TIPS FOR NEW DOG OWNERS FROM A DOG MOM

TIPS FOR NEW DOG OWNERS FROM A DOG MOM

So, if you’re reading this post then that means that you either just added a new angel into your life, or you already have a little angel and are just here for my tips! Either way, I’m glad you’re here!

Adding a new puppy to your life is something that is super exciting, but also work!

Everyone sees cute little puppies all over the internet, but no one truly understands how difficult is is to own a little one until they are blessed with one! So please make sure that you are 100% certain that this is the route that you are wanting to take!

One of the first things that you want to make sure is on your checklist when you first get your baby is going to be FOOD!

Your angel needs to eat, and you need to make sure that you are only feeding them the food that you feel comfortable feeding them! I personally only feel comfortable feeding Savannah, my puppy, Authority Dog Food because if you look at the ingredients (just like you should for your food too humans!!) it is all natural ingredients, and real food!

You don’t want to feed your dog something that gives them no nutrients or are full of fillers if that is the only food they are eating throughout the day! (Ok, maybe some scraps from my plate too)

Next is TOYS!

I do know some people who don’t get their dog toys, shocking I know, but I think that they are so important!

Wouldn’t you want something to do while your human is out of the house?

I try to steer clear of toys that have a little squeaky inside of them, because I’ve been told that it brings out the natural aggression in dogs, so Savannah isn’t allowed to have anything that squeaks! Otherwise, babygirl has ALL the bones and Kong toys she can get her little paws on.

You will need some TREATS for training!

Potty training is one of the most tiring parts about having a new little angel, especially if they don’t seem to get it at first. Savannah was luckily potty trained by the time we got her, but with Liberty, I would take her outside every two hours at MINIMUM, sometimes more so that she would start to understand that she has to go outside to use the potty.

One thing that has worked in the past for us is putting a bell on the back door and ringing it when they had to go outside. Soon, our dog learned to ring the bell to let us know that he had to go outside! It was a great tip for us.

Set boundaries ASAP, and stick to them!

Dogs need an alpha, or else they will think it is them! If you do not want your dog on the couch/bed, but your partner allows it when you’re not around, you’re only going to confuse the poor pup.

Set your rules and stick to them!

Clean your puppy’s bowls at lease once a week!

I feel like this is something that can go overlooked, but you wouldn’t want to eat out of the same bowl everyday either, right?

Find a GREAT vet in your area that makes both YOU and your pup feel comfortable!

It’s always nice to have a calm, nice place to go to when you do have to take your puppy to the vet, because that is not always a fun time. You then can also trust that they won’t mislead you, or even worse misdiagnose your angel! Read reviews, talk to neighbors, and eventually you’ll find a favorite.

Socialize your puppy!

Take them with you anywhere you can! The more socialization that a dog can get the better! With both people, and other animals. Make them feel comfortable in the car, around others, and playing with other dogs! I can promise you it will make your future life a million times easier having a friendly pup!

TRAINING!

I personally think that training is something so important when it comes to your relationship with your new baby because if you really put in the time to work with your puppy to be on a better understanding of each other, it will really make your life so much easier! The respect that you will get from your puppy will be tremendous and will help you out immensely when you are in real life situations, dealing with other people or dogs around, and you will look like the star dog owner when your pup is listening to you, and nice and trained.

And finally, I am just going to make a list of things that are needed to ensure you and your pup get going on a great start together!

  • Flea/Tick medicine
  • A collar with a tag
  • A crate
  • Stain remover
  • A brush
  • A big fluffy bed
  • Nail clippers (if you plan to do it yourself!)
  • A brush
  • Shampoo (Dog certified shampoo!!)

I’m sure the list could go on, and you will definitely learn as you go, but I hope you enjoyed this quick little basic post on the basics of what you need to start your new life with your perfect angel!

Xx

CAPSUL JEWELRY AND LONG DISTANCE: Why you need this company in your life

Long distance.

Something Zach and I have gone through before when he was deployed to Kuwait for his nine month deployment; however it is something we had to make the decision to do again in order to better our future together.

When Zach got out of the military I told him that I did not want him to leave me alone in Savannah. After all, I had moved here for him, right? So when he got the job offer of our dreams, we made the smart decision to put my pride aside, and do the whole long distance thing again. This time for only 5 months.

I can honestly say, I’ve been struggling.

When Zach was deployed I was still living in Chicago and had my mom and sister to take my mind off of things when I was missing him. Now, I am super thankful to have my best friend Hanna, but our schedules really don’t match up the way we’d like them to.

SO, when Capsul Jewelry came into my life, I didn’t know that something so perfect could exist.

I had Zach write his signature on a piece of paper, I sent in the picture along with my ring size, and other expectations I had of the ring, and a few weeks later I was sent my custom ring so I can wear Zach’s signature with me everywhere and not feel so alone.

They did such a beautiful job, and it feels so personal how custom this jewelry is for me. And it can be for you too!

Now any time I’m missing Zach, I can just look down at my beautiful ring on my finger and remember that this is only temporary, and he is still with me even if we are miles apart.

Capsul Jewelry is female ran, and made in a certified green factory. They use only the highest quality and non-toxic processes and materials.

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AMAZON FALL WISH LIST

Someone needs to take my Amazon account away from me ASAP because I’m about to order every single thing on my Fall Wishlist. *sigh*

Any takers for Venmo or credit card information to buy it for me is GREATLY appreciated!

LOL Just kidding… but not really.

Anyways, I’m sharing some of my Amazon fall faves that I know you’re going to absolutely love! 

Starting with something I’ve actually recently ordered, this tan fall fedora is SO freaking cute and I cannot wait to pair it with SO many fall outfits!

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So cute, right?

Next is this adorable, flowy sleeved black dress that would pair well with SO many accessories, that you can either dress up or down! This dress is perfect too for you ladies in the South who are still experiencing summer temps, or you ladies with fall temps already hitting, this would be PERFECT with a long cardigan or blazer over it!

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This fall I am #Obsessed with orange nail polish! I feel like it’s the new pink nail polish for the season honestly. *shrugs shoulders*

I love OPI nail polishes, and Essie!

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Next up, your skin is your friend, my friends! So lets take care of her! I recently picked up some of this Rose Oil from Trader Joe’s last time I visited Chicago and my skin is literally GLOWING with joy after I apply this each night!

Fall means cooler temps, which means drier skin. Who wants dry skin? no one that’s who.

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Animal print is something I feel will absolutely never go out of style, but this fall I am ALL about the snakeskin booties! They seriously pair so well with so many things, and booties are a perfect way to spice up a fall outfit!

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This cardigan is something I own and always get a million and one compliments on whenever I do wear it! It’s so soft, comfortable and goes with SO many things so I wear it all of the time!

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And there you have it my fall fanatic ladies! Let me know what you thought of this post, and if it was something you may be interested in seeing more of!

I hope you found either something you liked, or something that caught your eye that you will be Amazon Priming to your door ASAP!! LOL

Xx

SQUIRREL’S PIZZA IN SAVANNAH, GA

If you’ve been keeping up with my Instagram lately then you’ll already know that my sister was just in town visiting me before the school year starts!

We had all the fun doing all the things; shopping at all the stores, and eating ALL the fro yo. Along with the fro yo and shopping, we did some new restaurant eats, specifically at Squirrel’s Pizza on Bull Street in Savannah.

We walked into the cozy little eatery on a Saturday night to find ourselves being sat at an instagramable table, under some eye appealing, mood lighting.

We chatted with one of the owners of the restaurant who kindly recommended a delicious Spicy Caprese Salad which consisted of locally sourced spicy peppers, tomatoes, and (drumroll please) homemade mozzarella cheese. (Major heart eyes)

I cannot handle a lot of spice, and this dish had the perfect amount that added a fresh flavor to the other ingredients in the salad. It was fresh, it was delicious, and it was a perfect start to our meal.

We then decided to order The Margaret and I’ll just go ahead and list the ingredients STRAIGHT off the menu so you can get an idea of what this fabulous pizza entails.

Organic Bianca DiNapoli tomatoes, House-made mozzarella, Parmesan, Extra Virgin olive oil, local basil purée and regionally milled non-GMO flour crust

…. is your mouth watering yet?

After being from Chicago and eating nothing but heavy, greasy pizza, this was such an intense refresher on my taste buds.

This pizza melts in your mouth and is by far the best pizza you will find in Savannah, GA, coming from a true Chicago girl herself.

I cannot wait for my next visit to this beautiful establishment to try out even more of its delicious pizzas, but until next time, I can dream.

For the exact address if you want to check it out for yourself, you can find Squirrel’s at:

2218 Bull St, Savannah, GA 31401

Xx

Weekly Healthy Grocery List

One of the hardest things that I feel most people struggle with is grocery shopping and what to get when you make a trip to the grocery store! This post is going to (hopefully!) help you with your next shopping trip!

So I’m just going to share some basics, nothing crazy, but just a typical grocery list for Zach and I on our weekly trips to Publix!

Obviously not everything on this list is bought every single week, but for the most part, this is basically exactly what we eat! (I actually stood with the refrigerator door and pantry doors open while writing this LOL! Enjoy! 🙂

Protein:

  • Ground turkey
  • Spicy Italian sausages
  • Chicken breasts
  • Black beans
  • Garbanzo/chick peas
  • Salmon
  • Tofu
  • Tuna

Veggies/Fruits:

  • Corn
  • Zucchini
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Asparagus
  • Frozen berries
  • Yellow onion
  • Avocado (ALWAYS!!)
  • Spaghetti squash
  • Celery
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Spinach
  • Bananas
  • Bell peppers

Grains:

  • Eziekel grain bread
  • Lentil pasta
  • Quinoa
  • Rolled Oats
  • Granola
  • Bagels
  • English muffins
  • Grain cereal

Dairy:

  • Almond milk (I know NOT dairy but still) or any other non dairy milk
  • Vitamin D Milk
  • Eggs
  • Creamer (Zach’s coffee)
  • Cottage cheese
  • Greek yogurt
  • Non dairy yogurt

Extras:

  • Lara Bars
  • Sauces (for meats)
  • Honey
  • Peanut butter/almond butter/cashew butter
  • Cookie dough
  • Oreos

Xx

22 THINGS I’VE LEARNED THIS YEAR

One year ago I was turning 21 and living my best life at Hangout Fest in the Gulf Shores of Alabama. *sigh*

While turning 21 was an entire month of non-stop party, 21 was also a year of a lot of learning and growing for me.

So with that being said, I’ve matured a lot these past few years and I wanted to share some of my personal insight on little *rules* or, morals if you will, that I’ve started to follow, that I feel have brought me a long way.

So, let’s get started!

  1. ALWAYS wear SPF. Your future self will thank you.
  2. Also, always wash your face! If you can put your makeup on, you can properly take it off.
  3. Never be afraid to speak up
  4. Not everyone knows what they’re doing; in fact, most people don’t
  5. YOU are allowed to do anything you want to do
  6. Always pack snacks
  7. You never owe anyone an explanation. No matter what.
  8. If you don’t want to be around someone, don’t be around them.
  9. ALWAYS stand up for yourself.
  10. Working out really does put you in a better mood
  11. Eat healthy 80% of the time
  12. The other 20% is meant for milkshakes
  13. Your sister, IS your bestie
  14. When you find a good best friend, treat them right.
  15. SCHOOL ALWAYS COMES FIRST
  16. You’re allowed to cry.
  17. Spend extra time cuddling your puppy
  18. Smile
  19. Dress for yourself.
  20. Listen to good music
  21. You can do anything you set your mind to
  22. Be yourself, because there’s no other you.

Xx