Weekend Recap: A Wedding, Lola, Fall Decorating, & An Engagement Party

Hellllo, hello and happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend! Today I'm stopping by to give you a peak into my weekend. So, I hope you'll grab your morning coffee or tea and stay a little while :) 

Friday: Wedding Fun

On Friday night my family headed to my cousin Kristina's wedding. The ceremony itself took place in a local church. I love going to weddings, I mean, who doesn't though? It's so nice to see two people come together and vow to spend their lives together (I know, I'm a real sap over here). The ceremony was nice, and the newlyweds looked so happy walking out together.

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Not the best quality of picture, but how cute do they look walking out of the ceremony together?! As we walked out of the ceremony we were handed bubbles...

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I loved this idea! I always love the exit pictures of the bride and groom, whether it's throwing rice, confetti, etc. It's one of my favorite parts. 

After we left the ceremony, we headed over to the country club where the reception was being held. Cocktail hour was in full swing when we got there, so my parents, Alie, Mike, and I grabbed drinks and some yummy appetizers. We also took some time during cocktail hour to snap some pictures outside.

My sister, Alie, and Mike (her fiancé )

My sister, Alie, and Mike (her fiancé)

My mom, me, Alie, and my dad

My mom, me, Alie, and my dad

The backdrop of the golf course was absolutely beautiful, and I loved the outside patio. After cocktail hour we headed into the reception for the bride and groom's entrance, the wedding toasts, dinner, dancing, some photo booth action, and of course, wedding cake!

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We had a lot of fun at the wedding, and we're so happy for the new Mr. and Mrs. Borsello! 

Saturday: Lola, Fall Decorating, & Lisa's Engagement Party

On Saturday we had a check-up at the eye doctor for Miss Lola. Thankfully the ulcer in her right eye has healed, and we're getting closer to booking surgery so we can get those cataracts taken care of and get her vision back. The next appointment she has is in early October, which is for some pre-surgery testing. The tests are pretty much to see a more in depth view of the health of Lo's eyes and to allow the doctor to see what she would be faced with during surgery. 

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She's pretty cute, isn't she? :) 

After we got back from Lola's eye appointment, my mom and I started some Fall decorating. I think decorating for Fall is one of our favorite things to do each year! We love piecing together pumpkins, mums, and other decorations to make the front door look as festive as possible ;P We're not quite done yet, but I'll have to snap a picture once we are so I can show you all! For now, here's a little preview...

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Pretty cute, huh? My mom put the little scarecrow holding the pumpkin, which I think is kind of adorable :) I just love fall, don't you?

So, after spending some time picking out pumpkins from the local farm and decorating, it was time to get ready for one of my good friend Lisa's engagement party. Lisa got engaged to Eric this summer and as I've mentioned before (I think) they're getting married next July. I'm one of Lisa's bridesmaids and I'm so excited to be able to be a part of her special day and all of the fun leading up to it! She's the first one out of my close friends to get married so it's really exciting but kind of weird too - are we really old enough to be getting married?! Time, please slow down :)

I unfortunately didn't get any pictures at the party, but it was a fun night filled with friends, food, and wine (of course). My other good friend Taylor and her boyfriend came home for Lisa and Eric's engagement party as well (they live in NYC) so it was really nice to get to see them and spend some time with them. 

As I write this it's Sunday morning. I'm planning on whipping up a yummy recipe today that'll show up on the blog later this week. My parents and I are also going to meet up with my sister at some point today and probably doing some grocery shopping as well - a very standard, kind of lazy Sunday, which is quite alright with me! 

I'll chat with you all on Wednesday! I hope that your Monday is a good one :) Thanks for reading today's blog post, it means a whole lot! 

Question of the Day: What was the best part of your weekend? Let me know in the comments!

