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April 16, 2015

Tips for Pleasant Dog Walking in Spring

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The weather is so beautiful lately and I'm always trying to go on walks with my dogs but I noticed a lot of other owners struggling with having a stress-free walk where their dog isn't pulling, barking, or getting distracted along the way.  Here are a few tips I use with my dogs.


1// Try to keep a routine.
I like to walk my dogs in the afternoon so by the time they eat dinner, they know that it's time to wind down for the evening.   Dogs are creatures of habit just like people are so when you get a routine going that works for the both of you, make sure you stay with it.


2// Pay attention.
You need to see distractions coming before your dog does so keep your eyes ahead and if you see anything that could potentially cause issues, you can cross the street or start getting your dogs attention early so they focus on you and not what's coming.



3// Be responsible.
Never leave home without doggie bags to clean up any mess! Also, if you are going to a dog park, make sure you have the proper licenses and identification for your dog. 


4// Reward good behavior.
I use small bite size training rewards, like Zuke's Mini Naturals from Chewy during walks to reinforce good behavior and also to keep my dogs focused on me, not other animals.  By holding a small treat in my hand, Grace knows to stay focused on me instead of the squirrel running in front of us.   Also, when another dog greets us, if she stays calm I reward her every minute or so with a treat and some praise. 

What tips do you have for enjoying the nice weather with your pet?



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April 15, 2015

A Special Mother's Day Giveaway

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So Mother's Day will be here before we know it and it's a good idea to start shopping for gifts right now.  I'm going to make this easy for you though because I'm going to giveaway something would make a GREAT gift for any Mom!

The  Build Your Own Sterling Silver 2 Photo Heart Locket process is so easy and self explanatory. I love that you get to customize your locket with a photo on the right and left, and even a customized message!


I mean who wants to buy a custom piece of jewelry online if you don't get to know what it looks like?   I would hate that! That's why I like to see the example on the PicturesOnGold.com website first!  Plus you get a great selection from 1000's of front designs with everything from hearts and hobbies to decorative symbols.  I also like the font selections for the engravings. 
 

So here's the giveaway where one lucky winner will get to create their own customized locket, with options for a Mother’s Day  clip art on the front , 2 permanently engraved photos – in either color or black & white, on the left & right sides, and a message on the reverse side. The item is worth  $170.90 + Free Shipping. 

 
 

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April 14, 2015

Win a Couple's Season Pass to Decked Out Live at The Vineyard & Brewery at Hershey


Central PA friends!    I've teamed up with my good friend Merlot Mike from The Vineyard and Brewery at Hershey​ to give away 1 Couple's Season Pass to the Decked Out Live summer concert series.  

All you have to do to enter is: 
1 | Head over to Twitter and Follow Merlot Mike here: http://www.twitter.com/merlot_mike
2 | Tweet @Merlot_Mike telling him either the best pickup line you ever used, or the worst line that's been used on you. Don't be afraid. Be creative and have fun with this. Mike has a GREAT sense of humor, trust me! 

(Since this is a couples ticket it has a date night theme, get it? Ha.)

Mike will choose his favorite tweet next Wednesday, April 22nd. 


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5 Ways My Mom Has Made An Impact On My Life + How I'll Give Her the #BestMomsDayEver

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Mother's Day will be here before we know it so I wouldn't to make a quick list of 5 ways my mom has made an impact on my life and at the end I'll show you how I'm giving back to her for Mother's Day. 

1. She had my back. 
Even when I was a little kid, she'd always cover for me if something went down and she knew I'd get in trouble with my dad.   If we were banished to our bedrooms without dinner, she would sneak some up. I could always and still can always count on my mom. 

2. She's always there to help. 
If I'm sick she always goes out of her way to take off work and bring me things to make me feel better.  When I had my wisdom teeth out she was with me the whole time.   And whenever I go out of town, she takes care of all 4 of my dogs! 

3. She listens. 
When I have a bad day, despite how bad hers may have been, she listens and offers advice.  Even if she knows I'm being dramatic, she still listens and nods her head in agreement.  She has a lot of pain lately and some ongoing health issues so it means a lot that she still takes  time out of her day to hear me out with all of my issues. 

