Hello Lucia!

If you follow my Instagram you pry know about this little princess that joined our family on Nov. 17th, 2015.

I would like to take this time to introduce you all to Lucia, and tell you a little more about her.

If you don’t know the timeline on Nov. 15th, 2015 our little fluffball Stith passed away.

So the next day I was overwhelmed with emotion, and before going to work I allowed myself an hour to run errands. My first stop was PetSmart to get Gatsby some more chicken.

12247738_10203556684117420_3785641265504798083_oAs I passed the cages I looked at the winter whites (as Kurt and I agreed that I would get a winter white as my next hamster) and saw this little girl running on the wheel. I was surprised (as it was 2pm) and just sat down to watch her. I took some videos and sent Kurt some pictures, telling him how much I adored the little girl.

I even made an announcement on Instagram that I would get this little girl. Sadly PetSmart couldn’t put her aside for me, and prevented me from making an impulse buy.

So the next day, after discussing a change in plans at length with Kurt, Kurt and I went hand in had to pick up our new little princess.

We were happy to see that she was there and watched her for a little while before getting an employee and taking our little princess home.

12304088_10203556682077369_6805224181692156577_oSince the original plan wasn’t to get her until after thanksgiving nothing was cleaned out so we had to put her in a Crittertrail cage that I had cleaned out after Hammy passed away in August.

THIS IS NOT HER PERMENANT HOME

Next week I’ll be completing a project that has been in the works since July which will become her new home. The reason we are keeping her in such a small cage for now is to get to know her, tame her, and make sure that she isn’t sick.

By the time this is posted she will be in her new home. (Tour coming soon)

She is the sweetest little girl I have ever met and I can’t wait to get to know her even more.

See you soon,

Amanda

 

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Planner Decorator Review

Planner Decorator A few weeks ago I stumbled across Planner Decorator on Etsy. I bought two kits and after using them I want to bring you this review.

Overall I thought that the product was worth the money.

For $4 you get two sheets with functional, decorator, and icon stickers.

This is another pintables shop so you get a digital PDF file that you can print off at home as many times as you want.

I have to admit that they layout on the pages aren’t very friendly  because you can’t just use a paper cutter and cut the majority of them out. Many of them you have to go in by hand, which can lead to some frustration.

Is it worth it though?

YES!

I loved these stickers and can’t wait to use more of them in the next few weeks. Each kit is well thought out with what you need and the cutting issue, although relevant, doesn’t really bother me.

Planner Decorator: 3/5

See you soon,

Amanda

Simple Hedgie Heating

As I’m writing this I’m watching the snow fall outside, which means that little Gatsby (who is sitting in my lap) could go into hibernation at any time.

Well, if he didn’t have his heating system.

For those of you who aren’t aware of it hedgehogs can go into hibernation if they get too cold.

If they stay in hibernation for too long then they can die of starvation, dehydration, or hypothermia.

So what do you do to prevent this? You set up a heating system.

How do you do this? Let’s find out!

A heating system is made up of four things at the very least.

thermometer

A thermometer  should be one of the first things you buy. This is so that you know what temperature the cage is and what your hedgie is comfortable at. This part is 100% necessary

Thermostat

A thermostat is about $30 on amazon and will turn the heating lamp on and off as needed to keep the temperature constant so that your hedgie is happy. Many people don’t have one of these and they are sort of a luxury, but for me it was 100% necessary because I don’t have the time or ability to regulate the lamps and turn them on and off as needed.

A Dome

A dome is the part of the actual lamp that you put the bulb into and helps to direct the heat. I’ve seen people not use these and it works just fine, but I decided that I really wanted the heat directed into the cage. You’ll want a dome that is 8.5″ to 10″ in order for it to have maximum efficiency.

CHE Bulb

CHE: Ceramic Heat Emitter

The CHE bulb is what actually creates the heat that heats the cage. These are about $20 and they should last about a year or so. If you can’t get anything else get a CHE bulb that will work for your set up.

Why can’t I use an inferred bulb?

an inferred bulb produces light. We can’t see it, but it still produces light which many hedgies will sense and it will prevent them from coming out at night and doing their normal nightly routine.

