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The Secret Life of Pets (Summer 2016) - I can't wait!

 

I don’t know about you but I’m certainly excited for the release of The Secret Life of Pets. Alex and Evan had their first movie theater experience a couple weeks ago and we can’t wait for our next!  They are just 3 1/2 and 5 so we have so many movies in our future!

My birthday is coming up (hint hint!) and these adorable Fandango collectible gift cards are now available! In celebration of the movie’s release, fans can now buy these gift cards for their favorite movie lovers (in both digital or physical form) at fandango.com/giftcards.

While you anxiously await the movie, check out this Exclusive Interview with The Secret Life of Pets Cast!

And my favorite… a fun quiz! This would be perfect to take with the whole family as you wait for the movie to start. I got Blu from Rio – who will you get? QUIZ: Who’s Your Movie Pet BFF?

 

My 5 year old loved his first experience at AMC theaters!

ThunderShirt – the shirt that calms dogs

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My dogs have two very different personalities, but they have one thing in common…anxiety.  That includes thunderstorms, household renovations, travel, and even our children being loud at times.  While Kainalu and Bella have different fears and ways of showing it, I wanted to give ThunderShirt a try.

ThunderShirt is a brand created by a dog owner who dealt with something many of us have been through – his dog shaking, barking, and being scared of thunderstorms and fireworks.  ThunderShirts are a simple, drug-free solution that have a big impact.

ThunderShirt - the shirt that calms dogs during thunderstorms and fireworks - perfect for my dog's anxiety!

There are a variety of styles available – sport, polo, and specialty sports team styles.  The small Pink Polo ThunderShirt fit Bella, my chihuahua pomeranian mix who is approximately 15 lbs, and the medium Classic ThunderShirt (gray) fit my stockier mixed breed Kainalu who is somewhere between 25 and 30 lbs.  Since the shirts are adjustable with velcro, you have a bit of leeway in case your dog’s weight fluctuates over time.

After using the shirts for about a month now, including the 4th of July and several thunderstorms, I am very impressed with how much they really do help.  I had my doubts in the beginning but once we tried them, my doubts were erased.  My dogs were much calmer during thunderstorms and hardly even seemed to bat an eye at hearing fireworks.

 

Bella's ThunderShirt helped her anxiety immensely during fireworks!

 

If your dog shows signs of anxiety in similar situations, I highly recommend giving ThunderShirt a try!  Visit ThunderShirt online or find them on Amazon.

Now I can’t wait to check out their other products!

Make moving easier (when you have kids) – because it’s hard enough as it is!

Tips for moving when you have kids - we sure need this with our upcoming move!

 

Moving can be scary and an unknown territory for kids. My family is currently in the process of moving and I want to share with you some tips that have been working for us!

 

1) Get the kids involved.
Don’t just send them away to their room or a friend’s house as you pack. Let them help! Turn some tunes on and have some fun. The kids can decorate boxes or pack some of their things (that you will undoubtedly have to re-pack at night, but hey, the kids are keeping happy and busy so it’s a win to me!)

 

2) Take lots of breaks.
The kids don’t understand why you have to pack, pack, pack, instead of play, play, play. Make sure to dedicate 15 minutes of every hour to the kids, even if they are “helping.”

 

3) Let the kids “clean” while you pack.
This is definitely a win-win. The kids are happy and busy and they might actually save you a little time. Or maybe not, but it will help them feel needed and it will improve everyone’s attitude. Tip: Have the kids use baby wipes rather than Lysol or Clorox wipes.

 

4) Get out occasionally.
Everyone needs to re-set. Seeing boxes all day long is exhausting. Get out, go for a walk, go get ice cream cones, or whatever your thing is. Just make sure it’s away from the house!

 

5) Pick a special surprise for when the move is complete.
Make sure the kids open the surprise gift at the new house. It will serve as a reward for putting up with such a difficult transition.

 

6) Involve the kids in activities near the new home to give it a positive, exciting vibe.
If the kids are able to make new friends or have any positive feelings towards the new neighborhood or town, it will greatly help with their adjustment.  Join a local club or even visit the local parks to get comfortable with the new neighborhood or town.

 

How to make moving easier when you have kids - a definite must-pin for when that time comes!

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