Instagram Q & A

Hey there everyone!

If you follow me on Instagram you may know that I opened up one of my posts for you guys to ask me any questions that you may have. I did get a few, so I wanted to post them here rather than doing a story.

Here we go!

When did you start loving Disney so much?
I grew up as your typical 90’s Disney kid. I loved watching all of the movies growing up and every year I had a different themed Disney birthday party. I grew up going to the parks in Orlando, (Disney, Sea World and Universal) since I have family in Florida. We usually only went to Magic Kingdom and I was too young to remember going. I went to the parks in high school for a band trip and was able to park hop all four parks in one week. Fast forward to ‘growing up’ and my husband and I went to Animal Kingdom last year for one day, and upon returning home I realized there was a community for people like myself on Instagram, who are obsessed with Disney. So, I have always been a Disney fan, but since becoming an adult, it has only been the past year or two that I have embraced my love for the movies and parks again! 🙂

 

How do you keep your marriage fun (while life can be so busy and comfort sets in) and how would you coordinate your faith in it, if your husband doesn’t necessarily believe in anything?
I have to admit that this is tough question since I don’t claim to have the perfect life. I think one way to keep marriage fun is to revisit some of the things that you used to do together when you were dating or first married. Favorite dinner spot? First date? Movie spot? Go visit! I also think that continuing to do nice things for the other person is also key to keeping things fun. For example, there’s something super sweet about my husband bringing me a cup of coffee every morning that we have off together (aka weekends). He doesn’t have to do that small gesture, but it sure is sweet!
I also think going out of your comfort zone a bit and doing new activities together or even traveling to new places is a great way to keep your marriage fun. I would suggest going on ‘date nights’, but when you are married and don’t have kids, every night is practically a date night, if you have that mentality. I think making sure you go out and do something (whether it’s a movie, dinner or other activity) is one way to keep things fun as well. Sometime I love movie nights at home, and after a long week of working and volunteering that’s all we feel like doing, but going out every once in a while is fun!

If your husband isn’t a believer, I would pray for him. I know it sounds like such a typical answer, but I think it’s the right one. Maybe don’t even let him know you’re praying for him at first. Not only pray for his salvation, but pray for his day at work, his thoughts, etc. I think that could be more beneficial than pressuring him to become a believer and go to church (if he’s not). I actually just picked up a book while browsing the sale section at Hobby Lobby the other day. It’s called The Power of a Praying Wife by Stormie Omartian. I have not cracked it open yet, but it seems like a great resource for anyone who wants to pray for their husband, which should be all of us who are wives! 🙂 There’s even a section on praying for his faith!
Also, while you are praying for him and you start to see fruit in his life, you may be able to gauge when would be a good time to suggest going to church for a holiday or for an event. But don’t forget about yourself! Make sure you are doing your part to stay close to God and making sure your life is fruitful. After all, you may be the only Christian your husband may come in contact with, so you are a walking billboard in a sense.

 

Have you guys ever thought about adopting a child?
Yes, we actually have! We are still sort of in the wait with our current situation, but we have talked briefly about adopting. I’m not sure if we would consider that more before or after we potentially pursue help from a fertility specialist, but we are definitely open to it and have talked about it. 🙂 We are continually evaluating our lives and making sure we are being obedient to the Lord and praying that He shows us His will through this experience.

 

How long have you been a fur mama?
I grew up with two Chihuahuas, but I officially became a fur mama 3 years ago. We adopted Max the week of Christmas in 2014 and he has been the best Christmas gift EVER! 🙂 As a couple who is struggling to have human children, having our sweet pup changed a lot for us. We rescued him only a year into our wait, but we know our home wouldn’t feel the same without having our little guy. 🙂

 

Thanks for stopping by and thanks to everyone who asked a question! If you have any other questions be sure to comment below and I will do my best to get back to you! 🙂
Hope you all have a great day! 🙂

Raw Paws Pet Food Review

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Hey there everyone!

June has been such a busy month for us. My husband and I were both in a wedding at the beginning of this month and have also been busy volunteering our time for vacation bible school this week. We helped with stage set up and design again this year which took weeks to prepare for, and we also help with games and photography during VBS. So I apologize for the lack of posts lately, but now our summer should be freed up. 🙂

I am back with another review today on two products from Raw Paws Pet Food.

I am new to raw feeding for pets, so this review is not coming from an expert by any means. Even though I am new to the raw feeding concept, with just a little bit of research it isn’t hard to see that dogs can benefit from being fed raw food. There is much debate over this topic, but I would like this review to be as un-biased as much as it possibly can since Max has only been fed raw a few times prior to this review.

The first product we tried out was the Lamb Meaty Bones, a best seller on their website. As you can see on the package it arrives frozen, is 100% all-natural, never cooked, USDA inspected, contains no preservatives, no filler or additives, gluten free, grain free, and also corn and soy free. Just reading the packaging was pretty impressive to me!

Max was head over heels in love with these bones. I had given him what looked to be part of a rib and almost had a freak out moment when I heard him crunch on a piece of bone and swallow it. He didn’t seem bothered by it at all. Now I know there are some dog owners who don’t freak out over their dog eating parts of a bone, and some that freak out and take their dog straight to the vet. I’m not saying either option is right or wrong, but I do believe that you need to supervise your pet while eating some of these bones. Max was fine and was not bothered by consuming part of the bone. On a later date I gave Max what looked to be a “joint’ piece of bone and didn’t worry too much about him tearing that bone to pieces since it was a big and bulky bone that he wouldn’t have been able to tear apart.