Jenna

Friday Favorites #7

Hellllo, there! It's Friday. We made it! This week has felt especially long for me. With adjusting to giving Lola eye drops 2x per day and insulin shots 2x per day, it's been somewhat overwhelming. We've also had to separate Munchkin and Lola (which I may have mentioned in my last post) because Lola goes after Munchkin anytime they cross paths. So, for now we have a gate up in between the family room and kitchen. If you know pugs, you know that's hard because both dogs want to be by your side at all times. We're really hoping to get some answers when we take Lola to the vet tonight. It's possible that her levels are still really high which can cause her to act aggressively...it's also possible she's angry that she can't see and is taking it out on Munch, or both We're just not sure, but we're hoping it's temporary because this is not easy on top of everything else. 

On a lighter note, let's get into what I've been loving this week...

1. Margaritas, Mexican Food, and Girl Time

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Last Saturday after we found out about Lola I grabbed drinks and dinner with one of my best friends, Meg. I wasn't sure if I was going to go because of the Lola situation, but I decided it would be best if I got out of the house for a bit. We went to a Anejo, a Mexican Grill & Tequila Bar, and got some delicious margaritas, chips & pico de gallo, and each got an entree. There's just something about margaritas, chatting with your girlfriend, and snacking on chips and salsa. Definitely one of my favorites. 

2. Bachelor in Paradise

image via justjared.com

image via justjared.com

I'm somewhat embarrassed that this is making it into my Friday favorites. BUT when you're stuck in the house most of the day helping out both dogs, ya need some trashy and mindless TV. I mentioned Bachelor in Paradise in another post recently, and guys, it really is just a trainwreck that you just cannot stop watching. I mean, the drama on that show is ridiculous and made me laugh a bit this week, so yes, it was one of my favorites this week. Don't judge me ;P

3. Trader Joe's Multigrain Waffles 

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Okay, so these aren't as healthy as my homemade waffles, but sometimes you just don't have time to make things homemade. When I don't have time to make my waffles, but I still really want one to pair with some fruit or a smoothie for breakfast, I turn to good old TJ's multigrain waffles. You can pair them with a fruit/smoothie like I do, or maybe you want to put some peanut butter on there with a sliced banana! You can check out the ingredient list

4. Stopping and Enjoying the Simple Things

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I posted the picture of that flower on my Instagram and Facebook Page this week with a reminder to try not to get caught up in the stress of day-to-day life. Can life be stressful? Yes, of course it can be. Is stress always a bad thing? No, not always. Sometimes it helps us to meet deadlines and our goals. BUT it's important to slow down and stop for a few moments everyday. Sometimes when I'm feeling overwhelmed I'll just step outside, take a few deep breaths, and look around at nature. Sounds kind of funny, right? Don't knock it till you try it though! Looking at the trees swaying in the wind, or just a pretty flower while taking a few deep breaths can have an effect on your mood and calm you down. This has easily been a favorite for me this week, as it's been quite a stressful one! 

5. My Pups & Your Support 

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No matter how hard things have gotten this week and how many times I may or may not have wanted to pull my hair out, I love my dogs. I also love and appreciate those of you who reached out to me via email, text, or over Facebook to let me know you're thinking of Lola and our family. It truly means a lot. 

Thank you guys so much for reading this post, and my blog in general. It means a lot to me. I hope that you all have safe, relaxing, and fun weekends! I'm hoping to be able to resume to a more normal posting schedule by next week, and hopefully have some positive updates about Lola. 

Xo,

Jenna

An Update & A Quick Cookie Recipe

Hey there, friends! Thank you for the sweet messages about Lola, it means a lot! We're adjusting over here at the Ferguson household. Lola is learning how to get around, but it's definitely a full time job making sure she doesn't get lost if she can't quite figure out where she is in the house. 

