Posts by Jodi Hennessy

10 Things You Didn’t Know About CBD Oil For Dogs

»Posted by on Jan 19, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Holistic vets have been sending us some interesting reports about the benefits of CBD oil for dogs in their care …

A senior Staffordshire Terrier had a 6cm mammary tumor and metastasis that disappeared in 3 months and didn’t come back …

A Jack Russell Terrier had a severe heart murmur and painful arthritis, and, after a month, he wanted to go for long walks and his murmur was much improved …

These are two examples of how Australian veterinarian Edward Bassingthwaite discovered how CBD oil could be a critical part of his holistic veterinary practice. “I simply can’t explain the improved heart murmur” says Bassingthwaite. “They normally don’t get better.”

Related: How Cannabis Can Help Your Dog

CBD Oil For Dogs: What You Might Not Know

The results seem to be in … researchers are turning their attention to this herb and, so far, they’re finding there’s lots to like. And just as CBD has helped humans, your dog can reap the same health-boosting (and even life-saving) benefits.

Let’s look at the 10 things you might not know about this often misunderstood herb and the research that shows its promise in helping dogs with a variety of common health issues …

  1. CBD Is Not Psychoactive

CBD (cannabidiol) is a compound found in cannabis and hemp. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) can also be found in cannabis and it’s this compound that gives marijuana its psychoactive properties. Most CBD oils are just that … the beneficial CBD without the THC. And they typically come from hemp, not marijuana. In short, your dog won’t get “high” from CBD oil … he’ll get the relaxation without the intoxication.

And speaking of relaxation …

  1. CBD Oil Reduces Anxiety

Does your dog suffer from separation anxiety or noise phobias? CBD has been extensively studied for its effect on stress and anxiety. In humans, it’s been found to:

  1. CBD Can Fights Cancer

CBD and other substances found in hemp and cannabis have been found to have an anti-tumor effect. CBD has even been shown to stop cancer cells from growing and increased tumor cell death.

  • CBD helps the immune system’s killer cells to cause cancer cell death.
  • CBD kills cancer cells by blocking their ability to produce energy.
  • CBD’s anti-tumor properties slow and inhibit glioma cell growth.
  • CBD can help increase the efficacy of conventional cancer treatment.
  1. CBD Can Treat Seizures And Epilepsy

It’s estimated that up to 5% of dogs suffer from seizures. Most dogs with seizures are put on drugs such as phenobarbital and potassium bromide. While they may help control the seizures, they can be extremely harmful to your dog’s liver and other organs. And the drugs don’t work in all cases.

CBD has been shown to work well in drug-resistant epilepsy. In one study, 7 of 8 patients with epilepsy that was resistant to drugs saw a definite improvement within 4 to 5 months of taking CBD.

And a survey of children with treatment-resistant epilepsy found that 84% of the children taking CBD had a reduction in the frequency of seizures.

  1. CBD Relieves Pain

The cannabinoids in CBD work so well for pain that scientists are considering it as a new class of drug for the treatment of chronic pain. Studies show CBD to be very effective for:

  1. CBD Can Help With Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Animal studies show that CBD can prevent colitis (IBD) and restore normal gut motility in inflammatory bowel disease.

CBD also has antibiotic properties, including Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA).

  1. CBD Reduces Chronic Inflammation And Autoimmune Disease

CBD has been shown to decrease the production and release of inflammatory cytokines that can cause allergies, hypersensitivities and autoimmunity. It can also suppress something called Th17 dominance, which is a major cause of autoimmune diseases.

CBD also inhibits the production of inflammatory macrophages and decreases chronic inflammation.

CBD is also a powerful antioxidant that’s shown to be more powerful than vitamins C and E.

  1. CBD Can Protect The Nervous System And Help With Neurodegenerative Diseases

For dogs suffering from degenerative myelopathy and other spine and nerve issues, CBD shows a lot of promise. It’s been shown to help patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease by protecting the brain cells from toxicity.

For senior dogs, CBD has been shown to protect the brain from cell death caused by free radicals and toxins.

  1. CBD Increases Appetite And Helps With Nausea

If you have trouble getting your dog to eat, CBD may help. The National Cancer Institute reports that CBD increases appetite and carries this extra benefit, in addition to controlling cancer.

In animal studies, CBD has also been shown to help with vomiting and nausea, even when they’re the result of toxins and drugs.

  1. CBD Promotes Cardiovascular Health

Just as veterinarian Dr Bassingthwaighte discovered, CBD has been linked to heart health. Studies show it can reduce the damage from damaged blood vessels and irregular heart rates, protect blood vessels from damage and dilate the arteries, and reduce heart rate and blood pressure associated with stress and anxiety.

