Posts Tagged ‘Pet Funnies’
January 31, 2014
Hey, hey everybody! I’m coming to you bright and early this week, finally.
I swear. Getting up early is getting harder and harder for me to do naturally. Am I just getting older? Or am I falling back into my teen years? Whatever it is, I hope the phase passes quickly. I really do enjoy my quiet, productive mornings!
Anyways, this week was filled with favorites. I’m going to stray from the normal I love the snow but hate the cold themed #FFavorites posts I have been turning to lately to keep this one on the up and up with happy thoughts. Because it’s Friday, and that’s reason enough.
Am I right, or am I right?
Friday Favorites #22: Week of 1/31
Don’t forget to join in on the party by linking up and/or telling me some of yours in the comments section at the end!
• “I Love You” Foldover Clutch
Just in time for Valentines Day, Hearts came out with this adorable red leather clutch.
I own (and love) a similar denim and leather purse and think the pop of this red color adds so much fun to the clutch version! Also, the message on the inside just gives me the warm fuzzies.
Just in case you haven’t heard of them, Hearts is an ethical fashion accessories company that does so much more than supply cute products. They promote positive product values and support important world changes in hopes of creating a movement. Why?
“To change the way products are designed, created and sold. To change the way people buy. To help people realize that they have the power to stimulate a shift by changing the way they spend their money.”
I heart Hearts.
If you have the urge to browse their website (tons of unique and fashionable items to pick from!) don’t forget to get 30% OFF any regularly priced items by using the promo code HOUSEWIFE30 upon checkout!
• new protein bar flavor
While aimlessly perusing the health and beauty aisle at the grocery store (c’mon… we all do that), I came across the Zone Perfect protein bars and noticed a brand new-to-me flavor pop out!
(Please ignore the over-stuffed giant dance bag and locker room mess in the background.)
I loved the fruity flavor of the Blueberry Pomegranate bar. A definite new fav I will continue to rotate in my pantry!
• Pistons on New Girl
I’m seriously obsessed with this show and now I finally have a reason!
I realize I am a few weeks late posting about this particular episode, but it’s still so, so great to me.
Jess becomes a Detroit Pistons fan in order to bond with their roommate, Coach. The Pistons just so happen to be the rival team of her boyfriend, Nick’s, favorite team, the Chicago Bulls. They have several stand-offs throughout the episode, but this might be the best clip.
Plus, the episode is titled “Basketsballs.” Because that’s what Jess calls the sport. Because, technically, “there are two baskets.”
Plus, Jess is wearing a sweater with black horses on it. Subliminal shout out to HOOPER? I still can’t bring myself to delete it from my DVR. (Go Pistons!)
• Saying YES in 2014
All of those things would do nothing but produce great moods! I love it. If you are on board for saying YES, sign up to win free stuff, share it on your social media pages, and use the hashtag #YESTOMOVEMENT to see your moment pop up on their website!
• kitty snuggles
Wherever we go, whatever we do, there they are.
Points one, two and three.
…which reminds me of this article just for you, animal lovers…
• these animal photobombers via Just Something
#5 and #9 made me literally laugh out loud, #18 is Aspen 100%, and #39 is still freaking me out.
• the return of monster salads
Finally. I’ve gotten the motivation to go nuts with the veggie drawer and create obnoxiously large and colorful salads again.
This one started with a spring and baby spinach mix. Layered on top is grape tomatoes, cucumbers, celery, green olives, chick peas, and leftover black and chili beans from Scott’s turkey chili. I drizzled it with plain balsamic vinegar and finished it off with a few twists of ground pepper.
Hopefully the inspiration has now been passed on to you!
and to leave you with a laugh…
• Mr. Pants
Still dying. Happy Friday!
Have a great start to your weekend!
December 24, 2013
Merry Christmas Eve! I hope the majority of you reading this are enjoying a day off to relax (or last minute holiday shop…) with (or for…) loved ones.
