Life with pets…

Life with pets…

No human will be as excited to see you and to love you. Coming home to a loyal companion that gives you unconditional love will increase your serotonin levels. In an increasingly selfish world, we can only consider pets as our one true friend. Apart from boosting dopamine levels, they can help improve heart conditions, develop the social and emotional skills of children, and can be trained to support with seizures. An estimated 68% of US households have a pet.


Here are 3 benefits of having a pet:


1. They ensure you are physically fit:

 Almost all pets need to go out for some time to play. For example, all breeds of dogs need their daily walks to stay happy. If you are someone who lazes around sometimes, they will bark at the front door till you finally get up take them out. Walks aren’t just beneficial for our physical health but also have a very positive effect on our mental health.


2. Parenthood made easy:

Pets teach children empathy and increase their participation in social and physical activities, which is essential to development. They also teach children the importance of responsibility. With cleaning out the cage, grooming the pet, going for regular visits to vets, and teaching them tricks, children learn to be responsible and learn how to care of living things. They often also provide companionship to children who have learning difficulties. Children with autism or similar problems find it much easier to chat away with their pets than real people. Research from Lincoln University shows that children with autism experience fewer meltdowns in the presence of a pet.


3. Pets are a good influence on your life:
A study by Barkbox claimed owning a dog can make you a better person. Amongst the people surveyed, 93% of pet owners said they could name at least one way their dogs had made them into a better person. They were claimed pets made them more affectionate and patient.

Pets are beneficial to us in many ways, making it obligatory for us to take care of them like we take care of our newborns. Give them the right food, play with them, give them attention, regular visits to the doctor are all significant factors to consider/take care of when keeping a pet. Avoid keeping pets from wildlife as we should not separate animals from their natural habitat. It will not only make them upset but also cause us allergies that may be difficult to treat.



Looking for a way to beat the heat? We’ve got one, ice cold and delicious word for you : Popsicles!

On a recent visit to Nashville we fell in love with the gourmet popsicles at Las Paletas and we’re still looking for a place like it in Boston! Recently a friend hired a popsicle truck for a backyard party and other friends are swapping all kinds of amazing recipes for this simple, satisfying, summery treat.

If you come across any of these places in your summer travels, check them out!

Is this the beginning of a popsicle craze? Let’s hope so!

Things We Love | May Edition

Things We Love | May Edition

End of May already?! This month flew by! With everything looking lush and green thanks to all the rain, and the sun finally making it’s presence known, we’re more excited than ever for summer!

Here’s a round-up of some things we loved this month:
Picnic Anyone?
The Igloo Picnic Basket Cooler is Back!! The time was the 90s. Colors were bright, music was music, and parties were ( and still are) a summer staple but you don’t need to love the 90s to love this cooler. “Perfect for any beach, park or outdoor adventure. The full-size cooler is designed with handles that meet to allow for easy one-handed carrying and enough capacity to carry you throughout the day”. Get it while you can, this cooler is Limited Edition.
Take a Trip to Agrabah.
What year is it?? With the Igloo Picnic Cooler and the release of the Live-Action Aladdin Movie, we’re not so sure ourselves. The latest installment in Disney’s Live Action Series hit us right in the feels this month with family favorite songs and characters.
Hello, Sunscreen!
Sunscreen is a summer necessity, but sometimes we don’t love all of the not-so-great- ingredients it’s made of. That’s where Hello Bello comes in. The brain-child of Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard, this sunscreen is made of completely plant-based, renewable ingredients making it environmentally, and health-conscious, friendly! Exclusively available at Walmart, we’re in love with both the price point and the smell!
Tips and Tricks for an Easy Memorial Day Weekend BBQ

Tips and Tricks for an Easy Memorial Day Weekend BBQ

Well, it’s almost here! The unofficial kick off to summer… Memorial Day Weekend!

If you’re like us, you love a good BBQ and always have the intent of keeping it simple with a few dozen burgers on the grill, but then the reality of hosting sets in. Kick the long and tedious menu and enjoy yourself! These easy BBQ tips and tricks will help you keep your sanity, and a drink in your hand, while you enjoy some fun in the sun with your friends and family.

Keep the menu simple.
All you really need is an appetizer/snack, a main protein, a veggie or fruit based side, a starchy side and one or two desserts. While the intent to go full on Martha Stewart is admirable, 9 times out of 10, no one will notice if the pasta salad is store bought instead of homemade.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Employ the help of your friends and family by making it a potluck! Tell them you’ll take care of the main dish, but ask them to contribute a side, app, or dessert!

