Friday, January 15, 2016

Confessions + A Rant


We're pretty much living in a snow globe in West Michigan right now - it has snowed almost all week long!  It's given me a chance to play around with my new camera when taking Brady out, although I will admit that like 95% of the pictures so far are no bueno.  Except for that one above, progress!  I'm practicing on manual mode mostly and hopefully soon I'll be able to take a decent picture on the third fifteenth try.  Also need to work on Brady not being terrified of the camera.  I'm pretty sure it's the moving lens that he doesn't like - he either growls at it or refuses to look at me, haha.  We're all a work in progress over here!

On to my monthly 'fess sesh...

I confess that I'm seriously considering buying the Justin Bieber CD.  I don't even know who I am anymore, but I am ridiculously obsessed with his new songs, specifically Sorry.  Sorry I'm not sorry (get it).

I confess that this weekend I will be repainting our guest bedroom for the THIRD time.  Whoops.  Something about this room is so hard for me, I think it's the fact that the headboard and dresser we have in there are black and I don't know how to decorate with black.  But I'm determined to get things in order in that room, so I'm painting it Sherwin Williams Sea Salt (inspo pic) and I found a super cheap upholstered nail trim headboard on Wayfair that I'm going to order and then paint the dresser white.  Hopefully third times the charm!

I confess that I can't decide if I like this sweater/cape or not - but I ordered it anyway.  I mean it is  on sale and free returns if it's ugly, right?

I confess that I don't understand blog newsletters.  I get that it's a way to get more content out to your readers, but why don't you just put that all on your blog?  All the Pinterest blogging tutorials say that I should have one and I'm just confused as to why!  I'd love to hear what you think about them if you have one yourself.

I confess that I ordered these (finally) in cream, but they look pink in real life.  The box says cream and they don't even make them in pink, so I have no idea what is going on!  I can't decide if I'm going to keep them or not because they look straight up baby pink to me.

I confess - and this is my big rant for the day - that if one more person says something to me about once the baby is here that I will realize that Brady is really 'just a pet', I am going to p-u-n-c-h them.  I have had numerous people say this to me and it seriously makes my blood boil.  I get that the love that you have for your child is different than the love for your dog, but why in the world would having a baby make me love Brady any less??   Sure, his hair is everywhere and he barks whenever he sees his favorite Fed-Ex guy (haha) and he drags all of our nice blankets around, but this is his house too and he is more than 'just our dog'.  He was here first and while I know he's going to get less attention than he does now, he will NOT be loved any less.  And like what am I supposed to say to people when they say this?  I try to be polite, but it's hard.  Anyone else deal with this?  I'm sure we could all write crazy posts on things you shouldn't say to women when they're pregnant!

Aaand end rant.  I hate to leave on such a negative note, so I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!  We'll be doing (you guessed it) more housework and I'm hoping to get out and see The Reverent finally.  As always, make sure to follow along on Instagram! :) See you back here on Monday!

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  1. Good job on the pic above! Our last snow storm(last year), I pulled out the dslr and did the same thing. I got some gorgeous shots of my husband and our dogs:)

    Oh, and yes, your rant is totally acceptable. We don't even have kids yet and people are already saying the same thing. That's actually how we got one of our dogs. She was with a family for & years and they up and gave her up. They have since gone on to have baby #3/4. Makes me furious. I'm thrilled we have her and furious that they have up a behaved and fabulous dog. Our children will be important, but he dogs were here first. They won't be cast aside. End rant:)

    Enjoy the snow:)

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  2. They look cream on the computer too...hmmm weird but light pink might not be so bad!! I don't understand how some people can speak and not think before...of course you aren't going to compare brady to a baby, but he's just as much a part of your family!! Hope you have a great weekend! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  3. I can't believe people say that to you about your dog! UGH! People say to me all the time, you have no idea what it's like. Dogs aren't kids..etc. Dogs are totally family! Happy Friday!! Alexis @ Chemistry Cachet

