Dexter’s Backyard Jungle Adventure

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Compensation was provided for this post by Purina

Did you know Purina Pro Plan has proclaimed June 15 is National “Take Your Cat on an Adventure” Day? If there’s one thing my tabby cat, Dexter, loves more than food, it’s having his own adventure in our backyard. As soon as I open the door, Dexter is always there to make amad dash outside. Our backyard is filled with everything he loves: a variety of trees, lots of grass, and tons of gardening supplies and fun DIY projects. Dexter definitely is the king of this backyard jungle.
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Dexter’s favorite thing to do in the backyard is roll around in the grass.  It’s like he’s swimming in a bathtub filled with very potent catnip. Talk about an ultimate sensory overload!
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Dexter doesn’t limit his passion for grass just to rolling in it…he sometimes goes in for the taste test.  Weeding is definitely an outdoor chore I need help with and I’m happy to put this guy to work and pay him in food. Haha!dexter-eating-proplan
Speaking of food,  I decided to treat Dexter to a little picnic outside with his favorite meal – Purina Pro Plan.  The yummy morsels definitely give him the fuel he needed for several more hours of play. Lately, he’s needed more energy to keep up with a feisty new backyard visitor.
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A couple months back we got a new puppy named Lazer and he’s definitely kept Dexter on his toes (or should I say paws?). While the two  aren’t BFF’s, Dexter is intrigued by his playful personality and is always up for a little pouncing action.dexter-pounce-new
It’s actually quite hilarious to watch Dexter get into pounce mode.  He lays flat like a snake on the ground and literally becomes “Lazer-focused”.  His eyes and ears are at high alert and his backside starts to twitch.  Meanwhile, Lazer usually is hopping around and taunting Dexter to come and get him.  It’s insanely cute to watch.dexter-and-lazer-playing
It was very hard to capture these two in action. They moved SO fast! The general vibe can be conveyed in the two photos above.  It’s pretty obvious they are the definition of a love/hate relationship.
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After all that heart-pumping action, Dexter hopped up into Dad’s chair for some relaxation. Luckily, Lazer still can’t jump high enough to reach the seat.  I know Dexter is in his element outdoors and William and I like to give him supervised playtime whenever we can.  Seeing him happy makes us happy and we love that he has safe space to roam and make his own.

Remember to mark June 15 on your calendars and celebrate your cat with a special adventure.Visit www.mygreatcatadventure.com to see other great cat adventures and learn more. Whether it’s taking him on a walk, hosting a kitty play date, or buying a new toy, it’s a reminder to keep our cats healthy and active!

Until next time Swellions!
Alexa (and Dexter)

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Purina Pro Plan. The opinions and text are all mine.

 

I wrote a Snapchat ebook!

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I’m so excited to share with you the new book that I co-authored with my good friend Jennifer Priest. It’s all about the latest most buzzed about social media app…Snapchat. Both Jennifer and I have taken the leap and hope you will too!

In the book we share everything from how to use Snapchat to WHY you need to be on Snapchat. Basically, it’s a deep dive into the app and we also share cool people to follow and a prompt of the day challenge.

Learn more about the book and order your copy over on Rainmakermediaworks.com and let me know what you think!  I’d love your feedback and insight. 🙂

OK, I have to go!  I have a snap story to work on.

Gary Vaynerchuk Printable Valentines

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It’s no joke, I love me some Gary Vee!  For those of you who have yet to discover Gary, he’s one of the smartest guys in social media and business. And I watch every episode of the #askgaryvee show on his Youtube rather religiously!  He even featured one of my questions…in this video:

So, Gary is always talking about “hustle” and how you have to hustle to get a question answered, so I made these cute little printable Valentine’s to sweeten my chance to get on the show!  For all you social media junkies and folks in the Vayner Nation  please print these out and share with all your office friends or share the ones I individually added below on your fave social sites.

Simply click here >>>>Gary Vaynerchuk Printable Valentine<<<<< to get a large scale 8.5 x 11 inch image that you can print out and give to your social media buddies!

And here’s the individual ones for sharing!

 

Galaxy Art Pumpkin DIY

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Here’s a fun and different idea for making a super cool DIY pumpkin this year!  Create a pumpkin that’s out of this world and looks like a galaxy nebula!  This look is fun and abstract and no two pumpkins will turn out exactly the same, but they are guaranteed to be super cool!!

