Saturday, October 25, 2014

It's Saturday and I ♥ Shopping!

I've been doing some shopping as you will see.  A while ago, I started searching for some pretty tags for our 3 Pups.  I looked for a while and finally found just the right ones.  They are stamped "washers" in Brass and Stainless Steel and even come with a charm of your choice.

Since the brass is heavy and my pups are small, I opted to do washers of 1 1/8" in Stainless Steel and 7/8" in Brass.  The Stainless Steel Washer says I'm Lost...Call 734-123-4567, while the top washer has a Pup's name.  Each set of tags comes with the rings to attach to a collar.

Jasper got the PUPPY Charm I fell in love with!

Rosie of course, got a Rose.

And Angel, being the angel of a Pup that she is, got an Angel charm.

Our Pups wear a Harness whenever we take them out and since there is really no way to secure tags to a harness, I decided they needed a special collar.  And it had to be a collar that would not allow you attach a leash...because if it did...hubby just might be tempted to hook up a leash and skip the harness to take them outside when we're away from home.  LOL!!!

Angel - Rosie - Jasper

The following collars are some of the MOST beautiful and Bling-y collars...just perfect for 3 small Pups - none of the Pups weighs over 14#.  Notice these have a ring already attached for the tags.  The buckle is very nice, too and has a ring to keep the end of the collar down.

And here are the collars I selected.  The "girls" got Gold with Clear and AB Crystals.  And Jasper, our "boy" got Silver with Clear Crystals.  These collars are made in the USA...and the holes are reinforced with grommets.  These are just the most beautiful collars and they didn't cost me an arm and a leg either...they're very reasonable.

 Here are their collars with their tags attached.  These look wonderful with any and all of their harnesses.

Here are a few other tags available from themadstampers, who have an Etsy Shop.

Here are a few other Collars from genie4petsblingcollars, who is on eBay.

I can see myself getting some animal print collars!! 

Besides the beautiful Collars and Custom-Designed Dog Tags...these 2 Sellers - Jeanne from Genie4petsBlingCollars and Cindy and Rodney from themadstampers were the best.  They both went the extra mile to make sure I got what I wanted while being pleasant and helpful!  I love that!

So, if you have a pet, even a tiny dog...Jeanne has the Collars and for the beautiful Tags, custom-designed for your Pet, Cindy and Rodney has those too!  Please stop by and let them know that I told you about them.

Friday, October 24, 2014

The Stress and Sinus Connection and Flu Season

Stressful Life, Stressful Sinuses
Emotional stress is probably the single most important factor in determining whether you will experience chronic sinus problems, sinus infections or sinusitis. Why you might ask?  Stress lowers our body’s immune response, or can make our immune system hyperactive (so that it over-reacts to environmental or internal stimulus). Consequently, we have a weakened defense against pathogens and infections.

Do you ever wonder why you are more prone to congested sinuses or a sinus headache when you are under stress? Stress, especially in women, can lower our breathing rate or cause us to hold our breath; when our breathing rate lowers, our oxygen saturation falls and can cause sinus congestion. Many times we wonder why when two people are exposed to a cold or flu, one person gets sick and the other doesn’t. One of the underlying reasons can be that the person who is unable to fight off the cold is under more stress and their immune system is compromised.

Recent discoveries in mind-body medicine have found a wealth of information on the impact of thoughts, feelings, beliefs, attitudes and stress on our immune system and overall health. Since stress is a component of life, how do you relieve stress and bolster your immune system?

We would like to offer some holistic tips for managing stress in your life, so you have the ability to be more balanced, grounded and vital:

·  Be mindful of your breathing when you are under stress—make a mental note to breathe deeply and slowly especially when under stress.

·  If you have a tough time regulating your breathing while under stress, try a game such as Wild Divine, a biofeedback game to help positively enforce deep, relaxed and gentle breathing.
·  Remember to take care of yourself first (this is a big one for women, who tend to care for others first), and realize that by taking care of ourselves we set a good example to our families and coworkers. The bonus, we also have more to give when we nurture ourselves first.

·  Make a list of all the activities that make you happy and make sure that you participate in at least one of these a day.

·  Meditation is proven to lower stress levels and improve your immune system—which helps your sinuses stay healthy. 15 minutes a day of slow breathing can make all the difference in the world to your well-being.

·  Hot tubs, foot soaks, massage; finish the list yourself of activities that relax you and de-stress your life.

·  A gratitude list is a wonderful way to focus your mind on the positive in life and help your immune system at the same time. Remember what we focus on increases in our life.
·  Daily neti pot use helps keep your sinuses in good health and aids your body in flushing toxins from your sinus cavities.

·  When you have been under stress remember to use your Sinus Rejuvenation Oil regularly to help support your body’s healthy sinus function.

