Posts Written By Yvonne Kai

Smart Hemp™ CBD Can Help Mitigate Pet Allergies

Using Smart Hemp CBD for Cami has helped her knee surgery recovery, and she has been sneezing less. Around this time, she usually will have eye discharge from pollen and sometimes a rash on her belly. We have been using Smart Hemp CBD for almost a month now! I just put about 10 drops in her food in the morning and this season has been better than ever.

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Allergy season! Like their human owners, pets can suffer the same discomforts of allergies in many of the same ways.  Spring can be a difficult time for pets with allergies.  Blooming trees, high pollen counts, even grass can affect our pets. Smart Hemp™ CBD has sixteen product options; specifically formulated for pets, veterinarian approved, sourced from carefully screened suppliers, and trackable from seed to final product. From tinctures, to soft bites, and even topical balmsSmart Hemp™ CBD has your pet covered with the highest-quality ingredients that contain no pesticides, artificial chemicals, or other contaminants.

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“Lucy, our six-year-old white lab, was always getting ‘hotspots,'” said Lori M. from Bloomington, Indiana. “We started using Smart Hemp tincture twice daily. This really helped with her scratching. It wasn’t until I started using the Smart Hemp topical pet balm that I really started seeing some great results. The hotspots stopped oozing and smelling. I would recommend Smart Hemp CBD products and will continue to use them with Lucy.”


Developed under the direction of a veterinarian, these products are specifically crafted to support relief in our treasured cats and dogs. Each product is produced from high-quality hemp and is THC free, non-GMO, organically grown, and manufactured in the United States.

“Seasonal allergies can be hard on a pet and we want to provide an option for owners,” said Bill Hansen, founder of Smart Hemp CBD.  “Alleviation of allergy conditions will only help the pet have a better quality of life.  Tinctures are a good option to consider as the drops begin to absorb into the system at the tongue or gum line.  So support happens quickly.  Balms are a great option for specific hot spots, itching and bug bites.”

Whether seasonal or annual, Smart Hemp™ CBD products can help your pet out in their time of need.

Smart Hemp CBD products are supplements and should not be substituted for medications your veterinarian is prescribing. And always, consult your veterinarian before starting a CBD program in place of a prescribed medication. Learn more by visiting


Free STEM Program in Partnership with The Franklin Institute to Reach 26,000 Students Nationwide This Year

According to a recent article by Oxford Learning, students lose 2-3 months of reading skills over the summer on average. “A majority of students (56 percent) want to be involved in a summer program that “helps kids keep up with schoolwork or prepare for the next grade,”” said Ruth Peters Ph.D. With summer almost in full swing, there is a program dedicated to STEM education among children that will help keep their brain active all summer long, called GSK Science in the Summer.

This year’s summer enrichment program “The Science of Me”, sponsored by global healthcare company GSK and administered by one of the nation’s premier centers of science education, The Franklin Institute, engages children in science, technology, engineering and math through hands-on learning and exploration. Overall, this program will aid 26,000 students nationwide during the summer months.

 GSK Science in the Summer™, a free STEM program for students in underserved communities across the country, announced its new curriculum for summer 2019: The Science of Me. This summer enrichment program—sponsored by global healthcare company GSK and administered by one of the nation’s premier centers of science education, The Franklin Institute—engages children in science, technology, engineering and math through hands-on learning and exploration.

“At a time of skyrocketing demand for STEM skills in our nation’s workforce, GSK Science in the Summer™ continues to bridge a gap in access to science education where it is widest,” said Marti Skold-Jordan, Manager of US Community Partnerships at GSK. “We’re proud of our joint efforts with The Franklin Institute, as well as every parent and educator, to instill a love of learning in all of our students.”

Over the past 33 years, GSK Science in the Summer™ has brought free science education to more than 300,000 students nationwide. This summer alone, 26,000 children across the U.S. will discover how food fuels our bodies, where oxygen goes when we breathe it, how our brains interpret the world, and the role DNA plays in making us who we are.

“Engaging students in STEM at an early age is critical to fostering the next generation of scientists and innovators, and one of the best ways we can prepare students for lifelong success,” said Dr. Darryl Williams, Senior Vice President of Science and Education at The Franklin Institute. “We are extremely proud of this program, and of the partnership with GSK that makes STEM learning accessible and fun for students across the country.”


