10 Great Holiday Wreath Designs

10 Great Holiday Wreath Designs via Bubby and Bean
1. Magnolia Leaf and Eucalyptus Wreath, the Magnolia Company  //  2. DIY Berry Wreath, Good Housekeeping  //  3. Simple Holiday Wreath, Nest of Posies  //  4. Bittersweet Wreath, Design Mag  //  5. Mini Wreath Garland, The Merry Thought  //  6. Simple Festive Wreath, Freckle and Wulff  //  7. Winter Citrus Wreath, Design*Sponge  //  8. Seeded Eucalyptus Wreath, Terrain  //  9. Spruce Forest Wreath, Terrain  //  10. DIY Holiday Wreath, Style Me Pretty

The 10 Great series is no stranger to holiday inspiration. Last year, I posted 10 Great Holiday Cocktails and 10 Great Christmas Cookie Recipes. The year before, I shared 10 Great Holiday Wrapping Ideas and 10 Great Holiday Craft Projects. Most recently, I have had my eye on a very specific part of the holiday decor genre – the wreath – so it only seemed natural to share my 10 favorite finds with you guys.

There is something about hanging a wreath during this time of year that feels especially comforting to me. My mom used to hand make all of our wreaths growing up (and often, still does), so maybe that’s what I find so appealing about them. I also like that they’re sort of a sweet symbol of welcoming when they’re hanging on front doors, and that they can so subtly add a hint of the season to an indoor space without being overwhelming. I’m not completely sure if I’ll buy a simple wreath this year and add my own decorations, or if I’ll make something from scratch, but regardless, I’ll be using the 10 gorgeous wreath designs you see here as inspiration. I hope you find them inspiring for your own holiday wreath plans well.


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Join Me at Tuesday Morning in the Dallas Area!

Are you in the Dallas area? If so, please make plans to come to to the Tuesday Morning Happier Holidays event at the Farmers Branch store. You’ll have a chance to save $ 10 off your $ 50 purchase…

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GIVEAWAY // Win 2 Customized Belts from Gells!

Our regular readers might remember when we teamed up with our pals at Gells for a giveaway last spring. The giveaway was really popular, and we love the company and their mission so much (not to mention that they have grown in the best of ways over the year), so we decided to do it again for the holidays!

For those who aren’t familiar, Gells (pronounced “jellz”) is a small business founded on the belief that you can operate a for-profit company with philanthropy at heart. Husband and wife team Ashley and Richard (who happen to have a combined twenty years of business experience ranging from marketing to finance to fashion) created the company as part of a longtime shared dream. With their mutual appreciation for well-made, casual apparel, they designed a classic, colorful belt intended to “gel your outfit together” as their signature product, and made it their mission to support various charities through the belts’ sales. Pretty great, right? (And I once again have to mention how much I love their logo, which is a rendering of their beloved family pet Can-Can, who lost her battle to canine cancer at a young age. Canine cancer research is one of the areas to which Gells donates.)

Since our last Gells giveaway, the company has expanded to include kids sizes and customization via embroidery on their signature belts. Their kid size belts (which are adorable) are available in ages 0-2 and 3-5. And the embroidery options include names, monograms, and more in several fonts and virtually any color. (I’m eyeing the kid’s navy belt with Essley’s name embroidered on it in white. So cute!)

The Gells signature belt is available in six colors and three adult sizes, as well as two kid’s sizes. Each belt color represents a different charity. Donations from the purchase of a navy belts go to Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation, purple goes to the National Canine Cancer Foundation, royal blue goes to the Arthritis National Research Foundation, hunter green goes to Thanks USA, pink goes to the Breast Cancer Alliance, and donations from the purchase of red belts is divided equally among the charities. We love this so much.

And now for the best part! One lucky Bubby and Bean reader will win a set of two of Gells’ signature belts, in your choice of color and adult or kids sizes, along with the option to customize each belt with a name, monogram, or symbol (anchor or moon and star)! Gells will work directly with the winner to choose from four different fonts and their endless thread colors, so you’ll get the exact belts you want. (Total value of $ 58 to $ 74. Please note that pink is currently sold out.)

