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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?

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Mavis at Six Months

I can’t believe Mavis is halfway through her first year of life! She’s growing so fast and it feels like she’s been a part of our family forever.

New Things

  • Mavis passed her AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy test and graduated from Puppy Level II! She starts her adult training classes to work towards earning her Canine Good Citizen title next week!
  • The brown spots of her fur are looking a little lighter as she’s getting older.
  • She can now jump into my truck! She has only done it twice, but I’m proud of her nonetheless 😉
  • She’s currently having her first sleepover at her my parents’ for a few nights (Jimmy and I are having a staycation!).
  • She continues to solve food puzzles like a champ, and it’s so neat to watch her figure them out.
  • She is getting better about being held and touched, and is way less fearful of other dogs. She did great with my siblings and parents’ dogs on Thanksgiving!
Petco Positive Dog Training Puppy II Graduation with cocker spaniel puppy

Mavis after her AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy test and graduation from Puppy II classes!

New Likes

  • Chasing a laser. It’s hilarious to watch her run after it because she tries to grab it with her paws, haha.
  • Whimzees dental treats. These take her forever to chew and have been a lifesaver in keeping her busy when she’s being naughty.

Brown and white parti color cocker spaniel puppy six months old

Hard Things

  • Mavis is now in the adolescence stage of puppyhood and can really test our patience! She will act like she doesn’t know certain commands, or will bark at us for attention. The key has been to be very patient and make sure she gets a lot of exercise each day.
  • She and Malcolm get into trouble together!

Happy Things

  • She continues to pet sit with me (we walked six dogs together today!) and is my little working buddy.
  • She adores Lola and always wants to be with her.

Black lab mix and cocker spaniel puppy cuddling

I think that’s everything for Mavis’ six month update! She’s just a little ray of sunshine in our lives and we are absolutely loving her!