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  4. I have that EXACT same headboard from wayfair in our guest bedroom! I ended up getting 2 for free because of how they shipped it in the summer (in a plastic bag that made the rivets rust--hopefully that won't be a problem since it's not hot out). I love your color that you chose for the guest room! Hopefully this is the one! :) Maybe the Welly socks somehow got near the red ones in the store? That's my only explanation. Maybe exchange and see if the next ones come and are actually cream?
    I would be mad if people said that about Cooper only being a pet. Bah...forget them. People are lame and stupid and need to find something to make themselves relevant. Leave them be.
    Have a great weekend and good luck with the painting! We will be painting twins haha

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  5. I really don't know what I would say to someone who told me that we would feel that way about Percy once the baby is born. Liiiiike, shut your face, perhaps. So rude!!That headboard is so cute and what a great price point!! Wayfair overwhelms me but I'm saving that for later. Our guest room needs a lot of love, too!

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  6. That is a gorgeous picture of Brady!! I've heard that learning to use a DSLR takes a lot of practice but it looks like you're doing great. Also I am with you on Justin Bieber...Everytime Sorry comes on the radio, I turn it up and sing it loud and proud. I'll even confess that I watched both of his Carpool Karaoke videos with James Corden last night and he is actually so funny.
    I wish there was something sassy you could say back to people who tell you that Brady is just a pet. I'm sure that the advice and things that people say to you once you're pregnant are crazy! I hope you have a good weekend!

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  7. After just going through what we went through with Ellie, that kind of comment makes me want to punch people for you as well. Geez. You are very right - Brady will definitely get less attention, but then again, so will Nick, lol. Babies just take a lot of attention. That's just how it is. But that doesn't mean that anyone else in the family is less important. Some people need to get a clue.

    Those socks look totally cream on my screen, so maybe they are defective or something? I'd contact Nordstrom and just see what they say (unless you want pink!) Happy Friday!

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  8. I hate when people say that about a dog after a baby arrives!! I will say that Ruby has driven us crazy with some of her antics that happen to wake up the baby but that doesn't mean we love her any less! Just try to keep your cool (hard with crazy pregnancy emotions, I know!) and tell them Brady is the best dog you could ask for and you're excited for your babe to grow up with him around!

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  9. I'm not married yet and no plans for babies anytime soon, but Sophie is my absolutely baby right now and though I'm sure the dynamic will change once kids are here, she will always be my first baby! So I completely understand what you're saying on that one! In terms of a newsletter, I started an RSS feed which sends posts directly to your email and an "exclusive" newsletter -- I use it to send out a little bit of extra content -- I can send you a few of mine if you'd like to see! I've had a great response on them so far. And I can't wait to see that cape on you! I may have to order it!

    Zelle
    Southern Style

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  10. I love your rant! Doxie will FOREVER be my first baby. And I love her and all of her spoiled, crazy, Marley antics. I feel you. Also...love that cape. Also...LOVE the biebs.

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  11. Girl, I feel you on the JB thing. I HATED him when he first came out. Didn't even like any of his songs but this cd is really catchy and good! I was going to order those cream welly socks too but now I think I might pass. I definitely don't want pink! That's so weird! And yes, yes, yes to your last rant! If one more person tells me that my dog is not "part of the family" they're going to have a VERY bad day. Hope you have a wonderful weekend! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  12. You will probably receive all kinds of unsolicited advice throughout your pregnancy and even after the baby is born, and unfortunately you just have to learn to take it with a grain of salt. People are silly sometimes and that is crazy that they would even feel the need to comment on the love between you and your baby vs the love between you and your dog. Truthfully, your baby and dog will probably be absolute best friends, which will be the sweetest thing in the world to watch. Have a great weekend girl!

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  13. I think that picture looks great! I ordered almost the exact headboard from Wayfair, cheap and works great. Hope you have a great weekend!

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  14. We are definitely on the same page right now! I seriously told my husband the other day that I had to confess that I really love JB's new songs. It was embarrassing.
    AND.... on the dog thing. I'm NOT pregnant and you wouldn't believe the number of people who have already told me I will probably get rid of our dog after I have a baby. What?! I agree... so rude. Unless their were safety concerns, I am quite sure that won't be happening.
    Lastly.. our dog Brick seriously does the exact same look away thing when I get out a camera. Every single time! :)

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  15. Oh girl, I have heard that one over and over again. And I have seen it happen to some of our friends who treated their dog like a baby until they had a human baby. But! I also have friends who have kids AND pets and they still treat their dogs like babies. That always encourages me when I think about bringing more small humans to live in our house. Anyway, rant totally acceptable! I'm sorry you are having to deal with that!

