How To: Make A Great Experience for You and Your Dog on Public Outings

Most of our readers probably know we are dog people! We treat our dogs like family (maybe even better)! If you have ever encountered us in the real world, or in the virtual world (i.e. Facebook or twitter) you probably know that Marshall, one of our rescue Dalmatians, goes with us everywhere. He is the market mascot at several of the area farmers markets and heaven forbid that we ever go to an event without him….where’s Marshall is all we hear.

It seems obvious for me to say that Marshall is a dog that loves people and other dogs. Without an easy going temperament we could never take him to all the places we do. He relishes being petted by the smallest or the oldest. We are oft amazed at the number of elderly, dressed to the nines, obviously wealthy women who will sit on the ground and be wollered by Marshall. He’s just that kind of personality.

However, a couple of weeks ago we encountered a situation. An off leash dog was walking around a market. While it’s owner shopped at a nearby tent, this dog decided to challenge Marshall in our tent.Marshall Isn’t extremely territorial about the tent, but he does recognize it as his space. When an issue arose, the other owner responded with the typical “my dog is friendly response”.

An uncontrolled friendly dog can be just as much of a menace in public as an aggressive or fearful dog. 

Recently I discovered this great educational graphics by Lili Chin I think they do a great job of explaining animal behaviors to humans.

We keep a yellow ribbon tied to our other rescue, Wrigley’s leash. He is a fearful dog. He is a large dog. He can behave as an aggressive dog because of his fear.

If you are taking your dog in public, even if it’s just as walk around the neighborhood, be aware of not only your own dog and his/her issues or non-issues but also all the dogs around you and how they may interpret you and your dog or any issues they may have.

Alert and Aware

If you stay alert and aware while you and your canine companion enjoy your adventures, you both will come home happier and healthy.

Marshall can’t wait to see you at our next event!

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The Perfect Mother’s Day Gift

Your relationship with your mother is like nothing else.  She changed your diapers, wiped your nose and push comes to shove, will do almost anything for you.  But, she’s also the person that can push your buttons quicker than anyone else.

But, doesn’t she deserve the best Mother’s Day gift you can find?

Let Glynne’s Soaps help you find that perfect gift.  With our extensive selection of soaps, lotions, lip balm and other skin care products, we can help you put together a gift that mom is sure to love.

Here are a few ideas to get the ball rolling.

Perfect Peace - this lavender oatmeal soap is one of our best sellers.  With the soothing scent of lavender and just the right amount of ground oats, it’s the perfect combination of relaxation and exfoliation.

Flip Flop Balm - does your mom love her flip flops?  Then this is the lotion for her.  Made with shea butter and coconut oil it with smooth rough skin and soothe tired feet without that greasy feeling.  Comes in two scents- peppermint lavender and dreamsicle.

 

Lavender Pillow Spray - For those nights when mom has trouble sleeping, just a spritz of this relaxing pillow spray will give her a peaceful night’s sleep.

 

Zen Aura - made with freshly brewed green tea and lemongrass essential oil, this soap has an exhilarating citrus scent that will invigorate and clear the mind of the stresses of the day.

These are just a small sampling of the over 100 items we have to offer.  You can pick and choose for yourself, or let our knowledgeable staff help you find just the right gift for your mom, wife, sister, daughter or any one else that you want to celebrate.  Because she’s worth it.

 

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Happy Earth Day – 6 Ways to Celebrate Today

Today is Earth Day, a day in which we all celebrate this great planet we live on, and commit to doing something that will protect and preserve it’s resources.  This year, the global focus of Earth Day is on our cities and how to make them more environmentally resilient and sustainable.

According to the Earth Day Network, over a billion people in 190 countries celebrate Earth Day every year.  Here are 6 ways you can celebrate Earth Day today.

  • Take a Global Selfie – This year, NASA is asking people to take a selfie somewhere outdoor and share it on social media using the hashtag #GlobalSelfie.  The aim is to encourage environmental awareness.  NASA is also planning to use the pictures to create a photo mosaic of Earth.
  • Eat Lunch Outside – Spend some time outside enjoying the area where you live or work.  Reconnecting with nature is one of the best ways to remember why we are working so hard to save it.
  • Download an App – OK, I can see you shaking your head, wondering what on earth this has to do with saving the planet, but there are a lot of good apps out there that can help you in the quest to “go green”.   Here are the top 10 green apps to help get you started.
  • Eat Local – Did you know that if everyone ate one meal a week from only locally sourced foods,  we can reduce our national oil consumption by more than 1.1 million barrels of oil — every single week. That’s more than 57.2 million barrels of oil saved per year!*  Download the Locavore App to help you find local in-season foods.
  • Buy Smart – When making purchases, choose those that have the smallest environmental impact.  Less packaging, recycled materials, natural ingredients; all are ways to reduce your environmental footprint.  Glynne’s Soaps prides itself on it’s use of all natural ingredients in it’s products.
  • Set a Good Example – The next generation will learn how to treat things by watching us.  It is so important to set a good example by showing respect for the planet and doing as much as we can to preserve our resources.

