The Best DIY All Natural Dog Shampoo Recipe for Your Dog

DIY All Natural Dog Shampoo Recipe

My dogs are like my children. So when they need bathing, I go for all natural, non-toxic ingredients, like you’ll find in this DIY All Natural Dog Shampoo Recipe.

If you are a dog owner, then you know every dog needs to be bathed at times. Even dogs that don’t shed.

Oddly enough, my dogs tend to need bathing in the winter more than they do the summer. The snow leaves my backyard, the streets, and our hiking trails muddy.

I swear my dogs are just like toddlers – completely attracted to the mud!

When making a DIY All Natural Dog Shampoo, you want to pay attention to your dog’s skin’s pH balance.

The main ingredient in this shampoo is Castile soap (This is the unscented Castile soap I use.) Castile soap has a high pH balance of around an 8. Since most dogs have a skin pH balance of between 6 and 8.5, the high pH balance is suited for their skin.

The Castile soap is then combined with a few drops of dog safe essential oils. Please make sure you only use the specified amount of drops keeping in mind a dog’s sense of smell is 40 times more powerful than a humans.

You will need following essential oils:

Lavender essential oil – soothing to your dogs nervous system.

Peppermint essential oil – both anti-inflammatory and antiseptic.

Eucalyptus essential oil – this ingredient is good as a flea repellant.

Rosemary essential oil – this ingredient is also a good flea repellant and it gives your dog’s coat a healthy shine.

If you haven’t already, you may want to check out how I get my essential oils for a discount online.


Natural Dog Shampoo Recipe


  • 1 1/2 cups purified water
  • 1 tablespoon Castile soap
  • 2 drops lavender oil
  • 2 drops peppermint oil
  • 2 drops eucalyptus oil
  • 2 drops rosemary oil


  1. Mix all ingredients in a bottle.
  2. Shake bottle vigorously before using.
  3. Use enough shampoo to lather your dog well.
  4. Rinse thoroughly.

How to Bathe Your Dog at Home

To Bathe Your Dog At Home:

Make sure you wash them in a warm room.

Give them a good wet down using body temperature water.

Lather only once and avoid the face and ears.

Blow dryers can dry out your dog’s skin. Have several large towels ready and towel your dog dry as much as they will let you.

Do you tackle bathing your dog at home?

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Homemade Dog Pill Pockets

Homemade Dog Pill Pockets made with just 5 ingredients. No baking required.

Copper is our 12 year old Vizsla, and he is our true fur baby. We adopted him from a rescue organization when he was 2 and to be perfectly honest, he’s run our household ever since. (Can you say spoiled????)

About 6 months ago he went to get up out of his dog bed and couldn’t. It was like his entire rear end wouldn’t work. My heart broke into pieces.

At the vet’s office they did x-rays that revealed painful inflammation from arthritis. They prescribed a capsule pill twice a day.

Copper HATES these pills.

This is quite unusual because Copper eats everything.

The only way we could get him to take the pill was to purchase pill pockets and tuck his pills into them.

Then he learned to eat the pill pockets and spit out the pill.


So I took to the Internet and did some research on homemade dog treats. Most treats I found were baked and hard and would not work to tuck a treat into.

I needed to find a soft treat but I also wanted to integrate some ingredients I knew would benefit his joints and his dandruffy butt.

Homemade dog pill pockets made with coconut oil
Be prepared to have an audience while you make these homemade dog pill pockets.

This recipe has vet approved ingredients including beef gelatin for his joints (This is the beef gelatin I order) and coconut oil for his coat. (This is the coconut oil I order).  If you have a natural grocery store nearby, you should be able to pick up these ingredients there.

To make oat flour, simply grind oatmeal in your blender.  It’s that easy.

To make sure these aren’t full of sodium, try making your own organic chicken stock.

These homemade pill pockets don’t require any baking, so I can easily whip up a batch in minutes.

Since they are perishable, I put a week’s worth into the refrigerator and freeze the rest. Line your pill pockets on a wax paper lined baking sheet. Freeze them for about an hour before transferring them to a freezer safe container.

Be sure to label your pill pockets before putting them in the fridge so no one mistakes them for energy balls.

Homemade Dog Pill Pockets with Coconut Oil

Homemade Dog Pill Pockets with Coconut Oil


  • 3/4 cup oat flour
  • 1/4 cup gelatin powder
  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock


  1. Mix all ingredients until well blended.
  2. With wet hands, roll dough into small balls. Line up on a wax paper lined baking sheet. Use a chopstick to poke a hole into the center of each ball big enough to hold a pill.
  3. Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator. Balls can also be frozen.

Copper loves these homemade dog pill pockets. I can make them large enough to completely tuck a treat into, which keeps him from spitting them out. Every batch I also make just a few small balls to give to our other dog, Nina. No one likes getting left out when it comes to treats.

homemade dog pill pockets

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Stitch Fix Review: Can Stitch Fix Be Eco Friendly?

Stitch Fix Review

Have you heard of the service Stitch Fix?

It’s a personal shopping site.

You fill out a style profile, provide them with your sizes, and if you have one, a link to your Pinterest Style board. (Here’s my Pinterest Style Board if you care to look).

Once you’ve completed that information, Stitch Fix “will handpick a selection of five clothing items and accessories unique to your taste, budget and lifestyle. You can buy what you like and return the rest!”

So fun, right????

I’ve always wanted a personal stylist!

But I had a special request. What I wanted to know is: Could Stitch Fix be a source of eco friendly clothing?

