Friday, December 31, 2010

Genetically Modified Foods Could Cause Long-term Sterility

Interesting interview with Jeffrey Smith, author of bestseller Seeds of Deception.
New research findings coming out of Russia are linking GMO's to long term sterility and bizarre physiological side effects!

When is the US going to wake up and demand healthier food?

Genetically Modified Foods Could Cause Long-term Sterility


Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Hormone meat pulled off shelves | Herald Sun

If only they would do this in the US! At least mark on our meat hormone induced so we know exactly what we are eating. My motto at the grocery store is to look for meat and products that are from companies that take the time and money to tell you that they have no hormones and no genetically modified ingredients. It's sad they have to jump through hoops to do this but it lets the consumer know where they stand. 
So sad the US is so soft when it comes to our food. It's time we stand up and demand healthier choices and pick those healthier choices.
Hormone meat pulled off shelves | Herald Sun

Let me know what you think. Should the US follow Australia's lead? 

Have you seen the future of food?
Amazing documentary on the bullying of little farmers by the big corporations, the control of our food and have you heard of the terminator seed

The only way any of this will change is by the choices we choose to make.
When you are at the grocery store buying groceries think about it. Together we can create change.
Put your money where your goals are. Want healthier food choices support those farmers and companies that stand for what you believe in. Do your research, read your labels. 
Become informed.

Thanks for reading Incredible Creatures At Home And In The Wild. We really appreciate you!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Four reasons to avoid high fructose corn syrup - Yahoo! News

Great article over the controversy of all the high fructose corn syrup in our food! Check it out and let me know where you stand on this issue.
Four reasons to avoid high fructose corn syrup - Yahoo! News

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

May your holiday be filled with laughter, good cheer, abundance and much love!
Remember to share gratitude for everyone and everything in your life.
Thank You for reading our blog, loving the animals of the world and being a steward of the land.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

How To Have A Zen Christmas By Betsy Henry

Life is really simple but we insist on making it complicated.

He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree. 
~Roy L. Smith

One of my preschoolers excitedly told me today that there are 16 days until Christmas.  YIKES!

I admit it.  I’m behind this Christmas.  Some holiday seasons I have everything ready to go by Thanksgiving.  This year, I’m helping my parents move, hosted a fundraiser for my preschool.

How can you make your Christmas more “Zen like”?  How can you let go and be closer to the true meaning of Christmas? For me this means being closer to my family.

There are so many reasons Christmas gets hectic.  One is our high expectations of what we can accomplish.  Another is the feeling you have to see all your family and friends.  You can’t say no to anything.  Another reason Christmas gets crazy is that we worry about what other people will think if we don’t make it to the cookie exchange and we’re not volunteering at the soup kitchen or our Christmas lights aren’t up yet.  There can be huge anxiety associated with Christmas.  Debt can be one of those anxieties.

Take the Christmas season back!
  Make it about your kids and being a kid again!  I decided to research simple Christmas ideas and here’s what I came up with:

1.  Make meaningful presents like a photo album or a framed picture. This year I'm making photo cards for all my family.

2. You don’t have to send a Christmas card.  I didn’t last year.  But if you do, try to get your Christmas card or letter done in November.  I may work on it this weekend. But maybe not!

3. Plan to get some items online like  Amazon has free shipping after you spend $25.  You can send the gift directly to the recipient also saving on time and money.

4. Pick family names out of a hat; don’t buy a present for everyone in the family.  And as young kids get older they can join the adults.

5. Entertain less and go out less.  One night at home eating chili and watching a movie and you’ll be hooked! (We're actually having chili tonight!)

6. Have Christmas traditions.  You don’t need to spend a lot of money.  Our family gets one big gift per person and then does little things for each other.  Baking cookies and reading favorite holiday stories can be some of the best presents.  We have a tradition of always doing the tree together.  We also watch “A Christmas Carol” together every year (The Muppet one!).  We have a family meal together at our favorite Greek restaurant every Dec. 18th.  These traditions are just as important as Christmas Day.

7. Have the kids do their shopping for family members themselves.  We go to the dollar store and 2nd hand shops.  They love the giving as much as the receiving.  It’s very meaningful.

8. Regift! Shop at 2nd hand shops.  I find so many treasures. Spend wisely.  Keep a list of what you’re spending.  You don’t have to spend a lot of money to make someone happy!  They are often just happy you thought of them.

9. Lower expectation of family members.  I have some friends who don’t enjoy Christmas because they’re expected to see all their family.  You can’t be everywhere and please everyone.  If you expect that this year everyone will be different, you should lower your expectations.  Then you won’t be disappointed.

