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Doggy Dozen Products for February 2016!

It’s the 20th of January and it is time to start thinking about the February list for the Doggy Dozen Program!

PawPrintFor me, picking the list for the Doggy Dozen is like going to the bookstore and being told I can only buy a certain number of books. It makes the decision extremely difficult! I hope you enjoy these 12 items that I picked with the theme of Valentine’s Day, fun, and puppy love in mind. If you are like me, you have a dog or cat that you love to cuddle with and what better reason to celebrate that love? If you don’t have a furry friend to cuddle with, I’d recommend checking out your local no-kill shelter to find a new furry best friend! Ready for the list of products that will help dogs and cats? Drum roll please!

  • Mini Lip Balm Tubes in Ivory and White
    • The Mini Lip Balm Tubes are a staff favorite! The best part about these tubes? If you buy a 100 pack, you will auto-magically receive a filling tray specifically for these tubes!
  • Red Pearl Lip Balm Tube Caps
  • 2 oz Round Base Jars
    • This jar is one of my favorites for traveling. I love the classy appearance and it even makes a great set when paired with the 1/2 oz Jar. Don’t forget to pick your favorite lids!
  • Cantaloupe Flavor Oil
    • This sensual flavor might be overlooked in it’s seeming ordinariness, but it is well worth trying! We love keeping this one in our pockets to have sunshine for our lips at any time.
  • Honey Flavor Oil
    • It may be cold outside, but nothing warms the soul quite like honey! If you want to try something different, pair this delectable flavor with Lemon, Cinnamon or even Cheesecake to make a unique lip balm!
  • Cabana Boys Fragrance Oil
    • If you dream of tropical beaches and pineapple beverages, try Cabana Boys to be swept away to the world of your dreams! Perfect for any summer product line.
  • Cotton Candy Fragrance Oil
    • Teens, move over! Cotton Candy isn’t just for kids and teens anymore!  This fragrance is perfect as a room freshener because you can’t tell what the fragrance is, just that it smells clean, fresh and sweet. This is my favorite fragrance for the guest bathroom that I want to keep smelling nice.
  • Energy Fragrance Oil
    • If you know someone who isn’t a morning person, this is the perfect fragrance for their morning routine. Scent lotions, soaps, and even room sprays with this fabulous fragrance and they might be a little more chipper in the mornings!
  • Relaxation Fragrance Oil
    • At the end of a long day, I just want to lounge around the house and massage aching muscles with lotion. This fragrance is appropriately named because every time I smell it, I just want to find my slippers.
  • Echinacea Extract
    • This unique extract is great for skin and hair care applications. I have a few lotions that I want to make with this extract, but you should beat me to it!
  • Rocket Red Day-Glo Color
    • If you need a bright cheery color, try Rocket Red. This color truly looks like the “rocket’s red glare”!
  • Alkanet Root Powder
    • If you love using botanicals for coloring your soap, then Alkanet Root Powder is perfect for you! Blend it with Activated Charcoal to get a classic mauve colored soap.

Don’t forget! There are a few more days to get your hands on the January Doggy Dozen Products!

Enjoy!

Andee

P.S. Supporting local programs like Four Paws is fun. Check your local yellow pages for a shelter or rescue group. Find a friend to bring home or help support them with time, services or donations. They truly value every little bit!

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

worldMartin Luther King Jr. Day (also known as Civil Rights day) is observed on the third Monday in January. That happens to be today! One of my favorite quotes by Martin Luther King Jr. is  “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’”  This quote really resonates with me because it asks to look beyond ourselves and look at our fellow humans. It inspires the question of “Can I do more to help my neighbors? My community?”

In my neighborhood lives an elderly woman who is very generous. She regularly picks up mail for those away, makes meals for those in need, bakes goodies to share and babysits children after school. She is amazing and quite the inspiration. She has spent her entire adult life looking beyond herself and her family. This woman is a steward for our community and an excellent role model. Can I say I want to be like her when I grow up? bow What are different ways you help serve your community?

Before I forget, I have some important announcements to make. Because today is a Federal holiday, the post office is closed. There will be no deliveries today from the post office. UPS is open. They will be making deliveries so you may have a package delivered today by UPS. We are open and working on shipping out all packages shipping via UPS. All USPS packages will ship tomorrow. Cheers!

Taylor

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Love the Doggy Dozen? Show us your love!

I’ve been loving the comments we have gotten about the Doggy Dozen program. Now I’d like to challenge you to show us what you do with the products that are part of the program.

PawPrintTag us on your favorite social media with #thesage and #doggydozen to share pictures of your pets, products or recent orders including Doggy Dozen products!

Remember 20% of the purchase price goes to Four Paws, so you can stock your supply shelves and help dogs and cats in need.

There is still a little bit of time for you to pick up items from the January Doggy Dozen list before the month ends. Here is the list to remind you of the awesome products on it.

I can’t wait to see your #DoggyDozen tags!

Andee

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Doggy Dozen Products for January 2016!

PawPrintMonday we told you all about our new Doggy Dozen Program. Remember for each product purchased, 20% of the purchase price is donated to Four Paws. That really adds up! Now for the awaited list of products that will be part of January’s Doggy Dozen. Are you ready?

