Whether it's a dog, cat, horse or a deer out in the wild. Animals are special to us. They provide unconditonal love, bring joy into our hearts and make the world a brighter place. This is a place where I share my thoughts on sustainability, healthy eating, raising food with a conscious, nature, animals, pets, book reviews and more. Stick around and be sure to leave a comment about what you think!
Look who's an assistant editor. Second row from the bottom. Fourth picture in!
Stacy (to the right of my pic) and I are very excited to share our news with you and invite you to come on over and visit All Things Healing ~ An online community for body, mind, soul and planet. We are assistant editors for the parenting and family community.
This website has an abundance of information for everything related to healing.
Be sure to stop by the animal and pets community for great articles on "What's in your pet's commercial dog food", "The debate over using animals in medical research", "Pet bad breath" and much more.
~ Carol Lawrence
Rats are curious and entertaining. They love to explore and play.
How do i keep my rats happy? I give them empty small boxes, kleenex boxes and paper towel rolls. When they get all chewed up or stinky and nasty. And they will because no matter how much you bathe your rats or clean their cage they are little stinkers. I clean my rats cage daily to avoid a buildup of urine on the platforms and keep the smell to a tolerable level.
Here's our two lovely Pit Bulls. They are the sweetest dogs on the block.
They are short haired and find Montana winters a bit chilly and always request a blanket and a pillow when they are cold. Yes, they request them. I know they are spoiled. We've actually taught Goldie to go and get her own pillow off the couch now when she wants it instead of playing the mind trick game trying to convince whomever is available to give her a pillow. Now if only they had a fireplace, they would be set.
Do you take extra precautions to keep your pets safe during the holidays?
Here's a few of my own personal tips.
1. Keep your favorite chocolates and sweets out of reach of your pet. Real chocolate is toxic to animals. Even foods such as onions, raisins and grapes can cause a severe reaction to pets. 2. Do not be tempted to feed your pets all your extra holidays scraps. Unless of course they are very healthy scraps and safe for your animals to eat. 3. Preserve their pride. Don't dress them up like Santa or Reindeer's. You'll embarrass them in front of their friends. 4. Plants such as Mistletoe, Holly and Lilies are toxic for your pet. Keep them out of nibbling reach. 5. When leaving the house. Turn off those x-mas lights, blow out the candles and look around for any other potential hazards.
"Why Mom, Why?"
Here's a few great articles that go more in-depth on keeping your pets safe. Enjoy!
There's a tradition in our house. We all gather together on Sunday's and hoot and holler for our favorite team the Green Bay Packers.
We've always liked the same team. Both our sons grew up watching the Packers play. Home cooked stew, baked bread and Aaron Rodgers. What more could you ask for? Ok let's add Clay Mathews to the party too! :)
The Legend Of The Wolves of Gunflint Lake is a delightful story that shares the powerful message about the importance of valuing your community, animals and nature.
"Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world." ~ Desmond Tutu
"So it was true with the people who lived a long, long time ago on Gunflint Lake. They were people of the land who cared for one another. Each person in the tribe valued and honored and knew their importance for the success of the community. From the chief, to the littlest baby, they instinctually knew that each was a thread in the web of life." ~ Lisa Sellman
Lisa Sellman takes children on a journey through the eyes of the native american elder storytellers who show the importance of passing down the torch from generation to generation by carrying on the powerful message of the harmonious lessons and connections between nature and man.
Lisa Sellman brilliantly includes life lessons from the heart that teaches the value and respect for all. Whether it be human, nature or animals. She shows how everything is intertwined and has it's own divine purpose. We love how Lisa chose to use the wolf character as the source to guide the children and teach them the wisdom of the universe and encourages them not to forget the ways of gratitude.
The illustrations by Chris Kraetz pulls off a believable portrayal of living life at Gunflint Lake amongst the wolves.
Review by: Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten
Win a copy of The Legend of the Wolves of Gunflint Lake.
Do you have a friend that loves animals and seems to have everything?
Well here you go. Here's my list of ideas for the hard to buy for pet lover.
Debby Carman over at Faux Paw Productions makes one-of-a kind custom pet products. Hand crafted personalized gifts. I love my biscuit jar. It has one-of-a kind paintings of all my special pets all the way around it. The trees on top represent our forest home and the spirals express gratitude for life. The only one in the world. I'll cherish it forever and pass it on when I leave.
You can see Ghost on this side of my jar.
Do you have a friend with multiple cats or a fancy house?
Make their day. Get them a real flushing cat box.
