Live Near Wildfires? Vet Advice on Keeping Your Dog Safe

Historic wildfires have ravaged California in recent weeks, leaving an astonishing 3.3 million acres burned in less than a month. Across California, it is estimated that 29 major wildfires are still…



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6 Tips For Better Snacking

6 Tips For Better Snacking
This post is in partnership with Simple Mills.

If you have kids (aka eating machines), or are just the average busy person in today’s world, you can probably relate to my ongoing snacking dilemmas. What snacks can I keep on hand that don’t require a lot of prep work? What snacks can I buy that we’ll all like? What snacks can we also easily take on the go? And most of all, how can we snack in ways that are better for us? I’ve really made an effort over the last month or so to find solutions for my snacking woes, and today I thought I’d share some of the things that are working for us.
6 Tips For Better Snacking
6 Tips For Better Snacking
1. Plan.
I am not a meal planner. It is not my thing. But I have become a snack planner. I don’t mean creating a color coded daily snack chart, but I do mean planning for easy grab-and-go snacks that you know will get eaten, making a list of them, and stocking up for a couple of weeks. We try to opt for fruits, veggies, yogurt, and wholesome crunchy snacks like Simple Mills Almond Flour Crackers and Crunchy Cookies that I can pick up at Meijer. (Speaking of Meijer, make sure to take advantage of this amazing deal they’re offering.)
2. Go for crunch.
Everyone in our house agrees that a crunchy snack is more satisfying. Our current favorites for the perfect crunch are fresh carrot sticks and Simple Mills Almond Flour Crackers and Crunchy Cookies, which are made from whole food ingredients, with nothing artificial. I always pick up a package or three when I’m getting groceries at Meijer, which makes the kids (and us!) very happy. The Almond Flour Crackers are super delicious snack crackers made with a wholesome blend of almond flour, sunflower seeds, and flax seeds. They’re a great source of vitamin E and contain 3 grams of protein per serving. Perfect right out of the box. Simple Mills Crunchy Cookies also provide a yummy crunch and are perfect for when we have a sweet tooth. Crafted from plant-powered, nutrient-dense ingredients, they’re just the right amount of sweet, thanks to natural coconut sugar.  
6 Tips For Better Snacking
6 Tips For Better Snacking
3. Read the labels.
I’ve always been a label reader (thanks mom!), but I still need to be reminded sometimes. Always check out the ingredients, and opt for snacks that are made with whole foods and free from anything artificial.

4. Choose convenient.

I admittedly get big ideas in my head of Pinterest-worthy snacks that will ultimately take a whole lot of ingredients and time I don’t have. When I attempt this, I end up with uneaten food. I’ve found that opting for convenient snacks is more realistic and much easier on all of us, and better for when we’re on-the-go. Berries that can be eaten right from the container, string cheese or cheese sticks, and Simple Mills Almond Flour Crackers and Crunchy Cookies, which are nutrient-dense and made with whole foods, are our go-tos. 
6 Tips For Better Snacking
6 Tips For Better Snacking
5. Be mindful.
We’re all guilty (at least in this house), of mindlessly munching on snacks while we’re watching movies or looking at our devices, which can lead to overindulgence. I’ve found that when we’re more aware of why we’re actually snacking, it leads to better snacking habits. We talk to the kids (and remind ourselves) about listening to our body’s hunger cues, and when we really are hungry for a snack, to choose better-for-you options. And if we are watching a show or looking at our phones, we portion onto a bowl or plate. 
6. Listen to your body.
A nutritionist friend gave me that advice and you guys, they are words to live by. For real. If you’re hungry for a snack, eat one, but pay attention to when you feel full. If you’re bored and just feel like eating, try drinking a glass of water, or just nibble on a few crackers (Simple Mills Almond Flour Crackers to the rescue again!). If you crave something unhealthy, try eating a better-for-you version and see if that satisfies. This is a great life lesson to teach your kids as well!
6 Tips For Better Snacking
6 Tips For Better Snacking
6 Tips For Better Snacking
I hope these tips prove helpful for those of you looking to improve your snacking habits. They’ve been very helpful for us! And if you haven’t tried Simple Mills Almond Flour Crackers and Crunchy Cookies yet, I highly recommend grabbing some at your local Meijer. They are our absolute favorite snacks right now. Make sure to take advantage of this incredible deal too.
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Happy Labor Day

Happy Labor Day to all of you hard workers out there. May your hamburgers be plentiful and your beer be cold. Until next time, Good day, and good dog!


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Build A Bear

I hope it wasn’t really from Build A Bear – that place is expensive! Until next time, Good day, and good dog!


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New Dog Tags

If you read this blog regularly, you know I swear by my tags from DogTagArt. I’ve used them for years and am impressed with their durability. However, recently, I’ve had a problem with my OTHER tags (rabies, county registration) rubbing off on the DogTagArt tags, kind of obliterating the information on them. In looking for … Continue reading New Dog Tags


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#GIVEAWAY – Win a Dog Walking Bundle!

