‘Tis the Season

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I know, I know. Thanksgiving is still almost two weeks away, and here I am sharing a bunch of random Christmas themed images. And honestly, I’m one of those people who waits to put up holiday decor until at least the last month of November (and usually, the beginning of December) and doesn’t start holiday shopping until two weeks before. But my big plans to enjoy the simple pleasures of the season and take the pressure off myself (see yesterday’s post for more on that) include things like late night holiday pinning sessions on Pinterest, where my mind doesn’t have to think about anything more than why, despite the madness that accompanies it, I really do love this time of year.

Whether or not you’re ready to embrace the holidays, I hope these images inspire you (either now or later in the season) like they did me. Enjoy your weekend, friends!

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You stepped up and are doing your best. Com…

You stepped up and are doing your best. Commendable by any measure.
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Schnauzers

Nothing to see here…just three gorgeous Giant Schnauzers, brought to you from the Facebook page of Schnauzer Lovers. Happy Sunday! Until next time, Good day, and good dog!


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National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week

November is traditionally a time to give thanks, and we as dog lovers and fans of felines can show how thankful we are for the efforts of those who care for our homeless four-legged friends during…



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How to Choose a Dog Groomer

When you need to find a dog groomer to keep your pet looking its very best, a good place to start is with your regular vet. A lot of veterinarians, especially those with larger facilities or animal hospitals, also offer dog grooming. The groomers employed in facilities like these are professional dog groomers, trained in the correct methods of grooming …
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November Thoughts

I always promise you guys that I’m going to more of the casual “just saying hi” type of posts, and then I tend to get carried away with less personal lifestyle and design and parenting post ideas and/or content with brand partners, and these simple, personal posts tend to slide through the cracks. (I do tend to fill my Instagram feed with these types of posts though, so if you enjoy them, there are plenty over there!)

So anyway, hi! Happy second day of November! I’m usually not a big fan of November (mainly thanks to the end of Daylight Savings time and the fact that it gets dark at 4:30 in Chicago), but this year I’m staying positive. There are lot of things (both exciting and stressful) happening for us this month. We take our annual trip to the the Caribbean (the Dominican again this year) for Robbie’s work (the band puts on a festival there) on the last day of the month, I have my busiest month ever for work projects (grateful to be swamped in that way!), Essley has all kinds of activities and school and play dates, Emmett has his semi-annual assessment to make sure he’s still on track after his initial epilepsy delays (and I have a great feeling about it), we’re knee deep in the hunt for a new house after our original contract fell through, and it’s the holiday season. I’m sure most of you can relate to having full plates this time of year. I wouldn’t have it any other way though.

The photos above are some of my favorites of the kids from the last few weeks off the camera roll of my phone. They’re grainy and spontaneous and real. Like 2016, this year has been bittersweet for our family, with some huge losses and some wonderful gains. I’m looking forward to appreciating the small things as the holidays approach. I hope your November is the best yet.

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I would also suggest getting the services of an an…

I would also suggest getting the services of an animal communicator to help with behavior and issues with trust.
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I am always inspired by your work, and by the inte…

I am always inspired by your work, and by the intelligence and compassion you show for all creatures and species. It is heartbreaking to contemplate the dogs left behind, and sobering to be reminded that we, as a society, share the blame for this type of "cottage industry."

This is such difficult work, and no other group does it half as well as you do. I've made a small donation. I so wish it could it more.

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Celebrate National Cat Day with Lil BUB and Halo

Lil BUB with Cans of Halo Holistic Cat Food

National Cat Day is this Sunday, October 29th and to celebrate this special day “The Most Amazing Cat on the Planet,” Lil BUB  will give away free cans of Halo® Holistic Cat Food to pet parents who sign up for Halo’s free newsletter. For every can of cat food given away, in partnership with Freekibble.com and GreaterGood.org, Halo® will match it and donate a can to Cat House on the Kings, one of the world’s largest no-cage, lifetime cat sanctuaries and adoption centers.

In addition, pet parents will automatically be entered to win a 10,000-bowl donation to a shelter of their choice. Consumers need to visit halopets.com/catday to have a coupon sent to them via email where they can print out and redeem at their nearest Halo retailer. The coupon can be used on National Cat Day only, October 29, 2017, and while supplies last. Valid in the US and Canada. Canadian residents can redeem their coupon exclusively at Petsmart Canada. US residents can use our store locator to find a Halo retailer.

