Elevate Your Presence’s

Delicious DIRT. Weekly

In this issue: Openings, Valentine’s Day Offers, Deals, Events, Juice

Delicious DIRT. Openings

Today 1/25: Get in before the crowds! Starting now, Grant Achatz is previewing dinners for Aviary & Next (via @Gachatz) http://www.alineamosaic.com/ **NEED A JOB?  Think you can take the heat?  Next/Aviary are hiring for kitchen positions. Send inquiries here: employment@theaviary.com

TACO JOINT Urban Taqueria and Cantina in Lincoln Park will open their doors today!  TACO JOINT is the latest idea out of mastermind Edgar Castaneda + partner of Zocalo Restaurant and Tequila Bar in River North. Dishes will be executed by a trio of chefs from Zocalo, will offer a selection of tacos made with braised & grilled meats, authentic salsas and handmade tortillas. Signature tacos will include Barbacoa from Central Mexico, Cochinita Pibil from Yucatán and Birria from Jalisco. Taco Joint will also offer tortas , huaraches, antojitos, guacamoles, salads and side items. Unlike any other venue, TACO JOINT will provide Chicago’s first tequila lockers, offering guests the option to store bottles for future visits and keep em’ comin back for more.Located 1969 North Halsted, 412.951.2457, http://TacoJoint.com

1/28 Sweet Ride Mobile Bakery Starting Friday 1/28/11, this new food truck circulates cupcakes, pudding, whoopie pies and other sweet treats and HAPPINESS making weekend laps around the city. You can’t miss this vintage pink ice cream truck with orange flames adorned on the side, and you’ll be grateful it’s an easy spot when you taste its menu lineup including handmade gourmet sweets: cupcakes, sweetie pies, puddings, chocolate mousse and other delish desserts creatively-named flavors such as “Whoop It Good”.  In Chicago’s frigid months, hot drinks such as cinnamon spiced hot cocoa are available for sale, with plans for cold drinks in the summer and eventually coffee year round.  And, conveniently, individual-sized milk jugs to wash it all down. (via Metromix) Track the truck’s location @SweetRideChi

Delicious Dirt. DEALS

Fixture– Shop @Fixture in ChicagoHead to Fixture Boutique in Roscoe Village and mention Delicious Dirt at check out for an exclusive gift card. Not to mention, January is HANDBAG SALE month at Fixture! All handbags – (Hobo, Big Buddha, Ebisu, Brynn Capella) 20% off! All Clutches and Wristlets 15% off! All Wallets 10% off! Get organized in 2011 with a new wallet! Order anything on www.shopfixture.com and get free shipping this January

GIVEAWAY- Elevate Your Presence WIN IT! CC SKYE most wanted Onie Messenger Bag as seen on Olivia Palermo.  Follow us, then e-mail us why YOU love CC SKYE dirt@elevateyourpresence.com

Delicious DIRT. Events

TODAY 1/25 @6pm Spain vs. France Wine Tasting and Spanish Tapas Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba will challenge your taste buds through sampling food and dozens of wines from Spain and France. Enjoy the Spanish tapas signature dishes including Winter Paella and Untraditional Croque Monsieur Dijon. $25, 773-935-5000 http://www.cafebabareeba.com/chicago (Via Metromix)

1/26 Landmark Grill -  Please join BOKA GROUP this Wednesday, January 26th, for their Motown Wine Tasting event! They will be playing a selection of Motown’s greatest hits, and pairing four featured wines and passed appetizers with songs from the evening’s play list. They will also be offering all of their Wino Wednesday specials. This event is free to the public. If you would like to RSVP ahead of time, please call 312.587.1600. Click here for more info.

Now through 1/29 Chicago Originals Restaurant Week Enjoy 2-4 course menus for only $29.11 at some of the best independent restaurants in Chicago! Discover the $29.11 cheap eats!

1/26 6PM-9PM Nacional 27 & Vital Bridges team up to supports Chicagoans afflicted with HIV/AIDS. $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Purchase tix at www.vitalbridges.org.

