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Tuesday, July 24, 2012 2:58PM
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Dog Whisperer

Cesar Millan says to "be aware of your energy. A pregnancy affects the entire household. You may feel excited, anxious, or worried. Remember, your dog will mirror your emotions.

Claim your baby's scent.Bring an item thatntains your baby's scent, such as a burp cloth, from the hospital before bringing home the baby. During this exercise, it is crucial that you set clear boundaries. Challenge the dog to sniff from a distance, while you are holding the item. By doing so, you are communicating to your dog that the item is yours and then giving permission for the dog to sniff. "This new item belongs to me, and you will need to follow my rules when around it."


This helps start the process of creating respect for the baby. Establish boundaries around the nursery. I recommend starting with the nursery off-limits. Condition your dog to understand that there is an invisible barrier that she may not cross without your permission. Eventually, you can allow your dog to explore and sniff certain things in the room—with your supervision. Then you decide when she needs to leave. Repeat this activity a few times before the baby arrives.


This will let your dog know that this room belongs to a pack leader and must be respected at all times. Control the introduction. Start by taking your dog on a long walk. Be sure to drain all of your dog's energy. Before returning, wait at the door step; make sure your dog is in a calm-submissive mode before inviting her in. Upon entering, your dog will instantly know there is a new scent in the house. If you have already introduced the scent, it will be somewhat familiar. The mother or father holding the baby must be in a completely calm-assertive state.


The dog should be allowed to sniff the baby, but at a respectful distance. During this first meeting, do not bring the baby too close. Eventually, the dog can be allowed to get closer and closer to the baby. By doing this, you are teaching the dog to respect the baby as another pack leader. Teach your baby. Once your child is in the exploratory state, it is important to supervise all interactions between him or her and the dog. This is a great opportunity to teach your child not to bother the dog, yank her tail, etc.


These lessons on mutual respect cannot begin early enough. Too many children have inadvertently provoked an otherwise peaceful dog, simply because they were unsupervised or their parents had not given them proper instruction. Don't forget the dog. A dog does not need toys or special attention to feel important; you simply need to maintain the routine, providing daily walks and consistent leadership. This will help your dog feel secure and allow her to relax about the new addition to the family. Forget breed. Don't assume your dog will not pose a problem based on breed alone, or vice versa.


Sure, babies have been bitten by Rottweilers and pit bulls, but they have also been injured by labs, chows, and mixed breeds. A baby in Rhode Island was killed by a cute little Pomeranian. What is the key? Leadership. Be honest with yourself. Can you control your dog at all times in all situations? Your child's safety comes first. If, after working with a professional and on your own, you are still not able to be 100% pack leader with your dog, then you must seriously think about using those ninemonths for finding your dog another home." For more info click here to see what the Human Society suggests! 

Friday, June 15, 2012 10:12AM
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I love to check out what celebs are wearing now! I get ideas and find where to purchase the look for less! 



Thursday, June 07, 2012 2:20PM
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Official Pictures of Baby Shower! 

My First attempt at making a Diaper Cake. It was very easy and makes is great as decor or a gift! 

All the guests were asked to make wishes for the babies future on the Wishing Tree! 


Amazing Baby Shower Cake by Sweet Creations by Sophie

Menu Inspired by Brunch, Tapas, and Gourmet spins on finger foods! Check out the menu and the recipes............http://amommylifestyle.com/?load/blog_detail/page/59958/item/298/baby-shower-recipes

Pink and Green was the theme and I think we acheived that! Remember the Tissue Pom Pom's? Check out the How To.......... 


Remeber the How To for making the Diaper Raffle bottle?This was a success now I am stocked up on diapers for a long time. 





This was a success now I am stocked up on diapers for a long time. 

Wednesday, June 06, 2012 7:05PM
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I saw a flower lamp shade and stand at Pottery Barn kids that I really wanted for my nursery. It was $139.00 and although I almost purchased it I was more tempted to try and replicate it! Here is how I got very close and loved the results, it only cost me under $40.00.



I bought the lamp shade at target for $8.00 (make sure it has a plastic lining to keep heat from bulb melting the hot glue.) and the faux carnations at walmart a bundle of 6 for $1.00. It took 10 bundles to cover entire lamp shade. Then I began cutting the flowers as flat as possible so that they would stick well to the lamp shade. I then hot glued them in rows.



Now I have this beautiful lamp for my nursery that I get compliments on all the time! 


Tuesday, June 05, 2012 11:56AM
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Crostini trio!


I purchased fresh baguettes from Panera Bread morning of shower. Two were French white and the third was whole wheat. ( for those healthy people).


I had them cut them for me into ½ inch slices. I got home and put them in oven to toast for 2-3 minutes on each side at 375 degrees.


Here are the recipes for the toppings.



Olive tapenade:

Put a layer of whipped cream cheese on toasted crostini

Take 1 jar of olive tapenade (either store bought, mine was from Trader Joes, or homemade) and add a layer over the cream cheese!


Caprases Crostinit:

Top crostini with one slice of fresh mozzarella, a slice of tomato, and then one basil leaf. Drizzle with a balsamic reduction. (take balsamic vinegar and simmer it on low in a small pot until you notice that it begins to have a syrup like texture. This makes it sweet)



Smoked Salmon Crostini:

Again layer with whipped cream cheese that is mixed with fresh chopped dill, add a slice of fresh smoked salmon and garnish with dill. ( I had thinly sliced red onion in the middle of platter for those that like it with their salmon.)


Not only were there none left but everyone enjoyed having a few types and they were very filling.





Tea Sandwiches!


I again ordered sundried tomato bread from Panera Bread and had them slice it for the morning of.


I toke a tub of whipped cream cheese and added fresh chopped chives and green onions (you can also buy this already made but it is so much better made fresh)


Spread the cream cheese over bread slice, add thinly sliced cucumber on top, top with another slice of bread, then cut off the crust and slice in little triangles.


Very easy, kids love this and so did my husband!




Feta Pastry!


1 package of already squared puff pastry.

Feta, ricotta, cream cheese

 2 eggs

Sesame seeds


There really is no need for measuring I would just do equal part of each cheese. For 1 package of puff pastry you will need half a tub of each cheese to start. If there is other cheeses or you enjoy more of one kind than the other feel free to supplement. You cant really go wrong.



In a bowl add feta, ricotta, cream cheese, 1 egg, salt and pepper. Mix well until all ingredients are covered with the egg.



(options to add is cooked and strained spinach, mushrooms, onions ect.)


Thaw dough and begin adding the filling into a corner of the each square. Then fold square over to close pastry and form a triangle.


Once you have done that for all squares, in another bowl whip another egg. Brush each pastry with the egg wash and sprinkle with sesame seeds.


Put in oven at 425 degrees for 15-12 minutes of until golden brown.


Can easily be made a day ahead.



Goat Cheese Brick!


I package of goat cheese (in the form of a log)

Dried cranberries

Chopped pistachios


Take out goat cheese and roll it in a mixture of the cranberries and pistachios until entire surface is covered.



Bleu Cheese and Celery Deviled Eggs!


1 packaged of crumbled bleu cheese

Finely chopped celery

Dijon mustard


Salt and pepper

12-18 eggs


Boil eggs until hard, take out yolk and put into bowl with the bleu cheese, celery, mayo, mustard and salt/pepper. (Measurements to taste)


Mix well and added mixture back into hollowed eggs.


The finer you chop the celery the easier it is to use a pastry bag to fill eggs. Otherwise it will get stuck.