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Dog Runs Away Back to Doggie Daycare

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Lots of dogs love to go to Doggy Daycare. One dog, however, loves daycare so much that he ran away from home to go visit his friends there!

According to CNN, Riley the golden retriever and his owner were out for a drive one morning when they drove past a group of dogs from the daycare he attends. Riley was excited and happy to see them, reports his owner, Tonia Mosteller. “Riley was crying because he loves to play, he loves happy dogs,” Mosteller told CNN.

But the two went on their way, with Riley whining the whole way home.

Mosteller thought that was the end of it but Riley had other plans. A short time later, Riley was playing in the backyard and decided to take matters into his own paws.

Read the rest of Riley’s trip to Doggie Daycare.

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Get Ready for Strut Your Mutt + the #9000Steps Challenge!

Stepping into the real life role of an animal advocate, movie star Amanda Seyfried and her dog Finn are shining a spotlight on a fundraising event that will make great strides in the creation of a…



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10 Great 4th of July Themed Recipes

10 Great 4th of July Themed Recipes // Bubby and Bean
1. 4th of July Rice Krispie Treats, Say Yes  //  2. Berry Tart with Dairy-Free Vanilla Bean Custard, Against All Grain  //  3. Blueberry, Strawberry & Jicama Salsa, Two Peas and Their Pod  // 4. Red, White, and Blueberry Yogurt Popsicles, The View From Great Island  //  5. 4th of July Fruit and Cheese Platter, Say Yes  //  6. Birthday Cake Pie with Chocolate Mousse and Berries, Foodie Crush  //  7. Red, White, and Blue Quinoa Salad, Lemon Tree Dwelling  //  8. 4th of July Treat Cones (more of a DIY than a recipe, but anything involving hidden candy is okay by me), Oh Happy Day // 9. Wave the Flag Cupcakes, Blueberry Council  //  10. Bomb Pop Shots, A Beautiful Mess   

The Fourth of July is one week from today, and I can’t wait. It’s one of my favorite days of the year. To me, it represents everything I love about summer – celebration, friends, sunshine, fireworks, and food. I’m especially excited this year because Robbie gets to stop home from tour on the fourth, so we’ll all be able to celebrate with our friends as a family. And while the plan is to continue to focus on my clean eating routine into July, I will absolutely be taking the fourth off to fully savor as many delicious foods as possible. While searching for some fun food ideas to create and bring to the party we’ll be attending (I am a sucker for holiday themed foods), I came across these delightful looking recipes, so I thought I’d share them here for this summertime edition of 10 Great. While all of these are vegetarian, you could easily incorporate meat into the savory dishes. Enjoy!

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Eyes Right!

Eyes right!
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Fido + Fluffy’s #FreebieFriday Answers Giveaway Questions

Just this week, we had a few questions about our giveaways so I thought what better place to answer them than in our weekly Fido + Fluffy’s Freebie Friday blog hop which we co-host with To Dog With…



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Broadway Barks Spotlights Adoptables

Waiting in the wings for that one big break, dogs and cats who dream of landing the coveted role of a forever pet parent’s furry family member will step into the spotlight during the 18th…



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Thanks for the comment and your ongoing work in Mi…

Thanks for the comment and your ongoing work in Miami, Michael. Helping landlords identify dog owners who are responsible and well versed in proper management would be a huge help to them when they have a pile of applications and no background in dog behavior, etc. I wonder though if basing rental decisions on evaluation results could turn out to be a double edged sword. As I'm sure you'd agree, a dog with behavior issues can be beautifully managed by a committed owner while a rock solid dog can be a jerk if his owner isn't conscientious. Have you thought of ways to circumvent that concern? I appreciate your feedback because I know you're in the thick of it!
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10 Kitchen Savings Tips


Let me start out this post by saving that I am by no means an expert when it comes to being frugal. While Robbie and I are very careful with money in the big picture and rarely make large purchases for things we don’t need or splurge for top-of-the-line models, we (okay, I) do indulge in non-necessities (like my beloved grande lattes) on a daily basis. In other words, I’m pretty sure that if I was a leader in money-saving skills, buying $ 5 coffee beverages almost everyday wouldn’t be allowed. That said, now that we’ve got two little ones and are in the market to buy a house, we’ve gotten a lot better about noticing where our money is going on the smaller things – and have therefore learned how to save in ways that add up around the house. There is nowhere we’ve seen this prove truer than in the kitchen, and today, I’m going to share some of my top kitchen saving tips with you guys.

