What a year it has been! It’s easy to think 2020 was all terrible. But in reality, I managed to make great memories and accomplish many goals.


Writing down accomplishments is a great place to start the new year. This process will remind you what you managed to conquer, especially during a difficult year. Sure we all still have quite the progress we would like to make on our individual journeys but I sure am proud of how far you have come!


So take a few minutes and write down a few great memories and accomplishments you had in 2020.


Below are a few of my accomplishments in 2020:


  • I completely changed my social media presence. I transitioned my social media accounts from just Teddy to the life & relationship Teddy and I share.

  • This forced me to become more comfortable in my skin and in front of the camera. It may be a surprise considering my social media, but I am an incredibly shy introvert. For me this was a HUGE accomplishment. I’ve learned to deal with the onlookers when we are out taking photos.

  • I taught Teddy a new trick, to kiss when asked.

  • I increased what I thought I was worth. I stopped saying yes to every company that wanted to work with me (especially companies that only wanted to give free product.) I was not afraid to say no and let an opportunity pass if I was not given what I thought I deserved.

  • I wrote many more blog posts throughout the year. Many that inspired lots of you.

  • I Read 12 books -My goal was 1 per month.

  • I started to make more sustainable choices which included adding a meatless day every week.

  • I lived through major renovations and started making my apartment a home.


This easy homemade gingerbread dog treat recipe will get you in the mood for Christmas. The recipe calls for six ingredients and your dog will love them!



It's the most wonderful time of the year to bake and when calories don't count. (I wish!) I love the smell of cinnamon in the air during Christmas. It reminds me of apple pie and gingerbread cookies. My sister and I love to decorate gingerbread men while listening to Christmas songs. Our fun memories inspired me to create a dog-friendly gingerbread treat for Teddy.


I may not be the world's best baker when it comes to human treats but I sure can whip up some easy treats for my dog, Teddy. I prefer to bake him treats because I know exactly what ingredients he is consuming. Plus, it's fun to let him lick the spoon to help me clean up. I created this dog-friendly gingerbread treat recipe knowing what ingredients are toxic to dogs and what may make my dog's stomach upset. Although ginger and cinnamon are safe for dogs, any pre-mixed spice with nutmeg, clove and allspice are NOT safe. Molasses are safe for dogs in small quantities but please consult a veterinarian if your dog has food allergies/insensitivities.


Happy Holidays from my family to yours!




NOTE:


Ginger and Cinnamon are safe for dogs. Do NOT use pumpkin spice mix that contains nutmeg, clove and allspice. These are toxic to animals.


You can substitute any flour of your choice (oat flour, coconut flour, wheat flour) but you may need to add more or less depending on the consistency of the flour.


It is safe for Dogs to have a small amount of molasses but make sure your molasses does not have artificial sweeteners (such as Xylitol). If you feel hesitant or unsure how your dog's GI will react to molasses you can substitute for peanut butter, but note the treats may not look the same.


If your dog is sensitive to dairy, do not use the greek yogurt to decorate the gingerbread treats. You can consider using Kefir.




Gingerbread Dog Treats

Yield: About 15-20 Cookies


Ingredients


1 cup Flour (make it gluten-free by using coconut/oat flour)

2 tb molasses

1 tb coconut oil

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

2 eggs

Plain greek yogurt for decorating

Directions:


  1. Preheat oven to 350 Degrees F

  2. In one bowl, combine oil, molasses, and egg in a mixing bowl and whisk until mixed well.

  3. In another bowl, sift flour, ginger, and cinnamon into wet ingredients. Mix well until a dough forms.

  4. Flour your work space, roll the dough out to 1/4” thickness.

  5. Cut shapes into dough with fun holiday themed cookie cutters.

  6. Place cookies on a baking sheet and bake until firm about 15-25 minutes depending on the type of flour used.

  7. Allow cookies to completely cool on a wire rack.

  8. When cool, use greek yogurt to decorate the gingerbread men dog treats.


Enjoy!




These easy holiday decorating ideas will turn your home into a magical wonderland for Christmas while keeping you on a budget.


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We can all agree that December is going to be the best month 2020 has to offer. There’s nothing like the joy that the holidays bring! For the first time in my adult life, I am putting up and decorating a large faux Christmas Tree. Every year I either have not had the space or time to get a Christmas tree. But I have always decorated for Christmas and I like to bring a touch of the holidays into each room.

Here are 10 simple creative ways to decorate your home for Christmas while still staying on a budget:




1. Garlands


Use Garlands to quickly and easily transform your house. I recommend using fresh ones from Trader Joe’s ($7!) to give you the fresh pine smell that is synonymous to Christmas. Get creative and use it anywhere such as draped over doorways or your banister and as part of your centerpiece on your table. Try hanging your garlands in an asymmetrical look to get a completely different aesthetic. And add layers using this pom pom garland ($10) or beads ($11).




2. Add Holiday Cheer To Your Pet's Area


While decorating your home, don't forget about your pet's space. I decorate a small 3ft Christmas tree for Teddy along with adding lots of lights on his teepee.



3. DIY Christmas Tree Using Lights


Last year I did not have the space or time to get a tree and decorate but I still wanted my place to look festive. You can easily use a string of lights and command hooks to create a Christmas tree. The best part is that you can use it to hold all the holiday cards you may receive. The string of lights at Target cost $5.



4. Hang Stockings In Unexpected Places


If you do not have a fireplace or a mantle like me you can still hang your stockings in new places such as a blanket ladder or a console table. My Christmas stockings are from Target for $5-$10.


5. Use Ornaments or Pinecones to decorate


The easiest way to decorate for Christmas is to fill up a bowl or vase with ornaments or pinecones. Another creative way is to hang them on a simple branch.




6. Add Small Live Christmas Trees


You may or may not have a large center tree. Try adding a smaller pine tree that’s either real or faux around your house. This Live Christmas tree from Home Depot was about $20.


7. Faux Presents


Every tree needs presents underneath them! It’s easy to create DIY presents using an Amazon box.




8. Lights & Candles


I find that lights and candles truly turn your place into a magical wonderland at night.



9. Brush Bottle Trees


I absolutely love this trend! It’s so easy to transform a shelf or mantle by adding a few brush bottle trees. Or heck get crazy and make a full forest! The larger brush bottle trees are about $10-$15 at Target and the smaller brush bottle trees came in a set for $15.



10. Christmas Houses or Village


Just like the brush bottle trees, you can create a whole Christmas village (city) or use a few to decorate a shelf. I found these decorative figurines at the dollar section at Target.


I hope these easy Christmas decoration ideas have inspired you to decorate your home for the holidays this year!



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