Soy Wax
Cetyl Alchol
Bentonite Clay
Glycerin Scrub Base
Lemon Herb Fragrance Oil
Ginger Milk Fragrance Oil
Dog Bone Mold
Peach Flavor Oil
Strawberry Swirl Flavor Oil
Shaker Bottles
Daisy Pots
Soy Lip Solution Base

This is your chance to stock up on things you need and help out cats and dogs too! Towards the end of January I will announce the Doggy Dozen products for the month of February. Watch your favorite products for our paw print icon.

Taylor

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Thanksgiving Shopping

Ready to shop!
Ready to shop!

Here in the United States we have so much to be thankful for. We are blessed to have many things that we consider to be basic – like clean water flowing from our taps. At MMS, we are grateful to all of our amazing customers who both inspire us and support us when we give to the community. Thank you for your support.

OchoBa helps select the best toys. Durability is a must!
OchoBa helps select the best toys. Durability is a must!

Every year the MMS staff does fun events to give to the community. We go shopping for a local organization in need. Right before Thanksgiving, we generally shop for the local food pantry. Unfortunately they were hosting a huge fundraiser the only day we were able to go shopping. So we elected to shop at PetSmart for our local pet shelter!

Bob thinks collars are great.
Bob thinks collars are great.

We grouped up into teams of two. Every team had fifty dollars to spend for items for the Cache Humane Society Animal Shelter. The challenge? Spend as close to fifty dollars with the least change back and not going over budget. Boy, talk about everyone using a calculator.

 

Watson doesn't want to pause in his treat selecting.
Watson doesn’t want to pause in his treat selecting.

We had such a great time. Every team got to take a dog through the store. Our canine friends were great helpers. (They were also on their best behavior. Talk about great dogs.)They helped choose the most stylish collars, sturdiest leashes and sniff out the best brands of dog food. We even had help selecting grooming products! What fun!

 

Gracie looks at vitamins while the humans look at shampoo.
Gracie looks at vitamins while the humans look at shampoo.

As Christmas approaches, we ask that you join us in giving back. It can be time, money or things, but it should be for a cause that makes you feel good. The day after Christmas is known as Boxing Day. This is the day were we collect things that we no longer use or need then donate it. Whether it is donating to a shelter, church group or non-profit thrift store. Big or small, YOU make a difference.

Team Finished

 

Finished with our shopping adventure!
Finished with our shopping adventure!
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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, part 5

Weighing out ingredients
Weighing out ingredients

Now it has been two weeks since Tina’s surgery and, yes, she also went to Washington state for a spinning class. Can’t keep a good knitter down.

Her surgery stitches were removed after one week and at the end of week two she requested a sugar scrub for her healing incisions. I will gather some supplies and show you how easy this can be to make. I will be using sugar because salt will be to harsh on the incision, we want something that will scrub but do it gently.

Collect needed items:

Supplies:
Sugar
Sesame Oil – don’t have Sesame? Then try any type of oil you prefer.
Equipment:
Scale
Mixing container
Spoon
Container for finished product
Mixed ingredients
Mixed ingredients

This is a simple basic sugar scrub to help exfoliate the dead skin and help alleviate the itching as well. After surgery we would expect that no seeds or luffa would be added to a scrub but as the healing continues you may add these more abrasive items as desired.

I will be making this sugar scrub and I want to use the 4 oz container. I will weigh 75% sugar and 25% oil into my mixing containers. Mix and then spoon into jars. This turned out great! I had to make one for me too! My hands are soft and feel fabulous, I know that Tina will love this.

Tonya

After 2 weeks!
After 2 weeks!
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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, part 4

Day 2
Day 2

If you are not genetically predisposed to carpal tunnel syndrome then prevention of carpal tunnel syndrome may be the best option out there. I will give you some suggestions, but remember your doctor should help you make the best plan. For those that may be doing repetitive activities – you can do some stretching exercises and take frequent rest breaks. Remember to wear braces to help keep your wrists straight and use proper posture. Ha ha, yes, I suggested to sit up straight. Did you just hear your mother? You can also adapt your workplace conditions with ergonomic chairs, keyboards, and tools. Try wearing fingerless gloves to keep your hands warm and flexible. Take a yoga class! If this doesn’t help your wrist strength then maybe it will help keep you relaxed and stress free. Stretching is a big deal for athletes and it is for us keyboard warriors, too.

Day 3
Day 3

I’m sharing with you Tina’s post surgery photo of day two and day three, doesn’t this look better? She is able to move her hand around and use her hand to help her do a few activities. I know she is keeping those knitting projects close by and, yes, on day three she did pull out a project and knit for a while. She said that after a few hundred stitches (minutes!) her hand began to hurt so she put down the knitting. I had take her shopping, this was to keep her on her feet and off the knitting needles.

See you tomorrow for my final blog about carpal tunnel syndrome!

Tonya

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, part 3

imageTreatment of carpal tunnel syndrome – there are several options when it comes to relief of carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms. Always check with your doctor and they will help you make a plan to suit you.

