Murphy’s Resolutions for 2013

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One of my Twitter friends shared this link with me about a pug’s New Year’s Resolutions. It was an adorable post, so I asked Murphy if he had any of his own resolutions for 2013. Here’s what he came up with!

Practice yoga (doga?) daily

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Help around the house

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Stop eating in the car


Spend more time with family

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Start Monday mornings more upbeat

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Bark less, listen more


Be less dramatic

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Try to enjoy winter

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Stop eating peanut butter straight from the jar

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Don’t drive angry (Groundhog Day anyone?)

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Give Mom and Dad kisses daily

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Murphy definitely has his work cut out for him this year. I hope he can stick to all of those resolutions. He’s one ambitious pug!

Now onto yesterday’s eats!


Lunch was leftover chicken, broccoli, and feta pizza on a cauliflower crust. I wasn’t sure how the leftovers would hold up, but they tasted delicious””not soggy and full of flavor!


After lunch, I helped myself to small handful of Brookside dark chocolate-covered Goji berries. They tasted so amazing (I highly recommend storing them in the refrigerator), one handful turned into two”¦ and then two turned into three.


I seriously could have eaten the entire bag, but I stopped myself by substituting another sweet food (a clementine). I figure my body was craving something sweet, so I might as well give it some nutrients too. Plus, switching in a healthy alternative stopped me before I finished off the bag.



Steak with mushroom sauce and cauliflower puree was on the menu for dinner, and thanks to Wednesday’s mini cook-up, all I had to do was prepare the steak and mushrooms, which took no time at all. I love it when dinner comes together quickly and easily like this.


After dinner, I thought about eating more of the dark chocolate-covered Goji berries, but I figured a treat with a wrapper would be a better option. It’s easier for me to eat just one chocolate when it’s individually packaged instead of going back over and over again to an open bag.


Question of the Day

What would one of your pet’s resolutions be for the new year?

P.S. My friend Theodora will be in Cosmo next month!



  1. I love Murphy posts. They are the best 🙂 And he is the MOST photogenic dog I have ever seen! My favorite was “be less dramatic”. I laughed out loud!

  2. Hah! You take the funniest pictures of him! One of my dogs knows when I am about to snap her pic, she always turns her head or stops what she is doing!

  3. I’m bad with chocolate. I eat the Lindt stuff (85 or 90%). But I eat it EVERY night ( 40 grams = 4 squares or if I restrain myself then 30 grams 3 squares.).

    I tend to eat a LOt of fish too (I notice you not so much). But I’m also bad with huge huge portion sizes. My family gets the “wild salmon” from Costco (I hope its “real” fish with no added ingredients, I didn’t see the bag with the label) but anyway, their fillets are in individual baggies for one person. WeLL, they are ginormous, like 10 ounces per fillet. And I’ll bake it and of course half way through I’m StuFFED , but I have this problem with salmon….no matter how stuffed I am (shoving this giant fish in my body) I can’t stop because “that is the serving of the whole fillet” and I can’t just leave half a fillet there…..especially salmon, which is so oily and filled with flaky, awesome fats and goodness. Of course, my tummy (and bowels) pay for it 🙁
    But that doesn’t stop me either…an hour later I’ll be eating 5 of those clementines and 40 grams of dark chocolate …honest to God, I don’t make this stuff up 🙂

  4. This post was so cute! I am always amazed by the great photos you are able to get of Murphy; my dog is the most handsome man in the world (no bias there!) but he photographs like an angry wildebeest.

  5. Omg! I was laughing so hard scrolling through Murphy’s resolutions…my husband was looking at me like I was crazy!! Thanks for the good laughs!! Happy Friday!

  6. This is so much fun! I love that picture of Murphy with his chin on the step. I totally feel like that on Monday’s too!
    I tried the cauliflower crust earlier this week, I was so surprised how much I like it. I put the whole cauliflower in the food processor and ended up with 3 cups of “riced” cauliflower, so I put in 2 eggs and I think it was perfect with that extra “1/2” of an egg. And it fit perfectly in my pizza pan. I’m making it again over the weekend for sure!
    I don’t know what pooch Izzy’s resolution for this year would be, she seems pretty convinced she’s downright perfect.

  7. Wow, that’s one ambitious dog! If mine would just try to stop jumping for food (he’s 12 and we worry about his hips), I’d be thrilled!

  8. LOVED this post. So cute. My Dante’s resolution would be to exercise more. No. Actually it would be TO exercise. Lazy, adorable lab.

  9. Freaking hilarious! I LOVE IT! One of Kala’s resolutions for 2013 would be to work on her manners after finishing her dinner. She likes to burp quite loudly these days. Finally ground up the cauliflower and cannot wait to eat it up this week!

  10. Murphy is going to be my doga yoga inspiration for 2013. I hadn’t thought about having a little peanut butter while doing the downward dog. Good idea Murphy!

  11. Haha.. Funniest post ever! I read this post everday since you posted them and laugh everyday 🙂 I wasn’t a big fan of pugs but since I saw Murphy, I can’t stop loving them! X

  12. This is one of the best resolutions post I’ve read! Murphy’s plans for 2013 is one we should ALL follow! 🙂

  13. Murphy is so special, and it’s so good y’all found each other. Matches made in heaven. Thanks for the hilarity.

  14. Murphy is sooo cuuuuute!!! I love when he is included in posts!

    Also, you seriously rock for posting the Old Navy Active post…it will help me with two resolutions….to have cute yet AFFORDABLE gear! YAY! Wish I could go shopping now 🙂

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