Barli’s 2018 Holiday Gift Guide for Dogs

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It’s beginning to look (and feel) a lot like the holidays around here as we decorate and prepare for Barli’s first Christmas. I think we’ll have to forego a Christmas tree because…



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RIP Mischief

Long-time readers of this blog may remember my friend’s dog, Mischief, who ate at least one couch with his brother, Mayhem. I’m sad to report that Mischief crossed the rainbow bridge this morning. Sending sympathy to Mayhem and Heidi. I know that Mischief enjoyed her life and knew she was well-loved, in spite of her […]


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RSVP for #CevaHoliday Twitter Party!

Ceva Animal Health has sponsored this post and the upcoming party, but all opinions are my own. We all know that the holidays, for all its fun, can also be stressful for us and our pets, whether…



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Win A Christmas Dog Pin!

I can’t believe it’s already November–and we’re sliding into the holiday season! Maybe it’s because it was nearly 90 degrees earlier this week, but it has taken me by…



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Giving the Gift of Fun: A Child’s First Bicycle

Giving the Gift of Fun: A Child's First Bicycle

This post is sponsored by Huffy; however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

I vividly remember being 5 years old and walking downstairs on Christmas morning to find a powder blue bicycle with a white basket and big red bow under the tree, and feeling completely overcome with joy. Santa really had heard my wishes and pleas and brought me my dream gift. I rode that bike for years, with training wheels and without. Eventually, my little sister rode it too. Countless memories from my childhood involve my precious powder blue bicycle – from group neighborhood rides on summer nights to swooshing through the fall leaves to joyfully riding it with my best friend in our city parade. Of all of the gifts I received as a child, that bicycle is one that remains strong in my memory as something that stood the test of time, and was treasured through multiple phases of my young life. And since I first became pregnant with my now four year old daughter, I could not wait to give her the same gift of fun that I received so many years ago.

Essley has had a mini practice bike for a while now, but last month, she began asking for a “big kid bike.” She told us she was going to put it on her wish list for Santa Claus, “circled and with a lot of stars around it.” Since then, she has been doing extra chores, helping with her little brother, and working hard (of her own accord) to prove to us and to Santa that she deserves her big kid bike. And while I know from my own experience that there is little better than spotting your very own bike under the tree on Christmas morning, we decided that we were going to give Essley her holiday wish a little early this year.

We chose this Huffy 12” EZ Build Bike (for ages 3-5), and after she cleaned both her bedroom and the family room the other day, asked her to walk into the family room and close her eyes, and then yelled “Merry Early Christmas!” I’m not sure I’ve ever heard her scream so loudly, or jump up and down so high. It was honestly more wonderful than I can put into words, seeing her eyes light up and then watching her experience pure joy and excitement as we built the bike together.

One of the things I love most about the Huffy EZ Build bike is that the assembly is so simple, you and your kids to do it together. Essley really enjoyed the process (and I enjoyed how quickly it was finished); for her, it was part of the fun. And thanks to the EZ Build technology that is only available from Huffy, she was out the door and riding down the sidewalk in minutes.

I also love how the Huffy EZ Build Bike is durable, comfortable, and made to grow with your little ones. Essley used to complain about the seat on her smaller bike hurting her, but says this one is “extra comfy.” The frame is high quality (made of steel), and the bike features a quick release seat that is easy to adjust as your child grows. It’s also a great bike for learning to ride, with a single speed and coaster brake. And lucky for us, it’s also very affordable. Winner all around!

Watching Essley’s face as she feels the exhilaration of learning to ride her new bike around the neighborhood and experiencing that sense of freedom and pure joy brings back the most incredible childhood memories for me – including that moment when I spotted my first bicycle under the Christmas tree. There are endless toys and games and gadgets we can choose to give our children as gifts, but to me, giving a bike is truly giving the gift of fun. And when it comes to gift giving, I can’t think of anything better than that.

