• 9 Beauty Products to Get Your Glow On

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    Picking out the beauty products that bring out your best self can feel a bit daunting. Worry not — we’ve got you covered. Kick back as we lay out some seriously should-try new options, all of which pass our rigorous Beyond Clean Beauty Quality Standards. We take this seriously, banning 100+ typically used ingredients. Below we’ve assembled the A-list of head-to-toe essentials (and splurges) you can feel really good about.

    Shea Moisture Moringa & Avocado Power Greens

    Shampoo, Conditioner and Rinse - If you really love your locks, set them free from mussy hair days. Serious shine and bounce are only a few steps away with the help of this line of mane-nourishing boosters featuring familiar ingredients like shea butter, avocado oil, matcha tea and moringa oil.

    ACURE Resurfacing Inter-Gly-Lactic Flash Mask

    All missions should be this smooth. Count down from five minutes for a face-cleansing beauty blastoff fueled by glycolic and lactic acids, gentle fruit enzymes and apple cider vinegar. Also, amethyst and rose quartz. Bling, bling.

    ACURE Ultra Hydrating Green Juice Cleanser

    Yes, it’s a smoothie foam for your face. You could almost drink this. Definitely don’t, but we see the appeal. Blended with ashwagandha, holy basil, reishi, turmeric and an assortment of super greens made without parabens or sulfates, this concoction nourishes and conditions thirsty skin.

    DERMA E Blue Light Shield Spray

    The hustle and bustle of life on the go can take a toll. Luckily, there are options for fending off the effects of stress and city air alike. What better than red algae extract, frankincense and activated charcoal to kick off an end-of-week reset.

    Thayers Blemish Clearing Toner

    We prefer tingle to sting. Potent but gentle tea tree oil and salicylic acid get to work on acne at the start. Witch hazel and lemongrass extract work to halt blemish intruders while aloe vera keeps skin happy and hydrated.

    Yes To Watermelon Super Fresh Paper Mask

    The trifecta: refreshed, brightened and smooth. And 10 minutes is all that’s required. Juicy, fresh and made without parabens. What more could you want?

    365 by Whole Foods Market Apricot Scrub

    Our own apricot scrub just works. Walnut shell powder and apricot extract smooth and exfoliate for a more radiant complexion. Made without phthalates, parabens, sodium lauryl and laureth sulfates.

    cocokind Resurfacing Sleep Mask

    Get some extra productive beauty sleep. Star of the show bakuchiol, a plant-derived retinol alternative, brightens and firms while you dream.

    Purezero Natural Style Mousse

    All hair types rejoice! Soft, airy texturizer with volume and subtle hold. Apply from roots to ends, comb through and blow-dry for a fabulous finish.

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  • Sen. Dodd: Napa Eatery is Small Business of the Year

    Tuesday, May 19, 2020

    NAPA – Ben and Ali Koenig, who responded to the coronavirus pandemic by transitioning their popular restaurant, Heritage Eats, into a much-needed food and grocery delivery service, have been named Napa County’s Small Business of the Year by Sen. Bill Dodd.

    “When the fallout of the pandemic became clear in the middle of March, we had so many fears and anxieties as to what the future would hold,” said Ben Koenig, who opened the restaurant with his wife in 2015. “At first, we saw a daunting road ahead for most everyone locally, including ourselves, but found that there was a real opportunity to help support and grow the community spirit that Napa is so well founded on.”

    “We are humbled and honored to accept this award on behalf of the entire Heritage Eats family,” said Ali Koenig. “We are so grateful to be part of the local community and have tried hard to be a source of joy amidst all of the chaos.”

    Heritage Eats – temporarily rebranded as Heritage at Home as the crisis unfolded – initially offered its full menu for take-out customers sheltering at home. But the Koenigs soon realized people needed more. They retooled their restaurant to add essential grocery store items such as toilet paper and paper towels, meats by the pound, baking supplies and fresh produce. Customers placed orders online and the Koenigs used their catering truck to make deliveries throughout the area. In addition, the couple created an online meals donation system that put food on the tables of more than 2,000 first responders and families in need. To make things fun for kids cooped up at home, Ben Koenig dressed up as the Easter Bunny and delivered baskets and egg dye kits on Easter. On Cinco de Mayo, Heritage at Home supplied pinata and taco-making kits. The Koenigs credited the Napa Chamber of Commerce for helping their business through the crisis.