1. Opt for high quality trash bags. This is actually a big one. We used to buy low quality trash bags for the kitchen because they were so cheap, and it ultimately backfired because they were constantly ripping (and making really gross messes), which meant we had to waste money buying more and more of them. Now we use Hefty Ultra Strong bags, which are not only outstanding quality, they’re also now available for a new, lower price. I love that they use Arm & Hammer odor neutralizers and new, invigorating scents to help keep odors at bay, but also offer a scent-free option for those who prefer it. And they use active tear resistant technology for better puncture resistance, so we can fit a lot of garbage into them without the fear of constant rips like with our old bags. Go grab some for yourself at Target or Walmart, and then earn $ 1.00 cash back via Ibotta after purchasing a box!

2. Drink water with meals. The cost of juice, soda, etc. adds up (both in terms of money and sugar consumption). We always drink water with meals and throughout the day, and we opt to use reusable water containers over plastic water bottles when taking water with us. (Bonus tip: If it’s better for the environment in terms of eliminating waste, it’s usually better for your wallet too.)

3. Make your own kitchen cleansers. Really all you need to clean your entire kitchen is water, baking soda, vinegar, and citrus fruits. You can combine them in various ways to create a myriad of cleaners for everything from your stove to your sink to your counters to your fridge.

4. Use cloth napkins. Choosing cloth napkins (and dish rags) over disposable paper ones can save you quite a bit of money over time. (And like tip #2, it’s better for the earth as well.)

5. Freeze your fruit. We buy a ton of fruit in this house, and sometimes it starts to go bad before we use it. If I think fruit is getting close to that point, I cut it up, freeze it, and use it in smoothies and smoothie bowls (which I eat for lunch almost everyday).

6. Eat leftovers. Maybe this seems like a given, but it’s something of which I need to be constantly reminded because I’m innately terrible about it. One trick that has helped us to use up extra food is to experiment with different ways to use it in recipes so it doesn’t feel like we’re eating the same thing night after night. Bowls are great for this – you can top brown rice or quinoa with almost anything!

7. Buy in bulk. Most health food stores and many grocery stores have bulk sections where you can buy beans, rice, lentils, nuts, oats, etc. in bulk and use your own containers. Choosing this option over pre-packaged saves a lot of money over time.

8. Try vegetarian. This might sound biased since I don’t personally don’t eat meat, but you can ask my meat loving husband – it’s (usually) a lot less expensive to eat vegetarian. Try replacing just a couple of meals a week with meat-free options and keep track of the extra money you have over a few months.

9. Buy whole produce. It’s so easy to just grab already prepared produce at the grocery store (those pre-cut pineapples and watermelon slices are especially tempting for me, as is pre-made guacamole), but you’re way better off money-wise by just buying the whole produce and preparing it yourself.

10. Use your kitchen. For years (and years, and years) I was the take-out queen. I’ve never been particularly fond of or good at cooking, and let’s face it – when you’re busy, picking up your phone and a take-out menu is incredibly appealing. But by actually using your kitchen and making your own meals, you’re generally eating healthier and you’re absolutely saving money. For the last year or so we have opted to make our own meals over ordering food and eating out except for very rare occasions. It adds up.

I hope these tips prove as useful to you as they have to us. And if you have any kitchen savings tips of your own, I’d love to hear them!

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GIVEAWAY // Win A $100 Gift Card to Gaia Conceptions!

GIVEAWAY // Win A $  100 Gift Card to Gaia Conceptions from Bubby & Bean!

Yesterday was the first official day of summer, and we think that’s reason to celebrate. So we are teaming up with our pals and long time Bubby and Bean sponsors Gaia Conceptions once again for another incredible giveaway! They are giving away $ 100 to spend in their online shop, which (as you probably know by now) features some of the most beautiful eco-friendly clothing around. They have hundreds of styles to choose from, each one of which is custom created to your size, color choice, and fabric selection. Both Essley and I are proud owners of several Gaia pieces. And now one lucky Bubby and Bean reader is going to get a $ 100 gift card to spend on Gaia Conceptions clothing of your very own!

Win a $  100 Gift Card to Gaia Conceptions from Bubby and Bean


Use the form below, and/or, because the main methods of entering this giveaway (worth the most points) involve Instagram, you can also enter directly on IG, right here. There are several options for extra entries as well.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This giveaway will run through June 29, 2016 and is open to Bubby and Bean readers worldwide. All entries from the Rafflecopter form above and Instagram will be combined. A winner will be randomly chosen via Random.org and announced here shortly after the end of the giveaway.

Big thanks again to Andrea and friends over at Gaia Conceptions for giving our readers the chance to win another gift card to their amazing shop! Good luck!

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