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From Dirty Hair to Olive Oil — Fighting Lice is a Lousy Business
“I mean so many places that I can't even use two hands to itch them.” He suspects he got them from his 2-year-old brother, who may have picked them up at daycare. His own discovery came during class. “I was itching my hair one day and I was having a
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What Is Discipleship?
As some of you may have (hopefully) noticed, I've been a terrible blogger over the last few weeks. Meaning, I haven't blogged a whole lot since mid-summer, not that the content of my few blogs has been terrible, though that's always a live possibility
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Press 'Play'
Rubbernecking at YouTube's mangled heap of traffic wreck and play-by-play accident videos usually leaves a bad taste in my mouth (while also gratifyingly scratching a weird itch). … One doesn't simply pet one's feline overlord whenever the urge strikes.
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Rough Collies used to be a really popular breed. I suppose from the days of ‘Lassie come Home’ but nowadays they are rarely seen.

I met this beauty in Ravello, on the Ligurian coast of Italy.  He’s called Sacha and he’s 3 years old.

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Choosing Hemp for Dog Collars and Leashes

Are you looking for a dog collar or leash that gets softer as it ages? One that’s vegan yet offers the growing softness of leather as you and your dog use the product over time? Then a hemp…

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Twitter Thursday: September 24

DogTipper readers may be familiar with our long-running celebrity rescue news section, which shines a spotlight on animal-loving luminaries who use their star wattage to illuminate the public about…

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4 Tips To Make Bible Time Fun for Kids By Patricia Coldiron

  You want your kids to know and love God, and making Bible time fun gives them something to look forward to. Sharing this family time draws the family closer together with each other and with God. Here are 4 tips to make Bible time fun for kids: Set Aside a Specific Time Select a…

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Sunflower Faith

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Arizona friends — save the date to Walk the Walk! Saturday November 7, 2015, is the Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA’s Walk to Save Animals, the shelter’s biggest annual fundraiser.

Located in Phoenix, AAWL is Arizona’s oldest and largest no-kill shelter, caring for over 4,500 animals each year, and helping to place them in loving homes.

Halo is thrilled to help sponsor the Walk to Save Animals and contribute to the AAWL’s adoption success through the donation of Halo, Purely for Pets food in partnership with


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Testosterone surging in the bucks

White-tail bucks travel in bands all year round, and they get along well.

Until the days start to shorten and the dagger headdresses lose their velvet.

Then “bros before hos” code falls apart.


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Cat Lady Box: are you awesome enough?

When I say “Cat Lady,” what do you picture?


Or this?


The old tropes die hard. And while those types of cat ladies are still out there, I’m sure, those of you who have been paying attention are probably realizing there is a new breed of cat lady out there. The Kate Benjamins and the Dorian Wagners and the Taylor Swifts, the crazy (and cool) cat ladies of the world.

Though Jackson Galaxy may arguably be the most likely spokesperson for “Cat People Don’t Look Like What You Thought They Looked Like,” the trend of Cat Lady receding from the line of perjorative descriptor has been going on for a while. I have to say, and I mean this with the greatest of love, that we Dog Ladies actually have some catching up to do in this department. Exhibit A:


Straddling the razor’s edge between dog lady and cat lady like I do, I was super excited to see a new subscription box service that actually contained stuff I could use. Cat Lady Box, the brainchild of avowed cat lady and action-figure lookalike Dorian Wagner, is pretty darn awesome. Each month, Dorian hand-picks a bunch of unique, small-quantity produced items for cat ladies. Not for the cats, for the women who love them and also love style.


I was so flattered as a t-shirt wearing standard Dog Lady that I was able to review one that I could barely contain myself. And Brody is so used to packages arriving for him he immediately assumed this was all his.


Sensing something was off, he perched behind me to make sure I wasn’t tricking him and this was in fact a box full of dog toys. It wasn’t. A typical Cat Lady Box can contain various items such as jewelry, clothing, decor, and books.


If you have a cat who is as tenacious as my dog, there is an option with Cat Lady box to also get a few items for your cat included, like treats and toys. It’s called, you guess it, the CRAZY Cat Lady Box (wink wink) and it includes things like this adorable fortune cookie toy.


