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Halloween Costumes.

As mothers we learn from our mistakes, right?   I am a repeat offender of waiting too long to get my kids’ Halloween costumes and having to pull something together at the last minute.  It’s super stressful.   I know it sounds crazy, but if you have not hit the “checkout” button by Oct 1, in most cases you are screwed.  This is not my first Halloween rodeo. With almost a dozen Halloweens under my belt, I am finally learning my lesson.  Costumes are purchased and on their way!  I suggest you do the same before all of the good ones are gone. 😉  Here are a few of my faves.
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Summer is winding down, but sales are heating up.  Now is a great time to get gear for the whole family!

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Goodbye to Bailey.

Goodbye to Bailey | Kiki's ListOn Sunday we said goodbye to our sweet Bailey. We ordered her a pizza, took one last family walk and then sent her to heaven. Life will be very different around here- quite an adjustment as we don’t know life as a family without her.  💔🐶

It was April of 2001 that she came into our lives. One night, after attending a wedding, Mike and I walked by our neighborhood pet store to find the most adorable litter of black and white “lab-terrier mix” puppies. I wanted the tiny one, the runt. Mike said to pump the breaks, but at the same time gave me a smirk because he knows how relentless I can be. That Monday. I went to back to the store with a friend.  The store owner shared that they were only 5 weeks old and were abandoned by their mom, so they couldn’t be properly weened. That was that. It was serendipitous- that “runt” that I had wanted all along came up and snuggled up to me. I was not leaving that store without her. I was so excited, I called Mike at work and said “I’m coming to introduce you to your new daughter.” I could imagine him rolling his eyes while he laughed on the other side of the phone.

I put her in the kennel in the backseat of my car and set off on our way. As soon as the car started moving she started whimpering loudly. Like any new mother with a crying “ human” baby, you become extremely anxious, so I pulled over and put her in my lap while I drove. Bad idea. Being the runt, she was a mere 2.5 lbs and wiggled off of my lap in between the drivers seat and the door. I finagled her back into the kennel, clenching the steering wheel through her yelping and finally made it to Mike’s office.

Because I got to pick her out I left the naming rights to her daddy. Champ Bailey, who played footbal for his two favorite teams; College ball at UGA and at the time was recently drafted to the Redskins, so Bailey seemed quite a fitting name.

She had so many nicknames- B, B Girl, Bail, Bailbo, Boo, Boodies, Bailey Louise Parker Salmon the First (when she was in trouble.) Mike even tried changing her name to Portis after Champ Bailey was replaced by Clinton Portis, but that just didn’t stick. She also quickly became known as the World’s Best Bad Dog. Whether it be getting kicked out of obedience training, acquiring police citations, jumping out of a window from a second story because she was so excited to greet me that she couldn’t wait until I got upstairs, eating a pack of gum, and having a grand mal seizure, eating a frog and foaming at the mouth, eating a cellphone, stealing burgers (her specialty) or begging incessantly. She was so, so bad and so stubborn. But so awesome- she truly had the personality of a human. I always thought if she could present herself in human form, she’d be Sofia from the Golden Girls. She didn’t give a f%^k.

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She was our everything. So much that when Mike proposed to me, he pretended that Bailey was choking and when I went down to tend to her, there was the ring, shining in my face. Exactly one year later, at our wedding my brother-in-law gave his best man toast he said “let’s all hope that their kids will be better behaved than Bailey.” Everyone laughed because they knew what a punk dog she was. And as we came back from our honeymoon, we received word from our friends that were watching her that she literally ate through our kitchen wall while we were gone.

In September 2005, the week before E was born we were marinating buffalo chicken on skewers that we would grill later that night. We left them on the kitchen counter while we ran out for a bit. We came home to the casserole dish that the skewers were in left perfectly placed on the floor. There was no chicken or wooden skewers. We looked around the kitchen thinking she couldn’t possibly had eaten them all, but alas, she did. We called the vet and they said that we were in for a rough night. But there were no repercussions- in fact she slept through the night and had a solid poop the next morning. The vet called to check on her the next day and after Mike told them that she was fine, the tech joked “we are going to reclassify her as a goat.” That was our girl- raw chicken, wooden skewers, even chocolate.. She ate it all, without consequence or hesitation.

Her shenanigans kept up until we brought E home from the hospital. The moment we walked through the door with that sweet baby girl, it was like a miraculous exorcism had occurred. Suddenly Bailey had a job- to look after her baby. And that she did. B never left our girls’ side. We called her “ Nurse B” as she laid in bed with them when they were sick. She licked their tears when they cried and often times was conflicted as to who she would sleep with, so she slept in between their rooms. Then there was that time when E was a baby. She was the best napper- we’re talking four hours on weekends. Mike and I took this time to catch up on our Netflix shows. We were nearly through the end of an epic Weeds marathon when Bail started barking at the base of the steps and kept looking up the stairs, as if she was saying“open this god damn baby gate!”. We tried everything to shut her up so she wouldn’t wake the baby, but then the crying from upstairs began. As soon as we opened the gate she darted into E’s room. As the light filled the room we could see blood on the walls and in her crib. Somehow she had gotten a bloody nose during her nap- Bail was trying to let us know that her baby was in trouble.

