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It’s Awesome Being a Pet Mom

It is awesome being a pet mom.   I loved my pets dearly growing up, but Oreo brought it to a whole new level.  He brought so much joy to my life for nine years, five months and six days. I miss him so much. Oreo and I developed a special bond, and I’m forever grateful for all the amazing things he provided me.  After he came into my life, I noticed the rest of my pets started to become less like “pets” and more like “children” to me.  Each of them with their own distinct personalities; each of them unbelievably devoted and loving.

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5 Reasons It’s Awesome to be a Pet Mom:

1.  Oreo gave me a reason to smile every single day.  His smile was contagious and brought happiness to my day, no matter how hard my day had been.

“Anyone can make you SMILE but it takes Someone Special to make You HAPPY.”

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2.  Linus is teaching me to embrace my fears by being so adventurous.  My little noodle greets each day with a sense of bold adventure, he’s never afraid of anything.  He knows how to always bring out the best in me.

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3.  Frenchie is always at my side when I need her most.  She was right next to me as I was grieving Oreos passing.  Most days, she was the sole reason that I would smile.  She would lay next to Burger, giving him comfort while he was mourning as well.  People who think that animals don’t feel emotions like people do could not be more wrong.  “There is no greater comfort than the silent devoted companionship of my cat.”

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4.  “Life is a succession of moments, live each one as a Golden Moment.”  LIVE in the MOMENT is a positive way of living your life.  A wonderful dog lesson I am currently learning from Skai.  She is the most happy-go-lucky dog, treating each new experience as the most awesome, exciting moment she’s ever experienced.

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5. Unconditional LOVE

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Unconditional LOVE is one of life’s most beautiful gifts.  Burger has enriched my life in many ways.  He has loved me unconditionally for so many years since that very first moment I met him.  Burger was also Oreo’s best friend.  They bonded immediately and helped each other get through so many illnesses.  If they did not have each other to fall back on, I really don’t think Oreo would have lasted as long with his cancer as he did, and I don’t think Burger would have survived his blood clot.

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If you’re lucky …
a dog will come into your life, steal your heart and change everything…

13 Of The Best Gifts for Pet Moms!

 Happy Mothers Day to all of the human AND pet moms out there!  On this beautiful (but chilly) relaxing day, I spent some time browsing Amazon, looking for a perfect gift for myself.  What?  My cats can’t buy me presents, so I have to do it for them!  Here are some things that I stumbled across and fell in love with:

  1. This shirt, which perfectly describes how I felt every single day off last year.  The only times I ever wanted to talk to anyone other than Oreo was when I was saying “Thank You” to the delivery man dropping off a pizza.
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2.   I can’t fall asleep unless at least one of my pets are right there next to me.

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This pillow just may make it a little bit easier if I ever need to stay the night somewhere else.

3.                                               Why is this so cute?!

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And, just like that, I suddenly need to own more jewelry.

4.                              I’m feline myself with this flask (ha ha ha).

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Anytime, anywhere, if I need to take the edge off…I can do so in purrfect fashion.

5.  I don’t know if I’ve ever seen anything more perfect for me in my life!

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Matching shirts for one of the cats (or for Skai) and I?  Awesome!  The fact that it’s of a Burger and French Fries?  It’s destiny.

6.  Adorn your nails with these adorable dog-themed nail decals!

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With Summer just around the corner, it’s the perfect time for a mani/pedi anyway…why not take the opportunity to show the world your love for your pet?!

7.  I can’t think of any better motivation to learn how to bake than these kitty cookie cutters!

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These would not only be perfect to make cookies for humans, but how cute would cat-shaped cat treats be?

8.                                           A super amazing kitty hoodie!

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9.                                  The cutest toilet brush you’ll ever see.

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Because if you need to have a toilet brush in the house, it might as well be cute AF.

10.                 A dog measuring cup/measuring spoon set!

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More motivation for me to learn how to cook!

11.   I’ve been trying to work on my green thumb, and this succculant planter is a super cute addition to my hopefully soon to be blossoming garden.

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12.   Literally the cutest bath mat I’ve ever seen in my life.

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This would look great in any room in my house, now that I think about it.  It’s so cute that I’d almost feel bad stepping on it.

13.        Last but not least, these unbreakable wine glasses that are purrfect for lounging on the beach!

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I may or may not have bought the majority of the things on this list.  Partly because I have no self-control, and partly because…YOLO.

Happy Mothers Day!

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Pet Shaming 101

I’m sure that at some point recently you’ve stumbled across of an example or two of pet shaming.  You know what I mean – the ones with a happy dog with a goofy expression on his face wearing a sign around his neck that says “Mom left the house for a few minutes to get the mail and I panicked and ate the couch”.   Or maybe one with a smug looking cat whose sign says “I puked in mom’s shoes – twice”.   These posts always make me laugh – in large part because I can relate to them so much!  My little monsters are ALWAYS getting into some kind of trouble.  I finally decided to start documenting their antics.  You’ll never guess who the first kitty to make it to the wall of shame was…Pet Shaming Linus

Of course, it was Linus.  Is anyone really surprised?  This little noodle is the sweetest kitty in the universe but gets in to SO.MUCH.TROUBLE!!

