A Very Doggy Christmas!

It’s here, right around the corner, Christmas once again! Every year we scramble to find the perfect gift for our family, friends, co-workers, etc. How many of us think about our little 4-legged children though? As someone who chose not to have kids, I like to spoil my pups as much as I can. Of course, they aren’t asking for toys, etc., but I still like to give them some goodies, like homemade treats or what not. Honestly, if I ever won the lottery I’d open a little dog boutique, and just make treats all day for them! Ok, Ok…  getting off track there. Here are a few things your pup might enjoy for their Christmas holiday!

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Christmas ideas for your dogs!

 

 

Homemade Treats:

  1. Penzey’s is  one of my favorite spice stores. I love their spices. When I moved to Georgia I was so excited to find that they had a store opening less than 30 minutes from me! I had always ordered from their catalogs. The first time I got to go into one of the stores I was hooked. In the catalogs, they do always put some great recipes. The one for the Puppy Pumpkin Pie Treats caught my attention right away. I never got around to making them, however, mom did and my pups loved them! I know they’ll be excited again this year when she sends them their Christmas package.
  2. Chrissi over at First Home Love Life has a great blog with all kinds of goodies. I stumbled on a pin from her site a while back and had to try the Homemade Apple Chip Dog Treats. These are super duper simple, and last a couple weeks in an airtight container, (IF your little buds don’t eat them all first!) Every year around my birthday we make the trip to the local apple farms. These are great ways to use some of those fresh apples.
  3. Ashley over at Frugal Coupon Living has another great blog full of goodies. I came across a pin from her site one day on Pinterest and once again knew I had to make these. Apple & Chicken Pup Pops are another super simple treat that our pups love! With apples and chicken broth, what else would they even want? I like to keep some of these on hand a lot. They are perfect for hot summers in addition to a lovely little Christmas treat.
  4. Another great Pinterest find was Felissa at Two Little Cavaliers . Her pin of these Apple Cinnamon Dog Treats looked fantastic. Again, nothing super fancy, just simple ingredients that aren’t harmful to the little four legged kids. Baxter (my Pomeranian) and Maisey (our beagle) both love them! Poor Baxter has a sensitive digestive system, so I have to be quite careful on what he gets to eat, but these little quick bites didn’t bother him one bit!
  5. I found their perfect “splurge” treat, if you can even call it that. Georgia at The Comfort of Cooking has some amazing recipes posted. Recipes for the humans out there that is. She also has this killer Homemade Peanut Butter-Bacon Dog Treats recipe I found. You’ll never guess where… Ok you got me, Pinterest! (Do you think I’ve spent enough time there?) But seriously, peanut butter, AND bacon?? Talk about dogs gone wild! They love these things!! Even though I called them “splurges”, they really do have so many healthy things. Your 4-legged buds will love you for this. (As if they don’t already…

 

Celebrate the holidays with your 4-legged babies too!

Would you look at these 2?? Snoozing away… in MY BED!

 

 

 

 

Non Edible goodies:

  • Etsy is amazing! I have found so many wonderful things there, and I absolutely LOVE this one. I think it’ll be in Baxter’s stocking this year. He seems to have fun finding his way out of the fenced in yard lately. This adorable personalized dog tag is so adorable. Also, it makes me chuckle. I think it would put a smile on the neighbor’s faces when he shows up with this one. Check out this adorable tag on Etsy!

 

 

  • Both of my little dudes are getting up there in age, so a good comfortable bed is a must. This awesome Deluxe Orthopedic Mattress Pet Bed  is fantastic. They love to be comfortable, and this bed certainly helps with that!

  • If you do any long road trips with your pups, make sure to keep them safe! Baxter spent a lot of time in his Pet Booster Seat before I moved to Georgia. Since we drove down for the move it also worked out very well.  Since we generally travel with both of them now, we have little tethers like the ones here that just clip from their harness to the buckled seat-belt.

Isn’t he the cutest thing in his little Booster Seat??

christmas baxter

What other ideas do you have for your dogs for Christmas? How about your dog loving friends? These things would be great for all of them, and I’m sure the pooches would be super happy! I’d love to see your little guys and gals in the comments!!

 

Looking for gifts for the doggie lovers out there? How about the pups themselves? Check out some great homemade dog treats, cute dog tags, even a dog booster seat your best bud will love!

A few of my favorite things – Part 2 – beauty

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As promised, I’m continuing my short series of some of my most favorite things. In case you missed the last one, check it out here. In part 1, I shared some of the yoga things I love and today I want to share some of my beauty favorites. I hope you’ll enjoy, maybe you know of some, maybe you don’t, but browse around and check out these amazing things!
  1. Every morning AND evening begins with my Beauty Counter Charcoal Cleansing bar. I was a bit skeptical when I first heard of this, with my crazy sensitive skin, but Amy Adams was kind enough to send me a sample, and I was hooked immediately. This company is fantastic too, all the products are cruelty free and not harmful to your skin or the environment. I haven’t tried many others of theirs yet, but I will say, I cannot wait to. This stuff is amazing!
  2. Then comes Anakiri‘s amazing Restore Propolis Balm. This stuff is seriously a hidden gem. It’s great for acne, eczema, rosacea, etc! I seriously love the stuff so much. I’ve been using it for about a year now, and can’t live without it. Even Refinery 29 loved it so much they called it a “Cult Classic”.
  3.  KarmaCrowFancy’s amazing Facial Butter is fantastic! It’s coconut oil, with some essential oils and it soaks right into my skin without that greasy feeling a lot of moisturizers can give. I have been using it for almost a year not too. I found it by accident at my local yoga studio, and feel instantly in love. She also has other products to check out, so keep an eye on her Etsy store! 

So that would start out my routine every day and night, and those are certainly 3 of the products I am so in love with! My skin hasn’t felt or looked this good in a long time, and I’m looking at the big 41 in 2 weeks!

As for cosmetics, I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with them. I used to totally be a makeup SNOB, and would ONLY use MAC, or Urban Decay…  I have come a long way in my age, and am happy for that, (so is my bank account!) Since the awesome days of Pinterest I’ve found so many ways to look at new products, start reading lots of blogs and reviews and even try things I might not have tried before, like e.l.f. Cosmetics ! I can’t believe how inexpensive this stuff is, AND how great some of the products are! I am hooked on the e.l.f. Lip Exfoliator! It’s so inexpensive, and it makes my lips SO soft and smooth, follow up with a little Moisturizing Lipstick and you are good to go! 
I’m also really into the Studio High Definition Powder with Studio Powder! They even have it in pressed powder form if you prefer that. I love that “soft focus” look it brings to my skin, and doesn’t settle into my aging face. I just look softer and more put together when I wear this, and I can definitely tell when I don’t have it on! 
I’m going to end it here again and next will be my top favorite products from It Works! Yes, it’s a MLM as some would say, but I have tried several products and fallen so in love I decided to share them with the world. So stay tuned for more, and I hope some of these were new to you, or just ones you haven’t tried. Check them out and be amazed!