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How did you do with your New Year’s resolutions in 2016?

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Personally, I know my challenges and try to work on them regularly. But, like so many others, I did set forth with three goals for 2016.

  1. Work on my 3-year plan
  2. Weight-loss and healthy eating
  3. Stay organized and on track

Number one on my list, working on my 3-year plan, was always at the forefront of my day. I’m in my forties, so it is important for me to stay focused on my career and future goals. This 3-year plan encompasses a lot of things in my life, some professional and some personal. This year for my career, I wanted to branch out with more pet freelance work and speaking at pet expos, write another pet book, and work on my personal pet blog.

What I didn’t know was that during this process I would end up totally re-branding my company and the focus of my brand-Raising Your Pets Naturally with Tonya Wilhelm. This rebranding was just what I needed. However, with this, I also ended up taking my main website and 3 blogs and merging them to a new website and host. This was—and still is—a HUGE project. I’m still going over 10 years of online pet articles and reformatting, fixing links, and updating images. Then, there is the issue about SEO and getting my new website listed and linked up across the internet. That’s doing well again, but I still have improvements to make.

#1 is doing well, but like with everything I do, I don’t feel like I am where I wanted to be. Maybe my goal is too high.

Next on my list is the notorious weight-loss and healthy eating. I joined a local gym in January and hit the gym almost daily. Things were on track and I was losing some weight. Eating healthy was going okay, but not fantastic. I’m always so busy and I’m single, which makes cooking a healthy meal quite challenging. At one point I told myself, before buying something to eat, I would ask myself “would I feed it to Dexter?” Basically, that meant it needed to be fresh, not from a box or filled with junk.

My #2 goal of losing weight and healthy eating went by the wayside when number #1 kicked in with the rebranding. That felt so central to my life that I didn’t even want to spend the 60-90 minutes away from other parts of my life, like work. I mean, I ALWAYS make my time for my pets and family, so something had to give, right? Since this goal is more personal and is about me, it always gets lost and deprioritized.

Real food for the human in the house. 🙂

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My final New Year’s resolution was to stay organized and on track. Not being organized has always been funny to me, because I’m a girl who loves drawers, bins, organizational tools, etc. Everything does have a place, but the problem for me has been to get those things back to their place when I’m finished. Maybe it ties in with the second part, staying on track. For me, I have like five projects I’m working on all on my desk, on the table next to me, over there and here. Don’t get me wrong, though—I never miss a deadline, and usually finish early.

This year, I bought a new computer desk, new office chair, a few wall calendars, and a new blogging calendar. I’m even looking at one of those 32-37” professional computer monitors so that I can have two regular-sized windows open at the same time! Keeping my thoughts and tasks in place comes and goes.

This year, I bought a new computer desk, new office chair, a few wall calendars, and a new blogging calendar. I'm even looking at one of those 32-37” professional computer monitors so that I can have two regular-sized windows open at the same time! Keeping my thoughts and tasks in place comes and goes.
Current workstation

The staying on track part for me is to stick with a daily task plan. But that’s always challenging in my line of work. My main source of income is seeing dog training and cat behavior clients in person or via phone/Skype. So I never know what time of day I will end up booking a session, and what time of day will be free for other work. Or an article idea pops into my head and I feel like I need to write it NOW. My goal, is to just keep my ongoing “to write” list going and when my writing day arrives, go down the list. Or if my website optimization day is here, work on that. At least that’s the goal. 😉

What does that mean for me for 2017? Like with anything, it’s about trying, and getting back up to try again when I’m not successful. We aren’t perfect. Just because I didn’t reach my 2016 goals doesn’t mean I can’t try them again for 2017.

My goal this year is to continue on my path. The first thing I will do is to pull out my trusty calendar, and work on scheduling my daily tasks and goals so I can stick to the plan easier. When something actually makes my planner, I am more likely to follow through.

I plan on writing another book this year, this one about kids and dogs, geared toward kids. I am also thinking about writing a cookbook for busy people who are not cooks! That’s me. My theory is if I make healthy eating part of my career (or my now 2-year plan), I will look at it as a necessity to eat better and cook for myself, instead of something to put off to the side.

