Friday Favs

Friday, February 6, 2015

I woke up in a really good mood today. I've been struggling with the old winter blues for a few weeks so it felt good to wake up ready to tackle the morning rather than just lay in bed and ask myself "are you really that tired?" Or "are you being that girl from the depression commercial who just can't wind herself up?" Anyone else do the mental health check every morning? No? Just me?

Perhaps if your backyard looked like this you'd have to do the mental health check.


We have the teeniest little city backyard there ever was and right no there is no less than three feet of snow back there. This is Harlow going for a dive in it. The wind and lack of sunshine have done nothing to help melt it. It's just back there. Standing and waiting for another snow storm to dump more on top of it.

But alas, it will bring me down no more. So today let's concentrate on the good stuff. The stuff that makes me happy.

I saw The Theory of Everything last night and I think that might have something to do with my good mood today. It's the story of Stephen Hawking, aka the guy who just became my new hero.


You need to watch it. You will be inspired and motivated by the amazing life Hawking has led and continues to lead. He just became my new Tony Robbins.

And then there's this Save by the Bell reunion from the Jimmy Fallon show. I'm sure you've already watched it, but if haven't click here. And if you have, watch it again.


I've watched it ten times now and I smile and get goosebumps of nostalgia every single time. Yes, I just said I get chills from watching a Saved by the Bell reunion. Judge me all you want. This show just brings back so many good memories for me. I almost teared up when they started singing "we'll be friends forever." Okay I did tear up. And the fact the cast looks almost exactly the same (one guy looks just a little bit different...) is just mind boggling to me. I love these people. I grew up with them.

And then there's this photo I happened to stumble upon yesterday when cleaning out my email. Here we are in front of our first home we rented together back in Topeker, Kansas more than 100 years ago. We lived here for three months. This photo was taken the day we packed up our Uhaul and moved to Chicago.


Look at crazy baby Harlow, always pulling on the damn leash. He's probably seven months old here. People use to ask me if I fed him and I'd get so offended because he ate like a horse when he was a puppy. Now I see why there was reason for concern. His ribs!

Fun fact about this house: it was less than two blocks away from the Westboro Baptist Church. I refuse to link to their site, but if you want to know what I'm talking about just google it. Nothing gets my blood boiling more than thinking about those satanic people. I would walk by their commune every day and plot how to destroy it. It was also the one yard I would let Harlow go the bathroom in and accidentally forget to pick up after him. #noregrets

Lastly today I'm collaborating with another great store with a cause, Peace. Love. Paws. It's an animal-loving company (go figure) and a portion of all their profits goes right back to helping animals.

Their quality is absolutely amazing and all of their clothing and accessories are super cute! I especially love their greeting cards. They have graciously donated a few items for a giveaway that one of you could win so you can see firsthand how great their products are.


To enter to win the shirt, greeting cards, necklace and earrings just follow them on twitter @peacelovepawsco and leave me a comment below telling me you did so.

That's all I've got for today. I'm ready for some Friday.

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26 comments:

  1. Followed them. I love dogs and can't wait for my I'd Rather Be Hanging with my Dog tee to arrive. amylutz87@gmail.com

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  2. YES! I included that Saved by the Bell video in my Friday Favs too- SO funny!

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  3. Followed them!!! I'd love to win this. I didn't get to post this the other day but I remember last year when you found that injured dog and took him and his owner to the hospital. I was so crazy happy when you found them the other day! I can't believe you ran into them and he's doing good. Stories like that make my heart super happy. Happy Friday!!

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  4. I have been dealing with the winter blues too! I upped and booked a ticket to Scottsdale - its.that.bad. The Jimmy Fallon/Saved By The Bell video made my entire week. How bizarre and awesome is it that they almost all look exactly the same!!

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  5. This is such a nice roundup of favs, I have been meaning to watch The Theory Of Everything for a while now- It looks so good!x

    Abbie|Thoughtsandthunder

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  6. I'm sure I would have used the bathroom in that yard too! This week has been off and the first time in over a year where I felt the onsets of depression. I realized this and did my best to fight, starting with a dance party. Basically, it happens to the best of us and it'll pass. I'm so excited, I'm so excited, I'm. So....excited for the weekend. #teamjessie
    Texas Jak
    www.novermyhead.com

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  7. My admiration for you just went up a few notches when I read that whole Westboro paragraph! I STILL need to see Theory of Everything!

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  8. The winter blues have hit hard. Maybe the solution for me lies in Stephen Hawking too.

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  9. I was signing "Friends Forever" all day yesterday. It was awesome.

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  10. My dog looked malnourished when he was a puppy too. I was so self-conscious about it when we took him out for walks. I wanted to wear a big sign around my neck that read "I SWEAR I FEED MY DOG. I FEED HIM A LOT ACTUALLY." Thankfully as he grew he began to fill out a bit more.

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  11. the mental health check sounds like me. winter can be pretty depressing -_-

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  12. I love that pic of y'all - cannot believe how close you lived to Westboro. Yuck. Need to see that movie and check out this awesome company!

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  13. Yes, I totally agree about the Theory of Everything and Stephen Hawking. However, I also was completely inspired by his wife. She wouldn't let him quit and did so much to help him. They are just an inspiring couple even though they aren't still together. Wills of steel those two!

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  14. I'm glad that you woke up feeling that good -- I think I need to try out that mind set and thinking back to those commercials!!

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  15. Following!!

    (P.S. I'm so happy to know someone else out there got as emotional over a SBTB reunion!!)

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  16. Followed! And I can very shamelessly say I laughed entirely too hard at "Dog Is Love". If I lived as close to the WBC as you guys did I would pitch a sign in my front yard that said Dog Is Love, just to irk them.

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  17. Followed! Love all of your dog pics filling up my Instagram feed!

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  18. Followed! Love all of your dog pics filling up my Instagram feed!

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  19. love the dogs and when you post about your somewhat time in KC...even though it was so close to the Westboro crazies.

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  20. I do love some doggies! I followed them ;)

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  21. I followed!! You've got to love the companies that give back to the animals!!

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  22. At least Harlow likes frolicking in the snow, yeah? I mean that is a bright side. Dogs frolicking are happy and that makes me happy ha ha. I am going to have to watch the Saved by the Bell reunion!
    Following Peace Love Paws Co on Twitter :)

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  23. Love the throwback pic. Harlow doesn't seem to have changed a bit. haha

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  24. The theory of everything was one of the best movies I've watched in a long time. He is an amazing man. After watching the movie we watched another documentary on his on you tube because we couldn't get enough!

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  25. I definitely need to go see the Theory of Everything. Also I can't believe that Westboro church, ugh. I googled and can't even believe their URL.

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