Welcome Home Eevee: Our English Cream Golden Retriever

A New Member of the Family?

Back in April, we had our roommates and their dog living here for (what we thought would be) a few months. We fell in love immediately with their dog Moro, a golden retriever- she was sweet, loveable, a bit silly but overall what we wanted to bring into our family. Sean and I had talked about getting another dog for a few years but with Maggie’s blindness onset- we just didn’t know how they would both react. But because of COVID, no one in the area was continuing to breed and they were putting a pause on it for peoples’ safety. Then quarantine began. Luckily after searching reputable breeders a little further south and we found a nice lady by the name of Carol who had previously had two other litters. I spoke to her many times about details with the size of the dogs, English cream golden retriever breed, personality, and demeanor. She sent us pictures of each and every update and posted up when the puppies were born. After the 64 ish days gestation, I loved getting picture updates and videos of the puppies growing, eating, and playing. After they were born, they began to nurse, started crawling, walking, running and playing, and of course going potty with growing freedom. It was so fun getting numerous pictures of each puppy and groups of them altogether. All the new owners are in a group text chat-watching and seeing these puppies growing up before our eyes. We are planning a future “white-out” at a local park to get them all back together in about 6 months.

Preview Day-11/1

Two weeks ago, Stephanie and I took a drive a couple of hours trip down to where the breeder and owner of Kaniah, the dog mom. We had a preview day in preparation to bring her home. We drove through the town where I had actually never been before, a college town in southern central Oregon. It was a beautiful chilly day and we made the most of it to spend girl time together. We saw her at five weeks and Sean went down again at eight weeks to bring her home. We drove down at like eleven in the morning and Stephanie drove the Jeep. We stopped for coffee on the way, we jammed out and listened to a Spotify playlist. We got there just a half hr early, so we stopped by Fred Meyers to get a present for the momma dog- Kaniah, and the older sister dog, Karma. We brought a squeaky toy and a rope tug tog for large dogs. They were both so sweet and I can’t believe I get to have one of these special dogs, I’m so impressed and excited. Also, she had the two older dogs doing tricks and showing how well mannered they are. So fun to see how the puppies interacted and each ones’ temperament. I am bursting at the seams to have her home and welcome her to our troop! I don’t know how the dogs will truly feel about their new sister but they adjusted so well to Moro-so I’m hoping they get used to having a puppy in their space.

Pick Up Day- Coming Home 11/17

Sean brought her home two nights ago, with the help of Dillen driving the Jeep. She didn’t get carsick or cry much at all on the hour ride home. I was so impressed by how well the dogs did by the introductions. They were cautiously optimistic and sniffed each other for a good long time. Eevee walked around and became submissive but also wanted to play. We all video chatted with Sean’s parents or better known as Grand Fur-parents. Grandpa is Maggies’ favorite person in the world, so naturally, she will be too. They had a golden when Sean was growing up (her name was also Maggie) so they know the breed and love the breed. Overall it went great and we played a lot, had a lot of potty breaks which she did great with. She was kinda dirty and had some puppy smell on her-so we gave her a bath! She didn’t like it so much the first time but last night when she needed one she was a bit more accepting. Then I had a small mental breakdown because she needed a bath, and then pooped and then stepped in it. I had enough! This is normal however and just like a baby, I had a moment of overwhelm. I still love her and she will learn, eventually with training and time. By the time she went to bed- we all went to sleep so fast, that part has been easy.

She had a busy first week with friends and family introductions meeting this sweet fur-ball. First, my friend, Ashley came over with her boyfriend, James to come see the puppy and take all the pictures. Then the day after, his parents came over to go Thanksgiving food shopping and afterwards we played with the dogs for a bit. They oohed and awwed over her for a long time. The day after that, my other friend Cynthia and her son came over and stayed all day took all the pictures to the point where her mom at home wanted to take the puppy and sneak her away in the car (no way jose!). Then Stephanie stopped by as well to see her puppy niece. They played and played, cuddled and wrestled, and had so much fun! I think she probably had had enough by then because the last 30 mins she slept. Then she peed all over the place and had to get another bath,

All my babies, together, so sweet!

We put her collar on and she didn’t mind that at all (it’s a puppy collar, yellow with bees on it) but Sean decided to get her a new one; a Star Wars one of course. I have been starting to work with her on her puppy nibbles (aka biting) and teaching her to stop and get her attention. She does go to one of two spots to relax, her bed when she gets treats for doing so calmly and between the couches where she often takes naps. Her quirky actions include playing with the doorstop, biting her own tail (or her siblings’) upside down on top of her head/doing somersaults, sliding across the floor after the toy, and barking at her siblings to play with her. Her baths have been a small battle but also she doesn’t mind them really that much. She just loves to get me soaked in the process..which I don’t really mind. Her fur is the softest thing I’ve ever felt so I am enjoying the cuddles A LOT.

