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Friday, March 29, 2019

Aromatherapy for animals 🐾

March 29, 2019 2 Comments

Hello everyone!

Last month I adopted my very first puppy!  He is an adorable, champagne and white coloured Maltipoo, who I named Rascal.  He was only 7 weeks old when I brought him home and now he is almost three months.  Today's post was inspired by this little furball!  

photo of Rascal

He was so tiny in this photo.  If you want to see more of him go follow rascal.the.maltipoo on Instagram.

I've posted about aromatherapy and essential oils many times before and I'm sure you're already familiar with how beneficial they can be to our health, but did you know that essential oils can also be used on your four-legged friends?  

If you're wondering about the safety of essential oils for pets, there are a number of essential oils that are considered, not only safe but also beneficial to pet health.  However, there are also many essential oils toxic to animals.  

I came across a very helpful infographic that lists the best essential oils for dogs and cats and when to use them.  It also lists some oils that are toxic to animals and therefore you should NEVER use on your pets.  Check it out and keep reading to find out how to use these oils on your pets!

How to use:
  • Essential oils can be applied topically to your dog or cat.  Dilute the essential oils; approximately two to six drops of oil in an ounce of carrier oil.
  • Or add about 10-20 drops in eight ounces of shampoo.  Use less for cats and small dogs.  
  • You can also use a spray bottle with a few drops of oil mixed with water to apply topically. 
  • Massage your diluted oil to the area where it’s needed.  You can also apply by ''petting'' - rub the diluted oil in your hands, then pet your dog or cat with both hands. 
  • Use a diffuser for aromatherapy or put a drop of oil on your pet's collar or bed.  If you don’t have a diffuser, a bowl of hot water with a few drops of essential oils will do the trick.   
  • Keep away from your pet's eyes, nose, inside of his ears, and private area. 
  • Only use essential oils that are safe for animals. 

That's all for today!  This post was a little different.  If you want me to post more pet-related tips and DIYs in the future let me know in the comments section below.  

Do you have any pets?  Did you know that essential oil can also be used on your pets?

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Tuesday, January 01, 2019

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Four (4) types of diagnostic tests

December 20, 2018 1 Comments
Hello everyone!

In this blog, I always talk about the importance of lifestyle to health and wellness.  However, an apple a day doesn’t always keep the doctor away.  We still need to visit the doctor and sometimes go through medical procedures.   

In this post, I want to talk about diagnostic tests; what each exam is for and what to expect during the procedure.  Going through any diagnostic test would make any person anxious.  It is perfectly normal to feel nervous when your physician orders an exam to diagnose your condition.  However, learning about each exam can give you peace of mind.  

diagnostic tests

Here are four types of diagnostic tests that can be done at facilities such as Middletown Medical Imaging.

Open MRI Scan
If you are worried about a traditional MRI scanner, you can ask your physician about an open MRI scanner.  It features an open design that brings you mental and physical comfort during the procedure.  You may need an MRI for your heart, blood vessels, brain or spinal cord.

Digital X-Ray
A digital X-ray is a procedure in which you lie on an exam table or stand next to a cassette holder.  You need to hold still as your technician takes images of your body.  It only takes several seconds to take each image, and the entire procedure only takes up to 30 minutes.  Your physician may order a digital X-ray to check your joints, bones, soft tissues or abdominal area.

High-Resolution Ultrasound
A high-resolution ultrasound uses a transducer to send inaudible sound waves through your body.  The sound waves bounce back to show your physician information on your organs and soft tissues.  Your physician uses this information to diagnose your medical condition.  A high-resolution ultrasound identifies conditions in the heart, liver, pancreas and gallbladder.

16 Slice CT Scan
A 16 slice CT scan uses a rotating gantry to take images of the problem area.  The images are taken from different views and angles to give your physician an accurate reading.  You are going to lie on a table that moves through the gantry, but you do not have to worry about staying in the gantry for long.  A 16 slice CT scan is used to check areas such as your organs, blood vessels, bones and spinal cord.

Here are some tips to follow as you prepare for a diagnostic test:
  1. Be mentally ready - With the right mindset, going through any test will be easier to handle.
  2. Be physically ready – Follow the prep instructions given to you prior to the procedure.
  3. Try not to worry too much! - A diagnostic test is simply that: a test.  Besides, creating needless stress and worry will certainly affect your test.

Whether you need a digital X-ray or open MRI scanner, it is important to schedule your diagnostic test shortly after receiving your referral.

I hope you found this information helpful.  

Have a great day! 

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

My FSJ shoes picks

December 18, 2018 3 Comments
Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world.  - Marilyn Monroe

Hello everyone!

Hope you are all doing well.

Recently I was introduced to an amazing online shoe store called FSJ shoesFSJ makes shoes, suitable for every style and occasion.  You can find them at www.fsjshoes.com and trust me; you will find, more than a few, shoes you love!

At FSJ shoes you can find a lovely selection of shoes including kitten heels.  A kitten heel is a short, slender heel, usually from 3.5 centimetres (1.5 inches) to 4.75 centimetres.  Personally, I love wearing a kitten heel, especially in the daytime. 

If kitten heels aren’t your style, then you can also find stilettos, flats, chunky heels, wedges and many more.  In today’s post, I put together some of my favourite shoes that I wish I could have in my closet right now.

Here are a few of my favourite pairs from FSJ:

I absolutely adore these black kitten heels!

These are my favourite silver kitten heels.

I’m also obsessed with vintage shoes, so I had to include a few pairs in this post…

You can visit their website for the price and more information on size and colour.  You can even sort by colour, price, heel height, season and occasion.

The best part is that you just need to select the right pair for yourself and it will get delivered at your doorstep.

So go ahead, girls!  What are you waiting for?!  And remember, Cinderella is proof that a new pair of shoes can change your life.

I hope you enjoyed this blog post as much as I enjoyed writing it. 

Which is your favourite pair of FSJ shoes?   Leave a comment below!

Sponsored by FSJ shoes

Sunday, December 16, 2018

My Christmas wishlist 🎅🎄🎁 2018

December 16, 2018 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

Christmas is almost here...  Are you excited?  As I have done in previous years, today I will be sharing my Christmas wishlist with you.

The best part of Christmas is GIVING!  But… most probably, 😉 your loved ones also want to get you something that you will love.  I always recommend making a wishlist of some sort so that loved ones are able to spend their money gifting you something they know you actually want.

I have made two separate lists... 
Gift ideas under 50

Gift ideas over 50

Do you like the gifts I chose?  Which one is your favourite?  And, what's on your Christmas wishlist this year?

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Monday, October 29, 2018

Nails Of The Day (NOTD): My love diary 💅

October 29, 2018 2 Comments
Hello everyone!

I haven't posted a NOTD in a while,  so today I want to share my current favourite nail polish with you.  I'm currently wearing Essence's (48) my love diary.  I'm obsessed with this dusty rose colour and I think it's the perfect colour for this season.  Also, I've been keeping my nails short because I believe they look better this way.  Don't you agree?

Essence The Gel Nail Polish (48) my love diary

Essence The Gel Nail Polish (48) my love diary

Essence The Gel Nail Polish (48my love diary

Essence The Gel Nail Polish (48) my love diary

Essence The Gel Nail Polish (48) my love diary

Normally I use Essence's The Gel Nail Polish Base Coat and The Gel Nail Polish Top Coat, but today I used their 2 in 1 base & topcoat.  If you're interested, you can read my review of Essence The Gel Nail Polish, here.

Essence 2 in 1 base & topcoat

What's your current favourite nail polish?  Share it in the comments section below!

Have a great day!