Remember Me Thursday Honors Shelter Pets–Don’t Miss #RememberMeThursday Contest

“All of the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.” A time to take the words of Saint Francis of Assisi to heart, Remember Me Thursday is a day to light the…



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What Fruits Can Dogs Eat?

As you know, I love preparing special treats–from dog chews and biscuits to frozen dog treats–for Tiki and Barli. But it’s important to know WHICH foods you can incorporate in your…



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Scooby Doo Day

On September 13, 1969 everyone’s favorite Great Dane and the rest of the Scooby Gang solved their first supposed supernatural caper when the premiere episode of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! aired….



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Boykin Spaniel Day

Synonyms for the term “buddy” includes words like “amigo,” “chum” and “confidante.”  Although you won’t find it listed  in the…



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Frozen Watermelon Dog Treats

Planning to enjoy the end of summer with a dog-friendly picnic and some cool treats? Nothing says summer like watermelon–and it’s also a dog favorite! Frozen watermelon dog treats and…



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7 Simple End-of-Summer Recipes

Sweet Corn and Black Bean Quinoa Salad

If you ask me, Summer does not end until the official first day or fall, which is September 22nd. But my kids are now back in school and (sniff, sniff) I can feel August flying by. I am one of those people who soaks up every last ounce of summer until the bitter end, which means making as many summer meals and treats as I can. So today, I thought I’d share some of my favorites. Just click on the images (or links below them) them to check them out.

Summertime Watermelon and Feta Guacamole Dip

10 Simple Summertime Recipes
Jasmine Rice, Lentil, and Red Quinoa Tacos

Guacamole and Black Bean Pizza (via Bubby and Bean)

We still have a month left people. I hope these recipes help you enjoy the rest of the best season!

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Fun Owl Toast for Kids

Owl Avocado Toast

I know I’ve shared this before, but we made these again the other day and my kids loved them so much that I had to share again. I really like making these with my little ones, and the bonus is that they’re good for them too!
Owl Avocado Toast
Owl Avocado Toast
Serves 2
INGREDIENTS
2 slices whole grain (or gluten free) bread
1 avocado, ripe
1 hardboiled egg
1-2 strawberries
1 baby carrot  
uncooked macaroni (optional*)
Toast bread. While bread is toasting, mash avocado. Slice hardboiled for the eyes and wings. Slice strawberries for ears. Slice a sliver of carrot for the beak. 
*Macaroni is just for decoration. Don’t eat uncooked macaroni unless you want a broken tooth. 
Owl Avocado Toast
My 5 year old, who is the pickiest eater and normally won’t touch hard boiled eggs, loves these. Sometimes you just have to make food fun for kids to try new things. (If only I had the energy to actually go that on the daily.)
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Vet Tips to Stay Safe When Hiking with Your Dog

The promise of cooler weather has dog lovers dreaming of autumn dog walks and longer hikes than we’ve been able to enjoy during the summer heat. Hiking with your dog means taking a few extra…



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Shelter Sunday: Cleveland Browns Pound Puppies

If you’re a football fan, you might know that Cleveland Browns fans sit in the Dawg Pound endzone and that the team mascot is a Dawg. (What? You thought it would be a piece of fudge?) So it only makes sense they would use their training camp to encourage dog adoptions. For the 7th year, … Continue reading Shelter Sunday: Cleveland Browns Pound Puppies


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5 Easy Tips for Making School Lunches More Fun

Plant-Based Lunch-Kabobs, 2 Ways
 

I’m not gonna lie you guys. I hate making school lunches. It is probably my least favorite part of the kids going back to school. They’re still too young to make their own, and they’re not a fan of the school hot lunches, so here we are. 

Despite my own general disdain for lunch making, I still want to make lunches fun for them. And while I’m admittedly haphazardly throwing whatever we have in their lunch boxes by year’s end, I do like to start out with a little effort. I’ll never be a fancy bento box parent, but hey, I’m sort of try, and that counts. Here are some ideas to start off the school year with lunches your little ones will love.

1. Create fun shapes.
My little ones are still young, but even if your kids are on the older side, a cookie cutter can be there friend. I bought several different shapes to use on sandwiches, cheese slices, and meats. I’m not sure what sort of witchcraft happens with shaped sandwiches, but 10 out of 10 times, my kids will eat the same kinds of sandwiches if they’re shapes that they won’t touch when they’re regular pieces of bread. 

Plant-Based Lunch-Kabobs, 2 Ways

2. Kabob it.
Just like the star shaped sandwiches and cheese slices, if I give my daughter pieces of fruit on skewers rather than in a regular cup or bag, they’re devoured. And kabobs can be made from endless types of food. They’re actually kind of  fun to put together too..

3. Make food smile.
Making a simple face on a piece of food is like sprinkling magical edible glitter on it when it comes to my kids. Two raisins for eyes and a clementine orange slice mouth make a boring sandwich come to life. I also draw a happy face on a banana or orange with a marker and I’m telling you, it makes my kids so much more enthusiastic about eating their fruits and veggies.

4. Let the kids help.
I have found that when my kids help make their lunches, they’re more likely to actually eat them at school the next day. I let them help me decide what to put in their boxes, and they also love cutting the sandwich shapes with me. 

Plant-Based Lunch-Kabobs, 2 Ways


5. Switch it up.

I know what my kids like, and I know what foods are easiest for my to prepare, which makes it easy to fall into a school lunch rut. I try to change things up everyday in a given week. This makes the lunches more exciting for the little ones, and also encourages them to try new things. 
Happy back to school season, fellow parents. 

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