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There are some decided perks to being a Dog Mom.
My kids are cute as every loving woof. The boys rarely cry. They only spend most of my money, not all of it. Dogs require minimal supervision. No diapers (which for some reason gross me out way more than picking up poop.) They are little furballs filled with infinite love and light. I love being a Dog Mom. That said: there is one day a year when being a Dog Mom is definitely lacking: Mother’s Day.
These lazy hounds have never once:
- made me breakfast in bed
- brought me flowers
- cleaned the house
- painted me paw print art (willingly)
Being a Dog Mom on Mother’s Day can be a letdown!
I feel a little like it’s the end of Willy Wonka and there’s Gene Wilder:
That’s why this year, we’ve joined forces with Brittany at Spencer the Goldendoodle to bring you two absolutely adorable Dog Mom Mother’s Day Cards. Download the files, put them together and surprise the lovely dog mom in your life!
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Recently, a dear friend mailed me a card.
An actual greeting card. With a stamp. Delivered by the friendly Canadian mail moose. The gesture was so sweet and unexpected, I could barely contain my smile as opened it. So few people send snail mail these days. Why write a letter when you can dash off an email? Who buys a card when you can text people halfway around the world and have them receive it instantaneously? My heart soared with the care and thought that went into the card – and I knew I wanted to send one back.
When I was a kid, I used to spend hours folding cards from construction paper and decorating them.
There was no occasion too small to be celebrated with one of my handmade masterpieces. I once gave a babysitter a card as a thank you for bringing me a glass of milk, so apparently, I’ve always been a little extra. I’m not entirely sure how I went from being that kid who made a million cards to the adult who hates going to the post office like poison, but here we are. One of my goals for 2018 is to connect with people in my life in a more real way, so I’m undertaking a project: card making. I think there’s something so very special about handmade cards.
The only trouble? My cards still look like an 8-year-old made them in a rush while someone was in the kitchen getting them a glass of milk. I knew I needed some help, so I teamed up with Brittany from Spencer the Goldendoodle. Brittany is a seasoned card maker, excellent designer and all around rockstar.
Our idea was simple: she would design a super cute card, I would turn that design into a free printable card making kit and we’d share those printables with you!
I am so excited to share our first set of DIY Valentine’s Day Card.
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Six months ago, my friend AJ came up with this absolutely ridiculous plan: I’d move to Toronto and we’d open a combination farm, animal rescue and pottery studio.
*le sigh* The idea was flawed on so many levels, including but not limited to her distaste for work that makes her sweaty, the fact that she has never MADE pottery and that locating on a whim to partake in her shenanigans is not something I was doing. AJ wanted to call it “Pottery Barn”, which was sadly already the name of a well-known home goods brand. It took some convincing that this was a one-way ticket to litigation, but she eventually renamed this scheme Hairy Potters, which meant it was now a farm, animal rescue pottery shop with a Harry Potter theme because apparently, WHY NOT?
Spoiler alert: Hairy Potters in not currently in any kind of plans to actually open.
However, AJ’s enthusiasm for the concept did inspire these Harry Potter stickers for dog lovers, so I guess that’s something? We are hardcore, ride or die Harry Potter fans in this house. I read all the books. Often at midnight, on the day they were released. I own multiple versions of the books, like the illustrated Harry Potter versions and the companion books, like Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and the tales of Beetle the Bard.
Felix listens to the Harry Potter audiobooks all the time to help relieve his sound anxiety and help us all relax. (The UK version read by Stephen Fry, not the US version. Stephan’s voice is like velvet.) I belong to a planner group ENTIRELY DEVOTED to Harry Potter. We even play for a house cup. So yeah. We’re fans. Crazy fans.
It’s raining. I’m cold. I’m a bit cranky. A good book, a cup of hot tea and a warm dog for my lap is everything I want right now.
When I was a kid, I’d spend hours curled into one of those old wicker hanging chairs on our deck. No matter the season, that’s where you’d find me, snuggled up with a book (and a blanket, if it was freezing.) I was a voracious reader devouring stories as fast as the library would lend me more.
Somewhere along the line, life got busy. I grew up and got preoccupied. While my love of a good story never waned, my commitment to finding the time explore new books, pick ones to read and actually sit down to read them withered. After all, Netflix has like 10 000 ways to spend an afternoon, I have a busy job and an even busier side hustle, two active dogs who want to go on adventures and just a lot going on, in general.
I want to read MORE in 2018 and I want to read more books about dogs.
For the new year, I’ve treated myself to a few special things to make reading as cozy and inviting as possible. I’ve filled my Amazon wishlist with books I’d like to check out and I’ve designed these OMG really super adorable reading stickers (I might be biased though?) so I can schedule the time in my planner. (And I like you guys, so they’re available as a free download at the end of the post!).
