach shade that will travel easily.
  • Eating Sand?-  Decide what you will do when your baby tried to put sand in his/her mouth.  I tried to do some research on this on the internet, and didn’t find any good information.  If you do, I would love to see some!
  • Pool- If the waves are too big for you little one, you may want to bring a small inexpensive blow up baby pool.
To read all 50 Tips please go here:  50 Things to Know About All Inclusive Resorts.

Want to go on Vacation?Not sure if you want to go to a Hotel, Cruise, or an All Inclusive?

This book is for anyone who is thinking about going to an all inclusive resort. A great starting place for choosing a vacation destination. Many tips and advice on Things to Think About before Selecting the All-Inclusive Resort, Food, Pool and Ocean, and General Tips.This book also includes: 7 Things You May Forget When Traveling On an Airplane, 28 Things to Know Before Traveling With a Baby, and 6 Steps to Booking Your Dream Cruise- Tips to Save Money on a Cruise.

What People Are Saying…

This is a good guide for those looking to book an all-inclusive. It’s a short read packed with tips from someone who has been on tons of these trips. The bonus? I actually got some really good ideas for how to travel with my baby too. Our 1 year old is going with us this time and I’m suuuuper nervous. – Momily

This book is great and very informative. It mentions lots of things that I never would have thought of while planning a vacation. I would recommend this book to anyone who ever plans on going on a vacation (I think that includes all of us, right?). For only $2.99 (the current price of the book, I understand it may change over time) you get a pre-compiled check list, helpful tips and much more. Don’t miss out on this amazing book! – M. Messick

’50 Things To Know About All Inclusive Resorts’ is an excellent book to help you go away on holiday to the right type of all-inclusive resort for you, your family and friends.

The book contains numerous tips to help you select an all-inclusive resort, such as considering the time of year and weather, the facilities available which are of most interest to you, excursions etc, on the foods you would like to eat and the beverages you would like to drink.

The book also helps you think about the type of swimming pool you would like to have access to at the all-inclusive resort and also contains general advice for your trip, such as checking in and out and ensuring you have appropriate footwear and sunglasses.

I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it. – P. Phillips

About Lisa Rusczyk

Lisa is the creator of the blog Charlie-The-Cavalier and his Friends, Family, and Home.  She is also the author of 50 Things to Know Before Having a Baby.  Send Lisa Rusczyk an email at lbrennec@gmail.com
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Camping at Poe Valley State Park

We had such a great time camping with our little 1 1/2 year old at poe valley state park. We decided to rent a cabin at about $35 a night.  We stayed 3 nights.  Four days was enough for us, our little girl, a cavalier king charles spaniel named Charlie.  Chipmunks were everywhere in the camp ground.  We loved watching them. Our little girl and Charlie did too. 
During the week we had some rain, but we had a camp fire every night.  


The reason we choose this Pennsyvania State camp ground was because you could rent a cabin and bring your dog.  The state park also have a beautiful resivor with a beach.  The beach area was beautiful on a sunny day. The beach was large.  You could choose to sit on the grass in the shade or the sand. The area has nice new facilities.  

We invited some friends up for some sand play and a camp fire the first night.  12 of us enjoyed a camp fire, each others company, and good camp fire food (mostly mountain pies, smores, and oranges). 

The cabin did not have a stove or a refrigerator which I was upset about.  The cabin did have a very nice front deck with a picnic table that I did enjoy.  We had mountian pies one night, and hot dogs the next for dinner.  This place sure makes me miss my kitchen at home. 

I think that what camping is all about.  To get away from the internet, cell phone, and modern kitchen amenities and enjoy your family. 

Even though we did get some rain it was not too it was 70 in Pennsylvania in June.  On June 10th 2013, a Monday, there was only 1 cabin and 2 campers here out of 50 camp sites all together.  

The sound of the waterfall over the spillway, crackling fire, and the birds is amazing.The smell and warmth of the fire makes me enjoy being in the woods.  The chipmunks chasing for our food make me realize leave such a great impact on the wilderness in each place we stay. 

I am happy to have a sleepy toddler, a relaxed husband,  and a tired dog as I write this.  

I feel very blessed to be in part of Gods beautiful creation. Sometimes I need to go an hour away from home to realize that.  

More pictures of Poe Valley State Park.




