Worst Day in My Career


Yesterday was honestly the worst and scariest day ever that I have had as a dog groomer.

My last dog of the day was a 15 year old Lhasa Apso named Tasha.  She is one of those dogs that freaks out if you get by her face with anything and will try to bite you.  So, needless to say this dog has to be medicated before it comes and gets groomed.

I start the first shave down and I get her back & back legs shaved and then move on to the stomach.  I lifted her front legs to get her tummy and gently set her back down.  I went to go lift up her back end to put it in the other loop of the lead so that I can take the one that is around her neck off in order for me to shave her neck and front legs…..and the worst thing happened….

As I was holding her back end in my hand she let out this really high pitch scream and starting leaning to the right.  At first I thought it was her starting to freak out but within a few seconds I knew it wasn’t that.  This wasn’t a scream that a dog lets out when it is get mad or scared.  This was something completely different and horrifying to hear.

From across the room, my co-worker asked me what that noise was and I just looked at her, bawling my eyes out, and said “it was her…I don’t know what to do…”  I moved her a little bit to show her that she was basically unresponsive and her neck/head fell over limp.

I had a very limp dog in my hands…I was crying my eyes out…I had no idea what to do…She was having a seizure.  In that moment there wasn’t anything that I could do other than hold her and try to comfort her.  My co-worker came over and sat with me while we tried to get her to recover from the seizure.

This was the first time I have ever had a dog have a seizure while I was grooming them.  I was terrified.  As I was holding her limp body I could only hope that I wasn’t going to be holding a dead dog in my hands.  This is by far the worst day I have had at work.  I would trade being bit by multiple dogs in one day for that situation any day.

Let’s hope today is a much better day!

What has been your worst/scariest day in your career?

xoxo, Sammi

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Palette for ONLY $29?!?!

Yes ma’am! You read that right!

Too Face Chocolate Bar

I just purchased the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Palette for only $29 and I am going to tell you how to as well!

I have been wanting this palette for awhile now and now that it is finally back in stock I was able to take advantage of this awesome deal!

This eyeshadow palette retails for $49.  On HSN.com it is being sold for $49 as well plus free shipping.  If you have never shopped on HSN.com then you can use the code “20NEWSUMMER” to get an extra $20 off of your purchase of one item that is over $40.  This means that you get the palette for only $29 and you still get the free shipping!


If you have been wanting this eyeshadow palette then I would definitely take advantage of this promo code and get it now.  Click here to go to the product page!  You do have to be a new customer to HSN so keep that in mind!

I can’t wait to get it in the mail and start using it!  Let me know if you have it and what your thoughts are!

xoxo, Sammi

Radical Skincare Instant Revitalizing Mask

Along with THIS Radical Skincare Product, I have also been trying out their Instant Revitalizing Mask.  I must say….this is the most interesting product I have ever used!

This mask is supposed to refresh & invigorate your skin as well as increase its radiance.  I often feel like the skin on my face looks dull and I LOVE products that make a difference in my skin looking brighter.  When I used this mask, I instantly saw results in the fact that my face did look brighter and refreshed compared to before I used it.  It even felt refreshed and not tired.

Now for the interesting part of this product..the application and waiting process!  When dispensing it onto your hand it is a creamy serum.  As you rub it into your skin it turns into whipped foam that is white on your skin.  During the wait, you will experience something like you have never felt before on your face.  The foam starts to target the areas on your face and the bubbles start to pop.  As they pop it turns those areas into a muted white color.  You will be able to see the different areas on your face.

Overall, I really liked this product! I honestly didn’t know what to expect.  While I was waiting for it to all pop on my face I was trying so hard not to laugh or itch my face.  The feeling that it had while it was going on was crazy, but I liked it!  It definitely made me want to keep using it!  I also liked how it made my skin feel and look so that makes it worth it to use it!  It is a little pricey too, but it is definitely an awesome product and I think you should totally give it a try if you haven’t!

