January 2013 archive

It’s Thumping Thursdays – Come Hop with me!

I have been totally sick for what seems like forever. I no have no hearing in my right ear which has made things really hard, I hope that clears up soon,

This is my last week co-hosting so come on and Hop Along!!

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This is the last week of our co-hosts time. They have had an amazing month!
With over [a number] unique bloggers linking up, we have all made a ton of new blogging friends!

Next week we will have our new co-hosts! And if you are ever interested in co-hosting, remember you can find all the information on that HERE.

This week's Featured Read, who receives all of THESE benefits is…

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Since this is the last week of the month, we are getting social!
So link up your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and other social media channels!

Thanks for hopping by each and every week. This hop would be nothing without all of you!

As a reminder, if you would like to be a Featured Read
just make sure to follow the rules. ;)

Ensure that you get notified!
Please add
diana.n.chastain[at]gmail[dot]com
to your address book. Thanks!

Looking to be a co-host?
Click HERE to view more info on that!
Need new co-hosts for next month! :)

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Rules:
1.
Follow
your hosts and co-hosts.
Don't forget you can follow GFC via Twitter! :D

HOSTS:
Nanny2Mommy
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Mom In The USA


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Co-Hosts:
Geek in Glasses
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Please leave a comment if you are a new follower!

2.
Add
the badge somewhere on your blog.

3.
Link
up your main blog page.
No Giveaways or Specific Posts, please.
Our hop is open from Thursdays at 12:01am to Wednesday at 11:59pm.
So you can share and link up all week long!

4.
Visit
at least the two blogs before yours in the link set-up.

5.
Share
the Hop!



The other cool thing, our hop can be added to your site as well.
If you do this, please leave
Nanny2Mommy a comment so we know. ;) *wink*wink*

6.
The Most Important Rule
Have Fun!

Happy Hopping! :)

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Furry Fridays – Kelsey from Harbor Cottage

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Brought to you by Steph and Becky!
Today we have one of my favorite blogging friends, Kelsey and her super cute pug Angie!

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Hi guys! I'm Kelsey from Harbor Cottage. I'm here to share with you the joy of my little Angie girl.

First of all, anyone who tells you that pets love both "owners" equally is a liar. Every animal has a favorite… and I'm Angie's. My husband would argue this point, but he's wrong.

We brought Angie into our home in September of 2011. She was SERIOUSLY SMALL. I think she was three months and I swear she was a little runt. She's pedigree and we have fancy papers to prove it. I'm really not into that stuff, but I guess the breeder was. Either way, we love our little tiny girl.

Anyway, the story of Angie doesn't really begin in September of 2011. It begins in February of that same year with another furry friend. My grandpa had passed away in 2012 and my grandma was having a hard time taking care of his dog Shadow. Shadow was aptly named after the fact that she would literally follow my grandpa around all day. She was his "shadow" and once she even saved him from a dog attack on their daily walk. So, to help my grandma out, Anothony and I volunteered to take her in. We spent 6 months with Shadow. We took her to get her hair cut, we gave her baths, we'd take her on walks, and we would pet her 'til the cows come home. But she was old. She was 14 when we took her, and 6 months into it the vet advised me to put her down. It was really difficult because she was the type of dog that never looked old. She was wagging that tail all the way to her death bed. But, when your dog can barely walk and is scratching itself to death you can't lie to yourself anymore. You can read more about the passing of Shadow in this post. 

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So, after paying for a ton of vet bills and putting Shadow down, my grandma offered to get us a dog. We chose a $700 pug (which we later found out was $650 over my grandma's budget – big financial whoops!) It didn't mater though because we freaking loved the breed all of a sudden. In all honesty, the only reason we got a pug is because all the Halloween costumes were in the stores and all of them had pugs in them. We fell in love by accident. We wanted another shepherd or a lab, but our house was too small and our landlord advised us to chose a smaller breed.

On a side note — If we EVER adopt another animal it will be from the humane society. There are too many animals already without breeders creating more. Just saying…

We drove out to the breeder one night and brought Angie home. She was so small she could fit into our hands. I LOVED it!

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We immediately trained her to sleep in her bed on the floor. We never crate trained her. We got her a dog door and she never used pee pads. She wasn't allowed on the furniture or the bed. Flash forward to now and she has us wrapped around her little finger. She sleeps in our bed now and lives on the couch when we're home with her, but she does spend her days on a comfy carpet in our garage. So I guess we all got a little bit of what we wanted, right? We pretend we have a perfectly trained dog, and Angie wears her invisible crown all day and night bossing us around like her minions.

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But really, she is a great dog. She makes friends with every animal and person that she meets. She loves to go hiking with us and she is the best at playing fetch. She will eat any vegetable you hand her, and she is 100% in love with our cat Axel. We always say they are best buds – Axel Rose and Angie Stone. (Can you tell what type of music we listen to?)

