Thursday, July 6, 2017

4 More Fun Activities You Can Share with Your Dog

Having a dog in your life is already fun as it is. Dogs are very compassionate and caring, plus they make great companions; no matter how bad your day is, you will always find a reason to smile in your dog. I know I always smile whenever I see Diesel wagging his tail, no matter how badly my day went.

Even so, there is a long list of great things you can do together with your dog. Here are some more fun activities you can try if you want to bond with your dog more.

Day Trips and Hiking

Dogs generally love riding in a car, which means they are also great travel companions. If you need a break from the hustle and bustle of the city, taking your dog on a hiking trip is the perfect thing to try. The ride to the nearby park or hiking trail will be fun, while the hike itself can quickly turn into an adventure the two of you can enjoy together.
Traveling with dogs requires a bit more planning though. For starters, you need to check with the local authority regarding whether pets are allowed in the area. You also need to make sure that your dog is fit enough for the hike. Lastly, make sure you prepare and bring your dog’s travel essentials for the trip.


Another great thing to try is agility, an exciting dog sport that involves both the human and the dog. You basically guide your dog through a series of obstacles within a certain amount of time. It is a great training for the dog since agility helps develop confidence, release energy, and train your dog’s ability to focus. At the same time, you also learn to connect better with your dog.
Agility is done either as a competitive thing or for fun. Some dog parks have obstacles such as tunnels, balance beams, and hurdles for those who want to try agility with their dogs.

Trick Training

Training your dog to master new tricks is both fun and challenging. Certain proven methods like clicker training and positive reinforcement make the process more manageable. However, you still need to spend enough time practicing and maintaining consistency before the dog can fully master the trick.
Trick training is a great activity for improving your relationship with the dog. It is also a great therapy for dogs with behavioral problems. Besides, it’s more fun to show off the tricks your dog has mastered to others.


We all know that dogs need to release their stored energy regularly; this is one of the reasons why we take them for a walk. Playing fetch is a great alternative to walking. You can use a Frisbee, a ball, or even a stick to play the game. What’s important is enjoying the experience and letting your dog have fun while releasing energy too.

Fetch is a game that may require practice. In fact, almost all activities we covered in this article require a bit of practice. Take your time and enjoy these fun activities, however, and you will have an even better relationship with your dog.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Signs Your Dog isn’t Feeling Well and What to Do

We like to think that our dogs always feel great, are healthy, and happy, but sometimes they can feel under the weather or have something more serious going on. Because dogs can’t tell us when they don’t feel well, as owners it’s important to know what to what to watch for, and learn to read the signs that your dog isn’t feeling quite him/herself. So, what are the signs they aren’t feeling well, and what should you do about it? Here’s some advice that can help make things a bit more clear.

Diarrhea or Vomiting – More than Just Once

Helping a sick dog can be tricky since they aren’t able to communicate with you, but some symptoms are much more noticeable and easy to catch. Diarrhea and vomiting are two big signs your dog isn’t feeling well. If it only happens once, then it’s probably nothing to worry about or act upon, what you need to watch for is a dog that has vomited many times in one day, or had diarrhea throughout the day.
Along with these symptoms the dog may start to get lethargic, start to become dehydrated, and lose their appetite. There are all kinds of reasons these symptoms can be occurring so it's best to get your dog into the vet immediately. As well, try to encourage them to drink, and don't worry about pushing food on them.
Diarrhea and vomiting can be caused by eating human food. It is vital that you check out the foods your dog should never eat to prevent this from happening again.

Your Dog Suddenly Starts to Limp

If you have a dog who is healthy and full of energy and suddenly seems to be limping or having a hard time getting around, there’s a good chance they have injured themselves somehow. In these cases,it’s important to give your dog space, and not crowd him.Make sure he is somewhere safe where he can't fall and hurt himself further, and that his water is right there for him. Depending on how serious the injury seems, you can give it a day and see if the dog starts to recover, or you can call the vet.

Your Dog’s Breathing Becomes Labored

Just like with people, dogs can catch infections from time to time. If you should notice your dog has developed a cough, is wheezing, or seems to be having difficulty breathing, there is a good chance he may have a respiratory illness, cold, or even allergies. Give your dog a quiet, comfortable place to relax so he isn’t running around, and give the vet a call. It may be that he needs a round of antibiotics to fight his bug.

