5 New Year’s Resolutions For My Dog

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Dogs. They’re just like us in so many ways!

I know my Athena benefits from the same things I benefit from – better eating habits, more sleep, fresh water, plenty of fresh air and exercise, good dental hygiene, daily vitamins, and also a handful of treats to help have healthier and happier days. Dogs are more, to put it simply. They’re more than pets – they’re part of our family. They’re more than animals – they’re friends – who know just when you need a snuggle or a sympathetic ear. I love my time with Athena so much.

Here are 5 New Year’s Resolutions For My Dog!

1 – More physical activity. This can be a tough time of year for pets. Athena has always been my wingwoman when I’m exercising at the park. With the recent temperature drops and icy paths, I’ve had to get more creative with taking her for walks. And I’ve had to get creative in general. To get more physical activity for my dog, I play games with her indoors. I’ve also signed her up for an agility class. I can’t wait! Other than that, we DO get outside – as long as it’s not dangerously cold.

2 – Taking a daily vitamin. Did you know that dogs could take vitamins? I just found this out! Milk-Bone Good Morning Daily Vitamins are a tasty treat to start every day! They provide nutrients not found in most dog foods. And they taste like a treat, while having the added benefits to ensure a lifetime of health and vitality for my dog.

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3 – Taking care of those teeth! Luckily, there’s Milk-Bone Brushing Chews Dental Treats. These are delicious daily dental treats clinically proven as effective as brushing. They taste like a treat, freshen breath, and clean like a toothbrush.

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4 – Be on top of regular medication. Sometimes dogs need to take regular or situational medications and they don’t like the taste. Milk-Bone Pill Pouches are specially made for dogs who have a hard time with taking medicine/pills. They are bite-sized treats that disguise your dog’s pills as a deliciously soft and meaty treat. This makes pill-giving more enjoyable for both you and your dog. For all of these amazing products, head to Target’s dog aisle. There’s so much to find!

5 – Find joy in the little things in life. This should be no problem for my dog, Athena, who already does this so flawlessly and naturally. It’s me who can learn a few things from her! Perhaps we’re on our New Year’s resolutions path together. And it’s helpful to head to Target to pick up the Milk-Bone products that will help keep my dog in tip-top shape. That can’t help but inspire me too. We’ve integrated these three products into our pet care routine, and I know it’s working out well.

I really love the idea of Athena having clean teeth, but it’s so novel to me to have her take a daily vitamin like I do! She reminds me every morning, in her excited way, and then that reminds ME to take mine. It’s mutually beneficial!

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Happy New Year to your dog!

String Cheese Kebabs and Other Reasons to LOVE Weight Watchers Cheese

This post was sponsored by Weight Watchers® International.

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I’m going to let you in on a fun secret – and it’s my favorite snack ever that we always have in the house.

I am a snacker times a million. It’s in my nature and it’s how I operate best. During my hungriest days – a major growth spurt in high school – I had to snack every couple of hours. During my busy days now, it’s honestly about the same. Especially with work and travel, we have to rely on GOOD snacks! Now you’re probably wondering about me giving you snack tips, right?

Right. I’m a professional snacker! I have credentials! Not really, but what I am is a busy and fairly fit working mother of two, who needs to eat a LOT of snacks. When I worked in an office job, many moons ago, the vending machine options were deplorable. I didn’t yet care because I was younger and fairly convinced of my own invincibility, but something about turning 30 or turning into a parent changed that for me. It’s all about various flavors and better options during my snack breaks.

You probably already know this, but if not, allow me to introduce myself. I have two kids – five and eight – and I’m both a photographer and an influencer. There are one or two other jobs there too. To say I work hard is putting it lightly. I think a lot about snacking moments lately, because in my career(s), this is a hectic time of year. I need great snack options.

I first discovered Weight Watchers® International by both my father-in-law (big fan) and my parents too.

I think there’s some sort of law of life, in which you always rummage through the fridge, drawers, and cabinets of your parent’s kitchen within five minutes of arriving on their doorstep. Even if you have just eaten before you arrive!

(the view from my parent’s doorstep)

Am I right about that, or am I right? No matter what time of day it is, or how hungry I am, I still have to at least look. And I hope upon hope that my kids will do the same when they visit me one day as adults. I hope my children’s children will rummage through my snacks! I do it at my in-laws’ houses too. One set has the most exquisite apples you’ll ever taste. The other set will always have ice cream in the freezer, even in the beach house. My parents have perhaps the widest range of snacks, but one thing I can always count on is plenty of Weight Watchers cheese snacks. For as long as I can remember.

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My favorite is Weight Watchers string cheese. Their string cheese and other cheese varieties are the PERFECT choices for snacking, and recipes, when maintaining a healthy lifestyle. They offer a variety of cheeses that are not only smart choices, but will delight your taste buds too. In fact, they offer a money back guarantee! That’s great taste, Guarancheesed!

One of my favorite ways to eat string cheese is this easy recipe for String Cheese Kebabs:

Ingredients:

Weight Watchers Light String Cheese
Smoked Turkey
Olives
Toothpicks

Instructions:

Slice up your string cheese into fairly thin chunks. Put one on your toothpick, and then add an olive, some cut turkey or chicken, and another piece of string cheese. Sometimes I add pepperoni too. What a delicious and EASY snack to make!

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I’ve always loved that Weight Watchers cheese snacks, like string cheese, help me make smart choices to feel good about during the day. They are a great snack choice, and also an awesome part of recipes, like my easy one. The cheese snacks are made with low-fat milk and have an amazing taste you have to try to believe. The individually wrapped items offer portion control and a great snack break. I love the string cheese, sticks, singles, shreds, and spreads too! My string cheese and snack sticks are only 1-2 SmartPoints® per serving. They’re also great for on-the-go portability, which is a great plus for my life.

I get mine at Stop & Shop right in my town.

To learn more about the Great Taste GuaranCheesed program, go to www.TakeTheGreatTasteChallenge.com.

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What’s your favorite way to eat string cheese?