Today we are up and at ‘em extra early trying to get on Paris time, which is six hours ahead. We fly out this evening and are doing our best to get a head start on the whole time difference thing. We are scheduled to arrive early Christmas morning, so our master plan is to sleep on the plane the majority of the way over. Let’s just hope that doesn’t backfire!
To keep me occupied, I am working on a series of posts to keep you entertained while we are away. I believe we will have Internet access once we get to our hotel, so I’ll try to keep you updated and sneak in photos of what we are up to as much as I can while we’re there!
Candlelight Christmas Show
Scott and I met a few friends last night for a candlelight service at the church we have been attending since moving up here a year ago. Since we started dating back in 2008, Scott and I have always gone to a Candlelight Christmas Eve service. Last year we ended up taking a spontaneous trip over to Chicago, so this year we were hoping to get back into the tradition.
Coincidentally, Alex – a friend and teammate of mine – invited us to a Christmas show that included one on Christmas Eve Eve.
I loved the performance and it reminded me of when I used to be a part of a production at our church back home in Orlando called The Singing Christmas Trees.
After the opening singing and dancing portion, the show went on to a creative drama scene and message from the pastor, closing with a candlelight singing of In Excelsis Gloria. It was beautiful.
After the show, we gathered in the church lobby and took advantage of their set up trees and props photo area. Because really… why wouldn’t you?
That extra long Santa hat Scott is sporting is ridiculous and I am kind of jealous he got to wear it. (Says the girl wearing a white fuzzy beard.)
We all parted ways soon after and Alex met us at our house along with a few other close friends for dinner. Scott had something delicious on the menu!
(Caprese salad + Pesto Pasta)
(Recipe will be coming to you soon!)
We also devoured a few platefuls of warm brie and crackers, salsa and chips, and baby carrots dipped in hummus. I have come to the conclusion that snacking might actually be a hidden talent of mine, and I’m at peace with it.
As the night went on, we somehow ended up getting the idea to open all of our Christmas presents under the tree since I had a feeling we might want a few of them for the trip. (Santa just so happened to come early this year. He’s good like that.)
Scott and I took turns opening the small stack of presents we had wrapped for each other, but I found the greatest joy watching Roadie and the kitties “open” theirs.
Roadie loved and may have already destroyed most of his presents. Anddd the cats’ presents too. I swear he thinks he is the only child around here. When he stole the cat nip play ball away from Aspen, we had to put him in check by only letting him have one toy and one treat for the rest of the night.
It reminded me of what my parents used to do with me and Halloween candy. Do you remember how hard it was to ration that out? I always made piles and saved my favorites for last.
Just for fun, we took bets on which cookie treat Roadie would go for first: the gingerbread man, the Christmas tree, or the bone. Any guesses which one he picks?
I picked the gingerbread. Eh, you win some you lose some.
We ended up chatting the night away and didn’t say our goodbyes until the wee early hours of the morning. I guess that’s what happens around the holidays… catching up on quality time with those you love.
We are missing getting to spend this time with our families, but are making the best of it with our “Michigan family” up here. We are very thankful for them!
Here’s hoping you have a great rest of your day. Time to get moving and pack already… Au revior!
Questions of the Day
• Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions with your family?
• If you aren’t celebrating, what holiday or plans are you looking forward to?
December 16, 2013
Hello, hello long lost friends!
How was your weekend? As much as I wanted to check in and share mine with you earlier, it just wasn’t in the cards until riiiiiight now. So here we are! And certainly not too late to cover it and add a little marvelous to this Monday (<- blogger link up!) right?
Friday was a busy and cold one. Same with Saturday and Sunday, actually.
Those of you who caught Friday’s Favorites already know our heater was giving us issues over the weekend. Eventually the unit stopped working all together and for a solid three days our house was miserably freezing. We had two different companies quote us on the repairs, and since we rent our condo we had to wait for our landlord to make a decision on how he wanted to go about fixing it.
(Funny story, he now lives in Florida which is where we are from. Talk about a crazy switcharoo!) It was a pricy fix, so we tried to understand and patiently wait it out but mannnn… it was SO freaking cold. Even so, I tried to soak in the winter beauty outside. Enjoy the slew of snowy pictures!