    “It’s an honor to recognize Ben and Ali for their resourcefulness and generous spirit,” Sen. Dodd said. “They’ve contributed so much to our community. This is what being a truly great small business is all about.”

    To see this post or more from Senator Dodd, visit: https://sd03.senate.ca.gov/news

  • Appeal to Your Cat’s Natural Instincts

    Most domestic house cats live a pretty cushy life. Sometimes we forget that they are descendants of the big cats - the lions of the Serengeti, jaguars of Amazon forest, and snow leopards of the Himalayan Mountains. These big cats spend their days similarly to how our house cats do: they eat, sleep and groom themselves. There is one big difference between our purring machines and their ancestors: engagement in their natural instincts. Big cats have to work for their food; they hunt, catch and kill to survive. House cats on the other hand, have their food brought to them. As a result, they have little opportunity to exercise their natural hunting instincts.

    Jackson Galaxy, star of Animal Planet’s “My Cat from Hell” and annual speaker at the Bay Area Pet Fair, wrote a book called, Cat Mojo. Cat Mojo details the importance of engaging your cat in their natural instincts to hunt, catch, and kill. Anyone who has ever had a cat knows they are exceptionally good at eating, grooming and sleeping. What our house cats need is for us to create enrichment opportunities that exercise their instinct to hunt, catch and kill.

    Why You Need to Address You Cat’s Hunting Instincts

    All pets need to be engaged and provided environmental enrichment, especially indoor cats. Some cats simply become bored at home, while others become frustrated by the inability to do what comes naturally: explore, exercise and hunt. That frustration can lead to behavioral issues at home. Creating opportunities for your cat to indulge in their instinctual behaviors, can build the confidence they need to feel comfortable in their home. This can be done with interactive toys and treats. Appealing to their instinctual needs will decrease any unwanted behavior that your frustrated cat may be exhibiting from little box avoidance, to excessive scratching, hiding and aggression.

    Using play and toys to tap into your cat’s innate desire to hunt, catch and kill is a great way to enrich their environment and improve their overall well-being.

    Interactive Toys to Engage Your Cat’s Inner Hunter

    • Cat Dancer - This nationally ranked interactive toy provides house cats with healthy play and exercise. This toy is enticing, takes up minimal space, and the toy bounces and bounds in all directions.
    • Cat Wand – This is likely the most popular cat toy. Cat wands come in different lengths with an enticing feather or colorful fabric attached to the end. These toys are great for getting your cat up and moving, playing and catching. Use the wand for short play sessions and hide them when you’re not using them to keep your cat excited about the hunt!
    • Indoor Hunting Feeder - Instead of filling you cat’s food bowl twice a day, fill and hide the three feeder mice. Your cat will hunt, catch, and play with many small meals day and night, as nature intended. These enticing feeders help decrease anxiety, reduce the instance of scarf and barf, end early morning wake up calls from a hungry cat.

    How Engage Your Cat in the Hunt

    • Think about how you are playing with your cat. Some cats are “birders” while others are “mousers”. Birder cats prefer to be played with up high, with toys they can jump and claw at – as if it was a bird. The Cat Dancer would be perfect for this type of play. Mousers on the other hand, prefer to be played with on the ground, so a wand would be preferred. Your cat will be engaged in stalking and pouncing as you move the wand around the floor.
    • Engage your cat in a game of play before meals. Engage your cat in their preferred style of play before you feed them. This will engage them in their instinct to “hunt, catch, kill”. Once they’ve caught the toy, they will be rewarded with food!
    • Pro tip: Using treats in combination with toys mimics their primal desire to “hunt, catch and kill.” This gets your cat up and motivated to move around for a delicious reward! Check out [“Treat” your cat right] for benefits of giving your cat treats.
    • Some cats are better hunters than others. Some cat owners may find that their cat is not very interested in playing. Some cats are naturally more predatory then others. Just like some dogs prefer to play fetch, while others don’t. It may take time to really learn what toy or treat engages your cat’s hunting instincts.

    Engaging your cat in daily play will not only enrich their lives, but will also create a bonding experience between you and your cat.

    Find all of your interactive toys and treats options online at petfood.express.com or in-store. 

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