Saturday at the Bronx Zoo

Monkeys in the Bronx Zoo - New York City

To celebrate the beautiful Saturday weather,ย we went to the Bronx Zoo!

We had a great time. I love looking at all the different animals from around the world — I could stare at the exhibits all day. There were even little babies in both the gorilla and crane exhibits, as well as a few others.

I thought I’d share some pictures I took! Poke around through the gallery, and click to enlarge any of the photos for a better view!

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The Cheerful Times Joined Bloglovin’!

Happy birthday, The Cheerful Times!

The Cheerful Times' 2nd anniversary WordPress notification

On Friday, October 17th, WordPress notified me that it was the second anniversary of registering my blog. My first thought was “Yikes… I’m averagingย about one post every two months.”ย 

Not the most attentive of me.

However, my second thought was that all things considered, I’m actually doing pretty well! I have a pretty decent amount of subscribers, a steady flow of traffic, and people who tell me they look forward to seeing my next post in their newsfeeds. What more could a casual blogger who just desired a writing outlet to spread joy and craftiness to the world want? Not much, that’s what. I’m very happy thanks to you!

I thought my two-year anniversary was an appropriate time to announce that I’m bringing The Cheerful Times to even more people: I joined Bloglovin’! Check out The Cheerful Times on Bloglovin’ here. You may have seen the Bloglovin’ button I made for my blog, starring a sleepy Abby, in my sidebar.

Follow The Cheerful Times on Bloglovin'

Essentially, Bloglovin’ is a website that allows you to put all your favorite blogs and their updates in one feed, regardless of the blog platform or whether or not you have a WordPress account. So now WordPress users aren’t the only ones who can easily subscribe and view my content — anyone with a Bloglovin’ account can!

Another update: starting on Monday I’m going to attempt to take part in Blogging 201: Branding and Growth, a course through WordPress’ Blogging University program! It will be fun to see what impact it has, and if I can keep up with the daily tasks ๐Ÿ˜‰

Thank you to all who have visited and enjoyed my content, you made these two years very cheerful indeed. Here’s to many more!

๐Ÿ™‚ Kelsey

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Meet Abby: Celebrating Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month

I have exciting news to announce! October is Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month and Malcolm and I did just that — adopt a shelter dog!

Meet the one and only Abby, the newest contributor to The Cheerful Times.

Abby the black puggle
ABBY!

Abby is a five-year-old chubby wubby Puggle (that’s a beagle and a pug mix), and is the absolute best, cutest little princess.

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Little wubby! This photo is from one of the shelter’s photo shoots.

Abby likes:

  • Snuggling humans
  • Snuggling cats
  • Burping
  • Showing her pudgy belly for scratchies
  • Making cute faces
  • Her two stuffed toys/dolls
  • Sleeping on items that are neither of her two beds
  • Forcibly suggesting you pet her
  • Soaring through the air onto the couch
  • Snoozing on the couch
  • 4:30 a.m. sneezing fits
  • Falling asleep as you scratch the top of her head, behind her ears, on her chest, tummy, neck…
  • Licking the foundation off my nose to reveal its true Rudolph-like complexion
  • Frolicking up every driveway and walkway we come across in the neighborhood
  • Meeting new people
  • Helping put on her martingale for walkies

Abby dislikes:

  • Closet doors — those sneaky things look just like a front door, so she waits next to them when she has to go potty
  • Berkley, the hound dog at her shelter who ate her favorite toyย 

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A Very Cheerful Stitch Fix Review

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I recently signed up for Stitch Fix, one of those popular monthly box services, and decided that I would join the reviewing fun. So, welcome to The Cheerful Times’ Stitch Fix review!

What is Stitch Fix?ย For those of you who haven’t heard of it, Stitch Fix is a subscription service that deliversย stylist-selected clothes to your doorstep. Continue reading “A Very Cheerful Stitch Fix Review”