In Memory Of My Baby Boy Mango

It’s with a very heavy heart that I tell you our fur baby, Mango, passed away on October 11th, just 4 days short of his 17th birthday. My heart is beyond broken and I’m not exactly sure how to pick up the pieces.

File Oct 18, 7 11 37 PM.jpegMango was my first love. I remember the exact moment I laid eyes on him. He was a tiny little nugget with the biggest eyes and two tiny teeth sticking out like a little bat. We were soulmates and it was love at first sight. He climbed right up into my lap and licked my face.  He picked me. I was his and he was mine. We brought him and his sister home with us and life was forever better.

File Oct 18, 7 11 12 PM.jpegMango (and Pandie) came into my life when I needed them most. I was a lonely, homeschooled teenager that was bouncing between parents and cities. They were my friends, my babies, my everything. My husband came into my life two years later and my life was officially complete.

File Oct 18, 7 36 41 PMIt’s going to take a long time to get used to him being gone. He went everywhere with us. During his last few years we never spent more than an hour or two away from him. An incident happened to a Pandie a couple of years ago that made it impossible to leave them alone, and after Mango was diagnosed with Pulmonary Hypertension he would get too excited if we left and would have fainting spells. We didn’t mind having him constantly with us one bit because we wanted to soak up every second we could with them. He loved it too. He would cruise around in his stroller feeling like the king of the world in it.

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Four days before his 17th birthday he began to rapidly decline. I had hope that we’d be able to adjust his medicine and he would be able to come home. Despite our best efforts and the efforts of our vets and canine cardiologist, Mango could no longer breathe on his own and passed away peacefully with us by his side. It still feels so surreal that he’s gone. Everything reminds me of him. I keep thinking I’ll see him around every corner, and sometimes I still see him out of the corner of my eye. I wake up and immediately think of him and then remember he’s gone and I die inside again.  I have a constant painful, sinking feeling in my chest because I miss him so terribly. We all do. Even Pandie, she howls and cries for him, and up until a few days ago refused to eat and waits at her bowl for him to eat first.

IMG_2944-2.jpgCelebrating their birthday without him was one of the hardest things we’ve had to do, but we’re so grateful to still have Pan with us. Everything feels weird and it has been hard to get into the groove of the every day life without him. It’s going to take awhile to get used to. I don’t even remember what life was like before him. Caring for him and Pan is how we’ve spent literally half of our lives and now what?  We’re wrecked but taking it minute by minute and giving ourselves as much time and self care as needed. Plus dealing with the loss of JV’s beloved grandmother two days after Mango just added to the grief. I won’t lie, it has been awful.

File Oct 18, 7 11 50 PMI can go on and on about what a special dog Mango was. I could talk about him for hours, and I often do. Anyone who has ever met Mango has a funny story about him. He was fiercely loyal, funny, adorable, the best road trip buddy, and kind of a jerk…but I loved that about him. I loved everything about him. I’ll miss his face, his smell, his noises, his bark. I’ll miss watching him sleep, and his forehead kisses, and the way it felt to pet the bridge of his nose with my thumb. Everything. I MISS EVERYTHING. He wasn’t just a dog or a pet to us. He was our baby and our son. He was one of a kind and no one will ever compare.

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We’ll always be a family. We love you, my sweet boy. Forever.

RIP Mango
10/15/2000 – 10/11/2017

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Welcome to Melodramaville! Our Palm Springs Home

Well, it happened! We made the big move. I’m once again a permanent resident of Palm Springs and loving it.

We’re still busy moving in and unpacking but I wanted to show you a little peek of our new home.

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There it is! Our little mid-century home! It’s part of a 1960s sixplex, but feels like its own little house with a private fenced back yard and back entrance.

The living room is going to be redecorated with new furniture from Joybird and vintage finds that I’ve been collecting for awhile.I love the all white kitchen and the amount of light it gets!IMG_9843.jpg

The bathroom has a washer and dryer! I haven’t had my own laundry in over six years! So exciting!

It has two bedrooms, one of which will be used as a home office. The main bedroom has awesome views and a built in vanity that I love.

We’re also waiting on a new bed from Joybird!

I think my favorite part is the back patio, which I’ve already begun filling with flowers, grass for my pups, and a lemon tree!

I can’t wait to show you all of the decorating and DIY plans I have in store for the place!

Make sure you’re following along on Instagram for more updates and photos!

A Look Back At My Apartment Through The Years

If you haven’t heard the news already, I’m leaving my apartment of over 6 years and moving back to Palm Springs!

As I pack up each room for the move I’m reminded of how many faces each one has had over the years, and how we started out here with literally only an air mattress and a laptop. I worked hard to make this apartment feel like our own home and did every thing I could to personalize it within the limits allowed. In the beginning I worked with what I had and could afford, which wasn’t much, and slowly improved each room over the years and brought in new and better things to make it what it is today. I had fun doing it and I’m really proud of what I’ve done and been able to share with you all since the blog started.

I thought it would be fun to take a little look back through the years. Each rooms has looked even more different than what you’ll see below, but this is what I could find on my Instagram and photo archives.

The living room and dining room have always been the main focus. It’s where we spend the most time and really the only room people see when they come over. It started out with ugly paint and carpet (the floors were eventually changed by management) and eventually turned into a bright and spacious feeling room. It was even featured in Better Homes and Gardens!

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As you can see I flipped the entire layout last year.

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The dining room has had a few different lives too. 45778_431244939058_252962_nHere are a couple of my favorites.891011

Even the front door got a makeover a couple of times!

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And lastly, the bedroom. I went from garden grandma chic vibes to tropical resort vibes.

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I’ve had a lot of fun living here and sprucing this place up, but I’m excited for something new!

