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Blogmas Day 3: HANS IS HOME!

Hans tore a hole in Cassidy’s window screen FOUR MONTHS ago. We spent a lot of time looking for him and once I thought I saw him run into a yard in the cul-de-sac across from us but it was 5:00AM and I wasn’t comfortable getting all up in the bushes in front of a neighbors front window at that time.

Then last night we didn’t go to a Christmas party and Ben happened to be outside and saw him streak across our driveway! He ran after him which freaking Hans out so Ben sat down and just started calling to him and Hans ran right over! Ben called me and yelled BRING CAT TREATS COME OUTSIDE NOW. Ben wasn’t able to grab him but when I threw a few treats down he walked right up to me and nuzzled into my chest. I carried him home.

When I brought him upstairs Cassidy didn’t believe me but Hans ran over to her and didn’t leave her side for the entire night. He ate and fell asleep almost instantly and has been sleeping most of the day. It’s been SO COLD outside and he’s SO skinny so I imagine the next few days are going to be spent mostly eating and sleeping on her cozy warm bed with is favorite human companion.

He’s pretty smelly so I’m about to go give him a sponge bath because I hate to traumatize him with a full real bath right now. Then I’ll flea treat him. We have him quarantined in Cassidy’s room in case he picked something up out there and I’m going to make an appointment to get him in to see the vet and get checked out.

But he’s HOME! Safe and warm and with a full belly.


Hans is home. Skinny, cuts on his face, can't get enough love from Cassidy. ??

Blogmas Day 1. Questions and Answers with Cassidy.

I’ve decided to attempt Blogmas. ATTEMPT. I’ll probably fail but I like to set my standards low so that I’m not disappointed in myself later. The last few months I’ve written around 2 posts a month and I’ve already met that goal so basically I’ve already won December.

My friend Trini posted this questions meme on Facebook the other day and it was fun to read her daughter’s answers. Because I didn’t want to have to type all the answers out I just made Cassidy sit down and make a video with me. Because I’m lazy. And also, you can see our real interactions.

Peace of mind with WearSafe

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Wearsafe for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

In just 3 short days Cassidy will walk onto campus and attend her first class as a college Freshman. It is so hard to wrap my mind around that fact that my baby is a college student! I am so proud of her and so excited to see where this new adventure leads her as she makes new friends, learns new skills and life lessons, and is faced with new challenges as she tries new experiences.

I’m not going to lie though, it’s a moment I’ve been equally excited about and dreading. Did we do all we need to do as parents to prepare her for this adult world? Sure she knows how to cook her own food and do her own laundry and she’s just started learning how to pay her own bills. But you still worry as a parent! Are they eating? I know she’ll do that! That kid LOVES food! Does she have clean clothes to wear? Of course! She’s been doing her own laundry for years! Is she paying her bills! I hope so but she has an emergency credit card if anything pops up she can’t handle on her own.

My biggest question as she leaves to live this new independent life is: Is she safe?

wearsafe01But now I don’t have to worry about that because we are equipping her with the new wearable device called WearSafe. It’s a small, inconspicuous device that can alert a set group of people about a possible dangerous situation without drawing any attention at all. With just the push of a button it sends your location and audio without anybody around you even realizing it, while vibrating when your trusted contact views your information to let you know that help is on the way.

So Cassidy can press a button and Ben and I, and whoever else she has in her trusted network, can HEAR what is going on and see exactly where she is. Then, from a group chat we can coordinate to get her whatever help she needs on the way immediately. So before a situation even has the chance to escalate, she’ll know that we are there with her and are sending help. This has brought me so much peace of mind as she enters what will be long nights of study sessions, work and, yes, even those popular college parties.

Here she is with is clipped to her leggings. You wouldn’t even know it’s there if I didn’t point it out. It also comes with an attachment to put it on your car keys.wearsafe02

After setting it up we tested it out and it was so easy to use. After Cassidy hit the button I received an email, which also sent to my Apple Watch, and a text message alerting me that she was in need of assistance. I was immediately able to access her location on a map and start playing an exceptionally clear audio file that recorded everything that we were saying. I was also easily able to chat with her. Here is a screenshot of the really intuitive user interface.


The very best part? The device is FREE! You pay a $5.00 per month subscription fee but right now you can try it free. If you have kids you are sending off to college, or any kids really, I highly suggest checking it out for your own peace of mind.

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Aside: Truthiness in Target

While browsing Target for something to finally start decoration my master bedroom walls:

Cassidy: Look, this one says, “This home is filled with Happiness and Love.”
Me: Is there one that says, “This home is filled with sarcasm and farts?” Because I feel like that would be more appropriate.
Lady in the next aisle: *snorting while trying to hide laughter*
Cassidy: *shrug*

New Year 2016 Fun!

Fun is always easy to have when Julie is here! Whether we have an adventure all planned out or just play it by ear, it’s always awesome. I think the best part to me is just getting to spend time with her. Long talks over lunch, laughing in the car or just walking around and exploring new parts of a city.

And the BEST part! No selfie judgment! No matter how many times I say, “Hold on! Let me selfie!” SHE GETS IT. *BIG HEARTS*

Here is an album of all my San Francisco photos. I know that some people get annoyed by how many photos I take but I LOVE that I can look back now and so many of these make me giggle and remind me of a really awesome day.

I’ll just share a few of my favorites now.




Cassidy tried to photobomb ever selfie she could.



Julie also happened to capture pretty much the absolute BEST PHOTO EVER TAKEN of Ben and I at dinner on New Years Eve. Pretty sure I’m going to get this one framed and hang it up somewhere.


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