Better than Trump Steaks

Venison backstrap from this deer, marinated in soy sauce and Bourbon glaze. Put on a little A.1. rub, salt, and sage.


And pan fry in butter for three minutes on each side. Medium rare and smothered in sauteed onions.


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My Style // Getting Back to Me

It has been five months since my last outfit post, but pregnancy and post-pregnancy will do that to you. As you guys know from my What I’m Wearing Now posts, even with the best intentions, maternity fashion just isn’t at the top of my priority list by half-way through the second trimester. It’s also basically freezing in Chicago from October through March and I’m just not ambitious enough to brave that sh*t to show you pictures of what I’m wearing. Getting to (sort of) wear normal clothes that I actually really like again though, coupled with the fact that I just spent a week in a place with not only phenomenal weather but also an insanely gorgeous natural backdrop, inspired me to shoot a couple of my current favorite outfits. And here’s the first one, in all its glory.

This look certainly isn’t anything fancy or complicated by any means, but I love it because it’s probably the exact outfit I would describe if someone asked me to define my style. It’s comfortable but not sloppy. It’s a little boho and a little minimalist and casual but also dressy enough to wear out to dinner (which is what we did right after we snapped these photos). I wish the earrings showed up better in the photos – my stepmom bought them for me in a small art gallery boutique we visited during our stop in the tiny town of Jerome and they’re gorgeous. This look just makes me happy, man. It feels good to be getting back to me. And I can’t wait until it’s warm enough to wear it here as well. I have a feeling it’s going to be my summertime staple.

Bag: c/o Newlie (It’s a diaper bag! And you can win one in our current giveaway!)  //  Dress: F21 (similar)  //  Ankle Boots: c/o Minnetonka  //  Hat: old (similar)  //  Watch: c/o Daniel Wellington  //  Necklace: c/o Jadestone Jewelry  //  Bracelet: gift  //  Earrings: gift  //  Sunglasses: Free People


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Bundles of fluff

Bundles of fluff.  These tiny Pomeranians are waiting to go into the ring at Monaco Dog Show.

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A doggie high tech battle suit

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Some Wednesday Words

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Just sharing some fun words for your middle-of-the-week. Enjoy your day!


Bubby and Bean ::: Living Creatively

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A cute long-haired chihuahua looking very content in his owner’s arms. Photographed on the streets of Nice.

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Links I Love, Right Now

It’s Friday, spring officially arrives in 9 short days, and Daylight Savings Time begins Sunday morning (yay for lighter evenings!). These are all pretty fantastic things in my book. I don’t know about you guys, but I’m in a great mood.

Between our flight back from vacation this past weekend and Emmett’s continued middle-of-night nursing sessions, I’ve had plenty of time to browse the internet and stumble upon randomly cool things, so today seemed like the perfect time for another Links I Love post. I hope you guys enjoy these fun findings, and your weekend as well.

Someday when I’m completely over the whole urban/suburban lifestyle, I am totally moving back to the woods, preferable into a home just like this one.

I got to visit one of my favorite Free People stores when I was in Scottsdale last week (and buy these sunglasses in Flamingo, as well as this majorly marked down top), which then led me to spend way too much time on their website, which then led to me falling in love with this, this, and this (shown in top image).

Awww. This Seoul-based illustrator took to drawing these little moments of love with his wife. So sweet.

A fellow member of an online creative group for women I’m involved with wrote this incredible piece on the mental cost of owning your own business that needs to be talked about.

I hear so many people say they often purchase packaged foods rather than fresh fruits and veggies because they’re cheaper. According to this article, that isn’t the case at all.

Essley is basically obsessed with her IKEA play kitchen, but it would have been fun to create one for her out of cardboard like this DIY toddler kitchen. So cute.

This is a few weeks old, but in case you haven’t seen it, someone replaced Donald Trump’s eyes with his mouth and he looks exactly the same. Baaaahahahahaha. Brilliant.

Those of you who know me in real life know that I would eat tacos for pretty much every meal forever and ever, so clearly I need this necklace and these earrings immediately.

I really enjoyed reading this piece on how to be the greatest antagonist of your own happiness.

