Helping a Cause

Hello everyone!  Did everyone have a good weekend?

This week I want to talk about an awesome cause that my whole family takes a part in and cares deeply about.  It is an organization that we have helped to build from the ground up, which makes it even more meaningful to us.  This would be the nonprofit animal shelter Valley Animal Haven.

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We have known the owner since for about 12 years, so when she told us that she was starting her own animal shelter, we were completely on board to help.  We helped with fundraisers to raise money for supplies, we volunteer countless hours, and help with different adoption events.

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In other words, we are there a lot.

We were there on the day that we opened the doors at the first official shelter location.  My whole family became board members to help out even more.  My sister did a 4-H fundraiser to help get another kennel for the dogs.  My dad has built all of our indoor cat areas by hand.  My family has rescued multiple dogs to take to the shelter and have adopted 3 (Rozy, Munchy, and Maggie), from the shelter.

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And the shelter continues to grow.

The shelter was started in 2014 and had barely any adoptions.  And so far this year, we have almost hit 600 adoptions!  This includes dogs, cats, rabbits, turtles, and guinea pigs.  Honestly, we don’t really know how we acquired and adopted out the rabbits, turtles, and guinea pigs, but we will take it!

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We have also had many fundraisers that have helped out the shelter with some finances.  There have been garage sales, dog washes, costume contests, dog walks, and many more.  Any little bit helps them out.

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But the most important thing is if you want to help out.  You can donate money or supplies to the shelter, but we are always looking for volunteers.  Every little thing helps.  Even if you can only come for an hour and help feed the puppies, we will take the help.  And there are so many dogs and cats that are looking for homes.  If you want to check out Valley Animal Haven’s website, you can look at it by clicking on the picture below.

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But you don’t have to just help at animal shelters!  There are plenty of local nonprofit organizations in your area that are looking for help.  Nonprofits require a lot more work than you expect, so any help that they can get would be greatly appreciated.  You can look in your local newspaper or use the handy dandy Google to see what is in your area.  There may be something in your area that you absolutely care about that you can help with! Give them a call and find out how your can help!

Thank you so much for checking out Valley Animal Haven and this blog post!  We helped with fundraisers to raise money for supplies, we volunteer countless hours, and help with different adoption events. There are many tools out there to help plan different nonprofit fundraising events. So if you have a cause you like to support check out how you can create your own nonprofit fundraiser.  Have a wonderful week!

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My Dog’s Purrrrpose (I Know That’s a Cat, Get Over It)

Hello everyone!  I hope you have all had a great week so far and I hope you are ready for the weekend.

One of the things I always look forward to on the weekends (or maybe a Tuesday and Wednesday depending on my schedule) is seeing all of the dogs at my parents house!  I love all of them, some more than others, but I love them nonetheless.

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But dogs are actually really good for our general health.  They help your heart, mind, and body.  Apparently they don’t help the soul like we thought…  Anyway they are very helpful when you need them.

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Take our Rozy Blu for example.  She is very very very very very sensitive.  If she sees that you are upset, she will come and comfort you.  She is a cuddle bug and always knows how to make you feel better.

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I believe sometimes, dogs are better than best friends.  They won’t judge you when you are ugly crying.  They listen to all of your problems without interrupting you to tell you their problems.  They (usually) will let you cuddle them and use them as a squishy stress ball.  How many best friends will let you do that?

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But dogs are great for your health as well.  Dogs can help lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases!  They can also boost your immune system and help you get the recommended amount of weekly exercise.  Trust me, taking all 5 of our dogs out for a daily walk is a challenge in itself.

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Did you know that dogs can be trained to help with more health issues than you think?  Dogs can be trained to identify when someone is having a seizure, help to aid in occupational or speech therapy, and even detect different forms of cancer.  They are smart and they can definitely be more helpful than you think!

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So as I close this up, I love all of the furry pooches.  Ezzy, Scamp, Rozy, Munchy, and the newest edition Maggie.  They can be annoying at times, but for the most part they are the awesome!

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And to end this, post a picture of your fur babies in the comments below so we can celebrate them altogether!  Also here are my parents cats and my cats just so they don’t feel left out.

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Are you ready for Christmas?

Hey everyone! Did you know that Christmas is coming?! Big shock, right? Actually, we still have some time, but there are less that 100 days to get ready. Lauren and I were inspired by Paperless Post (check out some of their fun Christmas cards) to share some of our favorite Christmas memories.  Paperless Post is a design-focused site that provides online and printed invitations, cards, and stationery. Christmas cards are a big part of the holiday season. I know I always look forward to getting cards from friends and relatives all over the country. It’s the one time of year we get to catch up on all that has happened in the past year. Paperless Post asked if we could share some of our favorite Christmas memories.