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Pugs are a lot of fun because they make silly faces (and noises), and they always keep you smiling even when they've done something wrong. We love ours…can you tell?

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If you want to know more about us – visit my blog or follow me on Instagram @KCamello

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Kelsey blogs over at Harbor Cottage // Instagram

more furry fridays

Do you love your pet and want to be featured on Furry Fridays? Send your story of pet love, up to 5 pictures, tip about choosing a pet, how to rescue an animal or pet care tip and a link to your website/blog/etsy/twitter/facebook/etc.

Email your stuff to nericcio(at)centurylink(dot)net or bisforbeckystets(at)gmail(dot)com subject line: Furry Fridays.

It’s Thumping Thursdays – Come Hop with me!

Hi everyone, thanks for joining us again this week! I am trying to re-coop from a nasty cold, I hope everyone else is making it through without sickness plaguing the house! Now jump on in and hop!
It's time to hop again – The Thumping Thursdays way!

Thank you so much for joining us.

What a great place you have made this to meet new bloggers!

 

This week's Featured Read is:

MOHTH
 

  

As a reminder, if you would like to be a

 

Featured Read

just make sure to
follow the rules.


Ensure that you get notified!  Please
add
 

diana.n.chastain[at]gmail[dot]com

to your address book.
Thanks!

Looking to be a Co-Host?

Click HERE to view
more info on that! 
 

We need new co-hosts for next month!

 

Here's the
badge:

Rules:

 

1. Follow your
hosts and co-hosts.

 

Hosts:

Nanny2Mommy and Mom In The
USA

Co-Hosts:

Geek in
Glasses

This Life's
Beautiful Moments

Eyes On The
Source

Please leave a comment if you are a new
follower
so we can return the
follow.


2. Add the badge somewhere on
your blog.

3. Link up your main blog
page.
No Giveaways or Specific Posts,
please. 

Click here for Giveaways.
Our hop is open from Thursdays at 12:01am to Wednesday at
11:59pm.
So you can share and link up all week
long!

4. Visit at least the two blogs before
yours in the

link set-up.

5. Share the
Hop!

The other
cool thing?


Our hop can be added to your site as well.
If you do this, please
leave
Nanny2Mommy a comment
so we know.

6. The Most Important Rule
Have
Fun!
Happy Hopping!

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Project 365 – Week 4 pictures of nothing

As I continue to work on the Project 365, I am not really taking inspired images but the goal was take a photo everyday and with a couple execptions, I'm at least doing that. Here's this weeks: I tried to wok on moon shots with proper shutter speed. They cames out not so wonderful, I'll those again next week.

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Lazy Sunday

Let's Get Social Sunday
Just sitting at home on a lazy Sunday. Relaxing after a long week of dance and sickness. Getting Social over at Our Turn for Us.
Awesome crafts instore for the next couple weeks.

Furry Fridays – Jessie from My Mod Style

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Hello! My name is Jessie and I blog over at My Mod Style. I blog about interior design, saving the planet, being vegan and my love for life. A huge part of my life is my pet family. You may read my post about my pet family and wonder if I am a pet hoarder. I promise you that I am not. Animal lover, YES. Hoarder, No. When I was a kid growing up we always had lots of pets. Now as an adult, it's the same way. My pets are truly my Fur Babies and I love them with all my heart. I have 6 total, two dogs and 4 cats. Here they all are pictured below…

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My original plan for this post was to get a group photo of everyone together. I guess you could say a pet family portrait. Well, it didn't happen that way and didn't go as planned. Sammy refused to come out of the basement because she sensed something was "up" and just hid from me. The others didn't pose well or didn't make it on the couch before the timer went off. FAIL. (But still funny.)

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Muffins is the oldest. She is a Yorkshire Terrier and just turned 13 years old. She was my first real pet that was my own. I got her when I was 18 years old. Of course she is my baby. She has been through thick and thin with me and moved 9 times! Two years ago I lived in California with my husband for about 4 months. Just her and I road in my car by ourselves across the country! She loved being a "California Girl." I hope to take her there this year on vacation because she is getting so old. In her entire 13 years of life I never saw her more happy then when she was on the beach smelling the ocean air.

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How did I end up with so many pets? Well Simon came next. He was just a cute kitten that was at my mom's house from a litter one of her cats had. He was my first cat. That was 10 years ago! Simon is so beautiful. He loves to cuddle with you and tends to forget how big he is. He is the type of cat that puts his face right in yours till you pet him. He also thinks the house is his and everything in it. He runs the show.

A few years later a friend of mine showed up at my doorstep with a tiny gray kitten. She had found him on the side of the road and asked me if I wanted him. At first I didn't want anymore pets, but was sad to think of this sick little kitten not having a home. That's how I ended up with Norman. (It's so easy to end up with a lot of pets!!) He is the sweetest of them all. He is kinda viewed as the "mother". I know that sounds strange, but they all love him. They all seek him out because they love to cuddle with Norman. Norman will also groom them all. He is also the only cat you will ever see tolerate Chloe.

