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.

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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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Last Minute Entertaining Tips

My regular readers know all about my love of casual entertaining. I’ve posted examples of it before, and mentioned it dozens of times in passing. While putting together the occasional big fancy party can be fun (I’m talking every few years, tops), I prefer to host more laid back gatherings with close friends where we can all relax and just enjoy one another’s company.

I’m admittedly a planner even when it comes to the most casual of events, but there are times when there isn’t advance notice to allow for preparations. Thankfully, when it comes to the casual entertaining style I already enjoy, there are easy ways to put things together and create really great hang sessions, even when they’re last minute. I recently had a couple of friends who called to let me know they were in town for just a few hours while on a layover, so I pulled out a few things I had around the house for refreshments, and we ended up having the best time. Today I thought I’d share what I did, in hopes it might inspire some of you the next time you need to entertain without much notice.

You guys are well aware of my fondness for party trays (I’m pretty sure I’ve shared at least three variations of them with you over the years), and that was the first place I started. Part of the reason I’m such a fan is that you can put them together in a pinch with whatever you happen to have sitting around your house, in a way that still looks visually appealing. I sliced some oranges, cheddar cheese, and vegan jalapeño cheese, and arranged them on a wooden cutting board with olives, two types of crackers, and some almonds. In five minutes I’d created a delicious snack for my friends without having to run out and grab supplies.

Next I grabbed a couple bottles of wine from my pantry. Having great quality wines on hand is key to taking last minute gatherings up a notch, guys. One friend prefers white and the other red, so I chose a Chardonnay and a Cabernet Sauvignon from one of my favorite wineries, Sequoia Grove. Both varietals work nicely with the snacks I had on hand, and each has its own unique characteristics that make it delicious. I also love that Sequoia Grove winery (which has been around since 1979) is family owned, with a tasting room that is nestled into one of the last remaining groves of the majestic Sequoia sempervirens in the area (because y’all know redwoods hold a very special place in my heart). I’m not usually a white wine person, but their Chardonnay is probably my favorite wine for summertime. It’s so, so good.

Finally, I arranged the party tray on the dining room table along with some wine glasses and small plates, some pretty napkins, a candle, and a small flowering plant from my deck (instant floral centerpiece), and voila – instant afternoon tea party for grown ups. I have two very young children and I work from home, which translates to the fact that I am a hot mess more often than not. But when it comes to last minute entertaining, I’ve learned how to make it work and, you know, at least appear to be channeling a Martha Stewart vibe. Just remember – all you need is a cute cutting board, some cheese/fruit/crackers, and a great wine like Sequoia Grove Chardonnay and/or Cabernet Sauvignon, and you’re set.

Have any other suggestions for throwing together a last minute gathering? Have you tried Sequoia Grove wines?

Thank you for supporting the brands that help make Bubby and Bean possible. This post is in partnership with Sequoia Grove and One2One Network. All opinions stated are my own.

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K-9 Inka Dies in Hot Car in Georgia

It has happened again. A police officer left his K-9 partner in the car and the dog died. It’s not only tragic, it’s inexcusable. Lt. Daniel Peabody of Canton, Georgia, drove home from his post last Friday with his Belgian Malinois, Inka, in the back of his patrol car. He turned the engine off and […]


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Beyond

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Ancient man and ancient wolves hooked up. Dogs are the artifact of that relationship.

But the 21st century is testing that relationship. As traditional communities and belief systems have fallen to the wayside, dogs have become a kind ersatz religion. Every breed has its taboo topics: Brindle in salukis and basenjis. White in German shepherds. Ridgeless ridgebacks. The length of dachshund backs.

Talk of crossbreeding results in furious invective. Talk of training methods starts unending fights. Raw feeding is a war.

And for heaven’s sake, never talk about pit bulls!

This is not a community that is designed to attract people. Only the dogs themselves and what they have to offer really keeps it going.

If you are by nature a gadfly, be prepared for ostracism.

As someone on the political left living in a conservative state, I can say that I’ve lost more friends over dog-related issues than I ever dreamed of losing in discussing politics.

I’ve become convinced that there really isn’t a place for me in these communities. It’s taken me a long time to realize it.

This is not fun anymore.

I’m moving beyond this world. I will always admire good dogs.

But I don’t think I’m a “dog person” anymore.

 

 

 

 


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Friday Funny: What’s In Your Mouth, Dog?

Funny pictures, but a serious reminder that you have to watch your dog all the time – they’re worse than toddlers at getting into stuff they’re not supposed to. Enjoy your weekend! Until next time, Good day, and good dog!


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