Last Minute Halloween Costumes for Your Pup

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Happy Halloween! Looking for last minute pet costume ideas? Being the pet-lovers that we are, we’ve put together a list of our favorite doggie costumes that Fido is sure to love!

 

#1 – iPug – This could work for any breed, but it’s “punnier” with a Pug. Get ready to get crafty! You’ll need a piece of cardboard cut in the shape of an oversized iPad. Then, spray paint it black for the base. This is where you can have fun painting the recognizable characteristics of the iPad on the cardboard, like: the home button, apps, date and time icons, etc. One the paint is dry, you’ll need to hot glue the “mock iPad” to a doggie t-shirt. Voila, an iPug!

 

#2 – Superhero – These pre-made costumes are cute and are available at many retailers including Target and Party City. The characters range from Superman, Batman, Underdog, Spiderman, Wonder Woman, Captain America, and the list goes on.

 

#3 – Waldo – This is a simple costume to put together. Any red and white striped doggie sweater or shirt would work. And, don’t be afraid to spray paint the red stripes on a plain white doggie sweater. Head to the pet store and look for a white dog beanie and paint stripes on it. And the glasses? You can easily make the Waldo glasses out of black pipe cleaners.

 

#4 – Three Headed Dog – Venture to the toy store or anywhere that carries stuffed animals. Look for two stuffed animals that are the same breed (and coloring) as your dog. Attach the heads of the stuffed animals to your dog’s collar. The three-headed dog is funny and oh so cute!

 

Whichever pet costume you chose, we wish you and your pup a Happy and Safe Halloween!  For a quick quote on Protect Your Bubble’s Pet Insurance, visit ProtectYourBubble.com.

 

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Why I Fell in Love with Peru

Those who know me best know that I love traveling to new places and experiencing new cultures and cuisine. I try to put my passport to use every year. So 2013, I decided to put it to use to visit Peru.  The country has been on my must-travel-to list for quite some time now and I was excited to finally have to opportunity to go.  And what could be a better reason, than to watch two of my friends get married!

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CUSCO

We spent the first 4 days of the trip in Cusco, which is a quaint city located about an hour plane ride away from Lima. It’s an ancient city which at one time was the most important city in the Incan Empire. It now serves as a beautiful city with sweeping views of the Andes….and also the city in which the wedding took place. The altitude in Cusco is more than 12,000 feet above sea level. Thus, making the air thin. It’s very common for hotels, restaurants, and other public buildings to have oxygen tanks on standby for those are who are short on air. Altitude sickness affects many differently. Some experience nausea, headaches, shortness of breath and general discomfort. It’s advised to drink plenty of water and allow your body to adjust to the new altitude. And for the adventurous traveler, Cocoa Tea is recommended by the locals.

 

The wedding took place in Cusco in a beautiful hotel which used to serve as a monastery hundreds of years ago. The grounds were stunning and beautifully manicured and the building was breathtaking. And speaking of breathtaking, Mariella, the bride, looked gorgeous. They are a wonderful  couple and it truly was one of the most beautiful weddings I’ve had the privilege to attend.

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MACHUPICCHU

No trip to Peru would be complete without out a visit to Machupicchu, one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. It’s an amazing empire built by the Incans nestled on one of the peaks in the Andes Mountains. Many travelers each year take the pilgrimage to the ancient ruins by foot. Starting the journey in Cusco, the trek takes about 4 days. Along the way, the hikers are sure to experience the Peruvian culture first hand through the stunning scenery , the small villages that hikers pass though and the pure serenity that only nature can provide. Others opt for a more luxurious option: by train (which is what I chose.) The train is comfortable and is equipped with a glass ceiling for maximum views of the Peruvian countryside along the way. Meals and beverages are served aboard the 4 hour journey through countryside, over rivers, and through mountains. You know you’re approaching the foothills of Machu Picchu as you start seeing snow capped mountains ahead and intermittent ruins beginning to become more commonplace.  The train’s route ends in a small city called Aguas Calientes, translated as “hot waters” due to the natural hot springs in the area. The city is located in the valley and surrounded by the green, jungle-like mountains.

 

Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, we quickly checked into our hotel and set off for the bus ride up to the peak of the mountain where we would finally experience Machupicchu. The bus ride was a thrill for sure; narrow roads, a windy route, steep drop offs and no guardrails. The 20 minute scenic ride went by quickly. I recommend to anyone who goes to Machupicchu to get your passport stamped. It’s a cool memento and a worth the wait in line.