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Fast forward a few mores years. My husband and I bought a house that needed remodeled. During the remodel we lived in my parents basement and my mom had another litter of kitties. Needless to say my heart melted when I saw Sammy and Barrett. They are both my shy kitties. They pretty much only like me but tolerate my husband sometimes. When cats are small and cute, it's so easy to end up with a lot and not think anything of it. It hasn't always been easy having so many pets. We move them with us everywhere we go. Including a 1,200 mile move across the country. They have gotten used to all the moving. I think as long as they are always together and with us they seem to adjust well.

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Before we moved across the country, there was a day we went to Starbucks to get coffee. We decided to just walk into a pet store just to look at animals. Well I ended up going home with a Chihuahua. That's how we ended up with Chloe. She is a hand full. I love her to death but she keeps you on your toes all the time. She is very mischievous. She loves to eat, so I always have to make sure she isn't eating everyone else's food. She loves to cuddle and build little "caves" out of blankets. She is also very loyal.

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You can imagine there is never a dull moment in my house. We truly are a family and everyone really does coexist well together. My advise for picking out a pet would be do your research first. Talk to other people who have pets. The hardest thing for us is having dogs with wanting to travel a lot. I never boarded them when they were young, so I won't do it now. You have to start that at a young age I think. Also, dogs take so much more work then cats. Cats can be left alone and pretty much take care of themselves. Make sure you pick a pet that fits into your lifestyle. So many people don't do this and end up having to give them up.

I also highly recommend saving animals from shelters. I adopted Chloe from a pet store which I am not proud of now. I think rescuing a homeless animal from a shelter is one of the most rewarding things you can do. I worked at a shelter for 3 months and learned a lot in that short time period. Not all the animals there are abused or mean. They often have purebred dogs and puppies as well. A lot of times if you go to a shelter the animal will pick you. :)

I really enjoyed sharing this post and hope you enjoyed reading it. Please feel free to stop by my blog and say HELLO! Thanks Becky and Steph for having me!

Jessie blogs over at My Mod Style // Pins // Instagram // Facebook // BlogLovin

It’s Thumping Thursdays – Come Hop with me!

It's Thursday again and I'm co-hosting Thumping Thursdays! Please join in and meet a lot of great people!!! 

As a reminder, if you would like to be a Featured Read
just make sure to follow the rules. ;)

Ensure that you get notified!
Please add
diana.n.chastain[at]gmail[dot]com
to your address book. Thanks!

Looking to be a co-host?
Click HERE to view more info on that!
Need new co-hosts for next month! :)

Here's the badge:


Rules:
1.
Follow
your host and co-hosts.
HOST:
Nanny2Mommy
Mom In The USA
Co-Hosts:
Geek in Glasses
This Life's Beautiful Moments
Eyes On The Source
Please leave a comment if you are a new follower
so we can return the follower.

2.
Add
the badge somewhere on your blog.

3.
Link
up your main blog page.
No Giveaways or Specific Posts, please.
Our hop is open from Thursdays at 12:01am to Wednesday at 11:59pm.
So you can share and link up all week long!

4.
Visit
at least the two blogs before yours in the link set-up.

5.
Share
the Hop!



The other cool thing, our hop can be added to your site as well.
If you do this, please leave
Nanny2Mommy a comment so we know. ;) *wink*wink*

6.
The Most Important Rule
Have Fun!

Happy Hopping! :)

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Homemade Root Beer with the SodaStream

Let's start by saying that making soda freaks me out a little bit. It's a fermentation process that with beer and wine doesn't bother me but making soda that the little one is going to drink, it's a different story. We have tried homemade root beer with little success, I think the yeast was dead to begin with and it just lead to a sad day when our soda was flat. BUT then I got:

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the Sodastream for Christmas. The goal was knock out the 2 liters of bought soda while creating great unqiue flavors. This helps control the artifical flavors, colors and amount of sugar intake.

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Here is the Rootbeer Recipe we tried.

1oz   Sassafras Root

1 oz  Sarsaprilla Root

1/2 oz  Licorice Root

1/2 oz  Dandelion Root

1/2 oz  Burdock Root

1/2 oz  Juniper
Berries

2 quarts water

1 1/2 cup brown sugar

Bring water to a boiling, then turn down to simmer and let
herbs/roots steep for 1 hour. Add Brown Sugar and stir to dissolve.  Strain the liquid into a container and let
cool completely.

Using the SodaStream, carbonate the water and use 1 1/2 cup
to 2 cups of root beer mix.

The herb mix can be used again, so add another 2 quarts of
water and repeat.

This makes about 4 liters of soda for us, because my
daughter likes a stronger taste, I could have made more because I didn't need
it as flavorful.



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