I have been wanting to write this post for sooo long! Originally I wanted to take photos to go with it but all of her toys are dirty so… not happening! When we got Zoey, I did so much research on the best toys to keep her busy while we worked and these are the ones that have been life savers!
If you’re interested in getting any of these sweet toys, just click the images.
Jolly Ball – This ball is great because you can play tug-of-war or you can just roll it and have your dog chase it. Zoey likes doing both. Sometimes if she is bored she will bite one end and run around with it, we call it doggy cross-fit.Unfortunately we forgot it outside in the summer and one side is sunken in. It still serves its purpose though so we haven’t gotten a new one.
Hide-a-Squirrel– I don’t even think this needs an explanation… I mean Zoey is a miniature schnauzer and they were bred to hunt mice and such. Zoey actually uses the log as a pillow and hides the squirrels around our apartment. We have squirrels under the couch, under tables, under the bed, and under chairs! She loves finding them and playing fetch with them too. It is the cutest.
Kong Wobbler – Zoey eats really fast so this is a must. We give this to her right when we leave in the morning with her first meal and in the evening with her last meal to keep her distracted while we enjoy our dinner. We got the large one and it works really well for Zoey; it took her a few weeks to figure it out because we got it when she was like three months old.
Balls with Holes – These are easier to catch and take away than regular balls. We currently have a few under the couch that Zoey hid down there.
Water Bottle Toys– We tried a ball that had plastic and made the same sound, it always rolls under the couch and hasn’t really worked out. These animals are a great alternative. Zoey loves chasing these when we throw them and then chomping on them for awhile to here the plastic crushing. Another option is to put an empty water bottle in a sock and tie the open end.
Dog Rope Tug Toy – I think we got this thinking that it would be harder to lose but it is currently under our couch as well. Zoey loves this thing and even tries throwing it herself and she drags it around sometimes. She also chews on the rope every now and then (not excessively).
Confession… I’ve fallen into the Rae Dunn craze. I own 10 mugs (so far) and I am currently deciding how to display them in my kitchen. I’m short on wall space so I am currently leaning towards a rack or tree style display. Below are photos of my favorites from Amazon, Target, and Pier 1 Imports and if you want one yourself just click the images.
Which one is your favorite? Please let me know what you think in the comments!
My dog craze started in college when I made the mistake of playing with a dog at one of those pet stores in the mall. It was a golden retriever puppy that my sister and I named Kesha and she only cost $3,500. For the last few years I have been stopping by shelters in case I found the perfect dog even though it was always the wrong time (I used to live in a studio apartment). Last January, Ronan and I celebrated our first anniversary. We agreed that a dog would be our gift to each other.
I looked at animal shelter websites practically every day for months and we would go to shelters every few weeks but still no luck. At one point I thought I found the perfect dog so we rushed to see her after work before anyone could adopt her. When we got to the shelter they brought a different dog and swore it was the same dog (it wasn’t). I became a little disillusioned with the smaller shelters that I had found online. I started looking on a website for breeders and found a miniature schnauzer breeder with great photos of the puppies. We agreed on a price and we were going to meet halfway from Phoenix to Tucson. The night before I was really nervous so I told my husband that I wanted to look them up on Facebook first. Turns out they were basically dog hoarders and the dogs were not living in the best conditions. I continued my search.
Then finally one day I saw this picture on Craigslist:
I rushed to show Ronan and I was like, “I know this is crazy but I think we should get this puppy. Let’s get her tomorrow night before someone else does.” And he agreed! Then came the nerve wracking part. We drove to a town that we had never been to. We got there at night and it was fields and farms (aka everyone probably owns a gun). Once we got to the house I got really nervous. Should we be going into a stranger’s house? What if we were about to get murdered? Still, we decided to risk our lives and went in (Zoey owes us one).
It turns out that the couple that had the puppies each owned a miniature schnauzer when they started dating and their dogs had these puppies. That was sweet. When we met Zoey she was the small one of her siblings and was super mellow (minus the part where she jumped out of Ronan’s arms). Her dad was big and really calm and her mom was small and energetic. We thought, “Yes! She will be small like her mom and mellow like her dad!” I was still really nervous when it came time to actually say yes, in fact, I kept asking Ronan if he was sure. So we took Zoey and her parents stood at the door and watched, it was so sad but I’m glad now (I’m selfish and I think Zoey loves me so…). When we got home she was super mellow and slept on our fur rug. This only lasted about two days; she’s like a circus dog now. You would think after years of wanting a dog I would have had a name picked out but my friend Deysi actually helped me with that (thx girl!).
This is us with Zoey before we took her home. She was a whole 3lbs.
Zoey sleeping on a rug she would later destroy.
Zoey when she was a little angel.
She is small like her mom (14lbs to be exact) and NOT mellow like her dad. She wakes us up at 6am every morning and barks like crazy at the mailman across the street. It’s good though because she gets us moving and she makes us laugh. She is really smart and cute too. The last thing I want to share is my favorite thing about Zoey. When we come home Zoey is SO thrilled to see us, even if we were only gone for 15 minutes, it’s such a happy feeling to come home to that.
