New Fosters – Chanel & Darla

After adopting Maya, I took a little break from having fosters in the house.

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I wanted to give her a chance to bond with the two adult cats, Coco and Max. As well as recover completely from her upper respiratory infection.

But it didn’t take long and I was ready to help some more little cuties. So last week two sisters, Darla & Chanel arrived ūüôā

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Chanel is a spunky all black domestic short hair around 6 months old.  She is a little chatter box! She loves to play in everything and with everyone.  This kitten has no fear of even the meanest of cats (side eye to Max).

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Darla is a black/white domestic short hair around six months old. ¬†Darla is more reserved then her sister, I think she needed some time to figure out if we could all be trusted. ¬†After 3-4 days she started to show her playful side and is exploring more of the apartment. Not really into getting affection, I’m working on getting her to trust me and enjoying lap time.

Both of these cuties are available for adoption from Lost Dog Rescue Foundation and will start attending adoption events next weekend!

http://lostdogrescue.org/chanel-3/

http://lostdogrescue.org/darla-3/

 

 

 

New Addition – Little Maya

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It was inevitable, my first foster failure is little Maya.  She won me over within a week.

Maya came with her brothers Austin and Walt to recuperate from some kennel cough.

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All three were little heart breakers. Playful and affectionate with a skill for kitten trouble making. I could have easily kept her brothers as well.

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They shared my affinity for serious coma-like naps.

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But something about Maya’s sweet nature won me over completely.

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This past weekend Walt and Austin were adopted together by a great family, they found their forever homes together!

So the tally now is up to three cats and one dog.

Five for Friday

Time to get back into blogging ūüôā What can I say, it’s been an unplugged/lazy summer.

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1. Relay Foods

I first tested out Relay Foods after finding their table at a local farmer’s market last year. ¬†They’re a virtual farmers market with pickup locations and delivery during the week. What brought me back recently to ordering through Relay is their meal planning function, they have a variety of meal plans and recipes. ¬†You can also take any recipe you find (Pinterest) and plug it into their site to get all the ingredients added to your grocery cart.

This is my favorite summer recipe from Relay:

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Zucchini noodles with Shrimp

Ready In: 45 mins | Prep: 40 mins | Cook: 5 mins | Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, grated
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 1 large shallot, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled
  • 2 large zucchini, spiralized or shredded
  • 1 cup scallions or spring onions, chopped, reserve extra for garnish

Directions

  1. In a sealable plastic bag or container with a lid, mix fish sauce, chili, grated ginger, lime juice, minced garlic, finely chopped shallot, chopped cilantro, and oil.
  2. Add peeled shrimp to the marinade, seal the container and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  3. While the shrimp is marinating, use a spiralizer for the zucchini or shred lengthwise with a grater.
  4. In a large skillet, over medium-high heat, add the shrimp and marinade. Sauté for 2 minutes, until shrimp begin to curl and turn pink, stir frequently.
  5. Add chopped scallions or spring onions, sauté for 1-2 minutes, until they begin to soften.
  6. Remove the skillet from the heat, add zucchini noodles, using tongs toss to evenly coat the zucchini and combine with the shrimp. Garnish with extra chopped spring onion and serve immediately.

2. eSalon Hair Color

So I’ve been dying my own hair since high school, this may seem strange, but growing up in West Virginia and Ohio meant it was more affordable and convenient¬†to grab a $10 box of hair color and do it yourself. ¬†Other than some rushed highlighting jobs, its worked out well for me. ¬†Now there is a mid-level option between the drugstore hair color and the $200 salon dye job. From their site “Our hair color is crafted, one-by-one, with the exact formula your eSalon colorist feels will best attain your goals.”

I ordered a Dark Chocolate Brown permanent hair color last week along with uploading a photo and answering some hair care questions. ¬†eSalon ended up tweaking the hair color based on my picture, the colorist felt the shade I picked was too dark. ¬†The box I got in the mail also had two different color bottles, one for roots and one for ends. ¬†The color process itself wasn’t that different from using a box color, but I’m hoping to see this color lasting longer on my greys.

