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natural pet tips for pets during the holidays — the ultimate cat sitting check list, ready for you to download and print out! #beyondpartners

The holidays are really the best time to surround yourself with pets, don’t you think? I use it as another excuse to take extra care of my pets by treating them to all kinds of homemade, natural treats. Today I partnered up with Beyond Natural Pet Food to share 3 great tips to care for your furry friends during the holidays! (To try it for yourself, click here  for a free 4 lb bag of Beyond Natural Dry Dog food and click here for a free 3 lb. bag of Beyond Natural Dry Cat food.)

natural pet tips for pets during the holidays — the ultimate cat sitting check list, ready for you to download and print out! #beyondpartnersTo start, let’s talk about travel: if you’re like me, it’s a given that your pet will come with you wherever you go for the holidays. I tend to bring Noodle with me wherever I go, while Georgette holds down the fort at home with our awesome cat-sitter, Jane. I really hate leaving her at home, but I know it’s much more stressful for her to travel. To ease my mind while preparing for a trip, I’ve crafted the ultimate cat sitting checklist downloadable!

natural pet tips for pets during the holidays — the ultimate cat sitting check list, ready for you to download and print out! #beyondpartners natural pet tips for pets during the holidays — the ultimate cat sitting check list, ready for you to download and print out! #beyondpartnersIt’s super easy: simply download, print out, and use as a check list to ensure that all of your kitty’s needs are met while you’re away — and that you have supplied your cat sitter with everything she needs to take the very best care of your baby!

natural pet tips for pets during the holidays — the ultimate cat sitting check list, ready for you to download and print out! #beyondpartnersDownload your Ultimate Cat Sitting Checklist here!

natural pet tips for pets during the holidays —upcycled catnip toy #beyondpartnersWhile we’re on the topic of my beautiful baby Georgette, let’s discuss toys. She’s a bit of a catnip fiend, so at the holidays I like to treat her to an extra-special handmade catnip toy!

Upcycled Catnip Toy
You’ll need:

  • an old t-shirt
  • dried catnip
  • baker’s twine or ribbon
  • bells
  • scissors

natural pet tips for pets during the holidays —upcycled catnip toy #beyondpartnersnatural pet tips for pets during the holidays —upcycled catnip toy #beyondpartnersTo make your own, cut out a large circle from the old t-shirt. Lay flat on your surface and add catnip to the center. Gather the ends together and tie with a bit of baker’s twine or ribbon. I added a jingly bell to make the toy extra special and festive for the holidays.

natural pet tips for pets during the holidays —upcycled catnip toy #beyondpartnersA certain someone couldn’t help but get in on the action!

natural pet tips for pets during the holidays —upcycled catnip toy #beyondpartnersnatural pet tips for pets during the holidays —upcycled catnip toy #beyondpartners

During the holidays, I always try to remember those less fortunate, especially all the sweet pups and kitties in animal shelters. Many shelters rely on donations to stay open and provide care for strays (like Saved Me in Philadelphia where I used to volunteer and found my sweet Noodle), so I make sure to donate food every year. Just because it’s a donation doesn’t mean I can’t make it special, so I like to make my own wrapping paper.

natural pet tips for pets during the holidays — DIY wrapping, perfect for wrappings gifts for your fuzzy friends and donations to your local shelter #beyondpartnersDIY Wrapping Paper
You’ll need:

  • paper – I used a natural, undyed kraft paper, but you can also recycle newspaper!
  • craft paint
  • drinkking glasses

natural pet tips for pets during the holidays — DIY wrapping, perfect for wrappings gifts for your fuzzy friends and donations to your local shelter #beyondpartnersTo make your own wrapping paper, flatten each sheet of paper. Pour your craft paint into low containers and dip drinking glasses into the paint. You can mix up the print by using both ends of the glass, too. To create overlapping dots, let each layer dry before adding more.

natural pet tips for pets during the holidays — DIY wrapping, perfect for wrappings gifts for your fuzzy friends and donations to your local shelter #beyondpartnersDon’t you just love the special touch the metallic gold paint adds?

natural pet tips for pets during the holidays #beyondpartnersWe hope you and your furry family have a very special holiday!

natural pet tips for pets during the holidays #beyondpartners

Photography by Ashley Batz 

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Beyond Natural Pet Food. All opinions are my own and I would never endorse something I didn’t completely love. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Jojotastic going.

p.s. pamper your pet the natural way with these spa DIYs!

the perfect gifts for your favorite cat lady - jojotastic

This is one of my favorite gift guides to curate every year: the cat lady edition! Probably because it hits close to home… Just because we are cat ladies doesn’t mean that we can’t keep it classy. This year, think beyond the mug with a cat printed on it and instead opt for something a bit cuter and definitely more tongue-in-cheek. Just think: what if your resident cat lady friend showed up to yoga with this cat yoga mat and an I Like Cats tee? Pure magic, my friends.

