Monthly Archives: January 2012

Jessica Alba launches unique, eco-friendly product line

Celebrity mom Jessica Alba has set out to change the world one diaper at a time.

On Tuesday, Alba, along with Christopher Gavigan, Brian Lee and Sean Kane announced the launch of The Honest Company, an eco-friendly line of family essentials offered through a monthly subscription service at Created for parents by parents, The Honest Company founders say they are committed to making safe, sustainable products more convenient, beautiful and affordable.

“I’ve spent way too many hours researching products and driving around trying to find safer, eco-friendly options for my kids,” exclaimed Jessica Alba, President and founder. “I knew that most people didn’t have that kind of time, nor the means to pay the premium prices. We had to make it easier.”

The founders surveyed moms around the country to find out what essential products all families universally need, and launched with a focused product line of diapers, wipes, bath/skin care, and household cleaning products all made from totally natural, non-toxic ingredients and packaged using modern designs.

Here’s how it works:
The products are curated into personalized bundles that are automatically shipped every month, and parents can try a FREE Discovery Kit, that includes a sample pack of diapers and wipes, or trial-sized versions of the bath, skin and cleaning products. It’s an easy process, and members at can purchase a monthly supply of non-toxic stylish diapers competitively priced at less than $20 a week, and can also choose a monthly supply of the body care and home cleaning essentials for under $9 a week.

Learn more at

For members of Zulily, there’s a special sale happening at 9 a.m., Wednesday, January 18 to purchase products from The Honest Company. So, be on the lookout the for that!

Not a member of Zulily, no problem! Click here for an invitation.

Image courtesy of The Honest Company.

Dogs read expressions as well as babies

A recent study show’s how man’s best friend may be more human-like than we thought.

According to the journal Current Biology, dogs are able to read our “communicative intent”, or our intention to interact with them via our faces. That ability is something that infants can do, specifically babies around six months old.

The study shows how dogs don’t just rely on verbal cues to ascertain what humans want. They also use eye contact to anticipate human desires.

“Dogs are receptive to human communication in a manner that was previously attributed only to humans,” says one of the study’s co-authors, Jozsef Topal of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. “Dogs have evolved to sharing their lives with humans,” he says. “And they gained new skills that support their social interaction with humans.”

Read more on USA Today: Like babies, dogs pick up on human intent

I’m so glad to see studies like these being done, because I’m convinced that Riley knows what I’m saying. As pet parents we use the same commands over and over, so it’s easy for them to pick up the commands

Some phrases Riley knows:
Are you hungry?
Do you need to go outside?
Do you want to go for a walk?
Want to go for a ride?
Where’s you ball? Go get your ball?
Want a cookie?
Sit. Lay down. Roll over.
You’re going to go in the bathroom! (That’s his time out place)

The list could go on, as I’m sure it could for most of you reading this, but the bottom line is: keep up the chatter, they really do know what you’re saying!

Games dogs and kids play

Anyone who has a dog and a baby knows at some point the baby actually realizes how fun your family pet can be.

Chloé has always known Riley has existed, but it wasn’t until a few weeks ago that she became obsessed with him. She’s 17-months old now, so she’s on the move, gibbering and walking up a storm. Chloé has had a lot of time to adjust to Riley because in our house, wherever I go, Riley follows. And now that Chloé is here, she’s in toe too.

Since she could walk, I’ve been teaching her how to give Riley his biscuits. How she should leave him alone while he eats, and how to play ball. The funny part is, now she wants to give him her cookies, and he wants to play with her toys and vice-versa. To both of them, everything is fair game.

I’m not a nervous mom, so I don’t mind them playing with each others stuff, but I’m struggling with teaching them how to play together and how to know which toy or treat is theirs. My guess is, it will come with time.

I recently came across this article from the ASPCA about games parents can play with their kids and dogs, and there are a lot of good ideas. Some of them I’m already doing, so it’s nice to see that I’m on the right track!

Kids 6 Months To 2 Years Old:

Your child can lie on the floor and your dog or cat can jump over him.

You and your child can hide and then call your pet to come find you.

Young children love peek-a-boo games. Try holding up a cloth so that your pet is concealed. Let your child pull the cloth aside, making your pet “appear.”
If your pet is gentle, your child can smear his own fingers and toes with peanut butter or a soft cheese product and let your pet lick them clean. (Try this with your fingers first. If your pet’s nibbling is too rough, choose another activity.)

Children in a high chair, crib or playpen can drop food for your pet to enjoy, but please avoid using animal treats because your child might eat them. It is also ESSENTIAL to avoid using foods that are dangerous to pets. Stick to healthy people foods such as green beans, carrot sticks, apple slices (without seeds), unsalted pretzels and plain, cooked pasta.


Pet parents make resolutions, too!

A few days ago I made my very short list of New Year’s resolutions. It turns out I’m not alone when it comes to including your pets in hopes for the new year.

Halo, Purely for Pets, recently surveyed more than 1,000 pet owners and 88.7% plan to help their pets get more exercise.

Here’s how:
62.4% – more walks
68.3% – play with them more
30.3% – find a new game to play
20.2% – go to the dog park more often
15.8% – run my cat up and down stairs
2.9% – take a Doga class
1.9% – get into extreme sports

And, 45.9% plan to help their pets lose weight in 2012 by:

68.7% – get more exercise
44.8% – feed better quality food
35.1% – feed less food
34% – give fewer treats
33% – give more nutritious treats
10.9% – plan a program with their vet

Looking at these statistics, I’m nodding my head agreeing with a lot of them. Although, enrolling Riley in a Doga class seems a little far-fetched, no?

Overall, I think it’s awesome to see pet parents including their furkids in their new year’s resolutions. Now, let’s try and stick to them!

Riley B. enjoying some R&R over the holiday break.

Thanks to BlogPaws for alerting me of this fun survey!

Making and following New Year’s resolutions

I can’t remember a time when I made New Year’s resolutions. I’m a big list maker, but for some reason I never got into making resolutions each January. Although this year it might be a little different.

I want to make a list of things I hope to do in the new year, rather than things I need to quit.

- Walk my dog, Riley more. Since having Chloé I’ve been taking him out for a spin less. While Riley and I play all day, I feel that for his health, it’s definitely a good idea.

- Return to dance. I’m on the hunt right now for some hip-hop classes in my area for adults. I would LOVE it if I could dance one day a week!

- Read more. Right now, I read whenever I can. Sometimes it’s once a day, sometimes it’s every few days. I find reading is a great relaxation tool, and I want to commit to doing it more.

- Experiment more in the kitchen. I feel like I’ve fallen into a rut where I’m not cooking up anything new. I get two cooking magazines in a month, and my goal is to cook at least one thing from each them.

These hopes aren’t world-changing, but I think they are positive, and can definitely add a new twist to my daily/weekly routine.

Do you make resolutions? And if so, do you keep them?