I hope you all have a fabulous New Year’s Eve, and and an even better year!
Hi everyone! I hope that you all had a great Christmas, and are excited for 2014! I feel like I say this every year, but I can’t believe that Christmas has already come and gone. Don’t get me wrong, I had a great Christmas and was fortunate to spend it with my loved ones. BUT, I will say it felt a little different this year. I can’t put my finger on exactly why, though the best way I can describe it is that it almost didn’t feel like Christmas. And I feel so guilty saying that! Perhaps because I’ve been going, going, going lately, I wasn’t really able to prep for Christmas in the ways I normally do. I did a little baking, but not much. A watched a couple Christmas movies, but not that many. I decorated for Christmas, but not to the extent I normally do. You get the gist, right?
As part of our gift this year, my family took a trip to Disneyland (my favorite place on earth!) the week before Christmas. We had an amazing time, and I’m missing it like crazy! For the holiday itself, we spent it at my parent’s house with my Dad’s family, and drove down to Portland the next day to celebrate with my Mom’s side. I’m extremely close with my whole family, so it was a blessing to be able to see everyone!
I did receive a few snazzy gifts for Christmas this year, so I was thinking of maybe doing a sort-of haul about them here! What do you think? I feel like Christmas/Birthday/Other holiday hauls can sometimes seem braggy, and I in no way want to do that. But I am excited to share and perhaps do reviews about a few things! Be on the lookout for those. Have a great week everyone, and a happy new years!
Hi guys! Sorry I’ve been AWOL, but I swear I have a good (or bad, depending on how you look at it) excuse. My computer crashed, and right in time for my finals too. Remember that post about how I have crazy bad luck? Yeah, well that struck again. Last Sunday, the day before I had a final and two final projects due, my computer crashed while I was studying. Le sigh. Luckily I have a super techy friend who was able to recover some of the files I needed! He seriously saved my life. Luckily again, the part in my computer that malfunctioned was a relatively easy fix, and I was able to get it fixed pretty promptly upon getting home for break.
So I suppose that long rant was just to tell you why I haven’t posted in a while, and to let you know that I should be back to somewhat frequent posting from here on! I hope you guys have had a fabulous past week or so, and that this week is going well for you too!!!
Hi there! So in the sake of full disclosure, I feel it’s only fair to warn you guys that this post will be a little bit of a downer!
Today I wanted to share something with you all that is definitely a little different than my typical blog content. Several years ago, I saw an Oprah episode that that had to do with puppy mill busts. Now at the time I had no previous knowledge of what a puppy mill was, but after watching the episode I was disgusted and heartbroken to not only learn, but also see what they were. For those of you who do not know, puppy mills are large-scale commercial dog breeding operations where profit takes priority over the well being of the dogs. The best analogy I can think of to describe a puppy mill is a dog-breeding factory.
The sole purpose of these places is to make money. Unlike responsible breeders, breeding at puppy mills is performed without consideration of genetic quality, which results in generations of dogs with unchecked hereditary defects. Additionally, Puppy mills usually house dogs in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions, without adequate veterinary care, food, water and socialization. Puppy mills also contribute to pet overpopulation, and cause countless dogs lifetimes of suffering in squalid wire cages. Though puppies are often sold to pet stores, and then sold again to owners from there, the dogs used for breeding purposes will spend their entire lives in these horrible facilities. Additionally, they are bred frequently and without proper time in between litters to recover.
As the saying goes, knowledge is power. Though I do not in anyway expect this blog post to shut down puppy mills, I do hope to bring awareness to this issue. I think a lot of people are unaware or simply misinformed about this issue, and I hope to present the facts and statistics in an easy to understand manner. Additionally, I believe that if people know about what goes on in these places, they will be less inclined to support them.
If you want to learn more about puppy mills, I would highly recommend checking out the Humane Society of the United States’ website, or the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. They have some great information, and I know that I personally learned a lot from their sites.
I have seen tag posts and videos going around blogs and YouTube for years, but have never thought to do one (mostly because I’ve never been tagged). However, the Sweater Weather Tag looks really fun, plus I love that it is fall/winter themed, so I decided to do it anyways!
So that’s it! I hope you enjoyed, I had fun writing it! Xoxo,
Hi everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and were able to enjoy the holiday with your friends and family! It was so nice to have a week off from school, and to be able to relax and hang out with my loved ones. I certainly have a lot to be thankful for!
I am so excited that it is officially December! Christmas time is probably my favorite time of year, and I can’t believe it’s already upon us. I thought it could be fun to do a post talking about some of the things I’m excited for this month, and what better day to do one than December!
What are you looking forward to? Xoxo,