Week 1: Complete

Hey y’all!

So, week one of my semester has come to an end! I have to say, it’s much less painful than expected! Now, don’t get me wrong here…I am loaded with homework and responsibilities (one of my classes has 6 exams during the semester), however, it’s great!

I have 3 classes this semester and all of my professors are pretty good…except there is one professor in particular who is amazing; I think he is such a great person and a phenomenal teacher-he really wants to see you succeed, in fact, I would say he is my favorite professor since I started college. His daughter is in medical school, actually, and he gave me some pointers and tips on getting accepted as well as some good insight on what to expect. I have a lot of work to do and my grades have to be impeccable, but the reward is totally worth the effort!

Now, I started a schedule and so far have been good at keeping to it! I have modified it a bit to adjust to some days and times to better fit my needs and learning pace. I realized I like to do the homework after each class (as soon as possible on the day it was assigned) because that way I really cement the new material in my head; it works with your long-term memory (it also lessens the chance of you forgetting to do the assignment) because if you only cram for exams while doing minimal work during your semester that works with your short-term memory…then you forget everything you crammed for 2 days after the exam, you also will probably do poorly on the exams and future courses since you won’t remember much. So…basically: review notes after each class and do homework/study the day it was assigned to do better in your course & retain the knowledge for future related classes.

My classmates are decent, I haven’t met any cute guys yet though haha! Joking, my main focus is the work, not the guys. In fact, my first exam is on next Wednesday (the 15th) and my first (short) paper is due on Tuesday, several pages of math to do and a good amount of reading. It’s also mother’s day this Sunday and I promised to spend Saturday, so it’ll be quite the busy weekend!

All in all this week has been good, I can kind of see how the courses are, I can see the teaching style of my professors and I can also tell how heavy the work load is. Time to buckle down and work hard!

To perk up my mood after school I dig into green tea ice cream (moderate amounts, though sometimes I get carried away hehe) ! My best friend was kind and generous enough to give me a carton of it!

If y’all need a pick-me-up, here’s a recipe for a little somethin’ somethin’! This recipe is also perfect for mother’s day!

Strawberries and Cream Angel Food Cake: 

Ingredients:
1 cup cake flour (spooned and leveled)
1/4 teaspoon salt
12 large egg whites, room temperature
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Strawberries and fresh whipped cream, for serving
Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place flour and salt in a sieve set over a bowl; sift into bowl and set aside. With a mixer, beat egg whites on medium-high until foamy, about 1 minute. Add cream of tartar; beat until soft peaks form. Continue to beat, gradually adding sugar; beat until stiff peaks form, about 2 minutes. Add vanilla; beat to combine.

Gently transfer egg-white mixture to a large, wide bowl. In four batches, using the sieve again, sift flour mixture over egg-white mixture. While turning the bowl, use a rubber spatula to fold in the mixture by cutting down the center and coming up the sides. Gently spoon batter into an ungreased bundt cake pan; smooth top. Gently tap the pan on your counter to release air bubbles.

Bake until cake is golden and springs back when lightly pressed, 35 to 40 minutes. Invert pan; let cool in pan, 1 hour. Run a knife around the inside of the pan and around the tube to release cake. Use knife to release cake from bottom of pan, and remove  onto a serving plate.

Slice and top each slice with whipped cream and a few sliced strawberries. Simple, delicious, and oh so satisfying.

*Recipe taken from Martha Stewart 

Enjoy the weekend y’all! I’m off to hang out with my family and have some tea! I’ll be back during the weekend with another post, so check back soon!

Sunny Saturday

Hey y’all!

I just enjoyed a very sunny, very warm and very awesome day! I went down to the high-end/posh area of my city and walked along the sea wall then sat and people watched with my best friend. It’s one of my favorite places to go to during the summer. I got a carrot-apple juice at a fresh juice bar by the area, saw some terribly spoiled rich people, saw some adorable dogs. Yep, pretty great day I’d say! Followed by a dinner at place called Memphis Blues, it’s a classic soul food and BBQ place… I ate so much I hate myself (a giant catfit po’boy, side of re-fried beans) and for dessert, some eye candy: two adorable guys standing right next to my table talking…fan-fucking-tastic! Haha.

