Hem pants without sewing ... step by step guide for the easiest alterations EVER!

Awkwardly short pants make me cringe. So much so that I can barely look at this photo above. I was cringing the entire time I put on these pants and took the photo. Being tall (5’10”), I’ve forever had a paranoia about my pants being too short. I even started doing my laundry in elementary school just to ensure my parents didn’t accidentally shrink my pants in the wash. (Now that I’m older I’m realizing that was one of the best parenting tricks EVER.)

Being a gal that loves to get good deals on her clothes, I’ve always struggled with finding size long on sale. Apparently all the tall girls buy their pants full price during the current season leaving no availability on the last season clearance rack. Ugh. Not willing to pay full price on anything, I’ve had to come up with a solution that didn’t involve the photo above: ALTERATIONS.

Now if I won’t buy my pants full price, you better believe I won’t pay to get a hem taken out.

Now put your sewing machines away because this alteration solution is SEW FREE!

Supplies to Hem Pants

  • Scissor
  • Iron & ironing board
  • Seam ripper 
  • Measuring tape
  • Hemming tape (I strongly recommend Wonder Tape 1/4 inch. Regardless which one you buy, make sure the width is under 1 inch so that you can use it on a variety of projects)

Hem pants without sewing ... step by step guide for the easiest alterations EVER!

Instructions 

Before you jump in and do anything to your pants,  flip them inside out and see how much extra hem (aka – extra fabric sewn inside) is available. It feels like Christmas morning when I discover a pair of pants has at least an 1 1/2 inch of hem. Seriously. Now decide how much of that extra hem you want to use to lengthen your pants. Or if you’re looking to shorten your pants, you don’t have to worry about available hem. Just decide how much you want to take in!

Hem pants without sewing ... step by step guide for the easiest alterations EVER!

Using your seam ripper, slowly rip the thread holding your bottom pant seam together. Once you’ve ripped the thread all the way around the leg bottom, pull the loose thread out to clean it up.

Roll your pants down a little so that you see the inside of the pants (photo below). Even though I’m extending the length of the pants, I need to make a SMALL fold at the very end of my pants (typically about 1/2 inch). I iron this fold so that it’s even, ensuring its the same height around the pant. This fold is to ‘hold’ my sewing tape. This is another reason why I really like my 1/4 inch sewing tape!

Hem pants without sewing ... step by step guide for the easiest alterations EVER!

Hem pants without sewing ... step by step guide for the easiest alterations EVER!

Flip the pant leg over and repeat with your 2nd strip of fabric tape. Then repeat for the other pant leg. Unfold your pants and iron again to remove any additional creases.

Hem pants without sewing ... step by step guide for the easiest alterations EVER!

Ahhhh … so much better!

Hem pants without sewing ... step by step guide for the easiest alterations EVER!

Hem pants without sewing ... step by step guide for the easiest alterations EVER!

Learning to hem pants has never been so easy (and quick)!

 

 

 

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The easiest DIY solution to making a holder for your headphones (out of a mint tin)!

Anytime I’m off doing errands I ALWAYS have my headphones in. Whether a podcast or old school Brittany Spears, I’m always listening to something. Once I get home it becomes the million dollar question: “WHERE did I place my headphones?” At the bottom of my purse? Near Reagan’s leash? Near my keys in my entry way? No matter what organizational system I used, apparently I couldn’t wrangle in my headphones.

Not only did I panic every time I was about to leave the house thinking that I lost them, once I found said headphones, they were kind of gross. Not gross like I spilled something on them, but gross like they’ve been sitting out in who knows what slowly accumulating dirt and grime. Throwing these inside my ears was kind of disgusting. But admittedly I kept doing it. Ugh.

The easiest DIY solution to making a holder for your headphones (out of a mint tin)!

The Easiest Headphone Holder

Always trying to reuse items I already have, I noticed this small plastic mint container in our car. Perfect. Now I just had to wait until we ate all the mints (AKA I ate the last 10 mints in 5 seconds).  It measured roughly 3 inches wide, 2 inches deep and 1 inch in height which couldn’t be a more perfect size for headphones. The opening was large enough to easily and quickly throw my headphones inside without any difficulty.

The easiest DIY solution to making a holder for your headphones (out of a mint tin)!

First step is to remove the labels on the front and back. To my surprise these came off super quickly without much effort.

