First comes love, then comes marriage…

Then comes a foster dog! Introducing Fozie!


Fozie is a 10 month old boxer/border collie mix. He was born to Snookie, a TINY fawn boxer (hence, her name), and left at the shelter as a tiny baby. He has been at the Hobo Care Boxer Rescue ever since. They only get walked once a week, for about an hour, and that’s IF volunteers show up to walk them. So needless to say, he has a lot of energy. The first time Fozie and I met, he was planning to come live with us, when an adorable family with small children wanted him first. However, they had a hard time dealing with the fact that he had no training at all, and backed out of the adoption. Poor Fozie.

Luckily, he has gotten to know a whole new world since coming to our house! He ran for the first time off a leash, had his first bath,


chewed on his first bone,


got his first belly rub,


first tennis ball,


took his first nap on the couch (I think this is the first time he has EVER been in a house….inside is still very foreign to him),

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and his first night sleeping in a dog bed for half the night, and in our bed the second half. Thank God for king sized beds!

Here is what this sweet boy loves right now:

  • Sitting on command!
  • Curling up into a tight ball OR stretching out. He is so long!
  • Sitting on Olive
  • Giving kisses
  • Snuggling with me 🙂
  • Watching Aaron. I think he is a bit shy with men so far.
  • Getting treats, especially bacon.

Here are his LEAST favorite things:

  • The sliding glass door
  • The kennel
  • Getting off the couch
  • The ceiling fan
  • The dog door
  • Peeing in the yard. He prefers the deck.

He also has acquired a significant amount of nicknames. If you have a dog, you know how this goes. Foz, Fozzers, Fozwald, Foxie, Fonzie, Foz Dog, etc.

We are so lucky he is such a GOOD dog. For how sad of a life he has had, he is so, so happy. He seems right at home here! It’s a great feeling knowing how much better his life is here until he finds a forever home. He is still up for adoption, and is so far amazing with every other dog he has met, as well as children. If you know of anyone who is interested (after we continue training him of course), please have them contact me!

Olive really likes Fozie as well! She is a bit pouty sometimes, but when we separate them to eat, she can’t wait to get right back to playing with him.

If you are interested in volunteering, or fostering, please ask me for info!

I’ll leave you with a few more pictures of this sweet pup.

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Aaaand of course, our number 1 girl!!






Better makeup shot

Better shot of makeup with my hair brushed, and good lighting! Happy Monday!

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‘Look alive’ makeup

As promised, a little makeup tutorial for you all this morning! I made sure to start soon after I woke up, so you could see what I’m workin with in the mornings. I don’t know about you all, but every year older I get, adds about 3 minutes to my makeup application time, which used to be about 30 seconds when I had even, flawless skin. Here are a few things I am trying to correct.

1. Dark circles. We’re talkin dark.

2. Uneven pigment throughout my face.

3. Sparse brows.

4. Uni-cheek as I call it. I have lost some definition of my cheekbones.

Here is what you need for this quick tutorial:

  • Concealer. I use Nars’ concealer in Ginger. If you don’t have as dark of circles as me, I recommend finding a highlighter/concealer in one. I am not a candidate for that. (My friend Amanda uses a Sephora brand)
  • A loose or pressed full coverage powder foundation.
  • Bronzer. I recommend Sephora Brand or Mac, find a color that works for your skin tone. I would avoid shimmer here if you’re over 25. Except for special occasions.
  • Mascara. If you MUST have waterproof, do me a favor and but 1 waterproof, 1 non waterproof. Waterproof mascara will literally break off you lashes. So 1 coat of non waterproof first will help protect those gems.
  • Eye shadow. One shade that you like for your entire lid will work here, and if you’re daring, grab a second shade slightly darker than the first.
  • Something to fill in your brows. I will be using Benefit Gimme Brow, as well as a shadow and an angle brush to show you two applications.

Let’s get started with some embarrassing pictures.

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Look at those weeny browns, dark circles, and notice the difference in shades between point 1 and 2 on my face? Now watch this.

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As you can see on my right side (your left), my circles are nearly gone, my brows are actually there, and my face face some contour. That eye actually looks awake!

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Here’s a closer view of before and after. I just look alive! Enhanced, but not overdone. Which is pretty much the look I go for every day.

Now get your makeup out, let’s start!

Start with concealer. Apply with the stick, and spread with your fingers. Skin on skin gives you the best application.

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Next, with a large blush brush, apply your pressed or loose powder all over your face.


Next, grab your bronzer, and a smaller blush brush, and apply bronzer in the contour of your cheek, right below the bone, and at the top of your cheekbone closest to your hairline. Do this in a circular motion so it stays blended. I LOVE bronzer…see how happy I get here? Starting to look alive.

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Also, apply to the very tip top of your forehead, where the sun would hit, and a nice strip down the center of your nose.

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Now, time to fill in your brows. This great product has a small mascara wand looking attachment on the end, so it makes it super easy. Just brush onto you brow HAIR first, if you’d like it more dramatic, you can put it right on your skin.

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Now, take your favorite shadow shade, and apply to your entire upper eyelid.

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If you’d like a little extra, grab that next darkest shade, and using the tip of your shadow brush, brush it along your lash line on your upper AND lower lash.