What are you doing to celebrate Earth Day today?  Leave a comment and let us know your plans!

 

*(From Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, by Barbara Kingsolver, Steven L. Hopp and Camille Kingsolver)

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Giving Tuesday

Before Thanksgiving we sent a newsletter. In it we shared things we were thankful for in our lives. The last thing was the ability to give.

Here’s what we wrote (plus a little more):

It is easy to think of all the things we lack. All the wants we have. But we are thankful that we are able to share our bounty (meager though it may be). The Glynne’s Soaps staff hopes you will consider sharing your bounty as well! Here are a few of our favorite causes:

The Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC

It is beyond my comprehension that there are people in the United states of America who are without food. I think of the $5 I spent last night on junk food just because. Then I think of how much the food bank can do with so little.

2013 Holiday Meals Drive

• For every $1.00 donated, the Food Bank can provide $10 worth of food or 5 meals.

• A gift of $35 will provide enough food to sustain a family for over two weeks.

• A gift of $75 will provide groceries to an elderly couple for over two months.

Click HERE to donate

If you can’t donate at least go click like on their facebook page. The Food Bank will receive $2 for every new like via The Food Effect and North Carolina Pork Council up to $2,000 for families in need. It won’t cost you a dime but it will make a difference in some hungry person’s life.

Dalmatian Rescue of Southwest Virginia

If you follow our Facebook you know we are crazy for our Dalmatians, Wrigley and Marshall. They bring joy and enrich our lives daily. Those guys wouldn’t be here with us without the efforts of a great group of people who dedicate themselves to Dalmatian rescue. Every day Dalmatian Rescue of Southwest Virginia Provides temporary care and shelter for stray, abandoned and relinquished Dalmatians, and they work tirelessly to place as many as possible into responsible and caring homes.

Click HERE to donate

The Pleasure Island Sea Turtle Project

We spent a lot of time on the beach this summer with who we lovingly call the turtle peeps. This dedicated group spends thousands of man hours each year working to preserve and protect threatened and endangered sea turtles in Kure and Carolina Beach.

During nesting season (May 1 – August 31) they patrol from the southern end of Kure Beach to the northern end (including Freeman Park) of Carolina Beach daily. They also assure that the babies from each nest laid has the best possible chance of survival. We have read a statistic that says only 1% survives to adulthood. It is hard yet rewarding work.

Click HERE to donate

If these aren’t the causes for you…that’s okay! Just give and give generously.

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How to Naturally Clean Your Coffee Pot

 

Here at Glynne’s Soaps we love coffee.  Especially Gayle!

We love coffee so much we’ve even made it into a soap (but that’s another story).

We have this great coffeemaker which grinds the beans just before brewing the coffee! It makes the best coffee and the smell of the freshly ground coffee is delightful! Gayle drinks almost  an entire pot of coffee by herself every morning (Jenn usually limits herself to only one cup) and some mornings we actually make a second pot.  It’s not uncommon for us to make a pot in the evening as well.

Needless to say, our coffee pot gets a workout.

Our coffee pot gets a wash every day. We take out all the moving parts (baskets, pot, grinding area) and give them a clean and at the very least a rinse. However, eventually the coffee begins to taste bitter.

To keep the coffee tasting fresh and not bitter, it’s important to clean out the innards of the pot every so often.

This can be done very simply with just water and vinegar.

The best way to do this is to follow these steps:

  1. Make a mixture that is half water and half vinegar.
  2. Put a filter in your coffee maker, as usual.
  3. Pour the vinegar/water mix where you would normally add the water.
  4. Turn the coffee pot on and let it run.
  5. Throw out the filter and rinse the pot.  You should let your coffee pot cool for about 15 minutes before filling with cold water.  Otherwise, the glass may crack.
  6. Repeat steps 2-5 using water only.
  7. Run the cycle with fresh water a second time.

Your coffee pot should now be nice and clean.  It’s probably good to repeat this process every few months or so.

Here is a comparison of the water/vinegar mix after it ran through the coffee pot, and then the second rinse water after it’s cycle.  There is a huge difference in the color of the water.