Next give the container a quick cleaning. Mine had lots of ‘mint dust’ inside. No point in putting your headphones IN TO something dirty 🙂 .

Now you COULD stop right there and simply use the plain mint container as your headphone holder. I opted for some quick decorations using craft paper and washi tape that I had on hand.

The easiest way to attach anything to your mint holder is to use Modge Podge, a glue like substance that dries clear and is perfect for plastic surfaces.

After adding a little Modge Podge to the top of the mint holder with a small paint brush, I placed a couple paper cut outs on top. Press them down on to the glued surface.

Add a little bit more Modge Podge to the top and let the glue sit for about an hour.

And that’s it! Finally no more excuses for dirty headphones. It’s easy to pop in your purse or work bag so that you’ll never panic that you lost your headphones.

The easiest DIY solution to making a holder for your headphones (out of a mint tin)!

Not a DIY gal? I get it. Here’s a couple easy solutions for those who would rather Buy instead of DIY.

 

 

 

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I’m a HUGE DIY fan. Let me repeat, I’m a HUGE DIY fan. If there’s even the SLIGHTEST chance that I can make something on my own cheaper instead of buying, I do it without hesitation. Now that’s not to say that all my DIY endeavors turn out successfully though. I’ve got enough Pinterest Fails to fill this blog with posts for years to come. Yet, when DIYing, I always remember to keep my expectations a little lower knowing that the homemade option doesn’t always turn out looking exactly like the store bought solution.

Alright now that I put my huge disclaimer, while simultaneously declaring my love for DIYing, here’s my top list of things that I will forever Buy Instead of DIY. Some of these I’ve tried to make myself, others I’ve seen on Pinterest and just saw a disaster coming along.

Cement Planters

I love love love the new trend in the minimalist cement planters that are all the rage right now. And I equally love that when something comes in trend, creative DIY bloggers come up with so many amazing and more affordable DIY options. Now admittedly I’ve never tried one of these DIY cement planters before, I have read the supply list needed to create these. Being frugal by nature, I know that I could buy a ready made planter on sale much cheaper than I could buy the supplies needed to make one. Plus I don’t risk messing up the DIY and spending money on nothing.

Front Door Mat

I always want a fun decorative front door mat that instantly shows my guests how creative and artsy I am. Every time I’ve tried to DIY a mat, the paint never lasts long enough and it seems like buying a neutral mat to decorate costs just the same as a cute one on sale. One last reason why I’m not a fan of decorating mats & rugs …. I use my front door mat, well AS A MAT. That means I wipe my shoes on the mat to get out dirt and snow. I’ve yet to find a DIY tutorial that is durable enough to last when people actually use the mat.

Homemade Dish Detergent

Oh how I’ve wanted this one to work so many times. To my dismay, Joe (my husband) was right. The homemade dish detergent options I’ve tried just don’t compare to the store bought ones. Over and over we ended up washing the dishes by hand after the dishwasher DIY solution didn’t get the dirt out. Or running the dishwasher a second time. Many of the recipes I’ve found have rather unique ingredients that I definitely didn’t have on hand and some weren’t super cheap. So while it might be marginally cheaper to DIY this adding in the extra work and extra dishwasher runs, we’ve probably lost money on this DIY.

Confetti 

There’s lots of DIY ways to make your own confetti and all of them are time consuming, especially if you need A LOT of confetti. Hole punching for hours likely doesn’t appeal to any of us. The Dollar Store has great options for extremely affordable confetti options. While Amazon’s options aren’t as cheap, we found a couple really reasonable packets. Like these, these, and these.

Window Cleaner

Here’s another DIY that Joe pleaded with me to not to try. I marvelled at the idea of grabbing a couple cheap kitchen products and magically turning them in to a completely streak-free window cleaner. The problem? None of the options I tried were ever as streak-free as the tried and true Windex. The biggest problem was that if I tried to re-clean the windows with the DIY solution, the windows would just streak up more. So far, Joe = 2, Lindsay = 0 on the DIY front.

Baby Gate

Yes, baby gates can totally get expensive. Just do a search on Amazon and you’ll find gates that cost just as much as baby beds. So I can totally understand why so many DIY options came about. Many of them are so creative, using plastic piping, curtains, shower curtain holders, etc. But those supplies can also add up quickly. We bought a super cheap bare bone basic baby gate on Amazon before we brought home our little puppy and it’s been working great! i’m so glad we didn’t spend money on one of these expensive ones, but I’m also glad we didn’t try to DIY it.

