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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Livin' the GOODLIFE.

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As a dog-lover that is allergic to cats, I never thought the day would come when I would willingly adopt a kitten. I began my work day, as usual, unsuspecting that I'd walk out of the building that afternoon with a kitten in a copy-paper box. It's been about 6 months since this little ball of fur came home with me and I regret nothing about my decision. The cough I developed for a month came and went, and all I wanted to do was make sure Rory received the very best care, which includes feeding her grain free cat food.

Through the years I have noticed the enormous difference that pet food ingredients make. My dogs have been eating grain free for years now, and it is shows in their energetic behaviors, health, and shiny coats. Because I care about Rory just as much, I make sure that she, too, enjoys grain free pet food.
Our first few months with Rory included a daily nose and eye wiping. Her poor little allergies were consistent for months. Since switching to GOODLIFE, I rarely fuss around her tiny little kitty nostrils - and trust me, Rory appreciates it. :) Something Rory might not like quite as much: the amount of snuggles I attempt. Her cat food makes kitty fur so soft! I just want to nuzzle my face in her warm little body and never let go until she scratches me.

Any living being deserves to be cared for.
These are some considerations you should take when bringing home a new cat [or pet!]:
1. Take your new kitten to the vet for a check up.
2. Consider getting her fixed, especially if you plan on letting her go outside.
3. Introduce her to any other animals, as well as your home, slowly.
4. Keep a collar on [or chip] just in case.
5. Toys!
6. Keep a scratching post near furniture - as a better alternative.
7. Spray bottle for no-scratch training.
8. A pet bed - as an option.
9. And lastly, the very best cat food. In all this excitement about a new pet, people don't tend to think about what kind of food they will buy.
If you are adopting an animal, please make sure you are ready, and do your research.

p.s. I chose the "indoor recipe" for Rory from Walmart. Rory will probably enjoy the "salmon recipe" next. :)
p.p.s. GOODLIFE is offering $1 off coupons - grab it yourself!

Monday, April 14, 2014

greetings from houston, tx

I grew up in a few different places: Florida, California, Saudi Arabia, and finally, Texas. My family raised me in a suburb outside of Houston and didn't travel into the "city" all that often. It wasn't until I moved back home from college in Austin that I was finally at an age where I wanted to explore Houston...but I was also kind of bitter. Why did I have to leave Austin? Why couldn't I stay there forever? So much kerbey queso, outdoorsy-ness....and my friends, too, I guess. :)
It took a couple years, and a fun boyfriend [that would be Daniel] that loved exploring, but I finally came around. Don't get me wrong, a piece of my heart remains in Austin, but I've fallen in love with Houston and the secret treasures hidden throughout the city.


t-shirt necklace tutorial

I have a friend [and teammate] that is always coming up with a creative way to make items we use every day. She's made shampoo, deodorant, and recently showed me this necklace [that sometimes works as a headband]. Because I've made three different t-shirt tutorials in the past [one // two // three], I knew this was right up my alley.

I used a size medium woman's t-shirt, but for a longer necklace, I recommend a men's large.
The following steps are located in the images above.
1. Cut one inch strips [or vary the widths for a more asymmetrical look].
2. Stretch each strip to make it curl into a "tube."
3. Double loop each strip, matching up the seams. [This makes your necklace twice as thick.]

4. Stack the seams together and tie them with one or two strips [depending on coverage] and knot.
5. Style it up!

Smack's original necklace.

A few tips:
1. Way faster than scissors...

2. Don't try and re-use the scraps. Might not be appropriate. ;)

3. Cut the sleeves off for cute little kitty bandanas. :)
4. Use a larger t-shirt, as well, for varying/longer lengths.

This project took approximately 30 minutes.