Thursday, April 30, 2015

#InspiredbyCrafted ~ Hill’s® Ideal Balance™ Crafted™ ~ Small batches! Crafted with Care

This post is sponsored by Hill’s. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Hill’s® Ideal Balance™ Crafted™, but Green and Glassie only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article.

Making sure Diesel has the best food is so important to us. Knowing his food contains quality ingredients made especially to ensure a healthy dog is key for him to stay healthy. 
Hill’s® Ideal Balance™ Crafted™  is designed to provide natural nutrition.
Living in farm country we know the importance of using quality ingredients! It is important to us that all Ideal Balance™ Crafted® pet foods are made in the U.S. from only natural ingredients with no corn, wheat or soy. Made in small batches using no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.  All the goodness and the boys think it taste great too!

Why did Hill’s® go to the extreme to make 
Ideal Balance™ Crafted®?

Hill's is aware that more and more people are focusing on  eating healthier with less preservatives. Serving balanced diets full of nutritional foods.  We are paying attention to what is in our food. We want our food to be natural, locally sourced ingredients, and sustainable preparation processes. So why would we feed our pets anything less.

Hill's being a leader in quality pet products developed Hill’s® Ideal Balance™ Crafted™ pet food made the way I would make it if I could. Using only quality ingredients made in small batches for 100% balanced nutrition for my pet.

Check out Digger & Diesel on their daily stroll through the back acres of the strawberry farm.  Digger is the 90 pound 10 month old Lab and Diesel is the 12 pound 4 month old 
Smooth Fox Terrier! They are the best of friends!

Ensuring they stay healthy is our job! Two ways I know we are doing right by them is - making sure they eat a nutritious diet of quality food and ensuring they get plenty of exercise and play! 
Make sure to check your favorite pet product supplier 
for the 
New Hill’s® Ideal Balance™ Crafted™ products. While you are there check out all the quality products Hill's offers.

I had to share with you one of Hill's Prescription Treats!
Treats Metabolic
Check out the cute Smooth Fox Terrier on the package! Check out Diesel - I know he is picture perfect for a dog treat bag! 

Stay in Touch with Hill’s 
Make sure to check out Hill's 
Website for Special Offers 

Treat your pet to food made in small batches made with the same care and attention to detail that we use preparing meals for our family at home. 
Hill's Ideal Balance Crafted cares!!!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Barking Wednesday ~ Dog Collars

This Barking Wednesday I wanted to talk about Dog Collars.  Gosh there is so much information online about  which collar is best for dogs.  I think it should be worded the other way around. Which collar is best for which breed of dog and also take into consideration the personality of the dog. 

King my Black Lab that passed after Christmas always worn a neck collar. A Tough Hound Collar with all of his information engraved on the collar.

King always liked a collar - he never had any issue with wearing a collar. The Tough Hound Collar had no rough edges and was made of strong leather. Since King was over 100 pounds  - we needed a strong collar. I liked the fact that his information was always on his collar. No risk of losing any dangling tags.

King played outside and always stayed in the yard. Often he would be outside by himself. 

Diesel on the other hand HATES a collar! He acts like we are killing him when we put on a collar. Right now I  am not a fan of a collar on Diesel because his neck is small and I would think it would hurt if he pulled on it.  So for Diesel we are using two different type of harnesses on him. A coat harness and a lead harness.
Since Diesel only weighs 12 pounds a harnesses works great. Diesel is never outside alone and we are always with him. When Diesel is in the house we take off the harnesses. When he gets older we plan to have him also wear a collar. 

A few tips I do know about collars:
  • Never leave a chock collar on a dog when not training the dog
  • Never leave a Prong or Pinch collar on a dog when not training the dog
  • Many collar companies will engrave or embroider your dogs info on the collar
  • Make sure the collar has no rough edges that could cause skin irrational for your dog
  • Some collars have breakaway clasp to prevent chocking
  • If the dog collar is cloth - make sure to wash it often to ensure it is clean to prevent skin irritation.
  • Beware of plastic collars they can get hot and cause skin irritation. 
  • Harness collars come in varies designs - find out which design works best for your dog.
  • Coat collars are by size. I like to try on the coats at the store to make sure they fit properly. Coats are not one size fits all and a medium in one brand may not be the same size in a different brand. 