10. Help others.  Every year we pick a family who is having a tough year and leave secret gifts outside their door for the first “12 Days of Christmas”.  The first day is A Partrige in a Pear Tree.  We try to find something that has to do with a pear or a partidge.  Sometimes it's hard but we manage to think of ideas.  The kids love ringing the doorbell and running away.  Also, being an anonymous giver is part of the fun, too.

Here are some wonderful low cost ideas for this Christmas

1.  Plastic stemless wine glasses are inexpensive and look like glass.  I'm giving this with a inexpensive bottle of wine for our preschool exchange.

2. Through blogging I have come across some great books. Here are two I recommend:
Courage & Croissants: 

I loved this book!  Jean and Suzanne leave their hectic San Francisco life and move to the south of France with their young daughter. There, they unplug and search for the joie de vivre missing for so many modern families. It is an act of taking back control of life in small and big ways, reclaiming their creative sides while embracing a change of priorities and pace. Courage and Croissants brings readers along on this journey. A gripping memoir and guidebook!!

Zensational Living: Loaded with sensible advice, Zen-Sational Living is a road-map for making good decisions and being your best. From the basics of Zen, to health (mental and physical), creating a personal space, and everything in between! Whether you're in need of a boost, a change, or are starting on your own road of self-discovery, ZEN-SATIONAL LIVING will guide you on your journey. Your life will change with easy to follow chapters on judgment, focus, compassion, forgiveness, stress, relaxation, and many more.

And don't forget my books!!  :)

3. Apple Photo Albums (or others like Snapfish) If you have a mac computer it's easy to make little professional photo albums with iphoto.  I've made one each year and it's everyone's favorite present!

Good luck and hope you find yourself having a more zen like Christmas.  I'll let you know how mine goes!

Picture credit:

Written By Guest Author Betsy Henry From Zen Mama.
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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Appreciation Jar

We've all been in that place...curling up into a ball, pulling our hair out, wincing in agony...trying to figure out WHAT TO GET for that one person that is so hard to buy for.  This is a special person.  Their gifts to you could be described in some circles as lavish, at least among the people I hang around with.  Yes aren't supposed to be about pricetags and comparing what you got each other.  But, if you are a giver by nature and you live on a budget, you worry anyway.  Is your present just as special as theirs? 
HOLD IT!  I know the answer...and it comes in a tiny little, inexpensive jar.  Now, this will take a little work, but it is worth it.  You'll see.
First, what is the occasion?  It could be a 40th birthday, a 15th anniversary, even one year of dating for the newly in-love couple, marking every honeymoon moment.  Big pressure right?  Solved.  Tell them 40, 15, or 12 (for each month of the year) reasons you love them and package the message up in a bottle.

Here's what you will need:
1-A tiny (yes tiny) glass jar from the dollar store, with a lid.
2-A few pieces of colorful paper.
3-A fine tipped black marker/pen.
4-A piece of ribbon
5-A piece of cardstock to make a small card.
6-Hole punch
7-Glass beads optional
Fold your cardstock into the shape of a small card.  Punch a hold in the corner and slip your ribbon through it.  Then, write a message to your honey or daughter or sister.  Need an idea?
To my husband,
     You have enriched my life beyond words.  Each day I am more grateful for the time we've shared.  Now, as you mark four decades of life in this world...I want to celebrate each year of your life by sharing 40 reasons that I love you.
Now you need to come up with those 40 reasons.  I know that seems like a lot if you've been married for 20 years and you are overplaying sweet at this point.  The thought can be as simple as "I love your beautiful eyes", "I love you for being a great dad" or "I love your grin".  Just make sure the words will fit on the paper square you're about to cut out.  If you've been married for 15 years, come up with 15 reasons.  If you've been dating for a year, mark each month with 12 notes or even 52 reasons for each week, if you're really in full throttle puppy love.
After you cut several squares out of the multi-colored paper, write each of the things you are thankful for on the paper.  You can also buy a heart-shaped punch if you prefer that instead of squares.  Fold the pieces once or twice, just to give the paper some volume in the jar.  My jar is rather large (too large really), so I padded the bottom with glass beads, which I got from the Dollar Store.  Tie the ribbon attached to your card around the top of the jar and throw on the lid. 
Then, be prepared to carve out alone time for this special gift.  Read your card aloud.  Then, pull out each piece of paper one by one to read to your loved one.  Trust will knock their socks off.  It will only cost you a few dollars to make, but the results are priceless.  Your hubby, friend, or parent will say it was the best gift they've ever gotten.  You won't be wincing, wondering if your gift lives up to theirs.  Instead, you'll feel wonderful all night remembering why you love each other so much.
I hope you have great success with your gift and I'd love to hear about your exchange.  You can link to the original post on my blog to share your story by clicking here.  Cheers!

