Charlie’s New Coat!

I was at PetsMart a few months ago, shopping the clearance bins (of course!), and I found a cute little red coat that was perfect for Charlie. Of course I bought it for a whopping $5 (who could pass that up?!).

After waiting MONTH after MONTH after MONTH it is finally cold enough for Charlie to wear her coat. Hurray!




CharlieRedCoat.jpgCharlie is so cute and stylish!

Have a wonderful day!


Trying a Face Mask

Ok, so I’ve been hearing about people using masks on their faces for quite some time (like years actually) and I have always been curious. At first I thought they meant Halloween masks, but after watching a few YouTube videos I realized it’s actually just a paste-like a pile of gunk that people slap onto their faces. They are supposed to work wonders for the face, so, after years of hearing stuff and passing face masks on at the store, I decided to give it a go!

The first one I used was a coconut something mask. I don’t remember what it’s called, but it had the word ‘coconut’ in it and I love coconut, so I just grabbed it and threw my money at the cashier.

For this post, I used the Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Radiance Mud Mask  w/ Sangyl Mushroom for dull skin (sweet baby jesus that is a mouthful).

Don’t mind the Olay Moisturizer, I bought it at the same time as I bought the mask and was too lazy to separate the two products when I took this pic. 

I don’t consider myself as having dull skin, just brown skin…like a potato, and now that I bike to work and around town, my skin is more like a slightly burnt potato. But again, I saw the word ‘coconut’ and went crazy!

So, on all the tutorials I watched and all the pictures I saw, these girls who would buy these masks, apply them, and it would look amazing! Like, they could probably walk around town and no one would mind because they just look so happy and fantastic with their little masks. Now, I don’t know what kind of magic voodoo they are practicing, but when I put this mask on, I could not for the life of me take a single cute picture. Nope! I just looked like I face planted into a giant pile of toothpaste (#ToothpasteFace)! So I stopped trying and just went with the pics I was able to take. Plus, I don’t think I put on nearly enough of the mask, so I think that was also a contributing factor.


The instructions said to put the mask on and then wait like 10 minutes or something…so..naturally…after about half an hour I remembered that I still had the mask on and rushed to the sink to take it off. Oops, my bad! Luckily, the thing worked great and my face felt very soft afterwards! I think the mask works great and I’ve been using it every few weeks ever since.

Have you tried any new beauty products or added anything new to your beauty routine? If so, feel free to share in the comments section below!



Animal Spotlight: Pumpkin

Omg! Omg! I wanted to take some time to celebrate our tortoiseshell cat, Pumpkin! She has been with out family for like two years now and she is great! She loves to play, she’s a bit loud as she walks around meowing until someone pets her, and she is sooooo beautiful. Seriously, I think she is the prettiest cat ever! (I guess every cat lover thinks their cat is the best haha). Earlier this year I was at PetsMart and found a clearance cat toy (it was only $1) and I got it for Pumpkin and the other cats.


Here are some pics of Pumpkin enjoying her gift.

Look at her! She’s so cute!
She is so fluffy!
Really going after that toy. Hahah!

Aren’t animals amazing?  They make life so pleasant and are so worth the effort.


DIY Calendar


So, I’ve been trying to organize my life and I noticed that I always seem to lose track of the days. Either I don’t know the exact date or I don’t know the day of the week. Weird, I know. I thought to myself…what could help me keep track of the dates and days of the week? Hmmm…after a few hours of deep thought, I came up with a calendar! Yes, a calendar!

Now, I am extraordinarily cheap right now (remember those pesky student loans I am trying to pay off). I didn’t want to pay a whole dollar at the dollar store to buy a calendar. So I raided my little sister’s arts & crafts supplies and made my own. I also looked up how to hand letter because I didn’t want my calendar to look too terrible.

Luckily, a lovely woman named Shayda Campbell has a whole series of YouTube tutorials on how to hand letter and illustrate.  A true hidden gem! So, without further ado, here is how to make a calendar.

Supplies Needed:

  • Piece of White Construction Paper (Or whatever color & size your heart desires)
  • A pen (whatever color you so choose)
  • A ruler or something with a straight edge (I used another piece of construction paper)

Step 1: Just draw a grid with 7 columns and 6 rows

I literally just drew a bunch of lines and it worked out great.

Step 2: Label the days of the week on the columns

Here, I watched Shayda Campbell’s tutorial on how to hand letter to make my letters.

Step 3: Label the numbers

Here, I watched Shayda Campbell’s tutorial on how to hand letter to make my numbers.

Step 4: Write the name of the month on the top

Here, I watched Shayda Campbell’s tutorial on how to hand letter to make the word October beautiful.

Step 5: Illustrate like you’ve never illustrated before!!!

Here, I watched Shayda Campbell’s tutorials on how to illustrate to draw a pumpkin, some wheat, flowers, succulents, a night sky, and mushrooms.

Side Notes

I’ve put letters on the bottom of each day of the week because I have started exercising again & each letter represents a different part of my body I am focusing on that day. For example, under Mondays, I put L for legs, Q for quads, G for glutes, and so on.

I also didn’t want my calendar to reflect anything regarding work. I want this calendar to be more of a personal happenings/blogging to-do list calendar.  I haven’t fully filled in the calendar because I literally just made it last night and I was super tired.

Oh and I didn’t include pictures, because…I’m lazy and it seems pretty self-explanatory. To find the hand-lettering tutorial, just look up Shayda Campbell on YouTube and be prepared for the awesomeness!!!!

That’s all folks!



Sunday Survey No 4

Omg, so in September the internet helped me find out that I am an idealist who likes Boston Terriers. What will the October surveys tell me? Well I found today’s quiz on HGTV’s website and boy is it a keeper! I had such a great time taking this quiz-I mean, not to be a spoiler, but the pictures were so cute and inspiring. I mean, I got a lot of inspiration for room decor from taking this survey.



