Advice For Finicky Eaters

You know, eating the same thing day in and day out can be pretty boring. We try to feed our dogs good quality dry dog food that helps them maintain their girlish figures because although they have their own large yard to run around in, they don’t get as much exercise in the summer here in the South. It is too hot for them to stay out for very long. But, as my husband pointed out, to our dogs the healthy dog food is probably a lot like eating broccoli every day. Often they come wagging their tails to their bowls for dinner, take one sniff and then turn and look forlornly at me as if to say ‘This again, mom?’


So, here is my solution for turning the ‘broccoli’ into a yummy dinner for my furry little foodies:

Keeping in mind the foods that can be toxic to dogs, here are some dog-friendly food additions that won’t break the bank. No need to visit a specialty store. Your local grocery offers what you need for this task. Above you can see what I found on my most recent trip – unsweetened apple sauce, which was discounted on a ‘back to school’ sale and a few jars of vegetable and fruit baby food. All together I probably spent $2.50 on what you see above.

Anything that is made for babies should be made with pure ingredients, but make sure you read the labels and avoid those with added colors and preservatives. I tend to steer clear of meat-based baby food as well as it can sometimes include onion or onion powder which is not a dog-friendly ingredient. Baby food is also relatively cheap. For example, I found a special on banana baby food – 2/$1.00 and then $0.65 for the large jar of sweet potatoes.

There are a couple of ways you can offer your dogs these food additions to their dry food. Since I have four dogs, I like to make things stretch, so I empty the contents of one of the jars of baby food into an empty ketchup bottle and mix in some filtered water. Then, just shake to mix and squirt a bit on the top of the dry dog food! That simple. Keep the bottle in the fridge once it is mixed.

The other method of delivery is to add a bit to the food directly without mixing it with water. In the case of the unsweetened apple sauce, I put a spoonful of it on top of the bowl of dry food and stirred it in so that it was distributed throughout the dry food. That way my finicky fur balls won’t just lick off the top goodness and leave the rest. You can just pop the unused portions into the fridge for the next meal.

Dog refusing to eat dry food

At our house, we call these food additions “Special Dinners” in that the pack doesn’t get them all the time. I don’t want to condition my dogs to only eating food that has been jazzed-up. Special dinners does work to fill them up, though, and since we were all laboring under a bit of cabin fever this weekend thanks to a flood of rain for three days our dogs got a couple of special dinners as a treat – here’s a photo of them chilling with full tummies:

I hope that you can use my suggestions to help your finicky doggie foody enjoy their dry dog food!


Wrinkle Cream

Wrinkles are one of the most obvious signs of aging and one that most of us want to avoid, if at all possible. No matter how much makeup you wear and how youthful your clothes are, if you have wrinkles, people can tell roughly how old you are. However, there are a number of things that you can do to reduce the amount of wrinkles that you get and one of these things is to buy a good wrinkle cream.



Many people will be prepared to do almost anything to fight off wrinkles such as having surgery or getting injections to give the impression of younger looking skin. However getting treatments such as this may not always be the best course of action. They can be painful, expensive and there is always the risk of side effects. It would be much better to invest in a good wrinkle cream and to take care of yourself instead of going to these extremes.

Type of Skin

When it comes to buying a good wrinkle cream, you will have to take the type of skin you have into consideration. You need to also consider what kind of condition your skin is in as well because you may have damaged skin due to too much exposure to sun or from smoking etc.

Get Some Advice

Before you rush out to pay for an expensive wrinkle cream, you should speak to a dermatologist about which type of cream would be best for your skin. There is no point in spending a lot of money on a cream that will not suit your skin. A good dermatologist will be able to recommend a good wrinkle cream based on the type and condition of your skin.

Finding a Good Wrinkle Cream

You may not have the money to pay for a dermatologist’s advice and if this is the case then you will have to do some research about what wrinkle cream to buy. If you are looking for an anti aging cream then you want something that is going to revitalize your skin. One ingredient to look out for in your wrinkle cream is antioxidants as these are said to have amazing healing properties. An example of a good antioxidant is Vitamin A so look out for this in any cream you are considering.

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You need to remember that your wrinkle cream should be able to keep your skin hydrated because wrinkles tend to form in dry skin. Make sure that you choose a wrinkle cream with something like shea butter as this is great for keeping the skin hydrated.

Anti aging creams will not work overnight and they cannot get rid of wrinkles that are already in the skin. However they can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles if you are prepared to give it some time. Don’t expect to see results in a matter of days because this will not happen.


How to Recover From a Cesarean Section

A recovery from a cesarean birth can be more difficult than recovery from a vaginal birth. You will need follow some rules in order to have a speedy recovery.

Things You’ll Need:

  • Help from a family member if possible
  • Postpartum surgical belt


Most of the time cesarean sections are done while you are awake. However, sometimes you will be put under with anesthesia. If anesthesai has been used, keep this in mind. You will probably be extremely thirsty when you wake up. Be very careful about how much you drink at first. Take a few small sips and then wait a few minutes. Try a few more small sips again. If you drink too much too fast, you might throw up. That is the last thing you want right now.


Try different positions for holding your baby when nursing. Try to avoid plopping the baby directly over your incision. A nice sideways hold works well.


After your catheter is removed, the nurse will make you get out of bed. You have to do it so just move slowly and carefully. It is not as bad as you think.

Home portrait of pregnant woman


During your hospital stay, the nurses will encourage you to take walks around the hospital halls. Although you might not feel up to it, it is important to do so. Getting up and about will help you get some strength back. It will also help to alleviate the inevitable gas you will have after a cesarean section.


Once you are home, take it easy!! If you have someone to help you, let them help you as much as possible. Although getting up and about is good, you don’t want to overdo it. Do not lift anything heavier than the baby. Your housework can wait because your physical recovery is more important.


A surgical postpartum belt can give your abodomen nice support. You will find it helpful because it reduces the strain on your tender muscles. If you do not have one, support pantyhose with the legs cut off can be used instead. When you are lying down, a pillow tucked up nice and firm to your abdomen is helpful as well.



Call your doctor if you have any concerns at all. Follow up with your doctors for your postpartum checks. The scar area will remain numb for a few months but usually the feeling comes back. It will also fade very nicely in time.