December 10, 2013

House of Harvey Howl-day Giveaway

I never thought there was anything that could make me appreciate dogs more than I do already, but these amazing stories of lessons-learned from the pooches in our lives has done just that.  We truly has some wise, brilliant, loving and compassionate pups in our lives. Aren’t we the luckiest?

And now for the winner….congratulations MEGAN!

Parker, my dapper 14yo guy, has bestowed so many lessons as he has been my watchful guardian through my 20s and now 30s. He’s definitely taught me to stop and take a pause. Even if this means squatting in the middle of the 6-way intersection in the very hip Wicker Park neighborhood for a #2. Well, that day he taught everyone to take a pause! Always at my side, he now has been slower moving older gentleman and I have been careful to sit and relax more at home (instead of jumping to the endless list of to-dos) to give his joints a rest. Together we can admire the change of light or hear a city noise that may have otherwise escaped notice. Every day is a lesson in aging fearlessly and gracefully.

Parker sounds like a dapper gentleman indeed!  Megan, please email me at hello@houseofharvey.com with your full name and mailing details so I can send out your prize.

Thanks again to everyone who entered. I plan on having some fun giveaways in the new year, so stay tuned! And happiest holidays to all!


This week I shared a fun gift guide for pets and pet-lovers on Design*Sponge and it got me thinking about the power gift giving.

There is something so magical about giving. Whether it’s a small trinket, a grandiose gesture, a smile or a compliment, the power of giving can go a long way. I know for a fact that Harvey was the best gift I could have ever received. And while no one actually gifted him to me (sheer kismet brought us together three years ago),  he has graced my every day with a love and joy that nothing will ever compare to…blinking red nose and all.

He keeps me in the “present” and that is the best gift anyone could ever give. (Did you like that play on words there? I know I was impressed.)

So in the spirit of giving and holiday cheer, I thought I would give away a hodgepodge of pup goodies for you to share with the lucky dogs in your life.

This is just a small selection of favorite items I came across this past year and it makes me so happy to share them with you, my fellow dog-loving peeps.

House of Harvey Howl-day Giveaway

Wildebeest Funston To-Go Bowl – Hydrate on the go!

Dogtails Shampoo – All natural and it smells as fabulous as it looks.

blanketID “Too Cool for Drool” ID tag – Our House of Harvey custom design for blanketID. Such a fun collaboration!

Life of Riley Faux Bois Food Bowl (large) – Still haven’t found a bowl I like better than this one.

George Green Stick Chew Toy – Because who doesn’t love a green rubber stick toy?

In order to enter to win this collection of amazing swag, all you have to do is leave a comment telling me the greatest lesson your dog/a dog in your life has ever taught you. And for bonus points – and because it’s a gift we all can enjoy – take a pic of your pup enjoying the holidays and tag @houseofharvey via Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. I’ll share them via social and on the site!

I’ll select and announce the winner on Friday Dec. 13. Good luck!



Now for the not-so-fine print:

  • I will be selecting the winners based on favorite responses…creativity counts!
  • You are allowed only one entry per person.
  • The giveaway will run from Dec. 10 – Dec. 12, 2013, 11:59 pm PST.
  • No P.O. Boxes…sorry.
  •  Once the winner has been announced, they must email me at hello@houseofharvey.com with correct shipping information in order to receive their prize.
  • I wasn’t paid a cent for this promotion.  I just believe in great products.
  • No purchase necessary
  • Void where prohibited.


December 6, 2013

Stop the Madness | House of Harvey

So to say things were a “little” crazy around here lately would be putting it lightly. While I have tried with such might to slow things down in my life and stop using the phrase “OMG! I’m just sooooo busy these days”, I have failed, completely and totally, miserably.

I can blame it on the holiday rush. (Sort of true.) Or I can blame it on the end of the year madness. (Kind of true.) Or I can just blame it on myself and my continued attempts to start new projects on the daily, do everything on my own, all at once and never give myself a moment of respite. (Ding ding ding…we’ve found our winner!)

As I’ve said in the past – and I guess I have to say it again to truly make it sink in – it’s so important for your well-being, the well-being of those around you, and your general love of life to pull the brakes and SLOW DOWN every now again. I’ve learned some harsh lessons (time and again) about the struggles of life balance and it’s about darn time I do – actually DO – something about it. And what better season, than the season of giving, to give myself the best gift of all: time off.

I’m declaring it to you all now (so you can keep me liable!), that 2014 will be a much more methodical year. I will think through decisions and not just jump right in. I will pull the brakes when I feel like I am spiraling out of control in a tizzy of endless work. And I will truly, and honestly, make time for the things, people and pups I love most in life (more to come on that soon!)

I’m done with the “too-busy-to-live” mantra and am ready to embrace the “I’ve-got-all-the-time-in-the-world” attitude.

It’s not a race. It’s a marathon…and I’m mighty fine being the slow-poke in the back.

I hope it’s a thought full weekend for everyone.





December 4, 2013

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We just ADORE the holidays in our House, it’s true. And if you follow us on Instagram, you’ve probably already seen us getting into the holiday spirit way before it was socially acceptable. While we probably would have started setting out the Christmas decor too many weeks in advance, the true reason for our early prep was because of our involvement with this fun Mariah Carey “All I Want For Christmas is Food” Pet Collective parody video.

Check it out below and get into the holiday spirit with us…or at least enjoy some ridiculous pup antics…


December 2, 2013

Last month was our first-ever Pup-Up event in LA…and what a hoot it was! Dogs and owners from all over LA joined me in the studio for a day of photography, treats, playtime and conversation. But on the day of the event, one owner reached out to let me know that her pup, Atticus, wasn’t feeling well and wouldn’t be able to attend.

Because we both didn’t want good ol’ Atty to miss out, we brought the photo fun to him a week later. Here’s a little recap of our playful shoot in the park:

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If you’d like to set up a one-on-one photo session with your pup, don’t be shy and simply reach out to me at hello@houseofharvey.com and we’ll set something up. Every dog deserves to have their moment to shine in front of the camera.


November 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving from House of Harvey

It’s not even time to dig into the turkey and Harvey is already stuffing his face with some delicious holiday treats (hence the sleepy face above).

It’s been a hectic few weeks at our House, so posting has been slow – if at all. I hope to come back from the holidays chock-full of new content and even some exciting things during the holidays too…so stay tuned!

I hope it’s a lovely, delicious and oh-so-relaxing Thanksgiving for everyone.


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