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My Teddy Bear Rug Story – Plush Animal Rugs

My Teddy Bear Rug Story – Plush Animal Rugs

My Cute Teddy Bear Plush Animal Rug

Once upon a time I had this cute and cuddly stuffed bear animal rug. He was about 3 feet long and he rested flat on the ground, you could sit on his back or lay on him and he provided a soft and cuddly spot for relaxing. My Bear once lived at the top of the steps at the entrance to my bedroom to guard and protect me from drafts as well as unwelcome guests. I loved him so much, he was a teddy bear with a different form and function. He moved with me to another town, but then we became separated forever after I had to move back home and he remained in the other town. I wish I still had him with me today. These photos included in this lens are all that I have left of the memories of My Bear rug.

If you love plush animals as much as real animals, a plush animal rug will be a cute and furry addition to your home. I think I am too old for plush toys at this point, my cat Smokey has a few.

Please note My Bear was a faux fur and is not made of real animal fur, similar to Spirit Hoods. I think animals should be the only ones who get to wear animal skin and fur.

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Missing my Bear Rug – I’m a “sad panda”

I wrote this poem “My Bear” about my sadness over losing my bear rug:

My Bear.
I declare.
It’s such a sad affair.
He’s all alone and solitaire.
In need of tender loving care.
With a tear filled glare.
I sit and stare.
Thinking how unfair.
Nothing will ever repair.
This feeling of despair.
Even if I were a millionaire
And had a billion rugs made of camel’s hair.
I’d still miss My Bear.

It helps to express your feelings using poetry. It feels like you are not just writing about a sad event, but creating a story using minimal words and feelings. #WorldPoetryDay

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SpiritHoods the Trendy Animal Hat with Paws

SpiritHoods the Trendy Animal Hat with Paws

genuine spirithoods

Spirithoods are the faux fur trendy animal hoods with paws attached. The furry animal hood represents different animal wildlife spirits. The Spirit Hoods support all animals all over the world and they make a fashion statement using fake fur so it is animal friendly.

What are those furry animal hats with attached mittens called? SpiritHoods!

SpiritHoods come from four designers who developed the hoods as a way of staying connected and being guided by our totem animal spirit guides. Each animal hoodie has a palm print on the back of the paws and is made of faux fur or faux leather, and the lining is satin polyester or flannel. It’s a hat with paws attached as mittens. Each spirithood is unique based on a certain animals coloring. The minute you see your animal you will want one. You want to choose the animal that fits your spirit and personality traits. The fake fur used is high quality and has a gradation so the colors look rich and realistic.

All of the animal spirits are super cute, cuddly and warm! They have even appeared on Shark Tank in Season 5 Episode 11

Which animal spirit are you?
Choose your totem animal guide spirit to match your personality. These really warm adorable hats come in a variety of animal creatures:

Night Owl
Grizzle Bear
Night Hawk
Black Wolf
Red Wolf
Fire Wolf
Snow Leopard
Brown Bear
Polar Bear
Grey & Black Wolf-Navajo
Forest Fox
Silver Coyote
Mystic Wolf
Jack Rabbit
Brown Rabbit

They have even had releases of character themed hoods including the Muppets for kids and My Little Pony for Women.

How to Identify Genuine SpiritHoods
Look for the tribal bird logo, location and date of manufacture.

There are many copy cat animal hoods with paws on the market. To identify genuine SpiritHoods you want to look for several things. A tag in the left ear that has the logo and a round grommet where you can attach feather accessories. The tag on the inside of the hood is clearly labeled “Spirithoods” with the logo, Made in Los Angeles, year and the three traits of your particular animal spirit’s personality. There is one zipper pockets for stashing your wallet or cash about half way down the length of the right “arms” and finally on the paw prints there is also the logo in the center.

Acid Reflux Prevention Tips

Acid Reflux Prevention Tips

I have had acid reflux for the last 15 years. I wanted to share some of the acid reflux prevention tips I have used over the years to help to reduce the symptoms of Acid Reflux. These are not intended to be medical advice, if you have frequent heartburn or think you may be suffering from acid reflux be sure to see your doctor. You can use an acid reducing medicine, such as Nexium or Omeprazole when taken as directed, however these tips may help also:

  1. Don’t eat foods that irritate you – keep a “food diary” and make a note of what you have eaten when you have particularly bad acid problems and what foods caused the problem so you know what to avoid.
  2. Don’t eat too close to bed time. You should eat at least 2 hours prior to going to bed.
  3. Sleep with the pillow elevating your head so acid does not escape your stomach.
  4. Don’t eat lying down or curled up on the couch. You can also try to stand up and eat or sit up straight so that food can easily travel down the esophagus.
  5. Avoid highly acidic foods like pineapple, lemonade, and foods that produce acid like processed foods and those high in sugar.
  6. Avoid carbonated beverages like soda.
  7. Foods with heavy visible seasoning or dry herbs tends to bother me.
  8. Check with your doctor to be tested for bacteria or other stomach infections to make sure your problem is acid reflux
  9. Drink milk while eating which can act as an antacid. Bananas can also help with acid reduction.
  10. Drink plenty of water while eating to flush foods down and help with digestion.
  11. Don’t over-stuff yourself or over-eat.
  12. Losing weight may also help to reduce symptoms.
How to make tissue paper pom poms

