Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Meet Lucy...

Those of you who follow me on Twitter or Facbook already know that John and I have a new addition to our little family....

Meet Lucy...

Lucy wasn't supposed to be MY kitty. My friend found her at her school and of course, being the crazy cat lady I am I couldn't turn her away and took her in hoping to find her a home.

Well, how could you not fall in love with this face???

I took her to the vet on Thursday before I even took her home because of the other cats and she has a lot of parasites in her tummy, including giardia. $150, 2 antibiotics, a dewormer, and a pack of flea medicine later she is at home with us now. I've nursed her back to good health, giving her yucky medicine 2 times a day, giving her special food, and loving on her. Needless to say, I'm in love now and she already thinks I'm her momma.

I'm still not opposed to finding her a new home as long as it's a good one. She's 8-9 weeks old and a healthy girl except for the bugs she has in her tummy. She has to be in isolation for about 2 weeks so other animals don't get her bugs or worms. I've already got her medicine taken care of and she'll have to be on that for a total of 10 days. So there's the scoop on her if you or anyone that you know is need of a free kitty!

But, unfortunately I haven't had any luck finding her a home so far... So, my next question is how the heck do you get new cats aquainted to your old cats?
As soon as I brought her in the house, both cats were growling, hissing, and then hid. I've let her out of her room to play a couple of times and Pixie wants absolutely nothing to do with her. She hides under the bed and won't come out until I put Lucy up. Cotton won't hide, but he growls anytime Lucy gets close to him.

Cotton and Pixie are both lazy cats. They are perfectly happy sunbathing all day in front of the door.
They don't understand why this kitten is running around in circles and sliding all over the floor playing with a fake mouse.

So I need some advice. Cotton was still a kitten when I brought Pixie home so he wasn't territorial yet. If you've brought a kitten home to an older cat, how did you do it? I need any advice you can give me because I hate to keep her locked up any longer than I have to, but I also don't want my old cats to think I don't love them anymore ;)


Monday, May 30, 2011

Giveaway Winner!

We have a winner for the Vera Bradley giveaway!!

I had a very scientific way of picking the winner....

Congratulations Michelle
 Email me your information and I'll have the Vera Bradley bag to you soon! :) 
(or I can bring to you at the next Htown blogger meetup) 

And a HUGE thank you to everyone who entered and all of my new followers!!! 

Happy Memorial Day!

Happy Memorial Day y'all! I hope everyone has a great day filled with family, food, and fun!

While you're celebrating remember the true reason behind the holiday and think about all of the military men and women who have losts their lives for us.

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PS - the Vera Bradley giveaway ends tonight!! Make sure you enter here!


Friday, May 27, 2011

Happy {Long} Weekend!

Happy Friday y'all! It is a 3 day weekend for me and hopefully for all y'all too! Tomorrow morning John and I are headed to DFW to spend the weekend at my families lake house on Bridgeport Lake!

There will be lots of time sitting on the patio drinking my mom's famous sweet tea and eating homemade icecream....

And an equal amount of time out on the beautiful water in the boat...

But most of all I'm looking forward to spending a long weekend with my family...

What are your plans for this long weekend?

Happy Weekend y'all!!

{Don't forget to enter my giveaway! It ends on Monday!}

Book Club Friday!

I'm back for...

So, I have an interesting trilogy to talk about with y'all today but I have to start it off with an explanation so y'all know why I read these books!

Last school year I worked at an alternative school in the 5th Ward (for those of you non-Houston people it's a very low income area of Houston). I dealt mainly with the pregnant students there and we had a lot of special programs fo these pregnant and parenting students so they wouldn't drop out of school. One of the programs we did attempted was a book club. They chose me as a mentor for the program so I had a group of students I would work with through the books. The person in charge of the book club with the help of the librarian and English teacher chose the 2nd book out of the Make Lemonade Trilogy for us to read. I read the first chapter of that book and really liked it, so I decided I wanted to start from the beginning and read the whole trilogy.

So, this week I want to share the 3 books in the Make Lemonade Trilogy by Virginia Euwer Wolff.

This is what amazon says about Make Lemonade:
Viginia Euwer Wolff's groundbreaking novel, written in free verse, tells the story of fourteen-year-old LaVaughn, who is determined to go to college--she just needs the money to get there. When she answers a babysitting ad, LaVaughn meets Jolly, a seventeen-year-old single mother with two kids by different fathers. As she helps Jolly make lemonade out of the lemons her life has given her, LaVaughn learns some lessons outside the classroom.