I think these bones are a great treat for your dog, and could even be a great introductory piece of raw food to give them before they go full out raw. Max still is on kibble (I haven’t ventured to full on raw just yet) and he didn’t get an upset stomach from eating these bones at all. We will definitely be purchasing these in the future!

 

If you’d love just a simple bone for your dog to chew on, we would recommend the bully sticks in a heart beat! Max loved the bully sticks. Even though he is a small dog he is a big chewer, and I feel pretty good about what these bones are made of. Max and I are new to bully sticks, so these did have a slight odor to them, but only because I had never opened up a package before, so I didn’t know what to expect. They are made from free range, grass fed, antibiotic free, 100% all natural, no preservatives, no additives and no added hormones. These bully sticks last a decent time for an extreme chewer, and we will also be purchasing these again in the future!

 

Raw Paws has a big variety of raw and freeze dried food and treats for your dog. We will definitely be purchasing from them in the future for Maximus. 🙂 Finally we have found treats that are safe and healthy for him to chew on!

 

Save 10% On Raw Pet Food with code RAWTAKE10 at RawPawsPetFood.com

The Naked Dog Box

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Hi everyone!

I am back today to do a review on The Naked Dog Box! The Naked Dog Box is a subscription service that delivers dog food right to your door every two weeks.

The Naked Dog Box

What is nice about this kibble, is that it is free from: grain, gluten, soy, potatoes and corn.

Maximus received the salmon and chickpea formula, but there are other flavors available as well.

You can purchase a subscription for your puppy, adult dog or even your senior dog. You can also customize your dog’s subscription based on their weight, health and fitness level.

For a dog Max’s size (11-20 lbs) a subscription is about $20 every two weeks. In each box, you get a customized formula for your dog, a stainless steel scoop, and a surprise toy or treat. Max received a bag of Cloud Star treats and he loves them! There is also an option to choose an add-on that will also come in your box. The add-ons can vary from toys, salmon oil, treats and even poop bags for your pup!

When I received the box I was pleasantly surprised that the two-week bag was the equivalent of the bag of kibble we buy that usually lasts about a month.

If you would like to give Naked Dog Box a try, you can get $10 off your first box (any size) using the code thefaithtofollow10

All-in-all Max and I think this dog food is an excellent option for those pet parents who love premium dog kibble! 🙂

Dog Valentines + Free Printable

Happy Monday everyone!

Since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, I thought it would be fun to make an easy valentine you can give your dog, your neighbor’s dog or whomever!

I got inspiration for these from Sarah over at Whimsey & Hope. Hers are adorable, so be sure to go check them out!

The valentines I made include five different designs and sayings:
“I woof you”
“Best friends furever”
“Love is a fur letter word”
“Be mine furry valentine”
“I pawsitively adore you”

For these valentines you will need the following:

• Cardstock
• Scissors or X-acto knife
• Snack stick or treat of your choice

You can download and print the valentines here: Dog Valentines
The printable is formatted for a 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of paper.

I highly recommend that you use heavy paper for this project. Regular computer paper will probably tear and will not hold the treats in place.
Also, depending on the diameter of your treat, you may have to cut a little more than what is shown in the pdf. (the two vertical lines on the valentine)

Have fun, and please share pictures if you give your favorite pups these valentines! 🙂

 

 

DIY No-Sew Dog Bandana

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Hi everyone!

Today I have a super easy tutorial for you!

One of my favorite dog accessories are bandanas. My dog hates wearing pretty much everything except for his coats and bandanas. They are the perfect little accessory to dress your dog in and another plus is that they don’t mind them! 🙂 This DIY is perfect if you don’t have a sewing machine on hand or are a little bit challenged when it comes to sewing.

I went to Hobby Lobby this week and picked up three different fabrics. One of them I used in this tutorial and the other two other I am saving for more DIY projects, so stay tuned for those!

The materials you will need for this project are the following:

1/2 yard or 1 yard of fabric (depending on the size of your dog, also buy extra in case you mess up!)
Scissors
Dritz 222 5/8-Inch by 20-Yard Stitch Witchery, Regular
Ruler
Steam Iron
Damp Cloth
Pencil

  1. To get started, take out your fabric and flip to the side that is not going to be shown when your dog is going to wear the bandana. Draw a triangle with your ruler or trace a bandana you already have. If you don’t mind frayed edges or an uneven cut, then you can cut the bandana out exactly the way you want it. If you would like a clean edge, then I suggest measuring an additional 1″ so then you can fold and “hem” the edge.
  2. Start cutting away!
  3. Once you have finished cutting, measure 1″ from the edge and start making a dotted line so it’s easier to fold your edge.
  4. Grab your Stitch Witchery and line it up with the edge you would like to finish off. Measure and cut. Place it in the space you measured (between the edge and the 1″ marks you made). Fold up on the dotted line you made. In the above photo, I had already placed the Stitch Witchery in the fold of the fabric and ironed it. I am just showing you the width of it compared to the fabric.
  5. Dampen a cloth (I used a new washcloth I had) and make sure to wring it out well. Set your iron to the “wool” setting. Place the cloth over the edge you are working on, with the stitch witchery in it and place the iron over the dampened cloth. Leave it on for about 10 seconds. It’s important that you don’t move your iron when you’re doing this. When you have finished a complete edge, flip it over and repeat on the other side.
  6. Do this to the remaining two sides.
  7. I decided to leave the folded up edges on the ends that tied and it helped me double knot it around Max’s neck. You can also grab velcro and sew it on the back if you don’t wish to tie it.

There we go! A pretty simple, decent looking bandana with no sewing! 🙂 Be sure to share pictures, if you decide to go ahead and follow this DIY!