Oil Wednesday: Lavender Essential Oil

Hey guys! Thanks for tuning in again to the blog! I hope you have been enjoying the content thus far!

Wednesdays is all about the Essential oils- I dedicated this day to learning/ sharing one new fact or DIY with oils to help you guys get some more information!

Today is all about the Lavender! It is the base for most oil blends and has a variety of things it can help with!

Lavender is one of the most commonly used essential oils out there. What makes our Young Living lavender different is our Seed To Seal promise. We here at Young Living embrace a rigorous quality control to meet our strict standards. From the website directly ” Seed to Seal is our set of standards that helps ensure that with every pure essential oil and Young Living product your family uses, you’re enjoying the benefits of our global resources, industry leadership, and over two decades of innovation. The result? A pristine final product that you know has been created with conscientious Sourcing, Science, and Standards—the three pillars of Seed to Seal. ” Young Living also allows you the ability to tour the farms where our precious lavender is grown! Ultimately, we care about everything, not just the money.

The benefits of Lavender include but are not limited to: An excellent additive to your skin care routine, The calming side of it can also make the perfect sleep aid! Got a skin irritation? Not a problem! Rub a little lavender on it! It has a calming effect when diffused (tackle that anxiety a more natural way!) If you drink it, it can help you fight off nausea! Bye- bye upset stomach! Smelly bathroom or just want to freshen up your bed? Lavender makes the perfect linen spray! These are just some of the awesome things the oil can help you with!

The aroma of Lavender is a floral, but calming scent.

Here are some recipes that include the oil that can help YOU:

Add 3-4 drops inside of smelly shoes (my boyfriends smell AWFUL- lavender makes it all the more bearable!)

Add a few drops to your laundry cycle!

Place a few drops on a cotton ball and place in a bathroom or car as a odor eater!

Add a few drops to your shampoo and conditioner to help strengthen hair!

Rub on the bottom of your feet to help you sleep!

This oil also comes in the Premium Starter Kit!

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Fight to get out of debt!

Everyone has some debt on their shoulders and if you don’t then congrats! We all know that it isn’t a fun feeling when you are on the opposite end of the stick.

Hopefully this guide can help give you some neat tricks to get out of debt and live the happy life! Slowly but surely, we can all get on that same path!

  • Target the easiest bills to pay off. For me, it was my T.V bill. I paid the minimum amount on my other balances then paid a little more on the smaller balance. Eventually the smaller bill was paid off. Once it was paid off, I would take the minimum I put towards the paid off balance and put it towards the second smallest- all while still paying your minimums on the other balances. It may take time, but it is the quickest way to pay it all off. You may have to live completely broke for over a year- but think of it this way- living debt free means less worries for you and your future. It also aids your credit for any big purchases you plan to make.

  • I do a dollar collect. Which for me means, I take every dollar I am given that I know I can spare- whether I give up that coffee that morning to get those dollars, and I place them in a jar. Every week or so I deposit them into the bank and put it towards a bill. Preferably, the lowest bill.

  • Understanding that you MUST give up some of your habits or have them less frequently. Coffee for me is HUGE. I spend so much money on coffee weekly, monthly, that when my Truebill app comes in- I CRINGE. I get so mad at myself. So now, I limit myself to 2 times a week. When I pay off my debt- maybe ill get the luxury of everyday coffee buying again. Giving up buying anything that you don’t need is super important too. If you don’t need those chips from the gas station or grocery store- leave them off the list.

  • Start using cash only. Unless you can control yourself with your cards. I have one credit card that I use, and I only use for gas and groceries. I then proceed to pay it off in the moment.  But, the credit card I use also gives me cash back. Which that cash back I use to get some coffee money without actually paying for it. *Wink wink*

  • Combine your amounts if you can. If you can’t pay it off above a certain amount within 4 month, then possibly think of transferring your balances on one. Pay one big amount- smaller ones when you can- and pay it all off at once. Don’t use a credit card until you pay that balance off. You don’t want to set yourself up for the same problem. Just remember, interest charges are crazy depending on your APR rates. Don’t consider it unless you understand all that comes with transferring balances. Some cards actually don’t allow that, so you may need to check first.

