Friday, September 28, 2012

Inspiration for a Happy Friday

I've had a rough couple of days. I will be keeping this pretty little banner in mind this weekend and not letting things get me down. I'm going to let my inner light shine. It's gonna sparkle like a disco ball!


Music for the Weekend - Flight Facilities

This is a cute little song. Kinda cheeky. Happy Weekend!

Crave You (Featuring Giselle) by Flight Facilities

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Fall Fashion 2012 - The Must Have List

My Fall 2012 To Buy list on Pinterest is growing steadily (follow me on pinterest here). Here are some of my favorite must haves for fall. I might just be in love with that polka dot sweater from jcrew. Those jeans are a steal too!

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Snazzy Tunes - Oh Land

I've been hearing this song come up in a lot of playlists lately, and I have to admit... it's pretty catchy.

Give 'er a listen and watch out because the chorus will randomly pop into your head and you'll want to dance.


Oh Land - "Son of a Gun"

One Happy Year

Exactly one year ago today I went out to dinner with an old friend to catch up. I'm lucky to say that since that dinner I have had the best year of my life. I love you Nick! Thank you for being my best friend, my partner in crime, for your endless supply of dad jokes, and for always supporting all my weird projects and ideas. You are the best boyfriend a girl could ever dream of. I'm lucky to have you in my life.


Monday, September 24, 2012

French Bulldogs - 10 Things You Should Know Before Owning

Meet Jack, the love of my life (sorry Nick). He is my adorable, slobbery, hilarious french bulldog. Every day is filled with entertainment when jack is around.

Jack got a piece of toilet paper stuck to his face and got
so tired of chasing it around he finally just fell asleep
Sometimes he falls asleep on his back like this
Hey guys! Pay attention to me!
Jack the elf
Jack will use anything he can find as a chair (pillows, boxes, your leg)
burrowing in pillows for a little nap
Jack always leaves his appendages hanging out of his cage
One time jack crawled under a bed and got stuck. It was hilarious!

When I take him out for walks I am constantly having people ask about him and ask about what it's like owning a french bulldog.

I decided to put together a list of all the things I think people should know about before buying a french bulldog. Some of these are things you will read about on other sites, others are things I don't recall having read about when doing my initial research. While most of the things below are "negative", don't get me wrong... I LOOOOOVEEEE my frenchie! My list of positive things could go on for ages and I think that is the kind of stuff you would want to discover on your own when owning one anyway.

So let's get started....


1.   Be prepared to give lots and lots of attention! I’m not exaggerating here.. these dogs want to have your full attention all the time. They are always by your side, under your feet, wanting to be your partner in crime in everything you do. If you can’t give your frenchie the time, don’t buy one. I’ve had quite a few different types dogs growing up and most of them are fine to do their own thing when you are home. My old dog Gracie (Schnauzer) would hang out in the yard, nap on the stairs, look out the window. Frenchies do some of this, but majority of the time they want to hang with you and will guilt trip you if they get ignored.

2.   Snorting – If you are bothered by loud breathers or people who snore, then a french bulldog probably isn’t for you. Since they are smush face dogs (aka brachycephalic) their breathing is labored sounding all of the time. It drives my sister insane but I’m so used to it I don’t get bothered. When we went camping earlier this month, Jack slept in the trailer with my sister and her 6 month old baby. His breathing was so loud that he woke the baby up multiple times throughout the night.

3.   Poopy bums – This doesn’t happen to every french bulldog but I have noticed that it is fairly common in the bulldogs that don’t have tails and have free access to a yard. When Jack is allowed to poop as often as he likes (like when we go camping or when he has a doggy door) his poo gets a little runny and you have to wipe his bum after he goes to the bathroom. Back at my old house when he had a doggy door I would often find little skid marks on the base boards from when he would come in and sit right up next to a wall. Gross! It’s actually gotten better now that we are in an apartment and he only gets to go out every 3-4 hours.

4.   Health problems – Since these dogs have such curved spines it is very common for them to have back and neck problems when they get older. Last winter Jack started doing this weird twitching thing with his neck and would lay down and not act like himself. I took him to the doctor and they prescribed him some steroids and painkillers and told him to take it easy for the next couple months. After a couple weeks he stopped doing the neck thing and started acting normal again. They weren’t exactly sure of what it was since they didn’t do an MRI but I need to keep an eye on him this winter and see if it starts acting up again. It is most likely one of his disks starting to herniate – if they do an MRI and surgery it is likely to cost over $3000.

Another problem is their giant eyeballs – While they are adorable when staring up at you with those big eyes, those eyes are also a death trap for floating debris. I’ve had to take jack to the doctor twice now for getting stuff stuck in his eyes (one was a piece of tire.. wha???). It’s also really easy to accidentally poke their eyes when playing with them. Be careful and it shouldn’t be a problem.

