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Mutt Malas One year (+ a couple months) anniversary! AND, a giveaway!!!!

You guys, omg. I said I wouldn’t wait forever to do another post, and here we are… a month and a half later. UGH! I love and hate summer at the same time, because it’s just SO dang busy!!!

That magical wedding I talked about in my last post (My sisters wedding!!!) – it has come and gone, and hooooolyyyy crap it was absolutely perfect. She looked like the most beautiful princess and it really was a glorious day! So happy for her and her new hubs! 

Note her right wrist… proudly rockin a #muttmala!

I know this post isn’t supposed to be about the wedding, but how could I not include it ? Look how great everyone looks!! 🙂 

ANYWAY… on to the #muttmalas!

This is honestly so exciting! Incase you missed it, or you’re not familiar with what Mutt Malas is all about, you can check out the story behind it here

So MuttMalas was created last June, just over a year ago…. and it started as my passion project. I just wanted to raise as much money as I could for rescue animals. I know that mala beads are popular right now, and I’m really interested in their healing properties, what they’re all about, and I just really love the creative outlet! Honestly though, when I started the #muttmalas page, I kinda thought I would get some orders from friends and family, and that would be it!

The thing that I thought would make me stand apart from all the other pages that sell malas, is that I don’t keep ANY profits at all. I cover the cost of my materials, and I donate the rest. I price accordingly to ensure I am donating $10 from EVERY bracelet and $20 from every necklace! 100% of the proceeds donated!

I was absolutely overwhelmed with support. Seriously. Honourable mentions must go out to my BC #fitfam who always seemed to be the first to support whatever crazy idea I had. They purchased so many of the bracelets right outta the gate and I am beyond grateful for their purchases, but also for their sharing! They took tons of pics, used the hashtag and spread the word about my little passion project. (Byron, this means you! haha)

I’ve donated a lot to Tierra De Animales in Cancun (where our little meximutt Pedro came from), as well as Lost Dog Foundation (also focusing on mexican street dogs). I’ve also donated to HugaBull (in BC), and Emmas Dog Rescue (GTA, Ontario).

I am SO stoked to share that in the last year, I’ve donated just about $4000 from the #muttmalas bracelet and necklace sales!!! AHHHH It’s so amazing!!!! And to be honest, I’ve sort of taken my foot off the pedal promoting in the last few months because I was just so busy with other things. I was still blessed enough to have some orders trickling in here and there… but I am so excited to see what I can do now that the following is growing and I’m ready to dedicate more time to them again come fall!!!

I’ve actually had to turn a couple small businesses here in Niagara Falls away. They wanted to carry them but I didn’t have enough pre made stock ready to go for them to have! I have been doing mainly custom orders over the last 6 months or so as those seem to be most popular! People wanted to create their own… and I love that! But I’m so pumped on trying to grow this page and spread the #muttmala love!! 

I’ve done orders for so many different occasions! 

Custom order for bride/bridesmaids (These ones are from my sis’ wedding, but I have done others as well!)


Some parent/child pairs! (these are actually father/child pairs which are so freakin adorbs!)

Tons and tons of custom orders

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And even some mala making for minis!

And of course I have my own collection! I may have a problem… haha

My dad made me this awesome shelf/mala holder to hold all my creations! I was running out of room!! How cute and functional is it!?!?!

I am going to do my best to get better and more diligent taking pics of all my creations… posting on the #muttmalas pages more often (especially facebook, that one has been super neglected) and I am going to do everything I can to keep this little project growing!

Recently, I’ve had orders from all over… all different parts of Canada and the US, New Zealand, AND I sent my first shipment to Australia last month!! WOOOO!!!! They’re EVERYWHERE!

These little babies make awesome gifts because they not only can be customized to fit healing needs of the person you’re giving it to, but it’s for a good cause!! 

Anyway… just wanted to share a 1 year (plus a couple months) update, and say THANK YOU! Thank you so much for the support on this project and for having great taste and big hearts! I honestly feel so blessed this has taken off the way it has, and I can’t wait to see what the next year has in store!

OH … lastly… the giveaway! haha DUH! 🙂 
As a thank you for all the support over the last year, I’m going to give away a #muttmala bracelet, custom order to one winner AND a friend! 
– comment on the post and let me know what stones are your fave/what you would want it made with
– tag a friend you think would love #muttmalas and the cause
* for extra entries, share the post!!
– I will draw a winner on Friday at 5pmEST

THANK YOU for your shares of #muttmalas… They could help save a little fur babes life! 


