6 Ways To Take Better Care of Your Hair and Nails

6 Ways To Take Better Care of Your Hair and Nails

Thank you for supporting the brands that help make Bubby and Bean possible. This post is sponsored by Ionicell for Women, but all opinions are my own.

I talk a lot about things I do to take care of my kids around here, but only occasionally do I mention taking care of myself. And this applies to my real life, outside of the blog, as well. I’d venture to say most moms – and women in general – could say the same thing. We tend to take care of others before ourselves, in all aspects of our lives. We are strong, badass babes, but we usually come in at the bottom of our to do lists.

That said, I’ve been working a lot in 2018 to change this. I’ve posted a few times about different efforts I’m making to remember that I’m important too. The most recent of these efforts has to do with my appearance – specifically my hair and nails. My hair and nails have majorly suffered since becoming a mom a few years ago. My hair changed after becoming pregnant for the first time, and started breaking and falling out more frequently. And taking care of little kids is a surefire way to make sure your nails are consistently broken. I decided it was time to do something to improve the health of my hair and nails, and my skin while I was at it. And it’s been working. More than anything, when I look good, I feel good. I think most of us would agree, so today I thought I’d share the things I’ve been doing, in case you’d like to take better care of your hair, skin, and nails as well.

6 Ways To Take Better Care of Your Hair and Nails

1. Stay moisturized. Keeping both my hair and nails moisturized with a good quality oil (I use argan, but coconut oil works well too, especially on cuticles) seems to make a big difference in how healthy they look. I apply it to both my hands and my hair when they’re damp, which helps with absorption.

2. Eat blueberries. Blueberries are full of antioxidants (more than all other fruits!), which help protect cells against free radical damage – including in hair and nails. I’ve been freezing them, which makes for the most delicious (and convenient) dessert.

6 Ways To Take Better Care of Your Hair and Nails
6 Ways To Take Better Care of Your Hair and Nails

3. Take Ionicell for Women.

This has been the easiest and most effective step I’ve taken to improve the quality of my hair, nails, and skin. For the past few weeks, I’ve been taking this dietary supplement once or twice a day, everyday, after meals. IoniCell for Women by Mineral BioSciences is specially formulated and clinically proven to help our bodies generate collagen, rehydrate cells (for healthier skin!), protect cells, and improve their performance. The capsules are easy to swallow, and absorb quickly, and I’ve really started to see results. My nails are visibly stronger (and the longest they been in years!), which makes sense, since Ionicell for Women specifically helps to strengthen, protect, and nourish nails. Ionicell for Women may also improve hair appearance and luster (for all hair types!), and I believe it – my hair seems to be thicker and shinier, and doesn’t seem to be breaking as easily. My four year old daughter even told me I look like Rapunzel (I’ll take it), and is constantly asking to braid my hair. It also helps stimulate collagen for healthier skin, which is a huge bonus! IoniCell for Women contains something very cool called Ioniplex, which is a fulvic ionic mineral that contains from 65 to 72 essential macro and trace minerals. This combination of fulvic acid and minerals in an ionic form is super powerful, with all sorts of beneficial effects. So in addition to potentially making your hair, nail, and skin look great, it protects against cellular damage (which is a major cause of aging!), provides nutrients to each cell for energy production, enhances nutrient absorption, and helps neutralize free radicals. It genuinely affects changes in appearance at the cellular level, and enhances beauty from deep within. Pretty great, right? If you’re looking to improve the quality and condition of your nails, hair, and skin, I definitely recommend giving it a try.

6 Ways To Take Better Care of Your Hair and Nails

4. Use a nail strengthening polish. Even if my nails are bare and I don’t have time to paint them, I try to keep them covered with a coat of nail strengthener. It only takes a couple of minutes, and it really does seem to help prevent breakage.

5. Eat Greek yogurt. I’m a vegetarian, so I sometimes don’t consume as much protein as I need. Nails are made out of protein, and getting enough will help strengthen them. (It’s good for your hair too!). Greek yogurt is full of protein, and easy to incorporate into your diet. I eat it plain, but also in smoothies, with cereal, and as a sauce (it’s so good on tacos!).

6. Trim regularly. Did anyone else grow up with a parent or grandparent telling you that getting your hair trimmed makes it grow faster? While that’s not technically true, keeping the ends of hair healthy and free from split ends – through regular trims – will help prevent breakage. And I have found the same to be true for my nails. If I trim them occasionally, they tend to break less and therefore grow longer more quickly.

