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Watching Her Mom Sacrifice Her Pets For Caldo Inspired Her To Create This Super Successful Line Of Soaps

Marcela Arrieta is proud of her soap company Majestic Bliss Soaps. Not only does it work to help clients relax after stressful days, the company tries to do as much good as possible. According to Arrieta, the soap company’s philanthropic work is just one aspect of what makes the brand so appealing . It doesn’t hurt that the soap is also vegan and cruelty-free. Arrieta spoke with FIERCE about her soap brand and why she believes companies who are doing social good are thriving.

Arrieta is the co-founder and creative director of Majestic Bliss Soap, a vegan and cruelty-free soap line.

“I’ve always loved animals. I remember growing up we had lots of chickens in our backyard. I considered them my friends not food,” Arrieta says about her decision to go vegan. “So when my mom would sacrifice a chicken for caldo de pollo the notion of eating my friend felt incredibly wrong. Later in life, as I began to study alternative medicine, I heard my teacher utter these words, ‘When you show mercy to the animal kingdom, mercy will be shown to you.’ I took this as a sign and immediately became vegan.”

It was her love of animals and commitment to helping others that inspired the soap company.

“The traditional soap that you see on the shelf, like Olay, those commercial brands, they actually use animal fat,” Arrieta says. “If you look at the label it says it there but in a scientific way. It’s there because it’s the cheapest kind of oil you can get. I stay away from any form of animal product and I source from companies who stay away from any form of animal product.”

“I put myself in the shoes of the consumer,” says the entrepreneur.

Arrieta believes that when it comes to choosing between two identical products from different companies, the company that does social good will be the one to get her money. “That’s what I incorporated into our company,” Arrieta says. “We do that on the daily. We donate our products, services, and time to organizations that do that.”

Making a special soap for the furry, four-legged members of families is also a part of what makes Majestic Bliss Soaps so popular.

Her experiences with her own dog, who deals with a rather severe allergy to grass, is what pushed Arrieta to extend her product to cats and dogs as well. To help her dog feel relaxed and soothed, so that the allergy was less intense, Arrieta began to produce a soap for pets. “They deserve the same quality as any human being,” Arrieta says about her Fur Paws soap. “I don’t see them as dogs, or cats, or pets. I see them as furkids.”

Majestic Bliss Soaps also does more than just donate money and time. They also donate to people in need.

After Hurricane Harvey devastated Houston, Texas, Arrieta sent 200 pounds of soap to the people in Houston. She even included bars of soap for the pets that had been displaced alongside their owners. Every month, Majestic Bliss Soaps donates money, products, and time to a list of organizations that benefit both humans and animals including Alleviate Skid Row and the Cesar Millan Foundation.

While the soaps aren’t marked with Mexican names or scents, Arrieta says her culture is very much apart of her product’s creative process.

We're so excited! These beauties are heading to @wholefoods in Sedona ✨✨✨?

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“I was exposed to a lot of colors growing up. I am from Jalisco the region that is called Los Altos De Jalisco,” Arrieta says. “There’s a lot of music and color surrounding me. The colors really did come from an inspiration from my upbringing but in reality everything came from my mother and my grandmother.”

Arrieta’s biggest piece of advice for any Latina trying to start her own company is not to feel bad about asking for help.

Power Couple ?❤️ the perfect Ying & Yang. Our founders Marcela and Plinio Arrieta.

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“The biggest lesson that I learned is not to be ashamed or embarrassed to reach out for help. You would be surprised how many people are there, ready and willing to assist you in any capacity they can assist you in,” Arrieta says. “Unfortunately, at least the background I came from, is that we are very orgulloso. Basically, I am too proud to ask for help because people are going to think that I am weak. We need to put that pride aside.”

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20 Latin American Dog Breeds That You Will Want to Adopt *ASAP*

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20 Latin American Dog Breeds That You Will Want to Adopt *ASAP*

Owning a dog has to be one of life’s great pleasures. Not only do they make phenomenal coworkers but they are the kind of pet that oozes with so much love that they can actually make you feel calmer in your life. I grew up with all kinds of pets but dogs are known to give unconditional love for a reason: Because they really do!

The thing that might surprise you the most about dogs, though, is what a great variety of them there are. You probably know all about labs, border collies, poodles and all of the more common dog breeds out there, but did you know that there are some truly cool dog breeds that come directly from Latin America? You probably already know and love the Chihuahua but the truth is that there are 19 other Latin American dog breeds that are ready to steal your heart. If you’re looking to adopt or simply fall in love with a new puppy, here are 20 Latin American dog breeds that you will simply adore.

1. Dogo Argentino


The Dogo Argentino has recently gained an undeserved reputation as a fighting dog, which it is not. Instead, they are hunting dogs that hail from the southern part of South America. They”re quite large, about 100 pounds, very muscular and typically solid white. They’re also very social and good in families and around other animals.