4. She buys me great gifts. 
She always gets me the coolest home goods at Christmas and she goes out of her way to find things she knows I will love, like chihuahua-themed jewelry or clothing and Filofax accessories! 

5. She gave me a place to live. 
Obviously growing up she did that but when I went through a very difficult time 2 years ago and had nowhere else to go, she allowed me to move back in with her at a moment's notice with all 4 of my dogs.  Now that's love! 


How I'll Do the Same For Her: 
I wanted to get her a Mother's Day Gift Bag with some of her favorite goodies and things that will be most useful.  For my gift bag I went to Walmart in the One Stop Shop Mother's Day aisle. I actually got my boyfriend's mother a separate gift bag as well so you'll see those below. 


 First of all I had to pick out some beautiful gift bags and cards that were super meaningful.  These are American Greetings Cards and I love the decor and embellishments on them.  Both of these cards are adorned with sequins! How fun is that? 
 So pretty! I know both my mom and Marisa will love these! 
 Here's what is going to be in my mom's gift bag:
Ring/Jewelry Dish - My mom loves her jewelry so I figured this will be a fun way for her to stay organized and have a nice safe place to put her jewelry and rings at the end of the day.  I know she's going to love it.  She deserves all the nice jewelry she owns and obviously needs a nice way to store and display it. 

Owl Notebook- My mom loves crafting and writing so I wanted to get her this notebook (green is her favorite color) because she loves owls.   She can use this at her job or even at home to make grocery lists.  She always uses recycled paper for herself so I wanted to get her something really nice and new to spoil her. She totally deserves it!

Decorative Round Box - I figure she will love having a cute little box to store whatever she wants to in it.   She gets excited about cute little boxes like this so I know she will squeal with happiness and tell me all about what things she could possibly store in this box. 
  Here's what is going to be in my boyfriend's mom, Marisa's  gift bag:
Ring/Jewelry Dish - This one is in the shape of a dachshund which is the kind of dog Marisa has! She will totally love this. 

Decorative Family Display - Marisa loves the idea of family so I know she will enjoy displaying this in her home for all her guests to see! 

Decorative Round Box - She is just like my mom so she will love having a little box to store her most prized possessions. 
 To top it all off I needed some BEAUTIFUL gift bags.  I am in love with both of these from American Greetings.  The one on the right even comes with tissue paper inside it!  The designs are so elegant and beautiful.  Fancy gift bags are necessary for fancy women of course! 







Like I said before, you can find everything you need for your Mother's Day gift giving in the One Stop Shop aisle at Walmart.  What items will you get for your mom? 

If you've read this entire post you are in luck because you've made it to the bottom where I have a special giveaway!!  Good luck!


#BestMomsDayEver Giveaway- $4,000 Prize Value
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April 13, 2015

I Can Now Account For Every Possession I Own



So for those of you that don't know, I'm temporarily living at my parents' house where I grew up.   I will be getting a house this year but until then I've been living out of storage for nearly 2 years now.  That didn't stop me from applying the KonMari method to EVERYTHING I own in storage in the basement.  


The problem is that what I was doing now is anytime I got a new item, say a mug, I would just shove it in the "kitchen" boxes in the basement.   Overtime I accrued plenty of things I didn't need or that I already had duplicates of.  So I tackled everything in one weekend.  I unpacked everything, and purged items that didn't bring me joy.  



Books & DVDs: I didn't have too many of those to begin with because a couple years back when I decided to really embrace minimalism, I downsized my collection.  Also, I noticed that it was pure hell trying to move houses with so many books.   So all of the books I own fit in one tiny box, and all of the DVDs I own (including full seasons of my favorite shows on DVD) fit into a second box.  That's it!   Isn't that impressive?  



Holiday Stuff: I downsized to have only 2 bins of holiday items which includes ornaments for my tree.  I also have one bin for gift bags, tissue paper, bows, etc.  There were some really ugly decorations that I got rid of and I honestly have no idea why I held onto them for so long. I noticed that most of us are trained to keep things because last time we went through them we kept them.   Literally, I was so used to just putting things back away into a box or bin, that I didn't notice before if they brought me joy. But this time I questioned EVERYTHING.  There were plenty of things that I noticed I had kept simply because every time I moved or purged things, I liked to do the same thing with each item. I just got into the habit or packing, storing, and keeping things.