Help your friends be prepared in case of a pet emergency.
Lid doubles as water bowl
Human grade products
Kit contains 45 items
A new kitty on the block? This will entertain him or her for hours.
What are your special holiday gift ideas for the hard to buy for pet owner? Please comment and share your ideas or a link to your blog post.
If you are like Randy and I, you like to give gifts that keep on giving.
One of our favorite gifts to give are books. Books can teach children and adults lessons in life, how to read, connectedness and feed the soul. They can be read and passed on or reread several times.
This holiday season we are going to be sharing some really great holiday gift ideas for adults and children. We would also love to hear about your gifts ideas. Feel free to leave your idea and link in a comment.
The Howard B. Wigglebottom series is jam packed full of fun and enjoyable illustrations, exciting adventures, heartfelt lessons and so much more.
Join Stacy and I for a live interactive chat with Howard Binkow Tuesday November 15th in our parenting Blogfrog community.
The one thing most all pet people, that is people with pets seem to share is the calm we feel when its just us and our friends. Alone, quiet time with a pet is a perfect way to slow down and be calm and it also makes your pet feel good too...Whats your alone time with your pet like?
They say dogs are mans best friend, but for anyone who's owned a cat, a rat, a horse, a snake, or a bird, or any variety of the vast numbers of animals to choose from don't we find that all of them become our best friends? And don't you think it's because animals love us freely? They lack the human trait....judgement. Without it they love who loves them. I suppose my point is all animals are our best friends if we let them.
We lovingly said good-bye to our beautiful Ghost over the weekend.
Ghost was a Great Pyrenees. She was a high spirited energetic dog.
Ghost had a lot of hair. We vacuumed daily for the last 8 years. I honestly could do a commercial for Kirby. I don't think any other vacuum on the planet could have held up to Ghost's hair and all the vacuuming we've done. :)
Almost everyone who met Ghost felt like they had experienced a past life with her. They connected with her deep inner spirit and passion for life and food!
Ghost had her own unique style. She loved to bark, chew on bones, roll around in the house and wrestle with Marv and Goldie. She was their adopted mama dog since they were tiny puppies. She was tough enough to handle all their hair pulling, wresting, lunging, jumping punishment. She loved it. Finally something had come along that could play at her level.
She had the brightest eyes and the biggest eye lashes!
She was always around to lend a helping paw or bark with you while you worked on a project. She had to inspect everything. Daily she would make the same walk around the yard. She walked the outer perimeter to make sure everything was secure and safe. Strangers would knock at the door and cringe at the site of Marv our very sweet Pit Bull mix. Little did they know Marv would lovingly lick you to pieces but Ghost would inspect you and feel if you were suitable to be coming in to the house.
We are going to miss our beautiful Ghost, but maybe there's a reason she was aptly named Ghost? Maybe she'll stick around with us a little longer. You can still hear her barking or scratching on the door to come in.
Thank you beautiful Ghost for your unconditional love and loyalty!
Houdini's wearing a wig! No not really. He's hiding in Josh's hair.
We recently bought a rat to feed to our snake. I know, not a pretty thought. I usually hand this job over to my husband and he takes care of the details. Well this time around we dropped the rat into the cage and our snake crawled right up to Houdini and bumped him with her head, twice in a row. She wanted nothing to do with eating him. After two weeks of watching the rat and the snake hang out together in our snakes large cage we decided to name the rat Houdini and give him a home.
Now you can see why our son Josh named him Houdini.
It's been a long time since i've owned a rat for a pet. Your tips are much appreciated.
Make sure your tub is clean. Do not use any harsh chemicals to clean your tub.
Rinse tub well before filling with warm water. Remove shampoos, soaps, scrubbies, anything your snake is going to knock down and try and crawl around.
Place snake in the tub and let soak 5-10 minutes making sure your environment is warm and not to cold. Snakes need supervision, they are crafty little buggers and will escape the tub.
Take your snake out and dry off with a warm towel. Your snake might even want to curl up in the towel and watch a little tv with you.
Do you remember the Crocodile Hunter? I watched Steve Irwin's show with amazement and enthusiasm.
Our whole family would be in awe at the way he handled the crocodiles with little fear and much respect. At one point in time we even adopted an animal virtually from Terri and Steve's Australia Zoo. Like many others I felt a heavy heart when I heard of Steve's death. I followed along with the rest of the world in mourning and watched Terri persevere keeping Steve's dream alive. The kids have grown and wow what amazing kids they are.
Much gratitude for the legacy Steve left behind.
