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April 6, 2017

A Unique Way To Share a Spa Experience With Your Dog

I have a bit of a confession to make.

I am a subscription box virgin. (sigh)

Out of all the boxes out there on the market, I have yet to find one that fits my lifestyle and by that I mean, something I can enjoy and share with my dogs.

Until now.

Let me introduce you to The Nurturing Paw...
seasonal subscription box for dogs and their owners that are healthy and organic
Disclosure: Golden Daily Scoop was sent The Nurturing Paw Subscription box  for review purposes. All opinions expressed are our own. The Nurturing Paw is not responsible for the contents of this post. 

The Nurturing Paw® is a quarterly (seasonal) subscription box that has a unique twist to it by offering an organic and holistic spa experience to be enjoyed in your home to benefit both you and your dog.
Founders, Karen Finkle and Debbie Miller are passionate about helping pet parents spend relaxing and quality time with their dogs. They are dedicated to empowering every pet parent with options to share an experience that brings balance and wellness to the owner and their dog.
the nurturing paw subscription box of healthy organic and holistic items for dogs and their owners
I love their mission of providing exceptional products, resources and awareness to healthy alternatives for owners and their dogs. To me, living a healthy lifestyle is so important and that is no different when it comes to my dogs. I think it's great that a company like, The Nurturing Paw helps dog owners find that balance for a healthy life.

What's In The Nurturing Paw Subscription Box

golden retriever living a healthy and organic life
As I mentioned above, this is a quarterly subscription box so a new one comes out every season. This particular box is the Winter Serenity Care Package. After the winter that we just had here in the northeast, I was happy to welcome any serenity into our home. 
unboxing the nurturing paw subscription box of healthy and organic items for dogs and their owners
Opening the box was like opening a giant bouquet of lavender. If I could have crawled right inside that box, I totally would have and I'm pretty sure Miley would have wanted to join me! lol It smelled AMAZING! 

Lavender Soy Candle

A luxurious, 2 oz. hand-crafted soy candle in a glass container with an all-natural cotton wick, organic soy wax, and premium fragrant oils, specially made for The Nurturing Paw. the nurturing paw lavender soy candle
A nice, soft lavender scent - I can't wait to light this candle at my desk! 

French Lavender Dried Twigs

A bouquet of fragrant and high quality French blue lavender. 
the nurturing paw french lavender dried bouquet
Miley loved the scent of the Lavender bouquet. I have a cute little vase in my bathroom for this bouquet!

Lavender Bath Salts

Botanical bath salts contain 100% concentrated botanical salt with natural lavender flowers and lavender essential oil. The minerals penetrate and stimulate the skin while gently washing away dead skin cells for smoother, softer skin.
the nurturing paw lavender bath salts aromatherapy
The mineral salts relax your muscles while the high sodium content helps your body maintain a stable and healthy pH level, creating a true Zen spa experience. Sounds perfect to me, I hear a nice long bath calling my name! 

Rough Clear Crystal Quartz

Grade A+ clear Quartz crystal points from Brazil. The benefits of this crystal is to enhance energy levels in dogs and boost the immune system, which will improve your dog's health and speed up the healing process. It's also helpful in deducing pain and inflammation.
the nurturing paw quartz crystal healing effects for dogs and their owners
How to Use: Place crystal near your dog's favorite sleeping spot, making sure to keep it out of their reach and small children as it would be harmful is swallowed. You can also hold the crystal in one hand while petting your dog with the other. Pet owners can benefit from the crystal. Quartz is the most powerful healing stone and is known as the master healer, amplifying energy and promoting clarity of mind. 

I have heard positive things about crystals and have always wanted to try them but never knew where to start. Now I do and I can't wait to give this Quartz a try! 