The Radical Skincare Instant Revitalizing Mask retails for $65 and can be purchased through Sephora.  You can also find the Radical Skincare line in Sephora US & Canada Stores.  If you would like more information about the product and its ingredients click here.

xoxo, Sammi

**Disclaimer: I received this product in exchange for a product review.  All thoughts and opinions of the product are honestly my own.

Girls Day Out

This past Saturday was a day I had longed for in a really lonnng time!  A bunch of us girls celebrated my friend’s engagement/wedding with a bachelorette party.  Now this isn’t the typical “let’s go out and party” party.  It was a fun relaxing day out with the girls.  I don’t think I have honestly had a day quite like this since high school.  Sad…I know.

Our first event on the agenda was to go out on Lake Minnetonka and go on a lunch cruise.  This was my first time ever going on one and it was awesome.  We sat on the front of a pretty big boat, had some drinks, and ate lunch for 2 hours.  The sun was out and it was just beautiful!

We then drove over to Stillwater, MN to shop around and eat dinner!  We didn’t spend as much time there as I would have liked but it was such a great town! I would love to go back there and explore some more!

Our last stop of the night was at Wine and Canvas!  This was interesting to say the least!  I am not an artistic person AT ALL so I thought it was going to be a rough 3 hours of painting, but it actually went by pretty fast!  I am glad I was able to experience it because I think I would like to do it again sometime.

All in all I think we all had an awesome time and it was definitely some much needed girl time!  I will leave you with some photos from the day! Enjoy!

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Before Cruise

Wine & Canvas


xoxo, Sammi

101 in 1001

Here it is! The entire list of the 101 goals/tasks that I’d like to accomplish in the next 1001 days.

Start date: July 4, 2014
End date: March 31, 2017
Bold = Completed, Italics = In progress, Date complete is in parentheses
As I complete these goals/tasks I will be posting progress reports for everyone to follow along!

Progress: 0/101

Travel (0/10)
1. Visit Kyle’s mom in Puerto Rico
2. Attend Oktoberfest in Germany
3. Attend Beautycon somewhere
4. Visit my family in Florida
5. Plan another trip to Vegas
6. Go to at least 5 Away Series to watch the Fighting Sioux play Hockey – 0/5
7. Go to England and attend Wimbledon
8. Go on a Cruise
9. Go to France for the Euro
10. Plan another trip to DC to visit our Dads
11. Organize & de-clutter my house and possessions 100%
12. Organize my make-up/beauty products
13. Organize & purge clothing
14. Get the house on a realistic cleaning schedule
15. Organize my Pinterest
16. Organize my Bloglovin’
17. Organize my photos
18. Help my mom organize her house/possessions
19. Help my sister organize her belongings before she graduates highschool
20. Become at least close to being fluent in Spanish
21. Read 101 books (e-books count) – 0/101
22. Watch all the seasons of a show I’ve never seen
23. Complete a fitness challenge
24. Take a cooking class
25. Learn a new card game
26. Learn how to snowboard
27. Learn how to change the oil in my car
28. Improve my design skills – Photoshop, Interior Design
29. Buy a good DSLR Camera
30. Buy new living room furniture
31. Buy all Christmas gifts before December starts, 3 total – 0/3
32. Invest in good makeup brushes
33. Buy season hockey tickets
34. Buy a life planner and use it
35. Repair my violin
36. Buy a Shoe organizer
37. Go Shopping at IMATS
38. Buy a sewing machine
39. Buy a Mac desktop
40. Bake cupcakes for an event
41. Make 20 food dishes off of pinterest – 0/20
42. Bake/Make 20 desserts off of pinterest – 0/20
43. Make 20 different drinks off of pinterest – 0/20
44. Develop a better eating habit and make healthier meals
45. Learn how to make a perfect merengue
46. Learn more about vegan cooking
47. Learn more about gluten free cooking
48. Run in four 5k races – 0/4
49. Get into a good fitness routine
50. Start a personal journal
51. Get 20 new steady customers for my personal businesses – 0/20
52. Move to DC or Florida
53. Get toned legs like Lea Michele
54. Make a quilt
55. Get 6-pack abs and maintain them
56. Fill and hang all of the picture frames that I own
57. Put Ellie into an agility class
58. Get Riley a huge cat tree
59. Fix all of Ellie’s stuffed animals
60. Figure out a good way to store dog toys/supplies
61. Become a foster parent for animals
62. Start a pet fund
63. Start and maintain a complete address book and birthday list
64. Take my sister on a trip for graduation
65. Take photos in a photo booth with Kyle
66. Set up a girls night out
67. Develop a closer relationship with my cousins
68. Figure out how to budget and set a budget
69. Pay off at least half of my student loans Off, 35K
70. Pay off all other debt
71. Put $100 a week into my Savings account, 143 weeks = $14,300
72. Start a Travel Fund
73. Plan a themed party
74. Tour a winery
75. Go see 20 movies in theaters – 0/20
76. Go to 10 concerts, big or small – 0/10
77. Host a superbowl party
78. Go to two theme parks – 0/2
79. Plan legit birthday party events for my birthday – 0/3
80. Go to a pro football game
81. Get a pedicure
82. Get a professional massage
83. Develop a pamper night routine
84. Create a make-up kit for my sister
85. Get my motorcycle license
86. Get professional photos taken of myself
87. Send out Christmas Cards
88. French braid my own hair
89. Make my own laundry detergent
90. Set up an office that I am proud of
91. Be on a reality TV show or sit in the audience of a TV show
92. Watch every Jennifer Aniston movie
93. Leave a 100% tip
Blog (0/6)
94. Do 15 of the ideas on 31 days to a better blog – 0/15
95. Get a new blog design
96. Increase my number of followers by 1,000
97. Set-up a legit posting schedule that I will stick to
98. Attend a blog conference
99. Plan/Attend a meet-up for ND & MN Bloggers
Secret Goal (0/1)
100. It wouldn’t be a secret if I told you would it!
The List (0/1)
101. Make a new list when this one is almost done

