Common Summertime Issues Affecting Dogs

All pet owners will want to make sure their animals spend as much time as possible outside this summer. The hot weather has arrived, and most of us humans are melting in the heat. Just imagine how uncomfortable you would feel wearing a fur coat right now. It doesn’t bear thinking about, does it? Well, your dog is dressed in a jacket of that nature all the time. So, you need to ensure you don’t leave it cooped up inside the house. That just isn’t fair. However, there are many issues you could face if you allow your canine to spend most of their time outside. I’m going to discuss some of the most common ones in this article so you can prepare. Don’t worry about anything. There is always a solution.

Dogs become too hot in the sun
As I have just explained, it makes sense that your dog is going to feel too hot if they spend a lot of time outside. Shaving their coat isn’t a reasonable option, so you have to use your head. If you plan to leave your dog in the garden for any length of time, you have to ensure there is a shaded area. If you don’t have any trees your friend can hide underneath, just try to create something. Hanging washing on your line could solve the problem in most instances. Whatever you decide, just create an area in which your dog can get themselves out of direct sunlight. If you do that, you shouldn’t have too many problems.

Dogs can become dehydrated
Massive increases in body temperature can make a dog dehydrated. When that happens, they can become ill fast. So, you need to ensure there is always water available for your pooch. It’s sensible to place their bowl in the shaded area you’ve created. That way, you will help to point the dog in the right direction. If you think your dog has become ill due to a lack of water, you need to encourage them to drink as much as possible. That is the case, even if it means pouring the liquid into their mouth. You can usually tell if your dog needs a drink by touching his or her nose. If it’s wet, they’re probably okay.

Dogs can pick up ticks and other infestations
During the summertime, it’s sensible to keep some tick medicine for dogs at home. That is because your animal might spend time rolling around in the long grass. When they do that, it’s possible they will attract unwanted insects and bugs. An infestation can start from a single tick, and so it’s not worth taking the risk. If you know your dog has spent hours lying on the grass, you should give them some medication as a precaution. It’s relatively safe, and so you shouldn’t have any issues. If you do have any concerns, just consult your vet and ask for advice.

Hopefully, the information on this page will help to guarantee your dog remains a happy chap this summer. At the end of the day, you just have to use some common sense. You wouldn’t leave a child outside in the sun without shade and enough water. So, make sure you apply the same logic to your animals. They are living creatures too, and you don’t want them to become ill.

 

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Practical Gifts For Dog Lovers That Make Ownership Easier

What’s the best gift for a dog lover? That’s a very open-ended question because it matters what the dog’s personality is and what kind lifestyle the owner leads. It can be overwhelming because the market is full of so many different products, all with various designs, functions and price tags. There are thousands and thousands of gifts that could benefit your pooch’s life, but many items are superficial. The best gifts to give a dog lover are some things that will last, work in the real-world, make the lives of both dog and owner easier and stress-free. One thing to keep in mind is that a product that is unique is unique to a situation and not every gift that’s good for one dog is going to be best for someone else’s. If you take a broad aim and answer some questions that could pinpoint a practical solution, that in itself will personalize the gift.

Nitey leash
People have jobs that require them to stay behind and work beyond normal working hours to reach a deadline or fix something that’s malfunctioned. However, dogs need walks regularly, and if they miss their daily strut, they can become agitated, restless and frustrated. Life isn’t perfect, and you arrive home late after the sun has set, the darkness outside will offset any enthusiasm for a walk. A nitey leash is like any other normal leash materially, but inside there are LED lights that light up the leash. This means there’s less chance for your dog to get hit by a car if they wander off while they’re sniffing around. Thus, you can get your daily walk in and not be held back by the lack of light to keep you both safe.

Image by – Silke Dalle-Grave

Snuggles and dreams
Some dogs cherish a children’s soft toy. They carry it around with them, play with them, swing them around, and sleep with them too. A soft toy can console a dog when they’re hurt, tired and feel sad. The toy becomes their possession, and just like humans who attach a personality to an inanimate object, dogs get emotionally attached to their toys sometimes. A cute, soft toy would be a great gift that replaces a blanket for a dog who wants to snuggle with something at bedtime.