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  16. The dilemma you're having in your guest room sounds like my problem in our master! We have an ALL black, matching furniture set. We bought it when we moved right before we got married, but yeah - tastes change and I would love nothing more than to replace it. But, it's too new to justify that quite yet, so we are reprinting. :) Also, I would punch anybody that said that to me about Finn while I'm pregnant - while I am a crazy pet parent and probably take it to the extreme, Finn is like our "first child" and nothing will ever replace the love that I have for him. People are idiots!

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  17. Justin is killing it lately! And I have never even been a fan, but he is winning me over! And blog newsletters sound like a huge waste of time. I need a ton of blogs and do not subscribe to a single newsletter. And I especially don't want to be baited in with "content that won't be shared anywhere else...". Rant over. ;-)

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  18. I'm not going to lie Pixie gets on my nerves A LOT more now that we have a baby but it's not her fault. I'm sleep deprived and dealing with a fussy baby and I can't get mad at him so I end up getting angry at her for getting under my feet or barking at anyone that walks by. I still love her the same but it is different once the baby comes and she knows it. Theo's kind of become the one in charge of her and I do most of the baby stuff since I breastfeed him anyways. You're going to hear a lot of unsolicited advice while you're pregnant that's going to annoy you so just develop selective hearing!
    Ally- Life as I know it

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  19. It has been AGES since I've commented. But congratulations on the sweet baby!!! Also, every time I see your dog I want another one.. and the Mr. is good with one. Lame.

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  20. As a blog reader but not a blogger, I have to be honest here when I say that I HATE newsletters. I already get so much in my inbox that the last thing I want is another email. Not to mention I read blogs when I actively choose to do so, not because I was sent an email. So generally I either delete them or make sure im unsubscribed.

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    1. Lyss - I totally agree with you! I don't think I'll be going the newsletter route anytime soon, I can barely keep up with my inbox as it is ;) Thanks for reading!

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  21. Oh my gosh, mine look pink too!!! I thought it was just because my boots are dark purple and it was casting a weird color on them. I have them back in the box because I don't like it and may switch to black. So odd.

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  22. You just made my day with your confession about Brady - I dont get people that 'push' their dogs aside when babies come. Those are the original babies that train you how to become a good parent ;)

    I dont get it either - but I totally have loved all the songs released so far from the Biebs... its almost embarrassing :) haha

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  23. I'm glad I'm not the only one struggling with a room! I love every room in our house but I have two that I haven't been able to get just right yet. Hopefully we'll have them how we want them soon :)
    Kelsey
    www.thepeacockroost.com

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  25. That photo of Brady is absolutely precious! He looks so cute and I love the snow on his fur! You took a really amazing photo!

    That sweater looks pretty on the website.

    I've never been pregnant so I can't speak on that, but I agree with what you said: a baby is going to be a different kind of love than you have for your dog but your not going to love your dog any less. My guess would be that the majority of the people that say those kinds of things have not experienced a real true love of a pet. To me, the animals I've had in my life (3 dogs, 2 cats) and the 2 cats I have now, are part of my family. They have never been "just pets" to me. Granted, not everyone feels that way and I'm guessing that those are the people (for the most part) that would say things like you're going to love Brady less. Also, I would totally want to punch them too if they made comments like that to me. LOL.

    I hope you have a great weekend! :)

    Amy @ http://befilledwithj0y.blogspot.com

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  26. Your rant is totally acceptable! I heard that same thing, and while my fur babies did receive less attention at first, they were still loved as just that, a fur baby! Not just a pet. They did go through a depression and then a jealousy phase but everything eventually got back to a 'new normal'. Congrats on your sweet baby- one day they'll be the best of friends!

