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NFL Style Homegating

NFL Style Homegating

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HOMEGATING – The act of hanging out with friends while watching a sporting event.  The concept is simple – great sports, great friends and great food.

My husband and I are pro homgaters…we love spending our Sundays watching football from the comfort of our couch. As Patriot’s fans living in Connecticut, getting to the game isn’t always easy – the stadium is about 2 hours away. So more often than not, we resort to watching the game from home. There are a few reasons why homegating can be just as fun as heading to the stadium! First, it’s cheaper. Save on tickets, gas and expensive stadium food by staying home. Second, you can’t beat the view. Unless you’ve got great seats on the 50 yeard line, it’s likely your view will be better on the big screen. Lastly, home games in New England can get pretty chilly as the season goes on. Why battle the elements when you can stay cozy at home? I’m by no means discouraging a trip to the game…but if you can’t make it work, homegating is the next best option.

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First Friday Event with Mallove’s Jewelers & Anna Beck Designs

Mallove's of Mystic

MALLOVE’S OF MYSTIC

During the summer months my husband and I spend a lot of time on the Connecticut shoreline. On the weekends we love heading into Mystic to shop, dine and walk around town. You can imagine my excitement when I learned about First Friday’s now happening in downtown Mystic. This fun new event occurs on – you guessed it – the first Friday of every month. Companies in the downtown area participate in Frist Friday events by hosting a special evening at their store. It’s a great way to shop local products and discover some of the best stores in town!

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Luster Loft Lounger Fleece Dog Bed

Fleece Dog Bed

Luster Loft Lounger Fleece Dog Bed

I believe our pets deserve to be just has comfortable as we are…which is why I decided it was time to get a new bed for our little Jackson. James and I are sleeping on a brand new mattress (see here) so we figured we’d treat our little man too. When it came to shopping for a luxurious pet bed, I knew exactly who to turn to – The American Blanket Company. The same company that sent Jackson one of their famous Luster Loft Pet Blankets ( which has since become his absolute favorite.) Jackson had his Luster Loft blanket by his side during his horrendous bout with Leptospirosis and he still sleeps with it every night. I can vouch for the comfort and quality because James and I sleep with a Luster Loft Fleece Blanket every night as well. It’s the softest fleece EVER!

Lucky for Jackson, the American Blanket Company just came out with their new pet loungers made of luxurious Luster Loft fleece. It typically takes dogs a while to get use to a new bed. In the past it’s taken Jackson up to a month. Not this time. Jackson was sleeping on his new comfy pillow bed within 24 hours after we introduced him to it. The Luster Loft Loungers are made with an exceptional level of comfort and softness. Not only is the outer material soft, the cushioning is as well. It’s so plush that Jackson curls up into a ball and sink right in. The Luster Loft Lounger has everything your dog would want in a bed (I hear cats really enjoy them too!) Here’s a fun little fact: If you have a dog that sheds, you can brush away the dog hair with a simple swipe of your hand! If you run your hand in the direction of the nap of the fabric, the hair will come right off.

I also love the look of these beds. It’s not every day you find a pet bed that also blends well with your home décor. It’s a classic, simple design that comes with a variety of customizable options to choose from. These luxury fleece dog beds come in 6 sizes, 2 shapes and several colors. We chose the 20” x 26” square bed in Patriot Blue for Jackson. It was the perfect size and shape for all 5lbs of him (with some room to spare!) You can also opt to have your pups name embroidered on the bed for an extra special touch!

American Blanket Company products are made in the USA and backed by a lifetime guarantee. Like all Luster Loft products, the Lounger is extremely durable and easy to care for. It features a removable and machine washable case that will not shed or pill in the washer or dryer. Your pet will be enjoying this bed for years to come!

The American Blanket Company Luster Loft Lounger Fleece Dog Bed can be purchased here. While you’re shopping, be sure to check out all their other fleece products including bedding, throws and baby blankets!

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JMD

 

10 Easy & Practical Tips To Help You Sleep Better with Beautyrest & Mattress Firm

Tips To Help You Sleep Better Beautyrest

With busy schedules and not enough time in the day, we often underestimate the importance of a good night’s rest. Sleep is crucial to being productive and feeling your best self throughout the day. I’m lucky that I typically sleep well throughout the night, but my husband’s not so lucky. Even I still have occasional nights that I struggle falling asleep – whether I’m stressed out, feeling crummy or drank too much caffeine throughout the day. Over the years, I’ve done research and tried various remedies to help both my husband and I sleep better. Some have been successful, some not so much. Many of the articles or posts I’ve read are full of unrealistic tips – things that are not practical or that I don’t have time for. I’d love to not look at my phone, computer or TV for an hour before bed, but the reality is that’s the only time I have to work on my blog or catch up on my favorite TV shows. I’d also love to cut caffeine out of my diet – but something needs to keep me going through the day!

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Jewels For Hope

Large Black Lava Stone Bracelet | Howlite Bracelet | Picture Jasper Bracelet | Small Lava Stone Bracelet

THE PRODUCT

Handcrafted jewelry that supports a great cause.

THE BUSINESS

Look Good. Feel Good. Do Good. That’s the mission jewelry designers Sandy and Stevie set out to accomplish with the founding of their jewelry line, Jewels for Hope. The mother/daughter duo specializes in creating handcrafted jewelry made from beautiful beads, unique stones, Swarovski crystals and vintage finds. Jewels For Hope is no ordinary jewelry – it’s jewelry that gives back. The company donates 10% of all their profits to charity, allowing you to select from 1 of 5 different organizations to support when making your purchase. 

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We’re Building a House!

Building A House

James and I have some exciting news to share! We are building a house!!!

Last week we closed on a beautiful piece of land in our hometown – it’s absolutely perfect. The land is situated on my favorite street in town, a winding country road lined with farmhouses, rolling hills and beautiful views. Our purchase was formally home to an Arborvitae farm, which made the perfect backdrop for our photo shoot!  These photos were taken over a year ago, when we initially signed a contract for the land. Early in the process we discovered that buying farmland is not as straight forward as purchasing an approved lot. It took over a year from the time we signed a contract to the day we closed on the land. It was a long year, but very much worth the wait. Building a home is my dream come true and I’m so excited to share our journey with you!

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