Weekend Recap 3.14.16 Part 1

Hi guys!! I hope you had a good weekend!! We had an action packed weekend with my mother-in-law in town visiting.  Today I wanted to recap our fun Saturday and tomorrow I will recap our Sunday because I took SO many pictures this weekend. Here we go!

Saturday morning we ventured over to the Dallas Aboretum to see the spring flowers and it was beautiful. 

The colors were so pretty. 

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We even saw a couple brides along the way. 

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I love all the pink and purple flowers! 

I love how you can see the lake behind the Aboretum.  It makes for some really great views. 

The squirrels at the Aboretum will come up very close to you as I guess they are used to humans.  

My mother-in-law and my husband.

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Love this walkway.

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The weather cleared up and we had a great time walking around for a couple hours! 

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Saturday we kept it low key with dinner in with my sister and her boyfriend.  We started with a big salad of mixed greens, strawberries, craisins, carrots, walnuts, and avocado. 

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We had grilled salmon and asparagus, and roasted potatoes with Asiago and Parmesan cheese.  

The spread!

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And ofcourse, dessert. 

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The night wouldn’t be complete without a game of Apples to Apples.  My sister won (she always does!).

And the dogs were worn out from a long day of fun! 

Check back tomorrow for our fun Sunday!!  I hope you all had an amazing weekend and a great start to the week!  

Questions:

  1. What did you do this weekend?
  2. How was the weather where you are this weekend?
  3. What are you having for dinner tonight?

 

Saturday musings

Hi ya’ll!!  How are you guys doing today?  I want to say thank you so much for all the love from my blog post yesterday about my grandma.  I really appreciate it.

Today I thought I would keep it light and show you what has been going on in my world the last couple days.  Here we go…

This was my view outside at work the other day.  A huge storm came shortly after.  It has been raining in Dallas all week.  😦

My momma is the sweetest.  She sent my husband and I this card to celebrate our 6 month anniversary.  She also sent us a giftcard to our favorite restaurant.  She is the best!

My husband picked up this popcorn from Trader Joes the other day… I may have eaten almost the whole bag in one sitting.  Oops.

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An easy omelette dinner while my husband was on a business trip.  So good!

This is Rhodes.  He has so much energy.  Never stops.

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He sat like this with my husband for about .0005 seconds.

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Bought my first few watermelons of the season.  Not the best, but makes me so excited for summer watermelon!!

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While we were waiting for my mother-in-law at the airport in the cellphone lot, Riley wanted to look out the sunroof.  🙂

And Callie wanted to drive.  😉

My mother-in-law and I made these breakfast cookies yesterday and they are amazing.

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I had two this morning with a smoothie and was full until lunch.

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They are full of healthy ingredients like walnuts, coconut oil, carrots and quinoa!

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Kale salad for lunch with walnuts, craisins, strawberries, quinoa, and avocado.

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Have you guys tried this dressing?  I saw it at the grocery store and had to try!

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The verdict? I LOVE it.  So creamy and delicious.

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So our dining room chairs needed some work.  We decided to recover them while I continue to convince my husband to build me a new table and chairs.  The old covers were dirty and worn out.

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My mother-in-law and I headed to the store on Friday to look for new fabric.  Dallas has a huge fabric district with lots of stores close by with tons of fabric options.   We looked at a few and ultimately decided on the beige to keep it simple.

My mother-in-law was the project leader and made our idea happen.  She is so great at all projects.

The end result.  I know it doesn’t look much different than the before, but trust me, in person it makes a huge difference.

The dogs were not fans of the staple gun.

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My husband really loves to use his drill. Men love their tools.  🙂

Last night we went to Bistro 31 for dinner and it was amazing as always.

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We got the tuna tartar for an appetizer and did not disappoint.  It had spicy mango and avocado alongside the tuna… to die for!!

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I am so predictable and got the grilled salmon and veggies, but it was delicious!!  I love perfectly grilled salmon.

