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A Little About Me…

Hi guys. Welcome to all the people who signed up for my blog the past week! I feel like I need to formally introduce myself… so, I’m Nikki. I’m mom to 2 frenchies @WTFrenchie—most of you know me from there.

And most of you know I like to travel and I love art, fashion and frenchies. It’s weird to think I have a blog and put myself out there but honestly it all started with the frenchies. Back story: I used to be depressed and suicidal most of my life and shy AF. When I say shy, like SHYYYY. I never said anything in school (too scared to raise my hand so I peed my pants shy) and adding depression on top of that, I was a pretty miserable, lonely kid. My family and I also moved around a lot—I was born in New Orleans, grew up in Arkansas, Texas (from the sticks) and California.

Anyway, my constant in life was/is BOOKS. I love reading and even thought I was going to be a writer of fiction novels one day (my fave books off the top of my head btw are History of Love, East of Eden, House of Sand & Fog, anything by Paulo Coehlo). From my early teens, I really got into spirituality, self improvement, the subconscious mind. So I read everything I could from Louise Hay, Eckhart Tolle, Wayne Dyer, etc etc to the classics Think And Grow Rich, The Magic of Thinking Big. My 20s were spent trying out therapists, holistic teachers, shamans, hypnosis, meditation retreats, vision boards, moon circles, ayahuasca—I’ve literally tried everything.

In my mid 20s, things finally started shifting for me, I think… after a 5-month “eat pray love” trip to South America, I came back to LA, met my now-husband, (I got Weston before my trip) started to gain confidence and realize my worth and value and I also quit makeup (I was a makeup artist for most of my 20s) which I wasn’t truly happy doing. I’m 30 now and feeling more myself than ever and THANK GOD because the 20s were highs and low lows for me.

frenchies in bed

And the frenchies. When I got Weston, I was terrible around people—so much social anxiety. Only alcohol helped. Or flat out avoiding people #antisocialclub. But with a frenchie comes the inevitable comments and questions from delighted strangers so you’re forced to chat and after awhile it becomes easier and easier… so that’s what happened. And then I started his instagram. It was an escape for a bit—something fun and I guess, innocent. Sometimes it’s nice to just forget about how serious life can be and what I’m suppose to be doing here as a human, my journey (I can literally think about the human existence for HOURS, no prob). Then Fira came into the mix! Jon and I have never wanted human children so these pups are what we consider our babies. One day we will have a toooon of dogs—no limit.

So, this is me. Someone who lives by “find a way to make beauty necessary; find a way to make necessity beautiful”, someone who believes in making the most out of your life—from the inside. Figure out what hurts you inside, nurture that, feel your worth (no one gets to tell you–we get to decide on our own) and let it inspire you on the outside. Whether that’s travel, beautiful things that make you wonder, books, whatever it is—all of it is giving. All of it is inspiration. I think that’s what the dogs and travel have given to me.

 

I would love to hear a little about yourselves in the comments… what is your favorite book? Do you get anxiety too? Where is your dream travel destination?

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Giveaway: Win The New Kate Spade Frenchie Watch!

girl with frenchie

Giveaway closed. Congrats Therese T + Diana M!


Happy National Dog Day! To celebrate, we’re partnering with Kate Spade to give away TWO brand new “Antoine Metro Grand Watches” in gold/pink (retail value: $195 each). How cute are these?? The frenchie head also tilts (just like a frenchie) when you move side to side. Keep reading to find out how to enter to win!

This watch is water-resistant with a vachetta leather strap and adds an elegant touch to anything you wear. Pair it with casual denim and white and it just gives your outfit a pop of cute. Plus, it has a frenchie on it and you know how I feel about that… 🙂

TO ENTER:

  1. Make sure you’re signed up for my mailing list!
  2. Leave a comment below with how you’d style this watch.
  3. BONUS entry (optional): share this post on Facebook.com and tag facebook.com/WTFrenchie.

 

Rules:

Ends August 31, 2017. Two winners will be chosen randomly. USA only. Winners will be announced on Facebook and emailed. This post is sponsored by Fossil Group #partner.

 

Recipe: Salmon Quinoa Homemade Dog Food

 

Try this healthy homemade dog food recipe for your dogs! It’s full of antioxidants, healthy fats and omegas. My frenchies do so well on salmon–it’s definitely become their favorite.

Salmon for dogs?

Salmon is so beneficial for dogs with its high protein, amino and omega-3 fatty acids that they need. It helps boosts their immune system, reduce inflammation and even reduce skin allergies. Amino acids are a must in an animal’s diet. Dogs that do not get enough of the essential amino acids can have healthy issues ranging from: weakened immune systems and skin and coat allergies.

This homemade dog food recipe includes baked salmon, raw shredded veggies, cooked quinoa and pureed pumpkin (lots of fiber). This one’s a variation of the original recipe I’ve posted before. Weston can be really picky and has been known to skip meals but with this version, he hasn’t missed a meal yet!

RECIPE:

6 lbs salmon
2 cups quinoa
3 zucchinis
2 yellow squash
4 carrots
2 cans pureed pumpkin
7 oz melted coconut oil (almost a cup)
Any supplement/vitamin you like or recommended by vet (try Canine Complete)

  1. Bake salmon in oven 375 degrees for 20 minutes.
  2. Cook quinoa with water until quinoa soaks up all liquid and fluff with fork. You’ll have over 4 cups of cooked quinoa.
  3. Shred all veggies with grater.
  4. Mix all ingredients together!

I feed Weston (22 lbs) a cup of food per meal, breakfast and dinner. I store all the food in quart size ziploc bags and freeze them. They’re easy to thaw (usually transfer a couple in the fridge the night before) and easy to portion. This recipe should last about 2-3 weeks!

 

DIY: Healthy Homemade Dog Food Using Frozen Veggies

Easy + Healthy Homemade Dog Food Recipe

 

You’ll need:

6 lb protein
2-3 bags of frozen vegetables (mix + match: peas, green beans, spinach, carrot/cauliflower)
1 can pure pumpkin puree
3 tbsp olive oil
3 tbsp coconut oil
Any supplement/vitamin you like (I’ve used crushed up calcium powder, a probiotic supplement for dogs and a joint supplement for dogs)

[ Canine Complete is an all-in-one supplement ]

  1. Cook the meat with 3 tbsp olive oil and drain the excess fat.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the meat, pumpkin puree, vegetables (make sure to thaw a bit), 3 tbsp coconut oil and supplement.
  3. Spoon into ziplock bags and freeze until ready to use. That’s it!

 

 

Disclaimer: use your own judgement and of course, speak to your veterinarian if you have questions/concerns.

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