Presently Speaking

This is what’s been going on with me the past month…

Feeling:  Senioritis. Hello I have one more final left and it has been like pulling teeth to get myself to study. I mean just give me an A… heck or a B please! 

Reading: My textbook. What? I do have that final on Friday! But I have Loveology on my standby to grab and read in the pool on Saturday! 

Listening to: Mat Kearney {Runaway} and The Fray {Shadow and a Dancer} and John Legend {All of Me}  

Thankful for: The fact I was representative for Kaplan Bar Prep otherwise I would have just had to cut a $5,000+ check for Bar Prep Courses. That one hour a week sure paid off! 

Thinking about: How Law School kinda screws with your life… there is a blog post in the making on this thought… but seriously my life is completely different than three years ago.  

Eating: Boom Chicka Pop and Diet Coke. I need some major caffeine to keep myself up and studying! Yeah I know there isn’t any caffeine in Boom Chicka Pop but its fun to snack on! Amiright? 

Watching: Nothing. I’m studying remember? But I will say I’ve been watching reruns of random shows while I’m at the gym, I mean they’re already on and I can’t very well bring in my highlighters and outline to Lifetime. (or CAN I…..?)

Loving: Being back in Austin this week to study! I’ve commandeered my mother’s dining room table to spread out and Winston is having a grand old time running around in the backyard and wading in the pool! 
Looking forward to: My very last final ever on Friday! 

What’s up with you?


10 Things Every Dog Parent Should Own

1. Microchip. Microchipping your pet is one of the most important thing you can do to help protect your pet. Like their collar and tags this lets people know who you pet belongs to if they get lost but unlike tags it cannot be removed so if the tags are lost a vet or shelter can call you asap! 

2. Lint Rollers. This sticky lint roller has been the best lint roller I’ve ever used. Plus after you wash it off you can use it again and again. I use the big one on my sofa and chair and the small one stays in my car so after Winston gets off to daycare I get all his goodbye fur off my dress. 

3. Kong. The ideal and multi-use dog toy. They enjoy chewing on the toy itself and you can stuff the toy with so many different things to keep your pet entertained. I’ve stuffed Winston’s with yogurt, peanut butter, pumpkin, and his food. You can also freeze it with the yogurt or pumpkin and it’s like a popsicle! Winston gets excited when I pick it up and take it to the kitchen. 

4. Carabiner. This is to dogs as the rubber band for humans, it has so many uses! I keep it clipped on his leash and when I need both hands it gets clipped to my car, my belt, or you can wrap it around a post and clip it to the leash. It also holds #9 on long walks. 

5. Parsley & Greek Non-fat Yogurt. If you sprinkle parsley in your pup’s food it helps their breath smell better and greek yogurt is not only a good low calorie treat but if your dog gets tear stains this gets rid of them after a while. 

6. Bitter Apple Spray. When Winston was a puppy he chewed on everything and I mean everything. My coffee table and tv stand still show the scars. He chewed on my books and shoes and purses. He chewed on everything, until I found this spray. This spray is like the muggle repelling charm in Harry Potter, get it and your furniture with thank you. 

7. PetMD App. Every time something happens to Winston like he vomits, has a weird spot on him, he won’t eat, or he sneaks an entire rack of ribs, I check this app. On the very few occasions I’m not satisfied with the answer I call my vet. 

8. Bones from a Butcher Shop. You can get bones from the pet shops but those are frankly gross. Marrow bones from a butcher shop are great treats for your dog and much less processed than the ones you buy in shrink wrap and usually cheaper! Keep them in your freezer and your dog will be entertained for a few hours when you finally let them have one!

9. Pop Up Water Dish. I have this pop up bowl in my car and anytime we go on a long walk (we went on a 9 mile walk a few weeks ago) I bring this water bowl because there are rarely any dishes for pups but there are always water fountains.

10. DogTV. Not that I’m biased because Winston won Dog Mayor of Dallas through DogTv but this service is one of the greatest entertainments for dogs ever. Read more about it and try it out with your dogs but it really is amazing when Winston is so enthralled with the show. I don’t have DirectTV so I stream it off my iPad and push it to my tv. 

These are all in addition to the usual leash, lead, crate, food, bowls etc. 

What does your dog love best?


Uncommon Goods Giveaway

Did yall know Mother’s Day is in 12 Days! Have you given any thought to what you want to surprise Mom with? Well anytime I need some special gifts I always turn to Uncommon Goods! They always have a selection of interesting gifts that you wouldn’t be able to find anywhere else! Case and Point.

I picked out this beautiful stained glass jewelry dish from Uncommon Goods to sit on my dresser! It’s technically a Birthday Month jewelry holder but the May Emerald color matches my bedroom better than August Peridot so I made that executive decision.

They have some incredible choices for your Mom, like this, this, or this! They also have some beautiful pieces available to personalize like this or this. And Thanks to the wonderful people at Uncommon Goods they want to give away a $25 giftcard so your mom can get something incredibly special for Mother’s Day too! Enter using the Rafflecoptor widget below! The giveaway starts today and ends next Friday at 10PM! 

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Good Luck!

This post was sponsored by Uncommon Goods but the thoughts are all my own


The Very Last

Today is the last day. My very last day of school. I will never sit in another class. I will never have another lecture.

In honor of this personal-milestone-that-you-might-not-care-anything-about-but-I-don’t-care-because-I’m-still-talking-about-it I’d like to show you my first day of kindergarten. Let’s just take a quick second to appreciate the chambray dress, pink pom poms on my bike handles, blunt bangs that are parted down the middle (mom really?), and that matching chambray bow. And in comparison you have my last day of school. I put on a chambray shirt so it would create this lovely chambray bookend. Fun fact: in both of these pictures both of my dimples made an appearance!

I remember my last day of undergrad and everyone was celebrating their last day of classes and I couldn’t exactly get on board since I was staring down the black hole of three more years of school. 

But not anymore. This. Is. It. Today is my last day of school EVER! 

Oh, that sound? It’s me popping a champagne bottle. Please feel free to join me!

just another kid picture for fun