How Adding Kittens To Our Home Has Been the Perfect Pairing With Our Family

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How Adding Kittens To Our Home Has Been the Perfect Pairing For Our Family | Oh Lovely DayAbout 6 weeks ago, after a lot of begging for a pet from our kids, we adopted two kittens. I needed a pet that was on the low maintenance end of the pet spectrum but I knew my kids wanted something cuddly. Adopting a kitten was the perfect match for our needs. And the week before we went to pick up our new kitten we decided to adopt two. So in mid-July we brought home two grey kittens, a brother and sister duo we named  Dusty and Pearl.

The kittens had been living in a barn and hadn’t spent a ton of time around people, so they were skittish at first. But after a week or two they slowly started to warm to us. The boys all love them so much and wanted to hold them 24/7. Calvin wanted to be with them constantly and Quincy didn’t know how to be gentle yet. But it wasn’t long before we were all one big happy family.

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After a couple of weeks we started to find our stride with our new little furry family members. They made us all laugh and smile and brought joy to our family. Charlie took on a bit of responsibility, as he helps me feed them each day. Calvin was so happy because he had been asking for a kitty for a good year since we moved. And Quincy learned how to be gentle and to restrain himself a bit, since he loved them so much he wanted to squeeze them. Dusty and Pearl complemented our family’s needs perfectly and filled that pet void without adding to the burden or chaos that a family of five already has.

Choosing to get two kittens was such a great idea and I highly recommend it for anyone thinking of adopting a cat. They had each other two play and snuggle with in the early days and still play and cuddle with each other all the time. They learn for each other, wrestle and chase each other, and keep each other from getting lonely when we’re sleeping or if we’re gone for the weekend or the day. They also have very different personalities. Dusty is very curious and playful but has such a sweet disposition. Pearl is more cuddly but likes her alone time too — she is still a bit shy and skittish. These two different personalities fit the different needs of our family. Sometimes we want to play with the kitties and sometimes we want to cuddle up together. Dusty and Pearl are always happy to accommodate.

Truth be told, I am a cat lover and always have been. I’ve wanted a family cat for a while, but my husband is allergic. But our kids begged and begged and he finally agreed. So while the cats are loved by our kids, I love them just as much. When everyone is in bed they curl up on my lap while I’m watching TV or working on the couch. They are the sweetest (and quietest!) little sidekicks and bring peace and calm to my days that can sometimes be chaotic and overwhelming as a mom of three boys. They are so well behaved, take very little effort to care for, and complement our lifestyle so well. And my husband has fallen in love with them too. Luckily, since we got them as kittens, he has adapted to them pretty quickly and his allergies haven’t been a problem at all. I also vacuum our floors daily, which probably helps too.

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Some of our kitties’ favorite things: cuddling on our grey blanket (they love to suckle it and fall asleep), little toys that have feathers and bells and mice toys with long string tails, sleeping in their bumper bed, and eating Purina Fancy Feast®  food. Their favorites are the Purina Fancy Feast® Gourmet Naturals dry food, Broths, Natural Tuna Filets. They like to have the dry food regularly, and I like how easy it is for my son to help me feed them. But sometimes I will give them the Broths or Filets to give them a special treat — the kitty version of fine dining.

The Broths make a great between meals snack. I just put one in a bowl and both kitties take turns and share the snack. With the Filets you can either serve whole, flaked, or add it to the cat’s dry food for a complete meal. I usually add it to the dry food, which is the way they seem to like it best as well.

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We get our cat food supplies at our local PetSmart. I love how I can find anything we need for our pets all in one place and they are always well stocked with Dusty and Pearl’s favorite Purina Fancy Feast® flavors. And their customer service is fantastic — there is always someone around to assist me in finding something or to answer a question. It is an enjoyable shopping experience from start to finish.

How Adding Kittens To Our Home Has Been the Perfect Pairing For Our Family | Oh Lovely DayBeginning on 9/5, you can earn cash back when you buy any two (2) Purely Fancy Feast® Filets, for a limited time. So now is the perfect time to stock up at PetSmart and spoil your own kitty with Fancy Feast® Filets and Broths.

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We sure do love how these kitties of ours have complemented our family and we only hope they feel as spoiled and loved by us as much as we are by them.

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How I’m Improving My Overall Health With Lifestyle Changes and Healing My Gut With Food and Probiotics

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I haven’t shared much about my health since I spilled my guts (pun intended) about my Hashimoto’s struggle. But that doesn’t mean I haven’t been doing the work behind the scenes. I’ve been on the road to understanding and recovery, doing research on root causes of Hashimoto’s and how to help heal my body with food and lifestyle changes. I’ve been making changes to help aid my overall mental and physical health. This is not just related to my autoimmune and thyroid issues. I still take medicine for my thyroid, but I have stopped believing that the Hashimoto’s is with me forever and started being proactive in order to take charge of my health. I needed to make major dietary and lifestyle changes in order to support my gut and overall wellness. I needed to reduce my stress and find ways to better cope with it (and meditation has been HUGE for me).Read More

Simplifying Our Bathtime Routine

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Simplifying Our Bathtime Routine

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Swim Lessons at Goldfish Swim School: A Progress Update

goldfish swim school lessons progress update

We’re about 4 months in to swim lessons for my boys (ages 7, 4, and 2 1/2) and I have to say that their improvement is amazing! If you missed my first post about how the were doing after the first month, read this one first. We took quite a few weeks off this summer as well due to family trips, Calvin’s hospital stay, and illness. I wanted to share their progress for those of you who have been interested in putting your own kids into swim class or wanted to know how Goldfish Swim School compared to other places we’ve done lessons.

