But Joy Comes in The Morning…..

Every Saturday night for the past month at 10:22pm sharp Chad and I observe what has become a sacred ritual; we bow our heads and thank the Lord for giving us Cathy Cat for as long as she lived. We also pray for Phoebe that she would adjust to our eventual new addition to our family; a kitten.

Why 10:22 PM? It was in that moment that our precious cat’s heart stopped beating this side of heaven as she passed peacefully over the Rainbow Bridge.

Losing a pet sucks. Especially when you consider them a member of your family. Your child.

And I slipped into a depression that I hadn’t expected. It was awful. I didn’t even have the strength to blog.

Feelings of guilt, sadness, and grief freely flowed through me.

The guilt? Thinking that I, Cathy Cat’s primary caregiver, did something wrong to cause her death.

It got so bad that Chad and I went to a session of grief counseling. I have no shame over this and encourage anyone that has experienced the loss of a fur baby to consider talking to a professional if you feel like you need some extra help navigating your feelings.

So after we lost Cathy Cat, we had a hole in our family. In a way we always will. But in the meantime we wanted to expand our family to include a little furry bundle of joy. So last Saturday, this little guy joined our crazy family.


Mr. Riley Bean is 10 weeks old and all kitten. He’s added so much energy to our house. And JOY. SO much joy! You can’t help but smile when a 10 week old kitten frantically tears around the room playing hockey with a Cheerio. It never occurs to him to eat it, thankfully.

All this last month, I’ve been thinking about the verse in the Bible about pain only lasting for a night, but joy comes in the morning. This has been SO true for us. Riley Bean is our true joy and we thank the Lord daily for him.

Dear reader, if you have ever lost a pet and are in mourning, take heart. The Lord cares for your hurt and will restore your heart.

“But joy comes in the morning!”

**Special thanks to S-R Images for doing Riley’s first baby photoshoot and providing a photo for today’s blog.  If you’d like to book them for your next event, find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/esrimages/?fref=ts


Graze Box Verdict…….

**Trigger Warning**  Today’s blog contains mention of a specific bodily function. If you don’t like hearing about bodily functions or need a break from hearing about it (because you have a son between the ages of 6 and 30), you can skip this one. See you tomorrow. 😉

I know you all have been waiting to hear Chad and my first impressions of the Graze Box that came in the mail the other day.

The wait is over.

So in answer to the first question, “How many snacks were left upon Chad’s return?” The answer is all of them.

Fortunately I was able to pacify my hunger with leftover mac and cheese (one of those gourmet home made varieties that contains 6 different cheeses made by our best friend Adam. Everyone should have an Adam.) until Chad came home.

I was so proud of myself that I hadn’t even opened the box. #WaitingIsHard

What was inside the box? 4 different snacks. Specifically:

1. Peachy Orchard (a mix of dried rhubarb, pears and peach fruit drops (basically tiny peach juice gummy balls) )
2. The Cheese Board (cracker-y baked herb bites, cashews, and cheesy bites)
3. Salted Popcorn (literally a tiny pouch of microwaved popcorn)
4. Summertime Punch (dried pineapple pieces, goldenberries (raisins, pineapple syrup, and pineapple juice concentrate), and coconut flakes) )

Each of these snacks are hovering around an ounce in size and contain one serving each. I know what you are thinking, and I totally agree-that’s pretty tiny for a snack.

So I ate them all in one setting.

I was a good wife though and gave Chad the Summertime Punch snack because he loves shaved coconut. It absolutely doesn’t matter that he forgot to eat it and it was still unopened when he got home. So I did the only reasonable thing and opened it myself and ate the dried fruit bits, leaving him all the coconut. I really am a catch, people. 😉

So here are our thoughts (Dang, that was a long*ss intro. Sorry ’bout that 😛 ):

The Good:

-The box contained snacks that were pretty enjoyable.
-Eating all of the snacks in one setting did serve to fill me up.
-The box it came in was cute.
-There were over 100 snacks for me to choose from. I was able to rate each snack so my box was customized, although my top picks were not guaranteed to be in the box.
-All the snacks were relatively healthy with no preservatives. Chad commented that the coconut was plain with no oil, which apparently is not a common thing for a snack mix. I wouldn’t know because I don’t really like coconut so I don’t actively seek it out.

The Bad:

-The serving sizes were teeny tiny. Which is why I had to eat the entire box. Granted, I don’t blame the company for not anticipating my snacking needs, but a bigger serving would have been awesome.
-Considering the size of each of the snacks, the price is a bit up there. Your first box is free with a special code and includes 4 snacks. After that your box is double in size and the cost is around $12. You can choose to receive the box weekly or monthly.

The Ugly:

-None of the snacks in my box tasted all that special. I honestly could go to our local bulk health food store and buy essentially the same thing, but in much larger quantities.

The Unexpected Best:

**Bodily Function Discussion Time**

Because I ate the entire box in one setting, and each snack had several grams of fiber, I uh, well…..I had a really good poo! 😀

So there you have it. I’m glad that we got a free Graze box to try. Even though we won’t be getting it again, I thought I’d review it anyway and let you decide whether or not to get it.


Math Problems…….#BloggingWhileHungry

Remember the other day when I said I was so hungry that I signed up for one of those snack subscription services? Well, the box came today. But there is a problem.

Chad had to go to a work meeting. Leaving me alone with the box.

I haven’t yet had anything to eat today.

Before he left he told me he wanted to try some of the snacks when he came back.

I don’t know how long he is going to be gone. So here is a math problem:

“If Chad leaves the house to go to a meeting, leaving his wife with an unopened snack box of deliciousness (for an indeterminate amount of time), how many snacks will there be left upon Chad’s return? Here are some facts to consider:

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1. There are only 4 snacks in the box

2. The box is only an inch thick

3. The box measures 7 inches across

4. I’m pretty sure I’ve never been this hungry in my life”

So how many snacks do you think will be left when Chad gets home? Put your guess in the comments below!

Happy Eating!

FTC Disclosure: All products were procured by me. This post is not sponsored.

Psst! Hey guys! Even though this post was not sponsored, the good folks at Graze gave me a coupon code that you guys can use to get your 1st and 5th box FREE!

Just enter the promo code: 79RK62MNB

LAFF On Saturday: Hotel Illogical

I’ve been in many a hotel in my day, most recently earlier this week. And I’ve observed a few things that don’t make sense to my brain.

Most of these observations have to do with the bathroom:

1. Trashcans: Why isn’t there a trashcan in the bathroom?? I often need to throw at least one thing away when I’m in there whether it’s hair from my brush or other things. Maybe I have a nose bleed and I can’t leave the bathroom and need to throw away the kleenex (which is also not in the bathroom, but toilet paper is so I’ll let this go 😛 ) that has my nose juice on it. TMI? Sorry.

2. Sink: Where is it? Because it’s not in the bathroom. And this mama needs a sink in the bathroom. Ok, I don’t need need it, but it makes it so much easier to do life. And let’s face it, it’s a little annoying to have to use the toilet and having to walk out of the bathroom to wash your hands.

Dear hotel designer people, you got some ‘splainin’ to do.

Let’s move on from the bathroom to the bed:

4. Teeny-Tiny pillows: I don’t know if you were expecting only Alice from Alice in Wonderland to sleep in your establishments, but based on the size of the pillows, that’s the only explanation that makes sense. Why else would they be only the size of a standard postage stamp? This last vacation Chad was pretty ingenious though. We each had several pillows on our side (the same postage stamp size) and he MacGyvered the extra pillows on his side to make one giant pillow. I wish I had been that smart. 😛

5. The TV: I don’t know why this happens, but every time I turn on the TV, it flips to the start up screen showing your motel logo. Even if I put it on a specific station before turning it off, when I turn it on again, it reverts back to the start-up screen. This means that I have to flip through all the channels to get to the channel it had been on before (because I can’t remember what channel it was on before. 😛 ).

All I wanted to do was watch Say Yes To The Dress, draw myself a bath and have Calgon take me away. Why is this so difficult? 😛

Are any of my readers also annoyed by these things?

Happy Weekend, y’all and have a safe and wonderful 4th! ❤