Murphy Gets His Teeth Cleaned + We Finally Made It To Rye Tavern

Hi, friends!

Our sweet Murphy had his teeth cleaned yesterday. He’s never had it done (in 8 years), so it was about time. Plus, with his hollow jaw (yes, he’s quite the “special” dog), a couple of his teeth were starting to, well, rot, so they needed to be removed. Everything worked out just fine with his cleaning, but the morning before he left for the vet was especially hard – for both pug and humans. Murphy couldn’t eat before his surgery, so it has the saddest thing ever, watching him follow us around the house and going to the closet where his food is kept over and over again. Poor guy. So hungry.

Murphy’s surgery was one of the first of the day, so we distracted him by talking up a “ride in the car.” And, of course, we gave him lots of love before dropping him off at the vet.

After I dropped Murphy off at the vet, I headed to CrossFit for a workout. We started with some rowing conditioning (EMOM 10 with a partner, 200 meters each round), worked on Snatch Balances, and then finished with a quickie WOD.

After CrossFit, I popped in next door for a manicure at Gel Polish Bar. I love this place – they always do such a good job!

Then, of course, I needed to swing by Coffee Shack for an iced coffee. I mean, it was “on the way home” after all. 🙂

While at Coffee Shack, I enjoyed a tasty sample of one of their coconut donuts – my fav. Yummm! FYI: My nail polish color (gel) is OPI Do You Take Lei-Away? from the Hawaii Collection.

Back at home, I mixed half of my iced coffee (I’m still trying to limit caffeine to help balance my hormones) with SFH Churro protein powder, unsweetened almond milk, and water in my favorite tumbler.

With protein shake in hand (please note the photo below – I mean, who brings a protein shake into the bathroom with them?), I headed upstairs for a shower and to get myself ready for the day. We had dinner plans with friends and a bunch of videos planned for DTFN on Thursday, so I figured I should probably blow dry my hair, which, unfortunately, is one of my least favorite things to do. It’s even worse than putting away laundry! Ha! Anyway, I tried a new product from Beautycounter and it truly made the experience more enjoyable.

The Volume & Shape Volumizing Mist is made from a blend of quinoa, apple, and hibiscus plant proteins (how cool is that?), which gives your hair a boost and fullness. It also smells really good! 🙂 I’m a fan!

Then, it was time for lunch (aka leftovers from dinner). In the mix: Zucchini noodles, ground chicken, and Cowboy Caviar from Trader Joe’s.

After lunch, I finally got down to work. I only did a couple of hours before I had a serious craving for chocolate. In fact, I’ve had the craving for days now – perhaps hormones? Long story short, I whipped up a batch of cookies! 🙂

Need Chocolate Like Whoa Cookies

Makes 5 cookies


Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine ingredients in a mixing bowl. Use a spoon to portion mixture into 5 disks on a prepared baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes. Allow to cool slightly before serving.

After enjoying my cookies, I hit the road to the Capital One Cafe to meet Kerrie. We’re hosting a webinar for anyone interested in our software (Wednesday, September 20th at 7:00 PM EST), so we’re starting to get our ducks in a row. If you’re a RD, health coach, nutritionist, trainer, or anyone who would benefit from awesome meal planning software, drop me an email at to get our on email list so we can keep you updated!

We spent a few hours working on our webinar before I needed to leave for Murphy’s discharge appointment. Everything went well with his procedure at the vet, and the pug was more than ready to go home and eat soft food!

When we got home, Murphy and I were both pretty hungry. I immediately added water to his food to soften it and let it sit for a few minutes before I gave it to him. I whipped up some guacamole and veggies for me to snack on.

After that, I quickly got ready for a double date night with Mal and friends at Rye Tavern. We had heard such great things about it, we were really excited to dine there – and it definitely lived up to its hype! 

Mal and I arrived about 15 minutes early, so we grabbed a drink at the outside bar, which was heated and wonderful!

Our friends grab a drink when they arrived, so we spent quite a while outside before heading in for dinner. We started with oysters, which were just OK. They had a cranberry flavor to them, and I just wasn’t a fan.

But, the lobster tail and risotto that I ordered for my entrée, was really amazing!

When we arrived home after a night out, we were really excited to see Murphy and give him all the pug love. 

The end.  


  1. I always bring my coffee into the bathroom to get ready. Unless I’m getting ready for a date night, then I bring wine! Or a shower beer at the end of a hard day.
    I hate to blow dry my hair. Honestly I don’t even own a hair dryer anymore. Strangely I’ve been thinking about giving it a go lately… I guess I could borrow my daughter’s.

  2. My iced coffee comes with me everywhere in the mornings. Bathroom/shower post-gym, kitchen for breakfast and packing lunches… everywhere! My boyfriend typically drinks his protein shakes in the shower, I’ve come to find. And I know this because I tend to find an empty shaker bottle on the bathroom floor at the end of the day.

  3. I’m not a dog person, but OMG I’m dying over Murph’s pics, those sweet lil eyes. Just want to reach out and give him the biggest kiss, he’s soooo cute!! Glad his vet visit went well.

  4. I love reading your blog- but whatever you’ve done different the past few days the photos are HUGE and the text goes on in one long line – hard to read in my email

  5. Have you seen the picture of Jessica Biel took of her coffee and sausage IN the shower? Mom’s gotta do what a mom’s gotta do! 😉

  6. Hey! I love your blog and have been following it for years. I have a question for you. In all of your diet research, is there anything that supports a dairy free diet and its benefits of people with arthritis? I am 32 years old and have osteoarthritis in both knees. I currently have 2% milk, some fat free yogurt, and cottage cheese in my diet. Do you think eliminating these would have an impact? I’ve noticed you try to implement other non dairy options in some of your meals and drinks.

    Any helpful tips? I’m having knee surgery to replace some of my lost cartilage and will be very sedentary for the next 6 weeks. My stomach also doesn’t love coconut or almond milk. Thanks for any advice?

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