Happy Friday everyone! If you’re like me and have today off, you’re most certainly having a happy Friday! It’s been a rough week with the passing of our much loved little puppy, Daisy, but I finally have good news. I want to share it with you today, but I think I’m going to wait a few days to be safe.
For today’s Friday Favorites I want to share with you some of my favorite internet links of the week. If you need a good laugh or a nice “awww” moment, then I’ve got you covered. Prepare yourself though, none of these links are related in any way, so subject matter will change quickly. It’ll be okay though, I promise.
This week the LEO Zoological Conservation Center in Greenwich, Connecticut welcomed a baby giraffe to their family. If you’ve never watched a baby giraffe stand for the first time, then you’ve never seen the most awkward yet cutest thing ever.
Now that your eyes hurt from the cuteness, let’s talk about the kitchen. Do you ever feel like a failure when you try and cook? It’s okay if you said yes, because I most certainly fail in the kitchen more than I’d care to admit. Fortunately for us, Buzzfeed has created a great meme list to boost our self esteem. Feel free to check out their list of 37 people worse at cooking than you.
Coming back to the giraffe find, kinda not really, here’s my favorite find of the week. It’s another winner from Buzzfeed. Twenty-one dogs who don’t realize how big they are. I mean, if that doesn’t tell you how cute it’s gonna be, I don’t know what would. I am a sucker for big dogs. I used to be scared of them, but now I must hug and talk in my awkward puppy voice to every big dog I see. Just look at these guys.
That’s it for Friday Favorites! Different from the usual but I think a random list of happiness is a good way to end a rough week. What are your favorite things from this week?
If you are an avid blog reader, you have probably heard Google Reader will cease to exist on June 1st. If you are like me and use Google Reader, you probably were pretty disappointed and unsure of what to do next. Well, this weekend I took the time to move from Google Reader over to Blovin, and I must say I wish I had done it sooner.
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Prepare yourself readers, because this is going to be a tough read. I’m devastated to share that our baby Daisy passed away this past Saturday. As I mentioned on Friday, Daisy went into the vet clinic on Wednesday because of a virus her litter caught. They kept her at the clinic and by Saturday morning she had gone downhill. By noon that day she had passed. We were told she was too young (5-6 weeks) for her body to be able to fight the virus.
Now, I’ve lost pets before, but nothing like this. This was our baby. It wasn’t a pet my parents picked and my siblings and I loved and enjoyed. It wasn’t a pet that we knew was old and their time was coming. This was our baby girl that Carl and I chose after falling in love with her. We were the ones that woke up every 2 hours at night to take her potty. I was the one that came home every 2 hours in the day to give her my time. I don’t think I can ever have kids because enduring this was just too difficult.
I’ve learned a lot of things while trying to make it through this situation. Hopefully some of the things I’ve learned can help you should you ever find yourself if this difficult place.
Don’t be afraid to grieve in the way you feel best. I cried, a lot. Carl, however, did not. I know he wanted to, and I would have been okay if he did, but he didn’t want to cry in front of me. And that’s okay. Whether you cry alone, one someone’s shoulder, or even not at all, it’s completely fine.
Don’t be afraid to tell people what you need. Many people are going to ask you if they can do anything for you, or if there is anything you need. If you need their company, tell them, if you just want to be left alone, it’s okay to tell them that too. I needed to cry over Daisy, but I didn’t want anyone to see me other than Carl. As much as my roommates wanted to be there for me, I told them I just needed to be left alone, and they were fine with that.
Do something that makes you happy and don’t lose your routine. Carl and I could have easily stayed in bed all day and been worried and sad throughout this whole ordeal. Instead we spent time with each other and did things we loved. Our friends invited us out to get out mind off things, but we felt better being together and watching movies. It’s important to take the time to grieve, but it’s also important to not lose yourself.
This is a very short list, but I’m honestly still figuring all this out. We’re handling this very well, but know we’re always going to be sad when we think about Daisy. We will take all the time we need to deal with this and then begin looking for a new puppy. Daisy was perfect, and we would do anything to get her back, but we got her because we wanted and were ready for a puppy. So once we’re emotionally ready, we’ll begin this process again.