Now it’s evening and I am going to be preparing for Monday. Organizing my backpack, charging my iPad, looking over the schedule for the week. I am thoroughly nervous now…I think I am ready but I am also incredibly anxious and nervous for what’s to come this semester. I need the grades and since I am starting fresh at a new school and a new field of study I also need a new approach to studying and success which I have have mapped out for myself but is that enough? Is it correct? This is like getting cold feet at a wedding…you know you want to go through with it and this is your dream but you’re also absolutely terrified of the what-if’s and percentage of failures and the amount of freedom you’re going to be giving up. Even though in the end it’s worth it and it makes you happiest. So it’s go time!

But to mend the anxiety I stuff myself with food and good company this weekend. This is my weekend to say goodbye to abundant free time, no-stress, and unlimited amounts of sleep. So, time to get these boots off, stop walking and start studying!

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend and a wonderful week! I will be getting in touch with y’all later this week…probably Thursday/Friday. I am going to be cutting down posts from daily to weekly to account for studying and my new busy schedule.

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Clothing Rant

Hey y’all!

Schools beginning in 4 days (not counting today) and frankly I am psyched! However…I went by the school just to check things out before I head there on Monday and the problem I saw was ….people wearing heels and miniskirts to class…what the F?! Full make-up too!? Holy inappropriateness!! I come in sweats and a T-shirt with some sneakers or yoga pants and a sweater with runners. How do these women have the time and will to do all that in the mornings. I get that most people meet their other half in college/university but…dressing like an escort won’t land you any eligible men. Although…there are guys at school that dress like they rolled out of bed and pulled on their dad’s pants and little brother’s shirt. Tight shirts and baggy jeans…what is that!? Or my favorite, pants that look like you stole them from your little sister. Honestly do any of the guys who show their boxers know where that tradition of showing your boxers came from!? It came from prisons!! Ya, that’s right. And no, it does not mean you are a tough guy…it means you are ready to receive it up your butt. Yep. That’s why they show their ass half out in boxers…or nude..whatever. But honestly, that is where the baggy/low pants “style” came from, so all of you wearing that crap…haha congratulations. Just don’t walk into a prison.

I wish men dressed like the 1950’s/1960’s. Or better yet the 1920’s…so dapper and charming! And women like the 1950’s/1960’s…such lady-like clothing. Ah well..that’s not at all possible haha…but you know at least clean up your look a little! I walk down the street and any man I see wearing normal clothing i.e. clothing that fits them well and looks well put together, I automatically find them more appealing. Same goes to women, dressing like a club girl to everyday occasions is so awful. If you think that makes you more desirable…then that’s a misconception..well, kind of. Women who dress like that are desirable for a night or two of fun but not for anything that is meaningful…so hey, if that’s your goal to be a disposable sex doll then by all means keep that style going. But from research (not mine) men usually prefer women who show enough skin to intrigue them but also cover up enough to make them not look easy. For example, in the summer when it’s hot out I could wear cow-boy boots and “short” shorts (not so short that you can see my ass) because it’s comfortable and keeps me cool but up-top I wear a plain white shirt or a tank top. Which sure, to some that might mean I “slut it up” in the hot months but then again how can I avoid over heating?! I consider that okay; what I don’t find okay is when girls do then when it’s clearly too cold outside for such clothing…or wear that to school where you are supposed to be focused on your grades and future-how can you achieve anything if your main concern is looking like a floozy. I guess what tickles my pickle is when people dress a certain way because it’s considered “in fashion” or “everyone is doing it”. What are you in elementary school? Fuck, just be original, show some creativity! Think about your figure and what looks good on you. Taking inspiration from people is good, but run with it, damn it, don’t just wear what you hear rappers rap about (or what they themselves wear)! Or if you can’t fucking generate an outfit that isn’t worthy of incinerating then take inspiration from someone like Emma Watson or Emma Stone or Kate Middleton…those ladies dress really elegantly; granted Kate is more conservative but the two Emmas manage to look fabulous without dressing like trash bags…men adore both of them! Why not take good examples instead of bad ones. And men…look at guys who dress well and are still among the most desirable men, to name a few: Josphen-Gordon-Levitt, Ryan Gosling, James Franco. Take those names, Google them, and use them as inspiration if you can’t figure out what well dressed men wear.

