FAQ for a Bunny Mom

Owning a Bunny - Everything I’ve learned through the past 4 years of “Winging It”

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Since getting my Miniature Lop named Riley, I have had tons of questions about what she is like and what it is like to be a bunny mom. Without a doubt, owning a rabbit is way less common than owning a cat or dog! Strangely enough, in the past few years it seems like owning bunnies have become more popular. This could be due to more people realizing what awesome pets they make or it could be the fact that I am more aware of fellow bunny owners. Who knows!

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When I bought my rabbit, I was 20 years old and had just started my Junior year of College. For some reason, I had spent the summer wanting a bunny despite the fact that I thought they seemed kind of mean! During the fall of 2014, I spent many hours hunched over my laptop scanning my College’s Free & For Sale page looking at cute bunnies for sale. I even got as far as dragging my roommates to a random apartment to look at a bunny that I was contemplating getting. I ended up finding a pet store in my local College town that had a pen full of baby rabbits. I found a cute, grey one that I liked and drove various friends over to the pet store to tell me what they thought. After my third visit, I skipped my lecture class and drove over to pick up my bunny! Looking back, I should have purchased a bunny from a Humane Society but as awful as it sounds (especially because I've been volunteering at Humane Societies for a few years now), I have never adopted a pet in that way before.

The responsible, adult thing to do would have been to discuss this situation with my parents and do a lot of research beforehand. I am a somewhat impulsive person so instead, I spontaneously bought a bunny and literally bought all of the supplies the day before. Also, I don’t remember doing any research ahead of time and didn’t even start out with a bunny cage (it was some used dog crate/cage I found for free online). Since getting Riley, I have a learned a LOT through trial and error and a lot of online research. For those of you who have asked or are curious, here are a lot of the things I learned about having a bunny that would have been helpful to know beforehand! I’ve also included some frequently asked questions further down in this post. Thank you again to everyone who responded to my Instagram Story with all of their bunny questions!

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  1. Getting them spayed or neutered is EXPENSIVE! It cost me $495 to get Riley fixed and at the time, I had to borrow the money from my mom (I was a broke College student at the time but don’t worry, I paid her back with my first tax return!). Although pricey, getting your rabbit fixed is important so they can live a long and healthy life.

  2. They are the sweetest creatures! There is something very calming and wise about rabbits that is unlike any other animal I have owned

  3. Bunnies can be very affectionate and they are social animals! Although they do not always want to be cuddled and touched (like humans?), Riley has times where she wants to cuddle and receive nose pets. She also loves giving bunny kisses to the extent where I have to lock her up in her cage sometimes because the licking gets soooo annoying!

  4. Bunny-proof everything! I have never had a baby but I would assume it is pretty similar. Objects that Riley has destroyed include: multiple computer and phone charges, shoes, handbags, books, carpet and even my box spring for my bed etc.

  5. Carrots are actually not that great for bunnies. Similar to the belief that milk is good for cats, carrots are not that great for rabbits. Although they LOVE them and will love you for giving them a carrot, carrots are very sweet and should only be given in small pieces as an occasional treat

  6. Bunnies are very active in the evenings and mornings. There was a 2 week period over this past summer where Riley woke me up every morning at 4:30am much to my dismay though just in time to watch the sun rise

  7. They are hella smart! Not only is Riley litter box trained, I also bought her a logic game meant for dogs and she totally mastered it. She has also learned her name though, unlike a cat or dog, she does not come with called but instead will perk up an ear.

  8. Cage necessities should include a water bottle, a litter box with a metal cover, some toys, timothy hay, dry food and a bed/mat so they can give their feet a break from the harsh metal wiring. Some owners don’t do a litter box with a cover but I had to because otherwise Riley likes to dig and kick all of her litter EVERYWHERE

  9. They are not a good pet for children! For some reason many parents think it is a great idea to buy a cute bunny rabbit for their child as a present. Honestly having a bunny is way more work than owning a cat and in some ways, owning a dog. You constantly need to clean their litter box and cage and let them out to run around and play. Bunnies also will bite and nip which could be a traumatic experience for a child.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

How much do they cost? In general they are pretty affordable! Every 8 weeks I order Riley’s food, litter and treats from Chewy for under $50. Once a year I also take her to the vet which is about $57. Starting next year I will be taking her to the vet twice a year as advised for rabbits over 5 years of age. The most expensive thing was getting her fixed but if you buy them from a Humane Society, they should already have been neutered or spayed

Where does Riley live/sleep? Riley has always lived in my room! She recently got an upgrade and now lives in a two bedroom outdoor hutch that I keep inside. Often I will leave her door and her ramp open so she can come and go as she pleases! In one of the rooms in the hutch, I bought her a sherpa dog bed which is where she will usually sleep

Both Riley and I love this hutch because it gives her a lot of room and it matches my bedroom furniture. It also gives her more privacy depending on if she wants to be in her bedroom or out in the main space. For reference, I got the largest size but it comes smaller as well! You can shop it below!

