Brush Up: Doggy Dental Health

 {February 1st, 2013 | Collar from Walmart}
Did you know – February is Pet Dental Health Month, and 80% of dogs develop some degree of periodontal disease by age 3, which in most cases results in a high vet bill for a root canal, dental cleaning and/or having teeth pulled? Do you have a dental routine with your dog?
I buy Jack's toothbrush (I change it every month) and toothpaste (Vanilla Mint - I tried Chicken flavor before, but it really made his breath stink) from his vet.
{bow tie dog collar from Happy Tails Dog Company}

Routine: Each night before I go to bed I sit down on the kitchen floor and say “Jack, come brush your teeth”. He comes running into the room and jumps on my lap.
{My nail polish is Zoya 'Dot'}

Jack recently had his yearly vet checkup and the vet said, “Wow, Jack has no tartar”. As a puppy parent this was music to my ears, and a few hundred dollars that remained in my pocket.
{better look at Jack's Happy Tails Dog Company bow tie collar}


While I have my own dental care routine with Jack, if you don’t have one I highly recommend that you speak to your vet

Pralines

While visiting New Orleans a couple years ago I fell in love with the culture and the food especially the pralines. This weekend I tried to recreate one of my favorite Nola pralines, while it’s not the same I am pleased with the result and thought I would share it with you.
Pralines
Ingredients
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
¼ cup heavy cream
½ cup sugar
1 cup + 2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
1 cup pecan pieces.  

Directions
1. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside.
2. In medium saucepan over low heat, melt butter. 
3. Add heavy cream and both sugars.
4. Continue cooking until sugars dissolve.
5. Increase heat to medium and simmer until reaches 240 degrees, stirring occasionally to prevent burning. If mixture begins to crystallize add 2 more tablespoons of the cream.
6. Add the pecans and remove from heat.
7. Spoon praline mixture onto prepared baking sheets. 
8. Allow to cool at least 30 minutes before transferring to an airtight container.

Inner Picasso

This spring, fashion and art come together with gorgeous brushstrokes that allow you to release your inner Picasso with watercolor print dresses in breezy fabrics. My favorite is the Bowden dress from Kate Spade that features vibrant watercolor floral prints that were inspired by trips to Paris and afternoons spent strolling through gardens. I recently had the privilege of working with Adaline a aspiring fashion illustrator who did a fabulous job recreating my favorite watercolor print dress. Check out Adaline's Instagram or Blog for more fashion inspired illustrations.


{How gorgeous is this illustration!}

Dog Toys Benefiting Autism Research


{Bow-Tie collar gifted from my mum}
A dog can never have too many toys especially when they’re toys that can Make-A-Difference. Furry & Fabulous released a line of dog toys that teens with Autism designed and let me tell you they’re not only adorable, but some of Jack’s favorite toys.
The Autism Collection was created by the participants of Pride Paws, which provides job training to young adults with developmental disabilities. 10% of the sales from each toy in the collection will be donated to prideventuresinc.org for the continued success of Pride Paws and autismspeaks.org for research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism.








Maple Bacon Popcorn

There is no better way to enjoy the Olympics than with a big bowl of popcorn, and this weekend I took it to a whole new level with maple bacon popcorn.


Maple Bacon Popcorn
Ingredients
5 slices of bacon
1/4 cup (or a little less) maple syrup
1/2 cup popping corn
3 tablespoons sugar
dash of salt

Directions
1. Pan fry bacon until crispy, remove from pan and save bacon grease.
2. Crush bacon into itty bitty pieces.
3. Put the bacon in a bowl and toss with maple syrup.
4. Pour bacon grease into a large saucepan and heat over medium heat.
5. Add popping corn.
6. Sprinkle with sugar and salt over kernels.
7. Add lid.
8. Continually shake pot whole holding the lid down until popping begins.
9. Continue to shake until popping corn has slowed.
10. Pour popped corn into serving bowl.
11. Drizzle with bacon/syrup mixture toss and enjoy!

NYFW Fall 2014: Favorite Hair & Beauty

{dewy face with blush tone lips}

New York Fashion Week Fall 2014 has come and gone, and I thought I would share with you some of my favorite trends from braids, matte nails, pastel shadows, half moon manicures, and blush tone lips to name a few.
{bold lashes with vampy lips}
 {braided bun}
 {complex wrap around braid}
{tousled sock bun}
 {tasseled half bun/ponuytail

{crown braid}
 {neutral & barely there pink}
 {reverse half moon manicure}
 {gold foil}
 {new take on the french manicure}
{dotted half moon}

DIY: Valentine's Dog Toy

It's no secret DIY projects are my favorite and lately I have been making Jack plenty of toys including this no sew fleece heart toy (made just like the no sew tie blankets). It's a quick and easy project that your pup is sure to love!




No Sew Heart Dog Toy
• Fleece (depends on how big or small you want your heart)
• Fabric scissors
• Poly-Fil Stuffing
• Pen
• Heart stencil (or freehand)

Step 1: Stack two layers of fleece on a flat surface and trace a heart shape with a pen.
Step 2: Keeping the two layers stacked, cut a squareabout 2 or 3 inches around the outside of the heart (you want enough length to double tie your knots).
Step 3: Cut two slits on the edge of the heart (Jack's was about the width of my thumb.
Step 4: Tie a knot in the top and bottom pieces. Double knot it to make sure it's secure.
Step 5: Repeat steps 3 and 4 until you have 80% of the heart tied.
Step 6: With the small hole remaining fill the heart with the Poly-Fil or you can use your extra fleece as stuffing.
Step 7: Continue cutting and tying until the heart is completed.
Step 8: Trim the edges and start playing.

Always supervise your pet during playtime. This toy is not for rough chewing.

Copycat Godiva Fruit Skewer

I was recently walking around the mall and noticed Godiva had an amazing looking dark chocolate fruit skewer in the window. I recreated the treat this weekend and it was everything I had hoped for. All you need is strawberries, bananas, skewers and dark chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life 69% Cacao Dark Chocolate Morsels). The perfect treat for Valentine’s Day indulgence.
 {To keep the bananas from browning I soaked them in 7UP}

DIY: Heart Pillar Candle

When February arrives all I can think about is; hearts and varies shades of pink. I combined my love for both to create this simple heart pillar candle. All you need is candles (I bought them from the dollar store), heart shaped cookie cutters and a wick.
Step 1: Select the colors you'll be using.
 Step 2: Place in a pot filled with water and allow to boil until wax melts.
 Step 3: Pour into cookie cutter molds.
 Step 4: Freeze to harden wax, and pop it out of the mold.
 Step 5: Place a hole in the center of each heart (I used wire).
 Step 6: Insert the wick into your first one and pour on some white wax.
Step 7: Continue to add wax to each heart and stack until you reach the top.

Step 8: Trim your wick, light and enjoy!