Your Dog Loses its Appetite

Dogs are notoriously known for being big eaters who don’t really care what it is they eat. If your dog is a great eater and suddenly loses interest in food, this is the time to book an appointment with the vet. Again,a number of things could be happening. Sometimes a dog may even be turned off his food suddenly. Without seeing a vet, it’s impossible to know what’s really going on.

Be Your Dog’s Voice

Because your dog can’t talk and vocalize how he is feeling, it’s up to you to be aware of any signs he may display so you can act as his voice. 

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Thinking About Adopting a Dog? Ask Yourself These 5 Questions

You’re ready for a canine companion and your Facebook feed is full of pictures of adorable pooches that need loving homes. But hold on! Don’t let your heart overrule your head. Taking in a rescue dog can be hugely rewarding but it can also end in tears. Ask yourself the following questions before you make a commitment.

Is This Your First Dog?

Caring for a dog for the first time brings its own challenges and you’ll have a lot to learn, so a rescue dog might not be the best choice for you right now. Every rescue dog will have issues - many have suffered abuse and neglect, while others will keenly miss their previous family. The time and patience needed to work through those problems with your pet could be more than you bargained for.

Are You Capable of Training an Older Dog?

Teaching a puppy to behave is much easier than retraining an older dog. If your rescue dog has obedience or anxiety issues, you’ll have to eradicate the unwanted behavior before you can hope to make any headway with his training.

Are Health Problems Likely to Be an issue?

Before your visit to the rescue center, do your homework and find out all you can about the dog breeds on your shortlist. Some breeds are prone to health problems and you’ll need to be prepared to meet the costs of dealing with those issues if they arise.
Bulldogs can develop respiratory problems, German Shepherds can suffer from Hip Dysplasia, and Boxer’s are at higher risk for certain cancers - and those are just a few of the problems that can affect pure breeds.
If huge vet bills aren’t something you want to deal with in the future, you’ll have a better chance of finding a healthy dog if you choose a mixed breed.

Is the Dog Used to Children?

If you have a young family, it’s important to choose a dog that’s used to children. Sometimes, the rescue center will have this information, but if the dog was picked up off the street, then it’s impossible to know how safe the dog will be around kids.
Some dogs have such gentle temperaments that they’re very unlikely to snap or bite, while others, not used to quick movements, high-pitched squeals, and over-enthusiastic playtime, can react aggressively out of fear or annoyance.

Is The Timing Right?

When you bring a new pet home, you’ll have fewer problems if you can keep the dog company for the first few weeks. If on the other hand, everyone is heading straight back to work or school, then the dog will be left alone, which will hamper his ability to get to know and trust you.
If possible, arrange some vacation time and give your dog the attention he needs while he settles into his new home.

Adopting a dog from a shelter is a great thing to do, and so long as you think things through and can fully commit to your new pooch, you’ll have a faithful friend, full of gratitude for his new forever home.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

A New Life: More About Prosthetics for Dogs

It is really sad to see a dog unable to run, jump, and enjoy a full, exciting life due to problems with the limbs. A few years ago, dogs who were born with deformed legs or whose legs were amputated for medical reasons had little to no option of living a full life. Many of them were put down for this very reason, while others end up with conventional carts that acted as extra support.

Today, however, there are so many more options for dogs suffering from leg injuries or deformity. Prosthetics for dogs have gotten really advanced these past few years. Here are the important things to know about prosthetics for dogs.

Custom-Made for Every Dog

The technology behind prosthetics for dogs has become so advanced that it is now possible to make one, or a set, based on the dog’s posture, weight, movement and other details. 3D-printed prosthetics, for example, have been popular among bigger breeds, mainly those who are active and full of energy. These newer prosthetics allow the dogs who wear them to run, jump, and live normally despite their leg injuries.
The shift towards customized prosthetics for dogs really took off when Derby ran a mile on a newly printed set of prosthetics. This proved how a dog who has lost its leg could still be cheerful and full of energy, giving hope to dogs with similar conditions across the country.
Sherry and Dom Portanova, Derby’s adoptive parents, even said that their dog ran faster with the prosthetics. The designs behind modern prosthetics also enable dogs to remain comfortable when wearing them over an extended period of time.