Allergies! It is VERY common for these little guys to have allergies (mostly skin allergies). I have to give Jack low ingredient organic dog food or else one of his eyes turns red and get puffy. Not a big deal but I’ve heard stories of other french bulldogs with more severe allergies

Be prepared for expensive vet bills! The trip to the doctor for his back cost $700, and his each of his eye incidents costed $300. If you can’t afford medical costs for your frenchie, do the dog a favor and don’t buy one. It’s not fair for the dog to suffer because you can’t pay the bills. Plus don’t let them jump off couches or bed, the vet said this could have been a contributing factor to his back problems.


5.   Stubborn – Frenchies have very strong personalities and while they are loving and obedient if trained properly they still have a nastly little stubborn streak. Be prepared for some battles.

6.   Strength – Often, frenchies don’t know their own strength. Be very very careful with them around small dogs and small children. Jack loves to playfully nibble fingers, play tug of war, and will sometimes even head butt when he gets too excited. He’s given me a headache or two from head butting.

7.   Around other dogs – This is tricky because I’ve seen a lot of frenchies that are great around other dogs, but Jack doesn’t do so hot. He gets sooooooo excited and runs right up to them snorting his little heart out wanting to play. Majority of the time he freaks the other dog out with his outgoingness and they mistake his snorting for growling. Usually the only dogs he gets along with really well are puppies because they don’t know any better.  My parents dogs (Chihuahua and Mini Aussie) completely ignore him and won’t play with him. Jack loves to play but sometimes it’s tricky to find dogs who aren’t intimidated by him, or confused by his weirdness.

8.   Avoid hard wood floors – They slip and slide and can barely balance as it is with their odd shaped bodies. Plus I think the hard floor is tough on their joints.

9.   Drool – If you can’t handle drool on everything you own then don’t get one

10.  Be prepared to give your heart and soul away. While the above covers the difficulties you may encounter while having a frenchie, I can’t even put into words the joy, love, and entertainment you will get from these furry little slobber faces. Jack has more personality than most humans. There is never a day that goes by where he doesn’t bust me up with laughter. He is the most loving little dog and I truly consider him my baby. Once you go french you never go back!

Here are some funny videos for you to watch of Jack...

Jack chasing this twirly light ball thing

Jack loves to catch feathers from the air

Don't judge me for this one - Jack stuck in a bag

Jack attacking matches

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Snazzy Tunes - Radical Face

This came up on the ol' shuffle today and seemed like a fitting song as we transition into fall. This is one of those songs that I would consider a movie song.. you know in movies when some dramatic event happens and the main character is going through some moment of inspiration or realization? Like when a man realizes he let the girl of his dreams get away so he rushes to the airport to catch her before her plane leaves for Antarctica? This is the type of song that would be playing in the background.

Radical Face - Welcome Home

Monday, September 17, 2012

Pinned - Made for Each Other

Some of my pinterest favorites as of late. Isn't #8 to die for? Props on a good flea market find SF Girl By Bay!

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8


Friday, September 14, 2012

Music for the weekend - Grimes

In case you haven't heard of grimes then you should probably stop what you are doing right now and listen to her/wikipedia her.

My boyfriend, roommate, and I have some strange facination with her (Claire Boucher). I don't know what it is but she is so interesting! Her and her boyfriend built a wooden boat stocked full of chickens, potatoes, and a typewriter and sailed down the Mississippi river. How crazy is that?

Like I said.. Wikipedia her.

Her album "Visions" was released in January and it is by far one of my favorites of anything I've heard this year.

This is a video for her most popular song "Oblivion". Crank it up, dance to it, roll your windows down and get weird looks from people. It's great.

Next... check out the newest video for her song "Genesis". I could do without the weird metal suit/constipated face girl.. but I sure do love the song.


Inspiration for a Happy Friday

Friday is here at last! What a loooong week. I'm going to to go to Lagoon tonight with my hunny and some family. I'm gonna ride rides til I puke! Okay, maybe no puking.

Saw this floating around on pinterest this week and loved it.

Originally blogged here

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The Clothes on Me - Fall Uniform

While the weather is still pretty warm here in Utah, there has been a distinct change in the air. The leaves are starting to change, the air is crispening (if that isn't a word then it is now), and people are breaking out their boots.

I think it's pretty safe to say that most people develop a uniform each season. While I'm a little sad that I actually have to wear pants now, I'm happy that it comes with boots and scarves. I bought these boots at the Nordstroms bi-annual sale and have been hanging onto them for a month and a half eagerly awaiting the weather change. I think they will be a staple for my fall uniform along with this chambray shirt and polka dot tee. What's your summer uniform?

Chambray Shirt - Madewell | Polka Dot Tee - Zara | Jean Leggings - Express
Boots - Frye | Hourglass Necklace - Marc by Marc Jacobs