Thinking of my friend as her beloved Teddy passed away this week. He lived a good and long Yorkie life, but her house won’t be the same without him.

We’ll miss your old man grumbles, your toothless grins, and your fantastic outfits. You were the most ferocious protector a Yorkie could possibly hope to be. You did your job well little man and you will be missed greatly.

Let the preparations begin! The house is (almost) completely clean. Just a few last minute touch ups and we’ll be done. The decorations have been prepped and the cooking has already started! Call me cliche if you must, but I love the idea of an orange color themed Thanksgiving. It just seems right for our first Thanksgiving as hosts.

Nothing more cheerful than a pretty orange Gerbera daisy.

These fantastic orange tulips as our dining table centerpiece. Fun, fragrance-free, and a short enough arrangement so people can still see each other over the flowers. (Though Andy will probably make me move it when we eat :P)

Stack of tiny pumpkins! Actually, I was hoping for tinier pumpkins. But the pumpkin pickings are slim!!

And on the schedule for tonight? Ina Garten’s pecan squares! Our house smells beautifully of sugar, butter, and oranges.

Feeling pretty good about this week. The house is looking good, keeping my fingers crossed that the puppies will behave, have my detailed plan for the next couple of days, and I’m looking forward to relaxing once it’s all over! Maybe I will treat myself to a nice mani/pedi on Saturday?

Totally stole this idea from the amazing Alie and Georgia (from Tripping Out on the Cooking Channel). But here we go, one thing I love, one thing I loathe, and one thing I’ve learned.

Love – With the weather getting chilly, moisturizing is important stuff. To avoid cracked bloody lips, I love using Fresh Sugar lip gloss. It’s a nice mix between a chapstick and a lip gloss with just a hint of color.

With SPF 15 to boot! Perfect for work or just running around town!

Loathe – Really starting to loathe NaBloPoMo. (National Blog Posting Month, where you try to write something everyday for the month of November) I know I have less than a week before I’ve completed the challenge for 2014. But really guys, my life is not that interesting. The reason I don’t generally post everyday? Because I don’t really do very much everyday that’s worth mentioning!

Learn – I learned that in 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt moved Thanksgiving to the fourth Thursday in November. He did this to increase the amount of shopping time for the holidays in an effort to boost the economy post Great Depression. Sound familiar? I suppose even back then, we loved a good Christmas sale. Now it feels like Thanksgiving is all but drowned out in the Christmas noise. No matter, I love Thanksgiving! I know I’m a lucky girl and I’m ready to celebrate all the things that I’m thankful for!

Alie and Georgia totally did theirs better (Being an awesome video and all. But trust me, you don’t want to see my after work face/hair tonight. We stayed late, sorted through a ton of old dusty charts, and moved heavy boxes. I’m a tired wreck!) I always look forward to new Alie and Georgia stuff!

Another day of cleaning, organizing, and decluttering. We got up early this morning to drop Jabber off for a bath. And to reward ourselves (and entice us to get out the door on time), we got breakfast burritos at this fun little shop we found! San Diego Tacos is decently close to our house and is just about always open (6 am – 11 pm) for most any taco cravings!

Chorizo breakfast burrito with two different salsas, all delicious!

Also in preparation of the big turkey day meal, we took our knives to the House of Blades to get sharpened. After all, a dull blade is a dangerous blade (plus you have to work twice as hard). If you don’t believe me, take it from Alton Brown!

The day, it is approaching! Let Turkey Day come, for I do believe we shall be ready!!

What a perfectly rainy afternoon to spend at home. We’ve been cleaning and organizing the house in preparation for Thanksgiving next week. Even when the house appears to be clean, there’s always so much more to do! Plus with Christmas right around the corner, it’s almost time to get all the Christmas planning and preparations in gear!

But before things get truly hectic for the holidays, how about a little something funny to brighten the weekend? I love Jimmy Kimmel’s mean tweets series. I like to think that even celebrities have a sense of humor when dealing with stupid mean people. Because really, what else can you do? You can get angry and stew about it or you can refuse to let it bring you down and laugh it off.

There has been a huge abundance of new restaurants popping up in DFW for the last few years. We absolutely love visiting new places and trying new flavors! HG Sply has been on my list for some time now, so I’m excited to say it was definitely worth the wait. What a beautiful patio, delicious food, and a fun atmosphere. And even better that we got to try it with some fantastic friends! It’s been a long stressful week, but all is forgotten now the weekend is here! What a lovely Friday night!

We don’t get to see everybody as often as we’d like, and there are definitely some much loved faces missing from this picture, but we still really enjoyed our evening!

We’ve been neglectful puppy owners. Though we celebrated both pupniversaries for Jabber and Cery with hugs and long walks, we kept forgetting to get them their annual pupcakes from Three Dog Bakery! Well, we were neglectful no more! We stopped by and got two pupcakes tonight to be enjoyed by two lucky puppies!

A Peanut Mutter Bar and a Dreamy Pupcake for my two lucky puppies!

Jabber’s well practiced at this ritual by now and promptly wolfed her cake down in approximately 2 licks and 3 bites.

However, this is Cery’s first pupniversary and first pupcake celebration. She has no idea what’s in store for her!

She licked her cake around the kitchen, she licked her cake into a corner, she licked her cake until it got wedged under the china cabinet, and she kept licking it until a light bulb went of in her puny brain that she could actually bite the cake. Needless to say, whether by lick or by bite, Cery loved her pupcake.

So happy to have two ridiculous puppies in our lives!