Ultimate holiday gift guide for dog and cat lovers

Have you finished your holiday shopping yet? Me either! In case you’re still searching for that perfect gift for the cat or dog lover in your life, check out my 2016 holiday gift guide. Stay tuned next week for part II, which will feature even more fun and creative gifts for animal lovers!

1. A sweet doggie pillow cover that supports the ASPCA at the same time ($39.50).

3 easy ways to update your Reiki website

Last week I finally launched my newly redesigned Animal Reiki Source website (yay!). I’ve wanted to do this for years, but I kept putting it off for some very real reasons: because I thought I didn’t have the time (I didn’t), because I wasn’t tech-savvy at all (confession: I’m still not), and because I thought it would cost me a fortune (it wasn’t exactly cheap, but I was able to find experts to work within my budget).

Before this redesign came to be, I made small updates here and there over the years. But as time wore on, something kept bothering me in the back of my mind: My site, which launched way back before smartphones became ubiquitous, was seriously showing its age. And I began to wonder if my “vintage” website (to put it nicely) might actually be getting in the way of my work connecting people and animals with Reiki.

10 awesome vegan gifts for Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day to my tribe! What are your plans this weekend? No matter if it’s dinner, dancing or a snuggle on the couch, Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to celebrate love with your nearest and dearest (both human and animal). This day is also an opportunity for animal lovers like us to show our compassion and respect for all of earth’s creatures by celebrating in special animal-friendly ways. So before you finish up the last of your heart day shopping, consider these 10 awesome vegan Valentine’s gift ideas:

Help animals with these 10 inspiring new year’s resolutions

It’s a new year—which means an opportunity for new beginnings. You may have put a lot of thought into your own personal resolutions this year, like exercise more or eat less chocolate (that is definitely not one of mine!). But there are also so many ways we can all make small changes to help the world’s animals. Looking for some ideas? Here are 10 smart resolutions sure to help the animals of this world throughout 2016:

1. Support a new animal charity. You probably volunteer and send money to the same charities year after year. But new ones pop up all the time, and plenty exist out there that you’ve never even heard of—and even small individual donations can be a huge help. Spend a morning researching options and see what you find. Perhaps there’s a nonprofit in your community or a neighboring one you didn’t know about before. Or perhaps it’s a national or international charity that works hard on the causes close to your heart. So in addition to the ones you already support, choose one new favorite and map out easy and simple ways you can help out this year. By the way, do you know about my favorite charity, nearest and dearest to my heart, the Shelter Animal Reiki Association?

5 easy ways kids can help animals this holiday season

What could be more merry than shopping for holiday presents for the kids in our lives? While it’s super fun to make their holidays magical, don’t forget to balance out all that consumerism with some charitable giving—specifically, teaching children about the spirit of giving and helping those less fortunate during the holidays. With that in mind, here are five easy ways kids can help animals this holiday season:

1. Focus on their favorite animal. Does she love horses or dolphins? Does he love K-9 dogs? This is a perfect time of year to foster that love and show them how they can help the animals they love most in this world. Find a relevant sanctuary sure to interest them, then find ways to make it real and really bring the issue home. You can sponsor an animal in their name (which usually comes with photos and updates on the animal’s progress) and even plan a visit to a local rescue where they can see these animals being helped.