DIY: Laundry Soap

Let’s be real here for a moment. Ask yourself, have you ever looked inside at the back of your laundry soap and questioned the products that go into it? Do you ever feel like you spend SO much money on laundry soap because you’ve got loads to do? Ever developed a rash from your soap and couldn’t figure out why?

If you answered yes to any of those questions or reading that made you think about any of it, please keep reading.

Today is the day you guys get to learn my holy grail recipe for laundry soap. Now, as many of you may know I am all about the naturals and knowing what goes into my products and on/in my body. Laundry soap is no exception.

This recipe contains all natural ingredients that you can understand and simple enough that you can make a 5 gallon bucket for under $10. How does that sound? This recipe price does not include the essential oil I used, they are more pricey but a little goes a long way for those!

What you will need:

1. Felz Naphtha Bar

2. 5-gallon bucket (get one at Home Depot or Walmart for cheap)

3. Super Wash

4. Baking Soda

5. Castile Soap *OPTIONAL*

6. Oil of your choice- I love citrus fresh or Lemon/ Lavender (Young Living, of course)

7. Cheese Grater (get one cheap at walmart)

How to:

  • Use your cheese grater and grate the entire bar of soap into the bucket
  • Combine 1 cup of baking soda and 2 cups of super wash into the bucket
  • Add ½ of castile soap (if you choose) and your 10 drops of your favorite essential oil smell
  • Get some water as hot as possible (your sink is fine) and once its hot fill the bucket and stir as you go- make sure your bar is melting and the ingredients are mixing well.
  • Finally, add another 10 drops of your essential oil
  • Optional: you can use a funnel and pour some of the mixture into a laundry container for easier use then refill the bucket with warm water.

This is such an easy recipe and it lasts a family of 4 almost 6 months by doing 6 loads per week. If you need an extra boost use some borax in the mix as well- roughly 1 cup will give it the extra kick you may need!

What really makes this soap is the fact that all the ingredients are things that most of you already have around your house! Tell me how you like it below and what oils you guys decided to use instead!

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Support your pet: Animal scents by Young Living

Let’s talk: Animal Scents by Young Living

              Young Living has created a line dedicated directly to your beloved fur babies! If that doesn’t excite your insides, I am not sure what will. Not this is not saying you can’t use some of your oils you already have. These are here to make it easier to get exactly what you need for your pet!

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              Animal Scent: ParaGize

  • What exactly is in this scent? According to the YL website this particular scent has “Caprylic/capric glycerides, Zingiber officinale† (Ginger) root oil, Pimpinella anisum† (Anise) seed oil, Mentha piperita† (Peppermint) oil, Cuminum cyminum† (Cumin) seed oil, Mentha spicata† (Spearmint) leaf extract, Rosmarinus officinalis† (Rosemary) leaf oil, Juniperus osteosperma† (Juniper) oil, Foeniculum vulgare† (Fennel) oil, Cymbopogon flexuosus† (Lemongrass) oil, Pogostemon cablin† (Patchouli) oil.”
  • How does this scent help your pet? It is made to help with the digestive system.
  • How do you apply it? If you have a smaller pet- you must first dilute in a high ratio 3:1 maybe with distilled water. You can apply 1-2 drops in your pet’s abdominal region.

Animal Scent: Infect Away

  • What is in this scent? YL says “Caprylic/capric glycerides, Commiphora myrrha (Myrrh) oil, Pogostemon cablin (Patchouli) oil, Hyptis suaveolens (Dorado Azul) seed oil, Bursera graveolens (Palo Santo) wood oil, Plectranthus amboinucus oil, Ocotea quixos (Ocotea) leaf oil. “
  • How does this scent aid your pet/ what does it do? It is to help your pet have a heathly skin barrier to defend against bugs/bacteria
  • How do you apply? If putting on a smaller pet, you must dilute in a 3:1 ratio. Otherwise, this one works best as a spritzer. Place one to two drops inside an 8 oz spray bottle and spray onto pets’ coat. Avoid the eyes and privates. This oil is part of a 3-part system that YL recommends using together. The choice is ultimately yours.

