Quest and Anka swimming in the Ohio River on Sunday.
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Thank you Hava Heart for helping to get the word about Halo supplements for dogs. We’re happy to see this pack of Havanese rescues announce its love of our 100% WHOLE ingredient supplements to its Instagram fans.
“We have seen so much more energy and playfulness out of Henley since starting him on @halopets Senior Dog Defense! #halopets #halo”
“We’ve been soooo impressed by @halopets new line of supplements, that we decided we’d try two more! Julian is king of sensitive stomachs, and we could all use an immune boost, especially when we have foster dogs! #halopets #halo”
Thank you, Hava Heart!
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Health and wellness in general has been a theme for me in 2018, both here on the blog and in real life. I don’t think there is any one specific reason for this, but at the end of last year, after feeling overwhelmed with stress, constant sickness in our house, and some really intense life experiences with loved ones being ill, something clicked and I realized that I no longer had a choice – I needed to be consistent about focusing on keeping my body/mind/spirit (and, of course, those of my little ones too) at the best they could be.
Included in this overall wellness, of course, is dental health. You guys may have noticed that I’ve been posting about taking care of teeth/gums/mouth quite a bit here and on my social accounts this year. And that’s because I keep learning more and more, both from my dentist and from studies I’ve read, about how much dental health is connected to the health of the rest of our bodies. I’ve really committed to focusing on taking the absolute best care possible of my teeth and my family’s teeth for this reason. And today and over the next few months, I plan to share with you some of my tips and other things I’ve learned and discovered about keeping our teeth and gums as healthy as possible.
Today in our dental health journey (I feel like the beginning of one of those old school 1980s educational film strips saying that; anyone else remember those or am I just old?), I’m going to share some things I’ve learned and that we’ve been implementing about ways to protect and repair the enamel on our teeth, while caring for our gums as well.
1. Drink water throughout the day. Our dentist suggested this for my husband, who is an everyday runner. She told us that runners tend to have drier mouths, and that dry mouths (no matter what the cause) can weaken enamel. Staying hydrated helps produce adequate salvia, which in turn helps prevent tooth decay and enamel corrosion by washing away food particles and bacteria. Drinking water is great for your body in general too, so it’s a win-win. (Bonus: If you can’t brush right after you eat, rinsing with water helps flush away left over food, bacteria, and acids.)
2. Use a soft toothbrush. It can be tempting to want to use a hard bristled brush and go to town scrubbing your teeth, but my dentist told me that it’s always best for both your enamel and gums to use a soft toothbrush and to brush gently.
3. Chew gum after meals. If you can’t brush or rinse right after a meal, my dentist suggests chewing a piece of sugar free gum. Chewing gum help stimulate saliva production, which as I mentioned above helps wash away bacteria and leftover food.
4. Use new Crest Gum & Enamel Repair toothpaste. My regular readers and followers already know we’re big fans of Crest’s gum health-focused toothpaste, but Crest Gum & Enamel Repair toothpaste is our favorite one yet. It was designed to specifically focus on helping to repair enamel by penetrating the tooth surface, to remineralize and strengthen areas of weakened enamel, while also targeting the gum lines to neutralize hidden plaque bacteria and provide further bacterial protection. And its Enhanced Protection Technology creates a shield of protection that slows cavity-causing attacks and erosion. So basically, it does a whole lot of great things to protect tooth enamel and gums, as well as to reverse gingivitis and the effects of it. Pretty great, right? And it’s available in two varieties: Intensive Clean and and Advanced Whitening. You can pick up a tube of Crest Gum & Enamel Repair of your very own at Walmart stores nationwide.(Pssst… See the bottom of this post for how you can save $ 3.00 on Crest Gum & Enamel Repair along with some of your other favorite Crest toothpastes!)
5. Avoid sweets. This is admittedly my least favorite way to care for my teeth, because I love sweets. I mean, I love them. Unfortunately, bacteria love sugar as much as I do. When you’re eating lots of sweets, bacteria thrives in your mouth and produces acids that break down the enamel. Cutting down on sweets, as brutal as it may be, is one of the main ways I’ve been taking care of my mouth and overall health this year.
6. Avoid acidic food and drinks. Coffee and all things lemon are at the very top of my favorite things list, so this ones almost as tough for me as the sweets. But acidic food and drinks can wreak havoc on your tooth enamel. My compromise is to make sure I brush or rinse with water immediately after consuming food or drinks with high acid levels.
So there you have it friends – my tips (and my dentist’s!) for ways to better care for your teeth’s enamels and gums. If you have any tips I may have missed, I’d love to hear them!