Wine Bottle Glasses

With the amount of wine I drink, I was obsessed with the idea of turning my wine bottles in to SOMETHING …. anything! I saw tutorials online showing how to cut wine bottles in half to make drinking glasses. I think I must have had blinders on because as I read through the tutorials explaining how to literally light the bottle on fire with lighter fluid to cut it in half I continued to stay as determined to make this as I was before. Fortunately Joe, again, reminded me that risking burning down our home so that I could drink my water out of a wine bottle probably wasn’t worth it. Joe = 3, Lindsay = 0.

If you’re not sure what I’m talking about? Here’s a Pinterest search to show you some examples.

If you just love the idea of the wine bottle glasses, you can BUY the completed project (no fire in the house required).

Any DIY Fails that you’ve sworn off??

 

 

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From my dad 🙂

For the last 20 years or so he’s averaged about 100 flights a year. Last time he was up to Seattle visiting (adding another flight to his annual total!), he gave me the scoop on his best tips to make air travel easier.

Top Airline Tips From a Seasoned Traveler 

1 Get TSA pre-check if you can afford it. It allows you to go through a special (read: quicker) line at the airport. Yes, it costs about $80 for 5 years of access, but it also could save you from missing your flight if the airport has ridiculously long lines. Other benefits? You don’t have to take your shoes and jacket off. And your computer can stay in your carry on!

2 If you end up having to check your bag at the gate, make sure you get a bag tag from the gate agent. NEVER give up your bag without this tag. In the event that your luggage gets lost, this is your only proof that the luggage actually existed. And yes, I’ve learned this the hard way.

3 Before selecting your seat when purchasing your ticket find out how the airline boards the plane. Some board from the back of the plane first, some board based on group number and then there’s Southwest style boarding. When I fly Alaska airlines, I always select a seat in the back of the plane since they board rows 25-35 first. This means I can be assured that overhead compartment space will be available for my carry on.


4 If you run into a situation where your flight is delayed or canceled, get in line quick. While you’re standing inline CALL the airline as well. Often times I’ve been able to get the situation resolved on the phone before I make it to the front of the line. Also, pull up flight option on your phone so you’re equipped to tell the receptionist what you want (no guarantee that you’ll get it though).

Sometime airlines use your plane for another flight and claim that your plane was delayed due to weather – and causes delay’s or even you to miss a connection. Remember that if you are delayed more than 2 hours due to the airlines’ fault (depending on the airlines) you should be compensated. Always verify was air traffic control and or weather that caused your delays – remember the employee at the front desk has more flexibility that you might think – be persistent – however NOT mean.

5 If you have a connection and there is a flight delay that’s the airline’s fault (think: mechanical issue) causing you to miss your connection, as the airline if they will re-book you on another airline that has a direct flight. Not all Airlines will do this for you, but most people wouldn’t think to ask this question.

6 Even if you don’t fly a particular airline often, it’s still worth signing up for their frequent flier program. You might not have enough points for a free flight, but you’ll likely have enough for some of their other smaller items such as a magazine subscription. Hey, it’s free 🙂

7 If you’re planning on checking a lot of luggage, compare the price of first class to coach + checked luggage fee. Luggage is free for first class travelers and periodically my dad would travel in first class AND save money. Crazy, right? Another option is to look at seat upgrades as at times they may allow you a free bag / and you get a better seat for the same cost of just checking a bag and coach seat.

8 If you have to check your luggage, put a couple essentials in your carry-on in the event that your luggage got lost. It can take airlines a couple days to deliver lost luggage, which could be the entire duration of your trip. (For example, bring a swimsuit for your beach vacation.)

9 If you drive and park at the airport, take a photo of your parking row/spot so that you’ll remember when you return. Or you could try this approach.

10 Find another color luggage than black, for the obvious reasons!

11 Book the first flight of the day. Yes, that means you’ll be getting up before the sun rises, but it’s also the least likely flight to have delays since the plane is already sitting at the airport.

12 Bring an empty water bottle with you and fill it up with water after you get through security. Flying can be VERY dehydrating, so don’t wait for flight attendants to bring you a beverage. Make sure you carry your own!

