Top Five Faves for your next Beach Trip

Hello everyone!

I know, I know – it's been a few hot minutes since Duke or I have posted anything. Forgive us, we have been on vacation. Then I had to come back to work, which was slightly painful – okay, a lot painful. The first day back to work after an amazing week off, is like ripping off  Band-Aid – painful, but you have to get it over quickly, or it will be even more excruciating.

Yes, I took a much needed and much deserved vacation, and it felt oh so good. I am already counting down the days until I go back next year. Only about 355 more to go. I think I can make it until then.

I went back to Topsail Island, North Carolina this year. I mean, you can't go wrong with its breathtaking views, delicious food and desserts, small town feel, and un-crowded beaches. Plus this year, we got to witness baby sea turtles going out to sea, so it was truly a great experience. One I can't wait to relive next year.

I felt like we had a lot more figured out this year when planning vacation.

We packed all the right gear, which helped the drive down and our time on the beach to be easy and relaxing.

So, I am going to share with you the Top Five Faves to bring on your next vacation:

 

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The Portable Beach Mat Chair: Easy to carry. Easy to store. Has a pouch to put your towel in it to keep it dry, as well as provide you with a comfortable beach headrest. Lays on the sand like a towel, and can be propped up or placed down based on preference. Can be bought on Amazon for $40.

 

 

 

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Large Utility Tote: Multiple side pockets to store water bottles, sun tan lotion, and water shoes in. Easy to clean material. Can be bought on Amazon, EBay, or through any 31 brand sellers you may know.

 

 

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Thermal Lunch Bag: Great to keep sandwiches and drinks cold on the car ride to and from the beach. Also  keeps frozen water bottles cold while at the beach. Can be bought on Amazon, EBay, or through any 31 brand sellers you may know.

 

 

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Avene SPF 50 Face Lotion: I was super excited to get this in my Summer Fab Fit Fun Box. Especially, since last year, my face and hairline were the first things to burn on my body. It is small and easy to carry and provides excellent protection without feeling oily on your skin. Can be worn every day under your makeup as a moisturizer too! Can be purchased on the Avene website for $30.

 

 

 

bkr BKR water Bottles: Makes hydrating cute and easy! All BKR water bottles are made from glass and come with a removable silicon cover. You will hydrate yourself in style at the beach. Small enough to make it easy to carry. And, because it is made of glass, it is healthier, reusable, and easy to clean. I got mine in my Summer Fab Fit Fun Box, but you can get them at mybkr.com.

 

Well that is all for now folks. Happy Vacationing!

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5 Pawsome Gifts for the Dog Lover in your Life. 

We are only 12 days away from Christmas everyone! 

That was such an exciting opening statement. Of course, for some of you, it may have put you in panic mode. Because some of you, and you know who you are, have not finished your Christmas shopping. Time is running out folks! 

Lucky you for, Duke and I have compiled a list of perfect gifts for the dog lover in your life, because let’s face it, those are the only people that matter. Just kidding, but they definitely are the most difficult to shop for. But fret no more, because we got your back this holiday season. 

  1. The Friendship Collar. Yes everyone, this is now a thing. You can match a dog collar with a human bracelet, and they are actually stylish! There are many different collections and styles to choose from. You can even buy a matching leash. Just click here to find the perfect Friendship Collar for that dog lover in your life. And because it’s the holidays, they are offering 10 percent off! 
  2. Stemless Wine Glass Set. I mean come on, how cute are these. They make the perfect gift for a dog lover. Throw in their favorite bottle of wine, and you’ll be their favorite gift giver of the holiday. They come in a set of four. Just click here to start ordering. 
  3. Personalized and Stylish Pillow. Because who wouldn’t want this adorable accessory on their couch. You can customize the name and the description list. Buy more than one, to make a set, if they have more than one canine friend. It’s cute, comfy, and functional. Plus, you can get it here for a killer price! 
  4. A Car Hammock. Trust me, the dog lover in your life will continuously thank you for this gift. This wonderful creation will help keep a dog safe in the car, while also protecting the seats from the constant fur shedding and sharp claws. Both the human and dog will smile with this gift. You can find these at pretty much any store: PetSmart, Target, Walmart, TJ Maxx, or online at the EBay, Amazon, or Orvis websites. 
  5. BarkBox. Because this is the gift that keeps on giving, and it’s Duke and I’s favorite of them all. You can now do a gift subscription plan for that special dog lover in your life. You can do anything from one month, to six months, to a full year. Each month, a themed box of toys, treats, and other goodies will be delivered right to the door. Click here to pick the subscription plan and to get started! 

So I hope we helped all you procrastinators out a little bit for this holiday season. All of these will for sure put a huge smile on the face of your favorite dog lover this year. 

    Now it’s time to get to shopping, after all, it’s almost Christmas Day! 

    Top Dog Licks of the Week

    Guess who’s back – back again. That’s right, Marlee and Me are back on the blog scene after a week hiatus. I honestly don’t know how you readers survived without us for this long.

