Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Lovable Labels BLACK FRIDAY SALE

Like many of you, I am a bit of an organizer freak (but in a messy way according to my fiance).  Haha.   My Lilly Pulitzer planner is perfection and I am obsessed with washi tape and labels, but my clothing organization is another story.  My desk @ work is pretty neat.  All my papers are organized and I use labels on everything, which is why I wanted to share this SWEET DEAL with you since I am a Lovable Labels LOVE BUG!

Starting Black Friday November 23rd and going till Cyber Monday November 26th, Lovable Labels is having a great sale!  Take 20% off your entire order, or take 30% off orders over $100 or more.  This is a great time to stock up on labels for holiday gifts, and if you are thinking ahead --- why not get labels for labeling school supplies and clothing!

I am particularly fond of the slimline labels in the Lollipop colors with the puppy dog icon!  I use my current slimlines on all my notebooks, and as I get closer to my wedding date, I will get to use my special coupon deal for new labels with my new name!

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Sunday, November 4, 2012

Main Line Boutique Week

Exclusive discounts...in-store promotions...contests giveaways & MORE!

Main Line Boutique Week gives regular and new customers the chance to shop and save during a special week dedicated to them.  Be sure to follow each participating retailer on Facebook, along with the Main Line Today page.

Participating Retailers Include:  (more available on website)





 






Monday, October 29, 2012

Hurricane Pet Safety

During a hurricane, it is extremely important to remember that your pet is relying on you.  The ASPCA says "If you're not safe, neither is your pet."  Keep your pet with you or close by at all times.  Be sure to have a leash handy and a carrier.
The ASPCA has issued the following tips for pet owners:
  • Always bring pets indoors at the first sign or warning of a storm or disaster.
  • Make sure all pets wear collars and ID tags with up-to-date identification. Micro-chip your pet as a more permanent form of identification.
  • Keep a pet emergency kit and supplies handy with items such as medical records, water, pet food and medications, and pet first aid supplies. Take this with you if you evacuate.
  • Arrange a safe haven for your pets in the event of evacuation. Do not leave your pets behind.

12 hours till the "eye of the storm hits" New Jersey.

During the storm, depending on the intensity (which seems will be high), try to keep your dogs relaxed.  If you are tense, they will be too.

Friday, October 5, 2012

New Home -- Time to Decorate

Recently my fiance and I just moved into our first house!  It's such an exciting time, what with planning our wedding and having a house of our own, and not an apartment.  The neighborhood is wonderful. From what I hear and have read, the school district is great (for New Jersey), and we have a fenced in backyard for Filly.  It's also nice that a lot of our neighbors have dogs as well.  During our routine walk and/or run with Filly, we get to meet new people and their pooches.

Since moving in, we've been unpacking, building, ripping up carpet..etc...Hopefully soon it will be time to hang pictures and decorate.  If it were up to me, I'd probably buy "all things dogs."  My house would look like the inside of Bark Avenue Boutique store in Wayne, PA.  But, not sure how Scott would react to that.  We will go with my office being "overly dog-centric."  Recently, the cutest mail holder showed up on my Facebook newsfeed.  Anthropologie now has this Dachsund Letter Holder for $32 that I am absolutely obsessed with.  It would go perfectly next to my black Labrador lamp on the hallway table!


I love that it holds a pencil that becomes the tail

Thursday, September 20, 2012

101 in 1001

Inspired to create my own list by Mackenzie, author of the Design Darling Blog and fellow redhead, I got to work writing down all the things I hope to accomplish in these 2.75 years.  While not specifically related to dogs, I thought it would be a super fun activity to pursue.