First of all, if you have a kiddo who has never taken lessons or who is afraid to get in the water, then I can’t recommend Goldfish Swim School enough. Quincy screamed and cried and hated to swim before we started. Now he begs to “go swimming” which means go to swim class. They were so patient and compassionate and helped him ease into things. My oldest son Charlie is always anxious when starting new activities and classes and usually dreads going. But he enjoys going to Goldfish and is proud of how far he has come. They give ribbons at the end of class when kids have accomplished a milestone or made a lot of progress. He works hard because he loves to get a ribbon that reinforces that hard work.Read More

Calvin’s Garbage Truck 4th Birthday Party


Calvin's Garbage Truck 4th Birthday Party

If you know Calvin, either in real life or from my IG feed, you know garbage trucks are his favorite thing in life. And you also know he’s had a rough couple of months with a health scare and physical therapy for his toe walking. He also hasn’t had a birthday party since he turned one, and last year we were in the process of a cross country move and weren’t even in our house yet on his birthday. So I thought he deserved a super special garbage truck birthday party at our home and I was determined to make it as awesome as he is.

Unfortunately, minutes after we snapped this photo and guests had only been there for about 10 minutes, the sky went black and it started pouring. The forecast had shown no rain and even as it was raining the radar was clear. So, everyone rushed inside and the party was soaked. The canopy blew over, the garbage in our “dumpster” was sopping wet, and the backyard was a disaster. We saved the food, brought the cooler inside, and 20+ kids proceeded to run wild all over my house. It was basically my worst birthday party nightmare come true. Despite kids eating apple sauce pouches and cookies while jumping on my furniture with shoes on (true story) we survived and Calvin had a ball. After about 40 minutes the sun came back out and we all went back outside and made the best of it. The cake and piñata that I had slaved over were both hits and Calvin was beaming. I didn’t get many photos before the rain unfortunately, but I thought I would share the few that I did get.

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I’m not really a themey person when it comes to birthday parties, but I think you can have a focus or theme that runs through your party without it being too cheesy. I made the garbage truck piñata (I’ll be sharing a full DIY next week!), collected our dry recycling for a couple of weeks and filled our baby pool with it to make a dumpster. I planned to have the kids play a game where they sorted paper and plastic into the bins and I also set up our big cardboard boxes into jenga-like stacks. I had printed coloring pages and bought a roll of white paper and a roll of chalkboard paper for a big art table with chalk and crayons. None of that got played with or used at all due to the rain. But the kids jumped on the trampoline and played in the sandbox and they even started their own game of musical chairs after they ate birthday cake. The piñata was a huge hit and was a great way to end the party. The kids were able to put their candy loot into their goody bags (just green paper bags from the dollar store with a couple of favors inside (poppers, bouncy balls, and bubbles) with a tag that I made held on with a zip tie (also from the dollar store). I printed some Waste Management logos and recycling symbols and pasted them to mailing labels and put them on little trash bins that held favors, popsicles, etc. I used tin cans for the flatware and black plastic table cloths on the tables and turned them into a road with a little masking tape. The party was from 3-5 so we just served snacks and nibbles and desserts like dirt cups (pudding + oreos + a gummy worm and Swedish fish). My mom and mother-in-law helped a ton with making fruit salad and veggie trays and dips and salsa. Oh, and I made “Toxic Waste” for the adults, which is my go-to party beverage: peach sangria rum punch (I’ll be sharing the recipe soon). I think I might have drank most of it myself while the kids were running all over my house 😉

Calvin's Garbage Truck 4th Birthday Party

I’ll share the couple of sources below for things I didn’t make myself or that I’ve been asked about on Instagram. All in all, a lot of rain and a little hail couldn’t bring us down 🙂 And I’m feeling all the feels today on Calvin’s actual birthday reminiscing about what is probably the most magical experience of my life with Calvin’s birth. Out of my three, his was such a dreamy labor and delivery (where as the other two were tough and had complications). I shared his birth story here if you are into that sort of thing. I know I’ll be reading it like 10 times today.

Happy 4th birthday my sweet sweet baby boy. You make this world and our home a better place with your kindness and joy. You are a ray of pure light and are just good at life and you handle everything that is thrown your way better than I ever could. You’re the best!

{Sources} Cake: DIY (with this as a topper and toy — it is cheaper in store at Target, FYI) / Balloon garland & YAY balloon: Glamfetti / Gold 4 balloon: Amazon / Garbage Truck shirt: Amazon / Piñata: DIY (full post on this coming soon)