Win a NEW Lilla Rose Flexi Sport!

Ready for autumn and winter dog walks–and looking for a way to pull up your hair, no matter the weather? We’ve just been trying out the new Lilla Rose Flexi Sport — and found that…



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Pumpkin Latte for Dogs – Recipe

It’s that time of year again! Cute fluffy coats, scarves and the all-important pumpkin spiced latte. And this time we’re getting our dogs involved, too! Today we’re so excited to share a…



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5 Easy Tips for Making School Lunches More Fun

Plant-Based Lunch-Kabobs, 2 Ways
 

I’m not gonna lie you guys. I hate making school lunches. It is probably my least favorite part of the kids going back to school. They’re still too young to make their own, and they’re not a fan of the school hot lunches, so here we are. 

Despite my own general disdain for lunch making, I still want to make lunches fun for them. And while I’m admittedly haphazardly throwing whatever we have in their lunch boxes by year’s end, I do like to start out with a little effort. I’ll never be a fancy bento box parent, but hey, I’m sort of try, and that counts. Here are some ideas to start off the school year with lunches your little ones will love.

1. Create fun shapes.
My little ones are still young, but even if your kids are on the older side, a cookie cutter can be there friend. I bought several different shapes to use on sandwiches, cheese slices, and meats. I’m not sure what sort of witchcraft happens with shaped sandwiches, but 10 out of 10 times, my kids will eat the same kinds of sandwiches if they’re shapes that they won’t touch when they’re regular pieces of bread. 

Plant-Based Lunch-Kabobs, 2 Ways

2. Kabob it.
Just like the star shaped sandwiches and cheese slices, if I give my daughter pieces of fruit on skewers rather than in a regular cup or bag, they’re devoured. And kabobs can be made from endless types of food. They’re actually kind of  fun to put together too..

3. Make food smile.
Making a simple face on a piece of food is like sprinkling magical edible glitter on it when it comes to my kids. Two raisins for eyes and a clementine orange slice mouth make a boring sandwich come to life. I also draw a happy face on a banana or orange with a marker and I’m telling you, it makes my kids so much more enthusiastic about eating their fruits and veggies.

4. Let the kids help.
I have found that when my kids help make their lunches, they’re more likely to actually eat them at school the next day. I let them help me decide what to put in their boxes, and they also love cutting the sandwich shapes with me. 

Plant-Based Lunch-Kabobs, 2 Ways


5. Switch it up.

I know what my kids like, and I know what foods are easiest for my to prepare, which makes it easy to fall into a school lunch rut. I try to change things up everyday in a given week. This makes the lunches more exciting for the little ones, and also encourages them to try new things. 
Happy back to school season, fellow parents. 

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Halloween English Muffin Pizzas

Halloween English Muffin Pizzas
When I was a kid, I thought english muffin pizzas were the bee’s knees. Then I decided to try to make them as an adult several years ago, but with a Halloween twist. Success! I’ve shared these with you guys a few times over the years, but every year I seem to come up with some small improvements and want to share them again. My kids absolutely love decorating and eating this, and they’re ready in minutes. 
HHalloween English Muffin Pizzas
Halloween English Muffin Pizzas
Serves 6
INGREDIENTS 

6 english muffins, halved

2 cups shredded cheddar 
2 cups shredded mozzarella

1 slice provolone  

1 cup pizza sauce  

black olives

green olives

green pepper

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Placed halved english muffins cut side up on a baking sheet. Spread pizza sauce on each. Top five of the english muffins with cheese shreds. On the remaining muffin, top with strips of the cheese slice, to look like a mummy. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until cheese is melted. Create jack-o-lanterns, spiders, mummies, and monsters with the olives and peppers!


Halloween English Muffin Pizzas
Halloween English Muffin Pizzas
Halloween English Muffin Pizzas

These make a great after school snack or fun weekend lunch. Happy (early) Halloween!
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Giveaway: $100 to Wild Yonder Botanicals

Wild Yonder Botanicals

This post is in partnership with Wild Yonder Botanicals.

If you’ve been reading here for long enough, you probably know that for many years (and up until late 2014 when I started focusing on Bubby and Bean exclusively), I owned and was the head designer for an eco-friendly clothing line called Mountains of the Moon. During that time, I got to meet (both in person and virtually) many other wonderful people and brands who were committed to making quality products that were also natural and sustainable. One of these people was Kat from Wild Yonder Botanicals

Wild Yonder Botanicals is a line of plant-based, handcrafted bath and body items that, in Kat’s words,  create an offering of self care botanical immersion. (I love this!) From oils and aromas to bath soaks to body washes to candles and more, their products contain pure, nature-based ingredients without any synthetics, fillers, parabens or other artificial yuckiness. Their goods are the real deal – highest quality, luxurious, and made with love and care with the utmost respect for the earth. Wild Yonder Botanicals are also 1% for the Planet members (so great!).  And they’ve been featured in all sorts of well-known publications, including the New York Times, GQ, Allure, Vogue Japan, and Men’s Journal.
When Kat asked if I wanted to team up on a special giveaway where one of you would get to spend $ 100 on Wild Yonder Botanicals goodies, I was honored. I truly stand by this brand and their products, and am thrilled to offer you guys a chance to win some of them! (Scroll down to enter.)
 
