Natural Dog Food, like Wellness, is healthier for your pet.

Our Smiley dog is about 12 years old now, and we have had her for 9 of those years.

When we lived in the Turks and Caicos we didn’t worry as much about food, because we were basically limited to what the island’s stores and vets carried. Plus, potcakes are known for their strong gullets and ability to eat just about anything.

But now our sweet girl is an urban princess, and has been diagnosed with Cushing’s Syndrome (a metabolic disorder).

natural dog foodSo while she used to eat anything we bought, now we are much pickier. Now we buy her all natural, high quality food like Wellness. It is easier for her to digest, and her skin and coat look fabulous.

Did you know?

  • Pet ownership in the U.S. has more than tripled from the 1970s, when approximately 67 million households had pets, to 2012, when there were 164 million owned pets.
  • According to a Packaged Facts survey, 83% of pet owners consider their pet to be a member of the family.

I know Smiley is a member of our family!

And while we meet other pet owners on walks, at the dog run, and at the vet, Wellness even has a pet club which offers rewards and a community for pet owners.

Wellness dog food features:

  • Fruit & Veggie Antioxidants – A proactive step in improving your pet’s nutrition
  • Rigorous Safety Testing – A Quality Assurance program that maintains strict standards for food safety
  • Excellent Nutritional Standards – Every batch of dry food is tested throughout the entire manufacturing process, from its basic ingredients to the finished products

Chances are you have a PetSmart or Petco in your neighborhood, and both carry Wellness dog food. If you aren’t sure where to purchase, find the stores that carry or deliver Wellness in your area, from on-line retailers to smaller, locally owned pet supply stores.

For more information, check out the Wellness natural dog food Facebook page. #lovemydog

(a sponsored post, but all opinions expressed are my own)

My First Influenster J’Adore Voxbox Arrived!

voxbox-blogimage-popup2I joined Influenster.com a little while ago, and after completing a few tasks I received an invitation to qualify for a free sample-filled Voxbox.

I qualified for the box, and a few days ago my Influenster J’Adore Voxbox arrived.


The bright pink box was packed with five full-sized product samples:

Kiss® Looks So Natural False Eyelashes

Hershey’s Chocolate Kisses

Boots Botanicals Shine Away Ionic Clay Mask

John Frieda Frizz Ease 3-Day Straight Flat Iron Spray

Red Rose Simply Indulgent Tea in Creme Caramel and Decaf Lemon Chiffon

Since I have a straight buzz cut, I gave the Frizz Ease to my friend Jackie of the curlier hair to try and report back.

The Kisses are wonderful as always. I have always loved them, and it is the only form of Hershey’s milk chocolate that I love to eat.

The Ionic Clay mask is a must-have, especially if you have combination skin and live in an urban, pore clogging environment (I have both).

And, while I did not expect to love the teas, they are especially yummy. I just add about half a teaspoon of honey and have a delicious, sweet, low calorie afternoon cup.

This is one of the best sample boxes I have ever received. Thanks Influenster!

Reiki In European Health Care

February 23, 2014 — 2 Comments

Reiki in European Health Care is becoming more mainstream and regulated.

Pamela Miles recently interviewed Christin Bjergbakke, a Reiki practitioner and chairwoman of the Danish Association of Healers, regarding the place of Reiki in European health care.

The European nations are run in a similar manner to states in the US, where each country can have its own health care licensing regulations.


Spanish Reiki master John Curtin founded Foundacion Sauce. This network of 3000 Reiki Practitioners has initiated 400 volunteers, including 100 medical professionals, who gave more than 8000 Reiki sessions at in Madrid hospitals in 2013.


In some German states, Reiki is offered as an additional service in conjunction with cancer treatment and physiotherapy.

Switzerland and Ireland:

Reiki organizations in Switzerland and Ireland seek to develop professional Reiki practice, and a number of health insurance companies in both countries cover Reiki treatment.


The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) established a voluntary national register for Reiki practitioners in 2012. Eleven alternative therapy groups were invited to write self-regulatory standards that would assure the public and health care that Reiki professionals meet national requirements.


