Thursday, September 11, 2014

Minnie the Goldendoodle

Just about 6 weeks ago I got an 8-week-old Goldendoodle puppy from a breeder. I named her Minnie, like the mouse, as I come from a family of Disney lovers. Although she won't be too 'mini' when she is fully grown, she is currently only 3 months old and still a lap dog. We chose to get a Goldendoodle as we wanted a dog that could play and be active but also could relax while my family watches a movie or eats dinner. Goldendoodles are also hypoallergenic and do not really shed, which is nice. 

Minnie is rambunctious and playful, loves shredding any paper substance she can, and goes absolutely crazy for treats and food. She also likes going for walks but gets hot very quickly since it is summer and she has a ton of fur. 

She has been to puppy daycare a few times at Morris Animal Inn and loves being able to play with other dogs. She is very friendly and wants to greet everyone she sees, but of course I have to warn them that she is teething at the moment. 

Minnie loves to be around people all the time and will take her nap next to wherever the action is happening. When she is very sleepy she loves to cuddle with me or my sister...until she wakes up and starts chomping on our ears. 

Minnie loves getting love and attention most of all (Maybe even more than food!) and really enjoyed this little photo shoot she had. Please head over to Renee's Flickr, link below, to check out more of the pictures and some of her other work.

Photo Credit goes to Renee Perret (Flickr: )

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Pizza Making and Game Night

During the summer, when everyone has a bit more free time, my family enjoys having theme nights as our designated togetherness time. In the past, we have done movie theme nights that pair a film with a dinner, activity, and decorations (I will be posting one in October), as well as ethnic theme nights where we choose a country and then prepare a film and dinner from that culture. This time, though, we decided to forgo the movie for a more interactive experience - game night!

My mom and I decorated by using the games themselves, which helped to both set the theme and display the options for later in the evening. 

I also threw in a couple of my lego people just for fun because, why not? Maybe I'll plan a lego building party in the future...

We taped playing cards onto white plastic cups as decoration but also as a way of assigning a cup to each person. A deck of cards is now missing one of its royal families, but for a very good cause.

My mom made this cute display to combine the pizza aspect with the game night theme. Again she used Scrabble tiles and added some color with poker chips and a large candle. On the other side of the candle are the toppings for after the pizzas are made - garlic powder, red pepper flakes, and oregano - in easy reach of the table. 

We went a little overboard at the grocery store when picking our toppings, but I wanted to make sure there were plenty of options. Our spread included sautéed asparagus, pepperoni, bell peppers, onions, heirloom tomatoes, mushrooms, black olives, zucchini, pesto, garlic, tomato sauce, and basil. 

For cheese we had shredded mozzarella, 4 cheese Italian blend, feta cheese, and fresh sliced mozzarella. I also love goat cheese on pizza but opted for feta this time. 

I attempted to fit almost every topping on my pizza, and it turned out delicious. 

In addition to playing Uno later that night, we mainly played Balderdash, a game where you are given a movie title or name or part of a law and must make up what you think sounds the most convincing as the real definition. Unfortunately, I did not even come close to winning as all of my answers were obviously mine. 

I would love to do this again some night, maybe with some friends and a different board game. It's a great way to plan activities for your guests while still having fun and not stressing out too much.