Nov 13 2015
Category: Family Life. Zora
3 reasons to adopt a pet

Whenever I hear people talk about adopting animals to teach their children about responsibility or caring for others, to boost their immune systems, or to reward them for good behavior, I want to scream. None of those are good reasons to adopt a pet. Here are 3 GOOD reasons to adopt a pet.


20140103-011315.jpg

I missed so much blogging during the last leg of our move. A lot happened and I might catch up later. But for now, let me tell you about HOME. We arrived several days before the movers could bring us our things. And then they arrived. And we started unpacking right away. It snowed a


wpid10295-10-8-2.jpg

It’s going to be a big month here in the San Antonio area! LOTS to do and see, and we’re not going to let it slip by without taking advantage of it!


  3 S’s of Preparing your Dog for Your New Baby Really, this should be “How I prepared my dog for our first baby”… I don’t know your dog. I only know mine. So this is what we did. Support curiosity – Zora was very curious about the new baby things that started coming into


IMG_0007.jpg

Feeling a little rough around the edges? Looking like you’ve packed on a few pounds? Furry feet got you down? Just get a haircut! Everything will be looking up after that. No more saggy belly fur, scruffy ears, or bothersome neck fluff.


IMG_2632.jpg

It’s still January, so I figure I’m still allowed to do “year end wrap-up” type posts and “new year goal setting” posts. We’ll start with the former. 2010 was a pivotal year in a lot of ways. I was pregnant for more than half of the year, became a mother, learned that my family would


One Month: The Good Stuff and The Hard Stuff

Today, my sweet baby is one month old. She’s gone from a squishy-faced newborn to a real baby, but I know she’s still in the “fourth trimester” and very new to the world. On one hand, it feels like she was born just yesterday, but on the other, it feels like she’s been here forever.


Welcome to my Living Room

So it’s not exactly AFTER… there are still some things I want to do to it, and I didn’t “stage” the room for photos so… yeah. But I figure it might be a while before it’s actually at AFTER and this is close enough for sharing! Orange rug: Love it. I debated over whether or


Large-Scale Custom Art on a Budget

One of my “problems” in home decor has been wall art. Sometimes size matters, and I think art is one of the places where it definitely does. Having  a couple tiny framed photos, or a small painting above a couch looks a bit silly. And while you can group a bunch of them into a


Dear Baby – Week 35 love note to my fetus

So, today I set up the camera and tripod, and all of a sudden it was like this blank wall in our house was the most exciting thing in the world. The dog came and posed (totally on her own) awkwardly looking like some sort of deranged furby, while my husband peeked in like a


How to Make a Dog Bed – Step-by-Step With Photos

My sweet dog has been using the same dog bed since her birthday a year and a half ago. Needless to say, despite many washings and oxy-cleanings and such, it was gross-looking. Also, some holes had worn through the seams that attached the base to the “bumper.” Zora deserved a new bed, and so did


What’s Growing On in the Backyard?

One thing I had been curious about for a long time was the beet plant. I kept asking, “How many beets will one beet seedling make?” and no one could tell me… no book, no googling, etc. I guess the answer was, “Duh, one.” Now I know. I just didn’t know if it would be



as seen onas seen onas seen onas seen onas seen on

© 2016 Joyful Abode | Designed by OSN