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Take Notes: Ciara Is The Friend That We All Need In Our Lives

Take Notes: Ciara Is The Friend That We All Need In Our Lives

Being in a happy relationship or marriage directly correlates to the type of friend that you are.

Ciara

So, it's no secret that Ciara has pivoted her brand and social life to a new, elevated vibration. She is now happily married, (to literally one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL), has three beautiful babies (Future, Sienna, and Win), and still manages to have a successful music career. Additionally, not only does her husband love her thoroughly, he is sprung (rightfully so, see: "Ride" music video), and he truly adores Ciara.

And listen, we all know her love life didn't always start this way, but that's the magic of glow-ups: they beam on their highest settings from within—ultimately positioning your life in whatever manifestation realm you've always asked for. And because Ciara has leaned into herself, sis is now living her best life—a life that she happily shares with all of us, un-frickin-a-pol-ogetically.

For example, in addition to carrying a child, Ciara spent much of 2020 rallying around good friend, Vanessa Bryant, who undoubtedly had an extremely tumultuous year after losing both her husband and daughter in a tragic, highly-publicized helicopter crash. Her social media is riddled with photos from slumber and birthday parties, one photo captioned:

"Seeing you and the girls smile makes my heart smile. You're the toughest mama I know. Seeing you put one foot forward each day is admirable. It ain't easy, but if I know one thing, Mamba Queen's capable of it all. Love you V. @VanessaBryant. #MambaDay"

Additionally, Ciara donated to the Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation, while bringing awareness to the organization through Russell Wilson's NFL playoff games.

Ciara also regularly shout outs, and protects, friends such as Kelly Rowland or La La Anthony (and vice versa). Of Ciara, Rowland once told Essence:

"With Ci, we just became friends in being mothers. She's just this incredible, incredibly sweet human being and our sons are best friends."

The two even linked for Ciara's Beauty Marks album for the ladies anthem, "Girl Gang". La La once told PEOPLE:

"Me and Ciara have been really close for as long as I can remember. We have a lot of the same values, we believe in family, we believe in God, we just bond over so many different things and we're just fun together! I can't think about my life without her."

Imagine those conversations!

But, most importantly, Ciara is a friend to her husband. And we mean an actual friend.

She supports him on game days, they dress up and have fun with Halloween. They dance together, they laugh. And ultimately, she's an amazing mother to his kids, all whilst remaining his number one fan.

She wrote on Instagram:

"So proud of you babe @DangeRussWilson! Hardest working man I know. Seeing your daily dedication and commitment to the game continually motivates and inspires me! Best 2 Ever do it! #3,The Best is Ahead! Let's Go @Seahawks! Let's Go! #GameDay"

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I once read that being in a happy relationship or marriage directly correlates to the type of friend that you are in your friendships. So here's to being the friend and spouse that we all deserve!

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Featured image via Ciara/Instagram

Five Things To Know Before Becoming A Dog Mom

This post is in partnership with Blue Buffalo.

So you’re thinking about becoming a dog mom? We love that for you! Having a happy, furry friend to greet you at the door each day, cuddle up on the couch with, and keep you in touch with the great outdoors is one of life’s greatest joys. And that’s before we get into all the cute puppy outfits there are to buy! But there are some key and non-negotiable things to know and consider before saying yes to bringing home a fur baby.

If having a pet is new to you, then naturally you might have tons of questions not only about how this new responsibility will transform your lifestyle, but also about how best to nurture your four-legged friend. Few things compare to the joy and companionship that a dog’s loyalty and love bring, but learning how to nurture and train them is a learning curve that requires equal parts preparation and patience. Once you find your rhythm, you and your furry new boo will form a bond that will add the brightest spark to your life.

If you ask any member of the canine crew you know, they’ll tell you they don't play about their babies! They’ll also probably give you a laundry list of things they wish they knew before bringing their new dog home for the first time. If you’re thinking about opening your doors to a new pup, there are a few things to prepare and assess. With the help of Blue Buffalo, a natural pet food brand trusted by millions of pet parents, we’ve rounded up five key things to know before joining the dog mom club.

1. Staying Active Is Key: Let’s keep it real — we all have days where we want nothing more than a 24-hour Netflix binge fest from the comfort of our couch. That’s especially true on a day where the weather is trash. We feel you on that. However, dog moms should make it a point to keep their pups active each day. Influencer Dynasti Hunt considers her Goldendoodle Aiden part of the family, and she loves to find creative ways to keep him moving rain or shine. “Aiden and I have realized the importance of staying active at home, even when the weather is bad outside,” says Dynasti, who loves spontaneous yoga and dance sessions with her adorable doggie.

2. Keep An Eye On Their Diets: Just like humans, our pals have to maintain a healthy, balanced diet in order to live long and quality lives. You might find it easy to tell what’s healthy to eat for yourself, but it can be a bit trickier to know the difference when it comes to pet food. Just because you see a product label with the words vegetarian, grain-free, or certified organic doesn’t automatically mean it’s the healthiest for your buddy at this particular stage in their life. Finding a trusted pet food brand like Blue Buffalo is key. They offer recipes for specific breed sizes, life stages, needs and preferences — this definitely comes in handy for picky eaters or dietary restrictions. For example, Aiden Da Doodle is allergic to chicken-based products, and thankfully BLUE allows Dynasti to choose from a variety of products that are formulated without chicken.

3: Use Treats Creatively: Are doggie treats the golden ticket to getting your pooch to act right? Yes, but they’re also good for so much more. Treats are great tools for positive reinforcement, whether you’re trying to potty train a young puppy or get them to learn tricks. Influencer Sauve Xavier, an Instagram comedian, who has gained over a million Instagram followers for his hilarious videos with his Dobermans Knox and Bear, says he plans clever scavenger hunts around his house as an incentive to keep his dogs active and challenged. Using BLUE Treats made with healthy ingredients, he’s able to dish out rewards without feeling guilty. Take it from the guy who can actually get his dog to help with chores.

4. Know That Planning Ahead Is Everything: If you are a first-time dog mom or thinking about becoming one, keeping your buddy on a schedule is going to be key. For example, potty-training puppies need to be walked every few hours so that you can keep the habit of going outside in and the possibility of them peeing on your precious rugs out. Most pets also need to be fed twice a day (morning and night.) What does this spell? Sacrifice. You’ll need to be present and arrive home in time to keep your dog’s routine going. So know that you won’t be able to indulge in spontaneous plans the way you might have before. This is most certainly a lifestyle change if you’re used to coming and going as you please, but the reward of raising a well-behaved pup is well worth it. You might also want to think about how you can recruit your partner, roommate, friends, or family to share in the responsibilities for those days when life happens and you’re ever in need of a little dog sitting help. You can also search the web for hired help if you’re in a pinch. Remember — it takes a village to raise a child (even a barking one)! Pro tip: Download the Buddies by Blue Buffalo app to get advice and tricks and plan for your pet parenthood adventures ahead.

5. Research Dog-Friendly Activities in Your Area: As you move about through life, you’ll find yourself looking for more and more dog-friendly places to go and things to do beyond just the local dog parks. Round up a list of bars, breweries, brunch spots, and shopping centers that welcome pups into their establishments. This will allow you to make the most of your days while being able to bring your pup along for the ride. It’ll also create opportunities for you to meet up with other dog moms and dads and arrange future play dates (or real dates with a fellow dog parent? Who knows)!

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