Here are some links to articles dealing with pet loss.
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Happy Stylin’ Sunday everyone! Today’s theme is a little bit different from the past few weeks as I wont be sharing complete outfits. Instead I will be sharing with you some fabulous items I’ve found on Etsy this past week.
I absolutely love Etsy and could probably blow all my money on its awesome handcrafted goods if I had any less self control. While I love stores like Forever 21 where you can always find something cute and cheap, it’s great to invest in great items that you know you will love for a long time. That’s what’s great about Etsy. Every item is just so unique and personal and you know the crafter put their hard work into creating each piece.
Today I’m sharing with you some of my favorite items I’ve found this past week. I must say I am slightly obsessed with each store these items are from. Be sure to click the photos to visit each site. I’m only showing one piece from each store, but I promise they have many more fabulous items on Etsy.
That’s it for Stylin’ Sunday! Be sure to check out the stores behind today’s fabulous items! If you aren’t already, be sure to follow Something Winnderful on Facebook and Twitter and stay up to date on everything Winnderful!
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This week I experienced the most stressful hours of my life. My baby Daisy became very sick Wednesday and we had to take her back to the shelter to see the vet. Upon arrival we discovered another family was there with a sick puppy from her litter. We had to leave her there overnight and hope for the best. Needless to say I was crying before we even left the shelter.
Carl and I spent the rest of the night terrified as to what Daisy could have and if she would make it. We learned on Thursday she just had a virus and will be just fine. Thank heavens. As of right they are still keeping her and we are hoping to get her back tomorrow. They don’t want her to come home until she is 100% just to be safe. Fingers crossed she can come home tomorrow.
Why am I telling you that story when today is supposed to be about Friday Favorites? Because today’s favorites are all about homemade cleaners. I pretty much spent all Thursday sanitizing the crap out of our house. I know Daisy caught the virus at or before she was brought to the shelter, but I sure as heck wasn’t going to let it be left somewhere in our house for her to catch again.
I could have spent a ridiculous amount of money on products to clean my house if I wanted. I mean, just think about all the different cleaners you probably own and how much they cost all together. Crazyness. Fortunately I’ve spent a decent amount of time on Pinterest finding good homemade cleaners. I figured today would be a great time to share them all. If you click on the title of the cleanser is will take you to the fabulous blogger that originally posted the recipe.
- 1/4 Cup white vinegar
- 1 Tblsp. liquid dish soap
- 1/4 Cup washing soda
- 2 Gallons very warm tap water
- 1 Part blue dawn dish soap
- 1 Part white vinegar
Mix solution in spray bottle and spray onto tub. Allow it to sit for an hour then rinse away. You can also put this solution in a scrubbing brush with handle and do a quick scrub down after your shower.
- 12 Oz. white vinegar
- 12 Oz. dish soap
- 1 Tsp. laundry detergent
Those are my top three cleaners and the ones I used yesterday. I also use a homemade laundry detergent you can find on this blog. Feel free to check out my Pin board for homemade products and cleaners.
Do you have any homemade cleaners you swear by?
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Are you ready for the final product? Because I sure wasn’t. My only wish is that I had added more ranch. Other than that, it was absolutely fantastic. Super easy to make and super delicious to eat.
As I said in this week’s Stylin’ Sunday, I had a fantastic weekend that I am THRILLED to share with you all. This weekend……..
…WE GOT A PUPPY!
Everyone, meet baby Daisy.
She’s an adorable labrador/boxer mix and loves sleeping, eating, whining, biting and going potty. She’s fantastic. I mentioned in last week’s Weekend Wrap-up that Carl and I fell in love with a puppy we named Beefcake. We agreed if he was still there the following Saturday, we would adopt her. She was not there the following Saturday, in fact, she wasn’t even there the following Tuesday (I may or may not have gone to check).
After realizing our disappointment in losing Beefcake, we decided to seriously consider if getting a puppy was a good idea. I have a very flexible schedule allowing me to be home every threeish hours and I have house trained a dog before. I also live in a house with hard floors and a fenced in backyard. Carl already owns a dog, Pinky, that has been living with friends of his since he’s been in Columbia for school. He wanted Pinky to have a buddy when he moves back to Greenville in two months. Carl did all the training for Pinky, who is a very very well behaved dog, so we knew training another wouldn’t be difficult.
