live life like a rosie

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I’ve previously posted on how to live life like a pug (complete with cute photos). But this post is specifically how to life life like a Rosie because Rosie’s living a damn good life.

Rosie is a rescue pug – she was found wandering the streets when she was 5 or 6 years old. I’m pretty sure she was used for breeding and then abandoned when she got too old. Bastards. But Rosie hasn’t let this early rough start in life affect her at all. She does what she wants and lives a fabulous life. Here’s how to be like Rosie.

Give no shits

Rosie gives no shits. If she wants to lick your face, fart loudly, steal your pizza (ahem), sit on your head, whatever – she is going to do it. She does what she wants, totally unapologetically. This might not always be appropriate for us humans, but she seems pretty happy with her choices. (Example – her jumping onto the back of the couch, which she isn’t supposed to do. Evidence on Instagram.)

Love fiercely

As mentioned, it sounds like Rosie’s former humans were pricks. So now that she’s with our family, she has found the love of her life – my husband, Jarrod. Pugs are notoriously velcro dogs, but seriously she is 1 million percent obsessed with him. Anywhere he goes, she is right behind. If he leaves a room and she stays with me in the room for more than 30 seconds, it is a true miracle. She nearly can’t breathe from excitement when he comes home from work. She covers him in one million stinky kisses everyday. She loves him so much and isn’t afraid to show it.

Be comfortable with yourself

Rosie is old, gray chinned, a little tubby, farts/snores/burps a lot, sometimes deaf and her nipple fell off. But she is totally not self conscious. Lesson from Rosie – love yourself just as you are.

Relax

I talked about this a lot in my post on living like a pug. And it sorta fits in with giving no shits. But seriously, nothing phases this dog. Whenever we get stressed, Jarrod and I will jokingly tell each other to be like a Rosie and give no shits. It’s funny but good advice. She knows what’s important and doesn’t sweat the small stuff. Plus she just knows how to live life in the slow lane and enjoy it.

It’s a little weird taking advice from a snorty, farty, stinky pug, but she definitely has the right ideas about life. It’s all doing what you love, being with people you love and giving no shits about the haters. Live life like a Rosie too and happy Friday!

Have your pets inspired you to live like them too? Or am I the only weirdo?

easy ways to make your blog stand out

There are tons of new blogs created everyday. On top of the ones already out there, it can be tough to stand out in this huge crowd. So if you’re feeling overwhelmed, here are some easy ways to help make your blog stand out in the crowd.

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Content is king

Or queen. Obviously a blog’s main attraction is great content. Note I said content and not the number of times you post. I feel pressure to post a lot but I know great content is more important. So you gotta hook ‘em with your content first.

Being authentic

Readers can smell fakeness a million megapixels away. (Hopefully they can’t smell lame methaphors like that one though…) We all read blogs for different reasons, but one thing I really love is that I’m reading a real person’s thoughts. It’s not a scripted tv interview or an overly edited magazine article or professional photos – it’s about real individuals sharing their lives. We can all get caught up in the blog game of only showing the best versions of ourselves, but being real invites your readers into your word. Being vulnerable is scary but those posts are the ones that readers response to the most.

Your aesthetic

A lot of blogs have similar aesthetics but that doesn’t mean you need to follow suit. Your blog design, fonts, layout and photos should all reflect you. Just find what works for you and keep it consistent. I love going to a blog where I know what to expect and that blogger delivers, whether it’s a unique blog design, gorgeous photos, funny graphics or inspiring outfits. Consistency is a good thing.

Unique content

As I said above, content is king. So first you need that quality content, but doing it in your own way helps too. I struggle with producing unique content and can get in a rut where I put out totally fine, but nothing special, content. Then – bam! – every now and then a unique post will strike a chord and really get my readers engaged. Not every single post can be a homerun and not all posts are necessarily meant to be. But try to plan out your content to mix it up. Step out of your comfort zone now and then – sometimes that is where the magic happens.

A post series

I am working on this one for myself! But I love when other bloggers have a super useful series of posts. I’m working on a home buying/selling series and am excited to flesh it out some more. Doing a post series is a great way to get readers to hang out on your blog for more than just one post.

Interaction

Lastly, bloggers who have great interaction with their readers really stand out. Blogging is a lot of work but it’s all about that connection. So I love bloggers who take the time out to reply to comments, visit my blog, retweet me, etc. My life has been crazy lately so I’m been seriously slacking on this but I’m working on getting better I swear. (Excuses, excuses…) But trust me, readers love bloggers who give the love back!

Are you working on making your blog stand out? What are some ways you are working on it?

peep my amazon wishlist

Amazon is my fave. Anytime I find things I want (such as seeing awesome product recommendations from fellow bloggers), I add those things to my Amazon wishlist. So here’s a little peek into my current Amazon wishlist. Well just the fun stuff, not things like socks and dog food.