It was around this time that my review went off the rails. For you see, there is a cat lady in the house. Not me. My daughter. You see, I had been buying her clothing with pictures of puppies on it for years and she was always ambivalent and I couldn’t understand why, until she got older and was able to verbalize: KITTY!


She has a cat lunchbox and a cat messenger bag and dressed up as a cat for Halloween. As soon as she figured out what I was reviewing, she came downstairs from where she had been reading with Penelope and claimed this box for her own. I had no choice but to defer, because really, it’s PERFECT.

And she looks darn adorable in that shirt.

For more on Cat Lady Box and to sign up for your own, pop on over to!


disclaimer: I received a Cat Lady Box for free to review, but every reiteration of its kick-assedness is my own genuine opinion.


Pawcurious: With Veterinarian and Author Dr. V

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Latest Mites News

PBL Youth Football mighty mites, juniors improve to 2-0 with win over Iroquois
GILMAN – The Paxton-Buckley-Loda Youth Football mighty mites team won 20-12 Saturday over Iroquois West to improve to a record of 2-0. “(It was a) hard-fought victory,” PBL head coach Dirk Craig said. After the Raiders scored a touchdown in the first …
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The Dust in Your House is Not Just Waste From Mites, Study
The lead author of a new study, Noah Fierer, confides: “I don't want any reader to be paranoid about this. Most of the organisms are completely innocuous and some may be beneficial.” The University of Colorado-Boulder professor of ecology and
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Securing bee populations from climate change and varroa mites gets 0000 boost
A plan to map bee activity and protect South Australian pollination rates from climate change and varroa mites has been given a $ 600,000 boost with the launch of a new program in South Australia. The State Government and the University of Adelaide have …
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Classes + Activities for the Little Ones

Right now Essley is almost smack dab between a year and a half and two years old. She’s definitely not a baby anymore, but she’s still in the early stages of toddler-dom. She’s not old enough for preschool or, as I’ve come to find out through the age requirements listed on the majority of them, most other classes or formal group activities. Although I don’t feel like it’s necessary to schedule an excessive amount of organized activities or lessons so young, I do think that it’s good for her to have the social experience of a ‘disciplined’ (very, very loose use of that term) group activity with other kids her age.  She took swimming lessons this summer, which was truthfully more of a water play group, and she absolutely loved it. And next month, she starts dance (a ballet-ish parent-involved class called ‘Tip Toes and Me’) that explores creative movement, about which she is already thrilled despite the fact that I don’t really think she understands what it actually means. (Daily conversation is as follows. Adult: “Essley, are you excited about dance class?” Essley: “UH HUH!” followed by 30+ seconds of her killer dance moves.)

I’ve been wondering though if these very sporadic activities are enough. Although toddlers her age are only beginning to play in ways that involve interacting with other little ones (vs. parallel play), I think it’s crucial for them to have regular social activities. We have many friends with young children, but the ones who live close have kids who are older or younger, and those with toddlers her age live in the city (we are in the ‘burbs) and we can usually only organize a play date once a month at best. Even if we could schedule more play dates (which are great on so many levels) however, I genuinely feel that the acts of following instructions and learning cooperation that accompany structured group activities like classes are so important. I just wish there were more group activities available for kids her age. I scoured our park district’s fall catalog (which is massive) and literally the only option for a child her age was the dance class. I know she’ll love the class, and as someone who participated in dance lessons myself from a young age through the college years, I’m excited for it too. But it would be nice to have some other options as well. I saw that our local library has story hours for kids her age, and I think we’ll partake in that. I’d love to sign her up for a group music play type class too, but need to do some more digging. Other than that, I’m left wondering if there are other activities I might just be overlooking and/or that my pregnancy brain is just missing all together.

And that brings me to my question for those of you who are parents. What type of group activities or classes do your toddlers most enjoy (or if you have older kids, that they most enjoyed when they were toddlers)? Do any of you have kids in that in-between baby and toddler age like Essley, and if so, what do you have them signed up for this fall? I’d love to hear any suggestions or ideas you might have in the comments!

Image source: ‘Ballet School for Baby Ballerinas,’ circa 1955.


Bubby and Bean ::: Living Creatively

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