Thanksgiving with Eevee

The next day was Thanksgiving and it was an awful start to a wonderful day. She peed and pooped on the floor immediately after waking up and then decided to go 1000 mph through the house and wreak havoc. So I figure she goes outside first now before I do anything else. It was a hard moment and a difficult start to a day that is challenging for me to begin with. I cried in the bathroom for a minute while I regained composure over all the feelings that took over. I started my holiday by being thankful for her, our other two dogs that are healthy and happy (ish), my husband and our family we created with those who we love and who show us love. The in-laws heard of my tough morning and tried to give me a break and occupy Eevee a bit. I was thankful for that too. I’m thrilled that we could have a holiday all to ourselves and our in- laws, it was pretty great. Eevee got her first taste of turkey and then took a nap on the kitchen rug during dinnertime.

Happy Thanksgiving!
Post Thanksgiving nap

We love her!

She is beginning to have a routine, learning her boundaries with herself and with her new siblings, and exploring like a true puppy should. She has tried climbing stairs and does quite well most days, begs for her food at the right times and says sorry by giving kisses. Her traits are following her older sister Karma who has a silly, goofy, spastic personality but is very calm and sweet most of the time. She sleeps hard most of the time in short spurts and then plays like a rambunctious toddler. It’s fun, frustrating, and extremely rewarding. Whoever says that raising a puppy is not equal to raising a baby; sorry I call BS. It’s the same issues and the same struggles with a similar reward. Maybe I didn’t birth her but this past week has made it feel like I did. She is a beautiful dog whom we really love and we are so happy to have her in our family now. Having a new puppy is a huge responsibility and I didn’t realize how much work it would be as an adult. But she is a joy and a thrill and we love her!

macbook pro review

MacBook Pro Review: One Month Later

Back in October, I asked Sean if I could get a MacBook Pro. After some negotiating he finally caved and I ordered it. In a roundabout way, it replaced my PC notebook I had- I reset it, something went wrong and it had a system crash. DEAD. So I guess it was meant to be- maybe? I wanted a laptop that would be seamless with my desktop downstairs. I wanted to be able to move from one project upstairs and continue in my office. I wanted to do this review for you because I love this computer, like a lot. It’s done everything I need it to do, it’s portable and more. It’s comfortable and works great. Here are some of the things I love about the MacBook Pro 16′ model.


I like having Siri at the touch of my fingers and having her answer my every whim at the sound of my voice. For quick answers, dictionary help or other random information- she can help me with anything. She learns my tendencies and she starts to understand my routines more and more. The shortcuts there are endless and that makes my computer strategy simpler.


I organized and added a couple of apps to my notification sidebar, things I want to see quickly at a glance. My calendar schedule, my alarms, a quiet work mode button, and my weather and email app. It also still shows my alerts and notifications of events, birthdays, or other things from my calendar.


I guess PCs do this too with online saves and hard drive backups. But with the iMac that I have in my office, I seamlessly can work on projects and switch between super easily. It is a huge benefit if I need to print or scan something in or switch out between projects I can see all my documents etc on both screens as it is, up to date.


I personally love the Apple app store for one reason, they have it ALL. To be honest, so does Android but finding apps on the computer for PC is kinda a nightmare. Or all just web services, no apps. I use Trello on app most of all (right now) for writing my posts in


As a blogger, I feel like I easily save and load up on extra storage space that I might need for those extra 20-100 photos for my blog or those 40 font files (or whatever it may be; backups perhaps. This is the biggest that Macbook sells I believe, I opted for the newest model with the largest space available so I never had to worry. However, did I still buy an external hard drive for my personal photos…. yes.


Who doesn’t love Amazon? Sure you can go spend 100$ on one case and go get the most protective, sparkliest, and most personalized case ever. But I found so many that I fell in love with. I got a bundle for just over 20$ and I got a set of three sold separately for just over 50$ I think. It was one good deal, the one thing I’ll say is triple check your Macbook and screen size so it fits properly. Also sometimes the plastic is tough so it really needs a good snap onto the computer corners. Just be careful not to get pressure damage on your screen!


I actually really like Face Time video chatting especially for Covid times this year. I don’t have an iPhone anymore so being able to keep in touch with my friends and family is a crucial point. I can seamlessly, again message or video chat no matter where I am in the house or in my office.


