DIY Cats Stuff

Hello!  I hope everyone is doing well!  I am totally ready for cooler weather, I’m getting tired of summer.

So this week is all about cats.  Now, I have two cats, Target and Amelia.  Both are rescues and both are crazy.  Like, their favorite toy is a straw from Chick-fil-a.  They have tons of other toys, yet they want to play with a straw…I will never understand.  But, here are some ideas you can do for your cats!  Some are buildings and some are toys.  So enjoy!

Also, here’s a picture of my pains before you continue reading.

Target is the black and white and Amelia is the calico.  Goofy pictures to show their true personalities.  Enjoy the post!

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Cardboard Cat Rocket from Make

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Felt Sushi Cat Toys from Lia Friffith

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Simple Cat Hammock from Instructables

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Ombre Scratching Post from Cuteness

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DIY Peek-a-boo Cat Toy Box from Meeoow

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DIY Cactus Scratching Post from Kaylee Eylander

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DIY Cat Box Cabinet from Evan and Katelyn

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Feather Cat Toys from Martha Stewart

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Cardboard Cat Condo from Bicultural Familia

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DIY Felt Mouse Toys from Lia Griffith

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Meowy Christmas!

IT’S ALMOST CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!  WHO’S EXCITED!!!!!!!!!

Not me…definitely not me…

Before we actually get to Christmas I wanted to show off some pictures of my Christmas kitties!  These first two I took myself.  And it will be quite obvious haha.

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I love their “backdrop”. I added so many pink Christmas items that I had and they looked so cute with it.  Amelia (the calico) looks absolutely thrilled since I had to change the lighting like 5 times before I got that picture.  I think she was losing patience.  And Target (the tuxedo) was trying to get to the treats that I had in my hand.  She usually does things for treats (main word usually), so obviously she wanted them as I was shaking the bag to get her attention.

And I also took them to work to get pictures done as well.  If you don’t know, I work at a pet hotel in the local area where we can take our pets to work.  How cool is that?  We also get a small discount on all of our picture events which means I most definitely paid for their Christmas pictures.

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They both look scared out of their mind!  I don’t take them to work that often, so that’s number 1.  Number 2, they normally just stay in their room no in the lobby where the pictures were taken.  And number 3, they just don’t like their pictures taken.  But I Love Them!  The pictures…my love for the cats is questionable sometimes.

I’m kidding I love my cats.

So that’s it!  I hope you enjoyed looking at my cats and laughing at their dismay in their photos.  I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and we will see you next week!

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What I Learned about Myself in a Month

Hello!  Today, I am proud to say that I have been living by myself for a whole month!  Hooray!  I haven’t died yet, or maybe I did and my ghost is writing this.

But during this month I came to realize some things about myself.  Things that I had assumed but didn’t fully come to know until now.

1. I actually don’t mind cooking.

I know!  I have always said that I don’t like to cook.  But, I think that I didn’t like to cook because I was afraid of people judging how I was cooking.  And so if I did something wrong or burned something, I would be humiliated.  But now that I live alone, no one can judge me!  So I actually don’t mind cooking for myself.

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2. My bed is my favorite place to sit.

In all actuality, I am sitting on my bed typing out this blog.  Funny right?  I think I enjoy it so much because I am still not used to living by myself and don’t have to keep to my room.  I could go sit on the couch, but I have found myself happier sitting in my bedroom and watching YouTube on my laptop rather than on the TV.  I’m sure that I will move more toward the couch as I live here longer, but for now my bed is my favorite.

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3. I can expand on my love of glitter because the apartment is all mine!

I have never been able to decorate the whole house since I have always moved in with people.  So now that I had the chance to decorate with my stuff, I have gone a little glitter crazy!  My blingy pictures are hung up and there is tons of pink sparkly items.  Huzzah!

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4. I blame all random noises on my cats.

Yep…I mean…I think everyone does this at least once.  But I hear something fall over or something that I can’t see be moved…it’s definitely Target or Amelia, not the ghost.  Am I the only one who does this?

