The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health has found that one-third of the substances used in the fragrance industry are toxic. Man-made fragrances added to many cleaners, most notably laundry detergents and fabric softeners, may cause acute effects such as respiratory irritation, headache, sneezing, and watery eyes in sensitive individuals or allergy and asthma …
A clean home is a healthy home – or is it? Statistics show that the average home is wrought with residue from thousands of chemicals. This can not only eat away at your furniture surfaces and grout, it can cause all sorts of medical issues for your family and pets. After reading the labels on …
Spreading the love on Valentine’s Day is even more special when it’s done with the people you love most—your family! Make this Valentine’s Day a family affair with these fun activities that mom, dad and kiddies can do together. Arts and Crafts are fun! There are so many options for fun arts and crafts to …
Grimy whites, faded colors, pilling sweaters, and delicates that no longer feel so… delicate. This is what happens to your clothing when you do not put them on the correct dryer settings. Various fabrics and styles all need to be treated differently because some are more fragile than others. Knowing the perfect dryer settings — …
Many parents want to avoid the use of chemical cleaners, which can have nasty side effects such as endocrine disruption, respiratory problems, and skin burns. As a mom, I want to keep my home sparkling, but not at the expense of our health. Luckily, there is an alternative. These 10 natural house cleaning secrets will …
Are your household chores never ending? Can you even remember the last time you had free time? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then you are in need of some easy house cleaning tips to free up your schedule. We have come up with 8 eco-friendly house cleaning secrets that we just had …
It’s time to clean house! Why not make it a joyous event by using house cleaning secrets that very few people know? If you dread house cleaning, there could be a good reason for it. It could be that you don’t want to put your body through another traumatic experience or be poisoned with the …
Dragging feet, weak muscles, and sagging eyes… these were all things I experienced on a daily basis from my stressful life. It wasn’t attractive. With such a busy schedule I barely had enough energy by mid-day to make it until dinnertime. I even found myself nodding off while trying to do the laundry. After all, …
I have a confession to make: I am afraid of my china. Yes, you heard me right. It scares me to death to use those expensive place settings. So, the beautiful dishware I was so excited to get sits in my cabinet – unused…. About a year ago I looked over my shoulder to the …
Oh the mess! Juice spills, toys scattered all over the floor, food dropped, crumbled and even thrown… it’s all a part of having kids. But, does having kids mean that your house is always a mess? Every time you clean up one spill, it seems like another mess magically pops up in its place. It …
Let’s face it: cleaning isn’t for everyone. For some of us, household cleaning is more painful than pulling teeth. If you’re someone who lives by cleaning shortcuts, you’ll want to take a peek at these 11 cleaning tips and tricks for lazy people. They are perfect for anyone that wants to get the job done …
It feels good to get the most out of your products. Even items like dryer sheets can be recycled and turned into something else. These alternative uses for dryer sheets might seem crazy, but try them for yourself, they work! 1| Quiet squeaky shoes You can finally silence that squeaky pair of shoes once and …
Dirty sinks, crusted plates, and mile-high dishes– oh my! It starts with leaving one dish go unwashed, and all of the sudden you’re looking at the Mount Everest of dishes to wash a few days later. It’s a dirty dish catastrophe that’s straight out of a nightmare. Here are some of the spookiest kitchen nightmares …
Tidying up for fall is a great way to stay organized and not feel overwhelmed! Beyond vacuuming, dusting, wiping down counter-tops and washing clothes, this is the time to deep clean some areas that are extra dirty from the summer season. Before you start cleaning, take a quick look to see if you have …
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If you’re anything like me, you too love leisurely rising out of bed on a Sunday to throw together a scrumptious breakfast, and relish the opportunity to hop back into the coziness of your bed to enjoy! This little savory dish is the perfect recipe to experience such a moment!
Little Dipper Bread Cup
Ingredients – serves 3
3 french rolls – individual sized
1/4 cup turkey breakfast sausage
3 tablespoons parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon Italian leaf parsley
Pinch of salt & pepper
Begin by using a 2” round cookie cutter, press and hallow out the center of the French rolls. Coat inside and the top bit cut out with butter & place on a lined baking sheet.
In a non-stick pan— I prefer using a Scanpan —brown the turkey breakfast sausage and breakup into small crumbles. Spoon a couple teaspoons of sausage crumbles into each hallowed bread bowl.
Carefully crack one egg into each roll. Using a fine grater—I like the fine grate of a zester— shred about 1 tablespoon of parmesan on top of each egg and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Place baking sheet in oven and bake for 15 minutes on 350°, until the whites of the eggs are almost cooked. Rotate the baking sheet once if you notice they aren’t cooking evenly.
While the cups are in the oven, roughly chop the Italian parsley.
Be aware the eggs will continue to cook after you take them out of the oven! Once removed, allow to set for 60 seconds, top with a generous amount of parsley and ta-da! You have a simply delicious Sunday breakfast in bed.
Once you decide lounging time has been fully enjoyed, its time to clean up. Since I prepped, baked and served my breakfast on items that are best washed by hand and this recipe doesn’t require too many dishes, I recommend Grab Green Liquid Dish Soap. Highly effective, ultra-concentrated (no need to use too much) and perfect for all hand dish-washing.
Getting your furry friend licensed is an important part of being a pet-owner and it’s an identification tool that can help reunite you with your dog if it were to ever get lost. Although in Los Angeles county both dogs and horses (or any equine animal) requires licenses, we’re specifically addressing the licensing of K-9s. Seeing that requirements vary between counties and states, here’s all you need to know to make sure your SoCal dog meets licensing standards!
How long do I have to license my dog?
Los Angeles, Ventura, Orange, Santa Barbara and San Bernardino Counties all require pets to be licensed within 4 months of ownership.