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My husband got some sort of pear mascarpone pie for dessert and loved it.

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I have the best mother-in-law in the world! So blessed!

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Today started bright and early with a 5 mile run, but somebody did not want me to run…

I wasn’t really feeling a run today, but knew I would feel better if I did.  So I turned on a show (How to Get Away With Murder) and ended up running 5 miles and watching the whole thing.  Love when that happens!! 

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My run was followed by a large smoothie with spinach, flaxseed, banana, mango, kiwi, strawberries, and orange juice and a couple of the breakfast cookies we made yesterday!  

That is all for today!!  Enjoy the rest of your weekend and I will be back on Monday for a recap of our fun adventure we had this morning!!  

Questions:

  1. Do you order the same things when you dine out or switch it up?
  2. Tell me what you had for lunch today! 
  3. What are your Saturday night plans?

Happy Birthday to my Angel

Happy Friday!!  I hope you are all doing well! The weekend is near!  I will keep it short and sweet today because I am off to go hang out with my mother-in-law!  

Today I thought I would share a little more about me with you.  In order for you to get to know me better, you have to meet the most influential person in my life.  My grandma.  Today would have been her 94th birthday.  We lost her about a year an a half ago and life just hasn’t quite been the same without her.  My grandma was the most amazing, selfless woman I have ever known.  She showed her love through her amazing cooking and soft, gentle words.  

My grandma moved me into my college dorm room and moved me and my husband (boyfriend at the time) into our first apartment in Utah 6 years ago.  She drove with us 24 hours from Nashville to Utah (and back when we moved to Ohio).  She never missed a move.  While my mom and Jon put together our furniture, my grandma helped me put all the dishes away so we could get cooking.  

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My favorite past times with my granny were always in the kitchen.  No matter where we were (her house, my house, or on a vacation), you could always find the two of us in the kitchen.  I learned more from her in the kitchen about life and love and food than I have learned from anyone else.  She was so wise.  One of my favorite pieces of advice from her was to never sweat the small stuff, just let it go.  (Fruit screwers were always on our menu for every party we threw.) 

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She never missed a jammie party.  These were her favorite.  It is a tradition in our family to get matching PJs whenever we are together and my granny just loved this tradition. 

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We visited my cousin Kate in Florida for Christmas one year and all had matching flannel pajamas.  My grandmother loved girlie parties.  We always had a blast when it was all of us girlies together.  

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My grandma and grandpa moved from Florida to Nashville when my sister and I were in grade school to help my mom out when my parents divorced.  She picked me and my sister up every day from school with a treat in the car (apple crisp, chocolate chip cookies, brownies or cashews) and would take us to get Icees on Mondays and french fries on Wednesdays.  We always filled up her minivan with all our friends so she could take us to soccer practice, basketball practice, the movies or the park.  She also took us to all of our dentist and doctor appointments.  She was a huge part in raising me and I am forever grateful to her for that.  (She loved to ride in the backseat with the girlies when she got the chance.)

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My grandma always put her family first.  She always made sure to remind us that family is forever and it is important to make amends and move on.  

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My grandma was present for every graduation.  (This was from my sister’s graduation in Dallas.) 

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She never missed one.  (This was from my graduation from graduate school in Ohio.) 

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She helped me get ready for my first half marathon in Nashville.  I spent the night with her and she kept me laughing until way too late (which calmed my nerves) and made me breakfast before the big race.  (My grandma and I were known to stay up until 2 or 3am chatting when I would visit her.  What can I say, we liked to talk! 

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And she helped me celebrate the night after the race by drinking way too much wine and giggling for hours.  (I remember her saying something like “I feel GOOD right now” while we were sipping our wine at dinner.)

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My grandma had a boyfriend who she found in her last decade of life named Leo.  They were inseparable.  They shared a love of church, cards, and food.  They were such a special couple.  (They met at church.)

