A Special Day

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A year ago today, everything changed for the better. A tiny pug puppy came into my life and I’ve smiled (and laughed) every single day since.

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Murphy is the pug that I always wanted and more. I never thought a pet could make me so happy and I never thought I could love an animal so much. I don’t want to get too cheesy, but having Murphy in my life has made me a better person in so many ways.

In honor of my little flea bag, here are some of my favorite posts from the past year:

If you’re looking for even more posts about Murphy (Mom & Rebecca), you can see them all here.

Lunch

This afternoon, I had the pleasure of attending a blogger luncheon and cooking demonstration hosted by Stop & Shop. The event was held at Sibling Rivalry in the South End of Boston.

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Before we sat down to lunch, the group enjoyed some plated appetizers– fruit, cheese, and crackers.

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A bunch of my Boston blog buddies attended the event too. Here are Lauren, Jen, and Fiona.

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And Meghan, me, and Elina.

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After about 30 minutes of mingling, it was time to sit down for lunch.

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We enjoyed a three-course meal, which was quite a treat for a random Wednesday afternoon! 😀

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Before the first course was served, Chef David Kinkead of Sibling Rivalry provided us with a brief cooking demonstration. He gave us some great ideas for fast, easy, and nutritious meals to prepare at home.

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I especially enjoyed Chef Kinkead’s ideas for amping-up regular old chicken salad. To increase its flavor profile, he suggested adding ingredients like celery, grapes, corn, feta, nuts, and avocado. He also suggested substituting traditional mayonnaise with olive oil or Greek yogurt. Great ideas, right?

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The first course of lunch was a simple salad made with gala lettuce, celery, cucumber, red onion, cherry tomatoes, and roquefort cheese.

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Instead of the meat entree, I opted for a vegetarian dish. It was basically a plate of cooked veggies with sweet potato puree. Everything tasted okay, but I thought the vegetarian option would include fish, tofu, or beans. Sadly, it didn’t. 😕

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After the main course, I enjoyed a cup of hot coffee with milk and sugar.

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And a few tartlets, which were made with fresh fruit, lemon curd, and chocolate. Mmm!

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While we finished eating dessert, Andrea Astrachan, Stop & Shop’s Consumer Advisor, gave us a run-down of some new products and a few ideas for healthy snacks and meals for back-to-school and those of us who are on-the-go.

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Stop & Shop is my local supermarket, so it was neat to learn more about what they have to offer– both inside and outside their stores. They actually have quite a few programs and opportunities for moms and giving back to the community.

Feel Great Weight

As you know, I LOVE diners! Check out my recent FGW post: 5 Healthy Diner Meals.

Taking the pug for an afternoon walk. See ya for dinner! 😎

P.S. I have a VERY exciting announcement coming this evening! I’ve been keeping it a secret for a couple of weeks now! 😉

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79 Comments

  1. Very funny to see that event. They were a client of my old advertising agency. 🙂 Isn’t it funny how dogs change your life like that? I feel the exact way about my dog, although I am both sad (and a little bit grateful) I missed his puppy stage.

  2. I just read your post about Murphy having fleas. At the animal hospital I work out we typically use K9 Advantix for the dogs because it works so much better plus it repels ticks too. You should see what your vet thinks about using that instead.

  3. I have a feeling I can guess what your surprise is, but I’ll have to wait and see to be sure!

    Murphy is SOOOO CUTE!

  4. You’re little pug is adorable. And I love that you feel having him has made you a better person. 🙂 Touching.
    And I’m loving the blogger meetup! How fun! That’s great that there are so many of you around your area to have some meetups. For this one, did the restaurant actually host it?? Very cool!

  5. Okay, I can totally relate to the puppy thing. I am currently sobbing now since we had to put him in doggie hotel since we are leaving on vacation tomorrow. But you are right the little guy has totally changed our lives for the better!!!!

  6. Yay for Murphy! My pup, Korky, adds light to my life every single day. It is amazing how they become such a big part of our life, isn’t it?!

    I’m super disappointed in the veggie option. What a bummer! I do have to figure out how to get in the Boston Blogger community more though! Any tips?

  7. Awww, Murphy used to be so tiny! I never would’ve thought a pug, and someone else’s at that, could make me so happy either – but he definitely brings a smile to my face!

  8. Murphy is so adorable then and now. And don’t feel cheesy about saying that stuff. I am the exact same way with my pup. Between my dog and Murphy, I smile very day 🙂

  9. @Tara:

    Tara- I second your comment.
    I don’t want to come off as rude or superior, but i absolutely abhor when it’s assumed fish is part of the vegetarian diet. My parents raised me vegetarian, and I’ve been vegan for the last 6 years.
    The Oxford English Dictionary defines vegetarian as “One who lives wholly or principally upon vegetable foods; a person who on principle abstains from any form of animal food, or at least such as is obtained by the direct destruction of life.”
    Last time I checked, fish are in Kingdom Animalia. Thus they are animals and are not to be eaten by a vegetarian.

  10. It’s pretty ignorant of someone who purports to writing a “health” blog to say fish is vegetarian. By definition, vegetarians don’t eat fish.

  11. I love Stop and Shop – especially their sale aisle! It makes it so easy to find all the items with the best discounts every week. I also agree that the vegetarian option at Sibling Rivalry does look a little sad – being a vegetarian doesn’t mean you can only eat a plate of veggies or fruit!

  12. Happy Anniversary! I have to say, Murphy & all that personality has truly captured my heart & we’ve never even met in person (or is that in animal?)! I can only imagine how he’s captured your hearts! We’re lucky to find animals that are so amazing… I have a couple “babies” of my own that are my sweeties… but every once in a while you have one that is outstanding and truly a soul mate. My Hershey was one of those dogs… he passed the day after my birthday 3 years ago. I have one now that is another “soul mate” & she wasn’t even supposed to be mine… Corona is my little bratty Chihuahua (and I’m not a big cheech fan.. but I guess I am now! LOL) She literally owns me and I just adore her. She can make me smile even in the worse of days.

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