Puppy Love

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My husband and I both love our dog Primrose. We don’t have children, so when we come home from work we can focus 100% of our attention onto her. Lately she’s been a little down. She really loves socializing, but the temperatures have been way too cold for a dog with little body fat and fur to go to the dog park. We’ve been talking about getting another dog for a while, but the finances and logistics have always been an issue. This past weekend though, we took the plunge!

One of my husband’s dream dogs is a Welsh Pembroke Corgi. I did extensive research on the breed, and breeders. I finally found a breeder registered with the AKC that was only 2 hours away from where we live, and he had a new litter of puppies!

WE packed up our stuff and drove straight there. We got there Saturday around 1:00 and by 1:05 we fell in love with a chubby little boy who we named Oakenshield (Oaken for short ) He’s still too little to bring home just yet, but on February 15th we will be bringing out newest bundle of joy to meet his expectant big sister! We’re all pretty excited. If any of you have experiences bringing a new puppy home, or introducing a new puppy to your dog, please feel free to share them! We’re going to need all the help we can get with our growing family!

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Happy Birthday Primrose!

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Yesterday, January 15, was our dog Prim’s 2nd birthday!

 

We don’t know exactly the day she was born because we adopted her, but we decided since the timing worked out almost perfectly we could celebrate her birthday on the anniversary of our engagement. 

 

When we got home from work, we brought Prim to petco to pick out some presents. We found a cute birthday bone cake, an edible chew bone, and we had to get her some hotspot spray for some itchy spots on her legs. 

 

She loved everything! She even sat still long enough for us to sing happy birthday with the cake on the floor in front of her. 

 

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Nail Art.

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My most expensive, and time consuming hobby has to be painting my nails. Here are some of my favorite manicures of 2013. Plenty more to come

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About me.

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My name is Jaymes and I am a West Liberty University alumnae. I studied Music Education, and have my Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts. 

I am a preschool teacher, teaching children ages 3-4, and prepping them for kindergarten. When you love what you do, you just know. 

I recently got married to the love of my life on October 27, 2012. I moved five hours away from my home and all of my friends to start a new life with my husband and I’ve never looked back. 

I adopted a German Pinscher puppy last year named Primrose, and she is the second best thing that’s ever happened to me. She will be turning 2 this January.to say she’s spoiled is a gross understatement. 

I am a Chi Omega sorority girl and always will be. 

This blog will be an assortment of weight loss/diet, Pinterest/DIY, nail art, and crazy antics of my preschoolers and dog, all thrown together with my charm and wit. If that sounds like something you’d enjoy stick around. If not, we can’t be friends. 

Follow me on Pinterest! http://www.pinterest.com/jaymielayne/

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One Pot Wonder!

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So since I have absolutely no willpower part of my healthy eating initiative is getting rid of all of the foods that are off limits on our diet. Since I seem to stock pile dry goods like it’s the end of the world, and I can’t seem to just throw the stuff out, this month will be dedicated to using up all of those evil foods. 

I am a preschool teacher, and when I get home from work I am pooped, literally and figuratively! Having meals that take little time and prep work are very important to me, and pinterest is an awesome place to find meals that are just that. I’ve been intrigued by a post I’ve seen popping up every now and then called The Italian Wonderpot. It boasts a one pot meal where all of your ingredients cook at the same time. No need to precook your noodles and sauce separately. I just so happen to own all of the ingredients so I decided to try it out tonight. 

I made a few substitutions to the recipe though.I don’t have vegetable stock, so I used chicken.  I opted for fresh tomatoes, so I added a bit of tomato juice to the chicken stock to still give it the flavor and color it was lacking from not using the whole can of tomatoes. 

The whole recipe was very easy to put together and was ready very quickly. It took little supervision as well. I may have added a tad too much chicken stock, and had to strain it a little but overall it was perfect! I added some feta cheese to the top once I dished it out and it was fantastic. I would highly recommend this recipe if you love good food without the work. 

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Link to original recipe:http://www.apronstringsblog.com/one-pot-wonder-tomato-basil-pasta-recipe/

Changes.

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This was me a year and a half ago. October 27, 2012 was the happiest day of my life so far. My husband and I worked very hard to make that day so special. We started saving money, we chose to do a lot of things ourselves rather than pay to have them done, and we dieted. 

My husband and I sat down a year before our wedding and had a serious talk. We were fat. 

I don’t like using that word because it’s been used to generate such hate, but for me it’s the only word that makes me realize the weight of my situation. 

We talked about the different diets we could do, weighed their benefits, and chose a low carb diet called keto. My body has a hard time processing gluten, so a high protein/fat diet seemed like the best option for us. We started our diet, and we loved it. My husband and I both have very obsessive personalities, so something like this worked very well for both of us. 

We started our diet in February, and got married in October. We remained diligent for those nine months, and I lost 50lbs! My husband lost almost 70lbs! We were ecstatic. I had to swap my wedding dress for one a size smaller, and my husband had to get a brand new suit. These were small prices we were willing to pay in order to look and feel fantastic on our special day. 

The day came and went, and so did our motivation for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. I could see the pounds slowly creep back, but I told myself “What’s a few pounds?” Slowly but surely those few pounds turned into the 50 I had lost, and they brought along some friends too. I thought to myself “You’re supposed to get married and fat right?” I was indifferent about my weight gain until one day in my preschool class, I heard one of the kids say “Ms. Jaymie’s fat.”

And there was that word again. Out of the mouths of babes right? And so we’re back at it again, except this time we’re in it for the long haul.