Anyways, that’s my little rant for today haha! Main point being…just…use your own digression and if yours is malfunctioning… Google the names I told you and check out those people’s styles.

It’s  cold and windy outside. 😦

Sexy Chicken

Hey y’all!

I had a lovely day yesterday followed by a wonderful evening of self pampering! Everyone knows I love my fried chicken, I really do but…I was texting with a friend yesterday and I mentioned that I marinate my chicken in a “sexy sauce”, it’s always delicious, people love it. So I decided to make today’s post dedicated to said the “sexy sauce”.

Sexy Marinade:

Ingredients:

1 bunch parsley, finely chopped
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 bay leaf
3 tablespoons capers, finely chopped
1 bunch cilantro, finely chopped
2-3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/4 teaspoon truffle oil (optional)
1 tablespoon hot pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon sweet paprika
1 inch fresh ginger, grated
1 shallot, minced
1/4 Cup grape seed oil
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

Directions:

1. Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl, big enough to fit your chicken pieces. I suggest you run the ingredients through a blender or use an immersion blender to combine them well, which I normally do.

2. Plop your chicken pieces into the marinade and make sure you rub that sexy sauce really well into your chicken. Don’t be shy.

3. Leave the chicken in the bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate the chicken in the marinade for 2-3 hours, turning every 30 minutes or so to keep every inch of the chicken coated well.

4. Cook on grill/on a pan/in the oven. This chicken is done.

*For those of you who swear by zip-lock bags as your marinading friends just go ahead and skip the bowl, doesn’t matter where your chicken soaks up the sexy…just as long as it does*

Summer Globes

Hey y’all!

 

Now, we all know that snow globes exist. We used to play with them since we were kids, and buy them when we go on trips to remember the different places you’ve been too…etc. But how about summer globes? I am going to share with you a way to make your very own summer globes! Easy, fun, and looks awesome.

What you need:

Clear jar with flat screw-on lids.
Take apart and clean.

Choose figures/figurines and/or scenery from plastic, ceramic, glass or enameled metal items that won’t deteriorate in water.

Adhesive: Use epoxy or a polystyrene based adhesive sealant (which you can find at hardware stores) to glue figures and scenery onto dome base (lid). Use good-quality clear silicone sealant (which you can also find at hardware stores) to prevent leaks and seal the lid with the jar.

Colored/clear glitter or tiny sequins (found at craft supply stores).

Distilled water (available at grocery stores and drugstores).

Liquid soap, such as Palmolive/Softsoap.

Pure glycerin (find at drugstores).

 

To make:

1. Decide if you want the summer dome to  be viewed from all sides or will it have a background and foreground.

2. Play around with the placement of figures and scenery before setting it in place. Set them up on base, stopper or jar lid, then cover with dome, globe or jar. The glass will most likely magnify the objects; you may decide to change them or their placement.When you are satisfied, set in place with the adhesive; let dry.

4. Place about 2 to 5 mL (1/2 to 1 tsp) of glycerin and a very tiny drop of liquid soap in upturned globe; fill it half full with distilled water and shake to mix.

5. Pour 2 to 5 mL of glitter into mixture. Shake to mix. Finish filling globe with distilled water. Shake to mix. If you want to add more glitter, now is the time to do it.

6. Apply the silicone around inside edge of the jar lid. Screw onto jar. Assemble as follows: Holding globe or jar over dishpan, be careful and slow. Allow any excess water to escape over rim of glass. Don’t rush. If the figures and scenery are inserted in the mixture too forcefully or rapidly, the pressure may crack the glass.

*Don’t keep your summer dome in strong sunlight or expose it to extremes of hot or cold.

Chick Habits

Hey y’all!

H’okay dear readers! This is my list of things I am looking forward to this spring/summer, the said list will be followed by my favorite summer drink recipes:

Things I am looking forward to:

School: yes, you all know this one.

Sunshine: I am craving warm weather and nice sunny days!