With all those things considered, we decided to go back to our local shelter and see what puppies were there. There was no going back at that point.
After looking at lots of puppies (there were sooooo many) we came across Daisy’s litter in the back of the shelter. They were brand new to the shelter and were being doted on by EVERYONE. I mean, who can resist a litter of five-week-old puppies? I picked out Daisy from the litter because she was one of the healthiest sized one and was playful (and a girl). We took her outside to a small playpen to get to know her. We fell in love. She went from passed out asleep to hardcore playing to passed back out all in about 15 minutes. We knew we had to have her.
We went through all the necessary paperwork and Daisy was ours! I bought her a nice playpen that set up easily in my room and made a cute little bed for her from a box. I know, a box bed isn’t fancy, but she’s going to end up at least 50 pounds, so I figured we could wait until she was bigger to invest in a dog bed. Plus, some dogs don’t really sleep on dog beds, so I wanted to see if she would. You can see how it turned out below.
We also bought her the giraffe chew toy that is laying next to her in the picture. It came down to the giraffe or monkey version…Carl and I’s favorite animals. We decided to let Daisy pick. Being the giraffe lover, I’m very satisfied with her decision. As you can see from the pictures, she’s pretty satisfied too.
I hope you enjoyed meeting Daisy! How did you and your pet find each other?
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Happy Sunday everyone! It has been such a happy weekend and I can’t wait to share with you all what wonderful things happened. But today, I am going to stick with Stylin’ Sunday and today’s theme for the week. Today it’s about GREEN in honor of Saint Patrick’s Day! Green also just so happens to be my favorite color.
As always, all items shown are $50 and below and you can follow the links below the pictures for any items you want to own. Don’t forget you can tweet @sowinnderful with #stylinsunday to share how you’re styling your green this week and you can be seen on here or Something Winnderful’s Facebook page!
Like I said in my post yesterday, I had good reason for being a little late in the day for Stylin’ Sunday. The reason I was late is because I had a jam packed weekend of puppy loving, birthday celebrating, and family visiting. Get excited, because I took pictures!
On Saturday, Carl and I intended to go to the flea market to pick up some Amish Peanut Butter (so incredibly delicious), but unfortunately traffic felt otherwise. Traffic was moving so slow we decided to visit our local animal shelter. It was right where we were stuck in traffic and they always have cute puppies and kittens. Today was no exception. Of course we found a puppy to fall in love with, we named her Beefcake.
Before you say how terrible we are for calling her Beefcake, you have to understand, she was a beefcake. Cutie was THICK. Chunky monkey all the way. She was also a hardcore sleeper. After she finally woke up she went potty on the potty pad and then played with her toy. She was adorable. I wish I could say we left with her but we didn’t. We know getting a dog may not the best idea, BUT we still really want her. We decided to leave it up to the universe (Marshall and Lily style) and agreed we would get her if she was still there this Saturday.
This past Sunday was also my older brother’s birthday, so I decided to go home and surprise him. It was a great last minute plan. My mother decided to not tell my dad, so he nearly had a stroke when I drove up. They were all so excited. We ended up having a lovely dinner at Outback and then the next celebrated the next day at lunch out at the house. We went out and looked at the pond to see how much the water had risen from all the rain. The water is finally getting pretty high! *Random side note* I grew up on a farm, so that’s why we have a pond and such.
Going home was also great because I was able to see the progress my brother and dad made on the side porch. My dad built our house after college and has been adding on ever since. The most recent project he has taken on is building a side porch extending off the two sunrooms. He’s so excited. It’s one of those projects that starts reasonable but then grows into some massive project. Nobody has any idea how long it’s going to take to finish, but William and my dad are working hard.
This weekend I also went to my late grandmother’s house to claim any furniture I would want to put in my apartment/house when I move. I must say, I made some fantastic finds. So good in fact, I’m saving them for another post. Check back later this week and see what great things I found!