This is the first year that Essley understands Halloween, and the kid is hooked. We can’t walk by a pumpkin without her letting out an audible squeal. She thinks that witches and black cats are the bee’s knees. She carries her little trick or treat bag around incessantly, like it’s her very best pal. It is genuinely wonderful to watch her experience such delight in the holiday, and it inspires me to make it as special as possible for her.
In the spirit of the season, I thought it would be fun to plan a little Halloween-themed lunch for her and a couple of her buddies, complete with things like fresh apple cider and caramel apple dessert, and lots of fun tabletop decor like jack o’ lantern and black cat plates, spider cups, witch straws and more. I decided to turn to one of my favorite stores for children’s goodies, Pottery Barn Kids, to pick out the tabletop items we’d need. The items you see in the collage below are my favorite finds. Essley even helped me pick out a few of the items – the witch plate and the spider utensil set were all she talked about for hours, and she clapped and cheered for the pumpkin tumblers. It pretty much made my day. I can’t wait to see her face when I have everything set up!
With Halloween just a couple of weeks away, I highly recommend paying a visit to Pottery Barn Kids and checking out all of their equally stylish and adorable Halloween goodies. From the tableware items I’ve shared in the images here to treat bags, decor, toys, and the absolute cutest costumes I’ve ever seen, they’ve got you covered for making your Halloween fun for your little ones (and visually lovely for you!). And right now their entire Halloween collection comes with free shipping, plus 20-40% off select costumes and other goodies (like most of the tabletop items I’m featuring). Woohoo!
I have to say in all honesty you guys – being able to team up with great brands that I genuinely love here on the blog is always a pleasure, but every now and then I get especially excited about a partnership because I’m already such a huge fan of the brand. This is one of those times. Although I am partnering with PB Kids for this post, they are truly one of my favorite places to shop for Essley. Their products are well made and incredibly tasteful while still retaining an ability to be fun (which is the whole point of being a kid, in my opinion). Give them a visit here and you’ll see what I mean.
Do you have any Halloween parties or activities planned for your little one (or yourself)? Which of the items I’ve featured here is your favorite?
This post is in partnership with Pottery Barn Kids. Thank you for supporting the brands that help make Bubby and Bean possible.
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Bad boy! Bad boy! Whatcha gonna do? Whatcha gonna do when he comes for you? Smile! It’s the weekend! Until next time, Good day, and good dog!
As my regular readers now, eco-conscious clothing holds a special place in my heart. I designed for and ran a sustainable womenswear line for 15 years, and I know first hand the challenges of creating stylish, high quality apparel that is also considerate to the earth and its inhabitants. So I was seriously excited to be introduced to the brand Woolen Moss when their owner and designer, Kate, booked a sponsor space on Bubby and Bean this month. Woolen Moss is a farm and studio in upstate New York specializing in custom organic clothing that is comfortable, flattering, and truly beautiful. They utilize sustainable fabrics like organic cotton and bamboo, but their true specialty is the softest thickest organic merino wool fabric around. And their handmade garments are absolutely perfect for the fall and winter months. With next to the skin softness, you’ll never want to take off their gorgeous pants, leggings, sweaters and dresses. Make sure you pay them a visit at woolenmoss.com to see their full selection of customizable styles and colors. I know you’ll fall instantly in love like I did!
And now for the best part – Woolen Moss is giving Bubby and Bean readers the chance to win a $ 100 gift card to go shopping on their website! See below for how to enter.
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This giveaway will run through October 23, 2015 and is open to Bubby and Bean readers worldwide. A winner will be randomly chosen shortly after the end of the giveaway and announced here.
Thanks again to Kate at Woolen Moss for giving our readers the chance to win some of her absolutely gorgeous, eco-conscious clothing! (And don’t forget to check them out on Facebook and Instagram as well.) Good luck!
We’ve been fostering puppies a fair amount this past year. Not because we wanted to find one to adopt, but because we find Lacey is much more comfortable accepting them and because I find them so much fun. :)
Well we finally decided to adopt one ourselves. Marlin really became attached to these two latest boys and when one of them got adopted we decided to keep the other one. So may I introduce Summit.