Today is International Dog Dog–and a very special day is right around the corner: DogTipper’s founding (and Tiki’s Gotcha Day) on Friday, August 28! To celebrate, we’re giving…



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A First Day of School Interview (For In Person, E-Learning, + Homeschool!)


First Day of School Interview for Kids

Well, we officially completed our first week of back-to-school during the Covid era. (Well, sort of. This is the first official full week. Last week was only three days. But still.) If you’re a regular reader here, you know that over the past couple of years, I have put together a fun ‘interview’ with questions to ask my kids on their first days of school. I also ask the same questions on the last day of school to see how her answers have changed. It really is a cool way to see how interests evolve and also our little ones grow. 

This year, I changed the interview a little to incorporate the unique (for lack of a better word) situation we’re all facing. No matter how your child is learning this year – in person, remotely, or homeschool – this survey will be a fun way to document the beginning of the year. 

1. What is your name? Essley.
2. What grade are you in? First.
3. How old are you? 6-1/2.
4. What is your favorite color? Pink and green.
5. What is your favorite thing to do at school? Math.  
6. What is your favorite activity outside of school? Dance.
7. What do you want to be when you grow up? A dance teacher and a fashion designer.
8. What is your favorite food? Tacos. I wish it was raining tacos. (Me too, kid.)
9. How old is your mommy? 40-something.  
10. What is her job? Blog poster.
11. What is mommy’s favorite food? Coffee. (Accurate.)
12. How old is your daddy? 40-something.   
13. What is his job? Stage Manager. 
14. What is daddy’s favorite food? Cold brew. And noodles.
15. What do mommy and daddy like to do? Go on dates.
16. If you have brothers or sisters, what are their names? Emmett.
17. How old is your brother(s) (and/or sisters)? 4 1/2.
18. What is your brother(s) (and/or sisters) favorite food? Mac and cheese.
19. What is your favorite toy? Rosie (doll) and Owly (her favorite owl toy since she was a baby).
20. Where do you live? Chicagoland.
21. What is your favorite thing to do?  Play with my friends and have girls day with mommy.  
22. What is your favorite place you’ve ever been? Chuck E. Cheese. And the beach in Florida because there are a lot of seashells. 
23. Who is your best friend? Livie and Kinsley and Caroline and Vivi and Ayla and Aubrey and Sicily and Harper and Victoria.
24. What is your favorite animal? Dog, panda, and snow leopard.
25. If you could have anything you wished for, what would it be? That my toys Rosie and Owly would come to life.

26. Are you learning at school, on the computer at home, or doing homeschool this year? At school and on the computer at home. Both.
27. What is one thing you love about the unique way you are doing school this year? I get to see my friends at school and I don’t mind that it is from a distance and that we have to wear masks because it’s good to be safe. (I love this.) I like to learn at home too because I love you. (I love you too little lady!)

I’ll share Emmett’s (his first day of school is after Labor Day) soon. I hope this brings a little joy during this strange start to the school year. And for those who have asked about the chalkboard signs, I ordered it (along with ‘last day’ signs for both kids) right here

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Back-to-School Caprese Sandwiches

Mini Caprese Sandwiches

It’s back to school week around here! My 6 year old starts first grade today (what?!), and my 4 year old starts Pre-K in less than 3 weeks. School is going to be a very unique “adventure” this year, so we’re trying to make it equal parts exciting and “normal.” (Lots of quotes happening, and for good reason.) 

Whether your kids are starting e-learning, homeschool, or going back in person, it’s fun to try to get them pumped with small everyday things like special food. We made these sandwiches yesterday that I shared with you last year, and it seemed like the perfect time to share again.  

You might remember the tofu caprese salad recipe I shared a couple of weeks ago. It is so easy to turn that recipe into a sandwich and just replace the cheese in the recipe below with tofu if you’re plant-based or just want to try something different. 

Dinner Roll Caprese Sandwiches

Simple Mini Caprese Sandwiches
Serves 1

INGREDIENTS
1 dinner roll or bun
1 tomato slice
1 slice fresh mozzarella (or tofu; see note above)
2-3 pieces of fresh basil
olive oil
salt

Cut dinner rolls or buns in half. Drizzle top of bottom half with a small amount of olive oil, and add a sprinkle of salt. Layer fresh mozzarella,  tomato, and basil leaves. Done! Add a fun back-to-school themed toothpick topper or message.

Mini Caprese Sandwiches

⁣Sending lots of good B-T-S vibes your way. (If you have any to send back here, we’ll take them!)

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Protected: History of Bulldogs, Part 2

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Natural History

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Are You a Caninetrovert?

Until next time, Good day, and good dog!


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