My Birthday: Oh hush your face, everyone likes their own birthday. Why wouldn’t you? A day you get away with almost anything, get treated extra nice and get cake!? Yeah! I am looking forward to that.

Getting back in shape: No, this isn’t some stupid new years resolution …I just want my summer badonkadonk back.

Sweet tea with a dash of bourbon: Summer days on my patio with a tall glass of happy juice, of course that’s not going to happen too often; after all, I need to keep my brain study ready!

Picnics: I’m pretty sure people don’t do much of this anymore but I love it! Some light snacks and a pitcher of a delicious drink, my camera and some music.

Outdoor Studying: Love to study outdoors on hot weekends.

Barbecues: Succulent, flavor packed grilled meat…on a stick or a plate. A glass of a little somethin’ somethin’ and some corn on the cob. Need I say more?

Summer in general. Let my hair down, get me some of that laid on back. Take a drive out to some field to watch the stars, build a bonfire, have a get together out in my back yard. It’s a perfect kind of life.

Drinks

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Pink Bubbles: champagne and lychee juice. Mix to your own tastes.

Coconut Mojito:

12 mint leaves
1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
2 ounces coconut rum
1/2 ounce Simple Syrup
1 ounce cream of coconut from a well-shaken can
Ice
1 to 2 ounces chilled club soda

In a cocktail shaker, muddle the mint with the lime juice. Add the rum, Simple Syrup, cream of coconut and ice and shake vigorously. Strain into an ice-filled highball glass and top with the club soda.

Ultimate Sangria: 

3 pears, sliced
3 oranges, sliced
6 Granny Smith apples, sliced
24 canned lychees, drained
1 1/2 pineapples, peeled and cut into large chunks
One 750-milliliter bottle vodka
One 750-milliliter bottle Sauvignon Blanc or other dry, citrusy white wine
1/2 cup peach schnapps

In an airtight container or large bowl covered with plastic wrap, combine all of the ingredients except the ice and refrigerate for at least 24 hours. Strain the mixture into a punch bowl, discarding all of the fruit except for the lychees. Add enough ice to chill the sangria to serving temperature.

Guavacolada: 

1 1/4 oz dark rum
3 oz guava juice
1 oz coconut cream

Pour the rum, guava juice and coconut cream into a blender with one cup of crushed ice. Blend until smooth. Pour into a tall glass. Serve with funky straw.

Safe sex on the beach: 

peach nectar, grapefruit juice, pear nectar, coconut water blended with crushed ice.

Equal parts of all, throw into blender and blend until smooth.

Coco-Banana-Cabana: 

1 1/2 oz coconut milk
3/4 oz cream
2 oz pineapple juice
1 banana

Blend in a blender with a bit of crushed ice until all ingredients come together and form a smoothie-type consistency.

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The Fizz:

3 cups unsweetened apricot juice
3 cups ginger ale
1 tbsp lemon juice

Combine apricot juice, ginger ale, and lemon juice; stir well, and pour into individual glasses.

And to top it all off here are the last two most interesting non-alcoholic summer spritzers:

Green Tea Spritzer:

1/4 ounce good quality Chinese green tea leaves
1/4 cup lemon juice (from 1 lemon)
1/4 cup pomegranate syrup or pomegranate molasses, without any added sweeteners
3/4 cup ginger syrup
Mint, to garnish
Lemon slices, to garnish

Place the tea leaves in a large bowl. Heat 3 1/2 cups of water to about 170°F. (Or bring to a boil, then let cool for 5 minutes.) Pour the hot water over the green tea leaves and steep the tea for 5 minutes. Strain the tea, keeping the liquid and discarding the leaves.

Stir in the lemon juice, pomegranate syrup and ginger syrup. Add 8 cups of cold water. Stir. Let sit overnight in the refrigerator.

for the ginger syrup:

1/2 pound fresh ginger root, skin on
3 cups white sugar
2 cups water

Cut the ginger into knuckle-sized pieces. Buzz the ginger in a food processor or chopper until it is fine and stringy, like rough wood chips.

Add the sugar and water to a large saucepan and whisk to combine. Bring to a boil and lower the heat. Simmer just until the sugar has dissolved. Stir in the chopped ginger. Let the pot cool on the stove, then put it in the fridge to steep overnight.

