March Reminder Emails

We’re sorry for the confusion about March reminder emails.  Some pet sitters that had already renewed their membership received the 7-day reminder.  It was the result of an update of the membership system, but it has been corrected.  If you received one, and had already renewed your membership, just ignore it!  Thanks!

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Clima Europa: settimana 22-28 Marzo mite ad Est, più fresca ad Ovest

Clima Europa: settimana 22-28 Marzo mite ad Est, più fresca ad Ovest
Nella settimana appena trascorsa (22-28 Marzo 2015) il tempo sull'Europa è stato caratterizzato e disturbato da vortici mediterranei che hanno causato piogge soprattutto sui settori mediterranei. Gli accumuli hanno infatti superato localmente i 50 mm
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Jimmy Walker has a dyn-o-mite weekend in his native south central Texas and cruises to a four-shot victory at TPC San Antonio for his second title of the season. Story. Golf Headlines. Jimmy Walker wins hometown Texas Open · Tiger falls from world's

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… Rankings · Masters · Equipment · Tiger Woods · golf story thumbnail Walker wins Texas Open. Jimmy Walker has a dyn-o-mite weekend in his native south central Texas and cruises to a four-shot victory at TPC San Antonio for his second title of the

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Golden Poodle awards for March

The Golden Poodle award goes to Negrita, the incredibly smart doggie mother of 9 pups who buried them under a metal structure to protect them from a raging forest fire. All the pups were safely rescued by firefighters. A second Golden Poodle award goes to Cindy Abbott, 56, who succeeded in finishing the Iditarod on her third try after climbing Mt. Everest on her first try. She won the Red Lantern award. The Lizard Brain…
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What I’m Wearing Now: March

What I'm Wearing Now: March // Bubby and Bean
1. Dreamy Daze Print Dress, Free People  //  2. Cropped Denim Jacket, Ann Taylor brand (thrifted years ago for $ 3; love this almost identical version from Madewell)  //  3. Floppy Black Hat, H&M  // 4. Sterling Necklace with ‘Mom’ and ‘E’ Charms, Helen Ficalora  //  5. Anthem Tank in Whiten, Madewell  //  6. Cream Printed Kimono (bought last summer; love this similar one from She Inside)  //  7. Charlie Diaper Bag, Timi + Leslie (still going strong after 15 months of daily use!)  //  8. Denim Cut-offs (DIYed; way into this similar pair from Rag & Bone)  //  9. Mossimo Bailey Footbed Sandals in White, Target  //  10. Thunderbird II Moccasins in Brown, Minnetonka  //  11. Border Print Wide Leg Soft Pants (you might recognize these from my music fest roundup last week), Joe B  

Yes, I’m posting this month’s edition of What I’m Wearing Now on the very last day of March. So I suppose it’s not technically what I’m wearing now as much as what I already wore this month. To be fair, we just got back from vacation a few days ago, and I was making an effort to stay away from the computer while I was away. So there’s my excuse. For those news to this series (now in its third month), the motivation behind it was mainly in response to our beginning-of-year reader survey, where many commented that they missed seeing outfit posts – which have admittedly dwindled down to once every couples of months since I had Essley. In an effort to share what I’m wearing at the moment without relying exclusively on my inconsistent outfit posts, I decided that I’d put together a monthly round-up collage featuring some of the clothing and accessory items (or the most similar pieces I can find, if certain items are sold out, old, or thrifted/vintage) that I’m wearing the most that particular month.

March was a unique month, both because the weather dramatically changed mid-month (we had a 75 degree day on the16th; awesomely bizarre for Chicago in March), and because I spent a third of the month in Arizona. So while January and February were all about heavy layers, boots, and hats, this month meant mostly lightweight dresses, flowy pants, kimonos, denim cut-offs, sun hats, and sandals. I know it’s a thing for bloggers to favor fall and even winter when it comes to fashion, but I’m a spring and summer style girl through and through. So these types of pieces are my favorites, and it was a treat to pull them out of my closet for a few. It’s funny because next month’s What I’m Wearing Now will likely be focused on much cooler weather clothing than you see here (or at least more jackets and layers). It will probably feel like backtracking from the pieces that I’ve been wearing the last few weeks. Underneath my April layers though, I’ll be secretly counting down the days until I can bust out these summery styles again.

Believe it or not, there will actually be a couple of real live outfit posts coming in the next couple of weeks as well. I took advantage of the insanely gorgeous weather and stunning surroundings in Arizona to snap some shots of my favorite outfits there. So stay tuned.

What type of clothing and accessory pieces have you been wearing most this month?


