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Celebrating Spring with Our Dogs

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This spring is a time of celebration at our house! It’s the one-year anniversary of moving into our home. It’s my birthday. 🙂 And it’s a year since we got our second dog, Lily. I’m also celebrating being prepared for the season. I had a chance to try the new AdamsTM Flea and Tick Collars for Dogs & Puppies, so I’m making sure there aren’t any fleas or ticks taking a walk with us this spring!

Celebrating Spring with Our Dogs

I can’t say enough how much we absolutely love our new community. It’s a wonderful place for Sam to grow up. We can walk to school, to the park, his friends’ houses – and best of all – to the lake and beach!

However, by moving closer to the lake, I didn’t realize there would also be this funny/not-so-funny thing about spring. Not only are my dogs and I longing to get outside—the bugs, insects and creepy crawly things are also longing to attack.

In fact, we have more types, kinds, and quantities of bugs here by the lake than I have seen in my lifetime. The way they show up without being invited is a bit rude, don’t you think?

We even found a huge, blood-engorged tick on Cassie last year. It’s the first time something like that happened.

We were signing papers with our lawyer just after moving. I was petting Cassie and noticed bright red blood on my hand. There was jumping and yelling and general chaos (all in front of the lawyer).

Mike and I immediately thought she had cancer (yes, that’s where our brains went). But when we noticed a mouth and legs, Google told us it was a tick.

Lily with a Dog Cupcake

It’s hard to believe that was almost a year ago.

Living this close to the lake means Mike, “the girls” and I have more territory to cover on our daily walks. That also means there’s a greater opportunity for us to pick up the unwanted pests.

If you’ve discovered fleas or ticks on your dog before, you know you never want to go through that again! Just one flea can lay up to several hundred eggs in a few days. Besides the misery for everyone bitten, the inconvenience of having to de-bug your home is no small thing.

Adams for Dogs

I like the Adams Flea and Tick Collars for Dogs & Puppies. They’re proactive. It’s a one-step way to protect pets from fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes. The collars are also water resistant so they remain effective even after walks in the rain or quick dips in the lake.

Best of all, you don’t have to remember to do it every month like the topical treatments we did last year.

You can pick up the red, circle tin of Adams Flea and Tick Collar for Dogs & Puppies on your next run to Walmart, or on It retails between $19.99 – $24.99 and there are two collars per package, each collar provides six months of protection. Since the collars are fully adjustable, one size fits all.

Visit HERE for more details and a money-saving coupon (available for a limited time).

Homemade Dog Biscuits

No matter the reason, spring really is the perfect time of year for a little celebrating. If you’d like to celebrate spring with your fur babies, Lily and Cassie think Peanut Butter Dog Biscuit Cupcakes are the perfect way to end an outdoor adventure.

Dog Birthday Party

In celebration of the new collar, Adams PetCare is conducting a contest where pet owners can win $1,000 in prizes by submitting their dog’s selfie. Top honors will go to entries that capture the pride a dog feels when pest-free. No purchase necessary. See website for details.

Peanut Butter Dog Biscuit Cupcakes


Peanut Butter Dog Biscuit Cupcakes

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3 cups whole wheat flour

1 cup milk

2 tablespoons molasses

1 teaspoon baking powder


Combine ingredients until fully blended.

Roll to ¼ inch thickness and cut with your favorite cookie cutter to make cookies or roll into a small ball and place into a mini muffin pan for cupcakes.

Bake for 17 minutes.

If you would like to “ice” the cupcakes, combine 1 cup of powdered sugar, ¼ cup + two tablespoons of peanut butter, and a splash of milk. Spread or pipe on top.

This is a sponsored post written by a grateful Lily, Cassie, and me on behalf of Adams Flea & Tick Collar for Dogs & Puppies.

Stephanie Keeping

Stephanie is in love with a boy named Sam. He has taught her that it's okay to jump first and look later, to wear a dirty shirt to the park and to decide that today is a good day to take a nap in your rubber boots. She hangs out here blogging at Spaceships and Laser Beams and at our printable party shop on Etsy.