My new coworker

Get ready, Kristen Bell…you’re going to lose it over this new cutie. ♡

Working at the National Aquarium has its perks sometimes…including this week when I got to meet our newest addition! Felize is our new baby sloth!

baby sloth national aquarium

Felize was just born this Monday and is happily clinging to his momma Ivy. Luckily, I got to bring some local media up to see them today!


baby sloth national aquarium

Ok that’s all. ♡

Give Thanks: Animals

As most of you know, I’ve worked at National Aquarium for a little more than 2 years now. It’s been a crazy ride, to say the least. One thing I consistently appreciate about it is that it continues to push me to be a better person (not just because that’s probably a good idea but also…) for the world. If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a million times….while this planet is ours now, but what we’re doing to it will affect how it is for our children and our children’s children, etc.

I saw this and it totally blew my mind…

greenpeace rain forest issue

It’s mind boggling when you think about all that we do that affect the world around us. Particularly our oceans, which (at least in my experience) people tend to think less about. It’s easy for people to see the rain forest disappearing. You can (almost) wrap your head around that and how much humans are destroying. But, with the ocean, it’s almost too big to understand. There are no boundaries dividing what water goes where. I feel like most people to look out at the greatness of the ocean and think it’s just so immense that anything we do doesn’t necessarily affect all of it…But it does.

Through working with some of the talented people at the Aquarium (and our partners), I’ve learned so many things to help. Yes, people can do little things every day to help!

    You’d think that people get thi
    s by now, but no…
  • Cut up those plastic soda rings
    If you’re going to get soda in cans, cut those up! It may seem like one more annoying step, but do it!
  • DIY gift wrapping 
    It’s almost holiday time…get ready for the gifts! There are so many cute ways to use recycled materials!
  • Actually use reusable grocery bags 
    Don’t just leave them in your car – bring them in the store! Some stores even give you cash back for using them.
  • Donate money and/or to amazing conservation organizations!
    And we make it easy – I even set up an Aquarium fundraising page for ya!

But seriously, I am so blessed to be surrounded by amazing animals, and people who (let me meet and) help me learn about these awesome creatures. It makes me so happy to know that what I’m doing day to day is helping feed, care for and protect these species!

katekatebear national aquarium frog

It doesn’t hurt that they are just so cute! Here are just a few of my favorite animals:

So, in the spirit of giving and conservation, I’m asking for donations for our mission – to inspire conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures!

Please check out my National Aquarium Fundraising page!

What nonprofits and/or organizations do you give to every year?