Speaking of comfort, there were several issues with older prosthetics that are now completely solved. In the old days, wearing prosthetics for an extended period of time could cause rashes and other problems. The design of the prosthetics wasn’t meant for extended use. Older prosthetics lacked the good weight distribution and comfort features offered by today’s alternatives.
Modern dog prosthetics are so much better in this avenue. There are more options for specific situations too. Simple fillers are used to solve issues like a minor imbalance and difference in length. The more comprehensive full-limb prosthetics are used to help dogs who have lost an entire leg or suffer from more severe problems.

More Affordable Than Ever

The increasing demand for prosthetics and the advancement in technologies behind them has also led to one additional benefit: better pricing. Dog prosthetics are far more affordable than they used to be, even with the varied customization options available today. It doesn’t stop with prosthetics either. Braces for supporting injured legs are also easier to find and more affordable.

It is an investment worth making in any situation. Seeing your dog run again – and seeing that happy look on his face when he tries the prosthetics for the first time – is a priceless moment. Dog prosthetics are bringing new life to dogs with deformed or amputated legs. The technologies we have today are continuing to improve existing prosthetics too.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Earth Day is today ~ April 22nd

Earth Day was established in 1970 by a Wisconsin US Senator. It started as a national "teach in for the environment".  I can remember planting a tree on school property for the 1st Earth Day.

Many from my generation focused on being green. Saving our plant. Sad thing is my generation also was instrumental in producing the products which today fill our landfills.  

In the 70"s......
  • No one bought water in plastic bottles.  
  • Very few used disposable diapers. 
  • Trash bags were the brown paper bags from the grocery store. 
  • Clothes were dried outside on a clothes line. 
  • Clothes were mended and reused by family and friends. If not able to re-wear - the clothing was cut up for rags to clean.
  • Paper towels were not used - dish towels were washed.
  • Gardens were planted and fertilizers were manure
  • Plastic bags did not exist -  paper bags were what was used in all stores
  • Fertilizer for houseplants was made using egg shells - veggie scrapes - coffee grounds
  • Electronics were not filling the waste dumps because there were no disposable electronics - the majority of all items were repaired not replaced
Living green has been basically easy for me. I learned as a child how to use vinegar - how to use baking soda and how to reuse and re-purpose. My parents and grandparents made items from scratch - they reused and re-purposed. 

This Earth Day I wish for everyone to develop one green habit. 
Just one!  
If everyone in the USA developed one new GREEN habit - what a 
huge positive difference it would make.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Items I needed to start my Kayaking Adventures

Since this is my first year of Kayaking there were major items I needed to purchase.

I started off with buying my Kayak & paddle.  I took advantage of Black Friday and I got a very good deal at Dunham's on both.

Then the shopping started!  

Here is a list of my purchases to get ready for my Kayaking adventures.

  • Life Jacket - turns out I bought 2 - one full vest that is so uncomfortable that I recently bought a NSR Kayaking vest that I love. 
  • Diesel a Life Vest
  • Waist leash for Diesel
  • Life Cushion
  • Tow Rope with buoy
  • Oar hand grips and water splash guards
  • Paddle lead to keep paddle to kayak - with whistle
  • Waterproof bag
  • Waterproof camera - not risking taking pics with my iPhone
  • Cart to roll kayak
  • Buoy for camera
  • Buoy for keys
  • Jeep Rack - Hullavator plus tie downs - locks - etc
  • Decals for kayak
  • Bags to hold items
  • Water Proof Jacket and Pants
  • Water-shoes
  • Tow rope
  • Phone waterproof holder
  • Fanny pack
  • Open netting bag for wet items
  • Foam to cushion kayak sides
  • Sunglasses safety rope - so my sunglasses do not sink to bottom of lake 
  • Small plastic paddle to keep in storage area just in case I loss my paddle
  • Kayaking gloves
  • Kayaking water clothes - clothing that dries FAST
Crazy amount of items - to be safe. All are very valuable!
A few hints:
* I highly recommend that you go to a paddle shop to purchase your life vest. Your life vest is your single most valuable item. Getting the right fit for you is priceless ~  Not only in comfort but also in safety. Connie at Rutabaga Paddlesports helped us for over a hour to find the perfect life jacket for our needs! I never would of thought a quality life jacket could be so comfortable.

