Fun Things To Do With Your Dog

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Do you and your dog get sick of staying home all the time? Are you wanting some fun activities that are dog friendly? I have compiled a list of some fun things to try with your fur baby.

Go to a Dog Park

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Going to the park is one of my FAVORITE activities to do with my dog Archie. When I say park, I mean a dog park. If you have never been to one, a dog park is a large gated area where dogs can be off their leash and can run and play with other dogs and dog owners. At our local one, they have small pools for them to swim, obstacles and toys scattered throughout. If you don’t have a yard or even if you do, it gives your dog a chance to really get their energy out and to be social. I find the dog park very relaxing. When I go to the dog park, I often see people reading a book, playing guitar, taking pictures all while their pup gets to have fun. It is especially a great idea if your dog is cooped up at home all day. You both need to get some fresh air. Plus, it’s fun getting to play with other peoples dogs!

Make Your Own Dog Treats

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Making your own dog treats is a good way to not only save money but also can be healthier for your dog since there are no added preservatives and you know exactly what your dog is eating. There are plenty of treat recipes online but here is mine (and Archie’s) personal favorite! The best part is that it only has 3 ingredients.

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups Oatmeal, uncooked
1 large banana
1/2 cup peanut butter with NO XYLITOL

Instructions

1.Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
2. Using a blender or food processor, grind your oats until they’re powder.
3. In a bowl, mix together the banana and peanut butter until smooth. A few small chunks of banana may be there and that is fine.
4. Save about a tablespoon of ground oatmeal and pour the rest into the banana peanut butter mixture and mix until combined.
5. Dust your surface with the reserved ground oatmeal and roll your dough to about a 1/4 inch thickness.
6. Cut into desired shapes using cookie cutters of your choice and place on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
7. Bake treats for approximately 15 minutes, or until the edges start to brown.
8. Cool completely before storing in an airtight container for up to a week.

Add additional peanut butter if the dough is too dry or additional oats if too sticky. Be sure to use a peanut butter that does not contain Xylitol, as it is harmful to dogs. Always double check with your vet before feeding your pet new foods.

Go to a Dog Friendly Bar or Restaurant 

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Dog bars are becoming increasingly popular throughout the U.S. It seems like everyone has a dog and everyone wants their dog with them as much as possible. A dog bar is just like your normal bar but you can bring your furry friend with you. Some places will require proof of vaccinations for the dogs safety. What a fun way to hang out with your friends and pet at the same time!

Go Get Your Photo Taken

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A fun and free thing to do with your dog is to go get their photo taken at PetSmart or Petco when they offer it. Most locations will offer photo shoot’s during Christmas and Easter but I’ve also seen them do it for St. Patrick’s Day. Every store is probably a little different. Go to the Petsmart or Petco website and find out when they are offering it.
If you are fine with spending a little money, ask some local photographers to do a mini photo shoot with you and your dog. This way you could have photos at your home, favorite park or wherever it is you like to go. Dogs become our family so why shouldn’t they have family photos?

Take Your Dog Shopping

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Did you know that many stores are dog friendly? Well they are. While it may vary store to store (so call first), these stores below are said to be dog friendly!

Starbucks (patio only)
Panera Bread (patio only)
Home Depot
Lowes
PetSmart
PetCo
Michael’s
Pottery Barn
Macy’s
Lush Cosmetics
Bass Pro Shop
Barnes and Noble
Tractor Supply Co.
Gap
Free People
These are just a few that are known to be dog friendly. Always call ahead and check with your local stores policy.

Make a Craft

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If you’re a crafty person, paw print crafts are a fun activity to do with your dog. Making a craft with your dog will always help you to remember them. You could even give these items as gifts. Some fun and creative ways that you could use their paw print are:
Wall art. Find a picture frame with two slots for pictures. On one side put your dogs paw print and on the other side put a picture of them.
Stepping stone. Buy a stepping stone mold, decorate it how you like and put their paw print in the middle.
Ornaments. Whether you’re using clay molds and baking them or using paint and printing on an ornament, there’s plenty of ways to incorporate your dog into the holidays.
Jewelry. There’s a few cool companies that will make jewelry of your dogs paw print once you send them a mold. You could have a necklace, bracelet or key chain made that will always make you remember them.

