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It’s October which means that the holiday season is OFFICIALLY among us! If you’ve been reading this blog for a while than you already know what a HUGE fan of holidays I am. From Christmas to Thanksgiving to the Fourth of July, there’s just something about the idea of ‘celebrating’ that makes me happy. You know what else makes me happy? My wonderful mother, Lilo! Lilo is a Chicago Public School teacher and if you’re from Chicago than you may have heard the rumors that CPS teachers might be going on strike next week (fingers crossed that they DON’T have to go on strike though. I’m looking at YOU Rahm Emanuel!). It breaks my heart to see Lilo (and so many other CPS teachers) so stressed out these days, especially since this is normally our favorite time of year (because who doesn’t love holidays?). In an effort to lighten her spirits, I decided to #BooItForward and surprise Lilo with the #PawfectBOO Bundle!
Although it has been pretty hectic here at home (while we await the news if CPS teachers are going to strike or not), one thing that always seems to brighten Lilo’s day is our dog Loki (I mean look at that adorable face? It’s hard not to smile when Loki is around!). Loki definitely inherited my love for all things holidays. Last year for his first Halloween, he dressed up as a hotdog (since he’s half Dachshund) and helped pass out treats to all the trick-or-treaters in the neighborhood (I’m not sure what the kids were more happy about, candy or getting to pet Loki!). In order to #BooItForward and surprise Lilo with the #PawfectBOO bundle, I needed a little help from my four legged friend!
Step one in my #BooForward plan was heading to Walmart to pick up some #PawfectBOO bundle items! First I picked up some PEDIGREE® MARROBONE™ Real Beef Flavor Treats, a box of PEDIGREE® DENTASTIX™ Fresh Treats (Loki’s favorite) and a few CESAR® SAVORY DELIGHTS. Then to top it off, I picked up some adorable American Greetings® bags and stickers! I loved that Walmart had everything I needed to put together this fun surprise for Lilo. Walmart is definitely a one-stop shop for building a creative BOO’ing Kit this Halloween. You can also shop Walmart.com and grab all the essentials to assemble a BOO’ing bundle at home.
Once I had all my supplies, I went to work at creating the #PawfectBOO bundle for Lilo!
First, I filled the adorable candy cane treats bags with the dog treats I picked out. Then, I placed the treats bags and two sheets of stickers inside each of the gift bags.
It doesn’t get more festive than this!
As you all know, my favorite thing about giving and receiving gifts is the card! You can download and print your own BOOItForward card here and add it to your BOO Bundle. Remember, all you need to do is:
1. Make a BOO Bundle.
2. Secretly Deliver it.
3. BOO it Forward.
I also picked up some Halloween (well, orange and black) yarn while I was at Walmart so I could make Loki a cute rope toy to add to the BOO Bundle. Loki LOVES rope toys so much!
To create Loki’s halloween themed rope toy, I simply cut four pieces of yarn (two black strands and two orange strands), tied them off and braided them.
Then I repeated the process with four new pieces of yarn!
Once the two separate braids were complete, I combined all eight pieces into one large braid and bam, instant rope toy!
Loki was super excited to help me deliver Lilo’s Boo bundle (he LOVES visiting her classroom!).
Loki is such a good helper!
Loki and I waited until after school while Lilo was in a meeting to sneak into her classroom and leave the BOO bundle. Hopefully this helps take her mind off the (possible) strike and brightens her day!
Is there anyone special in your life that you would BOO? Head over to Walmart for more great Pet BOO Kit ideas!