All Sorts of Exciting Things

Hey hey! I have all sorts of excitement to share today. Some things big, some small. All blessings!

First of all, my dad was ordained as an elder in our church on Sunday. Serving as an elder isn’t an easy job, but I know he’s going to do great. I really look up to my dad for so many reasons, but most of all for his faith in God. It amazes me that he he runs two successful businesses, studies God’s Word each day, serves in our church, and still takes time to do things like read and comment on my blog. He’s an awesome guy and I feel very blessed to call him my dad.

Another big exciting thing: my cousin is now a police officer! He graduated from the police academy in Upstate New York on Saturday and my parents, bother, and sister-in-law made a quick trip to see him.

Police academy graduation

Okay, let’s talk about the weather. Last week in Pittsburgh, it was cold. We often woke up to temperatures in the negatives and high temperatures were in the teens and twenties if it was a “warm” day. Yesterday, it was in the 30s and snowy and I was so happy! After the bitter cold of last week, 30 degrees has never felt so balmy! How’s the weather where you are?

Moving on to pet sitting, I finally created a business name and website! For years, I was just Allie Zottola… the pet sitting girl that people knew and would recommend. Now, I am the owner and operator of Muddy Paws Pet Sitting and I couldn’t be more excited! I didn’t think I’d ever have enough regular clients to warrant my own business, but God has been very good to me. Maybe I’ll talk about this more in another post?!

Girl walking cocker spaniel puppy

Speaking of businesses, my sister opened an Etsy shop! As if she wasn’t busy enough with nursing school and the million other things she does. I don’t know how she does it all. She’s currently selling hand lettered canvases. Go Hannie!

Other exciting things:

  • Jimmy and I should be getting a SunBasket (meal kit) delivery today! Can’t wait to try it out.
  • Our basement now has “smart” light switches. Jimmy wired recessed lighting into our basement and added some high-tech light switches that we can control from our phones. I just need to figure out how to do that 😉
  • Jimmy has his second violin lesson tonight. I don’t think I mentioned it, but I gave him a violin + lessons for Christmas. So far, it has been introductory stuff, but he’s excited to start playing!
  • Our little therapy dog in training has been to the Dollar Tree (twice!), TJ Maxx, and the bank and did great interacting with people!
  • I just got a new dog and cat cookbook in the mail yesterday and I can’t wait to start reading it. Does that make me a total dork?

Dinner Pawsible pet cookbook

Okay, I think that’s all the excitement I have to share! Well, one last thing, but it’s a question. My cousin’s daughter is turning one soon and I’m not sure what to get her for her birthday. Any suggestions?

What exciting things have been happening in your life lately?

Valentine’s Day Gift Idea

I know Valentine’s Day is over a month away, but I wanted to share a gift idea for the man in your life. This post isn’t sponsored in any way, it’s just me sharing something I gave Jimmy recently that he likes!


Jimmy and I were getting ready for church a few weeks ago and he mentioned that he could use a tie clip. I agreed with him and wrote “get Jimmy a tie clip” in the Reminders app on my phone (Apple’s Reminders app is a lifesaver for me and I wouldn’t remember half of the ideas/things people tell me without it, haha). The next time I was browsing on Etsy, I went straight to my favorite shop, DistinctlyIvy, to look for a tie clip.

Jimmy and I bought our moms personalized necklaces for Mother’s Day from Ivy’s shop as well as my bridesmaids’ bracelets for our wedding. Both of our moms and our bridesmaids were happy with their jewelry, and I have been impressed with the pricing, quality, and ease of purchasing from DistinctlyIvy. I’m always on Ivy’s shop page when I want to give someone I love a memorable gift.

I saw that tie clips were on sale for $11.70 and that there was a customization option, so I designed a tie clip for my man.


I had his initials stamped on the front, and our wedding date and a cross stamped on the back. There are a lot of options as far as fonts, what you can write, and which designs you can have put on the tie clip, so you can really get creative with it! My order shipped in one day and was at our doorstep two days after it shipped. Jimmy wore the tie clip to church yesterday and it worked great!

Just thought I’d share in case anyone was already thinking about Valentine’s Day 😉