The next day, strain the syrup through a fine mesh sieve at least twice, to remove the finer bits of ginger. Discard the ginger. Pour the syrup into a bottle or closed container and refrigerate. This syrup will keep for several weeks at least, as long as it is refrigerated.

Elderflower and Blackberry Spritzer:

1 liter soda water, chilled
1/2 cup elderberry flower syrup, chilled
Juice of 1 lime
About 1/3 cup blackberries, washed
1/4 mint leaves

Whisk the soda water and elderberry flower syrup with the lime. Stir in the blackberries and muddled mint leaves and serve immediately.

Muffins

Hey’all!

I finally clicked the check-out button on my online shopping order! Haha I usually go online and look at stuff I want to buy, add to shopping cart and realize it’s expensive, close the window and sigh. But today, I went to Victoria’s Secret online and bought myself some stuff! And this weekend I am going to treat my best friends and parents to a batch of dolce de leche cupcakes with a chocolate glaze as part of my tea service (yes, that happens in this house). In fact let me tell you how this weekend will play out:

Schedule:

Meet friend

Go to salon

Go buy tea from tea shop (undecided on which)

Shop for groceries

Bake and serve tea

Menu:

Muffins

Assortment of Fresh Fruit

Marmalade and whipped butter

Hot bread rolls/croissants

Mini sandwiches with smoked cheese smoked salmon cream cheese

So, today turned out well, this weekend will be awesome and to add to all of this schools starting soon! I am stoked for all this!

Let me share the recipe for the muffins I shall be making:

Tres Leches Coconut Muffin with Dulce de Leche Buttercream:

Ingredients:
1/4 cup shortening
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
3 eggs, separated
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup coconut milk
1 cup lightly toasted flaked coconut (Mounds or Angel Flake brand)
Dulce de Leche Buttercream:
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk (Eagle brand)
2 egg yolks
3/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
14 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
1 cup powdered sugar
Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large mixing bowl, cream the shortening, butter, and sugar until light and fluffy on medium speed; add egg yolks 1 at a time, beating until all the yellow disappears. Add the vanilla. Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt. Add alternately with the buttermilk to the creamed mixture beginning and ending with the flour.

In a small bowl, beat the egg whites on high speed until stiff peaks form. Fold into cake batter.

Fill standard paper-lined muffin cups 3/4 full. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes. Transfer cupcakes to wire rack that has been placed over a baking sheet to cool.

While cupcakes are still warm, stir together the evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, and the coconut milk. Using a meat injector needle, inject each cupcake in several different spots with about 1/2 to 3/4-ounce of the mixture. Or, poke several holes in the top of each of the cupcakes with a 1/4-inch wooden skewer. Pour the milk mixture over each cupcake while they are still warm, filling each hole. Refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight before icing.

For the Buttercream:
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. To make the dulce de leche, pour the sweetened condensed milk into a glass pie plate and cover with foil. Place in a larger roasting pan where pie plate can sit flat. Pour hot water into the roasting pan to a depth of about halfway up the pie plate. Place in oven and bake for 1 hour 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool. Stir until smooth.

Place egg yolks in a medium mixing bowl. Stir the sugar, cornstarch, and salt together in a small, heavy saucepan. Whisk in the water first, then the dulce de leche and bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil for 1 minute, whisking constantly. Remove from heat. Gradually whisk the dulce de leche mixture into the 2 egg yolks. Stir in the vanilla. Strain through a wire mesh strainer into a small bowl and set aside to cool completely.

Beat the butter on high speed in a large mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in the cooled dulce de leche mixture. Beat in the 1 cup powdered sugar until smooth and spreadable.

Frost each cupcake with a generous amount of dulce de leche buttercream. Refrigerate any remaining buttercream for another use. Sprinkle each cupcake with toasted coconut.

Sniff, sniff.

Hey y’all!

 

I am keeling over on my couch right now after a brisk 30 minute walk in quite warm weather carrying 5 textbooks for my new semester. I had a crap night and terrible sleep, so my energy is drained completely. On another hand… yay! It’s warm and beautiful out! If only I had my camera…but alas my friend borrowed it and now I am stuck with crappy photos…give me back my camera, George! hehe.