Oh, and as I mentioned above, today, September 28th, through October 1st, you can save $ 3.00 on Crest Gum & Enamel Repair along with Crest Gum Detoxify, Crest 3D Whitening Therapy, and 3D White Brilliance at your local Walmart. Woohoo! Just check your Sunday (September 30th) newspaper for a $ 1.00 brandsaver coupon to use for one Crest Toothpaste (3oz. or more) OR one Crest Kid’s Toothpaste (3oz. or more), and click here for a $ 2.00 Ibotta Rebate that is good until November 15th.
I’m just fascinated by the application of 3-D printing to the medical world. I’ve seen prosthetic hands made for kids who are still growing to avoid the expense of replacing parts as they grow. Now, they’ve made a new skull for a 9-year old Dachshund! CNN reports “Dr. Michelle Oblak, a veterinary surgical oncologist with […]
The Stray Cat Alliance seeks to save cats—including kittens—from the unwelcome distinction of being the most killed animal in US shelters. Thanks to cat food donations that come from Halo’s partnership with Freekibble.com and GreaterGood.org, Stray Cat Alliance’s programs are making a difference in outcomes for cats and communities in Los Angeles and communities throughout Southern California.
Here’s what Stray Cat Alliance had to say about a recent Halo Pets donation:
“The support that your contribution of food made to our work impacted an estimated 5,000 meals for the animals we serve. The second largest cost for Stray Cat Alliance after medical care is food. We help thousands of kittens, cats and feeders throughout Southern California. Food is key to survival of our cats in a variety of settings – on the streets, in foster homes and in our care. Being able to provide food to those who foster animals and community cats has a huge relief on our budget and provides a big incentive to volunteers who save cats and kittens in collaboration with us.
This donation of dry food was used in a variety of ways:
Pumpkin is representative of many of the animals we save – abandoned and facing death. Pumpkin has some behavioral issues and was returned to the shelter at a senior age. Adoption of senior cats is low. We also get kittens who have been orphaned and would be killed the day they come to a shelter. And, community cats who fend for themselves on the streets.”
Thank you Stray Cat Alliance for making a WHOLE lot of difference for pets in your community.
When you choose Halo pet food, made from real WHOLE meat, poultry, or fish, and NO “meat meal” of ANY kind, your pet won’t be the only one with a radiant coat, clear eyes and renewed energy. Halo feeds it forward, donating over 1.5 million bowls annually. As always, Halo will donate a bowl to a shelter every time YOU buy. Thank you for helping #HaloFeeditForward.
She didn’t even flinch, but she kept her eyes on me while they did it. She also knows her sit and down commands.
This dog has nerves of steel.
Last week, I posted the top photo above on my Instagram, with the following caption: “Every morning when Essley wakes up, I ask her to tell me one thing for which she’s grateful. She’s like her mama (we don’t enjoy mornings), and I’ve found that starting my day with gratitude (even if I have to force it) genuinely helps me feel less anxious and more happy through out my day – and it seems to help her as well. This morning, her response was ‘my family’ (gold star answer, kid) and ’763 pieces of chocolate’ (clearly my child). Have a grateful day, friends.”
I received over 30 messages after posting that, from both parents and non-parents, thanking me for the idea and stating that they were going to do the same with both their kids and themselves. My response to every message was that while I certainly didn’t come up with the idea of practicing morning gratitude, I was thrilled to see that our silly little morning ritual could possibly help others who have anxiety (like me) or who just wanted to start their days in a positive way. And it got me thinking about other ways my kids and I could practice gratitude together. So Essley and I sat down and came up with a “gratitude to do list”, which I am sharing below.
1. Every morning upon waking, say out loud at least one thing in your life for which you feel thankful.
2. Keep a special journal or sketchbook, and throughout your day, write down or draw pictures of things that you appreciate.
3. Give every family member a hug and tell them how grateful you are to have them in your life.
4. Make a thank you card for a friend and tell them you appreciate their friendship.
5. Say thank you out loud every time you eat a meal.
6. Smile a LOT. (Essley says this one is the most important of all.)
7. Take videos of your little ones telling friends and relatives why they are thankful for them, and then email or text them the videos.
8. Make a giving list. For holidays or birthdays, make lists of the items or experiences you want to give others. (Sort of a reverse wish list.)
9. Everyday, tell each person in your family one thing about them you love and appreciate. (This can be anything from something profound to Essley’s favorite, “I like your outfit mommy!”)
10. Before bed, say out loud one great thing that happened that day for which your are thankful.
Consciously feeling grateful for things in your life is such a simple concept, but it’s been life changing for me in many ways. (Sounds super cheesy I know, but it’s the truth.) And it makes sense – research shows that practicing gratitude causes us to enjoy our lives more and feel happier in general. Even the act of putting this list together made me feel thankful and happy, and I know it did the same for Essley. If you have little ones, try some of these and let me know what you think. And if you have ways you practice daily gratitude with your children (or yourself!) I’d love to hear!