Spring Fashion Trend: Polka Dots

Spring Fashion Trend: Polka Dots
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Spring Trend Watch: Neon Pink

Neon Pink

Sh*t my Grandma Says

A little background: I have two wonderful grandmothers, one is a wonderful lady from Utah who is fairly quiet, well versed and quite educated and hilarious. The other is my Oma, a German immigrant and a very funny gal. Between the two of them I know I can fill quite a few blog posts full of Sh*t my Grandma says.

Music Monday

Bunny Love: Tips People Never Told Me

Taz at 8 weeks old

I’ve mentioned before that I am the mommy of a fur-baby; this is my baby boy Taz. He is a mini-lop/lion head breed bunny (75% mini-lop and 25% lion head- you can see the lion head when he lies down and when he was really little). We got him as a therapy animal for my depression, it was a suggested treatment for both of us and has worked quite well.

There are lots of things no one told me about bunnies and bunny care that I had to learn for myself. Instead of making you guys do the same, I figure I’ll post my best tips and tricks and share them with you.

  1. Yogurt treats from the pet store have been a waste with my bunny. He wont even give them the time of day. If you buy a cage kit from a pet store they may come with yogurt treats. Use that as your guide- he never grew into them and won’t touch them. He has also been given other snacks from the pet store that he just isn’t fond of, don’t buy a big pack if you can help it.
  2. Paper. My bunny LOVES paper! He has an “OCD” personality (each bunny has their own personality, and you have to decide which personality fits your bunny best), and he organizes his cage often. When we give him paper, he is a happy man. He will organize it into piles (stuffing it into corners, his log, or simply playing with them by tossing them around), shred them, or simply use them as extra bunny bedding. We use old phone books- they last forever!
  3. Salt Licks. No one told us to get one, we just kind of assumed that we should get one when we found Taz licking Bubba’s feet one night. We figured he didn’t have a foot fetish, so we got a salt lick for him- he hardly uses it but has helped his diet.
  4. You can potty train bunnies. No joke. Give them a bowl simply for feces and watch where they go potty in their cage. Put the bowl there and they’ll use the bowl just for potty trips. You need to change it out daily or they’ll quit using it, but it definitely helps with keeping their home clean and stink free.
  5. “Free range bunnies.” Lots of people let bunnies roam through the house. If you choose to do so, you need to keep them out for quite some time. We have to keep an eye on our furry one to make sure he doesn’t get into things he shouldn’t; wires, small spaces, behind big furniture (Where he could get stuck). We discovered early on he likes to nibble on the carpet, so we proactively play with him to avoid damage to the floors. We have toys for him simply for when he is out of his cage – empty coke-cola containers, lids, socks (he likes to play tug of war with them) and a bunny ball (a wicker ball with a bell in it).
  6. Snacks- fruits and veggies are the best. We did find one pet store treat he likes, its popcorn for bunnies! We heat them up in the microwave for 45 seconds and he loves it. Otherwise we give him oranges (we cut it into small slices so he doesn’t eat the peel), green beans, broccoli, celery, carrots and apples. He loves fruits and veggies and its helpful to us, because they smell good!

    Taz after a bath

  7. They say that bunnies need noises to help stimulate their minds and keep them from going stir crazy. If I’m not home for a few hours at a time or going to lie down for a nap during the day I turn on the television or my Itunes and put something on for him. It keeps him from acting up and misbehaving later.
  8. Get a bunny bath that you just need to spray and rub into their fur. We tried bunny bath (for the bathtub- THAT was a joke), we tried letting him bathe himself (the advice from the pet store we bought the cage from), but per the guy we bought our bunny from the spray and rub spray worked best for these little guys. Taz loves this because we cradle him, spray him, pet him to rub it in and then I give him a good, long brushing. He usually falls asleep, but loves it. He smells good all week!
     If only I would’ve known all of this when we first got our bunny I think we all would’ve had more fun sooner and enjoyed our times together instead of the ‘what is he doing?’, ‘what does he want?’ phases. What bunny advice did I miss? Do you have anything to add? Add your best bunny advice in the comments below!

Medical Fashion: Cyanosis

Medical Fashion: Cyanosis

Scoop neck t shirt, £5
Pants, $24
Reebok black shoes, $90
Movado unisex watch, $395
Cz earrings, $55
Boys 8-16 Real Genius Backpack, $38
Uncommon Capsule Hard Case for iPhone 4 (AT&T & Verizon) – Blue Polka…, $40

Address in the Stars

Rant: Antidepressants During Pregnancy

I’m sure you’ve seen the commercials, “if you’ve taken any of these antidepressants while pregnant, you could file a lawsuit.”

Let me begin this rant by stating a fact or two. I was on antidepressants when we started trying to have a baby, and I saw that there was a warning for my medication. I then took my medication to a pharmacist and asked about contraindications and drug interactions. I asked for studies and other information about the medication so that I could make an educated decision.

What I found was this (per a pharmacist and my PCP); If NOT taking the drug will kill you, take the drug. If it won’t, you need to find alternative methods of treatment and go off of the medication, because this medication is not safe for a fetus. With the help of my doctor I lowered my dose of the medication til I was off of it. Other methods of treatment were found and I was able to continue trying for a healthy baby.

Now some history on what happens when you ARE prescribed this medication…When you take any new medication that isn’t exceptionally safe for a fetus, your doctor will ask if you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant. If you aren’t pregnant at the time and want the medications still, they’ll prescribe it for you,  but will warn you about the risks and side effects. Anyone else remember the fun with accutane? EVERYONE who went on it was given a pregnancy test beforehand. Wonder why?

I have yet to find a pharmacy that doesn’t have protocol of the pharmacist checking your drugs with you before giving them to you. Even the low-level pharmacies (like Wal-Mart) do it. Once you have the meds in your possession there are these nifty little red and yellow warnings on the side of the bottle. They usually say “may cause dizziness” or “take with food,” but on the antidepressants in the commercials it clearly says on the bottle “DO NOT TAKE IF PREGNANT OR BREASTFEEDING.” It’s a BIG, RED warning. Impossible to miss.

So how exactly do they have a lawsuit?! I will never know.

My stance is this; If you were dumb enough to miss all of the warnings, then you got what you deserved. Let me state this again, YOU got what you deserved. Your baby on the other hand? I’ll forever feel bad for your baby, but you did that to them.

Lesson to be had? READ the warnings and labels. If you have a question about anything then ask the pharmacist or doctor who prescribed it. Drug companies cover their asses, why aren’t you?

Finally Friday

Thanks to StumbleUpon and Twitter for helping me find lots of new blogs this week! This week’s Finally Friday will be the biggest one yet thanks to all of you! 

What I’ll be Wearing to the hospital

Hospital Stay