Category Archives: Health

Pet Parents Are Happier And Healthier

Toby the Traveling Terrier received this cool shipment of treats from the folks at Milk-Bone!

Milk-Bone sends Toby a gift basket.

Toby treats!

Not only did he get MilkBone Brushing Chews, which he needed, loved and promptly buried in the yard, but he also got MilkBone Good Morning Treats and some pup toys and accessories. Toby loves the treats and looks forward to them after our daily walks. They are actually vitamins, so he only gets one each day.

According to “MilkBone Human-Canine Health Study” — a survey of 3,000 U.S. dog parents conducted by MilkBone brand dog treats (in partnership with Learndipity Data Insights) — humans and dogs positively impact the health of one another, from morning routines to physical fitness. I’ve heard other studies report that people with pets live longer, too. Personal experience with Toby has already got me walking more regularly with fewer missed days than before he joined the family last year.

Some reported benefits to human health from the study showed:

45% of dog parents report being “active, fit, and healthy” versus 29% of non-dog parents.

44% of dog parents have a “healthy structure and daily routine” – like for morning vitamins – compared to 33% of non-dog parents.

51% of dog parents say they get more exercise because of their dog — but 1 out of 3 pet parents wish their dog would get more physical activity.

55% of dog parents say their lives are “full of happiness and joy” compared to 39% of non-dog lovers.

54% of dog parents report “feeling loved” while only 35% of non-dog parents do.

57% of dog parents who also have children involve the kids in their doggy caring care routines, with most reporting that it teaches them good life habits and responsibility.

Pretty cool, huh? If you are concerned about your dog’s health and wellness, you can learn more about the benefits of Milk-Bone Good Morning Treats here. You can also visit Milk-Bone’s Amazon Store using our affiliate link. They have some fun branded doggy swag for sale online, too.


This is what happens to your body if you drink warm honey-lemon water in the morning

I love lemons, but tend to only turn to lemon water when I’m under the weather. This post has me thinking this would be a good habit to acquire! What do you say?

Photos, Hodgepodge and Miscellany

This is what happens to your body if you drink warm honey-lemon water in the morning

Adding lemon to water not only quenches thirst better than any other beverage, but it also nourishes our body with vitamins, minerals and trace elements which we absolutely need. Lemon with water can be considered the best natural energy booster. When we wake up in the morning, our bodily tissues are dehydrated and are in need of water to push out toxins and rejuvenate the cells. In other words, this homemade “lemonade” helps eliminate internal toxins, regulating proper kidney and digestive tract functions by forcing them to work as smoothly as possible.

20 Unbelievable Reasons To Start Your Day With Water and Lemon

  1. Water with lemon provides the body with electrolytes which hydrate your body. As lemons contain good amount of electrolytes such as potassium, calcium and magnesium.
  2. Water with lemon is good for…

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How to Make Michele the Trainer’s Fat Free Fusion Balsamic Vinaigrette

How to Make Michele the Trainer’s Fat Free Fusion Balsamic Vinaigrette

Reposted from The Click the pictures or links to see Michele’s awesome recipe. You can get more tons of  health and wellness info, plus more great recipes like this one from her book: Sexy Salads! Thanks Michele!!!Fresh Salad

Get the recipe here:

How to Make Michele the Trainer’s Fat Free Fusion Balsamic Vinaigrette.

Michele the Trainer
Meet Michele.


Today was an uneventful day consisting of chicken noodle soup, a lot of sleeping, my favorite onesie, and Gossip Girl. You guessed it, I was sick today, which means that I didn’t go to school today. (Turning your computer, phone, or head may required to view the following images.)



One fact about me is I hate missing school. I know what you’re thinking, what a nerd! But you know what, I hate coming to school not knowing what I missed. Anyway, I pretty much slept the whole day and when I wasn’t sleeping, I was sucking on lozenges and watching Gossip Girl. The whole day I had a vicious cough which was unfortunate. Well, goodnight everyone! ☺️

How American parenting is killing the American marriage

What do you think about this article? Are your kids the center of your Universe? Is Parenthood your religion?