2. Chilean Terrier


The Chilean Terrier was developed in Chile when the British Fox Terrier and local Chilean dogs were bred. This is often thought to be the only breed that is native to Chile but it’s quite popular there and its popularity is rapidly growing in South America. They’re high energy, good in apartments and are about 8-15 pounds when they’re small and 15-35 pounds for medium types. 

3. Xoloitzcuintli


This guy is the first hairless dog you will see on this list but he’s not the last. Xoloitzcuintli, also known as the Mexican Hairless Dog, is a breed that originates in, obviously, Mexico. Thought to have been around for the past 3,000 years, that makes this a fairly ancient breed and although they naturally occur hairless, there is a variety which is coated in hair. 

4. Fila Brasileiro


If you want a perfect guard dog, then you might want to take a look at the Fila Brasileiro, which is a big South American breed that is a great tracker, was bred to guard livestock and also expertly used in hunting large game. They’re quite powerful but not aggressive. These guys are about 110 pounds and have loose skin that makes them look like a Bloodhound.

5. Venezuelan Sheepdog


The Venezuelan Sheep Dog is the national dog of Venezuela and for good reason. They won this title in 1964 after being a great livestock guard dog for many centuries already. Although the origins of this breed are not clear, some believe that it came from being bread by the Spaniards with other local dogs. These dogs are intelligent, playful and sensitive. 

6. Buldogue Campeiro


Another breed from Brazil is actually one of the rarest breeds in the world. The Buldogue Campeiro, or the Campeiro Bulldog, is an incredibly loyal and smart breed that is characterized by their short noses. Although they’re not tall, they’re actually very big boned which means that they weigh anywhere from 70 to 90 pounds. So, if you’re looking for a big boy to love, then this guy might be it.

7. Havanese


There is only one dog breed that is native to Cuba and that is this cheerful little dog that has a spring in their step and a gleam in their eyes. The Havanese are super vivacious and sociable, which makes them perfect city dogs that have become very popular in the U.S. Coming in at just 7-13 pounds, they’re easy to keep around anywhere so we’re not surprised that more people are loving them lately. 

8. Pampas Deerhound


The Pampas Deerhound is a type of hunting dog that is native to Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay. These dogs are known for helping their humans to track, capture and hunt for deer (Pampas deer), which is how they earned their name. They are still used to track other animals, such as wild boars, in their native country. They are typically pale or white in color.

9. Peruvian Hairless Dog


Those who are seeing a clean, healthy, hairless dog should definitely look at the Peruvian Hairless Dog as their best option since these guys are usually very friendly and affectionate to their family. This dog breed was in South America long before the arrival of Europeans, which makes them another ancient dog on the list. Weighing in at about 18 pounds when they’re small and up to 55 pounds when they’re large, they’re usually slim and their skin needs extra care to be kept clean.

10. Bullbras


Similar to the Campeiro Bulldog, the Bullbras is a bulldog-type dog that comes from Brazil. The big difference with this dog is that he was actually bred specifically by Wagmar de Souza who, in 2006, began the work of mating between dog breeds that he wanted to create in a new English bulldog-style breed. Using the Olde English Bulldogge, English Bulldog, Campeiro Bulldog and the Boxer, he eventually added the American Bulldog to create the Bullbras.

11. Cimarrón Uruguayo


The Cimarrón Uruguayo is a dog breed from Uruguay that is descendent from dogs that were brought to the country from Europe. Its ancestors were a feral dog breed that ranchers started to catch and domesticate because they were attacking their livestock and, instead, now are great guard dogs. They are tall, fierce and very beautiful and loyal creatures. 

12. Mantiqueira Shepherd Dog


Herding dogs can do a lot and they’re always great companions to their humans, which might explain why the Mantiqueira Shepherd Dog originated in the Mantiqueira Mountains of Southeast Brazil. Although their exact origin is not fully known and they are thought to be related to dogs like the German Shepherd, they are known to be agile, strong and resistant as they work with cowboys and tropeiros in the mountains. 

13. Mucuchies


The Mucuchies are thought to be Venezuela’s only native dog breed since they originated in the early 1600s in the state of Merida in the Andes Mountains. In fact, that’s why they are named Mucuchies — which is a town in that region. The breed is often referred to as Nevado (or “snowy”). They’re quite big, with large ones at 55-90 pounds and extra large ones at 90-120 pounds. 

14. Magellan Sheep Dog


Well, I hate to disappoint you (or not?) but there is another dog that is native to Chile and that is the much lesser known Magellan Sheep Dog. There is no clear origin of how this dog came to be but the assumption is that people came to the area with different breeds of shepherd dogs, who mixed with one another and adapted to the colder weather, and so the Magellan Sheep Dog was born. It’s a mid-sized dog that has a thick and long coat and prefers the low temperatures of the south of Chile since they can easily protect themselves in the snow.

15. Brazilian Terrier

This adorable dog from Brazil is also known as the Fox Paulistinha and it’s not popular in many other countries but it totally should be. The Brazilian Terrier was developed by combining Jack Russell Terriers, Miniature Pinschers and Chihuahuas. They’re pretty small (about 15 inches) but are very active and love to chase other small animals, such as pet cats, hamsters and rabbits. However, if you keep them indoors, make sure to walk these energetic dogs frequently so that they don’t get destructive.