(P.S. We heard that Santa will be picking up another Huffy EZ Build bike at Walmart – where they’re available – this holiday season to give to Essley’s little brother on Christmas Day. Shhhh… )

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National Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day | Facts to Know

The Origin of National Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day Her name was Reveille, and like her moniker (which translates from French as “wake up”) the legacy of the dog agility competitor who…



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Compassion Through Fashion: My New Favorite Tees

This post is sponsored by forevery. Thank you for supporting the brands that help make Bubby and Bean possible.

Making compassionate choices with my dollars is incredibly important to me. As my regular readers know, I owned and worked as the head designer for an eco-friendly and socially responsible womenswear company for almost 15 years, so any brand that works hard to benefit humans and/or the environment is dear to my heart. And while I eventually closed my own line to focus on Bubby and Bean, making responsible decisions when shopping for clothing – without sacrificing style – remains a priority. It’s also something that I strive to teach my kids through example.

This, my friends, is why I am smitten with forevery, an apparel line where all proceeds go to The Global Orphan Project. I very rarely write entire posts professing my love for a brand, but when I find one that I really, truly love – especially when it’s a brand that makes a difference in the world – you better believe I’m going to share it. I actually heard about forevery before they launched, and basically counted down the days until I could order one of their seriously stylish, buttery soft tees. I pretty much live in tees, so that alone was enough to motivate me to order. The fact that all proceeds from the sale of their tees go to helping kids in need sealed the deal.

I ended up ordering two t-shirts: the Unisex Do Good Tee in Powder Blue, and the Ladies Future Tee in Heather Gray. Their softness is like no other, and both the unisex and ladies styles are perfectly cut and look fantastic dressed up or down. I own and wear a lot of t-shirts, but these top the list in terms of both quality and comfort. Made with love by forevery makers in Haiti (every time you buy a forevery t-shirt you are helping to provide a living wage job opportunity for over 200 employees there!), each tee is a dream combination of 50% recycled polyester, 25% US-grown cotton and 25% rayon. I have two more in my shopping cart as I type this for holiday gifts for Robbie. You can also use my code BUBBYBEAN to get 10% off your first order!

Clearly I’m enamored with the style aspect of forevery t-shirts, but it’s the fact that purchasing helps at-risk kids that makes me want to buy up their entire stock. 100% of the profits (yes, all of them) from these tees goes to provide for children in need in Haiti, India, Uganda, Lebanon, the United States, and beyond. Both of my little ones love my forevery shirts because they’re so soft, but they also know that when I bought them, I was lucky to be able to help out other kids in the process. I explain to them often how not all kids have nearly what they do, and that it is up to us to do what we can to help those who need us. When we buy forevery t-shirts, we are helping to give other kids the chance to go to school, access to food and medical care, places to live, and more. My kids know that we can make a difference even through what we choose to buy and wear, and I am genuinely proud that even at their ages, they want to support companies like forevery. It’s honestly amazing how easily little kids grasp the concept of compassion, and it’s inspiring how naturally it comes to them to want to help others – especially other children.

If you love comfy, chic tees as much as I do, or you have a friend or family member who could use a new t-shirt (who couldn’t?), please check out forevery you guys. What they do is so important, and something the world needs more of right now. And let me know which one you end up ordering!

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I have an 80lb pit/lab mix. He has been a handful …

I have an 80lb pit/lab mix. He has been a handful to walk on a leash. I have tried almost every type of harness and collar with no luck. I finally tried the prong collar and have had amazing results.

But recently my dog has been able to break the links apart if he sees something he wants. I purchased the largest/strongest prong collar available. Does anyone have any suggestions about what I should do?
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Bonus Friday Funny: Witness Protection

The caption on this reads: “This was her hiding spot after chewing up her dog bed.” I can’t see her, can you? Hoping this weekend brings you zero reasons to hide! Until next time, Good day, and good dog!


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