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We always laughed when my grandma would pat Leo’s behind.  They were like a young couple in love.  So sweet.  (My grandma would go visit Leo every day at his nursing home until the day she passed. She would frequently tell us about how she would give Leo a sponge bath and put baby powder on his back… Way too much info, granny.) 😉 

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Granny with some of her grandkids.  

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I am so fortunate that Jon got to know my grandma.  He absolutely loved her and her giving heart.  Although my grandma passed away before our wedding, I was so lucky to be able to call my grandma and tell her that Jon had proposed.  She was SO excited for our engagement and told me that she and Leo loved Jon and knew he was the one for me.  (Any man in my life needed her approval.)  It was a moment I will never forget.    

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I miss my granny more than anything, but I am so blessed I got to have her in my life for so many years.  Happy Birthday granny!! 

I hope you all have an amazing weekend guys!  See you tomorrow! 

Questions: 

  1. Are your grandparents still living?
  2. Do you get to see them often?
  3. Who was/is the most influential person in your life?  

Wedding Part 1

Hi guys! Happy Thursday to you!!! I have something extra fun for you today so I hope you enjoy it as much as I did writing it! 

If you have missed my wedding recaps, be sure to check out my wedding page.  Today I want to share the first half of my wedding day with you all!

The day started out bright and early with a 5am wake up call after a late night at our amazing rehearsal dinner.  The severe exhaustion was completely covered by the excitement/nervousness I was feeling.  Up until my wedding day, I never really felt nerves about my wedding, but that morning, my hands were shaking.  The nerves mostly came from having to read my personal vows in front of our hundreds of family and friends.

My two uncles drove me, my bridesmaids, my aunt, and mom to my in-laws house where we got ready in the room above their barn.  (I stayed at the hotel downtown with my bridesmaid, Lissa, the night before my wedding day).  My mother-in-law had coffee, mimosas, breakfast and lunch ready for us in the barn so we wouldn’t have to leave and risk getting seen by the boys, who were getting ready at my in-laws house a few hundred yards away. (Riley was our ring bearer and my mother-in-law made his outfit to match the boys’ suits).  🙂

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The morning of my wedding was pure joy with my favorite girls.  We just laughed and talked as we got our makeup and hair done.  My sweet mother-in-law had a playlist of wedding related songs playing in the background and pictures of me and my groom displayed around the room.  It was so wonderful to spend extra time with my girls relaxing as I got ready for one of the biggest moments of my life.  With champagne, ofcourse.  

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My bridesmaid, Lissa, saying an inappropriate  sweet toast.  

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I told my girls to just wear pearl earrings on my wedding day.  I gave each of them a pearl necklace to wear to thank them for making this year so special for me.

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We made Riley sing for us (he likes to howl if you do). 

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Then he needed a nap.  Wedding prep is exhausting.

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My little brother, Jacob, came up to visit us while we got ready. He wanted a little help with his hair. 🙂

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So dang cute.  

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We took a couple pictures outside in our cute monogrammed robes.

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Aren’t these girls just the prettiest?? 

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My momma, sister and me.  

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It was finally time to get dressed!! 

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It was a team effort! 🙂

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Love this picture of me and my momma! 

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Then I was surprised with a gift from my future husband.  

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He wrote me the sweetest, kindest, most thoughtful note I have ever read in my life.  I will keep it forever.  Oh, and he got me a beautiful pair of diamond earrings that I wore on my wedding day.  I cried more in that moment than I did the rest of the day.  

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My husband and I chose not to see each other before our ceremony (I am so glad we did this) to make our first look extra special.  The girls and boys each took turns taking pictures out in the meadow (bridal party pictures in another post!).

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I even got to do a special first look with my dad.  It was really special to me.

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I gifted my parents each (and in-laws) a picture frame with 3 spaces and put a baby picture on top, a personal note in the middle frame and the bottom frame was empty, but would soon be filled with a picture of our wedding day.

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While we were taking pictures, it started to rain.  We quickly took cover and prayed for the rain to stop.  We got so lucky as the clouds parted and the rain let up right before our guests arrived (thankfully as we didn’t have much of a backup plan because we had to decide if we wanted the tent to cover our ceremony location 3 days before the wedding when the forecast called for no rain).

