Christmas in July: Plan Your Holiday Photo Cards Now

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Every year I say I’m going to plan ahead and NOT wait til the last minute to order my winter holiday cards, but things come up…I get busy and forget. I’m sure you can relate!

This year, our newest blog sponsor, Basic Invite, is here to help us all do better, with a Christmas in July reminder: Summer is a great time to plan out and capture your family and pet photos for your Christmas cards and holiday cards.

They are also offering a 30% OFF discount to our readers so read on to learn more!

You might be thinking. “How can I do holiday photos when all my Christmas decorations are packed away?!?”

It’s easier than you think. All you need is a few simple props, like some Santa hats and mini trees from Michaels or the Dollar Store. Walgreens still has Red Noses for sale at many locations (check by the registers).

Any string of fairy lights will help set the scene, or take the photos you love and add some sparkly touches with filters in your favorite photo app or software.

Look around for items you already have that might work. This is a GREAT excuse to get some matching pajamas for your family and pets!

Your Christmas cards don’t even have to have a holiday theme. Summertime is beach, pool and vacation time, so remember to take a few nice shots with the family (and pets, of course) so that you can share your memories with friends and family when you send out your cards this winter. Any great family photos YOU love will make the perfect images for your cards.

There are tons of themes and templates to choose from, so it’s almost a no-brainer once you have your favorite digital photos picked out!

Basic Invite is one of the few card websites with almost unlimited color options and instant previews online. Once you select a design you can change the color of each element on the card to over 180 different color options so you can make sure the card is exactly how you want it down to the littlest detail. This is what really sets them apart from almost any other online stationery company.

And if you have a business, or are in charge of ordering business Christmas cards this year, now is the time to get it done. You can get really creative with cards that fit the personality and tone of your business!

Whether you are ordering cards and invites for business or family, you want to make sure your cards look their very best, right?

Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows you the ability to order a printed custom sample of your actual card or invitation so you can see exactly how it will print as well as the paper quality before you ever have to place your final order.

You can also choose from over 40 different envelope colors. That will really help your cards stand out!

And to make life really easy, use their address capturing service letting you share a link on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other form of social media to request friends and family’s addresses which can be stored and used for recipient address printing at no cost on all card orders.

Hopefully all this has motivated you to get started on Christmas and holiday cards, invites and more, now rather than waiting til the last minute.

To take a closer look at all the design options, templates and pricing, visit the Basic Invite website, and use promo code below for 30% OFF any order!

Peeps Dog Party and Easter Basket Ideas for Pets

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Easter is April 21st, just under three weeks to go! It’s the perfect time to update our list of Peeps Gifts, Toys and Treat ideas for your dog’s Easter Basket. Since we celebrate Daisy’s birthday in April (real date unknown), we might just go all out and throw a Peeps-Themed Puppy Birthday Party this year!

Here’s a roundup of some of the cutest Peeps for Pets.

Peeps Bunny Squeaky Vinyl/Plush Toys – 3 Pack

Peeps Mini Plush Bunny Dog Toy, 2 Pack

Peeps Squeaky Rope Dog Toys

Peeps Cat and Kitten Tunnel Crinkle Sack Toy

Peeps Fleece Bottom Plush Chick Squeaky Pet Toy

Peeps Easter Egg Chicks Treat Holders

Easter Cake Bites Dog Treats

Wilton Bunny Silicone Treat Molds

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Top 10 PAW Patrol Printables for Kids

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If you’ve got a dog-loving kid then you probably know they cannot get enough of PAW Patrol. Whether you’re experiencing a snow day, a rainy day or just looking for some fun, free activities for the family, we’ve got you covered with this rundown of our favorite Paw Patrol Printables!

Some of these PAW Patrol Printables are holiday-specific, so you may want to PIN this post so that you can save it for later!