16. Ecuadorian Hairless Dog


The Ecuadorian Hairless Dog is a small breed of hairless dog that originated on the Santa Elena Peninsula in Ecuador. It’s actually considered one of the rarest breed of hairless dog in the world, which might make it difficult to find. They are characterized by the absence of hair on the body and the little patch of fur on its head. They are elegant animals, but also small coming in at a height of just 15-18 inches.

17. Peruvian Inca Orchid


Known sometimes as the Inca Hairless Dog or, more accurately, the Peruvian Inca Orchid, this dog breed is from Peru and another ancient one. It was seen during the Inca Empire dating as far back as 750 A.D. but that’s not what is really cool about the dog. They’re actually super affectionate with their family members. However, their temperament makes them NOT a great choice for first-time dog owners so choose carefully before settling on getting this dog. 

18. Rastreador Brasileiro


The Rastreador Brasileiro is native to Brazil, as you can imagine, and it is a hunting dog that was developed in the 1950s by Oswaldo Aranha Filho to hunt medium-sized wild pigs in Central and South America. He combined various American and European hunting breeds, along with some native Brazilian dogs, in order to create this guy. And isn’t he super handsome? 

19. Argentine Pila


Another hairless dog that makes it onto our list is the Argentine Pila that originated from, as you may have guessed it, Argentina. Some of its oldest ancestors (meaning other hairless breeds from surrounding countries) are 3,000 years old. That’s pretty impressive for a breed that’s still around! Despite their medium size, they are actually great companion dogs and are very well-suited for apartment life. 

20. Chihuahua


You didn’t think we would leave this guy off the list, did you? The Chihuahua is definitely the most well-known of the Latin American dog breeds and for good reason. Although they’re usually pretty small (the average one is about six and a half pounds), they are known to be fierce, loyal and super sweet. Sure, they have a reputation for being barky but don’t let a stereotype fool you. The coolest part of this breed is that, although we don’t know exactly where they came from or how long they have been around, Chihuahua-like dog bones were found in Mexico in 300 B.C.

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Comics That Perfectly Sum Up The Joys And Throes Of Having A Cat


Comics That Perfectly Sum Up The Joys And Throes Of Having A Cat

I’m just going to come out and say it: I am a proud cat lady. I have been a cat lady since I was a baby, and possibly even well before then. Why? Well, to be honest, I love that they’re fluffy, super cute, can be sweet, and provide many cuddles throughout the day… if they want to, that is. The truth is, despite my love for cats, I know that life with cats can be frustrating.

Whether you’re proud Latina gato dama like me or are still a bit ambivalent about the furry felines, you are probably very familiar with some of the funny and not-so funny issues of living with cats. From the good (like how they sneak up to you for love and “make biscuits” on your tummy) to the bad (the fact that they do this in the middle of the night and totally wake you up), here are 20 realities of living with cats. And because we couldn’t actually get our cats to pose for these points, we’ve collected the best comics from all over the internet to demonstrate why we love (and hate that we love) our feline friends.

1. They love sticking their butts up in your face


But we love them anyway, right?

2. They are HUGE babies when it comes to getting their nails cut.


Seriously, kitty, I barely even touched you yet!

3. They’re pretty smart, though.


I’m not so sure about the scientist bit, though…

4. They love cuddles, in a limited amount.


This is literally my cat every. single. morning.

5. They can be pretty creepy sometimes…


Seriously, WHAT IS THERE?!

6. They do bad things.


And they rarely ever apologize, honestly.

7. They love to feel warm and toasty.

Whether that’s in a sun spot or right in front of your space heater in the winter.

8. They’re weird about food.


Seriously, WHY is anything wrapped in plastic on their “must eat” list?

9. They’re masters of getting you to fall in love with them.


We all have heard the story of the super sweet kitty that turns demon when you bring them home.

10. They HATE kisses from their humans.


But we don’t care! 

11. They love to mess around with your mail.


And yes, they WILL chew on the important ones first.

12. They do, in fact, take over your bed.


I’m sorry, did you think you owned it or something?

13. They make you want to spend all your money on them.


No regrets, amirite?

14. They have no qualms about waking you up in the middle of the night.


It’s happened to me more times than I care to count.

15. They are totally good for your anxiety.


Even if they don’t want to be…

16. They love water, except from their actual water bowl.


I might actually now be in the habit of getting a cup for both me and kitty.

17. They always manage to get in the way somehow.


I’m honestly never sure if it’s because they’re playing, clueless, or actually trying to kill us all.

18. They WILL be forced to watch and/or participate in cat YouTube videos by you. No shame.


You just can’t help yourself. I get it.

19. They might just be plotting against you…


This seems about right, tbh.

20. They’re just SO lovable (even if they don’t appreciate it).


And we wouldn’t have it any other way.

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