Meet Leo + Life Updates

Hey Guys!

FINALLY! A recap post. & it’s a long one.

I have a ton to fill you guys in on (if you haven’t already noticed from social media.) This post will be filled with eats, workouts, and all the details on our new four-legged friend…SAY WHAT? yup. I hope you can get through this post before it turns dark outside. It took me almost eight hours to go through all the photos, upload and organize! I’m hoping it only takes a few hours to write and remember it all! I’m apologizing for for the amount of dog photos. Here goes nothing…road trip to TennesseeI landed in Charlotte at midnight last Friday. I was so tired, but I promised Kyle I’d ride to Tennessee with him to pick up his new puppy. I always love an adventure or anything that involves a road trip.
The Fresh Market Snacks
Before spending five hours in the car, I wanted to get out and exercise. I went for a three mile run on the greenway and then stopped at Chopt to pick up a salad for the drive. I also stopped at Fresh Market for some snacks. Kyle and I are snackers.
Road Trip Kebob Cobb Salad Falafel Chips & Hummus (Supremely Spicy)
I ordered the Kebab Cobb (per usual) with falafel on top. I must be on a falafel kick because I also bought falafel chips to go with our supremely spicy hummus. That is my FAVE flavor right now and I can’t get enough. I like it on my eggs and in my salads. It's little LeoWe drove about five hours and decided to stay at a hotel an hour away from our destination. The town we were going to was in the middle of nowhere with no hotels or gas stations close by. I love driving through Tennessee because it’s so beautiful. I used to make the drive all the time when my parents were living in Iowa. We woke up at 6:45 on Sunday morning so we could drive the last hour and pick up his new puppy.

My go-to hotel breakfast is always oatmeal! I added raisins, cinnamon and walnuts to a bowl of plain oatmeal.
 
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I love early morning drives because the skies are always so beautiful. I always miss Iowa when I drive through the country. It makes me want to buy a country home and have coffee on the porch every morning while the sun comes up (we all can dream.)

Savannah from Love n’ Bones sent me some treats for Grumples and Leo! I brought Leo’s with me. She makes all-natural, homemade dog treats for your four-legged friends! Grumples LOVES his treats and they are great for his weight loss journey! It's little LeoKyle and his new pup Leo! ♥It's little Leo It's little Leo It's little Leo It's little Leoimg_6878 img_6912img_6918 img_6796img_6979It's little Leo
Don’t let that troublemakers face fool you. He’s a nut! Leo was so good in the car on the way home. It was a six hour drive back and he slept the entire time. road trip snack: siggis and nuts
We stopped at Starbucks so I could grab a coffee and a snack. I love that Starbucks sells Siggis! I topped it with some creme brûlée almonds (soooooooo good.)
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It felt so good to be home! I had an omelet, falafel chips and spicy hummus for dinner & yes, coffee too!I was so shocked at Grumples reaction to Leo. I thought he was going to get upset, growl or act out…but he loves him.
 
Leo made himself right at home. We couldn’t believe it. LEO SLEPT THROUGH THE NIGHT. That’s a dream puppy…
 
We headed out around 7am to take Grumples on a long walk around Charlotte. Leo had his first vet appointment on Monday morning and he was as healthy as an apple.

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I had to throwback to 5 1/2 years ago when I brought Grumples home! img_8689  I caught up on some work while having a bowl of oats! I love my oatmeal in the fall because it’s warm and filling.
 
Kyle and I headed to the gym together Monday afternoon. I did three miles on the treadmill and a circuit from the Fitness Challenge.I made my homemade sauce and a delicious pasta dish Monday night! I’ll blog the recipe this weekend. If you want to try out my sauce recipe, you can find it here! It’s to die for.   
We went three miles on Tuesday morning at 6:45 am with Grumples! It is getting super chilly in the morning and I love it!
 The pups spent the morning with me while I worked. I’ve been spending time at Kyles this week to help him with the puppy while he’s at work. It’s kind of fun being uptown! I love that I can work from home with them. I made a delicious apple pie Tuesday & you can find the recipe here Not going to lie, I was so ready to escape the dogs on Tuesday night. Puppies are a lot of work and they are constantly getting into things and need bathroom breaks every 45 minutes.

