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Harley’s Holiday In NYC (And A Gift Guide For Dogs)

9 Dec


Meet Harley, the family dog!   He lives with my parents but my girls have claimed all ownership.  He’s their best friend.  My youngest is head over heels and gives him  tummy rubs, hugs, and kisses all day long.  My parents are in the process of moving so Harley will be spending the Holidays with us!  A 75 pound Old English Bulldog in a NYC apartment with two busy girls and lots to get into! Crazy, right?  But the girls are so excited and they even picked out some Holiday attire and gifts for Harley to have on Christmas morning! See their gift guide below:


Harley’s Gift Guide from Petco and Unleashed by Petco:


Petco Holiday Spiffy Pals Fox Dog Toy, $9.99, What does the Fox Say?  I had to reference it, my girls LOVE the song.  Back in Virginia, Harley, got worked up by a fox in the neighborhood.  The girls thought this Holiday fox would be a funny gift for Harley!

Large KONG Goodie Bone Toy for Dogs, $17.99, Petco  Hide the treats in the bone and let the dog try to get the treat out.  A great way to keep Harley entertained and out of all the kid’s toys.

Petco Holiday Spiffy Pals Owl Blanket Dog Toy, $9.99  My youngest has a bunny blanket she loves.   She is so excited to give this owl to Harley because it is “just like her blankie”.

Petco Waste Bag Christmas Tree for Dogs, $14.99, Petco You can never have too many waste bags, especially in NYC.  One thing I cannot stand is when people leave dog waste in the middle of the sidewalk.  Pet waste bags are also great for baby diapers, I used them with both of my girls so they didn’t stink up the apartment! These bags are evergreen scented and fit most roll dispensers!

Petco Waste Bag Candy Cane for Dogs, $14.99, Petco Peppermint scented.

Kyjen Dog Games Tic Tac Twirl Dog Toy Puzzle, $17.99.  Harley is having a difficult time adjusting to the small apartment living.  He needs more activities to keep him busy.  Using eye-paw-mouth coordination and problem-solving skills, dogs learn to maneuver the doors to reach hidden treats.

Gift Card for a day at the salon, price varies on size of dog and service selected.  Who doesn’t love a spa day!  Harley will head to Petco for a nice Holiday bubble bath, nail trimming, toothbrushing, and more!

Chilly Dog Hand Knit Organic Wool Hoodie, $34.99, Unleashed by Petco  This sweater is adorable.  Harley got it a little early so he could walk the streets of New York in Holiday style.  He’s also not used to the cold so it keeps him nice and warm.  It was also used in our Holiday photo, posted on Instagram.

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Disclaimer:  I received a few sample products from Petco.  All opinions expressed are my own.  Images in gift guide are from  Petco and Unleashed by Petco.  Information in italics came from

MD Anderson Children’s Art Project: Gifts That Keep Giving

9 Dec

20131209-120723.jpgTis’ the Season of Baking and Gingerbread House decorating!  Every year we make Gingerbread Houses and bake Holiday cookies for teachers, parties, friends, family, and Holiday dinners.  My mother-in-law loves to bake and my girls love baking with their Babcia (granny in Polish), especially my oldest.  Last Christmas, my oldest spent an entire afternoon cutting cookie dough, filling them with jam, and watching them bake in the oven with her Babcia.   This Holiday season my mother-in-law will be visiting and my oldest is ready to bake with Babcia.  It’s a great way for the girls to bond with their grandmother and they will have lasting memories, not to mention her cookies and cakes are AMAZING! My girls have been in the Christmas spirit for quite some time and are anxious to make Holiday cookies and decorate gingerbread houses. Our Elf on the Shelf, Snowflake, left adorable aprons and a santa plate designed by two pediatric patients at the MD Anderson Cancer (Children’s Art Project) Center along with an Elf on the Shelf Gingerbread House to use for their afternoons baking and decorating! What a great way to celebrate the holiday spirit!


The Children’s Art Project began in 1973 at the MD Anderson Pediatric Cancer Center.  A volunteer had an idea to use a child’s artwork for a Holiday card.  Since then it has grown from Holiday cards to other products including decor, jewelry, stationary, iPhone covers, Christopher Radko ornaments, clothing and lots more.  This Holiday season you can purchase gifts that keep giving from the MD Anderson Cancer (Children’s Art Project) Center.  Through worldwide sales of young cancer patients’ original artwork featured on seasonal note cards and gift items, the project has returned more than $30 million to programs that benefit pediatric cancer patients and their families. The Children’s Art Project’s highest priority is ensuring young patients have opportunities to live a more normal childhood. Each year, the programs funded through sales touch more than 26,000 pediatric patients and families.  For more information about MD Anderson Cancer (Children’s Art Project) Center click the link or follow them on twitter and facebook.

About the products we received:

The Deer Trio Apron designed by Caitlyn is available in sizes for Grandma (or Mommy) and Child.  A great gift or stocking stuffer this Holiday season!  The aprons tie at the neck and waist. Machine washable!  Click the link to see Caitlyn’s story and other products with her artwork.


The Santa Fluff Plate by Agostina is great for displaying snacks or cookies for play dates and Holiday gatherings.   Leave some cookies and carrots out on Christmas Eve for Santa and his reindeer.  You can also use a plate wall hanger to make this cute plate part of your Holiday decor.  A great gift to go along with the aprons for all the grandma’s who love baking with their grandchildren.  The plate is 11-¾” x 9-¼” made from translucent, fused glass. Hand wash.  Not for microwave! Click the link for other products designed by Agostina!

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As we use our plates and aprons, pictures will be posted on Instagram.

Cherish the Season!

Disclaimer:  I received products for the purpose of this post.  All ideas and opinions expressed are my own.  Information in italics came from the MD Anderson Cancer (Children’s Art Project) Center!