I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.. Kid’s rooms are my favorite projects to work on. I love furnishing a place where creativity can grow. Kid’s rooms nowadays are so much more versatile than they used to be (thank God.) Now kid’s rooms can actually be stylish. Artwork is the perfect inspiration piece to start with when designing a room. There are so many options inspire the perfect decor for your little tike. Here are some of my favorites.
On 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.
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.
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.
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.
This book was recommended to me by a friend. A must read for all dog lovers.
This 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.
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.
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!See 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. 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!
The 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.
I bought these jars from Target and filled them with tiny treats for the puppies. They were the perfect size for these little nuggets.
Now onto the sweet treats. I worked with Cute Fondant who created these cupcake toppers. Little B & Lola’s everywhere! These tags were included with the printables, I used vanilla icing to coat the milk bottles then coated the rim in sprinkles. Needless to say, they went quickly.The flower garland is from Target.I followed this recipe to make some Puppy Chow- it was a hit!At the end of the party, each of the girls got to “adopt” their own puppy. How cute are these adoption certificates?
We scattered pictures of the girls and their furry sisters around- perfect solution for an inexpensive centerpiece! The frames are Ikea Ribba.Lou 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.What’s a party without a piñata?The birthday girl had a great day.
In 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.
Last Friday, the girls and I attended the Premiere of A Beautiful Planet, at the National Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. I was so excited to take the girls to see this film not only because it was Earth Day (not to mention their first red carpet event) but also because the film is narrated by Jennifer Lawrence- this gave me major “Mom Cred.”
Before sitting down, I wanted to make sure the girls knew that this was 100% real imagery- no special effects. The film features stunning footage of Earth — beautiful views of lighting storms, the definition of various cities at night and even what tornadoes look like from space. It also shows the effects humanity has had on Earth over time — captured by a team of astronauts aboard the International Space Station. It was breathtaking… yet terrifying.
We were able to attend a Q & A with the Film’s Director, Toni Myers and the astronauts that shot the film. As Toni mentioned “the purpose of this film is not to scare you, but to enhance the understanding of our planet.” Let me tell you people, it scared me.. a lot.
As J- Law says in the film “Once covered in forests, the island of Madagascar is now brown. Meanwhile Brazil, whose rainforests are home to nearly half of the species found on Earth, have been cut down and burned: Nearly half a million square miles have been lost over the past four decades.”
The film also shows the significant depletion of the Colorado River Basin, which has sunk 30 feet over the last 75 years and supplies water to 40 million Americans in seven different states. This is California’s main water source.
Additionally, this team is tracking the effects that Global Warming is having on Earth. We are seeing Antarctic Glaciers melting at unprecedented rates. If melted completely, sea levels would rise by 30 feet. Even at 10 feet, the earth would lose 28,800 square miles of land, home today to 12.3 million people. At 30 feet cities like New Orleans, Boston and Miami would be completely lost.
The good news is that all is not lost. We can have an effect on the planet and it all starts with green energy. Since this blog is all about items I love, I had to share these amazing Solar Chargers that we received in our swag bags. You can charge up to two iPhones at a time– and they charge SUPER fast! Great for camping, a day at the beach or even a day on the run.
If you can go see A Beautiful Planet, you should. It opens nationwide in select IMAX theaters tomorrow. I hope that when people see this film they ARE scared. This Momma wants to keep our planet beautiful for the generations to come. 🌎