How we treated our dog’s nasodigital hyperkeratosis — wait, what?

hyperkeratosis dog paws, almost feathery in texture

I thought to write this since as an animal-lover, finding a solution to our woof’s problem lifted such a weight off my back. Hopefully it helps someone else’s puppy out too. A few weeks ago, Casey started limping. We first assumed it was a pulled muscle since she does this often up north when she runs around. She had been roughhousing (ruff-housing?) in the snow a lot with Junior. After a few days it hadn’t resolved itself though. I checked her paws quickly and they seemed a bit cracked. … Continue reading

How to fix a broken makeup compact

broken makeup compact

Ever have this happen? I did about two weeks ago. Whoops. Luckily this mattifying powder was on its way out and I already have a new one in the cabinet waiting… but since I found a quick fix on Pinterest a while ago for this, I decided to test it out. Leave it open to air dry overnight. Did it work? While it didn’t work out exactly as planned, I did get a lot more use out of this compact — in fact, I’m still … Continue reading

Quick tip: How to soften hardened brown sugar

If you don’t keep brown sugar locked in an air tight container (or if your brown sugar-loving husband leaves the canister open often enough after spooning some into his coffee), you’ll find your delicious sweetener gets thick and hardens up fast.     I came across a great way to re-soften the stuff — no need to buy a new bag when you come across a hard one in the cupboard that you didn’t use soon enough. You just need an airtight container, a slice … Continue reading

How to Refresh Your Stinky Towels Naturally

Despite being green for the most part, we always wash our towels in hot water because — let’s face it — towels washed in cold can smell just gross. The other day I noticed a towel after one use smelled like it had been dragged through an onion patch. This happens more than I care to admit (but I will anyway). A towel used on a clean person’s body should not smell bad. However, months on end of detergent buildup and mildew as well as … Continue reading

DIY sugar face & hand scrubs for dry winter skin!

You know those people who say they don’t want gifts but really you’re smart enough know everyone wants a gift? This is one for those people. These homemade scrubs are great for guys or girls — think: a gritty scrub to keep in the garage for a quick handwash under the hose. The facial scrub is made of all natural ingredients, and the hand scrub is the easiest thing in the world to make. Both are extremely effective, though for my skin type (which is … Continue reading

DIY: Quick, Simple & Affordable Deodorant From Your Kitchen!

For years, my poor armpits have suffered. All of my skin is sensitive, but my underarms — whose smell begs to be tamed — get itchy and spotty from even natural deodorants from the health food store. I have not found ‘clinical strength deodorant’ (just antiperspirant), but I’d probably still rash out and itch as badly from it as with everything else. After years of experimentation, I’ve found a formula that has worked amazingly for months to keep me stench-free without any negative side effects. … Continue reading