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Eco-Friendly Toys & Treats Your Pup Will Love

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Eco-Friendly Toys & Treats Your Pup Will Love

As a dog mom or current foster dog mom, I only want the best for my little furball. This applies to everything from the food she eats to the toys she destroys; ingredients and materials matter, even for our pets. It’s also why I was excited to try Pure Earth Pets, a monthly subscription box full of eco-friendly toys & treats, and more.

Good for your dog & the planet
Pure Earth Pets eco-friendly toy and treat Subscription Box

Pure Earth Pets does more than curate tasty treats and fun toys for dogs of all sizes. They also only work with companies who care about your pet and the planet. Toys are made from recycled materials and treats feature natural, healthy ingredients. Additionally, each subscription comes to you in a biodegradable box, so you won’t have to worry about it clogging up the landfills.

But what I love most about Pure Earth Pets is the fact that each month they donate a portion of their sales to a pet-centric charity. It’s hard not to support an eco-friendly treat and toy subscription box company that cares so much for our furry friends.

Eco-Friendly Treats & Toys
Eco-friendly toys and more

As I mentioned above, Pure Earth Pets sent me a box full of four eco-friendly treats, a toy, and a pet waste bag dispenser. Of all the items inside, my foster pup, Chipper, was most excited by the toy.

This “Starpups Coffee” stuffed toy is made in the USA from recycled post-consumer materials. It’s machine washable and can be dried in your dryer.

Chippy loved this toy so much that she ripped the stuffing out of it in about ten minutes or so. Of course, in her defense, she is a toy terrorist. I can’t tell you how many tennis balls we go through in a week. Regardless, she loves to play with the remains of the Starpups Coffee toy, which is still intact, minus the stuffing.  

Pet waste dispenser

I was extremely glad to see the Houndscoop Dispenser with 15 heavy-gauge, leakproof bags in the box. The clip on my current poop bag holder had given out so I was in need of a new one. I love that the Houndscoop features a Velcro strap I can easily attach to the leash. I’m also a fan of how easy the eco-friendly bags come out. It makes cleaning up after Chippy Chip a little less of a chore.

Eco-friendly treats for your dog

Finally, we have a unique selection of treats, including:

  • Petipet Mobility Bars – Made with human-grade ingredients, including carrots, apples, and baobab, these bars are designed to support your dog’s hips and joints.
  • Brewscuits – Made from simple, natural ingredients like wet brewers grains and sweet potatoes, these treats provide your pup with a nice crunchy snack.
  • YakyPuff – Made with yak and cow milk, as well as other natural ingredients, these treats let your dog indulge in their love of cheese.
  • Yaky Charms – Made from a traditional Himalayan cheese recipe, these unique microwavable treats are light and crunchy, as well as grain-free, lactose-free and gluten-free.
Chippy’s Picks
Chippy enjoying eco-friendly treats

My little Chippy Chiperson isn’t much of a treat hound. Although, she does like to try and steal my salads or avocado toast. But one thing she absolutely loves is cheese. It’s how I get her to take her meds, by sneaking it in melted cheese.

So can you guess which eco-friendly treats she loved most? Yep, it was the YakyPuff and the Brewscuits. My girl loves her cheese as well as anything that lets her indulge in her favorite pass time of crunching and chewing. Occasionally, she will also eat one of the YakyCharms.

While the Petipet’s weren’t her thing, I know my dogphew Cooper will love them. As a senior dog, he will benefit from their hip and joint support and softer texture.

If you’re looking to try some eco-friendly toys and treats your dog will love, I highly recommend Pure Earth Pets subscription boxes. And if you use code BLACK FRIDAY, you can get your first box for only $5, with the purchase of a six-month monthly subscription.

Have you tried Pure Earth Pets? Which eco-friendly treat would your dog love?