It was brought to my attention in a blogger group that we must take time for ourselves. I sort of was looking at this part as #2, but if #2 still has a business angle, am I really putting work aside to JUST BE? Even when I’m in bed trying to unwind from the day, I am looking at my phone on how to improve x. So, I think I will add a #4 to my resolution list, to disconnect from anything work related. This may actually be my hardest challenge for the year!

At least those are my 2017 goals for now.


What about you? Do you struggle with New Year’s resolutions? 

Tell me in the comments.

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Best Natural Eye Cream For Wrinkles, Dark Circles and Bags

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Best Natural Eye Cream For Wrinkles, Dark Circles and Bags

Natural ways to reduce wrinkles, dark circles, puffy eyes and bags under the eyes.

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Natural Eye Cream DIY Style

People are always telling me I have a nice smile. I do try to smile often, because smiling is a great way to boost my mood as well as those around me. However, smiling does come with its baggage. Literally.

I’m now in my 40s but have had wrinkles around my eyes since my teenage years. I’ve had dark circles around my eyes since childhood. Thanks, genetics. Those dark circles are starting to turn into dark bags around my eyes. I’m in no way vain, but since I’ve been using more natural cosmetics and home remedies, I thought maybe I would try to make a healthy eye cream. And it’s working!

Organic Virgin Coconut Oil has been talked about for good health a lot, and there’s a good reason for it. It’s just an amazing little miracle cure. If you search “benefits of coconut oil” you will come up with more than one million pages! Let’s just go over some benefits of coconut oil for our eyes.

As our body ages, our skin becomes thinner and loses elasticity and that tight teenage firmness. As that happens, wrinkles and bags start to develop. Coconut oil contains antioxidants and has antibacterial and antifungal properties which can help heal your skin, increase elasticity, lighten dark circles and brown spots, and provide your delicate eyes with a healthy and natural moisturizer. I told you coconut oil is amazing.

Organic Eucalyptus Oil helps reduce the puffiness around eyes and helps naturally eliminate dark circles.

Organic Lavender Oil acts as a diuretic, helping to drain extra fluid and puffiness around the eye.

Organic Rosemary Oil is another anti-inflammatory oil which reduces under-eye swelling and acts as a diuretic, reducing fluid build-up.

After some research, I decided to try the below natural DIY dark circle and bag remover. I figured I didn’t have anything to lose besides dark circles and bags, so why not?

Ingredients
2 Tbsp. Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
2 Drops Organic Eucalyptus Oil
2 Drops Organic Lavender Oil
2 Drops Organic Rosemary Oil

Directions
Place the coconut oil into a glass mixing bowl and add the essential oil drops. Stir well.
Place your homemade eye cream mixture in an amber or cobalt glass jar with a lid.
Done! Easy-peasy.

Using an amber or cobalt bottle helps ensure the essential oils are properly stored. Light, heat, moisture and oxygen all affect the oils properties and expiration date, so by properly storing your natural eye cream, you will be able to maintain potency.

How to Apply Your Natural Anti-Wrinkle Cream
Place a small amount of your natural eye cream on your pinky finger and gently dab under each eye and around where you have your crow’s feet. The cream will naturally absorb into your skin.
Apply daily, up to three times a day.
Be careful not to get the coconut oil into your eyes.

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Before the natural eye cream.

I had a photo taken before I tried my homemade natural eye cream then one at one week, two weeks and finally, three weeks. I have to admit, my natural eye cream remedy seems to be a success! The wrinkles around my eyes are starting to disappear. The puffiness under my eyes is also starting to tighten up. And finally, my dark circles around my eyes are also getting lighter. These results are pretty impressive, considering the ingredients are natural, and this natural eye cream is so inexpensive.

My plan is to continue with my natural eye care regimen, and maybe my dark circles will actually go away. I’m unsure how often I will need to apply to maintain, but I intend to keep applying this natural eye cream three times a day when I can.

