Being a Dog Mama- The Coolest Dog on the Block

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The first time we met Pendleton we could tell she was a people person. In the meeting corral at the ASPCA, she stuck to the handler like a loyal friend, crawling into his lap for belly rubs. It didn’t take long after we got her home and settled for her to react the same way with us. Even now, almost 8 years later, she still will crawl into our laps whenever we are sitting on the floor as if she is a small shitzu instead of the 40 lb. German Shepard and Sharpei mix she is. 

Pendleton behaves the same way whenever guests come into our home. She greets unfamiliar faces (and familiar ones) as if they are the greatest things to walk this earth. She will sit down next to them, waiting to be pet. She will lay down at their feet, and follow them into every room. I tease that we “obviously ignore her” because she always seeks so much attention from those she doesn’t even know! She is the same way with those in our neighborhood. She will run up to neighbors as we walk by and she is well-loved by the neighborhood kids for her sweet nature. However, her favorite friends are the neighborhood dogs. Every person in our cul-de-sac has at least one dog, and most have two. If the families are outside we will often let the dogs play together in front of someone’s house. They run, they chase, they tumble. The past few months, however, my husband and I have noticed that Pendleton hasn’t been able to keep up as well as she used to. At first we thought it was her increasing age, but after we made the switch to Iams quality dog food we noticed a marked difference in her energy levels. 

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4 Reasons You Should Have Milk Delivered

There was a day and age where the only way milk made it from the farm to the kitchen table was because your friendly milk man dropped it off in a petite metal bin each morning. In today’s world, milk delivery is often more a luxury than a necessity, but for a busy household you’d be surprised how much you can gain from starting your day with fresh milk delivered directly to your door. 

Today we’ll discover 4 great reasons why you should have your milk delivered!

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Being A Dog Mama – My First Baby is Furry

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Growing up, our family always had a dog. We had two family dogs, Lupo and Scruff, and in college I took in my brother’s dog while he was deployed. As I ventured out on my own as a true adult, I never felt like I could give the time and attention that a pet deserved with my busy schedule. But then I met my husband, and things changed as I moved across the country to be with him. 

The move from my current home in Virginia to California was a huge one. I was going over there blind – I had just graduated college, I had no job, and we had no place to live. Once we were settled in our apartment, I started to get depressed – a disorder I have battled my entire life and that seems to creep up during times of stress. We had lived in California for almost three months and I couldn’t find a job as a teacher. My husband was gone all day (and sometimes all week) for work and I often found myself just sitting around watching crappy reality TV. I was alone, with no friends and no family around. 

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How To Move Cross Country With Kids

While moving across the country as a family unit may not be at the top of anyone’s “most fun things” list, sometimes it is mandatory, due to job relocation, changing family obligations, or military reassignment. We don’t guarantee that your move will be completely seamless, but with the following tips and tricks, it can at least take some of the burden off your plate.

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Taking Control of Your Home Energy

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Energy bills can really be a bummer on your budget. Wasting energy is also incredibly bad for our environment. While you could reduce your energy consumption and energy bills by going off the grid, that’s probably not going to work for most people. Fear not, we have some great tips for taking control of your home energy. 

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10 Ways to Prepare Your Family for Natural Disasters

We all want to keep our families safe and we do our best to prepare for whatever comes our way. Even though meteorologists work hard to predict natural disasters like hurricanes and tornadoes, these storms often strike in unexpected ways, leaving everyone in their wake wanting for basic needs until things can be cleaned up and help can arrive. With some thoughtful preparation, your family can remain safe and taken care of no matter what Mother Nature throws your way. Here are 10 ways to prepare your family for natural disasters.

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Eco-Friendly and Unique Ways to Garden

Even in an urban or suburban setting, you can have an amazing garden in your yard with minimal space. That garden can be eco-friendly and you can reap the benefits of caring for your garden. A garden in a small space like a backyard doesn’t have to be a few potted plants that you forget to water. You can have a garden that is full of life and that contributes to your life, your home and the planet in a positive way.

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5 Ways to Better Organize Your Craft Storage

Many craft projects require purchasing items in bulk or tools that can be used for more than one project. After a few months of DIY projects, those small craft items can easily start to pile up in corners, closets and drawers.

If Pinterest project leftovers are cluttering your space, it is time to start spring cleaning early and organize your crafting stash before taking on your next home project. Here are 5 ways to better organize your craft storage space.

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6 Musts for Achieving a Beautiful Lawn

It wasn’t too long ago that the patriarch in the family was considered the go-to caretaker for all things lawn-related, as it was seen as one of the ways men offset the gendered imbalance present in housework. Many men still enjoy the rigors and pleasures of yard work, but more and more women are getting in the act, too. A beautiful lawn, however, requires more than just a gender-neutral willingness to fire up the lawnmower, work the edger, and dig up dandelions with the fervor of a suburbanite dad. Here are six musts that everyone should get behind on their quest to achieve a beautiful lawn. 

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The Best Flowers For Spring Gardens

Spring is in the air and as the weather turns warmer it is time to start planning what improvements you’d like to make to your yard. Starting with a spring plan will help ensure that your garden is bright and beautiful during the peak summer months.

Traditional spring flowers like tulips, daffodils and crocus are planted in the fall, but if you haven’t planned ahead it’s not too late to create a beautiful spring garden using other options that are best planted after the ground has thawed.

Today we’ll share some easy tips and plant recommendations from experts that you can use to improve your curb appeal and create a beautiful landscape you are proud of. 

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Moments of Marriage – A Letter to My Granddaughter

Wedding season is upon us. Many young women are proudly showing off their beautiful engagement rings and beginning their wedding preparations. It is a time of excitement for brides-to-be, their mothers, and if they’re fortunate enough to still have their grandmothers present, exciting for them as well. For many though, their grandmothers have passed on and it often leaves a void. Many years of wisdom from grandmothers could be shared and unfortunately won’t be.

For this reason, I want to be sure my granddaughter has tidbits of wisdom tucked into her heart, from my heart, before she walks down the aisle. I want her to know, even if I am not there with her physically, that my spirit and the moments of marriage I pass onto her will be remembered for always.

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Shopping More Naturally

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tom’s of Maine for IZEA. All opinions are 100% of Daily Mom.

If you desire a more natural lifestyle for your family, a good place to start is to change the way you shop. When you sit your kids in the shopping cart at your favorite super store like Target, you can make more natural choices for everything on your list. Earth Day (April 22, 2016) is just around the corner so this is the perfect time to make some changes for your family and the planet. We have some great tips to keep in mind if you want to shop more naturally.

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How Olympians Handle Parenthood

Can you imagine the publicity, the rush of adrenaline, the excitement and the terror of competing in the Olympics? That is exactly what Kikkan Randall felt as she became the first ever female to score a World Cup victory in cross-country skiing.

As exciting as that was, her focus is now on her next venture – motherhood. Since this is no small feat for her, she is one woman who relies on wild seafood to fuel her pregnancy health that will not only take her to the finish line, but her unborn child is in the race too… and it’s a great start!

Join in on this exciting venture: interviewing Kikkan on her triumphs and why she has chosen seafood to fuel her next goal: a healthy pregnancy and baby.

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