  1. Come up w/ 101 things to accomplish
  2. Inspire 2 people to make their own list
  3. Get a job teaching in a public school
  4. Take a dance class w/ Scott for wedding 1st dance
  5. Do the Green Smoothie Morning routine for 1 month (IT IS DISGUSTING!!!)
    1. Did 1 day -- it was gross.
  6. Subscribe to the magazines I buy anyways
  7. Try a microdermabrasion treatment service
  8. Send out holiday cards 1 year
  9. Make 10 recipes off of Pinterest
  10. Learn calligraphy
  11. Make an address book w/ family & friend contact info
  12. Send 50 handwritten notes (wedding thank you's don't count)
  13. Get an iPad -- ordered
  14. Invest in 3 beautiful coffee table books (I already have 2, want total of 5)
  15. Complete a 365 day photo challenge
  16. Write a children's book
  17. No fast food for a month
  18. Complete a coloring book
  19. Invest in a SodaStream Revolution
  20. Do 10 DIY crafts off of Pinterest
  21. Get married to the love of my life!
  22. Convert my handwriting into a computer font
  23. Create an e-portfolio
  24. Save $100 using coupons @ the supermarket
  25. Participate in The Color Run
  26. Go to a Phillies vs. Red Sox game
  27. See Lady Gaga in concert
  28. Attend an Oktoberfest celebration
  29. Find the perfect beauty and skincare regimen for me
  30. Take a surfing lesson
  31. Cook Scott dinner everyday for 1 month (minus nights out)
  32. Find the perfect little black dress
  33. Make it to the gym @ least 3x a week for 2 months
  34. Drink 8 glasses of water everyday for 1 week
  35. Go on a safari
  36. Give up soda for 1 month (seltzer is ok)
  37. Invest in a few ebook cookbooks
  38. Visit all 50 states
  39. Re: 38 Figure out how to keep track of where I've traveled
  40. Give up caffeine for 1 day
  41. Host a dinner party
  42. Take time off from teaching and work for Lilly Pulitzer or the Bark Avenue Boutique (maybe in 5 years)
  43. Design my own monogram
  44. Take a picture for each letter in the alphabet and make a collage
  45. Wear the right shade of red lipstick
  46. Take a class to learn to crochet
  47. Attempt to learn conversational Hebrew
  48. Learn to change a tire
  49. Unsubscribe myself from all the email lists that clutter my inbox
  50. Be paid as a freelance blogger or social media manager
  51. Try 10 new beers
  52. Take Scott to see Wicked on Broadway in NYC
  53. Decorate home for the holidays
  54. Make my bed everyday for 1 month
  55. Buy a nice gym bag
  56. Host Thanksgiving dinner
  57. Run in the morning before work 20x
  58. Eat dessert 1st @ a restaurant
  59. Make homemade salsa for Scott
  60. Bake every single thing in a cookbook
  61. Take a glass blowing class
  62. Watch the ball drop in Times Square
  63. Wear makeup everyday for a week
  64. Complete and frame a 1000 piece puzzle
  65. Participate in a cookie exchange
  66. Leave a 100% trip
  67. Try 5 new restaurants
  68. Order off of the Starbucks secret menu
  69. Spend a day cooking and freezing meals
  70. Take Scott to see Cirque du Soleil "O"
  71. Attend a festival
  72. Own a Dyson vacuum cleaner
  73. Get a ridiculous manicure w/ a friend
  74. Sing karaoke in a bar
  75. Try Zumba
  76. Watch the sunrise and sunset in the same day
  77. Eat @ Pat's cheesesteaks (only ever had Geno's)
  78. Make my own hummus
  79. Track everything I eat for 1 month
  80. Join a book club
  81. Go sailing
  82. Enter a contest
  83. See 10 classic movies I've never seen
  84. Do Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred
  85. Start a collection of something and stick to it
  86. Go to Martha's Vineyard
  87. Take vitamins daily for 1 month
  88. Get rose gold highlights (after wedding)
  89. Grow fingernails out and keep nicely polished for 1 month
  90. Learn to drive a stick shift
  91. Participate in "Operation Beautiful"
  92. Fix my hair for work everyday for 2 weeks straight
  93. Teach someone else a skill
  94. Get my car detailed
  95. Learn how to navigate the stock market
  96. Try acupuncture
  97. Make a DZ Princess Family Tree
  98. Make a candle
  99. Stomp in a bucket of grapes and make wine
  100. Make my own melted crayon art
  101. Make a new 101 in 1001 list!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Doggy PocketBac Holders

Two days ago (well who am I kidding, I went back yesterday) I went shopping @ Bath & Body Works.  Initially I was going to purchase some new PocketBac holders for my classroom, one of which I wear on a lanyard.  The new Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin smells amazing as does the Warm Apple Cider.  The current deal is buy 5 for $5.  So why not, it's not like they expire.
 