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Rabbit 6-Piece Wine Tool Kit – I’m horrible at using traditional wine openers. I have a nice electric wine opener but it’s never charged when I need it arrgh. So I need to get this one. ASAP.

Samsung Laptop – My laptop is ready to die at any moment. It’s a Samsung and I would love to get another Samsung when this one kicks the bucket.

Givenchy Rouge Cancan Lipstick – I tried this on at Sephora and I love it but it’s way overpriced. I might try a few cheaper reds to see if I like them as well. And if not, then I’ll allow myself to buy this one. So smart.

Pendant Light – This would work well with the midcentury feel and I need those old timey lightbulbs in my life.

Help Me Retinol Treatment – I love Philosophy’s products and have been wanting to try this one out forever.

Urban Decay Naked Basics – I know I’m a bad blogger since I don’t have any of the Naked palettes. But I don’t wear eye shadow all that often so I’ve been putting off buying anything lately. But it would be so nice to have this basics palette.

Nike Free Cross Training Shoes – I just got new gym shoes but loooove the color of these shoes. I’m keeping them on my wishlist for when I need new shoes.

Chair – I love Midcentury Modern and this is an affordable option for an accent or dining chair.

Knife Block – My mom has a knife block like this and it’s magical. It’s made up of some magical things where there aren’t slots so you can put your knives in any which way. I don’t get it but I want it.

The Girl on the Train – I just added this to my to read list after read Kate from Another Clean Slate‘s review.

Glamglow Mud Clearing Treatment – I’ve heard that this is a great product to revitalize your skin and clear your pores. Sounds great.

Zack & Zoey Dog Hoodie – The pugs need hoodies. It’s just a fact.

Samsung Microwave – I swear this blog isn’t sponsored by Samsung (but I wouldn’t mind if it were!) but we need a new microwave and this one is shiny.

Glamglow Mud Clearing Treatment – I’ve heard that this is a great product to revitalize your skin and clear your pores. Sounds great.

What’s on your Amazon wishlist (or general wishlist)? You can see I have house-y things on the brain eeek! I can’t wait to get a new house and make it everything we want. Though this made for a super random wishlist post today.  I also apparently have overpriced makeup on the brain… Oops. Anyways hope you all had a fun weekend!

game time party planning

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I love having fun get togethers – it’s so fun to hang out with our friends with some tasty snacks and good convos. The worst part of party planning can be the actual “planning” part, so it’s always great to go to my local Giant Eagle pre-party. It’s my one-stop shop for all my party snacking needs. (Sidenote: look at that look of disappointment from Bowie – priceless!)

My husband is a huge basketball fan and I’m a huge fan of my husband and hanging out with our closest friends. It’s a great excuse to get some couples together and enjoy some tastiness. There are tons of basketball games coming up and we’re excited to cheer on our fave teams with our friends.

I’ve been trying to bake more (and use some of my fab bridal shower gifts!) so I was excited to make something delicious from the OREO Cookies. Yum, right?? Here’s a quick and easy recipe for Oreo Cheesecake Bars (adapted from this recipe).

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Oreo Cheesecake Bars -

Ingredients:

  • Package of OREO Cookies
  • 1 stick of butter, melted
  • 2 packages of cream cheese,
  • 2/3 cup of sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla

Preparation:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Finely chop 24 of the OREO Cookies. Mix with the melted butter. Press into an 8 x 8 baking dish (lined with parchment paper in order to make bars easier to remove). Bake for 10 minutes.
  2. Mix softened cream cheese, sugar and vanilla with a stand or hand mixer. Add eggs until well blended.
  3. Coarsely chop the remaining 12 OREO Cookies. Fold into mixture. Pour over crust. Bake 30-40 minutes until set.
  4. Cool 1-2 hours. Refrigerate for 4 hours (or at least as long as possible!)

This is soooo yummy and a big hit with our friends. I had to stop myself from eating them all oops! As for the rest of our spread – so much yumminess. The 1/2 liters of Coke, Coke Zero and Diet Coke are the perfect size, but I also love the super cute mini cans. Both are just 2 for $6 right now. Reese’s Mini Peanut Butter Cups were perfect for another sweet option. (I got so excited that I bought wrapped Minis before I realized that there are unwrapped Minis too – even better!) To add some savory snacks, I got Ritz Crackers and Original Wheat Thins, both served with a yummy olive tapenade and cheeses. A perfect appetizer before we indulged in dessert.

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It was so easy to find everything I needed at Giant Eagle, especially those OREO Cookies, which were absolutely necessary for my yummy dessert.  Check out other fabulous party planning ideas with Giant Eagle here.

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Are you watching lots of basketball right now? What are some of your fave ways to celebrate watching your favorite teams with friends? Let me know how you’ll be watching the games and what you’ll be picking up from Giant Eagle!