How to make tissue paper pom poms

Hanging pom poms made out of tissue paper are pretty decorations for a party, wedding, or use for home decor. The pompoms can be made out of different colors of tissue paper or other materials such as cupcake wrappers or fabric. This page will show you a step by step tutorial and the different materials you can to make hanging Pom Poms. It is a trial and error process, which means you should keep trying until you get the look that you want. The most common material used is tissue paper, but I’ve made pom pom balls out of many things including cupcake wrappers, fabric, tulle, yarn and even flowers can be used to create these unique and pretty decorative pieces. You don’t have to be having a special event to hang these in your home, I’ve seen many people decorate their bedrooms or children’s room with a bunch of pretty pom poms hanging from the ceiling in a corner or over the bed.

DIY Tutorial for tissue paper pom poms with photos:
how to make tissue paper pom poms

You will want to use a stack of between 8-10 standard sized sheets of tissue on top of one another. I got mine from the dollar store and it was sized 20×20, but I’ve also seen 20×30 which will also work fine. Measure along the longest side 1 and ½ inch wide marks to make your accordion fold. You will continue to repeat this step until all of the tissue paper has been folded into an accordion. You can do this using a bone folder to make nice crisp folds, or on a scoring table.

Now that you have the accordion folds completed you will need to find your center and take a piece of floral wire (or you can just use a plastic twist tie) and fold it in half. You will than will need to slip it over to the center of the folded tissue paper and then twist to tighten it. Next, you will need to take a pair of scissors and cut the ends of the tissue paper to give it more of a flower shape. You can choose to cut them into points, rounded edges or leave them square for different looks. Finally, fan out the tissue paper so that you have two sections on either side and then gently separate the layers of the tissue paper. This should make it look round like a pom pom.

Tissue Paper

tissue paper

You can find a variety of colors of tissue paper for use in your decorations. This is what they had at a local dollar store. Just be aware that what is in each package is only enough to make one large sized pom pom.  You could mix different colors of paper or I really liked the polka dot and star patterns that they had. There are also multi-color packs, I haven’t tried using different colors within a single pom-pom, but that might look cool too.

When trying to learn how to make a pom pom out of tissue paper you are going to want to ensure that you have enough materials before you begin. There is nothing worse than starting a project and not being able to finish it due to lack of materials. The first time I tried to make a pom pom (photo below) I only had five sheets of tissue paper and it did not come out full enough. I think they also come out better the smaller and squarer the tissue paper is to begin with.


Making Pom Poms out of Fabric, Tulle, Cupcake Wrappers or Flowers
Use your imagination and follow the same steps
how to make pom poms

You can recreate these tissue paper pom poms to make the room you are decorating look beautiful for parties or just to make a room look nice for everyday use. You can repeat the steps above to make pom poms out of different materials like tulle, fabric, or flowers. When using these other materials you might need to use a Styrofoam ball as a base to glue the materials onto. When making the tulle pom pom, we used about 20 layers of tulle cut into squares so the ball was nice and full. I also pulled each section in opposite directions when poofing it to give it more volume. You can always play around with the size and shape of the materials that you use to ensure that the pom poms come together like you want it to. Sometimes fabric is a little heavier than tissue paper making it a little more flimsy. Smaller squares of fabric might work better than bigger squares.

hanging party decorations

Free Bunny Clipart and Rabbit Drawing Tutorial

Free Bunny Clipart and Rabbit Drawing Tutorial

free bunny clipart

This page will show you an easy to follow tutorial for how to draw a bunny rabbit, and you can save the image as free clipart too. I’ve created this tutorial with easy to follow step by step instructions of each part leading up to the final drawing. After you view the page, you can also print out the instructions, save them to your computer as a reference to follow along with later. You can then save or download the image of the drawing as free clip art for personal or commercial usage as a PNG. And finally the outline is also available as a printable coloring page. This drawing guide is simple enough for kids or adults. You can use your bunny drawing for Easter decorations, share it online or just for fun.


bunny clip art

Click the picture to open at full size and save file as .PNG transparent

How to Draw Bunny Rabbit

how to draw a rabbit


Start: Step One
Draw the head


To start your drawing, make an oval to represent the head of your rabbit. I’m using a marker brush with a funny tip. Don’t worry if it doesn’t look quite the same.
Next: Step Two
Draw the ears


Next draw two shapes similar to a flower petal on the right side of the oval as the ears of the bunny rabbit. You will remove some of the reference lines overlapping areas at the end of the process. These are shown as reference.


Continue to Step Three
The body


The lines shown in green represent the body of the creature. Keep them within the width of the head.
You’ve made it to Step Four
Add the limbs and details


Complete your Easter bunny drawing by adding a face – eyes, nose and mouth. And add curved lines for the arms. Remember one arm is behind the body so you only see part of it. The leg can be formed with a backwards 3 shape and a rounded shape for the tail. The leg and tail form the base of the drawing.


This is how the drawing will look completed. You can erase the lines that overlap such as on the left side of the body and where the head and ears intersect. Color in your drawing with whatever colors you desire.