DIY Doggy Dry Shampoo

DIY Lavender Doggy Dry Shampoo Tutorial - keep your dog smelling fresh between baths and help treat skin irritations and prevent fleas, naturally! | Thyme is Honey

Sometimes I wonder if other dogs hate baths as much as #WalterBtheJRT does. He behaves well when he’s in the bathtub, but the second we grab a towel from the laundry room he hides or crawls under the dining room table. His hatred for bath time along with his sensitive skin means that I usually try to avoid it if at all possible.

Some of our experiences through fostering (look at all our cute fosters, here) also inspired me to want dry shampoo that I could use on dogs. Sometimes when dogs come out of the shelter they can have an odor that no amount of washing can really alleviate. Plus, dogs don’t really need a bath as often as we think they do. As soon as a dog has an odor our instinct is to bathe them, but their skin and fur really isn’t meant to endure all that primping. Dry shampoo to the rescue!

I like to mix this up and use it on Walter between baths (which he gets about once per month). Use a theraputic grade essential oil (I use Young Living) and switch up the scent depending on what you need. Here are a few of my favorites:

Lavender: a refreshing scent that smells great but is also relaxing for anxious dogs and good for dogs with sensitive skin and can help calm skin issues.
Tea Tree: helps repel fleas! A natural flea preventative.
Peppermint: refreshing and can help alleviate itching from bug bites or allergies. Stimulates circulation and can help with arthritis, dysplasia an other injuries. Also great for motion sickness. (click here to view full post)

DIY Lavender Doggy Dry Shampoo Tutorial - keep your dog smelling fresh between baths and help treat skin irritations and prevent fleas, naturally! | Thyme is Honey

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Peanut Butter + Vitamin Filled Coconut Oil Dog Treats

Peanut Butter + Vitamin Filled Coconut Oil Dog Treats - give your dog a daily dose of vitamins that support healthy gums, coat, and digestion! | Thyme is Honey

You know I love to feed Walter coconut oil. If you aren’t already aware of all the benefits coconut oil provides to dogs, be sure to check out my previous post, which talks more about them. The biggest benefit we have enjoyed, is coconut oil’s ability to keep Walter’s teeth and gums clean + healthy. He will be 5 in October and has never had his teeth cleaned. During his last visit, the vet said he had the teeth of a 1 year old dog (#ProudDogMama).

Our experience of fostering through Fetch Wisconsin has introduced us to an entire community of dog freaks lovers, who have taught me even more about the benefits of coconut oil. Our foster community has used coconut oil to treat everything from peeling paws to itchy skin. My foster partner also introduced me to the magic dog vitamin supplements such as Naturvet, and I knew I had to start incorporating a vitamin supplement into Walter’s routine! (click here to read full post)

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The Love of a Dog

"Can you even imagine a life without the love of a dog?" | Thyme is Honey

Walter told me that I have to stop taking photos of him when he’s sleeping. He told me it’s creepy and kind of rude. So, I guess I’ll stop (<– not actually likely), but I snapped this one and it’s cute and every time I look at it I just want to squeeeeeeeeeeze him. I love this dog so much and I’m totally okay with how crazy I look.

Walter went to the vet this week and the vet was once again amazed by how clean his teeth were. He’s 4.5 and his teeth have never been brushed or cleaned, and yet she said he has the teeth of a very young dog. Win! Great teeth can be genetic, for sure, but I credit Walter’s clean teeth and stellar dental health to these coconut oil dog treats that I give him every night before bed. This seemed like a good time to remind you of the tutorial and suggest that you make some for your furry buddy.

Be sure you’re following us on Instagram for more cute shots of #WalterBtheJRT. Okay, follow me on Instagram but Walter basically runs the show.

Last Minute Gifts from Amazon Prime

Last Minute Gift Ideas from Amazon Prime | Thyme is Honey

In case you aren’t aware, there are only 5 days until Christmas. I need to run a few last-minute errands today, and I’m totally shuddering at the thought of entering any stores on the last Saturday before Christmas. In case you’re in the same boat, I decided to round up 8 amazing little gifts that are available via Amazon Prime and could arrive at your house as soon as Monday (with one day shipping) or Tuesday (with the standard free 2-day shipping available to Amazon Prime Members).

