Friday, January 22, 2016

No Bake Chocolate Eclair

When I post a recipe here, its usually because I have tried it and it is worth posting. This recipe has become my all time favorite and easy deserts to make so I thought I share it.

Ingredients

Filling
3 box(es) 3.5 oz instant vanilla pudding
3 cups Milk ( i substituted for skim milk) 
1 container 8oz cool whip( I also substituted for low fat or reduced)
Graham crackers (graham crackers without the cinnamon)
 
Topping
3 tablespoons Cocoa (unsweetened)
11/2 cups powdered sugar
3 tablespoons salted butter, melted
3 tablespoons whole milk (I used skim or fat free milk) 

Tip: DON'T USE SOY MILK IN THE PUDDING OR IT WILL NOT SET CORRECTLY. USE REGULAR MILK. 
(My first attempt I used almond milk and it was ok but not quite solid as if you use regular milk but still good. :-)

Preparation

Instructions:
1. Whisk together the pudding and milk in a large mixing bowl until thickened, about 2 minutes. Fold in the Cool Whip.

2. Spray a 9×13 baking pan with non-stick spray. Line the bottom of the pan with a single layer of graham crackers, breaking them in smaller pieces to fit the edges of the pan.

3. Spread half of the pudding mixture evenly over the bottom layer of graham crackers.

4. Top with a second layer of graham crackers, followed by the second half of the pudding.

5. Top with the third and final layer of graham crackers.

6. Whisk together the cocoa powder, powdered sugar, melted butter and 3 Tbsp whole milk to make the chocolate frosting.

7. Spread evenly over top the third layer of graham crackers.

8. Refrigerate overnight so the pudding has time to set up and the graham crackers soften before serving.

recipe courtesy of tiphero.com

Thursday, January 21, 2016

10 Ways to Stress Out Your Cat

  1. Punish him for behaving like a cat. When your kitty is doing something you don't want him to, getting physical with him will do only one thing: teach him to fear you. Yelling "no" will scare him off, but probably only momentarily.
  2. Instead, when you find your cat misbehaving, distract him with a toy or activity to show him what you want him to do instead, and then lavishly reward him for his desirable behavior.
    Make sure your cat has plenty of approved climbing and scratching surfaces, and keep potentially hazardous items out of his reach.

  1. Assume she understands what you're saying. Cats and other animals use body language to communicate. That's why talking to them is usually unproductive.
  2. Instead, if you teach kitty "sit" and other commands, she will learn to associate your words with the behaviors you want to see. Like dogs, cats can be clicker trained using food rewards. According to Catster:
    "Cat clicker training is an easy and fun way to help shape your cat's behavior. The scientific term for the method is operant conditioning – simply put, it means you can take advantage of your cat's natural tendency to repeat an action that has a positive consequence.
    With clicker training, punishments are not used. You 'mark' a desirable behavior with a click, and then reward it with a treat."1
  3. Grab his head. It's natural for humans to approach cats head on, however, it's anything but natural for the cat. If you've noticed, the response of most cats is to recoil from a direct grab.
  4. Unfortunately, as soon as the cat throws it in reverse, many people are so committed to the exchange they grab kitty's head and proceed to ruffle his fur. Now, imagine how you'd like it if someone did that to you!
    Cats don't appreciate a head-on approach or head grabs. They are much more comfortable with long, gentle strokes from the head or neck area to the tail, or a bit of scratching around the ears or chin.

  1. Hold her to kiss or hug her. Cats are natural predators, but they're also prey. The first thing a predator does upon catching a prey animal is restrain it, which is why your kitty needs to maintain her ability to move freely and escape.
  2. It's also why your kitty probably gets stressed when you hold her, even though you're being affectionate. Cats like to have all interactions on their own terms (it's part of their need to control their environment), so it's always best to let kitty come to you.

  1. Ignore his litterbox. Cats are very clean creatures, so it goes without saying they detest a dirty bathroom. Most kitties held captive in homes will happily use the litterbox and not the floor or some other off-limits location as long as their human keeps their bathroom clean.
  2. Kitty's litterbox should be scooped at least once daily, and dumped and thoroughly cleaned every one to two weeks. This will help prevent your cat from eliminating outside the box, and will also allow you to regularly monitor the quantity and quality of his "output."

