Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Make your own Frontline Plus kit

If you are a pet owner who has an outside dog, or if you take your indoor dog on outdoor walks, blood-sucking fleas and ticks can be a nuisance.  Squirrels, raccoons, and rodents can carry fleas and their eggs onto your lawn.  If you go hiking, flea eggs can hitchhike on your shoes.  While you may keep your dog very clean, fleas may still find a way onto your pet’s fur.

Female fleas can lay 20 eggs at a time, up to 500 eggs in their lifetime.  These flea eggs hatch in about 12 days.  Fleas can transmit serious conditions like tapeworms, bubonic plague, typhus and stomach flu.  If you’ve ever had an itchy flea bite, you know that it is annoying as hell. 

We walk our puppy Abby 3 to 4 times a day.  It’s been a relaxing way to get some low impact movement on a regular basis.  Since I no longer bike to my office, I wake up at 6am every morning to take Abby on a brisk 20 to 30 minute walk.  She is full of energy. 

Abby picked up a few hitchhiking fleas on one of her outings.  We noticed her scratching her fur, then picked off the few fleas we found with tweezers.  Our friend gave us 2 months worth of a topical flea treatment made by Hartz; we used it right away.  Luckily, Abby’s flea problem has not come back and we did not have a flea infestation at home.  I’ve heard how absolutely terrible a flea infestation can be.

Frontline Plus
Frontline Plus is one of the most popular over the counter flea and tick products.  It kills 100% of adult fleas within 12 hours and 100% of all ticks and lice within 48 hours.  It’s also waterproof in case your pet likes to swim.  Frontline Plus is topical and applied monthly.

Frontline Plus comes in a variety of sizes, designed for dogs of different body weight.  For instance, Frontline Plus for small dogs is designed to work on dogs 22lbs or less.  Frontline Plus for large dogs is designed to work on dogs between 45 to 88lbs.  Both products have the exact same cost and the exact same active ingredients.  The only difference between the “large” and “small” Frontline Plus products is the amount of medication used per dose. 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The end of Amazon Payments

A friend of mine just linked me to this Fatwallet Finance discussion about the end of Amazon Payments.  It looks like the end of the program is near.

It’s been a great run for Amazon Payments
I first wrote about Amazon Payments in April 2013 here. Amazon Payments has been a great way to earn some extra points and miles by sending someone up to $1,000 per month with your credit card without paying any fees.

As of October 13, 2014, Amazon Payments users will no longer be able to send, receive, or request money from other Amazon Payments users.  I’m not complaining too much because this method of manufactured spending has lasted quite some time!

This means you can still send up to $1,000 until the end of September, and another $1,000 until October 12, 2014.  But that’s it.

The game keeps changing and we will find other ways to earn more points and miles.  Read more about the upcoming changes to Amazon Payments here.   

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Flying Cathay Pacific First Class from Hong Kong to Los Angeles

The Cathay Pacific first class experience
In the frequent flyer community, Cathay Pacific has the reputation of offering one of the world’s best flying experiences.  In July 2013, Cathay Pacific refreshed and upgraded their first class cabins on their 777-300ER planes to make the experience even better. 

The first class seats are extremely spacious, have massage functions, and can recline fully flat to transform into a comfortable bed in the sky.  Cathay Pacific first class bedding has 500 thread count cotton duvets, pillows, cushions, and a thick bed mattress that rests on top of the seat.  Each suite has it’s own multi-port iPhone connector and USB port for charging your electronic devices 

First class male passengers are provided an Ermenegildo Zegna amenity pouch while first class female passengers are provided a Trussardi amenity bag with Aesop skincare and toiletries.  First class passengers are also given 100% organic cotton pajamas and slippers made by PYE, and Bose Quiet Comfort 15 Acoustic Noise Canceling headphones.

Dining in the sky includes a full menu of unlimited free champagne, caviar, steak, fruit, snacks, desserts, and more at your seats.  

How much room is available in Cathay Pacific’s 777 first class?  This 275 passenger airplane only has 6 seats in First Class.  The 6 first class seats are spread across two rows.  For comparison: in economy class, each row has 9 seats, versus the 3 seat row in first class.  First class passengers won’t be bumping elbows on this flight.  Here’s the seat layout of the plane. 

Why am I writing about Cathay Pacific’s first class offering?  Because we will be experiencing it soon!
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