Canine Calm Natural Remedy Mist

Canine Calm uses pure essential oils such as lavender and bergamot to help dogs relax during stressful times like thunderstorms, fireworks, grooming, vet visits, separation anxiety etc. This natural mist is made in the USA and packaged in a BPA free recyclable container. 
the nurturing paw canine calm spray for dogs with anxiety
How to Use: It can be sprayed directly onto cloth, skin or fur at the first sign of upset. Just spray 1 or 2 mists on your fingertips and gently massage your dog's outer ears. Repeat if you don't see desired results in 10 minutes. You can also mist their favorite blanket, bandana or bedding.

Having a Golden that suffers from anxiety, I know this will come in handy this summer with storms and fireworks.  

Lavender Love Organic French Culinary Grade Lavender Flowers & Recipe

USDA organic lavender flower. Pure and natural, certified by CERES. Imported from the Provence region of France, culinary grade to enhance your favorite recipes. 
the nurturing paw dog treat recipe with lavender
I have never baked with lavender before so I can't wait to make this recipe for the dogs. Stay tuned! 

All Natural Baked Treats

These treats are made by Treats Unleashed and are baked from scratch daily inside their stores. Their recipes were developed by a family member with a PhD in food science and animal nutrition and have been formulated for dogs using only human-grade ingredients.
the nurturing paw all natural baked treats from treats unleashed
These treats have no artificial preservatives, chemicals or refined sugars added to them. Miley was drooling the minute I pulled the treat out of the bag!

Our Golden Scoop on The Nurturing Paw
I love the concept of being able to have a spa experience and being able to share it with your dog by spending quality time together. Best of all, it's affordable and you don't need to leave your house.

The common theme of the Winter box is lavender, something that we both can benefit from with it's healing and calming effects. The quality of the products are top notch, you can tell they put a lot of time and thought into it.

The Nurturing Paw subscription box gives me a chance to try and learn about new healthy alternatives for myself and the dogs and at the end of the day that is all that really matters; living a balanced, happy and healthy lifestyle for me and my dogs.

Sign Up For The Nurturing Paw Subscription Box

The Nurturing Paw has generously offered a special discount to our readers:  
20% off a yearly subscription (4 Seasonal Boxes) or a 1 time purchase.
Visit The Nurturing Paw website, click on subscribe and enter the special discount code: GDSCOOP.

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April 4, 2017

How to Upcycle Your Old Things Into A New Dog Bed

Can you believe it's April?

Although it doesn't look or feel it outside, we are in full Spring mode inside.

For me, Spring is the time for cleaning out closets, switching out bedding and deciding what to do with it all.

Keep, Donate or Toss - that is the million dollar question.

Today I am hear to answer that question - upcycle it into a new dog bed!
how to upcycle your old belongings into a molly mutt  dog beds
Disclosure: Golden Daily Scoop was sent a Molly Mutt duvet, stuff sack and pillow pack  for review purposes. All opinions expressed are our own. Molly Mutt is not responsible for the contents of this post. 

You're probably wondering how in the world can you turn your unwanted clothes, blankets, bedding etc. into a bed for your dog - it's quite simple!

Stuff. Sniff. Snooze.™

The Molly Mutt® bed is built on the concept of 'stuff. sniff. snooze.'  They sell beautiful, highly durable and machine washable duvet covers that dog owners can stuff with their unwanted things from around their home. These things create an inner 'mattress' for the bed made of clothes and things that smell like the dog's owners. Thus making a secure and comfy place for them to nap.

