Category: Life

Homemade Dog Food

Does your dog ever act uninterested in the food you are giving him? Is your dog excited when it’s time for breakfast or dinner? Well a few years ago we found it was strange that our small 11lb Pomeranian/Papillon/Chihuahua never really seem interested in his dog food. We tried Wet Food and Dry Food and tried most all of the “quality” dog foods. The last time we switched up his food to find something that he might like our dog ended up with a hot spot on his leg. We found all of this strange and wanted to find a solution.

While we weren’t sure of the exact cause of his hot spot we switched up his food and started making our own. We still don’t know exactly what caused his hot spot but we did find out what he likes and what he doesn’t like. When we first started finding out what he liked we would cook up little bits of the different ingredients to find out if he liked them and/or if he had a reaction to them. We did find out that he likes to eat green beans but they make his stomach warm after he eats them.

This recipe uses real food that our dog loves. You can mix up the veggies for whatever your dog prefers but this is the recipe that our dog loves the most. We have even added Salmon, Tillipia and Ground Turkey.

Homemade Dog Food Ingredients:
  • Crock pot
  • 2 Frozen Chicken Breasts
  • 1 Cup of Brown Rice
  • 1 Cup of Frozen Peas
  • 1 1/2 Cup of Frozen or Fresh Carrots
  • 1 1/2 Cup Frozen or Fresh Sweet Potatoes
  • 1 cup butternut squash
  • 1/2 Cup Water

Homemade Dog Food Directions:
  1. Place your 2 Frozen Chicken Breasts in your crock pot
  2. Pour in your Brown Rice and Water in next
  3. Then, add all of your veggies
  4. Cook on low for 6-8 hours
  5. Store in a air tight container. (Freeze half of this to keep it fresh)

This recipe feeds our dog for about 2 weeks or so and is super easy to re-make. Have you ever made dog food on your own? Let me know in the comments below.

xoxo ~ Jacqui

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6 Ways to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

According to research done by Forbes magazine, more than 40% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions but only 8% of Americans actually keep their New Year’s Resolutions.  Typically resolutions typically focus on better health (losing weight, exercising more, etc.), spending more time with family, new opportunities or quitting a bad habit. 

In the past I have tried to make New Year’s Resolutions but I don’t recall a time when I was actually able to keep them. This year I want to make some changes in my life so I created 6 ways to help keep your New Year’s Resolutions. 

1. Write it down:

The first step to making changes is to write down your goals.  I would encourage you to write them down and put them in a place that you will see them and remember them each day. Maybe you use a planner and you put your goal in there or maybe on a sticky note on your computer, just make sure it is somewhere where you will always be reminded of it. 

2. Have a “Why”:

When making your goals be sure to determine your “why”. If you are making a New Year’s Resolution just to say you are making a New Year’s Resolution you are more than likely going to fail.  If your goal is to lose weight, why are you doing it? Do you want to live a healthier life? Better your health? Fit into old clothes?

Make sure when setting your goals that you know why you are doing it and that you are doing it for yourself. Be sure your resolution is centered around something you are doing for yourself…not for someone else. 

3. Set Small Attainable Goals:

An important part of your New Year’s Resolution is having a small goals that get you where you want to be. Let’s say your overall goal is to lose weight this next year, such as  you want to lose 40 lbs by the end of the year. You want to break up your overall goal into smaller attainable goals, such as you want lose 10 lbs by the end of March, another 10 lbs  by the end of June and so on. 

Another example could be that you want to quit smoking. By the end of the first month you have cut down by x amount of cigarettes a week. Now move on to to the next small goal until you have met your ultimate goal of quitting smoking.

By making smaller more attainable goals you are more likely to meet your goal and you won’t get discouraged as quickly.

4. Plan it Out: 

When making a new resolution be sure to plan out the steps that you will need to conquer it.  If your New Year’s Resolution is to lose weight write down how you are going to do that. Are you going to change the way you eat, exercise more, or go through a pre-created challenge that includes both eating changes and exercise.

Plan out your meals each week so you can get all the healthy snacks and food from the store and can avoid making a bad choice when you are hungry. Plan your exercise routine for the week/month and hold yourself to that schedule.

5. Accountability Partner:

It’s important when making a life change to have someone that can help hold you accountable to your goals. It would be most helpful if you and your accountability partner have the same goals. Are both you and your significant other wanting to get healthier this next year. You will have more success when you are able to share your struggles and accomplishments with someone else. Your accountability partner should help encourage you along the way and be your confidante when you slip up (because that happens and it is completely fine).

Even if the closest people in your life don’t have the same goals ask them for help anyway. You could even join a Facebook group for support as well.

6. Keep a Journal: 

During the year write down how you are progressing towards your goal. Maybe you are eating better and exercising more. Make sure you keep a record of how you are feeling so later when you want to eat something not great for you can remember how great it felt to eat well.

It may also be helpful to journal your exercises and how they are making you feel. You should be able to see how much stronger and healthier you are getting. 

