Thursday, June 30, 2016

We got another Pug!!

Blake and I have been wanting to add another pug to our family for a long time. But, I must say this happened way more quickly than I thought it would! We got a message last Sunday saying that someone was looking for a home for their pug, and before we knew it we were making arrangements to meet on Wednesday! Originally we had planned on finding another pug puppy, so this wasn't in the plan but we decided it might be better to adopt an older pug. Puppies are a lot of work, and we weren't sure how Delly would react to a pup. 


Bailey is 6 years old, and she was loved by her first family-but things got complicated for them a few months ago and she needed a new home. We knew she would need to get up to date on her current vaccines and that she wasn't spayed. When I went to pick her up, I got the surprise of a lifetime. Not only was she pretty underweight, but she was also pregnant!!! 

After a quick conversation on the phone with my husband, we decided we would take her home anyway. I have never been so exhilarated and scared at the same time! Pug puppies, people!! I don't even know how I am going to be able to give up any puppies. There are a few more pressing matters to attend to first though. She has fleas and really needs to put on some weight. Her ears don't look that great either. But, she is SO cute and has the sweetest personality. We have a lot of getting to know one another to do, and Delly hasn't quite warmed up to her yet! 


We have so much going on at the moment, I had no idea we would be adding another dog into the mix (or maybe 3 or 4 dogs!!). I have a lot of research to do, and would appreciate any pregnant dog advice anybody has! Many more pictures coming your way! 

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Book Club: What She Knew


Summary: 
From Amazon: Rachel Jenner is walking in a Bristol park with her eight-year-old son, Ben, when he asks if he can run ahead. It’s an ordinary request on an ordinary Sunday afternoon, and Rachel has no reason to worry—until Ben vanishes.  
Police are called, search parties go out, and Rachel, already insecure after her recent divorce, feels herself coming undone. As hours and then days pass without a sign of Ben, everyone who knew him is called into question, from Rachel’s newly married ex-husband to her mother-of-the-year sister. Inevitably, media attention focuses on Rachel too, and the public’s attitude toward her begins to shift from sympathy to suspicion.
As she desperately pieces together the threadbare clues, Rachel realizes that nothing is quite as she imagined it to be, not even her own judgment. And the greatest dangers may lie not in the anonymous strangers of every parent’s nightmares, but behind the familiar smiles of those she trusts the most.
Where is Ben? The clock is ticking...

What I Didn't Like:
I feel like this book took forever! I wanted desperately to know what happened and who took Ben! I found myself growing impatient to get to the end. So, that could be a positive actually. You will be on the edge until the very end. 

What I Liked: 
What an interesting story! You swap between the perspectives of the mother and the detective. Both points of view are so interesting and I really enjoyed seeing all sides of the story. I couldn't imagine what it would be like to have a missing child, but this is written so well you really feel for Rachel and sympathize with her plight. I love the commentary on how social media plays a part in such a big case and how brutal the internet can be. It's such a good reminder that you don't know everything and that the media is so biased and usually uninformed.  

Overall Rating: 
5 out of 5 Stars (1: hated it, 2: didn't like it, 3: liked it, 4:liked it, 5: loved it)
I thought I was tired of multiple perspective books, but this one does it really right. I loved both points of view and truly enjoyed this roller coaster of a book. Not knowing if Ben would be alive at the end was definitely a source of anxiety, but I couldn't stop until I knew for sure. 

Leave me a comment: What's next on your to-read list??


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Vogue 73 Questions

I have fully enjoyed watching Vogue's 73 question series on Youtube! Reese Witherspoon and Taylor Swift's interviews were probably my favorites. Getting a little sneak peak into their houses was really cool too.  I borrowed a set of 73 questions I thought I'd answer for you today! The youtube videos go pretty quickly, so I'm adopting that same speed and trying to answer these questions with the first thing that comes to mind. 