Water - Vinegar mix

After second rinse

I think you will be pleased with the result.  And the best part?  It’s all natural, no chemicals or other crazy cleaners are used.

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5 Things You can do to Impact the World

Yesterday was “Create a Vacuum Day”. We don’t really know anyone who has created a vacuum but we do see people everyday who seem to believe they live in a vacuum.

We’re betting you too have encountered those who seemingly believe  nothing they do affects the people or the world around them.  They are just free to live in their own little space.  They choose to throw their trash on the ground, which not only has an environmental impact  but also affects the beauty of the area and the good feelings of those passing through.  They choose to spew hate instead of a positive attitude which creates chaos around them instead of peace.

Everything you and I do has an impact on this place we call Earth.

We can choose to make that influence positive or negative.  I don’t know about you, but here at Glynne’s Soaps, we are choosing to effect the world in a positive way whenever possible.

Whether it’s an environmental impact, or just something that brings a smile to a coworkers face, there are many things you can do that will leave a positive impression on the world around you.  Tweet this.

For today’s How To Tuesday, we are sharing our top 5 ways to positively impact your world!

  1. Use all natural products as much as possible.  Everything that gets washed down the drain will eventually make it to the oceans, rivers and our water supplies.  It’s not the first thing people think about when they pick up their soap in the shower, or use those scrubbing bubbles  to clean the toilet.  All those chemicals have an impact on the world around you.  So when you are choosing what to wash with or what to clean your clothes with – pick something natural.    Glynne’s Soaps makes a full line of all natural skin care products you can use.   We have also posted on how to make your own natural laundry detergent and how to remove rust stains all naturally.
  2. Recycle.  Americans create over 243 million tons of trash each year.  Recycling goes a long way toward decreasing this number and the impact that much garbage has on the environment.  Last year, enough paper was recycled to save 41 million trees.  Find out what you should be recycling and do your part to reduce the amount of garbage tossed in landfills.
  3. Share a kind word.  It takes little energy or time, but can be the difference between making or breaking someone’s day.  Just be taking a moment to say a kind word, you can have a huge impact on the people around you.  Researchers in Germany have shown that words have an impact on the brain.  ”Even verbal stimuli lead to reactions in certain areas of the brain”, says Dr. Thomas Weiss from the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena.  You have no idea the effect your words might have on another person,  by speaking positively, you can improve someone’s day or more.
  4. Volunteer.  Whether you give time or money, find a cause that is important to you and give.  You will feel great for making a difference, and the time you spend will definitely leave a positive impression.
  5. Speak Out.Is there something that you feel strongly about?  Do you see wrongs that need to be righted?  Then get involved and speak out.  you can do a Google search and find groups that are involved with just about any social or political issue under the sun.  You can check with your local church to find a group.  Write letters or visit your local politicians to get your voice heard.  You never know what you might be able to change by just speaking out.

We would really like to hear about the ways you are living outside the vacuum. How are you impacting your world in a positive way?

 

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Five Tips for How to Enjoy National Bubble Bath Day

Taking a bath – just the sound of it is relaxing!

National Bubble Bath Day Tips for an ALL Natural Bath

National Bubble Bath Day

In ancient Greece and ancient India elaborate baths were created for their royals. In Japan baths are Zen-like settings and bathing is a ritual. Baths are one of the oldest and most relaxing methods of cleansing our bodies and what could be more natural?

Yet, baths offer so much more! Baths are a natural method to warm the extremities; a natural soother of sore muscles; a natural way to moisturize dry skin and a natural non-pharmaceutical manner to help clear the nasal passages.

Unfortunately, most of us rarely allow ourselves the time to relax and indulge in a bath.

STOP WHAT YOU’RE DOING!

And plan now to take a bath. Today is National Bubble Bath Day! And we think you NEED to celebrate.

Here are five steps to help you do just that:

1. Take a shower – We know, it sounds strange, but trust us. Feeling clean BEFORE your bath will make the experience more of a spa treatment and less of a getting clean chore. TIP: Your cleansing shower is a perfect time to exfoliate; your pores will be more open to any essential oils or bath salts.

2. Create a calming atmosphere – Some of our favorites for doing this are to treat ourselves to candles (Gayle prefers our Citrus Zing natural soy candle – it’s and orange and ginger scent and Jenn prefers the Frankincense and Myrrh natural soy candle – even when it’s not Christmas. Many of our customers enjoy the Hipp’e’ natural soy candle at bath time).

We also recommend some soothing music (We both agree that’s something without words – for Gayle it’s Yanni and for Jenn it’s Beethoven). TIP: Make sure no electrical devices like radios are close enough they could fall into the tub and be aware of candle placement (it is an open flame).

