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Friday, June 24, 2016

Make Your Own Herb or Flower Garden Planter Event

So the other week on Facebook I saw a post from Riverbend Nursery about an event being held at Jigsy's Brew Pub. So I figured, why not?
 There were so many flowers to choose from and so many herbs as well!
 There was a little work station where you could add rocks too!
 This was my flower planter.
 Here are the herbs!
There's my herb garden!

It was a blast! For $20 a container you could put together your own herb garden or a flower planter.  So that's why I did one of each.  It was actually a very educational event because in the beginning Barry from Riverbend told us all about the different types of herbs and flowers and he even gave us recipes and information sheets to take home with us!

They said there will be another one in the Fall so keep up to date on their Facebook page!

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Ohhhhh Sun Exposure...

Everyone who knows me knows that I love the sun. In fact, Google Earth actually caught me laying in my backyard last summer tanning.  I'm not even kidding. 


Anyways, the sun makes me happy. Feeling it on my skin makes me feel alive and happy.  The warmth makes me feel so comfortable and secure.  The smell of the heat almost makes me giddy.   I recently read in a book about aging that your body NEEDS the sun.   More specifically it needs 15 minutes of unfiltered sun exposure a day to get the nutrients and vitamins it needs. 

Obviously that doesn't mean to burn yourself or anything, but that walk to and from your building each day is giving you some exposure that your body needs.

While reading that book I got paranoid and thought "Oh my God, so the only way to protect my skin from cancer is to completely cover up everything at all times, but how is that possible??!"  It's not really all that possible.  But the good news is that it's not necessarily a bad thing if a sliver of the sun hits your arm here and there.   Obviously all kinds of sun exposure can contribute to cancer depending on the person and their skin but it's the sunburn that really ups your chances of skin cancer.    So when you see me post about laying out in my backyard, catching some rays - there is NO need to reprimand me.   I have proof that I protect myself. I really do! In fact anytime I've ever laid out whether it's at home or at the beach, I've covered myself with sunblock AND I still get a beautiful healthy looking tan.  So yes... my proof... I put it all in this blog post to prove to you that I do take care of myself, while still enjoying what makes me feel alive and happy.  

So without further ado, here are the ways and products that I use to help protect my skin.

For my Face
My face is the last thing I ever want to burn because I want to avoid wrinkles as long as I can but also - who looks good with a red face? No one!  So I use CeraVe Sunscreen for the face.  It's an SPF of 50 and I reapply it every hour.  I love the consistency of it.

For my Hair
I love my hair color and I spend good money to get my hair cut and colored every few months.  So of course I don't want that to go to waste. If I am out in the direct sunlight I wear a head wrap.  I don't care how un-sexy it makes me look.  It protects my hair from fading and getting highlights that I don't want. The sun can do just as much damage to your hair as it can to your skin. And when I'm casually gardening I wear a gorgeous sun hat.

For my Body
I got news for you - if your sunscreen has anything less than SPF45 it's basically useless.  I use SPF 70 and I still get a nice color with NO burn.  Sun Bum is my favorite because it smells amazing and sprays right on.

For my Lips
I laugh when I DON'T see people put something on to protect their lips when they lay out.  Red and blistery lips are THE WORST.  So I found this awesome new stuff in one of my magazines and I tried it a few weeks back - I LOVE IT! It's by Supergoop and it comes in your typical lip applicator. You can even use it as a protective top coat over your favorite lip color!

So see? I'm not an idiot.  I'm rather smart when it comes to sun safety!

What do you guys use?

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Rocky's 12, Houseiversary, + Father's Day!

What a fun filled weekend it was! I took Friday off work to relax and prepare for the celebrations ahead.  Friday was our 1 year anniversary in our house!!

That's right - ONE YEAR! How exciting!! So we celebrated with a dinner of softshell crabs! Oh, and some drinks of course. 

Anyways, our home has come a long way...especially on the outside.

Saturday was Rocky's 12th birthday!!  So of course he did what every guy does and celebrated with pizza and beer (cookies).  How cute is he?

This little guy is everything to me.

Then Saturday afternoon James and I invited our dads over for a Father's Day dinner and cigars.  We had steak from the grill, mashed potatoes, and sauteed asparagus.  It was a nice relaxing time for both us and the dads.

How was your weekend?

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Summertime Tips for Active Dogs

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It's summer which means 'tis the season for being outside and enjoying the weather with your pooch.  Even my Chihuahuas enjoy being outdoors and running around in the grass. But no matter what breed of dog you have, there are always some things you can do to keep them in good physical condition.  

[Watch for Ticks]
Ticks are tiny little buggers that can carry Lyme Disease.  They usually hide in tall grass and brush and they love to hop onto you or your dog when you pass by so be sure to use a Flea and Trick treatment on your dog each month.  Look for one that repeals ticks as well like K9 Advantix II.  

[Nail Injuries]
When dogs go tearing around through the grass they can actually rip a nail and cause it to bleed.  No one wants that mess in the house so be sure to keep your dog's nails trimmed on a regular basis.  Also, regular walks on the sidewalk concrete help file them down naturally. 

[Joint Health]
Dogs can be really rough on their joints just from bouncing around whether it's inside or outside.  Obviously their food can provide them with the nutrients they need to keep their bones and joint in great shape but just to be sure they get it all, it's a good idea to use a  Nutramax Cosequin Soft Chews from Chewy. Cosequin is very important for join function because it supports cartilage production and protects existing cartilage from breaking down. Cosequin is what I use on my dogs and it's the only glucoasmine sulfate supplement that's safe and affective in controlled U.S. veterinary studies.

[Staying Hydrated]
Anytime you are outside with your dog, make sure you have fresh water available.  If you go on a hike or a long walk and it's a hot and humid day, carry a water bottle and a collapsible bowl.  It's already hot for humans but imagine having a layer of fur over your skin that makes you even hotter!!

[Leash Safety]
Never ever EVER let your dog outside without a leash on.  If you have a fenced in yard, that's great but make sure there are no holes that your dog can escape through.  Leashes are important because not only do they keep YOUR dog under control but it keeps them nearby if another dog comes towards you off-leash and you need to grab your dog or keep it under control.

What other tips to you have for summertime with active dogs?

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