Fourth of July Reminder from Giddy, Twinkle, and Nugget

A cute reminder that dogs and fireworks do not mix, from Have a safe and happy Fourth! Until next time, Good day, and good dog! Dog Blog

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Kittens Going Crazy for Feline Greenies Cat Treats

An old video that I’ve been wanting to upload for some time now. We wanted to give these treats a try, and they turned kind playful kittens into vicious mons…
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Day Trip // Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

Lake Geneva Day Trip // Bubby and Bean

When I was a little girl, every summer my family would drive an hour or so north to a little beach and lake in rural Wisconsin.  I have the absolute best memories of these trips – they were sweet, simple day trips filled with all of the joys of summer (translate: swimming and ice cream).  As an adult, my husband and I try to take the same day trip once or twice a summer up to the Lake Geneva area.  It’s close, it’s easy, and it’s a mini escape to a small town surrounded by beautiful pieces of nature.  We are big fans of spontaneous adventures and these excursions are never planned.  Usually we’ll wake up on a random weekend morning, realize that we don’t have any plans for the day, and proceed to hop in the car head north. 

This past Saturday, Robbie and I decided that it was officially the day to take our annual visit to the area.  It was actually a really dreary morning – which meant we’d have to skip our usual swimming experience, but also meant dealing with less crowd madness.  (Lake Geneva tends to be a pretty popular spot on summer weekends, and the parking and restaurant situations can be somewhat challenging during those times.) We quickly got dressed, grabbed coffees, got in the car, put on some Talking Heads, and drove out of urbanization into Illinois farmlands, along winding rural roads, until we arrived in town. (You can view a slightly amusing short video of our drive via my Instagram account.)

We decided to start off with an early lunch, and our first stop was a restaurant called Simple Cafe.  I’d heard great things about this farm-to-table restaurant and their fresh, local menu, and was excited to try it out.  There was a 20 minute wait for a table, so we headed next door to their bakery, which had all sorts of delicious breads, spreads and treats.  Back at the restaurant, Robbie ordered some sort of fancy omelet, while I opted for the grilled cheese and tomato soup (I have a thing for grilled cheese sandwiches).  We were not disappointed.  The multi-grain bread was insanely good and the tomato soup – which tasted of hints of Parmesan – may have been the best I’d ever had.  I washed my lunch down with a Sprecher Cherry Cola, which was also ridiculously good (I need to get my hands on some of that Door County cherry juice).  If you’re ever in the area, I can’t recommend Simple Cafe highly enough.  (For those of you in Milwaukee, apparently they own one there as well.)

After lunch, we decided to take a drive down Snake Road, which is a rustic road, dotted with historical, multi-million dollar summer estates.  Although you can only see the gates (and servant’s quarters) from the roads, it’s still a gorgeous drive, and fun to imagine what it was like when many of these massive homes were built over a hundred years ago.  The Lake Geneva area actually has a very rich history – it was a hugely popular resort town during the roaring ’20s (and popular with Al Capone and his mob pals as well), Hugh Hephner opened the first Playboy Club ever there, and many noted Chicago celebrities owned mansions there, deep in the woods. 

We headed back to Lake Geneva, parked the car by the lake, and spent a couple of hours walking around and taking photographs.  Although small and often congested, the beach is still quite beautiful, and it’s very peaceful to sit and stare out into the waves.  The shops downtown are touristy, but there are quite a few fun boutiques and antique shops.  Kismet is full of handmade gift items, many crafted by local artists.  Lake Geneva Antique and Art Bazaar is a newer shop that has a huge mix of handmade art, antiques, and vintage goods.  Geneva Jakes has cool outdoor goods.  For a wide assortment of gorgeously crafted fair trade goods, stop into Global Hands.  And for some of the most delicious ice cream in the midwest, pay a visit to Kilwin’s Chocolates.