A new dog rescue + Los Cabos AMAZINGness

Seriously, I can’t believe our vacation has come and gone already! I mean, you amp yourself up for SO long… get all prepped and ready to go with cleanses, workouts, new bathing suits, cute dresses etc etc, and bam… the week is over! But what a time we had!!! 

More on the vacay and some of the workouts we did after, but I want to first talk about one of my FAVE parts of the trip (okay, probably my fave part of the trip lets be honest.. haha). My Aunt and Uncle came to this resort a couple months ago, and told us that we need to check out a hike called Mount Solmar. She said it’s a beautiful hike, and the best part is, the base of the hike is on a small dog training facility/rescue. Ummm, WHAT ? Hiking AND a plethora of dogs to play with? This place was MADE for me!

We called ahead, like we were advised to do, to let Enrique know we were coming and he greated us very happily. He told us all about what he does there. He boards dogs while people are away, he trains dogs that are having socialization/potty training/walking/aggression issues, AND he will take dogs from the shelter or ones that have been surrendered from owners, work with them and adopt them out FREE OF CHARGE!


We had an amazing couple hours here to say the least. The hike was absolutely beautiful. Not super challenging until you get to the last 1/4 or so and then you’re climbing up rocks and things. Totally worth it though – gorgeous at the top!

We did spend a ton of time at the bottom though chatting with Enrique and playing with the pups. He told us about all of them, what they were doing there, how the training was coming etc etc. When we were there, he had 3 that were for adoption. We stopped back in to visit 2 days later since we were back in town, and one had already been adopted out. He works fast!!! Which is amazing for the pups looking for homes!

Currently he has only 1 that is still looking for his forever home — Nacho.

This sweetheart is a Chihuahua mix. He was out playing when we were there for a little bit, but was on a time out when we got back from the hike because he took himself for a walk! haha SUCH a sweet boy though. 

Like I said, there is no adoption fee for these little angels, just the hope that they will go somewhere that will love them for the rest of their days! If you or anyone you know might want to give Nacho a home… please let me know 🙂

I also told Enrique that I’d love to keep up to date on any pups he is having trouble finding homes for and help however I can.. so keep your eyes open for some more Mexi-mutts that need somewhere to go!

Alright, so back to a little vacay summary.


Greg and I have been blessed enough for the last 6 years to do alternating vacations – we do one year with the Bickell family (which includes my mom, dad, bro, bros girlfriend, sis, and sis’ fiance who also happens to be Greg’s best friend haha) then we do one year with the Gnys family which has changed a little bit in the last couple years since our lovely nieces have joined us!! So the Gnys side is even bigger!

ANYWAY. Amazing week away. First time in Cabo and it didn’t disappoint! We stayed at the Riu Sante Fe and it was beautiful. It has a stunning infinity pool overlooking the ocean and it really is beautiful.


Our weather was absolutely perfect every single day. 30+ and super sunny. Not a cloud in the sky. Glorious.

It was also Leanne’s first vacation with the Bickell fam, and it happened to be her birthday during the week we were gone. Splendid!

She took her birthday shot like a CHAMP!

We did a workout every day, like we always do while we’re away. This way, we can eat and drink as we please and not feel as guilty. It is vacation after all!

Here are a couple of the workouts we did.


Honestly, I have so many more pictures I wanted to share, but the internet connectivity is so poor right now, if I have to wait for another photo to upload I am going to pull my hair out!!

Thanks for reading about our trip – and please let me know if you or anyone you know wants to welcome Nacho into your home! 
I want to go back already…

Happy (almost!) weekend!

Help Coco find a home!

Hey you guys,

So it’s been a little while since I did a pup feature and I am SOOOOOO excited about this one. I mean, I’ve been pumped about every one I have had the honour of helping, but this gal is really tugging at my heart strings.

This sweet little beauty is absolutely GORGEOUS and she’s looking for her furever home!


A young gal, Coco is approximately 60lbs, friendly, energetic and playful. She loves to be the center of attention and wants to be by your side whenever she can. Coco still has lots to learn; she is working hard on her leashing training and dog reactivity.  She needs to be reminded that not everyone likes to be jumped up on.  She lives for fetch and could run around with a toy in her mouth for two hours straight if allowed!! Her foster mom Joanna told me that she will throw the ball once for her, and she’ll run around on her own, entertaining herself as long as she’ll let her! How adorable is that?

Joanna also told me that while Coco loves exercise and getting outside to play, she needs her rain jacket on or she won’t go out! What a little princess. haha


Hilarious tidbit: she sees a snowman, she punches a snowman with her little paws until its smashed.

