Friday, 30 May 2014

My Cousin; The Dancer.

Recently I got the chance to shoot my cousin again.
With a camera that is! My favorite model and one of the most naturally beautiful girls I know is also a dancer. I thought it'd be cool to try a very different type of shoot than her last (her prom photos) and incorporate a more raw, low key, grungy kind of style.

Here is what we came up with... 

This is just a quick snippet of what we got, seeing as we we're working for about 3 hours! I also got some super fun family portraits of her and 2 out of 4 of her sisters - I'll show them in another post :P
Also, I want to mention that for some reason (probably our rubbish internet) that the photos are uploading in really bad quality :( I promise they are alot better on my laptop.

One last one for good measure...a new self portrait using the same lighting. What do you guys think of this set up? Like the exposed equipment or not?

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

My Dog Deserves A Holiday Because...

Thank you again to Lisa for drawing our attention to another fabulous opportunity. A competition to win £250 worth of vouchers towards a holiday with Canvas Holidays! And gosh could we do with one haha.
So here we go, this is my entry.

My dog deserves a holiday because...

...he has been the main thing keeping us sane, happy and feeling safe whilst having a bad experience the past 6 months in the house we moved into.
I'll explain more once we leave (next month, yey!) but on Christmas eve past Jake was attacked with a baseball bat by one of our neighbours. It's been a pretty intense, scary, intimidating place to live since and because our little man is so in tune with our feelings he lets me know when the baddies are near by.
Baker is literally one of the most soft dogs you'll ever meet and wouldn't harm a fly but the baddies don't know that! Meaning I'm kept feeling safe :) My SuperDog <3

...he is hosting his very own charity event this coming June! Baker's Go Walkies is to raise money for The Guide Dogs Association and he's done a real good job organizing and advertising it! It's fun to help other people :)

... Baker, although a big scardy cat himself, risk assesses situations and will tell me off if he thinks it's too dangerous for me to do! Any playground equipment has been out of bounds after I got stuck on a climbing frame last summer.

...when we were sadly unemployed and first got him, he was our reason for being. It's hard for anyone not to be working but even more so when you've worked from age 15/16 like us. It got rather depressing and extremely boring. Baker was our reason to get out of bed in the morning. He kept us busy and motivated and licked away any tears when we were down.

... it's tiring work being so adorable and funny! He needs time to relax from all the relaxing.

... I feel guilty that he is only 1 and 9 months and has already lived in 3 different houses. Moving is a pain in the bum for everyone but I can't imagine how confusing and strange it must be for a dog. He has done amazingly well, even helped packing his own toys into a box and always adapted to whatever environment we have moved to. He is so intelligent and  well behaved, especially for his age. I can't wait for us to move this coming June and to finally find our little place in the country with fields and fields for him to run about in.

...but mainly because he's never been on a family holiday before.

Thank you for reading and I hope though this post you guys will be able to tell a little more why he means so much to us. Being among the minority of my school peers who don't have children, he truly is our baby and spending quality time together, no matter where, is always the best time.

Monday, 26 May 2014

Fathers Day Gift Guide*

Men are always so difficult to buy for, or so I think anyways. But why should we just settle for the same old socks, chocolate and after shave when Mam's always get spoiled?! I'm sure Dads would appreciate a thoughtful or sentimental gift too, no matter how much of a manly man. So whilst searching for a little something for my own Dad for Fathers Day I decided to make a list of all the cool ideas, maybe for future reference or inspiration for others. 
Anyway, let me know what you think and if anything, what you'd pick for your #1 man!

