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The Weekender: Our Fostering Adventure

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Hello, Catfish!

Our family is diving headfirst into the mostly exciting, slightly scary world of fostering! We’re working through One Tail at a Time (a non-profit pet rescue near and dear to our hearts), and we’ve been given a literal gift by welcoming Catfish into our home. She’s been nothing short of a dreamboat, barely making a peep and constantly offers up kisses, a pink belly and wet-nosed boops.

So many of you have already noticed: She fits so perfectly into your family! My inbox is filling up with the question: Will you adopt her? And while the thought of parting with Catfish already makes my stomach flip, we’re just… not quite there yet. I’m not quite there yet? I think Lucy and Scott would sign the adoption papers yesterday, but I also think we’re all still grieving the loss of Jack and CC. We have missed the love of a dog. Our home has felt too big, too empty for most of this year, and fostering feels like a safe place for us, for now.

We foster to save lives, to be a part of one pup’s journey to their forever home, to give back through volunteer work, to promote pet rescue, to honor Jack and CC. I fully expect us to foster fail – maybe the next dog, or the one after that, or the one after that – but I think we’ll all know in our hearts once that time comes.

Here’s more information on how to adopt a pet through One Tail at a Time. You’ll see Catfish up for adoption soon!

What Else?

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Here’s an opinion piece that echoes at our dinner table every night. This is our second chance. We won’t get a third. via

Is ‘quick kimchi’ an oxymoron? I’d like to give this recipe a try!

I received a sample of this vitamin C serum, and – uh oh – I’m hooked. It’s fragrance-free, goes on like a primer (with the most matte finish!), and it has a satisfying tingle. This is a great product review, if you’re interested.

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To estimate your dog’s age in human years, multiply the dog’s age by seven, right? Wrong.

IG I Love

Hannah @hamb.home is renovating her 110-year-old four square and somehow makes it seem effortless. (I’m not fooled, Hannah, but you do it with style!) Her style is both moody yet bright, structured yet cozy, #goals yet attainable. Oh, and she Sharpied this wall like it was no big deal, but guys, it is a very big deal. Amazing.


Weekend Sales

  • Baggu: Up to 60% off sample sale
  • CB2: Up to 50% off July markdowns
  • Crate & Barrel: Up to 30% off The Bedroom Event
  • Everlane (below): Up to 40% off Choose What You Pay

Happy weekend to you!

Our plans include long family walks with Catfish, a picnic in the park and framing a few new prints for the home. (I’m also hoping for a front porch swing nap, my favorite Saturday tradition!) What are you up to?

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  • Jodi Chamberlain7.17.20 - 8:46 AM

    I love, love, love that you are fostering! ReplyCancel

  • lak7.17.20 - 8:59 AM

    I don’t know, sounds like “someone” sent you the perfect dog!  ReplyCancel

  • at home with ashley7.17.20 - 10:18 AM

    What a sweet pup! Fostering is so generous, I don’t know if my heart could handle it. So good for you and Catfish 😍ReplyCancel

  • Jen Williams7.17.20 - 12:06 PM

    I mean, I think it’s a law that you keep your first foster… especially when they’re obviously on this earth waiting specifically for you. They don’t ever *replace* what was lost, they just help you plug the hole in your heart so you can heal. And that’s ok. ReplyCancel

  • Jenn Ravey7.17.20 - 2:41 PM

    Hey there! I can certainly relate re: Catfish. Someone dumped a momma dog at our neighbor’s house last year. She had nine puppies, and we found a couple during a storm. My husband fell head over heels for one of them, and after much debate, we kept him. I was not 100% on board because the same week, I found out my 14-year-old Yorkie wasn’t doing well, and I felt disloyal keeping a puppy, like I was replacing her. 
    She died at the end of February, and while the puppy in no way replaces her, I have been so grateful to have him. He brings my husband and me such joy, especially during pandemic, but it took me a while to get there. I didn’t not love him, if that makes sense, I just wasn’t completely there.
    I feel for you all. ReplyCancel

  • Kelli7.17.20 - 2:57 PM

    You hit it on the head re: foster failing. The comments are all well-meaning but the point of fostering is to help one pet find forever and then help the next one in line that needs you. I fostered six dogs before I landed on my dream boy and even then it took me a good long while to decide on keeping him because it meant the end of my fostering career. To make up for it, I do transports and other volunteer work to help pets in need but it’s not the same as getting that hands-on, one-on-one time with a pet who needs you and celebrating in their successes. Thank you for helping Catfish prepare for her forever family! ReplyCancel

    • Kim7.17.20 - 4:19 PM

      I’ve been hearing stories from many wonderful foster parents, and we sooo appreciate it. It’s been incredibly rewarding in this short time, but it’s also a big mix of emotions.ReplyCancel

  • Cat7.18.20 - 7:05 PM

    Baechu Geotjeori is a proper quick cabbage kimchi! Korean Bapsang has a delicious recipe. ReplyCancel

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