A Countess Von Nibbles Family Update

11 Jul

Remember a couple months ago when I introduced you to Countess Von Nibbles, our friendly doormat nibbling groundhog? Well, the Countess was apparently knocked up, because she had TWO babies! That’s right, Salt and Pepper Von Nibbles joined the Von Nibbles family. Don’t feel bad, I didn’t get an announcement either.

For the first few weeks, we’d see them hanging out together like a happy, fuzzy family in the front yard. But then, the Von Nibbles twins decided that it was time for them to move out and get their own apartment.

In our back yard.

While the front yard is totally fair game for our groundhog friends, the back yard is NOT the best place for them because that is Ollie’s domain. We actually have a small part of our back yard fenced in behind our house, which makes it super easy for us to let Ollie out for his walks while we sit inside in the AC and be lazy. Once the Von Nibbles twins moved into their new home under the sunroom, I’d spot them out in the back yard nibbling on grass.

When I’d open the sun room door, they’d run their pudgy behinds back under the sun room so that Ollie could come out and do his thing. The problem was… they started moving slower and slower once they realized that an 8 pound chorkie isn’t really much of a threat. As much as I love me some whistle pigs, I didn’t want to have to break up a chorkie/groundhog fight… so we decided to re-home them.

My husband brought home an animal trap from work (quite a handy perk there) and we baited it with cantaloupe after reading on the internet that groundhogs LOVE cantaloupe. And if you can’t believe everything you read on the internet, what can you believe?

We baited the trap and the next day by time we came home from work, we had trapped Pepper Von Nibbles:

LOOK AT HOW CUTE HE IS!?!?! This is the point where I almost backed out of our plan. He’s so adorable and I love seeing the twins in the back yard… but there was no going back now. We drove him about 10 miles away and found a happy little field with deer and woods nearby.

Then, we baited the trap again. The next day, we caught Salt Von Nibbles. I guess he didn’t learn from watching his brother… or maybe the deliciousness of cantaloupe was just too much to resist. Any which way, Travis took him to the exact same spot as his brother and hopefully they have found each other and rebuilt a little bunk bed for two.

Or, maybe they are working their way back to our house and will be back in our yard by next week…

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No Buy July

6 Jul

I have bought too many things lately. Between my amazing trip to Boden (Dressing Room Snaps from the Boden Outlet) and all of the great luck I’ve been having at thrift stores (All the Shopping in San Francisco, June Thrift Store Haul), I need to cut back a little bit. Actually, I need to just go cold turkey.

So, I’ve decided to participate in a No Buy July.

Basically the rules of the challenge are not to buy any fashion-type purchases for the month. No taking advantage of the Anthropologie ‘sale on sale’. No clicking over to the Haute Look weekly deals. And no thrifting.

It’s going to be hard for me because I love the thrill of chasing a deal, but I think this will be a much needed detox. You all are totally free to hold me accountable too. If you see me post a dressing room picture anytime this month, go ahead and comment with NO BUY JULY to help keep me honest!

Do you ever do a shopping detox? Want to do a No Buy July with me?

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June Wrap Up: What I Wore

5 Jul

It’s time for my monthly wrap up where I show you the outfits I wore throughout the month.  My reasoning behind doing the wrap up is that whenever I check out other bloggers wrap ups, I’m always inspired by the different ways they style the same items over and over again. So, hopefully I can help someone else out of a wardrobe rut!

I typically work from home two days a week (Monday and Friday), so each week will usually only have three work outfits. This month, I also attended a work conference so you can check out my easy packing options in row 3.

Here are all my June looks:

I put little hearts next to my most popular outfits according to my Instagram friends. I appreciate all the love! As always, lots of dresses and skirts. And LOTS of patterns! For my conference week (row 3), I stuck with the same shoes for each day and a jersey dress that wouldn’t wrinkle in my suitcase. I also wore the same navy sweater multiple times, to keep warm in the chilly conference area.

New in Rotation for June:
Angeline dress, Boden Outlet (from this post), on sale – row 1, outfit 3
Boden dress from ThredUp – row 2, outfit 1
Navy cardigan. J.Crew Factory, on sale – row 3, outfits 3, 4 & row 4, outfit 1
Green cardigan, J.Crew Factory, on sale – row 2, outfit 3 & row 4, outfit 3
Thrifted Textured Dot Sweater (from this post) – row 4, outfit 2

Most of what I wore this month has been repeated time and time again in my wardrobe. However, I wear my 3/4 sleeve J.Crew sweaters so regularly and they hold up so well s0 I purchased a two new ones on my last trip to Ocean City (there is a factory store across the street from us). As you can see, I’m already getting lots of wear out of the navy and green colors!


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Feedback Needed: Calming Aid for a Stressed Dog

3 Jul

Each year, our neighbor’s put on an amazing professional-grade fireworks show for Independence Day, so we invite a bunch of our friends over for a party. Ollie gets super stressed out when there are lots of extra people around, so we usually take him to my parent’s house for the night.

This year, my parents are out of town, so we needed to figure out something to do to keep Ollie from freaking out all night long.

I did a little internet research and stopped by the nearby pet store and found these:

Source: Amazon.com


They are calming aid treats for dogs and they are supposed to “help your pet feel calm in stressful environments and situations, such as anxiousness when left home alone, loud noises, thunderstorms, fireworks and crowds.” The cashier at the pet store said that he LOVES these for his dogs, so I’m tentatively hopeful that they will help. Our plan is to give Ollie ½ of one of the soft chews, and then put him in his crate in our room, away from the party and noise.

What I’d love to know is: have you tried these for your dog? I’d appreciate any feedback!

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