Category Archives: Family

Introducing Annabelle!


Yesterday we added a new addition to our household that already includes Abby & Charlie, as well as the humans.

Meet the new puppy: Annabelle!! My mom has been following the Maine Lab Rescue facebook page and she mentioned to my dad and I that they were having an adoption event yesterday at Planet Dog in Portland. We decided to go, since there was a puppy that my mom had seen on facebook that she liked. Well, when we got there, most of the pups they had brought to the event had already been adopted, but not this little sweetheart! She’s such a lovebug. She just arrived in Maine last week, is about 14 weeks old, and is a lab/shepherd mix. If you see a lot of pictures of her on instagram in the very near future, that will be the reason. She gets along very well with Charlie, and Abby has been barking at her a little, but I’m sure they’ll end up being great friends.

I can’t say enough great things about the work of the Maine Lab Rescue. They ask great questions on their applications, they are so friendly, and the adoption fee includes spaying, making sure she’s all up to date on shots, and she’s been living with a foster family, so she’s been socialized. We couldn’t be happier with our newest addition!


P.S. What have you been up to this weekend my lovely followers? Anyone adopt a new family member recently?


Life Lately {3} & a heart to heart on blogging

I feel like I always have wonderful intentions in blogging and keeping up with it, and then life just gets in the way. I am swearing off “Black Friday” and the crazy over-consumption in our lives, and so I spent yesterday at home with family… as well as reading, and re-doing my blog! Check out the new look if you’re reading it in a feed reader… because I’m so so so happy with how it looks right now. I walked around my house calling it “Blog Friday” instead!

Also, my last post was my 100th post!! WHOOOOOHOOO! I feel like this calls for a celebration, maybe in the form of a giveaway.

Maybe my giveaway can be my mom’s book! She just was able to cross a huge item off her bucket list. She’s always wanted to publish a children’s book, and just a few weeks ago, it happened!

The Adventures of Charlie the Cat, available from the publisher and on Amazon!


I know that people are always talking about how you have to blog because you love it, and blog for yourself. I love blogging about what I love.. but I also love the comments I receive and knowing that other people are reading this blog. I know it’s important to put out original content, and I feel like I need to do more of that. I just feel like not many people read my blog, but I also know that I get kind of lazy when it comes to my blog… I don’t nearly put enough time and energy into making my posts and then posting them to social media to get more people to the blog to read.

I’m going to stop rambling. I’m just going to start doing. Start really putting myself out there. Being brave and vulnerable. Sharing my thoughts and opinions and this blog with as many people as I can.


30 days of thankfulness: days 2+3

This week felt like it went on forever… so I was super exhausted last night, as well as not feeling 100%. So instead of posting yesterday and today for what I’m thankful for, I’m going to talk about 2 different people I’m thankful for. I was originally going to post on different days about my mother and my father, but I’ll talk about them both (but separately) today.

My mom and I have always been very close. She’s not only my mother, she is also one of my best friends, and one of my biggest confidants. I don’t really know what I would do without her. We have our moments where we butt heads, but she’s incredible. She takes care of me when I’m sick, and sometimes straightens my hair. When I was younger and head chronic headaches, and had a really hard time explaining how I felt and where the pain was, she didn’t ever once question if I was really sick. I don’t know what else I can say besides I love her to death and she’s one of my favorite people ever.

My dad and I were not always as close as I was growing up. My sister was athletic, and they sort of always had a better relationship. I’ve done a lot of thinking lately about how great my dad is. When I read this post about When to DIY vs. When to Hire from Young House Love, it made me think of all of the things my dad has done. He’s put in bathrooms in former closets, redone kitchens, finished a basement that included the room I lived in as a young teen… He’s built a chicken coop, put in new doors. He’s an electrician by trade, so even small electrical or plumbing tasks are not a problem. When I went off to college he wrote me a wonderful letter about how proud of me he was. I love him and I’m incredibly proud of him and all of the things that he’s done.

Both of my parents also went back to college as adults. I’ve seen them juggle being parents while working full time and going to school on top of that and I know it was hard but they are both very hard workers!

So Mom & Dad, I love you guys, and I’m so proud of you and feel so lucky that you’re my parents!


Life Lately {2}

    1. I’m so sorry I’ve been a bad blogger. I really don’t have an excuse… I’ve been going to work and then coming home and just relaxing. And for the weekends, I’ve been doing more relaxing, spending time with my family. and then last weekend was super busy. Last Saturday I got my hair cut, went to a former co-worker’s baby shower, my dad came home from a month & a half long trip to Australia, and went to my work’s annual auction. It was a blast, and fun to hang out with the parents of my toddlers in my class outside of them dropping off and picking up their kids.
    2. Today I ran errands, like my usual Target run, when I saw a table in someone’s yard down the street with a free sign on it… well as soon as I got home, my mom and I jumped into my car and drove back and get it. I’m not going to lie, that was the first time I just grabbed a free item from someone’s curb. My mom and I managed to get it into my Toyota RAV4 (with the seats down) and I’m so super excited to fix it up a little and put it in my room. Though when we got it out of the car when we got home my dad asked if we wanted him to bring it to the dump!
    3. I have a whole list of ideas of blog posts to write… so hopefully I can get a bunch written and scheduled. I have some book reviews to write up. Naptime is the perfect time to get reading done! I also have to post about receiving my first Stitch Fix. I also got a few awesome items recently so I will have some good WIW posts. I also have a co-worker’s Halloween party to attend tonight, so I will have a good post about what I wore for Halloween!


