11 Tips to Make Your Dog’s First Vacation a Success!

Warmer weather means more than just a change of seasons: it means vacation! While vacation season once dictated boarding your pet, today more and more travelers opt to include their dogs in their…



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9 Girls’ Sundresses Under $10

9 Girls' Sundresses Under $  10
1. Black Floral Girls Sundress, $ 4.99   |   2. Blue & White Striped Jersey Dress, $ 7.99   |   3.  Yellow Floral Dress, $ 4.99   |   4. Cherry Dress, $ 4.99   |   5. Unicorn Print Girls Sundress, $ 4.99   |   6. Pink Seersucker Dress, $ 9.99   |   7. Navy Jersey Heart Dress, $ 4.99   |   8. Cotton Bouquet Dress, $ 9.99   |   9. Dark Blue Floral Print Girls Sundress, $ 4.99 

Summer may still be far, far away here in Chicagoland, but that isn’t stopping me from starting to shop for sunny weather clothes. I mean, if I stop buying winter pieces, winter will be over faster, right? Isn’t that how it works? Regardless, spring is just a few weeks away, so I think I’m definitely justified in looking ahead to warmer days.

One of my favorite warm weather pieces to buy is the little girl’s sundress. My 6 year old probably has way too many of them already due to my affinity for them (she already has #5 and #9 from above), but you can’t beat a cute cotton number like these above that they can happily play in for less than $ 10.

Now if they only made #2 in my size…

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Creamy Yogurt Salsa Verde Dip

Creamy Yogurt Salsa Verde Dip

This is a long time favorite in our house that we’ve recently updated to add different spices. It’s incredibly easy to whip together with ingredients you most likely have on hand. (If you don’t have salsa verde, you can use regular salsa instead.)

Creamy Yogurt Salsa Verde Dip
Creamy Yogurt Salsa Verde Dip

CREAMY YOGURT SALSA VERDE DIP
Serves 4-6

Ingredients
1/2 cup plain cup Greek Yogurt
1 cup salsa verde
1/2 lime
chili powder
garlic powder
red pepper flakes
salt

In a medium to large bowl, combine Greek yogurt and salsa verde until well blended. Squeeze in the juice of half a lime, and add a pinch of each spice to taste. (I love me some heat, but you can omit the red pepper flakes if you prefer a more mild version.)  Stir well and chill for 30 minutes.

Creamy Yogurt Salsa Verde Dip

So easy and so delicious. And also filled with protein, thanks to the Greek yogurt. Double win!

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Should Your Dog Sleep in Bed with You?

Should you share your bed with your dog? We’ve got tips for puppies, adolescent and senior dogs–and tips on when NOT to allow your dog to sleep with you.

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We Love You!

Happy Valentine's Day from Bubby and Bean!

From all of us here at Bubby and Bean, Happy Love Day!

Every year (for many years now), I’ve posted here on Valentine’s Day about how I understand that this holiday isn’t for everyone. When Valentine’s Day is viewed as being about relationships or romance, it has the potential to really make people feel excluded. But I don’t look at it that way. I see it as a day to celebrate kindness, friendship, compassion, generosity, and love. And honestly, our country and world needs love right now. Like more than ever.

We don’t know most of you personally, but we do love you. We care. And we hope you have a wonderful day full of kindness and all the things you enjoy, regardless of whether or not you celebrate.

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Fresh Lemonade Mimosas

Fresh Lemonade Mimosas

The official first day of spring may still be five weeks away, but my eye is on the freaking prize, man. I’m busting out my spring time clothes way too early, and I’m not ashamed in any way. I’m also starting to enjoy my favorite spring (and even summer) themed cocktails, like my beloved fresh lemonade mimosa. I hope you love it (and my unapologetically spring inspired photos of it) as much as I do.

Fresh Lemonade Mimosas
Fresh Lemonade Mimosas

FRESH LEMONADE MIMOSAS

Serves 6-8

INGREDIENTS
1 bottle champagne or prosecco
4 cups water
1 cup sugar
2 cups fresh squeezed lemon juice
lemons (for garnish)
fresh mint (for garnish)
course sugar (for rim)

DIRECTIONS
Combine the cup of sugar with 1 cup of water in a small saucepan. Bring to boil and stir until dissolved. Allow the syrup to cool, then chill in the refrigerator. In a pitcher, stir together the lemon juice, the chilled syrup, and the remaining 3 cups of water.

Use lemon juice or water to wet rims of glasses and dip each rim into the course sugar. Fill glasses about half way full with lemonade. Top with champagne or prosecco, and garnish each glassed with a lemon slice and sprig of fresh mint.

Fresh Lemonade Mimosas
Fresh Lemonade Mimosas
Fresh Lemonade Mimosas

Anybody else already counting down until spring?

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Pet Smells: How to Deodorize Pet Beds, Your Car and More

This post is sponsored by TriNova. Let’s face it: pet smells happen. Wet dogs. Frito feet. The chews that smell like a dead cow. The dog who–unbeknownst to you–happily rolled in something…



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Valentine’s Dog Names

You’ve found your puppy love…now to choose from Valentine’s dog names for the dog that you will love.

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Saturday Survey: Westminster 2020

Did you realize the big Westminster show started today? Relax, you haven’t missed any of the main conformation show, but you did miss one of the fun events: masters agility. Prelims were today from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, and the finals start at 7:00 pm. If you’re in NYC, you still have time to … Continue reading Saturday Survey: Westminster 2020


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Friday Funny: Playing In The Snow

Poor kitty! At least the snow is not yellow. Happy weekend, everybody. Until next time, Good day, and good dog!


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