6 Ways To Take Better Care of Your Hair and Nails

As I said earlier, when I look good, I feel good. I also feel emotionally and mentally at my best when I know I’m making the effort to take care of my appearance. And knowing that even simple, easy steps likes these can make a profound difference in the state of my nails and hair motivates me to continue to take care of them – and my whole self, too.

Do you have any tips or tricks for healthy nails and hair? Have any of your tried Ionicell for Women yet?

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One Cat Recovers From Trauma Thanks to a Caring Staff and Halo®

Nannette from The Arizona Animal Welfare League
“We placed a portion of several varieties of Halo wet cat food in her kennel to entice her. Slowly but surely, she leaned over and began eating…”

June is Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month, a time to bring awareness to kitten season when millions of kittens are born and often end up in animal shelters increasing the need for cat adoption and foster care.

Halo encourages adopting through a shelter like The Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA (AAWL &SPCA), where they rescue, rehabilitate and re-home more than 4,000 dogs and cats that are abandoned or that have been surrendered by their owners.

Recently, Director of Shelter Operations for AAWL, Christine Flanagan, shared with us a story about a cat named Nannette. She said:

“Nannette made her way to AAWL after having a feeding tube inserted after ‘not eating’. Our vets quickly determined that she had swallowed something, causing a very serious blockage, which threatened her life. After the surgery to remove the feeding tube and foreign body, Nannette still would not eat. She had been through a lot of trauma. Unfortunately, if she didn’t start eating soon, her body would start shutting down and she could die. After trying several options and Nannette turning her nose up – someone remembered we had Halo wet food for cats in our retail boutique! We placed a portion of several varieties of Halo wet cat food in her kennel to entice her. Slowly but surely, she leaned over and began eating – and not just one flavor, ALL of them. We knew she was finally going to be ok. There was not a dry eye in the clinic as we watched her eat her first meal in weeks – veterinarians, vet techs, animal care staff. In the coming weeks, she grew stronger every day until she was adopted by her new family.”

Nannette from The Arizona Animal Welfare League

Although Nannette has been adopted, there are many adoptable pets at AAWL looking for a forever home. At Halo, we are proud to partner with shelters like AAWL who love and care for so many animals like Nannette. Thank you for making it possible for pets to have a second chance at love and life.

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Facebook Fan Says, “Thank You For Making a Quality Vegan Dog Food”

Bailey loves Halo vegan dog food

“…our pup loves your [vegan] food as much as we love the ingredients.”

Halo® Facebook Fan Alyssa Markille shares with us her experience with Halo Garden of Vegan® dog food recipe. She says:

“Just want to say thank you for making a quality vegan dog food!!! Just discovered this brand from a friend at the pet store and I’m so excited that our pup loves your food as much as we love the ingredients. She’s struggled with food allergies for a long time and it’s nice to have options that are not prescription but that are real foods.” 

Alyssa, thank you so much for sharing your story and we’re happy Bailey loves our vegan dog food

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Friday Funny: Dog Hours

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GIVEAWAY! Win a $200 Gift Card to Butter Clothing

GIVEAWAY! Win a $  200 Gift Card to Butter Bamboo Clothing

Happy Wednesday! Head over to our Instagram for an absolutely incredible giveaway for a $ 200 gift card to one of our favorite new clothing companies, Butter!  (I’m wearing their luxuriously soft, insanely comfortable  Leggings, Bralette, and Butterfly Throw in this photo.) I’m telling you guys, their eco-friendly, handmade, hand-dyed, buttery-soft bamboo garments are truly some of the most delicious articles of clothing in my closet. (Essley said I “feel like a magical cloud” when I wear them and I agree.) Entering is super easy, so make sure you check it out right here.

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What does Non-GMO Actually Mean, Anyway?

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There is much talk these days of non-GMO fruits and vegetables being desirable, but I’ve personally been a bit confused about it. When Halo changed its formulations to ensure there were only non-GMO veggies in their kibble, I wondered what my dogs were getting that I wasn’t!

What I learned was that all the vegetables and fruits in Halo pet food are sourced from farmland that prohibits the use of Genetically Modified Seeds. As part of their commitment to what they call OrigiNative® sourcing, the use of non-GMO ingredients means avoiding the vicious cycle of repeatedly tilling the soil to add chemical fertilizers and herbicides. By choosing non-GMO plants, it allows the land to function naturally, as it has over centuries.

Halo has a FAQ section of their website that explains non-GMO as well as many other of their commitments to the sourcing of their ingredients. In addition, they have information on their “What’s in Your Bowl? page.

For my own diet, I actually find it near-impossible to be certain that my own fruits and veggies are non-GMO, so it’s a good feeling to know that at least Maisie and Wanda are helping the planet with their Halo meals!

