Atlanta Bully Rescue – Rescuing “Bully Breeds” and Aborting Puppies?

16 Nov

Their newest addition, Sprinkles, was spayed recently and they were “surprised” to find out she was pregnant. I sent them a private message on Facebook, and this is their reply:

 

 

 

 

 

This dog was, according to the Atlanta Bully Rescue, a breeder in her past life, so another litter of puppies would not have harmed her. I also know a dog who was diagnosed with depression after having this same thing happen to her. Best for their health? I don’t think so. Yes, there are plenty of dogs euthanized in shelters, but that does not give ANYONE the right to prevent them from making it into this world.

So even if their dogs are pregnant, they will still have them removed from the mother and killed. How is this any different than an abortion? The babies are removed from the mother before birth, before the age of viability, and are therefore killed.

Am I the only one who sees anything wrong with this?

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Plus Size Fall Trends

8 Nov

Have you seen the some of the amazing trends this fall? If you’re plus sized, like I am, you might be drooling over what you’re seeing around you…and yet you are unable to find it to fit your body. Or, if you do find it, you cringe at the price tag as you put the piece back or close out of the webpage. Trust me, I know the feeling. The other problem I’ve ran into is in some stores, plus sizes start at size 14, or even 12, while at others, size 20 and up is considered plus size. I’ve also noticed that in some places, the clothing offered for those who are plus sized is very different than the options available for other sizes. Some stores are notorious for that, and, its frustrating. I’m here to show a few of my favorite fall trends as well as share a few different items I found. Oh, and unless it’s otherwise stated, everything in this post is under $45 (at the time of posting).

Chunky/Knit Sweaters

Long-Sleeve Ribbed Envelope Neck Sweater from Macy’s

I know, these are everywhere! I’ve seen the predictions for this winter, and if it isn’t going to be colder than average, it’s going to be snowier than average. After last winter, it wouldn’t surprise me! From short sleeved sweaters to sweater dresses, there is a variety for every woman. I love a classy, charcoal gray sweater because there is just so much you can do with one – a bold patterned scarf, color blocked nails, bright shoes, statement jewelry…the possibilities are endless.

Short-Sleeve Cable Sweater Dress from Macy’s

I have also recently became a fan of the sweater dress. No, I don’t mean a longer sweater that is worn over tights, I mean a true sweater dress. I don’t want to see your rear, girls. Pair one with leggings like these, and you have a simple yet sexy style. I mean, let’s face it; what man doesn’t think lace is sexy? You also have a very versatile outfit this way. A pair of flats would go well for class (or work, I think in terms of class because I’m a full time college student) and you could easily dress it up with a cute pair of heels (bootie heels, anyone?).

Tall Boots

Don’t be afraid to rock these, curvy ladies!

Sidney Tall Lace Back Boot from Avenue

I have seen so many sites say that tall boots over jeans are meant for “skinny minnies” and that is not true. We do, unfortunately have to pay a little more for a wide width calf (trust me, it took me three weeks to find a pair) but for a comfortable boot it is well worth it. Learn from my mistakes – measure your calf and add about half of an inch for comfort. Don’t forget to search for wide width! The boot I posted here is the one I purchased for the full $74 from Avenue – right now it is on sale for $44.50. They’re super comfortable and look adorable with knitted boot cuffs for added warmth. Worried about boot cuffs being too small for your calves? I purchased mine from Earth Bound Knits on Etsy and they are guaranteed to fit or she will make you a larger pair for no cost. Want leg warmers instead of just boot cuffs? She sells them, too, along with patterns if you know how to knit. I recently learned, and I made a pair of cuffs (my own pattern) in under two hours.

Cardigans

Waffle Knit Cardigan from Forever 21

Oh my, where to start? My cardigans are probably one of my favorite fall pieces that I have hanging in my closet. Why? I can transform my t-shirts, and even some tanks tops, into a cute, fall appropriate outfit simply by pulling on a cardigan over top of them. Just like with sweaters, I do suggest a plain gray cardigan, even with some simple details (like girly ruffles) because it goes with so much, but don’t be afraid to step out and do something bold!