Shop the post:

  1. Cat Lady Chic by Diane Lovejoy ($14.87)
  2. body oil from Meow Meow Tweet ($22)
  3. I Like Cats by Print Liberation ($24)
  4. kitten keeper ring dish from Catbird ($22)
  5. rose gold cat ears ring ($380)
  6. cat ears make up bag from ASOS ($18.95)
  7. Charlotte Olympia embroidered velvet flats ($595)
  8. Jonathan Adler Utopia cat mug ($26)
  9. half-cobra yoga mat from Urban Outfitters ($84)

p.s. need more gift inspiration? head right this way

DIY natural pet spa #BeyondPartners

It’s no secret that my pets are incredibly important to me, to the point where I care for them and feed them as well as I would myself. I tend to believe that the fewer ingredients in something, the better. Since day 1 when I adopted my pets, I’ve fed them grain-free, corn-free natural foods and I truly believe it’s paid off in numerous ways. Recently, I started feeding them Beyond Natural Pet Food which is entirely grain-free, natural and contains about 9 ingredients, tops (to try it for yourself, click here  for a free 4 lb bag of Beyond Natural Dry Dog food and click here for a free 3 lb. bag of Beyond Natural Dry Cat food). To illustrate just how important diet is for your pets: Noodle is an older gentleman, but still has the energy of a puppy. Georgette’s coat is truly one of the softest things you’ll ever feel.

There are other ways to nurture (read: spoil) your pets, too. One of my favorite things to do is treat Georgette and Noodle to natural “spa sessions.” Today I partnered with Beyond Natural Pet Food to share 3 ways to treat your pets (and your home) to a natural spa experience.

DIY natural pet spa // lavender refreshing spray #BeyondPartnersLavender Refreshing Spray
You’ll need:

  • 2 cups distilled water
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • a few sprigs of dried lavender (optional)

DIY natural pet spa // lavender refreshing spray #BeyondPartnersLet’s discuss what no one wants to talk about, pet odor. I mix together this fast and fragrant spray to naturally make my home smell better. Simply combine the baking soda and essential oils in a bowl with a fork. Fill a spray bottle with water and add the mixture along with dried lavender. I like to up-cycle an old cosmetics bottle for a project like this — yet another way to be natural! Then I label the bottle with a bit of washi tape.

I spritz this refreshing spray into the air in my living room, bedroom, even kitchen.

DIY natural pet spa // lavender refreshing spray #BeyondPartners

Natural Litter Box Deodorizer
You’ll need:

  • a full jar of baking soda
  • 5 drops of roman chamomile essential oil

DIY natural pet spa // natural litter box deodorizer #BeyondPartnersWhile we’re on the topic of smells… let’s talk the litter box. Cats are incredibly sensitive creatures, so I recommend integrating change to the litter box slowly and gently. I use a natural pine cat litter because it doesn’t create dust that can irritate Georgette’s eyes. I also use a homemade natural deodorizer to freshen the box.

DIY natural pet spa // natural litter box deodorizer #BeyondPartnersDIY natural pet spa // natural litter box deodorizer #BeyondPartnersSimply mix together the baking soda and essential oil in a jar, shaking vigorously to combine well. I add this to the litter box once a week to keep both Georgette’s bathroom and mine smelling great. For this mixture, I suggest using roman chamomile because it is one of the few essential oils that tend not to irritate a cat’s sensitive skin. I definitely recommend slowing introducing this to your cat to ensure she is ok with the oil.

DIY natural pet spa // natural litter box deodorizer #BeyondPartnersDIY natural pet spa // natural litter box deodorizer #BeyondPartners

Natural Oatmeal Dog Shampoo
You’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 7 drops essential oils (I used clary sage, but I also recommend bergamot or lavender)
  • 3 tablespoons Castile soap
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • ½ cup distilled water

DIY natural pet spa // natural oatmeal dog shampoo #BeyondPartnersDIY natural pet spa // natural oatmeal dog shampoo #BeyondPartnersCombine the ingredients in a blender until smooth. Then, pour into an airtight container (try using leftover jam jars). Refrigerate the mixture until you’re ready to use it. When it’s bathtime, simply use your fingers to scoop a bit out and start scrubbing. I let it sit for a few minutes so that the soothing coconut oil absorbs.

DIY natural pet spa // natural oatmeal dog shampoo #BeyondPartnersDIY natural pet spa // natural oatmeal dog shampoo #BeyondPartnersBecause he’s a lowrider, I think Noodle tends to have pretty sensitive skin. He can get pretty itchy, especially after a long hike. I’ve found that oatmeal works wonders for him, especially if he needs frequent baths. This recipe is my tried and true way to keep Noodle clean while also soothing his sensitive skin.

