National Pet Day – Celebrating Our Fur Baby


Did you know that today is National Pet Day? We love daily holidays because they give us a reason to celebrate every day. Today we’re introducing our new little one – our fur baby!

She came into our lives very quickly – her original owners had some unexpected and major medical issues arise and they asked us to take her. We had wanted a dog for so long and were so excited to say yes! She’s still a baby, but she’s our baby and we love her lots!

This little gal is so sweet. She loves her “big brother” as Little Dude calls himself now. She loves to give kisses, loves to play ball and loves to cuddle. She’s just a big ole sweetie who is gaining a big personality as she grows.

There were so many things we’ve heard and seen about getting a puppy. A few of them are very true:
1. Puppies create responsibility. This is VERY true, and by allowing our little guy to be involved in her training, playing and care, he’s gained a lot of responsibility. He is very involved in her potty rituals, feeding and making sure she is training well.
2. Puppies (and kids) require a set schedule. I do too, actually. This is great because this gives us all the more reason to have a set bedtime routine, set hours at work, etc. It’s helped both little man and the little puppy a ton to have a set schedule.
3. Puppies give you a reason to get exercise. SO TRUE! We’ve been doing daily walks as a family and it’s great to get outside and get moving every day!
4. Puppies give companionship and therapy. As I’ve stated on here before, I suffer from bipolar disorder. When the puppy first got to her first home, she was beginning training as a therapy animal, and it shows. She is very intuitive and acts accordingly if we need love, kisses, etc. She actually has done quite well with her therapy training since. Therapy dogs are trained to sit on people if they’re sad or crying. It releases the dopamine in the persons brain and allows them to relax. She does this regularly when I’m sad or when little dude is upset, and it makes all the difference. We’re looking into other forms of therapy to train her for – there’s so many things puppies can be trained to do – they are so smart!
5. Puppies make everyone happy! Between the general silliness of her playing with her favorite “toys”, empty apple juice bottles, her chasing what little tail she has left (Rottweilers have knubby tails!), and her licking little dude to death whenever she can, she sure makes our hearts happy!

Happy Pet Day! Do you have any pets? What are they?


Winston Churchill Day

“If you’re going through hell, keep going.” – Winston Churchill

When I was a junior in high school, I had a really awesome history class. It was typical U.S. History class, but with an amazing teacher. He had typical posters up in the classroom – maps, timelines, the usual. But he had something very special to me – he had a wall full of Winston Churchill Quotes and posters.

“Continuous effort — not strength or intelligence — is the key to unlocking our potential.”  —  Winston Churchill
This year in high school was a very difficult one for me. I had just gotten out of an abusive relationship, was in lots of time-demanding classes and was tackling my CNA program and my clinical hours. It was very overwhelming, but whenever I sat down in his classroom and looked over to my right to see those posters, I somehow felt at peace.
Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip. – Winston Churchill
There was life advice that was found there. The British Bulldog, as they called him, seemed to know exactly what to say. Whether he was talking to his troops during World War 2, or whether he was guiding a silly little teenager in high school, his words resonated with me. He quickly became one of my favorite people in history.
So on today, Winston Churchill Day, I like to remember the man that got me through those difficult years.

5 Spring TV Shows to Watch

Spring Fever hit our home and we were all REALLY sick for a couple of weeks. Luckily, we had plenty of things to watch between cable and Netflix and ended up marathoning lots of new-to-us shows. I’m going to share those today!

Steve Harvey’s Little Hot Shots

This show’s executive producers are Ellen Degeneres and Steve Harvey. That tells you just about everything you need to know, but it’s wonderful! I grew up living for Sunday’s when we could all watch ‘Kids Say the Darndest Things’, so I felt so nostalgic watching this show. Steve Harvey interviews kids and talks to them about their viral videos, talents and obscure obsessions. The kids are adorable and they’re funny! Little Dude loves watching this with us – and we love having a family-friendly show to watch!

60 Days In

It is no secret that my husband and I are obsessed with prison tv shows. Ever since we moved in together we have spent many weekends watching MSNBC’s weekend marathon of Locked Up and Locked Up Raw. He and I are both very interested in that culture and are always left in awe at people’s creativity while incarcerated. This television show, on A&E, has asked seven civilians to go technically undercover for 60 days as inmates. They all have their own personal and professional reasons for doing it, and they are brought in at different times. It’s a big eye opener for all involved, and there are a few that will likely get killed before this is over with.

60 Days In Video Clip
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
I do realize that I am so incredibly late to this party, but I discovered this show while waiting for another new obsession (I’ll post about it below!) and couldn’t help myself. I am a massive fan of Lisa Vanderpump and think this whole show is just silly! These women are all so clueless as to their life situations, and make such a big deal out of the little things that it makes it so much fun to watch.
Vanderpump Rules
I have no idea how I stumbled upon this gem (probably from the Bitch Bible Podcast, if I may be totally honest), but I am so thankful I have! I love this show and binge-watched all of season 4 in about two days! This is the drama from SUR – the restaurant that Lisa Vanderpump owns – it includes her, bits of her life, and the life and drama of the servers and bartenders there. It’s hilarious, its ridiculous, and with how broke they are, it hits a little closer to home.
I fell in love with this show on a whim! While the season isn’t over, its still worth the watch. Created by the same team that created Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder, you get this AWESOME show about a female FBI agent who is out to save just about everyone. You have to pay attention to it or you’ll miss big things – but its worth it!
While we’re at it, check out the app I found, TVShowTime – you can track the television you’ve seen, want to see, and gives you ways to watch it! Follow this link to friend me, so we can share shows with each other!

