4 Holiday Road Trip Getaways

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photo: Salish Lodge at Snoqualmie Falls by John Westrock via Flickr If there’s one thing we can count on this winter, it’s Seattle’s rain. But, the beautiful thing about precipitation is that a drop of a few degrees and a rise in elevation transforms that constant drizzle into a floating, ethereal delight of white. With mountains encircling us, snowy escapes are waiting at our doorstep – you don’t have to go far to get away. Here’s a list of 4 spots within a 4 hour drive that you won’t want to miss this season. NORTH Bellingham / Mt. Baker Driving distance: 1.5-2.5 hours photo: Artist Point Snowshoe by Sarina Clark What to Do Snowshoeing (or snowmobiling). Mt. Baker holds the record for most snowfall in a single season (95 feet!) and offers countless snowshoe trails off State Route 52 –...
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2017 Holiday Gift Guide: 12 Cool Kitchen Gadgets for Every Budget

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For the ones who love to cook with the latest gadgets or the inspiring chefs that need a little help, these kitchen gadgets in our 2017 Gift Guide make a great gift that you can afford on any budget.  On a Tight Budget: Gifts under $20 Norpro Grip-EZ Jalapeno Pepper Corer - $6 If you’ve ever had that fiery-devil-oil-residue on your hands from a jalapeño, this product is for you. The curved design and sharp inner teeth easily removes the seeds and core to minimize skin contact, leaving you with empty shells perfect for stuffing all sorts of cheesy goodness inside. Salad Cutter Bowl by WEBSUN - $11 Simply add your ingredients to the salad bowl , rinse, and slice away using the guided knife grooves for easy cuts without any mess or frustration. It also has two rotation wings...
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Holiday Treats Dogs Can and Cannot Eat

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The holidays are our favorite time of the year. Besides being spoiled by our awesome pawrents on a daily basis, the holidays mean extra treats, toys, and if we give the cutest of puppy eyes, a few bites of holiday dinner. However, no matter how much we beg, we can’t have it all. Don't worry fellow pups, there are some we can be thankful for along with some great alternatives. THE NAUGHTY LIST
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    Gobbling Up Turkey

    It seems like giving us the bird would be completely ok, but we won’t be thankful for all of it. Feeding us raw turkey – that includes the neck and gizzards, can cause bacteria or salmonella poisoning that could end our puppy years. If the turkey is cooked, avoid treating us to the turkey skin. It’s too fatty and will give us diarrhea and may cause pancreatitis. Lastly, no, no, no, turkey bones. All of us love a good bone, but turkey bones will splinter causing us to choke or rupture our belly. Keep it to cooked lean pieces without seasonings, gravy, or grease to keep us jolly. 

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    Pigging Out

    How many times have you given your pup bacon or ham? Man, both of those are really yummy, but you may not have noticed that your furbaby wasn't feeling good afterwards. The grease from bacon is fatty and just as bad as that turkey skin and ham is packed full of sodium and preservatives – including those labeled organic and all natural. If sodium isn’t good for you humans imagine what it can do to us!

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    Going Nuts

    We like to think the nutcracker is a great chew toy for us during the holidays (if we can find a way to grab it), but the nuts that get cracked could be deadly. Macadamia nuts are poisoning to us so if you see us depressed, weak, vomiting, having tremors or paralysis, lack of coordination, or joint stiffness – take us to the vet ASAP. Walnuts contain a dangerous toxin that causes seizures, and almonds, pecans, pistachios, and hickory nuts can make our stomach upset or cause an obstruction. Peanuts, cashews, and hazelnuts are ok in moderation, but should be cooked along with salt, sugar, honey, and candied free.

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    Sugar and Spice – Not So Nice

    Onions, garlic, sage, chives, and nutmeg is all very dangerous. Not only will our stomachs hurt, but could have long term negative effects on our nervous system and red blood cells. Stuffing, mash potatoes, sweet potato casserole, and pumpkin pie are the main culprits containing these so make sure to check all of your sides before “accidentally” dropping any.

    For the sweet stuff, most humans know sugar needs to be extremely limited, but some may not know sugar-free treats are just as dangerous. The artificial sweetener, Xylitol (also known as Gum Xylitol) causes a fast and sudden release of insulin in our body seriously lowering our blood sugar in less than 15 minutes. We could end up vomiting, being lethargic, having tremors, and more. If you don’t take us to the vet, we could end up dying or with severe liver damage. 

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    Just a Few More

    A few other items you may or may not know is unbaked dough – especially bread dough. It may seem like an obvious thing since humans shouldn’t eat it either, but some just can't resist puppy eyes. The dough can expand causing the stomach to twist that will require emergency surgery. Also bread dough contains yeast. Yeast creates alcohol, which tosses me to the next thing. It may seem cute to give us a small sip of beer, wine, or any alcoholic beverage, but it won’t be cute if we end up in respiratory failure or having seizures. Besides wine being alcoholic, it is also made from grapes. Grapes (and raisins) can also be fatal and cause kidney failure. Coffee, tea, other caffeinated beverages, chocolate, salt and avocados are also listed on the naughty foods list.

