Get Inspired Weekend Pinning Party #17

I’m co-hosting the pinning party this week so don’t forget to link up and pin away! You can visit Mommy Mentionables to view the full party and link up, or you can link up here by clicking the blue Inlinkz button–located right under this sentence and at the very bottom of this post!

Here we go! It’s time to link up your fabulous pins!!

Get Inspired Pinterest Link Party

Here’s the rundown…

  1. You can link-up ANY 2 pins that you’d like with the exception of Giveaways.
  2. This hop is featured on 6 blogs! We have 3 WEEKLY co-host spots and YOU could be next weeks co-host!
  3. The weekly co-hosts will be selecting the WINNERS†at each week’s party and be a featured pin the next week.
  4. Every week, each FEATURED PINNER will be given the option to co-host the FOLLOWING week’s party! 🙂

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  • Follow your Hosts on Pinterest (TOP ROW) & Re-pin last weeks WINNERS (2nd ROW).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Linkup up no more than 2 PINs on linky below.
    –>> PINS NOT BLOG POST URL!
  • Re-pin ALL other links in your link row.
  • Tweet about it!†
  • Post our NEW button on your sidebar or hop page.

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Training

 

photoThis post is about dog training; more specifically, training Indie to STOP BEGGING! Aside from whininess or hyperactive-ness, begging is my least favorite thing dogs do. Whining and being hyperactive is more of a breed personality trait, however you give a dog human food, no matter what breed they are, they’re going to start begging. When I first got Indie, I didn’t feed her scraps and she didn’t beg. Then, I moved into a house with two roommates and one other who technically didn’t live there but thought it was okay to feed my dog anything they were eating, and by anything, I mean I once caught them giving my dog half of a McDonald’s cheeseburger. Needless to say, once Indie was out of that situation, it was a very, very hard habit to break.

She’s been beg-free until my daughter starting eating “normal” food in her high chair. At that point, Indie pretty much became a vacuum for our dining room. Then, she started getting in the way any time there was any food out in any room in the house–I can’t tell you how many times I almost fell over her in the kitchen. After that, it got to the point where literally the only thing Indie cared about or got off her dog bed for was to either stare at us while we ate or scavenger the floors for food like some starving homeless thing that hadn’t eaten in three days. As you can tell, it got more than ridiculous and annoying, and all the things I’d done before when I didn’t have to worry about there being food on the floor all the time were no longer breaking Indie’s habit.

So, I did some training research. These are the 5 most helpful tips I found and am doing currently.
1. Do not acknowledge your dog in anyway while you’re eating or have food out. It doesn’t matter if they’re jumping up and down or in your face whining, don’t say ‘no’, don’t command them to go away or do anything and don’t even talk about them. Literally act like they’re not even there.

2. Make the rooms where you eat or prepare food off limits to your dog (kitchen, dining room). If there’s a separate place for you and your “human” food and a separate place for your dog and their dog food, it cuts out the confusion and temptation completely. It may seem like a difficult thing to stop a dog from going into a room, but when you set a boundary and make it known that it’s not okay for them to go past it, it’s amazing how quick they pick up on it.

3. Do not ever feed your dog any human food. Ever. Or you’ll be back at square one every time.

4. Be firm and consistent. Dogs are like kids in that they will try to push their boundaries, and if you let them get away with something every once in a while, they will continue to try every time.

5. Make sure your dog isn’t scarfing their own food down. So, make them take breaks while they eat or put their bowl at chin level so they can’t eat as fast. If you’re able to, it may even help to feed them more often throughout the day, so instead of 1/2 a cup twice a day, try 1/3 a cup three times a day, along with keeping their feeding schedule consistent.

I found the majority of my advice here and here. Some of it goes into a little more detail on the tips above as well. Overall, these tips have worked really well. It’s taken a couple weeks, but Indie’s pretty much back to the point where she doesn’t beg anymore. There’s been a couple issues with her trying to sneak into the dining room and vacuum up the floor, but I’m always consistent, I tell her no, and she gets in trouble each time. It seemed like the minute I decided she was no longer allowed in the kitchen or dining room, she knew. I was taken aback by how fast she realized she could no longer go into those rooms; it was almost immediate. All of it has been fairly easy, and it’s nice not to feel like my only interaction with Indie is snapping at her for begging.

