A Year of What I’m Wearing Now // The 2015 Edition

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July  //  August  //  September  //  October  //  November  //  December 

First, Happy New Year and welcome to the first official post of 2016! I hope you all had a great long weekend and I wish you guys the very best in the upcoming year. As of now, there is still no baby, but he will be here any day. (Sooner than later works for me, kid!) I was induced early with Essley due to issues with gestational hypertension, so I had some notice, which made it much easier to plan things work-wise and start my maternity leave a little in advance. This time things are more unsure timing-wise, so the tentative plan is to work right up until labor starts, for the most part. I’ve never been this pregnant and it’s admittedly a little hard to get things done but I’m doing my best. My doctor thought I’d have him by now, so my hospital bag is packed and ready to go, as am I. I’ll keep you guys posted. And now onto the actual post topic!

Almost a year ago, I had an idea for a new series called What I’m Wearing Now. I’d just put together a reader survey where I received several comments stating that you guys missed seeing my outfit posts, which had admittedly decreased after becoming a mama (and, like always, were especially few and far between in the winter).  I started thinking of ways that I could still share what I was wearing at the moment without relying exclusively on my inconsistent outfit posts, and ‘What I’m Wearing Now’ was born. So once a month, every month, in 2015, I put together a round-up collage featuring some of the clothing and accessory items that I was wearing the most that particular month. And what you see above is a mega collage of all 12 months of these posts. As you can see, there were a lot of repeats from month to month, which actually makes me happy, as I’ve made a real effort this year to focus on a more minimal wardrobe. You’ll also notice that although I always tend to gravitate toward casual pieces, my clothing got more and more comfort-based as my pregnancy progressed. As I type this in pajama pants and a tunic tee, I can confidently say that I am officially ready to get back into regular clothes!

It’s fun for me to look an entire year of outfits in once place like this, and I hope you guys enjoy it too. If you’re interested in specific clothing pieces and where I got them, you can click on the links above to see each individual month, where links to every item for that month can be found. As of now, I plan to continue this series into 2016 as well. And hopefully once baby is born (any day now you guys, any day) and we’re settled in a bit, there will be some new outfit posts as well.

Once again, Happy New Year! I hope this is your best year yet. xo


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My Niece’s Houseguests

Do you remember a few weeks ago when I said my niece, Allison, had signed up to be a dog-sitter on DogVacay? She’s in the Cincinnati, Ohio area, if any of you are looking for a sitter. After a few initial hiccups (one of her dogs had a seizure while she was giving a prospective […]

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Shelter Saturday: January 2

2016 is finally here, and if you’ve made a New Year’s resolution to help create a better future for our four-legged friends in need, one easy way to help is by sharing the photo of a…

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You wouldn’t feed your dog or cat hair, would you… knowingly, that is!

Four pet foods tested…  all four positive for hair!!!

Photo Credit:  TruthAboutPetFood.com Photo Credit: TruthAboutPetFood.com

Those foods were:

  • Pedigree Adult Complete Nutrition Chicken Flavor

  • 9 Lives Plus Care Cat Food

  • Beneful Incredibites with Real Beef Dog Food

  • Friskies Indoor Delights Cat Food

Read the full story  and unfortunately, disgusting photos and video… 

Source of all info is credited to: TruthAboutPetFood.com

Helping to keep beloved furry babies healthy and safe… and pet parents informed!


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May 19, Best Dog Food Guide | Learn then Choose What’s Best for Your Dog

Want the best dog food for your beloved pet? Reasons to switch dog food brands. Get informed today.
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Cottonmouths in Kentucky

These do not live in West Virginia at all.

Don’t let anyone tell you they have seen one in West Virginia. That’s the northern water snake, which always gets called a “cottonmouth” or a “water moccasin.”

The copperhead, which is in the same genus, really should be called the “copperhead moccasin,” just to avoid confusion with the elapid with the same name.

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Watching Amazon Prime



The film is The Savage Wild, which is a pretty good little film about wolves and dogs in the Yukon.

She likes watching dogs and wolves on TV, but if I put on a film about lions, she leaves the room.




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Waiting in line …

A long-haired chihuahua amongst a crowd of people queuing in a Menton fish shop on Christmas Eve. Wonder if she likes fish?

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Redneck Santa

redneck santa

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CucumberGate, Terror, Abuse, and You

So by now you’ve all seen the videos, right? A person places a cucumber behind a cat who’s blissfully chomping away on some food. The cat turns around, spots the sinister gourd, and jumps about five feet in the air.

The first thing that happened was that a bunch of people thought it was funny and shared it all over the internet.

The second thing that happened was a bunch of experts chimed in warning about how this wasn’t a benign thing, that cats could be permanently scarred, and that people should not do this to their own cats. The Huffington Post called on a cat behaviorist for advice. The AVMA put out a position statement on the controversial topic.

The third thing that happened was another group of people shared the second group’s warnings and began fighting with the first group of people who thought it was funny, and now we have CucumberGate.

Now granted, while I don’t think intentionally scaring other people or animals is a particularly nice thing to do, is it really worth getting all that upset about? Does one startle cause permanent psychological damage?

I unintentionally scare the crap out of my dog every day. Whether it’s a belt on the floor or the vacuum, he worries. Then he gets over it. My kids have been traumatized by Santa Claus from birth until age at least age 5. The first couple of times it was unintentional, then I knew what was coming and did it anyway because #tradition. They still say Christmas is their favorite holiday.


I didn’t have any cucumbers in the house this morning, so I took out a zucchini. I felt comfortable doing this for a couple reasons- first, Penelope is a fearless cat. Second, she’s been watching me cut up zucchini for months now and I thought it was an acceptable risk. As you can see, she didn’t give two hoots, which is exactly what I assumed would happen. If she did get startled, well, I guess I would be a horrible person, but it wouldn’t be the first time I made the wrong call.

Bottom line:

  1. People who don’t think it’s funny aren’t humorless doofs. It’s good to care.
  2. People who do think it’s funny aren’t sadistic psychopaths.

Unless you’re saying world famous animal advocate and voice of Dory herself is a psychopath, then we’re all screwed:

Click here to view the embedded video.

Yeah, it’s not the kindest way to conduct yourself, but life goes on, right? While I have no problem with people voicing a little, “hey, maybe this isn’t the nicest thing,” I worry when people call something like this animal abuse because we animal lovers have a hard time getting taken seriously sometimes as it is.

I struggle with “that’s not nice” getting conflated with “abuse”, because if that’s where we’re drawing the line I have a few Christmas photos I need to burn before CPS sees them. And so do about 9000 people on Awkward Family Photos.


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