About Lisa Rusczyk

Lisa Rusczyk is the founder of Charlie The Cavalier (a blog about Charlie her dog, and her friends, family and home) and founder of 50ThingsToKnow. Lisa is a Doctoral student in Educational Leadership who happened to start writing her first book 50 Things to Know Before Having a Baby after her little girl was born. Her book sold over 1,000 copies in the first year on Amazon. Today, she has over 10 books and helps others self-publish. Further, she shares this information with the public via this blog, FacebookYouTubePinterestTwitter, and recently on a local television station. Lisa knows that like her there are a lot of people who would like concise information on a topic in one digital location. Lisa is known for her simple and effective tips.


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My name is Lisa Rusczyk and I am owner of 50 Things to Know Books and Charlie the CavalierBlog.  I started Charlie the Cavalier blog to share my Cavalier King Charles Spaniel with the world. Since then I have discussed many topics including organization, babies, and now daily life as a stay at home Mom.

When I became pregnant, I decided to leave my current job as an instructional designer for Penn State University and become a stay at Home Mom.  At home I started to do some of the things I have done as in instructional designer for myself.  I started 50 Things to Know from this past knowledge and have been learning some new things along the way.  The 50 Things to Know Series is about “50 tips from people who just did what you want to do.”  
After having a baby and being pregnant for 9 months there were many things that people did not tell me or I did not read that I experienced.  So I wanted to tell other people what I experienced.  I wrote a blog post about the subject on Charlie The Cavalier and it went viral!  So I started to look into eBook on Amazon and self-publishing.   I then wrote 50 Things to Know Before Having a Baby which was my first book.  I enjoyed the process so much that I have written many books since then.


What are some of your career goals?

I am currently finishing a Doctorate in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Educational Technology.  I hope to keep helping others learn though technology in the future. 

My goal is to have  fifty 50 Things to Know Books by the end of the year!  It is a big goal but I believe I can do it.


What is your favorite 50 Things To Know list?

My favorite list is the 50 Things to Know Before Having a Baby.  There is just so much good stuff in that book.  But my recent favorite is 50 Things to Know toGet Things Done Fast.  Everyone needs a little less chaos in their life so this book is for everyone.  I do so many things during the day. This book helps you get organized to keep moving forward in your accomplishments.   


What would be your number one tip for getting things done fast?

My number one get things done fast tip is to prep for dinner for the week on the weekend.  This not only saves you time but money also.  You can feed your family healthy food, be on a budget, and not have to worry about what is for dinner.


About Lisa Rusczyk

Lisa Rusczyk is the founder of Charlie The Cavalier (a blog about Charlie her dog, and her friends, family and home) and founder of 50ThingsToKnow. Lisa is a Doctoral student in Educational Leadership who happened to start writing her first book 50 Things to Know Before Having a Baby after her little girl was born. Her book sold over 1,000 copies in the first year on Amazon. Today, she has over 10 books and helps others self-publish. Further, she shares this information with the public via this blog, FacebookYouTubePinterestTwitter, and recently on a local television station. Lisa knows that like her there are a lot of people who would like concise information on a topic in one digital location. Lisa is known for her simple and effective tips.


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50 Things to Know About Cavalier King Charles Spaniels

I have loved cavaliers as I met my very first one at my friends Aunts House.  Many years later we got Charlie a Blenheim cavalier.  Reader more about Cavalier King Charles Spaniels here. I also have a blog called Charlie The Cavalier

1. They are elegant.

2. They are energetic.

3. They are in the  toy breed.

4. They are good for city, suburb or country life.

5. Cavaliers can do obedience and agility training.

6. Cavaliers make wonderful therapy dogs.

7. Cavaliers are sweet.

8. Cavaliers are gentle.

9. The breed also became a TV star when featured on “Sex and the City” as Charlotte York’s dog.

10. Their silky coats come in four colors – Blenheim (chestnut and white), Tricolor (black, white, and tan), Ruby (solid red) and Black and Tan.

11. Cavaliers are named after King Charles II of Britain.

12. Cavaliers have been recorded in paintings and tapestries together with their aristocratic families.

13. Though used successfully for shooting small game, the Cavalier’s true purpose has always been that of companion.

14. Cavaliers are friendly.

15. Cavaliers are easy to train.

16. Cavaliers are great with children.

17.  The cavaliers coat requires weekly brushing.

18. You do not need to trim the hair of cavaliers, but doing so will make caring for them easier.

19.  The average height for a cavalier is 12 to 13 inches tall at the shoulder.
20.  The average weight is between 13 and 18 pounds.  But Charlie weights more!
21. One of the physical hallmarks of the breed is his ‘royal’ appearance, with large dark soulful eyes and glamorous feathering and coat.
22.  Cavaliers not at aggressive with dogs or man.

