Must Play Well With Others

The weather is annoy.  Waiting is annoying.  But what's really annoying is for some reason my dogs did not get the memo that they must play well with others.

Living in an apartment with dogs is tricky.  Living in an apartment with two dogs is well, a challenge.  As my husband and I work on our search for the perfect house to purchase in the next year or so, I have one requirement, a big yard with a fence.

See…I’m selfishly thinking about not having to take the dogs out every morning.  I can avoid standing in the rain, or the snow, or the heat, while one of my dogs cowers because he hates being wet or cold, and the other dog eats the grass because she’s challenging her inner cow.  The weather is annoy.  Waiting is annoying.  But what’s really annoying is for some reason my dogs did not get the memo that they must play well with others.

The weather is annoy.  Waiting is annoying.  But what's really annoying is for some reason my dogs did not get the memo that they must play well with others.

I find myself avoiding people with other dogs outside like they all have some sort of world-ending plague.  Because if I don’t, Penguin will growl and bark and Bella will try to run at them full speed like they are full of bacon.  It’s terrifying and embarrassing, and has me feeling like an agoraphobe.  My neighbors must think I hate all people, but I really don’t, my dogs just act like they do.

It’s gotten so bad that the other night Bella flipped out when she saw something sitting in the middle of the sidewalk.  Thinking it was another dog she ran at it so ferociously that she almost tore it apart and it turned out to be a plant.  It was a poor potted fern with a Paddington style note that said “We are moving.  Help yourself.”  I felt so bad for the plant’s nerves that I took him inside and named him Herbert.

All that to say, I think we need a house with a backyard or some serious social training.

Do you have dogs? Do they like other dogs?

Breaking Up With Cable and Moving On To A New Love

Breaking Up With Cable and Moving On To A New Love

It was silent as I ate my cereal this morning.  Usually I turn on Good Morning America while I eat my breakfast to ease myself in to the day, and this morning was the first week day in months that I didn’t.  You see, Zack and I are breaking up with cable and moving on to a new love.

When we moved to our new apartment a few month after marriage, we decided we didn’t need cable.  There’s hardly anything good on all 1,000 channels that they offer and I hate commercials with a passion that sends lightening striking to the ground.  We had a small list of shows we liked to watch together and we watched them all recorded on our DVR.

My husband called up the cable company to ask if we could just set up internet at our new place and they quoted him some ridiculous price that was vastly more than internet with cable.  I’m not sure how that pricing model works, but it scammed us in to getting both.  We still rarely watched live TV, but when we did, it was mindless non-sense that ate up our time and kept us from actually spending time with one another.

I remember the night of the Super Bowl our cable and internet went out and we just sat there for several moments unsure of how to hang out in our living room with out the option of staring at the TV.  It was time to cut the chord.

We are now cable free.  We went out and bought a Roku and now we are enjoying the shows that we like and avoiding the time-trap that becomes watching the rest of what’s on TV.  Although Zack was a bit sad to give up all 30 episodes of Law and Order he had on our DVR, I think we are better for it.  Because now our television watching will be intentional.  There will be no way to just turn it on and use it as background noise to distract us from one another.  I imagine us starting to fall in love with being present again.  With learning how to spend time with one another without the sound of the TV in the background.  If nothing else, I’ll get a lot of reading done.

Do you have cable?

PS. check out this great post from when my friend Sarah got rid of cable.

Beautiful Gift Ideas For Mother’s Day

Beautiful Gift Ideas For Mother's Day

Mother’s Day is May 10th this year, which means you have just about a month to find your mom the perfect gift.  I’m usually a terrible procrastinator when it comes to getting gifts (I get to excited to give them) but that just doesn’t work when your mother lives across the country and you need time for your present to get there.  Thankfully, my mom loves Chloe + Isabel (she is my best customer) so my job this year should be fairly easy.  However, there might be so many beautiful gift ideas for Mother’s Day that I have  a hard time picking something out.

Here are a few great options for Mom’s special day:

Take Heart Pendant Necklace - Hearts are always great for moms. Remind her of how much you love her with this dainty pendant.

Take Heart Pendant Necklace - Gift Idea's For Mother's Day

Take Heart Drop Earrings – If you’re feeling generous (and you should, she changed your diapers) you can get her the earrings that match!

Take Heart Drop Earrings - Gift Idea's For Mother's Day

Swept Away Bracelet – Not enough in the budget for real diamonds but you want something classy and high-quality.  Your mom will love this bracelet.  Have I mentioned all Chloe + Isabel jewelry is hypoallergenic, lead and nickle free, and comes with a lifetime guarantee?  Mom will be so proud of your purchase.

Swept Away Bracelet - Gift Idea's For Mother's Day

Heirloom Pearl Deco Necklace - What mom doesn’t love pearls?!  Look how classy these ones are!

Heirloom Pearl Deco Necklace - Gift Idea's For Mother's Day

Gardenia Convertible Pendant Necklace – This necklace is so dainty and feminine.  I love that it can be worn as two separate strands or together.