    One to watch is dairy. Some pups can handle it, some can’t due to a lactose intolerant. Also cow milk can contain sugar and almond milk, well, almonds aren’t good for us so the milk isn't either.

THE NICE LIST I understand how hard it can be for you humans to resist our begging charms and may think that “just a little won’t hurt.” But do you really want to take that chance? To make us feel like we are still part of the holiday traditions without sacrificing our health, here are some dog approved holiday sips and eats to...
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Five of the Best Halloween Happenings in Seattle

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Halloween is just around the corner. Do you embrace this holiday with spectacular costumes and decorations or are you the kind of person who decides to be a cat for the 3rd year in a row and passes out toothbrushes to trick-or-treaters? Whether you are obsessed with Halloween or completely indifferent, these five events in Seattle featuring cocktails, Dracula, zombies and much more are sure to get you in the Halloween spirit. Burke NiteLife: Creepy-Crawly Cocktails On October 20th, head to the Burke Museum for an up close and personal look at their massive collection of bugs, reptiles and more, all while chasing your fears and fascinations with delicious cocktails. Observe a variety of deceased critters preserved in jars as well as live ones that crawl and slither. Plenty of experts will be on-site to answer all your questions regarding...
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10 Reasons Why 4th of July is the Best Holiday of the Year

10 Reasons Why 4th of July is the Best Holiday of the Year
In this crazy, busy world, it's rare we get a chance to relax, reflect and appreciate the foundation of what we have built our independence and livelihood upon... America. Well that time is here. Welcome to 4th of July weekend. Independence Day is in my opinion one of the best holidays of the year. Let me tell you the reasons why you should make it yours as well.  You are forced to take a day off from work... if lucky. Independence Day is a national holiday meaning a majority of businesses are closed. Just a bonus for you Seattleites, it's free parking for the day all throughout the city. You get to celebrate America ALL DAY long… Which means multiple BBQ invites... and a reason to eat all your favorite foods in mass quantities. There is only one beverage that...
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Heaven Sent Seattle Easter Brunch

Heaven Sent Seattle Easter Brunch
Brunch is a meal that brings us together to transcend the boundaries of breakfast and lunch. On the first day of spring, Seattleites everywhere looked towards the sky and thanked the-powers-that-be for impending pleasant weather. As the sun makes regular appearances, it will once again be socially acceptable to stand outside of the most popular restaurants in the city and wait patiently to partake in the holy ritual of brunch. Because Easter Sunday is just around the corner, all walks of spirituality will be honoring brunch and with some of the best chefs in the country you best believe we’re #blessed. Six Seven $75 per person, $45 per child A brunch spread fit for a king (or queen). Six Seven’s stellar views of the sound will set the mood for this royal feast. Choose from options like the Iced Local...
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Home Holiday Gift Ideas for Tech Lover

Home Holiday Gift Ideas for Tech Lover
Smart people like to have the smartest home using modern technology to make their homes more efficient and connected. If you know a "smart person" but having a hard time choosing a gift, here are seven amazing last-minute gift ideas for the home.  August Smart Lock The  August Smart Lock  can be a great choice as a home gift. It is easy to install and looks good as well. With this door lock, the homeowners can turn their smartphone into a virtual key. You are able to lock and unlock the door using your phone. There is a function of creating keys for guests to grant them access during particular time. Its activity log helps you to keep track of people’s entrance and exit in 24/7. The device can make the connected life flexible, safe, and simple. Circle with Disney...
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Top 5 Products from the Nordstrom Fall Beauty Trend Show

Top 5 Products from the Nordstrom Fall Beauty Trend Show
Many new products in time for the holidays! View my top five favorites: 1. GWEN STEFANI EYESHADOW PALETTE // URBAN DECAY $58 Urban Decay is known best for their NAKED palette collection, but they now have a limited edition selection too good to pass up. The Gwen Stefani eyeshadow palette is the first celebrity collaboration Urban Decay has taken on. This luxe, 15 shade kit has enough colors for you to experiment wearing and create looks that will never bore. Everything from the design of the case to the names of the each eyeshadow are all inspired by Gwen Stefani’s personal style. With color names such as pop, stark, punk, and danger you would think the colors would be too crazy to wear, but there are mostly neutral tones with only a few bolder colors. 2. MATTE REVOLUTION LUMINOUS MODERN-MATTE...
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Last Minute Gift Ideas Under $30

Last Minute Gift Ideas Under $30
Forget the candle and lotion gift sets! These accessories below are elegant yet budget friendly. We searched all over to find these thoughtful suggestions. Enjoy our top five gifts ideas under $30, you may want to pick one up for yourself as well. 1. CHALKBOARD CHEESE MARKERS , SET OF 4 // $19.95 A great gift idea for the friend who loves to host parties. These Baltic birch wood markers are stylishly chic with a gold accent for elegant pairing. The chalkboard, double sided writing area will help the hostess identify the fancy cheeses for her skillfully organized evening. 2. CLEAR AND GOLD BARWARE // NATE BERKUS $19.99 These bar essentials are a must have for the wine lover. The acrylic handles and stainless steel gold combo are too dashing to hide. They are not only functional but also a...
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