Nifty Mom

Vegan, Eco-conscious, Natural Parenting, Unschooling Wife and Mom

I’m back February 6, 2009

Ok, so after a week of vaca and then getting back and a week of being sick I’m back!

We had a wonderful time in North Carolina, we stayed at this beautiful house, Eagle’s Nest-Eagle’s Lair, up on the mountains. Punkyroo got such a kick that tons of ladybugs were everywhere in the house. Don’t freak out, that’s the only bugs that were in the house. But we would collect as many as possible and release them outside and then a few hours later there’d be more, so she called it Lady Bug House and wants to go back she reminds us! It was also great finding a lodge to stay at in the mountains that wasn’t decorated with hunting or fishing stuff!

And a great topper was a well known cafe that specifically labels meals that are vegetarian AND VEGAN 10 minutes away, Lulu’s Cafe, it was great to have a take out menu to an vegetarian/vegan likings!! Bonus!! Although we didn’t go since we made our dinners but having that menu in the house and available was very nice.

It was a wonderful stay. The Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg, Ripley’s Aquarium, Snow Tubing and SNOW BOARDING!! Oh yeah! After 4 years of no boarding I did really well and it was great to finally show Hubby in person myself boarding and Punkyroo was all excited and proud which made me feel really good. But it was a wonderful time, Hubby needed the vaca bad so that was nice to finally see him relax, since he works alot of weekends.

So I’ll get back to sharing recipes again soon, gave me time to try out some new ones, yummmm..

But one last thing, my last post was about the BNKC’s meeting….WE WON. All the commisioner’s voted YES!! Feb. 3rd was a wonderful turning point for the animals at the shelters. It wont happen over night of course but hopefully in 5 years we will be there!


Please support BNKC! January 19, 2009


Two weeks left until we have our meeting with the commisioners! This is our final meeting and it’s open to the public, so that means we need your support! If you have not signed the petition please do, if you want to go a step further…show up to the meeting! This is a peacful meeting, no rallies, screaming etc. We want to achieve a full house of supportive brevard residents.

The meeting will be held in the Board Room, Brevard County Gov’t Center at 2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera. It is bldg. C, the only three story bldg. on the first floor.  The meeting begins at 9 am however new business is held towards the end of the meeting and the agenda hasn’t been developed yet. We might be heard in the morning if the agenda is short and we may not.

We are so close now to making a better future for these poor animals that are dumped in the pound, please help us seal the deal…sign the petition, spread the word, come to the meeting, let everyone know about the meeting.

Also visit our website and learn how you can join the coalition and help more.


Victory for Ella December 4, 2008

Thankfully Ella has received some justice, not enough in my opinion, for her awful untimely death. Christine Abrams is sentenced to 8 months in jail, one year of probabtion, 80 hours of community service and a $5,000 fine!

I just can’t believe that her lawyer said because it only involved a dog that she shouldn’t get a max penalty. THat’s exactly why people will keep getting away with animal cruetly..with people with that mindset. They are a living creature that we bring into our homes.

May you rest in peace now Ella.


Ella vs Christine Abrams December 3, 2008

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So FINALY the sentencing of Christine Abrams case is tommorow, after rescheduling so many times I’m glad it’s coming to an end. And better news is she has supposedly chaning her plea from not guilty to Guilty or no contest.

If you havn’t heard of the Ella case or been following Voices For Ella

“Ella was a 1 year old white German shepherd from Cocoa, Florida.She was found dead in her crate in March of 2008, after her owner admittedly abandoned her. Christine Abrams was arrested in March for felony animal cruelty. When formal charges were filed, the State Attorney dropped the charges down to misdemeanor animal cruelty. Shortly after that, an additional misdemeanor count of unlawful confinement was added. The case is currently in pre-trial proceedings.