If you aren’t already familiar, PAW Patrol is an action-adventure series starring a pack of six heroic puppies: Chase, Marshall, Rocky, Zuma, Rubble, and Skye, who are led by a tech-savvy 10-year-old boy named Ryder. With a unique blend of problem-solving skills, cool vehicles and lots of cute doggy humor, the PAW Patrol works together on high-stakes rescue missions to protect the Adventure Bay community.

Fun PAW Patrol Fact: Ryder rescued all the pups and taught them their PAW Patrol skills. If you want to learn more about how you can rescue animals too, visit the ASPCA website.

FREE Paw Patrol Valentine’s Day Printables for Dog Loving Kids

Free PAW Patrol Printable Rescue Hero Activity Pack for Pet-Loving Kids

Printable PAW Patrol Easter Egg Holders for Dog Loving Kids

PAW Patrol Mother’s Day Printable: FREE Stickers for Your PAW-some Mom!

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How to Make Cake Toppers That Look Like Your Dog + KitchenAid Giveaway

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Dog lovers, are you planning to stay in this weekend and cuddle with the fur kids instead of braving the post-Thanksgiving store sales and crowds? We are too!

I was searching for a new dog-related DIY project I could start this weekend and found this super cute Dog Cake Toppers Lesson on Craftsy.

Bring your furry friends to life as adorable canine cake toppers!

Whether they’re posing for a treat or adorning a cake, dogs bring a smile and sense of joy that’s always worth celebrating. Join the award-winning “Cake Dutchess” and learn to make edible canine cake toppers along with some fun accessories such as bones, bandanas and more. Using basic shapes and easy-to-follow techniques, you’ll be able to recreate your favorite doggos for any occasion.

Online Class Includes:

  • 6 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Downloadable class resources, including a printable supply list and design templates
  • Detailed instruction, explanation and demonstration
  • Answers from fellow classmates in our virtual classroom
  • Click to preview this class

I’ve done Craftsy’s online knitting classes before, and know how fun and easy to use their online craft classes are, so I’m excited about this new one. Every class comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee, so there is nothing to lose. In addition to a great weekend activity with kids, this craft lesson would also make a great gift for your favorite crafty dog lover.

When you buy the course here for $9.99 you own it forever and can access it on any computer, tablet or smartphone with internet. You also get a FREE month of access to unlimited online classes from the whole library with categories including online photography lessons, paper craft classes, jewelry making, plus lots more great DIY projects.

Visit their website here to check it all out.

Now that you are on your way to making adorable cake toppers, be sure to enter our latest giveaway for the chance to win a KitchenAid Stand Mixer. Quality kitchen tools and appliances make all the difference and this one is at the top of every baker’s holiday wish list!

KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer Giveaway

Use the Rafflecopter contest widget below to enter. Giveaway is open worldwide and ends 12/4/18 at 11:59pm ET. Winner outside of the United States will receive the cash equivalent of $250 via Paypal. Model and color may vary. Good Luck everybody!
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FREE Online Yoga, Photo, Cooking, Knitting Classes + More

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Super exciting news for anyone who loves online classes, family-friendly crafts, DIY, fitness and any other sort of hobby or self-improvement. The people from Craftsy have expanded their already amazing selection of online classes to include even MORE categories and interests. They’ve changed the name to Blueprint.

They’ve got every kind of class and project you can imaging. Check out a couple of their pet photography classes and learn to take better pics of your fur kids and human kiddos!

I’m especially looking forward to trying their yoga classes since I LOVE doing yoga but don’t like the schedule at our local places that offer it. That’s one of the great things about online classes…they work on your schedule, not the other way around.

Right now you can watch ALL their classes for FREE with a 7 Day Free Trial at BluePrint. 24/7 on any device.

Start your FREE 7 Day Bluprint Trial! Dive into thousands of hours of expert taught videos.

World-class experts, guidance for all skill levels, and learning that fits your lifestyle — whether you have two minutes or two hours.

Click HERE to view all classes and try them free for one week.