Buff Gentleman's Wash Set  - Smellies are a safe bet, but handmade using natural, organic ingredients with fabulous packaging and tailored for a hardworking man (being warming for the muscles and stimulating whilst cleansing) I thought this was an awesome idea for my Dad. He works very hard in a manual job and I think this would be lovely in a bath after a long day to help his aching muscles!
Personalized Copper Wallet Insert - I love anything personalized and your very own words on a beautiful copper card for Dad to see every time he uses his wallet would be a lovely keepsake, letting him know how much you love him all the time.
Travel Chef BBQ Set - It seems to be a stereotype that men are always the cooks at BBQs and my Dad fits right into that. We sometimes go to family friends houses and the men grill together. This travel BBQ apron and tool set would be a really cool accessory to whip out!
Personalized Leather Bracelet - Another sentimental keepsake though maybe something that would be seen more. Not all men are jewelry wearers but my Dad likes these leather type bracelets for going on holiday so I hope he'd wear it with pride :)
Personalized Wash Bag - To store all those lovely smellies in!
Sea Drift Soaps Ultimate Grooming Kit - For the bearded and mustached. I love this! I'm a sucker for aesthetics and I think this looks so awesome, especially the packaging. If you have a hairy Dad (haha) who is passionate about his facial hair this would be a lovely gift.
Personalized Whiskey Barrel - My Dad likes whiskey on the odd occasion, again personalizing anything makes it so much cooler!
Handmade Beer Caddy - Another item that would come in handy at BBQs...!
Football Themed House Plaque - Something I actually got my Dad for Christmas but I thought it was a fab idea and wanted to include it. Of course this is a Newcastle one and I suggest you get that but maybe check if your Dads favorite team does them first...:P

There we have it. Just a few things I loved as manly gift ideas! What do you reckon? Have you gotten your Dad anything yet..? Remember Fathers Day is Sunday 15th of June. Don't miss it!

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Sunday, 25 May 2014

Weekly Wondering // Week 34

I found this set of questions, '365 thought provoking questions to ask yourself this year', last year and bookmarked the webpage. After having rediscovered it I am answering 7 of the questions each week  until I complete the year.  

231. What are you waiting for?  How are you writing your life’s story?
I'm not waiting for anything. We currently are taking chances and getting our happily ever after on the go.

232. What makes love last?

Honesty, humor and communication. Or at least I think they are the most important aspects of a healthy relationship. 

233. What good comes from suffering?
Progression, wisdom, significance, appreciation,

234. What’s the most important lesson you've learned in the last year?
To be patient and let things happen, because if they are meant to be they will be! 

235. Based on you current daily actions and routines, where would you expect to be in five years?

Well, taking into account recent changes (that at the time of writing this you don't know, but should now if you follow me on twitter/facebook) I'm hoping we'll be doing alot better. Earning more, living somewhere happier and looking to buy a house rather than rent. You can never predict the future though and anything could happen so let's just hope that's where we are, oh and everyone healthy and happy too please!

236. What was your last major accomplishment?

Next question please.

237. Through all of life’s twists and turns who has been there for you?

Mam and Dad, DUH! 

Friday, 23 May 2014

Take a Peek into My Memory Box...

What I would grab if the house was on fire (discounting pets and people)? This.
My memory box! For quite a while it was a crammed shoebox, but lately I picked up this super cute box in TX Maxx and organized all my many, many prized possessions into it - now I'm going to share some of it with you through pictures.

I don't feel the need to really caption any of these as you can see they are pretty self explanatory. However, I would like to point out one very important thing to me, so you can tell what it is... In the first photo there is a small organza bag filled with multi coloured glitter in the top right of the image, it was an accessory to a  fairy costume at my 17th birthday party and belonged to my best friend Sarah. Sarah had been battling cancer for a while but was always up for any kind of party or night out. Sadly she lost her battle. We found this in the house not long afterwards although the party and her passing were not close in time, so I have kept it ever since as a reminder and sign from her.

Goodness knows how many boxes I'll of filled by the time I'm 60 because this is pretty packed! I hope you enjoyed a quick look into the things I treasure and the memories I have :)
Do you have a memory box? What is your most prized possession?

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Share the Love #10

It's been quite a while since one of these posts. I think it's over due.

Jumping right in, the main point of this and originally the reason I planned to do this post was to bring to your attention two blogs inparticular that more people need to read! I'm very much glued to them recently, constantly checking for updates and want to shout from the rooftops about how great the bloggers are! They keep me coming back for more after each magical post because of the stunning photography and admirable adventures...
These blogs are Life as a Rolling Stone by Anne and Rowan: Resident Zoologist of course by Rowan.
I admire these girls so much for having the guts to do something I haven't - travel.

Anne is from the Netherlands,where I first started to follow her journey, and is currently on an internship in Malta!
From her beautiful smile, bright sunny beaches and completely stunning architecture, the photos are enough to make you jealous. Along with her words about what they have been getting up to and hearing how interesting the history and culture is over there it's really made me want to add Malta to my 'To Visit' list!