Written By Guest Author: Tammy Palmer (Crafty Cat) from Crafty Life And Style.
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Friday, December 17, 2010

Dog Food Reviews

Do you ever wonder how good your dogs food is?

I do!
Now I know were I can go to check out my dogs food.
Dog Food Reviews! They will be featuring Cat Food reviews soon too. I sure could have used a review on my cat Dexter's food. Little did I know the food I was feeding him was the worst.

Check out Dog Food Reviews and let me know what you think.
Dog Food Reviews

Do you have any good home made recipes you'd like to share?
I'd love to share them on my blog so all our pets can benefit from healthy home made treats!

Thanks for reading, Carol

Earthfire Institute » Preparing for a Five Month Sleep

Check out the pictures of Teton the bear as he makes his bed and prepares for sleep.

Earthfire Institute » Preparing for a Five Month Sleep

Teton is one of the bears at the EarthFire Institute.

About Earthfire Institute

Named after a passionate earth-mother wolf with a fire in her belly to protect anything vulnerable, Earthfire was founded in 2000 to develop a new model of relating to nature through the voices of the rescued wildlife

Man ~ Deer ~ Dog

Aren't they awesome!
It would be so cool
for a wild deer to come
up to you and touch your face!

What a gift!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Pet Stocking Winners And Guest Blogger Announcement!

It's time to pick two winners of my brand new pet stockings!

#5. Sara 

Sara said...

I am new to your blog...So I would have to say this is my favorite! Love those doggie Stockings. Sara - Posh Pooch Designs

#8 Gara

 Garah said...

I really loved the bee article. It's amazing how one little creature can effect the balance of the everything! I also never knew bees could get diseases!

Thanks to everyone who reads my blog and who took the time to look around and leave a comment. I really appreciate all of you!

I've had a wonderful response for Guest Bloggers!
I look forward to sharing the talents from these very talented people. 
Watch for their awesome articles to be posted soon.

1. Bill King
2. Jo Dee Kenney
3. Susan Marek
4. Grace Hodgin
5. Terra Baltosiewich
6. Jamie Oliver
There are a few others in the works. If you would like to be on the list. Email Carol at with your article idea. All articles should coincide with the theme of this blog.

Thanks everyone!
I hope all is well in everyone's world right now. Don't forget to take time for yourself during this crazy time of the year! ~ Carol

Last chance before Christms sale! 20% off holiday items thru Dec 17 with code HAPPYHOLIDAY

Monday, December 6, 2010

Huge Dollar Sale! Top Notch Items For $1.00

Good Monday everyone, I have a huge sale posted on my parenting blog I wanted to share with all of you. One of my favorite publishing companies is having a huge holiday sale!

This sale only lasts through December 11th. So hurry and shop while supplies last!

Dollar Deals! Yep, you heard it right. Dollar Deals!

Here's a few of the items that are just $1.00 
Use for special holiday gifts or stocking stuffer's!
  • Power Thoughts For Teens 50-Card Deck By: Louise Hay
  • The Wise And Witty Stress Solution Kit
  • The Ultimate Astrologer
  • Love Thyself ~ by Dr. Masaru Emoto
  • Words Of Wisdom For Women Who Do To Much - 50 Card Deck (ONLY $1.00!) (Who doesn't know a woman who is always going and doing for everyone else?)
  • Slyvia Browne ~ Father God
  • Carnie Wilson ~ Gut Feelings
  • How To Ruin Your Life ~ Ben Stein
  • Cat Comfort Cards ~ Beautifully illustrated Card Deck With Daily Advice From The Feline World To Their Human Companions!
  • Rainy Day Fun Cards ~ A 25 Card Fun Deck By Parenting Magazine
  • And lot's more. 
This sale is only good through DECEMBER 11TH!

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December is pay it forward month!
Thanks Grace for the great idea! Grace at Blessed Elements picked me to pay it forward to by sharing a recent contest of mine with her friends! I want to continue to pay it forward by having guest bloggers on this blog all month! 

Would you like to write a guest blog post for my blog with all your links and holiday sales?
Articles need to fit the theme of this blog. Email your article to
Watch for it to be posted and announce your guest appearance to your readers.
Namaste everyone! I look forward to hearing from you soon.