Long-Sleeve Chenille Cardigan Sweater from Target

My best friend has a pumpkin-orange cardigan that she looks amazing in, and she pairs it with a brown floral tank top and the cutest brown flats. A wide stripe cardigan also looks nice, and don’t forget to add a dressier one in your closet just in case! A dressy cardigan would look great at an office Christmas party paired with cute heels or flats – fashionable, and that perfect balance of not too dressed up, but not too casual. I don’t know about you, but I hate showing up overdressed (or under-dressed) for anything.

White Lace Under Leather

I ‘Heart’ Ronson Sleeveless Lace Dress from JC Penny

Take your cute,  white lace summery dress and pull a leather jacket. As I mentioned earlier, lace is sexy, and lace plus a leather jacket is jaw-dropping sexy. It’s like bad-ass meets girly-girl and becomes one delicious concoction. Don’t love white on yourself? Try a very pale cream color, it’ll give you just enough color and be just as gorgeous as white. A biker style jacket or a bomber jacket would work incredibly well with this style. Pair it with chunky, black bootie heels or knee high boots, or super feminine nude flats to really compliment the look. I personally think that the daintier the lace, the better this look plays out. A simple, black belt along the waistline would accent an hourglass figure nicely. If its really chilly, pair black tights or leggings with your black shoes to add a bit of warmth.

Black Long Night Out Jacket from alight.com

Another option for this look would to use brown accents (boots, jacket, etc.) instead of black. It would be less of a dramatic contrast, but a light nude dress would compliment the brown nicely. I have seen a few other modifications to this look: one with a pair of bright colored flats (turquoise I believe), and the other with a red lace dress. express yourself! Put a pop of your favorite color in a style like this. Or, use what’s already in your closet so you don’t have to buy both pieces. If you’re on a tight budget, like I am, that is a wonderful solution.

Fingerless Gloves

Mittens? I’m not sure how to tell when they’re fingerless. I guess it depends on the style. Anyways, your hands stay warm, but your fingers are still free to text, play piano, make shadow puppets, what have you. And they show off you’re awesome new manicure. They come in an endless supply of colors, materials, designs…the possibilities are endless. My personal favorites are the ones at the

Crochet Owl Fingerless Gloves by Makings of Shanna Tice

left – aren’t they adorable?! Not everyone has owl hands, you know. Shanna also mentions that she can customize these little cuties for you with a variety of colors, and they come in different sizes – uncommon when it comes to gloves. Owls not your type? She also offers gorgeous, elegant fingerless options. Makes me wish I knew how to crochet!

Show Off Who YOU Are

Don’t listen to those who say you don’t have the body type to wear a certain style. If you like it, do it. Flatter yourself. Buy clothes in your size – don’t try to fit into clothes that are two sizes too small just to say you’re smaller. Confidence is more flattering that a smaller size. Do that crazy nail art that you’ve been dying to try. Stop hiding those curves. Rock that shorter hemline. You can do it. Just because you aren’t what society considers “ideal” doesn’t mean that you aren’t beautiful in your own way.

A Few More Cool Weather Tips

Keep your lips moisturized! Chapped lips are such a pain, and there’s pretty inexpensive ways to take care of them. Vaseline sells lip therapy for  98 cents, but you can purchase a small tub of vaseline for about $2, and if you purchase a few small lip balm containers, you can make your own balm. Add in a few drops of essential oils for a yummy smell, or add in powdered cherry kool aid (without sugar!) for a tinted look.

It’s not just your lips that need love, either. I don’t know about you, but just being outside whenever its this dry and cool out makes all of my skin dry out. Keep your entire body moisturized. Lotion after a shower will definitely help, and  you may want to start using moisturizer on your face twice a day instead of once, depending on your skin type.

