Animal Lover

The Zoo

Ok y’all. I love animals. No like really, I LOVE ANIMALS. When I was little I only dreamed of being a veterinarian so that I could save every animal that walked through the door. I mean, seriously. I remember bringing in stray animals or rescuing hurt animals and bringing them in the house, only to be yelled at like what the heck was I thinking bringing that thing into the house! Haha, makes me laugh now because I still do it. My poor husband. The things he puts up with.

So, last summer on 4th of July, my husband, my kids and a few of my friends and I happened to be hanging out at our house for the evening. Now, normally on 4th of July we’ve either been out of town or at a friends house. But last year was different. We were home, just a low-key holiday celebration with a few close girlfriends of mine and my family. Well, it was around 8pm or so and we happened to be standing in the middle of the park across the street from my house so that we could all see the fireworks going off over by a local high school. This couple (younger man, older woman…hey, he may have been her son, but who knows these days, right?) Anyways, this couple came walking up with a little dog following behind them. We thought nothing of it, until the lady said “Hey, excuse me, but do any of you recognize this dog?”…of course, me being me, I bent down to pet the little shaking pup and answered “No, but she’s soooo cute!!”…..ok, just a warning, if this ever happens to happen to you, DO NOT…I REPEAT, DO NOT pet, cuddle smile or even give a single impression that you are remotely interested in the animal, back away S L O W L Y…..haha!!!! I got myself into a world of trouble…ok maybe not trouble but…well just keep reading….

The lady proceeds to tell me how she’s so happy that “we’re dog people” and asked if she could leave the poor little brown dog (as my husband so persistently still calls her) with us. Of course I said “Yes!!!!” I mean wouldn’t you? Ok probably not but hey, I couldn’t help myself. She was shaking and clearly freaked out and needed a place of sanctuary. She wasn’t going to get it from those people. Now, I know what you’re thinking, ‘did you at least try to find the owners?’ What makes you think I kept her??? Because I did, but still….the point is…

Yes, actually I really did my ‘due diligence’ and tried to find her owner. I googled the proper steps to take to try to find a stray animals owner. I even took her to my veterinarian to scan her for a microchip but sadly she didn’t have one. But he did say that she was clearly taken care of, in good shape, healthy and about 7-8 years of age. I was feeling so bad for her and her owner. Like what if a little kid was crying because she is missing her or what if she is some little old man’s BFF? Ya know? I really tried everything. Everything besides dropping her off at the animal jail…I just couldn’t bring myself to bring her there. It’s so sad there. It’s like death row for animals and I just couldn’t do it. So I filed a report there just in case someone came to look for her, they would at least have it on file and they could contact me for her to be reunited.

Well, here we are…over 6 months later….and she’s still with us. I can’t say my husband has been super stoked on her being here but he loves me and she gets along with our other two dogs and she doesn’t take up any extra room…seriously she’s only 8lbs…she’s very sweet but has a scrappy and moody attitude. She’s still learning the ways of our house and what she can and can’t do (i.e. peeing on the carpet…bad girl!!!) but she’s good with the kids, especially the baby. She’s quirky and makes me laugh. I’m not sure if this is her forever home or not but for now I’m happy that we’ve been able to give her a safe place to hang out. She’s a jerk and cute all at the same time….we call her Lola!

Until next time friends,

Xoxo Helena

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The Christmas Detox

Hey friends, it’s me! Well, Christmas is over (can you hear me crying?)….If you don’t know me personally, then you wouldn’t know that the “Holiday Season” is my absolute fave. Ok well, it comes in at a close second to Fall, because well, Pumpkin Spice everything…need I say more?

Anyways, I always get so sad when it’s all over. All that’s left is a million n one boxes to break down, left over pieces of wrapping paper to pick up, tags on new clothing to pull off (yes I know I should use scissors but I’m a mom and I’m always in a hurry), a bunch of left over food that you plan on eating but never actually do because well 3 day old ham is gross….and your kids rooms look like a toy store exploded in there. It’s funny too because my daughter literally had a melt down that she had no where to put the billion n one craft sets that she got…I’m like, listen chick, next year you get nothing and like it!!!…..I’m just kidding….maybe….

Ok, back to my sob story of being sad Christmas is over….Don’t you feel so excited and happy when the holiday season hits? I know for me, I literally smile from ear to ear when the stores start putting out all of their Fall and Christmas decor and products. Now, there are a few who may not agree with me (if this is you, I’m sorry) but there is just something so warm and inviting about all of it. Ahhh can’t you still smell that Holiday Spice candle?

I own a small business and I have to think like a retailer when it comes to selling and gifting, especially during the holidays. So I start planning in July for something that doesn’t really happen until October/November. I guess in my reality the holidays take up about 6 months of my life, it’s no wonder I get sad. It’s like a puppy having its favorite chew toy taken away or a baby having its binky taken away…..I get attached and I can’t let go.

Now, this might sound contradicting, but I’m also relieved when the Holiday Season is over. I know, I know, you’re thinking ‘but didn’t you just say you get sad when it’s all over? Geez lady make up your mind!’ but in my defense…let me explain. I breathe a sigh of relief because during that 6 months of amazingness (is that a word?), I am literally go go go!!! I do not slow down and I definitely don’t have time to think about myself or my needs. It’s all about planning and taking action when it comes to my business, keeping a well oiled schedule for the kids activities, maintaining my house from becoming a giant pig sty, decorating to the nines (because duh, I love the holidays) and trying to remember to love on that handsome dude I call “Babe”. Trust me, it’s not all that glamorous at times but I manage and when I reflect on the 6 months after they pass, I just sit back and smile because it was all worth it!!!

So where does the “detox” part play in all this? Well, it’s a mental detox…it’s that regrouping and re-centering your focus now that all of the hustle and bustle has died down. Finding what you want to focus on for the new year and really disciplining yourself. Not just a “yea I really want to start working out” and then the next day head to the nearest fast food joint. No! Really disciplining yourself. A wise woman once said “if you stay in one place and continue to do the same things, don’t expect to have different results”. Think about it.

There seems to be a little bit of a let down after the holidays. I think because we’re so busy working and family activities, that we don’t have time to worry and focus on what we want as individuals. And as a woman, if you’re anything like me, you’re a people pleaser and you’d rather make sure everyone else is ok and has what they need vs. focus your attention on yourself for a minute. It’s almost scary to you, out of the norm. But this I say to you my friend, yes you…don’t forget to take some time for YOU, re-center yourself and head to the day spa. Whatever you need to do to recollect your thoughts, plan your goals and cleanse your soul (and belly) from all the hustle, bustle and sweet confections you endured the past few months.

Take a breather. Tell the hubby “hey, babe…I need a ‘me’ day” and plan to take yourself to your happy place for a few hours…mine being the Four Seasons Hotel and Spa. This will make you a better mom, wife, friend and biz owner. Seriously, I’m not kidding. It’s true…try it! But don’t say I didn’t warn you…you may become addicted to ‘me’ time….it’s nice.

Ok, I’ve rambled on enough…the decorations are all put away, the holiday candles have been blown out, the trash has been picked up, the tags have been pulled off, the new clothes have been washed and the toys have been organized and put away….I’ve had my “Christmas Let Down Pity Party (of one)”……..*sips coffee*…….its goal time!!!!

But first, a nap…..

Happy 2019 my Friends,

Xoxo Helena

This is just a small part of my Christmas decor…isn’t it fun?