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Week 3 using DIY eye cream

Now, before you go running to your local health store, there are some cautions. I’m not an essential oil specialist, just a girl trying to do some research and find a healthy solution for my everyday living. Essential oils are very strong out of the bottle as they are not diluted. Using undiluted essential oils can be risky and even burn your skin, so please make sure you use a carrier, in this case, coconut oil. Always do a patch test on your arm first. Because this natural remedy is for your eyes, be extra careful not to get any of the ingredients inside your eye, and I do not recommend using on your eyelid or above because you don’t want the oil migrating to the inside of your eye. If you ever do get it into your eye, flush immediately with a carrier oil or milk and contact a doctor. Do not use essential oils on children without speaking to your healthcare provider, especially eucalyptus, as it is toxic to children. If you have any disease, such as liver disease, kidney disease, seizures, asthma, or low blood pressure, you should not use eucalyptus without first talking to your doctor.

If you are looking for natural ways to reduce wrinkles, dark circles and bags under your eyes, I encourage you to try my natural DIY eye cream above. If either you or your doctor does not feel comfortable with the use of organic essential oils, try organic virgin coconut oil only! I bet you will see pretty impressive results, too.

Please keep in mind that I am not a doctor, veterinarian, or herbalist. The content I provide is for informational purposes only. This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical or veterinary advice, treatment or diagnosis. Always seek the advice of a professional with any questions pertaining to your health or the health of your pet, particularly if either you or your pet has a disease or immune dysfunction.


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Staying organized has never been one of my strengths. I try and try again. I love organizational tools, like containers and planners, but when it comes down to it, I still end up with a messy desk, sticky notes all over, pieces of paper with ideas written down all over the place, including my car, which is where most of my ideas come from!

But first, I have to refer to a study done by scientist Kathleen Vohs. She and her fellow researchers discovered that a messy desk may promote creative thinking and stimulate new ideas. So, that helps me feel a bit better about having such a hard time staying prim and spotless. So, I hope by keeping a clean workstation I don’t crush my creativity. 😉

Being a business owner, I wear many hats. I actually wear ALL the hats related to my company. Pet trainer, author, blogger, public speaker, entertainer, social media expert, videographer, producer, advertiser, graphic designer and of, course, a Dog Mom, Cat Mom and Daughter. I have a lot of ideas and to-do lists floating around in my head, on my desk, in my car….

Home Office Organizing TipsMy first stop was my local office supply store to pick up a ton of spiral notebooks. OK, not a ton, about 20. I labeled each notebook with my main topics that I have ideas. Blog posts, social media ideas, video ideas, advertising, you get the idea. I made these notebooks about 2 weeks ago, and they are quite helpful when I know I want to work on a project, I just grab my notebook for those ideas and lists.

Now, the actual lists and jotting notes is what ties me up a bit. I keep extra note pads in prime locations, with at least three pens next to them. When I have an idea, I can quickly jot it down. That part is easy. The part I slip up on is staying organized by then taking those notes and either taping or entering them in the proper notebook. This is a step I have to really stay on top of. This is one of my “keep trying” things.

Organizing A Small OfficeMy next organizational tool is to try to keep me on a daily track. Meaning, when I sit at the computer to do work, I tend to go from one idea to the next. By doing this, I feel that I am not accomplishing my tasks. Granted, I’m still doing work and something is getting done, but it may not be what I had planned for the day or week. This can be a bit challenging to schedule ahead because of the other part of my business, actual dog and cat behavioral training, returning client inquiries etc. So, my goal is just to have a topic for the day to work on in between seeing and talking with clients. So, today I made a new tool, my magnetic dry erase board.

I started with a large, magnetic dry erase board. I purchased magnetic tape strips (1/2″) and made labels for 24 tasks that I wanted to accomplish in a month (blog writing, social media, video etc.), and attached them to the magnet strips. Now, I have 24 magnetic topics for the month! I placed one on each day, leaving Saturdays open for free or make-up days. Since they’re magnetic, I can change them around as I need, which is easier than writing, erasing, and re-writing. Now, when I sit down to work at my desk, I will have my task for the day to work on. If I never get to sit down to work, which does happen, then I will just skip it. I’m hoping that helps get my to-do list accomplished better.

