Meet ROK

Meet ROK!

I am sitting here sorting through pics and thinking back to just a few short months ago when we got our second dog, Rok. I know, I know! I never even blogged about it. Whoops! Consider this, my introduction: In May, we got Rok. Rok is 75% husky, 25% albino shepherd, and 100% gorgeous! Meet Rok:

Meet Rok

It all started many months before when my kids were begging me to get another dog. They wanted a Husky, but I refused to spend $400+ on a dog. I told them I would like to just get an older dog and give it some love before it passed away. Older dogs don’t get adopted as quickly as puppies do. I also told them if a husky became available at a shelter we would get it, otherwise we were getting an older dog.

Rok the Husky : Husky & Albino Shepherd Puppy

When I told everybody I was looking for a senior dog, they thought I was crazy.

“You should get a puppy” they said

And,  “An older dog is going to die sonner.”

That was kind of the whole point. I knew getting an older dog would mean watching them pass, but I also knew that we could give an older dog lots of love and let the years or months they had left be some of the best ones.

We searched for months on all the local animal shelter websites and social media pages, looking for the one that was just right for our family. We even went to the animal shelters a few times and though we saw a couple, none seemed right for our family.  

Rok the Husky - Puppy

Then, a friend on Facebook said her dog was pregnant with Husky puppies. Her dog is an Albino Shepherd/Husky mix and the dad is full Husky. Before the puppies were even born, we told her we wanted one. That ended our search for the perfect dog. I wasn’t really thrilled with getting a puppy, but the kids were all about it.

Rok was born March 15th and we brought him home on May 2nd.

A boy and his dog - Rok the Husky - Puppy

The kids named him Rok after my Uncle’s dog Roc who lived with us a few short weeks in January after my Uncle passed away.  

Upon bringing him home, I insisted the kids work with him and get him trained! Our other dog came to us as an adult and to this day will not follow simple commands like sit or stay. One of the first things was crate training. I’ve never crate trained a dog before, but it has been much easier than I anticipated. Rok will go to his crate when told “Go to bed”, and he will “wait” to get out until we “release” him. He will also wait to eat until we “release” him. He knows “sit” and will walk on a leash which our other dog won’t.

I couldn’t be more thrilled with how obedient he is. The kids have done a wonderful job training him. He is now 7 months old and growing like a weed. His coat is much darker and he is super playful. Rok hasn’t met a dog he doesn’t want to play with. His favorite things are chewing rawhides and annoying his little Yorkie sister Malori

Six Month Old Husky Puppy

Does your family have any pets? If so, what kind?
Currently, we have 2 dogs and 1 chicken. The chicken is like a 3rd dog, spending its days outside and nights in the house inside a dog crate.

2016 Popsugar Reading Challenge

2016 Popsugar Reading Challenge

Ever since I was a little girl, I have loved reading. If there was a reading challenge, I was in on it. I have fond memories of going to the library with my family, checking out books, and spending countless hours reading in my bedroom along with my sister. While my sister went on to be an author, I just continue reading in my bedroom and checking out multiple books from the library.

Around the end of 2015 I started keeping track of the books I read on Goodreads. I have missed a few along the way, but for the most part, they are all there. When 2016 rolled around, I decided to participate in the 2016 Popsugar Reading Challenge. The idea was to explore some styles of writing that I may not otherwise read on my own and push myself to read MORE.

2016 Reading Challenge

 

So, I printed out the list, taped it to the inside of my pantry and have been ticking off each category that I’ve finished. I chose to only count a book one time even if it falls under multiple categories. I thought it would be fun to share with you what I have been reading to complete the challenge.

Below is the challenge along with the book I’ve read to complete it followed by the categories I still have to go.

Completed Books:

YA Bestseller
The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks
Book you haven’t read since high school
Goosebumps by R.L. Stine (multiple ones)
The Boxcar Children
Book set in your home state
Fade by A.K. Morgen
A book set in Europe
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
A book that’s under 150 pages
Our Search for Happiness by M. Russell Ballard
A New York Times bestseller
Joe Picket series by C.J. Box
Book that’s becoming a movie this year
13 Hours: Story of Benghazi by Mitchell Zuckoff
Book recommended by someone you just met
Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel
A self-improvement book
The Nice Girl Syndrome by Beverly Engel
A book you can finish in a day
The Detour by S.A. Bodeen
A book written by a celebrity
Eat & Run by Scott Jureck
A political memoir
Zero Footprint by Simon Chase
Book at least 100 years older than you
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
A book that’s more than 600 pages 
Mini Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
A book recommended by a family member
Sempre by J.M. Darhower
Graphic novel
The Gunslinger: The Battle of Tull by Robin Furth
A book that’s published in 2016
Stricken by A.K. Morgen
A book that takes place during Summer
Open Season by C.J. Box
A book and its prequel
Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
A murder mystery
The Price of Innocence by Lisa Black
A book written by a comedian
Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang by Chelsea Handler
A dystopian novel
Winterkill by Kate A Boorman
A book with a blue cover
Bird Moon Lake by Kevin Henkes
A book of poetry
Street Poems by Robert Froman
The first book you see in a bookstore
Need by Joelle Charbonneau
A book from the library
Close To The Bone by Lisa Black
An autobiography
The Surrender Experiment by Michael A. Singer
A book that takes place on an island
Ferocity by Kayla & Preston Dean

Books To Read:

Book based on a Fairy Tale
National Book Award winner
A book that’s guaranteed to bring you joy
Book about a road trip
A book about a culture you’re unfamiliar with
A satirical book
A classic from the 20th century
A book with a protagonist who has your occupation
Book from Oprah’s Book Club
Science-fiction novel
Book translated to English
A romance set in the future

If you have any suggestions for titles for the incomplete list, please leave them in the comments! I’d love to try and finish this reading challenge in 2016.

Get Down Downtown 2016 – Outdoor Festival

Get Down Downtown 2016

Street Festivals and vendor events are one of my favorite things ever! I adore getting to know new businesses and people in my community and supporting their hustle. Our local community members work hard farming, crafting, designing, cooking, baking, and more in order to bring us some of the best items available in town to the yearly Get Down Downtown outdoor festival.

2016 Get Down Downtown

 

Recently, our town held a street festival called Get Down Downtown and invited people from all over to showcase their talents and goods. Here is just a small sampling of what we experienced.

Entertainment & Activities:

The main attraction was the stage set up for local and big-name entertainers. As night time approached, the crowd grew larger, coming to see performers such as Keith Anderson, The Nobility, Edge Nation, Tristan McIntosh, and Waterproof Mascara.

Get Down Downtown - Street Festival - Vendor Event 2016

There was no shortage of entertainment activities for the kids. This young lady brought some homemade hula hoops and taught the children how to hula hoop. As a child I was great at hooping, but as I’ve aged and my shape has changed, my body just doesn’t do what it used to. This is one thing I want to get back into, especially with the hoop dancing and learning how to do awesome tricks like this.

Get Down Downtown - Street Festival - Vendor Event 2016

Food:

From food trucks to the Farmer’s Market who set up right around the corner, food was plenty! This particular vendor is one of my favorites and always has the most delicious bread. You can find her on Facebook at Willowbrook Farm.

Get Down Downtown - Street Festival - Vendor Event 2016

Another favorite? Food trucks! I finally tried some Fajita Nachos and let me tell you, they are to die for! It’s all the goodness of a fajita right on top of some chips. Yum!

Get Down Downtown - Street Festival - Vendor Event 2016

Vendors:

And finally, those that made it happen.. The vendors! Lined up on both sides of two streets, vendors were there with their goods, crafts, and other items. There was seriously something for everyone.

Nearly every booth had a giveaway and even some swag for attendees.

Get Down Downtown - Street Festival - Vendor Event 2016

Get Down Downtown happens once a year around the end of September. I’m already looking forward to next year.

Do you enjoy street festivals and vendor events?

What is your favorite type of festival food?

 

 

Introducing Aduke Schulist

Who is Aduke Schulist?

First of all, thanks for stopping by. Aduke Schulist is a new lifestyle blog created by the owner of Life as a Convert.

Aduke is a 30 something content creator living in the heart of Arkansas. She enjoys blogging, vlogging, and spending way too much time on social media. Aduke is a big fan of true crime documentaries and advocating for people with special needs. You can find Aduke on social media as @AdukeSchulist.

Introducing Aduke Schulist

Aduke’s Favorite Things

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Movie Genres: True Crime, Historical, Rom-Com

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Sports: Soccer, Gymnastics, Hockey

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Slimy foods.

Waking up early!

Being late.

Keyboard warriors.

5 Things You Will See on This Blog

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Children. Aduke has three children and they regularly star in her online presence.

Special Needs. Aduke’s kids have special needs. Her family is passionate about sharing what life is really like having kids with special needs.

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… and everything relating to Aduke Schulist and her lifestyle!

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