My New Year’s Resolutions:
  • Eating Better
    • Going to try this year for a more clean diet. Low carb has kind of worked in the past but isn’t sustainable long term for me. 
  • Exercising More
    • I want to start exercising at least 3 days a week again. I love using Fitness Blender workout videos
  • Blogging
    • In this next year I really want to grow as a blogger. I want to challenge myself to blog on a more consistent basis and continue to get better at writing.

Let me know in the comments below what your New Year’s Resolutions are.

Links:

(https://www.forbes.com/sites/dandiamond/2013/01/01/just-8-of-people-achieve-their-new-years-resolutions-heres-how-they-did-it/#68246587596b) 

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25 days of Christmas Photo Challenge

This month I will me taking part in my own photo challenge.  I have been wanting to take part in another bloggers photo challenge but I didn’t find one that I connected with so I scoured Pinterest for different ideas. I decided on creating my own 25 days of Christmas Photo Challenge. I wanted to complete a photo challenge since I recently got a new Samsung 8+ and want to learn to use the camera to its full potential.  Taking photos with a phone or a camera  is something that I am not super familiar with but since my blog is brand new I know that quality photos will help my blog to stand out, especially on Pinterest. I also want to start sharing more on Instagram so I can hopefully grow my following there.

I encourage you to take the time this month to challenge yourself to do something different. December ends up being such a busy month and goes by so fast. So, taking the time to pay attention to things around you and focusing on something small can help make you more aware of what is going on around you.

 

Here’s the Challenge:
  • December 1: Your view today.
  • December 2: Something treasured.
  • December 3: Something red and white
  • December 4: Glitter
  • December 5: Something gold
  • December 6: Clouds
  • December 7: Stripes
  • December 8: Scarf
  • December 9: Something red
  • December 10: Something green
  • December 11: Tree
  • December 12: A beautiful sight
  • December 13: Something your reading
  • December 14: Favorite Holiday Movie
  • December 15: Favorite Ornament
  • December 16: Favorite Holiday Song
  • December 17: Wrapping Paper
  • December 18: Outdoors
  • December 19: Something that makes you smile
  • December 20: Tree Topper
  • December 21: Favorite Christmas Decorations
  • December 22: Presents under the tree
  • December 23: Outdoor Christmas lights
  • December 24: How your spending your Christmas Eve
  • December 25: Your Christmas morning

I will posting my photos on the Instagram account for my blog @curiouslyjacqui, so make sure you follow me there.

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Thanksgiving & Gratitude

Since Thanksgiving is write around the corner I wanted to start thinking about gratitude and what I am thankful for.

What does Gratitude mean?

According to www.dictionary.com  gratitude means the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.  Another website describes gratitude as an emotion expressing appreciation for what one has done. So gratitude is another word for being thankful.

How can you practice gratitude?

I found this awesome quote online:  “Count your rainbows not your thunderstorms” ~ Alyssa Knight. This is such a good reminder to focus and be grateful for the good things in your life and move through the bad things.

Gratitude can help you see a sticky situation in a completely different light and may even make it more difficult to complain. Gratitude takes practice, so this month I will be taking steps to work on showing gratitude and I hope you will too. I found a lot of different lists online of ways to work on being more grateful, so I put together my own gratefulness challenge. For the month of November  I will be working through  the ideas below.

  • Keeping a gratitude journal and showing gratefulness through action.  This could be daily or weekly.
  • Trying to see the day-to-day from a point of gratitude. 
    • Most people tend to let negative thoughts enter their mind before positive thoughts. This month I want to work on keeping all of the beautiful things in my life at the fore front of my mind. Taking the time to appreciate the things around you, even something a simple as the color of the leaves on the trees can help to keep those positive thoughts in the forefront of your mind.
  • Taking control of negative thoughts about someone or something and switching it to a positive thought about that person or object.
    • When something or someone is irritating and frustrating I know we all start grumbling and complaining. When you feel your self start to think negatively about that person or object work hard on finding something positive about that person or object.
  • Give at least one compliment a day, this doesn’t necessary mean you have to give a compliment to a person but sharing your appreciation of something.
    • Give a compliment to your spouse, your children, your boss etc. Take notice when someone does something extra and make sure they know that you appreciate them and notice them going above and beyond.
  • If you find yourself in a negative situation ask yourself: What can you learn from this and what will I be grateful for in the future.
    • We can all learn from each and every negative situation. Take the time if you are in a bad situation to figure out what you can learn and what you are grateful for.
  • Try not to complain, criticize, or gossip for a week. If you slip up, just keep going. Hopefully we will notice how much energy gets spent on negative thoughts.
    • Know I know this one might be a bit difficult for you and I think it will be difficult for me. Ask the people who are around you to help you stay accountable. If they hear you complain, criticize or gossip ask them to call you out.
  • When talking on the phone, sound genuinely happy to hear from people.
    • By answering the phone genuinely happy you may help make the day of the person on the other end. Give it a whirl and see how you can positively impact the lives of those around you.

I feel like this challenge will really help me to work on my gratitude and showing my gratitude to others. I will try to post some follow-up posts on my Instagram page. Leave me a comment below if you are joining in.

 

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