Rowan is a high school friend of mine and after recently graduating in zoology from university has gone on a once in a life time volunteering mission to a nature reserve in Africa!!
I say it alot, but I really am so proud to call someone doing the things she is doing my friend. Reading her blog it's so surreal to know she is there and the photo opportunities she has had are truly enviable.

I hope that tiny passage was enough to convince you that you need them on your read list. Please do pop over and check out their online accounts of their travels, leave them a comment or two and tell them I sent you :)

While we're here and sharing some blogs I thought it would be the time to thank and share some people who have enjoyed certain posts of mine and decided to do their own versions!
- Taking part in my Weekly Wondering series is Martha from Quick Cheap and Pretty who is answering one question a day for the full year!
- Sharing her version of my 'Favorite Disney Characters' post is Charlene from Tartan Mouth with some very thoughtful and fun picks.
If you too have done a post that you have seen here please do link me to it! I love seeing your versions :)

Last but by no means least, I have a very special family to draw your attention to. There is no way I can sum up their hardships but please do go over to Mind of Kiwi's post and read up on their story. She has a Go Fund Me page all set up for donations to help re-build their lives after a devastating fire took all of their possessions after only 3 days living in the new apartment. Go and check out Kendwy's post for their full story and give if you can #ForNatalieGrace!! Thank you.

Monday, 19 May 2014

Harringtons Dog Food Review

Okay, so first up I have to say this post is rather exciting for me, it including the first product I've (well Baker's) ever been sent due to blogging! Yey for Baker winning from all of Mammy's hard work haha.

Anyways! Stella, Lisa's gorgeous dog actually emailed Baker letting him in on the (not so) secret free dinner and greedy pants was of course down for it! After a quick email to a lovely member of the Harringtons Pet Food family, a surprisingly large box turned up at our door no more than a day and a half later and with a wiggling bum, little man had has nose straight in there.
We actually used to feed our old rabbit Bunny on the Harringtons rabbit food and so was very excited to get started with the taste test!

Although a change in diet may upset belly's, when trying a very similar food to that of which he was already on I wasn't worried - and so we started the trial that day! With the recommended feed amounts for his weight, age and activity level we settled on 290(ish) grams which would also make the bag last exactly a week. 

So from my point of view what did I think of the product? Well, I have to admit I didn't have huge expectations as I didn't see how a food could effect him very drastically especially in such a short amount of time... however I was presently surprised.
The main point in which we noticed a difference may sound a little off putting to non doggy owners but bare with me as it's an important point. 'Reduces flatulent odours' was stated on the bag and I tell you what it really was the main thing we noticed (and appreciated)! After just a day or two Baker had alot less wind in general and when he did it was noticeably less offensive to the nose, as was the smell at toilet time.

Other claims from the food mention the immune system and things I just can't judge as they're internal, as well as these they say that it helps provide a shiny coat. Baker is always receiving compliments for his white teeth and shiny coat anyways so I can't say if this food contributed though it certainly didn't diminish the quality of his coat already.

Overall my main likes for this food were that it was made in Yorkshire by a family business, using locally grown products wherever possible and packaged in compostable paper packaging. Natural choices for my animals are a big deal to me and knowing that the ingredients are wholesome without anything artificial in them is a huge thumbs up from me. 
Although the 15kg bag is around £9.00 more than what Baker is currently fed on, Harringtons is actually very good value for money considering the rest of the market especially taking into account the previous statements I've made. 
I must also include a link to their page discussing how they care for the enviroment as this alone is also a huge deciding factor on whether to use a company or not. I fully appreciate and support Harringtons efforts surrounding all their values. 

Lastly, a quick mention of the shape and size of the food. Baker is a gulper and seems to think he never gets fed. Along with the apparent very appealing flavor Baker chomped it down very fast but was able to chew it more easily being in smaller chunks. 
We didn't manage to get any good pictures of him enjoying it because he was, well enjoying it too much! I hope you like the one of him posing with the bag though :)

Any fellow dog owners who would like to try some Harringtons food with their own little guys just give me a shout and I'll pass on the details to you as they are keen to work with more bloggers :) Oh! Their foods are now available in France too!! So French or British readers get yourself in there, it's totally worth it - that includes you Pluto ;)

Thank you Harringtons! From Baker and I <3

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Weekly Wondering // Week 33

I found this set of questions, '365 thought provoking questions to ask yourself this year', last year and bookmarked the webpage. After having rediscovered it I am answering 7 of the questions each week  until I complete the year.  

