Summer Gifts for Dog People

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When I threw my first party at our house, I remember my friend Sandra brought a housewarming gift for both us AND our pug. Zoey got her own small bag of treats and bones (which she throughly enjoyed) and I thought it was so sweet to include our fur kid.

I love the idea of including the most important member of the family in a summer fun gift basket, especially for couples who don't have kids; So I put together a dog-approved gift basket you'll want to give for every occasion. BBQ. Picnic. House Warming Party. A picnic basket full of goodies for humans and dogs could be the perfect companion for an afternoon trip to the dog park. As a bonus, I've included an opportunity to win $100 to Walmart and get $$$ off all of these items at the bottom of this post!

Here's what you'll need for the basket:

Grab the biggest bag of M&M's® you can find, because duh. Starburst® Minis, because they're UNWRAPPED and so much easier to eat in one sitting. The ice cream cookie sandwiches are so clutch, because somehow the cookies stay soft and it's delicious and wonderful.  Dr Pepper® Cherry - the drink of the summer, and some fun party wares so they're ready to go everywhere. For the pups, Pedigree Dentastix®. Zoey LOVES these things, and they're super affordable to get a large amount. You'll find them in the dog food section at Walmart with the treats and rawhide. 

I also put together this adorable jar if you want to do something smaller scale just for the pup. This could be great for a dog birthday party (trust me, they happen!) or play date. Just fill a jar with tissue paper, tennis balls, and Pedigree Dentastix® for a fun AND functional gift!

To wrap the whole thing up, I made these dog-inspired gift tags you can tie on to a basket or jar and sign on the back. You can find the full size version for printing here.

Don't worry, we took all of these snacks for a spin to make sure they brought the appropriate amount of summer fun and family happiness. Our own family fun picnic went off without a hitch...until Zoey finished her treat and went after my ice cream.

Now here's the fun part. Mars is offering you the chance to win $100 worth of Summer Fun! Not only can you download special coupons for the goodies I included in the basket, you can enter to win a $100 giftcard to Walmart. You can also download the Blippar app from the Apple or Android store to scan your package and receive exclusive content. Endless summer, here we come.

 BB's Shirt: Fur & Collar. Shorts, Express. // My Overalls: Current/Elliot. Tee: The Limited.

BB's Shirt: Fur & Collar. Shorts, Express. // My Overalls: Current/Elliot. Tee: The Limited.

AJ Wears :: Red Leather Leggings + Giveaway!

Happy Thanksgiving, all! On my last day of work before a glorious four day weekend, I wore these unbelievably stretchy and comfy leggings from Our World Boutique. And wouldn't you know it, I'm wearing them again today? They're high waisted and stretch enough to accommodate for a turkey baby, so I just decided to double up. But here's the REALLY good news. I love these leggings (obvs) and will be searching for the black version immediately after I finish this post, so I'm giving you guys a chance to win gift cards from Our World Boutique for Black Friday! They're actually doing it up for this weekend:

A: Everything is 30% off today through Cyber Monday. YESSSSS. Discount code is CYBER30.
B: Every order over $30 gets this adorable tassel necklace for free! 
C: Every day they'll have a new Cyber Steal. It's like a doorbuster, new one every day, AND you get to combine that deal with the 30% off. Major O-M-G.
D: Make sure you check out the Cyber Sale tab for all the deals.
E: I'm teaming up with some other OWB enthusiasts to give away three gift cards: $50, $75 and $100!

Sweater, The Limited. Shirt, J.Crew. Leggings, Our World Boutique. Booties, JustFab (similar). Bag, Alexander Wang. Coat, Gap (similar). Scarf, Target.

Good luck!! I can't wait to see what you all buy!

Back to School FREE Shoesday Giveaway

I don't know if I've told you this before, but shoes were my first love. They fit no matter how much you weigh, they're fun to wear and collect, and they have the ability to make any outfit feel more special. People always ask about my shoes in real life; How do you wear them, I could never walk in those, how many do you have, what's your favorite pair, etcetcetc.

Now, I've been collecting shoes for a while, so my collection is vast (and ridiculous). To give you a chance to catch up, I'm super excited to share that The Promenade at Chenal is giving away free shoes EVERY FRIDAY in August!

They're giving away a free pair of shoes from one of the four Promenade shoe stores (DSW, Nike, Paul's Shoes and Warren's Shoes) to complete your Back to School outfits. Yes, I know we're not all in school any more, but I'm still a big fan of "Back to School Shopping" when the time comes each year. Think of it as a fall wardrobe refresh!

It's easy to enter - Make sure you LIKE The Promenade at Chenal Facebook Page, then watch for the giveaway posts each Friday in August. LIKE it - SHARE it - and you could win! Easy peasy. Personally, I'm eying these bad boys from DSW.

Good luck! I'll be reminding you on Twitter and Facebook on Fridays to enter!

  This post is sponsored by The Promenade at Chenal. The Promenade at Chenal Back To School Free ShoeDAYS Giveaway will take place on The Promenade Facebook page every Friday in August beginning Friday, August 8, 2014 through Friday, August 29, 2014.

This post is sponsored by The Promenade at Chenal. The Promenade at Chenal Back To School Free ShoeDAYS Giveaway will take place on The Promenade Facebook page every Friday in August beginning Friday, August 8, 2014 through Friday, August 29, 2014.