USDA Needs Our Feedback – Deadline Nov 2

Puppy Mills need to be illegal.
#1 The majority of dogs bred at Puppy Mills and used as studs are kept in horrible living conditions and with minimal vet care. Their lives are spent as slaves with little to no humane treatment given to them, their lives are misery.
#2 Many puppies that come from mills, have genetic issues and health issues that may or will come up some time in their lives. This comes from their mothers being bred countless times over and over again.
#3 There is little need for breeding anyway, just look in any shelter. There are even pure breed rescues.

Harley's Dream

We have the opportunity RIGHT NOW to let the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) know how we feel about possible changes regarding commercial dog breeding (puppy mill) licensing. The USDA is asking for the public to comment and the deadline is November 2nd.

According to the USDA, “We are soliciting public comment on potential revisions to the licensing requirements under our Animal Welfare Act regulations to promote compliance with the Act, reduce licensing fees, and strengthen existing safeguards that prevent any individual whose license has been suspended or revoked, or who has a history of noncompliance, from obtaining a license or working with regulated animals. We are soliciting public comment on these topics to help us consider ways to reduce regulatory burden and more efficiently ensure the sustained compliance of licensees with the Act.”

Suggested issues to address in your comments to the USDA:

  • OPPOSE: Encourage the USDA to…

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Get To Know Me Tag

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Books: Horror/Mystery/Sci-Fi/Fantasy

 

  1. The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice
  2. It by Stephen King (love the book way more than any of the movie adaptations)
  3. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  4. Lord Of The Rings by Tolkien
  5. The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe

Movies: Horror, But Not Slasher Or Gore/Some Comedy/Very Little Romance/Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Action/Mystery/Documentary

  1. Guardians Of The Galaxy
  2. Love Actually
  3. Nightmare Before Christmas
  4. Harry Potter…
  5. Lord Of The Rings…

Documentaries: Animal Welfare and Rights/Environmental

  1. The Cove
  2. Earthlings
  3. Blackfish
  4. An Inconvenient Truth
  5. Racing Extinction 

TV:

  1. Marvel Franchises
  2. The Amazing Race/Survivor
  3. Westworld
  4. Game Of Thrones
  5. Supernatural

Music:

Everything and anything other than country. House music is my go to, but I listen to R&B, pop, rap, classical, rock opera, metal, etc… It’s a flavor, a mood, an emotion. But I am not a fan of country at allllllll. There have been a few pop crossovers that have been ehhh ok. But I’m just not a fan of the song style or lyrics.


About Me:

Name?
Susan

Hair color?
Brownish 

Eye Color?
Dark Blue

Birthday?
August 9th

Place of Birth?
Ohio

Star sign?
Leo

Best Feature?
I think I would have to say my eyes

Piercings?
Ears

Tattoos?
One on my hand and one on my back

Righty or lefty?
Right

Pets?
Two cats

Siblings?
Youngest child

Married?
Yes

Hobbies?
Blogging, cooking, running, fitness, volunteering, traveling


Favorites:

Movie?
Guardians Of The Galaxy

Song?
Anything by Sia

YouTubers?
I follow a bunch of people but lately I’m never on there. Hmm, The Fitness Marshal

Food?
Pizza, Italian, obsessed with sweet potatoes

Drinks?
Teas, coffees and sparkling waters

Restaurants?
Citrus, The Green Cat, ….

Shops?
Free People, Urban Outfitters, Anthropology,  INKnBURN, I mostly like boutiques more than shops you find at the mall. And I usualllllly only shop sales. Other than INKnBURN. I like to thrift shop too. 

Animals?
Any and all, well…not snakes and spiders and bugs only from afar lol

Colors?
Black, pink, teal, deep dark water blues

Music?
I listen to all different kinds of music like popular, house, R&B….


Do you:

Believe in love at first sight?
Yes

Believe in ghosts?
Yes

Believe in Aliens?
Maybe

Believe in soulmates?
Yes

Believe in heaven and hell?
No

Believe in yourself?
More and more every day


What:

If you won the lottery, what would you buy?
A house, pay off bills, buy my In-Laws a house, give my besties some cash, and donate the rest.

Your favorite/worst subject in high school?
Favorite/Algebra-Math. Worst was social sciences, boring, really boring.

Something you wish you were talented at?
The viloin

The first thing you notice about people?
Their mood/attitude

On top of your bucket list?
Hawaii

Your biggest accomplishment?
Quit smoking

Something you look for in a partner?
I found him, but it was his sense of honor

Something you dislike?
People who are too full of themsleves

Favorite fairytale?
Beauty and the Beast


Random Final Questions:

Season?
Autumn, because cool crisp air and it’s windy. Plus all the colors!

If you could live anywhere in the world where?
Hawaii, Washington State, Italy, or Sweden

Sweet or savory?
I prefer sweet

Last time you cried?
Not that long ago

If you were another person, would you be a friend of yourself?
Yes

Scary movie or happy ending?
I love scary movies, just not slasher gore movies. 