I so was excited for Friday’s game. We had a duel halftime performance with our junior dance team, the Mob Squad AND a halftime performance with Flo Rida! Yup… Flo Rida. He was awesome and I can’t wait to see the official video release of it!
For now, you can see our performance here if you’re at all interested. I just love him.
We had a team outing after the game and ended up celebrating early into the morning Saturday. After a decent sleep, Scott and I woke up in several layers with our teeth shattering. With temperatures in the twenties and a continuous snowfall outside, we were a bit worried on how we were going to warm up. While waiting for heat, I took Roadie on his morning walk and couldn’t help but stop and admire the snow.
As someone from the south, a fresh blanket of fluffy white snow is such a cool thing to see. I guess I would have appreciated it more, however, if I had someplace warm to come back to and thaw out. Once inside, I kept both of our coats on, made breakfast and spent the rest of the afternoon bundled up with our pets.
I felt so bad that there was nothing I could do besides warm them up with body heat. So that’s what we did!
(That may be the most pathetic face I’ve ever seen, Roadie.)
Scott got home from a work event later that afternoon and we spent the next few hours shopping for Christmas presents. While there, I enjoyed a shrimp pesto wrap and organic black bean soup from Mac ‘n Cheez.
After shopping, we went to pick up my car from the night before. I could have driven it home after our outing, but I didn’t want to chance it with how bad the snowy roads are, especially in the dark.
This might seem a little dramatic, but I would literally pay someone a salary to drive me around at any time in the snow during the wintertime. I don’t really have that kind of disposable income, but hey, I would figure it out.
With a little sedan with rear wheel drive, I am absolutely terrified to drive when it’s snowy and icy out. I turn the music off, put my phone in the back seat, and seriously have to talk myself up and calm myself down the entire time. I never realized how much I took driving down south for granted!
I know this picture is blurry, but it’s pretty accurate to what driving in snow is like for those of you who haven’t experienced it.
A big scary disaster.
We ended up staying in the rest of the night, super grateful that the heat was temporarily fixed by bedtime. Before cuddling up, I knocked out wrapping a handful of Christmas presents with Aspen. She loooves
laying on and getting in the way of everything helping her momma out!
Roadie, on the other hand, kept himself occupied by tearing the new toy we brought home for him in a matter of minutes. I swear, he’s more intense than he looks!
Sunday started the same way Saturday did: a morning walk outside with Roadie and a berry-topped breakfast.
This time, I had to hurry to get out the door for church (in on-court practice clothes, no less).
I brought my game stuff with me and spent my time between the service and my call time finishing up some Secret Santa shopping. My team has been exchanging gifts over the past few weeks and last night we found out who had who! I made a last minute run to Target, which of course turned into a stop at their in-store Starbucks.
(Yes, that is a VENTI Skinny Peppermint Mocha with my spinach and feta egg white wrap. Needed it!)
Before the game I was surprised with everything I needed: socks and healthy snacks. My secret shopper seriously killed it.
The game was an intense one. We performed two new routines and went into overtime! Although we didn’t win, everyone still had a blast.
Photo credit: Brian Sevald Photography
Straight after, we had a team holiday party to get to in Royal Oak. Here, all the entertainment teams gathered to celebrate the holidays and the group of us gathered to reveal our Secret Santas. Each person stood in the center to act out the person they had been shopping for. It was hilarious!
I didn’t get a chance to photograph much (like the amazing pizza, giant cookies, and cocktails I enjoyed. Whoops!), but I did manage to sneak in a few photos of some loves.
Secret’s out… Alex was my sneaky Santa!
It was a great night and wrap up to another busy game week!
Hope you all are off to a great start to yours…
Do you have anything exciting going on?
Any fun themed holiday parties to attend?
Shopping to get done?
Yup… me too! See ya tomorrow!
September 27, 2013
It’s Friday! Fall is here, and I am ready to get the weekend started to get out and enjoy it. You too? We’re almost there friends!