    Anyway, we are coming at you today with a lot of slobber, fur, uncontrollable cuteness, and tail wags. It’s time for Marlee and Me’s Top Dog Licks of the Week.

    1. The adorableness and sweetness of this proposal. I mean how can a girl not say yes when presented with a puppy and a diamond ring. That guys on a whole other level. We are slow clapping over here and hoping that Zach takes notes.

    2. The awesomeness and pure skill of this doggy and dude duo. I mean it’s not just the humans in America that got the talent anymore – canines are now taking over the stage and the judges’ hearts. I better get to practicing if Marlee and Me are going to compete with this. Who am I kidding, we have no chance.

    3. And while the top two videos were sure to make you happy, this video will bring you to tears. I mean come on. How are you not sobbing into a tissue right now, or better yet, our fur.

    4. We all know the Olympics are fast approaching, so why not show your support with a little dog sweat band action. I know I will be rocking these in just a short few weeks. You can pick these up in the canine section at Target.


    5. And if buying your dog a sweat band set doesn’t make you dog obsessed enough, you can actually get Toms, Vans, or Converse sneakers customized with a painting of your dog’s face on it. You can find these awesome shoes on Etsy under BStreetShoes.


    6. To go with those awesome shoes, you have to rock an Ellen original. These are only offered ever so often and go super fast, but it’s totally worth it.


    7. Finally, our favorite dog pick of the week is the below comparison pictures. I mean I definitely nailed the American Gothic canine pose perfectly. Don’t worry, I can be everyone’s muse.

       

    I Like it, I Love it, I Want Some More of it

    Here we are – back at it again. More of our links, likes, and loves of the week. 

    Of course there has to be another one dealing with The Bachelorette. Looks like JoJo isn’t the only one on a journey to find love. This Jimmy Kimmel skit shows one adorable little girl trying to find love with a few eligible toddlers. They kiss, they flirt, they drool, they run to their dads. Sounds a lot like JoJo’s season so far. 

    And while we are talking about complete strangers meeting for the first time in hopes of finding a connection, let’s check out this link. Isn’t it truly amazing. A photographer putting together two complete strangers in hopes of getting a picture that shows affection, love, friendship, and a strong bond. Just shows that two strangers can connect and appreciate each other, no matter how different they are. 

    So now we get to the best and cutest portion of our links, likes, loves – babies and puppies. 

    Check out these adorable pit bull puppies learning to swim for the first time. If you don’t smile from the inside out while watching this, then you must be a robot. 

    And the pit bull puppies aren’t the only small creatures trying something new. Watch this baby in the first stages of crawling. With the help of a canine friend, anything is possible.

    And while those puppies and baby were just adorable and sweet to watch, how about we talk about something that is sweet to eat. Like these doughnuts and milkshakes from this new local attraction called Sweet Pies. I’ve gained five pounds just by looking at the pictures, but I can’t wait to actually try some of these tasty and sinful treats. 

    And I know after eating one of those doughnuts or drinking one of those milkshakes, you don’t feel like putting on a swim suit. But just in case you’re getting ready to take a dip anyway, look at this cute and colorful swimsuit combo I found at Walmart : this top, these bottoms, and these cute and cool crochet cover-up shorts. Yea, I said Walmart people. And for only 25 dollars for everything! 

    So now we’ve filled your mind with cuteness, deliciousness, and a little humor. Hopefully that holds you over for another week. If it doesn’t, you know what to do. Just comment below for more likes, links, and loves. 

    It’s Raining Cats and Dogs

    Marlee and me woke up today to a dreary and wet morning. We barely wanted to move out from under the bed covers, let alone step outside in the miserable drizzle. I mean what is the point of even trying to make yourself look cute on a day like today?

    However, Marlee and me have some tricks that will bring a little color and brightness into your rainy Tuesday morning. Instead of singing “rain, rain, go away,” you’ll be bursting out “it’s raining men,” or for people like me that don’t prefer for it to rain men, you’ll start singing “I’m walking on sunshine.” Change your tune on this dreary day and read the few tricks we offer on how to put a little pep in your step while walking in the rain. 

    1.  Wear a cute coat. Make the wet and puddle covered pavement your runway. Break out your favorite trench coat. Showcase your inner Nancy Drew or Inspector Gadget. They are both totally hardcore. You’ll look like you’re solving an intense mystery while staying dry in the rain. If you don’t have a trench coat, no problem. Buy a rain jacket. I mean obviously they will keep you dry. They literally have the word rain in the name. Plus you can get some super cute rain coats at almost any department store. Even Walmart has some cute ones!   

