Thursday, September 26, 2013

Remember Me Thursday

Be a Part of the Awareness Movement

Did you know?
Only 30% of pets in US households come from rescue facilities. 
(Source: The Humane Society of the United States 2013)
Each year, Over 3.4 million orphan shelter pets lose their lives without finding their forever home.
(Source: The Humane Society of the United States 2013)
We invite YOU to be a part of this global awareness campaign by helping us spread the message.
Animal-lovers and animal welfare organizations across the globe will unite on Thursday, September 26, 2013 (the fourth Thursday of September, annually) with a Remember Me Thursday pet candle-lighting ceremony. The candles, which will be lit on the exact same day across the world, will honor the millions of pets who lost their lives without the benefit of a loving home and shine a light on the millions of healthy pets who are still awaiting adoption. The Remember Me Thursday global awareness campaign encourages individuals to light a candle this day (literally or virtually) and to opt to adopt, reducing the millions of orphan pets euthanized each year.
Today I will be lighting a candle for all the pets who have lost their lives in shelters across the globe. I take this time to stress how important it is for you all to spay and neuter your pets! Working in an animal shelter and hearing stories from the founder about how animals used to be treated in shelters has made me an ever stronger advocate for "fixing" pets. Help save lives and adopt your next best friend, DON'T contribute to this deadly overpopulation crisis we now face. 
Learn more about this movement: Remember Me Thursday

Monday, September 23, 2013

Military Family Planning

My Husband and I have no children. We have only been married for six months and we take precautions to make sure I do not get pregnant. It's not that we don't want to be parents because it is something we both want REALLY bad, we just don't think it's the right time. We want to enjoy being together. We love having the extra time and money to go on dates, travel if needed, and the full nights of sleep are glorious too! Starting a family is something we talk about often. Next spring my Husband is heading off to school for three months and we briefly discussed trying when he gets back. We are also being relocated after his schooling is done so we have to plan around that too. 

I'll be honest, seeing all the blogs I follow announce they are pregnant, and seeing a new pregnancy with all my acquaintances from High School pop up on my Facebook feed does get to me sometimes. My Husband and I are married, financially stable, want kids, yet we are waiting. It makes me think that we could do it and make it work at this stage. Why does everyone else get to have a baby but  not us? I guess I just get bouts of baby fever every once and awhile when I see that stuff. I know my Husband is going to be a great father and I can't want to give him the blessing of being one. However, we do have kids right now of the four legged kind and we love them just as much. My Husband might not admit that they are like children but I think he's in denial. He would do anything for those dogs and he takes good care of them making sure they are happy and healthy. Isn't that what parenthood is about?

Being childless in a Military community is really hard. Almost everyone in our neighborhood has a child, or multiple ones. I find it hard to fit in with couples who already have children. I feel like they are at a different stage of their life than me. I suddenly feel that because my friends are having children we no longer have much in common. 
If my Husband were to be deployed while it was time for me to give birth I would go back home where I would have a support system and help. I of course would do anything possible to plan it around a deployment but I know sometimes that's not possible. 
All in all, starting a family is something that my Husband and I would love to do. When the time is right I will stop my birth control and we will start trying but for right now we are enjoying life together as a couple and building wonderful memories together!

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Fabulous Las Vegas

I have just arrived in Las Vegas for a little mini vacation with my mom, her best friend, and my grandma! I'm so excited to see some of my family and I just know we are going to have a great time. So expect a few posts of my adventures here. I hope to bring home some great stories and make a few good memories. I will be here for  4.5 days! I'm still waiting here in the airport for my mom's flight to come in since they are flying from MN and I just had a short 50min flight from San Diego which I was so grateful for considering I HATE FLYING! We have a lot of cool things planned so stay tuned. I have only been away from the Hubs and pups for 3.5 hours and I seriously already miss them like crazy. Wish they could have come with! Who else has been to Las Vegas and what was your favorite thing to do here?