Our Top Five Tips for a Happy Holiday Season

Top Five Tips for a Happy Holiday Season
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Thanksgiving is officially here, which can only mean one thing. It’s the most stressful, I mean wonderful, time of year. Between travel, baking, parties, traffic, and shopping, the holidays can start to feel a little less than merry. To help you keep calm and carry on we’re sharing our top tips for a happy holiday season.

Happy Holiday Season Tip 1: Have Fun 

I know this tip seems obvious, but let’s face it, the holidays aren’t always fun. We often get so lost in the shuffle of prepping and consuming (and I’m not talking about all things chocolate and peppermint), that we forget what it’s all about; enjoying new and old traditions with the ones we love.

Happy Holiday Season - Have Fun

So this season, make fun the top task of your to-do list. Think about what are your favorite things to do during the holidays? Is it building a snowman with your kids? Meeting up with friends for some adult hot chocolate? Going to look at the lights and windows displays in your town? Watching every Hallmark holiday movie you can?

Tip 2: Get Organized & Get Planning

This happy holiday season tip is more on the practical side and involves to-do lists, wish lists and calendars. Before you attend one party or shop for one gift, take 20 minutes or so and get organized.

Break out that calendar and write down every party, event, deadline, etc. you and your family will be attending or completing over the next month. Then share it digitally or post it in a prominent place so everyone can see it.

Tip 2: Get Organized & Get Planning

Next, if you are planning a party, hosting family or have to do some holiday baking, make a list of what you need to do and when you need to do it. If others are involved in the process, share your lists and ask for help. Remember, it’s more fun when you do things together.

Finally, create a gift wish list. For instance, a few years ago, my family started a Hanukkah Wish List Google Doc. Each person has their own page where they can fill out their wish list for the season. It might not sound sexy, but I would much rather give someone what they want or need than try to be super creative and fail.

Tip 3: Break out the Yoga Mat
MySolMat Avocado

Now before you think this tip is all about not having that second helping of cookies, think again. Remember, this post is about having a happy holiday season. It’s not about judgment, so indulge how you see fit. Instead, this tip involves reducing holiday stress by breaking out the yoga mat for a workout or for meditation. Moving your body or calming your mind can really help you feel centered and calm during all the hustle of bustle.

I plan on using my new MySolMat, which the brand was kind enough to send me, to make my holiday season zen. What I love most about MySolMat, besides the fun avocado print, is the 6mm of soft cushioned support and the two no-slip textures.

MySolMat closeup

It’s also very lightweight and portable. In fact, it comes with a detachable carry strap for easy storage and travel. Not to mention, the material is eco-friendly, anti-bacterial, and free of Latex, PVC & Chloride, which makes it allergy-free and the perfect gift for yourself or anyone on your list.

MySolMat Strap

My avocado print mat and I will be working through some Pilates moves to help me feel release holiday shopping muscle tension. I’m also planning on using it for some Yoga Nidra practice or meditation to help relieve some holiday stress and quiet my mind.

Tip 4: Make Lazy Sunday a Monday Or Thursday

Now, this tip should apply to the entire year, but it’s especially important during the holidays. If you want to wake up refreshed and ready for 2020, rest and relaxation are a must.

Happy Holiday Season - Tip 4 Lazy Sunday

Stay in those pj’s all day. In fact, I highly recommend doing it at least a couple of times over the next month. Have a family pj day.  Watch movies, listen to music, make some cookies, drink some hot chocolate, and just be.

I also highly recommend sleeping in as much as possible. If you don’t have somewhere to be, then forget about your alarm and wake up when you wake up. Or go to bed early. Sometimes it’s fun to put that to-do list away and climb into bed before that clock strikes 9:00. Read a good book, listen to a holiday podcast, or spend time cuddling with the one you love.

Tip 5: Make a Holiday PlayList

Our final tip has me feeling nostalgic for the days of the mixtape, or more commonly known as the playlist these days. Whatever you choose to call it, let it be all about creating joy and a happy holiday season. You can use iTunes, Spotify or Pandora to make the perfect playlist to accompany all of your holiday adventures.