This little lady loves to run and play in the off leash area as mentioned, but she’s still working hard on her recalls (coming when called), so it’s best for now that she’s not anywhere offleash (except in a fenced in area). This is getting better, but will take some work before she can be fully trusted offleash! 

Coco LOVES toys. Joanna says her favourite is a kong stuffed with treats, food, peanut butter etc. It will keep her busy for a while, so it’s a good thing to give her if you’ve got to head out for awhile! She also loves plush toys, but she’s a little rough on them – she’ll pull their stuffing out within 30 minutes if you let her!

Coco does get excited when meeting new people so she can be a little bit jumpy. She’s working hard on her manners, but it just comes from a place of love and excitement! She wants to be everyones friend. Once she’s had her exercise, she is so cuddly and just wants to be close to you. She’ll lean on you any chance she gets.


Joanna says she can be slightly dog reactive when on leash (she is working on it!), but off leash she is friendly and not aggressive. 

Cmon – that face would never hurt a fly!!! haha

Coco does have some anxiety and she is looking for an owner who can help her build confidence. She does have some fears of things like vacuum, brooms, big sticks etc. She would do well in a home with a laid back male dog but not cats as she has a high prey drive. Coco loves kids but tends to knock them over, so a home with older children may be better suited for her.

Coco is working with a trainer every couple of weeks, and right now she knows how to sit, down, wait, hand, double hand, sit pretty, and up.

Coco is full of potential and would make a great match for an active household. If you’d like to make her a part of your family, please contact us at HugABull ( today to fill out an adoption form!

After all, how could you not want to take this little angel home???
I do realize, not everyone is able to have a dog… however EVERYONE is able to help. Please share this post, and help us find Coco a home – she deserves it! She’s going to make some family very happy – hopefully one day really really soon!

Thanks for reading!


MUTT MALAS has its own PAGE!!!!

Hey you guys,

I have been MIA for a little bit, it’s true… but I was waiting on my lovely web designer Hilary to complete the refresh of the overall blog, and of course, the Mutt Mala’s page!!! Thank you so much girl for doing such a beautiful job, as always!


It looks so good and I’m so excited for you guys to check it out. (Incase you missed the link above, it’s!)

These last 6 months or so have been absolutely incredible and overwhelming at the same time. I can’t believe the support I have received on this passion project from friends, family, and complete strangers (that are now new friends!) all because they wanted to help those that can’t help themselves. It’s truly inspiring and I couldn’t be happier with the way the first 6 months of #MuttMalas has gone!



Most of this has gone to Tierra de Animales in Cancun, Mexico… with a small portion going to Lost Dog Foundation (which is based out of Virgina, but also focuses on rescuing dogs from Yucatan, Mexico. Over $2000 is pretty damn good for a little ‘hobby’ I started 6 months ago, in order to try and raise ‘a bit’ of extra money, in lieu of a 30th birthday bash this year!

That said, friends… It’s time to kick it up a notch. It’s Christmas time… ! And these animals deserve to have a wonderful Christmas. The more we can raise, the more TDA can rescue, share their page, and ultimately find homes for these wonderful creatures ! Can you help me raise $500 to send TDA before Christmas!?! That’s only 50 #muttmala bracelets (Byron has that many on his own… my best supporter!!) And if we get a couple necklaces in the mix, it’s even less, since with necklaces I donate $20 per!

Have a look at some of the amazing things that TDA is doing. This video is so wonderful because it shows what their sanctuary is all about. You’ll see they do not just have dogs and cats… they have all kinds of animals! And they currently look after over 400 animals on a daily basis —– so our donations are SO important. 

Thank you guys from the bottom of my heart for all of your support! 

And please, please, PLEASE continue to share your malas when you get them if you’re able! I LOVE seeing your posts and it’s such a good way to get people talking! 

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A little bit of Mala love shared by some of my faves!

Thanks again for your support. What do you think of the page rebrand and the new page for Mutt Malas!?

Have an awesome Wednesday you guys!

Andrea (And all the animals of TDA!!)


Feature Post — ROSIE needs a home!!!

Hey you guys! It’s Mondayyyy! And Happy July 4th to my American buds.

I am reposting this because little Rosie is still looking for a home. 

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Oh my goodness… this amazingly adorable little lady needs a home and I can not figure out why she hasn’t been snatched up yet. I had the pleasure of hanging out with her and my heart just MELTED. She is the sweetest thing ever. She gave me unlimited cuddles and was SO happy to be pet and just sit with me. I honestly couldn’t even handle how much of a sweetheart she is.

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