Win a Brentwood Home Pet Bed ($200 value!)

Everyone in the family deserves a comfortable place to rest including our furry friends! I teamed up with the folks at Brentwood Home for this awesome giveaway featuring their luxury orthopedic pet…

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The best Halloween interspecies costumes …ever

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A Magical, Ethereal Maternity Shoot

Back in February, I featured a seriously stunning bridal shoot by a photographer named Rebecca Carroll. They were genuinely some of the most gorgeous bridal photographs I’d ever seen, so when I saw that Rebecca had submitted a maternity shoot to us, I couldn’t wait to see it. Let’s just say I wasn’t disappointed, guys. The level of visual magic she incorporated into these photos is truly epic. What an incredible project this mama to be will be able to show her little one someday!

I asked Rebecca to share a little about her vision for the shoot. “Lacey is a beautiful mother to be from Sooke, BC on the west coast of Canada,” Rebecca explained. “We decided to go with a very ethereal style for her maternity session. We shot at Cedar Haven amongst the giant trees and ferns. Franziska Castioni from Charming Decor let me borrow some things to beautify the scene, and made a flower crown for us. Erin Bradley did her makeup and hair all outside in nature. We had a fantastic time playing dress up in the woods with smoke grenades and thrones. Lacey is expecting a baby boy with her partner Thor soon!”

I love everything about that. And I’m excited to share some of my personal favorites from the shoot in this post. Enjoy!

Photography: Rivkah Photography by Rebecca Carroll  //  Model: Lacey Jones  //  Hair and Makeup: Beauty and Style by Erin Bradley  //  Design and Decor, Floral: Franziska Castioni at Charming Decor Event Design  //  Venue: Cedar Haven Weddings

You can view more of Rebecca’s stunning work on her website, Facebook, and Instagram.


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Noticeable Results: Critical Care for Animal Angels, Inc. Donation Report

Critical Care for Animal Angels (CCAA)

Critical Care for Animal Angels (CCAA) is a 501(c)3 non-profit volunteer-based organization dedicated to rescuing primarily homeless, injured or sick dogs from high-kill shelters in Georgia. They operate through a network of foster homes in the Middle Georgia area and their efforts are funded by tax-deductible contributions from kind-hearted people and organizations who care just as much as they do about making a difference.

Halo is proud to partner with and to achieve noticeable results for shelter pets together.

Here’s what CCAA had to say about a recent Halo Pets donation:

Critical Care for Animal Angels (CCAA) “Brutus came to us emaciated and shredded after being used as a bait dog in Fort Valley Georgia. Once we got him cleaned and stitched up, we immediately started trying to put weight on him. Now, his wounds are healed, his weight is perfect and his coat is beautiful. He is now healthy enough to withstand heartworm treatment and training to be adopted.”


Thank you Critical Care for Animal Angels, Inc. for making a noticeable difference for pets in your community.

When you choose Halo pet food, made from natural, whole food ingredients, your pet won’t be the only one with a radiant coat, clear eyes and renewed energy. Halo feeds it forward, donating over 1.5 million meals annually. As always, Halo will donate a bowl to a shelter every time YOU buy.


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Weekend Warriors: 6 Ideas for Rewarding Kids with Active Playtime

Now that the school year is fully in progress (it has been six weeks since Essley started preschool and she is smitten with it, by the way), the weather is cooling off, and it’s getting dark earlier, it’s been a little more challenging to make sure Essley is spending enough time playing outside. It’s really important to us to encourage her to be active, but with available outdoor time becoming increasingly scarce during the week, we’ve had to get creative. One thing we’ve found to be incredibly successful (and fun for all of us!) is to reward Essley with weekend adventures to which she can look forward all week – all involving places that allow her to free-play outside. In exchange for doing a great job at school and participating in her other lessons during the week, she gets to do something exciting on the weekends that involves active outdoor time. (It’s a win win for all of us!) Today I’m going to share some of our favorite ways to keep the kids healthy and thriving all year long by planning creative weekend activities that work throughout the seasons and despite busy schedules during the week.

