How To: Travel With Your Pet(s)

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Hi Everyone!

I am still so happy with my Nissan Rogue S. It has so much room and we have been able to take Diesel and his family everywhere! As I'm sure most of you pet owners know, traveling with pets isn't always easy. Depending on the size of the animal and how it deals with travel, can make the trip easy or hard. In this blog post I will be sharing many helpful hints for traveling with your pets.

My kitties for instance, each have their own cat carriers and they usually meow for a little while in the beginning and then they quiet down and relax for the rest of the trip. To comfort them, I usually put one of my t-shirts in the cat carrier along with a toy (that they usually never play with haha).


When it comes to Diesel, I have to do a little more than that. I purchased a seat cover for the back seat of my car from Walmart to help contain his fur and any dirt that he might bring in. This seat cover is water proof and it's scented so that it deodorizes the smell of dog from your car. I highly recommend getting something like this because it will keep your seats nice.

Here are a two options found at Walmart:
Option 1 - waterproof and tear proof
Option 2 - waterproof and non-slip

If your furry friend also likes to climb to the front of the car like Diesel does, I also recommend getting a car barrier. There are so many different types of barriers that you can get. Some separate the back area of the car from the passenger seats, giving your pet the whole back side of the car.

The barrier that I like is one that separates the front of your car near the center console from the rest of the car. The reason why I find it so important is because one time Diesel was standing on my center console and someone cut me off, causing me to hit my breaks and Diesel to fall. After that, he didn't like car rides for months. He's better now but that's definitely something I learned.

Here are a two options found at Walmart:
Option 1
Option 2

For longer car rides, I like to bring some of his favorite bones. Flavor bones keep Diesel occupied and calm which keeps us happy too! Grab your pets favorite and I promise the ride will be smoother. Recently, we have also rolled down the window a little bit because he loves smelling everything. He loves this so much that he's actually started to figure out how to roll down the window! :P


In a previous blog post, I shared a website called www.bringfido.com that helps you find dog friendly attractions in any area. I recently used this again when we brought Diesel with us to Tampa last for the Tone It Up Tour. I also went on www.Trivago.com to find pet friendly rooms. I have found that no matter what, I always have to call the hotel to book a reservation because not all sites have the option to note that you're bringing a pet.

We were able to find a great dog friendly hotel with a bed big enough for all of us. Needless to say, we all slept great! :)

I hope you all loved this travel post and if you have any questions, please let me know in the comments below!

Weekly Round Up

Friday, October 13, 2017

It's Fridayyyyy!!!

How was everyone's week?! I am so happy that it's finally the weekend because I cannot wait to just relax, get my life organized and cuddle with my puppy and kitties!


This week I found some really great articles that I hope inspire you and make you smile!

The first article I found was the absolute cutest article I've seen yet. As you all know, I love dogs, especially my own puppy Diesel. Sarah from Classy Girls Wear Pearls shared the cutest article of the most perfect puppy. Get your cute fix below!

Read it here: http://www.classygirlswearpearls.com/2017/10/the-leaf-catchers.html


I have loved Lauren Conrad's collection at Kohl's for years. Her collection has always matched my style: soft and feminine. She recently shared a "Chic Peek" at her October collection. Needless to say, I want everything!

Read it here: https://laurenconrad.com/blog/2017/10/chic-peek-october-kohls-collection-3/


With the Tone It Up fall challenge in full force, I found a great article from Hello Glow that supports it. The fall challenge is all about starting a new healthy habit and what better way to do this by reading some helpful tips on how to make a habit stick?!

Read it here: http://helloglow.co/how-to-make-a-new-habit-stick/


A year ago I hurt myself from working out and really had to make some changes to what I was doing. Because of this I learned what yoga was and to this day I absolutely love it. Camille from Camille Styles shared an article with 7 yoga poses that will energize you. I really liked that she went into detail with every pose. I think that's so important, especially if it's a new pose to someone or if yoga is new to you in general!

Read it here: http://camillestyles.com/wellness/fitness-tutorials/yoga-poses-that-energize/?slide=8


I hope you all have a lovely weekend and I cannot wait to share some more great articles with you next week!

Dress: Venus

The Hyppo Popsicle Shop, Jacksonville, FL

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Happy Thursday!

How's everyone doing today?! Yesterday was so fun because we did a Halloween themed photo shoot with Diesel and it was ADORABLE! I cannot wait to show all of you the photos. If you want a sneak peak, check out my Instagram story! :)

Today I'm sharing a super fun popsicle store located in Jacksonville, FL called The Hyppo. Don't fret if you live in Florida but not in in Jax. This popsicle shop also has locations in Tampa and Gainesville! 



I love The Hyppo because every single popsicle is naturally made. Their key ingredients are: fresh fruit, fresh herbs & spices, evaporated cane juice, and sometimes dairy. They've created more than 450 flavors and trust me they're all delicious! To see all of the flavors they've ever created, click on the link in the previous sentence. 