 

When we finally arrived at the site of the ancient city, we were speechless. I have never experienced such natural beauty that is so intertwined with man’s creation. And the architecture found within Machupicchu’s ruins has been a mystery for many scientists and researchers. The site was built with such precision, that not even the blade of a thin knife can fit through the mortar-less stonework. Upon touring the site, we learned about other mysteries that have been baffling experts for a while: Where did this civilization go? It appears as though the people just disappeared hundreds of years ago. There are no records that explain this. Why did the Spanish not conquer this civilization as they had all other Incan civilizations of its time? We may never know. But one thing’s for sure: the Incans left us with a true jewel.

 

Peru is truly a beautiful place to experience, so it’s important that tourists are adequately prepared before their Peruvian adventure commences. Below are a few tips I would recommend to anyone who plans to make this journey.

 

  •  Allow time to adjust – Machupicchu is located in a very high altitude. Tourists should allow a few days in Cusco to adjust to the altitude before making the trek up to the site. It’s common for tourists to suffer from altitude sickness. Travelers should drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol for the first few days and get plenty of rest. You can also visit a travel clinic beforehand and get a prescription for altitude sickness medication as a precaution.

 

  • Research the significance – Before heading to Peru, research the history of the land and its historical significance. Incan culture is a big part of Peru and it will help tourists fully comprehend the beauty of Machupicchu.

 

  • Endurance Prep – There are two ways to get up to Machupicchu. If the multi-day hiking/camping excursion is the method of choice, tourists should be sure to spend the months leading up to the trip exercising to build up endurance. It’s not an easy trail, so the more prep, the more enjoyable the journey.

 

  • Be adventurous with food – Do not, I repeat, DO NOT eat at a McDonalds during your trip. Did you go halfway around the world to eat somewhere you can easily go to at home? Hopefully not! Part of truly experiencing a culture is through the food. Peruvian food is wonderful and exotic. Be sure to try the local delicacy: Cuy. Or as we call it in the states: Guinea Pig. It tastes just like chicken. Honest!

 

  • Try to learn a little Spanish – The people are nice and very helpful to tourists, but it’s a nice way to prepare for your trip. Good phrases to know are “Thank you,” “How much does this cost,” “Where are the restrooms” and “No thank you.” In either case, bring a language translator.
  • Get covered – Before traveling, I was sure to get travel insurance through Protect Your Bubble. It was affordable, easy to purchase and I enjoyed having peace of mind throughout my Peruvian adventure.

 

When planning your Peruvian adventure, remember that vacation insurance is a great way to cover trip emergencies, cancellations and interruptions. Visit ProtectYourBubble.com for a quick quote.

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Tips for Your Safety Online

Millions of people around the world rely on the internet in exchanging information, communication, and storing personal data. The internet is so vast and gives people wide arrays of areas to explore, collaborate and create. With the advent of this technology, it is best to keep in mind your safety online, so you can enjoy and maximize the most of it.

 

Cyber-crime comes in different forms. A cyber criminal might try to access your information – like your password, email, banking details, pictures, social security number, etc. They can do this in various ways such as installing malware on your computer, tricking you into giving them the information, or trying to hack into your account. Afterwards, they could steal from you, do a fake account with your details, you or even sell your personal details to the internet bidders.

 

The internet can also be used by cyber criminals to sell you fake goods, to scam you, or make you do things that cost you money without your knowledge. They could also use your computer or a website you own as a means to commit cyber crime.

 

Here are some tips for safety online that you can use. Whether you are a new Internet user or an expert, these tips might be of great help to you:

 

1. Secure Your Passwords

 

When it comes to your safety online, having a password is your protection and defense against cyber criminals. It is important to have strong passwords that are not easily identifiable. You can use a long password with letters, numbers and symbols as combination. If you plan to write down your password, make sure you don’t leave notes or hints with your passwords in plain sight. Set up and keep your password recovery options updated so in case you forget your password you can easily recover them.

 

2. Avoid Online Scams

 

The web could be a wonderful place, but there are people who might have bad intentions. Do not simply trust any website, especially if they seem malicious. Do not give your personal information easily.

 

3. Use Secure Networks

 

Be extra careful whenever you go online using a network you don’t know, especially Wi-Fi networks that are public. The provider can access some of your details without your knowledge. Make sure that when you connect or use a Wi-Fi service, it is a network that you trust.

