With only 4 ingredients, these butternut squash + kale dog treats are healthy and easy to bake. Your dog will love them!


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I have been enjoying the cooler temperatures of the Fall season and watching the leaves slowly turn colors. Each year, I know it's officially Fall because Trader Joe's brings out all their pumpkin and squash flavored foods. My favorites are their pumpkin bread mix and butternut squash mac and cheese. Talk about delicious! I decided to take their pre-cut butternut squash, mix it with kale and baked easy dog treats for Teddy. With only 4 ingredients, it is easy to make and is full of health benefits.

What Are the Benefits of Butternut Squash & Kale?


Both, butternut squash and kale are low in calories but rich in nutrients. Making them a healthy addition to all diets. They are rich in vitamins A and C, which are antioxidants protecting your cells from damage caused by unstable molecules called free radicals. They also have important minerals, such as calcium, potassium and magnesium. If your dog is struggling with weight loss, many studies have found that a higher dietary fiber intake promotes weight loss and reduces body fat.

The best part of these dog treats is that all ingredients are human grade, meaning I was able to eat them too! I prefer knowing exactly what my dog and I are eating.





Recipe for Homemade Butternut Squash and Kale Dog Treats

INGREDIENTS:


1 1/2 cup Coconut Flour (Or any flour of your choice)

1/4 cup cut Butternut Squash

1 handful of finely cut Kale

2 large Eggs

2 Tbs water

DIRECTIONS:


Preheat oven to 350F

Mix all your ingredients in a large bowl: Flour, Butternut Squash, kale, 2 eggs, water.

Use more flour if your batter is too wet or more water if your batter is too dry

Roll out batter on a well floured counter (I recommend using your floured hands)

Use Cookie Cutter of choice to cut out cookies.

Bake at 350 for 15-20minutes.


Cool before serving & ENJOY!


NOTES:


You can use any type of flour in your pantry. Please adjust the amount of water and time you bake the dog treats according to the flour used. Coconut flour will require more water.





Here are 3 last minute DIY Halloween costume ideas for you and your dog to wear for Halloween this year. All 3 DIY costumes are cheap and easy to create. Hope it sparks some creativity in you!


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This year Halloween creeped up on me quickly and I didn’t have a chance to make Teddy and I Halloween costumes yet. With just over a week to go, it’s not too late to make one! If you are like me and still have no clue what to be for Halloween this year, I have put together 3 DIY Halloween costume ideas for you. These are our previous duo costumes that I made myself last minute. These ideas are cheap and easy to make. Hope it sparks some creativity in you!


I rated the DIY halloween costumes from easy to semi-difficult. The first costume, Dorothy + Lion, is so easy it will take you minutes to put together and you may have all the things you need in your closet already. If not, a few simple things from Amazon Prime will make this DIY costume come alive. For the second set of DIY costumes, Cookie Monster + Cookie, you will need a glue gun to complete the project but it will only take about 15 minutes to accomplish. If you are short on time, you can purchase your dog’s cookie monster costume here.


The last DIY costume idea, The Up House + Old Man, requires time and skill but will be worth the effort because we won 3 events with this duo costume!


I can’t wait to see what you create! Please tag us and share them with us on our social media.



EASY DIY Halloween Costume: Dorothy + Lion



What You’ll Need:


Lion Mane Costume

Blue Checkered Dorothy Dress

White T-shirt

Red flats or heels

Picnic Basket


Directions:


This one is EASY! Simply put everything on. Wear your hair in pigtails and you’re set!




EASY DIY Halloween Costume: Cookie Monster Costume + Cookie



What You’ll Need:


Blue Dog Hoodie

Large cotton balls

Black felt

Cookie Pilow

Cardboard ( Use an Amazon box)

String or Ribbon

Glue Gun with glue sticks


Directions:

  1. Put the hoodie on your dog and mark the areas where you would like to place the eyes.

  2. Take hoodie off dog. Using your glue gun, apply glue and hold the large cotton balls in place until the glue dries.

  3. Cut out small circles in the black felt for the eyeball and glue to the cotton balls. I recommend having the eyeballs looking in different directions to make it look more like cookie monster.

  4. Cut the cookie pillow so you have 2 large cookies. Using it as a template, cut your cardboard. Using your glue gun, glue the cookies onto the cardboard.

  5. Glue the string to both sides of the cardboard so that you can place it over your head and it is comfortable.

Note:



Semi-Difficult DIY Halloween Costume: The UP House + Old Man



What You’ll Need:


Cane

4 Tennis Balls

Black costume glasses:

Oversized Male Suit Jacket

Digital download of “Make your own miniature house inspired by the movie “UP"

Glue Gun with glue sticks


Directions:


For the Up House:

  1. Print the digital download onto 110-130lb cardstock. I had the employees of UPS help me with this step. It is important to make sure the paper is thick enough to build your house. Also, please not the size you will need. With Teddy, I had to print dimensions that were smaller to fit him. L

  2. Cut out all the parts and use the instructions to build the house using a glue gun. This part is pretty tedious and will take time. Stick with it and you’ll get a great result!

