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HAND SANITIZER - My New Normal

Ironically, just last month an equestrian friend asked if I made hand sanitizer. She said she used it at the barn daily, but didn't like how it dried her hands out. She was wondering if I made a moisturizing hand sanitizer. So I started experimenting, trying to duplicate the gel type consistency. In order to get the optimum alcohol, anti-viral  and skin moisturizing oils I wanted to add, the blend became thinner and more suitable as a spray. I decided to omit the usual aloe gel and replaced it with botanical oils that have germ fighting, protective and moisturizing attributes. The result is a light weight, fast drying spray that leaves a very subtle moisturizing coating on your skin. Once the...

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Fleas and Ticks.....

I hate to admit it, but in the past, I've caved in and used oral prescription flea and tick treatments for my dogs. And they do work. But something swallowed that's strong enough to keep bugs off for three months cannot be good for their body. This year I've decided to be vigilantly proactive and treat my boy "Bear" both internally and externally with consistent daily natural prevention. In Thailand, people eat A LOT of garlic and the mosquitoes do not bother them. But the tourists get eaten alive - in a BIG way. Garlic powder is sold in pet stores for dogs as an ingestible flea treatment, so I'm adding a small, fresh clove to Bear's food to get...

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Looking Forward to a Happy 2020!

For 2020 I’m resolving to choose a positive mindset. Thoughts are where it all begins. Positive thoughts produce positive actions, positive words, positive energy, positive attitudes, positive feelings, positive health, positive outcomes...and negative thoughts…. well, you know. What I allow myself to think is a decision that affects all that I do. It all begins there, with countless fresh choices throughout the day. Sometimes if I'm overwhelmed, or bored, or (and mostly) if my feelings get hurt, I take the downward path ~ assuming the worst case, worrying about what is (or isn't) going to happen, and just sort of rolling negative scenarios over...and over...and over... in my brain, choosing to stay stuck in the negative, what-if-this-or-that, fearful muck of...

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Mary's Botanicals: Yes Please! by Shelli Wright EQLUXE Editor-In-Chief

Over Christmas I was given a little travel kit with a  lovely super scented assortment of natural products by Mary's Botanicals designed for the horse and rider. Let’s just say, I’m addicted to the peppermint lip balm, the OTTB loves his muscle spray and my entryway now smells like a wonderful clove induced wonderland as opposed to an equestrian mud room. Mary’s B won my heart immediately so I was especially excited to try some more products. All of Mary’s products are researched and natural based with infinite avenues for applications and can be used on horses, humans and even for your canine friends. A perfect example of their application crossovers would by my big white face horse, Mr. Cash, somehow...

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