A Little Southern Update

 
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Just a short little update since I haven't posted in a few months!

These are some photos I took right before we moved from Utah. I really miss it there, especially the huge mountains that towered over us. We are getting close to moving into our apartment which is in a really cool part of Charlotte, so I'm excited to start that adventure!

Like I said before, my blog is such a learning experience for me. The photography, website, I mean everything is all on me and I put a lot of pressure on myself to make everything perfect. Which is why I slowed down with blogging. I get so worried I will fail it keeps me stuck and prevents me from trying! But I really do love blogging so I'll keep at it.. even if I'm at a reallllly slow pace.

A little update on life here in the good ole South...

We're staying with Zach's parents who have a really pretty house on a lake in a small town just north of Charlotte. No one in the actual city of Charlotte is from here which is surprising. It's a big and growing city, so many of the people here are from all different states.

Sometimes I unknowingly pick up on accents when I speak to people that have one. One day I said the color orange, and not even kidding it came out like Paula Deen. So now I'm super self-conscious that my wannabe accent might slip out when I'm talking to an actual Southern person. 

I've really gotten into the show Southern Charm because it's in Charleston which is only a few hours away and I'm dying to go. I've heard the seafood and beaches are amazing!

The dogs seem to like it here, so that makes me really happy! They get to swim and chase ducks as much as they want. At first, they would run into the neighbor's yards and swim way too far out. Talk about frustrating! Most of the homes on the lake don't have fenced yards, so I was worried they would get lost. I decided the boys needed a little refresher in their training and started to do mini play and training sessions in the front and backyard. Luckily, they're both very food/toy motivated so they stick close if we offer them rewards. We would also put them on a leash and walk the boundaries of the yard, and only let them swim if we put their life jackets on. The good news is they finally got the idea that just because everyone else's yard is open and tempting, it is not available to them. We can almost 100% trust them to be off-leash, but they will occasionally chase after little critters or wander too far. There is a white duck that likes to taunt them, but it quacks at the top of its lungs if they get too close. 

Happy Wednesday!

Life + Blog Update!

 
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So we made it to North Carolina! On the 30 hour drive I had a lot of time to think about my blog and what direction I want to take it in. I have so many interests, but I've come to find my main ones to be my dogs and looking cute. Sounds silly, but 'by looking cute' I mean trying to look my best by finding out what fashion and beauty trends look best on me. I don't want to claim to be an expert on fashion or beauty or dogs... but I just want to share my experiences and the way we live our lives based off of what I know. That's why I consider my blog to be in the category of "lifestyle". I don't post about high fashion because that's not how I typically dress. I was trying to force myself to go into that direction, but it doesn't fit me or come naturally to me so I'm letting it go. I'm usually with the boys so I dress very casually.

I'm also somewhat knowledgeable about dogs because I've been learning and reading about them since I was a little kid, way before I ever had one. Again, I just want to share the resources and knowledge I've learned along the way to help you and your pup, if I can in any way possible. I really consider myself a dog mom, and that's who I want to reach out to with this blog. This is sort of like my diary and I want it to connect or relate to others who are like me.

I have been reading all sorts of blogs for several years now. It's interesting to see how others live and it's nice to learn tips or tricks that can make your life better. I also use my blog as a method to be more confident with myself, it's a little vulnerable to share parts of you with the world but I've seen the wonderful careers that have come from doing something like this. Hopefully, I can create a career from this... but if not it will always be a fun hobby I love to do.

My blog content or website might not look like much, but my site has taken me what feels like a million hours to create. I've learned so much about web design, graphic design, and coding. A lot of work has been put in behind the scenes, believe it or not. When I do start working on my blog I go into a creative flow state and get idea after idea, and it feels like I'm on top of the world. However, it's hard to translate those ideas especially when it comes to the photos. I envision how I want the photos to turn out for each shoot, but they never look the way I want them to. I feel I'm not as photogenic as I see other bloggers are, my dogs are very difficult to pose with, etc. But this whole project really helps me stay creative, and I'm constantly learning new things which I've learned is essential for me to feel fulfilled and happy in my daily life.