I headed out for a seven mile run and it turned into a nine mile run! You can read more about my run here + an awesome salad recipe! Kyle and I took a late night walk with Grumples when I got back. I love the city at night. Wednesday morning breakfast: Oatmeal, chopped pecans, peanut butter and cinnamon! img_7008 img_7031 img_7047
My work buddies. Balsamic Kale Salad W/Berries, Grilled Chicken, Honey Roasted Mixed Nuts, Avocado, Goat Cheese, Dried Cranberries and Cucumber!I had a delicious salad on Wednesday afternoon! Here is the recipe 🙂 camn1461-1024x1024I headed out for a light three mile run after lunch and the fall weather felt amazing.  Cinnamon vanilla protein shake: Vanilla Protein Powder, 1 cup ice, 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1 small banana, and 1 tsp cinnamon.

Late night with Grumps! This blue cargo jacket was in my  Stitch Fix fix! 🙂  I met up with Becca for breakfast on Thursday morning at Flipside Cafe in Fort Mill. img_7913 I had the Greek yogurt with honey, granola, fresh fruit, and a side of eggs. This place was super cute and the food was really good!  I took the pups to my parents house so they could run around in the backyard before the rainy weekend.  Lunch salad: kale, cucumber, sweet potato, blueberries, goat cheese, strawberries, pecans and a balsamic vinaigrette. Afternoon snack: apples, strawberries & peanut butter! My mom and I took Grumples on an evening walk and we sat out on the driveway with the pups. They love watching people walk by.

Leo had his first rainy day experience. 
The dogs LOVED running around in the rain and getting all muddy. I’d be lying if I said I din’t have just as much fun. 
Lunch: cucumber, blueberries, spinach, goat cheese, and a balsamic vinaigrette with a side of eggs! img_7989I was craving sushi for dinner so I had a spicy tuna roll from Harris Teeter!
Kyle and I headed to my parents house for dinner on Saturday. My mom made chicken and steak fajitas! They were so good.

We tried to take our first photo together, but we are going to need to practice. I promise we didn’t plan on matching, it just sort of happened. 
My mom surprised me with a healthy pumpkin pie! You can find the recipe here🙂

Larabar sent me their seasonal flavors and I’m so excited! The gingerbread one is my fave!

Larabar Seasonal Flavors (gingerbread, snickerdoodle, pumpkin)The backyard tired them out (thank goodness.) We made a late night Target run to pick up some snacks. If you haven’t checked out their fall section…you’re missing out. It’s fall flavored heaven!  We ended up getting the extra cheesy whole grain gold fish…they were so good! We are kids.  
We went on our walk Sunday mooring with Grumples and then relaxed for a bit. Pre-run snack: rice cake + peanut butter + 1 date. I met up with my friend, Meighan, to do six miles at the Greenway! It was GORGEOUS out. We kept an easy 9:30-10min pace per mile.
 We decided to make our FAVORITE meal…homemade chicken nuggets! We love these so much♥We also made french fries in the Air Fryer.  I cannot believe how crunch they were! Making chicken wings in the air fryer is amazing too. It would be cool if restaurants started using the air fryer.

We spent the night watching the debates. What a train wreck.  Breakfast Monday morning: Oats & peanut butter! Cinnamon vanilla protein shake: Vanilla Protein Powder, 1 cup ice, 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1 small banana, and 1 tsp cinnamon.

Tea & Eggs for lunch!

Kyle and I went on a late night walk Monday. It was fun watching all the people tailgate and get all crazy for the Panthers!Caesar salad and leftover chicken nuggets for dinner! 
Grumples and I headed out for a long walk on Tuesday morning. I love seeing all the leaves change! Grumples got a new Ruffwear Front Range Harness for the fall!
Pre workout smoothie!  BACK AWAY FROM MY RICE CAKE!

I met up with a friend to go on a walk and we ended up doing twelve miles! It was not planned, it just happened! It was so nice out and the perfect way to end the evening.  We left at 4:30 and got back around 8:30! img_8563
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We stopped at Coco & The Director for coffee after our walk. I had leftovers for dinner (because they’re the best) I had spanish rice with fajita chicken and chicken nuggets.

I also had peanut butter and popcorn for desert!  Wednesday morning oats & coffee! Cute little Leo!! Someone hated the vacuum cleaner. 12393620_946972228720618_1131148196_nI will be doing a closet clean out on Saturday! I’ll be posting some clothes up in my shop that will be for sale 🙂 It’s going to be super fun because it’ll basically be a live sale! I’ll have more details on that later! I just have way too many clothes in my closet and it’s time to make some space.

Questions for you!

  1. What is your favorite leftover food?
  2. Favorite road trip stop?
  3. What are you weekend plans?

Comments

  • Tanner

    LEO!