I have this odd obsession with a good smelling home. However, I hate those artificial smelling items like plug-ins, sprays, or candles. I prefer a thing called Scentsy. What I love about Scentsy is that they have a phenomenal selection of wonderful scents, most of which smell perfect and some of which smell edible! Before I go on listing out my favorite scents, I’ll explain what Scentsy is: a choice of wick-less decorative ceramic warmers made to melt scented wax cubes by using a small light bulb and a trey over it (it’s safe). The scented wax comes in packaged bars and you break off a cube of scent and place it in the warmer, which then slowly melts and diffuses the smell of your choice into the air. Flippin’ fantastic, lasts for a week per cube if you have a stronger scent and you get 8 cubes per bar.  The best part is that the wax and scents they use are super health conscious wax and fragrance- safe for pets and kids and do not contain or release harmful phthalates. The Scentsy wax bars don’t ever burn they simply melt and stay melted while kept on so you can keep the scent on throughout the day if you wish. So these are just some of the reasons why I love Scensty, and I also love how amazing their stuff smells and how much variety they have! Moving on, I have a lot of scents from them and 2 burners…I have 2 mid-sized burners which are nice around the house when you don’t have much space, but they have 3 different sizes: plug-in size, mid-size, and full-size.

My favorite scents (I have only tried several so far and have a large list of wants still hehe):

1. Luna: Smells so wonderful! Like a summer breeze!

2. My Dear Watson: Really sophisticated and dapper! It’s in the Scentsy Man section but it’s not very manly, just a very pleasantly elegant aroma.

3. Zeppelin: This is good enough to be a cologne for a really clean-cut guy, yet laid-back guy. Sage and vetiver and a little hint of citrus! Awesome.

4. Serene Green: Serene is the proper term for this one! So fresh and doesn’t have too much floral it’s more citrusy but not sour.

5. Hendrix: Earthy, patchouli with vanilla. When I smell it, I think of a bonfire and some good friends.

6. Apple Press: Smells like apples, surprise! But not fresh apples, more like hot apple cider. Smells like autumn days.

7. Ace: Smells like a hot guy, just out of the shower, haha yes, really you’ll see what I mean! It’s spicy, warm and seductive. It’s not over powering at all, it’s a lighter scent.

8. Just Breathe: This smells reaaaally crisp. Like a walk through a forest after the rain or being surrounded by eucalyptus and mayor lemons.

9. Clean Breeze: Smells like fresh, clean laundry. I usually plug this in on days I do housework, it keeps the clean-house theme well haha.

10. Tingelo: Welcome to your tropical vacation…err well kind of! This scent smells fruity and sweet but not overwhelmingly sweet. Very delightful!

 

Scents I want to try soon:

1. Posy Peach

2. Honeymoon Hideaway

3. Simply Irresistible

4.Skinny Dippin’

5. French Lavender

6. Zephyr

7.  Beach

8. Jet, Set, Go!

9. Yuzu Dragon

10. Enliven

 

Well there y’all have it! My collection of favorites and wants! I mean with the prices they have it’s very affordable stuff! The warmers and scents are budget friendly and make amazing gifts, even my guy friends love their stuff…honest to jebus! Not to mention they have a bunch of other products they call it Scentsy Layers: dryer sheets, hand sanitizer, shower gel, body butters…and lots more random things like car scent packs! 🙂

Crazy cat lady? Yep, that’s me.

Hey y’all!

Hope you all are having a wonderful week! I know the internet is all about cats right now, but I’ve been all about cats for a while now…years actually. So, I have learned quite a bit about the proper care of my feline friends. Me and my kitty, Bailey have quite a connection. I got her as a gift (kind of), my friend’s friend has a cat and that said cat had kittens and they had no idea what to do with them…now, at that point I was going through a rough patch in my life and was already looking at getting a kitten for company. So it was a perfect match! I had received photos of the kittens throughout the month that they were with their mother and Bailey was the odd ball she was tiger colored while the other kittens were grey…there was only another kitten there that was the odd ball out and he was black (my best friend took that one home). Right off the bat I told the person to not give the striped kitten away because I wanted her. So, one fine morning my best friend arranged for a ride to another town close by where the kittens were; and that’s how Bailey arrived at my place at a really early age (she was only 5 weeks old so I was basically the replacement for her mom, baby sat her until she was 2 months old) because the people who had the mother were moving and therefore had to get the cats out before-hand. That’s the story of my fluff ball! She turned out to be a Maine Coon cross with something else (no one knows) so I lucked out haha.