      

                   
    2. Break out the adorable rain boots. You know you all have been dying to wear them. You searched high and low for the cutest, but most efficient ones to wear. There are so many patterns and styles to choose from. I’m sure most of you went rain boot crazy and bought more than one pair. I won’t judge you. I myself am begging Marlee and Zach to buy me blue rain boots from Pet Smart that have reflectors on them. I mean reflectors!! Do I even need to say anything else?! They are awesome, and they would make walking in the rain a whole lot better. Put on your cutest pair on skinny jeans and slap those rain boots right on. Now walk, or even jump through all the puddles. Go ahead; you know you want to.

       

    3. Use your fancy umbrella. Big, small, polka dots, or stripes. There are so many to choose from. Make sure whatever one you pick adds a little color into the dreariness of the day. You’ll hope and pray for it to rain, just so you have an excuse to pop open that cute umbrella. Just don’t do it indoors. That is bad luck. Anyway, shield yourself from the drizzle in style. And remember, cover us dogs too. We can’t exactly hold our own umbrella. 

     

     

    4. Remember color, color, color. It’s gross out there and slightly depressing. It just looks like a boring blob of grey. Be the art on the dreary canvas. Add some sunshine to the cloudy and grey sky. Brighten things up. People won’t be so grouchy and depressed if there is something colorful to look at. Be the reason people are happy on a rainy day.  

      

                    

     
    So, it’s raining. What are you going to do? Let the the dreary weather get you down, or take Marlee and I’s advice and embrace the rain?

    Break out that bright coat, umbrella, and pair of boots and start chanting “rain, rain, don’t go away. Stay with me another day.”

            

    Million Dollar Style at ‘Furtastic’ Prices! 

    Fashion. Fashion. Fashion.

    It’s a popular topic on everyones’ minds. From the celebrities in Hollywood to the hard working, middle class ladies. Everyone wants to look good. Everyone wants to look hot. And everyone wants to look like a million bucks, but at a reasonable cost.

    Of course, if you’re not Kim Kardashian or Taylor Swift, you are probably looking for some fantastic deals to help save a pretty penny. After all, you can’t really afford a cashmere sweater or that $500 pair of shoes if you are also struggling to pay college loans, a car payment, or gas.

    So with your budget in mind, Marlee and me have some stores and online websites you can visit that have incredible deals. You will look cute, sophisticated, and even like a million bucks without breaking the bank.

    1. Forever 21 – A great place to shop online. Marlee buys all of her winter, work sweaters and shoes online at their website. Most of the clothes are 20 dollars or less and many times they offer free shipping. On special weekends, they even offer buy one get one free deals. You can’t beat that! They offer casual clothes, work clothes, shoes, purses, and jewelry all at fantastic prices. You will look like a sophisticated and hard working lady for less than 20 bucks. You can even complete a full outfit for 50 dollars!


    2. The Limited- A perfect place to purchase all your work attire. They mostly focus on helping the hard working female look sexy as well as sophisticated. They have a department store in most malls as well as a website. Like Forever 21, they offer clothes at cheaper prices for good quality. They offer specials at least once a week. Either buy one get one half off or 50 percent off your purchase. They sometimes offer 80 percent off deals with free shipping. I mean you can’t beat that! Marlee always looks put together when going to work wearing these clothes. Most of her work pants and blouses come from this store.


    3. New York and Company- Another great place to buy your work clothes for incredible deals. They even have a store in most malls. I mean if the Uniontown Mall has this store, then all the other malls most likely will as well. Most of the deals and specials are the same as what The Limited offers. Marlee buys most of her work sweaters from this store and she looks fly and professional.


    4. Kohls- The best place to buy casual clothing and work clothing at the best prices. They offer shoes and purses at great prices as well. They carry many celebrity clothing lines, including Avril Lavigne and Lauren Conrad. They even carry the famous Candies line which is promoted by celebrities like Hilary Duff, Brittany Spears, and Vanessa Hudgens. You can literally look like a high fashion celebrity without hurting your tight budget. There is a store located in most cities around your area.


    5. Target- The store with about everything you could ever imagine. The one near Marlee and I even includes a Starbucks. You can literally shop for cheap deals while drinking your favorite “white girl” latte. Marlee buys casual clothing and even can purchase her infamous Left Shark Halloween costume all in the same store. She also gets a lot of cute, fashionable, and cheap jewelry here.

    6. Burlington Coat Factory- A great place to shop for the best deals for both men and women. They even offer cute clothes for children. This is a fantastic place to purchase coats at reasonable prices. Afterall, the word ‘coat’ is in the name. Again, they carry casual clothing, work clothing, and shoes all at great prices. And everything is way cute (cue valley gir hip pose).


    7. TJ Max, Marshalls, and Ross- Three in the same. All cheap with good quality clothes. They offer high end fashion and celebrity lines at low prices. You will look like a million bucks for less than 50 bucks. Take that Kim Kardashian! We are hotter than you and didn’t spend nearly as much as you.

    So get your credit card out and prepare to save and save big! You will look hot, sophisticated and totally professional without breaking the bank. You can still afford to pay all those dreaded bills, while still making yourself look like a million bucks.

    Go ahead. Feel free to splurge.