Molly’s Jolly 1st Christmas

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I hope you all had wonderful and blessed holidays with your loved ones.

I know we did. Especially with our new addition this year- our rescue Chion, Molly. Have you read the story of our sweet Southern belle Molly? 

So how does a rescue dog from the South enjoy her first snowy Christmas, anyway?

First off, she really enjoys eating the snow and running in it in circles like a little lunatic.

 

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She was a great helper with all of the holiday prep….including making cookies and grabbing the decorations.

 

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Molly really enjoyed dressing in her “Santa’s Little Helper” dress on Christmas morning.

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She also really enjoyed the presents Santa brought her…as you can see, so did the other babies.

 

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“Every friggen year…”

After presents, Molly found herself a little….exhausted. My mom caught her sitting on the couch like this…I just can’t deal with her.

 

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Okay act natural and maybe they will take 1 and be done.

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This day just wore me out…

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Sudden thought: I hope they don’t dress me up every year…

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Really guys this little photo shoot is getting ridiculous…

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Okay just sleep through it…

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It’s hopeless…this is my fate.

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I can’t wait to spend many more Christmases with you to come my little girl…. XOXOX

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3 Easy DIY Wine Cork Ornaments!

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So I am definitely not a DIY-er by any means. But this year, my mom had a great idea of all of our family making our own Christmas ornaments for our nana and papa’s tree and surprising them at Thanksgiving with the tree & the handmade ornaments. This is their first year they can’t travel to Florida for the winter because of my papa’s health and we all wanted to do something special for them, especially since all of their ornaments were left in Florida.

When I started making ornaments, I couldn’t stop!

These are 3 fun and easy ornaments anyone can make (especially wine lovers like myself who collect all those wine corks! )

I found all of these ideas online, but may have altered them a bit.

These are all super easy that you can make them for Christmas or for a last minute gift idea!

 

3 Easy DIY Wine Cork Ornaments:

 

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FYI Don’t feel bad if you have to drink all the wine beforehand to get the corks 😉 Or during the craft, for that matter!

 

For most of these you will need:

 

A glue gun 

Scissors (to cut wine cork)

Glitter 

Paint

 

The birdhouse:

 

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Need:

Wine Cork 

Paint of your choice 

Small stick

Cardboard cut for the roof

Bottom quote optional- I used a wooden gift tag

Bird also optional- I used a bird cut out from a card

Glitter for the snowy roof

You could also use moss for the roof to give it a more realistic look!

 

The Pinecone Reindeer:

 

Need:

Wine Corks

Pinecone 

Sticks for antlers

Paint

Glitter

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The Wine Cork Doggo:

Need:

Wine Corks 

Paint 

Felt for tongue

Pine cone for ears and tail (Can also use brown/black felt)

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He’s kind of goofy looking, but cute.

 

Hope you enjoyed!!

November Gratitude: Year 2/ Week 4

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I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and felt the thanks, love, and happiness while surrounded by your family.

We have our last week of November Gratitude and with it, Thanksgiving!

 

This week I’m grateful for…

 

 

 

 

I’m grateful for contributing my first dish to Thanksgiving….sweet potato casserole…yum!

 

 

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Thankful that Christmas is coming!

 

Mom and I spent the day decorating the house for the holiday and listening to Christmas music 🙂

 

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And the girls weren’t thrilled when we tried to get them involved….

 

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Did you have a wonderful Thanksgiving?

Happy Halloween!

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Frankie and I decided to dress up as 90’s Nickelodeon characters to celebrate this weekend..

 

     Krum from Ah! Real Monsters and Chuckie from Rugrats. Rugrats was my favorite show was a kid!

 

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We were lucky enough to have 2 Halloween parties this year (this never happens) lol and we had a great time… I always love seeing how people set their homes up for Halloween parties and the holidays.

 

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Reptar definitely had a great time, too……..

 

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Later on that night….

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The only picture I got of the 2nd party…. #oops #blogfail

 

What are you dressing up as and doing this Halloween?!

 

 

800 followers

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Thank you all so much for reaching 800 followers on here! To celebrate and thank you, here are some quotes…

 

 

 

Having people read my Blog and relate to it has helped me to find a purpose. 

 

My blog (and my blog readers)- you are my reprieve from this crazy world we live in. And an outlet to get it all out there!

 

 

 

Chasing waterfalls at Watkins

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[Frankie showed me this song on our drive and it’s been on repeat ever since…]

 

For my birthday, my love surprised me with a camping trip to Watkins Glen State Park .   

We went chasing waterfalls! Cue TLC song….

 

Taken from the website,

“Within two miles, the glen’s stream descends 400 feet past 200-foot cliffs, generating 19 waterfalls along its course. The gorge path winds over and under waterfalls and through the spray of Cavern Cascade. Rim trails overlook the gorge. “

 

We camped right at Watkins Glen State Park Campground which was amazing because our camp site was walking distance to the trails to the waterfalls! And we got a great site that was nice and private.

 

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Upon entering the park, you feel like you are in a scene from Indiana Jones. The lush greenery and the jungle like atmosphere make you want to swing across within the trees.  (Tarzan?)

