Today is National Mutt Day!

From the National Mutt Day website: National Mutt Day, also known as National Mixed Breed Dog Day, was created in 2005 by Celebrity Pet & Family Lifestyle Expert and Animal Welfare Advocate, Colleen Paige and is celebrated on both July 31st and December 2nd. National Mutt Day is all about embracing, saving and celebrating mixed … Continue reading Today is National Mutt Day!


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Which Pet Should PawZaar Sponsor Next? VOTE!

It’s that time again…we need your help choosing then next pet whose kennel at San Antonio’s Animal Defense League will be sponsored by our PawZaar gift store! Each PawZaar purchase…



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NOT (!!!) My Annual Personal List of This Week’s Best Deals (And Why I’m Not Doing It This Year)

graphic via Adria Adams

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my friends here in the states! Every year for the past seven years, I have scoured the internet and Black Friday ad flyers for the best deals and/or coupon codes and recorded them. If any of the agencies I work with give me notice of secret coupon codes, I record those as well. Then I compile a list of favorites, and share them with all of you.

This year, I decided not to do it. And that makes me a little sad, because it’s become sort of a tradition. It has just been so busy around here for work (even more than normal for this time of year), my kids have been sick (again), my daughter has had Nutcracker tech week, and it kept getting pushed to the bottom of my list. Then last night around 11:30 PM when I was sitting down to work on it, I saw the graphic above, by Adria Adams (who can also be found here).  It kind of felt like a sign.

Now don’t get me wrong – I love a good deal. I love shopping at big stores and tiny shops. I love supporting small businesses with my dollars (Etsy is my shopping haven this week!). A lot of people feel that we shouldn’t spend money at all this time of year to make a statement, and I 100% respect that, but I honestly think we should do the opposite. I think we should spend money (if we can and want to), but be intentional on where we spend it. I also think we can show support in ways that don’t require money (one of the best parts of social media!), and that’s why I think the graphic above is so badass.

Maybe I’ll be back with the annual list next year. For now, I’m just going to try to enjoy this week with my family and friends. I hope you are able to do the same. I’ll be back next week with lots of goodness. See you then! Happy Thanksgiving!


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Hatty Sworn In to Cook County State Attorney’s Office

From ABC News. Congratulations to Hatty, a black lab who was recently sworn in to provide comfort to victims when they visit the Cook County State Attorney’s Office. Until next time, Good day, and good dog!


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DogTipper’s Holiday Gift Guide + Giveaway Extravaganza!

Celebrate the holidays with our roundup of great gifts for your favorite pet lover–and EVERY gift included in this gift guide will be gifted to one lucky winner in our DogTipper Gift Guide and…



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Festive Organic Cranberry Cucumber Vodka Spritzers

Cranberry Cucumber Vodka Spritzers

This post is sponsored by Prairie Organic Spirits, but all opinions are my own. 21+ Drink Responsibly.

Cranberry Cucumber Vodka Spritzers

Thanksgiving and the holiday season are upon us, my friends. I don’t like to rush things, but I’d be lying if I said there weren’t visions of sugarplums dancing in my head pretty much the second the clock strikes midnight on Halloween night. And by sugarplums, I mean the sheer delights of the food and drink that accompany this time of year.

Last year, I came up with a festive cranberry vodka spritzer that became my go-to cocktail for Thanksgiving and holiday entertaining. This year, I decided to change it up a little and add an ingredient usually reserved for my summer beverages: Prairie Cucumber Flavored Organic Vodka from Prairie Organic Spirits. Maybe this sounds unusual, but adding the crisp taste of cucumber to a cocktail normally reserved for the colder months gives it a delicious freshness that takes the spritzer to a whole new level. And, the spritzer is almost entirely organic! Try it and I think you’ll agree it’s pretty incredible.