  3. Glue the house to your dog’s old harness or a shirt. Anything that will stabilize the house on your dog’s back. I also attached string from the house to my dog (around his back) to secure the house.

4. For the Old Man’s Costume: Cut slits into tennis ball and attach them to the cane.



Give Public Goods products a try if you are looking for healthy, sustainable and affordable choices in the products you purchase. Below you will find my review on all the products I tried from Public Goods. Use my code SHARONANDTEDDYPGA for a discount at Public Goods.


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One of my goals for 2020 is to make more healthy and sustainable choices for Teddy and I on a budget. It is important to me to leave a livable planet to future generations. It may seem overwhelming, but making a few small changes adds up over time and can make a great impact on our environment. I started with simple steps such as using biodegradable poop bags and tossing my nonstick cooking pans for stainless steel ones. I wanted to make more changes and was curious to learn more about Public Goods when I saw other Influencers using their products.


From their website, you can see they are a transparent company because they list all the ingredients in their products. They do not use many unhealthy ingredients that are banned in Europe. Their products are biodegradable and compostable. Some products come with minimal packaging and others like shampoo and body wash use bottles made from sugarcane-based bioplastics. You can learn more about how they practice sustainability here.


All the products are delivered right to your front door and their packaging is simply beautiful so it fits right into the aesthetics of all homes. Most importantly, they are affordable making it easy for you to make one change at a time.


Verdict: By eliminating many harmful ingredients and using environmentally safe packaging, Public Goods products are safer, sustainable, and affordable. Take note that they are not a perfect company and still need to work toward eliminating more harmful ingredients and maybe even the removal of all plastics in their packaging.


Below you will find my review on all the products I tried from Public Goods. I gave each of them a rating out of 5 and if I would buy them again. Use my code SHARONANDTEDDYPGA for a discount. Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions.



Household


Surface & Glass Cleaner- I honestly did not think it could keep up with the messes in my home, but it did everything my other cleaning products do! Also, I do not have to feel bad using them because it does not have many of the harmful chemicals my other cleaners do, such as ammonia, sodium lauryl sulfate, or phthalates. I love the scent, which is a light jasmine smell. Most importantly, it did not leave any streaks. (I hate seeing the streaks on all my appliances.) The container is 100% recyclable and Public Goods offers refill tubes, you just pour the contents into your 24-ounce spray bottle, add water and shake.


Rating: 5/5

Purchase Again: Yes! These are my go to cleaners now.

Dishwasher Detergent- The dishwasher detergent did a great job on my dirty dishes. I usually do not pre-rinse before I put my dishes into the dishwasher. All my dishes except the stainless steel pan came out sparkling. This was to be expected as my last dishwasher detergent wasn't able to clean my stainless steel pan perfectly.


Rating: 5/5

Purchase Again: Yes, this is my go to dishwasher detergent now.



Bamboo Straws- A must for every household! I love these! I use them around my house and take them to go in the pouch. The brush that’s included makes it easy to clean.


Rating: 5/5

Purchase Again: Definitely! You need these!

Reusable Mesh Grocery Bag- Another item every household absolutely needs to have! I am guilty of using plastic bags but with these reusable mesh bags I do not have to feel guilty.


Rating: 5/5

Purchase Again: Yes!



Personal Care


Deodorant- I am on the fence with the deodorant. I normally use an antiperspirant (versus a deodorant) which has aluminum to control sweating. It has a light masculine refreshing smell and it does a great job controlling odor. But as I previously stated, it does not control sweat or wet-ness. I will continue wearing it on my non-workout days as I am working on eliminating harmful chemicals in my life


Rating: 3/5

Purchase Again: Probably not.

Toothpaste- The toothpaste has a mild peppermint taste that is great and does not have a gritty texture when brushing. It has peppermint essential oil but does not have fluoride or other harsh foaming agents. I plan to try their bamboo toothbrushes, which are 100% biodegradable.


Rating: 5/5

Purchase Again: Definitely!



Grocery


Coffee- I purchased the whole bean but they do offer a ground option. These beans are organically grown and fairly traded from Central and South America. Since I drink at least 2 cups of coffee a day, I am extremely picky with my coffee and I love this ones taste! Coffee is notoriously known to have pesticides but this one is organic and does not contain any pesticides.


Rating: 5/5

Purchase Again: Yes, I am putting it in rotation with my other organic Trader Joe coffee.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil Spray- I only bought this because Trader Joe’s stopped carrying their version. This one is just as good! It does not have any silicone or aerosols.


Rating: 5/5

Purchase Again: Absolutely!



Dog Products


Poop bags- They are easy to open (why is it so hard to open certain poop bags!)


Rating: 5/5

Purchase Again: Yes


Sweet Potato Fry Chews- These are only one ingredient: sweet potato! They are Teddy approved and I even tried them (super chewy).


Rating: 5/5

Purchase Again: Teddy says yes!




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