·  Walking and exercise help to release endorphinssunset in your body, which in turn bolsters your immune system. Exercise tends to lower your stress response and keeps your body healthy at the same time.

·  Deep breathing or exercise helps increase the oxygen in your body which can help support a healthily metabolism.

Check out the Baraka education section for more hints on using your neti pot, infused salt and sinus oil to help maintain your sinus health.  

What helps you when stress increases in your life—how do you de-stress?

Using holistic natural remedies is good for the planet and good for you.

***I've learned through having sinus problems and allergies...and then Bell's Palsy with a collapsed nostril, just how important it is to consistently use my Neti-Pot.  It only takes about 3-5 minutes twice daily.  I use Distilled water only...heated for about 30 seconds in my microwave.  {Not too hot, not too cold}  Then I add the Sea Salt {never use sea salt or anything that has additives in it} and 2 drops each of Young Living Essential Oils in Lavender and Melrose.  Stir and use in my Neti Pot.  Then I blow my nose gently. That's it!  And it's easy...and so beneficial.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Rug Pad for an Area Rug

Exactly one month ago, I received an email from a co-founder of RugPadUSA, asking if I'd be interested in doing a review of a Rug Pad for them.  After checking it out, to make sure this was the "real deal" - you can never be too careful these days - I agreed.  They're located outside of the Greater New York area and specialize in manufacturing higher end, eco-friendly rug pads that are made in the USA and have been in business a couple of years. 

It didn't take me long to figure out what rug I'd get the pad for - or what kind of rug pad I would need.  As an Interior Designer, I've known the value of a good rug pad for Area Rugs and Carpeting.  A good rug pad will give you many, many years of use from a beautiful rug or carpeting.

I purchased the rug that is in our Great Room a while ago - this is the first photo of it that you've seen.  I also purchased a good rug pad...however, it wasn't available to be sized to fit my rug, unless I wanted to cut through it myself and order a much larger pad.

So, when I saw the rug pad for use on carpeting for my area rug was available cut-to-size, I was hooked!  It was also available in 2 heights - 1/4" and 3/8".  {My former rug pad was 1/4"}  This time, the new pad would not only be cut-to-fit but also be 3/8" thick.

My Rug is 7'10" x 10'10" and fills the center of our Great Room.  I love the black center and border, and of course I love all of the roses and flowers.

The photo above shows the side that faces down on the carpeting...and the photo below shows the side that faces up - where the Area Rug sits.

It can be flipped around, if your Area Rug were on an uncarpeted floor.

It arrived {all 30# of it} very quickly - I sent my order to the co-founder on the 27th of September and the Rug Pad arrived on October 3rd.

With everything going on around here, it took me some time to get hubby to help move furniture and roll up the rug, put down the pad and unroll the rug and move furniture back...but it finally got done.

This is the Rug Pad I got from RugPadUSA...

Now the review...

You should already be able to tell, I was impressed by the personal contact of the co-founder through my blog, offering me a Rug Pad if I would do a Review.

There was no odor with this Rug Pad - it's an eco-friendly rug pad, so I would imagine that has everything to do with it.  No toxicity and because of the construction, it will not break down nor damage floors or carpeting, like some pads do.

And I am very impressed with the quality of the Rug Pad.  I'm so pleased that I could order it cut to fit...and I no longer have edges on the end of the rug that aren't on a rug pad at all.  There is just 1.5" all the way around the rug that is not on the pad...and I love that.  The rug pad even makes my rug feel so much more expensive.  The old rug pad wasn't a cheap pad...but I could feel lumpy bumps in the pad when I walked across the rug.  I don't have that problem with this Rug Pad.  I am also glad that I got the 3/8" thick pad.  Even though my carpeting is newer and thick, the pad is not overly thick.  

NOTE:  If you happen to have a Rocking Recliner by LaZBoy...with the round wooden base like I do, you may need to rearrange your room a bit, to not have the recliner sitting near the edge of the rug.  Sitting the chair near the edge of the rug allows the recliner to swivel by itself, sometimes swinging you around in the chair, even when you want to sit still.  It just so happens that where I want to sit in my chair there is not alot of room to either have the swivel base entirely on the area rug...nor totally off the area rug and since the base isn't level, it spins.  I solved the problem in one room with the same situation,  I just have to do it in the Great Room too. All I did in the other room, was put another piece of carpeting on top of the existing carpeting, bringing it to the level of the rug/rug pad! {My old rug pad did the same thing though}

I have 3 other Area Rugs and plan to purchase new Rug Pads sometime next year...and you can bet I will be getting this brand of pad for those rugs!

Thank you!!

Just to make it clear, even though I received this Rug Pad in lieu of a Review, the review is truthful and totally how I feel about this product.

So glad you stopped in today!  