 

4. Sign Out of Your Account

 

If you are using another person’s computer, or accessing your personal details in a public place – like a computer shop, make sure that you sign out your account. People might access your account after you leave, and they might access your personal information in your online accounts. They can also use your account to make transactions using your profile in their behalf.

 

5. Lock Your Computer Screen

 

If you are leaving your home, office, or your workplace where your computer is, always make sure to lock it. Just like locking your car after you park, your computer is just as valuable. Remember that your personal files, information, and other important data are stored there, so it pays to take some extra measures in protecting it.

 

If you’re looking for a little extra protection from identity theft threats against you or your loved ones, you might want to check out our affordable and enhanced identity theft services.

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Top 5 Myths About Pet Health Insurance

In the United States, only about 1% of pet parents have pet health insurance. This figure is abysmal when compared to 30% to 50% in other countries. Pet Lifestyle expert Kelly Diedring Harris attributes this sad state of affairs to the top 5 myths about pet health insurance. You can watch this video to find out what these myths are or read the notes below:

 

 

 

1. Pet health insurance is too expensive.

 

At some point in the past, this was true. But there’s affordable pet health insurance plans now. You can buy packages for $30/month or less, depending on the coverage that you want. When you consider this amount against a thousand dollar surgery – keep in mind that 92% of dogs will need surgery at one point or another – then paying $30 a month isn’t too much.

 

And let’s face it, veterinary surgery costs ways more than a thousand dollars.

 

2. Pet health insurance is only for sick pets.

 

Absolutely not true. As mentioned above, your cats and dogs, or any pet for that matter, will be in a pet emergency at least once in their lives. Furthermore, they’ll need routine pet care, e.g. vaccinations to keep them healthy. These procedures cost hundreds of dollars and if you didn’t budget for it, you’re going to make some very hard decisions that will affect the life of your pet. Having pet health insurance is like saving for pet emergencies and expensive pet care.

 

3. Pet health insurance has too many exclusions to be worth it.

 

Back in the 90’s it did. But nowadays pet health insurance plans cover a lot, including pre-existing conditions that haven’t shown up in the last 6 months. Depending on the plan that you’ll buy, plans may cover medical emergencies, routine pet care, alternative therapy and pet behaviors.

 

4. You cannot choose your own vet.

 

Not true at all. Any licensed veterinarian can treat your pet if they are willing to work under the plan.

 

5. Pet insurance is a hassle.

 

It’s not a hassle anymore. With just click of your mouse, it will be easy to find out exactly what plans cover and if you have any questions, you can contact the insurer to get more details.
And what’s the real hassle is not having the money to pay for expensive pet surgeries. There are many pet parents who have to make the hard decision to give up their pets because they do not have the money for pet care. With ongoing pet health insurance, you will never have to make that decision.

 

Protect Your Bubble, one of the leading providers of pet health insurance in the US, we offer affordable pet health insurance with packages that start at $30 a month. Visit this link for more info: http://us.protectyourbubble.com/pets-insurance/

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Police Office Shares Smartphone Theft Prevention Tips

Smartphone theft in the United States is very serious. Around 113 smartphones are lost or stolen every minute in the country, with Philadelphia, Seattle and Oakland high on the list of cities with high occurrence of smart phone theft.

 

Here to share some tips on smartphone theft prevention is Police Officer D. Hall

 

 

 

As Officer Hall states, you must pay extra attention to where you put your cell phone when you’re not using it. For starters, don’t just leave it on the console of your car where anyone can see it. Neither should you leave it on the seat because thieves will not think twice about breaking in to your car to get your smart phone. More importantly, always make sure that your car doors are locked. Don’t make it easy for someone to get anything from your car.

 

If you happen to frequent coffee shops, don’t just leave your phone on the table. The incidence of smart phone theft in coffee shops is pretty high. Anyone can just pick up your phone when you’re busy reading a book or chatting with your friend without anyone noticing it. Better put it in your bag or your purse.

 

Officer Hall also shares some steps you can take to get your smart phone back when it’s stolen or lost. One of them is to activate the GPS tracker of your phone. You can also use anti-theft apps to locate your phone. Find My iPhone and Android Lost are two of the most popular apps for locating a lost or stolen phone. Not only can they track the location of your phone a map, both apps allow you to remotely control the data on your device and wipe them out completely.

 

Another form of protection against smartphone theft is to purchase smartphone insurance. Should you fail to locate your phone, you won’t feel too bad about the loss because you can have a new phone the day after your phone is stolen following an approved claim.

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