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Natural Home Remedy for Your Pup’s Ear Infection

Seeing your pup hurt or sick is one of the WORST things to go through as a furmama. Recently, Chase ended up at the vet because of what we thought was an injured paw/leg. He wasn’t eating, going outside or playing at all. Anytime we would pick him up or try to move him, he would yelp in pain. We took him to Bethany Animal Hospital right away, and they told us he probably was starting to have back issues, which is common for pomeranians and other small dogs. He was given the dog version of Aleve and within a few days was back to his hyper self – thank goodness.

Soon after, Chase started shaking his head a lot more than usual. This turned into pawing at his ears, scratching them, and walking around tilting his head to one side. When I noticed it was getting worse, I looked up the signs of dogs with ear infections. Sure enough, it seemed like Chase had one.

My first instinct was to rush him to the vet (because I’m a super anxious person), but I came across a few articles on how to treat your dog’s ear infection at home. I was a little skeptical, but because I didn’t see any blood or discharge coming from his ears yet, I decided to give one of the remedies a try. Surprisingly, within three days of using this natural remedy – Chase had stopped shaking his head and pawing at his ears, and was back to his normal self!

Here’s how I did it:

  • Take a few tablespoons of coconut oil and heat it in a pan with a few cloves of garlic
  • Allow the oil mixture to cool enough so it doesn’t hurt your pup (but don’t let it  solidify)
  • Use an ear dropper or syringe and drop 1-2 drops in each ear 2-3 times a day for one week.

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Amazingly, coconut oil and garlic act act as potent antibiotics, which are said to cure and prevent bacterial infections even better than a medicinal antibiotic. As such, you can use this natural drop mix to prevent ear infections as well! As soon as this actually worked for my pup, I knew I had to share it with my fellow dog moms.

Do you have any natural home remedies for your furbabies? Drop a comment to share!

 

Recipes

Gluten-free Vegan Balsamic Bruschetta

This recipe was surprisingly a hit this Christmas – it’s difficult to make gluten-free recipes that non-GF people will enjoy. The key to this recipe is toasting the gluten-free bread, which changes the texture just enough to make it taste just like a regular gluten-y crostini!

You will need:

  • Schar Gluten-Free Baguettes or Schar Ciabatta Rolls (Vegan!)
  • Fresh Roma (approx. 4-5) or Cherry Tomatoes (2-3 containers)
  • One medium red onion
  • 1 bulb fresh garlic
  • One package fresh basil leaves
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Gluten-free Balsamic Vinegar
  • Spices (Black pepper, garlic powder, pink himalayan or sea salt, parsley)

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  • Preheat oven to 350 Degrees F
  • Slice the Schar bread into crostini slices
  • Place on baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil

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  • Chop the tomatoes, red onion & fresh basil
  • Mince the entire bulb of fresh garlic
  • Mix in bowl with 1 tbsp. olive oil and spices
  • Allow to bruschetta mix to settle while you toast the crostinis in the oven to your preference. I cook mine for a few minutes just to slightly toast them.
  • Scoop the bruschetta mix on the toasted crostini & drizzle with GF balsamic vinegar
  • Enjoy!

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10 Winter Self-Care Essentials

Hey everyone!

It has been quite a brutal winter up here in the Chicago ‘burbs, and I’ve been focusing a lot of my spare time during this winter break on self-care (when I’m not working). It is always important for me to go back to school after a break feeling refreshed, healthy, and like I generally took some time off to take care of myself (because I’ll inevitably forget to do this when the semester starts again). I thought I’d share with all of you some of my winter self-care essentials that I’ve been using religiously this winter break:

