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”
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.)
To 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!
It’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!
While 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
- an old t-shirt
- dried catnip
- baker’s twine or ribbon
To 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.
A certain someone couldn’t help but get in on the action!
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.
DIY Wrapping Paper
- paper – I used a natural, undyed kraft paper, but you can also recycle newspaper!
- craft paint
- drinkking glasses
To 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.
Don’t you just love the special touch the metallic gold paint adds?
We hope you and your furry family have a very special holiday!
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!
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:
- Cat Lady Chic by Diane Lovejoy ($14.87)
- body oil from Meow Meow Tweet ($22)
- I Like Cats by Print Liberation ($24)
- kitten keeper ring dish from Catbird ($22)
- rose gold cat ears ring ($380)
- cat ears make up bag from ASOS ($18.95)
- Charlotte Olympia embroidered velvet flats ($595)
- Jonathan Adler Utopia cat mug ($26)
- half-cobra yoga mat from Urban Outfitters ($84)
p.s. need more gift inspiration? head right this way.
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.
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.
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.
If 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.