Animal Scent: Puriclean

  • What is in this scent? YL says “Caprylic/capric glycerides, Pogostemon cablin† (Patchouli) oil, Lavandula angustifolia† (Lavender) oil, Satureja montana† (Mountain Savory) oil, Bursera graveolens† (Palo santo) wood oil, Cistus ladaniferus† (Cistus) oil, Cymbopogon nardus† (Citronella) oil, Cymbopogon flexuosus† (Lemongrass) oil, Rosmarinus officinalis† (Rosemary) leaf oil, Melaleuca alternifolia† (Tea tree) leaf oil, Lavandula hybrida† (Lavandin) oil, Myrtus communis† (Myrtle) oil. “
  • How does the help or support your pet? This focus is mainly on the skin of your dog. It prevents flaky and soothes irritating skin. Since it is chemical and synthetic free- there is no need to worry!
  • How to apply? Young Living suggests using one of the AromaGlider rollers to make it easier. Put 8-10 drops in a 1 oz spray bottle with distilled water and spray onto coat. Avoid the eyes and privates. This is part of their three-part system.

Animal Scent: Mendwell

  • What is in the oil? From YL “Caprylic/capric glycerides, Geranium, Lavender, Hyssop, Myrrh, Frankincense, Hinoki.”
  • How does it help your pets? It gives an easy cleansing effect for the animal. You can use it in a barn, vet office, crate, etc. It promotes the animals to stay present and avoid the itch to run away and be timid. The final of the three-part system.
  • How to apply? You can allow your pet to inhale it by putting some on your wrist and allowing your dog to sniff. You may also topically apply it by placing a few drops in your hand and running from head to tail. Avoid eye area.

Animal Scent: T- Away

  • What is in the oil? According to the YL website: Caprylic/capric glycerides, Citrus reticulata (Tangerine) peel oil, Lavandula angustifolia† (Lavender) oil, Santalum paniculatum† (Royal Hawaiian sandalwood) wood oil, Chamomilla recutita† (German chamomile) flower oil, Boswellia carterii† (Frankincense) oil, Valeriana officinalis† (Valerian) root oil, Cananga odorata† (Ylang ylang) flower oil, Picea mariana† (Black spruce) leaf oil, Pelargonium graveolens† (Geranium) flower oil, Artemisia pallens† (Davana) flower oil, Citrus aurantium dulcis† (Orange) peel oil, Angelica archangelica† root oil, Ruta graveolens† (Rue) oil, Helichrysum italicum† flower oil, Hyssopus officinalis† leaf oil, Salvia lavandulaefolia† (Spanish sage) leaf oil, Citrus hystrix† leaf extract, Pogostemon cablin† (Patchouli) oil, Coriandrum sativum† (Coriander) seed oil, Tanacetum annuum† (Blue tansy) oil, Citrus aurantium bergamia† (Bergamot) peel oil (Furocoumarin free), Rosa damascena† (Rose) flower oil, Citrus limon† (Lemon) peel oil, Jasminum officinale (Jasmine) oil, Anthemis nobilis† (Roman chamomile) flower oil, Cymbopogon martini† (Palmarosa) oil
  • How can this help your pet? This oil is to help provide emotional release for your pet. If your pet came from a negative environment etc. It brings out the emotions and provides a more joyful feeling.
  • How do you apply? Diffuse near your pet. Apply in hand and rub head to tail. Apply on ears or spine and pet head to tail. Or again, allow them to smell it off you.

