Tuesday, September 17, 2013

PA LOVE: Antiques Capital, USA

Antiques Capital, USA
Adamstown, PA
aka an area in Lancaster County that has more antique stores than you can shop in one day

On one of my summer Fridays off from work my friend and I craved some antique shopping. We headed to Lancaster County after hearing all this jazz about a mecca of antique stores in one area. After a full day of shopping (9am to 5pm) we had only ventured through 4 of of the 18 that are advertised! So for anyone into roaming antique stores this is the place to be.

My favorite (and the store where all the above pictures were taken at) was the Mad Hatter Antique Mall. There was a back corner of the shop that I pretty much could have just died in there was so much amazing merchandise. Plus a whole Pyrex room and Fiesta room!

Let's just say I need to go back to hit up the other shops I missed!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Pregnancy: Hormones like Whoa

Crazy hormones are the one thing you will have during your pregnancy. If you think period hormones are bad just wait until you get pregnancy hormones, it's like triple the craziness. I've experienced crying from laughter, crying from joy, and crying just because Jonathan ate the last yogurt. My hormones calmed down a bit from the beginning, well until this week. Week 23 of pregnancy the extreme hormones came back like a slap in the face, hard and unexpected. This time around however my hormones didn't make me have mood swings from happy to sad in 3.5 seconds, they made me hate everyone. This is not an exaggeration. I was filled with so much anger and hate this week it is almost comical. I would get angry just looking at someone. I had a "shit list" that pretty much included everyone I saw and some people I didn't even have to look at I added them to the top of the list. The proof of the raging angry hormones came out on my face in the form of teenager zits all over. Joy.

What's up with that baby?

Have you other mamas or mamas to be had crazy hormones that filled you with rage? Please tell me I'm not the only one.

Also an apology should be issued to Jonathan since he got the brunt of the anger.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Let's Hang Out: Bewitched Blogger Luncheon

Attention all Pennsylvanian bloggers!!!!
We are having a blogger luncheon at the beautiful Terrain shop in Glen Mills, PA.
Plus it's kinda Halloween themed.

Want to hang out with me and other super awesome bloggers like Katherine from Of Corgis and Cocktails and Maddie from Madalynne?!? Sign up here to reserve your spot.
Space is limited so get your seat now. 
I would love to meet you!

XO- Becky 

Friday, September 13, 2013

Furry Fridays: You Gotta Have Hart


Brought to you weekly by Becky and Steph!
Meet Jamie and her fur baby Levi.

T.G.I.F. Folks!
When I got this little fella, I was back living at home with my Parent's, newly unemployed, and the last thing I needed was another "dog".  My Parent's had gone to Montana for two weeks and while they were gone, I got a "wild hair".  I called my friend Nina and we found a Shih Tzu breeder about 45 minutes away and went to look at babies! When I called the breeder, she advised me that the puppies were only six weeks old so I wouldn't be able to bring one home but I could pick one out, leave a down payment, and then come back in two weeks to take it home.  I knew better than that!  Even Nina knew that I had skills and could convince a blind man to buy a TV-- so we were leaving with a puppy!  FYI: *Most puppies cannot be sold before eight weeks of age.  This is because they need to be vaccinated and fully weaned.  (I have worked for Animal Hospitals, etc and am fully trained, so this is not an issue.  I would NOT recommend just anyone doing so.  I did sign paperwork stating that I was fully responsible for any issues that may occur with the puppy due to it's age.)

