Meeko’s 5th Birthday & Birthday Pupsicle Recipe

Hey y’all! Sorry this post is coming to you so late. I usually have my posts up by 10 AM, but I’ve been super busy lately with the holidays and festivities surrounding it. I’m hoping to get my sh*t together more for blogging in the new year.

Today’s post is all about my Pomchi (Pomeranian/Chihuahua), Meeko! He turned 5 on 11/29, and Alejandro and I spoiled him big time. Even though we have 3 dogs that we love very much, Meeko is definitely the most spoiled out of all of them. He was our first dog together and he helped raise the other two dogs. Not only that, but he’s our indoor dog, so we spend more time with him while our big girls run around in the backyard.

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Here’s some background on Meeko. While I was completing my internships for OT school, I was living in San Diego by myself (Alejandro stayed in the Bay Area to go to school). My first rotation was at UCSD Medical Center. One of the CNA’s dogs just had puppies and she was trying to find homes for them. Since I was alone in my apartment, she asked me if I wanted a puppy to keep me company. I was honestly hesitant at first, but gave in. I don’t regret taking in Meeko at all. The CNA’s son had initially named him Po, like the panda from Kung Fu Panda, but with me being a Disnerd, I changed his name to Meeko, like the raccoon from Pocahontas. Meeko and I instantly bonded and he’s been a huge part of my life since.

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Meeko sleeping with his stuffed panda that I got from the San Diego Zoo. Twinning!

For his birthday, I started off the day with lots of cuddle time. He loves hugs and kisses and can never get enough. For breakfast, I served him Blue Buffalo’s Santa Stew. Usually, Meeko isn’t one to eat all of his food in one sitting. He grazes throughout the day, but not with this! He scarfed that food down like his life depended on it! As soon as Alejandro and I came home from work, we spent a lot of time with Meeko and served him his Birthday Pupsicle.

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Meeko’s so spoiled that he even joined us at a Yelp Elite Event back in 2014!

So, what is this Birthday Pupsicle you ask? Well, it’s just a really simple, frozen treat recipe you can give your dogs for their birthday! It’s in the shape of a cupcake, and with the treat sticking out of the middle, it looks like there’s a candle on it. Continue reading for the recipe.

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Ingredients
1/2 cup of Greek yogurt
1/2 cup of peanut butter
1 banana
1 bone-shaped dog treat (I used Milk Bone)

Directions
1) Combine Greek yogurt and peanut butter together until smooth.
2) Mash banana and mix in with yogurt and peanut butter.
3) Pour mixture into muffin tin and place dog treat in the middle sticking up.
4) Freeze for at least one hour.
5) Serve to your pup and watch them enjoy!

We celebrate our dogs’ birthdays as a whole family, so I made this treat for the girls as well. All 3 dogs loved their pupsicles! If you try this recipe out, let me know in the comments!

 

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Christmas Shopping!

The countdown to Christmas has finally begun! Is it weird that I actually enjoy Christmas shopping and wrapping presents? In fact, I tend to start my Christmas shopping in late summer. Why? First off, it helps me budget for the holiday season. In my early 20s, I was able to do all my Christmas shopping on Black Friday, because I was blessed to live at home with my parents rent-free. Fast-forward 5 years later and here I am with student loans, a mortgage, and bills to pay. Also, I’m big on finding great deals. Allotting this much time to shop allows me to scope out the best deals for items for all my loved ones. Lastly, it gives me time to work on any DIY projects I might choose to gift.Β 

Christmas shopping really is a process for me. The first thing I typically start with is a list. Initially, I just write down the names of all the people I plan on gifting, that’s it. Then, I pay close attention to their interests and the latest trends that they might be following. I list those ideas (or maybe even actual items) by the person’s name and go from there. Pinterest has also been a huge help, because I can make secret boards and start saving pins of items for people, adding their names to the notes section so that I don’t forget who I plan on gifting them to.Β 

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This year’s Christmas list, but without the gift ideas next to them. Why? Because I know some of them read my blog. πŸ˜›

Once I have my ideas going, it’s finally time to shop and/or create! I do actually love browsing around stores to build on the ideas I already have, but let me tell you, those shopping bags can get heavy! Last year, I had to make a trip to my car halfway through my shopping trip because my arms were getting sore from carrying all those bags.Β 

When I’ve finally gathered all the items, I sort them out and get to wrapping! I’m usually done with Christmas shopping by the first week of December, so I wrap all the gifts once I’m done. I generally try to go with a certain color theme for wrapping paper/bags each year. Why? Well, because it looks super pretty under the tree!Β  Not only that, but I group gifts together based on families. It makes it so much easier to gather when we head out to the various places we visit (my uncle’s house in Daly City, my parents’ house in Hercules, and my aunt’s house in Rodeo).Β 

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I definitely had to pick up some Disney wrapping paper from Target!

Some of you may be reading this thinking, “OMG, Nessa has OCD. She’s doing too much.” First of all, don’t judge. Second, I don’t have OCD; I’m just “type A”. So yes, lists and color coding excite me.Β Haha! I’ve always received so many compliments on how organized I am with Christmas shopping, and I typically receive those compliments from those who are stressed out about last minute shopping. So, if that sounds like you, give my method a try next year.Β 

How many of you are last minute shoppers, and how many of you are organized with your Christmas shopping? I’d love to get to know you all more, so let me know in the comments!

Fall Treats for Dogs

Hi Sweethearts! It’s finally beginning to feel like fall here in Northern California with the shorter days and chilly nights. Unfortunately, we’re experiencing smoke from the wildfires, so we’ve been staying indoors for the most part. I don’t mind staying indoors, though, because I can always find something to do.

Recently, our Rottweiler, Cybele, turned 4! We gave her extra love and attention on her birthday (November 14th), and I baked up some fall treats for her and her siblings. I love making these treats for our dogs, because they’re super simple to make. They only need two ingredients!

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Ingredients
Oat flour (I just threw some instant oats in the food processor)
Canned pumpkin

Directions
Preheat oven to 350Β°.
Combine canned pumpkin and oat flour to desired consistency (less oat flour for chewy treats, more oat flour for crunchy treats).
Cut treats out into desired shapes. I got these cute, fall cookie cutters from Target.
Bake in oven for at least 15 minutes.Β  It may take longer depending on how much canned pumpkin and oat flour you use.
Let cool before allowing your pups to enjoy!

Pretty simple, right? All three of our dogs, and even our cat, love these treats! If you find yourself making a larger batch, simply store the rest in an air-tight container. They should be good for up to a week. Let me know if you decide to try this recipe and leave your thoughts in the comments below!