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Uryadi's Village - Horses Make a Difference

Uryadi’s Village is named in honor of founder Jennifer Crooks' longtime partner in the sport of Equestrian Show Jumping ~ "Uryadi” ~ a beautiful white mare with the heart of a lion. Jennifer, a veteran rider in the international equestrian world, and her team at Uryadi's Village, seek to change the world for others through establishing self sustaining orphan villages with comprehensive care for orphans through empowering the local people and thus not be reliant on foreign aid.  The ultimate vision is to help ensure that each target orphanage and their communities have access to clean water and sanitation, sustainable agriculture, excellent medical care, quality educational opportunities and economic stability. Through collaboration of international experts and local community leaders, phase one of the first...

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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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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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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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