224. What is your happiest memory?
Oh for real?! I have many happy memories. I don't think there is just one that stands out.
Ahhh, I really want to put something here. :/

225. What is your saddest memory?

The deaths of my animals and most of all the loss of my Granda. Actually, probably more so my Granda's funeral it being the first (and only) funeral I'd been to and obviously it being my Granda! It was awful to see my Mam and Nana so sad and I was just completely gutted to be honest.

226. What would you like to change?
The world.

227. How many people do you love?

I'm not much of a people person...I like a few and love a handful. Now animals, I love them all.

228. What’s the best decision you've ever made?

Probably to leave my hometown and start seeing Jake, as they go hand in hand. However, it is evident that we've now grown to loath where we have moved to but if we hadn't we wouldn't be together! Plus we can always work to change our location.

229. What’s your favorite true story that you enjoy sharing with others?

It's taken me around 3 days to come up with this answer but I'm gonna settle on my experience meeting Jimmy Eat World. Warning: may be long!

It was Sunday the 24th of February 2008 and I was 17 years old! This was the first time I'd been to seen JEW live and I was very emotional like a stereotypical teenage 'emo' fangirl and totally got into the moment singing, dancing, having my rib cracked being pushed up against the front barriers by a large, smelly man behind me and cried (from the experience and from the pain). 
At the end of the gig the guys all came to throw their guitar picks into the crowd and Zach Lind (the drummer) headed to the left hand side of the stage and bent down holding out his sticks...! A few guys, including the smelly one behind me went to grab them but Zach knocked their hands away, grabbing mine and placing the sticks in my hand. He folded my hand around them and winked. 
When he left everyone around me gathered round wanting to touch them and stuff equally as guy even took a photo of me holding them.

At this point seeing as we were only 17 and couldn't get into the after party we headed outside and went to ring my uncle to pick us up. Instead, upon spotting the tour bus around the corner we decided to try get the sticks signed. After a little wait Jim emerged first, freshly showered and walked past us...he went to the bus and called back that he'd be right back out. Tom came out of the venue next and stopped to talk, followed by Rick and Jim again. I was obviously waiting for Zach to thank him and ask him for his autograph, though took the opportunity to get photos with each member of the band and get my copy of 'Static Prevails' (my favorite album, which I apparently thought was normal to lug along to a gig with me) signed.

Finally Zach appeared too and while grinning and signing my sticks told me, 'I saw you rocking out, so..'

Pretty awesome, don't you agree?

230. Right now, at this moment, what do you want most?

To know what is going on. 

Friday, 16 May 2014

Project 52 // April

April in photos is no more spring-like than March though had the addition of Easter baking!
The first photo is from a winners photoshoot of which you can see the full set here, and set up April to be a good one despite the weather. 
As always to keep up with me week to week and see 2013's daily photos visit my other blog, the Sweetness: 365 !

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Who Do They Think You Are? #6

I had totally forgotten about this series and thought that it had been longer than it actually has since I last posted one, but here is our 6th installment! Place your guesses now! As always just get in touch if you'd like to take part by either judging or being judged :P

A woman in her early 20's thought this..- 

Name: ... He looks like a 'Steve'. Age: Definitely thirties. Maybe 33 or 34? Occupation: Between jobs at the moment. Might be good at something to do with creativity from the tattoos. Or sport?
Location: -..? Hobbies Include: Likes to travel. Goes to a lot of gigs. Left school young but not he's not stupid, just uninterested in the education system.
Musical taste: Bit of rock, but really a bit of anything with decent lyrics, sound and rhythm. Other: He looks like quite an easy going guy. He goes with the flow and doesn't let the world get him down. Bit of a rebel in his youth maybe, but he's mellowed over the years.

This is what our subject answered about himself! - 
Name: Ian
Age: 32 
Occupation: Promotions/sales surf & skate store/online marketing. 
Location: Nottingham UK now living in Malta. 
Hobbies Include: Street workout/Spearfishing & Free diving (both go hand in hand) & Meditation. 
Musical Taste: Chill out/ Hip Hop mainly underground/ rock / ka /reggae/d &b/R n b pretty much anything that's not mainstream c**p.
Other: I'm a positive person that loves challenging myself both physically and mentally I'm very driven toward traveling the world and living life as simple and mindful as possible in as many places as possible.

