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Shake the smell out of our Four Legged Friends

We all love our four legged friends, but sometimes during these rainy months the smell of a dog can be a bit hard to shake from your home.  These are some great tips from A Typical English Home you can implement to help remove the smell before your guests notice.

1. Bathe Your Dog

If you never washed then you would, frankly, stink.  The same is true of your dog! How often you bathe your dog depends on things like what type of coat they have, and whether they have any underlying skin conditions.  You can ask your vet for advice, if necessary.

2. Brush Your Dog

Bathing your dog doesn’t just help them smell better because you are washing away dirt.  Washing them removes some of the loose hairs- and dead fur is actually the biggest contributor to dog stink! Ideally, you need to be giving your dog a thorough brush every day.

3. Look At Their Diet

Some breeds smell more than others and you can’t completely eliminate their natural doggy odor, but you can lessen it by feeding them a high quality diet. Their diet effects their health, and in particular things like their coat – and a shiny coat and healthy skin gives off a much more pleasant odor. There is lots of information about optimizing your dog’s diet online, but steer clear of tinned dog food and corn based products as a start.

4. The Vacuum Cleaner Is Your Best Friend

Dead dog hair is actually what you can smell if your home (or pet) is a bit whiffy. So naturally, you need to be removing that from your home as much as possible too. Vacuuming once a day should do the job. Don’t forget to empty your vacuum cleaner and wash the filter often, or after a while you might find that your vacuum cleaner is the biggest culprit for spreading pet smells in your home!

5. Deodorize Your Floors

Steam cleaning helps to lift the pet smell.  If you don’t have a steam cleaner, add a little white vinegar to your bucket before you mop. White vinegar has disinfectant properties, and it deodorizes. If you have carpet and rugs then keeping the dog smell at bay is a little trickier. Once a week, sprinkle carpet deodorizer over your floors before you vacuum, or for a natural alternative, use baking soda.

6. De-Fur The Furniture

Don’t forget to make sure your furniture (i.e. your sofa) is free of fur. Most vacuum cleaners have an upholstery attachment, but you can also just use a lint roller.

7. Clean Their Bedding Regularly

Nothing retains the smell of dog more than their favorite sleeping place. Ideally, you should plan ahead and buy them a coupe of washing machine friendly beds. This means that you can have one in the wash and one for use, and neither should have time to develop a strong odor. If you ever use something like a crate, regularly spray the tray with white vinegar, or sprinkle it with baking soda, to deodorize the smell. Don’t forget their toys too, if they are getting a bit stinky and can handle a trip through the washing machine!

8. Clean With Vinegar

White vinegar is a deodorizer, which is important if you want to get rid of pet smells! Plus, vinegar is an amazingly effective cleaning agent. You can add it into a spray bottle and spritz it into the air – as the vinegar smell fades, so will the smell of dog.

9. Air Your Home

Most of us probably don’t live in areas where you can throw your windows open all year round. But when the weather is warm enough, open your windows and let in some fresh air. It isn’t just good for pet smells; it is great for freshening the air in general.

10. Mask the Scent

None of these extra cleaning measures should take up much of your time, and if you make a habit of them then your home shouldn’t smell of pets. But if you do want to make sure your home smells lovely when guests come round, there is no shame in masking the scent with things like air fresheners, scented candles, etc if you want to make sure your house smells pleasant and welcoming.

Not Your usual Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes

So as we wrap up the giving holiday with wonderful meals with our close friends and family through Thanksgiving and Friendsgiving we usually find ourselves with a lot of leftovers.  I am sure most of you have mastered a couple of unique ways you like to cherish all of your leftovers, but if you are looking for some new inspiration we found recipes ranging from breakfast stuffed waffles, casseroles and paninis all the way to pizza and pies. Take a look and let your imagination create a yummy new concoction for you this year!


1. Stuffing for Breakfast

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I still think that the best part of Thanksgiving is the stuffing so I thought up the perfect (and easiest) way to enjoy your stuffing for breakfast.