To Do List:

  1. Take advantage of the incredible dollar sale.
  2. Email Carol blog post
  3. Have a great week
Written by: Carol Lawrence

P.S. If you write up your blog post, add all you links and then copy it in html format and email that to me it makes it really super simple to post!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Do you know how to make your own custom pet clothing?

It's easy!
Do you have your own Merch Store? Did you know you can set one up for free?
Express your creativity and earn commissions from your sales.
You can link it to your blog and facebook fan page. 

Pet Clothing

Let me know if you have a zazzle store. I'd love to see it!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Support The Aspiring Author In Your Life With A Custom Gift!

Do you have an aspiring author in your life? 
Support their dream with one of our Best Selling Author Coffee/tea cups or Christmas Ornaments.
Pick one of ours or create your own with their picture on it!

Best Selling Author Coffee Cup Coffee Mug from

Monday, November 29, 2010

Winter has arrived early!

Marv stomping around in the snow.

Luna and Spock looking out at the snow.
A friends cabin.


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Fog In The Canyon

Fog In The Canyon
Originally uploaded by Ken Bondy
Isn't this picture phenomenal? I love the fog. So magical and mystical and all the other colors that play off of each other. Very nice! Ken Bondy takes some amazing photos!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Surprise Giveaway! Two Pet Christmas Stockings~Simple Entry.

I have two brand new Christmas pet stockings to giveaway to two lucky readers. 
Simply leave a comment on this post about what's your favorite article on my blog and what you like about that article. Be sure to leave an email address so I will be able to contact you easily. Also if you are not a follower yet I hope you become one. 

Winners will be announced first week in December!

It's starting to look
a lot like
I know it's
not even
but I want
you to have
your stocking

20% off Pet Ornaments with code ORNAMENTS

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Looking For Guest Bloggers.


Do you have a blog or a website that talks about sustainability, healthy eating, teaching kids about being green, pets or nature? Funny animal stories? Do you live on a farm or work at a zoo? 

How would you like to write a guest post for my blog Incredible Creatures At Home And In The Wild?
Five lucky winners will receive a spot for a guest post with several links back to your blog or website.

All guest posts will be posted through the month of December. This is a great opportunity to draw new readers. 

I will share a link to your post at my Intentional Conscious Parenting blog, my twittermoms page and on The Blog Frog!

Leave a comment on this post to let me know who you are, a link to your blog, an email to contact you and what you would like to write about. Please make sure it fits in with my theme.

Good luck! 

I will post the lucky winners no later than Thanksgiving.

Incredible Creatures At Home And In The Wild is available on Kindle!

Give A Gift That Keeps On Giving All Year Long!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Unique Christmas Gift Ideas For The Hard To Buy For Pet Owner.

It's that time of year again. Time to start thinking about what you are going to give your friends and family for the holidays. Do you have friends that have everything. How about giving a personalized pet gift?

Here are a few ideas to get you started!
My good friend Debby over at Faux Paw Productions is an amazing artist.
She makes the coolest cookie/pet treat jars you ever seen. She personalizes them with your pets! Or the pets of who the gift is for. You just email a few pictures to her and she turns them into a work of art.

Other Wonderful Personalized Gift Ideas From Faux Paw Productions:

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Bee Mystery Solved? A possible answer to why they have been dieing off.

Since 2006, billions of bees have flown away from their hives and disappeared. This phenomenon has been called Colony Collapse Disorder. 

Until recently nobody knew why.
Right here in Missoula Montana a team of experts may have figured out the mystery behind the die off of our much needed bee populations. A research team from The University of Montana has identified two problems from studies performed on ground up honey bees from effected hives. 
The possible culprits are a funal pathogen and an unknown honey bee virus.

Who would have thought bees can get viruses and pass them onto other bees.
The bees plight to survive is a great example of how everything is interconnected. 
We need the bees. They pollinate our fruits, vegetables and flowers. They also provide us with a very sustainable food source called honey. Next time a bee fly's in your house accidentally, gently guide it outside and thank it for it's service to humanity. Read more about the latest research in the PLos One Scientific Journal. 

To learn about more ways to help save the bees.
Video on the life cycle of the honey bee.
Awesome links to learn more about saving the honey bees and cute printable coloring bee pages.


Friday, November 12, 2010

When Hormone Creams Expose Others to Risks -

Is your hormone cream exposing risks to your pets and family?

According to a recent article in The New York Times, veterinarians around the country are reporting spayed dogs, cats and even puppies and kittens are suddenly becoming hormonal.

Repeated operations and standard treatments have had no effect on some spayed and neutered animals.