Ceremony, cocktail hour, bridal pictures and reception recaps to come!  

Questions:

  1. If you are married, did you get married inside or outside?
  2. Did you and your significant other exchange notes/gifts on your wedding day?
  3. How big was your bridal party? 

 

Salads Don’t Have To Be Boring

Hi everyone!  We have made it to the halfway point of the week!  This week has been pretty busy, but is flying by! 

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It is no secret that I love salads.  A lot.  But, I totally understand that not everyone likes them.  I think the main reason people get bored with salads is that they never change up the greens, toppings, and dressing.  I would get bored too if I ate the same salad everyday.  Instead I like to switch my salads up often so they always taste exciting to me.  Today I thought I would show you some of my favorite salad combinations that I have posted to rayandtaynutrition (instagram) to hopefully inspire you to keep salads in your meal rotation.

Raw Veggie Salad 

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Recipe.

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This salad is perfect for springtime lunches to keep them light and healthy!

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Kale and fruit salad

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Blackberries, pomegranate seeds, and avocado make for a delicious kale salad.

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Shredded Kale Salad

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Recipe.

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Simple salad of romaine, onion, craisins, pecans, and goat cheese.  

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Questions:

  1. Do you like salads?
  2. What is your favorite salad recipe?
  3. What is your favorite salad dressing?  

Red Rover Red Rover, Let All the Dogs Come Over

Good morning guys!  I hope your Tuesday is off to a good start!  It is pretty gloomy with a lot of rain in the forecast here so I will be spending my time inside and staying nice and dry. 

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I have received a lot of questions about why we always have so many dogs at our house.  My husband and I only have two dogs, Riley and Callie, but we always seem to have a full house (have you guys been watching Fuller House on netflix?) of pups at all times.  While we wish we could have 10 dogs of our own (yes, we are those people), our house right now is not fitting to accommodate that many. 🙂  But, don’t worry, we have found the perfect solution for our desire to have many dogs around at all times.  (Don’t get me wrong, we absolutely adore our two pups, but one is scared of everything, including toys, and the other can usually be found sleeping underneath our bed ignoring us when we call him to go out).  While we love our low energy dogs, sometimes we just want to play with pups who actually play fetch and enjoy the dog park.  (Our pups don’t hate the dog park, but they don’t do much interacting or playing either).  

Mom, please don’t interupt our nap time.  It is very important to us.  

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So this is where Rover comes into play.  Have you guys ever heard of/used this site?  I had never heard of Rover before I moved to Dallas.  We usually take Riley (the small, white furball) with us on trips, but Callie is too big to fly on an airplane (and way too scared) so we have leave her in good hands when we go out of town.  While my sister and her boyfriend usually watch Callie (or both dogs), once in a while, they go out of town with us so we have to find another sitter for Callie.  With Callie being so timid, she does much better in a home environment versus a kennel and I feel better about leaving her with a sitter too.  

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We first started using Rover to find a sitter for Callie (we found an amazing girl who watches her) before we ever thought about dog sitting.  We loved the concept so much that my husband urged me to make a profile and start dog sitting in my spare time.  I finally agreed and I am so happy I did.  My husband works from home and I work early part time hours so we have a lot of flexibility in our schedules, which is really great for dog sitting (owners can drop off their dogs anytime, dogs get a lot of walks/potty breaks, and the dogs are never left alone for long periods of time).  Why not watch sweet pups while making some extra money too? It’s a win win in my eyes! 

Today I thought I would give you some insight into how to start the process of becoming a dog sitter and the ways to increase your incoming requests.  

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First, you start by making a profile with a tag line.  It doesn’t have to be something crazy, just something that will catch peoples’ eyes.  Mine is “Lover of all dogs, big or small!”  It is important to put photos on your profile so people know you are who you say you are.  And since this is a dog sitting site, I think it is important to include pictures of you with your dogs or any dog.