Stay tuned for projects in the new place soon!

 

I’m moving! To Palm Springs!

You guys, it’s finally happening…

I’M MOVING!

Remember last year when I talked about wanting to move but ultimately didn’t because the timing didn’t feel right? Well, it finally does and I’m really excited about it.

For about a year we’ve been toying with the idea of moving back to Palm Springs and during our 3 week long road trip last month we finally made the decision to do it. So many signs were pointing to ‘yes’ and everything just kind of fell into place which means it’s meant to be. Among the many signs were if we stayed here our lease renewal would result in a huge rent spike AGAIN (not worth it), and we found an amazing mid-century apartment right away as if by magic. I couldn’t turn it down.  Total kismet!palmsprings

Don’t get me wrong, I adore Los Angeles and always will. I was born in LA and I will always consider it home, but Palm Springs is home too. I grew up there and even though as a teenager I couldn’t wait for any opportunity to get out, as an adult I look for any chance to go back. Life is weird!


I’m going to miss this view, and this apartment, and all of the memories we’ve made in it. Six years is the longest I’ve ever lived in any one home in my entire life! It’s going to be strange to leave but it’s definitely time to go. Besides, I’ll be back in LA at least two days a week because of my husband’s job, so I’ll still get my fix.
Anyway, I’m really excited for this new chapter and to share the new place with you in a few weeks. Make sure you’re following along on Instagram for all the updates that don’t make it on here!
Wish me luck…

How I’m Coping with Holiday Chaos with Olay Eyes

You guys, am I the only one who feels like the holidays sprung up on us this year? This month is going by so quickly and I feel like there’s still so much to be done before Christmas! So far December has been full of get-togethers, cocktail party planning, and late night DIY projects. I am TIRED, my babies, but I live for this stuff and all of this just comes along with my love for the holidays.
Olay Eyes.jpgEven though I’m tired from all the fun holiday chaos, I don’t want to LOOK tired on the outside. That’s why I turned to the Olay Eyes collection for help and why I’m sharing this v important PSA with you.
Olay Eyes 2 (2).jpgThe bags under my eyes from the late night projects, the puffy eyes from crying to my favorite cheesy Christmas movies, and my droopy “too much cocktail testing” lids have all been remedied by the products in this line.
Olay Eyes (2).jpgAfter only a few days of using the Pro-Retinol Eye Treatment I noticed smoother skin and less fine lines around my eyes. A dab of the Ultimate Eye Cream over my lids in the morning smooths and hydrates my lids to the point where I haven’t even needed to use eye shadow primer anymore. Yes it’s that good!

The Illuminating Eye Cream is a miracle in a bottle. In combination with the Eye Lifting Serum it’s out of this world. I look like the most rested person ever when I use them together, even though I feel like a frantic old mess on some days. You feel me?
Olay Eyes (3).jpgNo lie last week while I was Christmas shopping I felt my eyes literally puffing up by the minute and the tiredness kicking in and then I remembered I brought my Olay Eyes Depuffing Roller with me and rolled it on right there in the store as I waited in line. No shame in my game. I instantly felt reenergized and by the time I left the store my eyes felt and looked nice and bright! I’m addicted to it. Pro tip: I put mine in the fridge for a couple of minutes for ultra soothing under eye action. ADDICTED.
Olay Eyes Depuffing Roller is my latest beauty addictionWell, this month doesn’t look like it’s going to slow down at all, but at least thanks to Olay Eyes I LOOK well rested! Have you tried any of these products yet? Get on it!

I have more fun projects, recipes, and holiday ideas coming your way so stay tuned!

 

This post was sponsored by Olay but all opinions and words are my own.

A Green and Gold French Provincial Side Table Makeover with Chalk Paint®

Back in 2011 I posted one of my first furniture makeovers here on the blog. It was this French Provincial style side table that I found near a dumpster. I took it home, scrubbed it down, and gave it a fresh coat of white paint.

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Over the years it has found its way around my apartment and eventually retired and went back into storage. You guys know I love to switch things up with the seasons so I thought it was time to bring it back in, but since it needed a new paint job I decided to give it a different look!

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One of the reasons I really love Chalk Paint and recommend it to those who are painting furniture for the first time is that it’s very forgiving and easy to use. It applies nicely and dries very level and fast.

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Once that was done I added some gold details and a new crystal drawer knob.

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Voila! All done! Such a dramatic change and it took almost no time and effort.Table Makeover with Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan (7).jpg I’m loving the vintage feel and warmth it’s adding to this corner.

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I’m really happy with the way it turned out and think it adds a really nice vibe for the season. Now what else can I paint…?

Feeling inspired? To purchase these products, find your local Annie Sloan Stockists here!

 

This post was sponsored by Unfolded, but all opinions and ideas are my own.

 

DIY Plastic Halloween Flamingo Skeleton

I’m finally getting into the Halloween spirit and wanted to share a quick DIY project with you guys. You probably already know that I love the retro kitschy vibe of plastic lawn flamingos, so I figured why not turn them into skeletons for Halloween?  Cute idea right? Well, I have to admit that this is one of those times where I thought I was being really original and creative, and then saw that you can actually buy them like this. Well, a scarier demon version anyway. Fail. I already had the materials laying around so I did it anyway! Here’s how I did it in case you want to make some yourself.

First I started with a plastic pink flamingo.

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Then I sprayed it with satin black spray paint. Which looked pretty cool on its own, but I went with the skeleton idea anyway.

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Then I used a white Sharpie paint marker to make the skeleton.DIY Plastic Halloween Flamingo Skeleton I’m not an expert on bird anatomy so you’ll have to forgive my crude interpretation of a flamingo skeleton. Listen, I did my best!

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