Life

Five Things I’m Loving Lately

1. My Boys. Malcolm is definitely a daddy’s boy. He loves Jimmy (and vice versa!) and basically any time I see Jimmy around the house, Malcolm is in his arms. So sweet.

Guy holding black catBlack cat snuggling

2. Awesome clients. One of my pet sitting clients surprised me with chocolate covered pretzels the other day! Sometimes pet sitting is tough work (gotta love picking up dog poop in below freezing temperatures over and over again haha) but the relationships I’ve established with my clients and their pets makes it all worth it a million times over. And some good chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt 😉

Sarris Candies Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods

3. Dog sweaters. Tis the season for cold weather, and for my family that means dog sweaters! I bought Lola a sweater last year, but it ended up being a crop top (LOL), so I gave it to my parents and I’m happy to report if fits their cocker spaniel, Brandy. I also bought Mavis a sweater so she can stay warm while we pet sit together. Now I just need to get Lola one that fits her!

Cocker spaniel in sweater Brown and white cocker spaniel puppy in sweater

4. A new cereal addiction. First it was pumpkin spice cheerios, then cinnamon puffins, then cocoa bunnies. Now I’m onto pumpkin spice life. What’s your favorite cereal?

Pumpkin Spice Life Cereal limited edition

5. Mavis when she first wakes up. She looks exactly like I do when I wake up before 7:00 am!

Cocker spaniel puppy waking up from nap

What are you loving lately?

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A Relaxing Staycation

Jimmy and I took Thursday and Friday off of work last week and sent Lola and Mavis to my parents’ so we could have a little staycation! We weren’t sure if we would be out of the house for long stretches of time, so we figured it’d be good to have the girls stay with my mom and dad. Plus dogs = extra responsibility and we wanted our time together to feel like a vacation.

I was definitely starting to feel burnt out from the busyness of life lately, so it was wonderful to take some time to relax and rejuvenate with my main man.

Husband and wife black and white picture smiling in car

I missed the girls so much and literally felt guilty for having them stay with my parents (even though I knew they were having a blast and were in good hands). Jimmy and I had such a wonderful time, though!

At first, we had these grand plans to go to a hunting and fishing store in West Virginia, or to visit the National Aviary here in Pittsburgh, but we didn’t do much of anything and it was honestly perfect.

What we actually did

  • Slept in until sometime between 7:30 and 8:30 each morning
  • Got coffee at Dunkin’ Donuts or Starbucks each day
  • Walked/rode bikes on a local trail
  • Did a little Christmas shopping for Shiloh Christian Children’s Ranch
  • Washed Jimmy’s truck
  • Cooked HomeChef meals

Starbucks holiday cups 2017

I’m usually team Dunkin’ when it comes to plain coffee, but I tried the Starbucks Christmas Blonde Roast coffee and was a big fan. Jimmy got the salted caramel mocha and said he highly recommends it!

HomeChef pork tenderloin

We had fun testing out three meals from HomeChef as part of our little experiment with meal delivery kits! Spoiler alert: we liked HelloFresh more than HomeChef. I’ll definitely blog more about this as we try other companies. We are looking into Plated and Sun Basket next!

May Designs planner for BlueSky with accessories and coffee

I also grabbed some accessories for the planner I bought for 2018! Is anyone else obsessed with all things planner-related? For 2017, I had an Erin Condren planner and liked it, but wasn’t a fan of the price tag. I decided to go with a planner from Target for 2018 and bought some binder clips with tabs, washi tape, page flags, and color coding labels to gussy it up!

My sister and I always talk about how much we love looking for the perfect planner. My mom used to get annoyed with us during back to school shopping because we would spend at least 30 minutes looking at planners. We have yet to find the perfect planner and agree it’s because we are destined to create our own. Someday 😉

Brown and white cocker spaniel puppy

After a restful staycation, Jimmy and I met my parents to pick up Lola and Mavis this afternoon (Saturday) and we’re all back home. Mavis fell asleep on the way home and is currently crashed out on our bathroom rug (aka the only patch of carpet-like material in our all hardwood flooring house). It’s safe to say she and Lola had a great time with my parents and Jimmy and I had a great staycation!

Two questions today:

If you use a planner, are you loyal to a certain brand?

Have you ever done a staycation?