Mousecapades

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We have a mouse in the house. Actually, we have mice…lots and lots of mice. Nine as of the writing of this post. Nine. I refuse to be cruel to animals so, naturally, I got a humane mouse trap. May I recommend this one: you can get it for less than $15.00 on Amazon.

The mousetrap does an amazing job catching the mice, and then I go and release them in the woods a few miles from my house. Now, either we have a horrid mice infestation OR these guys are coming back and find this to be a little game. I actually hope they are coming back, and we don’t have a whole colony of mice living under our floor boards. However, I can’t imagine them hanging out in the woods thinking: “What! Kick me out! Who do you think you are? I’ll show you.” And then scurries back to teach me a lesson. Perhaps I should tag them. I find that my bleeding heart only goes so far. The first time I let one go I felt awful that I was taking it away from its family, that it would starve or die of thirst. I felt it would be lonely or scared.

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After the NINTH one I am less sympathetic and less ceremonial about it. “Get out the cage. Go. Git. Scram.” I went from being a fairy godmother to Tom from Tom and Jerry 

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The mice have gotten me thinking about what will one go through for their ethics? Now, mice carry diseases. Lots of them. The worst, of course, is the hantavirus which, according to the CDC is 38% fatal. I obviously would not want Cody to catch that, nor would I want my husband or me to catch it. So at what point do I say, “enough is enough”, and let my husband use poison? Exterminator are expensive…so what are our other options? The idea of using poison is stomach turning to me, but is it a small price to pay for the safety of my family? What about other “pests”? What about the ants that come into the house? Don’t they deserve life? Yet I have no problem, not one, setting out ant traps at the first sight of one. So where do you draw the line? Or is there no line? If I had a house full of diseased rabbits, would I use poison? Of course not! So why a mouse?

Obviously, I am the only lunatic to lose sleep over the well-being of a field mouse.

I just read an article on binkybunny and one of the users suggested peppermint essential oil – which I have…so I might try placing some around perimeter of the house. Fun fact, ants also don’t like it..so win-win.

Moose isn’t a fan of mice situation. Speaking of moose…

I haven’t had a chance to take him to the vet, so his nails are in dire need of a good pedicure. I plan on doing it during spring break. He is becoming a little more friendly with me, would probably be more so if I stopped trying to pick him up. I got to cuddle with him a little the other day. Sleepy bunny.

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Not a moose story, but a friend of mine told me a story about her rabbit and how her husband stepped off a ladder and well…the rabbit happened to be right where he stepped. 😮 Poor Pumpkin (that is the rabbits name). They rushed him to the vet, and thankfully he is okay. Probably will stay away from ladders now. I think her husband was more upset than Pumpkin was. But the moral of story is, rabbits are quiet, small and like to be underfoot. I am constantly tripping over Moose, I can’t imagine if he was any smaller. They are quick, so one second there is nothing in front of you and the next, boom! Bunny! So, as I always tell my ten-year old, be mindful of your surroundings when your fur friends are out and about.

In Cruelty free news – Lush 

I praised Lush over Christmas and got a lot of my friends various items. I tried a few more that I want to report on.

My husband is currently using their beard conditioner – Kalamazoo – and he loves it. He said it makes his beard nice, soft and shiny. No more hermit of the mountain look. I got a sample of their Ocean Salt face and body Scrub and now I am going to get more because it is amazing. I really feel like all the dirt, oil, and dead skin are being washed off. I will probably only use it once a week though.

We got the Bubblegum lip scrub, that I like…not sure that I would buy again, but it is nice. I follow it up with some chapstick and go to sleep so it works over night. What I am super crazy about though is the Ultrabalm – my sons lips looked so rotten. Chapped, red, peeling, just awful and painful looking. I started using this at night for him and his lips look fantastic. They are pink again which I honestly didn’t think would ever happen. Now, if I keep him from biting them ever again, hopefully they will stay this way.

So, there you have it, meeces, a rabbit with extra long (and painful on bare skin) claws, and some cruelty free items to try! Happy Hopping!

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Little moose baby picture! Aww

 

 

You put the lime in the coconut…

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…song has been  in my head since I started this project! (now it is probably in yours!)

It is that time of year again…end of school. It is a bittersweet time in my house, as I am sure it is in most households. I was trying to think of what to give the teachers and bus drivers as a little end of year gift when I decided on another sugar scrub. I wanted something summery and beachy…something that screamed vacation. I got it. I must introduce you to: Coconut Lime Sugar scrub. It smells as good as it sounds…like Margaritas on the beach. Or like this wonderful review: a fiesta in a shower. imageCheck out the recipe below…

1 Cup of white sugar
¼ of a cup of coconut oil – Melted
6-10 drops of lime essential oilimage

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Melt the coconut oil in a double boiler or microwave.
Mix the coconut oil with the sugar until completely blended
Add lime oil and mix well.

Sugar scrubs are so easy to make…you can honestly take the above recipe and add any essential oil you like depending on what you want to achieve. Lavender for relaxation for example. I found a neat way to make sugar scrub cubes…I think I will be testing those out for the holiday’s this year…stay tuned.

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In giant bunny news we have celebrated a birthday. Moose is now a year old. What a fantastic year it has been too. Lately he has becoming more playful and adventurous with us. He actually let me hold him for a few minutes one day. We tried a new water bottle that is supposed to be the greatest thing since water bottles were invented but he wanted none of it…so he still using his other one. Still haven’t gotten a companion for him yet…it is more not really having the time to devote to training a new bunny and getting them used to each other than not wanting to. Perhaps this summer when I have some time off I will be able to dedicate more time…we haven’t given up on being a two bunny household. I also tried some new foods. According to House Rabbit Society , you can feed, in small quantities, grapes and raspberries to rabbits as little treats. Well apparently Moose is all Kale all the time. That and his yogies he loves so much. It is probably for the best that he doesn’t really go for the fruit as you really should limit their diet when it comes to those foods. He loves his leafy greens, so yet again..we lucked out.

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I have another brand of cruelty free stuff to try! If you have a Trader Joe’s in your neighborhood – check them out…I found a bunch of products,

(like this awesome hand lotionTrader-Joe-Hand-Cream) that are cruelty free and at a great price! Plus there is stuff is amazing. That is my product plug for the day.
And that is my giant update for the day. I leave you this video of a mama bunny kicking a snakes butt! (I do hope the babies are okay!!)

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