To help keep me on track, I’m considering joining in the Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge. The prompts are super open to interpretation and there aren’t a MILLION of them like some reading challenges. (Fact: if your reading challenge has 112 prompts, I’mma fail real hard at completing it.) So if you’re looking for a gentle, easy, attainable reading challenge, this is the one. And if like me, you love a book with a dog in it, I’ve got some suggestions.
The holidays are a time for family, inspiration, and creativity. If you’re anything like the Dog People at Rover.com, involving the family pet in festivities is a given. They’ve been working with 12 DIY bloggers to bring you a different daily craft for 12 days, for you to try at home. So deck the paws and count down to a furry Christmas with us!
On the First Day of DIY, your fur love will receive…
FREE Printable Bag Toppers, Gift Labels and Treat Bags for Dogs & Dog Lovers
Every dog lover has a special someone in their life they want to thank at the holidays. Maybe it’s the dog walker that makes sure your pooch gets out every single day while you work or the groomer that is so patient with your dog who hates their nails clipped. It could even be that sweet dog down that block who always stops to let you pet them or the mailman that your dog barks at every day at when they bring the post. No matter who is on your shopping list, if they’re a dog lover, we know exactly how you should wrap it.
I’m having a bit of trouble getting into the Holiday spirit this year.
There’s a lot of reasons why and I’m not going to bore you with them because they mostly sound like I’m whining. Since I’m struggling to find my holly jolly attitude and acting a little more like the Grinch than I care for, I’ve been going out of my way to do things I know will make me feel festive.
Now that Remembrance Day and American Thanksgiving have passed and been celebrated in their own right, I have no problem going FULL CHRISTMAS in my home and in my planner.
I haven’t had this much fun designing a free printable sticker set in a long time. The clip art, which was purchased from NaliaArt and Pipz Design on Etsy paired with the Christmas Watercolor set and the Winter Watercolor set from Design Bundles, is PERFECT. I’m a little in awe of how so many different artist’s work came together so easily. Some sets take hours or days until I’m happy with them. These watercolor dog stickers are my own personal Christmas miracle because the whole set only took a couple hours to make.
I’m going to use the boxes in my planner, but I think I’ll take a couple of the larger die cut stickers and make them into planner clips.
Stay tuned for a quick and easy video tutorial coming soon. I love having custom planner clips, but I’m also a little lazy, so I like them to be AS EASY as possible.
New to printing your own planner stickers? Here’s what you need:
- A colour printer – mine is a Canon PIXMA because I love how vibrant the colours come out.
- Full Page Printable Labels like these Avery Shipping Labels
- A Silhouette Craft Cutter, a tool like a Gyrocut or good ol’ fashioned scissors
Simply print on label paper and cut out! Can’t wait until label paper arrives? No problem! You can print these on regular copy paper and paste them into your planner with a glue stick.
Download your free printable watercolor Christmas stickers now
by clicking on the image below and saving the file.
How do you get in the Christmas spirit? Do you have any tips for me??
The rainy season is like really, really long in Vancouver.
It’s most of the year. It’s 3 months and 6 months ago and now and sometimes, it feels like the rainy season is always. When the weather is dreary it is so easy to chill on the couch, snuggle a dog and watch everything Netflix has to offer. If you’re me and Kolchak, there are considerable snack foods involved in our “Netflix and Dogs” agenda.
We’ve both taken on a shape vaguely reminiscent of a potato. No joke. We’re in great shape, as long as you acknowledge that round is a shape.
TL;DR: We’ve gotten lazy and soft. This needs to change, so we’ve joined Sarcastic Dog for their annual Healthy Dog, Healthy You Challenge
Basically, Alison is challenging us to kick our butts into high gear and walk with our dogs at least 15 – 20 minutes a day. Now, Koly, Fe and I are apartment dwellers, so we’re already achieving this, so my goal will be to do one healthy activity every day on top of our daily walks. We’ll be drawing inspiration from our old K9 Kamp activities like Fetch It Yourself, Tug With Me, Jumpin’ Around or Catch Me If You Can. Maggie over at Oh My Dog! signed up for a 5K at the end of the month (but like, she’s a show-off and an overachiever. Don’t put me down for the cardio!) You can find all the details on the Healthy Dog, Healthy You Challenge, sign up for the emails, join the Facebook group and more here. There’s daily challenges, prizes and ideas on ways you can help fundraise for pets in need.
To help keep myself ON TRACK (’cause let’s face it, I can be a slacker), I’ve created some free printable planner stickers.
This set has this week’s challenges, daily trackers for the number of minutes, total miles walked, snack stickers, meal planning stickers, other reminders and more. Click on the image below to download your free PDF. Print it on full page sticker paper (We like the Avery Labels from Amazon <- Affiliate link), then cut them out with scissors or a GyroCut.