When he first arrived he was very skinny and underweight. Within a few weeks we had him all fattened up. We are still struggling to get him to eat enough and not have diarrhea at the same time but fingers crossed it all gets straightened out any day now. :)
He is a pretty confident little dude. So far new people and places don’t phase him and when he does get taken by surprise, he is very quick to recover. I’m determined to have a “bomb” proof dog that is comfortable around new people and new places. I want a dog we can take places – to people’s homes, on group camping trips and hikes, etc. I think he has the temperament to do all this, I just need to not screw it up. So every day we are doing something to expose him to new things.
- Friday – he went off to the family that ended up adopting his brother and spent the afternoon there.
- Saturday – we brought out the cat tunnel (which he instantly loved) and explored the upstairs for the first time. (On Monday he learned how to do the indoor stairs and promptly went exploring up there over and over again.)
- Sunday – we went to the pet store, a drive through and the daycare. He met Chewy and got exposed to studio photography lighting equipment – no fear at all of the flash or the umbrella – even when I put it on the ground or spun it around in the air.
- Monday – we went out to Amanda’s to meet her dogs, and explore her yard. He had a great time with her new pup Siren.
- Tuesday – we spent time in the front yard watching the world go by. We saw cars, a bus and a lady with a dog on the far side of the road. The cars were no problem but the bus made him startle. The dog was hilarious. He just sat and watched in awe. I was feeding him kibble and he absentmindedly would open his mouth to take it but was often forgetting to chew.
- Tomorrow we are going to hang out at the grocery store parking lot and then the recycling depot.
- Thursday if the weather is nice we’ll go to the playground by our house and watch the children.
- Friday we are going to hang out at the front of the house again and try and catch the school kids walking home.
- Saturday we are going to a puppy class.
- Sunday we’ll probably try and find more people to meet or do whatever Amanda suggests at the puppy class. :)
Does Anything Else Matter?
The inaugural DOG FILM FESTIVAL that my Radio Pet Lady Network produced last weekend in New York City was a rousing success. What had been a crazy idea amazed me by taking wing – with the New York Times devoting half a page in the Weekend Arts section to the festival, Time Out magazine picking it as their top feature for the weekend, and Good Day New York on Fox News welcoming me and a few adoptable puppies from our beneficiary, Bideawee.
People and their dogs braved semi-hurricane conditions to crowd into the Festival kick-off Pooch Party on the Friday night and got great enjoyment simply from being surrounded by other dogs and dog-lovers, along with a creative doggy fashion show. The movies I had chosen for the program felt different when seen in a huge theater surrounded by devoted dog lovers: I could feel their joy and tears as they were moved by the films. It reminded me of the various ways that dogs are important in our lives and how deeply moving it is to see the remarkable bond between us depicted in films.
Halo was my presenting sponsor, along with VCA Hospitals, so it was natural for me to include some of the marvelous films Halo has created to tell the story of what matters most to this philanthropic company: shelters and the animals and people who care for them. I picked one of the Halo films made by director Peter Mcevilley – “Le Sauvetage” – which is so witty in having the rescued performing Olate dogs “speak” their thoughts about humans and how much time and effort it requires to look after them. The dogs plot to bring together two lonely humans.
Even though the film has been on YouTube for some time many of the festival-goers seemed not to be familiar with it. It felt great to hear their laughter as they heard the dogs expressing the same doubts and concerns about “adopting a human” as people often do about dogs – and realizing that any qualms we’ve had about adding a particular dog to our lives always seem fairly ridiculous in hindsight.
My favorite comment about the film festival was someone who said she really appreciated the foreign films in the Festival – Iran, Spain, and especially the French one, “Le Sauvetage.” Those of you who have heard my interview with director Peter Mcevilley on my radio show “Dog Talk” know that he is far from French himself and the movie is a tongue-in-cheek homage to French films! The magic of the movies!
Halo and I are planning now taking the Dog Film Festival around the country, so if you live in a city and would like to help us bring the fun to your town, get in touch with me at TheDogFilmFestival@gmail.com.
Tracie Hotchner is the author of THE DOG BIBLE: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know and THE CAT BIBLE: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know.
She is also a renowned pet radio host and producer, having spent 7 years on the Martha Stewart Channel of Sirius/XM with CAT CHAT® and even longer with her award-winning NPR radio show DOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!) that continues to broadcast in the Hamptons and the Berkshires. Her most recent accomplishment is the pet talk radio network she has created on the Internet called The Radio Pet Lady Network.