Many, many years ago, when I was just 5 years old, Santa came directly to my house and visited my sister and I. We were in awe! We sat on his lap and told him everything we wanted . I even got to hold and ring his Christmas bells! I remember going to bed right after he left and listening so hard for the bells and reindeer hooves on my rooftop.

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Even my parents had to peek at Santa! These were published in our local newspaper back in 1973.

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Here is the perfect card to remember this event! Remember, you can order paper copies or send these online. Click on the picture to go see this card.

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Another great tradition is the annual family picture. Of course, our picture always has to include our doggies, and sometimes even the cats, if they cooperate.

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A photo card would be a great way to showcase your family picture.

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Hey everyone!  Lauren here!  When I think of Christmas, there are a few things I think of.  One of my favorite memories was when I was 5 years old (I know, long ago!).  I was a huge fan of horses and I wanted my own horse.  Well, I got a horse!

Not a real one, but a bouncy horse to ride in the house.  Haley and I had no idea we were getting a horse, but we screamed and couldn’t contain our joy when we saw this bouncy horse in the living room.

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Even though this card doesn’t have horses, it has reindeer, and that’s close enough right?

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Another tradition my mom’s side of the family has is one person is picked as Santa to pass out of the gifts.  It is normally one of us grandkids, and we always have fun with it.  And, the gifts are passed out from youngest to oldest.  I have no idea where that tradition came from, but it’s a great tradition!

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Well, we hope that you enjoyed this post!  Please check out Paperless Post because they have some beautiful cards!  Remember, these cards can be sent online or by snail mail!

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A Day at the Lake

Hi everyone! My post is a little different this time. No DIY! Just a few pictures from our day at a nearby lake! I finally got to go somewhere and just relax!

I took this picture on the way to the lake. Ezzy looks so excited, but Zoe, not so much!! This just makes me laugh every time. We haven’t taken Zoe anywhere yet, so this was her first major trip and she did so good!

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Here are the nice brown foothills surrounding the lake. We are going through drought here in Ca., so while the lake is pretty full, the hills are very dry. This is just in the foothills, not too far up.

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Lake Kaweah is actually a reservoir and is used to control flood waters when there is a lot of snow and is also used for irrigation for the surrounding farmland. It is usually full during May and June when the snow melts, but since we did have a little extra rain this year, it is still pretty full even in July.

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We arrived around 11:00 and it was pretty quiet. Just a few other people and some boats and jet skis out on the water. By 2:00, it was pretty busy and we called it a day. Having all the dogs there and lots of people can get a little stressful. But the dogs really did quite well.

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It was so nice to get out for awhile, even if it was just a few hours. We played a little frisbee in the water and I got to spend my time reading a book I have trying to get to all summer! We are hoping to get to another lake a little higher up in a couple of weeks and then hopefully to the beach before school starts. We all need a few of these breaks!

I will see you again on Wednesday! Hope you have a great week!

Sunshine and Blessings

Finds and Fashions-Beige Edition

I’m back today with another Finds and Fashions! I decided to post another one like last week, but this time I used beige or tan as my base color. Beige does not have to be boring!!

My first beige piece is the cropped pants. I love these pants! They are just the right color of beige, they go with a lot of different tops and they are comfortable! I added a white sleeveless top with silver jewels at the neckline and then a coral and beige jacket over the top. The beige purse also has silver jewels. I finished it off with white sparkly sandals and silver hoop earrings.

*About the pup…she chooses to sit there! Every time I put an outfit down on the floor, she would come over and sit right next to it. Maybe she will be the next Top Model!!!*

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I love this jacket!! Take a look at the close-up! There are dogs on it!! I found this at Goodwill last year and of course, I couldn’t pass it up! It’s probably more fitting for fall, but I did just wear this outfit last week since it was still a little chilly. I layered it over a cream tank top and teal pants, though they look more blue in the picture. I added a multi-colored scarf, turquoise and beige sandals, a turquoise bracelet and silver earrings. Just the dogs on the jacket are included this time. 🙂

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I bought this kimono style floral jacket from GroopDeals.com ( I am not affiliated with Groopdeals, just enjoy shopping with them.). As soon as I saw it, I loved it! I paired it with a bright royal blue tank and white jeans.  A pearl bracelet, white earrings and blue sandals finish it off. I wore this for our school’s open-house a couple of weeks ago and it was very comfortable.

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If you would like to see a couple of other fashion posts, just click on the pictures below.

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Thanks for coming by! See you next time!!

Sunshine and Blessings