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Now we’re off to mascara. The BEST touch to your eyes. Remember, try NOT to apply waterproof mascara to your bare lashes. Try at least one coat of regular, topped with one coat of waterproof. I know I need at least that one coat of waterproof or I look like a mess by noon.

Start at the base of your lashes, with the brush completely horizontal. Gently wiggle the brush as you work base to ends of lashes. Do the same thing on the bottom if you need a little down there as well. I do 2 coats everyday in this exact same manner.

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Lastly, with the tip of your mascara wand, pull a few lashes on the outside corner of your eyes out, to give your eyes some width.

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Viola! This should take you no longer than 5 minutes!

Lesson learned…next time I will actually BRUSH my hair before doing this (I mean its my day off an I have makeup on already, gimme a break), and make better faces. In better lighting. Hope you liked it anyways. You want more hair and makeup, you got it! 🙂

Have a wonderful day!



Hope you all had a great weekend!

I paid a visit to Sephora yesterday. Are you ready for this? It was my first. time. Yes, I was a Sephora virgin. Whoa. Consider my life changed.

I went there for 2 things, a new concealer (I’ve been getting the question ‘are you tired?’ a lot lately, and since I plan on being Italian for the remainder of my life, therefor fighting these dark circles under my eyes, I needed some. Secondly, a new brow filling product that I have heard RAVES about. I am already obsessed. My brows look better than ever.

Stay tuned tomorrow for tutorials on how to use them both! Plus, a little mascara tutorial for my aunt, who requested it LONG ago 🙂

Thanks for your surveys responses. I truly value ALL of your feedback, and it’s so nice to know you’re reading!

Punkin Chocolate Bars

Although I confuse words’ actual pronunciation a lot, I am fully aware that this way is wrong.

That being said, I am in pure punkin mode right now. I’ve learned a few things:

1. Punkin baked goods MUST be sweetened, or they are tasteless, and gross all at the same time. Period. No debating.

2. Punkin is best with when combined with cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.

3. Punkin is good for dog’s coats. SO, if you had a mishap or two like I did, feed them to your favorite furry friend.

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Now, here is the recipe for those bars I promised you. The verdict was, well, there are only 2 left after our get together last night. Get after it.

This is a gluten free recipe, that can also be made dairy free, should you choose to use vegan chocolate chips. Preheat the ‘ol oven to 350!

3 cups gluten free oats

1 can punkin

pinch of salt

2 t baking powder

1/2 t baking soda

1/8 t nutmeg

1 1/2 t cinnamon

pinch of ground cloves

2 t pure vanilla extract

1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 T  coconut oil

1/3 cup vegan chocolate chips, or regular, another 1/8 cup to sprinkle on top!

First, let’s make those oats into oat flour by placing oatmeal into blender or food processor and blend for 1-2 minutes until oatmeal resembles flour. I did it 1 cup at a time to make sure it was smooth!

Place the oat flour in a medium bowl. Whisk in baking powder, baking soda, salt and 3 spices, and stick that out of the way.

In a separate large bowl, whisk together pumpkin, brown sugar, vanilla extract, oil, and applesauce for 1-2 minutes until the consistency is smooth. Slowly add in oat flour mixture and mix until they are all completely combined.

Lastly, add in 1/3 cup of chocolate chips. Pour batter into 9×13 pan and sprinkle remaining chocolate chips on top. Bake for 15 minutes, then check every 4 minutes after. I baked mine for a total or 23 minutes- that’s when that toothpick came clean.

Yum, enjoy! And hide a few if you’re hoping to still enjoy them this weekend 🙂

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‘Tis the season!

Hey everyone! Hope you had a great weekend!

‘Tis the season for what, you ask? 2 things. Crock pots, and all. things. pumpkin.

Truth is, I break out the crock pot year round, but it rarely even gets put away this time of year. I love soups, chilies, and roasts, but I decided to try a recipe I would normally do on the stove, in a crock pot! This one is super easy, my friends. If you love Thai food like I do, you already know there are about a thousand ingredients in each recipe, most that I don’t normally carry in my pantry. SO here ya go. Thai peanut chicken. In a crock pot. 7 ingredients. You’re welcome.

1 lb boneless, skinless chicken

1/2 cup almond butter (you can use PB too, I just perfect almond)

1/2 onion, diced

1/4 cup Tamari  (or soy) sauce

1/2 cup chicken broth

1/2 T cumin

1 lime, juiced

1/2 t crushed red pepper

Mix together PB, tamari, chicken broth, and cumin in a bowl. Pour into crock pot, then add uncooked chicken. Squeeze in lime juice, and add peppers and onion. Cook on low for 6 hours.

I had every intention of serving this over some greens, with a sesame ginger dressing, but we ate it over brown rice instead. Crushed up some peanuts, and added some cilantro on top for a true Thai feel.

It was delish! I went back for thirds seconds!
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Now, on to dessert. We have a get together tonight, and the hostess asked me to bring dessert. I figured with is being 37 degrees today, something ‘fall-ish’ was a must. I do love pumpkin flavored desserts, coffees, ice cream, you name it. So I decided to combine 2 favs. Pumpkin, and chocolate. I got this recipe years ago, and it was loaded with flour, both white sugar, and brown sugar, and lots of butter. So I made a few adjustments. Keep in mind, I haven’t tried these yet. The verdict will some tomorrow. Stay tuned tomorrow for the recipe and how my taste testers rated my final product!