Happy Monday, Everyone! I hope you all had great weekend. It’s a chilly and rainy one over here, so it’s a perfect excuse to cuddle up and finish my recap post from last week. Sometimes, I need rain to keep me grounded inside. When it’s sunny and warm, I feel like I’m missing out on something, or I should be out enjoying it. So rain is certainly a blessing when I need to stay put for a while.
My week was great. I spent it Uptown with Kyle, and it was so nice to have that extra time with him. We usually see each other on the weekends because of work, so this was a fun change-up. The weather has been insanely nice here. We took advantage of it by taking the dogs on long walks during the evening. Speaking of the dogs, this week has been all about them. If you don’t like dog photos, you may not be a fan of this post because it’s full of them.
It was 44 degrees on Monday morning, and I loved it. After taking the boys on a long walk, I made coffee and finished up some work. This week, I enjoyed the Peet’s Coffee Peetnik Brazil Minas Naturais Blend, and it was so good. I will definitely be buying this again. I love trying new blends, so if you have any favorites (medium/or dark roast), feel free to send me links, or tag me in their posts.
I love having late breakfasts/early lunch combos. I always have a snack with my coffee first thing in the morning, so I’m always hungry late morning/early afternoon. On Monday, I made a side salad that consisted of sauteed tomatoes, brussels sprouts, and kale. My omelet had one egg and four egg whites with a side of avocado. I flavored everything with garlic powder, chili red pepper flakes, black pepper, onion powder, and Italian seasoning.
A little later in the afternoon, I headed out for a walk Uptown with Leo. He did so well.
When he got back, I was gathering my stuff to get ready to head to the park with Grumples. When I went into Kyle’s room, Leo was laying on top of Grumples, and it was so cute! They really are obsessed with each other, and it makes me so happy.
We have been working with Grumples for a while now. I’ve had trainers tell me there was nothing they could do, trainers who worked with him and nothing clicked, and I’ve been in tears many times over some of Grumple’s behavior problems. Now, I blame myself. I was twenty years old when I got Grumples. He was my first dog, and I pretty much knew nothing about them. We spent almost every day together until we moved to Chicago, where I took up a nannying job. The first year of your pups life is the most important one. It’s where they learn, test, and try to be the dominate one. Not all dogs are like this, but Grumples surely was. His behavior started to change when he was two years old. I could hardly walk him without him ripping my arm off, without him wanting to attack someone, he lunged at bikes, UPS trucks, strollers, rollerblades, anything, and anyone! But the crazy thing? He was completely fine at dog parks. He just had serious leash-aggression. He’s fine inside the house; he’s never bitten anyone, it’s just the lunging and barking that is scary. Grumples isn’t a small dog either; he’s about 89 pounds and almost pure muscle. Monday was a big day; it was his first time going to a densely populated park and walking like a regular dog. He didn’t lunge, bark, huff, and puff, stalk, or do anything. We walked by other dogs without avoiding them, people strollers, and he is a completely different dog. He’s walking with confidence now, less anxiety, and I think he’s enjoying himself. Believe me, dogs don’t want to act like that, and it stresses them out just as much. I’m so excited to do an entire blog post on how we fixed the issue. I will be honest, we bought beeping/vibrate no-shock collars. There is a method of using them, and they truly made all the difference. This morning, I took Grumples for a walk in a crowd of people uptown, and I wasn’t even nervous to do it. It’s been a long battle, but never give up on your dogs! I am going to write a really thorough blog post and include some videos on how we did it. I had SO MANY messages from people experiencing the same, so I hope it helps! I’m hoping to have it up by next week.
Not going to lie, happy tears started pouring down my cheeks when I texted Kyle and told him about our successful walk. That’s my boy!
I guess Monday was all about walks. I met up with Meighan for a long Charlotte walk on Monday night. We stopped at Not Just Coffee for oat milk lattes first! I think I have her hooked on them too.
Last Fall, Meighan and I would go on fourteen-mile walks because it was so nice out! We already have plans to do it again this year. We did about five miles before making our way back.
I was so ready for dinner! I whipped up a quick dish and sat on the couch to watch Dancing with the Stars. I just sauteed brussels sprouts, tomatoes, and kale.
I scrambled up about six egg whites to add to the top. For the brussels sprouts, I steam-cooked them in water instead of using oil.
Tuesday morning coffee & blogging time!
I spent all day Tuesday getting things done for the blog. I headed to the gym to walk/jog the track with Kyle that evening. We decided to head to the grocery store on the way back and pick up something quick for dinner. We ended up grabbing random sushi rolls and soup. I mixed organic tomato soup in with my leftover chicken and vegetable crockpot soup I made a while back. You can find that recipe here.