Go Hiking

Hiking is a great activity for both humans and dogs alike. It’s a good way to get some fresh air, some exercise and to explore new places. To find some great trails near you go to AllTrails website or download the free app on your phone. On both the app and website, you can search trails by location, distance, reviews and more.
I hope that these ideas will help you and your dog have fun and make memories. Please let me know which ideas you like or some ideas that I may have missed.

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Book of the Month Subscription Box Review

I’ve always loved the smell of books. Whether I’m in a Barnes and Noble or even a library, my heart pounds just a little faster at the thought of opening a book and finding out what story lies inside. It’s a funny thing really, when I’m in a store or maybe even looking at a Bookstagram, I see a book that I want and immedietly have to have it. The problem is (and I think this is true with many people) that when I get the book and take it home to put on my shelf, that’s usually where it stays. Forever. It’s not that I don’t like reading, in fact, I LOVE reading. If I end up ever getting the book opened, I’m hooked and so glad that I read it. I feel a lot better about myself than when I scroll on Facebook for hours or binge watch the newest Netflix series. There’s just something about having a book in your hand and letting your imagination go to places that you’d normally never go to, that tv can’t give you.

Recently I’ve been trying to live my best life. That means spending more time doing things that I enjoy and that matter, saving money and overall living a more simple life. I am hoping to cut back on binge watching shows and aimlessly scrolling through social media. Recently, Buzzfeed featured a monthly subscription service that caught my eye. It’s called Book of the Month. At first I thought, “No, don’t click it. You don’t need another monthly subscription box.) I’m always first to sign up for things like Bark Box, Blue Apron or KiwiCo for my niece and nephew. The problem is, they usually are really expensive and I end up never cooking the food or the dog toys are cheap and get destroyed easily. If I’m going to commit to a monthly subscription box, I want good quality products for a price that I can afford. So let’s talk about the Book of the Month club!
Once a month you log in to your account and will get 5 books to choose from. These are the books I got to choose from in September.

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Each book will have the genre, a synopsis and a review from one of their panel judges.  There is also a “good-to-know” section that lists short characteristics of each book. On this section it might say things like feminist, psychological, fast read or even unreliable author. This is just an added bonus to help make sure you make the right selection! If none of the books peak your interest, you always have the option to skip the month. Once you make your pick, your book will arrive within a week

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When your box gets to you, your book will be nicely packaged and even come with a bookmark.

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As you probably noticed, I received two books. That’s because right now on Book of the Month, if you use the code FALLFEELS, you receive a second book FOR FREE! To have a subscription to Book of the Month, you pay just $14.99 a month. So, I got these two books for $14.99. If had purchased the same books on Amazon, I would have paid over $40. So not only am I saving money on books that I probably would have gotten anyway but also, knowing that I have a new book coming every month, it gives me a deadline to read and it has helped me to stick to reading at least one book a month! So I no longer have books collecting dust on my shelf and I just love my box on my doorstep each month! I can’t wait to get started on my thriller books. I will definitely continue being a member!

If you would like to give this great subscription box a try (which I highly recommend), click HERE and don’t forget to use the code FALLFEELS for an extra book FOR FREE!

Too Many Damn People

Is it just me or is there an unnecessary amount of people on the earth? Like I’m completely stopped in traffic and there’s like 300 people on this one road and that’s just one road, in one city, in one state and so on and so forth. Idk…im looking around and thinking we could definitely do without some of y’all but then again I’ve been awake since 3:30 so maybe just ignore me. #thingsthatkeepmeupatnight #someofyallgotstago

Forever Alone

One time I met a guy at a bar and gave him my number. The next day he asked if I remembered what he looked like.
“Duh!” I said.
The guy then sends me a picture of 3 guys and asked me which one was him. I was 110% sure I knew once I saw the picture.
I confidently said “THE ONLY CUTE ONE. The one in the middle!”I picked the wrong one guys….I picked the wrong one.

Mexico Chiquito

Mexico Chiquito MIGHT get your order wrong 50% of the time and their employees MIGHT not have uniforms, name tags, hairnets, gloves or literally anything that keeps them from looking like randos who wandered into a restaurant and started making food for no reason at all and their food MIGHT come in sketchy unmarked brown paper bags and my order MIGHT always come out to $6.66 …..but that cheesedip and fruit punch though!!!!! 🔥🔥