This place is the perfect spot for a family outing, a catch up session with your girls or any fun special celebration! The locations are super bright, colorful and inviting. 



I love supporting local businesses whenever I can. My mom started her own business over 30 years ago and she's still going strong. I think anyone who has the guts to do this is incredible and inspiring.




The history behind Hyppo is actually really cool and I encourage you to read their story!  



If you're not in Florida, you can still order some popsicles online. I will say that it is expensive for a box and not in my budget...but their popsicles are really good. :) No matter what, you can always get them individually at any of their Florida locations! 

I hope you all loved this blog post and check out this adorable popsicle shop soon! I mean honestly...it's still hot so...go for it! :P

Dress:Altar'd State - Sold out

Skinnypop Popcorn Fall Snack Guide

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Happy Tuesday!

How's everyone's week going so far?! I am so excited for this coming weekend because it will be the first weekend in two weeks that I will be HOME! I cannot wait to be a little bit of a homebody and relax with Diesel, Chandler and my kitties. :) I think a movie and a healthy snack is totally going to happen!


Speaking of food, who else LOVES Skinnypop popcorn?! I love Skinnypop because it has no artificial ingredients, it's non GMO, and it's free of so many ingredients that many people are allergic to (i.e. peanuts, dairy). 

Skinnypop thought it would be really fun to create a fall snack guide that features their favorite popcorn flavors along with their go-to drink of choice! When Chandler and I looked at the list, we immediately gravitated towards the apple cider Moscow mule and the apple cider sangria. After trying both, our favorite was the Moscow mule + Original SkinnyPop pairing!


If you are a huge fan of Moscow mule's like Chandler and I are, then you have to try this twist on a classic. I personally would have never thought of this combination but I am so glad I tried it! If you're looking for a fall drink that your guests will love at your next event, this one is for you!

For more popcorn pairing ideas, check out Skinnypop's fall snack guide below to find your new favorite! 


I hope you all enjoy the rest of your Tuesday!

Weekly Round Up

Friday, October 6, 2017

Happy Fridayyy!

Anyone else feel like this week went by so fast? This week was super tiring though since it was my first week back at work from my vacation. I was shocked that I was tired because I didn't do anything strenuous on my vacation! I just relaxed the whole time (except for at the TIU tour of course). But, being that relaxed can make you tired too and I'm finally feeling like my good 'ol self again!

This weekend I am actually on the road again to visit some family and friends back home. My friend Sarah, who's getting married in November, is having her bridal shower this Saturday so I'm super excited for that. Also, Chandler's grandma is celebrating her 80th birthday on Sunday. PSA: She is the coolest grandma ever. I mean, she's busier than I am! Every night she has plans with her girls and I'm just like wow, I hope I'm that cool when I'm her age.

For this week's round up, I found some really great articles. I hope you like them!



Where's my Bachelor Nation people at?! Refinery 29 published an article yesterday featuring the man who should have won this past season (IMO), Peter Kraus. In February, Peter will be joining other Bachelor stars at a winter resort where they will be having their own winter games. This honestly sounds hilarious and I can't wait for the show's debut!

Read it here: http://www.refinery29.com/2017/10/175398/peter-kraus-returning-the-bachelor-winter-games


Who else is SO glad that October is finally here! While the first day of fall is technically in September, it really doesn't feel like fall to me until October hits because it's the first month with a major holiday and tons of festive events since the 4th. Speaking of being festive, I found the cutest Halloween costume article from A Beautiful Mess that will make all of the mom and daughter duo's smile.

Read it here: http://abeautifulmess.com/2017/10/mother-daughter-mermaid-costume-diy.html


Two trends that I can't get enough of right now are lace and velvet. As soon as I saw this article from Extra Petite, I knew it was one I had to share. Jean shared a few gorgeous dresses from Bloomingdales that are perfect for the upcoming months!

Read it here: http://www.extrapetite.com/2017/10/fall-wedding-guest-dress.html


I know I've featured her recently, but I'll say it again...I think Samantha is awesome! She shared an article with 15 motivational quotes to power your workout and they're all great. Sometimes we need to read something like this in order to keep going. I know I have those days all the time! If you need a little pick me up or just want to read something positive, check out Samantha's article below.

Read it here: https://www.thefitbrunette.com/single-post/2017/10/05/15-Motivational-Quotes-to-Power-Your-Workout


For all my TIU team, Tone It Up just released their Fall Challenge!!! The challenge is only 21 days long which means it's time to get focused and accomplish some major goals! To learn more about the challenge and to sign up, click the link below. (It starts this Monday!!!)

Read it here: https://www.toneitup.com/lifestyle/your-tone-it-up-21-checklist/


Last but not least, did anyone see yesterday that THE BOLD TYPE IS COMING BACK FOR TWO MORE SEASONS!!!!!!! Sorry not sorry for the caps there...I'm just so excited!!! If you have not yet binge watched season one, consider yourself busy this weekend. :)


Photography: Chantell Cruz Photography

P.S. If anyone wants to get me this scooter....I'm not opposed! :P

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