Animals · Dogs · Photos

Lily. My Best Friend.

Heartache comes in many forms, and this week I’ve suffered one of the worst heartaches I’ve ever felt.  I lost my best friend.

Lily's last day


I got Lily in 2005 as a 12-week old adorable puppy.  She wasn’t expected – my boyfriend at the time gave her to me for Christmas, and at first, I was a little overwhelmed because I was in college and also working full-time.  And also never expected a dog!  I didn’t know how I was going to manage taking care of a puppy, but of course I could never send her back!

From day one I was in love with this pup.  I took her everywhere that I could and I loved her beyond words.  Lily has lived in 7 different houses with me and lived in 3 different cities.  She traveled across the country with me and was there for me every step of the way these past 12 years – including my labor with Lucy,  never leaving my side until it was time for me to go to the hospital.

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Baby · Photos · Pregnancy · Things I'm Lovin'

Some Natural Things I’m Lovin’ Lately.

Hello y’all! Yes, I’m still alive.


Man, people warn you that having a baby is the hardest, most exhausting and most overwhelming thing you will ever do, but nothing really prepares you for it.  The sleepless nights and breastfeeding have been the most difficult things for me.  Luckily, I have the breastfeeding thing down (finally), and my body is slowly adjusting to the lack of sleep.  Lucy isn’t really on a specific schedule yet, so there are some nights she is up every 2 hours, and some nights she will go 4-5 hours.  She even had one (glorious) night last week where she slept for 8 straight hours – I was still up every few hours checking on her of course.  🙂

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Photos · Pregnancy · Smoothies

Pregnancy Journey. 38 weeks.

Hi y’all! Still here, still VERY pregnant.  38 weeks and 1 day to be exact…

Overall, I’m doing well, aside from the bouts of nausea and extreme fatigue.  Oh, and the insomnia. That sucks too.  I keep telling myself it’s just my body’s natural way of preparing me for my upcoming sleepless nights.

How I’m feeling: My attention span is about the size of a peanut. Thank you pregnancy brain.  And I’m feeling a little emotional and anxious at times.  This is a HUGE change for us and it can be overwhelming to think about.  I’m so excited of course, but that doesn’t stop me from being terrified too.  That’s normal right?   

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Pregnancy. 34 weeks. 4 Days.


I still don’t understand where the time goes.  I can’t believe it’s been almost 10 days since my last post and almost 8 weeks since my last Pregnancy Post! 

Deep sigh…

Speaking of time, I’ve been busy getting stuff ready for the arrival of our sweet baby girl – hard to believe she will be here in less than 6 weeks (unless she decides to arrive late of course).   Who knew having a baby took such preparation?!  I mean, I know when they arrive it’s a lot of work, but man, there has already been so much preparation and she’s still in my belly!

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15 minutes or less · Comfort Food · Photos · Popular · Pregnancy · Quick Meals · Recipes · Smoothies · Vegetarian

Blueberry Smoothie.

CAUTION: The photographs for this post are terrible. I mean absolutely terrible. Please forgive me, I was famished when I made this recipe. On top of that, I’ve been super tired lately – soooo tired that the thought of dumping a smoothie into a pretty, glass mason jar seemed almost impossible.  Forgive me?  This baby is sucking the life out of me…

I know, I know, it’s only going to get worse…

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Photos · Pregnancy

Baby Shower in Idaho.

Hi y’all! Sorry it’s been so long (I feel like I’ve been saying that a lot lately…). But seriously, I’m sorry! It’s been a hectic few weeks on top of being incredibly fatigued from the pregnancy – something I was warned about, but nothing truly prepared me for it.

Last week, I was in Idaho visiting my family and friends.  I had a really nice time, but I admit, this was the first time I was eager to come back to Florida – something I’d never thought I’d say.  I missed Bryan and the pups more than ever and I just missed being home – I blame the baby.  It’s funny how you get so sick of your normal, day-to-day routine, and you always want what you can’t have – I can’t tell you how many times in the last few months I’ve complained to Bryan about wanting to move back to Idaho (or live anywhere but south Florida), but when I was away, it made me appreciate what I (we) have here.  Home will always be home, but I realized I’m starting to make my own home here in south Florida.

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Sweet Potato & Chickpea Burgers.

You’re not going to believe me, but the weather in south Florida has been very chilly these past few weeks.  No joke.  It’s been getting into the 40’s at night and only into the 60’s during the day.  Yes, I realize for most of you northerners, that’s not very cold, but for those of us used to 80 degrees, it’s cold.

I’ve enjoyed the cooler weather.  It makes if feel more like the holiday season to me.  Plus, I get to wear sweatshirts and sweatpants, and drink tea and hot chocolate during all hours of the day (not that this is anything new). 🙂

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