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July 28, 2015

Only the Essentials | Treating My Dogs in a Healthier Way

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I've blogged before about Vital Essentials and how they were a more nutritious option for my dogs but now I have to showcase them again because they just wrapped up a voting campaign and the new Vital Treat Flavor winners are amazing! 

The winning flavors that were voted on by pet parents, retailers, and distributors are: Chicken Hearts, Duck Nibs, Wild Alaskan Salmon Rings, and Bully Sticks.  But why are these so special for my dogs you ask? Well, Vital Essentials freeze-dried products are sourced, made, and packaged in the USA! They are grain free, gluten free, and guilt free.  The freeze-drying process they use retains all the active nutrients in the food and you can store them WITHOUT refrigeration.  
These Chicken Hearts were such a favorite in my house. It was a great treat between meals.  They are the perfect size for my chihuahuas but even if you have a large breed dog, it would still be a satisfying snack! 

The salmon rings were a great way to keep the dogs occupied for a little bit while they snacked away and savored every little bit.  Look at these things! They literally still have scales on them! 

See the thing about the ALPHA Prey-Model Diet keeps in mind that dogs and cats are natural carnivores so they instinctively thrive on the essential nutrients they get from whole animals aka RAW meat, bone, and whole vital organs.  And a diet like this helps support their overall health and wellness.  Vital Essentials Frozen RAW entrees are made from fresh, USDA whole animal protein and then flash frozen while cooking to lock in the nutrients like I said earlier.  

RAW is so much healthier because it's not loaded with carbs such as corn and rice like in a traditional pet food.  A lot of those types of ingredients are difficult for a dog's digestive system and can contribute to obesity and diabetes.  A lot of times, feeding RAW can help to reduce or eliminate allergies, itching, and rash and can even reduce vet bills and prescriptions.  It can also help dogs shed less and have a soft, silky coat.  And for small dogs like mine, that are prone to oral health issues, it naturally cleans teeth and cleanses breath.

I hope you will consider filling your pet's diet with more RAW from Vital Essentials!   
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July 27, 2015

Tour Our Home

It's finally here - our official first house tour! There will be many more posts about this and about all the changes we make but for now - here is the first look INSIDE our new house! 

Living Room \\ When you first enter our home you will be in the Living Room. 

 Dining Room \\ Next you will run into the dining room.  I wanted to go with a Buddha theme here. 

This wall transitions into the Kitchen...

Kitchen \\ My favorite place! Mostly because there is a skylight!

Screened-In Porch \\ Our dining room leads out to the screened-in porch. 

If you look down our hallway you will find 4 doors.  Behind each door is...

The Office \\ Our office is amazing and even has in-wall storage.  This is also where the dog pee pads are and our pet rat, Hoodie. 

Across from the office is..

Master Bathroom \\ Enjoy!

And then next is...

Master Bedroom \\ Which is basically where James has his clothing, dresser, and some decorations.  

which has a small bathroom..

And then... the moment you have ALL been waiting for..... last but certainly not least....... the second bedroom/guest room/ my get ready room .... This room contains my closet, my dressers, a bed, and my vanity.

Stay tuned for a look at the basement, the garage, and the yard! 
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July 22, 2015

9 Tips to Prevent A Lost Dog Situation

Way too often now I'm seeing posts on social media about dogs that are lost and found.  It breaks my heart so I decided to put together a post with some tips to help prevent that nightmare from happening, or at least doing the best you can to stop it.


1\\ Leash Your Dog Inside

When you answer the door make sure your dog is already on a leash so that there is no remote possibility of him slipping out when the door opens.  If someone is watching your dog, make sure you tell them to do the same.  When they take your dog outside they should always have him fully secured before they open the door.  


2\\ Don’t Trust A Fence

A fenced in yard can be fantastic however there’s always the remote possibility that your dog can crawl underneath to chase after something so make sure you either have an electric fence, or you get a tie down stake (or the type of leash that gets attached to two items and gives your dog a full yard’s length to run).


3\\ Keep Your Dog Inside

If there are fireworks, make sure your dog is inside versus outside on a leash.  When a dog starts to panic they can break free with their superhuman anxiety strength.  If you are having a cook out or having guests over, make sure your dog is kept inside or even closed off in a crate or a room with the door shut so that he can’t  slip out and wander off unnoticed.


4\\ Microchip or Collar Your Dog

A Microchip is a great way to be quickly reunited with your dog if he ever gets lost and then found.  A vet, humane society, and other places can easily scan your dog and bring up the owner’s info.   If you don’t have a microchip, make sure your dog ALWAYS wears a collar.


5\\ Never Let Him Outside Without A Leash

Even if your dog stays in the yard most of the time, you should always have him on a leash so that he doesn’t get that little taste of freedom that may someday pop back in his head when he’s chasing a squirrel or another dog. 


6\\ Mind Your Door Manners

If you are having something delivered or you are moving things out of your house and you have to leave the door open for an extended period of time (even just a few minutes!) make you’re your dog is secured in a crate or in a room with the door closed. 

7\\ GPS Tracking

There are apps and products out there that actually have GPS tracking so if your dog ever gets loose you can use a cell phone app to track his movements.  If you have a dog that tends to escape a lot, this may be a worthy investment.


8\\ Spay or Neuter

It’s super important to spay or neuter your dog  so that temptation doesn’t get the best of them when they want to escape and find a boyfriend/girlfriend.  


9\\ Take Immediate Action

If the worst case scenario does happen and your dog runs away, immediately contact police, the humane society, social media, local veterinary offices, etc.   Start spreading the word. The sooner the better!


Have you ever lost a pet?   What steps did you take to get him or her back?

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July 21, 2015

10 Ways To Decorate A New Home on A Budget

Most people don't have the luxury of spending hundreds or even thousands of dollars on home décor and organizing supplies when they move into a new house.   But that's okay because you don't need to!  I put together a few ways I found that you can actually do it with only a small amount of cash or even things you already own! Just click on the link below each photo to get the tutorial.

1/// Paint Your Own Jars
via Pinterest

2/// Wrap Shoeboxes in Fabric to make Canvas Wall Décor
via Pinterest
3/// DIY Light Switch Covers
via Pinterest
4///Pallet Bar
via Pinterest

5///Trash Can Stool
via Pinterest

6///Can Planters
via Pinterest

7/// Mason Jar Storage
via Pinterest

8/// Shopping Bag Wall Décor
via Pinterest

9/// Paint Old Furniture
via Pinterest

10/// DIY Chalkboard Signs
via Pinterest

Which are your favorites?


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