She was so good, and so sweet, but still such a pain in the ass. Friday nights are pizza nights in the Salmon house. Mike made the mistake of giving her his crust once and from that point on nobody was safe from Bailey’s demands for the their crust. Our pizza delivery guy knew her. It was almost like she could smell him driving down the street. The drool started as his car turned the corner.
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About two years ago, she really started slowing down. First she stopped jumping up on the bed for cuddles, and soon after, she refused to even attempt to go upstairs. We thought the end was near so we started talking about looking for a puppy because we knew this family couldn’t go long without a dog in the house. That’s when Lola came into our lives. Bailey tolerated Lola, but Lola loooooved Bailey. B made sure that her little sister knew who was boss and constantly put her in her place when she fell out of line.Goodbye to Bailey | Kiki's List Goodbye to Bailey | Kiki's List

 Bailey taught Lola how to be a member of this family and most importantly how to love and support our girls. It was now time for her to pass the baton. It was now time for us to let her go. We didn’t want to do it, but she has given us so much, giving her a peaceful ending was the least we could do for her.  So now she is up in heaven watching over us and eating all of the pizza crust she could imagine. We miss you Bailbo- you will be forever in our hearts.Goodbye to Bailey | Kiki's List Goodbye to Bailey | Kiki's List

This book was recommended to me by a friend.  A must read for all dog lovers.


Puppy Party.

Puppy Party | Kiki's ListThis year, Lou wanted to have a puppy party.  Not just any puppy party, but a party with actual puppies.  Luckily, our friends at A Forever Home were willing and able to help us out with this lovable little bunch. Puppy Party | Kiki's List

Adorable, right?  These four were hard to resist, but at the risk of becoming a crazy dog lady, I had to stick to my guns.  The girls worked me-  but I stayed strong.  Of course, I would take them all if I could, but I think two dogs is the limit for our family.Puppy Party | Kiki's List

This party was all about puppy love.  I ordered custom printables from Itsy Belle.  Christy was great to work with-  she even custom designed everything to include our girls, Bailey and Lola!Puppy Party | Kiki's ListSee Lola on the left and Bail on the right-  she even has a grey beard just like our old girl!   I was so proud of Anna who wanted to ask for donations for the puppies in lieu of gifts.Puppy Party | Kiki's List  Luckily, it was a nice day, so we were able to use the backyard.  The LOVE sign was a last-minute addition, I thought it was perfect!
Puppy Party | Kiki's ListThe giant flowers are from Paper Source, and I found the puppies here.  We used the 8 x 10 polka dot printable from Itsy Belle to make the party hats and topped them off with these flowers to match the invitations.
Puppy Party | Kiki's ListI bought these jars from Target and filled them with tiny treats for the puppies.  Puppy Party | Kiki's ListThey were the perfect size for these little nuggets.
Puppy Party | Kiki's ListNow onto the sweet treats.  Puppy Party | Kiki's ListI worked with Cute Fondant who created these cupcake toppers.  Little B & Lola’s everywhere! Puppy Party | Kiki's ListPuppy Party | Kiki's List Puppy Party | Kiki's ListThese tags were included with the printables, I used vanilla icing to coat the milk bottles then coated the rim in sprinkles. Puppy Party | Kiki's ListPuppy Party | Kiki's ListNeedless to say, they went quickly.Puppy Party | Kiki's ListPuppy Party | Kiki's ListThe flower garland is from Target.Puppy Party | Kiki's ListI followed this recipe to make some Puppy Chow-  it was a hit!Puppy Party | Kiki's ListAt the end of the party, each of the girls got to “adopt” their own puppy.   Puppy Party | Kiki's ListPuppy Party | Kiki's ListHow cute are these adoption certificates?
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Lou picked a King Charles Spaniel, named her “Luna.”Puppy Party | Kiki's ListPuppy Party | Kiki's ListOf course, everyone would have rather left the party with one of these puppies. 😉
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We scattered pictures of the girls and their furry sisters around- perfect solution for an inexpensive centerpiece!  The frames are Ikea Ribba.Puppy Party | Kiki's ListLou wanted hot dogs, so we had a hot dog bar.  I bought these hot dog bags and fed them through the printer using the template from Itsy Belle.Puppy Party | Kiki's ListPuppy Party | Kiki's ListPuppy Party | Kiki's ListWhat’s a party without a piñata?Puppy Party | Kiki's ListThe birthday girl had a great day.
Puppy Party | Kiki's ListIn fact so did all of the girls. I am happy to report that all four of these pups have found their forever home, but new animals are brought in daily,  Please consider adopting, and make sure to have your pets spayed and neutered. A Forever Home a non-profit organization that helps animals in need.  Of course, there are always opportunities to volunteer or donate.  Thank you to A Forever Home and all of the rescue organizations out there for saving so many animals that otherwise would have no chance. 🐶❤️

Photos via Afton Photography.