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  • Corinne

    LEO IS SO CUTE! PROUD OF GRUMPLES FOR BEING A BIG BROTHER!

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  • Katie

    You guys are the perfect family!

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  • riley

    you guys are cute

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  • Grace

    What kind of dogs are Grumples and Leo? They are so stinking cute!

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  • ILOVELEO

    LEO IS A DOLL

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  • Kristen

    Cute pups!

    I love the blanket that is shown througout this post – can you tell us where you got it?

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  • Jessica Lefler

    Leo is so cute! I recently adopted a puppy too , and they are hard work! But oh so loving and my life is so much better with him in it!

    My favorite leftover meal is definitely spaghetti. I feel like when it sits in the sauce for a while it just gets more tasty.
    I love the road stops that are right on the side of the road, mainly just for bathroom breaks and coffee. I like that they don’t take me too far off course but gives me a chance to stretch my legs!
    This weekend my friend from home is visiting me in Connecticut! I am so excited to take her to Vermont to see the beautiful fall colors.

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi Jessica!

      Thank you 🙂 He’s a handful alright! but totally worth it.

      I love leftover pasta sauce! It’s always better the next day.

      I hope you have an amazing weekend with your friend! I bet its gorgeous up there!

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  • Anonymous

    CAN’T. TAKE. THE. CUTENESS!!!!!

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  • Jessica

    Taralynn, what was that train magazine you had on the coffee table in all the photo’s above? I was looking at the cover and it seemed to have some good articles in it. LOL

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  • Heather @ Polyglot Jot

    Congrats on Leo–what a cutie! Glad Grumples really loves him too!

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  • Danielle

    Hi Tara! I’m sorry people feel the need to know every detail about your life. I appreciate everything you share with us even though you do not have to. I think Leo and Grumples are the cutest and I look forward to seeing more photos!

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  • Mackenzie

    Pleassse make that potato salad! That sounds delicious! I will absolutely send a snap- stay tuned! And hank you so much for the encouragement, truly appreciated. It will be such a relief when it’s done! Hope your weekend is going so well so far! <3

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  • Maria M

    I loved every single puppy picture! Too cute!
    I love reading your blog it is so inspiring and fun to read!
    I was wondering how you run so far its truly amazing! I can only run half a mile and then my body says NO More haha. I was wondering how you worked your way up to running long distance? Also any tips you have for running.
    Also LEO is SOOOO ADORABLE!

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  • Maria m

    Taralynn! I just love your life it’s so cute and inspiring! So happy about the new pup! I was just wondering how you worked your way up to running so far? Currently I can only run about half a mile and I would like to run farther but I can’t seem to push my body hard enough! Do you have any tips on how to be a good runner?

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thank you so much Maria!

      I am actually writing my running post right now and I’ll have all of that in there!!! I will definitely write how I did it! o xo xo

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  • Mia

    What’s going on with you as becca she used to be such a big part of your posts.

    Congrats on the new pup!! Adorable!! Just like you and Kyle! ?

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  • Emma

    What a cute puppy! Where’s Becca been? I hope everything is okay!

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  • Elaina

    So happy to see you living your life the way you want to! Very inspiring!

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  • Leslie Z.

    Hi Taralynn! Kyle’s new puppy is ADORABLE! So glad that he and Grumples get along well. On a totally random note, I’m kind of obsessed with the subtle pumpkin in your header. I seriously can’t get enough of Fall, it just makes me so happy. I started a blog and posted all of my fall decor this week! You should check it out. 🙂

    Hope you have the best weekend!
    XO, Leslie

    http://www.withlovefromgablog.blogspot.com

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi Leslie!

      Thank you!:) Leo is adorable. I’m also very happy that Grumples and I’m get along so well! I’m glad you appreciate my pumpkin!!:) You’re the first to notice! I will definitely check your blog out because I need some more fall in my life!

      xo

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  • Rachel

    Hey!

    What kind of puppy is Leo?! He’s so cute! I’m hoping to get a puppy soon! Where did you get Mr. Grumples? I’m in Iowa and I’m hoping he’s from the Midwest so I kind find a cutie like him! ?

    Thanks!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi Rachel!