Since 2007, the Danish Health Council has issued RAB-certificates for members of the Danish Association of Healers (Healer-Ringen). RAB is public acknowledgment that a practitioner has a minimum of 660 lessons of the chosen modality in combination with courses in psychology, physiology, anatomy and clinical practice. One lesson equals 45 minutes supervised training or class time.

Thank you, Pamela Miles, for your tireless work in moving Reiki into a more accepted and prominent position in US and global health care!

Obese Adults Get No Exercise

February 22, 2014 — 2 Comments

Obese Adults in the US exercise less than 4 hours per year!

At minimum, for basic health, human beings should get about 20-30 minutes per DAY of vigorous, sweat producing exercise.

According to a recent study, obese Americans get about 1-4 hours per YEAR.

Basically, they move from chair to chair, rarely exerting enough to sweat or elevate their heart rates.

This finding shocked researchers!

“They’re living their lives from one chair to another,” said Edward Archer, a research fellow with the Nutrition Obesity Research Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. “We didn’t realize we were that sedentary. There are some people who are vigorously active, but it’s offset by the huge number of individuals who are inactive.”

Basically, people drive or ride the bus or train to work, and then sit at a desk all day. Then they drive or ride home, read or play some video games, and go to sleep.

All I can say is, Wow! This is some serious sh*t we have gotten ourselves into.

Fitness pros, what can we do to change this?

We tend to preach to the choir and work those who already exercise.

How do we reach the mass of people who don’t leave home or office?


Is Pilates Stunted?

February 21, 2014 — 9 Comments

Is Pilates Stunted?

I recently read a press release regarding London personal trainer James D’Silva and his new Garuda machine, which is slowly making its way to the US.

In the article, which discusses the reasoning behind the Garuda, D’Silva is quoted as saying,

Over the years I have found Pilates quite stunted, so I have come up with a contraption which amalgamates Pilates machines into one and adds some features. I found the whole repertoire quite boring after so many years and I thought I could take it somewhere else. It has worked really well.

I always wonder how anyone could find Pilates stunted. With the mat work and all of the apparatus (including some that almost no studios have anymore – like the baby arm chair, guillotine, and head harness) and props, there are literally thousands of possibilities.

In fact, the longer I do and teach Pilates, the more complex and varied it gets. There is just so much that you can do within the system of Contrology (that’s what Joseph Pilates called it).

Here is the Garuda in action:

Pilates is a Service Business, not a personality cult!

In the Pilates world there are many “names” that are well known, and what all of the long-lasting names have in common is a combination of a solid Pilates reputation with a strong service record.

They cannot exist separately, the solid Pilates background and the customer service record, but must always be together.

If you want to make your name rise in the Pilates (or fitness, or any) field, you must offer a quality product backed by great service. Once your name is attached to a sub-par Pilates experience or to bad customer service, you will have problems.

Remember that in this age of the internet, anybody can be a reviewer or a secret shopper.

That client you yelled at when you were stressed out and had a bad day? She can turn around and blog about that.

That poorly cued and timed class you sailed through when you were hungover? That can easily turn up on Yelp, Rate Your Burn, someone’s blog, or any social media site.

The consequences of a “bad day” for any service business are much more dire today than ever.

Tread lightly and remember that Pilates is a SERVICE business!

How to Stop Arguing

February 19, 2014 — 2 Comments

Wonder How to Stop Arguing?

I feel like I grew up arguing.

Seriously, I watched orthodox jewish relatives argue about Torah interpretations in synagogue when I was very, very young. And I watched my mother argue with my father and with her friends and relatives.

As an academic, I went into Philosophy. Yes, I picked the major where we got to argue, and many times argue over things that we would never, ever resolve.

So arguing and debating are my default responses to just about anything. And I like to win, which makes me truly obnoxious at times.

The other day on Facebook, my friend Lissa Rankin posted a wonderful quote:

You do not need to attend every argument you are invited to.

And I thought, “What?” But don’t I have to attend every argument? And most importantly, don’t I have to win (or at least give it my best shot)?

I have been thinking about this over the past few days, and I realize that in the same way that I don’t need to attend every party, or go to every meeting, I don’t need to attend every argument.

This is a strangely liberating thought.

I realize now how compulsive and automatic arguing has become for me.

I also realize now how annoying that must be for everyone around me. Especially hubby.

How to stop arguing?

The first step is realizing that you just don’t have to.