Friday, July 25, 2014

Living Pretty With Your Pets: Our Fifth House

Even from Germany I'm still having my pet series Friday and I'm so happy to have gorgeous Carmel from Our Fifth House with you today.  Her blog was one of the first blogs I ever read and while I have read about her dog stories before, I thought that you guys might enjoy it too.

Hey there, I'm Carmel from Our Fifth House.  I blog about diy projects, my passion for interior design and the stories that make our house a home.  Today, I'm thrilled to be here to talk about my fur babies.  I didn't grow up with pets.  My parents aren't big pet people, and it honestly never really bothered me.  I think probably because I didn't know what I was missing!  My husband, however, is a huge dog lover, and so when I married him I married into pet motherhood-ha!

We've been married for almost 14 years, and our first baby (Jake - the black dog pictured below) is still with us!  He's 15 now!  

Jake was just barely a year old when Brad and I got married, and with us both working full time we thought getting him a companion would make-up for the time we were gone at work.  So we adopted that blondie you see in the photo above from the humane society.  I named him Prince after my favorite artist of all time. ;)   

Prince had loads of personality.  Seriously, when I read the book Marley & Me I thought for sure Prince had to be related.  He was always in some kind of trouble.  He was the crazy to Jake's calm.  Those two were quite the duo. 

Sadly, we said goodbye to our beloved Prince in December of 2012, and it was one of the roughest experiences I've had in my adulthood.  Being that I never had a pet growing up, I had never experienced what it feels like to lose one.  I was surprised by the grief.  

I was so sad after losing Prince.  We all were.  We spent a lot of time comforting his best friend who was also grief stricken. 

I thought for sure I'd never ever get another dog ever again.........why sign yourself up to go through that again?!.................but never say never.  ;)  

In the fall of last year we welcomed a scruffy, little standard schnauzer puppy into our lives. 

His name is Gandalf; we're big Lord of the Rings nerds fans.  ;)

It was good for our family to take some to heal before getting another dog, but it's been wonderful, especially for the kids, to welcome this new bundle of energy into our lives. 

The kids adore him!  He keeps us all on our toes, and he's really lifted old Jake's spirits.  With Jake being 15 we know our time with him is fleeting, but I think having Gandalf around will help to ease that sadness when the time comes. 

I've been blessed to be the mother to 3 fur babies now, and each one holds a very special place in my heart.  I can't imagine a life without a furry friend.............all the work is so very worthwhile! 

And it's moments like these that stay with you forever. 

Thanks for having me over to share my furry loves!   They are rarely seen on my blog because Jake is camera shy and Gandalf moves at the speed of light- ha!  But if you follow me on Instagram you might get to see a few pics of them. 

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Such a sweet story! And I always love when people who have never had pets discover their love for them and realize what they have missed. Don't you think so?

Make sure to pay Carmel a visit (click HERE). By the way you can see how she made the pallet bed that her dogs are lying on by clicking HERE.

Come back on Monday because I'll give you a glimpse into my brother and sister-in-law's new home.



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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A Gorgeous New Gold Faucet

Hi friends! I'm happy to tell you that I safely arrived in Germany. I'm exhausted and will now try to work myself into the time difference with the kids.

Before I left home though I received a gorgeous present in the mail and couldn't wait to install it. So in-between a messy house and packing suitcases, I was crazy enough to install a new faucet. Yup you hear me right but I just couldn't wait until I got back.

During my trip to Delta Faucet Company, I was informed that I would receive one of their Trinsic Single Handle Pull-Down Kitchen Faucets with Touch2O® Technology. I picked the champagne bronze and I am so happy that I did. It's so gorgeous and matches the Ikea knobs that I recently added perfectly.

Are you ready for some photos?

I can't stop touching it and my kids really loved washing their hands in the kitchen before we left for our trip. It's the coolest thing to just be able to touch a faucet to turn it on. Magic!!!! 

But during our trip to the Delta Faucet Company we learned that it isn't magic but amazing technology that goes into this incredible product. It was so interesting to get behind the scene insights to everything that goes into inventing such an amazing kitchen fixture.

Here is a view of the Ikea knobs:

During our trip to Delta I had the chance to install one of them already, do you remember? If not you can click here to see.

It is a breeze to install this Delta faucet. I was dealing with a huge time crunch here since I was packing for our trip but it was totally doable. Easy and fast.

All you have to do is follow the illustrated instructions. I'm a visual person and picture instructions are perfect for me.

This faucet is the perfect functional and pretty addition to our white kitchen, don't you think so?

Talk to you on Friday with another pet post and hopefully by next week I can share some Germany photos with you.



I received this product from Delta Faucet Company but all opinions are 100% my own!

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