      Leo is a goldendoodle (like Grumples) I got Grumples from a farm in Iowa but the lady wasn’t a breeder. He’s the best! 🙂

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  • Hannah

    1) Never ever ever apologize for the amount of dog photos. I’m living variously through you.
    2) I’ve never heard of an air fryer, but guess who just impulsively purchased one? That’s right, this girl! Here’s to no more soggy sweet potato fries!!!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thank you Hannah!:)

      You’re going to fall in love with the air fryer! It makes sweet potatoes and food so so so crunchy!! Try chicken wings in it!

      xo

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  • Linda @ The Fitty

    Sounds like Grupmles now has someone furry to play with! I also didn’t know Grumples was on a weight loss journey 🙂

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Yes he does! He was a little overweight from the summer months and probably getting fed to much! He’s only 5 pounds away from his goal! woo!

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  • Susie

    I loved this post! Leo and Grumples are so cute together! That one pic of you and Kyle kissing Leo is obvious he’s thrilled with his new family.

    I get heat for buying instead of adopting my own dog, but at the time my kids were younger and the shelters often told us that most rescue dogs are not good around younger kids. We love our dog, which is really all that matters.

    Fave leftovers? Anything really except salads. No soggy salads for me!

    Fave road trip stop? Coffee of course!

    Weekend plans? Our pumpkin patch plans are shot due to rain in the Bay Area so we will just catch up on work around the house. I know, so exciting. ?

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thank you Susie!!

      Leo seems to love it here and he loves Grumples!

      I understand the frustration that people have. I get it! I do feel sad that dogs are in shelters, but at the same time, Leo is Kyle’s dog and 100% his decision. I love him regardless.

      I can’t do soggy salads either! That is why I always get that dressing on the side!

      Coffee always <3

      Hopefully you get a clear weekend for the pumpkin patch next weekend !

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  • Jenn L

    Hi Taralynn!

    My favorite leftovers are chilli and jambalaya…it seems like they get more spicy the next day. And I hate leftover pasta! Too mushy for me!

    I am a gas station junky! Twizzlers and jerky are my go-to road trip snacks but I love all the snacks at gas stations. Especially when they have multiple types of coffee and flavorings.

    I am catching up on housework after a long week of running kids around to their events and games!

    Question for you….That oatmeal looks yummy! Is it instant or do you make it home made? How do you make it? Mine never seems to turn out right.

    Have a great weekend!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi Jenn!

      Yes! Leftover chili! I like adding some tortillas to it.

      My mom is obsessed with Tizzlers. That used to be our go-to as kids! They’re my favorite movie theater snack.

      Weekends are perfect for catching up on housework!

      I do instant! I buy the plan 100 calorie oatmeal packets and add water and microwave! 🙂

      xo

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  • Whitney

    Whatever happened to Santino the rescue pit? I haven’t seen him in awhile. 🙁

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  • Carly

    I’ve been waiting for this recap as soon as I saw Leo on SnapChat! He is absolutely adorable! I’m so glad that Grumples likes him and puts up with crazy puppy antics! Kyle is lucky to have you to help with Leo when he as at work! I love the baby grumples pictures! Made me go back to baby pictures of my Moose! I can’t believe how fast they grow up!

    As for your questions…

    I love leftover chili, the flavors seem to get better and better! And leftover chicken because there are about 1,000 different things you can do with it!

    My favorite road trip stop is always the first stop for coffee! And I love stopping at small town places that give you a feel for wherever you are!

    I’m excited for this weekend because my best friend in flying into town! It may be crazy but I’m excited to get up super early (O’dark thirty) and grab her from the airport and have breakfast tomorrow! The rest of our weekend will be full of fall things like pumpkin coffee, dog walks to play in crunch leaves, and planning a halloween costume for Moose!

    Hope you have a great weekend with the crazy puppy and grumples!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi Carly!

      Thank you so much. He really is a cutie! It’s so crazy because Grumples is trying to train and correct him. Its like a little helper! I bet your puppy pictures of moose are so precious! Crazy how fast time goes!

      Ohhhh man. That chili talk is making me super hungry!

      I agree:) I am great on road trips as long as there is coffee!

      Ahhh that’ll be so fun!! All the fall talk has me super jealous! I hope you share the photos! What is moose going to be for halloween?!

      I hope you have the best weekend ever!
      xo

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      • Carly

        Fall has taken over my life this weekend so far! Hop you’ve found some fall spirit of your own! We found a tiger costume for Moose! I hope he likes it enough to snag a cute picture!

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  • Anna

    P.S. the new puppy is so cute! I can’t wait to see more pics when he grows!

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  • Anna

    -What is your favorite leftover food?
    In-n-Out cheeseburger and fries. Sounds weird I know, but I’ve realized I love it even more leftover compared to when it’s fresh the first time!

