Wednesday, January 29, 2014


On our cold non-snow day yesterday I did some blogging and some doggie bio writing.  Yes, I am excited to be working with Red Collar Rescue helping advertise the available animals for adoption.  Yesterday I was asked to give this cutie a voice.

Meet Preston!

Hey there, I'm Preston!  I am a happy pup and I love to play!  Do you have kids or other dogs?  That'd be neat because I love them all!

I am 10 months old and my other hobbies include cuddling and playing with toys, especially the ones with lots of stuffing in them.  I shake my toys and I love to pounce on them.

I'm working on learning all my manners; and I'm a fast study, so with a little work I'll have the basics down pat!  I'll probably be about 30 pounds when I am all grown up.

I'd love a special home to call my own.  Will you be my family?

If you'd be interested in fostering or adopting Preston, contact Red Collar Rescue at Preston would love to hear from you!

*All of the photos in this post are by the talented Amy of BH Studios.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Weekly Finds

I finally have a headboard for my bed.  I knew I would find it eventually.

What took me so long?  Well, I wasn't sure what I wanted, but I knew I would know it when I saw it.  And the one I knew I wanted when I saw it was hiding at the Lucky Rabbit in Hattiesburg, MS.

This place is super cute.  If you live in or are visiting the area this place is a must stop.  They have tons of vintage, recycled, upcycled, and hand made items.  My headboard is a re-purposed door.  Neat, right?

I love how it looks in the space.  The bird canvases that were hanging on the wall are now sitting on the top of the headboard leaning against the wall.  I like the way it looks and they are stable up there.

Required Instagram close up

Last night I was reading my February Better Homes and Gardens magazine and I saw one of the coolest ideas for a kitchen remodel that I have seen in a while.  At first I wasn't sure I liked it, but the more I thought about it the more I loved it.

Couldn't find the real pictures online, so you have to settle for pics of the magazine

This house is in Atlanta and was built in the late 1920's.  Being in a home that was built in the 30's I can tell you that there is not a lot of open space, like modern homes, between the kitchen and living areas.  I thought this was a great reuse of space.  The family did away with the wall between their kitchen and a "bonus room" and relocated the refrigerator to make one large room with a living space.

The more I think about it the more I love it.  When I have people over if I am in the kitchen my guests are hanging out in there with me sitting at the breakfast room table or they are in the family room and I am isolated from them.  This room provides a place for comfortable socializing right in the kitchen.  I think it is genius and so charming.

And of course I applaud their use of subway tile.

I'm still so in love with subway tile.

We did get our "snow" day here in Houston.  Even if the forecast was a little off I am thankful for a lazy day.  I see a movie marathon and a nap in my future.

Have a great day!  Stay warm out there.

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Monday, January 27, 2014

Weekend Recap

We had a fantastic relaxed boring weekend!  It was perfect!  It started with a Houston snow day on Friday.  We didn't see any snow at our house, but it sure was icy out there.  I know everyone around the country that is well versed in winter weather makes fun of us for shutting down because of a little ice and that's just fine with me.  I was happy to stay home in my PJ pants with the husband and the fur kids.  Much better than being out and about.

Speaking of the fur girls love them some makeup.

It would be a weird day of getting out the makeup box without feline or canine supervision.

My girly girls.

Saturday brought lovely weather back up in the 60s so we ran errands and lunched at Mandola's Deli.  Delicious Italian po-boys!  And we got stuffed artichokes to take home and had those for dinner.  Yummy.

Sunday we had a play date with Wags!

Wags and her mom!

Sammy was so excited to see her BFF.  It was awesome to see Wags and the other dogs in her neighborhood.  She is in the perfect home for her and it warms my heart!!

Now tomorrow it is supposed to be cold and icy again!!  Our weather is indecisive!  I thought my desk calendar at the office was perfect for today.

For another day off tomorrow!

I don't think I can remember a winter where we had two days that we were closed due to weather.  Fingers crossed.  :)

I hope you had a great weekend!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Fostering Part III

Wags has found her forever home!  Despite her rough start she is a lucky girl who was rescued repeatedly by a long list of people who adore her.

Photo by BH Studios

What's not to adore?  She is without a doubt one of the sweetest dogs I have ever met.  The husband and I took her home to her forever parents last weekend.  Why am I just now posting about this?  Well, there was a teensy amount of emotions involved.  Wags had been home with us for 4 months.  We were attached and it is hard to write blog posts with tears in your eyes.  It makes typing and proof reading a challenge.

So, what are my thoughts on this whole experience?  Let me tell you...better yet, let me tell her.

Oh, Wags...I am SO happy for you, but I will and do miss you.  It was such a fun journey with you.  When you first arrived you had no idea what to do with a toy.  You appreciated my offerings and you stashed them in your brand new bed.  If nothing else, you were definitely organized.

You love that bed.  You were so thrilled to have a cozy spot to call your own.

It was a pleasure working with you and watching you grow.  Yes, you could frustrate me like no other, but it was all worth it.  Your coat got so glossy and shiny; and your eyes lit up over the months.  You are a happy girl; always ready to give kisses and snuggles.  I love the snuggles.

Me loving the snuggles.

Thank you for teaching my timid Sammy how to be more brave.  You really helped her come into her own.  She is a new and improved dog since you've been around; and despite the bumps at the beginning you quickly became her best friend.


You even showed her that there was a world out the window.  She never used to look out the front windows, but now she does.  Each time Sam puts her paws up on the window sill or lets out a bark at the mail man, I think of you.

Listening in two directions.

Sammy showed you what to do with those toys!  You sure enjoy a good game of tug and love to pounce on a bouncing ball.

It was so fun watching you girls play together.

I love you Wags, this has been such a wonderful experience.  Thanks for being my first foster dog and making this so unforgettable that I want to do again and again. 

You will always be my Wagamuffin.

Pictures of Wags with her forever parents will be coming soon!  I love them, they are fantastic.  They are perfect for Wags AND they live in the neighborhood.  There will be play dates happening.

If you'd like to read my other posts on fostering you can find part one here and part two here.  If you have ever wanted to foster an animal, I think you should.

Here is what I think might be my favorite of all my Wags posts.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Fostering, Part II

The husband and I are fostering this awesome dog named Wags.  Old news, right?

She has been with us since the middle of September and it should come as no surprise that the longer you work with and love a dog the more attached you become to said dog.  With that attachment comes protectiveness.  That stands to reason right?  I will be interrogating any potential adopters about things like their abilities to snuggle for extended periods of time and their Kong stuffing prowess.  Be warned people, I am a protective foster mom and it will be brutal.

It is very important to me that everyone know how lucky they would be to have this special little critter in their lives.  She has a super fun personality and Wags' future parents will be blessed to have her.  I made this little slideshow to share with anyone interested in meeting Wags.

Wags is a fantastic, fun girl.  If you would like to meet her, contact Red Collar Rescue at  I promise I will be nice while questioning you.

You can read part one on my feelings about fostering here.