23. Cavaliers cannot always be relied upon to come when he is called if he is chasing a butterfly or following the flight of a bird.

24.  Many cavaliers have mitral valve disease of the heart.

25. Cavaliers can have eye conditions including retinal problems & cataracts, slipping patellas, hip dysplasia, and SM (syringomyelia, a neurological condition). 

26. Cavaliers can be screened for all these health concerns.

27.  Cavaliers which have rich chestnut markings on a pearly white background are known as Blenheim in honour of Blenheim Palace, where John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, raised the predecessors to the Cavalier breed in this particular color.

28. Black and Tan are dogs with black bodies with tan highlights, particularly eyebrows, cheeks, legs and beneath the tail.

29. Black and Tan is referred to as “King Charles” in the King Charles Spaniel.

30. Ruby Cavaliers should be entirely chestnut all over,although some can have some white in their coats which is considered a fault under American Kennel Club conformation show rules.

31. The fourth color is known as Tricolor, which is black and white with tan markings on cheeks, inside ears, on eyebrows, inside legs, and on underside of tail.

32. Tri color is referred to as “Prince Charles” in the King Charles Spaniel.

33. According to statistics released by The Kennel Club, Cavaliers were the sixth most popular dog in the United Kingdom in 2007 with 11,422 registrations in a single year. 

34. Their popularity is on the rise in America; in 1998 they were the 56th most popular breed but in both 2007 and 2008 they were the 25th most popular.

35. They ranked higher in some individual US cities in the 2008 statistics, being eighth in both Nashville and Minneapolis-St.Paul,[15] seventh in Boston, Atlanta[16] and Washington D.C.,[17] and sixth in both New York City[15] and San Francisco.[17] 

36. In 2009, the Cavalier was the fourth most popular breed in Australia with 3,196 registrations behind only Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherd Dogs and Staffordshire Bull Terriers.

37. There are also national breed clubs in Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, Spain and Sweden.

38. In some dogs there is a chestnut spot in the middle of the forehead: this is called the “blenheim” spot.[10]  Charlie is a blehneim Cavalier.

39. In the show ring, NO trimming is allowed, as it is considered essential that the breed be left in its natural state.

40. Cavaliers love to interact with their owners and enjoy activity and play, making them especially close friends and confidants for children.

41. Cavalier puppies are so small, many breeders will not sell young puppies to families with children under the age of five. All children, of course, need supervision to ensure they do not hurt the dog.

42. Retirees and empty nesters find the companionship, temperament, small size, and easy maintenance of Cavaliers ideal.

43. Cavaliers are the ultimate groupies and are usually delighted to have the company of cats and dogs of any size.

44. Cavaliers are indoor dogs.

45. People who travel find it easy and pleasant to take their Cavaliers along. Their strong desire to be with their owners makes them willing travelers. Their size and personality contribute to their welcome at “dogs allowed” hotels, marinas, and campgrounds.

46.  As of January 1996, Cavaliers are fully recognized by the AKC. This recognition has resulted in two national breed clubs, the original CKCSC, USA and the AKC-recognized American Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club.

47. Cavalier ears need particular attention and should be checked and given a quick combing every few days, daily in shedding season.

48. Cavaliers do shed, particularly in spring and fall, but a little all the time.
49. Their nails should be clipped and the hair between their pads trimmed once a month. No other trimming is necessary (or allowed) in the show ring.

50.Cavaliers are naturally clean dogs. Because too much bathing dries out the skin and haircoat, they should not be bathed more than once a week. All knots and tangles should be brushed out before a Cavalier is bathed. Many owners find that bathing their pets every two months is quite adequate.
Info from
AKC.com
AKACS.org
Wikapedia.com
http://www.ckcsc.org


About Lisa Rusczyk
Lisa Rusczyk is the founder of Charlie The Cavalier (a blog about Charlie her dog, and her friends, family and home) and founder of 50ThingsToKnow.com. Lisa is a Doctoral student in Educational Leadership who happened to start writing her first book 50 Things to Know Before Having a Baby after her little girl was born. Her book sold over 1,000 copies in the first year. Today, she has over 10 books and helps others self-publish. Further, she shares this information with the public via this blog, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, Twitter, and recently on a local television station. Lisa knows that like her, there are a lot of people who would like concise information on a topic in a digital location. She’s known for her simple and effective tips.


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