  1. Pick a bad spot for her litterbox. Just as human toilets aren't located in the middle of the living room, neither should kitty's litterbox be in an open, noisy, and high-traffic area of your home.
  2. Just like us, cats need a private, safe spot in which to do their business. Situate the litterbox in a quiet area of your home in which kitty isn't apt to encounter people, other pets, or loud appliances. If your cat is older, be sure the location and the litterbox itself are easily accessible to her.

  1. Use your fingers and toes as toys. It's enormously tempting to wiggle the old tootsies or fingers under the covers to watch your cat's reaction. It's also normal to be painfully surprised to learn just how quickly he can move, and how sharp those little teeth and claws are!
  2. What you should NOT do in response is get angry at your cat, since you mimicked the behavior of prey, and he responded appropriately. A better option is to use interactive toys to engage with your kitty so he learns your hands and other body parts are not prey.

  1. Leave her alone for days. Many people believe one of the advantages of having a cat is that their independent nature allows them to be left on their own for long periods.
  2. While it's true that cats don't require as much hands-on attention as dogs do, it's really not a good idea to leave your cat alone when you travel.
    Number one, kibble, which is the only food that won't spoil sitting out in the open for days, isn't a species-appropriate diet for cats. I never recommend dry pet food, especially for kitties.
    In addition, many cats will gorge themselves, eating all the food within hours after you leave. Then they (often) throw up and have nothing to eat until you return. This is stressful for your cat, and can also endanger her health, since kitties need to eat every day.

    An unattended, un-scooped, stinky litterbox is an invitation to your cat to find some other spot to relieve herself. And finally, in a worst-case scenario your cat could injure herself or become ill during your absence, and no one would know.
    I recommend asking a friend, relative, neighbor or professional pet sitter to stop by each day during your absence to feed and water kitty, scoop the litterbox, and spend a few minutes with her to insure she's content and healthy.

  1. Use scented candles, plug-ins, cologne, or other strong-smelling chemicals. Cats are very sensitive to odors (it's one of the reasons they are so stressed during veterinary visits – all those smells!) and are often bothered by strong scents in the air, on clothing or bedding, and even on their humans.
  2. If you share your home with a kitty, try to keep your use of chemicals of all kinds to a minimum, especially those with a strong odor. Instead, choose organic, non-toxic home cleaners in place of toxic pine-based floor cleaners, chemical wet mops, or ammonia/bleach-based cleaners.

  1. Bring home strange cats. Any new member of the household, two-legged or four, will cause temporary stress for your cat. This goes double for a new feline addition to the family, especially when the stranger isn't properly introduced.
  2. The introduction of a new cat to the family should be well controlled. This means setting him up in a separate area initially, and letting the cats get accustomed to each other gradually, at their own pace. This approach will help reduce the risk of inter-cat aggression and keep everyone's stress level down.

Information provided by HealthyPets

Monday, January 18, 2016

Freebies!!??




Someone pays for it. That would be me. :-)

Over the years I have been selling online, I have been asked many times each week about getting “freebies” of my products.  I use to give away freebies to my "friends" and family on many occasions and it was usually to get their feedback about my new products or new soaps that I have created. Basically guinea pigs LOL.  Now am I getting their honest opinion about some of my products? I don’t know and I think it maybe in fear of not wanting to hurt my feelings and that is understandable, but for the most part it has been positive.

Ok getting back to the free stuff, here is my problem, when I first started giving out free samples to friends and co workers to try for free, I would get no feedback, they would disappear after getting their "freebies" never to be heard from again.  No, “oh by the way I got our package, nothingNothing!  I used to give out freebies in the hopes to get feedback and future sales for my online business.  But in all fairness, I do get wonderful feedback from my two sisters  Pam and Wendy and my twin brother Mike who really love my soaps. So those family members have always been supportive and have given me great feedback on my products.

Ok here is my problem with giving out freebies to bloggers. On a regular bases I get “can I have a free sample of your products so I can promote your products and your website on my blog My problem with this is: 1. If the bloggers are getting free samples, I don't think I will get a honest feedback. Most likely the feedback will be positive Why?   If they gave me a bad review on one of my products, the likely hood of me giving them more free stuff  will be a big fat 0.  Don’t bite the seller that gives you free stuff. So I will never give free products to bloggers. EVER.  First I have to eat the cost of packaging, my products (whether if it is soap or other items), containers, postage and paper to print the shipping labels with using my own paper and ink to mail them with USPS which costs $$$$, not to mention I have to take to the PO to ship.

