Traveling With Cats

Sometimes when we tell people that we travel across the country twice a year with our cats they give us the strangest looks. Heck, when we are driving and people in other cars see our cats they just kind of stare in disbelief. All cats kind of get a bad wrap for being bad car passengers, but when it comes to our feline friends nothing is further from the truth. 

When we got both Wigs and Littlemin I knew there would be lots of traveling, so I made sure both of them would be used to being comfortable in a car. I couldn't imagine spending multiple days in the car with yowling cats, haha. I heard, years ago, on an Animal Planet show that you should drive your kitten around in the car to get them used to it. So we would drive both Wigs and Littlemin around the mountain when they were little a couple times a week. Wigs became an old pro at the traveling thing in no time. Her favorite way to sit is what we like to refer as the car seat, haha! While Littlemin has been a little more cautious about the whole thing, he likes to sleep under one of the seats of the car to begin with, then after a couple of hours will make a bed of the back seat.
Once your cat is ok with being in the car there are a couple things you can do to make them a little more comfortable.
  1. Have their litter box easily accessible to them. Unlike dogs, cat typically won't just go outside when you stop for gas or snacks, so it's a good idea to have their bathroom ready for them to use whenever they chose to. 
  2. Have some food and water out. We always try to keep just enough water in their bowl so we don't have a sloppy back seat if we hit a bump, haha. 
  3. Bring some kind of scratching post. We have a rectangular cardboard one. After a long nap in the car our two friends like to stretch and scratch something and we would much rather them scratch the scratching post than the back of our seats. 
  4. We also have them wear their harnesses with tags when in the car. We do this so we can easily get their leashes on when we are getting out. 
Are there any special things you guys do when traveling with your pets or have any photos of your travels with them? If so I would love to know what they are and see some fun photos, so leave links in the comments.

Happy Wednesday.

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Baked Macaroni

Do you guys know about the deliciousness that is baked macaroni?! It's seriously my favorite decadent dinner, and if I didn't have to worry about it killing me I would seriously eat it every single day.

2 boxes of noodles (I love to use either elbow or penne)
1.5-2 cups of cheese (I use 1/2 mozzarella and 1/2 cheddar)
3 Tbs butter
3 Tbs flour
6 Tbs milk (maybe more)


red pepper flakes
garlic salt
balsamic vinegar

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Cook your pasta until al dente (it will finish cooking in the oven). While your pasta is cooking put the butter into a medium sized sauce pan and melt. Once melted stir in flour to create a kind of paste. Pour in the milk and the cheese, while continuously stirring. If you are planning on adding any herbs or pepper flakes now is the time to do it. The heated mixture should resemble a thick cheese sauce, you might need to add more milk to get it to this consistency.
Once your noodles are al dente and the cheese sauce is ready, grease an oven safe dish and pour the noodles in. Add cheese sauce on top and mix into pasta with a fork. Cover with tin foil and cook for 25 minutes.
As soon as that buzzer goes off bust that bad boy of the oven and scoop some of that ooey gooey yumminess into the biggest bowl you have and enjoy! And if you are feeling extra adventurous pour on some balsamic vinegar. It's so good. Let me know if you give it a try and what you think!

Have a great Tuesday.

x's and o's

Win Some You Lose Some

Have you ever absolutely loved an outfit you were wearing but totally ended up just not liking any of the photos you took while wearing it? That was totally me with this outfit, haha, but even though I am still not really digging any of the photos I wanted to share anyways. I mean might as well keep it real right?
I wore this outfit to go see The Grand Budapest Hotel, which was fantastic. Wes Anderson has pretty much mastered his style and this movie is proof of that. The color pallet, the set design, the costumes, everything was just spot on. It seriously made me wish I could just step into his world and live there forever. 
vest // Forever 21
dress // ModCloth
tights // Target
shoes // Blowfish
brooch // Etsy
As I mentioned in a previous post my hair is getting long enough that the curls previously held down by long hair are now deciding it's their time to shine. And by shine I mean stand up in the middle of my head all the time, haha! I was constantly having to push my little cockatoo flap back down. I think once it gets an inch longer it will have enough weight to it to keep it down, but until then I will just have to rock it!
Littlemin was very jealous that we got to go outside. I think he's been a little spoiled being able to go outside (with his harness) on the mountain. Since being in Phoenix the cats really haven't gone outside too much because they get spooked by cars. I have a feeling they will be pretty happy to get back to the great outdoors this summer. 

Hope you all are having a nice Monday.

x's and o's

Friday Fancies

These illustrations over photos of yummy foods are both adorable and making me hungry.
My friend Megan is an amazing photographer! Just look at this photo of Hannah and her little fella!
I literally laughed so hard I my eyes teared up! Side note the new Captain America movie is AMAZING!
Blackberry brea pizza say what?!

I had been thinking about ways to make Friday Fancies be a little more than just photos. So I decided I would share some of my favorite posts from bloggers throughout the week as well as some things I wish I currently had in my closet. 

