The Pug Dog Price Tag: What You Need to Know Before You Get Your Pug

There’s no denying the sheer cuteness of a Pug (and especially a Pug puppy!) If you have decided a Pug is the right fit for your lifestyle and you are now investigating adding a Pug to your family, you are probably also wondering about the Pug dog price tag. Like many popular purebred dogs, the …

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140+ St. Bernard Names for Your Big Fur Baby

Are you welcoming a St. Bernard, the national dog of Switzerland, to your family? We’ve fetched St. Bernard names harking back to this noble dog’s first role performing life-saving alpine rescues, as well as popular Swiss names, famous St. Bernards and much more! Female St. Bernard Names Here’s a look at some of the most …

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My Dog Is Eating Bird Seed! What Do I Do?

Do you love to feed the birds? Like many dog lovers, we also enjoy filling our bird feeders and watching the birds around our home. We all know that it’s not uncommon for seeds (and maybe even suet) to fall to the ground beneath the feeder–and that seed can be attractive to dogs. If your …

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6 Ways to Encourage Hands-On Play With Kids

My kids are at ages now (6 and 8) where they’re busy with school, activities, and play with friends instead of mom and dad. (The picture above is one of my favorites, but it’s from back from E was only 3. So tiny!) When they were home more, learning through hands on play was an all day affair. Now I’m discovering that we need to be intentional and set aside time for it. Here are some of the ways I do that.

1. Take a step back. I’m going to start with this one because even as my kids get older, I still naturally feel a pull to be involved in everything they do. While I think it’s important to play with them, I also remind myself when I need to take a step and let them use their imaginations without any parent intervention. It’s amazing what they can do when they’re fully in charge of play.

2. Give them moldable objects. Slime may have ruined my sofa (long, painful story), but the truth is it’s great for great hands on, sensory based activity. Play dough and kinetic sand are as well.   

3. Give them building blocks. Whether wooden blocks or LEGOs, building blocks are incredible for encouraging kids to be creative, and they’re great for tuning fine motor skills as well. Both my kids love playing with them, and have since they were toddlers.

4. Give them art and craft supplies. I literally pile a table with a random selection of art and crafts supplies, and they both just go to town. Making art or building a craft is an easy and incredibly effective way for kids to learn with their hands. My son make something – from books out of printer paper to instruments out of mac and cheese boxes – every single day, and the older it gets, the more intricate they get. It’s fascinating to watch


5. Send them outside. I’m not an expert, but in my opinion, there is no better way to learn from hands on play then by just going outside. Riding a bike or scooter, playing backyard baseball, running barefoot in the grass, playing in the leaves, drawing with sidewalk chalk… It’s all hands on and it all encourages learning. 
6. Make sensory bins. Even my 8 year old still loves these! I love these! The possibilities are endless too. We’ve filled them with everything from dry beans to autumn leaves to cereal and more. Sensory bins are especially great for toddlers, and can be the perfect introduction to hands on learning.

I hope these tips are helpful. I’ll share more soon!

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Autumn Giveaway! Win a $200 Gaia Conceptions Gift Card

Gaia Conceptions Sustainable Fashion
I may cling to summer with the tips of my fingernails, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t love getting a few new pieces of really great fall clothing as the seasons change. You guys know how much I love our long time partner and friend Gaia Conceptions‘ gorgeous, sustainable clothing, and I’m very excited to team up with them again to give you one of you a $ 200 gift card to grab some new fall pieces for yourself! (Scroll down to enter!)
Gaia Conceptions offers a wide variety of genuinely beautiful eco-friendly clothing and accessory items, all designed and made by hand in the USA. Ordering their clothing is a truly customized experience – you choose color, fabric, and size. They’re genuinely one of my all time favorite clothing brands.
Gaia Conceptions Sustainable Fashion
Gaia Conceptions Sustainable Fashion
Fall Giveaway: Win a $  200 to Spend at Gaia Conceptions
$  200 to Gaia Conceptions Eco-Friendly Clothing
$  200 to Gaia Conceptions Eco-Friendly Clothing


Use the form below, and/or do the easy entry on on Instagram right here. There are several options for extra entries as well.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This giveaway will run through the end of this Saturday September 17, 2022. It is open to Bubby and Bean readers worldwide. All entries from the Rafflecopter form above and Instagram will be combined. A winner will be randomly chosen and announced here by end of day the following Monday.

Thank you to our friends at Gaia Conceptions for giving the Bubby and Bean family another chance to own some of their stunning apparel!  

UPDATE: Congrats to our randomly chosen winner, Samantha A. (@hooplovefireandflow on Instagram)!