I have had some say “I guess you don’t want my business”.  By giving away freebies I am giving away my money and my time. Some might say “well by giving away samples gets more people to notice your products and the possibility of a return customer" This maybe true but  hey if you are a small time home based business like myself, you just can’t afford to do that. If I gave samples on a weekly basis to everyone that asks for them and word gets around (especially on social media that I give out freebies) everyone would be crawling out of the woodwork requesting samples.

Besides my products are valuable to me. I have invested a lot of time, energy, creativity money and hard work to make my products for everyone to enjoy.  It is not something I take lightly. I really love what I do and although I may not offer free samples to everyone that just asks for them, I do offer free samples if you are a paying customer. I ALWAYS GIVE FREE SAMPLES WITH PAID ORDERS. And I do offer small samples in my online shopping venues for customers to buy and try.
So in closing,  I thank you for your support of my business and taking the steps to having better skin with our line of products.  I am here to support you once you become my customer to give you the best bath and body products that I have to offer.  But what I cannot do is give any freebies out in that process. Sorry:-(

Thanks for stopping by
Michelle
Pegasus Soaps

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Just Listed!

New Autumn Spice Bubble Bar.

This is a lovely scent that I wouldn't say it is a spicy scent but a lovely combination of cedarwood and fir needles anchored with cinnamon, corriander and jasmine

Available at our Etsy shop here

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Cyber Monday One Day Sale


Join us on Cyber Monday. Save 15% on select bath and body items for the holidays. Our items make great Christmas gifts for friends and family or come and treat yourself this holiday season. 

Sale is for ONE day only so don't pass this up. Share this sale with friends and family. Stop by our Etsy shop. 

No coupon code necessary!!!








      Orange Peel Whipped Bath Butter Soap     


Soft and Silky Body Powder

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Sulfate free shampoo and why you should stop start using them!



Sulfate free shampoo and why you should stop start using them!

Does your hair look like this
Or like this

After you shampoo your hair?  Dry brittle and lifeless hair?  Then stop what you are doing and read below.

There have been a lot of confusion about sulfates in our shampoos as to whether they are safe or damaging.  Well lets start by defining what sulfates are…

What is a sulfate?

Sodium Laureth Sulfate (otherwise known as SLS) or Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulfate) Not to be confused with SLSA which is Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate which is a great alternative to Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. It is  derived from coconut and palm oils, and conforms to Ecocert's natural and organic cosmetic standard and is 100% of natural origin. 

Sodium Laurethy Sulfate is a type of anionic detergent that is found in a LOT of personal care products that we use every day such as bath bars, toothpaste and shampoos. It is inexpensive to use and it is an effective foaming agent when used in those products.

We all have been conditioned to think, the more foam and lather the product has, the more it cleans your hair. Wrong! This type of sulfate weakens the hair follicles (on all types of hair) when used for any extensive period of time.  It will make your hair brittle and prone to breakage. So if you ever wonder why your hair always looks a hot mess after shampooing, take a closer look at your shampoo.
Some people have sensitive scalps because of sulfates and have a lot of itchiness and inflammation. Sulfates in shampoos can cause your hair dye to fade much quicker because it is stripping it away every time you shampoo your hair.

So why go with sulfate free shampoo?

#1 Sulfate free shampoos helps reduce and eliminate scalp inflammation and itchyness
#2 Retains more moisture in your hair
#3 Helps maintain hairs natural oils
# Helps your scalp from absorbing to much chemicals

Sulfate free shampoo helps condition the hair and gently washes it without stripping it.
Sulfate shampoos aren’t necessary a bad thing, but it might not be the best choice for your hair and scalp. Yes sulfate free shampoos can be a little pricey but a little bit goes a really long way and can help save your hair in the long run and help restore some of the natural oils you have lost with just one shampoo. 

So what are you waiting for? Stop by our Etsy shop or our website and try our sulfate free shampoo. 

Thank you for stopping by and I hope this post helps you decide on what is best for your hair.

Michelle