    -Favorite road trip stop?
    Definitely coffee shops or chain restaurants that I don’t have in my area. When in Texas anything fast food chain that I don’t have available in California now.

    -What are you weekend plans?
    Unpacking and organizing still from when we moved at the beginning of the month. Many trips to Target for organizing pieces will be happening. Also, I’m not much of a runner but since it’s cooler in the morning looking to get into a running routine for the crisp California “fall/winter” weather in the AM. Plus, healthy soup recipes to try out next week.

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      I’ve never been there! I will have to try it out next time I’m out west.

      I agree with you on the coffee shops! 🙂

      I’ll be making trips to target this weekend as well! It’s the perfect time of year to start that running routine for sure! 🙂 AHHH yes healthy soups for the win!

      I’m officially excited for the cooler months!

      xo

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  • Tara @ Run and Live Happy

    Leo is adorable! I was showing my husband the pics of the dogs…trying to talk him into getting me another puppy! 🙂 I can’t wait till your clothing sale! I need some new clothes and yours are always so cute!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thank you Tara!

      Good luck on convincing your husband:) I’m sure your other dog would love a sibling!

      & i’m excited too! I have too many clothes i’m not wearing! xo

      have a great weekend!

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  • Brooklyn

    My favorite leftover food is tacos for taco salad!

    Omg Leo & Grumples together are just soooooooo cute <3 <3 <3

    Grumples is such a sweet big brother.

    I think the way you and Kyle matched and your family photo is awesome, you both look great in that purple color!

    http://www.justbeingbrooklyn.com

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thanks Brooklyn! It’s funny because we didn’t plan on matching and didn’t realize it until my mom pointed it out!

      Grumples is doing so well with Leo and I love that!!

      & tacos for taco salad for the win!

      xo

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  • Jen H.

    Your pictures of Baby Grumples just kidded me. I am getting a Golden Doodle in June and I am SOOO excited. I already have my deposit down and a name picked out–Charlie–and I cannot wait for June to get here. I would love any advice you have 🙂 You should do a ‘new puppy’ blog post!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      I can’t believe he was that small once! It’s so crazy how fast time flies. Congrats on your new puppy! That would be great blog post!! xo

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  • Demitria

    Hi Taralynn,
    I was wondering what app do you use to keep track of your runs? I am in love with Grumples and Leo. My neighbor has a goldendoodle named Macadoodle, who I dog sit for every now and then. They are very smart dogs. Also, for your oatmeal do you use plain oatmeal and then just put whatever you want in it? Can’t wait for more blogs!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi Demitria!

      I use run keeper! Macadoodle!? OK THAT IS SERIOUSLY THE CUTEST NAME! & Yes I use the single serving oatmeal packets and add peanut butter or cinnamon!

      xo xo Thank you for reading!

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  • jaime

    1. Unhealthy leftover food would have to be pizza 🙂 healthy would be this thai veggie curry dish i make with butternut squash, zucchini, peppers, coconut milk and chickpeas. it’s just as good if not better leftover!
    2. love stopping at random farmers markets
    3. catching up with friends, brunch and a long city walk with my mom, sunday dinner with the family and thrifting for stuff for my new house!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Not going to lie…I love leftover pizza too! Sounds like a really good veggie dish! I like doing roasted vegetables and eating those throughout the week.

      Ahh that is such a good idea.

      Sounds like a perfect weekend!

      ENJOY!

      XO

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  • Samantha

    You guys make the perfect little family

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  • Bethany @LuluRuns

    Leo is so adorable ? I love the name too!!

    And we love homemade chicken nuggets over here too, totally not just for kids 😉

    Weekend plans? Landon has a soccer game in the and the little one and I will run the trails! Other than that, relaxing and possibly dinner over my parents 🙂

    Have a great weekend!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thank you Bethany!

      They are definitely not only for the kids!

      Are you excited to be running again? Wooohoo! I can’t wait to hear about it!

      I hope you have the best weekend!