Tracie HotchnerTracie Hotchner is a nationally acclaimed pet wellness advocate, who wrote THE DOG BIBLE: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know and THE CAT BIBLE: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know. She is recognized as the premiere voice for pets and their people on pet talk radio. She continues to produce and host her own Gracie® Award winning NPR show DOG TALK®  (and Kitties, Too!) from Peconic Public Broadcasting in the Hamptons after 9 consecutive years and over 500 shows. She produced and hosted her own live, call-in show CAT CHAT® on the Martha Stewart channel of Sirius/XM for over 7 years until the channel was canceled, when Tracie created her own Radio Pet Lady Network where she produces and co-hosts CAT CHAT® along with 10 other pet talk radio podcasts with top veterinarians and pet experts.

Dog Film Festival - Tracie HotchnerTracie also is the Founder and Director of the annual NY Dog Film Festival, a philanthropic celebration of the love between dogs and their people. Short canine-themed documentary, animated and narrative films from around the world create a shared audience experience that inspires, educates and entertains. With a New York City premiere every October, the Festival then travels around the country, partnering in each location with an outstanding animal welfare organization that brings adoptable dogs to the theater and receives half the proceeds of the ticket sales. Halo was a Founding Sponsor in 2015 and donated 10,000 meals to the beneficiary shelters in every destination around the country in 2016.

Tracie lives in Bennington, Vermont – where the Radio Pet Lady Network studio is based – and where her 12 acres are well-used by her 2-girl pack of lovely, lively rescued Weimaraners, Maisie and Wanda.

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Who Won #PlushPawsPremium Prizes?

This afternoon, we had so much fun hosting the #PlushPawsPremium Twitter party, sponsored by Plush Paws Products! We loved seeing everyone’s dog travel photos and hearing about your summer fun…



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A Look at the #PlushPawsPremium Prizes!

The countdown is on to Friday’s #PlushPawsPremium Twitter party, scheduled for 3pm ET (2pm CT, 1pm MT, noon PT) on Friday afternoon! We’ll be sharing a lot more about each product…



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Paying Tribute to My Love, For Father’s Day

Thank you Lids for sponsoring this post. While this was a sponsored opportunity from Lids, all opinions expressed here are my own.

The kids and I make our fair share of appearances here, but you don’t see a whole lot of my husband/their dad, Robbie. Robbie is admittedly not really the “hey look at me!” social media type, and would rather do just about anything than take Instagram selfies or overshare on the internet. But he is often here behind the scenes, taking any photographs that include me in them, working tirelessly on the home projects I share here, and, most importantly, taking care of Essley and Emmett on his own when he’s off the road (often from very early in the morning until bedtime) while I work. With Father’s Day approaching, I thought it was time for me to pay tribute to him here, gush for a minute about what an incredible father he is, and share the special early Father’s Day gift we gave him to thank him for everything he does for our family.

As my regular readers know, our family has unique circumstances in terms of everyday life. Where most typical families have a parent or parents who work during the week but are home nights and weekends, we often spend the majority of each week (and most weekends) apart. Robbie works in the music industry, and his job stage managing a band keeps him on the road about half the year. I couldn’t ask for a better example for my children in terms of someone who works hard, is great at his job, and lives his dream as a result of pursuing a career that is creatively fulfilling for him. But it’s not always an easy life for the kids, for me, or for him – especially for him. Robbie has to sacrifice a great deal in terms of things that most families might take for granted. He had to go on tour when both children were less than two weeks old, and he missed a lot of “firsts” and milestones for both of them. He sometimes misses holidays and their birthdays, and often has to miss events at school and for their activities. And as I mentioned above, when he is home, he is on full time kids duty while I work long hours to make up for the times I could only work part time while he was away. I get a lot of support from friends and family who acknowledge that I am often single parenting, but the truth is, Robbie is also often single parenting when he is off the road. Sometimes he will work a show until 2 or 3 in the morning, hop on a plane at 6 AM, land at 8 or 9 AM, and I will start working the minute he walks in the door. He drops his bags, chugs a cold brew and steps right into parenting a 2 and 4 year old, on a couple hours of sleep following a 14 hour work day. It’s also very rare that we are able to do things together as a family because one of us is either extreme parenting or extreme working, as we like to jokingly label it.

