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4 Popsicle Recipes Inspired By Our Lip Balm

 

We're constantly having people tell us that our lip balms smell good enough to eat. And while we utilize mostly food-grade ingredients to make our products, we still don't recommend eating them. But fear not, we've concocted four gourmet popsicle recipes inspired by the four different Terra Luna lip balms! (Can you tell we're still trying to hold onto the summer?)

Citrus Creamsicle

Inspired by our Citrus Lip Balm, this is a simple twist on the classic Orange Creamsicle.

  • 1 part orange juice
  • 1 part grapefruit juice
  • 1 part coconut ice cream

Begin by filling up one third of a popsicle mold with orange juice, then place the mold in the freezer until the first layer is solid. (Place the stick in the mold when the juice is partially frozen, about and hour or two.) Then repeat this step with the grapefruit juice. Finally, when the grapefruit juice layer is solid as well, top off the mold with the coconut ice cream and let the final layer harden.

 

Coconut Milkshake Pop

Inspired by the new Coconut Vanilla Lip Balm, this pop is a super easy, vegan treat you'll always want to keep stocked in your freezer.

  • 2 large scoops of coconut ice cream
  • 3/4 cup of coconut milk
  • Dash of Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 cup of chocolate
  • crushed peanuts or shredded coconut

Makes about 2-3 popsicles

    In a blender or milkshake machine, blend the coconut ice cream, coconut milk and vanilla extract until smooth. Pour the contents of the blender into popsicle molds and place in the freezer. Insert the popsicle sticks into the molds when the milkshake is partially frozen. Freeze for about 5 hours or until solid.

    Once the popsicle is solid, begin preparing your toppings! Melt the chocolate, in the microwave or in a double broiler, until it is velvety smooth (but not too hot, or you'll melt your popsicle). Remove the popsicles from the freezer, quickly dip them in the chocolate, then immediately roll the popsicle in your topping of choice. Place onto a baking tray or plate coated with wax paper and repeat these steps until each popsicle is coated. Quickly place the popsicles back into the freezer. From there, it should only take a few minutes for the chocolate shell to harden and your popsicles to be ready!

     

    Red Raspberry Sangria Pop

    Inspired by our Raspberry Mint Lip Balm, this boozy pop is a great way to cool down your body + soul.

    • 1/2 cup of raspberries
    • 1/2 cup of strawberries
    • 2 Tablespoons of simple syrup (1 part sugar + 1 part water, boiled until the sugar has dissolved)
    • Splash of orange juice
    • 1/4 cup of Pinot Noir (you can substitute this with cranberry juice or more orange juice)
    • Sprig of mint leaves, chopped

    Makes about 2-3 popsicles

    In a blender, purée the raspberries, strawberries, simple syrup, orange juice and Pinot Noir until a smoothie forms. Once the mixture is smooth, add the mint leaves and pulse the blender two times, just so that they are mixed in. Pour into popsicle molds and place in the freezer to harden. Insert popsicle sticks about an hour later, or when they are partially frozen. Remove from the freezer when the popsicles are solid, about 6 hours.

    Matcha Latte Popsicle

    Inspired by our Green Tea & Honey Lip Balm, this frozen matcha latte is a treat you can indulge in while telling yourself that "it's good for you" because of all the wonderful antioxidants in the green tea.

    • 2 teaspoons of matcha Powder
    • 1/2 cup of coconut milk
    • 1/4  cup of coconut cream (or just use more coconut milk)
    • 2 Tablespoons of honey or agave nectar

    Makes about 2-3 popsicles

    Begin by slowly adding the matcha powder to the coconut milk while stirring simultaneously. Stir until all of the clumps of green tea have dissolved. Next, stir in the honey/agave and coconut cream until the mixture is homogenized. Place the mixture into popsicle molds and freeze for about 6 hours, or until solid. Remember, if you are using popsicle sicks, to place them into the molds when the mixture is partially frozen.

     

     

    Why Black Pets Are Less Likely to Be Adopted

    The periodic visits to our partner animal shelters may very well be my favorite part of this job. I get to play with an array of different animals, as well as provide an update on the state of the animals that our generous customers are donating to. However, this particular visit to our current partner, the Michigan Animal Rescue League, had a peculiarity about it. 

    You see the color of the day was black. As in, over 50% of the animals we saw had black coloring. 

    We got to play with a few adorable kittens...

    as well as say hello to several adult black cats. 

    Leah is still up for adoption!

    We've all heard the superstition that black cats cause "bad luck".

     

     "You know, places in the world like Japan, Scotland and Britain actually think I bring good luck"

    And terms like "Black Dog Syndrome" are thrown around the internet to describe the negative stigma that people often associate with big, black dogs. Shelter workers often have to reassure potential adopters that this is not the case.

    Spencer is a loving Lab/ German Shepherd mix and still up for adoption!

    Now it may just be a coincidence that these black cats and dogs were at MARL during the time of our visit. No studies have been able to provide statistics backing things like Black Dog Syndrome but the stereotype still lingers, with shelters worldwide providing the same anecdotal evidence. Many shelters have even gone so far as to hold special events for their furry black residents, or waiving their adoption fees when the population grows to be too overwhelming.

    Some animal shelters in the U.S. even prohibit the adoption of black cats around the time of Halloween out of fear that the animals may be tortured or used as living props and then discarded.

    We can, as always, blame the media. Black dogs and cats are often portrayed as evil or villainous...

    "Bow down to your canine overlord"

    or we can blame ourselves, for perpetuating the idea that the appearance on the outside has anything at all to do with the personality on the inside. But pointing a finger does nothing, so here are some tips to help end the stereotype. 