Are you competitive?
No

Describe yourself in a single sentence?
I’m a shy extrovert who loves animals more than people and is environmentally conscious, loves to volunteer and is an advocate for animals and the earth.

If you could give your younger self some advice, what would it be?
Believe in yourself

How Forests Heal People

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How Forests Heal People from Nitin Das on Vimeo.

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My Neighbor 🥜

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Right outside my office window lives 2 tiny squirrels. They some times hang out on our balcony. And I’ve even caught the little ones staring in at me. Today this one spent quite some time eating, grooming and napping in my line of sight. I sure hope these two get enough food stored. We may not have super bad winters here, but these two are skinny. They are super cute though and I tend to get distracted from work to watch them play and run up and down the trees 

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Requests To Be A Guest Blogger

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This is something I’ve thought long and hard about. To do or not to do and that is the question now isn’t it? So I’ve decided I will do guest blog posts, but only if they don’t conflict with my own views or my business. Other than that, I’d love to include blog posts about travel, clean eating and/or gluten free recipes, fitness trends, fashion, or inspiring stories. 

To Guest Post Follow These Steps:

  1. Email me with the subject GUEST BLOG
  2. Send me a pitch of the post you want to share on my blog (including title, images, GIFS, and/or anything else you wish to include.)
  3. Let me know which social media platform you do most of your shares on.
  4. I will send a confirmation email.
  5. After confirmation email is sent, your post will be live within 2 days if approved, if not I will reply with the reason why I chose not to.
  6. After post is live, please share and market the post on said media platforms.

Extra information:

  • I will give all credit for the blog post to you and your blog.
  • I will direct my readers to your social media platforms as long as you supply me with the info!
  • I will not change your content, because I want you to express your own unique style.
  • I will only be choosing up to four guest blogs per month (once a week give or take) 

 

Thanks for all of your inquiries. I’ve been super busy launching my business but now have the time to look over submissions for consideration.

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Just Let It Go

In my own personal quest to downsize and get rid of junk I started a list for myself but thought I’d share with my fellow bloggers!

  1. Take-out menus. Why keep these? You can look the menu up online.
  2. Packets from everywhere, fast food places, pizza delivery, Chinese delivery, etc…
  3. Duplicates of most kitchen spoons, tongs, etc…
  4. Candles that are near the bottom, face it, you won’t light it again.
  5. Broken magnets, you’ll never fix them.
  6. Speaking of magnets, get rid of the ad campaigns.
  7. Plastic cups you collect from places you visited. Like the zoo…
  8. Napkins that are laying around from fast food ventures.
  9. Excess mugs
  10. Any small appliances you haven’t used in a year
  11. Magazines you hoard
  12. Old water bottles
  13. The Tupperware that has no lids
  14. The sock that has no mate after the second laundry attempt to find and it’s still lost
  15. Lids that have no bottom
  16. The lone earring that has no match
  17. Old receipts
  18. Old ticket stubs
  19. Old cell phone accessories
  20. All those manuals you can just find online if you really need them
  21. Holey socks, holey shirts, holey pants…unless designed to be holey
  22. Old hair elastic ties
  23. Old bras – be kind to yourself and invest in new ones
  24. Old fragrances you never use
  25. Old makeup you never use
  26. Expired coupons
  27. Scratched non-stick cookware (it’s bad for you)
  28. Spare whatevers you haven’t used, ever
  29. Take the old ink cartridges to be recycled…finally
  30. Old cell phones
  31. Old computer parts
  32. Those shirts from races you never wear, make a quilt with them, or donate them!
  33. Those puzzles that have missing pieces, still…
  34. Pens with barely any ink
  35. Old eye ware
  36. Old product boxes
  37. Plastic hangers from the store
  38. Ugly undergarments and undergarments that don’t fit
  39. Books you’ve never read or will never read again
  40. Old spices – Spices don’t actually spoil but they lose their potency.  A good rule of thumb is 1-2 years for seasoning; 1-3 for herbs and ground spices; and up to 4 years for whole spices.
  41. Old nail polish
  42. Clothes that are more than 2 sizes too small or 2 sizes too big
  43. Little shampoo and conditioner bottles from a hotel you went to years ago
  44. Samples you will never use
  45. Old planners and calendars
  46. Expired medications and sunscreens
  47. Key chains you don’t ever use
  48. Clothes you haven’t worn in over a year
  49. Old bills (get a shredder)
  50. Old paint
  51. Half of the 30 coffee cups you own
  52. Expired food
  53. Old keys
  54. Phone Books
  55. Remotes to things you no longer own
  56. Cords to things you no longer own
  57. Rusted anything

Meet The Furkids

Tinka Belle is a calico kitty and she has never been a friendly girl. She was a feral cat that a neighbor brought to us because she had been living under her grandma’s porch and the neighbor was trying to kill her. But time and patience has proven that even a feral, frightened, angry kitten can turn into an amazingly loving and loyal member of a family!

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She now wants nothing more than to keep a close eye on me. Ever since our chihuahua (Ippo) passed away a year ago she has been by my side and comforted me through difficult moments. Our bond has grown tremendously the last year. She is my rock, even if she can be aloof and anti-human at times. ps…she hate everyone but us!