1. Visit a pumpkin farm or apple orchard. This is a favorite of ours (as you can see from all the pictures in this post!), and such a great way to organically encourage outdoor play by taking advantage of a seasonal activity. We hit up a fall-themed place like this almost every weekend in October, and Essley looks forward to it all week. She loves exploring and running around, so it’s an automatic physical activity that is enjoyable for all of us.

2. Go on a leaf hunt. This is actually something that was suggested by Essley’s school, and we’ve had so much fun with it. They have a sensory table in their classroom and the teachers encouraged the students to find and bring in leaves for it. It’s an easy (and free!) way for the whole family to participate in an active outdoor adventure together. It could also easily be modified for different times of the year (in the winter look for sticks or rocks to use in building in a snowman, in the spring look for budding flowers and snap photos of them, etc.). If you have a big yard, you can also take this a step further and rake lead piles to jump in. The best!

3. Have a simple fall (or even winter) picnic. This is another favorite of ours. There’s no need to pack an elaborate lunch like you might do in the summertime either – just bundle up, throw a big blanket in a bag along with some healthy snacks (we like apples, string cheese, and CLIF Kid Zbars) and water, and head out for your favorite park, forest preserve, or outdoor place of play. CLIF Kid Zbars are a particularly great choice because they’re made with organic ingredients, they’re non-GMO, they contain all sort of important nutrients for active kids, they have no high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors, or synthetic preservatives, and they come in flavors kids love. We also feel good buying them because we like what they stand for. CLIF Kid is dedicated to reclaiming play all year long, by encouraging boys and girls everywhere to get back outside, push their boundaries and feed their adventures. Pretty great, right? (You guys have to watch this awesome video they put together too.)

4. Go day camping. We’ve done this at forest preserves and nature areas but you can just as easily do it in your backyard. Spend an afternoon together as a family collecting sticks for a campfire (and use it to make hot cider!), having a camp-themed sing-a-long (bonus active points for incorporating a dance party), and playing outdoor games. If you’re not as into the camping theme, just make it an outdoor daytime party instead.

5. Run. Fall is the season of races. My husband usually runs the Chicago Marathon this month (this year he did a half marathon instead with another coming up in a few weeks), and I love to have fun with shorter fall races like 5Ks and turkey trots. Essley gets so excited about these races, so we’ll go for short runs as a family with Emmett in the jogging stroller and Essley running along side us. Usually these are just to the park and back, but it’s great motivation for her to pretend we’re running real races like daddy does. If your kids are a little older, sign up for an actual race! There are endless options this time of year for types of races, distances, etc. And what kid doesn’t like to get a medal?

6. Go on a hike. Depending on where you live, summer hiking can be miserably hot, so take advantage of cooler temperatures during the school year and go on a family hike. When I was growing up, my dad would call these “nature walks” and my sister and I thought they were the greatest of adventures. We’d bring boxes and collect cool rocks and other goodies we’ve find along the way, and just run, play, and explore.

I hope these ideas help inspire you to participate in fun outdoor playtime adventures with your kids during the school year. We’ve found that treating them as rewards for their hard work during the week is especially encouraging (and they genuinely feel like rewards for our work weeks too!).  I’d love to hear about any activities (with or without little ones) that you enjoy in the fall (and beyond) that promote being physically active as well.

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My Favorite Fall Posts

DIY Tutorial: Chic Painted Fall Pumpkins // Bubby and Bean

10 Great Halloween DIY Projects via Bubby and Bean

Fall Picnic Ideas (via Bubby and Bean)

The Perfect Fall Corn Chowder (via Bubby and Bean)

10 Great Creative Carved Pumpkin Ideas (via Bubby and Bean)

Aside from our annual year-end round-ups, we very rarely re-share posts around here. But the other night I got lost looking back through the archives and felt inspired by some of the autumn-themed content from past years. So today I’m sharing some of my all-time favorite fall posts with you guys. Just click on the images or text links above to see each of the posts in full. I hope they inspire you as well!