13 Bring layers (and a scarf) regardless of what the weather is like at your origin or destination. You never know what the temperature of the plane will be. OK this tip was from me and not my dad 🙂

14 If you’re traveling all day, take time either in between flights, before you take off, or after you land to stretch. Yes, you might look a little silly, but sitting still all day is NOT good for you! Rotate your ankles & wrists. Roll your head/neck a couple times and stretch your legs/arms.

15 Planes absolutely breed germs. I won’t judge if you wipe down your seat, armrest and tray before sitting down. In fact, I might ask you to wipe down mine!

 

 

 

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I would have NEVER thought to do #4 before I was due! Good list of things to do before I have my baby.

Expecting a baby??? Then you know there’s a LOT of preparation needed! You’ve likely gotten all the fun stuff done (picking out adorable baby clothes, having your showers). You’d done all the practical tasks (putting together the crib, installing the car seat). Now here’s some things you might not have thought of yet.

I reached out to my most organized mommy friends to get their most surprising tips on what to-do before you’re DUE!

1 If you’ll be bottle feeding (or find out that you’re unable to breastfeed), make sure you stock up! Gerber® Good Start® Gentle Stage 1 Infant Formula is made for baby tummies (from birth to 12 months old) and is modeled after the gentleness and nutrition of breastmilk. More and more moms are looking for foods with non-GMO ingredients and Gerber® listened! Their Gerber® Good Start®
Formulas are all made with non-GMO sources. Plus a well fed baby is a comfortable baby, and that means everyone is happy, including mom 🙂 . Gerber sent me some samples to have on hand, but you can stock up at your local Target! Here is a CARTWHEEL offer you can use from 9/4 – 9/17.

2 Prep lots and lots of frozen meals. Dedicate a day to make lots & lots of meals. Even if you’re not a huge fan of frozen food, you’llappreciate having ready made meals available. My sister would bring over frozen breakfast sandwiches to all her new mommy friends. Mom and dad can now have a nice hot breakfast EASILY!

3 A clean car is appreciated any day of the week, but you’ll REALLY appreciate having your car cleaned out BEFORE you little baby arrives. Instead of cringing every time you put your baby in a car seat of a clean car, you can be patting yourself on your back that you planned ahead and finally cleaned out the car!

4 You’ve probably stocked up on more diapers than you could have imagined, but what about all the non-baby items you need around thehouse? It’s a great time to stock up on as many of those day to day non-perishable supplies as you have room for. Think toilet paper, detergent, dog food, cleaning supplies. The last thing you want to be doing is making trips to the grocery store for ONE item.

I would have NEVER thought to do #4 before I was due! Good list of things to do before I have my baby.

5 Some of you may have already begun to think about what you want your baby announcements to look like. You’re one step ahead! But what about making a list of WHO to send those announcements to? And extra points if you start collecting home addresses now! Remember how annoying it was to collect these for wedding invitations? You definitely don’t want to be hunting down addresses in between baby feedings!

6 While you’re deciding what to pack in your hospital bag, make sure to think about any arrangements that you’ll need at your home while you’re at the hospital. Do you have a dog a home that will need to be taken care of? Other kiddos? It’s wise to have a couple of friends / sitters available since you’re likely not going to know EXACTLY when you’re going to need them!

7 Are there any upcoming birthdays that you’ll need to shop for? Will Christmas be approaching shortly after your due date? Buying AND wrapping those gifts NOW will take a lot of pressure & stress off of shopping with your new little one. (Do you notice the theme of not wanting to shop with a little one?) 

I would have NEVER thought to do #4 before I was due! Good list of things to do before I have my baby.

8 Decide if/how you want to document your baby’s growth. It’s always fun to see the pictures of babies each month as they’re getting bigger & bigger! Taking time to decide where and how you want those pictures to look is not only fun pre-baby project, but you’ll have more time to come up with creative ideas!

9 Pre-register at the hospital. No one likes paperwork, especially when you’re about to go into labor. Most hospitals allow you to pre-register all your medical information & insurance paperwork. Then when it’s time to go, you’ll only need to fill out a couple forms to get checked in. Call your hospital or ask your doctor what their process is!

10 Make sure you have comfortable clothing for after the baby is born. This might not seem too fun because when you’re pregnant, nothing seems comfortable, but you’ll be thanking yourself after the baby is born! The rule of thumb is clothing that fit you at 6 months pregnant will be your best bet immediately post delivery.

I would have NEVER thought to do #4 before I was due! Good list of things to do before I have my baby.

