Halo Partners to Donate 70,000+ Bowls of Food to Texas Pet Shelters

Halo Partners with Greater Good Charities to Donate Over 70,000 Bowls of Pet Food to Texas Pet Shelters Following Winter Storm Halo is pleased to announce donations made in partnership with Greater Good Charities to provide support to animal shelters in Texas impacted by the devastating winter storms last week. Following the winter storms and

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Everything Iditarod

The grandaddy of all dog sled races begins this Sunday! The 49th Iditarod race includes 13 women and 34 men, made up of 12 rookies and 35 veterans. Four former Iditarod champions are back in the race and four countries are represented in the field. Five competing mushers have participated in 18 or more Iditarod … Continue reading Everything Iditarod


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6 Ways to Make Family Game Night Extra Fun

Family Game Night

This post is in partnership with YumEarth


If you ask my kids what they’d like to do on a weekend evening, you’ll receive one of two responses: conflicting ideas that result in an argument with each other (this includes movie night, which we love but means having to agree on a movie), or family game night. Playing games together for a couple of hours is truly the one activity everyone enjoys, and usually even without a fight (!). And since my husband hasn’t been on tour with the band for the past almost year now, we’ve really mastered the family game night, let me tell you. Today I thought I’d share some ideas for how we make them especially fun (with minimal arguments!), with some help from our favorite game night treat: YumEarth organic and allergy friendly candy! (BTW: YumEarth is hooking you up with an exclusive code to get 15% off on YumEarth.com. You can use SWEETS15 from now until 4/30/21, and they always offer free shipping on all orders over $ 40. Pretty sweet!)

 

1. Take turns.

Yes, take turns in each game, of course, but take turns in all other aspects too. Take turns with who chooses the game. Take turns with who goes first. Take turns with who cleans up each game. (We usually write game names on folded pieces of paper and pick them out of a bowl.) Doing this makes things fair, helps avoid arguments, and also teaches etiquette and important social skills. 
Family Game Night

2. Bend the rules.
If your kids are older, you can probably ignore this one. But if they’re little (mine are 5 and 7), making up your own rules can open up a whole new world of games for you. For example, my 5 year old doesn’t really get Monopoly yet, so we change the rules to make it easier for him to be included. Doing this also keeps old games new and fresh!
3. Have favorite snacks on hand. 
We love a good bowl of game night popcorn, but our absolute favorite snack is (new!) Organic Chewys from YumEarth. Now, you guys already know how much we love all YumEarth organic candies. (Current other faves: YumEarth Organic Lollipops, YumEarth Organic Giggles, YumEarth Gummy Bears, and YumEarth Organic Chocolate Roll’n Stones.) But Chewys make for the absolute best game night treat. These delicious fruit chews come in orange, lemon (my favorite), strawberry (my kids favorite), and cherry, and are organic, non-gmo, gluten free, and vegan, which makes me feel good about giving them to my family. They also contain no high fructose corn syrup or artificial dyes and are allergy friendly (free from peanuts, gluten, tree nuts, milk, eggs, fish, shellfish and soy). Did I mention that they’re individually wrapped, which makes them perfect to put in a bowl by the games so we can all enjoy?
Family Game Night
Family Game Night

4. Turn off electronics. 

With the exception of music, we make sure everything but the lights are turned off for game night. There is no TV, no tablets, or phones. My husband and I keep our phones on silent because we’re the worst offenders! It’s nice to be present and focused on the game and each other.

5. Mix it up. 

My kids got into the habit of wanting to play the same couple of games every game night for a while, and it started to get boring for all of us. We made a new “rule” that we can’t play any of the same games two game nights in a row. Much more fun!