Taking the Plunge

Tomorrow I will be taking the plunge and posting my 101 in 1001 list on here for everyone to see!  I was inspired to do this challenge by Stephanie over at Not Entirely Perfect.  Crazily enough I think we are very similar and I absolutely love reading her blog!  Maybe one of these days I will actually be able to meet her!  

If you are not familiar with 101 in 1001 you can click here to read and find out more!  I am excited to challenge myself in this way.  Some of these goals/tasks may be a little bit of a stretch, but I am willing to at least try and make them happen.  One thing you will notice is that traveling is a big priority in my life as well as becoming debt free.  The two together don’t really make sense but I am going to work my butt off to make it happen!

I am going to be starting this challenge on July 4th, 2014 and the last day will be March 31st, 2017.  As I complete goals/tasks on my list I will be posting progress reports for you all to following along with!  If you get inspired and want to join me on this journey, make a list and let me know! I will be sure to follow along and support you!

xoxo, Sammi

Red, White, & Blue.

Yep, those were the colors I saw flashing in my back window for the first time EVER in my life.  I am almost 25 and have never been pulled over by a cop until last night all because my headlight is out.

We were driving home at 2am from Taco Bell and I saw a police car driving towards us and we were stopped at a stop light.  I said to myself.. “Watch, here is the one time I get pulled over for my headlight being out” and sure enough I watched the cop drive through the light, flip a HUGE u-turn which in itself was illegal (Just sayin’), and he was on my ass until there was a good spot to pull me over.

I immediately rolled down my windows, pulled out my license, registration, & insurance and just waited for him to walk over.  It was me and Kyle in the car and he went to Kyle’s window first.  This is how our conversation went.