We started her on some eye drops yesterday that the vet suggested she get on after talking to the doggy eye doctor. The eye drops will help with any inflammation that may be happening in her eyes, and we have to give them to her twice per day. So now little Lo who was completely "normal" (I put that in quotations since she obviously did have diabetes a week ago, we just didn't know it yet) a week ago is getting an insulin shot twice per day and eye drops twice per day. BUT to be honest, she can't even tell she's getting the shot because the needle is so small and she doesn't seem to mind the eye drops at all. What a champ :)

We're also trying to make sure we're giving Munchkin enough attention which is a balancing act within itself. Munchkin and Lola get jealous of each other very easily which can cause them to fight...which has happened multiple times within the past few days. Lola is the one who starts it which is kind of crazy to me since she can't really see! We're thinking she might be getting angrier a bit more because her blood sugar levels still aren't under control, and also just because she's probably frustrated she can't see. I mean, who wouldn't get frustrated over that?  

So, we're practicing A LOT, a lot, a lot of patience over here at the Ferguson household. At some points it obviously just seems like too much to deal with and ya kinda just wanna pull your hair out, but the frustrations and craziness is worth it to me if it means we can get little Lola healthy. So, for now we'll just take it one day at a time. We have an appointment at the vet on Thursday night to get her blood sugar levels checked, so we'll be able to adjust her insulin from there which should help her out some more. 

During times like these sometimes you just need a chocolate chip cookie, right? Or is that just me? But, you might not want to make a whole batch because you don't want to have all the extra cookies around or you're just too tired to throw all of that together. Well, my friends, have you tried making a chocolate chip cookie in a mug...in the microwave? I just did the other day and let me tell you - Best. Thing. Ever.

Next time you're craving something sweet and just need the real deal, treat yourself to this chocolate chip cookie in the mug. It's so easy! Here's what you'll need:

  • 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour (you could use white whole wheat flour too)
  • 1-2 tablespoons chocolate chips

From here, this is what ya gotta to do get your ooey-gooey, warm, and delicious cookie ready...

  1. Microwave butter in a mug until melted, about 30 seconds to 1 minute. 
  2. With a spoon, you'll then mix in both sugars, vanilla extract, and salt until well-combined. 
  3. You'll then want to mix in the egg yolk until no traces of the yolk are seen. Go ahead and mix in your flour and then fold in your chocolate chips. 
  4. Grab your mug and put it in the microwave. Microwave it on high for 40-45 seconds. 

When you take it out of the microwave you might think that it doesn't look done, but believe me, it's cooked through! Grab that mug, grab a spoon, and dig in! You could even add a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top ;P

Thank you guys again for keeping Lola in your thoughts, it means a lot! If you have any experience with diabetic dogs I would love to hear from you.

Now, go grab a mug and make yourself a delicious treat!

Jenna

 

 

 

An Unexpected Weekend

Good morning, friends! I hope that your weekend was fun and relaxing! This post is going to be a short one and I apologize for any typos along the way. It's been quite the long weekend. 

I usually like to give you guys a peak into my weekends on Mondays, so I'm going to do that hopefully in more detail on Tuesday. For now, I'm just going to give you a quick little recap.

So, on Friday afternoon I took Lola (our younger pug, 10 years old) in for some blood work. I had been smelling almost an alcohol-like smell on her breath for a week or so at that point. We had taken Lo to the vet last Monday, and I told my vet of my concerns (which were that her breath had that alcohol-like smell and I saw on various website that's a sign of diabetes). Well, my vet didn't seem very concerned and attributed her breath to maybe her eating something out of the ordinary. She told us we probably should get blood work at some point soon because of her being 10 years old and all - just to see where her health was.

I went home after our appointment on Monday and just still really didn't feel right about it. I just had this gut feeling that Lola's breath wasn't just due to something she may have eaten...

Because of my weird feelings I decided that I wanted to schedule her for blood work regardless - hoping that it would just be something to put my mind at ease. So, we took Lo on Friday to get her blood work done. On Saturday we got a call from the vet telling us that Lola has diabetes.