*Go to a paddleshop and ask tons of questions - kayaking info is valuable.  My paddle shop of choice is Rutabaga Paddlesports in Madison. They are amazing - their kayaking knowledge is unreal and they offer the best customer service. 
  I can not forget the guys that installed my Hullavator - excellent service! They took their time to ensure that I knew how to work and keep my kayak safe while traveling.  
Here is a goofy pic taken at Rutabaga after they installed my Hullavator!!

*Amazon is a great place to fine odds and ends - reasonable prices.

My Jeep is loaded for my kayaking, camping, and hiking adventure in Arkansas. 

If there is anything I forget ~ PLEASE comment below. 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Evolve ~ Adapt ~ Change ~ Survive ~ Live

Sometimes in life you are thrown a curve ball that just knocks you for a loop.  Mine came about a year and a half ago.  I was forced to turn my world upside down and back and forth. Moving after 38 years of living in a home - then moving with only me and my dog Diesel. Living alone for the 1st time in my 62 years.

I can not tell you how thankful I am to have my two amazing kids. My daughter and her family were life savers - they helped in in so many ways. My son lives over 700 miles away but he was willing to uproot and come help me if I needed him - thankfully I did not need him to disrupt his life.  

To have your children give their all for you is such a rewarding experience. I will never be able to pay them back for the support and comfort they gave me. 

Now lets jump forward 1.5 years......... 

I can not express how wonderfully amazing my life is.  I am me! Only Me! Not the shell of someone - but really ME!!!

I have my wonderful family and fabulous friends. I have ventured past my comfort zones and am living a life of happiness and excitement.  I truly am blessed.  What I thought was one of the worse events in my life - turned into one of the best things to ever happen to me.  NOW I AM ME!!!

I am hiking and even plan to hike a section of the Appalachian Trail in May.  My newest hobby is kayaking. Gosh I LOVE it. It is even better when my best-est friends also are in love with kayaking. I enjoy camping and living life.   I laugh more than I ever have and it is really hard for me to find fault in anything. I LOVE LIFE!

I guess what I am trying to ......when you think your life has hit the lowest point - it might not be for the bad. It just might mean it is time for you to change your course. Time for you to venture out of your comfort zone and make the most of every day.  One thing a life changing event does to you is it makes you cherish people and moments....because you know all too well that your life can change in a second. 

So if you stumbled on this blog and were wondering "What the heck this lady is talking about"  please remember this.  

Life is Precious and ONLY YOU can bring happiness to Your Life!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Honey Wipes

If you are looking for a different wipe - I have found the perfect wipe for you.  Honey Wipe is a foaming wipe that refreshes and moisturizes.  I get so tired of using wipes and I either smell like a baby or alcohol. Finally a wipe made for an adult ~  Honey Wipes by Savannah HoneyBee Company. I keep them in my backpack for a quick refresh while hiking. 

Honey Wipes are made using sustainable and biodegradable bamboo fibers.  The Honey wipes scent is made of honey, vanilla, and lemon zest.  Perfect to refresh!

Water, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Flower Oil, Jaminum Officinale (Jasmine) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Oil, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Oil, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, HONEY, Allantoin, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, BEESWAX, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Polyglyceryl-10 Myristate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid, Glyceryl Caprylate, Glyceryl Undecylenate, Potassium Sorbate

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Car Vent Oil Diffuser

As many of you know I am a green nut.  Yep I love organic and no chemicals.  I use essentials oils for Cleaning ~ Arthritis Relief ~ Sleeping Aid ~ etc. 

Check out my new Car Vent Oil Diffuser

The diffuser came with felt pads to absorb the oil.  I currently have Lemon Oil in the Tree Diffuser.  Smells fresh and clean.  
Plus, it is good to refresh your mind and

Using essential oils is so much better than filling the Jeep up with chemical scents.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Diesel is learning how to kayak!

Well the kayaking is moving into the living room. Yep! Diesel and I are going to get used to sitting in the kayak. Practice sitting still - getting in and getting out.  Sounds crazy but we are putting on our life jackets and getting used to our kayak.

Sitting in the kayak on land is one of the best ways to get your dog used to kayaking. Diesel must learn not to jump out. He needs to be able to follow simple instructions about getting in and out of the kayak.

I have a leash that will attach to my waist leaving both hands available to paddle and save him if he jumps in. 