The bed or cushion they sleep on is also important. A leather dog pillow bed is a luxurious addition to their life and large enough to allow them to stretch while yawning and not have their limbs hang off the edge. Made from ethically sourced buffalo leather and upholstery fabric, the bed is cozy and pleasant for dogs with different types of fur.

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Chewing treats
Dogs can suffer from the periodontal disease just like human being, and it’s not something that owners can ignore. If a dog is suffering from inflamed gums, it can lead to the loss of appetite, and it even damages other parts of their body internally if bacteria enters their bloodstream through infected gums. Dental treats provide a source of food that is delicious yet healthy, and the more the dog chews, the more oral benefits are reaped. Buying a pack of treats as a gift will give an outcome of a happier dog and gums that have been cleaned thoroughly.

 

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JT Travel Destinations: Moab, Utah

Greetings Wonderful People,

Summer is here and it is time to start thinking about your travel plans. Where will you be going this year? Are you looking to save money and stay close to home with a small trip? Or is this the year that you plan the big trip that you have been dreaming of for years? No matter where you go, or how much you spend; the key is to enjoy your time away.

If you enjoy outdoor vacations, Moab, Utah is the place for you. Maybe it is an adventurous hike through the mountains? Maybe it is the adrenaline rush from an off-roading adventure in a 4×4 vehicle is more your speed? Or maybe a peaceful drive, looking at the panoramic vistas of the rock formations is the way you want to spend an afternoon. These adventures are waiting for with a trip to Moab.

Delicate Arch in Arches National Park, just outside Moab, Utah.

Each year, millions of people ascend to this small town of just over 5,000 people in eastern Utah to experience nature at its finest. Moab is jumping off point for Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park, Dead Horse Point State Park, and the Colorado River. If you want a vacation where you stay inside all the time, then Moab is not the place for you. But if being outside and experiencing the beauty of God’s amazing creation, then it time set packing.

My wife and I celebrated our Seventeenth Anniversary in Moab last year. I would recommend that you spend at least four full days to get a good feel for the region. One full day at Arches National Park, one day at Moab Giants, Dead Horse State Park and the Island in the Sky region of Canyonlands. A second day in the Needles District of Canyonlands and a fourth day to explore the scenic routes in the area. I recommend spending more than four days if you can do it. Each of the National Parks are large enough for you to spend two to three days in each area and still not see all that it has to offer.

A view of the Colorado River from Canyonlands National Park!

Moab is also home to the nearly-created the Bear Ears National Monument. Mesa Verde National Park near the Four-Corners Point and Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park at the Utah/Arizona border are only three hours to the south. Zion National Park, Capitol Reef National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park are also in western Utah. It is possible to combine a trip to Moab with one or two of the these other destinations, but you need to allow about a week or more thoroughly see the area and to fully take in its beauty.

In the coming weeks, I plan to write more articles on what Moab has to offer the outdoor enthusiast. Based on the time that my wife and I spent there, talking with our tour guides and taking time to research the area prior to leaving, we learned many useful tips that made our trip a truly memorable adventure. I will be sharing those experiences and tips you.

Until then, Happy Road Tripping!

Jay

List of Blouses That Go Well with Traditional and Western Looks

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Just like sarees, blouses also come in several different designs, colors and styles. It makes an important part of the entire outfit. Earlier women had to select different styles of blouses to match with the style of their saree (traditional or western).
With the introduction of versatile blouses, one need not worry about the design of the saree as these blouses look best on whichever saree design you choose to wear. From traditional, western, to Indo-western and lace designs, the market is full of plenty of eye-catching collection to suit your needs. Get to know about these amazing varieties to enhance your beauty manifold.

Traditional blouses

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Traditional blouses generally come with different shape of neck styles. It can be in typical U-shape or V-shape design or in other fashionable designs. There are several saree stores that provide you an extensive range of blouses in stunning styles, fabrics and designs to choose from.
Similarly, you will get an exemplary selection of blouse sleeve designs. From full sleeve to half sleeve or sleeveless with or without work, their extensive collection will provide you one that you have been looking for!!