The vet said she was honestly really surprised that Lola's numbers had come back so high, as she didn't feel that she really presented as a dog with diabetes. So, our choices were to take her to the animal hospital on Saturday since the vet was closing (which would cost at least $1500) or wait until Tuesday when the vet was back in the office and hope that Lola didn't "crash and burn" as the vet put it. 

Something that really makes my blood boil is the cost of animal care. To take her to the hospital would have cost us at least $1500, but going to the vet for what they needed to do would only cost $215. I mean, it's just ridiculous in my opinion. I feel that they make you choose between your checkbook and your pet's health - which I have heard MANY people say. Simply because the vet was closing, which left us thinking that the hospital was really our only option for that day. 

We really didn't know what to do right away. Do we take her to the hospital and just know we have to spend that much money (and more by the way - her syringes and insulin itself cost $189)? We really didn't feel good about waiting until Tuesday (also really don't understand why the heck we had to wait until Tuesday...what about Monday?). Can you tell I wasn't super happy with our vet? If you know me and my family, you know Munch and Lo aren't just our dogs - they're much more than that. They're our family - hence the "crazy pug lady" in my bio section.

Well, thank goodness for my mom's friend Carla who happens to be a vet. We called her and she gave us a much better explanation of what was going on with Lola and how serious it was. She told us what we needed to do was get her started on insulin that day - not way until Tuesday or take her to the hospital. So, we picked up Lo's insulin and syringes from the pharmacy and headed to Carla's house where she examined Lola and also showed me how to give Lo her first insulin shot - which Lo will have to get twice per day for the rest of her life. A HUGE, HUGE thank you to Carla for making a really scary situation a little less scary and a lot more comfortable for us. She welcomed us into her home without a second thought. 

So, things were looking up from there. We at least got some insulin into Lola's body and felt good that Carla got to look at her. 

Later that day, towards the evening, my dad started noticing that Lola wasn't able to see things as well and eventually started running into things when making her way around the house. She basically went blind within a few hours. Her eye sight was probably worsening over time before this obviously, but not drastically enough for us to notice. Diabetic dogs are prone to getting cataracts, and Lola's developed very very quickly, which isn't unusual. 

So, now our poor Lola isn't able to see which is probably one of the saddest things - to watch her be so confused and wonder why she isn't able to see what she was able to just yesterday. BUT she is one smart cookie and has been learning her way around the house. We're hoping to get her into see the doggy eye doctor this week to see if she's a candidate for cataract surgery, which would most likely restore her vision. We'll also be visiting Carla at her vet practice for her to take a closer look at Lola, to check her blood sugar levels, and to figure out if we need to increase her insulin dosage.

I'm just very grateful that we caught it when we did, and I'm hoping that we caught it early enough. Dogs with diabetes can live normal lives as long as they're given the proper amount of insulin everyday, with a diabetic diet incorporated as well. I'll keep you guys updated, and I'll be doing my best to post this week, but bear with me as I'll be focusing on Lo a lot this week. 

Keep our little Lola in your thoughts and prayers this week if you could. Thanks for reading this post, it means a lot. 

Xo

Jenna

 

Friday Favorites #5

It's the start of the weekend, happy Friday! I hope that your work day flies by and you're into weekend mode before you know it :) Not too much is on the agenda this weekend - I have a cousin's bridal shower on Sunday, but other than that, plans are up in the air. I'm going to try to take advantage of time and get started on a new business venture. Stay tuned for future posts to find out what I'm working on! 

As you all know, today is Friday favorites, which means I'll be sharing five things that I've been loving this week. I would love to know what your favorites of the week have been - feel free to let me know in the comments! 

1. Fountain of Health Humm! Hummus

I discovered this hummus at Whole Foods probably about a year ago, and now I can't bring myself to buy a different brand! If you're a Sabra hummus fan, trust me, this is going to be way better. They have several delicious flavors including, artichoke and spinach (the one in the picture), chipotle, caramelized onion (my fav), greek olive, roasted garlic, roasted pine nuts, and roasted red pepper. The flavor that I have on hand, artichoke and spinach, has a short and great ingredient list: chickpeas, water, tahini (sesame butter), canola oil, artichokes, spinach, lemon juice, sea salt, vinegar, olive oil, caper puree, garlic juice, garlic, onion, spices. I love that I can actually pronounce (and recognize) each of the ingredients in their hummus! All in all, this hummus just tastes fresher to me, and I definitely recommend trying it out!

