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Feedback Needed: Calming Aid for a Stressed Dog

3 Jul

Each year, our neighbor’s put on an amazing professional-grade fireworks show for Independence Day, so we invite a bunch of our friends over for a party. Ollie gets super stressed out when there are lots of extra people around, so we usually take him to my parent’s house for the night.

This year, my parents are out of town, so we needed to figure out something to do to keep Ollie from freaking out all night long.

I did a little internet research and stopped by the nearby pet store and found these:



They are calming aid treats for dogs and they are supposed to “help your pet feel calm in stressful environments and situations, such as anxiousness when left home alone, loud noises, thunderstorms, fireworks and crowds.” The cashier at the pet store said that he LOVES these for his dogs, so I’m tentatively hopeful that they will help. Our plan is to give Ollie ½ of one of the soft chews, and then put him in his crate in our room, away from the party and noise.

What I’d love to know is: have you tried these for your dog? I’d appreciate any feedback!

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Loving Right Now: Shows I’m Binging on Netflix

8 Jun

It’s time for a Loving Right Now post of some of my current favorites. These posts aren’t paid or sponsored or anything, they are just stuff that I’m totally digging right now and thought you might like too. So, let’s get to it!

{You can check out my previous posts here}

I’ve been on a bit of a Netflix Binge over the past few weeks and I wanted to share some of the shows that I’ve been absolutely LOVING:

Limitless (2015 TV series)
There is also a movie, Limitless, that stars Bradley Cooper. This TV show takes place after the events of the movie (which I did not see) and Bradley Cooper’s character makes appearances. The premise of the show is that an average 28-year old man, Brian Finch, gains the ability to use the full extent of his brain’s capabilities through a drug called NZT. Through a series of events, he finds himself working with the cops to solve cases. I developed a crush on Brian Finch (played by Jake McDorman) within the space of one episode and loved watching him grow over the season. I also loved the friendship between him and his partner, Rebecca Harris (played by Jennifer Carpenter).

I was a little worried going into this series, because it was only on for one season before NBC cancelled it. I was hoping it wouldn’t end on a cliff-hanger that would drive me crazy, but luckily the two-part series finale wrapped things up quite nicely, while still leaving plenty of stories that could be told. There are currently petitions for someone to please, please, please pick up the show for season 2, but as of now… it’s done. Still totally worth watching though!

Here’s the series trailer:

Luke Cage (2016 Season One)
I originally got sucked into the Marvel universe of Netflix Originals with Jessica Jones. If you haven’t seen it, DO IT now. After I devoured that show, I moved on to Daredevil and watched both season one and two. Iron Fist came out a couple months ago, but I have literally no interest in it (the reviews are pretty terrible). Luke Cage came out in September 2016 and although I liked his character when he was on Jessica Jones, I wasn’t really jumping to watch his series. I was SO WRONG. I’m currently up to episode 8 (out of 13) and I’m kicking myself for holding off so long.

Luke Cage has super strength and is a bit of a reluctant hero on the series. The show is fantastic and really hooks you in from the first episode. They also flesh out the bad guys, so that you understand a lot about why they do the things they do. Although the timeline comes after Jessica Jones, it isn’t necessary to watch one before the other. All the characters will be coming together for the Defenders in August, so I can’t wait to see how that plays out!

Here’s the series trailer:

Travelers (2016 Season One)
Travis and I needed something new to watch together and somehow stumbled upon this total gem. I didn’t mean to watch this, but Travis turned it on while I was reading a book and within 5 minutes I put my book aside and was glued to the TV. Travelers is a time travel show with a bit of a different twist and it reminds me a bit of Lost, with you trying to figure out the full story as it unravels. We are only 3 episodes into it and Travis is lucky I love him, because I’m keeping from binging the whole thing on my own.

I love this so much and really want to talk about it with someone. So if you guys could watch up to episode 3 and let me know, that’d be great…

Here’s the series trailer:

Tell me, are you binging anything awesome on Netflix?

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Dressing Room Snaps: The Boden Outlet

31 May

Last weekend I went on a pilgrimage.

That’s right… a fashion-related pilgrimage to the Boden outlet.