Levi is such a special puppy and has brought so much love and enjoyment to my life.  I wouldn't trade him for a million dollars!  He has a crazy love of tennis balls!  I do not how how this started or even who gave him his first tennis ball.  He literally goes insane over them. When he finds one, he will harass you left and right to throw them and when the night is over, we have to hide them, so that he will quiet down and go to sleep! Levi is also very spoiled.. he gets plenty of bones and squeaky toys (which drive me insane because he has to destroy the squeaker-- and usually does so within minutes!).  
Honestly, I have worked for numerous Animal Hospitals, Groomers, Wildlife Rescues, and more.. I've also owned numerous dogs (it feels so bad calling them that because they were ALL my babies!), but Levi has surpassed ALL expectations of what a loved pet could be.  He makes me laugh when my face is stuck on a frown and when I'm crying.. this guy literally wipes my tears.  While I am a BIG advocate for adopting pets from your Animal Shelter, and my next pet will be adopted.. Levi has been the greatest lil guy ever! 

I want to leave you with a few tips about Shih Tzu's and their care:
--Shih Tzu's eyes water, and A LOT!  Their hair will also grow into their eyes and if not properly groomed, can cause them to lose their eyesight (from hair poking at their eyeball).  It's important that you keep this hair properly groomed and cleaned.  (I've actually owned a Shih Tzu that had an eye removed due to eye trauma)
--Shih Tzu's are prone to ear infections.  They need their ears properly cleaned and the hair pulled from them on a monthly if not on a every other month basis.  I DO NOT recommend you doing this on your own.  HAVE A PROFESSIONAL GROOMER DO THIS. End of story.
--Shih Tzu's NEED to be groomed, if not brushed.  Their hair WILL get knotted.  If they are not regularly groomed, they can get painfully knotted and it's animal abuse.  You can brush them on a daily basis but I strongly recommend sending them to a trusted groomer because if you don't know how to properly brush, you WILL miss the correct areas to brush that are prone to knots.
--If you bathe your Shih Tzu.. DO NOT GET WATER IN THEIR NOSE!!! You can literally drown your dog because their nozzle is so short. (if you don't know what you are doing, don't wash them PLEASE, let someone else do it or just don't wash their face!  Also, if you wash them, wash them with special dog shampoo and BE SURE you rinse them well or you WILL give them hot spots! Basically, if you think you've rinsed them enough- rinse them more because their hair holds soap more than you know!)
--Shih Tzu's need a good food, preferably one that is NOT canned food and does NOT have corn starch in it.  Do your research-- Grocery store food= not a good diet.

All in all.. Love your Pet and treat them like family!

Jamie blogs at You Gotta Have Hart

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Bits of Becky: August

Hi friends! Geez Louise this summer has been super crazy! I can't think of one free weekend this whole month and it's been awesome, yet a little exhausting. And these "bit" updates are looking pretty lame this month with nothing new to report really but  here is what's been happening in my life lately and with some Instagram shots from the month! (follow me @bforbecky)

Reading: Still just reading baby websites! I love Alphamom's Pregnancy Calendar so that is my weekly go to! I was introduced to the site at ALTNY back when I was still keeping my bump under wraps and have been getting tons of goo info from it ever since!

Also, my sister in law just started her own blog! Jenn is now the proud author of Classy Teacher Clothes, which gives fashion inspiration to teachers and working professionals. Please go give her some love!
Watching: America's Got Talent. Come on who doesn't love this show?

Listening: I have no good music right now. I am waiting for October when Dr Dog, Arcade Fire and the Head and the Heart allllllll release new albums!!

Crafting: Still working on crocheting my baby blanket. As it gets bigger the longer it takes to make a row and the more discouraging it is.

Offline: There is so much to this category! A NYC trip to the Punk to Chaos exhibit. A day trip full of antiquing in antique store heaven! Camping trip to Caledonia State Park. A quick beach trip down to Cape May, NJ. All this with a growing belly and a husband who looks more freaked out by the minute. Oh, adulthood. 

Photo Info: At the MET, NYC with my sister in law, Pyrex heaven, Joy, my favorite morning juice glass, of course more Joy, my little Scotty camper, J and I at Mister Eds, my camping partners also at Mister Eds, funky mushrooms at our campgrounds, Cape May and Pearl since there were 2 Joy pictures.