Wolves on Couches

Don’t worry, wolves. The couch gets me every time, too! Until next time, Good day, and good dog!


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Hair Clip Trend: Yes Please or No Way?

Hair Clip Trend: Yes or No?
1. Slide Set (available in multiple colors), $ 12   |   2. Beaded Clip Set, $ 16   |   3. Luster Slide Set,    4. ‘Next’ Hair Clips, $ 16   |   5. Pearl Slide Set, $ 64   |   6. Fancy Slide Set, $ 28   |   7. Multi-Colored Clip Set, $ 30   |   8. Shimmer Clip Set, $ 16   |   9.  Rhinestone Stars Slide Set, $ 18

I genuinely never wear hair accessories, unless a stretched-out hair tie desperately holding a two day old bun that is slowly giving into gravity counts. But because trends interest me (even if I don’t follow them for the most part), and I’m kind of curious about all of the fancy clips/slides/barrettes everyone is wearing these days. I’m not sure they’re for me, but I do find them to be quite pretty when done right. During one of my 3 AM I-can’t-sleep-so-I’ll-just-make-it-worse-by-picking-up-my-phone rabbit holes, I searched out these clips and came upon a whole bunch that I did not hate. And then I felt compelled to share them here and see what your thoughts are on them.

So tell me, are you into the clip trend (or the scrunchie trend that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere, or just hair accessories in general)? Or are you more of a let your locks be free type of person? Any of the clips above strike your fancy? Should I get any of them? Am I asking too many questions on a platform (blogs, duh) that people don’t comment on anymore?

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Dog Friendly Beaches: Rules and Etiquette You Should Know

Do your summer plans include travel to the beach for you and your dog? Not all beaches permit dogs–partly because some dog owners have disregarded public laws in the past. When you do find…



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Happy Birthday, America!

Happy Independence Day from all of us at doggies.com and breeders.net


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Fourth of July Fruit Salsa + Cinnamon Sugar Chips

Fourth of July Sweet Salsa + Chips

I feel like I’ve been sharing a whole lot of oldie-but-goodie recipes that I’ve updated here lately, but when I post a recipe and then makes tweaks and changes over the years, it can be fun to share again. I first shared this particular recipe with you guys back in 2017, and it’s become a summer favorite. We’ll be serving it on Fourth of July (the kids and I are going to visit my sister in Indianapolis for the week and to say they’re excited would be a massive understatement), so it seemed like the perfect time to introduce it to you all again. It’s a unique spin on regular chips and salsa, and everyone in my family adores it. I hope you will too!

Red, White, and Blue Sweet Salsa + Chips

Serves 6-8

INGREDIENTS
1 jar pineapple or mango salsa (or any sweet salsa) 
1 cup strawberries, sliced
1 cup blueberries
1 cup white sweet corn
11-16 ounces corn tortilla chips (one bag)
2 limes
2-3 T sugar
2 T cinnamon

In a medium bowl, combine the salsa, blueberries, sliced strawberries, and white corn and stir until well mixed. Set aside. Combine cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl or cup. Pour chips into a large serving bowl. Squeeze lime juice on chips, mix, and repeat until evenly coated. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar mixture until evenly coated. Serve! (Optional: set aside a small amount of strawberries, blueberries, and corn to sprinkle on the top of the salsa dip for an extra pop of color right before you serve.)

We’ll be taking a break here for the rest of the week to celebrate the Fourth. Whatever your plans, I hope you have a wonderful holiday!

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Organic Pineapple Orange Vodka Refreshers

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

As soon as the first summertime day arrives, my head is instantly filled with daydreams of sitting out on my patio with friends, sipping on cheery, tropical-vibed cocktails. I envision something tangy and subtly sweet, made with only the highest quality organic ingredients. These summertime daydreams and my friends are what inspired me to come up with this incredibly delicious, super refreshing, organic pineapple orange vodka refresher that is guaranteed to bring sunshine to the forecast no matter the time of year. They’re easy to make, will wow the guests at your next gathering, and feature my absolute favorite vodka from Prairie Organic Spirits. Scroll down for the recipe!

Organic Pineapple Orange Vodka Refreshers
Servings: 1

1.5 fluid ounces Prairie Organic Vodka
2 fluid ounces organic pineapple juice (chilled)
3 fluid ounces organic orange juice (chilled)
splash of soda
ice cubes
pineapple slice (for garnish)
orange slice (for garnish)
fresh mint sprig (for garnish)

Fill a glass about half full of ice cubes. Pour in Prairie Organic Vodka, organic pineapple juice, organic orange juice, and stir. Top with a splash or two of soda. Garnish with a pineapple slice, an orange slice, and a sprig of fresh mint. Enjoy! Make sure to take advantage and earn cash back through this awesome Ibotta offer –> http://bit.ly/2XCPAsO and get yourself some Prairie Organic Vodka right now while supplies last. (Trust me; you will love it.)

The key to making this sunshine-filled cocktail is the quality organic ingredients – especially the Prairie Organic Vodka. As a Chicagoan, I’m big on supporting Midwest brands, and when a friend told me that Prairie Organic Spirits are not only organic but made in Minnesota, I had to give them a try. Upon first sip of Prairie Organic Vodka, I could sense the true craftsmanship that goes into making their spirits. The taste is distinct, smooth, and rich, and perfect in cocktails or just over ice with a splash of soda. Also, it’s gluten free! And because it is important to me to support organic farming whenever possible, the fact that Prairie Organic Spirits are made from organic corn grown on family farms is a huge motivator in me choosing them above all else. Prairie Organic Spirits are USDA Certified and are the #1 Organic Spirit.

And if I didn’t already love this brand enough, Prairie Organic Spirits gives 1% back to help more farmers go organic! That’s pretty great.

If you make these delectable organic pineapple orange vodka refreshers, be sure to let me know what you think! And if you have any other organic cocktail recipes you love, please send them over to me. I’m also a big fan of their tasty Prairie Organic Gin and Prairie Organic Cucumber Flavored Vodka (so delicious with soda and a squeeze of fresh lemon.) Happy organic sipping!

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Fostering: Great for Pets, Great for Kids

In our age of digital everything, parents are often desperate for ideas for activities that will tear their kids’ attention away from their electronics. One great option may be as close as the…



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Shop Dog

Check out the newest employee at Redbud Hardware in Buchanan, Michigan. So cute! Until next time, Good day, and good dog!


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Monday Inspiration

Monday Inspiration
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It’s been a long time (a year, at least) since I posted her simply to share images that have been inspiring me. I talk frequently about how blogging and social media have changed (and are consistently changing; and that’s great, because change is good!), but one thing I do miss about the old days of blogging (like way back before Instagram even existed) was how blogs served as a source of random inspiration. People would share their favorite things, for no particular reason, and it was a simple, wonderful way to show appreciation for the beauty of everyday life.

Since it’s Monday and Mondays are, well, Monday-ish, I thought today I’d share some images I’ve come across recently that inspire me. I hope they inspire you as well. Enjoy the new week!

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Helping Both Ends of the Leash

Shout out to Paws of War, an organization dedicated to training and placing shelter dogs to serve and provide independence to our U.S. military veterans that suffer from the emotional effects of war. In turn, each veteran can experience the therapeutic and unconditional love only a companion animal can bring. Their programs include: War Torn … Continue reading Helping Both Ends of the Leash


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