Friday, January 27, 2012

Friday Faves - Kefir

If you know me, you know that if I love something I want to shout it from the rooftops to let everyone know how awesome I think something is. This could be anything from my favorite wine, favorite seamstress, to my favorite candles or a go-to blogger that I love.

Each Friday, I'll tell you about something that I'm loving. Today, I want to tell you about Kefir.

Hello, beautiful.

If you’re not familiar, Kefir is a delicious probiotic drink that is like a drinkable yogurt. Remember when Yoplait had a product called Nouriche? I lived on that stuff. Kefir is very similar to that, except better.

Forget the flu shot, Kefir can keep us healthy, y'all! It's packed with 12 live cultures and made with all natural ingredients, plus it's lactose free. Totally delicious and good for you!

I usually enjoy this as my breakfast, and sometimes as an afternoon snack. Pomegranate is my most favorite.

Go give it a try! I hope you like it as much as I do!


BTW, Kefir has no idea who I am. I'm just giving a shout out to a drink I love.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

An Update on Benjamin

It’s been one week and one day since sweet Benjamin had his teensy tiny knee operated on. Many of you have inquired about how he is doing. I can’t tell you how much MD and I appreciate that. We are very grateful for your thoughts and prayers.

A little background on the need for such an invasive surgery: Ben’s knee cap didn’t fit properly and wasn’t directly in line with his tibia bone. This was causing it to pop out on a constant basis (but obviously he wasn’t able to tell us this in a way we could understand). He would pop it back into place as needed. But, our little babe was accidentally stepped on and ultimately expedited this surgery. As sad as it was to see him hop around on three legs and to put him through this surgery, it was one that would have eventually had to happen. If anything, it was better that this problem was recognized now before arthritis set in. Glass half full, people.

His surgery was scheduled for Monday, Jan. 16 at 8 o'clock. After talking to the doctor, we smooched Ben goodbye and left him in good hands. 

 The doctors called seven hours later to let us know the surgery was a success and that Ben was doing well and resting. He also let us know that we could visit the next day. What?! Heck yes, I’ll be there.  

Since MD was teaching that day, I went to pay our sweet babe a visit over my lunch hour. He was pleased as punch to see me. They brought him out wrapped in his blanket we left him with.

I was so happy to see him. His was still pretty sedated and his leg looked awful. There was so much bruising on his pale pink skin and six stitches on his tiny chicken leg.

The nurses positively LOVED him. Many of them came into the room we were in to say hello and to tell me how much they adored him. He even gained himself a nickname during his stay. Because we dropped him off with his plush bed and blanket, they said he looked like he was set up in a hotel and dubbed him His Lordship. With a name like that, he was totally in his element.

Now that we have him back home, he’s getting plenty of rest, hugs and kisses. We give him his antibiotics twice a day and pain medicine once a day.  *Side note: cream cheese is your best friend when it comes to hiding a pill from your pup. – He’s being spoiled with his favorite soft food.

He's even received these precious treats in the mail from his cousin Berry.

And even more from his sweet friend Winnie!

Here’s a little glimpse of what his leg is looking like today. 

Bless his sweet heart.

While this is still a little sad for me to look at, it's so much better now that a full week has passed. He has good days and he has not-so-good days. Monday wasn't so good. 

I was perched on our bed when I was writing this post. MD came in and put Ben next to me the bed. Precious. 

He really enjoys the comfort of his own kennel. We call it his master bedroom. 

Most of his healing process includes sleep. Lots and lots of sleep. Here are a few photos I snapped while we blogged from bed. This is what his daily routine usually looks like. 

Taking at peek at me.

Positioning himself.


Checking in on things.

Drifting back to sleep.

And, he's out.


Thanks for visiting today! I appreciate all the love you've been sending Benny's way. He should be back to his athletic self just in time for Spring.

With love,

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Day 20: My Shoes

I frequently trot around in these super fab, semi-platform Payless pumps. Can't beat comfy and cute. Oh! And, affordable too.

Love ‘em.

Happy Sunday,

Friday, January 20, 2012

Day 20: Someone I Love

January 20, 2012: Someone I Love

I have a darling of a mother. 

She’s kind to everyone she meets, wise with every decision she makes, dedicated to her family, friends and work, and has a heart full of love. I’m so thankful to have her as my Mother.

Plus she has pretty sweet dance moves.


January 18 + 19: Combo photo!

I’m a day behind on my January Photo a Day challenge. Forgive me, won’t you?

January 18, 2012: Something I Bought
January 19, 2012: Sweet

I have a weakness for donuts, especially powered donuts. You know, the wrapped-in-plastic-awful-processed kind that covers your entire face and shirt with powdered sugar, usually right before a co-worker approaches your desk. Totally happens to me.

But, my most favorite are glazed donuts.

I'm combining Wednesday and Thursday’s photo challenge (and bring it to you a day late)with a photo of sweet glazed donuts I treated my co-workers to. Some days just call for donuts. 

