Tuesday, July 26, 2016

A Shore Thing

First off, I have to say thank you to everyone who commented and reached out after I posted about our big life move. WE ARE SO DANG EXCITED and it's refreshing to hear so many of you say that you're excited and happy, too. Life can sometimes be complicated, so when something seems so right -- you just have to do it.

So now let's get down to the right now.

ocean city maryland
I know what you're thinking -- Kait, you live in Hawaii, it's the ocean, not the shore. But...not so fast! Dane and I are actually on the mainland for awhile before he starts his new gig back in Hawaii and part of that is visiting our parents. We headed down to Ocean City, Maryland with my parents over the weekend for a little R&R. It was refreshing to see a different ocean, eat junk food from the boardwalk and spend time together. Some of our favorite spots include Thrasher's (french fries), Dumser's Dairyland (ice cream), Kohr Bros (more ice cream), The Fractured Prune (create-your-own donuts) and Sambo's in Dover, DE for crabcakes on the way home!

In the next couple of weeks, I'll be traveling a good bit and am excited to soak up all my favorite parts (and people) of the mainland. Be sure to follow along on Instagram to keep up!
 What have you been up to recently? Tell me everything!

3 Things I Learned At BlogPaws

 This post is sponsored by Seresto® and the BlogPawsTM Pet Influencer NetworkTM. I was sponsored to the BlogPaws 2016 event for helping spread the word about Bayer Animal Health, but CommuniKait only shares information I feel is relevant to my readers. Bayer Animal Health and Seresto are not responsible for the content of this article. #BlogPaws

Where are my pet parents? Today's post is for YOU!

It's been about a month since I came home from the 2016 BlogPaws Conference in Phoenix and it's safe to say - I learned a ton during my visit. Some of the speakers were fantastic and hosted workshops on how to improve SEO, photography and more. I got a ton of swag to share with the Hanson Labs, met amazing fellow bloggers and creatives and even got an award to take home! All in all, it was a fabulous time.

But I would be 100% remiss in not mentioning what I learned from the various vendors that attended that all had one focus -- helping our pets live their best lives. Today I'm sharing my top 3 takeaways.

1. Seresto® is reinventing flea and tick protection. It isn’t like other flea collars. The innovative, Sustained Release Technology in each easy-to-apply, non-greasy collar provides 8 months of effective protection. It’s a convenient way to kill fleas and ticks, and to help you take care of your dog. 

Before the conference, I was under the impression that 1. The collar would be chock full of greasy ointment that would be messy and get all over my house and furniture. And 2. That my dogs wouldn't really reap the benefits, because they're constantly getting in and out of the water. Both of my thoughts are unfounded. Seresto® is water-resistant and remains effective following shampoo 
treatment, swimming or after exposure to rain or sunlight. Under normal conditions, effectiveness lasts for 8 months. In order to maintain an eight-month duration, dogs must not be bathed more than once per month. For dogs that swim once a month or more, the control duration is reduced to 5 months for flea control and reduced to 7 months for tick control.

seresto flea and tick
I also want to point out that that I talked to many people at the conference who thought Seresto was only for dogs -- not so! Cats need protection from fleas & ticks, too, and Seresto has you covered. 
2. While at the conference, I was able to attend a luncheon hosted by Hill's Pet that focused on their national disaster relief network. The Hill's Food, Shelter & Love® Disaster Relief Network is focused on pet nutrition support and provides a faster communication between your shelter and us in the case of an emergency. Comprised of over 100 shelters nationwide, this network provides a way to expedite urgent pet nutrition orders. To find out how you can prepare for a natural disaster (and make sure your pooch is taken care of) -- check out these tips

hill's emergency kit

3. July is PetSafe® Pet Hydration Month. Did you know your pet's body is 80% water? They need at least one ounce per pound of body weight each day. I have to admit, it made me a little paranoid thinking about if Bill and Judy get enough water per day! I spend half my day sopping up their water bowl mess with a towel, so it got me thinking...how much water are they actually drinking? Because hot summer days can cause even the healthiest of pets to suffer from dehydration, heat stroke or sunburn if they are overexposed to heat, it is extremely important to take extra precautionary steps when caring for your furry friends this summer.

petsafe pet hydration

The amount of information was a little bit overwhelming, but I'm so glad I picked up pamphlets at each booth, because on my flight home, I was able to digest it all without distraction! I know I've said it before, but if you are able to attend a blogging conference --- DO IT! Not only will you be surrounded by many like-minded individuals, you will learn so much!
blogpaws 2016 phoenix

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of BlogPaws Pet Influencer Network. The opinions and text are all mine.

Monday, July 25, 2016

So, Where Are You Moving?

I feel like this post has been in the making forever. So many of you have reached out asking what the latest is, where we are going and what we are doing. Thankfully, I'm here today to lay it all out!

Some of you may or may not know this, but as of this month, Dane is officially transitioned into civilian life. It was something he had been planning for a really long time, but leaving active duty is a big deal and takes a good bit of planning.

So, what is next for the Hanson family?
Cait Schlabach Photography

Because my career is flexible, I was open to anywhere, so Dane just applied to any job he thought he would be interested in. When he started getting offers, we began weighing the pros/cons of the job and city it was in. I'll be perfectly honest -- none of the places were bad! We just kept going back to one thing....that none of them were in Hawaii. 

There is just something so magical about this place that completely captures your soul. I know that sounds trite, but that's the only way I can describe it to you. If you've ever been here -- you get it. To be clear, we didn't always feel this way, but it's now a place we love calling home.

Thankfully, the job Gods feel the same way, because Dane was offered an incredible position on Oahu that he could not say no to. In fact, when he got the call, we both just said "this is it!". No weighing pros and cons or vacillating.

He officially starts this fall and we are so eager to move into our new house (more on that later) and continue to explore the island that we has become so much a part of who we are. 

Cait Schlabach Photography
Thank you to everyone who has called, texted and e-mailed -- we definitely feel the love!

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