Organic Cranberry Cucumber Vodka Spritzer
Servings: 1

1.5 fluid ounces Prairie Cucumber Flavored Organic Vodka
4 fluid ounces organic cranberry juice, chilled
1 ounce simple syrup (equal parts parts sugar and water; instructions below)
Splash of soda/sparkling water, chilled
Ice
Organic cucumber slice (for garnish)
Organic orange slice (for garnish)
Fresh organic mint sprig (for garnish)
Organic cranberries (for garnish)

To make simple syrup, combine equal parts sugar and water in a medium sauce pan. (I recommend one cup of each so you have more on hand than enough for just one spritzer). Bring to a boil, stirring consistently until the sugar has dissolved. Allow to cool.

Combine Prairie Cucumber Flavored Organic Vodka, organic cranberry juice, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker and shake well. Fill a glass half way with ice cubes, and pour cocktail over ice. Top with a splash or two of soda. Garnish with a cucumber slice, an orange slice, a sprig of fresh mint, and few fresh cranberries. You can also easy quadruple this recipe to make a pitcher for guests.

It’s the combination of high quality, organic ingredients in this festive cocktail that make it exceptionally delicious, but the key ingredient for me is the the Prairie Cucumber Flavored Organic Vodka. You might already be familiar with my undying love for Prairie Organic Spirits from a yummy pineapple vodka refresher cocktail recipe I shared over the summer, but if not, allow me to gush for a minute. The company itself is fantastic for many reasons: they are Midwest made (in Minnesota), they have a passion for true craftsmanship and put great care into choosing their ingredients and making their spirits, they’re USDA certified organic, and they give 1% back to help more farmers go organic. And truly, their products speak for themselves. Prairie Cucumber Flavored Organic Vodka has a delightfully crisp taste that is refreshing, smooth, and distinctly delicious. (Did I mention that it’s gluten free?) I’m also a big fan of Prairie Organic Vodka and Prairie Organic Gin (makes the best martini you’ll ever have). It’s no wonder that Prairie Organic Spirits is the #1 Organic Spirit.

I can’t wait to hear what you guys think about this festive organic spritzer! Happy holiday sipping!

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Fun Thanksgiving Themed Turkey Pancakes

Fun Thanksgiving Themed Turkey Pancakes

A couple of weeks ago I shared a quick post on my Instagram with a fun Thanksgiving pancake project my kids and I like to make this time of year. Today I thought I’d share a more detailed recipe for how to make them. We have a lot of fun making (and eating) them. They’re a quick and easy breakfast for Thanksgiving Day too. (I mean let’s be honest; if you don’t want to make pancakes from scratch you can easily create these from a boxed pancake mix too.)

INGREDIENTS

1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk (if you’re feeling fancy, you can use buttermilk)
2 eggs
strawberries, sliced
bananas, sliced
mandarin oranges or clementine slices
pineapple chunks
raisins

Preheat a pan or griddle over medium heat. (You can add coconut oil or butter to the pan to prevent sticking.) Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Stir in milk and eggs. Whisk until combined into a batter. Pour batter onto pan or griddle, creating one set of larger circles (turkey body) and one set of smaller circles (turkey head). Cook until underside is golden brown, then flip and do the same on the other side. Let all pancakes cool slightly. For each turkey, place one small pancake on a large one and decorate using the fruit. Eat! (For an added protein boots, you can add 4 scoops of Vanilla Healthy Height per 2 servings, as I explained in my Instagram post.)

turkey pancakes
Thanksgiving Turkey Pancakes

If you make these, let me know what you think! Happy Thanksgiving!

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How to Choose a Dog Training Class

Dog training classes are a great way to socialize and train your dog–and have fun at the same time! From puppy classes to dog manners to specialty classes such as agility, trick training and…



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Friday Funny: Boxers are Brave, Right?

Happy weekend! Until next time, Good day, and good dog!


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Win GROOM Bathing Tablets!

This giveaway is sponsored by and fulfilled by GROOM Bathing Tablets. Pet store aisles are littered with hundreds of pet shampoos that make magical claims but often cause adverse reactions because of…



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