2.  Leftover Stuffing Waffles

As it turns out, leftover stuffing makes for quiet the crispy, yet tender waffle… just as long as you know a few tips and tricks for keeping the waffles moist. Keep that clean-out-of-the-fridge feast going by topping your stuffing waffles with a dollop of leftover cranberry sauce and a drizzle of leftover gravy.




3.  Leftover Thanksgiving Casserole

Thanksgiving is more than just the fourth Thursday of November — it’s not like a giant bird stuffed with bread is your average weeknight meal, so we really go all out and make sure there will be plenty of leftovers to extend our Thanksgiving feast into the following week.





4.  Leftover Turkey Noodle Casserole

Tired of having leftover Thanksgiving turkey? Make an easy Leftover Turkey Noodle Casserole and change things up! This easy family pleasing meal is great!


5.  Thanksgiving Leftovers Stromboli

I wanted to try something extra creative this year, so I wrapped the leftovers in dough to create a yummy stromboli. I will be making this every year. If you still have leftovers in your fridge, give it a try.



6.  Leftover Thanksgiving Panini

This Panini is simple to make and is the perfect way to savor all of those thanksgiving leftovers in one meal.







7.  Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Pesto Panini

This loaded panini is one of the perfect ways to use up your leftover Thanksgiving turkey!







8.  The Gobbler

I know that you can probably make a turkey sandwich without a recipe, but you guys. This is not just a turkey sandwich.  This is perfection.







9.  Thanksgiving Pizza

There are going be about 50 people at our Thanksgiving dinner this year and I can’t wait. It’s all the yummy food, the special people and the feeling of thankfulness that makes it so awesome. Speaking of the food, although it is fabulous on Thanksgiving Day, I enjoy the leftovers just as much. Today’s recipe for Thanksgiving Pizza is the perfect thing to make with all of the Thanksgiving leftovers!


10.  Cranberry Pecan Turkey Salad

Turn your leftover Thanksgiving turkey into a new Fall favorite salad by adding sweet cranberries and savory pecans.







11.  Turkey & Cranberry Quesadillas

Turkey and Cranberry Quesadillas are quick and easy way to use up leftover turkey. They are gooey, hearty, tart, and sweet all wrapped up between two buttery and crispy tortilla shells. No complaints about leftovers on this one!





12.  Holiday Leftover Hand Pies

Not everyone loves leftovers so the secret is to transform them into something new and delicious. With these hand pies, all of the goodness from holiday leftovers is wrapped up in flaky puff pastry and baked to perfection. Cranberry sauce combined with gravy adds a savory sweetness to your turkey, stuffing and veggies. It’s like holiday dinner in every bite.


What new recipe are you going to try this year?

Thanksgiving Activites

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and you have been so worried abut the food you forgot about ways to entertain your guests.  That is ok, we have you covered! We found a variety of Thanksgiving themed games, activities and even crafts that no matter what age your guests are you will have something for everyone.


1.  Stuff the Turkey Thanksgiving Game

This is the perfect game for your Thanksgiving parties. It’s so, so super simple to make, and a lot of fun for everyone.








2.  Turkey Bowling

While you’re busy in the kitchen whipping up a feast, entertain the children with a fun and easy Thanksgiving Game: Turkey Bowling! You can prepare the “pins” in advance in a matter of minutes, or you can let the older children get crafty. Either way, this a fun Thanksgiving activity for kids that get everyone up, moving and laughing!




3.  Shooting Turkeys

This is a little game that everyone loves playing! Once you have set up the helium balloon targets its time to gather those nerf guns and shoot! Each person gets the same amount of bullets and you can keep score! The person with the most points wins!


4.  Cupcake Liner Turkey Puppet

Making crafts with your kids can be interactive for pretend play or can be used to reenact a story that was recently read. Here is a kid-friendly turkey puppet that your kids could help with. The best part is the main material used to make these are a household favorite- cupcake liners.