There are non-surgical treatments such as drugs that can ease the pain and swelling. Exercise, stretching and strengthening can be helpful, this may need to be done by a supervised physical therapist. A few other alternative therapies may include acupuncture, chiropractic, or yoga. Holding your writing instrument between the index finger and middle finger may offer temporary ease of pain for necessary writing tasks. Grip the pen directly between these fingers and hold in place with the thumb, the pen appears to be nearly parallel with the lower knuckles of these fingers when in use – and the final results are much less hand cramping when writing. Wearing wrist braces, especially at night, to prevent undue strain on the wrists may be useful. If you are waking at night with severe pain in the hands it is likely you are curling the hands inward and the wrists are bent. This puts extreme pressure on the carpal tunnel and it is not long before blood supply has been cut off from the hands.

Surgery may be your doctor’s recommendation and I’ll describe the options for surgery. Open release surgery, this is the most traditional procedure to correct the syndrome, this consists of making an incision on the wrist that is 1-2 inches long and then cutting the carpal ligament to enlarge the carpal tunnel. This process can take several weeks to recover before you are back to doing your normal activities. Endoscopic surgery, which has a much faster recovery time and less postoperative discomfort, is where the surgeon makes two incisions about 1/2 inch long, one in the wrist and one in the palm. Then comes the fun part, the surgeons insert a camera that is attached to a tube and from the underside the carpal ligament is cut. It does not matter which option you choose when having this surgery, it does matter that your surgeon is very familiar with the procedure and performs the surgery regularly. The only way to know is to ASK! Ask about the typical recovery period, what to expect and when you may return to work. Lifting will likely be restricted to a few pounds at the beginning of your recovery period.

Tina scheduled her surgery and I am showing you her first photo after surgery. Doesn’t this make you want to schedule your appointment now? Tina went through the endoscopic surgery mainly because less down time sounded perfect and her situation gave her that option. I learned that Tina’s accountant had the same surgery performed late last year and his situation used the open method. He recovered quickly too! I’m not sure how Tina could go a month without knitting, nor how her accountant could go a month without writing numbers. Tina would be teaching me to knit so that her projects would continue to progress if she were laid up for a long period of time. I’m also glad I don’t need to cover for the accountant. I would have needed an anti-anxiety pill to handle all that they do each day! Check back on Monday and I will show you how carpal tunnel syndrome may be prevented.

Tonya

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, part 2

Carpal tunnel syndrome is often caused by a combination of factors; such as congenital predisposition. Some people have a smaller carpal tunnel than others, which can result in pressure on the nerve. Other reasons that can cause the syndrome are trauma or injury to the wrist, sprain, over-activity of the pituitary gland, rheumatoid arthritis, work stress, repeated use of vibrating tools, the development of a tumor or cyst in the wrist. At this point little data is available but if an activity is causing you pain you may want to see a doctor to find if the problem can be fixed.

Who is at risk? Women are three times more likely to develop carpal tunnel syndrome. Carpal tunnel syndrome usually occurs only in adults. Persons that perform assembly line work such as sewing, manufacturing, cleaning, meat packing, and some knitters may be more vulnerable.

Early diagnosis and treatment are important, you do not want to risk having permanent damage to the median nerve. There is a great amount of misinformation about carpal tunnel syndrome out there, and even those who do the nerve conductivity tests may still believe that only 50% of all people who elect to have surgery will be helped. That percentage is long gone and some medical professionals have not updated their skills. Get another opinion if this is the percentage that is quoted to you, this is what caused a delay in Tina’s situation. Up-to-date data and techniques are very important because rest of the hand or wrist will not make carpal tunnel syndrome go away, rest will only alleviate the symptoms temporarily.

Tomorrow I will be showing you treatment options and Tina’s journey.

Tonya

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, part 1

carpalI thought that it would be a good idea to cover a serious topic that many people may experience during their lifetime. In fact, we have our own example here at MMS, Tina was diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome and I will take you through her experience.

First, I would like to explain what carpal tunnel syndrome is and explain a few of the symptoms. Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve becomes pressed or squeezed. The median nerve runs from the forearm into the palm of your hand. The median nerve controls sensations from the thumb and fingers – the pinkie finger is the exception. The carpal tunnel, a narrow passageway of ligament and bones, begins at the base of the hand and houses tendons and the median nerve. When the tendons become irritated or swollen this causes the tunnel to narrow and compresses the median nerve. Pain, weakness or numbness starts to happen in the hand, wrist, and may travel up the arm. So if you have any of these types of pain you should go and have your carpal tunnel checked. One of the key sensations is numbness in the thumb and fingers taking note that the ring finger has numbness on the middle finger side but has full feeling on the pinkie finger side, and the pinkie finger has full feeling.

Tina has had pain and numbness in her hands for years, she even went in for a nerve conductivity test and the results were – she had issues. She had frequent numbness, tingling, decreased grip strength and a lot of pain. She would put her hands in braces to help support her wrists, but finally she went in and had surgery to correct the issues and I will be taking you on her journey from surgery through recovery. Check back tomorrow and I will be showing you some causes and who is at risk for carpal tunnel syndrome.

Tonya

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