Sentimental Items: This category was last, as Marie Kondo recommends because not only do you find things from this category along the way but it's also the most difficult.  It took me an entire day and 2 purges to get through all this.  My school papers and photos all fit in one bin now. I went through all of my school artwork and papers twice because the first time I kept things for silly reasons.   Then I got a binder and page protectors and I put much of it in the binder. I also tore out pages of magazines that I had saved for special personal reasons and I put those in sheet protectors. When I went through my photos I got rid of any duplicates that I didn't feel I needed to keep and I also got rid of any of those pointless photos that I took of a tree that made no sense.    It wasn't as hard as I thought.   

I also have a second bin just for mementos from my past.  My American Girl Doll (Molly) and her different outfits, 2 snow globes from my mom, some Chihuahua stuffed animals and figurines, and a vanity set that belonged to my Grandma.   These things bring me joy.   I keep them in plastic bins for now because I know they will be safe.  Eventually when I have my own place, I may find a neat way to display them, especially the snow globes and vanity set. 

I still have to go through lots of my old stuffed animals but I will do that soon enough. Honestly, I thought this process would be harder than it was.   Some of the items I had kept all these years did nothing for me. They really did not bring me joy.  




I had some random bins in my room that had odds and ends or things that I frequently use like a lotion bottle, my extra business cards, a bag of chips, etc.  I decided to do away with it all. Instead, the lotion goes with the other lotions, the chips went to the kitchen, and my extra business cards went into my desk drawer.   Honestly, it won't kill me to have to take a few more steps to get something I need.  In fact, I could use the calorie burn of moving around more.


I had SO many boxes of things.  In the end I was able to downsize out of 10 boxes.  In fact, everything I have fits in plastic tubs. 



And that's the junk pile of stuff that I discarded/donated/gave away.  It wasn't as hard as I thought because like I said before, I had purged much of my stuff a couple years back.  Still, there was tons of stuff to go through.


I literally know every single thing I own now and it is a great feeling.  Doing this whole process has helped me so much. I no longer wonder if I have something or if I should buy something at the store.  I actually KNOW now.



Next week I'll talk about the benefits of the KonMari Method.  





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Yes, You CAN Wear Socks in Warm Weather + A Giveaway

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I don't know about you, but for me, wearing socks or some sort of liner is essential no matter what season it is.  The only problem is, most socks are not discreet when you wear them with heels or flats, that is until now.  Kushyfoot has a line of Spring-Summer 2015 legwear essentials and I'm here to show you them!


Lace Top Toe Cover// That's right, for all those heels you have that hide your toes, you can still wear socks that just cover the toes! They come in black and nude. They are super comfortable and even have a built in sling back strap.  You can be active in these and not worry about slipping and sliding around. 

Peep-Toe Foot Cover// For the reverse scenario, these go great with any peep toe high heels you may have.  You get great heel grip to keep everything in place. It's available in nude & black!
Foot Cover with Cotton Sole//  The Foot Cover with a Cotton Sole is so comfortable.  I love that the cotton is absorbent so I'm not slipping and sliding around when I wear these! These come in nude and black.


 Stylish Foot Covers// I love the pinstripe design! These are very discreet and fit perfect in all of my low heeled casual shoes and flats. 

Sport Foot Covers// Who would have thought pink would be so fun even when you can't see it!?

 




Athletic Foot Covers// These are perfect to wear with low cut sneakers or casual shoes.  I love that they are cushiony and very absorbent and comfortable.  They have great arch support too!

Yoga Socks// These are so cool and they can even double as a pedicure sock.  They are so comfortable and perfect for a day of pampering.


Sheer Anklet// Perfect for when you just need something light and dainty with your work heels!


Sheer Knee High// These have a cotton sole which feels AMAZING at the end of a long day. It's like getting a foot massage each time you walk in them!


But wait... one of you lucky ducks is going to get a prize pack with everything you see above!  Good luck!
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