5.  Pumpkin Pie Kids Craft

One of my favorite things to make {and eat} on Thanksgiving is Pumpkin Pie. {YUM – so delicious!} So it was only fitting that we got a kid approved alternative t make in honor of the delicious dessert. With just some tissue paper, a paper plate and tons of glue – you too can make it with your child today. Best part is it’s calorie free and you “make” it over & over again – on the fly & cheap!


6.  The Thankful Tree

Autumn is such a beautiful season- the colors, the weather, etc. More than that, though, it is beautiful to see people give thanks, counting how many ways they have been blessed. And for each and everyone of us living and breathing, that list is unending. One way we display reminders to cultivate a thankful heart is with The Thankful Tree.




7.  Fridge Tree with Magnet Leaves

If you are looking for some seasonal fun for your little one try this fun game below.







8.  Thanksgiving Photo Booth Props


Nothing says spending the holiday with family than creating fun lasting memories and photos.  Download and print your Thanksgiving Photo Booth Props and spend time giggling with your family as you pose with the goofy holiday themed items.


What are your families favorite activities to celebrate Thanksgiving? Do they watch movies, play board games, etc?


Festive Thanksgiving Recipes

There is always so much food that goes into Thanksgiving.  Sometimes we look for a way to try out some new recipes while still having all of those fan favorites.  Below is a list of fun new recipes that cover all aspects of Thanksgiving from breakfast, appetizers, desserts to drinks.


1. Pumpkin French Toast

Can you really ever have too many pumpkin recipes? Especially when it’s a decadent yet simple breakfast like this! This French toast, like all other French toast recipes, is so easy to make. Everyone will love it and it has some great added nutrition from the pumpkin. If you really wanted to splurge you could cover them with chocolate, caramel sauce and whipped cream for a serious breakfast treat, or if you wanted to make it a bit healthier you could use wheat bread (and take it easy on the syrup).


2. Thanksgiving Turkey Cheese Ball

Is this the CUTEST cheese ball you have ever seen? This is a darling (and tasty) cheese ball and it's so cute its perfect for Thanksgiving.




3. Pumpkin Pie Rice Krispies Treats

The classic treats get a seasonal update thanks to a bit of pumpkin pie spice, but I'm taking things one step further by forming the marshmallow treats into the shape of a pie.  Add a dollop of whipped cream on each slice, and your Thanksgiving guests might be calling April Fool's at your holiday table.




4. Thanksgiving Chocolate Pilgrim Hats

Cookies and peanut butter cups are the base for these easy-to-make, festive Chocolate Pilgrim Hats. It's a great project for the kids to work on while you're perfecting Thanksgiving dinner, and you'll be able to serve after dinner for picky eaters.





5. No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Balls

These No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Balls are easy and taste amazing. Bring them to a party … you’ll be a hit forever!








6. Pumpkin Crème Brulee

I hope you are embracing the season of ‘pumpkin all the things!’ Pumpkin Crème Brulée is a spin on a classic recipe that is oh-so perfect for this time of year. You can make individual servings for the family or for company, or grab two spoons and share for a date night. 





7. Cozy Pie Bar Cart

Bar carts are so on trend right now. Not only are they practical for entertaining in a small space, they’re also mobile and really pretty, too. Aside from drinks as you might expect with a bar cart, we wanted to make our vision come to life with a delicious treat that is often enjoyed on Thanksgiving — apple pie.




8. Autumn Infused Water

Enjoy staying hydrated with this Autumn Infused Water. Its great to drink throughout the day and perfect for the holiday season to serve to your guests.








9. Two Ingredient Apple Cider Mimosas

This “recipe” is pretty laughable, because it’s two ingredients, and it’s exactly the two ingredients you think it is—apple cider and champagne. Why mess with perfection? And it seriously is total perfection.






10. Sweet Send-off

So long, mismatched Tupperware! This year, pack up your Thanksgiving leftovers in stylish to-go containers from Cost Plus World Market. Available in everything from single-slice pie boxes to a gable box large enough to hold a turkey leg, they’ll let guests enjoy a second helping without the guilt of unreturned containers.