Monday, 12 May 2014

YouTube Videos You Need To See #7

Imagine being this talented! 

When out I'm never on my phone unless it's to contact someone I'm meeting via a phone call. I don't have a fancy phone, nor do I spend ample amounts of time on social networks. Do you? Maybe this will make you think about that.

These are the type of people that inspire me. 

I've no words...

You've probably seen this but I love everything about this. 

What do you guys think of these posts? They are my least commented on but take me a month or so of researching and bookmarking to find awesome, cute, emotional, inspirational videos to share with you. I love compiling them so I hope you like watching them :)

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Weekly Wondering // Week 32

I found this set of questions, '365 thought provoking questions to ask yourself this year', last year and bookmarked the webpage. After having rediscovered it I am answering 7 of the questions each week  until I complete the year.  

217. What worries you about the future?
Being alone when I'm old. Hands down. I hope that I'm lucky enough to live with the person I love for a very, very long time and (as dark as it sounds) I hope for us to pass away not too far apart so neither is left to live alone. Is that a strange worry?

218. What one ‘need’ and one ‘want’ will you strive to achieve in the next twelve months?
We both need and want to find new jobs and relocate in the next year. I'll tell you all more about why as soon as I can but it's most certainly important for our happiness as well as safety and well being to get out of the place we currently live. 
I would also love to be on the road again!

219. What life lessons did you have to experience firsthand before you fully understood them?
I don't know whether it classes as a life lesson or not, but fully trusting my parents opinion could be the answer to this! They always told me that they didn't like a certain person and worried about me all the time. I then wasted 7 years and experienced awful treatment until I finally realized they were right! 

220. Do you like the city or town you live in?  Why or why not?
NO!!! Newcastle itself if a nice city overall, to visit. But after you have lived in the suburbs and experienced true city life, when you're originally from a small town, you see the true Newcastle. The people are so 'streetwise' and forward about everything, the kids act older than their age and are allowed so much more freedom than they should at that age. There are too many flats and buildings, noise all the time and no where near enough places to explore and adventure to with Baker. I could go on but I don't want to see ungrateful for having a roof over my head and a job that is a 15minute walk away!

221. What’s the best part of being you?
The friends and family that surround me. 

222. When you look back over the past month, what single moment stands out?
This lovely trip and the following day when Jake, My Dad, My 'Uncle' and Matt went to Newcastle's last home match and then we went for a meal afterwards. It was lovely to catch up with my second family.

223. What do you do to relieve stress?
Watch YouTube videos, especially the Shaytards. 
Have a bath, preferably with Lush goodies!
Eat chocolate, while watching a Disney movie.

Friday, 9 May 2014

My Summer Bucket List*

Summer, summer, summer timeee fast approaching (did you sing that? :P) and if it's anything like last year it's bound to be a scorcher! Without the luxury of a garden this time around I want to make sure that we still make the most of it and so thought a mini bucket list spin off in the form of this summer check list would be appropriate! 
Alongside each activity I would like to partake in you can see I have found the items that would help me complete those...however, maybe I'll have to save up and save this list until next summer to complete it ! haha

Summer 2014 Check List!
1. The main thing I want to do is have a family picnic, just Jake, Baker and I! Every time we're in TX Maxx I look at the gorgeous traditional style picnic baskets. Admit it, sandwich bags in a backpack don't have the same appeal as a little wicker basket and I've actually fallen in love with this one! Of course, we need a cosy blanket to sit on too!

2. Camping! It's something I've only done once and not even properly to tell the truth! (We ended up sleeping in the car..) So as we have a tent, I'd like a new pretty sleeping bag to keep us warm and comfy. Oh we can't forget Baker either because of course camping is something that he can come along and enjoy the fun of too so he could do with his very own doggy sleeping bag.

3. Make more homemade goodies for both us and the dog! Last summer was like drawing blood from a stone trying to get Baker to drink water so I made these, remember? I really enjoyed the biscuits I made for him for Easter too and as always love baking cakes for us, what would be more scrummy to pack in our pincic basket than that! However, I do need a new lolly mold. I like this one personally but look at all the fancy, cute ones you can get too! 

