Review: Pug Life All-In-One™ No Pull Dog Harness

We love nothing better than to take Barli and Tiki with us on errands and day trips–and the number one rule on any trip is that the dogs need to stay safely with us. I love the assurance of a…



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12 Adorable Kids Swimsuits Under $18

1. Gold Ruffled Bikini ($ 17.99)   |   2. Yellow Flounce Bikini ($ 17.99)   |   3. Rainbow Bikini ($ 12.99)   |   4. Coral Striped Swimsuit ($ 5.99)    |   5. Striped Ruffled Swimsuit ($ 12.99)   |   6. Heart One-Piece Swimsuit ($ 5.99)   |   7. Shark Swim Trunks ($ 12.99)   |   8. Turquoise Palm Swim Trunks   |   9. Red Floral Swim Trunks ($ 12.99)   |   10. Navy Dinosaur Swim Trunks ($ 5.99)   |   11. Striped Swim Trunks ($ 5.99)   |   12.  Navy Palm Swim Trunks ($ 12.99)

It doesn’t quite feel like it yet, but pool and beach season is (almost) here. We are really fortunate to have an incredible pool and water park across the street from our neighborhood, and it opens next week. The kids are stoked! I realized that their current suits no longer fit them though, and am currently on the hunt for new ones for this year. I came across these styles you see above in my search, and wanted to share because they’re not only adorable, they’re also all under $ 18. Which one is your favorite?

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Friday Funny: Super Spy

Private eyes are watching you. They see your every move. You’re welcome for the ear worm! Until next time, Good day, and good dog!


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Samaras

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The lawn maples drop their samaras now, when May is ratcheting up in its verdant splendor.  The fruit of the maple is a one-winged angel, and it falls in a great twirling as the wind catches it a bit as spins down to the lawn below.

Later on, the mower’s blades will chop the samaras asunder. No sapling will rise from the seeds.  The maples will cast their leaves out toward the summer sun and bask in the sweet feeding of summer photosynthesis.  Maybe a storm will cause one to fall and die, for these are old silver maples that have been growing here so stately as edifices upon the lawn.

And when they do die, they will die without issue. Thousands upon thousands of samaras they have drop into the May breezes, and not a single one has brought forth a sapling, much less a tree.

All lawns are a war against growing. The grass must be kept cropped short, especially after a week’s worth of raining. Shrubs must be pruned back.  Dandelions and crabgrass must be extirpated at all costs.

But the trees and the shrubs and the short grass grow nicely in our tolerance. We marvel at this beauty and maybe even lie to ourselves that it is natural and complete to have such things surrounding our homes.

Without humans, though, there would be no lawns. There would only be prairie and steppe and forest and desert. The plants would grow and die according the precepts of rain and sun and the munching maws of the herbivores.

We tolerate no such insolence from the flora and foliage. We cultivate it all, but we tolerate what we feel is aesthetically pleasing.

In this same way, we tolerate a grizzly bear loping lonesomely on the distant ranges of the Bitterroots or a wolf trotting with purpose across a frozen lake in Northern Minnesota.  Much of the Lower 48 is cultivated or paved or in some way civilized, but we allow these wild beings their place. Just as we let the maples grow tall upon the lawn, though, we don’t let the grizzly come sneaking back into Nebraska or want the wolf prowling outside of Cleveland.

Such is nature in the Anthropocene.  This era is the era in which man is not just the dominant species on the planet, but it is the era in which man is the driving force behind almost everything that happens here.

Yesterday, I read that the carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere exceeded 415 parts per million.  That level has never been experienced so long as Homo sapiens has existed on as a species. It hasn’t been known in 3 million years.  That was during the Pliocene, when there were no wolves or brown bears.  So their species will have never experienced such a thing before either.

The excess carbon dioxide comes from humanity’s various enterprises, all of which are designed to make life possible for the 7.5 billion people who live or try to exist upon this heating, crowded orb.  In our current incarnation, we behave as extraterrestrials. We can live our whole lives without glimpsing anything wild, and we no longer know about the plants and animals that live near our homes.  We are strangers to much of it.

And yet we also live as if we are supernatural. We can clear a forest. We can dam up a river. We can irrigate the desert. We can make a species extinct if we want to, or we can save it. We play the games of an ignorant deity, not knowing or even attempting to consider the consequences of our actions.