And here is Zoey now:
SCHNAUZER CUT ZOEY
Many people have messaged us on Zoey’s Instagram account (Z_is_for_Zoey) asking about those squirrels. They are part of the Outward Hound Hide-A-Squirrel dog toy and are super durable. Zoey doesn’t use the log anymore she just hides the squirrels under furniture and finds them when she is bored. You can buy them at most pet stores; we bought ours on Amazon.
I kept seeing an advertisement for Trunk Club on Instagram and I would just ignore it. Then one day I saw a cute outfit and decided to give it a go. There is a $25 styling fee but it goes towards your final purchase so I figured why not. Shipping and returns are free so there isn’t much to lose. You are charged the $25 styling fee when you confirm your order but you are not charged for the clothing you keep until you try it on and return what you are not keeping.
First impression: I did a survey on my style, size, and budget. The stylist was very prompt and messaged me right away to get my trunk together. They ask for your Pinterest account which made me realize… anyone could put together an outfit for me if they saw my Pinterest account. I could even do it myself if I had the time. Sizes are so inconsistent from store to store that I have avoided shopping lately and decided I would have someone else do the work for me. (That’s my dog Zoey modeling with the box that she wishes she could chew on)
My trunk: My trunk did have a few pieces I really liked… but I was underwhelmed by the items. You have the option to select items you don’t want sent and your stylist will add new ones. I was STILL underwhelmed. The items ranged from $20-$180; $20 for a white t-shirt and $180 for an embroidered denim shirt. Here are photos of the items that were selected for me:
(The above photos and items are from Trunk Club/ Nordstrom, Inc.)
Arrival & First Look: The trunk got here in a few days and it came with a return label to return any items I don’t want within 5 days. I will only be charged for the items that I keep. I kept wondering how they would fit so many items into one box. This is how the items were packed:
Trying on: I tried these on for the photos I took because I wanted to share them with everyone! This ended up being very tiring as it was 100 degrees and Zoey kept photo-bombing me. The shoes that were sent to me did fit well so I did not wear them for these photos. I wore my own wedges because the flats that were sent to me looked funny. The jacket (pictured above) was incredibly comfortable because of the soft material but the sleeves were too long. I would have so kept it if it fit. Below I have photos of the outfits that did fit:
The first two are outfits I decided to keep and the last three are the outfits I decided not to keep. The dresses looked okay from the front but from the side they bubbled up, I think a belt might have helped. I had high hopes for the black 3/4 sleeve top because it had great reviews but it was not as flattering as I hoped.
Final thoughts: I decided to keep the jeans because they were really flattering and comfortable as well as the white t-shirt and the striped peplum t-shirt. Also it turns out that you can take the clothes you keep to Nordstrom for alterations. I think I made a mistake which was that during the Trunk Club survey I asked for simple (black and white) clothes and I expressed my desire to be more minimalist. I think I would have still liked more fun pieces! Overall I enjoyed this experience because if it wasn’t for the Trunk Club personal stylist I would have never tried on those jeans. I am seriously going to buy them in every color! They are Wit & Wisdom Ab Solution jeans if you’re interested.
Last weekend I went hiking in Sedona, Arizona and I am a little late on sharing these photos but I figured why not! Whenever people visit us in Arizona they ask about trails they can hike and I figured this way I can remember more details and share my experience with more people. This is my first review of a trail so bare with me. Please feel free to comment with any questions or suggestions for future trail review posts.
I usually hike/walk with more athletic people so when they tell me, “it isn’t that hard,” I expect “very hard.” I went on the Boynton Canyon Trail hike with my friend Nina (way more in shape than me) and she convinced me by saying that her mom made it halfway so I could too.
Getting there & Parking: Get off 89A onto Dry Creek Road and follow the signs for Boynton Canyon. The parking fee is $5, you pay and display the ticket on your dashboard (don’t forget!). We got there around 9:30am (in early August) and got the very last spot! Make sure you get there early because this parking lot fills up fast.
What I took & What I wore: I took a backpack with 70oz of water, painkillers (I get headaches from the heat sometimes), snacks for myself and Nina, and extra hair ties. Nina was more prepared and even had an emergency blanket with her. I wore yoga pants, a t-shirt, a hat, and sunglasses. OH, I also had sandals to change into so that we could go get something to eat afterwards without being in dirty shoes (my shoes are usually dusty and red after hikes in Sedona).
My experience: This hike is rated as moderate on the official website. I would say that the beginning was easy and the last “10 minutes” were difficult. According to my Apple Watch we walked a distance of 7.59 miles in 3.5 hours and had an elevation gain of 773 feet. That was with a slow to moderate pace and we stopped to take a few pictures along the way. So back to that elevation gain… I barely made it to the end (I wanted to quit) but when I did I was like WOW! I took a few pictures and then I looked down the canyon. BAD IDEA – that is when I got really dizzy and I had to get back down pretty fast. On the way back to town I ended up having to take motion sickness medicine because I felt sick. If I had to do this hike again I would wait until autumn and not look down at the end (haha). My favorite part of this hike was how green it was – I really did not expect that considering how hot it was. We also saw deer on our way back down!
Click below to see photos of our hike on Boynton Canyon Trail: