We already curated our cat lady gift guide, so now it’s time for the dog lover in your life! I am, admittedly, on the fence a bit when it comes to cats vs dogs — I just love both. And of course, you know already know I’m an aficionado when it comes to all things dachshund-related. No matter whether mutt or purebred, your dog-loving friend would love to receive any of these gifts:
Gift guide season is upon us! And, to start, I want to kick things off with one of my favorite themes of all: the perfect gift for inspired holiday entertaining for the cat loving hostess in your life (cuz we all know at least one, amiright?). This is a category near and dear to my heart, especially as a card carrying member of the cat lady club and someone who loves to entertain. Today, I partnered with Fancy Feast and Brit + Co to share my favorite gifts under $50 that will have the cat lady in your life feeling inspired and jumping for joy + the details of the yearly Feastivities. I promise to keep the cat puns to a minimum… maybe.
Noodle is basically the other editor here on the blog, but did you know that there are now two members of the long-n-low crew?? When I met Sean, my boyfriend, we realized we both had dachshunds. Now they’ve formed quite the little gang! I absolutely love having two of them to walk, snuggle, and play with — truly, they make those everyday moments just so much better. To keep them happy and healthy, we believe in feeding them only the best and making sure they eat raw. One of our favorite brands is Stella & Chewy’s, so today I’m thrilled to share that we’ve partnered to tell you more about their Meal Mixers (and share some super cute photos of the dogs!).
I think by now we all know that I am a loud and proud, card carrying cat lady. I’m totally obsessed with my sweet, little love muffin Georgette. She’s been with me ever since she fit in the palm of my hand and has moved across the country with me 3 times! Our bond is quite strong, so I was delighted when Purina reached out to me to talk about her and why it’s so important to adopt and donate to shelters.
Last year, I wrote a funny little letter to Noodle in celebration of his adoption anniversary… and decided to make it a tradition… oh, and to throw him a party!
Darling Noodie boy,
I’m having a hard time believing it’s been only 2 years. You’re such a permanent part of my life and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Your quirkiness, energy, and sheer bliss for life make me feel like a happier person on a daily basis. Nothing beats the excitement you exude when I walk through the door… even when I’ve only been gone for 15 minutes. Your love is perfect and charming and comforting.
Speaking of comforting… your intoxicating dog smell. I could bury my nose in your armpits any time of day and love it. Just a wiff of the ‘good smells’ and I already feel calmer and more grounded. I guess what I’m saying is that having you in my life has given me more of a sense of being grounded… almost like that feeling of home. You’re a part of my home, my family and I am so grateful to have you in my life, you tiny weirdo.
Stay weird, stay cute. Mama loves you, Noodie boy.
p.s. we decided to throw a DIY party in the studio — check out how to make your own here!
Photography by Meghan Klein. Styling by Jojotastic & Gwen McKenzie.
While I love big holidays, there’s something extra special about little celebrations. The ones that you don’t have to do anything for, usually end up being more fun than the mandatory gifting and fruit cake. So when Joanna told me Noodle was about to celebrate his 2nd adoption birthday, I knew we couldn’t let it pass without a little bash.
Houseplants are one of those essentials that can turn an apartment into a home in a snap. Here’s the thing though… if you have a tiny zoo like me, you need to be sure you’re selecting plants that are pet-friendly. Georgette has a tendency to chew on plant leaves, while Noodle seems to enjoy licking branches (they are so weird sometimes). There are so many reasons to bring plants into your home along with your furry friends, so there’s no need to eschew them all together — it’s just a matter of picking the right ones. Recently, I teamed up with Beyond Natural Pet Food from Purina to share how I shop for my pet-friendly plants, as well as a fun DIY to keep your new plants’ soil safe from cats.
To pick out some new leafy additions for my home, I started with a bit of research. The ASPCA has an incredible and exhaustive list of toxic and non-toxic plants, so I used this as my guide. Noodle and I went on a mini adventure to my favorite local gardening shop, Flora Grubb Gardens, to shop for the perfect pet-friendly plants to add to my home. Not only is this shop absolutely gorgeous, but they have everything you could possibly want to grow a jungle in your apartment.
I like to add succulents to my indoor jungle because they are easily grouped in low, wide planters. Echeveria is a great option when it comes to succulents. Another awesome succulent to look for is called a String of Pearls plant. If you’re looking for a funny plant to hang in your window, this is the perfect choice. Continue reading “pet-friendly houseplants + a DIY”