So the first photo is the one I sent to eSalon, the second is after applying the hair color. ¬†Almost identical…. but I do like the color.

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So far I like, but time will tell. ¬†I’ve only shampood the hair twice, four-five weeks from now will be the real test. ¬†They are giving $10 off to new customers if you are interested, mine shipped for $20. ¬†Here’s my referral link, check them out!

3. Omni Mist

Discovered at the Baltimore Downtown Farmer’s Market, great scents and all natural ingredients. I have this one and a Lavender mist. I use them both as body mists and room spray. Perfect for summer!

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4. Pitbulls!!

I want my next rescue to be a pit mix, just not sure on the timing. ¬†I need a bigger place but don’t know if I can wait. My Facebook feed is full of pit mixes in rural Ohio shelters that need homes.

I love this post by Patina and Purl on getting her dog.

5. Nature Sounds

If you can’t be at the beach, bring the beach to you ūüôā Or forest, or stream, etc. ¬†Great way to unwind before bed and forget the day.

Have a great weekend!!

Sarah

Life Lately – Kitten Edition!!

Three weeks ago I took in a little family of six.

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I volunteered to be a kitten foster for Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation (LDCRF), my dog Sadie was rescued by them and I’ve always tried to support their organization through donations and eating at the restaurants ūüôā Within a week I got the call that they had a little family (five kittens & mom) that needed my help. ¬†They were transported from a shelter in¬†West Virginia and came straight to my house to recover from the road trip. Since then they’ve been busy eating, sleeping, and investigating. ¬†I have them setup in my guest room with pet beds, toys, and litter boxes.

Seemed liked perfect timing to finally invest in a webcam, I’d feel more comfortable going into the office during the week if I knew things were nice and quite at home. I picked up this guy from Amazon after doing some research, I liked that I can set it up down the road to take motion activated pics.

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Turned out to be a great investment, the momma and kittens spent most of the first two weeks under the bed! I could make sure everyone was nursing and healthy without causing further stress.

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Night vision mode makes me feel even more like a stalker…

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Everyone is growing and thriving, the kittens are now more interactive with each other and their surroundings.

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They spend a lot of their play time wrestling each other and testing out their cat skills (arching their backs, pouncing).

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Gaining more independence from their mom each day but not quite ready to eat cat food ūüôā

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There is one grey stripe, one calico, two grey/white, and one white/orange.

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They started using the litter box this week, all I can say is it’s a good thing I have this on hand:

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Best. Cleaner. Ever.

If you are interested in any of the kittens or want more information let me know. They’ll be available for adoption by early May, Lost Dog’s cat adoption info can be found here:¬†https://lostdogrescue.org/adoptions/adoption-policies-procedures

Sarah

Back to Reality

Holidays –¬†done

Sadie is still mad I made her wear the gift bow all day.

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First accomplishment of the New Year was taking down¬†the Christmas tree. ¬†This bad boy is straight vintage, I have the original box from when my grandparents bought it in the 1950’s from a department store in downtown Columbus, Ohio.

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I didn’t put up a tree last year for fear of the cats attacking it. So this year I found a solution, under that grey wrap that’s serving as a tree skirt is a completely duct taped base. ¬†Yep, used one of my Ikea side tables and made sure that tree could not get knocked off.

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It worked! Aside from a few branches that Max managed to pull out, the tree survived.

So even after I persevered to ignore the Holiday shopping pressure, I’m still a bargain shopper at heart. ¬†Here are some steals I managed to gift myself during the after holiday sale blitz.

I took a quick trip to NYC in mid-December and made it a point to do some shopping. ¬†Usually when I visit the city I’m so focused on not getting lost and losing my luggage that I never really buy anything. ¬†This time there was a full afternoon spent scavenging SoHo for some deals.

