The Joy of Rescue Dogs


Our two rescue dogs are both Yorkies. We had our now 8 year old male Yorkie for a year when we decided he needed a friend to keep him company during times we are both at work. Enter rescue pup #2, a 6 year old female Yorkie we adopted this past summer.

I will never forget when we both saw our little guy’s picture on Pet Finder.  Something about his timid and scared look touched our hearts and we knew we wanted to adopt him.  I admit I had to adjust to having a little dog in the house after years without a pet, but we fell in love with him.  He is such a smart, affectionate, cuddly, protective little guy.  There is not a day that goes by that we don’t smile, laugh, and cuddle with him.

Our girl came into our lives when we decided that we wanted our boy to have a friend and playmate while we were gone from home at work.  We introduced them in a neutral place and our guy seemed a bit indifferent to her.  However, they get along well enough now.

You can tell from her picture that the girl is shy.  She can be nervous and apprehensive, sometimes even with us, even though we adopted her over two months ago.  We were told she was used to breed puppies and spent most of her time in a crate of some sort.  She is a happy little dog now and very, very sweet.  She loves to be cuddled and is so playful.

I know there are many people who want to have a dog from the puppy stage, or want to adopt a dog “with papers” or have their heart set on a trendy dog breed.  Hey, I’m not judging.  But keep in mind, rescue dogs bring a special joy to not only the rescued animal, but to you.  To know you are giving a dog a good home is quite rewarding.  The dog will be overjoyed to have a forever home where they are loved and treated well.

We knew we wanted small dogs that shed very little, and we were able to find the dogs that worked perfectly for us.  Yorkies are small lap dogs that are hypoallergenic and almost don’t shed their hair at all.  The great thing about a site like Pet Finder is that you can specifically look for particular genders, breeds, dog size, and more.  It’s actually a lot of fun to see the pictures and read the stories of the different animals available for adoption.

My family wouldn’t trade our two little rescue dogs for anything.  Sure, they were full grown adults and we missed the puppy stage, but that’s totally OK with us.  We are focused on making the rest of their years happy and full of love.

Have you ever adopted a pet?  What was your experience like?

Current All-Natural Favorites – Skincare/Makeup/Clothes/Food


These are the things I’m really loving right now!

CV Skinlabs Rescue + Relief Spray – In the four weeks I’ve had this product, I’ve used it on a poison ivy rash, hives, on a sunburn my daughter got when she wasn’t with me, and on my face before and after makeup.  The true test will be on my dry, sensitive winter skin…but I already love this product.

Meow Meow Tweet Baking Soda Free Deodorant – So far, out of all the many, many natural deodorants I’ve used, this is my favorite.  The texture is such that I can scoop and apply with my fingers.  It smells like a delicious grapefruit.  It doesn’t irritate my skin.  And it works!  I wish it were a bit more affordable, but because of the aforementioned pluses, the cost seems to be justified…but it’s still a bit pricey for me.

Tarte Showstopper Palette – I know Tarte is snubbed by many green beauty purists – and it isn’t necessarily my top choice for clean cosmetics.  However, it’s definitely not the worst brand for cosmetics, and it is a cruelty-free company.  I really wanted some pressed makeup after feeling frustrated with loose mineral makeup and my mediocre pressed makeup, so I picked this up when Tarte was having a sale.  This palette is perfect.  The eye shadows are warm neutrals, the blush is a pretty pale coral pink, and the silvery highlighter and matte Park Ave Princess bronzer are great, too. The textures are really creamy and blend easily.  It’s also perfect for travel.  I’m smitten with this little palette and have been using it every day.




Bite Beauty Lipstick Duo in Fig & Date – I have wanted to pick up a full size Bite Beauty Lipstick in Fig for months.  When I saw this mini duo at Sephora for $14, I didn’t think twice.  Both shades are gorgeous.  Fig is a dusty rose and Date is a warm-toned nude with a touch of pink.  They are small, but they will still last me quite a while.  Also, they are perfect shades for autumn.


Bite Beauty Lipstick: Left – Fig; Right – Date


Forever 21 Shawl Cardigan – I’ve been wearing this at the office to stay cozy – I have this in beige and it goes with everything.  I especially love the roomy fit and long sleeves that come down over my hands. I bought this in a medium and it runs large, so it’s big and comfy.  Perfect for the coming autumn weather.

Jessica Simpson Booties – Cute, comfy, affordable. These aren’t heavy-duty and would not take a beating very well.  I plan on wearing them around the house and at the office where I work, so I shouldn’t put too much wear-and-tear on them.  However, they have enough of a sole to wear around town if I really wanted to.

