Jessie Love: 02.14.14 (Oh and Link Love, Too)

Happy Valentine’s Day! A few years ago, I would be all about milking this holiday for all its worth, but since we rescued our Jessie, everything changed.

Jessie was a Valentine’s Day baby, born on February 14, 2009. The hubbs picked her up at Forever Home Rescue in May of that year (she was originally named Twinkie, awww!), and ever since, Valentine’s Day has been more about celebrating our Jessie than us.

puppy german shepherd mix at 12 weeks old

That’s not to say I don’t expect gifts. AHEM. Just kidding. We give each other cards and go out to dinner, but that’s the gist of it. Our wedding anniversary is on February 4th and that’s our “us” celebration.

So today we are celebrating our sweet Jessie turning 5 years old. We love you, Jess!!!

shepherd mix dog running up stairs with birthday hat and valentines day heart

You can read more about Jessie here if you’re interested!

Now back to our regularly scheduled programming… Link Love time!

Link Love // Glossy Blonde

~ Special feelings only a dog owner is familiar with.

~ 10 things men wish women knew.

~ Styling tips for those with an hourglass figure.

Beauty lessons learned from Fashion Week.

~ Super cute and easy DIYs for salt water taffy!

~ Loving these DIY jeweled ribbon bracelets.

~ Three ways to tie a scarf.

  • Lyddiegal

    Aww, what a sweet and wonderful way to celebrate! What is better than the love of a dog?

    • Niki Caron

      I agree! :)

  • Susan Payton

    Bless you and your husband for giving Jessie her forever home! Happy, happy birthday Jessie!

    • Niki Caron

      Thank you! And Jessie says thank you as well :)

  • Highheels & Tutus

    Happy birthday Jessie!

    • Niki Caron

      Jessie says thank you! ;)

  • Janine Huldie

    Happy 5th Birthday to Jessie and she really is just adorable! Also Happy Valentine’s Day and have a wonderful weekend now!! :)

    • Niki Caron

      Thanks Janine! We love her so much! Happy Valentine’s Day!

  • Lauren {Fizz & Frosting}

    Aww! Happy birthday to Jessie! And Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your hubs! :)

    • Niki Caron

      Thanks Lauren! Happy Valentine’s Day!

  • Ginny

    Thanks for sharing my post! So sweet of you!

    • Niki Caron

      You’re so welcome! I thought it was really helpful!

  • Sharon

    Aww happy birthday to Jessie!


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    • Niki Caron

      Jessie says thank you! :)

  • Rachel

    Aw happy birthday to Jessie and happy V-Day to you both!

    • Niki Caron

      Thanks Rachel! Happy Valentine’s Day!

  • Jess Buckley

    happy birthday Jessie! :’)

    • Niki Caron

      She says thank you very much! :)

  • Stephanie

    Hawkeye turns 5 in April, so close in age! Happy Birthday Jessie!!!

    • Niki Caron

      Aww friends! Jessie says thanks! :)

  • Kelly

    Aww, happy birthday jessie! I love those beauty lessons from NYFW and Happy Valentine’s Day!
    xx Kelly
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    • Niki Caron

      Thanks Kelly! Happy Valentine’s Day!

  • Jamie@HandlingWGrace

    Happy Valentines!

    • Niki Caron

      Happy Valentine’s Day, Jamie!

  • gabrielle

    aw happy birthday jessie & happy valentine’s day to you!


    • Niki Caron

      Thanks Gabby! Happy Valentine’s Day!

  • Allena Mistral

    Happy Birthday, Jessie!!! Sooo cute :)

    • Niki Caron

      Jessie says thanks! :)

  • Chelsea

    So cute!

    • Niki Caron

      Thanks Chelsea!


    adorable and the happiest of bdays to your pup! i got my dog, a rescue, on my birthday by happenstance!

    • Niki Caron

      I loved your rescue story and that’s so great that it was on your birthday! Jessie says thank you for the birthday wishes!

  • Emily Kracht

    Happy birthday, Jessie! February 14 is my rescue pup’s guestimated birthday! His name is Chief.

    • Niki Caron

      Awww happy birthday to Chief!!!

  • Nicki Lewis

    Happy Belated Birthday Jessie! Adorable.

    • Niki Caron

      Thanks Nicki!

  • Lanaya | Raising Reagan

    Jessie is a doll baby. I love seeing the photos of her on Instagram. I miss you girl! Hope you aren’t too frozen in your tundra of crazy snow.
    Come visit me in 85 degree Arizona anytime .. I bet you could use some sun :)


    • Niki Caron

      Thanks Lanaya! She’s my little munchkin! And yes, I am frozen and DYING to get out of here! Hubbs and I were actually talking about possibly visiting the grand canyon soon so that might be a possibility!

  • Molly {Dreams in HD}

    jessie is too sweet. we rescued our pup yoda last august and he was definitely our special valentine this year :) plus, i woke up on valentine’s morning to an email from the rescue saying they used his before and after pics as the valentine’s day ‘power of love’ success story. the before pic makes me cry but he really has come such a long way

    • Niki Caron

      Rescues are the best!!! That’s so cool that they posted your story, too!! I’m so thankful for people like you!

  • Amanda

    Aww, happy birthday to Jessie! She’s too cute :)
    I cannot wait until I’m able to adopt a rescue pup!

    • Niki Caron

      Yay! Rescues are the best! And Jessie says thank you!

  • Shane Prather

    I always get so excited to see my post here from one of my favorite bloggers :)

    • Niki Caron

      Aww I love your blog!