Good Morning!

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This morning I found myself wide awake by 4:30AM. Which normally wouldn't be a problem because it would mean I had slept in until 9:30AM my local time. If you haven't guessed I'm not at home. Right now, I'm currently over looking the tree tops of Central Park, spotting early morning cyclists and joggers putting in a good session before heading to work. 

Four days ago I was totally oblivious to this trip. It was something Luke had planned for a very long time (a 30th birthday trip for himself, I think) and managed to keep it from me until last Saturday evening!

I haven't been to New York City in five years. My last visit was a short one which ended with me hopping a plane to England where I have lived ever since! That was in 2011! Since living in England I have fallen head-over-heels for London and the respect England has on a whole for its history. Something I feel like NYC is losing out to with the multimillion dollar sales deals and tearing down old for new, which in my opinion isn't necessarily a great thing.

Putting all of that aside, I am extremely excited to be here, especially with Luke who has never been! I am determined to show him all my favorite spots and while doing so, restore my great love for the Big Apple. After all, I do have some great memories here!

Keep watch here and my Instagram for more!

Paris In Pictures

Every view with the Eiffel Tower is magical. There is something about the landmark that is indescribable. Maybe it's the size or the extremely intricate iron works, but there is something about her...all I could ever say was, "Wow." 

Every view with the Eiffel Tower is magical. There is something about the landmark that is indescribable. Maybe it's the size or the extremely intricate iron works, but there is something about her...all I could ever say was, "Wow." 

Croissant loving sparrows make you feel like a Disney Princess at breakfast.

Croissant loving sparrows make you feel like a Disney Princess at breakfast.

The museums were amazing but some patrons' behaviour was quite horrifying at times.  Long story short, a woman did not touch, but rubbed a Monet canvas! I swear the sound that came out of my mouth when it happened echoed through the entire room lol.

The museums were amazing but some patrons' behaviour was quite horrifying at times.  Long story short, a woman did not touch, but rubbed a Monet canvas! I swear the sound that came out of my mouth when it happened echoed through the entire room lol.

Also, some advice if you visit: Take few pictures. You are looking at some of the most beautiful pieces of priceless artwork in the world. Don't look at them through a lense. Really look at them...with your eyes!

Also, some advice if you visit: Take few pictures. You are looking at some of the most beautiful pieces of priceless artwork in the world. Don't look at them through a lense. Really look at them...with your eyes!

French people are not lying about the food! It's so delicious! And the butter -- I was seriously considering smuggling a whole suitcase worth home with me. 

French people are not lying about the food! It's so delicious! And the butter -- I was seriously considering smuggling a whole suitcase worth home with me. 

Ice cream at the Eiffel Tower is a must and so is lunch! Be sure to book a table at Le Jules Verne.

Ice cream at the Eiffel Tower is a must and so is lunch! Be sure to book a table at Le Jules Verne.

Everyone should dress up and browse brands born in Paris -- hello Chanel!

Everyone should dress up and browse brands born in Paris -- hello Chanel!

It's fun even if most things are way out of your budget, like this boater hat (love)!

It's fun even if most things are way out of your budget, like this boater hat (love)!

Don't be ashamed if your biggest purchase was for macaroons.

Don't be ashamed if your biggest purchase was for macaroons.

And be sure to declare your love with the rest of us hopeless romantics. 

And be sure to declare your love with the rest of us hopeless romantics. 

 

 

 

 

Battling The Ichies

Today I'm sad and frustrated. Lily, who is now six months old (I know, I can't believe it either) is starting to show signs of itchiness and rash. She has been a super healthy pup until this point and it's very upsetting to me to think she may go through the very same battle as Lincoln. 

The only difference is that she has been insured since day one. So, anything needing to be tested or checking very well should be covered.

Lincoln unfortunately, suffered from a slight ear infection as a puppy shortly after we adopted him and his insurance, at the time,  linked his ear problem to later skin allergies. Before he even showed signs of allergies his insurance considered everything "pre-existing." So every vet appointment that comes with a flair up and every bit of medication comes out of pocket, bummer right?!

I feel like if there is any advice I could give to new dog owners, getting insurance would be it. Get it right away! Don't wait until your first vet visit, get them covered as soon as possible because you never know what the vet may find that you have no idea about -- like a heart murmur. 

If any condition is recorded in your veterinarian's records before your pet is insured you can say goodbye to any chance of coverage; not just for that condition, but also for anything the insurance company deems a secondary or related complication. Linc's ear infection was categorised as pre-existing skin allergies because many dogs with skin allergies develop problems with their ear canals. So his allergy tests and repeated vet visits got quite pricey before we had enough information to get things under control. Although Lily's state is worrying me (I'm a worrier), I'm reassured that if what she is experiencing isn't just a one-off, we can figure things out and make what could be expensive decisions with the peace of mind she is totally covered. 

So why am I sad and frustrated? I think any pet owner trying to battle their dogs health problems feels defeated at times. It's hard knowing that there is something that is totally beyond your control, and sometimes it is a long trial and error before you get anything nipped in the bud. If you have pets and can relate, just know that when your pet is uncomfortable and you're changing their diet AGAIN, you are not alone.

Now go shop for suitable pet insurance! My best advice is talking to other pet owners. The best reputation is by word of mouth.