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Experts warn of potential upsurge in mosquito and tick-borne diseases as UK

Experts warn of potential upsurge in mosquito and tick-borne diseases as UK
Findings from the Review indicate that vector-borne diseases, which are transmitted by insects such as mosquitoes and ticks, are on the rise and have spread into new territories across Europe over the past decade (eg, malaria in Greece, West Nile virus
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Yale researchers use tick protein to increase cold resistance in mice
"It's aiming for therapeutic approaches… for prevention of frostbite, or extending the storage of tissues during organ transplantation," says Heisig. "But so far this is basic research, proving so far that proteins from a tick are functional in a

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Churchill and Homer

I’ve named the pekins Churchill and Homer. They are not sexed, but I think the names fit.

Churchill is the bigger, fatter one. Homer is big and yellow and loves to eat.

Churchill on the left; Homer on the right.

Churchill on the left. Homer on the right.

Close-up of Churchill :


I had never really noticed it, but Pekins have blue eyes. They are dark blue, so you can’t really tell from a distance.



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Music Festival Style: What to Pack

What to Pack for Music Festivals (via Bubby and Bean
1. Challis Romper, S.O. Rad  //  2. Arrow Backpack, Mudd  //  3. Silver Tone Turquoise Cobochan Ring  //  4. Aztec Floppy Hat, Apt 9  //  5. Stacked Cat’s-Eye Sunglasses, LC Lauren Conrad  //  6. Jersey Kimono,  Mudd  //  7. Women’s Slip-On Footbed Sandals, Mudd  //  8. Tribal Jumpsuit, City Triangles  //  9. Hannah Women’s Triple Buckle Ankle Boots, Muk Luks  //  10. Santa Fe Beaded Moccasins, Durango  //  11. Stick, Arrow & Triangle Earring & Ear Cuff Set, Mudd //  12. Border Print Wide Leg Soft Pants, Joe B  //  13. Gold Tone Simulated Drusy Teardrop Stretch Ring, GS by Gemma Simone   //  14. Emmy Fringe Crossbody Bag, Mudd  //  15. Destructed High Waist Denim Shorts, Mudd  // 16. Ramones Tee, Rock & Republic 

Those of you who are regular readers likely know by now that summer music festivals have been a big part of my life for a long time. I initially started my clothing line by vending at festivals (I exhibited at the first eight Bonnaroos, among many others), I produced the eco-fashion shows for Rothbury Festival (now Electric Forest), and I’ve attended many other festivals for fun along the way (Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits are my current favorites). My husband’s career also has him working music festivals throughout the county all spring and summer long. Essley attended her first festival in 2013, in utero. It sounds a little cheesy, but we are truly a festival family.

Coachella begins two weeks from today, which means festival season has officially arrived. And although I’m (sadly) not going to be attending, I still have it – and music festivals in general – on my mind. So today I thought it would be fun to share some examples of the types of clothing and accessory items I recommend packing for fests this summer, as shown above. The biggest thing I’ve learned about festival packing over the years is to focus on pieces you can layer, because regardless of where you are geographically, the weather can change at any time. The same thing goes for shoes – pack a few pairs of different types of shoes, from sandals to boots. Make sure to include your favorite pair of denim cut-offs, a great music-inspired tee, a pair of flowy pants, a couple of lightweight dresses/rompers, and a kimono or cardigan. And don’t forget the accessories – a big floppy hat and sunglasses can instantly make an outfit cool (and also protect you from the sun). I also suggest keeping comfort in mind – you’re going to be doing a lot of walking and dancing! As for style, my rule of thumb for festival fashion is simple: wear what you love to wear. I gravitate toward more boho items which tend to be big at festivals anyway, but the key is showcasing your personal style, regardless of what that might be.

All of the goodies in the collage above can be found at or in Kohls stores. I just picked up #s 6, 12, 15, and 16 and am stoked to wear them at my first music fest of the summer in May. And stay tuned for a festival season What to Wear coming in a couple of weeks!

Are you a music festival goer? What types of clothing and accessories do you pack for fests? What are your favorites from the pieces here?

This post is in collaboration with Kohls. Thank you for supporting Bubby and Bean by allowing us to post occasional sponsored content.


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Max Official Trailer #1 (2015) – War Dog Drama HD

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How to be happy in 4 simple steps

This month’s JAVMA features confirmation of what those of us in the profession for more than a year or two already suspected: veterinarians are a sad bunch, compared to the general population. Consider these stats from the CDC’s first-ever survey of the veterinary population:

  • 1 in 6 have considered suicide;
  • 25% of men and 37% of women in the profession report depressive episodes;
  • 1.1% of men and 1.4% of women have attempted suicide;

That last stat is the only one where vets figure in below the national mean, but before you cheer consider this: it’s because more veterinarians successfully complete suicide.

