Wednesday, February 22, 2017

benecos ~ Natural Makeup

As you guys are aware I try to eat and live chemical free.  One of the items that seems to be my most difficult to really like is my makeup.  So when I was asked to give benecos a try I jumped at the chance to give a new makeup a try. 

I received a liquid foundation - eye shadow - lip stick. I must say I am impressed. So impressed that I have been sharing the name benecos with all my green friends. Even my non-green friends are interested in the foundation. 

The foundation goes on very smoothly. A small amount goes a long way. I found the Honey shade of the Flawless Face Matte Foundation very easy to blend  into my skin color around my hairline and my neck.  I have very sensitive skin - no irritation at all from the foundation. I have been using the foundation for over a week and I am reaction free. 

I think Benecos makes my skin look smoother and even toned. Very lightweight and goes on very easily after my moisturizer.
Foundation is for all skin types, including oily and blemish-prone as well as dry or mature. 
Available in three shades:
Nude is for porcelain to fair skin. (Note that the Benecos Creamy Foundations run a little lighter than Lavera’s, so the Benecos Nude is ligher than Lavera’s lightest shade Ivory.)
Honey is your shade if you have medium to olive toned skin with a nice warm glow.
Caramel works beautifully for very deep golden to darker olive toned skin.
Need help finding the right foundation for you? Its not impossible to choose the right color online. You're only 3 questions away from CHOOSING THE PERFECT FOUNDATION!
KEY ACTIVE INGREDIENTS:
•Certified organic jojoba, shea butter, and plant extracts add nourishing moisture 
  without clogging pores.
•Natural minerals provide the naturally beautiful shades. 
FORMULATED WITHOUT: METHYLPARABEN, BUTYLPARABEN, ETHYLPARABEN, PROPYLPARABEN, DIMETHICONE, POLYMERS, BHT, FORMALDEHYDE, SYNTHETIC FRAGRANCE, SYNTHETIC COLORS, MINERAL OIL, PETROLATUM, TRIETHANOLAMINE, MERCURY, CADMIUM, AND OTHER HEAVY METALS. BDIH Certified Natural, Cruelty Free, Gluten-Free, Vegan
If you are like me and want a natural make up give benecos a try.
Plus it is only $17.99
Who ever said good for you was expense has not tried benecos!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Hiking I Will Go

Hiking has become my newest favorite pass time.  I have always loved the outdoors but with my busy life I was not able to get out and smell the wild! Every year we would hike while on vacation but when I got home I was always busy doing something else.  

Not
anymore! 

Now I plan my hiking adventures.

I am super lucky - I have two friends that also love to hike.  This past weekend we spent time with our grandchildren hiking the National Park Ice Age Trail.  Wisconsin has 1100 miles of the Ice Age Trail - beautiful country.

We had a blast!  Life does not get much better than spending quality time with family and friends. What is really nice is that the IAA sponsors weekly hikes. I have joined them on the Wednesday at 10:30am hikes.  They also offer a scheduled Tuesday 4pm hike.  They offer special hikes - Davey & I enjoyed the Owl Nite Hike - we were guided by the light of the Snow Moon. Very fun evening hike. Every event I have met a great group of hikers. 


The Ice Age Alliance is a group dedicated to preserving the Ice Age Trail. They do a excellent job of organizing hikes and caring for the trails.

Here are a few pics of Lake LaGrange on the Ice Age Trail. To have 60 degrees in February was a dream come true.  



Is Cannabis Good for Your Pet?


Since the use of cannabis as a medical ingredient is currently legal in 23 US states, with California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada even allowing the use of recreational marijuana, cannabis is well on its way to being accepted in the whole of the United States of America. Medical cannabis can be used to treat a variety of pain syndromes like neuropathic pain, spasms induced by multiple sclerosis, epileptic seizures, nausea and much more. However, what most of us don’t know is that the benefits of cannabis are not limited to human beings only. Aged dogs in particular, can at times benefit from the use of hemp due to the terpene, phytocannabinoid and flavonoid content in the plant. In spite of that, since dogs are after all different from us, here are a few points which you should consider before introducing your pet to hemp supplements.

Hemp is Not Marijuana

Although both the ingredients come from the same cannabis plant, marijuana and hemp are definitely not one and the same. There are multiple differences between the two, but the main difference between hemp and marijuana is the fact that while the latter is known for its high content of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) which induces psychoactive symptoms, the former is known for its CBD (cannabidiol) content which may actually work against the effects of THC.