How often do you feed her? I feed her dry food every morning and evening and then make sure she has hay all the time. As a treat I will give her some fresh lettuce and occasionally a few bites of banana which is her favorite

Do they get sick easily? So far Riley has never been sick! It did take her a few days to recover from her surgery when she got spayed but after a few days she was back to normal. Keeping her inside definitely helps but unlike cats and dogs, they do not need regular flea medicine or anything like that.

Is it possible to own a bunny and still work full time? Yes! I work full time and also am busy with blog stuff but still have time for Riley. The great thing about bunnies is they are pretty good at taking care of themselves. Whenever possible, I will leave her cage open so she can get exercise and I play with her every evening. I do think she gets bored sometimes without another bunny to talk and play with

How do you know what she is saying? The super weird thing for me is that they do not talk! If you hear a bunny make a vocal noise, it is probably because it is dying or terrified. Bunny body language is also very different from other animals so it took me a lot of research to understand what Riley was doing and how to try to communicate with her.

Where do I get one? Like any type of pet there is always the option to go to a breeder. If you are just looking for a fYou can also often find bunnies at pet stores which is how I got Riley. My biggest recommendation would be to go to a Humane Society though! I paid about $25 for Riley but at the local Humane Society in Oregon, you can get a bunny for $15 and they come fixed and usually trained. This way you give a bunny a home and save about $500!

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What kind of bunny do you have and how old is she? Her birthday is in August so she just turned 4 years old this past summer. At first we did not know if she was a holland lop or miniature lop (holland lops are smaller) but based on her recent vet visit, we are now pretty sure she is a miniature lop. If they are a lop, they will have the cute, floppy ears!

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I would love to hear what you all thought of this blog post especially since it is a bit different from my usual posts! If there are any other bunny mom’s out there, give me a shoutout! I always love exchanging bunny stories! Also, if you thinking about getting a bunny or just have more questions about my experience with Riley, please let me know!

If you think Riley is the cutest and want to follow her on Instagram, you can do so here

One Set, Three Outfits

For the longest time I have been trying to find the perfect set! The struggle I always came across was that either the top was too cropped, something was see through or the set was really fun but not something I would actually wear out in public. Luckily this cute set from Forever21 ended up coming back in stock and I bought it right away! The key with sets is to find the option where you can buy the top and the bottom separately. I wasn’t sure about my size so I ended up buying the top in two sizes. I’m honestly super happy I did because I ended up picking the larger of the two. The great part about sets is that you can style them so many different ways which I wanted to share with you all below!

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Look One

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The first and simplest way to wear the two pieces is together. They were literally made for each other and so it is pretty much guaranteed that they will look cute together. Kind of like a romper or a dress except that it is cute in half so you don’t always have to wear it as your whole outfit.

Look Two

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Another way I styled this set was by pairing the top with jeans and a hat. It is a great way to transform the outfit for fall and you can easily add a sweater or jacket if it is cold that day. The funny thing is that seeing this outfit alone, you would have no idea that the top is part of a matching set. It really just looks like a cute top that you paired jeans with. When picking out bottoms, I made sure to choose ones with a similar rise. The shorts are high waisted so I paired the top with my high waisted jeans so the hem would hit at a similar spot.

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Look Three

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The third outfit I created was using just the shorts. i paired them with a neutral colored top since there is already a pattern on the shorts. Although I could have added a different crop top, it can be hard to find one where the hem hits in the same spot with the high waisted shorts. I love crop tops but I like when the do not actually end up showing my stomach. To avoid this problem, I picked a longer tank top and just tucked it into the shorts.

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PNW showers bring a lot of beautiful flowers

 
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If you have ever been to Portland Oregon you probably know that it rains A LOT. One benefit of all this rain though is the beautiful flowers that we get. I for one absolutely love flowers (bees, not so much) and am always on the hunt for where to view some beautiful blooms. Below I wanted to share with you some of the must-visit flower festivals in and around the Portland area that I have found over the years! Trust me, your eyes and your Instagram followers will thank you


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The first one of the year is the Cherry Blossoms. Every year, once the cherry blossoms arrive, I know that spring can't be that far behind. There isn't a festival surrounding these flowers but the most well known location to view them is along the Portland Waterfront between the Steele and Burnside bridges. Think NW portion of the waterfront. For those of you who have never been, it is pretty much a long stretch of trees that create a magical "hallway" parallel to the river. The cherry blossoms usually appear around the end of March/early April but do not last that long! Pretty quickly the blossoms fall and are washed away with the rain. These flowers are definitely a must see but you have to make sure you visit in time. If you do miss them like I did this year, there are tons of other cherry blossom trees scattered around the city. 