      Taralynn

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  • Jean

    I love puppy pictures so much! My husband and I just got an Australian shepherd Beagle mix. She’s unique looking I couldn’t take enough pictures of her. I decided to start he own Instagram account ( @tacoboutcute ) so I didn’t bombard people on mine.
    1. My favorite leftover food is brown rice. We make a huge batch every week and make tuna cakes with it almost every week.
    2. My favorite road trip was to Nashville from where we live in Minneapolis this summer. It was about a 13 hour drive but it went so fast.
    3. We like to do a donut run on Saturday morning to our favorite donut shop in uptown. I’m going to a wedding fair with my best friend who was my Maid of Honor this summer.
    Your posts have inspired me so much over the last 3 years. I learned to become a happy healthier version of myself. I met my husband last summer after really getting my life where I knew I was happy and now we couldn’t be happier together. You’re amazing and I’m so happy I came across your blog so many years ago.

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi Jean!

      Glad you like the puppy pictures because this would not be the blog to read if you didn’t! Congrats on your pup! I had to do an Instagram account too because I get carried away!

      That sounds really good:)

      Nashville is gorgeous! Love the mountains 🙂

      A donut run? um…count me in! Have fun at the wedding fair!

      I’m so happy you are happy and healthy:) Sounds like you found a keeper and that makes me so happy!! Thank you for reading my blog and taking the time to comment! xo xo Let me know how that wedding fair goes!

      Taralynn

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  • Bobbie Shae Melton

    Your posts brighten my day! Thank you!

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  • Sarah

    Leo is adorable!!! I’m not sure if you’ve answered this in another post but what brand air fryer do you use? I’ve never used one before but the concept sounds pretty cool. Maybe I could actually get my sweet potato fries crispy for once….

    1) My favorite leftover is taco meat for taco salads

    2) Any rest stop that has a Cinnabon. I literally only crave it when I’m driving a long distance, otherwise I never even think of it.

    3) My boyfriend and I are going for a hike at Hawk Mountain in PA to check out the fall foliage and be extra basic haha then we’re going to try out a new brewery that has a BBQ food truck and music on Saturday nights. Sunday will just be house cleaning and meal prep as usual 🙂

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thanks Sarah! I linked up the air fryer in the post so you can check it out 😉 SWEET POTATOES ARE SUPER CRISP IN THERE!!

      YES. I agree 100%

      I always smell the Cinnabons when I’m at the airport and my luck they’re always at my gate! It’s torture!!!

      Have fun hiking this weekend. Sounds like a blast!! Breweries are always fun too! xo xo have a great weekend!

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  • Melissa

    Oh my goodness, I cannot get enough of him!! I can’t wait to see more and more pics of little Leo <3 <3

    What is your favorite leftover food?
    PIZZA. Ugh. lol

    Favorite road trip stop?
    I actually hate stopping on road trips if there is a destination in mind. However, in the fall, I don't mind if it's an overlook!

    What are you weekend plans?
    They have an Octoberfest at the beach this weekend + then football Sunday!

    xo, Melissa || http://www.greenpalatelife.com

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      So happy you love him! & I promise you there will be MORE photos!

      pizzzzza…especially in the morning.

      Ahhh we passed the most gorgeous overlook, but we were too excited to see Leo so we didn’t stop!

      OK..THAT SOUNDS LIKE THE PERFEC WEEKEND!

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  • Karen

    “Healthy as an apple”? What does that mean? I’ve never heard of something or someone being described as healthy as an apple.

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  • Hayley

    Oh my GOODNESS Leo is so cute!! I love your recap posts 🙂

    My favorite leftover food is probably lasagna as others mentioned. I have a weird feeling about leftovers and have never been a fan of them as a kid but now that I’m an adult (and pay for my groceries haha) I’ve learned to love leftovers. Oh and also, taco leftovers! Definitely tacos

    My husband and I are going on a road trip in 2 weeks to Baltimore and then Haymarket, VA! I’m super pumped and your blog and posts have definitely given me inspiration for healthy on the go snacks. I LOVE CVS Gold Emblem stuff!

    Weekend plans this week are to go on a haunted hayride with our friends. Tis the season for all the spooky activities…my favorite!

    Reply to Hayley
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thank you Hayley!

      I love doing them.

      I love lasagna too! I love leftovers because I don’t have to do anything. When I cook, I love making HUGE batches so I can eat them all week long. That is why we made so many chicken nuggets.

      You’ll have so much fun in Baltimore! The CVS gold emblem stuff is the best!!

      AHHH that’ll be a blast! Have so much fun.
      XO

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  • Desire

    You are the cutest Taralynn!

    Kyle’s new puppy is very cute and you are a great girlfriend to help him out with it! I have also been on a falafel kick. Have you ever had falafel gyros? I get them on Friday nights.

    Enjoy the puppy and I look forward to more photos!

    Desire

    Reply to Desire
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi Desire!

