Bad Mascara? What works best for you?

Ok ladies, this topic has come up way to often for us not to take note. So many girls complain about bad mascara, ending up with clumpy looking “tarantula” eyes. So we want to hear from you, which mascara works best for you and which ones have you learned to steer away from. We included a refresher on some basic health tips for using mascara, but please respond with what brand mascara you seem to be having the best luck with.
1. Apply mascara only to the tips of your lashes. If you get it too close to the root, you could block glands on the eyelids that help form tears, and your eyes might not get the lubrication they need. That condition, called dry eye, can be painful or diminish your vision.
2. Don’t share mascara. The membrane around the eye can harbor bacteria that can easily latch on to a mascara brush. If you come in contact with another person’s germs, you could wind up with conjunctivitis or other infections.
3. Don’t add liquids to mascara. Tap water, which some people use to thin mascara, isn’t sterile and can allow potentially harmful bugs into the tube. Saliva is also full of bacteria and should not be used to moisten mascara.
4. Avoid lash-extending mascaras if you wear contacts. The microfibers can become trapped beneath your lens and scratch the cornea, increasing the risk of infection.
5. Never apply mascara in a moving vehicle. If the vehicle suddenly stops or jerks, you could injure yourself with the mascara brush.
6. Don’t store mascara at temperatures above 85° F (29° C) or leave it in your car for long periods, since the heat may encourage bacterial growth.
7. Throw out mascara every three months; by then bacteria will probably be growing in it. Throw it out sooner if it’s discolored, begins to smell, or if you’ve recently had an eye infection, all of which could signal contamination.


If you’re looking for a companion to melt your heart, Savannah is for you. She is an adorable female 2-year-old Siberian Husky mix with one brown eye, and one blue!
She has been winning over all of the volunteers with her warm and delightful demeanor, and she’s sure to make you smile. She’s a very happy dog, but does not get overly excited, and is very responsive to praise. She is affectionate and really enjoys being with people.
Savannah is a natural on the leash and needs moderate exercise. Walking with her is a piece of cake since she is more focused on walking with you than exploring on her own. She is obedient, and has great potential to learn commands and already knows how to sit!
This gentle girl would love to find an owner who can give her a quiet and loving place to live. She’s unsure of cats and other dogs, and would need some time to get to know them.
She loves to be pet and cuddled, but this girl needs some time to trust people fully.

Do you think that your home can be a safe haven for Savannah the sweetheart? If so, stop by Animal Friends in Pittsburgh, PA to get to know her!

What to do IF you get into an accident

Hopefully your doing all you can on your part to avoid accidents, but they do happen. After the initial shock and surprise it can be pretty hard to remember what to do next.  Our friends at GEICO Powersports reminded us that sometimes in the confusion of the moment, you may forget a few things. Consider printing this accident checklist and storing it in your car. That way, you’ll have a handy reference for what to do if you’re involved in a fender-bender.
Take Safety Measures
Stop your vehicle and move it to a safe nearby location.
Check to see if anyone is injured. Call 911 for medical assistance.
Do not leave the scene of the accident.
Make sure everyone involved moves to a safe location.
Contact the police. They will let you know if an officer needs to be present at the scene.
Collect Information
Exchange contact information with everyone involved, including:
Address (including email)
Phone number(s)
Get the following information about all vehicles involved:
Year, make, and model
License plate number
Insurance carrier
Insurance policy number
Gather contact information from any witnesses at the scene, including:
Address (including email)
Phone number(s)
If a police officer is present, get the following information from him or her:
Phone number
Police report number
Document the Accident
If you have a camera, take photos of:
Damage to your vehicle
The accident scene
People involved in the accident
Communication Guidelines
Don’t panic
Do not admit fault
Cooperate with police
Remain calm and polite
Prepare for a Car Accident—Before it Happens
If you get into an auto accident, it will help if you have the following items on hand. Make sure to always have these either in your wallet or in your vehicle:
Your insurance ID card
Your vehicle registration
A list of emergency contacts
A medical card listing allergies to any medication, or special conditions
Pens or pencils
A note pad
First-aid kit
Jumper cables
Rags or paper towels
Trash bags
Cell phone
Disposable camera (if your cell phone does not have one.)
If you are prepared, and you know what to do in an accident, it will be easier to remain calm and collected when a mishap occurs.


It’s no coincidence that my name, Puddy, rhymes with “Buddy!” I’m a five-year old brindle boxer and pit bull mix, and I’ve got the best of both breeds. I’m strong, friendly, calm, and…did I mention friendly?