By late afternoon, the weather had started to warm up and the sun had finally emerged, so we decided to drive over to Williams Bay, a tiny town also on the shore of Geneva Lake.  When we’re visiting the area specifically to go to swimming, we usual choose this beach, because it’s a little more removed and slightly less crowded.  It was too cold to swim this time (at least for us), but we wanted to stop by Yerkes Observatory (the birthplace of astrophysics!) to take some photographs.  Yerkes is operated by the University of Chicago, and houses the world’s largest refracting telescope.  I am completely fascinated by this place and am hoping to take one of their summer night courses/tours, but on this particular day we knew it was closed and just wanted to take pictures of the outside.  The building, which dates back to 1897, is really extraordinary, with all kinds of incredible detailing.  It’s definitely worth checking out if you’re in the area.

As the evening approached, we went on an unsuccessful hunt for fried cheese curds (I went to school at UW-Madison and have insatiable cravings for cheese curds whenever I visit Wisconsin), then headed home.  It was a great day – equal parts relaxation and spontaneous mini adventures.  For those of you in the Chicago area who want a quick escape (that still allows you the luxury of being back in your own bed that night), I highly recommend heading to Lake Geneva.  Although a popular weekend destination for Chicagoans (I swear 90% of the license plates I saw that day were from Illinois), it’s also a fun getaway just for an afternoon.  If you’ve been to the area and know of any places we may be missing, please let me know!  I have a feeling we’ll be back again before summer comes to an end. 

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30-day Mission – Doubling my sister’s pet food sales

My sister works three jobs and commutes an hour each way so I have been helping to get her HealthyPetNet business started. Remember, Trilogy/HealthyPetNet is a network marketing business and we are independent reps, not directly employed by the company. You could think of it like some of the cosmetics and kitchen and candle businesses out there.

Val has about 73 customers, some were just samples customers but others have remained quite loyal for the last year and a half. They all came through my various Internet promoting.

She would love to quit one of her jobs and work HealthyPetNet by blogging with me so we have a goal to increase her commission checks to replace one of those part-time jobs this year. For the next 30 days, I simply want to see if we can double her pet food sales. Right now, for the month of December, she has the following sales for herself and throughout her downline:

Considering that an 8-lb bag of dog food retails for about $ 17.26 per bag, and remembering that we set our customers up at the wholesale rates, that’s a lot of dog food sales! And this is about her 20th month and she has never had a “pet party” or anything like that. You get a “quick start” bonus for the very first time a person orders a particular product so that also brings in the checks. So, we like this business!

Tracking what I do and how effective it is could help any of you.

1. My goal every month is to keep her PS (Personal Sales) at least $ 750. That ensures that she gets the maximum commission on her PCS (Personal Commissionable Sales) – 20%. In fact, so that we never accidentally slip under the maximum payout, I’d like to boost her personal sales to $ 2000 per month. That’s very do-able, myself and two of my downline consistently achieve those sales.

I love this about HealthyPetNet commissions. They set a certain amount per individual product that is allotted to commissions, that’s the Personal Commissionable Sale. This helps keep the product affordable for the customer and is a reasonable commission for the rep.

Many of the network marketing companies I’ve seen only pay you if you build equally down two legs (a “binary” system). HealthyPetNet’s commissions are paid on each of your personal customers.

You only need to sell $ 50 per month and that is often what you might buy, yourself, if you are a multi-pet family, so it’s not hard to qualify for commissions. Other network marketing companies require that you personally purchase $ 200 or more in product each month to qualify for commissions, and that you sell a certain amount. That $ 50 for HealthyPetNet doesn’t even need to be your own purchase. In other words, you can work HealthyPetNet even if you don’t ever buy pet food yourself. (I personally think you SHOULD know the products but the point is, this is probably the most comfort-zone-friendly business out there!)

2. At the moment I am not doing anything to boost her downline reps’ sales. When I know that what I do can work for Val, I’ll share with them.