This video of 500 years of female beauty in art gave me all the feels.

I need to make time to do this beautiful DIY botanical easter egg project.

These sandals though.

Have you come across any especially great links this week? What are your plans for the weekend? Robbie is back on tour with the band, but my sister is coming up from Indianapolis to visit later today and I can’t wait. She was in the hospital with us during my labor and Emmett’s birth, but she had to leave the next day so it’s been over two months since she’s gotten to hang with the kids, and I think Essley may be even more excited than I am. Whatever your plans, enjoy your weekend (and the rest of your Friday too!).


Bubby and Bean ::: Living Creatively

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Saturday Survey: Iditarod 2016

I’ve been following the Iditarod fairly closely. As always, I’m pulling for the only female musher who regularly finishes in the top five: Aliy Zirkle. Who do you think will win? Listed in the survey are the five who were at the front of the pack as of this morning. Until next time, Good day, […] Dog Blog

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Cougar suspected in the death of LA Zoo koala


“It wasn’t me!”

The Los Angeles Times reports that a cougar is suspecting in killing one of the LA Zoo’s koalas earlier this month.

LA is home a famous cougar called P-22. This cat lives in Griffith Park, and it’s generally thought his diet is mostly raccoon and coyote.

But it is thought that the cat leaped over a 9-foot fence to kill a female koala named Killarney. For obvious reasons, koalas have never been cougar-food, so P-22 would have been the first of his kind to try hunting one.

There is no hard evidence that P-22 did the deed, but trail cameras revealed that he was stalking near the zoo  the night before Killarney was killed.

The evidence is solely circumstantial, but the chances of coyote or bobcat getting over a 9-foot fence and carrying off a Koala are pretty remote.

This story reminds me of what happened to one of Jim Dutchers wolves that were kept in a large enclosure in the Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho. One of them spent a lot of time by herself, and one day she turned up missing.  Scratch marks on a tree inside the enclosure revealed that a cougar had come in and killed the wolf, but then the rest of the pack discovered the cat and treed it, eventually chasing it off the premises. A cougar will take on one wolf but not six.

Cougars once lived over much of the the United States. Although incorrectly called “mountain lions,” they are ecologically equivalent of leopards in the Old World. They are out of the same lineage that gave us the cheetah and the jaguarundi, which is actually now classified with the cougar in the genus Puma now.

As these cats return to their native range, conflicts are bound to happen. In LA, one would have assumed that the biggest problem with this cat would have that he started carrying off dogs, but I’ve not heard of any cases of him doing that.

But if he took out a koala, it’s very likely that he’s in need of better food sources than raccoons and coyotes.

And maybe it is time for LA’s cougar to find a new home.

Koalas now. Labradors next.

Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that situation.



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Calling coyote

I purchased a diaphragm coyote call a few months ago from MFK. I wanted to liven up the blog with some possible coyote photos and videos, and coyote hunting is one of those things I’ve always wanted to try.

It’s much harder than it looks, especially if the coyotes in your area don’t howl that much and are generally unresponsive to howls and other vocalizations.

However, I eventually did get lucky. I set up about 100 feet deeper down an Allegheny bench. I howled three times and let loose a few bitch-in-estrus whimpers.

I noticed some movement to my right. Something yellow was advancing across the bench opposite mine across a small ravine.

That’s when I knew it. I had a coyote coming in. I just got ready for him to come up from the ravine. What follows is, well, pretty hard to believe. If I didn’t have the photos and the video proof, I still wouldn’t believe it.

This is not a zoo animal. This is backwoods West Virginia, and this is a very wild Eastern coyote from a population that is as pressured as any on the East Coast.














So calm and relaxed that he stops to scratch an itch!


He paced around me for about ten minutes. He was looking for the bitch. If he started to wander off, I would just whimper a bit through the diaphragm, and he’d come back.

This is one of those moments when you realize how great it is to be alive.

Too look into those wild yet sagacious brush wolf eyes is to be taken back to a time when the only dogs were wild ones.

It was  my pleasure to have had this opportunity.

I met a wild one.

And it doesn’t seem real.




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