Monday, December 15, 2014

a life dump

So, I guess this is what happens when you take a bit of a blogging hiatus. I know, I know, how annoying.

But I'm back today and I have so many things to catch you up on. For starters, yesterday Dane finished the Honolulu Marathon. 26 point-freaking 2 miles of hell running and he finished with a smile on his face. I'm so happy for him that he checked off such a major bucket list item and I could not be prouder.




And not that this is something to be entirely proud of, but the man didn't train a single moment. The most he has run was a 10-miler several years ago so the fact that he woke up at 5am and busted out 26 miles in 5 hours is freaking damn awesome.

Moving right along, we have my obsession with #judyhanson and the Christmas tree. She's not a dog model, but I take enough photos of her that she might start charging a fee.



One day I'll stop, but today (or any of the ones left in December) is not that day. Oh look, another one...
Okay, I'm done..for now.

Last week, Dane and I attended the HuffPost Hawaii Christmas party and it was nothing short of rockin'. All you can drink Hawaiian moonshine, ceviche and a photobooth? Sign us up!


And on one final note, my parents come into town TOMORROW! I am so freaking excited, I cannot even begin to explain it via coherent text, so we will just leave it there.

What have I missed this past week in the blog world? How have YOU been?

Tootaloo blog friends!




Tuesday, December 9, 2014

12 Dogs of Christmas

As if you needed further proof that I was obsessed with dogs, check out my latest Huffington Post piece, "12 Dogs of Christmas"!

A total shameless plug here, but it was featured on HuffPost Good News & I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm incredibly proud of that!

By now you know I'm prepping for the holidays by looking at Christmas photos of dogs on Instagram.


A photo posted by Riley Bean (@rileybeann) on

How are you getting ready?

Monday, December 8, 2014

weekend shenanigans & mikey

hi everyone!

there used to be a great link-up on monday with the one and only sami and sometimes I really miss it! hint hint, sami :)

In any case, our weekend was a total whirlwind. I think we actually got some downtime on sunday and that was only because I felt sick all day long. I'm blaming bad chicken on saturday night.

but anyway, let's go back to friday. friday I blogged about a sweet angel dog named mikey. mikey's humans have since given mikey to his new foster home and he could not be happier. they've set up a special area for him in their house with a giant fluffy bed, new toys and delicious treats. not to mention a child who claims he is her "BFF". when I was there on sunday, she laid beside him the entire time; it completely melted my heart. SO STINKING SWEET!

On Friday, Taylor also blogged about Mikey and her blog sent traffic to his fundraising page LIKE CRAZY! I am forever indebted to fellow crazy dog ladies whose hearts go out to dogs in need. Mikey's just one of hundreds of dogs who are in need, but I love that so many of you have reached out to help.

We have increased Mikey's fundraising goal, as he is in a bit worse shape than we had anticipated. His first doctor's appointment with the orthopedic surgeon is on Wednesday so we're all crossing our paws fingers for good news!

To stay up to date on Mikey's recovery--follow his Facebook page.

Saturday I had the opportunity to dress up as Anna from Frozen and make the day of about 150+ little children at a Christmas party. The costume was a child's size 7 from the Disney store and sucked me in like a sausage casing, I was sweating like mad and I was so thirsty I could barely swallow, but oh mylanta--the look of pure joy on the faces of children made everything so worth it. Beyond worth it, honestly.

You want to know what else is awesome? That said Christmas party included fresh snow. Yes, snow in Hawaii. I'm just as shocked as you are.

Saturday night, Dane and I grilled out and watched Pearl Harbor. This is the part where the story turns to "we laid on the couch watching Pearl Harbor documentaries". Because...that's what happened. It's hard to believe yesterday marked the 73rd anniversary of the surprise attacks on Pearl Harbor here on Oahu. I am so fortunate to have been able to visit the USS Arizona (several dozen times) during our time here.