Monday, April 27, 2015

Repurpose Products

Have your heard of Repurpose?

Repurpose® is a line of sustainable tableware that exclusively from plants. Every product is durable, renewable, non-toxic, BPA-free, and 100% made from plants, not petroleum. They are also compostable within 90 days in an industrial composting facility.
Great products that do make a difference.
All products are:
Certified compostable breaks down in a matter of months 
BPA & Chlorine Free
Generates less CO2 than a traditional paper or plastic tableware
Made from Bagasse 100% biodegradable sugar cane fiber

I received a very nice selection to review.

All of the products are available on AMAZON!

I found the products to be extremely sturdy - the plates & bowls held a lot of food,  and the utensils held up for the meal. I would compare them to the tough plates that are available at the store.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The Best Baby Food: 125 Healthy & Delicious Recipes for Babies & Toddlers

Incredibly delicious baby food using ingredients you often have on hand.
Organized by age and accompanied by nutritional information.
Helping your baby acquire a taste for wholesome, healthy food is the best way to ensure that they develop eating habits that will promote good health throughout life.
Full-color throughout and packed with practical nutritional information and easy-to-make recipes, this book will show you how to create an array of delicious and interesting dishes that your baby or toddler will simply love.
The chapters are broken down according to age, beginning with 6 to 9 months — when most babies can start eating solid food. From there, it moves on to 9 to 12 months and 12 months +/Toddlers. The techniques are simple and baby tested, and the results are nothing short of mouth-watering. 
You’ll be able to prepare your own baby food safely and easily, and complete nutritional information is included for each recipe. There’s also a Chef Jordan Tip and a Nutrition Tip, profiling information that you will find very valuable, both as a parent and as a cook. With the help of this book, you’ll soon be able to create great-tasting meals and help your baby or toddler become a healthy eater who enjoys a wide variety of tantalizing foods.

If you want to make sure your baby has the best food - this is the perfect cookbook for you. Learn how to ensure your baby is getting the best possible diet of healthy good for them food!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Shelf Life ~ The Publicist Book 2 by Christina George

The Publicist  Book 2
Shelf Life

An industry of out-of-control of egos, unrealistic expectations, and books with the shelf life of milk. This is Kate’s world, but for how long?
When one of Kate Mitchell’s star authors is carted away in handcuffs, she thinks it’s only the beginning of her troubles. As her world crumbles around her, Kate desperately looks for anyone to hold on to but finds that happy endings are truly works of fiction. When her career and love affair hit their expiration dates, Kate sets off on a new adventure....
Starting over in California is easy, but Kate soon learns that leaving her old life behind isn’t. Nicholas Lavigne is eager to help her forget, but two things still own her heart: the dream of discovering the next great American novel and MacDermott Ellis. As Kate tries to rebuild her life, she finds a surprising gift that reboots her career in a new and unexpected direction. Suddenly her name becomes synonymous with one of the biggest best sellers publishing has seen in ages, and she's welcomed back with open arms. At the height of her success, the ghosts of her past come back to remind her of the world she'd been trying to forget and the man who never let go of her heart. Behind the book there’s always more to the story.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Guest Post ~ Do You Have the Courage to Be You? by Jenny Williamson

You were created on purpose for a purpose.

Let that thought sink deep into who you are—deep into a place where logic cannot interrupt. Contemplate your own uniqueness. Let yourself become pregnant with the possibility there is something distinctive that you and only you were created to do. Ponder this fact—if you don’t dream it, create it, write it, tell it, sing it, or build it—“it” won’t ever be done. Ignore the negative voices attempting to tell you another story. Dare to believe that you have a water walking, giant slaying, history making destiny that will change you and your world.
I understand believing in a purpose and discovering it are two different things. Finding the answers to the age-old questions “Who am I?” and “What am I supposed to be doing?” can seem daunting, ambiguous, and unattainable, especially when you are already overwhelmed by the demands placed upon you — paying the bills, going to work, raising kids, attending school and meeting everyone else’s expectations. A journey of purpose can end up on the bottom of your already long, list of things to do as excuses are offered to rationalize, why there is no time to contemplate or pursue our unique purpose.
However, I believe buried beneath the excuses is the real truth. Most of us just do not believe we even have a purpose. That belief can defeat us before we even begin forcing us to return to our routines, responsibilities, and lives filled trivia and mediocrity. I know, because that is exactly what I believed and what I did for years until I heard a question whispered to my heart …

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Barking Wednesday ~ Dog Toxins

This Barking Wednesday I want to share with you the 
Top 10 Toxins 
and the 
Top 10 Kitchen Toxins 
for you Dog!