 

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The heart shaped pool ❤

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My favorite part of the hike were the Rainbow Falls where you can walk right beneath the trickling water…

 

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When the lighting is just right…

 

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That night we ventured into Watkins Glen town and stopped at Rooster Fish Brewing

I really loved the atmosphere, especially that they had games available to play! The beers were delicious and we took a growler back to the campground.

 

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We found out that Rooster Fish also has a restaurant that sells their beers too, and it happened to be the restaurant I was thinking of for dinner anyway so it was an easy choice!

We had dinner at Wildflower Cafe and Crooked Rooster Brewpub

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I got their special mozzarella sandwich and sweet potato fries and we got a crab dip for an app, so good and worth every calorie. 

 

26 isn’t so bad, right?! 

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Later that night we had a bit of a photo shoot testing out different modes on my camera…

 

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I wore my new Lularoe leggings that have fish on them! ❤

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On my birthday day we had to head home but decided to stop in Ithaca on the way home and stopped for a bite to eat at the Carriage House Cafe . 

What drew me to this place was the Brie- stuffed french toast I saw on the menu and their local farm and non GMO style. #Eatlocal. The french toast was out of this world good and I also got a blueberry sorbet mimosa that was like desert for breakfast! (That’s what you do on your birthday…)

 

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We stopped at the Ithaca waterfalls on the way home too…

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Keep exploring…. : )

A Woodstock birthday

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This weekend was Frankie’s birthday and we celebrated by spending a great weekend in Ulster County!

I surprised him with a massage at a spa in Woodstock and I also got a facial 🙂 We went to the same spa mom, sis, and I had our girls spa day for mom’s birthday this year.

We ventured into Woodstock after to grab lunch and walk the town…

 

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I need this bike.

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We happened upon the Woodstock flea market and Frankie purchased a really cool Cigar box…

 

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I love this bar so much! We had already eaten so did not try the tacos, but I loved the atmosphere. [ Tinker Taco Lab ]

 

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We decided to stop at a creek I have been wanting to check out for awhile. It was a lot easier to find than we thought! [ Big Deep Creek ]

 

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Some Woodstock-ians were apparently trying to live #offthegrid as we stumbled upon their home…

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On Sunday we went paddle boarding in Saugerties and practiced our yoga paddle!

 

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What did you do this weekend?

Currently in July

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This song has been stuck in my head lately. The beginning is sad but it gets happier… I think it’s good that songs like this are raising mental health awareness. I encourage you to give it a listen! That number the song is named after is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number. I have never struggled with this personally but truly feel for those who do. This is for a friend who reached out to me last week who was struggling…

 

 

 

 

 

 

It has been awhile since I have done a “Currently” post- since March, to be exact! Looking at those snow pictures is crazy because it does not feel that long ago at all that that was outside! This year is flying by. How is it July already?!?

I loved posting about my Greece trip, and I still may do one part, but I was too excited to get back to my normal blogging routine.

 

 

Currently celebrating…

 

 

 

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A double rainbow after a beautiful summer thunderstorm…

 

 

Summer time (my favorite time ever) is in full swing and I am just celebrating sunshine and swimming as much as I can.

How was your July 4th?

Mine was filled with a puppy, ice cream, and swimming at a water park!

 

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This is my cousin’s new puppy Lucky, who is a Scottie poo. I love himmmmm! We went out for ice cream and he was pretty excited.

 

We had a bit of an early July 4th celebration with the family and mom brought out this amazing surprise.

Has anyone else ever had the Friendly’s watermelon cake? It’s lemon and watermelon sherbert with chocolate chip “seeds.”

 

It’s the best.thing.in.the.world.

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While writing this post I actually remembered we had leftovers in the fridge so I had some more…

 

July 4th week was not a good eating week for me at all, lol! But I did go to my spin class.

I have still been keeping up with my regular gym routine every week and spin class has been the most beneficial exercise for me that I have ever tried in terms of seeing results! I spin and then I go in the sauna and it is very therapeutic. Often I regret my decision to go within 5 minutes of class when I feel like dying, but I never once regret actually going once it’s done.

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On my days off, we have been hanging out at our favorite lake.

 

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There needs to be way more days like this….not working but swimming and laying in the sunshine! =D

This summer I definitely plan on exploring new swim areas though and have a few on my list.

The other thing I have been busy “doing” is working my new reception job at the animal hospital. I took this job to figure out if I wanted to go back to school for Vet Tech, which I had previously started. I really like the job itself and enjoy being around all of the puppers and doggos, but ultimately don’t think I want to be a Vet Tech.

I’m trying to focus on what I enjoy doing and am good at, which is blogging. I would love to do something creative, like this, that also integrates creativity for a cause- like working with animal organizations. I still have a passion for nonprofits (my other job) and I am going to take some Communications and Media classes this fall so that will be fun!

 

Currently loving…

 

I decided to stop into Burlington Coat Factory the other day on a whim.

I am so glad I did! I found these super cute “Bobs for Dogs” by Sketchers brand shoes. 

Every pair you buy goes to benefit the Best Friends Animal Society. They have a ton of cute designs on their site and now I want more of them!

 

They are also insanely comfortable with memory foam.

 

Another thing I am loving lately is this bathing suit that I got at Marshalls. I love the cut out side trend in one pieces right now and it is really flattering!

 

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I hope you are all having a fabulous July and summer!

 

Thanks for reading!  XOXO