Bonus: CBD Oil For Dogs Is Legal And Safe

With so many studies showing the health benefits of CBD, the most encouraging result is that CBD appears to be safe, even when taken in high doses and over extended periods of time. It can decrease the activity of liver enzymes used to metabolize many prescription drugs, so if your dog is on medication, you might want to check with your holistic vet before using CBD.

Most CBD oil for dogs and other pets is derived from hemp oil, so it contains no or very small traces of THC. Because of this, all 50 states have approved the use of hemp-based CBD for human and animal products.

The bottom line is, CBD oil could be a healthy (or even life-saving) herb for your dog. More and more pet owners and holistic vets are drawn to its diverse and marked health benefits and they feel good knowing the side effects are mild and animals don’t appear to build up a tolerance.

Choosing A Good CBD Oil For Your Dog

Not all CBD oils are the same … you’ll want a high quality CBD oil that works, so here are a few things to look for:

  • Make sure the product is organic:If it isn’t organic, your CBD oil contains pesticides, fungicides or solvents.
  • Don’t cheap out:The higher the quality and purity, the higher the cost. Don’t price shop … make sure your CBD oil is free of additives and has a good amount of CBD.
  • Get the analysis:Ask for a lab analysis of the amount of CBD in the product. Many CBD oils contain only small amounts of CBD. The manufacturer should provide a certificate of analysis. You’ll also want to make sure there is little or no THC in the product.
  • Buy CBD as a tincture:You can buy CBD in treats but the best form is in a tincture. This way, you can adjust your dog’s dose drop by drop to make sure he gets the most benefit.

Start your dog off slowly but don’t let the naysayers tell you CBD isn’t a good option for your dog … the research is being done and the results are very promising.

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100 Reasons to Send a Greeting Card

»Posted by on Jan 27, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

100 Reasons to Send a Greeting Card

When was the last time you acknowledged someone special in your world? Everyday it becomes a bit easier to become detached from people we care about. Don’t let people slip away. Stay remembered!

Don’t have time to send a greeting card,  don’t have their address,  normally not a card sender.  We make it easy for you.

Here is a list of 100 different ways to reach out with a greeting card.