I feel like I hit the lottery with this find on Tuesday night, and I’m wondering if I’m late to the game with this one? Dessert Hummus! Holy Moly…We picked up strawberries to go with the vanilla bean and fudge brownie hummus. This was one of the best desserts ever. So healthy too! If you can, look out for this at your grocery store. It’s called Delighted by Dessert Hummus! I can’t wait to find the snickerdoodle flavor.
After running my errands on Wednesday, I headed out for a long walk and a trip to the vet for Leo! It was time for his yearly shots. He did so well!
I headed back and made a protein shake for lunch. It had Chocolate Orgain, banana, coconut milk, and ice.
I made one of the best dinners on Wednesday night. Cranberry carrot chicken with roasted veggies!
And I utilized the leftovers well on Thursday! Leftover roasted vegetables with some scrambled eggs.
Cranberry chicken on top of some salad before the gym! How about that for a short Thursday recap?
On Friday night, Kyle and I headed to the tennis courts to play. We hadn’t played tennis in a while, and we were excited to get back out there. We played until way late. When we got back, we made some random dinner because we didn’t feel like going out to eat or going to the store. We had chicken breast with gluten-free teriyaki sauce, rice, salad, and eggs! It was really good. We started watching a scary movie and then fell asleep, so I still need to figure out how it ends.
We were so excited for Saturday morning! We took BOTH dogs to the Latta Plantation to hike. This was a big day for us because we’ve been dreaming of having well-behaved dogs that we could hike together for a while now. And it was a success. We walked by other dogs, runners, bikers, and Grumples just ignored them. Leo feeds off Grumples, so he was also a good boy! We can now plan more hikes with these boys! We did five miles, and they acted like they wanted to keep going. I was so proud of them.
We took them on a back trail where it was very secluded and let them run back and forth for a bit. They were so cute side by side.
This was honestly one of the best days ever.
Kyle and I headed to the mall later Saturday afternoon so he could grab a new coat. I treated myself to a delicious cappuccino! How cute is this coffee mug? It was at the Nordstrom coffee shop.
I didn’t plan on buying anything, but these shoes were sitting alone on the shelf and they were exactly my size…
They screamed my name, so I ended up getting them. I love them so much and I plan on wearing them for Christmas. They are called the Pearl Studded Slide Loafers! 🙂
After the mall, we headed over to grab a late lunch at Whole Foods. My plate had a kale salad with eggs, onion, chickpeas, cucumber, tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, fresh fruit, and chicken.
We decided to walk over to the Simmons Pumpkin patch and grab pumpkins for carving on Sunday. I had unsweetened matcha tea with coconut milk after lunch.
There were so many pumpkins to choose from!
Some of you were asking about my shoes on my Instagram story. Here is the link! They are the “blush” color 🙂 They come in so many colors and they are on sale!
Kyle’s goal was to find the ugliest pumpkin, but mine was to find the most-perfect pumpkin!
After our little outing, we headed out to the tennis courts to end the night! It was 60-degrees and the perfect excuse to get out and play. We were going to go out to dinner, but I wasn’t hungry and so tired, so the guys ordered wings instead. After showering and walking the dogs, I made my favorite hot cinnamon tea! We started watching 1922, a Stephen King, movie. It was gross, twisted, and weirdly entertaining.
On Sunday morning, we headed out to my parent’s house to carve pumpkins and have breakfast. My mom went all out! She made muffins, fresh fruit, eggs, bacon, apple crisp, tater tots, toast, baked honey pears with prosciutto, and more! She said she was just in the mood to cook. I didn’t mind because it was so delicious.
The best part of the meal was the baked honey pears wrapped in prosciutto. This is something you must try!
She made my healthy blueberry muffins with lemon! I love the mug Land O Lakes sent me! They also sent me pumpkin butter, which was incredible!
Pumpkin carving time.
Can you tell we are obsessed with our dogs? Kyle made his pumpkin have paw prints, and I made a typical jack-o-lantern with paw print eyes. My dad hooked the electric mixer piece onto his drill gun and cleaned out the insides of the pumpkin. So genius!
My parents also carved their pumpkins lol We saved all the seeds and I am going to roast them tonight!
Spray tan my face orange and I fit right in!
I found about 100 photos on my camera that Kyle took of the dogs. They were so cute! I think Kyle liked taking photos way too much.
Leo modeling for Kyle!
We ended up heading to the gym when we got back. I did some weights and walked the track.
I was so hungry and ready for a jumbo salad! I massaged kale with olive oil and balsamic and topped it with grilled chicken, avocado, cucumber, orange slices, figs, tomatoes, blackberries, and onions! SO DELICIOUS.
Our pumpkins lit up at night! I was so excited to see them. When we were kids, we were too impatient to wait and see them at night, so my mom used to let us light them up in the dark bathroom. Carving pumpkins never gets old!
Questions for you!
- Have you ever had any issues with your dogs?
- What are your Halloween plans?
- Where do you like to buy jeans from? (needing new jeans)