1.What’s the best thing that happened to you this month? I won another Instagram giveaway! This time it was the entire Summer 2016 nail polish collection from Essie! 
2. What is something you’re tired of? Not having enough hours in the day.
3. What is something that recently moved you? "When we wait on God, we may find that his solutions to our problems far exceed anything that we might have devised ourselves."
4. If you could teach one subject in school what would it be? History!
5. What’s your favorite beverage? Iced Tea with Lemon
6. What’s your favorite cocktail? Jack & Coke
7. What is your favorite cake? Chocolate Ice Cream Cake!
8.What is one thing you still have from your childhood? I actually have an entire rubbermaid under the bed full of treasures from when I was a kid. There was a stuffed tiger in there I just recently took out and I stuck it in the bin my niece and nephew's toys are in.
9. What is your favorite movie? Father of the Pride or The Parent Trap 
10. What is something you can’t do? Be a hot mess.(in front of other people)
11. What is one habit you wish you could break? Biting my nails...talking to much...
12. What makes you laugh no matter what? I have a few inside jokes with my husband that never fail to make us both crack up. 
13. What does creativity mean to you? Being able to express what's on your mind.
14. What are your favorite lyrics of all time? Love is our shelter, Love is our cause, Love goes on forever, Yeah love will lead us all, Love, it is our honor, Love, it is our all, Love goes on forever, Yeah love it is our home.  -That's What's Up
15. What is something you’ve always wanted to try but you’ve been too scared to do? Move somewhere new and start over. 
16. Best advice for your 19 year old self? Exercise! You'll like it.
17. If you could raid one woman’s closet who would it be? Kate Middleton
18. Must have purse item? Money!
19. What did you want to do with your life at age 12? I think at 12 I wanted to be an opera singer actually. 
20. What is something you will not be doing in ten years? I really hope I will be better at saving money instead of spending it. 
21. What is an important life lesson for someone to learn? There are always many sides to the story and yours won't always be the right one. 
22. What is one goal you are determined to achieve in your lifetime? Make it out alive. 
23. Would you ever live anywhere besides where you live now? Uh, yeah! 
24. What is your favorite dessert? Moose Tracks Ice Cream or warm chocolate chip cookies
25. Is there a dessert you don’t like? Rice pudding is weird. 
26. It’s brunch! What do you eat? Chicken and Waffles
27. Who is your favorite painter? This may be the hardest question yet! I always liked David Hockney. Salvador Dali has always been fascinating too...and I guess it depends on my mood because I really like the Thomas Kinkade Disney paintings also! 
28. Favorite Disney animal? Percy from Pocahontas obvi. 
29. What is a book you are planning on reading? Next up is "Everything, Everything" by Nicola Yoon
30. What did you read most recently? “What She Knew" by Gillian Macmillan 
31. Favorite solo artist? I couldn't possibly pick one. 
32. What’s your Favorite board game? Clue!
33. What’s a city you wish to visit? Sydney!
34. Heels or flats? Flats
35.  Where does one go on a perfect road trip? California
36. What do you do on a rainy day? If I don't have to go about my day to day life? Stay inside and cuddle on the couch. 
37. What’s your favorite exercise? Turbofire! 
38. What was your worst subject in school? Math. All of the kinds of math. 
39. What is your spirit animal? Probably a puppy. They just want to love you and look cute. 
40. What do you usually eat for breakfast? It's different everyday, but probably peanut butter toast. 
41. What do you usually eat for dinner? That's different every day too, but usually some kind of chicken. 
42. Cooking or Baking? Cooking
43. Favorite baked good? Chocolate Chip Cookies!
44. What is something you wish you could be good at? Hair and Make Up...Dancing...Ninja Warrior Obsctacle courses. 
45. Skiing or Surfing? Surfing, because the beach will always win. 
46. First celebrity crush? JTT haha
47. Most recent celebrity crush? Henry Cavill is basically perfect looking. 
48. What color was your prom dress? Didn't go to prom! 
49. How do you manage stress? Hah! I don't! But, exercise always helps. 
50. What do you do to relax? I love baths and I love to watch movies and fall asleep on the couch. 
51. Age when you were first kissed? 16 I'm pretty sure, but I kind of blocked it out. 
52. Place you were first kissed? The dining room in the house I group up in. *burning cheeks*
53. Favorite fashion trend of all time? Midi skirts!
54. Best fashion advice you’ve ever received? "A dress should be tight enough to show you're a woman and loose enough to prove you're a lady.”― Edith Head
55. Trend you would like to see disappear forever? I don't really care for rompers or crop tops...but! I think you can pull off anything as long as it fits you properly and isn't 2 sizes too small. 
56. Shoes or Bags? hmmm..bags. 
57. How do you know if you’re in love? You just know! I think it's easy to tell when someone else is in love because they will bring that person up in conversation at every opportunity. 

58. Television show you’ve binged on recently? I (almost) got away with it. *shame!* Those reenactments though! 
59. Who do you turn to when you’re sad? Blake first. 
60. Name one thing you’ve learned the hard way? You don't have to be best friends with everyone and not everyone will like you. But that's totally fine! 
61. If you could make a documentary about anything what would it be? Pugs. 
62. What is your Kryptonite? The TJ Maxx home section. 
63. What are you most enchanted by? sunsets over the water. 
64. What is your biggest strength? Wow, uh, probably having vision. I can see tons of outcomes at once in lots of different arenas. From consequences of good or bad actions to where furniture should go in a room.
65. What is your biggest weakness? Over thinking/analyzing. I can't just go with it. 
66. What are 3 words to describe living in Florida? Hot, Tourists, and Awesome
67. Cutest thing on planet earth? baby anything
68. Most important advice you’d give your future children? Always be considerate of others. Think of their feelings and how what you do will affect them. Give people the benefit of the doubt. See their side and know that they also have a lot going on in their lives. 
69. Best first date idea? A big group outing with lots of activities to take the pressure off. 
70. Favorite type of flower? Hydrangeas and Peonies
71. What do you first notice about someone when you meet them? Their overall appearance. That sounds really shallow, but I just mean you can tell a lot about a person by how they take care of themselves and if they are trying to put themselves together. I don't mean what brands they are wearing, but if they have put some effort into being their best selves. 
72. What’s your guilty pleasure? The Bachelor and Keeping Up with the Kardashians
73. Plans for the weekend? This weekend we start on our bathroom reno! It's DEMO DAY! 

That probably wasn't near as interesting as a celebrity's interview would be, but I had fun! Some of those questions were really hard, and I had to think about it for much longer than I thought I would. I'd love to read your interviews, so leave a link in the comments below!