Jean’s Puppy Haul- Saving 63% on Purchases + Free Stuff

When shopping for your new puppa friend remember that don’t have to get everything at full price. You can buy from a friend, use coupons, see what you have lying around, etc. When shopping for Jean I used Petco’s Welcome to the Family coupon book and coupon calendar as well as PetSmart’s Puppy Guide. See my reviews on those here. I also made use of what I had in the house and used other family pets’ old things.

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The First Week

Sigh.

I love this puppa.

Although the fiance and I had a lot of black lash, we’re doing great with Jean and she’s a happy, healthy little girl. (Who turns 6 weeks tomorrow!) Adam and I looked at those obstacles in the face, and with Jeanie in our hearts, we began our journey of dog parenthood. We’re persistent, clever little f*cks, and we knew we’d make it work. (It’s that INFJ/ENFJ loving shit, ya feel?)

I know it might sound crazy, but she makes me want to “get my life together”. I want to get a better job and finish school so I can begin my career. I want her to have a nice home with lots of toys and room to run around when she gets big. I find myself creating budgets, looking for higher paying jobs, learning more about finance, and researching my heart out about Labradors and ways to save money.

The only hiccups we’ve had are scolding for adopting a puppy and a worrisome few days about her poop (we changed her food like idiots).

Jeanie’s Day is:

  • Sleep, Sleep, Sleep!
  • Eat half a can of IAMS puppy food to grow big and strong
  • Drink ~ 2 bowls of water
  • Play and show off her ferocity

Jeanie’s best friends are her 3 aunties. She’s listens to acoustic guitar music with Auntie Teah, cuddles with Auntie Kristina, and plays “Ferocious Beast of the South” with Auntie Sarah. Her nicknames are Jeanie, Jeanie Beanie, Jeanie Weenie, Tiny Pah, and Puppa.

4 Ways to Make a Little Bit of Money in a Pinch

These tactics aren’t going to make you a lot of money in a short amount of time, or really even over a long time, but they’re definitely ways to get small direct deposits when you’re in a tight situation. Something is always better than nothing in a struggle.

These methods are real ones I rarely see blogged about (for some unknown but amazing reason) that I searched the crevasses of the web for. So, none of these are sponsored.

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dōTERRA Yoga Collection Review

I adore yoga and the natural, calm lifestyle it promotes. That’s why I was super excited when I found out dōTERRA, my favorite essential oils brand, released a yoga trio October, 2017. The 3 blends are called “Anchor”, “Align”, and “Arise” respectively. The goal of this blend set is to steady you, center you, and to enlighten you. Click here for my dōTERRA Wellness Advocate profile! 

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59 Things to do on Valentine’s Day That Aren’t Dinner & a Movie

Valentine’s Day is about celebrating YOUR love, not somebody’s idea of what love is or how to show it. How can you express your love to your partner? How can you celebrate your special bond? Here are some ideas if you’re stuck on plans for Love Day. 

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Review of Netflix’s “Iron Fist” w GIFs

Although the show aired last March, I just recently got around to being able to watch it. Overall, I enjoyed it and it became one of my favorite series ever. It actually kept me shocked, intrigued, and wanting to watch it all. I guess I have to start Defenders now!

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Valentine’s Day Line

It’s no secret that Valentine’s Day is my favorite holiday. And yes–I think I like it even more than Christmas presents! In the spirit of my favorite holiday I opened a new line on Natural Essentials with 2 special products. 


  1. Aphrodisiac Blend ($6, 1 mL) 

    • Definition: “an aphrodisiac food, drug, potion, or other agent that arouses sexual desire.” So I guess this falls under [love] potion? Spooky. 
    • Diffuse this at sexy time so you and your partner associate the aphrodisiac scents with getting it on. It’s simple science and psychology. 
    • Fun Fact: Cleopatra used essential oils as aphrodisiacs 
  2. Rose Essential Oil ($18, 1 mL) 

    • This oil is so friggin’ expensive! *rolls eyes* What better way to celebrate V-Day than smelling like roses? Rose essential oil is also good for correcting blemishes and mood lifting, so it’s not just for Love Day. 
    • Keep a look out for discounts on my blog posts if $18 is just too steep for you. 

The Long Path to Just Giada (Featuring All of the Juicy Details)

Have you been wondering what’s going on with the site? Why all of the changes are happening and what all of the changes are? Well I’m here to answer all of my readers’ (local and international?!) questions. Blogging and business have always called to me, and I’m finally letting it happen. Here’s the long story (with all the juicy details) of how I ended up here.

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Actually Sticking to your New Years Resolution of Working Out

It’s the same old bs every single year–“Yeah, I’m gonna start going to the gym more.” And the gym finally evens out to it’s normal count by February. Despite common belief, you don’t have to turn into an all-out gym rat to work out

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Introducing: Natural Essentials

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