one of my most asked question is about this remarkable gem of an airbnb that we stayed in while visiting rome last summer. we booked the room very last minute, and ended up extending because i truly fell in love with the view. so here’s your warning, if you book this airbnb, you will want to spend every second on the most magical balcony in all of rome. i recommend doing a two night stay (minimum) and just enjoy the apartment during that time. have breakfast on the balcony, people watch during the day and have drinks and apps before walking to dinner.

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hey there! how has your new year been? have you stuck to your resolutions? if one of those resolutions was to have a healthier lifestyle, eat better, move your body more and overall just feel better every day, same.

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step one for me towards that goal was obviously to dress the part. so naturally i picked up a few workout pieces that would motivate me to wear them to the gym. and not just the couch. iykyk. step two was joining a boot camp of sorts to help kick myself into gear and really get working on my goals. i guess you could say step two was the important one. 😉

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jasmine elias Boswell, Apple cider, thanksgiving, cocktails, fall foliage, fall, drinks, recipes, new york, New York City

with the fall breeze in the air, leaves changing and pumpkin spice in our coffee, i thought it would be the perfect time to bring out one of my favorite fall flavored cocktails, spiked apple cider!

this cocktail will bring out the magic of the season and be a hit among family and friends! the best part– it’s so easy to make!

ingredients

1 1/2 part blue chair bay spiced rum

3/4 part fresh lemon juice

1 part simple syrup

1 part apple cider

1 cinnamon stick (to garnish)

instructions

combine all ingredients and shake vigorously. garnish with cinnamon stick and/or an apple slice, serve and enjoy

i’ll be escaping for a little catskills cabin getaway with some close friends for my birthday weekend and can’t wait to make a large batch of this cider for everyone to enjoy! you can spice up the recipe by warming the cider up, and adding all the ingredients, plus a few cinnamon sticks and apple slices to not only taste amazing, but to also make your home smell like an absolute fall paradise! adding a personal twist to a fun recipe is always one of my favorite things to do! i’ll definitely be using this recipe on its’ own and as a base recipe to explore my mixology skills!

jasmine elias Boswell, Apple cider, thanksgiving, cocktails, fall foliage, fall, drinks, recipes, new york, New York City
jasmine elias Boswell, Apple cider, thanksgiving, cocktails, fall foliage, fall, drinks, recipes, new york, New York City
jasmine elias Boswell, Apple cider, thanksgiving, cocktails, fall foliage, fall, drinks, recipes, new york, New York City

click here to see the full recipe and so many more on blue chair bay’s website.

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jasmine elias boswell and moose boswell, adorable golden doodle puppy, new york city central park

i’m sharing everything you need to know to properly prepare for a new puppy or dog to join your family.

i feel like i’ve been preparing to get a dog my whole life. so naturally, when my moment came, i started researching like crazy. i started researching the things i already knew, you know just fact checking myself, then started researching questions that popped up as i was researching the first things. i took tons of notes and read everything i could find because i wanted to make sure that i was giving our new puppy the best life i could.

we found moose from a breeder, and he was actually already claimed by a family. but i still called and spoke with the family raising him and asked if any of the families that had decided to get a pup couldn’t, to call me immediately and i would swoop in to give them a home. and two days later, she called. a family decided they weren’t ready to bring on a puppy and that’s where david and i came in.

each person was able to pick out their dog via photo and video. so moose, formerly named flipper because of his one white paw, was already claimed as ours. but as i walked up to the playpen where all the puppies were playing, little flipper ran right towards me. he was easy to spot because of his “flipper”. and that moment made everything truly feel like fate. moose was meant to be a part of our family.

getting ready for moose to come home was a little bit stressful, especially considering all storefronts are closed due to covid-19. so we had to rely on getting everything we needed from our local grocery store or online. i only had about a week and a half from the time i got the call letting us know we were getting a puppy to actually bringing moose home. so i ordered everything i could as fast as i could and stayed up most nights researching how to make moose as comfortable and happy in our home as i could.

jasmine elias boswell and moose boswell, adorable golden doodle puppy, new york city central park

here’s everything i did to prepare:

things to ask the breeder/foster family/etc…

what is the dogs current schedule?