The Benefits of Hemp

Hemp seeds are nutritious with high protein content and they raise blood arginine which helps in vasodilation, thereby reducing blood pressure and the chances of cardiac ailments. Hemp seed oil is rich in omega 6 and omega 3 fatty acids, both of which contribute to canine health by reducing arthritis inflammation, allergic dermatitis and chances of kidney disease. Cats affected with FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) or FIP (Feline Infectious Peritonitis) can also benefit from the Omega 6 fatty acids. Moreover, sick pets suffering from severe pain owing to diseases such as cancer may find some relief through the use of medical cannabis. Regulated administering of hemp treats to dogs in general can lead to a stronger immune system, healthy skin and fur, faster growth and development, better fertility and a more active brain.

Lack of Research

In spite of the possibilities, there has not been enough documented official study done on the effects of using medical cannabis on cats and dogs to give us an established idea about what to expect in terms of both positive and negative effects. While the use of marijuana as a pain-relieving agent on suffering dogs is still illegal in the US, hemp supplements are perfectly legal. It is advised that if you do introduce your dog to the benefits of hemp supplements, do so in moderation to observe the effects it is having on your pet first.

The bottom line is that cannabis does have the potential to be good for your pets. However, we can only take advantage of the benefits of hemp at the moment as medical marijuana for dogs is not yet legal in the states. However, it is of the utmost importance to know the amount of THC and CBD content in each serving when buying a hemp treat. Dogs are significantly more sensitive to cannabis than human beings and therefore, a prominent guideline with detailed info on the ingredients and their composition in the final product is essential to avoid any chances of a THC overdose.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Healthy Chew Toy Options for Your Dog

For many years, dogs and other pets have been part of the families all over the world. When it comes to caring for the family dog, the industry surrounding toys, treats and
comfy beds is one that almost hits $100 billion per year. With so many treats, food, toys and other products on the market for your dog, how do you choose which is right for them? Here we take a look at treats that are healthy and a good option for your dog.




Treats for Clean Teeth

Other than brushing your dog’s teeth on a regular basis, keeping their mouth healthy and clean is not an easy task. That is where chew toys and other treats come into play. Dogs love to chew on things and companies have been making rawhide style chews for many years. Other companies have thought outside of the box and realized that elk antlers are an option for dogs to chew on as well. Dog elk antlers can be purchased for just about any breed or size of dog. They are affordable, tough and are going to ensure your dog’s attention is on one thing.

How to Choose the Right Chew Toy

Elk antlers are not just for the fun of your dog chewing on something. They are great for puppies in the development of strong teeth and muscles around the mouth. At first, you might think that the antlers are not safe for dogs to enjoy, but that is not the case. According to articles online, there are many benefits to using elk antlers as a chew toy. Choosing the best antler chew toy for your dog comes down to the breed and a few other factors. Antlers are dense, hard and great for the heavy chewer in your furry family. In many cases, they are naturally harvested in North America and if you do not want your dog to chew on a meat bone, they are the best alternative.

Elk Antler Chew Toys for Small Dog Breeds

There is a misconception that only dogs with large, strong mouths are able to enjoy the dog elk antlers as a chew toy, but that is not the case at all. According to research posted online, small breeds are also going to benefit from the chew toys. A little Bichon Frise might not be able to handle a full, 4 inch antler, but companies have catered to them with smaller pieces and some that are even split for convenience. For dogs that are not used to chewing on antlers, it is a good thing to get them used to it first by offering a softer, split option.

People love their dogs and when they become a part of the family, there is nothing you will not do to make them as happy as possible. Offering your dog something to keep it busy and something that brings healthy benefits to the dog is a great way to ensure your family pet lives a long life of happiness.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Just Holly

I wanted to share a special person's journey with my readers.  My good friend Holly lost her husband of over 35 years to cancer. November of 2015 Holly's life 
changed forever. 

She recently started a new blog Just Holly. Holly's description of her blog is "Widowhood is not for the faint of heart. This blog is dedicated to the survivors, to the strong, to the fierce, who choose to face their pain head on and then to make a life with what little is left of their heart. I believe by doing so, we honor those we loved because we LIVE!"

If there is anyone in your life living the pain of losing a spouse ~ please 
share Just Holly with them.