According to veterinary records, Ella’s leg was amputated in November 2007, which was only two months prior to when Ella was reportedly abandoned. The records indicate a leash became tightly wrapped around Ella’s back leg after she had been left alone and tethered overnight. By the time Abrams returned home one night, Ella’s leg was badly swollen. The vet provided two options: skin grafts costing up to $4,000 or amputation. Abrams elected amputation. Ella only had 3 legs when she died. ”

The terrible thing is that when she left ella in her crate there was a full bag of dog food right by the cage. As well as where she was staying her friend didn’t want the dog there and Christine was close distance away! How could someone say they care about an animal and treat it so? Anyone who looks to accept another living creature in their home needs to treat it as they would themselves or don’t add to your family! If she knew she wouldn’t be coming back she should have taken Ella to a rescue or no kill shelter, many animals with disabilites live happy with families… dogs that only have their back two legs, only front 2 or even the side 2, blind, etc…

There will be a rally starting at 7:45am at the Viera Courthouse located between The Avenues and Mantee Stadium. Hopfully justice will prevail for Ella and set a path for the right way to treat animals.


Care 2 Contest continues… December 2, 2008

So Care2 is running another “America’s Favorite Shelter” Contest again. The winning Shelter gets $10,000, 20 top recuiters get a $50 gift certificate and each week, a random shelter will win $500!!!

If you are trying to look for SACC, go under Florida->Melbourne-> and it will be first Brevard County Animal Services and Enforcement-South Animal Care and Adoption Center.

If you are looking for CBHS, go under FLorida->Cocoa-> and you’ll see the Central Brevard Humane Society


Hah! Micheal Vick is a funny one November 15, 2008

…In a recent article I just read Micheal Vick seriously thinks he’s going to play quarter back again once he gets out of jail!! He is a funny one. What team would seriously be that greedy plus risky to hire him on? To show kids and people out there that what he did gets a slap on the wrist and then oh OK you can play now, uh negative! That would be a terrible message to send.

What he did was dispicable and honestly he would not of confused this if he wasn’t caught. so to say sorry, pay the money to rehabilate the poor dogs whose life wasn’t tortured to death and spend less than 2 years in jail just doesn’t cut it. Only a person so weak and pityful would do what he has done to these dogs.

But it is nice to hear of all the stuff he is loosing due to everything that has happened. His yachts, farms, houses! Makes me get a nice warm feeling inside for the dogs that were unfortunate enough to have known Vick to know they are in loving homes and he is loosing everything. People like him need to have the crap scared out of them to stop these acts.

Honestly for football’s sake that they never deal with Vick again. I will truely be sadend, due to the facts so many kids look up to the players.

To me, Vick should have receive FAR FAR FAR more time in jail.

Isn’t it crazy how someone can kill someone and get life or the death sentence but so many of his dogs were tortured beyond belief pre-meditated and knowing the outcome-killed and straight killing on purpose and get little over a year in jail! Ridiculous!


Fostered kittens update November 5, 2008

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So many of you read that my family were fostering some kittens from our local County run shelter and we had taken them back to the shelter to get a better chance of adoption. Well here is the update:

We went there the next day and all three were there.. but Hubby stopped by on his way home from work yesterday and said Padma was adopted and Skyler had an “adoption pending” note! Yay! Hopefully Binks gets adopted soon as well.


I have to say it’s bittersweet letting our foster animals go but thats the only way we can help so many. A couple that was adopting one of our previous foster pups asked me “how can you do this, aren’t you sad to see them leave”, since I had a smile on my face, I guess he thought I should be braking down in tears but the thing is that that pup didn’t have to spend more than 10mins at the shelter and that was in his new companion’s arms! How can I not be happy about that?! It’s true it is a little sad but the worst is bringing them back to wait in a cage or kennel for days or weeks.

It’s great that since PUnkyroo is so small I can’t go out and volunteer but fostering gives us that chance to still help out and have Punkyroo included and to learn about different animals and ways to take care of them.


Here is a picture of the pups we fostered that I was talking about..

Fostered Pup-Daisy

Fostered Pups