My personal theory is that cats do things to make you mad because they want to keep you on your toes.  They’re little assholes, but deep down want to make sure that you’re always ready for any unexpected disaster that may occur.  In a cats mind, the best way to prepare is by fishing your hair tie out of a toilet, or cleaning up a roll of paper towel that the cat wrapped throughout the entire house.  It helps you keep your eyes open, get some exercise, and hopefully be prepared for any pending doom.

Dogs, on the other hand, are the complete opposite.  I think of dogs like over-excited toddlers.  Little kids who ate too much sugar.  They get SO EXCITED to see your car pulling into the driveway that the only appropriate way to show you how happy they are to see you is to dive right through the screen door to get to you as fast as humanly possible.

I think this is why no matter how mad you are when you first walk into an apparent war-zone in your living room, as soon as you look your furbaby in the eyes all that anger just melts away.

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What is your favorite pet shaming photo? Please share!

Green Tea Face Mist – DIY!

With Summer fast approaching, I have been scouring Pinterest for easy, fun DIY ideas.  Even though this isn’t pet related, one of my favorite ideas that I’ve come across is this easy DIY green tea face mist!  A perfect and simple new beach essential, it is simple to make and leaves your skin cool, refreshed and smooth.

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Green tea is full of antioxidants and will help repair dry, sun-damaged skin in addition to helping to cool you off on a hot summer day.  This feels great on your skin and smells awesome!

I didn’t take as many pictures as I meant to, but making this was kind of messy; and to be honest, I kind of forgot to keep up with photos!

  There are a few things that you’ll need to get started:

(I bought all of these at Wegmans, but these are similar items that I found on Amazon if you are interested.  **Disclaimer** – if you click on one of the links above and purchase the item, I may earn a tiny fee for your purchase, at no additional cost to you.)

There was an option to add in essential oil, but I forgot to buy this at the store.  Honestly, I like the smell as-is; but you can feel free to buy any essential oil scent to add in if you’d like!

Steps:

  •  Brew a cup of tea, then stick in the fridge to cool it down.

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  •  Take peeled, cucumber slices and blend them.  The directions said to puree, but I don’t have a fancy blender, so I just used my small smoothie blender.  That worked fine but left it a little bit clumpy, so I had to strain it to get rid of any chunks.  What you want to have left over is a thin liquid, like cucumber juice.  Is cucumber juice even a thing?  Haha

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  • At this point, the tea should hopefully be cooled down.  Take the green tea and pour it into the spray bottle – I filled mine up about 3/4 full.
  • Add 2 spoonfuls of the cucumber juice
  • Add one spoonful of the Aloe Vera gel

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  • Shake it to combine everything, and pop it in the fridge!

The directions say that this should last about a week in the fridge, but I’ll see how long I can get out of it.  As long as it doesn’t start to smell bad or leave my skin sticky or something, I don’t see why it couldn’t last longer.

With my Irish/German heritage, I am super super prone to sunburns.   I plan on giving this spray a shot when I get my first sunburn – I typically apply aloe gel to it anyway, so I feel like this mist would work just as well.  Plus, it’s easier to keep with me than a big bottle of aloe vera gel is!

If you guys wind up giving this DIY a try, let me know what you think!  If you have any other fun DIYs to keep me busy this summer, share them in the comments!

Have a good night
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Midnight Thoughts

It’s past midnight and I can’t sleep.  Have you ever been at a place in your life where everything just seems so stale?  Where each day is so routine and so predictable?  I wish that I had the funds to take a break for even just a long weekend, just to get away.

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“Time is valuable, so spend yours wisely. This is true even when sitting alone in the space of your own mind.”

I constantly see bloggers, youtube “stars”, Instagram “celebs”, and become so jealous of how they are truly making a GOOD living doing what they love when they want to do it.  Those who make an income by simply traveling all over the world and posting beautiful pictures, how wonderful their lives must be.

Because of this, I have found myself spending a lot of time thinking about adding on more pet-sitting clients.  I do it fairly occasionally now, although the clients I petsit for typically use me for multiple weeks at a time.  Over that time, I am able to form such a strong bond with the pets staying with me.  It can be hectic at times – problems are bound to occur every now and then, and let’s be honest…who actually enjoys cleaning up dog poo or cat vomit?  Regardless, it’s something that I could make a fairly decent secondary income doing.  I typically charge $25 per day for each pet staying with me.  If I had a dog in my house each day for the entire year, that would be an extra $9125 in my pocket each year.  All for doing something that I truly enjoy!

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Perhaps I should start heading to bed earlier than midnight someday…all I seem to do this late is daydream about the way that I wish things could be.  Ah well.

Until next time
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