Less messy. No need to hide powered sugar from your face. Only sticky fingers.

Happy Friday!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Day 17: Water

January 17, 2012: Water

My shower. The only thing that wakes me up in the morning.

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Day 16: Morning

January 16, 2012: Morning

Listening to the vet go over Benjamin’s knee surgery this morning. We can’t pick up the little guy until Wednesday afternoon.

He was left in good hands, tucked in his bed with his favorite blanket.

Can't wait to bring him home!


Sunday, January 15, 2012

Day 15: Happiness

January 15, 2012: Happiness

Happiness for Benjamin is being treated with a new bone.

Directly after I snapped this photo he jumped in my lap only to have me hold his new bone for him. He’s quite spoiled and it’s all right by me.


Saturday, January 14, 2012

Day 14: What I'm Reading

January 14, 2012: What I’m Reading

Reading for me is a juggling act between emails, texts, my Kindle (right now, The Hunger Games), the blogosphere and the rest of the social media world. 

Who else has read or is reading The Hunger Games? I'm addicted. 

Here's to a lovely Saturday!
xo, Christi

Friday, January 13, 2012

Day 13: In My Bag

January 13, 2012: In My Bag

Mints, money, random pieces of jewelry, crumpled grocery list, Purell, eos, keys, pen, agenda, hairspray, lemon notepad, lifeline and mascara. I may or may not have put it on while driving to work today. 

Happy weekend, 

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Day 12: Close Up

January 12, 2012: Close Up 

Sir Benjamin Franklin Wilfred Jenkins. I heart the heck out of this face.

Love, Christi

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Day 11: Where I Sleep

January 11, 2012: Where I Sleep

After completing my second day on jury duty, this place never looked so good.

I love this place.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Day 10: Childhood

January 10, 2012: Childhood

Yikes. Apparently, my sweet mother had a thing for denim on denim.

Halloween, 1986 
3rd grade school photo, 1992

High fives for denim!

Monday, January 9, 2012

January 8 + 9 Photo Challenge

January 9, 2012: Daily Routine
Hot rollers! Call me old fashioned, but it works for me.

January 8, 2012: Your Sky
Overcast and cloudy in Dallas. Nothing a steaming latte and a few shopping bags can’t brighten up.

Tomorrow's photo challenge is 'Childhood'!

Happy Monday,

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Day 7: Favorite

January 7, 2012: Favorite

Traveling alongside MD is my most favorite thing to do. 

Whether traveling to another county or a neighboring state, we love new adventures. We are on constant Go! to make the most of trip; packing in as much food as our bellies will hold, as many bags as the Prius can carry and enough culture to pretend we are locals.

You readers are my favorite, too. Thanks for visiting!


Friday, January 6, 2012

Day 6: Makes You Smile

January 6, 2012: Makes You Smile
This photo and this man make me smile.

I took this photo in 2008 in Chicago the day after MD proposed. We were celebrating at a champagne bar located downtown in the historic Tree Studios called Pops. I remember everything about this wonderful August day.

Keep smiling y'all!


Thursday, January 5, 2012

Day 5: Something You Wore

En route to Dallas for the Cotton Bowl, MD and I are going to stop by Bloom, a stylish boutique located in McKinney, Texas and owned by the fabulous fashion blogger Kendi Skeen of 'Kendi Everyday'.

I could not be more excited.

To go along with my exciting trip to McKinney and to continue with my January photo a day challenge, here’s the outfit I plan to wear when I visit her shop tomorrow. 

January 5, 2012 – Something You Wore

Happy Thursday to you!


Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Day 4: Letterbox

January 4, 2012 – Letterbox
As a lover of pretty stationery and snail mail, I visit this spot frequently. 

Leave a comment below with a link to where I can follow your daily photos!


Tuesday, January 3, 2012

January Photo a Day Challenge

Welcome to 2012, my friends! I hope 2011 treated you well.

Let’s commit to making 2012 our best year yet. Set a few goals for yourself and really try to stick to them.

I’ve set two goals: I want to keep a daily journal and continue working on being a sweet, loving, passionate and encouraging wife.

What goals have you set for the New Year?

Here’s something else I stumbled upon to get your January started off in a fun way. The fabulous Chantelle over at Fat Mum Slim created a list for a Photo a Day Challenge for the month of January.

Here’s how it works: Take a photo each day using the list above as your guide.

It's not too late for you to join in on the fun!

You can share your photos by uploading them daily to Instagram, Twitter, Flickr, Facebook, or your blog.

Don’t forget to tag them with hashtag #JANphotoaday so we can keep up with each other.

January 3, 2012: Something you adore. 
I adore spending lazy days with my two favorite boys. (Oops! MD's feet aren't pictured.)

January 2, 2012: Breakfast
Homemade cinnamon rolls are a favorite of mine and MD's; especially during the winter months.

January 1, 2012: You (me)

You can find me here: 

I'll be posting my daily photos on here as well!

Leave a comment below with a link to where I can follow your daily photos!

Happy photo snapping!