Around the World in Nine Photos

Discover the World From Your Chair!

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It’s in the grip of North American winter that I often dream of escape to warmer climates. Thanks to the Reader and the street photography tag, I can satisfy my travel yen whenever it strikes. Here are just some of the amazing photos and photographers I stumbled upon during a recent armchair trip.

My first stop was Alexis Pazoumian’s fantastic SERIES: India at The Sundial Review. I loved the bold colors in this portrait and the man’s thoughtful expression.

Photo by Alexis Pazoumian Photo by Alexis Pazoumian

Speaking of expressions, the lead dog in Holly’s photo from Maslin Nude Beach, in Adelaide, Australia, almost looks as though it’s smiling. See more of Holly’s work at REDTERRAIN.

Photo by Holly Photo by Holly

In a slightly different form of care-free, we have the muddy hands of Elina Eriksson‘s son in Zambia. I love how his small hands frame his face. The gentle…

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Inspired by Cuteness: Nicole’s Q & A

Hi There! Nicole here, to tell you a little more about myself. Hopefully you’ve already read my blog introduction, if not, make sure you check it out! Now, we’ll delve a little deeper into why I love all things that are cute. What better way to do that than a little Q & A?

Let’s get started with some of the basics:

That's my face!

That’s my face!

Name: Nicole Pierce
Age: 24
Birthday: May 2nd
Nicknames: Coley, Nick, Babe, Bunny Rabbit
Marital Status: Happily married to my best friend!
Children: Two fur babies!
Location: San Francisco Bay Area, CA
Favorite Color: Purple & Green
Spirit Animal: A fluffy and extremely lovable dog!

Shall we continue? 🙂

Q: Favorite “feel-good” movie?
A: I love Pitch Perfect. Every time I watch it, I’m smiling, singing, and practically dancing along. Anna Kendrick has such a great voice and Skylar Astin is total eye-candy. It makes me happy. 😀

Pitch Perfect Crew via

Q: Favorite place to go on a Saturday afternoon?
A: The dog park! I absolutely LOVE the dog park! I could spend hours there, with the right group of dogs. And if there’s a puppy, Oh My Goodness, DAY MADE! 

I am blessed enough to live near the park below that happens to have a dog park!

This wonderful park is behind my apartment!

This wonderful park is behind my apartment!

Q: What’s your dream car?
A: My dream car is a Tesla Model S. These cars are GORGEOUS and Eco-friendly! And in case you didn’t know, the Model S is also super safe. Seriously, it tested 5.4 stars out of 5 (what?!) and has the best safety rating of any car ever tested.

If you want to learn more about this amazing “Magical Space Car,” I highly suggest reading the hilarious Cartoonist’s Review of the Tesla Model S by The Oatmeal.

Tesla Model S – via

What do you like the most about your job?
Currently I work as an Account Manager at RepairPal in San Francisco. I like that I’m able to assist and educate others within my job. I enjoy being an advocate for my customers, and I love hearing their success stories!

Also, I like that my job has helped me learn more about the auto repair industry. I no longer have any issue talking with auto mechanics. I even know some “shop talk” and to ask if they’re ASE Certified and offer a warranty.

The next time you need to take your car in for an oil change or repair, try using to find a trusted & certified mechanic. You can also look up general repairs to get an estimate for what the repair should cost. Be informed, and don’t get ripped off! 😉

Q: What’s your favorite salty snack?
A: Pickles! I absolutely love pickles! I recently discovered a deli that has the best cucumber, tomato, and onion salad. It’s so sour, crunchy, and overall amazing. It makes my mouth water just thinking about it, and I’ve become a regular at the deli!

Q: Where do you most want to travel, but have never been?
A: Thailand looks phenomenal. Apparently their hotels are pretty awesome, there are lots of beautiful beaches, and you can visit a multitude of animals at the Elephant Nature Park or by going on a Tiger Temple Tour. Also, I recently discovered how much I love Thai food. The curry covered vegetables, crunchy peanuts, and sweet sauces make my mouth dance in happiness!

Additional places I would like to travel: Italy, Greece, Japan, Australia, and Costa Rica

A beautifully peaceful evening in Thailand.

 If money was no object, what would you do all day?
A: Play with puppies! Seriously, I would do that now if it paid better and the puppies didn’t poop all day. Haha!

Q: What is the longest car trip you have ever taken?
A: 6 days! Well, we broke the trip into 10 – 12 hour days with breaks every few hours. My husband and I have driven across the country THREE times. West Virginia ~> California, California ~> West Virginia, and our FINAL move from West Virginia ~> California – with many stops in-between.

My favorite stop along the way was Denver, CO. The mountains and clouds captivated me with their beauty. And we also had killer cheeseburgers that night!

Me in my Prius going over the Rocky Mountains!!

Me in my Prius going over the Rocky Mountains!!

Bruno and I in Denver, CO.

Bruno and I in Denver, CO.

Now that you know me a little better, it’s time that I get to know you a little more! I love meeting new people and hearing about the things they enjoy most in life. We can all learn something from one another, and I want me learn more about you!

Please feel free to openly answer the following questions by commenting:

1.) Where do you live? What do you love the most about where you live?

2.) What is your special talent? Do you share it often? With whom do you share your talents?

3.) What do you need the most right now?

4.) What upcoming event are you looking forward to the most?

5.) Who or what inspires you? Where do you apply this inspiration in your life?

These questions are completely open-ended, so interpret them as you would like, I just want to know more about YOU! As always, you are welcome to ask me any question that may have popped into your head.

Until next time… Stay cute!


Oh my! Ellie the Goldendoodle is the Epitome of Cute!


Ellie is from the Midwest and loves everyone and everything. Not a moment goes by that she doesn’t have that goofy smile on her face.

See more pictures of this cutie HERE!

My favorite email to receive is The Daily Puppy. They send me cute puppy pictures every morning. I suggest you sign up as well!

New Year, New Blog. Meet Nicole – Say Hello!

Welcome to My Blog – Cute Nut!

Hi! I’m Nicole, and I’m so happy you’re here! Let me virtually introduce myself.

I’m a NUT for all things cute – especially adorable, fluffy animals. This is my creative outlet for sharing the little things in life that make me excited and filled with joy. Over the past few months, I have been exploring what truly makes me feel fulfilled and happy.

With the help of the Happier app and website, I learned to embrace positivity and appreciate the small things in life.


The Things I Love Most:

  • God and His boundless grace and glory. He is so good!
  • My Husbeard, Bruno. He is my best friend, husband, and number one supporter. Bruno is a multifaceted motion graphics video producer, graphic designer, voice actor, and video game enthusiast. Plus, he’s easy on the eyes. That beard though!
    Bruno   me&bru
    * See Bruno’s website and amazing video creations!
    ** You can also follow him on
  •  My fur-babies (Caboose The Cat & Doobie The Dog — find us on Instagram!)
    Caboose The Cat    Doobie the Dog
  • Nature & Sunsets. See Instagram again.
  • Delicious food and easy recipes. Thanks Pinterest!
  • Arts & Crafts – painting, signing, and dancing are among my favorite.
  • Connecting with and serving others to promote kindness and community. I love to volunteer!
  • Learning and Reading. “Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.” — Margaret Fuller

Hopefully some of my life loves spark your interest and inspire you to share your own happiness. Follow me on this happy journey, and let’s make this our year!

Next Time on Cute Nut…

Get to know me a little more! Is there anything you want to know about what makes me ME? I would love to hear from YOU!

Also, I love ice breakers, games, and corny jokes. I dare you to make me laugh. 😉

It’s a great day to have a great day