1/27 THE GRAND OPENING OF “MUSEUM WORKS GALLERY @ Museum Works Galleries6:30pm – 9:30pmMuseum Works Galleries 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite # 1850, Chicago http://www.facebook.com/ElevateYourPresence?ref=ts#!/event.p…

1/27 Bull & Bear two-year Anniversary- Celebrate the 2nd anniversary of the River North sports bar with Ultimate Fighting Championship Ring Girls Arianny Celeste and Rachelle Leah – Fellas: Does it get any better than this?!? Game on.Located 431 N. Wells St. – Chicago (River North) 312-527-5973 http://www.bullbearbar.com/ (via Metromix)

1/28 6PM-9PM 14th Annual Grand Chefs Gala for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation The Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Foundation will bring together Chicago’s most recognized chefs at the elegant Fairmont Hotel to prepare and present their signature dishes for over 500 guests. Proceeds will go to the The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.Please visit www.grandchefsgala.com or 312 236 4491 call for ticket information.

1/31 6:30PM-9PM Chowdah Fest Chicago Bringing Boston’s Chowdah feast to Chi-town! Feast on an array of delish chowders while local chefs compete for an Audience Choice Award and DA TITLE of “Best Chowdah in Town”. Located at The Columbia Yacht Club at East Randolph & Lake Shore Drive. Benefits from this event will go to the Sea Scouts youth sailing-program. Featured chefs include: Giuseppe Tentori of BOKA/ GT Fish & Oyster, Baasim Zafar, Executive Chef of The Drake Hotel, Radhika Desai of Top Chef and English, Daniel Marquis of Fox & Obel Market, Private chef to celebs, Julius Russell, Guy Meikle of Nana Organic, Dean Sanders of Brown Trout, Dirk’s Fish & Gourmet Shop, Calumet Fisheries on 95th, Benny’s Chop House, Shaw’s Crab House, and a few others…

1/29 – 3/26 (Every last Saturday of the month through 3/26 8AM – 3PM Nana Pajammy-Jam Brunch – Receive a free fresh-squeezed orange juice mimosa or hot chocolate if you show up to brunch in your pajamas at the Bridgeport organic restaurant…as if we needed another reason to roll out in public in our PJ’s. Sounds like the perfect Friday night/Saturday morning cure!Located 3267 S. Halsted St. – Chicago (Bridgeport/Sox) http://nanaorganic.com/live/ (via Metromix)

1/26 & EVERY last Wednesday of the month 7PM-9PM Quartino’s Monthly Wine Bash allows local wine bashers the opportunity to sample the best red, white, rose and sparkling wines featured for 2010.Located at 626 N. State St. – Chicago (River North), $20 312-698-5000 http://www.quartinochicago.com/ (via Metromix)

Boka Restaurant 2/8 & Second Tuesday of the month @ 630PM Boka Restaurant hosts its Test Your Palate night. Guests will be quizzed on the wine, region, and grape knowledge. (Each person receives one “hint” ticket that they can use on any of the four wines for those less in the know). The customer with the most correct answers wins a $100 gift certificate to Michelin starred Boka restaurant! It’s a great way to hone your palate and learn in a fun environment. Make sure you go to the next one! www.bokagrp.com.

Juice EYP Loves

Are You A Member?  Food Mafia wants you!

Calling all Food Nerds, Chefs, and Cuisine Obsessives. Food Mafia is launching soon.  To receive an exclusive invitation, click here.  Plus, send us your juiciest FOOD PORN and you might even get lucky…

  • Chris Curren, formerly of Blue 13, is taking over the kitchen at the eco-friendly Hotel Felix restaurant Elate
  • Chicago Food Mafia has a JOB alert! Giuseppe Tentori and Boka Grp ‘s GT Fish & Oyster are seeking an Assistant General Manager! Please submit resume/cover letter 2 gtfishjobs@gmail.com
  • Tiny Lounge is absolute perfection!  It’s mellow, yet upscale, gorgeous, yet comfortable.  Smells from the kitchen – stays open serving premier cuisine until 1am folks- are AMAZE!  Tiny is a cult classic, one we hope never gets too too mainstream… yet, we know our hopes are idealistic as Tiny is always packed, always jamming and always top notch. After the massive success from last week’s @GrouponChicago Tiny Lounge has blown up even more. The well-loved martini list, newly expanded classic cocktail list and, 10 beers on tap & more than 70 by the bottle are a real treat. The menu features duck empanadas with avocado mousse and cotija cheese and lamb pizetta with goat cheese, organic yogurt and mint (DELISH!) Beat the rush! http://www.tinylounge.com/
  • If you haven’t already, sign up for FineDineDeal.com. This site partners with the most popular restaurants & Food Nerds to make getting a multi-course meal as reasonably priced as possible…and, even better, as seamless as possible! You prepay for everything, including the gratuity, and then leave when your meal’s complete! #easyaspie
  • Cellar Angels is a local operation that partners with many prominent Napa and Sonoma wineries. Each wine acquisition donates a good amount of sales to charities which you select upon purchase. Feel free to jump in & help a better cause – a great accessory to bring along to BYO dinners!
  • Sending mad love to all our clients for being so DELICIOUS