 1. Chocolate
 2. Mouse & Rat Poison
 3. Vitamins & minerals
 4. Human pain relievers
 5. Heart medication
 6. Cold & allergy medications
 7. Antidepressants
 8. Xylitol
 9. Acetaminophen
10. Caffeine Pills

 1. Chocolate
 2. Xylitol - any sugar free gum or candy
 3. Grapes, raisins & currants
 4. Caffeine (coffee & tea)
 5. Fatty meat scrapes
 6. Onions, garlic & chives
 7. Macadamia nuts
 8. Unbaked yeast bread dough
 9. Alcohol
10.Table Salt

If at anytime you think your dog has eaten any of these items - contact your vet immediately!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Tame Your Inner Critic Book & Workbook by Della Temple

Release Negative Self-Talk & Gain the Happiness You Deserve
Uncover the authentic you, control the critic within, and find the peace you need to live your life on purpose. Learn to silence the persistent chatter of your inner critic and replace it with the voice of your inner guidance, your spirit.
Tame Your Inner Critic takes you on a journey of self-discovery, exploring the energy of your thoughts and turning the negative into positive. Discover how to use your innate intuitive abilities to heal these energies and discard judgments and criticisms that have built up over the years. Find your true north—your own internal wisdom that is connected to the divine and gives you guidance. With specialized exercises and meditations, this book shows you how to banish negativity, improve your relationships, and realize new ways to share your gifts with the world around you.

Start Living Your Life on Purpose - Most of us have little trouble being open-hearted and giving of spirit to our friends and loved ones. What's much harder is seeing those same qualities within ourselves; being as kind and compassionate to ourselves as we are to the people in our lives. If you recognize the desire to move away from the negative self-talk, to learn to nurture and care for your Spirit, then take the next step toward loving yourself inside and out. Tame Your Inner Critic: The Workbook, is just that - a companion guide to Della Temple's Tame Your Inner Critic, Find Peace and Contentment to Live Your Life on Purpose (Llewellyn, 2015). But it is more than just an exercise book. It is your diary, your journal, your best friend, and a lifeline to your internal wisdom, as you journey toward uncovering your life's purpose. Interspersed among the suggested exercises and meditations are thought-provoking questions, urging you to dig deep into the recesses of your internal wisdom. You will learn to fill yourself with your true power, finding peace and contentment as you discover the gift you are meant to share with the world. You will refine ways to set your attitude, consciously choose your thoughts and feelings, and stay grounded alongside other people's energies. By journey's end, you will have discovered your true north--your life's purpose and ways to share this gift with the world

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Worth the Weight by Mara Jacobs

As many of you know my husband is a Yupper. Yep - born in Laurium, Michigan - at the top of the  upper peninsula. We do not live there but have often thought about moving to the Copper Country. In fact about 2 years ago we gave it some serious consideration to moving to Calumet. The country is beautiful - unlike anywhere else in the world. 

I found Worth of Weight by scanning free romance novels. Thank goodness I decided to take a chance and read the book. I love the characters ~ Mara does an excellent job expressing their emotions. I found myself caught up int he real life drama of the book. 

Worth the Weight is Book 1 in the New York Times bestselling Worth Series 

A New Body... 
A New Life... 
An Old Flame? 

Lizzie Hampton is literally a shadow of her former self. Having lost half her body weight, she's headed to her small hometown to test out her new body on an old flame. 
Just a harmless fling to get her self confidence back before she returns to 
the city and the new man in her life. 

But Lizzie's plan has a few bumps in the road. 

Finn Robbins can't believe Liz is back in town. Desperate to be the holder of her innocence eighteen years ago, he never got the chance. 
Now she's back and he can finally check her off his to do list. 

But her friends, his son, and the mysterious Annie may have something to say about that. 

This book contains 2-3 fairly graphic love scenes and the F-bomb is detonated somewhat frequently. If it was a movie, it would be rated a hard R. 

Worth the Weight is Book one in the Worth Series - I am excited about reading the others. 