What’s your best ‘to do before you’re due’ tip?

 

 

 

I would have NEVER thought to do #4 before I was due! Good list of things to do before I have my baby.

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We all know that we SHOULD get our finances organized, but the longer we wait the harder the task is. It always SEEMS  like the perfect New Years resolution. Yet the average New Years resolution lasts only 11 days. What about when the school year ends and life slows down a bit? That will be the best time to organize our finances. Or maybe when school starts back up and there’s more free time. Oh I’ll tackle it over Thanksgiving Break when I have an extra day off. No, I’ll add it to my New Years resolution list ….

Sound familar?

It’s incredible how easy and justifiable it all sounds to delay delay delay! Instead of making organizing your finances a HUGE task ….

here’s our 6 SIMPLE steps to organize your finances

1 Stop Trying to do it ALL

Many of us, like me, weren’t blessed with perfect memory. I have to write EVERYTHING down …. like remembering to move money in to my savings account each month. Or remembering to deposit checks. Even if you’ve got a great system to remember it all, leave it to someone (or something) else that can remember it better.

Solution? Automate your checking & savings account. When you bank with Chime & enroll in Automatic Savings, every time you use your Chime card to make a purchase (or pay a bill), they’ll round the transaction amount to the nearest dollar & transfer that money from your spending to savings account!

If you set up direct deposit with your employer in to your Chime account you can get paid up to two days early.

2 Goodbye Budget

There’s very few of us that REALLY love making a budget, right? Or let me rephrase this for those budget lovers out there …. there’s very few of us who love STICKING to a budget, right? Especially when the budget is complex. Many categories for every type of expense. Personally my spending habits change each month  based on what’s going on in my life. For example in December I’m spending more on presents, while in the summer I’m spending more on vacations. Since I don’t account for spending changes month to month, what seems advantageous when creating this monster of a budget, often derails quickly.

So instead of having a ridiculously detailed budget, determine how much take home money you have. Subtract the amount you need for essentials and savings each month. Then you’ll know how much discretionary money you have to spend as you want!

3 Go on a date …..

with yourself!

Hear me out. Whether it’s monthly or quarterly, schedule time (even just 30 minutes) to sit down by yourself to review your finances. Take a look at your checking account balance & savings account balance. Then check your credit score and take a look at your credit card statement. Try to find any unnecessary subscriptions or expenses to cut down.

Regardless if you choose to meet monthly or quarterly, make sure it’s consistent. These don’t have to be daunting deep dives on your finances (although they CAN be). As long as you’re consistent with the meetings and reviewing the essential, you’re on the right track!

4 Take the Trash Out

Holding on to financial documents can be a good piece of mind, but only if you truly know where everything is. Having boxes and folders filled with paperwork on your financials isn’t necessarily doing you any favors. Instead of having loads of paper documents, scan the documents and save them on a secure electronic file. This will remove all that physical clutter. This may not be the funnest task, but you’ll definitely be happy once it’s done. I’d also recommend signing up for all electronic statements of your account. Chime offers completely paperless options for your monthly statements.

 

5 Slim Down Your Wallet

As a huge lover of good deals, I’m always TEMPTED by credit card offers that sound too good to be true. And you know the saying, if it’s too good to be true, it probably is. Plus keeping track of the requirements for all those supposedly high reward credit cards can be more challenging than it’s worth. Because remember, if you don’t hit the requirements, you don’t get the rewards!

I stick with one credit card and one debit card that I use regularly.  I have a Chime debit card that I can even track via an iphone app.

6 Keep Your Identity

Identity theft is a serious thing. And it’s scary. Start checking your credit score regularly (I like to check mine twice a year). And make sure your passwords to all financial accounts are complex, random and never the same as any other passwords. When you bank with Chime, you’ll receive a Chime Visa® Debit Card, and an DIC insured Spending Account and Savings Account that can be managed straight through your smart phone. One of the great features of this is that you can be notified via app every time there’s a transaction on your account, so you always know what’s going on! 

And that’s it! Organizing your finances don’t have to be painful as long as you get started!

 

 

 

 

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Use these tips to get rid if Rusty's acne, dandruff and tummy problems!

Use these tips to get rid if Rusty's acne, dandruff and tummy problems!

As adorable and energetic as Reagan is, recently she seemed to have a ton of health problems. While some we accounted to Reagan growing out of her puppy stage, others we knew we needed to address.

