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Thinking about fostering a dog? Here's everything you need to know.

Should You Consider Fostering a Dog?

A little over a year ago, we took in our first foster dog.

I’m a huge animal lover, and if you follow me on Instagram, you know our Mexican street dog, Patsy, is my constant companion. Fostering seemed like a nice to pay it forward: taking in someone else’s future four-legged bestie until they finally found each other.

Of course, fostering wasn’t completely selfless.

By fostering, I figured I could get that lovely puppy endorphin rush without having to actually talk my husband into getting another “forever” dog. Plus, fostering perfectly fit into my original Hey Eleanor premise: Doing one thing every day that scares me. Fostering a puppy, then eventually letting them go seemed particularly challenging. (newsflash: it was!)

We’ve currently fostered nine dogs in some capacity. There’s been lots of laughs, lots of tears, and lots of doggy messes to clean up, but in general, I’ve enjoyed … Read more

podcast recommendations

23 Podcasts You Should Be Listening To Right Now

I love podcasts.

They enhance dog walks and fuel long drives, all while allowing me to learn new things. It’s a more passive way to challenge your comfort zone, and these days, I am digging that.

Most people have heard of This American Life, Radiolab and Serial (if you haven’t, I will not judge you). Last week, I reached out to a handful of my most in-the-know friends about their favorite shows. This group of people are diverse in their interests: I got suggestions for entrepreneurs, music nerds, parents, conservatives and liberals, outdoorsy types and more.

In fact, I ended up with so many suggestions that I am splitting this up into at least two posts. If you’re looking for a new podcast or two, maybe one of these will strike your fancy.

*And a note on podcast etiquette*
Take the time to rate and review the podcasts that Read more

28 Things That Will Make Your Pregnancy Better

28 Things That Will Make Your Pregnancy Better

Before we get started: I know a lot of people struggle with fertility, so I consider myself fortunate to even be pregnant in the first place. That said, I’m happy to be having this baby, but “happy” doesn’t make pregnancy any easier.

It’s been a weird time for me, bouncing between anxiety and excitement; feeling simultaneously loved and isolated; dealing with rapid body changes; not to mention the mood swings, cravings, unexpected tears, aches and pains.

Fortunately, we live in the time of Amazon Prime.

That, along with Target, my dog and my amazing husband (<<< last but certainly not least! I’m so lucky to have him!) has made the last 27 weeks so much better. I’m no pregnancy expert, but I am an expert in unearthing really great stuff that makes my life easier. Here’s what’s made pregnancy more manageable.

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Gear & Goods:

I got … Read more

The best and worst things about owning an investment property.

Why Owning an Investment Property is Awesome (+ Why It’s Not)

If you’re as addicted to HGTV as I am (admit it, you are), you’ve probably considered all of the following:

1. Flipping a house.
2. Secretly buying the Property Brothers clothing in one size larger.
3. Shiplapping the shit out of your living room.
4. Buying an investment property and watching the big bucks roll in.

I’m going to focus on that last one it’s the only one I’ve actually done.

(though #2 would be really satisfying).

Buying a duplex seemed smart. It feels like cozy apartment living, but you get to make all the decisions (can I paint? Hmm… why don’t I ask myself!). You get to make it nice if you want! You can get a dog! And you get your tenants to pay for a big chunk of your mortgage. Heck, some people get tenants to pay alllll their mortgage.

What’s not to like?

Once … Read more

How to make the perfect jean shorts.

Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About Jorts aka Jean Shorts

Cut-offs. Jean Shorts. Jorts.

I have one summer staple that gives me style anxiety.

Jean shorts.

Or jorts. Whatever you prefer.

I prefer jorts.

Every year, I think I’ve found the perfect pair… and then no. They’re either to long, too short, too uneven (damn you, cut-offs!), too tight, too dumpy or too unflattering on my strong-but-short legs. I realize everyone’s style is different, as is everyone’s body type. But honestly, I don’t even have a clue as to what I should be looking for. At all.

So I reached out to some jort-savvy friends. I did some jort research. Based on all my findings, I think I finally have the perfect pair…. which you can see at the end.

Meet the Jortsperts

Truth be told, I haven’t purchased a pair of jean shorts since the 5th grade. Had the most amazing pair of Guess white denim shorts Read more