Allow Yourself To Do Nothing

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I’ve always been the type of person to keep busy. Even when I was watching a TV, I needed to be reading articles on the internet, drawing, learning how to code, blogging or whatever. I couldn’t justify simply doing the recreational thing without being busy with something I deemed “productive”. In my head I felt like I was wasting my life if I took that extra hour of sleep, nap, caught up on Youtube¬† or even hang out with friends.

Ever since I got a full-time job these priorities changed. I still struggled with the need to “keep productive”, this time with more of a focus on reading a book or writing the blog posts that keep all my sites updated. I now have less time than ever to do any of those things and being able to prioritize has been a challenge.

However, I let myself turn-off the brain when I’m exhausted. An extra hour of sleep, hanging out with friends or letting myself relax and play video games does wonders for the amount of things I can get done the next day (including write this blog post). We live in an age where “being busy” is addictive and seems trendy but it’s important to know when to just kick back once in a while.

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Barkbox- June 2014

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Another month, another Barkbox! I think I’m just as excited as Teddy to see what goodies are inside.

IMG_8793These Healthy Dogma Banana Chips ($7.95) look just like the human kind. They are grain and gluten free. Unfortunately, Teddy is strangely allergic to bananas so we will be giving this to another dog friend. I wish there was an option on Barkbox to mention allergies/sensitivities. Bananas are the only food we’ve ever seen him have a problem with.

IMG_8792The other snack in the box was the Primal Freeze-dried Beef Liver treats ($5). Teddy is absolutely in love with these.

IMG_8791 One of the best part of Barkbox is there careful consideration of quality toys. This frog from Pet Qwerks is so adorable!

IMG_8790By far the best item in this Barkbox was this Baboon butt from Silly Bums ($20). It’s hilariously random but Teddy hasn’t stopped playing with it since. It squeaks and crinkles. It’s more durable than it looks at first glance.

Want to join Barkbox? Use our link http://ruv.barkbox.com/x/beaUr6 and get 10% off!

New Projects- SOCAN

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Hi everyone! I didn’t have much time to blog last week because I’ve been adjusting to a new work schedule. For the next four months, I have joined SOCAN as their New Media Specialist. I love the team I work with.

This week we launched the 2014 SOCAN Songwriting Prize. Until July 3rd, fans can vote for their favourite song of the nominees and enter for a chance to win a SONOS Wireless sound system. Nominees include PUP, Alejandra Ribera, Wake Owl, July Talk and Louise Burns. Go listen to all the songs because they’re all great and cover a variety of different styles. Let me know who you’d vote for.

Woofstock 2014

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This year Woofstock moved from St. Lawrence Market to Woodbine Park near the east end beaches. I loved the new location because you could always take a break with your dog beneath the trees. There were so many types of people and dogs of all shapes and sizes.
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Woofstock 2014
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Woofstock 2014
Woofstock 2014

We bought Teddy a backpack:
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This was a 14 year old bichon we met. Look how white and fluffy he is!
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Here’s Teddy with his Woofstock haul.
Woofstock 2014 Haul

Since we were in the area, we also stopped by the beach:
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Woodbine Beach
Woodbine Beach
Woodbine Beach
Woodbine Beach
Woodbine Beach
Woodbine Beach

Teddy’s First Barkbox

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For Teddy’s June birthday, I subscribed him to Barkbox, an online subscription service for dogs that sends goodies and toys every month. There are a few other competitors out there, but Barkbox’s marketing and quality of goodies impresses me above all others.

IMG_3282How it works is you pick your dog’s size (small, medium, large) subscription plan and it is shipped on the 15th of every month. I am Canadian so I assumed it would take a couple weeks to get here and that’s why I ordered it way before his actual birthday. However, I was surprised that it arrived on the 20th, so their shipping times are impressive. It arrived in a branded box with cute wrapping paper.

IMG_3312A card spoke of the month’s warm weather theme and fresh ingredients.

IMG_3291Along those themes were these fruity smelling strawberry biscuits from Max and Ruffy that were wheat and GMO free. ($5.25 retail)

IMG_3286Teddy LOVED this corduroy cat from Loopies Toys. It’s durable but probably won’t stand a chance when Teddy decides he wants to unstuff it’s insides. ($25 retail)

IMG_3290These grain free chicken jerk chews smell as good as the jerky we crave the convenient store. ($12.99 retail)

IMG_3289Lastly this vanilla smelling ball from Mega Last seemed a bit big at first but the dog was soon throwing it around all over the place. I’d be careful with it indoors though!

We’re very happy with our first Bark Box and can’t wait to see what’s in the next one! Right now for a limited time if you sign up with our link http://ruv.barkbox.com/x/CqChIz, you can get 10% off a new Barkbox subscription. 10% of proceeds of every Barkbox goes to a rescue group.