Family Game Night
Family Game Night

6. Cozy up!
In the winter especially, we love doing game night on blankets by the fire. It’s more comfortable than sitting at a table, and it’s the perfect excuse for snuggle time afterward. We love to end each game night with a cuddle session (we know those days are numbered as these babes get bigger) with a handful of our beloved YumEarth Chewys
Family Game Night
Family Game Night

If you have other tips for a successful family movie night, I’d love to hear them! And if you want a fantastic movie night snack that you’ll feel good about giving to your family, visit YumEarth’s store locator to find out where you can pick up their new Chewys, or shop online and use code SWEETS15 for 15% off your order of treats. I know you’ll love this unbelievably tasty organic allergy friendly candy as much as we do!
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Easy Lunch Kabobs

Plant-Based Lunch Kabobs


I originally shared this recipe (if you want to call it a recipe) a couple of years ago, but I’ve started making them a whole lot lately as my daughter is hitting that period in the school year where she’s getting bored with the same old lunch. (I’ll admit we make her the same thing pretty much everyday.) They’re incredibly easy to make and fun to eat. I have two versions I make: a savory sandwich version, and a sweeter fruit version.

Plant-Based Lunch-Kabobs, 2 Ways
 

Easy Lunch Kabobs

Serves 1

SANDWICH-KABOB INGREDIENTS
1 cheddar cheese stick or plant-based cheddar stick (I like Daiya brand) 
Bread 
Cherry or Grape Tomatoes
Romaine Lettuce

FRUIT-KABOB INGREDIENTS
1 mozzarella cheese stick or plant-based mozzarella stick (I like Daiya brand) 
Bread 
Strawberries
Grapes

Cut both cheese sticks into cubes. Cut bread into small squares. Cut romaine lettuce into small, foldable pieces. Cut the tops off the strawberries, and cut the tomatoes in half. For the sandwich-kabob, layer cheddar cubes, bread, tomatoes, and romaine lettuce onto a skewer and repeat until filled. For fruit kabobs, layer mozzarella cubes, strawberries, and grapes until filled.  

Plant-Based Lunch-Kabobs, 2 Ways
Plant-Based Lunch-Kabobs, 2 Ways

You guys already know how much I adore Daiya and their seriously delicious, better-for-you plant-based comfort foods, so it’s probably no surprise that we’ve fallen in love with their new Deluxe Cheeze Sticks as well. Whether I’m making these kabobs or just throwing one in Essley’s lunchbox, Daiya Cheeze Sticks are the perfect school lunch staple. Available in Cheddar Style and Mozzarella Style flavors, they’re great for a quick snack on the way to activities too. They are also dairy, soy, and gluten-free, and a good source of calcium. And most importantly, both of my kids love them. (So do their parents!)

Plant-Based Lunch-Kabobs, 2 Ways
Plant-Based Lunch-Kabobs, 2 Ways

I admittedly eat these for lunch or snacks myself all the time. So good!

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Our Big Snowstorm–Austin Slowly Starts to Recover

What a week–actually TEN days–we have had! As I’m sure many of you have seen on the news, Texas has been impacted by an historic snow and ice event. Here in Austin, we’ve had…



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Friday Funny: Beagle Facts

From the Twitter feed of @BeagleFacts. There is a direct correlation between beagle levels of muddiness and beagle levels of satisfaction. This has been well established in multiple peer-reviewed studies. I can confirm this to be true. Until next time, Good day, and good dog!


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Celebrating National Love Your Pet Day

The good folks at Tractive GPS have compiled a list of the top five ways to celebrate today, which is National Love Your Pet Day. The highlights: Praise them. Spend quality time together. Upgrade their toys and safety gear. Treat them to new healthy foods. Use your imagination to do their favorite things. You can … Continue reading Celebrating National Love Your Pet Day


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10 Ideas for a Family Valentine’s Day at Home

10 Ideas For Family Valentine's Day at Home

This is a unique Valentine’s Day for us for many reasons. First of all, my husband will be home, which never happens for Valentine’s Day because he’s always on tour with the band. Second, well, we’re in still in a pandemic, and we’re one of those families who is still focusing on safety. So we won’t be going out to dinner or doing any traditional Love Day activities outside of the house. We’re not going to let that stop us from celebrating love though, man. We’re going for it. 
If you’re in the same boat as us and want to make the day special but plan to be at home, here are a few ideas we’re considering for a family Valentine’s Day at Home.
1. Make heart shaped pancakes for breakfast. Add red food coloring and make them pink!
2. Order Valentine’s Day donuts. (See my favorites here!)
3. Make a Valentine’s Day themed craft. (Check out these Valentine’s Day baskets we made.)
4. Read books about love or Valentine’s Day. (We love Llama Llama I Love You and Daniel Tiger Love Day.)
5. Have a movie marathon type at home event but with Valentine’s Day themed shows. There are endless options for kids’ Valentine specials on Netflix and other streaming services. 
6. Write love letters. Write each other letters about all of the things you love and appreciate about your family members. If your kids don’t read yet, drawings work too!
7. Talk about love. If you have little kids, you can create a meaningful conversation about what loves means and why it is important. 
8. Make Valentines! We usually make ours in advance, but it’s fun to make them on Valentine’s Day itself too.
9. Order a heart-shaped pizza for dinner. (We ordered a heart-shaped cake this year too!)

