Sweet Dreams With Casper

It's a pretty exciting day when you open the front door to find a big Casper box sitting at the doorstep. We've been looking forward to it ever since Casper announced the launch of their new dog beds with this hilarious video and then followed that up with this heartwarming video. The feels!! And if that wasn't enough to make us love them, can I also say that their super clean, illustrative branding just makes the designer in me smile?

The dog bed comes with 5 memory foam pieces, a mattress cover, instructions ("The Snoozepaper") and a waffle pillow. It took me literally 3 minutes to put together and 3 seconds for Hoku to make himself right at home on it. 


The bed is firmer than our previous dog beds due to the extra foam support, but still plush and comfy. The quality of materials is obvious and it looks like it will hold its shape well over time. Hoku's bed is a small in gray. It's perfectly snug and shiba-sized. Over the years, we've discovered that Hoku prefers smaller beds with bolsters so when he's not resting his head over the sides, he's curled up into a tight ball and smashing his face against the inside. The bed was also thoughtfully designed for us huminions too, with a removable, machine-washable cover! Hoku loves "burying" extra special treats in his bed so being able to wash the cover is a huge plus. 

If you're in Venice, stop by Casper's cute store on the super hip Abbot Kinney Blvd. Their showroom is like walking through an illustrated home, which makes for a fun experience. And best of all, it's dog friendly with bowls of water and dog biscuits right at the entrance. Bring the pup to give their dog beds a try! And if you're shopping for human mattresses, yep, they have those too.


This post was created in collaboration with Casper. All opinions and photos are my own. Sweet dreams!

Summer Nights Are For Camping

I have a confession to make. I don't really like summer. Not only is it too hot for long hikes and spending time outdoors in general, it's also the season of rattlesnakes, wildfires, and heatwaves . So when it gets into the 100's in the valleys where we live, a drive up to higher altitudes is always a welcome retreat. A few weekends ago, we did just that, joining some friends for a little camping trip in the San Gorgonio mountains. When the hike we had planned was closed due to a forest fire, we decided to explore a nearby body of water on our map, which turned out to be Jenks Lake, a picturesque little spot for picnicking, fishing, canoeing and kayaking. 

According to interweb folklore, some have claimed sightings of a lone alligator that inhabits the lake. We put Hoku out on the rocks as bait to lure it out, but no luck. (Kidding.) Here are some snapshots from our trip!

Tent + Sleeping Bags: Ticla  |  Blanket: Allku Pets