Guilty As Charged

As part of a family with multiple dogs and cats, I can vouch for this! Until next time, Good day, and good dog! Dog Blog

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Happy Love Day!

Happy Valentine's Day from Bubby and Bean!

From all of us here at Bubby and Bean, Happy Love Day!

I know this day isn’t for everyone, and I get that – it’s admittedly very commercial, it often excludes those not in relationships, and love should be celebrated everyday, not just reserved for one day. But I personally am, and always have been, a fan. It’s never been about romance for me. In my mind, the ideals that surround Valentine’s Day – kindness, friendship, compassion, generosity, and good old fashioned love – deserve to be celebrated. I also adore seeing my little ones get so excited to make cards for their friends and family and to learn more about the importance of loving and being loved.

I said this last year too, but it may be even more relevant today: I hope that the love that is shared and felt on this Valentine’s Day spreads abundantly throughout our country and the world, where I think we can all agree, it is very much needed. Happy Love Day, friends. I love all of you!


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Pig Ears For Dogs

Just like humans, pets deserve a special treat every so often, and times like these call for dog owners to go out of their way to do something their dogs will love. Surprises of this nature go a long way in showing your canine companion that you appreciate them for all the unconditional love they give you.
Dog owners have all …
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When A Dog Is Ready To Whelp

Is your dog about to give birth? Read this blog for some answers to common questions about whelping.
The first thing to do is talk to your vet. It is important to understand the potential risks and be able to identify signs of complications. Ideally, your vet has been checking on your dog throughout the pregnancy. The vet will talk to …
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Why Dogs Sleep So Much

Does it seem like your pup is sleeping all the time? It’s not just your imagination. Dogs spend a good part of their life sleeping because that’s how they’re genetically designed. In fact, the time to worry is when your dog isn’t sleeping as much as he used to. Changes in sleeping patterns can indicate a problem—whether that means a …
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We have come to love each other

poet snuggle

I must admit that I never really new sighthounds other than retired racing greyhounds until these past few months.  I knew that Jenna had a special relationship with Zoom, her cream and white whippet, and when we moved in together, she had just brought in a brindle and white whippet puppet.

I figured that the puppy would wind up being her dog, and although I was quite aware that whippets were quite trainable dogs, I never really thought I’d become attached to one.

As Poet has matured, though, he and I have drawn closer to each other. It was he who made the first mood.  A few months ago, he just sort of declared in his subtle sighthound ways that he was my dog, end of discussion.

And I’ve accepted the arrangement. I have found him to be as biddable as any golden retriever, and I have trained him to sit, heel, lie down, stand, and speak. He fetches the ball like a demon, which is to be expected. His father is a Frisbee nut.

He likes to go with me everywhere, and because he’s smaller and innocuous, I generally don’t have a lot of trouble taking him places.  He is genteel and kind, but he is not demonstrative with strangers.

Through one family line I trace to the rugged counties of Lancashire and Yorkshire, the same counties that spawned the modern whippet as a rag racer. I suspect my Quaker ancestors in that part of the world may have had little greyhounds much like whippets, perhaps to fill the pot with rabbit stew on cold winter nights.

So we are now attached to each other. I have a nice little whippet with a show and coursing career ahead of him, and I now know the full appeal of this breed. Once they choose their person, you are it.  No one else really matters.

And that is strange and moving feeling, especially when you’re used to golden retrievers that are so socially open.

Poet is my little boy. My little whip. And I am his person.



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6 Delicious Vegetarian Game Day Recipes

5 Delicious Vegetarian Game Day Recipes

I’m just going to come right out and say it: I don’t like Football. I think it’s super boring. This doesn’t mean I haven’t tried, because trust me, I have. I even had a brief stint as a varsity football cheerleader in high school. My husband likes football. Plenty of my friends like it. I just don’t.