*RepelAroma is not available for purchase right now*

*Please note that I am not a Vet and you should always consult with your vet on making decisions like this. If you chose to try this on your animal that it solely your choice. *

*PLEASE AVOID USING NEAR EYES OR PRIVATES OF ANIMALS. EVEN THOUGH IT IS ALL-NATURAL IT CAN STILL CAUSE IRRITATION.

Well there you have it. All the Animal scents created by Young Living. You should always take care and watch your pet for the first 10 minutes after applying or allowing them to inhale. Any strange behavior or abnormal activity should not be taken lightly. Even though these are natural does not mean a dog may react bad- just like humans. Everyone’s mind and body are different and therefore react differently.

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Things to do in Florida:

Hey guys! Welcome back and thanks for stopping by to read a little! Before we jump in, I want to start by saying we typically stay in St. Petersburg, Florida. Now this isn’t limited to things to do in St. Pete, but I will be making a blog post dedicated to that.

  1. The Beach. This is a given in Florida because when you think of Florida, you think ‘beach’ and the sunshine! BUT some of the nicest beaches in Florida include Clearwater. If you are visiting Florida and need a fun environment full of cute shops to investigate then I highly recommend Clearwater.

What else you can find in Clearwater:

Winter: If you have never heard this name before then I suggest you watch the movie famous movie “Dolphin Tale”. It gives you mostly- the correct information on the famous little dolphin. She was the first dolphin with a prostatic tale. It is a little science based and the flippered fella is located at the Clearwater Aquarium. The aquarium also features hope- another fond rescue dolphin. The tickets for entrance start at: 19.95 for kids. 24.95 for adults. You get to see turtles, otters, sting rays, dolphins, etc. You can find deals for this aquarium on Groupon as well! So check that before you buy your tickets!

Dolphin Boating: You can take yourself on a cute little boat ride to watch some dolphins. If you see one, your guide might let you try and pet them! An experience that it truly beautiful! The trip that I went on was about 90-110 minutes long on a shaded boat. The tickets start at 14.25 for children (3-11. Infants 2 and under- free) and 19.75 for adults. You are aloud to bring 1 soft sided, small, personal cooler for the beverages. Make sure to bring sunblock and a towel! Find more information and book your trip on this website: www.fareharbor.com/encounterswithdolphins/items/38707/calendar/2019/08/?full-items=yes

Sponge docks: Lots of shopping centers and things to explore. Pose with some cute turtle statues and eat some awesome seafood!

*most places in Florida required paid parking*

  1. Fort Desoto: if you are a history person or just like to explore you will LOVE Fort Desoto. You can also sit on the beach, take a kayak tour, fish on the pier (note: you must have a specific fishing license to fish on the pier- you can find it at Walmart). Paid parking is required.
  2. See the Ray’s play: if you are scheduling your trip around baseball season, then you MUST go see them play! The stadium has a bar and grill as soon as you walk in. They have a lot of food choices (of course food is expensive at the stadium). The stadium is indoors with AC. Stunning set up- honestly. The tickets start at about 20$ and there isn’t a bad seat in the stadium. You can see everywhere!

Outside the stadium you can find some places to explore, gorgeous mural’s on the buildings, coffee shops, and more bar/grills. The places here make great for any cute styled photos.

  • Parks: There are so many parks and recreational uses in Florida. They are beautiful and if you are traveling with a dog, they have a lot of dog parks!
  • Warm Mineral Springs: Now, this place was a little pricey and different than what we expected. None the less, it was a beautiful set up – connected to a spa resort- lifeguards on duty. You can swim around a quaint natural spring. The spring is always at a warm temp, so it makes it easy to get in and out. They say after spending some time in a natural spring it highly improves your skin and overall feel for the day. It does have a sulfur smell to it, so if you are allergic, it might not be best for you.
  • Sunken Garden: Staying in St. Pete? This is a spectacular garden view, an easy look at some of Florida’s tropical plants. It is $10 for adults and gives you about an hour of explore time. You can also bring in a backpack if you wanted to bring a lunch and eat it in the gardens. During their spring peak season, it is home for multiple types of butterflies! If you love it so much here, you can also get married (lol)!