Here’s what I wrote in my style profile:

“I look for eco friendly, sustainable and organic clothing. Your company indicated I could get clothing that is made from any of the following: organic cotton, silk, cashmere, linen, wool, or rayon. Please make sure my box has these elements!”

Here’s a video of what they sent me:

As you saw, they sort of sent me clothing that fit my eco friendly requests.

So how did I like what I received?

Skye Dreamcatcher Pendant Necklace $28.00 Thoughts: Nope. Not me.

Sada Eyelet Detail Knit Top $54.00

Stitch Fix Review

Thoughts: Not awful. Not what I expected. Said Bohemian to me. I really like classic. Cotton but not organic cotton, so not eco friendly. Gonna send it back.

Peidmont Embroidery Top $54.00

Piedmont Embroidery Top

Thoughts: I was so excited to try this one on! I took a close up of the detail. It really is a striking top. However, I wanted it to be a bit longer. I’m 5’9″ so I am on the tall end for some manufacturers. I felt this to be true here.

My girls really want me to keep this top. What do you think?

Ava Floral Print Silk Blouse $88.00

Ava Silk Blouse

Thoughts: I would have walked by this shirt in the store. But I loved it. It fits awesome. I love how long the back is. Silk is so lightweight. I’m not against wearing it several times in between dry cleaning.

Ruxi Distressed Boyfriend Jeans $98.00

Ruxin Jeans Back

What? Are you telling me you don’t look at your jeans from the back???

Thoughts: The denim is like butter. Soooo soft! But the rise is pretty darn low. If I have pants that are too low, I feel like the men you see with the big beer belly where you wonder “How do their pants stay on?” Here’s a helpful hint: they don’t. You have to keep hiking them up. These were hikers. Bummer because they were really comfy.

Although I feel like most of the items in this box were a total miss (too bohemian, not enough classic basics), I’m requesting another box!

This box was like a first date. I’m intrigued enough to go on a second one.

Want to take your own first date? Head over to Stitch Fix and set up your style profile!

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Graduation Gift Ideas for High School Girl

Graduation Gift Ideas for High School Girls
In just a few short days I’ll have a high school graduate!

With graduation just around the corner, I’ve been trying to come up with graduation gift ideas for high school girls.

My daughter has been invited to sooooo many parties. Some of the parties are for friends she has had since kindergarten. Others are for friends she sees in her classes but maybe not outside of school.

Anywho, I’ve come up with gifts for all the girls. Some I’ve spent more money on than others – dependent upon her relationship with them.

First, I headed over to the Vera Bradley sale. I was able to find luggage tags and zip ID cases for just $5.88 each!

For her closest friends, we picked out the zip ID cases.

Then, I folded together a $20, a $10, and a $5 to form a 2015.

class of 2015

Next, I put them in the view window of the zip case with a small piece of paper with a handwritten “Class Of” like so:

high school girl graduation gift idea

While I love the Class of 2015 idea, for a less expensive alternative, I’m also using gift cards.

graduation gift idea

For the least expensive idea of all, and for those girls she is friends with, but not close friends, I picked up a selection of luggage tags.

I included a handwritten “Oh the Places You’ll Go” note.

Gift Idea Luggage Tag

At just $5.88 for the luggage tag, this was an affordable way to recognize those sweet girls while still maintaining some sort of budget!

Hopefully you can find an idea for a graduation gift for the graduate in your life!

graduation gift ideas for girls

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DIY: How to Fold a Napkin Into a Heart the Easy Way

DIY Fold a Napkin into a Heart

Here’s a fun way to celebrate Valentine’s Day! Learn how to fold a napkin into a heart!

Folding napkins into festive shapes is a fun way to set the table. You can add flair to your table with a minimum amount of effort.

This project is so easy to do, you can enlist the kid’s help. In fact, any kid into craft projects will love to learn how to do this.

The napkin I used measures 18 inches by 18 inches.

Step 1 Fold a Napkin into a Heart

In Step 1 you’ll start with your napkin folded in half.

Step 2 How to Fold a Napkin into a Heart

In Step 2 you fold your napkin in half a second time to make a long rectangle.

Step 3 Fold a Napkin into a Heart

In Step 3 you find the center of the napkin with your finger, and grab one side and bring it upwards to fold.

Step 4 Fold a Napkin into a Heart

In Step 4 you bring the second side up to meet the first side.

Step 5 Fold a Napkin into a Heart

Step 5 is perhaps the trickiest folding. You simply tuck the corners under until you’ve created a heart shape.

Step 6 How to Fold a Napkin Into a Heart

Ta-Da! You did it! Your napkin is now folded into the shape of a heart.

Table Set with Napkins Folded into a Heart

How will you and your family celebrate Valentine’s Day?

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How Much Juice Comes From One Lemon?

Juice One Lemon

Have you ever had a recipe call for “the juice from one lemon”?

How much juice comes from one lemon? What if you don’t have a lemon, but have lemon juice? How much lemon juice could you substitute?

Here’s your answer:

One Lemon yields 3 Tablespoons of juice

Now, is every lemon going to yield an exact 3 tablespoons? Not so much. But as a general rule, that is what a recipe means when it says “the juice from one lemon”.

And if you like this kitchen tip, be sure to read Seasoning Food in a Pinch.

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Upcycled Glass Jars Projects

Upcycled Glass Jar Projects

I have a complete addiction to glass jars. Not only do I have scores of canning jars, but often times I’ll buy a product simply because I want the glass jar once it is gone! (like these frappacino ones).

There are so many creative ways to use glass jars. I wanted to share a few of my favorite upcycled glass jars projects with you.

Upcycled Glass Jars Collage

Which project is your favorite? I really want to try each one!

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