I belong to a few Kayaking with Your Dog Facebook Groups.  Excellent recommendations on how to get Diesel ready for kayaking.

Here are a few of the suggestions:

  • bring a rug
  • bring a cushion
  • life jacket with handle on top
  • leash
  • attach leash to kayak
  • attach leash to you
  • train on land
  • praise often
  • short trips at beginning
  • zero tolerance for not following commands
  • bring water & food
  • bring sunscreen for Diesel's nose
  • bring water toys to play when not in kayak
Real water kayaking pics will be available end of April. We have a trip planned to go south and do some kayaking!  Getting ready for the Wisconsin Kayaking Season!

I've added some Velcro squares to the sections in front - so that Diesels paws will not slid. I am sure I will learn more when we hit the water in April.  Check back for more pics of Diesel & Bluebell.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Hullavator by Thule

This week I had my Hullavator installed on my Jeep.  The Hullavator by Thule is the easiest system to load a kayak on a vehicle.

My Jeep Liberty is a bit tall for me to manually load a kayak on top. That and the fact that I am NOT getting younger. Each darn year I get older and older. Like a bad virus! 

Since I am not getting younger I wanted a rack system that would allow me to continue Kayaking or years to come.

Here is my Jeep with my Hullavator and my friends new kayak on top. 

My Jeep with Hullavator and no kayak.

 My Jeep with  Hullavator bars removed - just rack and crossbars
It is a very nice system.  Since I will be using it a lot on my upcoming vacation. I will be posting about what to and what not to do!  LOL  I can only imagine what I will get myself into while vacationing.  Trouble is my middle name!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Neal's Yard ~ Essential Oil Book

 I have found the BEST Essential Oil book ~  
The book is full of great information about essential oils.

The book is divided into seven sections:
1. Understanding Essential Oils
2. A - Z of Essential Oils
3. Base Oils
4. Essential Oil Recipes
5. Healing Remedies
6. Glossary
7. Index

I love oils ~ I use them everyday to improve my quality of life.
Right away I had to check what was said about my favorite oil - GINGER.

Did you know GINGER ~ 
Eases digestion
Revives a tired mind
Helps combat colds
Relieves muscle pain
Relives headaches

I have arthritis in both wrist. Every day I add Ginger Oil to my Lava bracelets. It is amazing how much it helps with pain.  I also drink Ginger Lemon Honey Tea every night to help with digestion

 I am excited about making some of the recipes in the book. Using natural products I think is key to living a healthy life. 
Exfoliating Body Scrub 
Toning Body Oil ~ Perfect for summer
Argan & Avocado Facial Scrub
Rose Bath Bombs
Immune-Boosting Blend - Perfect to help prevent illness.

Only $13.36 that is $6.59 off retail

An instructional reference guide to essential oils and aromatherapy from the experts at Neal's Yard Remedies, a trusted source for natural health and beauty products.
Learn how to harness the healing powers of essential oils for treating maladies and improving mental and physical well-being. Use homeopathic alternatives to treat everyday health issues, including acne, PMS, insomnia, and indigestion, and rebalance your energy, enhance your focus, and release stress.
Whether you live an all-natural lifestyle or you are just beginning to use alternative methods to eliminate synthetic chemicals from your everyday products, Essential Oils is packed with authoritative information to answer your questions. This visual guide features comprehensive profiles of 88 essential oils, full-color photographs, and helpful guidance for using, blending, and storing.
An illustrated A-to-Z reference section helps identify the most useful oils, plus shares tips on application methods and massage techniques, and up-to-date safety recommendations help you learn how to use them for maximum benefit.
Essential Oils can help you improve your overall well-being and start you on the path to a more natural you.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Glide stops blisters and chafing ..

You guys know I am a Hiker.  I am always worried about blisters.  I found a great lotion that stops chafing and blisters.

Glide is easy to apply 
Long Lasting 
Sweat & Water Resistant
No Fragrance
100% Natural
Will Not Foul Gear
Used by our Military Operations & Training
Never Messy
No Parabens
Never Wet or Greasy
Allergen Free
Made from Plant Ingredients
Made in the USA

Perfect for your feet - under clothing  really any where your skin is vulnerable to rubbing, sweat, and water.  I know when it is hot I sweat under my bra - Glide is perfect to stop chafing.  On Friday I used Glide under my bra while hiking. The temps got to 80 in March in Wisconsin. That is HOT for us.  I was pleased that the Glide worked! No chafing. I also liked the fact that I applied Glide when I got dressed and it was still working when I finished my day. No need to reapply during the day.  That is a huge plus when hiking all day.