Good food joints I recommend:

  • Crabby’s: if you are at the Clearwater beach South side, you may look across the traffic and see a 3-story building called Crabby’s. This is a 4 ½ star rated restaurant. Ask to sit on the 3rd floor patio- you will be overlooking the bay. If you are a pasta kind of person then I recommend trying their Cajun Chicken Pasta- YUM. It is better than Chili’s! The trio is also delish (shrimp, clam, and fish). We ordered their Spiked blueberry lemonade; it tastes just like good lemonade and it’s dangerous if you love drinks like that!
  • Frenchy’s: A been around for awhile now bar and grill right out near Indian Rocks Beach, good food, kind of expensive, delightful atmosphere! Their rum runners are great- but if they ask for a double say NO. Unless you can drink it all in the Florida heat before one loses ices! You also get a reusable cup that changes colors when liquid is inside.

Travel Prep: What you need to do before leaving for FLORIDA

              *We always travel by car if we can, especially in Florida since we live in Georgia*

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A week before trip:

  • Plan what you are going to eat- see if you can bring anything with you. Florida can be a little bit on the pricey side of things. So if you can, it is always best to bring it with you.
  • Plan where and what you want to eat while you are out. Seafood- obviously, you simply cannot go to Florida and not indulge in some buttered lobster tail (yum!). To make your trip easier, plan where you want to eat and what day. That way you are not left guessing and trying to make decisions. I also LOVE looking at the menu’s online and checking prices. I am all about the best for my money.
  • Clean, clean, clean. Nobody likes traveling in a dirty car or coming home to an absolute mess after they already have to come back to reality.
  • Pick out your outfits. Even if you still have to wash them before you leave, have them ready on your mind.

When packing:

I start packing for the trip as soon as I can, but when in doubt I have most things together two days before I leave. It gives me plenty of time to make any decisions or change my mind on things.

  • Leave your essentials for the morning. This may be hard for some if you are like me and just want everything done and out of the way, but sadly, it is not worth trying to unpack it all the morning of departure.
  • Only pack what you need. The one thing that drives me absolutely bananas is when I have 5 bags I have to try and remember to get together before we leave. Especially if we are not staying at the same place the entire time. Don’t go crazy and bring your straighter and all your makeup unless this is like a business trip as well. It is Florida. You are going to sweat your heart out. I bring the bare essentials for all (makeup- concealer, eyeliner, and my mascara). The only thing I do not skip out on is my skin care, again you are in Florida, it is over the top hot. I don’t like a lot of breakouts when I get back.
  • Pack efficiently, yet effectively. I say this with a heavy heart, you don’t want everything sliding around the back seat or rolling around in your trunk. Minimal bags as possible but keep it all semi organized. For my duffle bag, I put all my clothes, skincare, makeup, and hair in one bag. I then have a ‘sun bag’ as I like to call it where I have all my sun care: beach towels, sunscreen, waterproof bag, aloe, tanning lotion, and I bring the entire bag to the beach. I even store an extra pair of flip flops in there. This way I can access everything quickly and I know exactly what is in there.

What I pack:

The typical question I get when I do this kind of post is exactly what do I bring with me?

Let me start by saying, most of it is based on: what time of the year I go, how long I am staying, and where I am staying. My typically time for going is May. I stay about 4-7 days and I vary between staying with my Grandma or staying on the beach.

In my duffle bag I currently have:

  • 6 outfits worth of clothes
  • Skincare (facewash, toner, moisturizer, blemish stick)
  • Shampoo and Conditioner (if your hair is not use to salt water life- don’t even bother with dry shampoo. It won’t do much. It is best to just wash it like normal)
  • Makeup bag
  • Bathing suit ( 2 sets)

I also have a snack bag, the sun bag, and extra bags for dirty clothes. I will put up my over the seat cooler for the long haul and ensure I have my backpack cooler for the beach (much easier to carry).