10. Have a family game night. We have Valentine bingo and a Valentine’s Day card game, but any game works as long as you’re playing it together. 
I know that Valentine’s Day isn’t for everyone, but the ideals that surround the day – kindness, friendship, compassion, generosity, and good old fashioned love – deserve to be celebrated. I am grateful to have my family together this year to do that, and we’re excited to make the best of it staying at home. Happy Love Day, friends!
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5 Bedtime Tips for Young Kids

5 Bedtime Tips for Young Kids

Some of you may remember me sharing a similar post to this a couple of years ago. My kids are now 5 and 7, and while bedtime has gotten easier in some ways, we still face challenges. (I’m not surprised either; both my husband and I are night owls by nature.) We continue to learn as we go, and implement the strategies we’ve learned along the way with new insight.

Several of my friends with younger kids have been struggling with bedtime, which inspired me to share an updated version of our bedtime tips post. I hope this proves helpful for anyone going through similar situations!

1. Start bedtime early.
We still struggle with this sometimes, but are well aware of how important it is. When bed time is rushed, it almost jacks the kids up and then takes them longer to fall asleep. If we start an hour beforehand to allow plenty of time for getting bathed, getting into pajamas, brushing teeth, and reading books, they fall asleep more quickly, and stay asleep better.

2. Be consistent with bed times.
My husband and I are naturally both night owls. For a long time, we would make sure the kids went to bed early during the week, but let them stay up quite late (and sleep in) on the weekends. This always backfired. We still let them stay up later on the weekends, but no more than an hour past their weekday bedtimes. 

3. Take screens away several hours before bedtime.
Do as I say, not as I do! (I read or watch Netflix on my iPad every night before bed.) In all seriousness though, making sure our kids didn’t have access to screens at least a couple of hours before bed has made a huge difference in how well they sleep. (Research backs this up!) My son used to always if he could watch a movie or show before bed, and I was often so exhausted myself I would allow it. I noticed that when we opted for a book instead, he fell asleep much more quickly. That became the rules, and now he looks forward to the storytime and no longer requests a screen.

4. Use the bathroom right before bed.
The only thing worse than trying to get a 5 year old back to sleep after a middle-of-the-night pee is changing their wet sheets. Both of these problems can usually (hey, accidents happen) be avoided with a trip to the bathroom immediately before they go to sleep.
5. Do what works for you.
This is still my favorite tip! (And it applies to all aspects of parenting!) There is so much advice out there for the “right” ways for your child to be sleeping (let babies cry it out, never let babies cry, cosleep with babies but not kids, cosleep as long as you want, make them sleep alone from the beginning, use a bassinet, use a crib, use a floor mattress, use a toddler bed, don’t use a bed at all, let them come into your bed, make them stay in their rooms, etc. etc. etc.). And honestly, I disagree with all of it, because there is simply no right or wrong way. Period. I am not a sleep expert, but I have found that being openminded and paying attention to what works best for my kids and for us as a family is what makes nights the easiest for all of us. (Take this from a cosleeping “I will NEVER cosleep” parent.) So while these tips have been extremely helpful for us, and my hope is that one or all of them helps you as well, you do you. Feel out your family, take notice of what nighttime habits produce the best results, and go from there. You’re doing a great job.

I’d love to hear other tips and tricks that work for your family as well!

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Tonight Show Super Bowl Puppy Predictors

I humbly disagree. #GoChiefs! Until next time, Good day, and good dog!


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