Valentine’s Day DIRT

33 Club is offering a special three-course prix-fixe menu on Valentine’s Day for $39 highlights include: oysters, scallops and a 5-oz prime rib http://www.33clubchicago.com/ @33_Club

Luxbar is offering a $20 Sweetheart Special, including two glasses of Prosecco and a chocolate dessert for two. http://www.luxbar.com/ @LuxBarChicago

More V-Day LOVE soon… Stay tuned…

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Delicious DIRT. To Open

Paris Club


Hush Supper Club

Flav’s Fried Chicken

Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar

Next Restaurant

ING (Imagining New Gastronomy)

Delicious DIRT. Recently Opened

Barrio Urban Taqueria http://barriourbantaqueria.virb.com

Silom 12 Thai Bucktown 1846-48 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-489-1212 http://www.silom12chicago.com/ (via Metromix)

Med Kitchen Quick-serve Mediterranean in the form of to-go kabobs and pita breakfast sandwiches for hungry on-the-move downtown cubicle dwellers.219 W. Washington St. 312-606-0633 http://www.medkitcheneatery.com/ (via Metromix)

The Butcher & Larder 1026 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-687-8280 http://thebutcherandlarder.com/ @butcherlarder (via Metromix)

Now You’re ELEVATED.


The DIRT team

Delicious DIRT. Get Down At Favorite = Tiny Lounge

Tiny Lounge is absolute perfection!  It’s mellow, yet upscale, gorgeous, yet comfortable.  Smells from the kitchen – stays open serving premier cuisine until 1am folks- are AMAZE!  Tiny is a cult classic, one we hope never gets too too mainstream… yet, we know our hopes are idealistic as Tiny is always packed, always jamming and always top notch.

Tiny’s music, (incredibly important to us at EYP) is our idea of perfection – Tribe and Sugar Hill on a Saturday night?  Nothing better!  Playlists are hand selected by phenomenal owners, Mark and Colleen (more on them in future posts).

Tiny has been an Elevate Your Presence go-to since it opened years and years ago under the Addison stop.  There were weeks we spent about four nights a week at Tiny…  Since they reopened almost two years ago (Leavitt and Montrose in Lincoln Square), Tiny has blown up even more.  Old dwellers could not have been more thrilled- even created Facebook fan pages to unite in their happiness when it reopened!  Newbies can’t get enough of the food porn, the cocktails, the fabulous spirit of the Tiny!

More on Tiny soon… interviews, much more food porn, exclusives and deals…  EYP just HAD to post some of the goodness we devoured last night… Stay tuned for Tiny exclusives. Update-> Now serving brunch we intend to tackle quite soon.

Tiny Lounge Fave

FAVE – Ahi tuna tacos: grilled ahi tuna, avocado, zucchini, red pepper & wasabi.  Divine.


Grilled chicken empanadas: fresh oregano, cotija cheese, chimichurri sauce at Tiny Lounge… Hot, flavorful, cheesy and NOT OILY.   SOOOO DELISH

Heaven @ Tiny

Delicious half eaten margarita super thin crust at the best – TINY LOUNGE. Could have eaten about ten more.  LOVE


Looking for an Elevate Your Presence recommendation for a cozy and guaranteed DELICIOUS meal tonight? Check out always phenomenal Maude’s Liquor Bar. Every bite of every dish tasted better than the next. Let us know what you tried. Sneak peek here….

Cassoulet by Maude’s Liquor Bar

Have you tried goat at the Girl & the Goat yet?? A favorite!!!

Bourbon Poached Lobster and Crab with goat belly, fennel, vanilla bourbon butter at Girl & The Goat. Quite good eating goat at the Goat!

Elevate Your Presence ♥’s Gilt Bar

Tartar by Gilt Bar

Have you tried goat at the Girl & the Goat yet? What about these divine green beans? The SUGO? Our mouths are watering over here…. Simply fantastic! Elevate Your Presence recommends you get to this Boka Grp staple and try all Stephanie Izard‘s creations…. and pronto.

Goat Pork and Veal SUGO at Girl & The Goat with pappardelle, rosemary, and cape goose berries. Sau…teed Green Beans with a fish sauce vinaigrette and cashews – both are Delicious DIRT FAVORITES – Heavenly.