Best purchase: Uniqlo HeatTech Leggings, $22

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It’s about 5 degrees outside today, and I was perfectly comfortable commuting in these leggings. I’d seen other bloggers recommend this brand and so far I’ve been impressed. I’ve washed these a couple times and they are not fading or pilling.

Combined with my new leather boots from Target ($75), I’m styling ūüėČ

Nordstrom is killing it with their merchandise and markdowns lately.  Picked up some adorable pajamas: Sleepyhead Thermal Pajamas, $32.16

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And stocked up on some essentials, the Worthington line at JCPenney is now my go to¬†for daily work wear. ¬†Their Modern Trouser Pants,¬†$40, are great quality, come in five different sizing options, can be worn year round, and have a flattering fit. ¬†With over a 1,000 reviews, I’m not the only person sporting them ūüôā

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I ordered a couple of their blazers to check out, couldn’t find a lot of deals on suits.

Lastly, I’ll be getting my Olivia Pope on with this dress from Boden:¬†Sixties Wool Shift in Navy ($114)

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What’s not going into my closet? These leggings, a gift from the BF. I couldn’t make this up, spandex leggings with an assortment of cats. ¬†He wonders why I won’t try them on……..

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Find any good deals this week? Please share ūüôā

Sarah

My Cat is an A$$hole

I need to take this blog post towards a cat lady/future animal hoarder topic.  One of my cats is driving me a little crazy, but I have a plan.

Adorable little Max came to live with me in October 2013 at 8 weeks old.

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The first few weeks he had my undivided attention, I was impacted by the government shutdown and a furlough kitten was a great distraction. ¬†Things went well, he keeps my other cat Coco company and doesn’t seem stressed when I dog sit or have company over. ¬†Poor Husker was terrified………

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Fast forward to January, Max has grown into an energetic teenager. ¬†He has discovered his love of heights and is jumping on everything. ¬†I’ve tried to train him away from jumping on the kitchen counter, no luck. ¬†Then two weeks ago he was climbing around in the kitchen and knocked a bottle of red wine off the top of the fridge. ¬†Yey, wine splatter everywhere. Here’s a pic of a ceramic candle votive that bit the dust.

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So I’m on a mission to keep Max entertained, and to keep my sanity. ¬†I’m not going to drop him off at an animal shelter. ¬†Only LOSERS abandon their pets. ¬†When I adopted him, I made a promise to take care of him for the rest of his life, through good times and bad.

Here’s how I plan to keep from going crazy…..

Keep him busy – Devoting time to him each evening to play with him and wear him out helps keep his energy level a little lower. ¬†He loves the cat tunnels, its the only way he’ll travel down the hallway.

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Reaching new heights – His love of climbing is part of a cat’s natural instinct, I plan on changing around some of my decor and furniture so that he can climb to his little hearts content. Some Ikea floating shelves will serve to let him climb the walls. And this little door shelf should give him an excellent view of his territory.

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Training – Cats can be trained, just takes patience and understanding their motivation. ¬†Max isn’t motivated by affection, he likes cat treats. ¬†I also have a spray bottle of water that I’m using to keep him off the kitchen counter. My stove top is flat glass, so its dangerous for him to get comfortable jumping up there anytime he pleases. He could burn his paws, or even knock over a hot pan. ¬†I’m using this spray on my power cords and tv cables to keep him from chewing and playing with them.

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If you have a pet that you are having problems with, don’t give up. ¬†There’s little changes you can make to keep you both happy. ¬†He’s also giving me an extra push to declutter and better arrange my bookshelves, got to look at the positive side.

He’s really sweet when he’s sleeping………..

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If all else fails, just laugh. Stop taking things so seriously and enjoy the utter entertainment your pets provide. And try not to laugh at me when I’m walking him outside on a cat leash.

Sarah