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  27. I would punch people in the face too if they gave that comment because all of the family dogs have been, and are, considered a family member so its like ok! As long as the dog transitions well with the new kid and the shared love, all is good - and people I've known have had the dog interact with a blanket that the baby's scent is on before the parents bring the kid home and I've known no one to have problems. Besides goldens are a good breed!

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  28. What a fantastic pic of Brady-boy with the new camera! I don't get blog newsletters either, and I'm so sorry that people have been saying that about Brady once the baby is here. That would make my blood boil too if anyone said that about Roxy. Sending you big *hugs*! Happy Friday, have a fabulous weekend <3
    Green Fashionista

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  29. I've been tempted to get the new Biebs CD too. I'm glad I'm not the only one!

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  30. Um first of all, Brady looks like a model in that pick. Second of all, I am dying for a cape. Somehow my family heard poncho instead and that ish got returned. Also, I would never say that to you so you would not need to punch me for THAT. But I would probs say something worth punching anyway.

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  31. What is it about pregnancy (and weddings!) that suddenly everybody want to give you their (totally unwanted) opinions? Two thumbs up to all your confessions!

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  32. I am loving JB's new music so I'm right there with you on your first rant lol I can't believe people tell you that about Brady!! How rude! Your picture looks really good - hope the rest of your practice goes well! Good luck on painting - can't wait to see it :)

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  33. Just a pet?!?! OMG who said that to you?? I would have such a hard time not kicking someone in the shin if they said that to me! No matter how many kids I have, my dogs are still like family members to us and always will be <3 On a lighter note - I think I need the JBiebs CD too!! ;)

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  34. that picture is fabulous! don't knock your skills!

    i feel your rant. seriously. i am not stupid, i know i will love my child like a child, and i love my cats like cats. however, they are still my family and why would i get rid of them just because i have a child? i am not changing, i'm not going to be some horrible person who kicks pets out on the curb because someone new moves in. seriously. it's ridiculous how many people have said this to me and i'm not even flipping pregnant. what the heck people?

    everyone keeps talking about justin bieber and i don't know any of his new songs. i am scared to listen to them in case i like them. haha.

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  35. I can't believe people would say that about Brady. Totally understand why it upsets you! Love the photo of him in the snow. Have a great weekend!

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  36. I love your rant. I felt the same way with my dogs when pregnant with my first. Everyone was like, just wait until the baby comes...I still love my dogs two kids later. I don't get to give them the love and attention I used to but they are still members of our family! And true confession: even though I was a nanny and loved kids before having my first I was super nervous that I would never love them as much as I love my dogs. Thankfully, I do ;) Have a wonderful weekend!

    Annie- All Things Big And Small

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  37. First of all, get the J.biebs album. Best money ever spent lol. And I have to say that I just love these types of post. I love to see the fiesty side of bloggers, especially someone like you who is sooo sweet like you ;) The blogging newsletters make 0 sense to me too. I'm subscribed to a few, and I hardly ever click over to them. And if I do, it's like links back to their posts and "have a good weekend!" Waste. Of. Time.

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    1. ps- I make no sense in my blog comments ever hahaha. I type too quick and don't read back lol.

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  38. Loving that blanket/cape thing-- did it arrive yet? It did make me laugh/nervous that it says fits size 2-12-- quite the range, lol. Yesss, to the newsletter thing, I was hoping someone would explain in a comment or something. I don't get them and every time I see one pop up I just think about how I really don't want anymore emails, which might be bad? I don't have a dog or a baby, but I can't imagine why anyone would say that? Is it people that don't have dogs? It just seems like such a pointless comment to make-- totally don't blame you for being annoyed with people for saying it!

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  39. I don't know much about the newsletters either- between the blog and Instagram, I feel like I see enough content lol. But yes to JB- I especially love the new "Love Yourself" song. He's changed his game!!

    xo, Kristina
    Medicine & Manicures

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  40. #1 That headboard is awesome and I want it for our guest room now! #2 I have the boot socks and mine are a true cream, maybe you get a wonky pair? #3 people who say that about dogs don't love animals the right way!

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  41. Love your pic of Brady! I haven't seen him in forever.