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Essential Oils - Anniversary

Wow, I can't believe that 2015 is nearly here...I'll be celebrating my 3rd anniversary with Young Living Essential Oils and Supplements.  I've been using alot of oils and taking alot of Supplements, too.  I really am feeling better and I've seen so much improvement in the 2 bouts of Bell's Palsy I've had.  This last time was on both sides of my Bell's Palsy.  I guess I'm near 70% back to normal on the right side...and about 30-40% back to normal on the left.  The left was the worst side since the beginning.

Here's our new 2015 case you'd like to take a look.  If you have any questions, please contact me. 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Update on Jasper...

Well...Jasper is home!  He came home lastnight. 

{Lastnight Jasper, our 6 year old, 8# Maltese, was unable to put weight
on his left front leg. He went to the ER Vet.}

Hubby said when he got to the ER...Jasper jumped up and was excited about where they were. He took Jasper inside...and the technician took a look at him and asked Tom to set him down so she could see what Jasper would do and Jasper started walking. Tom spent a little time there with JasperI and he barely skipped a beat walking around and prancing like only Jasper does. 

I had held Jasper for some time before sending him off to the ER and while I did, I prayed for him, used healing touch (Reiki) on him and then did about a 30 minute BioMat treatment before they left. 

He's still grumpy this morning and really NOT interested in walking, but once he gets started, he almost walks I'm not sure what he did. We'll keep an eye on him...and keep praying. Thanks for all the prayers.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Prayers Please...

Please say a prayer for our smallest pup, Jasper. He's 6 years old and only 8#. He suddenly won't put weight on his left front leg. He's going to the ER Vet.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

WOW - Mid-Way Through October

And time for a Video Update on my Bell's Palsy here it is!  I mention things I'm doing to heal and what I hope to be posting about in coming days and weeks.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Home Tour - Old West End, Toledo Ohio

Thanks for joining me today for our Home Tour Monday.  Sunday, there was an article about this beautiful Mansion in the Toledo Blade Newspaper.  It is the:

Tillinghast Willys Bell Mansion

Tillinghast Willys Bell Mansion

 2210 Robinwood Avenue Toledo, Wisconsin
It is located in the Old West End of Toledo, Ohio

9 bed - 5 bath
8,381 square feet
Single-Family Home

Listing # 5078272

The house has nine bedrooms, a huge formal dining room finished in chestnut, a large butler’s pantry, and a third-story ballroom. But one of the most striking features is the entryway off Bancroft Street.
The foyer has beautiful, tiger-striped quarter-sawn oak from floor to ceiling. Intricate hand-carved details top large columns and decorate the beams overhead. Light filters in through three large stained glass windows above the landing on the wide stairway.
    This English Tudor mansion was built in 1901 for Alvin B. Tillinghast, a licorice tycoon and patron of the arts. Despite his apparent wealth, Mr. Tillinghast went bankrupt building the house and turned it back over to the construction company. The construction company in turn traded the house for 12 Pope-Toledo cars produced by one of Toledo's great automotive industrialists, John North Willys, who founded Willys-Overland.  The foyer of the Murray-Willys home boasts a gold-leafed ceiling with a beautiful staircase leading to the second floor. The massive living room contains the largest of the many gas fireplaces in the home. The spectacular dining room features ornately carved mahogany woodwork and the original, hand-carved chandelier. The library features the original wainscoting and a fresh air ventilating system. The kitchen has been completely remodeled with all new cabinets, which are designed to match the existing cabinets in the cook's and butler's pantry. Through persistence and careful attention to detail, Michael and Ellen Murray have restored this Old West End landmark to its original elegance.

New Photos of the Empty Mansion by:

All of the Original Photos With Furniture

 All of the original Woodwork!!

The hearth surrounding the fireplace in the empty living room is made of tiles from Rookwood Ceramics. The house, built in 1901 for businessman Alvin B. Tillinghast, is regarded as the best home in the Old West End for its commanding presence and historical accuracy.

Living Room Furnished and with Beautiful Hardwood Floors and Columns

Gorgeous Windows

Beautiful Sun Room

 Butler's Pantry!

Beautiful Staircase and Stained Glass Windows

Beautiful Third Floor Ballroom

This is a Single-Family Home located at 2210 Robinwood Avenue, Toledo OH. The residence has 9 beds, 5 1/2 baths, and approximately 8,381 square feet. The property has a lot size of 0.51 acres and was built in 1901. 

Public Records for 2210 Robinwood Ave

Presenting the Tillinghast-Willys Mansion. Amzaing 3-story stone/half-timbered Tudor. Historic keystone home in the Old West End. Grand mahogony-trimmed foyer opens to huge living room with beautiful hardwood floor. Library and sunroom with leaded glass. Huge formal dining room with carved fireplace. Terazzo floors in kitchen. Huge master suite. 3rd floor ballroom and servants quarters.

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I hope you enjoyed this tour.  

What did you see that you really liked about this house.  And, was there anything in particular about the house that would make you pass it by?