To enter, just use the form below.  There are several ways to enter.

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This giveaway will run through December 9th, 2015 and is open to Bubby and Bean readers worldwide. The winner will be randomly chosen and announced here shortly after. 

Thanks again to Gells for giving our readers the chance to win two of their super cool customized belts! And here’s some more good news: Gells is offering Bubby and Bean readers 25% off all belts from now until December 31st with code BUBBYANDBEAN. Woohoo!


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The Adventures of Chef Big Dog

Now that our Puppy Up events have winded down for the season, I’m up in CT helping out a friend with her food truck and it’s been quite an experience so far.
I’ve cooked for farmer’s markets, festivals, and for hundreds of families and friends I’ve stayed with throughout our journey but the food truck thing is a whole nother level. 
I’ll be sharing my culinary adventures, how and why YBD became CBD, and what’s next in 2016 at www.chefbigdog.com   


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Reality meets a photo

PhotoMenton: When reality meets a photograph!


Quand la réalité rencontre une photo!

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Sarge’s mini-me — Otto

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Review: Dyson V6 Animal #DysonDogs

We received a Dyson Animal vacuum for our review. As always, DogTipper only shares products that we use with our own pets. All statements and opinions are entirely our own. We all know that pets =…

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Growing Up

I’d forgotten how much time a puppy takes up.  Thank goodness for Lacey – she keeps him entertained for most of his waking hours.  He’s had 2 sets of shots so we’ve started leash walks around the neighbourhood.  We are having some trouble with traffic noises but he recovers very quickly so hopefully he’ll figure it out.  He isn’t noise sensitive to anything else that I’ve discovered.

He’s happy to meet people and other dogs.  He’s come to daycare for a few hours and did great.  He was more reserved than I expected but he was pretty happy the whole time.  He likes to sit back and watch the action before getting involved.

He is very polite and will patiently sit and wait for cookies and is also very polite with other dogs. I guess growing up with two crabby dogs has some benefits.  :)

Anyway, here is a summary of a month’s worth of photos.  He’s changing so fast!

Crazy Coulee and Little Lacey

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Five Things You Need to Know About the Delta Pet Policy

The internet was abuzz this week with word about the changes to Delta’s pet flying policy. And as tends to happen, people got about 75% of the way there before they took a sharp left turn and read it incorrectly. Here is what you need to know:


1. Headlines saying “Delta no longer allowing pets as cargo” are wrong.

As of March 1, 2016 pets will no longer be allowed as checked baggage. This does not mean pets over 30 pounds will be allowed in the cabin. It means they must fly as cargo, which is different than baggage. (More on that in a minute.) The exceptions to this rule will be active duty military travelling to new posts, and certified support animals.

2. The in-cabin policies have not changed.

Pets under 30 pounds have always been allowed to travel as carry-on in approved carriers. This policy does not affect that at all, nor does it allow animals into the cabin that it did not before.

3. Delta Cargo is probably going to be a lot safer for the pet than travelling as baggage.

When a pet is to travel, airlines require a health certificate signed by a veterinarian. One of the worst parts for me is when they require a “statement of acclimation“, stating that a pet is acclimated to temperatures above or below a certain range. I live in San Diego. Pets don’t get acclimated to 45 degrees here.

Even if you are flying a pet from San Diego to Miami, if there is a layover in Denver then the pet may be exposed to extreme temperatures during that period, and that is where trouble usually happens. No matter how you plan, delays and problems occur and most problems happen on the ground.

You would be surprised at the number of people who get upset when I say, “This isn’t safe for your pet. I can’t sign this statement.” Most do not agree to delay travel. They just find another vet willing to take on the liability. 74 pets died on Delta flights in the last ten years.