I am super excited to use Glide on my hiking adventures in Arkansas in April. I will be hiking for 2 weeks in the Hot Springs area.  I know the best of socks & shoes sometimes cause blisters.  Blisters are something I definitely want to avoid. I plan to apply Glide daily.

After Hot Springs my next adventure is the Appalachian Trail the end of May. I am planning on hiking a section in Pennsylvania. I will definitely be giving Glide a workout. 

Check back I will let you know how Glide holds up to two weeks of hiking Arkansas and hiking the Appalachian Trail.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Bump It Off and Brush It Away

I have found a amazing gadget. Bump It Off and Brush It Away is turning into my go to gadget.  I use it doing laundry, kitchen, Diesel, and my body.

My dog Diesel is a Smooth Fox Terrier. He sheds all the time. I was amazed at how the Bump It Off and Brush It Away worked for removing his hair. The best part was he liked it.  He acted like he was getting a massage - very relaxed and zen. So I am sure that it felt good on his skin. Check out the pic - one swipe with the Bump It Off and Brush I Away grabbed quite a lot of Diesel's shedding hair.  The Bump It Off and Brush It Away is very easy to clean. Diesel's hair came of really easy. Then I just washed the Bump It Off and Brush It Away in soap and water.

I cleaned the Bump It Off then I used the Bump It Off to get the hair off the couch.  I am VERY IMPRESSED!  Check out the hair the Bump It Off picked up from the couch!

The Bump It Off and Brush It Away is also great for washing dishes and getting out stains in clothes before washing. 

I was very excited to try the Bump It Off and Brush It Away as a tool to exfoliate my skin.  I purchased a new tanning lotion that required exfoliation before applying.  The Bump It Off and Brush It Away did a excellent job removing all the dead skin from my legs.  

The Bump It Off and Brush It Away is sold individual or a four-pack.  I keep one in the kitchen, one in the bath, one in the laundry room, and one with Diesel's products.

I have a few wedding showers this summer - The Bump It Off and Brush It Away would make a perfect gift.  I am positive the more I use my Bump It Off the more uses I will find for this great useful tool.

Monday, March 20, 2017

"Blubell" is looking good

I wanted to make my kayak different from every other kayak.  

I decided to order some vinyl decals that are perfect for a kayak.  

Check out  Bluebell ~ she is looking good!

If you are interested in who I purchased my decals from - comment below and I will respond.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

How to make hand grip cushions for your kayak

My kayak "Bluebell" did not have padding on the rim of the kayak opening. Making it hard on the hands when I picked it up. 

To solve this problem -  I took 1/2 inch pipe installation - cut it to fit area - then glued with 6000M all purpose glue.  

This is a very inexpensive fix.  I'm not sure how long the molding will last. Put for $1.25 for 4 sections - but I am fine with replacing as needed. Many of the kayak models that have padding cost over $150 more. That is a lot of padding at $1.25!

I will keep readers posted as to how it wears once I start using it. Living in Wisconsin it is still cold here - 19 degrees! In the middle of April I am headed to Hot Springs National Park for two weeks of camping and kayaking. I will definitely be testing out the molding in Arkansas.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Believe in Yourself Project

Believe in YourselfA new charity called the “Believe in Yourself Project” is helping to replace the poor body image that afflicts many girls and women. This image is heightened by what the traditional fashion industry deems as beautiful: Women are expected to appear a certain way and live up to a manufactured and unrealistic notion of what beauty is. At the same time, strained finances can prevent many girls from keeping up with what’s trending or cool, making them feel isolated among their friends for not being able to afford clothing that is deemed as "in" socially.

In an attempt to promote a positive body image, Believe in Yourself aims to help women feel better about themselves and their physical attributes and to promote healthy self esteem among young girls at an early age, empowering these young women to take on active social roles within their school communities.

Over the past year, UsTrendy  Founder and Believe in Yourself President Sam Sisakhti has given formal dresses to underprivileged high school girls and college students across the country, for them to wear at their school dances. Donations began last winter, and Sisakhti reports that many of the girls in the program have had the self confidence to attend their first school dance.