3 Easy Steps to Make a Molly Mutt Bed

Who said duvet covers are only for people? Molly Mutt has come up with a brilliant concept of a duvet cover for your dog's bed, stuffed with your upcycled things you no longer want or need.
molly mutt dog duvet, stuff sack and pillow pack review
Step 1: Gather your upcycled belongings. I used my daughter's old bedding sets that I don't want to part with but they were just taking up space in a closet. The Goldens spend time in the girl's bedrooms so I know they would approve! Bonus: Your dog knows and likes your scent, so using your old belongings will bring comfort and familiarity to their new bed.
golden retriever dog with molly mutt dog bed duvet
Step 2: Fill the stuff sack. You can stuff the liner to the level of comfort and cushion that you think your dog would desire. Some dogs prefer soft, squishy beds while others prefer a more firm surface. By the look on Bruin, I think it's stuffed just right!
golden retriever dog laying on molly mutt stuff sack
Step 3: Stuff the duvet cover and pillow pack. This may take a little muscle and moral support from your dog but trust me it will be worth it when your done. I stuffed the pillow sack with a large pillow and it fit perfectly.
how to stuff your molly mutt duvet and pillow to make a dog bed
This bed fits Bruin like a glove. I barely had the bed zipped and pillow attached before he was ready to settle in for a nice nap.
golden retriever dog sleeping on a molly mutt dog bed
I just LOVE the print! It's called "amarillo by morning", the color is olive green with light blue dogs, squirrels, bones and hydrants. The print is adorable and matches my Golden's personalities perfectly.

This particular dog bed is a size medium/large and measures 27"x 36" x 5". Bruin is a big boy, weighing 89lbs and he fits comfortably on it.
golden retriever dog sleeping on molly mutt dog bed and pillow
The pillow pack is called "fade into me" and the color is a light grey. Both the pillow and the bed nicely compliment my decor.

Miley patiently waited to try out the new bed. As you can see it didn't take her long to get acquainted with it, I love how she went right in for a snuggle with the pillow!
golden retriever laying and sleeping on molly mutt dog bed
Next was Maggie's turn. Out of the three dogs, Maggie is the dog bed connoisseur. She would much prefer to lay on her bed than the floor, I can see her taking a lot of naps on this bed.
golden labrador dog sleeping on molly mutt duvet cover, dog bed
Looks like this is the new bed of choice for all three Goldens. I wonder how long this "sharing" will last. LOL!
three golden retrievers sleeping on a molly mutt dog bed review

My Golden Scoop on Molly Mutt Beds

Now that we know how to make a Molly Mutt bed and can see how much the dogs love it, let me tell you why I love the bed.

Easy to Clean: One of the key elements of the Molly Mutt bed is that everything is washable, 100% machine washable both outside and inside the bed. This includes, the duvet cover, the pillow pack and the stuff sack - filling and all. No need to re-stuff every time you wash it! Easy peasy! The duvet cover is also pre-shrunk so no surprises when you take it out of the dryer!

Interchangeable: You can easily zip off a dirty cover and zip on a clean one. I like the idea of having an extra duvet cover on hand for times when you don't need to wash the whole bed but you'd just like a fresh cover. They also offer an all-natural deodorizing spray called "fresh" if you don't have an additional cover.

Durability: The Molly Mutt dog beds are made of 100% cotton canvas - very durable. Let me be clear, dog beds in our house aren't just used for napping. They are also used for chewing bones, de-stuffing toys, enjoying a treat and more times than not is where a fun game of bitey-face starts. This bed has stood up to all of those.

Eco-Friendly: Being good to the planet is something that is important to me. I love how you can keep your old belongings out of the landfill by upcycling them. To me, tossing things in the trash is like throwing money out the window. Molly Mutt is the leader in the industry with duvet covers that eliminate 100% of the energy and greenhouse gas emissions associated with other bedding.

Stylish: Molly Mutt has proved that you don't have to sacrifice style to be green. I like to call Molly Mutt, "the Lilly Pulitzer" of the dog world. There are so many beautiful colors and patterns to choose from. Their designs are affordable and versatile to go with your dog's personality and home decor.

To sum it all up, Molly Mutt really understands that we love our pets, our style and the environment. I appreciate that they combine all three together to provide pet owners environmentally responsible accessories for our pets.
How to make a molly mutt bed in 3 easy steps

Choosing a Molly Mutt bed is super easy and fun! The Pillow Pack Kit includes everything you need, a duvet, stuff sack and pillow pack. The best part? You can mix & match two patterns to fit your style and taste!

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