You all know how obsessed I am with Boden (Proof: On my Boden Wishlist for Spring, Boden Website vs Reality: Winter Dresses and Checking out Boden: Website vs Reality) and I basically worship the way they magically design a jersey dress so that it flatters my figure, looks professional for work, and can be thrown in the washing machine. I knew that there was an outlet in Pennsylvania, but it was almost 4 hours away from my house, so I thought it would be ridiculous to make the trip.

I mean, it is a little ridiculous.

But then my friend, Jenni, asked if I’d be interested in going with her and it suddenly sounded like a good idea. I mean, not only would I be able to try on everything to my heart’s content, but I’d also have uninterrupted time to chat with my girlfriend?! Heck yeah, sign me up!

We went over the weekend and after weeks of trying to convince myself not to get too excited because it might suck, I’m happy to say that OHMYGOD it was AWESOME!

The outlet is like no outlet I’ve ever visited before. Instead of cast-off clothing from a bunch of seasons ago, it was brand-new clothing that I just saw added to their online store. As for pricing, all dresses were $40, no matter what. The entire store had the feeling of a fun and exclusive boutique and each rack was filled by size. I typically wear a 10 or 12 in Boden, so I found the 10/12/14 rack and worked through it from one side to the other, trying dozens of items on. I mostly focused on the dresses, but also tried a few skirts and even swooned over the shoes at some point.

I’m so glad I had the opportunity to try things on in a variety of sizes, because I was able to determine what fit my body best without worrying about trying to decipher online reviews and ordering two sizes to try before returning one (or both) of them.

Let’s check out some dressing room snaps!

{Sources: Dress 1, not online; Selina Dress, different color, $198; Dress 3, not online}

All three of these dresses were in my ‘close, but no cigar’ group. They each had a little something that kind of bothered me. The teal dress pulled just enough in the chest that it would have driven me crazy. The blue and white dress had some kind of pleat situation that got all wrinkly when boobs were involved and the striped dress wasn’t doing my momma-belly any favors.

{Sources: Allegra Dress, $130; Dress 2, not online; Rosemond Jersey Dress, $140}

I really liked the Allegra dress, but I didn’t love it. It was a little too boho casual to wear to work, but still felt a little fancy to throw on for a casual weekend. The middle dress was cute, but with the print it seemed a bit juvenile. The Rosemond jersey dress was a total winner though. I loved the fit, the pretty green color and the leaf print. You can actually get a better view on this Instagram picture.

{Sources: Rivera Dress, $140; Angeline Jersey Dress, $150; Gwendolyn Jersey Dress, $130}

I had been eyeing the Rivera dress ever since it came out, but wasn’t sure how the length would work on me. The Kelly green of the Angeline jersey dress totally called to me off the rack and as soon as I put it on I knew that it was coming home with me. I liked the Gwendolyn dress on the hanger, but what really sold me was the super easy but flattering fit when I put it on. I can see throwing it on for weekends when it’s 100 degrees outside, or pairing it with a cardigan for work.

Here is an example of where sizing can really vary. On the left is the Rivera Dress in a size 10P and on the right is a 14R:

The difference between the 10P and the 14R is minimal because of the tie-waist on the dress. I also tried a 12, but they didn’t have it in this particular color (which I preferred). The main difference in the two sizes is the length. I ended up with the larger size because it gave me some extra wiggle room in the hips and also it kept the pockets from poking out when I walked. There is a bit of extra room in the top, but a few stitches should make it just about perfect. I’m undecided on the length though… do you think I should leave it long or chop it to knee-length?

So, if you’ve been keeping track… I came home with four dresses and one skirt (that I forgot to take a photo of):

Rosemond Jersey Dress, $140
Rivera Dress, $140
Angeline Jersey Dress, $150
Gwendolyn Jersey Dress, $130
Jersey Maxi Skirt, $90 (I bought a different pattern)

My total would have been $650 had I bought everything off their website for their full-price (a couple things went on sale since yesterday). Instead, I paid $190 ($40 for each dress and $30 for the skirt). That means that I saved 71% off the original prices!