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Next, you can set your preferences.  For example, I said no aggressive dogs, must be potty trained, no females in heat, must be spayed or neutered, and I will take dogs who weigh up to 100lbs.  At this point, you also set what services you wish to offer (dog sitting in your house, dog sitting in the owner’s house, dog walking, doggy day care just for the day).

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You can also add additional details such as: experience with senior dogs, experience administering medication, fenced yard, etc. 

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Even if you do not plan on using Rover to find a sitter for your own dogs, it is important to create a profile for each of them so clients can see what types of dogs you have that will be interacting with their dog.  

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Set your price.  Rover gives you a good starting point of where to set your rate based on others in your area.  You can always increase it once you gain clients.  You can also charge more for puppies, give a discount for sibling dogs, and increase your rate for holiday weekends.  Rover takes 15% of your total for each dog stay so keep that in mind when setting your rate.  My rate for dog sitting at my house is currently $25/night.  This is the price Rover recommeded I start at when I started dog sitting back in November.  I will probably raise it soon as I currently get more requests than I can accept.  (My husband said I wasn’t allowed to watch 8 labs during one weekend). 😉  All jokes aside, it is important to know how many you can handle at once and not take on more that you can chew.  If my husband is home, we will take 3 (sometimes 4) dogs plus our 2 pups.  Dogs are insured through Rover (you can purchase extra insurance, which I did, but I don’t think it makes sense) and you can call the staff 24/7 if you have a problem.  

Keep your calendar up to date.  This is so important.  Some people book 2 days before a trip, but some people are planners and book 2 months in advance so it is important to stay on top of your calendar (a few months out) to accommodate everyone.

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 You can block out days or weeks of your calendar that you are unavailable (when we are out of town, have visitors in town, or just need a doggy break).

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ALWAYS set up a meet and greet with new clients.  Rover recommends meeting new owners and their dogs before a stay and to do it in a common area so the dogs are not threatened.  I always have the meet and greet at my house (outside) in case the owner really wants to see my house where their dog will be staying.  I take the time to answer any questions the owner may have while our dogs get to know each other and I assure the owner that their pup is in good hands.  

 

Send pictures and updates.  Lots of them.  When you sign up for Rover (as an owner or a sitter) with your cellphone, Rover gives you a “fake” number so no one will ever have your real number, but the owner can still call/text you and it comes through to your phone.  Sending pictures and updates throughout the stay allows the owner to feel more comfortable and not worry so much while they are away.  The pictures are also saved to your Rover profile so you are able to see all the pictures of the pups you have watched.  

Reviews matter.  Good reviews, lots of pictures, and repeat clients will boost you in the search rankings.  You can definitely ask for reviews (I personally don’t, but probably should) if you would like.  Most times when I get a request, people mention that they saw my very positive reviews on the site and that is why they chose me.  They also mention that they live near me (Rover shares your general neighborhood, but not your address) so it is very convenient.  

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How do I get paid?  Rover allows you to withdraw money from your account via paypal or check.  I always do it through paypal and then withdrawl the paypal money to my bank account (paypal only lets you withdrawl $500/month, FYI).  When a dog stay is complete, the funds will be deposited into your Rover account 48 hours after the dog leaves.  (The owner pays upfront and Rover holds the money until it is released to you).  

How much money do I make dog sitting?  This is kinda tricky to answer because some months I have a dog/s at my house every day including the weekdays and weekends, but some months I travel more/have more visitors and don’t watch as many pups.  I would say on average right now, I am making (after Rover takes their 15%) between $800-$900 per month dog sitting.  It really is great to have extra spending money for what my husband calls “the stupid little stuff we want to buy” like boat toys, home projects, new speakers, alcohol, dinner out, and more.  