This is what Amazon says about True Believer:
At 15, LaVaughn already knows that life is hard and that getting ahead takes a strong mind and an even stronger will. Surrounded by poverty and violence, she strives every day not to be just another inner-city statistic: "My hope is strong like an athlete. Every morning when we walk through the metal detectors to get into school ... it is an important day of dues-paying so I can go to college and be out of here." Last year when she babysat for Jolly, a young unwed mother, she saw firsthand how an unplanned pregnancy can diminish options. So she ignores the boys, studies hard, and hopes it will all be enough to get her into college. Then Jody moves back into the neighborhood. Once LaVaughn's childhood friend, Jody is now "suddenly beautiful... He could be in movies the way the parts of his face go together." If LaVaughn's choices were difficult before Jody, now they're almost impossible. What LaVaughn doesn't know is that Jody has difficult decisions of his own to make--decisions that could turn her carefully ordered world upside down.
The second novel in a proposed trilogy, True Believer picks up where the acclaimed Make Lemonade left off. Virginia Euwer Wolff's verse-prose is as sumptuous as ever, and her descriptions of LaVaughn's day-to-day life and feelings are sympathetic and achingly real. Readers will be eager to see where LaVaughn's choices take her in Wolff's next installment.

This is what Amazon says about This Full House:
Each discovery disturbs the arrangements of the known world, and it is our job to stay alert to all possibilities.
LaVaughn believes she is keeping alert to all possibilities. She has made it through the projects, she's gotten over heartbreak, she's grown up, and now she's been admitted to the Women in Science program that might finally be her ticket to COLLEGE. But the discoveries she makes during her senior year in high school--two girls pregnant, with very few options--disturb everything in her known world. And in an effort to bring together people who should love each other, she jeopardizes the one prize she has sought her whole life long.
When do you know whether you're doing the right thing? What happens when you can't find a way to make lemonade out of lemons? Virginia Euwer Wolff takes on the biggest questions--about life and love, certainly, but also about girls and women, sacrifice and compassion--and has something quite rev-elatory to say about them in this full house.

I really enjoyed these books. They are easy reads because they are meant for highschool aged kids. I thought it was a great choice for the students that were in our book club but it was also a good read for me too because I worked with the kids who were going through everything that the character in the book was going through. If you are a teacher or work in a inner-city school, these are a MUST READ! And even if you aren't, the story of this young girl going through so much really keeps you turning the pages. I have all 3 books in actual book form and not iBooks so if anyone wants to borrow them I will be more than happy to share! :)

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Summer To-Do List

Source: etsy.com via Emily on Pinterest

Sorry y'all, this is a really boring post today, but this is more for MY record and I need y'all to help keep me accountable! :) sooooo.....

It is T minus 7 days until Summer vacation!

What does that mean you are wondering?

Well, it's time to make my 'list' of things I'm hoping to accomplish this summer while I'm off work!

My main goal of the summer - NOT SPEND MONEY!

You see, I have a problem. When I get bored, I shop. I make random trips to the mall, to Hobby Lobby, anywhere just to get out of the house. When I make those random trips, I decide that I need more clothes, more house decorations, or really whatever I can get my hands on.

So, here's my list of things I'd like to accomplish this summer while NOT spending money...

1. Learn Spanish - kind of a big goal huh? Well, I got Rosetta Stone so I'd really like to tackle getting a big chunk of that learned this Summer. This is essential if I want to stay at my current job. I work in a school that is 98% Hispanic and I am sick of getting eyes rolled at me when I ask my office staff to translate.
2. Decide if I want to go back to school and study for the GRE if needed - I'm pretty sure I will be going back to school in the near future. I just have to decide what exactly it is I want to do. This summer I'd really like to do a lot of research on the different degree options and start studying for the GRE if I choose a degree where I need it.

3. Look for/interview for new jobs - Yeah, I'd really like to find a new job before July 1st. That's my cut off date for turning in my resignation to the school district since I've already signed my contract. I'd really like to get in to a doctors office or something similar, or maybe even another school district.

4. Take a photography class - Because I'll have so much free time this summer I'd really like to get out of the house to do a photography class. We have a Nikon D3000 and I have no idea how to use it. I use it like my point and shoot and although it does produce better pictures, I know I'm not using all of the functions. Yes, this costs money, but it's a good investment and it gets me out of the house without going shopping.

5. Exercise - uhhh yeah. I need to not sit on my booty all day on the couch. I need to get out on my bicycle, go to the park and walk, or even do the Wii Active.

6. Spend time at the pool - This is where I spent most of the summer last year and it was Heaven. I plan on still spending a lot of time there this year and getting a pretty nice tan ;) This year I really do need to start wearing sunscreen though.

7. Read - I've been really slacking in the reading department lately so I'm hoping to get caught up on my reading list this summer.

8. Netflix - I'm really hoping to catch up on my instant queue. I spent money on my netflix account every month and don't use it as much as I should. Hopefully this summer I can get my monies worth!

9. Spend a week in Ft. Worth with my family

Source: etsy.com via Savanah on Pinterest

So, there ya go.

I'm hoping these things will keep me busy enough this summer where I can stay away from the malls and my favorite stores.

What are your plans this summer? Do you have any ideas of things I can do to keep me away from the malls?

{Oh yeah - Have y'all entered my giveaway yet? Go do it, now! :)}

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Pinterest-ing Wednesday!

It's time again for.....


Today I'm going for the cuteness factor and sharing pictures off my cute animals board! I am a sucker for any animal really, but cute babies? Yes please! I seriously want to go adopt every single one of these animals right now, yes, even the giraffe ;) Enjoy!!

Happy Wednesday and don't y'all all go running to the SPCA at once ;)

 And don't forget to enter my giveaway!!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Savanah's Favorites - Hair Edition

I by no means consider myself a hair guru. 
In fact I really can't fix my hair to save my life. 
My mom blow dried my hair up until the day I graduated from high school. She swears I'm the reason she has carpal tunnel in her right wrist! ha.

I do however have a few things that I swear by and thought y'all should know about them too! 

First things first, my most recent find - 

The Babyliss Pro Nano Titanium

This is probably the best purchase I have made in a long time. It's 10 x better than my CHI I had that broke.

I have very curly hair -

So a good straightener is key for me. 

I even took some before and after pictures to show y'all just how good it works on my curly hair :)

#1 - My hair blow dried with a large round brush
#2 - My hair after flat ironing straight with the Babyliss
#3 - My hair after flat ironing straight and slightly curling the ends under with the Babyliss

It works wonders I tell you!

Next up -

It's a 10 Miracle Leave In Product

Source: folica.com via Stacey on Pinterest

This stuff worked wonders for my damaged hair. 
I would literally burn my hair off when I used the highest heat setting on the straightener. This stuff helps protect my hair and it keeps the static down too. 
I feel like my hair doesn't fall out as bad when I brush or comb through it and it just feels softer.
It's pretty expensive for a small bottle but a little bit goes a long way.

And last  -

Remington D-2012 TStudio Tourmaline and Cermaic Hair Dryer

When you have curly hair, a good blow dryer is almost as important as having a good straightener.
I really have a hard time finding a blow dryer that gets hot enough to get my thick course hair dry and not taking an hour. 
This one gets my hair dry FAST!
When I found this one about 2 years ago, I knew I found the IT blow dryer and I would never use another kind. 
The best part is there is no hefty price tag to go along with it. It's usually under $40 and you can even get it at places like Target or Wal-Mart. 
I really hope they continue to make it because having to go through the drama of find a new blow dryer again will kill me.

So tell me ladies, what are some of your signature hair products? 
Is there anything you swear by? 

{Don't forget to enter my giveaway here}

Monday, May 23, 2011

Miscellany Monday

I've been sitting here with my new post page open for about an hour and my cursor is still flashing at me with a complete blank page. My weekend was relaxing, but boring, and no one wants to hear about how I sat on the couch most of the day Saturday and Sunday cuddling my kitties. Well, I have to share one picture of that...

Too cute not to share huh? This is how I woke up Saturday morning. :)

Anyway, now because I have so many thoughts going through my head, but not enough to complete a whole post about, I'm going to link up for Miscellany Monday....

Miscellany Monday @ lowercase letters

1. I have a new love for Chuy's. Tuesday I met some friends there for dinner and had this wonderful frozen sangria. John and I might have went back Friday night just so I could have another one...

2. John is ready for Jamaica, can you tell? I got him a 6 pack of Red Stripe at the grocery store and he's lovin' them!

3. I finally got my first snow cone of the season on Saturday! Wedding Cake snow cone with condensed milk - hey don't hate until you try it. Seriously best snow cone ever! 

4. We have a little empanada place by our house and I love it. They pretty much have any flavor you could think of, even desserts and they make them fresh right there. If you are in Houston, you should try it! 

5. I'm participating in Aly's Summer Blog Swap and I picked up my partners gifts over the weekend at Target. I got some really cute summer stuff and I really wanted everything I got her for myself too! 
{I don't want to ruin the surprise so I'll share what I got once she receives it!}

6. Please come enter to win my giveaway!! I'm giving away a Vera Bradley Cosmetic Bag! Check out the details here.

Go link up with Carissa to play along for Miscellany Monday!

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