Okay fine, I’m grateful! – a book review

‘What I’ve been reading‘ posts have been few and far between here on The Dainty Squid. I just haven’t been making reading a priority lately. I dooo, however, have a book recommendation for you! Something I really wanted to do this year was focus on the good. It sounds cheesy but honestly, it’s incredibly easy

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affordable + dyeable hair extensions!

For nearly a year my list of beauty related things I wanted to try included extensions. The urge to buy them would come in waves. I would desperately ‘need’ them and spend hours researching then completely forget about them for a bit. My research was never really conclusive. Good extensions usually aren’t cheap and there

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a few of my favorite face masks

One of my favorite little rituals here in the Dainty Squid household (less than 135 days until I can call it ‘The Stroup household’! Ah!) is doing face masks with Jeff a couple times a week. I grew up with two brothers and a dad who were basically deeply offended by ‘girly’ products like lotion

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getting spooky with BarkBox

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of BarkBox. All opinions are 100% mine. Back in April Klaus got a chance to try out BarkBox for the first time. He was in loooove. (Check out the first post here!) He’s always been super into toys, unlike the cats, so it’s really fun

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#FreshWithYourPet

Thank you Freshpet for sponsoring this post. Check out Freshpet refrigerated pet food, made with fresh, all natural ingredients and no artificial preservatives, truly making a difference you can see and your pet will feel! At the beginning of the month I shared how we’d be trying out the #FreshWithYourPet meal plan. (Read here) Freshpet,

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grow light review

In 2016, I reached peak plant lady status. With an outdoor space all to myself for the first time since moving to the city, I went wild with plants. I learned to propagate, and my plant count was through the roof. Then in the time between learning about my new apartment and finally moving in

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