Who does not LOVE a perfect flavorful breakfast burrito? Silver Cloud Chicago‘s breakfast burrito shines like the brightest star. We highly recommend you get there…..

Amazing Breakfast Burrito -> DD FAVE at Silver Cloud

We LOVE our vintage CC SKYE with our EJ ring. EPY ♥ CC SKYE & EJ

Chicago Food Mafia and Elevate Your Presence want to know— what is your favorite term to describe a food lover? Foodie? Food Nerd? Food Geek? Foodista? Food Person? Food Connoisseur? Send your favorites and or better yet, come up with a Nice Newbie Nugget to win something Delicious!

What an awesome day!!   Today I reconnected with an old friend from Madison who was in town shooting a pilot for ABC – Live Green. He was my go to in college for everything- a shoulder, the best nuggets, fun, positivity, sunshine, wisdom, you name it.  More than anything Stephen is a person who embodies living in the moment.  His middle name should be carpe diem and everyone can learn from him.    

Anyhow, he is one of those people everyone wants to be around, everyone adores. He is a truly genuine soul- a passionate smart entrepreneurial man who is literally making a huge difference in the world.  His 15 years of living in Costa Rica immediately post college are unbelievable to learn about.  From his work with children, his Veggie Bus (runs on veggie oil from Cali to Costa Rica), to his multiple companies- Kopali, Costa Rican Adventures,and more, to his cooperatives, he is inspiring and spectacular.  Click here to see some media coverage.   He spreads knowledge and love and is consistently making the world a better place.   His company literally is changing the world and his presence in my life could not have come at a better time.

Thank you Stephen Brooks. To steal your word- you are epic.  Much more to come. Check out Kopali foods.


When I began this blog I really thought I’d be writing about social media and technology- at least in some posts.  I mean, it’s a huge part of my daily life.  It’s what I do all day, it’s what I think about and read about.  Anyone who knows me knows I’m a huge technocrat, an avid Facebook and Twitter (and other social media sites) supporter, and real Mac person.  

Much of this probably comes from my family’s love of technology as well.   My mom introduced us to the world of Apple in the 1980′s as she was and still is ahead of the curve on all things tech.   In fact, it was my Grandpa Ray, her father, who always had the latest and greatest tech gadget throughout my entire life.  I mean, even in the 1960′s he had the best video camera out there.  It was enormous and heavy, but it was what was out there.  

Grandpa Ray always had cutting edge gadgetry before anyone else.  For my 30th birthday, my mom made me a CD of all the audio recordings my grandpa Ray had made of me talking as a toddler and up.   So, even back then- 1978/9, 1980 and on, Grandpa Ray had the most advanced audio cassette recorder and microphone and used to record me every time he saw me.   It’s amazingly spectacular.   Check the gadgetry (recorder and mic) in the pic below–


Grandpa Ray and me circa 1977 or 8

Grandpa Ray and me circa 1977 or 1978

What’s also awesome is that my mom transcribed it all to CD and that I have it now- in 2009!   Even all our videos she transcribes to DVD.  I think we had beta longer than any living human.   Hearing about this now, you probably think it’s normal to document everything (as that’s what people do- blogging, tweeting, facebook status updating, friend feeding, Ustreaming, etc), but back then, it was not common.   I’m so lucky to have such footage.  I began video taping in middle school and even have those videos now.   So funny, me and my friends sitting in my bedroom on Astor filming ourselves and our phone calls with boys.   We also did audio tapes too.   Hysterical.  

Another example of how ahead of the game my grandpa was is this story.   I will never forget Grandpa Ray coming up to me very excited in 2001and saying, “So, do you have a nomad yet?”.   I didn’t even know what a nomad was at that point!!!   Back then a nomad was an MP3 player- pre iPod.  He had it with him and showed it to me loaded with his songs!  AMAZING.   I used to think the iPod was the best invention.  I mean, it completely changed my life.   Music has always been a huge part of who I am.  My tape drawer was overflowing, then the CD drawer, argh.  So when I travelled, I brought an entire carry-on of CD’s with my portable CD player.   What a heavy load!!!  So, the invention of the iPod completely changed my life in such an enormous way at that time… as did the cell phone, the computer, TIVO!!!  I could go on and on!!!!