    And totally disagree you don't seem like the person that would throw away a dog for a child. (not literally, but just ignore the dog and whatever to Brady). We got Fluffy because the family before her threw her out on the streets when they got a dog. So it's not even just having a baby it can be a new pet coming into the picture. Fluffy is a part of our family, legit, sometimes I think she eats better than Kyle and I (not Sophie, Sophie eats the best out of all of us).

    Your headboard looks beautiful! Hopefully thirds a charm.

    liz @ j for joiner

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  42. Love the pic of Brady!

    I can't believe people are saying that to you about Brady! That is so rude! I have no idea why people decide it's ok to be rude when someone is pregnant.

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  43. I have the Justin Bieber CD and play it on repeat that and Adele. Definitely buy it, you won't be disappointed.
    Good luck on the whole room decorating! Hope you feel more happy with it this time.

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  44. I love this post and reading all your confessions. So fun :) I heard the Bieber CD is really good so don't feel guilty about wanting to buy it :)

    xoxo Emily
    http://www.ditchtheheels.com

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  45. I'm 100% with you on the Newsletter confusion. I don't subscribe to any and don't understand why you wouldn't just blog the information. I realize they claim to offer exclusive info, but why wouldn't you want that info on your blog?? So strange. I hate mean pet comments. Brady's a part of the family and you're just adding to your crew. People don't think sometimes.

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  46. Good luck with the painting!! I love your inspiration pic!! Brady gets to stay. People are stupid.

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  47. Seriously, I LOVE the picture you captured of Brady!!!!! Just beautiful!!! And I'm sorry people are saying that to you. :( Maybe they will read this post and stop, haha! People need to learn how to filter, especially to preggo mamas! When I was pregnant with my first, I bumped into an old high school classmate and the first thing she said was, "Wow, your face has really blown up." Umm, yeah! Haha!

    On another note, I really like the paint color you chose for the guest room. I hope it turns out and that you end up liking it in there. Can't wait to see pics. Have a great weekend!

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  48. i LOVE the J Bieb's song too! i love "love yourself" too. haha. i've always liked him though. and oh my god, what jerks would say that?! we're not ready to start a (child) family just yet, but i can't imagine loving luna less. she's my life and my first kid :)

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  49. Girl, all the heart eye emojis over here for your rant. I swear that DG and I getting Winston was the best thing for our relationship because we learned how to function having to care for something. I love both of my boys and treat them like they are part of our family. I HATE when people tell me that having children will change my feelings towards them. I also tell people that if I had to choose between DG, Winston, & Gizmo, I'd take Winston every time. He is the best thing to happen to me. End my rant! :) xo, Champagne&Suburbs

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  50. I don't have kids, but I feel your pain with the last rant. I LOVE my dog and she's more of a person than a pet and I cannot stand when people say to me, "Just wait till you have kids. Lola won't be as special anymore." So apparently people assume that just because you have a child, you're first "child" will go by the wayside. Umm, no. :) Plenty of love to go around here people.

    XO, Jaime | RegallySoled.com

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  51. I started a newsletter because everyone swears by a newsletter.. they say it is their best must have blah blah blah marketing strategy blah blah.. so I started one.. i sent one out every month to my minuscule list.. but I don't see the point in resending them stuff i already blogged about.. and i can't create new content specifically for my newsletter.. if I had that much time I'd just create the new content for the blog itself.. RANT END!

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  52. I've seen SOME (like very few) newsletters that make sense. One food blogger has one with a weekly shopping list and a few recipes, which is great...but most-- ugh...one more thing to clog my email, which is not needed!

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  53. The picture of your pup is GREAT!! I got the same Hunter boot socks for Christmas and mine are cream...maybe take them in to a Nordstrom and pull a different pair? Maybe they were a bad pair? And the rant about the dog. I couldn't agree more. I am not pregnant (yet) but Gopher, our lab, is my first baby. He will never be shunned or put on the back burner and forgotten about. I am a crazy dog mom. :)

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  54. If anyone makes a comment to me about my dogs, I seriously may just bust out in tears. I can't handle the thought of loving them any less! And I agree with the Justin Bieber thing. I'm almost ashamed to say I like his new songs!

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