I found a version of this online and tweaked it a bit because it called for a little too much butter. This is something even my picky toddler will munch on since it has so much flavor! All thanks to some Italian dressing! This is something I like because it’s very easy to prep and all the work is done in the oven. [Read more…]
I am amazed everyday at the new things you are learning in your 17 months and how quickly you are picking up your father and mines personality traits (I’m still debating whether this is a good or a bad thing considering we both have stubborn streaks a mile long). However, I have a small request from you. While I understand that you have two molars coming in and they hurt like hell…..I still will not allow you to swan dive off the couch onto the hardwood floor.
As a blogger there are a few favorites that I like to visit to get inspired or learn something new. One of the first blogs that I started following on a regular basis is Cupcakes and Cashmere. This site by Emily Schuman is a fabulous resource for fashion, decor and style ideas. She has an amazing eye for style and her photography brings it out better than words sometimes. Emily’s work on the site has evolved into a book she released last year.
If you need to be inspired or just want to visit a blog that makes you happy, check this out. There is so much great material to read that time flies because the writing style is so down to earth and relatable.
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You may think that this is a post about the Prime Minister of the UK during WWII. Well sorry fellow history buffs, you will be sadly disappointed as this is a post about my dog. My amazing, rescued dog.
A little background: I always had a dog growing up. I can’t remember ever NOT having one to be honest. When I went to friends homes that didn’t have dogs, I felt like out of place. The first dog was Clyde. He was the definition of mutt. Nobody knew his real parentage in terms of breed but he was the sweetest dog. According to my parents, I used to crawl, pull and accidentally kick that poor dog as a toddler all the time but he never did a thing. But if anyone he didn’t know came near me, he was on his feet and in between us. I spent most of my childhood with Clyde. He died of old age when I was nine. There were many dogs after that came from animal shelters and rescue organizations.
When my husband and I bought our house, the first thing we wanted to do was get a dog. My husband never had a dog growing up and I missed having one after a few years of apartment living. I only had one rule: the dog had to be a rescue. None of this paying a ton of money for a purebred when there were so many dogs already born that needed homes.
This is where petfinder.com came in. For those not familiar with this amazing site, well it really is a fabulous resource for both people wanting to rescue an animal and the animal shelters looking to reach out to more people. We looked for awhile. We knew we wanted a medium size dog; not a dog I could carry in my purse but also not a dog who could eat us out of house and home when it’s fully grown. It took some time because there were some dogs with tags that they weren’t “good around children”. I wish I could have taken them in but we were thinking about having kids at the time so we wanted a dog that was there for the long haul. I never want to have to choose between my child and my dog because unfortunately it’s just another dog in the system. Another problem is young dogs go so quick that there were a few times they were already adopted by the time we called.
But finally, one day when I was scrolling dogs instead of working we found him. Two boy and two girl dogs were dumped on the side of the road in Ohio. I live in Connecticut so I read the story and thought it was a long shot but my husband responded back to the e-mail link that he really liked the dogs. When I got the confirmation that the shelter would hold one of the boys for 24 hours till I got confirmation that we would take him was the sign I needed that this was our dog.
Now was the hard part, finding a way to transport an 8 week old puppy from Ohio to Connecticut safely and without stressing him out. Which brought me to Puppy Express Delivery out of Arkansas which I don’t know is in business anymore since their website no longer works. But this man named Clint went out on these road trips from Arkansas to Florida back up to Michigan through New England and back just picking up dogs and bringing them to their new homes. He had this fully equipped trailer with A/C and playing dog themed movies like “Beverly Hill Chihuahua”. He made constant stops to let the animals out, feed them and give them any medication that they need. He had a huge heart and I was very happy to find him.
Once the plans were in place, we were like pregnant parents at the baby store (I only know now how easy I really had it then), we bought food, dishes, collars, a crate, beds, toys….our house was filled with dog stuff. When we got the call that morning that he was an hour away, we couldn’t wait to get to the meeting place and meet our new dog.
Winston enjoying his first night.
There have been bumps along the way but this was the dog for us. He was house trained in five months. He’s sweet, he’s protective when needed, he’s great around other dogs and the most importantly, he had no jealously issues when our son was born. He considers him a brother and has never shown aggression. I still keep an eye, especially now that my son is a toddler and you never know what can set a dog off, but Winston hasn’t given me a real reason to worry yet.
