I’m not a fan of Valentine’s Day. Even though I am married now, I still don’t like it. My husband and I treat it like a regular Tuesday.
It’s a day where single people are supposed to feel bad because they don’t have someone to give them a bunch of roses or chocolates. Or take them out to restaurant where the menu prices are exponentially higher because it’s February 14th.
So today, I’m going to make a list of great gifts to give to anyone BUT your partner. How about a great card for your sister? BFF? Grandmother? Because everyone deserves to be loved, not just your romantic partner. And these will last longer than a heart shaped candy box.
Because dogs really are the best Valentine. Get this card along with a great bottle of wine. To buy, click here.
I mean, duh! Rock this anytime of the year, not just on Valentine’s Day. To buy, click here.
An adorable tote bag to remind you that your dog unconditionally loves you. To buy, click here.
The perfect gift for your plant-loving friend or family member. To buy, click here.
A beautiful, personalized necklace with your favorite pooch’s name. The perfect way to honor them. To buy, click here.
What are some of your favorite non-romantic gifts to give/receive? Sound off in the comments below!
Lately, it seems I listen to a lot more podcasts. I couldn’t tell you the top 10 hits on Spotify, but if you have an hour, I’ll talk your ear off about my favorite shows.
I love listening them when walking my dog. The stress of the day fades away as I listen to topics ranging from self-help to witty pop culture commentary to crazy murder stories and so much more!
Today, I’m going to list some great podcasts for just about every dog walker. No matter your interest, there is something out there for you! I will have many more podcasts to list, so this is PART I of my favorite dog-walking podcasts!
One who is always trying improve themselves:
BY THE BOOK PODCAST, with Jolenta Greenberg and Kristin Meinzer
Each week, these good friends try a different self-help book, follow it to the letter for 2 weeks straight, and decide at the end whether or not it changed their lives. They’re incredibly funny, real, and honest. They also have an epilogue after each episode, where they read fan mail and discuss if they have continued to use those book’s principles. Available here and wherever you listen to podcasts.
Bachelor/Bachelorette Fan with Sarcasm
HERE TO MAKE FRIENDS, with Emma Gray and Claire Fallon
These hilarious writers lovingly snark on all Bachelor, Bachelorette and adjacent shows, recapping meticulously every episode of this famed reality show. They bring in amazing guests, from past Bachelor contestants to hilarious EW writer Kristen Baldwin. My favorites are when they bring “Girls” actress Allison Williams. Her insight and humor align with theirs perfectly. Available here and wherever you listen to podcasts.
Pop Culture Aficionado
with Ira Madison, Kara Brown and Louis Virtel
These witty, funny, and knowledgeable writers comment on everything from Omarosa to Kanye’s ridiculous tweets to politics and more. You’ll be laughing out loud more times than you realize. Available here and wherever you listen to podcasts.
Listener whose already heard all the “My Favorite Murder” Episodes
UNSOLVED MURDERS: TRUE CRIME STORIES, with Wendy MacKenzie and Carter Roy
Every week, these hosts delve into an unsolved murder, past and present, using professional voice actors to tell the story. The voices may be a bit hokey at first, but you’ll soon forget that as you dive in and decide for yourself who really did it. Available here and wherever you listen to podcasts.
Music obsessed listener to wants to know how songs are made
with Hrishikesh Hirway
Ever wanted to know how “Go Your Own Way” by Fleetwood Mac came about? What Lorde was thinking on her latest hit single? Hrishikesh interviews each artist, letting them take over and discuss how the process of making a song takes incredible time, discipline and lot of fine tuning. You’ll never listen to music the same way again. Available here and wherever you listen to podcasts.
One who loves old movies and the Old Hollywood movie stars
YOU MUST REMEMBER THIS:
with Karina Longworth
Ever wanted to know how Frank Sinatra got his start? The story of Joan Crawford and “Mommy Dearest”? Then this podcast is for you! Karina does extensive research, talking about the fascinating lives of some of Hollywood’s timeless stars. My favorites are the Blacklist Series, where stars were accused of being members of the Communist Party. Available here and wherever you listen to podcasts.
Those are my favorites for now! I’ll be making another list of awesome podcasts in the not so distant future! What are your favorite podcasts to listen to?
Well, it’s already January 10th, 2019. Can you believe it?! I am sure everyone will be saying that for the next week or two, but I really can’t believe it’s a new year.
