Fall Bucket List 2015

Since the first day of fall was Wednesday I decided to create a Fall Bucket list.

(Ok not really fall because I live in Minnesota and winter starts in November)

Anyway, let’s go!

  1. Go to an Apple Orchard
  2. Carve Pumpkins
  3. Drink Apple Cider
  4. Jump In A Pile of Leaves
  5. Break Out The Scarves
  6. Find The Perfect Fall Lipstick
  7. Take Gatsby Outside To Play In The Leaves
  8. Fall Roommate Photo shoot
  9. Get A New Flannel Shirt
  10. Try A New Apple Dessert Recipe

Follow my Instegram (happysmiles159) to watch me on my adventures to completing the list!

Love, Amanda

XOXOXO

C&C Cages

At any point in your pets life you may rethink the cage that it lives in.

You may want to upgrade their space, change it to better fit your needs, need to replace it, or you might just be bored of the same old thing and want to change it.

If you’re like me it’s probably the last one, but let’s assume that it’s actually one of the first ones.

For a lot of small animals such as guinea pigs, rabbits, hedgehogs, and a lot of larger small pets C&C cages are one of the more popular things now, but they come with pros and cons, which is what I want to talk about today.

Gatsby's C&C cage - travel

Gatsby’s Temporary cage from the month he spent at my parent’s house

First what is C&C cage?

C&C stands for cubes and coroplast (corrugated plastic) which the cage is made out of. The cubes are the wire cube grids that you often see in the fall for college kids looking for cheap, light, and portable shelves to take to their dorm rooms. There are many different kids, brands, colors and so on of these cubes which you can use to fit your needs. The best place I could find them online was ebay and I got two boxes of the grids for $20 each.

Coroplast is best described as plastic cardboard. You can find this at hardware store, sign shops, and so on. These cages came from the fact that pet stores don’t sell cages large enough for most animals and often times you have to go to the next largest pet, make your own, or drop hundreds on a cage that you had custom made for yourself.

Sadly, whoever first thought of this beautiful idea has been lost in the internet, but those of us in the pet community love and adore whoever first came up with this idea more than we pry should. It is sort of expensive, but I was able to find enough for my cage for about $20 at Home Depot.

The reason most people use coroplast is because it’s cost effective and waterproof in case you pet has an accident so it’s really easy to clean. You use the grids to create the bottom and sides of the cage and then you line the bottom with the coroplast to create a larger personalized cage.

So then, what about bedding? If you buy store bought cages you know about aspen, paper, ceder, pellets, ect. bedding that you’re supposed to use for small pets. So what do you use in a C&C cage? What most people do is create sort of lip or wall along the sides of the cage that’s a few inches high and continue to use these beddings. Fleece bedding has become popular. The reason that most people use fleece is because it isn’t woven so your pet’s claws/nails can’t get caught in it.

Fleece actually is a synthetic material that is compressed together to make it flat and then it is dyed in different patterns and colors. Basically you take two pieces of fleece and sew them together and put it over the coroplast. With this, though you do have to clean the cage and change out the fleeces several times a week and have multiple fleeces. Fleece also can be really expensive, but it is a onetime cost that you can use for a very long time. Another positive is that there are so many fleeces out there that you can get a lot of different ones and use whichever one that you want that week.

Once reason that these cages have become so popular is because they are so customizable. You can make a normal box, you can make the grids form an L, you can add a second level, you can make it huge, you can make it the minimum size for your pet, you can add shelves under it, and you can basically make it whatever you need to fit your life. You can also stack/build cages on top of one another if you have multiple animals, which can save you a ton of space. Another cool thing that you can do with the C&C grids is to make doors that you can open and close in order to make you pet more available to you.

Although C&C cages have a ton of benefits they do have some downsides. They really can be expensive for start-up costs. If you can’t find anything cheap it can actually be really expensive. Another downfall is that they are hard to move because you do need to disassemble and then reassemble the cage where and how you want it. Another con is that if you don’t make the cage correctly it might not be strong and could collapse and harm your animal.

So after looking at all of this I actually did decide to jump onto the C&C bandwagon, and now Gatsby is happily living in a very unique C&C cage. I’m happy to say that he does love it, but instead of sleeping in his igloo on his second level I seem to now find him under his second level snoozing in his cuddle up with his small little stuffed dog toys that he loves to cuddle up to.

I’m loving the doors that I made on the front that allow me to clean his cage a little easier than I used to. The main reason I chose this was because I was able to make shelves under it to store some of his things and some of my things under his cage, which as a college students was a big thing for me. I’m in love with my little guy’s cage right now, and those who I’ve talked to who also have C&C cages absolutely love them and swear that they will never go back to their store-bought cage.

Resources:

Forum discussion (hedgehog based) – http://www.hedgehogcentral.com/forums/105-cages/

Where to buy a C&C Cage (completed) – http://www.guineapigcagesstore.com/

Me and My Big Ideas – 9.15.2015 Releases

Me and My Big Ideas is releasing more things tomorrow (9.15.2015)!!

If you clicked on this thinking “oh she knows what’s going on” you came to the wrong place.

Last week I got on Facebook an hour too late (thank you Kurt) to find that Me and My Big Ideas was previewing their new products on their periscope account, but I was too late. Three weeks ago a huge teaser was released on Stephanie Fleming’s (owner of Me and My Big Ideas) Instegram of one of the new planners. Since them I have been looking and hunting for a look at the new product, but then when I find out they showed a preview on periscope I just about died because I missed it.

The new releases seem to be two new planners, a new fitness and wellness journal, a new recipe book, and maybe some accessories (hopefully including an arc punch).

I can’t wait to see the new releases and I have a feeling that I will be giving my check book a nice workout pretty soon.

Can’t wait for tomorrow,

Amanda Patch