Toxic Holiday Plants for Pets

It’s a jolly season, until one of your babies gets their mouth around a plant that won’t treat them well.

Watch out for these plants during the holiday season, no beauty is worth possibly injuring your beloved.


Poinsettia: contains an irritating sap that causes nausea and vomiting

Holly + Mistletoe: harmful leaves and berries, will cause everything from vomiting, to hallucinations, to death

Cyclamen: a winter bloomer, it’s a common gift that can cause vomiting, convulsions, and paralysis

Amaryllis: poinsettia’s competitor, it has Lycorine and other substances that cause vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and lethargy

Jerusalem Cherry: literally in the nightshade family and will easily kill as it is highly toxic to animals

Lillies + Daffodils: especially harmful to cats, these will cause vomiting, diarrhea, arrhythmias, and convulsions

Fir/Pine/Cedar/etc. Tree: the center of many homes during the holiday season, its oils are irritants, its needles can puncture their insides, and the water bowl is a cesspool of bacteria, mold, and any chemicals used for its creation and preservation. Especially bad if it was covered with a flame retardant.


So, definitely not saying that you shouldn’t decorate with or gift these items, but you know your pet the best. If they’re a chewer, keep an extra eye on them, but, of course, no pretty plant should be worth more than their lives.

Stay safe this holiday season.


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  • HOLI

The first Holiday after suffering a loss is hard. You see all these smiles and hear all this laughter and give and receive all these gifts and cards… but there’s one missing. They aren’t there, and they never will be again. You can feel it, empty and heavy all at once. It’s devastating and alienating and confusing and just wrong.

This is a reminder to anyone going through their first Holiday season without that parent, child, lover, partner, aunt, uncle, friend, sibling, grandparent, cousin, niece, nephew, teacher, mentor, pet (yes, we mourn our furry/feathered/scaled companions the same as our human ones) or any other loved one to take a moment away. Step aside from the music and decorations and food and gifts and just breathe. Cry. Remember them. Miss them.

You aren’t ruining Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Yule, or whatever you’re meant to be celebrating. You are celebrating. You’re just doing it with a different perspective and a heavier heart.


Nguzo Saba: The Seven Days of Kwanzaa
2019 Digital Print Series

Honestly, I don’t know shit about this holiday even though I am African-American but it deserves recognition.

“Nguzo Saba” is a Swahili term for the seven principles that define Kwanzaa and its aspirations for the African-American community. The holiday is not religious and was created in the 1960′s with the intention to promote Pan-Africanism during a tumultuous time of racial tension in America.

Each day from December 26th to first day of the New Year represents a principle. Similar to the menorah on Hanukkah, a “kinara” holds seven candles for each day of the celebration and are lighted.

The principles and their terms are as follows in the order of each portrait:

Umoja (Unity), Kujichagulia (Self-Determination), Ujima (Collective Work and Responsiblity), Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics), Nia (Purpose), Kuumba (Creativity), and Imani (Faith) 

Happy Holidays and I look forward to 2020! Thank you.

Wherever you are, whatever you are celebrating or even if you are not celebrating anything at all. I wish you a really happy holidays, I hope you have a wonderful day, always be happy, and enjoy this time of the year ❣️

Remember, you are not alone, there are people that love you and care about you. I love you even if we haven’t met. Have a splendid day ✨❣️