That said, Robbie never complains; instead he demonstrates what it means to be a positive, grateful, proactive parent. He expresses sadness over missing us when he is gone and over not being able to be present for some of the important parts of the kids’ lives, but he does not complain about the long hours he cares for the kids by himself, or about the exhaustion he often feels, or about not being able to do much outside of work or parenting. And even when he’s tired and overworked, he never just goes through the motions of being a parent. When the kids were newborns, he would sometimes spend all night rocking them in a chair so I could get sleep. When our son Emmett was diagnosed with a serious form of epilepsy as a baby and we had to spend time in the hospital, followed by months of dealing with severe side effects from Emmett’s medication, Robbie took turns with me once again holding him through the night and catering to him all day long, all while making sure our daughter Essley received equal attention. Through it all, he kept a smile on his face.

Robbie pours all of himself into being a dad, and happily. He dresses up in princess crowns with Essley, watches the same animated musical movies with her over again and again, has endless tea parties with her, creates sidewalk chalk murals with her, and practices her dance routines with her every single day. He does the same puzzle over, and over, and over with Emmett, plays “race” with him on no sleep, and sings and dances to Emmett’s favorite song, “Baby Shark,” on repeat. He gets up early and makes special pancakes in the shapes of all of the kids’ favorite animals. He takes Essley to soccer and gymnastics on the often only two days a week he is home, and cheers her on while simultaneously chasing Emmett throughout the facilities. He makes us delicious dinners almost every night he’s not on the road, and lets the kids help him cook, even when it means doubling the prep time (and the mess). He works tirelessly on projects around the house, and lets the kids “help” with those too. I could go on and on you guys, truly. I feel incredibly lucky that Robbie is the person to help me raise Essley and Emmett. I am very grateful.

Because of everything Robbie does for our family, and what a wonderful father he is to our kids, we decided we would give him a special Father’s Day gift early this year. This was actually Essley’s idea. Her reasoning was this: “If we give daddy a gift before Father’s Day, he’ll be surprised. And surprises make everything better.” Smart cookie right there!

Aside from family, there are two things Robbie loves most in the world, and anyone who knows him could instantly tell you what these two things are: music and baseball. Because he works in the music industry, and is fortunate to have access to lots of hook-ups in terms of music gear, albums, concert tickets, etc., I knew getting him a music-inspired gift would be hard. But getting him a baseball-inspired gift would not only be easy, it would be incredibly appreciated. Robbie grew up in St. Louis and is a huge (like, massive) St. Louis Cardinals fan. I knew that Lids carries everything we could ever want in terms of MLB gear, and that Robbie had been dreaming about a jersey for a while, so it was a no brainer for us to do a little bit of secret shopping on the Lids’ website. I was in awe at how many truly awesome Father’s Day gift ideas they have! From apparel and hats to outdoor gear to watches to tech and more, they have pretty much anything a sports-loving dad would appreciate. It was tough to narrow down what to get Robbie, but we settled on this St. Louis Cardinals New Era MLB 59FIFTY Cap in red, and this St. Louis Cardinals Yadier Molina Majestic MLB Men’s PlayerJersey in grey. I’m not sure who was more excited for the items to arrive – my 4 year old daughter or me.

Robbie has a couple weeks off between tours right now, and on the day he got home, we decided to give him his special early Father’s Day presents. Essley sat Robbie down and proceeded to perform a dance she choreographed for him while Emmett ran in circles belting out a song he’d written about baseball (imagine the words “basebaaaaalll” being loudly screamed over and over, with love), and then presented him with his gifts, which she had expertly enclosed in shark gift bag. I wish you guys could have seen Robbie’s face light up when he saw what we’d gotten him. After hugging the kids and me repeatedly, he put on the jersey and the hat, with a big ol’ grin. It felt pretty great to see him so excited over a gift from us, and to know we’d gotten him something we knew he’d truly cherish. He thanked us over and over, and told us that every time he wore the jersey and baseball cap – here and on the road – he would think about how much he loved us. You can’t get better than that.

If you have a special dad in your life and want to give him a gift he’ll truly love this Father’s Day, check out these awesome gift ideas from Lids. In addition to hats, jerseys, and countless other sports based items they offer, they also have the coolest Custom Zone where you can design the perfect hat, and a great loyalty program called Access Pass, where you can earn points toward rewards and more. They also have an amazing special going on right now: 30% off orders of $ 40+ from June 7th through June 9th. Woohoo!

Okay, your turn! Tell me your favorite thing about a dad in your life, or why they deserve a special gift this Father’s Day. I’d love to know!

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How to Take a Last-Minute Trip with Your Dog

This week, an 11pm call from a South Texas nursing home where several of John’s elderly relatives reside meant an 8am trip the next day–with both Tiki and Barli. We like to spend the…



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