Anyways, I was walking around the store being my usual indecisive self and I picked a few scents I liked and purchased them.  Before I left I went to look in one section that I had missed, AND WHAT DID I FIND, Dog themed PocketBac holders!  I got a pink poodle, yellow dog, and white dog.  They were out of the brown dog, but it is on my list when I have a chance to go back!

This Saturday, Sept 15. from 1-5pm (in select stores) are having a Fall Festival.  Check it out for a free pumpkin carving candle!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Chevron, Monograms & Paw Prints

“You know you’re a teacher when.....you have an unhealthy obsession with school supplies.”  That is soo me, but the same applies to me and dogs!  Check this out...I had some free time @ home a few weekends ago and I have been been obsessed with all things monogrammed.  (Probably because in a few months --- 258 days exactly I will officially be Mrs. Scott Goehringer and my monogram will be SGL.  I like it :)  So while exploring through Pinterest, I came across someone who demonstrates how to make your own binder covers and how to add your own monogram.  I had to go one step further and add paw prints for my love of dogs.  I think it came out well, don't you?  It's really easy.  Take any pattern you like, open up Photoshop -- if you have it *if not, Pixelmator for Mac is cheap and easy to use too*  Create an 8 1/2 x 11 size page and upload the graphic.  Next use fun fonts to create your monogram.  It's that easy!

Can you imagine this with a Lilly print?  It would be gorgeous.


Friday, August 24, 2012

Wedding Update!

Ever since I got back from Israel I've been in "full-bridal mode" whatever that means.  Scott is in "full-house mode."  We bought a house and we just moved in!super exciting!  Anyways, I have really kicked it into high gear.  After visiting The Bark Avenue Boutique and seeing the metal topiary in the shape of a dog, I knew that I needed to add it to my list of things to purchase for the wedding.  *Not sure what breed I want since I haven't been able to find a Shih Tzu*

We are going to cover it in lights and hopefully place it somewhere in one of the gardens -- if I can do it without causing a tripping hazard.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Petcentric (Hosted by Purina)


Petcentric, "The Ultimate Destination for Pet Lovers" is basically a website like "People" or "InStyle" but for those whose lives revolve around their pets.  

You are probably wondering why I have been MIA for soo long.  I recently returned from a 17 day trip to Israel.  10 days with Birthright and 7 days with my family!  It was an unbelievable trip and it is amazing how "dog-friendly" Israel is compared to the States.  After the 10 days with Birthright, my family stayed @ the Sheraton Tel Aviv, which interestingly is also dog-friendly (but size does matter).  However, walking around Tel Aviv, dogs would be off-leash and follow their owners around.  I was surprised at how well trained they were and that none of them ran out into traffic (thank goodness).

Even some of the restaurants were dog-friendly, both indoor and out -- mostly outdoors, but still I loved it!  Walking along Ben Yehuda in Tel Aviv, many of the restaurants have signs that say "Pet-Friendly" or "Dogs Welcome."  They are considered to be Petcentric Restaurants.  This had me curious, so when I returned to the States, I checked it out online.

The Purina Petcentric website has a search engine for "places and events" that are "pet-friendly."  In Israel they have a lot, here in North Brunswick, NJ not so many, but in downtown Philly, Conshohocken, and Valley Forge their are quite a few!!!

Check out the website and see for yourself.  They even give you lists of lodging locations that allow dogs, BEACHES, and of course, restaurants.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Monograms & Mutts


Monogramming has become a big trend for both dogs and dog lovers.  Recently I've been seeing more and more people wearing monogrammed necklaces or traveling with monogrammed luggage.  Wags & Tags makes dog bowl necklaces with matching tags for your pooch, so why not get a monogrammed necklace for yourself and a charm one for your dog?

As you may or may not know, I am getting married next pay and I have been "drooling" over the Moon & Lola Monograms from SwellCaroline.  I've already decided that I will be purchasing a necklace in either sterling silver or rose gold with my new initials and wearing it to either the reception or the Monday brunch (keep in mind that my wedding is Memorial Day Weekend).

