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Friday Free-For-All: Adopt-a-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week 2011

23 Sep

It’s Adopt-a-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week 2011, and behind that somewhat lengthy name is a really great cause that’s near and dear to my heart: finding homes for all the deserving cats and dogs who need them.

You’d like to think that every cat or dog awaiting adoption had an equal shot at finding its way to a “forever home,” but sadly, that’s nowhere close to reality. Black pets, senior pets, blind or deaf pets, banned or restricted breeds, FIV+ cats … the list goes on. All of these pets are less likely to be adopted and more likely to have an extended stay in the shelter or rescue. Petfinder.com created this week to generate awareness of this challenge and put the spotlight on these underdogs (and under-cats!) awaiting adoption.

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Friday Free-For-All: Catalogs and Caterpillars

12 Aug

It’s been a busy week around the office and the house, so I haven’t done much nesting worth posting about this week. One bit of excitement this week happened though: the delivery of the 2012 IKEA catalog.
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Pinterest Review

13 May

I’ve just discovered a new addictive time-suck inspiring creative tool, called Pinterest. If you spend a lot of time on the web, you may have already heard of it. (I know it’s been sweeping the blogs and message boards I frequent faster than you can say “viral.”)

But if you haven’t heard of it–or you’re just waiting to hear what all the fuss is really about–I’ll give you a quick review of my initial impressions.

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Look: Web Round-Up for Oct. 25

25 Oct

Wow, it’s been a whirlwind couple of weeks, and I haven’t gotten to spend nearly as much time blog-surfing and tweeting as normal, so I don’t have very many links for you this week. But what I lack in volume, hopefully, I make up for in variety in this edition of the web round-up.

  • First, Southern Living takes a “budget vacation” to Orlando. Although I love the theme parks and other famous attractions Central Florida has to offer, I personally enjoy showing visitors the lesser known side of my hometown, and Southern Living’s two-day itinerary covers a nice little cross-section of the area’s hidden gems.
  • Next, Sweet Iced Tea–a blog I could love for their name alone–has an entire post dedicated to bacon, the world’s most perfect food. Lots of interesting bacon trivia and cooking tips for bacon-vores.
  • Pet shopping blog Phetched is always full of fun, drool-worthy goodies, but I was especially smitten by their recent post about Crypton’s new line of William Wegman-designed dog beds. Alas, they’re quite out of my price-range for the time-being, but really lovely, don’t you think?
  • Finally, in honor of Pit Bull Awareness Day, which was Saturday, I’m posting an oldie but goodie: the Find the Pitbull Quiz. One of the problems with breed bans is that people have a hard time identifying “pit bulls” from other breeds or breed mixes. Trust me; it’s harder than it looks. I consider myself quite a dog fancier and it took me about five tries to get it right. Go take the quiz and let me know: how many tries did you take?

Look: Web Round-Up for Oct. 11

11 Oct

This edition of Web round-up has gone to the dogs; we’re featuring a few fun dog-related links:

  • Just in time for Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, the ASPCA has put together a great article with the top 10 reasons to adopt an older dog. Adopting an adult dog (or cat) is often a great choice for many families, but sadly, they don’t get as much attention as their puppy and kitten counterparts. Take a look at the article and, next time you adopt, consider giving an older dog a chance.
  • For pure cuteness, these photos of big dogs with a tiny newborn baby will make your day. The dogs’ devotion to their new sibling is evident, and it’s wonderful how their family has captured the moment.
  • Speaking of cute, the lightly cartoonish illustrations on DoggieDrawings.net are also always good for a smile. You can sign up for an RSS feed of the artist’s latest drawings or you can pick up a calendar or other merchandise on the site. Especially neat are these dog behavior posters that convey important information about canine body language that everyone should know.
  • And, finally, again in honor of Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, I’d love to share the link to Petfinder. If you’ve ever adopted a pet from a shelter or rescue, there’s a good chance you’ve used this site before, but if you haven’t, I encourage you to get familiar with this excellent resource. While the best matches are made one-on-one with your shelter or rescue group of choice, Petfinder is a wonderful starting point to see the amazing variety of great pets that are available for adoption and to learn about rescues and shelters in your area that you might not otherwise have been aware of.

Look: Web Round-Up for Sept. 27

27 Sep

Eames rocker, as spotted on Apartment Therapy

Wow, two weeks has gone by fast, and it’s time again for another of our bi-monthly Web round-ups. Here are some links worth a click that I’ve spotted in the past couple weeks.

  • For pure eye-candy, it doesn’t get much better than this ode to the Eames rocker over on Style Carrot. With 19 shots of the classic, modern fiberglass rocking chair in all types of settings, this spread made me very excited about choosing this rocker for our own baby’s nursery.
  • I think every expectant parent worries about becoming that parent. You know what I’m talking about! The blog, STFU Parents, has a funny and sometimes cringe-worthy catalog of crazy dispatches from parents on Facebook and other sites. Great reality check and good for a laugh too.
  • John and Sherry over at Young House Love had a great article last week about saving money when getting ready for a new baby. Although their blog covers a wide variety of decorating and home-life topics, I have to admit I’ve especially enjoyed following their progress this years decorating their nursery and playroom, and their cloth diapering tutorial is the best article I’ve found on that subject. Definitely worth a click.
  • Finally, I almost squealed with delight at this collection of fabulous purple rooms and fashions over on Project Nursery. Purple is definitely not part of our soon-to-be nursery’s color palette, but it’s one of my personal faves when it comes to colors, so this collection of images was delicious and inspiring.

Look: Web Round-Up for Sept. 13

13 Sep

I hope to make the Web round-up a regular feature on the blog. Whether it ends up being weekly or once or twice a month remains to be seen, but I see so many interesting things around the Web that I’d love a place to share them all with you.

  • Pet Connection features a great review of one of my favorite pet products, the Drinkwell Fountain. You can read my comment over there on the blog, but suffice it to say, it’s made a huge different in the life of my cat, Lucky.
  • Babble’s Being Pregnant blog features a cute ode to one of pregnancy’s most delightful benefits.
  • Do you watch AMC’s Mad Men? If not, you should; get thee to Netflix ASAP! If you do, here are some fun places to read other viewers thoughts and opinions on the show: Slate’s TV Club, Tom & Lorenzo (for a run-down of both the episode and each episode’s fashion choices–yay!) and New York Magazine’s Vulture blog.
  • And, finally, a tip for all my Central Florida friends; don’t miss Orlando Magical Dining Month, which is currently running now through the end of September. It’s a fabulous opportunity to try some of the areas finest restaurants with a very reasonable $30 prix fix tasting menu. We have enjoyed this program the past couple of years, and although we haven’t made it out anywhere yet, we intend to get tasting this week.
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