For me, that always involves listening to “Last Christmas” by Wham and the numerous versions of “The Hanukkah Song” by Adam Sandler on repeat. Of course, I also have to watch the music videos of both songs. I can’t get enough of George Michael frolicking in the snow in all his 80s glory. Or Adam Sandler making the eight crazy nights of Hanukkah so very entertaining.  

We hope these five tips help make your holidays a lot more fun and a lot less stressful. And if you have any other tips please share them with us. We loved to know, how do you have a happy holiday season?

And don’t forget to grab yourself or someone on your holiday list a MySolMat. With ten fun prints to choose from, they’ll make this season and all seasons to come merry and bright.

Make the Switch to More Sustainable Beauty Products

Make the Switch to More Sustainable Beauty Products
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Plastic, it seems everywhere I look there it is. It’s in my kitchen, in my car, and especially in my bathroom. As useful as it may seem, it’s overwhelming bad for the planet. In fact, according to a 2018 National Geographic article, only 9% of the 8.3 billion metric tons of plastic produced is actually recycled. This means most of the products we use end up in landfills or the oceans. So, what can we do to reduce our carbon footprint and plastic usage? For starters, we can switch to more sustainable beauty products.

If you think about, most of the plastic we use can be found in the kitchen and the bathroom. According to Teen Vogue, in 2010 the beauty industry produced 65.62 billion plastic packaging units and 76.8 billion plastic packaging units in 2017. It’s hard to imagine that in less than a decade the beauty industry was responsible for increasing plastic packing by 10 billion units.  

Thankfully, more consumers and brands are becoming aware of this plastic problem and actually doing something about it. Whether it’s recyclable, reusable or compostable, many brands are starting to produce more sustainable beauty products. One such brand is Plaine Products, a personal care brand focused on producing non-toxic, vegan, cruelty-free, and sustainable products.

Plaine Sustainable Beauty Products
Plaine Products Packaging

After seeing firsthand the damage plastic was doing to the environment, sisters Lindsey and Alison Delaplaine knew they had to do something. They spent a year researching, creating, and testing out their new line of safe and non-toxic products, as well as developing their sustainable packaging.

Currently, Plaine Products offers hair and body care and face care products, available in both full and travel size. Not only do these sustainable beauty products come in reusable bottles, but they also are feature vegan, sulfate-free, cruelty-free, and biodegradable formulas.

Sustainable Beauty Products _ Body Wash and Lotion
How it Works

To start using Plaine Products, you first choose your scent and product type. Then, the brand will send your refillable bottles and pumps. When you start running low, you can order a refill or sign-up for their subscription service, so you never run out of your items. In fact, even their travel bottles are refillable and reusable.

When your bottles are empty, simply rinse them out and switch your pumps to the new bottles. Then, use the enclosed return label to send your empty bottles back to Plaine Products.

No more trips to the store to buy more plastic bottles of shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion or face wash. No more ordering plastic bottles of bath and body products.

Plaine Products Face Wash

The brand was kind enough to send me their Rosemary, Mint & Vanilla body wash and lotion, as well as their face wash. I really like the fresh scent of the body wash and lotion. They don’t smell fake or full of chemicals. I also appreciate that their first ingredient is aloe vera, which is very soothing and hydrating. The face wash also has a nice citrus scent. It’s very light and refreshing, which is great for helping me wake up in the morning.  

Switching to more sustainable beauty products is getting easier and easier, especially thanks to brands like Plaine Products. Not only are they more conscientious of the packaging they use, but also of the formulations they create. We all want to look our best, but it shouldn’t come at the expense of the planet we call home.

Are you ready to make the switch to more sustainable beauty products?

Daily Suncare Doesn’t End When Fall Begins

Daily Suncare Doesn't End When Fall Begins
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I’m not one for rhyming, but in this instance, it works. Daily suncare shouldn’t end with fall begins. Everyone is hyper-conscious of wearing sunscreen in summer. After all, it is the time of year when our skin receives the most exposure to the sun. When fall arrives, and we start piling on the layers, wearing sunscreen doesn’t always seem like a priority. In reality, it should be a priority all year round.