Sometimes my weeks tend to go by faster when I keep a mental note of things I want to share with you at the end of it. This is super convenient now that I’ve created a platform for me to do so each and every week. I hope you are enjoying reading these Friday Favorites posts as much as I enjoy putting them together!
Friday Favorites #4: Week of 9/27
• Monogrammed Chevron iPhone Case
I feel like I am always looking for a new phone cover. I am usually drawn to chevron patterns and when I found the Simply Monogram Shop on Etsy I fell in love. (Note, this specific shop only makes cases for the iPhone 4/4S, 5 and Sprint Galaxy S3).
There are so many different colors, patterns and varieties, and the majority of them cost $16.99, which isn’t too bad for a personalized item.
After going back and forth on several, I finally decided on this light blue coral design with rubber sides. I often take my case off to put my phone in an arm strap when I go for long runs, so knew the soft sides would be easier to handle. I have been using this case for about a month and absolutely adore it!
• Sweet Potato Chips
I whipped up a batch of these bad boys the other day and can’t keep my hands off them.
I can’t take any type of credit for them because they’re from the grocery store.
I have mentioned this on the blog before, but Simple Truth is Kroger’s organic line. While picking up a few essentials this week, I saw these Natural Sweet Potato Chips for the first time and had to get them.
A total of seventeen chips equals one serving for only 160 calories! Match that with the fact that they are made from real sweet potatoes, and they’ve sold me.
• Hot Vinyasa Yoga
I shared my desire to get back into yoga again a few weeks ago. I think it’s safe to say I am finally there. Over the past week I have taken three classes, all of which have been the Hot Vinyasa Flow practice.
There may be a point in the class where I think it’s a bit annoying (those dang pushup hovers), but 95% of the time I am loving it! After each class, I leave feeling a sense of inner peace and calmness.
Plus, I have noticed a significant decrease in my lower back pain. I have a feeling I will be going to this class on a regular basis.
• #Hasthtag (and other shenanigans) with Jimmy Fallon + JT
I stumbled upon this video the other day, watched it, and immediately posted it on my personal Facebook page. Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake (swoon) have to be the best comedic duo ever.
It all started with the History of Rap segments on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. (Am I right here? That’s the first time I noticed them together). Since then, they have performed tons of other musical treats and skits on his show.
This one, however, was new to me and I literally can’t stop watching it.
It’s SO great!
And, for the record, I am a hashtagging fool. I don’t really “say” hashtag whatever, but I certainly use them on an every day basis. #oops #sorryimnotsorry #sexyghostforthewin
Right after I posted that video, a friend of mine brought my attention towards this article/video.
Apparently, my favorite combo created a series of NFL end zone dances and challenged all players to do one during a game. If they did, Fallon promised to counter any fines ($10K) with a donation to their charity of choice. Well, well what do ya know… Detroit Lions (woot woot!) Rookie Joseph Fauria came through. I’m so proud!
P.S. I’ve never seen the “Worm On A Leash” before. That’s a move I’ve got down and may or may not be pulling it out when the time seems appropriate.
• Feeling Okay About Eating Chocolate
Just like many of you, I hold a special place in my heart for chocolate and I have never been able to cut it out of my diet. Good news… you don’t have to!
I have known about the “it’s okay to eat chocolate, as long as it’s dark” rule for a while, but I enjoyed Brad’s post (and watching his video – kinda funny!) about why. Lots of helpful tips there!
• Roadie Snuggles
This guy. He kills me.
If there is even an ounce of space left on the couch, he will find a way to crawl up to it and lay… on whoever. Scott and I often joke that Roadie must think he is a cat for some of the poses he gets himself into. I mean, half the time his lower half is even hanging off of the couch.
Sometimes I wonder if he really thinks he is a cat, or even a small dog for that matter. Judging from his behavior (snuggling and jumping everywhere including the very top part of the couch), I would guess the answer to this question is yes. Gotta love ‘em!
Have a great Friday, everyone!
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