Sunday, March 25, 2012

You Dirty Dog!

After many months of planning and recipe tweaking, I'm finally ready to introduce our newest creation:  Dirty Dog Soap!

We've been using it on our own dirty dog, Murdoch.

He LOVES it...see? maybe love isn't exactly the best word, but it makes him smell quite fresh and clean and leaves his coat incredibly soft and fluffy.  He seems to like it a lot once he's out of the bath.

I think there's a trace of a proud smile here.  Perhaps.

Dirty Dog Soap could actually be categorized as a shampoo bar, since it contains natural ingredients like jojoba, coconut and castor oils, which make a wonderfully rich lather and moisturize the hair and skin.  The bar is scented with a pure essential oil blend of peppermint, lemongrass & lavender.  This mixture is fresh and invigorating as well as being severely disliked by bugs and little beasties.  The yellow flecks of color in the bar come from the calendula flower which is often used to heal, soften and sooth dry skin.

I should mention too, that there's absolutely nothing that makes this soap unsuitable for humans.  The ingredients are identical to those found in human shampoo and bath  bars.  The smell is wonderful and the lather sensational.  This is a soap the entire family will love...including the furriest members. 

Saturday, March 24, 2012

How To: Self-Watering Seed Starter Pots

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

How To: Rainbow Chain

This weekend was the Daylight Savings switch, which is always hard, and yesterday was a miserably cold and rainy day here in Seattle.  We're all so anxious for spring and sunshine...and rainbows.  St. Patrick's Day is coming up later this week, so it seems like a good time to attract some leprechauns.

This classic kid project is an easy and fun way to add some rainbows to your day.

Start by cutting strips of colored construction paper and laying them out in piles in the order of the colors of the rainbow.

Pour a little white glue into a small dish so that the tips of the paper strips can be dipped into the glue.  It's easier and much less messy for kids to do it this way than to squirt the glue onto the paper.

Once one tip has been dipped in glue the paper can be wrapped into a link in the chain.  Each color should have two links in a row, so that you can see the rainbow pattern from every angle.

Have Fun!

all photos courtesy of Britt McCombs