Symptoms in pets:

  • Swollen genitals
  • Bloody discharge
  • Males are showing up with swollen breast tissue
  • Hair loss
  • Typical symptoms of being in heat
  • Finishing a heat and then showing symptoms of going into heat again right away
  • You've recently spayed or neutered your pet and they are showing signs of going into heat
Precautions to take to protect your family & pets:

  • After using a topical hormone cream wash hands thoroughly
  • Let product dry completely before coming in contact with food, people or animals.
  • If applying to arms, cover with a long sleeve shirt or apply to a different area.
  • Do not let your pets lick the cream off your arms.

When Hormone Creams Expose Others to Risks -

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Check out Ash a super cute Pit Bull puppy.

This is Ash!
He belongs to our friends Jared & Maria.
Thanks for sharing such a cute picture with us!
Ash is a little Pit Bull who snores very loudly.

Look into those eyes..........

Friday, November 5, 2010

Inspiration from Farm Aid 25-Help Grow Hope For America

It was inspiring and Amazing, yet sad that so many family farms are being replaced by factory farming. We are loosing our family farms at an alarming rate. 

The unimaginable expansion of factory farms is sadly pushing out family farms by making it increasingly difficult for family farms to stay in business. 

Family Farms:
  • Provide fresh nutritious food.
  • Provide local fresh food.
  • They are more invested in the health of the animal and raise their animals more humanely.
  • More likely to use sustainable farming techniques, protect natural resources and prioritize human health due to their connection with the land and need to provide for the next generations.

Factory Farms:
  • Pollute the land by choosing to use chemicals and pesticides.
  • Raise their animals inhumanely. Some chickens never see the light of day and are so fat from growth hormones their legs break from the weight of their own bodies and lack of exercise. (No fresh bugs for these chickens)
  •  According to Farm Aid, every week 330 farmers leave their land. As a result, there are now nearly five million fewer farms in the U.S. than there were in the 1930's.  Of the two million remaining farms, only 565,000 are family operations.
  • Factory farms are about supply and demand even if our health and nutrition is compromised.
  • Food alerts.
  • Food borne illnesses.
  • Disease spread by inhumane treatment of animals.
  • They are to large to manage responsibly.

Here's are a  few heartfelt quotes from some of the performers of Farm Aid 25.

"Read the labels. You deserve the best. Your children deserve the best! Try to buy something from a family farm, sustainably grown." ~ Neil Young

"Respect Mother Earth and her healing ways, Don't trade away our children's days"
~Neil Young

"If you want a better world, it starts with you." ~ John Mellencamp

"Be a part of the good food movement, let's turn it into a revolution and do what you can. It will make a difference!" ~ Michael Symon

Here's a simple check list of ways you can support family farms
  1. Purchase food directly from your local family farmer or farmers market.
  2. Join a local food co-op if there is one located in your community.
  3. Ask for more local products to be sold at your favorite grocery store.
  4. Shop sustain-ably as much as possible. Think about the packaging and the shipping time it took to bring it to the store. Buy what's in season.
  5. Make your money count. Your dollar matters. It's all about supply and demand. 
  6. Demand more family farmed healthier, sustainable products. 
  7. Read labels. Become informed. 
If you don't have any local family farms you can shop from America's Online Farmer's Market

Don't let yourself be bamboozled. Get the facts!

It's time to make our food a priority. With rising health care costs, out control cancer rates, unbelievable inhumane widespread animal torture and increasing obesity issues we need to demand change. We need to change how we shop. 

Just because an animal has given itself of service to humanity does not give anyone the right to abuse it. Raise them with love and respect. Animals are very intuitive, they know what their purposes are. Praise them for feeding your family. If we want to wipe out animal-human dis-ease, then we need to practice conscious farming. 
There are many farmers already practicing raising their animals with love and respect. Feeding them nutritious food, providing them lots of space outdoors, shelter when needed and putting their health first.  

Many thanks to these farmers. If you are one of them and you happen to read my blog post please share with us who you are and where we can find your products.

The National Animal Identification System (NAIS) is supposed to be a high-tech answer to stopping animal disease.  Even though we need a better way to track sick animals NAIS is not the answer. It will do nothing to eliminate the many practices that cause disease in the first place. Factory farming is the biggest reason we have animal diseases.  Feeding cows to cows does not prevent disease from spreading but encourages poor animal health.  We have to make sure family farmers are not put out of their livelihoods and income due to expensive programs which will put additional costs on family farm producers who are already at their breaking point!

Many thanks to Carlo Porto for such an amazing veggie picture!

Thanks for reading my blog, please share your thoughts about our declining food problem in the US.

Written by: Carol Lawrence