Western Touch
You will find a western form of blouses that are designed for women to wear western dresses such as trousers, skirts etc. to complement its look. Such types of blouses are greatly seen in trend among college girls.
These beautiful blouses are just appropriate for a get together with friends or a girls’ night out party. Western blouses are designed to give utmost comfort and suit the lifestyle of the wearer. They accentuate the style of the wearer and complement their lifestyle.

Indo western blouses

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If you are looking for a blouse that gives you a combined touch of Indian and western design then shirt style blouses would be the ideal one for you. As the trend in blouses keeps on changing from time to time, shirt style blouse is a recent introduction that has become very popular among women. This type of blouse gives your saree a completely modern look.

It can be seen as a fusion between Indian and western style blouse. This style adds an interesting element to the overall look of your outfit and imparts a chic appearance to the wearer. The best part of this design is that you need not worry to get your right shade or the shape that matches the color of your saree or lehenga. It looks best on all shades and designs of the outfit that you plan to wear.

Lace Blouses

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Lace blouses are again an interesting way to give a feminine and charming touch to your blouse. Depending on the choice of the wearer, lace can be introduced at the back or on the sleeves or both the areas.
A dull looking blouse or a poorly stitched blouse would diminish the entire look of a saree. So, you need to choose the right blouse for a saree that you are planning to wear.

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Memorial Day: Remembering the Ultimate Sacrifice For Our Freedom

Hello Beautiful People,

Eagle

Today is Memorial Day. It is a day to honor and remember the soldiers who died for our country, The United States of America.  Freedom isn’t free! Praise God for our military. We should and must pray for them and their families everyday.

We Will Never Forget!

Decorated Vietnam War veteran, Dave Roever, spoke at my church this holiday weekend. His testimony is awesome and will inspire you. He was burned beyond recognition and by the healing power of Jesus, he is alive and is devoted to helping other wounded veterans. Roever will make you laugh and he will make you cry.

Please listen to his testimony on Trinity Broadcasting Network.

When I hear him speak about helping war veterans get the help they need to get back into daily life and gain that connection with their families, it is amazing. It makes me want to help in anyway I can. If you would like to help please go to the Roever Foundation.

“The Roever Foundation’s goal is clear; to assist those especially in underprivileged countries and the youth in our public schools and assistance to our military providing them with inspirational speaking tours and training for wounded warriors through the wounded warrior alliance. Roever Foundation is preparing these young speakers who have lost limbs, suffered TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), with a future in public speaking.”

On this Memorial Day, please take a moment to reflect your freedom and the remember men and women who sacrificed their life so that you can enjoy it.

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Designer Spotlight: Bob Mackie

Hello Beautiful People,

Bob Mackie w back pack

It’s holiday weekend and I am feeling a cool and relaxing vibe. What better way to chill than wearing a cotton polyester blend set with my new backpack. Bob Mackie who has designed for Diana Ross, Whitney Houston, Carol Burnett, Tina Turner, Cher, Barbara Streisand, Barbie, and PINK! to name a few. And he is also designing for me and you. For the past twenty seven years, he has had his own line of everyday wear on QVC.

Bob Mackie is an icon of the fashion world.
Here Mackie is at the CFDA with Diana Ross.

In contrast to everyday life here I am wearing Mackie’s Floral Embroidered Knit top and crop pant set. I usually don’t like crop pants because I am like straight length pants to elongate me to make me look taller. On my right shoulder is the embroidered geraniums. The flowers look like they were plucked out of a garden and entwined in this top.

  • Pant inseam: missy/plus inseam 19″
  • Pant content: 95% cotton/5% spandex
  • Pant care: machine wash, line dry

Bob Mackie set

I don’t always like wearing sets together all the time, so i switch them up with other pieces from my closet. In these pictures below, I paired the top with a linen and rayon drawstring wide-leg pants. Both outfits are perfect for the summer heat. They offer an effortless but sophisticated style.