Wild Yonder Botanicals
Wild Yonder Botanicals
Wild Yonder Botanicals


Use the form below, and/or do the easy entry on on Instagram right here. There are several options for extra entries as well.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This giveaway will run through the end of this week, Sunday October 3, 2021. It is open to Bubby and Bean readers in the U.S. All entries from the Rafflecopter form above and Instagram will be combined. A winner will be randomly chosen and announced here early in the week of October 4, 2021.
Wild Yonder Botanicals Grateful Dead
Wild Yonder Botanicals Grateful Dead
As the holiday season approaches and you’re shopping for gifts for loved ones, I can’t recommend Wild Yonder Botanicals enough. I already have several things on my list, especially from their Grateful Dead line (my all time favorite band). They’re actually the first officially licensed line of body care for The Grateful Dead TM. Isn’t that dope?

Thank you again to our friends at Wild Yonder Botanicals for making such incredible products and also generously giving the Bubby and Bean family a chance to own some of their goodies. 

Before I go, I want to to share something that Kat said when I asked her to tell me more about their work process: “We approach our work with a joyfulness, aware we are part of a gathering of collected wisdom passed down through humanity. Prior to time recorded, people have been weaved, inseparably, with plants for healing, self care and love. We honor the work we get to do.” It honestly gives me chills. Keep doing great things, Kat and co! (You can also follow along with the Wild Yonder family adventures on their Instagram.)


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1000+ Girl Dog Names for Your Fur Baby

Are you looking for a classic girl’s name to give a new puppy or an adult dog you’ve just adopted? We’ve been searching through the Social Security files for old-fashioned…



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Fun Owl Toast for Kids

Owl Avocado Toast

I know I’ve shared this before, but we made these again the other day and my kids loved them so much that I had to share again. I really like making these with my little ones, and the bonus is that they’re good for them too!
Owl Avocado Toast
Owl Avocado Toast
Serves 2
INGREDIENTS
2 slices whole grain (or gluten free) bread
1 avocado, ripe
1 hardboiled egg
1-2 strawberries
1 baby carrot  
uncooked macaroni (optional*)
Toast bread. While bread is toasting, mash avocado. Slice hardboiled for the eyes and wings. Slice strawberries for ears. Slice a sliver of carrot for the beak. 
*Macaroni is just for decoration. Don’t eat uncooked macaroni unless you want a broken tooth. 
Owl Avocado Toast
My 5 year old, who is the pickiest eater and normally won’t touch hard boiled eggs, loves these. Sometimes you just have to make food fun for kids to try new things. (If only I had the energy to actually go that on the daily.)
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Low Carb Everything Bagel Wraps

Low Carb Everything Bagel Wraps

I shared this on my Instagram last month, but wanted to share here in case you missed it. It’s just that good! For several months now, my husband and I have been consistently eating low carb in an effort to be healthier. This doesn’t mean I don’t crave carbs on the regular though. Bagel sammies slathered in cream cheese and topped with veggies are my jam, so I decided to experience with a low carb version. I discovered everything bagel eggwhite wraps from a company called egglife (each wrap has 1g carbs, less than 35 calories, has at least 5 g protein), and they worked perfectly. The end result might even be better than the real thing…
Low Carb Everything Bagel Wraps
Low Carb Everything Bagel Wrap
serves 1
INGREDIENTS
1 egglife everything bagel egg white wrap 
2 tablespoons cream cheese 
 1/4 cup romaine lettuce or salad greens 
 1/2 tomato, sliced 
 1/2 cucumber, thinly sliced 
1 carrot, cut into sticks 
Spread cream cheese on egglife everything bagel wrap. Layer lettuce and veggies. Roll into a wrap, and eat! You can really use any veggies you want for this.
These are great for on-the-go too. If you have any favorite low carb recipes, I’d love to hear them!
 
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Autumn Home Refresh

12 items to refresh your home for fall
1. Candle 2-Pack, $ 5.99   |   2. Small Braided Basket, $ 12.99   |   3. Tall Black Candlestick, $ 12.99  |  4.  Dark Camel Cotton Throw, $ 49.99  |   5. Olive + Sage Scented Candle, $ 5.99   |  6. Stoneware Pot Candle, $ 12.99   |  7. Large Stoneware Vase, $ 34.99   |   8. Jute Oval Doormat, $ 29.99   |   9. Velvet Cushion Cover, $ 9.99   |   10. Glass Tea Light Holder, $ 29.99   |   11. Olive Cushion Cover, $ 3.99   |  12. Round Placements, $ 5.99

I wait until exactly the first official day of fall each year before I will give up summer, and here we are my friends. I’m going to be adding a few fall touches to our house this weekend (I told the kids we had to wait for the Halloween decorations until October 1st though; I’m a mean mom), and wanted to share a few fun finds. I’m all about the subtle seasonal changes when it comes to decor, so I mainly look for deeper colors and more autumn-like texture when switching things out.

All of these items are under $ 50 too, which is a bonus. Happy fall!

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180 Halloween Dog Names

Are you a new pet parent in search of a frightfully fun name for your four-legged friend? From classic Halloween-themed words to ghost, vampire and witchy dog names, we’ve scared up a monster…



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