ask about feeding time, nap time and how often they are taken to potty.

what is the dog currently being fed?

make sure to take home about a weeks worth of whatever food they were feeding the dog. if you choose to feed the dog a different brand, be sure to slowly wean the dog off by mixing the old food with the new food to prevent an upset stomach. we started with 50% new food and 50% old food and slowly decreased the old food. luckily we had no stomach issues.

what time and how much is the dog being fed?

find what their feeding schedule was like so once you bring your new pup or dog home, they won’t have major changes. you don’t have to stick to their original schedule, but you can slowly transition to what works best for you.

what vaccines has the dog had?

make sure to collect all medical data available.

shopping checklist

dog bed

kennel/play gate

collar

leash

harness

dog tag

food bowls

we will be switching these out for rised food bowls once moose is big enough.

food

toys

be sure to choose different textures, shapes and materials.

treats

we started with variety pack to make sure we knew which flavors moose liked best. turns out, he is not a picky snacker!

brush

towels

we made sure to choose a different color than the ones we already have so they will always be easy to find.

puppy pee pads

we did not train with these but brought them along on the car ride just incase.

dog blanket

read below for how we used this to comfort moose.

dog shampoo

cleaning products

***i chose not to splurge on items like collars, harness, etc knowing that moose will grow out of them quickly.

what to do on pick up day

i was so worried that moose was going to be scared and sad when we picked up him so i took a couple extra steps to try and ease the process. i had david and i both lay with moose’s new blanket the night before. on the day we met him i brought his blanket and a cloth material toy with us (his lamb chop).

jasmine elias boswell and moose boswell, adorable golden doodle puppy, a puppy and his toy

upon arrival i greeted moose’s mother, the sweetest golden retriever and briefly spoke with the breeder. then, i let moose’s mother and all of his siblings play, lay on and tug the lamb chop and blanket while i finished asking the breeder my questions above.

after about 10-15 of play, and after rubbing the blanket on moose’s moms coat, we picked up the toy, blanket and moose and headed home.

jasmine elias boswell and moose boswell, adorable golden doodle puppy, first family photo

i sat in the passenger seat and laid the blanket on my lap and had moose lay on top the whole car ride home. we stopped every 1.5-2 hours to let moose go potty (he immediately did at both stops) and rode home like the little champ he is!

letting the other dogs play with the toys and blanket allowed for us to bring their scent both in the car and home. dogs have a very strong sense of smell, and i wanted to provide comfort and familiarity to moose on what could be a very scary day for the little guy. moose still LOVES his blanket and his lamb chop is his favorite toy of all.

hopefully these tips and shopping list have you feeling more prepare and ready to welcome a new little puppy or dog into your life!

jasmine elias boswell and moose boswell, adorable golden doodle puppy, new york city central park

what you need before getting a dog
jasmine elias boswell and moose boswell, adorable golden doodle puppy, new york city central park

tips on how to prepare for a new dog
jasmine elias boswell and moose boswell, adorable golden doodle puppy, new york city central park

notes on how to prepare for a puppy
jasmine elias boswell and moose boswell, adorable golden doodle puppy

xoxo | jasmine and moose

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tons of stores are having black friday kind of sales! rounding up all my favorite sales and deals below. just click on anything in pink to take you directly to that store to shop!

best sales and deals, anthropologie, urban outfitters, levis, nordstrom, dresses

shop red dress : tons of new spring arrivals including in stock tie dye pieces!

amaryllis apparel : take 30% off loungewear with code “at home”

shop the mint: free shipping on orders over $100

pink lily boutique: take an additional 25% off sale items

abercrombie: 50% off sitewide

nordstrom: 15% off beauty and grooming

amazon: new sales and deals daily

athleta: 30% off sitewide

levi’s: 25% off sitewide

anthropologie: 40% off jeans, shirts and shoes

steve madden: use code: FRIENDS40 for 40% the kimmie sandal

urban outfitters: 25% off women’s and men’s shoes

sephora: daily beauty sale

free people: 50% off dresses

ulta: free standard shipping with all purchases over $35

hope you are all staying safe and well!

xoxo | jasmine

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