Where and how do I take care of licensing?
Animal licenses may be purchased by completing a license application form, along with payment, proof of sterilization and rabies vaccination, at your nearest county’s animal care and control department. Depending on your county, you may also complete these steps by mail, or even more convenient, online via Pet Data.
How often should I renew my pet’s license?
In general for Southern California counties, pet licenses are valid for one year. Failure to renew a pet license can result in a late penalty equal to the cost of the license.
How much does licensing cost?
Fees for pet licensing varies by animal and by city. For example, in LA County, pet licensing ranges from $5 to $60. Typically, licenses for the neutered and spayed are less expensive.
Not a resident of SoCal? Visit http://www.petdata.com/ and they’ll locate all the need-to-knows based on your zip code.
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Mother’s day is less than a week away and your little ones may be searching for something to give. Since DIY gifts from the heart make for the sweetest memories – here’s a guide to 10 Gorgeous Handmade Mother’s Day Gifts Kids Can Make (With a Helping Hand).
For those of us who hold onto our clothes to the bitter end, we’re often faced with wondering what to do with our tattered textiles when they’re too far gone for second-hand? Enter The North Face – a new program by this outdoor clothing co. that allows you to recycle your threads by dropping them at any of their retail stores. Check out their rewarding program called Clothes The Loop.
Wondering how to lend a hand to our honey-producing friends? One simple solution is to Plant and Keep a Bee-Bountiful Garden! Plant a Bee Garden.
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Are your pets up-to-date?
We’d do anything for our furry & feathered little friends, especially when it comes to keeping them happy and healthy. An essential way of keeping them at their healthiest is making sure their vaccines are up-to-date. Here’s a need-to-know list of vaccinations for dogs and cats, according to the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals).
What are vaccines?
Vaccines help prepare the body’s immune system to fight off the invasion of disease-causing organisms. If a harmful disease/ illness is ever introduced to our animals, vaccine’s antigens work to reduce the severity and fight it off entirely. For us, it means peace of mind and quite possibly avoiding high veterinary bills that accompany common canine and feline disease.
What are the core vaccines?
Canine Parvovirus – highly contagious viral illness
Distemper – contagious and serious viral illness with no known cure
Canine Hepatitis – viral disease that causes upper respiratory tract infections
Rabies – transmitted through bites, rabies causes deterioration in the brain and can easily be passed on to humans
Panleukopenia (feline distemper) – highly contagious and life-threatening viral disease in the cat population. The causative virus is very resilient and can survive for years in contaminated environments, so vaccination is the best preventative available
Feline Calici Virus – a common respiratory disease in cats
Feline Herpes Virus Type I (rhinotracheitis) – cats in crowded or stressful conditions or with weak immune systems are more susceptible to this vius
Rabies – just as with dogs, rabies causes deterioration of the brain and although the virus can take up to a month to develop, once the symptoms have begun, the virus progresses rapidly
What About Birds?
When importing birds from exotic places was common, bird vaccinations were plentiful. These days, because almost all birds are bred local, bird vaccinations are no longer considered necessary. There is only one recommended vaccine for our feathered friends, but only if your bird will be in contact with other birds whose health benefits are unknown, such as in a bird boarding house.
Polyomavirus Vaccine – a deadly infection that primarily effects birds from the parrot family
Are vaccines required by law?
Each states has its own laws governing the administration of the rabies vaccine; some areas require yearly rabies vaccinations where others call for vaccines every three years. However, up-to-date canine rabies vaccinations are a legal requirement in general. You can download a complete state-by-state guide from the American
Veterinary Medical Association.
How often should my animal be vaccinated?
The best person to ask this question to is your vet! He/she can best determine a vaccination schedule for your animal depending on the type of vaccine, your animal’s age, medical history, environment and lifestyle.
When should I get my new puppy and/or kitty vaccinated?
According to the ASPCA, puppies and kitties should receive a series of vaccinations starting six to eight weeks of age. A vet should administer a minimum of three vaccinations at three to four week intervals, and the final dose should be administered at 16 weeks of age.
For more great information on caring for your pets, download our PET GUIDE.
a.k.a Avery Bear is a male Golden Retriever who is about to celebrate his 8th birthday on June 10th. He enjoys prancing around the park, lounging on the sofa (clearly) and greeting anyone and everyone he meets. My favorite characteristic? He has a unique desire to look into people’s eyes.
Avery’s Human – Patricia Spencer, company co-founder & president
Miss Sophie is hypo-allergenic Golden Doodle who has taught herself to smile and is obsessed with her brother Avery. she enjoys ripping up any book or magazine within reach and snuggling with her mama in bed for unlimited tummy rubs.
Sophie’s Human – Patricia Spencer, company co-founder & president
Little Charlie is a hypo-allergenic Maltese. He’s an impressively energetic 10 year old who is a true puppy at heart. Charlie loves going anywhere his momma Joan goes and his favorite activity is taking long naps on the day bed outside – he’s more than happy to greet each family member as they come home!
Charlie’s Human – Michael Edell, company co-founder & CEO
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Getting to Know Kalettes!
If you haven’t heard of kalettes, don’t worry. They’re a brand-new vegetable, blooming with all the sweet and nutty flavors of kale and brussels sprouts. Because kale and brussels sprouts are in the same family of greens— the Brassica family— they make the perfect match to make the little kalette. Here are some friendly facts and recipes so you can get to know kalettes!
Looking to purify your space? We’ve got just the fragrance for you – our gardenia is like heaven in a bottle! The delicate, light floral essence is simply beautiful and will leave your home smelling delightfully pure. Grab Green offers two effective, eco-responsible, healthier products in this purifying fragrance. Happy Cleaning!
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