I always have to have things to do during the trip when I am not driving so I stay awake and not be bored. Car rides put me to sleep easily. Just ask the boyfriend, he would know! I have a journal (because I always have random ideas when I can’t do anything about them, my computer, camera, and a book with headphones.

The Amazon MUST HAVE’S for road tripping:

Over the seat COOLER

Backpack cooler for the beach

Seat covers (avoid any spills or sand getting into the cracks of your seats)

My skin care: All vegan / cruelty free

Moisturizer

Face wash

Cleanser

Acne control

How to: Keep your dog cool in the hot summer

Little Miss Illa Mae having the time of her life on a hot summer day..

Disclaimer: I am not a vet. Every dog is different. I am in no way, shape, or form telling or demanding you do these things. These are helpful tips I have found to allow my pets enjoy the summer even in the heat! These links may contain affiliate links and I may earn a commission if you purchase something.

1 Cooling Mats HELP: So basically, cooling mats use the dogs (or whatever is laying on it) body temperate and works to cool it down with the inner gel lining of the mat. If your dog is hot and they like to be outside with you, then a cooling mat would be easy and affordable. You can put it in their dog crate if your dogs can’t roam the house like mine can’t (I have two cats who are NOT dog friendly- even though Illa LOVES them!). I purchase mine at HomeGoods since they carry the X-large for only $17! But, if you don’t have a HomeGoods check out Amazon.com I will post a link with some in there! I actually wrap my dogs in a light pillow case and give it to her.

2. Damp Towels: This one might seem odd to some, but to my dogs- it means they get a nice cool down. You use the damp towel and occasionally rub it on them (especially their top coat and belly). Illa prefers to sit on hers while, Duke just likes the extra attention for rubbing it on him. It gives them a little mini bath too! You can see the excessive dirt come off them! (this is also a perfect time to give them a nice dry shampoo bath if you dog approves of those!)

3. This one might be an obvious one, but WATER. Make sure your fur babies have basically unlimited amounts of water during the Summer time. Whether they are outside or inside, hydration is a MUST for the ridiculously hot days. If you feel like your baby is getting dehydrated, please see your Vet immediately!  I can’t stress this enough, dogs will out drink the amount you can in a matter of 10 minutes. If I had to measure out how much water she can drink after a quick little walk in the park, it would be 3 full water bottles. Me? I only drink maybe half of one.

4. High Pet Beds: Yes, they do make these if you have never heard of them. They are honestly AWESOME and such a killer idea! If your dog loves being outside with you get them a high-rise pet bed. It sits up off the ground to allow the airflow to the entire body of the dog. They also make an attachable shade top to give your dogs some extra shade. You can order yours off Chewy.com or Amazon has them as well! As per usual, I will link it down below.

5. Keep them trimmed up: As most dog parents know, we can’t really shave our pets. Little Miss, only gets a trim. Pets that have a thick coat (aka husky, Alaskan malamutes, etc) cannot be shaved like others. They were given their coats for a reason, while it may seem unfair to the human parents and they worry their dog is “too hot”, just keeping them trimmed will help tremendously! Illa gets shaped up on her legs, butt, and her head. I do NOT touch her top/under coat or her belly. The coat allows the dogs to stay protected from the sun. Yes, your dog can get sunburn! I honestly didn’t know that for the longest time.

6. Easy way to keep your dog entertained and cool- ice. I let my dogs chase the ice on the ground. They absolutely loved it. It keeps them occupied all the way until the ice melts. My dogs also love chasing squirt guns…weird, I know. I’ve got two little weirdos on my hands.

7. Make some homemade cold treats for you fur baby. It can be super simple and not nearly as expensive as buying treats can get. Your dog may or may not like these too much, so it is always best to run a trial and error test. My dogs seem to love the taste of strawberries. I take some fresh or frozen strawberries, some fresh water, and I pour it into a silicon tray. I will link the one I use below- it is actually cute dog bones. Let it freeze- then let them try it!!! I recommend putting it in a bowl at first as they might be a little hesitant on it at first and they may let it melt a little more.