GSK Science in the Summer™ was created by GSK scientist Dr. Virginia Cunningham to encourage young girls and minority students to pursue careers in STEM. Learn more about the program and find an enrollment site near you


GSK – a science-led global healthcare company with a special purpose: to help people do more, feel better, live longer. For further information please visit


Located in the heart of Philadelphia, The Franklin Institute is a renowned and innovative leader in the field of science and technology learning, as well as a dynamic center of activity. Pennsylvania’s most visited museum, it is dedicated to creating a passion for learning about science by offering access to hands-on science education. For more information, visit

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A Primer on Anti-Aging Tools and Treatments

Aging is a process that occurs naturally for everyone. Your skin is outside your body, so it takes
ongoing damage from chemicals, sunlight and other environmental elements all the time. It also
takes damage from internal forces. For example, smoking can damage it, as can a poor diet.
Naturally-occurring hormonal changes also affect the health of your skin. With all of those
influencing factors, fighting back may sound impossible. However, you can fight back against
Mother Nature a bit using certain anti-aging tools and treatments.

The Best Ingredients in the Anti-Aging Battle
To begin the process of restoring health to your skin, you must make sure any applicable
procedures you undergo or skincare products you use contain the best anti-aging ingredients. For
instance, several acids are used in the skincare industry to exfoliate the skin. Among them is
salicylic and glycolic acid. Antioxidants like Vitamin A and vitamin C are also essential for skin
health because they promote collagen growth and strengthen existing collagen bonds that help
tighten the gaps between your skin cells.

Exploring Laser Treatments for Various Skin Issues
If you have skin problems requiring clinical treatment, chances are lasers can help you. A laser is
a focused light beam that also produces hear. Depending on the type of laser, the intensity and
purpose of the treatment can vary. The skincare industry has used medical-lasers to help rejuvenate skin for years. They can dos o by getting rid of sun spots, treating
broken blood vessels and stripping away debris that clogs skin pores. There are also lasers that
can perform specific treatments like a scar, wrinkle or tattoo removal, as well as generalized and
widespread revitalization.
When signing up for laser treatment, there are a few things you need to know. For instance,
different lasers have different purposes. For widespread revitalization, a non-ablative laser not
affecting the surface of your skin is a good option. For surface treatment, an ablative laser that
can perform a laser peel may be a better choice. You also have to talk to a clinician to make sure
you can have laser treatment. Your skin type may make you more prone to side effects, in which
case you may want to pursue alternative treatments.

Chemical Peel and Microdermabrasion Procedures for Quick Results
When you are looking for quick treatment of a surface or near-surface skin problems, peels are
often the best options. They come in several forms aside from the previously mentioned laser
peels. Two top options are chemical peels and microdermabrasion.
Chemical peels use specific combinations of acids approved for safe use on the skin. Those acids
get rid of dead skin cells. They also remove other foreign materials that may be irritating your
skin. Acids used, such as salicylic acid, influence the depth and strength of each peel.
Microdermabrasion performs a similar service of revitalizing the surface of your skin. However,
that procedure only uses a hand-held tool that “sands” the skin. No chemicals are required.

Injections to Make Your Skin Look Plump

Injections are also popular skincare methods. However, some techniques, such as laser
treatments, are useful in many parts of your body. Injections are primarily used only on the face.
If you have wrinkles and fine lines, you can use injected fillers to make your skin look more
plump, round and smooth. Some injected materials also contain collagen or other skin-
strengthening agents to help repair your skin internally.


Taco Tuesday Accessories by Prepara

We celebrated Cinco de Mayo in style this year with Prepara’s amazing Taco Accessories. Prepara has everything you need to make your taco meal a state of perfection!

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We have taco’s at least once a week in our household because it is fast, yummy and so much fun to make your own. Using the Single and Multi Taco Holder to fill your tacos changes everything. No longer are all the contents squished or falling out.

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First, the Taco Spoons to help load up your tacos, the 3 Section Taco Tray for piling up the fillings, and the Taco Savor for keeping the tortillas warm. Every day is taco day with Prepara’s Taco Accessories.

We made ground beef and poke/avocado tacos using Prepara accessories 🙂

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Prepara’s brand mission is to create high-quality kitchenware products that are ingenious, novel and utilitarian: each one designed for the enjoyment of people looking to eat and prepare healthier, tastier food while embracing a lifestyle of well-being and longevity.

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The Single and Multi Taco Holder has a beautiful soft shape for cradling your yummy tacos. The decorative holder has the look of traditional ceramic with a durable melamine construction. Works with both soft and hard taco shells. Available in blue, red and yellow with unique graphic patterns. (Single $3.99 and Multi $6.99).

The Taco Spoons (Set of 2) are uniquely designed and make filling and packing tacos easy. Perfectly sized to fit between shells, these spoons ensure less mess and more taco enjoyment. Available in yellow, blue and red ($4.99).

The 3 Section Taco Tray has connected bowls for serving all the taco fillings. Perfect for passing around the table and pairing with Taco Spoons. Made from melamine construction. Available in blue and yellow with unique patterns ($24.99).