I love my little blog and am proud of it so far, and I'm really grateful for the people that do read it! I was ecstatic to see that my blog's Pinterest page gets 40k views a month! I think I literally jumped up out of my seat and ran to Zach to show him the awesome surprise. Since I wrote this the numbers have actually been going up, too. So amazing!

Long story short, you may see some changes coming to my blog - but I will always keep you updated.

P.S. an NC blog post coming soon! We Love it here so far, if anyone knows of Charlotte's neighborhoods - we are thinking of moving to South End!

Spanish Inspired

 
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How GORGEOUS is this dress? I've always been drawn to flowy dresses because they are so romantic and feminine. I feel so beautiful in this dress, I love the detail and how it fits, and how it looks - everything about it is just so perfect. I got it from asos.com and I will link it here.

But I wanted to talk about a very important topic today on the blog...

Who else loves the show Friends..? I just started watching it recently and I am obsessed! Rachel's 90's fashion is so on point and she looks incredible in just about every scene. When it was running on air I was too young to watch or even like it. I actually hated it to be honest, but thanks to Netflix I'm a huge fan. The same thing happened with Gilmore Girls and that's how I came to love that show, too! I always preferred going out to a movie rather than watching tv (unless I was using it for background noise). But when you're able to watch episodes in chronological order you can see and become connected with the actually story rather than catching random episodes that are aired out of order on cable. Anyone have any favorite shows on Netflix right now? I'd love any suggestions! I like to put something on when I'm cleaning or working on blog stuff so it's not so quiet!

P.S. less than a week until we move to North Carolina!

Dog Treats Giveaway

I have a little giveaway for you lovely people (or for your pups I should say). My boys got to try out some products from Nature's Logic and Caru, and I chose the best treats to share with you guys! Giveaway ends 05/27 at midnight, I will privately message the winner.

Here is what is included in the giveaway and how to enter it at the bottom of the page:

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1. Caru Grass-Fed Beef Bone Broth - this comes from an amazing and very high-quality company that LOVES pets. Bone broth provides a lot of nutrients for your pup and is great to add to their dry kibble or water bowls. I give my boys some broth in their dry kibble to provide them with extra liquids throughout the day so that I can make sure they keep hydrated. In the documentary "Pet Fooled", it explains how dogs who only eat dry kibble are technically in a constant state of dehydration. So adding broth tp the diet is one way to prevent this, just make sure their dog food doesn't have citric acid or the reaction can cause stomach upset or even bloat. You could also try making popsicles or ice cubes as a summer treat!

Check out their broth and other products here!

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2. Caru Baked Bites in Venison Flavor - these are the best to use as high value training treats and come in really fun exotic recipes. We even tried an ALLIGATOR formula! My pups went crazy for these because they're very fragrant, which I assume means flavorful (not that I'd ever eat one).

For pups who are allergic to poultry, they have all sorts of recipe flavors like Alligator, Wild Boar, Salmon, Duck, and several others here.

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3. Nature's Logic Beef Tendon Chews - to be honest, I thought my dogs would eat these in two seconds... but they lasted about 20 minutes with Boomer and an extra 15 minutes with Ruger! These are made in the States and have nothing added to them, which I appreciate as a dog owner. I really love these and will be buying more, this bag is a pound and has about 13 chews in it!

Look through the Nature's Logic website for more product info here.

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Enter our giveaway by commenting on this blog post with your pup's name in the box below! 

xoxo

Boomer's Birthday

 
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The photo below perfectly captures their personalities! Ruger being young and bouncing around, and Boomer being very wise and serious about fetching the frisbee.

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Boomer turned 8 this month! I feel like he's my own child because I've watched him grow up and he has such a big personality so it's like he's a little human. I got my cute pup when he was only 6 weeks old. We drove to Oregon and got him from someone who lived on a big farm in a small town. His mom was a yellow Lab and I believe they said his dad was a Lab/Australian Cattle Dog. His siblings were either mostly black or spotted almost like a Dalmation. I remember driving up the hill to where they kept the puppies, and Boomer's mom came running up this hill almost alongside our car. I didn't realize she was the mother until she met us at the top! It was so green in Oregon and the weather was gloomy that day, my aunt mentioned I should call him Boomer because of the thunder and he's been my Boom boy ever since!

