Sunday, September 28, 2014


 While visiting two friends in Springfield, Missouri recently we ate breakfast at Hurts Donut. A truly delightful little donut shop in the heart of downtown Springfield that you do. not. want. to. miss. Read a little more about Hurts Donut here from 417 Magazine. 

After staring at the cabinet of endless, weird and wacky, donuts. I settled on a donut covered in Froot Loops. Two of my favorite sweet treats. 

Now, take my advice and pop into Hurts Donut. You won't regret it!

An Uncommon Candidate for President...

Confession time. 
I am mildly obsessed with my dog, Chip. I find ways to share my obsession of Chip with the rest of my world through social media. All of our adventures, naps, and pure cuteness are captured on Instagram for others to see! Because I'm crazy, I try to capture Chip's unique personality through my posts on the web. Hey, at least I can admit I have a problem. 

Now, my loyal readers, meet Chip. 

He's a reader. He knows the way to this teacher's heart. 

He's a big fan of lake-livin'. 

He's okay with an impromptu photo shoot on the front porch as long as there are treats involved. 

He's a big fan of naps and will occasionally actually sleep in his dog bed, because he is a dog of fancy taste and prefers slumber on the bed. 

He works really hard during the day while my bf and I are away at work and needs time to stretch out his doggy joints and bones before his evening naps and bone chewing. 

Now, I know you're in love with Chip too. That makes us both crazy now. 

Earlier this spring, I was contacted by UncommonGoods and given the opportunity to review an item on their website.  Of course I jumped on the opportunity and began scouring over the website and their personalized gifts and unique gifts. As described on their website, Uncommon Goods is "an online marketplace offering creatively designed, high-quality merchandise at affordable prices." Not only do they have high quality products and merchandise, but they donate a portion of each sale to non-profit organizations. Now that's pretty stinkin' cool. 

It took me several days to decide on just one thing I wanted to review. I was making lists of gift ideas for my engaged friends, friends with babies on the way, and birthdays approaching. A few of my favorite personalized gifts were the Couple Tandem Bike Art, Down the Aisle Personalized Art, and the Neighborwoods Map Coasters

While I was browsing through the personalized art options, I found an amazing assortment of pet portraits. I knew, in an instant, I had to have a pet portrait of Chip.  Now, the question was... should Chip be sailing on a boat? Riding a motorcycle? Sitting in his throne? Or ruling the Nation from the Oval Office....? 

Of course I made him President. It only makes sense, I started my Presidential career at a very young elementary age (didn't make it past high school... but that's neither here nor there). It's about time Chip started planning his Presidential future! 

A few other links to check out:  If you're looking for handmade gifts click here.  Here's a quick link to all of the personalized gifts available. Perhaps you're looking for a gift for that special lady in your life? Click here.

If you're looking to turn your cute pup's face into a portrait or find a unique and uncommon gift for a friend, I highly recommend checking out You won't regret it!

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