Pukka Three Tulsi Tea – This tea is delicious, even if there were no health benefits to it.  Though I know quite little on the subject, tulsi is purported to be an adaptogen.  From the reading I have done, I understand adaptogens as a group of natural herbs that some people say helps with stress and fatigue.  As always, everyone’s body and biology is different, so I can’t make any claims.  I’d suggest reading into the subject if you have interest.  All I can say is that I really enjoy this tea.  In fact, every type of Pukka tea I’ve tried has been delicious.

Local Bee Pollen – Another natural product touted for its health benefits.  I don’t know if this has actually been helping my energy levels, but I really love adding it into my oats for breakfast.  They look like tiny granules and the taste is earthy and slightly sweet.  It’s somewhat crunchy.  Bee pollen is very nutrient dense – it contains amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.  I picked up a container of local bee pollen after hearing over and over how it is a great superfood.  I use about a teaspoon in my oats to make it last longer, because it isn’t exactly cheap.


What are your favorite natural products right now?

All-Natural Skincare I’ve Used Up


There are some great ones here and a few disappointments as well.  Read on!

Mahalo Body Vitality Elixir – I’ve now tried all four of Mahalo’s products, and they are fantastic!  My favorite might be the Pele Mask, but this oil is just superb, too.  After you use a lot of oils, you start to more readily notice textures, scents, and quality.  This oil is expensive, but an excellent one to try if you have the money to invest in a great oil.

Elma & Sana Moroccan Rose Water – This rose water was fine, but I didn’t like it nearly as much as the Alteya Organics Bulgarian Rose Water.  I think it was primarily the scent of the Alteya that I really love.  I have been using rose water for months to prime and set my makeup.  Plus, I just absolutely love the smell of fresh roses.

SW Basics Face Cleanser – This was a Petit Vour sample, and I actually didn’t like it as a cleanser.  I just don’t enjoy the idea of rubbing a moist cotton pad over my face to “cleanse”.  However, “waste not want not” – so I used this as a toner and quite enjoyed it that way!

Gressa Minimalist Serum Foundation – This absolutely did not work for me.  I used it in the winter which was terrible.  My skin had dry patches all winter long, and this foundation only exacerbated them.  The color wasn’t quite right – I purchased mine when there were fewer shades to choose from.  For summer it may have worked, but I won’t know because I highly doubt I will ever repurchase.  I wasn’t wowed by the formula and it’s too expensive for my taste.  However, there are a lot of people who love this stuff.  Also, Svetlana, the owner, has fantastic customer service!  Here is my original review.

Manuka Health Honey – I used this in my face masks, as I was not a fan of the earthy flavor of this honey.  I liked it and enjoyed it in face masks….but, it’s one of those things where you aren’t quite sure whether or not the product even makes a difference.  And given the cost of manuka honey, I wasn’t in a rush to repurchase.  Now I’ve just been using raw honey and it seems like it works exactly the same for my skin.

Painted Earth Vitamin C Face Wash – Bought this in the winter, and stopped using it because it was too harsh for my sensitive, dry skin.  When the temperature heated up, it worked great for spring and summer.  I would definitely repurchase this, but only for warm weather months.

Laurel Organics Eye Balm – I loved this eye balm.  I bought it during a Black Friday sale last year and it lasted about 6 months with daily use.  It has fantastic ingredients. The texture is much heavier than a serum, but definitely lighter than a balm like the One Love Organics Eye Balm.

One Love Organics Healthy Locks Dry Shampoo – I really thought I’d be blown away by this dry shampoo, as I heard fantastic things about it and I love OLO in general.  So…this was a nice dry shampoo, but for me and my hair, it was nothing truly special.  The scent is very nice, though!

Juice Beauty CC Cream – I’m seriously thinking about using this as my fall/winter tinted moisturizer with SPF.  It has a consistency that leaves your skin dewy and moist – not so great in summer, but perfect for winter.  I used every drop of this.  It is somewhat comparable to the Suntegrity Tinted Sunscreen, but as it’s a little cheaper, I would probably go with Juice Beauty.  The tint is very minimal – probably more to neutralize any white cast than to add any actual coverage, but if you don’t need a lot of coverage, this is great.

Lily Lolo Mascara – Where do I start?  Maybe I’ll just keep it simple.  This didn’t work for me.  I really loathed using it at all.  It made my eyelashes so spidery.  The formula seemed so dry.  Read my comparison of this with my fave W3LL People mascara here.

EarthBody Face Mask – Another Petit Vour sample that I used up, but was never really amazed with for my skin type.

Indigo Wild Zum Facial Cleanser – I am on my second bottle of this oil cleanser.  I use this as my first cleanse in my double cleanse night routine.  This removes my makeup really well, and the best part is it is really affordable.  My only caveat is that I have to be careful not to get it in my eyes, as it will burn a bit.  It looks like Indigo Wild has given their products a face lift, with new labels and packaging.  FYI – I bought my bottle for about $9 for 4 ounces – the bottle on their website is $16 on sale for 8 ounces.

Have you tried any of these products?