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Is a Goldendoodle the Right Breed for You??

Ciera Dastrup



This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GrowingUpPurinaPhaseTwo #CollectiveBias
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I cannot believe we have had our Goldendoodle Chooiee for over 4 years now! I can still remember him as a sweet curly little puppy, who loved to play, and had the softest little bark! We got Chooiee a few months before we gave birth to our first daughter Marloe, and they have basically grown up together! It’s been so sweet see how he has reacted to each baby, and how much he protects and loves them!!! Today I am sharing some of Chooiees personality traits, and some general characteristics of most Goldendoodle breeds! If you’re looking into getting a Goldendoodle, then you’re in the right place for lots of helpful info!!!


Goldendoodle’s are crossbreed between standard Poodles & Golden Retrievers, that have been around since the 1960s. They were originally bred as a guide dog for blind people with allergies to non hyper allergenic dogs. Although they shed very minimally, they need to be groomed regularly and would benefit from clipping to maintain a neat coat and appearance. We try to get Chooiee groomed once a month, or his hair gets crazy tangled and matted!


Like its parent breeds, this pooch is super intelligent and gentle, making it an ideal companion and great for families. When looking into getting a dog, we knew we wanted a gentle giant to watch over and play with our kids, and Chooiee is just that and more! Goldendoodle’s are also a very active breed and won’t be content in an apartment setting with no access to a yard to play in! Goldendoodle’s come in lots of colors, but the most common ones are cream, golden, and chocolate brown!The Goldendoodle has parent breeds with positive personality traits, which is why this cross is a popular family companion. It loves being surrounded by its family and being part of their activities. We know this to be true with Chooiee, because he never wants to miss out on any family walk or outing! :) Because of its warm and playful personality, it is not an ideal guard dog. It is friendly and patient towards children and gets along with other dogs and small animals. Chooiee is the most patient and playful pup with Marloe and Sorel...they could climb and pull and step on him, and he wouldn’t even flinch! He just loves being their teddy bear brother! :)


We learned quickly after getting Chooiee as a puppy, that Goldendoodle’s have very sensitive stomachs! They don’t do well eating table scraps or food that falls on the floor! We made sure to find the right food for our doodle, so that he can stay around for the long haul! A typical serving for an adult Goldenpoodle is 1 to 4 cups, depending on size, of excellent quality dry dog food! Our pup is 70 pounds, so we feed him 4 cups a day!!!


A few months back we switched to Purina® ONE® True Instinct Premium Real Turkey & Venison Dry Dog Food for Chooiee along with mixing in some Purina® ONE® Smartblend Sensitive Systems Formula - 16.5 lbs, and he has since been much more active & alert—with zero stomach issues!!! Feeding your pet wholesome dog food is SO IMPORTANT! I love that Purina® ONE® is dedicated to the lifelong potential of your pet backed by 85 years of Purina research!!! They shape the future of Health and Wellbeing for pets & people through three simple pursuits: Pets are their passion!! Safety is their promise!! Innovation is their pledge!! Learn more on Purina.com

Some Key Highlights:

30% protein content helps support strong muscles

Real turkey is the #1 ingredient and real venison

Two times the tender, meaty morsels compared to Purina ONE Lamb & Rice Formula

No poultry by-product meal, artificial flavors or preservatives

Natural plus vitamins and minerals adult dog food

You can sign your dog up to take the 28 day challenge on purinaone.com and receive $3 off coupon!!!! Purchase at your local Target or online at Target.com! There are so many amazing Purina® ONE® dog food options to choose from!! See HERE!


We LOVE our crazy Chooiee, and can’t imagine a life without him!!! So happy we went with this breed all those years ago, and found a dog that fit so perfectly into our growing family!!

Do you think a Goldendoodle will fit your personality and lifestyle? Learn more here!

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GREAT WOLF LODGE - FIRST TIMERS

Ciera Dastrup

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and The Coca Cola Company. All opinions are mine alone. #CampGreatWolfwithCoke #CollectiveBias

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Our weekend at Great Wolf Lodge was absolutely magical.  A few weekends ago our family was invited to stay at Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound, WA and treated to some super incredible experiences.  It was our very first time there as a family, and we were so excited for Marloe and Sorel to experience all that Great Wolf Lodge had to offer! I am sharing everything you need to know about staying at a Great Wolf Lodge, and showcasing some highlights from our stay!

CHECK IN

Upon check in we were given our room info, Wolf Headbands (for the girls), and Paw Passes. The staff was very friendly, and let us know all about the activities, events, restaurants, and schedules for all of the shows! We got PAW passes for both the girls, which was a great way to do activities for an awesome deal! CLick HERE for EVERYTHING you need to know about the Great Wolf Lodge Paw Passes! The front desk staff reminded us about the s’mores mixer and gave us an event schedule so we were aware of everything that we could participate in for our stay.  We got to our room, and immediately set out to explore!!!

PLAN YOUR DAY

We toured the lodge on the night we checked in, and got as much information on everything as possible. We wanted to plan out our next day, so that we could maximize our stay! There were families everywhere, and it seemed like everyone around us was happy and having an amazing time. We learned all about the Magiquest, and Marloe was SO EXCITED to start her Quest’s the next day! Be sure to get all the info you need beforehand so that you can spend your time having fun instead of getting educated on all that Great Wolf Lodge has to offer! 