Personally I think it would be soo cute to get a monogrammed dog collar for my Shih Tzu/Terrier, Filly.  People get them personalized with their dogs names all the time; so why not with a monogram.  Filly doesn't have a middle name yet, so that is something I would have to come up with, but my first dog's monogram would've been KLH for Koko Hershey Lindsay.  Soo cute and soo preppy!  If he had been a little pooch, I probably would've gotten him a little monogrammed sweater, but a monogrammed bed for a big dogs would suffice as well.
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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

BAB Designs (Black Label & Green Label)

Looking for something unique for you and your pooch, the Bark Avenue Boutique in Wayne, PA has the "goods" for you.  Along with their Signature Black Label where you can get a "classic style to match your signature look" for both you and your pooch, they now have a Green Label!  You can donate your own old (or new) ties, curtains, old jeans...etc...and have them turned into a one of a kind dog collar, leash, harness, dress, pet bed, hair bow, mess-matts, and beds.  I have to be honest, I actually purchased some hair bows at the BAB and I wear them!  What can I say "I'm a dog at heart <3"

Donna & Daisy Mae in matching outfits
The Green Label is fabulous!  Completely made of 100% recycled materials and like I said before, one of a kind (unless of course you purchase 2).  I've been thinking of getting something (a tie, dress, skirt) in my favorite Lilly Pulitzer print *Dark 'n Stormy and having it made into a collar or leash for my little puppy Filly.  I have the Roselyn skirt and I got my fiance the tie, but Filly is missing out on my favorite print.  I may have to do something about that in the near future.  Hopefully, it'll show up on the ReLillyGroup on Facebook.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Happy 24th Birthday to ME!

Today is my 24th birthday!  Had a mini celebration with Scott and my mom yesterday (along with bridal dress shopping -- no luck).  Today I'm babysitting for 6+ hours and we put on an offer on a house (hope it works out.)  Definitely an interesting birthday.  In other news, Scott got me the doggy wallet I wanted by Ted Baker in hot pink!  I posted a picture of it earlier (check it out).  I'm obsessed!  He also got me a mint chocolate chip ice cream cake from Baskin Robbins -- brings back memories from when I was younger!  Always had to have an ice cream cake!

My cake -- but was bright pink & had my name

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

It's Summer, Let's Celebrate at the Spa

It's finally Summer!  School is basically over (public yes/private no) and it is time to relax, go to the beach, and drink mimosas by the pool.  I know we all are thinking about it.

Summer is a "hot" time of year, so be sure to get your dog groomed so he/she isn't too hot during those sweltering days we all know are fast approaching.  Even after a hair cut, be sure it's not too hot outside for your pooch.  Think of it is this way, if it is soo hot that you don't want to go outside, why would your dog?

I don't know about you, but I'm pretty particular where I will send my dog to get groomed.  I'm a little weird about Petco and PetSmart only because one day I was watching them groom a Yorkie through the window and I just didn't like how the dog was soo scared when his face was getting trimmed.  I don't blame him though, I'd be afraid with pointy scissors near my eyes!

 

Being a New Jersey girl now, I don't have the luxury to visit the Pet Village of Wayne and take my dog to Dogma Premier Dog Spa.  Though on a few occasions I may have to consider it being worth the trip (as long as I am visiting home for the weekend).

Dogma, voted 2011 Best Dog & Cat Groomer in the Main Line offers just as many services for your pet as my hair salon and spa here in New Jersey.  Packages include: The Dogma (full service grooming package), The Prima Dogma (full service + package -- pawdicure included), The Yuppy Puppy Package (for pets 6- years old), and The Main Line Quickie Maintenance Program (Cut & Condition).  They even offer add-on services, including but not limited to: a shedding treatment, facial, teethbrushing, and a flea/tick bath.

All groomers at Dogma are pet care professionals.  One of which is ABKA certified and two others who are graduates of Dog Grooming schools.

What comes after a spa treatment?  A massage of course!  Woof!  Only available on Wednesdays and Saturdays, Dogma offers their clients the opportunity to make an appointment for what they call "Canine Massage Therapy."  You are probably thinking, I rarely get a massage, why does my dog need one?  Benefits can be physiological, but also is great for rehabilitation purposes.  Click here to read some client testimonies.

On another note -- check out this stationery I found by R. Nicols.  Saw them and instantly thought of Dogma.