That said, I freaking love Super Bowl Sunday. It’s basically a holiday in our house. Every year, my husband gets a break from the band’s winter tour where he arrives home on Super Bowl Sunday, and our little family spends the day together just hanging out, cooking, eating, watching the Puppy Bowl (the best), and watching the game. (Okay, so I don’t watch outside of the Half Time Show and commercials. But still.) And the very best part of it is the food. It’s one day I actually really love to cook (because let’s face it, it’s pretty much just all snacks).

Not everything we serve on Game Day is vegetarian, but since I’m veg, I mostly make veg foods. And since the Super Bowl is this Sunday, today I thought I’d share some of my favorite vegetarian Big Game recipes with you guys. Just click on the images or links directly below them to access the full recipes!

Vegan, Plant-Based Nachos, 3 Ways
Guacamole and Black Bean Pizza (via Bubby and Bean)

What are you doing for Game Day? Are you a football fan or on Team Food + Half Time Show like me?


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7 Tips to Keep Your Dog Safe at a Super Bowl Party

Sunday, as most of you know, is the Super Bowl or, as apparently we’re now supposed to say, “the big game.” For many of you, that means Super Bowl parties. For all the fun of a…

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How I’m Going Easy On My Skin in the New Year

I’ve partnered with the Dove team to share with all of you how I’m going easy on my skin in the New Year.

Those of you who have been reading here for a while know that I am not normally a fan of New Year’s resolutions for myself. It’s interesting, because my personality screams “New Year’s Resolution Lover!” I enjoy a good challenge (a few weeks ago I completed a 100 day fitness challenge), I am naturally a planner (even though I try to be spontaneous to pretend I’m cool), and I truly love to set goals that help me to be the best version of myself. But there is something about the pressure of coming up with a resolution at the start of every new year that leaves me feeling incredibly anxious, and if I do set a resolution and it doesn’t pan out, I end up feeling disappointed. I decided years ago that New Year’s resolutions just aren’t for me.

That said, this year I vowed to approach the new year a little differently. Since I tend to be naturally hard on myself, and I have a strong feeling that’s the main reason New Year’s resolutions create anxiety for me, I thought to myself, “what if your resolution is to be easier on yourself?” It’s the simplest concept really, but I think sometimes it can be difficult to grasp. So I came up with a list of ways I’m going easy on myself – from practicing self-compassion to allowing myself a lot more breaks – and I’ll share more about all of that with you soon. I also decided to go easy on myself beyond the abstract, with my physical self as well – starting with my skin. I’m excited to be partnering with Dove to share how I’m doing just that.

Despite the advice of every dermatologist and aesthetician I’ve ever seen, I’ve always been rough on my skin. It doesn’t matter how many times I repeat “gentle is better,” I constantly find myself using products that harshly exfoliate, dry my skin out, and, ultimately, cause damage. So in my efforts to go easy on my skin as part of my 2019 resolution, I decided I needed to be gentle with my microbiome. Never heard of your microbiome? I hadn’t either, but it turns out it’s pretty important. The microbiome is the skin’s living protective layer and a balanced diverse skin microbiome serves an important role in keeping skin healthy, moisturized, and resilient. It turns out that I’ve been as harsh on my microbiome as I’ve been on myself.

To maintain a balanced skin microbiome, you need to be gentle on your skin. I knew that meant I needed to change the harsh products I was using to wash and exfoliate my skin. Dove Body Wash microbiome gentle, so it made perfect sense to give it a try. And guys, I am so glad I did. I picked up a bottle of Dove Gentle Exfoliating Body Wash, and after just one wash my skin felt smooth and soft. I love that the scent is refreshing but mild, and that the exfoliating beads are effective without feeling like I’m sand blasting my skin. My skin feels nurtured, instead of abused, and I understand why: Dove is the #1 dermatologist recommended body wash, made with 100% gentle cleansers, free of sulfates and pH balanced. It works with my skin, instead of against it. No body wash is gentler to skin than Dove.