My friend Jenni also scored with a great new work wardrobe. She bought a pair of trousers, a pair of shorts, a maxi skirt, 2 gorgeous dresses and 2 blouses and a blazer. She added up her total from their online listings… the full price of her purchases was $1,086 and she paid $350!

So, was it ridiculous to take a full-day to visit the Boden Outlet in Pennsylvania? Um… Yes. But it was also TOTALLY WORTH IT!

Did you enjoy my terrible dressing room pictures from the Boden outlet? Did I leave something behind that you think I should have bought? Am I insane to drive so far for a good deal?


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Quick Shop Guide: My Universal Studios Trip Must Haves

25 May

My last post on our Universal Studio’s Orlando trip pretty much just covered all the fun we got ourselves into on the trip (find it here). I also wanted to throw together some of those items that made my life so much easier… which brings me to this quick shop guide. This can work for a theme park trip of your own, or really any sort of travel where you will be doing a bunch of walking and don’t want to haul a bunch of crap.

#1 Comfy Shoes
Duh. Right? Obviously if you are going to be running around all day long you are going to need comfortable shoes to get through the day. Everyone has their own comfort level though… so here is what worked for me:



For water ride days: Skechers Reggae Haystack Sport Sandal, $40
I’ve had a pair of Tevas for more than 20 years and was planning to take them with me…but I couldn’t find them when I was packing. So, I made a quick trip to DSW and grabbed this exact pair of ‘sport sandals’ for $40. I was nervous breaking them in on days where I’d be walking 7 – 10 miles, but they were GREAT and super comfortable to wear. They also had a little arch support because the foot bed had a ‘flexible and shock absorbing rubber traction sole’. All in all, I was very happy with both the price point and the comfort of these.

For regular days: Toms Classic Slip-On, $30
I have a bunch of pairs of Toms, so I brought some with me knowing that I’d probably end up ruining them. They actually still looked great at the end of the week, so a big win for Toms! I find Tom’s classic slip-on’s very comfy, but they don’t offer a ton of support if you need it. I like how they look good with skirts, dresses, shorts and jeans and are super lightweight and breathable. If you are new to Toms, I suggest going by Nordstrom Rack and picking a cheap pair instead of buying them full price elsewhere.

#2 A Smaller Purse Situation
Running around the park, I wanted to be as hands-free as possible but still needed to carry around a few things. On water ride days, I left my cellphone in the room (which is why I don’t have any pictures) and used just a fanny pack. On regular days, I used a little cross-body bag that fit my iPhone, chapstick, SPF and my mini wallet. Our travel agent provided us with our lanyards, which we used for our room key, park ticket and express passes.



Fanny Pack: Fitletic Bold Runners Pouch, $27
I bought a fitletic running belt years ago and use it to hold my phone, license and keys when I go out for runs. It’s great because it is waterproof, comfortable and kind of cute. If I were buying one specifically for the theme parks, I would chose a larger version like the one I linked to. It’s $27 and has two pouches to separate your phone from your other stuff. Genius!

Cross-Body Purse: Cross-Body Bag with Tassel from Amazon, $21.95
I bought mine at South Moon Under last fall and use it ALL THE TIME. Mine is no longer in stock, but I found a cool one on Amazon for $22 that comes in 6 different colors.



Mini Wallet: MEKU wallet, $9
In order to pare down my stuff enough to fit it into a fanny pack or mini cross-body bag, I had to take my wallet down to the bare basics. This mini wallet is perfect for traveling and I’ve had it for over a year now. It’s only $9 and totally worth it!

#3 FREE Water All Day, Every Day



Water Bottle: Brita Sport Water Filter Bottle, $7
When you are running around a theme park all day in 90 degree heat, you need to be sure to keep yourself hydrated. Universal Studios sells cups that you can use to refill sodas all day, but we were trying to keep the calories under control. I’d much rather splurge on a marshmallow milkshake than soda all day! You can buy bottled water, but that also adds up when you have three thirsty people walking in the heat. I’ve had this Brita Sport Water Filter bottle for a few years and it’s great. It filters the water for you and also has a hook where you can attach a carabineer (to then hook on your husband’s belt loop…). Everywhere in the park will give you free ice and water, so we kept hydrated for a grand total of $0.

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