For one … dandruff. Yes, it may seem like a vanity thing (and maybe it is). But who wants a dog with dandruff?

Use these tips to get rid if Rusty's acne, dandruff and tummy problems!

Then comes the acne. Alright it’s another vanity thing. But dogs with acne? I had never heard of such a thing before we got Reagan. The photo below is from one one of our most popular posts about a DIY toy storage solution. Can you see that acne on her face?

Use these tips to get rid if Rusty's acne, dandruff and tummy problems!

Oh and then there’s the diarrhea like poop and farting. Lots of farting. No pictures necessary.

All of this was going on for months. And it was driving us crazy. We weren’t sure to what extent all of this was just what happens with dogs and what was serious. But we knew Reagan didn’t seem too happy and we wanted her to look AND feel healthier!  Her energy and playfulness are some of our favorite qualities and we wanted to make sure she was able to enjoy the summer playing outside.

So we decided to take the IAMS™ Challenge. IAMS™ is so confident that you’ll see a Visible Difference in your dog that they’re offering a money back guarantee. Our vet had also recommended transitioning Reagan’s dog food, so it was a no brainer!

Here’s what we did during our IAMS™ Challenge

1 Keep Hydrated

Does this sound familar? Ironically it’s a common beauty tip for humas as well. Well Reagan (just like me) doesn’t always love to drink a lot of water. We were constantly worried that she was dehydrated. Ugh. So we tried to make drinking water as fun as we could. I freezed a couple pieces of dog food in each ice cube tray mold. Once frozen, Reagan couldn’t get enough of them. To my surprise she seemed to think it was the greatest treat EVER. We would give her a couple of these at a time, typically several times a day.

Use these tips to get rid if Rusty's acne, dandruff and tummy problems!

The ONLY problem we ran in to is that every time I opened the freezer, she assumed we were getting her treat 🙂 .

Use these tips to get rid if Rusty's acne, dandruff and tummy problems!

2 Change The Food

For the IAMS™ Challenge, we opted for IAMS™ Grain Free Naturals Dry Food with Salmon & Red Lentils. Joe laughed stating that Reagan is probably having better meals than we are. Embarrassing I admitted he was right (#awfulcook).

It was the perfect choice for Reagan. Their dog food includes Omega 6 & 3 fatty acids that keeps Reagan’s skin & coat look healthy (goodbye acne and dandruff). In addition IAMS™ includes a fiber blend in their dog food. Just like humans need fiber, this helped Reagan with all her digestive & tummy problems.

Remember IAMS™ is so confident that you’ll see a Visible Difference in your dog that they’re offering a money back guarantee. For more info on all the IAMS™ products and to get the full scoop on their Visible Difference Guarantee, visit iams.com/visabledifference.

We took 7 days to transition Reagan to her new food. Any quicker might have caused MORE tummy problems, which is the last thing we wanted. We started by mixing 75% of the old food with 25% of the new IAMS™ diet. Then on days 3 & 4, we mixed 50/50 of old diet and new. By day 5 & 6, the mix was 75% of the new IAMS™ with 25% of the old diet. On day 7, Reagan was ready to eat the new IAMS™ diet exclusively.

The smartest tips to get rid of puppy acne, dandruff and tummy problems!

Note that we monitored Reagan pretty closely. You’ll want to do the same with your dog and adjust the transition timing as needed.

The smartest tips to get rid of puppy acne, dandruff and tummy problems!

3 Slow Down Eating

Apparently like mother like daughter. Reagan eats her food just as quickly as I do. I’m truly hoping I’m a little neater of an eater than her although Joe often disagrees 🙁 . While there’s tons of doggy gadgets to encourage your dog to eat at a slower pace, you’ve likely got the solution right at home already. Simple put a tennis ball in the middle of dish filled with food. This will force your dog to slow down as they eat AROUND the ball. It even makes meal time more mentally stimulating as they have to move the ball around the dish to get at the food.

The smartest tips to get rid of puppy acne, dandruff and tummy problems!

The Results of the IAMS™ Challenge

At the end of the IAMS™ Challenge we saw a huge difference!  The dandruff was GONE and her coat was super shiny. The acne had literally disappeared. Her tummy seemed to be doing better as she had tons of energy! Scroll down look at some of our adventures with Reagan below. She had a lot more energy and was running around like crazy! Just like we knew she would.

