What My Paws Are Diggin' - Personal

It's a New Year and that means resolutions to be a better person, get in shape, lose weight, etc. Because of that, I wanted this installment of What My Paws Are Diggin' to be a little more personal and focus on us 2-leggers. This time, I'm going to share with you some things that I personally use and love and they have helped me move down a path of health and happiness. Hopefully, you might discover something that will help you reach your 2013 goals!

1) Mumford & Sons: Ok, so maybe this one won't make you lose weight or get healthy but I promise it will make you happy! I just love Mumford & Sons! Their music is amazing and I'm obsessed with watching them perform (do a search on YouTube!). They are stellar songwriters and musicians and I finally get to see them in concert this Valentine's Day! Yay!!! Happy, happy, happy! :)

2) Bio Ionic StyleWinder: I have a ton of people ask me what I use to curl my hair with. I was introduced to this curling iron a couple years ago and now I use it ALL the time! It's unique in that you turn the barrel with your fingers - kind of. It's hard to explain but trust me, it works, it's super easy, it gives you "beachy" waves, and they last! I highly recommend this if you are trying to save time but still want a finished look to your do!

3) Hurom Juicer: I've always loved to juice fruits and veggies but this juicer has taken it to another level for me. It's a slow juicer which extracts more juice from your produce and results in a higher quality juice with less foam and oxidation. If you want to get more fruits and vegetables in your diet, this is the way to go! Lately, I've been starting my mornings with a pineapple/apple juice and I promise, it's like liquid sunshine! And you know what they say - you are what you eat (and in this case, drink). I know I'd really like to be a ray of sunshine!

If you don't know anything about juicing or it's benefits, check out a juicing class at your local Williams-Sonoma or watch Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead (it's available on Netflix).

4) P90X: So this is for the whole get-in-shape thing. Honestly, last year I was completely slack in this department so I'm stepping it up this year. I've done a cycle of P90X in the past so I know it works! It had me doing push-ups all over the place and probably in the best shape I've been in since high school. I started again at the beginning of the year and, while I currently can barely move because I'm so sore, I know I'll see changes very soon!

5) Vitamix Blender: This is the newest collection to the things I love. I've wanted a Vitamix for years and years but it was never in the budget. When my ghetto blender broke about a month ago, I finally bit the bullet and went for the Vitamix. OMG! I should not have waited so long!!! This thing is amazing and makes awesome smoothies, banana ice cream, homemade dressings and so much more! It is such a wonderful tool to have for a vegan, raw-foodist, or anyone that wants to make healthy meals at home!

6) Bean Vegan Cuisine: As many of you know, I have been a vegan for over 7 years now. While I never push my diet on others, I always try to help out if someone has questions and is thinking about going down the same path. One question that I always get is, "what DO you eat?" Well, trust me, there are plenty of things to eat but I'm also very excited that a new vegan restaurant has opened up in Charlotte. It might not be super-healthy and they even describe their food as comfort foods, but it is a great place to try out some delicious cruelty- and animal-free options. My personal favorite is the jalapeño/cheddar burger (my mouth is watering right now)! Even my meat-loving husband has turned away from chicken with the help of their buffalo fingers. Oh, and their Kitty-Kat Cake is unbelievable!!! Even if you aren't following a vegan diet, you should check it out!

To learn more about a vegan diet, check out Forks Over Knives. It's available on Netflix too!


What My Paws are Diggin'

Welcome to a new series that I'll be featuring on my blog! This is What My Paws are Diggin' and will showcase some of my favorite pet and animal related items along with all the good info on where you can find them! I have so much to share but to not overwhelm your senses, I'll just be featuring 5 items at a time. Feel free to leave any thoughts, comments, or ideas in the comments section below! Enjoy this very first installment!!! :) 1) DIY Paw Print Art: If you love DIY art projects that are all about your pet, this adorable project is for you! I love the simple and classic look of the finished paw print piece that can totally be customized to your taste and decor. Find all the instructions on the fabulous Chic Sprinkles blog HERE.

2) Diesel & Juice illustrations: Obsessed much? Um, yes I am! This talented artist can take simple snapshots of your furry friends and turn them into one-of-a-kind, custom, computer-generated illustrations. They are amazing! To order your own custom piece and see more amazing examples, check out the Diesel & Juice site HERE.

3) 52 Weeks of Treats: This is a brand new recipe e-book that you MUST purchase if you love to give your pups yummy (and healthy) treats. Don't worry - you don't have to be a wiz in the kitchen to mix up most of these yummy concoctions! The recipes are nicely broken down into chapters for the seasons and special events. Not to mention, the photography makes it a joy to "thumb" through and, if you're nice, your pup may let you have a taste too! Yep! The recipes are all safe for us two-leggers (and you might find yourself making some of your own). To purchase your own e-book, visit the Pretty Fluffy blog HERE.

4) Anthropologie Ring Holder: A fellow pet photographer (thanks, Barbara!) took a picture of this find and recently posted it on Facebook. I knew right away I needed this for my nightstand. I never wear my rings to photo shoots so this pretty dish is perfect for their safe-keeping. I got my hands on one a couple days ago and for only $10! Order yours while they last HERE.

5) Sharon Montrose Art: I have been in love with Sharon Montrose's Animal Prints for years and years and years. Her collection features anything from baby giraffes, to snakes, to bison, to chickens and everything in between. It's so hard to pick a favorite! Full-run and limited-edition prints are available for purchase. Go drool over her photography at her site HERE.

I hope you found some new favorites to add to your own pet-needs list! :)