How To: Bounce Back from Holiday Overindulgence

I have a sneaking suspicion that I’m not the only one who indulged over the holidays. If you’re feeling ready to flush out some of that overindulgence from the last few days, here are a few things you can do.  

1. Drink lots of water. 
2. Eat raw fruits and veggies. 
3. Get your pilates or yoga on.

Two Thousand Fourteen

I hope everyone has a fantastic New Year and I look forward to sharing more of the little things in 2015 with you! Especially the changes coming to the blog in the New Year! See you in the New Year!








Christmas Through Jack's Eyes

Everyone seems to be talking about this thing called Christmas. Here are a few things my fellow fur friends should know about this holiday.

1. For whatever reason, humans bring a tree inside. They put lights on it and decorations. Don’t even think about going potty on it – you will get in trouble.

2. Give in if your human feels the need to dress you in obnoxious sweaters or antlers. Apparently this is “cute”.

3. Don’t eat the decorations, not even little licks are allowed.

4. Do not under any circumstance dig at the boxes under the tree. Even if it has your name on the box it’s not time to open it yet.

5. Humans are extra this time of year so kisses and tail wags will result in extra treats!

Holiday Date Ideas

Between visiting Santa, trips the zoo to see the lights, decorating gingerbread houses and Christmas movie marathons it’s safe to say I’m officially in the holiday spirit. So I thought this brought the perfect opportunity for me to share my favorite holiday date ideas:

• Go for a horse drawn carriage rides
• Decorate a gingerbread house
• Check out some Christmas lights
• Go ice skating downtown
• Bake and decorate sugar cookies together
• Snuggle up and have a Christmas movie marathon
• Go see a play, musical or ballet (I want to see Wicked)
• Make ornaments together
• Take a winter wonderland walk

Cranberry Orange Cake

This weekend a friend invited me over for brunch. Instead of bringing one of my go-to dishes (overnight baked French toast) I decided to bring a holiday themed dessert. I used my mums cranberry orange cake recipe, but instead of using sour cream I used yogurt to give it more of a moist coffee cake texture instead of a cakey texture.
Cranberry Orange Cake
Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups flour 
2 teaspoons baking powder 
pinch of salt 
1 cup sour cream or yogurt 
1 cup sugar 
3 large eggs 
zest of one orange 
juice of an orange
1/2 cup butter 
1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries    

For the Icing: 

1 cup powdered sugar
2 - 3 tablespoons milk or orange juice   

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Spray a bundt pan with cooking spray.
3. Cream together butter and sugar about 5 minutes.  
4. Add eggs one at a time and mix in until incorporated.
5. Add the orange juice and zest; mix to incorporated
6. Add the sour cream, mix to incorporated
7. Add the flour, salt and baking powder.
8. When this is all mixed together stir in the cranberries
9. Bake for 40 - 50 minutes or until a tester comes out clean.
10. Let pan set for 5 minutes after you take the cake out of the oven.
11. Turn over cake onto a wire rack to cool.
12. Mix up your glaze ingredients and spread on top and sides of cake.

11 Things To Do When You Have The Munchies

Welcome to the time of year when we all want to graze on goodies when we’re not hungry. Here’s 11 ideas to keep us entertained without stuffing our faces:

1. Drink more water
2. Give yourself a manicure
3. Go for a walk
4. Clean out your email
5. Attend a workout class
6. Clean out your purse or wallet
7. Go to the movies with friends
8. Learn how to knit or crochet
9. Organize your closet
10. Clean up photos on your phone
11. Play with your pet

Simple and Festive Last Minute Gift

Christmas is closer than you think, and you never know who might stop over that you need a gift for. Soap is a great last minute or friendship gift (I mean who doesn't need hand soap?) and no brand is more affordable than Softsoap ($1). However if you're giving it as a gift you want to jazz it up so simply remove the labels and add stickers (mine were $1 per sheet from Michaels and  Walmart), an inexpensive gift that looks adorable in a cello bag adorned with a bow.

 {remove the stickiness with GooGone}


Three Dog Bakery: Christmas Cookie Trio

The holiday season is in full swing, which means most of us will be spending a lot of time in the kitchen baking. Of course we will probably have a fur babies at our feet wondering when they'll get a treat, and that's where Three Dog Bakery comes in. Especially for Christmas they have created a line of Christmas Cookie Trio just for the pups in our lives. Featuring Sugrrr Cookie wafers, Ginger-Beg wafers (Jack's favorite) and "No-Bake" carob and oat wafers. Perfect for any dog big or small. Jack will be giving this trio to all his favorite furfriends this holiday season.