4. Go swimming! Be it in our little paddling pool we have for Baker or to an actually lesuire centre swimming baths, I need to go swimming! I love it and haven't been for at least a year now. What would make it even more fun would to be dressed like Minnie Mouse while doing it! 

5. Find new places to explore with Baker. This one might not happen right away, but we are so fed up of the same old boring city fields and need to have more days away adventuring the country and seaside. I really need a little walking bag to take along with me too as using the pockets of my big parka jacket won't be possible when the heat sets it - I just don't know whether to go subtle and 90s or all out pro walker!

A couple extras things I couldn't leave out but would most certainly be welcomed for our summer are:
These amazing sunglasses for Jake made from recycled skateboards! He seems to think he could make his own but lets get real..haha
And an abundance of citronella everything to keep the pesky mosquitoes and flies away from us. I like to burn incense best, though Jake isn't keen so he'd probably prefer the candle but I must say this smelly jelly would be most practical for days away and especially our picnics!

What are your hopes and plans for this summer? Do you have a bucket list or wish list? Share them  with me in the comments!

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Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Pet Pawtraits Revisited // What We Won!

Remember this post? 
Yeah? How about this one? 

Did you look at them? Especially the second one? 
Yey!! Eh?? Baker and I won the Pet Pawtraits competition! 

It's safe to say I was insanely over the moon just to be recognized for our photo, let alone win a £200 voucher for the awesome site Muddy Paws to spoil our little man. 
After a couple of weeks and a few complications receiving the voucher, we finally got it and attempted to place our order. Boom, another issue (which turned out to be my fault oops) meant that I ended up having to phone my order in but I'm glad I did as I got to experience the A class customer service from the fantastic team at Muddy Paws.
Once we'd chosen what we wanted our package arrived in no time and what I liked best was that we received an email from the courier with a tracking number but also an exact day of delivery so we could make sure to be waiting by the door. I actually was too, no lie, I think the delivery guy was a little taken aback at how fast I opened the door at 9am with a huge grin on my face!

Before you watch the video of Baker opening his amazing haul, I just want to give a huge thank you to Animal Friends, for first and foremost inviting us to take part in this competition, secondly for choosing little old us to win and lastly for the amazing service and contact we received from Dan throughout the whole process.
And of course also to Muddy Paws for their amazing generosity and assistance, especially Rupert, making our family very happy and grateful to be able to get some truly awesome items we may not typically of been able to treat our baby to.
Depending on requests we are willing to give individual reviews of the items - just let us know.

Monday, 5 May 2014

Escape to the (kinda) Country

By some miracle this past weekend I got a Friday AND Saturday off! Okay, I actually asked for the Saturday but when I noticed that Friday had been given to me too, I booked a train to escape to the country - even if only for the night!
I planned on doing a photo an hour post but I suck at those and for about the 6th time I failed yet again. You do however get to see quite a few photos from our very sunny visit to Berwick Upon Tweed. (Look at the difference from my last visit, here!)

My parents met us from the train and from there we walked though the rose gardens to the pier field and beach! Baker was strangely glued to my Dad the whole way, playing with his ball and then walking by his side while we headed around the walls and across the old bridge. Being treated to a chip butty we stopped near the docks to take 5 minutes before getting back on our feet and walking right along to Spittal, along the beach and up the cliffs! Altogether it was a good 3 hour/ mile walk but even with that, in the beautiful sunshine, a certain little man wasn't tired!
I helped Mam and Dad to paint over 48 fence posts ready for their summertime garden makeover so instead of laying on the new bed his Granny had got him under the umbrella, Baker lay on the path with the sun beaming down and could only be temped to shade with some ice cubes to chew on. 

A highlight definitely had to be when Mam and I took Baker out for his last walk of the evening and he got to play with 6 other doggies! At home there aren't many people that allow their dogs to play or be off the lead so it was really lovely to see them all have fun together. However the downside is, as always, that my boy won't sleep anywhere unless he has his crate! Together we had a restless night of being up every hour or so while he pulled the covers back to get into bed with me, got out the covers to lay by my feet and got off the bed to lay on the floor in an ongoing cycle until to say after our not so fun journey home Baker slept all day, then 14 hours in his crate that night! haha
I look forward to the day we live somewhere like this again. Not only am I more relaxed and happy but just look at Bakers face running on the beach - it says it all!

Oh and can you spot Baker on that last photo?! :P