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Gift Guide for the Dog Lover

I'm so excited to bring you guys today's holiday gift guide. This one is for all of the #dogmoms out there (and #dogdads). My husband and I have a German Shepherd named Emma (who is currently in a time out for pooping inside...again), but just like our other kids, we still love her. We'd also really love it if she'd quit going potty inside, but that is beside the point. The point is there is no shame in spoiling your sweet fur baby, especially during the holidays!! And while some of these gifts are items for your dog, some are great gift ideas for the dog lover in your life too.


The Dogist 2018 Wall Calendar by Elias Weiss Friedman author of The Dogist, for example, is the perfect Christmas gift for someone who loves dogs.



These super cute Christmas Plaid Dog Collars by Mr. Bow Tie Boutique would be the perfect holiday gift for doggies and dog owners alike! Whether you have family holiday photos coming up, or you simply want your furry friend to look festive for those…

The Best Products for a Perfectly Organized Pantry


I typically avoid New Year's resolutions, but this year I'm on a mission to organize my entire home from top to bottom. My problem is that I never get it all done within a short enough time frame; by the time I start on another room or closet, I end up making an even bigger mess with the items that need to get relocated. I shove them into a random closet or the garage, planning to get to it whenever I finally organize the garage. The problem is that I never get to the garage or certain closets, and I have to organize the same places over and over again, like the pantry. My constant struggle with organizing my pantry is that there isn't a specific place for everything, so most things just get shoved back in wherever they'll fit. And we ladies all know how hard it is to get children and spouses to simply put things back where they go. However, when you have a family to feed and a budget to go by, it's essential to keep a pantry well organized so you can easily see what you need when you plan your dinners and make out your grocery list.

The two essential products for an organized pantry are clear containers and storage baskets. Pantry items like pasta, beans, and cereal should always go in tall clear containers so you can always see how much you have in stock. Clear storage containers for foods like cereal should be tall, narrow, and rectangular to take up the least amount of pantry space possible and for easy access. For dry goods that you don't use on a daily basis or don't keep in bulk, use the same kind of plastic storage in smaller, stackable sizes.


Another problem I face whenever I try to organize my pantry is it simply isn't big enough. To free up your pantry space, think about things you could store and display on top of a counter. By using pretty nesting tins or large glass jars, you can beautifully store typical pantry items out in the open and make more room in your pantry. I've cleaned out large glass pickle jars and filled them with pasta and rice; it cleared out a lot of space in my pantry and creates a homey, Tuscan feel in my kitchen. You can also create more pantry space if you store baking supplies like flour and sugar in decorative containers that can stay out in the open.


For small odds and ends, like gravy packets and prepackaged munchies, you can store these items in your pantry two different ways - with over-the-door storage or with storage baskets. I like to keep one basket to make room for new boxes of frequently-used items, like granola bars and microwave popcorn. Whenever it's grocery day, and I have just a few items left per box, I toss them into the munchies basket so I can get rid of the extra box. Labels can help kids remember where to find those smaller items.

Canned foods also tend to take up space in a kitchen pantry. If you have a lot of different types of canned goods, use a small cupboard shelf for easy access. However if you stock up on a lot of the same kinds of canned foods, use a can storage rack.

Shop the Guide


B005ML7U8M Whitmor 6500-1959 Set of 3 Rattique Baskets, Espresso
B00024JO8S 24 Inch Wide Adjustable Door Rack Pantry Organizer
B000KKIP3Y Organize It All Can Rack
B003BKGJ1A Rubbermaid FG7M7500CHILI 8-Piece Dry Food Container Set, 4 Containers and 4 Lids

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  1. My parents have tended to use these sort of techniques in their kitchen.

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  2. I use the canisters and the baskets, but I think I would like the tins too, giggle. I love getting organized it makes me happy. xo P.S. hop to see you at the hop today

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  3. Jan is a time when I love to organize anything and everything.

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