Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Top 10 Reasons Mutts Are Awesome

As a pet parent of an adopted Mutt myself, it makes me incredibly happy to see dog blogs promoting mixed breeds.  I came across this article from Pet MD and loved it: Top 10 Reasons Mutts Are Awesome.  To prove it's true, I'm recreating their 10 points with Ella-isms!

10.  They Are Unique: No need to get bogged down by breed standards.

9. They Are More Flexible: "Mixed breeds are thought to adjust more easily to a variety of households and living conditions."  True, Ella doesn't care if she's here or at either Grandma's place, just bring on the treats.

8.  They Can Still Compete:  Well, maybe we're still working on this one.

7.  They Can Still Be Trained as Service Dogs

6.  House Training Is Provided.  Many mixed breeds come from another home, like the new pup Leslie and Dwight Adopted, Mia, was 90% potty trained.

5.  You Can Skip The Puppy Stage:  Ok, so we didn't.

4.  They Have Fewer Health Issues: Ella is pretty Sturdy.

3.  They Have Cheaper Start Up Costs:  If you don't count all the toys.

2.  You're Saving A Life: This makes me happy EVERY day.

1.  Their Awesomeness is Contagious!

I couldn't agree more.  I'm so happy with my little Mutt.  Who wouldn't love that face?!  Need to adopt your own?  Check out PAWS Chicago or the Anti-Cruelty Society.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Meet Ella's New Aunt: Mia

Chase's parents adopted a sweet little 7lb Chihuahua Mix pup from PAWS Chicago.  She's 1 year and 1 month and complete with cute bat ears and a very cuddly personality.  A nice new addition to the family, and so proud she's from Ella's Alma Mater.

The three ladies met for a walk around the Museum Campus and Lake Michigan.

So now there's three pups in the family!  (Maybe my parents will make it a 4th?! Hint.  Hint.)

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Summer Must: Newberry Library Book Fair

My parents came down for a new tradition of shopping at the Newberry Library Book Fair.  Visiting the sale last year was great, so of course we would go again!  This year's haul?  7 books for $15!  Above?  That's the squirreling area, where the hard core shoppers would leave their stash while they wandered from room to room.  I love a library with a sense of humor!

And of course, here are some titles I passed up, but just made me laugh:


Family selfie as we're waiting to check out!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

My Cousin's Wedding

I trekked solo on the Amtrak to my cousin Matthew's wedding in Plainwell, Michigan.  It was a nice weekend to see my Dad's family, dress up, and dance.  My two goals were to dance with my father and Grandfather...both achieved.  The wedding was sweet and nautical themed, and who knew my cousin was actually a Captain?!  Congrats to the new Captain and Mrs. Leyndyke.

Full Confession: This was my cousin Amy's idea.   
How sweet do my Grandparents look sitting in the pew waiting for photos after the ceremony?

In-between ceremony and reception, we stop at the cute Plainwell Ice Cream Co.

Dad and Daughter Wedding Selfie!

An oh so cute picture of my Grandparents, Dad, and three siblings.
From L-R Joanne, Jimmy, Dad, and his twin Karen.

Perhaps one of my favorite moments (next to getting to dance with my Grandpa to Michael Buble at the reception) was his response to this wedding question card.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Flashback Friday: A Beauty Blog I Love

Happy Friday.  Here's a beauty blog I wrote a few years ago for Chatting with Patrick and still love.  I'm obsessed with historical dramas and fiction, so naturally Marie Antoinette would be one of my beauty icons.  Want to learn more about her?  Read Antiona Fraser's book (after you read this blog of course!)

Femme fatale of the 1700s, Marie Antoinette was renowned for her fabulous style and trend setting beauty. She picked fashions for the day with a pin in a special book and changed the trends in France forever...what better inspiration for a real life beauty look.  You can copy the bright pastel trends of the Sophia Coppola movie staring Kirsten Dunst, but if you're looking for something more down to earth, everyday attainable, try these ideas:
  • Jazz up your beauty space by converting vintage looking frames into gorgeous counter top trays and stack your beauty essentials there to start your day on a glamorous note.
  • Create luminous skin (especially during drier months when you need extra oomph) by mixing a highlighter or luminizer in with your foundation, or applying it directly to your face after foundation (on areas that can use shimmer like your brow bones or cupid's bow.)
  • Define your eyes.  For an ultra glam look, play up your eye line by finishing and filling in your brows.  On eyes, apply a neutral beige shadow from brow to lash line, contou the socket area with darker nude, and then apply heavy eyeliner.  Apply it with an angled liner brush and follow with several coats of mascara.  Keep lips a pretty, neutral pink.
  • Create a volume rich bouffant.  Marie Antoinette was all about the hair, so grab your teasing comb!  Start by spraying dry shampoo on the underside of your hair, then flip it up and use a "backcomb in a bottle" like Sexy Hair's What a Tease, to the layers around the crown of your head.  Then backcomb hair to get more height, sweep everything to the side with a chic black ribbon.
Who's your historical beauty inspiration?


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