Bob Mackie

Close up of Top

Bob Mackiee close up of top

Easy and so fine kind of dressing with a designer touch. The colors are bold and bright but not over the top. Say it loud and proud with lots of color.

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Techy Girl Gadgets: Groove to the JBL Flip 3

Hi Beautiful People,

Do you ever feel like you never can get great sound from your mobile phone or from your tablet?

It is like you can hear the music; but either it is not loud enough or the bass is not clear. I have had a blue tooth speaker that would give pretty good sound; but if the bass was rocking the speaker would vibrate so much that it fell off the table. If I was in mid workout mode, I would have to stop to pick it up off the floor.

What can you do to have great sound at a reasonable price?

JBL Flip 3 Speaker

If you are looking for an economically-priced speaker with all the qualities of good sound that feels the room the JBL Flip 3 Bluetooth Splashproof Speaker hits the mark. The Speaker comes in a variety of colors, most of the choices are not available. Verizon Wireless allowed us to demo the the speaker for a month and to give a review on this blog. The speaker retails for $99.99 and is currently on sale for $79.99; and can be purchase on the Verizon website.

Flip 3 Bluetooth Splashproof Speaker

The JBL Flip 3 Bluetooth Splashproof Speaker

Features include:

Pros

Sound
The speaker has clear sound no matter what the weather may be or if you are on land or get caught in the rain at a party.
“It is rubber on the outside of the speaker and has a rechargeable Li-ion battery that gives up to 10 hours of continuous play where you can dance the night away or enhance that barbecue picnic with the family. You can connect up to three smartphones and tablets at once.”
The sound is not muffled, I can hold the JBL Flip 3 in my hand and it never skips a beat in the sound quality. I really enjoy connecting my laptop or cell phone to the speaker to do my run/ dance workout.

Bluetooth Connection
Bluetooth compatibility for your computer, your smart phone or your tablet. With your computer, the speaker will connect through the Bluetooth option on the system preferences. For your smart phone or tablet, you need to download the app; and from there it syncs pretty quickly for the first time. And then after it quite easy to get and connected.

Splashproof
“No need to worry about rain or spills. It can even be cleaned with running tap water – just don’t submerge it.” It has rained in my neck of the woods for a week so the benefit of being waterproof if you get caught in the rain is very handy.

JBL Speaker Connections
You can actually connect JBL speakers together for a more fuller musical experience in a room or outside. I have never seen where speakers could connect with each other to play the same music at once.

You can take calls
The JBL Flip 3 has a speaker phone so you take your calls if you are doing work around the house or want to be hands free.

From the Verizon website:
“The next generation in the JBL Flip series, the Flip 3 adds a splashproof design* (IPX5-rated), a rugged rubber housing and a 3,000mAh rechargeable Li-ion battery that delivers up to 10 hours of continuous high-quality stereo audio playtime**.”

Highly flexible, the Flip 3 also lets you connect to up to three smartphones or tablets at once and then take turns playing audio from the device of your choice. An on-board speakerphone functionality with an echo and noise-canceling microphone lets you take crystal-clear, hands-free calls right from the speaker.

Con
Video not playing all the way through
I noticed that when I try to listen to videos on the iPad, the JBL Flip3  Speakerphone will play the audio. However, the video will often freeze. I don’t know if that’s just the way it is or if there is some glitch because the freezing happened each time I tried to play a video. I was trying to listen Casey Treat’s Renewing the Mind 2.0 video series on his app on the iPad and encountered the video freeze. I tried a second time to watch Kari Jobe’s Forever video and it froze on me but the audio was still going strong.

What’s in the Box
One JBL Flip 3 speaker, a micro USB charging cable, one quick start guide, a safety sheet and a warranty card.

If you are looking for a good reasonably priced speaker; than you may want to consider the JBL Flip 3. At less than $100, you are getting quality sound and a portable speaker that can be taken on the go with you.

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Verizon Wireless provided Bubbling With Elegance And Grace with the JBL Flip 3 speaker for thirty days to write this honest opinion. At the end of the thirty days, we returned the speaker back to Verizon Wireless. We did not receive any monetary compensation for this review. All opinions are express in the review are own.