Grandpa Ray was so generous with all his devices too.  He always got the best ones and when a newer one came out (phone, cell phone, walkie talkies, computer, iPod, video games, DVD players, iPod speakers and more), he would give them to those he loved- usually his grandchildren.   He always had multiple sets of each gadget too.   Amazing.   What was more spectacular was the fact that he actually knew how to use each and every one of these gadgets until the day he died at 89.   In fact, my grandpa switched from T-Mobile (he was one of the first to switch and deal with breaking contracts in 2002 or so) to another carrier.  When he switched, he gave me his old Palm Treo and HIS CELL NUMBER— which is still the best number out there and my current number!!!  GOTTA LOVE IT!!!

Anyhow, I got off point.  Please forgive me.   I do have to credit my grandpa with our family’s intense interest in technology.   I mean, I think at one point during a family poker game there were 5 or 6 Treo’s on the table at once- this was before everyone even had cell phones.  

Treo Family

Our Family Poker Game

But it is my mom who knows it all.   She is a genius.   She should be behind the counters at the Apple store.  In fact, she is a “Certified Apple Specialist”.   I remember in the 90′s coming home and seeing for the first time in our kitchen, The Macintosh Bible, and laughing my ass off.   I had NO clue how amazing that was.   To elaborate, in our apt on Astor, the kitchen was always the hangout spot.  So of course my mom was ahead of the times, and turned an area of our kitchen into an office area with the computer.   This was wayyyy before laptops- wayyy.   I’d say this was circa 1992.   Anyhow, I had no clue how pivotal that bible would be!

Right now I can’t live without my iPhone or my MacBook Pro.  I’ve had a PDA of some sort since the 1990′s.  I know my first semblance was a Palm Pilot of some sort… Way before the Prism I had a Palm, but blanking on which right now (it is only 144am).   Whatever it was was one before the phone feature was integrated.  Of course then the Treo came out and newer and newer versions were selling like hotcakes!  I think the 650 was the last one I had before I went iPhone.    It killed me to get rid of the old gadgetry (never should have) before I moved and tried to de-clutter.   They are real antiques!!   I always laugh when I see a Treo these days.   For me, that represents such a time in my life.   I used to talk to friends, boyfriends, everyone about their phones.  I guess I still do…   I remember being more attracted to a guy who had a Treo than any other phone.   Something about that Treo (now iPhone of course), Mac, Obama guy…       

Right now, I have such desire to blog about the on-goings in the social media world /technology arena, but what I’ve discovered is, someone else has already written it.

It’s become (and not even lately), a who’s who of getting the news out the fastest.   Whatever the “news” is.   In all reality, someone is posting it before I am.  In fact, I’m probably the last possible person the planet to post it.   Well, I won’t go that far. Truth be told, people reading my blog have probably not already seen the news first- ie, Twitter, Facebook, Mashable, etc.  

A lot happened in the social media world today when Facebook acquired FriendFeed- click here to read Mashable’s article.    I mean, even the awards shows are now giving awards for “Choice Twit”.  At this week’s Teen Choice Awards, Ellen won and then proceeded to give one of her almost 3 million followers $1000. Click here to read Mashable’s coverage.      This Sunday’s NYT had a few great pieces on social media and new “rules” at certain fiestas and gatherings in NYC.  Check it out at your leisure.  

Well, there you have it- a little background on me the technocrat (one of my biggest passions) as well as a few social media news briefings.   

What was your first cell phone?  Your first PDA?  Your biggest tech guilty pleasure?  Post comments and sign up on the left as google friend connect!!  

Carpe Diem!

Delicious DIRT. By MBK on June 7 2009

My animals are my true loves.    In the spirit of blogging with a purpose or to help others,  I have decided to blog about some of my MANY experiences at vets, Daree’s health and overall animal behavior- well my animals’ behavior.   I know a lot of people who struggle going through their animals’ health issues.  I also know a lot of other people who have yet to experience sick animals- so lucky.  No one ever mentioned to me when I got these animals 13 yrs ago (cats 13 yrs ago. Daree 12.5) how hard it gets when they get older.   Truthfully, I never thought about it until this year, this hard year.      img_0867

The journey I am about to write about, although super intense, has been only a small fraction of my life with Daree.   I have spent literally 12 years and 4 months with Daree.  We have grown together, loved together, played together, eaten together, danced together, slept together, made friends, lovers, families together.   Daree is the love of my life.  The apple of my eye, the mac to my cheese, the peanut butter to my jelly.  Daree is my angel.