Gardenia Convertible Pendant Necklace - Gift Idea's For Mother's Day

Gardenia Stud Duo Earrings – These earrings come with two sets of studs in one!  You could save a pair for yourself and Mom would never know!

Check out the rest of my boutique and pick out something fabulous for Mom this year.  I’ll even throw in a pair of studs for you with a $100 purchase.

Sisterhood Of The World – A Blogger Award

Sisterhood Of The World - A Blogger Award

Last week I was nominated by Louise at Life As A Louise for the Sisterhood Of The World Blogging Award.  Louise asked some fun questions that I’m excited to answer because it makes me feel like a famous person giving an interview.  No pictures please! Did you talk this over with my publicist?

What song makes you have to stop what you’re doing and dance every single time?
A week ago I probably would have said Uptown Funk but now every time I turn on the radio that’s all I hear.  It makes me sad when I love a song and then I get sick of it because they play it too much.

If you could transform into any animal for any amount of time, what animal would you be and for how long?
I’d want to be a cat.  Specifically my cat because he does absolutely nothing all day except sleep and eat.  Someone else feeds him and changes his litter box and finds his milktops when they go missing.  I keep telling him he needs to get a job, but all he does it nap.  That’s the life.  I think I could handle that for a month or so and then it might get boring.

What’s your favorite holiday? Why?
I love Christmas! I love the whole build up to the holiday with decorations and activities and songs.  I love that you not only get gifts, but you give them as well.

Do you enjoy jokes? What’s the best joke you’ve ever told/heard?
Jokes are the best.  I’m pretty much never serious.  And I could never pick just one! That would be so unfair to all the other jokes.

You’re out to dinner and you run into a celebrity (alive or deceased). They say they’re up for anything and they’ll pay all evening! Who’s the celebrity and what are you guys going to do?!
Bradley Cooper and I should really…you know…just hang out as friends and see a movie or something.  Because I’m married, and I love my husband, that’s all I’m saying ;)

What’s the last book/magazine/DVD cover that you read & really enjoyed?
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.  I was hesitant to read it because I’m not a big fan of post-apocalyptic books or movies, but this book was awesome.  It was more a study on the characters and what society would be like if we didn’t have all the conveniences we take for granted.  I highly recommend it.

Which creature do you wish existed today: dinosaurs or unicorns or horse-size kittens?
I’m seriously more terrified of the idea of horse-sized kittens than dinosaurs roaming the streets.  My cat was (still is) a vicious terror when he was a kitten and I certainly didn’t need his litter box to need to be any bigger.  Unicorns it is!

What’s your LEAST favorite color? Is there a reason?
I’m not a fan of orange.  It makes me look like a pumpkin when I wear it and I had a bad experience with a guy whose favorite color was orange.  But oranges…now those are tasty.

I nominate:
Sarah @ Seriously, Sarah?
Erin @ Very Erin
Jessica @ Beyoutiful Beauty

These are the rules that have been passed down to me:
– Answer the questions from the person that nominated you.
– Nominate some of your blogging sisterhood- there is no set number for this!
-Ask your nominees some very important questions- again, no set number!

My Questions

1. If there was a delivery service for absolutely anything what would you want to be able to have delivered at any time?

2. If you could visit one fictional place out of a book or a movie where would you go and what would you do?

3. What one thing drives you crazy more than anything?

4. What’s one thing you’ve never done that most people have?

5. What has been your favorite moment so far of 2015?

6. If you were a car what kind of car would you be and why?

Positive Words – Marriage and Relationship Goals {Link-up}

Positive Words - Marriage and Relationship Goals {Link-up}Last month, I challenged myself to communicate better with my husband.  While I believe I will always have room to grow in that area, I think I really have gotten better since the day I sent Zack a long email to express my feelings instead of just talking to him in person.

This month, I want to work on the way I talk about myself.  Last week, in a moment of discouragement, I said some negative things about myself to Zack.  He responded by saying, “If you wouldn’t say it about me, don’t say it about yourself.”

He had a point.  I try my hardest to only speak of him positively.  He’s my best friend and my partner and certainly would never say some of the things I say about myself, about him.  So why then do I say bad thing about myself?  I call myself fat, lazy, uninteresting, unsuccessful, and then I expect him to see me as beautiful and wonderful? It’s not fair for him to hear me talk that way about myself and to constantly be having to build me up while I tear myself down.

My husband deserves a wife who is happy, confident, and healthy mentally.  He deserves a wife that isn’t overly sensitive because she’s been beating herself up all day. I want to be that for him.  This month I will only speak of myself positively so I can start becoming that woman for him.

What is your relationship goal for this month?

Marriage & Relationship Goals

New to the Marriage & Relationship Goals Link-up? Goals help our relationships grow stronger and get better with time as well as help us to continue moving forward and avoid the “ruts” of life. This link-up was created in hopes of inspiring your relationship with your significant other no matter your chapter in life and love. We would love for you to join us in making the things we do in our relationships intentional. If you would like more information, click here.

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