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The other organizing tool I’m trying out is Google’s Keep app for checklists and notes, which synchs between the computer and smart phone. Right now, I’m working on getting my article ideas organized, so when it’s time to write a blog post, I can open it up, pick a topic and go. I’m hoping this will also help me get more words down, whether on paper or computer.

Finally, the last step is a timer. It’s so important to take breaks, stretch and unwind. I can get so focused on what I’m doing that the time flies by. My plan is to set the timer for 60 minutes, then do a little something with Dexter. Maybe a potty break, a little play, or just a belly rub. Then, back to work.

All I can do is to keep trying to stay on track and keep trying to stay organized. We all have our weaknesses, and this is certainly one of mine. I’m an organizing freak waiting to make an appearance.

What are your must-haves for staying organized?

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Oh, My Aching Back!

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Yesterday, I relaunched my blog to help me stay on track with my goal to get and stay healthy. The morning plan was to hit the gym before starting work. But my body seems to have other plans.

Okay, the title is not totally accurate. Although I’ve had back problems almost my entire life, even a little scoliosis in my lower back, today it’s about my sciatica. I didn’t know I had an issue with sciatica until I hit the internet in order to explain the location of my pain.

This is what happened to lead me on today’s pain-path. A few weeks ago, I drove to Maryland to present a workshop on treating separation anxiety in dogs.. My car is not the most comfortable car, but I manage. But I think the real pain in my back is because of what I did during the 2-hour dog training workshop. I stood and put my left knee on my chair the entire workshop. Then, the next day I drove back to Ohio. That standing position was not my shining hour.

That night when I got home, my back was very angry. It was so angry, I actually went to the gym to soak and stretch in the pool, something I would never do. Public pool, no way! I continued to nurse my back with various heating pads, patches, and pillows behind and under my bottom. And of course, I had daily walks and playtime with Dexter The Dog. After about a week my back was feeling better, but certainly not normal. I’m sure my daily computer work at my not so ergonomically correct workstation doesn’t help. I ended my week with a little stop at the gym to hit the elliptical machine for 15 minutes. I actually was feeling better after that movement.

 

At the start of this week, my back pain was pretty minimal. So, I decided it was time to get back into the gym on a regular basis and work toward my regular workout. Monday, I hit the elliptical machine for 30 minutes (I was up to 45). It felt good to get my body moving. Tuesday, no time for the gym because of my client load. But, walking with Dexter is always a given. Tuesday afternoon, the pain started to kick in. It wasn’t the same pain in the same location, it’s my sciatica on the left side.

I had a restless night, and hitting the gym this morning was not an option. I’m wondering if I overdid the workout. Maybe it’s not the right movement for my body yet. Who knows? But, I’m playing it safe for the day and limiting my exercise to walking Dexter. I took Arnica 30c this morning and will take 2 more doses. Hopefully, it will help with the muscle aches and inflammation. I need to bust out my last heating patch, too. I also ordered a new computer desk and hope that will help alleviate the weird position I contort my body while writing. Here’s hoping.

What are your go-to natural remedies for back or sciatica pain? I’d love to hear.

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Healthy Again

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I’m back! A two-year hiatus from my personal blog is a long time. I was focused on Dexter The Dog and all my dog-themed articles. But, it’s time for me to put my personal health back on the front burner. I hope by reinvigorating this blog, I will stay on track in 2016.

As you see above, I put my 2016 goals front and center. In January, I was on track and doing well. I was eating healthier (even cooking meals), I joined a gym and was working out every day, stayed organized, hit my weekly work goals… things were good. About four months in, things started to slide (after a vacation, of course).

Now, July 12, 2016, I am ready to get back on track. Like I tell my dog training clients, we’re only human. You can’t change if you don’t try. So, here’s me trying. Stay tuned. Thanks for joining me on my journey to good health.  

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MSG Side Effects

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MSG-Monosodium Glutamate In Food

Harmful preservatives lurking in your processed and fast food.

