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Donna, thanks so much for addressing this paralle…

Donna, thanks so much for addressing this parallel. When my own girl, Daisy, joined me in 2001, it became devastatingly clear that the model of thought that engenders pit bull-type prejudice is inevitably linked to human ethnicity prejudice. When Daisy joined me, I had no idea that "pit bulls" were a thing. Except that my girl was one, I had no idea that dog breeds could be a target of prejudice. My girl taught me to always greet hatred with love and compassion, even joy. It came to be that while we stood shoulder to shoulder, we were standing for not only ourselves, but for all sentient beings. Tolerance and kindness is non-negotiable, and while it may never become the baseline, I hope that by working together, it may at least become socially formative across ALL demo graphics.
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Puppy Dog Pals Inspired Dog Bone Sugar Cookies

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Dog Bone Sugar Cookies
Dog Bone Sugar Cookies

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Disney Junior. Thank you for supporting the brands that help make Bubby and Bean possible.

Long time readers and followers may recall back when Essley was a baby and I beamed with pride over the fact that her first word was “dog.” We didn’t have a dog at the time (although some of you likely remember my sweet Bubby dog, for whom this blog was named), but she was instantly drawn to every dog she saw. Emmett is the exact same way. They are convinced that my sister’s dog Laika and my best friend’s dog Harley are their dogs. They pretend they’re dogs when they’re playing, every single day. And Essley constantly asks me when we’re getting a dog for our house. (It will happen when her little brother gets out of the incredibly exhausting toddler stage, thank you very much.) So it was no surprise to me when they both fell in love with Disney Junior’s new show Puppy Dog Pals. I’m a big fan of the show myself because of the positive messages it promotes (more on that later), and there is very little cuter than watching Essley pretend she and Emmett are Bingo and Rolly, the funny, adorable Pugs that star in it. A couple of weeks ago, she very seriously informed me that Bingo and Rolly (she and Emmett) needed some dog treats. So I decided that dog boned shaped sugar cookies we could make together, inspired by Puppy Dog Pals, was a must. She had so much fun making them, and both she and her little brother absolutely adored eating them. Today I’m teaming up with our friends at Disney Junior to show you how we made them, along with the recipe so you and your little ones can make some of your own!

Dog Bone Sugar Cookies
Dog Bone Sugar Cookies
Dog Bone Sugar Cookies

Puppy Dog Pals Inspired Dog Bone Sugar Cookies

Makes about 2 dozen cookies

INGREDIENTS:

3 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) butter
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
cookie icing pouches (1 chocolate and 1 vanilla)
chocolate sprinkles

Cream the butter and sugar, then beat in the egg and vanilla in a large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Slower add the dry mixture in the bowl with the wet ingredients until well combined. Chill dough mixture in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Sprinkle the surface you’ll be using with flour to prevent sticking, and roll out the dough to about 1/4 inch thick. Use a dog bone shaped cookie cutter to cut out shapes, and place on cookie sheets. Bake for 9-12 minutes, or when edges just begin to turn golden. Cool completely on a cooling rack.

Once the cookies are cool, have fun decorating! We used store-bought pouches of cookie icing (also called royal icing), but you can also make your own, along with chocolate sprinkles. Aside from eating them, the decorating was Essley’s favorite part. (Mine too.)

To really get in the spirit, we also whipped together some quick pug ears for Essley to wear. We just cut out construction paper triangles, taped them onto a headband, and folded them over. She’s been wearing them everyday since.

Dog Bone Sugar Cookies
Dog Bone Sugar Cookies
Dog Bone Sugar Cookies
Dog Bone Sugar Cookies

We have plans to make another batch of our Bingo and Rolly dog treat cookies on August 25th, which is when a new episode of Puppy Dog Pals premiers on the Disney Channel (at 9 AM). Disney Junior‘s FRiYAY morning shows have been such a treat for the kids this summer (you’ve already heard me rave about Sofia the First and Mickey & The Roadster Racers; Lion Guard and Elena of Avalor are other favorites), and it’s been a treat for me as well, to know that the programming they love is full of important lessons and positive messages we can apply to our own lives. In Puppy Dog Pals, Bingo and Rolly are super enthusiastic and gregarious, which often leads them to new adventures (some of which they may not be prepared for). This is Essley’s personality to a T; so watching the pups work together to solve problems and try new things is something we feel is really beneficial for her. And both the kids think the dogs are hilarious, which is fun for us too. (I mean, what’s better than watching your little one burst with laughter?)

You can find Disney Junior shows on two different television channels: Disney Junior (a dedicated channel that runs Disney Junior shows all day long), and Disney Channel (which airs Disney Junior shows during the morning block). New episodes (like Puppy Dog Pals!) usually air on the Disney Channel first. If you’re a fan like we are, also be sure to check out Disney Junior’s Facebook page and on their YouTube for even more fun.

Dog Bone Sugar Cookies
Dog Bone Sugar Cookies
Dog Bone Sugar Cookies

For those of you with dog-obsessed kids with mine, I’d love to hear any fun dog-themed (especially if they’re Puppy Dog Pal inspired) activities or recipes you may have!

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Such a wonderful story – both Chappy and Crystal d…

Such a wonderful story – both Chappy and Crystal deserve each other and deserve to be happy, supported and loved. I hope this story helps other blocky dogs find a way into homes that need them. Thank you BAD RAP for all your good works – for dogs AND humans.

