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Gift Guide for the Dog Lover

I'm so excited to bring you guys today's holiday gift guide. This one is for all of the #dogmoms out there (and #dogdads). My husband and I have a German Shepherd named Emma (who is currently in a time out for pooping inside...again), but just like our other kids, we still love her. We'd also really love it if she'd quit going potty inside, but that is beside the point. The point is there is no shame in spoiling your sweet fur baby, especially during the holidays!! And while some of these gifts are items for your dog, some are great gift ideas for the dog lover in your life too.


The Dogist 2018 Wall Calendar by Elias Weiss Friedman author of The Dogist, for example, is the perfect Christmas gift for someone who loves dogs.



These super cute Christmas Plaid Dog Collars by Mr. Bow Tie Boutique would be the perfect holiday gift for doggies and dog owners alike! Whether you have family holiday photos coming up, or you simply want your furry friend to look festive for those…

Going Green: How to Green Your Beauty Routine

Green Your Beauty Routine

I hope you had a happy Earth Day this week! Did you plant a tree? Start recycling? Buy some reusable household items in place of disposable ones? One of my top goals lately with going green is to rid toxins from my home. While it's important to decrease the amount of toxic food I eat and to green my cleaning routine, it's becoming increasingly important that I use bath and beauty products that are all-natural or toxin-free. It's not only a matter of skin allergies, but I know that whatever I put on my skin gets into my bloodstream. That's pretty scary considering some of the common ingredients in beauty products. With a few easy swap-outs, you can green your own beauty routine to fit your life.

1.  For beauty basics like lip balm or tinted gloss, try something all-natural. One of my favorites is Burt's Bees. It is a little more expensive than regular lip balm, but you can save by getting a multi-pack. This 5 piece gift set costs $9.99 - roughly $2 per item. Burt's Bees also sells a ton of great starter kits for about $12 - $20. It's an affordable way to get a replacement lip balm along with a bunch of other all-natural goodies like hand balm and body cream. This 6 piece Burt's Bees gift set is a steal at $9.65.

2.  Go for organic makeup. Most over the counter all-natural bath and beauty products are much more expensive than traditional products, but the Physician's Formula items are the same price as most drug store beauty products. With high performance anti-aging creams at about $20 and makeup essentials from $8 to $12, it's a perfectly affordable way to swap out your old makeup and skin care for 100% organic products. You can find Physician's Formula products at drug stores, Walmart, Target, and of course online. Just beware that "100 natural" and "organic" are terms which aren't regulated by the FDA when it comes to makeup, so check ingredient labels. Look for phrases like "paraben free" and "phthalate free".

3.  The next time you need new eye makeup brushes, swap out your old makeup tools for eco-tools. It's not going to make a huge difference on your health, but it can make a difference to the planet. Eco-tool makeup supplies are cruelty-free and made from recycled and renewable materials. Even better, 1% of sales go to environmental organizations. Eco tools also offers a variety of eco-friendly makeup bags & cases. How cute is this Ecotools Alicia Silverstone cosmetic bag?

4.  Go 100% natural with your skin care. When I think of home skin remedies, I tend to think of homemade facials with a long list of ingredients, but there are actually many one-ingredient skin treatments right in your fridge. Take yogurt for example. It's used as a base in many exotic home facial masks, but just the yogurt alone works wonders if you can get into the habit of using it regularly. The lactic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid naturally found in milk and yogurt, gently exfoliates the skin and encourages cell turn over. Yogurt has also been know to help clear up uneven skin and acne when applied regularly several times a week. Use an egg-white facial to help rebuild collagen and fresh lemon juice to tighten pores, clear up blemishes, and lighten dark spots. It was an adjustment using things out of the fridge instead of my medicine cabinet, but now it's part of my daily routine. If only I had room in my bathroom for a mini fridge!

5.  Moisturize with cooking oils. My favorite way to moisturize my skin and hair is with oils. I can't remember the last time I used store bought conditioner, yet my hair has been softer than ever. I love using coconut oil as a deep conditioning hair mask before I wash and a few drops of olive oil to smooth frizz before I style. Both olive oil and coconut oil are wonderful skin moisturizers as well.

6. Work from the inside out. Drinking lots of water and getting your daily intake of healthy fats from foods like olive oil and avocados make a big difference in the appearance of your skin. Eating a diet rich in healthy veggies while avoiding processed foods is also going to have a positive effect on your skin.

7.  Make baking soda your number one beauty essential. You can exfoliate with it, wash your hair with it, and whiten your teeth with it. I like to keep mine in a sugar shaker jar in my bathroom for quick and easy use everyday.

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