On April 15th, 2019 our first little fur baby turned one year old! Oh how time flies. And in July we will have had our sweet little pup in our lives for an entire year. I’m an “extra” dog mom, so of course, I baked him a doggy cake, spoiled him rotten and even took pictures.

Cooper is still the sweet, silly little puppy that he always has been, but he’s definitely grown up and into his “teenage” phase. He’s found his big boy bark, has gotten better at social queues and communicating with other dogs and has even grown a bit longer and filled in around his middle (in a very healthy way, not overweight at all). He’s growing his fur faster so we are seeing that long-haired dachshund come out. He’s spunky and a cuddle bug, talks back and enjoys walks and playing with other dogs as well as meditating with me! He’s the sweetest boy and we couldn’t be happier or have more love for him if we tried.

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If you know me, you know two things are true: I HATE politics and stay as far away from them as I can and I LOVE Taylor Swift.

However, regardless of her bringing attention to this in a positive way, I am not just some dumb fan following her opinions blindly. I do not stand for discrimination of any kind. Just educate yourself and sign if you feel compelled to. 🌈

Check out the Equality Act:
The Equality Act

Check out the petition:
 https://www.change.org

Check out Taylor’s upbeat & supportive music video:
You Need to Calm Down Music Video

Only Love Always,

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I’ve been MIA for a few months, focusing on me and my health, as well as my family and life in general. But I’m back and hope it stays that way. I’ve got several great ideas for some upcoming posts and can’t wait for you all to read them.

Let me know if there is any specific content you’d like to see and I’ll see if I can make it happen!

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As Cooper turns 10 months old, I figured it might be time for another Doggy Addition of what we’re “Loving Lately”. So here’s a peek at what we’ve been using and really loving these days.

  1. Wet Noses Treats
    I tried this brand out for some Valentine’s Day treats for Cooper and he loves them. Plus the ingredients are great and you can get them through their site, Chewy.com, and even Amazon seems to sell them. img_5457-1.jpgimg_5297-1.jpg
  2. Dr. Lyon’s Dental Treats
    As Cooper is getting older, I wanted to start doing something for his teeth. Obviously we are going to get them cleaned properly now that he has his big boy teeth in, but for now we are starting to try out some care for between cleanings and decided to test this one. So far Cooper looks forward to “brushing his teeth”. They’re grain free and the ingredients are pretty good, it has a minty smell so it helps freshen his breath a little and the grooves in the treats are meant to help “brush/clean” as they chew.
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  3. TropiClean Fresh Breath Drops
    Cooper’s breath can be awful after a bully stick or sometimes even when I can’t find a cause. But my friend who has had a dog for a while suggested drops that go in his water every now and then. So I picked this bottle up a few months ago at PetSmart and it works like a charm! I was worried Cooper wouldn’t drink the water with the drops in it but it doesn’t seem to bother him at all and has helped tremendously with his puppy breath. Looks like Chewy.com carries this brand as well.img_5629.jpg
  4. Bandannas (Mostly from Dapper Dexter)
    We’ve purchased several bandannas from this company and so far we’ve loved them. They have such cute sayings and are made well and they don’t take forever to ship like some other dog accessory companies. Bandannas are so cute and so easy to throw on for any occasion. We loved the Valentine’s Day ones and we just got our St. Patrick’s Day ones in the mail!
  5. Extra Puppy Snuggles
    With the rain and wind chill we’ve been getting lately its been extra cold both inside and outside the apartment so Cooper has discovered that he can burrow under the covers with us to keep warm. His cute little face and how he cuddles on my shoulder makes it extremely difficult to get out of bed on these chilly mornings.

I’d love to hear what you and your furry friends are loving lately so feel free to share in the comments below!

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How many times in our lives do we think this: “I’ll be happy when _________.”? When you get that degree, when your business is finally up and running, when you finally own a home, when you meet “the one”, when you’re married and settled down, when you get that dream job…the list goes on and on. So many of us, so often put our happiness on hold because we are waiting for this magical thing to happen that will supposedly make everything wonderful. News flash – that’s not how it works.

Happiness cannot be dependent on another person, thing, goal or experience. And here’s the good old phrase I’m sure we’re all tired of hearing: happiness has to come from within. I had to throw it in there because as annoying as it is, its true. Did you ever think that maybe sometimes we have to save ourselves…from ourselves?

Take a step back and stop thinking so hard about the future and look at what you already have. What do you have to be grateful for? You’ve got you, your mind and spirit, body and soul. You’ve got loved ones, maybe a pet, maybe a job that allows you to live your life and work towards your dreams. You can’t keep waiting for prince charming or some head hunter to come and make everything pretty. That’s part of your process and your journey and we need to learn to enjoy each of ours every step of the way.

I’m writing about this topic, because I myself am still very much working on it. But more and more it’s coming up as an obvious roadblock to happiness as I grow, figure out my new goals and reach toward them. Putting the present first is the key to happiness – take time to be thankful for what you do have, how far you’ve already gotten, and know that the world won’t end if your goal takes a little longer or eventually morphs into something else.

Again, still working on it myself. It’s no easy feat, but if you can just learn to look around you and flow, you can enjoy your journey just as much as your desired destination.

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