Honestly, the softness and smoothness of my skin after going easy on it with Dove Body Wash is almost like a metaphor for how I feel – body, mind, and spirit – now that I’m going easy on myself in general. Instead of entering the new year feeling and looking stressed, it’s like a weight has been lifted in many ways. And that’s pretty great. I love my Dove Gentle Exfoliating Body Wash, but I’m also looking forward to trying out Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash and Dove Sensitive Skin Body Wash. If you’re looking to go easy on your skin and cleanse without stripping away its healthy, nourished qualities, give one of these body washes a try. You’ll be glad you did! Dove Body Wash is sold at mass, food and drug retailers nationwide with a suggested retail price of $ 5.99/22 fl. oz.

Will you be going easy on yourself this year? Do you have any New Year’s resolutions?


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Reliving My Childhood Snow Days

Reliving My Childhood Snow Days

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There are countless things about having little kids that make me feel profound levels of gratitude and excitement (and lots that make me feel like pounding my head against a brick wall too, but that’s a whole separate post). It’s so much fun to see them just live life, and it’s also pretty wonderful getting to relive favorite parts of my own childhood through them. From holiday traditions to exploring new places to the simplest everyday discoveries, my own childhood memories are unearthed just by watching their experiences. And one of the greatest of these experiences is a good old fashioned snow day.

Now you guys know quite well that winter is not my favorite time of year, and this goes all the way back to the days of my youth. But there was something about playing in the snow that brought a hidden love for winter to the surface for me, and I had my coat and snow boots on pretty much the second the first snowflake hit the ground. It wasn’t just playing in the snow itself that defined snow days for me though. It was everything from watching the snow begin to fall to getting bundled up and immersing myself in play (from snowball fights to making snow people to snow angels to sledding) to coming inside to cozy up after being in the cold. I remembering stripping off my wet boots and snow clothes, getting under cozy blankets, and enjoying bowls of hot soup my mom or dad would make for me. Sometimes getting warmed up was the best part of all.

The winter berry doesn’t fall far from the tree (see what I did there?) with my little ones, and their reactions to snow days are nearly identical to mine. When they wake up to snow on the ground, it’s like a fire has been ignited inside them. It’s genuinely incredible seeing the joy they get out of playing in the snow, and how something so simple creates such delight. And just like me as a child, the best part of a snow day for them is coming in to warm up. Sometimes we light a fire in the fireplace and put on movies. Sometimes we get in our pajamas and snuggle under blankets and listen to music. But we always eat warm bowls of delicious Idahoan® Steakhouse® Soups.

When I was a kid, potato soup practically defined getting warm after a day of playing in the snow, so whipping up Idahoan Steakhouse Creamy Potato soup for my little ones (and myself!) is a big part of remembering my own childhood snow days. And lucky for me, Idahoan Steakhouse Soups make it so we can enjoy delicious, slow-cooked flavor (that reminds me of my favorite restaurant soups) that bring true comfort, with very little effort. I just add water, then heat and simmer for a few minutes, pour into bowls, and we’re all comfy, warm, and satisfied. The best.

I recently asked my 5 year old daughter to tell me what she loved most about winter. (She’s a summer girl like me and we’re working on expressing gratitude every single day, no matter what the circumstances.) Her top answer (followed by Christmas, of course) was snow days. I asked her what she liked the most about snow days, and she said “snowball fights, building snowmen, and coming in to get cozy warm with movies and soup.” For a second, when I looked into her eyes, I was my mother, asking my childhood self the same questions. It was weird and wonderful, and I’m so grateful for it.

Whether you want to relive your own childhood snow day memories or just enjoy a delicious bowl of creamy, hearty soup this winter (in a matter of minutes!), go grab yourself some Idahoan Steakhouse Soups. In addition to Creamy Potato (our favorite), they’re available in Loaded Potato, Cheddar Broccoli, and Cheddar Potato.

What are your favorite childhood snow day memories?


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