Currently, I am trying so very hard to live in the moment with my Daree bear! He is puppy-esque, playful, more loving and cuddly as ever!!  Background, my baby, who is now 12.5 yrs old officially was diagnosed with terminal cancer  5 months ago.  Daree has had several surgeries over the years, many of which have saved his life.   He is a massive trouper – the most resilient creature.  img_0306

This whole thing started in 2006 with NO CLINICAL SIGNS.   Daree was and still is puppy-like.  He had NOT ONE SIGN that anything was even remotely wrong… But, we discovered his tumor after we went for a few routine check ups where one thing led to another and we found out after blood work and ultra sounds, that Daree had a liver tumor the size of a grapefruit.   Immediately I scheduled surgery for the next day and his liver tumor was removed in Nov of 2006.  It was encased and was malignant and we were told Daree would be fine.  He recovered easily and was back to himself within the week.  He later got pancreatitis and was re-hospitalized, but fully recovered.  I could finally breath again.     img_0115

As a precaution, I repeated ultrasounds every 2-3 months from then on.   The worst news came last yr (2008) when a new tumor grew in his liver.  We immediately scheduled surgery and Dr. Robbins called me from the operating table only to tell me it was inoperable… I was devastated.  The surgeon, Dr. Mitch Robbins (the best there is), said if he tried to take it out, it would kill Daree.

Dr. Robbins called me a few days later and gave me the option of trying a chemo embolization surgery on Daree.   The idea behind this procedure (used in humans often), was to go inside his vein to the tumor and inject him directly with strong chemo to kill the tumor.  Then they were going to embolize the vein (basically cut off the blood source of the tumor), so the tumor would not be getting fed and eventually die.

This procedure was a miracle.  They went inside Daree’s leg, inside his vein, into his liver (through a vein), and blasted it with chemo and then embolized it.  The surgery took 6 hours.  Daree was under for 7.  It was very scary, but it worked and although the recovery was AWFUL, it was worth it.  Daree was back to his old self within a month and a half and was playful as ever.   He did develop pancreatitis again, but stayed in the ER until he was all clear.


After this procedure, we did ultrasounds every two months to assess if the tumor had shrunk from the direct injection of chemo and the embolizing of his blood source to the tumor.   The tumor did shrink and seemed to have died out.

It was not until 10 months later that of one Daree’s routine blood tests was elevated.  So we did another ultrasound and discovered the tumor had grown.  It shrunk for months and then within 2 months, grew to almost double its size.

I had not felt that type of utter hopelessness in my life.   I was never so shocked either (as were the doctors).  Since we knew we had exhausted all our options (and could not re-embolize), it felt hopeless.   I begged the surgeon to find some other option.   I spent days crying.  Feeling terrified and sad.

Somehow, I pulled myself together, with the support of my family and friends.  I decided to enjoy every minute of Daree’s life to the max.   He is my baby, my love, my partner, my best friend, my cuddly teddy bear.   There’s nothing more special to me than the smile on his face when he turns back to see if I’m there or when I look in the back seat and see him smiling away.

I guess it is cathartic to write this all out.  But, I do hope my sharing my story shows you that being a diligent pet parent is important.  I hope it also shows you (and me), that a diagnosis should not stop you from living and living well.   Everyday with Daree is a true joy for me.  I would not trade one minute.   I would not trade reaching into his mouth and pulling out a dead bird (I did that tonight), I would not trade the 330am wake up calls Daree (very rarely) gives me for a walk.

My life with Daree – rich, happy, smiley, lovely, beautiful, full, content.  Daree’s brothers are an enormous part of it (saving for future posts).   Bottom line, the peanut gallery is truly peaceful. It is tough to describe with words, but just hearing Daree breathing next to me and feeling his sweet super soft fur, well, that’s all.


Let me know if you have any questions and or health issues with your pets.  I would be thrilled to refer you to the spectacular cast of doctors who have been so wonderful to my babies.

Delicious DIRT on Sunshine Sealed

So, I thought I should explain how I chose the blog name for my personal blog Sunshine Sealed.  I literally went weeks and maybe even months thinking about the perfect blog name.  I had conversations with as many people as possible to try stimulate any sort of creativity that may or may not exist in me…

My grandpa Everett used to sign his telegrams, ”Beamingly yours, sunshine sealed”.   One day after trying out about 35 blog names and going to and from godaddy with “delicious dirt” (taken – hence elevateyourpresence.com/deliciousdirt) “shelter me pretty” and so many more potentials, it hit me.   Sunshine sealed!   I miss you and love you grandpa.   You are in my thoughts, my heart and now, my blog.   No one more classy, more debonaire, more supportive and more loving than you.



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