From about mid-October to about the end of March, I drink endless amounts of coffee and hot tea. These delicious, hot, caffeinated beverages stain teeth, and I don’t enjoy spending $45+ on teeth whitening strips from the store. Try purchasing baking soda and some hydrogen peroxide, and once a day, mix up a small, pasty concoction. Use your toothbrush and brush your teeth with it for about one minute, and continue doing this daily until you reach the results you want. Much less expensive, and much less annoying!

Enjoy your cooler weather days! This is probably one of my favorite fashion time of the year.

Pumpkin Spice Latte? Yes, please.

17 Oct

How about pumpkin spice latte body scrub? The Craftinomicon has a recipe for it – it smells heavenly! It’s perfect for fall, and it definitely wakes me up in the morning. You actually probably have all of the ingredients in your house (unless you don’t drink coffee) It calls for:

  • 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 heaping tablespoons of your favorite ground coffee
  • 1-2 tablespoons of pumpkin pie spice
  • 3/4-1 cup oil, depending on how “wet” you like your body scrub
  • vitamin E oil (optional) found in vitamin E capsules – cut open and the contents added to the mix.

but for my own personal body scrub, I used probably 3 tablespoons of pumpkin pie spice and I added a dash of cinnamon. I would also suggest making the body scrub “wetter” after my first use in the shower – if it’s not a wet scrub, it’s harder to handle when you’re in the shower. I also wouldn’t use it if you’re running – the cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice was a bit difficult to get off of my body. The smell it leaves behind is absolutely worth using this for, and it’s not too feminine of a body scrub for a man, either (if you know any men who like to exfoliate). Immediately after my shower, my skin felt a little oily (I wouldn’t suggest this as a facial scrub; if you want a facial scrub, perhaps exchange the oil for honey?) but after a few minutes, my skin felt so silky smooth. I did not have vitamin E oil on hand, and I forgot to pick it up, but when I make this again (and I will as soon as this is gone!) I will be adding the vitamin E oil.

I stored mine in a mason jar, which I honestly wouldn’t suggest because the lid can rust if it’s kept in the shower (and it’s glass), but it was all I could find that would work, even at my local craft store. It looks very nice, though, and it would look really cute with a small, wooden spoon, raffia, and cinnamon sticks around the top if you were giving it as a gift.

For the full recipe, click on the link to The Craftinomicon at the top of this post.

Favorite Fall/Winter Fashion Accessory?

15 Oct

Scarves!I absolutely adore my scarves. I have an array of scarves in my closet as we speak (okay, so I only have five, but that’s about to change!) and I love every single one of them, from my Hogwarts scarf I got in Universal Studios last Christmas to my candy dots scarf my mom’s friend crocheted for me, I think they are fantastic and I love cooler weather when I can wear them.

My mom’s friend made this just for me – without a pattern!

They keep you warm, they’re super cute, and they speak loads of your personality. They’re also so easy to find ones to match your own personal style! Not to mention, that over fall break my mom taught me how to knit, and I’m currently working on two different scarves, and I can’t wait to do more.

I have mostly winter scarves, but I have one that’s a spring-ish scarf with big, pastel, vintage looking flowers on it, and I have a 1970’s scarf that’s perfect for fall – at first glance it looks like it has navy polka dots, but when you look closer, you realize that they’re actually leaves!

What’s your favorite thing about scarves? Your favorite scarf? Do you make your own? Where do  you get them? Do you share my love for them, or are they just something that makes the cold weather more bearable?

A small collection of the scarves I like on Polyvore.

I found the greatest fall cookie recipe ever.

14 Oct

These cookies perfectly capture that “fall” flavor. I can’t accurately describe it. Pumpkin-y. Cinnamon-y. Absolutely delicious. I found the recipe at BakerGirl for these cinnamon pumpkin spice kiss blossoms. Yum. My mom and I made them while I was home for fall break. We both decided we had a new favorite fall cookie, even though the kisses on their own were incredibly strong. I’m not going to copy and paste the recipe here, because you have got to see the fantastic pictures over at Baker Girl. They literally make your mouth water.