FYI If you like this post, you’ll love my DIY Halloween page called Easy Pumpkin Ideas where you’ll find 10+ project DIYs! Check ’em out!
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What you need:
– Black Pumpkin (Mine is a Funkin from Hobby Lobby)
– Various Tulip fabric paints (mine have some definite messy/crafty love on them)
Tulip Fabric Spray in black and white (not shown)
Tulip Fashion Glitters (in coordinating colors to your paints)
– Paper plate or palette
– Cut sponges
– Brushes for making stars (optional)
– Image printed out or pulled up on your phone to go by.
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Here’s a quick stepout of my process.  Since this process is very loose and abstract, you can literally spend 10 minutes on it -or- and hour to get it “just right”.  I want to show you my basic tips, but I encourage you to read up on some more processes for success.

Before I began, I pulled some images of “Galaxy Art DIYs” up on my phone to see what other folks have created. You can also look up “Galaxy Nebula” for various space telescope photos for inspiration for your design.  I used these images as inspiration for my design, but I didn’t copy them exactly.

I started by sponging on a light blue base color on the top of the pumpkin, then I sponged in other colors around it blending them slightly.  I had no initial rhyme or reason for this, but I did know I wanted to keep my colors seperated a bit and not too blended together.  Next, I experimented with some fabric sprays. First I spritzed on some black fabric spray, which gave it a cool, organic look.  I then went over top and added a few splatters of the white.  Do this sparingly, because you don’t want too many as they will take away from your colorful design.

Note, you can also add “stars” by using the back of your paintbrush to dot on stars randomly all over the pumpkin. In my opinion, I liked the fabric spray look a lot better than the dotted stars look, but dotting on the stars will work perfectly if you don’t have fabric spray.

Admittedly, after I spritzed on the fabric sprays, I went back in and sponged a little of my pinks and blues back over.  This is where I talked about getting it “just right”. You are going to have to judge what looks right to your eye!  For a final touch, I sprinkled on glitter over the coordinating color of wet paint.  It really made my galaxy pop!

If you are still feeling unsure and want some more painting advice before you begin this process, I found this video tutorial very helpful by Tutorials by A (she’s awesome).

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Here’s a few closeups of my finished look.  I think it turned out so cool!
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What do you think? Do you want to give this galaxy art pumpkin a try??

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Glitter Drip Pumpkin DIY

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Hey everyone!  Since the Halloween and pumpkin season is upon us, I thought I’d show you how to dress up a plain black pumpkin with some super sparkle!  You know you want to!!!  All this project takes is glue & various colors of glitter to make a  sparkletastic pumpkin in no time!

FYI If you like this post, you’ll love my DIY Halloween page called Easy Pumpkin Ideas where you’ll find 10+ project DIYs! Check ’em out!
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What you need for this project:
– Black pumpkin (mine was faux and from Target)
Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue
Tulip Fashion Glitters in a rainbow of colors
– Small paintbrush (For moving glue drips)
– Large bristle brush (for sweeping away excess glitter)
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Squeeze a big glob of glue on top of the pumpkin and spread it out with an old paintbrush.  You will need to guide the drips a little at first.
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Before you know it, you’re pumpkin will look awesome like this and ready for the glittery goodness!
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Grab your glitters and start shaking them over top to cover all your glue!
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Tilt your pumpkin up to get the drips on the side!
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After an intense glittering, session, your pumpkin will look like this!
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Let your pumpkin dry, then take a large bristle brush and sweep off all the excess glitter!  Also, you may notice that you have a few dried glue clupms here or there.  You can use your scissors to help “define” your dried glue drips. You’ll also be able to just peel off any dried glue smudges!
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And here’s the finished pumpkin!  Doesn’t it look fun?
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Here’s a look at the back.  The glue sagged a little bit after the glitter was applied but I still think it looks super cool!
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And a view from the top!
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Do you think you’ll be trying out this fun pumpkin!!!! I love how it turned out!
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And here’s a finished graphic for happy pinning and sharing on your fave social media site! Happy glittering everyone!

A couple honors!

A couple feel good things going on for me right now…

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– Amy at Craft Assassins made my Graffiti rose clip I featured a couple of days ago…it warms my heart to see people actually doing and liking my tutorials. I think hers may have just one upped mine! I love it!!!

My pic is featured on the front page of Dollar Store Crafts

– My photo is currently on the home page of Dollar Store Crafts. They asked to use it via Flickr and I was happy to oblige. Just for the record, I’ve never been a rave kid.

Just wanted to share. I love sharing!

Until next time Swellions!

Alexa