And the survey results say…



I really like these results as they give me an idea of how I feel about my surroundings. I do love nature and I do love the world around me! How did it know? Haha. Feel like taking this quiz? As always, feel free to post your results below!

Happy Surveying!


Sonora’s Coat


The weather has turned from steaming hot to shivering cold. This climate change does not suit Sonora very well as she lives outside in the yard with her dog house. Oftentimes, when I check on her at night, I see and feel how freezing cold it is. Although I put a blanket in Sonora’s dog house, rather than laying on it, she drags it around the yard and plays with it. Being the amazing dog owner I am (LOL JK), I decided the best way to keep her warm at night would be to get her a doggie coat of some sort. Then, my genius brain decided the best way to provide Sonora with a coat would be to make it myself. So…without further ado…here are all the steps it takes to make a sub-par, ill-fitting doggie coat.

Supplies Needed:

  • Measuring Tape
  • Pen/Pencil
  • Notepad
  • Two types of fabric (one for outside of coat and one for inside of coat)
  • Sewing machine (or needle and thread if hand-sewing)
  • Velcro strips

Step 1: Measure your Pooch

As soon as I set my crazy mind on making a dog coat, I grabbed my pretty purple measuring tape, a pen, and a notepad and chased Sonora down to measure her chubby little body. I measured around the front of her neck up to where her shoulders began. I did this because I didn’t want the coat to wrap straight around her neck like a collar. Instead, I wanted it to slope across her back a bit (see the picture above).

Then I measured how far down her back I wanted the coat to go; I also measured the distance from one shoulder to the other shoulder, and the distance from the middle of her back down to her side.

Sonora’s Measurements

  • Neck: 21”
  • Back: 18”
  • Shoulder to Shoulder: 14”
  • Top of back down to side: 12”


Step 2: Choose & Measure Your Fabric

I chose a pretty green and white printed fabric and a gray felt fabric for this coat. I used my measurements to trace a general outline of the coat and then I cut it out. I made sure that I left two long pieces at the front of the coat to wrap around her neck and keep the coat on her. I cut out the design from both pieces of fabric. I also later cut out some extra fabric to make into belly straps and attached it to the side of the coat so the coat would fit more snugly around Sonora’s belly.


Step 3: Sew Away

I grabbed my handy dandy sewing machine and tried to sew the two pieces of fabric together to quickly and easily finish Sonora’s winter coat. Of course, the Sewing Machine Gods were frowning down on me and I soon found myself with a jammed sewing machine. Now, I barely know how to hand sew, so I’m not experienced enough to determine what happened to the sewing machine or how to fix it, so for now, I have an ornamental sewing machine. For the coat, I just hand sewed that baby together.

*My pieces of gray felt fabric were too small to use only one pieces for the coat, so I had to sew several smaller pieces together. That’s why there is a line in the coat in the picture below.


Step 4: Attach Velcro to the Straps

I got some Velcro that had adhesive on the back from Walmart, so I just stuck those onto the neck straps of the coat so the coat would stay around Sonora’s neck.


Step 5: Bask at the Glory of your Dog Coat!

Ok, so grab your finished dog coat and put it on your pup! Mine was a tad bit too big, but it did the job!


I am glad to say that Sonora actually keeps this coat on at night when I’m outside with her, but by morning, it is usually strewn across the lawn somewhere. I blame the ill-fittingness of the coat.

To make a really good dog coat, you can simply google “How to make a dog coat” or search in YouTube, (nearly any other tutorial would probably be better than mine), but if you are desperate or just want to have a good time hand sewing, then feel free to follow the above steps.

Have a good day!


Sunday Survey No. 3

It’s that time of the week again…survey time! This week I chose another Buzzfeed quiz because why not?!


I mean, who doesn’t want to know how many times he or she will get divorced? I currently don’t believe in marriage, I mean-I know it exists, but I don’t think it’s personally for me. Who knows-opinions change, but I think this quiz is an interesting one and worth the extra minute it takes to answer. And the survey says…..


WTF?!  OMG! Three divorces is definitely something to try to avoid. I guess I learn more and more about myself everyday. Well anyways, wanna take a shot at this quiz? Go ahead and then post your results below.



Fresno Zoo Trip

A few months ago, I felt adventurous and wanted to take a trip on Amtrak somewhere with my little sister. So I started looking places up and decided to take a day trip to a zoo. We decided on the Fresno Zoo because it was only one train away and we could be leave Bakersfield in the AM and be back the same day before it got too dark.

It was my lil sis’s first Amtrak ride and her first visit to Fresno and other than forgetting to buy drinks, it was a good trip. It was scary for us both because after exiting the Amtrak Train in Fresno, we had no idea where we were or where the zoo was. Luckily, it turned out to be a quick taxi ride away from the Amtrak station. We had fun visiting the different habitats and I saw her very excited for the first time in a long time.

Here are some of my favorite pictures of the day:

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Now although I’m typically not a big supporter of animals behind bars, except for rehabilitation purposes or breeding programs of endangered species, I was more than willing to set aside my opinions to have a fun day at the zoo.

Hopefully I will be able to plan more trips like this soon. It was definitely an experience my lil sis and I will never forget.


Sunday Survey No. 1

Quizzes are amazing things-highly inaccurate things-but also so wonderfully fun to take! In the spirit of all things survey, I decided to start a weekly posting in which I take a quiz and share the result.

This week’s survey is from none other than the wonderful Cosmopolitan website (please see the pic below).


And guess which pet I got? That’s right a cute little Boston Terrier! How adorable! It’s funny though because I rarely ever go to the gym, especially not early in the morning. I wonder what other pets were in the running. Feel free to take the quiz and post your results!