Thursday, April 17, 2014

What the bee sting?!

Well this morning was quite the experience! My boyfriend and I started off the day at the dog park with our dogs and they were having a blast. They were playing tug (which is a HUGE favorite :) ) with a toy they found when we walked in and were their happy, playful selves. Just a couple minutes later Tucker immediately stopped what he was doing, sat down in front of us and started acting completely different. We found a stinger in his mouth which we didn't think too much of because he had been stung before and didn't show any signs of an allergic reaction. I removed the stinger from his mouth and started walking with him to the water bowl when I noticed him walking funny and looking completely disoriented. I immediately knew something was wrong and it was when he started heaving that we picked him up and rushed to the vet because this sting was definitely more than we originally thought it was. Luckily Tucker's vet is located down the street from the dog park so we got there quick and they were able to see him immediately. It turned out he was going into anaphylactic shock! I don't want to get into what that is but it's definitely something pretty scary and could be life threatening if left untreated. Today we learned the hard way that Tuck is severely allergic to bees. Long story short, Tuck was given everything he needed to get better and is back home <3

Events like this are absolutely terrifying! As a pet parent, or parent in general, it is hard to watch your little one suffer. I have never felt so helpless. Knowing that Tuck is deathly allergic to bees makes me really nervous about letting him run around (chasing birds, rabbits, lizards & bees!!) as much as he does but after talking to the vet I feel like I am better prepared to handle the situation in case this happens again...although I do hope this situation never comes back around. Bee stings are brutal!!

Tuck back home and looking handsome with his bandana he got from the vet: 

Talk to you soon! xx

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Where have I been #2?!

Hi everyone! I know it has been quite awhile and I have been a horrible blogger the past couple of months but now that everything is settled, I am back and ready to jump right back into my blogging groove :)

I moved into a new place last month and I couldn't be more excited about it! Everything about it is perfect. Since I have been busy with work lately I haven't had the opportunity to furnish and decorate as much as I would like but I have so much planned and I am looking forward to decorating AND sharing the transformation with all of you.

During this little hiatus my boyfriend and I were foster parents to a sweet, little pup named Rook. He is 6 months old and a Brittany just like my dogs, Tucker and Jeice. Three dogs was definitely a handful but we all had a blast! Rook was part of our little family for about 2 months before he left for his forever home. It was bittersweet to watch him leave but he still lives in the area which will allow us to see him regularly.
In addition to those two major events, Tuck turned one!! My little guy isn't so little anymore but he's still the biggest ball of love that I know:) 
Like I mentioned earlier, life has been all over the place for me lately but I'm back and I hope you stick around!

Talk to you soon! xx

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Where have I been?!

Hi internet!! It has been SO LONG since my last post so first I must say, HAPPY NEW YEAR! The holidays definitely kept me ridiculously busy catching up with family and old friends but with life starting to calm down a little, I'm thrilled to announce that I am ready to come back to my little space on the internet :)

With it being a new year, I have a lot planned for this blog INCLUDING a new name, design, and content. Well, the content is going to sort of remain the same with a couple adjustments to make it a little more organized. You will start seeing random, little changes so I wanted to give you a heads up. During my little hiatus, I came up with a couple new ideas that I would love to incorporate in this blog to make it everything I want it to be and more! 

See you soon! xx

Thursday, December 12, 2013

It's Cold Outside! : Pets are people too linkup

Hi everyone! I live in southern California so it doesn't really get too cold here but when it does, a majority of us are wimps and complain about freezing when its probably only about 50degrees out. I say only because I'm pretty sure a lot of you live in places where it can be significantly colder. I'm not going to lie, I like the cold because it allows me to layer up BUT I complain about being freezing cold when the temperature drops below 60. My dogs aren't used to the cold either! Tuck in particular. I will open the door first thing in the morning to let him take care of business and he'll run outside, immediately run back inside, realize he can't hold it, run back out to potty then race back inside to the warm spot on the bed and curl up in a little ball. This has been his morning routine this past week. It has been really cold the past couple nights so Tuck and Jeice snuggled up together in the crate!
These boys haven't slept in a crate in months but with the cold weather they both decided to sleep in the same one willingly.

I normally don't put clothes on my dogs and they usually put up a good fight to not wear anything but haven't had a problem lately. They wear these sweaters like champs <3 handsome champs at that!
Luckily it's usually only cold in the morning and at night so during the day they are able to drive around with their dad with the windows down. They're both huge fans of putting their heads out the window! We invested in a Kurgo zipline with attachments, sort of like seatbelts, so they won't fall out:) The wind was a little cold at this moment, so they decided to pay attention to the road instead.
Afternoons are made for the beach no matter what the weather is! The boys had their own beach adventure the other day. Where else can you go to the beach around the holidays without freezing your tail off??

To the pet parents, how do you and your pets stay warm when it's cold out?

Check out more awesome pet posts here:
Jade and Oak

Talk to you soon! xx

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Weekly Wishes #2

Hi! It's time for weekly wishes:) I know I mentioned I was going to be back on my normal posting schedule this week but I failed miserably and have just been super busy with school. Thankfully there are only two days left then I will be able to get back into my blogging routine!