Mother’s Day

Hi Beautfiul People,

Azaleas

Today is Mother’s Day. Even though I did not at first feel I should I need to share some words. My mother has been with the Lord for almost twenty-three years, it is a hard holiday. My mother was strict and did not let me do much. My parents picked my friends and they did not just let me hang around anybody. Many times I would wonder why she was so hard on me. I am the only child and was in my teens at the time I naturally felt this way. But now that I look back at it and I see why. She wanted me to be somebody, to put God first, to have integrity and character.

My mother always told me that she was not my friend, but my mother.
As a teenager I would wonder what did that mean? Girls are having friends over; but I could not have my friends over. Why can’t I go to the party?
With some years hopefully for some comes wisdom. My mother wanted me to know that she was not hear to make me feel good even, when you may not be right. My mother told it like it is and didn’t pull any punches with me. I didn’t have a lot of role models when I was young. My best role models are my parents, my grandmother, and my aunt. My mother wanted me to get an education and I did. She wanted me to stick with the books and not get hooked up with the wrong crowd and praise the Lord I didn’t. My mother was not perfect; but she was and is in my heart, a Proverbs 31 woman. She always looked out for the best interest for me and she believed in me.

I was not planned.

What do you mean, you say?
I was not a planned pregnancy. My mother didn’t want to have children. My grandmother told my mother go on ahead and have that baby and she did., By God’s grace and mercy, my mother delivered me, a healthy 8lbs. 6 oz. baby girl.

My mother and father helped me and sacrifice for me to have a good life. My grandmother helped and was also there for me. They loved me and it hurts that they are not here on earth in the flesh. I know that they all believed in God and that Jesus Christ died for their sins, so I know they are in heaven.  Virtuous, Virtuous, Virtuous I say as I literally run through the halls expressing my thankfulness to God for giving me such loving jewels in my life that are with my heart. I know they are Jesus followers, but it does still hurt.

Joyce Meyer has on her calendar the title for today, “The Only Way Out Is Through”.
I continually have to thank the Lord that I had such a rich inheritance of Godly parents and a Godly Grandmother. I know that they wouldn’t want me to feel any other way.

The Proverbs 31 Woman is my mother and my grandmother. My Aunt is still here on earth so I am putting her in here too because she is the description of character and integrity. Please read Proverbs 31 below, its a lot to take in but the words have so much wisdom in them.

Proverbs 31

Epilogue: The Wife of Noble Character

10 [b]A wife of noble character who can find?
    She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband has full confidence in her
    and lacks nothing of value.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
    all the days of her life.
13 She selects wool and flax
    and works with eager hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships,
    bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up while it is still night;
    she provides food for her family
    and portions for her female servants.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
    out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She sets about her work vigorously;
    her arms are strong for her tasks.
18 She sees that her trading is profitable,
    and her lamp does not go out at night.
19 In her hand she holds the distaff
    and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
20 She opens her arms to the poor
    and extends her hands to the needy.
21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
    for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes coverings for her bed;
    she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is respected at the city gate,
    where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
    and supplies the merchants with sashes.
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity;
    she can laugh at the days to come.
26 She speaks with wisdom,
    and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
27 She watches over the affairs of her household
    and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise and call her blessed;
    her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women do noble things,
    but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
    but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
31 Honor her for all that her hands have done,
    and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
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 God loves you and if you are not feeling so great today because it seems like everyone is having fun on this Mother’s Day. It is not about the day, it is about what you do each day that counts. We celebrate moms, dad moms, moms who adopt, step moms, pet moms, those who influence are lives, those who are mothering and mentoring. We comfort those who have lost a child, those who are having difficulty with adopting, those who are estranged from their children, those who are having interferences in having kids; peace and comfort to you.
Remember you are not alone and that God is for you.

Psalm 23:4,6
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. … Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.”

II Corinthians1:3
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort.”

Shea Moisture: Can We All Get Along?

Hi Beautiful People,

JT and Gio

Lord have mercy! There has been so much that has been said this past week about the Shea Moisture controversial ad.
Taking a look at it now after all the words have been said.
If you haven’t been online and seen the ad here it is below.

