Getting ready for the Holidays

This holiday season has been such a whirlwind – I don’t even have the words to describe how chaotic these last few weeks have been. I’ve somehow been able to capture a few snapshots of the family time we’ve had – and here are some of my faves. This is the most wonderful time of the year – and it’s way crazier than it should be. Looking forward to relaxing a few days next week and just enjoying my little family. <3









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We found a Puppy, and named him King James [Photos & Video]

So here we are, just minding our own business and BAM. This little guy wanders into our yard. We sat out in front of our house for about an hour with him on a leash, and waited for someone to come by looking for him. We waited. We watched cars go by. We stopped passers by asking if they’d ever seen him before. And nothing. No one knew where this little guy came from and we surely weren’t going to let him roam around the streets to get hit by a car. He seemed so sweet and wonderful… happy to be sitting down and relaxing finally.

Two of our very wonderful friends, Nicole & Vince, are dog lovers who have two delicious Beagles named Charlie & Jasmine, and are fostering a cute little puppy named Daisy. With three dogs already living with them, they couldn’t take him to their house – so Nicole ran to retrieve some essentials so we could take care of him temporarily. This little boy got a bath, a name, and MAYBE just maybe a new home… We asked Alexandria what she wanted to name him and her response? “King James!”


He was great the whole time, running around, playing, hopping joyfully – but limping on his front right paw every now and then.

Around 8pm last night Javy and I took him on a little walk in the direction that he came from, north of our house. After about 20 minutes of wandering, and no one having any idea where he came from, we turned around to head home. Content with the cool weather and happy about a Miami Heat win, which was even more appropriate considering this little pup’s new name. However, a few minutes later, King James started whining, whimpering and licking his paw. He let us investigate and to our surprise we found a little bloody paw and what looked like a little gash.

Poor guy was in so much pain. I rubbed his head and he let me take a little better look at it. We got some Neosporin and was able to rub it into his paw carefully. I also had some nonstick gauze from the one time my genius 1 year old thought it would be a good idea to grab a hot light bulb… so I taped that to his paw to try to keep as much Neosporin on there as possible. He whimpered and moaned for about 15 minutes while I rubbed his head… until he fell asleep in our floor.

This is a cell phone photo I took of him last night as we were goin to sleep… him and his candy cane antibacterial ointment paw!


This morning he woke up a pretty happy puppy… and we took him to the Vet to get his paw checked out. Turns out, his cut wasn’t as bad as we thought it would be, but he still needed a few shots to bring down the swelling. When we got home, he was exhausted and seemed like he was finally feeling better.  Alexandria, however, wasn’t interested in letting him relax and these few photos are just a few of the cute moments these two have created in the last 12 hours.

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Alex has grown quite fond of him… and really tries to take care of him. When she saw his cut paw, she was sad about is “yai yah” – what we call “boo boos”. And when we took him to the Vet today, she asked him to “Make him feel better please!” When I told her that his tummy hurt, and he couldn’t eat, she insisted on feeding him one “papa” by one “papa”. Below is the adorableness that ensued.

I snapped a few shots of his little paw, because I was ASTONISHED at how much the swelling had gone down, and how much good a little neosporin can do for a cut… It’s still a little red and he licks it from time to time, but nowhere near as much as he did before. 🙂 And for that, I am grateful.


Not for anything, but this little guy is a Christmas Miracle. I’m really surprised that he WASN’T hit by a car. He wasn’t starving or anything when we found him so he definitely hasn’t been a street dog for weeks – but the way his paw looked he definitely had been roaming the streets for a couple days at least. We live in a really high traffic area, so for him to have been wandering for a few days and NOT gotten hit by a car is amazing.

As much as I really have grown to love this puppy in about 18 short hours, I’m keeping a realistic expectation about what’s going to happen with him. But if we DON’T find him rightful owners, we may or may not have a new member of the Family?


UPDATE: King James’ family saw our Lost Dog flyers… and called and picked up him. 🙁 We were so so so so so sad to see him go, but Alexandria totally understood that King James missed his Mommy and was happy to go home. 🙂

Is it Christmas yet?


Let’s check …


Here in South Florida, we got a little cold front this week. Meaning it went from being sweltering, African Savannah hot, to steamy bathroom shower. I’m SOOOOOOO over this heat and humidity! Mainly because I’m ready to not have a frizzy lion’s mane every day of my life… but also because it’s our first Christmas in our new house!

Call me ridiculous, but one of the main reasons I fell in love with my house is  because of where I envisioned my Christmas Tree. No lie. We pulled up to the house, and hadn’t even opened up the door yet, and I already knew I wanted it. This beautiful little Bay Window in the front was just SCREAMING, “Hey! Hey you, lady! I’m bored. I want a Christmas Tree to make me look sparkly and beautiful and I know you’re JUST the person to do it for me!”

I give you, exhibit A:


Don’t judge me.

But come on! TELL ME this isn’t the PERFECT place to have a pretty shiny Christmas Tree! And that a pretty wreath on the front door won’t bring out the Old Florida green tint that our house has! Not to mention – the old school concrete fence around our front “patio” would look PRETTY good with some Red Ribbon and some white lights!

And if all THAT isn’t enough to get excited about the Holidays… my baby girl is 2 now. She’s old enough to understand some of the most amazing holiday traditions around – Noche Buena, Santa Claus and his awesome reindeer, the magic that is Frosty the Snowman! I’m really excited about starting some Holiday Traditions of our own this holiday season. I cannot WAIT to do Elf on the Shelf with her. Growing up in a Divorced family always LOOKS awesome from the outside because you get MULTIPLE holidays – but it sucks. It’s always rush rush rush here, rush rush rush there – that there’s not really any time for that chill relaxed bonding by the fireplace that are all over December advertising campaigns. I could never really relate to all that. I mean, who has a fireplace in South Florida anyways?!

I digress… but I’m ready for the Holidays. I’m ready to put a creepy little elf doll in odd places of my house and trick my 2 year old into believing it’s a real elf from the North Pole. I’m ready to string up a billion Christmas Lights all over the place, and then regret it a few weeks later when I have to figure out how to take it all down in an organized fashion. I’m ready to open up all my windows, let the cold (and by cold, I mean 60 degree) air whoosh through my house and make us all wish it was July.

Is it Christmas yet?


I’m looking for some fun ideas to do with Alexandria for Elf on the Shelf this year – do you have any suggestions or cool ideas I can steal  get inspired by? What are some of your holiday traditions? Share in the comments below! 🙂