*this weeks picture theme was colorful. I chose this photo that I took when I visited Oahu, the blues and greens definitely give off a relaxing feel which is exactly what I need for this week*

1|  Start Christmas shopping. I'm starting later than usual this year and although I plan on making a lot of the gifts this year, I would like to finish Christmas shopping, have everything wrapped and ready to go. I really don't like when I forget people so this will give me the opportunity to make sure I remember everyone on my list!

2| Get back on schedule. My pride and joy of a blog has taken a hit the past couple weeks because of school and work. I want to get back to daily posts and get started on my new blog design that I have had planned for the past month.

3| Catch up with good company. I would love to see and spend time with some of my friends this week. I haven't really had much of a social life lately because my schedule has only consisted of school, work, that order. It would be really nice to just hang out and not worry about having to be somewhere or finish a project or study.

How did I do last week?
I am glad to say that I accomplished two of the three which is definitely better than none! I went hiking about three times last week and dedicated some mornings to pilates. I was able to clean up the house quite a bit and get things back in order. Having a clean home was definitely a highlight of my week lol! I unfortunately didn't completely finish all of my final projects. I am currently working on my last one right now but decided to take a little break for this instead :)
The Nectar Collective

& now to conquer the rest of my finals!
Talk to you soon! xx

Saturday, December 7, 2013

SG Cosmetics Holiday Palette

Hi everyone! I have a review today for the Studio Gear Cosmetics Holiday Smokey Eye Palette. Now, I have had this palette for a little while but I wanted to test it out a couple times before giving you guys my opinion.

I want to start off with the packaging.
I think the packaging is adorable and absolutely perfect for the holidays! It is so sleek and would make a perfect stocking stuffer or to carry in your bag for any event/party because it doesn't take up much space. I also like how it provides a guide on how to achieve the perfect smokey eye using the shadows and blush provided as soon as you open up the product.

As far as color pigmentation goes, the shadows and blush look great and swatch really well but I couldn't for the life of me achieve what I consider the right smokey eye on myself no matter what technique I used. I think it may have to do with the shadows having more shimmer than I personally like wearing. However, I tested out this product on some of friends with a lighter skin tone than me and this palette looked stunning! Here are some swatches of the shadows that I swatched on myself:
(from left to right: Frost, Coal, Glimmer and Platinum)

Unfortunately, I couldn't get a decent swatch of the Snowy Glow blush because it didn't show up too well on my skin. Like I mentioned earlier, the blush gives a beautiful glow to lighter skin tones but it kind of gave me a washed out sort of look.

All in all I would recommend this palette! The shadows are stunning if you are into shimmer which is perfect for the holidays. I just personally don't like wearing much shimmer, if any at all, but I do like the way it looks on other people. The blush is the only thing that kind of threw me off a bit just because it looks so pretty on the palette, it just doesn't show as well on me as I had hoped.

Right now you can get this palette for only $25 (reg.$40) AND Studio Gear Cosmetics is giving you 10% off your entire purchase if you enter in the code SGHOLIDAY when you check out.

*This is a sponsored post, however all opinions expressed are my own.

Talk to you soon! xx

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Weekly Wishes #1

Hi everyone! The next two weeks are going to be pretty hectic for me since I have finals coming up. No doubt about it I am definitely starting to feel emotionally and mentally drained. There is a lot of work and studying that need to be done but I keep telling myself to suck it up because I'm almost done! On top of school, I have a job that gets ridiculously busy around the holidays. I am usually incredibly patient and probably the most patient person you'll ever meet but I have been a little short tempered lately. I feel bad about that and I'm pretty sure it is the result of all the pressure I'm under with school coming to an end.

In the midst of the craziness, I like taking breaks from everything by reading a book or catching up on blogs that motivate and/or inspire me. One of my favorite bloggers, Melyssa at The Nectar Collective, created the Weekly Wishes link-up that I have been following for awhile and finally decided to participate in! This is where you can post about/reflect on your wishes, goals, challenges, etc., find and give motivation, and make awesome new friends. *This week's photo theme was "animals" so I found this to be more than appropriate :)) you can see Tucker isn't as thrilled as Jeice to be wearing antlers!

1| Clean up and get organized. I have been so busy lately where my house has become a complete disaster. There is laundry that needs to be put away or washed, papers that need to be filed or thrown out,  unfinished projects, gifts that need to be wrapped...all these things are no joke laying around different parts of my house and it's starting really bug me. Something must be done!

2| Stop making excuses and get back to exercising. Ever since the week of Thanksgiving, I have stopped my exercise routine. Not necessarily because I don't have time because I do have a couple hours every the morning to walk my dog, eat breakfast, etc.but I have had the "I'll start tomorrow" mentality. It's been "tomorrow" about six times and I still have yet to jump back into it.

3| Stop procrastinating, get it over with! I have been putting off my final projects for about a month. They are all due the middle of next week but instead of dragging them on until the due dates, I want to get them over and done with this week so I can get a head start on enjoying my winter break.

If you would like to participate in this link up as well, click the link below! I'd love to read about your weekly wishes! I'm going to move this post to Mondays :)  I really wanted to get this up yesterday but I literally got home late and was extremely tired. Tucker Tuesday will return next week or possibly later today!

The Nectar Collective

Talk to you soon! xx