    Black animals don't often photograph as well as their lighter counterparts. In fact, there was a recent internet rumor that the reason people were less likely to adopt black pets was because they were harder to take selfies with. While that is just complete garbage, it does makes sense why a shadowy, dark picture could discourage a potential adopter browsing pictures at a shelter from choosing that animal over others.

    Some photography tips include photographing darker animals in front of brighter backgrounds. Also, try increasing the brightness or exposure to bring out their features, 

     or lowering the contrast to decrease harsh shadows,

    and if all else fails, change the Instagram filter...

    For those looking to adopt, consider steering clear of the internet all together and, instead, scheduling a visit with your local shelter. You'll learn far more about an animal's personality while interacting with them in person than you ever could from a photograph.

    Michigan Animal Rescue League

    *Drumroll, please*
    We are so proud to announce our first 10% partner on our new website will be one not too far from our own HQ. The Michigan Animal Rescue League is an independent animal shelter located in Pontiac, Michigan. They offer refuge to a diverse group of pets from baby kittens to senior dogs, all of whom are looking for a home and some humans to spend the rest of their lives with. These people are truly in the business of saving lives. Unlike other facilities, MARL provides a safe haven for the animals they rescue, whether it be for a couple weeks, months or the remainder of their nine lives. They do not euthanize animals except when injury, disease or temperament make other options impossible. This means that they house many long-term residents. For someone like myself who is unable to adopt a pet, it puts my mind at ease knowing that there are places like MARL who are doing their best to give each and every one of their animals a second chance. Although they make caring for all of these animals seem easy, MARL is still an independent facility and deserves all the help that it can get. From now until September 2015, we will donate 10% of all the profits from the items you purchase directly to the Michigan Animal Rescue League.


    MARL

    Welcoming. If I could use only one word to describe my experience at the Michigan Animal Rescue League it would be "welcoming". Luckily, this is my blog and I can use many more words to tell you exactly why that is. The staff members were extremely hospitable, introducing us to all the four-legged characters that called the shelter "home" and inviting us to accompany them as they took various dogs outside to play, so that we could take pictures. Mind you, this kindness was shown even before they knew we were planning on donating to them. Unfortunately, that is not always the case.



    Meeko, the Chihuahua

    The animals themselves were equally as friendly. Every single puppy dog greeted you as enthusiastically as if you were their owner returning from a long day at work. Each tiny kitten used their entire body's strength to dance around you in the play rooms. Several of the other cats pushed their heads and paws up against their glass doors, singing "hellos" and "goodbyes", as humans passed. I think it's safe to assume that the kind temperament of all the animals is a direct result of the kindness they are handled with on a daily basis.
    Now on to the best part. The animals.

    Cats


    Kitties
    Milkshake (left), Soda (middle) and Whip (right)

    There isn't any way that whatever you're doing right now wouldn't be exponentially better with one of these little guys crawling on you. 

    Whip, a 2 month old, Siamese mix


    Soda, the hetero-chromatic cutie

    Seriously. If you're not fawning right now, I regret to inform you that you're missing a soul.



    Kia, a 3-month-old mackerel tabby.

    Kia is the sweetest little girl and the last of her litter. Her brother got adopted while we were at the shelter, leaving the poor baby alone. Kia has a gentle demeanor and a gorgeous mackerel fur coat.



    Symphony, a 7-year-old long hair domestic snugglebutt

    Symphony was very calm compared to her little kitty counterparts. She loves attention and would be a very loving addition to any home!


    Dogs


    It's a dream of mine to sit outside on a nice summer day while friendly people bring out puppy after puppy for me to play with. That dream was realized during my visit to the Michigan Animal Rescue League. Respect.



    Lady, a 9-year-old mini-Alaskan Eskimo/ Lab mix

    THE SWEETEST GIRL EVER. From the second we walked into the room, she had one mission and one mission only. To steal all the cuddles. We couldn't even get a picture with her alone. Her former owners could no longer take care of her and she's just waiting to unleash all of her love on a family worthy of all of this cuteness.


    Charlie, an 8-year-old beagle

    Charlie is another lover. He was so excited to come outside and play in the fresh air, but came right out over when we called his name. He'd be the perfect lap dog to keep you company while you eat, sleep or laze around with inordinate amounts of Netflix.

    A lovely staff member shares treats and kisses
     
    Brenda and Legolas, two 2-year-old Basenji mixes

    It was almost impossible to get a picture of this dynamic duo, they were so happy to be able to play outside! And just look at how excited they were to see their favorite staff member! Both of these pups have been at the shelter for over a year now and deserve to have a home in which they can run and play freely. Once they warm up to you, both dogs can transition seamlessly between being the perfect play pal to the lazy lap dog of your dreams.


    Ignore my goofy smile and take a gander at Brenda's adorable mug
    She looks so done with our incessant picture taking.

    Brother Legolas was never far behind


    Manny, a 5-year-old Manchester Terrier mix
     
    Manny was a little shy until we offered him a token of our affection (a squeaky toy). He's a spunky little guy who loves to explore. Come meet your new adventure buddy today! 

     
    Saying hello to his neighbor

    The Michigan Animal Rescue League is one of the best shelters I've ever been to but it still doesn't compare to a forever home. Each one of these glorious creatures deserves to find a caring family and you can help make that happen. Purchase one of our products to make a contribution or simply spread the word. To find out more about the Michigan Animal Rescue League or donate directly visit www.michigananimalrescueleague.org