Cop: What are you guys up to tonight
Me: We just got Taco Bell and now we are going home.
Cop:  Do you know why you are being pulled over?
Me: I’m assuming its for my headlight.  (Points at the light)  I saw that it was burnt out a couple days ago and I was going to get them changed when I get my mirror fixed (points at passenger side mirror) but it was going to cost me and extra $200 for them to just change my headlights so I figured I would try to do it myself instead.  (Can you tell I was nervous? I pretty much told him my life story.)
Cop: Well good for you.  Did these happen at the same time?
Me: No, my mirror was broke last fall and my headlight just went out recently.
Cop: Okay, Have you had any drinks tonight?
Me:  Yes, I had one drink earlier tonight.
Cop: Around what time?
Me: It was at like 8 and I’ve been drinking water the rest of the night.
Cop: Okay, that’s good.  (He looks at Kyle) So, have you been drinking tonight?
Kyle:  Yeah.
Cop:  More than her?
Kyle: Yeah, I’ve had 3-4 beers. (He literally just finished a beer at the bar like 20 minutes before this happened.)
Cop:  Okay, so you are the one I smell the alcohol on. (Looks back at me)  So, if I gave you a breathalyzer test would you pass it?
Me:  Well I’d hope so!
Cop:  I’d hope so too! I will be right back.
….and we wait…he then walks back over to us and he comes to my window this time. Sneaky guy coming over to my window to see if he smells alcohol on me.
Me: I thought you were going to go back to his window so I rolled mine back up!
Cop: Yeah, that’s okay.  I don’t have any reason or suspicion to perform a DUI Investigation and you seem really responsible so if you feel like you are okay to drive then I will just give you a warning this time for your headlights.
Me: Well thank you! You know, this I my first time ever getting pulled over!
Cop: Well, Congratulations! I hope it was everything you imagined it would be!
Me: Yeah, I guess!
Cop:  Well you two have a good night.
Me: Thank you! You too!

I thought it went pretty smoothly in my opinion!  I always thought that I would cry my way out of the first time I got pulled over but nope! Didn’t even have the urge to cry!  Needless to say, I got my warning now so today I am actually going to go buy headlights, put my man pants on, and learn how to change them. Lesson learned!

Have you been pulled over?  What was your first time like?

xoxo, Sammi

Learning to Budget – Preview

So I told you all about the start of my debt free journey here.  I am beginning this journey by learning how to create a budget and I am using various tools to do so.  Once I figure out how my budget is going to look, I will share what I used and how I came to that decision.

I have got to tell you…I hate creating a budget.  It is going to be really tough to not just buy whatever I want, but I know that in the end it will all be worth it and I won’t buy things that I do not need.  This I believe…will be the toughest part of the process.  I will need to just sit down this weekend and hammer it out

Does anyone have any tips or suggestion on creating a budget?

xoxo, Sammi

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream Product Review

When I went to the cities back in March I stopped by the Kiehl’s store in the Mall of America.  I picked up a couple samples and one was the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream.  I had heard some good things about this product in the past so I figured I would give it a try.

Sunday morning I decided it was the day to try it out and decided to open the foil packet.  Keep in mind that I have combo to oily skin.


When applying this cream to your face a little goes a long way.  Overall I think I used about a dime to penny sized amount for my whole face.  The consistency of the product is pretty thin compared to what I thought it would be for a cream.  The scent isn’t too bad and isn’t very strong.  It applied nicely and made my skin feel moisturized and soft at first.  Throughout the day my face became really oily though, more than normal.  Kyle actually said “You’re looking a little greasy.” to me about halfway through the day and I knew at that point that it just wasn’t working for me.


Looking back I probably wouldn’t have tried out the product during the summer.  It has a hydrating formula that is supposed to protect your skin from harsh conditions such as cold weather.  Since I live in North Dakota and my face tends to be more dry during the winter I am going to definitely give this face cream another try.  As for the summer, I would not purchase this product unless you have really dry skin.

Have you use Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream? What did you think?

xoxo, Sammi

Debt Free

Thanks to a lady I will probably mention a few times (or more) on my blog, Stephanie from Not Entirely Perfect, she has pushed my inspiration to be debt free.

I know that I have accumulated quite a lot of debt from school loans and I also know that I do not want this debt to hold me back in life.

I am turning 25 in September and I would like to have my debt paid off by the time I turn 30.  I just consolidated my loans and I have about 70k to pay off.

Through my journey I will be posting my progress and what I am doing to become debt free.  If any of you have any suggestions or would like to share your story of becoming debt free please tell me! I would love to hear it!

xoxo, Sammi

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