Thanksgiving Decorations

Thanksgiving is right around the corner.  Many usually cherish this time since it is about bringing family together and sharing memories with those you love the most.  The best way to start off this festive time of year is by spreading the holiday cheer through decorations around your home.  Today, we are bringing you our first installment of Thanksgiving decorations by focusing on big statement pieces you can easily add to your home.


1. Give Thanks Mantel

One simple way to make a big impact is to create a mantel to remind us to always Give Thanks!!! I wanted the whole mantel to be in warm neutral colors, covered with different variations of browns. Lots of different textures and finishes!


2. Thankful Banner

If you are looking for something simple this is the perfect craft.  You probably have most items at home and it can even involve the kids to made a quick DIY banner. With brown lunch bags, a black marker, and black ribbon you will be in business. Always a nice reminder to ‘be thankful’ so it makes us happy to look at it.


3. Indian Corn Wreath DIY

This is an absolutely GORGEOUS, stunning, beauty! So full of autumnal color and texture and so so easy to make!  The INDIAN CORN WREATH usually takesabout 30 minutes from start to finish. If you make one thing this fall, this should be it! It will look fabulous on your front door, from your walk, from the road… even going by it in a car!!! It’s not shy or demure… but offers a huge does of fall beauty and a hearty fall welcome!


4. Watercolor Paper Leaf & Branch Mobile

One of my favorite things about fall is all of the beautiful colored leaves, but if you live in an area where its harder to find these beautiful colored leaves then it’s best to take matters into your own hands and make some colorful leaves of your own. The easiest way is by using watercolor paints to turn everyday paper into a gorgeous watercolor leaf and branch mobile that showcases all of the gorgeous colors of autumn. This is a perfect activity for your little artists if you have any kid’s you are trying to keep busy this time of year.


5. Canning Jar Ring Pumpkin

This canning jar ring pumpkin is an adorable fall craft that can be completed in under ten minutes.



6. DIY Autumn Leaf Bowls

The chill is in the air and the leaves are changing color, and there's no better way to preserve the delight than by welcoming it into your home. Yes, the craft stores overflowing with autumn decorations can be intimidating, but there are ways to turn those faux autumn leaves into something beautiful and functional. Here are instructions for your very own autumn leaf bowl, perfect for holding your favorite scented potpourri or tasty Halloween treats.


7. Thankful Sign & Paper Feather Banner

For the feather banner we cut these feathers on colored card stock using the Silhouette and a Silhouette design file.  They are about 4 1/2 inches long.  We went with some less traditional Fall colors for the feathers, and we sure love how it turned out!  Navy blue, mint green, light coral, and white just became my new favorite colors for Fall.


8.  Easy DIY Fall Leaves Potter Topiary Tree

I've been brainstorming on how to use 2 urn planters for some sort of fall decoration on the cheap and these tomato cage fall topiary trees were just too easy (and pretty) to not add to my autumn decor!


9. DIY Falling Leaves Garland

It’s finally autumn, and we are happy to share this DIY glittery leaf garland to spruce up your house for the season.


10. Door Greeting

Greet guests with this charming alternative to a fall wreath. Simply apply a layer of chalkboard paint to the inside of an old tray then add autumn branches and bittersweet berries for a seasonal finish.





11. No Bones About It

Cincinnati-based Rookwood Pottery Company’s ceramic wishbones make for seriously snappy wall art. The company, which has produced earthenware since 1880, hand-makes each and every, and then coats the lucky charms with a scent formula glaze.



12. Fall Greetings

Give your porch a warm autumn touch by adding a cozy fall pillow.







13. Pine cone Door Hanging

Not all DIY front-door décor require a form wreath form. To make this elegant cluster, we selected 8 four-to six-inch pinecones and 8 two-foot-long pieces of silk ribbon. Use a hot-glue gun to adhere to the last two inches of each ribbon to the base of the cone. After the glue dries, collect all the ribbon ends and stagger them so that the cones fall at varying lengths. Tie the ribbon ends together in a knot, trim the tips so they are uniform, and slip the knot over a finishing nail.


What decoration says Thanksgiving the most to you?