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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.

plush bear rug

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

bear rug

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
Rabbit
Night Hawk
Husky
Black Wolf
Red Wolf
Wolf
Fire Wolf
Leopard
Snow Leopard
Lion
Panda
Brown Bear
Polar Bear
Grey & Black Wolf-Navajo
Forest Fox
Tiger
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.
DIY Garland Ideas

DIY Garland Ideas

This page contains ideas for making your own DIY garlands for easy party decorations. I made all of these at Halloween, but you can use the ideas for any time of year or celebration.

paper chain

Everyone probably remembers back from Kindergarten how to make one of these paper chains. I cut 1 inch strips of paper from green and purple construction paper then tape or staple them into loops alternating my colors. The kids will enjoy making this one!

Use a Decorative Paper Punch

Spiderweb Paper Punch

halloween craft punch

Another idea I had for making a simple Halloween garland is to use a decorative edge paper punch, I have this neat Martha Stewart Spiderweb edge punch that I purchased to with other supplies to make a Halloween scrapbook this year. You could also use the 12 inch long chains of paper as a hanging garland, and don’t forget to make some paper spiders too.

Paper Chains

sewn paper chains

This circle paper chain is made using 1 inch circles cut from a regular grocery store paper bag. I then sewed them all together using a sewing machine to create this long chain of circles. You could make it more Halloween themed by using orange and black paper, or sewing it with orange or black thread. Don’t forget other color combinations like purple and green too.

Bat Garland – I have a whole post with a printable template for making this bat garland, check it out!

bat-garland-template

String candy or popcorn or food

candy

If you have a lot of extra Halloween candy around the house, I had this idea to create a chain out of candy. Using any type of wrapped candy, simply punch small holes in either side of the wrapper and string with embroidery floss or any thin type of string. The candy can still be eaten after you are finished with it as a decoration. Shown here is a chain I made from gold wrapped Werthers Original, but you could use any kind of candy you have on hand as long as the package has a good spot to punch holes that won’t make the candy go stale.

Painting a Stool

Painting a Stool

painted stool

I’ve had this little stool around my house for over 10 years! It was a piece of unfinished furniture I purchased at the craft store a long time ago. I don’t really remember why or what it’s intended use was originally. After all this time, I finally got around to painting it. I should have sanded it, but I was too impatient and I don’t like saw dust. I wanted to use a fun and bright color.

scallion

I used Martha Stewart paint in the color: SCALLION

I choose satin finish because I don’t like gloss finish on furniture. It took about 3 coats of paint and I just applied the paint with a small paint brush. Nothing fancy. I’m happy with how it turned out. A little colorful item like this can help cheer up a room as a cute accent piece. I plan to put some decorative flowers in a pot on top and use it in my front hallway.

It didn’t take long to complete. I’d say about 10 minutes per coat of paint, then I just let each dry for a few hours and did the next one. It took less then one tube of paint.