To be honest, this kennel life doesn’t agree with me. I was abandoned at a boarding kennel – my owner checked me in when he had to go to the hospital, but he never came back to get me! Then I came to Animal Friends. It isn’t too bad but sometimes I don’t like it when the other dogs all bark at once. I get along pretty well with other animals, but I lived in a nice quiet home for years – that’s what I’m used to!
I’m very calm and a great walker. If you want me to slow down or not pull at the leash so much, just let me know! I’m happiest when I’m hanging out with one of my human friends, and I’d love to get a new master, maybe someone who can help me with the diet they’ve put me on. I get along well with kids as long as they don’t want someone jumping up and playing all day – I’m a mature dog and past all that puppy stuff. But hey, if you come on down to Animal Friends, I’ll still give you a great big kiss. Because that’s the kind of dog I am!

Broken Spoke Campground Michael Lichter and Sugar Bear Ride!

The Broken Spoke Saloon today announced that the Michael Lichter and Sugar Bear Ride’ 2010 will take place on Sunday, August 8 at 11:00 a.m.  The Broken Spoke Campground is located on Highway 79 North, just past Bear Butte State Park in Sturgis, South Dakota.
The Broken Spoke Saloon is bringing back the Michael Lichter and Sugar Bear Ride after a very successful 2009 event. The Sunday, August 8 event will be a fantastic day of activities that celebrate motorcycles and two innovators who have made such a lasting impact.
The event will begin at the Broken Spoke Campground with a Kick-off Pool Party featuring Jay Allen’s outrageous contests. The bikes will depart and head to the majestic route 212. All along the way, Michael will be shooting for an upcoming feature with Easyriders Magazine. The ride will proceed to a special location found by Jay, treating you to a cool beverage. Then, you head over to the Sturgis Raceway, where you will be able to go one on one with some of the top motorcycle builders. Do you have the need for speed? Do you think you have the fastest ride out there? Then you need to take part in this ride!
The day will conclude back at the Broken Spoke Campground for you to be able to partake in the IMBBA Bike Show.

Hot-weather exercise: How to keep cool

Exercising in hot weather puts extra stress on your heart and lungs. Both the exercise itself and the air temperature increase your body temperature. To dissipate heat, more blood circulates through your skin. This leaves less blood for your muscles, which increases your heart rate. If the humidity is high, your body faces added stress because sweat doesn’t readily evaporate from your skin — which only pushes your body temperature higher.
Take it slow. If you’re used to exercising indoors or in cooler weather, take it easy at first. As your body adapts to the heat, gradually increase the length and intensity of your workouts. If you have a chronic medical condition or take medication, ask your doctor if you need to take additional precautions.
Drink plenty of fluids. Your body’s ability to sweat and cool down depends on adequate rehydration. Drink plenty of water while you’re working out — even if you don’t feel thirsty. If you’re planning to exercise intensely or for longer than one hour, consider sports drinks instead. These drinks can replace the sodium, chloride and potassium you lose through sweating. Avoid drinks that contain caffeine or alcohol, which actually promote fluid loss.
Dress appropriately. Lightweight, loosefitting clothing promotes sweat evaporation and cooling by letting more air pass over your body. Avoid dark colors, which can absorb the heat. A light-colored hat can limit your exposure to the sun.
Avoid midday sun. Exercise in the morning or evening — when it’s likely to be cooler outdoors — rather than the middle of the day. If possible, exercise in the shade or in a pool.
Wear sunscreen. A sunburn decreases your body’s ability to cool itself.
Have a backup plan. If you’re concerned about the heat or humidity, stay indoors. Work out at the gym, walk laps inside the mall or climb stairs inside an air-conditioned building.
Know when to call it quits
During hot-weather exercise, be on the lookout for heat-related illness. Signs and symptoms may include:
Muscle cramps
Nausea or vomiting
Rapid heartbeat
If you suspect a heat-related illness, stop exercising and get out of the heat. Drink water, and wet and fan your skin. If you don’t feel better within 60 minutes, contact your doctor. If you develop a fever higher than 102 F (38.9 C) or become faint or confused, seek immediate medical help.
Regular physical activity is important — but don’t let hot-weather workouts put your health at risk.


Want to play, want to play? Huh, huh? Nitro, a three year old black lab, is a very busy dog and an exuberant player. She loves to chase after things but is still learning to bring the toys back! Nitro is also beautiful. She’s full of wags and wants to be friends! She comes right over to you for as much attention as you can give. 

Our fenced play yard lets her burn off some of her high energy, so it would be great if her forever home had a fence. Nitro enjoys playing in water too. 

Nitro’s high energy and great strength makes her better for a family without small children. Or cats, too, as they would become her toys rather than friends! Come check her out at Animal Friends today!

Beach Biker Betty’s 2011 Charity Calendar

Tami Walker of Diva Customs is one of the ladies featured in This Calendar to benefit the Children’s Performance Workshop’s.  The calendar features local women riders  in the Virginia Beach area and all benefits from the sales of this calendar go the prevention of child abuse. The Children’s Performance Workshop has help put over 140 child sex offenders in jail!!
Contact Tami Walker at Diva Customs to get your copy of this calendar today.