MAGIQUEST

We knew beforehand that Great Wolf Lodge had amazing pools, water slides, and arcades….but we were pleasantly surprised to find out all about their MagiQuest Game! Our Great Wolf Lodge Paw Pass came with a MagiQuest wand and game and the moment we started playing it was game on! We grabbed our wands and learned all about how to play the game! Colten and Marloe spent more time playing MagiQuest than they did in the pools!!! They had a blast collecting all the different points, and moving from station to station! Marloe’s excitement every time was absolutely infectious! It was super fun to watch all the other kids and their families running around collecting points too! Marloe waved her wand everywhere, and loved watching the lodge come to life before her eyes!

WATER PARK FUN

We spent one full day at the waterpark! I could not believe how big it was….and immediately after stepping foot at the park we had non stop fun! Since Marloe and Sorel are still so young we couldn’t take them down the larger slides, but there was still plenty of fun activities and water slides they could do for their age range! We spent a lot of time at the outdoor splash pad area & got to enjoy the Summer camp games while we swam! We stopped at the cafe inside the water park and grabbed some lunch to enjoy in between swimming! They have so many different waterpark attractions that kids and adults of any age will love! Best part, It was just a short walk and we were back to our room, which was so convenient for nap time!! Indoor water parks are the way to go with young kiddos! No sunburns & lots of smiles! Learn more about their water park attractions HERE.

ACTIVITIES & EVENTS

Our very first full day was so magical! We woke up and enjoyed “Wake Up with Wiley and Friends” The Great Clock Tower Show story time!! I grabbed a Starbucks in the lobby, and then we sat and had a morning story time for the kiddos! It was so exciting for the girls to see so many other kids awake and enjoying story time with them! They Watched in wonder as all the Great Clock Tower friends came to life with Northwoods songs, stories, jokes and beyond. The girls had the opportunity to interact with the characters, and kept singing the songs they learned all day!  In the afternoon we participated in the “Camp In Jamboree & Story Time Craft”!! The girls made a fun craft, got balloon animals, buttons, "wolfagami", and more! Before bed, we put the kiddos in their PJs and let them attend The Great Clock Tower Show! They were read a bedtime story, and got to take a picture with the characters before bed! They also got to make S’mores and play with all the new friends they made throughout our stay! It was so much fun!!

MORE TO EXPLORE

When we weren’t swimming or playing MagiQuest, there was still SO MUCH to explore at the lodge! Our Paw Passes came with an interactive mining experience complete with a exciting mirror maze that was such a blast. Afterward we panned for beautiful rocks & gems at Oliver's Mining Co. Once we were all done we stopped at the Great Wolf Candy Company shop and loaded up on bulk candy and sweets!!! We were amazing at the yummy selection of candy & had enough to take home with us!! On our very last night we headed into the arcade and played for a few hours before we went and played a round of glow in the dark mini golf! (YES! THEY HAVE SO MUCH TO DO AT GREAT WOLF LODGE!!!) Marloe and Sorel weren’t super into the mini golf…but Colten and I had an absolute blast! 

FOOD FOOD & MORE FOOD

The food and restaurant choices were amazing. We ate such yummy food, and we were all so impressed with the great selection of restaurants and dining options. Our first night we ate at Lodge Wood Fired Grill, and felt like we were in a fancy restaurant. It was so good, and we raved about our meals for the remainder of the night. On our second night we decided to try out the all you can eat buffet….and O M G….IT DID NOT DISAPPOINT. We both highly recommend doing the buffet for at least one of the nights, everything from the soups & salads to desserts were absolutely delicious!Yummy drinks and snacks were available all throughout the lodge as well, and we drank our hearts out in Coca Cola products!!
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Are you planning a trip to Great Wolf Lodge?  Let me tell you Marloe is 3, and still talks about this place constantly. It is one of the magical places, and you leave wanting to come back and experience it all over again!
There are several Great Wolf Lodge locations around the country, and each one varies a little bit.  But I am positive you will have an absolutely amazing time wherever you visit!
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H&M TRY ON

Ciera Dastrup

LOOK 1:

I absolutely LOVED this whole outfit. The skirt was so flattering, and runs TTS. I am 5’5’’ and weigh 120 lbs & am wearing a size 2! Both tops pictured are a size small! I took home this whole look & the two tops I wore—they were so so cute and so reasonably priced! You can dress up this outfit for church/wedding, or wear it casually while out & about!!! I plan on wearing it for both!

LOOK 2:

I LOVE THIS OUTFIT. I took one of the same tops from the first look, and paired it with these super relaxed army green shorts to create this super cute/casual look!!! These shorts would be cute at the pool, beach, or even just running errands in the Summer heat!!!! Plus, they would be super cozy to lounge in!! Oh, and BONUS….THEY COME IN SO MANY COLORS! Shared some of my favorite colors below!

LOOK 3:

They had so many cute dresses like this one, with different prints! I love this one, and it could easily make a beach coverup!!! I am wearing a size 2, and it runs TTS!!!! Super soft & cozy material too!

LOOK 4:

I couldn’t love this top more!!!! I’m wearing a size 2/Small, and it fits great, and is even a little loose fitting—which I like!!! I love casual tops like this, that you can pair with some denim or a cute skirt!!!! The pants are my favorite too, they are boyfriend style & go with everything!!!!

LOOK 5:

Final outfit I was able to try on….because #toddlerproblems! I love love this dress, and love the front tie!!! I brought this home with me as well, and can’t wait to wear it this Summer! Wearing size 2!!!

Here are some other cute pieces I found online that I wanted to share with you guys!!!!! H&M has some CUTE stuff right now! And as always I appreciate when you guys click on these links, and purchase through them!!! Helps me keep doing what I love & support my family!

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