Simplifying Dog Dental Care with Suchgood

This post is sponsored by Suchgood. Every year, instead of making New Year’s resolutions, I try to find one word to steer my decisions and actions throughout the year. My 2021 word is “simplify” – a…



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Almond Butter and Maple Oatmeal

Almond Butter Maple Oatmeal

Disclaimer: this isn’t a recipe so much as an epically delicious way to eat a bowl of oatmeal. But it really is too good not to share, especially when it’s the middle of winter and mornings are so cold and dark. This is such a comforting, healthy breakfast, and easy to prepare too.

Almond Butter Maple Oatmeal
Serves 4

INGREDIENTS
1 cup quick Irish oatmeal

2 tablespoons raw almond butter
2 tablespoons real maple syrup
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 banana, sliced
1 cup strawberries, sliced
handful raw almonds

Prepare oatmeal according to instructions on packaging. (We use quick Irish oatmeal.) Once oatmeal is cooked, pour into bowls. Drizzle each bowl with almond butter and maple syrup. Top with banana and strawberry slices, and a sprinkle of cinnamon. I also love to top with raw almonds for a fantastic crunch. 

This is such a satisfying breakfast that keeps me full and energized all morning. Enjoy!

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Looking for a Shop Specifically for Pet Parents?

This post is sponsored by Pet Parents®. These days, we’re all looking for ways to shop from the convenience and safety of our homes–and often that means shopping for specialty products…



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Dog Rescue Advocates the World Lost in 2020

As we say goodbye to 2020, let us remember some of the famous two- and four-legged animal advocates we said farewell to this year. Although they may no longer be with us, their love and compassion…



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How to Calm a Dog During Fireworks

Firework displays may be fun for human participants but the loud noises and flashing lights of holiday fireworks spell absolute terror for many dogs–so much so that many dogs go missing after…



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Better-For-You Snack Ideas for Every Time of Day

Better-For-You Snack Ideas for Every Time of Day
This post is in partnership with NABISCO.
What would a new year be without trying to make positive diet choices? I’ll be the first to admit that when I make big New Year resolutions, they never work out. When I stick to small, manageable goals, however, they tend to succeed. One of those smaller goals that I’ve made for this year is to improve my snack choices, and not just in the morning (which is when I’m feeling the most motivated to make good choices). In fact, I came up with three different snack ideas to enjoy at different times of the day: late morning, in the afternoon, and in the evening. And since I know many of you are likely trying to make wholesome snack choices as well, I thought I’d share them with you today.  
Better-For-You Snack Ideas for Every Time of Day
Better-For-You Snack Ideas for Every Time of Day
Better-For-You Snack Ideas for Every Time of Day

LATE MORNING SNACK: TRISCUIT Crackers, low fat cottage cheese, strawberries, orange slices

I usually eat a very small breakfast with my coffee early in the morning, and I’m almost always hungry by about 10. If I’m looking for just a little something to tide me over until lunch, I grab a couple of TRISCUIT Crackers and munch on them. If I need something slightly more substantial, I pair them with a little low fat cottage cheese topped with bagel season, and a couple of strawberries and orange slices. This is also my son’s favorite snack, so we often share. It’s absolutely delicious and the perfect amount of filling. TRISCUIT Crackers have been a favorite of mine since I was a kid because of their yummy, slightly salty crunch. These days, I love eating them and serving them to my kids knowing that they’re non-GMO verified. I also love that TRISCUIT Original crackers start with three simple ingredients: just and baked with 100% whole grain wheat, oil, and salt. 
Better-For-You Snack Ideas for Every Time of Day
Better-For-You Snack Ideas for Every Time of Day
AFTERNOON SNACK: GOOD THINS Snacks, almonds, apple slices, and olives

Afternoon snacks are my favorite! I sometimes go for a run or do a quick yoga workout on my lunch break after I eat lunch, and that tends to leave me hungry in the afternoon. My daughter always asks for an after school snack as well. We came up with what has become our go-to afternoon snack: GOOD THINS Snacks paired with a few almonds, apple slices, and some green and kalamata olives. GOOD THINS Snacks are the unanimous favorite crunchy snack in our home. Made with real ingredients, no artificial colors or flavors, no high fructose corn syrup, and only 120-130 calories per serving (depending on flavor), they are great for munching. They’re also a delicious, flavorful way to snack gluten free (and are certified gluten free by GFCO). They’re also non-GMO verified. Did I mention how tasty they are? Combined with almonds, olives, and apple slices, they’re the ideal snack for that in between lunch and dinner period. 
Better-For-You Snack Ideas for Every Time of Day
Better-For-You Snack Ideas for Every Time of Day
Better-For-You Snack Ideas for Every Time of Day

EVENING SNACK: WHEAT THINS Snacks, sharp cheddar, grapes, orange slices


One of my favorite times of the day is after the kids are in bed, when my husband and I finally have a few minutes alone together. I’ll be honest, we usually cram in dishes and laundry during this time then promptly pass out, but when we can, we bask in the bliss of couch snuggles, books and movies, and our favorite: WHEAT THINS Snacks paired with a few slices of aged white cheddar cheese, some white grapes, and orange slices. WHEAT THINS Snacks are almost as delicious as the glorious silence that fills our home in the night hours (love you kids, but man is that silence blissful). With no artificial flavors or colors and baked with 100% whole grain (21 grams per serving), they’re a little salty, a little sweet, and have an incredible crunch. They really are a great evening treat. 
Better-For-You Snack Ideas for Every Time of Day
It’s nice to have a line up of wholesome snack ideas to enjoy at different times of the day without having to think about it. And having them planned out keeps me from mindlessly grabbing chocolate or potato chips and overindulging. If these snack ideas look good to you too, you can grab the ingredients, including our beloved TRISCUIT Crackers, GOOD THINS Snacks, and WHEAT THINS Snacks, at your local Walmart, or use Walmart.com pick up or delivery. And be sure to take advantage of this Ibotta offer! Happy New Year Snacking, friends!
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Shelter Sunday: Cozy / MCPAWS Regional Animal Shelter / McCall, ID

Meet Cozy! This Catahoula Leopard Dog mix is said to be good with other dogs, but not so much with cats or children. His rescuers only have a short tale to tell about him: Cozy is a very intelligent fella who is looking for an active home where he will get loads of training and … Continue reading Shelter Sunday: Cozy / MCPAWS Regional Animal Shelter / McCall, ID


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Win a Yucky Puppy® Dog Walking Bag + Poop Bag Carriers #WalkYourDogMonth

Ready to start 2021 on the right foot–and paw? January is Walk Your Dog Month, a time to really resolve to walk your dog more–even during some of the most challenging weather conditions…



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National Labrador Retriever Day

The Labrador Retriever has consistently been dubbed top dog in annual lists of America’s favorite breed.  In fact, Labs are so popular that they even have their own pet holiday, which…



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Capitol Invasion

From the Twitter feed of NBC News’ Garrett Haake, captioned Very good dog hard at work clearing the Capitol complex. I am horrified and saddened by the events at our Capitol today. This is NOT what democracy looks like. Until next time, Good day, and good dog!


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