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Fido + Fluffy’s Freebie Friday Goes Wading

In just a few days, I’m off to New York City for a quick trip–so first it was time for a doggie day trip! The temperatures remain in the 90s here so we decided it was time for another…

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Bag dog

A wire-haired dachshund puppy with his own transportation.

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Spaniel meets thylacine

thylacine meets spaniel

I’ve seen this photo several times, but every time I’ve seen it, the left-hand side was always cut off.

Now that I see the full photo, you can see what was going here.

Someone wanted to introduce his spaniel (an English springer, by my estimation) to a captive thylacine.

I guess this would be the equivalent of a human meeting a Klingon or a Vulcan for the first time.

“You’re similar, but you’re not the same!”




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What Does it Look Like When a Dog Vomits?

Dog sleeping

This is a quick “Vomit 101” so you can be aware and prepared for what happens when a dog throws up. (If you have my book The Dog Bible: Everything You Dog Wants You to Know then you probably don’t panic if your dog throws up because you can check for reassurance about the warning signs around vomiting that requires medical intervention).

In my next blogs I‘ll cover the signs of serious kinds of vomiting – those that mean you need to make an appointment with the veterinarian for the following day or those that mean beat feet right to an animal emergency center.

This is a simple description of the progression of normal vomiting for those who have not yet had the delightful experience of that moment when a dog is about to upchuck.

1) Sometimes vomiting is preceded (and actually stimulated) by your dog eating a lot of of grass if he has access to it – or even trying to eat a decorative houseplant. Often something is bothering his stomach and his instinct is to further irritate his stomach with plant matter to trigger the vomiting mechanism.

2) He may be drooling saliva.

3) The dog sits down in an upright sitting position, perhaps more rigid than his usual sitting posture, and his sides start heaving.

4) Often there can be saliva coming out of his mouth.

5) I can swear that at this “preparatory stage” of puking my own dogs look nauseated, with their lips sort of pulled back.

6) There can be a “washing machine” sort of sound from their stomachs as they are heaving their sides like a bellows – with increasing vigor.

7) And then all at once Oopsie Daisy! There’s a pile of puke on the floor (in my house when the mood strikes the dogs to throw up they always seem to prefer to get it on a nice carpet).

8) Sometimes everything in their stomachs will come up, or if their stomach is empty then they will bring up a foamy greenish-yellow liquid that is stomach bile.

It’s actually quite natural for dogs to vomit if their stomachs are irritated. In the vomit you may see the grass they might have ingested as part of the “need to throw up” instinct, or bits of something they were chewing on that became irritating (pieces of bone, stick, or rawhide).

You should pick up the water bowl and not offer any food for about an hour, just to make sure his stomach has settled down.

Generally speaking, if your dog throws up once and then goes his merry way, he has thrown up something that was irritating his stomach he’ll feel better pretty much right away. Once throw up, the drama is over! This kind of vomiting is not a cause for alarm because the dog’s body has gotten rid of the problem and solved it.

Stay tuned next week for signs and symptoms of vomiting that requires medical attention.



Tracie began her career as a radio personality with a live show – DOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!) – on the local NPR station in the Hamptons, Peconic Public Broadcasting (WPPB) from Southampton, New York (the show is now also carried on the NPR station Robinhood Radio in Connecticut and the Berkshires). DOG TALK® won a Gracie® Award (the radio equivalent of an Oscar) in 2010 as the “Best entertainment and information program on local public radio” and continues weekly after more than 450 continuous shows and 9 years on the air. Tracie’s live weekly call-in show CAT CHAT® was on SiriusXM satellite radio for seven years until the Martha Stewart channel was canceled in 2013.

Tracie lives in Vermont where the Radio Pet Lady Network studio is based, on 13 acres well-used by her all-girl pack – two lovely, lively Weimaraners, Maisie and Wanda, and a Collie-mix, Jazzy.

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