Welcome Back Sunshine!

I am really loving this sunshining Monday! 

ahhh sunshine!

 Last week was one rainy week here in Ohio!


A vase left on the table outside.. all from last week!

I almost fell walking out to take this picture because the deck was covered in slime (??)  from all the rain since we are too lazy haven’t gotten around to staining it yet!

One positive of all this rain is that my flowers are absolutely thriving!

Our mums are starting to bloom, a sure sign that fall is in the air.

These  mums were a gift from J’s mom. We just simply planted them in the ground a few falls ago and they have come back bigger every year! 🙂 We thought they would die in the winter and be gone forever, but to our surprise (and delight!) we are able to enjoy them every year without having to pay for new plants.

The rain has also helped this little monster to grow:

This thing is taller than me now! It’s supposed to just be a cute little bush at the end of the driveway, but I think I see a new location in the future. Somewhere were it can grow freely and we don’t have to trim it ever few weeks! Word of advice-when planning your flower beds read how big things get and plan accordingly. Oh well, you live and learn and then buy plants that don’t need constant maintainance!

 I’m off to give Mr. Monster Bush a haircut!

Hope everyone gets a chance to enjoy this beautiful day!


Traveling with a {small} dog

I was a little nervous about taking Daisy to North Carolina with us. The longest car ride she had been on up to that point had been around 1 hour, and it was going to be at least 8 hours to NC (it ended up being around 9). 

 She did better than we could have ever imagined! I’m looking forward to her tagging along on more family vacations, since, after all, we do consider our little fur baby part of the family.

Here’s what I learned about traveling with a small dog.

First, we made sure that she would be comfortable and feel safe. Daisy sleeps in a kennel every night at home, so we made sure to bring it. When she feels scared or overwhelmed, many times she goes and relaxes in her kennel. We figured that having it accessible to her on the drive would help if she felt anxious or stressed. It also helped to have it to put her in when we needed to leave her behind at the cabin. We covered it with a blanket and she just took the opportunity to nap until we came back.

We also brought her bed. She loves sleeping in this bed while I work, so it is comforting to her. She spent a majority of the time cuddled up in it. 

I usually take a blanket when I travel, just because it makes me feel warm and cozy if the air conditioning gets too cold. This trip I brought along the blanket that Daisy and I cuddle up and watch TV in. I think it was very comforting to her when we got stuck in a wicked hail storm and had to pull over on the side of the road, along with most other cars on the expressway.  She jumped onto my lap and dug her way under the blanket.

We also made sure Daisy had water and food. I kind of overlooked this before we left. We stopped at the first rest stop and we had no way of giving her water. I put some water in a cup, but it just wasn’t easy for her to get to and we had to dump it out before we got back on the road. At the next rest stop, J came up with an idea. He bought ice cream that came in a plastic cup with a lid. We enjoyed the ice cream and then rinsed out the cup and used it to hold water.

 I could easily give Daisy a drink when she needed. I kept the container for future travels. You could just as easily buy a travel bowl for your dog. I also used the top part as a little bowl so she could have a snack when we stopped.

Speaking of water… make sure you don’t give your dog too much to drink if you aren’t planning on stopping. Daisy has a tendency to drink until the bowl is empty. The only problem is her bladder is smaller than the bowl. Sometimes she even throws up the extra water. We also made a few extra stops than we would have if it were just J and I.

I think this helped give a little break and “reset” her for the next couple of hours. She didn’t complain or whimper one bit on the drive. I truly think that these breaks helped put her at ease.

I absolutely loved having her with us on our vacation! It was fun to see her enjoy things like the mountain hike and the beach! I also think that the whole trip was sort of like a bonding experience for Daisy, J and I. I feel like she really learned that she can trust us and that we will take care of her. 

I wanted to take a picture of her every hour of the initial drive (I know, I’m weird), but I forgot to start until hour 3.

Wonder what adventures we will get into next??

Have you ever taken your pet on a vacation? Where did you go??

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Maggie Valley, NC

 We took Daisy on her very first road trip! She did really well!

 Before we spent a day at the beach, we headed down to Maggie Valley, NC to visit Jason’s aunt and cousins. His parents drove down too and his grandma and her husband drove up from Florida. It was like a little family reunion and it was nice to see people that we don’t get to see very often!

We received a warm welcome when we arrived.

Jason’s Aunt Joann owns a resturant and cabins just minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway. Jason, Daisy and I had our own 1 bedroom cabin. The cabin was cute, but the view was breathtaking!

Right outside our front door!

Besides having one of the best views in Maggie Valley, the resturant is just a walk up the hill! What more could you ask for?

Beach Bums

We went on a little vacation last week! First, we visited Jason’s family in NC. His aunt owns an adorable restaurant and cabins and we got to spend a few days with everyone (post coming soon!).

Sunday afternoon we left and headed to Myrtle Beach, SC!

Are we there yet??

 We didn’t get there until dark, but still headed to the beach!

First time at the beach!

It was very, very windy so I couldn’t really get any good pictures. Most of them had salt and sand flying everywhere, so I put my camera away and we headed off to bed. There were some serious thunderstorm all night. I was worried it would be rainy for our only day at the beach, but the next working we awoke to sunny skies!
It was time to officially introduce Daisy to some waves!
She wasn’t too sure about going in at first, but once Jason went in there was no stopping her! She loves her daddy! He even took her out into the waves.