What are your thoughts?
My first reaction to the video was this is going to be a video about hair stories and how women have conquered their hair hate. I saw one woman of color tell her story of being teased for the kind of hair she had; and then gaining acceptance of her hair. I do know her curls were loosely textured. One article said the woman in the ad was multi-racial. Maybe, I do not know. Heck, my curls are the same texture and my parents were not two different ethnicities. Then the video cut to two caucasian women, one who briefly talk about hair color and the other one not knowing what to do with her hair.

Will Shea Moisture be carrying a hair coloring line?
I am like, hmmmm…

 I have been using Shea Moisture products for a couple of years now. The company wanted to expand its market to include women of all colors who have hair issues. I think diversifying their products is a great idea. However, I believe that this ad did not portray what the Shea Moisture company wanted it to convey. The first model was the only one holding the product. There is no mention of what products the other models used or how they used the products or what Shea Moisture meant to them. Simply put, it was bad editing of a much larger story that was not included in the final product. Take a look at the video below that was released one month before the controversial video aired. This video include good editing and is a good example of hair stories and conquering them. This video was on their Youtube channel and is dated March 28, 2017.

I have heard that the Shea moisture products ingredients have changed; but in this video the owner says that they have not. Take a look at this video below that features an interview where the owner addresses the controversy, how the company is looking to expand its market ,and talks about the products themselves.

I have noticed that some people are talking about Shea Moisture but have not used any of the products. There is freedom of speech and everyone can have an opinion.

I wanted to share an image of the Shea Moisture hair products in my closet.

Shea Moisture Hair Products

1 jar Shea Moisture Yucca & Baobab Anti-Breakage Masque
1 jar Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque w/Sea Kelp & Argan Oil
1 jar Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Curl Enhancing Smoothie w/ Silk Protein & Neem Oil Thick, Curly Hair – Using this up and probably will not be purchasing because I am starting to make my own cream.
2 jars of Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oi Strengthen, Grow & Restore Leave-in Conditioner w/Shea Butter, Peppermint & Keratin
1  container of Shea Moisture Organic Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner w/Sea Kelp, Argan Oil, & Shea Butter for Dry, Damaged hair (Almost all gone)
1 Spritzer of Shea moisture Tahitian Noni & Monoi Smooth & Repair High Shine Glosser w/ Keratin, Peptides, and Botanical Extracts
1 Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus KIDS Extra Moisturizer Detangler w/Slippery & Marshmallow Extracts

Shea Moisture has a full line of products that are not  only hair care products. I actually have more Bath and Beauty products in my closet. The bubble baths, the hand and body scrubs, and the soaps are a regular part of my bath regime. I even like to mix the bubble bath scents.

Shea Moisture Bath and Body Products

1 bar of Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Shea Butter Soap
1 bar of Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus dry oil mist
1 bar of Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Bath, Body & Massage oil
1 Shea Moisture Fruit Fusion Energizing Bubble Bath & Body Wash
1 Shea Moisture Fruit Fusion Energizing Body Lotion
1 Shea Moisture Superfruit Complex Bath, Body & Massage oil w/ Mango Butter & Green Coffee Bean Extract
1 Shea Moisture Fruit Fusion Energizing Hand & Body Scrub
1 Shea Moisture Lavender & Wild Orchid Bubble Bath & Body Wash w/ Shea Butter
1 Shea Moisture Raw Shea & Cupuacu Daily Defense Bubble Bath & Body Wash w/ Passiflora & Pistachio Oils
1 Shea Moisture Raw Shea & Cupuacu Daily Defense Hand & Body Scrub w/ Passiflora & Pistachio Oils
1 Shea Moisture Argan Oil & Raw Shea Dry oil mist w/ Frankincense & Myrrh

There has been a lot of talk about the company that now owns and partners with Shea Moisture, but I am not talking about that company in this post ( It’s a lot about them online)  because the Owner and Founder Richelieu Dennis is still answering to the mission and brand of the company. Dennis (Shea Moisture) offered an apology that was on its Instagram page. Please read below. It comes across as sincere.