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Please, migraine, go away! As long as I can recall, I have had issues with headaches. In my 30s, some of those headaches turned to migraines, and I have to admit, it truly scares me sometimes. It took a while for me to realize some of my triggers to migraines, one of them being MSG-Monosodium Glutamate (which is found in a LOT of food products).

Then after figuring out MSG-Monosodium Glutamate is a trigger for my migraines, I realized Aspartame and other artificial sweeteners are culprits, too. Oh, no, this meant the end to my Diet Coke!

I’m also leaning toward preservatives being a trigger for migraines as well. It’s been over a year now, actually probably like two, that I’ve been trying (not always successfully, I admit) to eliminate MSG, Aspartame, and artificial preservatives. And still realizing that there are lots of forms of MSG, and here’s a LARGE list! I’m actually trying my best to eat and live as organically as possible.

But I’m human, and I do have my cravings. We’ll talk about chocolate cravings some other time. So, this post is just a post in progress mostly to keep a log and list of fast food, dine-in restaurants, prepared foods, etc. for myself as a quick reference on who/what to avoid and a safe list. As I learn and research, I will keep adding to this list. Please, by all means, feel free to add comments with no-nos and safe eateries free of MSG and all that bad stuff.

I will work on categorizing restaurants, foods to avoid, and safe food choices, and will link to their menus and nutritional data. Likely this will happen as I try to eat something! lol

Pizza Establishments

  • Little Caesars Pizza: Well, that is disappointing. They do not talk about MSG or preservatives at all in their nutritional data sheet. I just emailed them (7/4/2014) to inquire. But as I’m Googling around, it is not looking promising that any chain pizza place is free of MSG and other harmful ingredients.

Mexican Restaurant Establishments

  • Chipotle: By far this is my personal favorite fast food restaurant, actually probably even more than sit-down dining! So, let me see what is good and bad and if I need to avoid it in the future. All Chipotle’s meat and dairy is hormone- and antibiotic-free! Yeah! No hidden MSG or artificial colors. Another bonus. They do, however, have GMO oils and corn shells. Boo, hiss. So my chicken burrito fajita? Not terrible, but that flour shell does have GMO.

Do you suffer from migraines? Have you determined any of your triggers?

Please let me know in the comments.

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Natural Henna Review

Light Mountain Natural Hair Color and Conditioner Revies

Natural and Organic Hair Color Reviews

Natural Hair Color: Light Mountain Natural Hair Color Review

Natural Hair Color Review
Natural Hair Color Review

First, let me confess that I actually goofed and ordered the wrong shade of organic hair color and conditioner! I actually meant to order the Neutral, and I ordered two shades darker….Auburn! I’m not sure if I would have gone through with coloring my hair if I would have known that first. LOL, that’s the thing about being human: we make mistakes!

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I normally color my hair with your average hair color, that I’m sure is full of toxic things, and just not healthy. I do a very light blonde with highlights. You can see from the photo on the left, I don’t fool around!

So, here we go. I purchased Light Mountain Natural hair color and conditioner-Auburn. A bonus: this hair color is organic too! And pretty cheap at about $5 a box.

First, I had to familiarize myself with the extensive instructions. This hair color is “henna” which is new to me, but has been around since ancient Egyptian times! The instructions said to do a strand test first…. I skipped this part. The way I figure it, my hair will grow back, so I’m not too concerned.

Mixing The Natural Henna
Mixing The Natural Henna

I was a bit put off by the instructions. Boil water in a non-metal pan! I don’t know about you, but I don’t have a pan that isn’t metal. So, I used the hot water from our water dispenser. I dumped the henna into a glass bowl (no metal per instructions), added the hot water to make a paste, and let it set for 10 minutes. The instructions said 10-30 minutes. I hate waiting! While waiting my 10 minutes, I applied petroleum jelly (not a fan) to my face around my hairline. I hear this henna stuff stains like crazy, and I am quite messy! Then I applied to my damp hair.