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Plant-Based Salsa Soup

Plant-Based Salsa Soup

This is an updated version of a super easy, super delicious late summer/early fall soup I’ve shared here before. We made it this past weekend and it was a hit with the whole family. It doesn’t take long, uses staple ingredients you probably have on hand, and is completely plant-based!

Plant-Based Salsa Soup
Plant-Based Salsa Soup
serves 4
INGREDIENTS
4 cups salsa 
2 cups of vegetable broth  
1 can black beans
2 cups corn kernels
1 clove garlic, minced
2-3 limes
cumin
chili powder
black pepper
sea salt
1 avocado, cubed
scallions or cilantro, chopped

In a pot or large saucepan sauté garlic in a coconut or olive oil for 1 minute. Add salsa, black beans, corn, and 1 cup of vegetable broth, and heat over medium heat. Add remainder of veggie broth as needed.  Squeeze in the juice of of the limes. Add chili powder, cumin, black pepper, and sea salt to taste. Once fully heated, serve immediately in soup bowls. Top each bowl of soup with cubed avocado and chopped scallions.  

My husband like to eat this cold as well. It’s also great with crushed tortilla or corn chips on top!

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280+ Car Names for Dogs

Are you a car enthusiast searching for the perfect name for your new canine companion? Let us steer you in the right direction! From car parts and manufacturers to muscle cars and cars in pop culture, we’ve fetched a list of possible car dog names for the new four-legged family member who is fast becoming …

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100+ White Dog Names for Your Fair Fur Baby

The color white symbolizes a new beginning, and what better way to celebrate your white dog’s new beginning than by giving your furry family member a name inspired by the color! We’ve rounded up over 100 white dog names for the dog who will color your world with joy! From girls’ and boys’ names that …

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5 Tips for Organizing Your Fridge

How To Easily Organize Your Fridge

I’m just going to start this off by saying that I am not an organized person by nature. It took me until my 40s to even gain the smallest motivation to be more organized, and it’s still a struggle. My fridge does not, by any means, look like this at all times. But it does feel good to occasionally give it a refresh like this. If you can relate, here are some tips that work for me!

For reference, here is what my refrigerator usually looks like:
How To Easily Organize Your Fridge

1. Remove everything from your fridge. (I know, but just do it.)
Take it all out. Set everything on tables and counters. Then wipe down all of the surfaces inside your fridge and evaluate the situation. Throw out expired items. Maybe even make a grocery list of what you need.

2. Organize food and drinks by type.
I put all the product in a group, the condiments in a group, the leftovers in a group, the drinks in a group, etc. This will be useful when putting things back inside. Trust me. 

How To Easily Organize Your Fridge

3. Transfer items to containers.

I recommend investing in a good set of stackable containers with airtight seals. This really makes all the difference in terms of best utilizing space. I have been using Rubbermaid Brilliance Food Storage Containers. I like them because they’re stain and odor proof and I can wash them in the dishwasher. But any stackable container system will work. 
How To Easily Organize Your Fridge

4. Place items back in fridge – by type.I do the best I can to (mostly) arrange items by type. For example, I put all of the produce items on one side of the fridge. I put all of the cheese and meat in one drawer. If I’m feeling extra motivated I might even arrange condiments by type. It might seem overboard, but it really does make things much easier when we’re preparing meals. It looks better too.

5. Put most used items at eye level.This is sort of a life hack I learned that honestly works better for the pantry, but it’s good for the fridge too. I also try to put produce low so my kids are more inclined to grab the healthy stuff. (Can’t say it actually works, but hey, I’m trying.)

How To Easily Organize YourFridge

I hope these tips are helpful for my fellow organization challenged humans. Now let’s see how long it lasts…

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Almond Butter Oatmeal

Almond Butter Maple Oatmeal

This super simple, semi-homemade oatmeal is perfect for busy mornings when you want something that will keep you full until lunch. It’s healthy too, and my kids love it!

Almond Butter Oatmeal
Serves 4

INGREDIENTS
2 tablespoons almond butter
3 cups water
1 cup quick Irish oatmeal
2-3 tablespoons real maple syrup
2 teaspoons cinnamon
sliced bananas and strawberries to top

To prepare oatmeal, follow instructions on oatmeal packaging. (For quick Irish oatmeal, which is what we prefer, bring 4 cups of water to a boil, add 1 cup of oats, and simmer for 5-7 minutes.) When oatmeal is cooked, stir in 2 tablespoons of almond butter. (Trader Joe’s Raw Almond Butter is our favorite.) Add 2-3 tablespoons of real maple syrup and 2 teaspoons of cinnamon. Pour into bowls, and top each bowl with drizzled almond butter, drizzled maple syrup, banana and strawberry slices, and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

My daughter even likes this for dinner. Enjoy!

 

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