OCTOBER FAVORITE FINDS [2 DAYS LATE] •DOG EDITION•

Wow! The month of October absolutely flew by! As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I have been busy working away on the MBA prereqs and just not in the mood to blog. More on what I’ve been going through next week. But for now, I am going to do a quick post with my favorite finds for my 4 legged baby MIA.

#1 – Finley’s Barkery Treats: These are Mia’s new faves. They have a few different kinds.

#2 – Kibble Bubble Dog Treat Pouch: I got this so we always have treats & snacks on the go! (like mother like daughter) It holds quite a few treats & they surprisingly do not fall out. I just hooked it right to the leash/poop bag thing I carry.

#3 – Silicone Ice Cube Trays: This may seem weird to have on a dog list, but I use these to make homemade doggy breath mints! Just mix greek yogurt with fresh parsley & mint. I freeze them and make little cubes to give her for treats. They come with nice covers too. I originally had plastic ones and learned the hard way that those will break easily. These silicone ones make getting the cubes out easily!

#4 – Cloud Star Chewy Treats: I love these because they are so tiny & soft. I hide any pills/medicine for Mia on these & they are easy to carry on the go!

#5- CBD Oil: I have been getting Lazarus Naturals but once my current bottle runs out, I am going to try Hempworx … My lovely friend (Amanda) sells it & I am looking forward to trying! Here is Amanda’s link if you are interested: https://www.hempworx.com/sparkfiregreen

#6 – Sherpa Fleece Blanket (LOL): Another one that seems weird to have on a dog list but SERIOUSLY … Mia loves this thing! If your dog loves to get cozy, this is the perfect blanket!

#7 – Dog Bed: This is LEGIT the best dog bed ever. Sometimes I wake up and can’t find Mia in bed …. she is always burrowed deep into this thing!!

#8 – Nail Dremel: I do Mia’s nails @ home & this thing works wonders! I tried a few different ones before getting this one & they don’t even compare. I use it 2x a week & she does great with it. I love that you can recharge it & it actually takes length off her nails effortlessly.

So there’s that! If you are a fur parent, I definitely suggest checking some of these items out!

DOG SHAMPOO

What better way to start off the blog than with a post about a crunchy dog option! Two of my favorite topics: crunchy products and my dog Mia! As I mentioned in my welcome post, I am super passionate about living a crunchy lifestyle. Someone recently asked what a “crunchy” lifestyle means. It’s basically a label to describe someone who is very conscientious about living clean and natural. I typically do tons of my own research and tend to stay away from mainstream trends in the health, wellness & food industries. Ask anyone who knows me and they will tell you I am all about my natural “remedies”! When I got my fur baby, Mia, I started researching natural options for dogs. I joined a couple of really good facebook groups that have been very helpful in my quest to provide Mia with great products.

One product that I struggled to find clean options for was dog shampoo. When I first got Mia I had some fancy dancy shampoo and it ended up making her itchy and she had bad dandruff. Then I tried the Burt’s Bees dog line with the same issues. Why does everything have to be so toxic and gross with nasty ingredients and fragrances?! So I set off on a mission to make my own! This is a homemade recipe that I have been using for the last year with Mia and it’s worked great. We always get compliments from strangers and even the vet about how healthy her hair/coat looks.

So here’s what you’ll need … 

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1 tbsp natural soap 
  • 1 tbsp baking soda
  • 2 drops lavender oil
  • 2 drops peppermint oil

Mix it all together and you’ve got yourself a nice smelling natural dog shampoo! It’s not quite as foamy as regular shampoo but it does lather decently and I usually only need a couple pumps to wash Mia. I dumped the natural soap into a storage container so that I could use this pump dispenser (in the picture below) for the actual shampoo. Let me know if you try it out with your fur baby!