1. To say “Happy graduation.”
Welcome to the real world.
2. To say “Nice to meet you!”
Let’s have coffee.
3. To congratulate someone on getting their driver’s license.
No texting and driving. Always best to send a card.
4. To celebrate a new year.
Let’s make this year better than the last. And then let’s do the same next year.
5. To congratulate someone on getting a puppy.
They make edible cards, right?
6. To congratulate someone on getting a kitten.
They have years of being ignored ahead of them, so why not give them a little attention now.
7.To welcome a baby into the family.
In about 18 years they’ll have time to finally read your card.
8.To “apologize” for not inviting someone to your wedding.
It’s tough. A little thoughtfulness now can save a lot of awkwardness later.
9.To offer a random compliment.
Fact: 100% of people enjoy receiving compliments. Fact #2: Your hair looks great today.
10.To say, “Look at this gorgeous card I found.”
Don’t keep something that pretty to yourself.
11.To congratulate someone on a new car.
Butter them up for when you inevitably ask to borrow it.
12.To celebrate Thanksgiving.
No one sends “Happy Thanksgiving” cards. Be unique.
13.To celebrate the Fourth of July.
If they’re American, it’s sort of a second birthday card.
14.To congratulate someone on a promotion.
If appropriate, maybe include your résumé.
15.To wish someone good luck on an upcoming surgery.
Not that you need luck or anything. You’re in very skilled, capable hands.
16.To share a recipe.
Add one tablespoon of friendship …
17.To wish someone a happy anniversary.
Sticking to milestone years is boring. “Happy 17th Wedding Anniversary” is unique.
18.To wish someone a happy divorce.
Know your audience on this one.
19.To congratulate your friends kid for hitting that home run!
You were there and saw it.
20.To congratulate someone on buying a new house.
Be the first card on their fridge.
21.To apologize.
Cowards hide. Take sincere responsibility for your words and actions.
22.To simply, personally connect.
Stop broadcasting. Start narrow casting.
23.To recognize made-up holidays.
Happy Lumpy Rug Day. Because apparently that’s a thing.
24.To make fun of a friend’s fantasy sports team.
Sometimes the message board isn’t enough to get your point across.
25.To share a drawing.
When words fail, there’s always art.
26.To thank your future boss for interviewing you.
Cards stand out. Emails get filtered out.
27.To thank your great neighbors for being great neighbors.
A good neighbor can be hard to find. Treasure the good ones.
28.To thank a client.
When was the last time you remember someone raving about the “really thoughtful” email they got?
29.To thank your parents.
If only raising you was as easy as sending a card to thank them.
30.To thank a teacher.
Even if you haven’t seen them in years, they’ll appreciate the thought.
31.To reach out to a celebrity.
Let them know you’re a fan. You may even get an autograph in response.
32.To reconnect with an old pen pal.
Long time, no talk. Like 20 years, right? So what’s new?
33.To play a move in chess.
Old school, right? One move per day gives you some time to strategize.
34.To remind someone about a debt.
We haven’t forgotten about that $50 you “borrowed,” Andy.
35.To prove your psychic powers.
Make some predictions, mail them to yourself, get the date postmarked on it, have your friends open it once your predictions come true.
36.To wish a happy half-birthday.
Send half a card now and the other half on their real birthday.
37.To let someone know you care.
Remember, you’re the one that let them slip away.
38.To thank someone for being a friend.
Do it right and you might still be friends when you’re old and retired in Miami.
3.To commiserate about growing older.
The aging process sucks, and no one’s immune. Talk it out.
40.To remind your spouse about an errand.
Cards don’t go in one ear and out the other.
41.To compliment someone’s outfit.
Better yet, keep a stack of these cards in your purse. Fab fashion can strike at any time.
42.To thank an intern.
Sure they’d prefer cash or a full-time gig, but this is a nice way to show appreciation.
43.To tell someone about your great day.
Hit all green lights on the way to work, dominated another workday, ate an amazing dinner, then sent this awesome card.
44.To invite someone to join you on vacation.
Why wait for the trip to use postcards?
45.To let someone’s pet know how much you miss it.
Address it to Fido, and include a treat for him being suchagoodboyyyyyy …
46.To thank your grandparents for the great DNA.
You couldn’t have done it without them.
47.To share a random fact.
Did you know alligators love marshmallows?
48.To come clean about an old lie.
We all had our theories about who actually let the dogs out.
49.To invite someone to join your karaoke group.
Nothing brings a group of people closer than matching pitch together.
50.To ask a bunch of unanswerable questions.
Why do 24-hour stores have locks on their doors? Aren’t platypuses weird?
51.To share prospective baby names.
Sharing suggestions during the pregnancy will help avoid a ridiculous last-minute panic name, like Jonathan, David or Andrew.
52.To congratulate someone on getting back in shape.
They put in the effort. They’ll appreciate yours, too.
53.To console a recent empty nester.
They’ll learn to love the sound of a silent house while the kids are off at school.
54.To kick-start a story.
Write the opening paragraph. Encourage them to follow up with the next one. Bring your Frankenstory to life.
55.To introduce yourself to a soon-to-be-roommate.
You’ll be sharing a lot of stuff together. Start by sharing a friendly gesture.
56.To ask someone to be a part of your wedding.
Bridesmaids, groomsmen, flower girls. They all love you, and they all love heartfelt cards.
57.To possibly make someone a millionaire.
Put a lottery ticket in there. If your numbers hit, it will be an unbelievable story.
58.To congratulate someone on getting a job.
A nice card may even make it onto their cube wall.
59.To congratulate someone on becoming their own boss.
How many people can say they gave something with “World’s Greatest Boss” on it and actually meant it?
60.To give someone a high five.
Open card, firmly place hand here.
61.To congratulate someone for making it through their first month of parenthood.
It’s sink or swim. And they swam.
62.To wish a friend good luck on a job interview.
“Where do you see yourself in five years?” Still treasuring this card, that’s where.
63.To wish an employee good luck on a job interview.
The best way to put the writing on the wall is to first put it into a card.
64.To apologize for not being able to help a friend move.
A great alternative to actually having to help a friend move.
65.To wish someone a happy first anniversary.
It is the Paper Anniversary, after all.
66.To congratulate a kid on losing their first tooth.
It’ll happen 19 more times, but this is the one to celebrate.
67.To wish someone good luck on moving to a new city.
They’ll make new friends. Make sure those new friends aren’t as cool as the old ones.
68.To wish someone a Happy Shark Week.
They’ve been waiting all year for this. Everyone has.
69.To congratulate someone on their first touchdown, goal or home run.
Points on the scoreboard, cards on the fridge.
70.To complain about something.
An email won’t get a response. A card won’t get ignored as easily.
71.To thank your doctor or dentist.
Your dentist helps you with your smile. Help him with his.
72.To give someone a well-deserved round of applause.
Draw a hand on one side of the card. Draw another hand on the other. Open and close the card repeatedly.
73.To invite friends to a dinner party.
Look at that. One personal, human gesture leads to another.
74.To thank someone for their ideas in a meeting.
Nurture creativity. It’s what separates us from the computers.
75.To let your friends know you’ve changed addresses.
This will help them know where to send their cards back.
76.To console someone after the death of a pet.
Furry family members are still family members.
77.To wish someone a happy birthday.
78.To apologize for forgetting a birthday.
79.To congratulate someone for passing a non-milestone grade.
Good job making third grade look easy.
80.To congratulate someone for beating an illness.
Life’s not always easy. But it’s easier with friends that care.
81.To meet your new neighbors.
You don’t even need to mail these.
82.To remind someone you love them.
Those three magical words. Surrounded by a bunch of other magical words.
83.To fight homesickness.
Mom and dad would love to hear from you.
84.To say “I was wrong.”
You totally were. Swallow your pride with sincerity.
85.To recognize someone’s top-notch landscaping.
They put in a lot of hours for a lawn that nice. Give them a nod of approval with a card.
86.To celebrate Valentine’s Day.
There are a lot of people in your life that deserve a valentine.
87.To apologize to a roommate.
Nothing actually magically disappears from a fridge. We know it was you.
88.To say hi to your grandparents.
They came from a distant time and place where sending cards was more the norm. And they’d love to hear from you.
89.To show off your penmanship.
It’s tough to say which is better – your words or your pen strokes.
90.To root someone on during pregnancy.
Pregnancy is incredibly hard. Sending a card? Incredibly easy.
91.To ask someone to a dance.
Hurry, before all the good dates are gone.
92.To celebrate the seasons.
Share your summer with friends.
93.To console someone on their birthday.
Not everyone loves adding a year to their age. Commiserate accordingly with an unhappy birthday card.
94.To reconnect with your best friends from high school.
They’re your oldest friends. What time and space separates, thoughtfulness and humanity reunites.
95.To encourage someone with an “I Am” statement
Make it happen.
96.To tell someone you miss them.
Who knows? They may even miss you, too.
97.To congratulate someone for finally quitting a job they hated.
Sometimes it’s OK to be a quitter.
98.To share a random memory with someone.
Some of the best sentences start with “Remember when …”
99.To thank someone for something small.
Sincerity is a lost art. Practice often.
100.Just because.
Why not?