PB & J Day (and Recipes!)


PB & J

Today, April 2nd, is National PB & J Day! To celebrate, we decided to grill up some PB & J sandwiches and try out various jellies! I make lots of homemade jam (see our recipe for plum jam here) and we’re always stocking up on different types of peanut butters and spreads, so naturally, we had to try as many out as we could!

If you’d like to make your own homemade jam, its really easy – its a crockpot jam!
2 pints fruit
1 cup sugar
Cook on low for 6-8 hours. When finished, using a hand mixer, mix well for 2-3 minutes. Pour into jars and then let cool overnight.
You can always mix and match fruits, add spices like cinnamon or vanilla. Its so easy and a lot of fun to try out!


PB & J

To make these beauties, try these combinations on a skillet (outside of the bread needs to be covered in a good buttery spread for that golden deliciousness!)

Raspberry Jam and Nutella
Raspberry Jam and Peanut Butter with Raw Blueberries
Blueberry Jam with Peanut Butter
BlueBerry/Raspberry Jam with Nutella
Plum Jam with Peanut Butter
And lastly, my husbands favorite, “The Jellynator”, which is all of our jams mixed with classic peanut butter!

How do you up the ante on this classic dish? Will you be celebrating today?

Dove Dry Spray Review


Dove Dry Spray

If you haven’t heard of Influenster before, you should try it! Bubba and I were sent these fantastic Dove Dry Spray Antiperspirant sprays for testing purposes (this means we received these products free of charge, we were not paid for them and all opinions are our own!).

First things first, these dry spray’s have a fantastic scent, but don’t linger like other heavy chemical sprays that we’ve tried before. They smell great, but its so subtle, which makes it even better! I love how quickly the spray dries, and how easy it is to use any time of day or night. With us both getting into working out again, we’ve found that works great in our gym bags and because of how well this product works we can go before OR after work and still be able to get on with our day regardless of when we go. We don’t have to worry about feeling gross, smelling bad, or even having white marks on our clothes. It’s one, two, and done!

With the retail price being only $5.49, it’s worth every penny! You need this product in your life!

“Healthy” Cheeseburger Soup


“Healthy” Cheeseburger Soup

We’ve been trying to eat healthier in our home, which has been quite difficult for this foodie and her comfort-food-addict of a husband. We’ve been eating lots of salads, trying new ways to eat fruit, but when I tossed this “healthy” version of this soup together, my family cheered.
They had no idea how many veggies I actually crammed into this dish!

What You’ll Need:
1 lb Ground Beef
3 Red Potatoes – Diced
4-5 Large Carrots – Peeled, and chopped
1/2 head Cauliflower
2 Cans Cream of Chicken Soup
2 Cups Milk
1 Beef Bullion Cube
1 pkg shredded Cheddar Cheese

How to do it:
1. Brown your ground beef in a pot, stirring occasionally. Once cooked, add potatoes, carrots and cauliflower and cook for a few more moments on high. Cook until the potatoes start to soften up.
2. Add the milk, cream of chicken soup and the bullion cube. Stir well, and cover.
3. Stir occasionally and let simmer to fully soften the cauliflower and carrots. Add 1/2 the package of shredded cheese. Simmer for about 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
4. Serve while warm, and top with cheese. Pair with some cheese toast or some rolls. Enjoy!

Explorer: Call of the Wild

The other day I found that I had recorded a TV show on our DVR. I hadn’t recalled recording it, but it was fairly late and I couldn’t sleep (and like any TV addict justified it as ‘it’s only an hour long, why not?’), so I turned it on.

It was National Geographic’s Explorer: Call of the Wild. Explorer is a television series that produces high-quality documentaries created by National Geographic’s “Explorer’s”, that consist of Nature Writers, Photographers, Scientists etc. This documentary was about the human brain and how being in nature helps your brain. For a small taste (a teaser trailer), check out this link: 5 Things to Know About National Geographic Explorer: Call of the Wild.

From Brain Scans to hikes and walks through fields, this show does capture it all. It provides fascinating insight to your brain and thought provoking questions that we all need to ask ourselves. The statistics that they provide alone is enough to cause your jaw to drop.

Depending on your TV provider you can watch this online for free. Check it out at this link. I highly reccomend everyone watch this documentary and share it with others. It is truly a neat and well put together show and truly allowed me as the viewer to not only see their points, but to think about those topics myself.

I wrote this pot because I found this show and really enjoyed it. I was not paid to write this post and National Geographic or it affiliates have not asked me to. I simply enjoyed this TV show and wanted to share it with others.