Friday, June 15, 2012

Never Drink Alone...Always with your Pooch


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Dogvergn├╝gen (prounounced dawg' feh-gnu-gen) is defined as "The unique joy you feel in the presence of Dog" and is the inspiration for all Dog is Good products.  I love their products, which range from clothing (Men, Women, Kids, Dogs), Accessories, Jewelry...etc... and they don't just have dog themed products.  They do sell some horse & cat themed goods as well.


Right now I am obsessed with the "Never Drink Alone" t-shirts for men.  They come in many different breeds and are clever and witty.  A great shirt to pair with shorts or jeans, wear to the bar or relax by the pool.  They are relaxed fit tees, 100% cotton, and pre-laundered to eliminate shrinking.  What I really like about them is that each design is a different vintage dog beer label.  I got my fiance the "Labby Lager" navy blue t-shirt and I love when he wears it!


Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Vineyard Vines Dogs, Dogs, Dogs

First of all, I would really love to take a trip to Martha's Vineyard.  I've never been and it sounds wonderful.  Second, on to why you are really reading this post.  The scoop on the Vineyard Vines Dog Tie Collection & (the secret) ladies Dog Tote Bags currently in the works!

Vineyard Vines has really been showing their love of dogs recently with all these new dog prints (on ties) and more breeds to come.  I'm wondering whether Lilly Pulitzer is going to do something similar since they were first with the Greek Life collection, and now, Vineyard Vines has one of their own.  These ties from Vineyard Vines are 100% silk.  For each breed currently available they come in different color options.

I personally know that they are in the process of creating a dog tote bag collection for women.  I'm hoping that it will be available this Fall.  I purposely have not purchased a new purse for this specific reason.
I hope they make a Shih Tzu one, but if not, I'll probably go
with the Chocolate Labrador.


Monday, June 11, 2012

Ready...Set...MOGO

Okay, so this past week I've been sporting my neon pink MOGO Charms sunglasses with my "Pocket Pups" charms.   I am obsessed, and my students have to agree that they are fabulous.  What is great about MOGO is that the charms are magnetic. They are interchangeable between the sunglasses, the bracelets, mosies slippers, and the click flops .aka. flip flops!  You can even link the bracelets and create a wrap anklet, a belt or a headband!

One day (or everyday like me) you can be All About Dogs and the next you can be smiley all day with their Miles of Smiles collection.  My next purchase will have to be "Nice Doggy," I can hear it barking my name.

Any of the MOGO products are great gifts for kids & obviously adults -- maybe because I'm a teacher and a kid at heart.  They have different colors for both boys and girls and Paige Collection that is more sophisticated with gems.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Fresh Breath, Clean Teeth.....Liquid Floss?

Recently I attempted to brush my dog's teeth with a toothbrush.  Needless to say he DID NOT like it.  My first attempt was not very successful, Filly kept moving his head and avoiding the toothbrush.  I decided to put a little peanut butter on the toothbrush, that way he'd want it in his mouth, and IT WORKED!  Okay, so maybe his breath doesn't smell  great, but his teeth are significantly cleaner.

Peanut butter is okay for dogs in small amounts.  If you use this technique, you only need a little on the brush bristles for a flavor.  However, because I didn't want to do this every time (especially having his breath stink of peanut butter all the time), I decided to pay a visit to Petco initially to buy special toothpaste for him or some Greenies.  Instead what I found was LiquidFloss!  TropiClean is a company that uses all natural ingredients and who came up with this new product that I think is fantastic.  Each of the products in the Fresh Breath collection require "no brushing."  They sell a gel, foam, water additive, chews, LiquidFloss, and LiquidFloss TriFlossBall.

I purchased  the LiquidFloss TriFlossBall because it comes with LiquidFloss, but also the suggested rope ball that actually absorbs the LiquidFloss, massages gums, and flosses teeth.  What I really like about this product is that the LiquidFloss can be sprayed on Filly's other toys.  In particular he has this hedgehog stuffed animal that is "his baby."  He is constantly chewing it (never ripping) or holding it in his mouth.  I am thinking I may spray some LiquidFloss on it so that his teeth get cleaned, but are also minty fresh.


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