You can change the colors and style of the folders and windows. This is how you do it. LINK HERE. You can also do easy things like customizing titles and organizing folders into a system that works for you. Choose a great inspiring or beautiful background that you want to consistently look at. It really helps to have great images in the background when you’re working on your computer every day.


I was ASTOUNDED when I heard the sound quality on this computer compared to my 2-year-old PC that I reset and it DIED. I can easily adjust the volume up to one notch at a time and it’s not blowing my ears out or sounding hollow and empty for being on 20. It has an excellent base and sounds full for coming out of the computer speakers. Paint me impressed though, for real!


Lighting, Volume. Window options. Mute. Siri. Change Windows. Video Play buttons. Emojis. Spelling Correct. I love how everything is so quickly controlled and so easily reached. The shortcuts in apps like on the web and in Trello are so easy and quick- they make my “job” online so much more seamless. When I open a program or app like Trello, the Touchbar gives me options to make my work faster. For example, Open a new Card, or New Window while also correcting any errors in your typing.


Three words: Apple Fingerprint Password
It’s amazing. Because I have changed that thing dozens and hundreds of times. The error “Please use a password that hasn’t been used in the past year” is my nemesis.

In summary, I did my research when looking for this and found what things I really wanted in a laptop to make it the most useful to me. I had really heard great reviews and my roommate had just gotten a similar one. Storage space and speed were most important and next the programs and system had to match what I work on most. I love how lightweight and compact it is without having too small of a screen. Hope that this review maybe helped or made you think about features in a new way and prioritize what you personally need.

If you have any questions or want help or my opinion on something- leave me a comment down below and I’ll get right back to you! Don’t forget to share this pin so others can find this post.

achieving goals by year end

5 Goals I’m Achieving Before The End of The Year

There is still plenty of time to take advantage of the year, so don’t feel like it’s all over yet. We still have two FULL months of the year left and there is plenty of time to set short-term, bite-size goals that you can easily accomplish. Whether you are making small habits or chunking away at a bigger achievement, you still have time to get done what you want this year. I have just really had the mindset this year and each quarter that, it is all progress, not perfection. Each thing I do gets me that much closer to my goals and dreams. Here are some ideas of areas in life you can work on and what I’m peddling towards currently. Breaking each of these goals down into a weekly or daily snippet is a simple way to incorporate into your day so they get betterment.

Fitness Routine

I would think that some, or most people already have a weekly fitness plan. And maybe that was thrown off a bit because of COVID but the truth is: I didn’t have one. We were just getting back to be “active” when COVID hit and closed the gyms. I’m beginning to realize how important our fitness level is and how much our movement affects how we feel daily. I wish it wasn’t true but I’m getting older and I feel everything in my body more. So of course with winter coming to PNW- everything moves inside with a shove from again, COVID. Yes, you can work out socially distanced but, being a homebody anyway- I feel like this might work better for us. Along with that fact that we will be taking our dogs for walks! We have a new treadmill with some bells and whistles that I am using to attain these milestones within this realm of wellness.

Nutrition and Water Intake

I don’t know many people that have kept a good diet/nutrition during this COVID period. I’m sure a large majority of families have been ordering out more than normal or having “fend for yourself” nights. But I am attempting to meal plan and prep more again and get a balanced meal set for myself and my husband. I started off so strong with water intake at the beginning of the year-with my 32oz Hydroflask from Costco. I was in a cycle of drinking water every morning and night with cold water from my fridge dispenser. But it broke about two months ago and I’m just not a fan of tap water even when it’s good. Since the new fridge is coming this week, I will be right back on this habit and I know it will improve my mental clarity, my skin, and my digestion which has also been off lately.

Bettering my Mental Health

I’ve been in therapy for about 3-4 weeks now, I feel like I am making so much progress on the few issues on my mind lately. I’ve been dealing with some interpersonal toxic relationships. Like many others, I have been feeling lonely and cooped up the entire year due to COVID-19. I had anxiety and depression previously and just felt like my feelings just ramped up again. And even being on anti-anxiety pills, I felt like I needed more guidance in my daily habits and routines. I’m trying to practice better habits like meditation, journaling, reading, and AM/PM routines. I also started a group coaching program by Jess Massey of Hustle Sanely and I am LOVING it already. It will really change things for me as well as my mindset being shifted already.

Build my healthy relationships

I’ve realized with the help of therapy how lucky I am to have a handful of people who love me and whom I love despite all my toxic family members. So I’ve been investing more concentrated time and effort into my husband, in-laws, my four closest (IRL) friends- Ashley, Cynthia, Stephanie, and Stevie. Then I have my blogging gals, another group of ladies who are gems! Pam, my VA, and best online pal, and Raewyn, my woo woo bestie! We’ve been close for years now- cheering each other on in life and biz. I don’t know what I’d do without them! You really need quality people beside you cheering you on in life, it’s so important and makes you feel so complete in your life.