Monday, September 16, 2013

DIY Dog Silhouette Art

While browsing through Pinterest I came across this awesome craft that I new I had to try. You can see the original post HERE. While the tutorial I found did work really well for her, I decided to do it differently. It wound up being a lot cheaper and just as easy. The original instructions required the use of both Full Page Shipping Labels and Contact Paper...I did my research on these and it would have been $25-$30 just for those supplies not including the paint or the canvas. So my husband and I took a much simpler route. Instead we used Ad Tech Crafter's Tape which only cost us $3 at Walmart and worked perfectly!  We went to Michaels for our Canvas because they had a buy one get one free sale and I had a 40% off coupon. So we ended up leaving with two 16" by 20" Canvases for approximately $8. We also picked up paint and brushes which totaled about $6. Just keep in mind we did this craft for roughly $15. 
DIY Dog Silhouette Art
Step 1: Have a doggie photo shoot. It took us about 20 minutes to get decent side shots of the dogs. 
As you can see it was a little difficult because they couldn't stay still for long. This is Aida and she has a fast tail! We ended up just drawing on her tail. I seemed to have lost the picture I used of the other little one. When I find it I will add it here! 
Step 2: Hop on the computer, upload your pictures, and download the photo editing software Picasa. Upload the picture(s) you would like to use and crop it as close as you can to your pet's body. You then click the "Create" tab on the top upper left hand side. Then click "Make a Poster." A little box pops up and says “Poster Size” and “Paper Size” and I entered “200%” for poster size and 8.5 x 11 for paper size and left everything else alone (do not click box to overlap tiles) and then I clicked “ok”.  The program automatically configured my pictures into four separate photos (full size photos) of each quadrant of my photo, which when printed and placed together make the larger poster size of the picture. My four larger quadrant full size photos magically appeared at the top of the page where you can see thumbnails of previous photos. Go right to left for all four photos and click each one and print out full size sheet of each photo onto 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of regular printer paper! 
Step 3: Take your four individual printed sections of your picture and tape them together. I used masking tape on the back. Then carefully cut out your pet. 
My dog was confused by the life sized cutout of herself. She legitly thought it was a real dog. My dogs are weird I tell ya. 
Step 4: Apply the Crafter's Tape around the edges of your cutout only. This tape won't stick very strongly to the canvas, just enough to keep it secure enough for you to paint around. I have also been told Rubber Cement works well too!
Step 5: Paint around your cutout. My Husband and I just used Acrylic paint and brushed it on. The tutorial I read used spray paint which seems to give a more even look than using the Acrylic. My Husband liked the brush stroke look though so we went with the brushed on paint. 
Step 6: Using a tweezers pull the cutout of your dog off to reveal a white Silhouette of your pet! The edges were a little rough on ours so we went over the edges with some white paint to smooth it out and make it look nicer. 
The Finished Product! 
Complete with very beautiful models!

Monday, September 9, 2013


About a month ago the Husband and I went out and got a pet fish. We are not experienced fish owners so we started easy, with a Betta. Since Bettas are notorious for being jerks and fighting a lot we named ours Joffrey after the evil king on Game of Thrones. We thought it was fitting for the breed. Except, we love our Joffrey he's a pretty cool fish! We got him about a month ago and we are seriously surprised that he is still alive. We didn't have our hopes up that he would live long. He was really small when we got him and his fins weren't big and beautiful at the time. He actually looked kind of sickly and we got him cheap at walmart so we assumed he wasn't the pick of the litter. However, now nearly a month later is is doing so good and his fins are big and beautiful and he's a really neat looking fish. Not to mention his sister Aida loves him too and finds him very intriguing!

Then, a coupls weeks ago we were at Petsmart and we got the urge to get more fish. The Husband has always wanted a big fish tank. I do not like fish at all and it was pretty nice of me to agree on a Betta. However, Joffrey actually made me like pet fish a little bit more and Petsmart has some pretty awesome looking fish as well. We ended up leaving with a 10 gallon tank starter kit, a water heater, and some decorations. We had to let the tank sit for about a week so the chemicals could balance out the water and to the heater could get it to the right temperature. So this weekend we went and got three male Fancy Guppies. We started out with three just to be sure they would do well in our tank without dying right away. They are doing pretty good! We have only named one of the new fish yet, which is Captain Jack Harkness. The other two we are still trying to find the right names for. They will all be named after Doctor Who Characters! 

Monday, September 2, 2013


This morning the husband and I got up at 6am and headed to La Jolla Cove to do some Snorkeling! This was my second time going. I went for the first time ever a couple weeks ago and instantly fell in love with it! Not only is it super relaxing, but you get to see some AMAZING things. Even in a small cove there are tons of fish and the best part about La Jolla Cove is that there are TONS of sea lions perched on the nearby rocks. A couple weeks ago when we went we were snorkeling literally a few feet from swimming sea lions. I could kick my flippers once or twice and be petting them. That's how close we were. Really made me wish I had a GoPro (we are currently saving for one). It was the most amazing experience of my life to date to be that close to cute whiskery sea lions. There are also tons of beautiful Garibaldi fish, which happens to be the California State Fish. They are bright orange and so easy to spot in the water. This is what they look like. 
My husband is a certified Scuba Diver and working on being an instructor. He wants me to give it a try but because I'm not really a water person and I've never been in the ocean besides walking in it with my feet I was a noob and little afraid of being in it. I also have the fear of sharks getting me. Even if Great Whites don't come around these tiny coves...I'm a bit paranoid. I love sharks for they are truly amazing animals but being in the water with them in the thank you! I'm getting off track! So in order to get me used to the water and comfortable with some of the gear he took me snorkeling and the more I do it the more I want to try scuba diving too, eventually. My husband is great friends with the dive store owner that he got certified from and he gets discounts as a result so we took a trip there and got all my snorkeling gear. I got a mask, snorkel, booties, fins, and gloves. I rented my wet-suit because those are HUNDREDS of dollars and it's just better to rent for the time being until we start to go more often. The gear I did get wasn't cheap either but that's because it's top brand and made to last. I went with the purple theme and almost got away with everything being purple and black until we found out the company that makes the split fins I got doesn't have purple! The horror. So I settled for black and grey which still matches. 
Overall, I love snorkeling and all the wildlife I get to see in the water makes up for the lack of wildlife on land in California. I love that I'm getting over my fear of the water. I also love that I get a thick wet suit so I'm warm and I float with no effort. If anyone has the opportunity to snorkel I would recommend it hands down! It's a great date idea too! Follow me on INSTAGRAM to see some videos and pictures from our trip to La Jolla Cove. 


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