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How to Clear Space for the New Year

The New Year is one of my favorite times of the year! I love the feeling of knowing a new leaf is turning, new opportunities are on their way. It also gives me a place to begin a new chapter and to clear out what’s lingering from the past year. 

Physically

  1. Go through stuff at the house.

    1. Donate things that do not serve purpose in your life anymore. I have been collecting boxes of things to go to Goodwill and to sell all year, it’s time to get them out of the house! Take some down time to go through things in your home. Ask yourself, “is it going to bring value to your New Year?” If the answer is yes, then put it away in an organized place; if no, then add it to the donate pile.
    2. Go through clothes and accessories. I like to do this a few times a year but this is a great time to really power through your clothes and accessories. What image do you want to project in the New Year? Does this piece fit that image? Check out Power Tips for an Awesome Closet Clean Out for more tips and ideas.
    3. Go through paperwork and files. I am notorious for collecting information and being a bit old school, I tend to print out everything and take lots of notes so I end up with lots of piles and files full of paperwork. (I’m working on this – Evernote is a great resource for keeping digital notebooks instead of lots of paperfiles). Sit down and go through all your paperwork, what is dire to keep? What can be put into digital form? Take what you decide to keep and organize into a binder or notebook and tuck safely on an organized shelf.
    4. Clean out car. Grab a trash bag and clean out the water bottles that have piled up. Clean out the console that’s been collecting gadgets and stuff. Give your car a good wipe down and hit a car wash so it’s shiny and clean for the New Year!
    5. Go through make-up and beauty products. Check expiration dates, a good rule of thumb for make-up is that if it’s over three months old, it’s time to toss it. Clean your make-up brushes to remove any dirt and bacteria and toss the colors you’ve never used (you can donate if it’s never been opened). Go through your hair products too – what are using, what have you not touched in six months? 
  2. Clean out digital.

    1. Clean out inbox. Go through all the emails you’ve been hanging onto – either complete the task or more the email into a folder for reference later. Unsubscribe to the emails that aren’t serving purpose or the places you don’t shop. I have found unroll.me very helpful in managing my emails. Check out How to Keep Control of Your Inbox for more tips.
    2. Go through social media accounts. Go through your accounts, who are you following just to follow? Clear out Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, etc. to only include people and accounts that are bringing your valuable information, information and inspiration that fits your goals and your path. Unfollow negativity.
    3. Clean out computer files. Clean out duplicates of photos, delete documents that are no longer relevant. Organize documents into proper files. 

Mentally

  1. Lingering thoughts and emotions.

    1. Journaling. Take some time to yourself and write it all out. What are you still holding onto from the past year? Journaling has proven to help us work through lingering emotions and feelings so that we can work through the process of letting them go. 
    2. Meditation. I find that adding some deep meditation sessions to my schedule at the end of the year is a good way for me to work through the experiences left on my mind from the year. It helps me separate the lessons learned from emotions of the experiences.
  2. Set goals and intentions for the New Year.

    1. Goal Planning. What do you want to accomplish in the new year? Separate your goals into categories – personal growth & development, tasks, business goals,etc. I start with a full list and then I will work them into categories and build steps to reach those goals. Break your goals into monthly goals and set deadlines to reach them. This helps you build a solid plan to reach those goals.
    2. Setting up my Planner and Calendars. My favorite part of the New Year! Use some of the breakthrough work you completed in your goal planning to build your planner and calendars for the new years. What adventures and experiences do you want to set on your calendar? What habits and routines do you need to build into your planner to help you reach your goals? I’m looking at the Commit30 Planner or The Desire Map Planner for this upcoming year. 

Every year we get another opportunity to work towards building the life we dream of and become more of who we want to be! Set yourself up for a successful New Year by clearing the space you need to grow into everything you dream of! Check out these other great resources for your New Year’s Planning:

Tidying Up for a New Year

New Year Planning & Making Goals – Planners, Notebooks, and Accessories to Set Up Your Planner

5 Top Goals to Get Focused on Self-Improvement

 

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2017 Ultimate Gift List

Anyone else spending hours online looking at websites to find the perfect gift? Well I took out the sting and saved you some time (hopefully)! I’ve created the Ultimate Gift List for 2018 so you can find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. From the beauty maven to the outdoorsy explorer on your list, I’ve rounded it up so you can shop it all in one place. Here are some of my favorites from each gift list:

Gift List for The Outdoors Adventurer


The Bucket List: 1000 Adventures Big & Small by Kath Stathers – $35

Gentleman’s Hardware Enamel Tumbler – $16

Fifty Places to Camp Before You Die by Chris Santella – $26

 

Gift List for The Girl Boss

 

BP. Faux Leather Tote – $24.99

‘Hustlin’ Mug – $15.95

Believe and Achieve by Chris Naylor – $13

 

Gift List for The Beauty Maven

 

Urban Decay Little Liquid Vices Gift Set – $28

Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual – $32

Unicorn Diamond Makeup Brush Set – $14.99

 

Gift List for The Fit Chick

 

VOORAY Burner Gym Bag – $49.99

Trainers Who Say “Last One” Tank Top – $23.99

Apana Cork Yoga Wheel – $19.99

 

Gift List for The Artfully Minded

 

Dinner with Georgia O’ Keefee: Recipes, Art & Landscape – $50

STATE Bags Brushstroke Slim Lorimer Water Resistant Canvas Backpack – $42.49

Bob Ross Bobblehead – $12.95

 

Gift List for Toddlers

 

Musical Tea Tin Set – $16.99

Fisher Price Lil’ Snoopy – $17.99

Shark Dog by Ged Adamson – $12.99

 

Gift List for The Organic Gal

 

The Urban Agriculture Co. Organic Cocktail Kit – $44.99

Niven Morgan Lavender Mint Hand Lotion – $20

The 8G Cookbook – $20

 

Check out the rest of my Gift Lists and more on my Profile.

 

 

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6 Lessons I Learned in Parenting a Teenager

Getting into the teenage years with my son has been a bit of a roller coaster so far. It is soooo much different than his younger years. We’ve seen ups and downs on a daily basis and the mouth on this kid can bring on a fair share of frustrating moments. Don’t get me wrong, I know I wasn’t perfect as a teenager (especially being the super independent and quite outspoken type) but it just feels like this generation is different…all parents have probably said that, right? He about pushed us over our limits this past week. They say it takes a village to raise a kid and I’ll tell you, some days I truly wished I had a village to chip in. I am very blessed to have the relationship I have with his stepmom (yup, little shout out here – I am like super blessed because I know it doesn’t always round up this way with the ex and family). I had a nice, long chat with his stepmom this week about the struggles he’s brought to our tables. How does a kid end up with nine incomplete assignments in only about a week?!

I don’t want to sit and bash my child because that isn’t the point of all of this at all but I am going to be real here. We have all had these moments and we should be able to talk about them. Major Disclosure: My son is my pride and joy and I think he has a beautiful heart and a wonderful mind but lately some of the things that he does and the words that come out of his mouth just blow my mind, they don’t fit up with the vision I have of him. The negativity and some of the resentment this kid carries – like really, where did he get this from? Is this what it’s like having a teenager?

Tonight I wanted to share some of the lessons I’m picking up parenting a teenager. It’s different for all of us, for each parent and for each kid but this is what I’ve picked up so far along the way:

  1. Don’t be afraid of nit-picking too much. I nit-picked a whole bunch this weekend. Like down to totally calling him out for flaking off chocolate all over his hands – um, seriously you are just about thirteen years old and now you have chocolate mushed all over your hands like a toddler while we are at a darn theater. What the heck?! Go wash your hands boy and stop eating like you are a darn hamster! At first, I felt like I was being a little obsessive but we’re making some progress and there was less pouting about it than I thought there was going to be. He ate his dinners with his silverware this weekend – that’s a win for me! (Yes, I know, you don’t have to say it.)
  2. Call them out immediately on crappy attitudes and disrespectful talk. I don’t care where you are or who you are in front of. Call them out. Tell me I’m stupid one more time and you will sit and stare at the wall next weekend. I am your Mother and I am over it.
  3. Take their phone, take their gaming system – Ignore the whining. This one can be tough I know, that whining, geez, but I’m telling you, you have to hold fast. My trick to this part is planning some family activities. I know that seems a little counter-productive to the grounding theory but it got him more involved with the family again, doing more activities, and less whining…and it’s building that bond again.
  4. Telling them you’re cracking down because you love them. Yeah they’ll probably argue this one and say you’re just being mean but that’s okay because you are doing it because you love them and you just have to stick to it. No matter how upset or frustrated you are, tell them that you love them. This helps them understand that your love for them is unconditional. This is important. Even if that means saying, “I am upset with your behavior right now but I love you.” They need to hear that you care about them, this is an opportunity for them to see that you are upset because you care.
  5. Scold, correct, state punishment and then move on. The longer you dwell on being upset, the longer they will. Take that control away. Example: The other weekend he had a nasty attitude with me, it pissed me off. I yelled at him, turned off the video games and told him that he lost them for the day and then I walked away. I came back in a little bit later and asked him nicely if he was hungry and he said yes and I made him a sandwich and we had a decent day the rest of the day. I know that seems a little mood-swingish but I dealt with the situation in the moment and then I moved on from it and continued our day. This didn’t give him the opportunity to argue about it and the pouting time was much shorter because I walked away instead of reacting to his pout. I took control.
  6. Make them do it. – If they throw trash on the counter instead of in the trash can, make them go back and pick up the trash and put it in the trash can. If they don’t put their things away, make them come back and put them away. This is sometimes tough for me, because I am a “I’ll just do it myself, it’s easier” type of person most of the time but this doesn’t build the habit for them.

I definitely did a bunch of nit-picking and statement making this weekend and at first I thought this was going to be a rough weekend, especially since he had lost video games and his phone at both houses but this weekend was a good weekend. We did a bunch of activities together this weekend and he showed more appreciation and affection toward me as his mother. We’re still working on some of the words that come out of his mouth (he just doesn’t seem to process that some things are not funny but just smart-mouthed but we’re working on it). We watched a movie together, we had nice family dinners this weekend, we carved pumpkins, we went and saw Frankenstein at a local theater, it was a nice family weekend. Maybe some of it was because I didn’t have to compete with the video games and YouTube videos he is constantly watching (I know that was a bit snide but seriously). Oh and the missing assignments at school – his stepmom had this great idea that he go and talk to his teacher and take responsibility for it – and he brought up taking responsibility a couple of times this weekend so those are steps in the right direction! My son is a wonderful boy, he truly is…we just have to break these rough habits he’s picked up recently…with each new chapter in parenting, there are lots of new lessons to be learned!

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50 Quotes For Success To Bring You Up When You’re Feeling The Sting Of Setback

It can be a long road to success. It may take late nights and a whole lotta sweat and tears. I’m not going to be the one that’s going to sit here and say “It’s going to be easy” because most times it isn’t. There will be set backs and failures, which are all natural in the process of making change, of pushing down walls and working towards your dreams and goals. But I will sit and say, “Don’t give up”. If you want it, if you’re willing to work for it, you’ll make it happen. Big dreams take work and they take time and they take overcoming challenges but it’s all possible to make those dreams come true. 

Some of my little secrets to keep yourself inspired and motivated: Surround yourself with things that build you up, surround yourself with people that are making it, reward yourself for little wins along the way and post all the motivational quotes, mantras and affirmations you can all over the place! 

