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Wednesday, 18 November 2020

The Pack on Amazon Prime Video

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Do you love dogs? Do you love adventures? Do you love adventures with dogs? 

If like me, you answered "duh, of course", then I have the show for you!

Coming to Amazon Prime Video this weekend is The Pack; a new unscripted series in which dogs and their humans work together to compete in fun and exciting challenges across the globe. 

Think of your favorite adventure series with competing pairs travelling around the world, but replace one of the pair with a dog. Instant improvement, right? It's all the adventure and excitement but with less drama - and a whole lot more cuteness! Doesn't that sound fun? 

The Pack is hosted by Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn along with her pup Lucy and premieres on November 20th. You can watch it on Amazon Prime Video in more than 240 different countries and territories. The series sees twelve teams of dogs and their humans compete in fun challenges that will test their ability to work together to prove that they share the strongest bond in the pack. I've got to say, they're all pretty amazing. These challenges were designed by a team of accredited veterinarians and certified dog experts who travel with the teams to make sure it's a positive experience for everyone involved. 

Now, you're probably wondering just what the teams are competing for. Knowing that you have the strongest bond in the pack is pretty cool, but you know what's even cooler? Winning $500,000 plus an additional $250,000 for your chosen animal charity! Yep, that's what's at stake on The Pack. Hmm... time to start training our pup Yetta!  

Speaking of Yetta, team work is definitely not her strength just yet and that's something we're working on. We celebrated her first birthday back in October but she's definitely still a puppy when it comes to her behavior. She loves nothing more than to run around and play. Well, maybe stealing food from the kids ranks higher! She may still be a puppy but she has weighed more than Mathilde for quite some time now, so when they play together Yetta definitely has the upper hand. Upper paw? She's always the winner in a game of tug of war with Mathilde! Check out the pics below. Mathilde just managed to let go of Yetta's toy before she got dragged under the trampoline!

This purple toy is Yetta's absolute favorite at the moment and we got it in a goodie box thanks to The Pack. Such a fun box of surprises just for Yetta, because our dogs deserve celebrating too - even if they aren't team players and steal food when we look away! And rip up books. And chew the pull tabs off the back of boots. And bury loaves of bread in the garden. And eat shoe laces. Ok, we still have a LOT of training to do! 

Speaking of celebrating our canine friends, in honor of the release of The Pack, Amazon Prime Video has created a holiday just for dogs. But because dogs deserve more than just one day to be celebrated it's a whole weekend. It's Packed Weekend and it's this weekend, November 20th through 22nd! Head over to and you'll find all the details including special deals and promotions from dog friendly brands, the Pack Walk Challenge (which has some amazing prizes), local treats on offer, and of course, the series itself. 

I'm so excited to watch The Pack with the kids and Yetta - if we can get her to stay still for more than five minutes, that is! Maybe we'll pick up a few tips from the teams on the show and the next time I share Yetta here she won't be dragging Mathilde around the backyard! A girl can dream, right?

Make sure to check out The Pack on Amazon Prime Video and let me know what you think. Do you think you and your pup have what it takes to compete in challenges like the ones on the show?  

Sunday, 1 November 2020

Halloween 2020

Happy Halloween!

Did you go out trick or treating last night or was it cancelled where you are? 

We dressed up and headed out trick or treating with our neighbors, but there weren't many houses taking part in our neighborhood. The kids didn't seem to mind too much though and had fun running around in their costumes collecting candy - although Ava did have trouble seeing through her mask once it got dark!

There's not an awful lot to show from our evening of trick or treating as it was dark by the time we headed out, but here's a look at the kids' costumes and our porch decorations.

Saturday, 31 October 2020

Studio Ghibli Costume Round Up

It's Halloween!

If you're in need of some last minute costume inspiration and you're a fan of Studio Ghibli movies like us, then I have lots of inspiration for you! 

If you've been following along with the blog then you may have seen these popping up over the past week, but today I thought I'd share them all in one spot. Make sure to click the name for each to visit a dedicated post with a DIY and links to everything you'll need. 

Let's take a look...

Spirited Away

Do you have a favorite Studio Ghibli movie? The movies I've featured here are all of our favorites and they get watched on heavy rotation. 

If you make any of these costumes make sure to share in the comments!

Happy Halloween!

Studio Ghibli Costumes: Princess Mononoke

One last Studio Ghibli inspired costume!

This time it's San from Princess Mononoke. San is a young girl who was raised by wolves in a mystical forest and is known as Princess Mononoke. Along with the wolves, other forest animals and forest spirits she fights against the humans who seek to tear down the forest in the name of progress. It's an action packed movie and one that my kids love (like all the other Studio Ghibli movies I've shared recently).

San's costume is a little more time consuming than the other Studio Ghibli inspired costumes that I've shared, and requires more items, but is still pretty easy to make. 

Studio Ghibli Costumes: Kiki's Delivery Service

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I'm back with another Studio Ghibli inspired post! It's an easy one that you just might be able to make from items already in your closet along with a few simple accessories.

Kiki's Delivery Service is one of our favorite Studio Ghibli movies. It's such a sweet story and the characters are so likeable. I mean, what's not to love about a friendly witch who delivers baked goods on her broom with her adorable black cat in tow? 

Both Lola and Mathilde were keen to dress up for this one, so while Lola dressed as Kiki, Mathilde dressed as Jiji, Kiki's cat!

First let's take a look at Kiki's costume...

Friday, 30 October 2020

Studio Ghibli Costumes: Ponyo

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Ponyo, Ponyo, little fishy in the sea...

My kids love this movie and they love to sing the song. 

Ponyo is my next simple Studio Ghibli inspired costume and it's probably the easiest! 

Thursday, 29 October 2020

Studio Ghibli Costumes: Satsuki & Mei from Totoro

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Another Studio Ghibli costume! This time it's Satsuki and Mei from My Neighbor Totoro along with their adorable Soot Sprites. And some more bad photoshop from me! 

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