2. Mini Sweet Peppers

This next favorite pairs perfectly with hummus. These mini sweet peppers taste just like they're described in their name: sweet! They're perfect to snack on with hummus or on their own! They're small enough that you could just throw a few on top of your salad, and they're also great for grilling in the summer! Just throw these little babes on the grill for a few minutes on each side, and you'll have an easy and delicious side dish for your dinner. You can find these at most grocery stores, my mom happened to pick these up at Whole Foods on Sunday, but I've seen them at Giant before too!

3. The Hills: That Was Then, This Is Now

image taken from mtv.com

image taken from mtv.com

Any other Lauren Conrad fans out there? To say that I was excited that The Hills: That Was Then, This Is Now was on this week is an understatement. My sister and I used to LOVE watching Laguna Beach (pretty sure we have all of the seasons on DVD) and we of course followed Lauren Conrad onto The Hills. I'm sure (hope) that many of you can relate to my obsession of her shows, haha. It was interesting to be able to see how the show filming worked - like how her and Brody's romance seemed to be staged for the show a bit (or a lot). Also, I was loving her hair in the That Was Then, This Is Now special and her clothes! Wouldn't you love to be able to borrow clothes from her closet?!

4. Queen Munchkin

"I'm a Queen...or maybe a Sailor?" - Munch

"I'm a Queen...or maybe a Sailor?" - Munch

Ohhh, Munchkin. So, many of you know that Munch had some health problems a few weeks ago, and due to them she's been on steroids for about two weeks now, give or take a few days. She has a partially collapsed trachea which got inflamed from allergens and the humidity, which caused her to cough, A LOT. Her coughing is starting to settle down, although this humidity isn't helping (go away gross, humid weather). Anyways, if you know Munchkin, you know she's a feisty gal, and being on steroids only means she's even feistier (is that even possible? yes, yes, it is), which means lots of barking and getting annoyed at her lil sis, Lola. The barking and temper has been just a little (a lot) annoying over the past few weeks, but I'm so glad we still have our little Munchie girl with us. She's 13, but she's a strong pup, and she never fails to make me and my family laugh - like yesterday when I put my workout headband on her (LOL). I hope that picture gave you a little bit of a smile and laugh to start your day!

5. Laneige Hydration Trial Kit

I saw someone else online raving about this skincare line, and I noticed that it was offered at Target (major win). So, when I was there yesterday grabbing ingredients for the homemade dog treats I made (click HERE for the recipe), I decided to pick up their Hydration Trial Kit. I generally have dry skin, so that's why I went for the hydration kit, but they do have other sample kits available! I really like buying trial kits when makeup or skincare lines offer them, because usually you get to try a good amount of their products for not too bad of a cost! This kit was $29 at Target, and I get to try six of their skincare products: their multi cleanser, power essential skin toner, balancing emulsion, water bank serum, water sleeping mask, and water bank moisture cream. The picture I snapped wasn't the best (sorry, friends), but the samples in this kit are decent sizes, and I truly think they'll last me a good amount of time! I'll be sure to let you know guys know in a future post if I like the products or not. To see all of the Laneige products that Target offers, and the review for them (they got awesome reviews), click HERE

Well, that does it for this week's favorites! I hope that you all enjoyed this post, if you did give it a "like" by clicking on the heart at the bottom of the post, or let me know in the comments! I would LOVE to hear from you guys. Keep up with me over the weekend by following me on my Instagram (username: joyfullyjenna). 

I hope that your weekend is fun and relaxing, catch ya next week!

Jenna