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    4 Ways to Pamper your Pup!

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    Dogs are family too! And it’s important to show your dog that they are loved. Bennett was surrendered when he was 18 months old and we rescued him 6 weeks later. He has horrible anxiety and doesn’t like being left alone. He needs a lot of love and reassurance, As most dogs do. We cannot communicate with them with words, we have to show them we love them with our actions.  Taking good care of them is one of the best things we can do for them. We like to keep Bennett looking his best by feeding him good food, giving him regular baths, and making sure he gets exercise. We want Bennett to be the best in show!

    Bennett was our first baby. We adopted him after we had only been married a few months, and before I got pregnant with Sawyer. He got a lot of love an attention when he was an only child! And, now things have changed. A lot. And it’s important that he knows how much we still love him. Bennett is the best family dog, and he loves Sawyer so much (and Sawyer is borderline obsessed with him). He’ll sleep in Sawyer’s room with him, and play with him, and lick his face when he cries. Sawyer shares his food with Bennett and insists on holding the leash when we take him on walks. Seeing their relationship flourish is such a blessing to me.

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    Pack your Purse to Combat Morning Sickness and Pregnancy Woes

    It’s still that time of year. The time for sickness. Yuck. Especially the stomach bug! Just this past weekend we were out of town and my sister came down with it. But, even when it’s not that time of year, there are still a lot of things you can do that will keep you healthy.

    I’ve always had tummy issues. It’s caused me a lot of pain and sick days over the years. I’ve learned a good way to keep my gut healthy is by taking probiotics.

    What is a probiotic?

    Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for your health, especially your digestive system. We usually think of bacteria as something that causes diseases. But your body is full of bacteria, both good and bad. Probiotics are often called “good” or “helpful” bacteria because they help keep your gut healthy.

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    For the Hot Mess Mom- New Year’s Cards!

    Disclaimer: I received product from Tiny Prints in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own. Visit my disclaimer page for more information.

    I’m a hot mess. But you guys know that already. With the pregnancy zapping all my energy, time totally got away from me on Christmas cards this year. And I really wanted to finally do them! Our family had a grown a lot this year, and we had some exciting news to announce! However, Christmas came and went and I never got around to doing cards.

    It’s kind of a hassle, isn’t it? You have to hire a photographer, schedule a family photoshoot, pay the photographer, design your cards, order the prints, pay for them, buy stamps, address them all, then send them out. Phew.

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    Let’s Actually Reach Those 2017 Goals

    Disclaimer: I received a START Planner in exchange for review. All opinions are my own. Visit my disclaimer page for more information. 

    “New Year, New Me!”

    I HATE THAT PHRASE. Anyone else?

    Almost all New Year’s Resolutions are abandoned by February. I work in a fitness studio and January is by far our busiest month. It’s always back to normal by February. How sad is that?

    I’m not saying I’m a great goal keeper. I stopped making resolutions years ago. They just seemed pointless after years of never keeping them.

    When I was 19 I set a goal to give up drinking soda. It happened to be around Christmas time of that year. I guess it was kind of a New Year’s Resolution, although I didn’t intend it to be. But I didn’t! I’m 24 now and I don’t drink soda. I don’t order it at restaurants and I don’t keep it in my house. I have it on special occasions (parties and such) and to help calm my stomach when I’m sick, and that’s about it.

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    Friday Favorites- Beautycounter

    Happy Friday!

    Do you ever wonder what’s in your make up? No? I never did either. But you should. It’s kind of terrifying! The average american woman puts 12-20 chemicals on her skin every single day. And your skin absorbs up to 60% of what you put on it.

    And think about this Europe has banned 1,300 chemicals from being used in beauty and personal products. The U.S. has banned 11.

    Those are some scary numbers. We don’t even realize the harmful things we are letting into our home, let alone putting right on our skin!

    Enter, Beautycounter. Beautycounter has a “never” list. A list of harmful ingredients they vow to never use in their products (check out the never list here). Every product from Beautycounter is 100% natural and safe. They are products you can feel god about putting on your skin, rather than fearful. Beautycounter lists every single ingredient used on their labels. Which, get this, is not required by law, which is why many other companies do not. So we have no idea what we’re using!

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    Friday Favorites- Okie B and Jack Jack and Co

    Merry Christmas Eve, Eve! Can you believe it’s already the 23rd? Where has December gone?

    I can’t wait for Christmas this year! While I’m especially excited to take the next 2 days off, I also can’t wait to see Sawyer’s face on Christmas morning. Last year he was only 6 months old and while he appreciated his new toys (he mostly appreciated the wrapping paper), this year should be a lot more fun for him.

    But I have a few fun things to share with you today so let’s get started.

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    Hey Mama, You Need a Time-Out

    Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Chai Leaves Premier Tea Club. All opinions are my own. Visit my disclaimer page for more information.

    This time of year is crazy.

    It’s crazy and I can’t seem to slow down and enjoy it. I want to so badly. Sawyer is 18 months old. He is the perfect age to enjoy the lights, the decorations, the sweets, opening presents, and being with family. I want to be present. I want to enjoy every moment. I want to remember it all.

    But there’s so much to do! I have to decorate, shop, bake, wrap, clean, host, attend, and so much more. Don’t you wish we got a few weeks off for the holidays even as adults? Like we used to with school? If I had 2 weeks off of work, maybe it wouldn’t be so stressful. But then again, maybe it still would.

    The holidays are so busy, and motherhood is so busy. It never stops.

    But maybe we should.

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