This preliminary data doesn’t delve into the causes or the proposed solutions, though those are currently hotly debated. Nonetheless, it’s good to see on paper what so many who are struggling have needed to hear: You’re not alone.

Stayin’ Alive

After watching my Ignite talk on being a Death Fairy, a veterinarian asked me how I avoided compassion fatigue in my work. I told her I would answer that, but first I have to admit this:

For a long time, I didn’t avoid it at all. I didn’t just float out of vet school and find an amazing job and love every second and plan to be a hospice vet because I knew that was the right thing for me to be. I wish I could tell you I was that organized and thoughtful, but the truth be told I did what most people I know in this field do when they’re stressed: power through bad situations until they became untenable, taking on more responsibility every other second.

So no, I didn’t avoid compassion fatigue. In fact, I burned out and quit. But then I reincarnated, I guess you could say, with a lot more perspective and a healthy understanding of what I’m really supposed to be doing here. But not until after I got really sick, like going to specialists and talking about scary tests sick, did I decide to get my priorities in order. Once that got sorted out, life got really good!

How to be a zen vet in a Prozac profession


1. Don’t underestimate the importance of your co-workers



I think there is no greater indicator of how happy you will be at work than how well your team works together. They will prop you up when you’re down, have your back when things get nuts, and inspire you to do better every day. Unfortunately, the converse is also true. The saying “turd in the punchbowl” exists for a reason.

2. Don’t settle for a toxic environment.


Temporary Like Sadness by Dominic Alves on Flickr


Sometimes you think you’re starting in at the best place on the earth, but something happens. The office manager is stealing. Your mentor turns out to be Voldemort. You get pregnant and can’t work overnights anymore. So many people stick it out in a bad situation because 1) we’re taught not to whine and 2) we’re scared there’s nothing better out there.

There’s always something better out there, but you won’t find it if you don’t look. If you are in an office that is causing you physical symptoms of anxiety, it’s time to start looking for a new job. Living in modern day American comes with certain advantages, like the whole “no indentured servitude” thing.

3. Don’t be afraid to explore. 


I had no intention of being a veterinary writer. Blogs didn’t exist when I started vet school, nor did hospice veterinarians. Sometimes you just have to strike out in a direction that looks good and see what’s out there. Because guess what? I don’t care what anyone else has told you, you’re allowed to come back and be a vet if you leave. Taking time off to explore another career, take care of family, get another degree, none of it is a one way valve- unless you want it to be.

4. Set boundaries. Mean it.


Out of every rule I laid out, this is seriously the number one important one. With the exception of the rare shining star who really does want this to be their life, most of us want a life of which veterinary medicine is only a part. This is a profession where it is very easy for it to take over your life, because there will always be more asked of you than you are able to give. Always. It is not a failing to recognize that.

Set boundaries with your clients, your co-workers, and yourself. Take vacations. Exercise. Enjoy your family. Do not let work intrude on this or else you will begin to resent it, and that is the seed of burnout. You can (and should) work your butt off, then go home and play your butt off.

Set those boundaries, and enforce them like your life depends on it.

It was an ironic realization to figure out that point of diminishing returns in terms of giving of yourself. You cannot truly understand compassion unless you’re willing to extend it to everyone, including yourself.


AVMA list of Wellness Resources

National Suicide Prevention Hotline

A place to talk to other vets- I am aware of several online and Facebook groups for vets to talk and support one another. Feel free to reach out to me if you would like more information.

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The Endless Winter

Can’t help but find a bit of irony in that I just left San Diego in December, a city that never snows, to record breaking snowfall in New England.  It’s been a long, harsh, unforgiving, and at times perilous winter but it’s impossible not to appreciate the absolute beauty of it.  
There are two photos nearby that embody this dichotomy – the first is of while taking the boys out for their evening constitutional, shadowcasting.  Nothing more than a rustic rotted out fence and a distant light but witness the symmetry and the simplicity.  

The other photo is of Hudson trying to take a piss in the several feet deep of spongy soppy messiness that makes it difficult for him postoperative.  I’m sure there’s a greater metaphor here but right now it’s buried beneath two tons of snow.  It’s been so unending here we’re about to make Winterfell look like the Sahara.  

He’s recuperating super well, we slept on the kitchen floor last night but brother, can you spare some green grass?  
YBD’s Notes 1:  Didn’t post it here but Hudson had a mast cell tumor removed yesterday.  Off social media sites for a spell to prepare for the upcoming filming for the interview.  To get updates here’s the link: Puppy Up Foundation
YBD’s Notes 2: Ginger called me up this morning to complain about the 3 inches of snow they got in TN but in all fairness, she has a Doxie and I’m sure his pecker is snowier than Hudson’s.  


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