In cargo, pets will be in temperature controlled holds at all times in air and on the ground, not sitting on the tarmac in the rain and snow (it happens). They will also utilize professional kennel services if overnight stays become necessary. While airlines do temperature and pressure control luggage holds, cargo areas often have a separate controlled temperature area specifically for temperature sensitive cargo, and this is where pets will go.

4. It’s going to be a pain.

  • There is no guarantee you and your pet will be on the same flight
  • It’s probably going to be more expensive
  • The pickup and drop off locations will probably be somewhere other than baggage claim

United has a similar plan in place already if you’re wondering how this will probably look. PetSafe costs in the $ 200-$ 2000 range and they have a long list of restrictions for breeds, most notably brachycephalic breeds. (But English Bulldogs shouldn’t be flying in cargo ever anyway.) In short, you’re going to have to REALLY want to travel with your pet.

5. Plan ahead.

Have your ducks in a row in terms of appropriate kennels, health requirements, and travel dates. International travel with pets can require a TON of work. To make it even more fun, domestic travel cannot be booked more than 14 days ahead of time. Those people who start thinking about this stuff a week before they’re supposed to depart are going to be in for a major surprise.

You can read the original Delta blog post here.

The liability of pets in luggage compartments has been a headache for veterinarians and airlines for many years, so I can’t complain about this. Whether this change is due to a genuine concern for pets, bad PR, or financial liability doesn’t really matter to me- all I care about is the fact that this is a good change for travelling pets.

Pawcurious: With Veterinarian and Author Dr. V

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Rosh Hashanah (Happy New Year) Wishes from a Furry Friend of Mine… Frankie!

Frankie Wishes all L’shanah tovah


Wondering what your Jewish Pet Parents are celebrating? Here is a Rosh Hashanah “cheat sheet” written by Wendy Thomas Russell on PBS Newshour.

Holiday: Rosh Hashanah

Pronounced: ROE-sha-SHA-na

Religion represented: Judaism

Date: The 1st and 2nd of the month of Tishrei in the Hebrew calendar. In 2015, the holiday starts at sunset Sept. 13 and ends at nightfall Sept. 15.

What it is: The Jewish New Year

Not to be confused with: Yom Kippur, which occurs 10 days later.

How important is it?: I asked my friend and former editor Jason Gewirtz. Here’s what he said: “Rosh Hashanah is a big, big deal. It’s the start of the Jewish new year. Yom Kippur the next week is only slightly bigger. [On a scale of 1 to 10], I’d say Rosh Hashanah is a 9.5 and Yom Kippur a 10. There’s nothing bigger than the two of them. They’re tied to each other. The period in between is supposed to be a time of mending any fences, if you will, and reflecting on things that can be improved from the previous year… It’s said that on Rosh Hashanah, you’ll either be written in or out of the Book of Life for the coming year. But on Yom Kippur, the book is sealed, meaning you’ve got that time in between to screw up or make your righteousness known.”

The good stuff: Foodwise, this holiday is associated with apples and honey (symbolizing a sweet new year), as well as pomegranates and challah (braided bread). Also, in lieu of stupid hats and tasseled squawkers, celebrants sport the traditional yarmulke and blow a cool-looking horn called a shofar.

Conveying meaning to kids: At dinner [a few years ago], I explained to my daughter that Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is a time for reflecting on your life and challenging yourself to become a better human being. I served apples and pomegranates and asked Maxine to come up with one way that she might improve. Coincidentally, she had been reprimanded for “being silly” in her kindergarten class that morning, so her idea of self-improvement was to better follow her teacher’s instructions. I said my own resolution would be to spend less time looking at my phone. (Then on Yom Kippur, we checked in with each other about how well we did. The results? Well, a bit meh on both accounts. Luckily, we’re not religious…) As for children’s books, I recommend “Celebrate: A Book of Jewish Holidays” by Judi Gross and Bari Weissman.”    Read full story

May you be Inscribed in the Book of Life!

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