The Taco Savor is great for tacos, burritos and fajitas. The Tortilla Savor keeps your warmed wraps ready to eat. Holds up to 24 corn or four tortillas. ($26.99).

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Hot Mama from the Lip BAR

Making your Monday a little brighter with a new release from The Lip Bar.
The new shade Hot Mama is a spicy, fire-engine red and it’s bringing all the heat. Made with our signature liquid-matte formula, this fierce hue is fully loaded aka there’s no need to worry about feathering or fading. So Busy Moms, no need to reapply.
As the name suggest, Hot Mama is an ode to motherhood and a celebration of one of the most impactful roles a woman can have, being a mother. The color red has often been identified with “power” and we salute and intend to further solidify the power that lies within each women who has given life. One of the biggest challenges of motherhood is finding time to take care of yourself amongst all the roles and responsibilities required to take care of their families and household. At the core TLB’s mission is to not compromise health and we want to further encourage and empower our customers to take time to fill their cups so that they can be the best versions of themselves for their loved ones. Taking an extra minute to put on Hot Mama has the potential to impact someone’s entire day.
You can shop Hot Mama at, $13

5 Things To Consider When Creating Great Content

Whether your site is linked to a business or hobby, having a mix of great content and good links will ensure it stands out from the crowds of other sites swarming to get seen.  


Repeating, copying or rushing your content will have no benefit to your site whatsoever as you will be failing to provide a service.  Ensuring you have taken the time to create content which benefits your readership with important information and healthy links will undoubtedly pay off in the long run, and it is worth taking the time to get it right.  


Here are 5 things which really matter when it comes to creating great content!



Your article is not the only piece out there discussing your subject, and as such, it will not be read simply because you published it, no matter how original, funny, appealing or informative it may be.  So how do you get your fantastic content read? You write an eye-catching headline which stops your dream visitor in their tracks and which becomes a metaphorical neon arrow pointing them to your content.


To do this, you must consider what problematic situation your visitor is dealing with and how your article aims to help them: identify this problem in 5 or 6 words, and you have your headline.  Remember it will not appeal to everyone but the headline is designed to catch the eye of the person you can help the most as they are your ideal reader or customer. Then add a subheading which is intended to tell them a little more about the solution to their problem, which piques their interest further still and encourages them to read on.


This matters because, in a world filled with advice, that eye-catching headline will help people discover your article offering them the support they need!


Offer a Clear Service, Answer or information

Do not write your blogs or articles based on word count; instead, aim to write an article which offers clear and to-the-point information.  If you want to convert readers into customers or regular visitors who utilise and share your content, then this is crucial.


Make your first paragraph a mini overview of what you will be discussing in the piece to entice your reader to delve further.  Then ensure that the rest of the piece is easy to scan through the use of headings and quotes so that the answers you are proposing can be found quickly and simply without having to dig through pages of words.  We live in a fast-paced world, and people want clear answers and knowledge right away with little to no effort!


Create a Next Step Action

Your content is unlikely to offer every possible answer, but it needs to be able to inspire readers to put your words into action.  No matter the topic, you are the expert in the field, and you can advise and guide them towards the next steps on their journey to knowing a little more, whether that is working with you in some way, or putting your ideas summarised in the article into action.  


As such, give them ways to utilise the information and apply it to their lives right away so that they leave your site feeling energised, inspired, ready for the challenge ahead, supported, filled with clarity of mind, or however you need them to think from reading your content.  


Be Accurate

As a content creator, you need to be focused on creating information which can be trusted by your readership.  Untrue or inaccurate articles can be extremely damaging to your reputation, impacting your chances of becoming a well-respected source in your niche area; whereas, offering well-researched content with authoritative and legitimate sources, and healthy links to these sources, is highly beneficial.  Articles with mistakes or unverifiable sources will, at best, allow you to be remembered as someone who writes poor content and at worst, is entirely forgotten by potential readers and customers going forward.


Finding and using good links from websites like Healthy Links & VM Interactive are also beneficial to your sites’ growth because it enables it to be seen and categorised more accurately by Google based on the other pages you have linked back to, which in turn will make it more accessible to people searching your topic.

Make it Eye Catching

People take in information in some different ways and therefore, it is wise to help your readership soak up your content by placing it across a variety of exciting and eye-catching formats.  Some learn better through reading, others require infographics which show quick snapshots of details and still others may find it easier to learn new information through listening to a video.


Another essential reason to use items such as attractive, relevant and original images is that readers will naturally remain on your page longer when they are visually captured.  Without this, they will skim the page, and their attention will be lost far more quickly meaning that they will not get the benefit of your words and you will not be developing your readership base.