Overall, Rover has been a very positive experience for me and my family.  Yes, their have been accidents (thankfully no dog fights), broken/chewed furniture and picture frames, but that is the price you pay when you are a dog sitter!  (We now roll up our 2 big rugs on the main floor each time we watch a dog and we put up gates so they cannot go on our carpet.  We have managed to keep our house pretty clean with lots of vacuuming and mopping so I’d say it is working out just fine!  

Please let me know if you have any more questions about our dog sitting experience!

Questions:

  1. Do you have a dog/s?
  2. Have you ever been a dog sitter?
  3. Do you have a side job that brings in extra money? 

 

 

 

 

Weekend Recap 3.7.16

Good Morning!!! How was your weekend?  My weekend was really great with lots of relaxation, puppies, and yummy food!  So let’s get right to it, shall we?

So this happened… these are 3 different doggies.  Simmonds, Benjie, and Scotch.  My husband and I LOVE labs.. they are just the sweetest dogs.  

As you may have read on my post from Saturday, Friday night was spent binge watching the new season of House of Cards.  We decided to keep dinner really simple and just throw some salmon and veggies on the grill with a simple salad.  It did the job! 

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Saturday morning started bright and early with a body pump class and some green smoothies! 

And this sweet pup got a haircut.  As did her brother.  Less shedding = yes!!!

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Saturday we packed a lunch and headed out to our boat with our pups.  The weather was so beautiful in the low 80s. 

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We cruised around then rested in the sunshine!  My idea of a perfect day!

 

I resisted a sugary beverage in exchange for my green juice! 

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My hubby took this snapchat.  It is pretty amazing to be on the lake in March! 

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Saturday night, my husband and I went out to dinner at Origin Kitchen and Bar.  We started with some beverages.

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I got the Warm Brussel Salad with salmon and my husband got the Bison Burger and we both raved about our meals.  I really want to try to recreate this salad at home.  It was unbelievable.  

After dinner we headed to a local bar – High Fives – to grab one more drink.  We enjoyed our drinks outside by the fire pit and it was so nice to just relax with my husband.  

Sunday started with a big green smoothie and coffee ofcourse! 

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We took a long walk with the pups to tire them out.  My sister and her boyfriend came over and we grabbed salads from Crisp to eat on our rooftop while the pups played.  Clearly the long walk did not make them tired… 

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Dinner Sunday night consisted of a big salad and spiralized zucchini and carrots with pesto. A random, but tasty combination! 

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Last night my hubby and I were craving a sweet treat so we headed out for some froyo.  I got peanut butter and vanilla (I ALWAYS pick chocolate over vanilla so this craving was strange!) with shredded coconut and non dairy dark chocolate chunks on top!  It hit the spot! 

We came home to see this scene. Simmonds was not thrilled that Rhodes wanted to share the bed.  

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And to balance out the sweets and alcoholic beverages this weekend, I started my Monday morning with none other than a BIG green smoothie. 😉 

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That about wraps up our weekend!!  Let’s hope this week flies by because we’ve got a visitor coming to town later this week and we can’t wait!  Have a great week everyone!

Questions:

  1. What did you do this weekend?
  2. Chocolate or vanilla?
  3. Coffee or tea? 

Saturday Rambles

Happy Saturday guys!  How is your weekend going so far?  Ours is off to a good start as we spent our Friday night binge watching the new season of House of Cards!

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Wednesday afternoon I was dreading my run, but knew I’d feel so much better if I just did it.  I told myself I only had to run 3 miles, but thankfully, when I got going, I got into a groove and just kept going.  Sometimes my OCD/perfectionist mind comes in handy and I made it to 5 miles versus stopping at 4.  (I don’t know why, but it is hard for me to stop at 4.  I like 3 or 5 better… I know, I am weird.) 

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This beauty has been on repeat in my house this whole week.  Spinach, flaxseed, banana, coconut water, and frozen mango.  Can’t get enough.  

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We are watching the sweetest pup right now.  Her name is Scotch and she is 14 years old (!!!) but doing so well!  She is just a darling.  

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And completely unrelated to Scotch, this is Simmonds.  Simmonds is 5 and is the cutest thing ever.  He just loves some lovin’.  