3. Fill your tub with hot water….but not too hot… the best temperature for your relaxing bath should be 100 degrees Fahrenheit. This is the temperature that has been shown to relax and un-tighten the muscles. 100° is also the temperature at which your brain stimulates calming chemicals. TIP: Placing a warm wet washcloth on the chest area can help infuse warmth through your body.

4. Add bath salts. No these are not the narcotics we’ve all read so much about but rather true salts used to help with relaxation. Naturally, we prefer the all natural ones made by Glynne’s Soaps! Bath Soaks (as we call them) are ideal for both easing inflammation and relaxing sore muscles. TIP: while filling the tub close the curtain or doors to keep in the steam and scents.

Julia Roberts Bubble Bath

Julia used a folded towel

5. Get in and enjoy. Plan to stay in your bath for 20-30 minutes – any longer and you’re in danger of falling asleep, which can be hazardous. TIP: You can add an inflatable pillow to your bath for comfort – although a folded natural fiber cotton towel works just as well.

Oh, and for today, we recommending adding in a few bubbles….after all it is National Bubble Bath Day!

Enjoy!

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How To Tuesday: Keep Your Dog Safe this Holiday Season

A Skinny Gayle and a puppy Coalman

When I met Gayle, she had a dalmatian named Coalman. He was a super smart guy, and like most dalmatians, he loved to eat! We could tell you a ton of stories about the things he figured out, just to get to some food. (and no, he wasn’t underfed)

One Christmas, we received a cute tin filled with Miniature snickers as a gift. The tin sat, closed, on the counter in the kitchen. One evening we came home from work to find an empty tin, a few candy wrappers and a smug and happy Coalman.

Of course our first concern was the amount of chocolate that he ingested and how dangerous it was for him. Gayle immediately called the vet, and based on his body weight and the amount of chocolate he ingested, we were told to just keep an eye on him and bring him in if he became sick. Fortunately, we were lucky. Chocolate is one of those foods that is toxic to dogs that is also prevalent around the holidays. Here are some dangers you need to be aware of during this busy season:

  • Chocolate – Eating too much chocolate can be fatal for your dog. How much depends on the type of chocolate and the weight of the dog. National Geographic has a great chocolate interactive chart to help you figure it all out. Better yet, keep your dog away from all of it, especially if you are baking. Baking chocolate and cocoa powder are the most dangerous.
  • The Christmas Tree – Secure your tree so that it will not fall on the little members of your family. Also, keep them from drinking the water in the base, no matter how cute it is. Stagnant tree water is home to lots of bacteria which could make them sick.
  • Holiday plants – Since tomorrow is Poinsettia Day, you might find yourself with a few of these festive plants. Just keep them out of reach of your pets, because they can be toxic. However, even more toxic are mistletoe and holly – two other common holiday plants. If you have any of these around your house, keep them away from your dogs and cats.
  • Decorations – Those bright colorful decorations make the house festive, but they can be a hazard to your pets. Ever curious cats and dogs will attempt to eat things they shouldn’t. Tinsel can get wrapped around intestines, glass ornaments can cut, wires can give an electrical shock. Keep them out of reach of your pets, or keep a close eye on your pets while decorations are out.
  • Parties – Your party guests probably won’t have the same concern for your pet that you do. They might think it’s fine to give them a chicken wing, they can leave the door open for a pet to accidentally scoot out or they might leave a beverage in reach of the dog ( beer, wine and even sodas are bad for your pet). If you are having a party, it’s best to have a quiet room where your pet can go to stay safe and out of trouble, at least until things calm down. Wrigley, one of our current pups often goes to spend time with friends when we host a party or event.
  • Travel – Many people travel with their pups over the holidays. Here are a few pointers for keeping your pup safe. 1) Don’t let your pup run free in the vehicle (we have read about countless accidents where everyone was fine, except the pup escaped). Secure them for the trip, that way you can all arrive safe.    2) Don’t assume a space is dog proofed, even if the person you are staying with knows you’re traveling with a dog. We recently had a rat poison incident with Marshall because we didn’t carefully police the area before he was allowed to be free. An scary emergency vet visit later, we are now very careful to police any area where our pups may be (including rest stops along the way). 3) Be prepared for pup emergencies – - We now travel with a dog first aid kit – here are directions on making your own.

The Glynne’s Soaps family hopes you and your pets have a wonderful and safe holiday season!