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Elevate Your Tailgate & Fall Party Season

Elevate your tailgate & fall party season
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Although it’s not officially Fall, it’s officially football season. That can only mean one thing, it’s time to kick off the tailgate and fall party season. It’s also time for some delicious cocktails that are both tasty and extremely easy to make. So easy in fact, you don’t need a cocktail shaker, mixers, or even multiple bottles. All you need is a cooler, some ice, and maybe a glass or two.     

Sound too good to be true? This time, it’s not, thanks to Canella Bellini and Cutwater Spirits Ready-to- Enjoy Cocktails.

Start Tailgate & Fall Party Season with a Bellini  

For those early morning games or fall brunch celebrations, there’s nothing like a Bellini. The combination of peach and sparkling wine is made for mornings or midday. Instead of breaking out the sparkling wine and the peach juice, just unscrew a bottle of Canella Bellini.

Bellini from Canella

Comprised of 75% Canella sparkling wine, 25% white peach juice and a splash of raspberry juice, this Bellini is the perfect combination of sweet, vibrant and tangy. It’s exactly what I want out of my Bellini. You can definitely taste the notes of apples, pear, white flowers, raspberry, and peach in every sip.

Besides loving the taste, I’m also a big fan of the screw cap. It means I never have to remember to pack the corkscrew. We’ve all been there…ready to savor a bottle of deliciousness only to discover you’ve left the corkscrew at home. Not an issue with Canella Bellini.

This glass of sweetness works well on its own, or to make it extra fancy, add a little fresh fruit to your flute. Not only is this cocktail perfect for tailgate & fall party season, but it will also make a great addition for your future holiday celebrations.

Ready-To-Enjoy Cocktails in a Can
Tailgate and Fall Parties with Cutwater Spirits

Next up we have a collection of cocktails I know you are going want to serve at all your events. Its Canned Cocktails from Cutwater. These San Diego, California made canned creations are not what you would expect from a cocktail in a can. They truly will elevate any tailgate or fall party with their refreshing flavors.

The brand was kind enough to send four of their sixteen offerings, including Spicy Bloody Mary, Vodka Mule, Grapefruit Vodka Soda, and Lime Margarita. Let’s get things started with my two favorites, Vodka Mule and Grapefruit Vodka Soda.

I was surprised by how much I liked the Grapefruit Vodka Soda considering I dislike grapefruit. The combination of the extremely smooth Fugu Vodka and grapefruit infused housemade soda, make this cocktail an ideal drink for a late summer/early fall day. It’s so light and crisp, with only 99 calories, and zero fat, carbs or sugar.

I can imagine drinking it while watching my Gators torture me through another Saturday. Is it that hard to make a block or throw the ball down the field?

But enough about my football woes. Let’s talk about the Vodka Mule. Its mix of ginger, lime, bitters, and vodka checks off every note I want in a cocktail. I really enjoy every sweet, bitter, tart, and sight spicy sip. You can really taste the natural flavors of the ginger and the smoothness of the vodka.

Again, it’s hard to believe this cocktail comes from a can. You would think a bartender just mixed it up, minus the copper mug. If you want to make a killer impression during tailgate and fall party season, you will want to grab both of these cocktails.

Cutwater Spirits Ready-to-Enjoy Cocktails

If a Spicy Bloody Mary or Lime Margarita is more your speed, Cutwater has you covered. As someone who detests tomatoes, I can’t say I loved the Spicy Bloody Mary, and not because it wasn’t good. I can say that it definitely had a kick, which I did enjoy. Even though I’m not a Bloody Mary girl, I could taste the freshness of this cocktail, from the tomatoes to the pepper and spices. If you like a kick in your cocktail, this one is definitely for you.

