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emma and me 2

My little baby girl (not so little anymore) turns one this month! I can’t believe it! Time has flown by since being a doggie mama. I love every minute of it and can’t imagine my life without her. We took these pictures awhile ago while taking outfit photos (of course she is always curious as to what we are doing) and she may look pretty big in these photos, but she is still only about 15 lbs.

me and emma 3

me and emma

I can’t wait for what is to come, my boyfriend and I have enjoyed her company so much. I literally don’t sleep as well at night if I don’t feel her by my feet. Even though it was a lot of take on at first (extra time, vest visits/costs, etc.) having another friend in the apartment is totally worth it. I’ve never had someone SO excited to see me when I get home and I MEAN EXCITED. Whining, crying, you name it, she missed me while I’m at work (my boyfriend works from home so at least she always has someone around). I just wanted to share this photos because of her upcoming birthday… you can expect some more puppy, well I guess doggie photos then!

And now on to today’s Blog Every Day in May is to share a piece of advice, anything at all. Well I decided to share something I was thinking about before the new year and how much life has changed for me over the past couple years (specifically since graduating college). A lot has changed for me and this is what I’ve learned from it all:

Reflecting back on the past couple years, I’ve made some of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make and I feel like I’ve learned life’s greatest lesson: to be truly happy, you have to be who you are, uphold your values and stand up for what you believe in. By focusing less on pleasing everyone, you can be happy with yourself and those who matter will love you for it and support you. People will come and go and there will be ups and downs, but being you is today, tomorrow and every day for the rest of your life.

And even though I struggle with it sometimes because I still want to please everyone, I just have to let go. And then I’m a happier 🙂

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    May 8, 2013 at 7:05 AM

    she is so cute Rach, by the way your skin is gorgeous.


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    May 8, 2013 at 7:16 AM

    I just want to hang out with you and Emma! She is SO CUTE! And I totally agree with the piece of advice you mentioned! I mean I DID just write a post about it yesterday 🙂

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    May 8, 2013 at 7:31 AM

    awe ur puppy is so cute! great pic!

    XO Meghan

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    May 8, 2013 at 8:06 AM

    What a cutie!! I love that first puppy year 🙂

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    May 8, 2013 at 8:11 AM

    She is so adorable! My boyfriend and I are thinking about getting a dog soon. I am such an animal lover and think it’s time I have a pup of my own 🙂

    xo Amy

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    May 8, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    She is so cute! Pet Parenting is totally worth it! I’m glad that you have someone that makes you smile that big Rachel!

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    May 8, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    Aww happy birthday to Emma! She is adorable! They really do grow up quick..crazy how time flies.

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    Bethie the Boo
    May 8, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    That is definitely good advice!!
    And happy birthday to Emma! She is such a cutie, I can’t believe she’s a year old! So sweet!

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    May 8, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Too precious…happy birthday :))) Such a sweet face xx

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    May 8, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Too precious…happy birthday :))) Such a sweet face xx

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    May 8, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Happy one month Emma! So adorable – I remember when I first got my dog. Love what you wrote, it’s inspiring and well said. We should love who we are and stand by what we believe.

    By the way you makeup/skin looks amazing!

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    May 8, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    Great advise today and I’m right there with you! Love the pictures with you pup today too 🙂

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    May 8, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    your pup is so cute 🙂 And I agree with the poster above, your skin looks flawless!

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    May 8, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Aww…so cute !! Loving your flawless makeup dear 🙂

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    two birds
    May 8, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    she is so adorable!!! and yes, that is great advice. not always easy, but so true!

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    May 8, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    Emma is so cute! What kind of dog is she?
    Your skin looks amazing!
    I love your advice! You are so smart to have figured that out so young. I’m an old lady in my 30s and I’m just now figuring it all out haha.

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      May 8, 2013 at 12:20 PM

      Leigh, she is a miniature australian shepherd! The most loving dog ever! I have met some other people with them now and I think our next dog will also be a mini aussie! And thanks for the compliment on the skin! This was shortly after I was using my Jergens lotion everyday. Been bad about it lately though 🙁

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    May 8, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    Amazing pics! So great:)


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    Always Maylee
    May 8, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    Aww happy birthday to sweet emma!

    xo, Yi-chia
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    May 8, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    Oooo, soo cute and I like that advice. Have a great day.


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    pop champagne
    May 8, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    haha she is adorable, and ya that’s why I love dogs they are always so excited to see you!!

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    Skylette from Sequins&Stilettos
    May 8, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    Ugh, I just accidentally deleted my entire comment…

    I think I said that I wished I would have learned early on to just be true to myself… I was a little too much of a people pleaser and it was exhausting!

    Emma is darling!

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    May 8, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    What a cute little baby Rachel!! I love our puppy so much! They are such a joy.

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    Kacie's Kloset
    May 8, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    Happy Birthday to your doggie! You makeup looks flawless in these photos!


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    May 8, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    Beautiful photos & happy bday Emma…she’s sooo cute!

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    May 8, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    Happy puppy Birthday to your little girl!! She’s so cute. And great advice…trying to make myself happy these days.


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    May 8, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    Oh my god, PUPPY! She’s so stinking cute – of course! I also love your advice that you’ve learned over the years. So important to stay true to yourself always -things always turn out the best that way!


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    May 9, 2013 at 3:57 AM

    Happy birthday, Emma! She’s so cute and I love your photos, you both look so happy together.

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    May 9, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    Aww. Happy birthday, Emma! She is the cutest little thing! My furbaby just turned FIVE two months ago. It’s crazy how time flies.

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    May 9, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    She is the cutest…happy birthday to Emma!


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    May 9, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    She is so adorable! Happy birthday to her! (And eeee, more puppy photos in the future? The only thing better than puppy photos is having a convenient puppy to cuddle). That’s very good advice you’re sharing, also, and it’s definitely something I have to remind myself of a lot.


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    May 10, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    I. Love. Your. DOG! She is soooo cute! What a great little face 🙂 Isn’t being a dog mom the best feeling ever?! Yay!

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