Tongue tied?  Not sure what to say?  Here’s a good read for you! words

I wish to acknowledge “Paper and Packaging” for a list of their reasons to send cards! Thank You!

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What is important on Mother’s Day

»Posted by on May 7, 2015 in Heartfelt Words, Thankfulness, Thoughtfulness | 0 comments

What is important on Mother’s Day

“A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.” ~Washington Irving

One might wonder if anyone anticipated the importance the day would gain when Woodrow Wilson made Mother’s Day an official day of celebration in the United States in 1914. The official Mother’s Day as most people know it originated with Anna Jarvis to recognize the sacrifices of her mother and all other mothers. But a day honoring mothers is not unique to the United States.

Around the world, a day to honor mothers typically falls between March and May. However, each month at least one country observes a day for mothers. And many of these celebrations have a long history. In the United Kingdom and other parts of Europe, a similar day was the Christian festival known as “Mothering Sunday.” In some places it eventually merged with the American Mother’s Day celebrated in May, but in others it is still celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent. In Thailand Mother’s Day is now celebrated in August. In Ethiopia families gather in the fall for Antrosht, a multi-day celebration honoring motherhood.

No matter when or how it is celebrated, what is important about this day is its purpose: to recognize the caring, nurturing, supportive, sacrificial love of mothers. As you celebrate Mother’s Day this year, remember that it is a day not only to honor your own mother but also to honor any woman who has exemplified those wonderful qualities of a mother in your life.

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Happiness Greeting Cards…BE the Ripple

»Posted by on Jun 27, 2013 in Thoughtfulness | Comments Off on Happiness Greeting Cards…BE the Ripple

Have you ever sat by a creek bank and tossed a pebble into the water? 

If you have, then you certainly have seen the beautiful ripple that moves through the water. In life we have the same impact on others when we make a deliberate choice to cause a ripple in life. An example might be that you always shop at the same store and you notice the cashier is sad, crying and in pain. You choose to offer a smile. Your choice not only made you happy, but it made her smile too. The ripple effect has started. She is so happy that you shared a simple smile, that she smiles at the elderly lady who is in line behind you. When you share happiness, you help everyone and that is the truth.

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Spring has Sprung… Well, It SHOULD Have!

»Posted by on Mar 30, 2013 in Sending Cards, Totally Awesome Cards | 0 comments

Spring has Sprung… Well, It SHOULD Have!

Spring is officially here, but somehow Mother Nature did not get the message. In many places in the United States, there is still snow on the ground with possibly more to come! For those who love Spring and those who are desperately ready for warmer weather and budding flowers, there is an EASY but TOTALLY AWESOME way for you to celebrate spring and share Spring with others, even if the weather and temperatures are not cooperating.

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