3. So how am I sending customers via the Internet to Val? If you’ll scan through some of my earlier posts this month, you’ll see that I’m registering her website in various online “green” and “healthy pet” directories.

4. I also maintain a very popular Holistic Pet Food Blog — all of the links in that blog go either to Val or to some of my downline, none go directly to me. Folks — Blogging is THE BEST free way to build on the Internet. I can’t wait until Val — who is a professional writer and editor — can do this with me!

5. Since Val has about 73 customers, I sent them all holiday greetings and will send Thank Yous every time they order. Simply improving sales among the existing customers can do a lot to boost Val’s business.

6. Referral business is huge. I also let all of our existing customers know we will give a wholesale discount to any of the friends that they refer to us.

There are a few other things that I’ve done in the past (such as Yahoo and Wiki Answers). One of my very best reps came from a Yahoo Answers discussion. If I do any of those and get results, I’ll post it here.

The take-home message for you is that, If you don’t have a goal and a plan, you can’t achieve it. I’m very excited for that day when Val calls to say to me, I can’t believe the size of the check I just got!

A day in the life of a HealthyPetNet Rep

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Doreen or Uggie?

You’d think this little dog is a puppy, wouldn’t you? In fact, Doreen is 5 years old.

She reminds me a bit of Uggie in ‘The Artist’ – slightly different markings but that same adorable face. Doreen lives in Monaco – I met her yesterday in the veterinary surgery in Cap d’Ail.


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Greenies overcome By Rite to win league champions

Greenies overcome By Rite to win league champions
Greenies recorded back-to-back league championships last weekend with one round of matches remaining. They defeated By Rite, their closest rivals by 42 runs, and remain unbeaten for the season. Greenies managed 103 for nine wickets in a low-scoring 
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This bird rare enough for you, greenies?
A few days ago in this space I posted a picture of a gull which had been decapitated by a wind turbine located – with delicious irony – in the Brighton constituency of Green MP Caroline Lucas. What was interesting, though not exactly surprising, was
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Shelter Sunday: Food for Thought

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Pet Food Recall: Natura Pet’s Specialized Dry Pet Foods

This is a pet food recall from last week.  Natura Pet issued a voluntary recall of specialized dry pet foods due to a possible salmonella risk.

You can find the official FDA report at  The list of products is below:

Innova Dry dog and cat food and biscuits/bars/treats All Lot Codes, All UPC’s, All package sizes All expiration dates prior to 6-10-2014
EVO dry dog, cat and ferret food and biscuits/bars/treats All Lot Codes, All UPC’s, All package sizes All expiration dates prior to 6-10-2014
California Natural dry dog and cat foods and biscuits/bars/treats All Lot Codes, All UPC’s, All package sizes All expiration dates prior to 6-10-2014
Healthwise dry dog and cat foods All Lot Codes, All UPC’s, All package sizes All expiration dates prior to 6-10-2014
Karma dry dog foods All Lot Codes, All UPC’s, All package sizes All expiration dates prior to 6-10-2014
Mother Nature biscuits/bars/treats All Lot Codes, All UPC’s, All package sizes All expiration dates prior to 6-10-2014

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Catching Blue Fin Tuna Part 1

We are in the Southern Ocean looking for 100 pound (50 kilo) blue fin tuna….

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Win Your Choice of Blowfish Shoes from Bubby & Bean!
Win Your Choice of Blowfish Shoes from Bubby & Bean!

Today we’re partnering with our friends and June featured sponsor, Blowfish Shoes, for another amazing giveaway!  We held a giveaway with Blowfish a couple of months ago and there was an incredible response, so I was thrilled when they offered to team up again.  As you guys know, I’m a long-time Blowfish fan (recent favorites: the Paloma Flats and the Delmar Sandals), and nothing makes me happier than to get to offer my readers the chance to own goodies from my favorite brands. For this giveaway, one lucky Bubby and Bean reader is going to get to go shopping on Blowfish’s website and pick out a pair of any shoes you want!

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