 
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Next to arrive would be the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival! Located only about 45 minutes south of Portland (kind of near the Woodburn outlet), the tulips fields are perfect for the whole family as well as canine friends. I have gone to this festival for four years now (check out the gallery below for some fun throwback photos) and it is always a good time although I can imagine it being quite muddy if you happened to go on a rainy day. The festival costs $5 per person or $20 per car and I am always shocked by how many cars are in the two parking lots! There are around 40 acres of tulips so although it might be packed, it is still possible to get some pictures without people in the background if you walk to the further ends of the field. In addition to taking photos and enjoying the colorful flowers, they also have many entertainment options for children as well as food and artisan booths. This festival goes on for several weeks with a wide range of events that take place on different days.

Learn more about the festival here

 
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The next festival that I discovered is the Sunflower Festival at the Packer Orchards in Hood River, Oregon. It doesn't take place until about mid-August. Last year was the first time I attended and the sunflowers were in full bloom. We went earlier in the morning so it wasn't very crowded. I'd say that this sunflower festival is definitely smaller than the others but it has a cute, home-y feel to it. While taking photos with the many sunflowers, there was also some acoustic guitar playing and the option to try a lot of amazing honeys and jams that are all made locally. There is no admissions fee but make sure to bring some money if you want to purchase any sunflowers (it is a U-Pick farm) or any food from their little market. This festival is only during two days of the summer so it is easy to miss. You can learn more information here

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The last festival of the summer is the Swan Island Dahlia Festival. This actually may be my new favorite out of all these beautiful flower events. Last year was the first time I had heard of it and I am SO glad I went! This festival is located in Canby, Oregon and is the largest festival since there were also so many tents in addition to the acres of flowers. The many tents sell an assortment of foods and drinks for purchase. During the middle of the day you can also enjoy some live music. Although there are less carnival styled games compared to the tulip festival, this is still a family friendly event. One thing I really appreciated about the set up was that each row of dahlia's had a sign with the name of that flower. Reading all of the names was honestly one of the best parts of this festival. There is also a room set up inside where you can view all of the dahlias as well if you aren't one to want to walk around in the hot sun. Little did I know, dahlias come in so many shapes and colors and sizes! This festival is completely free but is only open two weekends of the year during the end of August and the beginning of September. You can find out more information about the dahlia's here

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Thank you so much for reading! If you end up attending any of these, please let me know what you thought! I am also constantly on the hunt for new places to view flowers so let me know of any other local florals worth seeing. Hopefully I can attend the lavender festival this year in which case I will make sure to post an update!

Independence Day Outfits

As far as holiday outfits go, Fourth of July is by far my favorite. There are always so many ways to dress festive while still looking cute. With three colors to work with, there are honestly endless possibilities but here are three of my favorite! Unfortunately some of the pieces I am wearing are no longer available so underneath each outfit I have linked some other similar items.

outfit 1:

My first outfit option is a white, off the shoulder top paired with a high-waisted denim skirt. You can add a touch of red with either some red lip stick or a fun, red neck scarf. In the photos below, I decided to go with both because why not! You can also switch around the colors of each piece by wearing a white denim skirt with a blue top or a red shirt, white skirt and blue bandana.

Top - Brandy Melville Maura Top in White

Skirt - Forever21

Scarf - Red Bandana

Hat - Urban Outfitters

outfit 2:

For the second outfit, I went with a similar color scheme but this time paired a plain white button up shirt with some high-waisted, American flag patterned shorts. For a more classic look, I added oversized avaiators and my white high top Converse. You could also tweak this look by adding different white sneakers or even an American flag patterned skirt instead of shorts.

Top - Forever21

Shorts - American Apparel

Sunglasses - Forever21

Shoes - Converse Chuck Taylor High Top Sneaker

outfit 3:

This outfit is probably the easiest since it only requires a red skater dress. I actually wore this look last Fourth of July as you can see in the photo right below. To dress down this outfit, I paired it with my Adidas sneakers since the red dress is definitely meant to be the focus of this look.

Dress - American Apparel

Shoes - Adidas Superstar Sneaker