I always buy both Kindle & Audible - I use Whispersync. It is a great way to enjoy both reading and being read to.
Check it out - when you purchase the Kindle book you have a option to add Whispersync for only $1.99 ~ GREAT DEAL!!!!
Also -  right now Worth the Weight is FREE on Amazon!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Tap That Booker #2 by John W Mefford

A performance for the ages.

Courtney Johnson brings the house down in the heart of the vibrant Dallas Arts District. Later, shrills pierce the hallways of Wyle Theater when Courtney, a budding Broadway musical star, is found dead, a single bullet to the head.

Driven to find the killer before panic tears apart the arts community and all those who support it, private investigator Booker T. Adams discovers evidence of a professional hit, then uncovers a lovers ' triangle that takes him all the way to the mean streets of Boston.

And then it happens again. Another performer killed, someone Booker had met. Rocked by the shocking murders, performers and patrons alike fear that a serial killer is on the loose, and no one knows when and or where another dead body will show up.

But professional obligations quickly morph into personal vendettas. Running against an unforgiving clock, Booker is forced to solicit the help of a crime boss, The Shark.

With his life threatened at almost every turn, and his heart being put through a meat grinder, Booker taps into every resource at his disposal to stop more than just a killer.

But at what price?

Full of unforgettable characters, bone-chilling suspense and stunning thrills, BOOKER - Tap That is a wild ride that will test even the most fervent reader's quest for a luminous reading experience.

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Earth Day Month ~ EO Products is Making a Difference!

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20 Years of Earth Day at EO Products

EO Sets the Bar for Sustainability in the Personal Care Industry

Want to know what's rare in the beauty industry? A company that manufactures everything in house.  Want to know what else is rare in the beauty industry? A company that prioritizes sustainability in everything that it does, every single day.

What does sustainability mean to EO? It¹s not just about recycling and lowering energy usage. It's
about creating healthy products from the inside out, and business practices that sustain that integrity. While delivering organic and non-GMO personal care products to the world, they feel a responsibility to reduce the impact of their plastic bottles and manufacturing practices.

When EO began 20 years ago, their goal was to create a higher level of responsibility for products that go on people¹s bodies and in the ground. The most impactful thing we do is create products that are healthy for people and don¹t pollute the planet, said Susan Griffin-Black, co-founder and co-CEO of EO Products. Larger volume brands can tell a great story about the tons of paper they saved, or the recycle path for their packaging, but what¹s inside the package? Is it toxic to humans and the environment? 

On the Inside ­ EO Formulations

       Organic (when available) and Natural Ingredients
       Gluten Free
       Cruelty Free
       Synthetic Fragrance Free
       Paraben Free
       Disodium EDTA Free
       Sodium Laureth/Lauryl Sulfate Free
       Polysorbate Free

On the Outside ­ EO Packaging

EO has had to work hard and search wide to secure the technology for the 100% PCR packaging on their renowned blue bottles. Glass is not an option for kids in the bathtub, so how do you deliver healthy products in a way that feels good? They are just at the cusp of being able to leverage their volume where they can demand more earth-friendly innovations from their suppliers. Since they have the organic and natural formulations down to a science, EO can focus on innovations in manufacturing and packaging. Here are some initiatives for 2015:

€  Label Backing ­ The backing of a label is usually wax paper; half of the label is waste (the backing). As soon as the label industry was able to make a liner made from PET, EO jumped on it. They recycle the PET liner and it gets turned into recycled flooring and decking.

€  Pulp Packaging ­ EO is always looking at ways to close the loop on use and re-use. As they integrate more cardboard pulp packaging (like egg cartons), the goal is to take existing cardboard and close that loop by recycling with a local BCorp partner to turn it into new packaging.

  EO Founder Brad Black in warehouse sharing new packaging

€  Hotel Amenities ­ In the past, EO provided the hotel industry with amenity products in 1.5 oz. plastic bottles. This never felt right because it creates so much waste. According to the Plastic Disclosure Project, approximately 8 million tons of plastic waste finds its way into the oceans every year. In 2015, EO is finalizing the move to a 100% refill program with hotels, fitness centers and business janitorial services.
   EO's goal is to be Zero Waste Certified by Q1 2016
Core Values
EO chooses to manufacture in house because it allows control over quality and integrity in the process of formulating each and every product they make ­ over 250 and growing.