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5. I have used all of my possible weapons as decoration.

Okay so maybe I like decorating a little too much, but I realized I have nothing to protect myself in an easy spot.  My frying pans are all hidden away in cupboards and my knitting needles are hid away in the corner.  My trusty heavy candlesticks…covered with mason jars and flowers.  Yep…maybe I need to redecorate.

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6.  I absolutely love being by myself.

I was very skeptical about living alone, but I have realized that it is perfect for me.  I don’t have to worry about being considerate to anyone else in the house and I could walk around naked if I wanted.

No…I don’t do that.  Never have, never will.

But in all seriousness, I love being by myself.  It is scary at night sometimes knowing that I will be alone and my cats probably won’t protect me.  But I still like it.

If you enjoyed this post and LOVE the pictures, click on them and they will take you to past blog posts.  And I am curious.  Did anyone have these same kinds of experiences when they first lived by themselves?  Let me know in the comments!

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Back to School?

Hello everyone!  I hope you had a wonderful week and are ready for the weekend.  Does anyone have plans?

But is anyone starting to get ready for school?  No…well maybe I can help you!

*This blog post contains an affiliation*

Who doesn’t like shopping at Target?  Does anyone have those times where you walk in for one thing and leave without that item?  No…that’s only me…drat.

Either way Target is here to help with your school supply needs!  If you order from Target’s website and order $50 worth of school supplies, you will get $5 off if you pick in store pick up!  That way you don’t have to spend hours walking around the store and can stay in your pajamas while getting your school supplies.  If you want to take advantage of this deal, click on the picture below.

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Now, how about clothes?  Sometimes kids grow more than you expected over the summer.  Well, Target can still help you!  If you spend $25 on kids clothing, you will receive a $5 Target gift card.  But, if you spend $40 on kids clothing, you will get a $10 Target gift card!  Kids shoes are also BOGO 50% off!  Take advantage of these deals by clicking on the pictures below.

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And finally, after shopping for your kids, you always need to shop for yourself!  All of the women’s Mossimo Supply Co. clothing is BOGO 50% off!  So buy for your kids, then buy for yourself!  Take advantage of this deal by clicking on the picture below.

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So I hope that this helps.  Not only do you get to buy everything for your kids, but you can get some things for yourself as well.  And now you know where the better deals are!  Thanks for stopping by!

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99 Cent Store St. Patrick’s Day

Hello everyone!  I hope you all enjoyed our Facebook Live last Friday!  If you missed it, you can check it out on Hometalk’s Facebook!

Also, I know what you are thinking.  ‘Lauren, you did a 99 Cent Store Valentine’s Day, why are you now doing St. Patrick’s Day?’  Well, first of all, it’s the 99 Cent Store, what can go wrong?  And second of all, everything is only 99 cents, so you can buy tons of stuff!

So, of course with Valentine’s over, the next special holiday is St. Patrick’s Day!  Or, Easter if you don’t really care about St. Patrick’s Day.  But, this holiday is perfect for Decorating with the Pantone Color of the Year: Green!

Naturally, I bought two garlands that were green with shamrocks.  They look really cute all wound around the ends of the bookshelf.  And of course, the cats were soooooooo helpful while I was trying to decorate.

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Next is this cute shamrock cut out sign.  I got two of the in the pack, but I only ended up hanging one.  I love how the middle is gold and the rest is green and sparkly!

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Then I got a green garland shamrock hanging….thing.  I don’t really know what to call it, but it looks really cute under our message board.  Yes, we did have something else there for Valentine’s Day, but why not switch it out for a different holiday.

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Next, we of course have coins!  I got green and gold plastic coins and scattered them around the table.  Honestly, the cats will probably enjoy them after the holiday.

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And finally, the part that the cats hated the most.  I, of course, saw these little plastic hats and had to buy them.  For the cats and for no other reason.

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And of course they hated me while I was attempting to take pictures.  Target looks absolutely adorable, but Amelia not so much.  She didn’t like how it looked on her I guess.

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