Hanging a perfect gallery wall can be challenging. I will show you the easiest, fool-proof way to put up a gallery wall without using nails and creating holes in your wall!


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Since moving into my new place, I have been looking at blank walls for months now. The idea of finding frames, picking photos and putting up a gallery wall has been daunting! To make it easier, I used this frame set. It comes with 12 frames that are already matted and look beautiful! I had to get creative in order to put up the frames without making multiple holes in my wall. Through my trial and error, I was able to figure out two tips that streamlined the project and I was able to get the frames perfectly straight the first time!

My first tip is to get a level! Sure you can use a tape measure and hope for the best. But seriously, save yourself the headache and get a level. Even this small level for $5 will help you hang your photos perfectly straight the first time!



So how did I put up all these frames without a single hole in the wall?


I used 3m command picture hanging strips! I have used 3m command hooks previously to hang my hats. And even put up my heavy mirror with multiple command strips without it falling down. The larger strips hold 16 pounds and the smaller strips hold 12 pounds. I recommend getting the larger pack with assorted sizes.



These frames are not that heavy, so I used 1.5 command strips for each frame. I cut the command strips down the middle and applied it to the back of the frame. When you put your strip down on the back of the frame, make sure you do not put it over the edge of the frame or else it will show when you put it on the wall. You then will need to peel the sticker off the backend of your strip. I recommend putting the level on the top of your frame to see if it is straight before you stick it to the wall.



The best part is no holes in the wall and no extra holes from all your mistakes. You can take the frames off the wall and change the photos easily. If one of your frames look off center, easily pull the strip off and start over. This is the best solution if you are a renter or a home owner!


There you have it- the easiest, fool-proof way to put up a gallery wall!



The easiest homemade dog treats ever! Your dog’s tail will be wagging for more pumpkin and peanut butter dog treats!




Transitioning to Fall means cooler temperatures, layers and pumpkin everything! The treats you can make with pumpkin are endless for humans and dogs alike. I experimented in my kitchen and baked these delicious homemade pumpkin dog treats combined with peanut butter. With only 4-5 ingredients, it is very easy to whip up in 10-15 minutes. Not only are these cookies delicious, pumpkin has many health benefits.


What Are the Benefits of Pumpkin?


Pumpkin is low in calories yet a nutrient-dense food packed with a range of essential vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin A, C and E. Beta Carotene, the precursor to Vitamin A, is what gives it the orange color. Pumpkin has antioxidants, which can help prevent certain cancers from developing. Oxidants are a normal part of our immune system, but too many can damage your cells and cause cancer. Antioxidant help destroy these oxidants or free radicals.

Pumpkin is great for keeping our digestive system regular. That’s because it’s loaded with fiber which adds bulk to your dog’s stool by absorbing water. Fiber also acts like a prebiotic, which stimulates the activity of beneficial bacteria in the intestines.

There are so many great benefits to eating pumpkin. This recipe will get your dog’s tail wagging for more!

PLEASE NOTE:


When purchasing canned pumpkin, make sure it is NOT pie filling.






Recipe for Homemade Pumpkin and Peanut Butter Dog Treats


INGREDIENTS:


  • 1 cup Oat Flour (Take oatmeal and grind it to a flour consistency)

  • 1/2 cup Oatmeal whole

  • 2 Tablespoon Peanut Butter

  • 1/2 cup Pumpkin Puree (not Pumpkin pie filling)

  • 1 large Egg

  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon (optional)

DIRECTIONS:


  1. Preheat oven to 350F

  2. Mix all your wet ingredients in a large bowl: Peanut Butter, Egg, Pumpkin Puree.

  3. Slowly mix in Oat Flour and Whole Oatmeal.

  4. Add Cinnamon.

  5. Use more flour if your batter is too wet.

  6. Roll out batter on a well floured counter.

  7. Use Cookie Cutter of choice to cut out cookies.

  8. Bake at 350 for 15-20minutes.

  9. Cool before serving & ENJOY!





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When I packed for our road trip to the beach, I found many vacation packing check-lists to help me prepare and remember everything I needed on my trip. But none for my dog, Teddy! So I came up with the ultimate packing checklist for traveling with your dog.


When traveling, dogs can get anxiety to unfamiliar environments. It’s best to be prepared and bring along their favorite things to remind them of home. Scroll to the bottom of the page for a checklist you can printout and use before your next road trip!


The Most Important:

  • Medical records/ Vaccination records- Either print or keep a copy in your phone for easy access.

  • Medicine & Supplements

  • Calming aids -These CBD treats and Thunder Shirt works great on Teddy.

  • Harness, Leash, Tags

  • First Aid Kit- Your Kit should include the following: Benadryl, Neosporin, gauze pads, wide tape, scissors, tweezers. Here's a great one.

For The Car Ride:

  • Car seat- This was a game changer for Teddy. He is so much more comfortable on long rides. This one is great for smaller dogs and comes with seat belt attachments to secure the car seat.

  • Dog Seat Belt with harness- Safety is priority! You would not ride around without a seatbelt. So make sure your dog is safe with this harness and seat belt that clicks into your regular seat belt.

  • Dog Bed

  • Car Seat Cover- There is a huge chance your dog is going to get dirty on your trip. Protect your car with this waterproof car seat cover!

Other Essentials:

  • Travel dog bowls- the ones that collapse like this one are the best! I highly recommend taking extras. I always seem to forget them somewhere.

  • Travel Water bottle like this one is convenient for on the go.

  • Poop bags

  • Extra poop bags

  • Dog food & always take EXTRA!

  • Treats & chews to keep them preoccupied.

  • Favorite toys

  • Dog Carrier- It does not have to be fancy. I have this one from Amazon.

  • Pet Towels or Wet wipes- They will be great for cleaning up any dirt.

Optional:

  • Clothing for the season: life jacket, sweaters, jackets to keep your dog warm in the cold and cooling vests to keep them cool in the summer.


Remember to take lots of breaks to stretch your dog's legs and enjoy your trip!






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