      Thank you so much 🙂 I’m lucky to have him help me with Grumples when I’m out of town! Falafels are so great! I had falafel gyro the first time I ever tried a falafel! i was in Chicago at the time 🙂

      xo xo

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  • Hannah

    My favorite leftovers are definitely fajitas! I love Mexican food!

    Fave road trip stop is Buckeyee’s. They are huge gas stations in Texas that have giftshops, home decor, outdoor gear, and everybody has to get the “beaver nuts” to snack on which is basically a puffed caramel corn tasting snack.

    We are heading to the pumpkin patch today, decorating pumpkins and making chicken and dumplings tomorrow, and having a Halloween movie marathon this weekend!

    Reply to Hannah
    • Taralynn McNitt

      I had some leftover fajitas a couple nights ago and it was so good!

      Beaver nuts? sounds interesting haha!

      Have fun at the pumpkin patch! I can’t wait to take the pups!

      Enjoy that movie marathon! xo

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  • Jennifer

    Rice is actually one of my favorite leftovers! My blue apron a couple weeks ago had jasmine rice with zucchini in it. SO FLIPPIN GOOD.

    That’s a hard one. It’s usually just a gas station! A friend and I took a 13 hr roadtrip to TX last December. Had Chik-fil-a before we left, then only stopped at gas stations when we needed to. Drove straight through the night!

    Well I’m job hunting until I can find a new job! I got laid off so I really have no choice haha but I’m trying to stay positive about it and am crossing my fingers that I can find something soon! Also… I want to try a new spin class this week(end) sometime too.

    P.s. I want to get a goldendoodle so bad! One day. Leo is so cute, and it looks like him and Grumps will be good friends! 🙂 Have a great weekend!

    Reply to Jennifer
    • Taralynn McNitt

      That does sound super good! I also love rice as a leftover, especially when I meal prep. My boyfriend meal preps rice and quinoa every week.

      I drink way too much water and coffee when I’m on road trips!

      So sorry to hear that! Charlotte is full of jobs and great weather if you’re ever looking to move 😉 xo

      Leo is adorable and thank goodness grumples loves him

      xo xo

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  • Amber

    Absolutely LOVE seeing so many meals and snacks again!!! Leo is adorable 🙂

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  • Emma

    It’s really unfortunate that you guys decided to buy instead of adopt. He is cute though.

    Reply to Emma
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi Emma!

      I totally understand where you are coming from. We definitely talked about it and discussed the option, but Kyle had his heart set on Leo as soon as he saw him and so he made the decision. Leo makes him very happy and that is all that matters.

      Taralynn

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  • Jenny

    Oh my god, I can’t get over how cute Leo is! Also, puppy parenting is not for the faint of heart. They are so cute when they sleep, but those sharp teeth are the worst! 🙂

    1. What is your favorite leftover food?
    Oh man, I think either lasagna or thai curry. They are almost better the next day, and I don’t know why!

    2. Favorite road trip stop?
    I love stopping at coffee shops on road trips. Especially in small towns, the local cafe is usually a community hub and always such a friendly place. Plus I always need coffee on trips. <3

    3. What are you weekend plans?
    I have family visiting this weekend, which is going to be super fun. It's supposed to rain a bunch, but we will find fun stuff to do indoors.

    Reply to Jenny
    • Taralynn McNitt

      You nailed it. I LOVE when he’s sleeping or off chewing his bone, but that is rare! He’s usually chewing my arm or toes instead. Puppy teeth are terrifying! I’ve been putting apple bitter spray on all the shoes, plants, and even my own arms. I try giving him his toys while he’s going for my arm, but he’s more interested in skin. I know he’s teething and he’ll grow out of it. Grumples did it too!

      Lasagna is always better the next day!

      Coffee is essential for road trips!

      That sounds so fun! It’ll be nice having some one on one time with your family.

      xo

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  • Sapphire

    Unfortunately Lasanga, my favorite road trip stops are of stuff that you hardly see any where else, and gas stations to buy jerky and smoke house almonds. My weekend plans are the gym, work, church and to catch up on some stuff around the house.
    Your new puppy is so cute and grumbles looks like he’s enjoying him, I loved all the photos. I have yet to try a falafel I am going to.

    Reply to Sapphire
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Unfortunately lasagna? There is nothing unfortunate about that.

      Our weekend plans seem to be the same!

      Grumples loves him and i’m so happy!

      FALAFEL is sooooo good. I remember the first time I tried it..I was hooked!