Finally, we have the Lime Margarita. I’m all about the margarita, especially while I’m enjoying some spicy, flavorful Mexican food. In fact, this margarita has me craving some chips, salsa, guacamole, and queso. It would pair perfectly with any fall party or a quiet Taco Tuesday at home.

The smoothness of the tequila blends so well with the tart lime, pure cane sugar, and subtle hint of orange. Like all of the other Cutwater Cocktails I tried, the Lime Margarita is light, refreshing and full of flavor.

The Bottomline

If you’re looking to elevate your tailgate and fall party season, I highly recommend adding the Canella Bellini and Cutwater Ready-to-Enjoy Cocktails to your celebrations. Not only are they delicious, but they’ll also satisfy the palette of every cocktail connoisseur, even the pickiest.

What’s your go-to fall cocktail? Which cocktail do you want to try first?

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A Healthy Breakfast Starts with Fruit & Oats

A healthy breakfast starts with fruit and oats
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I have never been a morning person. I don’t wake up the sun or jump joyously out of bed no matter what time my alarm goes off. One way I help improve my mood is by eating a healthy breakfast. Typically, this means whipping up a green smoothie, unless I’m short on time. In those cases, instead of going without breakfast, I now turn to Breakfast Ovals from Enjoy Life.

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How to Protect Yourself From Summer Bugs

One of my least favorite things about summer are the summer bugs. Usually, I avoid them like the plague. Unfortunately, I decided to move, during the summer, to a new apartment, which requires me to take Coda for walks outside. As much as I love being outdoors, I hate getting attacked by the myriad of bugs the warmer months bring. Thankfully, I was sent Stay Away Mosquitos, from Earth Kind, to keep those nasty bugs at bay.

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Goodbye Summer Bugs

Before you think, “great, another stinky bug spray,” think again. Not only does Stay Away Mosquitos protect you from summer bugs, but it also water-resistant, non-flammable and unscented. So, it won’t stink up your house, or for that matter, your clothing and your family.

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Mushroom Superfoods for Brain & Body Support

Mushroom Superfoods for brain & body support
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Ah moving. It can either be full of excitement or full of massive amounts of stress. In my case, it’s been a mix of both. I’m happy to be in a new state, but tired of the issues related to my apt and the movers. Thankfully, I’ve been getting the boost I need thanks to some mushroom superfoods.

Mushroom Superfoods Fuel Your Brain

A few months ago, I tried Om Beauty-Full, a supplement powered by Chaga mushrooms and biotin. I really enjoyed the glow it gave my skin. When OM asked if I wanted to try their reformulated Brain Fuel, I immediately said yes.

Mushroom Superfoods Brain Fuel

Powered by Mane and Reishi mushroom superfoods, as well as folate, Brain Fuel is formulated to “calm your mind and spark clarity”. I don’t know about you, but I could use more calm and clarity in my life. It’s been an exceedingly stressful and emotionally draining several years. With my recent move, the craziness has only increased.

Strangely, all this stress and insanity hasn’t felt as overwhelming as one would expect, thanks to Brain Fuel. The boost my mind is receiving from these mushroom superfoods has been immensely helpful.

The change in my cognition was noticeable as so as I began taking this daily supplement. I feel more calm and clear each time I take the three little pills.

Om Brain Fuel - Lion's Mane and Folate

I also like that all of Om products are vegan, gluten-free, non-gmo, and kosher. There are no fillers or sugars added, so I know I’m getting the purest form of superfood I can get. I plan on continuing my usage of Brain Fuel even after I finish this bottle.

Guard Your Wellness with Immune Defense

In addition to the Brain Fuel, Om also sent me their Immune Defense. This supplement contains mushroom superfoods designed to support gut and immune health.

Mushroom Superfoods Immune Defense

It is powered by a blend of Reishi, Turkey Tail, Maitake,  and Agaricus, as well as Vitamin C. Like Brain Fuel, Immune Defense is also gluten-free, vegan, grown in the US, and free of added sugar.