Toby: Grumpy, Orange Cat.


Let me set the scene. The year was 2004. I lived in a log cabin in a town that is smaller than I currently live in. We had just realized we had a major ant issue, and that we needed to have pest control come and spray for them. We were told to gather our pets and take them off the premises for a few hours, and that they couldn’t be inside the house. At the time, we only had our dog Abby and our cat Mittens. But there was this orange tabby cat that looked no more than 10-12 weeks old hanging around our yard. We decided to try to get him into a crate too and get him away from the chemicals. So we tried to lure him onto our deck with some food.. and after a few attempts, we were successful.

We took him to the vet, just so they could check him out and make sure that if he was in our yard and in contact with our pets while we figured out who he belonged to that he was healthy. They said he was probably about 9 weeks old. We ended up knocking on our neighbors doors asking if anyone knew who he belonged to. Most of them said they didn’t know anything about a cat in the area, and one of our neighbors said that people sometimes would leave their cats at a little abandoned barn across the street from our house, and that was most likely how he ended up in our yard. After not much thought, we took him in. And we named him Toby.

Toby and Abby were very close. They were similar in color, so they groomed and licked each other like they were mother and son. It was pretty adorable to see, and it was an almost daily occurrence. As the years went by, we moved Toby, Abby, and Mittens to the town (& house) we currently live in, and after living here for a few years, we lost Mittens at age 18-19 due to old age.

I used to say that Toby was a cranky old man. He loved to come into the house, eat, purr a little, and he would go right back outside, visiting our neighbors in their yards, and would come back later to eat more and then leave again. He had to be in a people kind of mood in order to spend time inside curling up with us.

Mid-July he went missing. The first two days, we kind of just assumed that he was wandering the neighborhood and that he would be back. But he didn’t return. We walked around our neighborhood, and drove around other neighborhoods in town where people had told me they saw a cat fitting his description. Now, as the leaves turn colors it’s actually hitting me he’s been gone 2 months. I can only be happy about the wonderful years we spent together, and that we were lucky to take him in when he was just a kitten, and give him 8 good years that he might not have had otherwise.

Miss you, grumpy old guy. ❤


Life Lately {1}

I apologize for how quiet it’s been around these parts. A few weeks ago, my dad left for a business trip, and right after he left, our internet started acting up. My dad’s probably the most technologically savvy person in our family, with me second, followed by my mom and sister. And without my dad around, and with me not having any idea on how to fix our internet problems, we were stuck kind of dealing with sometimes having internet, but most of the time, getting a lot of this:

Luckily, my dad came back a few days ago, and fixed our internet problems this weekend. My internet is now speedier than it was before! So hopefully, I won’t have to take any breaks that long for a long time.

I also gave my two weeks notice… about two weeks ago! I got offered a full time Assistant Toddler Teacher job. I start on Tuesday. So I had a busy last week at my current jobs… especially my afternoon job where many of our summer staff left to go back to college. On the weekends I’ve been getting ready for my new job. Oh, and we had a yard sale last weekend, so I was pretty busy with that on Saturday.

Also, this new blog is still a work in progress, so bear with me as I’m still working on the sidebar and organizing and planning weekly series(s).


What I’ve Been Doing for the Past Month…

So I didn’t plan to take a month long break from blogging. It just kind of happened. Things have been so busy here lately that the time I usually spend writing, planning, and scheduling posts (mostly the weekends) has been filled with other things.

The weekend after I posted my last post, I went to a wedding for a friend of mine, Bonnie, who I had met through being a bridesmaid at our friend Ruth’s wedding last summer. People were at the reception and dancing for hours, so I really didn’t get home until a lot later than I intended!

The following week we were cleaning, organizing, and de-cluttering the kitchen, since we were expecting work on our kitchen to start that week.


It ended up not happening till the following week but since my mom was at camp, and my dad was out of town, I was kind of holding down the fort.

After. New Window, Floor, Countertops, & Trim-work

We rented a camp up in Belgrade Lakes, which we had last summer too, and I did end up going up there twice. Mostly I was home though. I went up there the 21st and 22nd of July, and mostly hung out with my cousins kids, fishing, swimming, and boating. I went back up on the 25th and did some watercolor painting.

B got really upset I kayaked so far away from camp. But then he felt better after posing for a picture!

I put together a little package of goodies for Eileen, Kyle & their pets, and sent that out.

I went up to Burlington the 28th and the 29th, to hang out with some friends.

This lighter was like stuck in the concrete of the sidewalk in Burlington. Tasha, KT and I seriously enjoyed this too much.

I ended up signing up for Content is King and Media Kits that Will Make You Money as my free Alt Summit classes for July. That happened at the beginning of last week. They were both really good. And definitely gave me a lot to think about as far as this blog goes. Look out for me to re-brand… including a new name! I’m very excited about it.

Charlie says: “Get ready for this awesomeness!”

Then last weekend I babysat, went blueberry picking with my family, and out to lunch for my Aunt Belinda’s birthday. I went to my Aunt’s camp that she rents for a week every August.. (I’ll probably spend some time there again this weekend.) But I promise I will be posting again soon! 🙂