Links to purchase:

Silicone Molds

High rise beds

Cooling mats

I hope this helped you guys out! Stay tuned for more of the pet talk- since you know I am all about my fur babies!

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What you NEED to have while hiking with your dog

Hey guys! For starters, I wanted to take a second to say thank you all so much for tuning in today to read this. It means the world to me and I hope it helps you and your fur baby have ease when hiking.

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Nimblewill, GA 2019
ft. Miss Illa Mae

                When you are hiking, it is breathtaking. But it can be scary, especially when you are bringing your dog with you. You want to make sure you are prepared for almost anything to happen. Most people don’t think of the worst-case scenario happening to them, and that is when it is most likely to strike. The most important thing is keeping you and your dog safe on the trails.

  • Water. This may seem obvious, but if you have a dog, you NEED a lot of water. Don’t underestimate how much water your dog will intake while on the trail. My dog can drink just one water bottle while walking at the park for 10 minutes. So, for her when she goes hiking, I use to pack 5 plus bottles. Now I purchased a giant water bottle from HomeGoods (42 ounce, I think), I fill it up the night before we leave. That will usually last her throughout our hike. I carry an extra one in the car though just in case. Yes, it does get a little heavy, but your dog drinks more water than you and you never want your dog to run out of water.
  • First aid kit. A portable first aid kit is super important. If your dog happens to get a cut or slip and get a little hurt, it is mutually important to ensure they have some quick and easy-care access that will help until they go to the vet. When my dog gets cut, she bleeds excessively. I always make sure I have some peroxide, gauze, and a wrap that I can put on her. You should also carry Benadryl in case of snake bites. JUST PLEASE GIVE THE CORRECT DOSAGE. It is highly important to carry Benadryl because it could be the life or death of your dog from a snake bite.
  • Food/treats. Ensuring your dog gets praised for how good they are on the trail keeps them being good. This one also may be a no brainier, but you can never be too sure. Always pack your dog some food or a little snack. After all, you never truly know what may happen when hiking.
  • Hiking booties for your pup. ONLY if you plan on doing some rocky terrain hiking. Dogs typically hate these things, but it ensures no damage to their pads when they wear them. The only time your dog really needs them if you are going to be doing a lot of rocky terrain or the surface maybe too hot for your dog’s paws.
  • Tick brush. Most people really don’t think about this on their dogs when hiking, but even if they are on flea and tick prevention it so important to bring one and do a throughout check on your dog before getting in the car. Ticks can be more deadly to dogs than to humans.
  • Raincoat. You always need to have a raincoat for your dog on hand. This is necessarily a need, but your dog would appreciate it when a potential down pour is a threat. Most dogs love the rain for a few minutes, but not when they are dealing with for a while. You can find a relatively inexpensive raincoats on Chewy.com or I will see if I can link some below. *most dog raincoats don’t have a hole for a harness- if you don’t use a harness you will be fine- but for the ones that do (me) you will have to cut a small slice in the rain coat to make sure your leash can pull through it. I purchased one on amazon with awesome quality, I will link it below.
  • POO BAGS. Yes, even while hiking in the mountains you need to clean up your dog’s poo. Why? Because dog poo (DOMESTIC DOGS) are not familiar in the mountains. It can defer some wildlife from being around that area. As we all know, we are in their space, not the other way around. I know this can be a pain, but it is so important to clean up after your dog when you can. They sell some scented, biodegradable poo bags. I will see if I can find you guys a link of purchase below.
  • Portable water and food bowl dish. You know, you gotta give it to your dog somehow. I will link a few options below and the ones I have.
  • OPTIONAL: Towels and dog wipes. I never know what kind of things little miss may get into on the hike, so I always keep some towels in my car along with her dog wipes. If she gets into mud it is the easiest thing to use to get her a little cleaner before getting in my car. Sometimes I carry dry shampoo with me in the car if I know there is a chance of rain. That way she doesn’t smell like wet dog in the car all the way home.