I haven’t started using Immune Defense yet. However, I will be traveling more starting in August, which means lots of planes, trains, and automobiles. It also means exposure to various germs.

Om Immune Defense - Reishi and Vit C

To help boost my immunity, I plan on incorporating Immune Defense into my daily routine before, during and after my travels. Since I don’t want to get sick like I did last year, I need all the help I can get. (I will update you on the results later this summer.)

If you’re looking to incorporate mushroom superfoods into your daily routine, I highly suggest trying Om supplements. They offer a variety of products for a variety of needs, including cognitive and immune support. Their all-natural formulations will help give your body the extra superfood boost it needs.

Do you use mushroom superfoods? Which formula would work best for your body?

Connect with Om Mushroom: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Allergy-Free Pockets Certified Delicious

Certified Delicious Allergy-free Pockets
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When it comes to choosing frozen foods, I’m extremely picky. Regardless of convenience, I don’t want fillers, preservatives or processed ingredients in my food. I prefer to eat as clean and possible and with products from Mikey’s I can. Their allergy-free pockets are not only free from dairy, soy, and grain, but they’re also certified delicious.

After trying a selection of their products, I was curious to know more about the name behind the brand, Mikey. It turns out, he is a classically trained chef, who worked at restaurants like Eleven Madison Park in NYC and French Laundry in Napa. While these culinary stalwarts are known for their incredible cuisine, they don’t really offer a chef the chance to share his food with diners everywhere.

Hence, Mikey’s was born.

Clean, Allergy-free Pockets
Mickey's Pockets Packaging

Mikey’s allergy-free pockets come in seven varieties, including two breakfast pockets. Since I don’t eat red meat or pork-based products, the brand kindly sent me their cheese pizza pockets and cauliflower curry pockets. Regardless of whether you are a meat eater or not, all of the pockets are soy, milk & lactose, and grain free. Additionally, they are also Paleo-friendly and low in sugar.

I must admit, I was a bit apprehensive about trying a pizza pocket featuring plant-based mozzarella. Although, plant-based cheeses have come a long way, mozzarella is still hard to pull off. This is not the case with the Mikey’s Cheese Pizza Pockets. I couldn’t even tell that the cheese wasn’t real. It was just delicious.

Mickey's Plant Based Pizza Pockets

I also really appreciate that you get two pockets in each package. At 310 calories each, they make for a great lunch or dinner option. Pair them with a salad and you have a very healthy, balanced meal.

In addition to the pizza pocket, I also tried the allergy-free Cauliflower Curry Pockets. As someone who isn’t the biggest fan of Indian food, nor is Indian food the biggest fan of me, I was also a bit apprehensive.  Thankfully, I was pleasantly surprised. These pockets were also extremely delicious. The curry flavor was not overpowering. Instead, it complimented the cauliflower and other veggies perfectly.

Allergy Free Cauliflower Curry Pockets

It is important to note that the cauliflower pockets are vegetarian and not vegan, as they do contain egg and honey. Perhaps in the future, Mikey’s will add more plant-based pocket options to their offerings. At 230 calories per serving, the Curry Cauliflower Pockets are also a great, healthy option for lunch or dinner, or even as an afternoon snack.

More Mikey’s Please

After trying out these delicious, allergy-free pockets from Mikey’s, I want more. More of the pockets, including giving the Egg and Cheese a try, as well more of their other products. The brand also makes tortillas, pizza crust, English muffins, muffin tops, and bread. All of which are made from simple, clean ingredients. I highly recommend testing them out for yourself, especially if you are looking for allergy-free foods.

Have you tried Mikey’s before? Which certified delicious, allergy-free pocket would you try?

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Have You Tried Superfood Supplements?

The world of supplements always seems to be evolving. This is partly the result of consumers being more open and curious about the possible benefits of vitamins and minerals. Additionally, it’s also driven by how many new options are available to us, including supplements formulated with superfood ingredients.

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