National Dog Day BJ’s Sweepstakes: 5 Ways to Celebrate

This is a sponsored post, in partnership with BJ’s Wholesale Club. All opinions are proudly my own.

National Dog Day! Purchase a pet item at a BJ’s club or BJs.com fr July 8 to August 18 to be entered for a chance to win the grand prize! #ad #BJsSmartSaver

What’s that you say? August 26th is National Dog Day, and you have more exciting Pet Sweeps news?!

It can be as easy as giving your dog a hug and a kiss, or you can go all out with walks in the park, dog food cakes, and letting them sleep up on the bed! There are so many ways you can celebrate National Dog Day like we are. It’s a “thing” with us.

Right now, BJ’s is running a Pet Sweepstakes! If you purchase a pet item at your local BJ’s Wholesale Club or on BJs.com from July 8th – August 18th, you’re entered for a chance to win the grand prize, including a one-year supply of pet food, a gift pack of treats, and a pet bed or cat tree! Photo of your pet on Instagram or Twitter and use the sweepstakes hashtags: #BJsSpoilYourFurryFriend and #Sweepstakes for a chance to win weekly prizes, and to be featured on BJ’s social media channels. So cool!

And a wonderful way to celebrate National Dog Day! Go to BJ’s!

Here are 5 Ways to Celebrate National Dog Day:

1 – Adopt a dog from your local shelter! More on that in an upcoming post. As an alternative you can volunteer at your local shelter and walk/play with dogs or help clean cages. You can donate items the shelter needs. (Just ask them!)

2 – Have a dog party or play date with dogs you love!

3 – Spend the day on adventures with your dog, and don’t forget to photograph them! I never forget.

4 – See if any of your neighbors or loved ones need help with their dog.

5 – Give your dog a massage and a grooming and teach them a new trick!

And what else?

And as a bonus, head to BJ’s to stock up on all things dog! (and cat too!) This is our one-stop shopping place for our entire family. Especially with back to school time and getting our dog into an upcoming doggie daycare.

And that is why we love that BJ’s helps its members spoil their pets with everything you need. They offer a large selection of pet food brands that cater to your pet’s needs without breaking your budget. And with three pets under our roof, along with our two kids, we’re happy to have a place that has a wide assortment of food and accessories at unbeatable values. As a member, you can shop wet and dry pet food, treats that support dental health, and specialty foods that cater to weight management or complete nutrition. Not to mention that families can save up to $500 a year by shopping at BJ’s.

I’ve been a BJ’s member throughout life. They are committed to offering the best value of any supermarket or club, and members save 25% off grocery store prices every day. They’re the only membership warehouse club to accept manufacturer’s coupons. And if you join BJ’s today, we’ll both receive $25 gift cards just for signing up!

Don’t forget my awesome refer-a-friend link for you to join BJ’s today and earn a $25 gift card!

How will you celebrate National Dog Day?

They Say in Heaven, Love Comes First

heaven in Cape Cod

We came, we saw, we conquered Cape Cod, and boy oh boy, you are not only going to get one photo and one story today.

Maybe just one story. There was a strange sense of urgency with our Cape trip this year – and I’m sure I’m not the only one who felt it was different. I needed a vacation more than ever, and while a beach trip with kids is more of that – a trip – than a vacation, I definitely could have used seven more days in Truro. I’m super terrible at letting go. Apparently I do it every year when we go to Florida for a week, with some tweaking and scheduling and half-working, and I almost took nine days off when we went to Alaska (really, almost) but I’m not sure it’s in the cards. I have major FOMO (fear of missing out) with work stuff. And the influencer landscape is changing, but I’m changing with it. And the Cape Cod landscape is changing too.

I’d like to think I’m changing with that too. All you can do is try. Try and try again.

Cape Cod

It was our first year with two dogs and we didn’t know until the last minute that we were bringing both. With my in-laws’ new house in Florida, and their house in Connecticut, I honestly didn’t/don’t know the fate of the Cape Cod house. I hope it’s always ours, or more likely – theirs. It’s not up to me, but boy, do I want this for them. More than I want most things.

Cape Cod

So there was that strange sense of urgency, and there was a weight I don’t always have. A heaviness. It wasn’t a hopeless heaviness, though, like a dark and suffocating presence. It was more of an irritating heft on my chest and around my throat – telling me that I was ok and still had all that good stuff inside of me – but sometimes the demons come out before dark.

I believe in a future filled with light and airy and cotton candy things – at least most of the time. It’s so hard to figure out right this second how to get there. Work is heavy and cumbersome and strange, at times, and so is my indecision about the direction I want this family to go in. I think that’s ok because I’m figuring it out now, and like they said, love comes first.

We’ve got a lot of that. That’s the beginning and the end, and it all blurs together, quite like the sea.

Cape Cod

We came back to the whirlwind of my birthday and house guests so I’m sneaking this post fairly late at night. I haven’t had the chance to upload my camera photos yet, and quite frankly, I still have ones to upload from last year and two years ago because I’m completely off my rocker with that. These are all my phone photos to share. My friend asked me why my phone photos don’t look like hers, and of course the #1 answer is that I study photography. This one (below) is edited for fun.

He was really looking out the window to watch Cassidy pump gas in a dingy gas station but I liked this better:

As for the rest of them, I hold my hands steady, use AE lock, and edit them in better apps than the ones in the iPhone. I love Snapseed, LensLight, and Bokeh Lens. All cost only a few dollars at most, and give photos more clarity and smoothness.

And you can reset horizon lines. All of it takes under a minute! (except for the gas station one..)

Cape Cod

Cape Cod

Cape Cod

This is me linking up, as one of my favorite things to do, with Finish The Sentence Friday. This week’s topic is Photo Share Friday And there’s still time to write yours. Come link up with your spin: HERE. What’s your photo? What’s its story?

Have you been to a beach lately?