He still has so much energy for technically being a senior dog. He loves to play around and fetch, the only thing that shows his age is a slight limp and stiffness when he's been too active or laying down in one spot for too long. We just bought him some Dasaquin with MSM and ASU to help with this and he's been on it for 3 days. The reviews are AMAZING and I'm excited to see what results he has with it. 

Here is the one we bought from Drs. Foster and Smith: Dasuquin with MSM tablets. It's on sale for $80 for the largest size and dose. It's pricey.. but worth keeping him as young and healthy as possible. He needs to be able to keep up with Ruger, because they have such a big age difference so it's easier (and healthier) to keep Boomer in shape to stay as active as Ruger, than to not exercise Ruger as much and slow him down because of Boomer.

Above are all the photos of the fun time we had for his birthday. Both Ruger and Boomer got to swim and even made a friend with a chocolate Lab along the way!


Casual Romp through the Park

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Just dragging me through the mud!

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This is the same park we went to from the other post... It's easily become our new favorite spot to take the dogs because of how gorgeous (and close by) it is. We'll play fetch with boys in the open field first to get rid of some energy before we head up the little trails. This way they are more behaved on the hike and are less tempted to chase any little critter they see.

I dressed really casual to take them out, this was a couple weeks ago when it had been raining so the park was extremely muddy. Some cute Nikes, a suede baseball hat, and a light cardi seemed just about right for the occasion. I'm calling it "dog park fashion". 

And to share some other exciting news - we taught Ruger to follow Zach on his mountain bike so he's now a trail dog! We took him up to Park City on a Tuesday in the afternoon to an easy trail that wasn't busy. We brought a squeaky tennis ball to help keep his focus since we are trusting him to be off-leash. Boomer and I tagged along and played fetch at the dog park that is right next to the trail entrance. Ruger actually ended up doing really great! He stayed by Zach's side and kept good pace with him and understood he's supposed to be stay with him (I was really worried he's take off, even though he's really mastered being off-leash). I guess the one time he looked at another biker, Zach squeaked the tennis ball and his focus was right back on him. Of course, Zach only took him on a short ride since Ruger will have to build up his stamina and get his paws used to being on the terrain. He's part Border Collie and loves to work and have a job to do, so I'm very excited we found a fun way to exercise him!

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This day was incredibly windy and sunny as you can tell... I could barely keep my eyes open and my hair was flying around like crazy. You can see how piece-y and textured my hair is from that wind constantly blowing it all over the place. We actually had to take photos in between the gusts of wind to get decent shots so my hair wasn't sticking straight out like Medusa or Albert Einstein.

I'm wearing a basic shirtdress from H&M. It's so lightweight and comfy, I almost feel like I'm wearing really cute pajamas! I also have on my favorite pair of shoes. I normally don't like bright colors but I love jewel tones like this royal blue! I wish I had gotten better photos of my bracelets so you could see them. They are different types of crystals and stones that are for protection, beauty, and some other things I forget haha! I don't think they're the prettiest pieces of jewelry I have because the colors are too earthy for me but I guess they're not for looks so I just wear them when I feel like I need them. 

That being said, I love learning about spiritual topics like manifesting, positivity, and holistic medicine. I'm actually very pessimistic and tend to ruminate, but these type of things help me be lighter and more positive! There is a cute shop by my house that sells what seems like hundreds of crystals and all sorts of books on natural ways of living. They have this super sassy white dove that lives inside and is let loose during the day. One time I went in and I picked up a crystal that I thought was so interesting, it was white with dark blue spots. Underneath that crystal was one of the dove's feathers (wish I could remember the bird's name, it's something hilarious). It was pure white and so soft, I felt so excited for some reason, like it was lucky. I told the lady working there about it and she said it was a sign and that I had to keep it!

Although I wish I was spiritual/natural enough to do yoga two hours each day, only eat vegan foods from Whole Foods, meditate every morning, and make my own kombucha... I don't live as natural as some people do, and I'm not about to give up cupcakes!