The first half of 2018 was a time for figuring out our next direction. My husband and I had been living in Connecticut for 8 years at that point, where we lived the “boarding school life”, as they call it, where he was teaching History and Philosophy. A year prior to that, we had been discussing new opportunities. He had advanced as far as he could in that position, and it was time to find out what else was out there.
After discussing the top locations we would move to (East Coast – Massachusetts/Maine/other parts of Connecticut or West Coast- Oregon/Washington/California), it was time to job search. Because my job is flexible, we worked on finding the right opportunity for him.
I remember it distinctly. It was around March, right before we were leaving for vacation. A job offer. From a school that sought him out. In a place we didn’t even consider: Florida.
After days, hours, minutes of debating, while flying halfway across the Atlantic, we decided to go for it.
It was going to be such a shock for us – a whole new state that we had never even visited, away from friends and family, with a completely different climate than anywhere we had lived before.
I remember saying that for my 40th Birthday, I wanted to go to Disney World. And now we live 15 minutes away.
Because of all this change, I decided to put my business on hold. I couldn’t give to attention it needed until we settled in. To be honest, I wasn’t sure if I would continue, because of the added expenses that come with moving. And, did I mention we just bought a house?! I just didn’t have the energy to get my creative juices flowing.
But here we are, 8 months later, and I am working on away on reorganizing my office. No, not because of Marie Kondo.
In the past few months, I have met other amazing collaborators (you can view some of them here and here), done some awesome craft fairs, been featured on other blogs and social media, and creating as many new products as possible.
I remember in 2014, I could barely pay my bills, I was thousands of dollars in debt, and dealt with some shady vendors. Finally, I can actually have an income AND pay off my credit card. A big leap for me, even it’s a tiny one.
I can’t wait to see what 2019 brings. Thank you for all your support. Without it, Sacco Studios wouldn’t exist.
The tree is packed away, ornaments are back in their boxes, Christmas lights returned (tangled, of course) to the garage, and Hallmark Channel goes back to their original programming.
I don’t know about you, but after a week of eating too much, consuming copious amounts of wine, and feeling the dread of looking at credit card bills after all that gift giving, I’m exhausted. Now only 11 more months to go until Christmas! Woohoo…or not…
Now that it’s 2019, I’m also making a New Year’s resolution to stop making resolutions. Right before New Year’s Eve, I always get this shot of motivation, like I’m ready to run a marathon. I get my planner out and make all these to-do lists, like I’m actually going to accomplish all of these in 48 hours.
Then, inevitably, I only get two done, feel guilty about it, and then go back to my original routine, that I always do.
So instead of making list after list, I am going to work on having a fun, fulfilling, and adventurous year. To continue to be kinder to myself, call friends and family more, have more dog cuddles, learn new things everyday, and let mistakes happen. Because they will.
So, here is a list of things you should follow this year. The only list you should look at. Because resolutions don’t last.
Enjoy! And Happy New Year!
May you and your family have a wonderful holiday season!
Can you believe Christmas is only 12 DAYS AWAY?! *Runs around in panic* I STILL haven’t done all my shopping, and I really need to get going if I want these gifts delivered in time for Christmas.
Hopefully, you’re way ahead of the game, and not me looking at every holiday gift guide on Buzzfeed. I also try to shop small businesses on Etsy. Being an artist myself, I know how exciting it is to get a sale. However, a lot of these shops close for the holidays, as it takes a long time to get those orders completed.
So, here is a great last-minute gift guide, specifically for your dog-loving parents. And, I checked the shipping dates, so you still have time to order. But hurry! Don’t be those shoppers who run to the overcrowded Target to find something…anything! Even if it’s on the clearance shelf. Get them something they’ll actually love.
Pet Pendant Necklace. Personalize with their dogs names. The perfect way to keep their dog close to their heart, even if they’re not with them. Can get up to 7 individual names! $23 and up. Click here to purchase.
Personalized Breed Print. A really cool, modern piece for their living room. Choose from a variety of breeds. Starting at $6.52. Click here to purchase.
Tea, Dogs, Books and Naps Shirt. Perfect for the parent who’d rather be at home, drinking their favorite pot of tea and reading their favorite book. $17.95 Click here to purchase.
Cute Personalized Dog Mug. So he knows how much he is loved by his best four-legged friend. Click here to purchase.