50 Quotes For Success To Bring You Up When You’re Feeling The Sting Of Setback

  1. “Don’t let the fear of losing be greater than the excitement of winning” ~ Robert Kiyosaki
  2. “Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” ~ Winston Churchill
  3. “Frustration, although quite painful at times, is a very positive and essential part of success.” ~ Bo Bennett
  4. “I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.” ~ Thomas Jefferson
  5. “In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can.” ~ Nikos Kazantzakis
  6. “The secret of success is that we never, never give up.” ~ Wilma Mankiller
  7. “Fall seven times and stand up eight.” ~ Japanese Proverb
  8. “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” ~ Colin Powell
  9. “The secret to your success is determined by your daily agenda.” ~ John C. Maxwell
  10. “Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.” ~ Napoleon Hill
  11. “Action is the foundational key to all success.” ~ Pablo Picasso
  12. “I attribute my success to this – I never gave or took any excuse.” ~ Florence Nightingale
  13. “A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success.” ~ Elbert Hubbard
  14. “One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.” ~ Arthur Ashe
  15. “Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success.” ~ C.S. Lewis
  16. “Success is not the absence of failure, it’s the persistence through failure.” ~ Aisha Tyler
  17. “Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.” ~ Abraham Lincoln
  18. “Success is a journey, not a destination.” ~ Ben Sweetland
  19. “There is no success without hardship.” ~ Sophocles
  20. “Belief in oneself is one of the most important bricks in building any successful venture.” ~ Lydia M. Child
  21. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.” ~ Winston Churchill
  22. “For success, attitude is equally as important as ability.” ~ Walter Scott
  23. “True success is overcoming the fear of being unsuccessful.” ~ Paul Sweeney
  24. “Always remember that striving and struggle precede success, even in the dictionary.” ~ Sarah Ban Breathnach
  25. “They succeed because they think they can.” ~ Virgil
  26. “It’s how you deal with failure that determines how you achieve success.” ~ Charlotte Whitton
  27. “Success isn’t a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.” ~ Arnold H. Glasow
  28. “Things that look like an ‘overnight success’ typically are not.” ~ Jason Calacanis
  29. “That some achieve great success, is proof to all that others can achieve it as well.” ~ Abraham Lincoln
  30. “Success is a process, a quality of mind and way of being, an outgoing affirmation of life.” ~ Alex Noble
  31. “Our daily decisions and habits have a huge impact upon both our levels of happiness and success.” ~ Shawn Achor
  32. “Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be.” ~ George A. Sheehan
  33. “The size of your success is measured by the strength of your desire, the size of your dream, and how you handle disappointment along the way.” ~ Robert Kiyosaki
  34. “There’s a lot of blood, sweat and guts between dreams and success.” ~ Paul Bryant
  35. “There’s no abiding success without commitment.” ~ Tony Robbins
  36. “The will to persevere is often the difference between failure and success.” ~ David Sarnoff
  37. “Much effort, much prosperity.” ~ Euripides
  38. “Success is achieved and maintained by those who try and keep trying.” ~ W. Clement Stone
  39. “Without failure there is no sweetness in success. There’s no understanding of it.” ~ Glenn Beck
  40. “To follow, without halt, one aim: that’s the secret of success.” ~ Anna Pavlova
  41. “Success is the progressive, realization of predetermined, worthwhile, personal goals.” ~ Paul J. Meyer
  42. “The real secret of success is enthusiasm.” ~ Walter Chrysler
  43. “Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success.” ~ Joyce Brothers
  44. “What drives success is internal motivation.” ~ Vivienne Ming
  45. “To be successful, you have to have your heart in your business and your business in your heart.” ~ Thomas J. Watson
  46. “Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.” ~ John Wooden
  47. “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” ~ Walt Disney
  48. “I know the price of success: dedication, hard work and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen.” ~ Frank Lloyd Wright
  49. “Success is the maximum utilization of the ability that you have.” ~ Zig Ziglar
  50. “If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet a success unexpected in common hours.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

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How Dogs Improve Our Health

Did you know that this week is National Dog Week?! 

This past year has been a crazy and challenging year and I have to admit that I’m not sure I would have survived each day without my pup. Some days were exceptionally challenging but Lucy kept me calm. Every night I could count on coming home to her unconditional love and being greeted with a kiss and a hug. Dogs have an amazing affects in improving our lives in so many ways. For me it’s been emotional support, teaching me patience, making me smile even in tough times, and sometimes just keeping me warm on a cold night. There are some mornings I’ve awoken with my pup with her paw laying on my shoulder, almost as she is just letting me know she’s there. 

Lucy has been with me going on 4 years now. When I adopted her I have to admit she could be a handful. She was an energetic pup that loved to chew…chew everything. She has blossomed into such an important part of my family and added so much joy to my life. She can be stubborn and has her own unique attitude for sure but she is one of the most loving, sweetest dogs I’ve known. She loves to run, chew bully sticks, sit on the patio chair outside like she’s a human and sunbathe. 

I had the pleasure of supporting PuppySpot this month to help share the many benefits that dogs have in our lives. Many of us think of the therapeutic and emotional benefits that dogs can give us but studies have shown that having a pup in your life improves your health in many ways. 

 

PuppySpot believes in making lives better by placing happy puppies into healthy homes. They help make the process of bringing a pup into your home easier and more enjoyable. If you’re ready to get your bark on and add a little wag to your life be sure to check them out! 