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Loki name has changed about three times since he came to us. Another hard case, this fella would not walk on carpeting when he first came into the apartment. It took him a week or so to stop just jumping from furniture to furniture and walk on the floor. He’s a bit, “off”. Perhaps a bit autistic maybe. 

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He is a cuddle bug though, but still after over 6 years he is still skittish and temperamental. He was brought to us by the same neighbor. Neither of these babes had microchips and no one ever claimed them. They stayed with us in the beginning because we were pretty sure with all their oddities in behavior, they would have a hard time getting adopted. We still have to work with them daily. Neither are your typical playful sweet cats. They are moody, they can be aloof, but are very loved and love us right back (in their way, in their time and only for as long as they deem appropriate lol).

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Sunshine Blogger Award

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Many thanks to 💛 Jim @ This Is My Truth Now for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger award. He nominated me way back in July and somehow I completely missed this tag 😞 But I found it, so here goes!

This is an award for those blogs which bring sunshine into your life… interpret it any way you feel is appropriate, but follow these guidelines:

Rules
1.) Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
2.) Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
3.) Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
4.) List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

  • Where is the best place to watch the sunrise or sunset?

Hands down – the beach! It’s the most amazing feeling to watch the sun rise or set way out as it seems to or rise from the ocean depths 💙🌊

  • What color do you wear the most often?

Hmm probably black because that’s one of my favorite colors. 

  • How many siblings do you have?

Two (one passed away quite a while ago)

  • Which charity would you leave all your money to in the future?

I would divide 😂 all my money between the ASPCA, Harley’s Dream, and Oceana because yeah, I really do love animals more most of the time. But my money certainly wouldn’t go very far.

  • If you lived in another country, what would it be?

Italy or Ireland, maybe New Zealand.

  • What are your favorite and least favorite candy bars?

Favorite, mounds, I love coconut. Least favorite, almond joy, why did they have to ruin a delicious coconut candy bar???? Seriously, I don’t think I have a least favorite or favorite. I don’t eat candy bars very often. I usually eat 3-5 Hershey Kisses and I’m good to go for regular candy. As far as chocolate, I prefer the good expensive kind that isn’t filled with bad ingredients.

  • What is you favorite time of day?

Twilight, or very early dawn. Used to be middle of the night.

  • What is the least favorite part of your own blog?

I recently made a lot of changes and I don’t really dislike anything anymore about my blog. I dislike the fact I am bad with time management and don’t blog as much as I’d like to.

  • What food causes you to pig out the most?

🍕🍕🍕 Pizza. Pizza is my guilty, not guilty pleasure. Now I’d rather make my own so I can control the ingredients 😉 and that makes it a healthier option than ordering.

  • What actress would you want to meet for coffee?

Jennifer Lawrence, Rosario Dawson, Nikki Reed, or some other actress who speaks 🗣️ out for a cause they believe in. I’m not much of a fan girl type. I look at acting, writing, singing, playing a sport as no different than any other job. Everyone has a talent at a job they do, some just don’t see it that way. And people who do jobs that put themselves in harms way for the community and those who teach our children should be honored more than any celebrity, ever! But those who use their public platform and followings to try and help their world are pretty amazing to me. Now that is a super power 

  • Where is your most ticklish spot?

Sides, but I can get control of it pretty quick and I WILL tickle back!

 

I nominate:

  1. Karen
  2. Rosie
  3. Chloe
  4. Sarah
  5. Tammy
  6. Anna
  7. Mac
  8. Kelley
  9. Micaa
  10. Lynn
  11. Laura

 

My Questions For You:

  • If you could travel anywhere, where would it be?
  • Who inspires you the most?
  • What is your dream job?
  • Which country/city/place would you recommend to visit, and why?
  • A book that you will definitely recommend?
  • What do you do to take care of you?
  • What fictional place would you most like to visit, and why?
  • What is your favorite song of the moment?
  • What is the one touristy thing I would have to do or see in your home town?
  • Who’s your favorite superhero?
  • At what time of day do you enjoy sunshine most?

Take a BITE out of Puppy Mills!

A very important awareness launch from Harley’s Dream ❤️ Please take a moment to read more about Harley, this mission and the fight to end puppy mills everywhere!

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Harley’s Dream is excited to launch “Take a BITE out of Puppy Mills,” our fall awareness initiative with the goal of educating children worldwide in a fun, child-friendly, and impactful fashion. This project is designed to raise awareness about the puppy mill issue in a light-hearted and engaging way, yet with clearly outlined actions that can be taken to “take a bite” out of this industry.

Teddy, a puppy mill survivor and spokes-dog against puppy mills, is the inspiration behind our Halloween-themed awareness campaign. Because of health concerns, Teddy had to visit his doctor (aka “the bloodsucker”) for a series of blood tests and one day he decided to wear his vampire costume to an appointment … and the idea was born! Teddy “vants” you to join him this fall to “Take a BITE out of Puppy Mills!”

Halloween is a great opportunity to educate both young and…

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Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Purchase Arbonne Recipe Ingredients Here

 

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