Over last decade as CEO of UsTrendy, Sisakhti has grown increasingly concerned with the cyber bullying and body shaming that he has seen online. At the same time, he realized the enormous social pressure that many young girls feel to try to be hip and socially cool by wearing clothing that is seen as stylish. Many girls are unable to afford these fashions and can often feel ashamed socially.

These observations inspired Sam to launch the Believe in Yourself Project, a foundation that will provide needy girls with dresses for upcoming dances and at same time promote a positive body image through speakers and mentors.

This week, girls with limited financial resources in the NH Area received dresses.

"It was such an amazing and humbling experience to hear the stories of the girls and see their excitement about receiving a brand new dress to wear for their upcoming dance. Many of them said it was one of their first new items that were not handed down" says Sam Sisakhti.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Homemade Lip Gloss

So far for 2017 I have spent hours outside this winter. Hiking has brought back the joys of cold crisp days in  Wisconsin. I had forgotten how the air smells fresh. How beautiful the landscape and trees are in black and white. How ice crunches and how slippery mud is!

Being outside for hours was doing a number on my lips. My lips were extremely dry and cracked.  I decided to start making my own natural lip gloss. My Lip Gloss is turning into a favorite of my friends and family.

Here is my recipe for 
Homemade Lip Gloss

1/3 cup of Avocado Oil
1/3 cup of Beeswax
1/3 Cup of Coconut Oil
1/3 Cup of Grape-seed Oil
1 Teaspoon of Vitamin E
Essential Oils of your choice 10 - 15 drops

Mix Avocado, Coconut, Grape-seed Oils in a medium size sauce pan. Add beeswax and melt all ingredients.

When oils and beeswax are totally melted add Vitamin E and Essential Oils.  Mix well.

Immediately pour into lip gloss tubes. When lip gloss has set - add top to each tube.
All of the lip gloss tubes in the pic were made from one patch of the above lip gloss recipe.

For this patch I used Lemon Essential Oil - great for healing and the smell is delicious!

You can purchase the lip gloss tubs from Amazon ~ they are a very reasonable price. 

I also make great BODY LOTION  ~ I will post that recipe soon. 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Bluebell has Landed!!!

Yep, landed right in my living room.  Diesel and I are training for our 2017 Kayaking Season.

I belong to quite a few Kayaking Facebook Groups. Since this is Diesel's 1st experience with kayaking - I wanted to make it as stress free as possible.  I posted about Diesel's needing to learn and I received so many great recommendations.

Here is our plan:
  • Each day we sit in our Kayak - increasing the time as we count down the days
  • We wear our kayaking safety devices - which I purchased on Amazon
  • I wear a waist leash that is only for kayaking - losing Diesel on the water is not something I want to do. I purchased a very nice waist leash from Amazon. Before Bluebell arrived I would leash Diesel to me and we would clean house. It was a great way for him to get used to the waist leash.
  • I have simple commands for kayaking: - Jump In - Sit - Lay - Stay - Jump Out and of course LOTS of Good Boy!
  • Diesel always gets in kayak 1st then I follow
  • I always exit kayak first then Diesel follows.

So far training is going great. Diesel is not nervous or excited about the kayak. 

In fact it is turning into the "same old same old" thing we do in the living room.

We plan to make our madden water voyage during our vacation in April to Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas. Arkansas will be much warmer in April than it will be in Wisconsin.

I will have 5 adults there to help get one 25 pound Smooth Fox Terrier to behave while kayaking!  Sounds crazy but this is serious stuff!  I have many kayaking trips planned for 2017 - it is key that Diesel is a worthy Kayaker - he will not want to be at home alone! 

I do have a few modifications that I plan to make on the Kayak.  Inside the areas where Diesel's front paws are - I want to add a non skid rubber to the kayak. To prevent his feet from from sliding.  Also, on the bottom of the kayak I want to look for some type on nonskid covering that I can add - covering that will not be sticky or course on my skin.

I plan to check out all the items this Friday night at Canoecopia in Madison. Canoecopia is the Largest Paddling Expo in the World!   I am positive I will be coming home with lots of fun stuff for our 2017 Kayaking Season!

Make sure to stop back to check out what I bought!