11 Traditions To Start With Your Guy

As a child Christmas felt magical, because of all the special things you did only at this time of year – decorating sugar cookies, Christmas stories by the fire…etc. Keep the magic alive by starting some traditions with the guy in your life. Here are 11 ideas.  

1. Go ice skating.
2. Go to a Christmas tree farm and cut down your own.
3. Do a movie-marathon night of your favorite holiday movies, like Elf, Frozen or It’s a Wonderful Life. 
4. Drive around the ritziest neighborhood in your town to look at the fancy houses’ lights.  
5. Buy each other one special ornament each year.
6. Host an annual party for friends with a fun theme (cookie exchange or ugly sweater perhaps). 
7. Make a gingerbread house.
8. Bundle up, drink some hot cocoa and go for a romantic moonlight stroll. 
9. Get a grown-up picture with Santa. 
10. Build a snowman
11. Exchange at least one homemade gift.

How To: Avoid The Winter "10"

Winter has arrived and that means roaring fires, binge-watching movies, snuggle and comfy coat season is in full swing. On the downside, it’s comfort food season. Lots of us fall victim to the “winter 10” and it doesn’t have to be that way.  Here are three tips for surviving the winter: 

1. Keep to your regular exercise schedule. I try to continue to go to my Pilates and Kickboxing classes each week. Too snowy or cold to leave the house? No problem! My Yoga Online and BeachBody DVD’s are great options.    

2. Don’t party hungry. Holiday parties are filled with plenty of hard-to-resist treats, so be sure to load up on fruits and veggies beforehand.  

3. Keep healthy snacks handy. You never know when you might get hungry so having a healthy snack in your purse is key. Things like nuts, nut butters or protein bars are perfect to have on hand.

Holiday Travel Essentials


Christmas is quickly approaching and many of us will be traveling to visit loved ones in other cities and states. The past eight years I have had my fair share of traveling home for the holidays and have discovered four items that I never travel without: a blanket scarf, packable flats that’ll fit in my purse (Talaria are my fav!), Purell (gotta keep the germs away) and chapstick. What are your holiday travel essentials?

Holiday Gift Guide: For the Pooch

Three Dog Bakery Christmas Cookie Trio | $17
Jack’s a pretty trendy pup, so he knows the best gifts for the pooch in your life this holiday season.

Fleece Dog Tug Toys | Starting at $5

  Bowtie Dog Collars | Starting at $24.50

Petco Holiday Long Legged Moose Dog Toy | $10

  The Southern Pup Bowtie Dog Collars | Starting at $35
  VARIO Leash System |Starting at $30
Zaley Designs Collars | Starting at $25

Holiday Gift Guide: For Him

GOPRO Hero | Starting at $200
Guys love gadgets and I have some fabulous gift ideas for the main man in your life.
  TYLT Portable Power Cell Phone Battery Pack | $40


Leatherman Charge Multitool | $180


Holiday Gift Guide: The Hostess

Speak Wines | $25
Finding the right hostess gift can be a challenge, but it's a dignified way of showing gratitude. You don't need to spend a lot to show your appreciation, but here are some of my favorite hostess gifts that’ll make a big impact.

Glycerin Soap Slices | $8
  Bath & Body Works Candles | $22.50
  Monogrammed Hand Towels | Starting at $19
Ornament  | $7

Holiday Gift Guide: For The Kids


Freshly Picked Moccasins | $60
I may not have kids of my own, but I sure do know how to shop for kids. Here are some of my favorite items for the little ones in your life.

  Little Tikes Cozy Coupe | $50

Crayola Play 'n Fold Art Studio | $40


The Elf on the Shelf | $30

  LeapFrog Leap Pad Learning Tablet | $130


Play-Doh Frozen Sparkle Snow Dome | $15

Holiday Gift Guide: For Her

Sequin Camera Strap | $45
Can you believe it's already December, and Christmas is right around the corner? I'm kicking off the first week of the month with holiday gift guides for everyone on your list. Starting today with gift for her, featuring items on my personal wish list.
 BEARPAW Loki Slippers | $55
  Snowflake Necklace | Starting at $26
  Zoya Naturel Deux Collecton | $54
  Stella & Dot Rebel Pendant | $79
Victorias Secret Dreamer Flannel Pajamas | $52


Fashionista Prints from H. Nichols Illustration | Starting at $12