But with all this power, we have allowed ourselves to become as sessile as barnacles. We are fixed to our homes. We are fixed to our cities and towns, to the property we own or rent.

And in our desire to export and trade, we have built great concrete habitats to ourselves, many of which lie cloistered hard up against the coast, so the ships can come and take a load or bring in some goods from a far distant shore.

But unlike barnacles marooned in low tide, we will not greet the rising saltwater as a life source. We will be inundated.  We will build up flood walls, but the warming world we’re about to encounter makes the sea levels rise too much for us to construct that many barriers against the coming floods.

AT that point, we will know we’ve messed with nature too much, and its tolerance for our picayune existence will be at an end.  We will be the samaras ground up in the mower blades.  We will be the maples standing tall upon the lawn, eventually crashing to the ground without any issue.

The hope is that we listen to those who know, who have studied, who have learned and deciphered and shun those who wish to deny what is coming.  In this era, which I have sometimes called “the electronic dark age,” denial and misinformation can float its way across the world before facts can even stand a chance at being known.

This is the era in which people cannot tell truth from fiction, and truth very often sounds like what you want to hear or makes you feel good.

I watch the samaras twirl down from the lawn maples, knowing fully well what their fate is. They lack brains to know what is coming. They fall upon the lawn in innocence and grace.

But humans can know. It’s just that too many of us don’t want to know, and too many wealthy interests want us not to know.

But the tides are rising as surely as the mower blades crop the grass and render away the maples’ fruit.

 

 

 

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Mixed Berry Jam (We Tried Canning!)

You may have already seen my posts about this over on Instagram, but we had so much fun with this that I wanted to briefly share here too.

A couple of weeks ago, my mama, daughter, and I all decided to try canning for the first time. We made jam out of strawberries and blackberries, and I was honestly shocked at (1) how easy it was and (2) how delicious the jam turned out. We used this recipe from Ball® jars, and while it was admittedly one of the more simple recipes I came across, I was still worried I’m mess it up. It turns out that I might actually be good at canning (or else I just chose the easiest recipe ever.) Regardless, we all really enjoyed it. 

I won’t repeat the details of the process here, but you can read all about them on IG, and also see some behind the scenes in my Stories highlights there. I can’t wait to do it again! If you’re interested in trying canning and you’re a newbie like we were, I highly suggest this recipe – it’s simple but still quite delicious.

Have any of you ever tried canning?

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Win a Paw Birthstone Bracelet!

Are you ready for Mother’s Day? We’ve got a brand-new giveaway on PawZaar featuring the our Paw Birthstone Bracelet, filled with paw print birthstone charms to honor the winner’s…



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9 Beautiful (and Practical) Baskets

9 Beautiful (and Practical) Baskets

Hi hi hi! The blog has been noticeably vacant recently compared to normal, I know. The truth is that I have been spending much more time creating content on Instagram lately, and while the Bubby and Bean blog will always be my social media mother ship, I get so much more engagement and traffic on IG these days. So if you don’t yet, please give a follow over there so you’re not missing out on content. And if you prefer to read here, let me know in the comments. People don’t comment on blogs anymore like they do on Instagram, but it’s still always nice to feel like there’s a conversation going on here as well, and I’m not just talking to into an abyss. :) Don’t worry, the blog isn’t going anywhere. We’re on our ninth year and regardless of social media shifts, our plan is to continue to create content here for years to come. And there is lots of great stuff planned here this month, so make sure to visit often.

Now that that’s out of the way, how about those pretty baskets up above? We are verrrry slowly but surely starting to get our house where we want it, room by room. (Don’t even get me started on the kitchen though. Anybody want to come just demo it for us and start all over?) But even the finished rooms could use some organization, so I’m in the market for some beautiful baskets that can hold random trinkets and also act as room accessories. I’m a big fan of all these you see here, but terrible at making decisions. Which ones get your vote?

More to come!

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Celebrate National Pet Month with Your Dog!

National Pet Month is here,  and as you dream up fun ways to display how much you care for your canine companion during the 31 days of dogged devotion to companion animals, why not transform…



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Friday Funny: Pupcorn

I never knew how many times in one cay I could say,”what did you get into?” until I had a dog. Until next time, Good day, and good dog!


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Sometimes You Feel Like A Nut

I don’t know who made these for this dog, but I love them! Until next time, Good day, and good dog!


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