Get Creative!
If you’re looking for a “Pinterest-y” way to serve drinks, grab a few long window boxes from your local hardware store and fill them with ice. This gives people a place to keep their drinks cold, and the holes on the bottom of the boxes will drain them for you!

Most importantly of all, have fun!
The whole point of hosting a cookout is to get your favorite people in the same place to enjoy each other’s company, eat some good food, and make some memories. Don’t fret over every little detail. Just make some plans, light the grill, and enjoy!

HOLLY BUTCHER: 1990-2018

HOLLY BUTCHER: 1990-2018

One of my favorite quotes I like to say to my team members: We don’t save lives for a living….lets put everything in perspective. What is interesting to me is I was saying this phrase years ago when I was a younger manager and looking back, realize I had a lot to learn. But of course when you lose a love one, you grow up quick. Grow up to understand what is truly important in life….Holly’s following words nailed it and I am quite certain she is looking down upon us hoping we figure it out too….

It’s a strange thing to realise and accept your mortality at 26 years young. It’s just one of those things you ignore. The days tick by and you just expect they will keep on coming; Until the unexpected happens. I always imagined myself growing old, wrinkled and grey- most likely caused by the beautiful family (lots of kiddies) I planned on building with the love of my life. I want that so bad it hurts.

That’s the thing about life; It is fragile, precious and unpredictable and each day is a gift, not a given right.

I’m 27 now. I don’t want to go. I love my life. I am happy.. I owe that to my loved ones. But the control is out of my hands.

I haven’t started this ‘note before I die’ so that death is feared – I like the fact that we are mostly ignorant to it’s inevitability.. Except when I want to talk about it and it is treated like a ‘taboo’ topic that will never happen to any of us.. That’s been a bit tough. I just want people to stop worrying so much about the small, meaningless stresses in life and try to remember that we all have the same fate after it all so do what you can to make your time feel worthy and great, minus the bullshit.


I have dropped lots of my thoughts below as I have had a lot of time to ponder life these last few months. Of course it’s the middle of the night when these random things pop in my head most!

Those times you are whinging about ridiculous things (something I have noticed so much these past few months), just think about someone who is really facing a problem. Be grateful for your minor issue and get over it. It’s okay to acknowledge that something is annoying but try not to carry on about it and negatively effect other people’s days.

Once you do that, get out there and take a freaking big breath of that fresh Aussie air deep in your lungs, look at how blue the sky is and how green the trees are; It is so beautiful. Think how lucky you are to be able to do just that – breathe.

You might have got caught in bad traffic today, or had a bad sleep because your beautiful babies kept you awake, or your hairdresser cut your hair too short. Your new fake nails might have got a chip, your boobs are too small, or you have cellulite on your arse and your belly is wobbling.

Let all that shit go.. I swear you will not be thinking of those things when it is your turn to go. It is all SO insignificant when you look at life as a whole. I’m watching my body waste away right before my eyes with nothing I can do about it and all I wish for now is that I could have just one more Birthday or Christmas with my family, or just one more day with my partner and dog. Just one more.

I hear people complaining about how terrible work is or about how hard it is to exercise – Be grateful you are physically able to. Work and exercise may seem like such trivial things … until your body doesn’t allow you to do either of them.

I tried to live a healthy life, in fact, that was probably my major passion. Appreciate your good health and functioning body- even if it isn’t your ideal size. Look after it and embrace how amazing it is. Move it and nourish it with fresh food. Don’t obsess over it.

Remember there are more aspects to good health than the physical body.. work just as hard on finding your mental, emotional and spiritual happiness too. That way you might realise just how insignificant and unimportant having this stupidly portrayed perfect social media body really is.. While on this topic, delete any account that pops up on your news feeds that gives you any sense of feeling shit about yourself. Friend or not.. Be ruthless for your own well-being.

Be grateful for each day you don’t have pain and even the days where you are unwell with man flu, a sore back or a sprained ankle, accept it is shit but be thankful it isn’t life threatening and will go away.

Whinge less, people! .. And help each other more.

Give, give, give. It is true that you gain more happiness doing things for others than doing them for yourself. I wish I did this more. Since I have been sick, I have met the most incredibly giving and kind people and been the receiver of the most thoughtful and loving words and support from my family, friends and strangers; More than I could I ever give in return. I will never forget this and will be forever grateful to all of these people.

