Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Shark Week!!!


Getting back into regular blogging has been way harder than I anticipated, but since it happens to be my favorite week of the year, I couldn't resist the urge to babble via the internet!

ERMAHGERD! ERTS SHURRK WURRK!!!

Given the fact that shark week is a much anticipated, annual thing, and that this awesome soap from Lush is sold out, I'm not the only person who loves learning about sharks. Why do I love sharks so very much, you ask? Well, not only are they incredibly impressive hunters who have adapted to survive over many, MANY years, but they are beautiful and misunderstood creatures.

Like many humans, the first knowledge I ever had concerning sharks came from Jaws. That film instilled an uneducated fear of an animal that lived nowhere near me, and also played a huge part in keeping me out of the water from my teenage years onward. Shark Week began as an educational celebration of this animal who needed to clear it's name, but in more recent years actually played up the vicious, man eating reputation to bring in viewers. Thankfully Discovery Chanel has returned to its roots this year and is just as much about educating as it is entertaining. I definitely recommend checking out at least a couple of the specials during the week, no matter how you feel about sharks. Learning is fun!

If you don't have enough interest to watch hours of divers and scientists chase after big fish, here are a few key points that will catch you up on the subject enough not to be ridiculed and questioned by friends or co-workers who, like me, might corner you and not shut up about shark week.

1) There are many different types of sharks all over the world. Though they have commonalities, they also have varying personalities, behaviors and things they like to eat.

2) Though they occasionally munch on humans, shark attacks happen way less than you think they do. There's probably more chance of getting hit by a bus than killed by a shark. Besides, there's only so many times something can jump onto your dinner plate without you at least taking a little bite, right!?

3) Sharks are in serious danger of extinction. The more we learn about them, the better we can understand their behaviors, protect ourselves, and live harmoniously.

4) Any excuse to dress yourself, your dog or your cat like a shark should wholeheartedly be celebrated with themed cupcakes and said apparels.

End Rant :)

Hugs and poops,

Nichole

Saturday, 18 April 2015

That Time I Fell Off The Earth

This is a loaf of bread that looks like a butt. I'm not great with ice breakers or segues.

Remember when I said that I was going to take a break from blogging for a couple of months, but I actually disappeared for a year and eight(ish) months? My bad. As it turns out, life is much harder to predict than one would think. It's both amazing and terrifying how one decision can lead to a series of events, further choices, and a completely different situation than you ever could have imagined. I've really missed spewing random photographs and thoughts onto the internet, but until now I was more comfortable anonymously creeping on other people's lives and laughing at cat memes from the comfort of a sequestered blanket fort. Please bear with me while I try and get back into blogging. My social interaction skills, grammar, and personal hygiene all need to be brought back up to code, but I'm confident that, with time, I'll be able to provide minimal entertainment for at least a handful of people (or at least be a decent source of adorable pet pictures and funny internet links).

I will become a strong and confident creature again soon (at least on the internet!), but until then...

I can't find the original source for this, but if you know it, please share :)
   I hope everyone is having a magical day :)

Hugs and poops,

                                                                                               Nichole

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Small Bathroom Makeover

You know how in magazines you see pictures of these big, beautiful bathrooms with designer finishing touches and shimmering tile? Guess what? None of those are my bathroom. Here are a few things I did to make my tiny bathroom a little more efficient.



I painted an accent wall a bright blue to give it a splash of colour without making the whole room too dark. I didn't want it to seem as small or smaller than it is, so I also put up a large mirror on the wall parallel to the accent wall.  The mirror really helps to elongate the space.

I hung a towel rack over the tub so that I'd have space for towels and facecloths, instead of just tossing them over the door or laying them on the side of the tub. This really cleaned up the room. I also organized all of my soaps and tubby time things into a basket instead of just having them strewn along the side of the tub. This makes cleaning up a lot easier.

Basically what I did was clean up the room and organize it more efficiently.



I put in a medicine cabinet instead of a regular mirror to help with storage and clean up clutter. Then, using a white board and magnets, I made a makeup board to help organize my very messy makeup collection.



Last, but not least, I organized my cupboard. The clutter that used to be in here was overwhelming. I used to dread opening the doors, but now that it's all clean and organized, it makes the room seem bigger and more orderly.

I know this was kind of a boring post, but I'm always curious to see how people organize, so I thought I'd share!

Hope everyone is having a lovely day!

Hugs and poops,

Nichole

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Doggy Ice Cream


Holy Poop!

It's been scorching hot here over the past couple of weeks, so staying cool has been almost impossible. What's that? The best thing to do on a hot day is get ice cream? I agree! But what if you're covered in fur and sweat through your feet? Still, the answer is ice cream!

Last week on our way home from an adventure, Boyfriend and I stopped off at a local pet food store to get some 'doggy ice crem'. Oz and Holly loved it, but it was pretty expensive stuff. Since I'm  super cheap  a creative person, I decided to make my own ice cream for the puppies.

Here's what you need:

 

Mash the banana into smithereens and then mix in the yogurt and peanut butter. It's important to use plain yogurt because you don't want any added sugars or aspartame. For similar reasons use natural peanut butter. If you want to play with flavours, add strawberries, blueberries or raspberries instead of peanut butter! Now put your mush into a clean ice cube tray and freeze until ready to serve!



Once it's frozen, serve a cube or two (based on the dogs size) and wait to become their favorite person!



Always remember that it's just as hard (if not harder) for your pets to stay cool on hot days, so make sure that there's lots of shade and fresh, clean water available to them. Never leave your pet in a car, even with the windows rolled down. It's an oven in there!

If you like this recipe, you might like this!

Hugs and poops,

Nichole