Not sure what Amazon Prime is? Here’s a quick rundown: you pay $99 for a 1-year subscription. With that you get FREE 2-day shipping on your orders or you can upgrade to 1-day shipping for $3.99 per item. With the membership you also get access to their library of Amazon Prime streaming content (similar to Netflix). It’s an incredible deal…we’ve had a membership for the past 6 years and it pays for itself time and time again. You can sign up for a free 30-day Trial here (that’s totally enough time to binge watch their 3x golden globe nominated original series, Transparent).

Now, back to the gifts! These are all items that I have owned or gifted personally, and I followed up with those folks to make sure they are still loving the gift. So, if there’s anyone left on your list maybe make some hot coco, put on a movie, and order one of my suggestions below:

  1. The Tea LoverPekoe Tree Glass Tea Tumbler ($31.95) I wasn’t a big tea drinker until this year and it’s a little obsession that my younger sister and I share. For her birthday I got her a tea tumbler (and one for myself, too) and we’ve both been loving them. I usually fill mine up and night and put it in the fridge so that I have a big container of chilled tea to drink mid-morning. She makes hers and takes it with her to school.
  2. ParentsBeing Mortal by Atul Gawande ($16.10) If you have parents or grandparents who enjoy reading, this is a great book to give them. Although its kind of a morbid topic, I think anyone will appreciate the wealth of knowledge gained from reading it. I recommend it to everyone I talk with about books. It was so good that the second I finished it I flipped back to page 1 and started again. I’ve purchased at least 5 copies in the last year to give as gifts (the large print version is also a great option).
  3. The Health Nut –  Dorito Effect by Mark Schatzker ($16.55) This is another book that totally opened my eyes and changed my life, and I love giving that gift to other people. My dad and I read this one together book club style about 9 months ago and we still have conversations about it. If you have a health nut  on your list they will surely appreciate this read.
  4. The Whole FamSwish ($12.77) We bought this game locally on Shop Small Saturday, but Amazon has it too, of course! We’ve been playing it a lot the past few weeks, I’ve basically been carrying it in my purse and we’ve been introducing friends to it constantly. It’s a riot and fun for the entire family and a wide range of ages can play together. A great gift to give to your parents so that you can all enjoy it while you’re home.
  5. The Photo CrazedInstax Camera ($84.98) Smartphones take great photos, but even the most avid Instagrammer can’t deny the fun of Fujifilm’s Instax Mini Cameras. They print out small Polaroid-type photos, and are a blast to play around with. I’ll admit that this is the only item on the list I haven’t given or received…but I have so much fun playing with my friend’s and am hoping for one under the tree! (husband, are you listening?)
  6. Nieces and NephewsBrain Flakes ($26.41) I like giving kids toys that are interactive. I got Brain Flakes for my twin niece and nephew when they turned 4, and they (along with their 7 year old sister) totally love it. I FaceTimed them this morning for an official statement and they said: “Brain Flakes are awesome because you can make anything! Even Shopkins (from the 7 year old)! Or Apple Jack (from one of the 4 year olds)!” I don’t really know what either of those things are but I love that they are still enjoying these!
  7. For the TravelerCarry on Cocktail Kit ($20.08) Know someone who travels a lot for work or pleasure? Consider giving them the gift of a Gin and Tonic at 30,000 feet, or an Old Fashioned while they fly across Colorado. All they need to do is purchase a little bottle of booze mid-flight and ta-da! Happy hour.
  8. Dogs and Dog LoversTug a Jug Puzzle Toy ($9.69)  Hands-down the best toy we’ve purchased for Walter and all of our foster dogs have loved it, too. You place treats inside and the dog has to work to get them out by figuring out how to pull on the rope and get them to dispense. It usually occupies them for 30-60 minutes and is a great way to occupy a smart dog.

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