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Proper Care:

1. Make sure you take your feline companion to regular check-ups, routine vaccinations and if you have any concerns with him/her acting a little out of the norm. Signs to look for: heavy breathing, unusual eating patterns, not drinking/eating, sleeping more than usual over several days, aggressive when usually not (could mean the cat has injured him/her self), their meow is different than normal, walking is off. If the concern is nothing then you’re golden and if it is an actual issue that needs addressing, at lease you got to the vet and nipped the illness/problem in the butt at the earliest signs.

2. Food: Shop for your companion as you would for yourself-get good quality food. Look at the nutrition levels, ask your vet to recommend a good product. If your cat is an indoor cat then get the proper food for indoor cats and make sure to consult your vet which food is best for your cat. Never plop down large amounts of food in your cats bowl. It’s easy to over-feed your cat. Kitties get easily conditioned to a certain routine and mount of food, so make sure you don’t feed your cat more than 3 times a day and no more than a cup of dry food per day as well as a small can of wet food. Water, water, water!! Always make sure your kitty has a good supply of fresh water available at any time they need…I give my cat bottled water or boiled (and obviously cooled) water because the water we get from the tap has a lot of cleaning chemicals which is not good for you or your feline, some cats may not even drink tap water. Do not give milk to your cat, it’s not good for them-unless it’s special cat milk in the pet food store. However, that’s just general guide lines, ideally talk to your vet for the ideal feeding of your specific cat. However if your cat is over-weight NEVER starve your cat or drop the amount of food drastically…speak to a professional about the specific diet your kitty needs. Bottom line: Make sure to feed your cat the right type of food, at the right times, and the right amount. 

3. BONDING: Find time to bond with your companion, that’s a very important thing. Your kitty is your friend, simply feeding, taking your cat to the vet and grooming it won’t fulfill his/her needs they need love too. It’s simple to bond with your cat, even making a little ball out of tin foil (proven best toy on planet by Bailey) and chasing it around the house together for 10 minutes a day is good. Snuggle, cuddle, kiss, pet, goof around with your friend; they need love and affections just like people. I suggest start the cuddles, snuggles, carrying kitty in your arms, and kisses as soon as you bring him/her home to condition them to that being the norm and it helps make your cat more affectionate and tolerant of your snuggle needs.

4. Litter Box Care: Use natural kitty litter, it’s better for your cat’s health and absorbs way better than sand and plastic beads. Plus, it’s less messy and doesn’t cause excess dust to your house. I use natural pine wood kitty litter made of compressed pine…it’s environmentally friendly and safe for cats and kittens because it has no harsh/artificial fragrances, free of dangerous silica dust, and no unnatural chemical additives. Make sure you keep the kitty litter tray clean and change it often, sometimes if the litter tray is dirty the cats will tend to pee elsewhere and then you have yourself a problem.

5. Let kitty be kitty: Cat’s are assholes sometimes! I lucked out because my cat has the personality of a dog when it comes to a lot of things, but she’s still a goof sometimes! Get’s into shenanigans all the time actually haha. Your cat will probably try to climb where they shouldn’t, your best bet is to give your cat a positive outlet for their cheeky nature…such as putting doors on the cabinet where your china is and instead buying a cat tree. It’s important to understand the your cat isn’t a dog, cats don’t respond well to negative reinforcement (such as what you would normally do with dogs when they do wrong you can scold them). Instead, use positive reinforcement such as treats. Don’t over suffocate your cat with affection either, let them have their space, otherwise you can aggravate them and cause them to bite or scratch you.