For them, the word Œcontrol means Œintention ‹with conscious actions and understanding our impact on ourselves and others, said Brad Black, co-founder and co-CEO of EO Products.  How they participate on a day to day, minute by minute basis with a deeper engagement with the outcome.  You can't buy that or shop it out because you have to be engaged. That's why they come to work to maintain core values in everything they do.

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B Corporations value purpose, accountability, and transparency. They are for-profit businesses that put equal value on social and environmental issues as they do on profits. EO has been working with the same values since day one, and they¹ve been a certified B Corp since January 1, 2012.

ABOUT EO PRODUCTSAt EO Products, they put the same care into responsible business practices as they do into crafting natural and organic personal care products that people love. EO stands for Essential Oils, which is at the heart and soul of everything they do. All of their products are all natural, non-GMO, gluten-free, cruelty-free and we source organic ingredients whenever and wherever we can. They never use synthetic fragrances ever. We have two brands: EO® and Everyone by EO®. EO formulations are made with pure essential oils, are indulgent to the senses, and are naturally aromatherapeutic. Everyone by EO formulations are made with uplifting essential oil blends that offer effective, affordable everyday personal care for every body. As a Certified B Corp, EO Products is family owned and operated out of Marin County, California and was founded in 1995. EO products are available online, at EO Exchange Stores in Mill Valley and San Francisco, at over 6,000 natural food and specialty stores nationwide, and in 11 countries around the world. For more information, please visit, or call 800.570.3775.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Recycle by Supporting Cell Phones for Soldiers

Check out how a national military nonprofit, started by kids, funds its mission by recycling unwanted cellphones?

For more than a decade, the national nonprofit, Cell Phones For Soldiers has provided free communication services to active-duty military members and veterans by recycling mobile devices. The charity works with and engages thousands of volunteers to collect and recycle used cellphones to benefit military members. 
Cell Phones For Soldiers has more than 3,800 public cellphone drop-off locations across the country. The proceeds from recycling the phones are used to fund the charity’s two programs, Minutes That Matter and Helping Heroes Home. Since its inception, the charity has kept more than 11.6 million cellphones out of landfills.

The charity was founded in 2004 with $21, by then 11 and 12 -year-old brother and sister, Robbie and Brittany Bergquist. They were inspired by a local solider returning from Iraq who had incurred an almost $8,000 phone bill while deployed.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Barking Wednesday ~ Vet Visit

Welcome to Barking Wednesday. Today I wanted to share with everyone Diesel's first Vet Appointment.

I took Diesel to a new vet. When I was deciding on a new vet - I wanted a small practice. 
I like the smaller practices where the staff know you and your animal. When we started with Dr. Harris he had just graduated from school and had been working with a larger practice. He started his own practice and we followed him. After years of building his practice - he had a huge practice with five vets working for him. We were still okay since I always requested Dr. Harris. Since he retired and sold the practice to two of the vets on his staff - the personalized care seemed to be gone for me. Once King passed and we got Diesel, I knew it was time for us to move on to a new vet.  

Going to a new vet ~ seems so odd to me. I choose Countryside Veterinary Clinic in Burlington for Diesel's new vet. Small practice - his wife is the office manager and he has two assistants. I was made to feel welcomed and I do believe I have found a fit for us.  I got the feeling that Diesel also liked him and the vet office. 

As always I came prepared with my list of questions for Dr George. I can not stress the importance of being prepared when you take your dog to the vet. I have learned the hard way that once inside if I do not have my list of questions - I miss very important topics I wanted to discuss. 

My Questions for the Vet were:
  • Heartworm treatment? Which treatment is best for his breed.
  • When is he due for more shots?
  • His weight?
  • When will Diesel be full grown?
  • Amount of food he recommends for his size?
  • Nail clipping?
  • Hiccups?
  • Scratching? Allergies?
  • Does he need supplements to his diet?
  • Is the amount of exercise he is getting sufficient?
  • Behaviors associated with Smooth Fox Terriers?
Diesel's vet appointment was a success. Next appointment the end of the month for his last puppy shot. 
Diesel's new vet is Country Veterinary Service ~ Dr. William George, DVM. I am positive we will have a great working relationship - when I felt comfortable during our first visit - I know it is a meant to be!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Are you familiar with Coolibar?