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Looking for a Dog-Friendly Renaissance Festival? Head to Kansas City

This fall the roads that lead to Bonner Springs, Kansas will transform into pathways to the past for both pet parents and their pups as the Kansas City Renaissance Festival (one of the rare…



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What is Dry Drowning–and Is Your Dog at Risk?

Recently we shared with you our tips for your dog’s first beach vacation. But whether it’s your dog’s first trip to the beach or, like us, a weekly getaway to a lake beach,…



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Hank and Fuzzy: A Love Story

When Hank, a 4-year old chocolate Labrador Retriever, came to live at the Fox Valley Humane Association, he was accompanied by Fuzzy, a purple stuffed hippo. The staff couldn’t resist having a little fun with the pair. Their Instagram post featuring this photo read, “If you aren’t ready for a 4 year old Chocolate Lab […]


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Shih Tzu Care Tips

Shih tzu’s are good-natured and easy to train, making them great family pets. But caring for a Shih tzu can be time consuming because they require a lot of grooming.

A major part of Shih tzu care is proper grooming which will begin as soon as you bring your new dog home. Their thick, double-coated hair can be grown long, …
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Call the Midwife Star Helps Dogs in Bulgaria

As nurse Delia Busby on the popular British series Call the Midwife she’s helped to both save and bring lives into the world. Through her off-screen role as an animal advocate, actress Kate…



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5 Tips for Clean Eating On Little Time

5 Tips for Clean Eating On Little Time

This post was sponsored by Eat Smart as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

I’ve posted before about my (admittedly on again, off again) clean eating journey – from my first experience with a week with zero sugar to my three month strict clean eating challenge. And while part of me wishes I could devote much more of my life to a hardcore clean eating regimen for both myself and my family, the truth is that I genuinely don’t have the time. Between the kids’ extracurricular activities, Essley’s school, Robbie’s work schedule on the road with the band, my own work schedule, my own activities, and just being a mom to two very young (and rambunctious) children, I started to find myself repeatedly failing on keeping up with my clean eating/recipe making attempts, and giving up completely as a result. A couple of months ago, I decided that I was going to embrace the fact that while I just don’t have a lot of extra time right now, I could absolutely find small ways to incorporate clean eating into my family’s life. And I did! Today, I’m sharing some of these tips, in hopes that they help those of you in similar situations.

1. Drink daily smoothies. This is such an easy way to use up whatever you have on hand in terms of produce, nuts, etc., and create a yummy, nutritious, on-the-go snack. We drink them everyday! It’s such a simple way to get nutrients we all need that only takes five minutes.

2. Prep meals in advance for the week. I’m not a good meal prep-er by nature, but I am learning. I have so many friends who set aside one day a week (usually Sundays) and use healthy foods to prepare an entire week’s worth of meals. This saves a lot of time in the long run, and prevents you from being tempted to eat junk food or make a fast food run because you’re out of time for dinner.

3. Commit to one clean meal a day. If you’re not ready to devote yourself entirely to clean eating, or (like me) you know that you realistically don’t have time to prepare three clean meals a day, make the commitment to one. It’s an easy way to know that you (and your family, if you’re cooking for them) is consuming at least some foods that are genuinely good for the body. And it’s hard to make excuses when you know you just have to do it once a day! (I also find that when the pressure is off, I’m more likely to make it more than one meal a day. It’s funny how that works.)

4. Eat out – at healthy restaurants. We like to go out to dinner every couple of weeks, because it gives us a break from cooking, and if we’re already out for the kids’ activities, it saves time. There are endless options for unhealthy meals at most restaurants, so we opt for restaurants that we know specifically have mostly fresh, local choices on their menus.

5. Serve Eat Smart Sweet Kale Salad Kits. This is my secret weapon! I keep at least three of these on hand at all times to serve either as meals on their own (see #3 above!) or as a guaranteed clean sides to larger meals I’m preparing. These babies are so delicious (even Essley, who try as I might isn’t a fan of most greens, loves them), really good for you (with seven superfoods!), and ridiculously simple to prepare, as you can see throughout the photos in this post. I just open the package and remove the packets that contains the roasted pumpkin seeds and dried cranberries, and the poppyseed dressing. I pour the contents (kale, green cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and chicory) into a bowl, open the packets of seeds/cranberries and dressing, and mix it all up. Then we eat it. That’s it. And every single one of us devours them. It’s really nice to know that my family is all enjoying the same dish (which is a rarity), and that they’re eating clean, thanks to Eat Smart‘s 100% Clean Label. There are no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives of any kind, it’s vegetarian and gluten free, and it contains some of the healthiest ingredients you can put into your body. And it’s not available in Walmart stores nationwide, so if you’re looking for a clean eating staple that takes less than a minute to prepare, I highly recommend trying it out!

We’re actually fans of the whole Eat Smart line. It’s the first of its category to commit to all clean ingredients and labeling. In fact, all of its products will contain a “100% Clean Label” by the end of 2018. Pretty cool, right? Click here to check out the brand and all of the products they offer (and be sure to sign up for their mailing list!).

I hope these tips and tricks I’ve learned along the way are helpful for those of you trying to eat cleaner meals but feel pressed for time. I promise you, even if it seems overwhelming, there are small things you can do that will up the nutrition scale for you and your family. And if you have any tips, I’d love to hear them!

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