So, if you have the annoying begging problem, I’d suggest trying these tips. Obviously, everyone in the household needs to be on board because if anyone’s undermining what you’re trying to do, the dog’s behavior isn’t going to change. Everything I’ve read also says this is something that needs to be consistent, and you can’t put a time limit on it. Some dogs take a week, others take a month or more. Regardless, it’s definitely worth it though.

Let me know what your biggest problem is with your pet and what training tips you have for it!

Letting Go of Toxicity

Problem is, you can’t accept that his relationship had a real short shelf life. You’re like a dog at the dump, baby – you’re just lickin’ at the empty tin can, trying to get more nutrition out of it. And if you’re not careful, that can’s gonna get stuck on your snout forever and make your life miserable. So drop it.”

“But I love him.”

“So love him.”

“But I miss him.”

“So miss him. Send him some love and light every time you think about him, then drop it.”

–Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

This quote is powerful. I don’t care if it’s from a book (or movie) that many people write off because it’s “girly” or “emotional”. All of that aside, the rest of the content aside, this quote is powerful. 

I thought of it again when talking to a friend the other day who’s going through a difficult time with a “toxic” family member.

When I say toxic, it might sound harsh, so let me explain. I believe there are people everyone runs across in life, whether it be significant others, friends or family members, that continuously bring us down, cause problems and/or spread deceitfulness and drama. Often I think it’s fairly easy to avoid or shut these types of people out of your life. However, in my life personally and I’m sure many others, there are a few people that you come to care for and at some point begin to realize, in one all encompassing term, they’re toxic.

In general, people know that when something is causing problems or making you sick, you remove it. If you have a virus on your computer, you wipe it clean. If you get cancer, you fight to get it out of your body. If you’re bit by a snake, you suck out the venom. If you hate ketchup, you leave it off your burger. That’s easy because those things aren’t people. You don’t have a connection with them. The hard part is realizing someone you do have a connection with is that thing that’s shoveling in the negativity. We feel bad, we feel guilty and we feel that we have some responsibility to keep that person in our lives no matter how much they fight against us.

When I was younger, there was a person like this in my life, and I was struggling with how it would make them feel and how others would view me for cutting them out of my life. I stumbled across this quote in mid-struggle, and it was like a slap in the face. When someone’s bringing you down, there’s a certain point where you have to drop it or life’s just going to continue to be miserable. Some people love to find drama and they love blame. Unfortunately, the thing people don’t love to find is the truth, and anyone who I was worried about viewing me as the bad guy or who was mixed in with all the toxicity this person was causing, was just another thing I was eliminating when I let it go.

The truth is we can’t change someone who doesn’t want to change. We can’t make them see how much we care about them or how hurtful they’re being. And the people we really end up hurting the most by constantly allowing or re-allowing that toxicity in our lives, are ourselves and others around us.

So, I’ll say it one more time and let it sit with you and the person that was on your mind while you were reading this.

Problem is, you can’t accept that his relationship had a real short shelf life. You’re like a dog at the dump, baby – you’re just lickin’ at the empty tin can, trying to get more nutrition out of it. And if you’re not careful, that can’s gonna get stuck on your snout forever and make your life miserable. So drop it.”

“But I love him.”

“So love him.”

“But I miss him.”

“So miss him. Send him some love and light every time you think about him, then drop it.”

Movie version above is a bit different than the book quote.

Avocado and Egg Tostada

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This is one of the simplest and best tasting meals I’ve had for breakfast.

Breakfast…
Avocado and Egg Tostada:

Ingredients–

  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 tortilla
  • salt and pepper (optional)

Directions–

  • Preheat oven at 350 and pop the tortilla on the rack (no need to wait for it to warm all the way up)
  • Fry the egg
  • Cut your avocado in half, scoop it out, put it in a bowl and smash it (to spread on tortilla)
  • When your egg is done, take it off the burner, pull your tortilla out, spread on the avocado and slip the egg in the middle
  • Season it up with salt and pepper

This takes about 10 minutes, including prep and cook time.