6. Think: Put a lot of thought into whether or not to let your cat out. Cat’s actually may not always be able to find their way back home, contrary to popular belief cat’s can get disorientated if they are in a sketchy situation or frightened. There’s traffic, other animals, and people…who don’t like cats. Hooligans can easily hurt your cat. Parasites and diseases may only be a slight concern for indoor cats where as for outdoor cat’s its a scary reality. In general letting your cat outside can lead to serious injury, death, loss, or theft of your kitty. If you feel you want your cat to experience the out-doors I suggest a harness and leash that you can walk around your back yard with.

Home Made Cat Treats: Makes about 50 small treats. Courtesy of joythebaker.com

1 large egg

1 4-oz jar chicken and brown rice baby food (or something meaty which may include canned wet cat food)

1/4 cup parsley, coarsely chopped

2 teaspoons olive oil

2 tablespoons water

1 cup brown rice flour

1/2 cup cooked white (or brown) rice

other things you might add other treats like : 1 tablespoon of catnip or a hearty tablespoon of extra wet cat food.

Place a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together egg, baby food (or wet cat food), parsley, olive oil, and water. Add brown rice flour and cooked rice. Stir to incorporate. The mixture will be thick but spreadable.

Spread mixture onto prepared baking sheet creating a rectangle that is about 1/3 of an inch thick. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes.

Remove from the oven. Let rest until cool enough to handle, then slice soft dough into bite-sized pieces. Return pieces to the oven to bake for another 8 minutes. Remove from the oven. Allow to cool completely. Store in an airtight container in the fridge. I store my treats in the fridge just to be safe.

There’s no snooze button on a cat that wants breakfast!

DIY Decor

Hey y’all!

Summer is right around the corner and we all want a summer ready home. Changing up the interior of your home can be costly and since we can’t afford to do that kind of thing every season (at least most people can’t), what we can do is DIY projects that are simple yet elegant and add fun little touches to your home. Best part is they are darn cheap to do! Enjoy these great DIY decor ideas 🙂

Glitter Candles: For any Room You Want To Spruce Up

  • 4 different size Ikea white plain candles (I find these are the cheapest and there’s virtually no difference between the more expensive ones)
  • News Paper
  • Adhesive Spray
  • Glitter (colors of choice, mine are: mint green, powder blue, and soft yellow)
  • Scotch Tape
  • Pieces of paper

Directions:

  • Take a candles and wrap a piece of paper around the candles, exposing only the area you want glitter on. Secure with scotch tape around the perimeter of the paper.
  • Cover the surface you are working on with news paper. Stand the candles up on the news paper and spray the exposed candle with the adhesive spray.
  • Sprinkle on the glitter carefully over a piece of paper, try to get an even coat on the candle. If a lot of glitter falls off, just fold the paper up and pour the glitter back into it’s container.
  • Repeat for all 4 candles.
  • Let the glitter and glue dry completely before removing the tape and paper.

Mug Herb Garden: For the Kitchen

  • As many mugs as you want, it depends how many herbs you’d like to plant
  • Small stones
  • Seeds/ready-grown herbs
  • Soil (for seeds)

Directions:

  • Sprinkle the base of each cup with a layer of small stones to promote draining.
  • If you are using ready-grown herbs just carefully transfer them to the mugs. And if you are using seeds: fill the mugs with soil and plant some seeds in each mug. 
  • Place on the kitchen windowsill for a cute kitchen mug garden.

Bottle Vases: For Any Room

  • Empty glass bottles
  • Chalkboard Paint
  • Chalk

Directions:

  • Remove labels from the bottles: I do so by filling a sink with really hot water and placing the bottles in the water, turning them over after one side has soaked for close to half an hour.
  • Take bottles out of the water and remove the labels completely, try with dish towel and set aside upside down until completely dry.
  • Once they have thoroughly dried take them outside and spray with the chalkboard paint. I suggest minimum of 2 coats and a 3rd one may be needed. Leave to dry/set.
  • Write anything you like on your new chalkboard bottle vases!

Bottle Stoppers: For The Party Nights

  • Craft glue
  • Crystals, mini figurines, anything you’d like to place on top of the stopper
  • Cork bottle stoppers (new)

Directions:

  • Apply craft glue to the thicker, larger end of the cork and press on your choice of topper.
  • Leave to dry completely.
  • Spruce up your bar!