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Finally pulled out my juicer this week.  I absolutely love fresh juice, but hate the prep of washing the veggies, cutting them and then there is the cleanup… that is the real pain.   Each time I do use my juicer, I make sure to make a lot!  This one included: carrots, ginger, lemon, apple, and orange.  It was delicious!  I also made another one with kale, cucumber, ginger, lemon, and oranges.  

I could eat this salad for lunch every day!  It had kale, romaine, almonds, craisins, strawberries, veggie burger and avocado.  Hit the spot! 

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That’s all I’ve got for today!  I am off to a body pump class and then we are hoping to take a little cruise on our boat because the weather is SO nice today!  Enjoy your Saturday! 

Questions: 

  1. What is your favorite juice recipe?
  2. Do you like fruit on your salads?
  3. Do you watch House of Cards?  

A View From Above

Good morning!  Happy Friday!! Yay! The weekend is in sight!  We have a couple fun things on the agenda and there is a possibility we might put our boat in the water with the temperatures in the 80s this weekend!  We shall see! 

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As I was organizing my pictures, I found a bunch that we took from our drone over the last couple months and thought it would be fun to show you guys!  

This was taken in Nashville over the holidays at my dad’s house.

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Hi dad!

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Nashville 

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My husband and his brother on our roof top.

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These pictures were taken from the beach at Gasparilla Island.  

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I was the picture taker (the drone connects to your ipad or iphone so you can take pictures from above) and my husband controlled the drone. 

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For some reason, he won’t let me control the drone… 

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The beach!

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You can see how narrow the island is with water surrounding both sides.

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I just love the beach!

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Take me back!

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It was too cold to get in the water, but we enjoyed looking at it. 🙂

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The pilot and the photographer. 😉

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Hey!!!!

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Flying the drone over the island to the other side.

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Can’t wait to see the beach again in May (not the same one)! 

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The title of my post really makes me think about the importance of seeing a situation from different perspectives and other peoples’ eyes.   Sometimes it is important to take a step back to be able to really see the whole situation without a narrow view.  I am definitely guilty of seeing things as black or white instead of somewhere in the middle.  Does that make sense?  I think it is all about the perspective you take and the more you open your eyes (and heart), the more you can understand others and where they are coming from.  This thought is not related to a particular situation, just something that came to mind when I titled this blog post.  

Time to get to work!  I hope you guys have a fantastic Friday and an amazing weekend!! 

Questions:

  1. What are you doing this weekend?
  2. What is the weather like where you are right now?
  3. Any plans to go to the beach soon? 

A date for your health

Happy Thursday you guys!  I can’t believe tomorrow is already Friday!  Part of me feels like this week went by slowly, but the other part feels like it went by so quickly.  Does anyone else know what I mean?  Maybe I am just crazy.  🙂 

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I have probably told you before (at least 10 times) that I love to snack.  I just love tasting a little bit of this and a little bit of that.  I do try to make healthy choices most of the time so I don’t end up feeling guilty or icky from over-indulging on unhealthy snacks.  

Dates.  Dates are a great staple to have on hand at all times. Dates are a great source of fiber, which is great for keeping you full and regular. 😉 They are full of vitamins and minerals such as calcium, iron, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, magnesium, and zinc.  They also contain vitamins such thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, vitamin A, and vitamin K. (source)

I love dates plain, with a dab of peanut butter, or mixed into energy balls or bars.  Today, I have rounded up a bunch of my favorite date recipes that I have posted to Rayandtaynutrition (instagram) over the past couple years.  Enjoy! 

2 ingredient vegan energy bars

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Date balls 

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Date energy balls with lots of toppings!

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Energy balls

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Writing this post is making me super hungry!  I hope you give these a try because they are so good and good for you, which is definitely a win in my book! 

Questions:

  1. Do you like dates?
  2. What is your favorite date recipe?
  3. Are you a snacker?  What is your current favorite snack?