I haven't thought about Steve Irwin or his zoo in a long time. Tonight when I was thinking about writing a blog post he popped into my head. Little did I know Steve's place is still in jeopardy. I remember signing the petition a few years ago. I wondered what was going on with the wildlife preserve so I asked on Facebook for an update. Here's the timely response I received.
Hi Carol, Thanks for your enquiry. This is a complicated and long drawn out process.
The Wenlock River was declared a Wild River under the Wild Rivers Act in June 2010. But the state and federal governments are still debating the Wild Rivers Act which directly affects the ability/inability to legally strip mine on the Wenlock River. Most notibly, the LNP (Tony Abbott) tried to introduce an anti-Wild Rivers Bill that would undo critical environmental laws protecting Queensland’s pristine Wild Rivers including parts of the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve.
Our petition is a growing and constant reminder to politicians that Australians want the Wild Rivers Act. So we will keep it going until the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve is proctected forever.
Children's Spirit Animal Cards By: Dr. Steven Farmer with Jesseca Camacho
Do you have card decks you love to pick cards from? We have angel cards, faerie cards, animal cards, law of attraction cards and more. When ever guests come over they head over to pick their cards of choice.
Here's a look at some of our card decks.
Pamela Anzalotti has captured each animal in it's fullest beauty through her brilliant and vivid illustrations.
Each card has a special message for your child. You can hand your child the deck and let your child intuitively draw a card. Every card features an animal with a special message. Wolf's message "You are safe and protected", Beaver's message "Do your chores", Horse's message "Trust your feelings" and Bear says "Stand up for yourself." These are just a few on the encouraging animal messages.
These cards come with a guidebook. When your child picks a card, you can look up the animal in the guidebook for a more in depth definition of it's meaning. Also included are life skill activities to reinforce each animals powerful message. These cards offer advice and suggestions to help you deal with the different problems and concerns your child might encounter while growing up.
As a Social Media Manager/Marketer I get asked a lot, "what's my favorite platform for updating my own accounts and my clients social media sites."
There are many resources available online but one of my favorites is Hootsuite. Make it easy on yourself. Post regularly to your Facebook profile page, Facebook Fan Page and to your LinkedIn account all from one location. The separate streams make it real easy to track what's going on.
Hootsuite is free to use unless you choose their upgrade package. The upgrade is very affordable and very handy if you have multiple clients or sites to manage. It doesn't matter if you are a professional in the social media field or a part-time blogger who has a Facebook page. Hootsuite can make your life easier and help you extend your reach into the blogosphere. You can schedule your Tweets and Facebook status updates ahead of time making your social media life more manageable.
Here's a few tips and tricks of the trade.
1. Set your Facebook Fan Page updates to post automatically to your Twitter account. 2. Use RSS Grafitti set up your blog posts to post directly to your Facebook Fan Page.
Stay tuned for more social media tips and tools.
Do you already use Hootsuite? I'd love to hear your thoughts about it and your social media tips and tricks.
This was forwarded to me in an email and I just had to share this story with all of you. Enjoy.
She is not just pretty, she is beautiful and precious and a wonder.
Her eyes are beautiful. Most babies measuring 5 ft would be considered big, but newborn giraffe, Margaret, at Chester Zoo , U.K. , is seen as unusually small for her species. She is one of the smallest giraffes ever born at Chester Zoo but pint-sized Margaret will soon be an animal to look up to [5ft Tall at birth and she's considered 'little', THAT is amazing!]
Little Margaret, who is the first female Rothschild giraffe born at the zoo, is being hand-reared by her dedicated keepers. The first calf for six-year-old mum Fay, Margaret, who was born two weeks early, tipped the scales at just 34 kilos (75 lbs) and is a mere 5 ft tall.
Tim Rowlands team leader of the Giraffes section, said: 'Margaret is one of the smallest giraffe calves we have ever seen. Fay isn't the largest of giraffes and Margaret was also early which might go some way to explaining her size. Margaret was having difficulty suckling, so our keeper team are now hand-rearing her'.
Btw: those eyes of hers are only slightly smaller than a baseball!
A family that lives on the outskirts of Missoula , Montanadecided to build a sturdy, colorful playground for their 3- and 4-year-old sons. They lined the bottom with smooth-stone gravel all around to avoid knee scrapes and other injuries.
They finished building it one Friday evening and were very pleased with the end product. The following morning, the mom was about to wake the boys up and have them go out to play in their new play center.. This is what she saw from the upstairs window.