Here comes a wave!

 We spent the morning enjoying the sunshine!


Unfortunately, soon it was time to head back to the room and get ready to go home.

Once we got back to the room, we gave Daisy a bath and she took a much-needed nap while I packed things up.


There you have Daisy’s first beach experience! We can’t wait to take her back again some time when we can stay longer! 

I took a lot hundreds of pictures so here is a recap of some of my favorites! Enjoy!
Stay tuned for more of our vacation!


Some of my favorite things about summer are sunshine and soft summer breezes. We turned off the air conditioning today and opened our windows.

Hello Beautiful Day!

As I worked, I could hear the breeze whisper along with all the other romantic sounds of summer. It really made me feel at peace.

I love nature. I always have. I am definitely an earthy person. I think there is something magical  about the way the sun sparkles across grass, water and treetops. I think it’s adorable when my cats roll around and fall fast sleep in sunny spots.



Something as simple as sunshine makes their day spectacular. It makes me feel like I can do anything. It’s the light at the end of the tunnel. No matter how bad things get and how dark and stormy life becomes, sunlight always finds a way to persevere and shine.

Be our Guest!

Since our friend, Mike, is driving to Ohio this weekend and staying in our newly decorated guest room, I thought I’d share it with you!

sneak peek!

First off, let me say that I am super embarrassed that we have lived in our house for nearly 5 years and did not have a proper guest room. Sad, but true. Most of the time visitors would have to sleep on the couch  or the lovely air mattress on the floor. The air mattress even tried to eat my sister-in-law. The nerve! Obviously, something had to be done.

Dumping ground

Dumping ground

My parents were nice enough to give us an old Queen size bed they weren’t using anymore. That was step one! But It really just became a place for Sammy to snooze.

Sammy's "nest"

A few weeks months later I was ready to transform Sam’s bedroom the guest room, and headed over to Kohl’s. I  picked up a cute sheet and comforter set in fun teal and green colors.

Then it was on to Target for the limey colored curtains and the glass ball curtain rod. I also picked up a cute little side table. The headboard we already owned.

Once I got home, I found a place for all of the misfit winter clothes that hadn’t been put away since May. I really need to do a better job of keeping up with things!

why put things away? We will need them soon enough...

Once everything that didn’t belong was out of the room I found I made up the bed and hung this starburst mirror on the wall.

I bought this gorgeous mirror to use in the little reading nook off of our bedroom, but haven’t gotten around to hanging it yet. I figured it was too cute to just be sitting in a closet and not being able to show off! When I’m done repainting the nook, I will either get something new for the guest room, or something new for the nook. Either way it will include shopping. Which is always a plus. 😉

I heart starburst mirrors!

Green goodness

I can tell your future in this thing!

I moved the old bedside table to the front of the bed to use as a TV stand. I filled it with some extra blankets.

A new little nightstand from Target for under $20 filled the empty spot. I added a lamp, clock and some fresh Hydrangeas from the front flower beds.


All put together!

Although I am super happy with the guest room’s progress, I think it’s far from finished. I want to definitely put some more artwork up. I also want to try to thrift an old chair and reupholster it with some fun and funky new fabric!

The closet needs some cleaning and organizing too…

Oh, and don’t feel bad for Sammy, he found a new place to sleep. 🙂

So there you have it! Our fun, inviting, spruced up guest room! Now we are just waiting for our guest.

Let the weekend begin!

Question for today:  Do you have any fun and exciting plans for this weekend??

My weekend is sure to include some time on the boat, some time by a bonfire and maybe even a little gambling!

The Fighter

Today we had to make a trip to the vet because Rusty decided to get in a fight and come home with no fur on his back foot, a scrape on his chin and bruises under his eyes. Yep, I said bruises. My cat has two black eyes. Poor baby.

"You should have seen the other guy."

This adds on to a recent string of fighting related injuries. Just a few weeks ago he came back home with his ear bleeding and now he is missing a chunk of it. It doesn’t seem to bother him. We told him it adds character.

My little once-a-runt-and-we-didn’t- even-know-if-he-would-make-it kitty has turned into somewhat of a badass.

"You talkin' to me??"

Today the vet asked, “He’s 9, right?” 

I stopped for a split second to think. He is nine years old. Oh my goodness, I thought to myself, my little kitty is nine!!! Time goes by so fast. 

I started to miss Reggie, the first pet Jason and I adopted together. He has been gone about a month now. They were the best of friends. Seriously, you couldn’t find one without the other.

"Nice to meet you, brother!"

Best buds

It made me realize that time goes by so fast, that we have to learn to love and live in every moment. Someday the little things I stress about won’t really matter, but the moments I loved will always make me smile.

Sometimes you have to stop and smell the flowers

Rusty is going to be just fine, he has some antibiotics to take, and a few hugs and cuddles to look forward to.

Question for today: Do you have cats? Do they ever bring you “gifts”?

Rusty loves bringing us “gifts”. Some times they are dead, and other times they are alive.. :-/