It is a weird thing having money to spend at the end.. when you’re dying. It’s not a time you go out and buy material things that you usually would, like a new dress. It makes you think how silly it is that we think it is worth spending so much money on new clothes and ‘things’ in our lives.

Buy your friend something kind instead of another dress, beauty product or jewellery for that next wedding. 1. No-one cares if you wear the same thing twice 2. It feels good. Take them out for a meal, or better yet, cook them a meal. Shout their coffee. Give/ buy them a plant, a massage or a candle and tell them you love them when you give it to them.

Value other people’s time. Don’t keep them waiting because you are shit at being on time. Get ready earlier if you are one of those people and appreciate that your friends want to share their time with you, not sit by themselves, waiting on a mate. You will gain respect too! Amen sister.

This year, our family agreed to do no presents and despite the tree looking rather sad and empty (I nearly cracked Christmas Eve!), it was so nice because people didn’t have the pressure of shopping and the effort went into writing a nice card for each other. Plus imagine my family trying to buy me a present knowing they would probably end up with it themselves.. strange! It might seem lame but those cards mean more to me than any impulse purchase could. Mind you, it was also easier to do in our house because we had no little kiddies there. Anyway, moral of the story- presents are not needed for a meaningful Christmas. Moving on.

Use your money on experiences.. Or at least don’t miss out on experiences because you spent all your money on material shit.

Put in the effort to do that day trip to the beach you keep putting off. Dip your feet in the water and dig your toes in the sand. Wet your face with salt water.

Get amongst nature.

Try just enjoying and being in moments rather than capturing them through the screen of your phone. Life isn’t meant to be lived through a screen nor is it about getting the perfect photo.. enjoy the bloody moment, people! Stop trying to capture it for everyone else.

Random rhetorical question. Are those several hours you spend doing your hair and make up each day or to go out for one night really worth it? I’ve never understood this about females ?.

Get up early sometimes and listen to the birds while you watch the beautiful colours the sun makes as it rises.

Listen to music.. really listen. Music is therapy. Old is best.

Cuddle your dog. Far out, I will miss that.

Talk to your friends. Put down your phone. Are they doing okay?

Travel if it’s your desire, don’t if it’s not.

Work to live, don’t live to work.

Seriously, do what makes your heart feel happy.

Eat the cake. Zero guilt.

Say no to things you really don’t want to do.


Don’t feel pressured to do what other people might think is a fulfilling life.. you might want a mediocre life and that is so okay.

Tell your loved ones you love them every time you get the chance and love them with everything you have.

Also, remember if something is making you miserable, you do have the power to change it – in work or love or whatever it may be. Have the guts to change. You don’t know how much time you’ve got on this earth so don’t waste it being miserable. I know that is said all the time but it couldn’t be more true.

Anyway, that’s just this one young gals life advice. Take it or leave it, I don’t mind!

Oh and one last thing, if you can, do a good deed for humanity (and myself) and start regularly donating blood. It will make you feel good with the added bonus of saving lives. I feel like it is something that is so overlooked considering every donation can save 3 lives! That is a massive impact each person can have and the process really is so simple.

Blood donation (more bags than I could keep up with counting) helped keep me alive for an extra year – a year I will be forever grateful that I got to spend it here on Earth with my family, friends and dog. A year I had some of the greatest times of my life.

..’Til we meet again.




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Summer endings…Part 1

Summer endings…Part 1

Well it is that time again where we have to pull the boats and I start to go into my depression. I think this year will be different, I think I will re-acquaint myself with Maine. As I reflect on my summer boating season, there were a few rides that stood out.

The first being our annual family vacation to honor Ginny our mom. This year we rented a house in Oak Bluffs Martha’s Vineyard. The rental property just happened to include a dock for the boat and a private beach. What a great week we had. Other than blowing one of the transmissions in the boat the memories were awesome and worth every penny.

I highly recommend spending time there especially with kids. So much for them to do all within walking distance. Between the famous carousal, jaws bridge, bowling, movies, Backdoor Donuts and great food what else could you ask for. Renting bikes, cars mopeds, jet skis!

The kids truly appreciated it and I know Ginny was watching down upon us and smiling. Every year we will celebrate her legacy, thank her for the lessons she shared and the values she taught us to always appreciate. We will also make sure we grant her most important wish: That the grandchildren always know each other and reminded just who they are and where they came from….


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