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.

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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 toy 

Continue reading “Meet Abby: Celebrating Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month”

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

How To Be Happy: Forge a Feel-Good Playlist

No one can deny the powerful influence music has on the way you feel. One moment you can be on top of the world, and then Evanescence’s My Immortal comes on and you can forget about ever feeling happy again.

To avoid having such emotions sprung on you without warning, crafting playlists for specific moods and situations can be a very handy tool. Whether you’re trying to keep a feeling going strong or influence yourself into a productive mood change, creating collections of songs that embody your desired results can be the quickest and easiest way to success.

My sister rockin' out to being an only child 24ish years ago
My sister rockin’ out to being an only child 24ish years ago.

Since this is the How to Be Happy series, obviously it’s time to discuss making your very own happy playlist! My personal happy playlist makes me feel like I just received the greatest news over and over again, every time I listen to it. Each song is so catchy, so dance-y, and so filled with feel-good energy that I can’t help but boogie my way to cheerfulness.

So, how should you go about starting your own happy playlist?  Continue reading “How To Be Happy: Forge a Feel-Good Playlist”

Life, Lessons, & Being All Adult-y

Hello, everyone! I am back and better than ever (and apologetic for my absence, as usual).

Life has been pretty hectic over here in Kelsey Land! So many big things have happened since my last post in January, otherwise known as over half a year ago. Before I post regularly again (as if I ever posted regularly), I thought a little update about my crazy whereabouts would be beneficial.

1.   I am officially a college graduate! On May 22, 2014, I graduated Towson University with a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication, concentrations in public relations and advertising, and a minor in Family Science. I’m proud to say I graduated with Honors in the top 10% of my class, with a 3.9 GPA!

Cheese!
Cheese!
The whole family came to celebrate the momentous occasion with me (as well as the now non-long distance boyfriend, with whom I have recently celebrated a fourth anniversary)
The whole family came to celebrate this momentous occasion with me (as well as the now non-long distance boyfriend, with whom I have recently celebrated a fourth anniversary)

I also won an award for “Mass Communication’s Most Promising Student,” which I was beyond honored to accept during an end-of-year banquet.

Thank you!!!

2.   I got a big girl job! After I graduated, Continue reading “Life, Lessons, & Being All Adult-y”

Craftsicles: Monstrous Madras Shirt Refashion

While I’m horrified that it’s been since September (being a senior in college is hard work!), I’m so pleased that I finally found the time to do a new refashion! You all really liked my big, blue, and buttoned dress refashion from Labor Day weekend, so I hope you’ll like my monstrous madras shirt refashion equally as much. If I do say so myself, it’s a good one!

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#TotesAdorbz. Fun fact: After ample research, I discovered that this print is not technically plaid nor gingham, but instead it’s called “madras.” You and I both learned something today!

I found this size “B8” beauty at Value Village for $4, which pains me because it was one of the cheapest articles of clothing I could find. My last refashion I got for mere cents in South Carolina while on vacation! Curse you, financially-inflated tri-state area. Anyway, as you can see, this little number needed some major work done.

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Help.

My initial thought was that I would do another buttoned dress refashion. However, once I got home, I realized that the length was not what I thought it was. If I transformed it into a dress and wore it out and about, one wrong move and things would get a little… cheeky (wink, wink, nudge, nudge). Also, the loud madras pattern would most likely overwhelm the dress.

Suddenly, I thought of something even better and more fashion-forward: a CROP TOP! Continue reading “Craftsicles: Monstrous Madras Shirt Refashion”