  1. Bath & Body Works Stress Relief Eucalyptus & Spearmint Body Wash & Foam Bath – $13.50 I recently featured this BBW Aromatherapy lifesaver in an insta post – but I’m sharing again because it’s definitely one of my winter essentials! Dealing with the freezing Chicago temps and dreary weather always gets me a little down (and cold, and ill, and kinda depressed, and… well, you get it). I cure some of that dreariness by taking an excessive amount of hot bubble baths! I use my this stress relief foam bath when I’m feeling a little anxious, and I use my Bodycology bath bombs (see below) every other time.
  2. Bath & Body Works PocketBac Hand Sanitizers – 5 for $6 The flu is going around up here like crazy!! Everyone in my office has been on edge and using Germex constantly! I keep these handy PocketBacs everywhere – one at my desk, two in my purse, in my car, around the house… basically in reach at all times. Not to mention, they smell WAY better than Germex.
  3. Lip Scrub I’ve admittedly been struggling this winter with extreeeemely dry lips. They’ve been so bad, that I’ve created a whole skincare routine just for my lips! Lol! For anyone else who struggles with their lips in the winter, try starting with a lip scrub like the one listed here, and then use a lip mask followed by Ulta’s amazing juice-infused lip oil, and EOS balm throughout the day! See my products linked below
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  5. Ulta Juice Infused Lip Oil – $9 or Buy Two Get Two
  6. EOS Smooth Smear Lip Balm – $3.29
  7. Living Proof Perfect Hair Day (PhD) Dry Shampoo – $22 Okay, who else wakes up in the morning freezing cold and fighting just to get out of bed?! Chicago winters definitely take a toll on your daily life, and sometimes, it’s just damn hard to get out of bed and spend an hour washing, drying, and styling your hair. The best dry shampoo I’ve ever used is this guy right here! Personally recommended by my best friend and beauty guru, Danielle, who works at Sephora so her recommendation means more than mine!
  8. Feeling Beautiful Charcoal & Black Sugar Mask – $4.29 for 6 oz. or $1.99 for individual mask I love the mud version of this mask, but it also comes in a gel version! It’s focused on detoxifying the skin, which is ahmazing and all, but I just use face masks during my excessive “self-care and relaxation” days in these brutal winters lol! Just be careful not to overuse any kind of face mask, as your skin will definitely dry out.
  9. Bodycology Bath Fizzies – $4.97 in-store at Walmart 
  10. Finishing Touch Flawless – Instant and Painless Facial Hair Remover – $19.99 I cannot get over this product! It was actually given to me in my Christmas stocking from my mom (she still gives us stockings from “Santa” and probably will til I’m 50). Using a razor on your face when it’s THIS cold and dry is terrible – your skin is already dry, and using your razor to get rid of pesky facial hair just makes your face more dry and irritated. This amazing tool does what it promises – it doesn’t even feel like it’s removing hair, but it gets it ALL and leaves your skin feeling warm and smooth! ZERO irritation. I will never use anything else on my face!

What are YOUR winter self-care essentials?

xo – lawandlooks

 

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Gluten-free Vegan Minestrone Soup

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It’s only January 2nd and I’m already sick and feeling run-down thanks to the horribly cold temps we’ve been having in Chicago (combined with my autoimmune disease). NYE was almost -30 with the windchill! The cold combined with being sick inspired me to share (and make for myself!) a family recipe of mine that’s been passed down for generations – our Italian vegetable minestrone soup!

This recipe has had some modifications recently, as my mom, then me, then my sister all found out we have Celiac disease. But, as you’ve seen from prior posts, you can’t keep Italians from eating pizza, bread and pasta! It just needs to be modified.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • One large green bell pepper
  • One medium red onion
  • Two bulbs of garlic
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 large (28 oz.) can crushed tomato with basil (the Hunt’s cans I feature on this post is gluten-free!)
  • 1 regular (14.5 oz.) can diced tomato
  • 1 can (14.5 oz.) red kidney beans
  • 1 8 oz. box of Banza brand gluten-free shells made from chickpeas (you can use any gluten-free shells from an 8 oz. box to 12 oz. box. If your local store does not have gluten-free shells, try gluten-free bow-tie pasta or macaroni in its place).
  • Spices (basil, italian seasoning, garlic powder, black pepper, sea salt, pink himalayan salt, parsley, thyme, cayenne pepper).

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First, you will chop the the red onion and green pepper. Finely chop the garlic.

 

Saute the green pepper and onion in the olive oil on medium heat until softened – then, add the garlic and continue to saute. Add black pepper and sea salt/himalayan salt and saute until you start to see a subtle browning.

At this point, add the large can of crushed tomato, the can of diced tomatoes, the *drained* can of red kidney beans, and the 6 cups of water. Add spices to taste (be generous! It’s a big pot of soup!). The spices you use can vary depending on what you have in your kitchen. My mom relies on Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and garlic powder for the most part. I used what I had in my kitchen, which was a mix of sea salt, pink himalayan salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper (be careful, this is HOT!), thyme, and parsley.

After the soup mixture has been boiling for about ten minutes, add the box of uncooked pasta into the same pot. When the noodles are softened (but are still al dente – approximately 10 minutes) remove from heat and serve!

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I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do! This recipe will make you enough soup to last at least a few days.