How to become a vegetarian overnight

How to become a vegetarian overnight

As an avid animal lover who one day hopes to have a home filled with miniature pigs (the first one named Wendell, obviously) and chickens and goats and, like, a bazillion dogs, I’ve decided I’m going veg. This basically happened overnight like, two days ago. And I’m already craving steak…

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Embrace Life

Embrace Life

With all the tragedies hitting our news feeds lately, it’s easy to get caught up in all the sadness in this world. We must remember to band together and fight fear and anger with love and love and love and love and…puppies.

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How can that not make you smile? Pups have so much pure happiness, it’s so freakin’ heartwarming.

Embrace your friends.

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Get a tattoo.

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Recreate a childhood photo.

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Laugh at how awkward prom was.

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Send some snail mail.

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Give back to charity.

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Express your true feelings.

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And EMBRACE LIFE!

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Even if you fall down…

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…someone is always there to lift you back up.

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Spread kindness and cheer, xo

Jackie

Meet the godchildren

Meet the godchildren

It’s pouring rain here in NY so I’m stuck inside – womp womp. Just got done video chatting with my boyfriend (who will be home TWO MONTHS FROM TODAY) — we’re both freaking out, it’s great. Plans for the rest of the day will probably involve snacking, coloring, Netflix, snacking, laundry, snacking, snacking, Netflix.

But, before I get to work on my busy agenda, I wanted to share with y’all photos of my beautiful godchildren. My beautiful, beautiful, four-legged, furry godchildren.

I just met my godson, Maximus, for the first time last night and he is SO DARN ADORABLY SMALL AND CUTE I CANNOT HANDLE IT. LOOK! (ignore the food on his nose, HE’S A GROWING BOY!)

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And this is his older sister, Lilybug. She is beautiful and crazy and everyone adores her and she knows it.

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The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs. —Charles de Gaulle (former President of the French Republic)

I adore animals and I’m so lucky to have such beautiful pups and kitties in my life! Hope y’all have an incredible weekend.

Spread kindness and cheer, xo
Jackie

No Kidding

No Kidding

Happy Word Nerd Wednesday, y’all! I’m now Facebook free! Wooo! I’m currently writing this as I sit with my ass in the grass on this warm day here in NY. Rudolph is right by my side…obviously. Life is great.

So…what am I reading? Ahh, a fabulously hilarious book edited by Henriette Mantel that is a collection of humorous anecdotes from female writers and they all have one major thing in common. THEY DON’T HAVE KIDS. Not only do they not have little buggers, they aren’t planning to have them. Ever. So naturally, I’m getting a kick out of this gem.

Here are some entertaining excerpts from my new favorite book:

Women’s magazines print serious articles about the beauty of a pregnant women’s enormous belly (oh, please) and her glow. A bride glows, a pregnant woman glows; is there no glow left for the rest of us? And when I read about the pancake-sized nipples that accompany pregnancy, all it does is put me off IHOP for life, which is a pity since that’s the only place I really get my glow on. – Suzy Soro

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In high school I once wrote that my ambition in life was “to not get pregnant.” I thought it was funny, but no one laughed. I was sent for counseling. – Julie Halston

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You’d think that people who do have children would take a greater interest in the world of the future, but I’m not seeing that so much. Parents often seem more intent on making sure their kids have advantages over other children than improving the situation at all. – Betsy Salkind

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I oppose breeding, in animals and humans. If you’re going to get a pet, take the five-year-old at the shelter, not the purebred puppy from the mill. There are so many homeless and needy animals, why bring more into the world and condemn the others to unnecessary suffering and death? – Betsy Salkind (I just want to quote her entire section. She’s my soul sister.)

Even if you have kids or want kids, No Kidding: Women Writers on Bypassing Parenthood is a great way for folks to understand WHY some people choose not to have them. It’s not for everyone, and that’s OK. You enjoy the pampers, I’ll enjoy the pups.

Spread kindness and cheer, xo
Jackie

The Love of a Dog

The Love of a Dog
If you know me, you know I love dogs. I mean most people say they love dogs, but I really LOVE dogs.
Nothing warms my heart more than a pup.

I got my first dog, Sammy, when I was a young lad in elementary school; he passed away while I was in college. I miss that little rascal! Shortly after we got Sammy, we took in another miniature pinscher named Emmett. Though they were of the same breed they each had very distinct personalities and I loved them both so much.

Emmett passed away in Oct. 2013. While losing Sammy was extremely hard, the fact that we still had Emmett lessened the pain. He became my BFF. To live in a house without a dog felt eerie. I hated it.

Some people lose dogs and are unable to ever have another for fear of having to endure the pain of loss over and over again.

I’m not one of those people. Nor is my dad.

So in November of 2013 we took in an adorable pup (also a miniature pinscher — my dad refuses to break from the breed) and I named him Rudolph. He’s more popular than me – check out his Instagram here.

But this post is not about Rudolph, it’s about Emmett. Today would’ve been his 15th birthday and as a tribute I’d like to share a few photos of him.

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If you don’t own a dog, at least one, there is not necessarily anything wrong with you, but there may be something wrong with your life.