If you decide that you want to get a pet, please adopt.
I just started making this and it was a big hit. Very easy, low prep and reheat well for leftovers or to bring them out for a portable breakfast! You need a cupcake pan for this (you may notice by now my love affair with meals you can make in a cupcake pan) [Read more…]
Every person I know has that one chore that they absolutely hate. The one that they keep putting off until it becomes overpowering and you HAVE to do it. Personally, I can do laundry, dishes, dusting all day long but I hate, HATE, to clean my bathroom. It’s just the worst and embarrassing sometimes since it’s a room that is used very regularly in households. I have, however, found a cleaner that makes this job a lot easier.
I recently returned from eight wonderful days in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and upon returning to my home and getting back into the regular routine I have come to a pretty obvious conclusion.
Vacations are vital for a person well-being.
I didn’t even realize how stressed out and mentally fried I was since I was living that way for so long. A day and a half down south and my chronic back pain had lessened to a dull roar till it was non-existent. My teeth grinding and headaches were gone. I was amazed that I could go out to dinner without worrying about getting an anxiety attack during the meal.
The most important part was that I was able to enjoy my child more. I was able to dedicate time to him without worrying about a deadline, or housework, or bills. I learned new things about him and watched him laugh and explore. I was able to relish his first trip to the beach and it was a wonderful memory.
It is really hard to worry about life worries when you are sitting under a beautiful tree on the river listening to music in a gorgeous sunset. True story, that tree has been around since the Civil War. The restaurant we were at used to be a river trading post way back when.
I hope that we can all take a time out when we need it, whether it’s a beach vacation or a trip to get a manicure. Don’t forget to take time out for yourself or the stress will make the good parts of life not so enjoyable.
If all else fails, nothing beats sitting outside on a nice day and just breathing.
I love this! A very different pizza and absolutely delicious! This is a great recipe if you are tired of the same old pizza and want to give everyone something new. [Read more…]
Anyone with the patience or just the desire to feed their drama llama can attest to the insanity that is the “Mommy Message Boards”. I am a member on a certain baby raising website (anyone who’s had a kid in the last 10 years has probably popped on this site at one time or another), and it amazes me the level of treachery and online eye gouging that goes on! It has the inane ability to send you back to high school ready to watch two girls go at in the hallway after lunch.
I have learned many new words and phrases that I never knew existed since joining these various boards…..and there is a board for everything. Moms who Vaccinate; Moms who Don’t; Moms with Large Families; Moms with Only Children; Moms who Just Want to Lock Themselves in a Closet with a Bottle of Wine; etc, etc. I have learned about Sanctimommies (the mom who tells you how to parent you child regardless of whether you asked) and Extended Rear Face car seating (most of the diehards what to do it till their child is literally sitting like a giraffe in the backseat but honestly, it’s your kid and your choice as long as you are following the laws of your state).
The worst part of these boards is that is takes all the pettiness and “reality show” cattiness that happens when certain women get together and it exasperates it by giving you a forum to talk without any tone or voice reflection. There is a sarcasm font (italics) but someone can read something you mean as a light hearted to-each-their-own thing, and you get ripped apart because a mother thinks you are being facetious about her parenting style and proceeds to tell you what an awful person you are and how you should kill yourself because your child is better off without you. I wish I was exaggerating but I have read that on more than one occasion, and not from young girls. Those low blows usually came from women in their 40’s or older with multiple children who should really at least claim to know better. I also saw a women get her account deleted for going toe-to-toe with the stay-at-home-mom queen bee with seven children that didn’t like what she had to say so she reported her enough to get her booted!
The point of this is to say, why do you need validation for your parenting? If you love your children and are feeding, clothing, housing, playing and most of all LOVING them why do you give a shit what some faceless nut on the internet has to say? It’s your home and family, as long as you are completely confident in the choice you make who cares if someone says otherwise.
I am Mommy! Hear me Roar!
Fantastic nail polish color today! This actually came out when one of the Shrek movies was in theaters so you might have to go to Amazon to find this one. It’s called “What’s with the Cattitude?” [Read more…]