If you have any questions let me know down in the comments.

See you soon,

~Amanda

 

Other Resources

PugPibbleHedgie’s Heating Video

“Hedgehog Heating Simplified” from Hedgehog Forums

 

Plan With Me 11.22.2015

So before the video I want to go over the highlights of this last week (November 16th – November 22nd)

Saturday November 14th: Stitch passed away 12004059_10203333383975056_3634724645413811832_n

Monday November 15th: went to PetSmart and fell in love with two beautiful hamsters. The Syrian (left) was absolutely beautiful and I took too many pictures of her, and I’m sad to say that I pry won’t be getting her because of the space that I have at the moment. The Winter White (right) was adorable and I absolutely adore her, so due to space restrictions I will pry be getting her.

Tuesday November 17th: Kurt and I went to pick up our new little princess. She was so sweet. (More details later)

Wednesday: after a seven hour shift at work I was happy to come home and sleep and just relax with the pets. Cookie was allowed into my room for the entire night and she did great. I’m happy to say Gatsby wasn’t afraid at all, but our new little princess still has yet to learn that Cookie isn’t going to hurt her.

Thursday: After a short day of classes Kurt and I had date night. We went to the Opera that our school was holding.

Friday: My apartment was finally clean!! I also planned next week and worked on the videos that are coming up.

Saturday: Just a seven hour shift at work… again…no big deal

So what’s going on next week?

Watch and find out!!

Youtube video

See you soon,

Amanda

 

Youtube?

Last week I had a very fun project (please read that with sarcasm) in my intro to media writing class.

We had to do a multimedia project where not only did we write an article we had to do pictures, audio, video, ect.

On my way out of class my friend asked me a very important question: Are you going to add YouTube videos to your blog?

So now I have an announcement.

I’m going to start doing some YouTube again!

So each week there will be a video with one of my posts (Besides the plan with me) that will be posted on YouTube and embedded onto this blog.

So yeah!

Big announcement!!!

See you soon,

Amanda

How I preplan

So when I started planning I started to preplan using page flags that were different colors.

Everything that I had to do was color coded, but the amount of flags that I had each week make it all extremely overwhelming.

So when I switched to Erin Condren I started something different. I put a large post it for each day of the week and then any notes that I need to have. So between the two pages there were eight post it notes.

So what every I have on a day I write down and it makes planning a little easier.FullSizeRender - Copy

This allows me to be more organized while I’m planning and it allows me to make special notes for each day.

What I really like about this method is that I’m able to see what’s going on each day and I can plan more of my weekly chores based on what is on each post it and how much time each thing will take.

Although this is a little bit more waste I feel a lot more organized.

Good Night Stitch

I’m sorry to say that over the weekend Stitch passed away.

My roommate and I were sitting in my bedroom talking when I looked over to see if stitch was up, because it was about the time of the night that he would wake up.

It took me three seconds to get up and scream in horror, because stitch’s little nose was floating in the water dish.

Stitch hanging on his deck

This is stitch outside on his little deck outside of his little house

I left the room and my roommate followed after me, confused. All I could say was that he was dead. This sent me into a panic attack and my roommate held me while I sat in the corner mumbling nonsense.

As my roommate is studying to be a vet once kurt arrived at the apartment to take care of me she got Stitch out of the water dish and examined him.

There were no signs of harm, he was just dead.

With the knowledge that Cookie didn’t do it we were all relieved, but we are left with the question of what happened.

12004059_10203333383975056_3634724645413811832_nWhat we are settling with is that he was trying to do something, got too excited, fell in the water dish and passed away.

My mom and brother came back to my apartment (they were only a half hour away) and took stitch home with them to be buried in our backyard. In the next week or so I’ll be making him a little grave marker to place where they have buried him.

Stitch was an adorable hamster that was too curious for his own good. He was easily excitable but got very anxious. He didn’t want to be tame and I wasn’t ever going to make him be so, but he always responded to my voice and would come out to see what was going on when I called him.

Rest in Peace my little friend, I promise that I will see you again.

~Amanda Patch

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