What is Wheat Straw?
Now that TMM has a cricut machine, I will be able to create vinyl designs to put on tumblers, mugs, vehicles, etc. The machine can also cut through thin leather to make earrings, through cork to make coasters, and much more.
I have been searching the internet for mugs and tumblers to offer, and stumbled upon lots of products made of wheat straw. Wheat straw? Yes, wheat straw, an agricultural crop. Curious, I did a bit of research.
Wheat straw is the stalk left over after wheat grains have been harvested. The stalks of wheat plants do not store protein, gluten or allergens; those are stored in the grains, so wheat straw products contain neither gluten nor allergens.
As we all know, humans have used various grasses and reeds to make paper for thousands of years. The very word “paper” derives from “papyrus,” a reed that was used by ancient Egyptians in making paper. The ancient Chinese also developed methods for making paper from plant fibers, taking advantage of the vast quantities of straw that are generated in a rice-based agricultural economy. Only in the last century have trees been the primary source of fiber used in making paper worldwide. Even so, tree-based paper has rapidly expanded to dominate the worldwide market.
Paper production that is based on agricultural crop waste, including wheat straw, offers numerous important environmental and economic advantages over tree-based paper production. Forests are threatened and endangered around the world, so it is important to find alternative materials that do not require virgin forest resources. With wheat straw, you can still use high performing disposable “paper” products, but know that you are choosing a product that is made from rapidly renewable and reclaimed wheat straw instead of trees.
Benefits of Wheat Straw:
You learn something new every day. 😊 Now that I am aware of wheat straw products, tmm will proudly be offering items such as those pictured below.
The Mane Monogram is pleased to introduce you to Hailey Kiser, of Lancaster, South Carolina, as one of our brand ambassadors. Hailey used to exercise Libby when Libby lived in Waxhaw, North Carolina. At the time, I was unable to ride due to the distance, but Hailey came through for me!
Hailey is an accomplished rider, and I am thrilled that Hailey (and Marley) has joined the team and look forward to watching her grow!
We had a chance to sit down with Hailey and ask her a few questions. Here is what she shared:
TMM: How old are you?
TMM: Where are you employed?
Hailey: I am employed at Thunder Bay Riding Academy. I am also self-employed selling tack.
TMM: What got you interested in riding?
Hailey: I was not good at sports and I had terrible coordination. It was recommended to me by my doctors to ride, and I had friends and family who rode and I wanted to learn as well. I began equestrian vaulting before I started riding at Shea Rose Farm in Waxhaw, North Carolina.
TMM: How long have you been riding?
Hailey: 17 years
TMM: What discipline(s) do you participate in?
Hailey: I have ridden and competed in hunter/jumpers, eventing, and some western events such as barrel racing and pole bending. I have also competed with the United States Pony Club in show jumping and eventing rallies.
TMM: Do you own/lease any horses?
Hailey: Yes, I have a 2007 OTTB named One Love (aka Marley).
TMM: What is your favorite thing about being an equestrian?
Hailey: My favorite thing about being an equestrian is the opportunities I have had and the amazing people who I have met, and learned from, along the way.
TMM: What is your least favorite thing about being an equestrian?
Hailey: My least favorite things about being an equestrian are the downfalls - the hard times, and the blood, sweat and tears that come with the sport. Although, I see every fall, every injury, and every hard time as a learning experience. It happens to all of us, no matter the experience level. At the end of the day, I would not trade this lifestyle for anything in the world.
TMM: What do you enjoy doing when you’re not with horses?
Hailey: My hobbies include playing with and hanging out with dogs. I also enjoy swimming, going to the gym, and being outside.
TMM: Do you or have you volunteer(ed) anywhere equestrian related?
Hailey: I have previously volunteered at The Fork International Horse Trials.
TMM: Do you show, fox hunt, event, etc.? If so, where?
Hailey: I show, event and foxhunt whenever I get a chance. I have shown and evented throughout North and South Carolina. When I foxhunt, I hunt with Mecklenburg Hounds, Inc.
TMM: Where is your favorite place to show, fox hunt, event, etc.?
Hailey: I enjoy anywhere I have the chance to hunt, event or show. I love competing at Carolina Horse Park.
TMM: Why do you like The Mane Monogram?
Hailey: There are so many things I LOVE about TMM. I really enjoy supporting small businesses and I love the variety of merchandise that is offered. Andrea does beautiful work and she is a great person to work with. My horse, Marley, LOVES the Nickerdoodles! TMM offers so many things and does an amazing job with any monogram. I have always been impressed with the quality and effort that is put into each piece, no matter how big or small. I look forward to becoming a valued contributor to this phenomenal and growing team.
Hailey, you are wise beyond your years! Welcome to the team!
Finally a way to repel pesky mosquitoes without having to wear bug spray! Meet the Mosquito Repellent Band! Wear it as a bracelet, anklet, in your hair or a combination thereof.
i am so excited about this new product release! Libby wants you to know she does not like mosquitos either!
just like every other product I have carried, i tested these mosquito repellent bands myself. being one who does not enjoy applying sticky, smelly bug spray, i was intrigued by these bands.
the running joke among my family and friends is that i am the bug repellent - meaning that mosquitos and bugs love me so much that when standing beside me, no one else gets bitten because all the bugs come to me and eat me alive! it is so bad; often the other people do not even have bug spray on. funny - but sadly true!
i have tried the clip on repellents, citronella candles, burning herbs in a fire and have found them to be somewhat effective. this band is much more effective.
for walking around i wore one on my wrist and also tried it in my hair. for longer time spent in my mosquito infested yard, i put one on my wrist and one on my ankle. much to my surprise they work! i will not say the bands are 100% effective, because i did get bitten a few times. however, without them i would have been eaten alive. just last night, i stepped outside (without a band) to check on my dogs; after literally 45 seconds outside i had seven mosquito bites.
i also love that these bands are deet free, safe for kids and pets, and are made with natural essential oils. the only drawback is that they are made from a type of plastic, which we all know is not biodegradable and becoming a massive problem for our environment. however, the bands are reusable - just put it back in the bag and seal it for next time. the bands are good for up to 350 hours.
regarding water - the bands are advertised as being waterproof meaning that you can swim, sweat, etc. in them. to be honest, i cannot attest to whether or not water affects the efficacy of the bands. i did water plants, wash my dog, and did dishes in one; i did not notice a difference. however, i did not swim in one.
in essence, here are my thoughts on the bands: