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I love watching this little girl grow. This photo was just taken in early October and she's already a completely different child now. She's running, talking, and has all the best dance moves. She has a favorite stuffed animal, favorite foods and loves to read books. She knows all of her body parts as well as a few animals and what they say.  She knows people's names and can recognize a photo of them on the wall. This child is so bright and so beautiful and there's nothing I love more than being her mom 😍
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I love watching this little...

Anyone else dreaming of summertime yet? Because I am 😂  it's our first winter in Maine in the longest time and I must say I'm very much missing the sunshine and warm weather of California right about now 😭
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Anyone else dreaming of summertime...

Today was a big day. Today, I ended my 19+ months of being "just" a stay-at-home mom and blogger and officially went back to work outside the home. Last month, I officially accepted a position as a Behavioral Health Professional, working with kids with behavioral issues and disabilities and today I had my first full day away from Allie. While I missed her terribly, it was so refreshing to have the opportunity to talk to and work with other adults for the first time in 2.5 years. I’m so incredibly excited for this opportunity and to start making a difference in these families’ lives. HUGE huge thank you to my husband for being the stay-at-home parent this month and another huge thank you to my sisters (@alexvic3179 and @kendalanne4), Zack’s mom (@mbartlett28) and anyone else who may be watching Allie in order to allow me to go back to work and pursue this dream. 😍
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Today was a big day....

Lately, I've become obsessed with the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion. My skin is so acne prone these days and this lotion dries them right up overnight. It's become one of my holy grail beauty products. Check out the blog for five more of my holy grail beauty products! {link in the bio}
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Lately, I've become obsessed with...

Exploring the Old Port today with @autumnbellefleur. I love that all the Christmas decor is still up 😍
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Exploring the Old Port today...

Because sometimes mama needs some alone time 👌🏻😂 after a crazy busy past few days, I’m so happy to be spending this next hour in the tub, enjoying some much needed silence...well, until the munchkin wakes up from her nap and ruins it 😂 #momlife how are you de-stressing from the holidays? •
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Because sometimes mama needs some...

I swear Christmas is 10x more magical when you have little ones 😍  our little family couldn’t have asked for a better Christmas this year👌🏻
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I swear Christmas is 10x...

This is the first Christmas Allie got to leave out cookies and milk for Santa 😍 so excited to have this tradition with her every year! •
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How To Keep Your Dog Happy And Healthy

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How To Keep Your Dog Happy And Healthy

If you’ve been following along for a while now, you know that we’ve been on a very long journey with our dog, Jack. This time last year, this poor dog went through some very extensive training to prepare for the arrival of our daughter. Like many pet owners, we believe that our dog is just as much a member of this family as anyone else so getting rid of him was never an option in our minds. We really needed to create a safe home for our daughter to come into and I couldn’t be more proud of how far this dog has come in such a short amount of time.

Now that Allie is in the picture, we make sure to go the extra mile every single day to make sure our dog is well taken care of (and never forgotten!). Here are five super easy ways to keep your dog happy and healthy in your everyday life.

Take them to the dog park

Before we put Jack in training last spring, a trip to the dog park just wasn’t doable at all. He’d try to eat everyone in sight (not even exaggerating there). But nowadays, a trip to the dog park is much more doable. Here’s still not the biggest fan of other animals and cannot be off leash quite yet. But he’s getting there. For now, it’s just nice to be able to get him out and allow him to wander a bit further from us and explore his surroundings.

If your dog is better behaved, then allowing them to go off leash when possible is so beneficial for them. It allows them to run and exert energy which in turn, will make them much better behaved at home. Not to mention a trip to the dog park can also get them socializing a bit as well. If your dog loves other animals then they may love having another dog to rough house with or at least interact with. Like kids, a park is always a good option for a dog.

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Go for a jog

If your dog isn’t quite ready for the dog park, a nice jog around the neighborhood can be just as good. Jack loves going on strolls through our neighborhood. It allows him to get out and exert some energy without all the distractions of a dog park type of setting. And for a German Shepard, regular exercise is so important for him so we always make it a priority to get him out of the house.

Give them a good grooming

Whether your dog is long haired or short haired, a good grooming can make your dog look and feel a million times better. Since our dog is long haired, it easily takes me a few hours to really brush out any mats he might have and really get his coat looking and feeling good. But it’s always so worth it when I spend that extra time on it.

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Keep their teeth clean

A dog’s teeth can be so easy to forget about sometimes. I’m not sure what it is, but sometimes you just don’t think about them or think that they need to be cleaned. But they do! Their dental hygiene is so important. So don’t forget to focus on this!

Feed them the best

We’ve always been big on feeding Jack only the best dog food. Recently we came across the Purina® Beyond Simply 9 Dog Food at PetSmart and decided to try it out. Jack took to it instantly! He’s been loving it ever since. We also decided to change it up a bit and let him try the Purina® ONE Smartblend True Instinct Adult Dog Food (in Turkey and Venison Tender Cuts in Gravy). We’d never given him wet dog food before so this one was like a little extra treat for him one night.

We choose Purina because they provide complete and balanced diets for pets. Their dog food contains protein, is grain-free and contain natural ingredients. This is a huge win for us as loving pet owners.

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We always shop at PetSmart for everything pet related. They have the widest variety of premium quality Purina products and they’re always at amazing prices. Not to mention, you can physically bring your pet in the store with you! Zack used to bring Jack in with him all the time when he was a puppy and he always loved being able to go in and interact with other dogs.

Currently, PetSmart has some amazing deals going on for pet owners! All these amazing deals start on March 4th so be sure to check out your nearest PetSmart location! To hear more stories about how pet parents are going the extra mile for their pets, be sure to check out the social hub here!

How do you keep your dog happy and healthy?

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