I hope this guide helps you out some and I hope if you are planning a trip with your pup that it saves you some wondering on what to bring and what not to bring. For me, you can never be too prepared. I do not make my dog carry her own things as she is an Alaskan Malamute/Husky so she does have long and thick fur so I do anything I can to keep her cool when she goes hiking. My S/O and I carry it between our backpacks along with our own items. Again I will link what I can below and as always let me know if you guys have any other questions when it comes to this. I love writing the more informative stuff.

SPECIAL REMINDER: Please keep your dog on a leash at ALL TIMES while enjoying the great outdoors with you. It is for their safety as well as the safety of others. Even if your dog has never attacked anyone does NOT mean that you should keep it off leash. Even if your dog does NOT run away from you doesn’t mean you should keep them off leash. Please be respectful of others around you.

Sunset at the park 2019.
Ft: Miss Illa Mae

Links to purchase:

Raincoat:

Water and food bowl

Water bottle for your dog

Poo bags – Biodegradable

Get to know me

Hello! I see you’ve found your way to my blog! Thanks so much for stopping by! This post is going to be simple and straight to the point- everything you need to know to get to know me.

Let’s start with the basics:

I am 21 years young. I have a passion for writing, designing, and overall adventure. Photography is a small growing hobby of mine. I am also exploring YouTube as well. I have 2 animals, Miss Illa Mae and Tinkerbell. For now, I work a full time job in retail. I have been in a relationship with my boyfriend for 4 years the 22nd of this month. I am a coffee addict, although it has been slowing down recently. I am a nature and wildlife enthusiast.

I am the creator of the “Take A Hike” series journals. I plan to dive more into those creations soon and up them up to you guys.

I am the co-founder of AreWeThereYetJC on instagram. It is also ran by my boyfriend. We started it early this year to keep a photo diary of all the adventures we take and to share them with the world.

My main goals in life include: moving into the mountain life in less than a year. I would love at least 5 acres of land. I want to foster kittens, cats, puppies, and dogs. I would love to spend a whole year traveling with my SO. I want this blog to encourage, help, motivate, and possibly inspire ANYONE.

Why did I start blogging to begin with?

It started when I was in Elementary school and my 3rd grade English teacher had a project for all the students. We had to create a small book. i wrote a book on a penguin family (my obsession with penguins was real when I was a kid). Once the books were complete the parents had the option to purchase them. My parents bought 2 copies. My 3rd grade teacher had to sit down and review them with each of us. When she got to me, she started by saying some of the normal things like “good job” “you did great” etc. But then she said “Writing is in your blood and it seems to be something you are incredible at.” Which seemed to be relatively true. When we had writing tests in school or papers, I always got A’s. I never really thought much on being a writer because it seemed so hard. Then a few years ago I saw on Pinterest about blogging. That moment changed a lot in my life. I started thinking intensely on the topic of starting my own blog. It seemed nerve racking, yet exciting. So one day, I did it. I started Tink-A-Dink.com. So that teacher back in 3rd grade made a huge impact on my future that day, even if I didn’t realize it in the moment. That is how I started this all. Thank you, Mrs. Holbrook!

Why did I start THIS blog?

Crystal with a catch seemed like a good opportunity to start over. When I had my first blog I didn’t do things exactly how I should have. I jumped into everything unprepared. Which in turn, made it super difficult to get anywhere with it. I stopped blogging for a few months then decided it was time to try again. I have been doing a lot of research and preparation for this go around again. I have a goal with this. I want to be able to freely express myself, my knowledge, my opinions, my advice, anything that can potentially help someone else. I want to help. It is something I have always been so passionate about and it started showing in my writings. If anyone can learn something from one random blog of mine- then I have done my job. I also aspire to make this an awesome full time job one day. I pray daily for something like this to come true. Only God can tell and waiting/working towards it to all be real.

I hope that sums about a lot about me and I look forward to having you all with me during this journey.