Not only did it make Reagan feel better, but it was great for Joe & I as well. We could finally stop worrying about how Reagan was feeling! She was enjoying the summer and the outdoors iwth one of her favorite activities …. playing frisbee. AND she’s finally able to CATCH the frisbee!

The smartest tips to get rid of puppy acne, dandruff and tummy problems!

The smartest tips to get rid of puppy acne, dandruff and tummy problems!

Take a look at these videos … Reagan is back to her ‘normal’ crazy self. We think she definitely succeeded in the IAMS™ Challenge!  Yet, apparently one thing she didn’t obtain is a sense of coordination. We’re still working on that 🙂 .

And then there’s Regan’s FAVORITE way to exercise outdoors ….

Come join the IAMS™ Challenge to get your dogs outside enjoying the summer!

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As prepared as we were for Reagan, our doberman puppy, there were MANY things we learned along the way. Some things we’re laughing about now and for others the wound is too fresh. Ugh. Yes, we had our to-do lists prepared and purchased all the essentials, but we still learned quite a few lessons along the way. It took a little trial and error, lots of caffeine and quite a bit of humor, but we got through the first month with Reagan and are still alive to tell about it!

Oh how could this cute little face get in to any mischief ???

Need to read later, first 30 days new puppy checklist. Read through.

What we wish we would have known: New Puppy Checklist

Although Apple Spray, that spray that will prevent puppies from chewing on whatever your spray it on, should have been a blessing it was one of Reagan’s favorite treats! She would literally lick it off our furniture (and THEN chew the furniture). FAIL.

There’s SO many puppy products on the market nowadays. Some of them seem just down right silly. I tried the less is more approach at the beginning, but wish I would have bought a couple key items right away. One of those was a dog dish tray to prevent water from spilling all over. Our wood floors started to warp because Reagan thought the water bowl was for playing not drinking 🙂 .

Make sure everyone in your house is consistent with rules and puppy commands. I started going rouge and using the same commands/hand signals that I used with my childhood puppy without confirming with Joe. Sure enough he was using different hand signals.

Reagan wasn’t a fan of getting brushed, although she REALLY needed it! Anytime she saw the brush coming, she would jump up and start trying to play with it. I wish we would have started grooming her when she was sleeping instead of wide awake to get her used to it.

Need to read later, first 30 days new puppy checklist. Read through.

We never really did the math of how much dog food we would go through daily. It seemed like almost every week we would come close to running out of food before buying more! I highly recommend buying several bags of puppy food at a time!

I had NO idea how much energy playing at the dog park would burn! Once Reagan got all her shots (about 3 months), we started taking her to the dog park almost daily and she became a different dog! Running around at a dog park for an hour burned WAY more energy than taking her on 3 or 4 long walks.

Say goodbye to full night sleeps for the first month! If you’re sharing puppy responsibilities with someone else, make sure you come up with a plan of WHO is going to be on nighttime duty each night. It took Joe & I a week or so to get in to the groove of this. Before that we would BOTH wake up in the middle of the night to take Reagan out to go to the bathroom. What were we thinking?

We bought doggy carpet cleaner that also eliminates the scent to prevent dogs from coming back to that same spot. Well, it neither prevented Reagan from peeing in the same spot and or got rid of the stain. We ended up switching back to regular carpet cleaner.

Skip the nice bed and opt for old towels. It may not be as luxurious or comfy as a puppy bed, but you also won’t be wasting money on something that your dog may use as an expensive chew toy! Admittedly Reagan chewed up TWO beds before we switched to the towels.

Need to read later, first 30 days new puppy checklist. Read through.

Research what the diameter of your puppies neck should be BEFORE buying a collar. I just bought a medium size collar for Reagan, but when we first got her it was WAY too big. That meant we had NO collar for her and had to run to the store within the first hour after bringing her home.

We put off brushing Reagan’s teeth because …. well it seemed like a miserable process. I wish we would have started the very first week we brought her home so that she was used to it. Now every time we brush her teeth its a huge production because she has no idea what’s going on!

After weeks of sleepless nights for both Reagan, Joe & I, we got a great tips from my sister. Fill plastic water bottles with hot water and cover with socks. Then place these in her crate next to her when going to bed. It supposedly mimics the feeling of sleeping next to her brothers and sisters. This was LIFE CHANGING for us. Hello sleeping through the night!

Good luck with your new puppy! Any tips you learned along the way?

 

 

 

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