DAY 60 Weight Loss Journal

It’s the very last day of my Weight Loss Journal! Wow! Thank you so much for taking this journey with me! With a total weight loss on the 11/12 pound cusp, I”m thrilled with my progress. It has been a super busy time with lots of events and distractions pulling on my focus and resolve, but the Z.E.N. Foods program really seems to have retrained some of my less desirable habits right out of me! Little things that had crept into my routine without my noticing.

I’m quick to credit you for playing a significant roll in this, too! I’m not sure if it would have been this easy for ME to hang on to my results, if I didn’t feel a commitment to you. Maybe it’s human nature, maybe it’s just me, I don’t know. I just know, this worked out really well for me and I am eager to call on Z.E.N. (and you) if I ever need a tune up!

Thanks a mint,


Keatings at the Whole Foods Wine Bar.



DAY 59 Weight Loss Journal

It’s Thursday and tomorrow is the last day of my Z.E.N. Food Weight Loss Diary! I’m going to miss you. Seriously! Today is filled with EncinoMom jobs; a store opening at the Westfield Sherman Oaks Mall and then a visit to the ecoATM in Northridge. We have to try out the ecoATM so we can publish a review on Monday. I’m pretty excited about it, since it’s a green alternative for disposing of your old phones, tablets and mp3 players. It also pays you cash on the spot for your old device, so it seems like it may be a great incentive for some of us to get rid of the eclutter clogging up our “junk drawers”.

The store opening is H&M, one of Lizzie K’s current favorites. They’re running specials and have give aways for the first 100 people in line. In line? What? I’m not big on waiting in line. Anyway, we’ll check it out. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but they are opening up all over town! In terms of food strategies for today, it looks like I’m headed for a Food Court no matter how I slice it! Wish me luck. See you tomorrow!




Lizzie K picks out fall fashion for back to school at H&M in Sherman Oaks.

Lizzie K at H&M opening day with Fall Fashion Picks for back to school.

DAY 58 Weight Loss Journal

Wonder why I’m wearing the same top for the third day in a row? It’s the only thing we have with the scent of our new puppy’s little mate, so I’m wearing it to help ease his transition into our home. So far, he’s been amazing. sleeping in his crate overnight, no crying or barking, using the great outdoors for doing his business and forging relationships with our one year old kitties.

I think we are all going to be all right! Oh the Tajin! It takes me right back to that magical day when dolphins played with us off the shore of Huatulco, Mexico. I wore a hot pink bikini and a white tee shirt as we snorkeled and swam in the warm ocean waters. Once back aboard the boat, before I even realized I was hungry, someone offered us thinly sliced cucumbers squirted with fresh lime and sprinkled with Tajin. It couldn’t have been a more perfect day! So happy to see you again, my dear Tajin!


DAY 57 Weight Loss Journal

So we adopted the tiniest little puppy (he’ll be 8 weeks old in a couple of days) from the Best Friends shelter in Mission Hills, California. They have a No Kill policy and are striving to make all of Los Angeles No Kill as well. When they rescue an animal, they commit to the animal for life. We had a fantastic experience there! Special thanks to Heather who introduced us to the puppies!

We were hoping to adopt one of about 10 breeds that get along well with cats. I was thinking an animal about a year old would be a good addition to the family, but my daughter really wanted a puppy. Fortunately, my husband was flexible! We all fell in love with a tiny King Charles Cavalier Spaniel (great with cats) / Jack Russell Terrier (not so much) mix. I’m currently more focused on what the dog eats than my own food. That may be a good thing!



lol Maybe I’m not as far off as I thought! Check out this article from Cesar Milan (The Dog Whisperer):

DAY 56 Weight Loss Journal

So we’ve decided to add a dog to the family. I’ve heard it said that people with pets enjoy better health. My thinking is that a couple of walks a day never hurt anyone. At least some of the dog walking will fall to me and consistent walks are something that I enjoy.

Here we go. We have agreed in advance not to adopt a dog just to adopt a dog. It has to be the right pet for the whole family. We have our cats to consider, too. We’ve done a little breed research and have identified the top ten breeds that are most likely to cohabitate peacefully with felines.

Wish me luck! Here we go!