Meg’s Birthday Party

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Corey and I threw a bit of a last minute birthday party for Meg this past weekend.  Her birthday is this week I’ve been so preoccupied trying to plan our California trip in early May that I basically forgot to get my act together until a week ago or so.  Luckily, our friends are the best and were game for a low key cookout.  Corey’s sister Katie was a complete gem and helped me decorate with some small touches here and there.  She made lots of those pretty paper flowers and used my newly purchased star punch to make things festive by basically throwing stars everywhere.  Here are some pictures taken frantically in the last few free minutes before the people arrived.  Let’s talk about how much I need a tripod.  These are so grainy.

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Cat Friendly Plants

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

If you happen to be both a cat lover and a plant lover, you have probably already figured out that the majority of plants are actually toxic to cats.  Big bummer.  I will just have to pass on all of those gorgeous fiddle leaf figs that everyone keeps talking about (although let’s face facts I would probably kill it anyway).   So for years I’ve decided to stay away from indoor plants, both due to their poisonous tendencies and because obviously I’m lazy.  After doing a thorough investigation of my house pinterest page, I realized how much of a difference plants make in a room.  Well I did some research on whether there are any attractive plants that are not pure poison for our baby kitties.  And there are!  I’ve already picked up a fern and a little echeveria, and the extra bit of green has really been making me happy.  Here are some other beauties that won’t harm your cats.

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Maidenhair fern - This is a gorgeous plant but apparently really difficult to take care of.  Emily Henderson swears by them (but also has to replace them several times a year).

Jasmine – I have got to get a little pot of jasmine growing.  How delightful would that be?  Smelling up my house with good smells and being all viney?

Blue Echeveria – The cutest little succulent.  I picked one up from Home Depot for like $7.

Peppermint – I have wanted to make a mini herb garden for forever, and I think peppermint is a good place to start.  Maybe in a lovely pot on my kitchen window sill.  Unfortunately, not all herbs are cat friendly, so be careful about that.

Rabbit Foot Fern – Apparently most ferns are ok for cats, but not all?  I picked up an “exotic” fern from Home Depot, but I’m not sure of its exact species.

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DC trip

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

As I mentioned before, this past weekend I went up to DC with my boyfriend to visit an old friend of mine.  We have actually been friends since I was 2 or 3 when we lived in the same neighborhood in Ohio.  Then, I moved to Charlotte when I was 4 and the seriously cool thing is that despite the fact that we never lived in the same place again, we have been friends ever since.  We kept in touch as pen pals and saw each other for various reasons every few years or so.  We have a pretty neat relationship and I am always excited to get to see her.   On Friday, Chris and I roamed around DC and we totally lucked out because the cherry blossoms were in bloom.  Needless to say, you are about to see a lot of pictures of monuments and flowers.

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 So I pulled out a penny to throw in the reflection pool and I realized that the building on it was the same one I was standing in front of.  Mind. Blown.

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And here is a picture of Calli and I.  Isn’t she beautiful?

It was a really great trip and if any of you get a chance to go to DC when the cherry blossoms are in bloom, I highly recommend it.

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