DIY Tray with Monogram {AKA Upcycled Cabinet Door}

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 by

So as a continuation of last week’s post on Breakfast in Bed, today I’m going to show you how I DIY’d the pretty monogrammed tray in the photos.  Prepare to be wowed.  You’ll never look through the IKEA as-is section in the same way again.

DIY Tray upcycled from a cabinet door and personalized with a monogram

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Thoughts on Breakfast in Bed and a Giveaway

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 by

Well that was a longer blogging break than I thought it would be, but I’m happy to be back!  I’ve missed you, and hope that life has been good.  So let’s get back on the blogging track by talking about two of the best things in life… breakfast in bed and getting free stuff.

Breakfast in Bed for Mother's Day Essentials

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Mini Eggs in Mini Peat Pots for your Easter Table

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 by

Anything mini is immediately cute, so pair some Easter mini eggs with mini peat pots for a cute addition to your Easter table setting.

Easter Mini Egg and Peat Pot Table Favor

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Espresso Brownies Using a Boxed Brownie Mix

Monday, February 29, 2016 by

Happy Monday friends!  And happy new week, the last one in February…yay!  Thanks for all your lovely feedback on my doggy story last week!  Sounds like at least a couple of people are off in search of a foster dog. Awesome!

Espresso Brownies Using a Boxed Brownie Mix


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Thoughts on providing a foster home for a breeding dog

Monday, February 22, 2016 by

Hey there friends.  It’s been a snowy week here, are any of the rest of you experiencing a belated winter too?  If you’re following me over on Instagram (here) you’ve seen posts like this from time to time of our snow-eating labradoodle, Mars.

Thoughts on being a foster home for a breeding dog

But I’ve never shared here the story of how she came to be with us, and since it’s not a typical story, I think it’s worth telling.  And if the story’s not for you, feel free to just scroll through and look at cute dog photos!

Thoughts on being a foster home for a breeding dog

The only typical part of the story is probably the part where we’re a suburban family with kids who would frequently and incessantly ask “When can we get a dog?”  Not “Can we get a dog?”, but WHEN!  They worked it into pretty much every conversation.  For years.  I’ll confess that I was the last hold-out, I’d never had a dog as a pet and am not much of a dog-lover.  (Well, I am now but I wasn’t then!)  Plus I knew that the majority of the doggy care would fall to me, and I couldn’t wrap my head around the puppy-training. 

Thoughts on being a foster home for a breeding dog

So as a compromise, we started down the road of looking for a dog to adopt, rather than buying a puppy.  After many months of searching online ads and checking in at local shelters, we stumbled across the idea of dog breeders who put their breeding dogs out into foster homes, or “guardian” homes.  It seemed like a good fit for us.
 
Thoughts on being a foster home for a breeding dog

We found a breeder within a couple of hours drive from us who had some dogs available and went several times to visit.  The advantages to us were these:

1.  She was already two years old.  Not a puppy anymore, but not an old dog either, like most from the shelters or ads.

2.  She was fully trained, vaccinated and certified, and had been well cared for.

3.  She was free.

4.  And did I mention, she was free?  If you’ve ever looked into buying a puppy you know it can be an investment, especially if you’re looking for a particular breed.

Thoughts on being a foster home for a breeding dog

So in April 2012 she came home with us.  Her name was Mars Bar, as many of this breeders chocolate labradoodles went by chocolate names.  We call her Mars, or Marsie.  Mars Bar only when she’s in trouble. (haha!)  Once a year she’s gone back to the breeder for a conjugal visit.  We kept her through her pregnancies and when she was due she would go back to the breeder to have the puppies and stayed until they were weaned.  She’s had four litters of adorable chocolate labradoodles.

Thoughts on being a foster home for a breeding dog

As of January this year, she’s retired as a breeding dog and is officially ours to keep.  We’re her forever family, but she’s already been part of our family for four years.  She has the routines down, knows how to get what she wants and has her favourite places to hang out.  We know her goofy quirks like loving to eat snow (see first photo above!) and drinking water from a garden hose.  She has that awkward talent of falling up the stairs.  The dignified photo above was taken right before an epic failure at trying to swim.  All but one of us have given up on her learning to play fetch.  And we love her.

Thoughts on being a foster home for a breeding dog

To commemorate her new official status in the family she got a special DIY present at Christmas, which I’ll share in another post.  But… over to you… are you a dog-owner?  a dog-lover?  I’ve been converted, I’m here to say it can be done.  And I would even say, in spite of the extra work, that family life with a dog is better than without.  Maybe even blogging life too..  (Refinished Console Table and Oh Hello Sign).

Refinished Console Table and Hand-Painted Sign
Thoughts on being a foster home for a breeding dog

Plus she’s really cute, right? 

Thanks so much for reading!  See you next time!

xo andrea


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How to Freeze Pomegranate Seeds

Monday, February 15, 2016 by

Happy Monday friends!  How was your weekend?  Just a simple post today, because we’re actually still at the tail end of a super-long weekend around here … PD days at school plus Family Day Monday today.  Add Valentine’s Day in the middle and it’s been a pretty jam-packed weekend.  Hope yours has been either fun or restful too, as much as mid-February will allow!

How to Freeze Pomegranate Seeds | personallyandrea


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Nutmeg Spice Mini Loaf Cake

Monday, February 8, 2016 by

Last summer we had the good fortune of spending a few days in Boston, MA to do a bit of sightseeing, shopping and eating well.  I looked up some of the most highly recommended restaurants ahead of time and one of them was the Flour Bakery.  It didn’t disappoint.  It had all the charm and character you would want in a neighbourhood bakery/cafe.  Plus a completely decadent assortment of baked goods and yummy beverages to go with them.

Nutmeg Spice Mini Loaf Cake

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