Applying Natural Henna
Applying Natural Henna

It wasn’t pretty! The henna paste was still warm, smelled okay (better than your typical hair color), but reminded me of dog poo. Not sure if is because I’m around dog poo all the time, the color of the henna mixture, or what. Now the real wait….45 minutes! 10 minutes into it, I realized I did not put my plastic hat on that came with my organic hair color. Ooops. 45 minutes later, into the shower I went! The instructions advised rinsing with baking soda, so I obliged. Then another wait….1.5 hours (I don’t blow dry my hair) for the final results……

 

Natural Henna Review
Natural Henna Review

Well, I am pleasantly impressed! I wasn’t expecting the organic, all-natural henna hair color to cover my gray so well! I will try 2 shades lighter next time, Neutral. I hope that covers!

Ingredients: Cassia auriculata (senna) leaf powder*, Lawsonia inermis (henna) leaf powder*,
Indigoferae tinctoria (indigo) leaf powder*. *Certified Organic

11/3/2013 Update: Well, the roots came back pretty quickly. Sorry, I should have been better at keeping track.

 


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Healthy Body Spray

Just because I spend most of my time working & training dogs, does not mean I want to smell like what

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comes out of them!  I spent a little time searching the web for some safe & natural perfume alternatives, organic body sprays & alike.  This is my first attempt at a natural body spray, or perfume.

It smells really nice too!

Healthy Body Spray Recipe

  •  1/4 Cup Vodka
  • 2 Drops Orange Pure Essential Oil
  • 2 Drops Pure & Natural Lavender Oil
  • 1 Drop Lime Pure Essential Oil

Making Healthy Body Spray Directions:  Put the vodka in a clean spray bottle.

Side Note: Glass is preferred for safety reasons, as there is some controversy on what plastic is safe if any.  For sure do not use plastic that contains BPA.  As you can see from this photo, I have not taken the glass only plunge as of yet.

Next, add the drops of pure essential oils & viola!  You are finished with your Healthy Body Spray!



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Almost Organic Deodorant

Oh, to smell good & to help keep your body safe in the process can be tricky.  This is the task I set out to accomplish when coming up with an effective, natural, safe & almost all organic deodorant!

When I searched the internet on why deodorants or antiperspirants are  harmful I have to admit I was a bit

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shocked & even worried.  Websites saying that antiperspirants can even lead to breast cancer!  Although the experts may not agree, I personally do find it worrisome.  It is definitely one of the reasons I came up with my own natural deodorant.

In my simple & effective deodorant, you will not find ingredients that have been suspected of causing cancers.  Like all of my home remedies, you can personalize this to meet your needs.

Almost Organic Deodorant Recipe

  • 3 TBSP Organic Arrowroot Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Baking Soda
  • 1 Drop Orange Pure Essential Oil
  • 1 Drop White Thyme Pure Essential Oil
  • 1 Drop Organic Rosemary Essential Oil
  • 1 Drop Pure & Natural Lavender Oil
  • 1 Drop Lime Pure Essential Oil

Making Almost Organic Deodorant Directions:  Mix in a small container with a lid!  I just placed each ingredient in the container, closed the lid & shook up.  Easy!

Directions for Almost Organic Deodorant:  Dab a clean cotton ball in the deodorant powder, then dab under arms.  Repeat until your underarm is covered.  You can reapply as needed.  To be honest, I have not had the need, but since I see private dog training clients in the morning/day & teach group dog training lessons in the evening, I reapply before leaving for my nightly class.

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Welcome to my blog!  In this blog I will write about my personal muses & life.  I am a dog

Tonya & Dexter

lover from birth, a professional dog trainer & dog behavior counselor by trade.  My life revolves around my Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Dexter The Dog & I’m proud of it!

I’m sure this blog will revolve a bit around dogs, family & health & wellness.  At this particular moment, I am working hard at trying to become healthier!  I am a sweet tooth extremist! Junk food lover! I can’t get enough bread into my diet. So it is quite the challenge for me to not dive into that candy bar!

I have been working on some healthier food recipes  homemade health care products, with a big focus on going organic!  Trial & error for sure. I will never say never & promise I won’t give up my sweets totally!

Thank you for stopping by & I hope you subscribe to my updates.  🙂
~Tonya….. and Dexter The Dog.