10 Things Your New Puppy Needs

What does a new puppy need? Here are our Top 10 Suggestions.

Puppies need love, a clean bed, and tiny little morsels of dog food. They also require a lot of other things that were completely foreign to us! When my husband and I decided to get a puppy, we really didn't know what we were in for. Matt didn't grow up with dogs, and while I did, I had no idea what was really involved because apparently my poor mother bore the brunt of the dog duty. We brought home our little bundle of fur on the day before Halloween. Our daughter decided his name would be Theodore Barkley Carrier, and we agreed because honestly, it was adorable the way she said Feodore (still working on that tricky "th" sound.) Now six months old, our "little" Theo has acquired quite the collection of puppy gear and I'm happy to share it with you!

(Spoiler alert: The links below are affiliate links)

1. Carlson Secure and Compact Single Door Metal Dog Crate, Small
Crate Training worked really well for us. Theo quickly outgrew his puppy crate (shown here) and now we have two giant crates, one for each floor.

2. KONG Classic Dog Toy, Medium, Red
We stuff this bad boy with kibble and peanut butter (or sun butter) to keep him busy!

3.Pet Shedding Tool
Theo hasn't started shedding badly yet, but Spring is right around the corner so we're ready for it with this tool that came highly recommended from a Golden Retriever owner.

4. KONG Cozie Ali the Alligator Medium Dog Toy, Green
In a house full of stuffies, Theo gets his own alligator.

5.Gear Aid Tenacious Tape for Fabric Repair, Black
I have had to use this for a total of 4 rips in our down jackets now. It works like a charm.

6.Providence Engraving Aluminum Pet ID Tags for Cat and Dog
Must have for your pet! This is inexpensive AND fast! #win

7. Midwest Quiet Time Pet Bed (Fleece/24" x 18"). Washable, Bed, Heavy duty, Crate, Blanket, Chew.
You'll need multiples of theses little fleece beds. Trust us. There is always one in the wash at our house.

8.Realtree Football Dog Toy, Medium
Stuff with treats and enjoy some peace and quiet.

9. Gentle Leader Quick Release Headcollar: Large, Fawn
If you're having trouble with your puppy on a leash, we highly recommend the Gentle Leader. It was a huge help in getting him to not pull on the leash during walks!

10.Bissell 3624 SpotClean Professional Portable Carpet Cleaner - Corded
Um yeah. I wish we didn't have to include this carpet cleaner, but trust me. You will eventually need it. I'll spare you the details.

Monday Motivation

Welcome to my first Monday Motivation! I need it, I'm sure you can use some too! I've set up a board on Pinterest to collect all of my inspiration for a fresh start each week. This week, the first Monday in March, has me craving green, citrus, and the burning desire to organize.

Half Birthdays and Ski Trips

Happy Half Birthday to the Brookie Cookie!

18 months and glowing! 
I mean... look at those glorious pig tails!

We had a great weekend with the Cookie and Theo (our puppy), while the eldest Carrier was away with Nana on a ski trip (more on that later). It's always refreshing to see how well we can handle and one of our children at a time. Believe me, there are many comments like "how did we ever think one child was hard?". I guess that means we are officially seasoned pros?


Heart Shaped Brownies

The Brownie Pan is quickly turing into one of my most beloved Pampered Chef products! Back in October I shared this round up of Brownie Pan recipes - since then, this pan has gotten plenty of use. In addition to brownies, we've all enjoyed mini-meatloaf, banana bread muffins, and mini-lasagnas.

For this easy hack, simply ball up a small piece of foil and tuck into the corner of your square to create a heart. Voilà!


What I'm Reading in January

I won't be subtle. Do yourself a favor and read/listen to this book. Especially if you like to whine and complain. It will serve you well. 

Also know that this is an affiliate link. But please don't let that stop you from adding this to your library. In addition to being helpful and thought-provoking, it's also laugh out loud funny in parts. Just ask my seat mates on my flight from Philly to Providence.

Little Ones Need to Move

Wiggle On!
Focal Upright / Safco Active Runtz Active Seating for Children

Why I Sit Actively
If you sit all day at work, I bet you’ve experienced back pain, drowsiness, and lack of focus. 

Am I right?

Worse are the serious health hazards associated with sitting too much--check out this article from the Washington Post about it. Now tell me that infographic isn't terrifying. Yikes.
At my Marketing job at Focal Upright, I use a standing desk and a leaning seat, which positions me halfway between sitting and standing and lets me fidget all I want. My spine feels supported, my core is engaged, and the seat is comfortable, but not as comfortable as a normal office chair--that means I feel naturally encouraged to alternate leaning with standing at my standing desk.

 Runtz: Why Kids Should Sit Actively, Too
This isn’t only a solution for adults. Schools are embracing standing desks and active seating, too, because it’s important to let kids move and embrace that natural tendency to wriggle, shuffle and let out steam. Not to mention its calorie-burning & focus-enhancing magic.

 Active Seating for Kids
Runtz are great additions to the classroom!
I like the Runtz seat (it kind of looks like a little alien). Designed to inspire better posture and balance, this anti-burst ball chair can be used at home or school. At around 11 pounds, it’s also portable enough to bring on the go (and it comes in fun colors: Bubble Gum Pink, Sour Apple Green, Black, and Black Vinyl).
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If you like what you see, I'm happy to extend my Focal Friends and Family discount code: FOCALFAM30.
Remember, these opinion are my own, but I do work for Focal Upright.

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