Get in my closet please: this black and white striped dress // this sleeveless denim dress // these perfect white laced shoes // this adorable straw flat top hat // this stylish jacket (ugh I wish it was even on more sale) // the perfect boots for our camping days // this black and white striped swimsuit (can you tell I have a thing for black and white stripes right now, hehe)

Hope everyone is having a great Friday!

x's and o's
Well I took an accidental break from blogging there for a little bit and it was kind of nice. Yesterday was my mom's birthday and while I was a little bummed out Will and I spent the day figuring out where we wanted our lives to be going over the next couple of months and it got me all excited/happy. I think I am finally coming to a place were days like her birthday and the day she passed are not as awful as they once were. I know she wouldn't want me to feel awful on these days every year.

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Our Little Scamp

Over the weekend we decided to take our little Scamp out for a test drive so we could get used to how it tows and also get used to the sounds it makes as it tows. Of course while we were out we had to snap some photos. 
We figured we would take the little kikis with us since it had been a while since they were in the car. Wigs at this point is an old pro when it comes to traveling in the car having traveled across the country several times already. Littlemin, however, has only had one long trip (and several smaller ones) under his belt, so it takes him a little bit to get comfy in the car. He is getting better though. If you ever want to get your cat used to driving in the car I would suggest starting out when they are kittens and just drive them around the neighborhood every couple of days until they are totally cool with it. That's what worked for us. 
shirt // Target
jeans // Forever 21
scarf // my mom's
shoes // Lulu's
One of the first things people usually ask us about it is if we will be comfortable in such a small space. Then they remember we used to live in a tiny 150sqft cabin with Wigs, so this guy should be no problem. 
I am kind of obsessed with our little stove top, it totally looks like a shocked face. I'm such a sucker for inanimate objects that look like faces, they are just the best. Seriously, if you are having a bad day just google it and get ready to be cheered right up!
I cannot wait to hit the road in May! We have two weddings around Los Angeles, then we will drive up the coast to Portland to visit a couple of my favorite people. Then we will head down through Utah with many National Forest stops along the way. I have a feeling there will be an absurd amount of photos of the trip along the way.

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March in Review

I turned 30 and celebrated the best way I know how, with roller skating!
Some of the yummiest Chocolate Cookies! So wonderful all piping hot.
Bought a flower crown and proceed to wear it with everything. #sorrynotsorry haha!
Had one of the funnest and busiest weekends in a long time. 
Birthday outfit totally proves I am a kid of the 90's.
Absolutely loving spring hats, I want  to own all of them!

I cannot believe March is over and I've been 30 for almost a whole month! It is so crazy just how fast this year already seems to be going. I swear I am going to blink my eyes and we are going to be on the road again, haha. Looks like April is going to be slower of a month than March. We will be on the road for a month plus starting in May, so I am looking forward to some quite lazy days. What do you guys have planned for April? Anything exciting? 

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Spring Hats

1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5
I have seriously become obsessed with all things hat related in the recent weeks. It's kind of funny because in the past I haven't been a huge fan of hats. I used to think they just didn't work well with my face, like my jowls were way too big and made hats just kind of look off on me. I realized now that it is just plain stupid. I totally feel like I kind of rock the hat look

Besides adding a little bit of flare to an outfit they are perfect for keeping the sun out of this gal's face, which is really useful because I foolishly misplaced the only pair of prescription sunglasses I own, ugh! I really need to get a new pair before we venture out on our trip and then back to WV, but they are just so darn expensive, double ughs. When I finally bite the bullet I'm going to be sure to take better care of them, but until then hats it will do the job. 

What article of clothing have you been loving this spring? 

x's and o's

Hello Spring

Spring is here, which actually just means summer is looming in Arizona. This winter was a lot warmer than normal, and that usually means summer will be happening way to early this year. We are headed out in the Scamp for a little west coast trip in May, so I am really hoping the heat stays away until we leave at least, but that might be asking too much haha.
I've been loving this maxi dress ever since buying it in Portland over the summer, and I've really been digging figuring out ways to style it differently. I have always loved seeing people who can bring like six different pieces of clothing on a trip to last over two weeks and never repeat an outfit. While I'm no where near that level yet, I feel like I am getting a little better, which will be great during our West Coast Tour 2014 (haha that's what I like to call our month long Scamp trip). 

Now can we just talk about this hat for a minute? I am smitten. I had been lusting over all of Gentri's adorable hats for quite a while, and so much so that I knew I just had to get my own. She gave me some great tips (Target Men's section), but I just had no luck. However, while looking in my dad's closet for some of my mom's old hats I came across this beauty! Everything about it screams spring to me and it's just prefect in every way. 
 dress // Forever 21 (similar)
shirt // thrifted
hat // dad's
shoes // Target
This weekend was filled with catching up with old friends and eating way too much food! Those kind of weekends are the very best. I cannot wait to start our trip out to Los Angeles and then up to Portland so I can enjoy even more wonderful friends and good food! What did you all do this weekend? 

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