DIY natural pet spa // natural oatmeal dog shampoo #BeyondPartners

These are just a few of the ways I take care of my tiny zoo naturally, but there are tons more. Be sure to head over to Pinterest to follow my Pamper your Pets the Natural Way board — I’ll be sharing tons of ways to naturally care for your pets along with Beyond Natural Pet Food.

DIY natural pet spa // #BeyondPartnersPhotography by Ashley Batz 

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Beyond Natural Pet Food. All opinions are my own and I would never endorse something I didn’t completely love. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Jojotastic going.

Oh goodness… my good friends over at Danfredo Photos + Films have staged a dachshund wedding. I don’t really post weddings often (or ever?), but this is just something really special, silly, and totally awesome. Noodle used to play with Hudson and Chelsea in Philly, you see, so it’s just a joy to see them finally hitched. Here are a few of my favorite shots from their special day! Also, be sure to see tons of behind the scenes on Instagram with the cutest hashtag ever, #hudsonloveschelsea.

our love is long and loud // a dachshund wedding by Danfredo Photos + Films our love is long and loud // a dachshund wedding by Danfredo Photos + Films our love is long and loud // a dachshund wedding by Danfredo Photos + Films our love is long and loud // a dachshund wedding by Danfredo Photos + Films (more…)

a letter to noodle // one year later

It’s been exactly one year since I adopted my tiny little dachshund, Noodle, and I felt like it’s only fitting for me to write about just how awesome it’s been.

To my dearest Noodie boy,
Happy adoption day! I’ve learned so much from you over this past year. Before you came into my life, I had no idea I could snuggle this much, stay in bed this late, and work so many hours with a 17-pound lump on my lap. You’ve taught me to be patient with your stubborn, stubborn ways, whether it’s putting on the brakes to sniff another dog’s ass, eating every bit of garbage on the street, or barking incessantly. It’s true, I’ve learned patience from you and I’m grateful for that in a weird way. Thank you for all of the sweet midnight cuddle sessions, for keeping me safe from running children in hats, and for always loving me. I can’t wait to see where we go next. Mama loves you, you strange, little wiener.

a letter to noodle // one year laterIf you can’t already tell, I absolutely recommend adopting pets. The love and value they add to your life cannot be described. Noodle came from an incredible organization in Philly called Operation Ava, but there are tons of amazing shelters across the states.

a letter to noodle // one year latera letter to noodle // one year laterphotography by Danfredo Photography.
see more of #noodthedude on Instagram.

audrey jeanne

I’ve found my ultimate soul sister in cat-ladydom. Meet French artist and illustrator Audrey Jeanne. I found her via this instagram from my friend Trina of la la Lovely and immediately had to go to her online shop. And now, of course, I want it all. Her aesthetic is sweet and simple… oh-so very French, if I may say so. From buttons to posters to totes, Audrey Jeanne has pretty much everything the modern day cat lady desires.

audrey jeanne audrey jeanne audrey jeanne audrey jeanneKeep up with Audrey Jeanne and her latest work (and her adorable cat) on Instagram.

cat lovers unite

As you may already know, my cat Georgette is the apple of my eye. As my first pet as an adult, Georgette has really been there for me. Break ups, cross-country moves, lazy afternoons on the couch — she is always by my side, purring all the while. Her little speckled face just makes me so happy. I actually get teary when I start to think about how much she means to me. So, whenever I can, I try to pamper her, but especially during Feastivities, as Fancy Feast® likes to call the holiday season (how cute is that??).

cat lovers unite
She’s a BIG fan of ear rubs, as you can see. It’s kind of her favorite thing. Her ears get all flat and her tiny nose scrunches up. It’s actually hilarious.

cat lovers unite
I also like to talk to her… and make kissy noises…

cat lovers unite
Georgette also really loves play time. She’s 5 years old, but still has the energy level of a kitten… sometimes!

cat lovers unite
This year, Fancy Feast® is celebrating Feastivities by hand-selecting 7 designers to create one-of-a-kind gifts for cat lovers everywhere. Including a playful illustrated print by Stacie Bloomfield of Gingiber, a cozy cat tent by Julie Buratowski, and (my personal favorite), a dainty meow-adorned ring by Jennifer Tigley, Fancy Feast’s® gifts are the purrrr-fect way to ring in Feastivities for all cat lovers this holiday season. Be sure to shop the gift guide here!

cat lovers unite
PS – how sweet are these toes??

Photography by Ashley Lynn Fry.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Fancy Feast® and Style Coalition. All opinions are my own, and I would never endorse something I didn’t completely love. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Jojotastic going.