Custom Pet Ornament. A great addition to their Christmas tree. Choose from a variety of colors for the background and name (optional). From $50.00 and up. Be sure to order by this Saturday to ensure Christmas delivery! Click here to purchase.
Personalized Pet Pillow. So their dog can snuggle up against their favorite pillow while they’re watching their favorite holiday movie. $34.00 and up. Click here to purchase.
Dog Rug. Do your parents dogs go bonkers when anyone rings their doorbell? Get this hilarious door mat, to help with their sanity. $35.00. Click here to purchase.
Funny dog socks. For the dad who loves to kick up his feet, in his favorite chair, with his favorite brew. From $19.99. Click here to purchase.
One of the great things about owning a dog is you meet other dog-obsessed people, the ones you who can talk about dog sweaters for hours, or compare notes on the best food to feed them. When you find them, you hold on to them. No one better understands you.
So today, I am showing you some awesome gift ideas to give to your dog loving BFF.
When I worked in a corporate office, one of the things I looked forward to was Junk Food Friday. After a long week, about 10 of us would head to some of our favorite local places for lunch. It was a time to get out of the office, make jokes, and get to know each other a little better.
Through these lunches, I met another coworker who was about the same age as me. We instantly bonded, and would always find time to converse at work, not caring if we had huge deadlines looming ahead. Additionally, we discovered that we lived only 15 minutes from each other, so a few times a week, we would carpool. It definitely made morning commutes much easier!
So in honor of that coworker who has become your work BFF, the one that makes those long days bearable, where you’ve bonded over the love of your dogs, here are some awesome gift ideas that will definitely put a smile on their face.
I tried to come up with selections that would work for both men and women. I hope you enjoy!
Taking today off to enjoy this day with family and friends. I hope you and yours have a wonderful day.
I am so thankful to all of my readers, customers, and everyone who takes the time to engage with me and my little business.
It’s because of you I get to do what I love.
Lindsay, Eric, and Gant
I don’t know about you, but nearly every corporate office I worked at had a Secret Santa around the holidays. You pick a name, hoping it was someone you knew (or at least liked), and now you have to get something pretty cool, or at least semi-thoughtful for the under $20 budget your boss probably came up with.
If you’re lucky, maybe you picked someone you really know, and you know you’ll get them a gift that will put a smile on their face, or at least appreciate the sentiment.
Maybe not, and you got someone you may resent, or really have no idea what they do (are they in Marketing?), so this will be difficult.
But then, you find out they’re totally into dogs, just like you! Perhaps you discover this when you “casually” walk by their desk, and see a photo of their super adorable Goldendoodle. Or you’re heating up your lunch in the kitchen, and they talk about how they just adopted an adorable rescue puppy.
You’re saved! Now you can get something they’ll not only love, but they’ll probably brag about, or put on their desk?!
Here are some awesome gift ideas for your Secret Santa! Next week, I’ll talk about gifts to give your awesome coworker friend!
1. Life is Better with A Dog Mug, $15.00, Sacco Studios (me!). Click here to purchase.
A sentiment so true, and especially on their new favorite mug, which they’ll certainly appreciate during 7:00 am meetings or late night deadlines.
2. Work Hard Better Life Bag, $18.00. PawPrintCoShop. Click here to purchase.
All those long hours they put it in? They’ll sure appreciate (and relate)! Us dog lovers want our furry family members to be as spoiled as can be!
3. Better with A Dog Sign, $11.95 (and up, depending on size). The Country Sign Shop. Click here to purchase.
Desk a little bare? They’ll want to decorate once they get this sign!
4. Pet Note Card Set, Packs of 10, $12.00. Sacco Studios (me!). Click here to purchase.
Know what breed their dog is? Show some extra thoughtfulness with these cute cards. Available in German Shepherd, Yorkie, Beagle and Frenchie.
5. Happy Howlidays Print, $5.00. From DoodleLulu. Click here to purchase.
Make it extra special by adding a cute frame. They’ll put it out every holiday and think how thoughtful you were!
6. Dog Mom Socks, $15.00 from WineALittleGifts. Click here to purchase.
They’ll love these cozying up by the fire, watching their favorite Christmas movies.
Hope you enjoy these gift ideas! What gifts do you like to give for Secret Santa? Sound off in the comments below!