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  • Megan

    That is one of the cutest pups I’ve ever seen. That belly!

    My favorite leftover food is tacos! Any kind of tacos, I don’t discriminate.

    I don’t do well on road trips. I turn into a raging monster if I’m in the car too long.

    My weekend plans are to get caught up on stuff around my apartment!!

    Reply to Megan
    • Taralynn McNitt

      He is such a cutie, but a maniac! He definitely suffers from crazy puppy syndrome. Bitter spray is my best friend right now!

      Tacos are always acceptable as leftovers! I love them over salads.

      That is funny. I love the car! I like them better than airplanes.

      I am doing the same!

      xo

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  • Jacqui

    Leo is SO CUTE! Obviously Kyle saw how great goldendoodles are and had to have one of his own 🙂

    1. Oooh this is hard. Do baked goods count? 😛 I really love this dish my mom makes with orzo tomatoes and peas in a light sauce – and it heats up really well afterwards!

    2. My boyfriend and I drive to Avalon, NJ almost every weekend of the summer and we almost ALWAYS stop at this tiny small town ice cream place called Carole’s on the way home to split a black & white milkshake!

    3. An Oktoberfest party tomorrow night and Halloween costume crafting on Saturday!

    Reply to Jacqui
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi Jacqui!

      He is in love with Grumples so I’m sure that helped him choose a golden doodle!

      UM YES. I love some leftover baked goods! Orzo is so good! I don’t have it enough and I love that you can eat it cold or hot!

      YUM! That sounds amazing.

      Your weekend sounds like a blast! I’m hoping to do some kind of festival this weekend! Charlotte is full of them:)

      xo

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  • Dana

    I love when I have leftover chicken so it’s easy to make salads or casseroles from during the week, that’s my practical one, but my favorite leftovers to take nibbles of are tomato sauced baked pasta dishes, especially lasanga!

    I think the best road trip stops are when you find a cute local place on the way, those rarely come up during the highway drive part, when you turn off of it and start making your way to your destination.

    I work this weekend, so I’m going to get some pho for dinner Friday night to fortify myself.

    PS- Leo and Grumples are adorable together, they look like a Christmas card.

    Reply to Dana
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Yes. Leftover chicken is the best and you can do so much with it. Lasagna is always better leftover!

      I agree. I think they need to come up with an app (if they don’t already have one) that is connected to instagram/locations that give you suggestions on cute little stops on road trips! As you drive you can flip through local places provide by people instagram accounts!

      I hope you have a great weekend and enjoy that well deserved PHO!

      They really do! & thank you! xo

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  • Mackenzie

    NEVER apologize for dog pictures! Too.stinking.cute. You may have the two most precious pups ever on your hands! Also- have you ever tried hard boiled egg whites with hummus? I feel like you would like it. I just hard boil a bunch of eggs and then take out the yolk and use them like scoops for the hummus with salt and pepper. It sounds kinda gross, but I promise it’s delicious.
    – Favorite leftover: Anything sauuuccy (like Thai or Indian). I think the flavors just marinade over night and then add a little rice, a little naan- gimme!
    – Favorite road trip stop: Our our big road trip cross country this past summer we stopped at a place called Faidley’s Seafood Market in Baltimore. They are known for having the best crab cakes, and they did not disappoint!
    – This weekend: Family halloween party! My husband and I are being “a play on words”= I’m going to be Holy Guacamole and He’s the 2nd amendment (He’s actually wearing costume bear arms). Then I’m studying away for my nursing boards I take next week (insert scared face)

    Sounds like life has been busy but so good for you! Can’t wait to see the clothes go up in the shop!
    Hope this weekend you can grab a little R&R 🙂 xo

    Reply to Mackenzie
    • Taralynn McNitt

      HAHA Thank you Mackenzie

      They are VERY precious and definitely a handful. & YES! I actually accidentally tried that in one of my salads and I absolutely love it. I’ll have to try it out your way! I actually thought about making a potato salad with hummus for an upcoming recipe.

      Saucy leftovers are they best because they marinate!

      I wish I would have tried that place out last time I was in Baltimore. I’ll take note next time I’m there!

      OK, THAT IS SERIOUSLY THE CUTEST IDEA!!! PLEASE SNAP OR SEND PICS! Good luck on those boards. You’ll kill it! xo

      It’ll be so fun to get them out! R&R time and a long run will be much needed!

      xo Can’t wait to see your photos! Have a blast girl!

      taralynn

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