Oh, and I was too happy munching on cookie dough and finished cookies to remember to take my own pictures…

But here’s the break down, you need basic cookie making ingredients. And spices. And these delicious orange pumpkin spice Hershey kisses. Oh, if you’re having trouble finding them, look at Target. It was the only place I could find them.

There was just one minor thing we did differently – we didn’t have nutmeg and ginger, but there was an easy fix for that. It’s called pumpkin pie spice, and we used about one teaspoon, along with the two teaspoons of cinnamon. We also decided to do the swirly kiss look, because I plan on taking some of these delicious morsels back to my University, and we figured they’d travel easier that way. We also decided that any time we made drop cookies, the chocolate-y flavor was not dispersed enough over the cookie. Or it fell off. Which always made me sad.

When I had my first cookie, I also thought that some crushed walnuts would be delicious in the dough. Not a bunch, just enough to give them that crunchy, nutty flavor that I also love in the fall. And to top them off, I thought they’d look positively pretty with a whole walnut set on top of the melted, swirly pumpkin kiss. Didn’t do this, but it was definitely a suggestion for next time since mom and I both love walnuts in cookies.

So that was my experience with these yummy cookies. Try them. Baking cookies is a great family bonding activity, and these are definitely worth the effort.

International Union of Mail Artists

29 Sep

Have you heard of it? It is fantastic. You create art and mail it – as is – to others all over the world. It’s an excellent way to exercise your right brain without your own art piling up; you can share it with so many people who simply love art.

This is some of the art I’ve received so far. I’m not quick at getting it out right now, my school work does come first, but I do my best to send it out to my friends on IUOMA as quickly as possible.

I love getting to see what other people do, and I love how each and every piece is unique. It’s one of my favorite things about art – it reflects a person’s personality.

Some of the works are two sided, others are just like postcards. And honestly, it doesn’t have to be expensive.

I’ve tried a couple different art forms, from hand making dream catchers to send out, to creating collages, and while I forgot to take pictures of most of what I’ve sent out, I did take one of my two most recent collages. I adore the butterfly one, and before these two, I made one with a shark accent. It was quite quirky; I really enjoyed it.

ChefVille on Facebook offers recipes whenever you master a certain level on your food.

22 Sep

Kind of cool, if you ask me. Here’s a bruschetta recipe that was sent to my email from ChefVille:

Ingredients (serves 16)
4 slices of rustic wheat bread
3 heirloom tomatoes
3-4 cloves of garlic
1/4 bunch basil
5 ounces (300 milliliters) balsamic vinegar
1 ounce (152 milliliters) extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
red chili flakes (optional)

Directions
1. Toast wheat bread and cut each slice into four pieces.
2. On a cutting board, dice the heirloom tomatoes and mince the garlic. Tear up the basil to release its flavor and add this, along with the heirloom tomatoes and garlic, to a bowl. Next, add balsamic vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, kosher salt and black pepper. Lightly toss and let it sit for 20 minutes. Add chili flakes if you like it spicy!
3. Toss the bruschetta mixture lightly once more and then put a large spoon full on each wheat bread toast.
Ingredients (serves 16)
4 slices of rustic wheat bread
3 heirloom tomatoes
3-4 cloves of garlic
1/4 bunch basil
5 ounces (300 milliliters) balsamic vinegar
1 ounce (152 milliliters) extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
red chili flakes (optional)

Directions
1. Toast wheat bread and cut each slice into four pieces.
2. On a cutting board, dice the heirloom tomatoes and mince the garlic. Tear up the basil to release its flavor and add this, along with the heirloom tomatoes and garlic, to a bowl. Next, add balsamic vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, kosher salt and black pepper. Lightly toss and let it sit for 20 minutes. Add chili flakes if you like it spicy!
3. Toss the bruschetta mixture lightly once more and then put a large spoon full on each wheat bread toast.