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7 Ways to Build a Strong & Healthy Mind

Building a strong and healthy mind is a key factor in leading a happy and healthy life. We must constantly be challenging our mind to expand to new ideas and new ways of thinking to keep growing. The saying goes, “Life is what we make it”, and that all starts in the mind. Here are seven ways that you can expand, challenge and teach your mind to be strong and healthy. 

  1. Read and practice daily affirmations. – Reading and reciting daily affirmations or mantras will help you train your min to perceive the world from a positive view.
  2. Journal and brain dump. – Journaling helps you release thoughts and feelings from swirling in your head. This helps you process them so you don’t get stuck in one spot. Brain dumping (or list making) is a great way to get racing ideas out onto paper. I find doing this every night before bed helps me fall asleep quicker and get a better night’s rest.
  3. Listen to podcasts. – There are so many podcasts out there that you can tap into. I find these are a great place to learn new things and new, positive ways of thinking.
  4. Read. – Reading not only is a great mind-strengthening task but it can expand your imagination and grow your thought process.
  5. Minimize negativity in your life. – When you minimize negativity in your life you give your mind the space to focus on more positive and progressive things. Unfollow those Facebook naggers.
  6. Try something new routinely. – Take a class, try new foods, visit somewhere you’ve never been.
  7. Meet new people. – Meeting new people opens you up to new points of views and new ideas.
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How to Build A Budget For Those That Hate Budgets

Name one person that loves budgets…I do not love budgets. I love the feeling of staying on budget, I love the feeling of being in control of my money, and I love the feeling of financial organization but I do not love building budgets. Financial organization is important in your life for many more reasons than just making the bills on time (was hoping that was the obvious one!). It also helps you feel more in control of what’s going on in your life, it alleviates some of your stress. Good money management also brings more mindfulness into your life because you are actively thinking of what you’re spending your money on. Example one: let’s say your car breaks down – which feels better, stressing about how you’re going to pay for the repairs or knowing you have some money in savings you can shift around to cover the costs? Example two: Winging meals throughout the week or having a spending plan in place for dining out that week which also puts you in a place that you are more conscious of what you are eating so that you are making healthier choices? Money management isn’t just about the money, it’s also about how it guides other areas of our lives. But there’s still that, “I don’t love budgets” part of the equation so I put together a budget for those like me keeping it simple. A little set-up at the beginning but then it’s easy peasy to maintain.

Step by Step

  1. Steal a template – Way back when I used to track a paper budget via checkbook register and a good old fashioned spiral notebook. I would spend a good few hours sitting writing everything down and organizing receipts and writing out checks to mail in. Whew, man, whew. My best advice, find a template that you can just plug in your numbers.
  2. Online Banking – If your bank offers, sign up for it. This makes it so much easier to plug in your spending into your budget template. Instead of feeding through all your receipts you can just pull up your statement which is typically pretty up to date immediately.
  3. Set up as many of your bills as you can electronically – This saves time from you having to sit down and write out checks and it also helps ensure the payments are being sent. The Prism App is also a great way to set these up.
  4. Plan a Savings Plan – Set amounts to add to your savings account each paycheck/week. Add these deposits to your budget as withdrawls from your income. If  you are able to, schedule automatic deposits. Here’s a link to my Pinterest Board with some savings plans already calculated out for you: Saving Pennies & More.
  5. Use the cash system – Set how much you are going to spend on each area each week (i.e. dining out, shopping,etc.) and pull out cash marking each bundle for each area of spending. Using cash will make you more aware of how much is left, stick to it and only spend that amount, once it’s gone, it’s gone.
  6. Savings Bonus Tip – at the end of each month, transfer your remaining balance into your savings account. This not only boosts your savings but it also helps you stick to your planned budget but not putting extra in it to spend.

Using a budget puts you in control of seeing where your money goes. It gives you a detailed overview of how you’re spending your money and how much you’re spending. This helps you also see where you might be able to cut some spending out to save more.

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5 Top Goals To Get Focused on Self-Improvement

September is National Self-Improvement Month and with a new season ahead of us it’s a great time to get setting some new goals. Here’s the top goals to set for yourself this month. *These are high level goals, over the next few weeks we’ll break them down more with tips, tricks, and ideas to soar to the top! 

1. Get Fit. A healthy body is a gateway to a healthy life and mind. It improves our overall happiness and helps boost our energy day by day. Find ways to add better eating habits and healthy exercise routines into your weeks consistently. 