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How To Tuesday – Get off the Naughty List

Each year there are many important days - birthdays  anniversaries, holidays and well, just days we like to remember. In my opinion none is more important than today! Because today is Santa’s List Day! If you’re like me and always tottering on the edge of naughty and nice :) This post is for you!

Today as the BIG GUY works out who has been nice this year, and who will just be getting a big lump of coal in their stocking we have suggestions that could just tip the balance for you.

There are probably an unlimited number of places where you can donate some time or money this season and help those in need.  Here are just a few places where you can bring good cheer to people who don’t have a lot this Christmas. Remember, it’s easy to think about giving and volunteering around Christmas, but most opportunities are also available all year long.

Donate to a local food bank.  Food banks are always in need of food to give out, no matter what time of year.  Around the holiday season, however, they are especially busy.  At FeedingAmerica.org you can find a local food bank that is accepting donations and give the gift of food to the hungry.

Give to an animal rescue group.  Although the holidays are not a good time to adopt a new pet, there are many ways you can help out local shelters and rescue groups.  Many groups are in need of food, blankets or even volunteers to give some snuggles to the animals.  You can find a local animal rescue group here, or you can help out our favorite – Dalmatian Rescue of South West Virginia.

Send a Christmas Card to a service member.  The Red Cross program “Holiday Mail for Heros” will allow you to send holiday cards to not only injured service men and women, but also troops stationed all over the world, veterans and their families.  If you would like to send cards through this program, don’t delay – the deadline is December 7th.

Give a toy to a needy child.  The Toys for Tots program, sponsored by the Marines, is a great program where you can donate toys to children who would otherwise not have anything for Christmas.  Their website allows you to search for a local drop off site or donate money online so they can purchase toys.

I am sure that there are many other volunteer opportunities you can participate in.  Check with your local churches or on VolunteerMatch.org for local groups that need assistance.

Gayle and I feel so very blessed that so many of our friends and family are already wonderful volunteers not just around the holidays but all year long! So, leave us a comment and tell us about your favorite charity.  And we want to just say thank you for EVERYTHING you do! You’re already on the nice list in our book!

 

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How To Tuesday: Fight a Cold the Natural Way

We all know that not wearing a hat in cold weather or going outside with wet hair do not cause colds, however there are things you can do that will decrease your immune systems ability to fight off cold germs.  And right now, after a busy weekend with little sleep, Gayle’s immune system needs some help.  So, while Gayle’s fighting her cold we thought we’d share some cold remedies with you.

  1. SLEEP – This doesn’t mean lay on the couch and watch TV or play with your phone / iPad or computer. Sleep, as in close your eyes and snore! Your body can heal itself, but you must allow it to do just that and sleep is just what the doctor ordered.
  2. DRINK – sorry to break the bad news, but drink water. Your body really needs to flush out the toxins, break down the mucus and those sugary sodas and juices aren’t gonna do a daggon thing to help. So have a few if you must but chug-a-lug some water!
  3. Combat cold symptoms with eucalyptus

    Get Steamy – A hot and steamy bath will help to open and clear congestion.  You can place a few drops of eucalyptus oil into your bath or you can also use Glynne’s Bath Soak in either the Aussie Rainforest (Eucalyptus) or Rejuvenation (Eucalyptus and Peppermint) varieties.

  4. Neti Pot –  It’s most useful to use it before you are majorly clogged up. As a preventative measure, it can be used daily.  It cleans those pipes out! But the salt water can be drying in cold weather, so follow up with a bit of sesame oil or tea tree essential oil in each nostril. Gayle loves her neti pot and swears by it!
  5. Lavender and Tea Tree oils also have antibacterial properties, and Tea Tree oil will help heal dry nasal passages.  You can mix a few drops of each of these oils (add some eucalyptus as well) with a carrier oil such as olive oil or shea butter and use it as a chest rub.
  6. Enjoy some Ginger Tea – Combine a piece of ginger root with water in a pot. Boil, then simmer 10 minutes. Add a touch of raw local honey or lemon and drink.
  7. Eat Chicken Soup – Turns out Grandma was right chicken soup is good for helping to fight colds. So enjoy some delicious chicken soup (it’s best if someone who loves you makes it for you – DON’T discount the TLC factor <grin>)
  8. Avoid Dairy - Dairy creates excess mucus in the body. So don’t drink milk or eat cheese right now.
  9. Wash Your Hands – nothing prevents the spread of germs like hand washing. You should be doing it often anyway, but do it MORE when you’re fighting a cold or have a cold.
  10. Drink some more and sleep some more!

Start these therapies at the first sign of a cold.  You can decrease the severity of your cold and also alleviate the symptoms.

 

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