Accomplish 2 Main Things in my Blog Work

This year has been a whirlwind and I’ve been working so much with Pam. I have solved technical issues, learned a lot in the meantime, and crushed some goals I’ve been trying to accomplish for years. My blog was re-designed and found a great design and brand board that I am drawn to and love. I aim to get growth in my social media accounts and create more of an active community. Making progress this year has really been incredible- getting straight forward on my mission, my topics and categories and feeling more confident in my writing is my main focus now. I’m truly super proud of myself for the growth and consistency I’ve held onto. 2020 has been a monumental year, in a few words.

Moral of the story is to not give up on the precious minutes, hours and days that we have left. I’ve also learned to let the extra stress fall by the wayside- this year has had enough of that in every way (especially currently in the election…..). People have been so polarized and opinionated, so much has happened compared to other years past. There is something to the saying, “stay in your own lane”. If I focus on myself, I can only control what I can actually control. I believe that if you just hone in on your own growth then you will be so surprised how far you can get.

Drop me a comment down below, tell me what you are currently working on and/or accomplishing by the end of the year!

home fall decor

Home and Fall: Decorating My New Home

Autumn is my favorite season, there is just something special and wonderful about it. Personally, it always feels like a fresh start, a new beginning near the end of the year-Quarter 4. I knew this year with the holidays would be different for us because of COVID, but also just because of the timing of things. We’re bringing home our new puppy a week before Thanksgiving and I didn’t want added stress.

fall decor front
Front Door Fall Decor
built ins fall decor
Added a touch of Fall to our built-ins

Where I shopped

A few days ago we went to Hobby Lobby to get some new seasonal decor. When we walked through the door, we found little to none fall/Halloween decor (which I found out today is because of the religious views of Hobby Lobby). Anyway, to my surprise Christmas was already out though in full swing. Garland and lights, cranberries, and Santa hats everywhere. Sadly Fall and Autumn season was practically erased.
As we looked around I saw some things so we went for whatever we could find that we liked. I mostly wanted floral leaves decor for our vases, to drape on the fireplace, and a few things here and there for the built in’s and dining room.

seasonal fake leaves vases
Seasonal Faux Arrangements

What I decided to purchase

We got some leaf garland, autumn leaf branches for vases (big and small), some fake corn, and faux sunflowers to be added to the arrangements. Sean also spotted a red shiny fall scented candle in Apple Cider right inside Hobby Lobby- so we bought that too. It smells so good and not too strong even though it was lit all evening. As we walked down the aisles I wanted something comfy to just throw on the couch or in the egg chair. I immediately grabbed this bolster pillow that says GATHER on it. It’s sweet and just very “time of the year” to be reminded of how being grateful is SO important; especially in 2020.

The next day, we all (the roommates and us) all went to Target to get some things for their moving day and the new place. As I walked through I saw so many things in all shades of fall colors. I grabbed some new plush kitchen towels in the home aisle. The throw rugs I looked at were all themed seasonal and fall sayings. I love seasonal shopping and decorating for the holidays, especially now that we have our own house.

What I’m enjoying most at the start of fall time:

Here are a few more things that go along with this seasonal post that I’m enjoying.
*Cleaned and used Scentsy Fall scents Cider Mill spray to make everything smell good.
*Jack Skellington Scentsy warmer for Halloween
*Leaves changing and already falling on the ground
*Purchased some front porch furniture as well for the fall time
*Opening windows more for fresh air
*Turning on the heat and fireplace because temps dropped into ’50s/lower 40s at night
*New cozy pajamas and hot herbal tea/hot apple cider

If the year of 2020 has you down in the dumps, then take some time to soak up the start of the season. Wherever you are right now, appreciate what the weather is like, the change of the leaves and the crisp air (or snow…..?) and enjoy the transition we’ve had so quickly after an extreme summer wave. I take a few extra moments to get cozy, drink tea and snuggle up with those I love, my pups and husband. I think 2020 has knocked a lot out of us and although we aren’t out of this mess yet- we can really hold tight to the small wonders that haven’t been taken away from us. Treasure the last few months of this year and stay with a positive outlook.

Did you decorate for the season? What are you most looking forward to this time of the year? Apples or Pumpkins?

Let me know in the comments and I’ll reply!

Hi! I'm Nora

I’m a stay-at-home wife & dog-mom. I began this blog ten years ago,  I couldn’t ignore that I felt a calling to help people find comfort, a sense of belonging or a place of community whenever they really needed it. » Read more about me here on my About page!

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