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A Gift Of Holiday Memories For My Kids

Making a Holiday Photo Book For Your Kids

This post is in partnership with Snapfish. Thank you for supporting the brands that help make Bubby and Bean possible.

I know, I know. It’s not even officially Halloween yet (one more day!) and I’m already posting about the holidays. But let’s face it – these days, the holidays basically start on November 1st. And if your schedule is, um, intense this time of year like mine is, you need to get motivated earlier than later for holiday projects. Thankfully, the holiday project I’m sharing today is really fun (and easy!) to put together, and the rewards are pretty incredible.

Essley is now almost four (her birthday is just three days after Christmas), and because she was at an age last year where she really “got” the holiday season, she’s been talking about it nonstop. She brings up memories, asks questions, and most of all, expresses a truly endearing anticipation for the season’s arrival. A couple of weeks ago, she asked to see some photos from the holiday seasons she’s experienced so far in her life. As looked back through photos on the camera roll on my phone, I realized that we didn’t even have a single photo of her or Emmett (or any of us) printed out from the holidays. And that gave me an idea.

Making a Holiday Photo Book For Your Kids
Making a Holiday Photo Book For Your Kids
Making a Holiday Photo Book For Your Kids

I’ve made photo books from Snapfish as gifts before, and have always been impressed by the ease of creating them and quality of the finished project. I’ve also absolutely loved seeing how happy the recipients have been with them. (Robbie still says the one I made him for Father’s Day last year is his favorite gift of all time). So I decided I’d put together a special photo book of holiday memories to give to Essley and Emmett, knowing how much it would add to their excitement for the season. And I can’t tell you guys how much fun I had, and how touched I was, while making it. There were lots of emotions involved, let’s just put it that way.

I chose the 8×11 Hardcover Photo Book (I’d gotten this one before and loved the size), then went with the “Winter Joy” theme (so pretty). I uploaded all of the holiday photos I could find on my phone (you can also use your desktop, Instagram, or Facebook to upload) from the last three years of holidays seasons (since Essley was born), and then played around with the different layouts, backgrounds, patterns, fonts, and the hundreds of embellishments available. The Winter Joy Theme made it so each page was filled in (love how easy that is!), but I changed around about half of them so I could highlight different photos and make the book unique. I chose my favorite photo of the kids from last year’s holiday season for the front cover, and a used a black and white version of it for the fact. For the inside photos, I included all sorts of different memories – from the kids visiting Santa to them opening presents to Christmas mornings with their grandparents to them snuggled up together watching holiday movies. I’m a huge fan of the how you can personalize Snapfish‘s photo books to make them into family keepsakes that can be enjoyed year after year. And I love how budget friendly they are as well.

Making a Holiday Photo Book For Your Kids
Making a Holiday Photo Book For Your Kids
Making a Holiday Photo Book For Your Kids

The day the photo book arrived, I surprised Essley when she got home from school with the Christmas tree set up and plugged in (just for the day; we’ll bring it back up from the basement in a few weeks). She was thrilled. Then I told her to close her eyes, and I presented her with the photo book. She could not believe that she was looking at a special holiday book with Emmett’s and her pictures throughout it. She told me it was the best present she’d ever gotten – which admittedly she says pretty much every time she gets a gift, but I believed her that it was one of her all time favorites. Emmett was all sorts of excited too, and sat on the floor looking through the pages and pointing at photos for a good twenty minutes. All of us enjoyed looking through it together, and it got us really pumped for this year’s holidays. I’m going to make one for every year from now on.

Making a Holiday Photo Book For Your Kids
Making a Holiday Photo Book For Your Kids
Making a Holiday Photo Book For Your Kids

If you’re in the market for personalized holiday gifts that come from the heart, or just want to gather your holiday memories into something tangible, I can’t recommend a photo book enough. And now is the perfect time to make one, because you can take 40% off at Snapfish with code MELISSABOOK40. Woohoo!

How do you preserve holiday memories? Who else has little ones who are stoked for the holiday season?

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