2. Financial Organization. Set goals to build a budget and to stick to it, set savings goals. This goal is all about building more security and financial freedom into your life. 

3. Focus on Building a Healthy Mind. Daily affirmations and meditation are great ways to building a clear and strong mind and to help you manage stress better. 

4. Make “Me” Time for Yourself. It’s important to have time to yourself to decompress from the stresses of every day life. This helps you recharge and reflect for what’s going on and for what’s to come. 

5. Expand and Keep Growing. Never give up on your dreams. Make a list of things you want to accomplish and go for them. Take classes on topics that intrigue you, visit a new place, keep practicing that craft you love. 

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10 Healthy & Happy Habits To Start Today

We are all striving to feel our best and to do our best. But without taking care of ourselves how can we keep doing just that? Healthy habits can be simple and easily worked into your days. Whether it’s taking some time to yourself to recharge by taking a hot bath in the evening, or calling up a friend to vent about your day, or walking down the drive to get the mail instead of driving, every little bit makes a difference in how you feel each day. 

Here are 10 Simple, Healthy & Happy Habits to start doing today to feel your best! 

  1. Drink more water.
  2. Reward yourself for meeting goals.
  3. Get more sleep.
  4. Include “me” time in each week.
  5. Keep your to-do list organized.
  6. Talk to your friends and family routinely.
  7. Get active every day.
  8. Wash your face and moisturize each day.
  9. Reflect often.
  10. Smile more.

Want more tips for a happier and healthier life? Check out these posts:

10 Tips To Get A Restful Sleep

How To Build A Better To-Do List

Reflect On How Far You’ve Come

Top Tips For Managing Stress

5 Apps To Stay Balanced In A Busy Life

 

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How to Keep your Pup Busy & Entertained the Natural Way

 

It can be a challenge to keep the pups entertained when you have so much going on…though I’d love to spend my whole days running around, throwing the ball or playing tug-of-war with my pups I know that’s just not my option most days. Don’t get me wrong, I definitely sneak in some play time throughout the day but there are the down times I need to get some time behind the computer screen so keeping the pups entertained on those counts is a must. 

My pup Lucy has a gluten-allergy which surprisingly I learned that most dog treats have some form of gluten in them so when she was diagnosed we went all natural with her. She gets home cooked meals or special dog food, and she gets elite treats which can add up the cost quick visiting specialty dog treat boutiques, especially since she’s quite the busy body.

When we discovered Bully Sticks, we felt saved. We had found a treat that both pups love that we could feel confident were all natural and gluten free. 

Lucy eagerly but patiently waiting for her Wyldlife Pets bully stick.

 

5 Natural Treats To Keep In The Treat Drawer

 

1.) Bones – The key to these is to make sure they are actual, natural bones. Stay away from rawhide. It has been proven through several studies that rawhide does not digest properly in a dog’s stomach and can cause several health problems down the road. You can grab some bones from the butcher or shop for all natural bones. Here are some I found that are fairly inexpensive – All Natural Grass Fed Meaty Bones.

 

 

2.) Himalayan Mountain Dog Chews – Lucy makes her way through these a little faster but she still really enjoys them. I love how simple the ingredients are in these – Cow’s Milk, Yak Milk, Salt, Lime Juice. No Artificial Ingredients, No Additives, No Preservatives. 

 

 

3.) Bully Sticks –  These are Lucy’s favorite treat! I came across Wyldlife Pets subscription pack and special savings and it has been wonderful! I always know that these are on their way to replenishing our treat drawer. It gives me so much peace to know that I can give Lucy a treat to keep her happy and healthy. Check out their deals here – Wyldlife Pets Bully Stick & Tendon Mix.

 

4.) Hooves –  Fill these will some all natural peanut butter and you can keep your pup entertained for a bit as they work to get all the peanut butter out and then to sit and chew away at the hoof. Words of caution though – these babies hurt if you find yourself stepping on one in the middle of the night, so collect them after your pup is done chewing!

 

5.) Chicken Feet –  Okay, I know these are a little weird to have laying around the house but the pups go crazy for them! I promise they aren’t as bad as they sound. They don’t even smell as weird as some of the other treats we’ve tried in the past…we tried the raw bones, that was something to get used to!

 

You can check out all of Lucy’s favorite toys and chews here – Keeping Your Pup Entertained.

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