Wow, okay – so guys, listen, we really f-ed this one up. Please know that our intention was not – and would never be – to disrespect our community, and as such, we are pulling this piece immediately because it does not represent what we intended to communicate. You guys know that we have always stood for inclusion in beauty and have always fought for our community and given them credit for not just building our business but for shifting the beauty landscape. So, the feedback we are seeing here brings to light a very important point. While this campaign included several different videos showing different ethnicities and hair types to demonstrate the breadth and depth of each individual’s hair journey, we must absolutely ensure moving forward that our community is well-represented in each one so that the women who have led this movement never feel that their hair journey is minimized in any way. We are keenly aware of the journey that WOC face – and our work will continue to serve as the inspiration for work like the Perception Institute’s Good Hair Study/Implicit Association Test that suggests that a majority of people, regardless of race and gender, hold some bias towards women of color based on their textured or natural hair. So, you’re right. We are different – and we should know better. Thank you all, as always, for the honest and candid feedback. We hear you. We’re listening. We appreciate you. We count on you. And we’re always here for you. Thank you, #SheaFam, for being there for us, even when we make mistakes. Here’s to growing and building together…

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Will I stop using Shea Moisture products? No. This promotion has been going on since March, I think this was just bad editing of a much larger campaign by the company. Please take a look at the full campaign here –> EverybodyGetsLove

I do not use many of Shea Moisture hair products because everything is not 100% natural. I really like the leave-in, but it is not 100% natural. Instead I have been looking into making my own leave-in.

Let me know your thoughts about the ad. Has your opinion of Shea Moisture changed since this ad aired? Do you even use any Shea Moisture products? Will you continue to use the products in the future? It will be interesting to see what Shea Moisture next campaign ad will be in the coming months.

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Ditch The Designers And Expand Your Wardrobe

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In the past, designer clothes were all the rage. Having items of clothing with the name of your favourite designer on the label was something to aspire to. These items are usually incredibly expensive, though. And, don’t offer much more than added luxury to the table. In a lot of cases, these clothes aren’t even higher quality than their cheaper alternatives. So, arguably, there was never any point in buying them. Today, this is truer than ever. And, to help you out, this post will be going through exactly how and why this change has begun.

The world of manufacturing has changed. With countries offering incredibly cheap manufacturing costs, companies are able to make their clothing for nearly nothing. In the past, companies would sell their clothing to other business, who would sell it for them. But, now, it’s becoming a lot more common for companies to sell their clothing themselves. Without the additional business, less money has to be made on the product for everyone to make a profit. So, the clothing can be cheaper. Companies like H&M and Topman have pioneered this sort of business. And, it’s resulted in some great benefits.

When you go into a store like this, you are guaranteed the same level, of quality across the board. Along with this, their sizing will be very in line. So, if you buy one thing and it fits; something else in the same size should fit, too. Of course, you don’t get a big brand name on the goods. But, at the moment, it’s becoming more popular for brand names to be hidden, anyway. A lot of people prefer to have their clothing do the talking, instead of a label. And, this can now be achieved without having to get the second best option. You can find these sorts of stores in most cities and towns. There are loads of examples. And, some even sell other brands items, too. This gives you a great chance to compare the quality between the two.

Of course, these stores are already cheaper than most. But, this doesn’t mean that you have to pay full price for any of their goods. Instead, you can still make some great savings with them. To start, it helps to be aware of the sales that the store will be running in the near future. This will give you a chance to see exactly which items will be cheapest at any given time. If you’re looking for something; go when it’s on sale. Along with this, you can also look for other discounts. There are loads of sites online with ways to get your own New Look or H&M promo code. These codes are usually designed to save you a good amount of money. And, not a lot of people know how common they are.

Saving money on your clothing and still being able to enjoy it is a great gift. Loads of cheap clothing stores are based on the idea of selling low-quality items, which don’t cost much to make. Unfortunately, with these, you will usually end up having to spend the same amount as you would at a normal store. This is because they will degrade very quickly, forcing you to buy more.

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